MANAGUA, Nicaragua (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago head coach Tom Siantfiet has underscored the importance of the two international friendlies against Nicaragua, as his side prepares for the three-nation CFU Caribbean Cup play-off later this month.In games at the National Football Stadium here, T&T lost the opener 2-1 last Tuesday before bouncing back with an impressive 3-1 victory on Friday night.T&T will be back in action on Wednesday when they clash with Suriname in the first game of the play-off series at the Ato Boldon Stadium. They take on Haiti at the same venue next Sunday.”I think it’s very important, and I am very happy that the association could organise these matches in a short period of time,” Saintfiet said.”People sometimes forget that I am only two-and-a-half, three weeks in Trinidad and that I saw only a few league matches and I had not a lot of time to select and to find the right players for the coming weeks.”So this two-week training camp plus these two friendly matches helped me a lot to know which players are ready, which system is best, and how we can be prepared for Suriname and Haiti.”I am a very happy coach that we use these days between Christmas and New Years to prepare our team because we have made a lot of steps forward.”WITHOUT TOP PLAYERSThe squad selected for the two friendlies were without captain and talisman Kenwyne Jones, who was axed by Saintfiet, and first-choice goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, who was not released by his club.Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino, Cordell Cato, Sheldon Bateau, Khaleem Hyland, Andre Boucaud and Levi Garcia were all unavailable through club commitments while India-based forward Cornell Glen was also called up for his first international in three years.Domestic players Tyrone Charles, Nathan Lewis and Akeem Roach gained call-ups for the first time.Saintfiet said he was pleased with the attitude and approach of the entire squad during the two-match series here.”It’s always difficult to say, because we also have to respect the players that played last Tuesday. They also played quite well last match,” said the 43-year-old Belgian.”[On Friday], the guys who came in, like Kevan George, Carlyle Mitchell, Tyrone Charles and Cornell Glen, did fantastic, but it’s not only them; it’s a whole team performance.”Even after the changes, I have to think of players like Aikim Andrews and other players who performed well. I think we as a team don’t have one, two, three big players, but we have a team performance of 20-23 players who are playing on a high level.”Sure [on Friday], some players showed that they deserved to be on the national team. I think some were a little bit out of selection for a long period and they wanted to prove something, and I hope in the coming weeks, they can continue that.”The winner of the upcoming series will meet the fifth-placed side from Central America in a qualifier which will determine the final spot at the CONCACAF Gold Cup later this year.
The CEO and president of Liberty International Mineral Corporation, Len Lindstrom, on Wednesday, March 12, announced that Liberians, who want to get access to his recently published book entitled ‘Corruption 101-Liberian Style’ can now download it free on the internet.According to him, the book has drawn the attention of many Liberians since it openly exposes and documents the illegal activities of numerous executives, who have presided over the affairs of the nation’s natural resources.Mr. Lindstrom said his book is the talk of the town and number one conversation piece in the nation because it exposes government-appointed officials whose illegal actions amounted to the deliberate economic sabotage of his companies.He explained that the book detailed numerous events of his five long frustrating years at Liberty attempting to resolve issues with seven ex-officials of the Ministry of Lands Mines and Energy (MLME).The Canadian investor expressed the belief that rampant corruption has impeded the flow of much needed investment and greater development in the nation for the betterment of all Liberians’ lifestyles.Mr. Lindstrom recalled during the launch of the book several journalists asked where they could get a copy.In fact, the hunger for the book was so great that many people literally ran behind him, shouting, “The Corruption book-I need a copy of the corruption book!” Unfortunately, it was impossible to place copies in the hands of the thousands of people who requested it since it sold at a cost of US$72 per copy.The CEO and president of Liberty International Mineral Corporation said that thought he was frequently offered US$100 to 200 for the book, he has not sold a single copy. Instead, he used the initial printed material as a means to make the international community and major institutional bodies aware of what was happening to him in Liberia.“The good news is that the book is now available to everybody on the internet. Because this is such an important issue to all Liberians, a website has been set up so that everyone living in the country to download it for free,” he announced.Mr. Lindstrom added the new website also contains a news feed which will enable the reader to follow the developments in the case of Liberty VS MLME and the Government of Liberia.Meanwhile, to download the book, simply log in to www.corruption101.net and fill in the order form.The website has been designed so that it is geographically sensitive; which means that it will recognize if your computer or electronic device is in Liberia.And if you are a Liberian citizen, the price of the book will switch to US$0.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Agriculture Ministry’s National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) is currently tendering for the rehabilitation of the access road to the Ebini Agriculture Station.The repairs, along with the construction of three timber bridges and the installation of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe culverts, will cost an estimated .8 million, according to the Government Information Agency (GINA).“These projects are in keeping with Government’s programme for agricultural diversification, and will not only create greater easier access to the site, but also boost production and commercial activities in the area,” GINA said in its release.“A Brazilian firm, New Frontier Agriculture Incorporated (NFAI) will be commencing a large-scale commercial production of soybean in Ebini, shortly. [National Agriculture Research & Extension Institute] NAREI has begun preparatory works to facilitate this investment,” GINA noted.NAREI Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Oudho Homenauth stated: “Our focus at Ebini would be the development of a nursery, which will happen I suspect before the middle of the year… we have to go through the process of advertising and so on. We will also be expanding our orchard; that will be further increased by at least 10 acres.”It was noted that this investment is expected to “significantly reduce” the amount of foreign currency expended on soybean (used in the production of animal feed) since it will be available locally. Guyana imports approximately 30,000 tonnes of animal feed per year.NAREI CEO, Dr Oudho Homenauth
Residents in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) are complaining bitterly about the lack of essential medication and services at the Suddie Public Hospital.Suddie Hospital, Essequibo CoastMany persons have vented concerns over the lack of medications and essential tests there. Due to the shortages many patients have to endure additional expenses, and quite a few of them have to deprive themselves due to lack of funds.According to one patient who had severe chest pains, she was denied an X-ray at the when the technician told her the hospital was out of Chest X-ray films. That patient travelled from Anna Regina to Suddie to seek medical attention but was told to visit the Charity Oscar Joseph Hospital for the X-ray. Other patients have echoed similar sentiments and vented their frustrations.At the RDC statutory meeting for April, PPP/C councillor Arnold Adams also reported about the lack of essential medications at public medical facilities. Present at the meeting was medical superintendent of the Suddie Hospital Sonia Grey who admitted that indeed there is a shortage of Chest X-ray and it is causing great inconvenience to patients. Same was reported to the Ministry of Public Health but to date no films have been delivered.Grey said the hospital has many challenges, one being the short supply of X-ray films. She related that of every day of last week there was an accident that required Chest X-ray and the hospital could not have performed same.Those persons had to be rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital to access that service. Many families have also complained over the additional expenses they incur to travel to GPH to access service.Most of them do not even have accommodation to stay.Complaints were also made that X-rays done a Suddie Hospital always differ from that done at Charity Hospital.Councillors from the Region Two RDC have also questioned the credibility and accuracy of the machines. The Medical Superintendent however has promised to launch an investigation into the matter of alleged inaccuracy of the X-ray machines.
In a bid to build transparency and erase the question marks that still exist as a result of unaccounted-for cash, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown on Tuesday passed a motion which will pave the way for the establishment of an Audit Committee.The motion was brought to the table during Tuesday’s sitting of an extraordinary statutory meeting. It was moved by Councillor Denroy Tudor and seconded by Councillor Eon Bollers, who touted the need for the Committee.Tudor said he saw the move as the first step in the right direction, which would guarantee that the Council started on a fresh page to ensure transparency in accounting.The Committee is expected to provide the necessary oversight and focus onCouncillors and other staff members of M&CC gathered for the meeting on Tuesdayproviding clarity to auditing practices.“On January 1, 2019, some of us would have become Councillors for the first time, so we want to ensure that with that same fresh air that we would have brought to the Council when we were sworn in, that we can truly start afresh, that we can ensure that this Council is one that ensures that transparency and best practices in terms of accounting will be offered,” Tudor posited.Bollers explained that the auditing committee was intended to be an oversight committee within the M&CC.“This oversight committee would ensure the accuracy of all financial records, regulations and transactions or contracts that they are in perfect order or the best order, comparable to both international and local accounting practices and standards,” Bollers explained.He said that the present Council has taken note of the past controversies the Council was involved in as a result of lack of transparency and did not want to follow those footprints left in the sand.The Councillor said he was aware that City Hall was plagued by shortage of funds and this committee would ensure that funds were properly managed.In debating the motion, Councillor Bishram Kuppen argued that he had an issue with the terms of reference of the motion while highlighting that there were still matters to be ironed out. Mayor Ubraj Narine chimed in here, saying that should the motion be passed, the committee members would make a determination on those.Committee members are expected to soon be appointed on the board.Two other motions were also passed to aid in promoting transparency at the Council on solid waste and tendering which will also allow for two separate committees to be set up to oversee the sectors.This will be the first time that tender and solid waste committees are established by the Council.City Hall has been accused in the past of failing to account for funds and even sole-sourcing contracts to associates. The Tender and Procuring Committee would be responsible for ensuring that the Council gets the best value for money, garnered from residents of the city.The announcement of these groups comes at a time when City Hall has been accused of lack of transparency.In fact, it was only late last month that Town Clerk Royston King was fired following a Commission of Inquiry which found that he was guilty of gross misconduct.Retired Justice Cecil Kennard, who presided over the case, said: “I’m convinced that the Town Clerk and the Mayor are not working in the best interest of the city…To sum it all, most of the woes of the City Council have been due to neglect and mismanagement by the top officers of the Council”.Justice Kennard, in his report, had stated that the former Town Clerk was guilty of gross misconduct, abuse of office, and misappropriation of funds. He also stated that King performed the duties of Treasurer and other officers of the Council, which were not his designated duties.
As many dismissed sugar workers continue to deal with financial challenges and reduced employment, Government is being encouraged to visit the affected communities to see how its policies have impacted on former employees of the GuySuCo and their families.Political Commentator David HindsThis was the admonition of outspoken political commentator and Working People’s Alliance executive David Hinds, who told Guyana Times in a recent interview that Government must conduct social and ethnic impact assessments in moving forward with future decisions.He made these comments at a recent event at Patentia, West Bank Demerara, a village that is contiguous to the now closed Wales Sugar Estate. Patentia residents have, in recent days, complained of increased criminal activities, including petty theft and robberies.“I think that when you are making decisions to lay off so many people, you have to think about the impact of families and on communities; and I think the decision makers did not put enough thought into that impact, and we are clearly seeing that here,” Hinds expressed at Patentia.The political commentator surmised that when the breadwinner is out of work and cannot provide in timely manner for children, it affects the education and physiological state of their offspring. He reasoned that uncertainty impacts upon children, and acknowledged that crime would increase.“People would look for alternative ways of survival, and that’s where the deviant things like crime come into play,” he noted.Observing claims that Government “meant well” by taking its decisions on the sugar industry, Hinds conceded that he is not surprised by perceptions that certain groups could feel disenfranchised and discriminated against.He, however, explained that all Administrations of Guyana should take extra care in analysing how groups respond to State policies of the Government of the day.“I take the point that because a Government is of one ethnic group, and you’re implementing a policy that will in the main affect the other ethnic group, you have to be extra careful. My point is that they did not intend to discriminate, but they were not careful. When you are implementing a major policy, you should have an ethnic impact assessment to see how policies would affect groups in certain ways, because we live in a country of ethnic sensitivities,” Hinds reasoned.He added, too, that severance packages are not enough for the severed workers, who would have been able to structure their lives from a steady income. He also called on Government to visit the communities to see how residents are suffering from policies.“I am in favour of the restructuring of the sugar industry largely because I think that it is causing too much to subsidise; but my point is that the ordinary people must not be the sufferers. Therefore, Government now has to come back into these communities and hear from people. Government must be mature enough to say we may have erred,” Hinds told this publication.“You don’t stop from being a cane cutter on Monday and walk into another job on Tuesday,” he added. At the same time, he called on corporate citizens to throw in their lot to assist the communities affected by Estate closures.Government ordered the closure of Wales Estate based on cost-saving measure due to billions of dollars that were allocated to the declining sugar industry.However as a result, nearly 4000 workers from Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon were dismissed in late 2017, and over 1000 were dismissed from Wales in the previous year. This means that over 5000 persons and thousands more family members are likely to have suffered from the Government’s policy.Just recently, an overseas-based businessman, through prominent Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram, made to the Patentia Secondary School a US$2 million donation, which included stationery supplies and haversacks; and one student from the distant community of Free and Easy, WBD was given a bicycle to travel to school.Attorney Ram noted that four other schools on the West Bank of Demerara are slated to receive similar donations, while there are also plans to give a few scholarships to students.Meanwhile, Guyana Times reported on Sunday that there were three recent robberies in Patentia – one committed on a pensioner in her 70s, and the others on two shops in the area. (Shemuel Fanfair)
By Christine Rumleskie The B.C. and Yukon Branch of the MS Society of Canada is holding information sessions in Fort St. John on Wednesday Evening.- Advertisement -Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It usually brings with it visual problems, weakness, depression, and difficulties with coordination and speech. It can affect anyone at any age, and there’s currently no cure.MS Society spokesperson Maggie Mullins says that’s why it’s important to have presentations on new developments and research on the disease.[asset|aid=2705|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=abfaab16fadf58eb5a3efd286ea852bb-Maggie Mullins 1_1_Pub.mp3] The first information session starts at 7:00 p.m. and is called, “”We cannot direct the winds, but we can adjust our sails.” It’s a presentation by MS Nurse Marcy Moore, who works out of the Prince George clinic and also assists in an outreach clinic in Fort St. John.Advertisement There are up to 10,000 people living with MS in B.C. alone, and Mullins says the Prince George MS clinic sees around 500 people per year from across the North.The information sessions will held at the Fort St. John Health Unit on Wednesday, March 31st. For more information, contact Maggie Mullins at 1-800-268-7582. Another presentation is scheduled at 8:30 p.m., and will detail the MS Society’s services.Mullins encourages everyone who has or is affected by MS, to come out to the meetings on Wednesday.Meanwhile, Mullins says the MS Society is a strong advocate for housing needs for people, particularly younger patients. She says there are more housing options in B.C. for elderly patients.[asset|aid=2706|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=abfaab16fadf58eb5a3efd286ea852bb-Maggie Mullins 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement
Their ages ranged from the 20s to 60s. The assaults occurred from August 2004 to September 2006. None of the women knew each other, yet they all gave similar accounts of what Dickershaid said and did in assaulting them, Houle said. Dickershaid maintains his innocence and vowed to appeal. He testified that he had consensual relations with two of the women and denied anything sexual occurred with the other three. His DNA was found on the two women with whom he said he had consensual sex. Before he was sentenced, Dickershaid expressed remorse to the court for allowing himself to be put in a position in which the allegations could arise, according to his attorney, David Diamond. He admitted he broke ethical guidelines for a chiropractor, but said he didn’t commit any crimes. Diamond said the women lied and suggested they were motivated by money and “coached.” One woman was retaliating against Dickershaid because he would not report that she was injured during an accident, Diamond said. Another woman could not describe the room where the assault occurred, including a large X-ray machine in it, he added. “When someone is interviewed over and over by law enforcement, miraculously, they start telling the same version of the story,” Diamond said. The judge told Dickershaid that he is a danger to society and that he took advantage of the women and his position of trust, according to Houle. Houle said the judge told Dickershaid: “Your explanation on the stand was a series of intricate lies you weaved together. I found them offensive, and the jurors found them offensive.” email@example.comWant 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Katherine Mader could have sent Thomas Dickershaid, 66, to prison for 40 years. Deputy District Attorney Lisa Houle said she asked for 32 years but was pleased with the sentence. “I think the victims feel a great sense of closure and finality to what has been, really for some of them, many years of terror,” Houle said. An Airport Courthouse jury convicted Dickershaid on Sept. 26 of 11 counts of forcible rape, sexual battery by restraint, sexual battery by fraud and sexual penetration with a foreign object. Four of the women were patients, and one was looking for a job at his Fresh Start Chiropractic office at 8727 La Tijera Blvd. COURTS: The former chiropractor from Westchester gets a 24-year prison sentence. By Denise Nix Staff Writer A former Westchester chiropractor was sentenced Monday to 24 years in prison by a judge who called him “arrogant” and said he had “no sense of the terror he caused” when he sexually assaulted five women.
The Donegal Women in Business Network has elected Noeleen McAteer, owner of The Acupuncture Clinic & Chinese Herbs in Letterkenny, as President at their recent AGM.A member of the Network since 2009, Noeleen joined the steering group of Donegal Women in Business in 2010 to help organise the network’s calendar of events and promote membership of the network.“I am honoured to have been elected as the new President of the Donegal Women in Business Network,” says Noeleen. “The Network has a great track record of helping businesswomen in Donegal and I plan to work hard to continue that success.”Originally from Louth, Noeleen is a graduate of Middlesex University and Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, obtaining a degree in Science and Chinese Medicine.Whilst completing her degree she also did a Diploma in Tuina massage at the Asante Clinic of Chinese Medicine in London.After working in the pain and maternity clinics at Whittington Hospital, London, Noeleen developed a special interest in using acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese herbs in pain management and during pregnancy and labour. She then spent five months on a work placement in Beijing. After completing her training Noeleen ran a successful practice in Galway for 4½ years before relocating to Donegal with her husband, Ramelton-native Paddy.She then set up a new practice, The Acupuncture Clinic & Chinese Herbs, on Port Road Letterkenny where she specialises in the clinical practice of all aspects of Chinese medicine to treat infertility, pregnancy, pain disorders and sports injuries. She has alsorecently added baby massage and baby yoga classes to the services onoffer.Membership of the Donegal Women in Business is open to both women working in business and business-owners. Annual membership for 2012 is only €25. To join or for further information about upcoming events, please contactCeline Carroll, Secretary, on 074 9160735 or firstname.lastname@example.orgLETTERKENNY WOMAN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF DONEGAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS NETWORK was last modified: March 27th, 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)
Brian McEniff has joined the ranks of Gaelic Football greats as he was inducted into the MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame at a special presentation ceremony in Croke Park.The 1992 All Ireland winning manager was joined in Croke Park for the announcement by former winners Billy Morgan, Frank McGuigan, Jimmy Keaveney, Donie O’Sullivan, Paddy Doherty and Peter Nolan.A legend across the GAA community, Brian has enjoyed an outstanding career both as a player and manager for over forty years. An All-Star in 1972, he featured in the first Donegal team to win an Ulster Championship that year.Brian has also had an illustrious managerial career including leading Ulster to ten Railway Cups as well as leading the Irish Compromise Rules Teams in 2000 and 2001.Commenting at the presentation, Suzanne Holmes communications director, MBNA said Brian’s achievements were matched only by his love of the game.“Brian’s achievements as both a player and a manager are matched only by his love and commitment to Gaelic Football and to the GAA as a whole. “We are delighted and honoured to recognise Brian’s achievements and welcome him into the MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame. We have no doubt that Brian will continue to play an influential role within the GAA in the years ahead and we wish him every success.”Now in its tenth year the MBNA Hall of Fame Award has recognised many of the greats of Gaelic Football.EndsBRIAN MCENIFF JOINS GAA HALL OF FAME was last modified: August 24th, 2011 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:Brian McEniffGAA Hall of Fame