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Womens shelters suffering chronic funding gaps new national report

first_imgOTTAWA — Newly compiled data shows an alarmingly high number of women who are victims of violence are being turned away from shelters across Canada due to a chronic lack of resources and funding.A new national study — the first of its kind in Canada — found that “violence-against-women shelters” across the country take in more women and children than they have beds and are struggling to help a growing number of people with fewer resources.More than 400 shelters took part in the study and one in five said they have not received funding increases in 10 years or more.This has led to staff burnout, due in part to low wages and poor benefits.Staff who do remain often have to raise money in addition to providing care and support to women.Major gaps also exist between services available to female victims of violence in urban areas compared to those in more remote communities.Women’s Shelters Canada, which led the study, is calling for a national plan on violence against women and nationwide standards for funding and services.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Your Chance To Own David And Victoria Beckhams Royal Wedding Outfits

first_imgHere is your chance to own the outfits worn by David and Victoria Beckham to the Royal Wedding!Own David and Victoria Beckham’s Royal Wedding is giving you the unique opportunity to win the clothes worn by the Beckhams, and all you have to do is donate to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.Style icon David Beckham was the first man to step out in Dior Homme designed by Kim Jones — and now it could be all yours. Your dapper charcoal grey morning suit has “DB” sewn on the inside (just in case you forget who it used to belong to). It’s also paired with a light grey double-breasted waistcoat, Egyptian cotton poplin shirt, grey silk satin tie and black calfskin leather derbies. Victoria looked incredible wearing your new navy midi dress with a belted neck and split sleeves from her upcoming Pre-Spring/Summer 2019 collection. Maybe you’ll wear them to your own wedding. Maybe you’ll just never take them off. Whatever you decide to do with these beautiful outfits is up to you.The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund was established shortly after the bombing of the Manchester Arena just over a year ago. Donations to the fund help relieve the financial needs among the victims and survivors of the disaster, including the families and dependents of those killed or injured in the events. As time passes and people around the world show their love, support and solidarity, the Manchester community continues to grow stronger.To find out more, visit read more

Opportunity for African Startups Morocco to Host FirstEver Afrikonnect

Rabat – Casablanca will host its first Afrikonnect event in March 2018, offering African startups the opportunity to meet with some leading businesses in the continent.The event, which will take place from March 22-23rd, is co-organized by Moroccan NGO “StartupYourLife,” and Moroccan-based seed investment firms “Outlierz Ventures”  and “LaFactory,” which specialize in accelerating collaboration between tech startups in Africa.The two-day symposium aims to introduce the best startups to the African market and help them grow quickly and scale-up on new markets. The event also aims to introduce leading industry players to new growth opportunities through digital mediums, innovation and technology, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The organizers, which were quoted by MAP, say that  Afrikonnect will provide African startups with their own exclusive exposure platforms to help facilitate collaboration with large corporations.According to Social Net Link, the invitation-only event will convene 200 key business operators, including entrepreneurs, business actors, venture capitalists, and innovation experts from French-speaking and African-anglophone countries, as well from the MENA region.Kamran Elahian, an Iranian-American chairman and the co-founder of “Global Catalyst Partners,” will also be in attendance.“We are proud to announce the first edition of Afrikonnect. This event sees itself as a platform for collaboration to connect major African groups and startups on the one hand, and public and private key actors of the region’s and the continent’s ecosystems on the other hand,” said Kenza Lahlou, co-founder of “StartupYourLife” and Managing Partner of the “Outlierz Ventures.” According to the co-founder, Africa is witnessing a digital transformation and introducing of new economic models, which are notably “redefining the traditional sectors.”“It is now time for startups and large groups to work hand-in-hand to co-innovate, reveal the future success stories of the continent, and provide large companies with the talents of new entrepreneurs to help reinvent their own industries,” added Lahlou. read more

Waste from collapsed dam kills aquatic live in Brazil river

SAO PAULO — A Brazilian environmentalist group says that toxic waste from a mine dam collapse wiped out life in more than half the Paraopeba River that flows past the city where the disaster occurred.SOS Mata Atlantica said environmentalists travelled 305 of the river’s 510 kilometres (190 of 315 miles) and found that aquatic life was unsustainable.The report was released on Wednesday.The report said heavy metals, such as manganese, copper and chromium, were detected at levels higher than recommended, and it added that mud destroyed 112 hectares (277 acres) of native forestsThe dam holding back iron ore tailings at a mine owned by Vale SA burst Jan. 25 in the town of Brumadinho, killing at least 186 people.The Associated Press read more

Canada exempt from Trumps steel tariffs for undetermined period

He also pushed back against reports casting the process as arbitrary, sloppy and rife for successful legal challenges.In one alleged example of haphazard policy-making, a report this week said the president raised the tariff rates for branding purposes, increasing them from the 24 and 7 per cent recommended by the Department of Commerce — because he wanted nice, round numbers.The official insisted that was untrue. He said it was only upon careful calculation of import effects that the numbers landed at 25 per cent and 10 per cent. He did not explain how those round numbers managed to survive intact, even after the formula was later upended by the exclusion from tariffs of major suppliers.Canada is the No. 1 seller of both steel and aluminum to the U.S.The fact that Canada might be included on the initial hit list had become a political sore spot for the administration, as U.S. critics of the move ridiculed it by zeroing on the idea of national-security tariffs against a peaceful next-door neighbour and defence ally.A full-court diplomatic press unfolded in recent days, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling Trump earlier this week, and then speaking Thursday with the Republican leaders of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.Canada’s ambassador to Washington dined this week with U.S. national-security adviser H.R. McMaster; Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Transport Minister Marc Garneau all reached out to cabinet counterparts in recent days.The lobbying found a mostly receptive audience: the U.S. military strongly resisted tariffs against allies, and 107 congressional Republicans released a letter this week to express their alarm over the move.Expect a low-key response from Canada if Trump indeed intends to use temporary tariff relief as a bargaining threat. That means no talk of walking away from the table, nor any hint of making concessions under pressure.“Our position hasn’t and won’t change,” one Canadian source said Thursday. “We’re after a good deal, not any deal. We’ll take no deal rather than a bad one.”global steel and aluminum imports with tariffs of 25 and 10 per cent. They go into effect in 15 days. WASHINGTON — Canada can breathe easier, for now: It’s getting relief from U.S. tariffs for an undetermined period, as one of only two countries receiving a provisional exemption from the steel and aluminum penalties set to clobber the rest of the world.U.S. President Donald Trump signed proclamations Thursday slapping tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, and they snap into effect for the rest of the world in 15 days.After months of frantic lobbying, diplomatic arm-twisting, and heated debates within his own administration, Trump is signing the proclamations at the White House, surrounded by steelworkers.“For now, Canada and Mexico will be excluded from the tariffs,” said a senior White House official. “But it’s not open-ended.”Trump’s ‘ridiculous’ steel tariffs will only hurt U.S jobs and industry, Linamar CEO says‘Nobody wins’: Europe, IMF urge Trump to step back from trade warGary Cohn quits as Trump economic adviser, having lobbied hard against controversial tariffsHe sidestepped the question of whether the threat of tariffs will be used to bully Canada and Mexico at the NAFTA bargaining table. Speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss matters before they became public, he said only that the reprieve remains in place for now, and that NAFTA is important to economic and national security.That retains the semblance of a legal fig leaf for the administration.By law, the tariffs need to be described as a national security matter. A provision in a 1962 U.S. law allows the president to set emergency tariffs as a security issue. But the White House has repeatedly undermined its own legal case, including by intimating that the tariffs would be lorded over Canada and Mexico as some kind of negotiating tool to extract NAFTA concessions.The White House is now avoiding that kind of talk: ”We will have ongoing discussions with Canada and Mexico,” said the official. ”NAFTA discussions will be part of that only because NAFTA is an important part of the security relationship within the hemisphere.”For now, Canada and Mexico will be excluded from the tariffs. But it’s not open-endedsenior White House official In a media briefing, he expressed frustration at the way the tariffs have been characterized, referring repeatedly to the “fake news,” the lobbyists and the “swamp things” that he said exaggerated the ill effects while fighting the measures.Two polls released this week say the tariffs are unpopular.But the same official said it truly is a matter of national security — with six U.S. aluminum smelters shutting down the last few years, and just five remaining, and only two operating at full capacity, he said that leaves the U.S. at risk of having to import all its aluminum eventually.“(This tariff-signing) should be a great day for America,” he said.U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation on aluminum during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 8, 2018. He also signed one for steel. Susan Walsh/AP Photo read more

Brock partnership brings improved care to Hotel Dieu Shaver

Thanks to an outward-looking Brock program, Riley Cleverdon is spurring practical change in local health care.Cleverdon is in the final semester of a two-year health services project within Brock’s Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program (I-EQUIP). The lengthy term has allowed the Burford, Ont., native to research best practices for wound care and prevention within hospitals as well as to explore how new wound care strategies could be effectively implemented at Hotel Dieu Shaver (HDS) Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharines.“There is a high incidence and prevalence of chronic wounds — including hospital-acquired pressure wounds, venous ulcers and diabetic ulcers — at health-care facilities across the country,” she said. “We want to keep their incidence as low as possible to ensure the best patient outcomes. My role was to assess the gaps that might be happening in terms of best practice. To do this, I conducted an analysis that found nurses felt they needed more information on what to look for and what specific products were needed for different types of wounds.”Cleverdon is one of 30 I-EQUIP students working on an array of projects with local health-related organizations, including HDS, Niagara Health, Niagara Region Public Health and the Niagara Falls Community Health Centre, working on topics such as infection control in the emergency department, patient satisfaction, care transitions and the implementation of an innovative telemedicine pediatric resuscitation process.After spending months acquiring data and preparing informative guides for HDS nursing staff, the findings from Cleverdon’s project have been met with rave reviews.“Riley’s work has provided a tool to give our staff an additional comfort level,” said Advanced Practice Nurse Sandy Robinson. “We are seeing more complex wounds, and the way we have been doing wound care is evolving. The new tool fits in with shifting what our whole process is.”The wound care guide displays different pictures of wounds for nurses to reference. Having completed the first phase, Cleverdon is moving on to create a more interactive, user-friendly model of the guide that has been embraced by the nursing team, Robinson said.“She is doing something that is going to help staff and they are very appreciative of her efforts.”Hotel Dieu Shaver Chief of Staff Dr. Jack Luce says the energy the seven I-EQUIP students who have completed projects at HDS contribute to the organization is beneficial to everyone.“We appreciate the youthful presence the students bring,” he said. “We have a very special culture here at HDS. When we have students come in who are very engaged with what we are doing, it adds to that culture and who we are.”Luce also said the partnership between HDS and Brock strengthens the region as a whole.“It helps us to provide better information to the community,” he said. “Geographically, we are right across the street from Brock. It makes sense that we are partners, because we are a smaller hospital and we rely on our partnerships to give the best care to our patients.”I-EQUIP Director Madelyn Law said the life-changing opportunities the program offers through its experiential projects allow students from many health-related programs to understand how their classroom lessons can apply to health settings.“Our students are able to understand the complexity that comes with working in the health system,” she said. “It’s not just about knowing the science behind good health-service practices, but also the soft skills, such as leading change and being part of a team, that allow it to be implemented.”Cleverdon believes taking part in experiential learning opportunities such as the I-EQUIP program offers substantial benefit.“I think this has been the most important part of my education,” she said. “I can take what I’ve learned and apply it to different areas. I now know how to talk to people, manage a leadership position and prepare for my future.”Luce said the outside consultation Cleverdon provided has helped the organization to grow as well.“We get fresh eyes that can work with us and have a renewed energy,” he said. “It’s always interesting to see what someone comes up with when they have a fresh look at a problem. We also want the community to know who we are and what we do, and projects like Riley’s help to increase our profile.”The chance to help others has made the months of hard work worth it to Cleverdon.“I’ve seen that if we all work together, we can create better outcomes for patients and practitioners alike,” she said. “I would encourage anyone who is looking for a rewarding experience where they can connect their classroom learning to real-world projects to consider I-EQUIP.”More information about Brock’s I-EQUIP projects can be found on the I-EQUIP website. read more

Jaguars show up on defence shut down Luck Colts 60

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jalen Ramsey and the Jacksonville Jaguars delivered one of the most dominant defensive performances in franchise history, carrying the team to a 6-0 victory against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.The Jaguars (4-8) needed that kind of effort to make up for a lacklustreoffence and end a seven-game losing streak. They also snapped Indy’s five-game winning streak.Ramsey was the best of the bunch, helping hold T.Y. Hilton to six catches for 56 yards. Ramsey also made a game-ending tackle on Erik Swoope with 8 seconds remaining.Ramsey hit Swoope near the sideline at the end of a third-and-6 play at the Jacksonville 29, and the tight end seemed to land out of bounds. But an official ruled him in and kept the clock running. The Colts were out of timeouts and could only watch the clock wind down.Luck completed 33 of 52 passes for 248 yards and an interception. He was sacked three times after getting hit just five times in the entire month of November. He was sacked once in the previous five games.The Colts (6-6) entered with the fourth-most points in the league, having averaged more than 33 a game over their last eight. Luck had thrown three or more touchdown passes in eight consecutive games, one shy of the club record.Jacksonville shut them down and out.Indy passed up two field-goal tries in the first half, including taking one successful kick off the scoreboard, and had another solid chance in the fourth quarter.Facing fourth-and-1 at the Jacksonville 19 with 2:38 remaining, rookie safety Ronnie Harrison sacked Luck for a 10-yard loss. Harrison was making his first career start in place of benched veteran Barry Church.The odd decisions started in the first half.Adam Vinatieri made a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter, but Jaguars rookie defensive tackle Taven Bryan was flagged for roughing the snapper. That gave Indy a first-and-goal at the 5. Jordan Wilkins caught a short pass on fourth down, but was stopped short of the goal line.The Colts failed to convert another fourth-down play later in the quarter, and the Jaguars led 3-0 at the break.The teams combined for 476 yards of offence, but also had 13 punts, three turnovers and 139 yards in penalties.Cody Kessler, replacing the benched Blake Bortles, completed 18 of 24 passes for 150 yards for Jacksonville, winning for the first time in nine career starts.KEY INJURIESColts: Center Evan Boehm left in the fourth quarter with a neck injury, forcing third-team centre Josh Andrews into the game. The Colts were already without starter Ryan Kelly. Safety Mike Mitchell left with a calf injury in the second half and was later ruled out. Linebacker Skai Moore (knee) also left the game.Jaguars: Defensive tackle Abry Jones left with a bruised shin and was later ruled out. Right tackle Jermey Parnell left briefly with a foot injury but returned.UP NEXTColts: Play at AFC South rival Houston next Sunday.Jaguars: Play at AFC South rival Tennessee on Thursday night.___More AP NFL: and Long, The Associated Press read more

Wrestling Bo Jordan alters training regimen in hopes of staying healthy

Ohio State redshirt junior Bo Jordan (center) celebrates after defeating Cornell’s Brian Realbuto (left) 11-7 to advance to his first NCAA Championship. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsBo Jordan used to wake up every day with a training plan in mind. And whether it was weight lifting, crossfit training or live wrestling, he would not rest until he completed that training.That philosophy has stopped this season. The second that something doesn’t feel right, he’ll put down the weight. He’ll walk away. He now listens to his body.Despite being a three-time All-American and a former individual Big Ten champion, the 174-pound Ohio State redshirt senior wrestler has dealt with injuries in each of his four collegiate seasons to date. An individual national championship has eluded him, and he’s making changes in his training regimen with the goal of staying healthy and achieving that title come March — just months after undergoing chemotherapy on his foot.In preparation for his final season, Jordan has scaled back his live-wrestling time in practice and the level of strain he puts on himself in other forms of training. He’s taking no chances.“If I’m hurting really bad and my body is beat up and I don’t feel like I can handle 40 minutes live that day, maybe I only do 20, maybe only do 15,” Jordan said. “I’m a lot smarter, you know?”Multiple lower-body injuries have nagged Jordan dating back to his freshman year when he suffered a high-ankle sprain. He finished a tournament after suffering it and missed extensive time after.Upon returning for his first season of official competition, Jordan tore a ligament in his big toe and continued to wrestle through the end of the season with it. He underwent what he called a “horrible” surgery during the offseason that did not provide relief. Jordan competed through that pain for another season, his redshirt junior campaign.Another high-ankle injury and minor neck and back injuries occurred for the All-American. Jordan suffers from a recurring tumor formed by a blood clot in his right foot that came back after being cut out from the arch of his foot at age nine. Doctors noticed it again in his heel when he was 22, and he underwent chemotherapy on it this past offseason.The tumor could technically be removed again, but it will not be removed because it rests near a nerve, and surgery could cause his leg to go numb from the knee down. Chemotherapy has reduced the tumor in size by 50 percent. It causes Jordan pain while barefoot, and as a result, he wears shoes as often as possible.He has also refused another surgery on the toe injury, which he says is currently “as good as it’s going to get.”Jordan, a father of two daughters, has wrestled through each and every one of these injuries. While his success still came in droves, Jordan felt not being able to train while injured was a problem and stepping on the mat with nagging injuries was unwise and, at times, dangerous. He hopes to never feel that way again.“You’re a little fearful, you know? You’re like, ‘Frick, I’m about to wrestle some of the top guys in the country,’” Jordan said. “There’s always been an element — every once in awhile competing — that I don’t know what I’m capable of right now and where I’m at physically.”While banged up, Jordan still finished in the top three of the national tournament every year, including a runner-up finish in 2017. Despite that success, he admitted he hasn’t felt right when it counts in March.“Typically, not very good,” Jordan said. “Usually, I’ve been coming off big injuries that have set me back for a while. The last two national tournaments, I’ve been healthy once it started, but zero training behind it really.”He has received support from head coach Tom Ryan and the rest of the coaching staff, whom Jordan said often tweet him links to information that could help in his new approach to staying healthy ahead of meets. Ryan said he and his staff take a different approach to each wrestler’s training needs.“The main thing is, we need him training,” Ryan said. “When you’re not healthy, you can’t train. When you can’t train, you can’t improve. So, he needs to be just feeling good every day so he can continue to get better.”Jordan being able to train does not mean he’s training thoughtlessly. He leaves that all up to his body, and what it says.His brother, redshirt junior Micah Jordan, said he and his family have found it tough at times to watch the elder Jordan compete through injuries. Micah prefers to watch his brother when he’s at his best, when he’s feeling his best.Fear often came over the younger brother when stress was put on one of Bo’s injuries during competition. He could always tell when his brother was in pain while wrestling. Looking back now, Micah said it’s possible his brother’s resume could look more favorable if not for injuries.“We can never go back and really tell, but I would definitely say it would help him,” Micah said. “It would be in his favor, you know? I’d definitely take Bo being healthy than being injured.”For this, his fifth and final season of collegiate competition at Ohio State, Bo will do whatever it takes to make sure his body stays healthy. He wants to compete every chance he has. He only has so many of those chances left. The next comes Sunday against Arizona State.“This is the best me that I’m going to have,” Bo said. “If I get my butt whooped on Sunday, this is as good as I can do. If I whoop some butt on Sunday, then all right, great. But, I can’t do any more training without getting hurt and I can’t do any less without being unprepared.”*Correction: The original copy of the story has been modified to clarify that the tumor in his toe is not cancer-related read more

External debt increases to US13B

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOver $330B in public debt nothing to worry about- Finance MinisterJune 27, 2018In “Business”Economist says Govt’s spending should be better managedNovember 20, 2017In “Business”Fuel prices, deplorable interior roads threaten economic growth – AliJuly 22, 2018In “latest news” – now amounts to 33% of GDPExternal debts have shown increases for 2018, as Guyana’s indebtedness to various international institutions continues to grow. This is contained in the Bank of Guyana’s annual report, which was recently released.The report states that Government’s total public debt increased by 1.5 per cent in 2018. The report notes that this is an increase that represents 43.9 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In the case of external debt, there was an increase to US$1.3 billion.Bank of GuyanaThe increase to external debt was 5.5 per cent and accounted for 33.9 per cent of GDP. According to the report, higher disbursements primarily from the International Development Association (IDA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) for project financing were chiefly responsible for this increase.The report further explains that IDA and IADB’s disbursements were mostly targeting citizen security strengthening, sanitation improvement, economic diversification, education sector improvement and fiscal stability.“Obligations to multilateral creditors, which accounted for 58.5 per cent of total external debt, increased by 8.6 per cent or US$62 million to US$788 million,” the report states. “Liabilities to the IADB increased by 4.3 per cent to US$525 million, reflecting a change in the debt stock of US$22 million during 2018.”“Indebtedness to the IDA expanded by 112.2 per cent or US$40 million to US$75 million. Commitments to the ‘Other’ category of multilateral creditors rose by 4.5 per cent to US$38 million. In contrast, obligations to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) decreased slightly by 0.5 per cent or US$1 million to US$150 million.”According to the report, total bilateral debt obligations which represented 37.2 per cent of total external debt increased by 1.5 per cent to US$487 million. Specifically, Guyana’s debt to the Export Import Bank of China (Exim) increased by 10.7 per cent or US$19 million to US$201 million.“Liabilities to Kuwait and Libya rose by 2.9 per cent and 0.7 per cent to US$80 million and US$44 million respectively. Conversely, obligations to Venezuela, the Exim Bank of India and Trinidad and Tobago declined by 4.7 per cent, 6.9 per cent and 64.4 per cent to US$115 million, US$16 million and US$4 million respectively.”Meanwhile, external debt service payments increased by 27.7 per cent to US$78 million from US$61 million in 2017. This, the report says, represented 5.1 per cent of export earnings and 7.5 per cent of Central Government’s current revenue.“Principal and interest payments amounted to US$55 million and US$23 million respectively. Payments to multilateral creditors rose by 14.2 per cent to US$40 million, and represented 51.3 per cent of total external debt service,” the report says.Ministry of FinanceThe US$50.2 million East Coast Road Expansion project is one project for which monies had to be disbursed from the Exim Bank of China. This project has two components. One features a four-lane expansion of the road from Better Hope to Annandale. On the other hand, the other caters for an upgrade to the existing two-lane road from Annandale to Belfield.Guyana had received a US$45.3 million concessional loan from the China EXIM (Export-Import) Bank to finance the road project, and that agreement was signed in January last year.Initially, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government had tried to secure financing for the road expansion project, but the money was not readily available.Hence, the then Administration decided to use local funds for preliminary works, while it awaited the release of funds from the Chinese to complete the works.The preliminary works for the four-lane upgrade were completed at the end of 2014. With the China EXIM Bank putting up most of the finances for the road expansion, Guyana had awarded the contract to China Railway First Group for some US$42.7 million. The Chinese construction company reportedly put in the lowest bid of US$46.994 million.In light of the increase in Guyana’s current account balance cause by a drop in exports which brings in foreign exchange, the servicing of this increased debt load will become problematical since it must be done with foreign exchange. It was for this reason the PPP had kept sugar going since it generates foreign exchange. read more

Buju Banton urges youth to stay away from violence

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBuju Banton’s first performance set for Jamaica, DJ Khaled visitsDecember 19, 2018In “Entertainment”Race car driver shot during robbery after Buju concert  May 26, 2019In “Crime”Buju Banton live in concert on May 25March 14, 2019In “Entertainment” Jamaican reggae and dancehall artiste, Buju Banton performed to a sold-out crowd at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence on Sunday morning.During the concert, Banton, who was recently released from a United States prison after serving for drug trafficking, preached messages of peace, harmony and urged young people to stay away from violence. In a high energy performance, Banton did not disappoint the well over 19,000 fans who turned up at the national stadium. He bellowed out some of his old school classic driving the crowd while with some of his more popular songs, including “Driver Don’t stop at all.”Jamaican Reggae artiste, Buju Banton performing at the Guyana National Stadium on Sunday morning (Akeem Thomas photo)During his performance, Banton spoke about his last visit to Guyana which was in 2006 and said, “A lot of things have happened in Guyana. A lot of folks I know are no longer in Guyana. Some are alive but they are still not here. Big up Roger Khan. Big up meh bredren, Trini. Nuff youths drop out.” “Trini” the person he referred is in fact Marlon “Trini” Osborne, who was killed in 2012 after he was shot four times. Osborne was gunned down at the junction near Laluni and Peter Rose Streets, Queenstown, Georgetown shortly after leaving a friend’s home.Meanwhile, while in Guyana the Jamaican dancehall superstar also visited the Leopold Street, Charlestown and Tiger Bay in Georgetown, and Victoria on the East Coast Demerara (ECD) where he interacted with young people. During their visit to Victoria, he met with members of the Rastafarian community and discussed the many advancements that have occurred over the years as well as the challenges facing them.Banton reminded the youth he interacted with that a life of crime and violence ought not to be their desired path. “Badness is not it,” said Buju Banton.Buju Banton at Providence (Akeem Thomas photo)While visiting the Rastafarian community in Victoria, Jamaican artiste stressed the importance of having programmes which can enlighten youth and propel them to a positive future. He also urged that community to continue being self-sufficient and singled out agriculture as a cornerstone of a healthy community and by extension country.Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, is currently on his “Long Walk to Freedom – I am Legend” concert tour. read more

GAWU expresses concerns about sugar during meeting with IMF

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSugar workers across Guyana strike in solidarity with Wales Estate workersFebruary 4, 2016In “Business”Court action likely over unpaid severance – UnionFebruary 23, 2017In “latest news”GAWU says absence of GuySuCo Board worrying, calls for decisive action on sugar industryJune 25, 2018In “Business” See statement from GAWU on their meeting with the IMF teamThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) on June 10 met with a team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) currently visiting Guyana to undertake the Fund’s annual Article IV consultation. The GAWU team, which engaged the six-person team for over an hour, was led by its Assistant General Secretary, Aslim Singh and included the Union’s Organising Officer, Porandatt Narine and Executive Committee member, Gordon Thomas.The main focus of the discussion regarding the structural changes of the sugar industry. The Union, on this matter, expressed concern regarded what it termed the two pronged approach adopted by the Government of Guyana. The GAWU team explained that one prong concerned the divestment of three of the closed estates namely Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara Estates and the other aspect regarded the re-capitalization of the estates under the control of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). With respect to the divestment approach, the GAWU expressed concern that the process appeared to lack transparency. We pointed out that the divestment would possibly be the largest in the nation’s history yet the Guyanese people were none the wiser about the value of the assets being put up for sale. Moreover, we reminded the IMF that its 2017 Article IV report on Guyana had urged the Government to ensure that displaced sugar workers be protected by appropriate safety nets. This suggestion we hastened to point out was not considered as apart from the statutory severance payments to workers, which we reminded were illegally withheld and corrected following the intervention of the Courts, there is hardly, if any, tangible expression of the State’s assistance to the workers and communities affected. We pointed out that since the estate closures, many affected remain hard pressed and finding themselves in difficult and miserable situations. We shared that, in some instances, children’s schooling has been truncated and families have disintegrated. Moreover, the opportunities for employment remain almost non-existent. Turning to the plans to recapitalize the operable estates, the GAWU reiterated its concerns about the apparent absence of a plan to guide the large sum secured. We shared that, on several occasions, we asked the GuySuCo about its plan only to receive deafening silence. The GAWU expressed that it recognized President David Granger just last week referring to a plan. We noted that the President had said, according to media reports we saw, that the Corporation was not operating by guess work or hunches. Nevertheless, we shared our apprehensions that despite what, we believe, are our good intentioned best efforts we remain shut out from being knowledgeable about the Corporation’s plans. During our engagement, the team also sought our views about the happenings in other areas of the agricultural sector. On that score, we expressed views regarding the rice, poultry and fishing industry. Of course, the oil and gas industry also attracted attention during our discussion as well. On that matter, the GAWU shared its view that it appeared we were least prepared at this time to effectively deal with the industry and what it could bring to the proverbial table. We also shared view about the possibility of inequality between the oil and non-oil sectors of the economy and its ramifications for wider societal issues. The team welcomed our forthright expressions and committed to examining our suggestions in finer detail. The GAWU, for many years now, has been interacting with the IMF during its annual country visits . We have found those interactions as worthwhile and provides us yet another opportunity to represent our members and the workers of Guyana generally. read more

Bus conductor to stand High Court trial for 2016 rape

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBus conductor committed to stand trial in High Court for rapeNovember 26, 2018In “Court”Assistant Superintendent committed to stand trial for rape of girl, 13June 11, 2019In “Court”Minibus driver committed to stand High Court trial for rapeJanuary 7, 2019In “Court” A minibus conductor was today committed to stand trial at the Demerara High Court for the rape of an 18-year-old girl.Dorian Fredericks, 24, of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was committed by Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.The matter was held in-camera.The incident allegedly occurred in October 2016.Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus found found that a sufficient evidence was provided for Fredericks to be tried before a judge and jury. read more

Guyana slams Russia over false statement on construction of military base

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Karen CummingsThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today said, it has noted with concern a statement made by the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation, M. V. Zakharova, during a briefing on August 15, 2019 on the sidelines of the International Youth Forum Eurasia Global in the Russian city of Orenburg.According to a release from the Ministry, the spokesperson stated that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was “completing the construction of a military base on one of the islands at the mouth of the Essekibo (sic) River under a plausible pretext – supposedly to stop the smuggling of weapons and drugs.”The Ministry claims that the Russian official went on to say, “there have already arrived several dozen so-called ‘Refugees’ from Venezuela to undergo training as part of reconnaissance and sabotage groups and then to be dispatched to Venezuelan territory in order to destabilize the situation and carry out appropriate actions – from extremist to terrorist.”“The Government of Guyana calls on the Government of the Russian Federation to immediately withdraw this baseless statement, which is utterly false. It is especially unfortunate given that relations between Guyana and Russia have always been based on mutual respect, trust and friendship.“The Government of Guyana reaffirms its unequivocal commitment to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter. Guyana has always been resolute in its advocacy for several principles of international law including, in particular, the sovereign equality of states. Guyana therefore categorically rejects any suggestion that it would allow its sovereign territory to be used in a manner inconsistent with its neighbourly and peaceful relations with Venezuela.“Furthermore, in respect of the controversy arising from Venezuela’s contention that the 1899 Arbitral Award establishing the boundary between British Guiana and Venezuela is “null and void”, Guyana remains fully committed to the January 30, 2018 decision of the United Nations Secretary-General, pursuant to his authority under the 1966 Geneva Agreement, to choose the International Court of Justice as the means for the peaceful settlement of the controversy,” the statement added. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUK Govt denies Russian claim of military base construction in GuyanaAugust 17, 2019In “latest news”Russia orders US to cut diplomats in response to sanctionsJuly 28, 2017In “latest news”NATO bolsters presence in Eastern Europe as Russia tension risesOctober 27, 2016In “World” read more

Education Ministry mixes up top performers at CAPE 2019

The Education Ministry moments ago announced that the 2019 top performer for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) in Guyana is Shanomae Milling of St. Rose’s High School and not Michael Bhopaul as was announced on Wednesday.Shanomae MillingMilling according to the Ministry wrote 11 units and achieved nine grade ones and two grade twos.However, the Ministry apologizes for the irregularity regarding the top position while noting that this should not distract from the excellent and historical performance by students at both the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and CAPE assessments. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedQueen’s College tops CAPEAugust 15, 2019In “latest news”CSEC, CAPE results to be released tomorrow- HarmonAugust 16, 2018In “latest news”Guyana walks away with 11 CXC AwardsOctober 22, 2017In “Local News” read more

Cat Q2 sales highlight North America mining equipment demand

first_imgCaterpillar’s Resources Industries division continued to perform well in the June quarter of 2019, with the segment registering strong demand from, in particular, North America.Cat Inc saw sales and revenues of $14.4 billion in the three months ending June 30, a 3% year-on-year increase, while its profit per share was up slightly to $2.83 ($2.82/share in Q2 2018).Following these results, Cat maintained its 2019 outlook for a record profit of $12.06-13.06/share, but said it was expecting the annual figure to come in at the lower end of this range.Chairman and CEO, Jim Umpleby, said: “We have the right strategy in place to deliver long-term profitable growth through our continued focus on strategic investments, including growing services and expanding offerings.”The highlight of these results was a record performance from Cat’s Construction Industries division, with the $6.47 billion of sales reflecting, according to Umpleby, the company’s “strong competitive position globally”.While this was the headline from the quarterly results, the company’s Resources Industries division put in another good shift in the period.Resource Industries’ total sales were $2.8 billion in the June quarter, a 11% year-on-year increase, with the jump primarily due to higher equipment demand and favourable price realisation, Cat said.“Mining customers increased capital spending to support ongoing mine site operations, which drove higher sales. In addition, sales increased for non-residential construction and quarry and aggregate customers,” Cat said.It was easy to see where, geographically, the boost came from. North America sales were up to $1.06 billion in the quarter, from $804 million a year earlier. Latin America and Asia/Pacific couldn’t match that 32% year-on-year rise, but still saw sales climb 14% higher to $448 million and $759 million, respectively. Year-on-year sales to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, meanwhile, came in 22% lower at $446 million.Profit was also up in Resources Industries – at $481 million in the quarter compared with $411 million a year earlier. Favourable price realisation was again picked out by Cat as one of the reasons for the 17% year-on-year jump, in tandem with increased sales volume, which was partially offset by higher manufacturing costs.last_img read more

Inquiry into taxiUber saga among Liberals campaign promises

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As Victoria’s political parties fiercely hit the election campaign trail, the Liberals have come all guns blazing with a number of pledges focused on the Greek Australian community.Among them is the proposal of an independent inquiry into the taxi licence saga since the legalisation of Uber, which has impacted the livelihoods of a number of taxi licence owners.If Matthew Guy is elected, the inquiry will look into Premier Daniel Andrews’ handling of taxi license compensation and the appointment of Jeff Kennett as head of Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria.Meanwhile, in a bid to strengthen the sister city relationship between Melbourne and Thessaloniki and facilitate tighter business relationships between Victoria, Greece and the Balkans, the Liberals will look to establish a Victorian Government Business Office in Thessaloniki.If successfully elected, the party has also made an “unequivocal pledge” to re-zone the Greek Community of Melbourne’s land in Bulleen, and to provide Pronia with $150,000 for a new 25 seat mini-bus.“Melbourne and Victoria are home to hundreds of thousands of people of Hellenic descent, who are proud of their heritage, and who have made an enormous contribution to our state,” said Mr Guy.“A government I lead will always stand side by side with Victoria’s Hellenic community, and will endeavour to provide whatever support we can to foster in the continuation of Hellenic culture and heritage in Victoria.”last_img read more

Jayne Taking a presidential approach to column writing

first_img I write the best columns. Nobody writes better columns than I do. They’re huge; they’re beautiful; everybody loves my columns. Believe me.You already knew that. I have written about it before. Over and over again. So often that some people are tired of all the winning. Last time I wrote this, a reader sent me an email saying, “You wrote that before.” So I challenged them to an IQ test and said, “I can tell you who is going to win.”Because that’s what great columnists do. They lash out like an infant. They belittle people. It’s a sign of strength, which is something I discovered when I was 4. Most people outgrow this, but not columnists. They call critics “Liddle” or “Lyin’ ” or “Crooked” because columnists have all the best insults. And there’s no better insult than covfefe.Except for “Rocket Man.” I like that one. It’s so clever that I used it again and again and again. Even in formal settings with very important people. One time, I was giving a very important speech in front of very, very important people, big people, and I said, “Major portions of the world are in conflict, and some, in fact, are going to hell.” Because columnists have to be diplomatic.I also said “Rocket Man,” ha ha. I think I invented that one, because Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids, in fact it’s cold as hell, and there’s no one there to raise them, if you did. Greg Jayne, Opinion page editorlast_img read more

The Spurs will not stop Pochettino if he wants to leave

first_imgThe Argentinean manager is the front-runner in the race to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester UnitedTottenham Hotspur is currently sitting in third place in the English Premier League with 45 points.The club was won 15 times, losing 5 matches, with 0 draws.And coach Mauricio Pochettino is rumored to replace Jose Mourinho after Manchester United sacked the Portuguese.“Pochettino is doing all the right things at Tottenham,” former Red Devils striker Teddy Sheringham told Goal.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“People will say he hasn’t won anything but he’s transformed things in north London. He’s got them on the right path.”“He gets players playing to the best of their capabilities and that’s what you want as a manager,” he added.“I don’t think it’s a case of whether Spurs will let him go and I don’t think it’s about money either.”“It’s just about what Pochettino wants to do. If United want him and he wants to go then I don’t think Tottenham will stand in his way,” he commented.“You can’t turn down the chance to join Manchester United as a player and it must be exactly the same as a manager.”last_img read more