People’s National Party (PNP) vice president Angela Brown Burke has claimed that PNP indoor agents at the Mountain View Primary School, in the constituency of St Andrew Eastern were chased away by gunmen. Brown Burke told The Gleaner that she had gone to the centre to oversee a change-over of indoor agents when they were accosted and intimidated by gunmen. She said she has reported the incident to the police and the Electoral Office of Jamaica. The superintendent of police in charge at the polling division said he had received no reports of intimidation.
final leg “Already the Diamond Mile is creating a lot of buzz and is the most anticipated race of the year,” said Miller. “The season will climax on Boxing Day with the third and final leg of the Supreme Ventures two-year-old series over a mile with a purse of $4.25 million and the grade one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres on the same day,” he disclosed. Turning to the very popular Gold Cup for which Alex’s Imports has contributed $400,000 to the purse, Miller said a crack field is expected to face the starter, including last year’s winner, POTCHEEN, the 2013 winner, COMMANDING CHIEF as well as UPPA TUNE, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, reigning Horse of the Year TYPEWRITER, HOVER CRAFT, ALI BABA, PETE’SWILDONE and the banging-form American horse FORTUNEONEHUNDRED. “The Gold Cup is such a unique race that it brings together the best of the sprinters and stayers. Over the years, it has been won by such outstanding horses as KILOWATT, who won the inaugural running for trainer Valbert Marlowe in 1967, won again in 1968 and for a third time in 1970, MONTE’S STICH, who won in a blanket finish under the crushing impost of 140lb in 1972, as well as the legendary native bred sprinter EROS who won back to back in 1994 and 1995, HARLEQUIN, HOT LINE, I’M ATISFIED, A KING IS BORD, AHWHOFAH and of course, SAINT CECELIA, who win it in 2009, 2011 and again n 2012,” recalled Miller, who added that a number of races on the card will bear the names of Alex Import’s products such as Wassy CG Bike and Japanese Tank. Also speaking were Cedric Stewart, CEO of Caymanas Track Limited; Errol Barrett, operations manager of Alex’s Imports; and Kirk Nurse, marketing and social media manager. In a short address, Stewart said, “Over the years, the Gold Cup has provided tremendous excitement due to the fierce battles and nail-biting finishes that characterise these races. We at CTL are particularly pleased that Alex’s Imports Limited has agreed to once again be a part of this time-honoured event.” Caymanas Track Limited’s (CTL) racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr says the 44th running of the Alex’s Imports Gold Cup over 1400 metres on Saturday, October 17 will kick-start a fantastic last quarter of racing never before seen at Caymanas Park. Speaking at yesterday’s Alex’s Imports Gold Cup launch inside the Trainers’ Room at Caymanas Park, Miller said it was fitting that the popular grade one race, with a purse of $1.6 million, would spearhead the running of some truly prestigious races at the back-end of the season. “In addition to the Gold Cup, this period will facilitate the $10.8 million Supreme Ventures 2-y-o Triple Crown series, which commences in late October, the mile and quarter Superstakes on November 14, not to mention the inaugural running of the Diamond Mile on Saturday, December 5 with a record purse of $13.5 million.
In light of the ongoing controversy surrounding the Parking Meters Project initiated by City Hall in Georgetown, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is calling for widespread public consultations on how the city addresses its parking woes.This call was made by General Secretary of the PPP Clement Rohee at the Party’s weekly press briefing on Tuesday.Rohee was asked whether the Party would support parking lots in the city as opposed to parking meters, to which he responded saying that no support will be given to any initiative undertaken without public consultation.“We don’t support any of the two so long as there are no consultations with the people,” he said affirmatively.The General Secretary noted that the question of resolving the parking situation in the city requires wide consultations with all stakeholders so that whatever decision is taken is done in the interest of the people who will be affected.“There must be broad and wide consultations with the citizens of Georgetown and the consultations must be public-like town hall meetings. Then they must publish what came out of the consultations so that others who didn’t go should hear,” he remarkedMoreover, the PPP General Secretary outlined that another important factor that needs to be taken into consideration is the collection of revenues from either parking meters or parking lots.“Anything that has to do with the payment of monies… we have know how that is going to be in place also because if a person is going to walk around with a receipt book, we all know what could happen,” he stated.However, Rohee opted not to pronounce on whether his party will support either initiative, noting that he cannot preempt the outcome of the consultations, which he maintained is crucial.Only Monday, during an address to Councillors of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), President David Granger suggested that the Council consider introducing parking lots in the city to address the congestion.The Head of State did not make any mention during his address to the ongoing controversy surrounding the Parking Meters Project. Over the past weeks, City Hall came has come under fire for signing the contract with National Parking Systems/Smart City Solutions Inc.Many persons, including Councillors, have raised concerns about the lack of transparency in the deal, which they claim appears to be a shady one aimed at exploiting the local populace.In fact, Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan had stated that he could not find proper information about the company or any records of it providing parking meter services in any other country.However, President Granger told the City Councillors on Monday that his Administration will continue to support the Council in their drive to push the urban development agenda, however it will have to be transparent and accountable in its operations.In light of the parking meter controversy, Cabinet has ordered that the Legal Affairs Ministry and the Attorney General’s Chamber review the contract between City Hall and the Guyanese-owned companies.
Besides bringing economic hardship to a significant portion of the population, the implementation of the Linden road tolls could trigger a dangerous movement that has the potential to disintegrate the entire country.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThis is according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who explained that Guyana could eventually become Balkanised if Government continues to implement policies that are tantamount to discriminatory practices, which bear the power to divide the nation. In this regard, he is urging the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Administration to be pragmatic and reconsider its approval of the road tolls, as well as to reconsider its decision to implement the regional flags initiative – another measure perceived to encourage individualism and has the potential to divide the country.“I am very concerned about Linden and what’s happening with the tolls… we are in a process of Balkanising Guyana. Because what if Corriverton now, which has a main road – you have to pass Corriverton to go into Suriname – what if Corriverton is to say now that vehicles passing through there will now have to pay a toll, the Government can’t say no because it has allowed Linden to do it.” “What if another municipality does it? Then we could have what I was always worried about when they have all these different flags, its disintegration of this county. And it is very, very dangerous and I hope that the Government will reconsider it,” he explained, during a recent news conference at the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Headquarters, Freedom House on Robb Street.Null and voidFurthermore, former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall asserted that the by-laws which impose the toll charges “are discriminatory and inconsistent with Article 149 and therefore, are null and void by virtue of Article 8 of the Constitution”.He explained that Article 149 of the Constitution provides that ““no law shall make any provision that is discriminatory either of itself or in its effect”; and that “no person shall be treated in a discriminatory manner by any person acting by virtue of any written law or in the performance of the functions of any public office or any public authority.”Nandlall highlighted also that Article 8 of the Constitution provides that, “this Constitution is the supreme law of Guyana and, if any other law is inconsistent with it, that other law shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void”.Against this backdrop, the politician expressed utter bewilderment that such “elementary legal mistakes” would survive the scrutiny of a Cabinet comprising of more than four lawyers. “I have advised the Leader of the Opposition to hire a full-time lawyer for his office. A successful lawsuit can be filed against this Government every week,” he exclaimed.TollsCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkan approved the payment of 18 different categories of tolls to be paid to the Linden Town Council (LTC) for the use of its roads.The by-laws state that every vehicle specified in the schedule shall stop at a paying point at the toll station and the owner or person in charge of the vehicle shall pay in the full corresponding toll for the vehicle to the toll collector in local currency.The Council, subject to the approval of the Minister, was vested with the powers to amend the schedule to add or remove categories of vehicles to be included. The tolls to be charged under the by-laws will not exclude persons living in Linden, though there is accommodation.The gazetted by-laws state that the affected vehicles that are registered in the name of a person living in Linden shall pay a toll determined by the Council twice a year in January and July. Vehicles which had been identified to attract a toll, but are transporting essential supplies for the Government, shall be exempted by the Council from the payment of each toll upon notification and certification by the Regional Democratic Council of the vehicle to the Council.Meanwhile, offences for the refusal of the payment of tolls have been created under the by-laws for breach of the payment of tolls and also makes provision for the detention of the vehicle of a delinquent road user.According to the by-laws, in addition to the penalties imposed for refusing to pay, “the toll collector, in the event that a toll demanded is not honoured, may impound the vehicle and release the vehicle after the sum has been paid in full.”Additionally, the toll collector or the designated officer may release information to the Council or Town Constabulary on any vehicle in respect of number plate, colour, make, type or model, or in respect of any person passing through the toll station and the information shall be confidential, according to the by-laws.Reports indicate that the municipality will cash in on approximately $3 million monthly from the payment of these tolls.
Chinese superstar Zheng Zheng and Liberian Hip-Co rapper, Jon Bricks, rocked fans during the second day of the “Diva Dream Alive” concert at Royal Plus International, but it was the Chinese superstar that stole the show with his fascinating performance.Zheng Zheng amazed fans when his performance entered into a Chinese pop rapping style that was strange thus leaving fans screaming in excitement and dancing to the beat.While the chemistry put together by the duo during the performance was amazing, the way they blended Liberian colloquia with the Chinese language was classic, and it was at this moment that the fans got themselves more involved. However, Jon Bricks was able to battle the Chinese superstar with some electrifying performances that got the crowd screaming for more than 10 minutes.The show opened with a terrific performance from international artists Alonzo, Young Classic and others.At the end of the show, Zheng Zheng extended thank to fans for the kind gesture showed him. “I love you Liberian people,” Zheng Zheng said in excitement. Meanwhile, during the third day of the event at Bernard’s beach, Jon Bricks and Zheng Zheng came very late: 30 minutes to the show’s ending time.Also Jon Bricks and Zheng Zheng’s performance at the beach was not as epic as compared to the previous shows; the show failed to bring out even a single local headliner artist, as it was done at the previous concerts.Some fans talked to expressed disbelief that the duo could not respect time, causing them not to enjoy the money they paid; and Bricks did not give any reason why the Zama Plus Foundation was not officially launched.“I’m totally disappointed that these acclaimed artists could not be conscious of time. Some us came to the beach early knowing that the show could end at 6 p.m., but coming 30 minutes late for the show was totally unacceptable,” angry fans said.Day 1 of the three-day concert went down at Club Gossip on February 12; Day 2 was at Royal Plus International in Paynesville on February 13; Day 3 went down at Bernard beach on February 14, Valentine’s Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
(L-R) Mr. Sengbeh stating reasons why every stakeholder is responsible for the messy education system; and young graduates listening to his speech Says former PUL Secretary GeneralThe communications, media and public affairs manager at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh, over the weekend blasted all stakeholders, including parents and students, for Liberia’s messy education system.The journalist who preferred his former title of secretary general of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and a common Liberian citizen for the occasion rather than his present portfolio, neither compromised his words nor offered any apologies for holding government, parents, school authorities and staff, as well as the student community, responsible for making the country’s education sector messy or backward.Serving as the keynote speaker at the sixth graduation and thanksgiving exercise for students leaving K-2 (Kindergarten-2) and the sixth grade of the Great Commission Junior High School in the LPRC community, he said today’s education system is not a challenge for students. “It does not require any special skill or an academic dean to determine how failed and appalling our learning system has gotten and the terrible outcomes. Anyone who acquired some level of quality education in the past can state how the system is weak, messed up and dying today,” he lamented.Young graduates listening to Mr. Sengbeh speech“Corruption, greed, alleged sex for grades, or grades for sex, dishonesty, unruliness, disregard for order and policies, production of half-baked graduates, and criminal syndicates are among some of the unwholesome practices that have flooded the education system today. It’s troubling and worrisome, and it signifies doom for a country and people like Liberia who speak of hitting middle income status by 2030. Even 2050 will not take us there with our messy education system, which is getting worse year by year,” he noted.Sengbeh said his research shows that one person or institution cannot be blamed for the critical hurdles the system is faced with.“I have done my own analysis and realized that almost every one of us in here is responsible. Saying everyone I mean the Government, school administrators, and from you the parents and down to the students, we are all responsible.”He said: “It is the responsibility of every government the world over to ensure that its citizens, especially the younger ones, are properly educated in a bid to ensure a nourishing functional society with literate citizens capable of making sound national decisions,” adding that governments accomplish this by not only drawing up appropriate policies to govern the education system, but by ensuring that the crafted policies are appropriately implemented with both moral and financial support.“Is this being done in our country? I say ‘no’ to a greater extent. We have fallen short as a nation and people. Yes, the government has often announced and pronounced its commitment to education, but has yet to practically put into place all measures to back these pronouncements, according to educators in and out of the country.There are indeed sound policies on the shelves that could better the system, Sengbeh admitted, but if our government continues to face challenges to providing relevant oversight and funding to actualize those plans, we cannot overcome the challenge and the subsequent mess.Yes, after the war, many schools have been built, but the challenge of fully equipping these schools with educational materials and well-paid qualified teachers remains overwhelming. These shortcomings are devastating,” the former PUL scribe recognized.Turning to school authorities and staff across the country, he said: “But it won’t be fair here to blame the Government or the Education Ministry alone for this national dilemma. You, here listening to me, you the school owners, administrators and teachers are even more contributors to the problem. You are the ones producing those fake graduates, you are the ones preparing them for the future, you are the ones dealing with the students day after day and year in year out, and they are going out with what you teach them. If they perform poorly, it is you; if they perform excellently, it is you. They are your ambassadors, representing your image, your institutions. If they are messed up, you, too, are messed up.”He outlined schools wanting more money by enrolling more students outside of a merit system, teachers allegedly having sex with students or collecting money for grades as well as poor or no monitoring of the system as the key reasons responsible for the state of the sector.Mr. Sengbeh blamed parents on the other hand for not helping their children value the importance of learning through studying hard.“You allow your children to sit before televisions on school days and watch movies that benefit them in no way. Your boys know the names of all the football players in Europe and other parts of the world while the girls have developed the ability to explain Filipino, African and several other movies worldwide but neither gender can say the Pledge of Allegiance, sing the Lonestar Forever, among others,” he pointed out.On the way forward to revamp the education sector, he said that “Our education sector needs a complete overhaul and realignment and actions need to be taken against corrupt persons. It is in dire need of liberation and forward march. Like President Sirleaf has said, unless all stakeholders can redirect their time, energies and resources, Liberia will continue to face problems in providing quality education, and this is unacceptable.”Sengbeh promised to buy all the needed school materials for the valedictorians of both classes when schools reopen in September.In his valedictorian message, the dux of K-2, Joe Dumbeleh, said no one should take the opportunities in life for granted. Drawing his message from the theme “Do something good with your life,” he advised his classmates in particular and the audience in general to be positive in their actions and resist all negative influences.The sixth grade dux, Amelia T. K. Zinnah, challenged all to develop moral aptitude, adding: “Any kind of education you receive determines what kind of life you live.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
GN Bank Deputy Managing Director Madam Rhonda R. Von Ballmoos and her staff posed with Mr. Sayeh shortly after the signing ceremony.The Groupe Nduom Bank (GN Bank) Liberia Limited, one of the country’s fastest growing banks, and the National Association of Foreign Exchange Bureaus of Liberia (NAFEBOL), have signed an agreement mutual partnership to promote access to finance.“We know how much people use this service for transaction. We are glad to have entered this partnership with the belief that it will benefit both institutions,” Madam Rhonda R. VonBallmoos, the bank Deputy Managing Director for Client Services and administration, said.The agreement was signed on Tuesday, November 26 at the head office of Bank (GN Bank) Liberia Limited on Broad Street, and witnessed by the leadership of NAFEBOL, and staff of the bank.According to the agreement, the association will now serve as a partner for GN Bank mobile money when the bank will anticipate to see a long term or continue the partnership.“We are here to support you, as we expect you to support us and our doors will keep open for you,” Madam VonBallmoos said.According to the agreement, GN Bank’s customers will now directly withdraw from their account through NAFEBOL members. “Now, you can transfer money to all GN Bank mobile money users using the Bank’s account,” according to the agreement.“We believe that this partnership will have a lot coming out of it for both institutions. Again, we want your services to reach to the common people,” Madam VonBallmoos said.She said plans are underway to ensure that the program is decentralized to the 15 counties, as they believe that more people will make use of the service. She therefore called on the public to register with GN Bank by dialing *545#.NAFEBOL President, Nimely Sayeh, said the association will work with the Bank to ensure that the agreement is sustained.“We know that GN bank will see greater results from the exercise. We believe that with GN Bank, our businesses will grow faster than what it used to be. We appreciate the partnership, and hope to work with you for years to come,” Mr. Sayeh assured the Bank.He said the bank has a vision for the association, and will do all possible to sustain the partnership in the interest of the two institutions.Additionally, Mr. Sayeh said, “The GN Bank intends to make the sector accessible to everybody. They want us to be agents for them by settling their (GN bank) customers, and they settle us back. We will now be serving people on behalf of the bank, and they will settle us with a little added percentage.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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WASHINGTON – Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are at increased risk of suicide because not all Veterans Affairs health clinics have 24-hour mental care available, an internal review says. The report released Thursday by the department’s inspector general is the first comprehensive look at VA mental health care, particularly suicide prevention. It found that nearly three years into the VA’s broad strategy for mental health care, services are inconsistent throughout the agency’s 1,400 clinics. Several facilities lack 24-hour staff, adequate screening for mental problems or properly trained workers. Among the other recommendations: VA clinics and Pentagon military hospitals must better share health information, particularly for patients who might return to active-duty status. The department should ease criteria for inpatient post-traumatic stress disorder. Currently only veterans with “sustained sobriety” get treatment; this bars help for many who report increased drug and alcohol dependency as ways to alleviate stress. The VA should create a database to help track patients at risk for suicide. Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said he hoped the VA would place a high priority on suicide prevention given the thousands of veterans suffering from psychological wounds. “We can not afford to nickel and dime our nation’s heroes,” he said. “If we do, we’ll be paying for it for a generation.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With about one-third of veterans reporting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, it is “incumbent upon VHA (the Veterans Health Administration) to continue moving forward toward full deployment of suicide prevention strategies for our nation’s veterans,” the report stated. In a written response, the VA’s acting undersecretary for health agreed with many of the recommendations. Michael Kussman noted that the VA recently has placed suicide prevention coordinators in each medical center. The report comes as already strained troops and veterans say they are suffering more psychological problems due to repeated and extended deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. In a study this month, a Pentagon task force issued an urgent warning for improved care. In the inspector general report, investigators echoed some of those concerns in calling for additional staffing and better training in VA facilities. It said about 1,000 veterans who receive VA care commit suicide every year and as many as 5,000 a year among all living veterans. The report, which was requested last year by Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, said clinics should work harder so veterans can seek treatment without feeling stigmatized. It recommended additional screening for patients with traumatic brain injury.
If program participants return items on time and in good condition, they receive a point and get to check out another one. Five points earns a small toy to keep, and 20 points earns a large toy to take home. The program began in Los Angeles County in 1935, when the Great Depression prevented many parents from buying toys for their children. Richard Amiel, the toy loan coordinator for Los Angeles county, said there is a misconception that the program is only for families that can’t afford their own toys. Really, he said, it’s for kids from all backgrounds and of all ages. “It’s about teaching them responsibility,” Amiel said. “We’re trying to teach that you are rewarded for your responsibility.” The program began in San Pedro in 2004, and was put on hold last October when the center underwent construction. Liliana Sanchez brought her four daughters to the reopening of the program. Fibiana, 7, Liliana, 6, Yolanda, 5, and Divia, 2, scoured the toy room for the best items, exclaiming, “Mommy, I want this one!” around every turn. Sanchez, a San Pedro resident, said she hopes the program will teach the girls responsibility. “Their real toys they don’t take care of,” Sanchez said. Amiel acknowledged that there are a few difficulties. “Sometimes our toys are so cool that they do keep them,” he said, noting that there are also accidents with toys. But most of the time the incentive program works to keep them coming back. Soto would also like to include a literacy element with the program, having reading events or allowing kids to check out books along with toys. “We want to encourage the kids to check out a book and then bring us a small report,” she said. The Toy Loan program is run through the department of social services, and toys come from those funds or donations. There are over 40 Toy Loan centers in the county. 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! By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER Loud exclamations of joy were heard throughout the San Pedro Community and Senior Service Center on Sept. 11 as about 30 kids entered the reopened Toy Loan Program room, the walls lined with shelves of dolls, toy trucks, games, puzzles and other toys. Back after a yearlong break, the program is designed to teach children responsibility while allowing them to check out a new toy each week. “It runs like a library where the kids would come a week at a time and check out a toy,” explained Sylvia Soto, the community center specialist at the San Pedro center. “They work their way up to earn points every week.”