AFC shrugs off claims about party losing ground in Berbice

first_imgAlliance For Change (AFC) General Secretary David Patterson on Sunday sought to put to rest notions thatAFC General Secretary David Pattersonhis party has been losing its supporters in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), particularly since it coalesced with the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).The AFC is considered the second largest party in the APNU/AFC partnership, which was successful in the 2015 General and Regional Elections. Even before the coalition’s success at the elections, the AFC had been heavily criticised for coalescing with APNU.It seems, however, that up until now the party was still being flayed for the alliance with APNU. Speaking on a public programme in New Amsterdam, Berbice, on Saturday evening, Patterson claimed that the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has been peddling a “series of lies” about the status of the AFC.He said that as General Secretary, he was also the keeper of the records.“I can say that this is hogwash on the part of the Opposition. That is their job, and the PPP knows very well that the powers reside primarily with the Alliance For Change – we are the balance of power,” AFC’s General Secretary said.He added that it was the AFC which formed the coalition. “We drafted the agreement. So they have to attack the Alliance For Change for their own survival: that’s why they are attacking us,” Patterson reiterated in explaining the PPP’s allegations.He continued that the AFC was the most liberal party in the country as members were free to voice their opinion publicly and internally.“But we are still strong and committed. You can refer to us as free thinkers,” he said.Prior to the signing of the Cummingsburg Accord, which created the coalition, back in February 2015, the PPP had heavily criticised the AFC‘s decision to join forces with APNU.General Secretary Clement Rohee had labelled the move a “death warrant”.“…this so-called ‘Cummingsburg Accord’ would be remembered down the halls of shame with time as the day of betrayal of principles on the part of the AFC which has through its leader, Ramjattan, had vowed that it would never join the APNU,” Rohee said back in 2015.Rohee opined that the AFC would lose the supporters it had managed to accumulate during the elections since it would no longer be seen as the middle ground for those who distrusted the People’s National Congress (PNC), the major partner in APNU.He pointed out that with the coalition, the AFC would have no other choice but to follow the dictatorial rule of the ‘PNC/APNU”.“Their [AFC’s] supporters had already begun returning [to the PPP] and the coalition process has placed impetus on this…the people weren’t convinced back in the day of a coalition between the PNC and the TUF and they won’t be convinced now. Who don’t end up dead politically will end up badly wounded,” Rohee declared.last_img read more

Have South Africans So Soon Forgotten?

first_imgThough we had our modest share, Liberia was not among the African nations that hosted tens or hundreds of thousands of South African refugees fleeing apartheid.   From the 1970s-1990s there was a group of Independent African nations known as “the Frontline States.”  These nations were the main backers of South African blacks and coloreds fighting for liberation from apartheid perpetrated against them by the white minority.  The Frontline States were Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Their primary aim was to achieve majority rule in South Africa.  These nations hosted millions of South African refugees.  The Frontline States were, of course, backed by most other African nations, especially Nigeria, which contributed tremendous financial resources to help the cause.Liberia had a modest share of South African refugees.  They included Vuz Make (pronounced ma-kay), a South African political activist and member of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), who taught at the University of Liberia. Years later, the leader of the Soweto Youth Uprising, Sietzi Machinini, following those momentous events in which many youths were brutally murdered by the racist apartheid police, found refuge in Liberia.  Sietzi married a Liberian young lady, Wilma Campbell, who bore him children.    Liberia also played a major role in all the African Liberation Movements of Southern Africa.   President W.V.S. Tubman, led by Secretary of State J. Rudolph Grimes and Ernest Eastman, then Director of the State Department’s Afro-Asian Bureau, began direct dealings with these Movements.  They included those of Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe—all victims of Portuguese colonial racist oppression.  There were also the movements in racist Ian Smith’s Rhodesia, including Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) and Joshua Nkomo’s Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU). President Tubman helped all of these movements with diplomacy and money.  Many liberation leaders, including Nelson Mandela, traveled by Liberian diplomatic passports.When in the early 1960s, around 1961, Nelson Mandela visited President Tubman, Ernest Eastman was assigned as Mandela’s main contact with Tubman.  At one point, the President sent Mandela to meet President Modibo Keita of Mali.  Again, it was Eastman who had to make that arrangement.  He sent Mandela to Lafayette Diggs, who had been assigned to open the Liberian embassy in Bamako.  Lafayette effectively executed that assignment and Mandela was able to see the Malian Foreign Minister and President Keita.  (See Ambassador Diggs’ brief article on that assignment on page 5).Ernest Eastman was on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s delegation in July 2008 when she participated in President Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration in South Africa.How now, today, the South Africans have embarked on a xenophobic campaign to kick other Africans out of South Africa!  Included among them, believe it or not, are the Zimbabweans and Nigerians!How have South Africans so soon forgotten!One Liberian political scientist told the Daily Observer that it is not the average South African engaged in this nefarious assault on foreign Africans.  It is, he said, the Zulus, who have always had what he called “reactionary tendencies.”  Remember, he told this newspaper, “they vigorously opposed the ANC during the anti-apartheid struggle because the apartheid regime gave them money and arms to do so.  The Zulus, led by their military movement Inkatha, over the years killed many ANC supporters. But when Nelson Mandela and the ANC emerged victorious in the 1994 Presidential elections, one of the first things he did was extend an olive branch to the powerful Inkatha leader, Gatsha Buthelezi, appointing him to the top position of Minister of Internal Affairs.  In that one master stroke, Mandela sealed the harmony between the ANC and the Zulus.  From that day forward the tension was eased and there was peace.The xenophobic attacks against other Africans in South Africa commenced a few weeks ago when Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu announced that all African immigrants in South Africa “must leave the country now!”Following that announcement, Africans of various nationalities—Nigerians, Zimbabweans, Ethiopians,  Somalians, etc.—came under vicious attacks, many killed. President Zuma belatedly intervened and condemned the attacks, followed by an announcement by King kaBhekuzulu that the media  had “quoted him out of context.”We call on the African Union, which is incidentally headed by a South African, to intervene and stop this madness in South Africa.  They (South Africans)   must do so NOW to honor their immortal Hero—and the world’s, too—Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela—whom they KNOW would NEVER have stood for such a thing.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Flyers edge Yeti 4-3 in exhibition opener

first_img“It definitely gives that boost more so that you see the guys react well from it. Knowing that you’re helping the guys move along in the game boosts your confidence on the back end,” he said.Scoring for the Flyers were Rick Cleaver, Tyrell Fenton, Joey Massingham, and Josh Bruha.The two teams will play again this afternoon at 1 p.m. The Fort St. John Senior Flyers welcomed the Fort Nelson Yeti to the North Peace Arena last night for the first of two exhibition games. The game was close from start to finish but it was the Flyers coming away with a 4-3 victory.Head coach Andrew Leriger thought his team put forth a strong game considering the limited amount of time they’ve had on the ice, and singled out Travis McLean for his work between the pipes.“I thought the guys played well. We’re not in game shape because we’ve only had four ice times. That makes a big difference of course. We had great goaltending that saved us quite a bit. I was pleased,” he said.- Advertisement -When it comes to making the adjustment from junior hockey to senior for a goalie, Leriger said the shots from the opposition will be harder, and they occasionally will have pro experience under their belt.“Junior probably is a bit of a quicker game but now we’re going to a man’s game. They shoot harder. We’ve got guys that have been to pro camps; they’ve played pro in Europe. They’re smarter, they get to the puck quicker. We’ve got guys in our practices that Travis is struggling on once in awhile. As a whole it will take him a couple of skates but he looked great tonight,” he said.For his part McLean said the biggest change he noticed was the size of the skaters playing in front of him, but after a few big stops he was settled in.Advertisementlast_img read more

Dawson Creek No Vote wins narrow victory

first_imgAt this point the idea of borrowing money for the proposed projects has been defeated in the referendum and so the projects will be put on hold until the city comes up with other funding ideas.For more on this story you can read the following articlesMayor of Dawson Creek encouraging residents to voteDawson Creek Ratepayers oppose borrowing bylawAdvertisement With only 1,985 votes cast, the No campaign has come out victorious in the Dawson Creek spending referendum.Residents of Dawson Creek went to the polls Saturday, after the City was forced to bring the issue of borrowing 9.9 million dollars for infrastructure in the community to referendum.  The vote was extremely close, with only 1009 people voting no and 976 voting yes, with a total of 1,985 votes cast.Mayor Mike Bernier says the referendum started when the city proposed borrowing around 9.9 million dollars over three years, which would be spent on capital projects.- Advertisement -But, more than ten per cent of the community voiced their concerns, saying they did not want the city to get the loan for various reasons.Bernier says City Councilors decided to hold a referendum and let the residents decide.[asset|aid=2159|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c7b3a76353aae9a6083cf6be0a8a989c-Bernier – referendum 1_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisement Dawson Creek heads to referendumlast_img read more

Dirtbags have some fun in sun

first_imgTaylor Krick added four hits and four RBI for Long Beach (10-5), which banged out a total of 23 hits. Dirtbags 16, Arizona St. 9Tuesday: at UCLA, 6 p.m. The Dirtbags scored five runs in the sixth and ninth innings. Trailing 6-4 entering the top of the sixth, Long Beach scored five times to take a 9-6 lead. An error by ASU third baseman Matt Hall led to three unearned runs. The Sun Devils (13-7) took an early lead on a three-run homer by Tim Smith off Dirtbags starter Andre Lamontagne in the first inning. ASU led 4-0 after Ike Davis homered in the third off reliever Adam Wilk. Wilk (1-0) pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up two earned runs to pick up the victory. Danny Espinosa and Brandon Godfrey had five hits apiece to lead the No. 19-ranked Dirtbags to a 16-9 victory over 11th-ranked Arizona State on Sunday in Tempe, Ariz. Long Beach won two of the three games in the weekend series. Matt Trink (0-1) allowed seven runs, four earned, in relief and took the loss. The Dirtbags will stay on the road this week. They will play at UCLA on Tuesday before heading to Wichita State for a three-game weekend series against the Shockers. 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

Proposed Site C consultation amid ongoing opposition

first_imgHowever the Hydro President McDonald says she has learned from experience that the only was to get past the answer ‘No’ is to keep talking. “It’s by listening and by having genuine and meaningful conversations,” McDonald explains to the Canadian Press of past experiences with contentious issues. “At the end of the day it’s about communication and it’s about that we are listening and really understanding and really being open and trying to find solutions that address the very unique concerns that each community will have.”Construction of the project southwest of the city – which will flood agricultural land, as well as First Nations burial, spiritual and archeological sites – is set to start this summer.There’s also concern of the potential it poses in destroying First Nations’ hunting and fishing areas.- Advertisement -“The biggest observation I had, and it came very early on, is that we hadn’t been talking enough,” McDonald goes on to tell the Canadian Press. “We built up a lot of assumptions where the issues were and why we might be at odds on various issues. There were just so many assumptions that were being carried that we sort of missed the opportunity to have the conversation.”First Nations leaders say the province’s approval of the now estimated $8.8 billion project means the time for talk is over, adding the government’s idea of consultation was telling them that the massive dam will be built.“Everything that they’ve done, all their policies, their legislation, every decision they’ve made they made so there’s only one outcome and that was Site C,” says West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson. “They ignored everything we put on the table. There was never an opportunity to change Site C.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Woman banned from keeping dogs after “appalling” breeding conditions found at her home

first_imgA woman has been banned from keeping dogs for three years after breeding them in what a Judge described as “appalling conditions.”ISPCA officers raided the home of Elizabeth Duncan and found a total of 26 dogs in cramped conditions. Ms Duncan, who is in her 50s, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with neglecting the health and welfare of the animals.ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley told the court that he visited Ms Duncan’s home at Drumbarnett, Manorcunningham on April 24th last.Mr McGinley handed photographs of the conditions in which the Golden Labrador dogs were being kept.On the day Inspector McGinley called, he found two adult male dogs, twelve female adults dogs and twelve pups.The horrific conditions in which up to 26 dogs were kept by Ms Duncan.He said there was not adequate space in which to breed dogs but rather there was simply enough space to breed one or two dogs domestically.Some of the pups were being kept in a shed which was five feet by three feet and had no water or natural light.There were old dry bones scattered around and the sheds in which the pups were kept were covered in faeces.The court had heard the dogs were being sold for up to €300 on the DoneDeal website but some had encountered health issues because they had not been properly vaccinated.Judge Paul Kelly said it was obvious that Ms Duncan was not capable of keeping dogs.“These are appalling conditions to keep dogs in. She is clearly not a suitable person for keeping animals if she keeps them in these conditions,” he said.He banned Ms Duncan from keeping dogs for three years and also fined her a total of €450 and ordered her to pay €2,002 costs to the ISPCA.Speaking after the case, ISPCA Inspector McGinley told Donegal Daily that he hoped the message would go out to the public to properly research where they were buying their pets from.The make-shift pen in which the dogs were kept in Manorcunningham.Woman banned from keeping dogs after “appalling” breeding conditions found at her home was last modified: October 25th, 2016 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:courtdogsdonegalElizabeth DuncanManorcunnninghamlast_img read more

HOCKEY: RAPHOE VICTORIOUS IN SEVEN GOAL THRILLER

first_imgRaphoe Ladies First XI continue their unbeaten record in Senior 1 with an away victory over Larne. Larne Ladies have been gaining momentum of late and turning their season around. Raphoe anticipated a tough battle ahead.Larne, hoping to take advantage of their home turf, most certainly started the sprightly of the two teams. Raphoe were not at the races in the initial 20 minutes. Larne threats at the Raphoe defence and goal unsettled the donegal girls. A Larne well worked short corner and an unfortunate ball bounce in front of the Raphoe goal seen the opening score.Much to the delight of Larne they had taken the lead and Raphoe couldn’t deny it was well deserved at this point. Raphoe’s misfortunes continued when they found themselves down to 10 women after Louise Moran received a green card. Moran’s foot was deemed to deliberately have stopped the ball.Raphoe dug deep and started to turn their first half performance around. With 10 minutes to go in the first half Raphoe started to turn the tide of the match. With a high forward Raphoe looked extremely dangerous on the break. Sarah Patterson found Wendy Patterson high up the pitch who only had one defender to beat.With a raging stick tackle Patterson was awarded a short corner and the Larne defender was lucky to remain on the pitch. Raphoe’s W Patterson ejected the ball to the top of the area. Rachel Buchanan pulled the defender and slipped the ball back to Patterson so made no mistake and slotted the ball neatly between the Larne posts. Back on a level playing field Raphoe welcomed the halftime whistle. Coach Eaton’s half time talked urged the ladies to build on their momentum and take full advantage in exposing weaknesses in the Larne defence. Raphoe dominated as the second half commenced. However against the run of play Larne scored and Raphoe found themselves trailing once again. Kimberly Porter leveled the score once again by taking the opportunity when it presented itself to her. Raphoe were now starting to dominate the midfield area with S Patterson, R Buchanan and Esther Hume dictating and breaking down play and Lyndsey Tinney supporting from the back.Raphoe pressed high and continued to pressurise the Larne defence. Larne ‘ right back however was able to aerial the ball from the back with pin point accuracy which meant Raphoe needed to be alert to this constant danger. Sabrina Barnett steadied the back line with a calm and composure performance. Barnett with Victoria Wray,Arlyne Kilpatrick, Sarah Boal and Louise Moran worked tirelessly to control the Larne forwards and influence play.Larne had their chances and hoped to go ahead once again when awarded a short corner. Raphoe had other plans and broke down their play easily. With R Buchanan picking up the ball and sending a pass out wide left to K Porter. Porter turned and saw the galloping run of Leanne Patterson who loves a one on one challenge. She wrong footed the keeper and pushed the ball into the Larne net to put her team on the front foot for the first time in the match.The fourth goal arose with individual brilliance from L Patterson inside the Larne area. She evaded tackle after tackle and used her superior skill to weave through traffic and lay the ball of to the unmarked stick to Kimberly Porter, who rammed the ball home. Raphoe had a few other good opportunities with Shannon Porter being unlucky at the back post and W Patterson and K Porter not adding to the score line on a few occasions.Raphoe looked like they had the game wrapped up but Larne were not to be underestimated. A quick break down the left and a flying cross was beautifully deflected passed keeper Denise McElhinney. With two minutes remaining Raphoe gained composure and successfully ran out the clock to another victory. A seven goal thriller and a well deserved win for the Raphoe Ladies. Player of the match was awarded to Leanne Patterson for her individual talent and continually menacing within the Larne defence.Team: Denise McElhinney, Victoria Wray, Louise Moran, Lyndsey Tinney, Sarah Boal, Arlyne Kilpatrick, Rachel Buchanan, Sarah Patterson, Wendy Patterson, Esther Hume, Leanne Patterson, Kimberly Porter, Shannon Porter, Sabrina BarnettNext week Raphoe Ladies First XI play at home against Cookstown First XI.HOCKEY: RAPHOE VICTORIOUS IN SEVEN GOAL THRILLER was last modified: November 23rd, 2015 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:donegalhockeyRaphoelast_img read more

NYC mayor disputes bomb plot a hoax

first_imgNEW YORK – Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police officials questioned reports on Tuesday that an alleged subway bomb plot that spread fear through the city was a hoax. “I don’t know that it was confirmed that it was a hoax at all,” Bloomberg said when asked about the reports by CNN and the New York Post. The reports, citing unnamed sources, said an informant in Iraq who had told U.S. authorities about the possible threat by al-Qaida later admitted he made it up. The informant’s allegation prompted city and FBI officials last week to issue a dire public warning and to flood the subway system with thousands of extra police officers. After four days of high alert, the officials announced Monday that there was no clear evidence an attack would be carried out and scaled back the protection. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, appearing with Bloomberg at a hospital groundbreaking in Harlem, said the informant could not have recanted because U.S. authorities in Iraq had lost track of him. “As far as we know right now, the source is not in custody,” he said. Bloomberg said the informant had passed a lie-detector test at the time he identified three suspects in Iraq, and alleged they were plotting to use other operatives in New York to attack the subway with briefcases and baby carriages packed with explosives. Officials have also said the informant had provided reliable information in the past. Kelly said he participated in an interagency conference call Thursday before issuing the public warning, and during the meeting he learned that one of the alleged plotters had indicated it was “too late” to prevent the attack. “Certainly it was a factor,” Kelly said. “We had to make a decision quickly.” The mayor continued to insist that the city didn’t overreact. “When somebody makes an allegation, and it looks like there is some credibility – and clearly there was credibility here – you go and you act on it,” he said. A call to the FBI’s New York office was not immediately returned. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

HSE doing ‘everything possible’ to prepare for severe weather

first_imgThe HSE Management team for Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, and Monaghan & Sligo) has met to discuss the preparations for the severe cold weather expected later this week. The HSE says that they preparations are underway to ensure that the health services are “as ready as possible” for the cold snap.They are doing “everything possible” to maintain all essential services; particularly services to vulnerable people at home in the community. The situation will be closely monitored in the days ahead, and further updates will be issued, a spokesperson says.Mr John Hayes, Chief Officer, Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 stated: “The usual advice to the public in preparing for poor conditions is to make sure you have the three “Fs” stocked up – that’s food, fuel and fluids.“Where it is safe to do so, we’d ask people to consider checking in on elderly or vulnerable members of the community, and to make sure they have supplies of food, fuel, water and medicines.“Remember you may not be able to get to a pharmacy if conditions are poor.” The HSE will be monitoring updates from Met Éireann and the Office of Emergency Planning.All HSE CHO 1 Community services are currently proceeding as normal today.“We will be monitoring the situation closely and using all channels of communications to update patients / clients and the general public regarding any changes or postponements that may be necessitated,” a spokesperson added.The Winter Ready website, www.winterready.ie has useful advice for all.All updated information can be found on www.hse.ie/weatherwarning. Keep up to date with @HSELive on Twitter for all the latest regarding HSE services.HSE doing ‘everything possible’ to prepare for severe weather was last modified: February 28th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:HSEstorm emmalast_img read more