Back in flight

first_imgLATEST STORIES And just like that, despite enduring a two-game slide before Wednesday’s dominating victory, Adamson grabbed a piece of the lead with its sixth win in eight outings.The Falcons share the same record with idle Ateneo but own the tiebreak against the defending champion for now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJerrick Ahanmisi fired 21 points and Papi Sarr finished with 15 points for Adamson.Earlier, former Adamson high school star Encho Serrano bucked an illness to key La Salle’s second straight victory at the expense of University of the East, 79-59. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But it was Serrano’s play that turned out to be the biggest difference for La Salle.A dominant presence in high school with his strength and athleticism, Serrano scored on transition baskets and daredevil drives, providing a quick reminder why so many schools wanted to recruit him.What made the performance even more remarkable was the fact that Serrano had to go to the hospital for a checkup the morning before the game as he was suffering from a flu.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOver the past few playdates, three schools have had their moment at the No. 1 spot in the UAAP men’s basketball standings. And on Wednesday afternoon, Adamson took its turn at the top anew.On a day a rookie from its high school program finally showed his worth, the Falcons snapped a two-game slide with a 69-58 drubbing of National University at  Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ With Aljun Melecio cooling off after an explosive performance against Adamson last Saturday, Serrano, the former high school star from Adamson, finally came out of his shell, finishing with 18 points in just 18 minutes.“I just really wanted to play to get my confidence,” said Serrano in Filipino.Andrei Caracut also dished out his best game of the season with 16 points as the Archers kept their explosive form against a UE team that showed little fight in the middle quarters.“We need everyone to step up in the second round,” said La Salle coach Louie Gonzales, whose team pulled level with FEU at third spot with a 5-3 record.Melecio was held to just eight points after back-to-back 20-point performances against Ateneo and Adamson, but big men Santi Santillan and Justin Baltazar put together 25 points for the Archers.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Looking to cruise, Aces slog past Dyip on Harris’ heroics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

From heartbroken to hero, Nunez delivers in Red Sox win

first_img“So I come through with a lot of injuries this year with my knee, a lot of issues. But thank God I come through, and we’re here. I’m very excited to have the win.”– ‘It was a great job’ –After knee and ankle injuries, Nunez had his magical moment.“When you’ve got a guy like him on the bench, it’s a weapon for us. And when he’s going well, we all seem to go well,” Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi said. “It’s not easy to come off the bench and pinch-hit, especially when it’s (cold). It was a great job.”Cora appreciated how much the moment meant.“As a baseball man, that was sad to see last year. He changed the complex of the Red Sox. He carried this offense and put this team in a different dimension. And he got hurt and only one pitch in the playoffs, and then he was out of it,” Cora said.“For him to show up today and put up a big swing, that’s his first World Series swing, it’s very gratifying to see him do that.” LATEST STORIES View comments Boston Red Sox’s Eduardo Nunez reacts after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)A year after collapsing injured on the field to start the Major League Baseball playoffs, Boston Red Sox second baseman Eduardo Nunez went from heartbroken has-been to World series hero.The 31-year-old Dominican infielder smashed a three-run homer Tuesday over Fenway Park’s giant “Green Monster” left-field wall to secure host Boston’s 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opening game of the 114th World Series.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Raptors, Spurs can both claim trade victory MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It’s weird because I don’t care about being a hero. As long as we have the win, that’s all that matters,” Nunez said. “We’re here to win and lose together. Who cares who’s the hero that night? As long as we have a hero, that’s a good feeling because we have the win.”Both managers made substitutions in the seventh inning that left pinch-hitter Nunez at the plate against Dodgers reliever Alex Wood with two runners on base and two outs and Boston clinging to a 5-4 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNunez blasted the ball high to left field and into the first row of seats atop the iconic landmark.“In the beginning I thought it was going to be a single, because the ball go so high,” he said. “When I see the ball is going, I was excited, because I didn’t expect the ball going away.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew As Nunez circled the bases, he looked at the cheering Red Sox supporters delirious with delight.“That was the best feeling as a player, see all the fans, they paid tickets to watch us, to play and be crazy,” Nunez said. “That’s a great feeling.”Nunez began his major league career for Boston’s arch-rival, the New York Yankees, in 2010 and also played for Minnesota and San Francisco before joining the Red Sox last year.But Nunez suffered a right knee injury in September 2017 that was later diagnosed as a severe ligament sprain. He aggravated the injury in his return later that month and when he started Boston’s playoff opener, he collapsed on the field after trying to run out a ground ball in his first time at bat. He was carried off the field and dropped from the lineup.“For sure I was disappointed in myself last year. I was getting injured in the wrong time,” Nunez said. “So my teammates lost in the first round. Was awful. So I signed back. I told Alex (Cora, the Red Sox manager), the only reason I signed back here, was I want to win rings. I never have that experience. I never have a World Series game.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Teen gymnast Carlos Yulo makes PH history with bronze in world championships

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Yulo tallied 14.600 points to wind up on the podium in the men’s floor final.Artur Dalaloyan of Russia took home the gold medal with 14.900 points while Kenzo Shirai of Japan was a close second with 14.866 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Eyeing an encore MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Carlos Edriel Yulo of The Philippines competes on the floor exercise during day nine of the 2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Aspire Dome on November 2, 2018 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)Carlos Yulo won a historic bronze medal for the Philippines in the 2018 FIG Artistic World Championships Friday at Aspire Academy Dome in Doha, Qatar.The 18-year-old Yulo, the youngest among all participants, bagged the country’s first medal in the world championship.ADVERTISEMENT Artur Dalaloyan is the 2018 Men’s Floor World Champ🥇🥇 Dalaloyan RUS – 14.900🥈Shirai JPN – 14.866🥉Yulo PHI – 14.600 – 1st ever medal!Results 👉 https://t.co/N66JL7iOy6Women’s Vault next @DohaGym2018🎥👉 https://t.co/N66JL7iOy6#DohaGym2018 #GoGymtastic— FIG (@gymnastics) November 2, 2018 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

TJ Dillashaw gives up UFC 135-pound title because of drug test

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, TJ Dillashaw reacts after a flyweight mixed martial arts championship bout against Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night in New York. Dillashaw has surrendered the UFC 135-pound championship because of an “adverse finding” in his last drug test. Dillashaw posted on social media that he would give up the belt after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the results of his test leading up to his last fight in January. Dillashaw suffered first-round loss to Henry Cejudo and failed to become a two-division champion. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)LAS VEGAS— TJ Dillashaw has surrendered the UFC 135-pound championship because of an “adverse finding” in his last drug test.Dillashaw posted on social media that he would give up the belt after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the results of his test leading up to his last fight in January. Dillashaw suffered first-round loss to Henry Cejudo and failed to become a two-division champion.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img “While words can’t even begin to express how disappointed I am at this time, please know that I’m working with my team to understand what has occurred and how to resolve this situation as quickly as possible,” Dillashaw said. “Out of fairness and respect to the rest of the division, I’ve informed the UFC that I’ll be voluntarily relinquishing my title while I deal with this matter.”A spokesman with the New York commission said Wednesday that Dillashaw was fined $10,000 and suspended for one year for drug use, but declined to give further details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 33-year-old Dillashaw (16-4) had cut 10 pounds of weight to fight Cejudo. Dillashaw used a program devised by a triathlete math professor and performance specialist to cut some serious weight in his attempt to hold championships in two weight classes.He’s a two-time bantamweight champion and won the title for a second time when he defeated Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 in November 2017. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Damian Lillard unleashes 33 as Blazers beat struggling Mavericks Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Rivercess Citizens’ Movement Descend on ‘Pit-sawyers’

first_imgThe Rivercess Concerned Citizens Movement, represented by their secretary-general, Dailay D. Konway, has condemned in the strongest terms the felling of high forest trees in the county by ‘pit-sawyers.’He said pit-sawyers were pillaging the forests without any due benefit to the county.According to Konway, pit-sawyers are “operating illegally in and around concessional forests.He made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer Wednesday, April 23, when he — along with a few other members of the association — walked into the McDonald Street offices of the paper to present their position statement.In Konway’s opinion, forests are not exclusively owned by community dwellers; therefore, they cannot authorize or allow pit-sawyers to operate.He then mentioned that pit-sawyers’ money does not make any positive impact on the county; instead it is used to bribe and mislead the local inhabitants while they (pit-sawyers) deplete the forest to the detriment of the county.The pit-sawyers’ action, Konway believes, has the propensity to scare away potential investors coming to the county to change the present living condition of its residents.He said, it has become an “open secret” in the county that illegal logging aimed at depleting the forests was ongoing, adding “The Concerned Citizens Movement will stand against any act that could potentially stall developmental activities in the county. We will stand against anyone; whether they are an official or a local leader.” Mr. Konway is therefore calling on those involved in “dubious and or clandestine logging activities in the county” to desist. He said this was because, “the forests belongs to the residents, who have the legitimate right to sign any agreement with any well-recognized logging company in the county.”“The movement is also calling on the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) to intervene and force any suspected illegal pit-sawyer to leave Rivercess,” he concluded. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lawn Tennis’ Elections Today

first_imgThe chairman of the Constitutional Review Committee of the Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF), Cllr. Lloyd Kennedy has dismissed report on the postponement of the federation’s elections on Friday, 4 April at the SKD complex.Cllr. Kennedy stated, via mobile phone yesterday that the Committee would not acknowledge or act-upon any complaint or protest for the postponement of the elections for the fourth time since the end of its recent dispute in the Court law.The veteran sports lawyer said the LTF’s elections will begin at 2:00p.m., and would be observed by representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and others. Elections Commission chairman Dr. W. Taylor Neal revealed 42 members have registered to vote and interested individuals have applied for four of the five positions up to press time yesterday.He named John P. Dexter and Adolphus Wade as candidates for the presidential post, while the vice president, secretary and treasurer position have each candidate applying.Meanwhile, Coaches Alfred Kandakai and Josiah Gono, on behalf of the Coaches Committee, have called for the postponement of the elections, questioning the voters’ registration and the qualification of candidates.The duo argued that there are discrepancies in the voters’ list and there is no civic education regarding the Friday’s elections.In 2013, the Secretary General of LTF, John P. Dexter and colleagues petitioned the Civil Court against the elections arguing that the then Vice President, Houssein Cheaitou was not qualified to contest the elections based on his nationality, few months after the death of president, Prof. Harold J. Monger.Veteran lawn tennis players and officials at the Ministry of Youth and Sports influenced the withdrawal of the case.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MOE Pays ‘Untrained Teachers’ More Money

first_imgThe ongoing fight to improve Liberia’s educational system has experienced a setback following the revelation that authorities at the Ministry of Education were paying more money to teachers that are being classified as “untrained” than those who are “trained” to teach. The Director-General of the National Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Michael P, Slawon made the disclosure during a presentation Wednesday, April 23, at a one-day national symposium on higher education and early childhood development. The day-long symposium was hosted by the MOE under the theme, “Higher Education and Early Childhood Development—the Awakening.” Dr. Slawon presented a paper on the topic, “Higher Education in Liberia: A Destination for Early Childhood Development.” According to him, too few students graduating from the   nation’s high schools are prepared for tertiary education. This situation made Dr. Slawon question the role of educational authorities regarding the improvement of early childhood education in the country.He narrated his experience leading to the discovery of difficulties and expense of upgrading the credentials of teachers at the pre-primary and primary levels.He said the early grade reading assessment data has shown that too few students graduating from the nation’s high schools are prepared for tertiary education; with 100 percent of 25,000 high school graduates who took the University of Liberia’s (UL) last administered entrance exam failing. “No student who sat last year’s examination administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for Liberian high schools scored in Division 1, and only 100 achieved a Division two pass. In the other WAEC countries, only Division 1 and 2 students are considered prepared for tertiary education.” He noted that qualified and dedicated teachers are the most important elements in educating students.“In Liberia,” Dr. Slawon said, “the shortage of qualified teachers is a major impediment to reforming the nation’s education system.”He proposed that all teachers and school administrators become eligible to hold their positions through an itemized system. He said teachers should only be licensed to teach after meeting requirements such as a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or its equivalent and an A-Certificate; for Upper Basic Education (Junior Secondary) Teachers and Administrators.“At least an Associate’s Degree from a recognized teacher training institute and a B-Certificate from the authority established under the educational Act empowered to issue Teachers’ Certificates should be required,” he said.He continued, “For Lower Basic Education (Primary Schools) teachers and administrators,” Dr. Slawon said, “at least an Associate Degree for grades (4-6), and a high school diploma with a year of post-secondary teacher training at a recognized teacher training institution; the person must also possess a minimum B or C-Certificate, because the overwhelming number of students are in the pre-primary and primary grades.” Reading from 2012 Public School Census data, Dr. Slawon reported that there was a total of 1, 593 schools, with 9, 655 teachers assigned. Of those teachers, he said, 38.5 percent of them are “trained,” while 37.5 are untrained; leaving the rest in an unknown category.Of the “trained” teachers, 0.7 percent holds an A.A. Certificate; 2.6 percent B. Certificate; 36.2 C. Certificate; with only 0.2 percent holding University degrees, but the rest were placed in an unknown category. “Most teachers are under-educated. The overwhelming numbers of students in these primary grades are in classes with too many students to achieve optimum results,” he explained.Other individuals who presented papers included the president of the Stella Maris Polytecnic University, Sister Mary Laurine Brown, and deputy Education Minister for Planning, Research and Development, Dr. Kalipha Bility among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cash handout debate exposes political hacks

first_imgDear Editor,Not long after coming to office, the APNU+AFC coalition Government disbanded the $10,000 school grant initiative on the grounds that it was “fiscally unsustainable” and could be used as an “electioneering gimmick”.Fast-track to August 1, 2018 and President David Granger is quoted in a speech urging Guyanese not to be “slothful”, to desist from seeking “raises”, and to get prepared for the oil economy.A few days later, Economist Professor Clive Thomas suggested that every household in Guyana should benefit from an annual cash payout when oil revenue begins to flow. Enter the flip-floppers and party hacks.Those who agreed that the PPP-Government school grant initiative was being used as an electioneering gimmick now think a potential coalition Government oil payout initiative is the best thing since sliced bread. Those who firmly agreed with the President that the culture of ‘always wanting a raise’ was counterproductive now say handouts from oil revenue is a brilliant idea.One only has to look across at Venezuela to see how the creation of a welfare state killed productivity and contributed to soaring inflation. Closer to home, the Amerindian community in Guyana has been the recipient of substantial State grants and support. One cannot conceivably say that our Amerindian brothers and sisters are better off as a result.Most importantly, we lack the basic systems to equitably disburse any such funds. So it was in the case of the school grant, and so it remains. We lack the political integrity required to not use such a scheme to buy votes. So it was before, and so it remains. To believe otherwise points to madness.It is time that common sense and good judgment are used in serious debates on issues with national implications. Those who appeal to the emotions and weaknesses of the poor with tactful comments on social media and elsewhere, in an attempt to sell the goodness of a welfare state, are in fact enemies of the poor. They serve political outfits, and operate at the bidding of their masters.Guyanese people need to wake up before it is too late. Demand accountability and full transparency in management of the oil revenue. Demand investments in infrastructure, education and social services. R10eject attempts for you to be used as political footballs. Reject overnight schemes designed to keep you in poverty and subservient to the state. Wake up!Sincerely,Patrick DavisConcerned Guyaneselast_img read more

Draft Code of Conduct handed over to Prime Minister

first_img– hopes to include it in Integrity Commission legislationGovernment is hoping to have the long awaited Ministerial Code of Conduct drafted into the existing Integrity Commission legislation, but will await the advice of the Chief Parliamentary Council before taking this route.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo receives the revised Ministerial Code of Conduct from Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanThe announcement was made on Monday, when Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo received the revised draft Code of Conduct from Minster of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman at Office of the Prime Minister.Trotman, along with a small committee, was tasked with reviewing the draft code of conduct. The team which comprised two representatives of the Office of the Prime Minister, along with two lawyers from the Guyana Bar Association, met several times during May, examining best practices in places such as Tanzania and other African countries and several Caribbean countries, seeking to ascertain their applicability to the Guyana scenario.The Prime Minister, speaking to the media following the handing over, said Government felt the subject matter was critically important to the public and therefore moved to have a special committee set up by Minister Trotman.“We are aware that all over the commonwealth where we belong, there is a great need for emphasis on persons in public life… The committee was set up to have the matter reopened for recommendation”, he said.He said since the Integrity Commission Act provides for the declaration and justification of assets of persons who hold public offices, along with their spouses and children, the recommendation was made that the integrity legislation include the prescription for the Code of Conduct.“So if you ask me a question about what will be done with this document, the answer will be that it will be sent to the parliamentary council for legal advice on whether these recommendations or draft code should be included in the integrity legislation that should be enforced as far as any infraction of the law is done”, the PM said.According to the Ministry of the Presidency, the purpose of the Code of Conduct is to assist Ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs) and public office holders in the discharge of their obligations to their constituents and the public at large.It provides guidance on the values – the moral qualities – that should govern the conduct of Ministers and MPs in discharging their parliamentary and public duties. It is also meant to reinforce public confidence in the way in which Ministers and public office holders perform those duties.Ministers, by virtue of the Oath or Affirmation of allegiance taken when they are elected, have a duty to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, according to law.The Code states that public office holders also have a duty to uphold the law, including the general law against discrimination and sexual harassment, and to act with propriety on all occasions in accordance with the public trust and confidence placed in them. They also have a general duty to act in the interests of the nation as a whole and owe a special duty of care to their constituents, and citizens.The Code of Conduct says that the acceptance of gifts and other forms of rewards worth more than $10,000 by Ministers, MPs and other public office holders in their official capacity shall be reported to the Integrity Commission. Ministers, MPs and public office holders should consider declining such gratuities if the acceptance of same could be perceived to have an effect on their objectivity and lead to complaints of bias or impropriety.It also states that Ministers, MPs and public office holders should also avoid using their official position or transmitting any information made available to them in the course of their duties to benefit themselves, their relations or any other individuals with whom they are associated. They should avoid compromising themselves or their office and any action which may lead to an actual or perceived conflict of interest.Failure to avoid or declare any conflict of interest may give rise to criticism of favouritism, abuse of authority or even allegations of corruption.Furthermore it is meant to reinforce public confidence in the way in which Ministers and public office holders perform those duties.Asked about the timeframe for the code to be incorporated into existing law, Nagamootoo said he could not say. However, he noted that all such information will become available following the review by the Chief Parliamentary Council.Nagamootoo stressed that he was not very concerned about the timeframe, but rather the quality of the work.“All these things dealing with law, is not only about timeframe, it has to do with the quality of what is put out. Step by step procedure must be followed to ensure credibility. In so doing, there will not be any accusations of nonconsultation of the draft. It has to go through another cycle of evaluation. So it is not so much dealing with timeline and deadline, but that people in the end will say that there is something that is both enforceable and has certain provisions by which leaders in public life are accountable”, Nagamootoo said.Minister Trotman, who once held the responsibility for governance said the President and Prime Minister, hold all responsibility to set sanctions against Ministers.The Code of Conduct is based on 10 principles – Accountability, Dignity, Diligence, Duty, Honour, Integrity, Loyalty, Objectivity, Responsibility, and Transparency – and is a Coalition Government manifesto promise.last_img read more

GLDA assessing East Berbice farm

first_imgBerbice poultry deathsIn light of the climbing number of reports of chicken deaths due to a mysterious illness, the Guyana Livestock Development Authority has said it is working with farmers on East Bank Berbice to “assess the situation” of the poultry deaths. This comes one day after the farmers reported that their birds were dying of a mysterious illness and that Ministry of Agriculture had offered “no advice” to them.On Monday, GLDA Deputy Chief Executive Officer Dr Dwight Walrond was quoted by the Government Information Agency as saying that the samples, which were taken from the premises of one large-scale farmer are in the process of being sent to the University of Georgia, which is one of the reference laboratories that GLDA utilises for further testing of samples.Several dead chickens in Berbice, as seen in June“We want to test for a wide array of diseases. Based on clinical signs there are two different manifestations taking place, that’s why we are using the University of Georgia to test for four to six diseases. The University of Georgia is a reference laboratory. Sending the samples to Georgia is the best course of action since it would give us a good idea of what’s happening on East Bank Berbice,” Walrond related.In reference to published reports over the chicken deaths in various sections of the media, the DCEO observed that there are differences in the poultry death reports.“The signs and symptoms are different, one transpired during the rainy season and the other just started,” Walrond told GINA.“The DCEO said that the location of the broiler farmer which was visited by a team from the GLDA interviewed the farmer and looked at his husbandry practices. The team concluded that there is a need for guidance in the area of farm management,” the GINA release stated.“On Tuesday, our head of extension will be in the Region Six trying to develop the best package for the farmers in terms of delivery of extension services. The team, including one staff from epidemiology, will be working along with staff and farmers in the region to collect whatever data we would have missed in the initial investigation, and to bring further relief to farmers,” observed the GLDA official.“The GLDA has acknowledged the reports, but remains steadfast in its findings that it is too early to declare an outbreak of poultry diseases since the cases investigated are dissimilar and affect different breeds,” the entity noted.It was also on Monday that this publication pointed out that several farmers who rear bantams or ‘Creole’ fowls reported that many of their birds had died of an unknown illness. The disease was said to be also affecting Muscovy ducks.Farmer Vanessa Sampson of De Kinderen had noted that she lost 70 per cent of her birds due to the illness. According to the woman, Sunday morning she discovered that fifteen birds had become ill overnight. They later died.Another farmer Indira Nauth revealed that the symptoms were detected about one month ago. She had explained that most birds die a few days after becoming ill.It was two weeks ago that an East Bank Berbice poultry farmer first reported that a mysterious disease had killed hundreds of his birds. He had told Guyana Times that when the disease first hit his pen he had 1300 birds, now he is left with 70.The farmer stressed that he had received no assistance from the Ministry of Agriculture, however after a Guyana Times report, he had received correspondence from senior officials of the Agriculture Ministry.Before then, the farmer said that his brother had visited the Agriculture Ministry to seek assistance but officials were reportedly unavailable.This allegation was strongly denied by Permanent Secretary George Jervis.When contacted, the PS had also pointed out that personnel from the Ministry will soon visit the farm and assess the situation.Previously, reports had surfaced of a similar occurrence where a farmer at Linden in Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) claimed that 300 birds had died from a mysterious disease at his Linden farm.last_img read more