Dear Editor,Much has been said since Charles Ramson Jnr declared that he would be running for the position of PPP/C presidential candidate. I must note that his doing so was with a great level of ‘confidence’ – some would say arrogance – and I do not agree with him on trying to decide who his competitors should be when he went through his list of qualities in a candidate.But that aside, the issue, Editor, is whether he is the right person for the job. To this question I must say no. Why? Simply because he has no experience in management; no executive experience.Editor, Guyana, in the past seven years, has had two presidents without Government experience – Donald Ramotar and President David Granger. Neither of them served Guyanese well. The PPP/C and APNU/AFC debates internally on this issue are another matter, particularly relative to acknowledging and confronting this fact.Much has been said about past president Bharrat Jagdeo. Now he cannot run for a third term, but there are lessons in the process that led to him being chosen as the PPP/C presidential candidate in 2001 and 2006. The fact is that he was a Junior Finance Minister, then a Senior Finance Minister. He was in Cabinet and he had served in the public service before his ministerial posts. When he was elected as President, he had experience in both the public service and executive management. At the PPP level, he was also a member of the Party’s Central Committee, and later the Executive Committee.Charles Ramson Jnr, on the other hand, is not a member of the PPP Central Committee. He has no significant experience in the public service. He has no experience in Government management. He never served in Cabinet. He has no executive experience. What is the worst that could happen if he allowed himself to work up to these things?Look at the presidencies of Ramotar and Granger against Jagdeo’s. It is true that the debates – both the factual one and those that border on the illogical – which have been playing out in the letter pages of the newspapers about Jagdeo will continue. But the facts will not change. When you look at the big picture, what we saw under a Jagdeo presidency (the debatable points aside) was a better Guyana. Guyanese did better. The country did better. Guyana was put on the map for certain major issues, including climate change. As I said before, the debates on the man can continue, but the facts – the numbers on economic growth, wealth creation, housing progress, etc. – will not change.I say all of this to back up my point: Charles Ramson Jr. is young; yes, he is ambitious, and he projects himself as a leader; but the fact is that he has no executive experience, and that is much needed.We do not want to re-live the pitfalls we saw under the Ramotar presidency. Nor do we want a repeat of what we are seeing now, which is a badly performing economy, no jobs, more crime, big borrowing, wasting of taxpayers’ dollars, and increase in the costs that regular Guyanese, like me, have to pay.Charles Ramon Jnr needs to give himself some more time; earn some experience, and maybe then he will have a better appreciation for what it takes to manage the Presidency.At the end of the day, even if the PPP/C says it will push young people into leadership positions, Guyanese still need to know that they have a dependable leader.Sincerely,Erin Northe
Dear Editor,An ongoing opinion poll being conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) shows that four months after the CCJ ruled that Bharrat Jagdeo could not run again for the Presidency of Guyana, the former (two) term limited President remains the most popular politician in Guyana. Ironically, even APNU and AFC supporters have a favorable view of Jagdeo.The survey found widespread disenchantment over many issues. The incumbent coalition (APNU/AFC) administration is very unpopular even amongst its traditional supporters and is likely to suffer a defeat in the upcoming November 12 local government elections. The poll further found that a majority of voters do not support the Appeal Court’s decision of affirming the Chief Judge’s decision of President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of Gecom’s Chairman (James Patterson). My opinion is that the country wants a more energetic, unbiased Gecom Chair selected from among those recommended by the opposition.The survey began on October 20, 2018, and is likely to be completed within a week.The preliminary findings of those interviewed thus far reveal that 59 per cent did not agree (as against 28 per cent who did) with the Appeal Court’s ruling on President Granger’s appointment of Gecom Chair. Also, a large majority (69 per cent) of the population is not pleased with the job the Government has been doing in running the country (only 22 per cent supporting). Almost everyone says the country is going in the wrong direction. Some 68 per cent does not approve (only 19 per cent approve) of the management of the economy- saying that the quality of life has been declining over the last three years. Almost all of them said the country has been going down and that the economy is very bad and likely to get worse, indicating a lack of confidence in the future. They said that the government does not know how to grow the economy to improve the standard of living. They felt former President Bharrat Jagdeo, and former Finance Minister Ashni Singh, did a far better job of running the country and managing the economy respectively. More than two thirds (72 per cent), said that they are worse off today (with only 16 per cent saying they are better off) than they were around the time of the 2016 local government elections. Almost three quarters (74 per cent), disapproved (with only 15 per cent approving), of Government’s handling of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the terminated sugar workers. They oppose the closure of sugar estates. Almost everyone polled in Berbice, greater Enmore, and the West Coast, disagreed with the downsizing (restructuring) or closure of the sugar industry. Even APNU and AFC supporters do not support Government’s policy on closing sugar estates.Poor governance and misguided policies are taking a toll on approval ratings. According to the poll’s findings, President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo have relatively low approval numbers of 43 per cent and 40 per cent respectively as compared with Jagdeo who towers above them with 61 per cent; even APNU and AFC supporters speak favorably of Jagdeo, with the PPP saying they were better off when Jagdeo ran the country than they are under the present administration. The leadership of the Government can increase popularity by pushing constitutional reforms to empower the people.When asked if the government has been transparent enough in its policies and the handling of revenues, 60 per cent said no, while only 28 said yes. And when queried about the government’s handling of public complaints and widespread perception of corruption against the administration, 71 per cent said that not enough is being done to crack down on corruption (including graft). A majority (59 per cent) said corruption is more rampant now than it was under the preceding PPP administration.Persons also expressed a lack confidence in the police force, with almost everyone accusing elements of law enforcement of being corrupt by accepting bribes to do their job, or make traffic tickets and other court matters disappear. Some 83 per cent respondents of the survey said Government has not been doing enough to rein in police abuse and bribery. Voters (57 per cent) also feel the Government is abusing Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and SARU for its political agenda in targeting members and supporters of the opposition.The poll also queried voters on other issues including how they will vote in the LGE. The findings will be released in a subsequent report.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram
In spite of the Ebola menace which downed every activity during 2014, authorities of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) under the leadership of the president, Rev. Ellen Fartu Varfley, made several achievements.Some of the achievements according to Rev. Varfley, included the establishment of a credit union for members, the opening of bank accounts for the association’s local branches to received their operational funds as a means of ensuring transparency and accountability and the construction of a national headquarters, the first of its kind in the history of the association.Among its challenges was ensuring that over 300 teachers whose names were deleted from government payroll were placed backed on salary through negotiations with authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE). Interestingly, during the year in review, the NTAL established its own newsletter to inform members about the activities of the association.The NTAL president also negotiated with insurance companies, especially Secure Risk, to provide loans to teachers, a support that is now benefitting members of the association.During the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) early last year, the NTAL, with passion and concern for the members’ healthcare, established an ever ready anti-Ebola awareness Taskforce, which created awareness on the danger of the disease among teachers across the country.The graduation took place of 92 primary school teachers from a three year In-service Teacher Training Program organized by NTAL in collaboration with the Canadian Teacher Federation (CTF) and MOE.The recruitment of more female teachers into the association, some of whom are now serving as local presidents and vice presidents of the various branches across the country is another accomplishment of NTAL, according to Rev. Varfley.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Wushu Bronze medalist Amos Sawyer has been awarded a two-year scholarship to attend the University of Liberia by Master Junior Pewee Russian, vice president for technical affairs of the Liberia Wushu Federation (LWF).According to Master Russian, he provided the scholarship to the young athlete to reduce the financial constrains on the athlete’s parents and to further motivate him.He stated that during his time as a young athlete, he encountered a similar difficulty and he would not like to see his trainees encounter same.Master Russian, the proprietor and grandmaster of the Master Russian Fitness Club, made the disclosure yesterday at the club’s practice ground in Paynesville.“When I was a young martial artist, there are some challenges I went through that I will not like you to experience. Few years back, I jogged without footwear and people felt I was crazy, but I did not give up. Today you can boast of Master Russian who has won a gold medal in China,” Master Russian said.He indicated that this should also serve as a call to other young athletes to remain focus and be determined because there could be greater reward for them.“It will be very unfortunate to see Amos going to school without any financial aid as a bronze medalist, which could further discourage him as a young athlete,” he added. Master Russian and Sawyer through the sponsorship of the Chinese Embassy last month participated in the 11th China Zengzhou International Shoalin Wushu Festival, where Master Russian won gold and silver medals in Taiji and Shoalin stick competitions and Sawyer won two bronze medals in Shaolin stick and “luohanquan” boxing competitions. They competed with over 2,300 athletes from 68 countries.In an interview with the Daily Observer, Sawyer thanked Master Russian for the scholarship and also thanked the Chinese Ambassador for sponsoring their recent trip to the Zhengzhou China International Shaolin Wushu Festival.“It was a great experience for me going to China, entering Shaolin Temples and also participating in an international competition; and today I am being awarded a scholarship – these are things I never thought off when I joined the association,” Sawyer said.Sawyer, a 2016 graduate of the Carver Mission Academy, is currently studying electrical engineering at the University of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Guests at this year’s “Dressed to Kill” will gather to sample fine wines paired with a specially created six-course gourmet dinner and dessert, while at the same time benefiting The Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley and projects of the Model’s Auxiliary to Assistance League of Antelope Valley. A Toast to 007 will take place at Cascades from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.April 20. The “dangerous dinner,” with courses named from James Bond’s thrilling adventures, promises to excite the tastebuds of all participants. Chosen to complement wine selections of wine broker Dave Whiteman, the meal courses will include: “From Russia With Love” – potato blini and eggplant caviar, paired with 2005 Mac Murry Ranch Pinot Gris; “Octopussy” – shrimp cocktail with 2005 Frei Brother Russian River Chardonnay; “Dr. No” – Caribbean salad and 2005 Mirassou Riesling; “Casino Royale” – firecracker pasta and spicy vodka red sauce with 2003 Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel; “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” – prime rib of beef with 2004 Kilikanoon Shiraz or 2003 Raymond Napa Reserve Cabernet; “Die Another Day” – chocolate chip crepes with Hidalgo Cream Napoleon Sherry. Entertainment for the guests will include Kenny Herrera and The Hit Machine. In addition to dancing, guests are invited to participate in silent and live auctions. Items for auction will include a Magic Castle show and dinner (including limousine transportation for 10) and a dinner for eight, prepared in-home by Chef Vijay Patel. Tickets are $100 per person, and VIP table sponsorships are available. For cash or check reservations, contact Carol Powell at (661) 943-5794. For credit card reservations, contact The Children’s Center at (661) 949-1206 Ext. 272. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com.
Chris Ramsey Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey insists he never considered the prospect of becoming Tim Sherwood’s assistant at Aston Villa and is determined to make the managerial position at Loftus Road his own.Ramsey has a close relationship with Sherwood after he was part of his coaching staff at Tottenham last season and also worked closely with him in the youth set-up.Villa’s new boss is still looking for a number two after taking charge of the Midlands club this week.But after Ramsey was given the QPR job until the end of the season, he says his only focus is making sure the west London club retain their top flight status and strengthen his own hopes of landing the top position at Loftus Road on a permanent basis.Ramsey said: “I’m here, Les has brought me here, You always get torn loyalties, but Les has shown a lot of faith in me by presenting me to the owners.“You get torn because we worked together for the last five years developing something at Tottenham. It would have been nice for us all to stay together but football isn’t like that.“Tim knows I have a job in my own right and I know he will do a great job at Villa. We have spoken along the way and I’m really hoping things work out for him there.” 1
0Shares0000Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri (C) insisted people should “realise that winning is not normality, it is extraordinary,” following a 2-2 draw with Spurs © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, Feb 14 – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted he would not be getting depressed despite criticism at failing to land the killer blow against Tottenham in their Champions League last 16, first leg clash in Turin.“If anyone thought that Juventus would win 4-0 this evening he was way off track,” blasted Allegri, after his more experienced side threw away a dream start with two Gonzalo Higuain goals inside ten minutes to end with a 2-2 draw in front of their frustrated fans at the Allianz Stadium. “The Champions League is a dream and an objective, but winning it is not easy. I think people have lost some objectivity here. Juve play to win, but they are not the favourites. You can’t reach the final every year,” said Allegri.Higuain got the first goal after 73 seconds, and minutes later added a second from the spot after Ben Davies’ foul on Federico Bernardeschi.But Harry Kane revived Spurs hopes after half an hour, with his seventh goal in the competition this season, rounding flattened goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.Higuain missed a second penalty before the break following Serge Aurier’s reckless challenge on Douglas Costa to keep the English side in the game.Christian Eriksen’s (C) second-half free-kick completed a stirring 2-2 Spurs comeback against Juventus © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOChristian Eriksen scored Tottenham’s second goal from a free-kick after centre-back Giorgio Chiellini fouled Dele Alli, sending it low past a wrong-footed Buffon, leaving all to play for in Wembley on March 7.“It’s like we lost 8-0 — good doctors are needed, not one, but many very, very good,” Allegri berated journalists at the post-match press conference.“Football is like this, we went from 3-0 to 2-1, we had a 3-1 penalty and instead Tottenham equalised 2-2,” explained Allegri of the game. “I believe the lads are putting in a fantastic season, but that’s a long way off thinking they can win a last 16 match by a 3-0 scoreline.”– Three-pronged attack –Juventus are bidding for a seventh straight Serie A title this season, and are just one point off leaders Napoli. They are also in the running for a fourth straight Italian Cup, and to reach the final of the Champions League for the third time in four years.“People must realise that winning is not normality, it is extraordinary,” continued the former AC Milan boss.“I will not accept that tonight’s 2-2 draw could depress the Juve fans. There are some scary ups and downs in the mood here.“This really irritates me, because people have no idea of how teams function. The primary objective is the Scudetto: it’s not easy. Then we’ll try to go forward in the Champions League.“It was always 50:50 with Tottenham and it still is.”Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said his side “showed character” in a competition where their best finish was the semi-finals in 1962.“We’ve shown great personality against a team that has played two finals in the last three years, my players have been fantastic.“Now it’ll be like a final in London.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — At least 23 inmates and two staff members at San Quentin State Prison were injured during a prison riot in a crowded dining hall, prison officials said Friday. Officers armed with pepper spray and batons were able to quickly quell the riot, which started around 7 p.m. Thursday when about 260 inmates were in the dining hall, said prison spokesman Sgt. Eric Messick. Inmates identified as being involved in the riot were removed from the general population as authorities continued to investigate what caused the fight, Messick said. One staff member was punched several times, and another suffered a sprained knee. Both were treated and released, Messick said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita One inmate was treated for a broken jaw at an outside hospital before returning to the prison. The other injured inmates were treated and released, Messick said. The prison’s Badger Section housing block, a reception unit for new inmates where the riot took place, remained locked down Friday and the unit’s 456 inmates were confined to their cells, Messick said. Nine plastic weapons used for stabbing and slashing were found at the scene, including toothbrushes filed to a point or with razors melted into their heads, Messick said.
A well-known Donegal businesswoman has been fined €1,000 for illegally running a bar.Ann Sweeney pleaded guilty to running a pub in the seaside town of Dunfanaghy without a license.Judge Paul Kelly told the businesswoman “Other premises in this area were operating at a disadvantage. Everyone in this business has had to struggle due to the economic conditions, yet others managed to stay compliant.” Letterkenny District Court heard Ms Sweeney had admitted to a Customs officer in September 2010 that she had not renewed a license which had expired almost a year earlier.Her solicitor Frank Dorrian said the license was renewed last November for the premises but the business in question remained closed.Another prosecution against Mrs Sweeney was struck out because of a mistake in a Garda summons.That summons had accused her of aiding and abetting herself in the sale of alcohol on a different date, instead of aiding and abetting another person.However Mr Dorrian argued that an application by prosecuting Gardai to have the wording of the summons amended was statute-barred.Judge Kelly dismissed the case due to the error.A third accusation was also contested by Mr Dorrian relating to an allegation of operating premises without a Dance License.Mr Dorrian argued the alleged offence took place on premises rented by Mrs Sweeney and the 1935 legislation only allowed for the prosecution of either the owner of the premises or the organiser of the dance.Garda Inspector David Murphy sought an adjournment to get further legal advice on the case which will now be heard in September.Mrs Sweeney, a failed candidate in the 2010 Donegal South West by-election, was later referred to Gardai after failing to submit her election expenses during the contest.However the case was dropped after she insisted she hadn’t incurred any expenses.WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL BUSINESSWOMAN FINED FOR RUNNING BAR WITHOUT A LICENSE was last modified: July 10th, 2012 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:Ann SweeneyDunfanaghyfinedJudge Paul Kellylicense
shining Patrick Schik in action for Roma at the weekend. huge blow no dice RANKED Arsenal must compete with Crystal Palace, Sevilla and Valladolid if they are to sign Roma striker Patrik Schick.The Gunners are considering a bid for the 22-year-old in January after Danny Welbeck suffered a serious injury against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League. MONEY REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF ADVICE Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The England international broke his ankle and he has since had surgery, but it is uncertain when he will return.Arsenal are therefore eyeing up a move for Schick, who was on their radar before he joined Roma in 2017.The Czech Republic international initially joined the Italian side on loan ahead of a permanent move from Sampdoria this summer for an initial fee of around £17million.Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, whose contract expires in June, has been touted as a possible makeweight in any deal for Schick. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Latest Football Stories REVEALED However, according to Corriere dello Sport, the Gunners need to act fast as other clubs are lurking.Crystal Palace, Sevilla and Valladolid are chasing Schick too and can offer the youngster regular first-team football.