Political parties should refrain from “jingoistic” approaches to governance

first_imgDear Editor,Over the past few days, I have attended the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, with its expansive display by hundreds of companies and countries, including Guyana, as well as conference sessions and collateral events.Guyana is well represented at this conference, and it must be a fascinating reality check for many of us, I would think.I have always been aware that our oil and gas industry would be a boost to our economy, but must admit that what I have learnt during this conference has really opened my eyes to the enormity of the positive impact this sector can have on the quality of life of the Guyanese people; if we manage it well and confront some of the challenges, including social ills such as human trafficking, which are likely to intensify as our level of prosperity is heightened.I really hope that all Guyanese, especially our politicians, can come to grips with the reality that if they do what is right they could chart a course that would provide for every Guyanese to enjoy a quality of life about which they never dreamt.On Wednesday there was a session on Guyana, which focused on sustainable development of Guyana’s oil and gas industry. It was a good panel discussion. While much of the information was not new, what made it useful were the perspectives offered about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (swot) which the sector must analyse and address.One panellist spoke of the “complex political structure” in Guyana, which I interpreted to be among the challenges which must be addressed if the sector is to realise its full potential to be of benefit to each and every Guyanese.I would hope that, in quick time, the political structure of Guyana would change via constitutional reform. In the meantime, however, it is my fervent wish that the political culture in Guyana would change even sooner, thereby providing for heightened collaboration among the major political parties, and drastic reduction in the real and/or perceived animosity which exists among them.Guyana has to have a predictable environment to facilitate investment, private sector and economic development, and job creation. This requires consultation and collaboration among the parties, which would provide for continuity of policies whenever there is a change in Government.In short, what I am proposing is that the major political parties refrain from their “jingoistic” approaches to governance, and work toward some form of unified governance which would not negate a reasonable plurality of outlook, but presuppose it.Seeking to eschew corruption in all its forms and at every level must be the pillar of their collaborative efforts, along with putting an end to political favouritism/loyalty in the appointments to key positions. Perhaps it is time that the major political parties seek to attract to their ranks and leadership persons with a greater commitment to ‘Putting Guyana First’. Failure to so do could torpedo the good life, of which the country is now positioned on its cusp.Some time ago, I attended a business meeting in Curacao at which Paul Keens Douglas was the keynote speaker at one of the luncheon sessions. In referring to “group think” of regional politicians, he said these guys “feel their countries are at the precipice of great developments, and all they have to do is take one great step forward.” Let’s hope this is not the current thinking of our Guyanese politicians.Regards,Wesley Kirtonlast_img read more

CONFIRMED! Michail Antonio signs new West ham contract until 2020

first_imgWest Ham have been boosted by news that Michail Antonio has signed a new contract to commit his future to the Hammers until 2020.The promising winger arrived last summer from Nottingham Forest for £7million and, after initially being little more than a squad player, featured regularly for Slaven Bilic’s first team.The 26-year-old had originally signed until 2019, but his new terms are expected to reflect his increased importance to the Premier League club.“I am delighted to have signed a new contract,” Antonio told West Ham’s official website.“I am happy that the manager and the chairman have showed their belief in me to give me a new deal.“I have always believed in my own ability and when I am given the opportunity I will take it and hopefully I have showed that.“I had to be patient when I first arrived, but once I got the chance I never looked back and hopefully I can now push on and do even better than what I did last season.”Antonio’s new contract comes after those signed by Hammers team-mates Dmitri Payet, Adrian and Cheikhou Kouyate.‘The Insider’ column on the club’s website also claims a further first-team player will follow the quartet in penning a new deal. 1 Michail Antonio impressed with nine goals for West Ham last season last_img read more

Aston Villa v QPR: Kranjcar and Hill start

first_imgNiko Kranjcar and Clint Hill start for QPR in the vital game against fellow strugglers Aston Villa.Hill comes in at left-back for Yun Suk-Young, who picked up a head injury during Saturday’s 4-1 win at West Brom.And Kranjcar starts in place of Eduardo Vargas, who will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee ligament injury against the Baggies.Aston Villa v QPR: five key battlesAaron Mitchell is in Rangers’ matchday squad for the first time. Mitchell is named on the substitutes’ bench along with fellow youngsters Michael Doughty and Reece Grego-Cox.Villa are without Alan Hutton, Scott Sinclair, Ashley Westwood and Aly Cissokho, but former Fulham man Kieran Richardson has been passed fit to play. Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Richardson, Cleverley, Delph, Sanchez, Grealish, Agbonlahor, Benteke Subs: Given, Baker, Okore, Weimann, Cole, N’Zogbia, Lowton. QPR: Green, Isla, Onuoha, Caulker, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Sandro, Kranjcar, Zamora, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Hoilett, Henry Mitchell, Doughty, Grego-Cox.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Durban’s plan to offset COP 17 footprint

first_img15 November 2011An estimated 15 000 tons of CO2 is expected to be produced during the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, but Durban has a plan to offset the event’s carbon footprint in full – and then some.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change takes place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December.The estimate of the event’s footprint is based on the assumption that 25 000 people will visit the city during the conference, along with related factors like accommodation, conference venues, transportation and waste removal logistics.Community Ecosystem Based Adaptation (Ceba)The response takes the form of an initiative called Community Ecosystem Based Adaptation (Ceba), a joint venture between the Wildlands Conservation Trust and the eThekwini municipality. Ceba focuses on the link between communities and the ecosystems and ways in which they can be supported.According to eThekwini Environmental Planning and Climate Protection deputy head, Debra Roberts, the Durban Ceba Initiative is one of the most exciting elements of the city’s broader COP 17 greening programme.Delegates at COP17 will be able to buy “Ceba credits” to offset the carbon footprint of the event.“It has been adopted as the official voluntary offset mechanism for COP 17,” said Roberts. “Delegates, corporates and residents of Durban will be able to contribute towards the project by buying ‘Ceba credits’ to play their part in helping offset the environmental impact associated with hosting COP 17.”National government is said to be focusing on the other aspects of the carbon footprint, such as international air travel. The city has been more concerned with the impact on energy and water resources.uMbilo River catchment projectThe first Ceba project will be the restoration and reforestation of the uMbilo River catchment.Adaptation will be prioritised to counter the effects of the carbon footprint. Ceba will focus on communities restoring their natural ecosystems, creating cleaner and greener neighbourhoods.Each Ceba credit will cost about US$10 (between R80 and R100), and the money raised will be used for the uMbilo River catchment project.Roberts said unemployed people from the neighbouring communities will then be employed as “green collar” workers to first remove alien plants and trees. The project also involves the planting of indigenous plants and trees and restoration of the riverine, wetland and grassland systems.Initial funding for the project will come from the city, the corporate sector and through the Wildlands Conservation Trust.“We want this project to not only benefit the ecological sustainability of the river, but the social sustainability of poor communities along it,” said Roberts.For more information, visit www.durbanceba.org.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

NBA fines Russell Westbrook $25,000 for language; Jazz ban fan permanently

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Crucial stretch Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Westbrook says the fan made racial comments toward him during the Jazz-Thunder game on Monday night. The NBA and the Jazz both investigated the matter and released decisions Tuesday afternoon. Westbrook was fined for using both profanity and threatening language, which he did from the sideline.The Jazz say that the fan was banned for “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse” during the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after a teammate scores against the Utah Jazz in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)NEW YORK — The NBA has fined Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook $25,000 for the language he directed toward a fan in Utah.Meanwhile, the Jazz have banned the fan from all events at their arena permanently and effective immediately.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Keys claims Cincinnati title over Kuznetsova

first_imgCINCINNATI: American Madison Keys overcame late leads by Svetlana Kuznetsova in both sets to defeat the Russian for the Cincinnati Masters title on Sunday. The confidence-boosting 7-5 7-6(5) victory sent Keys into the US Open later this month as the world’s number 10 ranked player. “If you told me a week ago this is where I would be, I would have laughed in your face!” Keys said in accepting the tournament trophy. In both sets, the 2017 US Open finalist trailed 5-3 before rallying to win. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhKeys won four consecutive games to claim the opener. She needed a tiebreak to prevail in the second. The triumph was the fourth in a row on hardcourts for the 16th-seeded Keys over Kuznetsova and the 24-year-old’s fifth career title. The 34-year-old Kuznetsova, twice a Grand Slam champion, served for the first set but Keys held out before winning four consecutive games. In the second set Kuznetsova broke Keys in the third game and went ahead 3-1. But Keys, down 5-3, won three games in a row to go up 6-5. This time, Kuznetsova fought back, forcing a tiebreak when the ball touched the top of the net and rolled over to the other side, creating a light moment that had Keys smiling in disbelief.last_img read more

Bahamas First Hosts Free Hurricane Preparedness Event

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 28, 2017 – Nassau – Bahamas First General Insurance Company recently facilitated a free public education seminar under the topic, Hurricane Prep 101. The event took place at The British Colonial Hilton and featured a presentation by Caroline Turnquest, Director General for The Bahamas Red Cross on hurricane preparedness followed by a panel discussion with insurance industry experts.The informative panel included Leonard Sands, President of The Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA); Iain Parish, Managing Director of Technical Adjusters Bahamas Ltd.; Keith Rolle, SVP, Underwriting, Bahamas First General Insurance and Warren Rolle, Managing Director of NUA Insurance Agents & Brokers. Attendees gained valuable information and advice on how to maintain their homes and property to prepare for the possibility of and recover from a storm. Stressing the importance of regular building maintenance, the panel encouraged property owners to conduct regular assessments, carrying out repairs where needed and planning for more extensive projects including window and roof repairs or replacement.Reflecting on lessons learned from Hurricane Matthew, president and CEO for the leading general insurer, Patrick Ward noted, “We want to do our part to ensure that our clients are in the best state possible to protect their families and homes and minimize their risk in the event of a hurricane this year. This forum was about providing practical advice and solutions and also creating an opportunity for the public to get answers from subject matter experts on not only insurance topics but also on home maintenance, disaster relief and other related issues.We see ourselves as partners with our clients and following last year’s significant event, we want to leverage that experience to ensure that our clients are well-informed, have adequate coverage and are best positioned to recover and move on with their lives in the unfortunate event of a loss.” Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

USPS stamp dedicated to first responders in our communities

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter January 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, USPS stamp dedicated to first responders in our communities Posted: January 25, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Today was the dedication and stamp unveiling of the forever stamp which honors first responders. The stamp pays tribute to firefighters, emergency medical professionals, and law enforcement officers who serve our communities. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more