Citizens must challenge the Govt

first_imgGuyana is one of the peculiar places in South America where extra-ordinary things — including rigged elections, government excesses, racial disharmony, bureaucratic corruption and political dishonesty — are likely to become ordinary, and the new status quo if not actively challenged by the citizenry and their bona fide representatives.Our country’s history is rich with examples of how some of its most important architects used ‘power’, ‘force’ and ‘ ethnic influence’ to create sporadic atmospheres of compliance and fear among the populace in order to achieve their social, racial and eco-political objectives.Many can still recall the days of Forbes Burnham and the Peoples National Congress, when ordinary citizens could not easily challenge the Government publicly about their actions or wrongdoings without fear about systemic victimization and discrimination, or even mysteriously losing their lives if their stance received widespread support from the masses and therefore led to a decline in the Government’s image or standing.The media then adopted a quasi-compliant tone, out of fear of being censored or economically strangled by the State apparatus, which controlled most of the advertisement. Its members were either murdered, forced to flee for their lives, or made an example by the PNC and its known and unknown sponsors of terror.Others can also recall parts of the tenure of the Peoples Progressive Party, wherein some citizens felt discriminated against ethnically because of the deliberate actions of some senior Government functionaries in various parts of the country, and the party’s failure to rein in those functionaries to quell public outrage. It is important to note that whilst the media enjoyed higher levels of press freedom under the rulership of the PPP, there were still attempts to blatantly silence certain media actors and agencies whenever the party felt it was being unfairly and deliberately criticized, scandalized, or called out. The PPP has also been suspicious of the media; and the media’s curtain tone and lack of investigative and thorough reportage of sinister and troubling events under David Granger’s Government, when compared with those that occurred under Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar, has justified this suspicion.And whilst many will not admit it publicly, there has been a resurgence of high-handedness and arrogance on the part of the Government about some of the decisions and policies it is implementing. Added to this, ministers, parliamentarians, and some politically-appointed individuals who are serving in public service positions behave as if they are a law unto themselves. They use every opportunity to drive home the notion that they are in charge, and the wrongs done by the PPP have somehow given them the right to also commit similar wrongs, albeit of a lesser dimension and level of crassness.Mr Granger has not done anything to inject temperament into the psyche of his ministers and army of advisors. Whenever they have wronged the people, he steps in and orders a Commission of Inquiry, or administers a dose of his ‘my hands are clean’ rhetoric to calm a very agitated public.The truth is that citizens must never allow themselves to reach the point where they are afraid of the Government. Ex-military personnel or not; black supremacists or not; vengeful and vindictive personalities or not; dishonest politicians or not; Guyanese must stand their ground. The people represent the source of power for those who now misuse tax payers’ funds to lead upper class lives and achieve their destructive political agendas.Whenever a citizen feels aggrieved by the actions of the APNU/AFC Government or any other Government, they must challenge that government by moving to the courts, accessing the media, and launching protests on the various social media platforms. They should not fear being seen as anti-patriotic or anti-Government if they are against some of the recent half-baked policies of the APNU. After all, renowned political author Ron Paul expressed the view that “Real patriotism is the willingness to challenge the Govt when it is wrong”.If they feel that they are not intellectually up to the task, then they must find rights organizations, the media, and other parliamentarians who can be a voice for them. If the parts of the media, too, appear deceptive and unwilling to tell their stories under this current regime, they should not be too surprised. They must go to those who will be unbiased and beg them to share their stories with the media. Sections of the Guyanese media has become very compliant, and appear to have lost their passion and knack for sensational reporting as well as pursuing every conceivable angle to stories that cast a negative light on the actors in the current Government. They seem to report what are some of the most ominous errors only to cover the follow-ups in the middle and end of their broadcasts and prints, where people get tired of looking for them. While many may not recognize it, this Government understands and fully implements Tom Clancy’s theory. He said, “The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people”.But, in the end, the populace must remember that, as US President Franklin Roosevelt said, we must “never forget that government is ourselves, and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country”.Speak out, and take lawful action if necessary, or remain silent as a sign of your endorsement of the wrongdoings and excesses of this extraordinary Govt.last_img read more

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Roster changes spice up 3rd Ginebra-Meralco PBA finals showdown

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra and Meralco are duking it out in the PBA Governors’ Cup finals for the third time in four years and while some things remained the same, the changes in both teams are expected to make the showdown even more interesting.Both the Bolts and Ginebra made significant additions to their rosters the past year with Meralco enlisting the services of Raymond Almazan and Allein Maliksi and Ginebra acquiring Stanley Pringle from NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Remembering David Stern, and some of his top accomplishments Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas LATEST STORIES More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Baser Amer’s maturity also adds to the Bolts’ depth while the Gin Kings can now count on the services of Jared Dillinger, who was once on the opposite side of the matchup.“Its been written a lot that they’ve increased their size with Almazan and Allein adds to their depth in the shooting guard position,” said Cone Friday at Upper Deck Sports Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Chris Newsome and John Pinto have also become key pieces for Meralco while the ever-reliable Allen Durham is still the Bolts’ anchor on both ends of the court.But for Ginebra, te move to add Pringle, a former scoring champion and consistent MVP contender, and Dillinger will definitely spice things up in the finals. ‘People evacuated on their own’ US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record highcenter_img Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ “We’ve got some guys we picked up, we got Stanley and Jared and Art [Dela Cruz] wasn’t with us in the first two series,” said Cone.“We’re a little different as well. Jared changed sides, and he was a big time player for them during those two series and he’s over here with us.”But despite all the roster changes, the systems of  Norman Black and Cone, two of the best coaches in the league, remain in place.“Norman’s system hasn’t changed that much, and my system hasn’t changed that much too. We’re comfortable with each other and I know what he likes to do and he knows what I like to do.”ADVERTISEMENT Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall View commentslast_img read more

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BLUES FALL TO DEFENDING CHAMPS

first_imgNext Game: Concordia University 10/27/2018 | 7:00 p.m. Matchup History Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team dropped a 5-3 decision to the McGill Redmen on Friday night (Oct. 26) at Varsity Arena.HOW IT HAPPENED: Blues forward David Thomson made a nice move to gain space, but displayed a better shot to snag the early lead less than eight minutes into the game. The Redmen responded just over a minute later thanks to Christophe Lalonde. McGill kept the pressure on, as Lalonde and Aaron Armstrong scored two goals in the final 90 seconds as the visitor’s took a 3-1 advantage into the first intermission.Toronto cut into the lead just before the midway point of the second when Joey Manchurek went five hole on Redmen goaltender Louis-Philip Guindon. The Blues evened the score five minutes later on the powerplay as Manchurek sent a pass to Thomson streaking down the ice and he buried his own rebound to find the back of the net. The game was deadlocked at 3-3 after 40 minutes.MHKY: The Blues dug themselves out of a two-goal deficit to even the score up a 3-3 heading into the final period against @McGillAthletics. David Thomson did not give up on a loose puck for his second goal on the night! WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/WF5GR0Hj2h— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) October 27, 2018center_img Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Samuel Tremblay regained the lead for McGill at 12:48 in the third period and they didn’t look back. Tremblay added an empty-netter with 56 seconds remaining to round out the win.Blues goalie Alex Bishop made 20 saves in the losing effort.UP NEXT: The Blues are back in action tomorrow night (Oct. 27) when they host the Concordia Stingers at Varsity Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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BLUES COMEBACK TO DEFEAT THUNDEWRWOLVES

first_img Matchup History Live Stats UP NEXT: The Blues will look for another win against the Thunderwolves tomorrow night (Oct 26) when they play game two of a back-to-back in Thunder Bay.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team defeated the Lakehead Thunderwolves 7-4 on Friday night (Oct 25) in Thunder Bay. Manchurek recorded four points (2G, 2A), Benwell (2G, 1A) and Thomson (1G, 2A) each tallied three, and Alex Bishop made 34 saves in a winning effort. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster It was all U of T in the third period. Manchuek and Benwell each scored their second goal of the game to solidify the Toronto victory. Kevin Lavoie would score his first of the season on the empty net. The Blues looked to use their first period momentum to take the lead in the second. Toronto found themselves with a power play opportunity and Oliver Benwell was able to capitalize to give the Blues their fourth unanswered goal. Lakehead was finally able to answer back with a goal from Jordan Larson to tie the game back up. HOW IT HAPPENED: The Thunderwolves got off to a fast start scoring two goals in the first two minutes of the game. Dexter Kuczek and Brett Wolframe recorded the early tallies. Lakehead would add another in the frame from Josh Laframboise. The Blues didn’t let a three goal deficit discourage them. They answered back with three of their own. Toronto’s leading scorer David Thomson got things started on the power play for the Blues. This was followed by defenceman Brendan Bornstein scoring his second of the season, and Joey Manchurek then wrapped up the first period with a short-handed goal with just over 30 seconds left in the frame. Next Game: at Lakehead University 10/26/2019 | 7:00 p.m. Previewlast_img read more

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JPL background checks allowed to proceed

first_img “We are going to be filing an emergency appeal with the 9th Circuit (Thursday),” said Robert Nelson, the lead plaintiff and a senior research scientist at JPL. “We have decided to do that because we find that the judge’s work needs to be reviewed quickly,” he said. “There is immediate harm, there is irreparable harm.” Without an injunction, JPL staff members have until Friday to start their security checks or they will be “voluntarily terminated” Oct. 27. The lawsuit was brought against Caltech and the federal government by a group of 28 JPL scientists, engineers and staff members. The employees, several of whom have spent decades at JPL working on key NASA missions, argued they would suffer irreparable harm from the loss of privacy. Among the controversial elements of the background check is an open-ended waiver giving investigators access to records that “may include, but is not limited to, academic, residential, achievement, performance, attendance, disciplinary, employment history, and criminal history record information.” NASA argued it was following government policy that applies to millions of civil servants and contractors. Lawyers for the plaintiffs and the Department of Justice were not immediately available for comment. More than 207 JPL employees have signed an on-line petition backing the plaintiffs, and their cause has also gained the support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Wright set an Oct. 19 hearing to decide whether to grant a permanent and broader injunction. Without a successful appeal, though, that would be too late for JPL employees deciding whether to sign the forms or lose their jobs. Even with an emergency injunction, Nelson said, “it will come down to the wire.” City News Service contributed to this article.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – A federal judge refused Wednesday to block newly instituted background checks for JPL employees that some felt were an invasion of privacy. U.S. District Judge Otis Wright’s decision came two days after he told both sides he would likely grant a partial preliminary injunction barring NASA from asking JPL workers whether they had ever used drugs. But on Wednesday, he issued a 17-page decision that concluding that “the Plaintiffs have not shown either a likelihood of success on the merits or irreparable injury.” Both conditions were requirements for the preliminary injunction to be granted.last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger ‘confident’ Arsenal star will sign new Gunners deal

first_img Arsenal star Theo Walcott Arsene Wenger is confident he can persuade Theo Walcott to sign a new contract and pledge his long-term future to Arsenal.Walcott only has one-year left on his current deal and has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool.The England forward has only started three Premier League games for the north London club this season and has struggled to command a regular first-team place.But the Arsenal boss is desperate to keep Walcott at Emirates Stadium and is hopeful they can agree terms on a new contract in the near future.Wenger said: “I am confident because I believe Theo has a great future. He is just coming back from a difficult injury and every week he is getting better.“He is only young and I believe he will have a great goalscoring record in the future because of the quality and intelligence of his game. Therefore I want him to stay with our club.” 1last_img read more

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Podcast: European Football Show, April 21 2016

first_imgNat Coombs and Andy Brassell are joined this week by Paolo Bandini and Dermot Corrigan for an in-depth look at the major football stories from across Europe. Jose Mourinho to PSG, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Premier League and everything in between.last_img

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Man set to be tried abroad

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The Glendale Police Officer’s Association and St. Peter’s Armenian Church paid for Tsaturyan’s $1,500 airfare. A Glendale man who fled to Armenia when he came under suspicion of strangling his 23-year-old girlfriend is scheduled to be tried next week for murder. If convicted in an Armenian court, Artur Khanzadyan, 25, could serve up to 12 years in jail. He was arrested there in November, just two months after investigators found the body of his girlfriend, Odet Tsaturyan, in the trunk of his car. Glendale police and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, have asked local authorities to return Khanzadyan to the United States for trial, where he could face up to life in prison if convicted, but Armenian officials refused. The two nations do not have a formal extradition treaty. Tsaturyan’s father Shagen Tsaturyan, who insisted Khanzadyan be brought back, will be attending the hearing with two Glendale police officers. Hrachooe Tsaturyan, his wife, said he wanted to ensure Khanzadyan is convicted, despite being tried overseas. 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

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St Eunan’s book return to Under-21 final with routine win over Four Masters

first_imgSt EUNAN’S are back in the Under-21 ‘A’ Championship final after a 13-point semi-final win over Four Masters.St Eunan’s 3-11 Four Masters 0-7By Chris McNulty at O’Donnell Park Eoin McGeehin netted twice in the first half and a late Brian McIntyre penalty gave the Cathedral Town men a routine passage into the finalMcGeehin’s brace of goals in the first half steered St Eunan’s – who were without Donegal senior ace Niall O’Donnell – to a comfortable win.St Eunan’s had a lopsided win over Glenfin in last year’s final and the holders eased back to the final as McIntyre found the bottom corner from a 54th minute penalty.St Eunan’s had signalled their intent eight days previously when recording an 18-point win over Aodh Ruadh. Their 3-17 to 0-8 win in Ballyshannon was a sure sign of their calibre – and the wasted no time in getting off and running here. Just six minutes in, Eoin McGeehin drilled to the top corner. McGeehin’s goal opened up a 1-2 to no score lead.Any hopes of a Four Masters comeback were extinguished when St Eunan’s bagged a second goal on 16 minutes.Niall O’Donnell was absent as he is on holiday, but his absence didn’t derail his side.This time, Kevin Kealy did the spadework and Conor O’Donnell provided a clipped pass for McGeehin. The on-song McGeehin spun and fired in to make it a nine-point game.Four Masters, for their part, saw off Kilcar in their quarter-final as a Cian Hegarty goal secured a 1-8 to 0-7 win. A successful Matthew McKenna free was the sole score for the Donegal Town representatives in the first half. That score, after eight minutes, was only doubled nine minutes into the second half when Shay Travers tucked over a free.A tidy brace by Brian McIntyre, either end of Conor O’Donnell’s point, had St Eunan’s 2-7 to 0-1 ahead at the break.Four Masters hit four-in-a-row at one stage in the second half, but St Eunan’s were already home and hosed. McIntyre stroked home a penalty just for confirmation.St Eunan’s: Éoin O’Boyle; Séan Halvey, Darragh Toal, Anthony Gallagher; Peter McEniff (0-1), Aaron Deeney, Séan Ryan; James Kelly, Oisin Toal (0-1); Brian McIntyre (1-3, 1-0pen), Sean McGettigan, Kevin Kealy (0-1); Éoin McGeehin (2-2), Padraig McGettigan (0-2), Conor O’Donnell (0-1). Subs: Ronan McGeehin for P.McGettigan (40), Ciaran Moore, Sean Breen and Michael McGroary for Kelly, O’Donnell and Ryan (42), Oisin Purdy for McIntyre (55), Cormac Finn for O.Toal (57). Four Masters: Éamonn Jordan; Aodhán McHugh, Cathal Canavan, James McHugh; Eoghan Corley, Brian Fegan, Richard O’Rourke; Oisin Reid, Neil Ward; Cathal Feeney, Jamie Crawford (0-1), Matthew McKenna (0-2f); Killian Faulkner, Cian Hegarty (0-1), Shay Travers (0-3, 2f). Subs: BP Gallagher for McHugh (half-time), Darragh Geary for Canavan (41), Odhrán Quinn for Feeney (48), Eoin Gorrell for Ward (55), Matthew Wilson for Faulkner (57)Referee: Andrew Mullin (Killybegs)St Eunan’s book return to Under-21 final with routine win over Four Masters was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Under-21 ChampionshipBrian McIntyreEoin McGeehinfour mastersKevin KealyPeter McEniffSt Eunanslast_img read more

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Tiny town agog over nearing nups

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’At the Il Ristorantino dining spot, Palazzini offered a “Top Gun” menu that included fettuccine with seafood called “Mission Impossible” and apple pie with cream and hot chocolate named after Suri, the couple’s daughter. At the nearby Trattoria del Castello, guests could order a “Tom e Kat” – a basket of parmesan cheese with truffles and mushrooms. “Wishing you love and happiness,” read one well-wishing sign written in English and taped to the window of a coffee shop. “Congratulations Tom and Katie,” said a sticker on the window of a clothing store, whose two other windows sported a wedding dress with a photograph of the couple, and a “Top Gun” theme with aviation outfits and jackets, and a poster of Cruise as Maverick, the pilot he played in the movie. Nearby, a store had an arch of white balloons over its doorway, except for one red one shaped like a heart. A picture of the couple and a postcard of Bracciano hung from the red balloon. “This is good for the town. It’s a beautiful thing that will make Bracciano known to the whole world,” said Iolanda Barbarani, who owns a hardware store. Lidia Sabbatini, who owns a flower shop, said residents were beside themselves with excitement. “Everybody is so enthusiastic. … It’s not an everyday thing to have a Hollywood star as a guest,” Sabbatini said. “That’s all anyone is talking about. Wherever you go, they’re talking about it. People aren’t even taking the time to buy bread!” On Friday evening, Cruise and Holmes left the Hassler hotel, where they have been staying in Rome to take part in a reception at a villa on a hill overlooking the Italian capital. The medieval castle – with its frescoed library and a loggia looking out on a lake – and the town that surround it have seen celebrity weddings before. CNN foreign correspondent Christiane Amanpour and U.S. State Department spokesman James Rubin married there in 1998. Cruise and Holmes have been staying this week at the luxury hotel near the Spanish Steps in Rome. They dined out Thursday night with about 50 guests at a small, nearby restaurant.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BRACCIANO, Italy – This lakeside town was busy Friday sprucing up its medieval facade with a touch of Hollywood flair on the eve of Tom Cruise’s wedding to Katie Holmes, naming restaurant menus after the actors’ most famous movies and filling shop windows with well-wishing messages. Streets were cleaned, the grass cut and weeds pulled. Road signs outside Bracciano warned drivers that the center of town would be closed to traffic all day today to free the area around the 15th century Odescalchi Castle – the likely venue for the celebrity wedding. By early afternoon, town workers began setting up barriers on the street leading to one of the castle’s entrances. The historic town’s narrow streets teemed with journalists and camera crews, while locals made their own preparations. “We are all participating a little in this wedding,” said Simona Palazzini, a restaurant owner in the square next to the castle. “And we are quite happy to do so.” last_img read more

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