Tit-for-tat politics is making us insane

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana is sinking deeper and deeper into destructive ‘tit for tat’ politics.First, the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) came up with inexplicable charges against former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former Chairman of NICIL, Winston Brassington, to appease certain die-hard Government supporters who never cease bawling for the blood of the past Administration for perceived wrongdoings.Now, the Opposition has taken the bait and jumped on the bandwagon by filing private criminal charges against Ministers Volda Lawrence, George Norton, Winston Jordan, David Patterson and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, thereby joining the vicious cycle of charges and counter-charges.I am not in the fold of any political party, but I am sufficiently politically conscious to know that this is just the start; much more tit-for-tat politics will come from both sides.This brand of politics did not start yesterday. It began decades ago when there was a split in the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) leadership in 1955 between Forbes Burnham and Dr Cheddi Jagan, partially because of ideological differences and partially because of the USA’s secret support for Burnham that was verified recently by Wikileaks revelations. Returning to the point of the tit-for-tat politics, the move to charge the former Ministers is, in my opinion and that of sane society in Guyana, part of an attempt to destroy the Opposition PPP party.I believe in giving credit to all Governments that served this country. Many despised Burnham as a dictator and an architect for the destruction of Guyana. But I would like to say very clearly that he was a genius in agriculture and one of the masterminds behind federalism of the English-speaking West Indies, including Guyana in South America.However, he was also guilty of tit-for-tat politics, which was evident to anyone paying even the remotest attention. This was a reality of life.I lived in the Upper Corentyne. I was a student at the Tagore Memorial High School in Number 63 Village and I witnessed the Burnham Administration’s manipulation of the electricity system to bypass an area in Berbice that was then known as ‘Little Cuba’ because it was a hotbed of Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO) or PPP stalwarts.They ran the electricity wires via posts way down by the beach and all the way up to the Corentyne then back out to the main highway just to bypass Number 63 to Number 69 Villages between which lay Little Cuba. There is no doubt that certain People’s National Congress people of that era were responsible. That was unadulterated political wickedness; I condemned it then and still condemn it now.I am not a political person, I am just an observer and listener. Based on what I am seeing and hearing, I appeal to the President of Guyana, His Excellency David Arthur Granger and to the Minister of State, Honourable Joseph Harmon that the time has come for the nation to take a bold step in the direction of unity.I also appeal to the Opposition Leader, former President Bharrat Jagdeo, former President Samuel Hinds and other PPP leaders to send into the universe their thoughts of peace into this country. The human mind is like a magnet. The thoughts you send out are the thoughts you attract and the reality of your achievements.I cry out to the PPP/C to understand that the power lies in the party that is in power today. It is a reality we must face. But those in power must also understand that the Opposition is also powerful in this country.So, can these two powers just bury the hatchet, lay down the sabers, put the swords in the sheaths and lock them away so that we can talk peace and goodwill? Let us speak love and harmony. Let us speak and look for common ground. We have more commonality and more similar needs than we have differences.The peoples of Guyana are at each other’s jugular veins, albeit motionlessly until it’s time for elections, then the nails penetrate the veins and draw blood as the struggle begins for dominance by the supporters of the various parties.Cast aside the recriminations and the attempts at destruction of careers and lives. Let the past stay in the past and let us move onward and upward to build a great wonderful Guyana.Sincerely,Roshan Khanlast_img read more

Deep sadness at passing of gentleman Andy McGranaghan

first_imgHe was a father, a husband, a neighbour, a friend and a fishermen.But everyone will remember the late Andy McGranaghan as a person of warmth who always had a smile and a salute.The well-known and much-loved Letterkenny man, who was originally from the Back Road, passed away last night after a short illness. Anybody who used the facilities at the Aura Leisure Centre will remember Andy with fond memories as he used the centre daily in his retirement.If he wasn’t in the Aura, Andy could be seen walking at Conwal where he would regularly cross fields to fish in the River Swilly.The late Andy McGranaghan. RIPHaving worked for many years in England, Andy returned to Letterkenny where he was a popular figure with all.He is survived by his wife Kathleen, sons Andy Jnr, Ben and daughters Collette, Connie and Orla as well as grandchildren and extended family and friends. His remains are reposing at his family home at Convent Road and his funeral mass will take place at St Eunan’s Cathedral at 10am on Monday next.The staff of Donegal Daily wish to express their heartfelt sympathy to Andy’s family at this sad time.Deep sadness at passing of gentleman Andy McGranaghan was last modified: March 12th, 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:andy mcgranaghandeathletterkennyRIPlast_img read more

Agriculture groups urge USDA to quickly establish Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine bank

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move as quickly as possible to establish a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank.At a press conference, these groups recognized the steps USDA has taken to establish the bank, but called for expedient use of mandatory funding included in the 2018 Farm Bill to purchase the volume of vaccines required to effectively contain and eradicate an FMD outbreak. Currently, the USDA, which has prescribed vaccination for dealing with an FMD outbreak, does not have access to enough vaccine to avoid devastating economic consequences to the U.S. economy, should an outbreak occur.“If the U.S. had a large outbreak of FMD, it may be impossible to control without the rapid availability of adequate supplies of vaccine,” said Dr. James Roth, a professor in the department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “The U.S. vaccine bank is our best insurance policy to respond to an FMD outbreak in the United States. As with most insurance policies, we hope to never use it, but it’s paramount that we have fast access to enough vaccine if we ever need it. The funding provided in the 2018 Farm Bill provides a good start toward building up a more robust FMD vaccine stockpile to help protect American agriculture.”FMD is an infectious viral disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, pigs and sheep; it is not a food safety or human health threat. The disease is endemic in many parts of the world and would have widespread, long-term fallout for livestock and crop agriculture, including the immediate loss of export markets.“U.S. pork producers and other farmers are currently faced with a wide range of challenges, including export market uncertainties, flooding and other weather events,” said NPPC Chief Veterinarian Liz Wagstrom. “Unlike challenges beyond our control, a solution for FMD preparedness is in our grasp. We urge USDA to move as quickly as possible to establish the bank.”According to Iowa State University research, an outbreak would result in $128 billion in losses for the beef and pork sectors, $44 billion and $25 billion, respectively, to the corn and soybean farmers, and job losses of more than 1.5 million across U.S. agriculture over 10 years.“Livestock is a very important customer for U.S. corn farmers and each is crucial to the success of the other,” said Sarah McKay, director of Market Development at the National Corn Growers Association. “A foreign animal disease outbreak would have an estimated $4 billion a year impact on corn farmers, which would be disastrous on top of current market conditions. In addition, an outbreak may also impact exports of animal ag products. On average, pork exports contribute 28 cents a bushel to the price of corn, so the control of infectious diseases via a vaccine bank is important not only to livestock producers but corn growers as well.”last_img read more

Punjab BJP, SAD blame Cong for surge in farmers’ suicides

first_imgThe Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday hit out at the ruling Congress government alleging that the State has seen a surge in farmers’ suicides, unscheduled power cuts and deterioration of law and order in the two months that the party has been in power.“During these sixty days, Punjab has witnessed an increase in farmers’ suicides, unscheduled power cuts, rising prices of sand and gravel, open availability of drugs, sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, atrocities against Dalits and growing incidents of gang war,” BJP leaders Madan Mohan Mittal, Harjit Singh Grewal, Manjit Singh Rai and Vineet Joshi said in a joint press conference.Pre-poll promise“The farmers are committing suicide due to Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh’s failure to fulfil the party’s pre-poll promise of waiving their loans,” the BJP leaders said.“Law and order situation is deteriorating. Since the last two months, the mining mafia is calling the shots due to which prices of sand and gravel have risen sharply,” they alleged.Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal described the first two months of the Congress government in Punjab as “the summer of broken promises, lawlessness and vendetta against political rivals”.“No one expected them to perform miracles, which the Congress had promises to perform, but no one expected them to fail so miserably so soon and with such admission of helplessness,” said Mr. Badal. Four main promises“They formed this government with four main promises: check on acts of sacrilege, drug eradication, loan waiver to farmers and jobs to every youth. They have done nothing so far except PR stunts on any of the four fronts,” said the former chief Minister.last_img read more

Anytime you play India, spin will be a big factor: Ross Taylor to India Today

Six stories in the news today April 28

first_imgSix stories in the news for Friday, April 28———WHAT IS DONALD TRUMP UP TO ON NAFTA?First, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to rip up NAFTA. Then he didn’t. This week he did again. Now, he’s saying he won’t. But maybe, he says, he’ll change his mind again and rip it up if he can’t get a good deal. What’s going on? Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute, a top U.S. expert on the trade agreement, says it’s all part of a concept that negotiating clout stems from the power to walk away.———BOMBARDIER REJECTS BOEING DUMPING CLAIMBombardier is rejecting Boeing’s claim in a complaint filed with the U.S. government that it has dumped its new CSeries commercial jet into the United States at below cost. Seattle-based Boeing is calling on the Trump administration to issue an order against the sale of the plane in the American market. But Bombardier rejects the dumping claim, saying it complies with the laws and regulations of the countries where it operates.———ONTARIO BUDGET: BILLIONS PROMISED FOR HEALTH CAREOntario’s Liberal government is promising to inject billions of new dollars into health care in its first balanced budget in a decade, a fiscal plan designed to appeal to nearly everyone in the province ahead of an election next summer. The $141-billion budget tabled Thursday includes measures targeted at both young and old, people who access the health-care system and anyone who owns or rents a home and pays an electricity bill.———NOVA SCOTIA BUDGET: TAX CUT PROMISEDNova Scotia’s Liberal government has promised an average $160 tax cut for half the province’s population, in a surplus budget that seeds the ground for an election campaign that may begin within days. Premier Stephen McNeil touted the move as proof his restraint of public sector wages over the past year has permitted him to shift money back to taxpayers, even as he books a $26-million surplus in this year’s $10.5-billion budget.———MILITARY TO ISSUE REPORT ON SEXUAL BEHAVIOURThe Canadian Armed Forces will release its third progress report today on how it is addressing harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour. This follows a scathing report in April 2015 in which former Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps concluded sexual misconduct is “endemic” in the military and that the leadership has tolerated abuse. Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance has called sexual misconduct in the ranks a threat to morale and operational readiness.———SEN. DON MEREDITH TO LEARN FATE SOONSen. Don Meredith could find out as early as next week what punishment he’ll face for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. The Senate’s ethics committee — which has been pondering a range of sanctions from reprimand to outright expulsion — is hoping to finalize its recommendations and table them in the upper chamber next week. The committee is to meet again Tuesday to go over its draft report.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release February data on the gross domestic product by industry and industrial and raw materials prices for March.— The Parliamentary Budget Officer will post a report entitled “Economic and Fiscal Outlook – April 2017.”— Provincial and territorial justice ministers meet with Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to discuss delays in the criminal courts.— Sam Alec will be sentenced in Vancouver for killing three people, including two cyclists, in a drunk-driving incident in May 2015.— The annual East Coast Music Awards week continues in Saint John, N.B., through Sunday.last_img read more

New DirecTV series Ice Season 1 starring Cam Gigandet and Jeremy Sisto

first_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Ice is a 10-episode drama for DirecTV’s Audience Network set in Los Angeles that was originally picked up for a straight to series order in the fall of 2014. It was expected to go into production last spring, but is now set to begin in the Vancouver area today.Ice Season 1 revolves around the dark underground behind the city’s diamond-dealing industry; hence its appropriate title ‘Ice’. The series stars Cam Gigandet (The O.C., Twilight) and Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory, Law & Order) who play half-brothers Jake and Freddy Green respectively. They’re joined by Raymond J. Barry (The Purge: Election Year, The 100) who plays their father, Isaac Green. Together, the trio have to navigate the family jewelry business through gang confrontations, deals gone bad and the feds. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Lay your money down Court says states can OK sports betting

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry. The first bets could be placed within weeks.Despite opposition from the major sports leagues and the Trump administration, the high court struck down a federal law that had barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. States that want to take advantage of the ruling now will generally have to pass legislation to allow sports books to open. Some, including New Jersey, which brought the case to the Supreme Court, have a head start.Sports leagues had expressed concerns about any expansion of sports gambling. Their huge businesses could be badly harmed if people thought the outcome of games could be altered by someone who had wagered money on a certain result.However, the ruling also could be seen as merely bringing an activity out of the shadows that many people already see as a mainstream hobby. Americans wager about $150 billion on sports each year illegally, according to the American Gaming Association. The law the justices struck down forbade state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions and made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.Stock prices for casino operators and equipment makers surged after the ruling was announced.Gambling on sports could quickly become widely available, with one research firm estimating that 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years.The ruling “opens up the floodgates” for sports gambling in any state that wants to have it, said Daniel Wallach, a sports law expert in Florida.The decision had been eagerly anticipated by gamblers and also states that hope their cut of legalized sports betting can help solve budget problems. States that have already laid the legal groundwork include New Jersey, where one racetrack said it would begin taking bets within two weeks. Mississippi and West Virginia have also been preparing for sports betting, and gamblers there could be placing bets as early as this summer and certainly before the NFL season starts in September.Delaware, too, could quickly expand beyond certain bets currently offered at its casinos. Pennsylvania and New York have also made moves to begin sports gambling. However, other states that want to allow sports betting could still see several Super Bowls come and go before people there can place a legal bet close to home.The Trump administration had urged the high court to uphold the law, surprising perhaps because the president is the former owner of a New Jersey casino, the Trump Taj Mahal, now being remade into a Hard Rock casino resort. All four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA also had urged the court to uphold the federal law, saying a gambling expansion would hurt the integrity of their games. They also said that with legal sports betting in the United States, they’d have to spend a lot more money monitoring betting patterns and investigating suspicious activity.Sports gambling proponents argued that the leagues already do that work and that legal sports betting will make enforcement easier than it is now, when most bets in the U.S. are made illegally. They say state regulators are capable of monitoring suspicious bets, as is done in Nevada.On Monday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Major League Baseball issued statements saying the “integrity” of their games would remain a priority. Representatives of the National Hockey League, National Football League and NCAA said they were reviewing the court’s decision.Some saw other concerns, including for some gamblers. The ruling “will likely increase gambling participation and gambling problems unless steps are taken to minimize harm,” said Marlene Warner, the president of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s board of directors. The council said any government body or sports league that receives a direct percentage or portion of sports betting revenue should dedicate some of it to treat gambling problems.The law the justices struck down was passed by Congress in 1992 and called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court, “The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make.” The court’s “job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution,” he wrote. “PASPA is not.”Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. Ginsburg wrote for the three that when a portion of a law violates the Constitution, the court “ordinarily engages in a salvage rather than a demolition operation,” preserving what it can. She said that instead of using a “scalpel to trim the statute” her colleagues used “an axe.” Breyer agreed with the majority that part of the law must be struck down but said that should not have doomed the rest of the law.Congress could try to step in again. Sen. Orrin Hatch said he would soon introduce legislation to set national standards for sports betting, but It is unclear whether the rest of Congress will want to join him.The ruling was a particular victory for New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks. Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie tweeted that it was a “great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions.” The state’s current governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, said he was “thrilled” to see the high court strike down the “arbitrary ban.” Several hours after the Supreme Court ruled, New Jersey lawmakers introduced new legislation that would regulate and tax sports gambling in the state.Casinos and racetracks in the state are also moving quickly. Monmouth Park, a racetrack at the Jersey Shore, has already set up a sports book operation and said Monday it plans to start taking bets within two weeks “unless someone stops us.” And Tony Rodio, president of Tropicana Entertainment, said his Atlantic City casino will offer sports betting once it can get it up and running.“It’s been a long time coming,” he said.___Parry reported from Atlantic City, New Jersey. Associated Press reporters Michael Catalini in Oceanport, New Jersey; Ben Nuckols in Washington and Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, contributed reporting.___Follow Jessica Gresko on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jessicagreskolast_img read more

GM cuts jobs in response to present costs future innovation

first_imgDETROIT — Even though unemployment is low, the economy is growing and U.S. auto sales are near historic highs, General Motors is cutting thousands of jobs in a major restructuring aimed at generating cash to spend on innovation.It’s the new reality for automakers that are faced with the present cost of designing gas-powered cars and trucks that appeal to buyers now while at the same time preparing for a future world of electric and autonomous vehicles.GM announced Monday that it will cut as many as 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.CEO Mary Barra said as cars and trucks become more complex, GM will need more computer coders but fewer engineers who work on internal combustion engines.“The vehicle has become much more software-oriented” with millions of lines of code, she said. “We still need many technical resources in the company.”The reductions could amount to as much as 8 per cent of GM’s global workforce of 180,000 employees.The restructuring also reflects changing North American auto markets as manufacturers continue to shift away from cars toward SUVs and trucks. In October, almost 65 per cent of new vehicles sold in the U.S. were trucks or SUVs. That figure was about 50 per cent cars just five years ago.GM is shedding cars largely because it doesn’t make money on them, Citi analyst Itay Michaeli wrote in a note to investors.“We estimate sedans operate at a significant loss, hence the need for classic restructuring,” he wrote.The reduction includes about 8,000 white-collar employees, or 15 per cent of GM’s North American white-collar workforce. Some will take buyouts while others will be laid off.At the factories, around 3,300 blue-collar workers could lose jobs in the U.S. and another 2,600 in Canada, but some U.S. workers could transfer to truck or SUV factories that are increasing production. The cuts mark GM’s first major downsizing since shedding thousands of jobs in the Great Recession.The company also said it will stop operating two additional factories outside North America by the end of next year.The move to make GM get leaner before the next downturn likely will be followed by Ford Motor Co., which also has struggled to keep one foot in the present and another in an ambiguous future of new mobility. Ford has been slower to react, but says it will lay off an unspecified number of white-collar workers as it exits much of the car market in favour of trucks and SUVs, some of them powered by batteries.The GM layoffs come amid the backdrop of a trade wars between the U.S., China and Europe that likely will lead to higher prices for imported vehicles and those exported from the U.S. Barra said the company faces challenges from tariffs but she did not directly link the layoffs to them.GM doesn’t foresee an economic downturn and is making the cuts “to get in front of it while the company is strong and while the economy is strong,” Barra told reporters.Factories that could be closed include assembly plants in Detroit and Oshawa, Ontario, and Lordstown, Ohio, as well as transmission plants in Warren, Michigan, and near Baltimore.The announcement worried GM workers who could lose their jobs.“I don’t know how I’m going to feed my family,” Matt Smith, a worker at the Ontario factory, said Monday outside the plant’s south gate, where workers blocked trucks from entering or leaving. “It’s hard. It’s horrible.” Smith’s wife also works at the plant. The couple has an 11-month-old at home.Workers at the Ontario plant walked off the job Monday but were expected to return Tuesday.After the morning announcement, Barra headed for Washington to speak with White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow in what was described as a previously scheduled meeting.President Donald Trump, who has made bringing back auto jobs a big part of his appeal to Ohio and other Great Lakes states that are crucial to his re-election, said his administration and lawmakers are exerting “a lot of pressure” on GM.Trump said he was being tough on Barra, telling the company that the U.S. has done a lot for GM and that if its cars aren’t selling, the company needs to produce ones that will.At a rally near GM’s Lordstown, Ohio, plant last summer, Trump told people not to sell their homes because the jobs are “all coming back.”Most of the factories to be affected by GM’s restructuring build cars that will not be sold in the U.S. after next year. They could close or they could get different vehicles to build. Their futures will be part of contract talks with the United Auto Workers union next year.The Detroit-based union has already condemned GM’s actions and threatened to fight them “through every legal, contractual and collective bargaining avenue open to our membership.”Bobbi Marsh, who has worked assembling the Chevrolet Cruze compact car at the Ohio plant since 2008, said she can’t understand why the factory might close given the strong economy.“I can’t believe our president would allow this to happen,” she said Monday. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said the move will be disastrous for the region around Youngstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland, where GM is one of the area’s few remaining industrial anchors.“GM received record tax breaks as a result of the GOP’s tax bill last year, and has eliminated jobs instead of using that tax windfall to invest in American workers,” he said in a statement.GM, the nation’s largest automaker, will stop producing cars and transmissions at the plants through 2019. In all, six car models were scrapped, leaving the company with nine remaining car models for its four brands, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.Among the cars that won’t be made after next year is the Chevrolet Volt rechargeable gas-electric hybrid. When introduced a decade ago, the Volt was meant to be a bridge to fully electric cars, the company said. It has a small battery that can take it about 50 miles, then it switches to a small gasoline engine.But since it was introduced, battery technology has improved dramatically, GM said. Now the full-electric Chevrolet Bolt can go up to 238 miles on a single charge.The United Auto Workers promised to fight any plant closures and criticized GM for cutting U.S. jobs while building full-size pickups in Mexico. It also recently announced that a new Chevrolet Blazer SUV will be built there. Also, GM imports the Buick Envision midsize SUV from China.___Associated Press writers Rob Gillies in Toronto, John Seewer in Toledo, Ohio, and Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this report.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Lone Wolf Golf Club hires new General Manager

first_img“I’m just really excited to be a part of the District team and the Lone Wolf Team. I had a chance to meet everyone over here at the Office and at the Golf Course. I’m excited to be a part of that brand and team.”Mayor Rob Fraser says he is looking forward to seeing Galay and the new team work together.“Thank you very much for taking the position and we’re looking forward to you and the team, there’s a new team there at the Golf Course, so we’re interested in how you are going to gel them together and we’re interested in your new ideas. Welcome, and thank you.”Prior to this position, Galay was General Manager and Lead Pro at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club in Charlie Lake. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a recent District of Taylor Council Meeting, Council introduced the new General Manager for the Lone Wolf Golf Club.Ryan Galay was hired by the District as the new General Manager for the Golf Course, replacing Dave Callum.Galay says he is very excited to join the Lone Wolf Team as a General Manager.last_img read more