Addressing the fomented primaeval fears expressed by PNC MP Figueira

first_imgDear Editor,I have been deeply disturbed, troubled and sitting dejected on reading the letter entitled, “Jagdeo’s system of apartheid,” in the Daily Chronicle of Thursday, March 7, 2019, submitted by Jermaine Figueira, PNC Member of Parliament for Region 10.For quite a while, I was torn in mind whether we PPP and PPP/C should respond to his repeating and so propagating the preposterous historical allegations arising out of fomented primeval fears amongst us Afro-Guyanese, of the so-called “Indian” PPP and PPP/C, herein Jagdeo and Ramotar “not liking black people,” “discriminating against black people,” “wanting to dominate black people”, “instituting a system of apartheid against black people” and so on. Editor, we of the PPP and the PPP/C of all races have been responding numerous times to these allegations. We stand on our historical record of material achievements and of embracing Guyanese of all races, of all religions and from all regions from the time of the founding of our Political Affairs Committee (PAC) in 1946 to today. Nonetheless, I go once more to the battle line. I do so cognisant that a number of my Afro brothers and sisters are still vulnerable to such preposterous charges. I start as one airline safety routine begins, to remind those who have heard these sentiments before and to inform those who are encountering these allegations for the first time, that these allegations generate lots of emotions but there is much substance to the contrary.I write also responding directly to Figueira – for I sense some playing to the gallery, some tentativeness in his opening line, as printed:“Fasten your seat belts, as I tread on delicate grounds.”Editor, Figueira’s letter seems to call for a response at a number of levels from specific/particular/tangible as well as general historical, social/economic/intangibles viewpoints. Taking account of the limitations of space and time, I will here and now address mainly the specific allegations.I contend contrary to MP Figueira that during our PPP/C period in office, October 1992 to May 2015 that:* All groups of Guyanese throughout Guyana, experienced similar levels of growth and development, in improved housing, the supply of electricity, water, telephones, education and health services. If vehicle ownership is taken as a proxy for improvement in living standards and aspirations, Afro-Guyanese and Afro-Guyanese areas did no less well than other areas.* Addressing Linden and Region 10 specifically, as we have stated a number of times before, the PPP/C entered office in 1992 meeting an International Manager, Mining and Processing Engineers  (MINPROC), installed in Linden Mining Enterprise (LINMINE) by the departed PNC Administration, in the course of covenants and conditionalities of the Economic Recovery Program (ERP). There was the covenant that after two years, MINPROC would declare whether it could see LINMINE becoming profitable or not. If profitable, LINMINE was to be sold, if not, it was to be shut down forthwith. No more monies from the nation’s treasury were to be thrown away in subsidising LINMINE. If we the PPP/C had really disliked Linden and Afro-Guyanese areas, all that we had to do was to conform to the PNC covenant. We did not; I reiterate, we did not. We squeezed, and with blood in our eyes, found ways above and below the table to resume and maintain subsidies to that company and community for many years into the future.* We the PPP and PPP/C would welcome a review and audit of our relationships with the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) during our period. The recent CoI which included looking into the actions of the former Town Clerk should have opened many eyes to the likelihood that the criticisms of our Ministers and Government were not of bad mind, nor anti-Afro-Guyanese.Recall the recent Parking Meter debacle. In 1992, my ministerial responsibilities included Local Government and Regional Development which included Georgetown. The same Parking Meter proposal and some thirty proposals for municipal incinerators were brought to me by teams including some overseas Afro-Guyanese and native New Yorkers. Inherent, often buried deep in all of them were assumptions of payment fee-structures much the same as in New York – not surprising as all the equipment and installations were as in New York, but very far from affordable by Guyanese in the mid-1990s and even now. Our public has already heard much about the Parking Meter proposal and overwhelmingly rejected it. The incinerator proposals would have incurred charges of about G$800 million per year when the Municipality of Georgetown was collecting then about G$200 million per year in taxes. The early charges by then Mayor and Council of Georgetown of our PPP/C Government’s intransigence, and stymieing of proposed revenue-generating initiatives of the M&CC, and with overtones of us not liking black people and wanting black people to fail and to look bad, flowed from my unwillingness to give the go-ahead to those unsound projects.* On the question of the alleged biased support to our various municipal areas, MP Figueira, it appears, is referring solely to the publicly stated schedule of direct grants to municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Areas (NDCs). That does not take account of the very much larger cash flows from Central Government’s overall budget from which those people and communities benefit – for example, the over $2 billion per year to subsidise electricity in the Linden area which works out to more than about $20,000: per household per month which we did not bring to the nation’s attention until forced to; nor does it consider the about $900 million spent in constructing well-surfaced roads and concrete drains in Bartica, and so on. I mention these instances to say that we tried as much as humanly possible to treat even handedly and equitably with all our communities whether mainly Afro-Guyanese, Indo Guyanese, Amerindian Guyanese, or no-nation Guyanese.* On the question of Dr Roger Luncheon’s answer on the appointment of Afro-Guyanese as ambassadors, one must see his answer in the context of the series of questions by lawyers demanding yes/no answers. A number of persons appearing to me to be Afro-Guyanese were being considered and not long after were promoted to the level of ambassador.* On the question of Sophia and the adjoining squatting areas, Figueira forces me to recall the policemen and persecution inflicted on the squatters by the PNC in the years before we the PPP/C took office, and that the PNC had earmarked Sophia in particular for high-end housing developments. We the PPP/C regularised the squatting we met in Sophia and neighbouring areas granting the land to those ordinary Guyanese, overwhelmingly Afro-Guyanese, and we sought by finding more land to grant house lots, to get ahead of the pressure for further squatting.* Concerning MP Figueira’s charges “that during Jagdeo’s 12-year imperial rule, 468 Afro-Guyanese men were killed by an alleged State-sponsored death squad and phantom gang.” Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo has spoken to these charges a number of times and has been calling for a CoI of that period. The lack of take-up on Jagdeo’s call is an indication of uneasiness somewhere in so doing. I have been maintaining that the period started with the run-up to our 1997 General Elections and the “slow fiyah, mo fiyah” marches and real fires as elitists fomented many ordinary Afro-Guyanese to reject that second PPP/C win. They were encouraged to loot, burn and vent their frustrations on Indo-Guyanese, who were once again as I said, then made to pay the price for Guyana remaining whole. I encourage MP Figueira, all Afro-Guyanese and indeed everyone interested to put hands on and read Eusi Kwayana’s letter as he left Buxton and Guyana, on the calamity that had befallen Buxton.* On the reports of UN independent expert Gay McDougal and UN Special Rapporteur Daudon Dienne, I do not know what Figueira might have been privy to but in his quotations, I read a report written in much measured statements with which I would not contest – not charges of apartheid. As an example, let us consider this quote from Figueira’s letter:[She (Mc Dougal) also said that “Ethnically based division and politics have created two separate and conflicting narratives and perceptions of reality in Guyana.” On the part of Afro-Guyanese, Ms Dougal said there is a widely held belief that they are discriminated against by an Indian dominated and supported Government that puts Indian interests to the fore, particularly in resource allocation, Government contracts and employment.]Editor, we the PPP/C are aware that narrative exists. It is exploitative of instances where any of our PPP/C leaders, members or supporters being themselves humans and members of our turbulent society, falls short of what we demand of our people – those instances are overblown. Further, we would charge that there have been persons all along, considering themselves as elites, who have fomented and cultivated the narrative which Mc Dougal refers to and which MP Figueira is perpetuating.I am prepared to argue as I have maintained on a number of occasions that much of the problems of us, the Afro-Guyanese group, flow from the inability of our leaders to find good, positive answers to our perceived problems. Editor, let me end repeating a position I have written before:“A big part of the confusion and frustration of ordinary Afro-Guyanese would be the historical seeming preferment of Afro-Guyanese in the public service and nationalised industries in the earlier years of that 28-year period, which backfired when that administration had to accept the ERP programme with its medicine of retrenchments, shrinkings and closures in the public service and nationalised companies, and future work being contracted out to the Private Sector. During that 28-year period, Afro-Guyanese were steered away from private business and into the Government sector, then, later, being largely salary and wage earners, pauperised by an effective devaluation of about 1000 over that period.”Our problems, my dear Afro-Guyanese brothers, (to paraphrase from Shakespeare somewhere) lie not in our stars, nor with others, but with we ourselves and with those we countenance to become our leaders, who take themselves and our Afro group down paths that are not progressive as they propagate narratives that keep us tied to the past and to them with them in office.MP Figueira may be earnest in his call encouraging “Guyanese from all walks of life to come together for a national and truthful discourse on ethnic relations in Guyana”, however, his letter is no starting point.Yours truly,Samuel A A HindsFormer Presidentand formerPrime Ministerlast_img read more

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NCN Sport Editor suspended

first_imgJocelle Archibald, a Senior Reporter and Sport Editor at the National Communications Network (NCN), was on Monday suspended for one month without pay for publically criticising a colleague.Archibald took to social media, where she joined many in voicing her criticism over NCN’s Junior Producer, Norman Gobin’s question to President David Granger. During the televised weekly broadcast of ‘The Public Interest’, Gobin asked the Head of State if he plays Pokémon Go.Jocelle Archibald, a Senior Reporter and Sport Editor of NCNShe was subsequently ordered by management of the State-owned media house to take down the Facebook status, which read, “Who goes to interview the President… The President and asks about Pokémon go… I’m surrounded by idiots.”She was then told to issue written apologies to Gobin and his Manager at the company, Veteran Programme Coordinator, Wendy Hermonstein.However, it was reported that although she submitted her apologies, they were deemed “sarcastic” and “insincere” by NCN’s management, resulting in the Human Resources Manager, Tishika De Costa, suspending her for one month without pay; this instruction was given by the Chief Executive Officer Lennox Cornette.Archibald has been employed at the State-owned entity for a number of years, while a source has confirmed that Gobin has only been attached to the company since 2014.She is expected to resume work as per normal on the September 29.Efforts to make contact with NCN’s Chief Executive Officer proved futile.When contacted, Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle pointed out that although he is unable to pronounce on the actions taken by NCN’s management, a meeting with Archibald should shed some light on the matter.last_img read more

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Aussie press praises Wallabies’ courage

first_imgThe Wallabies bounced back from their 30-14 drubbing by the All Blacks the previous weekend in Auckland to produce one of their most committed defensive performances to keep the Springboks try-less.The Australian press described the Wallabies’ latest win as crucial.“With less than a month before the World Cup, this victory is crucial,” The Sydney Morning Herald said on Monday.“Winning tight games is vital for any team that wants to take itself seriously.“And they are now getting the core of a World Cup contingent that can at least consider itself semi-finalist material. From then on, an intercept pass, a chance moment — well anything can happen. Just ask the All Blacks (they lost 2003 World Cup semi-final largely on a Wallaby intercept try).”The Herald said the Wallabies enjoyed one of their most courageous of overseas Test triumphs in recent times.“The Wallabies have always been good defenders, but they really pushed it up a level at Kings Park, tackling with tenacity and stopping an always direct opposition who were as intent as the Wallabies on ignoring every safety warning,” it said.“At the ground, you could hear the collisions as the bodies of the Wallabies and Springboks hurtled at each other, and you shuddered.“This was Test football at its most physical and most engrossing. And often in the past, the Wallabies have been distracted, even overwhelmed by such intensity. Not this time.”The Australian said the Wallabies showed from the outset that they were prepared to make hard tackles and work as a team.“There was clearly a strong emphasis on not just making tackles, but executing dominant tackles,” it said.“Captain and blindside flanker Rocky Elsom set the tone when he upended second-rower and enforcer Bakkies Botha in the second minute.“Elsom was penalised for a dangerous tackle, but in those situations it is worth three points to make a statement of intent.“You do not achieve hard-fought victories on South African soil without a tightly bonded group of players.”The Daily Telegraph said the Wallabies’ come-from-behind triumph “drew out the poise under fire and thundering physical commitment away from home that is essential for the Wallabies to succeed in the World Cup knockout matches.”No Wallabies team in 11 years had kept the Springboks try-less on their own turf, The Daily Telegraph said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SYDNEY, Australia, August 15- The Wallabies achieved one of their most courageous overseas Test victories against the Springboks at the weekend to push their World Cup claims, according to Australian newspapers.The Australians kept alive their Tri-Nations campaign with a hard-fought 14-9 win over South Africa in Durban, the third time the Wallabies have beaten the Springboks on their home turf in the past four seasons.last_img read more

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Dutchman helps AFC Leopards regain their spots

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya December 13 – The Dutchman, Jan Koops, is turning round the fortunes of Kenyan Premiership Football League Team, AFC Leopards.RNW’s correspondent spoke to the man helping AFC Leopards change their spots.By Caasi Sagalai in KenyaWhen the Kenyan premiership football league ended recently, fans of AFC Leopards were chanting praises for coach, Jan Koops. The Dutchman is credited with turning around the fortunes of a team that was facing its worst ever season performance, struggling at the bottom end of the league. His efforts pushed the side to finish in the top five. In honour of his efforts, the fans have given him the Kenyan name ‘ Wepukhulu ‘, which translates as ‘gift.’Koops, strolled nonchalantly along the sideline at the City stadium recently during AFC Leopard’s final match, watching his players play their final match, a game that ended in a draw. This result guaranteed the club the fifth position in a league of 16 teams.‘I had some friends in town, I asked them if there was a possibility of coaching a small team because I love football. A TV reporter heard of this and introduced me to the team, that’s how I came to coach AFC Leopards. The last 12 matches we have played we have not lost any game. When I joined the team in June, they had lost six straight matches and were number 15,’ says Koops.Seventy year-old Koops is a father of two. He started his career in the Dutch second division as a semi-professional footballer, playing as striker, midfielder and defender for Dutch first division club FC Zwolle (formerly PEC ) for 8 years. He then moved to Germany for 15 years, where he coached lower division sides.He first came to Kenya in the 1980’s by invitation of a Dutch friend. He fell in love with the country, though he still maintains a connection with The Netherlands where his children live.‘Koops has saved AFC Leopards from what could have been the most embarrassing season yet. He has come in like the messiah, to save us from humiliation. Our rivals would have made us the laughing stock.He has truly helped the team,’ says a fan at the end of AFC Leopard’s final match at the City Stadium.When probed by RNW about the secret formula of turning around the fortunes of AFC Leopards, Koops insists there is no magic involved.‘There is no secret, I like to play ball possession, discipline in the team is important; one touch football, technical players. I like to talk to every player, if they have a problem…I like to be their friend but with a respectable distance so that they can respect me and I respect them,’ says Koops.Koops believes that the disciplined, one- touch Dutch style of football is one of the best in the world. He has introduced the style to the AFC Leopards.The AFC Leopard’s coach is happy with the performance of the team, he is optimistic about winning the league next season. He also believes Africa can win the world cup one day, but African players need to be disciplined.For Koops Ajax Amsterdam is the best team in The Netherlands, and the best players are Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich and Dirk Kuyt of Liverpool because “they work very hard,” he says.By Caasi Sagalai/Capital FM Sports0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Arsenal squad have learned lessons after last season, says Ramsey

first_imgAaron Ramsey has told talkSPORT he and his Arsenal team-mates have learned their lesson after last season’s capitulation in the Premier League.The Gunners were top of the table in February but a combination of injuries and heavy defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea saw them drop down the division and finish fourth.But Welsh midfielder Ramsey has warned their title rivals they’re ready to right the wrongs which occurred in the last campaign.He said: “We’ve learned our lessons from last season. We need to improve our away form against the top teams and [if we do] I think we will be there, or thereabouts.”Meanwhile team-mate Olivier Giroud added they are already looking better than last season following their 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield.He said: “I think the team will be stronger this year and hopefully we will win more trophies. We are stronger than last year.”last_img read more

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When does the summer transfer window open? All you need to know here

first_imgThe season is over, Euro 2016 is around the corner and pretty soon clubs will have the chance to right the wrongs of their transfer business.Yes, for every N’Golo Kante, there was a Memphis Depay and here, talkSPORT has the information for the summer transfer window.RANKED: THE BEST 15 SIGNINGS IN THE 2015/16 SEASONWhen does the transfer window open?That would be 1 July, 2016 and here is a selection of some of the craziest rumours which have been doing the rounds.When does it close?31 August, 2016 is deadline day.Where does your team need to strengthen this summer?Click here to stay up to date with all the latest transfer rumours. 1 Here, talkSPORT has info on the summer transfer window last_img read more

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For Titans, it’s quality, not quantity

first_img4:15 p.m. Pioneer High School’s varsity program has only 27 players, although coach Ramon Juarez says he fills out the roster by bringing up eight junior varsity players for games. More players would be good, but the limited number does have it’s advantages. “When we practice, we don’t have many guys standing on the sideline,” Juarez explained. “Everybody is involved, and everyone is learning more than one position. All our guys know three or four positions.” It seems to be paying off. the Titans are 2-0 going into Thursday’s game against visiting Gladstone. nd while much of the time, 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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Hastert takes blame but won’t quit post

first_imgWASHINGTON – The House ethics committee approved nearly four dozen subpoenas Thursday as its investigation of a page sex scandal sprang to life with a promise by its leaders to go “wherever the evidence leads us.” Speaker Dennis Hastert said he accepted responsibility for any earlier failures to investigate complaints of inappropriate behavior by Rep. Mark Foley toward teenage male pages. But he resisted pressure to step down. “Ultimately … the buck stops here,” the Republican speaker said, borrowing the famous phrase of a Democratic president, Harry Truman. Hastert held to his assertion that he did not know about Foley’s e-mails and instant messages to former pages until the scandal broke last week. In the past several days, several Republican lawmakers and staff members said they were aware of the messages. Democrats were not notified. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The ethics committee promised to finish its investigation in weeks, not months, but it was unclear whether that would occur before the Nov. 7 election. Hastert’s handling of the issue has brought harsh criticism from some fellow Republicans and conservative activists. An AP-Ipsos poll found that about half of likely voters say recent disclosures of corruption and scandal in Congress will be “very” or “extremely” important when they cast their votes. That group is much more likely to vote Democratic. Hastert got a boost Thursday evening from President George W. Bush, who called and expressed his support. “The president thanked him for going out and making a clear public statement that said the House leadership takes responsibility and is accountable,” White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said. “He said he appreciated that when they got the information, they swiftly took action making clear that Rep. Foley should step down and promptly requested a Department of Justice investigation. And he expressed his support for the speaker.” The speaker, at a news conference, mixed a newfound contriteness with defiance. “Could we have done it better? Could the page board have handled it better? In retrospect, probably yes. But at the time what we knew and what we acted upon was what we had.” But he also vowed to win re-election and run for House speaker again. While the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct – the ethics committee – is investigating potential violations of House rules, the Justice Department appeared to be moving with dispatch in its criminal investigation. Timothy Heaphy, a lawyer for ex-Foley chief of staff Kirk Fordham, said his client had just met with the FBI. Fordham emerged as a key figure Wednesday when he told reporters that he had talked three years ago with top aides to Hastert about Foley’s conduct with pages. His comments pushed back the time when information may have reached the speaker’s office. The FBI also contacted a former congressional page from Kentucky, an aide to a Kentucky congressman said. Daniel London, chief of staff to Rep. Ron Lewis, R-Ky., said Lewis’ Washington office was contacted Tuesday by the man, who served as a House page in 2001. London said the former page did not want to be identified. Ethics committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., and ranking Democrat Howard Berman of California would provide no details on the subpoenas but told a news conference the committee was seeking both testimony and documents. Committee leaders, who normally shroud their work in secrecy, vowed to quickly complete the investigation of their colleagues and staff. “We are looking at weeks, not months,” said Berman, D-Van Nuys. “We will go where the evidence leads us.” Berman declined to discuss his personal feelings on whether Hastert should step down. But he also praised Hastings’ and other committee members’ bipartisanship and rejected calls for an independent counsel. “We can do it,” Berman said. Hastert spokesman Ron Bonjean said the speaker had not yet received a subpoena from the ethics committee but was willing to testify. Staff Writer Lisa Friedman contributed to this report.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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Time now for a real debate on AIB – Doherty

first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said it is time for a real debate on the future of AIB.His call follows the passing of a Dáil motion that prevents the sale of the bank until the fiscal rules have been changed.Deputy Doherty said “The passing of the motion is bizarre and seems to be a result of distraction about the leadership race meaning Fine Gael forgot to call a vote. It is also bizarre that the Labour motion seeks changes to the very rules they championed. “The important thing is that the motion passed and that now we have space to start a real debate about the future of AIB.“Nobody has bothered to even present a case as to why AIB should be sold. It is after all now paying hundreds of million in dividends to the Irish people every year. Thanks to growth and a technical adjustment, there is no longer the immediate pressure to reduce our debt ratio.”The Donegal TD said the Minister for Finance confirmed that a sale, even if it received full face value of 25% of AIB would reduce our debt ratio by only 1%.“This is a drop in the ocean so this is not about reducing our debt. “I have heard no convincing argument that selling AIB makes any sense regardless of what one would do with the proceeds.“Today’s motion means the sales process should be stopped in its tracks. The Dáil vote, however it was arrived at, must be respected.”Time now for a real debate on AIB – Doherty was last modified: May 18th, 2017 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:AIBPearse Dohertylast_img read more

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Busy Donegal road passable ‘with extreme care’ after flash flood

first_imgMotorists are being advised that the R252 road between Ballybofey and Glenties is passable with extreme care.Emergency services are at the scene on the road, east of Fintown, to deal with flooding following heavy rain this evening.AA Roadwatch has had reports of severe flooding in the area this evening and initially advised motorists to use alternative routes. The road is now passable with care.Busy Donegal road passable ‘with extreme care’ after flash flood was last modified: June 28th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

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