GECOM must call elections within 90 days notwithstanding the President’s delinquency

first_imgDear Editor,The utterances of the President of Guyana and his Minister of State after the meeting with the Opposition Leader on March 6th tell the story of incompetence and manipulation in regard to the running of the Government.President Granger asserts that GECOM is “an independent agency… [and one] cannot intervene, cannot intrude, cannot interfere with the work of GECOM, so we have to allow GECOM to do its work.” I think all stakeholders pretty much agree with such a premise. However, more light is shed on this country’s desperate straits when Minister Harmon states that “the President would meet with GECOM on consultations with respect to their readiness for the conduct of elections; more importantly, the financial resources that are required and the timeline that is required.”The President has been delinquent in his duties, since these questions should have been broached since Dec. 22, 2018. Why wait more than two months to garner this information? Such delinquency is one of many reasons why this Government is not fit for governance, and could be a reason why the Government fell on Dec 21st.The Opposition Lea-der rightly declared that “GECOM is a creature of the Constitution; GECOM cannot override the Con-stitution.” GECOM is not above the Constitution. The latter is the supreme law of the land, and it is foolhardy to think or act otherwise.GECOM must call elections within 90 days, notwithstanding the President’s delinquency.The most outrageous statement, perhaps, was when the President declared that “there is no crisis” situation facing the country.The Constitution clearly enunciates that elections must be held within 90 days, if the Government has fallen. If no elections are held within that time period, and Parliament does not have the approval of another date with a two-thirds majority, President Granger needs to spell out what will transpire in such a scenario. The business community as well as ordinary Guyanese are desperate to ease their fears, and need for the President to disclose this information.The proverbial ball is in the President’s court to avoid an impending and dangerous crisis situation in the country.Yours truly,Dr DevanandBhagwanlast_img read more

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TERI helps local businesses cut energy costs significantly

first_imgBy: Devina SamarooFor over five years, local businesses in the Private and Public sectors, as well as households, have been cutting their energy consumption significantly with help from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).As an international institute, based in India and working globally, TERI has spent the last 40 years working on issues regarding energy, environment, and sustainable development.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, met with a team from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), including Director General of TERI, Dr Ajay Mathur (right) TERI’s Director, Dr Rudra Narishma Rao (inner right), and Shyam Nokta, TERI’s Chief Representative for the Caribbean (left)With a green revolution sweeping this developing nation, TERI, through an MoU with both the Government and the Private Sector Commission (PSC), has been working with local entities to reduce energy costs and implement innovative efficient management practices with the overall aim to ensure that Guyana contributes greater to the global fight against climate change.Work in GuyanaOne of the most notable projects of the organisation is the development of the rice husk gasifier mill in Essequibo, which has managed to cut energy costs and consumption by nearly 50 per cent.Another fascinating technology introduced by TERI is small solar-powered stoves that have the capacity to store energy for minute usage, like charging phones or illuminating a tiny kilowatt light bulb. These energy-efficient stoves were designed to consume less fuel (wood), and aid in reducing indoor and outdoor pollution. More than one hundred of these inventions have been distributed in hinterland communities across the country through the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA).TERI is also involved in training GEA engineers in conducting assessments of energy management and being able to identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency.TERI has also been working with GuySuCo to assess the operations of sugar factories and identify measures that would improve energy efficiency.According to TERI’s Chief Caribbean Representative, Shyam Nokta, energy efficient practices can include simple interventions like turning off the lights, as with the case of GuySuCo.TERI also worked with the GPL in providing support for a transmission and distribution loss reduction study with a focus on GPL’s large consumers.TERI has also engaged several local manufacturing entities, including the Beharry Group and Sterling Products Limited, and has provided technical support on energy assessment and management measuresFuture projects and challengesUnlike most international organisations that visit for a few days and provide expert advice, TERI is here to stay and work with partners in all aspects of energy-efficient management, including implementation and sustainability.Associate Director of TERI, Dr Rudra Narsimha Rao, and his team has been in Guyana for lengthy periods, and has already familiarised themselves with the developments in the local energy sector from a technical standpoint.Dr Rao told the Guyana Times that his goal is not only to bring expertise, but to introduce advanced technology at affordable prices in Guyana.TERI is currently engaged in discussions with a number of local companies in regard to ways in which they can cut their energy costs.Dr Rao explained that each situation is unique, and therefore distinctive solutions have to be designed for each project.Discussions are ongoing with businesses in the commercial, agriculture and forestry sectors.As a result of the successful gasifier project, more millers and persons in the woodworking sector have displayed great interest in developing similar apparatus. However, one of the prevailing challenges hindering the implementation of these energy-saving mechanisms is the unfavourable market.According to Dr Rao, businesses, though excited about implementing cost-cutting measures, do not find it wise to make major investments at a time when the markets are unfavourable; their priority is to remain viable during these turbulent times of poor sector performances.Global campaignTERI has taken note of the strong commitment by Guyana to renewable energy and energy efficiency, as demonstrated by the high level of ambition in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) as part of the Paris Agreement and recent efforts towards promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.With the work covered in Guyana, TERI hopes to contribute significantly in helping the Government achieve its goal to achieve 100 per cent renewable power by 2025.In December 2015, a landmark Global Agreement was reached in Paris at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change meeting. It was recognised that if the global community is to achieve the target of keeping global warming to under two degrees Celsius, renewable energy will have an important role to play, and developing countries would have to participate greater.It was also recognised that achieving these ambitious targets has to be the responsibility of not only Government, but industries and businesses as well.This is where TERI intends to provide assistance in, among other things, changing attitudes: creating a willingness to embrace new approaches and technologies, and importantly, giving incentives – financial and otherwise – to do so.FinancesThrough the MoU with the Government, most of the projects conducted by TERI in Guyana are heavily subsidised. Moreover, an important catalyst for TERI’s work in Guyana is the strategic partnership established in January 2017 between TERI and EESL (Energy Efficient Solutions Limited – a Government of India Energy Services Company.The EESL – TERI model is attractive for several reasons, but especially because entities do not have to finance investments upfront, and it provides access to international expertise in energy through TERI.It also allows for the integration of best available technology at competitive prices, and there is a training and capacity-building component for local personnel.In the years to come, TERI intends to work closely with all stakeholders, as the institute believes Guyana presents an ideal opportunity to support enhancing the use of renewable energy technologies in a way that would realise economic and environmental benefits and also through a model that could be financially attractive and provide access to cutting-edge technology and expertise.last_img read more

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Liverpool defender joins Sunderland on loan

first_img1 Sebastian Coates Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates has moved to Sunderland on a season-long loan, the club have confirmed.The 23-year-old joined the Reds in 2011 from Nacional but injuries have hampered his progress at Anfield and now he will be given a chance to impress under compatriot Gus Poyet at the Stadium of Light.Coates is a Uruguayan international and featured at the World Cup in Brazil despite playing just six times following a serious knee problem.His arrival means the Black Cats have signed eight players this summer.last_img

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5 Healthy Back to School Lunch Tips

first_imgWhether they’re heading back to school after the summer holidays or it’s your child’s first day, it’s going to be a really exciting time with new friends to make and fun things to learn. And because learning about good food habits from early in life is one of our most important lessons, it pays to put some thought and planning into it, especially with lunches – did you know lunches provide around one third of our daily nutritional needs? Here are our five top tips;1. Get your child involvedChildren often relate better when they participate and feel they can make some decisions of their own. Involve them in preparing their school lunch. Try to make it part of their routine and make it fun.Choose a lunchbox together and they can personalise it with stickers. And if they’re just starting school this year, try and get them a lunchbox they can open and close themselves – their teacher will thank you for it! 2. To help your child get the most from their lunchbox, try to include the following each day and gradually introduce any changes over time:One to two portions starchy food like potatoes, rice, pasta, wholegrain or brown bread to keep your child going through the school dayOne or more portions of fruit and vegetables, like apples, oranges, bananas, berries or salad in a sandwich/wrap or vegetable sticksOne portion of dairy foods like milk, cheese or yoghurtSmall amounts of high protein foods like deli meats, fish, like tuna or salmon, or vegetarian options like hummus or eggA small bottle of water – Using a straw or brightly coloured drinks bottles can make water more fun3. Try some variety but don’t force it.Nobody wants ham sandwiches every day but trying new foods with children can sometimes be a challenge. Don’t make a big deal of any changes you are trying – just introduce new foods without special comment, and show how much you enjoy eating them. You can find lots of practical tips on our weekly lunchbox planner at www.safefood.eu4. A clean and safe lunchboxYou can help keep lunches cool and safe by following these tips:Try to keep lunchboxes away from radiators or direct sunlight as this can make a tasty lunch ‘go off’ – an insulated lunchbox or bag can help or a cold water bottle can also help keep lunches cool.Discard any perishable foods that haven’t been eaten at the end of the dayWash and dry reusable water bottles, lids and lunchboxes every day in warm soapy water.Encourage your kids to wash their hands before eating, including before eating lunch from a lunchbox.5. Stay positive and stick with it Focus on enjoying healthier options and don’t protest too much about any unhealthier choices. The key thing to remember with any changes is to try and stick with them – it can take up to 10 times before you succeed.The more frequently children can try healthier foods, the more likely they will eat them but negotiate and compromise a bit, because this is also part of role modelling a healthy approach when it comes to lunch and food.You can find more great tips on safefood.eu5 Healthy Back to School Lunch Tips was last modified: August 9th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Back to schoolhealthy lunchessafefoodlast_img read more

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Iraq probe may reveal ‘methodical’ killings of civilians by Marines

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Congressional and military officials say the Naval Criminal Investigative Service inquiry is focusing on the actions of a Marine Corps staff sergeant serving as squad leader at the time, but that Marine officials have told members of Congress that up to a dozen other Marines in the unit are also under investigation. Officials briefed on the inquiry said that most of the bullets that killed the civilians are now thought to have been “fired by a couple of rifles,” as one of them put it. The killings were first reported by Time magazine in March, based on accounts from survivors and human rights groups, and members of Congress have spoken publicly about the episode in recent days. But the new accounts from congressional, military, and Pentagon officials added significant new details to the picture. All of those who discussed the case had to be granted anonymity before they would talk about the findings emerging from the ongoing investigation. A second, parallel inquiry was ordered by the second-ranking general in Iraq to examine whether any Marines on the ground at Haditha, or any of their superior officers, attempted to cover up the killings by filing false reports up the chain of command. That inquiry, conducted by an Army officer assigned to the Multinational Corps headquarters in Iraq, is expected to report its findings in coming days. In an unusual sign of high-level concern, the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Michael W. Hagee, flew from Washington to Iraq on Thursday to give a series of speeches to his forces re-emphasizing compliance with international laws of armed conflict, the Geneva Conventions and the American military’s own rules of engagement. “Recent serious allegations concerning actions of Marines in combat have caused me concern,” Hagee said in a statement issued upon his departure. The statement did not mention any specific incidents. WASHINGTON – A military investigation into the deaths of two dozen Iraqis last November is expected to find that a small number of Marines in western Iraq carried out extensive, unprovoked killing of civilians, said congressional, military and Pentagon officials on Thursday. Two lawyers involved in discussions about individual Marines’ defenses said they thought the investigation could result in charges of murder, a capital offense. That possibility and the emerging details of the killings have raised fears that the incident could be the gravest case involving misconduct by American ground forces in Iraq. Officials briefed on preliminary results of the inquiry said the civilians killed at Haditha, a lawless, insurgent-plagued city deep in Sunni-dominated Anbar province, did not die from a makeshift bomb, as the military first reported, or in cross-fire between Marines and attackers, as was later announced. A separate inquiry has been started to find whether the events were deliberately covered up. Evidence indicates that the civilians were killed during a sustained sweep by a small group of Marines that lasted three to five hours and included shootings of five men standing near a taxi at a checkpoint and killings inside at least two homes that included women and children, officials said. That evidence, described by congressional, Pentagon and military officials briefed on the inquiry, suggested to one congressional official that the killings were “methodical in nature.” The first official report from the military, issued on Nov. 20, said that “a U.S. Marine and 15 Iraqi civilians were killed yesterday from the blast of a roadside bomb,” and that “immediately following the bombing, gunmen attacked the convoy with small-arms fire.” Military investigators have since uncovered a far different set of facts than first reported, partially aided by Marines who are cooperating with the inquiry and partially guided by reports filed by a separate unit that arrived to gather intelligence and document the attack; those reports contradicted the original version of the Marines, Pentagon officials said. One senior Defense Department official who has briefed on the initial findings, when asked how many of the 24 dead Iraqis were killed by the improvised bomb as initially reported, paused and said, “Zero.”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

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Former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli signs new deal with Nice

first_img The Italian scored 15 league goals in France last season Mario Balotelli has signed a new one-year contract with Nice.The former Manchester City striker, who joined the French club on a free transfer from Liverpool in August, scored 15 Ligue 1 goals in 2016-17 as Lucien Favre’s side finished third – earning them a place in qualifying for next season’s Champions League.Nice tweeted on Sunday evening: “@ogcnice_eng are delighted to confirm that Mario #Balotelli has signed a new contract with the club.”The club credited the 26-year-old for not prioritising the financial aspect of the deal, adding: “We are proud to have convinced the superstar to join us last year and to have seen him flourish on and off the field.“The Italian international has made considerable financial efforts to continue the Nice adventure, as he always intended during this off-season, favouring the sporting aspect and the choice of his heart.“Today we are happy. Welcome to you, Super Mario.”Balotelli, who has also played for Inter Milan an AC Milan, shared his club’s sentiments, adding on Instagram: “Anyone happy? I am. 1last_img read more

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DONEGAL NEW YORK GAA CLUB TO HONOUR MARTIN McHUGH

first_imgGAA great Martin McHugh is to be given a special honour when the Donegal New York Gaelic Football Club celebrates its 65th birthday next month.“The 2013 recipient of the Damian Meehan Memorial Award is Kilcar man Martin,” said Ira Goldman from the New York club. The two-time All-Star and BBC pundit will be accompanied by the Sam Maguire at the event. The  Campbell-Houlihan Award winner this year is CORMACH MURRIHY, who has been a strong supporter of the NY GAA for years. Cormach came here from Ratoath, Co. Meath, in August 1997. He played for the Meath Junior A team until 2000 and trained with the Donegal teams of 1999 and 2000. In 2005 he established United Structural Works, structural steel fabricators and erectors, in Congers.The Donegal Player of the Year is Goalkeeper Brian Cullinan and The Young Player of the Year is Brendan GrantThe 65th ANNIVERSARY BANQUET is on Saturday April 27th 2013 at the Lake Isle Country Club, Eastchester NY. Cocktails 8 pm, Dinner 9 pm* LIVE AUCTION AT THE BANQUET Signed Donegal Jerseys from 2012 All-Ireland Team2014 Super Bowl Tickets, Other Great PrizesContact Dinner Chairs Mary Grant 914-693-1875 or James McFadden 914-562-2801for banquet tickets ($100 per person); Journal Chair Keelan McLaughlin 718-401-7779 for Journal ads; and Laurence McGrath 917-882-8038 for $100 draw tickets (1st Prize $10,000 and 2nd Prize $3,000). DONEGAL NEW YORK GAA CLUB TO HONOUR MARTIN McHUGH was last modified: March 27th, 2013 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:DONEGAL NEW YORK GAA CLUB TO HONOUR MARTIN McHUGHlast_img read more

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ODHRÁN Mac NIALLAIS NAMED GAA FOOTBALLER OF THE WEEK

first_imgOdhrán puts the ball in the Fermanagh net. Pic Gabrielle GallagherDonegal’s Odhrán Mac Niallais has come out on top in the public vote for this week’s GAA.ie Footballer of the Week.The flying wing-forward was superb for 14-man Donegal when they battled their way past the challenge of Fermanagh in Sunday’s Ulster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final in Ballybofey.His Man of the Match display has earned him 43 per cent of the votes cast on the GAA’s official Twitter (@officialgaa), Facebook, and Instagram pages. That was enough for him to push Tipperary’s Brian Fox into second and Roscommon’s Ciaran Murtagh into third.GAA.ie Footballer of the Week1: Odhrán MacNiallais – 3233 (43 per cent)2: Brian Fox – 2394 (32 per cent) 3: Ciaran Murtagh – 1828 (25 per cent)ODHRÁN Mac NIALLAIS NAMED GAA FOOTBALLER OF THE WEEK was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

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OLYMPICS: CHLOE MAGEE CONFIDENT AHEAD OF GAMES

first_imgSHE’S one of our greatest every sportswomen.And as Chloe Magee gets ready for her second Olympic Games, the Raphoe woman talks about the challenges ahead.The BBC has carried an interview with her – the TV station’s coverage of the Games is going to be awesome with up to 40 digital channels covering every event. You can watch Chloe’s interview with the BBC here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/athletes/62a79610-bfc2-44a7-887b-0935f14e2abe   OLYMPICS: CHLOE MAGEE CONFIDENT AHEAD OF GAMES was last modified: July 25th, 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:OLYMPICS: CHLOE MAGEE CONFIDENT AHEAD OF GAMESlast_img read more

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