Venezuelans entering legally are welcome – Govt

first_imgThe Government of Guyana has stated that Venezuelans wanting to escape the deplorable conditions in their home country caused by a deteriorating economic crisis, are welcome here, but they must enter through legal means.This position comes three days after 14 Venezuelans were deported after it was found that they had entered Guyana illegally.According to Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Wednesday, Government has a humanitarian responsibility to accept Venezuelans coming here in search of better lives but maintained that they should not do so illegally.In fact, he stated that Guyana is part of international agreements to give support to countries in situations like Venezuela.“We have made it clear that on humanitarian grounds we will not turn back Venezuelans who come to seek help here in Guyana… so anybody coming from Venezuela for food and things like that, we support people who come to Guyana on those grounds,” the Minister noted.However, he outlined “We of course have our responsibility to ensure the integrity of our borders and that the immigration procedures which are applied to persons coming to Guyana, we will apply those procedures.”Asked whether Government would consider relaxing restrictions on those Venezuelans entering the country illegally, Harmon shutdown the idea and reiterated that Guyana’s laws must be adhered to at all times.“Any person who comes to Guyana and are deported, have actually violated some parts of our laws… the Government will not tell the courts how to act. The fact that the persons were brought to court meant there would have been some offence that was committed,” the Minister of State posited.On Monday, 14 Venezuelans were deported to the neighbouring state after they were found illegally in Guyana. Among those refugees deported were five mothers and nine fathers who were miners.According to court documents, the group of Venezuelans illegally entered Guyana by sea in the vicinity of Iterinbang, Cuyuni River, Region Seven.With the help of a translator, the refugees explained that they departed Venezuela with the hopes of finding jobs in Guyana to support their families back home.The women explained that they were punishing in Venezuela since there were no jobs and only limited food available. Meanwhile, the men told the court that it was a struggle to provide for their families in Venezuela, as such, they came to Guyana in search for work.Sources have confirmed that an additional 100 more are expected to be deported in the coming weeks.Back in May, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had declared a 60-day State of Emergency as the country experiences economic turmoil following the decline of oil prices on the world market over the past months.Reports coming out of the Spanish speaking nation reveal that there is a massive food shortage and limited access to basic health care and basic amenities, such as electricity. Reports of rampant outbursts of looting and violence are also emerging from the neighbouring country.With the situation in Venezuela deteriorating and no evidence of an economic turn-around, it was predicted that there will be a refugee crisis in the region as persons from the Spanish speaking country are likely to flee to neighbouring nations. (Vahnu Manickchand)last_img read more

LISCR FC, Muscat FC Paired in FA Cup Round Two

first_imgAfter being the last two teams to qualify for the last 14 of the ongoing Knockout Cup, first division LISCR FC and third division champion side Muscat FC were yesterday paired in the round two draw of the competition.Muscat joined the last 14 after they defeated their 3rd division championship counterparts Grass-field Athletic Club 1-0, scored by their new striker Mark Yallah in the 64th minute, while their next opponents LISCR FC advanced to the next round following the 2-0 victory over Watanga FC.It was LISCR’s second win against Watanga in three matches after LISCR secured four points for the two times they met in the championship.In other pairings, league leaders FC Fasssel will go against Morris Young Tigers FC after their crucial victory against Barrack Young Controllers on Wednesday.On Thursday, May 25, outstanding third division championship side Samira FC will go against Jubilee in the first encounter, while Nimba United will battle Holders FC in the second encounter.In Friday’s pairings, May 26, it will be another difficult task for the Sunshine Yellow Boys (Invincible Eleven) when they go against their first division counterparts, Keitrace FC. The Sunshine Yellow Boys have lost twice to Keitrace this season. Later in the second match, another first division clash will see LPRC Oilers going against Monrovia Club Breweries, who advanced to the second round after defeating Harbel Athletic 2-1 in their first knockout match.The final knockout match on Saturday, May 27, will see FC Bea Mountain facing first division strugglers ELWA United.All the matches will be played at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Runoff Cancelled; NEC Directed to “Give Urgent Attention to” LP’s Complaints

first_imgLiberia’s Justice Minister, Cllr. F. Musa Dean, has been tasked by President George Weah to determine the veracity of the latest Global Witness report involving ExxonMobil and former Liberian government officials. Just day to the holding of the November 7 runoff election, the Supreme Court has ordered the cancellation of the process, pending an investigation into allegation of gross irregularities and frauds arising from the conduct of the October 10 presidential and legislative by the Liberty Party (LP).Reading the joint decision of the five-panel justices yesterday, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said, “the alternative writ of prohibition ordered issued by Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, Justice in Chamber, is upheld and sustained, and the peremptory writ of prohibition requested by the LP is hereby granted.”As for the National Elections Commission (NEC), Justice Korkpor stated, “NEC is estopped and prohibited from conducting the runoff election, until the complaints filed by the LP are investigated by the NEC, and if need be the party appeal process to the Supreme Court is availed of and the matter is decided by the court.” Scenes from the Supreme Court ruling in the case of LP’s request for Writ of Prohibition agains…1 of 14 An excited Wilmot Paye at the supreme court following the ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Concluding, the chief justice emphasized by saying, “because of the critical nature of the complaints, subject of the petition proceedings, and its implication on the governance of the nation, the NEC is directed to give urgent attention to the expeditious hearing and determination.” Overview of attendants at the hearing in the Supreme Court chamber (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Justices Jamesetta H. Wolokollie and Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh, the two female justices of the Supreme Court (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Karnwea, Bility, Paye and Sanvee sitting in the supreme court for the hearing (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Justices Philip A. Z. Banks, Kabina Ja’neh and Francis Korkpor (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Overview of the attendants of the hearing at the Supreme Court (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh)center_img Kuku Dorbor in an interview with journalists (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Cllr. Dean in an interview following the Supreme Court ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) NEC’s lawyer, Cllr. Musa Dean, following the Supreme Court ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Prince Toles, Representative candidate of the Liberty Party during the October 10 elections, with his Colleague at the court (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) A crowd waited peacefully outside the Supreme Court, awaiting the ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) The five justices in the Supreme Court (from left): Justices Banks, Ja’neh, Chief Justice Korkpor, Justices Wolokollie and Yuoh (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Liberty Party chairman Ben Sanvee in an interview with journalists after the Supreme Court ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Antonio – hands off the schools

first_imgThe proposed Council of Mayors would have been a total disaster. It would have opened school district management to political jockeying by Villaraigosa and the other mayors to get their handpicked choices into the supervisory spot and, ultimately, other school management positions. The plan was so vague, and so muddled, that it gave credence to the school board’s charge that the mayor’s takeover plan was nothing more than a crude ego-driven power play. It would have been much more credible and less messy if Villaraigosa had simply done what his predecessors, Mayor Richard Riordan and James Hahn, did. Riordan dumped money into school board races to elect people who shared his vision of school improvement. He aggressively lobbied state and federal officials for more money for school improvements. Hahn pushed hard to expand L.A.’s BEST after-school program and got several million dollars in funding for the program. Riordan and Hahn’s efforts at reform did not magically transform L.A.’s ailing schools into shining fonts of learning. But they did show that Los Angeles mayors could make a difference in the fight for school excellence without resorting to ham-handed interference. They also showed that they could be partners rather than adversaries with the LAUSD. But Villaraigosa is not interested in a partnership. He repeatedly claimed that big-city mayors do a better job of running poor urban school districts than elected boards, though the reviews of mayor-run school districts have been mixed. Now with an imminent court defeat staring him in the face, Villaraigosa can still play a major role in helping the district turn things around. He can turn his office into a bully pulpit and use his considerable political muscle to prod and cajole the state Legislature and Schwarzenegger to increase funding for reading, math, after-school programs and nutrition programs, and to beef up counseling and violence-prevention programs. He should tap his bigwig corporate donors to put their money into innovative school programs rather than plow it into his political war chest to meddle with the board. He can also keep his pledge to work closely with LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer III to implement the checklist of programs that Brewer’s outlined. Brewer has spent weeks visiting schools, listening to parents and teachers tell of their needs and problems. He has a far better understanding of what it takes to make change than Villaraigosa. Meanwhile, the mayor should backpedal fast from politicizing the May school board run-off election. Finally, the mayor should do what he’s paid to do, and that’s make L.A. a safer and better place to live. That entails police reform, the expansion of the Los Angeles International Airport, empowering neighborhood councils, improving homeless services, traffic relief and economic development. These are problems that require much greater attention from the mayor than the schools do. We’d all be better off if he gave them that attention. And, frankly, so would he. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst and a frequent contributor to Viewpoint. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At first glance, it seemed strange that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would reach out to a school board member whom he had tried to oust from office by bankrolling his opponent. But that’s exactly what he did March 6 when he called school board member Jon Lauritzen after the election. His call to Lauritzen could be viewed as a common courtesy gesture from one elected official to another. It could have been a tactical political move to soften up Lauritzen, even though he faces a tough May runoff fight against Villaraigosa’s candidate, Tamar Galatzan. Or, more cynically, it was recognition by Villaraigosa that an appeals court will probably uphold the lower-court ruling that vetoed the mayor’s school takeover bid. If that happens, Villaraigosa will have to do more than just pay lip service to working with the school board. He’ll have to do it. If he had done so in the first place, it would have saved months of finger-pointing, name-calling and blame-swapping. It also would have saved the millions squandered on lawsuits, court actions and politicking. From the beginning, the takeover plan was a hastily tossed-together mishmash of programs and ideas that the school board had either implemented or was considering in some form. last_img read more

Northern Health opens applications for Imagine Community Grants

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health has announced that it is now taking applications for their Imagine Community Grants.The grants of up to $5,000 are available for eligible schools, community groups, and others that have an idea for a project that promotes healthy living. This is the second time that Northern Health is accepting applications this year. The first round back in April saw over $340,000 in funding given to 91 projects in 46 communities across northern B.C.Imagine Community Grants provide funding to community organizations, service agencies, First Nations organizations, schools, municipalities, regional districts, and other partners with projects that make northern communities healthier.- Advertisement -“Many local governments, community groups, schools, First Nations organizations, and other community stakeholders are leaders and promoters of healthy living,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “These groups play a pivotal role in developing communities that promote health, prevent injury, and prevent chronic disease, and they’re a unique way to work towards our shared priorities of healthy eating, tobacco cessation, mental wellness, and active living.”Aligning with the Healthy Families BC Policy Framework, Imagine Grants fund projects with a focus on areas such as:Healthy eating and food securityPhysical activity and active livingInjury preventionTobacco-free communitiesPositive mental healthPrevention of substance harmsHealthy early childhood developmentHealthy agingOne example of a program that was started with the help of an Imagine grant in Fort St. john is NEAT’s Food Secure Kids community garden program at Duncan Cran, Robert Ogilvie, and Central Elementary Schools.Advertisement Applicants can apply for funding of up to $5,000 for each project. Preference will be given to projects that encourage different community groups to work together, address something that is missing in the community, help those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable, develop skills and resources in the community, and feature a plan to live on in the community after the funding ends.Grant information and application forms are available on Northern Health’s Imagine Grants website. Information can also be obtained via e-mail at or by phone at 250-565-2131.The deadline for application submissions is October 31st.last_img read more

Harden explodes for 58 points as Rockets rally to beat Heat

first_img0Shares0000James Harden is hoping his 58 point performance against the Miami Heat will spark another scoring streak for the Houston Rockets’ guard © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / STREETER LECKALOS ANGELES, United States, Mar 1 – James Harden delivered his seventh career 50-point, 10-assist performance Thursday as the Houston Rockets edged the Miami Heat 121-118.With Harden in a three-point shooting slump over the last few games, the Rockets have been depending on their reserves to help get the job done. But Harden reasserted himself Thursday in front of a home crowd of 18,100 at the Toyota Center, finishing with 58 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds on a night when the Rockets had to once again tinker with their roster because of injuries.“I wanted to be aggressive and continue to attack the rim,” Harden said. “I took my shots when I had the opportunities.”He got some help down the stretch from Austin Rivers (17 points) and Chris Paul, whose jumper with 46 seconds left followed a failed Harden three-pointer and extended the lead to three. Coming into the game Harden was just three for 31 from beyond the arc in his previous three games.Harden has three 50-point, 10-assist games this season. He had his streak of consecutive 30-point games snapped at 32 on Monday against the Atlanta Hawks.“We get the stat sheet at the end of the game, and I saw he had 58,” teammate Rivers said. “All of us were like, ‘He had that many points?’ We had no idea he had that many points. That’s a lot of points. He was incredible.”Last month Harden scored a career-high and franchise-record 61 points in a 114-110 win over the lowly New York Knicks.Miami grabbed a 113-103 lead on a Goran Dragic three pointer with 6:18 remaining, but Houston answered with a 14-0 run to take the lead.Miami had seven players scoring in double figures with Dragic and Kelly Olynyk scoring 21 points apiece.The Heat shot 51.9 percent overall but went cold at the wrong time, posting only 20 points on six-for-17 shooting in the final period.“We were lackadaisical on defence, especially in that second quarter,” Harden said. “They gained confidence and knocked down shots. They were just too comfortable, so we had to pick the pressure up in the second half, create some turnovers and energy with our defence.”The Rockets were without regulars Eric Gordon (knee), Kenneth Faried (hip) and Iman Shumpert (calf).Elsewhere, Aaron Gordon tallied 22 points and 15 rebounds as the Orlando Magic snapped an 11-game losing streak to beat the Golden State Warriors 103-96.The two-time defending NBA champion Warriors blew an 11-point lead en route to losing their second game in as many nights, after they fell to the Miami Heat 126-125 when veteran Dwyane Wade nailed the game winner at the buzzer on Wednesday.Terrence Ross scored 16 points, D.J. Augustin got 14, while Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Orlando beat the Warriors for the first time since December 2012.Stephen Curry scored 33 points, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins each had 21 for the Warriors, who rested Kevin Durant and ended up paying for it.– Curry goes cold –Curry sank only one basket in the fourth quarter.“Considering the way we finished the third quarter, we were pretty much in control of the game,” Curry said. “But we missed a lot of shots and didn’t get any stops so it’s a frustrating way to end. This is a tough one.”The Magic shot just five-of-23 from the field in the third quarter and trailed 81-70 going into the fourth. They led by eight points at halftime.Ross nailed a three pointer in the fourth to spark a 15-4 run. His final three pointer of the game, with 4:16 left, made it 89-89.Also, Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 35 points and the Indiana Pacers overcame Karl-Anthony Towns’ dominating offensive performance for Minnesota to beat the Timberwolves 122-115.Towns had 42 points and 17 rebounds, scoring 23 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the first quarter.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Illinois building a streak of its own

first_imgZook’s resurrection of Illinois has mirrored his own. He was run out of Florida after three winning seasons, only to surface in Champaign in 2005. After winning only four of his first 23 games, and just one in the conference, he has Illinois talking Big Ten title. “With a team like us,” Mendenhall said, “we haven’t had too much success like this. (Now) we know we can play with anybody.” The Badgers (5-1, 2-1) hadn’t lost since Sept. 16, 2006, at Michigan. It was also only the second loss in 19 games for Coach Bret Bielema, who said the Illini played up to Wisconsin’s ranking. “I think it has to do with we’re ranked No. 5 in the country and everybody wants to talk about why we shouldn’t be,” he said. Whether that ranking was justified is another thing. The Badgers struggled to wins over UNLV, Iowa and Michigan State and were 21/2-point underdogs against the Illini. It looked like Illinois was the better team most of the way. Mendenhall, the Big Ten’s third-leading rusher at better than 122 yards a game, had 100 by halftime, and his two touchdowns carried Illinois to a 17-6 lead. “That guy’s got muscles,” Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “He’s just a hard runner.” The Illini didn’t pound the ball inside until late, relying instead on a no-huddle spread offense and the option. “We take pride in our running,” Mendenhall said. “With our scheme and the playmakers we have out there, it’s hard for the defense to focus on one person.” Although Williams passed and ran Illinois to the lead, it was the sophomore quarterback’s relief, Eddie McGee, who essentially sealed the win. For the second week in a row, Zook sent McGee in during the second half. Against Penn State, the redshirt freshman ripped off a 53-yard run to secure the win. This time, he scored on a 5-yard keeper that put the Illini up, 31-19, with 5 minutes to go. Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan threw two interceptions in Illinois territory, the first to safety Kevin Mitchell and the second to cornerback Vontae Davis.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rashard Mendenhall and Juice Williams carried the surprising Illini to a 31-26 win over No. 5 Wisconsin on Saturday, ending the Badgers’ 14-game winning streak. A week ago, Illinois beat then-No. 21 Penn State, 27-20, the school’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2001. Mendenhall ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and Williams added another 92 yards rushing as Illinois improved to 5-1 overall. The Illini are off to a 3-0 start in the Big Ten for the first time since 1990, when they won a share of the conference title. None of it is a surprise to Illinois coach Ron Zook, who challenged Mendenhall before the season to lead the potent offense. “I said, `Rashard, if you have the kind of year we think you’re capable of having, and if you do the things the coaches are trying to get you to do, we have a chance to be pretty special,” Zook said. BIG TEN: Illini’s second straight win over top-25 team ends Wisconsin’s 14-game winning streak. By David Mercer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Last weekend’s upset of a top-25 team wasn’t enough to get Illinois ranked. Maybe this one will be. last_img

Viewers stunned by Joleon Lescott wearing ‘no trousers’ during Wolves v City

first_imgFor a moment I thought Joleon Lescott was sat on Sky Sports in his underwear 😂 #WOLMCI— RobWD (@Tricki_D) August 25, 2018 Lescott raised eyebrows with his choice of attire Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures ALTERED Ok real talk, I thought Joleon Lescott forgot to put on trousers— Mark (@TheBoySeggy) August 25, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Did Joleon Lescott lose a bet when he’s doing the punditry with no trousers on?— Shane Nallen (@ShaneyNal87) August 25, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Joleon Lescott had a serious wardrobe malfunction on Sky Sports while covering Manchester City’s game at Wolves.The former centre-back, who played for both teams during his career, appeared as a pundit on Saturday and convinced viewers that he wasn’t wearing any trousers. Why’s Joleon Lescott not kecks on?— Will Magee (@millwagee) August 25, 2018center_img Latest Premier League News Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Glanced at the tele and genuinely thought Joleon Lescott was sitting there with no trousers on then— Josh Curtis (@JoshCurtis16) August 25, 2018 huge blow REVEALED shining Serious wardrobe malfunction for Joleon Lescott. Just grab some shorts from lost property #WOLMCI #MCFC— JaKens (@JaKens_YT) August 25, 2018 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade no dice Why’s joleon lescott got no trousers on ??— Andy Armstrong (@AndyA123) August 25, 2018 possible standings silverware 1 Lescott, 36, opted for a brown pair of bottoms for his on-screen appearance, however they almost matched his skin colour and made the watching public double take.Many first thought he had turned up wearing only his underwear and reacted accordingly.You can see the best responses on social media below. smart causal last_img read more


first_imgKevin Cassidy has sensationally claimed that Jim McGuinness’s ‘tunnel vision’ cost Donegal the opportunity to win more All-Irelands.Kevin Cassidy has risked the wrath of Donegal GAA supporters by claiming Jim McGuinness COST Donegal more All-Ireland titles.Cassidy believes some of the decisions McGuinness made and some of the stances he took, ultimately hurt Donegal and cost them the opportunity to win more All-Ireland titles.He accused McGuinness of having tunnel vision and feels the fall-out Rory Gallagher and the departure of Mark McHugh from the squad could’ve been handled a whole lot better. In his Gaelic Life column Cassidy said, “Some will say that surely this must be a strength but, in the modern game, everything cannot always be black and white.“Situations and events will arise and you must show compassion and deal with individuals differently.“Leaving my own situation aside, I feel that the fall-out with Rory Gallagher (former assistant manager) and the loss of Mark McHugh could have been deal with a lot better.“I do feel that decisions and stances he took denied Donegal the opportunity to win one if not two more All Irelands. CASSIDY -“DECISIONS MCGUINNESS MADE COST US MORE ALL-IRELANDS” was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:All-IrelandsGAAgaelic lifeJim McGuinnessKevin CassidynewsSportTunnel Visionlast_img read more

Higher low for wages?

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to propose a $1 increase in the state’s minimum wage after vetoing similar legislation this year, a further indication that he is cultivating a more moderate image as he begins his re-election year. An aide to the governor said the proposal would be included in Schwarzenegger’s State of the State speech Thursday. Under the plan, the hourly wage would rise from $6.75 to $7.25 in September and to $7.75 in July 2007. Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill last September that would have provided the same wage increase but also mandated automatic hikes to keep pace with inflation. In his veto message, the governor said he believed it was time to raise the minimum wage but did not support the annual increase. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The new proposal does not include an automatic yearly increase. California’s minimum wage was last increased in 2002, when it rose by 50 cents an hour. The state’s lowest-paid workers already get more than the federal minimum of $5.15 per hour, but are paid less than other West Coast states. Oregon’s minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, while Washington’s is $7.35. California governors typically trickle out details of their annual budget plan before it is submitted to the Legislature in early January. Attempts to reach Schwarzenegger’s communications officers for comment about the minimum-wage proposal were not immediately returned. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more