Why is David Arthur Granger on this path?

first_imgDear Editor,To properly understand the gravity of David Granger’s uninterrupted juvenile frolic pertaining to the appointment of the Chairman of GECOM, one must walk back to the year 1985.Forbes Burnham died in August 1985, and was succeeded by Desmond Hoyte. Guyana, in 1985, was hoping for a fresh wind of change with Burnham’s death. The PNC dictator was dead, and that development presented the nation with a golden opportunity to repair itself. The holding of free and fair elections, and elections free from fear, in December 1985, was the first imperative to put Guyana back on the progressive path.Unfortunately, Hoyte stubbornly refused to budge on any of the prerequisites to hold free and fair elections. Although, as a former Minister of Finance, he was aware of the situation: that the nation was in a race to the bottom, he refused to institute reforms. Some insiders told me that he was afraid of the PNC strongmen at that time, especially around issues such as his personal security. Thus he complied with the “dictats” of those strongmen. And, most importantly, he refused to demolish the system by which the Elections Commission Chairman was unilaterally appointed by the Head of State without consulting anyone, in a monarchical manner.At that time, we had an Elections Commission Chairman, Sir Harold Bollers, who was nothing but a post box or a glorified rubber stamp. His role was just to pass documents and messages between interested parties. And at that time, there was one Roy Hammond, who was the PNC man parading as the Chief Elections Officer, but was taking instructions directly from the PNC Minister of Home Affairs, rendering him into a political poodle of the PNC.The end result from this immoral structure was that those 1985 elections turned out be the most rigged, manipulated, and crooked elections in the entire history of Guyana.In 1985, Desmond Hoyte made Forbes Burnham look like a church boy in the art of rigging elections.The majority of this nation, (not only the PPP), including non-political players like the Electoral Assistance Bureau, the Private Sector, the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church; along with friends of democracy in the diaspora, the International Community, and the Carter Center, among others, has since been able to leverage the powers of the United States of America to isolate the PNC politically, financially and diplomatically.The situation was made untenable for the PNC cabal to the point that no one internationally wanted to do business with them. Hoyte relented and did the right thing. What Hoyte did in 1991 was that he placed his country first, rather than his party, and facilitated free and fair elections in 1992. It was not an easy road, but by not promoting Granger (seen then as one of the PNC hardliners), but instead promoting Joe Singh, a much more respected professional officer to head the GDF, he had the professional leadership in the Army to walk Guyana back into the arms of democracy.There is a lesson to learn from this act of Hoyte’s.By and large, this nation (not the PPP or PNC) took the sensible road to ensure that the Carter/Price Model was instituted for the 1992 elections. In an article written in the Stabroek News of April 7, 1991, Hoyte was quoted as saying that he “will seriously consider a list of five candidates supplied by the Opposition Leader”. History has shown that Cheddi Jagan provided those names, and Hoyte extracted a name – Rudy Collins.All of Guyana (civil society, political parties and the ordinary man, with the full support from our friends in the international community) collectively rejected the 1985 system at that time, and there is no reason to believe that my nation thinks differently today.So why is the PNC trying to go back to the 1985 system?We must all reject this push by the PNC to go back to 1985. That Carter/Price Model achieved segregation of duties. In business, if one person selects the contractors, books the transactions, pays the bills, and reconciles the bank accounts, there is a strong possibility that you can very well be robbed, because there are no checks and balances in the value chain. That is why, in business, we insist on segregation of duties, to allow the internal control systems to protect the business. Similarly, this act of segregating duties, where the Leader of the Opposition selects the list of six names to submit to the Leader of Government, who then selects one, must be seen as one that is inclusive; one that protects the nation from autocratic actions; and one that encapsulates all the key ingredients of democracy.So what really is David Arthur Granger’s problem? Why is David Arthur Granger on this path that resembles an uninterrupted juvenile frolic as pertaining to the appointment of the Chairman of GECOM? Is it his plan to take this nation back to 1985?Regards,Sase Singhlast_img read more

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Essequibians decry increased power outages

first_imgOnce again, residents living along the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) have been plagued with a series of nonstop power outages which have affected persons throughout the region; and according to these residents, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) is incapable of ending their woes.The site for the installation of the new generatorsGuyana Times was told on Saturday that while the utility company is trying to bring the electricity situation under control, only two of the five standby generators at the Anna Regina Power Station are up and running. As such, engineers are appointed to work on a 24-hour shift.It was related that residents have been affected by this issue, which is a major inconvenience. Additionally, the business community in the region is complaining about the significant losses which are incurred, since frozen items thaw and spoil. Further, this publication was told that there is a heavy cost attached to running individual standby generators and the high fuel prices are adding to the burden of residents as well as the wider business community.Promised generatorsAmid these concerns raised, calls were also mounted for the supply of new generators, which were promised by the Government to be installed before the end of this year. Residents are hoping that the site would be completed in time for the installation so as to ease their ongoing distress.In response to the calls, a statement issued by the power station on the Essequibo Coast revealed that two of their standby generators suddenly went down and they were forced to put a load shedding arrangement in place.Additionally, a backup generator which arrived on Friday developed technical problems, but residents were assured that the engineering department was working beyond the call of duty to restore a stable flow of electricity.In the past months, episodes of blackout and prolonged power outages have become one of the usual scenarios in many communities and regions at large. Apart from Region Two, numerous pleas were also made by its neighbouring Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) for a stable supply of electricity. In one instance, the power supply to the community of Canal Number Two was cut for almost 12 hours.“We always getting blackout, sometimes more than two time every week and it does last the whole day. The last time it cut off at seven and they come till in the night to put it on back after more than five reports,” one resident said.Meanwhile, in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), a few months ago, prolonged periods of blackouts forced Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to host his weekly press conference outdoors. At that time, he blasted the Government, noting that here is an obvious lack of short- and long-term solutions to address GPL’s inefficiencies.last_img read more

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Good news for the Government, bad news for the people – Jaipaul Sharma

first_imgGuyana’s upgrade to ‘Upper Middle Income’ economy…After countless debates on Guyana’s economic growth, a recently released World Bank Classification report has revealed that the country’s economy jumped from being lower middle income to upper middle income from the period July 2015 to July 2016, and Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma has stated that while it is good news for the government, it is bad news for the people.Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul SharmaMinister of State Joseph Harmon“It is good because it shows that the government has gained the confidence of the World Bank and indirectly the international community,” but pointed out that this would negatively impact how the country receives loans and concessions.He stated that Guyana’s interest rate for borrowing will inevitably be higher: “It is good news for the government but bad news for the contractors because definitely the World Bank will say we do not qualify for certain categories of loans and other international bodies will follow suit,” he noted.As of July 1, the World Bank signalled the change in Guyana’s classification, bringing the country up to par with China, Brazil, Jamaica and Venezuela, which recently fell from being a high income country.According to the World Bank, countries are reassigned on July each year, based on the estimate of their Gross National Income (GNI) per capita for the previous calendar year.Meanwhile, income grouping remain fixed for the entire fiscal year, even if GNI per capita estimates are being revised.These countries are classified so that data users can aggregate, and group statistical data of interest, and for the presentation of key statistics. Its main classifications provided are by geographic region, by income group, and by the operational lending categories of the World Bank Group.Economies are divided into four income groupings: low, lower-middle, upper-middle, and high, and their Income is measured using GNI per capita, in US dollars, converted from local currency using the World Bank Atlas method.Lower-middle income economies are countries with a GNI per capita of between US$1026 and US$4035. Upper-middle income economies are the ones with between US$4036 and US$12,475, while high income economies are the ones with a GNI per capita of US$12,476 or more.Sharma stated that the government will now be depending on taxpayers’ money to finance their projects. “…and the taxpayers will demand value for their money,” he added.Sharma noted that the main criteria used by the World Bank to determine the economy’s income upgrade is the minimum wage, which is currently at the threshold of $50,000: “We fit the category of an upper middle income economy because when you convert that $50,000 to US and multiply it by 12 you would fit into that category.”While reports are being pedalled that the sudden upgrade to upper-middle income is due to the discovery of oil offshore Guyana, Minister of State Joseph Harmon stated that the report might not have anything to do with the discovery since the country is not reaping any benefits as yet.“Production hasn’t started, so it cannot be because we found oil. There has to be other factors that the Bank has noticed and took into account when making their assessment,” he said, noting that the Bank is very intense in its analysis while their reports are generally in-depth.Recently, ExxonMobil made a massive discovery of oil and gas offshore Guyana in the Stabroek Block however the International Monetary Fund had suggested that production might begin until the next five years.The discovery, along with the findings of the World Bank has placed Guyana on par with its oil-producing neighbour Venezuela, which was lately lashed with an economic crisis, riots, and food shortage. These factors may have been the reason for the country’s fall from being a high-income economy.Nevertheless, Harmon stated that Guyana has to be mindful and remember that not everyone is enjoying the “sense of improvement”. So, he opined that the greatest challenge is to move the bulk of the people living in “unfavourable” conditions into a better situation, “so that they can be a part of that feel good” state of mind.The majority of Guyana’s economic activity comes from agriculture and natural resources sectors. In 2015, the agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining industries accounted for 28 per cent of total Gross Domestic Product, while bauxite, sugar, rice, gold and timber made up 83 per cent of exports.last_img read more

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Nasri agrees new five-year Manchester City deal

first_imgSamir Nasri has signed a new five-year contract with Manchester City.The 27-year-old France midfielder has committed his future to the club until 2019 after enjoying something of a re-birth under Manuel Pellegrini last season, when he scored 11 goals.“I’m really happy to have signed this contract and to have committed my future with City,” Nasri said on the club’s website. Samir Nasri in action for Manchester City 1last_img

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Birthday boy Mbappe stars as PSG down Caen

first_imgSpanish left-back Yuri Berchiche netted his first goal for the club since arriving from Real Sociedad as PSG strolled to a 10th straight home league win despite conceding a late Ivan Santini penalty.Unai Emery’s team head into the winter break nine points clear of defending champions Monaco and Lyon, with both of those sides claiming 2-1 wins over Rennes and Toulouse respectively.“It’s a good win to finish with 50 points, but the goal we conceded is something we want to work on after the holidays,” Emery said.“I think the team has had a very good first half of the season,” he added. “We’ve accomplished our goals of being first in our Champions League group and being top of the league with a sizeable cushion.”Marseille responded to losing their 12-match unbeaten run at the weekend by coming from a goal behind to defeat Troyes 3-1 at the Velodrome to stay within three points of the Champions League spots.PSG captain Thiago Silva returned from injury at the Parc des Princes to solidify a defence without the suspended Dani Alves and Presnel Kimpembe, while Neymar shrugged off a bout of illness that forced him to miss training on Tuesday.Mbappe, sporting dyed white hair for his birthday, was instrumental as PSG surged in front midway through the first half, bursting down the right wing before crossing for Cavani to flick majestically beyond Remy Vercoutre.– Ibra record in sight –It was the Uruguayan’s league-leading 19th goal of the season and drew him to within one of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s club record of 156 — achieved in just four prolific seasons in the French capital.Giovani Lo Celso, filling in for the banned Marco Verratti in central midfield, created the hosts’ second goal on 57 minutes, getting to the byline and delivering a cross for Mbappe to confidently sweep home.Neymar went close to adding a third when he broke clear of the Caen defence, but the Brazilian was denied by a terrific low stop from Vercoutre as the veteran goalkeeper tipped the ball onto the post.Berchiche put the game beyond reach on 81 minutes after collecting a pass from Neymar and hammering low into the far corner, although Croatia striker Santini pulled a goal back from the spot late on after Silva was penalised for a handball.Radamel Falcao struck for the 15th time this campaign as Monaco won at home to Rennes thanks to an 81st-minute goal from Keita Balde after Wahbi Khazri had levelled for the visitors.Nabil Fekir converted a first-half penalty and former Manchester United full-back Rafael scored in stoppage time as Lyon beat Toulouse despite a last-gasp spot-kick from Max-Alain Gradel.“PSG are setting a fairly high pace. For us the main goal is to finish on the podium and to carry on in the second half of the season like we finished the first,” Lyon captain Fekir said.Bryan Pele put Troyes ahead at Marseille, but Rudi Garcia’s men roared back with goals from Dimitri Payet, Luiz Gustavo and Valere Germain, while Emiliano Sala grabbed a 92nd-minute winner for Nantes in a 1-0 victory at Amiens.Nice were held to a 1-1 draw at Lille in the absence of suspended Italian striker Mario Balotelli, the result enough to move the struggling hosts out of the bottom two.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian MBappe (bottom) celebrates with teammate Edinson Cavani after scoring during their match against Caen in Paris on December 20, 2017 © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Dec 21 – Kylian Mbappe celebrated his 19th birthday on Wednesday with a goal and an assist as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 3-1 victory over Caen in Ligue 1.The French teenager has enjoyed a stratospheric rise in 2017 and rounded out a memorable year in style by setting up Edinson Cavani to fire PSG ahead on 21 minutes, before adding a goal of his own on the hour.last_img read more

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Burkina Faso, Cameroon exit CHAN after draw

first_img0Shares0000While the Indomitable Lions had already been mathematically eliminated prior to the match, the Stallions still had a slight chance of advancing into the quarterfinals, but their failure to claim a win in Tangier has seen them finish in third behind Congo and Angola.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 24 – Burkina Faso and Cameroon played out a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night in their final Group D match to see both teams exit the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).While the Indomitable Lions had already been mathematically eliminated prior to the match, the Stallions still had a slight chance of advancing into the quarterfinals, but their failure to claim a win in Tangier has seen them finish in third behind Congo and Angola. The teams very much cancelled each other out in the opening half, with neither really able to assert any kind of dominance. Both Burkina Faso and Cameroon created half-chances from set pieces, though neither goalkeeper was particularly troubled in the first 40 minutes.That all changed in the 42nd minute when the Stallions claimed the lead. Winger Wend-Panga Bambara stormed down the right and played in a hopeful low cross which was fumbled by goalkeeper Anye Fru, allowing Mohamed Sydney Sylla to put the ball home from close range.The Indomitable Lions hit back eight minutes into the second half, with Willy Namedji sending Bille Ngoundo free down the right, who in turn provided a perfect cross to find the unmarked Patrick Moukoko at the back post – the striker easily turned the ball home to make it 1-1.Moukoko nearly put Cameroon in the lead on 63 minutes, as his shot from an acute angle flashed just wide of goalkeeper Adama Sawadogo’s left-hand post, while in the 77th minute the Burkinabe had strong appeals for a penalty turned down by referee Victor Gomes, with defender Paul Otia lucky to get away with hand-ball in the box.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Depay treble sees Lyon beat Nice, pip Marseille to CL spot

first_imgIt capped a miserable week for beaten Europa League finalists Marseille, who will have to make do with a return to Europe’s second-tier competition despite beating Amiens 2-1.Nice missed out on the Europa League with Saturday’s defeat, and coach Lucien Favre announced he was leaving the club after the game.Marseille’s defeat by Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in Lyon had ensured that the third-placed finishers in Ligue 1 would join the top two in the group stage of Europe’s premier competition, rather than face the qualifying rounds.“The group this year has done very well, it is a fair reward to finish third,” Lyon captain Nabil Fekir told French television, before refusing to commit his future to the club.“I don’t know, frankly. I gave everything at Lyon, we’ll see for the future. It hasn’t been perfect this season, but it’s a good finish.”Lyon were the first of the three sides in contention to slip up, as Alassane Plea raced clean through on goal and fired through the legs of home goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to put Nice ahead.OL desperately needed a quick leveller after half-time and Depay provided just that.Fekir did excellently to twist into space and square for Depay to tap home.Depay has arguably been the best player in France during the latter stages of the season, and the Dutchman produced the moment of magic needed to send Lyon into the Champions League.The former Manchester United flop showed magnificent creativity and execution to roll a free-kick under the wall and into the bottom corner to score his 18th goal of the campaign and his ninth in as many games.Depay completed a sublime treble late on by dinking the ball over away goalkeeper Walter Benitez, and although Plea fired home from long range in the 89th minute, Lyon held on as Nice missed on a Europa League spot.– Marseille victory in vain –Rudi Garcia’s Marseille were left frustrated as they missed a second chance in four days to reach the Champions League © AFP / Boris HORVATMarseille struck first in the race for the Champions League against Amiens at the Stade Velodrome, as teenager Boubacar Kamara’s clever pass picked out Morgan Sanson who slammed a fierce shot into the roof of the net to give Rudi Garcia’s men an 11th-minute lead against Troyes.Just seconds after Lyon fell behind at the Groupama Stadium, things got even better for Garcia’s team as Kostas Mitroglou reacted quickest after Lucas Ocampos’ header was saved to stab in the ninth goal of his first Ligue 1 season.But Amiens hit back to give Lyon a boost, as Moussa Konate took advantage of some terrible home defending to halve the deficit before half-time.Visiting midfielder Thomas Monconduit was rightly sent off for a horrendous challenge as he slammed his studs into the planted leg of Ocampos, who was lucky not to escape serious injury, early in the second half.Marseille saw out the win, but the three points provided little joy as results elsewhere meant they wasted two chances to return to Europe’s top table in just four days.“Everyone started screaming in the stands and we thought it was 3-3 in Lyon,” said Marseille star forward Florian Thauvin.“We’ve had a good season, but haven’t been rewarded.”Monaco knew that they would be assured of a Champions League place if they avoided defeat and a double from Rony Lopes and Jordi Mboula’s late strike saw them relegate Troyes with a comfortable win.That result sent Troyes down to the second tier with already-relegated Metz, as Toulouse secured a playoff with a 2-1 victory over Guingamp.Elsewhere, Caen held champions Paris Saint-Germain to a goalless draw to secure safety, while Bordeaux thrashed Metz 4-0 to join Marseille and Rennes in the Europa League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Memphis Depay’s lofted finish competed a wonderful hat-trick © AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPARIS, France, May 20 – Memphis Depay struck a wonderful hat-trick as Lyon fought back to beat Nice 3-2 at the Groupama Stadium on Saturday to qualify for the Champions League from Ligue 1 at the expense of Marseille.Monaco saw off relegated Troyes 3-0 to wrap up second spot behind champions Paris Saint-Germain, as Bruno Genesio’s Lyon finished one point clear of Marseille in third after a dramatic final day of the season.last_img read more

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Home up in smoke twice in 24 hours

first_imgAuthorities at the airport said that no flights were diverted because of the fire. Davies said today’s fire was well under way when firefighters arrived. Firefighters “couldn’t even get to the second floor because the stairs had burned out,” she said. Davies said arson investigators were trying to determine the cause of Thursday’s fire and see if there was any connection between the two blazes. It was unclear whether anybody was home when Thursday’s fire broke out, but there were no injuries reported, Davies said. Damage estimates were not yet available. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HILLS – Firefighters are investigating the second fire in 24 hours at a home in the 9700 block of Monogram Avenue, officials said. After responding to a car on fire in a car port of the two-story home Wednesday at 5:54 a.m., firefighters returned today to find the second story of the home engulfed in flames, said d’Lisa Davies, Los Angeles City Fire Department spokeswoman. “I said, `Hey, that sounds familiar,”‘ Davies said when she heard the second call come through today at 6:26 a.m. “And somebody on the radio said: This building burnt yesterday.” Davies said the fire today burned through the roof and created such a large plume of smoke that fire officials notified authorities at nearby Van Nuys Airport, worried that the smoke might cause visibility problems for aircraft. last_img
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Trek to resume for abandoned house

first_img Caltrans has insisted that the home be moved this morning. More of the roof will have to be cut off and the axles strengthened on the trailer. Bigman said she and her partner will be presented with a bill of more than $20,000. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UNIVERSAL CITY _ A house that was abandoned more than a week ago on the right shoulder of the northhbound Hollywood (101) Freeway is expected to be moved today. The home was being transported from Santa Monica to Santa Clarita on Sept. 15, when its roof struck a freeway overpass and three wheels of the trailer transporting it began to fall off. The home’s owners, Kimberly Bigman and Patrick Richardson, were issued a permit by Caltrans to take the home to its new location by traveling on the Santa Monica (10) Freeway to the San Diego (405) Freeway. Bigman told NBC4 that the transition road was closed, so the couple took a detour to the Hollywood Freeway. Bigman and her partner, identified as Patrick Richardson, said they planned to fix up the home as a homeless shelter. But while stuck on the freeway, it has been vandalized and covered with graffiti.last_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, September 9

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal is ready to reinstate David De Gea as Manchester United No.1. Keeper De Gea will hold clear-the-air talks with manager Van Gaal at the Reds’ training ground on Wednesday, for the first time since the collapse of his deadline-day move to Real Madrid last week. And, according to club insiders, Van Gaal is ready to make De Gea as his first-choice again – with the Spaniard in line to return at home to arch-rivals Liverpool on Saturday evening.? (Daily Mirror)Paul Pogba has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to leave Juventus this summer because he felt there was “no motive” to do so. Both Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain were reported to have bid for the French midfielder before the window closed, but neither could prise him away from the Serie A champions. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Juventus striker Simone Zaza after the Italian champions made it clear they are willing to let him leaving in January. (Fichajes) Kyle Lafferty has told Norwich City’s manager Alex Neil he is not prepared to drop out of the Premier League and believes he can replicate his Northern Ireland form at Carrow Road. (Guardian)Yoan Gouffran could lead a spate of departures from St James’ Park when the Football League loan window re-opens on Wednesday.  Gouffran is wanted by Hull, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest. Meanwhile, Brighton and Brentford are both keen on centre-back Mike Williamson while keeper Rob Elliot and Gael Bigirimana will also be loaned out. (Daily Star)Tony Mowbray is close to landing Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent to fill the temporary void left by James Maddison. The Coventry City boss sees the England youth forward as an ideal replacement for the home-grown No.10 who is sidelined for several months with a serious ankle injury. (Coventry Telegraph)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Sir Bobby Charlton: England record holder Wayne Rooney will go on scoringEngland 2-0 Switzerland: Record-breaking Rooney helps maintain Three Lions’ perfect recordHarry Kane ignored potential summer enquiries by blanking his phone while on holidayManchester United have received no enquiries for Ander Herrera amid Barcelona interestGareth Bale’s agent rubbishes Manchester United links and says Welshman could see out career at Real Madridlast_img read more

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