This is the dark time…

first_img…for GuyanaJust when your Eyewitness thought it couldn’t get any worse, up comes news that some smart cock at GECOM evidently decided to slurp off the gravy train that’s been rolling through Guyana since May 2015. $100M worth of slurping!! Now, Dear Readers, you may say, with Ministers renting drug warehouses just in case a meteor MIGHT hit the Government’s brand new warehouse – and not so incidentally setting back the Government $450M – and billion-dollar write-offs and settlements flowing fast and furious, what’s the big deal about $100M?Well, it’s not just the $100M…it’s the fact that this has happened at GECOM. And in case some have forgotten what GECOM stands for in Guyana – let your Eyewitness give you a quick refresher. GECOM represents the return to law and order to a land that was raped for 28 years – political, social, economic and physical rape – plus, of course, “kick down the door bandits” to add the finishing touch to the degradation of the lawlessness.All of the above was due to the Government of Forbes Burnham keeping himself in power through the rigging of elections. Why? Well, if those Big Ones who were controlling all the resources of the State – and its ultimate power to snuff out the lives of citizens – got and kept that power illegally, what was the rest of the country to do? It ranged from those working in factories who literally stripped the buildings of even light bulbs and fixtures to sell on the black market to the Ministers who sold licences to the highest bidder.It was every thief for himself and the devil take Guyana. So when we had free and fair elections in 1992 through the good offices of Jimmy Carter who helped to create an INDEPENDENT GECOM – which DID lead to a change of government, not unnaturally lots of folks – including this Eyewitness had a soft spot for the elections body. He’d heard of the Indian Elections Commission, which was able to do so much for democracy in that fractious country by standing above the fray – and the graft – and insisting on harking to the rule of law.So when we now hear about even this organisation getting tainted with the brush of corruption, it brings the feeling invoked by Martin Carter when he spoke to his most intimate partner – to who one obviously expresses one’s innermost thoughts – that “it’s a dark time, my love”.In this case, the “love” is Guyana and it would appear that yes, we all should cry for our beloved land.…for the USACan you imagine the President of Philippines – a fella by the name of Duterte – had the temerity to call President Obama of the US a “son of a bitch”?? What has the world come to, when a former colony that’s still out in the global boondocks can describe the most powerful man on planet earth in such terms?? Don’t people know their place anymore? Was he taking a cue from all those US rednecks who called Obama all sorts of names..and not just “Hussein”!!Only presidents of the US can call other leaders of countries “sons of bitches”. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt – obviously not the Roosevelt who “talked softly but carried a big stick” – said of the leader of Nicaragua, “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” And everyone took this as a compliment! But then who gets to define others has the power, nuh?Look at how fast Duterte stuck his tail between his legs and said he REALLY didn’t mean to insult Obama!!…for fowlcocksEver seen fowlcocks in front of a henhouse? Jumping up and down, crowing at the top of their airbags as if the sky were falling? But the hens? They couldn’t care less!!And that’s the story of Patrick Yarde and the Government with the GPSU wage negotiations!!last_img read more

Fil-Indonesian Aziz Calim eyes ONE Manila debut despite Bangkok loss

first_imgLacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon For its 100th show, ONE to feature 2 full fight cards in ‘Century’ event in Japan “The game plan was to keep the fight on the feet and make it a striking battle where I know I had an advantage, but unfortunately the match went to the ground,” Calim said.“I was caught in a rear-naked choke. He was in mount and I was planning to escape, but my defense had holes. That’s why he was able to take my neck and execute the choke.”Calim is raring to rebound and he knows it would be best if he gets to redeem himself in front of his fellow Filipinos and get in touch with his roots.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? “There’s still one event in Manila this November and I hope to be part of that card,” said Calim, who speaks fluent Filipino.“I have Filipino blood, but I’ve never been to the Philippines, so that will be the best welcome party for me if my wish will be granted.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 21-year-old Calim is coming off a submission loss in the first round to Ryuto Sawada.Calim, who was born in Saudi Arabia, lasted for only 69 seconds after getting caught with a rear-naked choke. Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Opencenter_img Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison PLAY LIST 01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison03:07Massive crowd welcomes 2020 at Bangkok’s self-proclaimed Times Square of Asia01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Photo from ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—Filipino-Indonesian Aziz Calim has never been to the Philippines but he hopes to finally make his first visit and fight in front of his hometown crowd before the year ends.ONE Championship is set to stage another show in Manila in November for ONE: Masters of Fate, an event Calim wishes to be included in.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Local Language Institute critical to preserving traditional knowledge – Minister Allicock

first_imgThe revitalisation of a local Language Institute at the University of Guyana (UG) is critical to the preservation of Guyana’s traditional knowledge, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, Sydney Allicock has said.Allicock was speaking at the opening of the 2017 Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO) Traditional Knowledge Meeting on Thursday, at the PrincessIndigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney AllicockRamada Hotel, Providence, East Bank Demerara.“Any discussion on Indigenous knowledge must include language retention,” the Minister is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying. Minister Allicock explained that language has a direct link to knowledge and the survival of our culture, hence the need for such an institution, specifically targeting youths.He also believes that there is need to establish a Hinterland Green Enterprise Development Centre to prepare young minds for the anticipated development. “I see the need for a sense of urgency in that regard,” he pointed out.“In this way, Guyana can offer leadership in some of the areas, I have identified. Indigenous peoples have a role to play in national unity and development.There are many richness, knowledge, and research that contributes to the development of medications, cosmetics, agriculture, tourism among others found in our environment,” Minister Allicock explained.He further added, “In the context of Guyana, it is a well-known fact that traditional knowledge has contributed in immeasurable ways to the success of countless international researchers who have read for their PhD degrees having been guided by our local Indigenous peoples,” Minister Allicock noted.He added that research has turned out to be no different from the extractive industry. “They came, they learned and they left. The information of traditional knowledge which was extracted, benefits the researchers band their principles and associates and our villages see little or no benefits.”In this regard, the Ministry is currently working with other organisations on a project entitled ‘Integrated Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice in Guyana’ to craft an ‘Action Plan’.“There is also an urgent need to also find ways to arouse our youths. We must find ways to make and keep the young among us interested in their culture, history, customs, and practices. In this regard, Guyana had proposed the establishment of an Indigenous Youth Forum of ACTO. The draft concept note has since been prepared and dispatched”, Minister Allicock further explained.The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO) regional conference is being held under the theme ‘Regional Technical Exchange: Community Protocols and Access and Benefit-sharing related to Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples’. Its member states include Guyana, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and Suriname.last_img read more

Four-star Barca set up Clasico Cup semi

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, January 24 – Barcelona defeated Malaga 4-2 on Thursday to set-up a mouthwatering Spanish Cup semi-final clash against bitter rivals Real Madrid.Barcelona, who suffered their first La Liga defeat of the campaign last weekend, saw off a battling Malaga in their quarter-final second leg tie after the two sides had been locked 2-2 from the first meeting. Defending champions Barcelona went ahead on the night after just nine minutes when Pedro Rodriguez headed in a cross from Dani Alves after good work by Xavi.But Joaquin Sanchez, with a right-foot drive, levelled for Malaga three minutes later.Four minutes after the interval, Gerard Pique, who became a father for the first time this week when pop star girlfriend Shakira gave birth to a son, marked the occasion by volleying in Barcelona’s second.Roque Santa Cruz controversially equalised in the 68th minute after a Malaga counter-attack.But Barcelona were furious that Cesc Fabregas had not been awarded a penalty when he was stamped on by Wellington.Eight minutes later Andres Iniesta made it 3-2 after a smart one-two with Fabregas before Lionel Messi grabbed Barcelona’s fourth of the night, heading in an 80th-minute cross from Iniesta for a 6-4 aggregate.In the night’s other tie, Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 at Real Betis for a 3-1 aggregate and a semi-final clash against Sevilla.Real Madrid advanced to the semi-finals on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw at Valencia saw Jose Mourinho’s side progress 3-1 on aggregate.Leading 2-0 from the first leg in Madrid, Karim Benzema gave Real the lead a minute before half-time but Tino Costa levelled for the home side on 52 minutes following Fabio Coentrao’s dismissal.Real also saw Angel di Maria dismissed late on.Sevilla clinched their berth in the last four with a 4-0 rout of Real Zaragoza following a goalless first leg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Millwall’s classy tribute to the fallen

first_img 1 Ahead of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, Millwall released this classy video to commemorate those who fought and continue to fight for our nation.The Lions have also produced a commemorative kit (see below) for the occasion, which will be worn in the home game against Brentford on November 8, with all proceeds going towards to the Headley Court Benevolent Fund.last_img

Exclusive – Liverpool star Sturridge eyes deadly partnership with ‘misunderstood’ Balotelli

first_imgDaniel Sturridge claims Liverpool team-mate Mario Balotelli is ‘misunderstood’ and admits he can’t wait to strike up a partnership with the Italian.The former AC Milan forward has struggled to settle at Anfield, following a £16m switch in the summer, and has even been linked with a January transfer window move away from the Merseysiders.But Sturridge, who has played with the 23-year-old just once due to injury, admits he’s desperate to link up with the ex-Manchester City man when he returns to action.“We get on well off the field and in the changing rooms. We’re always laughing and joking,” he told Drivetime. “It’s not hugely important to be friends to have a great [football] relationship with somebody, and if you’re not friends you can still have a great partnership, but you can also be friends and have a great partnership.“Once I get back fit I’m hoping we can strike up a partnership. Last season with Luis [Suarez] we had a great relationship up front and scored a lot of goals. Hopefully this season it will be the same.”Balotelli’s attitude has been questioned by certain sections of the Anfield crowd, following some below par performances and a controversial shirt-swap at half-time of the Reds’ 3-0 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.But Sturridge claims people are too hard on the former Etihad enigma.“Mario has been under the microscope,” he added. “That will always be the case when you play for a big club. You are going to have a lot of eyes on you.“Mario’s a great guy, and he’s misunderstood sometimes. A lot of people are harsh on him. I get on really with him though. I have nothing but good words to say about him.“He’s working hard on the training field. People have told me he’s working tirelessly to play the way we play.“It’s difficult moving to a new club and having new team-mates, it doesn’t [always] just click straight away. Everybody is helping him and he’s playing well. Sometimes you don’t get the breaks in terms of scoring goals. Every striker goes through times when they don’t score.“A lot of stories have been put out about him in the past which aren’t true. For him, it’s difficult to shake off the celebrity [tag].“He’s a likeable person. I don’t have any bad words to say about him. People don’t realise what he’s been through in his life to get where he is today.”last_img read more

Fly swatting leads to fatal crash

first_imgSUN VALLEY – An elderly woman reportedly swatting at flies lost control of her car today and struck another, killing its driver, police said. The woman was critically injured and taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, police said. “She drifted over the dividing line into oncoming traffic, which resulted in a head-to-head collision,” said Officer Robert Carter, of the LAPD Valley Traffic Division. The crash occurred at about 4:45 p.m. on La Tuna Canyon Road about a half-mile west of the Foothill Freeway, Carter said. The dead man was thought to be in his 50s, Carter said. A 13-year-old in one of the cars received minor injuries in the crash, Carter said. 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

LA-area port labor talks break down

first_imgWorkers were ready to strike, according to John Fageaux Jr., president of the Office Clerical Unit, Local 63, of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. “Talks are over … we’ve gone as far as we could go and done everything we could do,” Fageaux said in comments Wednesday to radio station KNX 1070. Fageaux didn’t return calls Thursday from The Associated Press. The 15,000-member ILWU has indicated that longshoremen would honor picket lines if the 750 clerical workers strike. The move would effectively stop the loading and unloading of cargo at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Despite the walkout threat, no picket lines had developed. The port complex accounts for more than 40 percent of all the cargo container traffic – everything from cars and electronics toys and clothing – coming into the United States. All told, Local 63 represents workers for 17 shipping companies and other cargo firms at the twin ports. The clerks work at marine terminals and handle bookings for the export of cargo and other transport documents.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Negotiators for port clerks have reached an impasse in contract talks with shippers and other employers that threatens to prompt a strike and shut down the flow of container traffic at the nation’s largest port complex. “The union declared an impasse,” Steve Berry, lead negotiator for the marine terminal operators who employ the office clerks, told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We tried several different ideas to break the logjam, all of which were rejected by the union. They stuck to their last best final position they communicated last Saturday.” Berry said. Berry said the two sides could try to talk further Thursday morning. last_img read more

Parade is priceless with Bob Barker in lead

first_imgYou woulda had to be a real Grinch not to get caught up in the holiday spirit at the Hollywood Santa Parade on Sunday night, being held for the 76th time along the streets of Tinseltown. Bob Barker, the recently retired host of “The Price Is Right,” brought some much-needed star power to the event, which had been canceled by the Chamber of Commerce and then revived three months ago by the city of Los Angeles. “A couple of my castmates had done if before, but I was busy in Mississippi for the holidays. It’s a great atmosphere.” Rip Taylor, whom I have heard of, was telling jokes left and right. “On behalf of Bob, I had my hair neutered today,” said the famously wigged comedian who came armed with his trademark confetti in his pocket. I wanted to know what brings Rip back year after year to this parade. “Cash!” he said, without skipping a beat. “No, no. We don’t get paid for it. We love to do it for the fans, for the city. They know me from `Zach and Cody’ and from `Jackass.’ I’m still there, I’m still workin’.” Willard, currently in the Fox sitcom “Back to You,” was riding in the parade for the fourth time, but he had been attending it regularly for many years. “When I first moved here, I would bring my daughter up to Hollywood Boulevard; she would sit on my shoulders and watch the parade. She’s grown up now, and today my grandson will be in the car with me. “Everyone was so upset when we thought there wasn’t going to be a Christmas parade. … It’s so festive and so much fun. Now it’s back, and it should go on forever.” Plana had previously participated in the parade when he was a member of the cast of Showtime’s “Resurrection Blvd.,” and he said: “I love it because it’s a local parade, it’s a community parade, and most of the people who come to this parade to watch it are Latinos because they live in this area so it’s a great connect for me to be able to represent Latinos on television and Latinos in the audience. They love our show.” He said the cast of “Ugly Betty” will be filming episodes until Dec. 6, bringing the season’s total to 13, which could be it unless the writers strike is resolved soon. Negotiations are expected to resume today. Kevin Chapman of Showtime’s “Brotherhood” had been to the parade the past few years with his wife and kids as a spectator. “I was just in the crowd, enjoying the parade,” he said. “When I was asked to participate this year, it was a slam dunk. It’s a really great thing for the community to get everyone together and gets you in the holiday spirit.” Melody Thomas Scott, Nikki Newman on the daytime soap “The Young and the Restless” for 28 years, was riding in the parade for the first time, but as a child she was a regular along the parade route. “When I was 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, I was at the corner of Cahuenga and Hollywood every year,” she said. “If someone had told me that I’d grow up and be famous enough to be asked to be in the parade, I would not have believed it. It’s very exciting to be here.” For more celebrity news, see Greg Hernandez’s blogs Hollywood Joe – – and Out In Hollywood – greg.hernandez@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I was delighted when the city of Los Angeles stepped in and saved the parade,” grand marshal Barker said before the start of the event. “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce did all they could, but they couldn’t handle it financially. This gives us an opportunity to continue a true tradition. It gives us an opportunity to invite people from every community, all colors … to join together, to have fun together and together, with one voice, acknowledge that Hollywood is indeed, the entertainment capital of the world.” Barker was joined on the parade route by “Ugly Betty” star Tony Plana, as well as Fred Willard, Dick Van Patten, a number of soap stars, and young performers from various Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows and a float with firefighters from various Southern California companies. Before the celebs took their places in the parade, I chatted with a number of them – whether I’d heard of them or not! “This is my first time in the parade,” said Daniel Curtis Lee, one of the stars of “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.” last_img

Underperformers try new plan

first_imgPALMDALE – Four low-performing schools in the Palmdale School District are switching to a school-improvement program that offers more money to boost student performance but also carries penalties if the schools don’t meet state targets for increasing pupils’ test scores. Cactus, Golden Poppy, Los Amigos and Summerwind schools had received federal funding for two years under what was supposed to have been a three-year program, but they were told that funding was halted in June. The schools took up an offer to convert to the state High Priority Schools Grant Program, which will pay $400 per student for two years. That amounts to nearly $1.4million in total funding for the four schools this year. Unlike the federal program, the High Priority program comes with possible sanctions – such as greater state oversight and control – if the schools don’t increase their state Academic Performance Index scores by a certain amount in 2005, 2006 and 2007, but school officials said three of the four schools have already met those targets. If the four schools did not switch to the High Priority program, they had the option of getting one more year of funding from the state at a rate of $200 per pupil. Under High Priority, Cactus will receive $462,000; Golden Poppy, $287,200; Los Amigos, $345,600; and Summerwind, $291,000. Nine other low-performing schools in the Antelope Valley this year were awarded a total of $450,000 in High Priority funding to develop plans to improve student achievement. Receiving $50,000 each in planning grants were Douglas and Mojave elementary schools in the Mojave Unified School District; Tierra Bonita Elementary School in the Eastside Union School District; Antelope, Daisy Gibson and Lake Los Angeles elementary schools in the Keppel Union School District; Mariposa School in the Lancaster School District; Desert Willow Intermediate in the Palmdale School District; and Wilsona Achievement Academy in the Wilsona School District. Once the schools have their plans approved next spring, they will receive funding for the next three years. (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “I’m always mindful that I need to be aware if the hurdle is going to be too great for them. Four schools already have satisfied that requirement except for one,” Assistant Superintendent Betty Stiers said. “Three already had made the minimum growth that was required. The one that didn’t felt they would make the growth. It was not going to be a hurdle for them.” Under High Priority, the schools must increase their API scores by 10 points over three years and make positive growth in two of the three years that they participate in the program. Stiers said three of the four schools have had the growth in two of the three years. All the schools except Summerwind increased their API by more than 10 points between 2005 and 2006, records show. Seven Palmdale district schools received the federal money under the Comprehensive School Reform program. They were Cactus, Cimarron, Desert Rose, Golden Poppy, Joshua Hills, Los Amigos and Summerwind schools. The state offer to convert to the High Priority program was made to schools in the bottom 20percent of state API rankings, and four of the seven schools qualified to do that. last_img read more