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Irfaan Ali is doing what he needs to

first_imgDear Editor,Maruranau, Nappi, Aishalton, Karadarnauwa, Katoonarib, Potannau, Rukumuta. Irfaan Ali has been travelling throughout Guyana, these are but a few of the names of villages visited in the Rupununi recently.Irfaan has visited seven of the ten regions of Guyana so far on his mission to listen to the voices of the people, their concerns, needs and proposed solutions. Irfaan is well-known to people in the areas where he worked to establish housing schemes. He is meeting a larger constituency now, with concerns small and large, he is campaigning, but most important is a leader who listens to voices other than those in Georgetown. It may offend the elitist of our capital city, but it is exactly what Guyana needs.On Republic day, Georgetown got to meet Irfaan Ali as he led the parade of the PPP/C Mashramani float; the interaction was most interesting; the band almost ground to a halt, moving at a snail’s pace as many reached out to press the flesh, take selfies, offer words of encouragement, talk; it took over three hours to move from the seawall to Church street along Vlissingen road.As the new week dawns, Irfaan Ali will be gone from Georgetown again, ‘missing’ is the word that will be used to describe a candidate who actually dares to be different.Irfaan Ali is doing what he needs to; he has a very capable party supporting him, a General Secretary who was President of Guyana for a dozen years is holding the fort in Georgetown, activists are walking in every neighbourhood, in every region, sharing flyers filled with information, engaging with residents, noting concerns and building a database of issues to be addressed. A vast team of volunteers working for a common cause; gathering information required for good governance.Editor, some may say the Georgetown elite are being hypocritical when they ask “Where is Irfaan Ali?” Based on the reaction from the crowd on mash day, I would suggest it is a plea for leadership from an elite abandoned by the quintessential elitist elected in 2015.One who became so far removed from the ordinary Guyanese that he offers the excuse of health as he refuses to shake their hands, occasionally engages with ‘fist bumps’ with his Prime Minister but yet was observed shaking hands with foreign dignitaries at a poetry event. Actions speak louder than words, and the outpouring of warmth for Irfaan is a harbinger of beautiful future for all Guyanese.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

‘Disrespectful President’s Son’

first_imgLiberty Party’s senatorial candidate for Montserrado County, Ben Sanvee, has described the President’s son, Robert A. Sirleaf, as one who lacks respect for the rule of law, having recently erected over two campaign billboards, despite the stay order placed by the Supreme Court against all campaign activities.Mr. Sanvee said that by this action Robert Sirleaf not only ignored the “Stay Order” of the special senatorial election issued by Justice-in-Chambers, His Honor Philip A.Z. Banks, but Sirleaf has also disrespected, neglected and failed to obey the Supreme Court.Mr. Sanvee, 34, said Mr. Sirleaf has in the past two days posted or planted one billboard in Parker Paint, Paynesville City, District # 4 and another at the Old Road Junction in Sinkor, District # 10.Candidate Sanvee made the disclosure yesterday at a press conference held at his campaign headquarters on 5th Street Sinkor.Mr. Sanvee announced that the Campaign Team for the Ben Sanvee for Senator of Montserrado County had formally complained of the violation by Robert Sirleaf to the National Elections Commission (NEC) and copied Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks. “We are not going to take this one lightly.  We will see to it that the rule of law prevails,” declared Sanvee.Candidate Sanvee’s letter of complaint to the NEC, dated December 3, 2014, said: “This act is a flagrant disrespect of the stay order issued out of the highest court in our land, for which we call on the National Elections Commission immediately to inform the Supreme Court of the contempt and further call for immediate action against candidate Sirleaf in the face of this violation.” The letter is signed by Abraham Darius Dillion.Mr. Sanvee  told reporters that upon the lifting of the “Stay Order,” his campaign strategies will remain the same “to reach out door to door.” He dispelled rumors that he cannot pull a crowd.“The safety of the voters amid the Ebola virus is our concern; we want the living to vote for us.  And let us say that we remain a force to reckon with; so nobody should consider us an underdog,” Mr. Sanvee averred.Meanwhile, when contacted, the spokesperson of the Robert Sirleaf Campaign Team, Steven Johnson, rubbished the allegations and said the billboards were planted on Thursday, one day before the “Stay Order” against the special senatorial election.It may be recalled that the Justice-in-Chambers, His Honor Philip A.Z. Banks, on Friday placed a “Stay Order” to halt all election activities until the full bench of the Supreme Court hears and decides on the case.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What Is the Long-term Solution to Monrovia’s Sanitation Crisis?

first_imgEver since the beginning of the Tubman administration Monrovia, the capital of Africa’s oldest independent republic, has exhibited serious sanitation problems.  Tubman created the National Public Health Service (NPHS) in the mid-1940s, giving it also responsibility for sanitation.During that period there were dumpsites and drains in many places around the city, especially on Randall, Benson, Gurley, Center and Clay Streets.  These drains have been perpetually used also as garbage dumps, totally negating their intended   purpose.  It is impossible for a trench to channel excess water freely when it is clogged with garbage.That is why Monrovia, from Newport to Center Street, has always been the obnoxious location of filth and stench from these overflowing gutters spilling on to those streets, especially during the Rainy Season.  Other areas which are prone to this garbage induced flooding include Waterside, Vai Town, and Old Road Junction near the President’s residence.  All of this is in addition to heaps of garbage at dumpsites that the city authorities struggle with limited success to manage.It is not only garbage, but residents building in the way of drains as well as the failure of public works and other authorities to stop or dismantle these structures and to regularly free the gutters of sand from erosion in order to prevent the serious flooding that occurs during the rains.Public Health, now Ministry of Health, from the 1940s through the 1960s constantly had sanitary officers going around spraying the city with DDT to prevent the breeding of malaria infesting mosquitoes and other disease carrying flies, rats, roaches and other harmful insects and rodents.There are several government agencies that have over the decades cooperated to deal with the city’s sanitation problems—Public Health, Public Works, Monrovia City Corporation and Water and Sewer, which later became the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation. Last week three of these agencies named got together with the assistance of the British NGO, Oxfam, to tackle the age-old problem of   offensive drains.  Our reporter Leroy Sonpon named the other two agencies as Public Works and LWSC.  We do not understand why the Ministry of Health was not involved in this critical exercise.  After all, they say prevention is better than cure.  Everyone knows that it is these offensive drains and perennially unmanaged garbage and sewer mess that have combined to make Monrovia one of the most unhealthy places to live. To make matters worse, we stilI see irresponsible and uncaring Liberians throwing trash from their cars, dropping rubbish on the streets and dumping garbage anywhere.  So the problem lies not just with government, but with us the people.  Is there any wonder, then, that Ebola spread so fast in our country, overtaking with infections and deaths the Republic of Guinea where it started, and Sierra Leone?  It is indeed hard to understand why, after all these decades, we have not fixed our health and sanitation problems.  Is it  that we lack the technical or political capacity to fix this problem that has for decades bedeviled us? So many Liberians have lived in London, New York, South Africa and other cities with populations far bigger than the whole of Liberia.  So these cities’ health and sanitation problems, because of their huge populations and the abundance of food, are far bigger than Liberia’s.  So what is the problem?  Why can’t we get our act together?Now we have turned to Oxfam—a mere NGO—to help us.  We have forgotten that even the World Bank and the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation have intervened to help fix sanitation in Monrovia, but to what avail? Even though things have improved a bit, Monrovia is still plagued with filth and squalor even in the city center, and worse yet in the slums, including Buzzy Quarter, right under the nose of the center of power—the Legislature, Executive Mansion and Temple of Justice.  There is also West Point—right below the Ducor, our first five-star hotel— Water Side, Duala, Sinkor Old Road, the housing estates and, of course, Paynesville Red Light, the nation’s largest food and general marketplace.   This newspaper has for over a decade written frequently about the filth and squalor in which our market women, children and men have to work from five a.m. to 10 p.m. daily to earn their living by supplying food to Monrovia.We understand that this market will soon be relocated to the former Omega site.    What plans, if any, are being made to ensure that this sickening, sour, stinking scenario does not transfer to the new site?   The only suggestion we can offer at this time is to send a team of intelligent, conscientious and serious-minded Liberians to a few African cities, beginning with Kigali, Rwanda and Kampala, Uganda, to study how they manage water, sewer and sanitation.  Maybe our observers will return with workable ideas to fix our problems.  It will then be left to the politicians to provide the resources and the political will finally to get the job done once and for all. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wayne Carlson, Boyd Wedge, and Kim Copley take top spots at Fort St. John sporting clay shoot

first_imgThe event was held at the North Peace Rod and Gun Club’s shooting range in CharlieLake. The clay shoot is intended to simulate the shooting of birds during a real hunt.Brian Royan took second place, shooting 66 on the second day for a total of 242 points, and third place went to Mike Russell. Russell registered 64 points, and a total of 231 for the event.In the men’s B class, Mayor Rick registered 50 points for a total of 197 which locked up first place. Ron Brautigam had a better second day shoot as he got 55 points but still fell short in the overall standings with 190 points. Close behind with 189 total points was Clark Lavallee who shot 55 as well on the final day.- Advertisement -In the men’s C class standings, Boyd Wedge won with 166 points as he shot 52 yesterday. Second spot went to Willie Russell who shot 56, on his way to 163, and third spot went to Dan McCormick. McCormick had a final score of 158 points, including 43 on Sunday.In the female shooting category, Kim Copley tallied 35 points for an overall score of 166, and second went to Lynette Kitt as she scored 156 points over the two day event, with 44 of those coming yesterday.And in the junior grouping, Cody Nadeau finished in first place. He shot 53 en route to a total of 206. Second went to Mason MacDonald who had a total of 196, including 59 points yesterday. Third was Clayton McCormick who also had a total of 196, and shot 53 on the final day.Advertisement The next event for the North Peace Rod and Gun Club will be the Oilmen’s Trap Shoot on July 12 and 13.last_img read more

He’s ingrained in Passover meal

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Except for a poster of grains from around the world, the office of Yaakov Horowitz at Manischewitz looks like a typical rabbi’s study. Heavy books with Hebrew script are stacked on the shelves, portraits of other rabbis adorn the walls, and Horowitz displays a shofar, or ram’s horn, that he blows on his company’s production floor before the Jewish High Holy Days. As chief rabbi at the kosher food company Manischewitz, the world leader in matzoh production, Horowitz is the matzoh maven. Grain used to produce matzoh is a big part of his life. “It’s not just the most important kosher food,” says the 51-year-old Horowitz. “It is also the most important Jewish food and the last link to Jewish heritage. I feel the responsibility very profoundly.” He oversees the company’s annual production of 75.6 million sheets of matzoh, the unleavened bread eaten by Jews around the world during the eight-day Passover holiday and the centerpiece of the seder. The first seder, or Passover dinner, begins tonight as Jews commemorate the biblical account of their ancestors’ liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. They eat matzoh on Passover to remember the hasty departure, which didn’t leave enough time for bread to rise. The fourth-generation Hasidic rabbi has traveled around the world to consult about matzoh production at factories in Mexico, Moscow, Kiev, England, and Israel and is now embarking on a new task: designing the first new matzoh ovens for Manischewitz in nearly 70 years. The company is moving operations to Newark, leaving behind its historic ovens in Jersey City, where mass-produced matzoh was revolutionized. Manischewitz’s parent company, R.A.B. Food Group of Secaucus, N.J., recently acquired other kosher food companies and is consolidating production of both wet food such as soup and gefilte fish and dry goods such as cake mixes, crackers and matzoh. The new $10 million oven will improve the company’s matzoh production because daily cleaning during the Passover season can be done in less than a quarter of the time, Horowitz said. And when the company makes its once-a-year conversion to Passover goods, it’ll take less than a week instead of a month, said Jeremy Fingerman, president and chief executive officer of the privately held R.A.B., which acquired the Manischewitz brand in 1998. Matzoh is still the most important product Manischewitz produces, said Horowitz, who dons a yarmulke, hair net and another net to protect his bushy salt-and-pepper beard when he’s on a factory floor. Rabbi Dov Behr Manischewitz founded his company in Cincinnati in 1888 to produce matzoh. By 1914, the company registered more than 50 patents for matzoh baking and, six years later, it had created a machine that could produce matzoh on a massive scale — 1.25 million sheets per day. In 1939, the company moved its matzoh operations to Jersey City, which closed its plant this month. The introduction of a machine is still debatable among some Orthodox Jews, said Horowitz, whose e-mail user name is “matzohmail.” Matzohs were historically made by hand and sold by synagogues as a source of income from the 1700s until the latter part of the 19th century. “Since the 1850s, people involved in machine matzoh have been forever trying to improve on the design, to be able to break it down better to clean it more efficiently and quicker,” Horowitz said. According to the Jewish laws of kashrut, matzoh must be baked in 18 minutes or less, with ovens at intense heat, between 650 degrees and 800 degrees. Matzoh cannot mix with leavened products. The Newark factory will have its own air ventilation system for the Passover production area. “Matzoh production is a little bit like maritime law,” Horowitz said. “It’s an independent specialty. It’s a different part of the kosher law book.” During the season for Passover products, between seven and 11 mashgiachim, or kosher supervisors, work for the rabbi to inspect the matzoh products. One is stationed in Pennsylvania for six months to oversee the Passover production of the flour as it is grown, milled and trucked to New Jersey in 40,000-pound tankers. Between five and eight tankers will deliver the flour for 20 straight weeks. The company also manufactures matzoh under the Horowitz-Margareten (no relation) and Goodman’s labels. “Matzoh is always watched, from the time of grinding,” said Horowitz, who speaks English, Hebrew and Yiddish. “Again this is ancient law.” Interpreting these ancient laws is part of Horowitz’s job. But Fingerman said he does a lot more for the entire company, which consists of other kosher food brands including Rokeach, Mother’s, Mrs. Adler’s and Mishpacha. “The rabbi has a pretty good eye from a manufacturing perspective,” he said. Horowitz previously worked with other accounts, companies such as the J.M. Smucker Co. and Nestle USA, to supervise and coordinate their kosher food programs for the Orthodox Union as he now does full time for Manischewitz. The nonprofit organization inspects 6,000 plants in 80 countries around the globe and certifies their products as kosher. But overseeing production at Manischewitz is a special job because its matzoh is eaten by so many people, said Rabbi Menachem Genack, rabbinic administrator and CEO of the Orthodox Union’s world kosher division. “Passover itself in terms of Jewish ritual is the holiday most observed,” he said. “Even people who don’t eat kosher necessarily all year or are somewhat unaffiliated, they come back at Passover.”last_img read more

Bruce demands apology from Hull outcast McShane

first_imgSteve Bruce has warned Paul McShane his Hull exile will continue unless he issues an apology.The Republic of Ireland international has not played for the Tigers since November 8 and has been sent to train with the development squad.McShane, the club’s longest serving player and popular among supporters, has taken to retweeting fan comments about his exile, an act which has not gone down well with his manager.And while Bruce would not elaborate on the precise reasons for the rift between the duo he was clear that there was only one way to resolve it.“I heard all this nonsense about what’s on Twitter and the rest of it but it’s quite straightforward: Paul knows exactly why he’s training with the Under-21 squad at the moment,” said Bruce.“He’s been quite quick to reveal that he is in there and I hope he comes out and tells the reason why.“If he apologises to myself and to the squad then he will come back into the fold. It’s entirely up to Paul.”Unless McShane works quickly he can expect to miss out once more against former club Sunderland on Boxing Day.With loanee Hatem Ben Arfa also having played his last game for an unimpressed Bruce, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore both suspended and Michael Dawson, Mohamed Diame and Robert Snodgrass all injured, there is as much first-team talent unavailable as fit and ready for action.Bruce is eager for captain Curtis Davies to pull through after suffering a calf injury against Swansea last weekend.“We don’t know about Curtis, we’ll have to see how he is, but he is extremely sore,” he added.To combat the team’s personnel troubles, Bruce has recalled Tom Ince and Maynor Figueroa from their respective loan spells at Cardiff and Wigan.Neither player were knocking down the door before being sent away earlier this season, but may well find themselves involved in the busy festive period.“Ince and Figueroa have trained with us for the first time on Tuesday,” said Bruce, whose side are sitting second bottom of the Premier League.“We needed them to get games. They’ve had a few but not as many as I’d like, and, with the injuries and suspensions, we welcome them back.” 1 Paul McShane last_img read more

Governor’s fortunes seem oddly uneven

first_imgSomeone channel Jeane Dixon. Or call Joan Quigley, Nancy Reagan’s infamous astrologer. Wait – is there a numerologist in the house? Consider: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger flourishes in even-numbered years and flubs in the odds. ? Schwarzenegger came into office in 2004 with a bang. He demanded the repeal of the car tax, and the Legislature obeyed. He sought “action, action, action,” and the Legislature agreed to borrow $15 billion to fix the deficit and then tossed in massive workers’ compensation reform as a bonus. Then came 2005. Disaster. The governor, thinking big went to the voters on redistricting, state spending and teacher tenure reforms. All of them bombed. A humbled Schwarzenegger emerged in 2006 – but by the end of the year, even national magazines were gushing about his “post-partisanship” approach to the environment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.2007 still has a few months left. ? Schwarzenegger could still emerge with a deal on health care and water. But it’s looking like – well, an odd year. The real test of our theory may be a ways off. Political prognosticators see the governor challenging Barbara Boxer for her Senate seat. ? The year? Nice, even 2010. – San Jose Mercury News 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

Emigration remains very high among young people

first_imgDespite signs of economic recovery and improvement in the rate of Irish returning home over the last number of years, emigration is rising among 15-24 year olds.This week the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published its annual Population and Migration estimates.The figures revealed for the second year in a row an increase in the overall number of Irish nationals returning to Ireland. Of course this is very welcome news, however on closer inspection we see that a significant proportion of young people aged between 15 – 24 years of age (31,700 in total, up from 30,400 in ) left the country in the last year.The current programme by the Government promises to support 70,000 people to return to Ireland by 2020. If this target is to be achieved, then more needs to be done to make Ireland a more attractive place for young people to live and to work, and to support, encourage and facilitate young Irish emigrants to return home.So, how can Government attract the young people back to Ireland in the future?Emigration remains very high among young people was last modified: August 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:emigrationIrelandrecessionyounger generationlast_img read more

DON’T LET HIM GO! Chelsea can’t allow Fabregas to leave for rivals – Hasselbaink

first_imgChelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hopes the club ignore reported interest from Liverpool and Manchester United and keep Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge this summer.Fabregas has experienced a lesser role for the Blues under Antonio Conte this season – making just ten Premier League starts so far.And reports on Wednesday claimed the Spanish playmaker is a target for rival clubs Liverpool and Manchester United, who are set to do battle over the £25million-rated star when the transfer window opens.But former Chelsea striker Hasselbaink believes the club simply cannot afford to let a player as talented as prolific assist king Fabregas to leave.“I wouldn’t like to see him go,” Hasselbaink told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “Chelsea don’t have enough players like Fabregas.“He’s somebody who can open defences up, who is very good at giving the final pass and just creating.“I know he hasn’t played as much as he would have wanted, because Chelsea have had a really settled side this year.“But I do see him playing a lot more next year if he stays because of the Champions League.“Things can change all the time in football, so I do see him playing a lot more.“I don’t think Chelsea will let him go.”last_img read more

Donegal man bit Garda and threatened to shoot bouncer

first_imgA Donegal man who bit a garda’s hand as he was being arrested in a melee displayed “incredible strength” during the violent struggle, a court has heard.One garda said Niall Sweeney (31) showed a level of strength he “did not think was possible” for a man of his build, while pepper spray had no effect on him. Earlier, Sweeney had threatened to shoot a bouncer when he and friends were asked to leave. It had been his first night out drinking in 10 years.Judge John Hughes jailed him for three months and suspended another two.Sweeney, a truck driver and father-of-two from Co Donegal, had admitted the threat to kill but pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Garda Kevin Meaney, as well as public order offences.He was found guilty on all counts.For full story see man bit Garda and threatened to shoot bouncer was last modified: April 15th, 2019 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:bouncerm shootcourtjailedNIall Sweeneythreatlast_img read more

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