The General Coordinator of Better Future Initiative Amos N. Tubor, Jr., has called on the government and humanitarian agencies to provide empowerment for Liberian youths to make a difference.He spoke during a one-day clean-up campaign in New Kru Town that involved nearly 100 youth members of BFI. He said young Liberians deserve support to direct their energies to do productive work for the country.The members, comprising both men and women from age 16 and above, converged last Saturday, starting from the Duala Market and moved on to the New Kru Town Police Depot and concluded the campaign at the Redemption Hospital.“Our clean-up campaign is a self-initiative,” Tubor told journalists, “and we are thankful to get support from the Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC).”He said LCCBC accepted his group’s proposal and provided materials, including 20 wheelbarrows, 24 shovels, 200 pieces of nose masks, 50 sets of PPEs, among others, for the campaign.He said the zeal that characterized the exercise is an indication that with proper and adequate support, Liberian youths can do things for their own communities.He said the exercise: Health and Sanitation Project is one of five projects under the BFI.“We have members in communities across the city who are prepared to join us to work for our people,” Tubor said. “All we need is material support.”The cleaning project coordinator, Samuel Browne, told the Daily Observer that among other exercises of BFI, are training residents on first aid, motivating youth in providing voluntary health services, health tips to communities and cleaning communities and drainages, among others.Madam Esther Doe of Duala expressed gratitude to members of the BFI and appealed for materials and other supports for the organization to help the young people.“I am happy to see young people coming to clean our market,” she said.Another marketer, who identified herself only as Elizabeth, said, “The children are doing well, helping to clean our market.”At the Police Depot in New Kru Town, officers expressed appreciation for BFI’s self initiative and appealed for support to enable the young people continue their work.At the Redemption Hospital, nurses and visitors commended BFI, congratulated LCCBC for supporting such productive work and urged LCCBC to increase its support to BFI.The BFI is a non-governmental organization involved in community work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As has been the case since 1980 when the People’s National Congress (PNC) introduced a new Constitution for Guyana – comprehensively overturning most of the premises on which the Independence Constitution of 1966 was based – there are again calls for “constitutional change”. While ostensibly, the 1980 Constitution was supposed to describe the new institutional bases of the state for realising the ideology of “co-operative socialism”, from the onset there was great alarm in most sections of Guyanese society, on the tremendous array of powers concentrated in the form of the “Executive President”. Some asserted it made the incumbent tantamount to a “constitutional dictator”.In 2000, however, following massive street protests and riots in Georgetown, sponsored by the PNC, constitutional change was effected through a Committee taking recommendations from a wide cross-section of individuals and groups at several locations in the country. The reduction of the powers and immunities of the President were among a raft of reforms in the Constitution that were unanimously passed by the National Assembly. In the succeeding years, however, the complaints about excessive powers of the President continued to be vented in addition to complaints about the allocation of state power in several other areas of national life.The PNC and its successor “A Partnership for National Unity” (APNU), as well as the “Alliance For Change” (AFC), placed constitutional change very high on their agenda. In their manifesto for the last election, they stated: “APNU+AFC recognises that the Constitution, in its current form, does not serve the best interest of Guyana or its people. Within three months of taking up office, APNU+AFC will appoint a Commission to amend the Constitution with the full participation of the people. The new Constitution will put the necessary checks and balances in place to consolidate our ethos of liberal democracy. Freedom of speech, reduction of the power of the President and the Bill of Rights will be enshrined in the document.”A Steering Committee on Constitutional Reform, under the chairmanship of Nigel Hughes, then Chairman of the AFC, a party in the governing coalition, was constituted after the elections. It took recommendations from the people, and submitted in April its final report to the Prime Minister, in charge of “governance”. The Steering Committee requested and received an extension of its time frame so as to secure the widest consultations possible. Prominent recommendations included reduction of the powers of the President, further devolution of power from the centre and revamping the electoral system. Upon receipt of the Report, the PM promised that a broad-based Constitutional Committee, which should include “the PPP and other stakeholders”, would consider the submitted recommendations, in the reforms they would initiate.Last weekend, however, President David Granger appeared to throw the entire process into a tailspin when he averred that he did not want a “boardroom constitutional reform”. This appears to be a direct refutation of the process whereby the Steering Committee produced its recommendations. This was made very clear when the President concluded: “I want people in their communities to meet and express their views. I don’t want a group of people sitting down in a room saying what must be done.”The President is in effect bypassing the procedures established by his own party in the governing coalition for instituting constitutional change. His Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, and his party (especially Nigel Hughes) before and after the elections have been very vocal on the need for reducing the powers of the President. By now going over their heads and asking for the opinions of the “people”, the President may be seen as using a populist undermining of representative government.If there are serious concerns about the people’s involvement in constitutional change, the constitution insists on the mandate of a Referendum from all the peoples when altering certain articles. This can be invoked in the changes that the Constitutional Commission will recommend.
By Jarryl BryanOil giants ExxonMobil are providing assurances that the Local Content Plan they submit by year-end will not be the summation of their corporate responsibility towards the development of Guyanese. Company executives have said there rather is an intention to, on an annual basis, provide an updated plan in regard to Local Content as the sector evolves.According to the Senior Director of Exxon’s Public and Government Affairs, Kimberly Brasington, the Local Content Plan would be an ambitious one that would include plans to develop the local business enterprises which will have to supply Exxon’s operations with essential goods and services.“Our Local Content Plan will include both plans for supplier development and plans for workforce development,” she related in an interview with this publication. “The plan will (also) include the metrics of Guyanese content in the project to date,” she explained.“Supplier development includes how we and our main prime contractors will increase capacity of local companies so they can be a part of the supply chain by winning contracts,” Brassington explained.“On the other hand,” she continued, “workforce development will encompass the hiring, staffing, and development plans for Exxon’s employees and key contractors.”She also promised that Exxon would not present Guyana with a static or unchanging plan.“Local Content evolves over time, and is always changing,” she said. “The plan is not static; we will submit it in December, and update it every year based on the growing capacity and the stage of the project.”Local Content and what it will do for Guyana has been a burning question since the announcement of oil being discovered in the Stabroek block. After Exxon first tempered expectations by saying that few job opportunities would be created by oil, it has since said it would help with Local Content delivery.Since being granted a production licence in June of this year, Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, had given Exxon a six-month deadline in order to submit its Local Content Plan to the Government.ExxonMobil’s recently appointed Country Manager in Guyana, Rod Henson, had recently announced that the company would be relocating its onshore operations, which were used for support services, from neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago to Guyana.He had told participants at a meeting that it was not a case whereby ExxonMobil would be looking to build a facility for its support services, but would rather put out tenders, and anyone interested in providing the shore-based services could present a proposal.Trotman had, in 2016, announced that Cabinet had given its ‘no objection’ to the establishment of the onshore industrial site on Crab Island, in the mouth of the Berbice River. He had said it would be forged through the joint efforts of the ministries of Natural Resources, Public Infrastructure and Business.Construction was announced for early this year, and the investments from the private sector and Government’s infrastructural work and support were to be equivalent to US$500 million; but the Crab Island facility is yet to materialise.According to information released by the Government’s Department of Public Information (DPI) this March, the construction of an onshore oil-and-gas facility seeks to cater to the expansion of exploration and subsequent production of oil in Guyana.That report had said Government would be investing US$500 million to construct the onshore facility during the course of this year, and that the facility would serve as a logistics and supply base to the offshore production, crucial areas of opportunity for Local Content.What is happening now is that an onshore facility to service Exxon is being constructed by Guyana Shore Base Incorporated (GYSBI) at Houston, EBD. GYSBI is acting in partnership with Muneshwer’s Limited, Pacific Rim Constructors, Total Tech Oil Field Services and LED Offshore.GuyanaMeanwhile, Government itself has formulated its own draft Local Content Policy, which was seen by this publication. According to the policy, legislation is likely to be enacted to set out how Guyanese would benefit. The document also sets out that the policy would be enforced by a well-funded and resourced regulatory institution. The regulator, in turn, will be overseen by a multi-stakeholder group representing local bodies that are involved in the sector.The regulatory agency will also have to report to the National Assembly, as is customary for most regulators who report to the Public Accounts Committee or are overseen by the Auditor General and the Social Services Committee. Oil sector– says Govt Affairs Director
Alessio Cerci Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Torino ace and Italy international Alessio Cerci.Torino owner Urbano Cairo has effectively blocked any deal being made with the player, before a fee for Cerci is met.“I have received some offers for Cerci. But they were not adequate,” Cairo told La Stampa.He went on to state his wish to retain Cerci and keep him as a Torino player going into the new season.“If he wants to, we’d love him to renew his contract,” he said.Cerci had a fine season last term, scoring thirteen goals to earn himself a place in Italy’s World Cup squad. 1
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has opened talks with Besiktas over a potential transfer, according to his agent Viktor Kolar.The 32-year-old is likely to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, having lost his starting spot to Belgian youngster Thibaut Courtois.Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the Czech international in recent weeks but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has recently said he did not want to sell Cech to the Gunners.A move abroad now appears to be the most likely outcome and Kolar confirmed there is interest from the Turkish giants.“We have been in contact with Besiktas, we are in talks. Turkey is a choice for Cech but we will decide when the league is over,” he told Turkish website Fanatik. Petr Cech 1
DETROIT – Chevrolet was the best-selling brand in the U.S. market in 2005, outpacing Ford for the first time in 19 years, General Motors Corp. said Wednesday. But that was where the good news ended for GM and other U.S. automakers, who continued to lose ground to foreign rivals. Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. and South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co. all reported sales increases of 9 percent or more for the year. Toyota, whose U.S. sales were up 10 percent over 2004, said its Camry sedan was the best-selling car in the United States for the fourth year in a row, while its Lexus nameplate was the best-selling luxury brand. The Big Three U.S. automakers’ sales were down 2 percent overall, while Asian brands’ sales climbed 7 percent and European brands fell 3 percent. U.S. automakers’ U.S. market share fell to an unprecedented low of 56.9 percent, from 61.7 percent just three years ago, according to Autodata Corp. Asian brands’ U.S. market share rose to 36.5 percent, up from 34.6 percent. The total number of vehicles sold in the United States was nearly 17 million, about the same as the year before. Jim Press, president and chief operating officer of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., said hybrid sales helped propel Toyota’s growth. Sales of the hybrid Toyota Prius doubled in 2005. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Heightened interest in fuel costs and the environment and dependence on foreign oil really stimulated that interest in hybrids,” Press said. GM’s sales fell 4 percent for the year, led by a 7 percent decline in car sales and a 2 percent decline in sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles. Although Chevrolet sales slipped slightly from last year to 2.6 million, they outpaced Ford by about 21,000 vehicles thanks to strong pickup sales and enthusiasm for GM’s new HHR crossover. Paul Ballew, GM’s executive director of market and industry analysis, said the year-end totals were below the company’s expectations. But he said the win for Chevrolet gives the world’s largest automaker an important boost. GM lost nearly $4 billion in the first nine months of 2005 as it struggled with high costs and falling U.S. market share. “It does confirm our ability to produce industry-leading vehicles,” Ballew said. Ford Motor Co. said its sales dropped 4 percent in 2005 as consumer demand for trucks and sport utility vehicles fell in the face of high gas prices. DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group, meanwhile, said its sales rose 5 percent for the year thanks to such hot-selling models as the Chrysler 300 sedan and the Town & Country minivan, which both saw sales increase more than 25 percent for the year. Honda Motor Co. also reported an increase of 5 percent over 2004 sales. Honda’s car sales were flat but the automaker’s truck and SUV sales rose nearly 14 percent, largely on the strength of the Honda Pilot small SUV and Honda’s new Ridgeline pickup. Honda said it was the company’s 12th consecutive year of U.S. sales increases. It was a tumultuous year for automakers, who enjoyed near-record sales thanks to employee-pricing discounts over the summer but watched large SUV sales plummet when gas prices spiked after Hurricane Katrina. Ford’s U.S. sales analysis manager George Pipas predicted that SUV sales will stabilize in the coming year as long as gas prices remain lower than $3 a gallon. “This is still a big segment, this is still a popular segment that meets the needs of many consumers,” he said. “The wild card is gas prices.” But Pipas also said there is a definite consumer trend away from SUVs in favor of cars and crossovers, which are car-based SUVs. Ford, the nation’s second-biggest automaker after GM, said car sales rose 5 percent for its Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands, but truck and SUV sales fell 8 percent. Pipas said it was the first year since 1981 that cars gained market share against trucks. Ford also said sales of its crossover vehicles rose 28 percent. The company predicted that crossover sales will continue to outpace all other categories through the end of the decade. U.S. automakers also reported disappointing results for December despite a new round of holiday discounts. GM’s December sales were down 10 percent, Ford fell 8.7 percent and Chrysler was down 5 percent as payback from strong summer sales continued. Ballew said last year’s strong December made it a particularly difficult comparison. Asian automakers fared better in December, in part because they didn’t offer employee discounts over the summer. Toyota’s December sales were up 8 percent, while Hyundai’s were up nearly 16 percent as customers snapped up the 2006 Sonata. Honda’s December sales fell 3 percent while Nissan’s were off 1 percent. Automakers expressed optimism about 2006. Ballew said the economy is expanding just as new vehicles are hitting the pipeline. “It’s not the perfect backdrop because energy prices are higher than people anticipated, but the overall backdrop for this industry is not that poor,” Ballew said. Sales figures were adjusted for the number of sales days. There were 307 sales days in 2005 and 308 sales days in 2004. GM shares rose 51 cents to close at $19.41 on the New York Stock Exchange while Ford shares rose 18 cents to end at $8.01 and DaimlerChrysler’s U.S. shares lost 24 cents, to $53.51. Toyota’s U.S. shares fell 26 cents to close at $106.59 on the NYSE. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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DONEGAL supermodel Faye Dinsmore has been signed up by one of America’s top agencies.However friends insist the deal hasn’t scupper wedding plans to fiancé Paddy Cosgrave – they just haven’t made any yet!Faye, who already works for fashion agencies in Barcelona, Paris and London, is joining Ford Models which has its American headquarters in New York and also has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami as well as Sao Paulo in Brazil. She has already been given a number of assignments and flies to the States later this month.The 27-year-old former Royal & Prior pupil said earlier this year that marriage wasn’t in her plans right now.“I think wearing so many wedding dresses for work has kind of spoiled it for me!” she joked.“We’ve been engaged for over a year now, we live together, I adore him, we work well together and do everything together. To be honest it feels like we are married! “Somehow I would rather take a holiday or just have a big get-together bash for my family and friends than spend loads of money on a wedding.” DONEGAL MODEL FAYE LANDS AMERICAN DEAL was last modified: July 10th, 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:contractdonegalFaye DinsmoreFord Models Agencymodel
Andy Carroll in West Ham training 1 West Ham striker Andy Carroll was threatened by men claiming to be armed with a gun in an attempted robbery as he returned home from a training session.The 27-year-old striker was driving his Mercedes G-Wagon back to his home in Essex when he was approached by two motorcyclists, gesturing that they had a firearm, at a junction shortly before 1pm on Wednesday.The England international sped off when they demanded he stop and he was pursued through the streets as he returned to the Rush Green training ground to seek the help of security staff.The Metropolitan Police confirmed officers were called to reports of an attempted robbery at gunpoint in nearby Chigwell, north-east London.A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: “Police were called at around 12.45 on Wednesday, November 2, to reports of two males on motorcycles attempting to rob the driver of a car in Romford Road.“The two men threatened the driver and intimated through gesture that they were in possession of a gun. The motorcyclists attempted to block the car as the driver sought to get away.“The driver of the car – a man aged in his 20s – was able to manoeuvre away and he called police for assistance. The suspects rode off prior to the arrival of police.“The driver of the car was spoken to and an allegation of attempted robbery was recorded.”Officers from Redbridge CID are investigating and are yet to make any arrests, the Met said.A club spokesman said: “West Ham United can confirm an incident targeting one of our players on Wednesday 2 November. The matter is now being handled by the police.”
Mesut Ozil and Arsenal take on Valencia tonight Getty Images Arsenal host Valencia tonight in the first-leg of their Europa League semi-final clash.The Gunners have had a mixed campaign under Unai Emery this term but were superb in seeing off Napoli in the last round of Europe’s secondary competition. Unai Emery’s Arsenal take on Valencia tonight The north Londoners will need a positive result this evening to take to Spain next week but are in poor form having lost their last three.Can they bounce back tonight and put one foot in the final? Here’s how to find out. getty 3 3 Arsenal and Chelsea are among the favourites for Europa League glory Arsenal vs Valencia: What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?The clash will be shown live on BT Sport 2 with coverage underway from 7:15pm.BT Sport subscribers can live stream this fixture via their computer, mobile and tablet.EE phone customers can also watch the action via the app with a FREE three-month trial.All you have to do is text SPORT to 150 to get use of the app and free casting to your TV. on target 3 Arsenal vs Valencia: What time does kick off?The Europa League semi-final first-leg will take place at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, May 2 with kick off at 8pm.The return leg at the Mestalla will be played on Thursday, May 9 with kick-off at the same time.These two last met in the group stages of the 2002/03 Champions League. After a goalless draw in north London, Valencia won in Spain 2-1 thanks to John Carew’s double. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Arsenal vs Valencia: Line-upsArsenal: Cech, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.Subs: Leno, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Iwobi, Monreal, Nketiah.Valencia: Neto, Piccini, Garay, Gabriel, Diakhaby, Gaya, Carlos Soler, Parejo, Roncaglia, Guedes, Rodrigo.Subs: Jaume, Gameiro, Lato, Wass, Torres, Mina, Sobrino.Referee: Clement Turpin Getty Images – Getty LATEST EUROPA LEAGUE NEWS