Hundreds Sign Brumskine’s Book of Condolence

first_imgPresident Weah, flanked by Speaker Chambers (left) and Pro Tempore Chie.President George Weah on Tuesday led an array of present and government officials, to sign the book of condolence for former Senate Pro Tempore, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building on Tuesday, October 10.President Weah was received by members of the Senate, headed by Pro Tempore Albert Tugbe Chie, and the House of Representatives led by Speaker Bhofal Chambers.Present at the signing ceremony were members of the Liberty Party, including Brumskine’s widow, one of his sons, his daughter Charlyne and other kinsmen.In a brief post-signing chat with the media, President Weah described the passing of the former Pro Tempore under the regime of jailed former President Charles G. Taylor, as not only a loss to his immediate family, but the entire citizenry.Despite their political differences, President Weah said the late Brumskine remained a friend, who never wavered in his support for what he believed in, especially when it came to democratic norms.Widow of the late Cllr. Brumskine (center), flanked by one o her sons and her daughter CharlyneThe political leader of the All Liberian Party, and head of the opposition Collaborating Political Parties, Mr. Benoni Wilfred Urey, described the passing of Cllr. Brumskine as a wake up call for members of the Collaborating Political Parties and the opposition parties to put individual differences and political interests, and strive for greater collaboration and genuine unity of oneness.Meanwhile, the remains of former Pro Tempore Brumskine will be conveyed to the the Rotunda of the Capitol Building on Thursday, at 2:00 p.m., where it will lie state for few hours, completing the Legislature’s component of the ceremony on Capitol Hill, where he served from 1997 to 1999.In another development, the extraordinary session, which was expected to last for a week, seems to have been extended for undisclosed period.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Accused firearm licence fraudster on bail

first_imgA Charlotte Street, Georgetown resident, who was arraigned for pretending that he was in a position to grant a firearm licence, was on Friday released on $80,000 bail when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Lawrence Gittens, 48, denied the charge that was read to him by Magistrate Leron Daly.According to facts presented to the court, between May 15 and 28, 2018, Gittens obtained $250,000 from Andre Ash with the intent to defraud by falsely pretending he could obtain a firearm licence.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh informed the court that investigations into the matter are incomplete and made no objections to bail being granted.The matter will continue on July 20last_img read more

Guyana overtaken by other countries in human development – Ali

first_imgGlobal indicesIn the last three years, Guyana has slid downwards on three major international indices that measure the personal development of a country’s citizens. And it is a fact that has not gone unnoticed by the parliamentary Opposition.According to Opposition parliamentarian Irfaan Ali, the statistics tell a story of a country that has been losing its international rankings when it comes to things like unemployment rates, education, and youth literacy.“Various international organisations, such as World Economic Forum, through a series of annual countries’ assessment, inadvertently espouse the axiom that ‘Guyana is in reverse mode’,” Ali pointed out.“In 2017, the Global Human Capital index, a report that ranks countries according to their effectiveness and level of human capital development, demoted Guyana below its 2015 global position of 79, by nine positions, surpassing frail economiesOpposition parliamentarian Irfaan Alisuch as Uganda, Zambia and Kenya,” he continued.This report was published by the World Economic Forum in September of 2017. Indeed, a perusal of this index shows that Guyana is below the global average for human capital development, nestled between South Africa and Myanmar. According to Ali, key indicators reveal that in one year Guyana has slipped in unemployment rates for age groups 25-54 and 55-64.“Ironically, the Government boasts of job creation.Furthermore, between 2015- 2017, the country’s global ranking fell by another seven positions, in relation to quality of primary education of children, age 0-15 years. Overall, Guyana has slipped by eight positions in global ranking, in the quality of educational services provided to children, age 15-24,” Ali stated.He also quoted from the 2016 Human Development Report published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), noting that Guyana has also deteriorated globally by several places on the Human Development Index. He pointed out that countries like Namibia have surpassed Guyana in the global rankings.“In the health sector, when compared to 2013, infant mortality rates per 1000 live births have increased to 32 in 2015. Similarly, infants under five months have seen an increase in mortality rate per 1000 live births (to 39) during similar period. Adults, on the other hand, have seen an increase in deaths due to tuberculosis to 21, in 2015,” Ali pointed out.He also pointed out that the latest Global Competitive Index Reports, for the period 2015-2016, saw Guyana fall in the global rankings to 121.“Institutions, one of the fundamental pillars that command global ranking, deteriorated to 102 in 2016. Property rights, bribes, favouritism, wasteful spending, and organised crime have all seen massive deterioration in ranking,” Ali noted.“The question that begs to be answered is, how could this government speak of development, wealth generation, and the ‘good life’, when we are clearly, from all indications, in reverse mode?” he questioned.last_img read more

Submersible vessel confiscated in Port Kaituma

first_img…2 in custodyTwo men are now in custody following the discovery of a submersible vessel in a creek at Annbisi River, Port Kaituma, North West District on Saturday.The detained men, one Guyanese and one Venezuelan national, are both said to be about 40 years old.The submersible vessel found at Port KaitumaAccording to information reaching Guyana Times, discovery of the vessel resulted from ranks receiving intelligence information about the submerged craft being seen at the bank of the creek.This publication understands that the vessel — about 25 metres long, 2.7 metres wide, and 2.8 metres in depth — was at the time of its discovery and seizure undergoing maintenance work which was being carried out by the Guyanese man.The submersible vessel has been lodged at CID Headquarters in Georgetown, where it remains under guard.A team of CID officers, backed by ranks of the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard, is being deployed to the location as investigations into the discovery of this vessel intensifies.The detained duo is meanwhile expected to remain in custody.last_img read more

Sheryl Jakubowski wins bronze at Special Olympics Canada Summer Games

first_img“I’m hoping to get other medals so that I can go on to the worlds and if I don’t I would like to just do my personal best.” ANTIGONISH, N.S. – Sheryl Jakubowski is representing Team B.C. at the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games this week.She competed in the women’s 10-kilometre race this morning and took home the bronze medal.Jakubowski explained that though she was excited about receiving a medal, the opening ceremonies were just as awesome.- Advertisement -“The opening ceremonies were awesome,” said Jakubowski. “I felt really great, I almost cried because people are cheering you on and you made it to the nationals.”Jakubowski has competed in three nationals though this is her first appearance at the summer games. She is competing in a plethora of events in athletics.Jakubowski went on to say that she hopes to win more medals at the games to qualify for worlds later this year.Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association coming to Northern Lights Raceway this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Lights Raceway will play host to the Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association’s races this weekend.This is the only event of the year at Northern Lights Raceway that doesn’t feature cars.Northern Lights Raceway President Robin Derose expects to see up to 50 motorcyclists competing come race day.- Advertisement -“Its bikers from across Canada and it’s an all bike drag,” said Derose. “Usually once a year they come up, rent our track and make a good weekend out of it.”Derose hopes to see close to ten local bikers competing, including four-time champ at Northern Lights Raceway this year Bruce Romak.Admission rates are similar to standard Northern Lights Raceway fees. Races start at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.Advertisementlast_img read more

Yes: Longtime fans turned off by changes

first_imgIt’s hard to say why it took so long to make the connection, particularly when it was so obvious. But now that it has been made, it explains much of what is happening with NASCAR these days. Brian France is Alfred E. Neuman. Television ratings have been declining for the past 18 months. What, me worry? Empty seats are becoming commonplace at race tracks throughout the country. What, me worry? The ballyhooed Car of Tomorrow has as much potential to be a disaster as it does to be a success. What, me worry? The sport has lost touch with its roots and it traditions. What, me worry? Maybe not you, Alf … er, Brian. But someone certainly should, because the product you’re selling now moves further from its foundation almost daily in the organization’s pursuit of temporal goals and the almighty buck. Many of the fans whose ardor fueled NASCAR’s explosive growth have turned their backs on the sport. That’s easy to do, too, because NASCAR today bears only a lip-service resemblance to the NASCAR of Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, David Pearson and others whose talent earned them inclusion in the list of the sport’s 50 Greatest Drivers. What’s that you’re saying? Another fogey who can’t stand change and thinks everything was better way back when? Perhaps to a degree, that’s true. But it’s not about being opposed to change; it’s about being opposed to the changes. In the good old days, the focus was on racing, and everything else flowed from that. Now, racing is an afterthought to marketing and success is determined more by how much revenue you can generate than how well you can drive. For those who disagree I have two words: Michael Waltrip. France has said, “We want everybody in the country to be a NASCAR fan” – but that ain’t happening. To the contrary: A decline in television ratings has been accompanied by an increase in the number of empty seats at race tracks across the country. The Daytona 500 wasn’t a sellout until a few days before the race. California Speedway hasn’t had a sellout in the three years it’s had two Nextel Cup races (and won’t come close this week.) There are numerous reasons why – among them, escalating attendance costs, disenchantment and long, yawn-inducing races. It doesn’t help, either, that NASCAR’s incessant tub-thumping for the 10-race Chase has resulted in a situation akin to that in the NFL preseason, with fans paying regular-season prices for 26 meaningless exhibition games. Finding ways to reverse that migration is essential to the future, but so far the main response to the empty seats has been to form a coalition with the entertainment industry in the mistaken belief that having some celebrity wave the green flag or walk down pit road will inspire Joe Fan to spend $100 or so on a race ticket. France said, “It’s always going to be about intense competition.” Yet for too many spectators, the only thing intense about racing today is the boredom they feel because the races are too long and passing is a rarity. But rather than shorten the races and find ways to refresh the on-track product, the response is to introduce the Car of Tomorrow and eradicate even more of the precious little individuality left in the sport. NASCAR seems intent on establishing parity among its teams, just as the NFL is attempting to do in football. Why isn’t clear since the ultimate expression of parity is mediocrity. But when you’re the only game in town, mediocrity may be acceptable as long as the money keeps rolling in. Jim Short covered NASCAR at Ontario Motor Speedway, Riverside International Raceway and California Speedway for more than 30 years before his retirement last year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img That became indisputably clear when NASCAR’s chairman and chief executive officer gave his state-of-the-sport speech to the press corps at Daytona International Speedway. You may not be familiar with Neuman, but it’s almost certain you’ve seen him a few times. He’s that red-haired, gap-toothed guy with the goofy smile who graces the pages of Mad magazine, and whose “What, me worry?” persona has come to symbolize those for whom reality is a difficult concept to grasp. Like France. Consider: last_img read more

Conte happy at Chelsea, despite speculation

first_imgBut it is Conte’s comments over the club’s transfer policy which has prompted speculation that his relationship with Abramovich has become strained.Earlier this week, Conte said it was Chelsea’s hierarchy who selected all new signings, with assistant Carlo Cudicini rumoured to be acting as a buffer between the Italian and the boardroom.Addressing the reports, Conte said: “I would be very happy to continue to work with my players.“I’m happy to try every day to put all myself for this job. I would be very happy if there are some new players.“I’m repeating always the same thing – I’m the coach. My task is to try to do the best for this club, to try to improve my players for this club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Earlier this week, Conte said it was Chelsea’s hierarchy who selected all new signings, with assistant Carlo Cudicini rumoured to be acting as a buffer between the Italian and the boardroom.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 27 – Antonio Conte insists he is “very happy” to stay at Chelsea, despite rumours of friction with the club’s owner Roman Abramovich.After steering Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, Conte’s side have struggled to last the pace with leaders Manchester City this time around, with 15 points separating them from Pep Guardiola’s side.last_img read more

‘We’ve made the bid’ – Mourinho knows who he wants and says it’s up to Everton

first_img1 Chelsea transfer target John Stones Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted his club made a bid for John Stones but says any deal for the defender is in Everton’s hands.The Toffees are believed to have rejected a £20m offer for the 21-year-old, who has four England caps.“We made a bid because we like the player,” Mourinho told Sky Sports News.“We don’t make bids for players we don’t like, but I respect Everton. It’s up to them – everything is in their hands.”Any move would see Everton make a huge profit on a player they signed for £3m from Barnsley in 2013.“I don’t speak about [Stones] because he’s not my player,” Mourinho added.“We’ve made the bid and the bid is there. Everton have the power to accept or refuse the bid.“This is a problem between John Stones and Everton.“When the transfer window is open, every club and player is open to bids.“Bids come for our players and we make bids for other players. The process can be so simple.“I would advise Roberto Martinez to do the same thing I do. If I don’t want to accept any offer, I say ‘I don’t accept any offer’. He can make it very, very easy.”STONES URGED TO RESIST CHELSEAMartinez expressed his frustration news of the bid had become public.“There is the disappointment of a club making a statement to the press and making it openly,” the Spaniard said after his side’s 3-1 pre-season loss to Arsenal in Singapore.“I don’t think we’d do it and speak about a player. John Stones is an Everton player, full stop.”Stones said at a sponsor’s event on Friday night: ”I am very happy at Everton.”last_img read more


first_imgSpecsavers Letterkenny in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving one lucky reader the chance to win TWO TICKETS to Sunday’s highly anticipated All-Ireland quarter-final between Donegal and Dublin.Croke Park is expected to be a complete sell-out in a game which has caught the imagination of the GAA public.It’s a game the whole country wants to see, not just supporters in Donegal and Dublin. We ran the competition last week and asked those who entered to send us a comment as to why they should receive the tickets.We had some great comments, but it was too hard to choose a winner, so we’ve decided to run the competition again.All you have to do is answer the following question. When did Donegal last defeat Dublin in a championship match?? Send your answers to and a winner will be selected at random.Good luck.Tir Chonaill Abú.LAST CHANCE TO WIN TWO TICKETS FOR DONEGAL V DUBLIN THIS SUNDAY was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesnewsNoticesSportticketslast_img read more