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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) There is an ancient dictum that says “It is said that it is better late than never.”This is what the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is now doing, just to be a part of the number helping hands in the Ebola crisis.The regional body, since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that has claimed the lives of thousands in its member states since March this year, has just named a Coordinator that will help in curbing the spread of the virus.The ECOWAS Ebola Coordinator, according to the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, is Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe. The Coordinator is being named at a time when the virus is gradually declining in Liberia though Guinea and Sierra Leone may be beneficiaries of this “belated gesture or intervention.”The Commission boss made the disclosure when he and the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and Head of the UN Office of ECOWAS, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office during a one-day solidarity visit to Liberia on Tuesday.The two expressed solidarity to the Government and people of Liberia, on behalf of the sub-regional organization, as the country combats the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease, something that should have been done from the onset, but several West African States were rather busy isolating their regional brothers and sisters with some banning flights and vessels from these countries from entering the countries.AU and ECOWAS have been heavily criticized for not playing what is being referred to as, a leadership role, since the outbreak of the epidemic. Member states rather thought it wise to ostracize the three worst affected countries. The governments of affected nations, especially Liberia, through the Head of State and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine K. Ngafuan, continuously complained of the lack of solidarity from African, specifically, West African brothers.The only initial move by ECOWAS was the visit of the Chairman of ECOWAS and President of Ghana, Dr. John Mahama, to Liberia to show support and solidarity as well as the financial, logistical, on behalf of his country, and moral support to Liberia.However the ECOWAS Commission president informed President Sirleaf that the Authority of Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS had named Togo President, Faure Gnassingbé, as the Regional Coordinator for the ECOWAS Ebola Response in West Africa.The Chairman also disclosed that a donation of US$1 million had been made available by ECOWAS to each of three worst affected countries. He also noted that there is in place an US$86M trust fund, which has been realized.President Ouédraogo further noted that 131 healthcare workers have been recruited and are expected to undergo training in Accra, Ghana beginning next Monday for deployment in the three worst affected countries. He said the Commission will continue to advocate for the free movement of people, goods and services across ECOWAS countries, urging all countries of the sub-region to fully cooperate.“ECOWAS will do its best to help address the current Ebola crisis. ECOWAS stands ready to collaborate with your government, the UN System and all partners for an effective and efficient response to the Ebola outbreak,” he said. He frowned on what he termed as stigmatization of affected countries by counterparts.Dr. Ibn Chambas expressed joy at visiting Liberia when the country needs all of the attention and support. “There will be actions and the United Nations will work closely with ECOWAS on its intervention in Liberia,” Dr. Chambas said.He welcomed the regional collaboration initiated by ECOWAS and noted that the Ebola crisis is a regional and global threat.President Sirleaf, as usual, thanked Mr. Ouédraogo and Dr. Chambas for the solidarity visit and reflected on how ECOWAS has always been there for and with Liberia.“ECOWAS’ messages sent to the UN System were helpful in generating the overall global response to the crisis. You have done well in standing by us and our people are grateful,” the Liberian President told the two officials.President Sirleaf pointed out that Liberia is a clear example of how a disease can destroy and devastate a country, but also shows how a collective response from collective actions can yield results.“We are using this crisis to address the challenges in the healthcare system and prevent a reoccurrence of such damaging impact of a disease on the country,” she stressed.The Liberian leader told her guests that the country’s national target is zero-new-cases by Christmas. She expressed the hope that with all hands on deck and good practices and attitude, the target can be achieved.President Sirleaf also briefed the delegation about the upcoming mid-term senatorial elections and urged ECOWAS to send observers to monitor the process.
A former student of the Anna Regina Multilateral School died on Monday while receiving medical attention for pain to her ankle at the Suddie Public Hospital.Dead is 14-year-old Ramindra Khagaram of Lot 14 Henrietta, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Reports are the teen started crying out for pain to his left ankle on Sunday and as such, he was taken to the Suddie Public Hospital. On Sunday, he would have celebrated his 14th birthday.According to relatives, the teen was given an injection and antibiotics. He was sent away and upon his arrival at home, he went to bed since he told relatives that he was feeling drowsy. His mother told Guyana Times that soon after, her son woke up and started to cry out for chest pains and without hesitation, he was rushed back to the hospital. The grieving mother said that her son was seen by another doctor, who administered another injection and prescribed some tablets. At about 02:00h on Monday morning, the mother went to her son’s room to check on his condition but found that his body was extremely cold and he was perspiring heavily.Again, she took him back to the hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He took his last breath a few hours later. The grieving mother said that the teen was their eldest son.“He went to the hospital with just pain in the left ankle, he was anxious to come home to celebrate his birthday with the family and friends,” the mother said as she cried. The teen’s parents related that they are awaiting the results of the post-mortem before deciding what legal actions, if any, would be taken against the hospital.The young man leaves to mourn his parents and a brother.Dead: Ramindra Khagaram
A cashier and another staff of the Prance Chinese Supermarket at Crown Dam, Industry, East Coast Demerara were on Thursday beaten as armed men carried out a brazen daylight robbery on the establishment.Based on reports, four men on two Honda CG motorcycles pulled up in front of the supermarket, two of them kept guard while the others rushed into the business place, held the cashier and the owner at gunpoint, and demanded money. At the time of the robbery, around 14:30h, there were no customers in the supermarket.One of the bandits then gun-butted the cashier and continued to make demands. Another worker who was close by was also struck to the head. Out of fear, the cashier opened the register and handed over the money and a quantity of phone cards.Not satisfied, the bandit went around the cashier’s counter and pulled out a bag containing an undisclosed sum of money. He reportedly placed the bag on the counter and the second gunman collected it, as he waved his gun at the cashier, threatening her. The perpetrators then left the supermarket, jumped onto the waiting motorcycles and fled the scene.The Police were immediately summoned and the injured workers were taken to the hospital. The Police have since retrieved the surveillance footage that captured the entire episode. It is believed that the men were monitoring the business place for some time based on how they operated and more so, they knew exactly where the money bag was kept. Up to late Thursday afternoon, the Police were reviewing the CCTV footage.Over the past weeks, several businesses owned by Chinese nationals were robbed. Only recently, three gunmen robbed a newly opened supermarket at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara.The men posed as customers and entered the Good Life Supermarket, but soon after held a staff member at gunpoint. The other men started to bag off valuable items taken from the customers and proprietors. They also jumped over the counter and picked up a bag containing at least 0,000 in cash, a quantity of cigarettes and phone cards.In addition, they relieved the proprietor of two iPhone 6s, as well as customers of Samsung and Blu smartphones.
…company making “windfall” on back of consumers – PAC Chairman… Guyanese should “get accustomed” to fluctuating prices – GaskinGuyOil Service Station at Regent and Wellington StreetsBy Shemuel FanfairVehicle operators countrywide will now have to pay more at the pumps following the revelation that fuel prices have been increased.PAC Chairman Irfaan AliBusiness MinisterDominic GaskinThe Guyana Oil Company (GuyOil) on New Year’s Day announced the “upward movement” in prices for its products nationwide, citing rising prices on the world market. The new price structure took effect January 2 and it was disclosed that the gasoline price jumped by $12.00 to $190.00 per litre while kerosene and gasoil prices increased by $5.00 per litre, respectively.“These increases are directly related to increase in acquisition cost from source and are consistent with trends in the upward movement of world market price for petroleum products,” a statement from the oil company on Sunday noted. The company stated that it had reduced gasoline prices back in October 2016, which it noted was consistent with its policy of “passing on favourable prices to the Guyanese populace” whenever possible.As Guyana’s electricity grid is heavily dependent on fuel acquisition, it is likely that the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) may soon increase its rates to offset the hikes. In an invited comment, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin on Monday noted that Guyanese should “get accustomed” to changing prices as there was fluctuation on the world market.“It’s a fairly small increase. You have to understand too that GuyOil did reduce the prices not too long ago as fuel on the world market declined. Now raising it again in the face of rising prices so we, like anybody else in the world, have to get accustomed to fluctuating oil prices on the international market and their impact on prices at the pump. It is not unusual; as in many places in the world, prices are adjusted on a daily basis,” the Business Minister said.The increase in fuel prices comes against the backdrop of Government’s announcement during the National Budget 2017 that the Value Added Tax (VAT) would be included on electricity bills above $10,000 from this month. Responding to concerns that these compounding factors would impact adversely on the local populace, Gaskin rejected this assertion, noting that the addition of VAT would only affect the minority of consumers.“I don’t see the connection because GPL hasn’t indicated that they were planning to raise their traffics. As far as the VAT of the electricity is concerned, only about 25 per cent of the consumers are consuming in excess of $10,000 per month threshold,” Gaskin indicated.Meanwhile, responding to the many suggestions that 2017 would be a dismal year for business and the economy as a whole, the Business Minister noted: “Those [suggestions] are nonsense, I think there are people who are hoping for some sort of recession, but there is no basis for those suggestions. The forecast for growth between three to four per cent, so there is nothing dismal about that.”He further highlighted that many business opportunities exist for persons to capitalise on, once they were “prepared to go the extra mile and do the ground work”.However, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the National Assembly, Opposition Member of Parliament, Irfaan Ali’s assessment of the rising costs was in steep contrast to that of the Business Minister. He told Guyana Times on Monday that as there was only a US$2 increase in world oil prices, Government could have adjusted the tax rate to cushion the effect of the increase.“First of all, this Government has shown very little remorse for the Guyanese people. Their immediate response to issues like these is to pass the cost on the consumer. When we were Government, we avoided the impact of these increases by adjusting the tax rate to the benefit of the consumers. They cannot attribute this to movement in the prices on the international market. The price has only moved US$2 over the November pegged price of $52,” Ali explained.According to his calculations, the oil company would benefit from the new increases.“When you calculate the increase GuyOil will be charging it is equivalent to between 10 and 12 US dollars per barrel. This is designed to make a windfall on the backs of the consumers,” Ali opined.The former Housing and Tourism Minister further reiterated the convention that business people would pass on increases and new charges to the general populace. “The impact of this increase on the productive sector will further affect their margins and cost of production. In the end, who will suffer? The consumer, the ordinary man, all these new taxes and charges will ultimately be borne directly by the consumers,” Ali indicated.
…as Commission scrutinises Green’s handing of M&CCMayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase Green, appeared before the Commission of Inquiry on Friday, where she was subjected to answer to the disqualified no-confidence motion that was filed against the Town Clerk and in that progression, was also cautioned about the tone that was used during her witness statement.Chase Green turned up to the Commission on Friday with two lawyers – Lyndon Amsterdam and Latoya Roberts – and defended the decision of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to toss a no-confidence motion that was filed against Town Clerk Royston King.From the Mayor’s side, an eight-page statement was tendered into evidence toTown Clerk Royston Kingdefend some of the allegations which were directed at her. However, the lone Commissioner, Justice Cecil Kennard indicated that it would be unfair to the legal assistants – Everton Singh-Lammy and Sherwin Benjamin – since they were not briefed prior to the session.Nevertheless, they proceeded to ask questions, focusing on the disqualification of the motion. The way she dealt with the matter as chair was also scrutinised and condemned since the Town Clerk was no doubt a judge in his own case.In February of 2018, the motion was filed against King by Councilor Sherod Duncan, calling for the management of City Hall to be done in a “professional and competent way by a qualified Town Clerk”.At that time, Duncan further went on to say that the Town Clerk acts in disregard to the Municipal and District Councils Act (Chap 28:01).During her testimony, Chase Green gave a recap of what transpired on March 12 when the motion was tabled and “dealt with”. King personally sought legal advice from his lawyer, Maxwell Edwards, and recommendations were read at the meeting.While Edwards had asked for several sections to be amended, Duncan refused to do so and as such, she acted upon the legal advice of the Town Clerk’s lawyer, and went forward to have the motion disqualified after deliberations by the Council.“The Town Clerk not only looked at the matter but provided legal advice to theMayor Patricia Chase Green testifying before the Commission on Friday. Also in photo is Commissioner, Justice Cecil KennardChairman who was permitted to read it aloud in the Council chambers. Councillor [Oscar] Clarke stated that the legal advice could have been sought (after concerns raised by Duncan) and the Chairman advised that the matter did not qualify and was not to be placed on the agenda.”The Mayor placed the blame on King, noting that he was the one that refused to put the motion on the agenda for the Meeting and further asked for legal advice to be sought.“After he sought the legal advice, he said that the motion should not go on the agenda. I insisted that it be placed because it was circulated (to councilors and the media).”As such, it was related that she acted upon the legal advice of the Town Clerk’s lawyer, Maxwell Edwards and then went forward to have the motion disqualified after deliberations by the Council.Justice Kennard made his intervention, noting that the Mayor should have secured independent legal advice on such an important matter since King was a “suspect”.“The Town Clerk offered legal advice in a matter where allegations were made against him? He was supposed to seclude himself from any participation. You acted on the advice on the Town Clerk. This is not a normal case. Duncan was making serious allegations.”Unsuccessful in proving her point, the agitated Chase Green said she did not accept the questions that were thrown at her by the legal assistants. At that instance, she was warned by Justice Kennard who responded, “Don’t attempt to be rude… take that sort of attitude to City Hall, not here.”The Commission was unable to advance its probe after one the Mayor’s lawyers, Lyndon Amsterdam, continued his reiteration that she did not make that decision unilaterally. In that process, he failed to recognise her initial decision of trusting Edwards’s opinion meant that King was dictating what needed to be done in an investigation that was filed against him.The Mayor’s testimony continues on Wednesday, but Royston King was subpoenaed for Monday’s public hearing.Over the past weeks, the public was given a first-class seat into the activities at the Council and most of the revelations were alarming, especially on the part of Town Clerk Royston King; City Constable Andrew Foo; City Treasurer John Douglas and the City Engineer, Colvern Venture.The hearings are expected to conclude on October 31 and necessary actions will be taken thereafter by the Commission after conclusions are drawn from the findings.
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At yesterday’s Fort St. John City Council meeting, Council approved a recommendation that will see a transitional community gathering space placed on the vacant lot at the corner of 100 Street and 100 Avenue. The space will be covered in grass with a gravel path. There will be six benches, and waste bins along the path.It’s estimated that the project will be completed by the end of July at a cost of $40,000, however the seeded areas will take until next spring to mature. The funds will come from the infrastructure reserve.Council debated adding an irrigation system to the project. Adding the system would add $20,000 to the project.- Advertisement –
Arsene Wenger’s side beat Cologne 3-1 at home in their first outing a fortnight ago, and the Germans lost again on Thursday, going down 1-0 at home to Red Star Belgrade.Wenger made nine changes to the Arsenal team after they travelled to eastern Europe on the back of a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday.Only Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny kept their places, while a number of youngsters featured with Joe Willock being handed a first senior start.It was two comparative veterans who combined for Arsenal’s early opener, though, with Jack Wilshere setting up Walcott to head in from close range.Walcott made it 2-0 midway through the first half after an awful error by BATE goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski, who miscued a clearance straight to the England forward.Holding then bundled in his first Arsenal goal but a superb header by Mirko Ivanic allowed the Belarusian champions to pull one back before the half-hour.Holding and Willock hit the woodwork and Giroud converted from the penalty spot early in the second half, becoming the 19th player to reach a century of goals for Arsenal.That was not the end of the scoring, though, as Mikhail Gordeichuk got the hosts’ second of the night, converting the follow-up after David Ospina saved from Ivanic.Arsenal next go to Serbia to face a Red Star side whose winner in Germany was scored by Ghanaian international Richmond Boakye.In other early kick-offs on Thursday, Marseille lost 1-0 away to Salzburg in Austria in Group I while Athletic Bilbao and Hertha Berlin both lost in Group J.Felipe Caicedo and Ciro Immobile were both on target as Lazio defeated the Belgians Zulte-Waregem 2-0 in Group K.In the same section, Alassane Plea scored twice and Allan Saint-Maximin found the net in stunning style after collecting possession deep in his own half as Nice beat Vitesse Arnhem of the Netherlands 3-0 in a game interrupted for around 15 minutes due to floodlight failure.Former UEFA Cup winners Zenit St Petersburg were 3-1 winners at home to Real Sociedad in Group L with Russian international Alexander Kokorin scoring twice.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s forward Olivier Giroud (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal from the penalty spot against BATE Borisov in the Europa League© AFP MAXIM MALINOVSKYPARIS, France, Sep 28 – Olivier Giroud got his 100th Arsenal goal as a youthful Gunners side beat BATE Borisov 4-2 in Belarus in the Europa League on Thursday.Theo Walcott netted twice for the Premier League side and Rob Holding was also on target as they eased to a second victory in as many matches in Group H.
Maradona’s two-fingered saluteDiego Maradona will always be remembered as one of the greatest players of all-time for his exploits in 1986, but he became an increasing attraction for ridicule in Russia.The 57-year-old made an obscene gesture from the VIP box to celebrate Argentina’s dramatic 2-1 win over Nigeria which sent them into the last 16, drawing plenty of criticism.He still managed to keep himself in the limelight even after his country’s exit at the hands of France, claiming that he would turn the team’s fortunes around if named coach, and then being rebuked by FIFA after ranting about the officials following Colombia’s loss to England.Swiss double eaglesXhaka celebrates his equalising goal in Switzerland’s 2-1 win over Serbia © AFP/File / Attila KISBENEDEKA politically-charged group match between Switzerland and Serbia saw Swiss pair Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka fined by FIFA for celebrating their goals by making a pro-Kosovan ‘double eagle’ gesture which represents the Albanian flag.Arsenal midfielder Xhaka and Liverpool’s Shaqiri trace their roots to Kosovo, a former province of Serbia where thousands were killed and tens of thousands more chased from their homes during a 1998-1999 conflict between Serbian forces and ethnic Albanian guerillas.Anything Diego can do, Robbie Williams can tooRobbie Williams caused controversy during the opening ceremony © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVThe tournament kicked off with Russia’s 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia, but it was former Take That star Robbie Williams who grabbed headlines for showing his middle finger to a TV camera during his opening-ceremony performance.No one is quite sure why the Englishman was so irate, especially considering he was invited to perform despite previously causing outrage in Russia with his song “Party Like a Russian”.Neymar theatricsNeymar spent more time during the World Cup on the pitch than he did creating goals for Brazil © AFP/File / Jewel SAMADNeymar dominated plenty of the World Cup build-up with his fight to overcome a foot injury, but it was his feigning of injury that saw him become the butt of many jokes.The Brazilian star showed plenty of his talent, scoring twice as the five-time champions reached the quarter-finals, but consistently play-acted in apparent attempts to have opponents booked or sent off, even having a dive to win a penalty overturned by VAR.Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio labelled the Paris Saint-Germain forward’s antics in his team’s last-16 loss to Brazil a “shame for football”.Photographer’s professionalismMario Mandzukic helped AFP photographer Yuri Cortez to his feet after he became engulfed by celebrating Croatians © AFP/File / Yuri CORTEZAFP photographer Yuri Cortez found himself literally at the centre of Croatia’s celebrations after their winning goal in the semi-final against England, but kept his cool to snap away.Croatian goalscoring hero Mario Mandzukic helped Cortez to his feet after he became engulfed by the players, while centre-back Domagoj Vida even gave him a kiss on the cheek.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Maradona celebrated wildly after Argentina’s winning goal against Nigeria © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 15 – A thrilling World Cup came to its conclusion as France beat Croatia in Sunday’s final in Moscow, but there have been plenty of unusual incidents on the pitch and on the sidelines in Russia.Here, AFP Sport looks at five of the best offbeat stories from the 2018 World Cup: