Dear Editor,Do we still need to devote an entire day to women? Haven’t we already achieved enough? Women don’t just vote – we are heads of government; we don’t just participate in the workforce – we are titans of industry. We are leading political movements and “having it all”. Globally, we’ve never had so many opportunities available to us.And yet, gender equality is still elusive. Despite all our strides as a global community, we are still woefully lagging behind on equal pay, equal representation in decision-making seats, and equal responsibility in the home. Women suffer disproportionately from intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and discriminatory labour practices. The majority of victims of human trafficking are women and girls. Women and girls make up 60 per cent of the global chronically hungry population. Seventy-five per cent of the world’s illiterate adults are women. And when unpaid work is counted alongside paid work, women, on average, work four more years than men during their lifetimes. At the same time, women are still more likely than men to live in poverty.International Women’s Day (IWD) is an opportunity to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past and present all around the world. It is also an opportunity to look to future achievements and hold ourselves and our communities accountable to pressing for even greater progress.Feminist foreign policyI want to address the taboo “F” word – feminism. Too many people equate feminism with advocating for female superiority. Gender equality means just that – equality. Equality of rights, equality of access, equal pay for work of equal value.I am proud that my Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, says he is a feminist. When media questioned why he insisted that 50 per cent of his Cabinet be comprised of women, he replied, “Because it is 2015”.Last week, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau, unveiled Canada’s first gender conscious budget, entitled “Equality + Growth, A Strong Middle Class.” It has undergone the most thorough gender-based analysis yet to be seen in a public budget in Canada because Minister Morneau understands that gender equality is not just about fairness; it’s our best chance at a prosperous future.This is a future we envision for everyone. Last year, our Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, launched our Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP). FIAP is a first for Canada, placing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls at the heart of our development efforts – in Canada as well as globally. FIAP focuses on six interlinked areas: gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, human dignity, peace and security, inclusive governance, environment and climate action, and growth that works for everyone. It is rooted in the conviction that the best way to reduce poverty and build a more inclusive, peaceful and prosperous world is to empower women and girls.#PressforProgressThe IWD theme for 2018 is #PressforProgress in honour of the growing global movement of advocacy and activism for gender equality. This isn’t just for the benefit of women. Studies have shown that the full and equal participation of women and girls in all aspects of social, economic and political life, the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls, and women’s economic empowerment are all critical to peaceful, democratic, and economically prosperous societies.This is why I commend the efforts of the Government of Guyana, local civil society organisations and other key enablers in pushing for the protection and advancement of gender equality in Guyana. I fully agree with His Excellency, President David Granger that we can, we must and we will achieve gender equality. Every time the First Lady’s Office organises a vocational workshop for young teenage mothers, Guyana takes another step towards greater equality. When Guyana launched the Sexual Offences Court, Guyanese took a landmark stance against violence against women. The Social Protection Ministry’s entrepreneurship and micro-financing schemes are a boon to women’s economic empowerment, increasing their access to and control over their own livelihood.Although it will not happen overnight, we must continue to push for better standards, better policies, greater recognition and greater respect for women. We must press forward toward greater progress.I invite you to join us on March 10 to celebrate our collective achievements. We are organising a concert featuring Canadian Guyanese artist, Faith Amour, and an exhibition of some of us here in Guyana pushing for gender equality, including Government agencies, NGOs, and international organisations.Join us on March 10, 2018 at 15:00h–18:00h to #PressforProgress in the Promenade Gardens to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018.Sincerely,Lilian ChatterjeeHigh Commissioner ofCanada to Guyana
Dear Editor,How often as a child have I lustily bellowed “Born in the land of the mighty Roraima”; the song of Guyana’s Children before assembly, this being a staple of schooling in the ‘70s. I remark on this as I try to comprehend GHK Lall’s missive on the “possible” motives of the Government of Canada with regards to the travel advisory issued to Irfaan Ali prior to his proposed visit there for fundraising and information dissemination activities, I have come to realise that there is a marked difference in brain wiring of Guyanese born pre and post-Independence.It has become obvious that a ‘colonial’ mentality of looking for approval from ‘massa’ exists strongly in the psyche of those born in a time when our dear land was under the yoke of oppression. GHK and his contemporaries no doubt set great store by the honorific tea with the Queen of England, a seal of approval greatly sought and cherished thereafter. My sociology Professor Ken Danns often spoke of his irrational desire to be knighted and lamented and no longer being able to receive same because of our changed circumstance. Lall casts around for explanations of Canadian action framed by his limitations but oblivious to same. GHK Lall should stick to facts and seek same before venturing down the rabbit holes of his own warren.It is now obvious that the Granger cabal looked carefully at the possible future presidential candidates of the People’s Progressive Party and moved to have them disqualified from consideration by way of pending criminal charges. Both Anil Nandlall and Irfaan Ali were prime targets of SOCU, the agency of choice for political chicanery. Irfaan Ali was written to by the Canadian High Commissioner based on information in an article by a previously unknown online news outfit “Guyana Standard”, it also made mention of a hold on his application for a residence visa when no such application was made.Canada has a clear policy of deeming anyone with a criminal charge from entering the country, this was not a law made especially for Guyana’s Irfaan Ali as suggested by GHK Lall. A simple Google search, (which, I concede, may not be so simple for the aged) would have thrown up a plethora of results to guide in forming an opinion on whether this was a set policy or a sinister plot to interfere in Guyana’s internal affairs. I believe the Chairman of Guyana’s Gold Board owes the nation of Canada an apology; eagerly awaiting same.Editor, if I have transgressed and committed the offence of ‘ageism’ I beg forgiveness as I was taught that if one wrote with an aim to edify, one must first educate oneself. I take my leave as I began, by way of song “Onward, upward, may we ever go, day by day in strength and beauty grow, till at length we each of us will show, what Guyana’s sons and daughters can be”Respectfully,Robin Singh
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) By Ivan Brooks, Sr.Flat divisive political jokesTold by heartless crooksFunny and very unrealisticJokes many considered sarcasticAll vague empty promisesMade to the gullible masses.Flat promissory jokesInstead of bank notesOur country is a comic,A disastrous scenicCasualty of indulgenceVoid of any substanceYet the crowd followsLaughing out their sorrowsAt their deceptive jokesDestined for the history books.Flat human rights jokesWhy isn’t it off the hookWhen power was usedAnd women were abused?You once laughed aloudWhen you shot in the crowdWhy no applauds now?Once upon a time we had to bowTo you like empty bags of woolyour jokes no more seem cool.Flat, funny electoral jokesDesigned to get needed votesBy few pseudo political crooksWith many degrees in big booksBroader part of a political cartelThat runs the nation like a brothelListen to the masses reactionsResults derived from your actionsLook how flat your jokes just fellHow many people, can you tell?Yet you proceed with your comic linesYour entourages and many concubinesSwimming in your Club Beer poolsExpecting the masses to laugh like foolsAll because they considered LiberiaAs a big open mic they use to lie.
Taken star Liam Neeson is back with the third and final instalment of the action thriller series… but he’s just as concerned with the potential snatching of Steven Gerrard from Liverpool.As a Liverpool fan, Neeson told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show that he believes the club should keep Gerrard.“Give him two years,” said Neeson, whose Taken character Bryan Mills is almost as all-action as Gerrard. “He’s a great player.”Listen to the Neeson verdict in the video above.
With a swollen lip suffered during a weekend motorcycle collision that required 15 stitches, the governor appeared Monday at a North Hollywood health center to announce that he will add $72 million to help fund health insurance for children through the Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs. That is part of an overall increase in the health and human services budget of $1.2 billion. “Right now, more than 400,000 children in California eligible for state health care programs are not enrolled,” Schwarzenegger said in a visit to the Northeast Valley Health Corporation Woman, Infant, Child Center. “That is unacceptable. It hurts all of us when a child doesn’t get a flu shot, an eye exam or a dental checkup simply because someone didn’t know about the help out there for them.” Still, Democrats are concerned that funding the governor’s priorities may mean cuts in other areas, particularly because the governor is opposed to raising taxes. “The big question about the governor’s budget is how he’s going to pay for everything that he’s proposing,” said Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, chairman of the Budget Committee. “From the things that he has dribbled out, he’s nearing $2 billion over what existing levels would provide. SACRAMENTO – Helped by an improving economy, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected today to unveil a 2006-07 budget that boosts spending for education, infrastructure and children’s health insurance, but only nibbles at the state’s massive structural deficit. State spending is forecast at nearly $100 billion, allowing the governor to start addressing some long-neglected needs in what he considers a rebuilding year for California. “We’re fortunate to have a growing economy that is producing revenues that are above projections from as recently as six months ago,” said H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the governor’s Department of Finance. “The governor is going to put forward a budget plan that reflects his priorities – an investment in education, health care and transportation – while at the same time he will continue to show progress in reducing the state’s operating deficit.” Schwarzenegger is expected to announce a $4.3 billion hike in education spending, including $1.7 billion to partially repay money borrowed in the past. He is also adding enough money to the higher education system to postpone planned increases in student fees, and include additional funds for infrastructure to fund the launch of his Strategic Growth Plan, which ultimately projects spending of $222 billion over 10 years. “I do have the apprehension that he’s falling into the same trap that (Gov.) Gray Davis did, which is as revenues increase, don’t fix the structural problem – just put more money into ongoing programs.” State Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill has projected that the state will spend about $95 billion in fiscal 2006-07, which begins July 1, while generating only $91 billion in revenue. But it will also likely finish the current year with $5.2 billion in reserve, helping it to cover that deficit. But those projections do not take into account the governor’s plans to add $1.7 billion to education for money borrowed in the past and several lawsuits with financial implications that include the state making unexpected payments or not being able to borrow expected funds. Jean Ross, director of the California Budget Project, a group which advocates for budget policies that help the poor, said the budget for health and human service programs has not kept up with inflation in recent years. “We’re concerned about the fact that the basic inflationary increase in program costs in most of the state’s core programs for families, seniors and children haven’t been funded,” Ross said. Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 firstname.lastname@example.org Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will release his 2006-07 budget during a live broadcast at 1 p.m. today on The California Channel and on the Internet at www.governor.ca.gov or www.calchannel.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
One of the summer transfer window’s longest running sagas is set to end with Jack Grealish signing for Tottenham, according to Aston Villa fans.The supporters watched their club, with the England Under-21 star in midfield, beat Hull City 3-1 on Monday night but their enjoyment was somewhat clouded. targets Grealish grabbed an assist in the match as his whipped corner was headed home by Tommy Elphick, and a display where he was successful with 95 per cent of his passes and made two interceptions, was ended early with Steve Bruce choosing to substitute his player after 83 minutes.As he left the field he applauded the travelling support and many believed his exit was a sign his protracted move to Spurs was all but completed.And they took to Twitter to discuss Grealish’s apparently imminent departure, as you can see below. silverware Latest Transfer News gameday cracker I don’t think we’ll be seeing Grealish in a Villa shirt again. Takes me back to when Platty left. I was devastated then. Shame really. Just hope we can still get promoted. We’ll recover we always do. #UTV #AVFC— Phil (@phildaroom) August 6, 2018 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Grealish’s reaction to coming off actually scared me, looked worrying #avfc— Sam Mason (@nosammas) August 6, 2018 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti You can tell that’s grealish’s last game for us. The look on his face #avfc— Imogen (@imogenxo) August 6, 2018 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update targets Aston Villa star Jack Grealish has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur all summer. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Grealish looked really emotional when he came off and sat down in dug out… especially when the #AVFC fans started chanting his name…imo he’s off I’m afraid. 🤨 Good luck @JackGrealish1 if this was your last game.— AVFC 1️⃣8️⃣7️⃣4️⃣ (@HolteEnder74) August 6, 2018 Most Popular Premier League News predicted Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Grealish is gone. Where do you think we magicked 6 million from for the Joe Bryan bid? Take the money and move on. Defo looked like a goodbye tonight #AVFC #THFC— Matt (@Mcarroll101) August 6, 2018 ALTERED IN DEMAND RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Not gonna lie, Grealish look devastated to come off like it was his last ever time, heart breaking to watch, incredible performance once again from him #avfc #utv— Sam Crawford (@samcrawford23) August 6, 2018 Grealish is going isn’t he 😭😭😭😭😭 #avfc— Ste Voice (@VoiceyAVFC) August 6, 2018 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 3 things I’ve taken from tonight:Alan Hutton is my new hero.We need a striker.Grealish said goodbye at the end.#UTV #AVFC— Chris Mayne (@chrismayne13) August 6, 2018 SORRY latest 1 smart causal BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ TOP WORK How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures LATEST possible standings Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade revealed Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland three-way race Grealish waved goodbye by the sounds of it #avfc— Harry Johnson (@avfc_johnson) August 6, 2018
A huge attendance of almost 800 people braved the elements last night to attend a public meeting to keep Lifford Community Hospital open.The meeting, which took place at the Lifford Community Centre, was held to show the massive pubic opposition there is in Donegal to the closure of the unit.The meeting was held by almost all major public representatives including Deputies Dinny McGinley, Thomas Pringle, Pearse Doherty, Charlie McConlogue and Senators Jimmy Harte and Brian O’Domhnaill. There were also a number of county councilors present including Gerry Crawford, Cora Harvey Martin Harley and Frank McBrearty.All public representatives spoke about the need for a community hospital locally and the unique services it offered.There was also a questions and answers session at the end of the meeting to discuss ways of moving forward with a consolidated plan to save the hospital.Among one of the suggestions was that TDs from Donegal South West including Thomas Pringle, Pearse Doherty and Junior Minister Dinny McGinley meet with Health Minister James Reilly to discuss the proposed closure. One person at the meeting said they had never seen such a well-attended and vocal meting in Lifford in decades.“This is something that has really touched the hearts of people in Lifford and a lot further afield.“There were people there last night from across the county as far away as Inishowen and even Frosses showing their solidarity and support.“This is only the start of this fight for the people that were there last night.“There may have been up to 800 there but there were hundreds of others on Facebook sending messages of support. “The people of the Finn Valley and across Donegal will not allow Lifford Community Hospital to close down,” he said.* ALL PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF NEWSPIXIRLMASSIVE CROWD TURNS OUT TO SAVE LIFFORD HOSPITAL RALLY was last modified: December 10th, 2011 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:LIfford Community CentremeetingSave Lifford Hospital
26 September 2011 South Africa has congratulated Michael Sata following his inauguration as Zambian president on Friday following a 10-man presidential race in the southern Africa country. “The South African government extends its sincere congratulations to President-elect, Mr Sata on his election,” the Presidency said in a statement. “In this regard, the South African government wishes to reaffirm its desire to further enhance its strong historical relations with Zambia.” According to the Electoral Commission of Zambia, Sata amassed a total of 1 150 045 votes, representing 43% compared with the incumbent, Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) President Rupiah Bwezani Banda, who polled 961 796 votes, representing 36.1%. The MMD has been the ruling party Zambia for the last 20 years; this was Sata’s fourth presidential election. South Africa further reiterated its commitment to continue working with the Zambian government and people for the mutual benefit of both nations. “The South African government also wishes to extend its appreciation and respect to all the candidates who participated in the elections, as well as to the sterling work carried out by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and all the institutions which have contributed to success of the democratic elections in Zambia.” South Africa had also taken note of the fact that, according to election observers, the poll met the criteria for being free, transparent and credible, and said this boded well for the consolidation of a democratic culture on the continent. Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu represented South Africa at the inauguration. Source: BuaNews
Veteran defender Naldo has agreed a new deal with Schalke to take him through to 2020.The 36-year-old joined from Wolfsburg in 2016 and has established himself as a fans’ favourite at the Veltins-Arena. The Brazilian was already under contract until June next year, but has extended his stay by another 12 months. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I am overjoyed at extending my time here at Schalke,” he said. “It is an enormous club with unbelievable, loyal fans who are always behind us.”#Naldo2020#S04 pic.twitter.com/0jiemlMVMe— FC Schalke 04 (@s04) October 17, 2018Coach Domenico Tedesco added: “It is great news for all Schalke fans. Naldo is an outstanding person both on and off the pitch. He is a unifying figure in the squad.”The defender has been a fixture in the Bundesliga since 2005 when he joined Werder Bremen from Brazilian club Juventude. He went on to make 254 appearances for the club, scoring 36 goals, before joining Wolfsburg and making 163 appearances and scoring 20 more goals across all competitions.Since joining Schalke, Naldi has been a fixture in defense, making 65 appearances over two campsigns.Naldo helped Schalke to finish second in the Bundesliga last season, but their start to the 2018-19 campaign has been less impressive.The 1-0 win over Mainz at the end of last month broke a five-game losing streak in the league, though they followed that up with another victory at Fortuna Dusseldorf before the international break.Tedesco’s side host the defender’s former club Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Georgia 1 Republic of Ireland 1: Duffy header not enough as O’Neill’s men lose ground Stephen Creek 01:56 9/3/17 Getty Images The Republic of Ireland could only draw 1-1 with Georgia in Tbilisi to slip two points off leaders Serbia in Group D. The Republic of Ireland lost ground on World Cup qualifying rivals Serbia after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Georgia in Tbilisi.Shane Duffy scored after just four minutes to delight the travelling Irish supporters, who had seen their side take 12 points from their opening six Group D matches.But Georgia dominated possession and took control of the game before Valeri Qazaishvili equalised after 34 minutes with a goal that seemed to knock the stuffing out of Ireland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Duffy went close to restoring Ireland’s lead on the cusp of half-time, but the visitors’ performance thereafter was poor, with stray passes and a lack of bite in midfield allowing Georgia an easy ride as they picked up their fourth draw of the campaign.Meanwhile, Serbia’s 3-0 win over Moldova ensured they went two points clear of Ireland ahead of the two sides meeting in Dublin on Tuesday, when Martin O’Neill’s men go in search of a victory to revive their hopes of winning the group.The draw will also offer hope to Wales and Austria in their respective hopes for a play-off place, with the two meeting later on Saturday and five points adrift of Ireland.Ireland made the breakthrough in just the fourth minute. Cyrus Christie’s long, looping free-kick found the head of Duffy, who rose above on-rushing goalkeeper Giorgi Makaridze to nod the ball into the empty net.Super start! #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/BTQaYBvtRS— FAIreland (@FAIreland) September 2, 2017Georgia dictated possession without threatening an equaliser and it was Ireland who looked more likely to grab the game’s second goal when Jonathan Walters – earning his 50th cap for his country – whipped over a cross that James McClean sent just wide of the left post with a glancing header.Shane Long then rattled a well-struck shot over the crossbar from 25 yards but, just as Ireland were starting to look comfortable, the hosts drew level.Valerian Gvilia’s low pass found Jano Ananidze, who side-stepped the challenge of Christie before playing in Qazaishvili to finish with a low shot through Darren Randolph’s legs.Makaridze ensured the scores stayed level at the break with a brilliant reflex save just before half-time when Duffy met Robbie Brady’s corner with a far-post header.Ananidze drilled a low, right-footed shot just wide of Randolph’s net four minutes after the re-start, while Harry Arter’s lobbed attempt after an hour was all Ireland mustered in a subdued opening to the second half.Ireland’s energy and poise waned as the second half went on, although they showed a glimpse of the free-flowing football they are capable of when a break down the right flank saw Christie tee up Long for a header that was not far wide of the target.Walters also hit a rising drive that stung the palms of Makaridze, but Ireland’s push for a late winner lacked conviction and O’Neill will hope his side are in better form in Tuesday’s crunch match at Aviva Stadium. read more