Condemning attempted assassination of Venezuelan President

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to unequivocally condemn the attempted assassination of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This is clearly intended to further destabilise the serious situation existing in Venezuela.Such an attempt is intended to achieve political ends by murder. It is possibly the intentions of the intellectual authors of this crime to seize power by force and/or to push the country to civil war.For too long, Latin America has suffered from coups, assassinations, and military style dictatorships. The history of the region demonstrates that such situations lead to social, economic and political degeneration, in which ordinary working people are the most injured.The history and events of other regions tell the same tale. Just a casual glance at the Middle East, Iraq, Libya, Syria and others confirms the universality of such diabolical acts.As a neighbour of Venezuela, I encourage all the social and political forces in Guyana to raise their voices in condemnation of this attempted assassination of that country’s president. Guyana will not be unaffected by such undemocratic and murderous acts.I therefore call on all legitimate Venezuelan forces to engage in meaningful dialogue to arrive at acceptable decisions.Once more, I wish to reiterate my own opposition to political assassination as a form of legitimate struggle.Finally, I wish to extend best wishes for a peaceful solution to all the people of Venezuela fighting for social and economic progress.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Guyana Presidentlast_img read more

Mother of Twins Appeals for Assistance

first_imgMadam Fayah and her twinsBy Joe FineboyA woman who delivered twins during the height of the Ebola Crisis is appealing to humanitarians and organizations to come to her aid so she can adequately support the children.Speaking to the Daily Observer recently in Paynesville, Madam Comfort Fayah said she has been struggling with the kids over the past three years.She said since the birth of her twins in 2014, her husband, Victor Fayah, has not been able to support the family.Madam Fayah suffered from polio as a child and is crippled in one leg.She said when she delivered the children on September 17, 2014, the news reached many Liberians who came and identified with her, with many promising to assist them.“Journalists came to interview me and put me on the radio and in newspapers and many people came with promises to help me and the children, but since that time there has been no help,” she said.Madam Fayah named school and household needs as the main challenges she is faced with.“My children are in school but I am finding it difficult to raise their school fees and also find money to buy their uniforms, which they don’t have at present,” she said. “We are renting through the help of my church mother who is now unable to help. I need US$150 to pay the rent every six months. This is why I am calling on the good people of Liberia to help me so that my children can go to school and have somewhere to sleep,” she pleaded.Madam Fayah said anyone  willing to assist her can reach her on 0776 741 020 and 0886 340 805.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ISG gives away second bike in ‘Oil and Go’ Promotion

first_imgStaffers celebrate as the name of the winner of ISG’s ‘Oil and Go’ Promotion is announcedAnother lucky Guyanese on Friday rode away with a Honda motorcycle as Industrial Supply of Guyana Incorporated’s “Oil and Go” promotion intensifies.The grand draw was done on Friday by one of ISG’s authorised resellers, Parts Plus, on Alberttown and Light Streets, Georgetown, as the company celebrates its 16 years of service to the Guyanese populace.Raymond James would have purchased fuel just in time to cop one of the six motorcycles that were given away by the company during its grand promotion.The promotion did not exclude authorised resellers from participating in the promotion as they were eligible to win one of two all-expenses-paid trips to Barbados for a weekend. This drawing will be done at the end of the promotion.However, drawings for the motorcycles will be done monthly but customers can also double their chances of winning by shopping Ultra Powermax 10W 40 Motorcycle Oil.One person already won a motorcycle by simply purchasing oil that just cost him $4500.To win, users must fill out the coupon with all the required fields, especially tax invoice numbers so that the purchase can be verified at resellers across Guyana.Vouchers without the invoice number will automatically be disqualified. Another criterion is that no customer can win twice and finally, no staff or family member from ISG or MACORP can participate.For resellers with 30 days credit, the account must be in good standing and the coupon filled out accurately.During the draw, it was pointed out that these vendors and users had to purchase MP Ultra Lubricant which boasts of over 50 years in experience of blending lubricants in Trinidad.Furthermore, all lubricants adhere to strict quality standards stipulated by international rating bodies, including the American Petroleum Institute (API), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).By being compliant to these standards, MP ensures its products rank in performance with any established international brand.last_img read more

Mother’s Day Rotary Run hosts close to record breaking turnout

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Nearly 300 runners participated in the Rotary Club of Fort St. John’s 7th Annual Mother’s Day Run on Sunday.A runner crossing the finishing line. Photo by John Luke Kieper.The run featured three races, the 10 kilometre race, the 5 kilometre race, and the 600 metre kids dash which were all held at Surerus Park. Medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each age division of the races. Age divisions were 13-under, ages 14-19, ages 20-39, ages 40-54, and ages 55 plus.- Advertisement –The opening sprint of the kid’s dash. Photo by John Luke Kieper.The top three finishers in the Men’s 10km run were:Miles Bason: 39:41Phil Phelan: 42:13Kyle Gardner 46:38The top three finishers in the Women’s 10km run were:Advertisement All proceeds from the run will be going to the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, a non profit organization in Fort St. John that helps women, mothers, and even men who are in need of food, clothing and basic necessity most people take for granted. Kelsie Murray: 45:33Wendy Giesbrecht: 47:04Jill Milonas: 49:33The top three finishers in the Men’s 5km run were:Ryan Bowie: 22:17Tyler Huiller: 23:37Alexander Rugina: 23:56The top three finishers in the Women’s 5km run were:Brianne Logeman: 22:37Erin Brody: 23:49Chrystal Jones: 24:15The results for the entire race can be found at: According to Mother’s Day Run Chair Daniel Holtman, the event was very close to, and possibly had a record-breaking turnout. Holtman explained that the event had over 50 volunteers, including Rotary members, players from the Trackers hockey team, and members of Search and Rescue all pitching in.Advertisementcenter_img Top three finishers in the 40-54 years old age division. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Holtman hopes that this event will go on for many years in the future and that eventually it will grow into the first-ever Fort St. John Marathon.last_img read more

First things first

first_imgNO need to applaud Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton’s plan to deploy 50 more cops to the San Fernando Valley to quell gang violence. It’s great to have some extra police support in the area, but it should have been here long ago. In fact, the reason Valley gang-related homicides jumped 30 percent in 2006 is, first and foremost, about policing. The Los Angeles Police Department doesn’t have enough cops and faces more crises than it’s equipped to handle, frequently shifting cops out of the Valley to other hot spots. And when the police were gone, the gangs took over. So now Bratton and Villaraigosa pledge to give the Valley some help. The decision is part of a broader gang-suppression strategy that includes training 5,000 officers in anti-gang tactics, establishing a gang homicide unit in South L.A., and publicly identifying the most dangerous gangs and their members. All of which is important – as far as it goes. The increased police presence in the Valley ought to reverse the spike in gang violence – 160 percent last year in the Mission Division, more than 40 percent Valley-wide – but it won’t make a difference over time unless dramatic other steps are taken. It’s well-established that shifting resources around helps to address inequities, but it does nothing to resolve the LAPD’s underlying lack of manpower. And while the greater suppression can halt the alarming increase in gang violence, it alone is insufficient to quell the gang epidemic, which existed long before the recent spike. Villaraigosa says his new suppression effort is the first part of a broader anti-gang strategy that will also include prevention and intervention. As it should – it will take a lot more than just policing to eradicate the gang culture. But we’ll save our applause for when Villaraigosa releases the rest of the plan and discloses how he’s going to pay for it without new taxes. 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

Manchester City transfer report: Striker set for Serie A to make way for Bony?

first_img Stevan Jovetic 1 Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic is drawing interest from Juventus and Roma, according to reports in Italy.Jovetic has been linked with a move away from the Etihad during the January transfer window, as City close in on a deal for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.This has alerted clubs in Italy, who believe City may be willing to part with Jovetic once a deal for Bony has been completed.Serie A duo Juventus and Roma – according to Corriere dello Sport – are both readying bids for Jovetic during the January transfer window.The 25-year-old has seen his playing time at the Etihad increase this season, but has never been a guaranteed starter since joining from Fiorentina in 2013.Back then City paid £22m for Jovetic and the Premier League champions are believed to have slapped a similar price tag on the Montenegro international if they are to cash in.last_img read more


first_imgA man was caught hiding in a wardrobe after two houses were broken into in Letterkenny.Matthew Lafferty, 19, admitted trespassing at two houses including 13 Ard Lohan and another at Wolfetone Place on Thursday night last, February 3rd.The court heard how Lafferty, of 35 Fairgreen, Letterkenny was found upstairs in a house after the owner returned home. The woman fled the house and called the Gardai.Lafferty and another man, later identified as Kevin Carmichael, were spotted causing criminal damage to a Ford Fiesta motorcar.Following Garda enquiries Lafferty was found hiding in a wardrobe at 19 Ard Lohan.A quantity of property which was stolen during the two robberies including a laptop computer, portable DVD players, a Samsung television and some jewelry.Solicitor for Lafferty, Patsy Gallagher, said his client was either very high or very low and admitted he was addicted to both alcohol and also cannabis and methadone.He said Lafferty had been in custody since he was arrested last Friday and had not eaten since.“He is in a very dark place and needs help. I also fully understand that the community needs to be protected,” he said.Garda Inspector Kevin Gately said he was fearful that Lafferty would offend again if he became high by taking drugs or drinking alcohol again.Judge Paul Kelly said he was fearful Lafferty would offend again as he had in the past.However he said he was prepared to give him one chance and put the case back until next Monday, February 13th for a Probation report.He put a number of conditions on his release including he sign on twice daily at Letterkenny Garda station, that he does not drink, that he resides at his parents home at Fairgreen and that he follow a nighttime curfew of not being on the streets between 7.30pm and 8am.The other man before the court Kevin Carmichael, was also charged with trespassing and causing criminal damage.Judge Paul Kelly heard Carmichael had a number of previous convictions and was also addicted to alcohol and drugs.Carmichael also pleaded guilty to trespassing and causing criminal damage.Judge Kelly found Carmichael guilty of causing criminal damage and sentenced him to six months in prison and suspended the sentence for one year.He also remanded Carmichael until April 3rd on the theft charge and ordered him to complete 80 hours community service in lieu of four months in prison.AT HEARING © 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.COMMENTS ARE CLOSED ON THIS REPORT AS IT IS AN ONGOING COURT CASEFollow us on us on WHO ROBBED TWO HOUSES FOUND HIDING IN WARDROBE was last modified: February 7th, 2012 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:Ard LohanKevin CarmichaelMatthew LaffertyWolfetone PLacelast_img read more

Sports seasons may end, but memories and lessons endure

first_imgGraduation is a wonderful time for just about all seniors, but for those who’ve now played organized sports for the last time, the moment can be bittersweet. You can imagine some of the athletes rise this morning and ask themselves all kinds of questions: You mean the focus of my family’s world is not about Canyon football? You mean there are no longer plans to spend every waking moment waving the purple flag for Valencia softball? You mean Hart baseball’s annual historical booklet, meaty as it is, isn’t my bible anymore? It’s official. No more Hart-Valencia football Fridays. No more eager Canyon moments anticipating how many touchdowns J.J. DiLuigi will score that night, or if free-swinging baseball star Johnny Hay is going to hit a home run. No more standing near the finish line as Saugus track standout Shannon Murakami fends off oncoming opponents to win the race again. But it’s not all bad. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Cherish the moments and always look back fondly at sports memories that truly never lose importance as the years move forward. More important, embrace the principles sports gives its citizens about the things so crucial in the game of life: teamwork, camaraderie, spirit and most of all friendship. Trust us adults on this one: The lessons you learn today about being a good teammate will come in handy sooner than you think. Don’t look now, but Valencia softball coach Donna Lee’s much-publicized impending retirement might not happen after all. Again. The league’s most successful coach (Valencia has now won six Foothill League titles in a row) changed plans after announcing her retirement last year, too. “I just don’t know. I’m going back and forth on it,” Lee said. “I’m going to make a decision later this summer.” Valencia graduates just one senior. Among the returnees is star junior pitcher Jordan Taylor, who won a league- record 26 games and struck out more than 400. China McCarney, a former baseball phenom who threw 94 mph at tiny Acton High in Vasquez two years ago, plans to rebound from a surprising one-year hiatus from baseball by pitching for College of the Canyons next season. That is, unless McCarney is drafted by a major league team in this week’s amateur draft. After taking a year off for personal reasons, the right-hander has been working with Santa Clarita private coach Jim Wagner, and because McCarney’s fastball again exceeds 90 mph – and Wagner has some connections – perhaps McCarney will be picked the Florida Marlins or San Diego Padres, both of whom have expressed interest. McCarney’s former teammate at Vasquez, Curtis Leavitt, just signed a deal with the Minnesota Twins that included a hefty signing bonus, so perhaps now it’s McCarney’s turn. “China will probably be a draft and follow, which means he goes to Canyons and the team has a year to sign him,” Wagner said. “That’s essentially the same thing that Leavit just did. After being drafted by the Twins, he played a year of JC baseball, and I heard he signed for $112,000 right before the deadline.” Perhaps former Hart baseball player Brandon Montemayor will be Canyon’s next baseball coach, replacing the retired Scott Willis. An official announcement hasn’t been scheduled, but Montemayor has expressed interest and is overseeing Canyon’s summer program, so that’s got to give him an upper hand. “He played for me, and I’d like to see Brandon get that job,” College of the Canyons coach Chris Cota said. “It’d be a good opportunity for him, and he’d be good for the district.” Montemayor works as a substitute teacher at Saugus. He could work as a full-time teacher at Canyon if he receives an emergency credential based on plans to attend college courses. In other Canyon news, three new coaches have been appointed. Elisa Pokorney (girls’ tennis), Melissa Davis (girls’ golf) and Keelie Paden (girls’ soccer). A great comeback story is nearly in the works for Curt Turley, a Canyons baseball pitcher from La Ca ada who’s close to committing to BYU after taking a three-year Mormon mission since his last season. “I’ve talked to BYU, and I think it’s going to happen,” Cota said. “That’s his dream.” Canyons teammate Sebastian Miles, a first baseman, is going to North Dakota State, and outfielder Trevor Davidson (ex-Canyon) could commit today while visiting first-year program Cal State San Marcos. In Hart baseball news, Matt Valaika finished eighth on Hart’s career list with 94 hits. After fracturing her elbow by a hit pitch early in the softball season, Saugus’ Alicia Junker should finally be back soon. Pins have been removed, and Junker has begun therapy to straighten her arm and to regain strength. Junker should be back within a month or two in time for summer travel ball. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or gerry.gittelson@ 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


first_imgA Charity 5k run and 40k cycle is being held this Saturday in Maghery, with all proceeds raised going towards a Nursery School and Orphanage in Tanzania, East Africa. Registration for both events take place at Maghery Community Centre from 5pm, with both events scheduled to start at around 6pm.The entry fee is just €5 and refreshments will be served afterwards in the community centre. Local woman Maria Doherty, from Dungloe, is going out to teach in Tanzania during the summer, and organisers of the event are hoping for a large crowd to come out and support Maria, before she heads off to East Africa for the summer.With all proceeds raised going to such a worthwhile cause, it’s hoped by all involved in the event, that a large crowd comes out in support of the event.CHARITY 5K RUN & 40K CYCLE THIS SATURDAY IN MAGHERY was last modified: May 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:40K5k runcycleMAGHERYnewsSportlast_img read more

Animals in Need charity boosted by partnership with petfood company

first_imgLocal animal rescue group, Animals in Need CLG, Donegal, has been selected by Mackle Petfoods as one of its charity partners for 2019-2020. The Co Tyrone based owner of the Naturo, Brandy and Cat Club brands has launched its first official charity partnerships, worth a total of almost €12,500, with six animal welfare and rescue organisations across Ireland.Limerick Feral Cats, Fairyglen in Roscommon, Cats Aid Dublin, North Dublin Cat Rescue and Lucys’ Trust in Co Antrim are also set to set to benefit from working with Mackle Petfoods. Marketing Manager at Mackle Petfoods, Laura Rafferty said, “We know how much our customers love and care for their pets, however not every cat or dog is lucky enough to have a home where they are well looked after.  In recognition of the invaluable work animal rescue charities carry out, much of which is done by volunteers, we have selected six charities with whom we will support over the next year through donations of food, improving awareness of their work and hopefully taking some of the fundraising pressure off them so they can focus on looking after and/or finding homes for the animals in their care.” Animals in Need DonegalGitte McMullan, Cattery Manager at Animals in Need CLG said, “With the regular Cat Club food donations from Mackle Petfoods, our volunteers can focus on the areas where we can really make a difference. In particular, we want to expand our feral cat colony feeding support program, where we supply food to neutered colonies.”Animals in Need DonegalMs McMullan added: “We work throughout County Donegal helping and rescuing abandoned, stray and unwanted animals. Our volunteers do weekly runs to the county pound to save unwanted dogs and we operate two helplines, one for cats enquiries and one for dogs enquiries where we offer advice and support to members of the public. “Our partnership with Mackle Petfoods will also enable us to help more low-income families to feed their pets, which reduces the numbers of abandoned animals.  We look forward to working with the team at Mackle Petfoods in the year ahead.” Animals in Need charity boosted by partnership with petfood company was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Animals In Need Donegallast_img read more