Dear Editor,Don’t people ever understand that there are major consequences when we continue to kill off our tourism sector?I was in total disbelief when I read the news via social media that Guyana was served with a penalty of a two-year ban from competing at the Miss Universe Pageant due to the fact of handpicking the last Miss Guyana Universe 2017 winner, Miss R Khan. I am still hoping that the Miss Universe Organisation will make an official statement in support of what I read via social media forums.For many years I have being a private tourism advocate, and trust me on this, Guyana is not an easy tourist destination to sell to the international market. The mere fact that Guyana to many is never heard of before and there is always the confusion between Ghana and Guyana. You have to constantly keep educating persons of the difference in geographic locations.I always felt that Guyana’s presence among the other Miss Universe delegates over the years is an ideal platform to showcase the Golden Arrowhead, especially with the introduction segment via global television and for the beauty ambassadors to pitch in and do their required duties in educating their fellow colleagues in competition and the international media of our existence. Guyana may not always be fortunate to crack a final, but we need to continue to always have an ambassador present and to my mind, ‘marketing means mileage.’Locally or overseas-based organisers have to be more responsible with their duties and create an impartial image when/during the selection process of any beauty ambassador. Failing to do so, we must take responsibility when a ban is imposed. I hope this is a learning process for Guyana and we use the time away from competition and clean ourselves.Yours faithfully,T Pemberton
Prophet Flomo: “My concern has to do with the country’s peace and security.”By David A. Yates and Simeon WiakantyThe founder of God Deliverance Church, Prophet Moses Flomo, has called on organizers of the planned June 7 “peaceful protest” to abandon the protest, and dialogue with the government to keep the country peaceful.Prophet Flomo believes that staging a protest in the cause of the Liberian people to seek redress from the government is not in the right direction, “because some of the protesters may have different motives than the peaceful context the organizers had in mind for the exercise .Flomo spoke recently in Congo Town at the end of a three-day fast and prayer revival that marked the celebration of the church’s anniversary.“Family members of those who are organizing the protest are living outside the country, and will not be troubled when the situation should turn otherwise,” Prophet Flomo said. “Not only that, but our country’s peace will be troubled.“It is the ordinary Liberians that will suffer the consequences of any protest. Everyone is interrelated in this small country, with the right to enjoy the wealth which God placed here,” Flomo added.He said that whatever affects the ordinary people by any uprising annoys God, “because He will not be pleased with those bent on causing confusion in the land by whatever means.”Prophet Flomo used the occasion to appeal to President George Weah to grant the Council of Patriots another opportunity to present their “grievances” at a roundtable conference so as to maintain the country’s peace.In a related development, several pastors across the country under the banner, “National Wings of Success Pastoral Network (NWSPN) Incorporated, say the country’s peace is still fragile, therefore, the June 7 protest must be abandoned.Bishop G. Sylvester Wallace (center) addresses journalists at a news conference in PaynesvilleNWSPN president, Bishop G. Sylvester Wallace, told reporters at a recent news conference that while it is true that the country faces series of challenges; and that everyone has the right to protest peacefully and present grievances to their government, it is also important to note that the years of unbroken peace Liberians have enjoyed should not be jeopardized in the name of “saving the state.”Bishop Wallace informed the reporters that Liberians need to remember that peace is one of the values that are costly and cannot easily be bought, adding, “the peace we have enjoyed over the years was obtained through the grace and mercy of the Almighty and must remain.”He said that plans are underway by the organization to meet the organizers of the planned June 7 protest and other stakeholders to ensure that the pending event is turned down for the sake of peace.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Although he has managed to secure weekday spots at flea markets in Industry and Santa Fe Springs, without a coveted Sunday slot his income will be reduced by half, he said. “We’ve been doing the Pico swap meet for eight years,” said Solis, who lives in Pomona. “This is supposed to help me for college next year. Now I may not have enough for books and stuff.” Before the swap meet moved to the Sports Arena in 1999, it operated for 25 years at the corner of Whittier and Paramount boulevards in Pico Rivera. But officials from the Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the Fiesta Swap Meet property, earlier this year informed city officials that the swap meet had to go. According to the city’s contract with the agency, only “recreational activities” are allowed on the site. Apart from that, the city’s 15-year contract with Sports Arena concessionaire Ventura Productions ended Thursday. The city has approved a new, three-year, $750,000 contract with LEBA Inc. to run the arena. The swap meet was a once-a-week money generator for Christine and Dale Robertson, owners of Imperial Tire in South Gate. The couple sold sets of tires and offered discounted services and installation at their swap meet booth for three years – a practice that boosted their business by about 10 percent, Christine Robertson said. “We don’t sell a lot \ here but is helps bring in a lot of business,” she said. “I hate to see it end. This was a good year for us with the swap meet.” She said the company would try to obtain a space at the Industry swap meet but was afraid customers wouldn’t be willing to drive the extra distance. The Fiesta Swap Meet had attracted up to 15,000 shoppers a week, swap meet officials have said. But shopper Alfonso Guzman of La Mirada said he would be willing to travel further to find the kind of deals he found at the Fiesta, which he attended about twice a month. “I’ve been coming here for 10 years,” said Guzman, who often found cheap coffee beans in bulk and DVDs. “It’s always good. I know these vendors now. I’ll miss it.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Affording college may be more difficult now for Antonio Solis, who made his last sale at the Fiesta Swap Meet on Thursday. For seven years, swap meet vendors set up shop every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in the dusty parking lot of the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Bicentennial Park, just west of the rumbling southbound lanes of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. But Thursday was the swap meet’s last day. Now, some 600 merchants will have to find other swap meets at which to make their livings. Solis, 19, helped run his family’s swap meet business, Tony’s Socks and Underwear.
OTTAWA — The referee of the House of Commons has given MPs a stern warning about their use of overheated partisan rhetoric lest they find themselves in a parliamentary penalty box.Speaker Geoff Regan says he’ll cut off MPs if their comments are couched in wording that veers into pointed, personal accusations during the daily question period.For days, the Opposition Conservatives have referred to the trust fund and personal wealth of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as of Finance Minister Bill Morneau, in attacking the Liberals over the deep deficits they’ve run while in office.The attacks sharpened after Trudeau remarked this week that low-income Canadians don’t pay taxes, which the Conservatives argued showed how out of touch he is with everyday Canadians.Before the start of Thursday’s question period, Regan took two minutes to let MPs known he was going to start putting his foot down.Regan said anyone who skirts the line between legitimate question and personal attack may be cut off and find their turn to question the government is passed along to another MP.“I have listened carefully and patiently — perhaps too patiently — to questions put forward this week, some of which clearly fell outside of the scope of permissible questions since they had little to do with the administrative responsibility of the government,” Regan said.“I will not allow such questions or such personal attacks. I will interrupt any member who asks a question that raises a matter that does not properly deal with public policy.”His words drew heckles from the Tory benches and applause from the Liberals.Regan chided both sides for their responses.Later on, he cut off Liberal MP Matt DeCourcey when he accused the Conservatives and their leader, Andrew Scheer, of “Scheer-mongering” over immigration.When question period ended, DeCourcey told the Commons he would retract the comment, and asked to insert the word “fear mongering” instead, drawing a round of jeers from the Tory benches.“Order,” Regan shouted, before counselling DeCourcey to “apologize unconditionally.”DeCourcey agreed. He said he would “retract my use of the word” — and then added a “but.”Regan cut him off — again.“Just to be clear,” Regan said, “unconditionally doesn’t mean including the word ‘but.’ There are no ‘buts.’ Now that’s enough.”NDP MP Nathan Cullen was up next.“Sunny ways, Mr. Speaker,” he said, using Trudeau’s oft-quoted mantra. Jordan Press , The Canadian Press