Guyanese are not stupid, Mr President

first_imgDear Editor,As a sure sign and certainty, the handwriting is on the wall for Guyana; that is: the death knell for democracy in this country. President Granger, by his installation of an almost 85-year-old retired judge to the post of GECOM Chairman, has finally put another nail in the proverbial coffin of this fair country.  He has highhandedly, and in a flagrant disregard for the Constitution, installed a puppet in the position of GECOM Chairman.With the selection of Mr Patterson, the President has violated the tenets of the Carter Formula in its entirety. And here’s my point: though Mr Patterson has fulfilled the requirement of the law in being a judge who has practised in another jurisdiction within the Commonwealth, he is still unfit by a preponderance of evidence to the contrary.In the first place, he is very close to the party in power; too close for my liking. Having been an ‘old PNC boy’, there is nothing left to imagine where we are going with this appointment.In other circumstances, this man is in failing health, coupled with the fact that he is at present an employee of the Government (Advisor to the Attorney General).These and other yet-to-be-unearthed facts make Mr Patterson not a fit and proper person. You cannot convince me that this man’s judgment would not be compromised. That is a definite certainty! It behooves us to believe also that the upcoming general elections would see massive rigging if he is at the helm of the electoral body. But I shall return to that statement a little later.In all the flurry of discussion on the “most suitable” candidate for the job, most writers have forgotten one key factor: Would that person be fair in all their handling of the business of the Commission? That’s the million-dollar question that the Opposition is fearful of, and to which most writers are not facing up to.Would he be fair? Absolutely not! And no amount of rhetoric coming from the Government side can erase that from our thoughts. Common sense dictates that Granger’s rejection of 18 names only to handpick a known party loyal erodes every doubt that Patterson would be fair.  Having rejected 18 names in favour of an almost 85-year-old man, Granger is solidifying his position that this man would be there to seek out his interests and ensure that things turn out the way he wants them to be. The President wants someone in whom he can trust.And this brings me back to the point I raised earlier, an election is looming on the horizon. Sure enough, that is his next move.  With the hasty putting together of a Chairman, there is every indication that Mr Granger is planning a snap election, to catch the Opposition off guard. So Guyana, prepare for another bombshell in a snap election.But I must tell you this, Mr President: Guyanese are not stupid, we are watching and judging your every move.Respectfully,Neil  Adamslast_img read more

GALLERY: Ateneo lights up another bonfire for UAAP Season 81

first_imgSolon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Ateneo celebrates latest UAAP feat with another bonfire LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu MOST READ MANILA, Philippines–Ateneo celebrated its athletes of the second semester with its second bonfire celebration of the UAAP Season Friday.The Lady Eagles captured the women’s volleyball title of Season 81 while the Blue Eagles ruled the men’s football tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubslast_img read more

Ali Williams cocaine charge ‘harms All Blacks legacy’

first_imgFairfax New Zealand sports columnist Kevin Norquay said such behaviour was unacceptable for a former All Black, let alone one who once led the team’s fabled haka war dance.“Ali Williams has hauled the proud black name through the white powder dirt,” he wrote.“He’s not just a silly boy with money having a bit of a lark outside a Paris nightclub.“He’s Ali Williams, All Black lock, 77 Test caps, World Cup winner in 2011. Wearer of the Silver Fern, dispenser of the haka.”Norquay said Williams’ status as an All Black was the reason he was in France playing for Racing 92, the defending Top 14 champions who have suspended the 35-year-old indefinitely over the incident.“Williams’ allegedly illegal act did not hurt only himself, or those close to him — such as his wife and small children. He harmed the All Black legacy,” he added.Williams is the second ex-All Black at Racing 92 to face trouble with the law after the legendary Dan Carter was caught drink-driving in Paris earlier this month.Newstalk ZB’s France correspondent Catherine Field said Racing 92 promoted itself as a family club and would have expected better from its high-profile recruits.“It’s not just a glamour club, it’s a club that’s really based around family… it’s really something that goes against the ethics of this particular club,” she said. “On top of that, there’s always a lot of interest in what the former All Blacks are doing here in France.”However, there was also some sympathy for Williams, with the New Zealand Herald’s Chris Rattue saying the lock was a “victim” in the war on drugs.“I wish Williams and O’Connor well,” he wrote, arguing that prohibition of drugs had created a disaster. “Theirs was a victim-less crime.”He added the pair were “guilty of nothing, whatever the outcome”.Williams made his All Blacks debut in 2002 and played 77 Tests over the next decade, including victory in the 2011 World Cup final against France.He gained a reputation as a prankster during his playing days, once turning up to a Super Rugby press conference dressed as Spiderman.There were also off-field issues and the Auckland Blues sent him home in disgrace ahead of a semi-final in South Africa in 2007 for repeated indiscretions.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former All Black Ali Williams (C) earned a reputation as a prankster during his playing days © POOL/AFP/File / Ross LANDWellington, New Zealand, Feb 27 – New Zealand media Monday accused Ali Williams of tarnishing the image of the All Blacks after French police charged the World Cup-winning former international with buying cocaine.Williams and ex-Wallaby James O’Connor were arrested outside a Paris nightspot over the weekend after allegedly being caught with 2.4 grams (0.08 ounces) of the drug.last_img read more

Exclusive – Ward: Leicester can inspire Burnley to Premier League survival

first_imgBurnley defender Stephen Ward has revealed they are using Leicester City’s sensational upturn in form to inspire them to Premier League safety.After looking certainties for relegation, the Foxes won four games in a row, firing them out of the bottom three and also went ahead against table-toppers Chelsea before succumbing to a 3-1 defeat on Wednesday.And Ward feels the Clarets, who now sit bottom of the division, can take heart from their rivals’ performances as they look to ensure they remain in the top flight for a second season.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Obviously we were disappointed [to lose to them last week] but if you look at a side like Leicester, who have gone on a fantastic run from the bottom of the league, you have to take inspiration from them a little bit.“We still have four games and we’re confident we can take something from them and we’ll do our utmost and go as hard as we can until the final whistle and see where it takes us.”last_img read more

‘He’s has played a blinder!’ Man United fans hail key man in De Gea deal

first_img David De Gea David De Gea has sign a new contract at Manchester United just days after his transfer to Real Madrid collapsed at the last minute.The Spaniard has penned a four-year deal with the option of a fifth, despite being on the cusp of quitting Old Trafford.It’s a deal which is good for all concerned in Manchester as the player gets more money, Louis van Gaal gets to play his best shot-stopper and the club will get a transfer fee next summer should he get his move to Real.And Red Devils supporters are definitely happy with the news… 1last_img

Sheffield United appoint Chris Wilder as manager on three-year deal

first_imgSheffield United have confirmed the appointment of former Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder as their new manager on a three-year deal.The 48-year-old joins the Blades with immediate effect, and will be assisted by former Rotherham United manager Alan Knill, who follows him from Northampton.Wilder has enjoyed success at various levels of the English football pyramid, impressing with Alfreton Town and Oxford United, before linking up with the Cobblers in January 2014.He leaves Sixfields Stadium with a win percentage of 48, and having only just led the club to the League Two title – finishing the campaign with 99 points from 46 games.Wilder started his playing career with the Blades, playing 93 times for the League One outfit in the late 1980s. He remains a fan of United, and still resides in Sheffield, and will be hoping to improve upon the work of his Bramall Lane predecessor Nigel Adkins. 1 Chris Wilder last_img read more

RAPHOE ROYAL AND PRIOR PRIZEGIVING – IN PICTURES

first_imgRAPHOE ROYAL AND PRIOR PRIZEGIVING – IN PICTURES was last modified: February 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Raphoe Royal and Prior Prizegivinglast_img

Angelides says he will rescue middle class

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“I’m running for governor because hardworking middle-class families are working longer for less – caught in a never-ending obstacle course of stagnant salaries, soaring gas prices, higher tuition for their kids and higher health care costs if they can afford health care at all,” he told a crowd at a Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles. Angelides, who appeared later in the day with U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in San Francisco, also called for closing some corporate tax loopholes. Supporters hoped Angelides’ proposal and his speech, which invoked the name and style of former President Clinton, would dramatically reframe the governor’s race. Until now, the state treasurer has consistently played catch-up and let the more organized, focused Schwarzenegger campaign set the tone and agenda of the debate. At his own news conference in Sacramento on Wednesday, Schwarzenegger appeared with anti-tax advocates who have endorsed him and reaffirmed his opposition to any tax increases. He said he has cut taxes and that Angelides wants to raise them. “We trust the people to spend the money,” Schwarzenegger said. “They trust the government to spend the money.” SACRAMENTO – Responding to weeks of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign attacks, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides on Wednesday pledged to cut taxes for working families in a bid to restyle himself as the savior of the middle class. Angelides said his plan would save each of about 2 1/2 million California families approximately $250 a year and temporarily cost couples who earn more than $1 million annually only about $8 a day, “not much more than a couple of lattes, so that we can balance the budget and give a boost to hardworking families once again.” In addition to providing a tax credit for people who make less than $46,000 a year, Angelides would boost California’s dependent-child credit for couples who make less than $100,000 annually. But for three years he would restore an 11 percent tax bracket that was first initiated by former Govs. Ronald Reagan and Pete Wilson for the state’s wealthiest people. Angelides said the increase would net $3.1 billion to help restore “the California dream” he and his parents enjoyed by working hard. The Republican governor’s campaign has sought to undermine Angelides’ promises by drawing attention to the cost – first claiming it would total $10 billion and then claiming a figure of $18 billion this week. The latter is inflated by including the cost of an Angelides health care measure that would not be funded through taxes and by an increase in education funding that Angelides has disavowed. Schwarzenegger campaign spokesman Matt David said Angelides’ budget plan did not detail who would foot the bill when the corporate tax loopholes were closed, and Angelides would have to increase other taxes to pay for all his campaign promises. “I’m saying it doesn’t add up,” David said. Angelides’ proposal would provide a refundable credit equivalent to 15 percent of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, up to $660 a year, on a sliding scale, to people who earn less than $46,000 a year, the campaign said. Those who already avoid income taxes because they earn so little could use the credit toward sales and property taxes. It also would increase the state’s child dependent credit to $483 per child, from $283, for couples earning up to $100,000 a year.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

Watch highlights as Aberdeen close gap with 2-1 win over Celtic

first_imgAberdeen cut the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership to just three points after a 2-1 win over Celtic at Pittodrie.Jonny Hayes and a debut goal from Simon Church helped the Dons secure a valuable three points and remain in with a chance of claiming the league crown.A second successive defeat heaps yet more pressure on boss Ronny Deila heading into Scottish Cup fifth round weekend.Hayes, who played with a bandage on his hand after being bitten by a dog, opened the scoring with a stunning strike from distance. And the hosts doubled their advantage when Welsh international Church, on loan from MK Dons, applied the finishing touch to a header from Kenny McLean.Leigh Griffiths pulled one back in injury time for the champions but it was too little too late as they slumped to defeat.last_img read more

Donegal Sports Star Awards to be launched next Monday

first_imgThe formal launch of the Donegal Sports Star Awards will take place next Monday evening in the Mount Errigal Hotel at 6pm.The Donegal Sports Star Awards Chairperson Neil Martin will announce the name of the special guest for the 41st Awards function, which takes place on Friday the 27th of January in the Mount Errigal Hotel.The launch will also provide significant details regarding the Donegal County Council sponsored event including ticket information. The committee has also confirmed the attendance of a number of past winners at next Monday evening’s launch including David Patterson, Colm McGonigle, Bryan Harkin, Richard Eaton, Donal Reid, James Cullen, Danny Ryan, Michael McGarvey, Anne-Marie Meehan, Jack McLaughlin, Charlie McAteer, Nicola Harris, Eamonn Giles, Fr. Michael Sweeney, Stephen Friel, Danny McDaid, Sean Boyle, Paul Giles, Christine Russell, Anne McGrath and Seosamh MacCeallabhuí.Chairperson Neil Martin expressed his delight at confirmation of the past winners attendance.“We have welcomed past winners to the launch over the past two years and it’s something that we intend to do into the future,” Mr Martin said.“The committee is delighted to be honouring more past winners next Monday evening at our launch. “It’s the annual opportunity for us to formally launch the Donegal Sports Star Awards and we’ll also have other guests present from sporting organisations in the county.”Donegal Sports Star Awards to be launched next Monday was last modified: January 3rd, 2017 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)last_img read more