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Grades are important, so is mental health

first_imgDear Editor,Common Entrance results were released recently. We are once again in the periodical summer where an eleven or twelve-year-old may be ecstatic and zealous or unhappy and depressed.I’ve recently found out that for Common Entrance Examinations only 130 seats are available for Queen’s College (QC). That means that out of 14,000 students, only 130 students will get QC.That’s only 0.929 per cent. Let that sink in for a moment. Less than one per cent of students who wrote Common Entrance will get into QC. Harvard University does not have those odds, neither does Oxford nor Cambridge.When I was 11 years old, my parents worked with me throughout one year in order to prepare me for Common Entrance Examinations. My father and I, every night during the weekdays, would study Mathematics and English, and my mother and I on the weekends would do the other subjects. I had all the resources: the past papers, the textbooks, etc… I even went to one of the best private primary schools and I worked really hard. Despite all of that I did not get QC.I have done CXC, A-levels and written law exams and I have never been as nervous for any of those exams as I was for Common Entrance. I did not want to disappoint my parents nor family because I felt everyone wanted and expected that I would get QC. That’s a lot of pressure on any boy or girl.I, as an 11-year-old, felt that if I didn’t get QC it was the end of the world. My life was over! I thought that if I didn’t get QC, I wouldn’t be a good lawyer because my father went to QC and to be a good lawyer you need to go to QC. That’s the deductive reasoning of an eleven-year-old. Parents need to remind their children that if they don’t get QC, it’s not the end of the world. If they continue to work hard and stay disciplined, they will achieve great things.A vast number of professionals who are leaders in their respective fields did not get QC. I cannot list everyone because the number is so vast but I shall list a few. The former Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh, did not get QC. The former Chief, Justice Ian Chang SC, did not get QC. Guyana’s only neurosurgeon, Dr Amarnauth Dukhi, did not get QC. Business tycoon Dr Yesu Persaud did not get QC.In light of what I mentioned, I wish to congratulate all of those students who did the Common Entrance Examinations and worked hard; and to encourage them to continue to work hard. If you didn’t get QC, it’s not the end of the world! Continue to work hard and be disciplined and you will do great in life!Yours sincerely,Mikel Puranlast_img read more

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Spanish Organization Contributes to Ebola Fight in Liberia

first_imgA Spanish humanitarian foundation, Women for Africa, has turned over materials worth 9, 230, 87€ to the Catholic Hospital for fight against Ebola.The donation by the foundation was made possible through the instrumentality of Maria Teresa Fernandez De La Vega, former Vice President of the Spanish Government,  who currently chairs the Women for Africa.The items donated include masks of various kinds, protective suits protective eyeglasses, gloves and boots.According to Juan Criado Clemente, Chargè d’Affaires of Spain in Liberia, the donation went to the Catholic Hospital because Women for Africa has a working connection with that hospital.He told the Daily Observer that though the materials went to the Catholic Hospital, other smaller clinics and health centers will still benefit as Ebola is a national concern that involves the participation of all in fight.Chargè d’Affaires Clemente said in order for the materials to reach the expected destinations, he as a representative of the Spanish Government assisted in the shipment process.He also lauded the World Food Program (WFP) for providing the trucks to transport the materials.Ebola entered Liberia from Guinea since April this year and has reportedly been spreading and claiming lives in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.The Senate recently called on the Executive to declare it as national health emergency, suggesting US$1.2 million to fight it.Since the outbreak, medical practitioners in the country have complained of lack of materials to protect them from contracting the disease as they cater to suspected patients.Some medical practitioners have reportedly died as a result of contracting the disease.The Ebola crisis, coupled with other national issues, has led to the cancellation of the regular  Independence Day celebration, but with instruction from government that every Liberian should observe it in intercessory prayer to seek God’s intervention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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President David Granger unwell

first_img…heads to Cuba for medical examinationGovernment has, on Monday, issued a terse release, stating that President David Granger would today be going to Cuba for almost a week.Guyana Times has however been told the President is unwell and would be going to Cuba for medical tests.President David GrangerThis was indeed confirmed by People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) General Secretary Amna Ally in an interview with sections of the media, whom she assured that the President was not expected to undergo surgery. Instead, she said, he would be undergoing a medical test in Havana, the capital of Cuba.She also informed that the President called a meeting with Cabinet ministers from his Peoples Nation Congress (PNC) party on Monday. It is understood that while the President is out of the jurisdiction, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo will perform the functions of President, while Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge will perform the duties of Prime Minister.In May of this year, the First Couple had travelled to the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to undergo what was referred to as their annual medical check-up. At the time, and in response to speculation in the press, the Government had revealed that the couple did their examinations under a Caribbean medical insurance scheme at the Good Health Medical Centre.Those results, Government had said, indicated a clean bill of health. It was further explained that Mrs. Granger first joined the scheme 28 years ago as a staff member at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, and the President, as her spouse, was eligible to participate.“The First Couple (have) been travelling to Trinidad and Tobago for annual medical examinations for over 12 years, long before the President’s entrance into politics. They will both undergo two more days of physical examination and medical tests as part of their annual medical check-up, which is usually done in August each year.“However, President Granger opted to do those tests in May this year, so that he would be in Guyana for the lead up to Local Government Elections, which are due this year,” a release from the Government had said.This time around, the fact that he is expected back on November 11 means the President will be just in time for Local Government Elections (LGE).last_img read more

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GCCI worried over macroeconomic dynamics of fiscal sector

first_img– raises concern about lack of job creation, consumer spendingThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has issued a formal response to the presentation of the 2019 Budget, which was read in Parliament by Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Monday, raising some concerns relating to the financial plan.GCCI President Deodat IndarThe GCCI said that it was worried about the macroeconomic dynamics of the fiscal sector. It notes that Budget 2019 indicates the Government’s intention to finance about 80 per cent of the sizable fiscal deficit ($32.84 billion of the $41.49 billion) by borrowing from the domestic economy.The Chamber said compounding this was the concern that there was a projected increase in taxation by 9.9 per cent, in an economy, which was projected to expand by 4.6 per cent. “This outstripping worries us,” a statement issued by the GCCI on Wednesday stated.But even more worrying for the Chamber is the slow rate of implementation of the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) and the long gestation period of capital expenditure. “This is likely to create a drag on the economy as money is withdrawn faster than it can be injected.”In the external sector, the GCCI said the large drawdown on the net foreign assets of the Bank of Guyana of US$104.1 million remained of concern; the sustenance of which was critical to external viability and the preservation of macroeconomic stability of the country.Concerns were also raised about job creation and consumer spending, with the Chamber saying that 2018 was expected to record marginal increases in labour-intensive sectors such as agriculture and fisheries, with forestry expected to grow 1.1 per cent.Additionally, the mining and quarrying industries are expected to decline in year 2018. Given the dismal economic performance in these labour-intensive sectors, “we are disappointed that the required stimulus needed to recover job losses were not adequately addressed in Budget 2019”.Further, the GCCI said with a decline in spending on the agriculture sector from $19.4 billion to $17.1 billion (from 7.1 per cent to 5.7 per cent of the total Budget), it believes that the dismal performance in the sector, unfortunately, is likely to continue. “This is expected to have a negative impact on consumer spending in 2019,” the statement added.Fuel concernHowever, the GCCI said it was particularly disappointed that there has been no adjustment to the tax regime of fuel despite its suggestion. “It should be noted that in 2018, the price of fuel had a disastrous effect on the Private Sector earnings as costs skyrocketed, and continues to affect every aspect of Private Sector operations, from manufacturing to distribution.”During the 2019 Budget consultations, the GCCI, in meetings with the Finance Ministry, made a number of recommendations. The Chamber said it was pleased to see that some of the recommendations which were advanced to the Minister were well-received and taken on board.“The Chamber of Commerce has noted that its requests to review the taxes on pesticides and limestone used in the agriculture sector has resulted in exemptions being granted from Custom Duty and Value Added Tax (VAT),” the statement said.The GCCI is also pleased that its suggestions on the aviation industry have resulted in the VAT exemption of aircraft engines and main components/parts. In addition, the Commission said it welcomed a sector-targeted reduction in Corporation Tax and viewed this reduction as a step in the right direction for the facilitation and promotion of Private Sector development.The Private Sector Commission (PSC) has also listed a number of issues it has with Budget 2019. The Commission said in a statement on Tuesday that it was mainly concerned about the level of proposed overall tax revenue on businesses and individuals as Budget 2019 forecast a 9.9 per cent increase in revenue, while the economy is projected to grow by 4.6 per cent.However, the PSC recalled that it had recommended the gradual lowering of the Corporation Tax over a period of 10 years to 20 per cent. “The PSC is, therefore, pleased at the reduction to 25 per cent, which was announced for 2019 and signals a commitment to this mutual goal.”Further, the PSC said it was cognisant of the need to incentivise the manufacturing sector and had hoped that given the large input of the services sector to Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), thought would have been given to reducing the tax rate for commercial businesses from the draconian 40 per cent as this is having an adverse effect on legitimate businesses.“Worrying too is the impact of Budget 2019 upon the foreign reserves of the Central Bank; an impact that does not appear to have taken cognisance of the need to cushion against external shocks to which the country and its currency are vulnerable,” the statement added.Nevertheless, the PSC said it was pleased that Budget 2019 contained several measures such as the raising of the tax threshold, which it had proposed for some relief of the tax burden upon employees, and the monies earmarked for hinterland airstrips, among others.last_img read more

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Site C from another viewpoint: Peace Valley Landowners Association hosts tour

first_img“Considering there are active issues before the courts — and they’re not casual issues, they’re fundamental issues of whether or not the provincial and federal governments have upheld treaty and constitutional obligations — it’s astonishing to me that, in this context, any government in this day and age would plunge ahead and allow such irreversible harm to already be caused to the region,” he said.One argument on the opposition side of Site-C is the loss of farmland in the Peace River Valley that completion of construction would see.The Wilderness Committee’s Joe Foy said the valley hosts unique plant life, such as cactus, and there is a variety of produce that can grown here that can’t in many other regions of the province.Despite the construction start, Boon has hope the project can be halted. He called the recent debate of Site-C in BC legislature ‘farcical,’ but applauded the NDP for unanimously voicing out against Site-C, and cultivating their own energy policy.Advertisement “There’s a lot of better ways to put that equipment to work down there,” he continued. “We’re not opposed to jobs, and the NDP’s not opposed to jobs. But there’s a lot smarter ways to put that equipment to work, and create energy that Site-C would create in a lot smarter, greener, cleaner ways.”He believes the way to smarter energy projects is creating smaller projects at a slower pace — rather than taking on what he calls a ‘white elephant’ project.West Moberly First Nation’s Forest Technician George Desjarlais said their biggest concern is with regard to the environment: not just how the dam will impact forests, but the wildlife the First Nation has depended on for generations.He recalled the effect the W.A.C. Bennett Dam near Hudson’s Hope had on mountain ungulates — including sheep, goats, and caribou — back when construction was finished in the 70’s.“The same thing is going to happen here once this dam is constructed, and the valley is flooded,” he said.Advertisement Ken Boon calls the view from the tip of the Peace River’s north bank, where he hosted a tour for media and interested organizations, one that many people don’t see of Site-C.“After seeing reports of the BC Hydro tour, it was pretty obvious that they weren’t showing the whole picture,” Boon, the president of the Peace Valley Landowner’s Association, said.According to him, the whole picture includes sights such as a whole flat of land where he alleges trees were mulched rather cut into timber — and the island in the middle of the river, that used to be freckled with trees, completely bare.- Advertisement -“There’s 100 kilometres of river valley that’s going to get destroyed before this is going to be done, and we’re only looking at a couple of kilometres — so it’s only gotten worse.”People coming from across the province and even across the country were there to observe — from Treaty 8 Tribal Association, and other organizations, respectively.Craig Benjamin with Amnesty International said he was ‘taken aback’ by the scale of what has happened in the valley during his first glimpse of the construction in process.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – the best bits: Wednesday, August 27

first_imgListen back to the highlights of Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. Alan Brazil and Micky Quinn were joined on today’s show by Sven-Goran Eriksson, Mark Bosnich and Julio Arca.last_img

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Tottenham’s Dele Alli wins PFA Young Player of the Year award

first_img Dele Alli has excelled for Spurs this season 1 Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli capped a brilliant breakthrough Premier League season by winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award on Sunday.The 20-year-old, who was also named in the PFA Team of the Year, was recognised after registering ten goals and 12 assists in his debut top flight campaign.He held off competition from team-mate Harry Kane, Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Everton duo Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley.Alli was unable to collect the award in person at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday night, with Spurs hosting West Brom on Monday, but Ossie Ardiles collected the prize on his behalf and the youngster sent a video message.“Thank you Ossie, the Tottenham legend for receiving this award for me,” Alli said.“Sorry I can’t be there tonight but we have a big game tomorrow. Thank you for to everyone who voted for me.“I feel honoured to win such a prestigious award and thank you to my friends, family and all the staff at Tottenham.”Alli, who won the Football League Young Player of the Year 12 months ago, joined Tottenham from MK Dons in 2015 and was expected to be used sparingly in his first season at White Hart Lane.Mauricio Pochettino, however, decided Alli was ready to be a first-team regular and the youngster has more than justified his manager’s faith, playing a leading role in Spurs’ surprise title challenge.Perhaps his finest moment of the campaign came with his goal of the season contender against Crystal Palace in January, when he cushioned the ball on his knee, flicked it over his head and volleyed home from outside the penalty area.Alli’s athleticism, creativity and goals have also won the admiration of Roy Hodgson, who handed him his England debut against Estonia in October.He now has six caps and on the fourth of those against France he scored his first international goal, firing past team-mate Hugo Lloris at Wembley.Hodgson predicted last month Alli could be England’s new Bryan Robson, while Sir Alex Ferguson has said he is the most gifted young midfielder since Paul Gascoigne.Pochettino pulled his players out of the PFA Awards ceremony as Tottenham look to beat West Brom and cut the gap to leaders Leicester to five points again.The Foxes thrashed Swansea 4-0 on Sunday to strengthen their position at the top of the table.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Highlights of England’s visit to Saint-Etienne against Argentina in 1998

first_imgRe-live the highlights of England’s 1998 World Cup quater-final defeat to Argentina from the last time they visited Saint Etienne.Goals from Alan Shearer and Micheal Owen left Glenn Hoddle’s side level in the tie, before a moment of madness from David Beckham ensured England would face the lottery of penalties once again.England will be hoping to extinguish the painful memories of their acrimonious exit when they face Slovakia on Monday night in their final Group B fixture.Avoiding defeat will ensure progression from the group, while a win will guarantee top spot.Check out the highlights of that memorable World Cup clash above!last_img read more

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DONEGAL PHOTOGRAPHER HAS PICTURES CHOSEN FOR US EXHIBITION

first_imgThe cliffs at Arranmore Island on the Donegal coast. Photo John RaffertyThree iconic images of Donegal from award winning photographer John Rafferty have been selected for an upcoming photographic exhibition in New York.The remarkable images were selected from over 700 entries for an exhibition of Irish and New York landscapes at the Aisling Center in Yonkers.An old stone cottage on Lahan Island off the Co. Donegal coast. Photo John RaffertyThe images selected, portray the rugged cliffs at Arranmore Island, a stunning sunrise at Errigal mountain from outside an Chuirt hotel and an old stone cottage on Lahan Island near Burtonport. The winning images are also included on a 2014 calendar which goes on sale throughout the US.John’s images have been very popular with New Yorkers for some time and by having them feature at an exhibition in the Big Apple is set to increase their desirability considerably.A selection of John’s images can be viewed on Facebook on the ‘Photos of Donegal’ page.Sunrise at Errigal mountain in Co. Donegal (Photo John Rafferty)  DONEGAL PHOTOGRAPHER HAS PICTURES CHOSEN FOR US EXHIBITION was last modified: December 18th, 2013 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:John Raffertynew yorkphoto exhibitionlast_img read more

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FINN HARPS TO HONOUR ONE OF CLUB’S LEGENDS

first_imgNational Schools across Donegal are to play for the “Fran Fields Trophy”.Finn Harps are delighted to announce that the legacy of co-founder will now be brought to a new generation at the forthcoming 2012 Finn Harps/Donegal Creameries Schools tournament.From 2012 onwards, winning teams at the competition will be presented with the newly designed Fran Fields Trophy. This year’s event will include both male and female teams, selected by the 28 participating Donegal national schools, and will take place at Finn Park over the 6th, 7th and 8th of JuneFran Fields was the Finn Harps chairman who was instrumental in bringing senior football to Donegal in 1969. Fran’s determination to bring sporting success to Donegal was legendary.There were many, both within and outside the county, who doubted that a Donegal side could survive in the League of Ireland. Against all the odds, Fran and Finn Harps scaled the heights, and brought cup glory and European football to the North West.Fran was held in huge esteem by the football world and his stature in the game was recognised when he became president of the FAI. On his recent visit to Donegal the current CEO of the FAI John Delaney paid tribute to Fran’s huge contribution to football, describing him as a “great football man, a great Finn Harps man, but also a great servant to the FAI and Irish Football”Finn Harps in the Community Officer John Campbell says “Following the huge success of last year’s national schools competition, everyone is really looking forward to this year’s event.“I am delighted that Fran’s wife June and family has accepted our request to acknowledge Fran’s legacy to the football family. He was not only a very influential figure in Donegal football, but was also highly respected at national and international level.“I think he would be delighted to see the next generation of footballers developing their talent at Finn Park so it is fitting that the new trophies will be named after him.”With 1,655,000 page views last month, get your story seen on Donegal Daily. Send your stories and pictures to info@donegaldaily.comFollow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyFINN HARPS TO HONOUR ONE OF CLUB’S LEGENDS was last modified: May 28th, 2012 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:finn harpsFran Fieldslast_img read more

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