Prices Escalating

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first_imgThe Senate Chair on Post and Telecommunications has recommended to the Plenary for a public hearing, several top national business communities and associations in the wake of alarming escalation of prices on the local market.Maryland County Senior Senator John Ballout in a communication to the Senate plenary raised concern that amidst the spread of the Ebola epidemic, unscrupulous business houses are profiteering by hiking prices of commodities already in their stores before the crisis.“I strongly recommend a public hearing where we will invite the Minister of Commerce, the Liberian Chamber of Commerce, Liberia Business Association, Liberia Marketing Association, Lebanese Business Community, Indian Business Community, Fulah Business Association and other relevant stakeholders.”Calling for the maintenance of a strong oversight on the impact of the Ebola crisis on the economy, Senator Ballout observed that since the outbreak, economic activities have slowed to a corresponding escalating prices and job loss especially in the private sector.“Why I believe most of these concerns could be a natural response of the economy to the Ebola fear and the State of Emergency, it is also possible that other unscrupulous businesses are taking unfair advantages of the current state of emergency, profiteering and carrying on other abuses to the detriment of our people,” he noted.“My enquiries have realized that prices of most commodities have drastically increased as confirmed by the numerous calls we all receive on a daily basis from our citizens across the country,” Senator Ballout continued.Senator Ballout thinks the public hearings among other things, should address concerns such as what were the prices of commodities before and after the Ebola outbreak; why are prices of major commodities increasing out of control; businesses refusing the Liberian currency as a free market system, and what can be done to limit the profiteering and other unscrupulous business practices.The objectives of the public hearings according to the Maryland lawmaker will ultimately increase the awareness for citizens and help to ensure that the prices are as low as possible in this period of crisis.“Article 87a of the Constitution demands that the Legislature remains seated throughout the state of emergency. The objective of this constitutional provision is to ensure that the Legislature remains ever present in the rein of a strong oversight in the state of emergency, and in instituting corrective measures to reduce the negative impact of any kind of calamity on the lives of our people.I therefore call on plenary to act speedily and decisively so as to avoid a further worsening of an already tense economic situation.” Due to the importance attached to the communication and concern raised, the plenary unanimously voted and sent it to the Senate committees on Commerce and Trade, and Banking & Currency and report within two weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prime Minister Nagamootoo returns home

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first_imgPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo returned to Guyana after spending several weeks in the United States of America (USA) recuperating following a successful heart bypass surgery.Accompanied by his wife, Mrs Sita Nagamootoo, and his eldest daughter, MariaPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, his daughter Maria Nagamootoo (left), and wife Mrs. Sita Nagamootoo entering the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) VIP Lounge, accompanied by AFC General Secretary Marlon Williams (right)Nagamootoo, the Prime Minister arrived at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at 07:10hrs on Thursday morning, to a warm welcome from several government ministers, including Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, and Member of Parliament Michael Carrington and well-wishers.In February, a routine medical examination done in Guyana revealed that the Prime Minister had some cardiac issues and had to undergo the heart bypass surgery at a medical institution in the USA. Following the successful surgery, he spent recovery time at his family’s residence in the USA.last_img read more

Wakapao woman dies after suspected poisoning

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first_img– family members being treated at GPHCA resident of Wakapao, Pomeroon, Essequibo is dead and four of her family members are patients at the Georgetown Public Hospital following their suspected poisoning.Dead: Selena ThomasDead is Selena Thomas, 38, of Wakapao, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). She reportedly died at approximately midday on Monday while receiving medical attention at the facility.Her father is in critical condition, while her husband, father-in-law, and her brother are reportedly in stable condition.A relative of the family who wished to remain anonymous told Guyana Times on Monday that the family fell ill on Friday after consuming boiled cassava which they reaped from their farm.She explained that soon after eating the cassava, they complained of stomach pain.“They were fine. But they ate cassava which they get from their farm. They prepared it as a meal and then they started to vomit and they were getting bad pains to their stomach. It was the only thing all of them eat the morning,” the distraught woman related.The relative added that they reportedly fed the same food to two of their dogs – both of which later died. It is at this point, they suspected that their farm may have been poisoned.“Like someone poison the farm. We don’t know why or who, but they suspect someone throw something in the farm,” the relative contended.She related that Thomas and her husband both visited the health centre at Wakapao on Friday for treatment; however, they were referred to the Suddie Hospital, but owing to the severity of their condition, they, along with other members of the household, were transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.“They sent them Georgetown, because they couldn’t deal with the situation. It was very serious and Georgetown is better equipped. it’s a very sad situation because it’s not like they eat out. It was produce from their own farm. It’s like we still trying to come to grips with what happened,” she said.Meanwhile, a nurse at the medical facility confirmed that the family is being monitored for food poisoning and noted that at least one member is in a very critical state.The nurse added that doctors suspected that the food which they consumed was contaminated.“So, the doctors believe that whatever they ate was contaminated with some poisonous substance. What or how, we don’t know, but their symptoms are suggesting this, but they are being treated and doctors are doing their best with them,” the health personnel told this publication.An investigation has since been launched into the incident as officials were deployed to the community.last_img read more

Fort St. John Wrestling Club picks up medals in PG

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first_imgPhoto:  Taylor McLeod (in the red) pinning her opponent at the meet in Prince George – Submitted**Submitted- Advertisement -The Fort St. John Wrestling Club attended the Kelly Road Open in Prince George last weekend, earning four medals.Taylor McLeod used her favourite move, the single leg takedown, to score against her opponent and win a bronze medal.Robert Ticehurst continues to show promise, capturing a silver medal.Justin Peck brought home his first silver medal, pulling off a well-timed head and arm throw to take the lead and win in the last twenty seconds of his match.Advertisement Darryl McGinnis, still undefeated this season at 6-0, continued to show determination, winning his second gold medal in the elementary class.Liz Reinbold also took fifth place.The club will be attending the Western Canada Age Class in Kamloops next weekend, the biggest tournament most of the wrestlers will be attending this year.last_img read more

Local Weather Update

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first_imgFort St. John has been basking in favorable winter weather now for nearly a month and a half, but Environment Canada numbers show it is not really that far off the mark for this area.We have now completed three weeks of February and have yet to record a low temperature of minus 20.In fact, there have only been two days, with overnight lows of minus twenty or colder since the 13th of January.- Advertisement -In addition, if the current forecast is accurate by midnight Thursday, that period will have been extended to six full weeks.However, Environment Canada records show even though January and February have “record” lows, of minus 47.2 and minus 42.2 , respectively, they also have “average” lows, of minus 18.4, and minus 15 respectively.So it turns out what we’ve received in the past 39 days isn’t really all that abnormal, as the average low since January 13th is about minus 16.Advertisementlast_img read more

Joash took one for the team, says Olunga

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first_img“Joash played really well and he took a card for the team. That was a very vital challenge because who knows what could have happened next,” Olunga said as he reflected on the historic win over the four-time African champions.The forward who turns out for Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol was also full of praise for the local lads who were thrown into the deep end and produced a commendable result especially with the absence of several key players.Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed, midfielders Dennis Odhiambo and Ismail Gonzalez during Kenya’s African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“They played very well when you are coming to play a game of this magnitude like Ghana and with such a huge crowd behind you, most players fall for that kind of pressure and fail to perform but yesterday, the players took the opportunity and gave their all,” he added.Among the local lads who shone in the tie include right back Philemon Otieno who however had to limp off injured at the start of the second half.“I believe this is what we need to see from the local players. When given an opportunity, they come out of their cocoon and show what they are made of,” Olunga noted.,The victory against the Ghanaians took Stars’ 2019 AFCON qualification desire a notch higher and the performance from the boys was a huge motivator that the days ahead are bright.Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga celebrates during Kenya’s African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It was a great motivation to pick three points against Ghana who are favorites in the group. No one expected us to win that game but the players believed and worked hard. Everyone gave their 110pc even after we were down to 10 men. We fought with the fans behind us,” Olunga further noted.Up next in the road to Cameroon are back to back home and away ties against Ethiopia in October and Olunga believes a minimum of four points in these two games will be crucial in keeping the dream alive, qualifying to the Cup of Nations for the first time in close to two decades.“Ethiopia is a good side and it will not be easy against them especially away where they have many fans. It will not be easy as people think because nowadays in football it doesn’t matter where you play whether home or away. It is important that we give in 100pc and be committed to work hard,” he further stated.Stars earned a Sh2mn bonus from the Football Kenya Federation after their win.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Joash Onyango (left) is consoled by captain Musa Mohammed after receiving a red card during Kenya’s African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga has lauded Joash Onyango for his performance against Ghana in their 1-0 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualification win on Saturday evening.The Gor Mahia stopper put up a shift at the heart of defense where he had paired skipper Musa Mohammed, but was shown red on the hour mark after a goal saving tackle on Majeed Warris with the Ghanaian forward through on goal.last_img read more

Neymar and Malik? Suarez and Hathaway – 18 brilliant footballer lookalikes

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first_img 18 18 18 13. IVICA OLIC LOOKS LIKE DANIEL CRAIG 18 3. KARIM BENZEMA LOOKS LIKE SHIA LABEOUF 18 18 6. STEVEN GERRARD LOOKS LIKE ROBIN THICKE 12. NEYMAR LOOKS LIKE ZAYN MALIK 7. EDEN HAZARD LOOKS LIKE NICK JONAS 2. DAVID ALABA LOOKS LIKE TYLER, THE CREATOR 18 18 18 18 18 18 16. ROBIN VAN PERSIE LOOKS LIKE BEN AFFLECK 11. LUKA MODRIC LOOKS LIKE DAVID GUETTA 18 1. FERNANDO TORRES LOOKS LIKE SACHA BARON COHEN AS BRUNO – CLICK THE ARROW ABOVE, RIGHT TO SEE MORE FOOTBALLER LOOKALIKES 4. FERNANDO LOOKS LIKE BARACK OBAMA 8. CHRIS KAMARA LOOKS LIKE LIONEL RICHIE 18 15. LUIS SUAREZ LOOKS LIKE ANNE HATHAWAY 10. LIONEL MESSI LOOKS LIKE LIAM NEESON 18 5. BRAD FRIEDEL LOOKS LIKE BRUCE WILLIS 18 It’s a silly debate we’ve all had with our mates from time to time.Whether we’ve just spotted a 65-year-old chubby bloke in the street who is “the spitting image” of Wayne Rooney, or the latest useless bloke to walk onto the stage of a TV talent show who looks “just like” Cristiano Ronaldo, there’s no doubt football lookalikes will always be a talking point and source of comedy.So here is our compiled list of 18 football players who we think look like celebrities and feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments.This list first appeared on the talkSPORT YouTube channel where there are loads of brilliant videos available to watch for free. 17. THOMAS VERMAELEN LOOKS LIKE JUDE LAW 9. HARRY KANE LOOKS LIKE RYAN GOSLING 18 14. ARJEN ROBBEN LOOKS LIKE PATRICK STEWART 18 18. XABI ALONSO LOOKS LIKE JASON BATEMANlast_img read more

Merci! Watch Juventus’ brilliant video tribute to Man United’s Paul Pogba

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first_imgAt least Juventus have not been as cringeworthy as Man United over Paul Pogba’s £89m return to Old Trafford. The France midfielder left the Italian champions in a world record transfer and while his new club have been tweeting things like #Pogback and telling him to say things like ‘I’m back’ into camera, Juve have created a video paying tribute to the 23-year-old.SIX DIFFERENT ATTACKING FORMATIONS MAN UNITED COULD PLAY WITH PAUL POGBAWatch the video above, courtesy of the Juventus YouTube channel.last_img

HIGH-FLYING DONEGAL GAA FORD ESCORT GETS BACK ON THE ROAD

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first_imgIT has adorned the top of one of Co Donegal’s busiest garages since the summer – and the build-up to the All-Ireland final.But the Ford Escort on the top of the Dry Arch 24-hour service station is now firmly back on the ground.The car was moved back onto the tarmac at the weekend. Somehow the place won’t be the same without it!HIGH-FLYING DONEGAL GAA FORD ESCORT GETS BACK ON THE ROAD was last modified: January 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

U.N. set to lengthen probe of Lebanese leader’s slaying

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first_img Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Andrey Denisov said Moscow supported the resolution and recognized that Syria “still has a considerable distance to cover” in terms of cooperation. But “we continue to oppose unwarranted pressure on Damascus,” he said. Instead, the resolution adopted Thursday authorizes the International Independent Investigation Commission headed by Mehlis to provide technical assistance to Lebanese authorities in their probe of terrorist attacks since Oct. 1, 2004. It also asked U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, after consulting with the commission and the Lebanese government, “to present recommendations to expand the mandate of the commission to include investigations of those other attacks.” As for Lebanon’s request for an international tribunal, the resolution also asked the secretary-general “to help the Lebanese government identify the nature and scope of the international assistance needed” and to report to the council. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to extend the investigation into the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister but didn’t agree to Lebanon’s request to immediately broaden the probe and establish an international tribunal. After a day of intense negotiations on how to characterize Syria’s dealings with U.N. investigators, the 15-nation council expressed “extreme concern” that the Syrian government has still not provided “the full and unconditional cooperation” it has demanded. U.S. Ambassador John Bolton praised the resolution, which was adopted unanimously, saying “the United States believes it sends a strong signal to Syria that we still require full and unconditional compliance.” The latest report by chief investigator Detlev Mehlis said new evidence strengthened his belief that the Syrian and Lebanese intelligence services had a hand in the Feb. 14 car bomb that killed Rafik Hariri and 20 others in Beirut. It said there were 19 suspects so far, including six high-ranking Syrian officials. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Syria’s U.N. Ambassador Fayssal Mekdad vehemently denied that Damascus was involved – and that it wasn’t cooperating. “We feel that it is our responsibility and our duty, self-imposed duty, to cooperate fully with the commission,” he said after the vote. “Why? … We are fully confident that Syria is innocent, Syria will never be behind such heinous actions and crimes. We condemn all these crimes and this has never been our policy.” The resolution’s co-sponsors – the United States, France and Britain – faced opposition from Russia, China and Algeria not only on the extent of Syria’s cooperation but on expanding the probe and setting up an international tribunal. In a final bit of wordsmithing to satisfy Russia, the phrase “the Syrian government has not yet provided …” was changed to “the Syrian government has yet to provide … the full and unconditional cooperation demanded.” Under pressure from Moscow, Beijing and Algiers, the co-sponsors backed away from their original resolution that would have immediately expanded the investigation to include a series of other terrorist attacks. last_img read more