LATEST STORIES Irving, Celtics rally from 22 down to overcome Suns in OT Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nerlens Noel (3) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 98-80. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder have figured out how to win without Russell Westbrook — they lock down on defense.Paul George scored 20 points, and the Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 98-80 on Thursday night for their seventh straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “Maybe because all we do is talk about defense 24 hours,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Our offense is anemic. I mean, it’s bad.”James Harden scored 19 points, but made just 7 of 19 shots. Clint Capela added 17 points for Houston, which had won three in a row despite its offensive struggles.Houston’s Carmelo Anthony, who played for the Thunder last season and was traded this summer, scored two points on 1-for-11 shooting. Chris Paul added 10 points, five assists and six steals.Steven Adams had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Terrance Ferguson and Dennis Schroder each added 14 points for Oklahoma City. All five Thunder starters scored in double figures before the end of the third quarter.The Thunder led 59-45 at halftime behind 53.8 percent shooting. In the second quarter, George made all five of his shots and scored 14 points. Oklahoma City held Paul and Anthony scoreless before the break.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Jerami Grant dunked on a lob from Schroder and made the free throw on the foul to put Oklahoma City up 80-60, a score that held up until the end of the third quarter. The Thunder coasted in the fourth.“I don’t know if we’re just sagging because we don’t believe in what we’re — I don’t know,” D’Antoni said. “We’ve got to find the answers.”TIP-INSRockets: G Eric Gordon missed his third straight game with a strained muscle in his right thigh. … Anthony was mostly cheered when he checked into the game for the first time in the first quarter. … Reserves made 1 of 11 shots in the first half. … Paul was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter.Thunder: Ferguson, a 6-foot-7 guard, came out of nowhere to stuff 7-footer Isaiah Hartenstein in the first quarter. … Made 27 of 44 shots inside the 3-point line but 9 of 37 beyond the arc. … Outrebounded the Rockets 52-39. … George had 11 rebounds and six assists.QUOTABLEAdams, on defending Houston’s outside shots: “We knew they were going to put up a lot of threes. They’re a 3-point-shooting team. The whole game plan was to try to get as many contests, and we did. It’s not just contesting, mate. We did a good job at really getting out there and getting them in an uncomfortable position.”BENCH ROLEHouston’s reserves shot a combined 6 for 27 from the field and made just 3 of 18 3-pointers. Oklahoma City’s reserves shot 8 for 21. Point guard Raymond Felton led the way with 10 points.UP NEXT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Westbrook missed his second game in a row with a sprained left ankle, and the Thunder have won both. Oklahoma City held Cleveland to 37 percent shooting in a 95-86 victory Wednesday night, then limited Houston to 38 percent shooting on Thursday.George led the defensive charge with six steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We didn’t come in tonight thinking this was going to be an offensive battle, where we’ve got to outscore them on the offensive end,” he said. “We’re just going to stick to playing defense. We’ve got guys that can guard and want to guard. That’s just what it comes down to. (Defense) is what we’re going to hang our hat on.”Oklahoma City got plenty of help from Houston — the Rockets made just 11 of 42 3s. It was the fifth time in seven games that the Rockets failed to score at least 100 points. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Although the U.S. Government is conscious of the current Ebola crisis in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and willing to help to contain it, President Barack Obama has attributed the rapid spread of the disease to lack of improved health facilities in the affected countries.Making the observation recently in Washington, DC at a press conference following the U.S-Africa Summit, President Obama stated that Ebola now and of the past can b controlled when there is a strong public health infrastructure in place.“Well, I think we’ve got to let the science guide us. And I don’t think all the information is in on whether this drug is helpful. What we do know is that the Ebola virus, both currently and in the past, is controllable if you have a strong public health infrastructure in place.”He said because health facilities in these countries are so overwhelmed that cases of the disease are not identified and isolated, it is rapidly spreading and killing people.“And the countries that have been affected are the first to admit that what’s happened here is that their public health systems have been overwhelmed. They weren’t able to identify and then isolate cases quickly enough. You did not have a strong trust relationship between some of the communities that were affected and public health workers. As a consequence, it spread more rapidly than has been typical with the periodic Ebola outbreaks that have occurred previously.”Addressing Journalists following a question about whether U.S may help to provide some medication if medicine used to treat those Americans flown to USA proves effective, President Obama cautioned that the disease is not airborne and can be controlled and contained if the right protocols are followed.“But despite obviously the extraordinary pain and hardship of the families and persons who’ve been affected, and despite the fact that we have to take this very seriously, it is important to remind ourselves this is not an airborne disease; this is one that can be controlled and contained very effectively if we use the right protocols.”However, the President gave the assurance that the U.S. Government was working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and European partners to help address the worsening Ebola crisis in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.“So what we’ve done is to make sure that we’re surging not just U.S. resources, but we’ve reached out to European partners and partners from other countries, working with the WHO. Let’s get all the health workers that we need on the ground. Let’s help to bolster the systems that they already have in place. Let’s nip as early as possible any additional outbreaks of the disease. And then during the course of that process, I think it’s entirely appropriate for us to see if there are additional drugs or medical treatments that can improve the survivability of what is a very deadly and obviously brutal disease.”The President also indicated that U.S. is focusing on the public health approach and will seek information about what is being discovered with respect to the drugs scientists are studying to use as medication for Ebola. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Last week’s article provided some much needed insight on the Chief Information Office, Republic of Liberia, the CIO Regime and the current Chief Information Officer-RL. Based on the number of calls and emails received after that article was published, I can safely say that there were a lot of folks who were totally oblivious to the existence of that office. This week, my intent is to identify and delineate some of the issues and challenges that have been strangulating efforts to achieve a robust Government of Liberia’s (GoL’s) ICT environment. I also use this medium to acquaint you with efforts that are and will be taken to ameliorate the Government’s ICT environment. Just as many people were not cognizant of the existence of the CIO-RL, so too do many citizens, residents and our international partners not know who decides, plans or implements GoL ICT projects. Worst yet, ask a few of the ICT professionals who work in GoL ministries, agencies, corporation/commissions (MACs), about how Government’s ICT resources (software, Hardware, network equipment, training, services, etc) are purchased; who makes the decisions; how are those decisions made; and based on what standards? That ICT professional might likely tell you that purchases are made without his/her knowledge. All he/she knows is that when ICT resources are made available, his job is to ensure that they are deployed and operational and sometimes maintained. There are no standard hardware or software platforms (dell or HP, Microsoft Windows or Linux) or no standards at all, no warranties, no comprehensive training programs, and worst of all, no due diligence (in procurement) that subsumes total cost of ownership (TCO).Web and Software contracts are signed without the ICT (tech folks) or the legal department’s involvement. As I write this article, we currently have Government entities that have their websites temporarily shut down or “hijacked” (as it is locally termed) because egregious contracts are/were not honored. Oftentimes, when this happens, the MAC loses its web presence (including content). More importantly, it loses its “customers” (citizens, residents, businesses, global partners). Should this be happening at all?Software contracts are signed and implemented with little or no documentation and nothing that resembles a Service Level Agreement (SLA). In such a situation, when there is a fault in the use of the software, and there is no technical support, the ICT/IT department simply discontinues its use and reverts to the manual way of doing things. This is without a doubt, a waste of tax payers’ money. Then we also have Government institutions that are on the Web using “.Com” and “.Org” top level and second level domains when they should be using the “.Gov.Lr” second level domain name. Worst yet, there are official documentations that carry the “@Yahoo” or “@Gmail” email accounts, when the official email address should follow this format: GoLpersonnel@GoLinstitution.Gov.LrOther issues such as the individuals bringing their own computers to do “Government’s work”; taking home Government laptops without proper “check-out and check-in” procedures; employees installing their own software on Government’s computers totally ignoring license agreements; watching movies on Government computers during work hours are just a few that need to be addressed. What’s even worrisome is the use of pirated software on Government computers, an act which is not only ubiquitous, but is often perpetrated by ICT professionals who might not understand the implications of their actions. This often happens because someone might have previously recommended and implemented a solution (software, system) that the MAC (entity) could not sustain but forced its implementation because it satisfied the need at the time. Meanwhile, someone got paid and left! And now, the fight against Ebola has brought multiple international donors to Liberia who are building their systems to provide assistance. That’s very good and we are grateful for the help being provided. But we will not revert to the past, where partners and other donors provided solutions that the Government could never sustain, but were implemented because they(systems) helped serve their needs at the time. When they left, those programs and systems died because the GoL could not sustain them. For example, a donor or NGO provides $20,000 in assistance and that money is spent on the purchase of a Microsoft Windows Server and other proprietary software that require yearly licensing fees. The question is, who pays the licensing fees when that NGO or donor leaves? Total Cost of Ownership must be subsumed and understood before accepting and implementing solutions.Now that I have said all of the above and could say more had it not been for space limitations, let me tell you what the road ahead looks like for GoL’s ICT environment. The Ebola Crisis has given us a chance to build those things we were lacking and fix all that we did faultily. We should take advantage of this opportunity to leapfrog into modern paradigms; something that the GoL has been making significant efforts to achieve.Through the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, USAID-GEMS, the World Bank (WARCIP-Liberia Project), and other funding partners, the GoL has begun several initiatives that are geared toward bringing “sanity” to GoL’s ICT environment. An e-Government program has begun that will lead to a fully functional, robust, efficient and effective GoL ICT environment based on standards and best practices. In addition to a bespoke e-Government strategy, policies governing the use of GoL ICTs have been developed and gradually disseminated among MACs. GoL’s online presence is in the process of experiencing a “total reboot.” In addition, communications, collaboration and information sharing will be optimized, modernized, and fully realized, while many of our traditional processes will soon be automated. The primary goal of all of these initiatives is to provide information and services to citizens, residents businesses and global partners in a seamless, transparent, effective way; ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness within GoL MACs, reduce costs and achieve economic development through ICTs.To succeed in doing all of what I just mentioned, we will need an “ALL HANDS ON DECK” approach. For starters, every MAC needs to or MUST consult the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications through the Chief Information Office for standards, types of purchases, SLAs, etc. New projects must involve the Chief Information Office and the Project Management Office. MAC’s heads or their deputies responsible for signing ICT purchases and contracts MUST ensure that they garner the technical expertise of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications through the CIO, their internal CIO or IT Director/Manager, and their legal departments. More importantly, MAC’s heads MUST ensure that they fully support and enforce the GoL e-Government and ICT policies.Finally, we have been given an opportunity to build/fix or contribute to the building and fixing of our ICT environment through various means. Our contribution will determine the future of the sector. Introducing new and ambitious approaches to reduce costs and waste in government ICT procurement and improve operational efficiency may not be an easy task but it is doable. The challenges involved in achieving our goals are infinite. But all of us must do what we can to ensure that what was said to be impossible becomes a possibility. If we fail to do so, then we would have failed our motherland.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Senators attending regular session yesterday hurriedly fled the Senate Chambers on hearing reports of a fire outbreak in the building.The fire, which reportedly started from the high ceiling of the Chamber, was immediately brought under control with no serious damage to that important section of the Capitol Building which hosts Legislators during joint sessions.At the time of the alarm, the lawmakers were discussing a letter from the Minister of Health-designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn, in response to the one sent to the Senators by the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NAHWAL) asking them not to confirm her.The discussion which turned into a heated debate was prompted by a call to order by Lofa County ranking Senator George Tengbeh. Sen. Tengbeh called for a halt to the reading of Dr. Dahn’s letter, citing its voluminous nature. In line with precedent, not rule, he called for a motion that the letter be sent to the Committee on Health.But the motion, not the call to order, was vehemently protested against by several Senators, with Maryland County Sen. Dan Morais taking the lead, citing Rule 50 of the Senate.Sen. Morais and those siding with him reminded their colleagues that the letter must be read in its entirety as approved by plenary when it was passed as an agenda item for yesterday’s sitting.This argument was however, short-lived when Pro Tempore Armah Jallah announced: “There is report of a fire in the Joint Chambers, and session is hereby suspended.”That notice did not need repeating, as Senators hurriedly collected their documents and other belongings and left the Chamber. The lights went out immediately thereafter.Meanwhile, Dr. Dahn’s lengthy letter, only half of which was read, carried several attachments and gave specific reasons that led to the dismissals of the two NAHWAL leaders, Messrs. Joseph Tamba and George Williams, president and secretary general, respectively.Firstly, Dr. Dahn said their dismissals were based on the death in Grand Gedeh County of a pregnant woman who needed a caesarian section and was denied care by an anesthetic nurse on duty. “This (was) sheer wickedness in addition to a total neglect and gross breach of our medical ethics…and the non-compulsory response to journalists’ questions posed to the leadership of NAHWAL on what their regrets were in relation to the woman’s death. Their response (allegedly) was that ‘this is a revolution.’Dr. Dahn said this “hardened response prompted the senior management team of the Ministry to advise the Minister of Health to apply the law which prevents such action by civil servants. This advice was endorsed by the executive.”Dr. Dahn then wondered whether the Ministry was wrong for being the voice of the people. “A dead pregnant woman, a deceased baby…had it been one of us, Honorable members of the Senate or one of our immediate relatives, what would we have expected of the Minister of Health? Please Sirs, kindly ponder these thoughts from the human perspective and advise us…,” said Dr. Dahn in her letter. It may be recalled that NAHWAL through its leadership recently launched a scathing attack on Dr. Dahn in a three-page letter to the Senate cataloguing alleged misdeeds that if considered by that body cannot qualify her for the post.In the letter dated April 20 Messrs. Williams and Tamba accused Dr. Dahn of constantly discouraging partners, who desired to add a little more to incentives of health workers, as was the case at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town.NAHWAL, according to the letter, “strongly believes that if government’s agenda is for an improved health care delivery system in the post-Ebola era, then certainly, Dr. Dahn, the former CMO, who led the sector for ten years to its total collapse, cannot be a worthy steward of the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare.”In another development, the Senate yesterday granted Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh an excuse to allow him to attend the 52nd Anniversary of the African Development Bank (AfDB) conference in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.As one of the governors, Mr. Konneh informed the Senate that he was expected to deliver a paper and also vote for the next leadership of the Bank, and as such, he was requesting that the Senate allow him to appear before them next week to be able to adequately answer questions related to his recent town hall statement in the United States.The Senate granted his request and Minister Konneh will now appear on Thursday, June 4.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,May 2015 ushered in a new coalition Government under an APNU/AFC manifesto. Over three years have passed, and two clear truths have emerged: the manifesto promises have fallen flat; and the pillars of our democracy are under threat.In old parlance, the first estate (the Church or Clergy) remains independent and largely outside the realm. The APNU Government has assumed the position of the nobility (the second estate), and rules over its citizens like common subjects (the third estate). The fourth estate (the media) has been muzzled. Threats to the fifth estate are present.Elections, democracy and capitalism go together. APNU was elected by the citizens of Guyana, and while questions are still pending in the court, one takes it as the properly and legitimately elected Government. The Opposition has taken up its seats in Parliament, and has accepted the results. Democracy, however, has seen some erosion; which, left unchecked, can see Guyana returning to the dark days of the PNC. Capitalism has found itself at the crossroads, the Government has inserted itself on almost every aspect of the people’s lives, resulting in the simple and stark reality that the private sector lacks confidence. Other than oil and other investments from the PPP pipeline, no new investments have been evident since May 2015; and despite relatively low oil prices, capital flight pressure is evident.Allow me to delve into the key institutions that make up a democracy: a properly functioning Parliament; an independent and fair judiciary; a professional and independent Police Force; and a free and impartial media.Our Parliament is not what is was of yesterday under the PPP. It is incontrovertible that the Speaker is biased in favour of the ruling Government. The ability of the Opposition to ask questions and seek information has been muzzled. Parliamentary sittings are less frequent, and much shorter. APNU has clearly abused its majority, and, in so doing, has stifled the voice of the Opposition from this important medium of democracy.Juxtapose this against the UK House of Commons. We are part of the Commonwealth, but the vestiges of its good governance increasingly receive lip service under this Parliament in Guyana.Do we have an independent and free judiciary? There is a gallant attempt to assert some semblance of this after considerable erosion. Recall our Attorney General threatening one of our High Court Judges; adverse decisions against the Government being opening criticised; judges and magistrates fearing that adverse decisions against the Government would result in recrimination; appointments to the Judiciary being increasingly stacked in favour of party supporters; and there being a sense of Government reach or influence of the judiciary being much greater than what had obtained under the PPP.As for an independent and professional Police Force, any person would tell you the Government calls the shots; the Commissioner of Police (ag) is toothless. There is clear political influence, as is evident with the abuse of SOCU, the most recent foray with Minister Broomes, and the loss of supernumerary status for one of the security guards in the recent fracas.Meanwhile, crime continues to climb, and our citizens increasing fear for their physical safety and security. The recent rumour that the Minister of Legal Affairs is taking over the AML functions is an indecent and vulgar assault on the Guyanese citizens, and is another clear example of the abuse from the politicisation of duties that should, by any reasonable-minded person, be performed by independent professionals who are free and clear of any political bias.As for a free and independent media, the comparison between the APNU and PPP is like night to day. Despite an overwhelming abundance of content, attacks on the Government are timid and scaled back. Compared to the PPP, there was no shortage of media overreach, sensationalising of information, and a clear anti-PPP bias. The opposite is now clearly the case of the day.The state apparatus has become unabashedly an instrument for APNU propaganda. As for the free media, the contents of their publications reflect a fear of retribution. A grenade was launched; is it a coincidence that we have a muzzled media?And so, citizens, as you consider our democracy, consider what determines it. Like a frog in water slowly being heated, do not discover that when you want to express your voice it is too late. A country of wealth is in the waiting, but the pillars of democracy must be taken back and secured. Only with these prerequisites in place can we feel that confidence and safety to invest and spend, and in so doing, create prosperity and growth. Capitalism (economic prosperity) is an outcome of western democracy. Strangle the latter and the former will suffer. An APNU Guyana is a classic case in point.Sincerely,A Grant
CMO, Dr Shamdeo PersaudThe inability of patients to understand what doctors are saying has been a burning issue for many patients in hospitals, especially at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, on the East Bank of Demerara.Not only are patients worried that they cannot understand the foreign doctors, nor hear pass their accents, they are concerned that they might be given wrong treatment.This concern was raised by a number of persons who voiced their disapproval of the ongoing issue of comprehension and understanding foreign doctors at public hospitals.“I went to the Georgetown Public Hospital and it had a doctor from Nigeria and I had to ask her five times “what you said” this shouldn’t be… this is a serious problem. Sometimes they understand us but they can’t talk it,” one man told Guyana Times.Another concerned individual, Michael Graham, stated that he visited the Diamond Diagnostic Centre complaining of chest pains and the doctor, during consultation, asked him if his head hurts. Others echoed the same sentiments, while calling for proper systems to be put in place to ensure that the foreign doctors are fluent in English.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud, indicated that this is an ongoing challenge the Public Health Ministry faces and one that has been addressed at the level of the Medical Council on several occasions.“What we are requiring now is that all the brigades must be proficient in the English language… must be able to write, listen and respond in English,” he said, explaining that all three areas of language competence must be assessed before the Medical Council licences them to practice.He stated that this procedure has commenced with the Cuban doctors within the past year. He noted that previously “casual assessments” would be carried on the perspective doctors to determine if they could speak English.Persaud said too that decades ago, Guyana had an influx of highly trained, senior levels of foreign doctors, but recently they are seeing “all types of doctors entering the country” thus it imperative that there is a more rigid assessment of language and communication.Former President of the Medical Council of Guyana, Dr Vivienne Mitchell-Amata, had stated that 90 per cent of diagnosis is done during consultation and if there is a communication barrier then there is a problem making the diagnosis. She stated also that if the doctor is really an expert who is badly needed in Guyana and they cannot speak English, then they must come with an interpreter who has to be with them at all times while on duty.Persaud, nonetheless, stated that the Medical Council has been working together with the brigades to address the problem. “We are hoping that they work alone with a local junior doctor or nurse,” he said.He emphasised that the Ministry is pushing to ensure that there is quality health care in all regions and so he is appealing to the public that if they do not understand what a doctor is saying, especially if it’s a doctor that does not speak fluent English, then they should not be afraid to ask questions about their treatment.“If you are wondering if the correct information is received or the correct diagnosis is given then you have a right to ask questions,” he said, adding that they have drafted a patient charter and is hopeful that the Minister will approve.Most of the foreign doctors in Guyana are from Cuba, India, Nigeria and China.
… parents discovered suicide noteA taxi driver on Sunday morning took his last breath after consuming a lethal dose of poison three days before.Lakeram Kewlachand called ‘Raj’, 23, of Fourth Street, Gangaram, East Canje, Berbice, died at the New Amsterdam Hospital, where he had been a patient since Thursday.Dead. Lakeram Kewlachand called ‘Raj’On Thursday, Kewlachand’s sister had just cleaned his room and was returning to collect the broom when she found the door locked. When she asked her brother to open it he told her to wait. After a while, the door was opened and Kewlachand was seen drinking the contents of a bottle.His sister immediately alerted other family members and the young man was rushed to the hospital.According to his father Mahindra, his son and his 21-year-old girlfriend had been in a relationship for some time, but a few months ago, the girlfriend left for the USA and subsequently broke things off. Guyana Times understands that Thursday was the second time that Kewlachand tried to take his life. His family and others tried to provide counselling, but the father said, “is just like throwing water on a duck back. Everything going through one ear and coming through the next side; you know when somebody make up their mind to do something…”Guyana Times was told that on Saturday the young man confided in his uncle, Timothy Ramsammy, that he purchased the poison from a store in New Amsterdam.The uncle told this newspaper that the poison his nephew consumed is used to kill weeds. “If you need two ounces of this chemical to spray half an acre of grass, then they suppose to premix it at the store before they deliver it to the customer. I think if they do that it will ease up suicide,” Ramsammy said.
Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made today the following statement:Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the real transformation the world has witnessed in women’s rights, thanks both to individual achievements and our common participation in political life. Women have made great advances, but there is still a long way to go to achieve a world free from gender-based discrimination. Equal access to education and health services and the chance to become a full participant in political life is everyone’s right and an essential ingredient of democracy. Long-term stability and development can only be achieved if violence and discrimination against women are addressed. The European Union remains committed to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. About 200 projects and initiatives are currently funded by theEU around the world, which aim to help women benefit from education and healthcare, to work and live free from violence and discrimination and to assume their rightful place in society. The rights of all women and girls are a universal priority for the EU and this is reflected in the current discussions on the post-2015 framework for poverty eradication and sustainable development.Where women prosper, societies prosper; where women suffer, so do the societies they live in. I have had the privilege of meeting many inspiring women who through their hard work and sacrifices have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries. Today I pay tribute to these women, whose courage and determination pave the way for future generations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Restoration of Education Advancement Program (REAP) has concluded a five-day camp training for over 25 students within Bentol City area, rural Montserrado County. The students were trained in different skills.The 5-day camp, dubbed Dave Parker Camp, was aimed at giving the youth the opportunity to acquire skills in catering, masonry, carpentry, sewing, agriculture and computer repair. It was held in the edifice of the William R. Tolbert Youth Enlightenment and Empowerment Center, Bentol City, Montserrado County.The Mayor of Bentol and daughter of former Liberian President William R. Tolbert, Christine T. Norman, said the camp was organized to help young children have confidence in themselves and realize their full potential and also get closer to God.“Every child should be given the opportunity to participate in activities that are relevant to their upbringing,” the Bentol City Mayor stressed.“Children should be given the chance to think critically. This is because it prepares them better for the future and challenges ahead of them,” she added.“This organization remains committed to helping young children. We have impacted over 6,000 lives across Liberia, through the freedom project. We were established between 2002 and 2003. We did this so that the manifestation of rebellion, lack of hope, we see in most young people would not trouble these. The camp will help them solve spiritual and physical challenges. We also teach these young children to know Christ,” she said.Munah Kollie, 30, a resident of Careysburg and a student of the catering department, said the camp has positively impacted her. She expressed her appreciation to the organizers for their kind gestures.“I learned a lot in these five days. At least now I know how to make cake and other food items. I will practice what I have learned and will also teach other young women what I have learned. This training will help make my dreams come true because with the skills, I will start up my own business”, she explained.Another student, Jerry D. Nelson, 18, a 10th grader of the Hope International Christian Academy, Bentol City, and a student of the agricultural department said he is proud of the knowledge he acquired in Agriculture.“I now have something to show my friends and I know that they will be able to learn from me. With this, I can teach and put into practice what I learned here and I have also learned how to work with strangers,” he stated.Eighteen-year-old Caroline Gannet, student of the Computer repair depart extended her thanks and appreciation to the organizers of the camp.“I am grateful because they have impacted my life greatly. At first being the only girl in the department, I felt I could not make it but I tried it and ended the practice. I am asking the organizers to please create another space for us next time because 5 days are not enough to get us through, however, I am happy and appreciative,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A father of six was on Thursday evening killed after he crashed allegedly into a parked vehicle at Good Hope, East Coast Demerara. The collision, which occurred at about 20:00h resulted in the death of KaramchandDead: Karamchand “Bobby” Singh“Bobby” Singh, 44, of Lot 576 Block 8, Mon Repos, ECD.According to reports, the man was heading home from a nephew’s birthday party at Lusignan, ECD when he met his demise.Guyana Times understands Singh was riding along the Railway Embankment Highway and in the vicinity of Good Hope koker, he lost control of his motorcycle CG 4185 and slammed into a parked X-Trail bearing registration PSS 9646.He sustained severe injuries and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. At the home of the dead man on Friday, his daughter Indira Budhu explained that her stepfather left home on Thursday afternoon to attend a birthday party of his nephew.She noted that family was at home when they received a phone call from a relative informing them that Singh was involved in an accident. Without hesitation, she, her mother and a few family members rushed to the scene but by that time he was already taken to GPH.While at the scene, she added, the vehicle was parked in the middle of the road and her father’s mangled motorcycle was in a corner.“When I reach, meh stepfather cousin told we that the driver of the pickup say he de park in the corner when meh stepfather slam into (he vehicle).” Budhu added that no one was there to substantiate the claims made by the man. However, she left the scene and went to the hospital where she saw Singh lying on a bed in a motionless state.When asked if her stepfather might have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, Budhu noted that she was told that he had two bottles of beer. She noted that her stepfather was very loving and took care of them as if they were his own.Budhu further stated that her mother is devastated and has to be consoled by relatives. She is trying to come to grips with the reality.The driver of the other vehicle was taken into custody and is assisting with investigations. (Bhisham Mohamed)