APNU/AFC Government is functioning in secrecy

first_imgDear Editor,Act 21 of the 2011 Access to Information Act was approved by the National Assembly during the PPP/C Government. The basic objective of the Rights to Information Act is to empower citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the functioning of the Government, contain corruption, and make our democracy work for the people in real sense.It establishes, without saying, that informed Guyanese are better equipped to maintain the necessary vigil on the instruments of governance and demands a more accountable Government to the people. The Access to Information Act is to make citizens informed about activities of the Government also.This APNU/AFC coalition Government continues to strangle the rights of people from the access to information that would expose the corruption, dictatorial policies, racial discrimination etc.The Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Six is an elected second-level Government that represents the people, but continues to be disregarded when it requests information for projects, decisions and policies that are being executed and implemented by the APNU/AFC coalition Government. This dictatorial Government operates in Region Six without any respect or regard for this elected regional governance. Numerous projects that are being managed by central Ministries don’t even inform the RDC of project execution or give a copy of the contract documents because Ministries are scared of scrutiny that will unearth massive corruption.The East Bank Berbice Public Road Project is one of the biggest projects in the region that is being undertaken by the MOPI but they refused to make available the contract documents to the RDC. Likewise, the Indian Monument site at Palmyra, where billions of taxpayers’ monies are disappearing through the sale of materials etc. Berbician are still anxious to know what is the total cost of these projects.The RDC was informed through the REO that the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority said that Cabinet made a decision to reallocate budgetary funds from the 2019 regional allocation without providing any information or evidence of the Cabinet’s decision. The RDC of Region Six is stunned because this can cause serious implications in transferring these funds to the NDIA without the approval of the RDC. The Fiscal Management and Accountability Act does not allow for the transferral of funds allocated for Drainage and Irrigation in the regional budget to be transferred to NDIA without the permission of the RDC.The NDIA is being used, evidently, as an arm of the PNC to satisfy their supporters. Excavators are being used to execute private jobs for PNC supporters in Region six because of political intervention by senior Government officials.Imagine that the REO of Region Five is shutting down an RDC meeting because of alleged usage of NDIA excavators to execute private work in Bath settlement, but when NDIA excavators are used by PNC activists in various areas it becomes legal. This issue was highlighted to the CEO, Flatts, but he refused to comment on the issue.Finally, the circus of “Bringing the Government to the people “, continued in Region Five a few days ago. Unfortunately, Government continued to disregard the most serious problem in Region Five, that is, where APNU/AFC councillors and the REO are purposely shutting down the functioning of the RDC, which can be considered the “voice of the residents” in that region. Disregarding this major issue of democracy in Region Five is an insult to David Granger who boasted about democracy in Guyana.What is happening in Region Six is a replica by this APNU/AFC coalition Government throughout Guyana. The RDC is demanding their constitutional rights for the access to information for all projects and policies that are implemented within.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Resaul, Mentore, Kalekyezi and Gentle emerge victorious in Bakewell Tournament

first_imgThe sixth annual Bakewell Lawn Tennis Tournament came to a close this past weekend with a batch of promising Under-18 players showcasing their ever-improving skills.The tournament, which was played at various venues, including the Racquet Centre, Georgetown, Diamond and Le Ressouvenir, served off just over two weeks ago with players putting their skills to the test in three categories.In the category that featured the youngest players in the tournament, the Under-12s, the semi-finals saw Paula Kalekyezi and Menikshi Jaikisson advancing to the final. This was after the pair walked away with wins over Rashida Hardy 4-2, 4-2 and Saskia Persaud 4-2, 3-5 (10-7) respectively.In the highly-anticipated final, Kalekyezi was the one who overcame Jaikisson 4-0, 4-1 to end as the 2018 champion.Over on the male side, the Boys’ Under-12 final pitted Hayned Mentore against Ricky Romascindo. It was a laid-back match as Mentore won the contest 4-0, 4-1.The Boys’ Under-14 division may have been the toughest category to compete in. In the preliminaries leading up to the grand finale, Jeremiah Kalekyezi gained a walkover when he was scheduled to face Gerald Scotland. Anish Sharma defeated Shabir Ahamad 4-0, 4-0, while Adesh Khayyam racked up the same scoreline against Ron Austin. Sharma was back for another win, this time against Jeremiah Siland 4-0, 4-0. And Vadeanand Resaul continued his campaign with a win against Wayne Baker 5-3, 4-0.The semi-finals saw Nigel Lowe defeating Jeremiah Kalekyezi 4-2, 4-2 and Resaul overcoming Sharma 4-1, 4-2.The final Boys’ Under-14 clash saw Resaul winning in straight sets against Nigel Lowe 4-0, 4-1.The Girls’ Under-14 contest featured Akilah Jone who was victorious in her encounter with Nandanee Ramdyhan 4-0, 4-0.In the much more competitive Under-18 category, the male final saw Heimraj Resaul and Viraj Sharma battling it out for top honours. It was Resaul who emerged as the winner with a 6-0, 6-2 win.The female Under-18 category also saw stiff competition, but in the end, it was Afruica Gentle and Kalyca Fraser, who faced each other. Eventually, after a lengthy battle, it was Gentle who won 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).The Bakewell tournament is held every year in remembrance of the company’s founder, the late Naeem Nasir, who was an avid fan of lawn tennis and strived to improve the sport in whatever way he could.last_img read more

WATCH: Former Newcastle, Chelsea and West Ham star floored by referee

first_imgAlways thought Demba Ba was good at putting himself around on the football pitch? This video could make you think again! The former Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham striker, 30, is currently plying his trade in China with Shanghai Shenhua. The Senegalese international was playing for his club when he collided with the match official in the centre circle – see above!last_img

SLIMMING WORLD: IT’S A FACT – IF YOU SNOOZE MORE YOU LOSE MORE!

first_imgSLIMMING WORLD: Sleep is really, really good for you, because at Slimming World, experts says if you Snooze more, you lose more! 100 years ago, the average adult slept 10-12 hours a night! Just as modern life has affected our levels of activity and eating habits, it has a dramatic impact on our sleeping patterns too. Our day no longer lasts from dawn until dusk and we often work and play late into the evening. Many of us work shifts, or have irregular working hours and (hands up) who’s attached to their tablet or phone before going to sleep?In a nutshell, modern life means we’re constantly overriding the waking-sleeping rhythms that are essential for good health.Over the last year Slimming World commissioned a thorough review of current research and evidence on the relationship between sleep and weight. We also did our own survey too-to discover more about our members’ sleep patterns, how they felt sleep affects their weight loss success and how their weight loss may affect their sleep.Does A Lack Of Sleep Affect Weight? The simple answer is…..yes, it does!Studies show that lack of sleep disrupts the production and function of key hormones and chemicals that regulate appetite and fat metabolism. An imbalance in these can make us feel more hungry and stimulate the “reward seeking” part of our brain, leading us to seek out high-fat, high-sugar foods in the daytime. So poor quality sleep or not enough sleep, makes it harder for us to resist temptation.A lack of good quality sleep, leading us to feel more tired also, means we are less likely to be active which causes our metabolism and our energy expenditure to decrease which can slow our weight loss. Plus, a longer, more active day gives us more opportunities to reach for those high sugar or high-fat foods.On the other hand, studies show that getting 7-8 hours of good quality sleeep each night is associated with lower risks of obesity, lower risk of Type 2 diabetes and lower risk of high blood-pressure.Our recent member survey showed over a quarter of members said that their weight has an effect on their sleep.62.1% of members reported having problems with their sleep with many waking up more than twice a night. The most common reasons given for not sleeping well were A frequent need to use the bathroom (41.2%)Worrying/ depression (32.7%)*Partner’s snoring (30.6%)Night sweats (20.7%)General discomfort or pain (17.8%)**Members with a higher BMI are more greatly affectedWell over a third of our surveyed members said that their lack of sleep had an affect on their weight.Over 90% said lack of sleep affects the following day:48% are less likely to be active36% are less likely to cook from scratch31% are more likely to eat more sugary or fatty food for an energy boostand 75% said their food choices are affectedMembers with a higher BMI reported they get less sleep, they’re more likely to have sleep problems and their lack of sleep has a big impact on their choices for the following day- it’s a vicious cycle! How can Slimming World help members to snooze more and lose more?Well, as fabulous as our consultants are, we can’t stop the dog from barking, the baby from crying or the other half snoring!! However the good news is…….Over a third of our members said that since losing weight with Slimming World their sleep has improved:they no longer go to bed feeling too fullthey no longer snore at night (themselves)they no longer feel general discomfort or painthey no longer feel worried/ depressedthey no longer suffer a frequent need to use the bathroomAnd the more weight members have lost, the greater the improvements in their sleep.Other ways to snooze more and lose more!Switch away from fatty or sugary foods late at night as they may lead to lighter and lass restorative sleep. Switch from alcoholic drinks to free soft drinks. Alcohol can cause drowsiness but can affect the quality of sleep later in the snacks the closer it gets to bedtime- a great healthy switch.Put your devices to bed an hour before you turn in. Screen glare both delays the release of melatonin (which helps us to drop off to sleep) and keeps our brain working at full speed rather than gently relaxing before bedtime.Enjoy a brisk walk in the fresh air every day- regular exercise brings with it better sleep!Each week in group we encourage members to share their experiences and Food Optimising solutions for staying on track when they’re tired-helping them with their weigh loss hopes and (sweet) dreams.Catherine’s Letterkenny group are held every Thursday in St Eunan’s GAA Clubhouse at O’Donnell Park.You can find out more about Slimming World in Donegal here: https://www.facebook.com/slimmingworldindonegal/SLIMMING WORLD: IT’S A FACT – IF YOU SNOOZE MORE YOU LOSE MORE! was last modified: May 27th, 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:columnFeaturesnewsSlimming Worldlast_img read more

Few trips gas-worthy at $3 a gallon

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Finally, the chaos of locus theory is brought to life. I have proof that you can cross 11 ZIP codes, pick up dry cleaning, get your hair done, find the cheapest bananas (by 2 cents) and locate ruffled-sleeve inserts for an Austin Powers extra-large costume all on a quarter of a tank of gas. By the time I’m done, my car is so laden with the fruits of my chores I could easily be mistaken for a Hurricane Rita evacuee prepping for a 60-mile ride from Houston at a record pace of 3 mph. The president says it is my duty not to squander my 87 octane. Patriotism has now become the perfect excuse for begging off blind dates, Ben Stiller movies and helping a friend pick out a ball gown at Barneys, unless she wants to drive. (Honestly, if she’s going to splurge on a $5,000 dress, what’s an additional $67 for gas?) Of course, the most perilously fuel-deficient of detours is a stop at a mega-hardware fix-it store. I have a long-standing tradition – sort of corollary to the communist theory – that for every two items purchased, one must be returned. Now, as a good American, I know I cannot make the return trip. So my next garage sale will include 17 wrenches (always the wrong size), a ladder too short for any job ever, and an enormous bucket of metric-size screws. Take that, European Union! After much soul-searching, I have come up with a list of car-trip “nonstarters.” I have forbidden myself to run out just to get milk or that other newspaper or such bare necessities as toilet paper or a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, no matter how premenstrual I am. Oh, the humanity! The guilt I feel for squandering even half a gallon of gas to drive to the gym is enough to keep me permanently plotzed on the couch. In truth, I do have an alternate fuel supply: my carbo-loaded cardiovascular system. Perhaps you’ve seen me tooling around town on my crazy green 10-speed. My pedal power gives me a leg up on patriotism. I also have a complex set of calculations involved for deciding whether to drive or ride. I swear it could one day add up to winning the Nobel Prize or, even better, having Gwyneth Paltrow play me in the movie version. Here’s how it works: If it takes me one-eighth of a gallon of gas (4.68 cents x 8 ounces = 37.44 cents) to go to my closest Starbucks for a Venti White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino (450 calories without whipped cream, 580 with) I can cycle to the grocery store, bookstore and pharmacy for upward of an hour at 15 mph to even out the caloric “petrolatte” caffeine conundrum. The only drawback to my theory is that I have not factored in how to actually keep my ice cream from melting … and that is definitely gas-worthy. Stephanie Becker is a writer in Los Angeles.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Is it gas-worthy? It’s a question I’ve been paraphrasing so often from Elaine of “Seinfeld” that I ought to pay her residuals. With gas hovering at $3 a gallon, I am constantly asking myself: What makes an excursion worth the price of ignition? Any trip in my gas-guzzling car now involves such multitasking military precision that I could teach Rummy a thing or two. Preparation is the key. My map quest is for a through-line so fuel-efficient that I can finally prove to generations of geometry students that, yes, indeed, you do use this stuff in real life. Thank you, Mr. Gill. last_img read more

Breaking News: Three women from Donegal killed in horrific crash

first_imgThe three women who died in a horrific road crash in Co Louth this morning are all from Co Donegal.The three women perished and two men are in a serious condition following a collision near Ardee.The three-car collision occurred south of Aclint Bridge, Ardee, Co Louth at approximately 1am. One female driver (39), and two female passengers (37 and 69 years) died in the crash.The three were travelling from Dublin when the accident occurred.Meanwhile, two men who are seriously injured were rushed Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.The N2 is closed between Ardee and Aclint Bridge to facilitate a forensic examination and will remain closed for the day. Diversions are in place but Gardaí are asking motorists using the M1 to divert at Junction 17 for Castleblayney.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Ardee Garda Station 041 6871130, The Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Breaking News: Three women from Donegal killed in horrific crash was last modified: July 22nd, 2017 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:accidentDEATHSdonegalGardaiLouthwomanlast_img read more

New independent living complex under consideration for Letterkenny

first_imgA Letterkenny councillor has called for more accommodation to be provided for people in Letterkenny with special needs.Cllr Ciaran Brogan called on the Letterkenny Municipal District to work with the HSE to develop a housing complex to accommodate people with special needs or otherwise. He suggested a complex which would allow tenants to live independently while having supporting services available on campus for their washing, laundry, cooking and medical needs.Cllr Brogan said a town the size of Letterkenny would warrant a facility like this, particularly for older residents. He suggested the land adjacent to the site where the new community hospital is due to be built as a suitable location. “I think it is something that would work very well, somewhere that people can live independently and get supports during the day. I think it would be good for the council to be involved in something like this,” Cllr Brogan said.He referred to smaller estates which have housed OAPs in the town centre in the past and outlined opportunities to work with the HSE so doctors and physiotherapists can visit residents.Cllr Brogan said he had spoken to senior management in the HSE and believed that funding would be available with the council and the HSE. He said identifying a suitable site would be a key factor, ensuring it is within walking distance to the town centre.Cllr Michael McBride supported the motion at Monday’s meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal District. He said retirement villages such as those in the USA are ideal facilities that need to be moved towards in Ireland. Cllr Ian McGarvey said the Donegal Age Friendly Alliance would welcome such a complex. Security for individuals is a top issue for the elderly, he added.New independent living complex under consideration for Letterkenny was last modified: September 11th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

New Zealand player Lou Vincent admits to match-fixing

first_imgNew Zealand cricketer Lou VincentFormer New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent on Tuesday admitted to cheating, saying he has abused his position as a professional cricketer by accepting money for fixing matches.”I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money through fixing. I have lived with this dark secret for many years, but just months ago I reached the point where I decided I had to come forward and tell the truth,” said Vincent in a video-taped confession.”It’s a truth that has rightly caused uproar and controversy in New Zealand and around the world. I have shamed my country. I have shamed my sport. I have shamed those close to me. For that, I am not proud. I lost faith in myself and the game. I abused the game I love. I had to put things right,” he said.Vincent, who suffers from depression, will now be the first New Zealand cricketer to face a life ban from cricket.This year he was handed a life ban by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for fixing five games and faced 26 charges in total.Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) also banned him recently for not reporting an approach while playing for the Dhaka Gladiators.Champions League Twenty20 was also quick to ban him for life after the former Auckland Aces batsman pleaded guilty to seven charges relating to spot fixing.last_img read more

Cricket cheats who brought ill-repute to the game

first_imgThe list of cricket cheats who brought ill-repute to the game:In 1994, Australian cricketers Shane Warne and Mark Waugh accept 3,000 pounds and 2,500 pounds from an Indian bookie for information on pitch and weather. They are fined by their cricket board.Shane Warne and Mark WaughSouth Africa’s Test captain Hansie Cronje is banned for life in 2000. Cronje accepted money from bookmakers to fix matches and offering team-mates cash to underperform.Hansie CronjeThe same year, India’s former Test captain Mohammad Azharuddin admitted fixing three ODI matches. He’s banned for life.Former Indian Test captain Mohammad AzharuddinFormer Kenya captain Maurice Odumbe is banned for five years for accepting mony from bookmakers in 2004. His ex-wife names six more players at his sentencing.Former Kenya captain Maurice OdumbeWest Indies’ batsman Marlon Samuels is banned for two years in 2008 for giving match-related information to an Indian bookmaker during the 2007 ODI series in India.West Indies player Marlon SamuelsIn 2011, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer are banned for five years and jailed for spot-fixing during their 2010 tour of England. Agent Mazhar Majeed is also jailed.Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer and Salman ButtFormer Essex cricketer Mervyn Westfield is jailed for four months after accepting 6,000 pounds in a spot-betting scam. His former teammate,  leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, is later banned for life for his role in the scam in 2012.Indian fast bowler S. Sreesanth is banned for life after accepting money to spot-fix during Indian Premier League games in 2013. Three other IPL players are also banned.Indian fast bowler S. Sreesanth2014: New Zealand player Lou Vincent confesses that he took money to underperform and approach other players to do the same thing.advertisementNew Zealand player Lou Vincentlast_img read more

Hoeness: Heynckes could stay at Bayern

first_imgBayern München Hoeness: Heynckes could stay on at Bayern Goal Last updated 1 year ago 07:49 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jupp Heynckes Bayern Munich Christof Stache Bayern München Borussia M’gladbach v Bayern München Borussia M’gladbach Bundesliga The club’s president claims the manager may stick around the Allianz Arena past this season after stepping in to replace Carlo Ancelotti Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness believes manager Jupp Heynckes may stick around with the club past this season. Heynckes stepped in for his fourth stint with the Bavarians as a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti in October with his contract running through the end of the season.Bayern -1 23/20 v Monchengladbach Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There has been much discussion of who would replace the 72-year-old at the end of the campaign, with former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann and even Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp being mentioned as candidates to take over. But Hoeness believes there is a chance that the club could continue on with Heynckes, who has helped the club climb back to the top of the Bundesliga and qualify for last 16 of the Champions League despite the club getting off to a poor start in both competitions. “I think that is possible, yes,” the president said when asked if the manager might stay on after the club’s annual general meetings on Friday. The club has not lost under Heynches since he took over, winning nine straight in all competitions.Bayern hold a six-point lead over Schalke at the top of the Bundesliga and are three points back of PSG in Champions League Group B, with the clubs set to square off on the final matchday. The French side’s 3-0 beating of Bayern on October 27 sparked the sacking of Ancelotti. “The night of Paris [3-0 Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain] made the club wake up,” Hoeness said. “In this night, we set the course for what we have seen in the past six weeks.”Since then we had nine games and won all of them. With Jupp Heynckes the mood changed completely. All of us only hover now.  There is a new spirit.”On Ancelotti’s dismissal, Rummenigge maintains that their personal relationship is intact.”I want to thank Carlo Ancelotti,” Rummenigge said. “He is a good person and a very good coach. The decision to sack him so early in the season was not easy, but professionally necessary.”When I told him the decision Carlo said, ‘Okay, you are not my boss anymore, but you stay as my friend.'”That is something that is rare. I wish him and his team all the best.”last_img read more