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Our children’s future is at stake

first_imgDear Editor,We read daily in the national newspapers of the robbery that is taking place. Exxon is in the process of robbing us blind (as we say here). Is this not a crime, robbery? Can’t we do a class action lawsuit in the Hague? I am willing to contribute my two cents.They have taken advantage of our Governments’ ignorance. Our past and present governments must accept some blame but this is a case where a world bully is taking advantage of our ignorance at the expense of Guyana children’s future.If you go to the market and buy an item of value $100 for $10 from the vendor’s son because you are an adult, more experienced, worldly and have better command of the English language, we would all agree that that is robbery; morally reprehensible and the many more colourful Guyanese descriptions that we cannot say publicly.We the Guyanese people of all political persuasions must act together against Exxon without debating which Guyanese party is responsible.The person who is robbing us is Exxon but we can be friends if they would threat us fairly. We need a movement that is race-less and politically blind.Best regards,Mohamed F Khanlast_img read more

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KELLY CROWNED CANADIAN CHAMPION

first_img#ACWorldTrials Women’s 800m Final:🥇 Madeleine Kelly – 2:02.37🥈 @BishopMelissa – 2:02.40🥉 @laurencecote – 2:02.50 pic.twitter.com/HFjFeqdFkc— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) July 27, 2019 Individually, Kelly earned back-to-back silver medals in the 600m and 1000m in both 2017 and 2018. She is a member of three straight national 4×800 relay gold-medal winning teams (2016-18), while also helping U of T to a first-place finish in the 4×400 relay in 2017. That same season, she claimed the national silver medals in the 600m and 1000m. As a member of the cross country team, Kelly is a two-time OUA second team all-star after placing ninth overall in 2015 and 11th in 2016.Current Varsity Blues standout Jasmine Lew also claimed the silver medal in the U20 women’s long jump (5.78m). For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Kelly was a member of one OUA and three U SPORTS track and field championship teams, as well as one U SPORTS cross country championship team during her five seasons (2013-18) as a Varsity Blue. BARNES: Madeleine Kelly stuns favourites to win 800m race – Montreal Gazette https://t.co/hpUK1TG8De pic.twitter.com/rH7w57NVuf— Montreal Informer (@montrealinform) July 28, 2019 Kelly executed a last second move in between two-time Olympian Melissa Bishop and fellow standout Lindsey Butterworth to capture the 2019 women’s 800-metre Canadian title in 2:02.37, just .03 seconds ahead of Bishop.”Last night we were going for third,” said Kelly. “Melissa and I are both from Ottawa Valley so I’ve admired her for such a long time and she’s been such an inspiration for me. It’s pretty surreal to do that today and I give her a lot of credit for running that fast today.” University of Toronto Varsity Blues track and field alumna Madeleine Kelly won the women’s 800m at the 2019 Canadian track and field championships on Saturday night (July 27) in Montreal. Story Links On the track, Kelly is a three-time OUA first team all-star and U SPORTS first team all-Canadian. At the OUA championships, she helped the Blues to two first-place finishes in both the 4×400 relay (2016, 2017) and the 4×800 relay (2017, 2018).last_img read more

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President Granger calls for deepened regional integration

first_imgAs Guyana assumes chairmanship of the 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) grouping, President David Granger has called for deeper regional integration, noting that the new year held great promise for the Caribbean countries to advance “our integration process which can only be possible through the involvement and participation of all”.New Caricom Chairman, President David Granger“Let us resolve to play our part in strengthening our Caribbean Community and to making regional unity a living, breathing experience,” Granger said in a message ahead of taking over from Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit from January 1.Granger, who will hold the position for the next six months, said that 2016 marked the mid-point of the Five-Year Strategic Plan, which he described as “a foundational element in the Community’s reform process”.“That process is geared towards ensuring that our people feel the impact of the integration movement in their daily lives. Integration is not merely about systems and institutions. It is mostly about people.“It is in the interest of developing our people that we are taking steps to ensure that they are fully equipped to address the requirements of the 21st Century economy and society. Our Commission on Human Resource Development is developing a Regional Education and Human Resource Strategy with special attention to ICT in Education and Human Resource Development.”Granger said that the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) that allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labour, and services across the Region remained “the vehicle through which we can achieve the growth and development; timely assessments will serve to ensure that we maximise its benefits for our citizens”. He acknowledged that notwithstanding the substantial progress that has been made, regional leaders would review its operations and identify ways to improve its delivery.Granger said that the Caribbean was well endowed with the requirements for pursuing a green economy, including sources of renewable energy and forests that harbour a significant amount of carbon.He said as noted by the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, “the green economy can be seen as a lens for focusing on and seizing opportunities to advance economic and environmental goals simultaneously”.“The effects of climate change continue to bedevil our countries as exemplified by Hurricane Matthew.  The need to conserve and protect our environment, therefore, becomes even more pressing.”Such actions, he said, will also give the Region the opportunity to leverage the abundant forests and wetlands as well as the marine resources with which the Region was blessed and utilise them creatively to launch new pathways to social and economic development.  “This can be accomplished while ensuring that we help in the global commitment to limit the rise in global temperature to below 1.5 degrees.”Granger said that Caribbean people made a considerable contribution to the global community in the sphere of culture and later this year, the Region’s premier cultural exposition, the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (CARIFESTA), would be held in Barbados.The 13th edition of this festival, bringing together the peoples of Caricom as well as the wider Caribbean, will take place under the theme “Asserting our Culture: Celebrating Ourselves”, and President Granger added “we certainly look forward to widespread participation to make the event a tremendous success”.In his statement, the Guyanese leader said that the safety and security of the Region was of paramount importance, noting “as we move forward with implementing a regional crime and security strategy, we will be building on the platform already established by concluding legal agreements with respect to Arrest Warrants and Asset Forfeiture”.last_img read more

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Enrique slams Barca after ‘nightmare’ Juve defeat

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona coach Luis Enrique gives a press conference on the eve of the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain© AFP LLUIS GENETURIN, Italy, Apr 11 – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique slammed his under-performing players after a “nightmare” 3-0 loss to Juventus that has severely dented the Spanish giants’ Champions League hopes.A first-half double from Paulo Dybala and a second-half header from Giorgio Chiellini secured a quarter-final first-leg win for the hosts in Turin on Tuesday to leave Barca with a mountain to climb in the April 19 return leg. The Catalans will now require another epic comeback along the lines of that which saw them reach the last eight. In the last 16 they spectacularly overcame a 4-0 first-leg deficit to Paris Saint-Germain with a 6-1 win at the Camp Nou.But after seeing his front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar fail to fire against a far superior Juventus side, Luis Enrique voiced little hope of seeing another comeback next week.“We basically gifted two goals to Juventus in the opening half. As coach, for me it’s inexplicable how they were so much better than us,” he said afterwards.He said the word “nightmare” no less than four times as he struggled to explain how Barca, who arrived in Turin on the back of a 2-0 league reverse to Malaga, failed to respond.And, in another pop at his players, he labelled their first-half performance in Turin the “third half” from their 4-0 defeat in Paris in February.“It’s like a nightmare. We’ve had very little luck of late, and now I can only hope that from tomorrow we get back on our feet.“In the first half the (Barca) players were determined, but we made the same mistakes from Paris, and that’s a problem.”He added: “Our second half was much better. But I still have the opening half in my head, like a nightmare.“Maybe it wasn’t (a repeat of) Paris, but it was like the third half from Paris.“I’m an optimistic person. But I take responsibility for this. I’m the coach and the buck stops at me.“Until tomorrow, I don’t even want to think about how we can come back.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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42 al-Qaida captives freed

first_img“The more contact we have (with) the Iraqi citizens, the more confidence that they develop in us, and in the Iraqi police and the Iraqi army. That leads to greater cooperation from the Iraqi citizenry,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a U.S. military spokesman. Some of the men freed during the raid suffered broken bones. Some had been captive for as long as four months. One said he was just 14 years old, Caldwell said. The 42 freed Iraqis marked the largest number of captives ever found in a single al-Qaida prison, he said. Meanwhile, in Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, 70 police officers resigned from an elite police unit and handed over their weapons, saying they were afraid of the Mahdi Army militia of the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, police said. Earlier this week, Mahdi Army militants captured at least seven members of the police’s rapid deployment force during a gunbattle, police said. The militants badly beat the police and warned them to stop their offensive against the militia or they would kill them, an officer said on condition of anonymity because he feared retaliation. Some officers had their houses firebombed, their children kidnapped and their relatives killed, he said. “I fear reprisals,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – American forces freed 42 kidnapped Iraqis – some of whom had been hung from ceilings and tortured for months – in a raid Sunday on an al-Qaida hideout north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. Military officials said the operation, launched on tips from residents, showed that Iraqis in the turbulent Diyala province were turning against Sunni insurgents and beginning to trust U.S. troops. “The people in Diyala are speaking up against al-Qaida,” said Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq. Deadly month Elsewhere in Diyala, a U.S. soldier was killed when an explosion hit his vehicle and a second soldier was killed in an explosion in Baghdad, the military said. The deaths brought the number of troops killed this month to at least 102, putting May on pace to become the deadliest month for Americans here in more than 2 years. In other violence, a barrage of mortar rounds struck houses in a Shiite village just northeast of Baghdad, killing three women and a child and wounding seven other children, Baghdad police said. A suicide car bomber attacked an army checkpoint in Musayyib, about 40 miles south of Baghdad, killing two Iraqi soldiers. Gunmen also killed the renowned Baghdad calligrapher Khalil Mohammed al-Zahawi in a drive-by shooting in a Shiite-dominated area in eastern Baghdad, police said. Al-Zahawi, 52, who was also a lecturer at Baghdad University, was waiting for a taxi on a main road when the gunmen sped past. U.S. military officials have said they expected insurgents to step up attacks as U.S.-led forces worked to crack down on violence in Baghdad and the surrounding areas during their 14-week-old security operation. Captives freed As part of the crackdown, the military sent 3,000 more U.S. troops to Diyala, a turbulent province north of Baghdad that has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks. Sunday’s raid, the military said, was a sign that the increase was working. last_img read more