first_img…must be more agile, efficient in response to domestic issues – President GrangerPresident David Granger has announced that the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) will, over the next few years, undergo massive restructuring and transformation to create a more agile, flexible and efficient organization; one that can respond to any form of domestic or international crisis.Granger, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, has said the restructuringPresident David Granger (third from right in front row) at the conferenceprocess is important as it would allow for a greater level of efficiency in the execution of that military organisation’s mandate and development.He was addressing the opening ceremony of the two-day Annual Officers Conference which commenced on Thursday at Base Camp Ayanganna. Being held under the theme “Effective transformation for Total National Defence”, this conference has been boycotted by the media, whose members walked out of the conference as a result of the poor treatment meted out to the press corps.Changes will be made to the Engineering Corps, the President promised, with greater emphasis being placed on public infrastructure. The Agriculture Corps will focus on food production for the Force and victims of natural disasters; and the Signal Corps will be re-established as the main arm for the advancement of information and communications technologies and telecommunications within the Force.“Several corps of the Force are being reformed and recapitalised. The Agriculture Corps will embark on agro-processing in order to produce foods which can be preserved and packaged as compact rations for soldiers on long-range patrols and field operations, and as emergency supplies to citizens affected by natural disasters such as floods.“The Air Corps and Coast Guard will be upgraded to allow for continuous surveillance over our airspace, maritime space and land space, and to support search-and-rescue services to persons in distress.“The Engineering Corps will be restructured and re-equipped to enable it to re-engage in the development of public infrastructure and assist in disaster relief efforts in other countries affected by natural disasters. The Corps will expand the Force’s capability to generate electrical energy from renewable sources in all military bases and camps,” he said.President Granger declared that this was being done to allow for greater organisational and operational efficiency. He spoke last week about the re-establishment of the National Cadet Corps, which is also in keeping with the restructuring of the Force.  He said cadet training centres will be built on a regional basis alongside Militia drill halls.“The corps will inculcate the five standards of service embodied in the Force’s Manual of Values and Standards, especially “…responsibility; respect for the law; respect for others; correct conduct; and appropriate social behaviour,” he said.Additionally, the President said the reinforcement of the Force’s high command has started with the restoration of the appointments of Adjutant General and Inspector General, among others.“The Force is being brought up to its authorised strength to allow it to be deployed to any part of the country in any weather or terrain, and at short notice. The ‘reserve force’ – the Guyana People’s Militia – is being re-built in every administrative region. The Militia is an essential arm of the regional system. Each regional capital town will have its own unit, eventually to enable (it) to respond more promptly to render assistance to residents in the event of emergencies.“The Force is the premier agency charged with responsibility to protect our homeland against the new security threats, such as environmental degradation, flooding, and drought,” he said.The Head of State has said the changes are in keeping with the Force’s responsibility to protect this country’s patrimony. The President noted it is recognised that the Force faces numerous challenges in safeguarding the national territory, including airspace, borders, marine resources and rivers; and as such, Government is working to ensure that these are addressed.President Granger has also said that Government, ever mindful of its duty to secure territorial integrity and sovereignty, has been engaged in various vigorous diplomatic initiatives over the past 32 months.“These efforts have been all aimed at reaching a peaceful resolution to the territorial controversy which arose out of the contention by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela that the arbitral award of October 1899, by which Guyana’s borders were formally delimited under international law, was null. Guyana is still engaged in a renewed Good Offices Process, but we remain confident that the process will eventuate in a juridical settlement of this controversy – one that has stymied the development of our state since Independence.“The Force has embarked on a programme of long-range patrols aimed at re-affirming our national territorial borders from Punta Playa to the Kutari and from Ankoko to Orealla,” he said.The GDF Chief of Staff, Brigadier Patrick West, in his presentation, said that despite the challenges faced in 2017, the GDF remains resolute in its mandate. As the Force begins its planning for 2018, the Chief of Staff said, the Force will be moving to improve its capabilities and capacity for the continued security of Guyana’s borders and citizens.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State Mr. Joseph Harmon, Minister of Public Security Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan and Minister of Finance Mr. Winston Jordan were also present at the opening ceremony.last_img read more

first_imgGECOM Chair, Retired Justice Claudette-Singh…PPP executive demands withdrawal of decision to publish H2H registrantsThe publication of the list of voters recorded during the discontinued House-to-House Registration is not only outside of statutory law, it can lead to the General and Regional Elections’ results being invalidated. This is according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall. In an interview with Guyana Times, Nandlall noted that the Guyana Elections Commission’s determination to publish this list separate from the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) had very serious repercussions, as it can be used in an elections petition to overturn the election results. “Now I understand that GECOM is bent on publishing a list of names generated by the truncated House- to-House exercise. As you are aware, there is already a Preliminary List of Electors (PLE), which has been public, which is subject to a Claims and Objections (C&O) process.CEO Keith Lowenfield“Any attempt to use a list not provided for by the law, to form part of the official list of electors, will render the entire list of electors as perverted and unlawful and if we go to an election with such a list, it exposes those elections to be set aside in an election petition, because important statutory procedures would have been violated,” Nandlall explained. The former AG noted that there was no legal way the PLE could be updated, except by Claims and Objections, an exercise currently ongoing. He also explained that data collected from another source could not be merged into this preliminary list. “There is no provision in the law for another list to be circulated. Elections is a statutory process. That means every step in the process is governed by a statutory provision. The law is that these statutory steps must be strictly complied with. Any violation of any of these statutory procedures can result in the elections being set aside. That is the nature of election law. “The publication of this list generated by the Houseto- House exercise is not catered for at all in the law. No one knows what use is going to be made of this list. If the intention is to use this list to merge it to the OLE, then it will be a merger that is not sanctioned or provided for by the law and it will be a contamination of the OLE by data not provided for in the law.”Former Attorney GeneralAnil NandlallNandlall cited Sections 11 and 21 of the National Registration Act. Section 11 (1) states that “No person shall be registered in more than one divisional register or more than once in any register established under Section 9”. Section 21, on the other hand, speaks to persons who procure or induce another to procure, voter’s registration in more than one register or more than once in a single register. This offence carries a fine and imprisonment of six months. “It would appear as though this list is coming out separately. Now if you look at Section 11 and Section 33 of the National Registration Act, you will see that duplicate registration constitutes a criminal offence,” he said. “This list is replete with duplicate registration. This list is a dossier of criminal offences. And those who participated in those offences are liable to be prosecuted under the National Registration Act.” Demands But with the list of names already making the rounds, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary and chief scrutineer, Zulfikar Mustapha, has written GECOM Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield, demanding that the list be withdrawn. In his letter, Mustapha reminded Lowenfield of the statutory process to acquire the OLE that will be used in next year’s elections scheduled for March 2. He noted that nothing in the law allowed for the publication of another list. “The PPP has been informed that the GECOM Secretariat, upon your directions, has published the list of persons registered during the recently-truncated House-to-House Registration exercise. The reason for the publication of this list is unknown.” The letter added that there was no provision in the law for two separate lists or for a merger of data from these two sources. “In this instance, the PLE was derived from the NRR. The only method provided for in the law for this list to be updated is by C&O. In the circumstances, we respectfully demand that you withdraw from public circulation the list,” the letter stated. Mustapha also informed Lowenfield that the letter would be copied to GECOM Chairperson, Retired Justice Claudette Singh, “with the expectation of her urgent intervention, should our demand be ignored”. On Tuesday last, GECOM Commissioner Charles Corbin had announced that GECOM had completed the encoding process for data gathered from the recent House-to-House Registration exercise. He had also announced that fingerprints would be sent overseas to be cross-matched and that information would be published from Thursday. Soon afterwards, the three GECOM Commissioners nominated by the PPP made it clear that no decision on the issue was taken by the full commission and that Tuesday’s meeting had ended with more questions than answers on publishing the names. To date, Chairperson Singh has been silent on the issue, leading Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to urge her to be more assertive in bringing clarity to disputes at the Commission. Since her appointment, Justice Singh has had no interview engagements with the media corps on the work GECOM is doing.last_img read more

11 Jan / 2020

Style over substance

first_imgSince hosting the Olympics twice already wasn’t enough, Los Angeles leaders are feverishly making the case that the city deserves a third opportunity. They have brought U.S. Olympic Committee members to town, wined and dined them, and made clear that L.A. will spare no expense should it host the games in 2016. As Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa put it, “We’ll do it all in style.” And style points have definitely been the preoccupation of city and county leaders who signed off on the grandiose Grand Avenue project, even at the expense of $125 million in public subsidies that could pave roads, pay for cops and regenerate neighborhoods. Style matters. To encourage developers to go ahead with plans for the sports-entertainment complex, city officials agreed to a $270 million subsidy for a luxury Convention Center hotel. But for all the focus on style, L.A. leaders have paid little attention to substance. Sure, hosting the Olympics a third time would be a feather in L.A.’s collective cap, and it might even bring in some one-time revenues. Conventions could also net some green – although so far the Convention Center has only cost the city dearly – and an exciting night life and spectacular downtown skyline would be welcome additions to L.A. life. But these are not the ingredients that make a good city, let alone a great one. For all the investment in dazzle, and for all the emphasis on downtown, L.A. is a city of neighborhoods. And making our neighborhoods cleaner, safer, better places for families to live would do far more to improve the quality of life in L.A. than any number of Olympics, downtown nightclubs or conventions. It’s a shame city leaders don’t worry half as much about getting gangs under control as they worry about getting the Olympics. If they were subject to feelings of shame, they would invest as much in the neighborhoods as they do in monuments downtown.last_img read more

first_imgThere is $1.135 million in proposed operating projects, which could be covered by increasing tax revenue by six per cent, using 2.7 per cent of Fair Share Funds, and $1.08 million from the Tax Stabilization Reserve.Among the projects are $250,000 for discussions on Fair Share renewal and $50,000 for a Facilities Master Plan, and $250,000 for further dealings with the proposed Site C dam, which would be covered by B.C. Hydro. The Master Transportation Plan that was postponed last year has reappeared at a cost of $150,000 in 2014 and $70,000 in 2015, as well as another $125,000 for the Downtown Action Plan.The next step is for the operating budget to be finalized on November 25.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img“This is where I grew up so places like this are important to me,” said Alexander-Arnold to British newspaper the Daily Mail.“It’s disappointing to know this still exists because it means something isn’t right in our country.”Alexander-Arnold, 21, helps out when he has the time at St Andrew’s — a place where 25 percent of donated food comes before and after Liverpool and Everton home games.“Seeing how hard the guys here are working to make sure other people can have a hot meal over this winter period is great to see,” said Alexander-Arnold.“It inspires me to keep doing things in the community as people are suffering. Everyone in life should have a fair chance.“Places like this are not talked about enough. I would imagine there are hundreds up and down the country. They need recognition.”In fact anti-hunger campaign group the Trussell Trust runs more than 1,200 food banks nationally and handed out a record 823,145 emergency parcels, which each comprise food for three days, in the six months to September this year.That was the busiest half-year since the organisation was created in 1997 and marked a 23-percent surge from the same period of 2018.Liverpool launched their Christmas food bank appeal on Tuesday and Alexander-Arnold believes the competitive one-upmanship nature of Everton and his club’s fans will hugely benefit the St Andrew’s one.“This is a city of two great teams and the rivalry will probably help the food bank,” said Alexander-Arnold.“One set of fans doesn’t want the other one to be seen as more generous or more giving. They will be competitive about it.“That’s the way the people in the city think so hopefully St Andrew’s and the people who rely on it will benefit.”0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Local hero Trent Alexander-Arnold hasn’t forgotten his north Liverpool roots despite football fame and fortune © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Trent Alexander-Arnold has refused to let fame and success at European champions Liverpool to forget where he came from, and is inspired to help as “people are suffering” and relying on food banks.The England full-back — who on Wednesday will help to maintain the Red’s unbeaten Premier League record in the Merseyside derby — is sad to see local people struggling as he stops by the St Andrew’s food bank in his old north Liverpool stomping ground.last_img read more

first_imgMomentum swung in South’s favor after stopping a run on a fake punt early in the first quarter. Four plays later, White scampered 12 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Hawthorne went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, only to have its punt blocked this time and recovered by South on the 21-yard line. White scored two plays later for a 14-0 lead. South got the ball back a little over a minute later, and this time needed just one play, a 35-yard pass from Will Brown to Jason Yang, to extend the lead to 21-0. After recording a safety, South’s big first half was capped by another Brown-to-Yang pass, this one for 38 yards, followed by another short touchdown run by White. “It was pretty perfect, actually,” White said of the first half. “We went out there in memory of Joe Anzack and we played our hearts out.” Waybright said avoiding slow starts was a point of emphasis for his team. “That’s been a big thing for us this offseason, coming out strong and starting the game well for us,” Waybright said. “That’s been a weak point for us in past years. We seem to be a team that starts slow and gains momentum as the game goes on. It was nice to see our kids come out from the get-go and play hard.” White extended the lead to 37-0 in the second half on a 70-yard punt return, but after that play, Hawthorne (0-2) began to fight back. Behind Marcus Allen and Marvin Williamson, Hawthorne drove for its first touchdown late in the third quarter. Quarterback De’Andre Hinton scored from 1 yard out to make it 37-6. “Sometimes we’re going to have those (bad first) halves, especially early on,” Swain said. “We’ve got to make sure we create those and have those halves ourselves. “This is going to be a gut check now. This team is not going to lay down. I think we came out (in the second half) and answered some questions.” South got another safety and a 3-yard touchdown run from Anthony Graham to cap its scoring in the fourth quarter. Hawthorne scored the game’s final points on a 67-yard touchdown run by Allen, who finished with 112 yards on seven carries. chris.jackson@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! John White ran for 71 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, while also returning a punt 70 yards for another score to give South a season-opening victory. The game carried extra meaning as former South players Joe Anzack Jr. and Micah Gifford, who were killed earlier this year while serving in Iraq, had their numbers retired in a halftime ceremony. “It was a special night,” said South coach Josh Waybright. “Joe loved the game of football. He would have loved to be still out here playing. He loved Friday nights under the lights. I don’t think there was anything more special to him. It was nice to pay tribute to him and Micah both on a night like this. It was nice to see the community come out as well. It seemed like there was a lot of support in the stands.” Hawthorne coach James Swain said he could tell just how fired up the South players were as the Spartans took a 30-0 lead into halftime. “Those guys played pretty inspired,” Swain said. “You don’t want to come in against a good-coached team and have them have an extra element. They really played inspired. I give them all the credit in the world for that.” NONLEAGUE: White scores four TDs for fired-up Spartans on a special night. By Chris Jackson STAFF WRITER South Torrance capped an emotional evening with a 46-12 rout of visiting Hawthorne on Friday. last_img read more

first_imgMarian Harkin, MEPThe continued anti credit union policy of the Irish government which required voluntary directors to be subjected to greater regulation than the Directors of the commercial banks was unacceptable and needed to change.This was asserted by Independent MEP Marian Harkin when she spoke at the opening of the World Council of Credit Unions Annual Conference in Belfast, today, Sunday, July 17th.She said; “The record of service by Credit Unions to their communities, together with their record of financial stability compares very favourably with the performance of the banks which, for some inexplicable reason, continue to be favoured by government and the Central Bank.” The misguided attitude of the government was probably related to its concern to increase the value of institutions in which they have a substantial financial interest, she suggested.“For its part the Central Bank is happy to go along with a negative attitude to the ambition of credit unions to expand services to members and, in the process, to increase competition for the banks.”“The combined policies of the government, and of the Central Bank, had seriously damaged the business model of the not for profit credit union movement.”“Regulations which seem to be deliberately aimed at undermining the voluntary ethos of credit unions, lending restrictions and difficulties placed in the way of providing new competitive services, are the hallmarks of the political and regulatory nexus currently existing”, Marian Harkin continued. “A prime example of how the credit union movement could contribute even more to Irish society was the fact that the Irish League of Credit Unions had offered to provide €5 billion to assist in developing desperately needed social housing.”“In a situation where the circumstances created by the government has prevented credit unions from maximising earnings from members funds it should be a ‘no brainer’ to avail of the ILCU’s enlightened offer to help resolve the national housing crisis”, the Independent MEP proposed.As co-founder and current co-chair of the European Parliament’s credit Union Interest Group, she pledged to maintain active advocacy for the credit union movement in seeking to ensure that EU legislation would not, as in Ireland, discriminate against credit unions in favour of commercial banks.HARKIN TAKES A STAND AGAINST DISCRIMINATION FELT BY IRISH CREDIT UNIONS AT WORLD CREDIT UNION CONFERENCE was last modified: July 18th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Belfastcredit unionsdonegalIrelandworld credit union conferencelast_img read more

first_imgA brilliant Naomh Conaill performance saw the Glenties men cause a shock to win the under 16s Division 1 county league title against a very strong St Eunan’s team. A huge blow to the Letterkenny men in the first few minutes of the game as full forward Rory Carr suffered an injury after a heavy challenge with the Naomh Conaill keeper Tony Byrne and had to be replaced.Nothing between the the 2 sides as they went into the break all level 1-4 to Eunans to Naomh Conaills 0-7. It was set up for an exciting second half with the game played in perfect conditions in Glenfin.Naomh Conaill started the second half quickly scoring 3 points without reply with Matice McKelvey & Ethan O’Donnell dominating the midfield exchanges.Eunans danger man Niall O’Donnell a constant threat in the first half started again to look dangerous causing problems for the NC defence.The Letterkenny men chipped away at Naomh Conaills lead and again it was level with time running.Eunans now had all the momentum but could not convert any of their scoring opportunitys and it was the Glenties men who charged up the field to score a fine point and take the lead again. With only seconds to go Niall O’Donnell had a chance to take it into extra time with a free from 30 yards but a tight angle but he couldn’t convert it so it all went down to whatever time the referee had to add on. He played near 5 minutes but the Glenties men held on for a famous win.Great credit has to go to both clubs on a game that was played in a very sporting fashion and a very high level of football. GAA NEWS: NAOMH CONAILL U-16s LAND LEAGUE TITLE was last modified: October 7th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img 3 3 Thierry Henry helped Belgium to third place at this summer’s World Cup, but has no managerial experience at club level Roy Keane spent just four months as assistant to Paul Lambert at Aston Villa “Even with simple things like possession drills and shooting drills, if we missed the target or gave the ball away, he couldn’t understand how we could make such bad decision.“In the end, ultimately, he left.”Bent has urged Aston Villa to stick with Bruce, insisting they have a better chance of returning to the Premier League this season with the experienced boss at the helm, rather than under Henry.“For me, if you want to get a team out of the Championship you stick with someone like a Steve Bruce or a Neil Warnock – they have pedigree of getting teams out of that league,” he added.“For Villa to take such a big risk and appoint Henry – I know he’s legend, he’s my hero being an Arsenal supporter – but as far as managing goes he’s untested and he doesn’t know the Championship. “I’ve had it before [being coached by a manager who used to play] and at first, when things are going really well, it works. The standards are set high.“But it’s when things start to go badly going that you start to see all the problems.“You begin to think, ‘his expectations are way too high’, so you start to get frustrated and then the manager gets frustrated because they can’t understand why we can’t play the way they played when they were playing.“It becomes a struggle until the whole thing just implodes.“I had Roy Keane at Villa – he was a fantastic player with great ability and he was a good coach.“But one of his problems I always felt was he just couldn’t understand why the midfield players in our team weren’t as good as him.center_img Darren Bent believes Aston Villa managerial candidate Thierry Henry may encounter the same frustrations Roy Keane faced during his short spell as a coach at Villa Park.The former Villans striker says Keane often cut a frustrated figure on the training pitch, as he “couldn’t understand why our players weren’t as good as him”.World Cup winner Henry has been linked with a stunning move to replace Steve Bruce as Villa manager.Bruce, whose bid to guide Villa back to the Premier League failed last season with a defeat in the play-off final, is set to meet with the Championship club’s new owners on Wednesday to discuss his future.But there are concerns in the Midlands over Henry’s lack of experience as he looks to take his first steps as a full-time boss.And Bent believes, if he is appointed, the former France striker could suffer the same fate as his old Villa coach Keane, who became assistant to former manager Paul Lambert in 2014 before leaving just four months later.Speaking on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Bent said: “There are so many risks involved [if Henry takes the job].“The standard Thierry is used to, from his playing career and from his coaching work with Belgium, is going to be completely different. 3 Darren Bent has urged Aston Villa to stick with Steve Bruce “He’s played games in the Premier League and Champions League, but the Championship is completely different to anything he ever faced in his career.“So for them to turn away from Steve Bruce, someone who has experience, has done it before and know the league inside and out, and to all of a sudden taken a gamble on someone like Henry – it’s going to be tough for villa I think.“Hopefully Steve Bruce keeps the job. I think he could definitely get Aston Villa up this season.”Listen back to Darren Bent on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!last_img read more

first_imgDonegal Deputy Thomas Pringle has pledged his support this week to the Children’s Rights Alliance and its call to strengthen children’s rights in the Constitution.With cross party support for the holding of a referendum, Thomas has offered his own individual support to protect children’s rights in Donegal so that each child “is cherished equally.”This comes in the week that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child celebrates its 22nd anniversary. Deputy Pringle told “Each and every childhood counts and I’m delighted to pledge my support to the Alliance and to their work to secure a referendum to strengthen children’s rights in the Constitution.“We need our Constitution to be the best it can be – to reflect our views on childhood today, rather than in the time that it was written, in 1937, when children were to be seen and not heard.“We need a Constitution that will protect our children and guide the courts to make decisions that keep families together and that are in the child’s best interests.  I know the people of Donegal would welcome the opportunity to say ‘yes, we value childhood’ and ‘yes, Ireland values all children and their rights’.”Senator Jillian van Turnhout, outgoing Chief Executive of the Alliance, said: “Deputy Thomas Pringle is a true champion for children: in Donegal, in the Oireachtas and Ireland itself. “Over recent years, high profile cases of extreme neglect and horrific exploitation of children have brought into sharp focus our need to do something to change how Ireland treats its children.  This requires our Constitution to be updated because, as it stands, children are almost invisible within the Constitution and when children find themselves in dangerous or difficult situations, the Constitution makes it impossible to give the same level of protection to each child.“This situation must change and we are grateful for Deputy Pringle’s support.” 

Further details about the need to hold a referendum on children’s rights can be found on the Alliance web site at or by downloading this leaflet:”TD PRINGLE VOWS TO FIGHT FOR CHILDREN’S RIGHTS was last modified: November 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more