Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It’s still a long road, but at least we have a chance,” Black said at the press room of Ynares Center here after their first winning streak of the tournament upped their record to 3-6 (win-loss). They still need to sweep their remaining two games and hope that some of the other teams lose to stay alive.“We still have to win our last two games to get a tie but this will definitely help our confidence,” added Black.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissInterestingly, the Bolts carved out the win in one of Allen Durham’s low-scoring games as the reigning Best Import scored 20 points but got solid backing with four locals shooting twin digits.Next up for the Bolts will be Rain or Shine, whose playoff chances took a big hit earlier in the night after absorbing a 100-84 loss at the hands of cellar-dwelling Columbian Dyip. Ateneo, Adamson try to create buffer as UAAP’s top four teams collide Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew That game is slated Sunday as action returns to Smart Araneta Coliseum even as powerhouses San Miguel Beer and TNT KaTropa clash in a Petron Saturday Special game at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan, looking for wins that would enhance their chances of gaining a twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the playoffs.Tip-off is at 5 p.m. with the Beermen looking for a second straight win and the Texters trying to climb above .500.The Dyip earned a small measure of pride and dealt Rain or Shine a huge hit in its playoff bid in the PBA Governors’ Cup. At the same time, Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel got the validation he badly needed.“I felt like giving up already,” Cardel said after leading the Dyip to their first win in the season-closing conference. “I already talked to my boss and I told him that if we don’t win [a game], we can shuffle [the coaching personnel].“I was ready to accept that,” he said of his talk with board member Bobby Rosales. “I told him that maybe I’m not ready to coach [in the PBA] yet.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The way he handled the Dyip in a game that was for nothing but respect was remarkable, as Cardel pushed all the right buttons right from the start and in the fourth quarter where they scuttled the Elasto Painters and made the perennial title contenders look like a silly bunch.It was the first win after nine straight losses for the Dyip, who actually scored a season sweep of the Painters by owning wins over Rain or Shine in each of the three conferences of the season. The win also snapped a 25-game losing streak in this conference.“I don’t know why that has happened,” Cardel said of the team’s mastery of the formidable Painters for the season. “Suki lang siguro talaga. Ganun lang siguro.”The loss dropped Rain or Shine to 2-5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ANTIPOLO—Holding it together against a league heavyweight for the first time this conference, Meralco kept its playoff bid alive in the PBA Governors’ Cup by clipping Magnolia, 94-88, on Friday with coach Norman Black admitting that his Bolts still have a lot of work to do to get out of the jam they’re in.ADVERTISEMENT
LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Wait is over as Eya Laure finally gets to showcase game for UST Tigresses MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college It seems like players are really digging Kyrie Irving’s fifth signature shoe.A pair of big men in Blackwater rookie Abu Tratter and NorthPort veteran Mo Tautuaa were just among those who laced up the Kyrie 5s on Wednesday day in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Abu Tratter’s Multi-Color Kyrie 5. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTratter hooped in the “Multi-Color” Kyrie 5, which features a galaxy-themed shroud, in a loss to the Batang Pier wherein he had a near double-double effort of 18 points and nine rebounds in his PBA debut while Tautuaa kept it lowkey crisp and rocked the “Black Magic” as he helped NorthPort cruise to a rout.Moala Tautuaa’s Kyrie 5 “Black Magic.”Phoenix forward JC Intal went retro with the Jordan 12 “Gym Red” that blended in well with the Fuel Masters’ new black and red kits in a dramatic overtime win over Meralco.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJC Intal sports Jordan XII “Gym Red.”NorthPort guard Robert Bolick showed out in a clean pair of Under Armour Curry 4 “All-Star” in his stellar PBA debut.Robert Bolick rocks Steph Curry 4 “All-Star.”No wonder Bolick was wet like Steph and shot the lights out by going 10-of-12 from the field en route to a 26-point night. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments
SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It was really difficult physically,” Halep said. “I was tired. After the second set, I felt like I’m getting cramping a little bit. It’s normal. I was sweating a lot. She played very well. In the end, she was a little bit stronger.”Second-seeded Petra Kvitova had no such problems, winning the last eight games to oust Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4, 6-0 to book her spot in the last four. Kvitova, the 2013 Dubai champion, needed just 62 minutes to wrap up the win. She will next face Su-wei Hsieh of Taiwan, who came from 5-1 down in the final set to beat fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. It was the latest upset for Hsieh, who ousted Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn the final quarterfinal, two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine defeated Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-2, 6-3 to set up a meeting with Bencic. It’s the fourth year in a row that Svitolina makes the semifinals in Dubai, although she had to come from a break down in each set to get past Suarez Navarro.Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic celebrates after defeating Romania’s Simona Halep in their quarterfinal match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic celebrates after defeating Romania’s Simona Halep in their quarterfinal match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Unseeded Belinda Bencic rallied to beat second-ranked Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Thursday to reach the Dubai Championships semifinals.Bencic, who saved six match points in the previous round against Aryna Sabalenka, failed to capitalize on an early break in the first set but Halep continued to struggle with her serve and was broken seven times in total. Bencic broke for a 5-4 lead in the second and then raced out to a 3-0 lead in the decider, having won six games in a row. Halep, who was playing her ninth match in 13 days after reaching the final in Qatar last week, got one break back but Bencic broke again for a 5-2 lead before converting her third match point.ADVERTISEMENT IAAF allows 21 more Russians to compete as neutrals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Food & Enterprise Development (FED) program for Liberia said its New Diploma in Agriculture (NDA) curriculum is technically very sound and cutting-edge for the study of Agriculture across the West African sub-region.USAID FED’s Technical Education Specialist, Cristina Caltagirone of Louisiana State University in America, says the curriculum for agriculture education is one of the strongest curricula she has ever seen, describing it as ‘significantly better than the original. “I say so because it (NDA) expanded the curriculum to emphasize leadership, communications and entrepreneurship, which is specific to the Liberian context,” Madam Caltagirone said in an exclusive interview over the weekend. According to her, the curriculum fulfils the need for productive skills for Liberians.The curriculum, developed with huge technical support from FED, was done in collaboration with the Ministries of Education, Agriculture and Youth & Sports. It is a customized version of the one developed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS.) The diploma is recognized as an authentic education credential in all West African states.For two years, FED and MOE used Nigeria’s vocational agriculture curriculum as a foundation; adapting it to the Liberian context, market demands and needs of Liberia’s youth. In addition to core courses like Crop Cultivation, Irrigation, Soil Science and Animal Husbandry, the Liberian diploma program includes essential knowledge and skills-building in key areas of Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Communications.For USAID FED’s Communications Specialist, Nicholas Pakinson, “USAID FED is really excited and proud to showcase Liberia’s first ECOWAS-integrated Vocational Training Program in Agriculture;’” describing it as a critical step in the development of a successful agriculture sector in Liberia. He noted that building the agriculture workforce will result in better farmers and higher production of food for the Liberian consumer.Mr. Albert N. Bass is FED’s Vocational Education Specialist. He emphasized that though NDA is a laudable success, stakeholders in Liberia’s technical and vocational education training sector must ensure that curriculums are developed in other technical vocational and education training (TVET) disciplines to complete the TVET package. “This curriculum is a milestone, but we need curriculums in other areas like electronics, electricity, mechanics, masonry, carpentry,” he said.The NDA is Liberia’s first market-based, regionally integrated vocational training program in agriculture and will in September 2014 go into effect at four USAID FED-supported Centers of Excellence in Agriculture located at the Nimba, Lofa and Grand Bassa Community Colleges and at the Booker T. Washington Institute (BWI) in Margibi County.Up to 2012, Liberia had no curriculum in agriculture. The NDA is its first fully-approved ECOWAS curriculum and represents an important step towards regional integration. It is an innovative, skills-focused two-year vocational diploma that prepares high school graduates to move directly into agricultural employment in the formal sector or through entrepreneurship. Students will graduate with marketable, in-demand skills that will give them expanded employment options tied to the country’s growing agricultural market and industry needs. USAID FED’s Centers of Excellence in agriculture will lead the practical training program through demonstration farms, extension services and showcasing of best practices and innovations in agri-business.“The agriculture diploma is perhaps most important for Liberia’s workforce. The new diploma will be a valuable part of the process to equip Liberian farmers with practical skills in order to support the growing agricultural sector and improve long-term sustainability of farming,” a USAID FED press release last week quoted MOE’s Director of TVET, Saku Dukuly.USAID FED’s Chief of Party Agnes Luz: “These skills are critical to the needs of a post-conflict Liberia in the process of rebuilding its agricultural markets and connecting them to the region. The National Diploma for Agriculture will improve overall capacity of future farmers; the added bonus is that Liberian youth will also acquire the skills, such as record keeping and financial management, needed to create a business.“These skills play a key role in addressing not only the immediate employment needs of graduates, but also the development and growth of the agricultural and food production sectors of the country.”Curriculum piloting is underway at the Nimba County Community College (NCCC) where students are testing a total of eight courses including Agri-business and Soil Fertility & Crop Nutrition. After the two-year program is rolled-out at the Centers of Excellence, lessons learned and best practices will be consolidated to guide the expansion of the curriculum to four more vocational training centers in Liberia under the MOE in 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Bruce Family announces with profound regret the home going, in his 96th year, of Mr. William T. Bruce, Sr., Liberia’s first modern plumber. He passed away at his home on 20th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia, on Friday, April 10, 2015.William T. Bruce, affectionately called “Borbor Bruce,” was born on March 5, 1919 in Plebo, Maryland County. He attended the Episcopal High School in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, graduating in 1942. He later matriculated to Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where he studied professional plumbing.Upon his return home, he became Liberia’s first modern professional plumber with a college degree in the field.He served the Ministry of Public Works as Liberia’s first professional Chief Plumbing Inspector from 1958 to the late 1960’s. Mr. Bruce was the founder and president of City Plumbing & Construction Services (CPCS), the largest Liberian-owned business of its kind in the 70’s & 80’s, and was the West African Distributor of all plumbing products from the manufacturer, Kohler of Wisconsin, U.S.A.William T. Bruce, Sr. was musically inclined long before his departure to the U.S. to study plumbing and sanitary engineering. His musical ability was discovered while he was enrolled on St. John’s Mission and the Episcopal High School in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County. His musical colleagues were Hemmieh Jones, Sylvester Thomas, Alake Williams, and Ernest Jones. Following his graduation from The Episcopal High School in 1942, he left Robertsport for Monrovia, and eventually joined the famed Greenwood Singers; his contribution to the ensemble was his fantastic bass voice. The Greenwood Singers were prominent in Monrovia, and were managed by Mr. Jacob Brown; they played and entertained at major venues such as the Sack Towers, the Executive Pavilion, and the Pavilion Mamarina.Several years ago President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf decorated him during an impressive investiture ceremony at the Foreign Ministry.His children, Glen Smith, Yatta Smith, Dada Smith and Moses Bruce, predeceased him.Mr. William T. Bruce, Sr. is survived by his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Mason-Bruce; his children, Ernest Bruce, William T. Bruce, Jr., (Watchen) Musu Bruce, Willa Bruce, Alma Bruce, Wilfred Bruce, Johnnie Smith, Roderick Smith and William Gibson; his sister, Dr. Ayele Ajavon Cox; his brother, Moses Bruce; eight grandchildren, Delores Maxwell, Quadayou Bruce-Thomas, William T. Bruce, III, Casandra Bruce-Lawson, Carlos Bruce, Gabriel Bruce, Sadia Bruce, & Kwaku Bruce; six great grandchildren, Taeshana Bruce, Ceecee Bruce, Anna Thomas, Pia Maxwell, Elon Thomas, Peyton Lawson; and many other relatives.The remains of Mr. William T. Bruce, Sr. will be removed from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral parlor on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. and taken to St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Rd. for three hours of wake keeping, from 6-9 p.m.The requiem mass will commence at St. Thomas at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015. Interment will follow immediately at the Episcopal Church Cemetery on the St. John’s Campus in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MOST COMPASSIONATE, THE MOST MERCIFULAll praise belongs to Allah; and may His peace and blessings be upon His Prophet, his household, his companions and all those who rightly follow their foot-steps. Ameen!In our last edition we began discussing the perception of our people concerning the pandemic disease- Ebola. We attempted to give an introductory explanation to this topic. At the end of the edition we concluded by asserting that variance in thoughts, perceptions and conceptions as a norm of human creation. Today, we shall try to concentrate on “fate”.Every mortal being created by Allah is composed of pair-male and female, righteous and ill-righteous, as well as good and bad, the faithful and unfaithful. Within this context Al-Qur’an-the Holy Scripture of Al-Islam tells us that it be would illogical and inconceivable that: “Would he whose heart reflects the image of religious and spiritual virtues be equaled to the one in whose heart reign vice and impiety!” (32:18). Certainly not! This is so because, the behavioral patterns of the two are not the same and identical; and of course, neither can they be recognized, appreciated and treated alike; nor can they be rewarded the same way. Perhaps this is why Allah makes crystal and clear in some of the Scriptural assertions of His Last and Final Testament that: “he who has done an atom’s weight of good, will see it and profit by it, and he who has done an atom’s weight of evil, will see it and be punished for it” (99:7-8). The fact is that it is the behavioral pattern that distinguishes a realistic person from unrealistic one. For the former is one free from the bondage of childish unrealistic and immature notion. This character is described as “positive thinker. This is so because, he/she views issues in a cogent, logical and well-argued manner; and by the same trend, act with the course of sobriety, clear-headedness and maturity. On the other hand, the latter is portrayed as negative thinker. In that, he/she allows partiality, imagination and delusion to influence his/her practical thought and life. Perhaps this is why Al-Qur’an also maintains that: “But those whose hearts reflect the image of religious and spiritual virtues and their deeds wisdom and piety must expect the Gardens of bliss in which they shall be homed with home-felt delight and wherein shall each one come into close relation with oneself and with others in requital of all the good they had accomplished in life. Those in whose hearts reigns vice shall be homed in Hell. As often as they try to escape it they are reinstated therein and be told: ‘Now you taste the torment experienced in Hell which you had always denied.’ And in mercy to them We (Allah) will make them suffer here the lesser of the two evils by justly submitting them to pain and punishment that they might hopefully repent and turn to Allah (and save themselves the bigger and really vehement Hereafter). And who is more wrongheaded and wrongful of actions than he who is reminded of Allah’s evident signs and shuns them and of His revelations and persistently avoid them and abstain from listening to them! (Let them just wait), We (Allah) will take just vengeance on them and afflict them with torment that is laid upon the damned” (32:18-22). As stated earlier, the above quoted verses, all in all, signify that Allah’s generosity can in no wise operate at the expense of His justice system both in reward and requital. Crystallizing the indisputableness of this fact, the Holy Scripture again says: “that no soul bearing wrongs shall in no way bear the wrong actions of another, that nothing is considered one’s own on the Day of Judgment but only what he strove for and had endeavoured to attain, and that the advantages of his efforts will be seen later in the course of events and the fruits of his endeavours will ripe and glow here (in this life) and Hereafter. Then will the end crown the deed and Allah shall requites him in full for the action involving godly efforts directed to a definite end and for the deeds imprinted with wisdom and piety” (53:38-410. What a clarity emphasis! For his part, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is reported to have said thus: “The horses are for three purposes. For one they are a reward, for another they are a shield, and for other that are burdens. In reference to the one for whom they are reward is the person who keeps them to be used in the way of Allah. Thus, they spend their entire life grazing in the pasture or garden (waiting in preparation for struggle in good faith). So whatever afflicts them during that lengthy period in the pasture or garden, it will be counted as good deeds for such person. Then if their lengthy period is ended and they are used for a noble cause or two, their hoof prints and their dung are counted as good deeds for such person. When they passed through it a stream from which they did drink, such person (their owner) does not intend to quench their thirst; yet, it would be counted as good deeds. Therefore, they are a reward for that person. On the other hand, a person who keeps them to maintain self and to be independent of others, and does not forget the right of Allah upon their necks and their backs (i. e., their Zakah/Poor Dues), then they are shield for such person (from the Hellfire). However, for a person who keeps them in order to boast, brag and show off, then they are a burden for such person (on Judgment).Even though the foregoing Scriptural assertions and their respective attendant Prophetic explanations give broader connotations, one issue is however paramount and needs to claim the full attention of us all. That is, the phrase “good” as mentioned herein above, is the good that centers on the acknowledgement, appreciation and obedience of the Divine Law, including its attendance moral decorum. For there is no morality that contravenes the fact appertains to “faith” in the Existence, Oneness and Absolute Sovereignty of Allah. By the same token, no morality is moral that contradicts the Divine Laws. So, nothing behooves humanity, particularly those who claim to be adherents and followers of “Religion” that is guided by “Divine Revelation”. Of course, “faith in Allah” stands olympic high in His servantship, but it is worth stating that mere declaration of “faith” not accompanied or backed by prescribed worship, righteous acts, spiritual virtues and other various religious rites, is but a first and profound class of insincerity and hypocrisy. Perhaps this is why Al-Qur’an is replete with assertions which indicate that whenever a call is made on the “believers”, the phrase is followed by the words: “and whose deeds are characterized by wisdom and piety”. In other words, any good done in the state of disbelief in Allah and wanton disregard of His prescribed Code of Decorum, can in no wise be recognized and appreciated by Allah-the Almighty; and of course, cannot be rewarded in the Hereafter. It is also worth understanding that whatsoever is described as “wrong” or “evil” will justly be requited both here in this life and the Hereafter. This is so because, the Divine Promise that contains in Allah’s Holy Scripture and Prophetic assertions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Economies comprise three major groups: households, firms and government. One of the principal ideas in economics, is that of ownership of resources by households. Households own and control all of a country’s resources. They exercise control of natural resources through government. Households own land, capital/money, and the spectrum of businesses, ranging from banks and insurance companies to manufacturing and retail companies, to the small shops on the corner.Households also ‘own’, or are responsible for their governments. They form governments through the creation of political parties who compete for the seat of government. The governments formed must serve the will of the people by adopting policies which respond to their needs- be it jobs, welfare services, the creation of laws and regulations for new markets, or more effective government services. When governments and political parties fail, households have to produce other political parties which can deliver a government to better serve their needs and address their welfare issues. Households are ultimately responsible for the governments which administer their affairs. They will continue to suffer from bad government until they can produce better.And this, I submit, is the predicament which confronts Guyanese. We have had more than fifty years of bad government by our major political parties. Some smaller parties were even formed, and merged with these major parties to lend credibility to them when the country had suffered enough under one or the other.One conclusion that can be drawn from the voter turn-out of the recently concluded local government elections, is that Guyanese have had enough of the administration of their affairs by those who have managed our affairs over the last fifty years. I have consistently reiterated this point, and the recent elections is a clear indication, if any, that we are ready for change. With the next general elections due in the first half of 2020, we have approximately 18 months, billions of dollars in financial resources, land, and all the labor and professional capital at our disposal to produce better Government. We have suffered enough. Our children, many of whom are now adults, have suffered enough. It is time for change.A nation that fails to defend its democracy, justifies and consents to the abuses of its government. It is time we put an end to the abuses by our governments of the last fifty years.Respectfully,Craig Sylvester
Dear Editor,The recent passing of Mr Isahak Bashir did envelop the entire region into mourning, he was not only a Member of Parliament, but was instrumental in the formation of many groups and committees across the Essequibo Coast and Pomeroon River – the place of his birth. He was a People’s Progressive Party stalwart with very close ties with the late President Dr Cheddi Jagan.I can remember as a lad when the PPP would have meetings at the Aurora Public Water Side and other villages, Mr Bashir would usually be in the advance party interacting with the people and distributing flyers and other kinds of literature, listening to their concerns and having these matters addressed. This man had a fantastic memory; if he met you at Aurora today for the first time, weeks after he sees you at Charity, he calls out to you. While he was a PPP stalwart he also represented persons irrespective of their political affiliation or religious convictions, he was the people’s man for which he was loved and admired.At his funeral, which was attended by thousands of persons including the former President Donald Ramotar, Prime Minister and Acting President Honourable Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Regional Chairman, Davenand Ramdatt among others, all of whom paid glowing tributes to the hero, it was an illustration of the unselfish life Mr Bashir lived. The political arena of this country needs more like him. I hope and pray that somewhere, someplace from a political party, another Isahak Bashir is in the making.Sincerely,Archie W CordisFormer AFC CouncillorRegion Two
– vendors given 24h notice torelinquish city’s propertyThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown has issued a 24-hour ultimatum to another group of persons who have been breaching city rules and regulations.According to a statement from City Hall on Thursday, persons who are illegally occupying public spaces on the western side of Mandela Avenue with makeshift structures, as well as the East Ruimveldt market vendors who have also constructed illegal structures are being ordered to remove their belongings from the city’s property.“These persons have constructed shacks and stored items on these properties. The Council has noted that there are plans to utilise the facility and thus offered 24 hours for persons to remove their items and relinquish the city’s property. A 24-hour timeframe was also given to vendors to remove their illegal structures ahead of the Council’s visit to the location,” the release stated.Town Clerk Royston King said, “The Council is concerned about vendors illegally increasing selling points, virtually repeating what is being restricted in the city centre.”King said that several notices have been served on the vendors but they continue to illegally expand.Notice was also given to persons squatting along Mandela Avenue.City Hall is making it clear that all other illegal structures around the city are being eyed for removal, as its sanitation and management programmes continue.The City Council reminded that the city was in a transitional phase and reiterated calls for the cooperation of all stakeholders.“While the law is clear on what is and what is not permitted in and on public spaces, the Council is adamant about mechanisms to ease the transition process for vendors. Though this is not an obligation of the Council and requires separate financing, they have noted that the well-being of the city depends on the well-being of citizens.“All Guyanese deserve to have a city equal to the best in world,” the Town Clerk stated.King said the Council has an agenda to make Georgetown the “cleanest and greenest” city in the Caribbean, and this will be achieved, “regardless of the difficulties”.
Fatal Sandy Babb Street accidentThe man on trial for causing death by dangerous driving during his testimony told the court he could not recall driving vehicle HC4276 at the time of the accident.The Charlestown resident, Ceon Green, was represented by Attorney Peter Hugh when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.During his testimony Green told the court he currently works as a driver at a government ministry, however in May 2015, at the time of the accident he was a taxi driver.The fatal accident took place in the vicinity of Sandy Babb Street on the night of May 31, 2015. He told the court it was a rainy night when he was driving his vehicle proceeding west along Sandy Babb Street when the accident occurred.Green said he felt something hit his vehicle, which prompted him to pull over and on checking he saw a guy lying on the roadway.At that point he rushed to pick up the man but a crowd had gathered and were hurling negative remarks at him. This is when he replaced the man on the ground and asked if anyone in the crowd had a number for the Kitty Police Station or the Georgetown Public Hospital, to which he got no response.Green claimed that a man with an Indian national accent came to his aid in putting the injured man into his vehicle and carrying him to the Georgetown Public Hospital.The trial will continue on May 25.