Arrogance that pervades political, administrative power (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Firstly, let me clear my debt to Cicero by thanking him for crystallizing the four Cardinal Virtues: Justice, Wisdom, Courage and Temperance. Courage, in my opinion, is the greatest virtue, and underpins all other virtues; yet lack of temperance is the most challenging of virtues to inculcate into your character.The gains in character and honour from not acquiescing to ill-will, ingratitude, insolence, arrogance and disloyalty far exceed any soup one may receive from the process of grovelling and prostrating oneself to persons in high office.The pure joy garnered from sports in terms of inspiring the masses of a nation is unparalleled; the ethos of cohesion, solidarity and connectivity is immeasurable; be it in cricket, football, basketball or any of the other sports.To a considerable extent, certain sports are played by the underprivileged, and for these individuals, it is the platform for the building of self-confidence, opportunities to travel, self-esteem, discipline, status, love of country, development of friendships, and the perseverance to succeed. Studies have shown that participation in Sports has reduced crime, indiscipline and idle behaviour.The Guyana Basketball Federation is at a sweating point, not a breaking point. We sent, on May 7, 2018, letters seeking funding from the Government, letters written to Minister Norton of the Ministry of Social Cohesion and Minister Harmon of the Ministry of State, for Guyana’s Men and Women to participate in the 2018 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships in Suriname from June 15-30.By some quirk in the structure of the Government apparatus, Senior Minister Harmon is the subject Minister of Senior Minister Norton, among other Minister/s under his domain. In addition, Minister Harmon is de facto the most powerful Minister in Guyana, and his decisions can only be counteracted by President Granger, especially since he is the spokesperson for the President.We have not received a formal response from the Government, since we hand delivered the letters to the above-mentioned Ministries on May 7th, 2018, with the letters emailed days earlier.Of course rumours abound about my writings in the media, causing a backlash against funding for our female team, which includes: five high schoolers from President College, one from Mackenzie High School, two from St. Roses, one from Bishops, one from the Guyana Police Force, one from Marian Academy, one from Guyana School of Agriculture, two from Kwakwani under the age of twenty-three, among others.Most of the players from the Men Squad have completed High School. Six are from Region 10, one from Region 6, and ten from Region 4; all are Guyanese born.Aside from the great honour to play for Guyana, it is a great psychological boost and an impressive achievement to represent your country, as many of us know.Where is the common-sense juxtaposition for my writings in the media and the failure to action letters requesting funding for national teams to represent Guyana at regional championships? For that matter, where is the logic in this protracted delay?Over $150,000 in costs are incurred daily, just too keep the basketball squads in training. The Guyana Basketball Federation is owed $4.3 million since 2016 by the National Sports Commission (NSC). During the hosting of the U16 Caribbean Championships in Guyana, we expended more than $7.8 million on structural improvements to the Sports Hall, which the NSC Chairman and other Commissioners promised to reimburse promptly. So far, only $3.5 million has been repaid. My fervent wish for our country is that leadership from the green and red parties be forward-looking, and disavow our decades- long political culture that has been filled too often with callous vendetta and spite.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

Gov’t Seeks Funding for Lofa Road Maintenance

first_imgDeputy Public Works Minister Claude Langley has disclosed that government is scouting for money for the maintenance of the Gbarnga to Voinjama road in Lofa County.Mr. Langley told a recent news conference that the road, which is currently in good shape  despite the rainy season, needs to be maintained.The road was rehabilitated by Westwood Corporation, a Liberian firm.The Gbarnga to Voinjama Highway, according to several officials who recently traveled to Lofa with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is so far the best in rural Liberia.The road is better for the first time in the last four years, since the celebration of Liberia’s Independence in Lofa County in 2010.Some independent journalists who travelled with  President Johnson-Sirleaf to Lofa recently, said motorbikes (pen-pen), taxis and buses are currently engaged in serious transportation business because of the good condition of the road.Some residents of the county told our reporter that since the civil conflict, this is the first time Lofa has experienced low transport fares.  This, they noted, is because of the good road network in the county.Mr. Pewu Kollie, a resident of Zorzor, said prior to the rehabilitation of the road, commuters used to pay about L$4,500 per trip, “but now we are paying about L$3,000 from Voinjama to Monrovia.He described the drop in the transport fare as a great financial relief for the people of Lofa County and said “We want to thank the company for doing such a wonderful job.”“My brother, some companies will take the money and do a bad job, to the detriment of locals who have to face great difficulty  traveling on bad roads,  especially during the rainy season,” he said.Also speaking, Tenneh Baysah, a business woman in Voinjama, said “We used to travel with water, buckets, cook spoons and pots for cooking because we would spend more than a day on this road.  But today it takes a few hours, not days or a week from Monrovia to Voinjama.”“Goods, especially vegetables and other perishable commodities, are no longer getting rotten as before due to the number of days we would spend on the road, businesswoman Baysah said.According to our reporter, instead of days or a week, it now takes a maximum of five hours from Voinjama to Gbarnga, depending on the type of vehicle.The volume of traffic along the route has increased significantly, thus boosting economic activities and reducing prices, our reporter said.However, Deputy Minister Langley has given the assurance  that government will attract funding to keep the road intact.He attributed the deplorable road network in other parts of the country, especially in the southeast, to the lack of maintenance.According to him, the Ministry of Public Works lacks   the necessary equipment to maintain roads across the country and was looking for funding to ensure that roads  built or rehabilitated by contractors remain intact.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minibus driver charged for causing death by dangerous driving

first_imgTyphon SampsonA Route 42 minibus driver was on Monday slapped with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.Thirty-one-year-old Typhon Sampson of Supply, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge against Sampson stated that on May 5, 2019, at the Garden of Eden Public Road, East Bank Demerara, he drove minibus BXX 3014 in a dangerous manner to the public, thereby causing the deaths of Linden Charles and Michael Cozier.Sampson denied the charges after they were read to him and was released on $700,000 bail.Reports are Cozier, 34, of Charlestown, Georgetown, and Police Constable Charles were among seven passengers in the minibus, driven by Sampson. The minibus was reportedly travelling south at a fast rate along the eastern side of the road in the vicinity of the Guyana Defence Force’s Agriculture Corps when Sampson allegedly lost control of the vehicle and ended up in a trench on the western side of the road.The injured passengers were taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where Cozier was pronounced dead on arrival.Charles and the other passengers were transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where Charles died while receiving treatment.The case will continue on August 6, 2019.last_img read more

Mayor meets with Air Canada CEO

first_imgBut at the end of December, the City found out that the cost for Air Canada flight passes would nearly double in price. Mayor Lantz then wrote a letter to Air Canada in December stating his objection to the price hike, saying that this directly contradicts Premier Gordon Campbell’s declaration of the 2010’s being ‘decade of the North’. After playing letter-tag, Lantz decided to march down to Vancouver and get some answers. [asset|aid=2647|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=0cca50dc5c17c4abecab84e69ccac928-Lantz – air canada 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement The Mayor and Council collectively spent around $15,000 on airfare alone in 2009. Most of the travel included flights to the Vancouver area, averaging around $500 per round-trip. Mayor Lantz says discussion will continue into the flight-pass dilemma. Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz says a flight pass issue has sprouted some wings. Mayor Lantz met with Air Canada’s CEO Calin Rovinescu on March 9th in Vancouver. – Advertisement -He says the 40-minute conversation has peaked some interest with Air Canada. [asset|aid=2646|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=0cca50dc5c17c4abecab84e69ccac928-Lantz – air canada 2_2_Pub.mp3] The flight passes are used by frequent-flyers, making them a much more affordable option for residents in the North.Advertisementcenter_img By Christine Rumleskielast_img read more

Cummings Lodge crowned tape-ball champs again

first_imgCummings Lodge Secondary found themselves cruising to victory last weekend as they were competing in the finals of the Goodwood Racing Service and P&P Insurance Brokers-sponsored Schoolboys tape-ball cricket competition.The Cummings Lodge Secondary teamSeven secondary school teams from the coastland came out to put on a show. In the first match-up, Annandale Secondary racked up 123 in their six overs and managed to restrict IAE to 39. In the second match-up, Trust College took care of Sophia Special’s total in just 5.3 overs to win the encounter. Later on, North Georgetown defeated RBI, with North Georgetown posting 78 in their six overs. RBI fell short with a total of 69. In the last of the group stage, Cummings Lodge had an impressive win by 42 runs after putting 83 runs on the scorecard, which St John ’s College failed to make.The semis saw North Georgetown and Sophia going head to head. Sophia fell short of the 61-run target with a total of only 28. As expected, Cummings Lodge dominated their semi, chasing down Annandale’s 71-run target.Playing at the D’Urban Park tarmac, in a final that seemed like déjà vu, North Georgetown Secondary had the opportunity to bat first and registered a total of 48 from their allotted six overs. Cummings Lodge, however, stormed the pitch when it was their turn to bat, knocking down the total in just 4.5 overs.The competition was organised by Royal Tape Ball Academy and coordinated by James Lewis.last_img read more

City plan boosts biking, walking to ease car traffic

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The May 21 meeting will be held on at 6p.m. in the Century Room at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. The public can comment on the proposal until June1. Currently there are 14 miles of bicycle lanes on city streets, as well as 30miles of off-street bike trails and paseos. The city has 80 lockers for bicycle parking at various locations, and nearly half are rented. The draft plans call for more bike routes along Bouquet Canyon Road and Wiley Canyon Road to connect to other bicycle facilities. City planners are working with developers to make sure new neighborhoods are pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. Ideas to promote walking include adding sidewalks in the Valencia Industrial Center and adding timers to “walk” signals at big intersections. SANTA CLARITA – Blazing more bicycle trails across Santa Clarita and improvements at major intersections to make it safer for pedestrians are among suggestions in an ambitious city effort to get residents walking, riding and using public transit. Santa Clarita has completed a comprehensive draft of its Biking and Walking Non-Motorized Plan, compiled with input from residents and set for public discussion May21. The goal is to ease the city’s crippling traffic congestion and encourage future alternatives to driving about town. The 156-page plan, on the city’s Web site at, promotes walking and bicycling, encourages use of public transit and even addresses those who prefer to travel by horse. It includes direction for future investments in bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, including recommendations that developers cover some costs. last_img read more

Husband and wife die in apparent murder-suicide

first_imgCHATSWORTH – A man and a woman died in an apparent murder-suicide on the 22000 block of Lassen Street Saturday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said they were “having financial issues.” The couple’s daughter found them both shot in the head at home around 9 a.m., police said, along with a note written in either Hebrew or Arabic. Police haven’t yet determined who did the shooting, nor have they released the victims’ names. 160Want 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

HAMMER BLOW! Another West Ham star hit by injury

first_img1 James Tomkins West Ham have suffered another huge injury blow after confirming James Tomkins has suffered a dislocated shoulder.The defender, who recently signed a new long-term contract at Upton Park, could miss the rest of the season after falling awkwardly during a training session on Thursday.“West Ham United can confirm that James Tomkins has suffered a dislocated shoulder. The 25-year-old was taken for hospital treatment and will continue to be assessed by the club’s medical staff,” the club revealed on Twitter.Tomkins’ injury leaves Sam Allardyce with a defensive headache ahead of this weekend’s trip to Arsenal.The Hammers boss is already without Winston Reid, meaning James Collins is the only recognised centre-back available to him.Allardyce is also short of options in attack, having seen Enner Valencia struck down by injury ahead of the clash at the Emirates.The striker cut his toe in a freak accident after he stood on a broken teacup to join Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll on the casualty list.last_img read more

Swiss trio punished for Eagle celebrations but will not face World Cup bans

first_imgIn case you’ve missed it,We eagle-ised captain Lichtsteiner as well 🙂#SRBSWI #Worldcup2018Russia #Xhaka #Shaqiri— Lumir Abdixhiku (@Abdixhiku) June 22, 2018Serbian fans will be furious after they called for the pair to receive a two-match ban for the “provocative gestures”.Shaqiri wore boots with the flags of both Switzerland and of his native land, while Xhaka reportedly screamed “Kosovo” after scoring his goal.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. The gesture symbolises the doubled-headed eagle on Albania’s flag.Serbian FA chief demanded action from football’s world governing body after Xhaka and Shaqiri – who both have strong Albanian heritage – made the gesture.It has now been confirmed that the Xhaka and Shaqiri will have to pay a fine of 10,000 Swiss Francs – the equivalent of £7,630.00 while Lichtsteiner has been fined 5,000 Swiss Francs (£3,816) for joining the celebrations. 1 Shaqiri, 26, was born in Gjilan to Kosovar Albanian parents before the family emigrated to Switzerland in 1992 Three Switzerland players have avoided FIFA bans for their controversial Albanian Eagle celebrations during their 2-1 victory over Serbia at the World Cup.Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner will be eligible for the Swiss team’s final Group E game against Costa Rica on Wednesday, but they have been fined.last_img read more


first_imgBABY LUCY CUNNINGHAMThe death has taken place of Baby Lucy Cunningham, Gilbertstown, Bruckless Co Donegal, at Sligo General Hospital. Daughter of Jenny and Ciaran Cunningham. Reposing at her home Gilbertstown, Bruckless. Funeral service in Dunkineely Methodist Church on Wednesday at 2pm. Burial afterwards in Killaghtee Cemetery. House private on Wednesday morning please.  Family flowers only. Donations in lieu if desired to N.I.C.U., at Sligo General Hospital.CURREN The death has taken place at his residence of Dan Curren Carnamaddy, Dunafanaghy. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Funeral Mass in St Michaels Church, Creeslough on Thursday at 11am with burial afterwards in Doe cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to Down Syndrome  Society c/o any family member. Family time please from 11pm till 10amDOHERTYThe death has taken place at her residence of Kathleen Doherty (Andy) Ballysalla, Glengad. Funeral from her late residence on Thursday at 1015am going to St Marys Church, Lagg for Requiem Mass at 11am with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.McDAID The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of John McDaid (Paddy-John) Bunn, Glengad. Removal from the Chapel of Rest today at 3pm going to his late residence. Funeral arrangements to be confirmed later.O’DONNELLThe death has taken place at Dungloe District Hospital of Phil O Donnell, Fair Hill, Dungloe. Remains are reposing at McGlynns Funeral Home, Chapel Rd, Dungloe. Viewing today & tomorrow at 3pm and rosary at 9pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11am in St Cronas Church, Dungloe with burial afterwards in Maghery cemetery.MCGARVEYThe death has taken place of Kevin McGarvey, Whitelees, Ramelton. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Funeral from there tomorrow morning at 1030am going to St Mary’s Church for Requiem Mass at 11am with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family time from 11pm till 10am. MCDONALD (LONDON)The death has taken place in London of Charlie McDonald, Glenmakee, Carndonagh. Remains reposing at his brother Eddie McDonald’s home in Glenmakee, Carndonagh. Funeral from there tomorrow morning at 10.30am going to the Church of The Sacred Heart, Carndonagh for Requiem Mass at 11am with burial in the adjoining cemetery.FISHERThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Daisy Fisher, High Cairn, Ramelton. Her remains are reposing at her home. Funeral service tomorrow afternoon at 2pm in St Paul’s Church, Ramelton, followed by internment in the adjoining cemetetry. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Oncology Unit, Letterkenny General Hospital and the Donegal Hospice c/o Mc Elwee Funeral Directors, or any family member. Family time please from 11pm to 11am. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 was last modified: September 28th, 2011 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)last_img read more