17 01 20

first_imgDear Editor,In December 2017, I read an emotionally moving article in the Department of Public Information (DPI) publication. President Granger had visited an orphanage for baby elephants in Nairobi, Kenya, and he had even taken the time to capture a photographic moment with one on these orphaned elephants. I am sure that it should have been a heart-changing moment, since if one can care so much for an orphaned elephant then we can expect far greater commitment to give the Guyanese people, especially our droves of dismissed workers, our unemployed youths and impoverished children, the ‘good life’ as is promised day after day and year after year.Unfortunately, during this same time in 2017, the dismissed Wales sugar workers were subjected to dire poverty barely eking out a living and unable to send their children to school. Compliments of the Granger Administration! There were numerous articles which gave graphic accounts of the hardships faced by these workers and their families. We read headlines such as, ‘Wales feeling the squeeze…’, ‘Closure of Wales Estate now taking its toll…’,’Closure of Wales Estate a strategy to suffocate…’ and numerous letters highlighting the plight of these workers. However, like the Pharaoh of Moses times, these did nothing to soften the hearts of Granger and his Administration. The next year they callously closed the Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon estates and flung another 6000 workers and their families into grave poverty. Not to mention the negative ripple effect to the surrounding communities and businesses.Let us now fast forward to October 18, 2018, nearly one year after the Nairobi visit. There was a massive picketing demonstration outside of Parliament which includes the dismissed Wales Sugar workers and their families who since the closure of the estate are still to receive their severance pay. That is nearly two years ago. The orphaned baby elephant must now be quite grown up and must be fending for itself, whilst the ‘orphaned’ sugar workers and their families are still suffering from hunger and poverty directly caused by the deliberately myopic policies of Granger and his Administration. But that’s not all! The Granger Administration unleashed its thugs to harass these impoverished sugar workers. The message is clear. The People’s National Congress’ thuggery and bullyism days are back!Now the President is quite sympathetic to the Venezuelans refugees and this is not a problem. We are obligated to help our neighbours. Already a homestead development was proposed and now $19.2 million is allocated towards providing relief to these refugees. However, there is an old adage which says that ‘charity begins at home’, but this Government tends to be more sympathetic in gaining international accolades than looking after its starving people at home. At the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) level for the past months, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Councillors have been tirelessly agitating for a bus to be purchased by the Government to assist in transporting the dismissed sugar workers’ children at Rose Hall and even though it was passed at the RDC level, nothing is done by this ‘caring’ Government. They are simply not good enough. I would love to see the Presidents posing with one of these poor children!Furthermore, why are the dismissed sugar workers at Wales not getting their severance pay? It is a grave travesty and a national disgrace to see these workers standing in the sweltering heat protesting for what they are legally entitled to. Should they not be treated as humans? Why is this Government prolonging their misery? It is already devastating to lose one’s job but it is more devastating to be denied the right to survival and this is exactly what this ‘good life’ government is doing. Why did they not pay the sugar workers their full severances immediately upon being severed? That is the law! But instead they are treated as criminals!But what is even worse is the fact that the President and his ministers completely ignored these workers in front of Parliament, the place where elected representatives must serve all Guyanese. In fact, they proudly strutted away from the victims of their deliberate and calculated attack leaving them in the hands of their thugs. They had destroyed their livelihoods perceiving them to be supporters of the PPP and not citizens of this country whose rights have been trampled upon. It is a clear message that these ‘orphaned’ sugar workers have been totally abandoned by this ‘soucouyant’ Government.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor, RegionSixlast_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgBody found in interior…body still at mortuaryEight months after his suspected partially decomposed body was found in a mining camp in Kuribrong, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), family members of Patrick Vyfhuis are still in suspense as they wait on a Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test to be conducted to know if the remains are that of the missing man.Vyfhuis went missing on July 15, 2018, in the interior while he was being escorted out after he reportedly began behaving strangely. A partially decomposed body was found 10 days after which has left family members puzzled.Fast forward to April and relatives of the suspected dead man are bashing the police for their slothful investigations as they are yet to determine whether the remains belong to the missing man.Odessia Spencer, the dead man’s sister, told Guyana Times that she has almost become hopeless and has no idea why the test has not yet been conducted.She said the police recently told the family that they have to wait but never explained why. According to her, they were only told that the man’s body was at a mortuary in Georgetown and is yet to be buried.In the meantime, Commander of F Division (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis when contacted by this publication said the situation remains the same.The body, suspected to be that of Vyfhuis of Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, was discovered on July 25, 2018, clad in a white T-shirt and grey jeans, along with a pair of blue sneakers.Vyfhuis’s body was reportedly found by a pork-knocker some four miles away from the campsite where he was employed, and was later identified by his employer.The man’s employers — of the said community from which Vyfhuis originated — are owners of a mining camp in the interior. They told this newspaper that the man had been mentally ill and that they were unaware of this when they had hired him.One of the employers explained that the man had left for the interior on July 11, 2018.She related that after he arrived at the mining camp, he had been acting strangely, and had even told them that somebody wanted to kill him.She further related that other workers at the camp attempted to control Vyfhuis’s absurd behaviour, but without success.She said that as a result of this behaviour, on July 15, 2018, when they were about to escort the man to his home, he ran away.The man’s sister is, however, claiming that her brother never suffered from any mental disorders.Dead: Patrick Vyfhuislast_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgGhana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo being conferred with the Order of ExcellenceBy Jarryl BryanThe Order of Excellence, Guyana’s highest national award, was on Tuesday conferred on visiting Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo based on the recommendation of the Order’s advisory committee and to recognise his leadership on the African, Caribbean and Pacific stage.Conferring the award at State House was President David Granger, who afterwards lauded the Ghanaian leader for his contributions in Africa and beyond. According to Granger, the law provides for this award to be awarded to persons of distinction, whether local or foreign.“The order provides that the Order of Excellence may be awarded to any distinguished citizen of another country who’s rendered valuable service to Guyana and who for any other reason the state wishes to honour.”“Guyana is pleased to confer on his Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the order of excellence, for his dedication and commitment to the commonwealth, the organisation of African unity, the economic community of West Africa and for his unflinching support for the rights of developing states.”According to President David Granger, President Akufo-Addo is also recognised for his efforts in promoting economic stability in Africa and his support for regionalism. He also noted that the Ghanaian President is noted for his leadership in these matters.In addition, it is understood that the decision came based off of recommendations from the Chairman and members of the advisory council of the orders of Guyana. In accepting his award, the Ghanaian President expressed surprise and appreciation for the gesture.“This is my first trip to Guyana. Yesterday you waited for me until one in the morning, in the rain, to greet me. Today, you see fit to accord me the highest honour of your country. Of course, I’m extremely appreciative and grateful.”“And you’ve certainly provided me with a guideline that I will try to achieve. And I’m very concerned about how the two of us, in our two countries, can work together to promote the welfare of our people.”The Ghanaian President arrived in Guyana at 23:00h on Monday night for his very first state visit. He was accompanied by a 43-member delegation, who were greeted by Guyana’s President David Granger and most of the members of his Cabinet at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA). A 21-gun salute and the unfurling of the vibrant Ghanaian flag marked the arrival of the high-level team.Prior to the conferral of the award, the Ghanaian leader’s visits included The Non-Aligned Monument and The 1763 Monument, where wreaths were laid. At The Non-Aligned Monument, Akufo-Addo was greeted by a guard of honour, members of the Ghanaian diaspora waving their national flag and curious onlookers.He then continued his tour, first at the Marriott Hotel for a meeting with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, then to Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) and then at Banks DIH Limited. During his meeting with the Opposition Leader, a number of things including oil and gas were discussed.The Ghanaian President also interacted with the Ghana diaspora in Guyana and representatives from the country’s African Group Organisations later on Tuesday. The President and his delegation are scheduled to depart Guyana today.The state visit was announced by President David Granger two weeks ago when he accredited the new Ghanaian High Commissioner to Guyana. The Guyanese Head of State had disclosed that he met President Akufo-Addo twice – first, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference last year and again this year, in Cuba.It was in Cuba that the African Leader accepted an invitation to visit Georgetown. The visit is aimed at “deepening and strengthening the cordial relationship” the two countries have built over the past 40 years.The Order of Excellence of Guyana (OE) is the highest national award of Guyana and was established in 1970. Persons holding the award are limited to twenty-five living citizens of Guyana at a time.last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgMoose FM has the chance for you to win something special for your Valentine. Valentines Day is only a few days away and you can win a $700 prize pack. All you have to do is listen to Moose FM from now until the 14th.All you have to do is listen for the Valentines Day Cue to Call.   Be caller number 3 when you hear it at 250-787-2222 and you’ll qualify for the grand prize draw. We’ll give you at least 3 chances a day to enter.- Advertisement -Then join us Monday February 14th for the grand prize draw.The prize pack includes a $100 gift certificate to the following places….Serenity Spa, M&M Meat Shops, LaBelle Fashions and Consignments, Hi Performance Motor Sports, Gifts for Girls, Beachcomber Hot Tubs, Needful Things, Phoenix North Hair Salon, and Shooz and Bootz.Good luck and happy Valentines Day from Moose FM.last_img read more

6 01 20

first_imgThe UK tabloids have made a lot in the past of the lifestyle of Sterling — who earns a reported £200,000 ($265,000) a week — but he says he no longer lets it get to him.Before leaving for Russia, he was widely-criticised by the media for having a tattoo of a gun on his leg, with some more hysterical commentators calling for him to be dropped from the squad.He explained that it was a tribute to his father, who was shot dead in his birthplace of Jamaica when Sterling was just two years old.“If you grew up the same way I grew up, don’t listen to what certain tabloids want to tell you,” said Sterling.“They just want to steal your joy. They just want to pull you down.“England is still a place where a naughty boy who comes from nothing can live his dream.”Sterling joined his mother in the UK aged five, after she had left him and his older sister with his grandmother in Kingston, so she could help their futures by studying in England.But times were hard once they were reunited.– ‘The only good part’ –“Fifteen years ago, we were cleaning toilets and getting breakfast out of a vending machine,” he said.Sterling, whose mother advised him to join Queens Park Rangers as a schoolboy in preference to London rivals Arsenal, says he used to get up at five in the morning and battle with his sister over chores at the hotel where their mum worked.“I’d be arguing with my sister, like, ‘No! No! You got the toilets this time. I got the bed sheets’,” said Sterling, who nevertheless owed his sister a favour, as she used to travel with him on an eight-hour round trip to training at QPR.“The only good part about it was that my mum would let us pick anything we wanted from the vending machine when we finished.”Sterling, who has a son Thiago Romeo with his fiancee Paige, says that after those difficult days both he and his mum can be proud of where they are now.“She came to this country with nothing and put herself through school cleaning bathrooms and changing sheets, and now she’s the director of a nursing home. And her son plays for England.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England striker Raheem Sterling says despite the tabloid press best efforts naughty boys can still succeed in England © AFP / Mark RALSTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 22 – England forward Raheem Sterling says he ignores the criticism of him in the British tabloid press, insisting he prefers to enjoy how he has risen from humble beginnings to play at the World Cup.The 23-year-old Manchester City star — who is expected to be left out of the starting line-up for England’s second group game against Panama on Sunday — wrote in The Players’ Tribune that he doesn’t think his life off the pitch has to be squeaky clean in order to succeed on it.last_img read more

30 12 19

first_img“You are adding local jobs at a faster rate than you are adding workers,” Pedrin said. The figures were part of a $55,000 labor market study done by Anaheim-based Alfred Gobar Associates for the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance, or GAVEA, a nonprofit economic development organization supported by local cities and businesses and other government agencies. The study, one of two released last week, was based on telephone interviews with 900 people and is part of an effort to recruit new employers, get commuters off the Antelope Valley Freeway, boost local wages and improve the local economy. The Gobar study estimated the population of the Antelope Valley, a 2,800-square-mile region stretching from Acton to Ridgecrest, at about 506,400, up from about 418,000 in 2000. The Antelope Valley has a good mix of local jobs at all earning levels but more needs to be done to reduce the number of commuters, the study said. PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley’s population growth is driving the region’s economic engine, adding more households with spending power and fueling local job growth. Nearly 2,150 additional households a year have moved to the Antelope Valley since 2005, and the average household income of those living in the region less than four years is $67,900 – 3.5 percent higher than the overall area’s average household income, a study has found. “It’s household economic stimulus to the economy and the job market,” said Alonzo Pedrin, who led the study. “Every dollar spent by new households generates $1.28 in economic activity in the Antelope Valley.” Since 2000, the number of residents joining the work force has grown 1.56 percent annually; job growth has gone up 1.78 percent annually in the same period. The study estimated that 61,600 of region’s residents, one-third of the work force, commute an hour or more to jobs outside the valley, the study said. On average, commuters reported 17percent higher earnings than people who work locally, but one-third reported earning less than the average annual Antelope Valley salary of $44,630. Average household income in the Antelope Valley was estimated at $65,600, which is about 6percent below the Los Angeles County average of $69,800. Paralleling growth in population is development of new space for industry, according to a second study presented by GAVEA. Since 2004, the Antelope Valley has constructed more than 1.7million square feet of new industrial buildings – 1.03 million in Lancaster and 737,886 in Palmdale, the report said. The report showed that 761,376 square feet of the region’s 9.6 million square feet of industrial space is vacant, a vacancy rate of 7.87 percent, up from 1.05 percent in 2004 but lower than 14.6 percent in 1991. The current vacancy rate in Lancaster is 3.67 percent; in Palmdale, more than 19 percent. “The buildings are not all full yet. There is a real opportunity here,” GAVEA president Mel Layne said. “7.87 is not a bad place to be for promoting the Antelope Valley.” The 9.6 million square feet figures does not include “special use” industrial space at Air Force Plant 42, Lockheed Martin’s Plant 10, or Site 9, the former B-1B bomber complex now owned by Los Angeles World Airports. The industrial space of those areas totals more than 7 million square feet and has a vacancy rate of nearly 9 percent, the report said.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

29 12 19

first_imgJob Vacancies: A popular Donegal beauty salon has a vacancy for full and part-time work available. Management at the salon are seeking an experienced candidate for the role of Nail Technician and for specialist Eyelash treatments.Applicants for the role of Nail Technician must be experienced in carrying out manicures, Pedicure, gel polish, gel extensions/acrylic.The team are also looking for someone with experience in working with different eyelash treatments. (Mink, lash lift) Russian Volume lashes would be a bonus.Anyone interested in applying for this job can email your CV or photos of your work to:nailsandlashestb@gmail.comJob Vacancies: Nail Technician and Eyelash Beautician required was last modified: May 14th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:beauticianBeautybeauty salonjobsNail TechnicianVacancieslast_img read more

24 12 19

first_imgDonegal County Council is at the centre of a bizarre stand-off after councillors refused to drink bottled water at meetings – because it’s made in Scotland.Councillors are demanding to know how much has been spent on bottled water from Scotland.It comes just a day after a public opinion was divided after an Irish-language translator was drafted in for meetings at County House in Lifford.At least six councillors are believed to be threatening to boycott the council unless water from an Irish company is used instead. Inishowen councillor Phillip Maglass said importing water from Scotland was the last straw for him.“It’s bad enough that the issue of Irish Water has divided the chamber but using bottled water brought in from Scotland is just ridiculous.“I can’t understand why we just can’t have tap water anyway – it’s perfectly healthy and we’re paying for it.“I want to know who sanctioned this and how much money has been spent on it,” he said. It is understood the water was chosen because it is sourced from the Scottish Highlands and believed to be the purest in Europe.Donegal Daily understands the contract for the Scottish bottled water, which could run into tens of thousands of euro, was signed off exactly a year ago – on April 1st, 2014.A spokesman for the council said they will make a comment on the matter later TODAY.UPROAR AS COUNCILLORS THREATEN BOYCOTT OVER BOTTLED WATER FROM SCOTLAND was last modified: April 1st, 2015 by StephenShare 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:councillorsCounty HousedonegalLiffordScotlandwaterlast_img read more

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first_imgThe DRSWG Christmas Road Safety Campaign is encouraging all road users to ensure they have a safe way of travelling home from a night out over the Christmas & New Year holiday season. The campaign focuses on preventing drink driving over the festive period, asking “Who will be taking you home tonight?”The image features local taxi driver Paul O’Keeney, Sgt. Mark Traynor, Letterkenny Roads Policing Unit, Paddy Doherty HSE Ambulance Service and Ernie Gibson, Funeral Director demonstrating that anyone who does decide to drink or drug drive could be arrested, be seriously injured or even be killed. Inspector Michael Harrison from An Garda Síochána said, “We are appealing to drivers this festive period, not to drink or take drugs when driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will impair your driving and put the lives of yourself and other road users at risk. We will have roads policing operations running throughout the Christmas period, we are appealing to drivers who are out socialising, not to take the risk of driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. There has been a significant increase in the number of drivers that have been arrested for driving under the influence this year. Please do not put your own life in danger or the life of others by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs”.Gareth Gibson, Donegal Youth Service, Inspector Michael Harrison, Brian O’Donnell, Sgt. Mark Traynor, Letterkenny Roads Policing Unit at launch at Listillion, Letterkenny.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer added “Alcohol affects everybody’s driving for the worse. It creates a feeling of overconfidence, makes judging distance and speed more difficult and slows your reactions. All too often at this festive time ambulance crews are faced with the chaos caused by driving under the influence of drink or drugs. Either the driver is injured or they injure others, sometimes seriously, which is unacceptable. There are alternative ways of getting home, there are taxis and having a designated driver is always a good alternative. Please have a great festive season but don’t drive under the influence – we don’t want you to end up as a casualty or even killed. We are keen to promote this message over the next few weeks with support from local organisations including local businesses, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.”Cross Border launch 2019 – Inspector Michael Harrison, Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer, Inspector John Millar, PSNI, Harry Rutherford, Vice Chair, Road Safety NI and members of PSNI & Garda Siochanaat Cross Border Drink Driving campaign launch in Bridgend.Gardai launched their Christmas Drink Driving campaign on the N13 at Listillion, Letterkenny on Monday 2nd December and also along with the PSNI, launched their annual cross border Christmas Drink Driving campaign on the N13 at Bridgend, which is supported by the Donegal Road Safety Working Group as part of their ongoing road safety awareness programme, which also reinforces the continued co-operation between both forces with regard to road safety on both sides of the border.Everyone involved in promoting road safety, would like to take this opportunity to wish all road users a Happy and Safe Christmas and New Year. Hard-hitting poster drives Christmas road safety message home was last modified: December 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Infrastructure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) KwaZulu-Natal province: Electricity pylons. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image La Lucia area, KwaZulu-Natal province. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image La Lucia area, KwaZulu-Natal province. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image La Lucia area, KwaZulu-Natal province. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Sutherland, Northern Cape province: Solar-powered cellphone mast at the Sutherland Observatory. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Sutherland, Northern Cape province: Entrance to the Sutherland Observatory, which is home to one of the world’s largest telescopes, the Southern African Large Telescope, or SALT. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Sutherland, Northern Cape province: Solar-powered cellular phone mast at the Sutherland Observatory. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Sutherland, Northern Cape province: Solar-powered cellular phone mast at the Sutherland Observatory. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Sutherland, Northern Cape province: The Sutherland Observatory. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image INFRASTRUCTURE 18: {loadposition infrastructure}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more