first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Andy Cole is recovering in hospital after undergoing a kidney transplant, the club said in a statement on Friday.Cole, who won the treble with United in 1998-99 and scored 121 goals for the club in 275 appearances, had the transplant as part of his treatment for the nephrotic syndrome focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.“Andrew and his family would like to thank the club and fans for their support,” United said on their website.“They also request that he can continue with his treatment in private, and ask that their privacy is respected.”The 45-year-old Cole joined United from Newcastle United midway through the 1994-95 season and scored five goals in a 9-0 rout of Ipswich Town. The following season he helped United win the title, pipping Newcastle to the crown.He later struck up a prolific partnership with Dwight Yorke.After leaving United Cole had spells with Blackburn Rovers, Fulham and Manchester City, taking his Premier League goal tally to 187, behind only Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow publication of this letter.Dear Mr President,I do hope that you will give due regard to my concerns raised in this letter, and I am positive that you will do everything in your power to bring resolution to grievous wrong being done to a pitiable calf, which has been impounded at the #51 Police Station for the past four months.This matter has been ventilated in the press by means of various letters and articles, but despite assurances given by the Public Relations Officer of the Guyana Police Force, no progress has been made to alleviate the sufferings of this poor animal. Everyone in the Police Force is cognizant of the plight of this calf, including the Public Security Minister, yet the matter is now becoming an embarrassment.Some Berbicians are questioning the ability of our law enforcement to deliver a good service when such cruelties to animals are being perpetrated by the very people who are supposed to afford protection. There are many instances when animals have died in the pounds due to thirst and starvation. Only recently, two goats died at the Albion Police Station. The atrocious conditions and the refusal of the Police to feed these animals are quickly transforming these pounds into slaughterhouses.I am living at Skeldon, and I would normally travel to #51 Police Station in order to feed and water this animal when Mr Harbhajan, the PM’s Representative of Region 6, is unable to do so.Your Excellency, this is not a ‘disputed animal’, as the Public Relations Officer claimed in the Press; this calf was struck down by a motorcar driver, and only his mirror was broken, while the cow calf suffered a broken back leg. No one was injured, and no one has since come forward to claim the animal. To date, it remains in the sun and rain, and not to mention the season of mosquitoes.I beseech you, Mr President, to use your executive power and free this calf. I saw you feeding the baby elephant in Kenya, and I conclude that you love animals and that you are a kind, compassionate and humane person.Yours sincerely,Leila Hazell-Bhudiallast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,How much longer must the citizens of Georgetown and the workers of City Hall be made to suffer under the Town Clerk? Since the beginning of the year, workers have to suffer the indignity and hardship of being paid late each month. In fact as I write this letter, many workers are still to be paid, contrary to the erroneous report that everyone was paid.And then we see the irksome statement from City Hall which says they are trying to strike a balance between honouring the Council’s financial obligations to its workers and contractors, and providing critical and vital municipal services.The truth of the matter is that the Council’s payroll is bloated, laden with friends and family who are earning super salaries for doing little or nothing.The truth of the matter is that one super contractor continues to cart off hundreds of millions of dollars in a very corrupt arrangement.The Town Clerk is quoted as saying that the council needs to be more efficient with its tax collection, noting that there are outstanding rates and taxes. So what is his debt recovery unit doing?Then he goes into his old worn-out refrain thanking workers for their patience, understanding and support in the effort to restore Georgetown to its pristine state.That is the tune that the cow died on. Can the workers thank their mortgage companies, power and telephone and electricity companies, their grocer, their landlord, minibus drivers, etc, for their patience, understanding and support in the effort to restore Georgetown to its pristine state?The Town Clerk clearly is not as dependent as other workers on his salary to survive and is being condoned by a Local Government Officers Union that has sold out the rights and welfare of the workers.Sincerely,Deodarie Putulallast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,This is not a letter of complaint seeking to attack the Government that has taken over a country in which its critical social services have been found to be deficient in their daily operations. Sometimes I am left to ponder whether this nation can fully comprehend the daunting task that this Government has in regard to the proper restoration of many of these departments for a better delivery of service. Can we really appreciate the challenges?Before I air my particular concern, congratulations are manifold to Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and all the technical staff that are at the moment carrying out the countrywide anti-filaria campaign. This is a national initiative of an innovative type that matches the well- known stigma of this condition – taking medicine to the people.  There are so many persons who would have contracted this disease because of mosquito bites, without being aware, because of its long gestation period.I daresay that this is a strategy that will be far reaching in its aim to prevent the proliferation of the infection, as well as bring relief to those who may have already been infected.For all the billions that the past administration of the People’s Progressive Party /Civic (PPP/C) budgeted and crowed about spending for the nation’s health, aspects of efficient delivery of critical health care services are still a grave issue. Despite the many interventions that this current administration has wrought, the deterioration of the national health services was so bad.Six doctors each recently acquired a Master’s Degree in Emergency Medicine through a programme provided by the Vanderbilt University and the Medical Centre of the United States of America (USA). The doctors are currently stationed at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s (GPHC) Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit, boosting the level of services being offered at the institution. Despite over 150 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) having been trained to assist in the process of saving lives, with medical response with three ambulance Emergency Medical Services. The EMTs are responsible for stabilising patients and ensuring their safety until they arrive at the A&E unit.These are all worthy of commendation, and are a clear intention by this administration to provide quality health care to its citizens.However, there are still cases of persons, senior citizens, who complain about being made to wait very long hours at the Accident and Emergency Unit before receiving attention.Editor, it is my understanding that the diagnostic centres: the Diamond and Leonora Diagnostic Centres, which have been staffed with specialists, were conceived and came into being primarily to reduce the volume of persons on the central health services in Georgetown.  I stand to be corrected when I say that persons from the specific locales of those diagnostic centres could access the A&E only by written referral. But that seems not to have worked well, since, among the significant numbers of persons visiting the central system, large numbers reside in the very regions where there are diagnostic centres.Strategically, there has been an out-patient department in operation for some time, re-established to tend to cases that do not warrant the A&E’s attention. This is very good. However, if it were a 24-hour service, it would also cater for those late-hour workers who may need to visit for medical attention for, say, a non-life threatening medical issue. But if it is not of that duration, then obviously that person would inevitably defer to the A&E. This adds to the increase in persons at the A&E.Firstly, why are persons seeking medical attention not making the diagnostic centres their first port of call?  Is it through a lack of confidence in the services offered?  Surely, I am of the opinion that those senior health posts can provide competent services to those who seek medical help.Six doctors recently acquired Master’s Degrees in Emergency Medicine through a programme provided by the Vanderbilt University and the Medical Centre of the United States of America (USA). The doctors are currently stationed at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s (GPHC) Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit, boosting the level of services being offered at the institution.Secondly, the A&E is the nerve centre of the GPHC, and is geared to service emergencies.  By the latter, emergencies from a layman’s understanding should mean any physical condition that may be immediately life threatening.From experience, there have been many mature age persons, especially senior citizens, with known physical ailments, together with babies and young children, who do visit the A&E and are made to wait for extreme lengths of time. In the end, many were admitted because of the genuineness of their complaint.My point here is this: waiting too long with a particular chronic condition as many senior citizens do have can only result in further deterioration to their already fragile health.Therefore, the aged and the young ought to be given priority at any medical institution, most of all at the GPHC A&E, particularly when seen in a poorly state.In this month of the elderly, it is my fervent hope that the Ministers of Public Health, Ms Volda Lawrence and Dr. Karen Cummings, and the Medical Director and Head of the A&E, Dr. Zulifikar Bux, will give serious thought to my humble suggestions.Regards,Shauna Williamslast_img read more

first_imgThe Guyana Oil and Gas Association hosted its first lecture in a planned series on best practices to develop an oil wealth management framework, at the Savannah Suite, Pegasus, on Thursday evening.Former Trinidad and Tobago Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine, was the featured speaker at the event, which was attended by other Government officials, as heFormer T&T Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarinemade key recommendations on how Guyana could optimise results from its blossoming oil and gas sector.Touching on Guyana’s Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), Ramnarine stressed the importance of keeping it insulated from political interference and also establishing safeguards, including legislative, in order to ensure that the Funds’ contents are not extracted at will.Ramnarine spoke about the importance of the SWF Fund in averting Dutch Disease. This is the term given to a situation whereby a boost in a country’s foreign currency revenues from one sector can lead to the decline in the country’s other sectors.The gathering in the Savannah Suite of Pegasus“It has to be independently managed and insulated from politics. In Trinidad we have been able to do that. The board of the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund is appointed by the President of the country, but the President is acting on the advice of the Minister of Finance,” Ramnarine said.State companiesRamnarine also pointed to the importance of the creation of a flagship national oil company, also free from politics. He stated that acts such as nepotism can creep in when this is not catered for. Ramnarine was asked, however, about the methodology used in Trinidad to keep such ventures free of political interference and he acknowledged that this still remained a challenge.“I think that the methodology for appointing the boards has to change,” he said. “We had a (consultant) doing some work for us, and I asked them to tell me how Statoil (a Norwegian-based national oil company) appoints their board. Statoil’s board is appointed from different sources.”On the discovery announced on Thursday by ExxonMobil of further oil reserves in its Payara-1 well, Ramnarine was optimistic of its value to the Government. He stated that this latest in oil discoveries has further de-risked oil exploration in Guyana and puts the Government in a much stronger position than ever before, when negotiating terms with oil companies.Last year, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Finance Minister Winston Jordan, spent time in Uganda in order to examine that country’s wealth fund model. In addition, the Extractive Industries Transparency Index (EITI) has been holding consultations in Guyana regarding building a framework to manage Guyana’s burgeoning oil and gas sector.It is anticipated that if managed correctly, the revenue generated by oil and gas will boost Guyana’s standard of living. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, an ExxonMobil affiliate, is the company responsible for drilling in the Stabroek Block off Guyana’s shores.Oil has already discovered in three other wells – the Liza 1, 2 and 3 – in addition to the Payara- 1 well.last_img read more

first_imgWith his La Liga-leading side travelling to Levante on Sunday, Messi now has eight matches left before the Christmas break in which to break Mueller’s record of 85 goals in 1972.“Everyone says I’m very competitive, I do plan my objectives year by year to keep improving and to win again all we have won before,” Messi said.“I just like to train, play and win. I’ve been like that since I was young, but without my colleagues I would not achieve anything, they deserve all the credit.”Levante will be a difficult place to go for Barca as Real Madrid can vouch after scraping a late 2-1 win there two weekends ago.A 2-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna last weekend saw Levante move into a Champions League position in fourth, and in Obafemi Martins they have pace that Barca will be wary of.The Nigerian ex-Newcastle and Inter Milan striker has hit five goals in eight league games this season since his summer move from Rubin Kazan.Second-placed Atletico Madrid entertain Sevilla just before Barca play, knowing that a win will pile pressure on Messi and his team mates.There are three points between the two sides who have both made record-breaking starts to the season.Barca have dropped only two points to date in the 2-2 draw with Real Madrid, while Atletico have let just five slip.Atletico have won every home game but Sevilla arrive in the capital full of confidence after the 5-1 thrashing handed to their local rivals Betis last Sunday.Sevilla midfielder Javi Hervas is clear his side must forget that triumph.“We have to go out like that in all games and if we do it at Atletico we can break their record. They have lots of good players, not just Falcao, and they play at a great pace, but we’ll go there to win,” he said.Meanwhile, chasing hard in third position, eight points behind Barca, are Real Madrid who go to Real Betis on Saturday on the back of five straight league wins and Champions League qualification achieved with Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City.Betis will be keen to give a good performance after their derby disaster, while Madrid slowly recover from an early season injury crisis.Betis defender Chechu Dorado feels positive despite the Sevilla loss.“Our league position speaks for itself, any Betis fan would be happy to be in sixth with 19 points at this stage, we’re not happy with the result last week, nobody likes to lose like that to their biggest rival, but we’re looking ahead to Saturday and what should be a great match,” he said.Madrid are almost back to full strength with only Marcelo remaining a long term casualty.With a derby of their own against Atletico next weekend it is crucial that no more ground is lost on their city rival or Barca.FridayReal Sociedad v Osasuna (2030 GMT)SaturdayRayo Vallecano v Mallorca (1500 GMT), Valladolid v Granada (1700 GMT), Malaga v Valencia (1900 GMT), Betis v Real Madrid (2100 GMT)SundayEspanyol v Getafe (1100 GMT), Athletic Bilbao v Deportivo (1800 GMT), Atletico Madrid v Sevilla (1800 GMT), Levante v Barcelona (2000 GMT)MondayZaragoza v Celta (2000 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, November 23 – Superstar Lionel Messi, having taken his 2012 goals tally to 80 in midweek, can close in on German great Gerd Mueller’s all-time record of 85 in a calendar year on Sunday.The Argentinian had already surpassed Pele’s total of 75 goals in 1958 and a double at Spartak Moscow on Tuesday, when Barcelona secured their spot in the Champions League last 16, further boosted his hopes.last_img read more

first_imgB.C. Hydro expects the province’s electricity demands to increase by 50 per cent over the next 20 years, due to economic expansion and population growth. The draft IRP proposes what the company will do to meet that demand. In order to get feedback, B.C. Hydro will be conducting stakeholder meetings, public open houses, webinars, and First Nations workshops across the province from May 28 to July 6, 2012. The only public open house in the region took place Wednesday, June 6 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Quality Inn Northern Grand. A stakeholder meeting was also held earlier that day. The draft Integrated Resource Plan will be available online as of May 28, along with a Consultation Discussion Guide and Feedback Form. If you are unable to make the public meeting, there will also be two webinars held from 12 to 1 p.m. on June 25 and 26. You can sign up here.- Advertisement -Anyone interested in providing feedback only has one more day to do so, as the deadline for feedback submissions is Friday, July 6.last_img read more

first_imgIt was natural for Lassie to make the trek to Sacramento on Tuesday afternoon to help the opponents fight the bill. But Lassie, who lives in Southern California with her owner, Robert Weatherwax, was motivated beyond helping her fellow canine; this time, Lassie had her own mane to save. You see, under this bill the Lassie line would become extinct. Because of a facial coloring imperfection, Lassie does not meet the American Kennel Club’s requirements to be considered a purebred. Her owner would not be able to acquire the intact permit, thus the line would end at Lassie 9. And, as thousands of people who have benefited from Lassie and other breeds that help human beings will tell you, ending future Lassies would be wrong. Now we can breath easy thanks to the diligence of the all the pet owners who took time off from their regular lives to protest this bad bill. We can also thank Lassie who once again saved the day – and not just for California pets and their owners, but for all Californians who deserve a life unfettered from government restraints and the right to make personal choices. Whether it involves pets or not. George Runner, R-Lancaster, represents the 17th District in the state Senate. Contact him through his Web site, local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WITH the withdrawal of the so-called Healthy Pets Act on Wednesday – a bill that would intrude in the personal lives of all California pet owners – Lassie has saved the day. Worse than Timmy falling in a well, this bill would have created yet one more nanny law that dictates how Californians conduct their lives. The measure required pet owners to spay or neuter their dogs and cats at six months of age or pay a $500 fine. It allowed exemptions for breeders to acquire an “intact permit,” but those conditions were convoluted and ambiguous – and came with an undetermined price tag. So it came down to this: Owners of mutts would be forced to alter their pets because mixed breeds did not fall under the conditions of the exemption. Therefore, mutts would be extinct while breeders would be allowed to continue their practice, but only after enduring a financial shakedown by the government. By the way, this bill would have done nothing to save the hundreds of thousands of pets – many of them feral cats – that are destroyed every year in California. Smart people quickly figured out that this was just another nanny bill aimed at running every single detail of our lives and had nothing to do with saving pets. I am not surprised that pet owners of all types opposed this bill. Cat fanciers, dog breeders, pet-show participants, police canine trainers and others descended on the Capitol every time the bill came up for a hearing in a committee. By the time Assembly Bill 1634, by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, had reached the Senate this week, the momentum had swayed in favor of the opponents. The thousands of people who wrote letters and protested in person deserve much of the credit. But the secret weapon that sealed the victory was none other than Lassie, a beautiful collie who is ninth generation in the Lassie lineage. Lassie, like all the Lassies before her, is a dog gifted with the ability to help mankind in emergencies and help those who struggle to live independently. last_img read more

first_img Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo 1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that Eden Hazard is a better player than current Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo.Mourinho, who managed his countryman for three years while at Real Madrid, said that last season, the Belgium international was superior to the Portuguese superstar.“Last season, yes,” the former Inter Milan boss said.“In spite of the fact that Ronaldo was fantastic. He was fantastic. He scored an incredible number of goals.“I am not saying he is not fantastic. I am just saying that, in my personal view, every football player in the world should understand that a team has to be in front and not titles.“I don’t like players or managers to win individual trophies without the team.”So is Hazard better that Ronaldo? talkSPORT looks at the stats.GoalscoringLast season Hazard scored 14 goals for Chelsea on the way to winning PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Player of the Year.Ronaldo, on the other hand, was the most prolific player in Europe over the same period of time, netting 48 times – over three times more than Hazard. He also boasts a better shot conversion rate than the Belgian, a formidable 26.4 percent from 182 attempts to Hazards 25 percent from 56 attempts.In fact, if Ronaldo was a team he would have scored more goals than 13 of the Premier Leagues teams and only 25 less than Chelsea.  AssistsHazard managed nine assists for his teammates last season, the second most in the Chelsea team behind Cesc Fabregas who managed 18.However, despite his perception as a greedy and selfish player, Ronaldo eclipses the former Lille man again in this department, laying on 14 assists for his teammates. If you add in Ronaldo’s goals, that’s a direct involvement in a goal every 48 minutes by Portugal’s captain, compared to every 147 minutes by Hazard. TrophiesFinally, Hazard wins one.Chelsea’s no.10 claimed two winner’s medals to add to his individual award last term, triumphing in both the League Cup and the Premier League.Comparatively, the former Manchester United winger did not lift any trophies after winning the rather meaningless UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. According to Jose Mourinho this is justification for Hazard being better than Ronaldo.Under this criteria however, the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani are also better than Ronaldo – and Hazard – having won four trophies at Paris Saint-Germain last season.Even Thomas Vermaelen technically won three with Barcelona.ConclusionWinning trophies makes for a successful career but it seems a bit premature to say it is enough to make you better than the Real Madrid superstar.It is therefore nearly impossible to argue against the fact the top two players in the world remain Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, while Hazard can battle it out with Luis Suarez, Neymar, Gareth Bale, Ibrahimovic and co. over who is the best of the rest.last_img read more

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have joined Tottenham in the race for AZ Alkmaar star Vincent Janssen.The French champions are on the search for a striker this summer after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure.They have been linked with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, but they now appear to have set their sights on Janssen.According to L’Equipe, PSG are interested in signing the 22-year-old after watching him score 31 goals last season.?Tottenham are already working on a deal for the Dutchman, while German side Wolfsburg have made an approach too.And now  Netherlands international Janssen will have his pick of who to join as clubs prepare to fight for his signature this summer. 1 Vincent Janssen last_img read more