Hindu community lobbies Indian High Commissioner to resolve issue

first_imgIndian High Commissioner to Guyana Venkatachalam MahalingamGPC Leader, Pandit Rudra SharmaGHDC Vice President Pandit Jagmohan PersaudIndian High Commissioner to Guyana Venkatachalam Mahalingam is being lobbied to provide assistance in resolving the holiday timing controversy, which has caused a division in the local Hindu community, most notably during the celebrations of hallmark events like Diwali and Phagwah.Massive confusion erupted last year after two Hindu organisations in the country failed to find middle ground on the date for the Festival of Lights – Diwali. This disagreement rolled over into the new year for the Festival of Colours – Phagwah, with the celebration being observed on two days. This again will be the case for Diwali celebrations 2016.The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha (GHDS) has declared that October 30 is the true date for the celebration of the holiday, while the Guyana Pandits Council (GPC) is holding out that it is October 29.Restore harmonyIn an effort to settle the controversy in order to restore harmony among Guyanese Hindus, the organisations have taken a decision to seek the intervention of an expert from India.The yet-to-be selected expert, who must be a member of the board responsible for setting national holidays in India and an astrologer, will be responsible for conducting his own study and making his own assessment of when the holidays ought to be held, and both organisations are hopeful that his pronouncement will be timely so as to avoid controversy next year.GHDS Vice President, Pandit Jagmohan Persaud, during an interview with  Guyana Times on Tuesday, explained that the Indian High Commissioner responded via telephone after several requests were made.The organisations were still awaiting an official written response from the High Commission, pledging its assistance in this regard.Pandit Persaud expressed high hopes that by next year, the issue would be resolved.GPC Leader, Pandit Rudra Sharma, during a telephone interview with this newspaper also shared similar views.“It is extremely important to us to have this issue resolved, because it is dividing the Hindu community. It is not looking good and we would like to have this resolved as early as possible,” he stated.last_img read more

Govt accused of bypassing tender boards over unfavourable results

first_imgANSA McAL sole sourcingA worrying trend is developing within the coalition Administration whereby the tender boards across the country are being blatantly bypassed if desired results are not yielded, according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.“If the tenders don’t yield the results that they want, they keep annulling the tender,” Jagdeo said he has observed in a number of cases – most recently the scandal at the Georgetown Public Hospital where a multimillion-dollar contract for drug procurement was given to ANSA McAL. Jagdeo, during a press conference at Freedom House on Tuesday, noted his concern that the Georgetown Public Hospital cancelled about four tenders within the past few months in a move, which he strongly believed was carried out to create an emergency shortage of pharmaceuticals so that a $606 million contract could be awarded to its preferred supplier, ANSA McAL.“It’s a growing pattern. We have seen it in the contract for Sheriff Street, water treatment plants, GPL meters…if that’s the case, then we should disband our tender boards,” he reasoned as he questioned why the substantive minister made no enquiries as to why these tenders were consistently cancelled.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence is also being called out to reveal the identities of the delinquent contractors she is blaming for the emergency drug shortage situation at the Georgetown Public Hospital.According to Lawrence, the shortage arose at the Public Hospital because some suppliers who were awarded contracts failed in certain ways to deliver the pharmaceuticals.Jagdeo is urging that the Government make these names available to the public, as well as outline how these individuals received the contracts in the first place.He further presumed that if the contracts were awarded through the legitimate channels, able and equipped companies would have been given the task of supplying the Public Hospital with drugs.The Opposition Leader argued that many of the delinquent contractors received the contracts directly, without proper screening to determine their capability of providing the pharmaceuticals.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary also questioned why the Board of the Georgetown Hospital decided to go directly to ANSA McAL to supply the pharmaceuticals and how did they conclude that other firms were incapable of supplying same.He even questioned if the Public Health Minister had a hand in this whole controversy by passing directions for ANSA McAL to be given the contract. Earlier this week, Lawrence confirmed that ANSA McAL was granted the $606 million contract to “fast track” the supplies of drugs to the Georgetown Public Hospital. The Minister explained that as a result of a drug shortage crisis at the Georgetown Public Hospital, she met with public health officials to ensure an adequate supply of drugs was immediately made available to address the emergency.Minister Lawrence explained that after meeting with the officials, she sought to “fast-track” the procurement of the drugs to minimise the negative effects on patients as a result of the shortages.“This influenced the decision to seek the green light from the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) for ANSA McAL to supply drugs and pharmaceuticals to the tune of some $606 million,” she stated.She further added that that ANSA McAL had donated four refrigerators to the Georgetown Hospital.She also disclosed that NEW GPC, Health 2000 and Chirosyn Discovery had each received contracts to supply some of the emergency drugs. Lawrence explained that other companies were not part of the process, because investigations were ongoing into the late/non-delivery of critical drugs which they were contracted to procure for Georgetown Hospital during 2016.Disciplinary actionsCommenting on the development, President David Granger had said that the matter could be resolved at the level of the Finance and Public Health Ministries, as well as the Georgetown Hospital, so that disciplinary actions could be taken against persons at fault.“If there is some procedural irregularity, that (situation) can be rectified; and if it is found that somebody is at fault; well, there can be disciplinary actions,” he told reporters on the televised programme “The Public Interest”, which aired last Friday.Nevertheless, President Granger has insisted that while it was not the policy of his Government to procure drugs through sole sourcing, there was a crisis in which drugs that were supposed to be supplied since last year were delayed for whatever reason, and actions had to be taken to remedy the situation.PrequalificationsThe Government had advanced new mechanisms that changed the way drugs were procured and supplied in the country, in essence decentralising the acquisition and dissemination of medical equipment and drugs to the various Regions. It also dissolved the prequalification procedure to give companies that do not qualify to the international prescribed standard and consequent supply chain of prequalification an opportunity to supply drugs.The former Administration was criticised for its position of maintaining the prequalification criteria, because critics felt favouritism was at play when some local prequalified companies received contracts in Guyana.However, the former Administration had only put those mechanisms, which were modelled after procurement procedures for international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO); United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), etc, to ensure that quality drugs were steadily available for mass public consumption at competitive world market prices. In the absence of such mechanisms, invariably, there would be shortages of drugs, since there were no direct established supply chains with companies that are prequalified to deliver the requisite drugs needed.last_img read more

Local Soldier Returns Home

first_imgPhoto: Just a few of the Yellow Ribbons tied to polls from Fort St. John to South Taylor – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caDrivers from Fort St. John to South Taylor have been wondering why yellow ribbons are wrapped around trees, parking meters and sign poles in the area. The ribbons, which have also graced poles and trees in other communities across Canada, are a symbol that a local soldier is coming home. The ribbons in the Peace Region were placed by the family of Cole Fouillard, 21, who is coming home tonight. The Taylor man, who joined the military in 2005, has been stationed in Afghanistan with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry since February of this year. He returns home at the same time as soldiers from Edmonton and other cities in Ontario.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Joash took one for the team, says Olunga

first_img0Shares0000Joash Onyango (left) is consoled by captain Musa Mohammed after receiving a red card during Kenya’s African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga has lauded Joash Onyango for his performance against Ghana in their 1-0 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualification win on Saturday evening.The Gor Mahia stopper put up a shift at the heart of defense where he had paired skipper Musa Mohammed, but was shown red on the hour mark after a goal saving tackle on Majeed Warris with the Ghanaian forward through on goal. “Joash played really well and he took a card for the team. That was a very vital challenge because who knows what could have happened next,” Olunga said as he reflected on the historic win over the four-time African champions.The forward who turns out for Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol was also full of praise for the local lads who were thrown into the deep end and produced a commendable result especially with the absence of several key players.Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed, midfielders Dennis Odhiambo and Ismail Gonzalez during Kenya’s African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“They played very well when you are coming to play a game of this magnitude like Ghana and with such a huge crowd behind you, most players fall for that kind of pressure and fail to perform but yesterday, the players took the opportunity and gave their all,” he added.Among the local lads who shone in the tie include right back Philemon Otieno who however had to limp off injured at the start of the second half.“I believe this is what we need to see from the local players. When given an opportunity, they come out of their cocoon and show what they are made of,” Olunga noted.,The victory against the Ghanaians took Stars’ 2019 AFCON qualification desire a notch higher and the performance from the boys was a huge motivator that the days ahead are bright.Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga celebrates during Kenya’s African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It was a great motivation to pick three points against Ghana who are favorites in the group. No one expected us to win that game but the players believed and worked hard. Everyone gave their 110pc even after we were down to 10 men. We fought with the fans behind us,” Olunga further noted.Up next in the road to Cameroon are back to back home and away ties against Ethiopia in October and Olunga believes a minimum of four points in these two games will be crucial in keeping the dream alive, qualifying to the Cup of Nations for the first time in close to two decades.“Ethiopia is a good side and it will not be easy against them especially away where they have many fans. It will not be easy as people think because nowadays in football it doesn’t matter where you play whether home or away. It is important that we give in 100pc and be committed to work hard,” he further stated.Stars earned a Sh2mn bonus from the Football Kenya Federation after their win.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Season over at Bayern for Neuer, doubts over World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was part of Germany’s victorious team in the last World Cup but is a doubt for the squad in Russia © AFP/File / ODD ANDERSENBERLIN, Germany, May 9 – Manuel Neuer has poured serious doubt on his World Cup chances while his Bayern Munich coach on Wednesday says Germany’s goalkeeper will not play again for the club this season.“I do not think it’s imaginable that I go into such a tournament without match practice,” Neuer said at an event on Tuesday night on his Russia 2018 chances. Neuer, 32, has been sidelined by a fractured foot since September and is running out of time to be fit for Germany’s opening World Cup match against Mexico in Moscow on June 17.Heynckes said there was no chance Neuer would play in Bayern’s last two games this season — the final Bundesliga game at home to Stuttgart on Saturday and the German Cup final on May 19 against Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin.“Manuel won’t play against Stuttgart — and also not in the German Cup final,” Heynckes told Kicker magazine.That means Neuer can only get the necessary match practice in two games before the World Cup — Germany’s friendlies away to Austria in Klagenfurt on June 2 and at home against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on June 8.“There are still a few games,” Neuer said, but added that he cannot give a date for his return.“There is no prognosis, I have to make the right decision for me, the team and Germany.“It does not help to get distracted.”Coach Joachim Loew is still expected to include Neuer in his provisional World Cup squad, which will be named next Tuesday and then trimmed down for the final 23-man list.The goalkeeper will have to work on his fitness at Germany’s two-week training camp in northern Italy from May 23 to June 8 if he is to have any chance of playing at Russia 2018.Neuer only recently returned to Bayern training.“I want to improve daily and try to get fit as quickly as possible, so far the steps have been very good and positive,” he said,“I’m trying to continue and then we’ll see if it’s enough.”Neuer is the main concern for Loew, who is also waiting on the fitness of Germany centre-back Jerome Boateng, who has a groin injury, and attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, who is sidelined by a back complaint.Boateng said he is on course to be fit for the World Cup finals after being injured in Bayern’s Champions League semi-final, first-leg, defeat against Real Madrid.“The national coach knows that my goal of travelling with the team (to Russia) is absolutely realistic,” said Boateng.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal transfer report – Arsene Wenger coy on Granit Xhaka links

first_imgArsene Wenger has remained coy on speculation linking Arsenal with a £35million summer move for Borussia Monchengladbach star Granit Xhaka.The Gunners are said to be hot on the heels of the midfielder, who has earned rave reviews in the Bundesliga this season.Reports in Germany had claimed Arsenal were ready to splash out on the 23-year-old in an attempt to bolster their midfield options for next season.But Wenger has refused to discuss a move for Xhaka as the club continue to fight for a first Premier League title since 2004.“At the moment, we start to analyse, work and to get little lists of names,” said Wenger.“It’s not the moment to come out with names.” Swiss star Granit Xhaka is on Arsene Wenger’s wanted list 1last_img read more


first_imgOn Sunday last two young 24/7 athletes took part in the Eton Dorney Championships, in the English capital.Christine Russell and Orlaith Fogarty who finished 1st and 3rd respectively in the Irish National a couple weeks ago, headed to London in the hope of gaining valuable experience racing against the world’s best and most competitive underage and junior athletes.Both equipped themselves very well and finish 19th and 21st respectively in the sprint distance race. Next year will be very significant for the girls in that they will be eligible to train with and race against senior athletes in the national series sprint events.The future is bright for the pair and the club would like to wish them all the best.Mourne TriathlonOn Saturday a group of 24/7 athletes headed to the County Down village of Castlewellen for the latest instalment of the National Series. In the beautiful surroundings of Castlewellen park the race kicked off just after 10am in the cold and very choppy waters of the lake.Aidan Callaghan was first of the 350 athletes to exit the water in 17min 30 sec but was caught on the bike by eventual winner Charles Maltha who put in a blistering effort to open up a gap that could not be closed.Aidan finished the race in 7th and will be buoyed by this after a disappointing 11th last week in Dublin.Hugh Gallagher and Pauric Kelly continued their development and raced well having a terrific battle with Hugh catching and passing Pauric on the run with only 30 seconds separating the pair at the finish.Donagh O Sullivan put in a good bike split to finish just outside the top 100, while Paul O Gara, Paul Dilion and Cathal Roarty all had good races with marked improvements on previous outings throughout the year. LETTERKENNY 24/7 JUNIOR ATHLETES BLOSSOM IN ETON was last modified: September 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:24/7AthletesChampionshipsEnglandEtonJuniorsletterkennylast_img read more

‘Give Sadio Mane a Klopp hug’ – These Liverpool fans rally around Senegal star

first_img Mane’s distress is related to his performance in the game, according to Senegalese media no dice Someone give mane a Klopp hug #lfc #Mane— Jamie (@Jhogan_48) November 18, 2018 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Liverpool fans, do your job next game when Mane plays.. #LFC— TheRedKoptie (@KoptieRed) November 17, 2018 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade I’ll fight anyone that upsets Sadio Mane.— – (@AnfieldRd96) November 17, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions This is the latest piece of criticism Mane has faced in his homeland for failing to achieve the same form for his country as he does for his club.But Mane can do no wrong in the eyes of most Liverpool fans and these Kopites took to Twitter to show their messages of support to the forward. REVEALED huge blow REVEALED RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Horrible to see, this. Get him back to Melwood with Jurgen.— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) November 18, 2018 BEST OF A distressed Sadio Mane was consoled by team-mates as he walked off the pitch in tears after helping Senegal beat Equitorial Guinea.The Liverpool star completed the entire 90 minutes of his side’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier win and, on seeing the images, many feared he had injured himself. 1 MONEY Oh man poor #SadioMane….we all love you…how to knock a poor guys confidence. Should be ashamed of yourselves booing him. Heart breaking seeing him so hurt #LFC— Lynette Jones 🔴⚽️ (@AhhhManeMane) November 17, 2018 Latest Football News However, Senegalese media calmed these concerns, with Metro Dakar suggesting Mane’s reaction was based on his performance.Mane, who sustained a thumb injury during the international break last month, missed a chance in the second-half which was met by boos from supporters.last_img read more

From dust bowls to fields of dreams

first_img The league had to borrow more than $100,000 to pay for some of the upgrades, but has paid it all back thanks in part to statewide tournaments it has hosted. The city chipped in to build the road and parking lot. Overall, the changes cost about $300,000. Vito Messina, 13, a third-baseman, said before the complex was fixed up, the fields were so choppy, Hall-of-Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson couldn’t stop its unpredictable grounders. “I like it a lot,” he said of the new complex. “When players come here from other areas, they go, ‘Wow, check out these fields.”‘ Meanwhile, the softball upgrades are coming in part thanks to the Amanda McPherson Foundation, a local group named for an 8-year-old Wood Ranch girl who loved softball and died of heart failure two years ago. The foundation will donate $200,000 to the project, which also received $50,000 each from Farmers Insurance and Unocal Corp., said Costello, the foundation’s vice president. Grading on the new park in the Big Sky neighborhood began this week, and the fields could open by summer. “It’s gorgeous up there with the views,” he said. “This is going to be one of the nicest spots in Southern California to play girls softball.” Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – More than 800 youth baseball and softball players in town are about to get a major league upgrade to their outdated fields. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in renovations are making the once-dusty Simi Valley Youth Baseball complex an attraction for teams across Southern California, organizers said. In the scenic hills across town, crews are doing grading work on a sports park that will include four softball diamonds. “Simi Youth Baseball is now one of the finest facilities in Southern California, bar none,” said Tom Costello, who has two boys in the youth baseball program and a daughter in the Simi Valley Girls Softball Organization. There are between 400 and 500 girls ages 6-14 in the Simi Valley Softball Organization and another 450 boys ages 4-14 who play youth baseball. The boys group is planning to expand, with teams for 15- and 16-year-olds. 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 Colleen Janssen, spokeswoman for the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District whose son used to play Little League, said the property there “was in dire need of improvement.” Now, it’s a gem hidden behind a flood control dam below Wood Ranch, she said. Ed Toczynski has been active in Simi Valley Youth Baseball since 1987 and agreed there were problems at the old complex. “When we started playing there, people used to call it the dust bowl,” he said. “My kids were rolling around in the dirt.” Now, the area that houses a five-field complex – with synthetic turf infields and grass outfields – a new paved road and a parking lot is “paradise,” he said. “I love everything about our complex,” Toczynski said. last_img read more

Why the Raiders want to go Canada, and why they may not get there

first_imgIntriguing news coming from a Saskatchewan football … Intriguing news from the NFL owners meeting in Arizona: The Raiders are considering playing an exhibition game in Canada in August.Sounds weird, but it has to be true — it’s on Twitter:One topic that is being kicked around here in AZ: The #Raiders are mulling playing a preseason game in Canada, I’m told. Possibly in Saskatchewan. Potentially, the #Rams in Hawaii, #Raiders in Canada.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 26, 2019last_img read more