Why APNU/AFC’s term in office has been an abysmal failure

first_imgDear Editor,By any major measure, APNU has been a failure. Here are a few instances:1. Drained disposable income of the populace by extracting a 50 per cent increase in taxation over the 2015 to 2018 period. The implementation of over 200 tax measures has seen annual tax revenue at $200 billion in 2018, vs $135 billion in 2014, a whopping 65 billion increase on the backs of the populace. Small wonder the average man is feeling the squeeze.2. Stifled and scared-away investment. With almost four years since the coalition came to power, not a single major private or public investment project has materialised. Instead, the APNU is simply reaping the benefits of investment projects and financing arranged by the PPP Government. From Exxon to the Cheddi Jagan airport, to the new gold mines, manganese mines, bauxite mines – all of these were arranged by the PPP. All new investment has stalled due to the bureaucracy and ineptitude of this APNU/AFC Government. Had APNU not scuttled the Amaila Falls project, a total of US$850 million would have been invested in Guyana and 165 Megawatts of power would have been available this year into the grid at 10 cents per kilowatts. Instead, the country faces blackouts. Nationalisation of the Berbice Bridge is yet another example and, of course, the derailing of the speciality hospital by awarding the contract to a client of an AFC Government Minister.3. Abandoned, ignored of reneged on every major promise made in the APNU/AFC manifesto. Instead of inclusionary policies, measures to improve prosperity, good governance, improving accountability and transparency and zero corruption, the APNU/AFC has ignored each of these. Their performance has been the exact opposite. No wonder the populace is fed-up.4. Draining of foreign reserves and gold reserves by over US$400 million and incurring an overdraft with the Central Bank (illegal) of over US$250 million. As if increased taxation was not enough.5. The populace has lost confidence. Just look at the Local Government Elections (LGE) results. A whopping landslide win for PPP with 61 per cent of the votes vs 34 per cent for APNU and 4 per cent for the AFC.6. Loss of no-confidence vote in Parliament following Charrandas Singh voting with the Opposition in protest of closing the sugar estates and ignoring the plight of the sugar workers.The evidence of the abysmal failure of APNU/AFC is clear. The Parliament and the public have lost confidence in the APNU/AFC coalition Government. Elections must be held in accordance with the Constitution. Elections must be held now.Sincerely,A Grantlast_img read more

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Expelled UP Partisans Suffer Setback at NEC

first_imgSen. Commany Wesseh and Patrick Worzie in consultation at the Feb. 20 hearing at NEC The hearing officer of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has denied lawyers representing the expelled Unity Party (UP) stalwarts the petition to grant them the opportunity to be heard against the alleged illegal expulsion against them by their former political party.Handing down his ruling into the motion over the weekend, the NEC chief hearing officer Cllr. Muana S. Ville said legal counsel for the expelled UP members could not get their sought-after remedy at the NEC on grounds that their clients did not exhaust all the remedies available at their former party. He noted further that one of their lawyers, Cllr. Mameitta Jabateh Sirleaf, does not have a license to practice law, even though she “is doing the wrong thing by pretending to be one fit as required by law to practice law in the country.”It may be recalled that former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sen. Conmany Wesseh, and his wife Madam Medina Wesseh, as well as Patrick Worzie, all former executives of UP, were expelled by UP’s National Executive Committee for acts, including campaigning against their party which are said to be in contravention of their party’s constitution.The lawsuit, filed by the International Law Group (ILG) on February 16, alleged among other things that the meeting which led to the expulsion of the former president and other executive members was secretly held at the residence of former Vice President Joseph Boakai, with 31 executive members in attendance but only 17 voted to “effect said prejudicial and illegal action.”They argued that the party’s constitution provides that the National Executive Committee shall require at least 42 votes in favor to acquire the two-thirds majority of the 65 members at the time of the decision, but claimed that only a majority of 32 present at the home of Boakai took the decision.“The vote cast was far less than the two-thirds majority called for by the party’s constitution to constitute a quorum to effect any major decision, as enshrined in the by-laws and constitution,” the suit filed by ILG said and noted “Boakai must be held liable for the illegal expulsion and gross violation of the legal instruments of the party.”The lead lawyer of UP, Cllr. Albert Sims, said the expelled executives do not stand any ground to convince any legal body that they are innocent of the accusations levied against them.“We plead that you throw out their petition because it is unfounded and highly deceptive. It reveals nothing less than insincerity on their part towards the party that made them who they are today,” Sims argued.He noted that the NEC did not have the jurisdiction over the matter because the suit did not clearly name the aggrieved persons except Patrick Worzie who later served as the acting secretary general after the resignation of Lenn Eugen Nagbe from that position.The International Law Group’s Cllr. Jonathan Massaquoi and his team of lawyers took an appeal to the NEC Board of Commissioners (BOC). Meanwhile, days before the ruling, the spokesperson of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mr. Jerolimek Piah, said Madam Sirleaf is not part of any lawsuit against former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai or the UP; therefore requested that her name should not be part of the case.The BOC is expected to look into the appeal by Massaquoi and his team of lawyers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Albouystown youth remanded for shooting-robbing dog food vendor

first_imgAn Albouystown welder, Naresh Samaroo was on Thursday remanded to prison for the attempted murder of dog food vendor Shane Cooper.The 21-year-old man was not required to plead to the indictable charge when he made his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman.The charge stated that on September 24, 2018, while in the vicinity of Stevedore Street, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he caused grievous bodily harm to Shane Cooper with intent to commit murder.Defence Attorney Latchmi Rahamat, in an application for bail, told the court that Samaroo was held beyond the 72-hour detention period.The Police Prosecutor, however, informed the court that the accused wasAttempted murder accused Naresh Samaroo being escorted by Police out of the courtroompositively identified as the perpetrator who committed the heinous act and as a result, objected to bail being granted to the accused.Magistrate Latchman upheld the prosecution’s submission and refused bail to Samaroo. The matter was adjourned until October 17, 2018 when the accused will appear before the Chief Magistrate.Cooper, of Bamboo Drive, Meadow Brook Squatting Area, was shot to his abdomen and left leg during the attack.The 26-year-old man was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.Based on reports, the incident occurred about 20:40h at the corner of Aubrey Barker Road and Stevedore, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown while Cooper was plying his trade as a dog food vendor. After committing the acts, the suspect fled the scene in a waiting motor car.last_img read more

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McLean calls for reconsideration of Amaila Falls project

first_img… says small hydros, solar power insufficientFormer Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), (ret’d) Major General Norman McLean, has called for focus to be placed on large-scale hydro projects such as the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Project, noting that small-scale hydro projects will be insufficient to power local industries.Speaking at the Private Sector Commission’s (PSC) Annual General Meeting on Thursday, McLean, who also previously served as the Commission’s Secretary, posited that hydropower is the key to Guyana’s development.“Guyana is blessed with all the water and water falls to make hydro the key to our development; after all, we are the land of many waters,” he posited.To this end, McLean noted that focus needs to be placed on developing large-scale hydro projects that can serve tradition sectors that have carried Guyana’sFormer PSC Chairman Norman McLeaneconomy for years.He pointed out that emphasis on small hydros such as Moco-Moco, Tumatumari, Eclipse and others can only electrify small surrounding communities with areas like Lethem, Mahdia, Konawaruk, Arakaka, Mathew’s Ridge and so on, standing to benefit from afforded fulltime electricity.“[Small hydros] would provide electricity outside the grid and those local communities will, therefore, benefit from these small hydros… If we are to industrialise Guyana Amaila; Korow, Turtuba and others need to be developed to ensure Guyana’s economy is sustainable through clean and renewable resources,” he asserted.The former PSC Chairman went on to outline that local sectors continue to endure very high prices for generating electricity and while Government’s initiatives like the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) is commendable, projects based on solar and wind will not electrify and industrialised Guyana.Following years of uncertainty over its future after it was abandoned by the coalition Government, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman last month breathed new life into the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Project (AFHEP) when he appeared before the Parliamentary Sectoral Natural Resources Committee.Before assuming office, the A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance For Change’s refusal to endorse AFHEP forced the main developer, Sithe Global, to walk away from the project. APNU and AFC claimed they were awaiting an evaluation from the IDB, which was in receipt of US$80 million from Norway that was specifically committed to AFHEP. But with no developer, the IDB declared an investigation was moot and the coalition Government had since ducked AFHEP, citing technical and financial concerns.However, after attending COP25 in Paris, Minister Trotman last month announced, “… the Ministry of Finance and Cabinet considered it the best option for an objective re-assessment (of AFHEP).” But he noted that funding is an issue with the project, which was the brainchild of former President and current Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo.Just before the release of a report by Norconsult, an engineering and design consultancy firm from Norway, which was contracted by the Government of Norway for an “objective and facts-based” assessment, the coalition Government issued a statement claiming the Norconsult consultancy justified Government’s position that the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project was not financially viable for the country, and would be a burden to the people of Guyana.But when the report was made public, its conclusions and recommendations were the complete opposite, and declared that “the only realistic path” for Guyana moving towards an emission-free electricity sector and achieving its 2025 Green Agenda commitment was to develop its hydropower potential in general, and maintain the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project in particular.last_img read more

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New Rehab dept. opens at hospital

first_imgPhoto:  Community and Hospital Officials along with Donors helped to cut the ribbon Thursday – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThe ribbon was cut today on the Fort St. John Hospital’s new Rehab department. The 242 thousand dollar renovation was made possible by money raised through the ‘Back to Living’ campaign, which began last year. At today’s opening, staff told stories about individual donors who had been touched by the efforts of local health care providers, and had given generously to the project. As well, Encana, Canadian Natural Resources, and the Suncor Energy Foundation made larger corporate donations, making up 54 per cent of the 242 thousand dollar total. Staff also told guests about how crowded the previous rehab department had been. The new space is 3 times larger, which means more patients can receive treatment, and more equipment can be housed. As well, there is now a dedicated waiting area, so patients can have more privacy and confidentiality. Kathy Peters, Interim Director of Patient Care, says the new department will also health care workers a more wholistic approach to their patient care. [asset|aid=652|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1d0cb276d990dcfe117573c2cfda852b-Peters-1_1_Pub.mp3] With double the class sizes, the new department will also now have shorter waitlists for those needing rehabilitation.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Stephen Petrucci selected as next Assistant Superintendent

first_imgPetrucci has been in his current role since August 2011. Replacing him as Director of Instruction and Human Resources will be Ray Asai, the current principal of North Peace Secondary School. Controller Kevin Pobuda will be moving up to Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, while Principal for Student Support Services Debbie Mah will switch roles to Director of Student Services. The new positions will all come into effect on August 1, 2013. Secretary-Treasurer Doug Boyd will continue in his current role. – Advertisement -It was also announced today that former Superintendent Larry Espe has accepted the position of Superintendent of Trades & Transitions with the Ministry of Education.last_img

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Louis van Gaal reveals if any players want to leave Manchester United

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal believes no Manchester United players will be pushing to leave Old Trafford this summer, even if the club do not qualify for the Champions League.The Red Devils are currently four points behind local rivals Manchester City, who occupy the last Champions League qualifying spot.History has made it clear that writing off United is a foolish move, but at this stage of the campaign, it appears as if Van Gaal’s men will be turning out in the Europa League next term, rather than Europe’s premier competition.Considering some of the players in United’s squad have the ability to feature for Europe’s top sides, losing key players is a real fear for the Red Devils if they are to miss out on the Champions League.However, Van Gaal is not worried about such a situation happening, confirming that no players are forcing an exit from Old Trafford.“There is not any player who wants to go away, I think,” the Dutchman said.“And when another club wants to pay the figures that the board of Manchester United demand, then it is possible.“But that is dependent on the board, of the decision of the board if a player can go.”David de Gea is one of the players constantly linked with a transfer, and he came extremely close to signing for Real Madrid last summer.The La Liga giants are expected to renew their interest in the Spanish goalkeeper at the end of this campaign, but Van Gaal has refused to be drawn on his future.The 64-year-old added: “You have said that he is going to Real Madrid. I have said always that he stays. You remember that?“And now you are asking how long he has to stay? Come on. First you have to say: ‘Okay, sorry that I have written that. Sorry.’“Ask him, ask him. Maybe he said something about that. But not to me.”last_img read more

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Contractor defends work

first_imgA major engineering firm that has drawn scrutiny for its work for the city of Los Angeles on an Owens Valley dust-control project fired back Tuesday in a letter. CH2M Hill defended its work and questioned the Department of Water and Power’s assertion that project costs have nearly tripled from estimates of $120 million in the late 1990s to the $400 million range today. “Many agencies and other entities involved with the Owens Lake project have known and reported for almost a decade now that the project, as defined, would cost in the range of $400 million,” Jack Baylis, senior vice president at CH2M Hill, wrote in the letter. The work is designed to mitigate environmental damage caused by Los Angeles’ historical diversion of Owens Valley water. The city entered into an agreement with local regulators in 1998 to perform the dust-control work, and to date has completed about 23 of 30 square miles. With two-thirds of the Owens Lake work done, the letter says, the number of days when local dust levels exceed federal limits has been reduced by 70 percent. Local regulators have indicated they want to expand the work by 9.3 miles, which the DWP has called premature. While CH2M Hill has provided much of the design and management work, it has not done the actual construction. The letter says there is a widespread perception that the firm has received all $400 million, when in fact its billings have been closer to $90 million, with $25 million going to subcontractors. The letter references past documents to bolster its contention that officials have long known the project would cost more than $120 million. It suggests that the lower figure might have come from a 1997 estimate by Owens Valley-area regulators, but says that number did not take key project components into account. DWP officials did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 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 Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s new DWP commissioners have called for an audit of the Owens Valley work, and last week they voted to open a new bid process for construction management work there that CH2M Hill had been slated to perform. Commissioner David Nahai said at the time that his colleagues feared the project could be sinking in “fiscal quicksand.” The City Council has gotten involved, too, with budget committee Chairman Bernard Parks introducing a motion in December supporting an audit. Parks’ motion cited the escalating costs and allegations in media reports “charging that DWP staff had raised concerns about shoddy workmanship and excessive costs being charged by one of the major contractors assigned to the dust mitigation effort.” CH2M Hill has indicated it plans to participate in the new bid and cooperate with the audit. The letter, addressed to DWP Commission President Mary Nichols and forwarded to the mayor and City Council, reiterates the company’s support for the audit while taking umbrage with “false information and egregious misconceptions” that have been repeated “through various official channels.” last_img read more

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TRUCK DRIVER ALMOST STRUCK GARDA CAR AFTER OVERTAKING ANOTHER LORRY

first_imgA lorry driver overtook another lorry driver on a continuous white line and almost crashed head-on into an oncoming Garda patrol car.Letterkenny Court.Joseph McCauley, 54, appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday charged with dangerous driving at Currin, Termon, on November 5th, 2013. Gardai revealed it was 8.15am when they noticed a lorry overtaking another lorry on a continuous white line and that the lorry had to pull in sharply to avoid colliding with the patrol car.Solicitor for McCauley, Mr Frank Dorrian, said the other lorry had indicated that he was pulling into the left and that it was a wide enough road with plenty of room to pass.However as McCauley, of Lower Drung, Quigley’s Point, passed, the other lorry failed to slow down.Judge Paul Kelly remarked that the reason there was continuous white lines on the road was the vehicles would not overtake eachother at that point.He said that because McCauley had no previous convictions, he would reduce the charge to one of careless driving and imposed a fine of €300.TRUCK DRIVER ALMOST STRUCK GARDA CAR AFTER OVERTAKING ANOTHER LORRY was last modified: March 23rd, 2015 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:donegalGardaiJoseph McCauleylorryquigleys pointTermontrucklast_img read more

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MARK ENGLISH BOUNCES BACK WITH SEASON’S BEST AT ANNIVERSARY GAMES

first_imgMark English bounced back with a season best time at the Anniversary Games in London this afternoon.Mark EnglishThe Letterkenny athlete finished fourth in a time of 1.45.49 in what was a top-class 800 metres field.English has struggled in recent weeks to find his form especially in the recent Under 23 championships. But today’s performance was a real return to form for the medical student. MARK ENGLISH BOUNCES BACK WITH SEASON’S BEST AT ANNIVERSARY GAMES was last modified: July 25th, 2015 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:800 metresAnniversary Gamesmark englishlast_img read more

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