first_imgDear Editor,Many are lobbying for Guyana to welcome with open arms the impoverished, unfortunate Venezuelans running from lives of misery in their homeland, but our country has been unable to get its act together to improve the lives of its very own people.I can point to our dire crime situation or our stores bending over backwards for foreign buyers. I can focus on our ramshackle markets, even our inability to provide potable water and reliable electricity for ourselves after 52 years of Independence.But the unbridled wild beast that our public transportation has become might be the defining issue that crystallises all the trials and tribulations our people face.The public transportation system is now in the clutches of minibus operators and it seems to be totally unregulated. It has become a sad reflection of our culture, which over the years became liberally veined with lawlessness, low levels of tolerance, uncouth behaviour, lack of empathy, fearfulness and an ‘anything-goes-just-make-money’ approach.Of course, like anything else, not all minibus operators are like this; but it seems to me that the majority who are, taint the ones who aren’t.On any given day, we can see a multitude of minibuses, some garishly coloured in avid and dangerous competition with each other, despite the obvious risks to the lives of travellers and pedestrians. I speculate that in many cases passengers do not protest because rides within Georgetown are usually just short ones.On any given day, speeding overcrowded minibuses put the lives of people’s children, wives, husbands, brothers and sisters in grave danger. It’s all about the money. In the typical bus operator’s mind, passengers’ safety is a minor consideration, most likely such thoughts are a nuisance.I remember witnessing two minibus drivers jostling to get a single passenger and grazing the sides of each other’s vehicles in their recklessness. And I don’t need to regurgitate the details of many serious accidents involving minibuses when torsos, arms, legs etc were violently separated from their counterparts on human bodies and bloodied remains were strewn everywhere.On any given day, we can see ragamuffin-looking touts for minibuses grabbing and groping prospective passengers, trying to force them to board specific buses.On any given day, we can see minibuses and other vehicles for that matter, racing to beat traffic lights, which, ironically, were erected to control traffic and prevent accidents. We can see them forming extra lanes on busy roadways to beat the lights and be a few seconds ahead of other buses in the jostle for passengers.On any given day, we can encounter rude, aggressive hoodlum-type characters functioning as minibus conductors and drivers, some making passes at schoolgirls.On any given day, we can honestly mistake some minibuses for moving dance halls blasting music with the filthiest lyrics that would make any conscious parent cringe while travelling with a child.I have actually witnessed minibus drivers and conductors openly buying bottles of Guinness stout to drink while operating their vehicles with paying passengers on board.Sincerely,Concerned citizenlast_img read more

first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) has ordered an inquiry into an allegation that Robert Sirleaf voted in the November 4, 2014, mid-term senatorial election in the United States of America, which if true might disqualify  him from contesting the December 16, special senatorial election here in Liberia.Mr. Robert Sirleaf is a senatorial candidate for Montserrado County and a son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He recently filed a lawsuit against his mother’s executive order #65, which is yet to be decided upon by the Supreme Court of Liberia.NEC had received the complaint from lawyers representing two political parties, Movement for Progress Change (MPC) and the National Democratic Coalition (NDC), Counselors Laveli Supuwood and Lofer Kaneah, respectively, that they have documentary evidence that Robert voted in the democratic primary in North Caroline on May, 4 2014, in the USA.They also allege that Mr. Sirleaf never applied in America for the revocation of his U.S. citizenship.The parties were among several individuals and civil society groups that resisted NEC and the government’s handling of the December 16 special senatorial election, on which the Supreme Court’s Justice in Chambers has placed a stay order.In response to Robert’s citizenship issue, NEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya, has written to one of the Counselors, Kaneah, stating that “in keeping with the practice of the Commission and due to the seriousness of the matter raised in your letter under reply, I have referred your complaint to the Independent Hearing Officer, Attorney Muana Ville for investigation.“Attorney Ville will cite the parties for a hearing as soon as he returns from his tour of the Southeast where he is conducting training for hearing officers in the special senatorial election,” the NEC response read.In conclusion, the communication said, “I want to thank you for brining the matter to the attention of the Commission and to encourage you not to relent in alerting the Commission on any violation of the laws governing the electoral process.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAs investigations continue into the gunning down of 21-year-old Ronsley Clarke, a mason, of Lot 181 Fire Station Road, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) in Sophia on Thursday evening, the Police are on the hunt for the suspect, who is popularly known as “Short Boss”.The now dead mason was gunned down outside a party in Sophia, Greater Georgetown in the presence of his girlfriend.Guyana Times understands that the victim and the suspect were known to each other and reportedly had a disagreement about a month ago while at a party in Sophia.However, on Thursday evening, Clarke was in the company of his girlfriend, Alesha Thomas at the C Field Sophia main access road when the suspect was reportedly seen “chipping” into the said party.The man quickly drew a small silver pistol from his jacket, and before an alarmDeceased: Ronsley Clarkecould have been raised, he reportedly discharged three rounds in Clarke’s direction. Two of the bullets reportedly struck the now dead man – one to a right rib and one to the right side of his upper back.The gunman then quickly made good his escape in an unknown direction while the patrons at the party ran for cover. The Police were called to the scene, and Clarke was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital by an ambulance, but was pronounced dead on arrival.A grieving Thomas told the media that she was unclear about the nature of the old grievance between the suspect and her now dead boyfriend, but maintained that it did not warrant anyone dying. She explained that after being shot, the injured man attempted to run, but collapsed a short distance away and slipped into an unconscious state.The Police have since retrieved two .32 spent shells at the scene. Investigations are on-going.last_img read more

first_imgSix Inconnu swim club members were in Edmonton two weeks ago to compete at the Speedo Western Canadian Long Course Open. Of the six swimmers, three posted personal best times in various events.Alex Hedges made it to the B final in the 50 metre freestyle race. She also set personal best marks in every distance she swam in over the weekend. The achievements were said to have been a significant accomplishment for her as it was her first time competing against such a high level of swimmers.Emma Murdock posted a personal best in the 50 metre butterfly, and Brittany Welsh made the B final in the 50 metre backstroke. It marked the first time Welsh had qualified for a final against competition as high as it was.- Advertisement -Cale Murdock qualified for four B finals at the meet in the 50, 100, and 200 metre butterfly, and the 50 metre backstroke.Skyeler Kerr made the A finals in the 50, and 100 metre butterfly. He also made the A finals in the 50, and 100 metre freestyle, and the 50 metre backstroke.Benjamin Blackmon was in the A finals in the 50, 100, and 200 metre breaststroke, and the B final in the 200 and 400 metre individual medley. Blackman made a significant improvement in his 1,500 metre freestyle time as he improved it by 55 seconds by finishing in 17:59.59. The new time was also a club record.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAlso, host clubs will have an improved kitty of Sh1.4mn for their logistical planning, up from last season’s Sh1mn.This is after Stanbic increased their sponsorship from Sh9mn to Sh14.35mn for the new season rolled out across the 10 weeks of the competition that starts July 20 and runs all through to September 8.Division Two sides will also have a piece of cake to fight over with the winners taking Sh150,000 while the losing finalists earns a Sh50,000 compensation.-Women’s tournamentAt the same time, the circuit has introduced a women’s tournament which will be held at the Christie Sevens hosted by Kenya Harlequins where the winner of the tourney walks home with Sh100,000.According to Abraham Ongenge, Stanbic Bank’s Chief Financial Officer, the bank’s investment in the tournament is aligned to continuous pursuit of promoting a homegrown agenda through people and rugby.“This investment has contributed to a thriving sports economy ecosystem demonstrable in the socio-economic impact across sport, business and youth in the years we’ve worked with Kenya Rugby Union,” he said.“The tournament has put us in the front seat of supporting grassroots initiatives which is already providing value to a new generation keen to develop their skills – that way helping maintaining the men’s rugby ranking and stature at the global and African sphere,” he further stated.Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Oduor Gangla said: “These are very exciting times for our sport and this deal will hugely benefit sevens rugby game. The renewal of the title sponsorship of the National Sevens Circuit further demonstrates the confidence that corporates have in rugby in building the sports economy.”2019 Calendar20th/21st July – Kakamega7s, Bull Ring (Hosted by Kabras)27th/28th July – Kabeberi7s, Kinoru Stadium (Hosted by Mwamba)3rd/4th August – BREAK10th/11th August – Dala7s, Mamboleo Showgrounds (Hosted by Kisumu)17th/18th August – Prinsloo7s, Nakuru Athletics Club (Hosted by Nakuru)24th/25th August – BREAK31st Aug/1st Sept – Christie7s, RFUEA Grounds (Hosted by Kenya Harlequins)7th/8th Sept – Driftwood7s, Mombasa Sports Club (Hosted by Mombasa)0Shares0000(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Stanbic Bank Chief Finance Officer Abraham Ongenge (left) exchange documents with Kenya Rugby Union chairman Oduor Gangla. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 2 – Clubs participating in this year’s Kenya Rugby Union National Sevens Series will have an extra carrot dangled in their faces after an improved sponsorship purse from Stanbic Bank meant there will be enough to introduce prize money into the competition.The winners of the overall title will walk home with Sh500,000 with the second placed team winning Sh250,000 and the third placed team earning Sh150,000. Not enough for six rounds of the competition, but for a start this will give teams an extra motivation to fight for the crown.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The first incident occurred Friday morning with the discovery of the body of Elsy Lizeth Molina, a 36-year-old Compton woman found dead in her truck in the 2800 block of Victoria Street in Rancho Dominguez, sheriff’s deputies said. Deputies found Molina lying in the sleeping cabin of a parked tractor-trailer. Coroner’s officials said she died of multiple traumatic injuries and declared her death a homicide. On Saturday, gunmen in a car fired shots into another vehicle at Tajauta Avenue and Cyrene Drive in Carson, wounding a 40-year-old Inglewood man, deputies said. Bobby Smith died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER Homicide detectives were busy Monday investigating five unrelated killings in a three-day period across the South Bay and Harbor Area. Four men and one woman died in the attacks. No suspects were in custody, and few details were released about any of the slayings. The shooting was considered gang-related. About 12:30 a.m. Sunday, a gunman walked up to a 19-year-old man in Wilmington and shot him in the head, coroner’s officials said. The shooting occurred in the 1400 block of Blinn Avenue. Daniel Angel Arviso of Wilmington died later at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. About 4 a.m., a drive-by gunman shot Devon Curry, 18, of Hawthorne, in the 5400 block of West 99th Place near Los Angeles International Airport. Curry died later at UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. Twelve hours later, a man was gunned down in a drive-by attack on Lincoln Boulevard at Maxella Avenue near Marina del Rey. The victim was identified as 33-year-old Armando Joseph Mariscal Jr. of San Pedro. Staff writer Paul Clinton contributed to this article. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com 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

first_imgGERMAN golfers could be coming to Co Donegal in their droves next year, if tourism bosses get their way.Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland Golf in Germany in cooperation with leading German golf tour operator golf.extra brought six German golf professionals to the Northwest this week.They played Ballyliffin and were absolutely blown away by the quality of the two courses. Golf professionals in Germany travel a lot with their students throughout the year to various destinations and generate a lot of business.Martina Bromley, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Operations in the North West welcomed the group to the North West: “We believe that our golf product is among the best in the world and recent studies have shown the great potential of golf for tourism as estimating that the typical overseas golf tourist is worth almost three times the value of the average tourist to Ireland and, with approximately 155,000 overseas visitors playing golf while in Ireland, this amounts to a total estimated spend of €204 million per annum.“It is important that we fully promote what is available by assisting these groups in showcasing what Ireland has to offer.  This will certainly encourage and help maintain Ireland’s reputation as a destination for high quality and challenging golf.”In the picture from left to right is part of the group on Glashedy Links  – Erik Moll, Sven Stier, Men’s Captain Paddy Logue and Fred Hoffmann.The group also played Murvagh, Bundoran, Rosses Point and Castle Dargan to get a short overview of what the Northwest has to offer.  TOURISM HOPES AFTER GERMAN GOLF PROFESSIONALS VISIT DONEGAL was last modified: October 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:TOURISM HOPES AFTER GERMAN GOLF PROFESSIONALS VISIT DONEGALlast_img read more

first_imgA man who took his wife and 3-year-old daughter hostage was arrested Monday after a 16-hour police standoff that began when he allegedly stabbed his sister-in-law, officials said. SWAT team negotiators arrested the unidentified suspect around 8 a.m. after entering the South Los Angeles home, said Officer Martha Garcia, a Los Angeles police spokeswoman. No one was injured, she said. The hostages were taken to an area hospital. The standoff began shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, and the man threatened to shoot any officers that came near the door of the home, police said. Police had not verified whether the man had a gun. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SWAT team negotiators Monday talked to the man by phone and attempted to coax him out, Garcia said. Police evacuated about 50 people from homes surrounding the house in the city’s Vermont Knolls area after SWAT officers were called to the scene. The stabbing victim underwent surgery at a local hospital for a wound to her left arm and was in stable condition, Garcia said.last_img read more

first_imgMet Eireann have raised the alert for foggy conditions today and extended the Status Orange weather warning until Friday.Lingering fog has created poor visibility for drivers in inland areas, with Letterkenny and nearby towns in Donegal affected in particular. The fog warning is now in place for the entire country from Thursday at 12noon until Friday at 2am.Ireland hasn’t seen the worst of the fog either, as forecasters say it will become more extensive and dense this evening and tonight. Cold temperatures will create a misty and frosty night, with lows of -1 and 0 degrees in store. AA roadwatch warn motorists to take extra care today: “When driving in such conditions reduce your speed and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. Use fog lights in affected areas but don’t forget to turn them off afterwards.”Gardai have issued a similar warning, reminding drivers to turn off their fog lights when conditions are clear.Garda Traffic: Please drive carefully during foggy conditionsBUT remember to turn off front & rear fog lights when fog has lifted. Foglights which are on during non-foggy conditions are very annoying anddistracting for other road users.#ArriveAlive pic.twitter.com/L2vnaXOmJb— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) January 11, 2018Fog warning extended to cover entire country until Friday was last modified: January 12th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:fogMet Eireannweatherweather warninglast_img read more

first_imgHammersmith’s George Groves and former world champion Glen Johnson speak ahead of their Commonwealth super-middleweight title clash at the ExCel London. (Video courtesy of iFilm London)See also:O’Meara to fight for Commonwealth titleGroves believes he can stop JohnsonJohnson speaks ahead of his fight with George GrovesDuo weigh in ahead of title showdownsGroves discusses Johnson and a potential clash with FrochWatch Groves and Johnson square-up at their weigh-inGroves and DeGale in new war of 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more