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February 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCHENNAI, India, CMC – A fast bowling legend and a former Australia cricket captain have criticised the appointment of Jason Holder as West Indies captain, arguing that the decision could ruin his career as a Test cricketer. Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has described the decision as a “monumental blunder” while former Windies pacer Andy Roberts as suggested Holder step down from the position to salvage his career. Holder’s elevation, first as one-day captain last December and more recently in the Test format, has drawn criticism in some quarters because of his relative inexperience. “Look, he has not settled into Test cricket. The team is failing and it will have a negative effect on him,” declared Roberts in an interview with during a visit to the Indian city of Chennai. “He is trying to be positive, but you can’t be positive when everything around you is negative.” Holder, 24, is leading the West Indies on a three-match tour of Australia where they suffered a 177 run defeat in the second Test on the fourth day yesterday to lose the series. “You will have to query the decision of the West Indies selectors, to give Jason Holder the captaincy. He is a guy who is trying to learn Test cricket. He is a good young cricketer but to burden him with that job is in my opinion ridiculous in the first place,” said Chappell. “But then when you see him captain you understand that he just has not played enough cricket to really work out what’s going on. It is a monumental blunder in my book”. Barbadian Holder is the second youngest ever Windies Test captain, replacing the more experienced Denesh Ramdin who was sacked after just 15 months in charge.last_img read more

January 15, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA Pro-Democratic institution, Pro-Life Media Initiative, says the domino effect of  Ebola is fast becoming a catastrophe, hence it is urging the government of Liberia to reopen major referral hospitals to save the lives of thousands who are dying of curable diseases.The Executive Director of Pro-Life Media, Henry B. Flomo, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday that they have observed that each day there are numerous cases in Communities in Monrovia and in the rural parts of the country of increasing deaths from such curable illnesses as malaria, typhoid and even labor pain.  “Because of the level of awareness on the ferocity of the Ebola virus, ailing people are left to die of minor ailments in communities. Where there are helping hands, health Centers are either filled or closed, thus leading to the demise of many,” Mr. Flomo lamented.He added: “Pro-Life Media also wants government to motivate Health Workers throughout the country by providing them with insurance and all necessary equipment to facilitate a safe and smooth working environment.Statistics put the death rate of Health Workers, as a result of Ebola, close to 30% overall, which is quite alarming and dangerous, as health workers continue to remain demotivated and exposed to the notorious virus.”The pro-democracy group is also urging both the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Health and Social Welfare to take Data of suspected Ebola corpses being gathered from Communities in and outside Monrovia for proper delineation when the Virus is finally defeated.  According to Pro-Life Media, it is a known fact that not every corpse abandoned in communities is Ebola-related.Besides, the Group is cognizant that there will be family tracing of relatives and loved  ones dying during this horrific period in our nation’s history, thus proper data of all remains is important.Meanwhile, Pro-Life Media is happy with the level of awareness on the Ebola outbreak because of measures instituted by the National Task Force on Ebola, headed by President Ellen Johnson-Sileaf.Though expected earlier than later, the Ebola prevention measures by the Task Force is making the fight containable, especially given the fact that more and more citizens,  including traditionalists, Christians and Muslims, have come to believe that Ebola is real.  Pro-Life Media also welcomes the participation of politicians and well-meaning Liberians in the nationwide campaign to eradicate Ebola from Liberia and  the sub region.However, a statement from the Liberian government, through the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, says the government is exerting  fervent efforts to reopen referral hospitals including the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Redemption and other medical institutions in the leeward counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMrs. E. Massah Carlon, wife of the deceased;Children of the deceased;Members of the bereaved family;Madam President and present and past officials of Government;Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart and other members of the Clergy;Distinguished Fellow Liberians:As Dean of the Cabinet, I have often been given the somber responsibility of paying tribute on behalf of the President and Government to the memory of some of our finest sons and daughters, people who throughout their life spared no moment to demonstrate diligence, patriotism and integrity. And each time we have to pay tribute to a fallen statesman or stateswoman, we feel a sense of overwhelming grief as we struggle to find answers to the questions, “Why him?”, “Why her?”, “Why now? But the consolation we get comes from believing that God who has the power to give liberally also has the power to take at will.We can mourn for it is proper to do so, but we must not question the Almighty God for He knows best. In the passing of Honorable Dr. Simeon Jabaru Carlon, our country mourns a devoted patriot; the Unity Party mourns a stalwart leader,; his wife and children will forever miss a loving and faithful father and husband; his family and friends nurse profound grief, and the people of Grand Cape Mount County have lost an eminent son.Honorable Carlon had profound love for his country and a deep sense of humility, which propelled him to always place himself at the service of his country and to strive and contribute, like many others, to building a nation based on democracy, peace and progress.As first Chairman and Vice Standard Bearer of the Unity Party (UP) during the 1985 General and Presidential Elections, he was well versed in the politics and social dynamics of our country but never did he ever permit his political beliefs and alliances to create a stonewall between himself and people of other persuasions. His love and friendship transcended the confines of the party and embraced every Liberian across party, tribal and religious lines. He must have been a very proud and fulfilled man to have seen during his life time the UP rise to state power, for this was what he endeavored to achieve for many years.Throughout his public service to the government and people of Liberia, which spanned more than forty years and most of which was spent in the field of education, he proved himself competent, effective, practical and dependable. His professionalism and passion for impacting quality education was made manifest beyond the borders of Liberia through the Mano River Union (MRU) when he competently served as Deputy Director and Coordinator for Curriculum Planning of the MRU.I am certain that in many quarters of our country today there are grief-stricken hearts and mournful faces because Honorable Carlon gave an enormous lifetime service to his people. Whether it was at the University of Liberia, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Sports, the William V.S. Tubman College of Sciences and Technology now William V.S. Tubman University or at the Governance Commission he led a life that earned for him a stately reputation, one which is stellar and very well deserved.Life is a multiple-lane highway that empties into one toll-gate Death. So to the grieving wife and members of the bereaved family, we say kindly accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your husband, father, and brother. To the resilient people of Grand Cape Mount County, we say sorry for the loss of one of your eminent sons.On behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia, we urge you to be strong and take succor in the Lord for Dr. Carlon’s time for confronting life’s trials and torments on these terrestrial planes have ended and through the eyes of faith, we know that he has ascended to a place of ethereal bliss and infinite calm.Now on behalf of President Sirleaf and the Government of the Liberia, we deposit these floral designs on the mortal remains of our honored dead in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the blessed Holy Spirit.May his soul and the souls of all faithful departed rest in perfect peace and may light perpetual shine on him.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Natural Resources Ministry on Thursday launched its Mash band for 2018 under the theme, “Guyana Beckons – From Potential to Prosperity”.The event was held at the Indigenous Peoples’ Benab, Sophia Exhibition Centre and in attendance was Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes, staff of the Ministry and participants.The designer of the costumes, Nelsion Nurse, explained that Guyanese should trySome of the costumes that will be part of the Mash bandto embrace Mashramani and share our culture with others. The black and gold costumes depict the “existing economy with the expected boom from the oil and gas industries”.The band will feature popular artistes, including the talented Vanilla and calypso singers Mighty Believer and Jovinski. The audience got a taste of what could be expected on February 23.Present at the launch was Minister Broomes, who was well-prepared and energised for the event, dancing to the Soca music. She stated that the band would depict all of the resources found in Guyana and encouraged all to support it, since it was “the best band”.“We’re getting better and better every year as we go out there and celebrate. We have made accommodation, but there is limited space because the place to be is [the Ministry of] Natural Resources. The people to be with is the Ministry of Natural Resources, so everybody must be there,” she added.This year, the Natural Resources Ministry is collaborating with various entities under its remit such as the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC); the Guyana Gold Board, and the Guyana Forestry Commission.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratMother Theresa famously said, “Human rights are not a privilege conferred by Government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign… you must weep that your own Government, at present, seems blind to this truth.” Guyana just got its newest fighter to preserve the rights of every human being in new Attorney Saeed Hamid.Saeed Abdool Hamid, Class of 2015, Bachelor of Law, University of Guyana (UG)New Attorney Saeed Abdool Hamidand Guyana’s top graduating student from the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad, in 2017, is now the newest addition to the local Bar. He was admitted to the Bar before Justice Simone Morris Ramlall on Friday after he would have completed his Masters in Laws (LLM) in International Human Rights at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, United Kingdom.During his inaugural address to the court, Hamid said this day has been in the making ever since his first debating competition at St Rose’s High School. For him, the day of his admittance to the Bar has been on his mind ever since he graduated HWLS last year.“The day I can finally say, I made it as a member of the legal fraternity of Guyana. When you attend law school, your goal is not to graduate at the top of your class, your goal is to survive the experience. The long, gruelling nights of reading, hard work, assignments and the anxiety of results – An experience that I am sure will not be too alien to the path ahead of me,” the young attorney said.He said after he graduated HWLS and decided to pursue his Masters, everyone thought it would be in the area of oil and gas, since it is the only thing most of Guyana is talking about but he decided to devote his time to protecting and advancing the human rights of everyone. His love for human rights protection came while in law school as he served on the Human Rights Committee and the Human Rights specialist Clinic where he did extensive work on domestic violence.Hamid was able to graduate HWLS with the coveted Guyana Government Prize for the Best Performance by a Student from Guyana and copped several other awards, such as The Book Specialist Prize, the Ronnie Boodoosingh Human Rights Prize and was one of two Guyanese students to make it to the Principal’s Roll of Honour. His excellent academic achievement only prepared him for the hard work at the University of Aberdeen where he achieved straight As in his programme and would be graduating First Class Honours in November.“I will look to the law as an instrument to advocate fairness, justice, and equality. I will look to the law to fight for the interest of youths and minorities. I will look to the law to respectfully and effectively articulate the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people of Guyana,” Hamid said.He said he feels a sense of overwhelming accomplishment for all he has achieved over the past three years.“I chose human rights law because of how connected it is to many spheres of society and I even studied oil and gas in Scotland. The environment and social issues associated with oil and gas and how they are intrinsic in human rights issues and that goes to show you how connected human rights are and I hope to apply that in my long-term goal,” he noted.Expounding on his long-term goals, Hamid said he will be pushing for legislative reforms and policy changes in order to bring local laws more in conformity with International Human Rights Standards but for now he will be dabbling in criminal law as he seeks to plant his feet firmly on the ground.“I want to promote a sense of fairness and bring back simplicity to this profession because a lawyer is supposed to be known as an agent of change and that is something I want to commit to. I am big on juvenile justice because there shouldn’t be heavy penalties for juvenile delinquents and it is very important as well because you have to understand why youths are involved in these things and not just throw heavy penalties at them or throw them in the hard system where they come out much worse,” Hamid explained.His work is also expected to encompass the minority since he feels that, particularly the LGBT community needs more representation. Their basic human rights are being trampled on and he is not in a position to aid in bringing about the change that is necessary to further enhance the rights of the minority community.He also see himself contributing to the booming oil and gas sector since there are human rights issues closely connected to that sector as well.For now, the newly minted attorney will focus on establishing himself as a power player within the local legal fraternity before he goes about fighting for changes he so desires.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe deplorable state of the roads leading into Region Nine (Upper Takutu – Upper Essequibo) has made it well nigh impossible to get a timely supply of fuel into the Lethem area, and this has led to a total shutdown of gas stations there.Sources within the Region say the Macedo and Lammy fuel stations have beenA section of the Lethem-Georgetown trail, called ‘Hunt Oil’without fuel for now several days, while the Takutu Gas Station sold its last bit of fuel on Friday.This publication has been reliably informed that the Regional Administration is aware of the situation but is making no intervention.This shortage causes a major loss of revenue for the Region, since vehicle owners are going over to neighbouring Brazil to fuel up.However, efforts to contact Regional Chairman Brian Allicock and Regional Executive Officer Kerwin Ward proved futile.Lethem residents and minibus operators plying the Lethem–Georgetown routeTakutu Gas Stationhave been calling on the authorities to have the roads repaired. The operators are complaining about the deplorable state of the road, and are contending that it is plagued with extraordinarily large potholes and broken and washed away bridges.The Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI) had announced at the end of January that construction of the first phase of the Linden-Lethem Road — from Linden to Mabura — was expected to commence without a hitch, and that the MPI would be working closely with the UK Government to bring the project to a successful end. Now, some four months later, the project is yet to begin.The first phase of the project covers approximately 122.5 kilometres of road from Linden, and construction of a bridge across the Essequibo River at the Kurupukari Crossing. The Government, as a part of a collaborative effort with the UK Government, is seeking to engage a multi-discipline and transport sector-experienced consulting firm to assist in the preparation of a two-component capital project.The components for this capital project are the upgrade of approximately 122.5 km of road between Linden and Mabura Hill (including drainage), and construction of a new single- or dual-lane fixed bridge across the Essequibo River at the Kurupukari ferry crossing, which is approximately 600 metres long.While the proposed road upgrade applies only to one section of the Linden-Lethem road, the capital works on the remaining 331.5km of the laterite road will be undertaken through funding from other sources.The remaining capital works would fall under additional phases, and the MPI has disclosed that it has already engaged the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) on possible funding for the stretch of road between Mabura Hill and Lethem.During the 2017 Budget presentation, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, speaking about “infrastructure for integration”, had noted that an infrastructure network that can support rapid economic development requires huge capital investment.“This is especially true of Guyana, with its sparsely populated town and village centres scattered over its 214,970 square kilometres,” he had posited.Jordan had noted that Government had budgeted some $37.2 billion to narrow the infrastructure deficit in the country, while at the same time pursuing other financing options, including Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), for the large-scale transformative projects.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFollowing some discomfort from locals over the lack of direct flights from Guyana to the United States and Canada, new Caribbean Airlines (CAL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Garvin Medera has committed to correcting this situation as he engaged with several stakeholders during his visit to Guyana.In fact, the official told reporters at the Private Sector Commission (PSC) headquarters on Wednesday that the issue was the main challenge of the Trinidadian carrier.“The number one challenge for us is the inability to originate flights from Guyana. Based on the regulations, we have to route our flights through Port-of-Spain (Trinidad and Tobago’s capital city) before we come to Guyana which ultimatelyCaribbean Airlines CEO Garvin Mederameans that there’s an in-transit experience, [which] we are aiming to improve, but it could be solved if we get the opportunity to start and end flights in Guyana which we want to do and it’s something that we have to make very clear,” he expressed.The new CEO while noting that he was pleased that the PSC was on board with this plan, said that the company was working with the appropriate stakeholders to ensure that direct flights from Guyana became a reality. Medera’s engagement with aviation stakeholders and Government officials comes in light of other carriers signalling their intention to ply the Guyana route. These economic ventures come as oil production is expected for Guyana from 2020.When asked by members of the press about reduced ticket prices in light of increased competition, Medera committed to value for service.“We are very open to the idea of a competitive market; and that’s one of the ways that the people of Guyana will get the value that they deserve,” he noted. The CEO, who was appointed just one year ago, said that the company has been embarking on initiatives that seek value for money such as improved fuel consumption. He noted too that the Caribbean Region was small and many logistics have to be ironed out as CAL moved to improve the services it offered travellers. In any event, both the PSC Chairman, Desmond Sears and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) thanked the airline for its over 70 years of service to Guyana as the bodies expressed hope that this country’s culture could be showcased.Medera also met with the National Airport Transport Association (NATA) President, Captain Gerry Gouveia, who raised issues of local content, with a view of securing more employment for Guyanese.“We didn’t want you to continue being a Trinidadian carrier posing as a Caribbean carrier. We wanted you to truly be a Caribbean carrier… [For] services to Guyana, we want you to demonstrate not only in the back office of your operations, but in the front office: local content – Guyanese flight attendants and pilots,” Captain Gouveia stressed.From January to March 2018, 142,781 persons were processed for Guyana flights, which was higher than the 126,340 for the same period in 2017 and many of those persons travel to the United States and Canada. It was only in September 2018 that the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIAC) commissioned a new terminal with boarding bridges and more space. The 4891-square metre terminal features 10 passport control booths, one elevator, one escalator, two functional boarding bridges, three baggage carousels, a spacious customs area, and a public greeting hall to welcome family and friends. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

December 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIn its deal with Apple Computer Inc.’s online media store iTunes, The Walt Disney Co. has sold programs from its ABC and ESPN networks and the Disney channel for $1.99 each. Revenue from those sales has been minuscule compared with advertising sales for television. But networks and producers can afford to experiment because it costs little to sell video online, and the profit margin is high because revenue isn’t shared with local stations – at least not yet. Unions representing actors and writers also are seeking a bigger cut of online revenue, which could cut studio profits or result in higher prices for consumers. “If you want to make money from television, you have to find something a million people want to watch,” said Josh Bernoff, principal analyst for Forrester Research. “If you want to make money on the Internet, maybe all you need is thousands or even hundreds.” ABC said it has learned important lessons so far about offering online content. Among them is that TV ratings of hit shows haven’t been hurt. “We’ve only increased overall media consumption for some of our hit shows and some of the shows we’re trying to promote,” said Albert Cheng, executive vice president of digital media for the Disney-ABC television group. One analyst said digital delivery can be more valuable for promoting shows than generating revenue. “If digital can help drive a movie’s box office and DVD sales or help a TV show be successful, the actual digital revenues are secondary,” Richard Greenfield, an analyst at Pali Research, said in a recent note to clients. NBC offered a free download of its new series “Conviction” before its broadcast debut. Other networks have offered preview episodes on and other Web sites. NBC is offering episodes of “The Office” and “Scrubs” for sale on iTunes. CBS is selling “CSI,” “The Amazing Race” and classic series such as “The Brady Bunch” on Google Inc.’s new video store. The network also is renting episodes of “Survivor” on its own Web site that expire after 24 hours. Some people who download shows, such as Jessica Morris, 23, of Boston, do so because they don’t have a digital video recorder and want to keep track of a few favorite shows. Others download shows from premium cable channels such as Showtime that they don’t subscribe to. Greg Steiner, 36, of Los Angeles downloads episodes as a backup for when his TiVo malfunctions. He appreciates the convenience, but would love a larger selection. “What would be great is if they would release every show,” Steiner said. “Why not?” Some analysts believe free offerings supported by advertising will eventually become the dominant format on the Web as advertisers seek new ways to reach consumers. “There’s a huge market for ad-supported streaming video, and it’s growing rapidly,” Bernoff said. “The more video there is, the more people try it out and the more advertising money gets made.” The model has been embraced by Time Warner Inc. Through its AOL unit, the entertainment giant recently launched in2TV, an Internet service that shows free episodes of old TV shows from its Warner Bros. library. “The fastest way to attract a large number of people to a new behavior and to have them try something that has never been possible before is to make it available for free,” said Kevin Conroy, executive vice president of AOL Media Networks.The growing online availability of TV shows and original video produced by Yahoo, MSN and other sites has led some to predict the demise of traditional TV watching.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! These days, there’s more than one way to get “Lost,” visit “The Office” or keep “Law and Order.” Six months after ABC struck the first deal to sell commercial-free TV episodes online, networks are rushing to offer everything from individual programs to season subscriptions. Web viewers can even watch some shows for free – with advertising. ABC has sold more than 4 million downloads to date, but none of the approaches has proved to be an overwhelming success. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“A lot of it so far has been throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks,” said Brent Magid, chief executive of broadcast consulting firm Frank N. Magid Associates. Analysts say networks have little choice but to try multiple strategies as viewers watch less TV in prime time and embrace technology that lets them watch shows whenever and wherever they want, including on computers and portable devices, such as an iPod. Studios also want to offer a legal alternative to the many file-swapping services that offer pirated copies of shows. “Technology is moving ahead with or without them, and if they don’t try to find a new business model, they’re going to be stuck with the old business, which is in decline,” said Harold Vogel, media analyst and author of the book “Entertainment Industry Economics.” “The problem is nobody really knows what the new business model should be yet,” he said. last_img read more

December 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAnd though more people are moving into the area, it still lacks the population to support the kind of retail and entertainment venues that the Grand Avenue project envisions. Nor is there a shred of evidence that anybody else wants to go downtown on evenings and weekends – not when they have so many other choices closer to home. Merchants aren’t interested, and the project’s supporters can’t find a hotel operator willing to fully take on the task of running the planned 275-room hotel that is the centerpiece. That’s why developers now say the hotel must be allowed to keep all of the room-tax revenues it generates. But common sense tells us that if a business plan can’t succeed without a subsidy, it’s not a very good business plan. City leaders must put an end to the subsidy talk immediately. After years of public support, downtown is ready to stand on its own. Great city centers grow out of great cities – not out of grandiose fantasies. It’s now time for the rest of L.A.’s neighborhoods to get some attention and respect that’s been lavished on downtown. For years, we have heard that billionaire Eli Broad’s vision for his Grand Avenue project – enthusiastically backed by city and county leaders – wouldn’t require public funding. Somehow, a grandiose development in the heart of a downtown that no one wants would pay for itself. But now Broad and friends have had to come clean, and admit that they want as much as $440 million in public subsidies. This, in a city that doesn’t have enough cops, can’t even manage to pave its streets, and sends all its trash into the San Fernando Valley while expecting homeowners to pay extra for the privilege. In a Los Angeles that neglects its neighborhoods, the movers and shakers want millions upon millions more for downtown. Never mind that downtown has already been well taken care of. Years of public subsidies have set the stage for a boom. Property values are soaring. Million-dollar condos and lofts are finding buyers. 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

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHarry Kewell has been appointed the new boss of Crawley Town.The former Leeds and Liverpool star replaces Dermot Drummy at the helm of the League Two club.The Australian, who hung up his boots in 2014, recently spent a spell in charge of Watford Under-23s.Kewell held the role for almost two years but left in April following a disappointing run of results for the young Hornets.He now takes on his first job in senior management and will be assisted by Warren Feeney at Crawley, who finished 19th in League Two this season.Crawley Director of Football Selim Gaygusuz said: “During his interview Harry showed us great passion – that’s needed to make this team move onwards.” 1 Harry Kewell last_img read more