Bringing back “co-operatives”

first_imgDear Editor,Two happenings have prompted this brief correspondence on what could now be considered a relatively quaint issue, once of national significance – the Co-operative Movement.First, I was approached to consider ideas to promote interest in and indeed the rejuvenation of Co-operative Societies throughout Guyana. (Poor me, I had the feeling that “Co-ops” hardly still existed in our society. Despite the fact that our Republic is still officially “the Co-operatives Republic of Guyana.”)Secondly, I’ve just read a piece on “The Socialist Revolution” penned by a former Speaker of our Parliament. I must note too that the same introductory section to our Constitution which describes the country’s official title also reminds that Guyana is a “…democratic sovereign State in the course of transition from Capitalism to Socialism.”Of course, it is quite understandable if most of our Guyanese citizens today wouldn’t grasp the “Capitalism-to-Socialism” Constitutional aspiration. Personally, I am of the view that whilst Socialism as a socio-economic ideal is not completely deceased, the overwhelming principles and behaviours of Capitalism (in terms of the production of assets, markets wealth etc) prevail. But why do I link any consideration of the Co-operative Movement to or with Socialism?Perhaps because various socio-economic systems set out to achieve very similar objectives – like creating and distributing wealth equitably, after the elimination of exploitation and poverty. Alas, how the best of intentions fall woefully short. Co-ops, however, are managed by the small members who are all owners of the business enterprises. The State of Israel utilised the Co-op Society system to kick-start economic development and I once visited a giant agricultural co-op in faraway Uzbekistan.Our own early Co-op Movement boasted numerous success stories, especially in land development, consumer enterprises and thrift societies. This prompted Forbes Burnham to insert “Co-operative” in the country’s official name and to declare that, along with the Government and the Private Sector, co-ops would be the third vehicle to travel the road of national economic development. I wonder: did co-ops die with Forbes Burnham?Not really, but it seems that “the small man” has turned to IPED, Small Business Bureau and other facilities to develop small businesses. There is nothing to prevent co-operative societies, well organised and managed, to utilise those facilities as well.Fifty-two years ago as a young teacher in training, it was compulsory for me to do a “Course in Co-operation”. Perhaps elements of such a programme should be brought back. The Guyana National Co-operative Union Limited (GNCUL) is about to launch its Co-operatives Education and Management Programme. Interested citizens should contact the Union at Waterloo Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown.Yours sincerely,A A Fentylast_img read more

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Troubling Statistics

first_imgThe Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Julia Duncan Cassell, has stated that although 90 percent of Liberians are aware of the benefits of condoms, yet only three out of 10 use it during sexual intercourse.Min. Cassell, who quoted the 2013 Liberian Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS), also disclosed that “only two out of 10 women and approximately 4.5 out of 10 men used condoms during their last sexual activities.” The Min. further stated that, “Among women and men who were reported having multiple sex partners, only 19 percent of women and 23 percent of men used condoms during their last sexual contacts.” She added that because of the irregular use of condoms, which helps to prevent unwanted pregnancy, HIV and AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), “nearly four of 10 girls are pregnant before the age of 19.” The Gender Minister announced these disturbing statistics yesterday when she launched the National Condom Promotion Campaign at the Monrovia City Hall. The campaign is being held under the theme, “Use Condoms, Stay Safe.”These are troubling statistics as Liberia has a very young and growing population a majority of who are below the age of 30.Minister Cassell stated that as evidenced by the statistics, it is clear that women and girls are most unlikely to use condoms during sexual contact. “This is generally due to the fact that women and girls have limited negotiating power during sexual activity in relation to how, where and when the act takes place,” she maintained.“This can be attributed to the socio-economic and cultural inequality that exists between men and women in Liberia,” said Madam Cassell.She urged young and older people who are sexually active and have multiple sexual partners, to use condoms which is a barrier device that may reduce the probability of pregnancy and the spreading of STIs.She stated that the benefits of condom, when used correctly and consistently, have dual-protective capacity, including blocking unwanted pregnancy and STIs. The Min. also stated that the benefits also boost self-esteem and the confidence of its users and promote hygiene after sexual intercourse. Following the Minister, Liberia-Ghanaian-based movie star, Joseph Van Vicker, who is also Goodwill Ambassador for the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), had a pre-recorded video message, especially for the young people. It says, “Use Condoms and Stay Safe.”The Officer in Charge of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Oluremi Sogunro, stated among other things: “Today UNFPA joins the Government and our partners to launch a national campaign with the aim of promoting safe sex by making condoms available to the people.”He said while Ebola is now considered as an STI, condom usage may help prevent its transmission.Dr. Sogunro referred to condoms as “currently the only effectively technology to prevent HIV and other STIs as well as unintended pregnancies,” adding that both male and female condoms are inexpensive and cost effective. Montserrado County Representative Munah P. Youngblood said she was glad that young people these days can be told openly about sex, its implications and the use of condoms.She buttressed Ivorian Ambassador Kapieletien Soro, who earlier stated that it was forbidden in Africa to speak about sex in the open and with young children. Today’s generations are blessed he said because they can openly engage in discussions about condoms and sex so that they can learn, prevent and protect themselves until they are ready.Dr. Francis Kateh, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Liberia, also urged young people to see condoms as their friends.Meanwhile outside the hall, various health stakeholders set up mini tents and their representatives were enthusiastically distributing the commodity to everyone, including those in vehicles.The mass condom distribution campaign is for six months and will extend to all the 15 counties. 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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Exclusive – Liverpool do NOT need to splash Suarez cash on a superstar signing, urges Barnes

first_imgJohn Barnes insists Liverpool do not need a superstar signing to replace Luis Suarez.The Reds are set for a £75milion windfall after agreeing to sell the Uruguayan hitman to Barcelona.Brendan Rodgers is now being tipped to splash that cash on a big-name player like Marco Reus.But that would be unnecessary, according to Barnes, who believes the Northern Irishman would be better off continuing his policy of bringing in young, hungry players such as Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.  “A lot of people may not have heard of them, very much like Philippe Coutinho, but we don’t necessarily need to buy superstar players,” said the Liverpool legend, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Certain clubs, like Man City and Chelsea, need to sign big superstar players, whereas Brendan Rodgers can fit players into his philosophy and his method. They might be players we haven’t heard of and are left thinking, ‘well why is he signing him because he is not a household name’. I am happy with that.”last_img read more

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King gets Paris’ post-jail interview

first_imgParis Hilton plans to appear on CNN’s “Larry King Live” on Wednesday night in what will be her first television interview upon being released from jail, a spokeswoman for King said Saturday. “We do have Paris on Wednesday,” said the show’s spokeswoman, Bridget Leininger. “She’ll do the whole hour.” CNN’s announcement followed competition between ABC and NBC that ended Friday with both networks saying they were no longer interested. Both networks were embarrassed by reports that they were willing to pay the Hilton family for materials related to an interview. “Larry doesn’t pay for interviews or do ground rules,” Leininger said. The show will air from 9 to 10 p.m. EDT. Hilton is still in jail, serving a 45-day sentence for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘Sign a new deal with Liverpool’, Gerrard urges Sterling

first_img Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard with Raheem Sterling 1 Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has urged Raheem Sterling to sign a new deal with the club and avoid becoming ‘a number’.The 34-year-old has two matches remaining of a 17-year career with the Reds before he leaves for a Los Angeles Galaxy, and is set to play his final match at Anfield against Crystal Palace on Saturday.His departure is certain but there is far less clarity around the future of 20-year-old England forward Sterling, who is set to consider his options in the summer after rejecting a £100,000-a-week deal earlier this season.But Gerrard believes the decision should be a simple one.“For me, I am always going to be biased towards this club,” he said.“My advice to Raheem is he needs a manager who is going to play him, to coach him, to believe in him. I think there is no one better for him than Brendan Rodgers.“I think he should sign a new deal. Brendan is a fantastic man manager, he puts a lot of time and effort into every player in the squad.“The danger for younger players is they want it all too soon and go to another club and just become a number.”last_img read more

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Can you believe this has happened to Liverpool for the first time in 52 years?

first_img9 West Ham beat Liverpool 2-0 9 Brendan Rodgers was in charge of Liverpool when Bilic’s Hammers cruised to victory on Merseyside, but was subsequently sacked with his team six points off top spot and three behind fourth, eight games into the season.The 2-0 defeat at Upton Park left Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool nine points behind leaders Arsenal, and five adrift of Spurs in fourth, having played a game more than both of the North London clubs.West Ham, meanwhile, moved up to fifth before the 3pm kick offs, as Bilic’s impressive stewardship of the club yielded another memorable result from a season that has already seen wins over Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.And the Hammers were good value for this latest victory, taking the game to Liverpool and causing the visitors plenty of problems in the first half. After Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe sent a shot just wide of Adrian’s right-hand post with three minutes on the clock, the home team quickly asserted themselves and it wasn’t long before they took the lead.With the Reds on the attack after 10 minutes, Alberto Moreno was tackled by Antonio on the edge of the Hammers’ box, in what could easily have been seen as a foul by referee Robert Madley.Nothing was given, though, and a West Ham break ended with an Enner Valencia cross from the right wing being met by a thumping header from Antonio at the far post. At 2-0 down here, it was almost a lost cause for Liverpool, although they were briefly buoyed by the introduction of Adam Lallana for the ineffective Roberto Firmino, and at last began to exert some consistent pressure.Rain began to lash down from the East London sky, and the Hammers had to weather a storm of their own, as Liverpool forced a succession of free-kicks and corners.From one of these set pieces, Lucas sent a header flying towards goal, past Adrian, only for it to be cleared off the line by Mark Noble.It was one of those, ‘It’s not our day’ moments for the men in white. 9 Instead, it was firmly West Ham’s day, and the home crowd were also treated to the second half introduction of Dimitri Payet, as the talented France international returned to action for the first time since being injured on 7 November. Bilic’s team nearly doubled their lead shortly after, when a wickedly swerving Manuel Lanzini shot swirled away from Simon Mignolet and on to the Belgian’s left-hand post.Moreno was then forced into a last gasp sliding tackle in Liverpool’s box as Valencia bore down on goal following another quick West Ham break, on 19 minutes.At the other end, James Collins lost his footing on 25 minutes, with Christian Benteke poised to pounce on a through ball, only for James Tomkins to sweep up as the big Belgian lumbered in attack.Benteke’s struggles summed up the toothless nature of Liverpool’s display, although he wasn’t the only Red coming in for criticism on social media (see ‘Kopites unhappy with Brazilian duo’). 9 While bubbles floated around the Boleyn Ground in celebration of Carroll’s goal, the bubble of optimism surrounding Klopp’s Liverpool seems to have burst, at least temporarily, as the thrilling wins at Manchester City and Southampton have been followed by tame defeats away to Newcastle, Watford and now West Ham. 9 9 9 West Ham comprehensively secured a Premier League double over Liverpool, beating the Reds 2-0 at Upton Park to climb above the visitors in the table.Andy Carroll scored a brilliant 55th minute header to add to Michail Antonio’s first half goal as Slaven Bilic guided the Hammers to their first home and away success over the Reds since 1963/64, following a 3-0 win at Anfield last August. If Liverpool felt hard done by at Madley’s decision to wave play on, the way the match unfolded they could hardly complain at being behind as they struggled to keep the Hammers at bay. 9 After a period of consolidation from the visitors, it was the home side that again came close to scoring, when a 41st minute Aaron Cresswell strike appeared to be heading for the bottom corner, only for Nathaniel Clyne to block his effort.Despite all their endeavours, West Ham almost went into the break level at 1-1, as an Emre Can sidefoot smacked against Adrian’s bar in first half injury time, but it would have been a travesty had Liverpool got out of jail.Benteke’s goal scoring prowess had been enough to earn the Reds six points over the Christmas period, yet the performance at Upton Park of Brendan Rodgers’ £32.5m signing will only fuel suspicions he’s not Klopp’s cup of tea as a striker.So it seemed appropriate that a forward who cost Liverpool £35m, only to be deemed unsuitable by Klopp’s predecessor and sold by the Reds, should strike the fatal blow in this particular encounter.Step forward Andy Carroll.On 55 minutes West Ham deservedly doubled their lead with another fine header, this time when former Liverpool striker Carroll climbed highest to power home a Mark Noble cross. 9 It was the best possible start to 2016 for the Hammers, while Liverpool fans will be hoping the new year brings a resolution to the glaringly obvious problems that have plagued them all season, first under Rodgers and now Klopp.last_img read more

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Bristol City ready to rival Aston Villa for Lyon striker with £5m move

first_img1 Bristol City have joined Aston Villa in the race for Claudio Beauvue.The striker only joined Lyon in the summer from Guingamp after scoring 17 goals in Ligue 1 last season.However, since the move, the 27-year-old has failed to find the form that made him so dangerous last term.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has now admitted Beauvue and the club are discussing his departure – sparking interest from England.Bristol City, according to L’Equipe, are very keen on the Guadeloupean and are willing to splash £5m to secure his signature.Aston Villa have also expressed an interest and Lyon are now set to hold talks with the two clubs. Claudio Beauvue last_img read more

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At air base, jets delight flight fans

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’That was followed by a parachutist from the Army’s Golden Knights team dropping onto the flightline while carrying an American flag. The rest of the Golden Knight team followed, free-falling from an aircraft at speeds of up to 120 mph. The official crowd count for the air show’s first day was just over 37,500, a relatively modest turnout, but officials said this is the first year they have used clickers to try to get a more accurate head count. Among the crowd were Joseph Strothard and his wife Badria, residents of London. “I’ve always liked airplanes and this is a great opportunity to see them,” said Strothard, who added that seeing the B-2 and the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft were among his highlights. “I didn’t think you (could) get that close, let alone photograph them. I thought the cameras would be taken away,” he said. The Schraer family of Lancaster also cruised the show Saturday, including Hugo Schraer Jr., his two sons, Nathan and Benjamin, a niece, Odessa Hallam, and his father Hugo Sr. The family particularly liked the “Heritage Flight,” a formation flight by a P-51 Mustang, an icon of World War II, and three modern jets – the F-22A, the F-15E and the A-10, also known as the tank killer. The aircraft flew in formation over the crowd, with the P-51 in the lead. “You’re seeing the greatest propeller-driven aircraft with the greatest jet fighters,” Hugo Schraer Jr. said. That was also a highlight for Nathan, 12, who attended the event in a flight suit. “I liked the F-22 and the P-51. The P-51 was really an important airplane in World War II,” Nathan Schraer said. Odessa Hallam, 9, liked seeing the planes flying upside down, but could do without the noise. “I’m scared of the sonic boom. I could feel it shaking my body,” she said. Some performances focused more on grace rather than on raw power, including an aerobatic performance by a Pitts biplane and a performance by a wing walker. “Wing walking is like dancing with an invisible partner,” said Margaret Stivers, a wingwalker with the Silver Wings team. Wesley Maynez of Sylmar came to the air show with his wife, Terri, and their daughter, Ashley, 8. “I came by myself last year,” Wesley Maynez said. “I brought my wife and daughter this year because I wanted them to enjoy it and for my daughter to see what the Air Force is all about. I think they get excited when they hear the roar of the engines and see the aircraft coming.” But for Terri and Ashley Maynez, the big attraction wasn’t in the sky but rather the hangar exhibits that included animal displays from environmental programs at Edwards and the Army’s Fort Irwin. “I held a millipede,” Ashley Maynez said. “It felt like a hair brush.” james.skeen@dailynews.com (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – They came by the tens of thousands Saturday to see some of the icons of the sky in displays of both military might and aerobatic grace. Photo Gallery: Air Show Photo Gallery: Thunderbirds Air Show And spectators at Edwards Air Force Base’s open house and air show weren’t disappointed, with fighter jets screaming across the horizon and performances from biplane aerobatics and the precision flying of the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbird team and its F-16s. “I love it,” said air show fan John Shoup of Van Nuys. “I love being here – Chuck Yeager and all the history here.” In honor of the watershed event in the base’s history – Yeager’s breaking of the sound barrier in 1947 – the show opened with an F-16 popping a sonic boom. last_img read more

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Who is Curtis Jones, how old is he and when did he join Liverpool?

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Who is Curtis Jones?A local lad, Jones was born and raised in Liverpool.Jurgen Klopp has called him a ‘proper Scouser’, with the youngster gaining valuable first-team experience over pre-season.Versatile and capable of playing anywhere across the midfield, Jones can pick a pass and packs a shot that has been likened to a certain Steven Gerrard.He scored three times in five matches as the Reds topped their Uefa Youth League group in the early stages of this season and is being tipped for big things. Steve Gerrard had high praise for the youngster 3 RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED Getty Klopp was clearly impressed and included Jones in his US 2018 summer tour squad, where he played 45 minutes against Dortmund and 62 minutes against the Premier League champions.Following his eye-catching performance against City, Jones said: “I’m just going out there trying to impress and doing the best I can. I’m listening to everything the manager has been saying and trying to put that into practice.“To be able to train every day with so many class players has been amazing for me.“They’ll come over and have a little word in my ear. They’ll tell me what I’m doing right and what I can improve on. A lot of the senior players have helped me in different ways.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Jones has progressed through the ranks at Liverpool FOOTBALL LATEST Gerrard was in charge of Jones’ development last season before heading to Rangers, and was impressed with what he saw from the youngster.He said: “I’m really pleased and proud of Curtis this season, for his effort and commitment to the team cause and he has added big numbers to his game.“We will probably see Curtis more with the U23s now, and he has earned that.“In terms of the day, for him it’s very special. Let’s hope he goes from strength to strength now and he sees this as the beginning.” Getty Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Curtis Jones will make his Liverpool debut in their FA Cup third-round tie against Wolves on Monday night.The young star was the talk of the Reds’ pre-season tour of the US, after impressing in the 2-1 win over Manchester City.Now, he has the chance to shine on the competitive stage. ADVICE REVEALED The midfielder caught the eye after playing an hour against Man City Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 3 Getty Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY 3 How old is he?The Liverpool youngster was born on January 30, 2001.He’s just 17 and already knocking on the first-team door with his performances so far this summer.When did he join Liverpool?Jones was first signed up to the Reds academy for their under-9s team.His progression through the ranks saw him playing for both the u18s and u19s team, learning from Kop legend Gerrard.In February 2018 he put pen to paper on his first professional deal.last_img read more

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Scott Brown to make Scotland return against England at Wembley

first_imgScott Brown will return to the Scotland squad for November’s World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley.The midfielder will be named in Gordon Strachan’s squad for the trip to London when it is announced on Wednesday.The 31-year-old has made himself available after returning to full fitness and form for Celtic this season.STV understands Brown’s return is likely to extend beyond the match at Wembley, as Scotland look to rescue their World Cup qualifying campaign. Brown announced his international retirement as Scotland captain in August, deciding that he could no longer juggle the demands of playing for both club and country.It’s no secret that I’ve suffered some injuries in my career and once you get over 30 you have to protect your body more,” he said at the time.Since then Scotland have suffered a disappointing start to their World Cup qualification campaign, drawing at home to Lithuania and losing away to Slovakia in their last round of fixtures.last_img read more

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