President David Granger on Friday evening pledged to allocate two million more hectares of land and waterways for conservation.During his address at the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana’s (THAG) President’s AwardsPresident David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger are welcomed to the Dinner and Awards by THAG President Shaun McGrath and his wife Monica, upon their arrival at the Marriott HotelCeremony 2016, President Granger said Guyana has been abundantly blessed with natural resources and must utilise them for its economic development.He reiterated his Administration’s fundamental commitment to the tourism sector and sustainable economic growth, even as Guyana transitions to a ‘green’ economy.President Granger added that the benefits of equitable and sustainable development are too numerous and transformative to be ignored.His plan to increase conservation areas was made in keeping with the Administration’s commitment to the development of a ‘green economy’, the Paris Agreement on climate change and growth in the tourism sector.“What a country! What wildlife! What a waste to ignore the great gifts of nature. Guyana’s abundant flora and fauna constitute a priceless national and natural treasure. Our animals are capable of generating more income alive than dead; in their natural state and habitats than in pepperpot or souse. They can contribute more to the development of a world-class and globally competitive, eco-tourism product than anything else,” President Granger said.The President explained that allocating more space to the protected area system will ensure that these natural resources are used sustainably and preserved for future generations.“These areas will be established in each of our 10 administrative regions to ensure that conservation is national in scale and covers all of our ecological zones in scope. Ecological parks, nature reserves and sanctuaries for our endangered species will be established to protect our flora and fauna and our natural habitats, ecosystems. Guyana’s ecotourism competitiveness will be enhanced by the fact that we are part of Caribbean and also the continent. We share borders with three South American countries. We are placed strategically to tap into the large tourist markets of our sister states of the Caribbean and the continent,” the President said.He noted too that tourism is essential to the growth of the national economy. It is neither a hobby nor a sideshow. “Guyana must learn to manage the tourist industry with the same seriousness and thoughtfulness with which it manages the gold and rice industries,” he said. The President added that it is one of the main drivers in the world economy and that this is no different for our small, developing state.“It was a couple of years ago, the seventh fastest growing sector of the global economy. The rate of growth of the sector in 2015 outpaced the rate of growth of the global economy. The industry generated US$7.2 trillion annually or 9.8 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product. It accounted for one in every 11 jobs in the global economy. Tourism has established itself as an extremely resilient economic sector. Its prospects are bright. The industry is projected to enjoy sustained global economic growth over the next decade. This growth is expected to be driven by emerging destinations,” the Head of State said.Guyana is the next frontier for tourism, the President said, explaining that tourists have grown tired of the traditional lure of the sun, sand and sea that is offered by most of the Caribbean states.He reiterated that promoting eco-tourism is vital to diversifying Guyana’s economy over the next two decades and beyond and the sustainable use of the environment is central to its ‘green’ strategy. In keeping with this, President Granger said Government will ensure that the eco-tourism sector accords with the principles of sustainable development.To this end, the President pledged that infrastructural development will be done in keeping with the overall aim of linking communities via the erection of aerodromes, construction of highways, roads and stellings to facilitate the ingress and egress of persons for their livelihoods and to advance tourism.Meanwhile, THAG President, Shuan McGrath praised the Government’s plan for sustainable economic growth. He extolled that the benefits are numerous and cross several categories.He also spoke of the economic benefits that accrued from Guyana’s Golden Jubilee Independence Anniversary celebrations and pointed out that visitors in May doubled and all hotels, guesthouses and inns were fully booked over that period.At the close of the function, four organisations and one individual were honoured for their outstanding contributions to the tourism sector. The Hotel of the Year award went to the Marriott Hotel Guyana; Resort/Lodge of the Year was awarded to Arrowpoint Nature Resort; the Direct Tourism Services Award was presented to Trans Guyana Airways; the Tourism Supporting Services Award went to ANSA McAL Trading; and Hall of Fame Award 2016 to Tony Thorn.
Accused of being in possession of human skeleton, an angry mob beat two suspects to death, while a third is being treated at a medical facility in Ganta.1 critically injuredCommercial activities in Ganta City, Nimba County came to a standstill on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, when some angry residents reportedly attacked three people suspected of ritualistic killings, while they were being escorted to Police headquarters for “interrogation.”The citizens’ mob action, according to reports, resulted to the death of two of the suspects, while the other one, who was eyewitnesses, was ‘flogged severely’ is admitted at a health center in the city under intense pressure. The crowd had accused them of being in possession of human skeleton. Police had yet to verify the information when angry crowd reportedly took the law into their own hands.Up to press time last night, police were yet to make any arrest, but Ganta Police Detail Commander, Adolphus Zuah, who confirmed the information, said he has dispatched officers to the crime scene to investigate the matter.“I don’t know what went wrong before the suspects were mobbed to death. I heard the taxi cab they were traveling on broke down, and so the crowd came against them,” Zuah said via mobile phone. “I only heard that a police undercover agent in Saclepea, central Nimba, was escorting three suspects from the district to Sanniquellie, the county political capital, when a commercial vehicle they were riding on broke down, thus giving rise to marauding gangs to mob two of the suspects to death, while the third person was severely wounded.”Commander Zuah said two of the police officers that were among other unarmed officers dispatched to quell the situation sustained wounds from the angry crowd that were reportedly using sticks, stones and any deadly objects to wound and eventually kill two of the suspects.The crowd, according to Zuah had claimed that the accused individuals were suspected of carrying on ‘heartmen’ activities (ritualistic killings), but the allegation was yet to be substantiated when two of them were mobbed to death.Also, confirming the information, the head of the county police Criminal Investigation Division (CID), James Katoe, said the suspects were reportedly mobbed to death by “some suspected criminals; some of them on police wanted list.”The deceased suspects, Katoe said, were being escorted by police from Saclepea to Sanniquellie, the county political capital, for questioning in connection to the report of ‘heartmen’ activities, when they were attacked in Ganta.“As we speak, I am on my way to Ganta, and will give you detailed information [on Thursday]. Up to now, we don’t even have the case file to establish the identities of the suspects and what are their respective charges,” Detective Katoe informed the Daily Observer via mobile phone.Meanwhile, up to press time last night, Ganta has remained heavily guarded by the presence of a contingent of police officers from a garrison of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) stationed at the Bong County Security Hub.The ERU officers are being dispatched to maintain calm in the wake of the hostilities in the commercial city of Ganta which, according to one account, had forced some of the business centers to close, while residents were warned to leave the streets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Kipchoge who began the year by winning the London Marathon made – London Marathon champion the biggest improvement on a men’s marathon world record since 1967.🚨Alert🚨#AthleticsAwards announcement 🤩@EliudKipchoge is one of 10 nominees for Male World Athlete of the Year 2018✅Retweet this post to vote for him👇 pic.twitter.com/GQB01Ya6cj— IAAF (@iaaforg) October 23, 2018Also shortlisted are Diamond League champions Timothy Cheruiyot and Emmanuel Korir who dominated the 1500m and 800m races respectively this season, adding on with medals at continental championships.Youngster Korir who finished second at the African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba, Nigeria enjoyed a good season in only his second year donning the Kenyan red also won the Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech republic as well as earning the world lead and the world’s fastest at 800m since 2012.Timothy Cheruiyot smiles after victory at the Rome IAAF Diamond League on May 31, 2018. PHOTO/IAAFCheruiyot who has played second fiddle to training partner Elijah Manangoi in major championships won nine out of 11 races he entered to compete at the Diamond League and enjoys world leads at both the 1500m and mile.🚨Alert🚨#AthleticsAwards announcement 🤩@Tim_Cheruiyot is one of 10 nominees for Male World Athlete of the Year 2018✅Retweet this post to vote for him👇 pic.twitter.com/MCwc5oMCZr— IAAF (@iaaforg) October 23, 2018The soft-spoken 24-year old finished in silver medal positions at the African Championships and Commonwealth Games, both behind Manangoi.They will compete for the crown alongside the United States sprints duo of Chris Coleman and Noah Lyles as well as South African long-jumper Luvo Manyonga.Kipchoge, Cheruiyot and Korir have the task of seeing the title come back to Kenya for the first time in eight years after David Rudisha won it in 2010. He was the first and only Kenyan athlete to win the award.🚨Alert🚨#AthleticsAwards announcement 🤩@EEmmanuelkorir is one of 10 nominees for Male World Athlete of the Year 2018✅Retweet this post to vote for him👇 pic.twitter.com/3pVr2AgG8b— IAAF (@iaaforg) October 23, 2018US athlete Christian Coleman broke the 60 meter indoor world record at the Clemson Invitational track meet crossing the line in 6.37 seconds to surpass the previous record of 6.39Last year’s title was won by Qatari high-jumper Mutaz Barshim.A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF’s social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.Voting for the Male World Athlete of the Year closes on 13 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.Nominees for Male Athlete of the YearTimothy Cheruiyot (KEN)– World leads at both 1500m and one mile, with nine out of 11 wins across those distances– Diamond League champion– Silvers at the Commonwealth Games and African Championships Christian Coleman (USA)– World indoor record and world indoor champion at 60m– World lead and Diamond League champion at 100m Armand Duplantis (SWE)– European champion at pole vault with a world-leading height– World under-20 champion– Eight world under-20 records or bests, indoors and out Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)– London Marathon champion– Berlin Marathon champion with the biggest improvement on a men’s marathon world record since 1967Emmanuel Korir (KEN)– World lead and the world’s fastest at 800m since 2012– Diamond League champion, Continental Cup winner and African Championships silver– World number six at 400m Noah Lyles (USA)– World lead and unbeaten in his five races at 200m, including at the Diamond League final– Continental Cup winner at 100m & 4x100m– World lead at 150m straight Luvo Manyonga (RSA)– Diamond League and Commonwealth Games champion at long jump– Silvers at World Indoor and African Championships Kevin Mayer (FRA)– World Indoor champion at heptathlon– World record at decathlon, when he scored exactly the same number of points on each of the two daysAbderrahman Samba (QAT)– World lead and unbeaten in nine finals at 400m hurdles, setting the world’s quickest time since 1992– Asian Games champion at 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay– Continental Cup winner– Asian Indoor champion at 4x400m relay Tomas Walsh (NZL)– World lead with the world’s longest shot put since 2003– World Indoor, Commonwealth Games and Diamond League champion0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eliud Kipchoge crosses the line to win the 2018 Berlin Marathon in a new World Record time of 2:01:39NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 23 – World Marathon Record Holder and Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge leads a list of three Kenyans who have been named in the final shortlist of 10 for the 2018 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year Award.Kipchoge who stunned the world in September cutting almost a minute and a half to set a new World Record of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds is seen as the front runner for the award to be dished out at the IAAF gala in Monaco in December.