It will be a very short Christmas break for high school athletes with a busy 2017 track and field season getting under way in the first week of January with the Purewater Jamaica College Invitational meet, which will take place on the school campus at Old Hope Road on Saturday, January 7.It will indeed be a very busy month for the athletes, which will see some 12 development meets across the island during that period. As usual, big numbers are expected at the JC meet as following the Christmas break the coaches usually use this meet to see exactly where their athletes are following the festive season. On that day also out west, there will be the First Chance meet at Herbert Morrison High School in Montego Bay.Central Jamaica and Kingston will take the focus the following week on Saturday, January 14 with three meets down to take place – the Manchester High School field event meet at Manchester high school, the JAAA /Puma Development meet at Windalco, Kirkvine, and the Douglas Forrest meet inside the National Stadium.Six meets will take place across the island on January 21. In the east, there will be the Morant Bay Relays at Morant Bay High School, in the north there will be the North Central Development meet at Discovery Bay in St Ann, with the other meets being held in Spanish Town, Kingston and Montego Bay.DIFFERENT MEETSIn Spanish Town, there will be the Central Hurdles and Relays at G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports, while in Kingston the second staging of the McKenley/Wint Invitational meet will be held at Calabar High School, with Excelsior high hosting the Big Shot Invitational for throwers.Teams from the west will not have to journey into Spanish Town for hurdles and relays as Montego Bay Sports Complex along with Cornwall College will be hosting a Hurdles Fest and Relays meet.Things will be a bit quitter on the final Saturday of the month, January 28, as only two meets are scheduled for this day. Once again the National Stadium will play host to the Queen’s/Grace Jackson meet, while St Elizabeth Technical in Santa Cruz will stage the St Elizabeth Invitational meet.
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In keeping with the President’s vision of promoting a “green Guyana”, Minister of Education Rupert Roopnaraine has proposed the introduction of “green classrooms” which would bring the country closer to achieving its goals by placing more emphasis on climate change within the school curriculum.The minister was at the time delivering remarks at an awards ceremony for outstanding educators at the National Cultural Centre on Monday.While noting that the ministry is mulling a review of the curriculums offered in Guyana, Roopnaraine informed that it is their aim to not only focus on the central activities offered in schools but rather to integrate environmental learning.Since climate change and greening the environment is one of the more topical issues currently trending worldwide, being that its effects are not limited to specific countries only, Roopnaraine called for much thought to be given in introducing green classroom learning.This he believes would place Guyana at a better point of accomplishing its vision of having a country that is more sustainable and green through initiatives for this cause.Nothing that classroom learning is fundamental to effecting changes in a nation since education is the gateway to development, Roopnaraine mentioned that this would be a step forward for the country as it relates to educating the population about safe environmental habits.“President Granger talks about a green economy and greening Guyana and we know to create a green Guyana we have to green our classrooms, which means that we have to elevate climate change, climate literacy, and environmental literacy” the minister stated.He added that work has already began to this effect as the ministry is aiming to have climate change education become a more crucial part of the national curriculum as they believe this would be a valuable method of relaying information that would bring about transformation.Alluding to recent programmes by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) known as the Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development, Roopnaraine called for Guyana to take pattern of this since it would ensure a more central role of the environment in classroom teaching.This, he said, would also make the topic more crucial as part of the country’s global response to climate change.“We need to enhance and intensify the programmes in the classroom to increase climate literacy among young people and the only way that we can do this is by encouraging innovative teaching projects that would integrate climate change into the schools” the minister noted.To make this possible, he stated, the country should “work hard on building networks, partnerships” since “we need to understand the work of greening the classroom and greening Guyana is going to be the most important work that we can do in the years to come”As climate change has arrived on top of the agenda for immediate worldwide intervention, UNESCO had initiated its COP21 Conference in Paris which saw leaders from across the world signing up to become advocates in their country for promoting a green environment.President David Granger had signed on to this indicating that he would introduce initiatives that would promote a green world.
An embrace of unity when Ngafuan and Boakai met yesterday at a hugerally in MonroviaThe Monrovia City Hall could not contain the hundreds of supporters who gathered to witness what could be described as the return of the prodigal son, former Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, to the ruling Unity Party.It is now official that Ngafuan has abandoned his political quest for the Presidency and made a U-turn to pledge his support to the presidential bid of the UP standard bearer, Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai.The return of Ngafuan, announced at the well-organized political event hosted by the Friends of Augustine Ngafuan (FAN), appeared to be a big boost for the VP who also turned out with his huge fan base of the intelligentsia and student community.“In a speech I delivered last year at the launch of the Bong County Chapter of FAN, I said that my intention to pursue the presidency of Liberia was informed by the fact that I believed that I possessed the competence, the character, the commitment, the experience and the patriotism that are needed in the leaders of the land if our country would develop and prosper,” Ngafuan declared in his address to the huge crowd.He stated that he wanted to work to ensure that the interests of Liberians are placed above self-interest and cautioned that this attitude should not be regarded as old-fashion or an act of stupidity.“But as I proclaimed my interest to vie for the presidency, I was also unequivocal in stating in the same speech that ours is not one of unbridled and selfish ambition. The only ambition that we are not prepared to compromise is the ambition of the Liberian people for development, for prosperity, for peace, for unity and reconciliation,” Ngafuan said.Ngafuan also stressed that as the elections approach, like-minded and well-intentioned Liberians, no matter their political, ethnic, religious affiliation; no matter their economic or social status, must find a way to align or re-align stating that he finally decided to do the latter.In light of this resolve, Ngafuan said, “We have been having some deep and long conversations and interactions with some of our other compatriots who also seek to lead the country. Our aim has not only been to gauge their competence but to also get a firm appreciation of their heart for the country and its people.“One thing I can say unequivocally is that despite the fact that everyone pursuing the presidency has some limitations in one respect or another, everyone pursuing the presidency with whom I have interacted or assessed thus far has something positive to offer.“We have been holding deep conversations on the future of this country with VP Boakai. Over this period of assessment, we are left with the solid impression and conclusion that VP Boakai deeply shares our vision to bring honest and transformative leadership to our dear country.”He added that the VP has demonstrated that he has a consuming passion and heart for Liberia as well as the capacity and willingness to take good advice so long as it advances the national interest and promotes development, unity, reconciliation, and peace.“Our interactions and close assessment of Vice President Boakai has also left us with the impression that he possesses the good sense to continue and consolidate on the positives of the past twelve years and also the courage and strength to effect changes and reform where and when necessary,” he said.He lauded the VP, extending “profuse thanks to our illustrious Vice President and Standard Bearer of the Unity Party (UP).”Ngafuan, who comes from very humble beginnings as a boy who toted and peddled bunches of plantain in Logan Town and Gardnersville communities, reached the pinnacle of Liberian diplomacy and economic leadership also toting his country’s load at the IMF, World Bank, Paris Club, ECOWAS, AU, and the UN.He noted that his life has been led by the dictates of Biblical principles and morality.Accepting Ngafuan’s resounding endorsement, Vice President Boakai said, “There have been many endorsements in recent times, but most of them were were done in studios. This endorsement is one that everyone is part of because Ngafuan is talking about Liberians and their future.“We are here today to witness the son of the soil who has served his country, respects the rule of law, who is on record to have been the only person to obey the Code of Conduct, saying if the Code of Conduct is what it is, then I am willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to honor it,” the VP acclaimed his younger kinsman.The VP let it be known that when he wins in October, all cabinet ministers will have to seek medical attention in the country and their children will attend schools in Liberia, mainly public schools.He continued, “I have inherited all of what Ngafuan has put in my account and I know that more will come into it. It’s an honor (to have you) join me, not just for me, my family, and friends but for Liberia. I want to say think Liberia, and believe that we can go beyond party lines and bring the Liberian people together.”VP Boakai said “we need a Liberia where reconciliation will be shown by everyone connecting the southeast, north, and west as well as opening up opportunities for young people in agriculture so that they can display their talents.“You have served your country and have subordinated your interest to that of your country’s interest. We want to appreciate you and promise to work together for the future of Liberia. Your future is still ahead of you. This decision makes you more permanent in the future of this country’s affairs,” the VP concluded.The chairman of FAN, Ernest G. Smith, noted that their political leader was returning with all that he had in his arsenal to ensure that the VP is victorious at the polls in October.“We all know that the return of Ngafuan is a boost to the bid of the VP and we are proud to be a part of this history making. We have come with our expertise to work toward this project.”Smith said the VP is the most viable candidate to replace President Sirleaf, adding, “This is why there was not much hesitation when we decided to come Boakai’s way. He is the most qualified and experienced and possesses many qualities that a good leader should have.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Stemming from a video circulated on social media last month showing two ranks of the Guyana Police Force engaging in a scuffle with a civilian, charges have since been recommended against all parties involved.This was revealed by acting Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine, who told reporters at a press conference on Friday that the file sent to the Police legal advisor has been returned with recommendations for charges to be instituted.“We received advice to charge them… both the driver and the Policemen are to be charged,” the acting Commissioner noted. The officers are to face both criminal and departmental charges.A scene from the video that was circulated on social mediaThe two officers in question, both traffic ranks, were seen in the video assaulting a civilian, who is a minibus driver. The incident took place sometime on December 4, 2017, at Stabroek in the vicinity of Lombard Street, Georgetown.While it is unclear what led to the scuffle between the ranks and the civilian, it appears as though the man was hauled from the bus by the officers which resulted in the scuffle. One of the officer’s caps was seen on the ground alongside the driver’s slippers. The bus door was also left open as one of the ranks had the civilian restrained under his arm hitting him to the head, while his colleague appears to be trying to part them.The colleague was heard asking the rank, whom had the man restrained, “Bai, humble yuh self, bai.”The civilian was then heard in the video asking the Cops repeatedly why he is being assaulted.“Aye man loose me eh!… I do something fuh yuh knock meh?” the bus driver asked, as he was being held back by one of the officers.“Ya’ll wrong to the man, y’all can’t do duh. Not because y’all is Police… y’all wrong fuh beat de man just suh,” a concerned onlooker was heard telling the Police.“Boy, stop harass me bai good,” the bus driver told the officer who had hit him as he made his way into the vehicle.Upon entering the bus, the driver was instructed by the officers to go to the station but as he was about to start the vehicle, he realised the keys were missing. This led to another argument between him and the ranks.The following day, the Force’s Public Relations Officer, Jairam Ramlakhan, issued a statement saying that they were made aware of the video and the matter was under investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) while statements have already been taken.The file was subsequently sent for advice.
Following a report that a 13-year-old girl was allegedly wedded to an older man over the weekend, the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) has said an investigation is expected to be launched.Director of the Childcare and Protection Agency Ann GreeneThis is according to Director of the Agency, Ann Greene, during an interview on Wednesday with Guyana Times. Greene stated that the CC&PA currently does not have enough information to conduct the investigation.“We (are) looking at it but we got to get more information to send the people out. We don’t have exactly where this place is or who these people are. I have it down on the list… I need more information on where we can find this child,” she explained.Greene noted that this is the first report coming out of the Corentyne, Berbice area after quite some time. According to her, such cases were more prevalent in years gone by but had decreased significantly due to sensitisation conducted by the department.“If they marry a 14-year-old (or), if a grown man sleeps with a 14-year-old, he will get (into) trouble when it is being investigated because it can’t happen. It shouldn’t happen (and) the laws state clearly on it,” she posited.Nevertheless, Greene assured that the childcare officers were informed of the case and are seeking to muster the requisite information.According to information reaching Guyana Times, the prevalence of underage girls on the Upper Corentyne being married has become a worrying issue. This publication was told that there were at least three such weddings over the weekend on the Corentyne. Many of those ceremonies were also reportedly conducted by religious leaders, for which residents have condemned.At Number 64 Village on Sunday, a 13-year-old girl was allegedly wed to a man in his twenties. When this publication visited the home, the teen’s mother said it was not a wedding but a Jhandi. However, a relative realising that the media was enquiring said it was a birthday celebration.Guyana Times understands that Police in B Division (Berbice) visited the home of the teenager on the eve of the wedding, after it was reported by public-spirited community members.Residents of the community confirmed that they were invited to a wedding and that the wedding ceremony was performed. A Pandit from the community told this publication that the family had first went to him to perform the ceremony, but he refused when he learnt the child’s age.Meanwhile, also on the Corentyne, a 19-year-old on Sunday admitted to this newspaper that he has been living with a 13-year-old girl. When the girl went missing on April 29, it was reported to the Number 51 Police Station by her family.“We look several places and we did not find her. Two days after she called and said she was safe and we called back the Number 51 Station and told them,” an aunt of the girl said, while noting that the Police told them that once the girl said she was safe, “it is okay”.The teenager’s aunt added that they later learnt that the 13-year-old was living with a 19-year-old man in a neighbouring village.According to the teenager’s family, the Police did not seem interested in perusing the matter when they informed them.
Twenty-one-year-old Riaz Khan of Lot 38, Block “A” Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo was allegedly driving a motor car at a fast rate along the East Bank Essequibo roadway in the wee hours of Saturday, as he and four others tried to catch the ferry that would transport them to the Essequibo Coast (Region Two), where they were to attend a function.Dead: Riaz KhanAt about 2:30h, while in the village of Philadelphia, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), he slammed the vehicle into three cows that were lying on the roadway. The car reportedly toppled several times before coming to a halt, and the impact of this collision caused residents to rush out of their homes to lend assistance to the crash victims.They were rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where Khan, a teacher at the Guyana Islamic Institute, succumbed to his injures while one Ramzan, of Adventure, Essequibo Coast remains there in critical condition. The other three occupants of the vehicle were treated at a private medical facility, while one was admitted a patient. The three cows involved in the accident were also killed.Farah Khan, mother of the dead man, told Guyana Times she had known that her son was to travel to the Essequibo Coast, but she was not aware when he left home. She said the family received a telephone call at about 03:00h, informing them about the accident; and her husband rushed to the scene, only to see his son’s body lying motionless on the roadway. Assisted by public-spirited persons, her husband rushed the injured men to the Leonora Hospital, where her son was pronounced dead on arrival. He had sustained severe injuries to his head and other parts of his body.The four other occupants of the car were referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, but were taken to a private city hospital after medical treatment was not immediately forthcoming at the GPHC.Relatives of the injured men have reported waiting for quite some time at the GPHC without their loved ones being attended to.Riaz’s mother added that he had been the second of her four children, and had taught at the Islamic School ever since completing his secondary education.Guyana Times understands that stray animals are prevalent on the western corridor between Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara and Parika, East Bank Essequibo.This information has brought into contention the scrapping of the Stray Animal Unit that was knocked under the table by Minister Khemraj Ramjattan upon his assumption to office. The Stray Cattle Unit had been implemented by former Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee under the PPP/C regime. (Bhisham Mohamed)
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals One of Scanlon’s lawyers, Plato Cacheris, disclosed outside the courthouse after the plea that his client has been cooperating with the prosecution for the past five months. “There have been a lot of conversations” between Scanlon and the Justice Department starting in June, Cacheris said in a brief interview Monday night. In an eight-page statement of facts, Scanlon agreed that he and an unidentified person referred to as Lobbyist A “provided a stream of things of value to public officials in exchange for a series of official acts.” The items to one unidentified congressman or his staff included all-expense-paid trips to the Northern Marianas Islands in 2000, a trip to the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla., in 2001 and a golf trip to Scotland in 2002. Based on information already placed on the public record by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Lobbyist A is Abramoff and the congressman is Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio. “Any allegation that Rep. Ney did anything illegal or improper is false,” the congressman’s office said in a statement. Calls to the office of Abramoff’s lawyer were not immediately returned. Scanlon could face up to five years in prison. DeLay is among those facing scrutiny for his associations with Abramoff, including a trip to Scotland and use of Abramoff’s skybox at a Washington sports arena. DeLay, who relinquished his post as House majority leader after a separate indictment in Texas, is due in court today in Austin for a hearing seeking dismissal of conspiracy and money laundering charges. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Michael Scanlon, a former partner of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to bribe public officials, a charge growing out of the government investigation of attempts to defraud Indian tribes and corrupt a member of Congress. At the same time, it was disclosed that Scanlon, a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay, has been cooperating in a widening criminal investigation of members of Congress since June. Scanlon entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle and was ordered to pay restitution totaling more than $19 million to Indian tribes that he admitted had been defrauded while he and Abramoff represented them. Abramoff and Scanlon were paid more than $80 million between 2001 and 2004 by six American Indian tribes with casinos.
SACRAMENTO – Some carry rosary beads, others flowers and cameras. Dozens of the faithful are coming in a steady stream to a church on the outskirts of the city for a glimpse of what some are calling a miracle: A statue of the Virgin Mary that has begun “crying” a substance that looks like blood. The first sign of the tears came more than a week ago, when a priest at the Vietnamese Catholic Martyrs Church spotted a stain on the statue’s face and wiped it away. Before Mass on Nov. 20, people again noticed a reddish substance streaming from the eyes of the white concrete statue outside the small church, said Ky Truong, 56, a parishioner who said he was one of the witnesses. Since then, Truong said he has been at the church day and night. He is so emotional he is unable to work at his job as a general contractor. He believes the tears are a sign. “There’s a big event in the future – earthquake, flood, a disease,” Truong said. “We’re very sad.” On Saturday, tables in front of the fenced-in statue were jammed with rows of potted plants, bouquets of roses and candles. People sat silently praying on fold-up chairs set up in the parking lot, while others sang Vietnamese Catholic hymns or hugged their children. An elderly woman in a wheelchair wept near the front of the crowd. Red liquid trailed from the side of Mary’s left eye, streaming about halfway down the robe made of concrete. Many drove long distances to see the statue. “I think that it’s incredible. It’s a miracle. Why is she doing it? Is it something bothering her?” asked Maria Vasquez, 35, who drove with her parents and three children from Stockton, about 50 miles south of Sacramento. Thousands of such incidents are reported around the world each year, involving blood, water or oil, though many turn out to be hoaxes or natural phenomena. The Diocese of Sacramento has so far not commented on the statue, and the two priests affiliated with the church did not return a telephone message left at their rectory from The Associated Press on Saturday. The Rev. James Murphy, deacon of the diocese’s mother church, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, said church leaders are always skeptical at first of such incidents. “For people individually seeing things through the eyes of faith, something like this can be meaningful. As for whether it is supernatural or a miracle, normally these incidences are not. Miracles are possible, of course,” Murphy said. “The bishop is just waiting and seeing what happens. They will be moving very slowly.” Trinh Tong, 20, of San Jose also was skeptical. She is not Catholic, but came to the statue Saturday with her sister, who is Catholic. “I’m really not sure. I’m surprised,” said Tong, a chemistry major. “I’m more the chemist, the scientist.” But seeing the statue in person left no doubt for Martin Operario, 60, who drove about 100 miles from Hayward. He took photos of it to show to family and friends. “I don’t know how to express what I’m feeling,” Operario said. “Since religion is the mother of believing, then I believe.” Nuns Anna Bui and Rosa Hoang, members of the Salesian Sisters of San Francisco, also made the trek to see the statue Saturday. Whether the weeping Mary is declared a miracle or not, they said it is already doing good by awakening people to the faith and reminding people to pray. “It’s a call for us to change ourselves, to love one another,” Hoang said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!