“Our patriotism must never be questioned” – Jagdeo

first_img… says Guyanese need to work together for true prosperityOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoas Guyana and Guyanese here and abroad celebrate the country’s 50th Anniversary of Independence from British rule, Opposition Leader and former President Bharrat Jagdeo believes that Guyanese need to work together in order for the country to truly prosper.He was at the time addressing the National Assembly late Tuesday evening. The Opposition Leader took the opportunity to extend Independence greetings to Guyanese, while wishing Government parliamentarians, a year filled with productive service in favour of development in the country.“We believe that we have to work together regardless of our political affiliation to move our country forward. We too share a vision for this country – a vision that is similar, at least in its ideals, to those and that of the President (David Granger). We’d like to see our country prosper, we’d like our people to progressively have a better life,” he stated.Jagdeo added that he too envisioned a green economy and national patrimony which could be passed on to future generations. He said that the Party wanted the country’s people to live together in harmony and not be divided by history and by current circumstances.“We believe that as Guyanese we have more in common than those things that divide us…Regardless of the robust debates that we have; regardless of the numerous encounters we have wherever we go in the streets or on television or in the debates, we are all children of this soil. We all share its history,” he posited.The former Head of State recalled Guyana’s history and the struggle the country’s fore-parents had to endure in their fight for Independence. He said as the country celebrates its jubilee milestone, persons must take account of the struggles of all of those who fought for freedom.“Here in Guyana, we must disabuse our minds that somehow the British handed this (freedom) to us. From the very first fight for freedom from slavery and from organised trade union movement to the Political Affairs Committee 1946, when the first sort of political action was brought together in an organised way… and then in 1950 when Burnham and Cheddi Jagan formed the first political party in Guyana – the People’s Progressive Party,” he recounted.According to Jagdeo, these were all important milestones in the march to freedom and it was progressive policies in 1950 that paved the way for what came after. He went on to say that the PPP and its then leaders started to enact those policies because they wanted to change Guyanese lives for better.However, he pointed out that this journey was not without struggle as external pressure and interference mounted in the early 60s, mainly because some did not want freedom to be extended to Guyana or they wanted freedom but on their own conditions.The Opposition Leader noted that those situations have negatively impacted Guyanese as they promoted division among them, something which still lives in the lives of that generation and has even poisoned the minds of this new generation.“So when we talk about social cohesion today, the primary task, I think, is to go back and remove the (divisiveness) from that period. Yes, we did have (division) from local leaders who might have been used, but the plot was external to divide our people, purely external and we have had to live with the consequences,” he stated.On this note, Jagdeo outlined that they had to ensure collectively that whatever policies were enacted today, that Guyanese perceive them to be for the entire country. He further remarked that after the Independence celebrations, he hopes the whole year would be spent on achieving the lofty vision of bringing Guyanese together, noting that this was something his party was willing to be part of.“The PPP and its members will always work in the nation’s interest. Our patriotism must never be questioned. We and our members love this country as much as anyone else do… We will work as hard for this country as anyone else. We are looking forward to 50 years in the future when we can look back at this celebration and say our country have moved forward,” he said.last_img read more

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Ajeenkya DY Patil University School of Medicine to open doors soon in Guyana

first_img– medical tourism high on agendaThe Ajeenkya DY Patil University Turkeyen (Inc), currently under construction, is slated to be completed early next year and be ready to welcome its first batch of students by July 2018.The School of Medicine is looking to build on its international networks and areas of expertise and deliver high-quality learning opportunities. It will deliver vocationalConstruction work onging on the The Ajeenkya DY Patil University at its Turkeyen locationand professional programmes that enable learners to meet and exceed their aspirations, ensuring that each individual achieves to the best of their ability.According to the principals of the first-ever University School of Medicine, the facility will provide a ladder of opportunity for all learners, enabling them to progress onto further learning and into employment.The University is geared at assuming a central role in the educational, cultural and economic life of Guyana and the Region.“We will work closely with all the stakeholders to ensure that there is a wide range of learning opportunities within the University and these will be available to all,” its principals said.The self-financed institution aims to establish and run innovative educationalAn artist impression of the Ajeenkya DY Patil Universityprogrammes at the tertiary level leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral degrees in the domain of medical and health sciences.The University School of Medicine will initiate international linkages with leading Universities across the world; deliver world-class curriculum using established international benchmarks and standards; and attract, develop and retain academic staff of the highest international calibre and make the Ajeenkya DY Patil University of Turkeyen employer of choice for all staff in the international, national and local environments.The University is looking to also tap into the much-vaunted area of medical tourism.According to proposals seen by this publication, the University School of Medicine will be looking to approach Government for permission to build housing complexes, clinics and hospitals, and provide medical treatments to foreign patients and their relatives under medical tourism.The University School of Medicine, come next year, will be offering Student Exchange Programmes with mainly US institutions for medical and nursing students; joint degree programmes with United States and United Kingdom-based institutions in nursing, dentistry, allied health and pharmacy programmes as well as recognition by National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), US Department of Education.Under the University School of Medicine, students will also be eligible to access special loan programmes from North America.The University is expected to maintain complete control over all academic programmes development, course teaching and training along with permission to grant graduate and post-graduate degrees in medical and health sciences.News of the impressive and expansive three-storey building built at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars to house the facility, which was featured in the press back in 2015. The building is in its final stage of construction as the necessary equipment for the laboratories, among other areas, has already been sourced and is about to be shipped to Guyana.The DY Patil Group has put in place all the resources and arrangements – human and material – to ensure the sustainability of the wide-ranging project in Guyana.   The centrepiece of the University’s offerings will be the medical school incorporating all the latest pedagogical tools of the 21st Century.The University, accredited by the National Accreditation Council (NAC) of Guyana, is a subsidiary of the DY Patil Group, one of the largest private educators in India, with branches in several other countries.  The DY Patil Group was established in 1983 and its activities span the fields of education, healthcare, agriculture and sports. It owns the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai where international cricket and football games are hosted. It has over 180 institutes of learning in three universities based out of the cities of Navi Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur in India. The Group runs three medical colleges and hospitals with a capacity of over 6000 beds.The management of the DY Patil Group projects that a large percentage of its student base will originate from outside Guyana and that there will be concessionary rates for Guyanese students. Overall, there will be a substantial inflow of foreign currency into Guyana in addition to raising the international profile of Guyana in international markets, especially the fast-growing Asian, African, and North American economies. It is not surprising that an infamous local purveyor of fake news is now trying to discredit and deter the foreign investors from completing major benefial projects in guyana.last_img read more

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The ten most expensive Premier League transfers that could happen this summer

first_img 10 10 10 6. Leonardo Bonucci to Manchester City: £45m-£50m – Pep Guardiola has looked to pip Chelsea to the signing of the Italy centre back but saw his opening bid of £38m rejected by Juventus. It will likely take an increase of around £10m to secure his signature. 10 10. Georginio Wijnaldum to Tottenham: £25m – click the arrow above, right, to see the most expensive possible transfers this summer – Newcastle’s Wijnaldum is looking for a Newcastle escape route having been relegated with the Magpies last season. The Toon paid £14.5m for the Dutchman last summer but are looking to earn a major profit, despite his poor performances. 3. Toni Kroos to Manchester City: £60m – Pep Guardiola is keen to add some class to his midfield and is unimpressed with the current crop that includes Yaya Toure, Fernando and Fernandinho. Kroos said he would ‘never rule anything out’ when asked about a move to City but it could take a British record fee to sign the German. 10 This summer could see the world record transfer fee smashed by a Premier League club with the new broadcasting deal coming into effect.Gareth Bale’s £85.3m move from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013 is the current record but with the names being linked with transfers this summer, it is likely that he will not be the world’s most expensive player for much longer.There are plenty of big deals expected this summer which could be club-record transfers too, so talkSPORT looks at some of the most expensive ones which could happen.Click the arrow above, right, to see ten of the biggest possible transfers by Premier League clubs this summer. 7. Mauro Icardi to Tottenham: £38m – Tottenham are hoping to bolster their attacking options by bringing in the Argentine but face competition from Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s side has reportedly tabled a £29m bid but Spurs are hoping to blow them out of the water with a huge offer of nearly £10m more. 1. Lionel Messi to Chelsea: £150m+ – Fresh from receiving a 21-month suspended jail sentence, Messi’s father, who is also his agent, has reportedly met with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich on his super yacht. No fee has been mentioned but it would certainly smash the £100m barrier. 10 2. Paul Pogba to Manchester United: £100m – Reports have emerged that Pogba could be on his way back to Old Trafford for a world record fee. The 23-year-old has been offered a contract worth £300,000-a-week and would be the biggest transfer of the summer. 10 5. John Stones to Manchester City: £50m – Stones could finally make his move out of Everton after allegedly telling the club he wants to join City. The Toffees rejected a £40m bid from Chelsea last summer but after a sub-par season and a £50m bid, Stones could finally be on his way this summer. 9. Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace: £31.5m – Liverpool look like they could recoup the majority of the £32.5m they spent on the Belgian last summer as Crystal Palace search for a big money signing. West Ham could hijack this move but would have to pay a similarly large transfer fee. 10 4. Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea: £55m – This move would depend on Diego Costa’s future with the Blues having already signed Michy Batshuayi for £33m. Lukaku has been linked with a return to Chelsea and is keen to leave Everton for a bigger club. 10 10 8. Kalidou Koulibaly to Chelsea: £34m – Antonio Conte has identified Napoli’s Koulibaly as a man he wants to line up in his defence for the forthcoming season. He is seen as a cheaper alternative to John Stones and Leonardo Bonucci but would still command a hefty transfer fee. last_img read more

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MAN WHO BEAT VICTIM WITH POOL CUE GETS COMMUNITY SERVICE

first_imgMark O’Donnell enjoys a cigarette break during a break in proceedings. Copyright NorthwestNewsPixA MAN who beat his victim with a broken pool cue has been given community service after pleading guilty to the offence.Mark O’Donnell, who is 38 and from Gaddyduff, Clonmany, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court to admit the attack in Carndonagh on November 15, 2009. In January he was cleared of a similar offence after another man refused to testify against him in front of a jury.But instead the case was dramatically stopped – and started – and stopped again after the alleged victim told the jury he didn’t want the case to go ahead.Conor O’Neill, from Clonmany, had told told the jury: “I don’t want this case to go ahead. I have no problem with this man anymore. I told them (the prosecution) this outside, that I want it ended.”Judge John O’Hagan instructed the jury to find O’Donnell not guilty.In the case before the court this week, the court heard victim David O’Connor needed nine stitches to a head wound after being attacked by O’Donnell.A medical report also noted that Mr O’Connor was “lucky” not to have suffered a serious brain injury.Judge O’Hagan said O’Donnell had pleaded guilty in this case.He said the accused no longer appeared to have a problem with alcohol and had not come to the attention of gardaí in recent times.He also noted a previous conviction for assault in 1999 was “quite some time ago now.”Barrister Damian Crawford said O’Donnell had €5,000 in court as compensation for Mr O’Connor.The judge ordered that this be given to Mr O’Connor.He sentenced O’Donnell to one year in prison, but substituted 100 hours community service.MAN WHO BEAT VICTIM WITH POOL CUE GETS COMMUNITY SERVICE was last modified: May 5th, 2016 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:Mark O’Donnell enjoys a cigarette break during a break in proceedings. Copyright NorthwestNewsPixlast_img read more

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COUNCIL MAKES MAJOR PURCHASE OF LAND IN BID TO EASE LETTERKENNY’S TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK

first_imgDonegal County Council has moved one step towards solving its traffic gridlock problems in Letterkenny following the purchase of a major plot of land.The three and a half acre parcel of land, which is owned by the Martin family at Bonagee, includes the family petrol station at the Bonagee Roundabout.The purchase of the site by DCC in conjunction wit the National Roads Authority, will see Letterkenny’s Relief Road Project become one step closer to reality. When complete, a link road will join the dual carriageway with the Business Park road and taking large volumes of traffic away from the centre of the town.Cllr Dessie Larkin, the Mayor of Letterkenny, welcomed the news.“We have been working on this project behind the scenes for a long time now. I would like to pay tribute to the Martin family for their co-operation.“We are talking about a family home and a family business and it could not have been easy for them giving al that up,” he said. Cllr Larkin said the purchase of the site does not guarantee the road will go ahead but it moves the project a further step in the right direction, he said.“We are all aware of the traffic gridlock with people form Northern Ireland travelling to Ramelton and Rathmullan and West Donegal.“Hopefully when completed this relief road will take all that traffic away fro the centre of the town and yet still allow people to use what will remain the main artery into the town,” he said. COUNCIL MAKES MAJOR PURCHASE OF LAND IN BID TO EASE LETTERKENNY’S TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK was last modified: December 20th, 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:Bonagee RoundaboutCllr Dessie arkintraffic gridlocklast_img read more

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‘WE NEED MORE ANSWERS ON FERRY CASE’ – VICTIM

first_imgDonal O LoinsighTHE victims of paedophile school caretaker Micheal Ferry say they’ve been left with too many unanswered questions following the publication of a HSE investigation into the scandal.Yesterday morning we revealed how social workers failed to properly investigate Ferry after his conviction in 2002 for the abuse of a boy at Ardscoil Mhuire in Gaoth Dobhair. As a result, and as a result of many failure elsewhere, Ferry went on to abuse more boys on the premises until he was arrested there EIGHT YEARS LATER. Victims say they are deeply unhappy and disturbed that no-one at Colaiste  Cholmcille has been held accountable whatsoever for their actions  – and inactions – during the scandal.The DPP says they did nothing wrong and will not face any criminal prosecution whatsoever. The directors have consistently denied any wrongdoing, insist Ferry was not ’employed’ there.One of those directors – Donal O Loinsigh – was in court in October 2002 when Ferry pleaded guilty to sickening attacks on a young boy. Mr O Loinsigh heard a judge put Ferry on the sex offenders register for SEVEN years.Mr O Loinsigh would have been familiar with child protection issues having worked as a teacher for many years in Terenure, Dublin.Yet Colaiste Cholmcille continued to pay Michael Ferry as caretaker of their Ardscoil Mhuire premises.“How can the directors say he wasn’t working there when Mickey Ferry was arrested on the grounds of the college in 2010,” asked Derek Mulligan, the young Gaoth Dobhair man who has bravely spoken out on the affair since Ferry was jailed in 2011 for 14 years for abusing him and three other boys.“It was known locally he was working there. The HSE now says they shouldn’t have taken the word of the directors and acted appropriately.“Why weren’t the victims interviewed by gardai in relation to their DPP investigation? I wasn’t and I know others weren’t either? I’d like to get some clarification on that..“On reading the findings of the HSE report I find it incredible that the DPP found no grounds to prosecute the directors. Why aren’t we getting the promised Garda report that alan shatter promised us in 2012?“We are now taking legal advice on how we deal with the DPP decision. We will have to take Ireland to the European Court of Human Rights now because it looks like there is no justice in this country.”Michael Ferry was seen with young college students in Dunlewey in April 2006. The person who saw him is the sister of the first victim (in the 2002 case). She made a formal complaint to Gardai. The HSE has no record of this complaint. Gardai did call a college director to once again warn that Ferry was a paedophile.At this time Michael Ferry was continuing to abuse children in both Dunlewey and in Gaoth Dobhair.“We want answers,” said Derek Mulligan.“We are going to get them.”‘WE NEED MORE ANSWERS ON FERRY CASE’ – VICTIM was last modified: April 4th, 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:abuse inquiryderek mulliganDonal O LoinsighHSEMichael Ferrypaedophilevictimlast_img read more

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LATE GLENSWILLY RALLY SEES THEM BOOK COUNTY FINAL PLACE AGAINST ST EUNANS

first_imgA late rally by Glenswilly saw them get over the line against a determined Naomh Conaill side at O’Donnell Park this afternoon.Michael Murphy: His Glenswllly team are through to the county finalThe game looked as if it was heading for extra-time as the sides remained deadlock 0-8 to 0-8 going into time added on.But up popped both Oisin Crawford and Eamon Ward to slot over points and make it 0-10 to 0-8 for Glenswilly. It was a dramatic finish after Glenswilly had Kaolan Kelly sent off and Ciaran Bonner black-carded in the closing stages.Glenswilly can partly thank Michael Murphy who chipped in with a number of magnificent scores.Full report to follow.  LATE GLENSWILLY RALLY SEES THEM BOOK COUNTY FINAL PLACE AGAINST ST EUNANS was last modified: October 26th, 2014 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:county fnalGleswillyNaomh Conailllast_img read more

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La Verne falls short against Juniata

first_imgPOMONA — In a strong midseason test, the University of La Verne women’s volleyball team fell short in a 3-1 loss to defending NCAA Division III champion Juniata College (Pa.) in a matchup of two teams ranked in the top five. Juniata beat La Verne in games, 32-30, 31-33, 30-24 and 31-29. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 La Verne seemed to be in trouble early as the Eagles opened a 29-26 lead in the second game, the the Leos’ Tina Hobson came up with a big block and two Eagles errors helped the team to a 33-31 victory that squared the match 1-1. “We stressed that we needed to have more blocks than errors,” Flora said. “Tonight at times we were able to accomplish this, but at other times we didn’t. It’s something that we must work on.” The Leopards were led by Mandy Sedia, Kimberly Fitzsimmons and Lauren Friestad. Sedia, a senior, finished with eight kills. Friestad and Fitzsimmons led the Leopards defense. Friestad led the team with 26 digs and Fitzsimmons had 15. The Leopards struggled offensively at times, collecting only 46 kills and hitting only .112 La Verne also was hurt by 25 errors. “We struggled against their defensive system,” Flora said. “They’re really solid behind their blocks. They forced us to take risks at wrong times.” The Leopards will look to rebound this week with matches against Occidental College and Azusa Pacific University. “This weekend was a great test,” Flora said. “It shows that we need to improve on our passing and offense. We have a great opportunity for improvement entering the second half of the conference.” With the victory, the Eagles earned their second victory this season against the Leopards and extended their winning streak to 12 games as they improved to 17-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Leopards, 11-6, had a huge opportunity to square the match, leading 29-28 in the fourth game before the Eagles — behind the trio of Amber Thomas, Stephanie Kines and Rachel Schatz — stormed back to win. The trio dominated the net, combining for 70 kills. Thomas had a match-high 20. “We played at times with their middle players,” Leopards coach Don Flora said. “They have two potential All-Americans. It was definitely the difference in the match.” last_img read more

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A’s make their first move of MLB Winter Meetings

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The A’s are in dire need of starting pitching, but their first signing of the offseason helps fill a hole at another position.Kicking off an offseason that is expected to include several signings was an agreement to a one-year deal with catcher Chris Herrmann Tuesday afternoon. Herrmann, 31, appeared in 36 games with the Seattle Mariners last season and hit .237 with two home runs and seven RBIs. A left-handed hitter, Herrmann gives the A’s a chance to platoon at catcher with …last_img

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TripAdvisor names SA’s top 10 destinations

first_img1 April 2015As part of their Travelers’ Choice Awards 2015, TripAdvisor recently released a list of the top 10 places to visit in South Africa, nine of which can be found in the Western Cape.The only destination outside of the province is Johannesburg, which features in the fifth position.The destinations were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.Cape Town Central tops the list, followed by Knysna in second position and Franschhoek at number three.The Mother City also found itself in the 10th position among TripAdvisor’s to 25 places to visit in 2015, beating popular urban destinations such as New York City, Barcelona, Dubai and Hong Kong to the top 10.Cape Town “glistens at the southern tip of the African continent”, TripAdvisor said, offering “picture-perfect views at Blaauwberg Beach and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.”TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest online travel community in the world, with more than 315-million unique monthly visitors, and more than 200-million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.5-million accommodations, restaurants, and attractions, operating in 45 countries worldwide.The top 10 destinations in South Africa, according to these users, are:Cape TownKnysnaFranschhoekPlettenberg BayJohannesburgConstantiaCamps BayHermanusPaarlStellenboschSource: traveller24.news24.comlast_img read more

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