Undoing the ‘prefix’ in Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,There is a Guyanese proverb which says, “Wha rain can’t full, dew can’t full.” It means: if it didn’t work, nothing else will make it happen. This proverb seems to be a reality in the politics of Guyana. We have tried hard to unite the nation through various means, but invariably we have failed because of the divisive political adherents.On the part of the political arena, have we tried to unite this nation or not? We have to acknowledge humbly that humans are selfish beings, and by all means we will try to put forward an ideology that suits our own selfish interests. Last few weeks have proved that politicians can never unite this nation. They are supposed to uphold the slogan “one people.”In the wake of political unrest in the nation, should the Church or religious body speak up? Should we prove the aforementioned proverb untrue?True religion will certainly care for the holistic growth of its believers; namely, body and spirit, or temporal and spiritual. If the religion does not care for these two realities of the devotees, then the religion will fail in its teaching of justice and peace, for every religion must promote justice and peace, which are two important attributes of God.The Catholic Social Teaching emphasises two important aspects; namely, life and dignity of human person, and solidarity as one human family. Every Christian must uphold these aspects because we believe that God created humans in His image and likeness. If we try to divide the people based on political ideologies or colour of skin, we certainly go against the teachings of Christianity by distorting the image and likeness of God.Are we subtly led by our leaders to distort the image and likeness of God?There is a fearful tendency among Church people that politics is a dirty game and this dirty game must not be played in the Church. This makes one stay away from any political issues in the nation. This tendency is the hot cake for the political leaders. Hence, on the one hand people remain cold towards political differences, and on the other hand politicians truly enjoy this because it matches their way of life.In other words, politics is the opium of the masses. As long as this opium is ingested, politicians will keep enjoying their freedom.In this nation, politicians have got freedom and the people have not yet got the freedom. They still live under the colonisation of the elected few. This is the new way of colonisation. Just think, for a moment, how many of the politicians truly care for the poor? How many political leaders have true concern for the poor, who still live in ‘logies’ and in the swamps? How many of our politicians have ever donated their fat salary to build a decent shelter for the poor?Catholic Social Teaching talks about care for the poor and vulnerable. We don’t even know why our political leaders are in friction with each other. The day any leader fights for the care of the poor, our country has truly seen a great leader.Our political situation must be everyone’s concern. We need to begin with “Politics Matter”. No politician should tell us you are Indo-Guyanese or Afro-Guyanese. The prefix must be erased, and only suffix should matter to us, because we are truly Guyanese and we are Citizens of Guyana, and not Citizens Indo- or Afro-Guyanese.If we can organise our families, businesses and institutions so well, why can we not organise our own nation? After all, we make the nation, not one or two political leaders. Let us go and get it.Jerri Melwin Diaslast_img read more

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Foreign Service Institute Holds Special Forum on ‘Threat of Terrorism’

first_imgThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the auspices of the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute, will hold a special panel discussion under the topic: “The Threat of Terrorism in the West African Region and the Need for Greater Collaboration among West African Nations.”According to a Foreign Ministry release, the forum, which will be held at the C. Cecil Dennis Jr. Auditorium on Friday, May 6, will bring together stakeholders including sub-regional ambassadors, the representative of ECOWAS accredited near Monrovia and security professionals to discuss and devise strategies for collaboration, as well as find ways of preventing and combating terrorism in the sub-region.The forum panelists will include: the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea, Mr. Abdoulaye Dore; Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana, Kodjo Asimeng Wadee; Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Brima Acha Kamara; and Ambassador of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Feni Kouakou.Others are the Ambassador of the Republic of Cameroon, Mr. Beng Yela Augustine Gang; the Charge d’Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr. Mohammed Tahir; and the Special Representative of ECOWAS, Mr. Tunde Assisomo. The Policy Advisor at the National Security Agency, Mr. Edward Sharpe, will also participate in the panel discussion; while former Information Minister, Dr. Laurence K. Bropleh, will serve as moderator.The reign of terror has risen to a new level as fanatic groups such as Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab and most recently the Islamic State (IS), who not only killed thousands in the name of Islam, but also sent millions of people around the world running for their lives, while followers have spread fear throughout the world.Africa has not been spared such terror. The reemergence of these militant groups, has seen their presence increase across Africa. The regional dimension of Boko Haram extends beyond attacks. The group’s criminal activities, such as arms smuggling and drug trafficking, involve several countries, including Chad, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Benin, Niger, Mali, Sudan, Somalia and Libya. In the past few years, Boko Haram has killed thousands in its waves of terror attacks. Two and a half million people either fled across borders or are homeless in their own country. With terrorism spreading in Nigeria and among its neighbors, it is even coming closer to Liberia. In November 2015, there was a deadly hostage drama at a Malian Hotel when gunmen stormed the five-star Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, taking hostages and killing at least 21 persons. In January 2016 gunmen attacked the Cappuccino restaurant and the Splendid Hotel in the heart of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, killing 30 persons, while at least 56 were wounded; a total of 176 hostages were released after a government counterattack into the next morning, when the siege ended. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Al-Mourabitoun. In March 2016, in neighboring Cote d’Ivoire, six gunmen targeted hotels on a beach at Grand Bassam, a weekend retreat popular with Western expatriates about 25 miles east of Abidjan, in which 16 people, including four Europeans, were killed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Trapped in a paradox

first_imgNo need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas He wasn’t fetching his observation out of thin air. The popularity of the women’s game has spawned an ugly offspring: Two leagues in a race to hoard the best talents in the country. And while that has provided women stars more opportunities, it has left the national team vulnerable to scheduling and training woes.Sure enough, in the faraway Philsports Arena, Suzara’s predictions were slowly unfolding.The women’s team—dotted with superstars—totally bombed out and finished fourth and last. They didn’t win a single match.The men’s team, playing all-out well under the shadows of their female counterparts, came out of nowhere and shocked perennial champion Thailand to make the championship match.Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas, big names in their own little circle who have never crossed into mainstream popularity, joined forces with an intrepid, talented bunch to accomplish what so little people gave them credit for.Eventually, the men’s team had to settle for silver medal, its biggest victory in recent memory.ADVERTISEMENT The controversial figure both in Philippine volleyball and in Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) said the women’s team’s “superstar culture” would eventually be its downfall.“The men’s team could make it all the way to the gold medal,” he told the Inquirer back then at the busy New Clark City sports complex. “It’s because they don’t have that superstar mentality.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4According to him, women’s volleyball’s huge popularity, while a boon to the sport, has been a bane to the national squad.“You can quote me on that,” added Suzara, the former Philippine Superliga (PSL) president who assumed the role of chief operating officer of the Phisgoc after a controversial parting of ways with the PSL. “There are ups and downs but we are definitely getting there,” said Cayco. “Right now we are focusing on the good.”It’s a fine place to start. But it’s not exactly where the focus should end.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball PLAY LIST 02:35SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball01:4420 Sea Games-related incidents so far, says NCRPO02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ When Pops met Martin’s son Santino View comments The unheralded men’s team provided the biggest volleyball story of the year after clinching a surprise silver in the SEA Games. —AUGUST DELA CRUZDuring the 30th Southeast Asian Games, when the Philippines was storming to the edge of glory, the biennial meet’s chief organizer, Ramon “Tats” Suzara, offered to make a bold assessment.Not on the ongoing Games, but on the surprising turn of events in volleyball competitions.ADVERTISEMENT With SEAG haul and Obiena’s Tokyo ticket, better days ahead for PH athletics It is worth noting that the men’s team had about eight months to prepare for the SEA Games. The women’s team had less than three. Even the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI), admitted that a divided women’s game slowed the growth of the national squad.Peter Cayco, the LVPI chief, said having two leagues was detrimental to the national program. Players like Alyssa Valdez of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) and Aby Maraño of the PSL agreed, saying unity was the only way to achieve success internationally.Young star Maddie Madayag admitted it was tough to get practice sessions and training camps together because of the conflicting schedule.Meanwhile, before the SEA Games, the men’s team quietly prepared under the low-key method of coach Dante Alinsunurin.There was huge anticipation of the women’s lineup. But along with the spotlight came the scrutiny. There were protests when Jaja Santiago, Dindin Manabat and Kalei Mau could not make the team for several reasons. Valdez cutting short her Japan training camp made the rounds on social media where, quite unfairly, women’s team coach Shaq delos Santos and open spiker Ces Molina were mercilessly trolled online. The LVPI and the PSL were forced to seek legal measures against the trolling.True the television network wars, social media and legions of fans made women’s volleyball even stronger this year. Without the skyrocketing popularity, there would be no leagues. Without the leagues, the national team would feed on either young stars from the collegiate leagues or veterans who had been out of action for a while. But that popularity may have doomed the national program, leaving the sport caught in a paradox—almost a catch-22 situation if not for the fact that there is a simplistic solution staring the sport in the eye.Unity.But can the LVPI, which is experiencing a bounty of young and talented players like PVL star Madayag and rising PSL standout Eya Laure ready to serve the national squad and form the foundation of it future, navigate the tricky political cesspool that unity would demand?Maybe 2020 can supply the answers.For now, the LVPI looks content on resting on the continued growth of the sport and the rise of the men’s game.last_img read more

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MUSTANGS GET PAST BLUES

first_img The Varsity Blues put their 2-0 record on the line against the two-time CUFLA champion Western Mustangs on Sunday evening, September 23rd. The Mustangs set a fast pace, jumping out to a 7-1 lead after the first quarter.  Only middie Alex Emerson was able to find the back of the net. Western continued to take advantage of fast break opportunities to score another four goals in the second before Toronto could answer with by Attack Darren Elliott.  The score at the half was 11-2 for the Mustangs.Although finding themselves in a deep hole, the Blues clawed back on second half goals by middie Nick Pison, Blues leading scorer Jason Barnable and freshman middie Aiden Guld’s first career CUFLA goal. However, Western scored six times to win going away 17-5. UP NEXT: The Varsity Blues host the Brock Badgers this Friday, September 28 at Varsity Stadium. Game time is set for 8:30 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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U.S.-funded firm sets up China’s spyware to track residents

first_imgSHENZHEN, China – At least 20,000 police surveillance cameras are being installed along streets in southern China and will soon be guided by sophisticated computer software from an American-financed company to recognize automatically the faces of police suspects and detect unusual activity. The program will start this month in a port neighborhood and then spread across Shenzhen, a city of 12.4 million people. Most citizens will also be issued a residency card fitted with a powerful computer chip programmed by the same company. Data on the chip will include not just the citizen’s name and address but also work history, educational background, religion, ethnicity, police record, medical insurance status and landlord’s phone number. Even personal reproductive history will be included, for enforcement of China’s controversial “one child” policy. Plans are being studied to add credit histories, subway travel payments and purchases charged to the card. Security experts describe China’s plans as the world’s largest effort to meld cutting-edge computer technology with police work to track the activities of a population and fight crime, but they say the technology can be used to violate civil rights. The Chinese government has ordered all large cities across the country to apply technology to police work and to issue high-tech residency cards to 150 million people who have moved to a city but not yet acquired permanent residency there. Both steps are officially aimed at fighting crime and developing better controls on an increasingly mobile population. But they could also help the Communist Party retain power by maintaining tight controls on an increasingly prosperous population at a time when street protests are more common. “If they do not get the permanent card, they cannot live here, they cannot get government benefits, and that is a way for the government to control the population in the future,” said Michael Lin, the vice president for investor relations at China Public Security Technology, the company providing the technology. Incorporated in Florida, China Public Security has raised much of the money to develop its technology from two investment funds in Plano, Texas: Pinnacle Fund and Pinnacle China Fund. Three investment banks – Roth Capital Partners in Newport Beach; Oppenheimer & Co. in New York; and First Asia Finance Group of Hong Kong – helped it raise the money. Rising fears of terrorism have lessened public hostility to surveillance cameras in the West. This has been particularly true in Britain, where the police already install the cameras widely on lamp poles and in subway stations and are developing face recognition software as well.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

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Help the poor quit smoking

first_imgBlack smokers, about 70 percent of whom smoke menthol cigarettes, have disproportionately higher rates of smoking-related cancers and other diseases. Interestingly, some studies have even shown that nicotine intake per cigarette for blacks is 30 percent greater than in whites, perhaps because black smokers primarily use mentholated brands. Menthol flavored cigarettes comprise about one-fourth of all cigarettes sold in the United States. Because the menthol produces a cooling sensation in the throat, decreases the cough reflex and acts to cover up the dry-throat feeling smokers often experience, menthol cigarette smokers tend to inhale more deeply and hold the smoke in longer. People who smoke menthols are less likely to try to quit and are less likely to be successful when they do try. A recent study by the President’s Cancer Council recommends that tobacco-cessation services and medications be a standard part of all health insurance. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helping people quit is one of the most cost effective health-care benefits available. Yet the media tend to ignore the issue of smoking cessation because helping people quit isn’t controversial, and there is no quick fix. Smokers typically try to quit and fail at least six times before succeeding. The bottom line is most smokers actually want to quit – they just don’t have the help they need to overcome their addiction. As the governor, Legislature and lobbyists debate health-care reform, helping smokers reform should be their top priority. Ugo Barnaby Nnaji is policy director of the California Black Health Network.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Ugo Barnaby Nnaji In the State Capitol, everyone seems to have a lobbyist these days – except regular people. Take health-care reform. While the big players are working behind closed doors to put their stamp of approval on new legislation, working folks who need the attention of our lawmakers the most are left behind. At the center of the health-care issue is one of the oldest health threats – smoking. Poorer Americans are more likely to begin smoking, more likely to be current smokers and less likely to quit smoking. But smoking adversely affects the bottom line for us all. Californians pay more than $8 billion annually in health-care costs related to smoking. That’s more than $700 a year for every family. And businesses suffer from smoking, too. Smokers spend 8 percent of their work days on smoking-related habits. The average smoker costs the employer more than $1,700 in lost productivity and more than $1,600 in excess medical expenditures, translating to more than $3,400 per year per smoker. If policymakers are serious about cutting health-care costs to expand access to health care, getting low-income Californians to quit smoking is a logical place to start. The smoking rate among California adults is 15percent, but among poor families it’s about twice that. Unequal access to evidence-based cessation treatment is a likely factor in low quit rates among the poor. The consequences of these low quit rates are clear. For black people in particular, smoking and other tobacco use contribute to their leading causes of death – heart disease, cancer and stroke. And black people have a higher prevalence and greater hospitalization rates due to asthma attacks, which can be triggered by cigarette smoke. The good news is that offering smokers help in quitting is as cost-effective as childhood shots and more cost-effective than treating widespread ailments like high cholesterol. That’s why any health-care-reform package should include Assembly Bill 594 by Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, D-Compton. AB 594 would require Medi-Cal to offer counseling as well as all Food and Drug Administration- approved smoking cessation medications to help smokers quit. Research on the brain tells us that nicotine is one of the hardest drug dependencies to break – just as hard as cocaine or heroin. What used to be known as a “habit” is now known as a true addiction. But according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, 70 percent of smokers want to break their addiction, but fewer than 7 percent who try to quit can remain smoke-free for one year thereafter. last_img read more

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Watch three players combine to miss open goal in Women’s Champions League

first_imgMissing an open goal is probably the most humiliating thing that can happen on a pitch.And three players for Lithuanian side Gintra Universitetas combined to make a real rash of a potential consolation strike against Barcelona.In the last-16 Women’s Champions League clash, Gintra managed to carve out a chance following an error from opposition goalkeeper Sandra Panos.But despite the goal gaping, a trio of Gintra players stumbled over one another as the opportunity passed them by.Watch the embarrassing miss above…last_img read more

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Watch: Termon ladies getting ready for another huge hour

first_imgTHE BURN Road hosts a huge game on Sunday as the Termon ladies host St Macartan’s from Tyrone in an Ulster senior club semi-final.After a quarter-final win over Clann Éireann two weeks ago, also at home, Termon’s reward is another fixture on their own sod.The Donegal champions are one step away from another Ulster final after their win over the Armagh side. Now, St Macartans, with Ryan McMenamin – the newly-appointed Fermanagh manager – in charge, head for The Burn Road (throw-in 2pm). Termon have returned to the top of Donegal this year after a four-year absence.This week, we caught up with the Termon captain Emer Gallagher and the evergreen Maureen O’Donnell, who have been instrumental in a golden generation for the maroon and white. Watch the full feature below … Watch: Termon ladies getting ready for another huge hour was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Emer Gallaghergeraldine mclaughlinMaureen O’DonnellSean O’DonnellTermonThe Burn Roadlast_img read more

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Lennon ‘delighted and annoyed’ after Hibs defeat Celtic

first_img“I am delighted with them but also annoyed with them because two weeks ago against Kilmarnock (a 3-0 defeat) we were pathetic and then we go and put back-to-back wins playing really well.“That should kick-start our season again.“We know if we can overcome Rangers on Wednesday we will be back in the top six and all of a sudden things start looking really healthy again.“But we looked healthy today. Neil Lennon said his Hibs players gave “a remarkable performance” in their 2-0 win over Celtic but admitted their inconsistency frustrated him.Goals from Vykintas Slivka and Florian Kamberi sank the champions at Easter Road and secured a second successive victory after the win over Hamilton last week.However, that followed a run of seven games without a win and Lennon said that he had wanted to see the same football weeks ago.“It was a remarkable performance considering the omissions from the squad,” the head coach said. “There was a great belief about us and on the counter-attack I thought we were fantastic and our tactical discipline was very good and we have beaten a very good team today.”last_img read more

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Grassroots soccer talent nurtured in Port Elizabeth

first_imgHosted at Young Park Primary school in Young Park, 16 primary schools from Schauderville and Kwazakhele were invited to participate in the workshop (Image: Chevrolet Ute Force)The Chevrolet Ute Force, in partnership with the Dreamfields Project, a non-profit organisation that focuses on soccer development, rolled out its coaching workshop in Port Elizabeth this week.Hosted at Young Park Primary school in Young Park, 16 primary schools from Schauderville and Kwazakhele were invited to participate in the workshop that provided them with basic coaching skills and intra school league training. Thirty teachers and seven General Motors employees participated in the workshop and in turn will develop aspirant soccer stars in their communities.The seven Schauderville Schools are De Vos Malan Primary, GJ Louw Primary, Dieterich Primary, St.Theresa Primary, Frank Joubert Primary, Abraham Levy Primary, Adolph Schauder Primary, and Young Park Primary School. The eight Kwazakele Schools are Henry Nginza Primary, Ebhongweni Primary, Phakama Primary, JK Zondi Primary, Inkqubela Primary, BJ Mnyanda Primary, Ben Nyati Primary, and WB Tshume Primary.According to Chevrolet brand manager Tim Hendon, the partnership with Dreamfields Project, has enabled Chevrolet to reach many disadvantaged communities where soccer is popular amongst youth. “Each participant will receive a certificate of completion after the workshop which makes them eligible to coach and arrange intra school league games in the future,” said Hendon.He explained that the initiative links back to the Dreamfields Project’s goal of supporting the South African Football Association Development Agency’s (SAFADA) 2022 Vision, which highlights the need for coaches and the need of finding and grooming talent. “Chevrolet Ute Force has pledged its commitment to this vision, and provides not only funding but also donates One World Futbol soccer balls and soccer equipment and the use of utility bakkies to reach remote communities,” Hendon added.Earlier this year Chevrolet donated 55 000 One World Futbol, soccer balls to SAFADA. These balls are nearly indestructible and were designed to withstand gruelling conditions and rough surfaces. “Children train with the balls and are able to play with them over and over again without the fear of the ball going flat, this provides them with the needed training time before playing league games.“As part of our ‘What do you #PlayFor?‘ campaign introduced in April of this year, we will continue to support communities and the beautiful game of soccer – building the nation through play.”In the spirit of the Chevrolet Ute Force project, which is collaborative in nature and aims to share with people across the country, challenging South Africans to support their communities – a mini documentary of the Port Elizabeth project will be created. Spear headed by the creative team of BoltonInc, cinematographer Louis Bolton has captured the dreams of communities through the Ute Force initiative from day one.Traveling with the team to Port Elizabeth, Bolton believes that it is through sharing stories that real change can be achieved. He is joined by producer and Ute Force Project manager Bridgette Bolton who oversees the roll-out of the Chevrolet Ute Force project from one community to the next.last_img read more

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