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first_imgDear Editor,The APNU/AFC coalition will go down in the annals not only for its adamant refusal to resign and call an election within three months as stipulated by the Constitution having been defeated by a vote of no-confidence on December 21, 2018, but also its continuous violations and blatant disregard for the Constitution. On that unforgettable day, 34 members of the National Assembly agreed that the coalition has, since it acceded Office, not only plunged the Guyanese nation into an economic crisis but has been the architect of the most blatant forms of corruption and squandermania only paralleled during the 28 years of PNC dictatorship. The nation has also witnessed a most zealous and unique form of political witch-hunting of Opposition members and supporters as never seen before. Thousands lost their jobs because they are perceived as PPP supporters!Undoubtedly, the coalition was confident that the Opposition’s No-Confidence Motion would have failed since they had the majority of the House, but little did they realise then that suffering of the people has a way of igniting the conscience of some. It came as a massive tsunami which drowned their confidence and allowed the reality of their gross misdeeds to come to the fore when they lost the NCM. It was unbelievable and in their shell-shocked state of mind, they woefully accepted the outcome. However, the very next day, they came to the realisation that a lot was at stake and they needed time to do damage control and activate the infamous PNC rigging machinery.They needed time to regain the trust and confidence of their supporters because, for four years, they rapidly eroded the economic gains made from 1992 to 2015 under the PPP/C Government. The coalition not only gave themselves humongous salary increases but they embarked on a journey of corruption to enrich not only themselves but families and friends. Soon after taking office, old and feeble PNC members filled every strata of Government, adding to the bureaucracy and incompetence whilst sucking the blood of the overburdened taxpayers! Their support base has dwindled rapidly and their coalition partner, the AFC, has been completely decimated.Therefore, to delay the elections which was supposed to be held on March 22, 2019, the coalition went from the High Court to the Appeal Court and finally to the CCJ. Months went by and by June 18, the CCJ ruled that the NCM was validly passed thus reactivating the process and making it imperative that elections be held by September 18, 2019. According to Granger in his address to the nation, his Government accepted the CCJ’s ruling and planned to abide by it and the Constitution. Then he introduced his next delaying tactic, he claimed that “we cannot proceed on the current list of voters. It is outdated and corrupted. It may hold as many as 200,000 incorrect entries…It is democratic and imperative that House-to-House Registration be completed”. He was emphatic that based on advice from the then Chairman of GECOM, Justice Patterson, GECOM would be ready to hold elections by November 2019.We have now seen that by proclamation, General and Regional Elections will be held on March 2, 2020, four months after the Patterson advisory. Furthermore, Granger’s claim of ‘200,000 incorrect entries’ is totally false and ridiculous but the intent all along was to delay the elections and on that score, he was successful since just a week before the illegally appointed Chairman demitted office, he set the HtH Registration by signing the order for it to commence on July 20, 2019, and end on October 20. This is a clear indication that the November timeline Patterson had advised Granger on was just a ruse. How can he advise November when he signed the HtH order which would catapult elections to 2020? The work plan of GECOM has 290 days to complete all activities and that is a conservative estimate according to Commissioner Sase Gunraj. Elections were never meant to be held in November 2019.It is now conclusive that after wasting approximately $3 billion, it is now found that out of the 370,000 persons registered during the HtH Registration, only approximately 16,000 are new registrants, that there were massive duplications and from this, it is estimated that only about 10,000 will actually be placed on the Revised Preliminary List since approximately 6000 entries could not be verified. This has now exposed the fact that Granger’s ‘200,000 incorrect entries’ was just another chapter in the PNC’s book of devious stratagem to attempt to rig the impending elections.Will the PNC ever give up their devious ways and allow this nation a free and fair election? The answer will be known soon!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

first_imgUpholding religious freedom in Guyana is not the sole responsibility of the State but that of every citizen, First Lady Sandra Granger said on Thursday evening when she participated in a Religious Freedom Conference organised by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.The First Lady believes that the national discourse should be focused on respect for diversity in religious beliefs.“I agree and whole heartedly believe that the State must play a role in the freedom and rights of individuals, including the right to freedom of religion or belief” the First Lady said, adding “But this does not preclude the duty of every citizen to promote and preserve those rights,” said Granger.She said too that every citizen has a role to play in ensuring religious freedom. “The politicians, the Judiciary, law enforcement officers, public servants, representatives of religious and rights organisations… in fact, every citizen has toFirst Lady Sandra Grangerplay a role in the implementation and defence of these freedoms.”She stressed that while the State creates laws, those laws are interpreted and enforced by people who have their own values and belief systems, and as such, “it is important that the value of these freedoms be taught to our children and reinforced for all at the formal and informal levels”.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) – Pastor Ronald McGarrell said the ultimate destination of the path followed by all religions should be peace. Pastor McGarrell said too that if division is created by insisting that only one religion is the only path to salvation, then it would be going against a desire for peace by God.Pandit Deodat Tillack, representing the Hindu community stated that Guyana is a country of religious tolerance, pointing to the Constitution of Guyana but noted the need for more effort to be placed on understanding the various religions.Additionally, President of the Elders quorum of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Wayne Barrow, said religious freedom is a very technical issue which is often times not discussed by the masses.Sidi Neil Bacchus, Secretary an executive member of the Muslim League, along with President of the Georgetown district of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Colin Goodluck also attended the conference.last_img read more

first_imgGuyanese living in the hinterland regions would soon be able to come up to par with those on the coastland inTelecommunication Minister Cathy Hughes (centre), UNDP Resident Representative Kadija Musa and Depecon representative Stephen Dieter share the signed agreementterms of technology, as Government has committed to making Internet access readily available for them in the not too distant future.It is hoped that the new initiative, which made its kick start on Friday with the signing of contracts, would also put Guyana on the path of technological growth.Government, through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), entered into what is said was a crucial agreement with the consultancy firm of Detecon International, to conduct a needs assessment for the project which will be rolled out in remote communities.Telecommunication Minister Cathy Hughes, UNDP Resident Representative Kadija Musa and Detecon representative Stephen Dieter signed the project, which will be funded by the Guyana Redd+ Investment Fund.Minister Hughes said Guyana has for many years been lagging behind the rest of the world, and even the Caribbean, technologically.The project is a baseline study to determine, among other things, what infrastructure, technical capacity and legal framework already exists and what is needed in poor, remote and unnerved areas in Guyana. The analysis will also set the stage for a more expansive programme.“This project has a very unique and specific target audience and that is the provision of ICT access to hinterland, poor and remote communities”. Minister Hughes said it is widely known that what occurs on the coast and the hinterland regions vary vastly, especially in areas of education, ecommerce and commerce development, adding that hinterland communities have not been able to be on par.According to Minister Hughes, with the project getting underway, hinterland residents; particularly those who are carrying local businesses, will have a wider scope through the Internet to market their products.UNDP Resident Representative Khadija Musa said the UNDP responded to a request made by the Guyana Government to lend its support in the procurement process for the project.Musa said ICT remains an important technology which will bring the people of Guyana together. She informed that the UNDP conducted a competitive international bidding process. It was through this process that the consultancy firm, Detecon, was successful. The evaluation panel, she said, consisted of technical experts, including UNDP and Government.Representative of Detecon, Stephen Dieter said his company was willing to work with Guyana to bring the country to that competitive platform.The team carrying out the consultancy will be led by German, Stephan Dieter. The firm won the bid to conduct the baseline study for the projects which stands at a cost of some US$534,000.last_img read more

first_img“I think we played really well and showed the world that there is a lot of talent in Kenya. Our first half performance in that match was great, though we went to sleep a bit in the second half. We gave them time and space and when you do that against a team as Everton, you get punished,” the Briton told Capital Sport.K’Ogalo will not be in action this weekend as the league paves way for the GOtv Shield and Kerr sees this as a blessing in disguise as he looks to pass on his philosophy to the players.“I think from what I saw in the Everton game, I know what to work on. We have a chance to improve as a team and we should be ready in the next two weeks. I have only had a few sessions with the boys and it is really difficult to get to know your players in that short duration,”Jacques Tuyisenge attempts to win the ball against a sliding Ashley Williams. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“But now we have a lot of time to work. It might take a while before everything works out but just like it happened at Simba, eventually when it takes shape, things will be okay. I will try to get them to my way of thinking and I know I have to do that quickly,” admitted the tactician.Despite failing to kick a ball over the weekend, Kogalo remained third in the standings with 28 points, only one shy of leaders Ulinzi Stars.Among the things Kerr hopes to work on before their next league match is the reaction and concentration of players as well as finer details in the final third of attack.“In the second half against Everton, we kind of switched off. I don’t know whether the players who came on were not watching us in the first half. That is an area of concern. When you come in, you have to play in the same intensity,” said the tactician.“We also need to work a lot on the final third. The decision making bit is a bit worrying. We can be better and faster.”Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr dribbles the ball in training at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOn his preferred playing style; “I have noticed that not only in Kenya but in Africa, teams love to take long strides from 50, 40 yards instead of playing out wide and quick. That’s my style and I am hoping we can do that at Gor Mahia,” the coach further disclosed.Meanwhile, Kerr who arrived in Kenya having left his job as Chesterfield FC’s Under-18 coach believes the quality of football as well as atmosphere and state of the pitch exhibited on Thursday as Gor played Everton will attract more teams to play their pre-season games in Africa.“What we saw on the pitch was great. The surface was fantastic and it was just like playing at Goodison Park or Old Trafford. The people of Tanzania can be proud of this facility and hopefully, we have more teams coming,” the coach, previously with Tanzanian giants Simba noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam as Gor played Everton FC in a friendly match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 17- New Gor Mahia boss Dylan Kerr is confident the record Kenyan champions can reclaim the Premier League title from Tusker FC especially with the hunger the club has shown in the two games he has seen them play.Kerr joined Gor last weekend and watched them lose out on penalties to Bandari in the GOtv Shield, but the performance last Thursday against English Premier League side Everton in a friendly match in Tanzania gives him confidence that the team will do well.last_img read more

first_img“It was a great performance, an incredible performance,” Conte said after leaving club captain Gary Cahill on the bench to go with Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, and Cesar Azpilicueta in central defence.“He is only 21 and it is great he can play with that maturity. He was one of the best players. He played a top game and I am very pleased for his performance.“I don’t remember a great save from Thibaut. They had the one chance in the first half with Paulinho and then the second half with [Luis] Suarez.“I think we played a really good game and I must be pleased because my players made a great effort. They followed the plan, the programme we prepared.“They showed themselves to be a really strong team, a fantastic team, but we showed that if we are ready to work very hard together defensively but at the same time when you continue to have the right feeling with the ball to create the chance to score I think that we can try to do something incredible at Camp Nou.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde thinks that manager Antonio Conte is Chelsea’s biggest strengthLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 21 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had only kind words for Andreas Christensen despite his costly error in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League.Willian gave the Blues the lead after twice hitting the post at Stamford Bridge, but a misplaced pass from the Dane allowed Andres Iniesta to tee up Lionel Messi for an away-goal equaliser.last_img read more

first_imgIt also fines AEP an additional $15 million in civil penalties and another $60 million in cleanup and mitigation costs to help heal parkland and waterways that have been hurt by the pollution. Details of the agreement were provided by two people familiar with its terms. In an interview late Monday night, AEP spokesman Pat Hemlepp confirmed the energy company had agreed to settle, but he said it planned to spend only $1.6billion in improvements under the terms of the settlement. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Lara Jakes Jordan THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – One of the nation’s largest power generators has agreed to end a years-long federal lawsuit by paying $4.6 billion to reduce pollution that has eaten away at Northeast mountain ranges and national landmarks, The Associated Press has learned. The settlement requires American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, to reduce chemical emissions that cause acid rain by at least 69 percent over the next decade. last_img read more

first_imgJoin Geoff Peters for all the latest Football League news as he looks ahead to the second set of fixtures in the new season.Former England international Kevin Davies joined the host to look back at his career and discuss what lies ahead.last_img

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Telephone conversations with José Mourinho and Cesc Fàbregas persuaded the Barcelona forward Pedro Rodríguez to snub long-standing interest from Manchester United and move instead to Chelsea in a deal that will be worth £21.2m. (Guardian)Manchester City are a step closer to completing the £32million transfer of Valencia central defender Nicolas Otamendi. It is understood that the Argentine stopper has undergone his medical in Manchester and agreed terms on a five-year contract. (Daily Mail)Bayern Munich have slammed the door on Manchester United’s hopes of signing German World Cup winning striker Thomas Muller. United had reportedly lodged a £60m bid for the 25-year-old but Bayern insist he will not be sold at any price. (Manchester Evening News)Southampton face a fight to hold to another two of their top stars with Tottenham targeting Victor Wanyama and Manchester United interested in Sadio Mane. (Daily Mirror)West Ham have had a £3.5million bid for Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz turned down. (Daily Mirror)West Ham have also pulled out of a surprise deal to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Tottenham Hotspur. (Daily Telegraph)Everton have agreed a £5.5m fee for River Plate defender Ramiro Funes Mori. (Liverpool Echo)Liverpool will not consider bids for defender Mamadou Sakho – despite the Frenchman’s unrest at being axed from the squad. (Daily Mirror)West Brom are ploughing on with their bid to sign Tottenham defender Federico Fazio, despite snubbing Spurs’ opening bid for Saido Berahino. (Daily Mirror)Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini is a target for Bologna. The 30-year-old, who joined for £6.5million two years ago, is set to decide his future in the next 48 hours with Sunderland willing to sell to fund other moves. (Daily Mail)Shaun Maloney is expected to join Hull from Chicago Fire in the next 48 hours. (Daily Mail)Wolves have rejected a bid from Norwich City for striker Benik Afobe. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest headlines…Reports: Manchester United table £60m bid for Germany striker Thomas MullerBayer Leverkusen want Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho in £7m dealJulian Draxler latest – Juventus offer £21m to land long-term Arsenal targetSunderland star Emanuele Giaccherini could leave the Stadium of Light, reveals agentManchester United stunned as Chelsea win race for Barcelona winger PedroBenzema breakthough! Arsenal have £48m bid accepted by Real Madrid, talkSPORT toldEverton to move for Inter Milan defender if John Stones completes Chelsea switchDavid De Gea told by teammate to stay at Manchester UnitedReal Madrid join Chelsea in eyeing Brazilian defender Alex Telleslast_img read more

first_imgWith cycling becoming ever more popular in the county, it’s now the turn of the Ras Dhun na nGall to take to the roads around Ardara over the bank holiday weekend.Sponsored by the Nesbitt Arms Hotel and the Ardara Town Traders, this exciting and colorful event will see 150 of the country’s best young riders take on some of Ireland’s most difficult cycling terrain.The race has always been an important stepping stone for riders with ambitions of going to the highest levels of the sport, and several of our previous competitors have gone on to win big races all over Ireland, Britain and Europe. The 2013 Ras Dhun na nGall takes to the roads this coming Friday evening, leaving Ardara and heading through Kilraine, Frosses, Dunkineely and Bruckless and returning to Ardara via the Five Points. This stage will be short, fast and more than likely will end in a big bunch sprint along the Main Street in Ardara just as the Melting Pot Festival is getting into full swing.Saturday morning sees the riders in Maghera for a time- trial, which while short, will see the maximum effort from each rider as time lost or gained here may prove to be critical to the overall result of the race. Each rider will ride flat out uphill for just under two miles, and the fastest riders will cover the distance in around six and a half minutes. After a short recovery period, the riders leave Ardara again in the afternoon on a 51-mile stage that takes them through Maas and Glenties before turning at Fintown for Doochary and Lettermacaward and through Glenties to finish at the school in Ardara.The final stage, at lunchtime on Sunday, is by far the most difficult as the riders race from Ardara through Bruckless, Dunkineely, Glenties, Clooney and Ardara again before finishing on the famous Glengesh Pass. Glengesh is known throughout Irish cycling circles as being one of the most difficult climbs in the country, friendly for spectators but much less so for the cyclists themselves at the end of three hard days of racing.While the overall winner will take the plaudits on Sunday evening in Ardara, all the riders will be content in the knowledge that they will have just completed one of the hardest races in Irish cycling. The racing will be hard and fast for the entire weekend, and while some traffic delays may take place in the south west of the county over the weekend, the public has always been hugely supportive of the race, and the riders appreciate the courtesy and appreciation shown to them by all along the route.Approximate time schedules:Friday 31st May:Stage 1Depart Ardara: 7.30pm Frosses: 8.11Dunkineely: 8.27Bruckless: 8.32Arrive Ardara 9.00pm Saturday 1st June:Stage 2First rider starts Maghera: 9.01amLast rider finishes: 11.20amStage 3:Depart Ardara: 2.30pmClooney: 2.50Glenties: 3.06Fintown: 3.29Doochary: 3.41Lettermacaward: 4.10Glenties: 4.31Finish Ardara: 4.48pmSunday 2nd June: Stage 4Depart Ardara: 12.00noonBruckless: 12.31Dunkineely: 12.35Glenties: 1.16Clooney: 1.33Ardara 1st passage: 1.48Ardara 2nd passage: 2.30Finish Glengesh: 2.44pmARDARA GETS INTO THE SADDLE THIS WEEKEND! was last modified: May 29th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:2013ArdaraRASlast_img read more

first_imgJim McGuinness has admitted he wasn’t happy with his team at half-time in today’s Ulster Championship game against Derry and told them so.Despite controlling the game, Donegal couldn’t get the scores in the first 35 minutes.But the manager admitted his team got it right in the second half with a deluge of scores. “I wasn’t overly impressed at half time but we pushed on in and in the second half and there was more fluidity . There was a bit of pressure and they wanted to put the best forward in front of their supporters,” he said.The Glenties man said the game sets them up for the semi-final against Tyrone in Clones in two weeks time.“It’s good to get over the line and sets up a big game for us. We are happy we have achieved that and we will refocus the minds now“They have worked very hard for past 18 moths and have tried their best foe their county – they train hard and are very focused. Hopefully we can continue on and get a positive result the next day,” he said. He admitted that Letterkenny man Rory Kavanagh almost started the game but will almost certainly feature the next day out.“Michael (Murphy) felt he wasn’t going to take a chance but he felt he was ready. Rory (Kavanagh) was close but he felt a bit of a nip and hopefully he can put his best foot forward and we want to get him back.”And McGuinness also responded to claims that Donegal were now shedding their so-called ‘defensive game.’“We have a different plan all the time and everyone is changing. It’s not secret we are trying to get more scores on the board.” MCGUINNESS ‘ALMOST’ HAPPY WITH DONEGAL PERFORMANCE! was last modified: June 16th, 2012 by StephenShare 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