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Honoring Our Dead?

first_imgThere are no coincidences on earthWhen it comes to that overwhelming visitor, DeathBecause the visit, whenever, wherever it occursIs always in the Master’s planTherefore death in its sting and lossIs certainly never untimelyAt whatever age or in whatever circumstanceIt remains the inevitable endThe body deprived of the soulIs on its way to becoming dustJust as the Master plannedAnd because death is so mysteriousIt defies the logical mindIn its wake, we hurt, we wail, at timesWe even despairAnd in our griefWe address an unresponsive bodyWith apologies for what should have been…The heartfelt “I love you” left unsaidDespair opportunities galoreThe contrite “I am sorry” that could have deeply healedOr the humble “May I help you?” knowingHumanity’s inadequaciesOpportunities!All now irretrievable!Yet the panegyrics, the eulogies, the tributes ofEvery genre flow continuously wherever a body rests in varnished coffin or gilded casket or even lying on the bare earthAnd so one asks to what purpose?Perhaps just perhaps the dead through these voices can yet teach the living to live.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Parents, Minister clash at Georgetown meeting

first_img…40% increase not feasible – Education Minister…GTU to offer strike reliefBy Shemuel FanfairAs Government moves full steam ahead with its contingency plan to substitute teachers who are on strike, tensions flared when some of the parents questioned Education Minister Nicolette Henry on whether or not their children could be shortchanged by teachers fresh out of Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE).The concerns the parents raised abound for the next several weeks owing to the Guyana Teachers Union’s (GTU’s) announcement that it would offer strike relief for up to one month. The Education Ministry held an engagement at Queen’s College (QC) in Georgetown with teachers, parents and education officers after visiting Hope Secondary School earlier in the day.The event was planned in light of a GTU-fronted strike which began on Monday as teachers advocated for improved wages in front of the President’s Office.At QC on Tuesday, Subject Minister Nicolette Henry responded to the concerns raised, but indicated that Government is unmoved regarding the 40% across-the-board increases. She in fact said the requested increase in salaries is just notThere were moments of tension as Education Minister Nicolette Henry addressed an audience of parents, teachers and education officers at the Queen’s College on Tuesday (Dexter Ceres photo)feasible. She says that while she understands the union’s position, stakeholders “have to be realistic”.During the meeting, the Minister was asked about the Administration giving ministers 50 percent increase in light of her comments that the State cannot afford GTU’s proposed increases.“I am aware that ministers benefited from salary increases of as much as 50%, (but) that was one salary increase since we came into Government; what is being asked is for salary increases every year including the fact that teachers benefited from salary increases in 2015, 2016 and 2017,” she said.The Minister further stated that the union put forward an unnecessary proposal when GTU executives sought duty-free concessions for themselves.She added that Government loves all teachers, but many of her comments upset some of the parents present when they questioned if teachers coming out of CPCE could really be equipped to give primary school grade six or fifth form secondary school students the quality of education needed as they prepare for their exams.“Teachers are the foundation of our country,” one parent of a QC student noted.Other parents called on the Education Ministry to resolve the issue, since the children stand to be affected the most. It was highlighted that fifth form students are in the midst of their School-Based Assessments which will form part of theirTeachers in Region 2 are supporting their union’s call for better wages (Mohanlall Seulall photos)2019 CXC results. There are 998 schools across the country, and of the 10,000 teachers in the system, more than 7000 are members of the GTU. Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson is adamant that school will open as planned on September 3. He is discouraging parents against leaving their children at home. Government plans to utilise 98 new CPCE graduates, 204 current students doing practicum or teaching practice; and retired teachers.GTU General Council approves Strike reliefMeanwhile, following teachers’ concerns over cuts to their salaries, the GTU General Council held a meeting on Tuesday. During a press conference held afterwards, GTU President Mark Lyte announced that the union would offer partial strike relief to teachers amounting to 50 percent of their salaries. Teachers could be subjected to salary cuts if the strike action persists.“Many of our teachers were not sure because of money (being) lost, so now that the union is coming out to say that we will support our teachers who proceed on strike, this should give those who are in-between and betwixt the confidence to go forward,” the GTU President assured.However, Lyte also cautioned that the relief fund could cover teachers for up to one month.The Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department has invited the Education Ministry and the GTU for conciliation talks, but the union had expressed its unwillingness to attend the meetings on the basis that conciliation was already observed when previous meetings were held. However, the GTU said Tuesday that it will attend the conciliation talks scheduled for today.Essequibo protestMeanwhile, in Region Two, (Pomeroon-Supenaam), teachers joined their colleagues across the country in industrial action on Monday as they protested for a better life than was forthcoming from Government, they said. According to a teacher, Government is neglecting the most important people of the land. Some observed that with the oil and gas sector impending, teachers will be tasked to produce students who could capitalise on the industry.Some students were also seen giving their support to the teachers by joining the protest. Region 2 teachers started the protest action at the Department of Education in Cotton Field, then marched to the Regional Administration Office in Anna Regina and back to Cotton Field, where they filled the air with their shouts, “WE DON’T WANT A CLASH – PAY US OUR CASH!” “NO PAY, NO SCHOOL!” (Additional reporting by Mohanlall Seulall)last_img read more

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Small Forest Fires started by Lightning in the region

first_imgDue to hot and dry weather over the week and lightning in the last two  days, there have been multiple fires throughout the region.Forest service crews have responded to eight new lightning-caused fires over the past two days and more starts are expected today. The largest of the fires is six hectares, while the other seven remain less than one hectare in size.Crews have also responded to a number of abandoned campfires in the past week. With the increase in naturally occurring fires it is imperative that the public abide with all bans across the region. This will allow resources to be utilized for unpreventable lightning-caused fires.- Advertisement -The fire danger rating is high to extreme across the Prince George Fire Centre. The heat wave continues to dominate through the fire centre with afternoon and nocturnal lightning forecasted.To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, visit www.bcwildfire.ca.last_img read more

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Find a Big Sunday event

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Neymar set for home bow as PSG face Toulouse

first_img0Shares0000Brazilian superstar and the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar is set to make his home debut for his new club Paris Saint-Germain against Toulouse on Sunday © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIPARIS, France, Aug 18 – After dazzling on his first appearance in a Paris Saint-Germain shirt, Neymar is in line to make his home debut for his new club against Toulouse on Sunday.The world’s most expensive player scored one goal and set up another in a starring performance as PSG beat Guingamp 3-0 away in Brittany last weekend to maintain their perfect start to the new French season. The 222 million-euro ($261 million) signing from Barcelona has already taken to the pitch at PSG’s Parc des Princes for an unveiling before their 2-0 win over Amiens there on the opening day of the campaign.But he was not registered in time to play in that match so PSG’s home support are eager to watch the 25-year-old run out against Toulouse. In contrast, the opposition coach is rather more apprehensive.“We are going to Paris to defend first of all, that is for sure. We will park the bus,” said Pascal Dupraz, whose team did beat PSG at home and drew away last season en route to a mid-table finish.“I believe in the possibility of getting a result in Paris. That is the beauty of football too. If I didn’t believe then I’d be as well to do something else.”Dupraz, who has this week brought in Ivory Coast winger Max-Alain Gradel on loan from Bournemouth, added: “We will need luck and to have God on our side because clearly this PSG side is incredible.“But be careful not to call this game Toulouse against Neymar! Paris will win the league, I think, and will once again go far in Europe.”PSG have been busy trying to reduce their wage bill following the Neymar signing, and have loaned unwanted Spanish forward Jese to Stoke City while agreeing to sell France midfielder Blaise Matuidi to Juventus for 20 million euros.Meanwhile, they are apparently ready to pay another blockbuster fee of 180 million euros to sign Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe.The 18-year-old striker, who hails from the Paris suburbs, is keen on the move and while Monaco would prefer him to go to Real Madrid, the French champions have left him out of their squad to face Metz on Friday.– Nice debut for Sneijder? –The decision to drop Mbappe came after he was left on the bench for the duration of last weekend’s 4-1 win at Dijon, in which Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick.“The philosophy at AS Monaco is to play those who are at 100 percent and totally available to the squad,” said coach Leonardo Jardim.Lyon are top of the early standings on goal difference and they will look to make it three wins from three when they host Bordeaux on Saturday.Also on maximum points are Saint-Etienne, who host Amiens, and Marseille, whose home clash with Angers comes in between the two legs of their Europa League play-off against Domzale of Slovenia.It has been a difficult start to the season for last season’s third-placed side Nice. They lost their opening two league outings and then went down 2-0 away to Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League play-off on Wednesday.They need a lift when they entertain Guingamp on Saturday, when star duo Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder could play some part.“They are coming back, but I don’t know if they will start,” said coach Lucien Favre.Fixtures (1800 GMT unless stated)FridayMetz v Monaco (1845)SaturdayLyon v Bordeaux (1500), Montpellier v Strasbourg, Nice v Guingamp, Rennes v Dijon, Saint-Etienne v Amiens, Troyes v NantesSundayLille v Caen (1300), Marseille v Angers (1500), Paris Saint-Germain v Toulouse (1900)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man United offered Navas as Real Madrid continue De Gea pursuit

first_img Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas with Man United’s David de Gea 1 Real Madrid are willing to include Keylor Navas as part of the deal to lure David de Gea away from Manchester United.The Red Devils will not budge from their £28million asking price and Real are now exploring alternative ways of making the deal happen.And now, according to Marca, Real’s hierarchy have agreed that Navas can be spared as they look to end one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the summer.United were interested in taking the Costa Rican stopper 12 months ago but are now unlikely to be swayed by Real’s offer given the form of their current man in between the sticks, Sergio Romero. Louis van Gaal has decided to leave De Gea out his squad for the third game running as he prepares his side for their Champions League play-off first leg against Club Brugge on Tuesday night.last_img read more

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Liverpool & Spurs on red alert as Dortmund have bid rejected for French starlet

first_img Ousmane Dembele: The Rennes winger has 12 goals in 25 appearances this season 1 Rennes have rejected a £12m bid from Borussia Dortmund for Liverpool and Tottenham target Ousmane Dembele.As talkSPORT told you last week, the winger has reportedly already agreed terms with the German club ahead of a summer move.Dortmund are now trying to agree a fee with Rennes for Dembele, who is wanted by several sides in Europe after bagging 12 goals this season.But, according to RMC, Dortmund have had their opening offer of £12m rejected.Rennes believe the offer is far too low and are determined to hold out for a bid which exceeds £20m.Dortmund’s failure to agree a fee gives hope to Liverpool and Tottenham, who are still keen to sign Dembele.last_img read more

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Lockheed spacecraft could win over NASA

first_img Sometime this fall, NASA will select either the Lockheed Martin-led team or one led by Northrop Grumman, with Boeing as its major partner, to build the crew exploration vehicle. A Northrop Grumman spokesman said its team is not commenting at this time on its proposal other than to say it is optimistic it will receive the NASA contract. “We are very confident,” said Northrop Grumman spokesman Brooks McKinney. The spacecraft will transport up to six crew members to and from the International Space Station and up to four astronauts for moon missions, which the agency expects to start in 2018. NASA estimates that it will cost $104 billion to return astronauts to the moon by 2018. NASA referred to the new moon plan as “Apollo on steroids.” The plan calls for placing four astronauts on the moon’s surface instead of two, as during the Apollo days. Astronauts will be able to stay on the moon’s surface for four days to a week, compared with the three-day mission of Apollo 17. Lockheed Martin is leading a team that includes Honeywell, Orbital, United Space Alliance and Hamilton Sundstrand. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The spacecraft would be capable of staying in orbit for up to six months while unmanned and could support a crew for 19 days. The CEV is designed to land on the ground rather than sea splashdowns. The spacecraft’s landing would be slowed by a combination of four parachutes and retro rockets. The spacecraft is designed to land in high winds, a feature that could come in handy if NASA opts to end missions with landings at Edwards Air Force Base. “It has a lot more capability compared to the Apollo program,” Karas said. While much has been made of the fact that the Northrop Grumman-Boeing team had a head start on its capsule design, Lockheed Martin officials said the company has worked on several space capsules. Among those space capsules was Stardust, a spacecraft that captured particles from a comet and return the samples to Earth earlier this year. PALMDALE – Lockheed Martin officials said they could field a new manned spacecraft capable of staying 19 days in space with a crew aboard by 2011. Lockheed Martin officials said they have a leg up on their rivals in the competition to build NASA’s crew exploration vehicle. The company said its proposal to NASA is low-risk because it leverages existing technologies, such as electronics equipment that has already flown in space; is better positioned to help transition NASA from the space shuttle, which Lockheed Martin serves as contractor for operations; and has a diverse work force ready to move from programs that are winding down to CEV. “We think we have a low-cost, low-risk approach,” said John Karas, vice president of space exploration for Lockheed Martin. last_img read more

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Ander Herrera says Man United team-mate can become world’s best

first_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Herrera says Martial looks sharp REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland “If one of them cannot play, we have three or four more so we have lots of options. I think we shouldn’t think that any other club in the Premier League has better players because at least we have as good as the opponents.“Now it’s all about work, confidence, about keep playing like he did today. I am confident with them because they are all amazing players and Anthony looks very sharp.” Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Anthony Martial can become ‘one of the best players in the world’, according to Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera.Martial has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer after reportedly telling Jose Mourinho he wants to leave.center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND The 22-year-old endured a frustrating season with the Red Devils, scoring nine goals in only 18 starts, and was subsequently omitted from France’s World Cup-winning squad.Chelsea are reported to be among the clubs interested in signing him, however his team-mate Herrera has been impressed with his pre-season form and backs him to be a success at United.“He’s very talented,” the Spanish midfielder said. “He can be one of the best players in the world and I think he is very focused this season to smash it.“When you have players like Anthony, like Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez, those kind of players that can change the game. RANKED targets Martial in pre-season action 2 LIVING THE DREAM 2 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

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TD BID TO HELP BUSINESSES HIT BY NAMA

first_imgDonegal North-East Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh is inviting constituents whose business or finances are affected by NAMA to meet him for discussions about a set of proposals that he is currently developing regarding NAMA’s impact on the national economy.Speaking to Donegaldaily.com, Deputy McHugh said: “I am currently working on a set of proposals regarding NAMA and its impact on the national economy.“The so-called National Assets Management Agency has been in operation in our country since late 2009, and it controls assets with an estimated book value of €88billion. “It is a very significant player in the Irish economy, and the role that it plays in our economy needs close analysis.“I invite constituents whose businesses or personal finances are being affected by NAMA to contact me for discussions about issues relevant to NAMA.“I am available at joe.mchugh@oireachtas.ie or at my office on Lower Main Street, Letterkenny (tel: 074 91 64787)”.NAMA and greedy bankers have devastated dozens of businesses in the county. TD BID TO HELP BUSINESSES HIT BY NAMA was last modified: May 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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) Tags:joe mchugh tdNAMAlast_img read more

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