…to spite Guyana’s faceOpposition Leader Bharat Jagdeo was once again forced to raise the issue of the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Project (AFHEP) – for probably the zillionth time. But really… why does this have to be so? Your Eyewitness can’t see any other reason than this PNC-led government doesn’t want to engage in any initiative that might redound to the credit of the PPP in general, and of Jagdeo in particular.Now… dear reader… while you may think this answer is rather simple, it is not simplistic. It’s based on the eminently sensible advice offered by Sherlock Holmes: Once you’ve eliminated all other possibilities, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. Now what are those “other possibilities? APNU and AFC have never claimed Guyana doesn’t need hydropower. In fact, Prezzie’s of recent jumped aboard the “Go Green!” Bandwagon with such fervour, you’d be forgiven for assuming he’s vying for the “Champion of the Earth award”.Hydropower is as green as you can get. Water falls off a cliff through gravity then through a turbine where it spins wire coils around an electromagnet to produce electricity that’s transmitted over “electric wires” to end users! Remember those old fashioned “dynamos” on bicycles that produced “light”?? Same thing, except the falling water does the work of your long suffering feet!! Not even an atom of that nasty Carbon Dioxide produced!Now before they joined at the hip to get into power, APNU and AFC claimed the PPP government wasn’t giving them a peek at the contracts with Sithe, the developer, and China Development Bank, the financier. Norway, of course, had already lodged Guyana’s contribution of US million. But as soon as Donald Ramotar became President in 2011, he shared all the paperwork with the opposition. Who declared they were “overcome” at the openness of the new government.But yet they didn’t budge. APNU initially said it was waiting for a “due diligence” report from the IDB, which had US0 million skin in the project. But then APNU suddenly announced they’d “relook” at the contract if they got into power. Now, Sithe’s no fly-by-night operator like, say, Surendra Engineering. They’re part of the Blackstone Group – one of the largest investment entities in the world. As a US corp it’s subject to very stringent financial scrutiny by their regulatory regimes. Not surprisingly, Sithe refused to be hobbled in this manner and walked. And the IDB, considering the project dead, ceased its due diligence study.So since we still need the hydropower and APNU/PNC’s in power, what’s the hold up now?Like we said, just blind hatred of Jagdeo!…on riceUnder the PPP regime, the rice industry broke all sorts of records in production and exporting. We became a significant player after exporting 600,000 tonnes and were poised to hit the million tonne mark. But then the government changed, the PNC-led coalition took Office and the industry collapsed.What happened? Well, the same thing that happened to AFHEP. An unwillingness to have anything redound to the credit of the PPP and Jagdeo. As a matter of fact, Jagdeo had personally intervened with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela to broker a rice-for-oil deal under the latter’ PetroCaribe Initiative. Guyana was getting one and a half times the prices from other markets – and the farmers responded.Now as soon as they got into Office, rather than engaging the Venezuelans who’d indicated they were looking at Suriname for a better rice deal, the PNC-led coalition Government launched a feral blast at Maduro on the border front.To cut Jagdeo’s deal, they ignored that even during actual war, countries negotiated on other vital issues.…at Skeldon Sugar FactoryHow low can the PNC-led coalition Government sink in cutting Guyana’s face? Well, some pretty conclusive evidence’s surfaced that they’ve let the Skeldon Factory fall into disrepair.Just so to embarrass Jagdeo!
More than 48 hours have passed since the end of the Test series but Ravindra Jadeja continues to be bombarded with compliments after his stupendous show against Australia. And it is now the turn of India opener and current Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir to heap praise on the No.1 ranked Test bowler in the world.WATCH VIDEO HERE “Jadeja was branded as a one-day and T20 bowler when he started playing international cricket. From there to becoming the No.1 Test bowler in the world is an incredible feat. Hats off to him,” Gambhir told India Today in a special chat. (Also read: Virat Kohli’s dream season comes to an abrupt end in Dharamsala)With 25 victims from four Tests, Jadeja was the highest-wicket taking bowler in the series, leaving behind the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, who managed a haul of 21 wickets. (Brad Hodge apologises to Virat Kohli for his comments on Indian skipper’s injury)”See, batters were always expected to score runs whether it was Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane or anyone else. They were expected to score tons of runs in home conditions,” Gambhir said.”But, to see Jadeja run through the Aussie batting line up along with Ashwin was something special. More so because on some occasions, India decided to go in with only four bowlers. Living up to the expectations was a big challenge for them,” he added. (Virat Kohli aggressive, Ajinkya Rahane cool and collected: Steve Smith)Out of the three batsmen that Gambhir mentioned, Virat Kohli was the only one, and quite unexpectedly too, to miss out on big scores in the three Tests that he played in the series. Indian skipper’s slump in form, however, doesn’t worry his former Delhi captain.advertisement”Being a young captain and performing so well, that too in his first season, speaks a lot about Virat’s captaincy. After you have had such a consistent run, it is fine to fail in a one or two matches. After all, he is a human being. They are bound to make mistakes. People can’t be unreasonable with their expectations. A batsman can’t go out and score hundreds and double hundreds in every match. (R Ashwin takes a dig at Virat Kohli’s haters, says March 30 will be remembered as world apology day)”That is not a fair demand especially when that player is playing all the three formats. The more you play, the more you score but the more you fail as well. The kind of success he has had as a player and skipper this season, we should enjoy that rather than thinking that he has been very cold in this series. It is absolutely fine to fail in two or three matches,” Gambhir said.During the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala, Gambhir’s eight-year-old record of scoring most runs in a Test season for India was broken by India’s No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara. Gambhir had scored 1269 runs in the 2008-09 season. (Virat Kohli missed Dharamsala Test to save himself for IPL? Brad Hodge thinks so)”Like is the case with all the records, my record was also meant to be broken. That is what will motivate other players as well. I am really happy for him (Cheteshwar). He is a great guy and prepares really well for the game. He knows his game. To have talent is something different and to perform at international stage is a completely different thing,” he said.