Mission impossible!

first_imgDear Editor,Something is rotten in this Cooperative Republic of ours. And the stench is greater than what emanates from the Haags Bosch dumpsite.Most people are infected with it, but they pretend not to in the hope that, with a whiff of fresh air, this repugnant odour will go away.Even sections of the media refuse to encourage an exchange of views on the problem. It is as if, in contrast with the Midas touch, if they do, the reputation and credibility of their businesses will be irreparably damaged.The state-owned Chronicle newspaperpublishes racially prejudicial and race baiting fulminations by supporters of the APNU+AFC coalition Administration, and they are allowed to get away with ‘murder.’What is sad in all this is that, save for social media, there is a silence on the issue that pales in comparison to what obtains at a morgue.In this regard, the upper hand gained by social media over the print media was again demonstrated just a few weeks ago in Tennessee in the USA, where the iconic film “Gone with the Wind” was cancelled at a Memphis theatre after being deemed ‘insensitive and racist.’Here, in Guyana, the deceptive language we hear from time to time emanating from the mouth of the President of the Republic, such as: “Time for togetherness,” and “Embrace harmony, shun discrimination,” rings hollow when measured against the racist rhetoric and socially disharmonious views that emerge from forums such as the Cuffy 250 Committee, which held its 5th Annual ‘State of the African-Guyanese Forum’ earlier this month.At that forum, having had their call for compensation for ‘African Reparation’ rejected by the ruling class in London, the born-again ‘champions’ of ‘landless African-Guyanese’ have now turned their wrath on the Guyana Government, demanding that it step in, replacing the Brits, and provide the resources for ‘African reparation.’What is ironic about this entire situation is that the petit bourgeois bureaucratic elitist descendants of African slaves who currently hold political power are being called upon by a professional traditionalist and elitist group masquerading as black radicals to provide public money as compensation for slavery in a country that is yet to shed itself of the vestiges of a colonial economy.And as if to add insult to injury, a president who professes to be president of all Guyana throws his weight behind this small, divisive, racist grouping, and invites them to submit project proposals in the name of reparations for inclusion in the 2018 budget.Implicit in this decision is a raid on the national coffers solely for the exclusive benefit of a single block of Guyanese in a multi-ethnic society.Word magic and skin strategy are now embraced and being used openly as a means to obtain public funds in the national budget. This is an ominous sign that can fracture even further an already ethnically fractured society.Thus Government cannot escape scrutiny nor criticism due to its relationship with groups such as the Cuffy 250 Movement in light of its decision to include in the 2018 estimates of expenditure a budgetary allocation for this group.In the circumstances, the garbage crisis we seem to be ‘inching towards’ is symptomatic of a wider political and social crisis that is looming on the horizon.Referring to a similar situation in his country, former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Basdeo Panday, declared: “There is a deep racial divide in the country that is going to get worse…”Panday  went on, “I think racism is intensifying; one sees it in the Parliament, one reads about it on Facebook all the time …what is happening  is, we are going downhill and we are going downhill very fast. One sees the expression of racism much more prevalent now than it ever was, and I think we have to do something about it.”Panday concluded, “I think we are going to get into serious trouble. We have seen it happen in Guyana, and I think we are heading in that direction.’ (S/N 5/7/07)Behind all the noise about SARU and SOCU, constitutional disorder, the absence of a GECOM chairman and corruption, divisive politics nurtured by the bogey man of racism is creeping up on us like a thief in the night.With every passing day, occurrences that reek of racism are unfolding before our very eyes. Racism manifests itself in the appointment of permanent secretaries, statutory boards and heads of these boards, constitutional bodies, the appointment of heads of CoIs, awarding of scholarships and contracts, as well as access to the state media.The much anticipated selection of a GECOM Chairman and a new senior management of the Guyana Police Force would come as no surprise were they to reflect consistency with other appointments of a particular racial genre.Yet, though we live in a multi-ethnic society and we bear witness to these unsavory events on a daily basis, we prefer to turn away out of fear or indifference, hoping the bad taste in our mouths would eventually salivate away.And the culprit is not the PPP, as some may want us to believe; from the inception it has been the PNC.Mark my words: this is not about playing the blame game, nor is it about putting the plague on both houses.Guyana’s racial problematic has its genesis in the split in the racially united national  movement in 1955, when Burnham, after failing to take over the united, multi-racial PPP, broke away and formed his own black-dominated PNC.The political/social conditions for the split in the national movement was nurtured and fomented by British colonialism, aided by the then Kennedy Administration to ensure an outcome satisfactory to their long term political and economic interests.The political competition between the PPP and the PNC, irrespective of its shape or form, must be seen in the context of colonialism’s manipulative efforts at divide-and-rule. It seems paradoxical, but it is not, that the ABC countries supported the PNC instead of the PPP to get into government in 1964 up to 1992. This same ABC group supported the PPP to get in to government in 1992 up to 2015. Today, there is a widespread belief that the ABC countries helped the APNU+AFC get into government in 2015.The question is: Is there some kind of cyclic pattern of manipulation being played out by the ABC countries?A popular view circulating for some time now in and out of Guyana is that, without the support of the ABC countries, neither the PPP nor the PNC can hold power in Guyana.This fatalistic narrative helps promote the view that it is the ABC countries which are the final arbiters that define and determine which political party must hold political power in Guyana, and for how long.This narrative rejects the view that it is people themselves, through mass political struggle, who determine who holds political power in Guyana every five years.The ethnically biased polemic on land, launched by the so-called black radicals who have so far appeared before the CoI on land, closely resemble the weapon used by their colonial masters.They effectively used the policy of divide-and-rule to keep the racially divided groups captive in ethnic garrisons. The modern-day black radicals resort to racial solidarity and ethnic insecurity to arrive at the same objective.Using magical language, they present their case for ancestral land as a winning strategy on behalf of a ‘dispossessed black minority’ whom they claim own no land as against the Amerindians and Indo-Guyanese, who are ‘better off’ where ownership of land in Guyana’s is concerned.The irony here is that while we squabble over who has what and who should get what, the state has handed over 800,000 hectares of pristine forests to just two foreign and local businesses.By portraying their brethren as ‘landless,’ the fake radicals fan the flames of racial tensions in a country with a history of ethnic conflict. This is bound to open old wounds and point the way to disunity, block alliance racism, and cause exploitation and oppression of one race over others.It has been widely acknowledged that race and class impact significantly on Guyanese politics; but to place emphasis on the intensity of black oppression and deprivation gives a false ring of authenticity, and is not as candid as it might seem.The ABC countries must be laughing at Guyanese as we seek to perpetuate their well-known colonial practices, such as divide and rule.This time it is not the white man, but a small clique of African Guyanese pseudo radicals and intellectuals who, having been well tutored and groomed in the wiles of their former colonial masters, now advocate racially-oriented governance practices.Those who advocate black capitalism and the Balkanization of Guyana’s land mass along racial lines need to recognise that the answer to their demands does not lie within the strategy and legacy of our former colonial masters, but within a broad, all-encompassing people’s strategy in which the primary force are the African, Indian, Amerindian, Mixed, Chinese and Portuguese working people, led by their respective social and political organizations.Moreover, we must reject the myth that Guyana’s future is determined jointly by those countries with whom our economic and political interests are linked. Our true economic emancipation will not be achieved through Government’s plan to move from the British-controlled sugar industry to an American-controlled petroleum industry. This is tantamount to jumping from the frying pan into the fire.African Guyanese’ demands in respect to overcoming exclusion and inequality must not be separate and distinct from the just demands of all other Guyanese. The plight of the sugar workers is a case in point.The ideology of separatism and going it alone rejects united action by all those who are laden and heavily burdened, and plays into the hands of those who uphold the old colonial policy of divide and rule.African Guyanese must resolve not to separate themselves from their Indo-Guyanese and Amerindian brothers. They are their brethren by ties of consanguinity, suffering and wrong. Consequently, there must be camaraderie in suffering and fighting with them, rather than pursuing fancied advantages for the season.Yours faithfully,Clement J. 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Not guilty! Wife acquitted

first_img2014 fatal stabbingNicola Joseph, the woman who was accused of stabbing her husband, Curtis McKinnon to death in a July 21,Curtis McKinnon2014 altercation at their Lot 12 Plantain Walk, West Bank Demerara home has been acquitted of murder.This decision was handed down at the High Court in a trial heard before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow. The 12-member jury returned a not-guilty verdict as the prosecution could not disprove the self-defence case made out by Joseph’s Attorney Sonia Parag.At Monday’s hearing, a brown handled stainless steel knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was tendered as evidence but the court heard that it was not dusted for fingerprints.Under cross examination by Defence Counsel Parag, Police witness, Police Constable Alex Solomon was grilled as why the stainless steel murder weapon was not photographed, as with other pieces of evidence at the alleged murder scene. Constable Solomon explained he secured the murder weapon which bore drops of blood stains.A blood-stained mint green mosquito net was shown to the jury and was also been tendered as evidence.Eight witnesses testified during the trial, including Joseph’s two children.The State was represented by lead Prosecutor Siand Dhurjon.last_img read more

Dawson Creek bank robber wanted on Canada-wide arrest warrant

first_imgHe has Prince George contacts, but RCMP say he may be travelling to Dawson Creek. CALVER is described as: If you have any information about Larry Eugene Calver or where he might be, contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement – Caucasian male183 cm (6’0)77 kg (170 lbs)Grey hairHazel eyesTattoos include several marks on his left hand and a rose with a name on his left forearm RCMP say he missed a home visit at his designated residence in Price George, which was one of the conditions of his release. He most recently was sentenced to three years in prison for robbing a bank in Dawson Creek.Calver has a long track record of offences in Prince George, Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson, including Possession of Controlled Substance, driving while impaired, and robbery. RCMP say he should be considered violent, and request the public to contact local police if he is located, and not to confront him.last_img read more

Lewis may be back this week

first_imgThe game at Washington was the 21st in a row Lewis has missed since getting hurt. Hill said Lewis, Seattle’s second-leading scorer with 21.9points per game, would move into the starting lineup when he can play, with Mickael Gelabale heading to the bench. Payton suspended for a game: Miami Heat guard Gary Payton was suspended and sat out Monday’s game against Charlotte for talking back to an official who ejected him during a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. The 16-year veteran, starting in place of an injured Jason Williams, was ejected by Mark Davis for arguing a call just before halftime. Before leaving the floor, Payton leaned in close and said something to Davis. Iverson, Camby out against Suns: The Denver Nuggets were without stars Allen Iverson and Marcus Camby for their game against the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. Camby, the league’s No. 2 rebounder and shot blocker, strained his left groin Saturday night at Sacramento. Iverson missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right ankle and said he hoped to return Wednesday night against the Hornets. Several other Nuggets were ailing. Carmelo Anthony has a swollen middle finger on his right hand and a sore left wrist, Reggie Evans has a sprained right ankle and Steve Blake has 12 stitches in his upper lip after catching an inadvertent elbow from Ron Artest on Saturday night. Bulls’ Nocioni out with foot injury: Andres Nocioni was taken out of the lineup for the Chicago Bulls game at the Utah Jazz because of a foot injury. Nocioni, who did not participate in the morning shootaround, has an inflamed arch in his right foot. He underwent an MRI on Monday to determine if the injury is a tear, the team announced on its Web site. Jordan, Wilkins, Dr. J to judge slam dunk competition: The guys judging the slam dunk competition might be better than the ones competing in it. Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins lead four former champions who will serve as judges for the last competition of All-Star Saturday night. They will be joined by Hall of Famer Julius Erving and two other champs who will play in the All-Star game: Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter. New York guard Nate Robinson will try to defend his title in the Feb. 17 event in Las Vegas. Orlando All-Star Dwight Howard, Chicago rookie Tyrus Thomas and Boston’s Gerald Green round out the field. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Seattle SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis will participate in full-contact practice today after missing 1 months with a right hand injury and could be back in the lineup as soon as Saturday. “I think he’ll do fine. I really do. He’s done a good job with rehab,” coach Bob Hill said before Monday night’s game against the Washington Wizards. last_img read more

Keeper had no chance! Ex-Chelsea man scores wondergoal

first_imgA stunning Kevin De Bruyne goal earned Wolfsburg a point in their Europa League Group H match against Lille.On loan Liverpool striker Divock Origi put the visitors ahead with 13 minutes remaining, but they were quickly pegged back by Origi’s compatriot De Bruyne.The Belgium midfielder left Chelsea for the German side in January after almost two years at Stamford Bridge and it will be tough for anyone in the competition to better his effort.Everton remain top of the group after drawing with Krasnodar in Russia.last_img

GOP voters taking time to sort pack

first_imgSome Republicans said they thought the field was strong despite the war. Among them were Bryan and Nicole Goulet, who set up a front-row seat Monday with their 2-year-old daughter, Camryn, for the traditional Labor Day parade in Milford, N.H. The parade, under a sparkling blue sky, drew three presidential candidates: Republican Mitt Romney and two Democrats, Sens. Barack Obama and Christopher J. Dodd. Nicole Goulet, 37, a business development manager, said she liked both Romney, who is leading in the polls in New Hampshire and Iowa, and Giuliani, who is leading in the national polls. She said she expected both would “toe the party line” on Iraq, though her sister is a Marine who is about to go to Iraq, and “on a personal level, I’d love for her not to have to go.” In any event, she said, the war “is not the only issue,” and both Romney and Giuliani are good business executives. Josh Schultz, 28, of Lancaster, Ohio, who drives a bulldozer and also works as a mechanic, said he was starting to like Romney “because he seems down to earth.” Asked about Thompson, he replied: “Who’s that? Oh, that guy on TV? I haven’t heard much about him. I’ve been working too much to watch TV news.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Interviews with dozens of Republicans across the country this Labor Day weekend found that despite the already lengthy campaign, which started almost a year ago, many candidates have made either no impression or a negative one, and many voters are still chewing over their options. “The Republicans need to get their spunk back,” said Leanne Stein, 41, who lives in Claridon, Ohio, and works at a retirement home. So far, Stein said, Rudolph W. Giuliani has shown a bit. “He’s got style, and he has firsthand experience with how to run government in a way that deals with terrorism,” she said. “But he needs someone to coach him on all the issues. All he talks about is terrorism. What about health care? What about education?” By and large, those interviewed said they still supported Bush, but they were deeply ambivalent about the war in Iraq, leaving them ambivalent in turn about their party’s presidential candidates, most of whom have so far stuck close to Bush on the issue. ANTRIM, N.H. – Nancy Adams bought her fishing line on Monday morning at Place in the Woods, an old trading post, and was hopping back into her red pickup truck when she was asked to contemplate the political landscape. Adams, an energetic 70, is a lifelong Republican who voted for Sen. John McCain in the 2000 primary and backs President George W. Bush. But she is a bit lost when it comes to the current crop of eight candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination. “I’m having a hard time sorting out all these candidates and what they think,” she said. “I liked McCain, but he’s losing ground too fast to win. I don’t know if it’s his age or the war. “We’ll see what Thompson says,” she added, referring to former Sen. Fred D. Thompson, who is expected to enter the race Thursday. last_img read more

Witness: Merck slow on Vioxx alert

first_img Merck contends that it learned the information about heart attacks after a reporting deadline set in the study. Curfman said scientific journals expect important updates. More of Curfman’s deposition will be played when the trial resumes Monday. Testimony is expected to last most of the week, with closing arguments expected Friday. The initial case ended in a mistrial last year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Kapit, who worked for the FDA for 16 years, mostly as a drug application reviewer analyzing adverse effects, said companies are allowed to change a drug label as soon as they apply for permission to add or strengthen a warning, precaution, or other information about a serious side effect. “The FDA is a bureaucracy. … You don’t want to wait until it goes through all the records,” he said. He said he saw hundreds of such applications during his years at the FDA, which he left in 2002. He did not work on Merck’s application for Vioxx. Under cross-examination, he said he based his analysis on about 80 pages of documents supplied by the plaintiff and his knowledge of FDA regulations. The New England Journal of Medicine’s Executive Editor, Dr. Gregory Curfman, also testified in a videotaped deposition played for the jury Friday, saying the information about the drug’s effects should have been added to an article about the drug before it was published. NEW ORLEANS – Merck & Co. could have warned that its popular painkiller Vioxx might increase the risk of heart attacks as soon as the first evidence showed up, rather than waiting two years for federal approval, a former Food and Drug Administration official testified Friday. Richard Kapit said there was plenty of time to alert the public before Richard “Dickie” Irvin began taking Vioxx, which his widow claims caused his fatal heart attack after a month on the drug in 2001. Merck says it alerted the FDA in 2000 that a study showed that heart attacks occurred five times as often in patients taking Vioxx as those on another drug, called naproxen. The agency didn’t approve the label change until April 2002. The company pulled the drug from the market in September 2004, after another study showed that it could double the risk of heart attacks. last_img read more

Leicester owners will give Claudio Ranieri time to turn it around – Schwarzer

first_imgLeicester City’s owners will stick by Claudio Ranieri and give the manager time to turn the team’s horrendous run of form around, believes former Foxes goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.The Italian boss is under-pressure at the Foxes helm during what has turned out to be a disastrous defence of last season’s stunning Premier League title victory.The Foxes have claimed just five wins so far this term, and a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday left them labouring in 16th place – just one point above the bottom-three.Ranieri is now the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked, with Leicester now fully embroiled in a relegation battle.But Schwarzer is certain the Italian’s job at the King Power Stadium is safe.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Australian said: “If you look at the history with the owners, they’ve always given managers a lot of time.“You look back at when Nigel Pearson was in charge, there was a lot of talk about whether he was being sacked or not, but they stuck with him, they kept faith in him and he helped the team stay in the Premier League.“I can see the owners doing the same thing with Claudio Ranieri. I don’t think it’s just the manager, it’s everybody, everyone has the take responsibility and play their part in helping the team and the club turn things around.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Mark Schwarzer IN FULL above!last_img read more

Guardiola excited for Wembley trip and determined make Man City ‘winning club’

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has urged his players to have ‘no regrets’ as they attempt to bring silverware to the Etihad.The Citizens book their place in the last four of the FA Cup with a comfortable 2-0 quarter-final victory at Middlesbrough to hand the Spaniard a trip to Wembley, where he has won the Champions League as both a player and a coach.But as they continue their bid for glory on three fronts – they are in Champions League action in Monaco on Wednesday – their manager has insisted they cannot consider themselves a top club until they realise defeat is simply not an option.Guardiola said: “To become a winning club when a club has not been in the past, just a generation – Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, David Silva, helped the club to step forward and that’s why I just can say thank you to them that I am part of that club now.“That is not a club with a long history of winning things. I learned at the academy in Barcelona when I was 12 that it’s not acceptable to lose.“To understand that, you don’t distinguish between friendly and competitive games. Every game you play, you have to play well, try to win and show the opponent you are there to win.“It’s the only way you can improve as a club with a good mentality, and that is what I am going to try in my period here to give the club. It doesn’t matter the competition, no complaints, no regrets. Go there and try to win the game.”David Silva fired City into a third-minute lead at the Riverside Stadium, but victory was not sealed until Sergio Aguero added a second with 67 minutes on the clock.Guardiola said: “I have good memories of being at Wembley, at the old and the new one. Yes, of course, and to live that experience…“Normally that just happens in the final, but here it is in the semi-final too and of course we are so happy to be there, so happy.”last_img read more

Council rehires ex-city attorney’s firm

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips MONTEBELLO – After firing the city attorney without notice last month, the Montebello City Council is rehiring the attorney’s law firm, a move officials said is needed in order to complete several pending projects. Last month, council members terminated the city’s contract with Best, Best & Krieger, the firm for which former Montebello City Attorney Marco Martinez worked. The council then hired John Pringle as interim city attorney. But after meeting this week, council members decided Pringle’s area of expertise is primarily bankruptcy law, while Best, Best & Krieger already had been working on several major projects for the city. The members, voting 3-2, opted to rehire the firm to provide specific “specialized services.” Council members were split on whether rehiring the firm was prudent, given the city’s budget constraints. “Now they want to bring BBK back because all the projects are at a standstill since Pringle doesn’t have the expertise,” Molinari said. “\ is so fragmented right now. We have attorneys popping up like mushrooms after a rain.” Bagwell and Lopez-Reid acknowledged the city will likely end up paying more for legal services during the transition period. But they expressed confidence in Pringle’s abilities. “John Pringle is a very bright man and he, in my view, can handle pretty much anything,” Lopez-Reid said. “All of us have areas of expertise, but when asked to handle things outside of our areas, with due diligence, can do the job.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez, who voted against the rehiring, argued that the city will end up paying Best Best & Krieger up to $22,500 to complete work that Pringle should be able to complete. That amount is on top of Pringle’s monthly retainer of $4,500, she said. “That’s a lot of extra money, and we’re talking about double billing,” Vasquez said. City Administrator Richard Torres said it is customary to retain an attorney during a change to help transition the new attorney into ongoing projects. However, councils usually do not terminate a law firm outright before hiring a new one, he added. But Councilman Bill Molinari, who also voted no with Vasquez, accused Mayor Bob Bagwell and council members Norma Lopez-Reid and Jeff Siccama of backtracking in an attempt to smooth over Pringle’s lack of qualifications. Council members also were set to vote Wednesday on hiring yet another law firm – this one to oversee the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. But a vote on that matter was postponed. Best Best & Krieger had provided legal services for both the Redevelopment Agency and the City Council. last_img read more