The writing is on the wall

first_imgDear 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 Adamslast_img read more

Over-analysis ‘killing’ football says Pochettino

first_imgTottenham were awarded two penalties which have been the source of fierce debate in the past two days, while Spurs midfielder Dele Alli was also booked for diving.Pochettino felt all three calls were correct, but Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp was left fuming as his side were pegged back in stoppage time when Harry Kane converted the second controversially awarded penalty.Tottenham’s impressive performance has subsequently been overlooked as the decisions of the officials are analysed with a fine-tooth comb, and Pochettino believes paying so much attention to such issues takes away from the essence of the game.“Football is a creative sport, in which you need the talent, that grows in a very intelligent person, a very smart brain,” he said.“And now we are so focused on minimal details. I don’t know. I am worried that in a few years, if the sport that we love now (will still be) a passionate sport that the people love to watch around the world.“If we are not pushing that sport into a very rigid structured (one) – with the VAR, with being focused too much on the small actions like this.”In what will be seen as supporting Alli’s constant issue with diving, Pochettino also claimed the England star’s problem isn’t worth worrying about.“To stop the game, to punish people that … 20 years ago, 30 years ago, it was like all congratulate the player when he tricks the referee or like this. If you remember the football 30 years ago,” he said.“That is the football that I was in love with when I was a child. Football is about trying to trick your opponent. You know? Yes or no? Tactic – what does tactic mean?“When you do some tactics it is to try to trick the opponent. You say, ‘Oh I play on the right but I’m going to finish on the left’.“It’s a mix that I am worried that maybe we are going to kill the game. We love this game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mauricio Pochettino believes the constant analysis of refereeing decisions is bad for the game © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 7 – Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino fears English football’s obsession with over-analysis of decisions and a fixation with diving could kill the sport.Pochettino’s side drew 2-2 at Liverpool on Sunday in a match marred by contentious penalty decisions by referee Jon Moss.last_img read more

Wenger blamed for failing to fix Arsenal’s injury problems as jinx continues

first_imgArsenal Wenger is to blame for Arsenal’s failure to end their 13-year injury jinx, according to Dutch fitness coach Raymond Verheijen.Per Mertesacker is the latest Gunners star to be sidelined, with a knee problem set to keep the German defender out for around four months.It comes as a big blow to the Frenchman, who will be forced to dip into the transfer market for a defender as he attempts to keep them on track for a Premier League title challenge.But Verheijen told talkSPORT Wenger must take responsibility for the structural problems which don’t help their dreadful injury record.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Last year there was a big investigation and all the stats were checked and for the last 13 seasons Arsenal have an injury, on average, once every five games and that’s unprecedented.“It’s probably the worst injury record in the whole of Europe. So, one way or another, there is a structural problem within Arsenal, in terms of injuries.“As we know, the main reason for injuries is fatigue because if you accumulate fatigue from week-to-week then your control of your body decreases, so you have less co-ordination with explosive actions.“That is probably what is going wrong inside Arsenal and it is a responsibility of Arsene Wenger to sort this problem, but he hasn’t fixed it for 13 years.”last_img read more

Winner of meal for two at Sage Restaurant’s Mexican night is…..

first_imgSage Restaurant are hosting another fantastic Mexican night this Thursday, 25th August.Donegal Daily along with Sage ran a like & share competition to giveaway a meal for two to the in demand Mexican night.Donella Lambe from Lifford, has been randomly selected and has won the meal for two to Thursday’s Mexican night, congratulations Donella. Bookings are almost sold out but there are still a few tables remaining, so if you want to enjoy the Sage experience please contact the restaurant on 074 91 02269.www.sagelk.comhttps://www.facebook.com/sageletterkenny/Winner of meal for two at Sage Restaurant’s Mexican night is….. was last modified: August 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donella Lambemeal for twomexican nightSagelast_img read more

Back-to-back: Spartans capture NSCIF large school title over Chico

first_imgRed Bluff >> No need for doubles. The top-seeded Red Bluff High girls tennis team was so overwhelmingly dominate on Wednesday that the Spartans clinched the Northern Section large school championship over second-seeded Chico immediately after singles play, winning the title again, 5-1.Cleo Du Frain, Maggie Winning, Audra Brown, Joelle Alexander and Lindsay Harrison were all straight-set winners over their Chico counterparts to wrap up back-to-back titles for Red Bluff, which dropped only one …last_img

JSE launches oil, metal quanto futures

first_img2 August 2012 The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has further expanded its foreign-referenced commodities product range with the introduction of quanto futures, which enable investors to gain exposure to price fluctuations in foreign commodities while shielding them from movements in the rand-dollar exchange rate. The exchange said in a statement last week that it had partnered with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), as the initial market maker, with Brent crude, gold and copper being the initial commodities to be referenced as part of the JSE’s existing licensing agreement with the CME Group. Quanto futures opened for trading on the JSE on 25 July. A quanto future is a rand-denominated commodity investment product that delivers the same payoff as a pure dollar-denominated commodity investment, allowing investors immunity from exchange rate fluctuations between the rand and US dollar. “Currently, South African investors often don’t receive the full benefit of commodity price movements due to the influence of the exchange rate on the dollar-denominated product,” the JSE said “It is possible through the use currency futures to remove this influence; however, with the introduction of quanto futures, things are made simpler for the investor since through a single trade the payoff, although still in rand, will track the international commodity market.” Chris Sturgess, director of the commodities division at the JSE, said the JSE was excited to offer derivative market participants this additional choice of energy and metal products in the form of quanto futures, “yet another innovative product offered by the JSE making it that much simpler for local investors to gain access to the international commodities markets.” According to the JSE, a quanto product can be understood as follows: if the price of a commodity, say Brent crude, increases by 20% in dollar terms, then the value of the investor’s rand position in Brent crude (via the quanto product) will also increase by 20%. The movement of the rand relative to the dollar plays no part in determining the investor’s return. Ettienne van Wyk, head of metals and energy Trading at RMB’s Global Markets Division, said the introduction of quanto futures as an asset class on the JSE “represents an invaluable addition to the commodity investors’ arsenal. RMB is proud to have played a pioneering role in bringing this ground-breaking product to the market.” The JSE, South Africa’s only full-service securities exchange, connects buyers and sellers in four different financial markets, namely equities, equity derivatives, commodities derivatives and interest rate instruments. Ranked among the top 20 largest equities exchanges in the world in terms of market capitalisation, the JSE offers investors “a first-world trading environment, with world-class technology, surveillance and settlement, in an emerging market context”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Leaders continue to switch sides, but Oppn. sure of winning 175 seats

first_imgWhile the Opposition claimed that it will win more than 175 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly polls next month, it suffered yet another setback on Monday, with Namita Mundada, the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) candidate for Kej in Beed district, joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).NCP chief Sharad Pawar had announced Ms. Mundada, the daughter-in-law of former minister and NCP leader late Vimal Mundada, as the Kej candidate during his tour of Beed district. The seat is currently held by the BJP’s Sangita Thombre, but sources said the BJP is likely to drop Ms. Thombre and field Ms. Mundada instead. Ms. Mundada’s husband, Akshay, also joined the BJP on Monday. BJP leader Pankaja Munde said, “We have always maintained cordial relations with the Mundada family despite being in different parties. The family has been with the NCP since its foundation. We are happy that they feel they can work for the constituency’s development by joining the BJP.”Meanwhile, in Nagpur, Congress MLA from Gondia, Gopaldas Aggrawal, joined the BJP in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Besides, NCP MLA from Karjat, Suresh Lad, is set to join the Shiv Sena in a day or two, as per sources. The NCP also saw some leaders coming into its fold from other parties on Monday. Congress MLA from Pandharpur, Bharat Bhelke, and former Shiv Sena MLA from Shahapur (ST), Daulat Daroda, joined the party at its headquarters in presence of NCP State president Jayant Patil and senior leader Ajit Pawar. Mr. Daroda joined the NCP two months after the party’s sitting Shahapur MLA, Pandurang Varora, switched to the Sena. Addressing a press conference at the NCP headquarters, Ajit Pawar said the Opposition would cross the 175 mark in the elections. “The official announcement of the Opposition alliance will be made in a press conference on October 2. We are confident that we will win the majority,” he said.last_img read more

How Do March Madness Bracket Pools Work?

first_imgWith the majority of the United States’ population set to partake in an NCAA Tournament bracket pool or two, we thought we’d give a quick rundown on how these pools work, for those unfamiliar with the concept. An NCAA Tournament bracket pool is a collection of people who are attempting to predict how the tourney will unfold, and, based on the scoring system, one man or woman will emerge as the victor of their respective pool when the tournament concludes.       IG/bmikolajekIG/bmikolajekTo start, you need to enter a pool. If you weren’t invited into one by someone else, you can enter one of the hundreds of public pools open on ESPN, CBS, or Yahoo. Next, you need to fill out your bracket, which is set to be released Sunday night on CBS. There are 67 games to pick – the four First Four games, the 32 Second Round games, the 16 Third Round games, the eight Sweet 16 games, the four Elite Eight games, the two Final Four games and the national championship game. The scoring of the bracket pools can vary depending on what platform you’re using, but, basically, you get a certain amount of points per each contest that you pick correctly. Typically, the amount of points you receive per win increases by round, so correctly picking the national champion will be worth far more points than correctly picking the winner of a Second Round game. If two or more brackets have totaled the same number of points at the end of the NCAA Tournament, there are tiebreakers. Usually, you’ll have to predict the score of the national title game, and the person with the closest score wins the tiebreaker. Now that you’ve got the NCAA Tournament bracket pools down, go out and win yourself some pools!last_img read more

Extraordinary Journeys Await in Europe with Luxury Gold’s 2020 Pre-Registration Collection

first_img~ Secure your space on a preferred departure on some of our best-selling journeys ~ New York, N.Y. – June 26, 2019 –  Luxury Gold , the award-winning global leader in luxury escorted journeys, has released its 2020 Pre-Registration collection, offering guests the opportunity to travel to Europe and Britain in style in 2020 with unbeatable 2019 prices. Travel Advisors can inform travelers that if the prices of select Luxury Gold journeys increase, we will honor the Pre-registration price and if the prices go down, we will refund the difference. “With our small group departures, the importance of pre-registration is to allow travelers to reserve space that’s limited,” said Jon Grutzner, President of Luxury Gold. “Based on the incredible demand we’ve had on our unique Chairman’s Collection experiences, this will put our guests in front of the line, so they will be sure to meet Princess Anita von Hohenberg at her home in Artstetten Castle or join the Duchess of Northumberland for a private tour of her beautiful gardens in Alnwick Castle.” Travelers can view the full collection of pre-registration itineraries including these popular, luxurious journeys filled with lavish Luxury Gold experiences: British Royale (10 Days): From the beautiful Georgian city of Bath to the mesmerizing Lake District, this journey across Great Britain is one of a lifetime. Travelers will meet iconic personalities, such as a Royal Horse Guard in London and a bagpiper in Edinburgh and go to significant destinations that were once frequented by the likes of Shakespeare and notorious kings. On select Chairman’s Collection departures, travelers will join the Duchess of Northumberland for a private tour of her beautifully restored gardens at her home, Alnwick Castle. Guests will have the opportunity to walk through the castle’s pretty grounds and learn all about her projects at Alnwick Gardens, now home to one of the only poison gardens in the world. Along the way they’ll also see magnificent landmarks with priority access to all of them. VIP experiences include an after-hours, VIP entry to the majestic RHS Garden Harlow Carr in York, which is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society. In London, guests will visit the Tower of London to experience the exclusive Ceremony of the Keys. Later, they can join a senior gardener to learn about indigenous plant species and enjoy an exclusive twilight picnic at one of the garden’s secluded benches. For an exceptional dining experience, guests will enjoy an exquisite Highlight Dinner in the city of Bath at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of the British countryside. One of several luxury hotels they’ll lodge at is The Milestone Hotel and Residences in London,located opposite of Kensington Palace and Gardens. Harmony of Central Europe (13-days): On this journey, travelers will uncover some of Europe’s most revered capitals. Part of Mr. Stanley Tollman’s unique and exquisite Chairman’s Collection, guests will step into a romantic fairy tale while in Vienna to attend a private reception with legendary local Princess Anita von Hohenberg, who is a descendant of the famous Habsburgs. They’ll hear all about her life, heritage and the fascinating personalities of the Habsburg monarchy. Guests can walk on the cobblestone streets of Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic and gaze their eyes on the marvelous Renaissance and baroque architecture of a 13thcentury castle, known as one of the most important historic sites in Central Europe. Guests will enjoy a lavish dinner at the elegant Gundel restaurant in Budapest, Hungary’s most renowned restaurant, to feast on delightful local dishes with a backdrop of traditional folk music. For an after-dinner treat, guests can look up at the stars with a glass of sparkling champagne onboard a private cruise for an unforgettable voyage along the Danube. Along the way, travelers will witness a private recital of Chopin’s classic works by a renowned pianist in Warsaw and walk in the footsteps of six-year-old Mozart at an after-hours visit to the baroque Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. Spain and Portugal In Style (13-days): Experience the passion, creativity and romance of Spain and Portugal as guests witness fiery flamenco performances, marvel at Gaudi’s dreamy architecture and appreciate enchanting citrus-scented squares. In Barcelona, travelers will get VIP, behind-the-scenes access to the opera house, Gran Teatre del Liceu, while attending a reception at its private members’ club, Cercle del Liceu. Along the way, guests will take in the diversity of architectural styles—such as the exquisite Alhambra Palace–and taste some of the region’s most iconic dishes. In Seville, they’ll explore a crossroad of cultures by visiting the city’s lively food markets and admire its charming streets with a horse-drawn carriage ride. Guests will then join a chef at his modern kitchen to watch him prepare a classic Andalusian lunch. Travelers will also enjoy a round of cocktails hosted at an 18th-century mansion, followed by an intimate and passionate performance of fiery flamenco. In Evora, travelers will explore a local winery to enjoy a delicious wine tasting,and in Madrid they’ll experience exceptional dining at the Michelin-starred Albora, a contemporary gastro bar and restaurant known for its distinct flavors and high-quality dishes. In addition to their stay in Madrid, an art historian will provide guests an in-depth look at Spain’s finest collection of paintings at the Prado Museum. Guests can save an additional 10% with Luxury Gold’s Early Payment Discount. **Valued past guests can also save an extra 5% across all journeys and departures during the Pre-Registration period. **Valued past guests can save an extra 5% across all trips and departures during the Preview period.last_img read more

TSA Carriers Call for Rate Hike

first_imgzoom Member carriers in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) say that overall freight revenues must rise as a ‘new normal’ in shoreside and inland operations grows out of recent congestion difficulties and the new longshore labor agreement at the US West Coast ports.The rise should reach levels that will address higher long-term rail, truck, equipment management and cargo handling costs, according to TSA.Container shipping lines have begun the slow work of repairing their networks as U.S. West Coast congestion difficulties ease. At the same time, forward bookings suggest that post-Lunar New Year cargo demand will resume after the week-long Asia holidays and continue to pick up pace. Restoring service levels and further ramping up to meet sustained and rising demand will, in turn, entail significant operational costs, carriers are forecasting.Toward that end TSA has reaffirmed its March 9 general rate increase (GRI) of USD 600 per 40-foot container (FEU) for all shipments, and lines have also filed a previously announced April 9 GRI in the same amount.“Carriers are mindful that all affected parties face higher operating costs as well as lost revenue and business opportunities amid the current situation,” Brian Conrad, TSA’s Executive Administrator said.“But it is also a reality that we are all not simply returning to business as usual. To the extent the U.S. economy is showing sustained recovery and the dollar is likely to remain strong against Asian currencies for some time, carriers need to step up their game, reverse some of the retrenchment seen since 2011 and complete the service integration necessary to fulfill scale and efficiency objective in the market. The limited improvement in freight rates to date neither addresses costs accrued since last September nor the network investment necessary through 2016 to meet customers’ needs,” he added.last_img read more