January 18

IAC Arrival Day greetings

first_imgThe Indian Action Committee (IAC) wishes all Guyanese a Happy Arrival Day, and especially calls upon all citizens to remember the 180th Anniversary of the Arrival of East Indians to Guyana.The IAC, an organization which promotes and preserves Indian culture and deals with the issues and concerns of persons of Indo-Guyanese origin, has, over the years, provided Guyanese with historical information regarding the arrival of just over 239,000 Indian immigrants, who came to this country aboard 245 coolie ships which made a total of 534 voyages across the Kaalaa Paanii between 1838 and 1917.The IAC has also clarified and corrected statistical errors pertaining to the arrival of the first two coolie ships, the WHITBY and the HESPERUS, which between them landed a total of 423 persons, including 382 indentured males, 14 indentured females, 21 children and 6 Christian Anglo-Indian interpreters/superintendents.The IAC, as the organisation has done over the years, continues to recognize the endeavours by these Indian immigrants and their descendants, the persons of Indo- Guyanese origin, to develop this country.The IAC, which has recognized important contributions by giving awards to persons from Berbice, Demerara, and Essequibo, is aware that tens of thousands of East Indians have made valuable efforts in all fields of human activity in this country, including business and commerce; banking and finance; the sugar and rice industries; coconuts and other crops; fishery and livestock; mining and quarrying; forestry and sawmilling; education and academia; medicine and law; journalism and communications; accounting and insurance; private and national security; the hospitality and aviation sectors; the alcohol and beverage industries; sport and entertainment; culture and religion; and politics and governance.As all Guyanese share in this commemoration, the IAC is cognizant of the sharp downturn in Guyana’s economy over the past few years, evidence being the steadily declining economic growth rate and the worrying fact that the country’s foreign currency reserves have dropped below US$500 million for the first time since 2009. And in combination with global economic events, hardships have fallen upon the poor classes of Guyanese, especially those dislocated in the sugar industry and those currently threatened by the planned downsizing of part of the bauxite industry.The IAC is saddened by the surge in criminal activity in recent years, and is shocked and horrified that on the eve of this significant commemoration, in excess of a dozen Guyanese fishermen have been brutally murdered by pirates, believed to be other Guyanese fishermen.The IAC is nauseated by the egregious sedition clause that was included in the proposed Cyber Crime Bill, and calls upon all Guyanese to oppose this deliberate act to deny the citizens of this country, including those of Indo-Guyanese origin, the democratic right to feely express themselves without fear, since it runs contrary to international norms and violates our supreme law, the Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.Today, when the IAC looks back, the organisation is amazed at how those groups of seemingly helpless Indians, many of whom were illiterate, speaking in different tongues, following different customs, belonging to different religions, belonging to different castes, over the generations, managed to fuse together while seamlessly merging into the wider environment to become the strong pillar of Guyana, a young nation born out of sweat and toil, along with similar endeavours of the other ethnic groups that comprise this nation.A Happy Arrival Day to all.last_img read more

January 14

Delay tactics…

first_imgDear Editor,As a young lad, I was present when Guyana’s Prime Minister Forbes Burnham made his famous utterance in a speech at Parade Ground; I remember the mood of the crowd being ominous before the speech, the air was electric! Then on came the man and he started slowly, his sonorous voice had a calming effect; then his voice rose, it thundered “back to back, belly to belly, ah don’t give a damm, ah done dead ah-ready” the response was a spontaneous, primal roar of approval, forgotten were all the rumblings of discontent, that crowd, that night, would have fought Satan himself for the soul of their hero if asked.Editor, the man thereafter dubbed the “Kabaka” would be saddened to see the state of his beloved People’s National Congress today. Led by a weak man with a chest full of medals earned in classrooms, the PNC cowers behind cries of “house to house” as they fear the wrath of an electorate betrayed most abominably. The Official List of Voters (OLV) used by the Guyana Elections Commission for the November 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) remains valid until May 12, 2019, well past the March 19, 2019 deadline for General and Regional Elections as stipulated by The Constitution, our Supreme Law.There were no claims of irregularity made to GECOM or reported flaws in the OLV by any party or group that contested the LGE in 2018. No issues have been raised in any forum or legal redress sought. The 2018 OLV withstood the test at an election in November 2018 and there is no reason for a “house to house” verification exercise at this time. The registration and verification exercise planned for June 2019 can be done at that time. The Granger Administration has mercifully left enough funds in the treasury to enable GECOM to carry out its mandate and deliver an election on or before March 19, 2019.The PPP/C presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali at 38, is 3 years younger than Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham (LFSB) was when he became Prime Minister, he is 3 years older than our youngest ever President Bharat Jagdeo was when he became President, he brims with passion to make a better life for all Guyanese, he has faced the vilest of accusations with an equanimity that demonstrates maturity beyond his years, Irfaan’s list of achievements, his experience and on the job performance already make him the most qualified candidate for the presidency in our nation’s short history. An impromptu campaign at Leonora on Sunday saw thousands roar their approval; they know we have a man from the people, for the people, pledging his service to benefit all Guyanese.It pains me that so many reminders that our Constitution is inviolate have to be made to our Head of State. The leader of the party of Burnham professes to be a great admirer of the man and has turned his (D A Granger) former home into the Forbes Burnham Research Institute; however, Granger fails to emulate his hero’s indomitable fighting spirit, no more “back to back” instead, he hides behind the skirts of “house to house” .My father, Jai Narine Singh Sr famously wrote that Burnham had become a man whose “head has grown too big for his hat”. I can only surmise that he would have observed that Granger was trying to wear shoes much too big for his feet.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

January 14

BLUES DROP FIVE-SET THRILLER AT YORK

first_img Full Schedule Roster Next Match: X-Jastrzebski Wegiel 1/7/2019 | 8:00 p.m. Matchup Historycenter_img The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s volleyball team fell 3-2 (25-27, 25-23, 16-25, 26-24, 9-15) on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 25) at Tait Mckenzie Centre.TORONTO STATS: Rookie left side hitter Evan Falardeau notched a team-high 16 points off of 12 kills, 2 blocks and 2 aces, while veteran Chris Towe recorded 15.5 points off of 15 kills and an assisted block.Third-year setter Jordan Figueira tallied 40 assists, nine points, seven of which came from serving aces, and six digs in the loss.UP NEXT: The Blues are 6-3 and in second place in the OUA East division heading into the December exam break. Toronto is back in action on Saturday, January 12 as they host the Guelph Gryphons at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.  For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

January 13

Draft proposal on ‘Green Bartica’ submitted

first_imgThe draft proposal was presented to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder by Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Gary Best, at the Ministry of the PresidencyIn an effort to facilitate a “climate resilient economy”, a draft proposal was presented to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder on the Green Bartica Development/Land Use Plan which would see Bartica becoming Guyana’s “first green town.”The presentation was made by Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Gary Best, at the Ministry of the Presidency on Monday.It was outlined that the draft plan seeks to establish a “green pathway” for the foundation of a new Guyana, “which will result in reducing the overall carbon footprint in agriculture, fisheries, water, forestry, waste, manufacturing, transport, construction, tourism and other sectors.”“Some of the elements which will be looked at during the planning will be mainstreaming, Disaster Risk Management, alternative energy, meeting international standards and the land use plan, which will determine the viability of the proposal,” Best expressed.It was explained that the draft proposal was presented to the Ministry of Communities, National Land Use Committee and the Commissioner of the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GL&SC).“The green proposal, which is presently in the 2nd phase, saw presentations being done on the committee’s plan to further promote an inter-sectoral approach to environment and economic development,” the Ministry of Agriculture noted.Earlier this year President David Granger on a visit to Bartica, declared that it should become Guyana’s first green town.“Bartica has to lead the way, become our first green town…Solar energy, electrical vehicles, wind energy, solid waste management, recycling… Bartica is going to become a laboratory for Guyana’s green economy…it must be a model town for our green economy, showing all other towns and other regions how Guyana would supply enough energy without depending on fossil fuel,” the President had stated.last_img read more

January 10

Grande Prairie RCMP asking motorists to stay off area highways

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP are warning motorists of poor road conditions near the community.Motorists are being told to stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary due to icy conditions.  The RCMP were called to a multi-vehicle collision south of the city along Highway 40 at the Cutbank River.  Numerous vehicles are reported to be in the ditch along the highway.The RCMP are asking all motorists to avoid travel around Grande Prairie.  Grande Prairie is currently under a freezing rain warning.  A band of freezing rain has developed near the community and should continue until early Wednesday morning.- Advertisement -As the precipitation moves to the east, air temperatures are expected to rise above zero in some areas, but roadways and sidewalks will remain below freezing.last_img read more

January 6

Union’s ‘big idea’ for LAUSD

first_imgLos Angeles Unified’s teachers union stepped into district-reform efforts this week, proposing a charter-like model that would give campuses greater control over budgets, hiring and curriculum. If it gains support, the United Teachers Los Angeles model would become the only formally approved alternative to the increasingly popular charter-school movement, which has drawn interest from more than a dozen San Fernando Valley schools. Under the union’s proposal, schools would receive at least 95 percent of funding from the district but would also get full control over expenditures, hiring, curriculum, class schedules and professional development. Unlike charter schools, however, teachers would be bound by the UTLA contract, providing protections for teachers but also making it difficult to remove ineffective workers. “What we’re trying to accomplish is to give schools the same kind of autonomies, or as close to those autonomies, that charter schools get,” said UTLA President A.J. Duffy, who’s been pushing for the program for years. “Potentially, what we’ve done was to combine ideas that we have with ideas we’ve seen developed at charter schools and give them to schools that have the capacity to do it.” The union submitted its plan to the district’s innovation division Wednesday, calling for Woodland Hills Academy (formerly Parkman Middle School) to be the first to roll out the model. The high-performing school, frustrated by a bureaucracy that hampered its finances and led to students defecting to nearby charter schools, filed to become a charter school in 2005. Concerned that it could spark a wave of similar conversions, the district offered charter-like freedoms to keep the school in the system. But after a successful year, the school staff still decided to reapply to become a charter in order to have greater access to funds. For Duffy, who’s running for re-election in February, the key to winning broad support for reform is local control, and he said he is determined to make Woodland Hills Academy the pilot school for his school-based management plan. “One of the things charters have shown us is that the bureaucracy is the greatest bulwark for the status quo and we have to break the status quo. The status quo doesn’t work,” he said. “It’s going to give more life to teaching as a profession and this model is one of the answers to create a quality education program for students.” Woodland Hills Academy teacher Colleen Schwab said the school already has implemented many of the union’s proposals. “We believe it would bring in greater parent involvement and it gives a local school-based management council the ability to decide what would work for their school,” Schwab said. “We’d like the support of the district and we think it would be a good blueprint that would be effective for schools not only throughout the Valley but throughout the district.” Caprice Young, head of the state’s Charter Schools Association, said she strongly supports the district experimenting with new forms of decentralized authority. But Young cautioned that the concept must include accountability. Under state law, if a charter school performs in the bottom 30 percent of public schools, its charter will not be renewed in five years. “They always talk about charter-like freedoms, but they don’t talk about charter-like accountability,” Young said. “For the first time in a long time, the district is actually being forced to compete in ways that are actually going to improve student achievement. “Now, when they face a serious threat … they’re getting real about decentralization.” Karen Littman, director of the district’s innovation division, said all of the proposals coming through her department are in progress. “We’ve started the conversations, but we won’t do any initiatives in the innovation division without accountability,” she emphasized. It is unclear whether the model would need approval by the district’s board. Young said she supports any exploration of decentralization and said that if teachers support it – and have a sense they’re actively engaged in decision-making – there rarely is a need to fire teachers. Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools are publicly funded campuses that operate independently of the district and most state regulations, exercising full control over their resources and electing their own school boards to set policies and budgets. But Young warned that when schools taste a little freedom, they often want more, and the next natural step after the UTLA model may be the charter movement. “The biggest likelihood is that once the school-site leadership begins to understand what real freedom looks like, they’re going to want real freedom, not fake freedom,” Young said. “And the district is going to have to be ready to provide that in exchange for high student achievement.” But Duffy said most teachers do not favor charters. “Teachers turn to charters because they can’t get the system to give them the freedoms they want. Once we start giving them the freedoms, then this is the kind of thing they want,” Duffy said. Young would not say which schools have contacted her to discuss becoming charters, but she said several in the Valley are feeling competitive pressures. Taft High School Principal Sharon Thomas said her teachers have been weighing whether to become a charter because they’re frustrated with dwindling funding. The teaching staff at the Woodland Hills school voted on the issue, but fewer than 50 percent supported the idea. Thomas said some teachers are scared to leave the traditional public school system, but that another meeting has been set to discuss options – including, possibly, the union’s proposal. As the district works to end busing, Taft also is facing the loss of students over the next several years – and the Title I federal funding that comes with them. “We don’t have money and budgets like we used to, so teachers are having to do with less and less money for their programs,” Thomas said. “We’re looking at the possibility of it and how it would help the school and students. Basically, we’re here to help the students and get them the best opportunities for learning.” School board member Julie Korenstein, who has been opposed to charters, said she’s seen the district attempt decentralization in the past. She said it’s important to see how any plans are structured, particularly on training school-site leaders to handle greater autonomy. But she said she’s always been interested in finding ways for schools and communities to make local decisions. “I’d like to find the balance between centralization and local control,” said Korenstein, who said she had not yet seen the union’s plan. “Neither one is bad and (both have) good points.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

January 3

Arsenal and Liverpool-linked starlet to snub duo for Inter Milan switch?

first_img Keita Balde Diao 1 Arsenal and Liverpool-linked Keita Balde Diao is set to leave Lazio after handing in a transfer request but Inter Milan are believed to be favourites to land the promising youngster.The Kop club have been tracking the 20-year-old forward and their hopes of signing the Senegalese star improved after he stunned Lazio by demanding a move away.Although Diao has struggled to breakthrough on a regular basis into the Biancocelesti first-team picture, both Liverpool and Arsenal have been tipped to launch bids in the region of £7m for the former Barcelona La Masia graduate.However, according to Tuttosport, Inter are hoping the lure of a long-term stay in Serie A will convince Diao to move to the San Siro rather than the Premier League.Diao registered just six league starts last term but clubs are well aware of the striker’s potential to become a big name on the big stage.last_img read more

December 27

The 20 youngest players to score 100 Premier League goals, including Harry Kane

first_img 20 20 20 20 19. Matt Le Tissier scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 32 years and 217 days 4. Harry Kane scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 24 years and 191 days 6. Thierry Henry scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 26 years and 177 days 20 5. Alan Shearer scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 25 years and 139 days 20 20 20 20 2. Robbie Fowler scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 23 years and 283 days 17. Emile Heskey scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 30 years and 295 days 10. Darren Bent scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 27 years and 361 days 3. Wayne Rooney scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 24 years and 100 days 20 12. Dwight Yorke scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 29 years and 23 days 20 14. Robin van Persie scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 29 years and 28 days 11. Jermain Defoe scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 28 years and 198 days 20. Steven Gerrard scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 33 years and 142 days 20 9. Sergio Aguero scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 27 years and 322 days 16. Les Ferdinand scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 30 years and 155 days 8. Robbie Keane scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 27 years and 171 days – Robbie Keane was a hero at White Hart Lane 18. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 32 7. Andy Cole scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 27 years and 126 days 20 20 20 20 13. Nicolas Anelka scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 29 years and 276 days 20 20 15. Frank Lampard scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 30 years and 135 days 20 Harry Kane has enjoyed an incredible rise since making his Premier League debut at the age of 19.The Tottenham striker came on as a late substitute in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle on the opening day of the 2012-13 season.But things have improved for the England international considerably since that loss at St. James’ Park.Kane scored his 100th Premier League goal at the weekend against Liverpool at the age of 24 years and 191 days.But where does Kane rank, overall, when it comes to the youngest players to score 100 Premier League goals?Click the right arrow, above, to view the entire gallery…. 20 1. Michael Owen scored his 100th Premier League goal at the age of 23 years and 134 dayslast_img read more

December 25

What Neil Lennon said about Norwich ace Teemu Pukki’s time at Celtic

first_imgIt seems like Neil Lennon’s words about Teemu Pukki have come back to bite him. Former Celtic boss Lennon signed Pukki in a £3million deal from Schalke in 2013. Getty 3 Teemu Pukki netted a hat-trick against Newcastle on Saturday Norwich vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSwansea vs Birmingham (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti BIG PRESENTS UP TOP “He was never prolific but we felt he had the qualities we wanted but he would maybe say he never got the chance to show that on a consistent basis.”Norwich City vs Chelsea – Saturday, August 24 (12:30pm) – LIVE on talkSPORTPukki appeared to have the last laugh as Brondby knocked Lennon’s Hibs out of the Europa League on penalties. In March, the 29-year-old opened up about his failed spell in Scotland. He told Sky Sports: “I think we can say it wasn’t the success we were hoping for and it was a hard time for me personally. “I started well and got a couple of goals, but then it didn’t go so well and it’s hard to say why. Getty Neil Lennon is currently bossing Celtic in a second spell 3 Getty His sudden rise has surprised the masses, and Lennon may be one of those.Ahead of Hibs’ Europa League qualifying clash with Brondby in 2016, Lennon claimed Pukki ‘was not an out-and-out goalscorer’.He said: “Listen, he is not going to turn into Superman just because he has got a move to Brondby.“He still has the same attributes – good feet, okay with his back to goal and he will go in behind as well.“He has never been the most physical of players, he was never that type. He will be a similar sort of player as what you saw at Celtic but maybe a bit more comfortable in the Scandinavian environment. latest 3 Teemu Pukki is a fans’ favourite at Carrow Road Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested stalemate Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January targets Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas on target “He’s not the first person to come to Glasgow and not hit the ground running. “He is a quiet boy. He had a few injury problems as well and at a club like Celtic, when you’re brought in for money, you have to score goals.“And he wasn’t really an out-and-out goalscorer. He played within himself a little bit, I thought. He didn’t really show his capabilities.“He’s very quiet. I don’t know if it was too big for him because he had been at Sevilla and Schalke, so he had been at big clubs. Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ LIVE on talkSPORT deals But the move did not work out for the striker, who netted nine goals in 38 games and left after just one season.Pukki rediscovered his form in Denmark with Brondby, which saw Norwich snap him up on a free transfer last summer. The Finland international scored 29 league goals in his debut season at Carrow Road as the Canaries won promotion back to the Premier League.And life in the top-flight has been just as easy for Pukki, who has scored four goals in his first two games, including a hat-trick against Newcastle on Saturday. rookie error Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman FAREWELL Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ OFF LATEST Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “The one year I had there was a really good experience for me. I have good memories and it made me a better player. “I got used to the physical play in Scotland and it taught me about some stuff for sure.“I’m happy even though it didn’t go so well and I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Then I got the transfer I needed to Denmark.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action.We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.last_img read more

December 24

Findlay makes debut for Scotland against San Marino

first_imgScott McTominay returns from suspension and starts in midfield alongside John McGinn and Callum McGregor.James Forrest and Ryan Christie will play in support of striker Shankland. Stuart Findlay will make his Scotland debut in the Euro 2020 qualifier against San Marino.Scotland boss Steve Clarke has made several changes from the side that lost 4-0 to Russia on Thursday with Lawrence Shankland starting in attack and Jon McLaughlin in goals.The defeat in Moscow ended any hopes of Scotland qualifying through the group and Clarke has said that the target for the remaining games is to build confidence and momentum for the play-offs, starting with a home win.McLaughlin starts in goal against the minnows, with captain Andy Robertson, Michael Delin, Findlay and Liam Palmer making up a back four.last_img read more