Dear Editor,Congratulations to Volda Lawrence for becoming the Chairman of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR).Now, with Ms Lawrence being seen as a potential future presidential candidate in addition to being a current Cabinet member, and being now the second most powerful person in the PNCR, she needs to send clear messages to the Guyanese nation that she has no problem with apologising for wrong things said or done.Such a gesture would be indicative of her mature and people-centred leadership and suggest that Ms. Lawrence is ready to be a leader of empathy and caring concern. Thus Ms Lawrence should:1. Apologise to the nation in general, and females in particular, for referring to rape as ‘deflowering’. After all, rape — especially of children — is a heinous crime that now carries the death sentence in some nations, and that often leaves lifetime trauma in its wake.2. Apologise to the nation, and especially children, for saying that sexual molestation of children is a ‘family matter’. The fact is that the rape of our children should be everyone’s concern, and should be treaated with utmost seriousness every which way, including legally.Indeed, Ms Lawrence has created history by her ascension to the chairmanship of the PNC. Now she needs to create history by proving that she is a leader who has no qualms about apologising for seeming to condone and/or water down the most horrible of crimes against the nation’s most vulnerable citizens – our children.Madam Chairman, please rise to the level of leadership demanded of your position. Prove to the nation that you are big and strong and humble enough to say ‘sorry’.Sincerely,Annan Boodram
Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes on Thursday met officials of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) as part of an ongoing dialogue between Government and the union on industrial relations matters regarding the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).Minister Broomes used the occasion to reiterate her commitment to good industrial relations between the Ministry and the workers during the meeting held at the Ministry.“I am committed to working with you even when we disagree…You the workers are the most important pillars in the Ministry as you are the ones to implement policy,” she stressed.Minister Broomes told those in attendance that even though there will be disagreements between the Ministry and the union overMinister within the Ministry of Natural ResourcesSimona Broomesindustrial relations there must be a culture of respect.She vowed to embrace the principles of good labour relations in accordance with international conventions signed on to by Guyana.According to Broomes, she wants to see a departure from how things obtained just a few short years ago when workers of GGMC felt it necessary to take to the streets in protest. The minister said it is her vision that the Ministry of Natural Resources becomes an “exemplar of stellar labour relations with its employees and those of the agencies which fall under it…We can be a model for other ministries to show what decent labour relations could be.”Present at the meeting were Gregory Gaspar –chairman of GPSU Branch No. 72; Sandrene Abrams – floor member GPSU Branch No. 72; Dennis English – GPSU, Unata De Freitas, the GGMC/GPSU workers’ representative and Beatrice Roberts-Austin – GGMC/GPSU branch secretary.
Health workers in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County have underscored that traditional belief of people about health is impeding effort to educate them on birth control and other maternal challenges.Speaking to the Daily Observer on May 4 at the Chief Jallah Medical Center in Bopolu, a certificated midwife of the health center, Watta B. Nyei, said they have noted high birthrate in the county over the time.Although she did not state the birthrate percentage in the county, she noted that every time they decide to educate the people on birth control, the women oppose the use of condom and other contraceptives with expressed desire that they want direct sexual intercourse.In order to prevent maternal and neonatal mortality, Watta told this paper that they are constantly engaged in educating the people to regularly visit hospital and not to allow home delivery.She also said they are in mutual working relationship with Trained Traditional Midwives (TTMs), who go around and bring pregnant women to the health center when they (women) are in labor.“These TTMs are in the county and they bring women who are in labor on car or hammock to the health center and each TTM who brings a patient is given LD$500. This is encouraging the TTMs and those for whom the education is intended are going along and responding well,” Watta stated.As a result of the education provided and assistance from the TTMs, Watta said there is reduction in mortality rate over the two months she has spent in Bopolu with the Chief Jallah Health Center.Also, a credible source at the hospital says practice of traditional delivery and consultation with soothsayers about one’s illness are still highly practiced in the county.While people around Bopolu are in some point adhering to medical advice, the source said people in the county still believe in giving ill persons unquantifiable watery herb to take in when they are sick.According to the source, a patient was brought to the hospital a few months back but family members after consulting a soothsayer decided to take her back home for application of herb.“She stayed with them for sometimes and they gave her enough of watery herb. But her condition was not improving and they brought her back again. We could not handle the matter and therefore transferred the case to JFK in Monrovia, but unfortunately she expired,” the source said.Gbarpolu was created during the regime of convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor.Its people are highly concentrated in tradition that contemporary education and services are rare there.While people there may have behavioral challenge in adhering to medical advice, the level of poverty in the county also serves as a contributing factor to reaching health center, especially pregnant women.Many of them live in villages hundreds of miles away from Bopolu, its capital city, and most of the villages are inaccessible to vehicles and motorbikes.To bring a patient to hospital in Bopolu, people have to tote the patient in a hammock and cover long distances.The Millennium Development Goals in line with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s plan to fight maternal mortality seeks to ensure reduction in maternal and neonatal mortality.With this prevailing condition in Gbarpolu, it is unpredictable to say that the goal will be achieved as 2015 is being set to see the result.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
• Photo Gallery: RediAuto Sport Challenge IRWINDALE – RediAuto Sport, a major distributer of sports cars and adaptive equipment for disabled drivers, hosted an auto race Thursday at the Irwindale Speedway. The company’s “Sport Track Challenge” was the “first-of-its-kind auto cross,” said Celia Vet, event coordinator for RediAuto. It featured races with both disabled and able-bodied competitors. Vet said there were 24 competitors, 12 of whom were disabled. Most of those, she said, are paraplegic. The company supplies the hand controls that allows disabled drivers to control the cars. The company is the only one that supplies adaptive equipment to enable stick-shift driving for the disabled. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators postponed testimony by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in the aftermath of Monday’s deadly Virginia Tech shootings, delaying his chance to defend contradictions about fired federal prosecutors that have taxed his credibility. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy said the proceedings, initially set for Tuesday, would be inappropriate after the shootings in southwestern Virginia. He delayed Gonzales’ appearance until Thursday. The Bush administration has pushed for Gonzales to testify as soon as possible, and the long-scheduled hearing is widely viewed as the attorney general’s last chance to quiet a controversy that has prompted calls in both parties for his resignation. Gonzales has struggled for more than a month to clarify what he described as only a limited involvement in the purge that Democrats believe was politically motivated. A group of conservative activists joined the chorus Monday, urging Gonzales to step down for having “debased honesty as the coin of the realm.” The White House maintained its support for Gonzales. “I think the attorney general has been perfectly honest,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Monday. And Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, defended Gonzales from the political backlash by noting, “This is a town of jerks.” Gonzales accepts responsibility for some of the confusion, acknowledging in written testimony “that at times I have been less than precise with my words when discussing the resignations.” He also ordered the Justice Department to release more than 5,700 pages of e-mails, schedules, memos and other documents to show that the firings were not improper. But his prepared remarks conflict with some details already released by the Justice Department and former aides. They include: -Gonzales’ statement that he became aware of the process to replace U.S. attorneys “shortly after the 2004 election and soon after I became attorney general.” However, a Jan. 9, 2005, e-mail notes a discussion of the topic “a couple of weeks ago” between Gonzales and his former top aide, Kyle Sampson. Gonzales was confirmed as attorney general on Feb. 3, 2005. -Gonzales’ recollection that he received a few, brief updates about the firing plans. “During those updates, to my knowledge, I did not make decisions about who should or should not be asked to resign,” he wrote. Sampson, by contrast, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 29 that he remembered discussions with Gonzales regarding “this process of asking certain U.S. attorneys to resign.” -Gonzales’ claim that he was not involved in selecting who would replace the targeted prosecutors. “I do not recall making any decision, either on or before December 7, 2006, about who should replace the U.S. attorneys who were asked to resign that day,” he wrote. But the Justice documents include a January 2006 list of names compiled by Sampson of possible replacements. Justice spokesman Brian Roehrkasse has said those suggested replacements were merely proposals, and that none was selected before the prosecutors were told to resign. -Gonzales’ written statement maintaining he had only an indirect role in the firings but approved the final recommendations “near the end of the process.” On March 13, however, Gonzales said he “was not involved in seeing any memos, was not involved in any discussions about what was going on.” That was contradicted by e-mails showing he attended a Nov. 27, 2006, meeting about the dismissals. Moreover, the former Justice official tasked with overseeing the prosecutors told congressional investigators that a memo about the firings was released at the Nov. 27 meeting, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. That official, Michael Battle, also said he “was not aware of performance problems with respect to several of the U.S. attorneys” when he called to fire them, according to Schumer. Schumer is one of Gonzales’ most vocal critics. He accused Gonzales on Monday of also making inconsistent statements about conversations he had with Bush about David Iglesias, the former prosecutor in New Mexico. Sizable majorities of Americans disapprove of how Gonzales has handled the Justice Department’s firing of eight U.S. attorneys and believe they were chiefly fired for political reasons, an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday found. Even among Republicans, only 35 percent approve of Gonzales’ handling of the issue and 53 percent attribute the firings to political reasons. Even so, people favor Gonzales’ firing by only a slim 45 percent to 39 percent margin. The poll’s margin of error was three percentage points. “The attorney general deserves the opportunity to explain and to answer questions, but how well he does is going to matter,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a member of the House Judiciary Committee. “I would say that Gonzales is going to have to hit a home run or nearly a home run.” “We’re all anxious to hear what he has to say,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Additionally, members of the conservative American Freedom Agenda wrote a letter to Bush and Gonzales urging the attorney general to resign. The group opposes Bush administration terror policies. Their demands echoed conservative attacks on former White House counsel Harriet Miers, who abandoned her Supreme Court nomination after similar criticism. “He has to apologize for it instead of giving us these weasel words,” said former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Fein, who signed the letter with former Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia and conservative activist Richard Viguerie. At least nine law enforcement and Hispanic groups have written letters of support for Gonzales. Cannon, the Utah Republican who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, said Gonzales has nothing to apologize for. “He needs to say: ‘Ultimately it was my call to fire or not. So why do I need to remember every detail?’” Cannon said. Associated Press writers Laurie Kellman, Erica Werner, Ben Feller and Alan Fram contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The RCMP is seeking witnesses in what is believed to be an act of arson that took place in February at Lawrence’s Meat Packing Plant in Dawson Creek.On February 20, the Dawson Creek RCMP responded to the report of fire at the plant on Fourth Street.A shed was burned to the ground and officials found accelerant on a vehicle tire nearby.- Advertisement -Police collected video surveillance, which revealed two suspects entering the property and loitering in the area.The two can be seen near several vehicles, including the one the accelerant was found on. They then approach the shed and can be seen fleeing the area soon after. The surveillance footage then shows the shed begin to burn, and the suspects leave for good.The RCMP is requesting that anyone with information regarding this arson come forward to help identify the culprits.Advertisement
– Advertisement -Universal dental care, one of NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s priorities, was cited as an idea “worth exploring” and one that Parliament was encouraged to look into. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 5, 2019. But it also made pointed references to issues that are dear to the NDP and Bloc Quebecois. The Liberals will need the support of at least one of those two parties to pass legislation and survive confidence votes. “Parliamentarians: Canadians are counting on you to fight climate change, strengthen the middle class, walk the road of reconciliation, keep Canadians safe and healthy, and position Canada for success in an uncertain world. And with goodwill, humility and a willingness to collaborate, you can do just that.” The speech noted that “a clear majority of Canadians voted for ambitious climate action now,” and reiterated the Liberals’ pledge to maintain the national carbon price and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Net zero means greenhouse gas emissions are reduced so much that the remaining emissions can be absorbed by natural or technological means, leaving none to remain trapped in the atmosphere. In a nod to one of the Bloc’s priorities, the government promised that dairy farmers impacted by recent trade agreements will be “fully and fairly compensated” — with many receiving their first cheques this month. The speech from the throne, penned by the Prime Minister’s Office but read by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, offered few details of Trudeau’s agenda for his second mandate, beyond reiterating Liberal campaign promises: stronger action to fight climate change, lower taxes for middle-class Canadians, beefed-up gun control, steps towards national pharmacare and investments in infrastructure, public transit, affordable housing and health care. But, as hard as the government vowed to fight climate change, the speech promised it will “work just as hard to get Canadian resources to new markets and offer unwavering support to the hardworking women and men in Canada’s natural resources sectors, many of whom have faced tough times recently.”Advertisement Moreover, the speech emphasized that the government “is open to new ideas” from opposition parties.Advertisement There was no direct reference to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which is opposed by the Bloc, New Democrats and Greens as antithetical to the fight against climate change. The Trudeau government purchased the pipeline to ensure the project, which is to carry Alberta oil sands crude to the British Columbia coast for export overseas, goes ahead. The speech also recognized that the Liberals were shut out in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada’s oil and gas heartland where anger over Liberal environmental policies has fuelled talk of western separatism. “The government has heard Canadians’ concerns that the world is increasingly uncertain and that the economy is changing,” Payette said. “And in this context, regional needs and differences really matter. Today’s regional economic concerns are both justified and important.” OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau ushered in a new era of minority Liberal rule Thursday with a throne speech brimming with humility, goodwill and promises of collaboration with opposition parties whose support he needs to ensure his government’s survival. “Canadians have sent a clear message: from young people to seniors, they want their parliamentarians to work together on the issues that matter most to them,” Payette said. Payette exhorted MPs to “raise the bar on what politics is like in this country,” adding that, “after all, the government knows it needs to work with other parliamentarians to deliver results.”Advertisement Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press The speech was more about tone than substance, attempting to demonstrate to Canadians that Trudeau’s Liberals, reduced to a minority on Oct. 21, have heard the message sent by voters after a particularly nasty, hyper-partisan campaign.
0Shares0000Giovani Lo Celso has joined Spurs on loan from Real BetisLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 8 – Tottenham made the headlines on a busy final day of the Premier League transfer window with deals for Giovani lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon, while Arsenal strengthened their defence with the signing of Kieran Tierney.Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku’s prolonged transfer to Inter Milan was also completed after the clubs reportedly agreed on a deal that could rise to 80 million euros (£74 million, $90 million). Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been under pressure from manager Mauricio Pochettino to build on the progress made on and off the field as Tottenham moved into a new 62,000-capacity stadium and reached the Champions League final last season.After the club record signing of French international midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, the signings of Lo Celso and Sessegnon add some much-needed depth to a Spurs squad that had previously gone 18 months without a new recruit.Argentine international midfielder Lo Celso has joined on a season-long loan deal from Real Betis with an option to make the transfer permanent next summer.England under-21 international Sessegnon joins from Fulham in a £25 million deal that could rise to £30 million in performance related add-ons on a six-year contract.However, a sensational swoop for Paulo Dybala broke down with Juventus unwilling to let the Argentine leave without an adequate replacement, having missed out on Lukaku.– Arsenal bolster defence –Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal in a £25 million deal on Thursday © AFP / ANDY BUCHANANArsenal were badly in need of defensive recruits to shore up a backline that conceded 51 Premier League goals last season to miss out on Champions League football for a third straight year.The Londoners long-standing interest in Tierney was finally given the green light when the payment structure of a £25-million move was agreed with Celtic.“I’ve lived my dream and I’ve loved every single minute of it,” said Tierney of leaving his boyhood club. “Now I just feel was the right time to take a step on. I feel this is a great opportunity for me.”Arsenal are also set to secure some much-needed cover at centre-back in an £8 million deal for Chelsea’s David Luiz.The Gunners could recoup that deadline day spent after reportedly agreeing a £35 million deal to sell Alex Iwobi to Everton.Manchester City and Liverpool are expected to battle for the Premier League title once more, but were not busy on deadline day.City brought in veteran goalkeeper Scott Carson on loan from Derby as back-up to Ederson and Claudio Bravo after the signings of Rodri, Angelino and Joao Cancelo earlier in the window.Liverpool made just three low-key additions in teenagers Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott and back-up goalkeeper Adrian over the course of the summer.Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr joined Watford in a club record deal from Rennes © AFP/File / Khaled DESOUKIOutside the top six, Watford broke their transfer record to bring in Senegal international Ismaïla Sarr for a reported 35 million euros from Rennes.Wilfried Zaha’s hopes of a move from Crystal Palace were snubbed as Everton could not match the London club’s asking price.“It’s been well documented that he wanted to leave, but it has not worked out for him,” admitted Palace manager Roy Hodgson.Brighton bolstered their midfield options with the loan signing of Australian international Aaron Mooy.Former England international Andy Carroll returned to Newcastle on a free transfer from West Ham, while the Magpies also secured Swedish defender Emil Krafth.Leicester are also set to use some of the £80 million they received from Manchester United for Harry Maguire on Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet for 20 million euros.And Burnley secured the services of Danny Drinkwater on loan from Chelsea until January.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)
Jim McGuinness (Donegal Manager), Alan Quinlan (former Irish International Rugby player), Finian Hanley (Galway GAA Captain), Adrian Logan (BBC sport presenter), Kevin Keane (Mayo GAA Team player and IT Sligo Student), and FAI International Young Player of the Year 2013 and IT Sligo Student, Emma Hansberry, are amongst a group of sport starts featured on a new video about suicide awareness produced by three IT Sligo students.The video was launched today at IT Sligo by Armagh GAA player Oisin McConville.Given that Ireland has one of the highest rates of suicide amongst young males in Europe, the students focused their message at this group and sought out some of Ireland’s top sporting starts to encourage those at risk to talk to someone close to them.Thought provokingly called ‘Who Would You Tell?’ the video was produced by Stephen Doak (Creeslough, Donegal), David Mackin (Dundalk) and Stephen Sullivan (Coole, Westmeath) as part of their final year project in the BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion at IT Sligo. If he was feeling suicidal, Donegal GAA Team Manager Jim McGuinness says he would tell ‘a family member of a friend’; Connacht Rugby Player John Muldoon says he would tell his girlfriend; Galway GAA Captain Finian Hanley said he would tell his parents and his girlfriend; and Mayo GAA player Kevin Keane would tell his parents and his girlfriend.“There is such a taboo around suicide and that’s what we wanted to tackle in this video,” said student Stephen Sullivan. “People who feel suicidal feel they can’t talk about it, and those who are worried about friends are afraid to broach the subject with them. But talking is the best medicine and that’s what we are trying to promote in this video.”Jim McGuinness encourages people to speak out about their problems on the video; “My own community has been devastated by it in the last number of years, old and young,” he says. “It’s something that just stops you in your tracks. You wish that you could do something, or that you could have known or helped by the reality is sometimes you don’t and that’s why it’s so important that if you’re any way down or carrying anything, or if you feel depressed, to try to seek people out. Don’t carry it yourself, try and move forward with the help and support of other people. That’s the key thing,” he said.Rugby player Alan Quinlan echoes these sentiments; “There’s no doubt about it that people tend to sweep their problems under the carpet and not open up. But they escalate and get worse and times does on. There is no shame in speaking out and opening up to someone,” he says.John Muldoon says suicide is ‘crippling society; “Don’t be macho. Don’t be afraid. Don’t think that people will think less of you…if you’re in a bad place, talk to someone,” he said.Mental Health Promotion/Suicide Resource Officer with HSE West Mike Rainsford, is also quoted on the video. “There is an invisible barrier associated with suicide,” he said. “Those feeling suicidal don’t want to burden people by talking about it and their friends and family don’t know how to raise it with them. The only way we can help is to communicate to each other, to our friends or with support services. A problem shared really is a problem halved, so the very simple message about communication underpinning this video is very important.”The BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion at IT Sligo is an innovative and practically-driven degree programme which equips students with a variety of skills to promote health amongst specialised and applied health areas and populations. Lecturer Maire McCallion said practical projects are a core part of the programme; “The students have received tremendous support from the sporting community in this project,” she said.” Videos are powerful communication and promotional tools and the students are hoping that this video will be used by schools and sporting and community groups to promote suicide awareness and the importance of mental health.” For more information see www.itsligo.ieThose who are affected by suicide or suicidal thoughts should contact their GP. Other sources of support also include the Samaritans 1850 609090, 1Life 1800 24 7 100 and Stop suicide 1850 211 877. DDTV: JIM McGUINNESS APPEARS IN SUICIDE AWARENESS VIDEO was last modified: February 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DDTV: JIM McGUINNESS APPEARS IN SUICIDE AWARENESS VIDEO
The second half of league play begins this week, and a Canyon victory over Burroughs (17-4 overall, 3-2 Foothill), ranked No. by 13 the Daily News, would drop the Indians two games back in the league race and push the Cowboys (14-7, 4-1), ranked No. 12, closer to a league title. Games against Saugus and Burbank, a combined 3-7 in league play, loom next week for Canyon, followed by games at No. 12 Valencia and Hart to close out the season. “It’s now or never for us,” Phillips said. Go-to guy: Teddy Goetz is a huge reason for Valencia’s success. The 6-foot-5 senior is averaging a league-best 15.7 points per game and is No. 2 in rebounds (8.4 per game), behind Canyon’s Kris Rincon. “He’s our leader, our captain,” Valencia coach Robert “Rocket” Collins said. “Without him, we’re the same place as everyone one else is without their star. Obviously, he’s important. Revenge-minded Burroughs High of Burbank figures to be ready for its Foothill League showdown at Canyon, which beat the Indians by 10 points in the first meeting this year. The Cowboys are treating Friday’s game like it’s just another one on their schedule, no more important than any of the other three remaining in the regular season. The opponent doesn’t matter to Canyon. It could be second-place Burroughs, last-place Hart or Valencia, with which the Cowboys share the top spot in the Foothill League. All pose a threat. “Burroughs is going to be fired up, but really, every game is a must-win from here on out,” Canyon coach Chad Phillips said. “Things are only going to get tougher.” “More often than not, he’s our No. 1 option. When he plays well, we play well.” The Vikings (17-4, 4-1) have won eight of their past nine games and resume league play Friday against visiting Saugus. New outlook? Saugus (6-15, 1-4) might have finally turned things around, winning twoof its three games last week – 56-54 Wednesday over Hart and 68-31 Saturday over Golden Valley. Valencia is up next, followed by Canyon and Hart, so the going gets tougher. The Centurions, who struggled in December and early January, started the season 4-14. Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!