Dear Editor,The Alliance for Change recently announced that they would be going to the Local Government Elections 2018 alone, without A Partnership for National Unity, to prove that they are not dead. There is an old saying, “Post mortem can’t bring back the dead”, this is actually referring to the Alliance for Change trying aggressively to resurrect from an already dead political party.The Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the PPP, Cde Bharrat Jagdeo, has shared his experiences, where AFC members publicly confessed that their principles was sold by the leadership of the AFC for a few leaders to enjoy the “good life”.At a meeting in Fyrish, Corentyne, at which Cde Bharrat Jagdeo was present, a longstanding member of the AFC said he was offered a portion of the road shoulders contract in Region Six in return for him remaining in the AFC, but he refused to be part of the corrupt coalition Government. He also said all the membership of the AFC realise their mistakes and have recommitted their support for the PPP.Coalitions are traditionally very strained and unstable relationships. The most detrimental facts about coalitions is that they have to sell out the party’s principles to ensure leaders such as Nagamootoo, Ramjattan, Patterson, Trotman et al enjoy the good life; and as such, the main reasons why the AFC is dead or highly unpopular with voters and supporters is that they cannot take a stand against the coalition leader, President David Granger, because of the danger of being ditched.Many coalition governments have failed. Switzerland is the only exception in Europe, with a permanent coalition Government by means of its seven-member Federal Council elected for a fixed four-year term by Federal Assembly on a party proportional basis.Many European democracies can be measured by the average life span of governments. According to an estimated score, Germany has been 37 months, Italy 13 months, Belgium 22 months, and the Netherlands 27 months. Guyana also was part of a failed coalition Government, and now history is repeating itself.Politicians use the coalition name to safeguard their vested political interests, which means that the APNU/AFC coalition Government has failed to deliver on almost all its promises to the Guyanese people, but ensure that the leadership enjoys maximum benefits.AFC is dead. Guyanese should ensure that they have a proper funeral.Regards,Zamal Hussain
Residents of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) had the opportunity to meet with several Government officials and Ministers to have their concerns addressed in a “Meet the People” outreach hosted at the Square of the Revolution, Brickdam, Georgetown on Wednesday.Dozens of Guyanese from Georgetown and communities nearest to the capital city stood in long lines to get into the venue which had several booths, along with staff and materials waiting to assist citizens. The booths ranged from Government Ministries to various Government departments and service units.The outreach saw members of the public interacting with Ministers Ronald Bulkan, Valerie Patterson, Winston Felix, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, Amna Ally, Nicollette Henry and Keith Scott, among others earlier in the day. Other Ministers joined later in the afternoon to meet with the concerned citizens.The Department of Housing’s booth was the busiest and was active all day as scores of persons raised issue about house lots and the need for more of the Government low-income homes.Guyana Times spoke with a few of the persons who supported the idea as being one that helps to keep the citizens close to the Government. Brenda Bowman said “finally they are trying to meet the citizens of Guyana to discuss issues that are affecting them. Too long they have been sitting in their offices and people have their issues to be addressed. Right now I come to address a situation with the Ministry of Communities…But we have a whole lot of issues we need to deal with. I don’t think they can deal with all these issues in one day, but they are making an effort,” she said.Two female senior citizens, who asked not to be named, expressed satisfaction with the fact that the outreach is now being hosted in Georgetown. They both said they attended the outreach to check up on their housing applications.While some persons were able to file their applications or have their issues rectified, a number of them did not get past receiving a number to enter the event, only to be turned away. One such person is a father and husband, Ishmael Benn, who told this publication that although he had taken time from work to attend the outreach, he did not get the opportunity to meet with the Minister.Benn, 51, said he applied for a house lot some 16 years ago and has still not managed to get a word, much less to meet with the Minister. According to him, the Ministry had called his wife once explaining that they had made an error, but subsequent visits to the Ministry did not serve a purpose.Publicity stuntsInstead, Benn who has served in the Guyana National Service, Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force, said he has been going to the Ministry for 16 years for a piece of land. “Every time we try to get to the Minister, she is not available and every time they keep these publicity stunts she is still not available, because I was in the line… they telling me that the numbers are finished and the have a certain number that could only deal with. Why me a Guyanese can’t get land and Venezuelans getting.”Benn said he does not support the turn-key initiative because he cannot afford it and he would prefer if he is given a plot of land to build what he can afford for him and his family. “The turn-key houses are too expensive. With one turn-key house, I could build two houses on a land.”Ishmael BennLuckily for Benn, a Ministry staff heard the interview and intervened. He was later given the opportunity to speak with Minister Valarie Patterson. The father of one said speaking with the newspaper was helpful since it brought the attention of the Minister and team to meet with him.He said, “I live in Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, and house lots supposed to be given in Region Three and I have applied for that because I’m from that area. I do hope and I am thankful for this crew interviewing me because as a result I feel like I’m getting somewhere after 16 years. Thank you.”Meanwhile, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix said the response was overwhelming, explaining that it is nothing new that the Government hasn’t done before. According to him, the activity is the second of its kind, since two years ago it was launched at Square of the Revolution.It later spread to places like Corriverton, Essequibo and Linden. “It is consistent with Government’s policy to take the services Government offers to the public. You might be well aware of the fact that we have decentralised the immigration passport services and you might be aware also that the Guyana Revenue Authority has also decentralised it office in outline district,” he added.Felix said Government will continue to take these initiatives to the people in an effort to provide a better and more comfortable life for all Guyanese.Campaigning on State resourcesThe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition has been criticised on several occasions by the Opposition and independent political commentators for campaigning heavily on State resources; a blatant abuse of taxpayers’ money and a possible violation of the law.Recently, what was labelled as ‘Government business’ turned out to be a massive elections campaign, when a large ministerial convoy ventured to Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).One of the long lines on Wednesday morning at the Square of the Revolution during the Government outreach programmeNineteen Ministers spent three days visiting various communities, making grand promises in exchange for votes. At the community of Tiger Pond, Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix made it clear that he was there simply to garner votes.The coalition has also been accused of forcing State agencies, such as the Guyana Revenue Authority, to attend party sponsored events.Only recently, outspoken Attorney Christopher Ram blasted the Government for misusing public money and reiterated the need for modern campaign financing laws which will prevent this kind of abuse from happening.However, he noted that there are existing laws which can be enforced to penalise defaulters.Campaign financingThe Carter Center had recommended the implementation of campaign financing laws and even prior to that, the AFC was pushing for the implementation of the laws; however, after years in Government, the party and its coalition partner are yet to make a step in that direction.In its final report on the 2011 General Election, the Carter Center said the need to create legislation to cater for campaign financing was important and even reiterated that in its 2015 report.Additionally, the report stated that Guyana’s legal framework for elections was silent in the area of registration and operation of political parties.The passage of the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018, triggered the holding of General and Regional Elections constitutionally due within 90 days, cutting short the coalition’s five-year term in office.
The live broadcast of the 2018 Ballon d’Or Ceremony on StarTimes World Football channel is set to start at 11pm Kenyan time tomorrow 3rd December.The company has equally announced the acquisition of exclusive media rights to Coppa Italia & Supercoppa Italiana in Sub-Saharan Africa. The 3 years deal for the two Italian premier Cup competitions will run from 2018/2019 to 2020/2021 season.Coppa Italia is Italy’s single-elimination domestic Cup competition while Supercoppa Italiana is the annual matchup between the winner of Italy’s Serie A versus the Coppa Italia champion.The 2018/19 Coppa Italia is already well underway, with 16 teams from Serie A, Serie B and Serie C taking on each other from December, with the winners joining Serie A’s top eight outfits, who enter the competition at the last-16 stage.Speaking on these latest developments, StarTimes Director of Marketing and PR Japhet Akhulia noted the Live broadcast of the 2018 Ballon d’Or, Coppa Italia & Supercoppa Italiana shows the company’s progressive commitment towards broadcasting premium football content that soccer lovers are in the lookout for.“This year’s Ballon d’Or Ceremony definitely attracts wide attention of football fans given the key candidates for the prestigious award. As we progressively identify and acquire premium sport content, it is a commitment to our service excellence thereby delivering the best in football in the coming days,” noted Akhulia. 0Shares0000Ballon d’ Or, Coppa Italia to be aired on StarTimesNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 2 – Pay Television Company StarTimes is set to broadcast tomorrow’s (Monday Dec 3) 2018 Ballon d’Or Ceremony where the winner of the annual prestigious football award will be unveiled.Ballons d’Or is considered the highest honor for soccer players where in the past 10 years, the award has seen only two players win the Ballon d’Or – Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo. However, this year’s ceremony is likely to see the end of the pair’s 10-year reign. 0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Yaya Toure spent eight successful seasons with Premier League champions Manchester City © AFP / Oli SCARFFShanghai, China, May 17 – Former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is in talks about a move to Qingdao Huanghai, the second-tier Chinese club told AFP on Friday.The 36-year-old has been without a team since December after an unsuccessful three-month spell at Olympiakos in Greece. There were suggestions that the former Ivory Coast international had retired, but he denied that earlier this week and said he wanted to keep playing “for a few more years”.It appears that his swansong could now be a sojourn in eastern China at Qingdao, who are top of the second-tier China League One and play in Barcelona colours.Toure was pictured on Thursday arriving at the city’s airport and British media said that he was poised to sign.A Qingdao Huanghai press official initially told AFP that Toure was to have a trial to prove his fitness, but later moved to clarify that.“It’s more like a mutual negotiation and communication for Toure’s transfer. After all, he is a big-name football player,” the spokesman told AFP.Toure, who spent eight successful seasons with Premier League champions City before being released last summer, has long been linked with a move to China.In 2016, while still at City, his outspoken agent Dimitry Seluk told The Sun newspaper in Britain that his client had rejected a move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning.“We don’t want to go there. And we will never go to China,” Seluk said.“Yaya does not think about money. Yaya thinks about football.”On Sunday, Toure signalled his determination to keep playing after Seluk said he had retired.“There has been a lot of confusion about my future recently,” Toure wrote on Twitter. “I want to make it clear here that I love football and I’m still in contention to play for a few more years.“Yes, I’m starting to prepare myself for coaching badges but full-time coaching is not what I’m thinking now.”Ricardo Vaz Te, the 32-year-old former Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United forward, is on Qingdao’s books.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed injury-plagued striker Daniel Sturridge could make his long-awaited return against West Ham on Tuesday.The England international hasn’t played since damaging his hamstring in early December, with various other niggles prolonging his stint on the sidelines.But his time in the physio room could now be finally at an end.Sturridge made a surprise appearance on the substitute’s bench, ahead of schedule, for Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Sunderland, although two first-half injuries scuppered any possible hopes of an outing.And, after a number of ‘impressive’ training sessions, he looks set to be included in the Reds’ Fa Cup fourth round replay against West Ham.“He was impressive the last session on Friday night so we thought if there was a chance for 10 or 15 minutes [playing on Saturday] we should try it,” Klopp said.“We spoke to him and he said he’d like to but then the game had a different story and there was no possibility with two early changes.”Klopp added that fellow striker Divock Origi and playmaker Philippe Coutinho could also return after both recovered from hamstring injuries.“Divock and Phil will be training today and hopefully in the squad for tomorrow,” said the German.“Extra-time is possible so it is a little bit complicated with the changes and they can’t start all together because you know we will have to change three times because the whole game will be too much in this moment.“That is what we have to figure out how we do it best, but we will find a solution for sure.”Tune into talkSPORT for live and exclusive national radio coverage of West Ham v Liverpool on Tuesday night, kick-off 19:45 A rare sight for Liverpool fans as Daniel Sturridge warms up on the sidelines 1
9. Ben Chilwell: Klopp to add another young Englishman to the ranks? – Chilwell is only 19, but the Leicester academy graduate is already being chased by Arsenal as well as Liverpool. The club held onto their left back in January, but he has yet to sign an extension to his contract that ends in the summer. 4. Bernd Leno: Bayer Leverkusen ace could play in the Premier League – Cologne’s Timo Horn has also been linked with a move away from Germany, but in February, Leno hinted at a move abroad. The 23-year-old has played for all of Germany’s age groups. 1. Marc-Andre ter Stegen: Barcelona’s Champions League goalkeeper – could he be the answer to Liverpool’s goalkeeping issue? Read all about what Jamie Carragher has said about Liverpool’s transfer needs, below, then click the arrow above to see eight more players who could be part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans from next season onwards… – Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the Reds need to change things up, especially at the back. Speaking after the side’s League Cup final defeat to Man City, he said: [Simon Mignolet] may have signed a five-year deal, and he has made some good saves, but things have to change. Ter Stegen has been Barca’s Champions League goalkeeper and the 23-year-old has played just four times in the league. His name has been linked with a move away and Man City and Liverpool are both said to be interested. 8. Piotr Zielinski: Udinese central attacker – worth a punt by Klopp? – In 25 games for Empoli where he is on loan from Udinese, Zielinski has scored three times and created four goals. He has struck up a nice partnership with Riccardo Saponara who has been credited with nine assists this season. Jamie Carragher thinks changes are needed at Liverpool and singled out the left back and goalkeeper positions as two problems following the Reds’ League Cup final defeat to Man City.This is pretty much what he told Sport magazine last week when discussing the job manager Jurgen Klopp has in rebuilding the team and getting a decent spine.“If it were me, I’d be looking at the positions of goalkeeper, centre-back and central midfield.“The centre-forward one is difficult, because if you can get Daniel Sturridge fit you don’t need it as much.”And former Anfield stopper Carragher was also singing the praise of Marco Reus in an interview with Bild where he said he’d love to see the winger join Liverpool, believing he’d have an instant impact. “He’d be a great fit,” the Sky Sports analyst said, and many fans would not disagree.Centre back Joel Matip is coming in May, as is Marko Grujic and Lazar Markovic will return from his loan at Fenerbahce, so here, talkSPORT looks at some other options open to Klopp. 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 5. Jonas Hector: The Cologne left back is one of many transfer options being touted, in light of Alberto Moreno’s inconsistency – Cologne’s 25-year-old defender Hector has been linked with an £8m move to Liverpool already. He has been a first team player since 2012 and has played for Germany 10 times. Add to this list Wolfsburg’s 23-year-old left back Ricardo Rodriguez, who scouts have been to watch play in a struggling Bundesliga team. Has he impressed enough to make the step up to Anfield? We’ll find out this summer. 7. Mario Gotze: Bayern and Germany attacker to reunite with Klopp – Gotze played and thrived under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund before the player left for Bayern in 2013. He has struggled with injury this season and in January he was linked with a transfer to Liverpool, but he stayed put. 2. Mattia Perin: Genoa’s no.1 – soon to be Liverpool’s? – A lot has been made of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s rise at Milan, but Genoa’s 23-year-old goalkeeper has earned rave reviews since bursting onto the scene in Italy. Man United have watched him this season in addition to Liverpool. 6. Jon Flanagan: Liverpool’s homegrown defender the answer at left-back? – Jordan Henderson thinks Flanagan, whose contract is up in May, must be offered a new one. I dont think players and people like Flanno grow on trees, to be honest, the captain said. Former striker John Aldridge agrees and believes the full back should play the Premier League game against Man City instead of Alberto Moreno, while Jamie Carragher says Flanagan can’t be worse than the Spaniard. In addition to Flanagan, the Reds also have Joe Gomez as an option when the 18-year-old recovers from the knee injury suffered in October. 9 3. Jack Butland: Stoke goalkeeper is pushing Joe Hart for England no.1 shirt – Butland is England’s no.2 but he is pushing Joe Hart for that jersey with a string of excellent displays in the Stoke goal this season. Would he make the ideal addition to Klopp’s squad?
Turkey maintains that there was no plan for systematic extermination, and that Armenians were killed when they joined forces with the French and Russians to attack Turks in the chaotic aftermath of the war. Zanku Armenian, a board member of the Armenian National Committee of America’s Western Region in Glendale, called Harman’s new position “the height of deception and hypocrisy.” Vahram Shemmassian, director of the Armenian Studies Department at Cal State Northridge, said today’s vote will be a test for how the U.S. and its leaders stand on human rights. “The Armenian genocide was a crime against humanity and if the United States of America is fighting for human rights, this is a good example of defending human rights and standing for American values,” said Shemmassian. email@example.com (202) 662-8731 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“I come from a community where there was genocide against my people, too,” Harman, who is Jewish, told the students. But, she said, Turkey at the moment is “exercising a role in the Middle East that is very important” and she didn’t want to risk creating a rift with the U.S. ally. In the letter, she told Rep. Tom Lantos, the San Mateo Democrat who chairs the foreign-affairs panel, that, although she sympathizes with the sentiments in the resolution she co-sponsored, she would vote against it because of “the timing.” The controversy comes as today’s committee vote marks the first time in recent memory that the genocide resolution stands a significant chance of making it to the House floor. While the bill passed the same committee when it was under Republican control two years ago, then-speaker Dennis Hastert blocked it from going to a full House vote. This time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, is a co-sponsor and she has vowed to bring it to the floor, possibly by Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Turkish President Abdullah Gul warned the U.S. on Tuesday that relations between the two countries will suffer if Congress declares the events a genocide. The Bush administration also is urging Republican lawmakers to reject the resolution. WASHINGTON – With the House Committee on Foreign Affairs voting today on declaring the massacre of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey genocide, a Southland congresswoman is coming under fire for flip-flopping on the emotionally charged resolution. Although she co-sponsored it, Rep. Jane Harman last week wrote to the chairman of the committee urging him not to bring the resolution to a vote and declaring that she will vote against it if it reaches the floor. Amid shouts of “genocide denier” and “You are a hypocrite and liar,” the El Segundo Democrat defended her letter Saturday to about 70 Armenian students who confronted her at a political rally in Lakewood. “I am not denying it,” Harman said of the World War I-era killings that Armenians and many historians estimate at more than 1.5 million and declare were part of a planned genocide campaign.
Shane Bonner will long live in the memory of the many lives he touched.The talented young athlete from Convoy who passed away some 18 months ago following a tragic road accident.Shane is to be remembered on Sept 16th at the Donegal 5k championships to appropriately be held in Convoy . This event traditionally coming towards the end of the Donegal Grand Prix Series of races / walks organised by the Donegal athletics Board is sure to attract an enthusiastic group of family and friends from the immediate Convoy area in addition to the normal numbers that an event such as this attracts from the general running community and in particular his clubmates from Finn Valley AC.The run /walk has a 11.15am start and everyone walkers /joggers/runners are al welcome. Registration from 9 am at the local GAA grounds .Shane, a student at LYIT at the time of his tragic accident, was a scoring member of various Valley and Donegal club teams since his introduction to the sport while a student at the local St Bridgets N S and Deele College .A memorial trophy in his name will be presented to the the individual winner on the day and will become an annual aspect of the championship 5k. Regardless he will never be forgotten by his family, friends and clubmates. TRAGIC SHANE TO BE REMEMBERED BY THOSE DOING WHAT HE DID BEST was last modified: September 5th, 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) Tags:accidentconvoyShane Bonner
Bingo continues in the hall on Tuesdays at 8.30 Lotto result for 29/01/13 DYLS TY WW 5 MATCHED 2 A.Friel Raphoe,Danny Harkin,Helena Prunty,Movita Mc Clean Convoy Alice O’Loughlin Letterkenny Nexts weeks JP €2700.Anyone wishing to buy or sell lottos contact any committee member.Registration is now due and must be paid by the 26thMarch by 6 pm to be in with a chance to get tickets for Donegal v Tyrone Game Adults €30 and Minors €3 Contact Julia Blake on 0862611290 Training for Senior Ladies starts back this Wed 6th Feb from 7 -8.15 New Players are always welcome as we are hoping to have Senior and Junior teams if numbers allow.Gaelic for Mothers and Others takes place on Wed at 8.15 new players always welcome .Training for Underage continues on Fri evening from 6-7 new Players welcome.Any Managers with notes Please forward to PRO Mairead Browne -0872140060 GAA NEWS: ST MARYS, CONVOY CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Convoy GAA notesSt Marys