World Cup Vox Pop

first_imgWorld Cup Vox PopQuestion: Who has been the best player in the World Cup so far?Sheldon Mae: Cristiano Ronaldo because he is showing that he does not just perform for his club and he is world class.Jaheem Smith: Lionel Messi because he is performing well.Shaye Douglas: Cristiano Ronaldo because he has proven himself to be outstanding and he is getting better and better every time.Tyrone Morgan: Philippe Coutinho has been the best player because he has been playing very well.last_img

PPP Councillors storm out of Port Mourant NDC meeting

first_imgSix Councillors on the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) side of the Port Mourant/Johns Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) stormed out a statutory meeting in protest over what they call “disrespectful behaviour” of the Chairman towards Councillors.The meeting was supposed to discuss concerns and issues affecting the villages which make up the NDC. However, when the minutes were being corrected, one Councillor tried to correct the minutes to read that Chairman Imran Ally, lied when he said that he did not give permission for a businessman to take about 50 truckloads of sand from Babu Jaan, unknown to the NDC.In a recording of Wednesday’s Council meeting obtained by <<>>, the Chairman was heard admitting to giving permission to a businessman to take sand from Babu Jaan. It was also revealed that the operator who filed the sand onto canter trucks told Regional Chairman David Armogan, that he loaded about 50 canter loads.A heated argument subsequently ensued and six of the PPP Councillors walked out, leaving the remaining six Councillors and the Chairman to continue the meeting. Following the walkout, a decision was taken by the remaining members of the Council to remove those who were not present from serving on the Market Committee.Meanwhile, this publication previously reported that Councillors accused the Chairman of trying to muzzle them. However, the NDC Chairman told Councillors that if he was trying to muzzle them, then the newspaper could not have reported on some of the issues in the NDC.The Chairman also claimed that this publication was incorrect when it reported that the NDC collected in excess of $8 million in land tax over the past year and had only implemented a drainage tube in the community.Following the article, the NDC has announced that development work will recommence with street repairs.Regional Chairman David Armogan in an invited comment said it is not that party’s policy to prevent Councillors from speaking to the media. In fact, he noted that the Party encouraged interaction between Councillors and the media since those Councillors are from different constituencies and should represent issues affecting their constituents.Meanwhile, following a recent protest against the NDC and its overseer, the NDC Chairman called for in investigation to an allegation that one employer was part of the protest. The worker has since approached the media to release footage of the protest to the NDC to clear her name.According to some Councillors, the Chairman has also claimed that the PPP is investigating those Councillors who supported the protest. However, Armogan said he was unaware of that, noting that the issue is expected to take centre stage when the RDC meets today.last_img read more

Canadian donations for Myanmar hit 125M government to match funds Bibeau

first_imgOTTAWA – International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canadians have donated a total of $12.5 million towards easing the refugee crisis in Myanmar, a sum the federal government intends to match.Bibeau says the federal money will go to humanitarian agencies helping refugees in camps and settlements in Bangladesh and those displaced within Myanmar.She says an additional 600,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, have poured into Bangladesh since the end of August, doubling the exodus from Myanmar.The minister says the federal government has now contributed more than $37.5 million to the crisis so far.Canada’s aid will go towards addressing the needs of women and girls, including survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, pregnant and nursing women and woman-headed households.The effort will include sexual and reproductive health services, as well as psycho-social counselling.“Canadians continue to show themselves to be generous and compassionate people,” Bibeau said in a statement.“Their contributions will help our partners respond to the increasing humanitarian needs in Myanmar and Bangladesh with a strong focus on meeting the particular needs of women and girls, who have faced the greatest impact of this crisis.”On October, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Bob Rae as a special envoy to Myanmar, charged with reinforcing efforts to resolve the humanitarian and security crisis in Myanmar.last_img read more