In these days of uncertainty about whether he will compete again, and about the times that professionals will have to prepare, The head of the Barça Methodology Area, Paco Seirul·lo, is an authorized voice to recommend scenarios to professionals. A boat soon, Seirul·lo, a medical eminence in Can Barça, is against the FIFA proposal to make five changes per game. His reasoning is that simple. “The more players participate, the more the injury options increase. I would not touch anything,” explained Ràdio’s Tot Costa de Catalunya program. Seirul·lo is clear on how he would propose the return to competition of professionals. No long sessions and taking it as a preseason to use. Quality training and not quantity. “The work should be specific, qualified, short, with breaks. It is better to do specific short workouts. If done this way, in three or four weeks the players could be playing.” In addition, Seirul·lo says that “veterans would admit this type of work well. Young people will have problems for that. Seirul·lo insists on discouraging” generic “training.” You have to take a state so that it is enough to hold the games left. If you do it that way, you can start competing in three to four weeks. “In fact, he believes that” if there are five weeks there can be confusion “because the physical trainers could design another type of season.
Dear Editor,Our pensioners, who have given yeoman service to this country are now being paid a pension of $19,500 per month. I am motivated to write about the pension being paid to citizens 65 years and older, with the view that the governmental authorities do a meaningful review of this pension for the 2019 Budget.Under the current Administration, in September 2015 the old-age pension was $17,000 and in 2018 it had increased by $2,500 to $19,500. It can be argued that over the three years, there was a 15 percent increase, however, is this a significant increase to the pensioners?The Government has been working towards creating an environment which is supportive of socio-economic development, with the objective of ensuring a ‘good life’ for all.If we are striving for a ‘good life’ for all, certainly the pension being paid is insufficient and should be addressed as a major priority. This pension, like other pensions globally, should be the minimum amount in ensuring that a pensioner can live comfortably, and it is expected that it will be subsidized by the pensioner in the form of savings, contributions by relatives, remittances from overseas, etc. in order to meet a livable amount.Pensions are not increased in an objective manner, rather, each year it is increased by an incremental percentage, and this is known in the financial literature as Incremental Budgeting. It is the view that Zero-Based Budgeting should be applied to determine a livable pension. In so doing, and keeping the best practices, it should be addressed upwardly each time a new budget is formulated. The way forward is to do a Means Test, whereby on a monthly basis, an estimated amount is required, for example for food, transportation, medical, utilities, accommodation. An estimated minimum monthly amount should be approximately $30,000 of which the major expenditure will be medical, food and transportation. A reduction in monthly water rate from 1 October is noted. That being said, the decision makers will be unable to meet this amount in 2019 due to insufficient funds for this financial activity, and that is understandable. Hence, the way forward, is to attain this $30,000 over a 2 year period, assuming that there is not a significant increase in the price indices for food, transportation, etc.When one looks at the upper levels of pensions being paid of over one million dollars per month without queries, the question of why pay the lowest level such a meager amount arises. We must move away from this incremental approach and do a Means Test to determine a livable pension each year.It would be failing on my part if I did not mention the commencement of the pensionable age of 65 years. According to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) data, Life Expectancy in Guyana is 63.6 years for a male and 69 years for a female, a total average life expectancy of 66 years. Guyana was ranked at 130 in 2017, in 2018 its ranking is now 135.It is the expectation that the authorities should have an early review on the life expectancy and to consider lowering this pensionable age to, perhaps 63, based on the authentic global statistics.After all, our pensioners also deserve a ‘good life’, and time is running out.Yours sincerely,John Seeram
Dear Editor,I wish to ‘clear the air’ on the deliberate attempt by the usurper President, David Granger, to mischievously misrepresent the facts as it relates to Dr Karen Cummings during the PPP/C peaceful protest on Thursday, September 18, outside the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown.Dr Cummings’ failed attempt to bully her way through a crowd of PPP/C protesters was captured live on video by me, and went viral on Facebook for the world to see. Thanks to modern technology, this unedited footage is evidence that no one threatened to “overturn” the taxpayers’ vehicle she was sitting in, no one was beating their hands on the vehicle, nor was she ever held “hostage” at any time. These are all made-up lies to make the PPP/C look bad, and to justify giving the police the authority to use force to break up any future peaceful protest action used against the dictator and his usurper Ministers by the PPP/C.Editor, I was standing on the road amidst hundreds of protesters because I was earlier denied access beyond the metal barriers by a senior police officer. As I stood there, an official Government-issued vehicle suddenly approached, forcing its way through the dense crowd in total disregard for the safety of human lives. Disgusted by the insane actions of the driver, I stood my ground in defiance, hoping that my recognisable presence would prevent him from proceeding further into the crowd. The driver slowed down, but kept moving forward, and only stopped when the vehicle made contact with my body. As he continued to inch the vehicle forward, I was determined not to move and I urged my colleagues to do the same, hoping to stop this lunacy.Upon inspection of the plate number, I recognised the vehicle as one assigned to the now usurper Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Karen Cummings. As a medical doctor, Dr Cummings must take full responsibility for instructing her driver to break through the crowd with a vehicle clearly used as a weapon, just so she could be on time to have lunch with her boss. This reckless and irresponsible action threatened the safety of myself and other protesters and placed us all at risk of serious injury. Throughout this ordeal, we urged the driver, continuously, to back off, but he refused to do so. Finally, Police cleared the rear of the vehicle and instructed the driver to reverse. We were all thankful to our men and women in uniform for averting a tragedy. At no time was Dr Cummings threatened, except for the shouts of protesters that reminded her she was illegal. From my vantage point in front of the vehicle, she was never in any danger as she remained seated in the vehicle throughout the ordeal.At no time was she held “hostage” as she was free to instruct her driver to reverse the vehicle but was determined to show the protesters how powerful she is. At one point, her driver was overheard threatening to “run them over”. Cummings’ instructions to the police to use force may have fallen on deaf ears because the police rightly assessed that the protesters were not violent, the Minister was not in harm’s way, and no one was threatening to overturn the vehicle “with the Minister inside” as was mischievously reported.Had this been a PNC/APNU protest against a PPP/C Government, the PPP Minister’s vehicle would have been destroyed and set on fire like the unfortunate accident involving a truck driver and the child that occurred recently in Agricola, where the driver was stoned and his truck set ablaze.So if the usurper President wants someone to “pay” for holding his usurper Minister of Foreign Affairs “hostage”, I guess I’m the guilty one. And if that idiotic usurper Attorney General feels that he has enough evidence to have me arrested and placed before the courts, then I dare him to do so. But then again, I don’t think he’s looking forward to chalking up another defeat against my lawyer to defend against lawsuits for unlawful arrest and defamation of character.I also fully support the peaceful protest action taken inside the Pegasus Hotel by my colleagues that disrupted David Granger’s speech. This man is shameless to be masquerading as a legitimate President, calling our peaceful protesters “hooligans”. Had he not used that word, I am convinced his speech would not have been disrupted.David Granger is not above the law and he must be constantly reminded of this.Until he shows respect for our Constitution, he should not expect anyone to respect him. He’s nothing but a dictator and a usurper. He should get used to those titles!Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliament
Dear Editor,I have observed the circulation of a video clip of the Chairman of the National Toshaos Council (NTC), Nicholas Fredericks, which conveys a misleading impression that the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) activity on Monday (October 7, 2019) evening to engage the Toshaos, who gathered for the 2019 NTC Conference, was somehow a last-minute event.I wish to offer some clarity on this issue.Mr Fredericks, as per the recording, claimed that, “…(they are) now circulating invitational cards to a reception by the Opposition when we were verbally invited, and documented invitations also, to a reception with His Excellency this evening. He is expecting us to interact with him this evening”.Editor, first, the PPP/C followed a respectful process in seeking to engage the Amerindian leaders who gathered for the 2019 NTC Conference.Mr Fredericks’ comments were blatantly misleading. A letter, dated October 2, 2019, was sent to him as Chairman of the NTC, by PPP/C Parliamentarian Pauline Sukhai on behalf of the Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo. That letter requested that the NTC communicate with the PPP/C a convenient date for an engagement with the NTC Executives, Toshaos and other stakeholders who gathered for the 2019 NTC Conference. A response was proffered and the evening of October 7, 2019 was suggested as an appropriate time. We began circulation of the invitations over the weekend, continuing up to the morning of Monday, October 7, 2019.Secondly, Editor, the official agenda for the 2019 NTC Conference did not feature an engagement with Mr David Granger on October 7, 2019. Rather, Mr Granger’s activity was clearly a last-minute attempt to counter the engagement planned by the PPP/C. The official agenda for the 2019 NTC Conference made it clear that an activity with Mr Granger was scheduled for Friday, October 11, 2019.While the PPP/C consulted with NTC on its planned activity, I am sure that Mr Granger did not.Editor, I also wish to address other comments made by the NTC Chairman, who sought to link the ‘behaviour’ of PPP/C Parliamentarians in attendance at the opening of the 2019 NTC Conference, to the attendance of the Toshaos and stakeholders at Mr Granger’s event. The PPP/C officials who attended the opening ceremony did so out of respect for our Amerindian leaders. We are under no obligation to Mr Granger. Respect has to be earned. Why must we be asked to respect an official who demonstrated no respect for the Guyanese people or our laws; rather, he continues to defy our Constitution and has pushed our nation into unconstitutional rule?It is clear that Mr Fredericks was clearly prevailed upon to act in the manner he did – trying to find an excuse to dissuade the Amerindian leaders from attending the PPP/C activity.Regardless, the PPP/C activity was well attended and we are greatly appreciative of the fact that our Amerindian leaders took time to engage with us.Editor, for added clarity, I have attached the documents I referred to earlier in this letter.Sincerely,Nigel Dharamlall, PPP/C MP
The head of the United States Congressional Staffers’ delegation visiting Liberia, Paul Grove, has said that rebuilding a post-conflict country is measured not in years, but decades. Mr. Grove was making reference to Liberia’s reconstruction process, which he said can in no way be achieved in a few years, especially after such a devastating civil crisis that was recently compounded by the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). “Emerging and rebuilding from a conflict situation is a long-term process that takes time to achieve,” Mr. Grove pointed out. Mr. Grove, who said he had visited Liberia in 2003, noted that Liberia has made remarkable progress under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Speaking at the Foreign Ministry when he led his delegation to pay a courtesy call on President Sirleaf on Tuesday, Mr. Grove said there is a lot of interest about Liberia in the United States, and recommended that it is important for President Sirleaf to visit the United States, after a long absence due to Ebola epidemic, to hold talks with US Administration officials. Though Liberia has made considerable progress against the EVD, Mr. Grove advised that in the short-term, Liberians must remain vigilant in preventing the re-emergence of the Ebola virus disease and focus on getting to zero and maintaining the trend. “In the medium and long-term, you must seek to reflect recovery and endeavor to maintain the previous level of success,” he admonished, adding, “Liberia also needs new approaches to strengthen its educational and healthcare systems.” He acknowledged that Liberia is on top of the Ebola crisis, and expressed the hope that the rest of the affected countries in the region can copy from Liberia’s practices and interventions that led to the very high level of progress. President Sirleaf welcomed the team and thanked the U.S. government and people for the level of support to Liberia, over the years, with particular reference to the period of the Ebola outbreak. She indicated that the massive U.S. government support helped Liberia achieve the success it has recorded to date, making specific reference to the Department of Defense support to efforts which ensured the construction of Ebola Treatment Units across the country, building the capacity of members of the Armed Forces of Liberia, and enhancing the logistical and transportation needs of the fight against the disease. She emphasized that the Ebola outbreak impacted all sectors of the country, including the economy, education, healthcare, infrastructural programs, agriculture and food security, and also left behind a huge orphan population of over 3,000 children. She acknowledged the role of Liberian communities and the citizenry in general, in containing the further spread of the disease. President Sirleaf updated the delegation on efforts aimed at reopening schools, and restoring the educational sector, restoring normal healthcare services, as well as steps taken to bring back concessionaires, contractors and partners who left the country during the height of the Ebola crisis. She also highlighted progress on the UNMIL’s transition process with regards to national security. In response to an inquiry from the delegation, the Liberian leader named the elevation of agriculture, education, healthcare and other social services, land ownership, and jobs as expectations of the Liberian people. She also stressed on the critical importance of energy for increased economic activities, private sector development and industrialization. The delegation is in the country to assess the impact of the US assistance to the Ebola response and to see what lies ahead. It was led by Majority Clerk, Senate Appropriation Sub-Committee for State and Foreign Operations and Related Programs, Mr. Paul Grove. It included Staff Member of the same committee, Mr. Adam Yazerski; Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Ms. Luara Friedel; and an official at the Department of State, Mr. Paul Radamacher.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Much confusion has been created over the past few days at Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo, as squatters stopped an excavator from clearing a plot of land owned by a well-known city businessman.Guyana Times understands that the developer had arrived at the location with an excavator and workers to start clearing the land when a group of persons turned up claiming ownership. While they have not yet built permanent structures, theSquatters at the site despite being told to removepersons have already demarked areas to start construction.Guyana Times further understands that the squatters have been cultivating the land despite their being aware that it was transported property.This standoff resulted in the engagement of the Guyana Police Force and the Communities Ministry. On Thursday, officials from the ministry instructed the squatters to desist from occupying the land, measuring five acres; but theA section of the plot of land being cleared by the land developerssquatters insisted that they have been occupying the land for the past three years, and when it was under bush, they were the ones who had cleared it.After the squatters had demonstrated reluctance to remove from the area, the Police were called in. The intervention of the Police was successful in removing the squatters on Thursday, but the squatters again returned on Friday, refusing to move and calling on the Government to find land for them to farm.When contacted, ‘D’ Division Commander Leslie James explained that the Police had received the report of the disturbance and would have deployed ranks to deal with the matter forthwith. He noted that the land is indeed owned by a city businessman, and it was illegal in the first place for persons in the area to squat on the privately-owned land. As such, he would have met with both the squatters and the land developer to thrash out the issues. He was confident that the meeting will bear fruit, and that the matter would be resolved amicably.In an invited comment, the city businessman noted that he would have bought the plot of land several years ago, and was waiting on the opportune time to develop it. He noted that the manner in which the squatters behaved was quite distasteful, especially since they knew fully well that the land is privately owned.
Works for the $123 million Supenaam Waterfront Enhancement Programme has commence in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).According to Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Councillor Arnold Adams, the project will be a boost for Region Two, with modern facilities such as a departure and arrival lounge, a ramp for persons with disabilities, a tourism booth, neatly built and organised stalls for vending, a car park, concrete drains and the resurfacing of roads in the area.Councillor Adams, who is also the President of the Supenaam Speed Boat Association, said all arrangements are in place to facilitate the construction. Passengers using the speed boat service are now using the Supenaam MarketWorks ongoing at the Supenaam waterfrontentrance to the farmers’ wharf to access the speed boat service. Additionally, temporary arrangements are in place for hire cars and minibuses which operate in the area. Adams noted that the road has now changed to accommodate only one-way traffic to avoid a traffic hazard and G Division (Essequibo coast-Islands) Police are controlling the smooth flow of traffic in the area on a daily basis.A monitoring body was formed by the Regional Democratic Council to overlook the project, which is headed by the acting Regional Chairperson, Nandranie Coonjah, representatives of the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Supenaam Speed Boat Association among others. Construction of the facility in being undertaken by Doodnauth Samaroo Contracting Service and is expected to be completed in December.
Days after news spread that an acting head teacher was physically assaulted by a teenager, a 16-year-old boy was on Tuesday arraigned with unlawful wounding.Injured: Gangadin Sebarat-IsaacsThe matter was called at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court but the teenager was not present in court to answer the charge. As such, a court summons was served for him to appear in court on December 12 when the case will be called for the second time.Guyana Times had reported that on Saturday, a West Berbice school teacher had to seek medical attention after she was attacked and beaten by a student of the Number 8 Secondary School.It was reported that the teacher of the Number Five Primary School, Gangadin Sebarat-Isaacs, was on her way home when the incident occurred.The teenager reportedly bumped into her son and then pushed her to the ground. He then bent over and kissed her on her lips.“He go to do it again and I spit. I don’t know if the spit catch him but with that he start cuffing me. He cuff me on my face… right now my whole face hurting, my head hurting, my teeth hurting, my skin what he cuff and so hurting…”, the teacher recalled.Meanwhile, it was in September that another Fifth Form student of the Number 8 Secondary also attacked a teacher.The teacher was allegedly put in a vice and dragged around the school compound before two male teachers came to her rescue. The teacher was at the time attempting to protect a Second Form student from the physical advances of the male Fifth Form boy.
The Hand-in-Hand Mutual Fire Insurance Company Ltd once again exercised their corporate responsibility by supporting Raveiro Tucker in the ongoing Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC).Director of Hand in Hand Fire Insurance Company Limited Howard Cox (left) makes the tangible donation to young Guyanese riding sensation Raveiro TuckerTucker, a young motorsport enthusiast pilots bike number 123 in the Superstock Motorcycle class at the four-stage Regional championships and was the recipient of much needed assistance from the local insurance giant ahead of the next stage of the championship.In a simple presentation at the company’s head office at Lot 1-4 Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown, Director and Fire Manager, Howard Cox elatedly made the presentation via cheque to an equally delightful Tucker.Cox commended Tucker for his overall second place achievement in the Superstock 600 Championship in 2017 and wished him well in the remaining CMRC races scheduled for 2018 and all future endeavours.In response, Tucker expressed sincere gratitude to the company for their assistance and commended them for their continued support towards the development of sport and youths in Guyana.The next CMRC event is scheduled for September 2, 2018 at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados and eventually finishing the season in Guyana in November at the South Dakota Circuit.
The pick-up truck was found in the field south of Duncan Cran School. The vehicle was reported stolen to the Fort St. John earlier in the day.No stolen property was found in the pick-up but the RCMP Forensic Identification Section is searching for evidence that could lead to the identification of suspects.At 3:50 a.m. on Tuesday November 5, the RCMP responded to a report of damage at the Totem Mall. When police arrived on scene they found damage to both the mall and the store Apollo Avenue.- Advertisement -Video surveillance showed a vehicle drove through the main doors of the mall and then into the glass wall of Apollo Avenue. Suspects then exited the vehicle and took an undisclosed amount of merchandise.There were three suspects involved in the break and enter. Two males exited the vehicle and were wearing black hoodies and blue jeans. The third suspect was driving the vehicle. It is unknown if the driver was male or female.The RCMP is asking anyone who witnessed the break and enter or anything near Duncan Cran School to contact the RCMP at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.crimestoppersfsj.caAdvertisement