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first_imgDear Editor,After bungling their respective portfolios in the oil and sugar sectors, the holders of these portfolios are being relieved and the responsibilities, shunted off to other agencies.In the case of sugar it must be queried whether the assigned agency was ever designed to manage and administer an industry as huge as sugar?Your truly,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img


first_imgDear Editor,Political patronage is now adorned with a new disguise. It now travels under the name of CORE, where millions of taxpayers’ dollars are being spent to reward the ‘foot soldiers’ of the People’s National Congress and the Alliance For Change (AFC). This is so glaring since the ‘employees’ comprised members and supporters of these two parties and are predominantly from one racial grouping.The acronym CORE stands for Community Organised for the Restoration of the Environment, but this is a misnomer, since these ‘employees’ are directly under political control and are at their beck and call since most of the work done is for these political persons.It is estimated that there are over 400 CORE workers, who work only four days per week and four hours per day – a total of 16 hours per week and are paid $60,000 per month. In contrast, the Community Infrastructure Improvement Project (CIIP) workers work the same number of hours and days and are paid just $24,000 per month. In addition, these workers are given expensive gears such as brush cutters. Minister Ferguson had said a person will be capable ‘to earn an honest day’s pay through an honest day’s work’. I will suggest to her that the CORE workers in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) have not lived up to her expectations.Again, in contrast, the CIIP workers clean and dig drains and they weed hard bushes and grass while the CORE workers in Region Six are idle most of the time. Some can also be seen in front of the residence of an AFC member at Fyrish Village cleaning the sides of the Corentyne Highway. This work is under contract to a private contractor by the Public Infrastructure Ministry, so why the duplication? The CIIP workers are weeding, digging, clearing and cleaning the streets and drains of the various communities, so what work are the CORE workers doing? It must be recalled that the CORE workers should be responsible for ‘environmental upgrade, weeding, cleaning, drainage clearing, sanitation and general beautification’, but unfortunately these works are duplications of works already done by the private contractor, the CIIP and the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC). This is massive wastage of our taxpayers’ dollars.At our Regional Democratic Council (RDC) statutory meeting held on May 4, 2018, the Regional Executive Officer, the Chairman and the Vice Chairman and the entire RDC could not say who employs and controls the CORE workers in Berbice, what work they are doing or who is responsible for their supervision and payment. It is not even known how many CORE workers are on the Infrastructure Ministry’s payroll. The Chairman had wanted these CORE workers to do some cleaning at the Highbury Indian Arrival Site, but no one could say through whom they can be contacted. It was also mentioned by an NDC Councillor from the Number 52/74 NDC that efforts to get them to clean 63 Beach was futile. They did no work at the Cheddi Jagan and Janet Jagan Memorial Site at Babu Jaan, they did no work at the Rose Hall Martyr’s Site so it begs the question: What restorative works are the CORE workers doing? Minister Ferguson had proudly stated that “the aim of CORE is to restore the environment… and be involved in critical projects coming out of the Ministry”. Is this being done in Region Six?The CORE programme was launched in March 2017 and it was launched in Region Six over a year ago, yet the RDC is oblivious of its operations. There were suggestions that just like the CIIP workers, the CORE workers should be controlled by the RDC and not any political party, all employment should be processed through the RDC. The RDC knows where these workers can be effectively deployed. It is also alleged that the payroll is inflated and monies are siphoned off by the political hacks in control.Our economy cannot sustain this type of wastage of our scarce resources. It is time Ministers Patterson and Ferguson clamp down on this type corrupt practice in Region Six.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more


first_imgThe once solid relationship that existed between Sonie Grant, the manager of Eric Geso, and disc jockey Michael Smith, who booked the singer for a two month tour in Australia last year, has ended in chaos.The news of the split between the two shocked many fans, especially considering the then strong relationship that appeared unbreakable.The pair could, however, not stop the breakup, which came as a result of Michael Smith, alias DJ Flexz, saying that he never had a US$7,000 deal with Sonie Grant.The money in question was Eric Geso’s performance fee for the tour in Australia, which was to be paid, according to sources, to the artist’s manger after the tour.Addressing the issue, DJ Flexz said: “He had the deal done with Eric and K Zee when he was in Liberia before meeting Sonie. She will not get a cent from me because I do not have a deal with her,” Flex said when the news about their split emerged.However, a leaked Facebook communication between the two clearly shows that a deal existed between the pair, for which DJ Flexz agreed to pay the US$7,000.In response to his claim, Sonie narrated that she is shocked by DJ Flexz’s claims that the agreement never existed.In that leaked conversation, DJ Flexz told Sonie, “As I stand I’m completely broke, so don’t expect it till after the first or second event.” Furthered, DJ Flexz said that the payment was going to be split, but did not indicate how it will be done. Part of the agreement also called for good shelter and personal security to be provided for the award winning artist. “DJ Flexz is lying. We had an agreement which is proven in that leaked conversation. The first amount agreed upon was US$5,000, but he later agreed to pay US$7,000 in two installments,” said Sonie. “What I cannot believe is that this guy who now denies knowledge about the deal once begged me to trust him since we were building a long term partnership.”Meanwhile, Eric Geso has not made any comments whether he received the money or not.In addition, report has it that the ‘No Spacing’ crooner is not even communicating with his manger and has even dumped her for DJ Flexz, who he believes has done sometime better for him than his manager.In a related development, Sonie has threatened to sue anyone who will work with Eric Geso without her consent. “I signed this guy a year ago and this contract is still in existence. I’m about to get out of my comfort zone and take action. I have been overlooked and not respected by my artist. I’m about to tell him that I’m his manager and deserves fair treatment. Not because I’m a woman, so I should be disrespected,” she said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgCity businessman Mohamed Din has been charged for threatening behaviour; to wit, pointing his firearm at a man with whom he had had a confrontation. He appeared on Friday before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly and pleaded not guilty to the charge after it was read to him by the magistrate. The charge stated that on July 10, 2018, while being a licensed firearm holder, he pointed his firearm at Patrick Williams. Din told the court that he and Williams were involved in a minor motor vehicle accident, and Williams got out of his car and knocked on his vehicle window. Din contends that he placed his hand on his firearm, which was in the middle compartment of his vehicle, because he was scared. He noted that the altercation happened in the Albouystown area, which he described as where a lot of crimes occur. After listening to Din’s explanation, Magistrate Daly placed him on bail in the sum of $10,000, and adjourned the matter to July 16.last_img read more


first_imgThe United States (US) Embassy in Guyana creates a vital link in potential investment between Guyana and the US, and vice versa.US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann LynchThis is according to the US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch, who was at the time addressing the Private Sector Commission’s (PSC’s) Annual General Meeting, held at the Marriott Hotel on Friday.“The Embassy also helps to create partnership linkages between U.S. and local companies…to help build the bridge between interested U.S. and Guyanese companies. The Embassy maintains an active database; when companies inquire about partnering opportunities, the Embassy can help make the connections in both directions,” she further stated.She added that, over the last three years, the US Embassy has recorded a steady increase in inquiries from companies which are interested in working in Guyana. She was keen to note that those companies are not only looking to invest in the oil and gas sector in Guyana, but have communicated to the Embassy their interest in working in the fields of engineering, healthcare, telecommunications, infrastructure, air transportation, and information technology, just to name a few.Ambassador Lynch has said that very much commercial interest is being shown in Guyana, and the Embassy is doing its best to assist companies from both countries in this regard.“This assistance comes in a variety of forms. Every year, the Embassy releases a Country Commercial Guide, including an updated Investment Climate Statement. These documents are freely available, and (are) provided to U.S. companies. They (documents) outline how the business climate is evolving, and help inform how interested companies approach investment in Guyana,” she explained.In addition to this, she noted that the Embassy also participates in trade shows and reverse trade missions globally, to support events such as the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) which was held in Houston, Texas this year, among several other events.The Ambassador explained that Guyana’s booth at that Conference had seen a steady stream of visitors, who were all intrigued by what the country has to offer. In fact, she said, “The OTC break-out session on Guyana’s oil filled the room to capacity, with more than 300 representatives from various American corporations…“In addition, a Guyana-themed happy hour networking event brought in over 400 people,” the Ambassador said.She described the event as having been more than successful, in that several Guyanese business persons were able to sign business deals or start business relations at the OTC.As a result, the Ambassador said, “These symbiotic relationships are good for Guyana and for the United States. I encourage businesses interested in being added to this database to reach out to our economic or commercial staff”.last_img read more


first_imgGuyana’s national rugby team, better known as the “Green Machine”, are making the best of their difficult circumstances in order to prepare for their fast- approaching international engagement. Over the past few months, the national team have found it extremely difficult to find a fixed location to carry out their practice sessions. Having to move from their original practice ground, the team found themselves squeezing practices at the YMCA Ground. However, the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown presented a solution to that problem in the form of the Parade Ground.As such, the “Green Machine” had their first practice at the new site just a few days ago. This was the first time rugby has been officially played At Parade Ground. The national rugby team are setting their sights on ‘stepping up’ their preparation for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games ahead of their departure for Colombia next week. As such, the first trial session that was held at Parade Ground featured the national team being tested by the rest team.The Green Machine will form a substantial part of the Guyana Olympic Association’s 98-member contingent that is travelling to Barranquilla, Colombia for the CAC Games. Rugby’s 15-member team, inclusive of a coach and manager, are scheduled to depart Guyana on July 25. While in Colombia, they will contest with eight other teams from across the Caribbean in the championship tournament. They are expected to return on August 4.The Guyana men’s sevens team were the 2010 Champions and are the only local team in sport that have been able to capture gold for Guyana at this level of competition. The 12-member team will be captained by Dwayne Schroeder of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF). Peter Green will act in the capacity of team manager, while Lawrence Adonis is Coach and Philip Barrington is the team’s physio. The squad reads: Richard Staglon (Vice Captain); Claudius Butts; Patrick King; Avery Corbin; Peabo Hamilton; Ronald Mayers; Jamal Angus; Godfrey Broomes; Rondel McArthur; Osei McKenzie, Lancelot Adonis and Ryan Gonsalves.last_img read more


first_imgBayern Munich booked their place in the last-16 of the Champions League with a 2-0 home victory over AS Roma, but it was no where nears as comfortable as the 7-1 drubbing last time out for the German giants.Despite goals in either half from Mario Gotze and Franck Ribery, Bayern were made to work for their victory and could have conceded had it not been for the heroics of Manuel Neuer.The German number one pulled off a fantastic double save in the dying stages to keep his side’s two-goal lead and show just why he is being considered one of the hot picks for December’s FIFA Ballon d’Or award.Take a look at these excellent stops below… 1 Manuel Neuer was on form again for Bayern Munich last_img


first_imgSeveral top stars failed to make the cut at all, with Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema all omitted from the 23.23-man squadGoalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City/ENG), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart/GER), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona/ESP), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP)Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla/ESP), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/GER)Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona/ESP), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France coach Didier Deschamps fixed on his final World Cup 23 early, which meant the squad could pose for the cameras on May 30. © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Jun 4 – France formally submitted their 23-man squad for the World Cup on Monday, making no changes from the group named in mid-May.None of the original 23 have been replaced by anyone on Didier Deschamps’ stand by list.last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant UWLA President Robert W. Brown could not be reached for comment Friday. Contacted earlier this week, Brown declined to comment on the WASC decision before it was made public. Without WASC accreditation, the school can still remain open, but students will not be eligible for federal financial aid, Wolff said. Brown has said students could apply for private loans if the school lost its appeal. Wolff said the law school could again appeal WASC’s decision, but UWLA has indicated to WASC that it will not. The accreditation termination also includes UWLA’s paralegal program. William Goldstein, 45, of Los Angeles, who is scheduled to graduate from the law school in May, said the WASC decision was not a surprise. “Right now, we’re all keeping our fingers crossed, hoping to graduate or go on in some manner or form,” Goldstein said, adding that the school had not yet informed the students about WASC’s latest decision. The University of West Los Angeles School of Law has lost one key accreditation, which will affect students’ ability to get federal financial aid. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges voted in November to terminate its accreditation of the school, which has campuses in Inglewood and Woodland Hills, but UWLA appealed the decision. WASC reviewed the law school’s appeal, but decided two weeks ago to terminate the school’s accreditation. WASC’s actions were made public Friday. The termination is effective June 30 to allow current students to complete the spring term. “We will be working with UWLA to arrange for a review of each student’s case and to work out the best possible arrangement for the students,” said WASC executive director Ralph Wolff. Although the school’s paralegal program is accredited by the American Bar Association, its law school is not, in part because it allows law students to attend on a part-time basis. Graduates of non-ABA-accredited schools that are California-accredited can only sit for the California bar, with a few exceptions. The State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners, however, voted in January to proceed with the withdrawal of its accreditation of UWLA and will take up the matter again when it meets in two weeks. UWLA remains accredited while it appeals. State accreditation is critical because students who attend a nonstate-accredited law school are ineligible to sit for the bar exam without first passing the First-Year Law Students’ Examination, or “Baby Bar,” according to the State Bar. The California bar exam is considered one of the toughest in the country, with an average first-time pass rate of 63.7 percent, according to the State Bar. First-time pass rates vary according to individual schools. The University of California, Los Angeles, which is ABA-accredited, had an 89 percent first-time pass rate in 2005, with 265 students taking the exam. Glendale University College of Law, which is only state-accredited, had a 27 percent first-time pass rate, with 15 students taking the bar, and UWLA had a 21 percent pass rate, with 28 students taking the bar. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 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


first_imgEvolve Menswear, Letterkenny have introduced their Halloween Mid-Season Sale, and there are some incredible offers available in-store.The popular retail outlet has established a glowing reputation over the years.Its ability to consistently provide top-quality products to its loyal customer base, at affordable prices ensure the businesses popularity is constant. You can winter proof your wardrobe by looking no further than Evolve Menswear.There is a great selection of items to choose from, and there are some tempting offers available in a wide variation of items.Some of the offers available to potential customers are outlined below.Mix & Match 3 for 2 on selected brands. 10% off Coats & Jackets.Many suits reduced.There just some of many, many deals available to you, so get down to Evolve now and avail of these fantastic offers right away.WINTER PROOF YOUR WARDROBE WITH THE EVOLVE MID-SEASON SALE was last modified: October 23rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Businessevolve menswearFeaturesnewslast_img read more