Dear Editor,Several events over the last year got me thinking in a deeper way about Georgetown’s green spaces, especially its trees. It began with conceptualizing a five-year Strategic Plan for Constituency 14, which included the preservation of our green spaces and our trees.This was eclipsed by Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan’s and Central Government’s Tree Planting Programme. And sadly, more recently, my thoughts turned to the brutality and ecological destruction of our green spaces in the city, the Bel Air Park Playground and the possibility of similar actions on the Farnum Playground.The Botanical Gardens has a catalogue of over 288 plants, including numerous trees. My research yielded no such record for the city proper. At the city level, it is evident that we don’t have an appreciation for what Smart Cities Dive’s online article, “Two New Tools for Planning a Healthy Urban Canopy” points out, “Trees are a vital part of urban communities, providing social, environmental, and economic benefits”.There used to be a great tree in Georgetown where the monument to the conservation of sea turtles now stands in the vicinity of Pegasus Hotel; at least two huge trees fell on Main Street over the last year, and I remember another on Merriman’s Mall.Additionally, there used to be trees, among other places, around Bounty Supermarket on Orange Walk and Regent Street. After the store was rebuilt, the trees disappeared. And likewise many home builders rid parapets of trees, seeing them as obstructions, and with a chainsaw or cutlass wiped out whole ecosystems. In Constituency 14 we use to have Eucalyptus trees lining Aubrey Barker Road. Now most are gone.Similarly, last year I came across a post on Facebook by the New Amsterdam Mayor and Town Council. The post read, “Why was the decades old tree in Esplanade Park Cut down?” It went on to state, “The tree was infested with bees, and sessions at the High Court and at the All Saints’ Primary School were frequently interrupted when the insects became agitated. Athletes who use the Park on a daily basis were also affected.”The M&TC granted permission to the Region 6 RDC to cut down the tree since hives were discovered in the hollow trunk of the tree. It was such a noble gesture by the municipality to think of the welfare of its citizens, but I keep wondering, in the delicate ecological balance that is life, if more could not be done to save the tree.We have to save our city from callous hands, people who pay only lip service to Government’s Green Agenda, who wouldn’t think twice to raze an urban forest to needlessly build a house or two for themselves. God save us, and help us save our green spaces.Sincerely,Sherod Avery DuncanCity Councillor
My name is Kebbeh. I am 12 years old and an 8th grade student at a community school. I have lived with my grandparents in Caldwell since I was two years old because I am an orphan. It’s Saturday and grandpa is taking me around town in his car like he usually does. I am dressed in my casual wear of jeans, a tee-shirt and a pair of sneakers today. We are having fun as we laughed and he told me stories and made comments about everything and I became curious and decided to ask him some questions. Me: “Grandpa look at how old that building is.”Grandpa: “Honey, that building was a place to be.”Me: “What do you mean?”Grandpa: “We had various entertainments there and we used to spend our money and enjoy good life in there.” I was a bit surprised.Me: “Are you telling me you really had money before?” Grandpa was apparently not surprised of my question. But I was because we lived in a little house and did not have lots of things and a small car he owned always and mechanical problems. Grandpa: “Oh yeah, I had a lot of money back in the days.” Me: “What did you do with all those money?”Grandpa: “I spent them at theaters minimarts, and the list goes on dear…” I smiled at his answer and he remained silent. We drove on and stopped for a several cars in a convoy to pass us, and few seconds later I threw some questions at my grandpa. Me: “Grandpa, why do cars stop for convoys?”Grandpa: “This is important because people who are in convoys have some important work to do and they must get there as quickly as possible.” Me: “So, whose convoy just passed us?”Grandpa: “It’s the minister of national defense.”Me: “Wow. He has so much money and cars. The cars were beautiful.”Grandpa: “Those cars are not really his. They are all government properties. He has money as well as his personal cars.”Me: “Did you say his personal cars?”Grandpa: “Yes, personal cars.”Me: “He must be lucky, then.”Grandpa: “Sure, he is. In fact we were buddies back in the old days and we sat in class and played ball together as well.” I thought for a while and started to record our conversation in my notebook. I realized that I would have to learn from my grandpa’s to make the best decision in my life. Editor’s Note: Ms. Faith T. Forpoh is a management and accounting (junior) student at Stella Maris Polytechnic. She loves reading and writing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson SirleafThe Government of Liberia (GOL) in collaboration with development partners has disclosed plans to set up industrial processing facilities in nine of Liberia’s fifteen counties to boost agricultural production.The GOL took the decision recently at a special cabinet meeting that carefully reviewed a 150-day action plan focusing on agriculture, energy, health and infrastructure.According to the Executive Mansion, the 150-day period, dubbed “The Last Mile,” is intended to keep the administration on course and focused.The action plan states that four rice mills with a capacity of 10 metric tons will be operational in Nimba and Lofa counties, while eight cassava processing clusters will be equipped in seven counties, including Bomi, Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Nimba, Bong, Sinoe and Margibi counties. The completion and dedication of the Golden Veroleum Liberia and Sime Darby Palm mills, as well as the Robertsport and Messurado fishing facilities, are also being earmarked under the 150-day action plan.The four industrial rice mills to be installed in the two counties, Lofa and Nimba, are being procured by the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activities (LADA), a USAID-funded project, an official of LADA has revealed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ambassador Cedric Joseph said Venezuela has to advance legal arguments to establish a case of nullity of the Arbitral Award of 1899.“There is only one body that can deal with that, that is organised and established after 20 years of war and fighting and that is the ICJ [International Court ofAmbassador Cedric JosephJustice],” Ambassador Joseph said speaking at a discussion on Guyana’s borders hosted by the University of Guyana (UG) on Thursday evening at the Theatre Guild.Ambassador Joseph was asked by the audience to weigh in on the recent decision by the United Nations (UN) Secretary General (SG) to refer the settlement of the decades-old controversy between Guyana and Venezuela.The Ambassador dismissed Venezuela’s recent criticism of the UN SG’s decision to have the ICJ resolve the controversy.Venezuela, on Wednesday insisted that only the 1966 Geneva Agreement can settle the controversy. However, Ambassador Joseph pointed out that the SG’s decision is in keeping with the Geneva Agreement.“Those means of settlement really come from Article 33 of the UN Charter and the last means in Article 33 and in the Geneva Agreement is judicial settlement and when you speak of judicial settlement in the United Nations framework, you speak of the body established within the United Nations to facilitate a judicial settlement, and that is the ICJ,” he explained.The Ambassador noted that Guyana has exhausted all the provisions for settlement in the Geneva Agreement. He also pointed out that Guyana could still present its case to the ICJ without Venezuela citing the recent ruling by the ICJ in favour of the Philippines vs China over the South Sea.“Only recently, two years ago the Philippines brought a case of the South Sea China against the powerful People’s Republic of China, who did not participate, and the court went ahead examined all the documents and issued a substantial judgement in support of the rights of Philippines,” Ambassador Joseph pointed out.The controversy arose after Venezuela claimed that the Arbitral Award of 1899, which established the border it shares with Guyana, is null and void. The two countries, under the 1966 Geneva Agreement, turned to the UN Secretary General to resolve what became a controversy under the Charter of the UN.After years of attempts to resolve the controversy, including the use of the Good Offices Process, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, on Tuesday announced he is referring the matter to the ICJ.
0Shares0000Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi (left) has signed a new long-term deal at the Premier League club © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 3 – Alex Iwobi has signed a new long-term deal at Arsenal, the Premier League club announced on Friday.Arsenal did not specify the length of the deal for the 22-year-old Nigeria international, who came through the ranks with the Gunners, but reports said it would run until 2023. Midfielder Iwobi scored three goals in 26 league games under the now-departed Arsene Wenger last season.“It’s always been my childhood dream to represent Arsenal,” he told Arsenal Player. “To get an extended contract is an amazing feeling and I hope I’m doing the Arsenal family proud, as well as my family.”Iwobi, the nephew of Nigeria great Jay-Jay Okocha, played in three of his country’s matches at the World Cup in Russia.“I’m very pleased Alex has signed a new contract with us,” said new boss Unai Emery.“He is a great example of a player who can succeed from the academy through hard work and I look forward to working with him and our other talented young players in the squad.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — A British Columbia First Nation and three environmental groups hope to appeal a Federal Court of Appeal decision that limited their ability to challenge the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in court.The Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Ecojustice, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society announced Tuesday they are seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.The Federal Court of Appeal decided in September that it would allow six First Nations, including the Tsleil-Waututh, to challenge the pipeline project but ruled arguments could only focus on the latest round of Indigenous consultation.- Advertisement -The Tsleil-Waututh says the court is wrong not to consider its arguments that Canada failed to justify infringement of its Aboriginal rights and title or obtain its consent for the B.C.-to-Alberta pipeline expansion.The Federal Court refused to hear any of the environmental groups’ arguments, which urged the court to consider the project’s risk of a “catastrophic” oil spill and threats to endangered southern resident killer whales.The Supreme Court does not automatically hear appeals and instead issues a written decision, usually within one to three months, on whether it will consider a case.Advertisement Chief Leah Sisi-ya-ama George-Wilson says in a news release the Tsleil-Waututh are confident in their case.“This appeal is about making sure that the government follows (its) own constitution and statutes when making decisions that impact us all,” she says.The Canadian government purchased the existing pipeline and infrastructure for $4.5 billion and construction on the expansion project resumed this summer.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 5, 2019.Advertisement
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A reputed white supremacist who was sentenced to more than 50 years in prison after admitting he tried to kill an African-American man and shot at deputies will be allowed to withdraw his no-contest pleas. Brian Tobias, 29, will remain imprisoned on a 34-year sentence for his conviction of 10 other offenses but he can withdraw his pleas to the most serious offenses because a prosecutor incorrectly stated that his pleas would not interfere with his right to appeal, an appellate court ruled. “When you plead guilty and enter into a plea bargain, you cannot raise on appeal most of the issues you could have raised if you had pleaded not guilty and been convicted by a jury,” said Tobias’ appellate attorney, Jonathan Milberg. “If the prosecutor or judge tells you during a plea bargain negotiation that as part of the plea you can appeal, then what you have, they refer to it in case law as illusory promise. He thinks he can plead and take advantage of a plea bargain, which involves a reduction of time, and still raise all issues on appeal. Since he was misled or may have been misled, the Court of Appeal is giving him this option.” The three-judge appellate court panel also reversed the false imprisonment conviction involving Tobias’ girlfriend, who he held hostage during a car chase the day after the African-American man was wounded. Tobias received eight months for the false imprisonment count. Tobias was sentenced in July 2004 to 34 years and eight months in prison after being convicted by a jury of kidnapping, false imprisonment, felony evading, six counts of exhibiting a firearm to a peace officer and shooting at an inhabited vehicle in connection with the July 3, 2003, chase. Jurors deadlocked 11-1 in favor of guilty on two counts of attempted murder on a peace officer. Still awaiting trial in the drive-by July 2, 2003, shooting of the African-American man in Lancaster, Tobias was brought back to court the next year and pleaded no contest to attempted murder, and to two counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer for the chase. For those offenses, Tobias was sentenced to an additional 16 years and eight months in prison. In the drive-by shooting, Tobias was the driver and his passenger, Michael Kelly, was the shooter, officials said. Kelly is serving an eight-year prison sentence. Prosecutors said Tobias set off the chase the next day when a sheriff’s deputy tried to pull him over in a stolen 1984 Honda. Deputies captured Tobias and freed a woman passenger unharmed when the chase ended in the desert in Lake Los Angeles. Authorities said Tobias dragged the woman out of the car by her hair and used her as a human shield while putting a gun to her head. Officials with the state Attorney General’s Office said they were disappointed with the ruling from the Second District Court of Appeal. “At this point we are reviewing our options and we will be conferring with the District Attorney as well,” spokesman Nathan Barankin said. The appellate justices said they reversed the false-imprisonment conviction because the offense was included in the kidnapping of which Tobias was also convicted. State prosecutors argued Tobias committed one kidnapping of the woman during the pursuit and a second kidnapping when he pulled her from the Honda, held her at gunpoint, forcibly moved her and used her as a human shield. “The arbitrary division of the incident into two offenses is not supported by the evidence,” the ruling said. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5744
3 possible standings Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Celtic celebrate their triumph over their bitter rivals Rodgers came out on top this time around Olivier Ntcham’s second-half strike saw Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic edge to a hard fought 1-0 victory over Steven Gerrard’s Rangers at Parkhead.The result sees Gerrard taste defeat for the first time in his 13th game in charge of the Gers – inflicted on him by his former manager at Liverpool. impact Ntcham’s goal gave Celtic a deserved win RANKED 3 Gerrard watched Celtic dominate the Ladbrokes Premiership encounter with James Forrest and Mikael Lustig hitting the woodwork and Gers keeper Allan McGregor tipping an Ntcham drive on to the crossbar before the French midfielder struck in the 62nd minute with a breakaway goal.It was a deserved 1-0 win for the champions and it stretched Rodgers’ unbeaten record against Rangers to 12 games since he joined the Glasgow club in 2016.Rodgers had lost Moussa Dembele to Lyon on transfer deadline day for a reported £20million but fellow French striker Odsonne Edouard returned along with Forrest and Tom Rogic.It was nearly all change for the visitors since their last visit to Celtic Park, with skipper James Tavernier the only survivor. smart causal MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware 3 highlights England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The Australian played in Edouard and his pass to Forrest was cut across for Ntcham, with the French playmaker knocking the ball into the net from 12 yards.Griffiths replaced Edouard minutes later and his corner was met by Lustig who skimmed a header past the far post.Rangers had to come out of their defensive shell and in a rare foray Alfredo Morelos’ angled drive was saved by Hoops goalkeeper Craig Gordon for a corner which was defended, before Lafferty headed a Tavernier cross past the far post.Griffiths skimmed the outside of the post with a long-range effort and at the other end Tavernier flashed a shot wide, but there was no doubt the champions were well worth their win. Latest Football News McGregor then pushed an Ntcham free-kick past his near post for a corner which came to nothing.Forrest smacked the bar in the 33rd minute with a deflected 30-yard drive and from the resultant corner Lustig’s header from a Dedryck Boyata flick-on also hit the bar with Rangers scrambling to clear their lines.Collum was having a busy time, booking Edouard for foul on Ryan Jack before the French forward missed a great chance from Callum McGregor’s cross, heading straight at Allan McGregor who clawed the ball away for another corner which proved fruitless.The home side started the second half as tenaciously as they had finished the first and in the 50th minute McGregor tipped a powerful long-range drive from Ntcham on to the bar before Celtic’s McGregor gave away a foul in his attempt to get to the rebound.The corner count mounted for Rodgers’ men and the goal felt inevitable, although it came on a break in the 62nd minute driven by Rogic. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED Connor Goldson, Ovie Ejaria, Ryan Kent, Nikola Katic, Borna Barisic and Scott Arfield were playing for the first time in the fixture.With only around 800 Rangers fans inside the 60,000-capacity stadium, a vastly-reduced away ticket allocation due to a tit-for-tat ticket row, there was a different dynamic to the atmosphere.Hoops voices boomed down from the stands as Celtic took early control of the ball and refused to let go.Celtic skipper Scott Brown picked up an early booking from referee Willie Collum for a foul on Kyle Lafferty and there was some controversy in the 25th minute when Rangers goalkeeper McGregor, after punching clear a Callum McGregor free-kick, appeared to kick out at Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer who fell to the ground but play carried on.Celtic and Rangers fans have opposing views on Allan McGregor’s performance
Fenerbahce will reportedly rekindle their interest in Manchester United outcast Marcos Rojo ahead of the January window.The Argentina international was given the option to leave United in the summer, with the Turkish side making several enquiries for the defender. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 FAREWELL Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas RANKED gameday cracker Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Manchester United News REVEALED deals IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January However, the 28-year-old decided to remain at Old Trafford and fight for his place under Jose Mourinho.Things haven’t quite worked out, with Rojo encountering several injury problems, and he is yet to feature so far this term.A move in January now appears most likely, so Fenerbahce are ready to rekindle their interest in the centre-back ahead of the window, according to Fotomac.The Turkish giants want to sign Rojo on loan until the end of the season, while having the option to complete a permanent deal should the Argentine impress.Rojo is set for crunch talks with Mourinho in the coming weeks with his future likely to be away from Old Trafford. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Getty Images Rojo’s days at Old Trafford could be numbered boost Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder targets BIG PRESENTS UP TOP REVEALED
Despite their 350-yard tee shots that soared majestically against the blue sky over Lake Merced, the American Express Championship came down to a putt that would have been a gimme on most municipal courses. Daly, who seconds earlier had a 15-foot birdie putt to win, missed a 3-footer for par on the second extra hole to hand Woods his 10th title in the World Golf Championships. SAN FRANCISCO – Tiger Woods and John Daly made the PGA Tour feel like a rock concert Sunday, the delirium reaching such decibels that Woods felt his ear drums pounding as golf’s two biggest sluggers headed for a sudden-death playoff at Harding Park. It was a titanic struggle that ended with a whimper. “That’s not how you’re supposed to win a golf tournament,” Woods said. “We’re in a playoff, we’re battling, and J.D. played beautifully all week. It shouldn’t end like that.” Daly walked off the 16th green and handed his putter, which betrayed him over the closing holes, to Frank Lopez, one of thousands of faces in the gallery who hated to see this end. “I really thought I was going to make the (birdie) putt,” Daly said. “You know, what do you do? I know Tiger didn’t want to win that way, and I certainly didn’t want to lose that way.” Woods made up a two-shot deficit over the final three holes to force a playoff and closed with a 3-under 67. “I didn’t really have my best stuff this week,” said Woods, who battled a lingering rib injury, “but I still hung in there with my mind and putted beautifully, and hit shots when I really had to.” Daly shot a 1-under 69 to advance to the playoff. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!