President pledges continuous engagement with young people

first_imgInaugural youth luncheonPresident David Granger has reminded young people of their crucial role in nation-building and urged them to seize every available opportunity to become the best they can be in whichever profession they choose right here in Guyana.“You can be whatever you want to be and I do hope that while I am here, I will be able to give you that vision and that sense of purpose so that you can want to use the resources to venture into your profession of choice,” he said. The President made these remarks at a special luncheon, which he hosted at State House for a group of youths drawn from Regions Three (Essequibo Islnds-West Bank Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice). The President pledged to host youth engagement activities as often as possible to ensure that youths in Guyana remain fully engaged with the country’s leadership and proposed that a youth conference to be held later this year.President David Granger with the young people who attended the luncheon at State HouseAcknowledging that youth unemployment is a challenge his Administration has had to make a priority, the Head of State informed that Government is currently in the process of consolidating all of the youth programmes, including initiatives such as the Hinterland Employment and Youth Service (HEYS) and the Youth Entrepreneurial Skills Training Programme (YEST).“We are bringing all the youth programmes together to have a common core curriculum so that every child, whether or not he or she is a school dropout, who enters that programme will get common training, which will prepare him or her to get employment in Guyana. I don’t like to see young children, some of them who have left secondary school in the Rupununi for example, drifting over to Brazil to do menial work. I think they can stay here and get a good living, not only because oil is on the horizon but because we can produce practically every food that the Eastern Caribbean needs,” the President said.In this regard, he outlined the prospects and the many opportunities that lie in entrepreneurship such as value-added and agro-processing ventures. The President spoke of the importance of education, which is intrinsically linked to employment. President Granger urged students and young adults to pursue higher education, noting that tertiary education is mandatory for most jobs today. “The country is wide open and it is open to you… Your education will not only equip you for employment but it will also equip you for entrepreneurial activities so that you can become rich,” he said.Speaking of the environment, he reminded those in attendance that they are the ones who will inherit the national patrimony and therefore, they must develop a greater appreciation and love for their country. “You will inherit this country… This is the most beautiful, the most bountiful country in the Caribbean… I want you to love your country, I want you to own your country, I want you to be the best you could be,” he is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The event was coordinated by Deputy Director of Sport, Brian Smith.The coordinator also assured that this event will be expanded to include an even wider cross-section of youths.last_img read more

UG student granted bail for causing accident on Regent Street

first_imgA student of the University of Guyana (UG) was on Monday released on $20,000 bail after he was slapped with a dangerous driving charge.Thirty-two-year-old Dwayne Nurse of Lot 693 Seventh Street, Paradise, East Coast Demerara, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on December 25, 2018 at Regent Road, he drove motor car PWW 687 in a manner dangerous to the public.Nurse, who is studying accountancy at the tertiary level, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore stated that on the day in question, Nurse was proceeding west along Regent Road when he allegedly swerved from potholes and ended up on the southern side of the road causing him to crash into a motorcyclist.The court heard that the motorcyclist was tossed onto the road surface, causing him to receive injuries about his body. He was then picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he underwent surgery. The matter was then reported, and an investigation was carried out.The Prosecutor made no objection to bail and the matter was rescheduled for July 12, 2019.last_img read more

Jagdeo disappointed in Caricom’s silence following CCJ ruling

first_imgCaricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocqueInternational organisations and other stakeholders have joined the mounting calls for democracy to prevail in Guyana and election preparations to take precedence, but the Caribbean Community (Caricom) has remained strikingly mum on the issue.This was according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who expressed disappointment that the body was yet to comment on events which unfolded, given the fact that it was a regional organ.Jagdeo has met with Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, emphasising the need to affirm their position. However, the body is yet to take a stance even though Guyana is a founding member of the Community.“I met with the Secretary General of Caricom. I spoke with him about the need that this is a regional institution and, therefore, Caricom needs to take an even stronger role. I’m surprised [that] I have not seen even a statement coming from Caricom as yet, because this is a regional institution that we worked to establish and if the Region cannot respect a decision of a superior court that it created as an organ of regional integration, then the Region would be found lacking,” said Jagdeo.During the consequential orders last week, the Government was reduced to that of a caretaker administration and urged to call elections in keeping with the constitutional deadline. With more than one month passing since the June 18 ruling was handed down, a date for elections has not been announced.It is customary for the regional organisation to intervene to some extent in constitutional and democratic crises in Caribbean nations. As such, the former Head of State contended that Guyana was being governed by an illegal government which has not complied with the court’s ruling which has been ignored completely.“We cannot be busy sending missions when they have an interruption of constitutional rule or Venezuela when they have a breakdown of democratic order and here in Guyana, which is the headquarter State of Caricom, ignore that you have a Government now in office that is illegally there because elections ought to have been held since March 21. And where the court has now ruled that they must comply with the Constitution and they’re a caretaker government, ignore the fact that this Government is not complying with the order of the court and just sit by and not say anything about it. I am, frankly speaking, very, very disappointed in Caricom.”Only a few days ago, former Government Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy also called out Caricom in a published column for being completely silent ever since the passage of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018.Dr Ramsammy stated that the Caribbean body would intervene whenever democracy was threatened and its silence in this case brought disrepute to the organisation and would also impact its position on future matters.According to him, disrespect of the chief laws by the coalition Administration points to a threat to democracy, which must be addressed at all costs.So far, the diplomatic community has renewed its position on respecting the Constitution and the CCJ’s ruling. Representatives of the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union observed the July 12 pronouncements and later acknowledged that this adherence must be done expeditiously.For this, the Opposition Leader has pledged to continue engagements with the international community, but so far, these stakeholders have wholly agreed that Government must abide completely with the rulings that were pronounced.The diplomatic community was also urged to regulate its relationship and activities with the Administration to reflect that of a caretaker government.“I have spent some time this week briefing the diplomats and so we will continue to brief the international community. The feedback that the entire international community is [providing is] that the Government must comply with the Constitution and the court order; and that they respect the orders of the Court … I made it clear that we expect them to adjust their relationship with the Government in accordance with the decision of the Court, which is that this is a caretaker government and that elections have to be held within three months,” he asserted.Other independent unions and Private Sector representatives have voiced similar sentiments, and some also shared important concerns.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeolast_img read more

Man United transfers: Quality options for Van Gaal’s January spree

first_img 7 7 Kevin Strootman: Roma – midfield – Man United manager Louis van Gaal is not done in the transfer market and will target midfielders and defenders in January, so talkSPORT looks at who that may be, beginning with the boss’ fellow Dutchman. Since arriving in Manchester, there has been heavy speculation about Strootman signing. The Roma midfielder is recovering from a serious knee injury, which has kept him out since March but he is expected to link up with Van Gaal in January. The 25-year-old will add steel and energy to United’s midfield, though may cost £30m. Juan Cuadrado: Fiorentina – winger – One of the World Cup’s best players, Juan Cuadrado has admitted he had held talks with both Barcelona and Manchester United in the summer. Signing Angel di Maria put to bed any chance of Cuadrado joining, but with Nani on loan and Ashley Young out of form, Van Gaal may be tempted to restart negotiations with the Colombian if United are struggling out wide. 7 7 Nigel de Jong: Milan – midfield – Another of Van Gaal’s former Dutch national players, Nigel de Jong has been tipped to move from AC Milan to United. He’s a commanding and tough tackling figure could be exactly what is needed in the Old Trafford, despite his City links. 7 Mats Hummels: Dortmund – defence – The World Cup winner has also been a target for Van Gaal, after losing Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. United’s defence has been shaky since the start of the season, and despite signing Argentine defender Marcos Rojo, another is required as Jonny Evans and Phil Jones have looked vulnerable. If a deal was to happen, though, it is more likely to be next summer. The Borussia Dortmund skipper was a main target for United but with the sale of Robert Lewandowski, manager Jurgen Klopp was adamant another high profile player would not be leaving. Marco Verratti: PSG – midfield – Although the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has a contract until 2018, the Italian is becoming increasingly frustrated because he wants to extend his deal. The French side wants to keep Verratti but the continued frustration may force him to look elsewhere. The midfielder is attracting interest from other long term admirers like Arsenal and Real Madrid and knowing top sides are after him, Verratti may find himself pushing that PSG exit door open. 7 7 Adama Traore: Barcelona – winger – failed in a late bid for the Barcelona wonder kid in the transfer window, United have held a long standing interest in the teenager and a move is looking likely in January. The rapid winger joined Barca’s youth set up at the age of eight and made his La Liga debut in November, aged just 17. Having spent £150.1m in the summer transfer window, Manchester United plan to further strengthen in January as they look to balance their squad.Six players arrived but despite having class like Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao in their ranks, more are to follow. Specifically midfielders and defenders.Click the arrow on the right to see the possible new arrivals and here to keep up to date with all the latest Manchester United transfer rumours. Fredy Guarin: Inter – midfield – Fredy Guarin stayed at Inter but admitted he would love to play alongside fellow Colombian Radamel Falcao at Old Trafford. Having passed on the option to sign the midfielder in the summer, a good first half of the season could force Van Gaal to change his mind and see Guarin move to Manchester.last_img read more

Watch out Man United! Mourinho warns Chelsea heading to Old Trafford in ‘very confident’ mood

first_img We are very confident! Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho says there will be no conservative approach from Chelsea against Manchester United this weekend as the Blues bid to maintain their Premier League title charge.Mourinho opted not field a recognised striker at Old Trafford last season as Chelsea frustrated United to earn a goalless draw.But he insists his side this time travel with only a win on their minds with confidence high after a stunning start to the new campaign.“Try (for) the best result as always,” said Mourinho, who  will play against one-time mentor Louis van Gaal for only the second time in competitive matches.“Try to play as good as we are playing and we are always trying to play, respecting an opponent that is one of the best and most difficult in the Premier League.“We are confident, we are in a good moment, in a good situation and there is no reason for us to change our feeling.“We play against a big team, yes, we know that, but we feel ourselves in a very good moment.”Mourinho is ready to risk the fitness of striker Diego Costa, who has scored nine goals in seven Premier League games and is recovering from a hamstring problem and viral infection.Loic Remy (groin) is out, while midfielders John Obi Mikel (foot) and Ramires (groin) could return alongside forward Andre Schurrle (illness).Thibaut Courtois is to return in goal after Petr Cech started Tuesday night’s match against Maribor and Filipe Luis is likely to play at left-back with Cesar Azpilicueta suspended.Cesc Fabregas, who was linked with United in recent seasons, has been key to Chelsea’s form this term since signing from Barcelona.But Mourinho is confident his side can adapt if United try to shut down the Spain playmaker, just as Crystal Palace tried last weekend.The Blues boss added: “If he doesn’t run (the game), somebody runs it. Against Crystal Palace he had individual police and we played without him in the first half when he had that individual policing.“We are very confident about ourselves. I’m not interested in thinking which team Man United play, who is playing, who is not playing. I’m not interested.“We are playing well, we are confident, we are top of the league, we are in a good position.“The camp is happy and we are ready for the game.” 1last_img read more

Narbonne crushes Washington

first_imgThe Gauchos rushed for 175 yards on the night, led by Thomas Gray. Gray carried the ball 13 times for 103 yards Narbonne looked to establish its spread offense in the first half of the game, but sputtered at times. Quarterback Josh Moten had trouble handling the snap on several plays, due largely to wet conditions. When the Gauchos employed their power running game, they were nearly unstoppable. The spread attack was effective at times, as Moten completed eight passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. “We were able to move the ball at will tonight,” Coach Manuel Douglas said. “Our offense was not particularly sharp, and we had trouble handling the ball, but overall we controlled the point of attack, and that was enough to get the win.” Washington’s Lavail Littleton was 9-for-25 for 125 yards, with two TD and three interceptions. – Stephen McFadden St. Anthony beats Animo After snapping a 23-game losing streak two weeks ago, Animo was unable to carry over its success against a St. Anthony team that scored early and often in a 59-19 loss Thursday night at Hawthorne. St. Anthony (6-3, 2-1) running back Nick Daziel scored the game’s first touchdown two minutes into the first quarter on a 2-yard run. Daziel led St. Anthony with 135 yards and four TDs on 16 carries. Leading the way for Animo (1-7) was quarterback Ryan Lyles, who was 7-for-18 for 81 yards with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Kyles Jr. and an interception His main contributions came as a runner, carrying the ball 10 times for 128 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown run. Animo had a bye week following the victory over Ribet Academy and was unable to practice last week due to the Southern California wildfires. – Matt Lopez160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Although Narbonne never trailed in the contest, it let Washington (4-5, 1-3) hang around for most of the first half. But a late first-half score and a dominating third quarter allowed the Gauchos to pull away. Holding a 17-7 lead late in the first half, the Gauchos seized control of the game on quarterback Josh Moten’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Mendivil with 12 seconds left, taking a 24-7 lead. After receiving the kickoff to open the third quarter, Narbonne marched 67 yards on 12 plays and took a 31-7 lead on Gray’s 5-yard run. The drive featured all running plays, emphasizing Narbonne’s dominant offensive line play. Narbonne never looked back from there, adding two late interception returns for touchdowns to put the game out of reach. From staff reports Coming off a difficult, emotional three-game stretch, Narbonne had to be on guard against a letdown. Narbonne (8-1, 3-1), which defeated Banning and San Pedro, and narrowly lost to Carson in its previous three games, relied on an opportunistic defense and dominating offensive line to roll to a 52-13 Marine League victory over Washington Thursday night at Daniels Field. The Gauchos scored three touchdowns on interception returns (two by Gary Anderson, one by Byron Moore) and got three rushing touchdowns from running back Thomas Gray. last_img read more

STUDENT LEADERS REVEAL SHOCK MENTAL HEALTH SURVEY ON ‘BLUE MONDAY’

first_imgIT’S ‘Blue Monday’ – miserable weather, broken resolutions, post-Christmas debt and weight anxieties combine to make it one of the most depressing days of the year.And student leaders are using today to highlight mental well-being – and tackling mental health issues.The Union of Students in Ireland says its new research shows that students can be particularly affected by depression or anxiety around this time of year. It found that 63% of students reported that lecture attendance has been affected by their mental ill-health, according to research collected by USI and ReachOut.It showed 15% of students rated their mental health as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’. 71.7% of students said they regularly feel down- 36% of students feel down every day and a further 35.7% feel down every week.“In 2014, 393 people under the age of 30 died by suicide in Ireland,” said Kevin Donoghue, USI President.“619 young people between the ages of 15 and 29 died by suicide between 2010 and 2014. The research shows that 71.7% of students regularly feel down – 36% of students feel down every day and a further 35.7% feel down every week. We are encouraging students across the country to follow our 6 step guideline to overcome stress and anxiety, particularly at this time of the year.” Full Survey Results –71.7% of students regularly feel down – 36% of students feel down every day and a further 35.7% feel down every week.15% of students rated their mental health as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.63% of students reported that lecture attendance has been affected by their mental ill-health.49% reported having previously used the internet or technology for support and information for their mental health.73.1% of students said the high cost of college causes them anxiety or stress.72% of students are struggling financially to stay in college.If you’re feeling down does talking to someone help? Yes 82.6%No 17.4%What’s the worst part of feeling down?  Feeling isolated and hopeless with low self-esteem 42.6%Feeling anxious, sad or bored 22.6%Not having energy to do anything 14.8%Loss of interest in hobbies, family or life 20.0% HELP!1. Take time outIt feels impossible to think clearly when you’re flooded with fear or anxiety. Palpitations, sweating palms and feeling panicky or confused are the result of adrenalin so the first thing to do is take time out so you can physically calm down. Distract yourself from the worry for 15 minutes by going for a walk or a jog, making a cup of tea or having a bath. When you’ve physically calmed down, you’ll feel better able to decide on the best way to cope.2. What’s the worst that can happen?When you’re anxious about something it can help to think through what the worst end result could be. Even if a presentation, a call or a conversation goes horribly wrong, chances are that you and the world will survive. Placing the palm of your hand on your stomach and breathing slowly and deeply (no more than 12 breaths a minute) helps soothe the body.Eventually the panic will go away on its own. The goal is to help the mind get used to coping with panic, which takes the fear of fear away.3.  VisualiseTake a moment to close your eyes and imagine a place of safety and calm – it could be a picture of you walking on a beautiful beach or a happy memory from childhood. Let the positive feelings soothe you until you feel more relaxed.4. Talk about itSharing worries takes away a lot of their scariness. If you can’t talk to a friend or family member, call a helpline such as the Samaritans (116 123 – open 24 hours a day) for free. And if your worries aren’t going away, ask your GP for help. GPs can refer people for counselling, psychotherapy or other help.5. Go back to basicsAn 8 hour sleep, healthy food, slow breathing and a walk are often the best cures for anxiety6. Reward yourselfFinally, give yourself a treat. When you’ve done that essay you’ve been dreading or finished the research you were putting on the long finger, reinforce your success by treating yourself to a candlelit bath, a massage, a country walk, a coffee with a friend, a book, a DVD, a game of Xbox or whatever little gift makes you happy and relaxed.STUDENT LEADERS REVEAL SHOCK MENTAL HEALTH SURVEY ON ‘BLUE MONDAY’ was last modified: January 18th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mrs. Reagan marks anniversary

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Two years after Ronald Reagan’s death, former first lady Nancy Reagan visited the hilltop gravesite of the nation’s 40th president and gently tapped his tombstone. Mrs. Reagan and daughter Patti Davis made a private, five-minute visit to the gravesite Monday at the Reagan Presidential Library. Mrs. Reagan placed a bouquet of white roses at the granite memorial, paused and then gently placed her hand on the headstone. “It was a poignant moment. You could feel the loss and feel the love,” said library Director Duke Blackwood, who escorted the former first lady. “I wish my father were alive today so he could greet and thank the men and women” aboard the ship when they return from the war in Iraq, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Library visitors were kept about 50 yards away during her visit. “It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since Ronnie died, and I miss him every day,” Mrs. Reagan said in a statement. Reagan was 93 when he died June 5, 2004, at his Bel-Air home after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He had told the world of his illness in 1994, five years after ending his two-term presidency. “People from all over the world have written wonderful letters to tell me of their love for Ronnie and their concern for me, and I am so grateful for everyone’s kindness and continuing support,” Mrs. Reagan said. Earlier Monday, son Michael Reagan visited the memorial and prayed, his publicist Michael Sands said. In a statement, Reagan’s son noted the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was on its way home to San Diego. last_img read more

Manchester City target makes it clear he does NOT want to leave Bayern Munich

first_img1 Joshua Kimmich in action for Bayern Munich Manchester City target Joshua Kimmich has rubbished claims he wants to leave Bayern Munich.The 22-year-old has not been a regular under Carlo Ancelotti this season and as a result it was rumoured he could quit the German champions this season.A reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has been mooted, as it the Catalan coach who gave Kimmich his breakthrough while he was in charge at the Allianz Arena.Guardiola remains a huge fan of the Germany international, who can play in holding midfield, in the centre of defence or at full-back – a position City need to strengthen.But Kimmich has dismissed reports linking him with a move away from Bayern as he wants to establish himself at the Bundesliga champions.“The fact is I don’t want to leave Bayern Munich,” Kimmich told Sport Bild. “I want to become important for the club and the team.”last_img read more

Premier League assists 2016/17: Who created the most goals this season?

first_imgThe Premier League season has ended with Chelsea as title winners, and Harry Kane landing the Golden Boot with 29 goals – but which player created the most?A number of superstars are hailed for their ability to assist team-mates, including the likes of Cesc Fabregas, and Christian Eriksen.But who were the stars who laid on the most goals across the entire 2016/17 Premier League season?Click the right arrow above to find out…Premier League Golden Boot: 2016/17 winner and top 10 revealed, including Kane, Sanchez and Ibrahimovic 5. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – Ten Premier League assists 11 11 10= Ross Barkley (Everton) – Eight Premier League assists 11 6= Pedro (Chelsea) – Nine Premier League assists 11 3. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) – 13 Premier League assists 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – 12 Premier League assists 6= Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) – Nine Premier League assists 11 1. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 18 Premier League assists 11 11 11 11 6= Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Nine Premier League assists 10= Matt Phillips (West Brom) – Eight Premier League assists – Click the right arrow above to find out who made the most… 2. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – 15 Premier League assists 11 6= Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Nine Premier League assists last_img read more