Kawhi Leonard, Raptors rout Clippers

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra KEY RUNThe Raptors used an 11-0 spurt in the second to open a 12-point edge.“Once we started to get stops in the second quarter, it enabled us to start running and getting layups on the other end,” Wright said.ROTTEN FROM RANGEThe Clippers finished 2 for 12 on 3-point shots, their fewest made 3-pointers of the season.BOARD MEETINGToronto outrebounded Los Angeles 56-36. The Raptors had a season-high 59 rebounds in a double-overtime win at Washington on Jan. 13.UP NEXTClippers: At Charlotte on Tuesday nightRaptors: At Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives around Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley (11) during first-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The rested Toronto Raptors made quick work of the weary Los Angeles Clippers.Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Clippers 121-103 on Sunday for their 10th victory in their last 11 home games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Before the game, Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers bemoaned the lack of rest his team got following a 5 p.m. start Saturday in Detroit, in which the Clippers erased a 25-point deficit to beat the Pistons 111-101.“This is a ridiculous back-to-back,” Rivers said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAfter watching his team trail by double digits throughout the second half, Rivers said he decided not to push his players and risk injuries.“I felt like this was probably going to be a second-half game for us, you know, if we could keep within string distance and maybe steal it in the second half, but we just didn’t have anything,” he said. “That’s why I took guys out. Lou Williams had 18 points as the Clippers lost for the third time in four games.Toronto improved to 8-0 when playing with at least one day of rest and facing an opponent playing the second game of a back-to-back. The Raptors are 4-0 at home in such games.“That’s a good stat,” Wright said. “I guess we’re taking advantage of that.”Ibaka has a career-best six straight double-doubles, Toronto’s longest streak since Chris Bosh had eight in November 2009.Pascal Siakam and C.J. Miles each had 15 points, and Delon Wright added 14. All-Star guard Kyle Lowry sat out because of a sore back. Lowry also missed six games in December and January because of back pain. Fred VanVleet started in Lowry’s place.The Raptors bounced back after losing at home to Milwaukee on Thursday night, their first home loss since Dec. 9.“We were on national TV and I felt like we just dropped the ball,” Wright said about the 105-92 loss to the NBA-leading Bucks.TIP-INSClippers: F Danilo Gallinari (back spasms) missed his ninth straight game. … Clippers owner Steve Ballmer attended the game. … Williams won the first of his two NBA Sixth Man of the Year Awards with Toronto in 2015. … Gilgeous-Alexander said he left tickets for more than 50 family and friends.Raptors: Toronto is an Eastern Conference-best 16-6 against Western Conference opponents. … G Malachi Richardson (right knee) missed his second straight game. Ray Parks returns, Alab Pilipinas extends win streak to 6 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We had dead legs. I thought you could see it defensively, we weren’t moving our feet. It was one of those schedule losses, really. I thought it was going to be a tough night and it was.”Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said fatigue was “definitely” a factor in the outcome.“It’s hard to play a whole other 48 minutes in less than 24 hours,” the rookie said.Gilgeous-Alexander, born in nearby Hamilton, had 19 points to lead Los Angeles.“He came in and played great,” Rivers said. “He was the bright spot.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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PBA: San Miguel ends slide, clobbers Blackwater

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next June Mar Fajardo was flat out dominant for the Beermen with 20 points, 21 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks.Alex Cabagnot, who’s still not at peak condition after having nasal surgery, had 19 points and five assists while Terrence Romeo added 17 points, five boards, and four dimes.Chris Ross also filled up the stat sheets for the Beermen with 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.“I’m happy to see the players prevail, well their pride was the one that prevailed here,” said Austria. “Even though the game was already decided the effort was still there.”Roi Sumang led the Elite, who dropped to 1-4 record, with 17 points, five rebounds, and six assists.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Frustrations mount for CJ Perez, Columbian as losses start to pile up LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history San Miguel’s Terrence Romeo vs Blackwater defenders. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel got out of its slump and flexed its championship muscle on Blackwater, 93-79, in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Beermen, who are gunning for a fifth straight Philippine Cup, snapped their two-game skid to get to a 3-3 record and jump from eighth all the way to a share of the fourth spot with TNT.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Things were still neck-and-neck in the early parts of the third quarter with both teams trying to wrestle control from a 50-50 tie.That was when the defending champions kicked it to high gear with quick 8-0 run that Terrence Romeo capped off with a three-point play to give the Beermen a 58-50 lead halfway through the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Beermen then took a 21-point lead, 87-66, after a 13-2 run ending on Alex Cabagnot’s layup with 5:51 left in the game.“It was a good win for us and this will serve as a morale-booster for us,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. “Every game for us is important and we all know that there are only two teams who’ll get a twice-to-beat advantage and right now, mathematically, we still have a chance.” View commentslast_img read more

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Kebbeh Lamine: Lone Star’s Midfielder

first_imgIn the Liberian female soccer world, one of the most resourceful players whose work rate is a joy to watch is Kebbeh Lamine of the national female soccer team, Lone Star.Ms. Lamine plays in the midfield where she is at home with the ball as she pushes her friends up to do damage to their opponents.“A lovely player,” said a soccer fan who claimed to have followed the exploits of this wonderful soccer player, “she is good to see in action.”When the Lone Star visited neighboring Sierra Leone for an invitational match against their counterparts in Freetown recently, Ms. Lamin was on the squad and their 1-1 draw game showed how well the team performed.Presently, Lone Star is registered in the CAF competition for females and Liberia will now be able to show case her beautiful ladies against their counterparts. Countries like Ghana and Nigeria have gone ahead and have made impressive improvements in the female arena and Liberia is expected to join them.It would not be the first time for Liberia to participate in a CAF competition though reports about the players’ experience in Ghana, a couple of years ago, were not encouraging. Even the recent trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone had challenging periods for the team but it succeeded.Whatever the case, there should be a new approach to ensure that the female team has the support necessary for its success, and midfielder Kebbeh Lamine would be in the squad.The soft spoken Lamine is one of the few players who prefer to speak in action on the field and as the accompanied picture shows, Ms. Lamine also believes in style.This shows that at least female footballers have style, too. Keep it up Ms. Lamine and get ready to make the nation proud.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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Good News from CARI, But…

first_imgThe  Team Manager of the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Aaron Marshall, recently laid out some impressive plans for the Institute’s work over the next few years.  First and foremost among them is human development.  Our Bong County Correspondent, Marcus Malayea, following an interview with Mr. Marshall last week, reported that CARI is poised to receive shortly an additional six Liberian Master’s degree holders in specialized agricultural areas.They will return and help to improve crop production and assist farmers in growing more food to enhance the nation’s food security.This is good news, but!  What about Animal and Soil Scientists?  How many veterinary doctors and soil scientists have we trained since Christian Baker, and J.T. Phillips–both of whom, now deceased, returned home in the 1950s?Unfortunately, cattle production never took off in Liberia, even though cattle can grow in many places, including Grand Cess, Grand Kru County and Foya, Lofa County.Government should encourage the few Liberian vets (veterinary doctors) and soil scientists working in the United States to return.  The handful of Liberian cattle raisers should also be encouraged.Today, after 167 years of independence, we are still importing beef from rain-starved Mali.This newspaper has always called the nation’s attention to Grand Cess, the natural habitat for cattle, that onetime had more cattle than people!  Yet neither has the government, nor Liberians with money, like the Tubmans, whose Maryland County once controlled Grand Cess, nor the well-to-do sons of Grand Cess, like Cletus  Wotorson and Blamo Nelson, ever attempted to develop a viable cattle ranch there.  Besides, we are still importing chickens and eggs–one of the simplest husbandries to develop.  What is CARI doing about that?  Can CARI find one or two trained Liberian Poultry experts–on the ground and abroad–and encourage them to end Liberia’s dependence on foreign chickens and eggs?In Mozambique it is the market women that supply poultry and eggs to the whole country.  Market Association President Lusu Sloan, are you listening? We suggest that you lead a delegation to Mozambique to see what the women are doing there.  Thelma Awori can put you in touch with them.It is noteworthy that CARI has developed 20 different varieties of cassava that can dramatically increase the present yield, compared to the traditional cassava known as “Bassa Girl.”Can CARI and MOA work with the Booker Washington Institute in undertaking a crash course to train 100 Agricultural Extension Agents to carry the benefits of research to farmers throughout the country?Moreover, it is upon CARI and its scientists that we must now depend to organize, at long last, the nation’s agriculture. Government needs to send some of our experts to Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya and South Africa to see how they have been able to organize their agriculture and become food and flower-exporting nations.One more challenge CARI must face: researching and further developing our tree crops. During our long civil war Liberia lost to Cote d’Ivoire the edge as Africa’s leading rubber producer. We need to develop a crash program to encourage our rubber farmers to return to their farms and replant.  It takes money, yes, but government should find it and reach out to rubber farmers, working with the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL). The Rubber Development Unit should be reestablished to produce high yielding rubber scions and go on to manufacture rubber cups, buckets and other implements farmers need to reopen their farms.  RPAL, with the cooperation of Morris American Rubber, can initiative this manufacturing initiative.  The Chinese can help us to do it. Firestone could help–will they?  Firestone, Guthrie, Cavalla and Morris American Rubber should also be deliberately encouraged to intensify their replanting programs.  As always, of course, Firestone is already ahead.  But it still has hundreds of thousands of acres of their one million-acre concession area that remain unused.  All of our rubber planters–and even new ones–must know that we are in a race, and we can become number one again.Coffee and cocoa, too, are challenges awaiting CARI’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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European Bank Approves US$27.3M to Upgrade RIA

first_imgUrgently needed work to upgrade the runway and address safety at Liberia’s main airport will be backed by Europe’s loan of US$27.3 million through its long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB), following an agreement signed in Washington D.C. on Monday, October 13.Amara M. Konneh, the Liberian Minister for Finance and Development Planning, said “The European Investment Bank had always been a true partner to the people of Liberia. The airport rehabilitation project is another clear manifestation of that partnership.”The twenty year loan, worth  US$27.3 million (EUR 19.6 million) for Roberts International Airport was formally agreed on the sidelines of the World Bank-IMF meetings in Washington at a ceremony attended by Amara M. Konneh, Finance Minister of the Republic of Liberia and Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Dr. J. Mills Jones.The occasion also allowed detailed discussion of issues of pressing concern in Liberia, the government’s economic recovery plan and EIB’s engagement in West Africa.“The European Investment Bank stands side by side with Liberia at this time of need. We will continue our engagement with Liberian officials, partner institutions and European Union Delegations in the region and will ensure that any support we can provide will be of best use. Upgrading Monrovia’s airport is essential for Liberia and we are pleased to share experience from similar projects elsewhere in Africa.” said Pim van Ballekom, European Investment Bank Vice President.This is the first European Investment Bank operation with the Liberian Airports Authority and follows recent support for improving electricity generation in Liberia through backing for rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant.The runway work will also include improvements to runway drainage and runway lighting.  When completed, it will allow Robert International Airport to comply with international civil aviation standards. The project is being co-financed with the Saudi Fund for Development and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa.The European Investment Bank has experience supporting airport investment around the world and has provided EUR 12.5 billion for new airports and airport upgrading in the last decade. This has included runway improvements in Maputo, upgrading regional airports in Tanzania, air traffic control in Madagascar and West Africa, as well as Heathrow Terminal 5, Amsterdam Schiphol, Frankfurt and Paris airports. The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union, owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals.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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Positive things are happening in all 10 regions

first_imgDear Editor,The Aurora primary and nursery schools were recently built at a cost of about $120,000,000 followed quickly by the new building to house the Police Station that is soon to be commissioned. There are many sea defence projects in the Good Hope/Pomona Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC); likewise also the soon to be constructed stelling at Supenaam for the speed boats to moor. In addition, many streets are being upgraded, the street lights that is being installed is an illustration of the commitment the coalition Government – the A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance For Change) have been making towards the development of the country.From my reading and information gathered from the various newscasts and talking to people who reside in other regions, a lot of developmental work is taking place in their regions also. The subject Ministries, and by extension the Government, must be commended.A lot has been done, but there is more to be done. We are certainly on our way, yes we are beginning to see that bright light at the end of the tunnel; irrespective of which side of the political divide you stand, you will have to agree that positive things are happening in all ten administrative regions of Guyana.Sincerely,Archie W Cordislast_img read more

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Minister Jordan blaming others for his Government’s carelessness

first_imgDear Editor,The Honourable Finance Minister, Winston Jordan in a letter to the media on October 9, 2018, took time from his duties to respond to a media house’s editorial of October 7, regarding his stewardship of the economy. The Minister, in his letter, addressed several matters and sought ignominiously to cast blame on others for his Government’s carelessness in managing the affairs of the State. Minister Jordan in his letter, apparently using a basket to fetch water, among other things, referred to the sugar industry.The Minister says “…our Government has provided a bailout for [Guyana Sugar Corporation] GuySuCo – a whopping $37 billion to date”. But what the Finance Minister didn’t say is that the Government, of which he is a leading member, installed the Hanoman-led Interim Management Committee, which collected the billions he referred to, but which oversaw the diminution of the industry. In Minister Jordan’s stint, so far, as Finance Minister, sugar production fell by over 40 per cent; sugar foreign exchange earnings fell by a whopping 38 per cent, and the sugar labour force contracted by some 7000 employees in the period.Interestingly, prior to the Minister taking up the helm of the Finance Ministry and having direct responsibility for our nation’s economic state of affairs, the sugar industry, with smaller allocations, was able to sustain seven estates and 17,000 workers. In the three years prior to Minister Jordan’s leadership as Finance Minister, the sugar industry received from the Treasury aggregately $15.36 billion. In that period, the Corporation was able to approve pay rises for its hard-working workers and it respected workers benefit and conditions. Interestingly, under Minister Jordan’s Government the only increases went to what is deemed “Key Management Personnel” with expenditure to this group of a handful of the industry’s echelon rising by 43 per cent between 2013 and 2016.But while the Minister harps about the State support provided to the industry, which we must add is not unusual globally, he ignores what those sums meant to the wider economy. Employment costs associated at now closed Skeldon, Rose Hall, East Demerara and Wales Estates totalled GY$11.941 billion in 2014, according to the Sugar Commission of Inquiry report. It is estimated that workers, conservatively, utilised about 85 per cent of their earnings on the purchase of goods and services. In other words, directly shopkeepers, market vendors, fisher folk, transportation providers, etc, have lost $10.15 billion. Indirectly, using the income multiplier formula, a further $70 billion has been removed from the economy. This is a massive and substantial hit and one which many, especially in rural Guyana, may not be able to recover from. Looking at the industry as a whole, using the 2014 data, we have estimated that the sugar industry generated GY$118.3 billion in economic activity. Without a doubt, the Government, through tax receipts, was recouping the support it was providing.The Minister then says, unbelievably, the Government has to find “…$5.7 billion severance payment for workers”. But it was the Government in the first place that decided to send the workers home. It, therefore, follows that the Administration has an obligation to meet the workers entitlements which we must reiterate are being paid contrary to our nation’s laws. For the Minister to seemingly complain about the repercussion of a decision he would have had a hand in is simply disbelieving and seems to give even more credence to the editorial.We saw too the Minister, seemingly, lamenting “…the transfer to Central Government of expenditure previously borne by GuySuCo, including D&I and community centres…” This is a most incredulous statement by the Minister. The admission by the Minister nevertheless is revealing and seems to demonstrate that the Government hadn’t fully considered the ramifications of its misguided adventure in the sugar industry. Certainly, had a thorough examination been done, as was suggested, then Minister Jordan and his colleagues would have known about what he is now seemingly decrying.From the Minister’s reflection on sugar, he has served, no doubt, to demonstrate how important the industry was, not only to its workers and their dependents, but to the wider economy. It also glaringly illustrates how nonchalantly the Administration approached the sugar industry in spite of several warnings not to proceed in the direction it ultimately went. So while Minister Jordan is upset by the licks he is getting from several quarters, they are not unjustified and it clearly tells us that given the current trajectory, the future could be one filled with great difficulty and upset.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

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Local Govt in Georgetown is more akin to Comedy Central

first_imgDear Editor,In cities around the world, Local Government is serious business, but here in Georgetown, it is more akin to Comedy Central with innumerable humourous stories emanating out of that old fairytale-like castle which we call City Hall. What has been going on at City Hall since Independence and which continues to go on reminds one of the old “Carry On” series of British comedy motion pictures where the humour was just ridiculous.I think we must have broken another record for being the first city around the globe to have its Mayor’s Office so easily broken into and important documents simply carted off under the noses of the City Police Department.Of course, the smallest child would realise that this is a special thief or thieves and no ordinary criminal who was hardly interested in the valuable items contained in the Mayor’s Office but whose interest, it was reported, was to retrieve files that contained information about the Commission of Inquiry that was undertaken upon the request of the Local Government Commission which contains damning, incriminating and felonious information and details regarding some major players at City Hall.A question to be asked is why? When almost every little cake shop in town has security cameras to enhance their safety and security, why does City Hall have none? Financial constraints are a non-issue as this equipment has become very inexpensive, so then was this defect deliberate? Surely this is another first for capital cities internationally.But the bigger question to be asked is where was the City Constabulary? This is where the headquarters of the City Constabulary is located, not an outpost, not a police station and not a municipal location where a rank is posted to protect the property, but the control centre, the head office, the nerve centre of the City Police. Where their armoury is, where their lockups are located, where their duty officers are, and a thief or thieves casually saunters into City Hall’s compound, breaks into the Mayor’s Office, takes whatever he or she wishes, and saunters back out undetected? Unbelievable.I hope this serves as a wake-up call to the Mayor, as to the nest of vipers that he is operating within. The deceitfulness, treachery and savagery that surrounds him are incredible. How did this thief or thieves know of the existence of these files in the Mayor’s Office, how did they know where in the Mayor’s Office to find it? How did they know of the most vulnerable area to break in through?If the Mayor is serious about advancing his agenda and if he is serious about improving the living and working conditions within our garden city, then he must do two things, first he needs to remove all those who closely surround him presently, who come from the old guard and whom he inherited from his predecessors, and replace them with persons who would be honest and loyal to him and second, he needs to turn all those who were fingered in wrongdoings in the CoI and their matters over to the police for investigating. As they say here in Guyana “Cow deh a pasture he nah remember seh dog and butcher deh till he see am”.Finally, I would like to suggest that he changes from the current statutory and routine audit that the Audit Office of Guyana is currently unsuccessfully trying to undertake and summon a number of private audit companies in and order a full forensic audit to be undertaken of the Council’s books.Someone or some persons have something to hide at City Hall and it seems as though they are willing to stop at nothing to achieve this. Additionally, the ghosts of the old ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ of City Hall seem to be still very much there and haunting City Hall with an invisible hand.Sincerely,Roseanne Rodgerslast_img read more

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Peace Corps volunteers sworn-in

first_imgA section of the Peace Corps volunteers who will be serving various regions in Guyana– to serve in health and education sectors BY INDRAWATTIE NATRAMTwenty-nine Peace Corps Volunteers were on Monday sworn-in by Ambassador Perry Holloway at a simple ceremony held in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam). The trainees, who will provide voluntary services in the health and education sectors, will serve in seven of the 10 Administrative Regions in Guyana over the next two years.Speaking at the ceremony, US Ambassador Perry Holloway pointed out that the newly sworn-in volunteers will be representing the very best of the United States by displaying the true sense of volunteerism as well as be opened to many adventures.Public Health Minister Dr George Norton (4th from left) along with US Ambassador Perry Holloway (3rd from right) flanked by the volunteersHolloway noted that in addition to the scenic beauty, Guyana is a developing country that faces many challenges including poverty, ethnic division, crime and HIV epidemic. According to the Ambassador, the United States has a strong interest in working in partnership with Guyana to support national efforts and help eliminate the vary challenges.“The United States Government is working hard to forge a closer and more productive partnership with the Government of Guyana and the people of Guyana to help build a more prosperous, secured, democratic, and healthy Guyana,” Holloway stated.Holloway added that Peace Corps forms an important part of the US mission in Guyana and was first welcome in 1966. He noted that after 1966, there was a gap and the Corps returned in 1995 to work as community based supporters in the health and education sectors. Some 800 volunteers have since visited Guyana.Meanwhile Peace Corps Country director, Linda Arbogast, in giving an overview of the project said the Peace Corps mission started under John F Kenney and has continued under all administrations of the US Government.The trainees before becoming volunteers are required to undergo a rigorous 10 week-training in safety, languages, community health, amongst others. During their time with their host families in Guyana they are required to learn to cook as well as adapt to the changing environment.Attending the ceremony also was Health Minister Dr George Norton who told those gathered that the ministry is honoured to partner with the US embassy in accepting the volunteers in the public health system. On a yearly basis Dr Norton said, the Health Ministry accepts some 34 volunteers who are usually attached to various health centres in the hinterland and coastal regions.last_img read more

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$1, $5 coins to be pulled from circulation

first_img… “it has run its course” – BoG GovernorThe $1 and $5 coins will soon be out of circulation, Bank of Guyana Governor, Dr Gobind Ganga announced during a press conference shared with Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Monday.According to Ganga, the $1 and $5 coins have run their course, having been in circulation for a number of years. He highlighted that there is a high possibility of the $1 coin being eliminated altogether since “there is no more need for it”. With regard to the $5 coin being eliminated, Ganga said that this will have to be a carefully analysed decision since the public was yet to become fully knowledgeable about the decimal system.However, there was no date specified for the discontinuation of these coins.“We are currently looking at the feasibility of eliminating the $1 which obviously has lived its life already. There is no more need for that. We are looking at the $5, but we have to be very careful because we do have the decimal system that people have to be educated about. In terms of when you try to go to the nearest dollar. The structure of the coins is being looked at,” the Governor of Bank of Guyana said.Due to high inflation in 1996, the $1, $5, and $10 coins were introduced. The $1 and $5 coins are struck in copper-plated steel, whilst the $10 is struck in nickel-plated steel and has an equilateral-curved heptagonal shape.Guyana’s $1 and $5 coinslast_img read more

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