17 01 20

first_imgDear Editor,General and Regional Elections 2019 are seen by many uninformed persons as ‘the grab for control of oil money’. This is a most unfortunate conclusion, not supported by facts. The 2019 Administration will in fact face the massive challenge of rebuilding an economy devastated by APNU/AFC profligate spending and wanton waste that reduced reserves by US$350 million, increased debt by US$900 million, increased taxation in every sector, and lowered export earnings.The hard work of rebuilding a thriving economy based on Agriculture (sugar, rice, fisheries); Mining (gold and bauxite), Forestry and Commerce has been largely undone by the Granger’s Oil inebriation. The job will be made that much more difficult by the continuous reckless claims of fabulous Oil wealth from ‘first oil’. Oil revenues are expected to inject US$300 million per annum for the first five years. The incoming administration will have to deal with expectations made by these claims of windfall riches versus the reality of the contractions of 8-30% in all the productive sectors of the economy.The recent Oil and Gas forum exposed the vacuity of the APNU/AFC administration. The political decision to host an event for ‘youth’ and have no answers to the very real thirst for knowledge about the industry and, importantly, the jobs available to Guyanese was a misguided exercise in puffery. To boast, “Guyana has benefitted directly to the tune of over US$65 million from local content in 2018 alone,” to 500 young people who have not earned a dollar of that, or seen a positive impact on their lives demonstrates the problem caused when the rubber of propaganda hits the road of reality.Guyana needs an administration that understands the importance of a job to a person’s psyche, their sense of wellbeing. Our people want to earn a living by honest means in any sector of the economy. Talk of a sovereign wealth fund means very little to a citizen without job prospects.Guyanese need to listen carefully, over the coming weeks, to the utterings of those seeking support at the polls. Distinguishing between plans for developing all of Guyana and promises meant as comfort to fools has never been more important.Yours truly,Vickram Bharratlast_img read more

12 01 20

first_img…says “unrest” might follow adverse ruling against GovtAttorney General of Guyana, Basil Williams has asked that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) confirm the decision of Guyana’s Court of Appeal in relation to the question of the votes being required for the validity of the passage of the No-Confidence Motion to be 34 votes in the National Assembly as against 33.In his submissions to the court on Thursday, he also reiterated that “the principle is, the majority cannot be the same for simple and in absolute”. In this argument, the coalition Government presented that given the fact that there is no half human or half vote, one had to be added to make it 34 for an absolute rather than a simple majority in Guyana’s 65-member Parliament.This argument was first proffered by Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes, the husband of sitting Government Minister, Cathy Hughes, following the passage of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018. Since then, Government has held on to the notion and moved to the courts to offer validity to the view.“The provisions in Section 106 (7) and 106 (7) of Guyana’s Constitution have dire consequences, catastrophic consequences, for Government. If successful, the motion could lead to the premature fall of the Government and possibly the premature disillusion of the National Assembly,” Williams told the Court in his submissions.He stated that the move by former AFC parliamentarian, Charandass Persaud, to vote in favour of an Opposition tabled No-Confidence Motion on December 21, last, is an “act of treachery” alluding to the fact that the coalition Government had only entered office for some three and a half years before this and that the former Member of Parliament’s vote should not be seen as valid given the arguments put forward by other attorneys representing the Government of Guyana.In relation to elections being held in Guyana, the AG noted that in previous years, the country’s history has seen some unrest and aftermaths. He said that this could be repeated if an election is held in Guyana without the proper steps in place.“That is the difficulty that we have. And which the Court, we are asking to take judicial notice of, that around elections if the list is not right, if there is a perception of people multiple voting, phantoms etc, and the list is not a credible list, it is going to be difficult and that is the history of Guyana.”AG Williams added that the second highest court in the land had already spoken on this issue and, therefore, urged that the CCJ rule in that light as well.The Court of Appeal, in March, last, had ruled in a 2-1 split decision, that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass a motion brought against the Government.Attorney General Basil Williamslast_img read more

11 01 20
first_img“I have mixed emotions,” Dunleavy said of playing against the team coached by his father, Mike Dunleavy Sr. “I wanted to beat him real bad, but I also want to see them do well. I hope they win the rest of their games, but the most important thing is our team.” The Pacers took control with a 16-0 run at the end of the second quarter and built their lead to 23 points early in the third period. The Clippers rallied within seven points midway through the final quarter, but O’Neal then hit two straight baskets and Dunleavy added another to push Indiana’s lead to 89-76. Los Angeles came no closer than 11 points the rest of the way. “I asked him, `Do you always shoot this well against your dad?’ ” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said of the younger Dunleavy’s shooting. “He said it’s usually feast or famine. “The way he played today not only was a real key for us to win but demonstrated the kind of tone he can bring to our team.” • Photo Gallery: 02/11: Clippers vs. Pacers INDIANAPOLIS – Take that, Pops. Mike Dunleavy, playing against his father’s Clippers for the first time since he was traded from Golden State to Indiana last month, hit nine of 12 shots, scored 20 points and had three steals in the Pacers’ 94-80 victory on Sunday. Jermaine O’Neal had 21 points and set an Indiana franchise record for career blocked shots as the Pacers snapped a three-game losing streak. center_img Dunleavy, Troy Murphy and Ike Diogu came to Indiana as part of an eight-player trade between the Pacers and Warriors last month. “We’re finding out he’s a much better defensive player than people ever gave him credit for,” Carlisle said. “He’s working hard on his whole game, particularly his shooting. And you can see the progress he’s made.” Dunleavy hit both of his 3-point attempts Sunday, and his 20 points marked the first time this season he has scored at least that many in consecutive games. “He’s playing comfortably in this (Pacers) system,” said Mike Dunleavy Sr., who has won nine of 14 matchup against his son’s teams. “It used to be the worst thing there was, playing against your son, because it’s the first time in your life you don’t want him to win,” the elder Dunleavy said. “Now that part has gotten a little bit easier, and it’s just a game.” O’Neal had four blocked shots, giving him 1,113 for his career with the Pacers and breaking the franchise record of 1,111 by former Pacers center Rik Smits. Indiana forward Danny Granger was hospitalized for examination after hitting the floor in the third quarter. “I just saw that he missed a tip and saw him in a heap on the floor,” Carlisle said. “We’re hopeful it’s nothing serious. He was able to respond and answer questions. We’re going to have to cross our fingers and hope he’s OK.” Marquis Daniels added 14 points and Jamaal Tinsley had 10 points and a season-high 15 assists for Indiana. The Clippers, who lost for the 22nd time in the past 26 games against the Pacers, were led by Cuttino Mobley with 23 points and Elton Brand and Sam Cassell with 14 each. “We missed easy shots, easy threes,” Mobley said. “We didn’t play any defense. When the offense is stagnant like it was, we allowed them to tip balls, get easy lay-ins and let them run their offense and get easy fast breaks.” The Clippers did not score over the final 4:14 of the second quarter, when the Pacers turned a four-point lead to a 52-32 advantage. Cassell scored 11 points in the third quarter as Los Angeles cut the lead to seven, but a basket by Dunleavy started another 8-0 run that pushed the Pacers’ lead to 77-62 starting the final period. O’Neal, who left the game with two early fouls in the first quarter, returned in the second period and scored seven points during Indiana’s big run. The Clippers had four turnovers during that stretch, including three consecutive possessions that led to layups by Dunleavy and Tinsley and three free throws by O’Neal. Tinsley scored again after an offensive foul by Brand, and a 3-pointer by Dunleavy with two seconds remaining gave the Pacers their 20-point lead at the break. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
6 01 20

first_imgSharesKepa Arrizabalaga made an impressive return in Chelsea’s win at Fulham © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 3 – Maurizio Sarri declared the Kepa Arrizabalaga controversy was over after the Chelsea goalkeeper began to make amends for his Wembley mutiny with an impressive display in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Fulham.Sarri’s side took the lead through Gonzalo Higuain before Calum Chambers equalised at Craven Cottage.last_img

29 12 19

first_imgTHEY’RE some of the biggest names in the music industry – and it seems many of them are coming to Donegal.BBC Radio One’s ‘Big Weekend’ will be in Derry next month and every hotel between the city and Letterkenny is fully booked as thousands of people descend on the North West for a series of shows – with Olly Murs the headline act.Other acts who will play at the music festival include Two Door Cinema Club on May 22 to May 24 (Friday to Sunday).Ben Cooper, Controller BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio1Xtra said: “We’re really looking forward to bringing our DJs and the biggest artists to a city that is famous for its love of live music.“This will be the first time the Big Weekend has been held over three days so we want as many people involved as possible – at the gigs, listening on Radio 1, watching on BBC 3, on their mobile, online, everywhere!” More than 37,000 tickets will be given away by the BBC for the events.All hotels in the North West are already booked – every Letterkenny hotel booked out well in advance. DONEGAL HOTELS BOOKED OUT FOR DERRY’S RADIO ONE WEEKEND WITH OLLY MURS was last modified: April 15th, 2013 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:DONEGAL HOTELS BOOKED OUT FOR DERRY’S RADIO ONE WEEKEND WITH OLLY MURSlast_img read more