Noel takes “Living with Intention” motivational tour to Linden

first_imgThe mining town of Linden welcomed the Living with Intention motivational tour with great enthusiasm.The four-time bestselling author/Impresario, Sonia Noel was right in her element doing what she does best, which is to inspire.On Sunday last, she was asked by Pastor Selwyn Sills to give brief remarks at his church Praise Tabernacle AOG. Later in the afternoon, Francine Major hosted a book signing ceremony for Living with Intention at Major’s banquet hall. Mayor of Linden, Waneka Arrindell and former Mayor Carwyn Holland were present at the event.In addition, Holland read an excerpt from the book while sharing how much he has been personally inspired over the years by the work of the Guyanese fashion icon.The highlight of the tour were visits to schools in the mining town. Noel visited the St Aiden’s, Christianburg and Amelia’s Ward Primary schools.While there, she encouraged the children to be intentional about their next move and even if they do not get into one of the top schools, they all possess greatness.She was also thrilled to meet Stephon Campbell, a young child who has an icicle business and shows a strong sense of entrepreneurship. While meeting the young man, she reminisced that as a young girl, she sold plantain chips, sugar cake and pastries to assist her mother due to financial constraints.During the visits at the schools, the children were very interactive and receptive. In addition, Noel met with the students of six secondary schools who assembled at the Lichas Hall.Vanessa Kissoon, a former parliamentarian, introduced Noel and also read an excerpt from the book in the chapter titled Conviction. It was a very animated session with lots of humour.There, Noel urged the students to give the world the best version of themselves, as she shared her personal triumphs and failures. She further encouraged the secondary school students to use their 24-hour day wisely because the decisions they make today will affect their future tomorrow.The students won themselves complimentary copies of the book. The book is available on Amazon; at Makin Style Boutique in Robb Street, Georgetown; and at Francine Major in Linden.Noel is expected to be back in Linden on Saturday for a march to stamp out violence against women.last_img read more

Hunting with the hounds…

first_img…and getting bittenThere’s the old English observation about those who want to “run with the hare and hunt with the hounds”. The saying goes back to that quintessentially English sportsmanlike fun activity of having a pack of hounds (beagles) leading a pack of Englishmen to run down a poor hare or rabbit that would be killed and eaten at the end. The moral of the saying, of course, claims there are some who want to have it both ways – but it just can’t be done!!If not for anything but you’ll end up being bitten by the hound! The poor hares, of course, can’t do anything when the putative two-timer is in their midst!! In Guyana, some in the PNC think WPA’s David Hinds exemplifies this schizoid tendency by insisting he supports the Government yet, on occasions, gives comfort to the enemy PPP! Hinds, however, insists he’s actually an “objective” analyst, so he has to criticise the Government on occasion. And he can’t understand why the Government snipes at him!Hinds has a point. He’s NEVER ever supported the PPP – and in fact has vowed to oppose it to the bitter end, come what may. Take his latest supposed “pot shot” at the Government that claims the latter isn’t giving its partners in the coalition enough space at the table. The caption to his column in the Chronic says it all: “The coalition parties must be empowered if the PPP is to be stopped”. He’d merely insisting for more power to destroy the PPP. He ain’t running with THAT hare!Describing the PPP as “a party that ruined Guyana”, he asserts they’ve been able to deploy “narratives” that have placed the Government on the back foot and threatened their chances of winning in 2020. All he’s pleading for is a chance to be “empowered,” to create some “counter narratives” to neutralise the PPP! So the PNC government hasn’t actually committed substantive actions that hurt Guyana – it’s just PPP’s PR (narratives) that’ve made it SEEM so!!It would then appear the economy isn’t REALLY in a free-fall and the production of gold by some foreign firms isn’t being manipulated to suggest otherwise!! That 10,000 sugar workers won’t lose their jobs. Or the 2 million pharma contract to ANSA isn’t really illegal – even though the Procurement Commission, headed by Mrs Corbin, says it is! Or the Exxon contract isn’t being released for the “good of Guyana”. Or insisting the Chief Justice’s interpretation of the Constitution on the GECOM Chair is her “perception” – not superior to Pressie’s!Will Hinds ever realise, notwithstanding his sycophancy, the party of “sharper steel” will never hand him a sword!?…to claim ruinationBut it’s such a shame that Hinds, who claims he’s a “Rodneyite”, has strayed so far from the latter’s praxis. Let’s take his claim “the PPP ruined Guyana”. By what measure? The PPP removed the US.1billion debt the PNC left on the Guyanese people like a collective “goadie” in 1992. Ruination? They moved Guyana from a Highly Indebted Poor Country to an Upper Middle Income Country. Ruination?The HIES surveys from 1992, 1999 and 2006 confirmed granularly that poverty was increasingly reduced and that urban residents (majority African-Guyanese) had higher incomes than rural and hinterland residents – Indians and Amerindians! Ruination? Inequality in 1992, as measured by the GINI coefficient (“1” is perfect inequality; “0” is perfect equality) was .44 whereas by 2006 the UNDP confirmed it was down to.35! AND IMAGINE THE REST OF LAC WAS .48!! Ruination?Schools, hospitals, community centres, etc were rebuilt, and the budget for social spending skyrocketed from the PNC days when rats were gnawing at children’s toes at GPHC. Ruination?Schuups!!…in CricketPollard of the Tridents betrayed the unsportsmanlike conduct of the English hare-hunters when he deliberately bowled a no-ball that was also wide to Patriots’ Evans, to deny the latter a shot at a well-deserved century.What a wanker!!last_img read more

Return overseas voting

first_imgDear Editor,I presented a paper at the recent University of Guyana (UG) Diaspora Conference where I sought to both critique our current approach to Diaspora engagement and suggest some ways in which we can begin to think differently about the subject. I think there is need for a new approach to the Diaspora that conceptualises our overseas brothers and sisters as an integral part of the Guyanese nation. We must change the narrative of “us” and “them” on both sides. There is a critical mass of Guyanese who live partly abroad and partly at home and others who make several short trips per year. If we begin to employ the narrative of “us” more, then we are likely to have a new thinking and new policies that reflect that mindset.It is foolish to have more than half of your people living abroad and ignore their skills and other resources just because they do not live at home permanently. Small countries like ours, with its limited access to the skills and resources needed to compete in an uneven world as far as development is concerned, must draw on all its energies whether they physically reside in Guyana or abroad. With the coming of the oil economy, we would be challenged to find skills and resources to serve our needs and interests. Although it would be ideal if persons return permanently, one does not have to live in Guyana permanently to contribute in a meaningful way.Of course, those who live abroad need to resist the temptation to behave as if they are “better” than those who live here. They should not demand nor should they be afforded more privileges than those citizens who live here. But having said that, they would be more inclined to return or to invest resources if there are incentives at the level of policy.In that regard, I wish to make two suggestions for consideration. First, I propose that each Government Ministry should have a “Diaspora section.” I know the Foreign Affairs Ministry already has such a section, but it should be expanded to other Ministries. There is a popular view that there should be a Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. But I think that is too narrow.My second suggestion is much more controversial given its association with a bad period in our history. I do believe that the time has come for a reconsideration of overseas voting. Over 90 countries allow overseas voting in one form or the other. Given the increased migration globally, this makes sense. I think the problem for us in Guyana was not the concept of overseas voting, but that it was used as part of the rigging machinery of that time. So, in an era of fair elections, the meaning changes. I would propose that if we go that direction, as I think we should, it would bring overseas Guyanese more emotionally attached to Guyana.Voting is perhaps the most significant aspect of citizenship. Guyanese who live abroad can now come home to register and vote. So, if we go the route of oversees voting we would be merely allowing them to vote where they are located. Perhaps we can begin with some form of weighted voting whereby, for example, two or three overseas votes are equivalent to one local vote. In that way, you control the perception and reality that those who do not live here all the time should not have equal rights and privileges.I know that the immediate response to this subject would be partisan – whether it would benefit one party or the other. That, of course, is not my motivation. I am guided by a desire to bring our sisters and brothers residing outside of Guyana into the national mix in a substantive way. This matter, however, would have to be subject to wide-ranging discussion both in and out of Guyana and may even have to be subject to a referendum.Respectfully,David Hindslast_img read more

Best registration ends today

first_img11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu PH Wildcats move on to 2019 PONY World Series Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Registration for the award-winning Best Center for its basketball and volleyball classes at Ateneo College covered courts ends Thursday. Nic Jorge, founding president of the Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training Center, said the classes which started last Monday will last until June 15. The sessions are scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8-11:30 a.m.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing View comments Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Baycenter_img Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks MOST READlast_img read more

Diaspora voices

first_imgThe kind of negative reaction the Coalition Administration representatives received during a recent visit to New York, where they participated in a fund- raiser, came as no surprise; especially the treatment meted out to Attorney General Basil Williams. By now the Government must be aware that its policies and actions are not only being carefully monitored here in Guyana, but also by the thousands of Guyanese residing abroad, and whenever those Guyanese get the opportunity to voice their concerns over the behaviour of Government officials, they will do so. After all, many of them still do have a great interest in what is taking place at home.Last Saturday’s protest in Richmond Hill, Queens attracted a huge crowd that seemed vocal in letting officials know how dissatisfied they are regarding recent developments here. What even sparked more outrage was the presence of Attorney General Basil Williams, who recently faced severe criticisms from several corners, particularly in relation to the now infamous case involving High Court Justice Franklin Holder.The protesters shouted for Williams to “go home” and to “stop wasting taxpayers’ money”, as many of them felt that he was very unprofessional and disrespectful in his conduct, especially considering that he serves as a Minister of Government.Justice Holder had walked off the bench without adjourning a case. This happened after an exchange of words with Williams, who was present in the courtroom as the State’s representative. The case had involved embattled Trade Unionist Carvil Duncan, who had moved to the courts to challenge the tribunal set up to determine if he should be removed from several constitutional posts in light of charges which were laid against him.The judge, in a report complaining to the Judiciary, said he walked out of the courtroom without adjourning the matter because of Williams’s behaviour. He had also requested an apology, but Williams had, on different occasions, said there was no need for him to apologise, and instead had suggested that the judge recuse himself.The High Court proceedings were left at a standstill because of the impasse between Holder and Williams. Justice Holder subsequently did recuse himself from the case, but accusations of interference in the Judiciary surfaced, since the judge’s recusal came days after Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo also requested that he does so.Justice Holder had subsequently insisted that he made this decision in the interest of the administration of justice. The judge, giving reasons for his recusal, had explained to the court that the matter became politicised, and accused Williams of “egregious and disrespectful” behavior, which was contemptuous.Those protesting over the weekend in New York also voiced their concerns over the Coalition Administration’s plan to downscale the sugar industry via closure of estates. The impact these closures would have on communities across Guyana could never be underestimated, and Guyanese in the diapora are rightfully concerned.Sugar workers have, over the past few weeks, taken to the streets to highlight their concerns on the matter, with the hope that the Government would stop to listen. However, the powers that be have so far basically turned a blind eye and are operating as if they are unconcerned.The Political Opposition, Private Sector Commission (PSC), and many other organisations in Guyana have also highlighted several valid reasons why the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) should be allowed to continue current operations, and even offered to work with the Administration to explore all possible options to avert closure of the estates.It must be mentioned, too, that in spite of the many calls for the Administration to develop a plan of action to have the necessary impact assessments completed and to engage industry stakeholders, nothing concrete has been done in this regard.We had stated on numerous previous occasions that no informed decision can be made on the sugar industry without proper and detailed impact assessments being carried out.last_img read more

Technical errors resulted in incorrect marks at NGSA – Education Ministry’s PRO

first_imgIn light of many complaints by parents highlighting that their children were awarded incorrect scores at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) 2016, the Education Ministry’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Suella Williams disclosed that technical errors, which occurred during the process of tallying marks, are to be blamed.Guyana Times was informed that the information surrounding incorrect marks at the NGSA was disclosed only when parents opted toMinistry of Education Public Relations OfficerSuella Williamshave their children’s examination papers re-marked. According to many parents, after having the Education Ministry review the test scripts, their children were awarded up to nine marks more than was originally recorded. “The result is that some of them awarded more marks that were previously given to them. A student got 516 marks, after the review he got nine more marks.”Speaking to this publication on Friday, Williams highlighted that “In some cases, you’ll find that the Ministry may have made a mistake and so that was corrected and the child got a point or two more and there are cases where maybe the child got a point less. This happens every time. The fault has to do with the technical aspect of things.”She also stated that after the requested recounts are done, the children are likely to be re-appointed to a school that would suit their new scores at the examination.last_img read more

Jury acquits accused

first_imgDochfour murder– “it feels great to be free”Amid scenes of jubilation from some and streams of tears from others, Davendra Ruplall, who was on trial for the murder of Suresh Goberdhan at Dochfour, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was on Tuesday afternoon freed of the charge.Sister of the deceased, Samantha Goberdhan is consoled by a relative minutes after hearing the “not guilty” verdictThe 12-member jury returned with their not guilty verdict after some two-and-half hours of deliberations at the Demerara High Court, where Ruplall was absolved of the January 2014 killing of Goberdhan, who died after a row over two games of pool. His dead body was discovered on a dam at Dochfour with multiple head injuries.Murder accused Davendra Ruplall moments before he was freed of the murder indictmentAfter Ruplall was freed amid a packed courtroom, he told Guyana Timesthat “it feels great to be free”, and added that he plans to pursue a job in finance.While his family members were overjoyed, the relatives of Suresh Goberdhan could not contain their disappointment over Tuesday’s verdict, and several persons broke down outside Court Three after Justice Jo-Ann Barlow announced that the then murder accused was a free man.The Judge told Ruplall now that he is a “free young man”, he should “stay away from rum shops” and to avoid spending so many hours consuming alcohol as was done on that fateful night.Meanwhile, mother of the deceased, Dowlat Dhangaul, told this publication that she felt her son “died for nothing”.“My son didn’t do them anything but they kill he. I feel like [the] loser [but] only God is there and he can give me justice,” the sobbing woman said.Her daughter, Samantha Goberdhan, related that she felt justice was not served, adding that the outcome brought back memories to how she felt when she had first learnt of her brother’s death.“We were hoping for the best; [we were expecting] something that could make us feel a little bit different because we already lose and this let us down more,” she expressed.The jury’s decision comes nearly one month after the trial first began, which eventually saw 15 witnesses taking the stand to testify. Chief among those who testified was Khemraj Persaud, who testified for the prosecution.It was contended that after the murder accused had lost two games of pool, he, Goberdhan and chief witness Persaud, were headed to another rum shop on two bicycles when Ruplall alleged threatened the deceased. He allegedly picked up a piece of steel, said to be three feet in length, and “lashed” Goberdhan to his head, then dragged him to the ‘sea dam’ and “lashed him more to his face”.In summing up the trial on Tuesday morning, Justice Barlow told the jury that they had to consider why the Police did not send the rock found at site for testing earlier in the case. This rock was shown once again in court on Tuesday. The jury was reminded of Corporal Benjamin’s testimony that he did not check the rock as his investigation directed that it was not the murder weapon.When Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh testified last week, giving evidence in relation to the post-mortem examination that he conducted on the body of Goberdhan, he disclosed that the deceased suffered injuries to his shoulders, lacerations to his chin, left cheek, neck, and between the eyebrows. Dr Singh further explained that the young man also had suffered multiple fractures to the head.The jury was once again reminded that a strong scent of alcohol was detected in Goberdhan’s stomach, but was cautioned against using the belief that heavy alcohol consumption by Ruplall was responsible for the young man’s death.When the prosecution had first presented its case, it was alleged that at the scene of the incident on January 16, 2014, Ruplall ran through Goberdhan’s pockets and stole his money and mobile phone, while the eyewitness, Khemraj Persaud, had shouted several times for the murder accused to “stop”.At this point, a man who lived across the road, Orin Calendar, also witnessed the ordeal and explained that he saw the “lashing” from his veranda. Sometime after, when threats were made to call the Police, Ruplall reportedly jumped onto his bicycle and fled the scene while Persaud also rode through the sea dam. Ruplall pleaded not guilty to the capital offence.The State’s Prosecutors were Siand Dhurjon and Shawnette Austin, while Defence Counsel Sandhill Kissoon represented the murder accused.last_img read more

Ivory Coast gunning for revenge over DRC

first_img0Shares0000BATA, Equatorial Guinea, February 3 – Ivory Coast will be gunning for revenge in Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Bata after a stunning home loss in a qualifier between them last October. “We hurt their pride when we beat them at home, the big Ivory Coast. They had not lost at home during the generation of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure. They will now want to avenge that loss,” said DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge referring to the famous 4-3 qualifying triumph.“But we are also armed with the motivation to reach the final. That is our target.”Max-Alain Gradel fired a wonder goal against Cameroon for the 1992 African champions to win Group D in Equatorial Guinea and he said Ivory Coast want to go all the way after they were regarded as favourites in previous editions of the competition without ever lifting the trophy.“It is going to be a good game. DR Congo defeated us in Abidjan during the qualifiers, but this time it will be different. We are going to prepare well to get through,” he predicted.“It’s together that we are going to go all the way. We are going to work to finish the job.”The clash could not have come at a better time for both teams as they appear to have hit peak form after indifferent starts to this tournament.The Elephants victory against Cameroon, which secured top place in the group, came after come-from-behind 1-1 draws with Mali and Guinea.They then stepped up their game against Africa’s top-ranked team Algeria to win 3-1 and advance to the semi-finals with new Manchester City signing Wilfried Bony bagging a brace.DR Congo also struggled in the group phase, drawing all three matches and squeezing into the knockout stage because they scored more goals than Cape Verde.However, in a quarter-final against neighbours Congo Brazzaville they showed great character by coming from two goals down to win 4-2 in port city Bata.This has been the best run by the two-time champions since 2006, when they reached the quarter-finals before losing heavily to hosts Egypt.But the Leopards have been dealt two major injury blows with skipper and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu and defender Gabriel Zakuani ruled out.DR Congo will be relieved that Ukraine-based striker Dieumerci Mbokani found his scoring touch with a brace against Congo.Diminutive Osasuna winger Cedrick Mabwati could test the suspect Ivorian defence with his blistering pace down the wings.The Ivory Coast attack is also firing again on the evidence of the brace by Bony, and one from Roma winger Gervinho, who missed two group games after being red-carded against Guinea.Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is nursing an injury and may miss the match that stands between his country and a second Nations Cup final in four years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Top 25 basketball: Duke not looking ahead yet

first_imgThe hype is already beginning on Tobacco Road in advance of next week’s showdown of unbeatens No. 1 Duke and No. 2 North Carolina. The Blue Devils learned Friday night that looking ahead can be dangerous as they had to withstand a second-half challenge from Virginia for a 76-61 victory. “I think people around the country think it’s the Big Three, and we know – we know – it’s not,” Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said of the Atlantic Coast Conference, where the rivals hold the top two spots and defending national champion Maryland is No. 4. Lindsey Harding scored 21 points and Alison Bales added 11 points and 12rebounds for the Blue Devils (23-0, 8-0), who are off to the best start in program history. 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