An illegal government has no place in society

first_imgDear Editor,I give wholehearted support to former President and Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on the statements made at Babu Jaan. He was just expressing the wishes of the people of this country in clear clarion tones — that we are not, I repeat: that we are not — going to put up with an illegal party and government anymore. The sooner the PNC-controlled Coalition gets this message, the better.And if they think we are joking, or this is some idle threat, then let Granger allow the expiry date of March 19 to flit by? March 19th is the D-Day for Granger and this illegal regime, and dire would be the consequences,It was Nigel Hughes, who said that whenever Dr Jagdeo speaks he ought to be taken seriously, and it seems that this stark reality has not registered in the minds of the PNC so far. So they persist with this nonsense that there is no looming constitutional crisis; that the Government is intact and nothing untoward would befall the regime. Well, they are ever so wrong!For starters, we are going to be in the streets heckling, shouting them down, whenever they come out to fool the people. We are going to chase them out! That is what we will do to a regime that does not want to go. That is what you do to a government that is illegal, and whose sole intention is to rig the election to stay in power.We are going to petition the Courts, Caricom and the International Community to hold them up against the standard, which is the Constitution of our country. We will peacefully protest, we will prevail!The International Com-munity will revoke visas and institute travelling bans on the ministers, their families and close associates. They will freeze, if not confiscate their bank accounts, because they would have been illegal. See what took place in Zimbabwe, and closer home in neighbouring Venezuela? These are the consequences the PNC would have to endure when they do not respect the Constitution. When illegal regimes decide to squat, they do so at their own peril!It is the PNC’s belief that the International Community, (especially the USA) “loves” them so much that they would prop them up at all cost, never mind their illegal actions. Well, they need to wipe that thought out of their minds, because the reality of that situation is the USA is utterly embarrassed by their actions and want them out. Their behaviour has become so obnoxious that even their friends in the ABC countries do not want to see them, far less to have to spend any time longer with them.The USA has seen them for who they are — a brainless, greedy and grasping bunch that can be compared to Mugabe in Zimbabwe. Their time for a second chance has long gone past the endurance level, and something radical has to be done to get rid of them.Further to our discussion is the sobering thought that we are going (we have already begun) to instruct those permanent secretaries not to affix their signatures to any document purporting to pay those squatters after March 19th, because the law requires them to do so. And if they break the law, which some of those political appointee PSs are inclined to do, we will drag them before the court to recoup monies owed to the state.There are a slew of options available to the Opp-osition post March 21, which would not be pleasant for the regime. However, let me sound the alarm to the underlings in Government: please heed our warnings, because Granger will not be there with the court costs to get you out of trouble. Granger wouldn’t be in a position to use state funds – he would be safely tucked away behind the presidential immunity. He that hath an ear, let him hear!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

China Donates US$3M Materials to AFL

first_imgThe Ministry of National Defense of the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC), last Thursday, provided a large consignment of military equipment and supplies free of charge to Liberia’s Ministry of National Defense (MoD). The consignment included medical and engineering equipment and supplies valued atUS$3 million, according to a release from the MoD.The equipment and supplies provided will enable the AFL to perform more effectively in its medical outreach at all its military installations and also cater to civilians residing in and around such facilities thereby contributing to the AFL’s civil military initiatives.Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, on receiving the goods, lauded the government and people of the People’s Republic of China for the gesture. “This grant is very timely and the AFL highly appreciates it,” Samukai told the Chinese delegation that made the presentation. He thanked Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue for ensuring that the grant came through, because it will greatly assist the AFL in performing its constitutional tasks. “Liberia appreciates all that the PRC is doing to ensure that the country remains safe and secure,” Minister Samukai emphasized, adding that “All provisions within the agreement will be upheld.”Samukai also informed the Chinese delegation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s awareness of the agreement, for which she is gratified. “Liberia,” he said, “stands with the one China Policy.”For his part, Ambassador Zhang Yue said that the grant is a follow-up on China’s promise to the Liberian Government through the MoD to enhance the AFL’s capabilities through the reconstruction of its facilities as well as promoting civil-military relations. Amb. Zhang stated that he is proud of the friendly relations existing between the two nations and hopes that the grant will go a long way toward the rebuilding of Liberia. He also highlighted the achievements of the AFL over the last decade, and said he was very impressed with the AFL’s capabilities. He said that watching the AFL on February 11, 2017 at its official Armed Forces Day program gave the impression that the AFL is prepared in all aspects. “China stands firmly by Liberia in whatever aspect, whether in economic development, military or political,” he said. Amb. Zhang assured that the PRC is always committed to supporting Liberia and ensuring that it reaches its full potential.It can be recalled that a previous assistance was also given about a year ago to the AFL Engineering Battalion. That assistance was a contribution to the reconstruction of feeder roads in inaccessible locations in Liberia. Meanwhile, the US$300M grant will also be used to help repair vehicles and other logistics supplied in the previous assistance, and will empower the AFL Engineering Battalion to do more in the rebuilding of Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man implicated in Berbice double murder turns self in

first_imgRomeo Deonarine who is believed to have been wanted for questioning in relation to the recent double murder in Berbice turned up at the Whim Police Station with his attorney.On Monday, Police issued wanted bulletins for 28-year-old Yougendra Jeenarine of Lot 439 Bush Lot, Corentyne, Berbice and his 32-year-old accomplice, Kelvin Shivgobin, of Belvedere, Corentyne, Berbice, in connection with the murder of Harricharran and Premcharran Samaroo, which occurred on December 31.However, the men had already been taken into custody before the wanted bulletins were published and broadcast. In fact, the men were in custody for more than 72 hours.Jeenarine was arrested on January 3 and was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital to see a doctor on Saturday after he had told his lawyer, Chandra Sohan that he was beaten by the Police. Shivgobin, the second suspect, was arrested the following day.Following the incident on December 31, Police were able to arrest one suspect who was able to provide limited information.It was reported that on the night in question, the now dead brothers were imbibing with Deonarine along with a cousin who had arrived in Guyana from the US.Reports are that Deonarine left the house before the electricity went out. It is believed that he might have orchestrated the robbery-murder.Investigators were able to identify Deonarine in a photo taken at the home hours prior to the incident.The suspect, who is said to be from Bush Lot, Corentyne, has been implicated in several other robberies on the Corentyne.He, along with others, was last month granted bail on an armed robbery charge.last_img read more

Finland defeats Canada Red 4-2 in the round robin opener

first_imgNext up for Team Canada Red is versus the Swede’s tomorrow at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m.In Dawson Creek Team Canada White and Team Canada Black faced off in the afternoon game. Alex Beaucage potted the only goal of the contest at 9:25 of the first period with the man advantage. Kaeden Korczak and Jamieson Rees were the set up tandem on the goal. Canada Black goaltender Nolan Maier stopped all 28 shots fired at him for the first shutout of preliminary play. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Team Canada Red fell to Finland on the opening day of round robin play at the North Peace Arena by the score of 4-2.Canada Red hit the score board first as Alexis Lafreniere’s powerplay marker bounced off the Finnish netminders toe which was just over the goal line. Nick Wong and Ryan Suziki collected the helpers as the team skated into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead. However a Finland goal 1:42 into the middle stanza tied the game at 1-1. At 12:00 of the second period the Fin’s took the lead 2-1 while on a powerplay after Canada Red got caught with too many men. Exactly two minutes later Canada Red’s captain Peyton Krebs would wire a shot over the shoulder of the Finnish goaltender to tie the game at 2-2. Colton Kammerer and Alexis Lafreniere got the assists. In the third period the game stayed tied until the 8:04 mark when the Fin’s found twine with a go ahead powerplay goal making it 3-2. The visitor’s iced it with a empty net goal with under two minutes to go, doubling the lead to 4-2 which stood as the final score.Team Canada Red goaltender Luke Cavallin finished with 28 saves on 31 shots. The team went 1 for 4 on the man advantage while going 1 for 3 on the penalty kill.- Advertisement -Alexis Lafreniere lead the team with a goal and a assist. Captain Peyton Krebs netted one goal.Canada Red assistant coach Luke Pierce said, “The compete was there. I felt we played much better compared to the game versus the United States. We have to take less untimely penalties as they scored the go ahead goal on the man advantage.”Team Finland’s head coach Mika Marttila stated, “This team wants to win, so we know that we have to play wisely especially against a team such as Canada Red. We really established our style of game and were able to come out victorious. We never lost our concentration.”Advertisementlast_img read more

ZACARIAS GETS TOP MARKS

first_imgA day after Los Angeles Unified released dismal test score results, the Board of Education issued its verdict on Superintendent Ruben Zacarias during his first year on the job: an “A” all the way. After evaluating Zacarias in five areas, the board in closed session concluded that the superintendent’s emphasis on instruction had moved the Los Angeles Unified School District on a path of increased student performance. “The fundamental culture of this district has changed to a focus on achievement,” the board concluded in a written statement. “We are confident that together we can effect even greater change than this first year.” The board’s strongest recommendation for improvement urged the superintendent to define a clear vision for the district, and a plan to implement that vision. “This vision must pull together training, resources and appropriate intervention if we are to reach the superintendent’s goal of an increase of 8 percentile points (on test scores) by the year 2000,” the board statement said. Zacarias said he was pleased by the positive evaluation and gave credit to his management team, principals, teachers and parents who “rallied to the call of student achievement.” But the superintendent acknowledged that with test results that show students ranking in the bottom third of the country in reading, math and language, the LAUSD “had a long ways to go.” “I don’t want to make excuses or give explanations, we have to focus on what to do about the scores,” Zacarias said. “I will focus on two things: early literacy and language acquisition. If we do those two things, we’ve succeeded.” Zacarias said those priorities defined his vision for the district. He conceded that in his first year, he did have some problems with furthering his education plan. “The board gave me 21 goals and I think as of two weeks ago I had met 19 of those goals – it was a full plate,” Zacarias said. “The board has acknowledged that they need to cut that down so I can focus on instruction.” As noted in the board’s evaluation statement, Zacarias has led the fast completion of more than 1,400 projects under the $2.4 billion Proposition BB schools repair and improvements. And he oversaw the lowering of class sizes in kindergarten and third grade. When he became superintendent, Zacarias had hoped to avoid those types of responsibilities by hiring an outside financial expert to act as “business czar” and oversee those divisions. But the district lost its business czar in January, after he had spent only two months on the job. Since then, Zacarias’ attention has at times been taken away from instruction and focused on business matters. In addition, the key instruction post was allowed to remain vacant for months. The board’s evaluation stressed the need for Zacarias to “implement a better method for the timely filling of critical vacant positions.” Zacarias said he would choose a replacement for Hugh Jones by the end of the week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.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

GAA ROUND-UP: ST MICHAEL’S WIN PROMOTION

first_imgWHAT a great year it has been for St Michael’s GAA club.They made it to the county final where they gave a great account of themselves and this weekend they completed a great 2011 with victory on the Division 2 play-off.Many people thought Eddie Harkin’s side were Division One material throughout the Championship. Well, next year they will be. They beat Killybegs by a three point margin – 0-12 to 1-6. The only surprise was that St Michael’s county star Colm McFadden didn’t score.But Christy Toye was in scoring form and he contributed two scores as did Antoin McFadden.Meanwhile in Division One St Eunan’s had seven points to spare over neighbours Glenswilly in a scoreline of 1-14 to 0-10. Glenswilly were without Michael Murphy but he will be back in time for the relegation play-off with Malin.The only disappointment at the game at O’Donnell Park was the sending off of John Haran. Substitute Liam Molloy soon followed…even though he wasn’t even on the pitch. In other matches St Naul’s had just two points to spare over Downings – 2-11 to 3-06.Urris beat Aodh Ruadh 3-12 to 0-11 – with Alan Friel the star of the show, shooting 2-05 of the Inishowen side’s score.The County U-21 fianl will see Naomh Conaill take on Kilcar.Naomh Conaill had a superb 2-15 to 1-09 victory over Malin while fans as the Kilcar v Bundoran clash saw FIVE goals – the final score Kilcar 3-08, Bundoran 2-04.GAA ROUND-UP: ST MICHAEL’S WIN PROMOTION was last modified: November 6th, 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) Tags:county donegal gaaGAA ROUND-UP: ST MICHAEL’S WIN PROMOTIONlast_img read more

Picture Special as Mayor gets his cake and eats it at Pat’s Charity Tea Day

first_imgMAYOR Jimmy Kavanagh made Pat McCarry honorary First Citizen today to celebrate her latest charity success.Creeslough woman Pat opened the doors to her home for her annual Tea Day which raises money for The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland; and over the past 24 years Pat has raised more than €32,000 for the Donegal Branch.Said Mayor Kavanagh: “Pat is a remarkable woman whose Tea Days are now famous. I even thought it was only right she would wear the Mayoral chain today to recognise her incredible achievements over so many years.” Alasdair McKinney, Voluntary Chair of the Donegal Branch of The Alzheimer’s Society was among dozens of people who popped in for a cuppa – and scrumptious scones and cakes – at Pat’s home today.“Pat is one of our most ardent supporters and has always shown great empathy for sufferers of dementia,” said Alasdair.“It is thanks to people like Pat that we able to help 200 families in Donegal every year and provide 57,000 hours of service.”Day centres in Cloghan, Gaoth Dobhair and Glenties; social clubs in Movie, Fanad, Letterkenny and Ballyshannon – and monthly cafes in Carrick and at the Silver Tassie are part of the services provided. As always Pat’s incredible family and friends were on hand to help out for the Tea Day.Her niece Alison Kelly, Ireland’s Ambassador to Israel, was also there – as was grand-daughter Amy, the reigning Dunfanaghy Fair Queen for 2017.Pat at her Tea Day Picture Special as Mayor gets his cake and eats it at Pat’s Charity Tea Day was last modified: August 4th, 2017 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) Tags:Alzheimer’s SocietyCreesloughPat McCarrytea daylast_img read more

Walmart CEO joins Massmart board

first_img21 June 2011Following approval of Walmart’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Massmart, the South African retailer announced changes to its board on Monday.“In line with what was announced in the circular to Massmart shareholders, the board will comprise nine directors, including four independent non-executive directors, three non-executive directors and two executive directors,” Massmart said in a statement.Mark Lamberti (chairperson), Lulu Gwagwa, Phumzile Langeni and Chris Seabrooke will continue to serve on the Massmart board as independent, non-executive directors.Grant Pattison will remain chief executive officer and Guy Hayward is still chief financial officer.Walmart can nominate the chairman plus three non-executive directors to the board, and it has chosen Doug McMillon (president and CEO), Jeffery Davis (senior vice-president finance & treasury) and JP Suarez (senior vice-president international business development).Dods Brand, Kuseni Dlamini, Jim Hodkinson, Nigel Mathews, Peter Maw and Dawn Mokhobo have resigned from the board.“Changes to the composition of the board sub-committees will be finalised at the first meeting of the new board later this month,” Massmart said.The new appointments are effective from Tuesday, 20 June.Last month, South Africa’s Competition Tribunal approved, with conditions, the deal in which US giant retailer Walmart would acquire a 51% stake in Massmart for R16.5-billion.Sapalast_img read more

New mobile apps for SAA travellers

first_img9 April 2013 South African Airways (SAA) has launched two new mobile applications that give customers access to comprehensive travel and airline information on the go. Using the convenience of their iOs or Android mobile phones and tablets, SAA passengers can now view their booking information, check in for a flight, find the status of their checked-in luggage, and view information on lounges, flights and destinations. “This new service will go a long way in giving travellers easier and instant access to information while in transit or away from a computer,” Marc Cavaliere, SAA’s head of global sales development and alliances, said in a statement on Tuesday. “The new functionalities are also helpful especially for passengers who are always on the go such as business travellers.” With the new mobile functionality, information such as flight arrivals and departures is now available at passengers’ fingertips. Passengers can also search for information on special fares, view Voyager status and miles, use a currency converter, and get an updated 10-day forecast of the weather at any destination that SAA flies to. Travellers can download the newly developed mobile applications for their iOs or Android smartphones and tablets from the Apple App Store and Google play stores respectively. “Our customers now have the option of by-passing the queues and breezing through the terminal by using either mobile check-in, online check-in, or print-your-own boarding pass features,” Cavaliere said. “This is the type of service that air travellers have come to expect from Africa’s most awarded airline.” In 2012, SAA was voted the best airline in Africa for the 10th year in a row by UK global aviation research organisation Skytrax. The airline also won the Best Staff Service in Africa award for the third time in succession. The Skytrax awards are based on customer responses to a survey which is run over a period of 10 months. In 2012, over 18-million businesses and leisure air travellers from 100 countries were polled by telephone, questionnaires and online. In February, Skytrax awarded SAA a 4-star airline rating for the 11th year running, recognising the airline’s improvement in onboard product and service levels and in enhancing customer experience. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Engineering ECM can help connect Engineering to Business

first_imgOne would expect that an Engineering Enterprise Content Management ECM system would be used to store engineering documents.  And of course it does.  An engineering repository for electronic documents is agnostic to the authoring application and the electronic file format that data is stored in.  Any kind of engineering data can be stored: AutoDesk’s AutoCAD, PTC’s Pro/Engineer, AutoDesk’s Inventor, CATIA, SolidWorks, Unigraphics, Lattice3d, or CoCreate — none of these present a problem.  Data stored from these applications can slice and dice any size and shape of 2D or 3D model.But the ‘E’ of ECM is for ‘Enterprise’.  Engineering ECM systems can provide the infrastructure for sharing engineering departments to other organizations of the enterprise.  Standard engineering documents define and specify such things like geometric relationships and finite element models, but an engineering ECM system allows much more in the way of documentation and support information that can be captured and stored.Consider the requirements, specifications, preliminary designs and process descriptions.  There are memos, email, notes and correspondence between not only engineers, but also with members of the sales, marketing, quality assurance, manufacturing and services teams.  All of this information can and should be stored within the central repository.  A clear benefit of Engineering ECM is that the central knowledge repository saves time in locating and researching information, it can provide background information that can better communicate designs, it provides the context for the thought process that went into the design, and it helps in making better design decisions.Engineering is only one prong of the total business operation, and all too often the engineering “jewels” of the company remain isolated within engineering.  Engineering ECM changes that.  Not only can the engineering ECM system provide secure enterprise-wide access to documents across all departments, but an engineering ECM system can let all business unit members view and collaborate on engineering designs and processes.A critical component of the engineering ECM is the viewer.  Universal Viewing allows any repository user to view and examine complex 2D and 3D CAD models, no matter what format the original data was authored in.  The Universal viewer breaks down a huge barrier that often restricts who engineering data can be distributed to.  The Formtek View product is an example of a well-integrated browser-based Universal Viewer.  Collaboration tools integrated with the repository allow users to securely provide comments and input to the design process and also to participate in both ad hoc and structured workflows. Clearly the benefits of engineering ECM to engineering aren’t limited to the engineering department.  The central repository of Engineering documents allows secure sharing of information across the entire enterprise.tramadol pilllast_img read more