An appeal to all patriotic Govt ministers

first_imgDear Editor,Even with a small population like ours, the chance of one becoming a Member of Parliament is slim to none. But if you’re fortunate in your lifetime to have this great honour bestowed upon you, nothing matters more than putting the interest of Guyana and her people above all… above self.Do the right thing and you will be forever respected as a patriot, a person of integrity, of high moral values, and a champion of the poor and downtrodden. But if you don’t, you become a Moses Nagamootoo or a Khemraj Ramjattan, despised by many for betraying everything they once stood for to cling to position and power.With a few exceptions, the ruckus behaviour of Government MPs that completely drowned out the entire speech made in the National Assembly by the Leader of the Opposition on the No-confidence Motion (NCM), clearly defines their characters and expose the lowness of those who serve in the highest decision-making forum of Government.As a Member of Parliament, I am often embarrassed and appalled at the lack of decorum and unparliamentary language and behaviour displayed by some in the National Assembly. Some Government Ministers have no ethics and etiquette. Yet these are the people who represent us at international forums with world leaders and their representatives, and who are given the powers to implement laws that affect the lives of every citizen here.Then there are others like Nagamootoo and Ramjattan who now willingly betray the principles upon which the AFC was formed and shamelessly defend the transgressions committed by this Government to protect the grandeur and perks they now enjoy as members of Cabinet.Thankfully, not everyone fits this description. Some, I know, are genuinely concerned that Guyana is headed in the wrong direction, and would do a Charrandas if they weren’t so afraid for their own safety and the wellbeing of their families.Just yesterday, it was reported in the State newspaper that Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge, who is often above the fray, wrote in a letter to the Canadian High Commissioner that he was “unaware of any threat” to Charrandas Persaud that would have even required consular protection.Even this career politician who has now distinguished himself as an elder statesman after once presiding over the worst economic period that helped bankrupt the nation during his tenure as the PNC Government Minister of Finance and Planning, seems afraid to condemn his PNC colleague Jennifer Wade, the Region 5 Government MP, whose voice can be clearly identified saying, “Charrandas, you gon dead tonight.”Surely the Hon Carl Greenidge must have heard this distinct threat himself from the thousands of video clips played over and over again in news reports and in the public domain on social media. But as decent as Greenidge is, he too must be afraid and is too old to go up against the dangerous PNC to ruin his chances of becoming APNU’s Presidential Candidate to contest the upcoming elections. For despite the earlier pronouncements by Volda Lawrence and Joseph Harmon, I really don’t believe President Granger will ever run again.It is an undisputed fact that on that fateful evening of December 21, 2018, the Opposition motion was successfully carried, and the Government fell.Now, like a drowning man, they are desperately grasping at straws to cling to power. Since then, Government has been stubbornly and shamelessly defiant of the Constitution, pursuing a series of frivolous actions to stop the inevitable – The resignation of the Cabinet including the President and new elections within three months according to Article 106 (6) of the Constitution. One cannot simply change the rules in his favour after the game has been played and lost.The Charrandas vote in favor of the NCM has been totally ventilated. It is now time to move on. Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you’re on, the next few days will determine just how far one is prepared to go without compromising one’s integrity and political career. The intent of Government Ministers will be scrutinised and characters questioned.I am sure that if asked, every Guyanese would say that they’re a patriot. But how many, like myself, would willingly risk their lives for this country? And to a lesser extent, how many would sacrifice their jobs, insecure though it may be at this time, to prevent Guyana from turning into a pariah state?For selfish reasons, I wager not many would do it. But I’m equally confident there are still good patriotic men and women whose loyalty to Guyana and her people is above reproach.Both Nagamootoo and Ramjattan are too far gone, post-mortem don’t ever bring back the dead. But there are others in the AFC that should be concerned about their own political careers and the need to make amends for the betrayal inflicted upon their own supporters who once believed the AFC to have noble intentions. It is not too late.It is to those and other Government Ministers that I make this appeal to put Guyana first. Save our nation from a constitutional crisis that will result in lawlessness, chaos, and the embarrassment of being the laughing stock of the Caribbean and the rest of the world.As an individual with a conscience, you can resign now to protect what’s left of your integrity, credibility and your political and professional career. In a few short months, this Government will be forced to debit office and Guyana will be under new management. But you don’t have to go down like rats on a sinking ship to avoid being called a “traitor” and other derogatory names, you have a duty to put Guyana first. And with a clear conscience, justify your resignation from Government as your patriotic duty to the pledge you took as a Member of Parliament.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

Panel says medication errors harm 150,000 in California

first_imgAides to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the findings confirm the need for the governor’s health care reform proposal. Some changes recommended by the panel – including getting all physicians and pharmacies to electronically transmit prescriptions – are part of the plan. “It’s really an outrage that actions, such as those recommended by the panel, have not already been taken,” said former San Francisco state Sen. Jackie Speier, who sponsored the bill establishing the panel for the California Pharmacists Association. “The recommendations will save the lives of thousands of Californians and should be incorporated into legislation without delay.” Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, is sponsoring a bill that would require pharmacies to issue labels in the patient’s language and regulate the size of printing on pill bottles. The governor also has signed an executive order to complete electronic health data exchanges in the next decade, aides said. “No one should suffer from errors in the improper prescribing, dispensing or use of medication, or suffer from unnecessary health care-acquired infections,” said Kim Belshe, secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency. Medication errors contribute to the illness or death of 150,000 Californians every year and cost more than $17 billion, according to a yearlong study released Wednesday. The state Medication Errors Panel found the risk of medication errors in everything from prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, using and monitoring. And the panel – which held a dozen hearings with doctors, pharmacists, government regulators and others – issued a dozen recommendations for improving medication usage. Recommendations include more informative labeling on prescription bottles, better consumer education, better training for pharmacy workers and bolstered government oversight. sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com (916) 447-9302160Want 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

Man United and Man City pledge £1m to We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

first_imgManchester United and Manchester City have come together to pledge £1million to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.The fund was set up to assist the families and dependants of the 22 people who died in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack, which also left 64 people injured, many of them critically.As a mark of respect, Manchester United held a minute’s silence and wore black armbands during Wednesday night’s Europa League final victory over Ajax in Stockholm while Manchester City Women will do the same at their Spring Series match against Chelsea Ladies at the Academy Stadium on Thursday evening.City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “We have all been humbled by the strength and solidarity shown by the people of Manchester in the days since the attack. The hope of both our clubs is that our donation will go some small way to alleviate the daunting challenges faced by those directly affected and that our acting together will serve as a symbol to the world of the unbreakable strength of the spirit of Manchester.”United executive chairman Ed Woodward said: “The barbarism of Monday evening’s attack has shocked everyone. Our clubs are right at the heart of our local communities in Manchester and it is right that we present a unified response to this tragedy.“The money will help, of course but the work of the two clubs and their respective foundation and community scheme can build on the fantastic spirit that Mancunians have shown in the immediate aftermath.” Manchester United and Manchester City have donated to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund 1last_img read more

ATHLETICS: TORI LANDS THIRD NATIONAL TITLE

first_imgFINN VALLEY’S Tori Pena collected her third national title in succession with a championship and stadium record of 4-35 at Santry early today.She now flies to the north of France for a competition which includes many of the world lead athletes in her event including Olympic champion Isinbeva – then it’s off to another meet in Lucerne and into London for, of course, the Olympics.Victory for Letterkenny’s Maria McCambridge in the 5k and silver for Tir Chonnail AC’s Mary McLoone in long made it a good day for Donegal. Elsewhere Teresa McGloin won the Strabane 10k in a superb 36.06.  ATHLETICS: TORI LANDS THIRD NATIONAL TITLE was last modified: July 7th, 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)last_img read more

No. 2 Washington sweeps UCLA

first_img UCLA (9-6, 2-4 Pac-10), which had won twice in Oregon after starting conference play 0-3, was led by Nana Meriwether, who had 10 kills. Washington hit .305 as a team and limited the Bruins to a .082 percentage. Christal Morrison had 15 kills and Sanja Tomasevic added 14 Thursday night as second-ranked Washington swept visiting UCLA 3-0 in a Pacific-10 Conference women’s volleyball match. Alesha Deering added 10 kills, and Candace Lee and Danka Danicic combined for 21 digs as the Huskies (15-0) romped to a 30-24, 30-18, 30-22 triumph. Washington in 6-0 in Pac-10 play. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week USC 3, Washington State 0: Staci Venski had 18 kills on a .571 hitting percentage and Bibiana Candelas added 14 at .429 to lead the 17th-ranked Trojans to a 30-14, 30-18, 30-14 victory at Pullman, Wash. Debora Seilhamer added 18 digs for USC (8-6, 4-2), which hit .402 in winning its fourth successive Pac-10 match. Washington State (8-11, 1-5) was led by Kelly Rosin, who contributed 10 kills. MEN’S SOCCER: MASTER’S FALLS IN OT Cameron Hill’s overtime goal lifted Fresno Pacific past The Master’s 2-1 in a Golden State Athletic Conference men’s soccer game in Santa Clarita. center_img Hill finished Carlos Velasco’s cross in the 108th minute for FPU (5-3-2, 4-1), which played a man short after Fernando Vaca’s red card in the 75th minute. Rob Miller gave The Master’s (5-5-2, 2-3-1) a 22nd-minute lead from Ewout Van Rhee’s feed, but Amaury Nunes pulled FPU even in the 51st minute after a Mustangs turnover. 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

City gives renters a chance to own

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH EL MONTE – In a city in which 68 percent of residents are renters, South El Monte is looking to give locals a chance at home ownership.On Oct. 25 council members granted Mayans Development $2 million in state-mandated funds toward a proposal to bring in the city’s first set of town homes.The project will include 13 affordable-housing units.“We’re very excited to have our first condos, but more so (about) the fact that we’re going to have quality housing in our city,” said Mayor Blanca Figueroa. “And the fact that we’re giving back to the community and families that are deserving in their part of the American dream, their piece of the apple pie.”Under Mayans’ proposal,26 single-family town homes will be built at 1641 Cogswell Road, where Sergio’s Art Studio, an outdoor landscaping business, now exists.Figueroa said the 2.26-acre site is closing shop anyway, so accommodating the detached units comes at a good time for developers and the city.“There hasn’t been a whole lot of development in South El Monte in terms of housing stock,” said Stephen Romero, director of development for the Yorba Linda-based company. “We wanted to target an area and clean up the area in terms of affordable housing.”Blueprints for the $12 million project, dubbedinclude two-story homes. They will have up to four bedrooms and three bathrooms, pedestrian-friendly outlets, open spaces with a playground area and a Homeowner’s Association partnership.Three floor plans for homes ranging from 1,450 to 1,750 square feet will be incorporated into the overall project design, Romero added.Mayans officials said they plan to break ground on Villas Del Monte in the spring, with the debut of the completed homes slated 10 to 12 months later.According to the developer, both market-rate and affordable-housing units will be compatible in quality and amenities.Market-rate homes will be sold for $475,000 to $500,000, while those set aside as affordable-housing units will sell for $350,000 to $375,000, Romero said.City officials hope the upcoming housing development will not only enable current renters to get into an established dwelling, but that it will also draw entry-level people to South El Monte.“Housing is a great need, and affordable housing is an even greater need,” City Manager Gary Chicots said. “Cities need to make an effort to build affordable housing, and that’s what South El Monte is doing.“We want to make sure as many people as possible can benefit from this.” “Villas Del Monte,” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303last_img read more

Irish Water working to repair burst water main in Inishowen

first_imgIrish Water are working to repair a burst water main in North Donegal.Repairs to a burst water main may cause supply disruptions to Three Trees, Ture, Muff and surrounding areas.Irish Water say that crews are working to restore the supply, with the hopes of completing the repairs at 5pm. This follows the disruption of the water supply in the Muff area two days ago during step testing works. This also affected Quigley’s Point, Three Trees, Ture, Greenbank, Derry Road and the surrounding areas.Irish Water working to repair burst water main in Inishowen was last modified: July 30th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:burst water mainInishowenIrish Waterlast_img read more

Chelsea go through in Youth Cup

first_imgChelsea’s Under-18 side showed their promise with a 4-1 victory against Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.They led 2-0 at half-time in the game at Aldershot’s Recreation Ground after goals from Isaiah Brown and Charly Musonda.Charlie Colkett made it 3-0 from the penalty spot following a foul on Brown, and after the visitors pulled a goal back, Dominic Solanke netted the Blues’ fourth.The win came a week after Chelsea’s Under-21 side beat West Ham to reach the quarter-finals of the Under-21 Premier League Cup.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Surprising Water Found on Inner Solar System Objects

first_imgRecently-visited objects in the inner solar system show evidence of water ice or volatile materials.According to secular models of the solar system, the inner objects should be rocky, and the outer objects should be icy. Over billions of years, volatile materials such as water should evaporate away. That appears to be happening before our eyes at an exoplanet around another star, where a comet-like tail shows the light element helium being stripped away by the star’s heat (Phys.org). The Earth’s oceans create a problem for secular theories, leading to rescue hypotheses that invoke comets bringing the water after the Earth cooled.That’s what theorists believed in the past. Now, there’s increasing evidence for water in the inner solar system, to the surprise of planetary scientists.Asteroid Bennu Had Water! NASA Probe Makes Tantalizing Find (Live Science). The exclamation point in the headline expresses the surprise in the science. NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft just arrived at a small asteroid named Bennu, located in the asteroid belt. One of the first discoveries was “hydrated minerals” (minerals with water content). This is particularly surprising given that they believe Bennu is a collision product:The discovery suggests that liquid water was once plentiful in the interior of Bennu’s parent body, which scientists think was a roughly 62-mile-wide (100 kilometers) rock in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. (Bennu is likely a pile of rubble that coalesced after a massive impact shattered that larger object hundreds of millions of years ago.)Bennu was chosen as a target to learn about the possible water content of asteroids, as a possible source of the water in Earth’s oceans. Seth Borenstein says at Phys.org that the water is in the form of wet clay, not liquid water, at least today. But…“There’s evidence of liquid water in Bennu’s past,” said NASA scientist Amy Simon. “This is great news. This is a surprise.“The asteroid is also unexpectedly covered in boulders 10 meters high. The spacecraft is slated to retrieve some samples and return them to Earth in Sept. 2013, if it can land safely on the boulder-strewn surface. The team hopes to find evidence of organic molecules, too.Photos from Japan space rovers show rocky asteroid surface (Phys.org). The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) recently arrived in orbit at another asteroid named Ryugu. Like the Americans, the Japanese face a difficult landing on a body that was rockier than expected. Ryugu shows no sign of a smooth surface for Hayabasu-2 to land and collect samples, according to orbital photographs and information from two probes delivered to the surface.He said the data collected so far shows similarities, including the shape and surface, with Bennu, an asteroid being investigated by NASA with its spacecraft Osiris-Rex. The initial findings show the asteroids are more moist and studded with boulders than initially thought.Evidence for carbon-rich surface on Ceres (Astrobiology Magazine). The asteroid or dwarf planet Ceres is like a chemical factory with a unique mineralogy, according to ongoing analysis of the data provided by the Dawn spacecraft last year. Its “carbon-rich compounds are intimately mixed with products of rock-water interactions, such as clays,” the report says. To rescue formation theories, scientists are having to posit unusual circumstances:Ceres is believed to have originated about 4.6 billion years ago at the dawn of our solar system. Dawn data previously revealed the presence of water and other volatiles, such as ammonium derived from ammonia, and now a high concentration of carbon. This chemistry suggests Ceres formed in a cold environment, perhaps outside the orbit of Jupiter. An ensuing shakeup in the orbits of the large planets would have pushed Ceres to its current location in the main asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.[Note: Passive voice is the last resort of scoundrels; ‘is believed to’—by whom? Did you believe that? Readers should not let scientists sweep everyone into their belief system with Tontological statements. They should say, “Secular materialists believe Ceres originated about 4.6 billion years ago….]“Blueberries” concretions on Mars (natural) next to drill holes (designed).‘Blueberries’ on Mars Have a Watery Past. But Scientists Are Still Baffled. (Space.com). The small concretions found on Mars by the Opportunity Rover in 2004 provided the “earliest evidence we had that Mars was once incredibly wet,” this article says. Unlike their counterparts on Earth, which have a calcite center, these concretions are made of the iron mineral hematite all the way through. “Based on those observations in the field and chemical modeling, the scientists suggested that floods of iron-rich, gently acidic water washed over the original calcite structures.” The water may have submitted the calcite to “overwash,” dissolving out the calcite nucleus. The mystery of the blueberry recipe extends into the Martian atmosphere:The second potential implication would relate to another long-standing debate about Mars — what happened to its once-thick atmosphere. The authors in the new study argued that this atmosphere could have gone into the carbonate ions locked in calcite precursors to the blueberries.But that wouldn’t solve the atmospheric mystery, Steve Ruff, a planetary geologist at Arizona State University who works on the Opportunity mission, told Space.com. “My sense of what we know about the area of the hematite that we can map from orbit is it’s not a huge area,” covering less than 1 percent of Mars’ surface, he said. There just aren’t enough blueberries to pack away very much atmosphere.Effects of a Weak Intrinsic Magnetic Field on Atmospheric Escape From Mars (Geophysical Research Letters). This paper confirms that magnetic fields are necessary to retain an atmosphere. Oxygen and carbon dioxide escape 25% faster without a magnetic field, according to these scientists’ simulations. Mars currently has a thin atmosphere and very little surface water, and yet “Mars does not have a global magnetic field such as that of Earth,” the scientists admit. To save the evidence of abundant water in the past, “it is expected that ancient Mars had a global magnetic field.” Another possibility, though, is that Mars is young.In the Smithsonian’s Apollo 8 commemoration yesterday (12 Dec 2018), NASA Director Jim Bridenstine mentioned the possibility of a global ocean 10 miles under the Martian surface. He also indicated evidence for “hundreds of billions of tons” of water in the shaded craters on the poles of the moon.Making PlanetsSome scientists confuse their imaginations with reality. They feel so confident in their overall worldview, they bluff recklessly in their stories of how the planets formed, even when they admit the numerous problems that remain to be solved. One such example is found on Science Daily (Nov 21), where the language of ‘evolution’ and ‘missing links’ is brought in to support the secular model. Building on observations of Comet “Chury” from the Rosetta spacecraft, Jürgen Blum pronounces our knowledge complete:Professor Blum explains the implications of the team’s observations “Our results show that only a single model for the formation of larger solid bodies in the young solar system may be considered for Chury. According to this formation model, ‘dust pebbles’ are concentrated so strongly by an instability in the solar nebula that their joint gravitational force ultimately leads to a collapse.”This process forms the missing link between the well-established formation of ‘dust pebbles’ (‘planetary building blocks’ formed in the solar nebula by sticking collisions between dust and ice particles) and the gravitational accretion of planetesimals into planets, which scientists have pondered over for years.What Professor Blum is not telling you, though, is that disk instability was recently called a ‘heretical’ view by other planetary scientists who relied on accretion. Accretion theory, on the other hand, motivated the heresy when scientists realized that doesn’t work, either (dust particles bounce off and erode each other, instead of sticking together). Did you notice? Blum just assumes that little pebbles will stick together. Then he believes that an instability in the planetary dust disk will sweep them together into planetesimals big enough to grow.The media love the scientists’ bluffing, and eat it up. They regurgitate it uncritically to the public, because they never want to have to go back to the clear alternative, “In the beginning, God created.” Better a long series of chance miracles than that!Food for Thought: Dr Walt Brown has long contended that comets and asteroids were ejected from the Flood waters that roared out of the “fountains of the great deep” as described in Genesis. This would account for the presence of water and volatile compounds on these objects. Given the shock among secular scientists at finding water, volatiles, clays and organics on comets and asteroids, this view deserves a hearing. Although a maverick view among many creationists, it is defended by Brown in detail here, with some videos and other material on the home page creationscience.com.(Visited 383 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

GM crops aid SA food security

first_imgImage: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.Wilma den HartighSouth Africa’s adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops continues to expand at an impressive rate. According to Dr Kobus Laubscher, CEO of Grain SA, this is an important development for sustainable food production in South Africa.The challenge for agricultural production is to keep up with population growth and demand.“We have to produce more food, and applying the technology means that we can increase production on fewer hectares of land available,” Laubscher said.South Africa has maintained an impressive eighth position in the world ranking of biotech crop countries, planting more than 1.8-million hectares of genetically modified crops.A survey funded by the Maize Trust indicated that in 2008 GM maize plantings in South Africa increased by 10 000 hectares, even with an almost 8% decline in commercial maize area planted.  Soya beans increased by 40 000 hectares and cotton by 2 000 hectares.Laubscher also pointed out that farmers have adopted the technology for profit as well as improved production. A Maize Trust study found that 15-million tons of GM maize was produced on 4.2-million hectares from 2000 to 2008. Calculated at an average yield increase benefit of 10.6% and using average annual grain prices over the period, maize farmers gained an additional income of R2-billion.Smallholder and resource-poor farmers are also benefiting. GM maize produced a 31% higher yield than conventional maize and 134% more than conventional open-pollinated varieties.Although there is a certain amount of resistance to GM products, the benefits outweigh the perceived disadvantages. Laubscher said every year 40-million South Africans, in one way or another, consume GM food without a single medical or scientifically-substantiated adverse effect on humans, animals or the environment.There are in fact a number of proven environmental and health benefits. According to a report released by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, biotech crops also resulted in reducing pesticide use by 359 000 tons of active ingredient.GM production gains of 32-million metric tons in 2007 would have required 10-million extra hectares, had biotech crops not been used. Production gains from biotech crops between 1996 and 2007 were 141-million tons. At 2007 average yields, this would have required 43-million additional hectares without biotech crops.Other advanced biotech research in South Africa includes: drought tolerant and streak virus resistance in maize, biofortied GM sorghum, increased insect and herbicide resistant maize, tuber moth and virus resistant potatoes, drought-tolerant soybeans and groundnuts and maize with tolerance to two herbicides.Related articlesSuper sorghum for Africa Top award for Rhodes scientist All eyes on SA’s new super spud Sweet deal for cocoa farmers Biotech research lab in SA Useful linksGrain SAMaize TrustAfricaBio Biopad Cape Biotech International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applicationslast_img read more