Bolick explodes for career-best 50 in San Beda win over Arellano

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Liverpool ‘not for sale’ after $2.6-B bid View comments Robert Bolick showed he’s a class above the rest, scorching with 50 points to lead San Beda past Arellano, 98-79, Friday in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Bolick took charge when it mattered most, helping the Red Lions turn a close game into their seventh triumph by dropping 37 points in the second half alone. It was Bolick’s career best and also the league’s since Nigerian center Bright Akhuetie dropped 44 three years back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Chiefs, paced by Michael Canete’s 24 points, skidded to 3-5. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

Ancajas willing to fight Thai champ Srisaket ‘anywhere’

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo taken from Joven Sports Promotions Facebook pageThe venue won’t be of any issue for Filipino boxing star Jerwin Ancajas in a potential title unification bout against fellow super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand.Both have been wanting to fight each other and it could finally happen soon.ADVERTISEMENT After the fight, Ancajas, his trainer and manager Joven Jimenez along with international matchmaker Sean Gibbons congratulated Srisaket inside the ring.Ancajas is also coming off his sixth title defense where he settled for a split draw against Alejandro Santiago of Mexico on September 29 in Oakland.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentscenter_img “That has the potential of being a really big fight, maybe the biggest fight in the super flyweight division even. Definitely, we’d like to sit down with his camp and finally discuss it to get the ball rolling,” Ancajas said.“I am willing to fight anywhere. If we come back to Thailand and fight there, no problem. If we end up in the United States, then good for the both of us. If we can all find a way for Top Rank and ONE Championship to work together and promote the unification bout in the Philippines, my home country, even better.” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: Srisaket would bring out best in Ancajas, says trainerThe 26-year-old Ancajas, who holds the IBF belt, was in attendance when Srisaket, the eighth-best pound-for-pound fighter today as per Ring Magazine, successfully defended his WBC crown in a lopsided decision over Mexican challenger Iran Diaz on Saturday in the main event of ONE: Kingdom of Heroes at Impact Arena in Nonthaburi, Thailand. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nurmagomedov threatens to leave UFC if teammate fired LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Cignal clips Foton for spot in PSL semis

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Cignal hit a bit of a snag in the fourth set after it allowed the Tornadoes to salvage a couple more points and trim the margin to six , 24-18, after a team block by the Tornadoes.HD Spikers head coach Edgar Barroga called a timeout to settle things down before Mylene Paat delivered with a clinical kill to finish things off.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We really prepared for this one and we didn’t take a break at all,” said Barroga in Filipino, who singled out Royse Tubino and Rachel Ann Daquis key factors in their win.Tubino just finished her military training with Army while Daquis has been the steady leader the team has while fellow veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga recovers from her knee injury. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Cignal grabbed a spot in the semifinals after tripping Foton, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference quarterfinals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The HD Spikers are set to take on defending champion Petron in the penultimate round.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Arsenal players filmed using ‘hippy crack’ 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 “I really pushed Tubino and thankfully she delivered for us and at the same time Rachel had a really good game.”Daquis wound up with a game-high 24 points while Paat and Tubino added 22 and 13 points, respectively.Despite the hiccup in the first set, the HD Spikers were methodical in their offense with a 67-45 advantage in spikes while also limiting their errors to 16 compared to the Tornadoes’ 31.Mina Aganon led the Torndoes with 16 points while CJ Rosario and Shaya Adorador combined for 23 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Delay in Nimba Scrap Bid Results Continues

first_imgConcern is said to be mounting over the failure of the Nimba County authority to release the results of the scrap bid, which began in 31st December 2013 and expires in 60 days according to the PPCC.Dennis Maneh, a concerned citizen of Nimba, told the Daily Observer at its Nimba Office that the delay in releasing the bid result displays a lack of fairness and raises suspicion of “foul play.”“The delay is causing concern; we suspect foul play is the reason why it is taking such a long time for the results to be released,” he said.“The scrap bid was put up on 31st December 2013. Until now, the result is yet to be released. Tell me what is really happening?” he asked.Maneh explained that the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) stipulated 60 days for bidding. The bidding process in Nimba County has gone beyond that. This is why he demanded that the county leadership releases the results.According to him there were many scrap companies that showed interest. Among them two were qualified; Western Steel, a Ghanaian Firm, and the North Star, a Liberian Firm.The Nimba scrap yard—located around the ArcelorMittal Concession area in Yekapa— has been one of Nimba County’s most talked about issues.Nimbaians had been in doubt over issues concerning the status of the scrap bid since it was published late last year.“How can only two companies be allowed to bid for a multimillion dollar scrap contract? This is unfair,” claimed Mr. Francis Menwon, a local.The scraps in question are the heaviest in Liberia compared to those from Grand Bassa, the contract for which was awarded to a Liberian scraping firm recently.The scraps in Nimba are estimated to cost about US$30 million if ‘mined’ properly, according to statistics from some scraping companies. Exactly how Nimba will award it to a qualified company without it being stolen remains the challenge.The scraps created a split between the 53rd Nimba Legislative Caucus due to a “conflict of interest” involving a Ghanaian scrap company.Senator Prince C. Johnson accused the Nimba Caucus, specifically Representative Rick Toweh, of receiving a brown envelope from the Ghanaian company {which was not named at that time} to award them the contract.Sen. Johnson’s statement was widely condemned by members of the caucus as a lie. They further explained on a local radio station that they were making an effort to contract with a company to build a mini factory in Nimba to create jobs for Nimbaians.The argument led to the expulsion of Sen. Johnson from the caucus last year. Subsequently, the bid for the scraps was put up in late December 2013 to allow other companies to participate.Last year, it was alleged that former Nimba Superintendent, Christiana Dagadu, and Nimba Inspector, Reginald Mehn, secretly visited Ghana to arrange with this same company on the same scrap deal. This raised serious concerns among some of Nimba’s citizens.When the Daily Observer contacted the Assistant Superintendent of Development of Nimba County— also the head of the scrap bid evaluation committee— Mr. Teeko Yorlay, he said he was not the official spokesperson of the county. He told this reporter to contact the county superintendent, but all efforts to get the County’s Superintendent via mobile phone remained futile as his phone rang endlessly.   Despite speculation around Nimba that the Ghanaian company is likely to be awarded the contract, unconfirmed reports reaching the paper says, the Development Superintendent Teeko Torzay  Yorlay has cancelled/disqualified the entire bid and new bid is set to be published soon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Where Do Their Fates Lie?

first_imgAs the fight against the Ebola epidemic continues to grip Liberia, there is one thing that seems to be forgotten.That thing, according the National Children and Youth Advisory Board (NCYAB), has to do with the fate of children whose parents died from epidemic.NCYAB, through its national chairman, Henry Bunch Garneo, II, said it is documenting abnormalities within the Ebola crisis, paramount among them being the welfare of children who have been victimized by the pandemic.This grave issue has caught our attention and must be addressed by government and partners as the situation is now worsening beyond control, Mr. Garneo said.NCYAB is a vibrant child rights advocacy group established by Defence for Children-Liberia (DCI-Liberia), with funding from Plan Liberia. Its principal  objective is to combat all forms of violence against children in Liberia.At a press conference at DCI-Liberia’s office over the weekend, Mr. Garneo said  While it is true that we have joined forces with government to kick Ebola out of  Liberia, we are also documenting abnormalities within the crisis which include a gross violation of children’ rights.He indicated that there are children who have been made orphans and semi orphans and some have even been neglected by their communities and relatives as a result of the stigma of Ebola.“Currently, there are numerous cases of such in and around Montserrado County and other places. In Grand Cape Mount County, Tewor district, Bellaja to be specific, there is a child who has been neglected due to the death of both parents from Ebola,”“Also in Bensonville, specifically Low Coast Village, there is a similar case. In Tubmanburg, Bomi County, there is a child who died of starvation indoors because she was perceived to be have contracted the various from her parents who died from the virus,” the NCYAB boss said.We as a child rights institution would like to know what special package or alternative care does government have in store for those kids?“Where does the fate of these children lie now? Government should now begin to take ownership of these children. They are Liberians despite the situation. Like us, these are the future leaders of this country and they must be given the needed attention during this difficult period,” he said.Mr. Garneo, however, proffered what he termed as strongly recommendation to government: that children in this category and others who are either sick or dead due to Ebola be documented nationwide.He called for the establishment of safe homes for the abandoned children to be taken to, with the provision of comprehensive psychosocial packages i.e., (food and non-food items) to meet their immediate needs.“Additionally, we call on government and other national and international partners to provide some economic support to foster families and/or relatives who are willing to accommodate those children, taking into consideration the nature of their cases as it relates to stigmatization.“Moreover, we would like the government and its partners to adopt a holistic approach to responding to the needs of families that are affected by the virus: that is, to ensure the provision of health, psychosocial and educational needs of those families.  We  strongly recommend the provision educational materials to children of the above category to help them maintain their academic pace and prevent them from being bored or ostracized.Similar concern about Ebola orphans’ welfare were also raised recently by Physician Assistant Kandy Kobah, an Ebola survivor, who was released from the Ebola Treatment Unit at the ELWA Hospital.  She spoke with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about this matter.There are several Ebola orphans at the ELWA’s ETU.Mr. Garneo expressed the NCYAB’s regret over the death of kids who died from Ebola, and most especially about the death of  Shakie Kamara, the 16 year-old by who died on August 21 from gunshot wounds.“We are constrained to frown upon this barbaric act and to condemn it in the strongest terms possible.”Mr. Garneo said the killing of Kamara is inhumane and unjustifiable, and it is a gross violation of Article 5 and 6 of the African Charter on the rights and welfare of the child (ACRWC) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC),  respectively.“We call on the international community to probe into this matter in order to serve justice over the death of our comrade!  We say rest in peace, little Shakie Kamara,  and others till we meet again in glory on the Day of Judgment.”Meanwhile, Mr. Garneo is calling on government for the establishment of more Ebola testing and treatment centers in isolated communities around the country in order help curb to spread of this dreadful epidemic.He noted that the fight against Ebola is a national fight and thus demands the collective efforts of all Liberians in combating the deadly killer virus. He also said NCYAB has staged  series of community awareness programs,  sensitizing community dwellers on Ebola and its preventive methods in Peace Island and Whein town, to name a few.“We hope and pray that tranquility will soon be restored in the Mano River basin, and that Liberians will soon be free to move about their normal activities.   Meanwhile, please take all precautionary methods seriously in order to keep safe,” he concluded. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Public Works Min-designate Promises ‘Functional Ministry’

first_imgThe youthful Public Works Minister-designate has told the Senate Committee, which assures its functions and activities that he and his team of officials will work assiduously to ensure that the Ministry of Public Works becomes “a more functional entity.”Minister of Public Works-designate William Gyude Moore, 37, yesterday eloquently informed members of the Senate Committee on Public Works and Rural Development that he has familiarized himself over the past years with the Ministry and all of its signature/flagship infrastructure programs.Mr. Moore who, together with Deputy Minister for Administration-designate Roland Layfette Giddings, 40, appeared before the Senators, said from his previous area of work — Ministry of State and Presidential Affairs — he has followed projects from feasibility studies to loan negotiation and ratification.If confirmed, both Moore and Giddings promised to continue the program to successfully complete ongoing road projects across the country; and to this end to pursue and propose innovative ways to finance and repair roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, while at the same time ensure that roads remain pliable and bridges remain accessible across the country.The two nominees further assured the committee headed by Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper that they will work with the country’s multilateral and bilateral partners, the World Bank, Africa Development Bank, SIDA, GIZ, European Commission, USAID, the Chinese Government and JICA to ensure that their respective infrastructure projects are on course and completed on schedule. To continue with the country’s Liberalization policy, Moore promised that under his tenure, all Public Works contracts valued at US$500,000 or above “will require that at least 20 percent of the works be contracted to a majority Liberian-owned small business or contractor. The primary contractor is required to submit the names of their 20 percent contractor, who will then receive contracts directly from the Ministry of Public Works.”As a means of building capacity, the Min-designate said the Ministry will continue its policy that all contracts valued at US$250,000 or above will require the contractor to hire at least two new engineering graduates or graduating seniors from local universities, who are Liberians, as interns to provide practical experience.However, he said that despite the Ministry’s best plans and intentions, it will require adequate appropriation in the national budget to close the country’s infrastructure deficit.Moore concluded by assuring the committee members and the well-attended hearing by saying: “I believe I have the requisite training, experience, credibility, integrity and most of all the confidence of the President to competently provide leadership at the Ministry of Public Works.”He continued: “I intend to establish and maintain relationship with the engineering society, the Chamber of Architects and the Association of Construction Contractors, as well as take advantage of technical assistance from development partners and, in the process, preside over a Ministry of Public Works that demonstrates integrity in the contract award process and quality in the roads and bridges we build, obtaining value for money on behalf of the Liberian people.”Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Public Works Senate Committee yesterday openly informed the nominees that despite their beautiful presentation he was not impressed, noting that for the past three years in his position, Ministers to that institution have proven failures.He, however, expressed the hope that with the exuberance to serve and age in their favor, he and his committee will not be called upon again to confirm another team of Minister and deputies to that Ministry soon. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UL Commences Xmas, New Year Break

first_imgThe Administration of the University of Liberia (UL) has as of yesterday, December 22, announced with immediate  effect the commencement of the 2014 Christmas and New Year break. Accordingly, the break will end on Sunday, January 4, 2015 when normal work activities are expected to officially begin on Monday, January 5, 2015. Henceforth, a UL statement said that all the four campuses of the institution will be closed to the public during the break.  Therefore, the statement said, members of the faculty and staff as well as the entire student populace are advised to observe this period. Meanwhile, as we continue to battle the Ebola outbreak in the country, the Administration wishes further to inform the student body and the general public that they should observe all of the health practices, including regular washing of hands, avoiding crowded places and shaking hands, among other practices. The UL statement yesterday was signed by the director of UL Relations, Augustine K. Boakai.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Promise of Aquaculture

first_imgSomething good and promising happened in Gbarnga last week. Madam Estelle Kuyon Liberty, a Commissioner at the Land Commission who hails from Bong County, harvested some large fish from three of her fishponds. She is not a professional farmer; rather a money economist trained at her brother Bismarck Kuyon’s alma mater, Iowa State University in the United States. It was Bismarck, a brilliant student, who studied Marine Biology at Iowa State on a scholarship from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Government Farm in Suakoko (now Central Agricultural Research Institute-CARI). Bismark had graduated second of his class from the Booker Washington Institute in 1958 and entered Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where he continued in Agriculture. He was to return from Iowa and construct fishponds around the country, beginning in his native Bong County. He served at the Agriculture Ministry for some time, then answered the call of his church, the United Methodist, to become principal of the Gbarnga Methodist Mission. He later entered politics and never returned to fishponds, scientifically know as aquaculture.Estelle returned from Iowa State and joined the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, where she rose to Assistant Minister and Senior Economist. She later served as Deputy Minister in the Gender, Internal Affairs and Post and Telecommunications Ministries, respectively, then joined the Land Commission as a Commissioner.It was probably after recalling her late brother’s conversations about fishponds that Estelle later became interested in aquaculture. She constructed several ponds and then founded the Bong County Aquaculture Association (BCAA). Its aim: involving Bong farmers in starting fishponds to improve the people’s protein diet and make money to escape poverty. This enterprising money economist seems determined to extend aquaculture to other counties. She has already enlisted over 94 active fish farmers, including several women and has involved people in Nimba, Grand Cape Mount and Margibi counties. Estelle is receiving technical assistance from ADRA, the Adventist Relief Agency. She is now providing CARI with fish fingerlings with which CARI is now doing research to determine whether heterotis, a breed of fish that she brought in from Guinea, can be further developed here. Heterotis is also found in the St. John River, which bridges Bong and Nimba counties and travels on to Grand Bassa. The ADRA experience is different from regular aquaculture because ADRA has taught farmers to grow not only fish in ponds but also crops, such as vegetables, potato and even rice. Estelle says she is still eating some of the rice she grew in her fish ponds. Aquaculture seems to be an industry whose time has come in Liberia. Estelle contacted the Swedish NGO, GROW, which promptly sent out an aquaculture expert, Damien Legros. He toured eight counties, conducted a market system assessment in aquaculture and concluded that this sector must strengthen its commercial viability for farmers to benefit in several ways. Though still in its infancy, Mr. Legros said in his report, “aquaculture presents Liberia with favorable conditions for the government and partners to prioritize the sector by giving a boost to mechanized farming.”Two additional advantages he named are Liberia’s abundant fresh water and its climate, which he described as “perfect” for most cultured species such as tilapia. Mr. Legros recommended “an implementation and budgeting mainly of the draft aquaculture policy with re-enforcement of the competent authority, the Bureau of National Fisheries. This is why we say aquaculture has great promise in Liberia. From fish, our farmers could go into shrimp and even lobster production. We are happy for a woman like Estelle Liberty who, with the help of NGOs like ADRA and GROW, is single-handedly driving this infant industry. We urge other entrepreneurs to join her. Remember this: Liberia has over the decades had many, many opportunities that we have thrown away and this is partly why our country is listed among the world’s poorest nations. Let this not happen again with this great opportunity that aquaculture presents.We encourage Madam Estelle Liberty to redouble her efforts to push aquaculture throughout Liberia. And though yes, we have the National Fisheries Bureau, let the aquaculture industry be private-sector driven and not be handicapped by government bureaucracy.Estelle, the ball is in your court. Drive it, as you engage your fellow fish farmers around the country and ADRA, GROW, FED/USAID and any other interested group that can help. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Preserving our majestic and poetic trees

first_imgDear Editor,A letter writer, in an article captioned “Mutilation of a magnificent silk-cotton tree”, published in the October 6th edition of a section of the media, spoke very beautifully and emotively about the magnificence of the silk-cotton tree.This writer wishes to give support to Mr Darrell Carpenay where Mr Carpenay went on to mention that, even beyond the mere cutting of the tree, it affects the aesthetics as well. I am pained by the destruction of this beautiful tree, which I have always admired, and even preserved the energy of this tree whenever I passed it.These ancient trees have a way of disseminating wisdom and inspiration to artists, philosophers, spiritualists, and those in meditation. They have been standing in their magnificent posture — like giants gazing into the sun and moon — for hundreds of years of Man’s civilisation. They probably were there even before commencement of the City of Georgetown.Many more trees like this one have been destroyed throughout the country, and it is painful that we do not have a society controlled by a Government Ministry to watch over these trees that provide the aesthetics, inspiration, philosophy and wisdom to children and to life.Strangely enough, my views on the cutting down of this tree coincide with the President being involved in a tree-planting exercise along with the Ministry of Agriculture, and right now I am also planting various kinds of fruit trees. At this moment, I have many fruit trees growing from seeds that I have set to germinate: papaws, pomegranates, sapodillas, star-apples, mangoes etc.My personal pledge is that, for the rest of my life, ever so often, I will be planting trees in open spaces so that the birds and insects can eat. And when the birds and insects, or God’s creations, eat, it is like God eats.People eat, pick, share, and sell the fruits of trees so that they may be able to live. It is a divine cause and vision that I have been getting in recent times: To create a legacy as I enter into my more mature years – I may have a few more years remaining in this world – and this is the kind of legacy that I wish to leave behind.Let us preserve our trees. Let us plant trees, every kind of tree; fruit trees are better because they provide us with food and, like all other trees, they produce oxygen and absorb our body waste in the form of carbon dioxide from our body.I recall that around #74 Village Corentyne, there was a large ‘sweety’ tree. Amazingly, this tree would bear a fruit-like sweet that we would consume as children and adults. The fruits would fall from the heavens in that magical manner like the Israelites were fed in the wilderness when they moved with Moses. Some years ago, I was made to understand, the administration of the Town Council of Corriverton or the NDC decided to take this tree down. Hundreds of trees like this one, growing throughout the Coastal Belt, have been wiped out by people who do not understand that these trees have to hold the earth together. They do not understand that these trees have the capacity to heal us — if we go and touch them — with the healing energies that they have absorbed from the sun.These trees absorb positive thoughts from the universe, and by worshipping their Creator, they are becoming agents of the Creator to heal humanity.Do not laugh, dear readers, if you see someone hug an old tree, or even a new tree, and kiss it or speak to it. This writer speaks to the grass. This writer speaks to the air. This writer speaks to the waters, and this writer speaks to the trees, and hugs them and asks them for energy, power and healing.People of Guyana, do not misconstrue the power of the trees, the grass and the plants. My recommendation to the Government of Guyana is to form a proper agency to protect and conserve these trees; and for us Guyanese not only to preserve our heritage through history, historical artifacts and buildings, but also to preserve the living legends that are still alive, which we refer to as the sweety tree, silk-cotton tree and the jumbie tree.Even the jumbie tree needs to be preserved for the enchanting howling sounds it produces as the wind passes through its various channels. As the longest living species on earth, these trees give us a link between the past, present and future. Who knows what stories these majestic creatures of yesteryear have to tell us!We have to open up our horizons and be able to communicate with nature. A tree can become a trusted friend that inspires and energises you mentally, physically and spiritually. We must respect these living legends at all cost, and protect them for the future.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more

Discussions underway for common South American passport

first_imgNationals of South American States will possibly have the opportunity to travel freely around the continent now that discussions are underway to develop a plan for the establishment of a common South American passport.While not privy to all the facts, State Minister Joseph Harmon disclosed that discussions among several countries have commenced on this initiative.During a post-Cabinet news conference on Wednesday, Minister Harmon noted that Guyana would be participating in an upcoming SouthDiscussions are underway for a common South American passportAmerican Citizenship Conference from June 28 to 29 when the initiative would be further discussed and developed.He reminded that nothing was yet concretized and therefore, he did not have much detail on how such an initiative would work in existing circumstances.Guyana, also a member state of Caricom, already utilises a Caricom passport which allows for visa-free travel among member states.“So it might very well be that not necessarily the issue of a new passport, but the fact that the passport which you have as a Caricom country might give you access to these other countries without the necessity for visas and so on. This is just my thinking on the matter;these are just discussions taking place, discussions on citizenship,” he explained.Harmon added that he did not believe that a decision would be arrived at anytime soon.“I don’t anticipate that we will come out with a blueprint… say by 2017 we are going to have these passports,” he stated.last_img read more