AFC ‘desperate to retain relevance’ – PPP

first_img…slams party for duplicitous stand on important issuesThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has taken the Alliance For Change (AFC) to task over what has been described as a “desperate attempt to retain relevance”, particularly in relation to comments the AFC have made in regard to the fate of sugar workers, besides comments made on several other important issues.The AFC, in a statement on Monday, said its National Executive Committee (NEC) is concerned for sugar workers, who are likely to be displaced, and is calling on Government to “take decisive decisions with regard to their welfare”, and has proposed several measures to be considered.The party’s NEC has suggested that sugar workers be given severance packages, offered land leases, and be given access to small loans and access to markets for agro-processing.However, the PPP has said that the AFC’s comments expose its “duplicitous” nature, and its proclivity to speak on issues with a “forked tongue”.“The AFC’s sudden attempt to communicate concern for the welfare of Guyanese people after over two years of hardship measures being imposed on Guyanese, and its vocal acquiescence (recall that it was Nagamootoo who carried the message of closure of sugar estates to Rose Hall) as a partner in the coalition government must be called out for what it is – a failed attempt to rebrand its image”, the PPP has said.The PPP also pointed out that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder is an AFC member who has agreed with the closure of estates, but he is now calling for action to address the welfare of sugar workers.The PPP pointed out that almost 2,000 workers have been displaced by the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate, and thousands more have been indirectly affected by that estate’s closure.“Where was the AFC’s voice when the Wales estate was closed? Where was the AFC’s voice when the report from the Commission of Inquiry (CoI), established by the Government it is a part of, was trashed? The AFC cannot expect Guyanese to accept that it suddenly realised that thousands of average Guyanese are on the breadline,” the statement from the PPP added.While the AFC has also endorsed the vision of a new bridge across the Demerara river and the paving of the Linden-to-Lethem road, and has said it approves of the design of the new Demerara river bridge as presented by the Public Infrastructure Ministry; in so doing, it is indicating support for corruption; tender process tampering; and flagrant breaches of the law, given the current developments under the APNU+AFC Administration with the project, the PPP has charged.“There have been several media reports that raise questions about the project in its current construct, and its execution. Noteworthy is that the Public Infrastructure Ministry is also headed by an AFC Executive Member,” the PPP again pointed out in reference to Minister David Patterson.Further, the main opposition party noted that while the AFC’s NEC has also welcomed “measures to avoid new taxes,” it not only fails to say what these measures are, but also fails to insist on no increases of the existing imposition of taxation measures and fees – almost 200 in the last two years.But, importantly also, the PPP has raised concern over the AFC’s silence while the Integrity Commission’s Secretariat was dismantled, and its vote against the PPP motion on public disclosures of declarations to the Commission are in stark contrast with its current call for the Commission to be established, the PPP has highlighted.The AFC on Monday said it remains fully committed to executing its role in advancing Constitutional Reform, and has called on the Government to establish the Integrity Commission as a matter of urgent national priority.But the PPP has noted that Prime Minister and AFC Executive Member Moses Nagamootoo has been diverting attention from the emasculation of the Integrity Commission by touting a Code of Conduct.According to the PPP, this makes the President the enforcer of sanctions when he himself is subject to review by the Integrity Commission. The Code itself, it said, would undermine the Commission.And on the issue of Constitutional Reform, the PPP has said its position is that it remains open to Constitutional Reform; the major issue currently is the need for Constitutional Compliance.However, the PPP has noted that while the AFC calls for Constitutional Reform, it has also supported the unilateral and unconstitutional appointment of a GECOM Chairman.“No amount of diversion on this issue will be successful. The fact remains that constitutional compliance is what is needed in the immediate term,” the PPP has asserted.last_img read more

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Exclusive – No January spending spree for Liverpool, claims Rodgers

first_imgBrendan Rodgers insists Liverpool will not launch a spending spree this January in a bid to reach next season’s Champions League.The Reds started the season poorly, at one stage going five matches without a victory, but have since seen results improve and are currently unbeaten in eight matches.Rodgers’ side sit eighth in the Premier League table, five points behind fourth placed Manchester United, and in with a shout of a top four spot.Liverpool have already been knocked out of this term’s Champions League, but know a victorious Europa League campaign will allow them back into the premier competition.The Merseysiders splashed the cash last summer, following Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona, but the Northern Irishman claims there will be no repeat this month, as the club chases a place at Europe’s top table.“It will be quiet,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “I’ve said before we wouldn’t be doing much over the course of January.“There are players who are linked with Liverpool all the time. That may be agents looking to get their player a move. For us, it will be pretty quiet.”last_img read more

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BOYLE FAMILY SAY ‘THANK YOU’ FOR DONEGAL HOSPICE FUNDRAISER

first_imgThis weekend in Arranmore the Boyle family presented a cheque of €7,000 to Donegal Hospice.A fundraiser was held in The Smugglers Night Club on 6th May in memory of ‘Wee Neilly’ Boyle. There was a full day of music, song and dance. A fantastic €6,883 was collected.The Boyle family would like to express their THANKS to each and every person who came along on the day, sent donations and sponsored prizes. Isabelle and Geraldine came from the Donegal Hospice to collect the cheque from the Boyle family. The Boyle family also presented a beautiful canvas photo of ‘Wee Neilly’s’ boat on it’s journey to Burtonport with Arranmore in the background.This photo will be displayed in the Donegal Hospice. BOYLE FAMILY SAY ‘THANK YOU’ FOR DONEGAL HOSPICE FUNDRAISER was last modified: June 23rd, 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)last_img read more

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Local residents head to help Mexican families

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Nearly three dozen doctors, nurses, children and adults are counting the days until they caravan about 300 miles to a dump in a dirt-poor Mexican town. There, these Santa Clarita residents will deliver carloads of gifts, necessities and hands-on help to residents of the region outside Ensenada to which they are bringing pre-Christmas relief. One family will return on Christmas to throw a party in an orphanage. One of the doctors, a Saugus pediatrician who grew up in bleak, post-war Korea, sees himself as a child in the bright, dark eyes of the Mexican town’s youngsters. “I grew up in the same situation, with no shoes, no toys,” said Dr. Peter Kim. “I went to medical school and now I’m back there, helping them.” About 30 people plan to pile into sport utility vehicles, vans and cars Dec. 17, with two trailers in tow filled with gifts and donated building materials. A contractor in the group will supervise construction work to be carried out by volunteers. The American visitors will devote much of this visit to the children who live downwind from the stench of the area’s dump and to castoffs who have landed in Gabriel House, a nearby orphanage. While helping children is an important part of each visit, it is the guiding light of this one. Friends in Faith, who hail from two Bible study groups at Grace Church in Saugus, have banded together to sponsor the Adopt-A-Child for Christmas gift drive. They are soliciting donations of toys, stuffed animals, sports equipment, clothes, art supplies and crib bedding from community members. Handing out Christmas gifts one by one to about 200 children who live beside the dump or in the orphanage will take several hours. Donors, who are heading out to stores armed with wish lists created by the kids, were told to enclose a card personalized with a family photo. Some members of the group have been visiting Gomez Marin for years. They have watched its children grow up. The women take turns cutting the kids’ hair, decorating the girls’ hair with accessories and painting their nails with polish. The mission attempts to improve the residents’ daily and spiritual lives, Kim said. Talk of God and God’s love is frequent. The town itself is in need of some tender, loving care. It is adjacent to a defunct dump, where Ensenada’s trash piled up for ages. The dump was closed several months ago, but destitute townspeople scour the droppings, rescuing valuables like clothes and bottles, which they sell. Housing often consists of cardboard boxes; the deluxe model is four boxes taped together. A sea of blue tarps provides some weatherproofing. Electricity and running water are nonexistent, as are refrigerators and toilets. “Some houses have one bed, with a tortilla burner, eggs, shoes – everything on top of the bed,” said Esther Kim, 45, the doctor’s wife. “They don’t have any dressers. Clothes has to be piled up on the floor or in bags.” Trucks deliver water that residents store in plastic barrels. People often sleep on the ground. “Some days, they would come (to the makeshift clinic) later because they needed to warm up their body,” Esther Kim said, recalling past visits. Chickens and pigs roam freely. The people eat eggs, beans and handmade tortillas. “Vegetables are expensive,” Esther Kim said. The last time they visited, the Americans brought squash, peppers, tomatoes and fertilizer and taught people how to plant a garden. Some children live on the streets. Many children work to help feed their families and many never have visited a doctor. It is not unusual for kids to visit the makeshift clinic unaccompanied by an adult. “An 11-year-old girl, holding a baby and with two to three kids following her, (came in),” said Esther Kim. “(The little ones) are crying because they don’t want to be separated from her. She’s like the mom.” Many of the abandoned children who live in the nearby orphanage are disabled, and some of the babies are HIV-positive. Castaic residents Maria and Ricardo Cantero have visited once a month for the past seven years. They were both born in Guadalajara and immigrated with their families to the United States when they were young. They met as junior high school students, as a result of a school busing program that transported kids between the San Fernando Valley and East Los Angeles. At first, the couple went from shack to shack in Gomez Marin, handing out food. On the trips, they bring their children along. Ricky, 17, and Jessica, 16, attend Valencia High School. Maria, 40, is a special-education teacher’s assistant and works in the church’s nursery school. She played with a pair of silver bracelets – gifts from children who recycled them from the dump – as she described her own kids’ special request: Please adopt a child from the orphanage. The Cantero family initiated the adoption of healthy 7-month-old Panchito about three weeks ago and hope to have him in their arms in six months. The baby was taken to the orphanage when he was 1 month old. “I just think that him coming to live with us would be a lot better for him,” Jessica said. “He’ll be living on the streets over there. I’m really blessed to have all I have – shelter, clothing, a good school to go to every day.” Her 13-year-old brother Chico is willing to relinquish his role as the youngest. “When you go over there and see how they’re living and you come back home and you have a nice warm house to come to and a warm bed … and they’re thankful for what they have …” he said. “(Panchito) mom’s not there. I think my mom will keep him going good, getting good grades. She’s the perfect mom for him.” Maria Cantero believes she is especially drawn to the children because their lives are so hard. “They live beyond the poverty level,” she said. “They don’t really have a childhood. They don’t get to play, watch TV like our kids.” “Their option is to go farming, to pick tomatoes, make beads for necklaces, bracelets,” Esther Kim added. “They go out and sell them. They’re close to the border – they beg.” Cantero said her sense of urgency intensifies as she watches her own children grow and mature. “I’ve had women say, ‘take my baby,”‘ she said. “I tell them the love of a mother can never be replaced by material things.” The Cantero family will return to the village on Christmas Day to throw a party for the children in the orphanage. Kim said he hopes the trips deliver an empowering message, one which will enable the children to believe in themselves and their ability to pursue careers like his. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The entourage will spend two days in Gomez Morin, a town on the outskirts of Ensenada in Baja California. A couple of doctors from the Facey Medical Group and about five nurses who attend church together will provide basic medical care and treatment for cases of pneumonia, ear infections and asthma. During a visit in October, Kim examined about 200 children. He solved a child’s hearing problem with old-fashioned ingenuity. “I took a dead ladybug from the child’s ear,” he said. The medical team arms itself with an arsenal of medicines, mostly pharmaceutical samples donated by local doctors. The other group members serve fresh food, distribute canned food and clothes, and build structures for the impoverished residents. Kim and his wife Esther return to the town with the group every three months. last_img read more

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first_imgRECORD: 3-7-0 Sherkerdemian,A.1 Pantoja,A.1539706.312 Punting Total35124035.4 Burbank09/30/2005010748 Youkhanna,N.36782.20 Blair10/07/20051003830 Solarzana1006 SCORINGTDPATFGTP Argueta,G.402436.12 Sprewell,T.80048 Solorzano,C.2230 Scoring Total28251196 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPA Muir10/28/2005010057 RECEIVINGRECYDSTD Arjueta,G.20012 Sprewell,T.190 Pasadena11/04/20050102731 Crescenta Valley10/14/20050101238 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ashook,A.98389565378.94 Shekerdemian,A.0202 Glendale11/11/20050102135 Sarkissian,A.1-2-2.00 Hernandez,J.019122 Ashook,A.1006 Perez,L.111733 Martinez,K.133.00center_img TOTAL2005370196352 Mojave09/23/20050102135 Pantoja,A.1241734.8 Ashook,A.47-26-0.61 Rushing Total39719464.923 Sprewell,T.1196805.78 Mountain View09/09/20051002827 Passing Total1184496303 Kim,C.61160 NO-Name Kicker0202 INTERCEPTIONSNo. Shekerdemain,A.212920 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD Gholian,M.3170 Hernandez,J.2382335.8 PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating Receiving Total446303 Kim,C.1 Pantoja,A.120072 Fernandez,B.1006 Arcadia10/21/20050102842 Martinez,K.1 Tojino,J.2 Perez,L.30018 South Pasadena09/16/2005100149 Youkhanna,N.0202 Interceptions Total5 Youkhanna,N.206065057.30last_img read more

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Drake Men’s Basketball Falls at UNI, 68-54

first_imgUNI’s offense shot 49.0, its highest percentage in a Missouri Valley Contest this season and held an 11-rebound advantage to keep the Bulldogs’ league leading offense from getting into gear in the second half and erase a 16-point deficit. “The critical stretch was the end of the first half,” Medved said. “We got a little out of sorts and let them back in. Some of that was them, they’re a good team and well prepared.” “In the second half, their defense cranked up, but we missed a lot of looks too,” Medved said. “That frustrated us and affected our defense.” “Give UNI credit, they beat us,” said Drake head coach Niko Medved. “They were down and came back against us.” Drake (11-9, 5-2 MVC) was led by Reed Timmer’s (New Berlin, Wis.) 18 points while Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) scored 13 points, seven of them coming during a first-half spurt that saw the Bulldogs build up a 16-point lead. Next Game: Story Links The Panthers ended that run with a pair of baskets, but Drake answered back with five-straight points including a Timmer three-pointer to stretch the lead to 16 points, 29-13, with 6:49 left in the first half. However, the free-scoring offense hit a few doldrums and went scoreless for nearly seven minutes, allowing UNI to pull within single digits, 29-26, at halftime via a 13-0 run to close the half. The Panthers extended the lead to 12 points, 50-38, 10:26 remaining in the contest before Drake tried to claw back, getting within eight points, but no closer in suffering just their second MVC loss of the season. The Bulldogs aim to bounce back at home this weekend by hosting preseason MVC favorite Missouri State at the Knapp Center where Drake is undefeated this season. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20.Print Friendly Version UNI (10-9, 2-5 MVC) was led by Bennett Koch’s 19 points off the bench while reigning MVC Newcomer of the Week Tywhon Pickford recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Full Schedule Roster Box Score (PDF) Box Score (HTML) The Bulldogs used four-straight three-pointers, including two from Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.), to begin a 16-0 run and hold a 22-9 lead 11 minutes into the contest. The Bulldogs’ defense allowed the offense to get out and run with stops, holding the Panthers scoreless for nearly seven minutes during that span. McGlynn scored seven of his nine first-half points during that 16-0 run. Drake briefly extended its lead to five points to open the second half, but six-straight points from the Panthers gave them their first lead since the 15:43 mark of the opening period. Another 6-0 spurt, capped by a four-point play from Pickford put the Panthers up, 43-38, with 11:59 left in the half. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team was held to a season-low 54 points in a 68-54 loss at UNI Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the McLeod Center. UNI came into the contest ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense and limited Drake to just 25 second-half points to pull away for the win. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN MVC TV (FS Midwest/NBC Sports Chicago) Listen Live Watch Live Missouri State 1/20/2018 – 3 p.m.last_img read more

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Two rescued from vessel taking in water off Fanad Head

first_imgTwo people were rescued off the coast of Donegal last night (Sat).The pair were in a small boat which was four nautical miles off Fanad Head when it began taking on water.The people on board put out a distress signal which was picked up by the Irish naval vessel, the LÉ CIARA. The naval vessel, which was undergoing patrols, located the boat and stayed with it until the Lough Swilly RNLI vessel arrived on the scene.The Lough Swilly boat then towed the boat to safety.The LÉ CIARA was stood down from SAR Operations and resumed its Maritime Defence & Security Operations patrol.Those on the boat did not require medical treatment and were all reported safe following the rescue. Two rescued from vessel taking in water off Fanad Head was last modified: August 7th, 2019 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) Tags:donegalFanad HeadLE CIARALough SwillyrescueRNLIlast_img read more

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“It’s a weird deal” as A’s prepare for Opening Day in Tokyo

first_imgMESA, Ariz. – As the A’s players filed out of the Hohokam Stadium clubhouse to warm up for their Cactus League finale, team staffers armed with cardboard U-haul boxes, metal hampers, and hand trucks rushed into locker room.Much like the rest of Oakland’s spring camp, the club’s equipment managers needed to work fast. They had little time to pack up for the team’s departure to Japan on Thursday.“We’ve got a lot of boxes,” one team employee called out, his voice rising above the chorus of …last_img read more

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67.97% voting recorded in Assam’s Dhemaji assembly by-poll

first_imgGuwahati: Voting in the Assam assembly by-election in Dhemaji constituency passed off peacefully on Sunday, with 66.97 per cent of the total 2,19,751 voters casting their votes, an election official said.“The overall voter turnout for the by-election in the Dhemaji assembly constituency was 66.97 per cent,” Dhemaji Returning Officer Roshni Aparanji Korati told IANS over the phone.The by-election was necessitated as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Pradan Baruah contested and won the byelection to the Lok Sabha from the Lakhimpur constituency. Sarbananda Sonowal vacated the seat after winning from the Majuli assembly constituency on becoming the Chief Minister.Mr. Sonowal was sworn in as first BJP Chief Minister of Assam on May 24.Ms. Korati said polling started at 7 a.m. and ended at 4.00 p.m. No untoward incident was reported, barring a technical glitch on one Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), which was immediately replaced.She said the VVPAT machines were used in polls for the first time in the state.Adequate security forces were deployed to ensure free and fair poll, Ms. Korati said, adding 20 polling stations were marked as “very sensitive” and 141 others as “sensitive”.Men and women in large numbers queued up at the 273 polling stations well before voting began at 7.00 a.m. despite a spell of heavy rain, Ms. Korati said.Five candidates are in the fray but the main contest is likely to take place between ruling BJP candidate Ranoj Pegu and Congress nominee Babul Sonowal.The other three candidates are Communist Party of India—Marxist’s Jadu Hazarika, Socialist Unity Centre of India—Communist’s Hem Kanta Miri and Independent Rajkumar Doley.In the 126-member Assam assembly, the BJP has 60 members, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) 14 and the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) 12.The opposition Congress has 26 members, All India United Democratic Front 13 and one Independent.The counting of votes will be held on April 13.last_img read more

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India vs Australia: We are a better side, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgSourav Ganguly’s team had lost to Australia in WC 2003.Former captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday said Team India have the ability to beat Australia in the World Cup quarterfinals in Ahmedabad on Thursday, maintaining ‘M.S. Dhoni’s men are a better side’. Sourav’s team had lost to Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting’s side in both the league match and the final in WC 2003.  On being asked if India can beat Australia in what is being called a revenge game, Sourav told Headlines Today Executive Editor Rahul Kanwal, “Yes, there is no doubt about it. India have a good chance of beating Australia. India is a better side.” Speaking on India’s prime hope against the Aussies, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav said, “I don’t mind him failing against the West Indies. Every time he has got out cheaply, he comes out all guns blazing (referring to his two centuries against England and South Africa in this WC) in next match. I hope to see him putting India in a good position against the Aussies.” Tendulkar had failed to score big in both the games in WC 2003, when India won all their matches, except against the Aussies.  India’s only WC winning captain Kapil Dev also said, “They have the ability to do it (beat the Aussies).”last_img read more

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