Dear Editor,General and Regional Elections in Guyana is a mandatory issue; and nothing — I repeat, nothing — is going to stop us now. The shenanigans of the PNC and their cohorts at GECOM cannot stop that inevitability. It is a constitutional mandate that has to be upheld come what may. The Government and its unilateral appointee are afraid of this, and in that regard, they are in concert, trying their utmost to stymie this imminent event.The Government is exploring every available option, such as appeals and other delaying tactics, which simply would not work because, at the end of the day, they must honour and respect the dictates of the Constitution, which explicitly states that upon the successful passage of a no-confidence motion, the President and Cabinet must resign and call fresh elections. Period! The Constitution on which all civilised societies is pivoted (Guyana being one such society) must reign supreme.Trying to frustrate the people of this country on this fundamental right would only breed more harm for the Government. Again, I say: trying to prevent the people of Guyana from making that all-important decision as to who governs them would prove very detrimental to this present dictator, PNC. The more you delay, the more the numbers of those who are against you grow. Day by day, persons are crossing the floor, even those of your die-hard supporters are breaking ranks with The PNC.And from those of us whose ears are to the ground, the number of those that are against you has swollen to a massive amount. I am calling on the PNC to do the decent thing; that is, call an election now and bow out with some dignity. Do not wait until the odds are against you.What the PNC should be grateful about is that under the Proportional Representation (PR) process, they are assured seats in the next election. However, if elections were to have been held under a constituency system, their lot would certainly be that of Barbados, Grenada, and I think St Kitts, where the Opposition was wiped out of existence. Whenever a Government becomes obnoxious, the voters are very severe with those of their oppressors. So the PNC ought to be thankful for the system that we have.Now, having said all of that, it behoves us to scrutinise the Guyana system a bit. When you look at Guyana, you get the horrifying picture of a party that has never, I repeat, has never won an election but has had the longest stay in power. How they did it is anybody’s guess, by a system of intimidation, fear and finally, by rigging. It is an appalling state of affairs that the party is unashamedly proud of.Their strategy is notorious, with that Third World brutal backwardness unleashed here at every election here in Guyana. They are already on the warpath with the incarceration of Miss Jaferally, a PPP/C supporter with those trumped-up charges of her trying to blow up The University of Guyana and other educational institutions.But this has backfired on them, persons are questioning that charge with all seriousness and telling them forthrightly that these charges are political in nature. So they are now trying the bribery trick on those who support them.Now, it seems that they have gotten a little smarter this time around in that they are now going into their strongholds promising them land to build their dream houses. This new bribery campaign is targeting certain select depressed communities with the sole aim of getting recruits for their massive protest actions come election time. But that campaign strategy has hit a snag, as you listen to the comments of two such PNC supporters. Those supporters are saying “Deh come hot and sweaty with house lots … what they been doing all dis time?” Another retorted “we ain’t get wuk, we ain’t gat money, so how we guh buy land … PNC think we stupid nuh”.These comments are symptomatic of countless others of its kind, and for which the PNC is aware of, hence their fear of calling an election. When your own are turning away from you and their attention is on the Opposition, you know full well what will be the result. I say call the elections now!Respectfully,Neil Adams
Joey Barton was in the studio on Friday as he co-hosted Drivetime and was faced with a series of topics to give his opinion on.Among the subjects put forward were Jose Mourinho, Roy Hodgson and Mike Ashley – as well as One Direction and Labour leader candidate Jeremy Corbyn.Below are some of the responses Barton gave …Joey Barton on … Roy Hodgson:“I’m very, very surprised he stayed in a job after the last World Cup. It was abysmal; I think everyone knows it was abysmal.”Joey Barton on … the transfer window:“It should stop at the start of the season. It is unfair – you’re business should be done before the season and I don’t think there should be a January window either. You sign in the closed season and that’s it.“I also think that clubs should not be allowed to get rid of managers. You have a manager at the start of the season and if you sack them at some point there’s a points deduction.“We need to give managers more time – we have a severe depth problem in great managers and it’s mainly because they’re fired every five or six weeks or when results go against them.”Joey Barton on … Jose Mourinho:“I would be very, very fearful of him. He’s a very smart man and has probably though four or five moves in the future.”Joey Barton on … Mike Ashley:“Mike Ashley said things at the end of last season that he was going to do and, no matter what you feel about him, he’s been almost true to his word so credit to him.“He’s done better this year. Newcastle have recruited really well in this window – Florian Thauvin is a really good signing from Marseille. I think Mitrovic looks like the number nine they’ve been crying out for.”
The Reds lost 3-1 on penalties as Lucas, Coutinho and Lallana all missed 1 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted he would be heading back to Merseyside feeling “s***” following the League Cup final penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City.Philippe Coutinho took the game to extra time with an 82nd minute equaliser after Fernandinho gave City the lead.The game went to penalties and Liverpool’s first was coolly scored by Emre Can but Willy Caballero then sprung into life to save from Lucas, Coutinho and Adam Lallana.Despite his disappointment, Klopp said his players will pick themselves up quickly – with a league clash against City at Anfield coming as soon as Wednesday night.“We have so many games, do you think I go home and close the door and stay there for four weeks?” he said.“You have to feel a defeat, you can’t say it is not important. It is how it is. You know you can fall down but you have to stand up.“Only silly idiots stay on the floor and wait for the next defeat, we will strike back 100 per cent.“You have to feel how it is to lose. It Is really not the best moment but tomorrow morning we can change everything.“Don’t worry, we will go on and we will get better – we have to go the hard way, that is how it is. If we carry on and work really hard, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is really important. Tonight we feel rubbish, s***.”Klopp, who was forced into an early defensive reshuffle as Mamadou Sakho suffered a head injury, also defended his penalty takers and explained that Daniel Sturridge could not be amongst the five players selected.“He had cramp in the last few minutes and could not walk – it was no option, everyone who was available took a penalty,” he added.
A tragic father and son from Ramelton died after their car spun out of control on a part of the Derry road which not gritted.John Gallagher, 55, and his son Sean, 24, were travelling to City of Derry Airport when the accident happened at Carnamaddy, Burt on January 30th, 2010. Their Ford Mondeo hit an icy patch, spun around and then careered into the path of an oncoming car, an inquest had heard.A father and his only son were killed in a head-on collision on an icy road last winter because part of a road they were travelling on was not gritted, an inquest has heardDonegal coroner Dr John Madden said the men had suffered “unsurvivable” injuries. He offered sympathy to Mr Gallagher’s wife Hillary and daughters Aisling (23), Aoife (19) and Eilish (15).The jury returned a verdict of accidental death. Dr Madden said he would send a copy of the inquest report to Donegal County Council. “We have heard a lot about cutbacks in council budgets and road gritting is unfortunately one of the casualties,” he added.“People should have a reasonable expectation that when they set out on a journey, the road will be fit for purpose.”Mr Gallagher, who was originally from Arranmore Island, was well known in the local community.The father and son were travelling to Derry Airport to leave Sean’s girlfriend back to England.She only discovered the awful tragedy when she landed.Ends RAMELTON FATHER AND SON KILLED ON ICY ROAD WHICH WAS NOT GRITTED was last modified: February 19th, 2011 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)
When Californians voted in 1990 to drastically limit how long their state representatives could stay in office, critics predicted a Legislature filled with politicians too green and too focused on their next career move to tackle complex problems. Those concerns will be put to the test like never before Monday, when a new class is sworn representing the most sweeping turnover in the Legislature since it went full time in 1966. In one fell swoop, 36 new members will join the Assembly, just shy of half its total 80 members. Twelve of 40 state senators are first-termers; all but one moved over from the Assembly, where members can stay only six years. The newcomers include Democrats Charles Calderon of Whittier, a former state senator, and Artesia City Councilman Tony Mendoza. They arrive as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is about to unveil an agenda that would test even the most battle-hardened legislator: overhauling health care, reforming prisons and dealing with a $5 billion budget deficit, to name just a few big-ticket items. “Imagine fielding a professional sports team where just about half the players were rookies,” said Tim Hodson, director of the Center for California Studies at Cal State Sacramento. “You would not expect the team to make the playoffs. Not necessarily because of lack of talent, but because of lack of experience.” The incoming members by and large aren’t new to government. Many are well regarded city council members, county supervisors and school board members. “I have to believe every freshman who walks in the Capitol is going to be befuddled for six months,” said A.G. Block, a longtime Capitol observer who directs a public affairs journalism program at UC Center Sacramento. “Will that slow things down? Yes.” Calderon might be the exception. He served in the Legislature from 1982-98. “I can hit the ground running and won’t essentially lose two to four years trying to figure out how the process works,” he said. “I know how to be effective.” Calderon said he believes the incoming class has a lot of potential. “These people are experienced,” he said. “They come from local government. They’re a little older and more mature. They’ve been involved in the process.” The rookies are in no waiting mood. Like high school class presidents arriving for their first year of college, they are eager to stand out from the pack, and soon. But the impact of term limits is a hard thing to quantify; who’s to say that entrenched legislators would accomplish more than energetic rookies? “I want to focus in on educational issues, allowing teachers to have more say on the curriculum they teach,” Mendoza said. “Educational issues should be handled by educational leaders, not politicians.” Calderon wants to focus on health care and the initiative process. “I’m tired of having to go to the ballot every election and have all these initiatives on it,” he said. “The Legislature ought to be resolving these issues.” Many observers believe that term limits have shifted power from lawmakers to lobbyists, bureaucrats, and staff members who’ve been around much longer. That may be less the case in the Senate – where members often arrive with Assembly experience and can stay for eight years – than in the Assembly, where six years in the maximum stay. Detractors also say that term limits disrupt the relationships among lawmakers and the governor that are crucial to getting things done. This year was hailed as the most productive legislative session in decades. But jockeying is expected to begin within a year to replace the leaders credited with crafting major legislative deals with Schwarzenegger. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, and Senate Majority Leader Don Perata, D-Oakland, both are termed out in two years. Still, any attempt to tinker with term limits looks to be a tough sell with a public wary of politicians. And the pre-term limits Legislature certainly had its own problems. “The idea that it ran smoothly is a crock,” said Allan Hoffenblum, a Republican political consultant who has been involved in Capitol politics since the early 1970s. “It was boss rule,” he added, with legislative leaders who gained seniority and “became powerful chieftains for years.” But there is widespread agreement in the Capitol that the existing term limits are too strict. Schwarzenegger is expected to press a package of political reforms next year that may include relaxing the limits. One idea being floated is to allow a total 14 years in the Legislature, which could include any combination of service in the Assembly and Senate. The idea is designed to build more stability in the Assembly, where the six-year limit means members almost immediately have their sights on other jobs. To compensate for their inexperience, rookie members look to hire veteran staff and team up with more seasoned lawmakers. Mendoza has hired as his chief of staff Luis Patino, who for the past four years served as director of communications for former Sen. Richard Alarcon. The newcomers also have been getting training. “It’s mostly focused on the hiring of people, procedures and what to do with your district and capitol offices,” Mendoza said. “But,” he added, “the political stuff they don’t teach you. You have to do that on your own.” Staff Writer Mike Sprague contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donegal have retained their Ulster senior football championship title after an impressive 1-24 to 2-16 win against Cavan in Clones.It’s Donegal’s 10th senior provincial title.Bundoran’s Jamie Brennan scored 1-4 and Paddy McBrearty 0-5 and Donegal controlled the match from start to finish.Listen back to Ocean FM Sport’s Ulster final commentary as described by Paddy McGill and Kilcar’s Mark McHugh: play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat Ulster final commentary 23/06/2019 Donegal 1-24 Cavan 2-16 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Kilcar’s Paddy McBrearty damaged his cruciate ligament in the Ulster final 12 months ago. This one was more memorable for him: play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat Donegal’s Paddy McBrearty 23/06/2019 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Killybegs Hugh McFadden joined Paddy and Mark postmatch to reflect on a 10th Ulster senior football title for the county. play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat Donegal’s Hugh McFadden 23/06/2019 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Award-winning local stand-up comedianTrevor Noah will be the first SouthAfrican and African to appear onThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno.(Image: yomzansi.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Trevor Noah Bookings+27 11 726 7611RELATED ARTICLES• SA film wins international award • Shaken and stirred in Cape Town • The boy who sees in pictures • Mandela quotations book published Wilma den HartighAward-winning local stand-up comedian Trevor Noah will be the first South African – and African – to appear on the popular late-night American talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.A chance to perform a comedy act on The Tonight Show, which is watched by millions of people every day, is a major career break for Noah and puts the spotlight on South Africa’s comedy talent.He got lucky when he was spotted by the show’s scouts who were searching for talented performers to appear on the show. After a tough audition process, he was selected as one of the comedians to perform on the show.In an interview on Talk Radio 702, Noah says it is a great honour to appear on a show that has such a huge following in many countries.“Having this appearance on my credentials will put me head and shoulders above many comedians. Many American comedians haven’t even been on the show,” he says.Noah is in illustrious company, as other famous comedians who have appeared on The Tonight Show include Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, Steven Wright, Roseanne Barr and Joan Rivers.Telling the story of South AfricaNoah first made a name for himself performing for South African audiences and he has often been seen on stage with some of South Africa’s funniest people, such as Riaad Moosa, Darren Simpson, Marc Lottering and the ever-popular Barry Hilton.Recently Noah became closely associated with mobile services provider Cell C, as its “customer experience officer”, a personality developed as part of the company’s new brand identity. His job was to represent consumers, keep the company on its toes and assist them in understanding the needs of their subscribers.He has also received awards for his ability to get people laughing. At the South African Comedy Awards in 2008 he was the winner in the Best Breakthough Act category.For the past six months, he has been touring the US, entertaining American audiences with his signature brand of stand-up comedy.He says that most of what he talks about, even to American audiences, is about South Africa. His act for The Tonight Show will be no different.“I love telling the story of South Africa whenever I travel the world. We have such an amazing history and telling my story, which is a tiny part of South Africa’s history, is a great joy for me,” he says.In an interview with South African-born arts and entertainment journalist Nadia Neophytou, on her blog Miss Ntertainment, Noah says that he also hopes to use the opportunity to showcase South African comedy, which he believes is of a high standard.“The truth is, there is good and bad comedy everywhere in world. In South Africa we have international quality comedy,” he says.In preparation for his appearance on the show, he has been performing at comedy clubs and shows across the US to perfect his five-minute set.“I have bouts of nervousness, but it is a great opportunity to be on a show like this. I am as ready as I can be,” he says.Trevor Noah’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show will air in the US tonight, and be broadcast on CNBC Africa (DStv channel 410) on Tuesday 10 January at 21:00.
India will take on West Indies in the ICC World Cup, Pool B todayWest Indies cricket legend Viv Richards on Thursday said that the Indian bowling is not consistent enough and sooner or later it will be exploited by opposition batsmen.In a column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) website, Richards said that even though India are a force to reckon with at this point of time, they have an inconsistent bowling line-up which will be exposed.”India is a powerful force at this point in time with three wins out of three matches. Its batting is always its strong point and it is looking good. Bowling is looking good too, as good as anything we have seen so far from them on this long tour,” wrote Richards.”But even then, it is not consistent enough and sooner or later that factor will come to play. That is an open chance for any opposition team to pounce on.”The two-time World Cup-winner said the West Indies batting order is capable enough of launching an attack on the Indian bowlers when they meet in a World Cup Pool B match on Friday at the WACA.”The West Indies’ batting order is talented enough to take a chance against such a traditionally inconsistent India bowling attack. While India is comfortably placed in Pool B, West Indies has to make up points for qualification to the next round,” he said.The 62-year-old added that winning the game against the defending champions will do West Indies a world of good.advertisement”However, this is not a must-win game by any means. I don’t want them to think like that because it will only put undue pressure. If they think so, they will lose shape,” said the former right-handed batsman.”Instead, they should just go about their business like they would in any normal match, as professionals, and that will help them achieve what they want to. If they can make it happen, it will be very good for their confidence.”
England allrounder Ben Stokes has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second Test against Bangladesh on Sunday.Stokes was found to have violated Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.In addition to the sanction imposed for his breach of the article, one demerit point has been added to Stokes’ disciplinary record.The incident happened during the morning session’s play on Sunday when Stokes ignored the on-field umpires’ repeated requests and instructions to stop by continuing to verbally engage with Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman.The on-field umpires had also advised England captain Alastair Cook of Stokes’ actions, but the player didn’t comply with the instructions.Stokes admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees making a formal hearing unnecessary.
Aah, the siren song of the city — trains groaning, semis rumbling on the bridge overhead, the squeaks and drone of heavy machinery, and all the while, dodging deadlines and emails and phone calls, your stress levels slowly creep up…and up…and up.What if I told you there was a way to find quiet, even in a noisy space?There is. It’s mindfulness meditation.I know, I know. It’s been said before. The internet is full of holier-than-thou health gurus gushing over the benefits of this or that new agey thing. Yes, I was lazy and skeptical too. Actually, I’m still lazy and skeptical about most things…but not meditation.It’s easier than you think: no need to sit in lotus position, no need to visualize yourself as transcendentally peaceful or even anything more than the awesome, lovably flawed human you are. All you need to do is relax, concentrate on your breathing, and let your thoughts float by, focusing on the present moment.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberThe benefits of mindfulness meditation include:Reducing anxietyEver have a thought that you just worry and worry over, until everything just… collapses? A recent study showed that meditation is even more effective than stress-management techniques at reducing generalized anxiety.Meditation helps because by only thinking about the present moment, you let go of whatever needless thoughts are making you fret. And after a while, you’ll realize that those little things aren’t even worries at all.Increasing focusFocusing on your breathing for ten minutes a day sounds easy, right? The mind naturally wanders during meditation, and the only task is to gently bring it back to the present moment. This gentle act of re-focusing helps you focus in other parts of your life, too. Studies show that after meditation, multitasking is less stressful. Participants who meditated were less distracted during their tasks.Alleviating stress and depressionWhat freelancer isn’t stressed or depressed? Luckily, meditation helps with that too. It eases both psychological and physical symptoms of stress– just as how smiling makes you actually feel better, taking a moment to quiet your body actually makes you less stressed, too. In fact, here’s some news for you: meditating, when done routinely over an extended period of time, is more effective than a placebo and just as effective as maintenance antidepressant therapy.If that all sounds great, give meditation a try! Even just ten minutes a day is enough to kickstart some of the benefits of mindfulness meditation.Speaking from personal experience, I know that meditation can be hard if you’re expecting to get some good out of it. You might feel impatient, or wonder why sometimes it’s so great and other times you fall asleep. That’s okay! It’s all part of the process — nobody’s perfect.I used the app Headspace to get started — guided meditation is a great way to begin the practice, if you’re uncertain or have never meditated before.Got any tips about meditation or other mindfulness practices? Share your thoughts in the Health and Wellness Hive!Larissa Pham is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She meditates every day in the stairwell next to Freelancers Union HQ but sometimes forgets on weekends when she’s at home.