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What has changed since December 2000 to make 90 days a Sisyphean task?

first_imgDear Editor,The constitutional mandate of 90 days or three months for holding elections was not arrived at arbitrarily, there were numerous studies and consultations with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) before that period was agreed upon and duly inserted into Article 106 (7) in December 2000 (Bill No 4 of 2000).At the time of consideration of this amendment, GECOM itself was only into its seventh month as a permanent constitutional body (Bill No 2 of 2000), continuous registration and the existence of a valid electoral list all year round was not even contemplated. It was envisaged that creation of a valid list as part of the process within the 90-day period was easily achievable. Many extra days and redundancies were added to the process to arrive at 90 days as the maximum needed to deliver credible elections.Editor, this begs the question of what has changed since December 2000 to make 90 days a Sisyphean task. The answer is nothing! Our population has not grown significantly; technology has improved; the GECOM Secretariat is well established and extremely efficient in conducting registration exercises twice a year, the last being May/June 2018; regular elections have led to a large cadre of persons trained in electoral procedures being readily available. We have a list of electors valid until April 30, 2019. In fact, it may well be argued that General and Regional Elections preparations can be done in a much shorter time frame in the age of ultra-modern communications.The Guyana Elections Commission Secretariat, the people who do the actual work of holding elections are ready for an election, the executive has prepared work plans and even declared publicly a timeline that placed holding of elections well within the constitutionally-mandated timeframe. “With this no-confidence motion, it means once the date is set, it will be held … it is our constitutional mandate to conduct the General and Regional Elections and Local Government Elections (LGE) whenever they are constitutionally due; so whether it is in the 90 days, then it is GECOM’s responsibility to conduct elections,” said Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GECOM, Yolanda Warde (Guyana Chronicle 27.12.2018).Who or what then derailed the process?The blame ultimately lies on the shoulders of one man, David Granger, the elected President of Guyana who has mistaken party loyalty as support of his circular logic that involves him and partisan GECOM Commissioners, supported by a unilaterally-appointed Chairman playing make-believe ‘hot potato’ with the responsibility for setting a date for elections in compliance with the Constitution of Guyana.Mr Granger came into the highest office in our nation touting law, order, dignity and respect; as a direct result of his inability and failure to function in a leadership role, Granger will leave it with its powers and respect considerably diminished. There is no doubt now that Granger will hold on until the grim end, and with him will be many of the men and women of his Administration, they will leave us with a cautionary tale for many generations to come. “The wheel of the world swings through the same phases again and again” ? Rudyard Kipling, “The Man Who Would Be King”.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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If this man leaves, Chelsea can kiss goodbye to the Premier League title

first_imgChelsea will NOT win the Premier League next season if they let John Terry leave.That’s the verdict of Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher as the west London club begins to consider the future without their talismanic leader.The inspirational Blues captain, who will be 35 in December, is yet to sign a new deal to extend his 16-year stay at Stamford Bridge.The received wisdom is the veteran defender, who was named man of the match in his side’s Capital One Cup final victory over Tottenham on Sunday, will agree another contract and Carragher insists it’s vital Jose Mourinho retains his on-field lieutenant.“I don’t for one moment expect the Stamford Bridge hierarchy to let him slip out of the club,” Carragher said in his exclusive Daily Mail column. “He is too valuable and, given how Mourinho sets his team up, he could play for at least another two years.“Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma are good players but, without Terry, I would not be confident about Chelsea winning the Premier League next season.”CLICK HERE TO SEE FIVE POSSIBLE CHELSEA SIGNINGS TO REPLACE JOHN TERRYAnd Carragher believes there would be a queue of suitors should the unthinkable happen and Terry parts company with Chelsea.He added: “If he was to leave, there would not be a team in the top-flight who Terry would not improve. Mourinho knows this better than anyone.”To read more from Jamie Carragher, check out his column on MailOnline John Terry holds aloft the Capital One Cup 1last_img read more

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Crazy clip: Furious Dutch boss punches a hole in his dugout!

first_imgWatching your side throw away a two-goal lead is always frustrating.Chuck in the fact you’re in a relegation battle and the side you’re playing against is bottom of the table it makes it even worse.NAC Breda boss Robert Maaskant definitely wasn’t too impressed as he watched his team let Dordrecht back into their Eredivisie clash, which ended 2-2.And after seeing Everon Pisas equalise the well-travelled boss reacted by punching a hole in his dugout.Check out Maaskant’s moment of madness below…last_img read more

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Test may head off a red-wine headache

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But a device developed by University of California, Berkeley researchers could help avoid the dreaded “red wine headache.” Chemists working with NASA-funded technology designed to find life on Mars have created a device they say can easily detect chemicals that many scientists believe can turn wine and other beloved indulgences into ingredients for agony. The chemicals, called biogenic amines, occur naturally in a wide variety of aged, pickled and fermented foods prized by gourmet palates, including wine, chocolate, cheese, olives, nuts and cured meats. “The food you eat is so unbelievably coupled with your body’s chemistry,” said Richard Mathies, who described his new technology in an article published Thursday in the journal Analytical Chemistry. Scientists have nominated several culprits for “red wine headache,” including amines like tyramine and histamine, though no conclusions have been reached. Still, many specialists warn headache sufferers away from foods rich in amines, which can also trigger sudden episodes of high blood pressure, heart palpitations and elevated adrenaline levels. RESEARCH: Device analyzes drinks for chemicals believed to cause the reaction. By Marcus Wohlsen The Associated Press BERKELEY – The effects are all too familiar: a fancy dinner, some fine wine and then, a few hours later, a racing heart and a pounding headache. People who take a class of antidepressants known as MAOI inhibitors, which block the body’s ability to break down amines, are at special risk of dangerous blood pressure spikes from wine, cheese and other foods. The detector could prove useful to those with amine sensitivity, said Beverly McCabe, a clinical dietitian and co-author of “Handbook of Food-Drug Interactions,” a book cited by the study for its descriptions of the effects of amines on the brain. The prototype – the size of a small briefcase – uses a drop of wine to determine amine levels in five minutes, Mathies said. A startup company Mathies co-founded is working to create a smaller device the size of a personal digital assistant that people could take to restaurants and test their favorite wines. The researchers found the highest amine levels in red wine and sake and the lowest in beer. For now, the device works only with liquids.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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PSG star Blaise Matuidi ‘awaiting offers from the Premier League’ – reports

first_img Blaise Matuidi is reportedly eager to play in England 1 France star Blaise Matuidi is waiting for offers from the Premier League – amid reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.The midfielder has been at Paris Saint-Germain for five years but he is considering his future this summer.Chelsea and United are interested in the 29-year-old and he could be available for around £22million.However, according to Le Parisien, Matuidi is yet to receive any concrete offers and is waiting to hear from English clubs.The France international is currently trying to help France go all the way at Euro 2016 but his agent is available to discuss his future.Matuidi is eager to play in England – but he will only consider offers from Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Man United and Tottenham.last_img read more

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Everton 0-1 Burnley: More misery for Koeman as Hendrick downs Toffees

first_img1 Ronald Koeman will face yet more difficult questions at Everton after Jeff Hendrick bolstered Burnley’s impressive away record with the winner at Goodison Park.Republic of Ireland international Hendrick was on the end of a sweeping move as the Clarets’ 1-0 win was added to a collection of positive road results already featuring a victory at Chelsea and draws at Tottenham and Liverpool.But it plunged Everton straight back into a crisis, with last weekend’s win over Bournemouth – their only league victory since the opening day of the season – a distant memory as four league defeats in five matches have left manager Koeman’s side just two points above the bottom three.Burnley’s 12-point haul represents their best start to a Premier League campaign. In contrast to their hosts, who looked disjointed and desperate at times despite some significant summer investment, each one of Sean Dyche’s players knows the game plan and they never deviate from it.Hendrick easily side-stepped Morgan Schneiderlin in the penalty area to slide home a low shot after Scott Arfield and Stephen Ward combined down the left towards the end of a 24-pass move bettered only in numbers by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this season.Everton visibly crumbled, with Ashley Williams lucky to escape when his clearance rebounded off Hendrick to Arfield, who was booked for diving in the penalty area after the pedestrian centre-back attempted to correct his error.Koeman had criticised his players for being “afraid” after the midweek Europa League draw at home to Apollon Limassol and he injected some youthful exuberance with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Nikola Vlasic given starts.Oumar Niasse, ineligible in Europe after being excluded from the squad, made his first league start for Everton since May 2016 and his first under Koeman.He partnered Calvert-Lewin up front with Wayne Rooney dropped to the bench for the first time since his return from Manchester United.For a while it appeared to be working with Niasse’s energy supplemented by some purposeful running from the two youngsters, creating two chances for Gylfi Sigurdsson. But the Iceland international – so clinical for Swansea but yet to open his Everton account in the league – wasted them both.However, Dyche’s Burnley are masters at making the most of what little they have and despite their hosts’ perceived dominance they were able to cut through them with ease midway through the first half.From there the Toffees laboured with little reward after the break with Rooney and academy graduate Tom Davies sent on for the final quarter to try and break a well-drilled Burnley side’s tight grip on the game.That they failed was as much down to the Clarets’ resilience as it was to Everton’s failings as Dyche’s men have already proved their mettle in similar situations on the road this season.Rooney thought he should have had a penalty when his flick-on from Sigurdsson’s cross bounced on to Matthew Lowton’s arm but, unlike last week, there would be no late reprieve.The boos ringing out at the end left Koeman in no doubt as to how bad a start this has been. Everton manager Ronald Koeman last_img read more

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Hearts agree deal with Livingston captain Craig Halkett

first_img Hearts manager Craig Levein said: “I’m delighted that Craig has committed to signing for Hearts.“He’s a talented player and, at 23 years old, is at an age where he can continue to develop and progress.“This club is the right place for him to do so and I look forward to welcoming him in the summer.” Hearts will sign Craig Halkett at the end of the season after the Livingston captain signed a pre-contract.The centre-back has enjoyed an impressive term in the Premiership, and netted against his new club in December.He will sign a three-year contract at Tynecastle in June.The 23-year-old came through the youth system at Rangers before joining Livingston following loan spells at Clyde and Berwick Rangers.last_img read more

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Cape Town to be entrepreneurial hub

first_imgParticipants at the upcoming Cape TownEntrepreneurship Week will look at waysof making the city a small businesshub in the future.(Image: CTEW) The magnificent City Hall is the venue forthis year’s Entrepreneurship Week events.(Image: Cape-Town.info)MEDIA CONTACTS • Gordon MetzCo-event organiser, CTEW+27 21 422 0670 or _27 83 270 3088• Paul VicarsEvent coordinator, CTEW+27 21 422 0676 or +27 82 953 5024Shamin ChibbaIn a bid to develop a thriving entrepreneurial hub, Cape Town city management is encouraging citizens to improve their business knowledge with the hosting of Cape Town Entrepreneurship Week (CTEW) later this month.The event, which is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, will take place at the Cape Town City Hall between 15 and 21 November.The week-long event comprises a three-day conference, an expo, an open day for the public and a number of community and satellite events. It looks to attract entrepreneurs who run small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) that employ up to 100 people.According to CTEW event coordinator Paul Vicars, the purpose of the event is to kick-start the creation of an entrepreneurial hub focused on SMEs, within Cape Town.Vicars said that smaller satellite events have already taken place in the build-up to the CTEW. Mentors and entrepreneurial coaches have held presentations in the townships of Gugulethu and Mitchell’s Plain, as well as the community of Muizenberg.The CTEW is incorporated into the city’s broader entrepreneurship and small business development strategy called Cape Town Activa.Vicars described this programme as an initiative geared towards fostering an ecosystem of entrepreneurs in the city. It is based on Barcelona Activa, the business development agency of that city’s council.Activa representatives will present their model at the CTEW and explain what they are trying to achieve and what they can do for entrepreneurs.Highlights of CTEWCTEW co-event organiser Gordon Metz said that the event will open with a discussion on emerging markets that have achieved high annual growth rates of up to 7%.Experts from Colombia, Thailand, India and South Africa will then discuss ways in which Cape Town can adopt those strategies that enabled the emerging markets to achieve such high growth rates.Metz said that these particular countries have achieved economic success because their small businesses have thrived.On 19 November, the CTEW will hold a free open day and will encourage smaller businesses and informal traders to attend.Young and successful entrepreneurs will hold presentations that focus on various essential aspects of entrepreneurship such as the personality traits a businessperson needs, how to draft a business plan, raising finance, and how to deal with legal aspects, tax and administration.An entrepreneurial culture is neededMetz cited the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), the largest single study of entrepreneurial activity in the world, when he explained the poor state of entrepreneurship in South Africa.He said that GEM’s localised study, conducted at the University of Cape Town’s Business School, showed that an underdeveloped entrepreneurial culture contributed to South Africa’s lowly position on the world entrepreneurial stage.Metz’s biggest concern is the absence of this culture in the public sector, which he said needs to be incorporated into the government’s work ethic to help it face modern challenges.“The old bureaucratic ways of operating do not hold any longer,” he said, adding that entrepreneurship is a way of life and should be instilled in all sectors, from government and business to education.Education and entrepreneurship are linkedAccording to Metz, another major challenge for entrepreneurial growth is the lack of skills. He added that the education system does not teach students to think of entrepreneurship as a career.“There is a strong relationship between education and entrepreneurship. It is not only about finances and money but about education, skills, exposure and creativity,” he said.Metz emphasised the need for a system that will instil confidence in one’s ability and creativity. He said confidence and self-awareness are two of the traits needed to be successful.Other challenges Metz spoke of were the lack of financial support for start-ups and for smaller businesses who are struggling to sustain themselves.He said that a large proportion of businesspeople fall into the informal sector and remain there because they do not receive support.He added that there is willingness to back small businesses, but the sector is so fragmented that entrepreneurs don’t know where to go when looking for assistance.Cape Town – an economic city-stateAccording to Metz, one of the discussions during the week will focus on the role of a city in economic growth. He said that South Africa and the rest of Africa are experiencing significant growth in urbanisation due to the high influx of rural citizens into cities.Moreover, the increasing number of young people living in cities makes these areas important hubs of the economy.“About 15 years ago, only 30% of the country’s population lived in cities. This year, more than 50% of people live in cities,” said Metz.He said that within 15 years, five or six cities will be responsible for South Africa’s economic growth. Cities, he added, should be poised to take advantage of this phenomenon.“It is the cities and not nation-states that will provide economic growth,” he said.Start new businesses instead of job-huntingCTEW co-director Martin Feinstein believes that the creation of new businesses and not jobs is the answer to developing a sturdier economy.He said instead of trying to create 5-million jobs, as the government pledged to do in the next year, it would be more effective to start-up 1-million businesses that can, in turn, create those 5-million jobs and grow to employ even more people.“In a city like Cape Town, it is not unreasonable to target an additional 10 000 new businesses,” said Feinstein.Considering that 50 000 jobs were reported to have been lost in October alone, Feinstein said the current trend is not of job creation but of job losses.He said that for job creation and economic growth to occur, new and sustainable businesses need to start up and grow rapidly.last_img read more

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Probe into safety oversight of American, Allegiant.

first_imgPhoto: American Airlines Regulatory oversight of maintenance at US carriers American and Allegiant is being put under the microscope by the US Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General.The OIG in 2017 announced that it would look at the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of airline maintenance after a review was sought by politicians.The audit looked at whether the FAA considered factors such as mergers, rapid expansion and cost-cutting initiatives in its oversight of carrier maintenance.The office initially planned to look at maintenance across the industry but said in a memorandum released Wednesday that it would concentrate on the two carriers it visited during initial audit work.READ: American ups the ante in the CaribbeanIt said the initial audit had found the FAA had moved its oversight strategy from emphasizing enforcement to working with carriers to address the root causes of carrier’s failure to comply with safety regulations.It also found airline maintenance programs were affected by differences in fleet mix.Given these factors and an analysis of complaints to the FAA hotline about maintenance practices at American and Allegiant, it said the OIG had decided to “refocus” the next phase of the audit.“Our objectives now are to assess FAA’s processes for investigating allegations of improper maintenance practices at two carriers, Allegiant Airlines and American Airlines,’’ it said.“Specifically, we will (1) examine FAA’s independent reviews, complaints to the FAA hotline, and other sources to see whether inspectors conducting routine surveillance of Allegiant and American Airlines found similar discrepancies and (2) determine whether FAA ensures that Allegiant and American Airlines implement effective corrective actions to address the root causes of maintenance problems. “American told CNBC it was shocked to learn of the review and that it stood by its strong safety record.Allegiant said it welcomed any analysis of its operation and safety culture.The US version of 60 Minutes in April claimed it had found more than 100 serious mechanical issues and suggested lax FAA oversight was involved. The airline and the FAA both denied the claim.last_img read more

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