“My team look to me for organisation and leadership and my aerial ability, because I am a very big guy. They also rely on me to make important tackles, passes and power runs through the midfield, which has earned me the nickname ‘Yaya TourÈ’. But I need to improve on my stamina and my left foot. “Also, people have told me that I have a strong kick, and that I need to shoot more, but I tend to look for a pass. I know I have a good kick, and I am looking to improve on that,” he said. The former national under-17 and all-schools representative never really figured prominently in the national programme at the youth level, and is really working to make his mark with the senior team in the near future. “I just need to get some more exposure over here so the national coaches get a chance to look at me again. It’s been a while since they have seen me in action, but, hopefully, when they do again, they will see something that they want in the programme. “But, so far, I am pleased with how things are moving forward. I can see greater things ahead. I have contacts, and my agent (Damani Ralph) is making arrangements, so I expect another good year,” he said. “The first two seasons, I was playing at Cloud County. The first season I got injured (knee), from which I have now recovered. The following season, I was injury free, and I had a great season, as I got selected to play in the conference All-Stars first team, scored six goals and had four assists,” he told The Gleaner recently. The player, who is likened to Manchester City’s Yaya TourÈ on the college circuit because of his size and powerful runs from deep midfield, is sometimes played further forward by Byrant and Stratton coach Nick Dimitrievski, and although he relishes playing a more attacking role at times, he prefers to play out of his customary central midfield position. “I played mainly defensive mid(field), but sometimes I like to push through midfield. My new school has been a good experience because it has better facilities, more experienced players, and the coaching staff is much better. It has helped me grow, and I have grown in confidence, as the coach has me playing a free role behind the strikers sometimes, and I enjoy that,” he said. “So I feel like I can try out for the MLS, and I am going to play PDL this summer, and that’s the goal right now: to play PDL, get a few look-ins, and see where it goes from there. And if an MLS opportunity comes, I will take it. I believe I am capable of playing at a high level, so I would definitely take the opportunity if it comes my way,” he stated. Although his stock has grown considerably recently, Bedward, whose leadership ability and organisational skills are two of his main assets, has not lost sight of his overall development and wants to continue improving his game. leadership Excelsior High School 2012 Manning Cup captain, Ojai Bedward, affectionately called ‘Big 12′ because of his enormous physique and affection for the number 12 jersey, just completed a very successful collegiate season. Bedward helped his team, Bryant and Stratton-Syracuse, to the final of the national USCAA championship in November, where his team lost to University Maine of Fort Kent on penalties. However, the powerful 21-year-old, who is also on the radar of many Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs, is optimistic he can make an early break into the United States top flight when he participates in the Players’ Development League (PDL) this summer. The midfielder left Excelsior for Cloud County Community College in 2013 and spent two years at that institution before transferring to his present school, where he has seen his game improve and confidence grow since joining in September. GREAT SEASON
“I’ll be the first to say something if I feel that I don’t have the same strength and the same importance as I had before,” he said. “Then we can change things, and it will be fine.”There had been widespread speculation about Iniesta’s future, with the player saying he wanted to stay with Barcelona but had also been evaluating other possibilities. Spanish media had reported that Iniesta was not pleased that the team took too long to start negotiations for his new deal.“I need to thank the club for having the confidence to give me this type of contract,” Iniesta said. “It shows that they have confidence in me as a person as well, that’s very important. There couldn’t be a better place for me. This is my home.”Iniesta has played 639 matches for the club since making his debut with the first team in October 2002. He has scored 55 goals since then.Only Xavi Hernandez has had more appearances, with 767. They are followed by Lionel Messi, whose streak stands at 594.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ FC Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta signs a shirt reading in Catalan: “Andres Iniesta forever” at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Barcelona has extended Andres Iniesta’s contract “for life.”. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Andres Iniesta has become the first player to sign a lifetime contract with Barcelona, a deal which will keep him playing for the club for as long as he remains fit.The club said Friday that Iniesta’s contract was extended “for life,” securing the Spain midfielder through the “remainder of his career” but not putting a timetable on his retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed The club also did not say what will be Iniesta’s role after he stops playing.“I’ll be here while my body and my mind can keep performing,” the 33-year-old Iniesta said. “And I hope that it will be for a long time. At the end of the season we will evaluate everything together and see what is best for everyone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIniesta signed the new contract at the team’s Camp Nou Stadium and was given a team shirt with the words “Iniesta forever.”His current contract was valid until the end of this season. In the last couple of seasons he did not play as much as in past years, often being rested for the most important matches. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “This is a reward to a player who has been exceptional,” Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said. “He is a big reason why this club has had so much success recently. He is the player who brought balance to the team. He is an inspiration and a role model to our youngsters, not only as a player. No other player in the history of Barcelona has come up through the club like he has.”One of the most complete midfielders of the game, Iniesta joined the club’s youth squad when he was 12 in 1996, and along with Messi is the player with most titles won with the senior squad, with 30.Iniesta said he hasn’t given much thought about his future with the club after retiring, but said he will definitely remain closely involved with soccer.“Right now I want to focus on enjoying my time and on taking care of myself so I can keep doing this for as long as possible,” he said. “I know that I’m running against time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees Spain makes it to World Cup; Serbia unable to clinch a spot It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames If that is any indicator, the New Orleans Pelicans better be ready for a superstar as eager as ever to get back on the court and chase a repeat championship.The two-time MVP, sidelined since spraining his left knee March 23, is expected to play Tuesday night in Game 2 against New Orleans with what is sure to be a fired-up crowd at Oracle Arena. The Warriors have won a franchise-record 13 straight home playoff games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIn late December against Memphis, Curry came back after being sidelined 11 games with a sprained right ankle to score 38 points with 10 3-pointers.“I’m not too worried about him. I’ve seen him come back from injuries many times,” coach Steve Kerr said Monday. “… Sometimes it’s just one shot that gets him going.” And what a boost Curry’s presence could be for the defending champions who are already clicking on both ends.“He loves the game just as much as anybody I ever been around and I know he wants to play. I’ve just been thinking about that, just worrying about how he feels not playing,” reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant said. “… Excited for him to get back just to be in a place where he enjoys most, which is playing ball, and the other stuff, we’ll figure it out. But I’m more so excited as his brother that he’s out there, he gets to play basketball, something that he loves to do.”The Pelicans prepared all week to see Curry back on the court and they know they must bounce back fast to stay in this best-of-seven series after a 123-101 flop in Saturday night’s Game 1.Golden State scored 41 points in the second quarter and 76 in the first half — both new franchise-bests for the postseason. The Warriors shot 13 for 20 in the second, making four 3s and 11 of 14 free throws.While New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry thought his team’s long layoff might have hurt, the players said it was much more.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We hang our hats on defense,” Rajon Rondo said. “What happened in the second quarter is inexcusable. I can’t blame it on a week off of rest. It’s a lack of communication and not being disciplined. If we can clean that up, I think we’ll be fine.”Anthony Davis and Rondo will challenge the Pelicans to play with more intensity on the defensive end. The Warriors thrived when they made things hard on Davis to take shots, got stops and pushed the ball in transition.“We’re very confident. It’s one game. They win by 40, you win by one, 90, it’s one game,” Davis said. “It’s still best-out-of-seven. Our job is to learn from what we messed up tonight and get prepared for Game 2.”The Warriors have taken their defense to another level, led by Durant and Draymond Green — who is coming off a triple-double and has 15, 19 and 18 rebounds in his past three games, respectively.Golden State also is pushing the pace, a far different game than in the first round against the Spurs.“We all like to get out in transition,” Warriors guard Shaun Livingston said Monday. “We can slow it down and we understand to win games we’ll have to execute and maybe win some grind-out games, that’s just part of playoff basketball, but everybody loves to run.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Riley will think big—if the chance presents itself to Heat In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, watches his shot next to teammate Kevin Durant as players warm up for Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans,Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — The last time Golden State got Stephen Curry back from a knee injury in the playoffs, he immediately returned to brilliance.Curry returned for Game 4 of the Warriors’ five-game Western Conference semifinals against Portland two years ago and made 16 of 32 shots with five 3-pointers and scored 17 points in overtime on the way to 40 in a 132-125 victory. He grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Retail, prices range from $130 to $900 for various pieces in the new collab.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Perhaps her sparkly shoes emblazoned with her name and “queen” also helped.On Wednesday night, playing against Carina Witthoeft, Williams was in another tutu dress that’s part of her new collaboration with Nike and Abloh, who is also men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton. Anna Wintour looked pleased as she watched Williams beat Witthoeft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Serena Williams, of the United States, walks onto the court before her match against Magda Linette, of Poland, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)The Queen Collection is inspired by Williams’ love of dance. She paired the black look with a leather biker jacket. The dresses have sheer panels on one shoulder and long sleeves on the other. Williams tugged hard on the sleeve as her Wednesday match began.The 23-time Grand Slam winner wore compression fishnets with her tutu looks to guard against blood clots, a problem she battled soon after giving birth last September. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Not your typical role model Serena Williams returns a shot to Carina Witthoeft, of Germany, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK — It’s all about the tutu for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open.Just days after French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli said her black catsuit with clot-preventing compression tights “will no longer be accepted,” Williams chose a one-armed black tutu-style dress by Off-White’s Virgil Abloh to take on Magda Linette at the Open. She won.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments
Another year has come and gone again; so quickly that I can vividly remember writing similar article a year ago, like it was yesterday. Yet, that time has come again when we look back at the activities in our ICT sector, both our triumphs and our failures. The former often form part of our legacy, while we reflect and embrace the latter and find ways to improve on them in the ensuing year. So, let’s take a look at what happened in 2013!We saw significant improvements in ICT education as Starz College of Technology continues to increase its capacity to accommodate more students. We heard about the W.V.S. Tubman University’s drive to include a Computer Science Program in its offerings in 2014. This program provides significant benefits to Liberia as it will be one of the very few that will prepare students for software development. SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT in Liberia has been one of the many areas of ICT for which I have been a passionate advocate. I believe it will enable us to be PROSUMERS (producers and consumers), divorcing us from the culture of being mere CONSUMERS. This initiative will also give young Liberians the skills needed to develop software and systems that can AUTOMATE processes in government (e-government), business and other areas.We saw one of Lonestar Cell Foundation’s many efforts to build a “digital Liberia” in Harper, Maryland County. In collaboration with W.V.S. Tubman University, Lonestar Cell Foundation embarked upon a US$100,000 ICT capacity building initiative that is intended to benefit the Harper community as well as high school students in that area. It will give them the opportunity to garner ICT training and develop the capacity needed to make them knowledge workers; the type of workers needed in a 21st century environment and in particular, what will soon be a digital Liberia.In our ICT sector, we currently have SIX(6) major players or stakeholders: Ministry of Post and Telecom (Policy Maker), Liberia Telecom Authority (Regulator), LIBTELCO (National Operator), (other operators- Lonestar, Cellcom, Novafone, West Africa Telecom), ICT Schools and institutions, and ICT Firms.The Ministry of Post and Telecom makes policies and handles the postal services. It has made strides with EMS and other postal services. LIBTELCO has made strides; it has CDMA, one of the best technologies. We managed to connect to the ACE optical fiber cable (although it seems we may have paid for more than what we need). The other operators have made significant strides too: Sim card used to be $65, today it’s about a dollar or less. Previously, you’d have to stand in line at LTC (now LIBTELCO) to make a phone call to the USA. Today, I am able to make a phone call to the USA from RiverGEE.We saw Internet access increase. Today, more than 5 STM1s have been lit and capacity on them is running out fast. This means, the number of DIGITAL CITIZENS in Liberia has increased as well. We now have ONLINE RADIO stations, we can chat and video conference, and we can watch videos online (despite latency and other performance issues). We have slowly and painfully begun ONLINE LEARNING SERVICES.Our churches have embraced and are beginning to integrate technology to help build capacity of their members. In addition, they have begun using ICTs to bring the message of the Lord to Liberians. Today, churches use modern sound systems, lighting systems, communication systems, wireless microphone systems, etc… Additionally, there has been a paradigm shift in how the word is delivered in some churches; churches now use multimedia (i.e. Powerpoint Presentation) to deliver the word of the Lord.We have seen the social media’s impact on our democracy and our economy. We have seen our Civil Societies utilize technology to enhance our democracy through their presence on the World Wide Web and the social media.We saw a “renaissance” that phased out what we knew as Comium, giving birth to what we now know as Novafone. This “renaissance” brought a new experience in mobile phone and Internet services to Liberians. We also saw Internet subscription costs drop noticeably as was observed by West Africa Telecom’s (WAT) subscribers.Much is being done to ensure that broadband reaches the customer (LAST MILE technology). The innovative endeavors of our private operators (Lonestar, Cellcom, Novafone, West Africa Telecom, et al) have made most Liberians “leapfrog” into the 21st century. They continue to provide new experiences in terms of access to the Internet and mobile phone services, despite the 4G and 3.9G debate that lures.Our Government continues to realize and embrace the benefits of using Free and Open Source Software (which is also mentioned in its National ICT Policy Document). Free and Open Source Software or FOSS is being implemented at the Liberian Legislature through the support of the National Democratic Institute of International Affairs under the sponsorship of USAID. Indeed, FOSS has penetrated the Liberian spectrum and is gaining a momentum (www.Legislature.Gov.Lr).We saw the reappointment of a Board of Commissioners at LTA with the retention of majority of the previous commissioners, and the advent of two new commissioners. We also saw the Internet Society of Liberia (ISOC) elect its new corps of officers and its attempt to rejuvenate to be a part of Internet Governance in Liberia. And while the above occurred, we managed to participate in the West Africa Internet Governance Forum.Above, I have mentioned our most significant achievements that occurred during and even before the year 2013. Below, I tell you about some of our shortcomings and a few developments I consider to be unfortunate.Despite the progress made above, we are still struggling to understand the impact that technology can have on our economy, most especially, on education. Hence, our struggle to integrate technology in schools; not even at university level.We did not see Information and Communications Technology Association of Liberia (ICTAL) that was founded a year ago do much in terms of advocacy in ensuring equity within Liberia’s ICT sector and the integration of ICT in LiberiaAnd disappointingly, our universities still have students standing in lines to register courses, and classes are still crowded with students looking from windows of classrooms. The solution to this problem is the implementation of online registration and distance learning programs.We are connected to a submarine fiber optic cable yet our government institutions are not fiber-optically connected. We do not have e-services (e-health, e-banking, e-commerce, e-agriculture, etc). We have not automated services in ministries, agencies, organizations, etc. Schools have not integrated technology in their classrooms and their curricula, and most disappointingly, the Ministry of Education has no National Education Technology Plan. Our policy makers, I have come to realize, still view ICT as merely getting online to check email, ignoring the fact that even our funding partners like the UN, USAID, and EU have all indicated that ICT is sine qua non to economic development.I am deeply disheartened to mention in this article, two developments that occurred during the year in review. They include the “fiasco” that occurred at Novafone involving the use of a “SIM BOX” to defraud the government, and the suspension of the entire Board of Directors of LIBTELCO. It is my hope that the Novafone issue will be resolved and their reputation restored. In addition I would like to see a solution to the issues surrounding to suspension the Board of Directors of LIBTELCO, so that it can be restored, or replaced (if necessary) to allow them to continue providing governance to that entity.Finally, I am sure I have omitted a lot of developments that occurred in the ICT sector in 2013. But that was not done on purpose, so please forgive me if I did. I look forward to 2014 to see radical changes in our ICT sector; changes that will lead to capacity building, increased access, and innovation. Innovation is the driving force behind competition and ultimately sustainable economic growth.Until next week, Carpe diem and Merry Christmas!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Relocation of Stabroek Market vendorsIn light of Town Clerk Royston King’s announcement of a three month extension to be given to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) for the “Parliament View Mall”, and the owner’s counter that “no extension will be given”, the Mayor of Georgetown relayed that the M&CC is currently “looking at other places to house vendors.”Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase GreenAccording to Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green, there have been many efforts made to compromise with the owner of the land – on which the Parliament View Mall sits – Haresh Narine Sugrim, with regards to gaining an extension to have vendors ply their trade at the location for another three months. However, since Sugrim has been adamant in his decision, the Mayor said she has no other choice but to look elsewhere in hopes of finding another location to have the Stabroek Market vendors relocated once again.“Mr Sugrim continues to say there’s no hope for an extension, and while we are still in talks with him, we are looking at other avenues of where we can relocate the vendors because we have some time until August and so our market’s Public Health Committee is looking at every single, possible area that we can think about to have them relocated,” she said.Sometime in late April, Town Clerk Royston King announced during a meeting with some 400 vendors that they would be removed for four months to facilitate a clean-up exercise as part of an overarching plan to secure the integrity and health of the Stabroek Market Square.The vendors were then removed and relocated to a plot of land now known as the Parliament View Mall, with a promise to be given a permanent location soon.The owner of the plot of land in an agreement with the Mayor and City Council, agreed to facilitate the vendors for a period of three months.Earlier in July, King announced that he was hoping for an additional three months extension to be given on the plot of land, but Sugrim later responded that he would not be extending the agreement, and he had no intention of changing his decision.
As the rainy season arrives, residents of Alliance Road, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) including hundreds of children have to traverse the deplorable access road which they have been calling for authorities to fix for the past several years.The deplorable state of Alliance Road, Timehri, EBDThe condition of the access road has deteriorated over the years and although several attempts were made to get it properly rehabilitated by the past and present Administrations, the residents are once again forced to live with the reality as well as their fear that the road will not be done in their lifetime.After the Government changed in 2015, several residents took time out to visit Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan with the aim of getting the road fixed, but the situation remained the same.Initially, the Minister reportedly told the residents that the road fell under the Public Infrastructure Ministry, but after contact was made with Public Infrastructure Minister David Paterson, the residents were told it was the Communities Ministry that dealt with neighbourhood roads.In fact when contacted, Minister Patterson explained that his Ministry was responsible for declared public roads and some main access roads. “I have been assisting the region and town councils quite a bit, but not all these roads are under my Ministry,” he stated.Attempts to get a comment from Communities Minister Bulkan proved futile.However, in order to use the road, residents pool their monies and pay for it to be graded on a regular basis, as after some time, it returns to its former state. Vehicle owners are constantly greeted with additional costs to repair their vehicles as a result of the damage incurred owing to the state of the road.As such, the residents are renewing their calls to the relevant authorities to assist them in their plight in the hope of getting the road rehabilitated.
The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) has expressed concerns over the current political impasse regarding the hosting of General and Regional Elections, and is urging players to adhere to the Constitution of Guyana.Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) head office in Queenstown, GeorgetownIn a statement on Wednesday, the Commission pointed out that since the December 21, 2018 passage the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the coalition Government, it has been aware of the ensuing political impasse and how Guyanese have seemingly become more divided along political lines.“The ERC, not unaware of [these challenges], urges the relevant authorities to work assiduously to have elections within the shortest possible time in keeping with the Constitution and the rule of law,” the missive stated.According to the ERC, it has a constitutional and national responsibility to promote cooperation, arbitration, conciliation, mediation and like forms of dispute resolution between all bodies concerned in order to secure ethnic harmony and peace.The ERC added that its integral role encompasses intervention to mitigate social tension derived from political impasse, which, if unresolved, will impact negatively on ethnic harmony and peace.The Commission outlined that despite rulings at various levels of the judicial system, the current political impasse seems no closer to being resolved and, evident from some public utterances and through social media, tensions have unfortunately been exacerbated from all sides.“The Commission remains encouraged by the response and the peaceful conduct of recently held elections and wishes to once again commend all involved. However, it would be remiss if the Commission did not state how concerned it is over the ongoing political impasse,” it noted.Moreover, the ERC posited that it respects the independence of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as safeguarded in the Constitution. On this note, the Commission is urging persons to display patience as GECOM executes its mandate to arrive at a date for elections.At the same, however, the ERC recognised that in the interim, the social fabric of the society will undoubtedly be severely tested more so, along political lines.“Guided by the history of the political climate that engulfs our electoral process and period, the Commission reiterates the need for a collective effort of all to place Guyana first and to ensure that hate speech, racial and other forms of incitement have no place in our public discourse. Despite our right to disagree, disagreement is not a reason for hostility and division,” the statement detailed.Nevertheless, the Commission appeals to citizens to remain calm and resolute. It is also calling on Guyanese to embrace peaceful, harmonious and good relations in this testing period.The ERC has its genesis in the Herdmanston Accord, which was signed on January 17, 1998 by the then President, Mrs Janet Jagan of the People’s Progressive Party Civic, and Hugh Desmond Hoyte, then Leader of the Opposition.
Moose FM’s Melani Mariani had a chance to speak with Burton Cummings as he get’s ready do a show this Saturday in Dawson Creek.[asset|aid=270|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=BURTON CUMMINGS – edited.mp3]There are still tickets available for the show this Saturday (Sep 20 2008) at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek. To purchase tickets head to the Encana Events Centre, call 1-877-339-TIXX or buy them online at www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com- Advertisement –
1 Leeds have staved off a winding-up order from former director Melvyn Levi.Leeds-based law firm Ford & Warren last week filed the petition for unpaid fees – reported to be around £150,000 and dating back to when Ken Bates owned the club – on behalf of Levi.Bates, 82, sold Leeds to Bahrain-based investment firm Gulf Finance House Capital in December 2012 and the club changed ownership again in April this year when Italian businessman Massimo Cellino completed his takeover.The petition was served in relation to unpaid court fees. A case involving Levi was struck out in 2012 with the judge in the case ordering that Levi’s fees be paid by the club.A statement from Leeds read: “The winding-up petition presented by Melvyn Levi has been dismissed on agreed terms.“Mr Levi and Leeds United Football Club Limited are working towards resolving their remaining differences.” Leeds United avoid winding-up order