Dear Editor,The absurd and outrageous nature of the Exxon contract which has been highlighted by a number of persons in the public domain triggers the impulse to shout ‘incompetence!’ and similar expressions to describe the grossly imbecilic nature of this agreement. But, if we consider for just a minute, the people in the coalition cannot, by any remote standard, be considered stupid. The President was a former Brigadier-General schooled in military strategy abroad, and a career historian and lecturer, I was made to understand. The Minister of Foreign Affairs was a former Minister of Finance right here, the Minister of State is a very bright gentleman who was a lawyer by profession, and the Minister of Natural Resources was also a career lawyer who also served as Speaker of our House.It is virtually impossible for any of these four gentlemen not to have been privy to the agreement before it was signed. With at least two of them being former practising lawyers, it would have been impossible for them to ignore what I can only refer to as the gross asininity of the Exxon contract. Here we have four of probably the most senior men in the coalition Administration perusing this contract, familiar with its contents, being aware of their own limitations in respect to their capacity to professionally evaluate it, yet still being able to recognise the ridiculous nature of the contract, and still agreeing to give the go-ahead for the Minister of Natural Resources to sign an agreement.Something is wrong here. No one has yet come up with an acceptable explanation for what we are seeing unfolding with respect with this contract. But I submit that something is definitely wrong. It is very easy to consider corruption in all its modern complexities at work here, but is it more than this? What has the coalition Administration agreed to that is not written in the contract? The gross financial imbalance and loss for Guyana as a sovereign state indicates that something more than meets the eye is amiss.In light of the litany of flaws in the contract, which even includes the Minister of Natural Resources acting on behalf of Exxon in at least one instance – a clear conflict of interest and impossibility in such contracts, it seems very understandable that the Minister of Foreign Affairs owned up (a likely story) to advising the coalition that the agreement should remain secret.In respect to the Minister of Natural Resources signing an agreement which clearly puts him in opposition to the interests of Guyana, by what stretch of the imagination and outlandish notion could these four senior men of the coalition agree to the Exxon contract being signed and enforced? How could the President himself agree to this? And why is the coalition insisting that the contract remains in force?I submit that Guyana is being conned in a very big way, and the coalition Administration, by agreeing to this contract – in addition to its hard-headed stance on VAT and other policies which make it so much harder for Guyanese, including neglecting to address our unemployment and joblessness among our youths in a major way, its violation of the basic human rights of the recently-retrenched sugar workers, and its wilful breach of our laws in relation of honouring contractual severance arrangements with employees, notably the retrenched sugar workers – has declared itself unfit to govern.All Guyanese, particularly those owning and controlling resources and in decision-making positions have to seriously take stock of what is unfolding and make preparations. Because running a country is a long game which requires a plan. And if anything, else, we have to get ourselves organised right now.In respect to the contract itself being in force, Ramon Gaskin recently pointed out that Exxon discovered oil in its allotted blocks long after its exploratory rights apparently expired. Competent individuals could investigate whether this is not a basis on which to void the entire contract.Yours faithfully,Craig Sylvester
There was no need, it seemed to me, to reject outright the outsourcing of the Ebola fight and to insist on Liberians doing it alone, on their own terms, as some significant individuals have suggested. On the other hand, there was also no need to reject, outright, Liberians trying to get a handle on the Ebola epidemic by doing it on their own as a sovereign nation. The truth, it seems, is somewhere in the middle and that is what Dr. Dunn (The Liberian Observer September 10, 2014 https://www.liberianobserver.com/editorials/ebola-threat-international-peace-and-security and The Perspective September 11, 2014 http://www.theperspective.org/2014/0910201401.php) and Mr. Morlu (The Perspective September 9, 2014 http://www.theperspective.org/2014/0909201404.php) have provided for us. What we need is a constructive cooperation, a partnership, with the international health organizations, identified both by Morlu and Dunn, to battle and win the fight against this Ebola scourge. These organizations, in addition to the financial resources they can bring also have the needed technical and scientific skills and the accumulated historical knowledge to help the Ebola situation significantly. With such a joint venture between Liberia and the international health organizations we can learn and get the expertise and resources which may help us to set up lasting institutions of our own to combat future crises. I commend Dunn and Morlu for providing us the framework for such a cooperative undertaking. Let us combine their two recommendations to form the base organization for the cooperative venture to fight the scourge of Ebola.Dr. Dunn provided us the international framework for such a cooperative venture. The five points he recommended for accomplishing this international cooperative venture should be taken seriously and implemented immediately. His call for prominent African leaders including our own Madam Leymah Gbowee to respond openly and actively to the crisis is significant in expanding the context.And it is his call for prominent African leaders including our Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Leymah Gbowee that connects his recommendations to the three-point recommendation of Mr. John Morlu 111. Mr. Morlu frames his recommendations with a focus on Liberian participation and he recommends significant Liberians to be included, such as Senator Nyonblee Kanga-Lawrence and one could add Madam Gbowee to this list. To this Liberian list I will suggest adding: The Dean of the Arthur Grimes Law School, Professor David A. B. Jallah, Dr. Joe Diggs, Mr. Kenneth Best, Mr. John Morlu 111, Dr. Ayele Ajavon and Dr. Elwood Dunn. These plus others could form the Liberian contingent of the Ebola Eradication group. As both Dunn and Morlu suggested, the international health organizations like MSF, WHO etc, can name those who will constitute their contingent and the two groups will form the institutional base for the fight against Ebola. Of course the American military can help as they have started to do but they will have to be under the over all rubric of this organization. This group or institution will have to be given the legal and constitutional basis for functioning in Liberia. It is urgent that we establish this immediately.However, all these will not work and the monies and resources generated can easily be swallowed up and squandered if there is no transparency or accountability. This, to me, is the significance of Mr. Morlu’s insistence that the institution so set up “Ask the European Union or American Government to appoint a Chief Accountant … to manage the Ebola money. This will send a clear message that Liberia is ready for accountability”. This, in my judgment, is very important because corruption has, for long, crippled and incapacitated us in building our Nation. Corruption is not only eating up our resources and exporting them to the developed countries but also consuming our birthright in the lots and property we sell or mortgage to foreigners. We need a credible outside accountant to control the recalcitrant edges of our loose and undisciplined money-management habits.Dr. Dunn and Mr. Morlu 111 have given us the framework for a viable organization to combat Ebola in Liberia. Let us move very fast in implementing their recommendations.About the authorDr. Igolima T. D. Amachree can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Shemuel FanfairOn the heels of security threats at three top high schools, the country’s premier tertiary institution, the University of Guyana has become the latest target of bomb threats with tense moments unfolding at the Turkeyen Campus on Tuesday when students and staff fled to the sports field in a bid to preserve their safety.The suspected terror threat, which is believed to be domestic in its nature, forced the suspension of all classes with Police ranks, sniffer dogs, Guyana Fire Service operatives and other security operatives swopping down on the campus.Guyana Times understands that students received messages on their mobileA desolate University Campus on Tuesday afternoondevices just after 13:00h which purported that there were two bombs planted and which would soon explode. The bombs, the text claimed, were hidden in haversacks that were strategically placed, which caused some to panic and flee classrooms and buildings with some even leaving belongings behind. After security agents were summoned to the scene, no explosive device was uncovered up to the time this publication visited the area as the authorities continue investigations into the anonymous text message. Guyana Times met briefly with the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith, who explained that a building-by-building assessment was being conducted to determine the safety of the staff and students. He said this was geared to ensure that classes would return to normal today as he sought to assure students that the institution will be a safe place. “The experience at other institutions in recent time has allowed people to appreciate where uncertainty of this kind is part of the reality; we are doing everything that is humanly possible to ensure the safety and security of the buildings and it would be wonderful for us all to return to work and study tomorrow (Wednesday),” the University’s principal told this publication.He went on to explain that there will be a general review of the protocol procedures that govern the institution. Griffith added that they did not want to take for granted that the threat was not credible.Just after 14:00h, the Campus became a silent zone which was unlike its usual atmosphere where students can be seen traversing the roads and buildings engaging in debates, intense conversations, laughter or hurrying to attend classes. It was a scene of worry for some who told Guyana Times they will await official word from senior academic staff before they can comment on the situation. Nevertheless, others took it with less fear, saying they did not panic when they were led to assemble on the field.This latest incident follows threats carried out to School of the Nations, Queens College and the Bishops’ High. The threats were given added attention after Nations’ Director, Dr Brian O’Toole was shot at his home; the Briton is now recovering. This led to the private institution halting operations for several days.Meanwhile, Police ranks were placed at Queen’s College and other city schools. However, as this newspaper reported, only 100 out of some 700 students turned up for classes on Monday as parents became hesitant in allowing their children to attend school. Parents at QC had not been allowed to enter the premises but were asked to wait outside until classes were dismissed.
It has been one week since new investors announced their move to take over the Fly Jamaica airline, however, an application is yet to be filed at the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), even as the new owners seek to recommence flights from Guyana by September.Director General of the GCAA, Egbert Field in an interview with this newspaper on Monday said the airline is nonetheless still likely to start its operations next month.“It may be possible depending on the magnitude of the work, if there are many changes to their former operation. So I would be unable to say or give you a definitive answer until I see what is produced and if their operations have changed,” he explained.When it comes to the airline’s bond, Field was keen to note that this must be put in place before operations begin, especially since Fly Jamaica, under its previous owners, did not have one when it pulled out of the market.“The bond will [have to] be set before the operations. As a new carrier returning to the market, we will have to start all over again so a new bond will be put in place,” the GCAA Head noted.Last Tuesday, following the airline’s announcement to reenter the market, Field told this publication that Fly Jamaica would be required to refile an application seeking approval to do so.He had explained that the airline must be granted approval first from the Jamaica Aviation Authority, then file its application with Guyana.“If they are certified and approved by the Jamaican, because it is a Jamaican-based airline not a Guyanese-based, so providing that Jamaica approved the application then they will give them the necessary permits, they will have to use that to reapply to the Civil Aviation Authority of Guyana so they will have to make an entire new application and go through the entire process for approval from Guyana also,” the Director General stated.On July 29, it was reported that a team of investors including Jamaican aviation veteran, Glenn Logan, led by Yann LeProvost of the French-based company W&Y SAS has taken over the problem-plagued airline.The new owners took over on July 26 from Guyanese operators, Paul and Roxanne Reece. They have since pledged their commitment to addressing the issues affecting the airline, such as owed salaries to workers and compensation for tickets.Fly Jamaica became crippled following a November 9 crash last year. The Boeing 757 flight destined for Toronto, Canada crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri, East Bank Demerara, after encountering hydraulic issues.It was reported that the flight took off around 02:10h but later returned to the airport where the aircraft crash-landed at about 02:53h.The cash-strapped airline has since made all its workers redundant, effective from March 1, 2019. Most of the fired former employees are still awaiting their salaries as well.Fuming passengers too are still awaiting refunds from tickets that were booked.In May some 46 complaints were received by the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission which value about $8,316,504. However last month, the agency said over 100 complaints were filed.
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes QPR are close to appointing Harry Redknapp’s successor after chairman Tony Fernandes revealed he believes he has landed his “dream manager”.Redknapp, 67, stepped down last week after citing the need for knee surgery as a reason why he could not continue at the Loftus Road helm – with the R’s currently sitting 19th in the Premier League.Chris Ramsey has been filling the void on a caretaker basis, with former Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood the heavy favourite for the position – although Fernandes’ comment on Twitter seemed to distance the club from the 46-year-old.“Think I have got my dream manager. Not what anyone thinks. Take a while. Still a bit to go but I’m very happy. Press all wrong,” he wrote. 1
Ellie Asieche scored the consolation for Sofapaka on the stroke of stoppage time in a result that saw Robert Matono’s charges pick a second successive win after beating Zoo FC 2-1 away in Kericho and the now have seven points from the opening four rounds.Dominant Tusker could have taken the lead in the first half, but they fluffed their chances including seeing Timothy Otieno squander a penalty.-Other results-In other results, newbies Kisumu All Stars lost 1-2 at home to visitors Western Stima, Ulinzi Stars were 3-1 winners over Sony Sugar in a match hosted at the Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium.At the Kasarani Stadium, the ‘Slum Derby’ pitting Mathare United and Kariobangi Sharks ended in a 0-0 draw.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC team posing for a photo. Photo/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – Tusker FC stroke three goals in the second half to hand Sofapaka a 3-1 beating at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos as the Kenyan Premier League entered round four on Saturday.Mike Madoya broke the deadlock a minute after resuming for the second half before Hillary Wandera doubled the lead in the 53rd minute as Luke Namanda rounded up the win in the 72nd minute.
It was first versus sixth at the KC Stadium Hull moved two points clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship after being held to a 0-0 draw by fellow promotion contenders Sheffield Wednesday at the KC Stadium.The Tigers, held goalless last time at home by another top six side in Brighton, went closest when Sam Clucas struck his shot against the post in the second half.Wednesday had almost taken the lead in the first period when a long-range shot from Fernando Forestieri came back off the bar.The Wednesday forward was sent off in stoppage time when he was shown a second yellow card for simulation.The first effort on target came from Hull’s Curtis Davies after 15 minutes but it was at the wrong end.The central defender got a foot to a Barry Bannan shot which was going wide and steered it towards his own goal but McGregor was in the right place to block with his leg.Robert Snodgrass went close shortly after when he controlled a deep cross to the far post but his shot from a tight angle was saved by Keiren Westwood.McGregor tipped over a free-kick from Forestieri from over 30 yards out which had been awarded when the forward was fouled by Dawson with half an hour gone.Forestieri went even closer ten minutes before half-time when his dipping shot beat McGregor but came back off the bar.Abel Hernandez forced Westwood to reach high to palm out his shot from the edge of the area.Clucas was denied by the post after 65 minutes when he shot from the edge of the area after exchanging passes with Jake Livermore.The visitors cleared the loose ball for a corner but Davies headed just wide as the home side saw another opportunity go begging.The Wednesday goalkeeper was brave when he got up to tip the ball away under pressure from substitute Chuba Akpom and then got to the loose ball before Hernandez with ten minutes remaining.Forestieri was sent off in stoppage time when referee Tim Robinson showed him a second yellow card for simulation when he went down after a Dawson challenge just five minutes after being booked for a foul. 1
Glasgow’s Saint Patrick’s Festival kicked off yesterday with the selection of the Glasgow’s representative for the 50th International Mary from Dungloe Festival at Malone’s Irish Bar in the centre of Glasgow. The Glasgow selection committee made up of Mr Connell Boyle, Mrs Breeda Ojo, Mrs Olivia Doherty Deviney and previous Glasgow Mary Miss Joanne Ferry.Miss Alisha Medford, a 19 year old law student from Kingspark on the south side of Glasgow will be this year’s representative in the international competition. Last year’s representative, Miss Carmen Brannan, offered her congratulations and talked of her sadness as she gave up her crown saying it was truly the best year of her life. Alisha and her family are no strangers to Dungloe, with strong roots in Tuberkeen outside Dungloe, where her late daddy Adrian Medford was born and brought up.Alisha’s mum Angela Medford (nee Reilly) has previously represented Glasgow in 1992 and will be able to support and guide her gorgeous daughter in this year’s 50th International Mary from Dungloe Festival. Alisha Medford to represent Glasgow in 50th International Mary from Dungloe Festival was last modified: March 12th, 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:alisha medfordGlasgowMary From Dungloe
Naomh Colmcille GAA News:The seniors and reserves had no fixtures this weekend.The U14s lost out at St. Eunans B on Monday evening and concluded their league group fixtures with a defeat at home to Letterkenny Gaels on Friday evening. Naomh Colmcille U12s hosted Buncrana on Wednesday evening and put in another great performance.Our U11s took part in the Carryduff tournament on Saturday and put in terrific performances throughout. They reached the semi-final where they were beaten by the narrowest of margins by Clan na Gael Lurgan. Well done to all the players.Our U8s traveled to a blitz at St. Marys Convoy on Saturday. Well done to all the players.Naomh Colmcille GAA Club are hosting a Kelloggs GAA Cul Camp from the 6th to the 10th of July for all children aged 6 to 13 years. Camp starts at 10 am to 2.30 pm. Please bring packed lunch and dress for the weather!! Tuck shop provided. Each child will receive a Jersey,training top and a backpack in county colours. Cost is €55 for the first child and €45 for second child and €40 for each child thereafter. A week of fun games and crack with qualified coaches. Everyone welcome. Contact Sharon on 08709685558.There are a limited number of season tickets now available for free entry to all adult Donegal club league and championship matches (excluding Naomh Colmcille home games). €30 for the ticket or €50 for the ticket and Donegal club gear. Contact Alison Ferry.Time is running out to get club registration sorted. If you think you’ll be looking for Donegal tickets for the Championship you’ll need to become a member. Registrations are now open to all senior players (€50), junior players (€10), adult members (€25) and families (€50). Contact Mark Ferry (087 9154559).Naomh Colmcille CLG’s child welfare officer for 2015 is Breda Friel. If you or child have any issues through out year with coaches or bullying or other child issues please feel free to contact Breda on 0876393503 and she will try and address the issue. Everyone involved in coaching or helping out at underage level needs to have completed the child protection/awareness course. If you have not completed this course previously, please contact Breda ASAP.The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme. Please leave vouchers down at the clubhouse so they can be sent away.Congratulations to Dennis Kennedy and Joanne Raine on the occasion of their wedding last Saturday. Best of luck in the future from Naomh Colmcille CLG. Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors / Reserves. Check the Facebook page for latest update. Minors. Training with reserves. See Facebook page for latest update.U16s. Training Monday (15th) and Friday (19th) at 6:15 pm. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U14s. Training Monday (15th) at 8:00 pmU12s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U10s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U8s. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Girls. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 8, 24, 3, 13, 1 and the winners (matching 3 numbers) are Paddy McCauly, Micheal O’Donnell and Monica McDaid who win €25 each. Next week’s jackpot is €1100.Naomh Colmcille CLG are in need of more lotto sellers. The lotto is the bread and butter of our club. If you don’t drive we can set up on a team with a driver. Please contact Breda Friel (0876393503) if anyone is willing to help. Thanks.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE TO HOST GAA CUL CAMP IN EARLY JULY – BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW! was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSport