Guyana accredits Zambia, Botswana diplomats

first_imgAs Guyana forges ahead with plans to establish a Green State, Government is looking to tap into the expertise and resources from the Republics of Botswana and Zambia as it accredits diplomats from the two southern African states.New Botswana High Commissioner, Tebogo MotshomePresident David Granger on Wednesday accepted Letters of Credence from the two non-resident diplomats at the Ministry of the Presidency.The newly accredited High Commissioner from the Republic of Botswana, Tebogo Teko Lily Motshome, lauded the good bilateral relations between Guyana and her country, while highlighting the importance of finding common ground to tackle global phenomenon.“We need to choose a path, as nations, that serves the interest of all and upholds the international values that preserves and nurtures our prosperity and security, and that contributes to our collective goal of a better, safer, more just, more prosperous and sustainable world,” High Commissioner Motshome stated.On this note, President Granger touted his Green State agenda, saying that this strengthened cooperation with Botswana will be beneficial to Guyana as it embarks on this path.Newly accredited High Commissioner of Zambia to Guyana, Alfreda Mwamba“The Green State will place emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity and the promotion of renewable energy and practical measures to ensure climate adaptation. These objectives are aligned with those articulated in Botswana’s Vision 2036… Our shared commitment to sustainable development can form the basis of mutually beneficial exchanges of experiences,” he asserted.Meanwhile, the Head of State further posited that the renewed bilateral ties with the Republic of Zambia will also enable Guyana to establish its Green State plan.“Guyana is keen to learn from its experience in promoting ‘green’ jobs. Your appointment will create the opportunity for both our nations to exchange good practices and experiences in ‘green’ development,” the President said after receiving Letters of Credence from High Commissioner Alfreda Chilekwa Kansembe Mwamba.The newly accredited Zambian diplomat in her remarks recognised the need to build on this relation in the areas of agriculture, tourism and Public Sector cooperation.“Zambia seeks to enhance bilateral cooperation between our two countries in whatever shape or form… for our mutual benefits… How could we reinvent the will of the 60s and 70s… Is it not time for Guyana’s teachers and doctors return to Africa and boost the foundations of (countries in that region),” High Commissioner Mwamba stated.Guyana and Zambia established diplomatic ties since February 1971. These relations were cemented by the close personal friendship between Guyana’s first Prime Minister Forbes Burnham; and Zambia’s first President, Dr  Kenneth Kaunda, both passionate advocates of the African Liberation. President’s Kaunda’s visit to Guyana in 1975 helped to deepen relations between the two states.On the other hand, relations between Guyana and Botswana were established in October 1975. This bilateral relation was strengthened by the State visit to Guyana of President, Sir Seretse Khama in 1975 and by the work of skilled Guyanese in Botswana’s Public Sector.Additionally, Guyana and Botswana have worked closely with each other within the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group, the Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations.last_img read more

Works to start year end

first_imgMovietowne/UG solar farm – investor says Movietowne must be up and running firstMonths after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the University of Guyana (UG) for Movietowne to build a solar farm, the company is confirming that the project is still on and will commence by this year end.This is according to Movietowne proprietor Derek Chin, who in an interview with Guyana Times, confirmed that the United States-based contractor would be in Guyana to start installation for the farm later this year.“There were some problems in terms of the actual area of land, whether it could have been made possible and that took a little while. Basically, in terms of prioritising, wanted to get our Movietowne project up and running first,” Chin related.“There is a company that is doing the second phase, which is the solar part and I don’t think that the final part with the university land is up and available yet. It’s still being negotiated, so it’s not a done deal. As soon as we are finished with our project when it opens some time this year, we would be putting in our solar which will be in the compound itself.”With the solar farm expected to supply energy to the company as well as the campus, Chin maintained that they need the alternative power. The businessman related that they currently had two three-megawatt generators.“Whatever arrangements we finalise with the University, we would continue. So it was just a matter of priority, it is not a dead deal by any stretch of the imagination. We obviously need to get some form of alternative power.”“It’s not like we just scrapped it. We couldn’t wait on UG to say, ‘yes, you have 10 acres or five acres’ of their land. We already worked with this company Sunscreen and they are going to be coming in by the end of the year and putting in the solar panels.”In April of last year, the MoU was signed by Chin and UG’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith. It would not only allow for alternative energy, but also the construction of a new housing complex for students.At the time, it was explained by Chin that they would install solar panels that could provide enough energy to power the entire Turkeyen Campus and his Movietowne complex. At the time of the signing, however, factors like location, cost, and power capacity were too early to pronounce on.However, technical teams from Trinidad were reported to be scheduled for visits to Guyana for a fact-based assessment of the farm. With regard to the complex for the students, which would have 150 rooms, construction was supposed to start last year.The Movietowne project itself has been facing setbacks. During a recent tour, Chin had spoken out about challenges facing the Turkeyen construction project. Chin had noted that these challenges were costing the company, but that interactions with the Government have dwindled.“We have met with Government and I don’t seem to meet with them anymore… to say that Mr Chin ‘how is your investment going? What can we do to help?’ So that communication link with the Government is very important… the Private Sector is the driver. The Government cannot outrun the Private Sector, because it is the Private Sector. It has its own money, but the Private Sector needs to be given that encouragement,” Chin had said.Additionally, the businessman had said Government should be more involved in discussion with the Private Sector and work hand in hand with them, since they are the ones who are the drivers of the economy.last_img read more

Yards left high, dry by city fix

first_img“I had half of mine broken and spent half the day … trying to put them back together,” Graham said, adding that some of his neighbors don’t have that option. “There’s a lady who lives a couple-three doors down who’s a widow who doesn’t get around very well,” he said. “I think it puts a terrible imposition on someone.” Dennis Weber, the Bureau of Street Services general superintendent, understands residents’ frustrations. But with a list of 340 locations that need sprinkler repairs, there’s only so much five plumbers can do. “There are many, many sprinklers that are broken,” he said. “If we had more plumbers we could probably do a quicker job.” But that doesn’t look likely any time soon. While sidewalk repairs are a property owner’s responsibility, city crews are responsible for fixing pathways damaged by city-owned trees. From 1978 to 2000, the city did not have a sidewalk-repair program. But in 2000, the mayor and City Council created one and budgeted $9million to repair 46miles of the most damaged sidewalks. The money available for sidewalk repairs has fluctuated annually since then, with $5.1million budgeted this year to repair 39miles of sidewalk. Much of that money is dedicated to a 50-50 program in which residents chip in with half the cost of sidewalk repair. But a tightening citywide budget means the Bureau of Street Services has to make do with the plumbers it has to fix the sprinklers that inevitably get broken by backhoes and root-trimming equipment during sidewalk repairs. City Councilman Tony Cardenas, who represents Graham’s area, said the sprinkler-repair wait is yet another frustration with the city’s massive backlog of sidewalk and infrastructure repairs. “It’s always a victory when a neighborhood sees a new sidewalk,” Cardenas said. “But the delays are frustrating enough without having to wait even longer for a sprinkler to be fixed.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the city facing an 80-year backlog, most homeowners would be happy to finally have their cracked and uneven sidewalks replaced. But some residents are grumbling because their lawn sprinklers get broken during the sidewalk project – and there’s an eight-week backlog for getting them fixed because the city has only five plumbers to do the work. Gary Graham learned about the sprinkler-repair backlog the hard way, when he returned last month to his Van Nuys home and found the moderately cracked sidewalk on Petit Street being repaired – and his lawn-irrigation system broken. Graham called about it, and he was told he could wait two months for a repair crew or fix the sprinklers himself. last_img read more

Heynckes says Bayern played best match for years

first_img“At this high level you can’t make the sort of mistakes we made after half-time.”The unfortunate Ulreich gifted Karim Benzema his second goal of the match one minute after the break at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, completely misjudging a back-pass from Corentin Tolisso to allow the French striker to slot the ball into an empty net.James Rodriguez equalised for Bayern in the 63rd minute, setting up a desperate last half-hour in which the Germans pinned Real back but despite a handful of chances failed to score the goal that would have given them an away-goals victory on aggregate.Real won 4-3 over the two legs and will play either Roma or Liverpool in the final in Kiev on May 26.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jupp Heynckes’ final European match in charge saw Bayern Munich fall just short © AFP / Christof STACHEMADRID, Spain, May 2 – Coach Jupp Heynckes said Bayern Munich played their best match for years but were undone by a mistake from goalkeeper Sven Ulreich to allow Real Madrid to reach the Champions League final.“We are very disappointed,” Heynckes said. “My team played an outstanding game. I haven’t seen Bayern play as well as that for years.last_img read more

Suspended Van Dijk leaves gaping hole in Liverpool defence

first_imgIn stark contrast to their Premier League form, where Liverpool have been beaten just once all season, Klopp’s men lost all three of their group games on the road against Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star Belgrade to underline the importance of taking a lead to Germany for the second leg.Three wins at Anfield pulled them through to the last 16 and Van Dijk has yet to taste defeat in 25 Premier and Champions League games on home soil as a Liverpool player, keeping 16 clean sheets in the process to tighten up a leaky defence that undermined Klopp’s first two years in charge.“Straightaway he was organising the defence, he was the leader at the back, and as time has gone on he is even more important,” said former Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia.“He gives confidence to the players and makes many other players play better.“It is very difficult to find a weakness. He is an ultimate centre-back.”Missing the £75 million man is a big enough blow, but Liverpool will also be without Joe Gomez and most likely Dejan Lovren through injury.Gomez underwent surgery on a lower leg fracture earlier this month, while Lovren has not featured since suffering a hamstring injury on January 7 and did not travel with the rest of the squad for a warm weather training camp in Marbella this week.– Lewandowski threat –A makeshift centre-back pairing of Joel Matip and Fabinho are therefore likely to be tasked with stopping another former pupil of Klopp’s — Robert Lewandowski.The prolific Pole won two Bundesliga titles under Klopp when the pair were together at Borussia Dortmund and also lost the Champions League final against Bayern in 2013 before Lewandowski was lured to Bavaria a year later.Bayern have been dominant in the Bundesliga since Klopp’s Dortmund won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012, but are playing catch up in the title race to Lucien Favre’s outfit this season.“Of course over the years I have watched a lot of Bayern games and this season as well,” said Klopp.“They were six times in a row champions of Germany, which is not easy, and they were one of the teams in the last 10 years who were pretty much all the time in the quarter-finals, semi-finals, final of the Champions League.”However, while Lewandowski, the in-form Kingsley Coman and the creativity of James Rodriguez and Leon Goretzka could post plenty problems for Liverpool’s undermanned defence, it is at the other end Bayern could also be exposed.Ajax’s youngsters exposed Bayern’s weakness against pace in the Champions League group stages, while Bayer Leverkusen and Augsburg have also given Klopp extra encouragement in recent weeks in the Bundesliga.As Van Dijk kept the back door shut, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane fired Liverpool to the Champions League final last season.Without their talismanic defender, all three will need to shine more than ever to give Klopp’s men a lead to defend when Van Dijk returns for the second leg on March 13.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fabinho (right) is expected to replace the suspended Virgil van Dijk (centre) for Liverpool on Tuesday © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Feb 18 – Fortress Anfield has become even more impenetrable for visiting sides in the 13 months since Liverpool made Virgil van Dijk the world’s most expensive defender, but the commanding Dutchman’s absence for Bayern Munich’s visit in the Champions League leaves Jurgen Klopp with a selection headache.Van Dijk is banned for the last 16, first leg on Tuesday after being booked three times as last season’s finalists squeezed through the group stages by the narrowest of margins thanks to more goals scored than Napoli.last_img read more

Candidate makes house calls to win more votes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Although fewer than half of residents were home when he stopped by, response has been very positive, he said. ‘It’s a whole lot easier to communicate with people if you’ve been to their homes,’ Newcomer said. ‘That’s the big difference between me and my opponents. Most people are impressed that a candidate would make the effort to come to their door – especially for an Assembly seat.’ Newcomer criticized incumbent Assemblyman Ron Calderon for spending too much time courting big business. So far, Newcomer, Calderon’s brother Charles, Pico Rivera Mayor David Armenta, and Montebello City Treasurer Gerri Guzman have formed campaign committees, indicating plans to run for the Assembly seat. ‘Since I’ve been into the neighborhoods, I know better what they want than those candidates who spend their time in Sacramento talking to the fat cats,’ Newcomer said. MONTEBELLO – Three pairs of shoes and 600 miles later, Owen Newcomer had just about visited his 16,000th home Tuesday morning. The Whittier City Council member figured that, with 47 houses left, and at a rate of 25 houses an hour, he would easily knock on the 16,000th door somewhere in Montebello by nightfall. While most candidates for the state Assembly are just getting their campaigns under way, Newcomer began walking door to door on June 6 of last year in his bid for the 58th Assembly District seat. He has set a goal of visiting 24,000 homes by June 6 – the day of the Democratic primary. ‘I wear a pedometer, so I know how far I’ve walked,’ said Newcomer. ‘By the time I’m finished, I’ll have walked the same distance as from here to Sacramento and back – about 1,000 miles.’ The 57-year-old candidate said he is visiting only the homes of 58th district voters who cast ballots in past Democratic primaries. He also plans to send follow-up letters to homes to remind voters of his personal visit. ‘Mine is different from Chuck Calderon’s approach. He’s talking to lobbyists, not the people he’s representing. Who does he represent? The lobbyists in Sacramento, or the people? I have a different perspective.’ Guzman could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Armenta, who started campaigning two months ago, said meeting with voters will be the key to winning the seat. ‘I’ve been out there,’ he said. ‘Whoever wins that race must meet the people and go to the homes.’ Charles Calderon said during his tenure as an Assembly member in the 1980s and as state Senator in the 1990s, he saw residents through several major crises – experience that Newcomer lacks. ‘I have a record of representing the people of that community in times of crisis for 16 years,’ Calderon said. ‘I represented them during the Whittier Earthquake (of 1987) when I called a special session and helped provide grants and loans to homes, businesses and governments to rebuild. ‘(Newcomer’s) never been in a crisis. That’s when you need true leadership.’ Newcomer’s extensive door-to-door visits will not give him an edge, said Calderon. He believes that starting so early will only result in people forgetting Newcomer when they go to the polls in June. ‘He started last June 6. Who’s going to remember him?’ Calderon said. ‘Unless he has the ability to talk to them and remind them through a mail program and he doesn’t have the money. In any event, this is a Latino district. They haven’t elected a non-Latino in 30 years. (Newcomer) just doesn’t have the loyalty base.’ pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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

ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE LAUNCH FANTASTIC NEW APP

first_imgPictured at the launch of the new Ulster Senior League App are Michael Kyle (Drumkeen Utd.), Niall Callaghan (League Secretary) and Paddy Farren (Mobileonix).The Ulster Senior League have launched a new App for iPhones, Android and Windows. Developed in conjunction with local firm Mobileonix, who are based in Gaoth Dobhair, the new App will enable soccer followers to keep up to date with League fixtures, changes to fixtures, view league tables and results and to contact the league – you can even keep up with the latest news from the World Cup!USL PRO Paul McGovern told Donegal Daily, “We are delighted to launch the new App in partnership with Mobileonix. “We see it as a great tool in this technological age for all soccer supporters to keep up with the latest news from Donegal’s Intermediate Division.“It will allow us to get information out to everyone that downloads the App in a quick and easy way.Paddy Farren from Mobileonix is a former USL player having played with his local team, Carndonagh for many years so he was very in tune for what we needed from the App.Paddy Farren said, “One of the main functions will be our “push notifications” that will act as a text service to those that download it from their app provider, but they can also check league tables, results etc. and other functions will be added over time. “At just €0.89 – a once-off payment – to download, it represents great value and we look forward to connecting with our players, officials, supporters and anyone interested in Donegal soccer through this fantastic advancement for our league.ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE LAUNCH FANTASTIC NEW APP was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 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:newsSportUlster Senior Leaguelast_img read more

COMMEMORATION TODAY FOR 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF BRUCKLESS BAY DISASTER

first_imgThe two hundredth anniversary of the ‘Bruckless Bay Disaster’ will be marked today.Two hundred years ago tomorrow 200 curraghs capsized in a terrible storm on Bruckless Bay.Locals said that 80 or more lives were lost on that fateful night although the official record states that 42 people were lost. A two-and-a-half tonne engraved Drumkeelan Sandstone rock, has been inscribed by local sculptor Gary McHugh and will be unveiled by Cllr. Frank McBrearty, Mayor of Donegal and Minister of State, Dinny McGinley, T.D. in a landscaped garden overlooking Bruckless Bay at 2pm.A local author, Thomas Colin McGinley (1830 – 1887) under the pen name of ‘Kinnfaela’ wrote a short piece about the disaster in his book, ‘The Cliff Scenery of South-Western Donegal’.He tells a tale he heard from the locals saying it was a scorned witch that created the storm which caused the death of these people at sea.The tale goes something like this – A wondering woman came to town. While she was there she visited the port every morning and the fishermen happily gave her some herring. After a time she came to expect this of the fishermen but eventually this offering ceased. Following that, she vowed she would have her vengeance on the fishermen. She engaged the help of a neighbouring child and using basin filled with water and a wooden bowl said some incantations over the basin while the child looked on. When the wooden bowl had capsized she seemed happy. That night a storm occurred and the ocean raged. The next morning when everything had calmed down there was devastation at the floating debris and overturned curraghs and the loss of so many lives. The woman was nowhere to be seen. Bruckless and Dublin man Aidan McConnell, who has published research on the disaster will also be giving a lecture on the tragedy. COMMEMORATION TODAY FOR 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF BRUCKLESS BAY DISASTER was last modified: February 11th, 2013 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:COMMEMORATION TODAY FOR 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF BRUCKLESS BAY DISASTERlast_img read more

COAST GUARD HAS TO INTERVENE AS JET SKI NUTS TERRIFY SWIMMERS

first_imgA COAST Guard team had to take to the water today as jet skiers and speed boat owners came within inches of swimmers on a popular beach.As temperatures soared thousands of people headed for some of Co Donegal’s most popular beaches.But some of them faced being seriously injured, according to eyewitnesses today. A Coast Guard spokesman confirmed its Mulroy crew had to take to the waters off Downings today to speak to a jet skier and the owner of a speed boat.“They were going far too close to swimmers along the shoreline,” he said.One eyewitness, a visitor from the North, told us: “It was a fantastic day but there’s always someone around to spoil it for the rest.“These people were whizzing through the water at high speed and coming far to close to the shore. “Last year a wee boy was killed in County Down by someone on a jet ski. They are dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near packed beaches like they were today.”Local people who had gone to the popular beach said the incidents were unsavoury.“We go down to the beach to relax and these people would give you a headache,” said a local mother of three.“They are up and down in the water in boats and on those skis and they should just be banned. Simple as that.There were also complaints of quads being used on other beaches – and rubbish dumped by visitors. The Coast Guard also renewed its appeal for people not to take inflatables out into open water.COAST GUARD HAS TO INTERVENE AS JET SKI NUTS TERRIFY SWIMMERS was last modified: July 24th, 2014 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:Downingsjet skisMulroy Coast Guardspeed boatslast_img read more

Phoenix extends All-Star

first_img He signed the contract a month shy of his 23rd birthday as the Suns gathered for media day preceding the start of their training camp in Tucson on Tuesday. The 6-foot-10, 245-pound power forward played out of position at center and dominated opponents last season for the high-scoring Suns. Amare Stoudemire, who jumped from high school to stardom in the NBA, signed a five-year contract extension Monday with the Phoenix Suns worth about $73 million. The extension kicks in after this season and has an opt-out clause after the 2009-10 season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Known for his breathtaking slam dunks and uncanny quickness, Stoudemire averaged 26 points per game, fifth-best in the league, as a key member of a Phoenix team that won an NBA-best 62 games. Stoudemire, the No. 9 pick in the 2002 draft, won the rookie of the year award over Yao Ming in 2002-03 and has improved each season. He averaged just under 30 points a game in last year’s playoffs — 37 against Tim Duncan in the Western Conference finals. The Chicago Bulls dealt center Eddy Curry to the New York Knicks on Monday, ending a contentious negotiation in which the team insisted the restricted free agent take a DNA test over a heart problem. In making the announcement, an obviously frustrated Bulls general manager John Paxson did not specify what the Bulls got in return and he did not field questions. The Bulls had insisted that Curry take a DNA test to determine whether he’s susceptible to a potentially fatal heart problem. Curry, who missed the final 13 games of the regular season and the playoffs after experiencing an irregular heartbeat, balked, saying it violated his privacy. center_img “I would never put a player on the floor in a Chicago Bulls uniform if I didn’t do everything in my power to find out all the information that was available,” Paxson said. “You can debate genetic testing ’til you’re blue in the face. But from what I know, from what I’ve learned over the last six months, that test could have helped us determine the best course of action.” Curry, drafted out of high school, averaged a career-high 16.1 points in his fourth NBA season. The standoff stemmed from a benign arrhythmia that caused Curry to miss the final 13 games of the regular season and the playoffs. Several prominent cardiologists cleared Curry to play, but Barry Maron, a world-renowned specialist in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, suggested the DNA test. 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