“We’ve got the benefit of having an athletic therapist on staff who have been taking the players and working with them with regard to mobility and stretching . . . exercises that can be preventative medicine to help avoid injuries like pulled hamstrings, quads and groins,” said DiBella.“We feel anything we can do now to help their bodies will only aid us on our playoff run.”Nelson currently trails third-place Grand Forks Border Bruins by six points in Murdoch Division standings.The Bruins have been on a tear of late, winning three straight against Kelowna, Fernie and Spokane.So it’s looking like Nelson would play Murdoch Division leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first round of the playoffs.Williams still not ready for prime time with LeafsJosh Williams, a Junior A netminder Nelson acquired before the roster deadline, remains inactive for the Leafs.Coach DiBella said an injury that was first thought to be able to heal over time required surgery, forcing Williams to remain out of the lineup.“We still have another week-and-a-half until we see Josh play his first game for us,” DiBella confessed.“He had surgery to trim his meniscus last Friday and has improved steadily since then.”The 18-year-old Williams came to Nelson from the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.Short HopsNelson is going to be without the services of Nicholas Ketola as the Leaf forward continus to serve a suspension for a match penalty for hit-to-the-head. Ketola, gone for three games, is eligible to play February 6 against Spokane Braves. . . . Leafs have called up netminder Jared Martin from the Nelson/Castlegar Midget Reps squad to serve as backup to Patrick Ostermann. . . . The Leafs have lost the services of forward Malcolm Fenelon. The speedy forward, who came to Nelson from Columbia Valley, asked to leave the team. . . . Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) is hosting Member Appreciation night during the Friday, February 5, against Castlegar Rebels. Credit Union members are invited to present their NDCU MEMBER CARD debit card for a discounted admission for the game. NDCU members of all ages will be able to enter the draw for some great prizes during the third period, and the lucky season winners of the NDCU Puck-4-Bucks puck toss will toss one puck for a chance to win one $1000 NDCU term deposit. After jamming five games into a 10-day span to begin the New Year, the Nelson Leafs have been relaxing on easy street, playing three games in 20-day span — all, ironically, against the Castlegar Rebels.Game one of the triple-header went to the Rebels, 2-1 in overtime.Game two goes Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.However, after this brief late-season hiatus, the Leafs are faced with a February laced with games — nine from February 5-21.A mistake, made during the summer by the former coaching regime, that has not gone unnoticed by the current staff.“What’s most concerning to me are the seven games coming up (in February) in 12 to 14 days heading into the playoffs,” Leaf coach Mario DiBella explained to The Nelson Daily.“That’s a great concern and we’re taking measures to deal with that so we don’t go into the playoffs with a lot of injuries.”Of course DiBella and the rest of the coaching staff had no input into how the schedule was put together, having taken over the team in December.Instead of dwelling on the negative, the coaches getting assistance from the off-ice staff to educate the players about their bodies.
Dear Editor,Some people seem to feel that running a Government is a sole proprietor business – a one-man business – but this is so far from the truth.It is a known fact that a Party goes into an election with a manifesto which sells the party to the electorate. If the party wins, then it is a team effort comprised of persons who should have the ability to deliver on those promises. In addition, there are many advisors who are strategically appointed to assist these persons. The presidential elect not only gives guidance but takes guidance.In Guyana, the coalition and the new kids on the block with their handful of supporters, some claiming to be disgruntled PPP members and supporters, are hammering away at the election of Mr Irfaan Ali as the PPP’s presidential candidate, making their repetitive rounds of personal attacks while claiming that he is “Jagdeo’s third term”.Bharrat Jagdeo has always been the focus of attack in and out of Office; his salary, his pension, his “mansion” as is claimed. Yet even the Prime Minister is now earning more than him and living the “Cadillac” lifestyle. This Government utilised great efforts and massive financial resources to ensure that he does not get a third term as President since they are mortally afraid of his sharp intellect and his topnotch statesmanship. The decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice did not deter or daunt his spirit. It must be recalled by Guyanese that after the PPP’s defeat by a one-seat majority he rose from the ashes like the proverbial Phoenix and began a political crusade that was unrelenting in exposing the corruption and thievery of the coalition. His weekly press conferences were just as eagerly looked forward to as “Days of Our Lives”!Eventually, he strategised and orchestrated the downfall of the APNU/AFC Government; something which hardly anyone had believed would have been possible. Jagdeo’s relentless pursuit bore fruit and gave hope to the hopeless in this country which had begun to fall into the abyss of social and economic degradation. But while he did the Herculean task, some were waiting like the hyenas to partake from the kill of the lion. A few of these were in the media headlines for all the wrong reasons! Now he is being vilified once again by those heartless opportunists who never even bat an eyelid for their country. But I know that it will never derail his focus of ensuring the good life for his people!As I recall, when Donald Ramotar became the presidential candidate twice for the PPP, there were no cries, wails and gnashing of teeth. He was not seen as the surrogate or puppet of Jagdeo. He was acceptable because they knew that they could outmanoeuvre him at any time. In fact, they dubbed him the “Lame Duck”! The then Opposition took full advantage of this and Nagamootoo tabled a no-confidence motion which saw his Government’s downfall. Ramotar was the “perfect” opponent and now the coalition wants another one. However, when one listened to the debates and presentations of Irfaan Ali, it is evident that he has what it takes to not only run this country but to destroy the corruption posse and thwart the efforts of the APNU/AFC to bring down his Government if needs be. He has that charisma, courage and competence and enough has been said about his achievements as a Minister. Let them call it what they want but Irfaan Ali is no Donald Ramotar and will never be an easy walkover!Finally, as a member of the PPP, I am in total agreement with the election of any presidential candidate since I have full confidence in the ability of my Party to choose the best candidate. The Central Committee has 35 potential candidates from which one must be chosen. When I was with the Alliance for Change I had no problem with either Trotman or Ramjattan being the presidential candidate. When I joined the PPP, I had no problem with Ramotar being the presidential candidate twice and today I have no problem with Irfaan Ali being the presidential candidate. Let us put Guyana first and focus on the removal of this Government. God Bless our presidential candidate and God Bless Guyana!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion Six
The Ministry of Youth and Sports, with immediate effect, has appointed former Lone Star midfielder and defender Joe Armstrong Nagbe as Deputy Director for Sports Development.Nagbe will serve as assistant to Liberia’s celebrated midfield maestro, Kelvin Sebwe who is the Director for Sports Technical Development at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.The erstwhile Lone Star’s machine-man was employed recently by Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe upon his ascendancy at the Youth and Sports Ministry.According to the term of reference, the duo is responsible to make up plans for the development of sports in the country.Meanwhile, another former national team player, Sylvester Williams, dubbed Careca, is the Sports Advisor to Minister Nagbe.However, another former Lone Star defender, Dionysius Sebwe, worked as deputy minister for sports at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Responding to the growing demand for more space to accommodate Ebola patients, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority have turned over a 96-bed Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) to the Government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.The Center is located adjacent the Unity Conference Center off the Hotel Africa road in lower Virginia.Giving an overview of the project yesterday, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority and sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Madam Matilda W. Parker said the initiative was the two organizations’ way of contributing to government’s efforts in the Ebola fight.She told President Sirleaf, “we heard your voice, we heard the voice of Liberians at a time when they needed more treatment centers for Ebola patients.” The NPA managing director disclosed that the ETU contained 26 bathrooms and showers built for patients and others who will be visiting their loved ones there.“We want to say as Alphas we don’t implement and walk away,” Madam Parker said revealing that the two organizations had negotiated for three months medical supplies for the facility, due to arrive in November.In addition to that, she said special packages will be given to Ebola survivors who will be walking out of the center Ebola free.The NPA boss lauded Americare, APM Terminal, Environmental Protection Agency, General Service Agency and others who supported the construction of the center.Speaking earlier, the president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fratenity, Inc and Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), T. Nelson Williams, told the gathering that early in August the Liberian leader, consistent with the obligation of her office, sounded the battle cry against the invading Ebola virus disease, and declared the state of national emergency.The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. promptly responded, he said.According to Mr. Williams, they have sent an SOS call to international organizations based in the United States, requesting medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for distribution to medical facilities in Ebola affected areas in the country.As the result of their appeal, the LPRC boss disclosed that a 40-feet container with assorted medical supplies, valued at US$600, 000 will arrive in the country soon.Mr. Williams said the supplies will be given to medical facilities and health workers around the country. He acknowledged that the projects were funded by members of the two organizations, business partners and friends of Alpha.He told his colleagues, “We must continue to fight this war against Ebola until Liberia is declared Ebola free.”Turing the center over to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Madam Parker and President Sirleaf urged the ministry to continue the fight against Ebola.Meanwhile, the Assistant Minister for health and preventive service, Tolbert Nyenswah thanked the organization and promised that their contribution will be used for its intended purpose.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In this third article of the series centered on the necessary requirement of loyalty particular attention will be paid to how one can cultivate and maintain the virtuous habit of loyalty. Loyalty like most virtues can be craved, formed and maintained by conscious thought and practice. How? The rest of this article will endeavor to answer. The second article on the vice of disloyalty observed the following points:To be loyal means to be faithful to a person, institution, nation or a cause for as long as it takes and is required. It is the act of giving oneself totally in terms of time, energy, obedience, resources, and best thoughts to a cause or person. Loyalty is the giving of total support to a person or a cause. It is the act of keeping a promise come what may. It means being committed to the core. Loyalty means loving, defending, and promoting what one believes in. To be loyal is to be true to a person or cause at all times and under all circumstances.The exact opposite of loyalty is disloyalty. It means to be unfaithful, uncommitted and unreliable with regard to a cause or person. At its worst it takes the form of betrayal wherein one connives with the enemies of a friend, family or a cause that one is supposed to defend and promote to harm that friend, family or cause. It hurts deeply when one is supposed to be a loyal friend, family or a fan of a cause but is found to be the exact opposite.!This act of betrayal or lack of commitment is one of the major causes of families, institutions and nations not doing as well as they ought to. Disloyalty impedes and stifles their progress. Liberia is lacking behind countries in Africa that she is supposed to be leading in terms of stability and socio-economic wellbeing all because of the lack of patriotism which is another form of disloyalty on the part of many of her citizens, especially those in positions of leadership. Many Liberians pay a lip service to the indispensable quality of patriotism but in practice are very disloyal to the overall interests of the nation.If Liberia is to recover from past mistakes and make rapid and lasting progress in advancing the welfare of its vast majority of citizens, Liberians, must learn and practice patriotism. On the individual and institutional level, disloyalty can be overcome by the realization that it is a part of life and that anyone or institution can be a victim of it. When it does occur one or an institution must not let it be a determiner of fate. Progress must be continued as if disloyalty never occurred. Disloyalty occurs in all sorts of ways and to all sorts of people and institutions and it hurts. But to overcome it and not let it impede the achievement of dreams and aspirations, is an important strategy for any successful living.How then may one form and keep the good habit of loyalty to the right causes and persons? Loyalty is both a virtue and a principle. A virtue must be consciously owed, practiced as often as possible and made one’s second nature. One must believe passionately that loyalty is essential for a successful living and for pleasing God and all those to whom one is accountable. All just causes require loyal promoters.Just as one can resolve to be sincere under all circumstances, as far as humanly possible, one can also to be loyal to God Almighty and those just and noble causes and persons who promote justice and believe and work for the common good of the neighbor and all of society. Of course, a resolution is only a resolution on paper or in the mind until it is demonstrated through living it out. The way one can convince oneself and others is by living the virtue of loyalty.The saying is true that charity (the old word for love) begins at home. Loyalty has to begin with God the Creator and Source of all that one is and has. Someone has rightly observed that if one is unfaithful (dishonest) to God in prayer, giving (tithes and dues) and in worship, then one is likely to be disloyal to one’s partner, children, job and others. One way to demonstrate that one is loyal to God is to be loyal to the persons and causes that one is closest to and interact with most frequently. When such a habit is formed then it is a lot easier to extend it to those far off. Loyalty to just causes and persons is a necessity for living a healthy and fulfilled life and all sober minded persons must endeavor to form it and live it daily.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A fisherman who had threatened his neighbour during an argument was hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with threatening behaviour.Andy Markool was accused of threatening to kill Shamattie Arjune during an argument on July 23, 2018 at her Lot 115 West Ruimveldt, Georgetown home.The two had reportedly had several incidents previously which caused Markool to be placed on a six-month bond which he breached.However, the 47-year-old man of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown denied the allegation when he appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore.As such, he was placed on $10,000 bail and was ordered to return to Court 11 on August 3, 2018.
…children remain hospitalisedA post-mortem performed on the bodies of the two persons killed in the Moblissa, Linden-Soesdyke Highway smash-up on Saturday last has revealed that they both died from multiple injuries.Former seamstress Tessa Telford Ibrahim, 60, was killed, along with her sonTessa Telford IbrahimMarlon McFarlane, 30, a former employee of Guyana Goldfields and a former member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).The accident occurred after Ibrahim’s niece, Maisha Ibrahim, 23, lost control of the car when it dropped into a hole.After dropping into the pothole, the vehicle, in which Maisha’s young nieces were also travelling, veered into a ditch and came to a halt but not before hitting a tree. Following the incident, public-spirited persons rushed the family members to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) where the seamstress and her son wereMarlon McFarlanepronounced dead on arrival.Maisha was released from hospital on Wednesday, while her two nieces, Patricia McFarlane, nine, and Roshana McFarlane, seven, remained hospitalised.Patricia, who was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, remains a patient there reportedly on life support while Roshana who suffered a broken leg remains in stable condition at the LHC.E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Anthony Vanderhyden on Thursday said Police were continuing the investigation into the accident and would send the case file for advice on the way forward.The Commander has since cautioned members of the public to exercise caution, especially when driving along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.
The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has called on the Government to stop blaming it for the troubles the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) finds itself in, indicating that the current Administration is in a position to save the company from bankruptcy.The BBCI recently proposed a 150 per cent increase in its tolls in order to meet its expenses. The Company said the increases were necessary, so it could make enough money to operate, conduct maintenance works, and pay dividends to shareholders.The new tolls proposed by the BBCI will see cars and minibuses paying $8040 to cross the bridge; pickups, small trucks and four-wheel drive vehicles $14,600; medium trucks $27,720; large trucks $49,600; articulated trucks $116,800 and boats $401,040.In a statement on Friday, the PPP called on the Government to take responsibility for its actions accusing it of decimating the local economy in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).“Thousands of workers were put on the breadline and, therefore, any toll increase will be an unconscionable burden on the backs of the users of the Bridge. The Government can address this issue and maintain the viability of the Bridge by doing either one of two things: provide a subsidy for the financing shortfall in the Bridge cash flows, and/or buy out the investors in the Bridge,” the PPP said.Additionally, the PPP reminded that in 2014 the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) used its one-seat parliamentary majority to pass a motion to reduce the tolls on the bridge. One year later when the APNU/AFC came into Government, it further reduced the bridge tolls “without making provision to fund capital repayment scheduled to commence in 2014 – a fundamental breach of the Concession Contract.”In accordance with the Berbice Bridge Act passed in Parliament in 2006, the Government entered into a Concession Agreement with the privately-owned BBCI with one important section being the Toll Formula to calculate tolls. No changes in tolls were projected until 2014, the year the Bridge Company was scheduled to start repaying the principal on its debt; up to the end of 2013, only interest was being paid on its debt financing.The PPP said it was willing to make public its 2006 financial model, which had toll increases in two years – 6.4 per cent in 2014 and 17.3 per cent in 2017 (compared to the 150 per cent that is now proposed), with these increases coming almost eight years after construction of the Bridge started.“There is no shortage of project documentation for the Berbice Bridge BOOT (Build Own Operate Transfer) model. Under this model, a 21-year concession was issued to the BBCI, whose ownership and financing involved most of the local private banks, insurance companies, pension funds, the NIS, and corporate investors of Guyana,” the PPP said.More than $8 billion was raised in the form of bonds, subordinate debt, preferred shares, and common shares (common dividends have never been paid). Government, with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), built the access roads. The project did not receive any Government guarantee.Just Thursday, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said he would be bringing Cabinet’s attention to the toll increases proposed by the BBCI. The Minister made the statement on the heels of the Public Infrastructure Ministry saying it rejected the proposed increases while alluding to the APNU/AFC’s campaign promise of reducing the tolls.The ownership structure of the BBCI is made up of ordinary share capital of $500 million owned by private investors and preference shares of $950 million owned by the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). The Bridge has a wide cross-section of investors including various pension schemes, insurance schemes, local banks as well as private companies and NIS.
A plan to create a Regional Heritage Service Function in the Peace River Regional District may have to be put on hold after Fort St. John voted against being part of the function, until residents give their consent.On Monday, rather than giving its outright consent to the Regional District, City Council voted in favour of suggesting the Regional District hold a referendum, so that residents have a say in whether they would want to fund this type of service.- Advertisement -The Regional District had been proposing a regional heritage bylaw that would allow it to move forward in the process of having sites like the Alaska Highway and the Kiskatinaw Bridge obtain heritage status. It would create a committee to develop proposals for heritage sites, which would be funded by the jurisdictions within the Regional District.The Regional District would collect taxes from the various municipalities, based on assessed property values, to fund the service. In the first year, for example, a residential property owner in Fort St. John with a 2011 assessed value of $350,000 would pay approximately $5.25.In its proposal, the Regional District states that amount could fluctuate year over year based on how much funding is allocated to the service function and someone’s assessed value. Although the first year would be the most expensive to get the initiative started, the City pointed out that the current rates do not take into account the cost of any possible future projects.The City says, in general, when residents have to pay for a new service, they are given the opportunity to vote on it, such as in a referendum.Advertisement However, City Manager Dianne Hunter says there is not enough time to add a question regarding the heritage service function on the municipal ballot for the November election and indicated that it should be up to the Regional District to hold its own referendum.To move forward with the bylaw, the Regional District would require the support of all seven municipalities and four electoral areas across the Peace. Back in June, the Chief Administrative Officer for the Regional District, Fred Banham told Fort St. John City Council that if even one jurisdiction refused to participate, the Regional District would not be able to proceed with the proposed bylaw, which would have to be revised.
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