…never having to say you’re sorryBack in the day, there was a schmaltzy movie, “Love Story”, with the tag line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” precipitating cascades of tears at the young heroine’s death. The phrase has inevitably been mocked, since it’s just so wrooong!! Just because you’re in love you can get away with any dumbass move? What’s right is when the phrase is linked to power! Can’t imagine Hitler telling the Jews he’s sorry, can you??When folks get power, they automatically assume others are all yelling, “Do wha’ yuh want wid me!!” We see that all the time in Guyana with those whom we’ve elected to office, don’t we?? Yes, WE give them the POWER to do whatever they want – without ever having to say, “Sorry”. Just go back to those twenty-one promises APNU/AFC were supposed to fulfil within 100 days. Have you heard any “sorries” about, say, Constitutional Change — still not implemented? Or that Code of Conduct?Now, you government workers, don’t even TALK about getting that 20% raise! That 100% raise of your eyebrows at THEIR 50% raise your Ministers got right after the elections should be enough for you!! Drugs have been short in all the public health facilities for the past two years. Has anyone said “sorry”, even though folks are dying? Don’t hold your breath; YOU might just croak, since they don’t have any oxygen to resuscitate anyone!! And that’s why they fly to Ireland for treatment!But this latest refusal by Keith Scott to say ‘sorry” to our Indigenous peoples takes the cake – if for no other reason than it’s soooo gratuitous! Now Scott isn’t just ANYBODY. He’s a Minister and a one-man coalition member of APNU!! And in Parliament – where it’s all on record in Hansard – he claimed Indigenous peoples are “greedy” for asking that the original 1976 agreement granting them 24% of Guyana’s land be implemented, when African Guyanese aren’t getting 18% of Guyana.Now this, of course, is ACDA’s position, as adumbrated by Eric Philips. So it appears that’s now the official Government position, since Scott was speaking on behalf of the Government against a PPP motion to scrap the ill-advised CoI. So here it is, Scott shows up before the National Toshaos Council this week and refuses to apologise, since he claims there is nothing for his to apologise for!!He’s therefore maintaining (on behalf of the Government) that the Indigenous peoples are “greedy”! But where exactly are these folks getting their spunks from?Could it be they’re emboldened by Pressie refusing to say “sorry” for saying his “perception” of the Constitution trumps the Judiciary’s?…the law applies to othersYour Eyewitness just saw the new hit movie, “The Hit Man’s Bodyguard”. It was a very, very funny movie on a pretty serious subject – a despotic ruler of an ex-Soviet Republic in front of the International Criminal Court for war crimes. But then, what else can you expect from Ryan Reynolds teaming up with Samuel Jackson? A friend wondered why an American movie didn’t even have the US as a jump-off spot for the plot. Your Eyewitness didn’t have the heart to tell him it was most likely because the US has REFUSED TO BECOME a signatory to the ICC’s jurisdiction!But it’s true. The country that’s at the forefront for putting away rogue leaders for doing bad things has refused to join the ICC in fear that one of its citizens might have to appear in front of it!! What’s fair for the goose is NOT fair for the gander.But then, if they’d signed on, George W. might just have found himself on the docks for Iraq!!…no difference between million and billionThis Minister Patterson continues to put his size 12s into his mouth. His latest blooper was claiming Exxon would be extracting only half a million barrels of oil initially from Liza.Oooops! He meant half a billion!!
Independence celebrations similar in Guyana and IndiaIndependence celebrations similar in Guyana and India
Dear Editor,I was invited for ceremonies marking India’s 71st Independence in New Delhi, and what an experience it was, with a lot of similarities to independence celebrations in Guyana and America (among the Guyanese or Indian diaspora in the New York area).As in America and Guyana, there was pomp, glittering shows, huge fervour and enthusiasm among the people marking the day. And as in Guyana, there was also revelry in the schools, colleges and other educational institutions in the days leading up to the holiday. Similar to Guyana, it was a day of national pride, patriotism, nationalism, processions, parades, flag hoisting, speeches by politicians, greetings, kite flying, and other fun-filled activities at public places.As in the US, Indians displayed flags in front of their homes, and waved flags in their hands similar to what they do in the US or similar to Guyanese waving their country’s flags in America on May 26th and American flags on July 4.India Independence Day is an annual observance, celebrated every year on 15th of August since 1947 – a day when India got freedom from British colonial rule after long years of slave-like subjugation. It was a freedom that would pave the way for independence of colonial territories worldwide, including Guyana’s freedom on May 26th, 1966. As in Guyana and the US, and for all countries, Independence Day is a national holiday (almost all businesses completely close down, except for restaurants, late shopping, public transport, and street fast foods). As in the US and Guyana, the national, state (regional) and local governments independently commemorate the independence of the country with their own activities, following that of the national ceremonies that took place early in the morning. The day is used to pay tribute and remember the many freedom fighters who contributed to the struggle for the independence of India, and to laud the country’s achievements as well as to address socio-economic concerns.Not much different from Guyana, when the President addresses the nation at midnight, before independence at a public park on Independence Day. It is the custom for the Indian Prime Minister to address the nation at the ramparts (on top) of the iconic Red Fort early morning. As in Guyana, it is a highly patriotic speech, paying tribute to the freedom fighters and leaders of the Indian independence movement, who had sacrificed their lives. Similar to Guyana, where thousands show up at the park, in India, hundreds of thousands usually gather in front of the fort to listen to the PM. As in Guyana, the PM (President, in Guyana) hoists the national flag. The national anthem is sung, followed by a twenty-one-gun salute in a very solemn occasion. The prime minister usually highlights all the achievements of the past year, important social issues and solutions, further development in the country, educational matters, etc, during his speech on the Independence Day. And as in Guyana, a grand march past of the armed forces and paramilitary forces takes place.India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, made his fourth appearance since becoming the PM (2014) delivering a well-received speech. He invoked the Quit India Movement (paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and others who led the freedom struggle), and urged the nation to use the same spirit as the freedom fighters to eliminate problems like corruption, communalism, terrorism, casteism, poverty, and other evils from the country by 2022. He appealed to Indians “to take a pledge to root out these evils from the country, and create a New India”. Modi-ji condemned the use of violence. The PM said: “India is about shanti (peace), ekta (unity) and sadbhavana (harmony). Casteism and communalism will not help the country. Our cultural heritage cannot be lost. Earlier, it was Quit India, now it is Unite India. Everybody should be taken along.”The celebration of Independence Day continues with diverse cultural traditions, where Chief Ministers of individual states hoist the national flag followed by marches of state troops and local police or militias. The speeches of State Chief Ministers focused on eradicating poverty, illiteracy and unemployment, and to help make India a more powerful nation. This is followed by various cultural activities by the participants. And later in the afternoon, the President of India hosts a reception at his official home in the rose garden – only the cream of society are invited.Around New Delhi, the capital, people were seen wearing their trademark cap worn by Pandit Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi and others during the struggle. Millions were dressed in colourful garb representing the colours of the national flag.There were colourful marches of soldiers, police, and guards all over the national capital and each state capital as well, as shown on TV. And on the streets, school children marched dressed in colours of the national flag and spelling of Bharat, the ancient Hindi name of India.As in Guyana, there were (live) broadcasting and webcasting of the celebrations. And as in Guyana or America, Independence Day in India is used for family get-togethers in the afternoons or evenings — dinner, picnic, mall shopping, cinema, kite flying, and other forms of entertainment.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisram
‘Rule of Law Critical to Building a Vibrant Democracy’‘Rule of Law Critical to Building a Vibrant Democracy’
Vice President Joseph Boakai has said that the rule of law is crucial to the building of a vibrant democratic society in which the rights of all citizens are guaranteed.“There is no way a country can go on without the rule of law,” the VP said, when he visited with authorities of the 10th Judicial Circuit Court in Voinjama City, Lofa County, during his week-long post-Ebola tour. He visited the Court in order to acquaint himself with activities there.He further stated that the provision of logistics for the courts to do their work is critical to the legal process and promised that government will make sure that courts are properly empowered to do their work to ensure the rule of law in the country. The lack of these basic logistics has contributed to the slow pace of the dispensing of justice in the country, he said.He noted that Judge Nancy Finda Sammy, who was not present, had acquainted him with the challenges facing the court, including conveying prisoner(s) from other parts of the county and lack of transportation for the court’s operations.He praised her for restoring dignity to the court.The Tenth Judicial Circuit of Lofa County presented a document listing the critical needs and priorities of the court to the Vice President. The VP said he would consult with judicial authorities in Monrovia for proper redress.One of the requests that Mr. Foday A. Konneh, Coordinator, Lofa County Branch, National Association of Trial Judges, presented to the VP was that there be two pre-trial detention centers for holding accused persons until their conviction. They must be transferred to the Voinjama Central Prison. “One of these pre-trial detention centers should be located in Zorzor City to serve Zorzor and Salayea Districts. Another should be built in Kolahun City to serve Kolahun, Vahun and Foya Districts.”“As earlier discussed with you by Judge Sammy,” Konneh further stated, “we also wish to remind you of the dire need for vehicles to help transfer accused persons and convicts from various magisterial Courts as had been done by UNMIL.”Earlier, the Vice President toured the Voinjama Market where a new market building under the auspices of the Sirleaf Market Women Fund is being constructed. He also visited the Lofa County Community College to acquaint himself with the situation there.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Many of you may not know this, but 63 years ago on 27 May, 1953, Janet Jagan and others founded the Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO). The WPO was the first mass political women’s organisation in Guyana that introduced women to politics. Several years before the formation of WPO, the Women’s Political and Economic Organisation (WPEO) was formed on 9 July, 1946. This organisation advocated for women to attend meetings and participate in political discourses, for better working conditions for working women, especially domestics. It also advocated for better living conditions for women and for the girl child to be sent to school.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was formed on 1 January, 1950 and it immediately began to struggle for the following:Universal adult suffrage (the right of everyone to one vote). Prior to 1953, the voter had to own property and certain amount of money in the bank.For the girl child to be sent to schoolWorkers’ rights: for improved working and living conditions of workers.Independence from Great BritainThe first elections held under universal adult suffrage in April, 1953 saw PPP winning 18 out of 24 seats in the Legislative Council. For the first time in the then British Guiana, underprivileged peasant workers had a voice.For the first time in the country’s history, three women entered the Legislative Council (Parliament) to speak for and represent all women countrywide. They were Janet Jagan, Jane Phillips-Gay and Jessie Burnham.As History would have it, 133 days later, the British Empire suspended the constitution and fired the legitimately elected government of the PPP and restricted all its Leaders from entering villages and sugar estates. Due to this Dr Cheddi Jagan and Janet Jagan were jailed for six months each. Other PPP leaders were harassed.On 27 May, 1953, Janet Jagan, Jane Phillips-Gay, Jessie Burnham, Jessica Huntley and several other women formed the WPO. This organisation produced thousands of political women over the years, most of whom are grassroots’ women. However, many of the WPO leaders emerged as powerful national leaders and they were advisors to presidents, ministers of government, members of boards, etc.The WPO provided support to the PPP over the years in advocating for women’s rights, for the girl child to be educated, and to have the right to work.The WPO has participated meaningfully in activities that were aimed at building and strengthening democracy, especially during the 28 years of PNC dictatorial rule. In the struggles for the restoration of democracy women marched and demonstrated for the return of basic foodstuff that were banned, drugs for the hospital, etc.Over the past six decades, the WPO participated and held membership in several international organisations.The WPO is proud of its record as a political organisation when it looks at the journey it travelled with the women of this country to get to the place they are today. Today women are seen in every position available, every strata of society. Women are no longer the silent bystander. They speak when they are spoken to and they stand out in every crowd and no longer look on but participate.The leadership of the WPO salutes every woman who has been part of and made this journey possible. We are proud of who we are and what we have contributed to.Yours truly,The People’sProgressive Party
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ARLINGTON, Va. – The Transportation Security Administration is denying allegations that an airport screener seized a toddler’s sippy cup and mistreated his mother, taking the unusual step of posting security camera footage on its Web site. The TSA said in a statement that the incident and the videotape demonstrate that its “officers display professionalism and concern for all passengers.” At issue is whether Monica Emmerson, a former Secret Service officer, was improperly detained June 11 after she spilled water out of her child’s sippy cup at Washington’s Reagan National Airport. TSA has banned most fluids at airport security checkpoints for nearly a year. “I was distraught. I opened my son’s sippy cup. I twisted off the top. I wanted to drink the water. It spilled out,” Emmerson said Saturday. Emmerson said an officer threatened to arrest her after the water spilled, telling her she was “endangering the public.” She said there was no place to dump the water near the security area, and that she was worried when her son started wandering away from her. The story quickly spread on the Internet this past week after blogger Bill Adler, a Washington author, saw a note Emmerson wrote on a Web site. Adler interviewed Emmerson and relayed her account. He wrote that a TSA screener seized her 19-month-old’s cup after asking if there was water in it, causing Emmerson’s son to cry. Emmerson was told she would have to leave the security checkpoint and dump out the water if she wanted to keep the cup. Emmerson said she accidentally spilled the water because she was nervous and traveling alone with a toddler. TSA, however, said Emmerson dumped, not spilled, the water on the floor. A TSA report said Emmerson told an officer that she was a Secret Service agent, flashed her credentials and said she was exempt from the “stupid” policy restricting liquids on planes. But Emmerson said video footage shows her digging in her luggage for identification.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“A new addition is wonderful but also can be stressful on everyone, especially siblings. It sounds like your 4-year-old needs some extra attention,” says a mother in Cary, N.C. “Do you have relatives close by that can help? Perhaps take the 4-year-old for some special time?” Other ideas from the Cary mom: Let the middle child be a mother’s helper. When you feed the baby, have him sit and look at books next to you or help you. Get a doll for him to pretend to feed and change. Boys need to learn nurturing skills, too. As you watch him play, compliment how nicely he plays and tell him he will be a good teacher to his baby sister. Question: “Lately, my 4-year-old son has had trouble playing by himself. He is at loose ends when his brother, who is 6, is not home. We recently had a baby girl, and while I can attribute some of my son’s behavior to new-baby anxiety, I can’t dismiss it. We can’t do play dates all the time!” – A MOTHER IN RALEIGH, N.C. Answer: Learning how to play alone is a skill that lasts a lifetime. Take time just with him, even if it is only for a brief walk. Edward Christophersen, a psychologist, is author of Beyond Discipline: Parenting That Lasts a Lifetime (Overland Press, 1997 $14.95). He wrote these tips for the University of Michigan Health System on how to teach a child to play independently for longer periods of time: Determine how long your child is now playing or engaging in any specific activity, such as coloring or reading. It may be only one to five minutes. Pick a time to work on increasing your child’s attention span each day. Your child will need a routine to make the process easier. Ask your child to engage in the activity you have chosen, such as playing quietly, for an amount of time you feel certain he can manage, maybe five minutes. Set a portable kitchen timer. Gradually increase the time for the activity. The amount of increase depends on your child. Model the behavior you expect your child to have. For example, if you would like your child to read more, it’s important that he see you enjoying reading. Another mother of two boys found the younger one needed some special activities to keep himself busy: She kept a lower cabinet in the kitchen just for her younger son. In it he had a number of small pots, pans and kitchen utensils and play-dough. The boy usually had a mandatory “quiet” time every afternoon for 15 to 30 minutes in which he could look at books. He used his imagination and kept battles going with Play-Mobil toys. Can you help? Q: “My son is 4. He has been in day care since he was 6months old and in Head Start since 3 years old. I have been having problems with him disrupting the class, hitting, kicking and not listening to his teacher. His father just deployed to Iraq three months ago. He always did better if he had a male teacher around him. I have put him in time out, I’ve put away toys and taken outside time from him. I am running out of options.” – A MOTHER IN COLUMBUS, GA. Betsy Flagler, a journalist based in Davidson, N.C., teaches preschool and is the mother of a teen-age son. If you have tips or questions, please e-mail us at email@example.com or call Parent to Parent at 704-236-9510.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Jasmine Holmes leads Palmdale in its quest for another big upsetJasmine Holmes leads Palmdale in its quest for another big upset
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Jackrabbits (2-26) are a controversial entry. Originally slated to be a No. 1 seed, Poly entered the playoffs as a wild card after voluntarily relinquishing the Moore League title after forfeiting 20 games for use of an ineligible player school officials blame on a clerical error. Although Poly is a prohibitive favorite, sixth-seeded Palmdale should not be underestimated. The Falcons have a history of stunning upsets under 25th-year coach George Corisis, including a 1986 shocker over San Gabriel, the state’s top-ranked team at the time. A few years before that, Palmdale ended Riverside Poly’s 88-game winning streak. Corisis said he’d put a victory tonight against Poly up there with some of his team’s other epic upsets. And the way Palmdale has played since Holmes’ return, anything seems possible. PALMDALE – Forward Jasmine Holmes is the only senior on a talented but still developing Palmdale High girls’ basketball team. When Holmes suffered a broken finger in the second game of the season, it showed: Palmdale lost eight of its next 12 games. She has emerged as the team’s inspirational leader since her return in early January, leading the Falcons to 14 consecutive victories and their fourth consecutive league title. Palmdale (19-9), ranked No. 6 by the Daily News, can use all the inspiration it can get tonight when it plays at perennial state power Long Beach Poly in a Southern Section Div. I-AA second-round playoff game. The Falcons trailed emerging power Lancaster by 14 points in the second quarter of a Jan. 6 league opener for both teams, when Holmes coaxed Corisis into letting her play. Holmes’ energetic play sparked a 60-46 victory over Lancaster, setting the tone for a winning streak that included going 12-0 in league and a decisive 53-21 first-round playoff win Saturday against Paramount. Although Holmes averages just 6.7 points, she is the team’s unofficial leader in intangibles. “She plays with intensity, and she plays with passion,” Corisis said. “She’s the heart and soul of our team. It was obvious when she wasn’t on the team. That’s when we started losing.” Palmdale trailed by just three points early in the fourth quarter of a 45-33 loss Dec. 7 to Ventura (the top-seeded team in the Div. I-A playoffs) when Holmes suffered a broken pinky on her right, shooting, hand. Holmes had to watch helplessly as the Falcons struggled against elite nonleague tournament competition most of December. “It was very painful seeing our team losing, and I was just sitting on the bench. There was nothing I could do,” Holmes said. “It’s just a little pinky.” Although the finger is fully healed, she continues to play with her pinky taped to an adjacent finger because of ligament damage. Holmes has been the team’s consummate role model, maintaining a 4.2 GPA and a positive attitude amid an admittedly frustrating experience.. Holmes said she takes pride in doing the dirty work. Rebounding, fighting for loose balls and providing much-needed leadership have been among her biggest contributions. “She’s a role model on and off the court,” Palmdale junior guard Brittney Lloyd said. “Just her intensity and the way she plays the game automatically makes us all play harder.” The old-school Corisis considers Holmes to be somewhat of a throwback, a fundamentally sound player who exemplifies great character and could make an impact at a four-year college as a role player. Holmes plans to play at a four-year college even if she has to walk on. “If everyone on the team worked as hard as she does and wanted to win as badly as she does, we’d beat Long Beach Poly,” Corisis said. “I have no doubt.” Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Jordan Veretout close to Aston Villa exit as midfielder has Fiorentina medicalJordan Veretout close to Aston Villa exit as midfielder has Fiorentina medical
Jordan Veretout turning out for Saint-Etienne 1 Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout is having a medical ahead of his £6.2million move to Fiorentina.The Frenchman has been itching to get out of Villa Park for some time and he spent last season on loan at Saint-Etienne.The Ligue 1 side had hoped to sign the 24-year-old permanently this summer, but they have been out bid by Fiorentina.According to L’Equipe, Veretout is now in Italy to undergo his medical before joining the Serie A side.Fiorentina will reportedly shell out the £6.2m fee to land the midfielder and he will sign a long-term deal.
Doherty slams ‘absent’ Taoiseach during health crisisDoherty slams ‘absent’ Taoiseach during health crisis
Deputy Pearse Doherty has said that it is unacceptable that An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has remained absent in the midst of the deepening health crisis. The Donegal TD said the overcrowding in our hospitals including Letterkenny was a direct result of the Government’s policy choices and that An Taoiseach needed to account for the resulting chaos.The Donegal TD said “In my Budget 2017 speech, I said that ‘the real test is whether our older people will no longer be left for days on hospital trollies’. I also remarked that ‘there is not enough money in this Budget to keep our health system operating at even its critically overloaded state for the year 2017’. Unfortunately, my fears have been borne out only four months later. Not one week into the New Year and we have seen the worst overcrowding ever in our hospitals. “This Government is so blind to the realities facing our Health system that they could not even plan for the Flu season which has seen hospitals full to the brim with patients; the most vulnerable in our society suffering indignity and put at risk.”The West Donegal TD said this chaos is a direct result of policy decisions by this Government to prioritise tax breaks and incentives while public services are run into the ground.He added that healthcare is becoming a luxury for the better off in society and that is simply unacceptable.“The blame lies squarely at the feet of Government. Promising to open beds but not hire the staff to provide for them is not a solution. Blaming hospital managers for not doing more with less resources is a pathetic abdication of responsibility. “As head of Government, the continued absence of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny is telling. The Government don’t want to know, but even they cannot ignore the reality that is facing them. Our Health system is grinding to a halt and it is only right that Enda Kenny comes out and tells the Irish people what plans he is going to put in place to reassure those who may now fear walking through the doors of a hospital.”Doherty slams ‘absent’ Taoiseach during health crisis was last modified: January 8th, 2017 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:crisisdonegalEnda Kennyfluhealth crisishospitalwards
Officers with the Sylva Police Department assisted NC Probation and Parole with a subject that had ran from them. The suspect, Robert Owen Wallace, 30, of 116 Snapdragon Lane in Sylva, was taken into custody.Through the course of an investigation, Sylva Police charged Wallace with Possess w/Intent Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule II CS; Maintain Vehicle/Dwelling/Place CS Felony;Fel Poss Sched II-Amphetamine/Cocaine/Methamp/Phencyclidine; Possession of Firearm Convicted Felon, Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia; Possess Marijuana <1/2 oz Misdemeanor; Simple Possess Schedule IV CS Misdemeanor; Simple Possess Schedule IV CS Misdemeanor; Simple Possess Schdule II CS Misdemeanor; Possess Drug Paraphernalia Not for Marijuana; Resist/Delay/ Obstruct Public Officer Discharge Duties; Possess Stolen Goods or Property(M). He was jailed on a $40,000.00 secure bond.Also, charged in this incident was Shayla Faye Trull, 19, of 116 Snapdragon Lane in Sylva. Trull was charged with Alter/Steal/Dest Criminal Evidence; Felony Possession Sch II CS; Simple Possession Sch IV CS; Simple Possession Sch IV CS; Simple Possession Sch II CS; Possess Marijuana Paraphernalia; Possession of Marijuana up to 1/2 oz; Resist Public Officer and Possess Drug Paraphernalia. She was jailed on a $10,000.00 secure bond.