Dear Editor,On Saturday, December 22, 2018, all the media publications locally and abroad carried and captioned the following: – The motion was carried and the Government of Guyana must call elections within ninety days. The vote would require the formal resignation of the President and the Cabinet and necessitate a new general election.If you had done the above, you would have kept intact your integrity. No amount of oil wealth can repair a shredded character.This has not happened, and your illegal hold onto power tells God, His angels, and thinking humanity that you’re a dishonest man. You’re suffering from “truth” decay. Your toxic leadership has led to a toxic culture; just look at the many robberies, the suffering of the sugar workers, the plight of the old and sick, the hardships of our Indigenous brothers and sisters. Yes, you’re directly responsible for all of it.You could have done what Boris Johnson did in the UK. I don’t like Boris at all. But he must be respected! He called the election which the Opposition wanted and he won massively – even he did not expect it. But you have delayed a constitutionally eligible election through bullyism.What a pity! You have lost all respect. You’re now a despot. And when your time comes to relinquish power… as it will come…history won’t be kind.As one Christian editor wrote truthfully about Donald Trump: “None of the President’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character…Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr Trump’s immoral words and behaviour in the cause of political expediency”. This is also applicable to you.You claim to be Christian. You even go to church. So let’s use wisdom from the Bible to appeal to whatever is left of your conscience and common sense. Your Government was toppled one year ago by the no-confidence vote. But still, you cling on to power violating the principles of your Bible. The media refers to you as “President” but in your heart of hearts, you know that such a title does not belong to you anymore. You’re like the emperor with no clothes being told that his “clothes” are splendid.Today, amidst all the twinkling lights, decorations, gleeful holiday carols, festive parties, and holiday sales, a more sombre spirit resides in many homes especially due to the spate of robberies and those who have been senselessly killed on the roads due to speeding. There is weeping and mourning for lost loved ones. There is loneliness and despair on the margins of every celebration. There are cries for justice that go up and interrupt the mainstream revelry and festivity that is the Christmas season.Traditionally, the season that precedes Christmas, the Advent season, is a sombre season. It is a season that calls for repentance and reflection. For during the Advent season, another voice from the margins of society calls for repentance, righteousness, and justice. It is the voice of John the Baptiser crying out from the wilderness.John’s voice, often forgotten in our hurried, holiday preparations, is crucial to the understanding of this season. His is such a crucial message: “As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Mark 1:1-3).Finally, Sir Walter Scott said, “O what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”. It was exactly one year ago that this happened. Guyana’s APNU/AFC Government fell in a no-confidence vote!Yours sincerely,Richard Moore
Taking account of the energy sectors in 190 countries ranging from developed to developing, the World Bank has ranked Guyana at an unflattering 165 position when it comes to reliable electricity supply.The World Bank reportThis is contained in the bank’s Doing Business 2019 report, which was recently released. While Guyana was ranked at 134 out of 190 countries when it comes to facilitating business, its score in the energy sector was much worse.On a scale of 0 to 100, Guyana was scored at 45.91 when it comes to getting electricity, while the cost as a percentage of income per capita was $421. On a scale of 0 to 8, when it comes to reliability of electricity supply and transparency of tariffs, Guyana scored 0.During a recent engagement at the Private Sector Commission’s (PSC’s) Annual General Meeting (AGM), United States Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah Ann-Lynch had observed that war-torn countries like Iraq, the West Bank and Gaza received a better ranking when it comes to doing business than Guyana.But it gets worse, as, in fact, these countries received a better ranking when it comes to electricity supply as well. For instance, Iraq was rated at 61.73 out of 100 for getting electricity, though its cost per capita and reliability of supply were worse and similar, respectively, compared to Guyana.When it comes to the West Bank and Gaza, these countries were scored at 74.16 out of 100 in terms of electricity accessibility. They also received a 5 out of 8 in terms of reliability of supply and transparent rates, though the World Bank found their electricity inordinately expensive on a per capita basis.In the Caribbean, nearby Trinidad scored 84.30 out of a 100 in terms of access to electricity, while the cost per capita was just $199. When it comes to reliability of supply, the twin-island republic scored 6 out of 8.In Barbados, the island scored 65.12 out of 100 for access to electricity and 6 out of 8 in terms of reliability. The cost per capita, meanwhile, was $61.3. Jamaica also scored better than Guyana, not only in its ease of doing business, but also its electricity supply. The island scored 64.96 in its 0 to 100 score for electricity access, with a cost per capita of $203 and a reliability score of 5 out of a scale of 0 to 8.Meanwhile, the United States, with a population of over 300 million, received a score for its citizenry’s access to electricity of 82.15 out of 100. On the other hand, the individual cost per capita is $22.9.The Amaila Falls Hydropower Project, which was initiated under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, could have been generating about 50 per cent more electricity than the entire GPL supply at the time in 2012. But the project was scrapped by the coalition administration who had controlled the National Assembly by a one-seat majority. Before assuming office, the APNU/AFC’s refusal to endorse AFHEP forced the main developer, Sithe Global, to walk away from the project. APNU and AFC claimed they were awaiting an evaluation from the IDB, which was in receipt of US$80 million from Norway that was specifically committed to AFHEP. But with no developer, the IDB declared an investigation was moot and the coalition Government had since ducked AFHEP, citing technical and financial concerns.EnergyThe unreliability of power is a major bugbear to not only ordinary citizens but also business and the manufacturing sector. It was identified by the US Ambassador during her address to the PSC as a particular problem for businesses.Over the past month, the Guyana Power and Light’s (GPL) service has been heavily criticised by ordinary citizens. This is because of regular power outages, maintenance work and announcements that there are issues with the interconnected system.GPL had subsequently announced that it will be looking to arrange power purchase agreements with a number of private firms that generate their own electricity. This includes seeking an agreement for power from the Hope Windfarm project.This is according to GPL’s Chief Executive Officer, Albert Gordon, who was at the time hosting a press conference last month. Gordon admitted that there are challenges with arranging the agreement with the Hope Windfarm project.It was announced subsequently that a power purchase agreement had been concluded with the Giftland Mall. The agreement is for the business to supply five megawatts of power. Meanwhile, it had also been announced that similar discussions were ongoing with Banks DIH.
He has reportedly accepted to pay a fine corresponding to 60 percent of the amount he allegedly hid from the taxman and to a one-year prison sentence that should be commuted into another fine, the newspaper said.That should come to a total of more than five million euros, it added.The deal reached with prosecutors and the Spanish taxman has not yet been submitted to the court investigating the case, according to El Mundo.Mourinho is the latest in a long list of football players and other personalities in the industry to be accused of tax fraud in Spain on income related to image rights in the past few years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho is set to admit Spanish tax fraud © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMADRID, Spain, Sep 4 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to admit to a Spanish court investigating him that he evaded Sh382mn ($3.8 million) in tax while coaching Real Madrid, Spanish daily El Mundo reported Tuesday.The 55-year-old Portuguese is accused of committing tax fraud in 2011 and 2012, prosecutors said last year.
Charlton have completed the signing of Romanian striker George Tucudean from Standard Liege.Tucudean, who becomes the Addicks’ seventh signing of the summer, has penned a three-year deal with the Championship club.The 23-year-old jetted out to Spain on Monday to Charlton’s training camp before undergoing his medical and signing his contract.He came to prominence during his time at former club Dinamo Bucuresti and has represented his country at Under-21 level. 1 George Tucudean
Virgil van Dijk has praised Southampton manager Ronald Koeman for his incredible development into one of the best defenders in the Premier League.Signed last summer from Celtic at a reported cost of £13million, the 24-year-old has seamlessly slotted into Saints’ first-team, helping the South Coast club to a likely top-seven finish.Van Dijk’s displays earned him the fans’ and players’ player of the year honours at Southampton’s end-of-season awards on Wednesday, which came just days after penning a new and improved six-year deal at St Mary’s.His performances have earned rave reviews, and the Dutchman has been quick to praise his manager for the role played in his career.“He was an amazing player himself,” Van Dijk said. “I never saw him play (live) but obviously I’ve seen clips of it and you know the stories.“But, yeah, I can learn from him every day and that’s what I definitely do.“He gives me confidence and he wants to get the maximum out of me and that’s something very positive for me as well.“He’s very, how you say, critical of me, hard on me, so he wants me to do better, even smaller details and I think that’s a very good sign. I am very glad he is doing that as well.”There was criticism directed at Van Dijk earlier in the campaign, when he looked like a poor signing due to a lack of concentration during games.Going from dominating the Scottish Premiership with Celtic to life in the Premier League required adaptation, but the defender enjoyed the low moments as “that’s made me the player I am today”.Van Dijk picked out his maiden Premier League goal against Swansea as his favourite moment at Saints this term, but is frustrated to have only netted three times.“That’s also something for me,” he said. “I am very hard on myself. I need to score a couple more this season.“With my height and also ability to head the ball in free-kicks for example, what I didn’t show this year I need to do a lot better. It is something to work on.”Van Dijk will get a chance to add to this season’s tally when Crystal Palace arrive in Sunday’s season finale, when a fourth straight win could see Saints finish as high as fifth.Koeman’s men can finish no lower than eighth but are hoping to better last season’s best-ever Premier League finish of seventh and reach the Europa League.“We know it is the last game so we are going to give it our all like every single game we did the last couple of weeks, for example,” Van Dijk said.“It is going to be an all-in game for us. We want to win and hopefully it is going to happen, with good football and a lot of goals but it is going to be tough because we didn’t beat them this year.“We want to just win the game and hopefully that is going to happen.”It would be a fitting end to another impressive campaign under Koeman, whose future Van Dijk is relaxed about despite Southampton’s displays attracting admiring glances.“I think he has done an amazing job so far,” the centre-back said of his manager.“Hopefully we can do it next year as well and then it is about him and the club and what he wants to do.“If we do well and we are going to progress and then hopefully do better than we do this year then I am very confident he will stay.” 1 Virgil van Dijk in action for Southampton
Its springtime and the daffodils are out and we are all starting to feel better – the days and are stretching out in front getting ready for summer.This is a time where we start to take the dogs out for longer walks and in different places which is fabulous and makes us all, including the dogs feel so much better and fitter but please remember that we need to prepare the dogs for the new places with such as a good worming and also flea treatment.Generally a dog should be treated every 6 months for worms. Roundworms and Tapeworms. They are the most common, roundworm being the bigger problem. Roundworms migrate throughout the blood, into the lungs, and are coughed up, and usually re-swallowed. Sometimes the larvae can travel through the liver and brain. You may never ever see these worms, and one day one may come out in the dog’s stool. They can cause bloating, diarrhoea and vomiting. Your dog may stop eating, after passing through a stage of over eating, and always being hungry.Dogs should be discouraged from using the area where kids play, as roundworms are dangerous especially to children. Roundworm eggs can lie dormant in a sandbox for years. Once they enter the child, they can migrate to the child’s liver, lungs eyes or brain and become permanently encysted. This can be dealt with by teaching your dog where to go to the toilet and having a specific place in your garden which will help isolate the possibility of this.There are a few different varieties of Tapeworms. Fleas carry tapeworms, so if your dog has fleas, or had fleas, there is a good chance he could have tapeworms. Standard wormer doesn’t always kill tapeworms, so a stronger wormer is needed.Heartworms live in the heart and large blood vessels. they are about 6 inches long. They are spread by mosquitoes. The tree hole mosquito, which breeds in oak trees, is very good at spreading heartworms. They live in areas where oak trees thrive. If you have oak trees in your area, you most likely live in an area where there are heartworms. Heartworms show no symptoms at all until the disease is very advanced. When symptoms do appear they are the same as the symptoms for congestive heart failure.Sometimes causing fainting, coughing, difficulty breathing, dull coat, lack of energy, and an enlarged abdomen. Heartworms can be prevented. Dogs should be tested for heart worms, then given a preventive medicine. It is not wise to wait until symptoms appear before treating this dangerous worm. Talk to your Vet!How do you look for fleas? The first thing you need to do is look for flea faeces. This will be small grains of what appears to be dirt. If you take this ‘dirt’ and rub it between your fingers with a small amount of water and it turns red you’ve found your proof.This is because flea faeces contain dried blood. The most common place to find it is on “Spot’s” belly, his favourite bed or any area that your pet frequents. These faeces drop off and stay in recesses. Look closely and you will find it hiding in the soft under fur of his coat or the deep dark recesses of his pet bed. This is where the flea favours to lay its eggs because this is a warm fertile area. There are many ways to treat fleas – Flea collars, spot on treatment, powder, oral treatments and shampoos. All very effective and easy to use. If your dog lives in the house, don’t forget to fumigate your home. Wash the bedding and disinfect the area until you know that the fleas are gone! Make sure you also disinfect your yard too! ASK CLARE QUESTIONS IN OUR COMMENT BOX BELOW OR EMAIL INFO@DONEGALDAILY.COM© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyPETS: CLARE BOYLE’S DONEGAL DOG BLOG was last modified: March 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:PETS: CLARE BOYLE’S DONEGAL DOG BLOG
Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah has leapt to the defence of goalkeeper Loris Karius, who has hinted he is considering his future at Anfield. 1 The young German – who suffered a nightmare performance in the Champions League final and has now lost his No.1 shirt to new signing Alisson – faced more criticism on Monday after making another blunder in a friendly against Borussia Dortmund.Having already made a mistake in a pre-season clash at League Two side Tranmere, Karius’ was left red-faced again when he parried a Christian Pulisic shot directly into the path Jacob Bruun Larsen, who slotted home easily for the Bundesliga side.American starlet Pulisic, 19, had earlier scored twice as Dortmund came back from Virgil van Dijk’s opening goal to win 3-1 in Charlotte.Karius responded to his critics on social media shortly after the game, while he also received the backing of Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who told angry fans: “Leave the kid alone! He’s also a person, as we all are.”And now Liverpool’s Egyptian King Salah has thrown his support behind his under-fire team-mate, telling the 25-year-old to “ignore” the haters. Stay strong Karius, it has happened to the best of players. Ignore those who hate.@LorisKarius— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) July 23, 2018Karius also spraked speculation over his Liverpool future following the game when he spoke to the German press.The 25-year-old is now the Reds’ number two following the £67million arrival of Brazil international Alisson from Roma.Asked about his position at Anfield, Karius told Sky Germany: “Of course that’s not perfect for me, but I cannot say much more about that either.“I do not know that [whether he will leave before the deadline].“I cannot say what I’m doing right now, there’s still some time left.”
Vincent O’Brien pictured outside Letterkenny Courthouse – probably for the last time!Flowing tributes have been paid to retiring Garda Superintendent Vincent O’Brien.The tributes were made at Letterkenny Circuit Court today at the invitation of Judge John O’Hagan. Mr O’Brien, a native of Collooney in Co Sligo, served in Co Donegal for 32 years.Judge O’Hagan said he wanted to thank Mr O’Brien for the support he gave him over the years since he came to Donegal.He said he served as a Garda Superintendent when things were very difficult in Donegal for the force.“He saw that through with a lot of his colleagues when a lot of fingers being pointed at the force and he maintained the general respect that the general population in Donegal have for the force,” he said.He also said it was a difficult time for Gardai because of the deaths of two of his colleagues, Garda Robbie McCallion and Garda Gary McLoughlin.“On a personal note I want to thank him for the support he showed to me. I was like a fish out of water as I spent most of my career on the east coast.“He looked after me and I knew if I needed anything I could pick up the phone and call Vincent,” he said.Tribute were also paid by state prosecutor Patricia McLaughlin, barrister Peter Nolan and solicitor Frank Dorrian.Mr O’Brien thanked everyone for their kind words and said he particularly enjoyed his times prosecuting in the district courts.He thanked his colleagues on the force, in the legal profession, the courts service and the media.“I may have retired from An Garda Siochana but I have not retired from life,” he said.TRIBUTES PAID TO RETIRING GARDA WHO SERVED DONEGAL IN TRYING TIMES was last modified: November 5th, 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:GardaJUdge John O’HaganSUPERINTENDENT VINCENT O’BRIEN
Arena 7 celebrated ten incredible years in business with a sensational night of entertainment last Friday evening.Enda, Claire and all the staff at Arena 7 would like to thank everyone who attended the celebration and helped make the night a terrific success.They want to thank all their loyal customers for all their support over the last decade as they strive to maintain the success they’ve already achieved. To check out more photos from the night, or to check out some of the offers available at Arena 7 then go on their Facebook now.https://www.facebook.com/Arena7 PICTURE SPECIAL – ARENA 7 CELEBRATE TEN INCREDIBLE YEARS IN BUSINESS was last modified: September 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arena 7BusinessFeaturesnewspicture special