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International Women’s Day greetings

first_imgAs Guyana joins the world in observing International Women’s Day today, greetings have poured in reflecting on, recognising and celebrating women.This year’s theme is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” – is a focus on innovative ways of advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women especially in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Design (STEM).More can be done to involve women in various areas – PPPAgainst this backdrop, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) acknowledged the invaluable contributions of women in the country’s development, noting that more can be done despite Guyanese women already having been integral, in every field, in the forward movement. “The Party stands proud of its record which saw the implementation of policies and programmes that made a positive impact on the advancement of women and gender equality during its tenure in Government,” the Party said.It went on to express dismay at the reversal of many of these policies and programmes by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government, which has been compounded with the imposition of 200 new taxes, the loss of 30,000 jobs, and the placement of VAT on health services, electricity and water rates, among others.“We believe that more can be done so that our nation can benefit from the involvement of our women and the employment of their skills and talents in various areas. In this regard, we commit to leading with the specific aim of putting in place policies that will enable the upliftment of Guyana’s women. We know a brighter day is on the horizon. Let us commit to working towards that. Happy International Women’s day!” the PPP stated.GAWU commits to the fight for better, equal work environmentMeanwhile, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has applaud the political, social and economic achievements of the women in Guyana and around the World.“We thank our womenfolk for their contribution towards the strides made in our nation’s development… On this International Women’s Day, let us all promise to work towards building a better country and work for the realisation of equal opportunities of our womenfolk  for fair and respectful treatment of women at the workplace and throughout society, and encourage their all-round development as, together, we strive to build a prosperous country,” GAWU said.The Union further committed to continue fighting for a better working environment in Guyana, where men and women can work harmoniously; a society free of violence and discrimination, and where equal opportunities are available for all workers and where together everyone can “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.GPSU calls on men to support women’s developmentOn the other hand, the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) calls for urgent action to be taken to eradicate all manmade and unwarranted obstacles that often obstruct the progress, enlightenment, development, happiness and fulfilment of the dreams of women. “Striving towards these achievements must attract and have the fullest support of the men folk which should be done most willingly with much zest, zeal and pride. It is therefore necessary to call on the males again to treat their colleagues who are women with respect and assist them in their personal development and aspirations,” the Union implores.To this end, the GPSU committed itself to taking the necessary steps to continue contributing to the achievement of the desired and noble goals of women.UNFurthermore, Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, in his message this year’s theme calls for the reimagining and rebuilding of the world so it works for everyone.This means addressing the “underrepresentation and lack of retention of women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics And Design,” by challenging stereotypes that limit girls’ ambitions and dreams to pursue these disciplines, ensuring equality of opportunity, and increasing the number of women decision-makers in these fields.According to the Executive Director of UN Women, Chilean President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, this also means ensuring women are “not only consumers of innovation,” but that they are engaged in “both design and execution of solutions” that can then address the “unique needs of women and girls, from the creation of decent work to delivery of products, services and infrastructure for women in all walks of life.”last_img read more

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Complaints against Chinese supermarkets’ products increase – GA-FDD

first_imgThe number of Chinese business investments, specifically in supermarkets, have increased which have also triggered a hike in complaints against such businesses by locals about the quality of items being sold.In an interview with this publication on Saturday, Director of the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD), Marlon Cole told this publication that several complaints have been filed by customers as they were sold expired items among others.Director of Government Analyst Food and Drug Department Marlon ColeAccording to him, complaints received by the agency would usually be related to the use of foreign language by those business owners or employees, therefore resulting in a communication barrier as well as products being labelled in foreign languages. Some products, Cole said, even had expiry dates tampered with to extend same, while complaints have also been made of certain food items being stored in close proximity to others.Last November, a Chinese supermarket owner who operates on the East Coast of Demerara, was fined $60,000 when he appeared before the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court to answer to three charges of tampering with food items.The Director of the GA-FDD was unable to say if any other proprietors have since been hauled before the courts for similar matters.Yuhai Lin of Lin Supermarket admitted that he repackaged foods under unsanitary conditions, sold expired products and tampered with the labels of milk products. Lin was fined $60,000 for the three offences.Criminal proceedings were instituted against the proprietor in accordance with the laws of Guyana – Food and Drug Act of 1971, Chapter 34:03, Section 35.Under this law, Part II (5), it states: “Any person who sells an article of food that is unfit for human consumption or was manufactured, prepared, packaged or stored under the unsanitary condition is guilty of an offence”. Part II (6) of the Act went on to outline that: “Any person who labels, packages, treats, processes, sells or advertises any food in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character, value, quality, composition, merit or safety is guilty of an offence.”The owner of the embattled supermarket was busted one month prior to being arraigned during an inspection exercise on the East Coast of Demerara, on October 5, 2018.The GA-FDD is calling on consumers to pay closer attention to the expiry dates on products being sold.last_img read more

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Chinese FA warns clubs over Aubameyang ‘bidding war’

first_imgThe CFA last year introduced a 100 percent tax on incoming foreign transfers in an effort to encourage Chinese clubs to invest on local youth players, but media reports suggest both clubs are prepared to either incur the penalty or find a way to circumvent it.Evergrande denied they were pursuing Aubameyang — without explicitly naming him — but that was not before the CFA made plain its anger.The CFA too did not name the striker but made a clear reference to the 28-year-old and Evergrande and Guoan.“The news of two clubs suspected of engaging in a bidding war on a transfer has caused social concern,” it said in a statement, adding that it had asked them to explain.“In the next step of the investigation, if any violations are found, the Chinese FA will handle this seriously according to law and regulation.”Stressing that the 100 percent surcharge was applicable in the current winter transfer window and in the year ahead, the CFA warned: “We will watch closely every club’s transfer movement in the new season and increase scrutiny.“The Chinese FA will seriously investigate and will not tolerate any violation or any loophole-exploiting behaviour.”The hard-hitting missive is the latest salvo in the Chinese government’s war on “irrational” overseas investments — a word also used in the CFA statement — as football authorities attempt to rein in CSL clubs who have shelled out record amounts for foreign stars.A year ago, Shanghai SIPG smashed the Asian transfer record to sign Chelsea’s attacking midfielder Oscar for 60 million euros.However, with the 100 percent levy in place last summer, Tianjin Quanjian secured French striker Anthony Modeste from Cologne on a two-year loan deal, rather than buying him outright.Dortmund have dismissed the Aubameyang transfer talk as speculation, but Chinese media has been filled for several days with multiple reports that a deal has been reached for him to move to Fabio Cannavaro’s Evergrande after the Bundesliga season.Soon after the CFA statement, Evergrande hit out at “the purely fictitious” reports and threatened legal action.“We will, as we always have, strictly follow the FA’s regulations on transfers,” the club said.“We reserve our legal right to pursue those responsible for the inaccurate reports.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chinese media have been filled for days with reports that a deal has been reached for Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to move to Fabio Cannavaro’s Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande after the Bundesliga season © AFP/File / John MACDOUGALLSHANGHAI, China, Jan 9 – China’s football association (CFA) warned Tuesday that it would punish teams who flout its transfer rules, following reports two clubs are battling to sign striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Chinese Super League (CSL) champions Guangzhou Evergrande are reportedly prepared to pay at least 70 million euros for the Borussia Dortmund attacker, trumping an offer by rivals Beijing Guoan.last_img read more

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Former footballer Weah wins landmark Liberia Presidential vote

first_imgThe National Election Commission (NEC) said Weah had won an insurmountable 61.5 percent of Tuesday’s vote, which was delayed several weeks after a legal challenge from Boakai.The NEC said that with 98.1 percent of all votes counted, Boakai had only secured 38.5 percent support.Ahead of Thursday’s results, armed and helmeted police deployed outside the poll body’s headquarters and some of Weah’s supporters were already rejoicing.“The Liberian people clearly made their choice… and all together we are very confident in the result of the electoral process,” tweeted Weah before the official results were announced.Weah topped the first round of voting in October with 38.4 percent of ballots but failed to win the 50 percent necessary to avoid a run-off. Boakai came second with 28.8 percent.– ‘President Weah?’ –Chelsea icon Didier Drogba from neighbouring Ivory Coast already sent Weah a congratulatory message.Weah is the only African ever to have won FIFA’s World Player of the Year and the coveted Ballon D’Or. The 51-year-old starred at top-flight European football clubs Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan in the 1990s before playing briefly in England for Chelsea and Manchester City later in his career.Chelsea icon Didier Drogba from neighbouring Ivory Coast already sent Weah a congratulatory message.“Is it President Weah?” said the New Dawn newspaper on Thursday, referring to a man who has the backing of heavyweights including former warlord Prince Johnson and apparently the covert support of outgoing president Sirleaf.Her office said it had set up a team “for the proper management and orderly transfer of executive power from one democratically elected president to another”, adding that it included several ministers.Sirleaf’s predecessor Charles Taylor fled the country in 2003, hoping to avoid prosecution for funding rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Two presidents who served prior to Taylor were assassinated.The tumultuous events of the past seven decades in Liberia, where an estimated 250,000 people died during back-to-back civil wars between 1989-2003, have prevented a democratic handover from taking place since 1944.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed the “peaceful conduct” of the vote, praising “the government, political parties and the people of Liberia for the orderly poll”.The EU’s chief observer, Maria Arena, congratulated the candidates and the Liberian people on a peaceful vote that “generally respected constitutional rules”.The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional bloc also hailed the peaceful nature of the vote.– ‘Exciting moment’ –Former international Liberian football star turned politician, and presidential election candidate George Weah shows his voting cardThe election passed without a single major incident of violence despite weeks of delays caused by legal challenges and Liberians said they were looking forward to a peaceful handover after 12 years under Sirleaf.“Since years of civil war this is the first time we see the transition of power from one person to another,” voter Oscar Sorbah told AFP.The Sirleaf administration, elected in 2005, guided the nation out of the ruins of war and through the horrors of the 2014-16 Ebola crisis, but is accused of failing to combat poverty and corruption.Weah’s CDC party watched their icon miss out on the presidency in a 2005 bid. He was similarly frustrated when he ran for vice-president in 2011, but has repeatedly urged its young and exuberant supporters to keep cool.“No matter what the provocation will be, CDC will not respond with violence,” Jefferson Kotchie, head of the youth wing of the CDC, earlier told supporters assembled at the party’s headquarters.The run-off was delayed for seven weeks due to legal challenges lodged by Boakai’s Unity Party against the electoral commission over the conduct of the first round, but many of the complaints appeared to have been addressed in the second round.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Weah is set to replace incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took over at the helm of Africa’s oldest republic in 2006.MONROVIA, Liberia, Dec 28 – Ex-football superstar George Weah was announced the winner on Thursday of Liberia’s presidential run-off, beating Vice President Joseph Boakai in the first democratic transfer of power in decades following two devastating civil wars.Weah is set to replace incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took over at the helm of Africa’s oldest republic in 2006.last_img read more

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Politicians: Social Security reneged on SP office deal

first_img“To say that this is unacceptable to us and to the residents of San Pedro and Wilmington who will be unfairly inconvenienced is an understatement,” said U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, in a letter to Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael J. Astrue. Harman was joined by other representatives – state Assemblywoman Betty Karnette, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn – in objecting to the closure, which they said comes a year before the agency’s lease for the San Pedro office expires and flies in the face of an agreement worked out earlier to keep the office open awhile longer. Local nonprofits that serve seniors said losing the local facility will hurt both their clientele and staffs. “It just makes it much more inconvenient for us in providing transportation,” said Gary Kern, director of the Wilmington Senior Citizens Center in Banning Park. Knabe spokesman David Sommers said there was an agreement to offer walk-in Social Security services two days a week at a county office on Third Street, but the SSA has decided to use another county building instead and will offer fewer services than earlier thought to residents. By Donna Littlejohn STAFF WRITER The San Pedro office of the Social Security Administration shuts its doors today, angering local lawmakers who had been told the branch would remain open another year. When the office at 336 N. Gaffey St. closes at noon, residents of the Harbor Area will be directed to Social Security branches in either Torrance or Long Beach. Harman said agency Commissioner Peter Spencer agreed in May to “provide as many services as possible to constituents who are unable to travel to the Torrance office.” Now it appears that only the “barest minimum of services” will be available locally, Harman wrote in her letter. “We were told by staff that the San Pedro contact site office, which the SSA agreed to operate two days per week in a space large enough for a waiting area and private offices for appointments, will instead consist of a single SSA representative using a laptop computer in a room without separate offices,” she wrote. “Your agency is not living up to its end of the deal.” Beginning Tuesday, limited walk-in service will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the county mental health building at 150 W. Seventh St., in San Pedro. But for full service, San Pedro residents now will have to travel to 22600 Crenshaw Blvd. in Torrance and Wilmington residents will have to go to 2005 Long Beach Blvd. in Long Beach. Estimates vary as to how many people use the San Pedro office each day, ranging from 70 to 300. “The last numbers I saw said the (existing Social Security building in San Pedro) gets 300 visitors a day,” Sommers said. “These are fragile individuals, some may be disabled or elderly. Having to trek the extra miles to Torrance or Long Beach is unacceptable.” In June, Social Security officials said the consolidation was necessary as the administration focused more of its resources on growing population areas in Nevada, Arizona and inland California. Residents come to the Social Security office to apply for benefits, to get a replacement Social Security card, or to file a change of name or address. More and more people are making use of the agency’s online services at www.socialsecurity.gov or conducting business on the agency’s automated phone system. But many residents still prefer to conduct business the old-fashioned way. “A large number of seniors are not computer literate,” Kern said. “We’ll probably grow into a generation of dealing with people in a faceless way, but the older generation we’re in now likes to do business face to face.” donna.littlejohn@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Louis van Gaal optimistic David De Gea will stay at Manchester United despite Real Madrid interest

first_img1 David de Gea Louis van Gaal gave hope to Manchester United fans across the planet on Friday when he said he was optimistic about the chances of David De Gea staying at Old Trafford.Real Madrid are interested in signing De Gea this summer and contract talks between United and the Spaniard have so far been unproductive.The 24-year-old waved to United fans as he left the pitch at Old Trafford last week after suffering an injury in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal, but van Gaal does not think that was a sign from De Gea that his four-year spell at United was up.”I believe still that David De Gea shall stay,” the United manager said.Following the stalemate against Arsenal, Van Gaal sounded somewhat more pessimistic about his star goalkeeper, who was named club player of the season this week for the second successive year.Two days after saying he had drawn up a list of potential replacements for United’s player of the season, the Dutchman admitted the lure of returning to his homeland may end up being too strong for De Gea.Van Gaal said in his post-match press conference last weekend: ”He is Spanish and his girlfriend is Spanish, now a Spanish club is coming, his father and mother come every week or every two weeks here, so it is difficult. But we would be very happy if he stays.”But there was a more optimistic tone from Van Gaal when he spoke at his weekly press conference at Carrington on Friday and the Spain international may even take the gloves back off Victor Valdes, who replaced De Gea after he suffered his hamstring injury, for the trip to Hull City.”I want to play him against Hull City because of the fact that I have to put out my strongest team and I think with David de Gea we have the strongest team,” added the Dutchman.“I think De Gea is a better goalkeeper [than Valdes]. He [De Gea] has trained today for the first time. He still had a problem so we have to wait and see tomorrow.”last_img read more

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Derby game at Christmas! All Everton’s 16-17 Premier League fixtures revealed

first_img13/08/2016    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur (h)20/08/2016    15:00    West Bromwich Albion (a)27/08/2016    15:00    Stoke City (h)10/09/2016    15:00    Sunderland (a)17/09/2016    15:00    Middlesbrough (h)24/09/2016    15:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth (a)01/10/2016    15:00    Crystal Palace (h)15/10/2016    15:00    Manchester City (a)22/10/2016    15:00    Burnley (a)29/10/2016    15:00    West Ham United (h)05/11/2016    15:00    Chelsea (a)19/11/2016    15:00    Swansea City (h)26/11/2016    15:00    Southampton (a)03/12/2016    15:00    Manchester United (h)10/12/2016    15:00    Watford (a)14/12/2016    19:45    Arsenal (h)17/12/2016    15:00    Liverpool (h)26/12/2016    15:00    Leicester City (a)31/12/2016    15:00    Hull City (a)02/01/2017    15:00    Southampton (h)14/01/2017    15:00    Manchester City (h)21/01/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace (a)01/02/2017    20:00    Stoke City (a)04/02/2017    15:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth (h)11/02/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough (a)25/02/2017    15:00    Sunderland (h)04/03/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur (a)11/03/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion (h)18/03/2017    15:00    Hull City (h)01/04/2017    15:00    Liverpool (a)04/04/2017    20:00    Manchester United (a)08/04/2017    15:00    Leicester City (h)15/04/2017    15:00    Burnley (h)22/04/2017    15:00    West Ham United (a)29/04/2017    15:00    Chelsea (h)06/05/2017    15:00    Swansea City (a)13/05/2017    15:00    Watford (h)21/05/2017    15:00    Arsenal (a) 1 Scroll down to see who Everton face and when in the new Premier League season last_img read more

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GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY

first_imgThe lotto numbers for 1st November were 3,12,13,20 match 3 winner was Carmel McGinty. Next week’s jackpot is €3,100.Anyone who wants to work as part of a scheme could they please contact Barry, Shea, Donal or Hughie for details.Could team managers and anyone who wants material included in the Donegal GAA yearbook forward it onto the PRO asap to the following address neilgerardgallagher@gmail.com The gym is ladies only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8pm.There will be Zumba Dance classes starting in the hall on Thursday @ 8.15pm, first night is free and all are welcome.Anyone who is interested in doing a 5KM Walk/Run on the 3rd of December in aid of the Donegal Senior team training fund could they contact Neil Gallagher on 087 2903747 for a sponsorship form, this is open for any age group and everyone is welcome to take part.There will be Irish classes in the clubhouse on Tuesday 8th at 8pm, all are welcome. Well done to the U13’s who won the shield final.The strictly come dancing will take place on the 26th of November in the Silver Tassie, tickets are available from Hughie and Donal.The seniors and reserves were beat by St. Eunans at the weekend.This Sunday the seniors are in action against Monaghan champions Latton this Sunday in MacCumhaill park in the Ulster quarter final.Anyone interested in doing a coaching course could they please contact Eddie Crawford. Next monthly meeting is on the 14th of November.GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY was last modified: November 8th, 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp drops shock defender before Arsenal game – reports

first_imgDejan Lovren is not even in the Liverpool squad to face Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.You can listen to the game at the Emirates, live on talkSPORT at 5.30pm. tense LATEST Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker Just days after the Croatia international compared himself to Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, it appears Jurgen Klopp has opted not to select the centre half.While it is unclear whether or not the decision is enforced, it appears Klopp has dropped him rather than an injury. 1 Most Popular Football Stories Lovren was dropped by Klopp for the trip to the Emirates Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Dejan Lovren dropped from Liverpool squad to face Arsenal at The Emirates.— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) November 3, 2018In his place, Joe Gomez returns to partner Virgil van Dijk at the centre of defence with Trent Alexander-Arnold starting in his preferred position of right-back.Lovren sensationally called himself one the best defenders in the world before Croatia faced France in the World Cup Final in July. Les Bleus went on to win 4-2. latest The former Southampton defender has endured a difficult career at Anfield since a lucrative £20million move in 2014.His inconsistency must surely frustrate Reds fans – on his day he is fantastic, but his mistakes are often fatal.Last season, the 29-year-old had to be withdrawn early against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley after being torn apart by Harry Kane. revealed Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT BEST OF last_img read more

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Free Webinar: Advanced Tracking in Mocha AE

first_imgAdobe users can harness the powerful motion tracking toolset of Mocha from within After Effects. In the following webinar, you’ll learn how to master the Mocha AE toolset for advanced tracking.Need to track motion in a shot for compositing or chroma key work?  Mocha’s got you covered. Developed as a stand-alone application, and now integrated within Adobe After Effects, Mocha is a specialized tracking and rotoscoping toolset.Note: For non AE users Imagineer Systems still makes a Mocha and Mocha Pro as stand-alone apps, as well. To learn more about the different versions of Mocha check out this link.In the following webinar Mathias Möhl, post production guru and educator, takes an in-depth look at the tracking capabilitles of Mocha AE. Highlights of the hour and half webinar include:Tracking position rotation and scale in Mocha AETracking corner pinsTracking foreground elements and rotoscopingHow to avoid common stumbling blocksCommon workflows for tracking in Mocha AEFor anyone interested in really improving their tracking work, this webinar is a must-see. Mathias explains in simple terms how tracking works, the different typs of tracking and how to get the best results in After Effects.For more free Mocha tutorials check out our previous post: Advanced Mocha Pro Training for Post Production Professionalslast_img read more

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