Following the dissolution of the Scrap Metal Unit, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin has revealed that new systems are being put in place to facilitate the scrap metal trade in Guyana.Business Minister Dominic GaskinOn June 15, 2015, a ban was placed on the export of scrap metal until the industry was improved.However, according to the law, this ban could last for a period of one year.In response to when the ban on the scrap metal trade would be lifted, Minister Gaskin said on Wednesday that there had been no improvement, and as such, diligent work is being done to have a proper facility created to allow the continuation of the trade.“Well, it’s not so much that there is a ban. What there is is no system in place to continue the trade? The former unit was shut down and has never been recreated. It has never resumed its function and to all intent and purposes, it is no longer existent. So as soon as something can be recreated to regulate the trade, it can resume. However, it is not that simple. We are working diligently to create something that can be effective,” he told Guyana Times.The Minister noted that for work to recommence at the current facility, it would prove to be hazardous since the conditions are not safe.Gaskin added that it will take time for the new mechanisms to be implemented, citing the need for widespread discussions.“It does take time and unfortunately we cant simple operate an industry that can potentially create a great deal of harm without regulations. This is an issue that is being looked into and not something I can casually comment on,” he noted.There have been widespread calls from a number of operators for the trade to be resumed.The scrap metal trade is a multimillion-dollar industry in Guyana.
Mr. Aihtsham Rashid.The head of the globally acclaimed Philanthropist and Charitable Organization based in the UK, The Akhirah Team, Aihtsham Rashid with another delegate from his team, will visit Liberia to assist some of the most needy communities.Rashid, who is the Chairman of the Akhirah Team, will be in Liberia as guest of another charitable organization, Vision for Liberia. They will together, from Friday, April 12-18, 2019, assess the needs of over 20 facilities, including orphanages, schools, mosques and clinics in six of Liberia’s 15 counties.During the Akhirah Team’s visit, they will assess orphanages, vulnerable schools and clinics in Montserrado, Margibi, Bong, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa counties. Vision for Liberia has already attended to many of the facilities that the Akhiran Team will visit.As part of the team’s itinerary, they will meet with key stakeholders to include the ministers of Gender, Health and educational stakeholders.Mr. Rashid told reporters that his reasons for taking an interest in working with vulnerable children and families in Liberia is inspired by the legacy of President George Weah, who he said reminds him of his football playing days, and the way Weah has inspired and helped the world’s population through sports and his many humanitarian works.“I followed his career for many years, and saw you at the FA Cup Final 1999-200; (Chelsea Vs Aston Villa); and who can forget that goal you scored for AC Milan where you practically ran the whole length of the pitch. How you used football as a way to bring happiness to millions of people and to promote education for the children; inspired me the most,’’ Mr. Rashid said of President Weah.The Akhirah Team has worked in some of the most difficult environments around the world providing aid and helping the vulnerable populations.The Team has projects in The Gambia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and has provided basic social services and food to the homeless in the United Kingdom.A dispatch said Mr. Rashid and team are coming to undertake life impacting projects that would meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable members of the population such as the orphans. There will also be feeding program for each of the visiting centers.Approximately 100,000 children in Liberia are orphans, and many more less fortunate children live in rural communities.Most of the vulnerability exists due to the 14 years of civil crisis, and the emergence of the deadly disease outbreak, the Ebola virus, that resulted in the deaths of many adults, and left many children as orphans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…says conditions inhumane, NGOs outragedReports that a 15-year-old girl who attempted to take her own life has been placed in the National Psychiatric Hospital at Canje, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), has sparked outrage from several agencies.National Psychiatric Hospital at CanjeThe teenager has since said that she cannot live under those conditions and is pleading for assistance.She was reportedly placed there with only a piece of sponge to sleep on, which she said is smelly and the surroundings are unsanitary and inhumane.Only recently British High Commissioner Greg Quinn renewed calls in support of the decriminalisation of attempted suicide. In Guyana, suicide or attempted suicide is considered a criminal offence with punishment ranging from five to ten years’ imprisonment.It was in July that the British High Commissioner made the call as he noted that suicide was removed from the list of criminal offences in England and Wales since 1961 and such actions should follow through for Guyana as well because it eliminates the stigma for surviving family members. In Guyana, there is a holding centre for criminal juvenile offenders but none for juveniles who have issues in association with suicide attempts.Meanwhile, following several attempts at suicide, Police took the teenager to the National Psychiatric Hospital where she was admitted.According to a source close to the institution, it is the protocol to have persons on suicide watch placed in a ward without anything but a mattress to sleep on. In this case, the mattress is just a piece of sponge.According to the teenager, she attempted to take her own life on numerous occasions because she was sexually molested but relatives did nothing to help her.“I am not going to be able to live here. I can’t live under these conditions,” she said.The Caribbean Voice, an NGO which focuses on anti-violence with a specific focus on mental health issues inclusive of suicide and social justice, has expressed outrage.Managing Director Bibi Ahmad told this publication that the teenager would have been diagnosed by a medical person at the National Psychiatric Hospital.“They had to do an assessment of her before they put her into that facility and her mother would have signed a consent form before she could have been placed there.”However, Ahmad said that if there are reports of sexual assault, the psychiatric hospital should investigate further and get the Child Care and Protection Agency involved.“The Child Care and Protection Agency should be involved because it is a minor,” Ahmad explained.Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann Green when contacted told this publication that she was unaware of the situation but promised to investigate.Meanwhile, weighing in on the issue, head of the Humanitarian Mission Guyana Inc, Suresh Sugrim noted that there are no centres for underage persons who need special attention, noting that there is a huge stigma attached to the National Psychiatric Hospital.“These are teenagers who are in need, should be handled and taken care of differently from adults. The human rights activists need to be called in to remove that child from that institution immediately. I was offering the Mission’s facility at Port Mourant for full-time counselling for adolescents, and because of politicians in the region and their self-interests, it was shut down,” Sugrim said.The Mission, two years ago, had given a section of the building at Port Mourant to the Public Health Ministry for that purpose.“Without proper sleep, attention and professional medical help, nothing is going to change in the mental state of these adolescents! Isn’t a mental institution partly medical? Why is this place dirty and smelling? Why is it lacking the proper necessities a mental institution should have?” he questioned while noting that such situations could be one of the contributory factors of the region having such a high suicide rate.Efforts to get a comment from the National Psychiatric Hospital were futile. (Andrew Carmichael)
The subject of Pogba’s reportedly fraught relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho was strictly off the table for the interview at France’s international training base.United’s difficult start in the Premier League all seems a long away from France’s glory in Russia, but reunited again with his France teammates, Pogba was happy to recall that defender Adil Rami had described him as the team’s “real leader” at the World Cup.“It really pleased me to hear Adil say that,” Pogba told AFP. “I would never say it’s me, it’s the squad who put me in that position, who gave me the freedom to express myself. They gave me confidence as well.“I couldn’t have done it without them. It all began like that, from our training camp. I spoke with Hugo (Lloris), Blaise (Matuidi), (Raphael) Varane, to say that this World Cup we really had to put everything in place to win it. I was really determined.”Pogba made his France debut in 2013, and has racked up 62 caps while appearing at three major tournaments.“With my age, 25 years old, I’m between the two sets of players, the oldest and the youngest. That allows me to relay messages and have the chance to be heard,” he said.“I could say what I felt, give messages and pass them on from the older players to the younger ones. I was the go-between you could say.”– Ballon d’Or –France face Iceland in a friendly in Guingamp on Thursday and resume their Nations League campaign with a return clash at home to Germany on October 16, following a 0-0 draw in Munich last month.Despite taking on a key leadership role at the World Cup, a growing rift between Pogba and Mourinho saw the France international stripped of the United vice-captaincy last month.He said the France captaincy was not one of his main goals.“I’ve never played in the France team to be captain, being here is already a big thing for me,” he said.“You don’t have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband. As a leader you can talk on the pitch but I’ve seen leaders who didn’t necessarily talk.”He cited former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, a teammate of Pogba’s at Juventus, as someone who could be relied upon to “show you the way on the pitch”.Pogba was one of six players in Didier Deschamps’ squad to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or on Monday, and he believes the prize should go to one of his France teammates.“It’s all I hope for whatever happens, because there are a lot of them who deserve it,” he said.“I’m not going to get into it, whether it’s (Antoine) Griezmann, Kylian (Mbappe) or Raphael who deserve it much more than me.“I can’t pick one of them, but I sincerely hope it’ll be one of those three, or even four because there’s also NG (N’Golo Kante).”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba insists becoming captain of France is not a priority for the Manchester United midfielder © AFP / FRANCK FIFECLAIREFONTAINE-EN-YVELINES, France, Oct 9 – France and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has told AFP in an interview that his international teammates give him the freedom to express himself and be the team’s leader.Pogba has faced criticism for failing to repeat his impressive performances at the World Cup for United, who have slumped early in the season.
Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.OAKLAND — Chris Herrmann needed just two at-bats to make an impression on his Oakland A’s teammates.The catcher, following a 60-day IL stint to begin his first year with the A’s, had an Oakland debut to remember, mashing a go-ahead grand slam off All-Star Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi to boost the A’s to an 8-6 win on Tuesday night.Herrmann’s slam came on a 1-1 fastball, effectively booting Odorizzi out of …
The McKinleyville High volleyball team made easy work of visiting Brookings-Harbor Thursday night, winning the match in straight sets, 25-4, 25-20 and 25-20, in front of its home fans at McKinleyville High.Cameron Heenan had herself an extremely active night for the Panthers, finishing the match with a team-best 18 digs and 6 service aces to go along with 6 kills.Hannah Bolton likewise left it all out on the court, contributing 12 digs in the win.It was the kind of intensive play which has …
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Her statuesque proportions and arresting face got the entire nation re-evaluating its idea of wrestlers when she first appeared on the TV show Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2009. Twenty-seven year-old Sonika Kaliraman is now using her new found popularity to improve the state of women wrestlers and to fight for,Her statuesque proportions and arresting face got the entire nation re-evaluating its idea of wrestlers when she first appeared on the TV show Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2009. Twenty-seven year-old Sonika Kaliraman is now using her new found popularity to improve the state of women wrestlers and to fight for open trials across the country for the Commonwealth Games. Even though the latter seems to be a battle lost, she believes that she tried her best and is focusing more on the former for the moment. “I live for my game,” she says.One would not expect anything less from someone whose father was the legendary wrestler Master Chandgi Ram. When she was 15, her father came home and showed her and her three sisters a newspaper clipping, it was that of Diana Hayden who had just won the Miss World crown, “This is what you girls are going to be like,” he said. Kaliraman was ecstatic, “I thought, he’s going to put us in modeling,” laughs the 6ft stunner. But then, their father showed them the picture of Laila Ali, daughter of Mohammed Ali who was winning boxing championships and said that they could do the same. “We were shocked as we had all grown up in an extremely protected environment and here was our father initiating us into wrestling, which was a completely male sport.” Of the three sisters, Kailraman was the one who showed the most potential and it was her that Chandgi Ram invested his dreams in. A veteran wrestler himself, he won a gold at the 1970 Asian Games and represented the country in the 1972 Olympics. He wanted his daugher to bring home the same honour and put her through rigorous practice. “I would come home after training, with my salwar kameezin tatters and my mother would be mortified, but there was always something exciting about putting on my training shoes and gearing up for a fight,” she says. But all was not always pleasant, as men were still not used to seeing women wrestle and many accused Chandgi Ram of defiling the game by initiating his daughter into it.There was a time in 1998 when the girls went for a match in Haryana and were pushed out of the wrestling arena as the men were not ready for them. Her father’s hardwork eventually paid off when she won a silver medal in the 72kg category in the National Wrestling Championship in 1998.When Kaliraman was 17, she begged for a break from wrestling so that she could secure good marks in her Class 10 exams in order to realise her life long dream of studying science. But the World Cadet Championship in Poland came up and she was packed off to a camp in the European Union. “I am fanatical about science, but I had to give up my passion to follow my father’s and it is not a decision I regret,” she says. Ever since, there has been no looking back. In her 12-year career, she has won 16 titles at the national level and has participated in several international events. She secured third position in the Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament last year, held annually in the memory of the world freestyle wrestling champion in the USA and also represented India at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.Even though winning titles was a high, one thing that plagued her was what if she was never able to live a regular life. “In our communities, girls are taught to be docile, but I was so frightening, no boy dared to say a thing to me,” she laughs. But in February 2009, she met her match in NRI Siddharth Malik, a real estate entrepreneur, and married him, settling in Fontana City, California. In the country at the moment, due to a tussle with the Wrestling Federation of India as she feels there were unfair trials for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, she has been petitioning for open trials across the country. The only reason she did so is because it was her father’s last wish-he died this June of a cardiac arrest. “Ever since I started training under him I used to refer to him as Guruji.We never had a direct conversation. He spoke to me after 12 years this June only to tell me to not give up and fight my cause and here I am,” she says. Even though her career maybe momentarily at a standstill due to the rejection of her petition by the Delhi High Court, she says that she will be making her move once she has weighed her pros and cons thoroughly. In the meantime, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day, you can find her in a dilapidated room full of mats, wearing a T-shirt and track pants, doing what she does best, getting ready for combat and training for yet another day.advertisementadvertisement
AdvertisementIt is the worst start Manchester United have undergone in the last 30 years and there looks to be no way for Manchester United and players to dodge the negative spotlight.After a 0-0 draw with Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday , The Reds’ captain Antonio Valencia found himself on shaky grounds after instagram users saw a Mourinho-out photo liked by the United Captain himself.This fan page clearly expresses their opinion that Mourinho should leave in the post in question and Antonio Valencia seemed to be flirting with anti-Mourinho opinions by liking it.Given the fact the news was all over Twitter, Valencia was always going to have to make an official statement to clarify his actions.Yesterday, I liked a post on Instagram without reading the text that accompanied the picture. These are not my views and I apologise for this. I am fully supportive of the manager and my teammates. We are all giving our everything to improve the results. pic.twitter.com/bMEsrAwMkh— Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) October 3, 2018However, the Ecuadorian clarified that he’s fully backing the boss.At this critical and disappointing time in United’s history, the players should look to avoid social media as anything that can be criticized , will more often than not be fully criticized. Even the management at Old Trafford is not taking player’s social media antiques well which was clear when an Instagram post of Paul Pogba lead to a training ground bust-up between Jose Mourinho and the United midfielder.On a humorous note, no wonder Rio Ferdinand previously said that players should be banned from social media.Advertisement
Serena Williams on Monday called the alleged comments about her unborn child made by former world number one Ilie Nastase “racist” and applauded the International Tennis Federation for launching a probe into the remarks.Former tennis bad boy Nastase, who won two grand slam titles in the 1970s, was quoted by Romanian and some British media as saying in response to William’s pregnancy announcement: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?””It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and unborn child, and sexist comments against my peers,” the women’s world number one wrote on her Instagram account.”I am not afraid unlike you. You see, I am no coward. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words … you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air I will rise.” (Tennis superstar Serena Williams confirms pregnancy, might miss Wimbledon in July)It would not be the first time Williams has been stung by racism as player.The world number one boycotted the Indian Wells tournament for 14 years after she and sister Venus and her family claimed they were victims of racial taunts while Serena played in the 2001 final.Nastase, 70, has been provisionally banned from all International Tennis Federation (ITF) events following his verbal abuse of British players last weekend in his role as Romanian Fed Cup captain.Williams thanked the ITF and said they would have her full support as they investigated the matter.advertisement”(The investigation) is ongoing. At this point, one of the principles that is important is that we want a rigorous process that is fair,” ITF President David Haggerty said on Monday.”We will also hear Nastase’s side of the argument. It will be a thorough process conducted in an efficient manner. I do not think you will be hearing any final decisions in the next two weeks.”British captain Anne Keothavong, who said she was made to feel “uncomfortable” by comments made by Nastase at the official pre-match dinner, said the abuse during play had been unacceptable.”We expected a patriotic crowd for the Romanian team but we don’t expect abusive language to be used … what he said directed to both Johanna (Konta) and myself is … language that is not appropriate for anyone to speak to any other human,” she said.Konta was reduced to tears at one stage.