Dear Editor,Last year an email was sent from Basil Williams, Chairman of the PNC, to Amna Ally, Joseph Harmon, Winston Felix and Raphael Trotman. In that email, he reminded them of some decisions that were taken by the PNC’s Elections Committee in preparing for the next elections.In it he spoke about their throwing on some mega parties to attract young people. A lot of money will be spent to bring artistes from the Caribbean and further afield. He is, no doubt, working on the assumption that by doing these ‘feel good things’, they will be able to shore-up their flagging support.In fact, he was explicit. Their disrespect for their supporters knows no bound. It is rooted in their philosophy that, give them a sport and they will forget their own conditions.Note that they are planning ‘a Carnival’ in May for Independence. This is the plan kicking in. Foreign artistes and huge parties are being planned. The ‘oil’ money is being spent in advance.He also had some other measures to deceive the Guyanese people, including temporary removal of some taxes and relaxation of the 2 a.m. curfew, until after elections.So, if they can succeed in postponing the elections for two years, as was done in 1990, then, with oil money, they hope to intoxicate the country with parties. They believe that that would make their supporters forget the abominable performance of the regime and make them stay with this corrupt and incompetent regime.In passing, it is interesting to note the persons who the email was addressed to. Is this the rigging team?The first step in the rigging ‘process’ is to postpone the elections and to splurge. They hope that that would serve as the explanation for an APNU ‘victory’ if they succeed in implementing their scheme.However, they should put in their equation that the PPP/C is not in the mood for any postponement, they could be putting the country in a constitutional crisis.Secondly, the crude way that they used to rig ‘in’ the past may not be possible now. The PPP/C is going to work hard to block every loophole, to prevent rigging.The new measure that was used in 2015 was bogus statements by poll. It would be hard for them to repeat that stunt in the next elections.They are using ‘their influence’ in the judiciary to frustrate the hearing of the Elections Petition case. That would expose them and their plants operating in GECOM. This is disgraceful.The PPP/C is working to deal with all their shenanigans. It needs the support of all democratic and peace loving people to stop the riggers.Amna Ally’s call is just a ruse to implement their diabolic plan. Let us ensure that they don’t succeed, and in so doing win back democratic government.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer President
Dear Editor,Please allow me space to respond to former PNCR Executive member B Beniprashad Rayman who made an effort to pose questions in true ‘straw man’ fashion. It is always difficult to reply to fiction with fact as readers are often left at a loss of whom to believe. These are the tactics of the desperate but they must never be allowed to flourish.Rayman begins by positing that the Diamond and LBI estates were closed by President Bharrat Jagdeo. The Diamond factory was closed in 1985 and a large area of the estate’s cultivation was retired. Bharrat Jagdeo was a student at the time. In 2011, a decision was made to close the LBI factory. The decision was taken against the backdrop of the improvement of the Enmore factory and the construction of the packaging plant which yielded a higher price for the sugar produced. Few of the workers were affected by the closure; some were retained at LBI to work in the enlarged workshop that was created, while the others were transferred to work in the Enmore factory and a small number opted for early retirement. In contrast, the actions of the Granger administration are unmatched for their callous nature.In April 2016, the Granger administration closed the LBI Estate which ceased to exist and many workers were shown the door. A few weeks later, Granger announced its closure of the East Demerara Estate and put thousands out of work. Granger has closed four sugar estates and put seven thousand persons out of work. The rationale offered by Granger’s Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan that, “Probably, it was destined that way. Probably God wanted it that way that we have to make the decision now,” who also said that payment of workers’ severances was a “drag” on the economy. David Granger is not done with the sugar industry by any means, GuySuCo remains the country’s single largest employer, going by Ramjattan’s pronouncements, probably nothing but total closure of the sugar industry will satisfy ‘God’.The absolute fiction of the PPP Government closing down the bauxite industry is in direct contrast to the facts; production of bauxite declined rapidly after Burnham nationalised the industry in the 1970s. In the mid-1980s, bauxite production was 1.5 million tonnes per year or half the annual level of the 1960s and 1970s. The state-owned Guyana Mining Enterprise Limited (Guymine) suffered repeated losses as a result of inefficient management, declining world prices for bauxite, and prolonged strikes by workers. The losses drained the company’s capital reserves and led to the deterioration of plants and equipment. Guyana’s single alumina plant, located in Linden, used to separate 300,000 tonnes per year of aluminium oxide from raw bauxite ore until the facility closed in 1982. Interestingly, it was the USD 400 million levies paid by the sugar industry that propped up bauxite and Burnham’s burgeoning Public Service. How soon we forget.In 1992, PPP/C met an arrangement by the Multilateral Financial Institutions (MFIS), which funded and placed MINPROC as manager of the Linden Bauxite Company (LINMINE). MINPROC’s purpose was to determine and demonstrate whether LINMINE could be profitable. MINPROC reported that the there was no pathway to profitable operation; however, the PPP/C did not shut down the industry. They subsidised the industry until OMAI came on board as a managing partner/investor. The PPP brought in both current employers in the bauxite industry, Bosai, and Rusal. The PPP has also enabled large-scale gold mining and timber operations whose employees are primarily from Region 10.Having dispensed with the distracting fictions, I can discuss a matching of performance by Irfaan Ali during his tenure as a Minister and David Granger as President. Irfaan Ali held the important Housing and Water portfolios, he delivered 28,456 new housing units, more than anyone in the history of Guyana, provided transformational leadership in the industry, with his ‘one-stops’ delivering expedited house-lot ownership throughout the country. Irfaan Ali delivered twenty-five new wells and seven treatment plants, moving access to potable water from twenty-five per cent of the population to over fifty per cent. Granger has held one portfolio during his tenure as President: oil and gas, this he assumes reluctantly after widespread criticism and dissatisfaction surfaced about Raphael Trotman’s disastrous engagements with ExxonMobil, namely, the hidden $18 million bonus and the two per cent renegotiation. Granger has not accomplished anything in the O&G sector, and in fact, passed the work of securing the interests of Guyanese through local content legislation to Dr Mark Bynoe, a crony who wrote for Granger’s National Review publication. Bynoe also passed the buck; this work has been delegated to foreigners to the detriment of the local populace. Granger as President cannot match the achievements of Ali as Minister. I will concede that David Granger is unmatched in his incompetence, mismanagement, untrustworthiness, undermining of democracy, lack of vision, lack of leadership and his penchant for pursuit of the trivial.Over the coming months, Irfaan Ali will deliver speeches outlining his vision for Guyana’s future; they will be as detailed as articulate. In the same period, Granger will subject us to the vague ‘good life’ promise he has been making since Noah was a boy. Granger has promised much and delivered very little. Granger deliberately cloaks his incompetence in vagueness. Irfaan Ali’s promises will be made on deliverables, based on sound economic principles and an unmatched performance record.Respectfully,Robin Singh
The Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) will hold a two-day workshop to create awareness on the importance of the ratification of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of armed conflict.The workshop is in continuation of a process that started in 2012 when the Ministry, with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) technical support and through broad consultation with civil society institutions prepared an initial draft. According to a release, the workshop is organized in collaboration with the UNESCO Multi-Sectorial Regional Office in Abuja, Nigeria.The convention was adopted in The Hague in 1954 in the wake of the massive destruction of cultural heritage sites and artifacts during World War II, to help preserve property in the midst of conflicts.It is the first international treaty with a worldwide focus exclusively on the protection of cultural heritage in the event of armed conflicts.The two-day workshop will be held on May 27-28 at a resort in Monrovia under the theme, “Awareness to Protect Our Cultural Property in the Event Of Armed Conflict.”Participants will include representatives from the various government ministries and agencies, the National Commission on Higher Education, National Legislature, and civil society organizations.The participants will provide their collective and individual perspectives to the draft law in line with the principles and provisions of the 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of armed conflicts and the need for the draft law to be ratified by Liberian authorities. Once finalized, the draft law will be submitted to Liberian authorities for endorsement.The law will be used to safeguard and together with the participatory process, through which it emerged, demonstrate the strong commitment of national authorities to ensure the viability of Liberia’s heritage, said the release.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Local residents are being encouraged to help stop violence against women through an annual event.The ‘Take Back the Night’ campaign is being hosted by the Women’s Resource Society in Fort St. John.- Advertisement -The international campaign helps promote women’s safety in the community, including in the home and in public places. It also helps promote women’s right to say no to violence, says Emily Goodman, executive director of the Women’s Resource Centre.[asset|aid=3184|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5b5fca33222d8160e0a53b164aa0d094-Emily Goodman 1_1_Pub.mp3] The campaign has been in place for more than 30 years. According to the official Take Back the Night website, the first ever event took place in Philadelphia in Oct. of 1975.This year’s local event begins Tuesday evening at around 8 p.m., following the Society’s Annual General Meeting.Advertisement Goodman says it will begin at the North Peace Cultural Centre with a candlelit march around the city’s downtown area. She encourages everyone who wants to speak out against violence against women to participate.
0Shares0000FC Nantes supporters gather in front of a portrait of late Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala prior to the French L1 football match against Nimes Olympique at the La Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, western France on February 10, 2019LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 3 – Premier League club Cardiff have requested a meeting with French outfit Nantes to resolve their dispute over Emiliano Sala’s transfer fee, the Welsh-based side said on Wednesday.Cardiff also obtained from world governing body FIFA — to whom Nantes had referred the case — an extension to the Wednesday deadline for the two clubs to hand over evidence, so they could rule on it, to April 15. Sala, 28, died along with the pilot David Ibbotson when the Piper Malibu aircraft they were travelling in came down in the English Channel on January 21, two days after Cardiff had signed the Argentinian striker for a club record £15million ($19.7million) from Nantes.Since the tragedy both clubs have engaged in an unedifying war of words over the fee with a source close to Cardiff telling The Daily Telegraph last week they do not owe anything as they consider the contract to be “null and void”.The Daily Telegraph said Sala signed a contract with Cardiff that was rejected by the Premier League and died before a revised one could be signed, adding there is a dispute about whether he had agreed to sign a new deal.The Premier League club sounded a more conciliatory note on Wednesday issuing a statement to say they were willing to talk directly to the French side.“Cardiff City has requested and been granted an extension to the deadline to respond to Fifa on this matter.“Cardiff City recently wrote to FC Nantes proposing a meeting to discuss issues surrounding the Emiliano Sala tragedy and planned transfer, in line with Fifa’s request for our two clubs to come to a resolution directly.“To date, Cardiff City has not received a response from FC Nantes.”Nantes reportedly plan to dispute Cardiff’s case, saying the club completed the required paperwork.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
The whole training session was open to media and so television cameras caught the incident, which does not bode well for Chelsea in the lead up to the match.Sarri’s reaction came not long after he had spoken of how he “loved” his players and English football, comments that suggested a departure from Stamford Bridge after just one season may not be inevitable.The former Napoli boss has been strongly linked with a return to Italy to take the vacant coaching position at champions Juventus.“I want to think only to the final. I have a contract with Chelsea for two years, so first of all I will speak with Chelsea, but now is not the moment,” Sarri said of the Juventus speculation at a press conference in Baku on Tuesday.The 60-year-old could replace the departing Massimiliano Allegri in Turin after a difficult season in London, and reports have said that Chelsea would not block his departure.Chelsea’s head coach Maurizio Sarri at his team’s training session at the Baku Olympic Stadium on WednesdayHowever, he insists his first season in charge after arriving from Napoli can be classified as a success regardless of what happens at the imposing Olympic Stadium here.He did not lose a Premier League game until late November and despite his team’s form tailing off after that, they still finished third, ahead of both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, to secure a return to the Champions League.In addition, they only lost the League Cup final on penalties against Manchester City, and now have the chance to win the Europa League for the second time in seven seasons.“For me at the beginning of the season it was really very difficult to understand my players, to understand the mentality, but after a very difficult month in January, in February they started to change,” he said.“In this moment I love them because I have 22 wonderful men and wonderful players so I’m really happy with them and of course I have to consider it for the future and I have to consider that I love English football, I love the Premier League.”Sarri added that winning the Europa League — which would be his first major honour — would turn a “very good season” into a “wonderful” one.“We have had ups and downs, but from the downs we have become stronger, we built a stronger group and that is one of the reasons why we are here tonight,” said skipper Cesar Azpilicueta.“I think we all deserve to do tomorrow a good game, to play with our heart, to give everything.“We missed the Carabao (League) Cup final on penalties in an unlucky way so tomorrow we have a good opportunity to be happy all together with the manager. There is no time to talk about this speculation.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Maurizio Sarri furiously stormed out of Chelsea training on the eve of their Europa League final against Arsenal following an altercation between David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain.BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 28 – Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri stormed off in anger after television cameras caught Gonzalo Higuain and David Luiz clashing at a training session in Baku ahead of Wednesday’s Europa League final.Sarri was seen throwing away his Chelsea baseball cap, kicking it and then picking it up and angrily slamming it to the ground as he left the pitch at the Baku Olympic Stadium, where the final against Arsenal will be played.
He strained his calf on August 5 in his first training session back following the Copa America and subsequently missed the club’s pre-season.It would be a surprise if Messi started at Camp Nou, but Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde will be eager to have his star available again, particularly after his team suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat by Athletic Bilbao in their opening league game last weekend.Messi’s absence has been compounded by injuries to other strikers.Luis Suarez is expected to be out for around a month after hobbling off with a calf problem against Bilbao. Ousmane Dembele injured his hamstring and will need five weeks to recover.Antoine Griezmann, the 120 million summer signing from Atletico Madrid, is the only fully-fit forward, with Rafinha and 21-year-old Carles Perez possible options to play behind him.The shortage up front has intensified speculation that Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar could return to Barcelona before the transfer window closes in Spain on September 2.PSG sporting director Leonardo admitted earlier this month that the club were in “advanced negotiations” to sell Neymar but a deal is yet to be agreed with Barca, who have already spent around 250 million euros this summer.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi could be in the Barcelona squad to face Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday. © AFP/File / Josep LAGOMADRID, Spain, Aug 21 – Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a timely boost on Wednesday by returning to training with the rest of the squad after a calf injury.Messi trained alone in the morning before joining his team-mates in the afternoon, increasing hopes that Barca’s captain could play a role against Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday.
Tottenham’s match against Liverpool on 17 October just became very interesting now Spurs have snapped up Heung-Min Son.The 23-year-old has moved from Bayer Leverkusen, signing a deal until 2020, with the club believed to have shelled out around £22m.However, during Leverkusen’s match against Hannover in March 2014, Son was flattened by his then team-mate Emre Can when the duo collided after exchanging passes.Can does not appear to help the stricken forward, though there have been no reports of any bad blood between the pair, who only played together for a season as Liverpool took the Germany midfielder to the Premier League a few months after the incident.FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEUNG-MIN SON
A LEGAL stand-off between a pub owner and his tenant has led to one accusing the other of being unfit to hold a liquor license at Letterkenny District Court.In court John G Larkin, who claims to be the rightful owner of the Millview Bar and Restaurant at Newmills, just outside Letterkenny, appeared before the court to object to the license being renewed in the name of his tenant David Mackey.Mr Larkin told Judge Paul Kelly that he objected to the license renewal being granted on the grounds that he was owed rent by his tenant. However solicitor Patsy Gallagher, representing Mr Mackey, said that such an objection did not have any standing in law. Judge Kelly agreed.Mr Larkin, representing himself, went on to make a number of allegations surrounding an incident last March when he had moved into the popular bar and restaurant and had changed the locks.He gave details to Judge Kelly about the stand-off including claims that Gardai had witnessed a number of incidents.However solicitor for Mr Mackey, Mr Gallagher, dismissed the claims as hearsay and said that a number of civil cases were before other courts in relation to the tenancy agreement.Judge Kelly however said that if Mr Larkin could produce a statement and evidence to back his claim that Mr Mackey was an unfit person to hold a liquor license, then he would hear those allegations at a later date.He told Mr Larkin to “specify in writing the precise reasons for the objection including detailed information regarding March 21.”He said he should also include details of any alleged offences.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until November 26.PUB LANDLORD OBJECTS TO TENANT GETTING DRINKS LICENSE was last modified: October 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:David MackeyDonegal DailyJohn G LarkinNEWMILLSPUB LANDLORD OBJECTS TO TENANT GETTING DRINKS LICENSE
A mother has said the Irish Government has done nothing to help her to discover the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s tragic death.The late Joyce Campbell who was killed in Ethiopia.Aid worker Joyce Campbell died when she was involved in a tragic car crash in Ethiopia in 2005. An inquest into Ms Campbell’s death was adjourned for the 11th time yesterday at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court.Coroner John Cannon said that Ethiopian police were not co-operating with Interpol, who had been instructed to investigate the death.However, solicitor for the Campbell family, Frank Dorrian, said dialogue was ongoing, and the case was adjourned until November 6th next.Speaking after the latest court appearance, Irene Campbell said her family were not pleased at all at how the Irish Government had acted.“Here we are nine years and 11 adjournments later and we still do not know the circumstances of Joyce’s death. We are not at all satisfied with the Irish Government’s role into the investigation into what happened,” she said.Ms Campbell, from Meenmore, Dungloe, had just celebrated her 25th birthday when she died while working for the Vincentian Lay Missioners.She was only in Ethiopia for three weeks as part of a four month stay when the tragedy happened.Two other Irishmen in the car were also injured in the crash in Welyta, about nine hours north of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on August 8th.She was a graduate of Development, Health and Disaster Management and she also had a Masters in Humanitarian Assistance.The dead woman’s father Paddy died two years ago, still not knowing what had happened to his youngest child.Mrs Campbell revealed she did not even have a death certificate for her daughter but just a piece of paper from the Ethiopian authorities.She said she does not believe there was anything suspicious about the manner of her daughter’s death.“I accept it was an accident. I’m told a herd of goats came out onto the road and Joyce died as a result of her injuries when the land cruiser in which she was traveling crashed,” she said.However, the family have been left with several unanswered questions about their daughter’s death.Two other Irish aid workers in the vehicle have given completely conflicting reports about Joyce’s death.One of the men has said she died instantly while another claims she was put into a truck and driven to hospital and did not die until 18 hours later.Both of these men had later to receive surgery for injuries they sustained in the horrific crash.Mrs Campbell said the only assistance given to them by the Irish Government was a request by then Minister For Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern.“All this did however was to instruct two priests connected to the Vincentian Lay Missioners to look into Joyce’s death.“They lived six hours from the scene and this has done nothing to further our case or to get any more answers.“What we need are full statements from the Ethiopian police, the driver of the land cruiser and all connected to the case but we have nothing at the moment.“The Irish Government can put the pressure on these authorities but that is simply not being done for whatever reason,” she added.Irene added that her daughter was a “good person” who wanted to help others.“She knew she was privileged – she had a good education and she came from a good background.“She was very grounded and she was just a good person. She just wanted to help others,” she said.DONEGAL MUM SAYS IRISH GOVERNMENT HAS DONE NOTHING TO EXPLAIN HER DAUGHTER’S DEATH was last modified: September 5th, 2014 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:aid workercar crashdeathdungloeETHIOPIAJoyce Campbell