Dear Editor,So even before he gets started, the neophyte, Mr Lennox Shuman, has made himself dead meat by seeking to align himself with the People’s National Congress (PNC).The PNC is bad company, has a history of riggeritis, is not to be trusted as a coalition partner, and most importantly, has no respect for the Guyana Constitution. For Shuman to be having talks about joining up with the PNC as reported, Shuman is a non-starter. At this point, he brings nothing to the table except his two long hands. He has neither been tried or tested.Why does Mr Shuman think that because he is Amerindian that he will automatically win Amerindian votes? He is unknown, and both the PPP and PNC have reached out to the Amerindians with many goodies and have longer associations with the Amerindian communities. Both the PPP and PNC, over the years, have reached out to this demographic with solar panels, four-wheelers, etc. Shuman has not given anything and does not have anything to give but the fact that he is a fellow Amerindian. That alone is not enough to cause a massive abandonment of the PPP or PNC, nor is it necessarily a drawing card.Mr Shuman may have an exaggerated view of his popularity, appeal, or potential influence. He is going down the same path as the AFC – which became dead meat as Mr Ramjattan said it would be if they joined up with the PNC.So, at this point, Mr Shuman devalues his party as a third force potential, now that voters have seen that he is trending towards the PNC.Sincerely,Jerry Singh
One of the ransacked rooms at the Herstelling homeAn East Bank Demerara man was briefly hospitalised after he was beaten by several armed men who posed as police to gain entry into the premises. According to reports gathered, around 02:45h Thursday, 5 bandits stormed the Lot 463 Herstelling home of Lalta, his wife Esther Sammy and their 21-year-old daughter.Guyana Times understands that the gunmen arrived by car. The five men exited, four of whom kicked down the door to the house while the fifth kept watch. The men then held up the man and dealt him several blows to the back and chest with a cutlass. They then ordered the woman to kneel on the floor as they turned their attention on the daughter.This publication was further told the bandits took the young lady into the upper flat of the house where they ransacked the bedrooms. They then carted off an undisclosed sum of money and a quantity of jewellery. One of the neighbours recalled what she witnessed.“They run and kicked down de door and one of the man say we is police and say open de door so the man said why I must open me door for and dem run and kick down the door and go in and hole up de man,” the woman explained.Eyewitnesses also said that as the robbery was unfolding they made repeated calls to the Providence Police Station but all were unsuccessful. It was sometime later that ranks reportedly attached to the Brickdam Police Station who were on patrol came and took the report.“We couldn’t do anything because when we peep through we window, we see de gun, we couldn’t come out. We just put on de light and tek it off back… everybody calling [the Providence Police Station] dem seh de phone na working,” the woman said.This newspaper was however made aware that when one of the eyewitnesses visited the Providence Station, two telephones were working.The police are continuing their investigations but no arrests were made.It was only Wednesday around noon that a Cuban vendor Maria Puig, 61, was shot to her right hand outside a store in Regent Street, Georgetown, after being robbed of $5000 cash. The bandits reportedly fled on a CG motorcycle.Meanwhile, over the past week, both armed and unarmed bandits carried out over 20 robberies on several businesses in the Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara. In many instances, excessive violence was used. The area’s Acting Divisional Commander, Leslie James met with stakeholders there where he related that more patrols will be set up at strategic locations.
Bauxite workers’ protestsLoggers utilising the Berbice River as a transport medium have been left in a quandary, as the current blockage of the waterway by dismissed employees of Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI), is having a negative impact on their operations and businesses.Filed photo: Workers and residents protesting the dismissal of the Rusal workersThe BCGI – which is owned by Russian Aluminium company (RUSAL) – dismissed 61 workers on February 19, 2019, for protesting against a one per cent wage increase and a further 30 employees after a section of the operation was closed. However since then, RUSAL’s employees have blocked a section of the Berbice River, which leads to the company’s operation located at Aroaima, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). Sections of the access road were also obstructed to prevent anyone from entering.For now, the loggers are not allowed to use the river and have been stranded for almost two weeks. One local sawmill owner from Canje, Berbice, Imtiaz Hoosein, explained to Guyana Times that while attention is being placed on the deadlock between RUSAL and its employees, consideration must be given to other stakeholders who are notably affected.“The concern is only reflecting on RUSAL and its workers but we are small loggers and we are affected. I purchased some logs from up there and I’m stuck for over 10 days because they are not allowing them to pass,” said Hoosein.The businessman explained that he would usually purchase timber once a month from Kwakwani in Region 10. The logs, worth millions of dollars, would be loaded at Aroaima to begin a four-day journey along the Berbice River to New Amsterdam.“The logs were purchased in Kwakwani and we would use the river to transport the logs to New Amsterdam. We transport one load every month. We already load the logs and they’re not allowing my workers to pass. We understand the workers and the company issue but I don’t know why we can’t pass. We were told everybody has to wait. It’s frustrating to have to wait,” said the logger.He added that his timber along with other loggers and four of his employees have been waiting to access the river for over 10 days; a situation which is affecting his business significantly since extra monies were paid to the workers and reimbursement for customers who cannot stand the wait.“We losing money because these logs are already paid for. I collect advance from customers and lumber yards for maintaining my business. People are frustrated that they have to wait so I have to give them a refund and now its 10 days extra I have to pay the workers. The extra time and money for the workers alone is over $200,000,” he explained.The river has been blocked with wire rope, preventing bauxite-laden barges from passing.This publication understands that as a result of the blockages, the Russian company has lost millions already. It had also advised some 30 employees that their department was closed until further notice as a result of the ongoing events.During a meeting with the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU) and representatives of RUSAL, the company said it failed to recognise the Union. However, the stalemate ended last Tuesday when the Union and the company met with representatives of the Labour Department and recognition was given to the worker’s association.According to Chairman of the GB&GWU, Lincoln Lewis the workers claimed they will continue with this form of protest until they are satisfied with what the company offers. This also means that RUSAL needs to obey the laws of Guyana.In light of the standoff, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had said that under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, a similar matter had arisen, and the then Administration managed to save the jobs that were at risk.
0Shares0000Meddie Kagere grabbed a hat-trickNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – Mighty Gor Mahia showed a character of a champion after thrashing Nakumatt 4-0 in their season opening Kenyan Premier League match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.In other results Tusker FC fell 2-0 away to Chemelil Sugar, new comers Wazito FC introduced themselves in the top flight league with a 1-0 win over 10-man Sony while Kariobangi Sharks were 1-0 winners over hosts Nzoia Sugar. At the Machakos Stadium, Kagere was the hero of the day after notching three goals, two goals in the second half and one in the first half while defender Wellington Ochieng completed the rout.Gor, fresh from lifting the KPL Super Cup, were dominant in the opening half with Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere and Earnest Wendo combining well to steer the record 16-time champions to a flying start.Kagere found the opener after unleashing a fine shot inside the box, having controlled the ball from a counter attack.Nakumatt could not improve to find the leveller and its Gor who responded first with Kagere scoring the second in the 54th minute, driving a low shot from inside the box into the bottom corner of the net.Debutant Cercidy Okeyo enjoyed a fine form after coming on in the second half to supply the killer cross that was well connected by Kagere.Things turned from thick to worse when Kagere sealed his hat-trick in the 80th minute from an easy tap-in into the bottom left corner of the post with Lucas Indeche well beaten on goal.Two minutes later, Wellington Ochieng’ made it four goal to nill after shooting straight into the net at close range from an assist by Boniface Omondi.-Additional reporting from Futaa.com-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
THERE are just a few tickets left for Bressie’s concert at An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny tomorrow night (Wednesday).Already a well respected and talented musician from his time fronting The Blizzards, Bressie’s debut solo album ‘Colourblind Stereo’, reached #1 in the iTunes Album chart.Bressie’s second solo studio album “Rage and Romance” will be released later this month. ‘Show Me Love’ will be the first single released from the album. An Grianan staff warning there are just a few seats left.You can book yours at www.angrianan.com JUST A FEW TICKETS LEFT FOR BRESSIE AT AN GRIANAN was last modified: May 7th, 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:JUST A FEW TICKETS LEFT FOR BRESSIE AT AN GRIANAN
If you’d love to give up smoking without gaining weight or putting your weight loss on hold, the experts at Slimming World can help you stop and slim.Many people who attempt to stop smoking find an increased appetite can lead them to fail as they fear gaining the pounds on the scales. With Slimming Worlds unique Food Optimising plan that need not be the case.Danger Zone 1: New-found love of food…. When tastebuds come ‘alive’ again it’s easy to see why we might eat more through a new-found enjoyment of food as we give up cigarettes! Also, where cigarettes may have been an easy way to skip a meal (for example, instead of breakfast), adding an extra meal each day might cause weight gain for some people.How can Food Optimising help?Adding a new meal to your day instead of your usual cigarette isn’t a problem with Food Optimising. Tuck into filling and slimming Free Foods (such as vegetables, potatoes, lean meat, pasta and beans) to keep you satisfied without any worry of weight gain.Danger Zone 2: Snacks instead of cigarettes…When you’ve recently given up smoking, it’s hard to resist food and snacks as comfort or ‘reward’ to feel better or just to replace the habit of lighting up a cigarette.How can Food Optimising help? Snacking is allowed – at any time! Unlike most ‘diets’ where food is often restricted and picking is strictly forbidden, Free Foods mean you can nibble to your heart’s content to help control your cravings safe in the knowledge you’ll still be able to lose weight as you do.Danger Zone 3: Cave into cravings…The ‘empty’ feeling of nicotine withdrawal can feel similar to hunger pangs and therefore tricks the body into thinking it need’s a food fix instead.How can Food Optimising help?Food Optimising takes account of a food’s ability to fill us up quickly and healthily, as well as its ability to comfort us. Paired with the powerful motivation you’ll find in your Slimming World group to help you develop new, healthy eating patterns, cravings – and any feelings of deprivation or guilt – become a thing of the past.Its not just about the weight you lose, but about the life you gain!To find out more about how Food Optimising works you can contact one of your local consultants via their Facebook page or just come along to any of their groups. Men and women are welcome in all groups.Stop smoking and still lose weight? Yes you can! was last modified: August 8th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Slimming Worldstop smokingweight loss
A BRAVE Donegal nurse who survived a stroke has been awarded for her bravery.Rose Gallagher, 62, suffered a stroke 12 years ago – and was presented with her ‘Life After Stroke’ Award by Fair City actor Jim Bartley at the special ceremony organised by the Irish Heart Foundation.Rose, from Malin Head, went from being the carer to being the cared for. After the stroke, her speech, swallowing and limbs were badly affected but Rose never gave up and never complained. Always practical, Rose has made sure all her family know how to do the Heimlich manoeuvre in case she chokes on her food.As far as the Gallaghers are concerned, Rose is still their “supermum”. So for her undeniable compassion and valour Rose Gallagher wins the first of our adult courage awards.Joining the heroes on the day to present an award was living soap legend Jim Bartley who himself suffered a stroke earlier this year on 1st June (2011).The Fair City actor who plays Bela Doyle said: “I was reading scripts when the stroke happened. I started to get a strange feeling, it just came over me. My right arm started to go numb from my wrist to the bicep. And when I tried to read, the letters kept jumping on the page. I couldn’t read them properly.” Rose said she believed the 50 minute journey to hospital did not help her – and believes the problems caused to her by the stroke would not have been as bad had she arrived at hospital sooner.Jim presented an Adult Courage Award to Rose who lives with the daily fear of choking after being left with no gag reflex after her stroke. As recently as 3 weeks ago, the retired nurse woke to find paramedics working on her after choking on a scone because her swallowing muscles are paralysed.DONEGAL WOMAN WINS ‘LIFE AFTER STROKE’ NATIONAL AWARD was last modified: November 23rd, 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:jim bartleuyMalin Headrose gallagher
Lighting a fire is one of the basic skills for a scout leader.Scout leaders from all over Donegal and beyond attended a skills training day at Stranorlar Scout Den and Drumboe woods.The new leaders were instructed in scouting skills such as cooking in the outdoors, erecting tents, map reading and building structures from natural resources.Some of the skills learnt were lighting fires only using available materials, cooking bananas with chocolate, of course they adopted the “Leave No Trace” guidelines. Some leaders got themselves in knots at the camp.They also practised their map reading skills and how to erect different styles of tents and caring for them.The course leader Joe Boland commented that this was an opportunity for new leaders to get a taste of what Scouting is about and providing them with the necessary skills to provide our young scouts of all ages with a great outdoor experience which they will cherish for years to come.As one participant stated “We are wet, we are cold, but despite all we are just leaving a great day where we learned a lot and the craic was mighty.”Putting up a camp at the skills training day.Course Leader, Joe Boland thanked all those who ran bases and especially Martina Flanagan of 6th Donegal (Stranorlar) Scout Group who provided the venue and the tea and scones and also to Strabane Catering for the excellent lunch. There’s no smoke without fire at the camp. I could have sworn I put the map around here somewhere. Scout leaders getting in some mapping practise. Getting the tent up on the skills day. DONEGAL SCOUTS SKILL UP ON TRAINING COURSE was last modified: March 3rd, 2014 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:donegalJoe BolandScoutsskills
Donegal TD and Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh has congratulated local authorities on both sides of the Border for their vision for the future of the region.Minister McHugh accompanied Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a visit to Derry today where they met councillors and officials from Donegal County Council and Derry City & Strabane District Council.The joint North West Strategic Partnership put forward their vision for a cross-border city region. “The Taoiseach takes a huge interest in what happens in Donegal and in Derry and the relationship between north and south,” said Minister McHugh.“As Transport and Tourism Minister he committed finance to the development of the A5 and gave the go-ahead to the Wild Atlantic Way.“As Health Minister it was his vision which now allows cancer and heart patients to be treated at facilities at Altnagelvin funded to the tune of €19M by the Irish taxpayer.“The Taoiseach and I were given an up to date position on the incredible cross border work on job creation, education, tourism and a number of other important sectors. “When it comes to job creation, both sides of the Border benefit, whether that’s staff from Donegal going to work at Seagate in Derry, or staff from Derry going to work at Pramerica on this side of the border.“I want to pay tribute to council chief executives Seamus Neely and John Kelpie and to local councillors and staff for their continued work benefiting citizens on both sides of the border.”Minister McHugh said he was also delighted when the Taoiseach announced today that the Irish Government is to release €2.5M in funding to help the work of the Partnership.“The Taoiseach also understood clearly the need to develop further the education links between LYIT and the Magee University Campus,” said McHugh.“As for the A5, we both agreed a start to the Derry-Strabane part of the route can’t begin soon enough and the Taoiseach expressed frustration at the delays in getting it started as our Government has committed to funding it. “Everyone at our meeting today agreed that enhanced transport links between the North West and Dublin are vital for economic growth as is the further development of the facilities at Greencastle harbour.“Derry will play a key role in the Irish Open at Ballyliffin next year, another example of the ongoing co-operation.“The councils began all this work well before Brexit and we are seeing the results now. It was good to have the Taoiseach here today to hear what has happened so far and what is needed for the future.”Last night the Taoiseach gave a ‘cast iron’ guarantee on the development of the A5 and stressed the need for road upgrades from Derry/Tyrone to Letterkenny when he spoke to hundreds of guests at the Derry Chamber of Commerce with representatives of the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce present. Taoiseach takes “huge interest” in Donegal and Derry was last modified: October 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:A5DerrydonegalLEO VARADKARTaoiseach
Give them some ID, then swamp it with counter-arguments. That’s the new method of “educational intervention” that Stephen Verhey of Central Washington University has found most effective in overcoming college student objections to evolution, reported EurekAlert. Verhey tested 103 students with prior exposure to creationism. He assigned the book Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells, followed by three works by prominent evolutionists, including The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins, a point-by-point refutation of Wells’s book and a book discussing the evolution of sex. The teacher then facilitated a discussion about the nature of science. Most of the two-thirds of students who reported “some change in their beliefs” were found to have become at least a little more sympathetic to evolution after the exercise. Verhey’s study was inspired by an influential theory of cognitive development advanced in 1970 by William G. Perry. Perry’s theory holds that students pass through distinct modes of thinking. Verhey’s intervention was designed to support students as they progressed toward a more sophisticated cognitive mode by engaging them at the level of their initial understanding–including their initial ideas about creationism. Although alternative explanations are possible, Verhey maintains that his results suggest engaging prior learning “was an effective approach to evolution education.” (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Verhey published his results in the November issue of BioScience, a journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). His method contrasts strongly with the official position of the AIBS which calls intelligent design and creationism “fundamentally unscientific” and feels teaching it is wrong. “Prominent evolution educator” Craig E. Nelson opposes this method in high school, but grants that doing so in college will “help future teachers and other leaders understand why there is no contest scientifically between creationism and evolution.”Good grief; now the Darwin Party wants to treat creationism like a disease. They’re looking at students like lab rats and studying their cognitive development, as if creationism is just a developmental abnormality. Presumably creationism is a bug some students pick up in their youth, like chicken pox. Since cold turkey doesn’t appear to work, maybe injecting them with a weakened form of the disease, followed by antibiotics, will cure them and help them get on with a “more sophisticated cognitive mode” that appreciates the truth of evolution. For this therapy to work, the experimental conditions must be carefully controlled. Jonathan Wells must not be given a chance to rebut the rebuttals, for instance (see ARN). The Darwinist doctor must be careful not to give more toxin than the student can handle. As long as the Darwinist facilitator always gives Charlie the last word, and reassures the class with the MAD strategy (Most Accept Darwin), this new method might help contain the growing pandemic. Hopefully the virus will not mutate and start spreading from birdbrains to humans. These are methods the communists made famous. To them, religious people who did not accept their atheism and political philosophy were mentally ill, and needed treatment. There was no open marketplace of ideas; just analysis of the best psychological means to achieve conformity. The anti-evolutionists believe in a more benign approach toward their opponents. They don’t want to put them in cages and experiment on them; they want to talk. They want all the evidence out there on the table for rational discussion and evaluation. They want to remind their opponents of a reasonable strategy suggested by their own Pope Charles, who said, “A fair* result can only be obtained by balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0