Messi against ghosts – AS.com

first_imgThe Barça from Messi arrives at Maradona temple with many tasks to accomplish and traumas to overcome (follow the game live on As.com). Barcelona returns to the maximum European competition (9:00 p.m., San Paolo, Movistar Champions League) with a depleted equipment, with the ghost of the debacles of Rome Y Liverpool still stinging and with the doubt of how the Setién team in his first European contest against a rival in clear progression.Further, Naples he has taken the game as a liturgy. The return of God’s successor Maradona, whose presence is still alive in each corner of the city and where he is venerated as a saint, he gives the party a special air. In Naples everything is grandiloquent: the carnival, the celebration of the prodigy of San Gennaro, traffic, food, Life in short. And football could not remain in the background to this celebration. Less when the Barcelona to San Paolo. Blaugrana are considered a “team friend” by the demanding Neapolitan fan, which does not mean in the least that there will be no kind of clemency, but get awayto of the hostility that the great enemies receive. That kind of visceral hatred is reserved for teams like the Juventus or those of northern Italy. Therefore, to Messi he was received as a hero upon arrival at the hotel, but during the game San Paolo will roar. And there will come the first test for Barcelona, ​​which in addition to compete with your legs, you should do it with head. The Blaugrana team aspires to take off once and for all from above the slab of falling before ehellish scenarios. Over the past few years, the Champions League has gone to Barça through the sump in disconnection moments in Turin, Rome or Liverpool (not to mention the Paris disaster that he fixed on the turn) who have left their scar on the team. Said Setien in the previous press conference that of those experiences barely talk in the dressing room. They are like those bitter memories that are there and that nobody wants to remember, but that one day or another must be overcome. It may be Messi the one who took the first step to overcome the trauma when last week he said that the Barcelona team, because of its current status, does not seem to be the favorite to win the Champions League.A realism exercise and a good way to free yourself from a responsibility that has crushed the Blaugrana in the last three seasons. For face your first duel from Champions, Setien arrives with nothing, 14 players of the first team. The last injuries from Jordi Alba and of Sergi Roberto They leave the marked cards. A defense with Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet and Junior; midfield for Busquets, Arthur and De Jong and Arturo Vidal supporting in attack to Messi and Griezmann.In Naples, Gattuso He puts on the sheepskin he never used when he was a great Milan player to praise Barça de Setién. They say that prepare a “cage” to control Messi, who will play guarded by his markers and the shadow omnipresent Diego.last_img read more

Fire on Ice! … Mayhew looks forward to historic bobsled competition

first_imgMeet 17-year-old Daniel Mayhew.He cannot drive a car, but he is quite competent, and on evidence, very comfortable guiding a bobsleigh downhill at 110km/h.The Charlemont High school student will head off to a training camp next week before taking his place as Jamaica’s first representative at the Winter Youth Olympic Games where he will feature in the Monobob competition.Remember that movie Cool Runnings?Well this is yet another version of Jamaicans defying logic and excelling on ice.Mayhew’s case becomes even more outstanding when the fact that he only stepped in a bobsleigh for the first time a mere 11 months ago at a Swiss training camp is taken into consideration.”I can’t recall exactly what I was feeling, but I know I was very nervous at first. They started me at the middle of the track, so that I didn’t get as much speed as I would if I started at the top,” Mayhew recollected during a recent chat with The Gleaner.HEARD HORROR STORIESHe heard many horror stories before that maiden voyage, but his first few runs were incident free, and as his confidence grew, so did his popularity among the other young athletes at the camp.The Jamaican, who lives in the St Catherine community Orange Field, which was also home to former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, went on to win two ‘B’ finals and book his place among the qualifiers for the February 12 – 21 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.”I am a little bit surprised. I was the underdog and coming out on top in the B finals shows that I am going somewhere and I can see that I am improving my driving skills and my overall performance,” Mayhew added.”Going to the Olympic Games is a really extraordinary feeling. When I finished my qualifying run and knew that I qualified, it was an overwhelming feeling. I am hoping to get a medal possibly even the gold. The potential is there for me to do it, all I have to do is listen to my coach and I know I can come out on top,” he said.It was that well-rounded coach Harry Nelson, his eighth grade physical education teacher, who took the academic enthusiast out of a class one day and greeted him with the words: “I am have mission for you. You are going to compete in the bobsled.”Hard words to process for a teenager, who had little interest in actually competing in sports. But Nelson, who was impressed with the form shown during eight grade PE, was convinced he had the potential.”At first I was not attracted to the sport, it all happened really suddenly … I really wasn’t that interested at first; who wants to do that (bobsled)?” he laughed. “It’s a very different experience, but it has been extraordinary.”Mayhew, who has passed eight subjects all with ones and twos has hopes to become a commercial pilot in the future but is, however, happy that he decided to take the leap in the bobsleigh and is looking to do his best in Norway.But has he seen the movie Cool Runnings?”I saw that movie before. It was really just like any other movie to me. It really wasn’t that interesting to me at first, but before I left I watched it again because I had a feeling people were going to ask me about it,” he laughed.Maybe his story will play a part in a sequel.last_img read more

UFC: Ex-champ Daniel Cormier congratulates Jon Jones for winning title

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano UFC 214 over the weekend marked the end of a long rivalry between two of the promotion’s top light heavyweight fighters, Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The action-packed five-round battle ended in three rounds, with Jones viciously knocking out Cormier with a head kick and a barrage of strikes, en route to reclaiming the UFC light heavyweight title.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return McCarthy, meanwhile, accepted the apology and aired his side on Twitter.1/2 @dc_mma U have nothing to apologize for. You have been an incredible champion who has represented the sport of MMA with class & dignity— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) July 31, 2017 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ READ: Jones regains UFC belt with brutal KO of Cormier, wants Lesnar next PH’s 1st full Ironman race set next year LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 2/2 I have watched the fight 2 many times & believe I should have stopped the fight 2 punches earlier. But I don’t get 2nd chances #AskBJM https://t.co/Qn1dQ4oP8c— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) July 31, 2017Although he failed to avenge his earlier loss to Jones, Cormier pocketed a disclosed $1 million in fight purse, according to MMA Fighting.  /ra A day after losing his title, the 38-year-old Cormier took to Instagram to congratulate his bitter rival for his convincing victory.“First off, thank you all for the kind words. I have felt the support. Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory,” he captioned a photo of himself.The former Olympic wrestler also apologized to veteran MMA referee Jon McCarthy for initially protesting against his decision to halt the fight.“Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight,” he wrote.“You are the best in the business for a reason. I also wanna thank my team and my coaches. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

LeBron in LA: Superstar begins next chapter with Lakers

first_imgRondo is eager to be a mentor to Ball, the Lakers’ gifted second-year point guard. They’re watching film and studying together as Rondo attempts to share the roots of his tenacity and the fruit of his experience. Ball hasn’t participated much in camp while he recovers from knee surgery, but once the youngster is fully healthy, their partnership will be fascinating to watch.BALL HANDLESSpeaking of point guard skills, the Lakers have a wealth of ball-handlers at nearly every position. After James was often forced to do it all on offense in Cleveland, almost anybody on the floor for these Lakers could bring the ball up, run the break or create offense off the dribble. Walton envisions an up-tempo, free-flowing offense mixing concepts from Golden State and Boston. At the very least, James should be spared some of the heavy work after 15 mostly lengthy NBA seasons.WORK HARD PLAY HARDThe Lakers’ transition from a full-scale rebuilding project to a potential playoff contender has changed the tone of the franchise, particularly in practice. Walton still spends ample time educating his younger players on the fundamental aspects of his scheme, but the Lakers’ veteran leadership is accelerating the youngsters’ growth, Walton said. “(The young players) are a big part of our future here, so it’s important that we still develop them,” Walton said. “It’s just a different style of developing now. It’s not letting them play 35 minutes and letting them learn from their mistakes, play through situations. Now it’s, ‘Look, this is what we’re doing,’ and if we’re not doing it right, we’ve got a lot of guys on this team where you can come out and watch other people do it. We’re getting to the same point, just teaching it with different lessons.”CURTAIN RAISERAfter the Lakers open the season in Portland on Oct. 18, James will make his Lakers home debut against the mighty Rockets on Saturday, Oct. 20. Staples Center courtside tickets are going for five-figure markups on secondary reselling sites, and no seat in the building is available for under $200. The Lakers’ vast popularity in LA waned only slightly during their recent struggles, and the Lakers are once again the hottest sports ticket in LA, even with the Dodgers in the playoffs and the NFL’s Rams rolling through a perfect start to the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “My decision was based solely on my family and the Lakers,” James explained before his first full practice in purple and gold. “I’m a basketball player. I play ball. That’s what I do. When I do it at the level I do, everything else will take care of itself. As far as my business, those things have been taking care of themselves way before I even came out here.”After winning three championship rings while leading — and sometimes carrying — his last eight consecutive teams in Miami and Cleveland to the NBA Finals, the 33-year-old James’ new business is restoring a fraction of the Lakers’ traditional glory following the longest postseason absence in franchise history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissTwo years after Kobe Bryant’s retirement tour mercifully ended, the Lakers are relevant again. The courtside celebrities and worldwide fans whose interested waned during this dour half-decade are back in force to see what LeBron can do in this unusual, intriguing situation.The four-time league MVP brought along a contingent of NBA veterans: Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley. They’re joining a young Lakers core with undeniable talent — Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and rookie Moe Wagner — but zero NBA success. James’ teammates and coaches say he has arrived with the gravity of a champion, but with none of the imperious attitude that could accompany a player of his accomplishments. He accepts his role as a leader, but he’s focused on making sure the Lakers feel like a team, not a bunch of players in orbit around him.James also realizes this particular Hollywood project is even bigger than him: The Lakers have made no secret of their plan to entice a second superstar, likely younger than James, to join them in free agency or by other means. The upcoming season is a showcase of this team’s long-term potential with the right addition next summer.“Winning makes it more fun, but we haven’t won anything yet,” coach Luke Walton said. “We come into practice and it isn’t loosey-goosey because we’re expecting to win games. We’re coming into practice knowing that if we want to win games, we have to do things a certain way. Hopefully when we get to games, that leads to us winning, and that would be fun. But we’re not there yet.”More things to watch during an eventful season in LA:RONDO AND LONZOADVERTISEMENT Putin meets Nurmagomedov, hails his win over McGregor View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, goes up for a shot while Sacramento Kings forward Skal Labissiere, second from left, and forward Marvin Bagley III defend during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)LOS ANGELES — When LeBron James chose the Los Angeles Lakers, the burgeoning entertainment mogul realized many people would think he joined a mediocre team with a five-year playoff drought because he wanted to be in Hollywood.James simply scoffs at the notion he’s thinking about anything but his day job as he begins the next chapter in one of the greatest careers in NBA history.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Former Agriculture Minister Toweh Dies

first_imgThe death is announced of former Agriculture Minister Scott Gblorzuo Toweh, which sad event occurred over the weekend in the United States of America, following a period of illness.Mr. Toweh served as Minister of Agriculture during the regime of Head of State Samuel K. Doe. Mr. Toweh was a staunch member of the defunct Liberia Action Party (LAP), one of the two leading political parties that participated in the 1985 presidential and general elections.  Those elections were widely believed to have been won by LAP and its standard bearer, Jackson Fiah Doe of Nimba County, but they were horribly rigged by Samuel Doe and his Elections Commissioner Emmet Harmon, giving the victory to Samuel K. Doe and his National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL).In 2005, Scott Toweh attempted to run as a presidential candidate during that year’s presidential and general elections, the first since the end of the civil war, on the ticket of the National Democratic party of Liberia (NDPL). But the party instead chose as its standard bearer Counselor Winston Tubman, who lost in the first round to George Oppong Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Unity Party.  It was in the run-off that Ellen emerged as the winner, becoming Africa’s first elected woman President.   Prior to becoming a member of the NDPL, the late Toweh was rumored to have been tipped by some top officials of the Unity Party (UP) to become the running mate of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.  But the UP standard bearer instead chose Lofa County’s Joseph N. Boakai, who became the Vice President.S. Gblorzuo Toweh was a distinguished personality on the Liberian political scene.  He served Liberia in several capacities, including lower-level positions, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Deputy Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Deputy Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Urban Reconstruction.  He was also appointed Assistant Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Urban Reconstruction, and Director of Cooperatives in the Ministry of Agriculture.He established good relations with foreign governments and as a result Government received grants from some foreign governments, including the KR2 (Kennedy Round – Two) program from the Japanese Government; support programs from the South Korean government; and the Food and Agriculture Organization. The German Government, through its international development agency—GTZ and the Korad Adenauer Foundation, extended the Nimba Rural Development Project for a total of US$8 million at the rate of US$2 million per year for four consecutive years.For four years, Dr. Toweh served as a member of the Executive Council of the FAO, where food and agricultural policies of member countries were addressed.At the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Scott also established a very good working relationship with foreign governments. As a result of these relationships, the U.S. Government gave Liberia a US$300,000 grant to erect two regional post offices in Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties, and to purchase postal equipment, including 15 postal trucks for mail delivery purposes. He also obtained scholarships from Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland and Norway for staff development in postal management. Mr. Toweh obtained a Master of Science degree in Agriculture from North Carolina State University at Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina; a Diploma in Agricultural Mechanics from ORT NATHANIEL, Israel, and a high school diploma from the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), Kakata, Liberia.Scott Gblorzuo Toweh was born in Toweh Town, Nimba County, Liberia, to the union of Paramount Chief Gblorzuo and Madame Mahtee Toweh. He was married to Kaymah Vaye Toweh of Tappita, Nimba County on March 16, 1974, a marriage that lasted until his death.He was the father of six children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Was industrial sabotage occurring under previous Administration?

first_imgDear Editor,Immediately after the change of Government, signs could be seen all over, signalling that things might be looking better. Even ‘Cold Cases’ could be seen being solved by the Guyana Police Force, attitudes seemed to be different in most places including Government entities. One first assumption was that as a result of the changes, staff might be under the impression that they would be replaced by party supporters or in some cases, party supporters would be given jobs and their attitude changed drastically. Ironically after the first year, the attitudes seemed to return to normal, bribery/paying for service seemed back to normal, staff in many places were reluctant to assist, etc. Many were of the opinion that because the Government saw it fit to award themselves a ‘huge’ salary increase, unnecessary spending on luxury vehicles/foods/alcohol/travelling and the allegations of Government officials started to circulate about them being corrupted, companies downsizing, various places closing down and other issues arising, everyone just get fed up, whilst prices increased and promises of job creations seem to be diminishing. Despite solving cases, allegations are still being levelled against members of the Guyana Police Force for corruption. Many are being investigated and charged.Editor, since the NCM in December 2018, as the Government tries various tactics to outmanoeuvre the Opposition from facing an early election, realisation seems to sink back into the working force and slowly, we are witnessing admirable changes again all over. From my personal observation going into most places, security or people (staff without identification) approach you, question your purpose there and direct you to the relevant area/boot, etc. In some cases, you are given a number and are guided to a seat or waiting areas. Places like the GRA on Camp Street and the NIS are always busy and rowing/complaining by crowds is always happening. Last week, accompanying my mother to the NIS, we were questioned of our purpose for visiting the NIS and directed to the department responsible. A half-hour was not up and she was being attended to and had she walked with all requisite documents, all of her business would have been sorted out that said day. Whilst waiting outside, I was directed to a seat and based on my observation, security keeps moving around and assisting people, every time a staff passes you, they ask if you are getting through. In some cases, those who are there extra long are being pointed out and they are being looked after. I must say, the way these places are operating now is worthy of being praised, but my questions are, why the sudden changes? In most places, it is mainly the same staff and security, with a few changes, that worked under the previous Administration, still there under this Administration, in the same position, working for the basically the same salary. With the various taxation by this Administration and the salary increase, most are still saying that things are harder now than under the previous Administration. It makes me wonder if industrial sabotage was occurring under the previous Administration and I am wondering how long the various changes will continue.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

A Moment for Africa

first_imgThe Bab Ighli COP22 Village in Marrakech, Morocco, is expected to play host to several heads of state today, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf included, for the commencement of the High-Level Segment of the conference called the African Action Summit.The segment will take place with an opening ceremony in the presence of the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, UN SG Ban Ki-moon, scores of heads of state and government and participating delegations. Most of the African heads of state are expected. The opening day’s segment will include the reading of the “Call of Marrakech,” which is a call to action that is the result of a highly inclusive consultative process among the parties.Today also marks the first session of the Conference of the Parties, serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1).Following the historic announcement on October 5 by the United Nations that the threshold for ratification of the Paris Agreement had been achieved, leaders are now preparing to get down to discuss actions.It is no coincidence that the world has decided to converge in Morocco at this time because Morocco is one of the most progressive African countries on climate policy and action.In 2011, the kingdom revised its constitution to add the right to a healthy environment and sustainable development. Earlier this year, Morocco opened a massive array of solar energy, which is already serving 160-megawatts of solar power that will be increased to a 580-megawatt capacity.The US$9 billion solar power plant should be ready in 2018 to serve one million Moroccans with clean, sustainable electricity. By 2030, 52 percent of the country’s energy ought to come from renewable energy sources, as outlined in the kingdom’s current energy strategy.Morocco’s renewable energy initiatives are being propelled, partly, by the kingdom’s government phasing out subsidies in favour of solar and other renewable energies. Some 40 percent of the 33 million Moroccans living in the kingdom are currently engaged in agriculture, most of it small scale. These farmers can’t explain whether climate change is “man-made or carbon pollution,” but they certainly feel its effects like their African counterpartsacross the continent.There are also several other African countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, and others in central Africa, as well as in the south-eastern corner and some parts of West Africa, that are suffering similar consequences of climate change such as severe droughts and reduced plant growth.This is why COP22 has been dubbed by many, especially the Moroccan government, as the “African COP.” COP22 President Salaheddine Mezouar has stressed that the voices of the African people desperately need to be heard.And moreover, this is why African leaders who are coming need to chart a better way forward to replicate what Morocco is or has been doing. Officially opening the conference last Monday, Mezouar, also Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation sent a strong message to world leaders calling for more action.Mezouar said the rest of Africa, especially Sub-Saharan Africa, must see the conference as critical with high expectations on climate finance, capacity-building, and technology transfer.He added that one of the major initiatives which will be the focus of COP22 is Morocco’s Adaptation of African Agriculture “AAA.” This initiative is designed to drive climate finance and technology solutions to smallholder farmers across Africa.Another major focus will be on building climate change resilience for poor and vulnerable countries. To this end, the Paris Committee on Capacity Building was established during the previous COP. With recent news that developed countries are on track to provide developing nations with US$100 billion a year to tackle climate change by 2020, climate finance will be a crucial component at these discussions. Meanwhile, Mezouar and UNFCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa held a joint press conference to mark the halfway point of COP22—taking stock of progress at the conference prior to the High Level Segment.Mezouar announced that 105 parties have now deposited their instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement, constituting an important political signal in the fight against climate change.He also called on the remaining parties to follow suit. At the halfway point of COP22, slated to wrap up on November 18, the COP22 President spoke in a positive tone, saying, “Negotiations are exemplified by a highly inclusive and consultative process among all parties.”UNFCCC’s Espinosa disclosed at the conference that “more than 90 countries have moved from Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to formal Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).” Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General will brief the press just prior to the opening of the High Level Segment of COP 22. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘We’re Looking at Opportunities for Grads to Generate Income,’ Says Youth Minister Wilson

first_imgYouth and Sports Minister D. Zoegar Wilson.Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson says while Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is gaining a fresh look and commitment in the country, the government is reforming the sector through the help of her partners, the European Union, China Aid, among others, who are supporting the government.Minister Wilson made the statement when he delivered the keynote address at a brief ceremony that marked the closing of a 45-day supplementary training organized by the Chinese Overseas Vocational and Skills Training on Saturday, December 15, 2018.He informed the 119 graduates (advanced training in electricity, auto mechanic and construction) at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) that, “As we work to improve the sector, we are also giving serious thought to how our graduates from various institutions; they can have opportunities for applying their skills and generate income for themselves and their families.”Minister Wilson, who examined the TVET as a viable path for youth entrepreneurship, said the government is committed to providing opportunities for advancement of the young people and believe that TVET must lead the way in providing training opportunities and career advancement avenues for young people, serving as a pipeline for providing skilled manpower that is needed for development.“As part of our commitment to provide learning opportunities through market-driven TVET, we are focused on reforming and modernizing our TVET sector so that we standardize our training curricula, provide training opportunities for our teaching staff, assist our TVET institutions to be sources for income generation, furnish the institutions with modern equipment and promote excellence through standardized certification across TVET institutions in the formal and informal sectors in the country,” he said.He added that parallel to the transformation in “our TVET sector is the need to make our graduates more self-sufficient. In the coming years, while the total number of people employed in the public sector is expected to increase as the economy gets larger, the percentage increase in people employed in government is expected to decline over time.  This means that government does not have the means or the resources to employ all of you our TVET graduates.”He said that is why it is important that “we do all we can to not only provide quality TVET but also to teach and encourage you to be entrepreneurs, to enhance your self-reliance.”Wilson said he is in the process of seeking buy-in for the National Youth Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Program (NYEEP).“The Program is designed to improve skills development and entrepreneurship development and management.  It has three components which are Youth Entrepreneurship Development and Management Program, The National Cadet Program and the National Youth Service Program.“Of relevance to entrepreneurship development and management is the first component of the program. Through this component, we expect youths from communities to organize themselves into Business Groups of seven each, produce a viable business plan and receive between $2,000 – $3,500 loans to start-up a business enterprise that they will operate and manage.” Minister Wilson said the loan is expected to be paid back within two years without interest and 5% interest after two years. This is an important program for the Ministry and we hope it can be operationalized to provide a helping hand to some of our enterprising young people – some of whom are among you the graduates today.”He used the occasion to also call on other organizations – private and public, non- governmental and international to not just think about hiring these skilled young people from “our vocational institutions, but also prioritize the provision of entrepreneurial training, initial capital, tools and other forms of assistance to enable them to apply their skills for income generation through self-reliance.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Security guard charged for simple larceny, assault

first_imgA 28-year-old security guard on Wednesday appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was slapped with charges of assault and simple larceny.Akeem Bacon, of Lot 506 Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) is accused of assaulting Patreema Isaacs so as to cause her actual bodily harm on October 13, 2018 at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown. The other charge against him stated that on the same date and location, he stole one Android cellular phone valued $60,000, property of the same Virtual Complainant (VC).The unrepresented man denied both charges.The VC, who is a cosmetologist, also faced a charge of assault, which stated that on October 13, 2018 at West Ruimveldt, she unlawfully assaulted Akeem Bacon. She too denied the charge.Police Prosecutor Warren Thornhill made no objections to bail. As a result, Magistrate Azore granted Bacon $30,000 bail while Isaacs was released on $10,000 bail.last_img read more

Govt spending $460M on sea defence protection, relief efforts

first_imgFollowing last weekend’s flooding from overtopping caused by unusual high tides across the country’s coastline, Government has taken steps to enhance sea defence protection as well as relief items for affected persons.Representatives from the stakeholder agencies at Tuesday’s National Emergency Operation Centre meetingOn Saturday, residents in several coastal villages were underwater from the unprecedented high tides, which lasted until today.According to authorities, the communities in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) were affected by the current high waters.Stakeholders from the various agencies responding to the situation met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the damages from the floods thus far and steps to be taken to prevent or alleviate similar impacts from another bout of high tides expected on October 26, 2019.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson during his presentationUpdating the media during the National Emergency Operation Centre meeting, Senior Response Officer, Capt Salim October revealed that across the coastline, a total distance of approximately 148 kilometres was impacted by the floods, including some 65 communities across the various regions with Three and Five facing the severity of the floods.According to October, the impacts in Region Five were exacerbated by breached sea defence.Nevertheless, he noted that assessments thus far reveal that approximately 400 households were flooded, causing items to be damaged. He added too that affected persons have also suffered the loss of cash crops as well as livestock, including poultry and cattle, especially in Region Five. “Salt water accumulation did not only affect homes but the impacts were also to pasture lands that small- and large-scale ruminants are required to graze. There were noted sea defence structure breaches and overtopping of sea and river defences, which would’ve caused heightened levels of erosion. As well as noted, damage to agriculture inputs and by extension, the cascading effect of that is for loss of usual livelihood, and at this point potential livelihood – particularly, compromised rice crops from salt water accumulation,” he stated.The Senior Response Officer went on to outline that a number of response mechanisms have been undertaken, including the relocation of livestock to safe and higher grounds, the use of sandbags to protect properties, dredging drainage canals in communities, distribution of water and cleaning supplies to affected residents, and premature harvesting of crops as well as flash sale of crops and livestock.October further posited that while there has been notable cooperation from the various Regional and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (RDCs and NDCs), one of the challenges faced was the lack of precautionary response from communities, even after being warned about the impending high tides. Nevertheless, as they gear up for the second bout of high waters later this month, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson disclosed that steps are being taken to minimise the potential impact from the impending high tides – particularly at the East Coast Demerara-Mahaica locations, that is, from Fairview to Danzig.He noted that already, his Ministry’s Sea and River Defence Department had undertaken corrective works since March this year after the severe erosion was detected. A Contingency Allocation of $460 million was obtained from the Finance Ministry for those emergency corrective works, which entailed procuring rift raft and boulders to secure the sea defence at critical areas along the coastline in Region Five.But a further Emergency Contingency Allocation had to be secured last weekend in light of the floods.According to Patterson, there are three breaches and he has been instructed by Cabinet to immediately undertake short-term fixes ahead of this month-end’s high tide. This will see multiple contractors and stone suppliers being engaged to secure the already affected areas, which will require more money. The figure of these works is yet to be determined.“So we have a tight window of 24 days to try to, as fast as possible, seal as much as we can to minimise the damage… Of course, it may or may not be possible to seal everything and stop the overtopping but we want to minimise it,” the Minister asserted, adding that long-term fixes will need more planning and strategising in anticipation of heightened impacts in the future.Patterson added that a secondary goal now is to ensure that before the year-end rainy season, that the sea defences are intact during that time to prevent a further accumulation of water on low-lying communities.In the meanwhile, assessments are ongoing in the affected regions countrywide to ascertain the extent of the impacts from last weekend’s high tides.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP), Joseph Harmon, told reporters that while authorities are awaiting the flood water to recede in some areas to conduct the assessment, this has been completed in Regions Two, Three, Four and Six.He noted that already, officials from the CDC – and in the case of Region Three, the Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams – are in these communities delivering relief items to affected residents.“In the areas where we haven’t delivered anything, it is because we have to await the water receding and make a careful assessment of the damage,” he stated.Additionally, the MotP Director General told Guyana Times that financial assistance for the affected persons was discussed during Tuesday’s meeting, especially those who suffered losses from their livelihood.“What we’re thinking about right now is as part of our application to the Contingency Fund (for the emergence works) for a global sum to be awarded for [financial assistance] and for the Civil Defence Commission to advise on how it is to be dealt with in relation to regions, and working along with the Regional Disaster Preparedness Committees,” Harmon posited.On the other hand, steps have been by the Public Health Ministry to protect the flood-affected residents against water-borne diseases.In fact, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud, explained that already, the Ministry’s Health Offices in the affected regions have been on high alert. He noted that in addition to advisory on health risks as well as safety and sanitary measures, interventions have been made in terms of distributing chlorine tablets to treat water and cleaning supplies to flood affected households with children.He noted that while no increase in flood-related disease has been reported from those affected areas, they are monitoring the situation and continue to partner with relevant agencies.Among the other stakeholder agencies at Tuesday’s meeting were the Guyana Livestock and Development Authority (GLDA), National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute (NAREI), Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) and the Hydromet Office.last_img read more