Anti-national…

first_img…on Hydro-power?Some folks have no shame…and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman sits right on the top of that dung heap. Imagine he’s part of a Government that swore to derail the Amaila Falls Hydro-Electric Project (AFHEP) – which could’ve given us energy independence by now – and yet he talks about the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in general, and Jagdeo in particular, being “anti-national”?? Talk about taking your do-do and wiping it on someone else’s bamsee!!It was the A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) refusal to sign off on the project – and to even threaten to rebut the contract if the project went ahead – that caused Sithe Global to walk away from the deal which was almost signed, sealed and to be delivered by now. Wasn’t this “anti-national”?? APNU had two major objections – firstly that the project was too costly and would “condemn Guyana to indebtedness” – and implying that payoffs were involved that inflated the costs. Well, now that they’re in office and have access to the files, why haven’t we heard about the fat that was gonna be creamed off? They also said the consequent electricity tariffs would still remain too high.By now they could’ve also shopped around to find another developer that would complete the AFHEP cheaper, since they aren’t corrupt (snicker!). What’s holding them back? They’ll be exposed for their lies – that’s what holding them back. Isn’t this anti-national? First of all, there would’ve been no net debt to Guyana since the funding costs would’ve been serviced from the revenues of Guyana Power and Light. And pertinent to the charge against Jagdeo, Norway was providing a US$80 million of that funding costs.And pertinent to why the PPP would have reported the lack of consultation to Norway, it was the Norwegians that brought back AFHEP into play when they transferred the remaining US$80 million of the US$250 million to the IDB. “Use it or leave it!!” they told the Government. Now if the Government had any principles and really believed the malarkey they were spewing about AFHEP, they should’ve told the Norwegians to take their money and shove it in a place where the sun don’t shine! How can informing Norway that APNU isn’t consulting stakeholders as required – on a project that would benefit the entire country – be “anti-national”??After all, if the numbers on financing remain the same – we know the Government’s done nothing to check out alternative financing –  and the Government believed it was too high then, it doesn’t matter what the consultant says.Unless of course, the anti-national APNU’s willing to admit they were just pulling their numbers from their nether orifice!…on rice?Ok…let’s see if your Eyewitness has this right. Back in 2015, Venezuela cancelled its 200,000 tons rice contract with us, pegged at the equivalent of US$780/tonne. We’d produced 687,000 tons and could then export over 500,000 tonnes – so we were now stuck with all of that at a world market price of only US$450/tonne. Which is barely break even at best for the most efficient producers.And hell for the others, who not surprisingly didn’t replant for the 2016 crop. Yet the Government boasted that “rice exports up by 10 per cent in 2010”!! It obviously escaped these fellas – in a Government that declared it’s guided by the philosophy of Forbes Burnham – that just SELLING your product isn’t the point in business. It’s selling it at a PROFIT!!But it explained the report just released by Government that as part of its plan to “save” GuySuCo, rice will now be produced on 485 acres at Wales.So the Government will now be competing with private farmers for the cheap rice markets!! Lord have mercy on them.…law enforcement?Seems that saner heads have prevailed in the military brain trust advising President Granger. SOCU won’t be changing its orientation into SARA.They’ll remain part of the Police Force. With all the latter’s follies and foibles!last_img read more

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X-mas

first_imgEvery year around Christmas, you can be certain of a few things: there will be Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells at every corner; there will be the age-old Radio’s Needy Children Fund ad playing, and there will be people upset about the destruction of the sanctity of the holiday –- from Starbucks cups to the use of “X-mas”.I’m sure by now everyone reading this article has come across some variation of “Keep Christ in Christmas”, but is the phrase “X-mas” removing Christ? The letter X used in the phrase actually stands for Jesus. This, however, is not common knowledge, and it is easy for someone to assume that its placement is with the intent of removing “Christ”. How does this letter stand for Christ? In Greek, which is the language of the New Testament, the word Christos begins with the letter X, (pronounced chi). However, the usage of X to represent Christ did not become popular until fourth-century Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great ordered his military banner to bear the first two letters of Christ; chi (X) and rho (P). This abbreviation was then used by Anglo-Saxon scribes to conserve on expensive parchment paper in 1021, and eventually the phrase XPmas eventually dwindled down to Xmas.Yet while all of this is true, does it mean that if someone tells you to stop taking the Christ out of Christmas, you should throw this knowledge in his or her face as if it is some trump card? The way I see it, as a person who is not Christian but enjoys Christmas, I should be respectful of the community that allows me to partake in its festivities. I understand that Christmas has blossomed into much more than just a religious holiday, becoming incredibly commercialised, and I can understand why some devout Christians feel as though their religion is being taken lightly. That being said, using the phrase Christmas over the phrase Xmas really doesn’t hurt me, (Except for the lack of space on my cards, but thankfully parchment is much cheaper nowadays), and by doing so, I can put someone at ease. If they really do mean the same thing, I don’t see why I should resist spelling out “Christ” if it will make someone else happy.Finally, people tend to “hate” on Christians who make their concerns known. While it is easy for some of us to laugh at them for being so fixated on small details, we shouldn’t discourage them for speaking their minds. They have a right to express their qualms, even if we, the greater public, find these concerns miniscule. Instead of laughing or dismissing them, we should try to get to the root of the problem. Let not things such as “Xmas” or red Starbucks cups pave the way for the creation of dichotomies and divides, but rather, let them provide an avenue for us to civilly discuss the changing of the religious landscape.last_img read more

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Importance of funding

first_imgThe UN Women’s theme for International Day for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls, which is being celebrated today is ‘Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence Against Women and Girls’.According to UN Women, when world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, they recognised that ending violence against women and girls was a prerequisite for the achievement of the development agenda. Goal 5 on gender equality includes a specific target to end all forms of violence against women, including trafficking, other forms of sexual violence and harmful practices.Despite this, the body pointed out that the resources dedicated to addressing the issue still do not match the scale of the challenge; it also emphasised that allocating adequate resources to prevent and address violence against women is not only a legal obligation and a moral imperative, but a sound investment, too.One in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often in the hands of someone they know, love and trust. Of all women who were victims of homicide globally in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members.The term ‘violence against women’ means any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life” (Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, UN General Assembly, 1993).Violence against women has been declared a global pandemic and human rights violation. In the male dominated world-view, the role of women in the family, home, relationship and society have been taken for granted and this taken-for-granted-ness has led to the perpetuation of violence in several forms. Such acts of discrimination impact the socioeconomic wellbeing of women and girls impeding progress in areas such as poverty eradication, HIV/AIDS, peace and security.In her statement for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2016, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted effective interventions, and reiterated that the pandemic of violence against women and girls can end, but it will need commitment and investment nationally and internationally. Violence against women and girls, a gross human rights violation, devastates lives, causes untold pain, suffering and illness. It also incurs high economic costs. A recent study estimated that the cost of intimate-partner accounted for 5.2 per cent of the global economy.Beyond the direct medical and judicial costs, violence against women takes a toll on household and national budgets through lost income and productivity. In Viet Nam, for example, expenditure and lost earnings resulting from domestic violence was estimated at 1.4 per cent of GDP in 2010. In the United Kingdom, the cost of domestic violence in 2009, including service-related costs, lost economic output and human and emotional costs, amounted to 16 billion pounds sterling. In Guyana, the Women and Gender Equality Commission, which joined with many other organisations to speak out on the occasion, also acknowledged that one of the major challenges to efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls worldwide is financing. As a result, they pointed to the glaring reality that resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking.In their bid to reinforce the point that there is much more work to be done in Guyana to ensure that the Prevention of Discrimination Act and the Constitutional provisions on non-discrimination and equality are enforced, they pointed to the overall economic impact of tackling the existing issues which can actually contribute to the prevention of violence against women and girls.“Advancing women’s equality could potentially add $12 trillion to the world’s economy…and in emerging economies, women reinvest 90 cents of every additional dollar of income in their families’ education, health and nutrition compared to 40 cents for men. It is therefore important to see gender equality as a critical economic issue. It is imperative that 100% of the population is given ample opportunity to contribute skills and intellect to its development and growth,” the Women and Gender Equality Commission said in its statement.last_img read more

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“Another blow to the working-class” – Jagdeo

first_imgClosure of LBI operationsCriticisms are already being piled on the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government as the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) announced plans to close the La Bonne Intention (LBI) Sugar estate later this year. This is the second factory to suffer this fate since the coalition took office last May.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) on Thursday released a joint statement announcing that they were informed by GuySuCo on Tuesday that the remaining facilities at the LBI estate will be closed during the course of 2016.During the discussions, GuySuCo informed the Unions that it will close half the operations of the Field Workshop, Mill Dock, Field Lab, Stores and Administrative Offices that are based at the LBI estate and merge them with similar operations at the Enmore Estate.Reacting to this news, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo described the decision by Government to close the estate as “another act that reflects the secretive approach that is characteristic of the APNU/AFC Government, in relation to decisions that affect the lives of thousands of ordinary Guyanese.”“In the last year, we have come to expect that the Government will make decisions that affect the Guyanese people in a manner that lacks transparency and without consultations,” Jagdeos aid.He reminded of his warning of the “callous and uncaring decision” by the APNU/AFC Administration, saying the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate was not the end of the ‘reform’ proposed and being advanced by APNU/AFC in the sugar industry.“I had said that the Wales Estate was the first casualty. I am deeply disturbed by the news of this impending closure. Hundreds of workers will be affected,” Jagdeo said in his statement.He added that his People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) will stand by the sugar workers to fight this decision by the 10-month-old coalition Government.In 2011, GuySuCo under the PPP/C Administration, had closed the LBI Sugar Factory, however, the Corporation had assured that the other operations of the Estate will remain functioning.The workers were merged with those from the Enmore Estate.However, at the time of that closure, the workers and their Unions were assured that there will be no closure of any other department after the closure of the factory.Already, Government announced its decision to close the Wales Sugar Estate and transfer the workers to the Uitvlugt operations.There have been widespread protests and industry-wide strike actions against the move in an effort to build pressure on the Administration to rescind this decision; however, it has not budged to date.last_img read more

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Caricom leaders urged not to suffer similar fate as EU

first_img…Skerrit addresses highs, lows of the Caribbean CommunityBy Alexis RodneyDominican Prime Minister and Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government Roosevelt Skerrit has made a plea to his regional counterparts to use the proceedings of the 37th Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government of Caricom, to craft a working plan that would prevent among themselves, a similar event as that which recently occurred in the European Union (EU).Skerrit was the final Head of State to grace the microphone, in the line-up of speakers at the opening ceremony of the Heads of Government of Caricom meeting, at the National Cultural Centre on Monday.While he sought to address some of the highs and lows of the Caribbean Community, he was seemingly a little more concerned about the situation in which the European Union has found itself, following the recent exit of the United Kingdom (UK) last week, pleading with community members of Caricom not to even consider taking that route.He said in his capacity as chairman of the Conference, he needed to make clear his position on the Brexit fallout and made suggestions on what Caricom needs to do in the face of the seismic eruption in the EU and the consequent and inevitable shift in international relationships.He told the auditorium of Heads of Government and other diplomats: “Some of us might be ambivalent and hesitant to get a closer relationship with Caricom. Let us not resolve to imitate what happened a few days ago in EU.”According to him, the three-day conference gives Heads of Government the opportunity to seriously consider the effect that Britain’s exit from the Union will have on Caricom and demonstrate leadership on the way forward.Caricom he reminded, has had a very long and meaningful relationship with the United Kingdom, while Britain remains an important trading partner, and a vital source of assistance on legal and financial matters.“Let us instead work together to strengthen our cooperation and collaboration to create a stronger and vibrant community,” Skerrit said.He called for Caricom to properly analyse and position to take advantage of the “opportunities that will arise from this.”“Let us therefore focus more closely on what needs to be done to strengthen Caricom, to make it more economically competitive and generate resources to sustain our togetherness.”The chairman said he has taken the chair of Caricom at a time when the world is still in shock at Britain’s decision to leave the European Union after 43 years of leadership and at a time, when the rest of the world is moving toward regional integration in order to carve out an economic space in the global marketplace, and to balance the might of the emerging superpowers.Meanwhile, Skerrit said the circumstances in the EU remain different to that of the Caribbean Community. According to him, there are two main reasons why Britain would want to leave the EU.First, he said, is the historical fear of losing its sovereignty. According to him every country in Europe over the years, has been trying to conquer and rule Britain.Second, he said, EU membership not only brings with it free movement, but also automatic access to welfare and other benefits.“This created anxiety, as the average English voter saw membership of the EU as opening the floodgates for countless Europeans and refugees to pour into the country from any EU ports of entry, something that Britain could not afford indefinitely,” he told the audience.He said already the political, economic and social fallout from Britain’s decision has brought about considerable concern within Britain, Europe and the rest of the world.On the other hand he said, Caricom is a fulfilment of a longstanding aspiration of its peoples, an important staging post which has created a unique Caribbean civilisation.He said too that the people of the Caribbean have demonstrated that “the human spirit is invincible”, as during the worst forms of deprivation, they continued to dream.“In the midst of genocide, they dreamt of peace, in the midst of hate, they dreamt of tolerance and respect, in the midst of slavery, they dreamt of freedom, in the midst of poverty, they dreamt of prosperity.”He said their ability to dream and strive for a better life, aptly describes the Caribbean.According to Skerrit, since the advent of adult suffrage following World War Two, there has been considerable progress by the federation CARIFTA and Caricom.“We now have representative governments, weaved the mandate to build nations and strive to realise the peoples’ vision to equitable distribution of the wealth created.Let me remind us, that Caricom is primarily a community. It has been built on the powerful emotions of empathy and caring for each other. At the individual level, that fact is being reinforced whenever our peoples interact,” he affirmed.He warned the Heads of Government that, “these are not easy times”, as the respective economies have been battered, both figuratively by global economic financial crises and literally, by natural disasters.“Our resilience is being tested more than before, but we have proven time and again that we are strong.”He said Caricom must now put in place building blocks to create even more opportunities than ever before.last_img read more

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Dataram jailed for fake passports, other offences

first_img– reputed wife remandedBy Kizzy ColemanWith a look of defeat on his face, convicted drug lord Barry Dataram walked into the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts shackled, with his reputed wife, Anjanie Boodnarine, ahead of him, to both face charges of forgery, evasion of penalty and illegal departure. Dataram, who was on the run after he was jailed in absentia for five years for cocaine trafficking ,was on Tuesday sentenced to a further four years in prison, while his reputed wife has been remanded to prison when they appeared before the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.McLennan read three charges to Dataram, 38, of Lot 36 Patentia, Wales, West Bank Demerara.The first charge stated that between April 15, 2013 and October 15, 2013 at Camp Street, with intent to defraud, he conspired with others to forge one Republic of Guyana passport in favour of himself reporting that same was issued by the Central Immigration and Passport Office.Addressing the charge, Dataram told Magistrate McLennan that he took “full responsibility.”He explained that Boodnarine had no knowledge of how to acquire such (passports), stressing that he was solely responsible for the offence.The second charge stated that between September 20, 2016 and October 15, 2016, Dataram, having been charged with possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking and having knowledge of the penalty attached to the crime, attempted to evade the penalty. The third charge read that on September 20 at Springlands, Berbice, Dataram departed Guyana without the consent of an immigration officer.The prosecution disclosed that on September 20, Dataram departed Guyana via the back track route and went to Suriname where he was subsequently arrested by Surinamese law enforcement.He was then extradited to Guyana where investigations were carried out by the Central Immigration Office, and it was found that he illegally left Guyana, as there was no record of his departure. The passport that he was found with was reportedly fake with name David Persaud. An investigation has been launched by the Ministry of Citizenship into that incident.Boodnarine, 21, Dataram’s reputed wife, of Lot 79 Patentia, Wales, West Bank Demerara, was slapped with two charges.The first charge read that between April 15, 2013 and January 15, 2016 at Camp Street, with intent to defraud, she conspired with others to forge one Republic of Guyana passport in favour of herself reporting that same was issued by the Central Immigration and Passport Office.She was also charged with departing Guyana without the consent of an immigration officer.Boodnarine pleaded not guilty to the offences and her Attorney, Clevaund Humphrey made an unsuccessful bail application.As such, she was remanded to prison until October 31, as the prosecution pointed out that she was a flight risk.Meanwhile, Dataram pleaded guilty to all of the charges.He explained to Magistrate McLennan that the reason for him leaving the country was because he felt like he was not receiving a fair trial.Dataram explained that his Attorney and the Magistrate that the matter was being tried before had personal issues and, as such, he was not receiving a fair trial.“My Attorney and the Magistrate had some personal difference and because I felt like I was not receiving a fair trial before her,” Dataram related to the court.He was jailed for 12 months each for fraud and evasion and two years for illegally leaving Guyana.The sentences are to run consecutively.last_img read more

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Real beat Malaga, Barca quarter-final looms

first_imgBarring an unthinkable collapse, Barcelona and their three-time Ballon d’Or-winning Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi will move in to the quarter-finals Thursday when they play a return leg in Osasuna with a 4-0 advantage in hand.That would set up Madrid-Barcelona matches on January 18 and 25, an El Clasico duel pitting two of the world’s best clubs and biggest rivals against each other.This time, there’s an extra twist to the match-up.Real Madrid lead Barcelona by five points at the top of the Liga after the Catalans were held to a 1-1 draw by city rivals Espanyol on Sunday.But Jose Mourinho’s men will still want to wipe out the memory of their humiliating 3-1 league defeat at home by Barcelona on December 10.Heavily bank-rolled Malaga, who were taken over by billionaire Qatari Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani in 2010, looked dangerous up to the last minute at home in the Roselada.Real’s German playmaker Sami Khedira picked up a right ankle injury in the 39th minute and was stretchered off. Khedira took a knock from Malaga’s Sergio Sanchez as he narrowly failed to score after a nonchalant pass by Cristiano Ronaldo.Asked whether the Khedira injury was serious, Mourinho didn’t think so.“No, serious, no. Almost 100 percent we think it is not very serious.”A header by Ronaldo bounced right in front of the goal in the 62nd minute, but a diving Caballero managed to tip it over the bar.Four minutes later, a diving header by Gonzalo Higuain screamed into the top right-hand corner but was clearly offside and disallowed.Finally, it was a humiliating fumble by an otherwise superb Caballero that gave Real Madrid the decisive goal.Caballero seemed to have safely smothered a shot by Benzema off a cross by Mesut Ozil but as he crouched over the ball, it trickled beneath him and crept across the goal line.Content to play safe afterwards, Real nevertheless lost Alvaro Arbeloa to a red card in the 89th minute0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MALAGA, Spain, January 11 – Holders Real Madrid beat Malaga 1-0 in the Spanish Cup on Tuesday as Karim Benzema took them through to a near certain, mouthwatering quarter-final clash with Barcelona.Real Madrid already had a one-goal advantage after their 3-2 win in the Bernabeu and in-form French international Benzema sealed their return leg victory with a well-taken 71st minute shot that was badly fumbled by keeper Willy Caballero.last_img read more

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`Cro Cop’ turns heads in debut win

first_imgCro Cop has been notorious for missing press conferences even with other organizations, but White hopes to somehow get him out and in front of the media and fans as many UFC fighters have done. “We already butted heads on this thing yesterday,” White said. “It’s going to be interesting to see who wins this fight, but Mirko did what he was supposed to do in the Octagon.” Global domination? White is eyeing the entire world to help MMA and the UFC grow. “We have a game plan for global domination, and we will go to Japan very soon,” White said. He also said they are pursuing England, Mexico and Canada as locations for upcoming cards in what looks to be a busy ’07. Xtreme combat Elite Xtreme Combat will make its debut Saturday in Southaven, Miss. with Brazilian jiu jitsu expert Renzo Gracie taking on the always dangerous Frank Shamrock. The card will be the first MMA event to appear on Showtime, and not pay-per- view or basic cable. The main card will begin at 7 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – One of the UFC’s biggest acquisitions, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, stepped into the Octagon and did what practically everybody but his foe, Eddie Sanchez, predicted, and that was an easy TKO win in his debut Saturday in Las Vegas. But the heavyweight title contender raised some eyebrows, and not by his striking, as he selected his entrance music to be the theme song of his former employer and the UFC’s biggest rival, Pride. center_img “A lot of these guys pick their entrance music and whatever fires you up (is fine),” UFC president Dana White said. “And if it’s the Pride theme, go for it. … I didn’t request that song. Mirko did.” The song didn’t seem to bother White as much as Cro Cop not being able to attend the press conferences leading up and following the fight at Mandalay Bay. last_img read more

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Insider Trading: Chelsea MUST pay World Cup star’s buy-out clause, plus Adebayor latest

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.He reveals Chelsea will have to meet Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado’s buy-out clause if they are to tempt the midfielder away from Serie A.Haughton also looks at Ravel Morrison’s future at West Ham United, while he also does some digging on rumours surrounding a Paris Saint-Germain switch for Emmanuel Adebayor.Elsewhere, there could be a surprise Premier League return for Spurs hero Rafael van der Vaart.Meanwhile the transfer expert talks Hawksbee and Jacobs though the latest reports from the Football League too.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours on talkSPORT.com:Italy move off limits for Tottenham starMan City transfer news: Star to decide future in the summerLiverpool transfer news: Loan deal move and £50m star on his way? Latest gossipLiverpool keeping tabs in Bundesliga starletLiverpool and Tottenham target considering options before sealing movelast_img read more

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Manchester United and Arsenal target stars in crushing Leverkusen win

first_img1 Karim Bellarabi Manchester United target Karim Bellarabi furthered his growing reputation with a well-taken goal for Bayer Leverkusen against VFB Stuttgart last night.The German winger, who is of Moroccan descent, scored the hosts’ third goal in a crushing 4-0 win over the Bundesliga basement side as Leverkusen moved back up to third in the table.The 24-year-old struck just after half time in typically stylish fashion to underline why he is attracting interest from the likes of United and Arsenal.Bellarabi has been in magnificent form for the German outfit all season, including providing a crucial assist to hand his side a first-leg advantage over Atletico Madrid in their Champions League last 16 encounter.last_img

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