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South Africa Ambassador Acknowledges ‘Players’ in Freedom Fight

first_imgSouth African Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Masilo Mabeta Nabeta, has attributed the 20-year freedom struggle of South Africa to roles of women, children and men, as well as other countries that fought along with South Africans to bring freedom to the nation.Speaking during the celebration of the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s Freedom Day on Friday, May 23, Ambassador Mabeta said, “The country is now sweet and the people are happy since the April 1 Elections of 1994.”According to him, April 27, 1994 was the day on which, for the first time, South Africans began to experience and enjoy democratic rule.  The people cherished and continue to cherish democratic rule after many years of suffering.Ambassador Nabeta explained that, “The first of April, 1994 was a time that people from the villages, towns, and the various communities came together to cast their votes for the first time, ending over three hundred years of colonial rule” under the cruel and inhumane apartheid regime.“We will remember those that were in the struggle with us for freedom and we can say that the struggle was not just our struggle, but the struggle for Africa.  So we owe this day to the selfless people that fought along with us to be free; and we need to hold together and move Africa forward.”Ambassador Mabeta said the people of South Africa gained the right to water, electricity, sanitation, life, housing, health and movement after the April 1 election that brought Nelson Madiba Mandela to the presidency.Several diplomats, ministers of government and key institutional heads graced the occasion.They included Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuah, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, United States Ambassador Deborah Malac, Chinese Ambassador Zhan Yu,  Cameroonian Ambassador Beng’Yela Augustine GANG, Cllr. Charles W. Bruskine and  Liberian politician and economist, Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh.  Dr. Tipoteh recited a poem he crafted and read on the 95th birthday anniversary of President Mandela.Foreign Affairs Minister Ngafuan, in response to Ambassador Mabeta’s statement, told the audience, “We warmly recall Liberia’s own efforts and contributions toward the struggle for freedom and independence not only for South Africa but the entire Southern Africa. According to the Minister, Liberia’s contribution was in solidarity with the brothers and sisters who struggled for freedom from racist colonial rule  and for self-respect.“This was a duty assigned to us by history as Africa’s first independent Republic and by our consciousness that our contributions and support were based on moral, humanistic and brotherly grounds, Minister Ngafuan noted.”He further indicated that Liberia was vocal in the halls of the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of African Unity (now African Union) in advocating for the total emancipation of the people of South Africa from the manacles of racial discrimination and apartheid, at the time the worst kind of human suffering on the continent and in the world.The Foreign Minister stressed that Liberia also played host and granted help to several liberation figures, including Joshua Nkomo of Zimbabwe, Sam Nujoma of Namibia and the legendary Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.The Liberian Foreign Minister said some of those African Liberation figures received Liberian diplomatic passports, financial and other forms of support.The Foreign Minister  added that these were provided to African brothers and sisters to allow them to traverse the globe in search of increased diplomatic, moral, material and financial support in their resistance to the unbearable physical and psychological pains caused by colonialism and apartheid.He reassured  Ambassador Mabeta that Liberia’s doors remain open to work with the embassy, government and the people of South Africa to expand people to people cooperation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How David Granger-led administration lost US$65M in investment

first_imgDear Editor,It is with great pleasure that I come to you from Florida. I’m a Guyanese by birth and a proud Lindener. I’ve been living in the U.S. for just over 25 years. Like any other bold and shrewd businessman, I’ve managed to make a name for myself. Today, my business of steel and welding fabrications is operating in six states throughout the US. My other venture, which is that of construction, is also rapidly proliferating in my home state.A few weeks ago, at a social event, I ran into a good friend, who also happens to be Guyanese. He is in the business of selling and distributing heavy-duty construction equipment. Like any other like-minded Guyanese businessmen, our conversation was centred on the future prospect of our economy (thanks to oil, this is now a common topic among businessmen).One thing we discussed is the construction sector. There is no doubt that, given the network of deplorable roads in Guyana, investment in public infrastructure by the next Government would likely reach an unprecedented level. In fact, I think sometime last year, the Minister of Communities mentioned that the Central Housing and Planning Authority would need an additional $58 billion to fully pave all the roads in existing housing schemes. And note, this is just the housing sector. We are yet to include the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, EBD to ECD road linkage etc.To make things even better, we have an abundance of labour readily available. Based on reports by the media, Venezuelans are almost everywhere, and are eager to find jobs. Economically, this is good. Because of the large supply of labour, an increase in demand would have a mild effect on wages; meaning the Government could invest heavily without the fear of stoking inflation. By keeping inflation in check, the economy wouldn’t run the risk of overheating, which is great news for investors.Another area we looked at is how the oil windfall might affect the current investment climate in Guyana. And here is where the discussion gets quite interesting. For any production to take place, we need land, labour, and capital. Guyana naturally is well endowed with an abundance of fertile land, and it is ubiquitous. And labour is also omnipresent. According to reports, over 30,000 sugar workers lost their jobs, and currently, there is an influx of immigrants (Venezuelans and other nationalities). So the only problem is capital. To get this, we need investors; preferably foreign investors. At the macro level, there is no such thing as too much private investment. On the other hand, too much Government spending could crowd out private investment.The question now becomes this: As potential investors, should we invest? The short answer to this is a resounding NO! It’s simply ludicrous. And I’m sure hundreds of other foreign investors would share our view. First, political instability is any investor’s greatest nightmare. And in Guyana, the country is currently in political turmoil. However, what is quite interesting about this specific “political turmoil” is that it is self-induced by the Government itself. When you have a Government like the one failing blatantly to uphold the constitution of the land, like the David Granger-led administration, such gesture sends a noxious signal to investors. It tells us that that Government cannot be trusted.And lo and behold, we have already seen signs of such unscrupulous behaviour. Take, for example, the encounter with DIPCON. It is now public knowledge that the Minister of Finance singlehandedly blocked payments to DIPCON engineering company, a contracting firm, to the tune of billions of Guyana dollars. DIPCON moved to the courts, and the Minister was subsequently ordered to “pay up or face jail”. However, neither of the two materialised. The President instead intervened and issued a Grant of Respite in relation to the judgment, and the Minister walked free. Hence we remain resolute that it would be insane on our part to invest our hard-earned savings into a country where the Constitution is trampled upon by the Government.The second major issue is the weak macroeconomic framework. Without a proper economic plan, our investment would be easily crowded out, or even obliterated due to the Dutch disease. There is ample empirical evidence that points to the positive correlation between appreciation of exchange rate and dwindling manufacturing sector. In Guyana, I doubt it would be any different.Now, could the same be said for the PPP? I guess not! By all means, Irfaan Ali’s record as a statesman speaks for itself: he epitomises progress with the transformational housing drive that unfolded under his tenure as Housing Minister. I could recall a visit to Guyana in 2012, two years after my last trip. I was astounded by the massive level of development that was taking place under the housing sector. Banks, fast-food outlets, supermarkets, malls were all scattered along the East Bank.Clearly, Guyana is in dire need of a leader of his caliber, and I say this with no reservation whatsoever. Until a competent leader like Irfaan is in office, Guyana will never see our investment and countless others. The fact is, we have no confidence in the Granger-led Government. Their incompetence and backwardness are overwhelming. So, thanks to them, Guyana just lost over US$65 million in investment. And that is a conservative number.And remember: “manufacturing is the engine of growth”, not Government. Oil will come and go, but factories will remain. My advice is: get Granger out! He is not good for business.Thank youQuincy Philipslast_img read more

Wildlife exporter shot during robbery

first_imgA wildlife exporter was on Thursday afternoon shot and injured during a robbery at Victoria Street, Albouystown, Georgetown. Injured is Imole Fox of Lot 94 Regent Street, Georgetown.The 44-year-old man was shot to the lower right leg while another bullet grazed his head. Based on information received, two men, including a serving member of the Joint Services, went to Victoria Street and while there, they met with the suspect and soon after a physical altercation ensued.During the altercation, one of the men whipped out a gun and discharged several rounds hitting the victim. The suspects then relieved Fox of a bag containing a bunch of keys, mobile phones and medication for animals.The injured man was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was treated. The two suspects were later arrested.last_img read more

Ace Instruments Ace Holes win second Crystal Cup in three years

first_imgCHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – After winning the Crystal Cup in 2014 the Ace Instruments Ace Holes came away with a second Crystal Cup championship yesterday afternoon. After taking down the defending champion Griffins in the semi finals the Ace Holes defeated Iron Hide in the final.Looking back at the tournament Crystal Cup president Neil Evans said after a couple of years of frigid temperatures, this year’s above seasonal conditions helped draw out more people than previous editions.“This is hands down our best year yet for sure. Weather was a huge factor in it. We had lots of people out on site, families, kids, everyone, and of course the 40 teams. We had loads and loads of people out and it was just magical to watch,” he said.- Advertisement -Despite getting most of the recognition when it comes to the tournament Evans said it would not be possible to put everything on year after year if not for the volunteers.“I know I’m kind of the face for the Crystal Cup but all of these guys have been here until 3 a.m. or 4 a.m every night this week. You’ve got to give credit to these guys for making it happen and being out here and being this dedicated to the event,” he said.Going forward Evans hopes the tournament will grow in popularity to the point where the weekend becomes a festival with various events for everyone to take in.Advertisement “What I would like to personally see it evolve into would be something like the Mukluk Rendezvous back in the day. Having our own festival out here on Charlie Lake not just with hockey but inviting other things out here such as ice fishing, such as ski-doo poker rallies, stuff like that I think would be really awesome. Even sled dog races, you name it,” he said.The score in the final between the Ace Holes and Iron Hide was 15-13.last_img read more

Update – Haze coming from Prince George

first_img**Update – Saturday August 29th 2009 – The current air quality reading has dropped to poor.  There still hasn’t been an air quality advisory issued for the region.The skies over Fort St. John are looking a bit hazy this afternoon, but officials aren’t worried about the local air quality.Winds are pushing smoke northwards from large forest fires burning in the Prince George region.- Advertisement -An air quality advisory has been issued for the Prince George region. But, as of 2:45pm, no air quality advisories have been issued for the Peace Region.  The current air quality reading in Fort St. John is fair.A representative from Environment Canada says any advisories will be posted on their website. For more information visit www.weatheroffice.gc.calast_img read more

QPR allow defender to join Luton on loan

first_img Michael Harriman 1 QPR defender Michael Harriman has joined Luton Town on an emergency loan.Rangers are not blessed with a wealth of right-backs with Danny Simpson getting sold in the summer and Mauricio Isla struggling with his conversion from a wing-back to more cautious defender.But the club decided against naming Harriman in their 25-man Premier League squad at the start of the season and have now let the youngster go out for 28 days.Harriman has made three first team appearances for Rangers having spent time on loan previously at Wycombe Wanderers and Gillingham.last_img read more

‘Vergini learned that from Messi’ – Fans react to Argentine’s hilarious own goal

first_img Santiago Vergini It’s been a funny few days for Santiago Vergini.The Sunderland defender, on loan from Estudiantes, was rubbing shoulders with Argentina’s elite last week as he earned his first international call-up since 2012 but now he finds himself in the headlines for the wrong reasons.In the Black Cats’ horrific 8-0 defeat at Southampton, the versatile 26-year-old attempted to deal with Morgan Schneiderlin’s pass but instead of clearing his lines, Vergini fluffed them, sending a curling volley beyond Vito Mannone, who was helpless.And fans took to Twitter to mock the Sunderland in their droves… 1last_img read more

Sofapaka edge out Tusker in KPL thriller

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka’s Kepha Aswani in action against Tusker FC. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 17 – Kepha Aswani and Umar Kasumba grabbed a brace each as Sofapaka edged out Tusker FC 5-4 in a high scoring Kenyan Premier League encounter hosted at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.Aswani sent hosts Sofapaka ahead five minutes after kick-off after making good use of a miss-kick from Tusker keeper Bryne Omondi. But Mathew Odongo levelled the scores for Tusker in the 10th minute after Sofapaka defence failed to clear danger in the box.Apollo Otieno netted at the half hour mark from a long range cracker that deflected Sofapaka defender Moussa, to see the Brewers take a 2-1 lead at the interval.Sofapaka forward Stephen Waruru feeling the pain after being hacked down by a Tusker FC player. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHowever, Sofapaka restored parity in the second half through goal keeper Mathew Kigonya in the 50th when he stepped up to convert a penalty after Stephen Waruru was hacked down in the box by Bonaventure Khasabuli.Tusker responded two minutes later through Hashim Sempala who sent the Sam Timbe side ahead two minutes later from a well struck volley from the left wing.Aswani scored again for Batoto Ba Mungu to bring them back in the game following his simple finish to both sides tied to a 3-3 draw.Coming of the bench, Kasumba proved to be a super sub when he ensured Sofapaka picked maximum points thanks to his two goals in a space of 12 minutes that watered down Jackson Macharia’s goal fourth goal for Tusker.Tusker FC’s Hasim Sempala against Sofapaka Omar Moussa. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYATusker finished with 10 men after Sempala was sent off in the 90th minute.The win took Sofapaka to fourth place with 13 points while Tusker are 14th with just six points after playing seven matches.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

GOP can’t win at this debate

first_imgBy Star Parker Tavis Smiley, black journalist and TV host, is hosting a debate, and the leading Republican candidates aren’t coming. The top four Republican candidates have announced they won’t make it to his PBS-sponsored debate at Morgan State University on Thursday. Now Smiley is using the occasion to assert that Republicans feel it’s OK to “ignore people of color” and to call out black Republicans as disingenuous in claiming that their party can really be a home for blacks. To those black Republicans, Smiley says: “I don’t wanna hear it anymore. If you want black folks to take your party seriously, then your party ought to take black folks seriously.” Look, if anyone is being disingenuous here, it is Smiley. Last week these same top four GOP candidates didn’t make it to the Values Voters debate. Twenty-five percent of the nation’s voters are evangelical Christians. Do we conclude that Republicans are ignoring them? With a little sober analysis, it’s not hard to understand that, with elections now starting two years before the fact, and debate invitations from every group except the local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, candidates have tough decisions to make regarding the use of precious time and money. But Smiley isn’t looking for sober analysis. He’s looking for a reason to nail Republicans and show blacks that they don’t care about them. So, rather than taking the heat himself for a poorly conceived event, first thing on his agenda has been to make the rounds to shows like Tom Joyner’s, with huge black listening audiences, to bad-mouth Republicans. Any wonder that Republicans might have some reservations about this guy? But let’s look a little closer. If Smiley doesn’t appreciate that the politics of primary season are much different from general-election politics, then you’ve really got to wonder what is going on with him as an analyst. Primaries are about parties reaching into their own ranks to pick their nominees. So it’s no surprise that all the Democrats showed up for Smiley’s PBS debate for them a few months ago at Howard University. Ninety percent of the black vote is Democratic, so this is a key base for the party. Of course, they have to show up and pitch this crowd. Particularly this year, when one of the two leading Democratic candidates is black. But why, when barely one in 10 Republican voters is black, would it be a good use of candidates’ time, when they are battling each other for their party’s nomination, to court blacks? The time for reaching across the divide is during the general election, not in the primary struggle. Surely Smiley understands this basic reality that he is distorting into something else. On top of this, he’s got an event that is transparently set up for Republican failure. The host, Smiley, is a liberal, the sponsoring venue, PBS, is liberal, and the journalists selected to do the questioning – Cynthia Tucker, Juan Williams and Ray Suarez – range across the spectrum from left to center. There’s not a conservative to be found. Among the only possible beneficiaries of such an event would be the second-tier candidates, who can use the publicity. The other beneficiaries are Smiley himself, who gets to look important if Republicans come, and Democrats in general, who stand to benefit from Republicans showing up at a forum that is not neutral. So why would leading Republicans show up at an event that has little tangible benefit in their current pursuit of their party’s nomination, an event set up to make them look bad? Smiley’s campaign to distort reality and use it as an occasion to attack Republicans is proof enough that leading GOP contenders were prudent and reasonable to not participate in this event. Fact is, Smiley himself, who has a TV show, produces events and writes books targeted to blacks, has plenty of opportunities to give exposure to black conservatives. But he never does. The agenda he promotes, and the analysts he showcases and to whom he gives credibility, are uniformly on the left. Latest is his Covenant with Black America. At a time when more and more blacks are beginning to appreciate that the problems in their communities are based in social and moral breakdown, with black-family collapse, and the problems concomitant with this, Smiley gives zero airing to this problem, and his covenant does not provide a platform to a single black conservative. Yet, now he postures that he’s giving Republicans a shot at his community by offering them a few soundbites in a primary debate with little import. As they say in our community, Mr. Smiley, get real. Star Parker, president of CURE, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (www.urbancure.org), wrote this column for Scripps Howard News Service. Her e-mail address is parker@urbancure.org.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

TROUBLED COUPLES LEFT IN LIMBO AS DONEGAL LEFT WITHOUT FAMILY MEDIATOR

first_imgUp to 27 local couples seeking help with their relationships have been left high and dry because Donegal has no family mediator.Many Donegal couples have nowhere to turn for help with their relationships.Now Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald has been called on  to ensure that a full time family mediator is immediately allocated to the Donegal Family Mediation Office based in Letterkenny.There currently is no mediator in place in the office so no service is being provided. This has resulted in a growing waiting list for mediation, currently at 27 couples and no new cases have been taken off the list since October 2014.Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn said he was alarmed to learn off this serious situation.“Family mediation is vital to so many families, particularly when couples separate and there are difficult issues such as the sharing of parenting responsibilities and financial challenges.“It is also for many, a much more appropriate avenue than the adversarial environment of a court room and with all the cost that can ensue”. “As Sinn Fein’s spokesperson on Justice and Equality, I have repeatedly advocated for the resourcing and promotion of mediation services for families. I want to see the long delayed Mediation Bill 2012 that would strengthen mediation services, taken through the House of the Oireachtas and enacted. Minister Fitzgerald insists that she shares my determination in this regard.“I am now calling on the Minister to ensure that a full time family mediator is immediately allocated to the Donegal Family Mediation Office based in Letterkenny to ensure that the growing numbers of families on the waiting list, currently at 27 couples, is urgently addressed and that these families get the support they need”. TROUBLED COUPLES LEFT IN LIMBO AS DONEGAL LEFT WITHOUT FAMILY MEDIATOR was last modified: April 3rd, 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)last_img read more