Support for US Congressional Visit to Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,This has relevance to the visit to Guyana by the US Congressional delegation (headed by Chairman Bob Goodlatte) and the large military security team. The visit is intended to strengthen relations (in economic, political, and security spheres, and in the general cooperation on all other matters) between our two nations.Guyanese-Americans thank the delegation for undertaking the trip, strongly support the visit, and encourage closer relations between the two countries. Guyanese-Americans would also like to see more visits by officials of the US Government.In a recent study I undertook, Guyanese in Guyana and people of Guyanese descent in America say they have a very positive view of the relations between the two countries, and would like to see improved relations in light of several challenges facing their mother country, especially on matters pertaining to security, democracy, drug trafficking, and human rights.Guyanese say there are cultural, economic (trade, business, investment), military (security), family, migration, political and educational reasons, among others, for Guyana to have closer relations with America. More Guyanese (and people of Guyanese descent) live in the US than in Guyana, and thousands of Guyanese people study in US colleges and universities. In addition, Guyanese- Americans have been sending some US$250 million annually to Guyana over the last several decades.Some 100,000 Guyanese-Americans visit their former homeland every year, spending hundreds of millions of US dollars. Guyanese-Americans and other American businesses invest in Guyana, and many lobby for greater financial assistance to Guyana from Washington. So there are justifiable reasons to have closer relations with the US, with a lot of benefits accruing to Guyana.In the past, relations were defined and influenced by the Cold War and geo-strategic interests. The Cold War ended in 1990, but now there is a new kind of realpolitik in America’s international relations as it relates to Guyana and the greater Caribbean/Latin American region – one defined by economic (energy) interests, especially now that oil has been found off the coast of Guyana, and by the war on terror (especially since wanted terrorists were recently linked to Guyana).American interest is now largely defined and influenced by the war on terror, oil interests, and by business competitors from former socialist nations (like China and Russia). The US is also concerned by increased drug trafficking and migration from Guyana to America – not excluding nationals from other nations (economic refugees) using Guyana as a transit point to migrate to America.The US needs Guyana’s cooperation in all of these areas, and Guyana stands to benefit enormously from such cooperation. In addition, cooperation with America is vital for Guyana’s national security interests.Political and economic interest groups and political parties should encourage more visits of the kind as the one headed by Congressional Chairman Bob Goodlatte to Guyana this week, so as to discuss matters affecting our nation – such as migration to America, economy (oil), security (threat from American competitors), trade, business, investments, war on terror, and neighbouring Venezuela.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Big players shine in Guyana Amazon Warriors’ final practice match

first_imgGuyana Amazon Warriors skipper Shoaib Malik warmed up with some runs as his XI defeated a Guyana XI by five wickets when the final practice match concluded under lights on Tuesday evening at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The Pakistan star hit a classy 37 while New Zealand big-hitting opener Luke Ronchi spanked an unbeaten 48 as the Malik-led XI big players warmed up for Thursday’s opener versus the St Kitts Patriots under lights. Chadwick Walton looked good for his 15, playing a few pulls and cuts while all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford also scored 15.The Warriors bowlers on the opposition team also got their form going, with the off-spinner Chris Green grabbing 2-20, including the wicket of Malik, while South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir looked good during his spell bagging 2-33, and Keemo Paul 1-21.Earlier, it was the Warriors spin twins Devendra Bishoo (2-32) and Veerasammy Permaul (3-24), who did the damage as Rayad Emrit’s XI were bowled out inside 20 overs for 110, with the Malik XI being made to chase a much higher total (155, after 45 bonus runs were added).Trevon Griffith hit 14 while Anthony Bramble chipped in with 16, but it was Chris Barnwell’s 36 which powered their side to the above-average total.Roshon Primus, who batted twice, hit 13 not out as his top score as Malik grabbed a wicket along with national pacer Clinton Pestano who claimed 2-31. In the end, the Warriors’ key players all had excellent sessions with either bat or ball, thus adding to their confidence ahead of the big game.Strike bowler Sohail Tanvir was wicketless, but maintained his discipline as a pack leader while Shimron Hetmyer, fresh off a Man-of-the-Series performance in the ODI series versus Bangladesh, smashed an aggressive 17 as he too got into form for the first game, as the Warriors broke their encampment on a high note.Thursday’s opening game of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Guyana leg will bowl off at 18:00h at the National Stadium, Providence with the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots looking to upset the Warriors in their backyard.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: URRIS CROWNED JUNIOR A CHAMPIONS AFTER VICTORY OVER NAOMH ULTAN

first_imgJUNIOR A CHAMPIONS -CLG IORRAS: A great weekend for the club with the senior men being crowned Junior A Champions on Sunday evening in Mac Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey.A fantastic display from all the team saw them come out on top by 2-09 to 0-08 on the day over Naomh Ultan.After the disappointment of losing last years final it was a great feeling and sense of pride for all involved with this team. CLG Iorras wish to thank all the players, Danny Kelly and his back up team for all the effort put in this past year and wish them all the best in Ulster against the Cavan champions on November 2nd in Cavan.The club also wish to thank all our supporters who came out in big numbers to Ballybofey on Sunday night, it was great to see all the colour and hear the noise.LADIES JUNIOR B FINAL: Our Ladies team contested the Junior B Final on Saturday in Newtown. The girls had an excellent first half but were beaten by a stronger team on the day.Final score N Mhuire 3-09 Urris 4-03. Not our day but a great young team and better days ahead. Great achievement in reaching a County final. Again, the club wish to thank all who came along in big numbers to support the girls on Saturday.U13 DIVISION 3 FINAL: The U13 boys are in the the Final against Downings this week, at the time of notes going to press time and venue not confirmed.Please check our Facebook pages for updates. Best of luck boys in the final.MATCH “N” WIN: October 9th: No jackpot winner-numbers drawn: 9, 12, 18 & 19. €15 winners: Ann & Mary, Altahalla, Cathal Toland, 6 Gaddyduff, Grace Morton, Letter, Ciaran Dowds, Burt and Madeline Mc Eleney, Annaugh.Jackpot next week €900. Thanks to all our Lotto Sellers and to all who support this weekly draw. CLUB MERCHANDISE: Great selection of Club merchandise which can now be ordered , please contact Nichola Donaghey on 0866030736 if interested. Nichola has samples of all the club gear.Check our Facebook page to view the club gear. Items displayed are for children but adult sizes can also be purchased (check with Nichola for prices).CLUB BINGO: Bingo continues every Thursday night at 9pm in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany.Facebook-Find us on CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all club news and fixtures. Any items of news for the club notes should be forwarded to Rose on 0877770639 or email rosiekelly28@eircom.net no later than 9pm on Sunday night.GAA NEWS: URRIS CROWNED JUNIOR A CHAMPIONS AFTER VICTORY OVER NAOMH ULTAN was last modified: October 13th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

Another Bay Area Town Aims to Go Greener

first_imgA number of California cities, including San Francisco and Berkeley, have adopted relatively aggressive green code to elevate the energy efficiency and sustainability of new construction and remodels above that required by the California Building Standards Code, otherwise known as Title 24.Officials in San Mateo, a suburb south of San Francisco and just a bit north of Silicon Valley proper, say the city is about to join the green group. A recent story in the San Mateo County Times notes that while a sustainability campaign launched last year by the city council – San Mateo Acting Responsibly Together, or SMART – has developed a robust public-outreach program, city officials are now ready to move ahead with two initiatives that will address the nuts of bolts of building performance.Building on SMARTThe first such program will offer residential energy audits subsidized in part by $100,000 in federal stimulus funds. City officials estimate they’ll be able to audit 600 single-family homes through the program, although it’s not yet clear how much of the overall audit fee will be subsidized and how much will be paid by homeowners. (The city’s stimulus grants for green programs total $875,000 and will be largely used to install LED streetlights and part of a PV system on the roof of the public library, according to the SMC Times.)The other SMART initiative will, with eventual approval of the city council, make mandatory the green code that is now voluntary. As currently written, the voluntary code, which went into effect July 1, 2008, follows LEED Silver guidelines for commercial buildings and Build It Green’s GreenPoint Rated guidelines for single-family and multifamily dwellings.The story adds that the new policy, which will use ranking systems that evaluate green building materials and policies, should be ready for the council to approve in October.last_img read more

Work begins as Ravena inks max rookie deal with NLEX

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Standhardinger: I don’t want Rookie of the Year award Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 .@kieferravena: It’s nice to have my first game in an @nlexpba jersey. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/VN454ePVQr— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017 But Ravena doesn’t mind the early grind with NLEX, which came back to work early in the offseason with more than a month to go before the opening.“I really wanted to come in early to make up for lost time and to make my transition a bit faster and smoother when the real practice time comes. So I’ve already learned a lot here, from the guys who I’ve been with or faced one way or another,” he said.READ: Rookie Ravena hopes to bring leadership at NLEXSeen as the most PBA-ready of the class, Ravena shared that his exposure to the culture of the pros all his life has prepared him for his moment, giving him a slight edge among the pack.ADVERTISEMENT “I’ve been around the PBA for almost all my life because of my dad, so I know how it goes,” he said.The idea, however, is still different from execution, and Ravena is hopeful he could get a seamless transition“Hopefully, the transition would be smooth. I know it’s a matter of maturity because in college, you get away with a lot of things. You play with younger guys if you’re the senior. But here, you play against much bigger, stronger, older and more intelligent guys with a lot of experience. So you have to counter that with a lot of things to be able to be efficient with your game,” he said. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSigning a maximum rookie deal worth P8.5 million on Thursday, Kiefer Ravena couldn’t be more elated to formally join the NLEX family.“I’m very happy to be in a franchise where it wasn’t really hard to negotiate. More than the contract, it’s the honor to play for a franchise like NLEX,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Guiao hails Ravena-Alas backcourt as NLEX’s futureAnd the work starts now for the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft as he will have to prove his hype in this new chapter with the Road Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

No drastic devaluation of currency, China assures G20 Fin Mins

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaShanghai, Feb 27 (PTI) Ruling out any drastic devaluation of currency to boost its trade, China reassured G20 Finance Ministers and central bank governors that Beijing has plenty policy tools to combat the slowdown of its economy which slipped below seven per cent last year.RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and Additional Finance Secretary Dinesh Sharma are taking part in the G20 meet which kicked off here last night.In a video message, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that the worlds second-largest economy has the confidence to handle the complex economic situation at home and abroad.”The Chinese economy has great potential, resilience and flexibility, and we will capitalise on such strengths,” he said.Yesterdays gathering came amid weak economic growth worldwide and increasing volatility in the financial markets. The IMF predicted growth of 3.4 per cent for the world economy this year.Li called for G20 nations to stand together during the difficulties.”When formulating macroeconomic policy, G20 members need to keep in mind not just their own growth, but should also watch for the spillover effects of their policies,” he said.Continued turbulence in the Chinese stock market and yuan depreciation at the start of 2016 did little to disguise what could be a very difficult year ahead, putting the countrys economic policies and reform agenda in spotlight at the two- day meeting.Significantly, the Peoples Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan has reassured the world that China would not drastically devalue its currency to boost its trade.advertisementNear four per cent devaluation of yuan last year sent the world markets in tizzy.The devaluation following series of stock market crashes was reportedly aimed at boosting falling export revenues.Speaking ahead of a G20 meeting of finance chiefs and central bankers here, Zhou, the longest-serving central bank governor among the Group of Twenty nations said Chinas priority was to ensure the stable growth of its economy.Chinese currency in the recent month is depreciating steadily against US Dollar and currently trading around 6.50 per USD.Zhou stated that there is no basis for continued weakness of the Chinese currency as the countrys economic fundamentals remain sound.He also cited Chinas current account surplus and foreign exchange reserves as solid support for the balance of international payments.There is no concern over Chinas foreign exchange adequacy and China has the ability to make overseas payments, he said. PTI KJV SAI AKJ SAIlast_img read more

What lies ahead for BCCI president Anurag Thakur

first_imgAnurag Thakur’s rise as a cricket administrator has been meteoric. BCCI president at 41 is quite unthinkable in India’s cricketing echelons. From taking on N Srinivasan and winning the Secretary’s post in March 2015 against all odds to succeeding Shashank Manohar in May 2016 as president, Thakur has been on a super fast track route to success. And in all fairness he has tried to be proactive and ring in the changes at times when speaking out in the BCCI was considered impossible in 2014-15. However, it now seems he is facing the biggest administrative hurdle of his life. How does he, as President, steer the BCCI clear of this crisis? (Supreme Court reserves order after BCCI seeks more time to implement Lodha reforms)On a daily basis the BCCI’s credibility is being questioned by the Supreme Court and Thakur himself is in the dock on the letter issue, having asked (by his own admission) Shashank Manohar for a letter clarifying the ICC’s position on the Lodha reforms in the aftermath of the SC having delivered its judgment. Does it constitute contempt is what is being debated in court? Also being debated is whether the Lodha committee will now be empowered to oversee all contracts the BCCI hands out and all expenses the BCCI sanctions over the 25 lakh threshold. Frankly, all of it will dent Thakur’s authority as BCCI president and his clout as the boss of the richest cricket board of the world. Can he come out of it unscathed will perhaps decide his legacy as an administrator in the years to come. (BCCI president Thakur now part of ICC’s finance committee)advertisementIn what has come as a major relief for Thakur is the SC’s allowing the BCCI Counsel Kapil Sibal to start the debate all over again. What was thought to be a closed chapter given the SC had already delivered its judgment is being discussed all over again to the surprise of many. This, more than anything, has given Anurag a new lifeline. He might well have a little time on his hand to mull his next course of action and safeguard his own position. But the question is will he continue to have support within the rank and file of the BCCI and can he, in the next few months, hold off the Lodha threat? Will the ruling BJP back Anurag to the fullest in this hour of crisis? The Lodha committee, too, if sources are to be believed is losing patience and might well decide to inform the court that unless impediments are removed (read the BCCI top brass) it will no longer want to continue spelling further trouble for Anurag. (BCCI setting dangerous precedent with its defiance of Supreme Court)Clearly, Anurag and the BCCI are walking a tightrope. As I said earlier, it is near impossible to predict the future of Anurag Thakur and the situation at hand will test his administrative skills to the fullest. (10 times Supreme Court showed BCCI who is boss)last_img read more

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE WHISTLE

first_imgDuring the 2004 NTL’s, they will eat 13kg of bananas and 5 boxes of lollies per day. They will drink 30 litres of water per timeslot and 200 tea bags worth of tea. They will use 18 bags of ice per day, and they are some of the fittest athletes that touch has to offer. Whether you love them or you hate them, nobody can deny that referees are an integral part of any touch tournament. For the past 20 tournaments, Alan Williams has been the Assistant Manager of the referees, a position which requires him to work alongside Referees Manager, Mike Harris and attend to the needs of the referees during the tournament. Although his job is a tough one, Alan comes back to his referees simply because he loves doing his job. “I just love being here, the referees really appreciate what you do for them. I can’t referee myself anymore so it’s great to just come here and help out, just as others did for me when I was a referee”, he says. During tournaments such as NTL, referees are divided into teams, a tactic which many referees believe contributes to the strong friendships and sense of comraderie established amongst them. “You wouldn’t believe the friends I’ve made through refereeing at national level,” says NTL 2004 Referee Richard “Tickets” Lawry. “It’s all about mateship and watching the younger referees move up through the ranks.” Fellow referee Colin “Casper” Farlow also highlights how friendships drive most of the referees to come back each year. “The friendships we make during NTL are unbelievable!” This sense of mateship can be shown through their “Elders” system. Team members, who are Level six referees and identified as “Elders” can make younger referees, known as “assistants”, make donations and do tasks. Examples could be wearing a crazy wig for making mistakes, such as not taking all equipment to games or knocking a player over. The donations collected during the tournament are given to a charity decided by the players. This activity is just another example of team building exercises that the referees take part in. Sadly, one of Australia’s and also the World’s, best referees will end his national career at this years 2004 NTL’s. Rick Borg has been the top referee in Australia for 13 years, and the Number 1 in the world for the past nine years. His teammates and also officials describe Rick as a legend of the game, an unassuming leader who helps to guide the younger referees. So, whenever you’re about to question a referee, take a moment to remember what fine athletes they are, and like the players are here to do their best…and have a bit of fun at the same time! Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

The Best Ski-Mountaineering Races In North America

first_img The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States 6 Biggest Ski Gear Innovations to Look Forward to in Winter 2020 There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground We’ve been fans of backcountry skiing for years now; all of the powder, and none of the crowds make for a great day on the snow. The only trade off? You’ll be earning your turns with ski touring gear every step of the way.If you don’t mind a little sweat, backcountry skiing is one of the best winter hobbies out there. However, trust Type-A athletic junkies to turn everything mellow and fun into a painful sufferfest. If you’ve ever seen a backcountry rider in tight clothing veritably sprinting uphill, you’ve likely met (albeit briefly) a ski-mountaineering racer on a training run.So what exactly is ski-mountaineering racing? Picture a mountain marathon – run uphill, in the snow, on specially designed skis. When you get to the top, lock your gear down and ski down as fast as possible (trust us, on ultralight race gear this is scarier than it sounds), and start up your next climb. If it sounds absolutely miserable, well, it sort of is. For many racers though, that is part of the draw. Conquering the elements and the mountain while you race the clock is both a great motivator to keep your training up over the winter, and also to dig deep and find the “fun” when you’re charging uphill in forty mile-an-hour wind and sub-zero temperatures. If we haven’t scared you away from the sport yet, read on for our favorite ski-mountaineering races in North America.Power Of 4: Aspen, COThe Power of 4 will always have a special place in our hearts as our first taste of real mountain fueled pain. Three years ago we suited up with friends from Outside Magazine and Gear Junkie for a taste of the race. The full course covers every resort in Aspen, CO – Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, and Aspen. We did an abbreviated “Power of 2” half course that took us over 12 miles and nearly 8,000 feet of vertical. After almost six hours on the course, crossing the finish line was a sublime experience – and hooked us on skiing uphill ever since.Shredhorn: Big Sky, MTThe Shredhorn is an annual race every spring in Big Sky, MT. In terms of distance, it is up there with the Power of 4 – the course covers 16-18 miles, and 8,600 vertical feet of climbing and descending. However, this jaunt around Lone Peak is decidedly scarier, as many of the climbs are far into dedicated alpine terrain, and you’ll often be boot packing and climbing along exposed ridgelines and cliff bands. If you’re scared of heights or easily get sketched out, it might be a good idea to save this one for a couple seasons until you’ve got experience under your belt.Wasatch Powderkeg: Brighton, UTThe Powderkeg is a weekend race festival that features backcountry ski clinics, gear demos, and two different races for every skill level. Day one kicks things off with a vertical sprint up Brighton Ski Resort to the tune of 1,300 feet. If this lung buster isn’t enough for you, register for the full distance race on day two. This ten-mile course climbs major peaks and ridgelines along the resort boundaries, and gives you a chance to spot Park City, Salt Lake, and the Heber Valley. Of course, you’d probably enjoy the views more if you weren’t fighting the thin oxygen above 10,000 feet the entire way.Grand Traverse: Crested Butte to Aspen, COThe Grand Traverse the the granddaddy of ski-mountaineering races. Covering more than forty miles from Crested Butte to Aspen, CO, this epic race crosses some of the most iconic terrain in the country. While it doesn’t have the painful vertical of some of the other races on our list (only 7,000 feet), it makes up for it distance and the amount of gear you have to carry. Racers travel in pairs, and have to have self-rescue gear, shelter, and sleeping bags in case of nasty weather. To make it even more fun, the start is over night, ensuring half your time on the course will be spent in pitch darkness. The Best Men’s Parkas for Braving the Cold Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

PM Urges Regional Bankers to Meet International Standards

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is urging regional financial institutions to ensure that they consistently meet international standards. Mrs. Simpson Miller, who was addressing over 200 delegates participating in the 39th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Caribbean Association of Banks Inc. on November 15, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, said member institutions of the regional body should focus on collaboration between membership and the regulatory authorities, in order to improve and maintain efficiency in the industry. The Prime Minister also observed that there was concern about the impact of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), passed into law in the United States (US) in 2010, and which should come into effect in January next year. FATCA was enacted as part of provisions under the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, and is an important development in the US’ efforts to combat tax evasion by US tax payers with investments in offshore accounts. “I do not need to tell a gathering of this nature about the increasing attention which has been paid to the financial services industry worldwide, particularly over the last four to five years… In fact, some of the reactions to the sector from many governments can only be described as ‘hostile’. It has been argued that the sector, in many instances, has been cavalier in the handling of funds of clients and depositors,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. “Against that background, let me be frank and state that as a head of government, I certainly understand the need for each national government to seek to ensure that taxation is equitable and those with the greatest income pay their fair share,” she stated. The Prime Minister advised everyone not to start off with a ‘knee jerk’ reaction of opposition. “From our vantage point we have to make it clear that even whilst recognising their motivation, we would wish for consideration to be given to the possible negative repercussions on our institutions. This is so, given the efforts which have been made to attract legal foreign exchange into our countries,” she pointed out. The Prime Minister noted that increasingly, institutions within the Caribbean would be required to meet international standards, and that it was in the best interest of all concerned to avoid being labeled as centres which “accommodate” questionable financial transactions. “We in the Caribbean must never accept a label of being second best. We have demonstrated that in certain fields we are not only equal to anyone else in the world, but may I daresay, that we are superior to anyone else. “I therefore say to the Association (of banks), let us move swiftly to identify our reservations. Let us indicate the ways in which we can assist with achieving the objectives of the FACTA legislation in ways which are not detrimental to the stability of our institutions,” the Prime Minister told delegates. The 39th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Association of Banks is being held from November 14 to 17, under the theme, “Partnering for regional transformation, development and growth – empowering the financial services sector”.last_img read more