What is the PNC-led coalition’s greatest fear?

first_imgDear EditorVery early in the reign of the Coalition, at a time when they were riding on the crest of their power and glory, I wrote an article captioned “They came in on a lie but they will be taken out with the truth.”In that letter, I also made a damning prediction that the Coalition would not last a full five-year term. So, with accurate precision, my prophetic words have come to pass; reasons being that the corrupt nature of this coalition Government has made those honest predictions a stark reality.This PNC-led Coalition is corrupt to the core, and for this fact they have done themselves in.They have dug their own graves, that’s a full blown fact, and the record is there to prove it. Talk to any Guyanese and they will tell you that these three and a half years has been the worst time of our lives, something we would not want to be extended any further. Hence we long for fresh elections and a fresh mandate. Guyana needs to breathe again.Now, the real explanation behind all of these delaying tactics is not a shocking defeat at the polls, that is a foregone conclusion, their greatest concern is how to face the full brunt of the law for their thievery and outrageous corrupt acts against the people of this great country. That is their greatest fear. How will they face the gallows when their time comes up at SOCU and SARA?Be it known that they have done a pretty good job at exposing themselves on the world stage with that lying propaganda rhetoric that all those in the PPP/C would be incarcerated on the basis of their being the most notorious thieves in Guyanese history and the persons who carried out the most brazen pillage of state funds and assets.Well, that brutal assault on the Opposition is about to end, and another spate of accountability would be put on stream as the searchlight opens up on the PNC and their lackeys. In this regard, they are in a quandary as to their time before those very same state agencies in the very near future. Those agencies they so closely “control” will have the distasteful task of investigating and prosecuting them. The fear factor is very great!For three and a half years, billions were expended on a massive witch hunt of every possible PPP/C and perceived PPP/C personnel. Throughout the length and breadth of this country, persons were shackled, humiliated, and brought before the courts on trumped up charges. It was the worst of times for persons called PPP/C, or even to be associated with that party for that matter, as the Guyanese version of the Ton Ton Macoutes went on a rampage.Some gave up hope and vowed never to be associated with the party again due to the pressure and the shame they had to endure. But thanks be to the Almighty, in all of this, no one has been found guilty.Now, on a point of clarification, the expressed reason for the PNC not succeeding in their witch hunt expedition is that the PPP/C governed by the rule. The underhand corrupt deals they were accused of were found to be vulgar lies and pure propaganda. The fact is when you govern by the rules you fear nothing, and no investigation will bother you, hence SOCU or SARA could in any way intimidate. However, these same state sponsored agencies will become a problem for them when their time comes up for questioning on matters of governance and other issues. That is the question that has every member of the Coalition Camp quivering in fear?On this note we are in receipt of information that a lot of skullduggery is in progress at most government ministries – the Ministry of Finance in particular.They are in the process of falsifying documents such as the backdating of accounts of shady transactions and much more. The delay tactics is to give them time to somehow overhaul the damage already done in their heist of the country in those corruption scandals. But this is a Herculean task, as time is of great essence; nevertheless, they persist.As we say in Guyanese creole, “Is you who knock me first,” but that is okay. However, when the last lick comes up, don’t act surprised and foolish when those hidden acts are revealed, all those who are to be prosecuted will be prosecuted. I rest my case.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Post-mortems conducted by foreign team – Govt pathologist

first_imgLindo Creek CoI– says he never participatedAs the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Lindo Creek massacre continued, Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh on Thursday testified that he became aware that the post-mortem examinations (PMs) were conducted by a foreign team and that he was introduced to the pathologist.CoI Chairman, retired Justice Donald TrotmanHe, however, informed the Commission that at no time did a local pathologist perform examinations on the eight dead miners.Dr Singh has performed over 25,000 PMEs and testified over 5000 times. He stated during his testimony before Commission Chairman, retired Judge Donald Trotman that it was on Saturday, June 21, 2008, that he received information on the killings. The Pathologist observed that he along with two mortuary attendants travelled up to Kwakwani the following day. However upon arriving at a nearby camp, he could not reach Lindo Creek because of the conditions to reach that location. He recalled that Police Officers who were present went to the creek.“We were there at the old camp sitting in the rain and they came back about almost an hour and a half after 5pm and they showed me some pictures on a camera of some bones and skulls but the rain was falling and you couldn’t see anything much,” he noted.While watching the news on Monday, June 23, 2008, Dr Singh also recalled that he heard the Police brought out the bones from Lindo Creek, which were wrapped in tarpaulin; this was before the time he learnt that foreigners conducted the post-mortem examinations on the eight miners. He added that a Joint Services team had gathered at Prime Minister Samuel Hinds’ residence for updates on the situation. Hinds, he noted, was acting President.Singh stressed that he was never contacted to do an independent autopsy. He noted that he thought his team would have been given orders to conduct the PMEs as practiced on the Wednesday. The doctor however claimed that late Police Commissioner, Henry Greene, called him and informed him that the foreign experts would conduct the examinations.“He said that the experts would be coming from Jamaica and that they would be doing the examination and I told him frank that I am not going to be observing or working together with that person,” Singh said.Dr Singh also testified that he was introduced to the foreign doctor, an Indian national with the Jamaican team, who said he was hired to conduct the PMEs.“He was one of the persons who came to the office on a Tuesday and he said that he, along with his team, was retained by Government to conduct post-mortems on the remains so I took him downstairs and showed him where the (Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation) mortuary was. I introduced him to the staff and that was the end of my participation,” Dr Singh observed.The Government Pathologist however said that he never saw any PME report from the foreign Pathologist. Singh later on stated that conducting PMEs would have been difficult because the bones of the miners were stored together and not in eight separate bags.“You got to be careful how you removing these things. The problem is that you need to get it separated as much as possible. You just can’t go and scoop them up and put them in a bag and bring them,” he stressed.He also declared that the miners’ bones should have been buried in a mausoleum so that relatives could have closure and that the bones could have been easily exhumed from this location. More than that, he however stated that it would be difficult to gather any findings from exhumation since 10 years have passed and much of the bones would be disintegrated. The veteran Pathologist also recalled that during 2008, he told then Commissioner Greene that examining bones would be easier if Guyana had an anthropologist and Singh noted that he even told him that he had a friend from overseas who was willing to take up the post.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002. Justice Trotman in a recent televised interview said however that the 10-year time lapse is proving to be a disadvantage as the Commission does its work, especially since some of the key persons involved have either died or emigrated. Nevertheless, the public hearings will continue on March 27 at 13:30h.last_img read more

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Streaking Upland returns to finals

first_imgUPLAND – A host of Upland defenders could only swivel their heads in unison to helplessly watch the Highlanders allow their eighth goal – of the season. Photo Gallery: Ontario Christian advances in semifinals Dana Sanderlin volleyed in Kacie Licata’s long throw in for a 1-0 Upland lead. The freshman throw-in specialist’s toss bounced through the initial wave of traffic where the first-team all-league sophomore was waiting to capitalize. In the 28th minute, Highlander co-captain Nicole Forrest provided the second bang in a bang-bang scoring play. Cal-bound forward Alyssa Davila managed to squeeze off a swift cross before the ball reached the goaline. Just 10 yards away, Forrest ripped a one-touch shot off the underside of the crossbar for a 2-0 Upland advantage. But for two point-blank saves during a corner-kick scrum seconds before halftime, goalkeeper Deanna Borgelt and the Highlanders would have entered the locker room with just a one-goal lead. Instead the only goal they allowed came with a 3-0 lead in the 62nd minute. “What’s gotten us here is we’ve finished our scoring chances,” said Esperanza coach John King. “That was the difference, they finished they’re chances and we didn’t.” “Teams get pumped up to play us and Los Alamitos gave us a push we haven’t had in a while,” said Fahres. “We’re excited and proud to be here. These girls deserve to go out on top.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think (the streak) adds pressure,” said Upland’s first-year coach Kerri Fahres. “But these seniors do a great job of relieving the pressure on the younger players.” The Highlanders scored their first goal on Tuesday in the ninth minute, the second 20 minutes later and led 3-0 14 minutes into the second half. After winning its first two playoff games by a combined 9-0 score, Upland held on for dear life in a 1-0 quarterfinal win over the Sunset League’s first-place team, Los Alamitos. But it was the Sunset League’s third-place team, Esperanza (13-8-9), standing between it and Saturday’s final. The Highlanders outshot Esperanza, 15-6. center_img But their first conceded goal of the playoffs proved nothing but a blemish on Upland’s 3-1 CIF-Southern Section Division-I semifinal victory over Anaheim Esperanza on Tuesday at Upland High School. The top-seeded defending CIF-SS champion Highlanders (27-0-2) haven’t lost a game in two years. last_img read more

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C.Africa football boss held in France on war crimes charges

first_imgNgaissona “has been arrested by the authorities of the French Republic pursuant to an arrest warrant” issued by the court for war crimes and crimes against humanity, it added.Ngaissona was controversially elected to the executive board of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) general assembly in February. His spokesman told AFP he was also Central African Republic’s football chief.The ICC issued a warrant for Ngaissona for coordinating so-called anti-Balaka militias which emerged after civil war broke out in 2013 with the declared aim of defending Christian communities from mostly Muslim rebels.France, the former colonial power, sent 2,000 troops to quell the rebels, winding down the operation in 2016 after President Faustin-Archange Touadera was elected.Since then, thousands of people have been killed in deadly clashes between the rival armed groups and more than a million forced to flee their homes, UN figures show.The warrant issued in December is for “alleged criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the western part of the Central African Republic”, the court said.The court had previously “submitted a request to the French authorities for the arrest and surrender of Mr Ngaissona to the court upon completion of necessary national proceedings.”– ‘Major’ militia leader –The arrest comes just weeks after another suspected Central African militia leader — Alfred Yekatom, known as Rambo — was arrested and deported to The Hague.The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) said it welcomed the arrest.“Ngaissona is a major anti-Balaka leader. After the arrests of Rambo and Ngaissona, the ICC must now also deal with the ex-Seleka leaders,” said Pierre Brunisso, FIDH coordinator in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.Ngaissona was the “most senior leader and the ‘National General Coordinator’ of the Anti-Balaka” and therefore responsible for crimes in several parts of the country, the ICC said.The crimes include murder, torture, mutilation, intentionally targeting and displacing civilians, pillaging and enlisting child soldiers, it added.Before the violence erupted, Ngaissona briefly served as minister of sport under former president Francois Bozize, whose overthrow in 2013 by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels triggered the conflict.Ngaissona, who is in his 50s, has described himself as the “political coordinator” of the anti-Balaka groups.In 2015, he was barred from running in CAR’s presidential elections over concerns about his role in the violence, but has previously said that “everything I’ve done has been for the good of my country.”In February, he was elected to the CAF board seat representing eight central African nations, winning by 30 votes compared to his Gabonese rival, who secured 23.The CAF said at the time that his candidacy for the board respected “strict statutory criteria” but added that the body did not have an ethics committee.“If the allegations were true, I wouldn’t be here today,” Ngaissona told AFP in February, saying he didn’t want “to mix politics and sport.”More than five years after the war, CAR remains a deeply poor and volatile country.Touadera can only claim control over a fraction of the country. Most of the territory remains in the sway of militia groups and violence is entrenched.In Bangui, the head of an anti-Balaka chief who had been among the first to accept enrolment in a post-conflict disarmament and reintegration programme, said Wednesday he feared the arrest could spark violence.“This is too much,” he told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.“We showed goodwill by laying down our weapons, but it’s twice now that a former anti-Balaka (leader) has been arrested. People are starting get upset, but we are appealing for calm while we await further information.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, pictured here at the general assembly Confederation of African Football in Casablanca, Morocco, where he was elected to the executive board © AFP / FADEL SENNATHE HAGUE, Netherlands, Dec 12 – France on Wednesday arrested a member of Africa’s top footballing body on war crimes charges in the Central African Republic, the International Criminal Court said.Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, a former minister, is accused of being a top coordinator of armed groups in the conflict-hit country, the Hague-based court said in a statement.last_img read more

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CHARITIES CRANK UP THEIR EFFORTS FOR NORTH-WEST 10K

first_imgThe North West 10k charities ran a number of fundraising events in Letterkenny yesterday as the build up continues to the race and walk on Sunday May 5th.The Special Needs Accessible Playpark group SNAP along with the Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital and the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team are working together to maximize the return from the fundraising activities in order that key developments can be financed for the benefit of the respective charities. The new North West 10k sponsors are Donegaldaily.com. and Brian McCormick Sports and Leisure.The website at www.northwest10k.com is now open to take on-line entries for the event which takes place on Sunday, May 5th in Letterkenny.Entry fee is 15 euro for the run and 10 euro for the walk. For further information on the event visit www.northwest10k.com.   CHARITIES CRANK UP THEIR EFFORTS FOR NORTH-WEST 10K was last modified: April 21st, 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:charitiesNorth West 10klast_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT RUGBY WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL

first_imgA Donegal man took centre stage before Ireland’s crucial World Cup quarter-final clash with Argentina yesterday afternoon. However, Kilcar native Martin McKenna wasn’t required by Ireland manager Joe Schmidt on the field of play. Martin was on hand to perform the pre-match coin flip before both quarter-final matches yesterday afternoon at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.Martin won the competition via ‘The Sin Bin’ – which is a rugby world cup programme which is screened on TV3.He was luckily selected from thousands who texted in to the competition and won the trip of a lifetime.However, it was a bad day at the office for Ireland who were outplayed by a hugely impressive Argentinian side. Martin now lives in Galway – but is a proud Kilcar and Donegal man and was delighted to be flying the flag for us yesterday.  DONEGAL MAN TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT RUGBY WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: October 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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The A’s squandered their 2019 season with a wild-card game whimper

first_imgOAKLAND — The 2019 Oakland A’s were unquestionably one of the best teams in baseball — an eminently entertaining and unquestionably charismatic squad that garnered deserved admiration from long-time fans and sharp outside observers, winning a staggering 97 out of 162 regular-season games.But their well-earned trip to the postseason is over after just nine innings.Is one game fair compensation for six months of exemplary work?Probably not. But such is the cruel nature of former …last_img

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Plant “Evolutionary Leftover” Now Deemed Vital

first_imgPhotorespiration, “a biological process in plants, thought to be useless and even wasteful” and “just an evolutionary leftover” from an age when carbon dioxide was more prevalent, has been found to be “necessary for healthy plant growth and if impaired could inhibit plant growth,” according to a UC Davis study published in PNAS.1 (see also summary on EurekAlert).  It functions as a way to inhibit nitrate assimilation.  Some agricultural scientists assumed it was an unnecessary process to be genetically engineered out of plants because it was wasteful, “But the new UC Davis study suggests that there is more to photorespiration than meets the eye and any attempts to minimize its activity in crop plants would be ill advised.”Evolutionary presuppositions have once again stood in the way of scientific progress.  A design model would have looked at the phenomenon as there for a reason, and sought to determine what it was.  These scientists had to ignore Darwinism to get at the truth.  And we’re supposed to believe that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution?  The new version should be, “nothing in Darwinism makes sense in the light of biology.”(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA eyes up to 100 000 construction jobs

first_img29 February 2012 South Africa is hoping to sustain between 50 000 and 100 000 new jobs in its construction sector as the country rolls out the large-scale infrastructure plan announced by President Jacob Zuma during his State of the Nation address earlier this month. Over the next three years, the government plans to invest billions of rands in infrastructure projects that include the building of dams, roads, schools and rail systems, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan last week listing 43 major projects adding up to R3.2-trillion in expenditure over the next three years. A massive overhaul of the country’s public transport system is also on the cards as infrastructure is expected to double over the same period, in line with the country’s New Growth Path. The government and state enterprises are expected to allocate funding estimated at R262-billion over the next three years to transport and logistics infrastructure, including Transnet’s spending on pipelines.Role for the private sector While a big chunk of the money is expected to come from the national fiscus, especially for public service facilities, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said on Tuesday that the private sector would be called on to ensure that various forms of financing were explored to fund the build process. He said the government will soon meet with the private sector and social partners to map out alternative funding models through an infrastructure summit to be convened by President Jacob Zuma. Speaking during an Infrastructure Development Cluster briefing in Cape Town, Ndebele said public entities such as Eskom and Transnet would finance their investments from internally generated surpluses and borrowing from capital markets. In some cases, a mix of tax finance and cost recovery measures would be imposed. “We make budget contributions to the cost of commuter transport services and electricity and water service delivery to low-income communities, for example,” Ndebele said.Rail sector overhaul As part of the reforms in the rail sector, the acquisition of new passenger coaches will be prioritised in the next 20 years into two 10-year batches, with 3 600 vehicles expected to be purchased in each batch. The government wants to replace the entire existing fleet over this period, with a feasibility study to explore the project scope already done last year. The Treasury has set aside R1-billion for the upgrade of signalling and the building of depots ahead of the arrival of the new fleet. Ndebele said that at this stage it was anticipated that a minimum of five new depots would be required for the new trains at a total cost of R4.6-billion. Furthermore, infrastructure interventions amounting to R13.5-billion will be made on the existing networks to enhance the technological benefits of the new coaches. It was envisaged that the establishment of local manufacturing industries will result in substantial number of jobs over the 20-year period, while the authorities also hope to recover rail skills that have been lost over the over decades.Growth between provinces To stimulate economic growth between South Africa’s provinces, the plans will include beefing up the Durban-Gauteng transport corridor, improving the industrial and agricultural development and export capacity of the Eastern Cape, and expand the Eastern Cape’s economic linkages with KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape. On the public transport strategy, introduced in 2009, Ndebele said that so far the bus rapid transit system has recorded 45 000 passenger trips in Johannesburg and 100 000 in Nelson Mandela Bay. While the system has thus far been operating fully only in Gauteng province, the national Budget makes provisions for the development of integrated public transport networks in five cities by 2015. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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46664: global campaign for change

first_imgNelson Mandela – former Robben Island prisoner number 46664 – is the inspiration behind a HIV/Aids awareness and social justice campaign that aims to honour his humanitarian legacy.A special tribute concert is held in London on 27 June 2008 in celebration of Madiba’s 90th birthday. (Image: Paul Williams, via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)Nelson Mandela was sent to prison on Robben Island in 1964; he was the 466th prisoner to arrive that year. He was given the prison number 46664.Thirty-eight years later, Mandela gave his number to a global HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness campaign as a reminder of the sacrifices he made for a cause he believed in. 46664 (pronounced “four, double six, six four”) was established in 2002 as an independent, not-for-profit organisation.Mandated to engage the world’s youth, a series of high-profile concerts was planned – starting with a concert in November 2003 in Cape Town, which saw artists such as Beyonce, Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Peter Gabriel, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and the Eurythmics perform.In the following years, Norway, Spain and the UK also hosted concerts. In 2008, a special tribute concert was held in London in celebration of Madiba’s 90th birthday.‘It’s in our hands’At the concert, Mandela told the Wembley Stadium audience, “even as we celebrate, let us remind ourselves that our work is far from complete. Where there is poverty and sickness including Aids, where human beings are being oppressed, there is more work to be done.“Our work is for freedom for all… it’s time for new hands to lift the burdens. It’s in your hands now.”The 46664 campaign has broadened its approach to heed Mandela’s call, taking up issues of social injustice and to ensure his humanitarian legacy.International Nelson Mandela Day“Take action; inspire change; make every day a Mandela Day.’Held on Mandela’s birthday, July 18, Mandela Day is a call to honour Madiba’s legacy through “service to one’s fellow human”. The idea is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good.In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.Mandela spent 67 years in the service of humanity – as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa. In marking the day, people are urged to spend 67 minutes of their time to helping others.Website: www.mandeladay.comUN website: www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/Ambassadors46664 ambassadors are musicians, artists and sportsmen and women who have committed to supporting 46664. They include celebrities who have performed at his concerts and have become global fans, such as Annie Lennox, Bono, Will Smith, Danny K and Vusi Mahlasela.Reviewed: June 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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