Guyana’s National Assembly has become one of the many institutions in which the citizenry is losing confidence as the years go by. It is no longer being viewed as a forum that is defined by serious, sober, intellectual, rational and respectful debate. Over the past five years, the Parliament journeyed to a dark place where there is clearly no respect for traditions, practices, norms, rules, and conventions which seek to maintain the high standards of parliamentary conduct and the institution itself. The Eleventh Parliament by it’s own action is justify the very strong public view that the interest of the citizens is not being advanced or given first place despite the rhetoric of their elected representatives. This has resulted in a lack of confidence and trust in the ability of the entity to deliver on core Democratic principles such as good governance, transparency, accountability, political integrity, social justice and good ethics. In short, Parliament is slowly though not deliberately descending into the gutter as it prepares to take on a new role and parliamentary culture that promotes secrecy, public indecency, corruption, unconstitutionality, subtle though damaging forms of racial and ethnic disrespect, and party politics over the wellbeing of the citizens. It is now the place where the mighty and majority are not just satisfied with being in control of every aspect of the Parliament including the Speakership, but they must demonstrate their strength by strangling and dehumanizing the minority opposition parliamentary before muzzling and crippling its ability to rightly and adequately represent its constituents.And what is firstly most worrying about Parliament’s fall from grace is the level of biasness and partisan behaviour of the Speaker of the immediate past and current Parliaments. But Dr Barton Scotland’s tenure is worse than that of Raphael Trotman’s. This Speaker is unfitting for the important job which involves not only maintaining law and order but safeguarding the reputation of the august assembly by demonstrating independence and the ability to compromise where the public’s interest wins over the narrow-minded shenanigans of some politics. His conduct is characterized by arrogance and apparent resentment for the opposition Peoples Progressive Party as well as its politics. He does not create or promote an atmosphere of compromise where both sides of the House are encouraged to resolve their differences amicably and with civility. Instead he appears intrigued by conflict and drama if the Opposition seeks to hold the Government side accountable on matters of public interest involving its misuse of the treasury and public resources. Despite his inexperience in both parliament and politics, he is unwilling to be schooled by the more senior and knowledgeable clerk and Parliamentarians. It’s his way or no way. He is no Speaker, but a pawn of the Government placed in Parliament to shield its representatives from the political missiles and bullets being sent by the Opposition whose armoury is not running out of stock. Unless Dr Scotland strip himself bare of his PNC/APNU/AFC alliances and multi coloured coat, Parliament and its functionality will not improve.Secondly, a new precedence has been set where the Guyana Police Force can be called into the Parliament to wrestle and assault Parliamentarians who refuse to comply with the dictates of the Speaker. After the junior ranks had their fun assaulting PPP MP Priya Manickchand , manhandling other female MPs and scuffling with some male opposition MPs, the Speaker and Clerk conveniently resurfaces with statements distancing themselves from the dastard acts of the Police. Both denied calling the Police. But someone with authority did and its no prankster or anonymous character. But parliamentary figures and the Police should be sanctioned as there was no breach of peace. We can all agree though despite the narrative of the Government that all of this could have been avoided if they had allowed MP Juan Edghill more time to scrutinize the Ministry of the Presidency and its estimates in behalf of the people of this country. Speaker Scotland could have also adjourned or discontinued the day’s business completely to teach Edghill a lesson, but he liked the defiance and wanted more political juice out of it for the Govt. In the end, the public was the biggest loosed followed by Govt that is rejecting scrutiny because it is corrupt. The PPP and Edghill won handsomely dispute his suspension.Thirdly, Santa and the Singing Church Lady should be questioned and charged. They made a mockery out of Parliament after breaching its tiers of security. The incident was funny to the Govt and parliamentary executive but no one else was laughing. What if they were terrorists? What if the Opposition Leader or Speaker was attacked. Criminals are looking, and they now know how easy it is to get access to Parliament. The Clerk should be disciplined, and internal security changes made. Santa belongs in the North Pole and not Parliament.Fourthly, the Budget presented by Minister Winston Jordan is underwhelming to say the least. The Opposition’s scrutiny exposed its weaknesses and shortcomings especially the corruption taking place inside the Govt. What is even more shocking is the fact that its estimates might be under stated or illegal because the US$18M is missing. How could the Speaker disallow a motion to correct an illegality? The opposition should withdraw from the process and move to the Court in order to uphold the law. The denial of this motion is vulgar and President David Granger’s continued defence of corruption is even more vulgar. No reasonable Parliament operates like ours.Guyanese must demand better from their elected representatives. They must pressure them to not only conduct themselves better during sittings but demonstrate more seriousness in their approach to Parliament. It is not a ghetto or a fish market but its a place where the law is upheld, religious tolerance and respect is show and the personal safety if womenfolk is guaranteed even if a member refuses to take his seat. There is a need for a new political culture that is consistent with the respect shown in mature democracies and assemblies across the world. If no fundamental changes are made the Speaker’s tenure will remain disappointing and disastrous just like the Executive’s term in office so far.
Is the British Government now in collusion with the coalition?Is the British Government now in collusion with the coalition?
Dear Editor,Dr Sittlington, an agent, an employee of the British Government, whatever he does in Guyana, is either the policy of the British Government or embarrassment of the British Government.It would be sad if the British Government is now in collusion with the coalition in the political persecution of members of the previous Government.It has been a basic principle of Western democratic society that members of Government are never persecuted for Government policy. All Governments of Guyana have pursued policies of providing land for housing, and housing at subsidised cost. Eg Lamaha Gardens, Meadow brook Gardens, Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Bel Air Gardens (where Carl Greenridge got a gift) have all been provided to Ministers and senior Government functionaries.Dr Sittlington needs to understand the history; he is where he is because of the sweat of slaves and indentured. You can’t pick one area, without looking at the entire country, for example Eccles. When the PPP started their housing drive in 1993, the persons occupying “BB”, “CC” paid one third the price of the people in “AA”, so all those people need to be investigated.But this is not about housing fraud, this is about political harassment, political embarrassment, feeding mob frenzy, and race.The office of the President under whose budget falls SOCU has emasculated the Police Force, to back it up the SARU will and the Special Prosecutor Bill is designed to take prosecution out of the hands of the DPP. Having the DPP march into SOCU headquarters as a common criminal is a signal that the Granger Administration lacks confidence in the person who is the DPP and already coalition zealots are calling for her to be sent on leave.This comes just a few weeks after Basil Williams inferring in his comments ‘look how the court is divided’ — referring to the decision of the appeal court re “Jagdeo’s third term”.What we are seeing in Guyana today is ethnic cleansing and persecution of Indians not even experienced during the Burnham era. Not only have they been removed, but all are now facing trumped up charges – look how Chancellor Kennard and Justice Persaud were booted out of constitutional office. Anytime a regime has to bring out or infer that the army must come out against civilians unrest, know that regime is either unpopular, or undemocratic, or both unpopular and undemocratic.As part Chinese from the Chungh dynasty, we say I wish you live in interesting times, those times are here as never before witnessed in our country.Thank you for the opportunity to share my views.Sincerely,Maria Nadir
0Shares0000PARIS, October 22- Bayern Munich produced a stunning display to demolish Roma 7-1 on Tuesday but they were not the biggest winners on the most prolific evening in Champions League history.A record 40 goals were scored in just eight group games as Shakhtar Donetsk destroyed BATE Borisov 7-0 in Belarus and Chelsea recorded their biggest win in the competition, thumping Maribor 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. There were also wins for Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Schalke and Porto while Manchester City drew 2-2 away to CSKA Moscow, but it was Bayern who stole the show.Pep Guardiola’s side underlined their status as one of the contenders to win the Champions League as they took apart a Roma outfit who had enjoyed a fine start to the campaign.An Arjen Robben brace, Mario Goetze, Robert Lewandowski and a Thomas Mueller penalty made it 5-0 at the break in the Group E game.Gervinho got one back for Roma in the second half before substitutes Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri added further goals in a performance reminiscent of Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup semi-final in July, a game in which five of Bayern’s line-up against Roma featured.“This is a one-off result, it doesn’t reflect the true difference between the sides,” a modest Guardiola later said.However, Bayern’s performance was outdone by Shakhtar, as the Ukrainians romped to a remarkable victory away to BATE in Group H.Brazilian forward Luiz Adriano became only the second player to score five goals in a Champions League game after Lionel Messi, with his tally including four goals in the space of 16 first-half minutes.His compatriots Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa were also on target as Shakhtar ended BATE’s unbeaten home record stretching back over a year in emphatic fashion.Bayern and Shakhtar’s feat in each scoring seven goals away from home on the same night is all the more remarkable given that only two teams had ever previously done so in the Champions League — Marseille in 2010 and Lyon in 2011.Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea fell just short of that mark against Slovenian champions Maribor in Group G, with Loic Remy, a Didier Drogba penalty and John Terry putting them three up at the break.Eden Hazard took centre stage in the second half, forcing Mitja Viler into scoring an own goal before netting a penalty and getting his second of the night at the death, while Agim Ibraimi missed a penalty for the visitors.“We played seriously,” said Mourinho. “We faced the game in the right way and even at half-time at 3-0 the boys kept playing at a good speed and with good quality.”Yet that match was not the most prolific in the group, as Schalke stayed within two points of Chelsea by beating Sporting — who played for almost an hour with just 10 men — 4-3 in Gelsenkirchen.Chinedu Obasi, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Benedikt Hoewedes scored to have Schalke in control after Nani had put Sporting ahead, but an Adrien Silva brace made it 3-3 and it looked as if the Portuguese side would return home with a draw.However, substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting converted a stoppage-time penalty to hand new Schalke coach Roberto di Matteo a second win from as many games in charge.– City blow two-goal lead – Manchester City’s stumbling start in Group E continued as they threw away a 2-0 lead to draw with CSKA in a game played behind closed doors in sub-zero temperatures.Sergio Aguero and James Milner netted in the first half for the English champions only for Seydou Doumbia to pull one back before a late Bebras Natcho penalty earned the Russians a point, and left City third in their section.“We’ve lost two very important points but we have nine points more to play for and I believe we still have enough chances to reach the knockout stage,” said bullish City manager Manuel Pellegrini. PSG remain top of Group F after a 1-0 win at APOEL, secured thanks to a late Edinson Cavani goal, while Barcelona dismissed Ajax 3-1 to stay a point behind in second.Neymar and Sandro Ramirez netted for the Catalans either side of a strike from Lionel Messi, who is now level with Cristiano Ronaldo on 69 Champions League goals, two behind Raul’s all-time record of 71. Anwar El Ghazi scored for the visitors.Shakhtar are second in Group H behind Porto, who beat struggling Athletic Bilbao 2-1 with Ricardo Quaresma netting the winner after Guillermo Fernandez had cancelled out Hector Herrera’s opener for the Portuguese hosts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Beaverlodge RCMP arrest three in stolen property investigationBeaverlodge RCMP arrest three in stolen property investigation
BEAVERLODGE, A.B. – On January 8th, 2019 Beaverlodge RCMP received a call of three individuals in a stolen vehicle in the area of Demmitt. RCMP attended the location and located the individuals on a lease site in the area. The trio were arrested without incident and police discovered two additional trucks, a camper, cargo trailer, and an ATV that were all confirmed to be stolen.Tyler Calliou, 31, of Dawson Creek, is facing the following charges:Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000 x 6Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000Breach of Recognizance x 3Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle x 2Mischief under $5000 x 2Leaving the Scene of an AccidentDevin Calliou, 23, of Dawson Creek, is facing the following charges:Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000 x 2Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000Dangerous Operation of a Motor VehicleFlight from PoliceRandy Larson, 52, of Valhalla Centre, is facing the following charges:Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000 x 3Possession of Property Obtained Under $5000Larson was released with a court date shortly after while Devin and Tyler Calliou were held for Judicial Interim Release hearings and were later released on bail.As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be made available.- Advertisement –
Udinese deal for striker denied to leave door open for West BromUdinese deal for striker denied to leave door open for West Brom
West Brom could make a late move to sign Parma forward Amauri after his agent revealed they have not had an offer from Udinese to sign the experienced striker.The Italian international has been strongly linked with a move away from the Serie A club this summer with reports suggesting that Udinese were in pole position to clinch his signature.Amauri has a wealth of experience during his career and was linked with a move to Tottenham back in 2011.West Brom manager Alan Irvine is looking to strengthen his squad before the window closes at the end of August and could make his move to sign the 34-year-old.Amauri’s agent Giampiero Pocetta says the player would have no hesitation in staying at Parma but also states they are keeping their options open this summer.Pocetta, speaking on Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb, said: “Udinese? I only talk about concrete proposals and I can assure you that we have not had anything from any club.“Amauri has a two year contract with Parma. But obviously, this is the transfer market and nothing is set in stone.” Amauri in action for Parma 1
SAUGUS – Security has been kicked into high gear in the Saugus Union School District, where arsonists and vandals have hit three elementary schools since winter break ended. Private investigators were called in to probe a few small thefts that occurred last month at Sky Blue Mesa and Highlands schools, and they will review security at both facilities, said Bob Cutting, assistant superintendent of business. Lighting and other security measures also will be changed at Rio Vista Elementary School after a bench outside the school was set on fire. Although the fire didn’t spread beyond the bench, it alarmed officials because an arsonist in December had burned down the school’s new jungle gym on the playground. There have been no arrests so far in any of these incidents, which have caused more than $100,000 worth of losses this school year. Typically annual damage from vandalism add up to about $6,000 in the 15-campus school district, Cutting said. The thefts, all within the first three weeks of January, have dampened the mood in the school district where there already was concern about the December arson at Rio Vista Elementary School. Results of the second fire at the school were discovered on Jan. 23. Principal Isa DeArmas said that firecrackers were found on the ground alongside burned pieces of sweat shirts and other material near the bench that had been set on fire. Motion detectors and strobe lights are now being installed at the school to alert authorities when there are trespassers at the school. A wash runs behind the school that sits between scruffy hilltops, single-family homes and a storage facility. Neighbors have said the isolated area draws in people looking for a place to party. DeArmas said that, after weekends, broken beer bottles are often found in the school’s parking lot and behind the school. “We’re in this little community back here that nobody knows about, but people have found us,” she said. Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card All the recent damage and some thefts have alarmed school officials, who are looking at ways to tighten security at the schools where there is normally little or no crime. “It’s unusual,” Cutting said. “It doesn’t happen very often. But we said OK, we have to do more than what we’ve done.” Three Palm Pilot-type devices and their attachments have been stolen since the return from winter break at Highlands School. Teachers had received a grant to use the hand-held computer organizers and were integrating them into students’ technological education in classrooms. The school had about 40 of the devices. A teacher’s purse later was stolen from her desk when she brought her class out for dismissal. Cutting said the woman was on the phone within minutes of the theft canceling her credit cards and cell phone. Around the same time, a digital camera and two walkie-talkies were stolen from the principal’s office at Sky Blue Mesa Elementary School. Staff members discovered the theft the following day when they came in for work and found the lights on and curtains pulled open in the principal’s office.
Rogic returns for Celtic as Simunovic sees specialistRogic returns for Celtic as Simunovic sees specialist
And Kris Ajer, who missed the Parkhead side’s 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox a fortnight ago, is also in contention for a return.The Celtic manager said: “The internationals have come back all fit and well. The only absentees we have are from the fallout from the Rangers game. “Nir is going to be out for three weeks with a hamstring strain and Mikey with a groin injury. “Jozo has the ongoing knee problem as well, so he is seeing a specialist today. Celtic star Tom Rogic is fit again and in contention for a place in the team to play Hamilton this weekend.But manager Neil Lennon revealed Jozo Simunovic was seeing a specialist over an ongoing knee problem.The Croatian defender will sit out Saturday’s trip to New Douglas Park as will Nir Bitton, who will be out for three weeks, and Mikey Johnstone, who has a groin injury.Lennon has welcomed Australian playmaker Rogic’s return as the Premiership champions look to maintain their 100% winning start to the domestic season. “Tom Rogic is fit now. That’s a welcome boost, a player of that quality. Kris is fit as well so he will be in contention. It’s great to have that strength in depth.”On Thursday, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard accused the Scotland coaching staff of being “careless” with Ryan Jack after putting the midfielder through a double session 48 hours after playing against Celtic.But Lennon, who had three players in the same situation, said Ryan Christie, James Forrest and Callum McGregor came back with no problems.All three of the midfielders featured for Scotland in the double header against Russia and Belgium.Lennon said. “They had the game, they were straight to the hotel, maybe a recovery day and then into the training.“Maybe Steven has an issue with that because of Ryan’s injury but thankfully we are injury-free from that.”
4 July 2012According to a new Cape Town bylaw, which went into effect on Monday, motorists caught talking or texting on their mobile phones will be fined R500 and have their phones confiscated for a day.City of Cape Town safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith hopes these measures will “help people get the message” and improve road safety.He said the new regulations formed part of a provincial road safety campaign to halve road deaths by 2014.Szemerei said it was crucial to monitor the success of the regulations to determine whether they should be extended to the whole country.“If it does result in fewer accidents on the roads, then we would advocate this legislation being rolled out to all provinces.”She said global studies indicated that texting while driving caused more accidents than talking, as motorists’ eyes were taken off the road. Hands-free kits did not solve the problem of texting.The stricter laws on cellphone use while driving in Cape Town will probably bring down car insurance premiums, an insurer said on Tuesday.“This ruling is likely to result in fewer claims being paid due to a decrease in the number of accidents,” IntegriSure CEO Helen Szemerei said.“Fewer claims mean a larger pool of premium funds, and should therefore result in a subsequent relief in motor insurance premiums.”IntegriSure warned motorists that insurance companies might not pay out claims if it could be reliably proven that they had driven negligently or recklessly.Sapa
Tebogo Ditshego, CEO of Ditshego Media and founder of the South African Reading Foundation, talking to students about success and the importance of readingAccording to a survey conducted by Stats SA in 2011, 7.1% of South Africa’s population could read and write, but this figure was based on the ability to read and write short sentences and fill in forms.This means that at the time of the survey, 2.643 million South African adults experienced difficulty reading, or could not read at all.Actress Nomzamo Mbatha talking to Wits students about the power of words (images: Bhekumuzi Mdakane)Understanding that reading and literacy can open doors to opportunity, Tebogo Ditshego, chief executive at Ditshego Media, started the South African Reading Foundation in early 2012 to address South Africa’s literacy problem.“We can become as great as we want to be, but it all starts with a book,” said Ditshego, speaking at the World Book Day Read a Book SA event at the University of the Witwatersrand on 23 April.Since 1997 World Book Day has celebrated authors, illustrators, and books, and more importantly, reading and its importance in education and literacy.Organised by the South African Reading Foundation through its Read a Book SA campaign, and in conjunction with Brand South Africa and Play Your Part, the event attracted local personalities to share their love of reading, and inspire a love of reading in others.Actors Nomzamo Mbatha and Masego “Maps” Maponyane; media personality, Pearl Modiadie; social entrepreneur and One Young World ambassador, Luvuyo Mandela; National Youth Development Agency executive chairperson, Yershen Pillay; and writer and entrepreneur, Kojo Baffoe all contributed their stories on how reading helped mould their intellects, and how important reading is to fulfilling South Africa’s potential.WHY READING IS IMPORTANT“Reading and literacy are critically important because they add value and credence to a knowledge economy,” says Brand South Africa’s director of strategic marketing, Wendy Tlou.Writer and entrepreneur Kojo Baffoe reads an extract from Paul Beatty’s novel “The White Boy Shuffle”“A reading nation is a nation that is informed; it is a nation that is curious; it is a nation that is opinionated; but it is also a nation that does, and moves away from just thinking but actually doing.“Through this event we aim to help more South Africans discover the joys of reading and further highlight the importance of reading”, she said, adding, “For me reading has been, and still is, the only journey I take when I want to transport myself to a different world.”At the event she concluded by urging students to “Welcome reading, use reading as a source of strength and a source of confidence, use written words to form and create your opinions because your opinion matters,” adding that “Our struggle is no longer one of political freedom; it’s a struggle for intellectual freedom.”To learn more about World Book Day and the Read a Book SA campaign, follow the South African Reading Foundation @ReadabookSA on twitter.