I am not a…

first_img…a ChatreeIn the US, one phrase uttered over national TV at a crucial juncture came to signal the essence of what Richard Nixon was all about: “I am not a crook!” He, of course, had impeachment proceedings started against him for lying about his knowledge of the Watergate break-in, and he resigned before he could be thrown out from the office of the President of the USA. He was disgraced.In Guyana, it appears like Education Minister Nicolette Henry will become (in)famous for claiming in the (post-Broomes not-so-hallowed) chamber of the Parliament, “I am not a Chatree. So I may not know when there is Diwali or Phagwah, but I do know what it takes to improve the education sector.” As to whether she would resign! — like “tricky Dick” Nixon — will depend on how her party – the PNC – views her studied ignorance of the culture of Indian Guyanese. This ignorance evidently compels her to become a serial insulter of Indian Guyanese in general, and Hindus in particular.It’s clear that the fall-out from her first faux pas did not matter in the least to the PNC, even though they boast about acknowledging “multi-culturalism” by introducing two Hindu and two Muslim commemorative events to the list of National Public Holidays. Including the two Minister Henry could not tell apart! And so it was, a MINISTER OF CULTURE – at an event hosted by her Ministry to commemorate Phagwah, couldn’t tell the difference between Phagwah – the exuberant festival of water and colours, and Diwali- the serene festival of lights!!The faux pas committed earlier this year should’ve raised alarm bells in the PNC – at the least – about alienating a significant voting block. Imagine the contempt on display to not even take the time to be briefed on a speech she had to make. What does it matter, and why should she bother, she implied scornfully, THEIR festivals are all the same, aren’t they?The Minister of “Social Cohesion”, Norton, suggested weakly at the Phagwah boo-boo that Henry should apologise. She never did. Instead, the President PROMOTED her to the senior Cabinet position of Minister of Education!! Yep – you heard that right! – promoted to EDUCATE our nation’s “multicultural” children to develop respect for each other!! The PNC’s view on this ethnocentric insult was reaffirmed by every one of the MPs – including those from the AFC – when they all cheered lustily and banged their desks at Henry’s jibe at Hindus. Including the Minister of Social Cohesion!The PNC’s slogan will be “I am not a Chatree: and still return in 2020! It’s already in the bag!…my brothers’ keeperThe AFC keeps speaking with their forked tongue, desperately struggling to keep their perks in the Government they elected on the backs of their supporters in Berbice. To whom they insisted the “good life” would also be theirs. From one fork of their tongue, they agreed with the notices of dismissal to the sugar workers of Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon. From the other, they express “serious concerns” about what lies ahead, and want options for them.Are these jokers Nagamootoo and Ramjattan for real? The estates are to be SOLD! Boat done gone a falls! They’ve been placed in the hands of a SPU. Where was the AFC when their AFC (?) Minister was presenting his “state paper”?? The workers are at the mercy of whoever will purchase those estates. The (AFC?) Minister of Agri clearly outlined the reason for their inhuman conduct towards the sugar workers: they want to separate them from GAWU.So whichever entity takes over, they “can do what they want with them”! Massa day return!!…foolish Finance MinisterJordan was criticised for being absent during the Budget debate. Why?? If YOU prepared a budget as bland as Jordan’s, would you want to be there when it’s torn apart?What’s to be proud about?last_img read more

The AFC is sleepwalking into an immediate oblivion

first_imgDear Editor,I have read the public statement by the AFC on the GECOM chairman appointment tragedy and I must respond to three points contained therein. First, the AFC stated that it “played no part in the selection process”. This statement is profoundly revealing in that it shows without question that since the APNU or Granger chose not to consult them on a critical national and current matter then the AFC is seen and/or treated as an irrelevant partner in this purported Coalition government.Second, the AFC said it “holds GECOM to the highest standards of electoral integrity and will stridently challenge any threats to the preservation of democracy”. The ludicrousness and absurdity contained in that statement is both monumental and disturbing at the same time. How can the AFC imagine that it could hold GECOM to the highest standards of electoral integrity and will stridently challenge any threats to the preservation of democracy when it is not even capable of holding the APNU to the terms agreed in the Cummingsburg Accord? How can the AFC hold GECOM to the highest standards of electoral integrity when it admits it had zero say in the selection of the Elections Commission Chairman and more importantly all of the non-opposition Election Commissioners are not AFC – Vincent Alexander (PNC), Charles Corbin (PNC and brother of former leader of the PNC), Sandra Jones (friend of Granger)? How?Third, the AFC stated that it condemns the Opposition Leader for his reckless and unpatriotic stance of non-cooperation and civil disobedience and the party will hold him personally accountable for the consequences of any civil unrest which may ensue.” Let there be no uncertainty that the Leader of the Opposition is not speaking on behalf of himself in his personal capacity but as the Leader of the Opposition which represents all of Guyana and as General Secretary of the single largest and most popular party in this country and this country’s history.The AFC is sleepwalking into an immediate oblivion and they do not even see the omens of their demise. The old saying in politics is that “you are only relevant so long as you are useful”. When the PNC or APNU sees that the AFC will not be able to deliver the required share of votes at the next election why would a Coalition ticket with the AFC be useful? The March of Folly continues!Sincerely,Charles S. RamsonEsqlast_img read more

Reviving Water Transport—a Most Reliable Option in Yester Years

first_imgCommerce and Industry Minister Axel Addy came up on Monday with a truly innovative and highly interesting idea that he proferred to the Dutch delegation that visited on Monday.He suggested that the Dutch, who are experts in waterways, join Liberia in developing water transport to ease traffic on the nation’s few, highly overused roads. Minister Addy hoped that byDecember this year there would be water taxis on the Mesurado Bay. He told the Daily Observer yesterday that the Dutch had accepted his proposal, and that by December they would have a boat on the Mesurado Bay as another means of transport.Here is a great opportunity that we hope Liberians will take seriously. We ended yesterday’s Editorial, which was on the Dutch Delegation’s visit, by urging that Liberia take the Dutch initiative very seriously.Why? Because we know that we are not always a serious people. We receive one idea today and forget it before the day is over, never to return to our consciousness. That is the reason so many great ideas die a natural death in our country. Commerce Minister Addy’s idea is a serious one that we hope no one will forget but rather, everyone will embrace and run with until it is fulfilled. Here is why this is extremely important.Long ago, before the people from way up country could travel by road directly to Monrovia, they passed through Careysburg and turned right into Bensonville and on to Crozierville and White Plains. There they, like everyone from Careysburg, Bensonville, Crozierville caught the motor boat from the White Plains wharf to Monrovia. As Kenneth Best, in his book on Albert Porte, recalled, that is how people from the St. Paul River settlements—Royesville, Clay Ashland, Harrisburg, Mount Coffee, Millsburg, Robertsville, Virginia, Arthington, Louisiana, Caldwell, Crozierville, etc., got to Monrovia. They brought along with them their cane juice, a popular rum made from sugar cane, their fruits and vegetables for sale in Monrovia. The people from up country, too, brought their produce through White Plains to Monrovia.During those days, as late as the 1930s through the 1950s two boats traveled the St. Paul and Mesurado River routes—the Cooper Boat, owned by a man from Clay Ashland, and the Dixon Boat, run by White Plains-born Buddy Dixon. These boats traveled up and down the St. Paul River picking up passengers, their luggage and goods, then entered the Mesurado River and sailed on to Monrovia. The boats landed at what was then called the Landing Stage, which was situated across Providence Island on Water Street. The Landing Stage was immediately at the foot of the Center Street hill coming down past the College of West Africa (CWA).Commerce Minister Addy says the Dutch partners have also agreed to dredge the Mesurado River, which is full of debris from all the surrounding areas. Once that dredging is done, and all the surrounding neighborhoods cleaned up, sail boats, equipped with restaurants and bars, could be acquired to ply the Mesurado as a source of recreation for Monrovians and other visitors.There is also traveling all the way from the St. Paul River area on Bushrod Island a huge waterway called the Stockton Creek. It runs through Bushrod Island all the way to Margibi County, before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. The major bridge which one crosses en route to the Roberts International Airport (RIA) crosses the Stockton Creek. The creek bypasses Caldwell, crossing Gardnersville on to Margibi.A Liberian woman entrepreneur, Ms. Martha Conto, owns a thriving motel complex at Bushrod Island near Duala. The Stockton Creek runs behind her motel and she dreams of putting a boat there for people to ride up and down its corridor.In the 1950s Liberia’s Secretary of State, Gabriel L. Dennis, after work each afternoon, drove from his Broad Street residence through Bushrod Island to the St. Paul, got into his speed boat and drove it fast southward down the river just before it entered the Atlantic. We look forward to the day when there will be boating clubs along the Stockton and St. Paul, to utilize the blessings of waterways with which Monrovia is richly endowed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Let us not waste time on ignorance of outsiders

first_imgDear Editor,Allow me to express my disappointment with a few articles and videos on Guyana surfacing online, and especially on social media.These opinions from outside Guyana are juicy to the readers and viewers. The article in New York Times on Guyana’s oil stirred our guts, but few of us had the courage to rebut the arguments, although a few opinions are a matter of concern that we need to address. There are a few videos on Guyana’s oil being circulated on social media, and they are damaging the image of our beautiful Guyana. These video presentations are very interesting, but from an outside perspective. I believe that everyone is entitled to their opinions. Someone else’s opinions must not derail our belief in ourselves as a strong, compact nation.However, there is no harm in discussing other opinions; and if they are true, let us utilise them for the betterment of Guyana.Some persons believe that once you have a pencil, you are a writer, or once you have a camera, you are a journalist. This is untrue in this highly social media-driven world. I mean to say, anyone can post anything online, and there are always people who buy this with less or no wisdom. That is where we have a problem. It is true that oil is in Guyana, but it must be a concern for Guyanese, and not for others to tell us what we should do or what we will become. We, as Guyanese, must be strong at this time, and not give in to external pressure. Whatever people speak, we know who we are.Let us stand together as a nation, and not as Indo- and Afro-Guyanese. We are a nation of multiple diversities, and let this be our strength during these crucial times. Let us help our leaders, both ruling and opposition, to come to the table to guard our wealth and resources. This way, we can truly channel our resources for the betterment of our country. Just ignore anything that is not true, and take only what is true.Let us not waste time on the ignorance of outsiders; rather, let us believe in our strength. Our strength is their ignorance.Sincerely,Arun Williamslast_img read more

Officials seeking fraud victims

first_imgNava’s attorney did not return three calls Monday seeking comment.Officials believe many investors have not come forward with claims against Nava because of his reputed ties to the Mongols gang. In November, Nava’s brother, Arturo, a longtime member of the Mongols, was killed in a shootout with sheriff’s deputies stemming from a domestic dispute in East Los Angeles.With the source of his protection from weary creditors gone, officials suspect Tony Nava himself became a member of the gang.“From what I’ve heard he would sort of make vague references to his brother being a Mongol,” Berger said.“After [Art’s death, Tony’s] rise in the gang was so fast it was staggering,” Berger said. MONTEBELLO — Detectives are searching for victims of a man who authorities say duped investors from East Los Angeles to Pomona out of millions of dollars.Authorities say Tony M. Nava Jr., 42, a resident of Montebello, may have swindled as many as 80 people out of more than $2.6 million and has ties to a motorcycle gang. Prosecutors believe Nava may have funneled some of the money to the Mongols biker gang.“Nava told people he dealt in hard money loans and was lending to people who are desperate and willing to pay a high rate of interest,” said David Berger, a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney. “Nava represented to his victims that he had such a great demand for this kind of money that investors could [get huge returns] in just three weeks.”A preliminary hearing for Nava is scheduled for July 18. He is charged with 86 counts of fraud. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and is free on $1.3 million bail, Berger said. Known for his flashy cars, sharp suits and a constantly ringing cell phone, Tony Nava apparently possessed a natural charm that lured investors, authorities said.In 2002, the state Department of Corporations issued a desist and refrain order against Nava, according to public records. As the Southern California real estate market began to boom in 2003, Nava took to selling homes.A former employer, George Michael of George Michael Century 21 Realty in Monterey Park, described Nava as likeable and engaging.Nava obtained a license to sell real estate in 2003, according to records from the state Department of Real Estate. He lost the license in September for failure to pay child support, according to those same records. A hearing to reinstate Nava’s license is scheduled for Wednesday, officials said. “He has a wonderful personality,” Michael said. “He was able to influence everyone around him. He was a very good agent, a likeable person, and his files were immaculate. Both buyers and sellers were happy with him.”Nava was arrested in West Covina in March. Authorities found paperwork linking him to several victims who have not yet been formally identified. Berger said prosecutors are hoping the additional victims will come forward.“For many of these victims we have names, but no address, and no date of birth.“Many of the victims are working-class Latinos,” Berger said. “Some have invested quite recently and may not know they are victims of fraud.”Anyone who thinks they may have been victimized is urged to call the Montebello Police Department at (323) 887-1259.“We would really like them to call,” Montebello police Sgt. Robert Lindmayer said.frank.girardot@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717160Want 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

Mourinho to play Rashford ahead of £26m signing? Man United XI v Leicester City

first_img 23. Luke Shaw (left back) 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 19. Marcus Rashford (right attack) 11 10. Wayne Rooney (attacking midfield) 9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre forward) 11 21. Ander Herrera (centre midfield) 11 11 11 Leicester City v Manchester United in the Community Shield is live on talkSPORT, kick off 4pm at Wembley Stadium.It’s Jose Mourinho’s first competitive game in charge of the Red Devils, as his new side take on the defending Premier League champions.Mourinho will be looking to get his hands on his first piece of silverware and with the league’s kick off only a week away, is expected to field a strong line up.So who will the Portuguese coach start at Wembley?Will Zlatan Ibrahimovic get the nod up top? Could Marcus Rashford be in from the start?Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester United line up by viewing the slideshow above.POSSIBLE LEICESTER TEAM TO PLAY MAN UNITED 11 11 11 3. Eric Bailly (centre back) 11. Anthony Martial (left attack) 11 11 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 16. Michael Carrick (centre midfield) 25. Antonio Valencia (right back)last_img read more

Chelsea join Juve and Man United in chase for wonderkid who is not even 18 yet

first_imgChelsea have joined Man United in the race for Gianluigi Donnarumma, but Milan are hopeful the goalkeeper will sign a new deal with them.The 17-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to United over the past six months, while Juventus are also interested in the teenager.Juve reckon Donnarumma could be the perfect long-term replacement for Gianluigi Buffon, who is now 38.However, mindful, of the interest from other clubs, Milan are said to be preparing a bumper new deal for the goalkeeper, which could be signed when he turns 18 in February.According to reports in Italy, they are hoping an annual salary worth around £1.75m will be enough to make him stay at the San Siro.But now Chelsea have emerged as a candidate to sign him, with Blues manager and compatriot Antonio Conte said to be a huge fan of the youngster.According to Sport Mediaset, the south west London club are willing to trump any offer made by Milan in order to lure him to Stamford Bridge.REVEALED: Donnarumma and the top 25 FIFA 17 wonderkids Milan’s 17-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is in demand 1last_img read more

Want to remodel? Get in line for help

first_imgThe 60 homes Williams will build this year are expected to generate $30 million in revenue. The 90 lower-priced homes due to be built in 2007 should bring in $40 million, he said. The lower interest rates offered in the past three to four years have motivated many homeowners itching for larger quarters or more spiffy amenities to acquire a second mortgage to finance renovations instead of buying up. “It’s cheaper to do that than it is to move,” said Mike Bjorkman, a Re/Max real estate agent. “Their property tax would go up if they were to move. So their solution is to take a portion of their equity for a couple of hundred dollars (added to their monthly payment) – a couple hundred more is cheaper than $2,000 more a month.” He says face-lifts are most common in homes built in the early to mid-1990s. The demand for commercial projects declined after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but since 2004 it has been rising, a local builder said. “It’s very much an up economic environment,” said Rod Shreckengost, vice president of field operations for Intertex General Contractors, one of the largest commercial construction and development companies in the Santa Clarita Valley. The company’s recent projects in the Centre Pointe Business Park will be followed by others in Bridgeport and Hasley Canyon. “Across the board in our business locally, we’re seeing upward of a 50 percent increase in our volume of construction.” From the outside looking in, some see the city as golden. “Santa Clarita is L.A.’s answer to Irvine,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “You have a lot of land for new development, the commercial and industrial (projects) we’re getting are very high-quality, Santa Clarita is a good location for business, everything is nicely planned and the schools are focused on turning out good students.” The LAEDC has named Santa Clarita among the top five business-friendly cities in the county, and a Money magazine survey released last month ranked Santa Clarita No. 18 out of 100 in a comparison of the best small cities nationwide. Kyser said well-planned cities like Santa Clarita and Irvine should age nicely, whereas cities like Los Angeles, which have grown up helter-skelter, are facing challenges in building new housing. “In L.A., you see residences go in east of downtown where it is heavy industrial, with no amenities – they want to build million-dollar condos, but this is not the best location for million-dollar residences,” he said. “Where are you going to walk you dog? Where you going to eat? In Santa Clarita, you have parks, broad streets; it’s very attractive.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 INFORMATION The city will host a workshop in which key features of a proposed affordable housing program will be discussed. Community members are invited to share their ideas with city staff members and a consultant who has been hired to draft the law. Topics will include affordable housing incentives and density bonuses for builders. The meeting will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Century Room at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. For information, call Aimee Schwimmer at (661) 255-4330, or e-mail her: aschwimmer@santa-clarita.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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesA Realtors’ trade group says the frenzy of local home sales in 2003 has flattened in recent months, most notably for higher-priced homes. The average 2003 sales price was nearly $350,000; by 2005 it had risen to $508,000, according to the Southland Regional Association of Realtors Inc. From 2001 to 2005, more than 76 percent of listed homes sold, but a report issued by the group shows the number has dropped to an average of about 42 percent in 2006. Lance Williams, president of Williams Homes, a small local builder, said the overall supply of new homes has been pretty tight in 2006. “Everything was absorbed in 2005. The finished lots developed by master builders were absorbed twice as fast in 2004 and 2005, as expected,” he said. Today, he sees a gap in the pipeline of new homes. While 2006 sales of higher-end homes – those costing more than $700,000 – are cooling, entry-level homes, priced between $350,000 and $500,000, are robust, Williams said. SANTA CLARITA – While headlines announce the slowing of home sales, remodeling of existing houses continues to boom, with long waiting lists for contractors. “The demand is great. You can’t find enough good tradesmen to help you with your job, so you have to schedule projects further out,” said Randal Winter, owner of Randal G. Winter Construction Inc., based in Newhall. “If someone called today and wanted a job done, they’d have to wait two to three months before their job could actually start.” From June 2005 to June 2006, the city issued 6,585 building permits for construction and remodels, including electrical and plumbing work. The prior year, 7,835 permits were issued. The figures include both residential and commercial projects. The majority of Winter’s projects are home and office remodels in Valencia’s Northpark and Northbridge, Stevenson Ranch, Saugus and Newhall. He has become more selective, favoring old clients and referrals over new customers. last_img read more

Liverpool team news: Predicted line-up for Reds’ FA Cup clash with Everton

first_img 11 19. Sadio Mane (Left wing) – With Mo Salah out with injury, Mane will be looking to take his opportunity on Friday. The Everton defence has looked a lot steadier since Allardyce came in, but the Senegalese’s pace could cause problems. 5. Georginio Wijnaldum (Centre midfield) – The Dutchman offers the sort of pace and vibrancy craved by Klopp. His lung-bursting runs could be asked to stretch the aging legs of Wayne Rooney Liverpool face Everton live on talkSPORT in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday night at Anfield.Record signing Virgil van Dijk could make his debut after completing his £75 million switch from Southampton.Meanwhile, Phillipe Coutinho remains unavailable with a thigh injury as Barcelona continue to circle around the Brazilian playmaker.Sam Allardyce’s men are without a win in their last four outings but, owing to it being a derby, anything can happen.But how could the Red’s rotate against their city rivals?Scroll through the gallery above to see talkSPORT.com’s predicted starting XI.YOU CAN LISTEN TO FULL RADIO COMMENTARY LIVERPOOL V EVERTON LIVE ON TALKSPORT. CLICK HERE FOR AN ONLINE STREAM 32. Joel Matip (Centre half) – The most vocal of Liverpool’s centre-halves in welcoming Virgil van Dijk to the club, the German will hope to from they can instant partnership at the heart of Liverpool’s defence. 4. Virgil van Dijk (Centre half) – see the full line-up, in squad number order, by clicking the right arrow above… – All eyes will be on the world’s most expensive defender following his £75 million move from St Mary’s. 12. Joe Gomez (Right back) – The ex-Charlton defender is improving every week and will fill in again at right-back. 9 Roberto Firmino (Right wing) – Is Firmino the most under-rated centre forward in England? The Brazilian has scored 17 goals in all competitions for the Reds’ this season yet still seemingly fails to get the credit he deserves. 11 11 11 11 26. Andrew Robertson (Left back) – With Alberto Moreno injured for this game, Robertson will look to take yet another opportunity to make the left-back spot his own. 21. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Centre midfield) – While the Ox has not quite proved himself to be worth the £40 million Jurgen Klopp splashed on him in the summer, his steady performances in the centre of midfield are starting to silence some of the critics. 11 22. Simon Mignolet (Goalkeeper) – The Belgian had a shaky festive period, yet Klopp is still reluctant to replace him with Loris Karius. 11 11 15. Daniel Sturridge (Centre forward) – The England striker will be desperate to make an impact in the remainder of the season before the World Cup in Russia this summer. Although he has been linked with a move away from Anfield, the 28-year-old will want to prove he can still score at the highest level. 11 11 11 23. Emre Can (Holding midfield) – Despite rumours persistently linking him with a move to Juventus, Can has been solid at the base of Liverpool’s midfield three. last_img read more

Apartment fire seriously injures man

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – A man went to the hospital “clinging to life” after a fire engulfed his second-story apartment, authorities said Sunday. The victim, identified only as a 53-year-old man, had second- and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body. It took 30 firefighters 12 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which started about 11:40 p.m. Saturday at the apartment at 6827 Whitsett Ave., fire officials said. The flames did roughly $15,000 in damage to the building and its contents, and its cause is still under investigation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. 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