first_imgDear Editor,The long-awaited presidential candidate of the PPP/C has been announced and that person is Mr Irfaan Ali. He is the most talked about person in Guyana and I must say on the planet right now.From all appearances, the name Charrandas Persaud has suddenly slipped off the radar and is in the backseat of the thoughts of those who oppose the PPP/C as they now hotly pursue Mr Ali.It is a venomous pursuit as known critics – some of them coming up under new pseudonyms bash the daylight out of Mr Ali. But, try as they may, nothing is going to stop this man from leading the PPP/C unto victory in the next General Elections.And here’s my point, the venom some put in their criticism comes from the fact that none of the parties, not one of them, can win an election here in Guyana. Even when they teamed up with each other in that incestuous association called a coalition they could not put the PPP/C away, only to surrender in a vote of conscience after three and a half long burdensome and torturous years.It is a clear borne fact that the only political party that can and will win any election in Guyana is the PPP/C. That reality has sent shockwaves in the camps of those of our opposers that right now are quivering in fear. The PPP/C has proven that fact throughout its history.And not only would it win an election, but it is also a party that has delivered to the electorate; you talk to any Guyanese even to those in the political divide and they will tell you that the best years of their lives were under the PPP. Bad-talk and smear campaigns cannot erase that. So, I empathise with our detractors out there who are trying their utmost to stop the unstoppable.But let me tell them what has been and still is the PPP/C’s real source of strength, I call it their bedrock, that is, its total reliance on teamwork. Team PPP/C is a formidable force and a tower of strength. A case in point is the calling in of Police to illegally oust Bishop Edghill out of Parliament.The team stood by the Bishop and boxed him in thereby telling the world that we are a united group with one purpose in mind. We shall not be moved, we have a country to stand up for.So, if you follow all of Mr Ali’s speeches you will see one common thread of thought “Team PPP/C” or “We” will deliver, we will are working together to build Guyana again. To come up against such an indomitable team means that you do not have a ghost of a chance, you cannot penetrate or break our singleness of purpose. Because we are a team and people-oriented too, helping, building people- ordinary people, all Guyanese, that is our main objective. Long live Team PPP/C!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Sunday, the dates for elections in India. I have been invited to conduct opinion polls in India to determine support for parties. Election polling is restricted from a day before voting till the last hour of voting. Pollsters can release results up to the day before the voting commences and right after the voting ends.The ECI knows it must hold an election and, therefore, started making preparations for it – making sure every adult over 18 was on the list – some 900 million voters. In Guyana, we have just under half a million voters, and the election commission seems to have serious difficulty preparing for an election even though it knew since December 22 that it must be prepared to hold elections by March 19. The ECI Commissioners and staff are professionals and unlike in Guyana, they don’t favour any party. They are true professionals. The Chairman or Chief Election Officer in India is not a stooge of any party.There are some other major differences in how GECOM and ECI function. Unlike in Guyana with GECOM, the ECI is totally independent of Governmental influence. The India Government cannot direct Government on preparedness or when to call elections. ECI is perennially prepared for elections because when a Government collapses it must hold elections within a month. Elections are held five years from the last elections and the new Government is sworn in just over a week after the counting of ballots and official declaration of results. The new Government in India must be sworn in on June 4 as per the direction of the ECI.Unlike in Guyana, in India, when a Government loses a no-confidence vote, elections are immediately held. Also, unlike in Guyana, voting in India takes place over several days. In this year’s elections, voting will be done over seven days and would last just over a month. India’s elections are generally held over several phases in order to allow for the transfer of poll workers and security. Some 200,000 personnel are involved in the process. Some 100,000 security forces are totally under the control of ECI and follow their directives. Government cannot instruct the security forces.The important point of difference between India and Guyana on electoral matters is that unlike in Guyana, the ECI is totally independent, with its own budget and personnel and does not seek to rig elections in favour of a party. The ECI recruits its own staff with “politically minded people” blanked. Staff are permanently employed and must not have any affiliation with any party. Government cannot fix dates for elections although it can make suggestions. The ECI decides on dates for elections. The ECI is extremely powerful; it has its own security forces with the power to confiscate money of candidates or parties if the staff suspects the money would be used improperly like bribing voters. Once a Government loses a no-confidence vote, it cannot hold Cabinet meetings. An election date is fixed within six weeks. And once a date is set for elections, Government is prohibited from engaging in new policies and announcing new programs; new money cannot be spent. The election moral code of conduct comes into play. No party enjoys an advantage. The Government media is shared equally by all contesting forces unlike in Guyana where there is one-sided coverage.The ECI can sanction candidates and parties and can also fine them and confiscate their monies or freeze their bank accounts and discipline State media. With the issues having to do with GECOM’S preparedness for elections following the Government’s defeat in the no-confidence vote, perhaps Guyana can look to India for reforms of its elections commission to make it totally independent of the political forces.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

first_imgTragic Melissa Hamilton with husband Seamus.The husband and children of a young Donegal mother who died of breast cancer after two missed opportunities to diagnose the disease, have settled their High Court action.The family of tragic Melissa Hamilton from Killygordon settled their case for damages today as Letterkenny General Hospital apologised in the High Court on Friday. The general manager of the hospital in a letter said he wished to “apologise unreservedly” that Ms Hamilton’s cancer was not was not diagnosed and treated at an earlier stage.An apology from the Hospital was read to the court as part of the settlement of the case over the wrongful death of the 34-year old mother-of-three who died of breast cancer just eight days after her third child was born.In a letter to Melissa’s husband Séamus, the general manager of Letterkenny General Hospital, Sean Murphy, expressed “deepest and sincere regrets” to the Hamiltons.“It is with a great sense of sadness and regret that I am writing today on behalf of the clinical staff and management of Letterkenny General Hospital and also on a personal basis , to express our deepest and sincere regrets to you and your family on the devastating, loss of your wife Melissa,” it said.“I wish to apologise unreservedly to you and your family that Melissa’s cancer was not diagnosed and treated at an earlier stage.“I realise no words can make up for the loss that you and your children have experienced and our thoughts are with you all in these difficult times,” the letter said.The Irish Times has reported that Mr Justice Anthony Barr was told that the actions brought by Mr Hamilton and his children had been settled.The judge approved a €900,000 payment for the children and also a statutory division of a sum of €25,400 between eight dependants of Mrs Hamilton.Melissa was just 34 years of age when she passed away just eight days after she had given birth to her third child. Her husband Séamus Hamilton had told the High Court judge when she died less than a fortnight after her breast cancer was finally diagnosed it felt like a different world.The grieving husband also had to break the news to his two young daughters, Jessica who was six years old at the time and Darcy who was two.“It is not a job I want to have to do again. I could see it in Jessica’s eyes. I told her mummy was in heaven and looking over her like an angel,” he said.He added: “Less than a year later she told me she thought her mummy was only gone to heaven for a while . That was tougher that actually telling her.”Mr Hamilton has launched a High Court action for damages as a result of the wrongful death of his wife Melissa in September 2011.The widower of Sallywood, Killgordon, Co Donegal along with their three children Jessica (now 10), Darcey (6) and Gracie who was born just days before her mother’s death have sued GP Eileen Coyne with an address at Health Centre, Stranorlar, Donegal and the HSE.It was claimed the GP had a duty of care to Mrs Hamilton to exercise all reasonable skill and care in the provision of medical services including the provision of all services necessary to assist in the diagnosis and early treatment of her breast cancer.The HSE it is claimed was responsible for the control, management and operation of the Breast Centre North West triple assessment clinic in Letterkenny General Hospital and also had a duty to take all reasonable steps to safeguard Mrs Hamilton’s life.It is claimed there was a failure to diagnose Mrs Hamilton’s cancer at an earlier treatable stage and negligent delay in achieving a cancer diagnosis.Mr Justice Anthony Barr was told that liability was admitted last month and the case which includes a claim for nervous shock on Mr Hamilton’s part is before the court for assessment of damages.FAMILY OF TRAGIC DONEGAL WOMAN SETTLE ACTION WITH HSE AND HOSPITAL was last modified: June 12th, 2015 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:donegalKillygordonMelissa Hamiltonlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But then, banning something is pretty easy – it can be done with the stroke of a pen. Getting kids to move, on the other hand, well, that might force some district bureaucrats to move, too. And they don’t like that any more than kids do. The problem with kids these days, the experts tell us, is they’re fat. And they’re fat because not only do they eat too much junk, but they’re lazy. Gee, where could they learn such behavior? Here’s one possibility: at school. Take the Los Angeles Unified School District, which in 2002 banned the sale of sugary sodas on its campuses, thereby addressing the dietary part of the obesity problem. As for the laziness part, well, the district hasn’t quite gotten around to dealing with that yet. Four years after the soda ban, a new study shows that the district still doesn’t give most of its students the state-mandated minimum of physical education. 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

first_imgAS the Countdown to Croker continues, a series of preview evenings and events are taking place.But surely the line-up Friday next in Letterkenny is, by far, the best.Ciaran “Duck” O’Donnell will be the MC for the evening at St Eunan’s clubhouse at O’Donnell Park (which Ciaran still claims is named after him!) And will be joined by the incomparable Joe Brolly, former All-Star Derry Footballer who won an All-Ireland medal in 1993 and is of course a current Sunday Game panelist.After putting Pat Spillane firmly in his box a few weeks ago, Joe is sure to be a popular guest once again.Sharing the stage with Joe will be 1992 All-Ireland Final Man of the Match, Killybegs’ Manus Boyle and rounding out the guest panel will be Mayo and Crossmolina legend, Ciaran McDonald.The All-Ireland Final Preview Night will take place this Friday, September 14th in the Clubhouse at 8pm. Tickets are €10 and are available from club members.Capacity will be limited so be sure and get your ticket asap to avoid disappointment. JOE BROLLY, MANUS BOYLE AND CIARAN McDONALD SET FOR ALL-IRELAND PREVIEW NIGHT IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: September 9th, 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:JOE BROLLYMANUS BOYLE AND CIARAN McDONALD SET FOR ALL-IRELAND PREVIEW NIGHT IN LETTERKENNYlast_img read more

first_img Tags: CECAFA Senior Challenge CupCECAFA U17 Girls CupUganda Uganda will host this year’s edition. (file photo)2019 Cecafa U-17 Girls Cup 20199th – 18th DecemberFUFA Technical Center, NjeruUganda has been drawn in group A of the 2019 CECAFA U17 Girls Cup.The tournament which will be hosted by Uganda is slated to run between 9th and 18th of December.This was confirmed on Sunday along with the venue which will be FUFA Technical Center in Njeru.Uganda will tussle it out with Ethiopia, South Sudan and Eritrea for a place in the knock-out stages of the competition.The other group (B), will consist of Tanzania, Burundi and Djibouti.The CECAFA U17 Girls Cup will run alongside the 2019 Senior Challenge Cup which will take place between 7th and 19th of December.The CECAFA U17 Girls Cup GroupsGroup A:Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South SudanGroup B:Tanzania, Burundi, DjiboutiComments last_img read more

first_imgBranislav Ivanovic’s fourth goal in six games gave Chelsea a deserved half-time lead at Stamford Bridge.The right-back turned the ball in from close range after a sublime run and cross from the outstanding Eden Hazard.And Ivanovic also looked like he should have won a penalty for the Premier League leaders soon after when his goalbound shot was stopped by the outstretched arm of Burnley winger Michael Kightly.Chelsea, chasing a 12th home win in 13 Premier League games, made a decent start and could have gone ahead within five minutes.But Clarets goalkeeper Tom Heaton did well to tip over Juan Cuadrado’s header from a Filipe Luis cross.At the other end, Thibaut Courtois made a routine save from a spectacular long-range Ashley Barnes strike.However, the majority of attacking threat was coming from the home side.Cesc Fabregas, playing in a deeper role to accommodate Cuadrado, was dictating play and allowing the Chelsea to dominate possession.And after Ivanovic’s opener, Oscar had a shot saved from the edge of the box, Ivanovic was denied what looked a clear spot-kick while Diego Costa also claimed a penalty after going down under a challenge from Jason Shackell.Kurt Zouma and Luis were restored to the starting line-up, while Costa returned up front after completing his three-game domestic ban.It meant Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta dropped to the bench, while Willian is also a substitute following a recent injury. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Cuadrado, Oscar, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ramires, Willian, Drogba, Remy.  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new Ohio law affects farmers that plan to use certain utility vehicles this planting season, including Gators, Mules and other utility vehicles with a bed designed to transport cargo. The new law is part of the 2018-2019 transportation budget, formally known as House Bill 26. HB 26, which goes into effect on June 30, 2017, permits vehicles to travel on any public road or right of way — other than a freeway, when travelling from one farm field to another for agricultural purposes.Under HB 26, utility vehicles are now expressly required to display a triangular Slow-Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem. Previously, it was up to local law enforcement to interpret the law and decide whether a utility vehicle should have a SMV. The new law also clearly allows utility vehicles to travel on public roads between farm fields, whereas the old law required farmers to know whether the county or township allowed utility vehicles on the road. Utility vehicle operators can read more about the old law in our previous blog post on APVs, ATVs, and four-wheelers here.What qualifies as a “utility vehicle?” Farmers should be aware that this law only covers what it defines as “utility vehicles.” This means that the law only applies to vehicles designed with a bed, for transporting material or cargo related to agricultural activities. Not all ATVs and APVs will be included in this definition.The law is good news for farmers who plan to use utility vehicles this season. If farmers plan to use a utility vehicle on the farm, they should know the following before taking the vehicle out:In order to use a utility vehicle on a public road, a driver must be traveling from one farm field to another farm field for agricultural purposes.Utility vehicle drivers must display a SMV on any utility vehicle used on a public road as it travels between farm fields.Ohio Revised Code Section 5589.10 prohibits the placement of earth, mud, manure, or other injurious materials on a public highway. Therefore, farmers should avoid leaving such debris in the roadway or clean up the roadway if a utility vehicle leaves mud behind.More information on HB 26 is here, under Sec. 4511.216 on page 328 of the bill.last_img read more

first_imgThousands of farmers in Gujarat held protests seeking higher Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their crops, demanding Narmada water for irrigation and declaring their villages scarcity hit as deficit monsoon has begun to cause distress in rural Gujarat.In more than a dozen places across the state, angry farmers holding protests poured milk on roads and threw onion and garlic as their prices have slumped in the market.In Ahmedabad district’s Sanand, Gandhinagar district’s Dehgam and many other places near both cities, farmers took out protests rallies to press for their demands.Besides, seeking higher MSP and irrigation water, farmers are also demanding payment of crop insurance and increased electricity supply to irrigate their farms. Similar protests rallies were held in Amreli, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Godhara, Una, Kutiyana and other places.As per the monsoon data, Gujarat has received less than 70% of rainfall in the season, making it a deficit monsoon in a drought prone state. The state government has already declared Kutch district and half a dozen talukas as scarcity hit where subsidised fodder will be provided along with drinking water.Gujarat’s leader of opposition Paresh Dhanani on Tuesday said that more than 104 talukas in the state received less than 65 % rainfall and they all must be declared drought hit and the government must start drought relief works.In Jamnagar district, more than 3000 farmers took out a rally in Kalavad town from where Gujarat’s agriculture minister RC Faldu hail. The main demands of farmers are drinking water in villages, crop insurance for crop failure because of deficit monsoon and subsidised fodder for animals.“We are concerned about the situation and will take all necessary measures,” revenue minister Kaushik Patel said.According to a senior leader of Bhartiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), a RSS outfit, monsoon in Gujarat has been very poor and rural distress will only rise. “We have also submitted a list of demands for farmers,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgIt must be hard for mama loggerhead turtles. After their eggs hatch, their little offspring scurry down the beach, where many of them are snapped up by hungry birds. Even more get eaten by fish. To top it off, the survivors promptly head out to sea and vanish. They never write; they never call.Now, researchers have published the first satellite tracking data from young sea turtles, charting a leisurely voyage under the sun. The youngsters idly float north along the Gulf Stream, then head toward the Azores. Along the way, they spend most of their time riding the waves, and the sun helps raise their body temperature. “The data from this handful of turtles could lead to some really important developments” in understanding turtle populations, says Nathan Putman, a turtle biologist at Oregon State University, Corvallis.The early life of loggerheads and other sea turtles used to be called “the lost years,” because no one knew exactly where they went. But over decades, researchers pieced together the animals’ natural history from ship observations, the pattern of ocean currents, and other data. More recently, other scientists have studied isotopes from turtle tissue to analyze their diet and past locations and created computer simulations of their journey. The basic picture is this: Hatchlings head out to sea to avoid fish, sharks, and other predators. Once off the continental shelf, they eventually end up in a current, called the North Atlantic subtropical g. 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But the brick-sized transmitters were too big for young turtles. As the technology became smaller, marine biologist Katherine Mansfield of the University of Central Florida, Orlando, was able to use transmitters the size of smartphones. Solar cells helped reduce the size and weight by requiring fewer batteries. Mansfield and her colleagues collected 17 loggerhead hatchlings, each about 3 to 4 centimeters in diameter, from beaches in southeast Florida. They raised them in the lab until they were 3 to 9 months old—big enough to glue on the transmitters—and released them from a boat about 18 kilometers offshore.The transmitters survived between 27 and 220 days, during which some turtles roamed as far as 4300 kilometers, the team reports today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. As expected, the turtles all headed north with the Gulf Stream, then most turned eastward around Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. The paths were consistent with what Putman’s computer models had predicted. The turtles weren’t single-mindedly heading toward the Azores, but looping around in small eddies and trying to avoid the coldest water. They also spent almost all of their time on the surface, and Mansfield suspects that this is to help stay warm. “It’s kind of a common sense thing,” Mansfield says. (They may also be waiting to develop the lung capacity for diving.)Seven turtles ventured into the Sargasso Sea, inside the gyre. In addition to hosting crustaceans and other food, the dark plant matter there absorbs warmth from the sun. The transmitters showed that the temperature around the turtle shell was 4°C to 6°C warmer than otherwise expected. “They’re absorbing a lot of sunlight,” Mansfield says. That’s exciting other turtle researchers. “This is the first data to document the thermal benefits of surface living for oceanic juvenile sea turtles,” says Alan Bolten of the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at the University of Florida in Gainesville.The results are a “fairly clean and clear demonstration” of where loggerheads go while young, Putman says. And by showing how temperature can vary, they raise the question of how various migration paths might affect turtle growth and even population dynamics, he adds. For example, turtles that get to the warmth of the Azores might mature more quickly than those that hang out in cooler waters elsewhere. Bolten cautions that the turtles in the study are bigger than hatchlings, but Mansfield says she expects their movements would be similar.last_img read more