Barefaced, crude, open attempt at M&CC

first_imgDear Editor,With reports appearing in some sections of the media that another showdown is looming between the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown and the two largest garbage collection agencies which are contracted to provide refuse collection services to corporate, residential and industrial customers, certainly not a citizen of Georgetown should be surprised.Absolutely no one should be startled that payments to the two companies by the Council could be slipping into arrears again. Without an audit done of Council’s financial records in over two decades, with the profusion of financial scams over the years, and with the profuse and improvident spending that the Council is so well known for, how could one expect anything other than insolvency, defalcation, and total bankruptcy at the Council?It will not be much longer before the Central Government will be asked to jump in and bail City Council out again, especially since the Local Government Elections are scheduled in a matter of weeks. Mendicancy, impecuniousness and indigence are the order of the day at the Georgetown City Council.Further, the city’s two largest waste collection service providers working for the Georgetown Municipality should not be the least surprised at the plan being hatched to jettison them from the garbage collection arrangements involving the capital’s nursery, primary and secondary schools in favour of another ‘well-connected contractor. This is just another bare-faced, crude, and open attempt at massive corruption, malfeasance and nepotism at the Council.Sincerely,Sambu Jacobuslast_img read more

Ivorian Refugees Urged to Return Home

first_imgAfter years of stay in refugee life in Liberia, Ivorian refugees at various camps are contemplating returning home to re-establish their lives.The desire to return home was disclosed to heads of the UN Refugees Agency (UNHCR) through Ivorian Refugee Chairperson, Patrice Gnombie on June 20 during observance of World Refugee Day.According to Gnombie, the need to go back home is in response to an earlier call by their President, Allasane Ouattara to return and contribute to the rebuilding of their country gravely affected by war.In his remark during the occasion, Refugee Chairman Patrice Gnombie said “Today we have answered our President’s call to return home.” His statement was greeted with loud applause. The observance of World Refugees Day was climaxed at Liberia’s largest PTP Refugee Camp which hosts more than 15,000 Ivorian refugees.President Ouattara, during his visit to Liberia last year, appealed to his compatriots to return home.  He stressed that their country needed them. Reemphasizing the Ivorian leader’s plea, Mr. Gnombie told his compatriots, “It is now time to return to Côte d’Ivoire.”The Ivorian refugees poured into Liberia in 2011 as a result of a bloody civil war that destroyed lives and properties.  The war  began in September 2002 following the killing of former Military leader Gaye Robert.  The northern city of Bouke was attacked.The war intensified when former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to turn over power to the declared winner of the presidential election,   Alassane Ouattara.The war became tribal, with supporters of former President Gbagbo’s ethnic group pitted   against those of Ouattara’s, and there were indiscriminate killings from both ends.Survivors that were close to the Liberian border fled to Liberia where their Liberian brothers and sisters wholeheartedly welcomed them.  In many instances there were close marriage or or genealogical links between the Liberians and the Ivorians.To have the assurance of surviving upon returning, the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Khassim Diagne, informed refugees about reintegration activities in Côte d’Ivoire. He noted, “We will continue to work with the Governments of Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire to assist Ivorian refugees to return home and to ensure that their return is sustainable.”Also speaking, the keynote speaker, Chairman of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on refugee matters in Liberia, Hon. Alex C. Grant, said he was a refugee in Nigeria for 8 years before returning home. “I returned from Nigeria in 1998. I came back home to contribute to the development of my country. Take advantage of the voluntary repatriation programme and return home to improve your lives,” he urged.Receiving a warm reception from his compatriots, Ivorian Ambassador, His Excellency Kapieletien Soro thanked the Government and people of Liberia for hosting Ivorian refugees, but stressed that peace and stability have been restored to Côte d’Ivoire and that it was now time they went back home. “There are more opportunities awaiting you and your children at home than in refugee camps,” he said.The Executive Director of the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Cllr. Abla G. Williams, and Lonestar MTN Communication Executive Director, Dr. Laurence Bropleh, also attended the ceremony.The UN Mission in Liberia, Lonestar MTN and Kenya Airways supported this year’s celebration. They donated items such as books, trophies and T-shirts were presented to refugees. UNHCR also donated a television set and its accessories to enable refugees watch the 2014 Football World Cup, via satellite, in which Côte d’Ivoire is competing.    World Refugee Day was also marked at Brewerville in Monrovia, Bahn Refugee Camp in Nimba and Little Wlebo Refugee Camp in Maryland County. Liberia currently hosts 44,172 refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern, including 41, 111 Ivorian refugees.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minibus conductor killed in Essequibo Coast accident

first_imgThe car that hit SahadeoA minibus conductor has died in an accident on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Dead is 41-year-old Lalman Narine Sahadeo.Reports are the conductor died on the Spring Garden Public Road on Monday about 18:00h. Guyana Times was told that Sahadeo was riding a bicycle on the Spring Garden, Essequibo Coast Public Road about 200 feet away from his home when he was struck by a speeding car.According to reports, a neighbour heard the impact and upon investigation saw Sahadeo’s damaged bicycle and alerted his family. The body was found about 130 feet away from the point of impact in the trench alongside the road.The 23-year-old driver of the car is an employee of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC). He is from the same village.Dead: Lalman Narine SahadeoThis publication was told that the man appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and drove away from the scene. He then went to the GFC office in Supenaam, where he was later arrested. Sahadeo leaves to mourn his wife, Zaheeda Sahadeo, and only child, Suchipra Sahadeo, a student of the Good Hope Primary School.His body was taken to the Suddie Morgue to await an autopsy. Police are investigating.last_img read more

MP Bob Zimmer concerned over intended purpose of Bill C-71

first_imgZimmer says he will have to wait and see where this bill goes but feels that C-71 is aimed at the wrong people.“We’ll see where it goes. It’s just that I think C-71 is just, again, aimed at the wrong people.”Bill C-71 is now awaiting Royal Assent and approval by the Govern General before it becomes law. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Federal Liberal Government has passed its firearm legislation, Bill C-71, through the Senate on Tuesday night.According to the Government, the Bill, which oversees background checks and gun sale records, aims to reduce and deal with gun violence across the Country.Local Conservative MP, Bob Zimmer, says while he supports background checks for gun owners, he has concerns that this bill will not be used for its intended purpose for keeping guns out of the hands of criminals but instead targets law-abiding owners.- Advertisement -“It’s got its challenges and the whole C-71 is a document that was supposed to be written to combat gangs and guns in our cities but gangs isn’t even mentioned in the legislation and it reestablishes a back door registry, a front door registry and makes many changes to add red tape to lawful firearm owners.”According to Zimmer, the Liberal Government treats all gun owners as criminals and does not seem to recognize the fact that many gun owners are law-abiding citizens.“Lawful firearm owners are some of the most law-abiding citizens we have in our country. It’s like the Liberal side doesn’t understand that and treats anybody with a firearm as though they are a criminal.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Video: Man United’s £30m signing proves his fitness?

first_imgManchester United starlet Luke Shaw tried to prove his fitness to boss Louis van Gaal in their pre-season friendly with Inter Milan.The world’s most expensive teenager has been put on his own training schedule by the Dutchman after reporting back to training well off the pace.Shaw, 19, looked a little shaky defensively in the clash in Washington DC, but going forward he appeared fairly comfortable as he grows into his role as a wing-back.You can see how he got on against Inter Milan in the video above…last_img

Stoke v Chelsea: Baba and Mikel start

first_imgBaba Rahman and Mikel start for Chelsea in the Capital One Cup fourth-round clash at the Britannia Stadium, where Blues keeper Asmir Begovic faces his former club.Mikel starts in midfield, where Chelsea are without the suspended Nemanja Matic, while Baba gets a chance to impress at left-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta making way. Kurt Zouma is again deployed at right-back.There is also a starting place for Oscar, who replaces Cesc Fabregas, while Loic Remy is among the substitutes after shaking off an injury.Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross makes his first appearance of the season after overcoming a back injury.Striker Mame Biram Diouf, who has been on compassionate leave, also returns for the Potters.Stoke: Butland; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Muniesa; Whelan, Adam; Diouff, Afellay, Arnautovic; Walters.Subs: Given, Ireland, Odemwingie, Wilson, Sidwell, Shaqiri, Crouch.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Baba; Ramires, Mikel; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Amelia, Djilobodji, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Kenedy, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kentridge: master of his craft

first_img7 July 2003William Kentridge is not only South Africa’s best-known artist, he is also regarded as an artist of great importance internationally, with galleries around the world queuing up to exhibit his works.With one exhibition, theatrical production or multi-media collaboration after another, his creativity seems unstoppable. Though he tends to use one specific technique, his trademark charcoal drawings, Kentridge continues to explore diverse media – from etchings, lithographs and silk screens to animated film, theatre with puppetry, opera and video – as vehicles for expression.He is best known for his animated films in charcoal drawings and his multi-media theatrical productions, like Faustus in Africa and Ubu and the Truth Commission, which he created in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, using puppets, live actors and animation.His works have a breathtaking power and boldness, compelling the viewer to take notice and interact with them. Kenneth Baker from the San Franscisco Chronicle had the following to say: “People tend never to forget where and when they first encountered the art of South African William Kentridge, such is its power.” And Guardian art critic Adrian Searle described his work as “so arresting, so unexpected and so unplaceable that it is truly refreshing”.Johannesburg is still homeThough a global player in the art world, Kentridge’s inspiration remains Johannesburg, where he lives with his wife and three children. His works are profoundly political, but Kentridge steers away from the label of “political commentator”. Neither, he says, are his works expressions of “white guilt”, as some critics have argued.“I have never tried to make illustrations of apartheid, but the drawings and films are certainly spawned by and feed off the brutalised society left in its wake”, he said in an interview. “I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures, and certain endings; an art (and a politics) in which optimism is kept in check and nihilism at bay.”Kentridge, who was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, is the son of Felicia Geffen and respected QC, Sir Sydney Kentridge, who was involved in several historically and politically important law cases in South Africa. He is one of four children.Kentridge studied a BA in Politics and African Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1973 – 76. For the next two years he studied art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. From 1981 – 82 he studied mime and theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He was a founder member of the Free Filmmakers Cooperative, and served as a member of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company from 1975 – 1991.Exhibitions around the worldKentridge has exhibited his works – both in solo and group exhibitions – at many prestigious galleries and museums around the world, including the Museums of Modern Art in Oxford and New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and Documenta X1 in Kassel, Germany.Several of his exhibitions have toured major cities around the world, including Barcelona, Brussels, Munich, Marseille, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Sydney. He has also participated in several biennales.In 1998 Kentridge was a finalist for the Solomon Guggenheim Museum’s second Hugo Boss prize, and was awarded the Carnegie Medal at the 1999/2000 Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine art from the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art in Baltimore.More recently, the Kentridge Retrospective has been on show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the SA National Gallery in Cape Town.His latest collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, Confessions of Zeno, a multi-media production, was performed at the National Arts Festival and in Belgium and Germany last year. Zeno Writing, his exhibition of drawings, was on show at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in March 2003.To order books or a CD Rom on William Kentridge’s works, click here. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Gordimer gets Google doodle on 92nd birthday

first_img20 November 2015Nadine Gordimer was “a powerful voice for change in South African politics, (who) moved untold thousands with the pathos of her sparse, penetrating narratives”, Google wrote in its tribute to the writer on its corporate website. Gordimer is the focus of one of its popular doodles to mark her 92nd birthday on 20 November 2015.Gordimer, who died in July 2014, was one of South Africa’s iconic anti-apartheid crusaders. She won the Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature for her epic but thoughtful works that dealt with the moral and racial complexities of South Africa in the 20th century.The doodle features Gordimer labouring in her study, where she typically worked from early morning into the late afternoon, as imagined by artist Lydia Nichols. In a style befitting Gordimer’s prose, Nichols exercised restraint by using only three colours, layered to create texture and subtle variation.Gordimer, who attended just one year of university, was once asked how she had developed such a sophisticated command of the language in the absence of any formal training. “From reading,” she said. “And living, of course.”Source: Googlelast_img read more

No pigweed left behind: Late-season scouting for Palmer amaranth and waterhemp

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Loux, Ohio State University ExtensionIf you don’t already have to deal with waterhemp or Palmer amaranth, you don’t want it. Ask anyone who does. Neither one of these weeds is easy to manage, and both can cause substantial increases in the cost of herbicide programs, which have to be constantly changed to account for the multiple resistance that will develop over time (not “can,” “will”). The trend across the country is for them to develop resistance to any new herbicide sites of action that are used in POST treatments.Preventing new infestations of these weeds should be of high priority for Ohio growers. When not adequately controlled, Palmer amaranth can take over a field faster than any other annual weed we deal with, and waterhemp is a close second. Taking the time to remove any Palmer and waterhemp plants from fields in late-season before they produce seed will go a long way toward maintaining the profitability of Ohio farm operations. There is information on Palmer amaranth and waterhemp identification on most university websites, including ours — u.osu.edu/osuweeds/ (go to “weeds” and then “Palmer amaranth”). An excellent brief video on identification can be found there, along with a fact sheet.The dead giveaway for Palmer amaranth as we move into late summer is the long seedhead, and those on female seed-bearing plants are extremely rough to the touch. We recommend the following as we progress from now through crop harvest:Take some time now into late summer to scout fields, even if it’s from the road or field edge with a pair of binoculars. This would be a good time to have a friend with a drone that provides real-time video, or your own personal satellite. Scouting from the road is applicable mostly to soybean fields, since corn will often hide weed infestations.Walk into the field to check out any weeds that could be Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, or are otherwise mysterious. If you need help with identification, send photos to us or pull plants and take them to someone who can identify them. Palmer and waterhemp are considerably different in appearance than giant ragweed and marestail, the most common late-season offenders.Where the presence of Palmer amaranth or waterhemp is confirmed, check to see whether plants have mature seed (in Palmer infestations these are the rough female seedheads), by shaking/crushing parts of the seedhead into your hand or other surface that will provide contrast. Mature seed will be small and very dark.Plants without mature seed should be cut off just below the soil surface, and ideally removed from the field and burned or composted. Plants with mature seed should be cut off and bagged (at least the seedheads) and removed from the field, or removed via any other method that prevents seed dispersal through the field.If the Palmer amaranth or waterhemp population is too dense to remove from the field, some decisions need to be made about whether or how to mow or harvest. Harvesting through patches or infested fields will result in further spread throughout the field and also contamination of the combine with weed seed that can then be dispersed in other fields. So consider: 1) not harvesting areas of the field infested with Palmer amaranth or waterhemp, and instead mowing several times to prevent seed production, and 2) harvesting the infested field(s) after all other fields have been harvested, and cleaning the combine thoroughly before further use. This also applies to any infestations that are discovered while harvesting.Scout field borders and adjacent roadsides, areas that flood or receive manure application, and also CREP/wildlife area seedings. The latter can become infested due to contaminated seed produced in states where Palmer amaranth and waterhemp are endemic and not considered noxious. Reminder: the Ohio Department of Agriculture will test any seed used for these purposes for the presence of Palmer amaranth.Feel free to contact OSU weed science for help with identification or management of Palmer amaranth and waterhemp. Mark Loux – loux.1@osu.edu, Bruce Ackley – Ackley.19@osu.edu.last_img read more

Vaghela resigns from Gujarat Assembly

first_imgExpelled Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela resigned from the State Assembly on Wednesday. He submitted his resignation to the speaker at his chamber. He was accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his deputy Nitin Patel and other Ministers.Mr. Vaghela was earlier Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly. He resigned from that position last month after the Congress refused to yield to his demand to make him the chief ministerial candidate ahead of the State assembly polls.He and seven other legislators, including his son Mahendrasinh Vaghela, were expelled by the Congress after they cross voted in the recently held Rajya Sabha election. Among the contestants was Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel, who was seeking a fifth term.“I have been considering resigning from the House for some time now. I consulted people from my constituency Kapadvanj and then decided to submit the papers. I will not join any party, but I will remain active in politics,” he told the media after handing over the resignation letter to Speaker Ramanlal Vora.His son Mahendrasinh and other MLAs are set to join the BJP in the coming days.Asked why he had chosen to accompany Mr. Vaghela, Chief Minister Rupani said he was one of the senior most members of the Assembly. He, Mr. Patel and other Ministers had joined him as a mark of respect.last_img read more