17 01 20

first_imgDear Editor,There is a movement afoot by the caretaker coalition Government to have the next general election slip from the norm of being free and fair, characteristic values recognised and upheld by every democratic country, to being merely credible.Synonyms for free and fair include: just, impartial, dispassionate, unprejudiced, even, balanced, straightforward, honest, honourable, righteous. virtuous, decent, unfettered, unobstructed, clear and legitimate. You get the picture.While a credible election can be interpreted to mean reliable, good and sound, it can also mean that the election was simply plausible and believable, these being qualitative terms that are open to individual perspectives and perceptions: what I believe is not necessarily what you believe.The norm for the democratic election process being linked to the ubiquitous phrase “free and fair” is not an ad hoc decision that is ever taken lightly. The phrase is used to underscore the clear intent that the process of a democratic election and its outcome should be so just, valid and legitimate that the results would be inviolable and could not be bent to suit any one person’s whims or fancy.Mr Harry Hergash’s letter in SN last Saturday, August 10, 2019, (Documents show that in the past the PNC considered using Caribbean islanders to rig the 1968 election) should give pause to every citizen. The declassified documents from the US Department of State disclose the PNC’s past plots and plans to use Caribbean nationals to pad the electoral list in order to rig and win elections.Such elections would not have been free and fair but they would have had the look of being credible and would have passed muster for the PNC and its international allies at the time.The PNC continues to attempt to revise and rewrite Guyana’s history but the party continues to find that this history does not belong to them. There is always documented evidence that records the facts and proves the truth.Given President David Granger’s vow to fulfil Burnham’s legacy, the coalition Government’s obstructive moves to delay the elections following last December’s no-confidence vote, the current illegal House-to-House Registration process, the Attorney General’s public threats of violence should his party not get its way, and the coalition Government’s total disregard for the Constitution, it is clear that the country is dealing with the PNC of old and all that this means for Guyana.It is the duty of every citizen to question and demand proper answers from the relevant authorities with regard to the illegal registration process and the huge influx of Haitians into our country.These are not merely political issues. Far from it. These issues go to the very heart and soul of our nation and question whether we are willing to have our country held hostage once again to a PNC dictatorship.It is incumbent on GECOM to deliver a general election that will withstand national and international scrutiny. The election, which is long overdue, must be free and fair, and independent from any political meddling. Nothing else will do.Sincerely,Ryhaan Shahlast_img read more

14 01 20

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) are working together to design strategies to tackle climate change, which is affecting food productivity in the agriculture sector. During a press conference at the MOA in observance of World Food Day on Monday, Acting Agriculture Minister Charles McClain warned that climate change is affecting food security in the country.“Many of our farmers, fishermen and pastoralists are hardest hit by higher temperatures and increasing frequency in weather-related disasters, and therefore we should work together in addressing the issue, with the assistance of our partners,” he said.Liberia joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Food Day on Monday under the theme: “Climate is Changing, Food and Agriculture Must, Too.”Acting Minister McClain indicated that the global population is growing steadily and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, and to meet the needs of the increasing population, agriculture and the food system will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.“This is the only way that we can ensure the wellbeing of the ecosystem and rural populations and reduce emissions,” he stressed.Dr. McClain noted that growing food in a sustainable way means implementing practices that produce more with less in the same area of land and use natural resources wisely. The Deputy Country Director of the World Food Program (WFP), Julie McDonald, said the WFP has made extra gains in feeding school children of Liberia.According to her, the U.N. organization has provided daily nutritious meals for a total of 127,000 school children in several schools in nine counties, which has improved and encouraged attendance of more school going kids in the country. “WFP is also providing take-home rations such as rice and vegetable oil for over 4,000 adolescent female students in upper grades in places where gender disparities are high,” she disclosed. According to McDonald the WFP and the Ministry of Education (MoE) are currently transitioning the daily school meals program to the home-grown school feeding program that will be more sustainable and adaptable to Liberia.McDonald said the home-grown school meals initiative is aimed at linking local schools to smallholder farmers who will produce food that will be purchased and then used to provide meals for schools.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

11 01 20

first_img“The county has been very cooperative in working with our planning staff to get the stations to blend in with the community,” Hofbauer said. Fire Station 93 will be built next to Domenic Massari Park on Avenue R at 55th Street East, and Fire Station 136 will be built next to Esperanza School at Town Center Drive and Bolz Ranch Road. The Rancho Vista site is three miles from the closest fire station, while the Domenic Massari Park site is four miles from the nearest station. The stations would open in 2008, initially staffed by one engine company each. Station 93 will have bays for three vehicles; Station 136, for two. Each station will be built with an office and sleeping quarters ready to be used by a battalion chief when population growth requires dividing the southern Antelope Valley’s Battalion 17. The Battalion 17 headquarters is at Station 24 near the Antelope Valley Mall. PALMDALE – Construction is expected to start this spring on two new fire stations at the city’s east and west ends, where development over the past 10 years has put hundreds of homes miles from the nearest fire stations. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote today on allowing the long-sought projects to go out for bids. “They will provide substantial improved response times for both sides of town,” said Councilman Steve Hofbauer, who was involved in the discussions between the city and county on the project. “They will provide significant relief for our crews.” The cost is expected to be $14.1 million for both stations, which will be single-story buildings with Spanish-style, red-tile roofs. Palmdale provided the land for both stations and contributed toward road work and utility lines needed for the stations. Part of the costs, 24 percent for each station, will be paid for through fees assessed on new homes and businesses starting in 1999, after the opening of Station 131. Palmdale now has three fire stations: Station 37 downtown, Station 24 near the Antelope Valley Mall and Station 131 on Avenue S near 25th Street East. Station 24 opened in 1976 and Station 131 in 1998. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 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

11 01 20

first_img WHITTIER – The Whittier Public Library, 7344 Washington Ave., will feature a lecture on the history of fans at its monthly “Lunch at the Library” program from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch for the program. Beverages and cookies will be provided by the Friends of the Whittier Public Library. For more information, call (562) 464-3452. Free dental checks for kids available LA MIRADA – Free dental screenings for youngsters in La Mirada’s Positive Alternatives and Recreation for Kids program will be offered from 3 to 4 p.m., beginning June 1 at Gardenhill Park, 14435 Gardenhill Drive. The program will also be held on July 6 at Windemere Park, 15261 Cheshire St., and Aug. 3 at Frontier Park, 13212 Marquardt Ave. Youngsters will be evaluated for oral hygiene, obvious signs of decay, bite and tooth alignment. Parental consent forms are required and are located at the three sites. For more information, call (562) 902-3160, or visit www.cityoflamirada.org. Neighborhood picnic Saturday WHITTIER – The Arco store, 1400 E. Lambert Road, will host its third annual neighborhood picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday. There will be free burgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks, as well as music and the Coors Girls. City offering Dodgers tickets SANTA FE SPRINGS – Residents can purchase tickets through the city to the June 16 Los Angeles Dodgers game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Dodger Stadium. Tickets are $5 per person, which includes bus transportation and a lunch voucher redeemable for one Dodger Dog, a soft drink and chips. Game time is 12:55 p.m.; buses will leave at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at Town Center Hall, Los Nietos Park, Santa Fe Springs Park, Lakeview Park and Little Lake Park. Buses leave from those locations. For more information, call (562) 863-4896. Summer party for youths planned LA MIRADA – A summer beach party for sixth- to 12th-graders will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. June 8 in the Basement Youth Center in the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. Music, food, movies and prizes will be included. There will be competitions in pool, karaoke and more. Cost is $3 for Basement members and $5 for non-members. For more information, call (562) 902-3155. Children’s health fair scheduled SANTA FE SPRINGS The city and the Intercommunity Child Guidance Center of Whittier will host a children’s health fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at Heritage Park Sculpture Garden, 12100 Mora Drive. Members of Chivas USA will be on hand to demonstrate soccer techniques. There will also be a fun zone with a variety of games. Admission is free. For more information, call (562) 929-7431. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The California High School instrumental music program will hold a concert featuring the wind ensemble, the symphonic band and the orchestra at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Vic Lopez Auditorium at Whittier High School, 12417 Philadelphia St. Admission is $5. For more information, call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 3022. Library provides free lunch lectures last_img read more

6 01 20

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi dribbles the ball past Nzoia Sugar’s Stephen Wakhanya during a Kenyan Premier League match in Machakos on March 11, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMACHAKOS, Kenya, Mar 11- Captain of the day Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi struck the only goal of the match as a second string Gor Mahia side created a five-point gap on top of the Kenyan Premier League standings with a 1-0 win over Nzoia Sugar in Machakos on Sunday.Gor would have wound up the game at 2-0, but Wesley Onguso’s re-taken second half penalty was saved by keeper Benson Mangala with 10 minutes left on the clock. The reigning champions ensured they remain unbeaten this season after six matches, moving to 16 points after five wins and a draw.Gor Mahia boss Dylan Kerr once again stood by his word to rotate his squad, basing they played a tough CAF Champions League tie against Esperance on Wednesday and the return leg beckoning next weekend.From the team that played against the Tunisian giants, Only Joachim Oluoch retained his place in the starting team, but he was pulled in centrally to partner Charles Momanyi in defense. Omondi was handed the skipper’s armband and the play-making role just behind main striker Ephraim Guikan.Midfielder Bernard Ondieki was fielded in an unfamiliar right back role with Lawrence Juma parading in midfield against his former employers, partnering Cersidy Okeyo.Nzoia came into the match knowing they stood a chance against Gor’s hugely rotated squad but their biggest undoing was that they were to quick in going forward and their decision making wasn’t the best.Gor had the first chance of the game after eight minutes and it sure was a decent one, Guikan finding some shooting space on the left but his ferocious shot came off the crossbar and was scrambled off for a corner by Nzoia.Shabaan Odhoji starting in goal for K’Ogalo ahead of the rested Boniface Oluoch proved why he is a contender for the number one gloves at the club with a great point blank save to deny Elvis Rupia at point blank after the forward had raced to meet a George Mutimba cross from the right.Nzoia were grown in confidence especially after winning many balls off Gor in the middle of the pack.Gor Mahia’s Wesley Onguso takes on Nzoia’s David Odhiambo. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaDavid Odhiambo had two back to back decent chances for Nzoia, first in the 35th minute cutting into his favorite left foot from the right side, slicing in a decent rocket from almost 30 yards out but it went over.Two minutes later, he forced an uncomfortable save off Odhoji with a shot from distance in the 35th minute after he noticed the keeper metres off his line.For their missed chances, the Bungoma-based club paid the ultimate price.Skipper of the day Omondi broke the deadlock four minutes to the break with a brilliant first time curling effort after Boniface Omondi had created some space on the right before laying the ball for his skipper to slam home.In the second half, the attacking flow of each side didn’t stop. Nzoia had an opportunity with a shot from distance but it went wide five minutes after the restart.Nzoia almost had the ball in their own net in the 56th minute when Festus Okiring slapped the ball into his own crossbar in an attempt to clear away a cross from former teammate Boniface Omondi.Twenty minutes later, Gor should have been two up when Guikan picked up a long ball from Oluoch, rounded keeper Benson Mangala but Vincent Ngesa made a superb sliding block a few inches off the line.But as the game picked up, Nzoia grew in confidence and with Morven Otinya being introduced in attack, they played with two target men to increase their chances.Otinya came close to making it 1-1 when he broke into the box but his ferocious shot came off the crossbar with Odhoji well beaten.Otinya turned immediately to a villain, giving the ball away cheaply to substitute Eliud Loukwam.The 19-year old used his pace to break into the box and as he attempted to skip over Ngesa in defense, he was hacked down and referee Peter Waweru pointed straight to the spot, a decision the Nzoia players protested.Wesley Onguso stepped up to take the resultant spot kick and though he scored on the first attempt, he was forced t retake after the ref whistled with a Gor player stepping into the box. On the second bite of the cherry however, Mangala saved.With light showers hitting the ground, Nzoia attempted to use the slippery pitch to their advantage lobbying the balls forward, but Gor kept their shape in defense.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Stem cells from umbilical cord blood are transplanted much like bone marrow to cure cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia, or diseases such as aplastic anemia, in which the bone marrow stops producing enough blood cells. Research has suggested that as many as 70 diseases could be treated with the stem cells extracted from umbilical cord blood, said Joseph Rosenthal, director of pediatric hematopoietic cell transplantation at City of Hope in Duarte. Rosenthal testified on behalf of the bill in Sacramento. Though the law does not fund the entire cord blood bank network, at an estimated cost of $3million to $5 million, it does position the state to tap into federal and private funding sources, Portantino said. “We’ve already got some folks interested in funding it,” he said. Under the new law, the statewide cord blood program will go into effect July 1, 2010. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A local assemblyman’s bill that lays the foundation for the state’s first public umbilical cord blood bank was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. AB 34, authored by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena, would facilitate the collection of cord blood throughout the state, with a focus on ethnically diverse regions where donations are most needed for hard-to- match minority patients. “I’m ecstatic, I’m completely ecstatic,” Portantino said. “I think there’s such positive support for what we’re doing.” The bill received nearly unanimous backing in the state Senate and Assembly. last_img read more

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first_imgGermany suffered a national humiliation on the world’s biggest stage as they were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup at the group stage on Wednesday.Joachim Low’s side were beaten 2-0 by South Korea while Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 in Group F’s other game of the day. 11 11 6. Manager Joachim Low couldn’t watch at times 10. The entire team walks off the pitch, a picture of dejection Germany players could only look on in horror as Kim Young-gwon scored to give Korea the lead 11 11 4. Germans in the fan park couldn’t believe what they were seeing 3. Manuel Neuer and Mats Hummels didn’t even attempt to console one another 9. More German fans unable to look up at the brutal reality unfolding in front of them 11 2. Toni Kroos fought to keep his bottom lip in check 5. Niklas Sule was the only German player to kick the ball into the back of a net (it was his own net after Korea’s second goal) 11 1. Thomas Muller couldn’t contain his despair 11 The two results mean that Germany finished bottom of their group and were eliminated at the World Cup’s opening stage for the first time since 1938.Kim Young-gwon (above) netted one of two injury time goals which sent daggers through the hearts of German fans and players alike.talkSPORT have rounded up the ten best pictures of their desolation for England fans to enjoy below. 11 7. Marco Reus had a serious headache to deal with after the final whistle talkSPORT are 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 11 11 8. Mesut Ozil looked to the heavens, but found no answers 11last_img read more

25 12 19

first_imgThe New York Police Department is on its way to Donegal!Former New York cop Paul Wallace, pictured, will have divided loyalties!As part of the Donegal Gathering 2013, the NYPD Gaelic Football Club will be flying back to Ireland to play International Tournament matches in Croke Park, Westmanstown Sports Complex and Ballybofey, Donegal.The NYPD Club has a deep and rich history in the New York City Police Department. The Club was formed in 1990, to keep Irish heritage alive and raise money for charities.The Donegal match will be played on Monday, October 7th at 6pm, in Sean Mac Cumhaill Park. Afterwards there will be a Donegal/New York night at 9pm in Jackson’s Hotel.All proceeds from both events will go to the friends of Letterkenny General Hospital.President of the NYPD Gaelic team, Peter Mc Cormack states “It is with great pride, that I lead our club in a charity match in my home town of Ballybofey.” The NYPD will be teaming up with members of the 2012 All Ireland Champions, Donegal, in a match against GPA Legends selection featuring Martin McHugh, Darragh O’Se and Joe Brolly.Peter Mc Cormack remarked “Our motto, “Keep the Heritage Alive” is our Club’s main focus and we are delighted to be part of the Gathering Calendar in Donegal.”  NYPD ON WAY TO DONEGAL TO PUT PRESSURE ON ALL-IRELAND CHAMPS! was last modified: August 28th, 2013 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:All-Ireland championsNYPDThe Gatheringlast_img read more

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first_imgSATURDAY night is warming up to be a barrel of laughs at the Mount Errigal Hotel when Tommy Tiernan takes to the stage.The hotel has confirmed that an incredible 950 tickets have been sold for the show.“We’ve less than 50 left,” said Carolynne Harrison from the Letterkenny hotel. “We’re all looking forward to the show, but we’ve just a few dozen left. It promises to be a great night. JUST A HANDFUL OF TICKETS LEFT FOR TOMMY TIERNAN AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL was last modified: December 19th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Mount Errigal Hoteltommy tiernanlast_img read more

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first_imgBasena takes the team through final drills at the Bible Study Center before departure to Rwanda. Photo by Shaban Benteke.By Shaban BentekeFOOTBALL–Onduparaka and Cranes hopeful Mohammad Shaban will not be part of the Uganda Cranes team travelling to Rwanda for the return leg of the final round of the Total CHAN 2018 qualifiers.Coach Moses Basena has sidelined Shaban along with his Onduparaka teammate Rashid Toha goalkeeper Saidi Keni of Proline and SC Villa left back John Adriko.The team conducted the last training session at the Africa Bible University play ground in Lubowa Thursday morning before departing later in the day. Basena announced the team immediately after the training session.Team captain Bernard Muwanga promised victory against  Rwanda’s  Amavubi so as to propel the country to CHAN 2018 in Kenya.“The captain is a commander and the commander is rated after  war. I am therefore, looking forward to being rated the best after this war against Rwanda,” Muwanga told PML Daily.Muwanga said there will be no complacency as Cranes face off with Rwanda on Saturday.“We will not sit back and relax because of the 3-0 lead in Kampala,” he said.Basena said the game will not be taken lightly because there is still a lot to play for.” Yes we hold an advantage going into the return leg but as i said before, complacency is the worst thing that can happen to us in Rwanda,” he said.Cranes team to play against Rwanda.Rwanda Amavubi Stars Vs Uganda Cranes Time: Saturday 19th August 2017 Kigali Regional Stadium, Nyamirambo 4pmGoalkeepers: Ismael Watenga and Benjamin Ochan Defenders. Nico Wakiro Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Martin Kizza, Bernard Muwanga, Timothy Awany and Paul Musamali. Midfielders. Deus Bukenya, Muzamir Mutyaba, Shafic Kagimu, Moses Waiswa, Tom Matsiko and Simon Sserunkuma. Fowards. Milton Karisa, Paul Mucureezi, Derrick Nsibambi and Erisa Ssekisambu.Commentslast_img read more