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Very soon, each administrative region across the country will be appointed with its own regional Police Commander.As a part of the major transformation awaiting the Guyana Police Force (GPF), Government had proposed the idea of assigning each of the 10 administrative regions with its own Police representative to ensure better control and management of security of each region.Providing an update on the progress, President David Granger told media operatives that the proposal is still on the table, adding that his Administration is working swiftly to ensure this becomes a reality.“What has happened is that we have a regional system with 10 regions, an old country system with three counties and an old colonial system with districts…,” the President pointed out as he lamented that in all the years gone by, no attempt was ever made to marry the Police divisions with the current regional administration.“So there are a lot of anomalies. For example, the Commander of B Division actually straddles Region Five and Region Six. So we just want to streamline the system to ensure that one Police Commander would respond to Regional Chairman or one regional interest,” he explained.In further supporting the need for this regional integration with the Police Force, President Granger further highlighted that there is only one grouping of Police managing the entire hinterland regions.“Literally Region One, Seven, Eight and Nine were under one Divisional Commander who was actually working in Eve Leary and living in Georgetown…,” the President expressed.Nonetheless, he pointed out that through his Administration’s intervention, the Divisional Commander is now living and working in Bartica, Region Seven.
Liberia’s football chief’s latest announcement to name the proposed football house and construct a bronze statue in honor of George Weah, in front of it is commendable.Last month, the long overdue technical center for the 58 years old Liberia Football Association was dedicated by Vice President Joseph N. Boakia in honor of George M. Weah.In front of 50 stakeholders, and in the presence of FIFA West Africa Development Officer John Sampon Kablan and CAF 1st Vice President Malhmy Kabele Camara, Mr. Bility made the second announcement.There are many of us who are wondering the motive for Mr. Bility’s efforts to pour favors on George Weah? Does he want to use Weah to gain relevance with CAF and FIFA?Or is Bility honoring Ambassador Weah for his football stint?Without argument, Mr. Weah was one of the leading lights in the 1990s, and he remains a superstar in Africa. Although he never had the opportunity to grace the FIFA World Cup finals, Weah made up for it with a successful club career.And also without argument, there are other prominent former Liberian footballers who made incredible successes that deserve equal recognition.A former footballer in the 70s, Benedict Nyankun Wesseh (Mama Musa) has written about the need to even change the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex into any of those who were the torchbearers in the 1960s.However, the late president’s invaluable contribution to soccer is yet to be rivaled and as a result Wesseh’s argument has not been received well.It will make sense for Mr. Bility to demonstrate a sense of nationalism by checking into the archives of Liberian football and plug a name that will bring Liberian soccer history to the youths.What about Josiah N. Johnson? There is no Liberian living who has sacrificed his life to Liberian football than the good old Josiah N. Johnson.Josiah Johnson is an epitome of Liberian soccer history, and he deserves a recognition that marches his love for Liberian football.What about James Salinsa Debah, one of the greatest Liberian footballers in memory? It was Josiah N. Johnson who nurtured these soccer heroes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Prepare for bitter days ahead…Guyanese have been put on notice to prepare for bitter days ahead in Guyana, due to the alleged mismanagement, incompetence, and political hardline positions that the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)/Alliance For Change (AFC) Coalition Government continues to take.This is according to former President and current General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), Bharrat Jagdeo, who claimed that the Guyanese economy is slowly shrinking; there is higher unemployment, rising income inequality, and a shrinking middle class.“Every time we were in Government, we always had a positive attitude to the future. We will come to you and talk about our plans for the future. When I come here tonight, the only message I can bring to you is a sad message: that things are going to get significantly worse in your lives and in the lives of Guyanese, before it gets better when the PPP resumes office,” he told a recent political meeting.Jagdeo said while the coalition Government remains in office for the next few years, because of their inept economic vision, they will continue to generate excuses as to why the Guyanese economy is floundering and why people are losing jobs, rather than tackling the fundamental problems. He said people’s lives will only change for the worse.The former Head of State pointed to the 200 new tax measures that were introduced last year, stating that they have not yet kicked in fully, but when they do, Guyanese will feel the squeeze.“You will see the cost of living going up, the business community will be unable to survive in the new tax environment,” he stated, noting that with constant harassment from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), these businesses will not feel driven to invest and create more jobs in the future.“So, you would see not only deterioration in terms of cost of living going up, but less jobs being produced in the future because no one wants to invest in this country. And right now, people are losing jobs rather than them creating jobs that they (government) promised,” he further stated.Jagdeo, a trained Economist, also highlighted that when the new policy measures taken in the sugar industry take affect this year-end, this will create more chaos in Guyana, but more particularly in communities that depend heavily on the industry for their survival.Another key sector of the economy is mining. And Jagdeo said the two percent turnover tax which has been changed to 28 percent and imposed on small miners will also have a negative impact on their operations. “It is only when they have to file their income tax return at the end of the year that they would realise that they are liable to thousands of dollars more of taxes, and many of them will fall out of mining,” Jagdeo said he foresees.Shifting his attention to the local forestry sector, the Opposition Leader said there is already a collapse of this sector, as people can’t find markets for their products. And equally important, he noted that construction activity has gone down to some optimal levels, largely because of the taxation policy implemented under the coalition Government.“In retail trade, because they are taking so much money out of the economy through taxation, the Value Added Tax (VAT) alone will give them about $21 billion more this year, taking it out of people’s pockets. They are sapping the lives of economic activities in Guyana, and therefore retail trade is going down and almost every business you talk to is laying off people,” he laminated.BaselessThe Opposition Leader also termed the Government’s argument that the PPP left the economy in a decline as “baseless and far from reality”. As a matter of fact, Jagdeo said, Finance Minister Winston Jordan told the National Assembly a few months ago that the PPP did a good job at managing the economy.“That’s the picture of Guyana; and every single day you listen to this Government, rather than addressing the economic decline, rather than saying ‘hold on a minute, we have to ensure that rice, sugar and bauxite and all the other sectors of the economy do well’, they have now latched on to a couple of excuses that they are cleaning out corruption from the economy that is why things are bad.”He recalled than when the PPP took office in 1992, Guyana’s debt was nine and a half times the size of the local economy. It later grew, and Guyana repaid a large sum of its debt. “From the time the PPP left office, it was less than half the size of the economy, and the debt servicing in 1992, according to Carl Greenidge himself, was 153 percent of revenue of all taxes collected,” he added.When the PPP left office in 2015, it was four percent of revenue. “So we left them a lot of money, and that is why they could have passed the three biggest budgets in our history even though they are claiming we don’t have money and we left them a bankrupt economy.”He noted that when the PPP/C demitted office, Guyana was the fastest growing country in the region, with 10 years of continuous growth. “We left 165 billion in recurrent revenue, US$700 million in the central bank, and 40 billion dollars in the semi-autonomous agencies through these private accounts…so if as they claiming, so many persons were not paying taxes…why it is that Guyana was making rapid progress and was defying all odds?”Jagdeo also pointed to the coalition’s previous budgets, which totalled some $700 billion in the past few years. He said, “That is not the symptom of a country that doesn’t have money. But what are they doing with the money they collect; they are spending it on themselves.”
A vehicle which belongs to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) on Tuesday afternoon burst into flames on the Rupert Craig Highway in the vicinity of Sophia, shortly after 14:00h.The driver, Wilbert Mingo who is said to be in his late 30’s was accompanied by his colleague, Daniel Persaud in the Nissan pickup which bear registration plates PNN 7686. They were heading to the East Coast of Demerara when the incident occurred. This publication was told that Mingo observed smoke coming from his air conditioning vents and shortly after the vehicle caught fire. Fire fighters said it was too early to determine the cause of the fire. The driver who was still shaken up was unable to give this publication a comment. Investigations are ongoing.
However, how Barca’s fans will react to a tumultuous few weeks of political tension in Catalonia is less predictable with the support split like the rest of society in the wealthy northeastern region of Spain.“FC Barcelona will display a 45×46 metre banner at Camp Nou before kick-off Wednesday night emblazoned with the phrase ‘Dialogue, Respect, and Sport’ to call attention to the current situation in Catalonia,” Barca said in a statement on Tuesday.“People come to the stadium to express themselves, to experience the game, to enjoy it and we hope that tomorrow people come to the stadium to enjoy watching us play,” added Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.“If someone wants to demonstrate one way or another isn’t something that concerns us when we are preparing for a game.”Chants in favour of independence are common at the Camp Nou from a section of the Barca fanbase, most notably in the 17th minute to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714.Barca have also been repeatedly fined by UEFA for fans flying the Catalan ‘Estelada’ flag, which has become a symbol of the independence movement within Catalonia, at Champions League matches.Leading Barca players such as Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta called for politicians on both sides of the independence debate to negotiate in the wake of the October 1 referendum.As Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets and seized ballot papers leaving 92 injured, among nearly 900 who sought medical attention that day, Barca beat Las Palmas 3-0 behind closed doors.Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted he tried to have the match abandoned, but instead settled for showing their opposition by playing the match in an empty 99,000-capacity Camp Nou.– Confused standoff –Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (C) fights for the ball with Sporting’s defenders during their UEFA Champions League Group D match, at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, on September 27, 2017 © AFP/File / FRANCISCO LEONGYet, players have been less keen to position themselves on the confused political fallout in the past few weeks.A standoff has ensued with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy calling on Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to clarify if he has declared independence for Catalonia on the basis of the referendum, deemed illegal by the Spanish government.However, thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia again on Tuesday after a judge ordered the detention of two separatist leaders Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez on Monday, reigniting the political touch paper.Barca announced representatives of pro-independence citizens’ groups Omnium Cultural and the Catalan National Assembly, led by Cuixart and Sanchez respectively, will be invited to the game.Barca’s first visit to Madrid since the escalation of the political divide to face Atletico Madrid on Saturday was expected to provoke a hostile welcome for the visitors.However, other than the waving of more Spanish flags than normal at Atletico matches and some jeers for Pique, the match passed off peacefully.“It was a great game, in a great atmosphere, in a great stadium,” said Valverde.Despite a series of distractions on and off the field, including the loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and calls for Bartomeu to resign on top of the Catalonia crisis, Barca have started impressively under Valverde.A run of nine straight wins in La Liga and the Champions League was ended on Saturday, but Barca are heavy favourites to get back to winning ways against one of Valverde’s former clubs.Valverde won three league titles over two spells with the Greek giants, who have never won in 14 previous visits to Spain.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A message board outside Barcelona FC’s Camp Nou stadium announces that the site is closed as part of a general strike in Barcelona called by Catalan unions, on October 3, 2017 © AFP/File / Josep LAGOMadrid, Spain, Oct 17 – For the first time since playing to an empty stadium in protest at a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia, Barcelona’s Camp Nou opens its doors when Olympiakos visit on Wednesday.On the field, Barca should have little problem sweeping aside an Olympiakos side without a point in the Champions League so far this season to consolidate their position atop Group D.
0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann came off at half-time as Atletico Madrid edged past Leganes.MADRID, Spain, Apr 5 – Antoine Griezmann was convinced Atletico Madrid were making progress but, 10 months on, he may wonder if he was right to stay after all.Atletico play Barcelona on Saturday at the Camp Nou, where Griezmann could have been walking out behind Lionel Messi, a few weeks from almost certainly winning a La Liga title, perhaps a domestic double, and possibly the Champions League too. Instead, he remained, his choice to reject Barca revealed in a television documentary in June.“Atletico are doing everything possible to make sure the team keeps growing, it’s incredible,” he said. “I can’t take it anymore, I need to tell the people I want to stay.”‘The Decision’, also the programme’s title, took several months to materialise as a very public and protracted tug-of-war between Atletico and Barcelona left both clubs feeling aggrieved.Griezmann might even have gone a year earlier, in the summer of 2017, when Manchester United thought he was theirs until the Frenchman opted to sign a new contract, persuaded that Atletico’s transfer ban would prevent them from buying a replacement.Antoine Griezmann reacts in a past matchBut his new deal was not definitive, with a release clause included that would drop to 100 million euros 12 months later.“Of course he can leave at some point,” said coach Diego Simeone shortly afterwards.“I love watching my players grow, and if one of them tells me they have the unique opportunity of playing for a certain team, after they did everything they could for me, like Griezmann has done, I’ll say it’s not a problem.”But Barcelona were too eager and Atletico reported them to FIFA for an illegal approach. Griezmann declared he would decide before the World Cup while Luis Suarez spoke about the deal as if it was already done.Many were surprised when the answer to Barca came back a no.The world’s star players rarely turn down its most glamourous clubs and after four years at Atletico, Griezmann could have been forgiven for feeling his time had come.Perhaps it had. Atletico trail their opponents this weekend by eight points in the league and their hopes of playing in the Champions League final at their own Wanda Metropolitano were dashed last month, after a last-16 defeat to Juventus.The expectation is that a disappointing season will be followed by a string of departures.Bayern Munich have already announced the signing of Lucas Hernandez while Diego Godin, Filipe Luis, Jan Oblak, Jose Gimenez, Thomas Partey and Saul Niguez have all been linked with exits.But, along with Oblak, currently perhaps the world’s finest goalkeeper, Griezmann would be the hardest to absorb.“I cannot imagine the next season without him because he has a contract with the club,” Simeone said last week.“Antoine will remain with Atleti, for sure,” said the club’s president Enrique Cerezo.Man of the moment: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez celebrates with Ousmane DembeleBarcelona’s interest appears to have cooled, perhaps given the improved performances from Ousmane Dembele or perhaps because their pride simply prevents them from going back again.But for Griezmann, who turned 27 last month, another year like this is surely out of the question.Most would consider him behind only Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of talent, and even if Barca have moved on, other elite clubs would surely be keen.It means Griezmann is likely to have a spring in his step on Saturday, when Atletico will hope to reduce the gap on Barca to five points with seven games left to play.At least one will falter, giving Real Madrid a chance to move closer if they can beat Eibar and bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to Valencia on Wednesday, their first since Zinedine Zidane’s reappointment.Madrid sit 13 points behind Barcelona, the same number they trailed the Catalans by at this exact stage last season.Fixtures Saturday Girona v Espanyol (3pm), Real Madrid v Eibar (6:15pm), Rayo Vallecano v Eibar (8:30pm), Barcelona v Atletico Madrid (10:45pm)Sunday Alaves v Leganes (2pm), Getafe v Athletic Bilbao (4pm), Real Valladolid v Sevilla (6:15pm), Celta Vigo v Real Sociedad (8:30pm), Levante v Huesca (8:30pm), Real Betis v Villarreal (10:45pm)0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
Hazard bagged a wondergoal which gave the Blues a 2-1 win at Anfield on Wednesday night, and his start to the new season under Maurizio Sarri has prompted an outpouring of praise from across the football world.“I said when he signed for Chelsea, if he stays there for ten years, he’ll probably end up being the greatest player that Chelsea’s [ever had],” Cole stated.“He’s the best footballer I’ve ever played with, I think he’s a genius.“When he was a young lad at Lille I spent a season in France which I thoroughly enjoyed and it was mainly because I was playing next to Eden.” 2 Joe Cole turned out for Chelsea from 2003-2010, but then moved to Liverpool for the following three years, one of which was spent out on loan at Lille.“I think he was 19 at the time and there was a lot of talk about this talented young player,” the Englishman continued.“Every club’s got a talented young player, but first game I was on the bench, I came on and he scored two goals.“I knew how good he would be and I’m just so pleased that he’s doing it.“Once the Messi and Ronaldo era finishes I think he’s the best of the rest. The best in the world.” Hazard scored a late winner as Chelsea knocked Liverpool out of the League Cup 2 Joe Cole has told talkSPORT that he believes his former teammate Eden Hazard will soon be the world’s best player.The 36-year-old, who is now playing out in America with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, joined the Sports Bar to discuss Saturday’s Premier League meeting between his old clubs Chelsea and Liverpool, however attention quickly turned to the man who settled their League Cup tie earlier this week. Joe Cole made his mark during his seven-year spell at Chelsea Getty
SANTA CLARA — Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin won’t be part of the 49ers’ playoff push — or perhaps their ensuing seasons.The 49ers confirmed they are placing Goodwin on injured reserve. He did not play in Sunday’s 48-46 win at New Orleans after appearing on the Friday injury report with knee and ankle injuries that coach Kyle Shanahan dubbed “chronic” issues.Goodwin did not play in four of the past seven games for the NFC-leading 49ers (11-2). They next host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.SA …
The above infographic disproves some of the myths people believe about breast cancer and the threats it poses. (Image: Brand South Africa)Breast cancer awareness month is under way this month in South Africa and the rest of the world, when organisations, corporations and the public help to spread awareness and information about the disease.Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among South African women and the second most prevalent of all cancers among women of all races around the world. Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common form of cancer.According to the 2009 National Cancer Registry, one in 33 South African women will suffer from breast cancer at some point during their lives.“The designation of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in South Africa reflects a nationwide drive by public and private health care structures to raise awareness of this debilitating disease across all races and class structures,” the Department of Health said in announcing the event.With health care forming an integral part of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) it is important that South Africans are informed about how to ensure their wellbeing as well as of those for whom they are responsible.Raising awareness of breast cancer and arming people with a working knowledge of the disease ties in with meeting the NDP’s health care pillar.“The only way we are going to address women’s sexual and reproductive health, including cervical and breast cancer, HIV and Aids and TB, is to ensure that policies, programmes and services are integrated,” said Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, South Africa’s first lady.Madiba-Zuma was speaking in New York City on 27 and 28 September, where she used her attendance at the 70th session of the United Nation General Assembly to promote women’s health awareness. “It is my responsibility to the people of South Africa to ensure that women’s sexual and reproductive health is kept high on the national and global agenda.”AT RISKMany people believe that they have no risk of breast cancer for a number of reasons, such as the idea that if there is no known history of the disease in their family, they will not get it. Although having a history of breast cancer in your family does increase your chances of developing the disease, however, the absence of cancer in your family does not mean you are not at risk.Many people are under the impression that breast cancer is only a threat to women; contrary to popular belief, men can contract the disease as well, although they are less likely to do so than women. One in 1 249 men worldwide will get breast cancer during their lifetimes.This is because men have far less breast tissue than women and thus run less of a risk of developing cancerous cells in their breast – but that does not mean it cannot happen.Regular examination, done yourself or by a professional, as well as mammograms can go a long way to avoiding the complications inherent in late discovery of breast cancer. (Image: ICON)EARLY DIAGNOSISThroughout October, organisations such as Cansa and the Pink Drive are raising awareness of the disease. They are encouraging people to care for their health as well as support those who have the illness.Best health practices are promoted during breast cancer awareness month, and people are encouraged to undergo regular routine checks to identify the development of cancerous cells early on and take measures to reduce risk.“Early diagnosis gives the cancer patient a higher chance of complete cure and less extensive surgery,” explains Dr Sheldon Godinho, the president of the Radiological Society of South Africa. “Early detection is a critically important factor in winning the battle against breast cancer.”Regular examination, done yourself or by a professional, as well as mammograms can go a long way to avoiding the complications inherent in late discovery of breast cancer.As International Breast Cancer Month continues through October, people of all ages and genders should take the time to support those suffering from breast cancer and ensure their own health and wellness.