Dear Editor,The vulgar refusal of Mr Granger to dissolve Parliament in keeping with his obligations under the Constitution of Guyana further exposes the flagrant dictatorial hegemony of his and the PNC’s abuse of the presidential authority.Given the continuous and relentless exposure of their clandestine contaminating intent at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the cabal now attempts to further influence and scapegoat the organisation’s willing or unwilling patrimony to justify the ongoing exploitation of Guyanese decency. Citizens must, therefore, be prepared and decisively stop this runaway train now!Public media recently reported the most unacceptable and flimsy excuses proffered by Joseph Harmon who said that “there is a likelihood that additional funds would be needed to facilitate the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections,” while Mr Granger also spoke to the media about having to access funds in the event of national emergencies.The exigencies to which this abusive stand-in president refers are only in the conception of the PNC and their conveniently dumb coalition partners.Although by now, most citizens have recognised the untrustworthiness of Mr Granger and his cabal from the fallacies they have adumbrated, one would have hoped in advancing national interests for some form of validity in the cabal’s statements. These false pretences, however, would be quickly recognised and extinguished with even the most cursory examination of the GECOM financial scenario.The facts reveal that the organisation received over $9 billion between April 2019 and November 2019. In the 2019 National Budget, appropriations approved for GECOM amounted to $ 5.546 billion, while Parliament also approved an additional amount in the sum of $3.482 billion in May 2019. This was after James Patterson indicated to caretaker President Granger, that the Commission lacked the financial resources to facilitate early elections.Further, a substantial amount of money was ‘rolled over’ from 2018 for which GECOM must be accountable. It is of note that the Auditor General had serious questions with respect to the 2014 and 2015 Audit done for GECOM, and it is important that Mr Keith Lowenfield clear the entire documented audit queries in the interest of transparency.Certainly, GECOM will have to account for all excessive and lavish spending, and the GECOM budget must address the use of over $10 billion before other allocations are considered. How they will account for the use of these finances will be interesting because the House-to-House (H2H) activities were truncated, and GECOM never utilised more than $4 billion to conduct General and Regional Elections.At the time of writing, it is a known fact that audits for the years 2016, 2017, 2018, and now 2019 are pending. We must, therefore, not allow our taxpayers’ money to fund the reported thieving occurrences at the GECOM Secretariat. There is simply no trust, confidence, or accountability in the Lowenfield styled operations, even as we depend on the involvement of these same people to deliver credible elections.It is, therefore, necessary that Chairperson Justice Claudette Singh move swiftly to address the counterchecks towards restoring the trust, confidence, and accountability, that are critical to the delivery of free and fair elections. Further, the question of the renewal of Lowenfield’s contract must be carefully looked at and fully discussed at the level of the Commission, since the renewal of any staff contract falls under its mandate.Given the apparent conjuring up which resulted in the Lowenfield’s partisan H2H, it is very necessary for this column to sustain the strong public advocacy for improvements regarding the Secretariat’s apparent hesitancy to provide timely information with respect to the Revised List of Electors (RLE), and by extension, the Official List of Electors (OLE).Political parties expect to have sufficient time to scrutinise the RLE before GECOM produces the OLE. In this respect, they must be given a suitable period to review the changes, and not be over-rushed at Lowenfield’s fantasy.It is also a known fact that in addition to the PPP/C and APNU, there are at this time about six emerged parties who have signalled their intention to contest the upcoming elections. These parties would have to find backers of their list from the OLE and GECOM’s delays and inefficacy is not helping the process. Rather, the delayed approach would serve to complicate the fluency required in a transparent process.Readers would have observed that Vincent Alexander, after making all sorts of wicked and slanderous contrary remarks about the unuplifted ID cards, is now very quiet as GECOM agrees to an indefinite extension for citizens to pick up their ID cards. GECOM must also review the proposed plan to put out a supplemental list.Any supplemental list will be a challenge and it will lead to confusion. Notably, the truncated H2H Registration is in serious trouble given that cross-matching done in Jamaica is highly questionable, with over sixty thousand names being queried. While GECOM awaits the results of the cross-matching data, it is clearer that the H2H cannot be used as a consideration for the RLE and that exercise was a total waste of money and time.More serious is the fact that up to the last statutory meeting on Tuesday, the Commission was still waiting for the cross-matching results from the just-concluded Claims and Objections exercise. GECOM must produce the Revised List of Electors and all Guyanese are waiting to see the Official List of Electors. This has serious consequences for Nomination Day scheduled for January 10, 2020. The RLE will have to be out for public and party scrutiny twenty-one days before the CEO has his final say and produces the OLE.Now the ball is in the Illegal President’s court, as we all know that GECOM has enough money. So why wait? Dissolve Parliament now!Yours respectfully,Neil Kumar
The Executive Director of the National Investment Commission (NIC), George Wisner, says the government used up to US$100 million on public investment infrastructures, which is not enough to reach the minimum standard of infrastructure growth in the nearest possible time.He said this situation is impeding infrastructural growth and there is the need for the government to ensure new, quality infrastructure investment in the country.“For some time now, our government has been propagating an economic policy that emphasizes diversification away from the extractive sector and the NIC is the arm of the government responsible to help its economic policy by ensuring quality new investment in every area of the economy.“We have been working with stakeholders over time to see what could be the best approach to speed up government’s development objectives,” said Wisner, during the start of a two-day meeting last Monday to review the Public Private Partnership (PPP) readiness assessment report on Liberia in partnership with the British Embassy and the Altra Capital Limited from the United Kingdom.“We realize that getting PPP skills are not easy and we are in competition with many other nations for investment in skills. Therefore, Liberia needs to put in the required regulatory environment and build capacity in order to bring forward some of our economic and social developments through PPP. “That is why Altra Capital Limited from the United Kingdom, in partnership with NIC and with support from the British Embassy, was commissioned to carry out the PPP Readiness Assessment,” he said. Wisner said Liberia has to spend at least US$300 to US$500 million annually on average within the next ten years to meet the minimum standard of infrastructure growth. The assessment report, according to Wisner, is intended to give Liberia a picture of its status to access the country’s preparedness and challenges that must be mitigated in implementing the PPP policy. The NIC boss described PPP as the best policy to accelerate development and put the country on par with other countries that have met the minimum standard set for infrastructure growth. “We think PPP is the best way to speed this up since government does not have the budgetary might; and if even they have, government does not have the time to do all that is required to build our infrastructure,” Wisner asserted. He said though agriculture has been emphasized as a key sector to diversify Liberia’s economy, it would be possible if there are necessary infrastructures to do that. “Whether it is road or port infrastructure, sea and airport, whether it is telecommunications infrastructure, electricity or water, you have to have them in place,” Wisner said. These infrastructures are important to accelerate the diversification of Liberia’s economy, and government’s partnership with the private sector is the surest way to foster these developments, said Wisner. He said the United Kingdom has been generous by partnering with Liberia to move the PPP policy forward, while describing the PPP as a long journey which started with the development of policies that are now at their final stages of validation. At the same time, Mr. Wisner questioned Liberia’s readiness to undertake the PPP relative to the country having the requisite knowledge, competence and skills since the struggling economy has created hindrances. The NIC looked forward to having a key role in the process of using PPP to improve Liberia’s infrastructure and public services for the benefit of the citizens, he said.British Ambassador accredited near Monrovia David Belgrove said the PPP is an important tool that can promote infrastructure growth in Liberia.He said it is important for Liberia to maximize the policy. Ambassador Belgrove said the partnership has benefitted other countries, including the United Kingdom.“The UK is one of the first countries that used the Public Private Partnership to improve its investment and there were lessons learnt along the way,” Ambassador Belgrove said.The team of consultants, including John Davie and Stephen Harris, recognized as two of the world’s best known and leading experts in PPP strategy and delivery, pointed out that because “there is often too much theory in studies such as this,” they gathered together a wide range of opinions from organizations, including public and private sectors professionals, NGOs and personnel from the international donor community working in Liberia in various sectors. Meanwhile, the two-day meeting brought together officials from the National Port Authority, Central Bank of Liberia, Public Procurement and Concession Commission and others to discuss findings, challenges and recommendations contained in the assessment report. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…pensioner manages to apprehend, tie up accompliceBY Andrew CarmichaelBandits on Wednesday morning broke into the home of an elderly businessman and carted off a quantity of jewellery and cash. However, the pensioner was able to hold onto one of the bandits and tie him up before the Police arrived.Reports are that three men entered the Lot 3 Ovolton Dam, Mount Sinai premises at around 02:00h. The men broke open a window next to the stairway to gain entry. Two remained outside while one entered the building.First, he went to an unoccupied room and ransacked it. After finding nothing ofBusinessman: Kamalodeen Mohabir, also called “Tarzan”value, the man – who disguised himself with dark shades and a hooded jacket – then picked the lock on the door leading to the bedroom which 63-year-old Rukomine Hannamon was in. He subsequently removed $350,000 in cash and a quantity of jewellery from her room.The woman put up a fight after he went back into the bedroom and in the process, she pulled off his hoodie and dark glasses.Meanwhile, 77-year-old Kamalodeen Mohabir, also called “Tarzan”, who operates a grocery shop, heard the loud sound on the upper flat and ran to his wife’s rescue. He told this publication that he noticed that his son and the bandit were in a scuffle and his son was injured. At the time, the bandit was carrying a knife.During the scuffle, the man’s son, Jimmie Mohabir, 43, sustained wounds to his head and feet and had to receive medical attention at the New Amsterdam Hospital.Meanwhile, Hannamon received bites to both of her legs after removing theThe window the bandit brok to gain entrybandit’s disguise. She was also treated at the New Amsterdam Hospital and sent away.The businessman told this publication that he put up a scuffle with the bandit and was injured in the process. He showed wounds to his chest, face, finger, forearm, both feet and one leg.Meanwhile, neighbours also responded, causing the two other bandits who remained on the step to flee.Inside the woman’s bedroom, the bandit broke a window and attempted to flee but Kamalodeen Mohabir held onto him and pulled him back into the room.Two children, ages 14 and six, who were in the house, were told by the intruder to go under the bed. While under their grandmother’s bed, the six-year-old who took out her cellphone and recorded all that was being said.In a part of the conversation, she recorded the captured man calling the names of two persons he alleged to be his accomplice and also claimed that he had handed the valuables which he removed from the bedroom.“Yea buddy is Allan and Ryan carry away all the gold and the money…”Neighbours say the man who has been arrested and the suspects all live in the community. This is the fifth time bandits attacked the businessman. On the initial three occasions, the matter was reported to the Police.“On the fourth time that they come in, I aint report it to the Police because the Police aint doing anything every time you report,” he said.The Police are continuing their investigations.
…no charges institutedA Linden teen, who doused his 57-year-old grandmother with hot water recently has been referred to a children’s charity – Blossom Inc – for therapy and counselling.The 14-year-old male threw the hot water on his grandmother during an altercation which took place at their Wismar, Linden home a few weeks ago.Reports are the teen became annoyed after his grandmother attempted to speak to him concerning his “unruly” behaviour. During the incident, he doused her with hot water, causing her to be hospitalised at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) for serious burns about her body, including her face, neck, chest and breasts. A report was made to the Police and according to information reaching Guyana Times, the teen was sent for anger therapy and counselling based on legal advice. The source explained that anger therapy is one of the newest ways of reforming juveniles, rather than having them face the judicial system.Blossom Inc is a children’s charity which was registered in 2014 with the aim of supporting the child protection system in Guyana and providing support for children and families affected by trauma.The teen’s grandmother was discharged from hospital but had to be readmitted since her injuries began to worsen.
Tottenham target Thiago Motta has not agreed terms with Inter Milan or Atletico Madrid, according to his agent.The midfielder is in the final year of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain and has been linked with a move away from the French capital after they return from a pre-season tour of America.The 32-year-old played for Atleti and Inter earlier in his career but is yet to venture over to the Premier League, where Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is an admirer.“There has been no offer, not from Inter nor from Atletico Madrid,” his agent Alessandro Canovi told GetFrenchFootball.“There have been no formal offers for Thiago Motta. What Thiago said was very clear and simple; before the tour in the States we talked with PSG and when we return we’ll see what happens.“Things are very simple, they are regulated by law. The law says that there is a contract between the PSG and Thiago and all parties must accept this fact.“What is expected of PSG? I will not talk publicly about this. This is a matter between us and the PSG. We will speak, we will keep in touch and we’ll see what happens.” 1 Thiago Motta
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The robber was described as being a white female in her early 20s with a slender build, light complexion and black medium-length hair. She wore a black zippered hooded cotton jacket, a blue Roxy T-shirt, blue jeans and was carrying a black cloth wallet with a window on it, Eimiller said. Her note demanded large bills and threatened that if the police were called, “We will kill,” Eimiller said. The robber said to hurry up and said, “I will kill if I have to,” Eimiller said. Authorities believe the same person robbed an Antelope Valley Bank branch in the 1600 block of East Palmdale Boulevard about 3:40 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2005. The suspect in that robbery also made a threat to kill and was described as being white or Middle Eastern, Eimiller said. In both robberies, no weapon was seen. In the Nov. 10 robbery, the woman was photographed by a surveillance camera talking on a cell phone inside the bank. Anyone with information is being asked to call the Palmdale sheriff’s station at (661) 267-4300. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Authorities are seeking a woman bank robber dubbed the “Will Kill Bandit” because of the threats she made in two Palmdale bank robberies. The FBI believes the woman robbed two East Palmdale Boulevard bank branches located within a block of each other, the first in November and the second Feb. 3. “She is called the Will Kill Bandit because in both robberies, her note said, ‘We will kill,”‘ FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. “It’s not entirely rare. We have had our share of female bank robbers.” The most recent robbery occurred shortly before noon Feb. 3 at the Downey Savings & Loan branch in the 1700 block of East Palmdale Boulevard.
A Donegal scout leader has received the highest honour in scouting.Hazel Brown with her awardHazel Brown form the 9th Donegal (Muff) was presented with the Order of Cú Chulainn from Chief Scout Michael John Shinnick for her outstanding commitment and service over a period of 20 years to Scouting.She received her award as Scouting Ireland held their Annual Conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Rosses Point last weekend. A number of adult volunteers where recognised for their service and commitment to Scouting with their local groups.Another who received recognition was 12th Donegal (Manorcunningham) Leader Dara Coll who received the Bronze Meritorious award in recognition of her work in setting up and establishing her local group.Congratulations and well done to both from all their friends and colleagues in Errigal Scout County.Dara Coll gets her award form Chief Scout Michael John ShinnickDONEGAL SCOUT GETS ORGANISATION’S HIGHEST HONOUR was last modified: April 23rd, 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:Dara CollHazel BrownScouting Ireland
Story Links The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams begin their 2019 season Saturday, Aug. 31, evening in Omaha, Neb.The Bulldogs will race against Creighton in their season opener on the course at Skutt Catholic High School. The women are set to race a 4-kilometer course at 6 p.m., followed by a men’s 6-kilometer race at 6:30 p.m.As always, the first competition of the season will serve as a benchmark of the team’s competitive fitness following the first week of team workouts.Drake’s men were picked second in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll as the team returns nine runners from last season’s team that finished third in the Valley. Those returnees include Matt Cozine, Maximilian Fridrich and Kyle Brandt, who all finished in the top 25 at the MVC Championship.Drake’s women were tabbed eighth in the Valley poll, but return a much more experienced team than they have had in recent years. Senior Olivia Rogers leads the way after taking 33rd at the Valley championship as a junior. Rachel Selva, MyKaela Cole, Millie Bretl and Elizabeth Aho also return with an additional year of experience.Following Saturday’s season opener, the team returns to competition next Friday at the University of Iowa. Print Friendly Version Course Map
Finn Harps go into their penultimate home game of the season on Friday knowing that a victory will confirm a top two finish this season.With a play-off spot all but confirmed, the next goal for Finn Harps will be to secure a second place finish in the First Division which would give them the advantage of a home tie in the second leg of the play-off.Although not mathematically confirmed yet, Wexford Youths are now almost certain to claim the First Division title and recorded back-to-back victories over Harps opponents UCD in their last two games. “Wexford effectively won the league last Friday and fair play to them,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan.Wexford could have been crowned champions last weekend if Harps had failed to return from Cobh with victory.In a tight affair, Tony McNamee cracked home the winner for Harps just after the half-time break to ensure that Wexford would have to keep the champagne on ice for at least another week.“There was very little difference between the teams in Cobh but we managed to get out of there with a good result,” said Horgan. “The game could have gone either way as most games in our division tend to do.” The Harps Manager has also said that his side isn’t even thinking about a play-off at this stage and insists there is still much work to be done in the remaining three league games.“We haven’t even thought about a play-off game and won’t until the last three games are out of the way,” said Horgan. “A lot of football has to be played yet.”Tommy McMonagle, Keith Cowan and Raymond Foy are all available for selection having served one match suspensions last weekend. Damien McNulty though remains sidelined.UCD are the only side Harps have failed to record a victory against in league action this season. The opening two games both finished in 2-2 draws while the most recent meeting in July at the UCD Bowl was decided by Robbie Benson’s 67th minute winner for the home side.“UCD are the one side that we haven’t beaten this season and have never taken the lead against either!,” said Horgan as he looked ahead to Friday’s game. “They play great football and we will be starved of possession for long periods as was the case in our games up to now,” he warned.This is likely to be the first of three meetings between the two sides over the coming few weeks as UCD are likely to be Harps’ opponents in the play-offs although a Harps victory on Friday would open the door for Shelbourne to force their way back into the reckoning for third spot once again.TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: None.Injured: Damien McNulty (shoulder).FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: D-L-W-W-D-W (11 pts)UCD: W-W-D-L-W-L (10 pts) VICTORY OVER UCD TO GIVE HARPS A TOP TWO FINISH was last modified: September 23rd, 2015 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:finn harpsUCD
The water supply between Ballindrait and Tober in Lifford is off again.This is the third time in less than a week that the supply has dried up.Local county councillor Gerry Crawford has said the situation is simply not on. He said “This is three times now in the last week that the people of this Area have been denied their right to a proper water supply.”Cllr Crawford has been in contact with Irish Water and strongly condemned what he has called the ongoing nonsense of the delay in replacing this very problematic supply line.“This denial of a proper supply to the wider Tober area must end,” he added.Uproar as Lifford water supply off for third time in a week was last modified: September 17th, 2019 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:ballindraitLiffordOFFsupplyToberwater