Work together as one for the benefit of Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,It is almost two weeks into that 90-day period! The name Charrandas Persaud is a dead cert in the school history books of Guyana’s children of the future. The history books will have a settled judgement as to whether the MP’s vote was one of conscience or of greed and opportunism, or indeed reflective of an underlying simmering disenchantment amongst some coalition partners’ members. It is widely perceived by members of the Guyanese public, that with the clear exception of our President and a mere handful of others, a general arrogance prevails in the public attitudes of those in the highest positions in public office today just as prior to 2015.Whatever may be the true motivation of Mr Charrandas Persaud, the dramatic events of Friday, December 21, 2018, should be seen as very instructive as to the desirability that coalition partners treat each other with the basic mutual respect with which functioning family members treat each other. That approach would promote and facilitate more transparency and meaningful discussion within the coalition membership and thus lessen or even eliminate the kind of simmering disenchantment that might have been the catalyst for the MP’s actions. The coalition Government ought to be regarded as a practical step towards unity of national political purpose.The coalition Government is a good thing for Guyana as we hopefully transition to a system, enshrined in the Constitution, whereby there are guarantees that political power and financial benefits will be shared fairly by all Guyanese in accordance with transparent and straightforward criteria. I echo the cry of Sase Singh in his piece to “Save Guyana Now” – although in so doing I lend no weight to Singh’s conclusion unaccompanied by any reasoning that: “any attempt to use any convoluted argument to claim that in this case of voting, 33 is not greater than 32….” This conclusion by Singh does not give any indication whatsoever that he understands or has even read the contrary legal argument. I also take the citing by Singh of an unfortunate utterance of the Public Health Minister, implying thereby that the Minister’s expressed sentiments explain the Government’s “[refusal] to employ the best talent from around the world”, as no more than a well-timed opportunistic dig at the coalition. The Minister subsequently apologised publicly.Singh is however spot-on for the remainder of his piece. We simply must find a way to work together. As a nation we have too many riches to protect for our generations to come – and for the world in relation to our role in the ecosystem – to allow ourselves to be distracted by internal squabbling. The political opportunity we have here and now to make purposive changes to the way we govern our country ought not to be missed. The Constitution that is bemoaned by parties in Opposition but enjoyed by successive governments, should be the primary target for change and will itself be the instrument wherein will reside the provisions of the supreme law of Guyana.The reality is that Guyana’s two numerically largest races comprise about 47 per cent and 42 per cent of the population, Indians and Africans respectively.A significant proportion of Guyanese are of mixed heritage between or with one of the two predominant races. This means that elections will always be close and results routinely disputed despite the presence of international observers, given customary racial voting. A new system could, for example, have as its aim the creation of a cadre of five persons whose main qualifications would be: intelligence, humility, articulate manner and patriotism. These persons would have applied to and been interviewed and vetted by a special public commission. They would then be monitored by those of their peers and functional superiors as may be authorised to do so by secret parliamentary committee, and also by way of analysis of generally-worded but thoughtful questionnaires completed randomly and anonymously by subordinates in her/his place of normal work and/or sphere of influence. After an election result is declared, one of the five would be elected by Parliament, to serve as President of Guyana. The President would be under a duty to execute the policies of the winning party or coalition – but will have significant powers to amend or overrule policy proposals if he or she could justify such divergence to Parliament. Among the criteria for choosing the best candidate for President for a particular term of office, would be the candidate’s race, which if considered necessary could be constitutionally rotated either termly or every two terms. Once upon a time when British Guiana was a colony of Great Britain, two young intelligent patriots named Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham, together campaigned passionately for our country’s independence from colonial rule. That goal was achieved, but the old divide and rule tactics that had worked so well during slavery and again post-abolition when indentured Indians arrived, were deployed yet again post-independence – and again worked! Venezuela amongst others may be the next to benefit from our disunity, if we do not make it a priority to present a genuinely united front to the world.Once upon a time financial resources were scarce. Today we are on the very cusp of benefiting financially on a scale never before experienced or even envisaged in Guyana – indeed in most countries of the world period! There no longer exists in the Guyana context any rationale whatsoever for racial competition for scarce financial resources. Now is the time to do as Burnham and Jagan once did albeit too briefly; work together as one for the benefit of all Guyana.Sincerely,Ronald Bostwicklast_img read more

Banks DIH assists WCD flood victims

first_imgIn light of the recent high tides and breached sea defence on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) which left many villages flooded, Banks DIH Limited on Saturday donated bottled water and biscuits to the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) to assist the victims.Banks DIH Communications Manager Troy Peters handed over 150 cases of one-Banks DIH Communications Manager Troy Peters (second from left) making the presentation to the CDC officiallitre Aqua Mist, 150 cases of 1.5 litre Tropical Mist and 300 31-pound boxes of biscuits to CDC official Anthony Hope at the CDC headquarters in Thomas Lands.“We responded immediately after there was a call for assistance as the CDC was forced to set up temporary shelters for residents in West Demerara in light of the flooding. We do hope that the residents will be able to get their lives back together as quickly as possible,” Peters said.Residents of Uitvlugt, Leonora and Stewartville were seriously affected by the flooding which resulted from the high tides that disrupted sections of the sea defence structure on Friday.CDC Administrative Manager (ag), Odetta Giddings expressed her gratitude to the company for its timely response to assist the residents of the affected communities, also noting that a clean-up exercise has begun.last_img read more

Bill would pave way to citizenship

first_imgActivists plan more rallies for Sunday to push for citizenship for undocumented residents. During a bilingual news conference held on Capitol Hill, lawmakers appeared optimistic about the chance for passing the new bill, with Republicans thanking President George W. Bush for his support for the basic principles in the bill. But the Senate is not acting as quickly as the House. Negotiations on a companion bill continue between Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and John McCain, R-Ariz., and the White House is working with other key Republicans on a separate track. Initially, senators had planned to introduce the Kennedy-McCain legislation before the House bill. McCain, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination, has denied reports that he is locking heads with Kennedy about the legislation. A bill that would create a pathway to U.S. citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants was introduced Thursday in Congress, drawing immediate praise from immigrant advocates in Los Angeles. The bipartisan House bill would allow illegal immigrants to pay $2,000, take English classes, wait six years, and leave the United States at least briefly to become legal permanent residents and citizens. It also would create a temporary worker program for 400,000 people a year and increase penalties for businesses that employ illegal immigrants. “This bill deals with immigration on a comprehensive basis – illegal immigration and legal immigration, enforcement and family unification, the need for business to have a work force and the work force’s need for being able to work legally with labor rights and protections against exploration,” said John Trasvi a, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund in Los Angeles. But critics say the bill is nothing but a giveaway to lawbreakers. “Anything like that is intolerable,” said Al Garza, executive director of the Arizona-based Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a sister organization of the Minuteman Project based in Orange County. “We’re not going for any kind of comprehensive immigration reform,” Garza said. “We want to address border security, and anything less than that is intolerable. This is just another form of amnesty in disguise.” The bill was introduced just three days before the one-year anniversary of massive rallies held throughout the United States to protest a House bill that would have criminalized illegal immigration. An estimated half-million protesters marched through downtown Los Angeles in the city’s largest-ever demonstration. last_img read more

Alleged Scotiabank robber continues to evade police

first_imgIf you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477. They’re also taking public assistance calls from anyone who may have information pertaining to the robbery.The incident occurred on February 19, 2015 at approximately 4:20 p.m., at which point, police say the suspect handed the teller a note demanding money.“After obtaining the money, the suspect left the bank on foot,” writes Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. “It is unknown which direction of travel he took.”- Advertisement -Luckily nobody was injured during the robbery, according to Cpl. Shelkie.The suspect is described as a 23-year-old – 30-year-old male with a slim build and approximately 5’8 – 6’ in height. He was seen wearing a dark coloured toque, grey zipped hoodie with front pockets, dark pants and running shoes.Anyone who may have been a witness or have knowledge of the crime is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250 787 8100.Advertisementlast_img read more

City on pace to exceed June precipitation totals

first_img“Our outlook comes to just almost normal to just above normal,” Caldwell said.“If you flew a little bit further north to sort of the Grande Prairie area onto the Alberta side, they’re trying to show just slightly below normal for the next three months.”Still, this area is infamous for sudden and dramatic summertime downpours. In late June of 2011 and 2013, the airport station recorded two day totals of 94.1 and 63.1 millimeters, respectively.That noted, Caldwell says of precipitation forecasts: “I always take them with a grain of salt.”Advertisement Reported totals varied, but the local airport weather station posted 3.4 millimeters of rain on Wednesday, leaving the monthly precipitation total at 9.4 millimeters , and on pace to easily exceed the June norm of 65.6 millimeters.This is traditionally the second highest precipitation month of the year, and it is also the beginning of the key moisture period for Peace Country farmers and ranchers. The annual three-month summer average is 192 millimeters, or about 40 per cent of the calendar year total of 444.The airport station is on pace to post 94 millimeters by the end of the month, which is certainly not an out-of-the-question total for this area — and you only have to go back four years for statistical proof — 176.5 millimeters in 2011.The station also recorded above average totals in 2012 and 2013, with postings of 84.5, and 117.3 millimeters, but local crop producers need only go back to last summer to underline the validity for their moisture concerns.- Advertisement -Beginning in June, the airport station recorded three consecutive months of below normal precipitation, with a record low of only three millimeters in August.It resulted in a three-month total of only 79.6 millimeters — about 41 percent of the norm — and there are concerns something similar could occur this summer.Environment Canada Meteorologist Lisa Caldwell confirms new computer generated summer projections show temperatures across Western Canada remaining above normal for the period, but there’s more geographical variation in the local precipitation model.Advertisementlast_img read more

He may be growing frustrated at Liverpool, but Rodgers needs to hold on to him – Why the Redmen could rue losing Lucas

first_img1 Liverpool’s summer of strengthening continues to motor on and while Brendan Rodgers remains wary over the departure of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona, it is to the club’s defence that his attentions have turned.According to reports, the Merseysiders are placing all their efforts in landing a third Southampton player – centre back Dejan Lovren – as Rodgers looks to tighten up his vulnerable backline.Having reportedly seen an initial bid of £20m turned down for the Croatian international, the club are believed to be mulling over an improved offer. With Suarez’s protracted move to Spain – and the money it will bring – yet to be concluded though, it is expected that Rodgers may ship out some of the club’s squad players to raise additional funds, a potential decision that has placed midfielder Lucas Leiva’s future in the spotlight.The last few years have been difficult for the Brazilian. Having seemed to finally established himself as a Liverpool regular, two serious injuries robbed him of crucial game time, and now at a stage where he should be reaching his peak as a player, he finds himself populating the bench.It is no major revelation that Lucas is growing frustrated at Anfield – especially given the club’s recent signing of Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen – and while he may consider his options, there is a strong argument for Liverpool to hold onto the 27-year-old.Liverpool’s change in formation to one single defensive midfield pivot resulted in a fit Lucas being jettisoned from the starting XI in favour of Steven Gerrard, and while the club captain is enjoying an Indian summer in the last stages of his career, at 34 years old, Liverpool simply can’t rely on him as much as they’d like to.Lucas may have appeared out of sync with Liverpool’s high-energy, attacking football last season, but in the Brazilian the Redmen boast a very capable alternative who offers the level of defensive ability that Rodgers will undoubtedly need at times next year – especially with the added factor of Champions League football to contend with.His total of 280 tackles made over the last two-and-a-half seasons (playing just 65 league matches) is evidence of his effectiveness in this role, while he has shown an ability to act as a conduit for moves – boasting an average pass accuracy of 88.3% (from 3640 passes) during the same period of time.While these may not be the greatest numbers of Liverpool’s current midfield options, they are proof that Lucas is no shrinking violet when presented with his chance to play.Twelve months ago, there may have been a stronger case to justify any potential sale, but the forthcoming season will have a different complexion to it for Liverpool.Having provided such a convincing challenge for Premier League honours and achieving their target of Champions League football with consummate ease, more will be expected from Rodgers’ side – both domestically and in Europe.Rodgers is making a wonderful effort to ensure he will be ready for the challenge, but he also needs to ensure that he has familiar faces to call on throughout a long campaign. In Lucas he certainly has that, but does he know it?Liverpool fans, should you hold on to Lucas Leiva or is it time to sell up? Comment below… Lucas Leiva has been linked with a Liverpool exit last_img read more

Dismal grades for Southland

first_imgSouthern California’s traffic-choked freeways finally got the failing grade they deserved, while other indicators reflected a declining quality of life, an annual report card released Thursday showed. The “State of the Region” report by the Southern California Association of Governments also gave D’s in education and housing. The region received B’s – a “moderately good” rating – for employment and safety and C’s for income and air quality. The report was released on the same day that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed a multibillion-dollar bond issue to help pay for freeway and infrastructure improvements needed to cope with the state’s anticipated growth. “This report card is not the report card that I or any one of us would want to take home,” said Mark Pisano, executive director of SCAG. Despite an economic recovery and a modest 2 percent gain in household income, the quality of life continues to deteriorate because of gridlocked highways and skyrocketing housing prices, officials said. In housing, despite the biggest building boom in 15 years – local governments permitted 93,200 residential units, twice as many as in 1998 – home ownership remains out of reach for many. With the red-hot housing market, fewer than 20 percent of residents in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties could afford to buy the median-priced home of $400,000. Prices have gone up since to nearly $500,000 in Los Angeles County. Much of the new home building was in apartments and condos, which increased 33 percent over the previous year. The only bright spots were the continued decline in violent crimes and the region’s first meaningful job growth since 2000. But Bruce Ackerman, president of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, said the report needs to be taken in context of the Southern California’s diverse neighborhoods. While the San Fernando Valley suffers from the same housing and traffic issues as the rest of the region, there have been vast improvements from a year or even a decade ago. “Everybody else I talk to … has a better feeling today than they did in the past,” he said. That said, Ackerman supports calls for a massive state bond to help build housing, transportation and other needed infrastructure. “What was the last freeway project you’ve seen completed? If we want to continue to enjoy the quality of life we have, we have to take some serious looks at biting the bullet on these bond measures to improve our infrastructure. I don’t want to pay more taxes any more than you do. But I’d rather do this than continue to risk the quality of life deterioration.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “The governor’s message and actions of the Legislature to initiate new funding streams is paramount. Bonds and other financing … (are) going to be absolutely critical.” In giving traffic a failing grade – it’s received D’s since 2000 – SCAG officials cited the 93 hours that commuters waste in congestion each year, the lack of new roadways and the lagging use of mass transit. “It’s the pits,” said SCAG President Toni Young, who sits on the Port Hueneme City Council and endures a three-hour commute on the Ventura (101) Freeway to meetings in downtown Los Angeles. “You just don’t want to go out on the road if you don’t have to. It’s getting ridiculous.” The SCAG report is based on 2004 data from Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties. last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has today branded the comments by a Donegal Fianna Fáil Councillor in which he called for Travellers to be housed “in isolation” away from settled communities as utterly disgraceful.The Buncrana-based TD also called for county councillor Sean McEniff to apologise over the remarks.He further called on Fianna Fáil leader Mícheal Martin to distance himself from the comments and outline clearly what disciplinary action Fianna Fáil will take against the councillor. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said the comments were tantamount to a hate speech.“Councillor Sean McEniff made a number of remarks about traveller families ranging from saying that they would ‘wreck’ houses to branding them as ‘bad eggs’ and also saying ‘You wouldn’t want them beside you and I don’t want them beside me.’ These comments are tantamount to hate speech and they have no place in Irish society.“There is a gap in trust between the traveller and settled community and it is the responsibility of all public representatives to act responsibly and build trust. Anti-traveller racism in all forms is unacceptable in Ireland, and it is mind boggling to think that Councillor McEniff would think ethnic slurs are tolerable.“We must challenge racism at every opportunity and I am calling on Mícheal Martin to distance himself from the comments and outline what disciplinary action he will take against this Councillor. “It is an example of the systemic racism that Travellers face in Irish society and for this reason Councillor McEniff should apologise unreservedly immediately.” MACLOCHLAINN CALLS FOR DONEGAL COUNCILLOR TO APOLOGISE OVER ‘ANTI-TRAVELLER’ COMMENTS was last modified: January 17th, 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:Deputy Padraig MacLochlainnSean McEniffTravellerslast_img read more


first_imgWhat another brilliant weekend club revellers had at Donegal’s No.1 nightspot Voodoo Venue.Huge crowds descended on the venue on both Friday and Saturday night.The innovative management at Voodoo are always seeking to ensure every weekend in the club is a memorable one for its loyal customers. Their desire to always meet and exceed customer expectations ensure it remains the No.1 clubbing venue in the North-West.Every week in conjunction with Donegal Daily, Voodoo Venue run a picture special competition on the site.If your face is circled in the picture special above, then you’ve just won FREE Champagne and FREE VIP entry for four.Contact Voodoo via Facebook and claim your prize now. 🙂 Make sure and check out their Facebook page below for details of their brilliant student night HIJACKED TUESDAYS.   PICTURE SPECIAL FROM ANOTHER BRILLIANT WEEKEND AT VOODOO VENUE was last modified: November 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewspicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

Chelsea again linked with move for Inter Milan striker Icardi

first_imgChelsea continue to be linked with a move for Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi.The Evening Standard reports that scouts from Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City watched Icardi on Sunday and suggests that all three clubs are considering him as a possible signing.It follows reports in the Italian media that Atletico Madrid and a number of Premier League sides are keen on the 22-year-old Argentina international.There have also been reports that contract talks between Icardi and Inter have stalled and that the Italian club could be willing to sell for around £22m if he does not sign a new deal.The Blues have also been consistently linked with Paul Pogba.Metro today claim comments by Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta after his side won without the midfielder is a sign Pogba, who has a hamstring injury, could be sold and is therefore a boost for Chelsea.Marotta is quoted as saying: “We are here celebrating a victory achieved by a team, a team that played without Pogba. This means football is a team sport and not just about individuals.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more