We demand better leadership for our country

first_imgDear Editor,The excesses of this de-facto APNU/AFC Coalition Government has been overwhelmingly overflowing. The over-indulgences are evidenced by unparalleled heights of corruption and squandermania, which have become the order of the day. The benefits, regrettably, are primarily themed towards the enrichment of the Government/PNC supporters, and must be challenged.The core drivers of the Government’s approach, no doubt, have their origins in ‘lust and hunger for power’ coupled with personal enrichment/greed of many of the key agents, who seek to achieve these outcomes by any means necessary. Unfortunately, the impositions are being advanced at the sacrifice of the welfare of the poorer class of Guyanese citizens at large.The Government is currently in the 34th month of its tenure in office, and its Ministers and leaders have invoked an almost immeasurable negative displacement on the welfare path of citizens. Their threats to a further unleashing of attacks on citizens’ rights seem duly imminent. While at it, their actions have become shamelessly uncaring, and there is much evidence that the extremes of further viciousness will be employed to deprive basic survival needs.Guyanese at large are called upon to speak out against the wickedness being rolled out from the very sinews of the Coalition.We have consistently observed, emerging from the very echelons of the Government, a lack of support and frequent authorization of disruptive development activities. Only recently, the Minister of Communities reaffirmed his threats to derail the progress of the elected Councils in Local Authority Areas (LAAs), where the Coalition lost at the 2016 Local Government Elections. He has moved to implement his own design, a Local Government control system through several moves to minimize the authority of the elected Councils.In fact, the Minister has taken ludicrous steps in many cases to approve the rebuffing and suppression of councils’ decisions by selected Overseers and Regional Executive Officers, to address his own political agenda which goes against the core of the people’s needs and choices. The moves, to date, of de-emphasizing the relevance of the Local Government Commission runs counter to any positive ideals in the interest of citizens’ representation and the intent of the constitution to balance against political excesses.The malicious deprivations to thousands of workers in several regions have resulted from the closures of several sugar estates without any realistic job options. It creates sufferings unforetold, and makes a mockery of the job creation and the focus on youths’ platform on which the APNU/AFC campaigned and promised Guyanese citizens.Those of us who were temperate enough to survive the role plays of the PNC of the 70s, 80s, and period prior to 1992 would be familiar with the most economically damaging and brutal playbook from which the Government’s strategic choices are being drawn. Amidst the lavish spending and squander by the Government, Guyanese would have never imagined or experienced the increased sufferings of so many in such a short period of time.The unleashing of, or uncontrolled escalation of, the criminal terrors on citizens seems to be one of the areas designed for intimidating, or rather, one that the Government is totally incapable of addressing.Many of the issues can be linked to the economic situation and the unconcerned approach of the Coalition in many areas.It is extremely sad to know that APNU/AFC Regional Councillor Amarnauth ‘Bobby’ Chinkan was brutally chopped and is presently in a serious condition at the hospital. However, one cannot help observing accommodation of the power-drunk approach and treatment of another APNU/AFC agent, Mr. Abel Seetaram from Region #5, who has also been involved in all sorts of questionable activities.The defiant Ronald Bulkhan must not be allowed to pretend that a deaf ear is acceptable. He is obligated to the members of the Local Government Commission, and must make sure they get their salaries and be provided with a properly equipped office with adequate staffing. People in the Local Authority Areas have shared the view that if the Local Government Commission were operational, then many of the reported serious in-fighting and corrupt activities would be avoided.The corruption under this administration has become ingrained. The Regional Democratic Councils, through the Government-controlled REOs, are micro-managing the Local Authority Areas. Contractors are bribing seriously to scrape a contract so they can keep their staff and small business in operation. Word on the street is that for a contractor to get a small ‘job’, he has to bribe the officials at the Ministry, RDC, and the APNU/AFC activists for his survival.The Local Government Commission must look in to these numerous issues and develop an immediate response to help our citizens, since it does not seem to matter to many in the Government,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Chicago to carry Olympic torch

first_imgVillaraigosa and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley shook hands as they entered the hotel conference room. The L.A. team sat on one side of the room, Chicago on the other. Ueberroth praised both cities, saying, “If I had all power – and sometimes people accuse me of that – I would take the map and merge the two cities.” Even Ueberroth didn’t know the winner as an aide handed him a sealed envelope containing the results of the committee’s secret vote. “I felt like we had it,” said Joseph McCarthy, a two-time Paralympian who was among the Los Angeles presenters. “Everybody on our committee performed to the maximum,” McCarthy said. “We couldn’t be upset because we gave it our best.” Olympic pundits had dubbed Los Angeles the “safe choice.” Having hosted the event in 1932 and again in 1984, the city already had facilities and could offer assurances that it knew how to host a successful global sporting event. Ueberroth on Saturday flatly denied that Los Angeles’ previous hosting of the Games worked against it. “These were the two best cities by far. It was a close vote,” he said. Board members said they are keeping the vote tally confidential in order to present a united front on behalf of the winning city to the International Olympic Committee. Longtime Olympic watchers, however, said they read easily into the members’ gushing remarks about Chicago’s proposed athlete’s village. “That lakefront legacy really was the tipping point,” said David Carter, executive director of the Sports Business Institute at USC. “Yes, the financial guarantees were there. Yes there was a groundswell of support from Chicagoans. But the point of separation was the lakefront legacy,” he said. In Los Angeles, supporters and members of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games gathered at The Grove to listen to a live audio feed of the announcement. As Chicago was announced, the crowd fell quiet with a sense of resignation and disappointment. Many said they had expected Chicago would get the nod. “We did everything we possibly could,” said John Naber, a 1976 Olympic medalist in swimming and a vice president of the committee. “I support Chicago. We want them to do well.” Villaraigosa also insisted that there was nothing Los Angeles could or should have changed. “This wasn’t about a weak point,” he said. “These were two great presentations here. Somebody had to win. I feel strongly that we put our best foot forward. I wouldn’t change one single thing.” Daley also had only praise for Los Angeles. “Los Angeles is a great city. They put us through our paces,” he said, adding, “It’s a great day for Chicago, and 2016, here we come.” Chicago will now vie against Madrid, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and other international hubs to host the Games. The 115-member IOC will vote in Copenhagen in 2009, and the winning locale will need at least 60 of those votes. Staff Writer Alejandro Guzman contributed to this story. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Ending a fierce yearlong competition, Los Angeles’ bid to host a third Olympics slipped away Saturday as the U.S. Olympic Committee chose Chicago to be America’s candidate for the 2016 Summer Games. In the end, it appeared that Lake Michigan seduced the committee more than the Pacific Ocean. Specifically, USOC board members said they were enticed by Chicago’s proposal to build a $1.1 billion athlete’s village and various facilities on the city’s downtown lakefront. “Personally, I love the idea of the athletes on the lakefront. I don’t think that’s ever happened, and it could be great,” said USOC Chairman Peter Ueberroth. “For the Olympic Games to be a success, we need to re-create a certain magic,” said USOC Vice President Bob Ctvrtlik, noting the Lake Michigan village could do that. Los Angeles officials, who had rolled out a glitzy campaign to woo the committee that included a final promise of funding guarantees, admitted to shock and disappointment after the vote. But Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pledged to work as hard for the Windy City as he would have for the City of Angels, and he vowed to use his personal global contacts to push Chicago’s bid as it now vies against international cities. “This was a true competition in the greatest sense. It was two great cities battling to the very end. But once the competition is over, we come together,” he said. The decision caps a year of bid proposals, official visits and PowerPoint presentations from both cities hoping to be America’s official Olympic hopeful. On Saturday morning, both teams met with the 11-member board to give their final pitches. Less than three hours later, the USOC announced the winner in a scene at the Hilton Washington Embassy Row Hotel that had all the suspense of an Oscar award. last_img read more

DONEGAL MAN GOES ON TRIAL FOR SEX ASSAULTS

first_imgA 55 year old Donegal man has gone on trial charged with indecently assaulting a young boy.Hugh ‘Jock’ McDaniel pleaded not guilty to all five charges which are alleged to have happened at different locations in Inishowen in 1979.McDaniel, of 40 Abbotswood, Carndonagh denies all the charges against the other man who is now 46 years old. McDaniel, who appeared in court wearing grey trousers and a blue and white t-shirt, was 22 at the time of the alleged assaults and the alleged victim was 12.The trial, before Judge John O’Hagan at Letterkenny Circuit Court, is expected to last two days.DONEGAL MAN GOES ON TRIAL FOR SEX ASSAULTS was last modified: July 17th, 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:HUGH MCDANIELINDECENT ASSAULTlast_img read more