first_img…and equal opportunityYour Eyewitness is writing this on July 4…one day after the anniversary of the formation of Caricom and on the anniversary of the US “Declaration of Independence”. Most folks today can’t wrap their heads around the notion that the US was once a COLONY of Britain – just like us!! But that’s the fact, Jack!! And ever since, we’ve been bombarded with the message that the US represents the best and highest political aspirations and humanity as far as democratic governance is concerned.In fact, the most well-known definition of democracy – rule by the people…for the people and of the people …is by a US president, Abe Lincoln. The “Statue of Liberty”, donated to the new Republic by France, which had just overthrown their monarchy, is the most well-known symbol of the promise of democracy. And of course, the innovation of a written constitution to delineate the powers of the arms of the Government that would oversee the State on behalf of the people – in whom sovereignty resided – became the standard for State formation ever since.So, it was a bit of a bummer that just about this time, President Trump decided to abandon his predecessor, President Obama’s guidelines for colleges to use race as one of the factors in considering admissions. In other words, it was an enlargement of the civil-rights era guidelines on affirmative action for qualified minorities, to focus more on “race”. In effect, it further helped African Americans who previously had justified their preference through historic discriminatory practices. Trump has now disbanded this!Looking at the welter of initiatives by the Trump Administration, it’s just another nail in the coffin of promises America once held out to the suffering “huddled masses” of the world, that is engraved on the Statue of Liberty. Sending home immigrants, separating illegal parents from their children and storing the latter in concrete holding pens; banning visitors from Muslim countries, etc, are only some of the measures that have made headlines.But the move against affirmative action for African Americans in education – which has been shown to be the most important initiative for them to gain equality with white America – is a most cruel betrayal. Specifically of the promise that they’d be assisted to remove themselves from the early constitutional definition as being only worth “three-fifths” of whites. After setting African Americans against immigrants, the mask has been removed to show that once again, “if you’re black; stand back”!… PNC officeYour Eyewitness will go over this once again – since it is clear some folks haven’t gotten the point he made about legitimacy for holding PNC office.They’re confused about the PNC “party” and the PNC “regime”. When Granger, present leader of the PNC “party”, talks about fulfilling Burnham’s legacy, he’s talking about the PNC “regime” as established by the “founding leader”. This regime stood on three legs – the party, the armed forces, and the Civil Service and EACH were integral to Burnham’s rule.After Hoyte succeeded Burnham, when the latter unexpectedly died in 1985, he cleansed the PNC party of practically all the Burnhamites. For all intents and purposes, the PNC after 1992 was just a shell. Even though Hoyte sidelined Brigadier Granger in favour of Major General Joe Singh, with the former back in the saddle, the Burnhamites in the army can rise again!!…selling oilAhhh…what a tangled web the PNC Government weaves! The former presidential advisor on oil revealed that rogue commodity trader Glencore was proposed as the sole source to sell our oil!!As if just 12.5% wasn’t a giveaway enough!!last_img read more

Revengeful Pasig Chooks, Balanga to go all out in Moscow Challenger

first_imgRio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge ‘Beast’ caged Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “We definitely wanna make up for that,” said Joshua Munzon, the 89th-ranked player in the world, during Pasig and Balanga Chooks’ sendoff on Tuesday at Bar One.“Our expectations is to go out there and give everything we have. We can’t get out there and lose focus. We need to stay together as a team. We have to have each other’s backs,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 6-foot-3 Munzon will team up with Serbian reinforcement Nikola Pavlovic and Taylor Statham anew with former PBA veteran Dylan Ababou completing the cast.Pasig is slotted in Group Round 2-B with world No. 3 Riga Ghetto of Latvia and Belgium’s Antwerp. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Balanga Chooks, which was invited to the tournament as a wildcard, has a tougher road ahead as it still needs to go through a qualifier and top its group that features Ukraine’s Odessa Basket and Russia’s Moscow Inanomo to advance to the pool stages against Russia’s Gagarin and Poland’s Gdańsk Energa 3×3.Leading the way for Balanga is prolific forward Travis Franklin, who is joining Alvin Pasaol and Karl Dehesa for another run. Sharpshooting Chris Dechavez is the team’s fourth member.“Two weeks ago, we sent Pasig Chooks to compete in Kunshan. That was the worst tournament we ever participated in after the team left Kunshan without a single win,” said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 league owner Ronald Mascariñas. “It’s behind us now. What’s important is we learned a lot from the Kunshan tournament.”“I can guarantee that our players are mentally and physically ready for this tournament.”Statham kept it short and sweet when asked about his expectations ahead of the Moscow Challenger.ADVERTISEMENT 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Pasig Chooks hopes to replace a forgettable campaign with a memorable one when it plunges back into action in the Fiba 3×3 Tinkoff Moscow Challenger on June 7-8 in Russia.The team is coming off a winless campaign in the 2019 Kunshan Challenger last month and there’s only one way to put that painful stint behind.ADVERTISEMENT NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga “Redemption.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PWA Calls for a Stop to Violations of their Rights in Africa

first_imgU-Thant Nicholas Smith, a young Liberian with albinism, addressing a gathering in West Anaheim California, USA, on International Albinism Awareness Day, said discrimination and stigma is carried out against Persons with Albinism (PWA) across Liberia in all forms. The occasion was graced by Americans with albinism, their family members, and church friends of the event’s organizer. The International Albinism Awareness Day was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly for increased international attention to the condition and adversities of albinism.The program was organized by Dr.Rebecca Kammer, an American low vision specialist who is working with albinism organizations across Africa providing vision care. She was instrumental in getting Smith to the U.S for advanced medical care on his vision, which is gradually improving.“We are being discriminated against based on the perception and mindset that we albinos are not humans,” he said. He also accused the Liberian society of totally turning against albinos, which has left them with no voice in the decision making process of the country. “Many of us have been abandoned, neglected, rejected and abused and as a result we are living in total misery,” he asserted with tears running down his cheeks.Smith, who is a rights advocate, also told the gathering that albinos have lost all hope due to the violations of their fundamental rights.On the education front, the tough talking rights advocate lamented that PWAs have been ridiculed and intimidated in schools. Because of that most of albinos drop out of school, while some cannot even afford to pay their school fees.“We undergo a lot of constraints and difficulties in pursuing education, due to the lack of access,” he added.Touching on the health sector, Smith alleges that PWAs have been denied proper medical care. He accused health practitioners in both the government and private run hospitals and clinics of not paying much attention to their health.“We albinos lack the necessary pigment to stand sunlight. Because of that we are faced with serious challenges. When we go to the hospital or clinic they downplay us and do not give us the needed treatment. Because of that we are living with lots of health problems,” he said. Smith revealed that 99% of albinos in Liberia are not employed although some are qualified. “They will not afford them the opportunity because of their condition.”However, he said due to the lack of interest by the government and private employers in providing jobs for qualified albinos, most of his friends have no choice but to do hard labor jobs such as: pushing wheelbarrows, loading cars, selling around town markets, farming, crushing rocks, etc., under the blazing sun, which poses serious damage to their skin. He added that these kinds of jobs have contributed to many of them being affected with skin cancer and loss of vision, leading to loss of lives at early ages. In his concluding statement, Smith in a strong voice, said PWAs like any other persons must be given the chance to live in dignity free from marginalization. He urged everyone to join hands in making the world a better place for all. “We too have the right to good health care; we too have the right to quality education; we too have the right to employment, and better standards of living,” he argued.Smith later appealed for support to make their work of championing the cause of PWAs more effective and efficient.Meanwhile, Bibiana, a teen living with albinism from Tanzania, who says she was a victim of ritual attacks, narrated that she lost her parents at an early age, compelling her to live with relatives. “One late evening hour while we were asleep, some unknown men broke into the house and chop up one of my legs and fingers and went away with them. I screamed in a pool of blood until I was rescued and rushed to the hospital. After I came to myself, it was then I remembered that my dad once told me about albinos’ bodies being used for ritual purposes in order to make others rich,” she said.Sadly, he was not around to protect her from those evil men. Bibiana is in the U.S with the help of some organizations, and they were able to give her an artificial leg.Accompanied by her little sister Tindi, who is also an albino, they both called for the attacks and killings of PWAs in their motherland to stop immediately, noting that everyone should be given the chance to live a happy life without fear. They called on the world to join hands around albinos in Africa in putting an end to their suffering. Tremayne Mushayahama, a young Zimbabwean who came to the U.S in 2009, said he was grown when he left Zimbabwe. He admitted experiencing similar problems raised by his colleagues from Liberia, describing them as “people being wicked.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Government has a responsibility for job creation

first_imgDear Editor,President David Granger, in one of his Meet the Press Programmes last week, said that it was not the Government’s role to provide jobs for the people. This is not just a slip of the tongue; this is a position of the APNU+AFC regime.Recall earlier Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder in response to rice farmers’ plea for assistance, said the government had no responsibility to the farmers, that the rice industry was privately owned.All the actions of the regime would confirm that this is the belief of the regime. We cannot point to any project that has created employment and job creation.Instead, the very opposite is true. The regime’s measures are impacting negatively on present employment.The numerous taxes they have enforced are discouraging business activities and curtailing employment. Things like licensing horse-drawn carts and donkey carts, charging people walking and selling, among others, are just ridiculous and senseless.The introduction of parking metres in the city will also have a negative impact on business. It could drive some businesses out of the city, while severely restricting the commercial activities of others. In the final analysis, these will impact on employment. People will be dismissed and/or laid off their jobs.The regime seems unconcerned about these effects just as long as it collects its “pound of flesh.”Apart from these, this mentality by the regime has led them to destroying jobs and means of income for a large group of persons.The pending closing of Wales Estate and the closure of operations at LBI will have a devastating impact on employment in the country. Thousands of persons will be thrown out of employment.Immediately, it would be the workers directly involved in those areas. However, there are contractors and other businesses that provide (support) services to the industry that would also be affected.Many self-employed persons in cash crop farming and small shop keepers in the villages will also be negatively impacted. They, too, would be thrown out of employment.In passing, it is such types of activities that President Granger is recommending to create employment. The very ones that will suffer are suffering now. How is that for an example?Scores of cane farmers and hundreds of employees will also be cast on the breadlines to suffer when they become unemployed.The Government, too, will suffer. Taxes from workers will not be collected and reduced importation will impact on customs. The NIS collection will be reduced, while the pensionable persons will keep growing.These things are not inevitable, as the regime is implying. There is another way – invest in the industry to increase its revenue stream so that it can quickly return to profitability and sustainability.The regime speaks about how much it is giving now to the industry. This is nothing to what the sugar industry already gave to the government of this country. Moreover, it can do even more with the investment needed. This is not subsidy; this is sensible business investment policies.It is such investments that would create jobs and build a vibrant economy.When we examine the regime’s attitude to the rice industry, we detect the same disinterest. This is the time to also add value to rice. With little investment, this industry can continue to make valuable contributions to our society.Government spokespersons continue to talk about going into agriculture. They are encouraging young people to go in that direction.However, if the two major agricultural products in this country – sugar and rice – are allowed to decline, what young person would take the exhortations by the regime seriously?Job creation calls for initiatives to be taken by government, which will engender confidence and allow our country to grow. The regime is abdicating its responsibility in this area.Action is needed now!Talk is cheap.Sincerely,Former PresidentDonald Ramotarlast_img read more

Chicharito named UNICEF envoy

first_img0Shares0000MEXICO CITY, Mexico, May 29 – Mexican footballer Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who plays for Britain’s Manchester United, was named a UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ambassador on Monday.“When I heard that UNICEF wished to invite me to become a National Ambassador, immediately I thought: if it’s about doing something for the kids of my country, I am in,” Hernandez said at his designation ceremony. The 23-year-old Manchester United Striker will join singer and actor Cesar Costa, appointed in 2004, and singer Julieta Venegas, appointed in 2009, in campaigning for children’s rights in Mexico on behalf of the UN body.UNICEF said his work would particularly focus on child poverty and on children forced to leave school for work.“Chicharito” is Spanish for “little pea.” Hernandez earned the nickname — written on his jersey — from his father, Javier Hernandez, a Mexican striker who played in the 1986 World Cup and was known as “Chicharo,” or “pea,” because of his green eyes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Local Women’s Institutes co-hosting anti-Site C fundraiser

first_imgThis week, they are teaming up with the Peace Valley Environment Association to host a fundraiser to stop B.C. Hydro’s proposed Site C dam. The event will be held on February 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Burgers and Brews in the Econo Lodge, with proceeds going towards paying for consultants to analyze the Site C Environmental Impact Statement.Funds will be raised through ticket prices and auctions for local artwork, baskets and products from the Peace Region. Tickets cost $20, and include a burger, fries and a drink, as well as a ticket for door prizes.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Hawthorne airport shuts down for remodel

first_imgIn December 2006, the city worked out a public-private deal with real estate investors Wedgewood Properties, Kearny Real Estate Co. and Howard CDM to improve the property. The companies are paying for new hangars and facility improvements, and will share profits from hangar rentals and other fees with the city. The investment group funded a $1.2million refurbishment of the airport lobby and offices last year. They also brought in Million Air, a national company that provides airport and pilot services, to operate the airport’s restaurant, lobby, shuttle service to Los Angeles International Airport, airplane parking and fueling, and hangar maintenance, among other things. They are also paying for dozens of new hangars in the next few years, said David Wehrly, vice president of Wedgewood Properties. He said that there’s currently a seven-year waiting list to rent a hangar. Many of the existing hangars are also in poor condition. Wehrly, who’s also a pilot who uses the airport, complained about the airport’s poor service a few years ago and ended up joining the investment group to help improve it. At the time, he said, the city said it couldn’t afford to pay for improvements at an airport that few Hawthorne residents use. “As a pilot, this is my home airport. I like to fly out of a place I’m proud of,” Wehrly said. “We’re going to put $10 million to $12 million into the airport that the city shouldn’t – or wouldn’t – have done.” Pat Carey, chairman of Hawthorne’s Planning Commission, led a community campaign in 2001 to save the airport when developers threatened to replace it with a commercial complex. Voters turned down the proposal in a ballot initiative that year. Carey said he is ecstatic about the airport’s recent progress. “The community saved its own airport,” said Carey, who also is a pilot who worked at the airport for decades. “That’s a rare thing in the state now. It’s a bitter fight everywhere to keep an airport open, and there aren’t any airports being built. Thank God that happened in Hawthorne. “This is a really dynamic remodeling of the airport.” sandy.mazza@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER Hawthorne Municipal Airport shut down Wednesday for a 28-day runway makeover, including new asphalt, lighted signs and markings. No aircraft can land at the airstrip while the runway and taxiways are stripped and then repaved. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Federal Aviation Administration awarded a nearly $5 million grant to the city to fund the airport face-lift. It’s one of several renovation projects planned for the 59-year-old facility, which will reopen Nov. 19. Public Works Director Arnie Shadbehr said a total overhaul of the airport’s aging structures began last year. “We were able to accomplish a brand-new FAA Airport Master Plan – something we weren’t able to do for 14years before that,” Shadbehr said. Eleven taxiway ramps will be reconstructed during the runway renovation. And construction on seven new hangars will also begin in the next month, he said. last_img read more

I thankfully gobble up Turkey Day dinner invites

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Somehow, I spent most of the day in my car and was late to every dinner. I wound up eating picked-over turkey and stuffing – and in some cases, nothing at all because the jackals had gotten there before me and didn’t bother to save me a plate. After that, I decided that I could accept only one invitation. But it’s impossible to decide which to attend because each has its own charm – not to mention culinary specialty. My friends Nataly and Art have invited me to their family dinner each year. Art is a chef, so the food is always amazing and unique. My best friend, Susie, is no slouch in the kitchen herself. Because I have known her for so long – we grew up next door to each other as children – I can admit to my love for her green beans, a family recipe that I have never been able to re-create. Her stuffing is so unbelievably good, she sets aside something we refer to as “the stuffing ball” that is supposed to last me through Christmas but usually doesn’t make it beyond the freeway on-ramp. Some of my best Thanksgivings have been spent working the night shift at the Daily News, which has many first-rate cooks who help create a holiday feast better than your family’s dinners. Around this time every year I begin to panic about where I’m going for Thanksgiving – not because I’m worried about not getting an invitation, but because it’s more likely I’ll get too many, a cornucopia, if you will, of invites. You see, I am one of the pathetic souls whose family lives in parts hither and yon. My friends, co-workers and various acquaintances always say, “You can come to my house,” whether they want me there or not because it’s just too depressing for them to think I might have no place to go. It doesn’t help that Thanksgiving is my favorite food holiday of all. Fourth of July? You can keep your hot dogs and hamburgers. Passover can just hang on to its brisket and matzo ball soup. And potato latkes at Hanukkah have nothing over mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving. I am blessed with having a fair number of friends who know of my obsession with Thanksgiving, and I decided one year to accept all of their invitations. I factored in dinner times, gauged distances – I even made a chart. While nothing really compares to spending Thanksgiving with your “own people,” many single folks and others who live far from their relatives have created surrogate families that help make the holiday special. I consider myself fortunate that in almost 20 years, I have never had to spend a Thanksgiving by myself. That is something to be truly grateful for. Sharon Kaplan is a Features design editor at the Daily News.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

Start of a new midfield pairing for Arsenal? Predicted Gunners XI v Basel

first_imgArsenal return to Champions League action tonight, taking on FC Basel at the Emirates, kick off 19:45 BST.The Gunners drew 1-1 with Paris Saint-Germain in a difficult opening game, but after their recent 3-0 victory over Chelsea, confidence is high. So will Arsene Wenger stick with the side that delivered against their London rivals or make some changes?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal XI by viewing the slideshow above. 11 11 11 20. Shkodran Mustafi (centre back) 11 11 11 7. Alexis Sanchez (forward) 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 14. Theo Walcott (right attack) 13. David Ospina (goalkeeper) 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 17. Alex Iwobi (left attack) 11 11 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 19. Santi Cazorla (centre midfield) 11 29. Granit Xhaka (centre midfield)last_img read more

Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea fans laugh as Wolves ‘bully’ United with ‘ole’ chant

first_img What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Wolves fans chanted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s name without even realising it as they sent Manchester United crashing out of the FA Cup on Saturday.The Wanderers beat United 2-1 to progress to the Wembley semi-final and were looking comfortable with the score at 2-0 as just ten minutes remained. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January RANKED IN DEMAND REVEALED Wolves fans singing ole 😂😂😂— Abdulmajid Yusuf (@lacazette_fc) March 16, 2019 United getting Solskjaer’d off by the Wolves fans. Olé 😂— JJ (@Juppy_J) March 16, 2019 Wolves fans doing oleeee in front of Ole just keep injecting‼️‼️‼️— gbè body è sokè (@princegriffey) March 16, 2019 Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested 1 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Wolves looking like Barcelona this game, bullying Man-u— DannPaynee (@Dann_Paynee07) March 16, 2019 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Sporting behaviour from the Wolves fans singing the Man U managers name. Woooooa Ole, whooooa Ole 😂😂😂😂 #WOLMUN— mick (@Estreetman60) March 16, 2019 deals center_img targets Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Wolves Oleying Ole 😂— Steve Lawton (@lawtooooo) March 16, 2019 Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Wolves fans paying homage to United’s wheel by singing “Ole” on every pass 🤣— Forward 💯™ (@Forward_100) March 16, 2019 gameday cracker ManU getting Olé’d by Wolves😂 I love it. #facup #WOLMUN— Cosas😜Chingonas👍 (@ImRichBich) March 16, 2019 LATEST MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS LOOOOOOOOL WOLVES ARE BULLYING THEM— Umair Gööner Ahmad (@MrStealYoCake) March 16, 2019 boost FAREWELL During this period, they began to pass the ball around Solskjaer’s players and didn’t lose possession for an extended time.The home supporters began to chant ‘ole’ after every pass, much to the delight of Man United’s rivals who picked up on the irony.You can read a round-up of the social media reaction below. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked dejected on the sidelines REVEALED last_img read more