The Govt could have done better when negotiating

first_imgDear Editor,I have observed from the various articles and publications in the press that the executive branch of the Government solely participated in the fashioning of a contract which was duly executed by the executive branch of Government with the world’s giant oil company, ExxonMobil.One of the terms of the contract as I understand it is that the Parliament of Guyana, the highest lawmaking body of the land, cannot alter the terms of the contract.  Parliament, whose members were duly elected by the people and represents the entire population of Guyana had no say or contribution to the terms and conditions of the document that was arbitrarily and unilaterally signed by the executive branch of the Government.The Guyana Parliament was never a party to the contract nor were they consulted on the terms of the contract. My question is, how can any institution or legal persona that is not a party to a contract, be fettered by the terms of such a contract?It appears the other branch of Government, the Judiciary, is also muzzled by the oppressive terms of this contract which are inimical to the people of Guyana whose resources are now contracted to be plundered by Exxon.What is the remedy? In a country of peasants and hard-working marginalised people – of which over 33 per cent are unemployed – it appears to me if the contract cannot be renegotiated by the parties thereto, the very executive branch of Government that agreed to the terms and Exxon, to give equitable terms to the people of Guyana – the only remedy that will be left is that a new generation of incensed and deprived Guyanese, like the people of Ghana, will have no alternative but to agitate, oppose and demand that the plunderer be nationalised.The patriot, Burnham, whose policy the President and Government espoused to embrace always proclaimed to foreign investors, if the terms are not favourable to the Government and people of Guyana then its resources shall remain intact for another generation of Guyanese.Yours respectfully,Jailall KissoonAttorney-at-Lawlast_img read more

Tribute to Sushma Swaraj ji

first_imgDear Editor,Reference is made to Page 4’s beautiful picture of Sushma Swaraj ji as published in Guyana Times on August 7, 2019. She is well known among Guyanese in the diaspora, if not in Guyana. There are several of us (in the diaspora and in Guyana) who have reasons to mourn the demise of this iconic figure. She closely interacted with a few of us since the 1990s, as we pressed for closer relations between India and the diaspora, and we lobbied for greater financial assistance for Guyana and the Indian diaspora.Although Shrimati Sushma never visited Guyana or the Caribbean region, the people were close to her heart. She was very sympathetic to and supportive of Guyanese and Caribbean causes. She supported an increase in financial assistance – and scholarships, the Know India Programme, and she introduced the Senior KIP, which Ravi Dev and myself, championed at a meeting in August 2016 in Delhi— to Guyana and the greater Caribbean region. It was our connection with Indian politicians and lobbying decades ago that led to greater assistance to Guyana.Sushma was very approachable. She was always willing to engage and interact. She rarely turned down a request and facilitated her guests. She had no ego and arrogance. She was willing to listen and to take advice. Her smile, intellect, composure, nationalism, demeanour, charisma, friendliness, encouragement and support for the diaspora would be missed. Guyanese politicians should be like her.I have very fond memories of the charismatic Indian politician. I met her several times in India, New York, and New Jersey, including at her residence shortly after she became External (Foreign) Affairs Minister, where we had extensive discussions on Guyana and the Caribbean region. My first encounter with her was during her stint as Information Minister in the late 1990s and again in New York when she inaugurated Asia TV station in Edison into the new century. Several prominent Guyanese were invited to that event that was graced by Members of Congress and the US Administration. Many Guyanese subscribe to TV Asia that is broadcast internationally on cable. I interacted with her at several diaspora gatherings (PBDs) in India. Beside that encounter, I had lengthy conversations with Sushma on the Caribbean region and the diaspora in North America and Europe and even met her when she served as in the Delhi Assembly as Chief Minister and as Opposition Leader. She was a patron and financial supporter on conferences relating to Guyana and the greater Caribbean in India and the Caribbean. I helped to plan and organise several of these conferences including the last one held at Benaras Hindu University last January. And she supported requests for increased financial aid to Guyana and the region going back to the late 1990s when she was minister of government.Sushma ji, as she was fondly called, had a very friendly, down-to-earth and warm personality. She was also very knowledgeable of world affairs, having served as Foreign Minister for five years. Aside from the late PM Atal Beharri Vajpayee and Lal Kishan Advani, she showed the greatest interest among Indian politicians on Indians in the diaspora. She was very close to the aging Advani (approaching 90) on diaspora and other affairs and would interact with us in New York and at PBDs in Delhi. She often solicited ideas on the diaspora and issued messages related to their events.Sushma was among the nominees for PM position of the BJP in 2014, but she stood down making way for Shri Narendra Modi, who led the party to victory and became External Affairs Minister. She was very popular and won all of her contests to Parliament, except once when she lost to Sonia Gandhi in 2004 from the Bellary constituency in Karnataka.In December 2010, she was the keynote speaker on a conference on Indian culture in the diaspora praising overseas Indians for their cultural retention and for promoting India’s soft power. The forum provided an opportunity for us Guyanese to have an exchange with the respected Minister. In 2013, she invited the esteemed Ravi Dev and myself for a special summit in Delhi on a conference on preservation of documents pertaining to Indian indentureship document and history. The Indian government was committed to digitising historical documents in Guyana so that diaspora countries would be on the same wavelength to facilitate research. But regrettably, government support was not forthcoming and the idea was shelved.Guyanese politicians would have met her in 2018 in Delhi at the parley for MPs of Indian descent. She also interacted with former President Donald Ramotar in 2010 in Delhi and in Gandhinagar, and she had exchanges with Foreign Minister Carl Greendige on international issues and on foreign aid for Guyana. They would attest to her friendliness. Sushma interacted with Guyanese and Caribbean people at the first International Yoga Summit in New York at the UN in 2010.I am grief-stricken and will miss the firebrand leader of the ruling BJP. She had very good innings, although she has dismissed at 67. She served with honour and integrity; there was never any allegation of impropriety against her. Guyanese politicians should take a page from the book of Sushma.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisram (PhD)last_img read more

PPP Councillors storm out of Port Mourant NDC meeting

first_imgSix Councillors on the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) side of the Port Mourant/Johns Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) stormed out a statutory meeting in protest over what they call “disrespectful behaviour” of the Chairman towards Councillors.The meeting was supposed to discuss concerns and issues affecting the villages which make up the NDC. However, when the minutes were being corrected, one Councillor tried to correct the minutes to read that Chairman Imran Ally, lied when he said that he did not give permission for a businessman to take about 50 truckloads of sand from Babu Jaan, unknown to the NDC.In a recording of Wednesday’s Council meeting obtained by <<>>, the Chairman was heard admitting to giving permission to a businessman to take sand from Babu Jaan. It was also revealed that the operator who filed the sand onto canter trucks told Regional Chairman David Armogan, that he loaded about 50 canter loads.A heated argument subsequently ensued and six of the PPP Councillors walked out, leaving the remaining six Councillors and the Chairman to continue the meeting. Following the walkout, a decision was taken by the remaining members of the Council to remove those who were not present from serving on the Market Committee.Meanwhile, this publication previously reported that Councillors accused the Chairman of trying to muzzle them. However, the NDC Chairman told Councillors that if he was trying to muzzle them, then the newspaper could not have reported on some of the issues in the NDC.The Chairman also claimed that this publication was incorrect when it reported that the NDC collected in excess of $8 million in land tax over the past year and had only implemented a drainage tube in the community.Following the article, the NDC has announced that development work will recommence with street repairs.Regional Chairman David Armogan in an invited comment said it is not that party’s policy to prevent Councillors from speaking to the media. In fact, he noted that the Party encouraged interaction between Councillors and the media since those Councillors are from different constituencies and should represent issues affecting their constituents.Meanwhile, following a recent protest against the NDC and its overseer, the NDC Chairman called for in investigation to an allegation that one employer was part of the protest. The worker has since approached the media to release footage of the protest to the NDC to clear her name.According to some Councillors, the Chairman has also claimed that the PPP is investigating those Councillors who supported the protest. However, Armogan said he was unaware of that, noting that the issue is expected to take centre stage when the RDC meets today.last_img read more

Revealed! Are you surprised by the top 11 most fouled players this season?

first_img 12 12 12 12 12 1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) has been fouled 67 times this season 12 12 7 = Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) has been fouled 45 times this season 11 = Joe Allen (Stoke City) has been fouled 43 times this season 5 = Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) has been fouled 48 times this season 12 7 = Erik Pieters (Stoke City) has been fouled 45 times this season The best players have to accept a little rough and tumble on the pitch.That’s exactly the case for Eden Hazard, who recently insisted he enjoys the physical side of the game, that ‘lots of kicks’ are a sign he’s doing his job of harrassing defenders.So is the Belgian, returning to top form for Chelsea, the most fouled player in the Premier League this season?Scroll through the gallery above to find out, thanks to stats from The Sun. 12 12 9 = Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) has been fouled 44 times this season 12 11 = Sadio Mane (Liverpool) has been fouled 43 times this season in the Premier League – click the arrow above, right, to find out who has been on the receiving end of fouls more than any other player 9 = Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth) has been fouled 44 times this season 3. Diego Costa (Chelsea) has been fouled 56 times this season 5 = Adam Smith (Bournemouth) has been fouled 48 times this season 4. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) has been fouled 52 times this season 2. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) has been fouled 66 times this season 12last_img read more

Hilarious response from Gianluigi Buffon about his retirement

first_imgHe’s 39 and feeling fine.But when Gianluigi Buffon does eventually retire, how does he want to bow out?“Maybe I’ll do a Zidane and headbutt someone on the pitch,” he joked during a press conference ahead of what will be his 1000th game as a professional.Italy, who he has played 167 times for, take on Albania on Friday night and to mark the occasion, talkSPORT brings you some ‘Gigi facts’ which you can see above.last_img

Burnley boss Sean Dyche rewarded for outstanding season with new bumper deal

first_imgBurnley boss Sean Dyche has signed a new four-and-a-half year deal at Turf Moor worth £3.5 million a year.The new deal will see the 46-year-old become the highest-paid manager in the club’s history.Dyche has been with The Clarets since 2012 and, should he see out his new deal, will complete a decade in charge.The bumper pay rise comes after the Englishman’s impressive work this season, which sees the Lancashire-side sit eighth in the Premier League.Such form had seen him linked with a move away this season, with Everton reportedly keen to bring him in to replace Ronald Koeman earlier this season.However, he has now signed a long-term deal at the club, as have the rest of his backroom staff. Dyche has taken the Clarets into the Champions League places this season 1last_img read more

Leaked Roma 2019-20 home kit shows off lightning print and new colour base

first_img Roma’s leaked new kit for next season Serie A’s anti-racism campaign blasted as ‘sick joke’ as Roma and AC Milan react NICE GUY ADVICE Since succeeding Kappa in 2013, the American sports clothing giant has kitted out the giallorossi in a series of eye-catching kits.But next season could potentially be their most daring yet.In images obtained from, the leaked Roma home kit for the 2019-20 season shows off a slightly different colour base to the one used for this season.There is currently a simple yellow collar and plain sleeves design on this seasons kit, but the leaked images suggest a new striking yellow lightning pattern will feature on next years strip. Leaked images for Roma’s new home kit have begun to circulate online ahead of next season.The Serie A side can lay claim to one of the most instantly recognisable home strips in world football with their bold red and yellow evoking memories of Francesco Totti skipping past defenders with consummate ease. ‘Superhuman’ Ronaldo hailed for gravity defying goal with outrageous header The socks will match the shirt with white shorts Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3 Lukaku lauded for brilliant gesture which denied him chance of Inter hat-trick LATEST SERIE A NEWS AIR TIME 3 The new kit will reportedly feature a bold ‘lightning’ collar Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman on target tasteless 3 According to Ancient Roman mythology, Jupiter was the God of the sky and thunder as well as being the King of the Gods.Currently, the shorts on the home kit are red with yellow socks. However, this will reportedly change to white shorts and then red socks – a return to the design of the 2015/16 season.last_img read more

‘The end of meningitis in Africa’

first_imgSource: WikipediaA new mass vaccination campaign to be rolled out across West Africa this year promises to eliminate the deadly brain disease meningitis in Africa, according to the UN World Health Organisation (WHO).Twenty-five-million doses of the new meningococcal A, or MenA, vaccine are currently in production in India. The drug is expected to be introduced in Burkina Faso in late 2009.“This is the beginning of the end of the disease,” said Marc LaForce, the director of the Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP). The project, an initiative of WHO and the non-profit Programme for Appropriate Technology in Health, has been developing the vaccine since 2003.The vaccine currently used in the region spanning from Senegal to Ethiopia – called the “meningitis belt” for its vulnerability to deadly outbreaks – offers at most two years of protection, according to MVP.In developed countries bacterial meningitis – known as meningococcal meningitis – occurs in only about three people per 100 000 each year. The meningitis belt by contrast has an annual rate of some 500 cases per 100 000, usually in the dry season.While the disease is more deadly in the meningitis belt than anywhere else in the world, there have been no prevention vaccines for the strain found in Africa – until now, following clinical trials with MenA.Recent studies with patients age one to 29 in India, Mali, Senegal and The Gambia have shown that the new vaccine will provide long-term protection. Lead researcher LaForce has said the drug “will allow the elimination of the meningococcal epidemics that have afflicted the continent for more than 100 years”.Meningitis is caused by inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges. In meningococcal meningitis the inflammation is caused by bacterial infection, but the disease can also be caused by viruses and other microorganisms, and less commonly by certain drugs or diseases. Meningitis is life threatening because of the inflammation’s proximity to the brain and spinal cord.Months away from the vaccine’s US$29-million (R288-million) donor-financed debut in three countries – Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger – LaForce said the disease cannot be wiped out overnight.“Look at polio and how long it took to eliminate that. We are looking at 10 years at least.”More than 45 years after the polio vaccine was licensed, there were still more than 1 600 infections worldwide in 2008, according to WHO – down from 350 000 cases 20 years ago.LaForce said the MenA vaccination campaign’s goal is to reach “herd immunity”, in which if at least 70% of the population is immunised, then the entire population is protected.When asked if people who might refuse vaccinations could thwart herd immunity, LaForce said the response has been “tremendous” in clinical trials to the vaccine. “Seventy percent coverage will not be hard to reach,” he said.He added that “a single case of meningitis can drive a family into a spiral of poverty from which they may never recover.”Even with antibiotic treatment, at least 10% of people stricken with meningitis die and 20% percent are left with permanent disability, including mental retardation or deafness, according to WHO. In severe cases of meningococcal meningitis the symptomatic rash can progress to gangrene, requiring the amputation of limbs.WHO has more than 9 500 cases thus far in 2009, including an outbreak in a camp for displaced persons in Darfur, Sudan, where aid workers have recently been ordered to leave.The organisation aims to immunise 250 million people in the meningitis belt by 2015. The Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization has agreed to create an emergency stockpile of the MenA vaccine starting in 2011 with an initial investment of $55-million (R454-million).WHO has pledged to fast-track approval of the vaccine as soon as it is licensed in India, according to the director of WHO’s Initiative for Vaccine Research, Marie-Paule Kieny. Kieny said the vaccine is scheduled to become a routine childhood immunisation by 2012.Potential obstacles to mass immunisation are new meningitis strains and inadequate funds to continue beyond the three roll-out countries, Kieny said.MenA is expected to cost governments 40 US cents (R4) per dose; current meningitis vaccines cost up to $1.58 (R15.70), according to WHO.LaForce said the challenge in developing MenA has been in part financial. “These are the poorest areas in the world. Large pharmaceuticals were not interested in producing a specific product for Africa.”The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded MVP’s creation, research and development since 2001.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comSource: Irin News and reporter.Related articlesBooster for child health in SA An open solution to healthcare African farms grow malaria drug Ridding Africa of HIV in 10 years Fruity treatment for malaria Useful linksWorld Health OrganisationMeningitis Vaccine ProjectProgramme for Appropriate Technology in Health Bill and Melinda Gates Foundationlast_img read more

Centre ‘to improve police response times’

first_img14 December 2012South African Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa opened the Mangaung 10111 Command Centre in Heidedal in the Free State on Wednesday in a bid to bridge the gap between victims of crime and the police.Mthethwa said one of the more prominent complaints from communities was the slow police response time on calls logged with 10111 centres.The opening of the 10111 Command Centre aimed to support the department’s “triple-C approach”: better command and control within the police, better co-ordination, and better communication, both externally and within the South African Police Service (SAPS).“An effective station commander must be on the ground, overseeing a station daily; being in touch with the communities, community policing forums and importantly, leading by example,” Mthethwa said.Communicating with communities“Police must ensure that once they arrest criminals, [they] communicate to society that such scoundrels are now behind bars. Failure to do so leads to anxiety, strained relations and perceptions that police are ineffective, when in fact they are effective.”He also noted positive results on the piloted flagship 10111 project launched two years ago in Midrand in Gauteng in partnership with Business against Crime South Africa, explaining that the idea at the time was to ensure that as they build 10111 command centres anywhere in the country, they benchmark their centres with a clear blueprint plan.Some of the outcomes resulting from the intervention included assessments and quicker turn-around response calls, effective monitoring systems and significant financial savings to the department.“Lessons learnt have assisted in improved efficiency, timeous and better management of calls when society reports crimes to the police,” Mthethwa said.‘Protecting citizens’ fundamental rights’“Through qualitative management of the 10111 centres, we can improve performance putting in place a human resource complement that is well-capacitated and evaluated on a regular basis,” he said.The department is also currently in the process of reviewing the White Paper on Safety and Security, primarily to ensure that the SAPS turns into functional machinery that is continuously improving on its deliverables.Mthethwa said this speaks to a transformation process that is results-driven, effective and responsive to the safety needs of society.“As we emphasised in the draft White Paper, transformation within the SAPS in the broader sense must be aimed at changing the internal police environment and culture into a professional, representative, efficient, effective, transparent and accountable service,” he said.“It must be a service which upholds and protects the fundamental rights of citizens while executing its mandate in accordance with the Constitution and the needs of the community.“Community-orientated policing must speak to the manner in which police operate and how they understand and engage with the communities they serve. Equally this philosophy must recognise that policing is not something done to people but rather policing is something that is done with people, and to achieve these, systems such as 10111 centres are important,” Mthethwa said.Source: read more

South Africa’s population breaks 54-million

first_img1 August 2014Life expectancy in South Africa continues to rise as the country’s population breaks the 54-million mark, Statistics South Africa reported on Thursday.Releasing its latest mid-year population estimates report in Pretoria, Stats SA said the country’s population grew by an estimated 1.58% between July 2013 and July 2014, increasing by about 844 000 people to stand at just over 54-million in total.According to the report, South Africa’s life expectancy at birth now stands at 61 years, having increased from an estimated 52 years in 2005, thanks to a lower infant mortality rate and a decrease in the number of Aids-related deaths in the country.Stats SA said the decline in South Africa’s infant mortality rate – from an estimated 58 infant deaths per 1 000 live births in 2002 to 34 infant deaths per 1 000 live births in 2014 – pointed to an improvement in the general health and living standards of the population.Aids-related deaths, meanwhile, dropped from an estimated 363 910 deaths (51% of all deaths) in 2005 to 171 733 deaths (31% of all deaths) in 2014, as a direct result of the increased rollout of free antiretroviral therapy in the country.According to Stats SA, the overall number of deaths in the country decreased from an estimated 716 083 deaths (15 deaths per 1 000 people) in 2005 to an estimated 551 289 deaths (10 deaths per 1 000 people) in 2014.At the same time, the country’s birth rate has decreased, from 24 births per 1 000 people in 2002 to 22 births per 1 000 people in 2014.Stats SA said the dual transition from high to low birth and death rates had changed the age structure of South Africa’s population, resulting in both a high proportion (30%) of the population under the age of 15, as well as growing proportion of elderly people, with an estimated 4.5-million people aged 60 years or older.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more