A President without any respect for our Constitution

first_imgDear Editor,It has been roughly nine months since the Granger Government fell from power, but Granger is refusing to resign and call elections. Clearly, this is a man without any respect for our Constitution, or anything for that matter.The Constitution is the supreme law of our land; only dysfunctional bullies would disrespect our Constitution, and Mr Granger is operating like one. Bullies have no respect for anything; they do not even respect humanity.Just remember how Mr Granger disrespected thousands of sugar workers by cruelly forcing them on to the breadline. Editor, Mr Granger is dangerous, he should never be tolerated; and hopefully, the courts will force him to respect the Constitution and eject him from office.Also, as mandated by the Constitution, Mr Granger must fix a date for elections, and GECOM must accommodate that date. GECOM must always be in a state of readiness for elections to be called at any time.Our Constitution has been disrespected and trampled on for far too long by both Mr Granger and GECOM. This is the kind of collaborative bullying that obtains in our country, and it should never be allowed to continue.Of course GECOM is on the same immoral ground as Mr Granger. We all know that Mr Granger does not want to resign and call elections, and GECOM is enabling him to get away with this lawlessness. This is clear.GECOM has even undertaken a highly flawed and useless house-to-house (H-t-H) registration exercise, at the expense of tax payers, to delay preparations for the elections. This exercise was abruptly aborted, and now GECOM wants to merge the flawed and incomplete data from this exercise with the existing database of the National Register of Registrants (NRR). This is pure lawlessness. These people can’t be serious, and they need to be fired for lawlessness on the job.Merging the flawed data from the incomplete H-t-H registration exercise with databases of any kind must be rejected. It is insane, reckless and lawless. It will result in serious problems for years to come, plus it will cost an arm and a leg to fix.Further, I would like to remind Mr Granger that he climbed to power in a democratic environment, and this means that he must stand on moral ground to provide the same kind of democratic environment, and operate within it for the betterment of our country. This means that he must resign and call elections now. And if he fails in this regard, then he will naturally be viewed as nothing but a bully.Sincerely,Annie Baliram(PhD)last_img read more

Chinese businesses sensitised on Guyana’s labour laws

first_imgA number of Chinese business owners were on Sunday sensitised on Guyana’s labour laws.The seminar focused on the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act, Leave with Pay Act, Minimum Wage Order, Occupational Safety and Health Act, decent work as a philosophy and practice, and terms and conditions of employment.The exercise, hosted at the Chinese Association, Brickdam, was led by Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scott; Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle and other labour officers from the Ministry.With the establishment of several large and small Chinese owned-businesses across the country, Minister Scott noted the timeliness and importance of the seminar in ensuring these business owners comply with the local labour laws.It was highlighted that many businesses seeking to maximise profits often findChinese business owners in attendance at the sensitisation seminar on Sundaythemselves in contravention of the labour laws.“Breaking those laws can affect your success and your continued survival. It is better to be educated with the requirements of our laws and comply with them, as opposed to relying on high-priced lawyers to fight your case in court,” Minister Scott stated.Chief Labour Officer Ogle told the business owners the Labour Department (which falls under the Social Protection Ministry) focused on protecting the rights of workers. He explained its remit included ensuring payment of the minimum wage and above, ensuring workers’ contributions were made to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), and employees receive their annual leave.Ogle also pointed out that employees should only work eight hours a day and five days per week. If there is need for an employee to work beyond that, he noted, the employee is entitled to be paid overtime. According to Ogle, it is stipulated in the laws that every employer must have a “record of wages, a record of leave; the law says in Section 10 of the Labour Act, all employers must keep a record of wages. Also, under the Leave and Pay Act, Section Eight, stipulates that the employers must keep a record of the Leave with Pay Act,” he outlined.The sensitising of foreign entrepreneurs on Guyana’s labour laws is an ongoing countrywide exercise by the Labour Department. A similar exercise is slated to be carried out with the Brazilian business owners.last_img read more

P&P Insurance Brokers spreads Christmas cheer

first_imgP&P Insurance Brokers, a Guyanese company that provides a wide array of insurance services to both the private and public sectors, has made generous contributions to several orphanages, senior homes and rehabilitation centres, embracing the Christmas spirit.Representatives of the organisations after the handing-over ceremonyThe monetary donations were presented to the 12 benefitting organisations during the company’s annual event.Each charitable organisation received $125,000, to better help and serve the children, seniors and others, especially during the Christmas season.In light of one regular recipient becoming defunct, another organisation was added to the list to benefit from the funds.Executive Director of the insurance company, Vikash Panday expressed hope that the contributions will assist the various organisations in some way.“We are aware of the many challenges you face in trying to discharge your responsibilities and we hope that these donations will be of some help to you. We would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.”This donation is only a small part of the company’s community outreach as during the year, day in and day out, P&P assists in medical, education and sports events amongst others.The recipients are: Bless the Children Home, Canaan Children Home, Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre, Uncle Eddie’s Home, Friends of the Archer’s Home, The Dharam Shala, David Rose School for the Handicapped, Cheshire Homes Guyana, Hauraruni Girls Home, Tina Insanally Foundation, Bal Nivas Shelter, and Joshua House Children Centre.last_img read more

Men with pointy hats are back

first_imgIN recent decades, the once-formidable Ku Klux Klan has devolved from a force of fear into a force of farce in the mind of many Americans. Once the sight of a group of grown men gathering in white sheets and pointy hats was a scary thing to behold. Nowadays, not so much. Such an event might only inspire a film-school student with a camera phone and a plan for a YouTube masterpiece set to the musical stylings of Alvin and The Chipmunks. It was only natural that the influence of a hate-mongering organization such as the KKK would fade into obscurity once the nation moved away from discriminating against people on the basis of the color of their skin. For a short time in the late 20th century, that big old well of hate we drink from regularly ran just a little bit low. Maybe it was the strong state of the economy. What’s the point in a race war when just about everyone can afford a big-screen television and McD’s? Sadly, it seems that level in that ol’ hate well is rising again, due in large part to resentment whipped up by the stalled immigration reform debates. And, consequently, so is the Klan. Last week, the Anti-Defamation League sounded the alarm saying that Klan membership and activity are on the rise. But this time, the group’s got a new bogeyman – Mexicans and other Hispanic immigrants. Not to worry; the Klan still hates Jews and blacks just a much as always, not to mention the gays. It’s just that the state of immigration has got people thumping mad these days. Hate groups, with their bad-news radars, haven’t failed to notice. “They’re very good at looking for current hot-button issues,” said Deborah Lauter, national civil-rights director for the ADL, “and immigration is one of those issues. If you look at history of the Klan, it’s done well in periods of increased immigration in the last century.” It was news to me, because I assumed the Klan was a relic of the past. But, according to the ADL report, 2006 was a pretty good year for Klan chapters across the nation, which held a number of pep rallies, recruiting drives and expanded their presence in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. The ADL has been at times just as controversial as the groups it documents. And it has been accused more than once of finding anti-Semitism where none exists. But this time, I don’t believe the organization is crying wolf. For one thing, I can tell just from my own e-mail inbox that there’s a deep vein of anger and fear about the millions of Mexican and Central Americans who have settled in the United States, both legal and not. Any smart racist organization, even one of yesterday, would recognize the anger fueled by last year’s stalled immigration-reform debate is something to capitalize on. And for another thing, the two of the largest and most active Klan groups agree that the ADL assessment is right on target. Though, what else are they going to say? Matthew Roberts, a spokesman for the Imperial Klans of America, which has chapters in 30 states, told me that membership in his group has more than doubled in the past year. While he wouldn’t provide actual numbers, he noted that frustration over immigration was a big factor driving membership. “Immigration is opening people’s eyes,” he said. The Brotherhood of Klans, or BOK, responded only via e-mail, noting its response to the ADL report on its Web page. “BOK KKK is growing daily and that is no exaggeration! We receive applications daily because people are becoming more patriotic and realizing their great land means a lot to them,” the statement reads. Mark Pitcavage, director of investigative research for the ADL, said while the Klan has expanded its reach, it still doesn’t have much presence in California. But don’t think that’s good news. The reason may be that California already has so many anti-immigrant groups competing for membership. Anyhow, there have always been many compelling reasons why lawmakers should stop talking about fixing the country’s broken immigration system and do it already. Now they have another reason: It sure would deflate the newly pumped up Klan to lose such a hot cause. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. 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

Valley faith is strong

first_imgChurch, synagogue, temple, gurdwara, center, iglesia, fellowship, society, assembly and congregation are the diverse home names for the estimated 800 religious groups who open their doors to spiritual enlightenment, guidance and worship in the San Fernando Valley. “There is a huge number and range of all different faith traditions here,” said Cambria Smith, president of the Valley Interfaith Council in Chatsworth. “The strength of religious interest has even been seen recently in our neighborhood councils. The introduction of a religious committee with the Winnetka Neighborhood Council is a real reflection of that interest.” VIC has about 200 member faith-based congregations. One of its goals is to bridge the information gap between faiths. Interfaith panel discussions on core religious values and traditions are popular VIC programs held at various houses of worship throughout the year. “There is no doubt that faith is alive in the Valley. It’s powerful to work with people of other faiths,” said the Rev. Wayne Christiansen from Faith Lutheran Church in Canoga Park. “There are hundreds of very beautiful and caring faith communities that do little miracles here every day.” There is an incredible faith network in the San Fernando Valley, said Christiansen, where you not only can come together to worship and stand humbly before God but also find emotional support for the joys and sorrows of life. “There are faith communities out there, working under the radar, looking out for seniors and the poor,” Christiansen said. “I doubt if there is a church, synagogue or mosque that doesn’t get asked by families in need of help. Faith is strong here.” 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

Mancini determined to rekindle Italy’s love affair with football

first_imgMancini’s job will be to rebuild a new and vibrant side going into the European Championship in two years’ time and heading towards the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.The Nations League — in which Italy will also be up against European champions Portugal in Group 3 — will have an impact on seeding for Euro 2020.And the 53-year-old has insisted that a key to his strategy was to bring in new blood after the departure of several veterans, including iconic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, in the wake of Italy’s World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden last November.Buffon’s exit has opened the way for 19-year-old AC Milan ‘keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.“We’re a great group, very young,” said Donnarumma at the team’s Coverciano training centre near Florence.“We’re determined to bring Italian football back where it deserves to be. It’s our duty.”Italy have plummeted to an all-time low of 21st in the FIFA rankings.They were eliminated in the group stage at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, although they fared better at the European Championship, reaching the final in 2012 and the quarter-finals in 2016.But Mancini said he wanted to “try something different” and focus on youth, with four uncapped players including Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo, who is 19 and has yet to start in a Serie A game.“When I looked at TV and saw my name among the players called up I was overwhelmed, I didn’t expect it. I called my father and he started crying,” said Zaniolo, whose father Igor played for several Italian clubs including Genoa.“I will work with humility, commitment and by watching the best and trying to steal some of their secrets.”– ‘Strong message’ –Italy coach Roberto Mancini has called up Mario Balotelli for Nations League games against Poland and Portugal. © AFP/File / Boris HORVATItaly’s under-21 side reached the semi-finals of the 2017 UEFA Under-21 Championship, while the under-20s finished third at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2017.Mancini called on the coaches of Serie A squads to give younger players more playing time to build on their potential.“We’re trying to send a strong message from Coverciano. We’re convinced that those who play well at youth level can do so even at a higher level,” said Mancini.“At this historic moment there are not many Italian players playing on a consistent basis. Because of this, we have included many young players to increase the number of players so we can get to know them better.”One of Mancini’s first decisions on being appointed last May was also to recall controversial striker Mario Balotelli for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.The Nice striker scored in his first game — a 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia — but Mancini’s next two friendlies were a 3-1 defeat to World Cup winners France and 1-1 draw with the Netherlands.As well as 28-year-old Balotelli, Italy’s strike options also include Lazio forward Ciro Immobile, 28, Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, 20, and Juventus’s Federico Bernardeschi, 24.To anchor the younger players, veteran Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, 34, returns to the squad for the first time since Italy’s World Cup play-off defeat.“Chiellini is back and he’s captain, he’s a point of reference and experience, especially for the youngsters,” said Italy’s Chelsea midfielder Jorginho.“Point of reference” – veteran Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has returned to the Italian national team. © AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM“Italy doesn’t deserve to stay where we are now, we’re all motivated to do well and get back to winning. There’s enthusiasm and we feel good together.”“I can guarantee you that this national team is not so far from the best.”Poland too have something to prove after being eliminated in the group stage at the World Cup without star striker Robert Lewandowski scoring once. He and Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik are expected to play.After Poland, Italy play Portugal — minus Cristiano Ronaldo — in Lisbon on September 10.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“Road to 2022 World Cup” – Italy coach Roberto Mancini starts rebuilding Italy in the Nations League © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Sep 6 – Roberto Mancini takes charge of his first competitive game as Italy coach in Friday’s Nations League opener against Poland in Bologna with the tough task of rekindling the nation’s love affair with their national side, decimated after the low of their World Cup fiasco.The former Inter Milan and Manchester City boss was appointed in May after the four-time winners’ shock failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.last_img read more

Man City beaten by Lyon in CL opener

first_imgMaxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir fired Lyon into a 2-0 half-time lead and despite Bernardo Silva pulling a goal back, City slumped to their first defeat of the season.A decade into their stewardship, winning the Champions League for the first time may remain the holy grail for City’s Abu Dhabi owners.But it seems City’s fans still need to be convinced with plenty of empty seats dotted around the Etihad and the Champions League anthem again booed before kick-off.That flat atmosphere transferred into City’s first-half display as Guardiola could only sit and watch a performance riddled with uncharacteristic basic errors from the Premier League champions.Lyon have won just two of their opening five Ligue 1 matches of the season, but pounced on City’s sloppiness.Cornet thought he had opened the scoring when he rounded Ederson and slotted into an empty net only to be marginally flagged offside midway through the first half.Moments later there was no flag to rescue City from some calamitous defending.Fekir’s low cross should have been easily cut out by Fabian Delph at the back post. However, the England international swiped at fresh air and Cornet gratefully slotted into the far corner.Conceding at least sparked City into life and they also had the ball in the net only to be called back for offside when Raheem Sterling’s cross was converted by Ilkay Gundogan, before Gabriel Jesus had claims for a penalty waived away.Assistant manager Mikel Arteta took charge of Manchester City in place of the suspended Pep Guardiola© AFP Paul ELLISGuardiola’s ban meant he wasn’t even allowed into the dressing room at half-time, and Arteta’s team talk got an awfully lot tougher two minutes before the break when long-time Liverpool target Fekir drilled a shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner.Arteta surprisingly resisted the temptation to make changes at the break despite having a cavalry of Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez on the bench.Anthony Lopes made a smart stop low to his right to deny Jesus, but it wasn’t until Sane and Aguero were summoned before the hour mark that City started to threaten.By that point, it should have been too late as former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay hit the post with just Ederson to beat on another threatening Lyon counter-attack.Sane’s introduction moved Bernardo Silva into the central role where he has shone in recent weeks in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne and the two combined to get the hosts back into the game 23 minutes from time.The German got to the by-line and his cut-back was swept into the far corner by the Portuguese international.Sane scored on his first start of the season against Fulham on Saturday and seemed determined to ride to City’s rescue as a fleet-footed run set up a low effort from Aguero that Lopes did well to stop.Aguero and Sane fired off target when well-placed in stoppage time, but Lyon held out to leave City with plenty of work to do in Group F to progress.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Maxwel Cornet scored the opening goal for Lyon against Manchester City© AFP Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 19 – Pep Guardiola had to watch on in horror from the stands as Manchester City’s Champions League campaign got off to the worst possible start in a 2-1 home defeat by Lyon on Wednesday.Guardiola was serving a touchline ban for being sent-off in last season’s quarter-final exit to Liverpool and the competition favourites failed to live up their billing.last_img read more

Lawmakers react to Petraeus report

first_img– Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks “The fact remains that our current strategy in Iraq is a failure. We must change our mission. Delaying the redeployment of our brave young men and women in uniform in Iraq until next summer will not lead to greater regional stability in a troubled region of the world.” – Rep. Diane Watson, D-Los Angeles “The message I got from their testimony is that we need to build on the successes we have achieved in order to complete the mission. A self-sustaining, self-defending Iraq is not a guarantee, but it is still a possibility. We cannot walk from the battlefield now.” – Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora Reaction from some of the Valley-area representatives to the report delivered by Gen. David Petraeus: “We just can’t leave until we’ve accomplished the mission. … We’re still in Japan, we’re still in South Korea … those countries are strong democracies now.” – Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita “The reduction is that we will have surged, and then the surge is over. But he’s basically saying that Iraq is not safe enough to let us reduce our troops to below the pre-surge level.” 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

‘You’ll never get a better club than this’, Allardyce warns Sunderland players

first_img1 Sam Allardyce has never been relegated in his managerial career Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has warned his players they are unlikely to get a better club if their stay on Wearside ends in relegation.The Black Cats travel to Norwich on Saturday knowing defeat would leave their Barclays Premier League status hanging by a thread, and the cull that would follow would be painful, just as it was the last time they slipped out of the top flight in 2003.But while some players would inevitably leave the Stadium of Light should the worst happen, Allardyce had told them the grass will not necessarily be greener and urged them to make sure their future remains in the north-east and the Premier League.He said: “It would hurt immensely if the club got relegated, for the club’s sake first, not mine. I’ve had a fantastic career.“I would be disappointed if I had that one relegation against my managerial career from the Premier League. It would hurt, yes, but it’s more important for the club than it is for me. As a football club, it’s more important for the players than it is for me in terms of my career.“My career will take whatever way and whatever form it needs to take; the players, most of them will never get a club better than this, in my opinion, with its facilities and its supporters, playing in the top league in the world, and they really need to realise that.“I can’t see you lads getting a better club than this one, so let’s stay in the Premier League and let’s make the club even better. That’s their big challenge in the next six games.”last_img read more

She may have lost, but Kat’s career still full of life

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2And Kat had no regrets. “I don’t need any sad faces or anyone feeling bad for me,” she said. “I got a record deal, I got a new car, I have all these great new shoes and I have all these fans. “I want to have anything any normal person can have – family, kids – but I want to have this incredible career and do movies and sing. We’ll see how it will play out.” “American Idol” is practically a sociological phenomenon, attracting people of all ages and backgrounds fascinated by an amateur singing contest that often resembles a high school talent pageant. So many North Americans were wrapped up in “Idol” that one witness said George W. could have invaded Canada on Wednesday night and not even the Canadians would’ve noticed. America has spoken: Taylor Hicks is the new “American Idol,” but runner-up Katharine McPhee won’t be working the drive-thru anytime soon. The fifth season of “American Idol,” the world’s most closely watched karaoke-like contest, came to a close when the gray-haired Southern soul man squeaked past Sherman Oaks’ McPhee to snare the crown Wednesday in front of more than 30 million TV viewers. “I was just telling myself, `Don’t fall to the floor, don’t let your knees buckle.’ I’m living the American dream,” an elated Hicks, 29, told reporters backstage. About 63 million votes were cast, host Ryan Seacrest said, but the breakdown was not announced. On Kat, Hicks was gracious: “She’s such a beautiful young lady and entertainer and she’s going to have a bright future whatever she does.” As winner, Hicks gets major record and management contracts and an enviably fast start in the music biz. But McPhee, whose background in acting and musical theater set her apart from the season’s competitors, will surely fare equally well. She is about to embark on a national tour with Hicks and the 10 finalists, has a single due soon and has probably been fielding offers for the past several months. Also, KFC has a contract on the table for the runner-up to get $10,000 to star in a commercial. For her part, McPhee, 22, is already planning a pop album along the lines of a Joss Stone or Norah Jones, she said. Whatever happens, McPhee will do fine, said Michael Laskow, CEO of Calabasas-based Taxi.com, the world’s leading independent A&R company, which spots and develops talent and material for the major labels. “The TV exposure gives her a massive audience before she even releases a CD,” he said. “In the old days, a label would sign an act, make the record, do the marketing set-up, hope they can get the act on radio and MTV, cross their fingers and hope for the best. “But with `Idol,’ the audience is built before the CD is even recorded. So it’s a guaranteed hit before the artist even enters the studio.” Commercial time on the two-hour “Idol” finale went for $1 million a minute and, if past season-enders are any indication, viewing figures could break records. The Fox-TV show opened with all 12 finalists in performance, followed by a solo spot by Prince and star duets with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Burt Bacharach and the rock band Live. McPhee was joined by Meat Loaf for the song “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.” Said the Loaf backstage: “Katharine was unbelievable. I kept asking her, `Aren’t you nervous?’ She’s beautiful and gorgeous and you know what they say – sex sells.” The show, which reran moments of comedy from the past four months, included cut-ins to a McPhee support party at Universal CityWalk, and to Birmingham, Ala., where young Hicks fans had dyed their hair gray in honor of their “Idol.” While Hicks has expressed interest in going on the road with a rock band, McPhee says she wants to move into film work, a career she was pursuing when she auditioned for “Idol” in January. Her mom, Peisha, is a vocal coach and cabaret singer, and her dad, Dan, is a TV producer. McPhee graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and attended the Boston Conservatory for 18 months. Final advice from the year’s “American Idol”: “Do what you want to do, and be happy and be proud.” fred.shuster@dailynews.com (818) 713-3676160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img