The rules for the three-round contest – organised by The Rizin Fighting Federation and held at Saitama Super Arena on the northern outskirts of Tokyo – were no kicking allowed and no official record of the match. Mayweather said: “Tenshin is still undefeated. I’m still, undefeated.” Mayweather has won all 50 of his pro fights, while Nasukawa has an undefeated record in kickboxing and mixed martial arts. “It’s all about having fun,” Mayweather told reporters after the fight, praising Nasukawa as a “young, hungry lion”. The Mayweather-Nasukawa bout culminated an evening of more than a dozen fights, streamed by FITE for a fee, but not in the US Fuji TV was the broadcaster in Japan. Mayweather, who hadn’t fought since beating UFC star Conor McGregor more than a year ago, said he was retired and came to Tokyo to give an opportunity to a younger fighter like Nasukawa. “I told Tenshin to ‘hold your head up high,'” Mayweather said. Nasukawa said after the bout that he was grateful for the experience and that he had learned a lot. Fans – and possibly Nasukawa himself – appeared taken back that Mayweather showed little mercy in the exhibition. “He is first-class,” Nasukawa said. SAITAMA, Japan (AP): It took less than three minutes for Floyd Mayweather to knock down his Japanese kickboxer opponent Tenshin Nasukawa three times in a totally one-sided bout of exhibition boxing on New Year’s Eve. Nasukawa’s father threw in the towel after 140 seconds of the first round yesterday as his 20-year-old son bravely teetered around the ring trying to get up. It was a quick and definitive victory for the 41-year-old American. Mayweather was gracious in victory, hugging the weeping Nasukawa and calling him “still a great champion”. Nasukawa, however, barely landed a clean punch against the vastly more experienced Mayweather. STILL UNDEFEATED
By Ryhaan ShahNo one is optimistic about Guyana’s future. The country has careened through 51 post-independence years, bouncing along and threading its way through a divide, with two large groups of citizens on opposite sides of the path that should have led us to peace and prosperity.But poor political leadership is not the only reason for our despair and continued lack of progress. The will always belongs to the people, and we are the ones who continue to fail ourselves and our children’s future. We have not yet risen above party politics, nor have we graduated from drinking the partisan Kool- Aid that continues to kill us.Many felt the PPP/C Administration was corrupt and arrogant, and should be let gone. Whatever machinations occurred in the 2015 elections to ensure this, the Coalition came in with great promises of positive change. We have watched it all come to naught as PNC authoritarianism moved in; and that without any effective protest or deterrence from any quarter.The PNC has always had command of its thug element, along with its kith-and-kin support in the police and army, which are all part of its political arsenal. With these it had rammed its way into power in the 1960s with the full backing of the US and its allies. PNC attempts to do the same during the 23 years of PPP rule were destructive, but never achieved the desired goal.The U.S. had invested too heavily in restoring Guyana to democratic rule; and, in a post-Cold War era, there was no good reason for political meddling. Then came oil, and everything changed. Securing an oil future is to everyone’s advantage — especially for the U.S. and its allies, with their manufacturing and industrial sectors to feed.The PPP/C Administration’s insistence on respect for Guyana’s sovereignty and its infamous feral blast did not help its relationship with the diplomatic community. With Guyana still dependent on aid, we are not in a position to call the shots, and many continue to believe that the party’s uncouth conduct scuppered its chances of winning the 2015 elections.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is astute enough to understand the need to mend fences with our international partners, but this might be too little too late.By all appearances, boat done gone ah falls, even if the PPP senses a 2020 victory because of the many corruptions and faux pas being committed by the Granger Administration. The economy is in free fall; the stink of Government’s corruption is high; democratic parliamentary processes are sidelined, as is the rule of law; and with Justice Franklyn Holder’s recusal from the Carvil Duncan case, the Judiciary appears compromised, whether through intimidation or because of party/racial solidarity.These add up to the abuse of Executive powers that accompany authoritarianism, and President David Granger is still to name a successor to the GECOM chair — an absolutely crucial position if the PNC’s plan to stay in government come 2020 is to succeed. The pesky AFC 11% appendage will have to go; PNC rule will not be dependent on Indian Guyanese votes.The moves to erode democratic processes should have set off alarms within the diplomatic circle, given their strident criticisms in regard to the PPP/C Administration’s alleged corruption. Instead, there are notably affable relations with what is an openly corrupt Government.Granger was able to go and take a photograph with the Queen of England; and he appears quite delighted with the shiny objects being presented to him, including little Hess toy trucks and a presidential arch complete with the cacique crown, gifted by favoured Trinidadian business partner ANSA McAL, who is $605 million richer for the corrupt pharmaceutical supply deal it was handed.If everything goes according to plan – the Nassau Plan? – the 2020 elections will be the last electoral manipulation the PNC might need. The openly racist policies that target Indian Guyanese economically and culturally will succeed in their goal. As Indians continue to flee, the demographics will shift and Africans will become the majority Guyanese people.Guyana’s First Nations need to be vigilant about the fatuous claim being made about African indigeneity. If this claim gains any legitimacy, the First Nations could well find themselves disempowered and dispossessed.Not everyone wants to see Guyana go down the road of PNC authoritarianism again; but, unfortunately, we have no best selves that will act for the common good and in our country’s interests. We prefer to watch the boat plunge headlong over the falls onto the rocks below.Oil will not save us; neither will another PNC dictatorship. But is there any will and unity to turn the boat around?
– spreading the joy that is gorgeous lingerieIt is clear that lingerie is more than sensuous undergarments for Sarah Ibrahim of the Lingerie Shop – although she confesses that she loves fashion and “all things beautiful”— it’s about building women’s confidence and empowerment.“I’m the eldest of four girls, and it was a constant headache to find quality undergarments,” she said, reminiscing on what prompted her to open the store.“No matter what you wear, I think all women can agree that what’s underneath matters…makes you feel comfortable, confident, and sexy,” the entrepreneur declared when questioned about the seemingly incongruity of her faith and owning a lingerie store. Noting that she has faced this question many times in all the years she has had her business, she later added wryly, “Because I dress modestly, a lot of people think I have no idea about sex or what is sexy.”“I am a woman and I know what women want. I’m also married with children and know our husbands love us looking and feeling beautiful and confident. More women need to realise lingerie is for home and we should always look amazing for our spouses. And for ourselves.”Her one-of-a-kind store is filled with wonderful diaphanous and cotton pieces and offers make-up and other body products as well, because she believes in “taking care of yourself”. “We have wonderful customers who have realised that our service and quality and prices are unmatchable. We have regulars as well as new people discovering the store every day,” Ibrahim says of the response the store has received over the years.For the stylish businesswoman, determination is key to running the business that has been providing exquisite underthings for women for 17 years. The East Bank Demerara resident says it is the most important quality an entrepreneur can possess.“…without determination, you’re just an idea. You have to go out there and make your dreams a reality.”Through all the ups and downs, including a fire last year that destroyed the building that housed the Lingerie Shop, betrayal by trusted staff members that damaged the store’s reputation and almost cost her the business, Ibrahim, with the support of her husband, has persevered – “at the end of it all, there’s a silver lining to every rainy cloud” – rebuilding the brand and moving to a new location.Asked what keeps her going through all these setbacks, she said simply: “We are Muslim and our faith has a lot to do with how we handle unimaginable situations. We have looked at each setback as a stepping stone. Determination to succeed, to not let anyone or anything affect our success.”Her advice to young entrepreneurs is “believe in yourself and prepare your mind that the road to success rarely is an easy one. Remember to save, be humble and be kind. You never know what the other person out there is facing maybe your smile is the one that brightens someone’s day”.“And always, never think you are too big to take advice or correction.”Contact: 146 Regent Street, Georgetown, Guyana – two buildings from Alexander Street in the top flat of the Techsource; 225-0578; www.facebook.com/saytlsgy/
World TB Day, falling on March 24 each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch’s announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch’s discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.The occasion is used as an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of TB worldwide and the status of TB prevention and care efforts. It is also an opportunity to mobilise political and social commitment for further progress in efforts to end TB.This year’s theme is “Unite to End TB: Leave no one behind”, and 2017 is the second year of a two-year “Unite to End TB” campaign for World TB Day. This year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) will place a special focus on uniting efforts to “Leave No One Behind”, including actions to address stigma, discrimination, marginalisation and overcome barriers to access care.The Sustainable Development Agenda embraces the principle of ensuring no one is left behind in an effort to transform the world and improve people’s lives for the better. Addressing the health needs of the disadvantaged, the marginalised, and those out of the reach of the health system will mean improving access to health services for everyone. This is essential in order to reach the target of ending TB by 2030 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the WHO End TB Strategy.Last year, the WHO reported that 10.4 million people fell ill with TB and there were 1.8 million TB deaths in 2015, making it the top infectious killer worldwide. This disease is deeply rooted in populations where human rights and dignity are limited. While anyone can contract TB, the disease thrives among people living in poverty, communities and groups that are marginalised, and other vulnerable populations.According to the Public Health Ministry, tuberculosis is identified as a priority health concern in Guyana, and through its DOTS programme, the Ministry has been able to expand TB services to the 10 Regions of Guyana.The increase of DOTS coverage reflects the strong commitment of the Public Health Ministry to lay the basis for a sound and sustainable fight against tuberculosis all over the country. In observance of the occasion, the Ministry in collaboration with PAHO will be hosting a multi-stakeholder meeting to launch the WHO END TB Strategy in Guyana.This is a forum for affected persons and communities, civil society organisations, health-care providers, collaborating partners and others to discuss and plan further interventions to fulfil the promise of reaching all people with quality TB prevention and care services, as well as enabling TB prevention through multi-sectoral development efforts. According to information released from the Ministry, over the past four years, the TB epidemic has shown some form of stability, while it has acknowledged that the fight against the disease in Guyana has been a long and difficult battle.TB control in Guyana still has some major challenges of which the most critical is the HIV epidemic within the population. This has been identified as one of the biggest concerns and the most important causes underlying the increase in both TB morbidity and mortality. Other challenges include the high prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and the access of isolated hinterland communities. The Public Health Ministry has partnered with key agencies over the years to expand TB services across the country, from one TB site in 2000 to 18 TB sites currently. In her message released on the occasion, subject Minister Volda Lawrence pointed to the fact that it was more important than ever to join forces against TB to successfully reach the goal of ending TB by 2030. It is also imperative for persons to get educated about the disease and to share that knowledge on how TB is transmitted, diagnosed and treated.
Today (November 21, 2017) is the occasion of the 45th annual World Hello Day. The objective of the occasion is to say hello to at least 10 people during the day. The message is for world leaders to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts.For many persons, World Hello Day may sound extremely basic, as it encourages us to take the opportunity to simply greet people, and to recognise how important simple communication is in our daily lives. The story of how it came to be, however, is a long and interesting one.World Hello Day was founded in 1973 by Brian McCormack, a PhD graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, in response to the Yom Kippur War. The McCormack brothers mailed 1360 letters, in seven languages, to Government leaders worldwide to encourage participation in the first World Hello Day. Since that time, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.Any person can participate in World Hello Day simply by greeting 10 people or more. This demonstrates the importance of personal communication for preserving peace, and is supposed to send a message of openness and goodwill to others. The observance began in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the fall of 1973. People around the world use the occasion as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, their activities send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts. In its first year, World Hello Day gained the support of 15 countries. As a global event, World Hello Day joins local participation in a global expression of peace.Thirty-one winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are among the people who have noted World Hello Day’s value as an instrument for preserving peace and as an occasion that makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace. Among other supporters are almost 100 authors, entertainers, and world leaders.The creators of the holiday hoped this small gesture alone would demonstrate how communication can be instrumental in resolving disputes and preventing conflicts.Many take it a step further; they use it as a time to reflect on someone important they have lost touch with, for one reason or another. This may be an important person in their lives they have fallen out with over something that is perhaps not quite worth it. Time tends to be a great healer, so if enough time has passed from the conflict, they would be able to analyse the situation and all of its aspects, seeing their own faults and wrongdoings as well as those of the other party, and maybe it’s time to put the conflict to rest?Many people do not know how good it actually feels to admit that they were in the wrong and say sorry – instead, they see such behaviour as a display of weakness, when it is actually a display of strength and confidence. People also often make the mistake of thinking that the other person will lose respect if they apologise to them, and this too is incorrect. Most people tend to give more respect for being able to admit the wrong, than if you decide to stubbornly hold on to your convictions after being proven incorrect.It may seem a bit daunting at first, but if the person or situation is important enough, it will always be worth the struggle to make the first move and extend a hand in a gesture of peace.Given the existing tensions in our own country Guyana, it would be remiss of the citizens not to see the significance of this day, even if it appears trivial. The message is universal. Why not use this day and those that follow as a catalyst for improving national communication as well?
Dear Editor,Witnessing the condescending manner in which Georgetown’s Town Clerk Royston King spoke to vendors at a meeting he held recently under a tent in the forecourt of City Hall, speaks volumes of the contempt and disregard the administration of the city has for these small-businesspersons.It wasn’t just King’s s tone of voice, but what he said and how he said it. The language he used, the way he constructed sentences, the sound of his words and personality, the way he gesticulated, suggested that he thought the vendors were not as clever or important as he was.King spoke as though he was some imperial overlord addressing his subjects, all of whom had no choice but to accept his tough talk, his twisted logic, and his new-found vision for Georgetown, even though he worked at the municipality for over30 years.Even though he was using a microphone, under a tent in a relatively cramped area, King shouted at his audience until he was hoarse. It was not a dialogue but rather a belligerent monologue, in which King was lecturing and scolding these persons, like they were some wayward children. Listening to him, one got the impression that the municipality was faultless and blameless in the vending situation. He paid no heed to vending as a socio-economic phenomenon. He seemed unaware that street vendors are an integral part of urban economies around the world, offering easy access to a wide range of goods and services in public spaces. He was only preoccupied with rounding up over 300 vendors and squeezing them into a space that could hardly accommodate 100 persons.King in his presentation sought to cast blame on the previous central government for the vending situation which is both dishonest and disingenuous.It is no secret that many businessmen encouraged the vendors for reasons best known to themselves. But more importantly and King is old enough to know, it was Hamilton Green the former Mayor who encouraged street vendors to encroach on the pavements of store owners. This was done since n the 1980s.In fact he went further than that, encouraging people to squat on lands that did not belong to them such as the case aback of the Botanic Gardens, a site owned by continental agencies, designated for the construction of a hotel.Does King realise that most street vendors provide the main source of income for their households, bringing food to their families and paying school fees for their children? These informal workers have strong linkages to the formal economy. Most of them source the goods they sell from formal enterprises in Georgetown?Street vendors create jobs, not only for themselves but for porters, transport operators, storage providers, and others. Street vending has added vibrancy to urban life in our capital and can be considered a cornerstone of our historical and cultural heritage.Sincerely,Deodarie Putulall
Dear Editor,It should not be a matter for debate that ordinary, unconnected and law-abiding citizens of this country experience nightmares at the hands of many in the Guyana Police Force. My position is justified based on the number of cases of shakedowns in the media and from what is heard around the country. And, notwithstanding that so many Police ranks have been taken before the court and/or have been fired from the Force, many Policemen/women continue to press persons for a “raise”, and even more frontally, “I gotta put you pun bail, so see wha’ yuh can do”. Or, if you are a complainant, your day is done at the Station because of the way the Police go about their work. That a raise ‘can speed up things’ is an unmistakable message.I travel around this country because of the nature of my job. I also do most of my grocery shopping in Enmore, my neighbouring village. Of recent, two matters were brought to my attention while I was shopping.In the first one, a resident had his bicycle stolen by a known thief. The Police arrested the suspect after much begging by the complainant. The suspect confessed to stealing the bicycle. The complainant claims that he had already gone to the Enmore Police Station on more than five occasions and each time he spent more than two hours being questioned.In the initial stages the complainant was told to get a taxi and go find the suspect and bring him in. That matter is still pending, awaiting a witness to go to the station to give a statement.What is the Police job? Not to do the investigation and get statements?Secondly, a more recent matter is before the Enmore Police involving another known thief, this time of fruits and cash from a house. The thief was arrested by the complainant and some relatives and taken to the Enmore Police Station.In the presence of Police at the Station and in the Station, the suspect threatened to kill the persons who effected the arrest. The complainant claims to feeling pressured by the Police by the long hours being kept at the station and one of the arresting persons being put on bail.At this time when a group of residents are planning to picket the Enmore Police Station and inviting the Media, it’s not a bad idea to bring focus on the growing number of recalcitrants in the Police Force!Sincerely,Charles Selman
“Considering what I have gathered from informal discussions and observations with those who should know, unless some serious efforts are made to beef-up our national security prior to the conclusion of the UNMIL drawdown, the security of this country could be at a risk.”Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, in a communication dated February 12, 2015, and addressed to the Senate Pro Tempore Armah Zolu Jallah, is requesting an urgent hearing on Executive.The Grand Bassa lawmaker said such a meeting would require the participation of the heads of all security agencies, including the Defense Minister, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Police Director and the Chief of Immigration. As UNMIL was “not likely to consent to participate in a public hearing, the Liberian Senate should request a closed door meeting with a representative of UNMIL to assist us in getting a better understanding of the status of the security situation in the country and the post-drawdown security challenges that we may expect.” Though she is aware that the Senate works through committees and the Defense Committee has the representation of all counties, “[yet] due to the urgency and seriousness of this matter, an executive hearing will get the full participation of the entire Senate, which I think is needed at this point,” the Senator advised.Senator Lawrence’s communication comes as UNMIL drawdown approaches its concluding stages in June, 2016 and questions are already being raised as to the readiness of the country’s security apparatus to fill the vacuum that may be created.Some of the issues that need to be addressed, according to Senator Lawrence are: whether the army is at optimal strength or does it require additional soldiers in order for it to become a viable army; are the Army, Police, and Immigration sufficiently equipped to be able to assume their respective mandates, capable of defending the country…?Senator Lawrence also expressed concern about the morale of the officers and members of the Army, Police and Immigration, and whether they are enjoying minimum benefits, such as accommodations for them and their families.The document was sent to the Committees on Defense, Intelligence and Veterans’ Affairs, and Judiciary, with the option to do further consultations and report to plenary within two weeks. InterpretationDaily Observer reporters around the country have frequently reported on the lack of logistical preparedness on the part of the Joint Security, which includes particularly the Police and Immigration.A case in point is a story carried last week and again in today’s edition about two gruesome murder cases in Nimba County. The first murder occurred in Beeplay, Buu-Yao Administrative District and the culprit fled to Buutuo on the Ivory Coast boarder where he reported himself to the police station, manned by only two officers. When friends of the victim from Beeplay descended on the Buutuo station with cutlasses and other weapons to revenge the killing of their friend, the two police officers fled the scene, leaving the prisoner at the mercy of the attackers. They chopped him up with their cutlasses and disemboweled him. These murderous avengers had a totally free hand because their numbers were too strong for the two police officers.There has also been grave concern about the lack of communication equipment, transportation and weapons, leaving the security apparatus at the country’s many border points practically defenseless. That is how Charles Taylor and his National Patriotic Front of Liberia were able to begin their invasion of the country on December 24, 1989, igniting the civil war that lasted 14 years.Senator Kanga Lawrence’s concerns are, therefore, indeed very legitimate and need to be carefully and urgently investigated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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A retired Coast Guard Lieutenant has launched a new non-governmental organization, Lifesaving-Liberia Incorporated (LIFESAL) in Monrovia.Lifesaving-Liberia Incorporated, with headquarters on Gurley Street, South Beach, Monrovia, aims at preventing water-related accidents and minimizing the rate of drowning in the country.According to the founder and executive director, a retired Armed Forces of Liberia lieutenant, Pastor Alfred S. Junes, the motto of his organization is “Help Us Save Lives.”Pastor Junes, LIFESAIL’s executive director, said the body is organized to provide awareness on the dangers of swimming on the various beaches without lifeguards.Quoting statistics from the Irish Live-Saving Foundation (of Ireland), about I.2 million people drown every year, mostly in the world poorest countries.Pastor Junes said drowning is an epidemic that kills, and that water safety education is the only defense against drowning.He has meanwhile appealed for public support, stressing the need for medical remedy to save the beaches and also to encourage the public to take advantage of the entity’s Lifeguard Training aimed at training lifesavers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)