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Will we wait for foreign investors’ interest before we legalise hemp?

first_imgDear Editor,We talk about creating jobs and having Guyanese who are self-sufficient, yet law enforcement is going around arresting ganja growers with an automatic three years for a nonviolent crime; an 18-year-old was also arrested with a three-year sentence in the same breath.In an industry that generates over 50,000 jobs globally, we need to wake up, get out of our 1920s mind-set, stop depending on the prospects of oil to be the saviour of an already resource rich country and look to implement regulation or perhaps even the legalisation of hemp and its sister product marijuana. With over dozens of by-products including clothing, paper, beauty products, hemp oil and seeds which are rich in vitamin A and B and omega fatty acids and other versatile textiles such as rope and building materials, we are literally sleeping on a gold mine of “green” materials, which goes hand in hand with our “going green” initiative. Or are we going to wait again for foreign interests and investment within this industry before we consider making a move?Cannabis and hemp alike have proven medicinal benefits and healing properties when in comparison to alcohol which in many cases is the cause of numerous deaths, murders and accidents due to over consumption. You cannot incarcerate the masses, not provide a plan to create jobs then wonder why the country is in shambles.Legalising the naturally grown plant would not have any more adverse effects than the over consumption of an 80-proof bottle of rum would have within Guyana.Sincerely,Stephanie Persaudlast_img read more

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Poetry December 4, 2014

first_imgScanty SmilesBy: Lekpele NyamalonEver seen a smile that cuts short with a sigh?It glows like lighteningStands upright and flows beautifully like a fountainAnd drops in glamour, splashing its body on earth’s treasureBeneath those smiles is a dark, wicked, omenTeary, dark eyes, red like vampiresThe finesse of the face that sparks with splendorHolds a mouth filled with venomDesperate to strike and clutch a preyTrust those smiles boy?But, oh boy, keep one eye openLest you sleep and yea a strike, stiff like a cobras’ stingBrings you crushing beneath earth’s untrusted brinkAnd those smiles stare at you and sighSmall, foolish boy, who told you thou were great?You’d rot below my feet and I’d triumph over your faceFeigning my tears from a crocodile’s eyesNext time, oh yea, you’d never trust a scanty smile To belongBy: Lekpele NyamalonWho am I?Maybe I should knowDo I have to wear heels like camels to be sophisticated?Even if I try to crowI would never be a roosterDo I have to hang out late at bars?Smoking weed and drinking scotchAll night long like a big-top guy?Even if I did, I wouldn’t have that touchI am meOne of a kind, one in a wayDraped in fame and just meI can’t be them. I, too, belong to the world, in a way. EBOLAWritten by Patrick M. Yattoh, Jr.Email: yattohpatrick92@gmail.comI know you deadly EbolaMerciless and devastating lethal virusNo cure for your hemorrhagic feverMore than half of the people you greeted diedFrom Gueckedu in Guinea and Kailahun in Sierra Leone, to Foya in Kissi land in Liberia,You spread your deadly tentacles like wildfire in dry woodsIn our Mano River regionWith no fear for any religionAs you continue to unleash havoc on your victimsCaretakers and healthcare commandoesIn boiling suits with silent death;Even your siblings, malaria, diarrheaHIV AIDS and others have never treated us like you didYou expose the breakable healthcare systems ofMama Liberia, Sierra Leone and GuineaOn the global theaterEbola! You are far worse than we imagined.center_img Flowers Do Not DieBy: Eric G. GbanlonAnimals are contingentEven plants are not permanentHouses submit to giant storm,Even ants are roasted by blazing sunThe blue sky closes the eyes of stars.Before day, the moon grows wings and flies.Well turns to pit, when water dries.Every trust is lost, when you tell lies.When reading stops, knowledge goes.When love dies, hatred growsI was caught in adultery, so I lost my wifeBut the flower I gave, she said, is still alive.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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Construction begins on new Dawson Creek/Chetwynd transmission line

first_imgRight of way clearing and site preparation for the Dawson Creek/Chetwynd transmission project has begun, and the task will create 55-110 jobs during the process.The new line will feature a number of improvements including a new substation at Sundance Lake near Highway 97, and a new double circuit, 230-kilovolt transmission line between the new substation and Bear Mountain Terminal located about 12 kilometres west of Dawson CreekThe new transmission line will be in service by 2015 and will double the power capacity in the region.- Advertisement –last_img

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Conte lauds Willian as Chelsea set sights on Barcelona

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea midfielder Willian has scored five goals in five games, the best run of his Chelsea career, which is timely ahead of the Champions League last 16, second leg match in Barcelona © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 11 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised the all-round contribution of Willian after the in-form Brazilian helped halt a run of back-to-back league defeats ahead of next week’s showdown with Barcelona in Europe.Willian’s deflected shot opened the scoring in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace, and it was his clever dummy that created the second, an own goal by Martin Kelly. He has scored five goals in five games, the best run of his Chelsea career, which is timely ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, second leg match in Barcelona.But Conte was also pleased by the forward’s hard work off the ball.“You can see when a player is in great form, I’m the first to pick him in the starting 11,” the Italian said. “He’s playing in a fantastic way but, I want to underline, not only with the ball – also without the ball. He’s working very hard and he’s helping the team.“I think that he has shown great maturity at this point of his career. In my heart I hope to see him at this level, continuing these performances. It’s very important to have a balance in the team because when you don’t have that balance anything can happen.”Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised the all-round contribution of Willian after the in-form Brazilian helped halt a run of back-to-back league defeats © AFP / Glyn KIRKWillian also had a shot blocked on the line by James Tomkins and a free-kick saved by Wayne Hennessey as Chelsea went for a third goal, eventually leaving themselves open to a late consolation for Palace. Olivier Giroud might have had a hat-trick but is still waiting for his first Chelsea goal in the Premier League.“We made a lot of chances and it was a pity that they scored the goal and we had three minutes that were a bit nervous,” Conte said. “You hope to finish the game more relaxed. But it wasn’t just Olivier. Many players have had chances to score, not only Olivier.“We must be pleased with his commitment. He hit the post and in the first half a defender cleared a chance. He was a bit unlucky.“For sure in this league you must keep your focus the whole game but we tried to score the third goal and made a lot of chances. Sometimes you can think that the situation is easier but we played a good game, with a great desire to win. The commitment was good and we must be happy.“But the game against Barcelona will be very different. We will have to show great resilience. We will be playing against one of the best teams in the world. We have to find the right plan to face this game.”– Zaha impact –The introduction of Wilfried Zaha after six games out with a knee injury boosted Crystal Palace in the second half but by the time he set up Patrick van Aanholt for a 90th-minute consolation goal, there was no way back for the Eagles.“It’s a shame we didn’t play the whole of the game as we played the second half,” Roy Hodgson, the Palace manager, said. “We came in 2-0 down and against a team of Chelsea’s pace and power on the break it could have ended very badly. The introduction of Wilfried asked some questions and in the end we could have drawn the game.”But Hodgson dismissed suggestions that he could have let Zaha start the game. “If I’d started with Zaha and he’d broken down – after only one and a half training sessions – the question would have been very different. I wanted to keep him on the bench longer.”And Hodgson was encouraged by the display, following the narrow 3-2 defeat by Manchester United. “We’ve had defeats against top teams but haven’t discredited ourselves. It’s very clear what we’ve got to do in the remaining games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Post Barca, Iniesta to decide between China or Japan

first_img“There are two scenarios, China or Japan, and each has its advantages,” he told Spanish radio Onda Cero overnight Monday.“There are some minor details to be sorted out, we’re weighing everything up and will pick which one we decide is the best option.”The Spanish midfielder added: “Next week, when everything is over, we’ll decide. Then, there’s the World Cup, I want to get this resolved so that I can focus.“One option is more advanced than the other…”Last week both China’s Chongqing Lifan and Japan’s Vissel Kobe, owned by Barca sponsors Rakuten, denied making big money moves for the Spanish star.Iniesta’s comments appear to rule out a move to Australia’s A-League which had been suggested as his preferred destination by Spain’s Sport website.Iniesta, a wine producer, has acknowledged that the economic aspect of the deal he eventually choses is “relatively important”.He is keen to expand his wine label from his native region of Castilla-La-Mancha into new markets.But he stressed that the over-riding factor was quality of life the new position would offer his wife and three children.Iniesta announced in April his intention to leave Barcelona at the end of the season – Sunday’s finale at the Camp Nou against Real Sociedad promises to be an emotionally-charged affair.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Andres Iniesta hesitating between China and Japan for the next chapter in his storied career after the end of his 22-year love affair with Barcelona © AFP / Pau BarrenaMADRID, Spain, May 15 – Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta says he will decide “next week” whether to continue his decorated career in either China or Japan.The 34-year-old Barca icon is bringing the curtain down on his two-decade stay with the Spanish champions, with his last game for the club he joined at the age of 12 coming on Sunday.last_img read more

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TOWN SPY! JUDGE IS TALK OF THE TOWN DURING ARDARA VISIT

first_imgTHERE were more text messages sent and even more Facebook postings made in Ardara yesterday that anywhere else in the county – as a judge of The Best Place To Live awards came a-calling!The village/town (we’re still arguing over that one) has already made the top five in Ireland having been named the Best Village.One message posted on Facebook told fellow locals: “Judge is touring town on her own, wearing dark green coat, brown boots, lovely girl, so show her how lovely we Ardara people are too!” Other messages followed, with one insisting: “Sure we do that all the time. No need for the warning.”It was of course all a bit of craic.The Irish Times award is much coveted.In choosing Ardara, the judges noted that it “makes the best of what it has and it has a lot for a relatively small place – schools, good shops – and it’s hard to get vacant premises in the village.” Its many festivals, including the multicultural Melting Pot festival, also played a role. Jenny McHugh, who nominated the village, wrote: “There are few places that can boast such a tight sense of community as Ardara. We have so many events throughout the year, catering for visitors and locals alike and showcasing some top-class music, crafts and family entertainment. The people of Ardara work hard and work together, helping to put our town on the map.”Having been named the Best Village In Ireland, Ardara must now wait…to see if it is the best place out of all. TOWN SPY! JUDGE IS TALK OF THE TOWN DURING ARDARA VISIT was last modified: June 22nd, 2012 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

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5K HOSPICE WALK AT GLENVEAGH THIS SUNDAY IN MEMORY OF JOE

first_imgGlenveagh Castle. The 5k starts at the main car park at noon this SundayTHERE’S a 5K walk in aid of Donegal Hospice on this Sunday in Glenveagh National Park at 12pm.The 5K walk is in Memory of Joe McTeague who passed away in November.Joe worked in Glenveagh for  37 years. There will be a raffle on the day with great prizes and there will also be a balloon release in memory of all loved ones who have died from cancer.All support will be greatly appreciated.So get out there – and enjoy it.  5K HOSPICE WALK AT GLENVEAGH THIS SUNDAY IN MEMORY OF JOE was last modified: August 28th, 2015 by John2Share 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:cancerdonegalfundraiserHospice 5klast_img read more

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Former Manchester United coach takes charge of Manchester City sister club

first_img1 Former Manchester United reserves and Wigan manager Warren Joyce has been named as the new head coach of Melbourne City.Joyce, 52, had four months in charge of Latics in the Championship last season after eight years overseeing the United second string.The former Bolton, Preston and Burnley midfielder has also had a spell as player-manager at Hull and held coaching roles at Leeds and Antwerp.His latest move sees him take charge of Manchester City’s sister club in Australia’s A-League.Joyce said: “I am delighted to be joining Melbourne City Football Club at this time in its evolution.“The people at the club, their vision and their values, together with the opportunity to help develop and build this team to its full potential, meant that this was an offer which was impossible to turn down.” Warren Joyce is back in football management last_img read more

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Jarrett’s drought ends

first_imgDale Jarrett’s voice was hoarse and choked with emotion. He had just won a frantic shootout to end a 98-race drought and steal the spotlight from NASCAR’s championship drivers. Jarrett, a hardened veteran, could hardly believe what had happened Sunday during a crash-filled race at Talladega Superspeedway that shuffled the points standings and moved Tony Stewart back on top of the Nextel Cup leaderboard. Matt Kenseth finished third and Ryan Newman was fourth. Stewart holds a four-point advantage over Newman who originally thought he was the new points leader after a race that shuffled the Chase standings. Meanwhile, Jimmie Jimmie Johnson’s reputation and championship hopes were damaged after he was blamed for causing an early accident. Johnson, who started the day as the points leader, was involved in two accidents and dropped to fourth in the standings 98 points back. Talladega is the wild card of NASCAR’s 10-race championship hunt. Because drivers are forced to use horsepower-sapping restrictor plates, the cars all run in one tight pack and the slightest bobble is capable of wiping out half the field. So it’s the one track where the 10 Chase drivers started the race knowing their title hopes could be crippled before the day was over. When the dust settled, at least five Chase drivers suffered some sort of accident-related damage and Johnson’s track record at Talladega had taken another huge hit this time for a wreck he was involved in 20 laps into the race. Johnson ran into the back of race-leader Elliott Sadler’s car, igniting a frightening eight-car accident that sent Michael Waltrip flipping down the track. The drivers involved widely blamed Johnson for the accident. “I’m really upset at Jimmie,” Sadler snapped. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When you get to this point of your career, you’re not exactly sure when that last victory is going to be there so you learn to cherish each one,” Jarrett said. “It is very emotional. When I was coming down that backstretch, it was very emotional.” Jarrett, an also-ran most of the race, used a three-wide pass to challenge Tony Stewart for the lead on the final lap of a three-lap overtime shootout, then passed Stewart on the backstretch in the UAW-Ford 500 for his first victory since 2003 at the now-defunct North Carolina Speedway. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Everybody was talking about the top 10 cars in the Chase,” said crew chief Todd Parrott, “and the old faithful one here (Jarrett) kind of hanging around where he needed to hang around and to be around at the end and then to make the move that he did is pretty special. “Me and this guy have worked a lot of magic together and we’re not done.” Kyle Petty spun to bring out a caution before the leaders crossed the finish line, freezing the field. NASCAR then had to review tape to establish a final finishing order. The final decision had Stewart second and in the points lead after the third of 10 Chase for the championship races. “The big picture is what we were worried about today,” Stewart said. “Even if we finished 10th and gained points, that was the big thing. I wish we could have won it, but if we couldn’t, I was glad to see DJ do it.” last_img read more

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Wednesday’s QPR quiz

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