Dear Editor,The findings of an opinion survey conducted by this writer for the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) last July showed people are disenchanted with the incumbent coalition APNU/AFC Government’s handling of several issues.The Government scores poorly on a range of issues, while the Opposition has the confidence of a majority.The survey finds that three quarters of the nation feel they are worse off today than they were three years ago. A majority of the nation is not satisfied with the Government’s handling of the economy, corruption, crime, contract negotiations with Exxon, the Cyber Bill, and the termination of sugar workers. People do not express much hope in their future wellbeing, with an overwhelming majority saying the country is moving in the wrong direction.They are critical of the Government for its termination of well-known independent-minded Guyana Chronicle columnists Lincoln Lewis and David Hinds. The nation is also disappointed with how the Government has marked the late President Cheddi Jagan’s 100th birth anniversary. They say Government has not done enough to honour the late Dr Jagan, with many saying the Government has disrespected the memory of the founding father of the nation.Respondents also express grave concern about the fairness of the next elections in Guyana. A large majority say they don’t think the elections will be free and fair. However, if an election were called now and it is free and fair, people feel PPP would win a majority. Guyanese say the US has to be the guarantor of free and fair elections in Guyana, and a lopsided majority want closer relations with America.The latest Guyana survey was conducted in June/July to find out opinions on a number of current issues relating to people’s quality of life. NACTA interviewed 1340 adult respondents (550 Indians, 400 Africans, 242 Mixed, 135 Amerindians, and 13 Whites and others belonging to other ethnic categories) to yield a demographically representative sample of the adult population. People were polled randomly. The results of the poll were analysed at a 95 percent significance level, and an approximate statistical sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points was found. This means that in theory, in 19 cases out of 20, the results based on such a sample will differ by about 4 percentage points from what should have been obtained by seeking to interview the whole adult population.According to the findings of the opinion survey, crime remains the dominant issue, with people expressing widespread fear of being robbed; 86 per cent say they are dissatisfied with Government’s policy for combating crime.Many also express concerns about the handling of the economy (64 per cent), corruption (67 per cent), governance (63 per cent), Exxon contract (74 per cent), terminated sugar workers (68 per cent), and Cyber Bill (71 per cent). Some 88 per cent feel the country is moving in the wrong direction. Some 92 per cent feel Guyana should cement closer links with the United States.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram
By Alonzo N. PerryResidents of Gold Camp, Grand Cape Mount County in Gola Konneh District, late Monday afternoon were met with astonishing news of the death of a 28 year-old man, identified as (Daddy Boy), whose body was discovered in his room lying in blood with a deep wound in his left chest at about 5:p.m.According to residents in the area, the deceased was familiar to them, because he was always helpful and most of all a well-known community football player, who hailed from the Sinkor area in Montserrado County.“He was here, hoping to work with Bea Mountain mining company,” a source close to the deceased explained with regret.A resident of the house where the body was found explained that Daddy Boy usually goes to bed very late.“He was warned several times, but would not listen. Sometimes he would come home between 1:a.m. and 3:a.m. For this reason, doors were kept open till the next day in order to avoid disturbance.He said Daddy Boy was not a bad person, but friends he was moving with, were not too good for him.“I was only doing this because this place is an illicit gold camp, and anyone might harm you and run with impunity (jungle justice),” he added.According to the resident, the deceased was out Sunday night as-usual and could not speak a lot more about what happened to him during that night whether outdoors or in as he was from deeply sleeping.Unconfirmed reports say “Daddy Boy was brutally murdered allegedly by a suspect only identified as ‘Ansu,’ a diver; reportedly accompanied by ‘CIC,’ a commercial motorcyclist of the same community. Both are said to be currently on the run.During the night while the victim was out clubbing with friends, he encountered a bitter argument with suspect Ansu, which led to a fist-fight, and so Ansu threatened to pay back after he was defeated in the fight.An eye-witness (name with-held), said the perpetrators were both longing to find Daddy Boy’s residence that entire night after the fight, between the hours of 12: a.m. and 1:a.m. Monday. However, the eyewitness did not know what was the reason they were looking for Daddy Boy.“Ansu and Daddy Boy were long time rivals, two of them were loving to the same girl before, and have had confusion about this. So last night Ansu was beating on one other girl in the club and Daddy boy tried stopping him, saying ‘Beating on women is not a good thing to do,” the witnesses, who requested to remain anonymous, said.“Ansu told them, ‘So you want take this girl from again like you took the other girl from me before?” the eye witness narrated.However, there was evidence of foul play on his body, as reported by a seven-man team comprising a coroner, town elders and resident PA and nurses, who conducted an investigation and witnessed by officers of the Liberian National Police detachment from Tubmanburg.The deceased has been taken to Tubmanburg for medical observation, while a haunt for the suspect continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…says oil revenue should be used towards developing GuyanaFormer Presidential Advisor on Petroleum to Guyana, Dr Jan Mangal says a lot of what the coalition Government does now and how it plans for the future, particularly as it relates to the oil and gas industry, will determine whether or not it can be re-elected to office.Former Presidential Petroleum Adviser, Dr Jan Mangal and President David GrangerHowever, Dr Mangal believes that the Government’s chances are low based on a number of factors. His comments come in light of the recently-concluded Local Government Elections (LGE) which saw the coalition performing poorly as compared to the main Opposition party.“The margin in the 2015 election was in the range of noise. It is unlikely an incumbent Government, somewhat bruised after five years in power, will benefit the same way it did when it was new, untested, and full of promise,” he said in a social media post.He pointed to some areas where the incumbent Administration could improve, stating that it must assume that the chances of being re-elected were slim. Dr Mangal said the Administration’s manifesto promises of making Government accountable would form part of the decision.The David Granger-led Administration has failed to fulfil key promises, chief of which is ensuring constitutional reform. Also, while the coalition has made a commitment to creating jobs, it has instead fired thousands of sugar workers countrywide.“Assume first oil by 2020 will not be a big factor with the voters in the 2020 election … Assume the voters would like to see the Government negotiating a fair deal with Exxon which maximises the benefit to the people of Guyana over the long term,” he advised.Again, the Government has been staunchly criticised for the deal it inked with the US oil giant. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had flayed the Government for the less-than-favourable terms it negotiated on Guyana’s behalf in the oil contract.Jagdeo made it clear that despite Guyana holding all the cards when it sat down at the negotiations table, the end product was a contract heavily favouring Exxon.He did not attack the oil company, as he noted it was Government’s duty to properly negotiate with the company, which no doubt had its eyes on profit maximisation and cost reduction.The deal was also not well received by civil society groups and other citizens.Meanwhile, Dr Mangal said the Government must also bear in mind that voters would be looking to see if it set up an oil industry that was free of future mismanagement and corruption. However, this remains a widespread concern, especially since the Administration was focused on making the Finance Minister a key manager of how the funds were spent and saved.Jagdeo has long criticised the Petroleum Commission Bill, saying it was both “oily” and “slick”. He is against full ministerial control of the Natural Resources Fund also. Although the Government has catered for a representative from the Opposition to sit on the committee governing the Fund, Jagdeo has objected to this proposal, stating that politicians should not be included.National developmentThe former Presidential Advisor on Petroleum said Government must also assume the voters would like to see some national development prior to 2020 in the form of infrastructure, education, and health care, etcetera, which would require borrowing.He is suggesting that robust long-term strategic and tactical plans for developing Guyana using oil revenue should be implemented. Dr Mangal said he would like to see these plans include a significant pay raise for all sectors’ employees; making the University of Guyana the preeminent university in the Caribbean; and extensive infrastructural and agricultural development.Also, he said focus should be placed on making Guyana (and Iwokrama) the leading centre for research into rainforest and green issues; making Guyana a test case and leading research centre for dealing with rising sea level; and finally, making Guyana a cultural and commercial link between the Anglo-Caribbean countries and Latin South American countries.While some economists, accountants and analysts have mixed views on how the oil revenue should be spent, most of them have concluded that Guyana’s rising debt was something to also consider. Guyana’s total public debt has been increasing over the last three years – going from $317.7 billion in 2015 to $344.9 billion in 2017, according to the Public Debt Annual Report of 2017.
The Fort St. John fire department is dedicating a whole month to preventing you from getting burned.All October, fire crews will be out in full force to educate the public on fire and burn prevention.Captain Greg Nicoll says while most of the demonstrations are based on common sense, the tips they give out still need to be reiterated.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=1921|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b01d7b3b22511fee95e9e36a7e65dce8-Captain Nicoll 1_1_Pub.mp3]Events begin on Friday, October 2nd, when Moose FM will be broadcasting from the Fire Hall. Then, on Saturday, a parade will leave from the Fire Hall at 11:00 a.m. It will go north on 96 Street, then head south on 100 street to Canadian Tire.Firefighters will then fire up the barbeque, where the community can participate in a meet and greet. The Hot Drills are sure to be a hit, with firefighters demonstrating what a fire is capable of in the Canadian Tire Parking Lot. There will also be plenty of time to ask questions about fire safety and prevention.Advertisement Captain Nicoll also encourages families to use the event as a reminder to check the batteries in their smoke detectors.[asset|aid=1922|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b01d7b3b22511fee95e9e36a7e65dce8-Captain Nicoll 2_1_Pub.mp3]He says families should be putting smoke detectors in every child’s room.A highlight of Fire Prevention Month is the family fire drill on October 7 at 6:30 p.m. Captain Nicoll says when families hear the fire trucks coming, they should exit their homes and practice their Fire Safety Plan.Advertisement
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students and staff at North Peace Secondary School practiced their emergency preparedness today with the completion of a lockdown drill.The drill, which was the second conducted this year, trains staff and students about what to do in the event that the school would need to locked down. The drill involves staff locking doors, closing blinds and windows, and having students practice staying completely silent and out of sight of anyone outside of their classrooms.NPSS Principal Randy Pauls told Energeticcity.ca that the school conducts two drills per year which are mandated by the provincial government at the recommendation of the RCMP. Pauls says that while school staff, as well as the local RCMP detachment, district board office, and the school’s website are given advance notice, the students are not informed about the second drill until it has already begun. According to Pauls, the school has been conducting lockdown drills for the past two or three years, and are in addition to the six fire drills the school conducts every year.- Advertisement –
1 Mattia Destro in action for Roma A swap deal involving Chelsea striker Fernando Torres and Roma forward Mattia Destro has been ruled out by the latter’s agent.Reports in a number of newspapers on Thursday suggested Chelsea had made a move for Italy international Destro and were prepared to offer the much-maligned Torres in exchange.Destro‘s representative, Renzo Contratto, admits the Blues have been eyeing his client, but insists a move away from Roma is unlikely and says there has been no offer made by the Premier League club that includes Torres.“It’s true that Chelsea are interested in Mattia. But the reports regarding a swap deal have no foundation, it’s all speculation,” Contratto said,“Roma don’t want to sell Mattia and Mattia prefers to remain at Roma,” he added, speaking to Press Association Sport.Destro moved to Roma in the summer of 2012 from Genoa and is under contract with the Giallorossi for another three seasons.He was Roma’s top scorer last season with 13 league goals to help his side finish runners-up to Juventus in Serie A, but missed out on a place in Italy’s World Cup squad.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFurthermore, the implication that board members were living luxurious lifestyles at taxpayer expense is off-base. Board members were paid about $2,000 per month for their service. CHARGE: Gipson is “the candidate of the tobacco industry.” FACTS: Gipson is the beneficiary of at least $150,000 in independent expenditures paid for by the Alliance for California’s Tomorrow, a group of corporate interests with business before the state. Among the donors to the group in 2006 were cigarette makers Philip Morris and U.S. Tobacco. Several other corporate interests have contributed larger sums, but Furutani’s campaign chose to single out the tobacco companies because of their unpopularity with voters. Gipson has not directly received any money from tobacco companies, and says he has had no contact with the independent expenditure group. A slew of negative attacks have landed in mailboxes in the 55th Assembly District over the past week. Below, political writer Gene Maddaus gives a rundown of the charges and an assessment of their relative truthfulness: CHARGE: Warren Furutani kept two chauffeurs while on the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District. FACTS: This charge has a kernel of truth to it, but only a kernel. Board members were occasionally driven to events by two sergeants-at-arms. The claim, contained in a mailer by Furutani’s opponent, Carson City Councilman Mike Gipson, appears to suggest that each was paid $100,000, when in fact that figure was divided between the two employees, and included overtime. Their base salaries were $36,000 a year, and they had other responsibilities, including attending board meetings and delivering agendas. : “Smokey” Furutani is taking money from interests that don’t want tougher penalties for selling tobacco to minors. : The mailer claims that Furutani received $2,500 from “CIGCS PAC,” leaving the impression that the group represents tobacco companies. CIGCS stands for California Independent Grocers and Convenience Stores. In 2004, the organization lobbied against SB 433, which would have toughened penalties against retailers that sell tobacco to minors. The California Grocers Association, which has given Gipson $1,000, also opposed the bill. Furutani has not taken money from tobacco companies. : Furutani fired 800 teachers while on the LAUSD board. : The board voted to eliminate 889 nontenured teaching positions in August 1991. The district was also forced to cut salaries and increase class sizes to fill a $274 million budget gap, due to a recession and drastic cuts in state funding. The board also slashed administrative costs. : Oil company polluters are backing Gipson. : Gipson has received $3,600 from Sempra Energy, $1,000 from Chevron and $1,000 from ConocoPhillips. The mailer also accuses Gipson of taking thousands of dollars from construction and insurance companies. Gipson received $2,500 from the California Building Industry Association, $1,000 from Coast to Coast Construction in Hacienda Heights, $1,500 from the Insurance Brokers and Agents PAC, $2,000 from Farmers Group, $3,600 from the Farmers Employees and Agents PAC and $500 from Allstate. : Gipson was “like a madman” during a City Council meeting. : Gipson did stand up during a council meeting to confront Rick Pulido, an audience member. To say that he “tried to attack” Pulido, as Pulido claims in the mailer, is an exaggeration. Though the mailer suggests a pattern of immaturity on Gipson’s part, Gipson is usually among the council’s more polite and restrained members. : Gipson makes dissension in Carson politics “much worse.” : Carson politics are fractious, for which both sides deserve some blame. But to assert that Gipson makes the situation “much worse” is a distortion. The mailer charges that Gipson engaged in battles over Unity Day and an event to honor Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald. In both cases, Mayor Jim Dear probably bears greater responsibility by claiming the exclusive right to appoint committee members to organize the events, thereby introducing factional feuding to the matter. The mailer is on firmer ground when it accuses Gipson of delaying city business by holding up scores of appointments to city committees. But again, Dear holds some blame for reserving the exclusive right to appoint committee members. : Furutani should be held accountable for the Belmont Learning Center fiasco. CHARGE FACTS CHARGE FACTS CHARGE FACTS CHARGE FACTS CHARGE FACTS CHARGE FACTS : Furutani did vote to acquire the land for the Belmont Learning Center in 1993, but the key decisions that inflated the cost of the project to $400 million were made after Furutani left the board, in 1995. Furutani was not in office when the board approved the project’s flawed environmental report and its development agreement. District staffers, including the then-superintendent and the project manager, as well as the district’s contract attorney, have generally taken the brunt of the blame – although a thorough review by the District Attorney’s Office found no criminal wrongdoing. In a booklet mailed to voters, Gipson asserts that union representatives warned the board early on that the project was “not a good idea.” But the union activists were initially motivated by opposition to the project developer – which owned a hotel that resisted organizing efforts – and not by environmental concerns. Environmental issues did not become paramount until the project was under construction in the late 1990s. Charge: Furutani spent $665 for a trip to Torrance. Facts: Furutani paid $665 for a meeting room and a hospitality suite at the Filipino Educators Conference in Torrance in 1990. The cost was reimbursed by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The mailer also cites a travel expense figure of $400,000, but does not explain that the sum was the total spent by the entire district – including administrators and lobbyists traveling to Sacramento – and not just the board. Charge: Furutani defended spending $400,000 in taxpayer money on a public relations firm. Facts: True. The Los Angeles Community College District paid Fleishman-Hillard $400,000 per year from 1999 to 2003 for marketing efforts, including arranging groundbreakings.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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsLedford, who has criticized Runner for taking contributions from gambling, alcohol and tobacco interests, said he didn’t reach the $50,000 threshold to require electronic filings until Thursday. His accountant is preparing a list of past contributions of $1,000 or more, which Ledford said included donations from Rancho Vista developer R. Gregg Anderson, the Lexus of Valencia dealership and the California Teachers Association. Ledford said he will file a full campaign report of all contributions above $99 by the May 25 deadline. Ledford said he did not know he was required to report his community-property half of the income made by his wife, Rachelle, who is a waitress at Acton’s Vincent Hill restaurant. Ledford said he has sent in a corrected form, showing the income was less than $50,000. PALMDALE – Assemblywoman Sharon Runner’s supporters criticized her election opponent, Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, for not disclosing campaign contributions. Runner’s campaign staff also said formal complaints have been filed with the state Fair Political Practices Commission because he did not disclose his spouse’s income on an state economic interest statement. “The public wants campaign disclosure, not a continued pattern of shielding his assets and the deceitfulness that is clear in his reports,” Victor Valley Republican Assembly President Mark Kirk said in a statement released by Runner’s campaign staff. Runner’s campaign staff said a 1997 state law requires candidates to file online or electronically all of their contributions in excess of $50,000. They said they believed Ledford passed that limit, based on his spending on campaign mailers and radio advertising. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Liverpool legend John Aldridge is tipping Virgil van Dijk to go on strike at Southampton to force through a move to Anfield.The Merseysiders have long coveted the Dutch defender and were widely expected to launch a big-money bid for him this summer.But they had to make an embarrassing public apology after being accused of tapping up Van Dijk by the Saints earlier this month and announced they had decided to drop their interest.Aldridge, though, insists it is not the end of the transfer saga as he believes the 25-year-old WILL seal a switch to Jurgen Klopp’ side.“Players and their agents hold all the power these days and if he says he won’t kick another ball for Southampton and demands a move, it will happen,” he told the Daily Mirror.“Tapping up goes on all the time in the game and even if Liverpool went a bit far in their pursuit of Van Dijk before they spoke to Southampton, I don’t believe this transfer story is dead in the water.“Van Dijk needs to make the next move and I reckon he will tell Southampton that he wants out and he wants to go to Liverpool.“I don’t like the way the game has gone in some ways and players can hold clubs to ransom if they want a move and big money offers are coming in, but that is the way of the world now.“I still see this transfer happening one way or the other and I certainly hope it does because I’d like to have seen a little more movement from Liverpool in the transfer market this summer.” Virgil van Dijk is being urged to leave Southampton for Liverpool
The Secret To Beautiful Soft Bouncy CurlsPatrick Gildea Hairdressing Voted RSVP Best Salon in Ireland are here to help you create a beautiful head of curls suitable for any occasion. “Many of our clients have been obsessing over transforming their normal hair routine into beautiful face framing curls. We have all lusted over beautiful, bouncy curls that many Hollywood A-listers are sporting time and time again. Thankfully celebrity hairstyles are something that we can definitely help to recreate, so we gathered a few pointers on how you can create a beautiful curl with a little bit of practice”.• Getting the right cutWe cannot emphasise enough how important getting the right cut is for your hair to give the perfect shape. You hair health plays an important role in styling your hair. Damaged hair with split ends will be harder to curl, in the same way thick blunt ends won’t hold a curl. Long layers work best for beach waves.• Shampoo and Conditioner Did you know that unwashed hair holds a style better than freshly washed hair; we would also recommend holding back on the conditioner which will create a better hair hold for curls. A little dry styling product is good for adding some volume and helps with excess natural oils too!• Add some texture to your hairTo create a beautiful curl it is important to add some texture to your hair with a Volumizing Mousse. We love “EIMI extra volume mousse” which has a strong hold and also protects hair against dehydration. The full Wella EIMI styling range is available in salon• Protect Your HairRemember beautiful hair is healthy hair no matter what the style is! Before you make a start with a curling iron, apply a heat protector to your hair so that your hair doesn’t get damaged. Wella EIMI Thermal Image will also smooth your hair for a flawless shiny result.• Use the right Curling Iron Not all curling irons are the same- they come in different sizes so make sure that you find one that is the correct size for your hair type…simply ask us on your next visit and we can recommend one for you, we promise that your curls will look better and last longer.• Start from the topOne of the simplest tricks for creating a beautiful soft curl is to start from the top of the crown and work your way down, taking no wider than 1 inch sections.Hair Grips Are Your New Best Friend One of the best tips that we give for home curls that will last is to roll each fresh curl around your finger and fasten it to your head with a hair grip, then when all of your hair has been curled and pinned spray with hair spray and leave for 10 minutes, simply remove curls one by one! The results is beautiful bouncier curls that last all day! This can be loosely shook or gently run your fingers through your hair to separate.Hair SprayIt goes without saying that when you go to all this effort creating beautiful curls that you want them to last! Always use a medium to strong hold hairspray and don’t be afraid to top up during the day with a little spray to revitalize your look.For more tips and to keep up to date with our team news see http://www.patrickgildea.ie/our-news-patrick-gildea/PATRICK GILDEA’S HAIR TIP – SECRET TO BOUNCY AND LASTING CURLS was last modified: September 17th, 2015 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:curlshair tipPatrick Gildea