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  • Volunteerism can open doors

    first_imgThere is no need for Foster’s Fairplay to declare a Jamaica College (JC) interest, having done so repeatedly when it is deemed to be necessary. Having said that, it is a signal pleasure to congratulate the Old Hope Road-based school’s alumnus, Alan Beckford, on yet another outstanding achievement. The former Boys’ Champs half-miler and recent aspirant for the IAAF Cross Country Committee has broken fresh ground. He has been selected as a technical official for the Rio Olympics by the International Triathlon Union (ITU). According to the co-founder and chief organiser of the Hugo Chambers Memorial 5K Road Race & Fun Run an annual November event “each country nominates qualified officials and a selection process is done to select essential the best.” The achievement qualifies him as an official in the triathlon and “we can be assigned to any aspect of the sport, swimming, transition, bike, run etc” To get to that level, the always media-friendly Beckford had to endure the Level III ITU technical officials course, which is the highest certification. “Maybe about 12 or so persons are at this level in the Americas from Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Honduras and then Jamaica,” he added. He took the time to advise any prospective official who seeks to attain A level of which he is the sole Jamaican. “Start to volunteer and rewards will come. I have been volunteering for nearly 40 years in sports. ” He ended his talk with this columnist on a solemn note, as he looked to Rio. “It is a great honour and privilege to be recognised at this level. No other event can compare to the Olympic Games.” Once again, a sporting personality from the black, gold and green has risen to levels where our athletes have taken the country’s brand in a most significant way. This, as musicians, led by the immortal Bob Marley, scientists and the academics have also blazed their own trail. This should only form a template for those in the wings to attempt to copy as they wait on the, at times, elusive ‘buss’. So often, we see our young people, withholding their best efforts to make a difference in their own lives and that of their family, because, in their own words, ‘nuh dollaz nah run’. It cannot always be about the money. A matter worthy of consideration lies with parents, who need to start the process during the early stages of their children’s lives. No one can argue successfully against the need to earn, to look after one’s upkeep and to keep the landlord at bay. However, there is an important need to get aligned to the volunteer spirit, as is embraced by Beckford. In his case, it was a family-encouraged discipline. They have been staples at sporting events for ages, with mommy Beckford an active participant in her early years. Volunteerism can open doors to opportunities to better oneself in ways unimaginable. It is contagious in that it has the ability to get friends and associates also involved, if only out of curiosity or as something extra. Alan Beckford did it, giving of his knowledge and passion gained from early participation in sports. As dance hall artist Nesbeth sings to the delight of many, he can now say “look at me now’. For Feedback: E-Mail lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

  • Russell defends status as T20 gun for hire

    first_imgWest Indies allrounder Andre Russell has defended his status as a T20 gun for hire, saying he should not be denied the right to secure financial gains from the game. Russell, a member of the Sydney Thunder in the Australian Big Bash, is considered one of the more active players on the international Twenty20 circuit. The Big Bash will be his fifth domestic Twenty20 competition after tournaments in India, Bangladesh, the Caribbean and elsewhere. “As a professional, you have to think about living after cricket,” said Russell, who has played one Test, but says he is no longer available because his knees cannot withstand the rigours of the longer format. “You can’t go into a supermarket and say … I used to play for West Indies, I had 10 half-centuries, 15 hundreds, you can’t get groceries like that – you have to live. You can’t be begging on the road, you can’t live off your stats.” The Jamaican cricketer says he is hurt by media criticism of the West Indies team following their innings and 212-run defeat to Australia in the opening Test. “I see terrible comments in the papers and it hurts,” said Russell. “As a West Indian, I didn’t feel I could leave the room, because I didn’t want anyone to see me or ask me about what’s happening because I may be rude and I’m not that type of person.” West Indies play Australia in the second Test match starting on Boxing Day, and Russell, while not optimistic, is hoping for a miraculous change of fortune for the Caribbean side. “It’s a funny game. We just have to wait and see what will happen on Boxing Day. I’m not saying the West Indies can’t beat Australia, but come on, we have to face the facts,” Russell said. “These guys know how to bowl and bat on their pitches. We still didn’t have to lose so bad. Even if we go down the next game, we’ll go down fighting.” – CMClast_img read more

  • 2 family members discharged, 3 remain hospitalised

    first_imgWakapao suspected poisoningTwo members of the Wakapao, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) family that fell ill as a result of suspected poisoning after they consumed cassava bread were discharged from the Georgetown Public Hospital on Saturday afternoon.Edward RichardsSelena ThomasA relative told Guyana Times on Sunday that Richard Thomas and Oscar Thomas were discharged after showing signs of improvement.“We are really happy they pull through. After the two deaths, we were very worried if we were gonna lose the rest but this is a positive for us and we are happy,” the relative said.The relative added that three more remain hospitalised, one of whom is in a serious condition in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The relative expressed hope that they all recover fully.On Monday last, Selena Thomas died at the medical institution as a result of the said poisoning. A post-mortem examination performed on her remains on Wednesday could not determine the cause of death.Samples were, however, taken and sent overseas for further analysis. Meanwhile, her father, Edward Richards, 76, who was also hospitalised, succumbed to the same symptoms on Wednesday as a result of his condition worsening.A relative of the family told Guyana Times last week that the other family members are being treated for cyanide poisoning.The relative expressed frustration over the mystery illness which has left two of her family members dead without answers as to what really could have caused their demise.“I am devastated right now. I don’t know what to think or say. Just like that, they died. It could have been anybody. We all eat cassava bread all the time. Why now or how? I just can’t find answers. I hope the doctors find what it is soon because I am so scared because the others are still hospitalised,” she told this publication.The disastrous ordeal started last week after the late Selena Thomas baked some eight cakes of cassava bread which she and her household consumed and shared with family.The relative explained that soon after eating the cassava, which they reaped from their farm, they complained of stomach pains then started to vomit. They were rushed to the Suddie Hospital and later transferred to the GPHC due to the severity of their conditions.The family called for a full investigation into the matter since the staple food is a main Amerindian dish and is consumed by almost every household. They are questioning how the consumption of this food could have led to these deaths.Meanwhile, Indigenous leaders have also come out to voice their concerns on this issue. They also called for a thorough investigation into the matter and refuted the claims of cyanide poisoning reported to relatives by medical officials.Further, Police ranks have been deployed to Wakapao Amerindian Reservation to investigate the circumstances leading to the deaths of the two persons and the hospitalisation of others.G Division Commander, Khali Pareshram told this publication on Thursday that although no report had been formally made to any of the police stations, a team of police ranks was sent to the Amerindian village.last_img read more

  • Govt lagging in reforestation efforts – Presidential Advisor admits

    first_imgThe much-touted Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) contains provisions for environmental protection, but the coalition Government has been lagging in pursuing its own agenda of a green economy.Presidential Advisor, Retired Rear Admiral Gary BestThis was revealed by Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Rear Admiral (retired) Gary Best. The former Guyana Defence Force Chief-of-Staff was at the time responding to questions during the University of Guyana (UG) Turkeyen and Tain Talks at Pegasus Hotel on Thursday.In any conservation plan and certainly in the GSDS, reforestation usually plays an important role. While the Presidential Advisor stressed that reforestation fell under the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), he confirmed that Government has been lagging in pursuing reforestation as a policy.“Mining by nature degrades the environment. So the issue is, the challenges they have had with reforestation is what species (of tree) to use and one of the debates is whether to use invasive species or to go back to the natural forest, (which) is very difficult.”He added, “But I would say to you that our reforestation efforts are at a minimal. We are not doing enough to (contribute to reforestation) and that is a big climate negative for Guyana. Limited work is being done and more should be done,” the Presidential Advisor admitted.When the GSDS was introduced, it was billed as a framework that would “build” on the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) designed by the previous Administration to protect the environment while receiving financing.Reforestation is an important aspect of sustainable logging and combating climate changeAccording to the framework document, a critical element will be the sustainable management of natural resources. In fact, one of the strategy’s goals is the mandatory reforestation of mining sites.According to the document, it will aim to “conserve an additional two million hectares through Guyana’s National Protected Area System, continuing to use its monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system.”It also plans on “continuing promotion of the Iwokrama as a dedicated place for research “to develop, demonstrate, and make available to Guyana and the international community systems, methods and techniques for the sustainable management and utilisation of the multiple resources of the Tropical Forest and the conservation of biological diversity”.”In the document, it is stated that a combination of conservation and sustainable management of forests will form the crux of the strategy. It is noted that attracting additional international support for avoided deforestation through reforms in timber industries will include reduced impact logging.The GSDS is also slated to include “reviewing compliance with agreed sustainability targets; and in the mining industry including mapping of mining resources, improving mining efficiency, and mandatory reforestation of mining sites.Some of these activities are already in the pilot phase, for example sustainable land management and development – putting degraded and deforested lands to productive use.”The framework document states that the elements of the Strategy will be examined and consulted upon between April and December of 2017. Public consultations are yet to begin.Within the framework, seven “central themes” are provided; they include promises to diversify the economy, “creating decent jobs for all”; transition to renewable energy; and “human development and well-being.”The framework of the GSDS and financing mechanisms’ document was completed in March with financial and technical support from UN Environment. Initial consultations in regard to the development of the framework document began last December between the Government and other key stakeholders.Reforestation efforts may be at a minimum, but so too is actual logging… one activity responsible for deforestation. In the Finance Ministry’s half year report, the forestry industry showed an 18.2 per cent contraction in the first six months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. Declining production within the forestry industry was attributed to structural changes in the industry.The mining sector also contracted during the first half of 2017. Gold production fell by 1.7 per cent to 317,096 ounces, compared to the same period in 2016.last_img read more

  • Preparatory works begin on installation of elevators at Providence overhead pass

    first_img…pedestrians will be charged for not using same – Traffic Chief Preparatory works to install elevators at the overhead pass at Providence, East Bank Demerara, have commenced and the facility should be up and running by September.The workers attached to S Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Constructing Services have been dedicatedly working day and night, as they prepare the foundation for the installation of the long awaited elevators. These elevators are already sourced and are being kept at the company’s head office.Traffic Chief Ramesh Ashram in an interview with  Guyana Times related that persons will be charged and placed before the courts for not using the overhead passes.Ashram explained that two of the overhead passes are presently closed to facilitate the installation of the elevators so pedestrians, during this time, will be excused from using them.“We are looking to enforce this (laws) to ensure that they use the passes because the Government would have made these provisions for them,” Ashram stated.The Traffic Chief further stated that charges were already instituted against persons for not utilising the passes. “The law says that as long as we have a crossing, then it must be used”.This, he said, is clearly noted in the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act Chapter 51:02.It was further explained that in most cases, where the overhead passes were installed, the pedestrian crossings were removed.As such, in the absence of a pedestrian crossing, the overhead pass must be used, since it will not only ensure the safety of the pedestrian but the free flow of traffic, especially during peak hours.In May 2016, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had announced plans to construct pedestrian overpasses, as well as a fly-over at Diamond in an effort to reduce road fatalities and congestion on the East Bank of Demerara.These areas were selected based on the highest concentration of pedestrian movement on the East Bank.last_img read more

  • `Prison Angel’ to receive A.V. women’s award

    first_img Educating people in San Diego about the needs of the prisoners and getting them to donate food and toiletries to her ministry. Persuading a well-known Tijuana dentist to treat the prisoners and actually paying the cost for 4,000 new dental smiles. Locating a plastic surgeon, Dr. R. Merrel, to remove tattoos and knife scars from many prisoners. Stopping two prison riots. Creating a women’s religious order, the Servants of the Eleventh Hour, designed to give older women a way to dedicate their lives to working with the poor. The normal entry age is 45 years to 65 years, and divorce in one’s life is not an impediment to entry. For more information on the Antelope Valley Women’s Conference 2007, go to, e-mail or call (661) 267-6990. The Antelope Valley Women’s Conference is being sponsored by Time Warner Cable; Antelope Valley Fairgrounds; Chapman Communications; dsh Solutions; Gordon Elder, CFP; city of Palmdale; Lancaster Community Hospital; Sanitation Districts of L.A. County; and Sunset Marketing and Design. To post your own stories and photos, log on to local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In 2006, the AV Women’s Conference established a distinctive and distinguished honor to acknowledge recipients for extraordinary accomplishments, service or inspiration. The inaugural awards were presented to two women who found success in nontraditional female positions. The Antelope Valley Women’s Conference is pleased to present its 2007 “Looking Beyond the Ordinary” award to the remarkable Mary Clarke, mother of seven children, who “began to feel she should be contributing somehow to something larger.” Clarke is now known as Mother Antonia, the Prison Angel. Appropriately, President Ronald Reagan had written to the award recipient saying he was amazed at her “devotion to a calling beyond the ordinary.” Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan chronicled Clarke’s story in a book called “The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia’s Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail.” “In March 1978, Mother Antonia sold her home and moved into the prison permanently. She spent a few months in a bunk bed in the women’s cell-block, and then the warden furnished her with her own cell.” Mother Antonia has dedicated her life to serving the murderers, rapists, drug lords, thieves and other poor suffering inmates housed at La Mesa Penitentiary. She says she does it “for the love of God and for the love of you all!” With compassion, Mother Antonia ministers to the prisoners’ physical and spiritual needs – praying with them and defending them from the vicious guards. Among her accomplishments over the last 30 years are: Convincing Bishop Posada of Tijuana to receive her into his order of priests who made prisoners the recipients of their ministry. The ceremony took place on Sept. 24, 1978. Bishop Maher in San Diego made her auxiliary to the bishop, as Catholic orders in the diocese were. last_img read more

  • Roving pit bulls menace area

    first_imgALTADENA – Two violent pit bull attacks on pet dogs in northern Altadena have stirred concern in the quiet neighborhood near Loma Alta Drive and Olive Avenue that the assailants could strike again. “I am still so sick about what happened to my little dog. It didn’t have to happen, it was just sick,” said Kim Price, whose Pomeranian, Katie, was killed recently by the roving dogs. “I’m certainly afraid it will happen to someone else, or even a child, or even me,” she said. Price returned home a week and a half ago to find Katie in her yard, lying motionless on a dog bed. “I came closer and saw she was dead and torn about,” she said. “It looked like they had not only torn off her leg but were eating her.” There was blood everywhere, and a trail of it led into Price’s house where more dripped from the curtains and the walls. Inside, she found two of her dogs – including a large Chow mix – shaking on her couch. “I looked to my right, and there was my other dog, covered in blood and barely alive,” Price said. “\ was just covered with mud and dirt and blood and was torn up all over her left side,” said Woody Walker, a veterinarian at La Ca ada Pet Clinic who helped treat Kelsey, Price’s 12-year-old Australian shepherd. After a five-day stay at the animal hospital, Kelsey is on the road to recovery. But Price is still shaken by the experience. “I never for a minute didn’t think I was safe around here,” she said. “It’s a very sobering feeling to think `Hmm, maybe I can’t go out at night.”‘ A few days earlier, neighbors down the street chased away two pit bulls that were attacking another dog. That dog survived, though its side was ripped open, Price said. Nobody is quite sure who owns the violent dogs, or even if it the same animals responsible for the attacks. Price describes the two dogs that broke into her yard as a brindle pit bull, tiger striped in golden black and brown, and a black, short-haired, pit bull/shepherd mix. In Altadena, the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control is responsible for roaming or dangerous animals. In Pasadena, La Ca ada Flintridge, South Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and Arcadia, residents can call the Pasadena Humane Society. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

  • Arts, crafts fair set for the weekend

    first_imgGREEN VALLEY – The spring Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Green Valley Community Hall at Calle Bonita and Spunky Canyon Road. The fair will feature hand-crafted items such as aprons, feather dusters, eggs, jewelry, bears, quilts, knitted items, soaps, ceramics, tile engraving, and personalized pet ornaments. A country breakfast and lunch will be available. For more information, call Cheryl Lepisto at (661) 270-1039, or on the days of the event at (661) 270-1477. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • Hughes agrees new Stoke deal

    first_img Mark Hughes has agreed a new contract with Stoke until 2018 Mark Hughes has agreed a new contract with Stoke until 2018.The Potters boss revealed he had entered talks with the club over a new deal in January, with his existing contract due to run out in 2016.Hughes, 51, has been at Stoke since May 2013 and has guided them to tenth in the Premier League this season.He told the club’s official site: “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract. I think it’s exciting times for Stoke City, everyone can see there’s more progress to be made and we want to see how far we can take the club.“I came here 18 or so months ago and it’s gone as well as I could have hoped – we’ve certainly kept progressing which is vitally important from my point of view.“This season has been more difficult than last season due to circumstances, like injuries to key players, but we’ve still been very competitive and I believe we can do even better next season with a little bit more investment. Let’s see how far we can go.“Continuity is a huge thing in football, certainly in the Premier League, and hopefully the fact I’ve signed a new contract will give continuity to the club and, more importantly, the players because it helps them when they work with someone for a prolonged spell.” 1last_img read more

  • Wonderful world of Eisner

    first_img Eisner was an ABC executive before moving up the corporate ladder, and he was familiar to TV viewers as the on-air host of “The Wonderful World of Disney.” He cut all business ties to Disney last October. Robert Iger succeeded him as Disney chief. Eisner wouldn’t comment on other projects he might be working on. He also wouldn’t say who’s on his wish list to talk to, although it likely won’t be anyone from Disney for a while. “I would probably wait four or five shows before I call up Bob Iger,” said Eisner, who will be the show’s executive producer. “I think it makes sense to concentrate on other things for awhile.” CNBC is a unit of General Electric Co. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Mark Hoffman, CNBC president, said he called Eisner with the idea after watching the former Disney executive fill in for Charlie Rose on PBS one night last October, interviewing media executive Barry Diller and actor John Travolta. “He’s got an almost insatiable curiosity about the world and about people and he’s a great listener,” Hoffman said. “You combine those three things and it makes for a great interviewer.” Besides, Eisner said, his family and work associates always told him he was an incessant questioner. His experience as a businessman and longtime relationships with many of the people he will be likely to interview – like with Diller and Travolta – give him a different perspective from other interviewers, Hoffman said. “I don’t know if I have more insight or less insight,” Eisner said. “I have different insight.” NEW YORK – Michael Eisner began a long career in the entertainment business as a page guiding audience members to their seats at Johnny Carson’s “Tonight” studio in New York. Now he will be host of his own TV show from the same studio. He’s had other jobs, of course – most notably 21 years as chief of The Walt Disney Co. until he stepped down last year. CNBC announced Tuesday that he will be host of “Conversations with Michael Eisner,” an hourlong, prime-time interview show that will be seen once every two months. The network didn’t announce a premiere date or first guest. Eisner said he will speak with business, entertainment or political leaders, with a focus on creativity and innovation. last_img read more