‘My Life’

first_imgIt happened eight years ago when Winston Garyzon Hannibal Jackson, known on stage as ‘Skoolboy Wizzy’, saw a blister on his left foot. Then, he didn’t know it was Gouwa, an ‘African sign’ that swells the leg and causes a burning sensation from the inside. He landed in a sick bush for a year. Sadly, this caused him to miss out on travelling to the United States for the first time.A few days after noticing the blister, his leg had swollen so bad that he listened to advice and sought the help of a ‘country doctor’ to work on his leg.Still in the 12th grade at that time (2008-2009), Wizzy had no other option but to drop out of school for about six months seeking treatment in the sick bush.“This was unbearable for me,” Skoolboy Wizzy said. “I could not believe it at first that my close friend could do this to me; and up until now I still wonder why he had to hate me so much.”As God would have it, after Cavalry Chapel Mission School in Rehab community, where he attended, learned of his condition, Skoolboy Wizzy was able to graduate with his classmates at the end of the 2009 school year.“When my school accepted me, I was relieved and was able to sit the national exam and make a successful pass. Even though the situation was bad, God never let me down,” Wizzy noted.When they learned of his condition, his parents sent for him to join them in the United States for better treatment. Excited about his impending trip, Skoolboy shared his joys with some close friends. Unfortunately, the blister reappeared and he landed in the ‘sick bush’ again in early February 2010.Advised by the ‘country doctor’ not to tell anyone about his upcoming trip, Wizzy finally left for the US on March 8, 2010.In the US the leg healed without any western medicine. After registering for school, Wizzy played with Junior Leone Star FC in Delaware for a few years before matriculating to Deltech College in Wilmington, Delaware.Beset with recurring leg injuries, he decided to try his hand at music, which gave him relief during difficult times.“Because of difficult moments and continued injuries, I was forced to drop out of school and started working. In 2013, I decided to use my music talents, which I discovered when I was back home in Liberia to express my feelings. But I found it difficult knowing not where to begin. It was when I met Hip-Co Artists RawPekin and Tru Storry, they encouraged me to keep working hard,” Wizzy recalled.After a long while working with RawPekin and Tru Storry, he was able to release his first single “My Life” on September 18, 2014. The song is about the things he had to go through from childhood to adulthood.From “My Life” to his popular hit single, “EMOJI,” which put him on par with other Liberian stars based in the US, Skoolboy Wizzy on hoping to continue making waves in the Liberian music scene worldwide. “When the song was released and went viral, I said to myself that ‘the time has come for you become a true star.’ From that moment until now, I have always been in the circle of top Liberian stars in the states,” said Skoolboy Wizzy with a smile.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt continues to trample on Constitution, court ruling – Opposition Leader

first_imgCrucial questions regarding when a date for elections will be announced were acknowledged by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday, who has raised concerns yet again about Government’s apparent bid to delay the polls.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo argued that if it was up to Government to decide on the date for elections, the country would not head to the polls this year. He surmised that the caretaker administration is “mortally afraid” to head to the polls, after the last local government elections would have witnessed the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) being dealt with a stunning loss by a huge margin.“When would we have elections? If we leave it to APNU, we would not have elections till next year, and even then, they may not want elections. They are mortally afraid elections. You see a ghastly pale coming over them when you mention elections,” Jagdeo said during his press conference.For this, Jagdeo was of the opinion that the delaying tactics will continue to interrupt the hosting of General and Regional Elections. Consequently, he encouraged Guyanese to evaluate the Government on the basis of their adherence to the Constitution.“They will do whatever it takes to delay the elections with the hope that they can go out in the so-called outreach using taxpayers’ money…to polarise our country once again, hoping that somehow, they will change the outcome or their electoral fortunes on the ground. In doing so, they’re trampling on the Constitution and a court ruling,” the Opposition Leader insisted.“Guyanese must assess the APNU based on how they relate to that document, the Constitution. If I can’t trust you to obey the law, to respect the Constitution, how can I trust you to fulfil any of your promises?” he further questioned.He was referring to the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice on June 18, 2019, which stated that Cabinet must resign and call elections in keeping with constitutional deadline, that is, three months. Since this deadline had already elapsed from the passage of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21, the countdown would commence on the date of the ruling, putting the deadline on September 18 of this year.In light of this decision, the international community had urged the country’s political players to act swiftly and in compliance with the Constitution, as ordered by the Court.In a joint statement, members of the diplomatic community in Guyana, including the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union, stated that it is important for the rule of law that all invoked actors abide by the CCJ’s ruling and the relevant provisions of the Constitution. The diplomats furthered urged that this adherence be done expeditiously.As such, the Opposition Leader added that the caretaker administration is becoming even more isolated from the international community, owing to the election delay and other connected matters.“They are becoming more isolated. I know from the international community cause I have been meeting with [them]. They’re saying: the Constitution and you must have elections. Guyanese are saying the same thing. We have the President continuing with his excuse, saying he’s waiting on GECOM,” Jagdeo claimed.According to him, the administration is now convincing stakeholders to garner votes as the deadline for elections draws nearer. Mention was made to President David Granger’s meeting with miners, a much-needed call which was never pursued prior.“You go back and check the statements from the miners. For several years, he tried to secure a meeting with them and he snubbed them, put in place some of the worst policies that have devastated the mining sector and today, he’s meeting with them because we’re in elections season,” the Opposition Leader cautioned.He reminded of heavy taxes imposed on the manufacturing sector and exports, which has significantly stymied trading activities and production costs.“His Government has put a tax on exports, VAT (Value Added Tax) on electricity and water – two of the biggest cost for input for manufacturing, and they have put VAT on all the building materials. If they have to build factories and everything else, they now have to spend more. Their entire cost has gone up”.last_img read more

PPC hosts stakeholder meeting with procuring entities

first_imgThe Public Procurement Commission on Tuesday conducted a meeting with public procuring entities at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown.Stakeholders at the meeting on TuesdayAttending were Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Department from various Ministries and Government agencies with their procurement staff, and representatives of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Local Government Commission (LCG) and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).During the meeting, a number of issues were discussed including the recent legislative developments and their impact on the public procurement system, the requirement for submission of procurement plans, procurement expenditure and contract award information and areas of ongoing training for procurement staff.Clarifications were sought on the issues discussed and, at the end of the proceedings, the sensitisation programme was deemed by the participants to be most educative and highly successful.The lack of capacity through the shortage of trained staff has been an area of concern to most of the entities. This issue will be raised at the governmental level to ensure that procurement departments in all entities are adequately staffed.The Public Procurement Commission has identified several areas where training will be conducted and will continue to engage with all entities to ensure that their procurement programmes are fully and effectively realised.last_img read more

Agriculture Minister unaware of pension fund status

first_imgAttempts to ascertain the status of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) pension fund, which reports indicate is in a deficit, have hit a proverbial roadblock as the Minister responsible for the sector is unaware of its status.When contacted on Monday about the status of the fund, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder said he was unable to say whether the fund was in a deficit or healthy.According to the Minister, who is overseas, he would not be able to provide information on Government’s plan to secure financial benefits for pensioners as he was not “up to date” on the situation. He referred Guyana Times to acting GuySuCo Chief Executive Officer Paul Bhim, noting that he should provide an update on the situation before it is escalated to him. According to Holder, however, he would seek clarification from GuySuCo himself on the matter. Efforts to contact Bhim proved futile.In the past, there has been confusion over who has responsibility for GuySuCo – Minister Holder or Finance Minister Winston Jordan. The Special Purpose Unit (SPU) is an arm of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), itself an arm of the Finance Ministry. The SPU has been leading the divestment of GuySuCo. Jordan has since affirmed that the Finance Ministry was overseeing the “rump” GuySuCo.Acting GuySuCo CEOPaul BhimOver the weekend, eligible pensioners have questioned whether they would be treated like the bauxite workers in Region 10. A senior manager, who is part of the fund, told this publication that in 2002, the then Government had signed an agreement with the two large bauxite unions, providing six weeks’ severance pay for every year of service, with a cap of 104 weeks.Additionally, the Government committed to pay the pension plan deficit and bring up to date outstanding payments for NIS and PAYE. The Manager said that almost $3 billion was paid out by Government to fulfil these obligations.This newspaper was also told that, separate from the payout, the Bauxite Industry Pension Plan (BIPP) was wound up and the full benefits were paid to all members of the bauxite industry pension plan.This is a major concern for another beneficiary of the GuySuCo pension plan called STEPS (Sugar Trading Enterprise Pension Scheme), which is the largest pension plan in the country. Its officials have said there seemed to be no focus on protecting the workers’ benefits and ensuring fair treatment of sugar workers.Just over 5400 sugar workers were dismissed as Government closed four sugar estates and vested their assets into NICIL since the end of 2017.There is major fear that Government would short-change the workers, a former employee told Guyana Times on Saturday.“Instead of the workers being paid both their contribution and that of GuySuCo, workers are concerned that they may end up with far less than the same treatment enjoyed by the bauxite industry,” a former senior staffer stated.The STEPS Fund has a history of negative figures, but several persons have opined that with the closure of several estates and the downsizing of the industry, there will be an influx of persons into the pension system.Reports are that the Employees Retirement Benefits are in negative territory by $1.1 billion, as opposed to $2.4 billion in 2014, according to the 2015 financial statements produced by GuySuCo. And according to well-placed sources, the state of the fund has not improved.A former employee of the Corporation had told this newspaper that Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) pulling out from the fund has added pressure on it.The ex-employee had expressed the view that Government had to be aware of the dilemma. He said this on the basis that there was no likelihood that foreign investors would have joined the fund, as the Financial Act currently prohibits certain levels of offshore investment.last_img read more

2,000 customers without power in Fort St. John

first_imgThe outage is affecting the following area:South of 102nd AVE, West of 90TH AVE, North of 79th AVE, East of BEAVER RD.For more updates on this outage, visit www.bchydro.com/outages- Advertisement -The cause of the outage is still under investigation.last_img

Otway Golf Club: ‘big drives are for show’ as Dave Hughes goes for three-in-a-row

first_imgIn last Saturday’s Christmas Hamper competition at Otway, old hand Dave Hughes proved the old saying that big drives are for show when he won first prize with his lay-up tactics.Gerald Gallagher was one point behind in second, but could have challenged for victory if he and playing partner Paul Murray had read the signals correctly coming from the fairway at the third hole.Damian Gallagher as usual took the gross, with Gerard Dorrian taking third spot. The nines went to Martin Duffy and Pat McNulty, with nearest the pin going to Philip Friel and Shaun Duffy taking the longest drive.Dave Hughes was in the winners enclosure again on Sunday when he led his team of John and Odhran Patton and Charlie Coughlan to victory in the weekly turkey scramble with a very impressive score of 12 under par.Dave will have an opportunity to make it 3 in a row this Sunday, when the final turkey scramble of the year will take place at the usual time of 12 noon, with names in to the clubhouse 9158319 by 11.45 at the latest.Suggestions have been made that the names of players in the scrambles who ‘haven’t’ won a bird for the big day should be published in next weeks notes, but a decision on this will not be finalised until after this week’s efforts. Otway Golf Club: ‘big drives are for show’ as Dave Hughes goes for three-in-a-row was last modified: December 13th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

THE WINNER OF THE CENTURY CINEMAS FREE FAMILY PASS IS …..

first_imgThe winner of this week’s FREE family pass to Century Cinemas in Letterkenny is Michael McDermott of 92 Foxhills, Letterkenny.Congratulations Michael and the pass will be sent to you in the post this week.The correct answer was Skyfall is the latest James Bond film showing at Century Cinemas. And don’t worry if your name wasn’t picked from the many entries we received for the competition.We’ll have a FREE family pass giveaway every Friday. THE WINNER OF THE CENTURY CINEMAS FREE FAMILY PASS IS ….. was last modified: November 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Century Cinemasfamily passwinnerlast_img read more

DONEGAL SCHOOLS ON A ROLL AT 5s TOURNAMENT: GLENTIES GIRLS WIN ULSTER SOCCER TITLE

first_imgCongratulations to the girls team in Scoil Mhuire in Glenties who won the Ulster Title in Gortakeegan in Monaghan in the Aviva-sponsored Girls Primary School Soccer Competition.They now go on now to play in the All Ireland Final on Saturday 25 May in the Aviva Stadium Dublin.The team under the management of Principal John McCann won their 3 games comfortably. The team members are: Bronnagh Gallagher, Niamh O’Donnell, Shannagh Quinn, Sophie Connaughton, Amy Boyle Carr, Danielle McDevitt Orlaigh McGuinness and Niamh AgnewHopefully Saturday week another All Ireland Title will be returned to Glenties & Donegal.There were Ulster titles also for Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana Boy’s, St. Patrick Boys, Carndonagh and Whitecastle girls!Also at the tournament there were silver medals for both the Gaelscoil Adhamhnain girls and the Lurgybrack boys. DONEGAL SCHOOLS ON A ROLL AT 5s TOURNAMENT: GLENTIES GIRLS WIN ULSTER SOCCER TITLE was last modified: May 17th, 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:GlentiessoccerUlster titlelast_img read more

Expect record openers

first_img Thompson said his total count of chukar was more than 2,600 birds, just shy of his record count of 2,781 birds from last year. He didn’t count several of the places he counted in 2004 to get the record tally, meaning this year’s numbers are probably higher than last season’s banner year. What impressed Thompson was the young to adult ratio for this year. Chukar brood sizes averaged more than 17 birds, with 8.6 young per adult bird tallied in his counts. Last year, the broods were just over nine birds with a 4.6 ratio. Pauli said he had reports from hunters in the West Mojave saying they’re seeing quail in places they had never seen birds before. “It’s pretty amazing what happens when you get two good rain years in a row,” said Pauli, who said quail numbers have been down in the West Mojave for 10 years and are just now starting to recover. In the East Mojave, there were no formal surveys taken by the DFG this year, but Pauli said the quail production has been good, probably on par with last year when the average was 5.7 young per adult or a brood size of over 11 birds. He was concerned that many of the popular hunting areas were burned in the Hackberry Fire that swept across much of the southeast portion of the Mojave Preserve. The rest of the East Mojave is in excellent condition with solid Gambel’s quail and chukar numbers in most areas. “I would say the quail and chukar numbers are still down from what they were in the 70s, but they are way up over five or six years ago at the peak of the drought. All that has changed dramatically with the two years of wet weather,” said Cliff McDonald, an avid Mojave hunter from Needles. Along the Colorado River and throughout the Imperial Valley, there were rains the last two winters and early springs in areas that had not had any rainfall in more than a decade. This has translated into more birds throughout the desert, not just concentrated around the agricultural areas where there always was a good supply of water and bugs. The general quail and chukar season opens Saturday and continues through Jan. 29. The limit on quail is 10 birds per day with no more than 20 in possession after opening day. The limit on chukar is six birds per day and no more than 12 in possession. Jim Matthews is a freelance writer. His column appears on Thursdays. Readers may write to him at 399 North D St., San Bernardino, 92401, phone at (909) 887-3444 or fax to (909) 887-8180, or e-mail odwriter@earthlink.net. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “These are the highest production values I’ve seen in 10 years of doing these surveys,” said Thompson. If the news for chukar is bright, the quail forecast is even brighter. Virtually every biologist has said they have seen quail in places they have not seen them in years, if ever before. In the southern Sierra Nevada, Thompson said his valley quail count jumped from 346 birds last year with a 3.6 young-per-adult ratio to 1,270 birds this season with a 7.9 young to adult ratio. His mountain quail comp counts consisted of just 73 birds last year, but Thompson counted 317 birds this year. With the mountain quail living at higher elevations the brood size was more than a dozen birds each year, being less affected by drought or rains, but back-to-back solid production years have really jumped numbers. “We’re seeing at least a four-fold increase in numbers this year,” said Thompson, and that was true for both valley and mountain quail. “I’ve seen quail in places I’ve never seen them before, and in the traditional areas, there are quail on top of quail.” center_img BAKER – Wildlife biologists from throughout Southern California are suggesting this year’s quail and chukar hunting seasons could go down as one of the best on record because of excellent production in most areas, especially in the desert, and a high number of carry-over birds from last year. “The combination of high production for all of the birds that carried over from last season – and there apparently were a lot of them – could make this one of the best seasons in a long time,” said Rocky Thompson, a Department of Fish and Game biologist who does annual upland bird surveys. He surveys in the most popular chukar hunting area in the state – the Rands, El Paso, and southern Sierra mountain ranges, collectively known as the “Red Mountain region” to chukar hunters. last_img read more

McCullough Named MVC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

first_imgST. LOUIS – Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Caden McCullough (Evansville, Ind.) of the Drake University men’s soccer team has been tabbed the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the MVC office announced Tuesday afternoon. McCullough and his teammates will host Missouri State on Saturday at the Cownie Soccer Complex to close the 2017 regular season. First kick against the Bears is scheduled for 6 p.m.Print Friendly Version McCullough recorded his third shutout in his young career in the 1-0 win at Evansville on Saturday night. The Evansville, Ind. native, tallied five saves, including a key save on a Purple Aces’ penalty kick in the 87th minute. McCullough has played every minute in net and tallied 84 saves for the Bulldogs in his first season of action. It is first career MVC weekly award for McCullough.last_img read more