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I offer the President my apologies if I was disrespectful

first_imgDear Editor,Jerome Khan has a valid point.My comments about the Coincidence of Correia being a dominant Operator and Shareholder at the ogle airport and the Renaming of the Airport to Correia could have interpretations and if one of those interpretations is deemed to be disrespectful to the President, I offer the President my apologies.This Ogle International Airport fiasco is unfortunate and could have and should have been resolved by the past and current governments.However, it is clear to me that the President will proceed with the renaming of the airport regardless of the pleas and objections from the majority of the stakeholders at Ogle Airport.That is the democracy of which I speak.I speak not of shareholders who make up a very small percentage of the stakeholders of a national public asset and public utility owned by the people of Guyana and managed by a private company.At this point I am yet unaware of any public or indeed any consultations conducted to derive a name for the airport.This might be a small issue to the President in the national scheme of things, but a major issue to the operators at the airport.Nevertheless, my disagreement with the President on this one issue should in no way be interpreted as disrespectful to the President and if it did I once again apologize to the President.Khan, learned as he is, has however failed to provide the evidence I have begged him to produce, instead unsuccessfully crouching behind a transparent veil of renewed baseless accusations of a political nature. Sadly he attempts to further drag the issue into the political gutter for reasons unknown to me at this time.At this juncture, I could only hang on to the hope that the government as promised will intervene and resolve the governance issues that severely affect the airport so that we all could continue with Nation building without the distraction of constant conflict which seems to be plaguing our country.Captain Gerry Gouveia,CEO RoraimaAirwayslast_img read more

Security officer played a “major role” in robbery – Crime Chief

first_imgMayhem at Ramada Princess Casino As Police continue their investigations into the robbery at Ramada Princess Hotel Casino, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed that the security guard whose gun and ammunition were taken away by the bandits, played a major role in the planning and execution of the robbery.Ramada Princess Hotel CasinoThe head of the Criminal Investigations Department noted that the security guard and several other persons are in custody for the fiasco that went down at the gambling facility. He noted that the suspect who was arrested is cooperating with the Police and from information received; the Police went to the homes of the other suspects but came up empty handed.Blanhum noted that at two of the houses, Police ranks unearthed wet clothing which indicated that the suspects returned home, changed their attire and left. He noted that Police are working closely with residents in the area with the hope of capturing the remaining robbers as soon as possible.The Crime Chief also confirmed that the suspect who was arrested moments after the robbery is known to the Police, while adding that one of the three currently on the lam was only a few days ago released on bail on a gun related charge. The others have also had brushes with the law.The gunman captured by Police is loaded into the back of a Police vehiclePandemonium broke out at the gambling facility at about 03:45h on Friday after four gunmen stormed the casino and discharged several rounds as they relieved patrons and staff of cash and other valuables.During the shooting, Eon Garraway was shot to his left hand, James Gregory was hit to the left foot, Orlando Knights received injuries to the left hand, and Udairan Sookraj was shot to his right hand. They were all admitted to a city hospital.In addition, Melissa Ferguson, Jermaine Mason and Roshel Fraser were also assaulted by the armed men during the ordeal. Based on reports received, after the men entered the facility, they held a security guard on duty at gunpoint and took away his shotgun and several rounds of ammunition.The men then ordered everyone to lie on the ground and escorted the security guard to the cashier’s cage where they relieved the cashier of an undisclosed sum of foreign and local currency. By this time, the Police were alerted about the robbery in progress and responded promptly.As they arrived at the scene, they were confronted by the armed men, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire. During the exchange, Police Lance Corporal Andrew Richardson attached to Impact Base, Brickdam Police Station was shot to his abdomen. He was admitted to a city hospital and reportedly underwent emergency surgery.Meanwhile, during the shootout, one of the bandits was captured and taken into Police custody. The firearm that was taken away from the security guard was recovered. The other three men managed to escape.It was reported that the car that was used in the robbery was hijacked at Brush Dam, Buxton, on the East Coast of Demerara.last_img read more

Ganta Market Building Inaugurated

first_imgThe Gododin Market in Ganta was recently inaugurated in Nimba County. With an estimated cost of US$ 65,000, the market forms part of the US$5 million allotted for Legislative Development Fund in the National Budget. The Gododin Market is the second market complex in Ganta. Situated at the outskirt of the city on the road to Saclepea, it was built to accommodate residents in nearby communities, including LPMC, Valley and the LPRC Communities.There were several government officials, including Central Bank Governor Mills Jones, Senator Prince Johnson, Rep. Jeremiah Koung, as well as other representatives and local officials in attendance.The city authority of Ganta is embarking on many other market projects in some of the communities in Ganta, particularly for those living far from the central market.The main market under the “Sirleaf Market Women Fund” is yet to be completed, over two years after the start of construction. Recently, the acting Mayor of Ganta, Mr. Dokpa, said the construction of the Ganta General Market under the Sirleaf Market Women Fund is at a standstill. Citizens have, however, expressed their concern about the delay. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mutual development of our people

first_imgDear Editor,I would like to issue a call to all my fellow Guyanese: to rethink, from a fresh perspective and on the national level, the situation in which we find ourselves, and make an effort to resolve, once and for all, the relationships we share, so that we can really join together and contribute to the mutual development of our people.This would entail each of us, of whatever political persuasion, community or grouping we identify with, putting aside our several interests and differences, and striving to find a way by which we could cooperatively make the greatest contribution to our national progress.We all know that our most unsurmountable obstacles relate to whatever political and ethnic group we belong to, and so this must lead us to realise that these are the areas in which we must make the greatest efforts to achieve national cohesion.It is clear that our politicians have been the greatest villains in both of these areas, as we carry on the policy of “Divide and Rule” that we have inherited from our colonial past; from the “Winner takes All” system that has been the code of our own political culture since our Independence; and the “We and Them” tradition that they have encouraged among our two main races, which has permeated all other areas of our lives.I have always decried the tradition of our political interaction in Parliament, which I feel has been directed by the term identifying the Members of Parliament on the losing side as the “Opposition”, which has been responsible for those members believing that they are doing their duty when they simply oppose. It would be such a boon to our progress if all our elected representatives should cooperate and work constructively on the various projects towards fulfilling the responsibilities that have been entrusted to them by our people.I would now appeal to the present Opposition to bite the bullet and make an unprecedented effort to change this parliamentary culture by doing their part in bringing into reality the co-operative nature of our Republic, which I am sure will earn them kudos from all Guyanese.I also issue an appeal to all Guyanese to always bear in mind that colour is skin-deep, and we should strive assiduously to remove this scourge of racial prejudice, which is the greatest hindrance to our national aspirations.If I should venture the solution to this problem, I would like us all to consider the only permanent answer is that we should earnestly strive to spread love among our people. All other attempts at unity are only perfunctory and temporary, and will fizzle out eventually.May God bless our nation, and help us to achieve this national peace and progress.Sincerely,Roy Paullast_img read more

Commish pleads for decency

first_img“We have to educate our players to the issues out there,” he said in his first Super Bowl news conference. “We are raised to a higher standard in the NFL. We must make sure the players are more accountable and our clubs are more accountable. “We recognize some players don’t do what we would hope they do and when that happens, we will be very aggressive in dealing with that.” Though the league’s black eye this season was the main topic Friday, he also talked about concussions, insisting a player’s health takes precedence over football issues. Responding to reports that former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson was forced to practice with a concussion, Goodell praised team trainers and league doctors who deal with concussions and said, “I certainly hope that our coaches always are looking out for the medical well-being of the players. I think they encourage that and they want that.” He said he needed more information on the Patriots’ situation before commenting directly about it. “I don’t see a conflict of interest with our trainers. I think they are out there for the welfare of the players,” Goodell said. He applauded the players for taking an active role in trying to eliminate use of illegal substances. Goodell also said not allowing players who are suspended under the drug policy to win postseason awards is “a huge priority for us.” San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman made the All-Pro team, will play in the Pro Bowl and was considered a front-runner for defensive player of the year despite sitting out four games for violating the substance policy. Several players, including Miami end Jason Taylor, who was voted the top defensive player, criticized Merriman receiving such honors. “Our players are the ones who stood up and said they don’t want this in our game and that somebody who violates this doesn’t deserve a Pro Bowl spot,” Goodell said. He cited the hiring of Mike Tomlin as coach of the Steelers and the presence of Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith as head coaches in the Super Bowl as further proof the “Rooney Rule” on minority hirings is working. Steelers owner Dan Rooney wrote the rule that requires teams to interview minority candidates for off-field jobs. “I hope someday it’s not going to be necessary,” Goodell said, referring to the policy. “The clubs are doing it voluntarily because they believe it’s paying dividends for them and they’re benefiting. And, most importantly, it’s the right thing to do.” On other issues, Goodell: expressed confidence that the league and union will continue to have labor peace; the collective bargaining agreement runs through 2010. Owners have an option of voiding the CBA in 2008 to possibly restructure the way they and the union do business in the salary-cap era. said the league is conducting its own investigation of urine or blood testing for human growth hormone. addressed complaints from retired players about their pensions, saying “we’re very concerned to see one of our former players who made this game great have medical issues. We have to sit down and be creative. We need to address that directly with them.” reiterated the league’s opposition to gambling and “keeping a strong line between the NFL and sports betting. I don’t think it is in the best interest of the NFL to have any association with sports betting.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – Roger Goodell has a strong message for NFL players: Stay out of trouble. Plagued by tragedy and numerous arrests, the NFL’s image took a hit this season, though the commissioner doesn’t believe it’s out of control or irreversible. center_img “One incident is too many in my book. I think we need to re-evaluate all of our programs. We have a tremendous number of programs that I think have been quite successful to help our players. But I think we’ve got to do more.” That includes meeting with NFL players’ union chief Gene Upshaw and a group of players who can “give us their perspective on what’s really happening and what are the issues, so we can try to learn something first.” During the past few months, nine Cincinnati Bengals players have been arrested. Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot to death on New Year’s Day outside a nightclub. One player in Sunday’s Super Bowl, Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson, still faces weapons-related charges and needed permission from an Illinois judge just to travel to the title game against the Indianapolis Colts. “I don’t see it happening in droves. I think it’s just a few, but that’s a few too many,” said Goodell, who replaced Paul Tagliabue as commissioner in September. last_img read more

Southland’s Republicans to stick by Bush’s war plan

first_imgThe Senate fell four votes short Wednesday on a procedural vote that would have allowed passage of Iraq-withdrawal legislation. California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats, each has called for a change of course in the war and voted to move ahead with the bill. Sponsored by Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., the House legislation would require U.S. troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq within 120 days of enactment of the annual defense authorization bill. It aims for a “reduction and transition to a limited presence” by April 1, 2008. Democratic leaders said they expect the measure to pass and noted that it is similar to a measure the House approved in March. That call for withdrawal was later diluted. “The American people want Congress to bring our troops home, refocus our efforts to fighting terrorism and hold the Bush administration accountable,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Wednesday. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, agreed. “I think, unfortunately, this surge is not working, and I don’t see how our being in Iraq is doing any good for anybody,” Waxman said, adding that he plans to vote for the bill. “We need to redeploy our troops and start our withdrawal.” But Rohrabacher maintained that the surge has produced mixed results and said Congress should wait until year’s end to make major decisions about withdrawal. “What’s clear is, we’ve killed or eliminated thousands of radical Islamists who are enemies of the U.S. and enemies of democracy,” he said. By year’s end, he said, Iraqis should have enough control over the country to allow for U.S. withdrawal. Gallegly said Congress should at least wait until U.S. Gen. David Petraeus issues his final report in September. “It’s wrong to micromanage this thing based on daily polls,” he said. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Southern California Republicans vowed Wednesday to continue backing President George W. Bush’s war policy despite a growing number of their Senate colleagues breaking with the White House on Iraq. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, and Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, said the troop increase Bush ordered in January deserves more time to show results. Each said he plans to vote today against a House bill that would set a firm deadline to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. “If we should capitulate at this point and cut and run, what kind of message would that send – not only to our enemies, but to our friends around the world?” Gallegly said. last_img read more

Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea: Batshuayi in inspired form as Blues ease to win in Beijing

first_img1 Chelsea players celebrate Michy Batshuayi was on target in each half, as Chelsea recorded a 3-0 friendly victory over Premier League rivals Arsenal at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium.Willian opened the scoring for Antonio Conte’s side five minutes before half-time before Batshuayi doubled their lead moments later and added his second four minutes after the break.The Blues may be counting the cost of their victory, though, after they lost Pedro to a suspected concussion in the first half, while the start of the second was delayed with officials reluctant to let substitute Olivier Giroud onto the pitch after his name was not included in the Arsenal team sheet.Conte lost Pedro to a suspected concussion midway through the first half after he suffered a blow to his face following a collision with Ospina, with blood appearing to come from the Spain international’s ear. He was replaced by Jeremie Boga.Chelsea began to press 10 minutes before the break and Willian made sure their efforts paid off after 40 minutes as he took the ball down on a solo run and beat three Arsenal defenders and the diving Ospina as he slotted into the bottom corner with precision.The Blues doubled their lead two minutes later as Batshuayi scored in almost mirror-image fashion to Willian’s opener. The second half got off to a controversial start, as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wanted to bring on Giroud amongst his substitutions, but the referee found that the France international was not listed on the team sheet. After some discussion – and Chelsea manager Conte giving his nod for the switch – the officials let Giroud onto the pitch as the second 45 minutes got under way.The Premier League champions began to dominate from the whistle and Batshuayi completed his brace four minutes later.Marcos Alonso cut the ball back to his team-mate, who fired a thunderbolt into the back of the net from the edge of the 18-yard box to seal a 3-0 win.last_img read more

Bonagee, Swilly to clash in Colin Breslin Cup final

first_imgBONAGEE United and Swilly Rovers cross swords in the 2019 Colin Breslin Cup final tonight at The Diamond Park, Ballyare (kick-off 7.30pm).The final is one of the showpiece games in the Donegal Youth League season.The teams met in the League late last month with Bonagee (pictured above) coming out on top as goals from Ryan Creevy, Jack Murphy, David Boakie and Jason Blake gave them a 4-0 win. However, finals are an entirely different proposition and Swilly, under the fledgling management of young Jamie-Lee Blaney, will hope to reclaim a Cup they last won with a win over Drumkeen United in 2016, a game that also took place at The Diamond Park.Swilly defeated Lagan Harps 3-2 in a gripping semi-final at Orchard Park in early September. Swilly had to come from 2-0 down with Tyler Durning’s double and another goal by Evan Hewitt sealing the Lennonsiders’ place in the final.Swilly Rovers squad from earlier this seasonBonagee, for their part, defeated Eany Celtic 4-1 in their semi-final. Peter Carr netted twice with David Boakye and Jason Martin also registering. In the previous round, Caolan Maltha was the hat-trick hero in a win over Milford. The Dry Arch side is managed by Paul Higgins and can call on the likes of Carr and Jack Murphy who have featured in the Ulster Senior League. Tonight’s game will be played to a conclusion with extra time and penalties if necessary. Bonagee, Swilly to clash in Colin Breslin Cup final was last modified: October 30th, 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:BONAGEE UNITEDColin Breslin CupDonegal Youth LeagueJack MurphyJamie-Lee BlaneyPaul HigginsPeter Carrswilly roversTyler Durninglast_img read more

For the record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! To clarify a story Sunday, the Milestone development renamed its “HomeLife” marketing program after opening its model homes in Santa Clarita. The program is now called “HomePlay.”last_img read more

Keane and Cantona are both misunderstood, claims Man United team-mate

first_imgFormer Manchester United star Lee Sharpe has revealed that, while Roy Keane was a ‘psychopath’ on the pitch, he was actually a lot less serious than people might think.The pair were team-mates at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson in the 1990s and enjoyed great success together.And despite Keane’s reputation as an uncompromising, no-nonsense character – Sharpe claims there is a side to the Irishman not many people are aware of.“I went out drinking with him from time to time, sat next to him at the training ground, and a lot of people don’t realise Keane was one of the funniest players in the dressing room,” Sharpe told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Latest Football News REVEALED huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 “He loved a laugh and a joke. Some of his jokes were a little bit cutting to some people, but that was by-the-by.“Then once he crossed the white line, he was an absolute psychopath. His nickname in the dressing room was ‘schizo’, which probably sums him up.“I’ve never had a fall out with him. I love him to bits. He was just a monster to have in your team.” ADVICE no dice RANKED He added: “Eric came to the club with the reputation of being a bit of a troublesome soul.“We didn’t see a lot of that. He was one of the boys, came on lads’ days out, laughed and joked in the dressing room.“He never caused any problems until we got to Selhurst Park and the Crystal Palace day. That was a pretty special one.“We used to say he was Fergie’s long-lost love child.” And Keane isn’t the only misunderstood character in United folk law – Sharpe’s experiences of the iconic Eric Cantona are not what you might expect either.The Frenchman often journeyed between the brilliant and the bizarre, scoring magical goals but never shying away from controversy.He infamously kung-foo kicked a Crystal Palace fan at Selhurst Park, but Sharpe insists the incident was out-of-character. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY Lee Sharpe claims Eric Cantona was ‘one of the lads’ BEST OF Roy Keane has a reputation for taking no nonsense Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more