Stakeholders sensitised ahead of Harmony Village 2018

first_imgThe Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Social Cohesion along with representatives from several organisations and other stakeholders participated in a “Multi-Stakeholder Sensitisation for the 4th annual “Harmony Village 2018” at the Umana Yana, Kingston on Tuesday.Participants of the 4th annual Harmony VillageHeld under the theme “Building Partnerships: Promoting Community and National Cohesion,” the sensitisation programme is aimed at endorsing the various cultures and the ethnic, religious identities of social groups in Guyana.The participants were briefed on the work of the Department of Social Cohesion; while a look was taken at the upcoming second edition of “Harmony Village” billed for April 12 on Main Street (opposite Courts), as a key activity of the department designed to bring diverse groups together to promote cohesion and harmony.The sensitisation event was also set up to assist participants to better understand social cohesion as an approach to community and national development.Addressing the gathering, Technical Officer of the Ministry, Olive Gopaul, pointed out that the activity will bring together Government agencies, religious organisations, social groups, ethnic groups as well as the international community for one spectacular display.The village is said to create an opportunity for inclusion and the presentation of a myriad of diverse groups, which work towards the common goal of displaying and celebrating Guyana’s beauty and diversity.The event will feature approximately 30 booths, which will promote local and international cuisine, cultural wear, dance, poetry, folklore and the display of art, artefacts and literature.The Harmony Village opens at 09:30h and will run until 18:00h on Main Street, between Church and Quamina Streets. Admission is free.last_img read more

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Friend who allegedly gave man poison tablets released from custody

first_imgThe friend who allegedly fed his buddy, 46-year-old Gary Sullivan of Lot 4 Duncan Street, Kitty, Georgetown, carbon tablets on Sunday last has been released from Police custody as investigations continue.This was related to Guyana Times on Saturday by the Commander of A Division (Georgetown/East Bank Demerara, Marlon Chapman.Sullivan was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital on Sunday last at about 22:00h after he complained to his wife of feeling unwell and began to vomit. He subsequently died.Commander Chapman informed too that the wife was questioned as investigations continue.A post-mortem examination conducted on Sullivan’s body on Wednesday by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh was inconclusive. The man’s body was nevertheless handed over to the family for burial.Reports are the dead man’s wife informed Police that her husband left home at about 11:00h on Sunday and returned about 20:00h with a bottle of tablets which were supposed to be ‘Garlic Extra 1000mg’.The wife told detectives that her husband told her the pills were given to him by a friend for relief of gas pain.Sullivan later consumed the tablets and at about 22:00h he began to vomit. The alarmed woman said she immediately contacted the ambulance service and he was rushed to the hospital, but passed away while receiving medical attention at the facility around 00:45h on Monday.The bottle and contents were taken to the hospital by the deceased’s wife where it was discovered the pill bottle contained carbon tablets.last_img read more

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Harmon defends Govt’s anti-corruption efforts

first_imgAlthough Transparency International said in its 2016 Corruption Perception Index Report that Guyana still struggled with “serious corruption problems”, despite moving one place up over the previous year’s ranking, Government has maintained that it has been doing everything possible to stamp the practice out.Minister of State Joseph HarmonMinister of State, Joseph Harmon was quick to defend the coalition Government when asked recently about corruption remaining a major issue in Guyana. He said the team responsible for writing these reports, depending on who is writing it, would have a different view based on where they were from.“But from where we are, the people who are here in this country I am sure, that the majority, if not all, believe we are doing a good job in so far as making this country a better place and a more accountable place for all Guyanese,” Harmon told media operatives on Thursday.Harmon argued that the report, which was published earlier this year, did not state that Guyana was more corrupt than it was years gone by and, according to him, all of the indicators from that report pointed to Guyana having a better administration than previously.“All of the indices that are there. Secondly, the perception of corruption: we put out the facts to deal with it, but sometimes there is a big gap between perception and reality. And that’s depending on where you stand; your perception becomes a reality,” he opined.The Minister has reassured the public that the Government was doing its best to make sure that certain processes remained clean from corruption and emphasis continued to be placed on transparency. Whenever corruption is found, Harmon said, Government will take action against it also.“We have actually done so much in this administration that has moved us up the ladder, that I can say to you that if there is a perception, it was there before and we are now trying our best to work ourselves out of it. When the previous Administration was in, our ranking was far lower.”In fact, Harmon claimed that for the first time in years, the coalition Government presented in the National Assembly a half-year report on the state of the economy, which he promised would happen again. The Minister also claimed that the various Commissions of Inquiry being conducted were all meant to ensure that any corruption or any perception of corruption could be corrected.The Opposition has long been critical of several Government policies, and has stated that corruption and scandals were more than the present Government had accused it – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – of committing.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had lashed out at anti-corruption advocates and civil society bodies over their silence on what he called “blatant corruption and excesses”, exhibited by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Jagdeo has repeatedly spoken about the controversial $605 million drug purchase single sourced from ANSA McAL as well as the infamous ‘pharma-gate’ scandal costing taxpayers $174 million annually.Jagdeo has also spoken out against Government agencies making out cheques in large amounts and accounting officers holding billions of dollars in cheques that are then used in any kind of fashion.Out of 176 nations that were assessed for perception of corruption last year, Guyana came in at the 108th position with a score of 34 out of 100. Guyana shares its spot at 108 with several countries, including Egypt, Algeria. Neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago is just above Guyana.last_img read more

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GRDB dropped the ball – former Minister

first_imgRejected Guyana rice…urges authorities to act swiftly to keep market secureThe Panama rice market was established under the previous Administration through Government to Government negotiations but for the years of business between the two countries, only recently was a large shipment of rice rejected.Rice packed and ready for shipmentIn an interview with Guyana Times, former Agriculture Minister Leslie Ramsammy made it clear that someone in authority – more so the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) – dropped the ball by allowing the wrong rice to be shipped to Panama.He expressed fears that by so doing, the market has now been put in jeopardy and Government is not acting proactively enough to fix it.Ramsammy recalled that he visited Panama as the then Agriculture Minister in 2014, where he entered discussions on Guyana exporting rice to the country. He noted that at the time, Panama’s rice came largely from the United States and the country importing directly from Guyana would have positive effects on the price to consumers.“The new Panamanian President had not yet taken over. The transition was going on for the swearing in of the new President. A mutual friend introduced me to the man who was leading the transition. We had a discussion about trade with Panama and general collaboration in agriculture.”Former Agriculture Minister Leslie Ramsammy“In particular, we talked about rice. At the time, almost all of the rice Panama was importing came from the USA. We discussed the possible import of rice from Guyana. Since Panama was part of the Central America free trade arrangement with the USA, we recognised that there would be some difficulties overcoming the limitations that the free trade arrangement posed.“The President of Panama met with me personally and invited his Minister of Agriculture to attend the meeting. After meeting for about an hour, the Panamanian President instructed the Minister of Agriculture to immediately take me to meet with other officials and to ensure that arrangements are completed to import rice from Guyana.”“He also insisted that we meet with him again that afternoon to report on progress. We completed all arrangements for Panama to initially import packaged rice amounting to 50,000 tons annually in the initial period and for this to be increased in subsequent years,” Ramsammy explained.ShockedRamsammy also noted that the Private Sector was invited to visit Panama in order to negotiate deals for themselves. Some took that option. The arrangement, according to Ramsammy, included pre-shipping testing for quality. Fast forward to today and the former Minister expressed shock at what is happening now. He noted that if he was the current Agriculture Minister, he would “be on the next flight to Panama to provide assurances.”Current Agriculture Minister Noel Holder“I am shocked that more than 20 containers of rice shipped to Panama was rejected. Someone dropped the ball and risked a critical market for our rice. With the loss of the Venezuelan market in 2015, the Panama Market was not a perfect replacement but was a good buffer. We can expand this market and provide a relatively good price. In my time, I ensured that there was someone dedicated to ensuring all the prerequisites were met. I wanted to make sure that nothing represented a risk.”“It is a market that should be rigidly monitored to make certain that Panama is happy.  I sent an officer to Panama every time a shipment was made. He worked with Panamanian officials to ensure things were seamless. We invited and hosted Panamanian officials in Guyana before any shipment was made. All of these arrangements have been discontinued. The Panama market is of critical importance and our nonchalant approach is risking this market. For a (Government) so obsessed with frivolous [Commissions of Inquiry] CoI’s, this requires a CoI.”It is understood that another shipment is expected to leave these shores soon for that country. This was related to Guyana Times by the President of the Guyana Rice Exports and Millers Association (GREMA), Rajindra Persaud following a meeting with rice millers held at the John Fernandes head office on Water Street, Georgetown on Monday.According to Persaud, in about another two weeks, Guyana will be required to resend some 20 containers of rice to the foreign country. The initial shipment of rice was rejected on arrival in Panama since it did not meet the stipulated specification as was outlined by that country.Since the story exploded on the front pages, GRDB General Manager Nizam Hassan has maintained that the Panama market is not under threat and steps to strengthen systems are being taken. However, stakeholders have called for a comprehensive investigation and the resignation of the GRDB board and current Agriculture Minister Noel Holder over the debacle.last_img read more

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Police look for stolen ATVs

first_imgFort St. John RCMP are searching for six ATVs that were stolen overnight Monday from a worksite north of Wonowon.Police say the ATVs are all 2007 or 2008 red Honda 420CC’s, which they believe were taken by a truck and trailer from the worksite at Mile 109 of the Alaska Highway.- Advertisement -They also say they believe the ATVs may be in the Fort St. John area, but they have no suspects or witnesses.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img

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Raise may be coming

first_imgAssemblyman Hector De La Torre, D-South Gate, said it’s only fair to raise the pay scale, since it was last raised in 1984. “Adjusted for inflation, the dollar amounts only have one-half the buying power,” De La Torre said. “For those who have been in local government, you do a lot of work on a day-to-day basis. They deserve a chance to bring it up to date.” The bill won’t affect some city councils like Santa Fe Springs’ or Montebello’s, which have raised their salaries – as allowed under state law – by 5 percent a year and have a higher pay than their new base amounts. HEALTH TALK: Sally Seven, policy analyst for the League of Women Voters, will speak about universal health care from 10 a.m. to noon May 26 at a meeting to be held by the Whittier Area Interfaith Council at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. For more information, call (562) 698-9741. FUNDRAISER: Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, will hold a kickoff dinner-dance for his 2008 state Senate campaign at 6:30 p.m. June 8 at the Pacific Palms Resort, One Industry Hills Parkway, Industry. The theme is “Dancing to Latin Rhythms.” For reservations, call Mei Mei Huff, (909) 815-7272, or fax (909) 839-2960, or e-mail ho918@aol.com. Tickets are $99. MOLINA HONORED: Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina was honored by the California Latino Legislative Caucus at the sixth annual Latino Spirit Awards ceremony. “I want to thank the Latino Legislative Caucus for this recognition, and I congratulate the Caucus on its 34th Anniversary,” said Molina. “It is a tremendous honor to be included on such a distinguished list of current and past recipients.” Molina was selected as a recipient of the award for her pioneering efforts to empower the community at all levels of government. MILLER HONORED: The National Association of Manufacturers has given its Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence to Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea. The award, which was presented by a delegation of property managers visiting from Orange County, recognized Miller’s efforts to provide tax relief for small businesses, reduce regulatory barriers to community development, and bolster the nation’s housing market. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562)698-0450; phone (562)698-0955; e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. A potential pay raise for some local council members moved closer to becoming reality this week. The state Assembly voted 64-8 Thursday to approve AB 701, which would double the base amount of pay for council members, whose salaries are based on their city’s population. The bill now goes to the state Senate. In the Whittier area, Pico Rivera’s council members potentially would be the biggest beneficiaries. They would be allowed to raise their salaries from $882 to $1,000 a month. last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: JT Physiotherapy Ltd seeks Clinic Manager

first_imgJT Physiotherapy Ltd, the North West’s Leading Physiotherapy Clinic, seeks a highly competent General Manager. Having recently opened a second clinic, JT Physiotherapy is a fast growing company which offers a wide range of health and well-being services under one roof. These include physiotherapy, shock wave treatment, dry needling, nutritional advice, personal training services, reformer pilates classes and orthotics among others. The Clinic prides itself on its holistic approach in offering a personalised and customised service. We treat clients with the aim of self-awareness and prevention of injury. Independent, proactive and proven is part of our culture. With a team of four chartered physiotherapists, a qualified nutritionist and a massage therapist (all of whom are also experts in reformer pilates) we are now looking for a talented individual to play a key part in our ambitious plans for the future.Key responsibilities will include:Directing the administration team so they can operate as efficiently and effectively as possible in supporting the physiotherapists and providing the highest level of service to customersInteracting with existing clients and new customersMarketing, generating leads and ensuring optimum use of online presence Ensuring the highest quality of work is maintained by each staff member at all times, including performance management when neededBeing responsible for accounts and payrollYou should have a proven track record in office management, have excellent office administration and computer skills and have an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to attract the most suitable candidate. To apply, please forward your CV, in the strictest of confidence, by e-mail to johnnyloughrey2000@yahoo.co.uk.Closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 4th June.Job Vacancy: JT Physiotherapy Ltd seeks Clinic Manager was last modified: May 25th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:clinic managerGeneral ManagerjobjobsJT PhysiotherapyVacancylast_img read more

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JUST CHAMPION! EIGHT DONEGAL PLAYERS GIVEN ALL-STARS

first_imgAll-Ireland champions Donegal lead the field with eight players on the GAA GPA Football All-Star team for 2012.The county’s outstanding campaign sees them represented in every line of the field, from back to front.Beaten All-Ireland finalists Mayo occupy four places and there are also positions for Cork (2), and Dublin (1). Donegal are represented on every line of the side, with 10 first time winners in all on the team.Paul Durcan was named in goal, with county teammate Neil McGee and Mayo duo Ger Cafferkey and Keith Higgins in front of him.The half-back line was made up of the Heather County’s Lee Keegan and Donegal’s Karl Lacey and Frank McGlynn.Glenswilly man Neil Gallagher and Cork’s Aidan Walsh occupy the midfield spots, with Dublin’s Paul Flynn joined by Alan Dillon and Mark McHugh in the half-forwards. Another Cork man, Colm O’Neill, was joined by Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden on the full-forward line.The champions’ haul sees them beat their previous best of seven back in 1992 when the father and uncle of Mark McHugh, Martin and James, were both selected.GAA president Liam Ó Néill said today: “After the honour of winning an All-Ireland medal I know how much store our players place on winning these awards. They acknowledge individual excellence and are accolades that are cherished long after playing days end.“I heartily congratulate those who have made the selection and I hope it inspires them to challenge for future honours both as individuals but also as team players.“A special word of thanks is also due to Dessie Farrell and the GPA as this joint scheme in its second year continues to go from strength to strength.” GPA chief Dessie Farrell added: “Congratulations to the 15 footballers chosen on this year’s GAA GPA All-Star team sponsored by Opel.“While players understand the importance of the collective effort of a team it is nonetheless a very prestigious honour for the individual footballer to be recognised for his consistent contribution to that effort during the season. Unsurprisingly the selection is dominated by Donegal after their extraordinary year which yielded the county’s second All-Ireland in most impressive fashion.”Donegal player Eamon McGee – brother of All Star Neil – paid tribute to his teammates.“It’s a great achievement,” he said, “I’m particularly pleased for Neil Gallagher.” Donegal goalkeeping coach Pat Shovelin was over the moon for keeper Paul Durcan and joked: “It was those normal warm-up routines that won it.”The hurling team and the Player of the Year in both football and hurling will be announced on Friday during a live broadcast on RTÉ One from the Convention Centre in Dublin. The programme starts at 7.00pm.2012 GAA GPA Football All-Stars sponsored by OpelGoalkeeper: Paul Durcan (Donegal)Full-backs: Neil McGee (Donegal), Ger Cafferkey (Mayo), Keith Higgins (Mayo) Half-back line: Lee Keegan (Mayo), Karl Lacey (Donegal), Frank McGlynn (Donegal)Midfield: Neil Gallagher, Aidan WalshHalf-forward line: Paul Flynn (Dublin), Alan Dillon (Mayo), Mark McHugh (Donegal) Full-forward line: Colm O’Neill (Cork), Michael Murphy (Donegal), Colm McFadden (Donegal)JUST CHAMPION! EIGHT DONEGAL PLAYERS GIVEN ALL-STARS was last modified: October 25th, 2012 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)Tags:JUST CHAMPION! EIGHT DONEGAL PLAYERS GIVEN ALL-STARSlast_img read more

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ROAD AT CENTRE OF FATAL CAR CRASH TO RE-OPEN AT 4PM

first_imgGardai hope to have the main Donegal Town to Ballybofey Road open to traffic again at 4pm this afternoon.The road at Barnesmore Gap has been closed since this morning fatal accident which cost the life of a man in his 50s.The closure of the road has caused major traffic chaos. Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Donegal Daily that he was hopeful the road will be open again by 4pm.“That’s the plan. We are still at the scene.“We appreciate this has caused inconvenience for drivers and lorry drivers but we had to carry out a full investigation into the crash.“That work is nearly complete and we thank the public for their assistance,” he said. He also appealed again for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to come forward. ROAD AT CENTRE OF FATAL CAR CRASH TO RE-OPEN AT 4PM was last modified: May 7th, 2013 by StephenShare 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

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