first_imgDear Editor,President David Granger demonstrates an immaturity in several of his decisions that appeared to be designed to impose his “one-man-will” on a “750,000-person” nation. The last time I checked, President Granger at his political peak secured 4506 votes more than the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP)candidate. So why is he operating like he won 78 per cent of the votes similar to the numbers the People’s National Congress (PNC) declared for itself in 1985.In an economy that is crumbling today, his entire organisation has been pushed behind the eight-ball. Therefore, he cannot automatically count on the commitment of 207,200 voters that voted for him in 2015. Actually, any astute political mind will tell you that it is now a foregone conclusion that if Granger stands for office in 2020, he will not get more than 200,000 votes in the 2020 elections. Two reasons – that five per cent from the PPP is now well entrenched back into the PPP fold thanks to the superb grassroots political work of President Jagdeo. Secondly, although that 10 per cent called the rational middle might not automatically vote for the PPP, they have totally abandoned the AFC and have little interest in the ideas coming from the PNC (coalition, call it what you want, it is the PNC). Actually, today the PNC is right back where it was in 2006 at its natural strength of 35 per cent of the population.So listening to Granger’s comments while he was in Atlanta is a stark reminder that the PNC is out of political options, save and except for compromised elections. That is why Patterson is so vital to 2020.It is important that all Guyanese reject this 1970/1980’s line of thinking from Granger. Guyana was fortunate in the past to have a “President Hoyte” who was wise enough to put an end to all the selfish political opportunism practices by a few that were nothing else but antiquated and antedated.I am not here giving the PPP a free pass. We all know the PPP did much wrong in their style of governance, but there is a fundamental difference I am seeing between Granger’s term and the PPP’s terms – the PNC’s appears willing to tamper with the electoral process, they are grossly incompetent at growing the economy and they are unprepared to seek help, and most worrisome is that the PNC seems very willing to engage in ethnic and racial suppression.For a country like Guyana to grow economically, it needs ethnic calm and racial stability. Unfortunately, the Ministry of the Presidency appears to be one of the lead perpetrators of this instability. As a retired politician, I find myself asking how have we arrived at this point and what can we do to stop it.First off, we must all call for a time-out and it must be led by President Granger. He must stop this vulgarity and rule the country like a leader, not a tribalist. He must stop operating like a “Vulgarian-in-Chief” on the public service appointments, on the application of the rule of law and most importantly, on the social cohesion process. He must trust all the Guyanese people and engage and collaborate more. If he does good, the people will embrace him but so far the people are judging him by his actions and he comes across as aloft and bigoted.Yes, he may lose at free and fair elections, but he must be the bigger man and recognise what is at stake here – Guyana, not the PNC or PPP. For 50 years this nation has suffered economically and politically, so much so that we have more Guyanese outside of Guyana rather than inside, so why would you want to rule the country in such a manner to continue to push our brightest and best out of the country every day?Regards,Sase Singhlast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to a quote from Stabroek News’ article of October 15, titled “AG says Government can scrap orders to acquire Carmichael Street land”.Whatever the rights and wrongs of the argumentation surrounding this matter, there could hardly be a more comprehensive embarrassment emerging from the dialogue than the following alleged quote (albeit itemised):‘I don’t know anything about running a Ministry.‘I am a lawyer….‘I inherited public officers in the Ministry, that’s what happened. They presented these things to me in the budget.I don’t know what’s in the budget’.Everyone who would have read the above declaration must anxiously hope that it was misreported; particularly those of his colleagues who were known to have objectively argued against the twinning of the portfolios of Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs.The grounds on which they may have based their reservations would appear to have been confirmed by the very utterances of someone who apparently has learnt of the attribute of humility found in the great CEOs which Jim Collins celebrates in his highly acclaimed book “Good to Great” – in which he admits to the surprising discovery of it making the difference between ‘Good’ and ‘Great leaders.In this context, therefore, is the (proud?) admission to the public of the incapability of ‘running’ a Ministry to be regarded as evidence of’ greatness?One wonders what would be Collins’ final evaluation, after having surveyed ‘inherited public officers’, as well as the framers of the budget, which would have to be contended in the National Assembly, by the relevant Agency, when that time comes.Then there is the judiciary who must ponder on the implications for the image portrayed of comparable local competence to that of colleagues across the legal jurisdiction of Caricom.It must be quite a discomfiting experience when, within this brief period of governance, confidence is made even more vulnerable by the ‘apology’ of another Minister having to be laid in Parliament – effectively for lack of knowledge of how to discharge his portfolio.Is it to be interpreted that in 2016 there is a new governance policy which advocates that:”Confession is good for the soul?”Sincerely,EB Johnlast_img read more

first_img14-year-old busted with cocaine in suitcase handlesCora Towler, the mother of the 14-year-old who was busted with cocaine concealed in the handles of his suitcase, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment and fined almost $3 million after admitting to the court that she was guilty of the charge of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.Towler appeared before City Magistrate Leron Daly.Initially, the woman pleaded not guilty to the charge that stated on Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), she was in possession of 1.4 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.In a court hearing on Wednesday, while the evidence was being tendered against the unrepresented woman, she indicated to the Magistrate that she would like to change her plea to guilty.As such, her plea was changed and she admitted to the offence in tears.A penitent Towler sobbed uncontrollably and pleaded with the court for leniency.Moments before Magistrate Daly handed down her ruling, Towler sent prisoners in the dock scurrying as she threw up. She was subsequently fined $2,710,800.Meanwhile, Ian Griffith, another relative of the lad who was also charged with Towler for the offence, is currently on remand pending the outcome of his trial before Magistrate Daly.According to reports, the teenager was held following the discovery of the cocaine concealed in the handles of his suitcase while he was waiting to board a flight destined for New York at the CJIA, Timehri.It was also stated that the teen was travelling alone, returning home after spending the August vacation in Guyana.Upon the discovery of the cocaine, four persons, including the teen’s mother, were arrested.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000MAINZ, June 7- Germany winger Marco Reus is set to miss the World Cup after suffering a partially torn ankle ligament in Friday’s 6-1 friendly win over Armenia.The 25-year-old was rushed to hospital after twisting his left ankle just before the half-time break in Mainz and a scan revealed the extent of the injury. The German Football Association (DFB) have said a decision will be made as to whether the Borussia Dortmund star flies to Brazil with the squad, who leave at 22:00 local time from Frankfurt for their camp at Porto Seguro on Saturday.With seven goals in 21 appearances for Germany, Reus’ withdrawal would be a bitter blow for the Dortmund winger.He has been in good form this season and is central to head coach Joachim Loew’s brand of attacking football.“Marco has been in great form and a bad injury would be very bitter,” said Germany captain Philipp Lahm before the diagnosis.Germany open their Group G campaign against Portugal in Salvador on June 16 and also face Ghana and the USA in the first round.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgSchwarzenegger has released a $12 billion health plan that relies heavily on new federal money, as well as fees on doctors, hospitals and businesses that do not provide insurance. “We frankly don’t believe that the state of California has the ability or could afford universal health insurance,” state Sen. Dave Cox, R-Roseville, said at a news conference. He also disputed the estimate that California has 6.5 million uninsured people, since 1 million of them are eligible for current state and federal programs, according to the Census Bureau. Republicans said their plan would not cost the state additional money, although it does rely on giving individuals nearly $1 billion in tax breaks, as does Schwarzenegger’s. Both want to take advantage of a federal tax break that allows workers to buy their own insurance with pretax dollars, just as employers do. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Signaling their reluctance to go along with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ambitious health care proposal, Senate Republicans released a plan Tuesday that they say will provide greater access to health care without raising taxes. Their proposal would offer tax breaks to workers who are forced to buy their own insurance and raise Medi-Cal reimbursement rates so more doctors are willing to treat poor patients, ideas the governor and Democratic leaders support. But the Republicans also want to cut Medi-Cal benefits, let insurers offer plans with fewer benefits and redirect hospital subsidies to fund lower-cost clinics. Those proposals can be expected to provoke opposition from Democrats, consumer groups and hospitals. The Republicans rejected Schwarzenegger’s goal of achieving universal coverage in California, which has an estimated 6.5 million uninsured people. last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring his teams fifth goal during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between FC Bayern Munchen and GNK Dinamo Zagreb at the Allianz Arena on September 29, 2015 in Munich, Germany. PHOTO/AFPMUNICH, September 29- Robert Lewandowski’s phenomenal goal-scoring run continued on Tuesday with a hat-trick in Bayern Munich’s 5-0 mauling as Dinamo Zagreb’s 45-match unbeaten run was halted in emphatic fashion.Lewandowski again ran riot in the Champions League home match as Mario Goetze and Douglas Costa also netted to put Bayern top of Group F following their 3-0 win at Olympiakos a fortnight ago before facing Arsenal away in three weeks. The Poland hot-shot has now scored 10 goals in his last three games after netting five in just nine spectacular minutes of Bayern’s 5-1 hammering of Wolfsburg last Tuesday before claiming two more in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Mainz.The thrashing of Zagreb left Bayern three points clear of second-placed Olympiakos in the table following their shock 3-2 win over Arsenal in London.This was Zagreb’s heaviest away defeat in Europe as the five-goal difference superseded their 6-2 loss at Real Madrid in the group stages four years ago.Lewandowski now has 17 goals for club and country as Bayern enjoyed an easy win.Zagreb’s performance made a mockery of their 10-month unbeaten run in all competitions as they only created their first clear shot on goal with an hour gone after Bayern had raced into a 4-0 lead at the break.Costa opened the floodgate on 13 minutes by skipping past a defender to beat Zagreb goalkeeper Eduardo at the near post.The second followed on 21 minutes when Dinamo’s 18-year-old centre-back Filip Benkovic slipped after heading the ball down, Thiago Alcantara pounced on the error and his pass found Lewandowski in acres of space.Eduardo’s night went from bad to worse when he failed to deal with Goetze’s weak shot after an exchange of passes with Kingsley Coman and the ball bobbled over the line to the 33-year-old’s dismay on 25 minutes.Lewandowski claimed his second on 28 minutes when he met Costa’s cross and his shot cannoned off the underside of the bar to bounce over the line with the Dinamo defence cut to ribbons.Lewandowski saved his best goal of the night to claim his hat-trick.Costa showed off his dazzling skills with a deft flick to Thiago, who put Lewandowski in behind the defence and the Poland striker scooped the ball over the hapless Eduardo on 55 minutes.Only a good save from the Portugal national goalkeeper prevented Lewandowski getting his fourth when he dived at the striker’s feet on 75 minutes.Shortly after the Croatian double champions had their first corner as they found themselves completely outgunned as Bayern fired in 27 shots on goal to just seven in reply as Lewandowski fired wide with two clear chances.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgPrevious holes have yielded only grainy video images and poor air samples, and efforts to signal the miners have been met with silence. Tunneling into the mine was abandoned after another collapse killed three rescue workers and injured six others on Aug. 16. “It is one of my major goals and the families major goal to get them out. … We will vigorously resist any attempt to seal this mine so that we can keep those options open,” said King, who has been retained by most of the miners’ families. Families and friends of the missing miners have pressed for the efforts to continue, if only to find the bodies of Kerry Allred, Don Erickson, Luis Hernandez, Carlos Payan, Brandon Phillips and Manuel Sanchez. “At this point, we’re very disappointed at the Murray Energy group of companies, which seem to have given up on these people in the mine. They’ve been unresponsive to our efforts to learn why a large diameter drill hole from above could not have been done and has not been done,” King said. Federal officials and mine company executives have said the mountain’s instability makes it too dangerous to drill a hole wide enough for a person-size capsule unless there are signs of life. Seismologists say the mountain is crumbling upon itself, bursting support pillars as it shifts in phenomena known as mountain bumps. It has never been clear whether the men survived the initial cave-in. The thunderous collapse blew out the walls of the mine shafts, filling them with rubble more than 8 to 10 feet deep in some places. If the men were not crushed by rock, they could have been killed by the immense air pressure generated by the collapse, mining executives and federal regulators have said. But people here believe in miracles. Tammy Pierce, a friend of Allred’s, cites stories she has heard over the years about miners surviving underground for long periods. Miners are hardy people use to extreme conditions and trained to survive, she says. “Until you really know, you can’t give up,” she said. “There’s always the `maybe,’ always the `if.”‘ Federal safety inspectors and Moore did not provide any specific information to families about plans or a location for a possible seventh hole. “Mr. Moore did say that the families must consider the possibility that their people, their husbands and brothers and fathers are never coming out of there. He did tell them that, he said that. So what their real intentions are, we don’t know.” Meanwhile, political fallout from the mine disaster reached a fever pitch with Bob Murray, co-owner of the mine, sending a letter to Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, saying jobs were imperil by the governor’s call for an investigation and inspections at Murray’s two other Utah mines. “(I)f you persist in your statements and course of action, you, Governor, are going to jeopardize the 700 jobs in Carbon and Emery Counties. I cannot maintain them alone, and I definitely cannot do it if I am going to be your whipping-boy,” states the letter Murray marked as “personal and confidential” to the governor.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HUNTINGTON, Utah – The latest hole drilled into a collapsed mine where six men are trapped broke through an area too small for the men to survive, a lawyer for several of the men’s families said Saturday. “The only thing they told us is there is no void where the sixth hole is; there is no space,” attorney Colin King said after a meeting between the families and mine officials. King said the families were disappointed by the news. “They are distraught. They’re very frustrated for good reason,” he said. The Crandall Canyon Mine’s co-owner has said this hole, the sixth drilled more than 1,500 feet into the mountain, will be the last effort to find a sign of the men, who may not have survived the massive cave-in Aug. 6. However, King said, mine officials did not rule out the possibility of drilling a seventh hole. “They left the possibility open that they were possibly considering another hole,” King said. “It didn’t sound like that was uppermost on their list of to-dos.” Drilling on the sixth hole was completed late Saturday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Labor said, reaching a depth of more than 1,700 feet. Department of Labor spokesman Matthew Faraci said the same testing done on previous holes – air samples, signaling in hopes of a response from the miners and dropping a video camera into the mine shaft – would be done. An update was expected Sunday afternoon. Rob Moore, vice president of Murray Energy Corp., co-owner of the Crandall Canyon mine, said he had no comment on the initial findings from the sixth hole. last_img

first_imgIn four years, the community of Van Nuys will be celebrating its 100th birthday. That in itself makes us proud to call Van Nuys our home. The Van Nuys Civic Center, aka “Downtown Van Nuys,” continues to recover from the blight that was identified as one of the reasons some former Van Nuys residents used to disassociate themselves from Van Nuys by changing their neighborhood names to Sherman Oaks, Valley Glen or Lake Balboa. We survived those breakaways and worked with others who cared enough about Van Nuys to make our community a better place to live and work. Van Nuys is, and will continue to be, known as the government center of the San Fernando Valley. Those of us who are loyal to Van Nuys, including residents and business owners who resisted the name-change idiocy, knew that there was enough energy in us to help bring Van Nuys back to its glory days. Now we are reaping the benefits of remaining patient while our community continues to improve. Of course we realize that the buildup and face-lift that we are experiencing in the Civic Center did not occur by accident. Previous Los Angeles City Council members, mayors, developers and visionaries all had a hand in what our Civic Center looks like today compared with approximately 10 years ago. The mystique, or even the veil of pretense, appears to have vanished in this current era of L.A. politics. As voters in this city, it becomes more apparent every day that we have little or no influence on what our elected officials choose to do with our hard-earned dollars. Much to our delight, Van Nuys will always be known as the center of the San Fernando Valley. Along with the presence of the state and federal buildings, the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, Van Nuys City Hall, the courthouses, our loyal residents and businesses, Van Nuys will never lose her identity. Prudy and Don Schultz live in Van Nuys, where Don is president of the homeowners association.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre For example, the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, the revitalized Van Nuys City Hall, the Van Nuys Community Courts program, the Targeted Neighborhood Initiative program – along with the revitalization of the Van Nuys Auto Row – have all contributed to making our downtown area something to be proud of. Unfortunately, we can no longer count on the city of Los Angeles to continue to bring prosperity into the Valley. Almost all of City Hall’s focus and money appear to be going toward downtown Los Angeles, with nearly all of the other communities in the city – including the Valley – facing one tax hike or increased fee after another to accomplish this. There was a time when we thought the only recourse for Van Nuys was to incorporate and become an independent city, such as the city of San Fernando. San Fernando has its own government, it’s thriving, and you would be hard-pressed to find the likes of graffiti or abandoned furniture on her streets. However, since San Fernando was never a part of the city of Los Angeles, it incorporated from the county of Los Angeles, which is a much simpler process. Unfortunately, Van Nuys is still a recognized community within the city of Los Angeles. San Fernando Valley secession is beginning to rear its head again. Those of us who are frustrated with the actions taken by our local elected officials realize that contrary to the aftermath of the previous Valley secession movement that failed, we have again lost our voice downtown. The charter change that created neighborhood councils throughout the entire city has proven to be only a minor distraction to our elected officials. The councils have little if any power. With a $50,000 annual budget, they are limited as to what they can actually accomplish. Could this be the original intent of the charter change that created the NCs? You have to wonder, or do you? last_img read more

first_imgNewcomers to Los Angeles learn something real quick about the way things work here: There are the official Department of Motor Vehicles rules of the road and then there are the unofficial L.A. rules. And if you want to survive these mean streets, you need to understand both. One L.A. rule works like this: If you’re waiting behind cars in a left-turn lane, never expect to go when the arrow turns green. The first driver in line will almost always be distracted and fail to notice that the precious green arrow is lighted until the last few seconds before it again turns red. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Then the driver will punch the gas and get through the intersection – leaving the rest in line angrily muttering about dimwits until the next green arrow arrives. Expect the cycle to repeat. Here’s another rule: When on the freeway in gridlock, don’t expect drivers to use their blinkers to signal when they want to change lanes. They’ll just slide over in front of you without any advance warning. Some of these lane-changers believe it’s pointless to use blinkers because other motorists are so steamed about sitting in traffic that they won’t let anyone get in front of them. So, it’s just best to cut them off. Sound familiar? Even Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has compiled a “how to” guide for driving in Los Angeles County. It hit home when he read it last week to a crowd of business people and other L.A. officials who had just made their way through maddening traffic to attend an 8 a.m. meeting in Burbank: Morning rush hour is from 5 a.m. to noon. Evening rush hour is from noon to 7 p.m. Friday’s rush hour starts Thursday morning. The minimum acceptable speed on most freeways is 85 mph. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear-ended, cussed out and possibly shot. MapQuest does not work here. None of the roads are where they say they are, or go where they say they do. All of the freeway off- and on-ramps are moved each night. If you are in the left lane and only driving 70 in a 55- to 65-mph zone, you are considered a road hazard and will be flipped-off accordingly. If you return the flip, you’ll be shot. Although all rules are subject to change, generally these are ideas to keep in mind when hitting the road in L.A. No doubt there are plenty more. But there’s no class motorists can attend to learn them. No handbook either. It’s a roadside behavior that gets embedded in your psyche if you ever want to get anywhere in this jampacked city. So if you have friends coming to town, please share these rules with them before they arrive. That way they’re already in-the-know about our rules. Because in the City of Angels, we don’t like anything that messes with our commute.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgA Donegal man plans to swap his 12 year old banger for a newer model after scooping €20,000 on RTE’s Late Late Show last night.Art O’Brien admitted he was still in shock when host Ryan Tubridy called him at home.The Donegal man guessed St Valentine as the correct answer to last night’s public audience competition teaser. And he picked up a cool €20,000 in cash for his troubles.Host Tubridy asked Art if he had any plans to spend some of the €20,000 on.Art replied “I’m still in shock to be honest. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it.“I have a 01 Nissan Micra so I might think about an upgrade.” Ryan replied that there was probably a very happy car dealer in Co Donegal rubbing his hands already. DONEGAL MAN PLANS TO DUMP HIS 2001 ‘BANGER’ AFTER WINNING €20K ON LATE LATE was last modified: February 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Art O’BriencarLate Late ShowRTElast_img read more