Dear Editor,The proposal by the Department of the Environment (DoE) to ban single-use plastics is a brilliant idea to promote a ‘clean and green’ Guyana and, to a large extent, a better world.Single-use plastics cannot be recycled; when discarded as waste, they do not break down, and remain as permanent pollutants in the environment. For example, a candy wrapper would take at least 100 years to decompose. In fact, it is felt that every bit of plastic ever made is still in existence.It is therefore clear that such material has no place in Guyana; where, despite the emergence of environmentally damaging practices, our God-given gift of a fresh, beautiful and harmonious natural environment is still largely intact.I was encouraged by Minister of State Joseph Harmon’s speech at State House to mark Earth Day 2018, because in no uncertain terms he reiterated Government’s commitment to protecting Guyana’s environment. Now it is time for Government to turn these words into action by enacting strong laws to protect the environment, like a ban on single-use plastics.A lot of harmful things were invented, and came into popular use and were even considered blessings. People were completely unaware that they were dangerous to the environment, and did not know the severity of their impact. Take DDT for example, which can still be found in our water system and earth, and causes the death of many babies, including my mother’s first daughter at the Skeldon Hospital. People gravitated to these things because of convenience and cheapness, but these qualities are minuscule compared with the costs of the extreme harm these things cause to the environment and to human lives.We now know the serious threat they present, but having knowledge without acting on that knowledge is futile. That is why it is important to support any progressive move by the Government of the day to protect the environment. It is also necessary to put pressure on them to ensure that they transform their verbal commitment into positive action.Furthermore, if Guyana is to succeed in becoming an environmentally friendly nation, the people have to do their part by limiting or ceasing the use of products that destroy the environment, like plastic bags. Years ago, everything we package in plastic bags today used to be packaged in material that did not destroy the environment, such as paper bags.It is shameful and hurtful to me personally to see the vast amounts of smelly, unsightly plastic waste being carelessly disposed of all over the country.After careful consideration, it seems the campaign for hemp growth in Guyana and for hemp products is truly an excellent idea under the circumstances of the destruction of our country and our plight. Hemp is ready for harvesting after just 120 days. The seeds are used to make paint, varnish, ink, detergent and fuel, and even biodegradable plastic.Minister of Business with responsibility for Tourism, Dominic Gaskin, has spoken about Government’s goal to reduce or eliminate plastic waste by 2020. Therefore, I expect Government to put appropriate incentives in place to reward ‘green’ businesses, and also offer concessions like soft loans or tax breaks to bring new green businesses on stream. This would go a long way to show investors, the business community and the public at large that Government is sincere about creating a clean and green Guyana. There are persons with the means and know-how to move the nation forward in this area, if Government gives positive support, especially by providing suitable incentives.Imagine how much Government can reduce Guyana’s ‘carbon footprint’ by promoting the use of these fuel-efficient vehicles in vital sectors of the economy.Imagine how much added value businesspersons and patriots like me can give to the ‘greening’ of Guyana if Government would facilitate and support more green business projects.I believe Government is truly committed to protecting the environment, and I look forward to the passage of a Bill in Parliament banning the one-use plastics, and even going further by implementing duties and taxes to discourage the importation, manufacture and consumption of environmentally harmful materials.I also call on Government to give more support and guidance to businesses that promote environmental protection. I am ready, willing and able to accept such support from Government and do my bit to protect the environment of my beloved Guyana.Apart from taking bold steps to save the environment, I have also noted Government’s efforts to enhance and showcase Guyana by selecting symbols of nationhood. I am referring to the Carifesta carriageway, the Kitty roundabout, erecting arches and more.These are excellent initiatives, and I hope to see more.Yours sincerelyHaji Roshan Khan (Sr)
Dear Editor,The recent letter by Dr Leslie Ramsammy of the PPP on the plight of sections of the economy that have been negatively impacted by the closure of several sugar estates makes many doubt if the strategy for improving the industry is as solid as it could be.If we are to consider the forecasted increase in GDP for our nation’s economy, it is easy to see that the upcoming oil boom and the resulting increased per capita income, whether distributed directly as suggested by some WPA members or trickled down via a capitalist model, that the future improved buying power of the population should be more than sufficient to save the entire industry. Thus, it is premature for our nation’s current leadership to pursue closure of estates which provide the very important task of sustaining the lifeblood of our villages and small towns. This will also mitigate any risk from the pursuit of a purely trickle-down capitalist model associated with the usage of our oil revenue. We must remember that we have one of the best products on the market and a premium price is paid for similar knockoffs which lack the heritage and prestige associated with our Enmore Crystal and Demerara Sugar.Best regards,Jamil Changlee
With the much anticipated major reshuffle or sacking of officials of the Sirleaf-led administration looms over the horizon, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has begun to be rigid with her lieutenants, some of whom she says are transgressing against the public trust with unwholesome acts.Some of these transgressions have to do with financial malpractices.These reasons and many more have led to the Liberian President taking stringent actions against her officials; one official has been dismissed and another three suspended over the weekend.According to the Executive Mansion, President Sirleaf over the weekend dismissed the Deputy Director-General for Administration of the General Services Agency (GSA), Mr. Galakpai Kortimai. Mr. Kortimai is also a former superintendent of Lofa County. Though information was not provided as to why the former GSA deputy boss was sacked, the Liberian leader noted that his dismissal takes immediate effect.Mr. Kortimai, following his dismissal, has joined the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). In a statement, he expressed the belief that the CDC is for grass rooters, and it is such a party of which he, as a grass roots citizen, needs to be a member.Kortimai, from the onset had been a strong member of the ruling Unity Party (UP), and he served as chairman of Lofa County chapter. This role Mr. Kortima played in the Unity Party catapulted him to the Superintendent position of Lofa and then Deputy-General for Administration at the General Services Agency (GSA).President Sirleaf has also suspended Una Kumba Thompson, Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, William G. Greaves, Jr. Consul-General, Consulate of the Republic of Liberia in New York, and James G. Quiqui, Comptroller of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.These three officials, according to President Sirleaf, are suspended on reports of their involvement in financial impropriety. They will be turned over to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) for further investigation. Their suspensions take immediate effect and remain enforce until they exonerate themselves through the pending investigations.It can be recalled that reports recently surfaced while President was away that upon her return, heads were going to roll, implying that a few of her senior officials would be sacked.This latest action on the art of the Liberian leader seems to be the beginning. It was rumored that four senior government officials are to lose their jobs, but the reality is yet to unfold as the public anxiously waits.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Homeboyz finished fourth in the Super Cup after losing both their semi-final and third place play-off matches on penalties, incidentally on the same venue they play the soldiers on Wednesday.‘It was a good opportunity for me to have a look at my players and get to know them more. I am happy with how we performed because we didn’t lose a game in 90 minutes. It is going to be a very good starting point for me and I am hopeful the performance can spur us into the league,” Nkata said.The soldiers won the first leg 1-0 in Kakamega picking their first ever win against the side and Homeboyz will be coming in breathing revenge with Nkata hoping to start his tenure positively with a win.Of their last seven meetings, Homeboyz has won twice, lost once while the rest of the fixtures ended in draws. Their last visit to Nakuru last season ended in a 1-0 win.Kakamega Homeboyz players during their SportPesa Super Cup match against Singida United on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFour points separate the two teams in the standings, Ulinzi at fifth with 28 while Homeboyz are 10th with 24 points. Ulinzi come into the tie on the backdrop of back-to-back losses while Homeboyz have won two of their last three league fixtures.Meanwhile, at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, a titanic battle awaits as AFC Leopards clash with third placed Sofapaka.Batoto ba Mungu are enjoying brilliant form under new coach John Baraza, winning four of their last five games to push to within three points of leaders Gor Mahia, though they have played four matches more.Baraza, who has managed to spin results off the side after a shaky start to the season, expects a huge battle against Ingwe but he says his charges have pumped up confidence after their recent run of wins.“I think we are now playing better and the team work has improved. The confidence that comes with winning has also enabled us to keep our consistency but we know we face a very tough team in AFC,” Baraza acknowledged.Sofapaka head coach John Baraza was well suited for the occasion on his first match in charge against Sony Sugar on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFixtures between the two sides have been tight and over their last 19 league meetings, Sofapaka have won nine of those, losing seven while the remaining ended in draws. Batoto ba Mungu have won all the last four meetings between them including the first leg 2-1 victory late February.AFC under new head coach Rodolfo Zapata have been unbeaten, but the side has picked up four consecutive draws before breaking the run with a 2-0 result against Thika United in their last league assignment.In other fixtures to be played in midweek, Kariobangi Sharks will be at the Camp Toyoyo Ground taking on Nzoia Sugar in another top drawer fixture.Nzoia at sixth and Sharks at eight have a similar run of form, picking two wins and two draws over their last four games.KPL Midweek fixtures (All games kick off 3pm)AFC Leopards v Sofapaka (Machakos), Ulinzi Stars v Kakamega Homeboyz (Nakuru), Kariobangi Sharks v Nzoia Sugar (Camp Toyoyo), Wazito v Gor Mahia (Kisumu).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Paul Nkata shouts instructions from the touchline during their SportPesa Super Cup match against Singida United on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 13- Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Paul Nkata will take charge of his first league match on Wednesday afternoon when the side takes on Ulinzi Stars at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.Nkata was hired by the club at the beginning of last week after the firing of Mike Mururi and as he prepares to take on the final 17 matches of the season, he hopes the lessons his boys picked from the SportPesa Super Cup.
0Shares0000The fractious relationship between © AFP / Oli SCARFFLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 25 – Paul Pogba has been stripped of the vice-captaincy of Manchester United by manager Jose Mourinho as tensions between United’s star midfielder and manager continue to rise.Pogba has deputised as skipper in the absence of club captain Antonio Valencia on three occasions this season against Leicester and Brighton in the Premier League and a Champions League trip to Young Boys. However, the French World Cup winner’s latest outspoken comments criticising United’s overly negative tactics after a 1-1 draw at home to newly-promoted Wolves on Saturday have provoked a reaction from Mourinho.“The only truth is I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain anymore,” said Mourinho after Tuesday’s League Cup defeat to Derby County on penalties for which Pogba was rested.“I am the manager I make these decisions, no fall out at all, no problem at all. The same person who takes the decision to make him second captain makes this decision now.”According to The Times, Mourinho informed Pogba in front of his team-mates on Tuesday, claiming the 25-year-old “doesn’t represent what a captain is and Manchester United is bigger than anyone”.The decision is the latest twist in an acrimonious relationship between the pair dating back to Mourinho dropping Pogba routinely for big games last season.“Mourinho’s message to the United squad, delivered at Carrington today, was designed to underline his authority and remind the players that he is in charge,” added The Times report.Fresh from playing a pivotal role in France’s World Cup success, Pogba, who cost United a then world record £89 million ($116 million) to bring back to the club from Juventus in 2016, has started to deliver on his price tag this season.He has scored four times in seven appearances and also set up Fred’s opener against Wolves at the weekend.However, he was also at fault when losing possession for Wolves’ equaliser that left United already eight points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool after six games.“We are at home and we should play much better against Wolves. We are here to attack,” Pogba told the media after the match.“I think teams are scared when they see Manchester United attacking and attacking. That was our mistake.”Pogba has already been linked with a move away from Old Trafford with Barcelona interested before the close of the summer transfer window.That speculation is unlikely to die down as long as Mourinho, who signed a extended contract until 2020 earlier this year, remains in charge.An early Cup exit to Championship Derby, managed by one of Mourinho’s former pupils at Chelsea Frank Lampard, intensifies the pressure on the Portuguese.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Liverpool have joined Arsenal in the race for Asier Illarramendi after receiving rave reviews from former Reds midfielder Xabi Alonso, according to reports in Spain.Illarramendi has struggled to nail down a first-team spot at the Santiago Bernabeu since arriving at Real Madrid from Real Sociedad for £25m in 2013.The 24-year-old has started just three La Liga games this season and is reportedly eyeing a move away from Spain.That has alerted clubs in the Premier League, with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger long-term admirers of the Spaniard.However, according to El Confidencial, Liverpool are now vying for Illarramendi’s signature after ex-Reds midfielder Alonso urged the club to sign him.Alonso played with Illarramendi at Real Madrid and also came through the same Real Sociedad academy as the 24-year-old. 1 Asier Illarramendi
A WOMAN on a Christmas night out with her sisters ended up getting arrested.Kathleen Mitchell was so drunk she ended up kicking a Garda at the Four Lanterns in Letterkenny, the local District Court was told.Inspector David Murphy told Judge Paul Kelly that the incident happened on St Stephen’s Night last year in the town. It was 3.50am on December 27 and Gardai were called to the Four Lanterns on Lower Main Street in response to a report of a female acting in an aggressive manner.“Gardai found Ms Mitchell intoxicated and extremely aggressive,” said Inspector Murphy.Mitchell, 31, from Glenard Park, Long Lane, admitted being drunk and acting in a threatening and abusive way and obstructing Gardai.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said she deeply regretted the incident.“She was out with her two sisters and another friend and she accepts she acted totally inappropriately,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly fined Mitchell a total of €400.CHRISTMAS NIGHT OUT WITH SISTERS TURNED TO ROW AT FOUR LANTERNS was last modified: December 11th, 2013 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:arrestedchargesDistrict CourtFour LanternsKathleen Mitchellletterkennythreatening
Donegal Sports Partnership will host their annual Sports Ability Day on Saturday October 13th in An Dánlann sports centre at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.The Sports Ability Day is a “Come & Try” event for people with disabilities with a variety of sports on offer for participants to try including football, gaelic games, boccia, sportshall athletics, badminton, tandem cycling, handcycling and wheelchair sports.Activities are delivered by the National Governing Bodies of Sport in conjunction with local sports clubs and coaches but any coach or volunteer is welcome to come along and lend a hand. The initiative which was launched in 2008 is supported by the Irish Sports Council and has seen many positive developments to-date in Donegal with approximately 800 individuals with disabilities having participated in sports programmes or events, with similar numbers having participated in education and training programmes.Feedback from those taking part in the Sports Ability Day has been very positive with many coaching sessions established as a result of interest expressed at the event.Speaking in advance of the event SIDO with Donegal Sports Partnership Thérèse Laverty encouraged people of all abilities to come along and join in on the day.“The event is hosted on an annual basis and gives people the opportunity to try new sports, I’d like to encourage people with disabilities, their friends and family members to attend the event and see what we have on offer. We would also like to ask that participants register in advance of the event.” Further information on the event can obtained from www.activedonegal.com or by contacting Donegal Sports Partnership on 074(91)16078/79 or by email on email@example.com. ‘COME AND TRY’ DAY LAUNCHED BY DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP was last modified: October 3rd, 2012 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)
Close marking from Meath’s Eoghan Harringtton makes hard work for Donegal Captain, Michael Murphy as Donegal find the going tight in the first half in Ballybofey. Photo Brian McDaid/Cristeph.Frank McGlynn has managed to drag Donegal back into their league encounter with Meath at MacCumhaill Park this afternoon.Meath were not fancied to put it up to Donegal at all.But one stage the visitors, with a slight breeze, looked like they were going to run away with it leading by 0-7 to 0-2. Glenfin man McGlynn snatched an important goal to make it 1-3 to Meath’s 0-7 leaving just a point between the teams.But Michael Newman hit back for Meath almost instantly to make it 1-3 to 1-7.Donegal have managed to pull back a coupe of points including a huge effort from Michael Murphy to make it Donegal 1-5 Meath 1-7 at half-time.There’s a large crowd here at MacCumhaill Park and Donegal will he happy with the scoreline going in at the break. They must up their game in midfield however, if they are to keep up their 100% record in the league. GAA – DONEGAL FIND FIRST HALF GOING TOUGH AGAINST DOGGED MEATH was last modified: March 10th, 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)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Gill also says the airport has paid to insulate nearly 1,000 homes out of the 2,100 that are affected by noise over 65 decibels. The jet noise is recorded 24 hours a day from 18 monitoring stations around the airport, Gill said. The report is being released to Burbank officials in advance of a Nov. 20 application deadline in which the airport will seek permission to continue to operate for an additional three years despite having homes, churches and schools in the areas affected by noise louder than the state limit. Airport officials must seek a new license to operate every three years from the state Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics. The state noise standards were enacted in the early 1970s, years after homes were built in the area. A noise monitoring system was put in place in 1978, as part of the airport’s conditions of operation. Administrative hearings will be scheduled on the variance in spring 2006. An administrative law judge could make a decision on the variance by next fall. Quieter airliners, a voluntary nighttime curfew and an aggressive insulation program have helped cut by more than half the number of homes affected by jet noise near Bob Hope Airport, according to an airport study to be released today. In 2002, the airport had 214 acres of so-called incompatible land use – residences, schools and churches where average noise levels exceeded the state limit of 65 decibels. So far this year, officials say jet noise averaging more than 65 decibels is measured on 105 acres, the lowest amount of incompatible land use in 16 years. “The airport has made a great point of trying to be a good neighbor,” said airport spokesman Victor Gill. New jetliners are quieter than older ones and a voluntary curfew helps cut flights between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Gill said releasing the report early to the city of Burbank is a first, and was offered up as part of an agreement to increase cooperation between the city and the airport. Burbank City Councilman David Golonski said he eagerly awaits the report. “I’m hoping it will lay the groundwork for cooperation between the city and the airport in the upcoming years to achieve some meaningful nighttime noise relief,” he said. Howard Rothenbach, chairman of the Committee to Restore Our Airport Rights, a grass-roots group of Burbank residents, said he too looks forward to seeing the report. “But I’ve seen these things before,” he said. “They have a spin to them in favor of the airport and their desire to convince the people they’re a better neighbor than they really are.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 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!