David Villa: Not right to compare Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ And Villa, when he got transferred to Atletico Madrid in the 2013-2014 season, was in the same city as Ronaldo when the Real Madrid megastar broke Messi’s Ballon d’Or streak.However Villa said Messi and Ronaldo should never be compared to each other as they both made contributions to the game of football.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Both are very good players,” said Villa, a World Cup winner with Spain in 2010, in a phone interview with Inquirer for History Channel’s History of Football. “It’s not right to compare both because they do a lot of good things.”Messi and Ronaldo’s magic in La Liga saw the two tally five Ballon d’Ors each, the Portuguese already had one with Manchester United in the Premier League before landing in Madrid. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Tennis star Boris Becker and wife separate after 13 years LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations David Villa. CONTRIBUTED PHOTODavid Villa is one of those players who has seen the greatness of both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on a personal level.The three-time La Liga winner was part of FC Barcelona when Messi won three of his five Ballon d’Ors.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Villa, who was the second-highest scorer in the 2010 World Cup, has become a football ambassador of sorts after playing for Melbourne City in Australia’s A-League and now with New York City FC in Major League Soccer.And the 36-year-old striker has become the global ambassador for History Channel in promoting History of Football, which will air until June 4, ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.“It is really important for me to be involved in this event because this show is for everybody in the world,” said Villa.And as Spain tries to regain its stature in world football, after a disappointing group stage exit in the 2014 World Cup, Villa said every single player in the Red Fury’s roster has to give it their all.“I don’t like talking about individual players because you need all the players to be good,” said Villa who scored 59 goals for Spain. “I am looking forward to what the players can give to Spain.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Motolite-Ateneo holds off Tacloban gals

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum It was the second straight five-set victory for Motolite-Ateneo, which leaned on the experienced trio of Pongay Gaston, Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino down the stretch to keep Tacloban from mounting a rally in the fifth set.Later in the night, Creamline shot down BanKo Perlas, 26-24, 25-13, 25-21, in the second game to create a three-way gridlock at the top of the standings at 5-1.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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Briefs Motolite-Ateneo outlasted gritty Tacloban Wednesday night to score a 25-18, 19-25, 11-25, 25-17, 15-11 victory for its third straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Center.Challenged by the Fighting Warays, the Lady Eagles leaned on their tried and tested system to register their fifth win in six starts.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

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Robert Bolick signs 2-year max deal with NorthPort

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “Robert Bolick is a great addition to the NorthPort Batang Pier Team. With his positivity and winning attitude, what he did in his collegiate career is something you can expect he’ll bring into our team,” NorthPort manager Bonnie Tan said.The 23-year-old Bolick is a proven winner with three NCAA championships as one of the leaders of the San Beda Red Lions.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 ChrissThe 6-foot-1 guard, who was also a member of the De La Salle University team that won the UAAP title in 2013, was taken after CJ Perez and Ray Parks in the draft.Perez, the top overall pick, went to the Columbian Dyip while Parks was selected by the Blackwater Elite. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo taken from Bonnie Tan’s Facebook accountRobert Bolick is officially part of the NorthPort Batang Pier.Bolick on Tuesday signed a two-year max contract with NorthPort just a couple of days after being selected as the third overall pick by the Batang Pier in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bolick, who once had 50 points just last NCAA season, joins superstar Stanley Pringle at the Batang Pier backcourt.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Japan’s ‘Ninja Boy’ aims to take down Floyd Mayweather Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View commentslast_img read more

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World fencing body ‘interested’ in France’s embrace of lightsaber

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The Associated Press reported this week on the growth of lightsaber dueling in France , after the French fencing federation gave the nascent sport its official blessing.The International Fencing Federation, or FIE, said Tuesday that although it doesn’t include lightsaber fencing as one of its official disciplines, it is “interested in how this new event progresses.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsResponding to AP questions sent two weeks ago, federation official Serge Timacheff said the FIE has been in touch with France’s federation about lightsaber events, rules, and equipment.By email, Timacheff said: “We are always watching new trends in swordplay, and we are interested in observing the development and adoption of it in the French Fencing Federation.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Boxing official warns time running out in Olympic standoff View comments PARIS — The international governing body of fencing is giving a qualified thumbs-up to France’s embrace of lightsaber duels.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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CDA Trains Locals in Mining Sector

first_imgA two-day pre-cooperative training conducted under the auspices of the cooperative Development Agency (CDA,) for the Garlo Mining and Development Cooperative Society, has ended with a call on the facilitators to include inhabitants from other communities near the venue to the training.The training was conducted in Belle Kpalamon Town, Fuamah District in Bong County from January 3 to January 5, 2014, by CDA’s representative based in Gbarnga, Thomas Malike. Malike was accompanied to the area by Nyan T. Duarto also from CDA, while Jackson Yelewon represented the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLM&E), and Thomas Kollie represented the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) respectively.The two days event brought together over 200 participants who included locals as well as representatives of youth and women organizations, the elders and the chiefs of the various communities.Mr. Golwin I. Wilson, who is the director of operations at the Liberia Holding Company, among other things, promised to invest over US$5M into activities of the Garlo Mining and Development Cooperative society based in Degii Town, Fuamah District.Other development initiatives Mr. Wilson promised the residents included, construction of schools, clinics, safe drinking water and jobs creation.During the two-day training, facilitators underscored the importance of cooperative meetings, minutes and reporting system, cooperative structure and how to identify the differences between cooperative and corporation.In two months’ time, the CDA will also conduct another round of training relatives to financial management and good governance, but at a different locality.The objective of the training, according to the organizers, is to among other things give the participants the central idea of how to conduct their own cooperative, the rights and obligations of cooperative to its members.Meanwhile, some of the participants who spoke to this paper, expressed their gratitude to the facilitators and have therefore, promised the take lessons acquired to those who did not have the opportunity to attend.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Free Health Care in Sight

first_imgFor a country with over three million people and endowed with resources to spare, and given how long it has been in existence, one would think that Liberians began enjoying  free health care a long time ago.Just because that did not happen way back then, is no reason this country’s citizens should not celebrate what many regard as a breakthrough for this administration that has been under pressure for what many still regard as promises unfulfilled.On Friday last week, to an assembly of Ministers of Health visiting here from the Economic Community of West African States region, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf disclosed that her government is initiating a Liberia Health Equity Fund (LHEF).The LHEF will be a new funding mechanism that will help to pay for health care for all Liberians on an equitable basis. Everyone will have access to the same services regardless of where they are, who they are or their financial standing.The Liberian President said if the country is to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), it must begin to build a sustainable health financing system through domestic financing for the health sector.Admitting that it would be a difficult task—considering the multiple needs of a country undergoing reconstruction—she said it must be done!Her statement might have been prompted by what she observed as fast-paced declining donor support to the health sector.President Sirleaf said that despite this and other challenges, government is working to improve the health and social welfare status of all Liberians on an equitable basis.She named inadequate financing for drugs, facility construction, health workers incentives; poor-quality service delivery; financial constraints of the population themselves, especially the poor, as some of the major challenges facing the health sector.Also mentioned were unbalanced service-provision across counties—given intermittent transport difficulties—and declining contributions from international partners“Achieving Universal Health Coverage takes time and perseverance for it involves accessibility, affordability, and quality service. Government is endeavoring to realize this through strong political commitment at all levels.”She reminded the audience of the commitment she made when she addressed the 63rd World Health Assembly in Geneva that people should not have to die simply because they are poor; and pledged to find mechanisms to continue to allow Liberians to access the health care they need without having to pay up-front fees.The Liberian leader commended the health team for the services they are rendering free of charge, in all of the rural areas, though sometimes are challenged when it comes to quality;Nevertheless, health service and delivery is expanding in such a way that alerts them to patients’ health problems—if urgent—they can go to a health service center and get immediate and urgent care until they can be transferred to facilities that require much more attention.”We realize that free health care is not free; someone has to pay for it,” she pointed out; it has to be paid through other forms of taxes and through the mobilization of resources. She applauded partners for the support.Health Minister Walter Gwenigale last year indicated that the LHEF was a laudable initiative that would help cater to the health needs of all Liberians. He noted that the issue of health is a necessity and as such every Liberian should have access to quality health service.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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What Happened to Lofa Road Pavement Plans?

first_imgA prominent citizen and professional civil servant of Lofa County has asked a startling question and wants to know what happened to the pavement plans of the Lofa County highway.Senior citizens, business entities, farmers, aid agencies and residents of Lofa County have made urgent appeals to the Liberian Government and the Kingdom of Kuwait to start the Lofa road pavement project.Mr. Joseph H. Farkollie, Sr. claims that almost everything seems mute regarding the feasibility studies conducted by the Liberian Government and supported by the Kingdom of Kuwait.He contends that Lofa County being for years the bread basket of the country, the pavement of the highway should be given urgent and serious priority in order to stimulate agriculture and boost economic development in Liberia.The Liberian accountant and human resource manager also indicated that considering Lofa County’s huge population and its great agricultural potential, pavement of the highway cannot be over emphasized.The former Manager for Operations of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) intimated that in the early 1980s, Lofa’s cocoa and coffee farmers topped the nation’s produce sector.“Such an accomplishment came as a result of the meticulous commitment of Lofa County’s farmers during that period which contributed considerably to the development, growth and progress of the Liberian economy,” Mr. Farkollie asserted.He also pointed out that Liberia could return to and surpass that level of productivity if urgent consideration could be placed on the national agenda for the complete pavement of the Lofa highway in rural Liberia.“Year in and year out, the Lofa highway has continued to be in deplorable condition perpetually impeding the free movement of food and other goods and services that are  critical to business interactions,” Mr. Farkollie lamented.The former LPMC’s senior branch accountant assigned to the entity’s Voinjama station in the 1980s indicated that if any investors are contemplating tapping into the resources of Lofa, the full pavement of the highway must be a top priority.“Besides paving the highway, GOL should consider upgrading the educational institutions and providing better quality health services for the residents and citizens of Lofa County,” Mr. Farkollie stressed.He further underscored the need for serious consideration by would be investors to the rehabilitation of the many feeder roads that highly impact agricultural activity especially the farming of needed produce for the urban markets.Asked about Lofa’s population in terms of socio-economic growth, Farkollie says that the county’s population growth, especially given political considerations, should be placed on the national agenda as one of the key factors by the Liberian Government.For countless decades, he said, Lofa County has endured too many hardships relating to deplorable road conditions and other socio-economic hardships.The former LMPC official sounded an urgent appeal to the Liberian Government and support partners associated with the Lofa road project to consider the plight of the citizens and residents of that agriculturally driven county.“Our appeals as major stakeholders in the socio-economic viability of the nation are on the basis of economic growth, political expediency and progress,” Mr. Farkollie concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ROs performance was calamitous, exceptionally poor

first_imgDear Editor,Many of the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM’s) Returning Officers (ROs) seriously bungled the Local Government Elections’ (LGE’s) Nomination Day activities. After this under-par and woefully unacceptable performance, there is a heavy, laboured apprehension by the general public as to what might be the outcome of the general GECOM staff performance at the upcoming Disciplined Services voting; also specifically in supervising the full voting on November 12th, 2018.In general, the ROs’ performance was calamitous and exceptionally poor. The circumstances therefore demand answers to many emerging and pertinent questions. It is necessary for the nation to be informed why so many of GECOM’s permanent staff members were employed specifically to work as ROs. As the credibility of the organisation continues to diminish under the watch of imposed Chairman Justice (R’td) James Patterson, no clarifications have been offered by the organisation for the recent embarrassing fiasco.There are convincing public perceptions that there was no proper training conducted for these ROs! If this observation is incorrect, then the following questions must be answered: Who were the trainers? Who did the evaluation? Who sets the test? Who marks the papers? What were the criteria for selection? And who selected the ROs?It is necessary to point out that the Commission is directly responsible for the recruitment and appointment of all staff. Apparently the approval for a particular approach is partially or wholly being dictated by a few select Commissioners and sanctioned by the Chairman. It is imperative that all of the Commissioners pursue this responsibility objectively, impartially, and ensure maximum transparency and accountability.The disenchantment of the PPP/C and other stakeholders in the performance of some ROs on Nomination Day makes it clearer now that when the GECOM Chairman made reference to the recruitment of middle-management staff for the secretariat, the opportunity was opened up and seized by specific individuals to clandestinely employ manipulating cronies.Several statements which emerged from the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of GECOM were published in the media regarding the readiness of GECOM to hold Local Government Elections on November 12, 2018. In one instance, the Chairman, James Patterson, is quoted as saying: “It (preparation) is reaching its time post. We have no difficulties at all as regards to what we have to do…We are ready for it (LGE)…just waiting for a declaration as to the date from the relevant minister”.Contrary to the Chairman’s position, however, we are witnessing some amazing advertisements in the various newspapers for temporary field staff to work with GECOM at the Elections. These advertisements for Election Day Staff were published in the print media on several occasions, highlighting the significant quantum of work to be done.Invited respondents to the advertisements were informed that the first closing date was August 02, 2018. This was followed by a repeat of the same advertisement with the new closing date stated as August 11, 2018; the same advertisement was re-published on a third occasion with the closing date stated as August 23, 2018. Same was also repeated on a fourth occasion with the closing date provided as September 30, 2018.The facts presented give broad testimony to the falsity emanating from GECOM. It is quite evident that the Chairman and the Secretariat’s CEO have been making statements that are not revealing of the whole truth, but seek to merely justify their photo opportunities.Further, the additional advertisement for spanking new vehicles, billboards and some other categories of staff imply the need for much required training. Contextually, this informs of much to be achieved before GECOM can realistically signal the level of appropriate readiness that they have insincerely conveyed.While there has been a resounding silence on the recent embarrassing ROs’ debacle by authorised officials of GECOM, it is from inside the ‘belly of the beast that ‘staffers are asking about multi-year agreements along with liabilities from all previous years. Staffers are asking about the land, water, air transportation, along with fuel and lubricants which have been significantly manipulated in the past.There are emerging queries about rental of boats, vehicles, buildings, and generators, even as the food and beverages ‘galore’ for certain caterers are now evolving. It seems that GECOM Secretariat is poised to have another feast that we must all be on the lookout for.As citizens ready themselves for the upcoming elections, caution must be exercised towards the rejection of any clandestine plans by GECOM. We advocate for the necessary, and demand cleansing of the organisation, and wait with a spoon of salt for future statements, if any, coming from the organisation.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis: 2 peas in the same pod

first_imgDear Editor,Dr Chia Thye Poh, a former political prisoner from Singapore, is credited with the following quotation: “A hypocrite is more dangerous than a dishonest man. A dishonest man deceives and cheats, and a hypocrite betrays and swindles.”While there are many who fit this description, two immediately come to mind: David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis.At a time when Government’s public policy is to promote social cohesion, these so-called African Rights Activists give the impression of fighting for Guyanese of African descent, when collectively they have done very little to improve the wellbeing of ordinary Afro-Guyanese. Instead, they are more interested in self-gratification, using ‘black’ people to benefit themselves.Now, to secure their own interest, they will do and say anything to prolong the life of this caretaker Government, which is known for pilfering the resources of our country and employing frivolous legal challenges to delay the holding of elections.It is a pathetic David Hinds who, in an effort to showcase his party’s relevance, now dances to the African drums of the PNC/APNU as he readily admits to planning a series of community meetings in Buxton and other PNC strongholds to win back disaffected Coalition voters.Of course the five members of the WPA must all be aware that they are being used by the PNC/APNU to campaign in areas where the APNU is no longer welcome or have support. I have no doubt that David Hinds is being compensated or facilitated with taxpayers’ money for his services. Walter Rodney must be turning over in his grave by this betrayal.Lincoln Lewis, on the other hand, cunningly uses his position as a popular trade unionist to try to influence other disaffected Coalition voters, giving them the impression that it is the Opposition Leader who is being unreasonable by demanding that the President and the Attorney General respect our Constitution.In his usual diatribe in Kaieteur News (August 25, 2019), Lewis accused the PPP/C of neglecting to discharge its constitutional responsibilities.“The refusal of the Leader of the Opposition to return to parliament is an abrogation of constitutional responsibility, highlighting a shortcoming in his leadership as the nation’s second highest political office holder. His promises on behalf of the PPP, when he has the constitutional authority to work and ensure these are realised, must see us holding him to account. The PPP’s Members of Parliament (MPs), together with the Coalition’s MPs, must return to the National Assembly and legislate the promises now”, Lewis contends.Lewis’s arguments are totally fallacious. First of all, it is the Government that summons a sitting of Parliament, the Opposition does not have the power to do so.Secondly, when Parliament was illegally called into session on May 23, five months after the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM), Government did not invite the Opposition to extend its life by seeking a two-thirds majority, but instead approved a $7.9 billion supplementary appropriation, which included $3.5 billion in funding for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), $2 billion in funding for the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, and $1.5 billion for the Ministry of Communities; as well as several hundreds of millions in funding for the Ministries of Finance, Social Cohesion, Social Protection and National Security.In short, Government used Parliament for an assault on the Treasury, to draw down additional funds to support their shameless political campaign, disguised as “ministerial outreach”.The truth is: Lincoln Lewis is nothing more than a stooge for the PNC/APNU; employed to do their dirty work; trying to divert the blame from David Granger, the man who continues to disrespect and ignore our Constitution, by blaming it all on the Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo.Lewis is worse than an apologist; who now deflects Granger’s constitutional responsibility as the only person under the constitution with the power to resign Cabinet, dissolve Parliament, and name a date for election; none of which he has done.The CCJ ruled that Charrandas Persaud exercised his constitutional rights and freedom of conscience when he voted in favour of the NCM, but the authoritarians and dictators see that as treacherous.Throughout the world, whenever an NCM is passed successfully, it means that someone from the other side voted for it. In no part of the world is that person described as treacherous and a traitor, except in Guyana.Unlike the Attorney General, who often does not realise how idiotic he sounds, Lincoln Lewis usually commands the respect of his peers. But no matter which way he twists and turns the facts, Lewis cannot refashion the Constitution to suit his purpose — which is to ignore Granger’s violations. His efforts to denigrate the Leader of the Opposition speak volumes of his allegiance and the way he has always seen things: through his ethnic eyes!Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more

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GRA officers benefit from UN workshop of nuclear trafficking

first_imgGiven the probability of actors to obtain materials with the potential to generate nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, customs officers attached to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) are being encouraged to be tactical in their scrutiny of movements of such materials in and out of Guyana.According to the Resolution 1540 of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, “the propagation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of release constitute a threat to international peace and security.”A workshop held on Thursday, July 21, for customs officers of the GRA, to focus on the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540, saw the participation of the UN Security Council’s Terrorism Executive, O’Neil Hamilton, who is currently on tour of duty.“The time has come when we have to realise that the movement of weapons of mass destruction are often shipped through different locations. Nuclear, chemical and biological weapons are constituent parts that are fundamental to the creation of that device. These weapons are made up of different elements, they are not created as a whole entity by themselves overnight,” Hamilton relayed.The UN Security Council Resolution 1540 of 2004, which Guyana adheres to, outlines that adopting countries must “refrain from supporting by any means, non-State actors from developing, acquiring, manufacturing, possessing, transporting, transferring or usingUN Security Council Terrorism Executive, O’Neil Hamiltonnuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their delivery systems.”A probable indicator of this movement is the tendency of terrorists and supporters of terrorism to ship dual use materials periodically, through different locations.The UN Security Council Terrorism Executive made mention of the radioactive isotope Cobalt 60, which is used in cancer treatment centres, but can also be used to make a “dirty bomb.”In addition to urging customs officers to become accustomed to the new actuality, while at the same time ensuring that the trade regulations that govern the movement of particular products are applied, Hamilton said “looking at that end user dynamic, applying trade intelligence etc, are fundamental in this new era where the movement of commodities is exponentially more fluid than they were years ago.”Hamilton spoke in the presence of the GRA’s new Deputy Commissioner General, Hema Khan; and Deputy Commissioner of Customs Excise and Trade Operation, Lancelot Wills – both of whom highlighted Guyana’s efforts at ensuring compliance and strengthening existing measures in line with obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1540.A seminar was held earlier this year in tandem with an evaluation visit in Guyana.Under the UN Security Council Resolution 1540, UN member states must disallow support to non-state actors seeking weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.States are also required to adopt and enforce effective laws prohibiting activities and impose successful procedures to reduce susceptibility.last_img read more

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