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Public building to be renamed in Stephen Campbell’s honour

first_imgSocial Cohesion Minister with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr George Norton has announced that the building, which currently houses the Ministry of Citizenship will be renamed in honour of the Indigenous political leader, Stephen Joseph Campbell, who is the first Guyanese of Indigenous descent to become a Member of Parliament.The Arawak (Lokono) and Portuguese descendant was born in Moruca, British Guiana on December 26, 1897. Minister Norton also said that consideration isStephen Campbellbeing given to the possibility of erecting a monument in Campbell’s honour sometime in the future.Campbell is widely regarded as a hero in Indigenous communities after having fought for their right to vote, land rights and for increased remunerations for village captains. In 1962, amidst widespread fears that Indigenous lands would be expropriated after the departure of the British, Campbell presented a petition signed by 26 Indigenous chiefs to the then Secretary of State for the Colonies, Duncan Sandys at the British Guiana Constitutional Conference in London to lobby for Indigenous land rights.When no satisfactory response was received after one year, Campbell and the then leader of The United Force (TUF), Peter D’Aguiar jointly pursued the matter, resulting in a number of initiatives, including the establishment of semi-reserves, fixed boundaries, and safeguarding of the right of appeal to the Privy Council concerning Indigenous rights for at least 10 years after Independence.In 1964, the Amerindian Association of Guyana was formed, with Campbell at the helm where he continued to tackle land rights issues affecting Indigenous peoples, which led to the establishment of the Amerindian Act. Campbell also advocated for matters including agriculture and education. He was a firm proponent of the Indigenous way of life and the preservation of Indigenous culture and languages.Campbell’s contributions are celebrated every year on September 10, during the annual Indigenous Heritage Month observances. He died on May 12, 1966, two weeks before British Guiana obtained Independence.last_img read more

SPU Head admits Republic Bank complained about misuse of funds

first_img$30B GuySuCo bondWith the recent revelation that Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited has made known several of its concerns with how the $30 billion bond that was loaned to the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) is being spent, SPU Head Colvin Heath-London has confirmed this to be true.SPU HeadColvin Heath-LondonHeath-London told Guyana Times on Tuesday that while he cannot comment extensively on the issue, he did say the Bank had registered an official complaint and asked that some of the matters be corrected with some level of urgency. “They registered a complaint. I cannot comment further, because those things are presently being dealt with,” he added.The SPU head was at first reluctant to state whether indeed the issue raised by the Bank as reported in sections of the media were true. However, Heath-London later admitted that everything alluded to in the news report was accurate and captures most of what was raised, but clarified that “Republic Bank has not suspended any funding to NICIL.”The $30 billion bond arrangement with the Bank is aimed at helping to finance capital works for three Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) estates. These include: Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt.But it has been reported that Managing Director of Republic Bank, Richard Sammy wrote to General Manager of the Hand-in-Hand Trust Corporation, Maurice John, over GuySuCo reportedly using part of the bond proceeds to repay interest on another debt at a bank. The Bank also called for a full explanation as to the apparent breach of the terms of the Trust Deed.Hand-in-Hand had written to Republic Bank requesting that the purpose of the Trust Deed be changed regarding how the proceeds of the bond shall be applied. While Republic Bank has stated it’s no objection to the proposed changes to the Trust Deed, it said it remained disappointed that proceeds from the bond were utilised for a purpose other than what was approved.The SPU has not taken lightly criticisms, which seek to suggest that the bond would be wasted and that it was acquired at an unreasonable rate. In fact, the SPU had said it should be noted that, as standard for any debt financing, security is required to secure payments to bondholders.The terms of the bond are five years, since it is expected that the proceeds of the land sale for GuySuCo would be used to repay the facility, and NICIL wanted to secure the lowest possible interest rate. The NICIL bond was later issued at 4.75 per cent interest.In August, it was reported that almost $2 billion has been disbursed to GuySuCo for operational expenses of its three estates. Previous to that, GuySuCo’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Harold Davis, Jr, had told sections of the media that GuySuCo was slated to receive proceeds from the initial $17 billion the SPU has secured from the $30 billion bond facility.Davis claimed that GuySuCo had requested a substantial amount to advance its strategic plans, but monies received so far have catered only for wages and fuel expenses; and no other monies have been received.The SPU later said the monies from the bond facility will be used to purchase equipment for production of plantation white sugar, including the purchase of nine tractors, and to address the co-generation plants’ operational expenses.“The monies obtained from the bond facility were not obtained to facilitate the payment of debt, as was ventilated time and again by the Minister of Finance and stakeholders,” the SPU has said.Since announcement of the bond, concerns have been raised about Government’s vision for the industry and the genuineness of its actions thus far, since that very $30 billion could have gone towards restructuring the industry while keeping all of the estates open and GuySuCo’s workforce employed and engaged.Some 5700 workers from Skeldon, East Demerara (Enmore) and Rose Hall Estates were dismissed after GuySuCo had terminated their employment in 2017. Before then, over 1000 Wales Estate workers were similarly dismissed when the entity officially ceased operation in December 2016. These moves were in keeping with what Government has said were “cost-cutting measures”.last_img read more

Huskies to be on home ice for two games against Beaverlodge and Sexsmith

first_imgTrailing the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings by five points for fourth place heading into this weekend’s slate of games, the Fort St. John Huskies will have a chance to claw back into the mix of things with two games. Tonight they’ll take on the Beaverlodge Blades at 8 p.m., and tomorrow they’ll skate with the Sexsmith Vipers.The Huskies come into tonight’s game having won all of their meetings against the Blades this season.Against the Vipers the clubs have split their two meetings so far this year with Fort St. John winning the last tilt, a 5-4 overtime win back on October 24.- Advertisement -Saturday’s game is also an 8 p.m. start.last_img read more

FSJ Flight U13 Team Wins Division At Swoosh Canada Tournament

first_img FSJ Flight U17 Boys team in Edmonton. Photo credit: Facebook FSJ Flight U17 Boys team in Edmonton. Photo credit: Facebook FSJ Flight U15 Girls team in action in Edmonton. Photo credit: Facebook FSJ Flight U15 Girls team in action in Edmonton. Photo credit: Facebook EDMONTON, A.B. – The Fort St. John Flight Minor Basketball Team had phenomenal success in their first tournament of the season.The teams were in Edmonton over the long weekend to compete in the Swoosh Canada Tournament, which hosted 120 teams from across Western Canada. The association fielded four teams in the tournament: U13 Boys, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, and U17 Boys. Each of the teams were placed in the ‘Bronze’ pool of their age group, due to coming from a smaller population centre than other teams.The U13 Boys team came home with gold in the U13 Bronze Division, coached by Megan Inglis & Kory Bell.- Advertisement -The U15 Boys team coached by Kelly Ziebart & Eugene Concepcion went up against some incredible teams such as Calgary Storm & Grande Prairie Wolves, placing third in the U15 Bronze Division.With Colin Ziebart, Courtney Helm, and Kymmie Dunn at the helm, the U15 Girls came in first in their pool and after an intense last game, losing by only a point, they eventually placed in fourth out of 7 teams in the U15 Girls Bronze Division.Coached by Rob & Pamela Sandberg, the U17 Boys went up against some strong teams and lost their first two games, but came back fast and furious to win first in the B side of their division.Advertisementlast_img read more

Routine hasn’t changed

first_imgMatthews knows no matter what happens, he will be playing baseball this season and is going to have to learn how to play with his new teammates. Matthews is undergoing a crash course this spring on how much ground he will have to cover while playing between Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero. The Angels’ two veteran corner outfielders have had their share of speed-slowing injuries in recent seasons. “The fact that it was his first start, he was very, very impressive,” Stoneman said. Howie Kendrick hit his first home run of the spring and finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs. The Angels on Thursday reassigned three players to minor league camp: catcher Brenton Del Chiaro and right-handed pitchers Tommy Mendoza and Robert Mosebach. Staff writer Vincent Bonsignore contributed to this story. doug.padilla@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gary Matthews Jr. prefers to focus on the games he will play and not those he potentially will be forced to miss. If a suspension or discipline of some kind is on its way, then so be it. center_img Earlier this week, Matthews and Guerrero were hesitant on a fly ball to shallow right-center by Oakland’s Mike Piazza. Matthews took over at the last second and hung on for the out as the ball almost squirted out of his glove. “That’s one of those learning plays, just figuring out where (Guerrero’s) range is and him learning where mine is and where to expect me to be,” said Matthews, seemingly overjoyed to get a question about baseball. “He’s always positioned really well and moves his feet well. “Between him and Garret, I really don’t have to say a whole lot to them.Depending on the situation, it’s just making sure they’re in the right place. I’ll talk, but for the most part there hasn’t been a whole lot of talking out there.” John Lackey was impressive in his first start of the spring. He retired the first seven batters he faced and had five strikeouts in three innings in a 10-7 loss to the Diamondbacks. Lackey gave up just two hits and one earned run and left with a 4-1 lead. last_img read more

It’s a dirty job

first_imgAlready, they have asked friends and relatives if they would want their bins cleaned. So many said yes that the Tans are excited about the franchise rights they received in a deal with a man from England. It took an initial investment of about $100,000 in their SaniCan franchise. Now, they have a delivery truck retrofitted with a stainless-steel compartment and a motor-powered water hose for high-pressure cleaning. To start the business, Carlos Tan, 49, took a leave of absence from his job as a financial analyst in health care. Since then, he has been putting tags on garbage bins to advertise the service. “When I was tagging the trash bins, really the trash bins were filthy, so they need us,” he said. Kevin Smith heads the New Jersey-based SaniCan. Smith, who comes from a background in information technology, modeled SaniCan on similar bin-cleaning companies in the United Kingdom, where he is from. SANTA CLARITA Curbside garbage bin cleaning: It may be a novelty in the United States, but in England many residents expect it. Now, a company is bringing the service to Santa Clarita. Carlos and Lina Tan have opened the area’s first garbage-bin cleaning business, and with the ubiquitous presence of plastic barrels, they see an opportunity for expansion to other parts of Southern California. The company has only six trucks operating in the United States, but it is growing with new franchises. “You find that our best audience are the ladies of the household,” Smith said. “The women are always asking the men to clean the garbage can, and the men never do.” Smith’s business partner runs a bin-cleaning company in the United Kingdom. It remains to be seen if America’s tradition of rugged individualism extends to garbage-bin cleaning. But potential customers are out there. The Tans’ bin-cleaning truck was being transported to Santa Clarita by trailer when a man spotted it and called to find out if he could get his bins cleaned in Northridge. That pleased Lina Tan, whose husband says he wants to be his own boss. “So no one tells him anything but me,” Lina Tan said. The Tans, who have two employees and plan to start with about 40 cleanings a day, will charge each customer $9 to have one garbage bin cleaned once a month and $12 if there are two garbage bins. The Tans throw in a recycle-bin cleaning for free. SaniCan dumps its dirty water at sewage facilities, which the company says is better for the environment than when residents clean the bins themselves and dump dirty water down the storm drains. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

RCMP searching for stolen skid steer and trailer

first_imgSometime during the night of August 8th, the skid steer and trailer were stolen from the Venturion field north of the Doig First Nations Reserve.It’s a 2007 yellow and black Caterpiller skid steer with grapple, bucket and set of forks.The 2000 Precision, 30 foot black gooseneck trailer has the licence plate number S59842.- Advertisement -If you see this skid steer or trailer, or if you have knowledge of the theft, contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250 787 8100, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1 800 222 8477.last_img read more

Capello confirms he has retired from coaching

first_img“I’ve already had some experience with the English and Russian national teams, I wanted to try to train a club once again and Jiangsu was my last football experience,” Capello told Radio Rai.“I did everything I wanted, I’m very happy with what I did, and now I am delighted to be a TV commentator. You always win in this role!”Italy are seeking a successor to Gian Piero Ventura, who was sacked after the national team missed out on World Cup qualification.And Capello said he was backing former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, the coach of Zenit Saint Petersburg, for the role.“Roberto is a coach of experience who has travelled the world,” he said.“His experience will help him build relations with the players, but the national team lack talent.“We are good coaches when we have good players.“It is difficult to do well with mediocre players. At the moment Italian football is missing great players that can make the difference, there are no leaders.“In Serie A there is little quality. You learn from the best but if the best are bought by the strongest foreign clubs, Italian football doesn’t have good teachers, good players from whom to learn.”Capello, whose decorated career also included coaching spells at AC Milan, Juventus, Roma and Russia, last June became one of the most high-profile names to move to China, where clubs have been spending big to lure foreign managers and players.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Italian Fabio Capello, who has coached some of the biggest club sides in Europe, has now set his sights on keeping his TV commentating job © AFP/File / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVMILAN, Italy, Apr 9 – Former Real Madrid and England coach Fabio Capello on Monday confirmed he has retired from football management and ruled himself out of the Italy coaching job.The 71-year-old Italian had been linked with the vacant Italy coaching job after leaving Jiangsu Suning of the Chinese Super League (CSL) last month.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, September 15

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Real Madrid are eyeing Everton defender John Stones. Chelsea failed with numerous attempts to sign the young centre-back in the summer and could now face a battle with Real if they renew their interest with the Spanish giants planning a bid for Stones IF Manchester United pay their asking price for Raphael Varane. (AS)Steve Bruce is ready to let Ahmed Elmohamady leave for the Premier League. Leicester, Swansea, Everton and Aston Villa will fight to sign Hull’s £5million-rated winger when the January transfer window opens up. (Daily Mirror)Everton are to offer Brendan Galloway a lucrative new contract to reward his rapid rise into the first-team. The 19-year-old defender has made six starts for the Blues after breaking into the senior set-up at the end of last season. (Liverpool Echo)West Brom are giving a trial to Portuguese forward Ricardo Vaz Te. The 28 year-old former West Ham attacker left Turkish Super Lig side Akhisar Belediyespor at the end of last season and is a free agent. (Daily Mail)West Ham have completed the signing of Serbia Under 19 striker Luka Belic from OFK Beograd on a permanent deal. (Daily Mail)Angel Di Maria says his difficult relationship with Louis van Gaal was the ultimate reason he left Manchester United for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. (Le Parisien)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Southampton midfielder expects January return to ItalyChelsea eyeing shock raid on Manchester United in January – reportI tried to sign Willian and Toni Kroos for Liverpool, reveals Steven GerrardHeurelho Gomes reveals he snubbed interest from Premier League club to remain at ‘ambitious’ WatfordReport: Bayern Munich rejected an £88MILLION offer from Manchester United for Thomas MullerArsenal transfer report: Gunners lining up £14m January deal for Anderlecht sensationlast_img read more

Tottenham in talks with FA over hosting Champions League matches at Wembley

first_img Wembley hosted the Champions League final in 2013 Tottenham are talking to the Football Association over the possibility of using Wembley Stadium to host their Champions League matches next season.Entry into Europe’s elite knockout competition hasn’t been confirmed yet, but with just four games to go, it looks highly likely they’ll be back in next season’s competition after a five-year absence.Spurs are re-developing White Hart Lane and are facing the prospect of playing matches in front of greatly-reduced crowds with the Paxton Road End facing demolition – capacity could temporarily drop as low as 28,000.The club are already in negotiations over moving to the national stadium for a season until the new 61,000-capacity ground is completed and now want an option for their European matches next term.The FA will have to consider if these matches clashes with pre-existing events, but adding a number of matches to the calendar shouldn’t cause any problems with local councillors.The number of 90,000 full capacity events are limited to 37 per year by Brent Council, but there is no limit placed on the amount of events restricted to 50,000 spectators – where the top tier is shut.North London rivals Arsenal played their Champions League games for two years at the old Wembley Stadium, during the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. 1last_img read more