AUSTIN’S YELLOW CARD Awards PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: THE CONFETTI, the fireworks moment was not the one they had hoped for, with their players not on the podium. Jamaica’s dream of a historic CONCACAF Gold Cup turned into a nightmare at Lincoln Financial Field last night as its much-vaunted defence caved in for a 3-1 loss against Mexico in the 13th final of the Confederation championship. Mexico took the lead at the 31st minute when Andrés Guardado sent a powerful shot past goalkeeper Ryan Thompson into the roof of the Jamaican net. Things went from bad to worse early in the second half as horrendous defensive blunders by centre half Michael Hector led to goals from Jesus Corona at the 47th and Oribe Peralta, with 61 minutes on the clock. By then, the game was as good as over. However, Darren Mattocks, a goal hero in Jamaica’s landmark 2-1 win over the United States, came up trumps for the second game running by scoring at the 80th minute to hand the Reggae Boyz a consolation goal. Mexico were lifting an unprecedented seventh title. The United States (five) and Canada (one) are the other tournament winners. Mexico won two other awards as Guardado took the tournament MVP and Corona the Bright Future Award. Jamaica, though, did not go away empty handed as they lifted the Fair Play Trophy. Coached by German Winfried Schäfer, Jamaica had beaten the Americans 2-1 in the semi-finals to notch several firsts on their way to the final. Without creating an open shooting chance, the Reggae Boyz had a few near misses with balls played across goal inside the first half. The chances, three of them, came literally seconds apart between the eighth and ninth minutes when Simon Dawkins barely missed a free kick whipped in by Rodolph Austin. Then Dawkins again failed to get a boot to a cross from Giles Barnes. Within seconds, Garath McCleary cut back a ball that flew among several players in front of the Mexican goal. Then in the 14th minute, McCleary crossed to Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff at the back post. The latter aimed a headed pass at Adrian Mariappa, but the overlapping wingback was just offside. That was one of several decent build-ups by the Jamaicans, who pressed Mexico deep to gain an advantage in ball possession and looked more dangerous up to the 15th minute. Mexico started using the width and more long passes to make room. It gave them time to build their game with swift inter-changing and snappy passes. First, they were able to ease the pressure then started coming forward more. By the 28th minute, they had three good looks on goal, with Corona having a header saved, then chipping a shot over the bar. Jesus Duenas also had a shot charged down. Then came the opening goal. Following a miscued goal kick, Rodolph Austin picked up a yellow card on a foul, trying to prevent the Mexicans from breaking quickly on goal. The game was stopped for a while and the defence went to sleep. The pass from the spot kick near half-line was played wide right to the unmarked Corona. He delivered a cross of pin-point accuracy to the onrushing Guardado, who guided the ball firmly one time just inside the left post. Goalkeeper Thompson had no chance. The second half started disastrously, and within 16 minutes, central defender Michael Hector made two horrendous mistakes that led to two goals, and with Mexico 3-0 up at the 61st minute, the game was over. At the 47th, he tried to dribble out of defence, lost possession to Corona, who went forward then hit a shot across Thompson to score. Then at the 61st, Hector, unmarked, attempted to clear a grounded pass. He miscued and the ball went behind him to Peralta, who steered the ball past Thompson.
A businessman managed to foil a brazen daytime robbery after trading bullets with three armed bandits who attacked his wife at their Front Road, West Ruimveldt shop on Thursday.The coupled stated that one of the three gunmen at approximately 11:00h approached the shop under the pretext of purchasing propane gas. Businessman Ravi Totaram explained that he was in another room at the time of the attack.“I been in de kitchen and de wife open fo sell and he [the bandit] just rush she, choke she…I was looking at a bird and she holler: ‘Ravi!’ so I draw me weapon and when I look up…he start back off but I see two others outside…I shoot a couple of shots and they fire off couple shots too but nobody here was injured,” Totaram noted, pointing out that he is a licensed firearm owner.When Guyana Times arrived on the scene Police were still searching the area for the bandits and were questioning the businessman, over the sequence of events.Totaram’s wife Faresha Khan who was still visibly shaken by the ordeal, managed to recall what happened:“I told him $3300 for the gas and he had his money in his hand and when I open de gate, he rushed me and squeezed my neck and he (Totaram) pull a gun and start firing.”The woman further explained that this prevented the bandits from being successful in their attempted theft. The couple said this was the first time a robbery attempt was made on their premises. The business has been in operation for over 30 years.Residents in the area explained that they were alarmed by the gunfire and were fearful for their safety, especially that of their children, who are home from school and would normally play on the streets.We [were] on de corner liming and we hear de shots and we run and come fo see if anything happen to Uncle Ravi [but] de people dem deh done gone,” stated Alana, only name given.“This is nah safe because good thing we an went in de shop or other people because we couldda get hit,” the mother further noted.A male resident, visibly annoyed, called for more police presence in the area.“We need more police patrol because when de Police fo pass, they passing after or before,” he noted.However, moments after these statements were made, Police were tipped off that the bandits supposedly hid the weapon in a nearby churchyard. Though the Police rushed to the scene, no firearm was found at that point.Investigations are continuing.
President George Weah: “We’ve also taken a number of steps to improve the education sector.”President George Weah has hailed the United Nations (UN) for its sacrifices and efforts in maintaining world peace, security and the rule of law, an Executive Mansion release said.According to the release, the President also paid tribute to men and women of that world body as well as the donor community for their countless contributions in lifting the ideals for which the organization was founded 73 years ago.“Liberia has been a direct beneficiary of the United Nations’ interventions and assistance, and it is now on its way to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” President Weah said in a release.He made the statement on Wednesday, October 24, when he joined the UN family in Monrovia in commemorating the 73rd Anniversary of its founding.President Weah, who was United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador in-service to humanity, recalled that the UN was established in 1945 to maintain world peace and security as well as improve relations among nations for the good of mankind.He used the occasion to reflect on his speech at the recently held UN General Assembly where he outlined Liberia’s efforts towards maintaining peace, security and development after long years of conflict.Weah told his audience that maintaining national stability in Liberia is more important and this can be achieved through dialogue among Liberians, since peace is still fragile.“Peace-building takes time, and we all know it is a process and not an event,” he said, adding: “Liberians are still bearing the scars of a civil war.”He promised to initiate a national peace dialogue as the best framework for sustainable peace and national development.“We therefore intend to initiate a series of national peace dialogues to achieve our goals through frank conversations at local levels, and to sensitize our youth so that they don’t repeat the mistakes of the past,” he said. “Liberia’s development and prosperity depends on sustainable peace, because peace without prosperity is like an unfinished agenda,” the President said.He called on Liberians, the UN, and the donor community to support the Pro-Poor Agenda that is designed to address Liberia’s development goals, which are aimed at lifting Liberians out of poverty.This year’s United Nations founding anniversary celebration is dedicated to bidding farewell to one of Africa’s greatest sons, former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who successfully devoted his life to peace making and conflict resolution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) recently participated in the Seventh Meeting of Member State Mechanism on Substandard and Falsified (SF) medical products hosted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) at its Geneva, Switzerland headquarters.Guyana was represented at the meeting, which lasted from November 27 to 30, by GA-FDD Director Marlan Cole.According to a statement from the Department, discussions at that meeting targeted problems associated with SF medical products entering the global supply chain, particularly in middle and low-income countries.This problem was highlighted in a Study of the Public Health and Socioeconomic Impact of SF medical products published by WHO in 2017 and reports received by the WHO’s Global Surveillance Monitoring System (GSMS) for SF medical products, a surveillance system that was launched in July 2013.According to the Study by WHO, 1 in 10 or 10.5 per cent of medical productsGA-FDD Director Marlan Cole at the WHO meeting in Switzerland last monthsampled was SF and given the estimated market value of US$300 billion in middle and low-income countries, it equates to over US$30 billion in cost to these countries.In addition, the University of Edinburgh developed an Impact Model for WHO, which was used to estimate the impact of SF antibiotics for the treatment of childhood pneumonia in Sub-Saharan Africa. The model revealed that as many as 72,430 excess deaths can be attributed to SF antibiotics with reduced antibiotic activity and 169,271 excess deaths to SF antibiotics with no antibiotic activity.With regard to WHO’s Global Surveillance Monitoring System, it provides National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs), with a portal to report SF medical products and after four years, over 2000 SF medical products reports were received from 111 countries. Reports were in all therapeutic categories, ranging from cancer medicines to contraceptives and from antibiotics to vaccines. Reports were also evenly split between generic and innovator products with antimalarial and antibiotics being the most frequently reported.Moreover, the meeting also focused on significant works by the Member State Mechanism to fight SF medical products in the following areas: distribution or the supply of SF or “ fake” medical products via the Internet and medical products in-transit; strengthening of regulatory systems to prevent, detect and respond to SF medical products in health systems; guidance for manufacturers, importers, and distributors’ registration; the authorisation of medical products by Member States; and the advancement of a global communication campaign framework to combat the threat of SF medical products using IDEAS – insight, data, engagement, action, and solution.In Guyana, according to the GA-FDD, the first line of defence against SF medical products is enshrined in the Food and Drug Act, Chapter 34:04 and its accompanying regulations, particularly Regulation 78, whereby registration and authorisation of drugs are required based on the reliance (full assessment) for efficacy, quality, and safety by one or more of the following countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada or Australia.In fact, in 2017, an additional pathway for registration was created when the Public Health Ministry and the GA-FDD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) for assistance with medical products registration. This was in an effort to ensure SF medical products do not enter our health-care system and that of the region.The GA-FDD said too that it has been faced with and also simultaneously advanced litigation regarding the sale, release, registration, and distribution of medical products that are not registered or intended for registration. In this regard and in efforts to protect Guyanese consumers from SF medical products, the Department has received key and critical support from the Public Health Ministry and the Attorney General (AG) Chambers with matters before the courts.On this note, the Department thanked the Government through its Public Health Ministry for its support in efforts to combat this problem with public health and economic implications.“The magnitude of this problem in Guyana is currently unknown; however this exposure and alliance will allow us to double our efforts to prevent, detect and respond to Substandard and falsified-SF medical products in our health-care delivery system, by scaling up wharf and facility inspections, medical products examination and sampling,” the GA-FDD said in its missive on Wednesday.
Twenty-year-old Alex Mattias of Pomona Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast was on Thursday arraigned with the murder of 23-year-old Kevin Moses Betancourt when he appeared at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.He was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on December 31, 2018 at Vilvoorden, Essequibo Coast, he murdered Betancourt. The charge was read by Magistrate Ester Sam.It was reported that on the day in question, the now dead man went to the suspect’s home to enquire for someone, but instead the suspect, who was reportedly intoxicated, requested that he leave the premises.This led to an argument and ultimately a physical confrontation. It was during the altercation Mattias allegedly whipped out a knife and stabbed the victim to the neck and chest.Betancourt was picked up and rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital in an unconscious state and was pronounced dead on arrival. The suspect was later arrested and charged.He is expected to make his next court appearance on January 25, 2019.
– as new oil & gas sector to make changes necessaryA team from the Inter-American Monetary Fund (IMF) is presently in Guyana working with the Finance Ministry in a bid to review and rebase Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) calculations.Finance Minister Winston JordanThis is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan. At the time, the Minister was addressing a workshop convened by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre on Monday.“Even as I speak, personnel from the Caribbean Technical Assistance Centre of the International Monetary Fund are in Guyana supporting our efforts to rebase the Gross Domestic Product, in light of our evolving production profile,” Jordan said.“Data gathering across all segments of the Private Sector producing goods and services is critical to the accuracy and success of this exercise. Several indicators within the national and SDG framework are expressed as a percentage of GDP.”It is understood that Guyana’s economy grew by 3.4 per cent for 2018. But in the country, various sectors have taken a beating over the past few years as production numbers have dropped. Despite the economy growing by 4.5 per cent in the first half of 2018, traditional sectors like sugar and rice contracted by 30.6 and 3.8 per cent respectively. This was revealed in the Finance Ministry’s Mid-Year Report 2018.Last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan admitted to the National Assembly that the gold sector also suffered a decline of 9.1 per cent. This is equivalent to a decrease of 288,114 ounces in gold declaration. The report also revealed that this represented a 19.4 per cent shortfall.The Minister in his report also noted that there are a number of downside economic and fiscal risks to the economy, both domestic and external, which can frustrate the achievement of the various revised targets.In relation to sugar production, the report stated that this continued to be impacted negatively by a sub-optimal mix of factors which also include deficient cash flow alignment and the undue absence of a Board to oversee the management of the remaining sugar estates. Already, struggles in lowering production costs for the sugar industry have seen sugar from other countries take precedence over locally produced sugar.Private sectorPersons have opined that the growth of Guyana’s economy which was presented as part of the 2018 mid-year report was as a result of continuous support from private stakeholders with an interest in the country’s propulsion.This was the sentiment of President of the Guyana Marketing and Services Association (GMSA), Shyam Nokta, during the Association’s annual award ceremony on Thursday. He expressed that members of the organisation would have played a key role in this progress.“Guyana’s economy grew by 4.5 per cent during the first half of 2018, compared to 2.5 per cent for the corresponding period in 2017. This growth was led by continued efforts from the Private Sector, including our members,” Nokta said.But with first oil expected next year, estimates have been made that economic growth will triple in the years to follow.After its 10th discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil had estimated the recoverable resource in the block to be 5 billion oil-equivalent barrels. At US$50 a barrel, that equates to well over US$200 billion. More oil was subsequently found earlier this year.In addition, an independent assessment, or competent persons report, had found that 2.9 billion barrels of oil existed in the Orinduik Block. All of this will represent a monetary windfall for Guyana, which will be saved and invested through a Natural Resources Fund.
– body protects constitutional rights of citizens – PresidentBy Shemuel FanfairPresident David Granger said the appointment of the Local Government Commission will see protection of the constitutional rights of citizensAfter years of delay, the appointees to the Local Government Commission (LGC) were on Monday sworn in at State House by President David Granger, who reiterated that the move reflects his Administration’s commitment to good governance. However, the operationalisation of the body comes 19 months after the historic return of Local Government Elections in Guyana, and it ends a lengthy back and forth between Government and the Opposition over the non-functionality of the constitutional organ.The Commission’s members are Mortimer Mingo, Clement Corlette, Marlon Williams, Jo Ann Romascindo, Andrew Garnett, former Local Government Ministers Norman Whittaker and Clinton Collymore, and former Georgetown Town Clerk, Carol Sooba. In his short address, President David Granger offered congratulatory remarks to the Commissioners, urging them to execute their functions with integrity. He nevertheless noted that the appointment of the LGC will resolve disputes that may arise at the local government level, and added that this Commission falls in line with Government’s commitment to establish other constitutional bodies, including the Office of the Ombudsman, the Judicial Services Commission and the recently appointed Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Former Town Clerk of Georgetown, Carol Sooba was sworn in as one of the LGC CommissionersThe Head of State pointed out that the rights of all citizens will be respected.“I pledge to ensure that the institutions mandated by our Constitution will continue to be honoured,” the President expressed.He encouraged Commissioners to uphold their mandate which would promote confidence in the local government system.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan told reporters that the LGC will commence its work after members select a Chairman. The Commission would, among other things, have control over who gets appointed as officials in the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NSCs) and other local authorities.In addition, it would have to approve budgets for the NDCs. By law, the commission is to be made up of eight members. These members include four nominated from the Government, one from the unions and three nominees from the Leader of the Opposition.The parliamentary Opposition had named its nominees to the Local Government Commission since last year. However, it was reported that the Government did not submit its nominations which resulted in deadlock. One of the first public deadlines that Communities Minister Bulkan gave for the body to become functional was at a press conference during the time of the March 2016 Local Government Elections. When asked, during the latter part of the month for an explanation, the Minister had moved the deadline to the end of June 2016.In the Budget estimates for 2016, some $30 million was allocated by the Government to the non-functioning Commission. When asked, Bulkan had stated that this was to allow the Commission to operate independently to Central Government.
A former long time resident of Fort St. John has died in a motorcycle accident near Bear Lake.The Prince George RCMP received a call Thursday morning at approximately 7:40 from a motorist who had found a motorcycle 25km north of Bear Lake on Highway 97. Once the RCMP arrived they were able to locate the driver of the motorcycle a short distance away from the motorcycle.At this time the RCMP believes the driver failed to negotiate a corner but are still investigating the cause of the accident. The RCMP need the publicâ€™s help to determine just what happened as they believe the accident occured well before the RCMP was called. There is no indication that road conditions were a factor in the accident.- Advertisement -The RCMP is looking for witnesses to help establish the time of the crash. If you saw a motorcycle Wednesday night or Thursday morning in the Pine Pass or the near Bear Lake, contact the Prince George RCMP at (250) 561-3300.At this time, the family has asked that the name of the 50 year-old male not be released.
…says Granger’s threat to take away no-confidence constitutional provision ominous…points to corruption, running down of reserves under APNU/AFC…nothing decent, honest about APNU/AFC Govt – NandlallBoisterous crowds greeted People’s Progressive Party (PPP) leaders as they took the podium at Sunday’s campaign launch, but one of the loudest welcomes was reserved for General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo, who immediately made his case for his party’s election on March 2.PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo addressing thousands of supporters at Kitty Market Square on SundayIn his address, Jagdeo warned that with the current Government seemingly fixated on holding on to power while running down the economy, his party must be returned to power to right the wrongs.Jagdeo referenced comments made by President David Granger on Friday, that constitutional reform would be pursued by the coalition to ensure that “that nonsense they tried for us in the last twelve months doesn’t happen again,” a reference to the No-Confidence Motion that the Opposition triggered and passed back in December 2018.“Now we have advanced the most aggressive constitutional reform programme in the past. And we have outlined a path for the future. We want to look at the electoral system to increase inclusivity and even explore power-sharing. How do we change our Constitution to serve our people!” Jagdeo said.“The only thing he (Granger) wants to change in the Constitution is to get rid of the No-Confidence Motion! Now let me tell you. In India, they have a billion people. And the Government can fall on one vote in their Parliament. But they are not changing their Constitution to get rid of that. In the UK, a Government can fall on one vote. But Granger wants to change that here. He feels aggrieved. That is the alternative to a PPP Government.”When it comes to the economy, Jagdeo took a swipe at the incumbent Government by pointing to the steep declines in the foreign and gold reserves, as well as the state of agencies like the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).“For the last five years, they’ve lived off the reserves we left. They ran it down at Central Bank. They sold off $20 billion of gold we had there, almost finished. All the agencies were making surpluses. GWI is almost bankrupt. GPL is almost bankrupt. We had millions at the GGMC. They can’t pay wages. Millions at the forestry sector. Now they have difficulty paying wages. Almost every agency is on the decline. GuySuCo is falling apart. It’s a trend. They are consuming everything without replenishing.”“They are pinning their hopes on oil and gas, but they sold us out. No ring-fencing… Guyanese working offshore, 12-hour shift and gets $72,000 when the foreigner is making (TT)$10,000. They don’t look out for us. No Local Content Policy… so Guyanese. foreigners are going to come in and use up all the opportunities if you don’t get a PPP Government back in place to look out for us.”Jagdeo also took the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government to task over the lack of transformative and visionary leadership. He noted that APNU/AFC has also used its majority in Parliament since 2011 to block progress, such as the Amaila Falls Hydro Power project (AFHP).The General Secretary also pointed out that when given a chance to govern, APNU/AFC has simply continued projects or Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) the PPP initiated. He noted that the Government has failed to bring anything new to the table.“They killed the hydropower that by now would have supplied reliable electricity for Guyanese. They have no plan to fix the blackout… they have not secured a single new investment. The big gold companies came under the PPP. Bauxite, PPP. Manganese, PPP. Oil and gas sector, PPP.”“The East Coast road, PPP. The Marriott, PPP. The airport [expansion], PPP. What have they done in four years? No vision, no plans for the future. Nothing of substance to take care of the people.”Jagdeo also noted that pre-2015, the PPP/C was vilified by APNU/AFC, on fabricated accusations of corruption. But he pointed out that since coming to office, the current Government has been unable to bring credible charges or imprison anyone from the PPP camp.