COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies batsmen made a sluggish start to their tour of Sri Lanka on a rain-hit opening day of their three-day tour match here yesterday.Opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scored with 46 but West Indies struggled to 127 for six against the Sri Lanka Cricket Board President’s XI, on a day when only 46 overs were possible at the Sinhalese Sports Club.Rookie Shai Hope was unbeaten on 24 while Darren Bravo made 21, but opener Rajindra Chandrika (18), Jermaine Blackwood (3), Shane Dowrich (3) and Marlon Samuels (0) all failed.Off-spinner Suraj Randiv was the President’s XI best bowler with three for 33, while seamer Suranga Lakmal supported with two for 10.Rain and a wet outfield forced the abandonment of the morning session and when play finally got under way at 1:45 p.m., West Indies lost Chandrika cheaply with the score on 23, pulling Lakmal to midwicket in the 16th over.The right-hander faced 49 balls and struck three fours.Brathwaite and Bravo then put on 55 for the second wicket to take the Windies to tea at 78 for one.The left-handed Bravo fell to the fourth delivery following the break, however, edging one behind off Randiv without a run added to the interval total.He struck three fours and a six in 32 balls at the crease.Multiple wicketsHis dismissal sparked a collapse where five wickets fell for 35 runs as Randiv and Lakmal ran through the middle order.In the second over after tea, the right-handed Samuels edged the fourth ball he had faced to the keeper off Lakmal, and Blackwood spent 19 balls at the crease before holing out to mid-on off Randiv.The obdurate Brathwaite, who faced 102 balls and counted six fours, perished in the next over lbw to 24-year-old seamer Vishwa Fernando and Dowrich fell six overs before the eventual close to give Ramdiv his third wicket of the day.Though 59 overs had been scheduled, bad light forced a premature end to the day’s play, with Hope and Denesh Ramdin, unbeaten on five, attempting to steady the innings.The right-handed Hope has so far struck three fours in a 35-ball knock.
The Liberian dollar, the nation’s legal tender, used to transact business, continues to depreciate in value; resulting in rapidly increasing prices of basic commodities.In the commercial district of Red-Light in Paynesville, the exchange rate stands at LD$90.00 to one United States Dollar in some places while others offered LD$85 for US$1.In central Monrovia the rate generally stands at LD$85 to 1 US Dollar with 87 as the rate accepted in other places in the city.Fluctuation in the rate of the Liberian dollars to the US directly affects the prices of basic commodities.Some locally produced commodities— including food items— are now being sold in US Dollar as is the case with manufactured goods and imported rice. Sellers usually attribute the high price to the skyrocketing rate of the US Dollar to the Liberian Dollar.Marketers justify their claims by explaining that after they sell locally produced commodities, they in turn change to US Dollars to purchase other items, and for that they have to sell their products in conformity with the existing exchange rate so they won’t suffer business losses.A pile of plantain containing three pieces in the Gobachop Market in Red-Light— for instance— is now sold for $75LD while the entire head is sold between 700LD and 800 dependent on the place you buy it from. This same quantity of plantain, a few weeks ago, used to sold for at least LS50, thus the difference of L$25.In this market traders bring goods from the interior and turn them over to retailers in Monrovia to sell and give their principal amount while they (retailers) get the profit earned; an activity given the local moniker “Gobachop.”Rice and petroleum products are two basic commodities whose prices directly relate to the US and Liberian Dollar exchange rate.These products are imported and require using the US Dollar to buy them. They also pay customs duties at the port in US Dollars to clear out the goods.Local dealers must sell in Liberian Dollars locally, so they compare the price of the product with the existing rate of the US Dollar to determine the prices of these products.On the basis of this calculation, the price of gasoline has risen up to L$345.00 at TOTAL service stations, while other stations and individual dealers sell it for L$350.00 and $355.00. Fuel is sold for L$360 at TOTAL stations in central Monrovia while other stations and some individual dealers sell for $370.00A resident of Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County in the south-east told this paper that gasoline is sold for L$400.00 in that county while fuel is $475.The high rate of the US Dollar to the Liberian Dollar is a concern for ordinary Liberians. Public sentiments indicate that it is caused by capital flight that involves remitting more US Dollars in accounts of people in the United States by government officials and some private individuals.Although not verified, such activity allows more US Dollars to go out of the country thus making its demand high on the market.The public also believes that more investors have come into the country and are operating in the extractive sector, as such, it is expected that more foreign exchange would flow here to give value to the Liberian Dollar.In 2012 the Central Bank of Liberia instituted regulations to have all foreign exchange bureau operators/money changers registered to control the financial market which may help to control the fluctuating rate, but it (regulation) has not been effective and money changers have gone back to the streets with their businesses.In September of 2013 Central Bank Governor, Dr. J. Mills Jones, told Liberia’s Council of Chiefs and Elders at his honoring program that until Liberians can produce finished goods out of the resources they have, it will be difficult to control the US rate.Amidst this advice, other local business entrepreneurs suggested and published in this paper that government decides on which of the two currencies to use in the country for transacting businesses instead using both simultaneously.According to them, the idea of using a single currency would ease the fluctuating rate since all transactions— including payment of taxes— would be done in it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Late as it is, hopeless as it now seems, I will not let be dashed, my hope in our Guyanese people and the better future we could be creating.The unchartered waters of a constitutional crisis are truly on us. Our Ministers are no longer claiming that they are meeting as a Cabinet.First, themselves calling their meeting a caucus then soon after a plenary speaks loudly about the unchartered waters we are already in. We are already in confusion.During a meeting with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) yesterday, it was indicated that their support would stand suspended after March 21, 2019: those sanctions with which Guyana was threatened in 2014 must once again be avoided.Our Leader of the Opposition is not the one steering Guyana’s ship, he cannot avoid the constitutional crisis; he can only rail against it.It is our President and Prime Minister, their advisers and supporters who can still steer us away from it. We must call on our President and Prime Minister to be valiant and valorous. Return themselves to their initial positions within the first 24 hours of the passage of the NCM.Prevail on our Prime Minister to return to his words:“We want our supporters in particular … to understand that we are going back to the polls…. Guyanese must understand that the democratic process is sometimes unpredictable. You may have results that are not planned for…. But the outcome has to be accepted… It is like cricket in some sense, what happened here today, a game of glorious uncertainty.”Prevail on our President to return to his statement issued the following morning:“We will do everything necessary to facilitate the smooth functioning of General and Regional Elections bearing in mind the need for normal governmental functions to continue uninterrupted.”Our Leader of the Opposition approached the Honourable Minister of State, Joseph Harmon for an early meeting, the Government having fallen, to work things out in some harmony. Those initial responses gave hope that the NCM needed not be a calamity, a disaster, but presented an opportunity for steps to a greater maturity in our politics; a perceived bad thing that might bring good results.The reversed positions of our President and Prime Minister have not brought them any glory. The Speaker pushed, did not budge, and did reassert his ruling that the NCM stood; and our Chief Justice issued a judgment overwhelmingly judged sound. The Chief Justice’s NCM ruling seems to be slowly and grudgingly accepted by the Government.According to the Guyana Chronicle of Tuesday, March 12, 2019, the Honourable Finance Minister, Winston Jordan had sought to assure the public that in keeping with the Chief Justice’s ruling, Cabinet has resigned but Government continues to function.Perhaps it had to be this way, to provide examples that in this sixth or seventh decade of ethnopolitical insecurities, there be amongst us persons who would persevere in walking the straight path and we may trust ourselves to expectations of fair play.And when we think and note that the conflagrations that I feared would have followed after the passage of the NCM have not unfolded, we must wonder whether our people are not changing and whether there are not possibilities for us politicians to develop new approaches.In his book on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” the management guru, Peter Drucker, points out that the occurrence of unexpected things, whether failures or successes, must cause us to question our old assumptions: their period of validity is ending.Discern and come to terms with the change! Look for the new opportunities! Seize the opportunities! Innovate!Mr President, let us go forward, name the date, let the campaigns begin, everyone campaigning on the basis of the next realistic steps they can and will take were they privileged to win, to grow and develop Guyanese and Guyana, without fear or favour, affection or ill will.Yours truly,Samuel A A HindsFormer Presidentand former PrimeMinister
Guyana-Venezuela border controversy…plugs peaceful resolution at Non-Aligned Movement Summit In the presence of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, a top Guyanese diplomat accused the Bolivarian Republic of continuing to present a potential threat to the peace and security of Guyana, as that country continues to ignore an 1899 Tribunal Award in laying claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s territory.Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Cheryl MilesSpeaking at the XVII Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), being hosted on the island of Margarita, Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Cheryl Miles, reminded that the sacred principle of the Non-Aligned Movement was respect for territorial integrity.“As delegations are aware, more than two-thirds of my country is subject to a claim by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. This represents a potential threat to our peace and security,” she told the Summit being chaired by President Maduro.Speaking directly to President Maduro, Ambassador Miles said she was convinced that cooperation, friendship and mutual respect were underlying principles for the maintenance of peace and stability and for the success of integration movements in the Latin American and Caribbean Region, as in the wider world.“Therefore, I wish to use this opportunity to reaffirm that Guyana is committed to the search for a peaceful solution to the controversy with Venezuela,” she stated.She noted that since the last meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Iran back in August 2012, there have been significant developments with regard to the long-running controversy, including a decision by Guyana not to continue with the United Nations Secretary General’s Good Officers’ process, which has been ongoing for two and a half decades without very little success.The Ambassador, however, noted that Guyana was continuing to cooperate with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is considering the exercise of his mandate under the Geneva Agreement of 1966 to resolve the controversy.She also reminded the Summit of the position of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of Government at their 37th Regular Meeting held in July 2016, where they signalled their full confidence in the Geneva Agreement to bring the controversy to a definitive and judicial conclusion.“Mr Chairman, Guyanese are peace-loving people and our sister Republic of Venezuela likewise advocates diplomacy of peace, as is evident in the theme of this Summit. This is the basis on which we have built, and which we hope to continue to build, good neighbourly relations with Venezuela in the true spirit of Non-Aligned unity and mutual respect,” she stated.Ambassador Miles is attending the Summit on behalf of Guyana’s President, David Granger, who is currently participating in the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.During a news conference in New York on Monday, ahead of his address to the Assembly, President Granger said that he was satisfied with the efforts of the UN Secretary General in trying to resolve the border controversy. He said that while the Government had hoped that the process of ending the decades-long controversy would have been further advanced, it is not due to a lack of effort by the Secretary General’s Office, but rather the slothful pace at which the Venezuelan Government was moving.“I am satisfied with what the Secretary General has done; I am not satisfied that the Bolivarian Republic has acted in good faith. It is clear that much more needs to be done by Venezuela if this matter is to be resolved… In my experience over the last 50 years, I have not seen a Secretary General so engaged in this matter; he has done everything possible over the last year since first meeting in Bridgetown. I am convinced of his sincerity in trying to bring this matter to closure,” the President declared.He explained that since the signing of the Geneva Agreement in February 1966, Guyana has abided by all of its provisions. This agreement has given the Secretary General specific responsibilities in the absence of Guyana and Venezuela reaching a mutually accepted position.
On Saturday, November 8, at the St. David’s Episcopal Church, 43600 Russell Branch Parkway, Ashburn, Virginia, a truck will be loaded with medical supplies, including disposable gowns, gloves, face masks, goggles, etc., various pain killers, Clorox/sanitation products, high energy drinks, boxes of 25lbs parboiled rice, 100 large cans kidney beans, luncheon meat/corned beef/spam, etc. The items will be packed in a 20-ft freight container and shipped to the Episcopal Church of Liberia. Prior to this, a truck from the shippers will pick up donated medical supplies and materials from the Trinity Episcopal Church, 7005 Piney Branch Road, NW, Washington DC 20012. The contents in the container are estimated at US$60,000 and are designated for those affected by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, living in the rural areas of Liberia. Ebola Care Centers are set to benefit from many of the medical and relief supplies. The cost for trucking and shipment is approximately US$4,800. An additional amount is being earmarked to assist the Episcopal Church of Liberia with logistics/transportation to distribute donated materials in rural Liberia. The container is expected to arrive at the Freeport of Monrovia within 30-35 days after it departs the Port of Baltimore, Maryland. The Rt. Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart, Bishop of Liberia and Archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa (IPWA) is Church’s direct contact person in Liberia. The Episcopal Relief and Development – ERD will assist with the distribution in Liberia.The Liberian Episcopal Community USA (LECUSA) in collaboration with the clergy and parishioners of St. David’s Episcopal Church, Ashburn, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston, both in the Diocese of Virginia; and Trinity Episcopal Church, Washington D.C. are spare heading this Ebola Relief Assistance project to Liberia. LECUSA and partners have received moral support from The Episcopal Church (TEC), Episcopal Relief and Development – ERD, Global Relations and Partnership Office, Bishop Mark Beckwith – the Covenant Committee TEC/ECL, etc. Financial and material donations have come from LECUSA members, parishioners of St. David’s and St. Anne’s, the Union of Black Episcopalians – UBE, Church Pension Group – CPG, local Episcopal parishes and Missions, non-Episcopal churches, organizations and individuals throughout the USA. The LECUSA website: www.lecusa.net provides updated information/materials on the Ebola crisis with a secured area for an on line donation. On September 27, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Ashburn, LECUSA and partners conducted an Ecumenical Worship Service of Love and Care for Liberia, and the Rev. Dr. James T. Yarsiah, LECUSA Chairman served as preacher. Yarsiah shared excerpts from a letter he received by email from Bishop Hart, written on August 2, 2014 by Dr. Benjamin Dorme Lartey, Immediate Past General Secretary. “Ecumenical Greetings, We wish to appeal for your prayers for LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE and GUINEA. The EBOLA situation is alarming and killing us!!!!!! No one know who is next only GOD!!!!” In response to the health crisis in West Africa, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston along with other faith communities hosted a Candlelight Vigil for West Africa on Sunday, November 2nd at 6 p.m. on Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, Virginia.Nearly 4,900 deaths from Ebola have been recorded across West Africa since the virus was first detected in Guinea. Liberia has been the hardest hit of the countries most affected by the virus, with 2,705 deaths and 4,665 recorded cases.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Listen back to the highlights of Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. Danny Kelly, in for Alan Brazil, and Brian Moore were joined on today’s show by Andy Gray and Thomas Hitzlsperger.
Former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd believes there is absolutely ‘no chance’ of the Magpies being relegated this season, despite their current position in the Premier League’s bottom three.Steve McClaren has endured a disappointing start to his reign at St James’ Park, with the side three points adrift of safety having won just five league games since his appointment in the summer.But the team have improved in recent weeks, and current Newcastle chief Mike Ashley backed the boss in the January transfer window as the club became the highest-spenders in the top flight.Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend arrived in £12million deals earlier in the window, while £4.5m was spent on midfielder Henri Saivet and Roma striker Seydou Doumbia also joined the club on loan on deadline day.And Shepherd is confident a fresher, more settled squad under McClaren have what it takes to avoid the drop.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-Toon chief said: “There’s no chance of Newcastle going down, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a former chairman.“I’d put my house on it, Newcastle will NOT go down.“They’ve done the right thing at the right time. They’ve splashed out and got some good players in.“I honestly believe Newcastle will now start to climb up the table.“This isn’t bias, and you might just think I’m sticking up for the north east here, but I think Sam Allardyce will keep Sunderland up as well.“I think the teams above them at the bottom of the table are weaker so I think they will definitely escape.”
Over the Christmas holiday period Portsalon golf club staged a number of open competitions and due to the adverse weather conditions golfers had not an opportunity to try out their new golf equipment supplied as presents.The weather conditions was reflected in the scoring. The results were as follows; Monday 26th December 2011, Results: Winner: Shaun Shields (13) P/S 36 points Runner Up: Brendan Roache (13) L/K 31points Gross: Michael Collum (7) L/K 21points *CSS 33ptsTuesday 27th December 2011, Winner: Sean Barrett (13) P/S 35 points Runner Up: Cathal Toland (12) P/S 34 points BOT Gross: Stephen Connolly (5) P/S 28 Gross Third: Ronan McAteer (5) Concrawood 34points Visitor: Michael Boyd (17) L/K 30 points BOT *CSS 33points Saturday 31st December Winner Shaun Kelly (8) 37points B.O.T Runner Up Shaun McCormack (18) 37 points Gross Conor Connolly (4) 31 points 3rd Ray Kennedy (28) 36 points Visitor Ronan McAteer Concrawood 32 points CSS Home 34 points CSS Away R/O 34 points Sunday 1st January 2012, Results: Winner: Kevin Mc Fadden (21) P/S 37points BOT Runner Up: Kevin Mc Gonagle (6) P/S 37 points Gross: Johnny Shields (4) P/S 31 points Gross Third: Cathal Toland (12) 36 points BOT *CSS 35 points Monday 2nd January the winner was Stephen Connolly (6) 39 points 2nd D P Logue (6) 36 points Gross Ronan Mc Ateer Concrawood 21 points EventsOn Saturday 7th January there is an open gents competition and on Sunday 8th a members competition. On Wednesday 11th there is an open gents competition. SympathyThe Captain Donal Callaghan and the members of Portssalon golf club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to Pat O’Neill on the sudden death of his father recently. May he rest in peace. Change to Drop Off arrangements Many will now have noticed the new arrangements on the protected fairways. Members and visitors should note that you must drop off the fairways 2,7 and 9 at the nearest point of relief as this has now been designated ground under repair. Under a local rule all golf balls in the areas identified must be lifted and dropped without penalty. It is no longer permitted to use the putter inside the areas identified.PlacingAll members and visitors should note that six inch placing on all fairways only is in operation at Portsalon Golf Club.On Line Booking Members and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.com Divot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenanceGOLF: PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 3rd, 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)Tags:GOLF: PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES
THE father of an autistic boy, who-self harms, is threatening legal action to have his son’s classroom support restored.by ANITA GUIDERA, IRISH INDEPENDENTGarbhán Hutchinson (14) who is non- verbal, doubly incontinent and requires 24- hour-care, had to be hospitalised recently after banging his head against a classroom wall. In another incident, a Special Needs’ Assistant(SNA) at St Cecilia’s School in Sligo where he is a pupil, was treated in Casualty following a violent outburst by the teenager.Despite these incidents, the school was informed in a letter last week that Garbhán’s SNA support has been reduced by 16 hours, from 1.25 to .75 of an SNA, to be shared with other children.The reason cited was “reduction in care needs”.The National Council for Special Education(NCSE) is currently allocating SNA’s for the coming school year but with a recruitment cap on the 10,575 assistants currently in the system, parents fear hours may be reduced in some cases. Lorraine Dempsey from the Special Needs Parents’ Association said last night that “short sighted fixes” due to austerity measures would result in whole school populations suffering.“Parents of new pupils entering the education system are terrified of the prospect o their frive or six year old child not being allocated an SNA to meet their care needs next September,” she said.Garbhán’s father, Chris Hutchinson from Bundoran, Co Donegal, has told the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn that he will go to the courts to get equality for his son.“As a direct result of the decision that has been taken, I believe the Department is now in breach of my son’s educational rights under Article 42 of the constitution, and he is being placed in danger,” he said.Mr Hutchinson said his son, who is on psychiatric drugs to control his mood swings, was extremely strong and required at least one Special Needs’ Assistant, preferably male, with him at all times while at school. “He has to wear a boxing helmet to protect his head due to his extreme self injurious behaviour, which is getting worse,” he said.Last November the teenager, who is also tube fed, was hospitalised after banging his head repeatedly against a wall in the classroom.“He could end up getting killed. Is it going to take the death of a child for this government to stop these obscene cuts,” an emotional Mr Hutchinson asked yesterday.Sinn Fein TD, Pearse Doherty, who will raise the matter with Mr Quinn next week, described the proposed reduction against a backdrop of “propping up zombie banks” as “appalling”. “If this is a benchmark, then people with children with special needs should be very worried,” he said.A spokesperson for the Department of Education and Skills pointed out that there has been no reduction in the overall number of SNAs, while expenditure on the scheme increasing by 922 per cent in the eight year period up to 2009.“It is considered that with equitable and careful management and distribution of these resources that there should be sufficient posts to provide access to SNA support for all children who require such care support to attend school, in accordance with Departmental criteria,” she said.-end-FATHER THREATENS LEGAL ACTION UNLESS SON’S CLASSROOM SUPPORT IS RESTORED was last modified: May 17th, 2011 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)
Plans to open an amusement arcade on Letterkenny’s Main Street have been met with opposition by a local county councillor.The plans for the building which is occupied by financial group McCambridge Duffy have been lodged with Donegal County Council.The building is between McGinley’s Bar and Clarke’s Newsagent. A decision on a change of use for the building is due to be made by the council on October 3rd.However, local county councillor Gerry McMonagle, says he is completely against such an arcade being set up.“This is the fear we had when there was a vote on our gaming laws. We are going to have a lot more applications like this.“I would like to know a little more about what kind of arcade this is but I cannot see if being an amusement arcade for children. “If this is a building with poker machines and slot machines then I am completely against it.“There are already enough betting shops on Letterkenny’s Main Street without another such building popping up.“We have all seen the misery which gambling addictions bring. This is not what we want for Letterkenny or anywhere in Donegal for that matter,” he said.Plans for amusement arcade in Letterkenny condemned was last modified: August 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:applicationdonegalgaming machinesletterkenny