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Granger must now stop using the Big Lie theory to justify his failure to…

first_imgDear Editor,Here we go again. On one of his rare interviews last Thursday as a guest on a radio programme, Hot Seat, the now illegal President David Granger tried to justify his Government’s failure to deliver “the good life” promised to the people of Guyana during the 2015 elections campaign. He said his Government inherited “a number of woes from the former PPP Administration which have somewhat curtailed the pace at which the Government wanted to move”. Once again, and as always, he blames the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) for leaving him a “bad hand” which was “a major draw-back for the development of Guyana”, and insists that the APNU/AFC coalition had done its best to turn around the decline.Editor, I cannot allow this hogwash to go unchallenged, and I dare the APNU Presidential Candidate to debate our Presidential Candidate, Dr Irfaan Ali, on this issue. That is, if he has the cojonies to do so. Apart from being illegal and unconstitutional, Granger is nothing more than a bold-faced liar who, as a historian, must have studied Joseph Goebbels’ (the Nazi Propaganda Minister) Big Lie theory that “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”On Thursday, October 13, 2016, the then President Granger addressed Members of Parliament in the National Assembly and said, “Your Government entered a depressing financial landscape in May 2015”.Then, on August 17, 2018, during his address to delegates attending the PNC Twentieth Biennial Congress, the Leader of the PNCR again propagated that the situation which the coalition inherited on assuming office was worse than could have been imagined… “It was a hellish inheritance”.Let’s not be fooled. This “Big Lie” that Granger keeps repeating is merely an attempt to excuse his Administration for the rapid decline in every sector of the Guyana economy, compounded by the rape of the treasury.Since 2015, more than 30,000 Guyanese are now jobless. The exchange rate to the US Dollar has been fluctuating on the street around the $215 mark, and at one point was as high as $235.Not surprising, Historian Granger has never once mentioned the deplorable, bankrupted state of the economy that the PPP/C inherited in 1992 after 28 years of PNC dictatorship. But don’t take my word for it, readers can log on to the link provided below to view the severe crisis that the PPP/C inherited in 1992, a report based on a World Bank economic mission which visited Guyana in October-November 1991: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/840881468033639594/pdf/multi0page.pdfAs you are aware, the World Bank is an independent international financial institution that provides loans to countries of the world for capital projects. They are not affiliated nor are friends of the PPP/C.By comparison, the following is what David Granger and his APNU/AFC coalition inherited from the PPP/C in 2015:Despite the riots and destruction by fire perpetrated by PNC thugs after the 1992, 1997 and 2001 elections aimed at destabilising our country, the average growth rate in Guyana from 2006 to 2014 was 4.5 per cent per annum, compared to 0 per cent growth in the years prior to 1992.In 2014, the last full year of the PPP/C in office, Guyana’s GDP was US$3.1 billion. Our Gross International Reserve held at the Bank of Guyana at the end of 2014 was US$665.6 million. The PPP/C reduced the external debt to just 39.5 per cent of GDP, down from over 600 per cent of GDP in 1992. At the end of 2014, the total assets held at commercial banks were $421.8 billion. Most of it has disappeared now from Government’s reckless borrow and spend policy.When the PPP/C left office, Guyana’s Gold Reserves were $25 billion. Now this too has rapidly declined to $1.9 billion in 2018. Interestingly, after the PPP/C gained office in 1992, it was discovered that certain PNC Ministers used to smuggle suitcases of gold bars through diplomatic channels to New York.Now, a similar racket has been exposed and the Administration is very silent about it. I’m talking about the US bank account that was established in the name of a senior Minister of Government with Capital One Bank in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York, in 2016. Since then, five million US dollars (US$5 million) has passed through that account. Perhaps if some SOCU officials were not so busy stealing the evidence, and were not so partisan, they would have had a genuine case of organised crime to go after. But back to the bonanza that APNU/AFC inherited in 2015.The APN/AFC coalition inherited more than US$500 million of resources that were already secured by the PPP/C to finance developmental projects. These included: US$30 million for China Exim Bank to construct a new Cheddi Jagan International Airport, and you know how that ended up; US$66.2 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to fund a road network upgrade and expansion project; US$64.6 million from the IDB and EU to fund a power utility upgrade programme; US$50 million from the India Exim Bank to fund the East Coast to East Bank bypass road; US$34.4 million from the Caribbean Development Bank to fund the West Coast Demerara highway upgrade project; US$31.7 million from the IDB and EU to fund a water and sanitation infrastructure improvement project; US$15 million from IDB for a new Citizens Security project; US$12 million from World Bank for a Flood Risk Management project; US$10 million from the World Bank for a new Secondary Education Improvement project; US$10 million from the World Bank for the University of Guyana’s Science and Technology Support project; and US$7.5 million from the Caribbean Development Bank to fund a sugar industry mechanisation project. Now they are shutting down the sugar industry, and the few remaining workers are on strike for a much-needed pay increase.After being the beneficiary of such a buoyant economy, David Granger must now stop using the Big Lie theory of Joseph Goebbels to justify his failure to deliver “the good life” to all Guyanese.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

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Jagdeo condemns Lawrence’s “discriminatory” Congress Place comments

first_img…could file complaint with ERC…Lawrence defends utterancesOpposition Leader and General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Bharrat Jagdeo says all Guyanese along with human rights groups should join in condemning the “discriminatory” comments attributed to People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Chairperson Volda Lawrence who spoke at Congress Place during a District Convention on Wednesday night.The former President told reporters on Thursday that Minister Lawrence’s comments and that of other A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) leaders have undertones of racism.“What it also reveals is the visceral racism in many of the leaders of APNU… she goes on to say twenty-eight candidates looking like you running in Georgetown and two looking like Jagdeo… this is laced with racism. Our people are not who look like whom; she should have the decency to at least call people by name; afro-Guyanese or Indo-Guyanese…” Jagdeo outlined.Lawrence, who is the Public Health Minister, was quoted in the media as saying,Public Health Minister Volda Lawrenceamong other things, that her party should place more focus on providing jobs for friends and party supporters. “The only friends I got is PNC so the only people I gon give wuk to is PNC and right now I looking for a doctor who can talk Spanish or Portuguese and ah want one that is PNC,” the PNCR Chairwoman was quoted as saying.In this regard, Jagdeo explained that she can be charged for violating labour regulations which speak to non-discrimination in hiring practices. He added that he is hopeful that she will be privately charged for her comments as he hinted the PPP could file another complaint with the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC).“We have been filing quite a few complaints but I think maybe we will – I have to discuss it but it seems as though only the PPP has to fight for everything here. I haven’t seen the human rights bodies and traditional groups who have been on their case all the time,” Jagdeo noted.He added that her comments run counter to the party’s unity rally that was held only days prior and claimed that there is “deep internal division” within the ranks onPNCR General Secretary Amna Allythe APNU, of which the PNCR is the major partner.“The betrayal of the people will cause them to lose the 2020 elections,” Jagdeo assured.Lawrence responds to growing controversyMeanwhile, with criticisms pouring in across various social media outlets, Lawrence announced later on Thursday, through her party, that she is standing by her words which include comments about her only providing employment to supporters of her party.In the PNCR statement, she affirmed that she stands by her views that were made in regards to jobs and opportunities. A section of the document stated that “The People’s National Congress Reform stands by her views on the issue of jobs and unemployment that measures are being put in place for the young and industrious to be afforded the opportunity of becoming self-employed or gaining meaningful employment.”However, the Public Health Minister did not address the controversial remarks thatThe Headquarters of the Ethnic Relations Commissionshe allegedly made. However, in her defence, Lawrence said she was only defending that Guyanese must be bilingual.The Public Health Minister in essence made these statements to ensure that the government remains in power after the 2020 elections.When contacted for a comment on the alleged statements and to ascertain if the remarks were reflective of the party’s position, Social Protection Minister Amna Ally questioned whether this news entity heard Lawrence make the said remarks.Lawrence’s alleged remarks saw her criticising members of her party for inside bickering, which according to her, if not rectified, will cost the coalition Government the 2020 General Elections.last_img read more

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Opposition, President urge Guyanese to build stronger bonds of friendship

first_imgHindu Dharmic SabhaPresident, Dr Vindhya PersaudOn the eve of Diwali, considered the darkest night in the Hindu calendar and an occasion of deep religious meaning, greetings have come pouring in from around the country including political parties, the State and the Hindu Dharmic Sabha. In its greetings, the People’s Progressive Party urged Guyanese to impart the lessons from Diwali in their daily lives, urging Guyanese to be inspired to work in the interests of all and to forge stronger bonds of togetherness. “Our party urges that the pertinent messages that Deepavali teaches, be reflected upon and heeded. Let’s be comforted knowing that knowledge will defeat ignorance and that in the end, compassion will triumph over despair,” the party said in its Diwali message. “Let us also use this occasion to be inspired to work in the best interest of all Guyanese and to build stronger bonds of togetherness as we participate in the various events that have come to be associated with this truly national festival.”Bharrat JagdeoThe party also noted the special significance of the occasion and the fact that Diwali has transcended religious borders, to also become a cultural affair upheld by Guyanese of all walks of life. Meanwhile, President David Granger in his greetings on the occasion said that the underlying message that Diwali carries is a universal one. He also noted that the occasion reminds all of the values that unite Guyanese as a nation. These values, he pointed out, are compassion, kindness and righteousness. “Diwali is a significant celebration.It is a cultural retention of the Hindu community and is observed by all as a national holiday. This ancient Hindu festival was brought to our shores one hundred and eightyone years ago. The festival recalls how the people of Ayodhya lit small earthen lamps (diya) to illuminate the way for the return of Ram and Sita.” “Diwali’s moral message is universal. Diwali signifies the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, prosperity over poverty and hope over despair and the joy of homecoming. Guyana is becoming a more cohesive society as our people continue to work together, across geographical, racial and religious boundaries, to forge a stronger a more united nation.” Meanwhile, Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha President, Dr Vindhya Persaud in her message pointed out the philosophical, economic and social dimensions of the celebration.President David GrangerShe noted that even as Diwali is celebrated, efforts must continue to reduce social ills and improve the economic progress and abundance of all Guyanese. “Festivals are an integral part of Hinduism. Deepavali, a national holiday, stands as one of the loveliest festivals on our calendar. It is observed annually on Amavasya (New Moon) in the lunar, Hindu month of Kartik,” she said. “As we celebrate, let us continue our drive and advocacy for the empowerment and protection of children, women and the vulnerable against violence and abuse; equal opportunity for all; a safer and secure country; protection of citizens’ rights and welfare; and economic progress and abundance for all Guyanese. These must remain prominent on our agenda.” Diwali will be celebrated today, October 27, 2019. The event will see a motorcade travelling from Georgetown along the East Coast.last_img read more

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Smith leaves 36 seasons of memories

first_imgThe long romance between Smith and Currier/Redlands comes to an end in the next few days. This is Smith’s last season, and his last game in Currier will be Monday night. On Saturday, the school will honor him for his 37 years of service with a luncheon at the Orton Center (information: 909-748-8011). And with a 15-minute ceremony before a key 7:30 home game vs. Occidental. Smith is an exemplar of a vanishing breed: The college coach who spends his entire career at one school. In Smith’s case, passing on chances to take assistant jobs at Division I Hawaii and Boise State. “I think I stayed in the right place,” Smith said Tuesday afternoon in his office up in the Currier rafters. “I’ve been really lucky to be at a school I love, in a great place to raise my kids, in a place I belong.” Smith was at Redlands long enough to run nearly every style of basketball known to the modern era. From the defense-first halfcourt game to the triangle to the run-and-gun style the Bulldogs espoused in two eras. The style they used while setting an NCAA scoring record in 2005 at 132.4 points per game. “I do love the way we play,” Smith said. “The past five years have been rewarding in terms of excitement and creativity.” His last team doesn’t struggle to score, either; Redlands is averaging 117.3 points. The Bulldogs enter the home stretch of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference race with a 7-3 record (14-6 overall) and an outside shot at their first SCIAC title since 1990. A hallmark of Smith’s lengthy tenure has been a career of mixed results. Smith’s teams have won 459 games and lost 457. In 36 seasons as coach, Smith won four SCIAC titles – only one more than Redlands won while he was a standout guard in the early 1960s. There were lows; Smith concedes he wondered more than once if he should stay in coaching. But there were highs, too. Playoffs. And memories. Memories by the boatload. Through it all, while Smith’s teams sometimes lost more than they won, he never wavered from his old-school ethos: Playing/teaching the game of basketball intelligently, to the best of your abilities, with class, dignity and self-control. “He’s a guy who has shown he can coach any system, someone who has forgotton more about basketball than most of us will ever know,” Brady said. “I have never heard him use a bad word. If he gets really mad, he might tell a ref `Goodness gracious sakes alive!’ ” Smith concedes it will be hard to leave behind Redlands, and Currier Gym. Where he has had so much fun for so long. To do … what, he’s not quite sure. “I still love coaching, I really do,” he said. “But it’s time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Except that Smith coached 10 more seasons at Redlands than Wooden did at UCLA. “Currier is synonymous with Coach Smith,” assistant coach Donald Brady said. For that matter, Smith is synonymous with Redlands basketball. That happens when you play four years for a school – then come back to run the program for 36 seasons. Smith, 65, didn’t actually set foot in Currier Gym, the quirky little hoops cathedral, until 1959, when he was a senior at Huntington Beach High School. But he’s been a Currier staple ever since – aside from a stint at San Bernardino High School in the late 1960s. Those stains on the Currier floor? Not shellac. That’s Gary Smith’s blood, sweat and tears. center_img REDLANDS – Gary Smith didn’t rush into Currier Gymnasium the day it opened in 1929. But you are forgiven for thinking he might have. Smith is to Currier, and University of Redlands basketball, what John Wooden is to Pauley Pavilion and UCLA. last_img
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Council chambers revamp OK’d

first_imgBut after years of dealing with the deteriorating council chambers, the Community Development Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a $600,000 remodel. The dais and lighting system will be replaced, the sound system upgraded and the chambers will get new carpeting, paint and wallpaper. “This is something the council has been wanting to do for several years,” said Oliver Chi, deputy city manager. Pasadena-based Onyx Architects will assist in the design of the project. Onyx was selected last year to design the expansion of Pasadena’s conference center. Once the project is designed, the city will accept bids for construction. ROSEMEAD – Anyone who has visited the City Council chambers can come up with a laundry list of complaints about the 1950s facility. The orange-colored chair upholstery is tearing, the carpet is stained and the dais is not handicapped accessible. A no-smoking sign above a doorway reads, “No Soking,” a white board is held together by duct tape, and the upholstery and carpet were last replaced in the 1950s. “You can’t hear,” said Marlene Shinon, 66, who has regularly attended council meetings for the past three years. “It is a faulty sound system, and we haven’t been able to hear for years.” This is a project that council members, residents and staff have been anticipating for years, they said. “This is something that is long overdue,” said Rosemead Mayor John Tran. Built in the 1950s, the council chambers has seen virtually no upgrades except for a ventilation system, said Brian Saeki, the city’s redevelopment administrator. “The sound system is completely antiquated and barely working. The voting system works, but sometimes it doesn’t,” Saeki said. “There is no capability for there to be a video record. The chairs are really uncomfortable and broken, and the carpet is old and stained.” The remodel is expected to be completed within a year. The project is being paid for out of the city’s capital improvement program. jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 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

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DDTV VIDEO REPORT: HOW DONEGAL WOMAN WORKS WITH CHILDREN IN ZAMBIA

first_imgFresh from her trip to Zambia, Foróige Chairperson Mairi McMahon now knows more than most about what a huge difference we all could make to the young people born in a region blighted by extreme poverty, where the average life expectancy is just 45 years old.Mairi travelled as part of a group of interested parties — which included fellow Foróige team member Noel Cronin and as well as Michelle Hennessy, a former Foróige youth officer in Donegal who now works on the ground in Kaoma — to oversee the establishment of the Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Programme in Kaoma in Zambia. The programme is due to be established in the region thanks to the Alan Kerins Project, Foróige and Vodafone.  DDTV VIDEO REPORT: HOW DONEGAL WOMAN WORKS WITH CHILDREN IN ZAMBIA was last modified: March 22nd, 2012 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:DDTV VIDEO REPORT: HOW DONEGAL WOMAN WORKS WITH CHILDREN IN ZAMBIAlast_img read more

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Lazio considering a bid for Celtic defender

first_img Boyata has proved a good signing for Celtic 1 Lazio are weighing up a move for Celtic’s Dedryck Boyata, according to reports in Italy.The 27-year-old has established himself as one of the SPL’s best defenders since heading north of the border from Manchester City in 2015.center_img Boyata, currently on international duty with Belgium at the World Cup, has played 71 times in the league for Celtic and his form has not gone unnoticed across Europe.His future has been the subject of much transfer speculation as he has so far refused to extend his current Celtic contract, which expires in a year.And now Il Messaggero has reported that the Brussels-born centre-back has emerged as a top target for Lazio.The Serie A club need a replacement for the outgoing Stefan de Vrij and have been heavily linked with Sassuolo man Francesco Acerbi.However with those talks at a stand still, Lazio could be about to turn their attention to Boyata by making a bid.Given Boyata’s current contract situation it has been suggested that Celtic could be willing to do business at around £7m, to avoid losing him for nothing in 12 months’ time.last_img read more

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Boy sprays another with pepper

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The victim sought first aid at the school and did not appear to need further treatment, Cambra said. Officials have no reason to believe the dispute has anything to do with the elementary school, where children were released about 2 p.m. Cambra said she believes both boys attend nearby Placerita Junior High School. The identities of both boys were shielded because they are under 18. It is legal for adults to possess pepper spray for self defense. NEWHALL – A teenage boy fled after shooting pepper spray into the face of an acquaintance in front of a local elementary school Monday afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies believe the 13-year-old victim knew or recognized his male attacker, described as a 14-year-old gang member from Newhall. “The suspect came by and alluded to some prior issue between the two of them, sprayed him with pepper spray and ran away,” said Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station. The incident occurred about 3:25 p.m. in front of Newhall Elementary School. The assailant was described as Latino, 5 feet 9 inches and 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was reportedly wearing a blue T-shirt and white Dodger baseball hat, and he fled toward Arch and Railroad streets. 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

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CONVOY BOXING CLUB PUNCHING ABOVE ITS WEIGHT

first_imgMembers of Convoy ABC at their recent awards evening.Convoy Boxing Club has been a focal point for the local community for many years now.The club held its annual awards in St Mary’s Hall last week and the event was a huge sucess.Guest speaker on the night was renowned boxing stalwart Peter O’Donnell. Peter paid tribute to the dedication of the coaches, Dominic McCafferty, Joe Morris, Eddie McCafferty, Paul Crawford and Roger McElhinney and said the club is in good hands for the future.He also acknowledged the contribution to the club by members from the youngest novice to the more senior and in particular the clubs triple Irish Champion Bryan McNamee.Recipients of awards wereMost Improved – Ryan Ward Trainee of the Year – John ReidClub person of the year – Keenan GibsonBoxer of the year – Bryan McNameeConvoy ABC coaches Dominic and Eddie McCafferty with awards winners John Reid, Ryan Ward, Bryan McNamee and Keenan Gibson. CONVOY BOXING CLUB PUNCHING ABOVE ITS WEIGHT was last modified: October 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:Convoy Boxing Clublast_img read more

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