Wrong and strong…

first_img…PNC bullyismGECOM Chair Justice (retired) Claudette Singh finally ended her Hamlet-like agonising (“to announce or not to announce”) elections timelines! And allowed that GECOM will be ready to hold elections at the end of February 2020. To continue with the analogy from yesterday, she didn’t have to cut the baby of elections into two but only because the PPP, which returned democracy to Guyana in 1992, decided that democracy was more important than coming out into the streets like the PNC to protest the traducing of the Constitution by Granger and Co.Does anyone out there believe the PNC would’ve been as patient with the patently ridiculous manoeuvres they deployed to delay the 3-month NCM elections date by a full year, if it were the PPP?? We saw the PNC in 1997 unleash violence in the streets when they only CLAIMED the elections were rigged – and forced the PPP to truncate their term of office by 2 years. Now once again, the PPP has gotten the short end of the stick for observing the norms of parliamentary democracy and not resorting to PNC-type actions.This PNC Government life has now ended…but don’t expect them to act in any way different than if they had just gotten a new mandate to govern. And that’s exactly how they’ll view the GECOM Chair’s date: as a licence for Granger to go even beyond the end of Feb date and be brazen enough to proclaim elections in May 2020. Imitating Burnham’s brazen post-1968 riggings.But today is a new day, where the US and western interests are now economic with the discovery of oil. They can’t afford to encourage an undemocratic government – especially when they’ve pulled out all the stops against one usurper next door in Venezuela. So, to their credit, the US, UK and the EU finally broken their silence. They fired the following broadside against the PNC Government:“However, we deeply regret that by surpassing September 18, the Government is currently in breach of the Constitution following its failure to adhere to the decisions of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on 18 June and its subsequent orders”.This situation comes at great cost to the people of Guyana.  The prevailing political uncertainty undermines Guyanese institutions, compromises economic opportunities and delays development across all areas— including infrastructure, education, health, and social services.  It also hinders our ability to support Guyana’s development needs.We therefore call upon the President to set an elections date immediately in full compliance with Guyana’s constitution”.But that can’t be any old date. “Full compliance” means elections by Sept 18. But, of course, that’s impossible. The PPP Commissioners suggested November.Nothing later will do!!…and what now??The PNC Executive – the President and Cabinet – is now illegal. The “Government” – which isn’t coterminous with the Executive— continues since there are governmental functions which must be maintained for the nation’s business to continue. In Guyana, the Executive has unfortunately has dominated the Government like a colossus – ever since Burnham created the “Executive Presidency” to pander to his megalomania – and folks conflate the two.Guyanese must look at the model at Westminster where Permanent Secretaries take care of the minutiae of quotidian governance. In any case, all of this is handled through explicit “Caretaker Conventions”, which Granger and company should get familiar with. What it means for sure is that all the so call “outreaches” must cease forthwith. And all those high-priced fancy SUV’s purchased since June 18, must be returned immediately.ExxonMobil would be well advised to delay first oil until AFTER the elections, so as not to be seen as giving any advantage to the caretaker Government.Caretakers can only MAINTAIN the property – not collect rentals to be used!!… GrangerGranger has ceased to be a “de jure” President, that is, existing as a result of law, and has become a “de facto” President – i.e. as a result of fact other than law.In his case, the fact of shamelessness!!last_img read more

Where is the vision to lead our country forward?

first_imgDear Editor,Agriculture Minister Noel Holder’s unbelievably frank admission of ignorance made in the media on September 26, 2018, may have shocked many “…so they have now apparently secured some $30 billion bond, which the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) management has not seen, which the Agriculture Minister has not seen, and frankly speaking doesn’t really want to see” but not those who have been paying attention to the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) maladministration of our country.Editor, our nation expends enormous amounts of money and energy to elect an Executive President and his/her Administration; in 2015 we elected Head of State David Granger to serve in this Executive capacity, his first act was to establish a Ministry of the Presidency to handle all the Executive parts of his job. Granger undertook no sector of our economy, social aspect of life or other area as his personal responsibility, he created new Vice Presidents, new Ministries, new Ministers within old Ministries, new departments and chose to chair Cabinet without holding any portfolio.President Granger has effectively assigned himself the role of ‘ceremonial President”; he had tea with the Queen of England, attends heads of anything conferences and of late, is available to cut ribbons locally. The Head ofState also held his third annual press conference where it emerged that he had not read the ExxonMobil Production Sharing Agreement contract as of August 2018, he was “awaiting a briefing next month” – the single most important document to ever affect our nation since independence in 1966 and our President had not read it. Quo Vadis?Editor, the old adage of ‘actions have consequences’ is being borne out three years plus into this maladministration. Ministers ignorant of critical matters under their portfolio is the new norm; the action of hiring a crony to a top position and then hiring an expert to do the crony’s job has now duplicated itself at many Ministries and departments, most recently in the Department of Energy. How much longer can we, the taxpayers, carry this as our burden? This type of bureaucracy come with a hefty price tag, over 60 billion in new revenue collected by the GRA per annum and yet we cannot pay our teachers a much deserved increase in salary or our hard working GuySuCo employees their lawful severance.Editor, President Granger’s only meaningful actions have been his unilateral appointment of a chair for GECOM; his signing of the Cybercrime Bill of 2018 with clause 18.1 intact into law; his selective, costly and mostly unnecessary Commission of Inquiries (CoI); his refusal to hold a necessary CoI into the mysterious operation that led to the death of Guyana Defence Force Officer Pyle, as he chased People’s Progressive Party MP Charles Ramson Jr’s terrified wife through the streets of Georgetown and his policy suggestion that the ‘Carter Formula’ has outlived its usefulness and calling it a “recipe for disaster” – all of these actions point to a care for retention of political power.Editor, I must ask where is the vision to lead our country forward? Where are the policy documents, statements, speeches, indications?When asked about plans for GuySuCo, Minister Holder referred to a State paper presented in Parliament. Editor, this paper is long on rhetoric and bereft of detail, sadly it is a characteristic of all APNU/AFC Ministries and departments. This is no way to run a country.For I would much rather ‘Quo Vadis’ apply to comrade Granger than to our dear land of Guyana.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

GPSU rejects 6% salary increase for public servants

first_img… agrees to consider Govt’s revised 10% proposalThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has outrightly rejected a proposed 6 per cent increase in public servants wages and salaries for 2016, but has agreed to consider a subsequent proposal for a 10 per cent increase for persons earning below $99,000 per month.Government on Wednesday evening issued a public statement to this effect, and reiterated that its “proposal took into consideration the fundamental need for a restructured Public Service which included the adjustment of scales for wages and salaries; the implementation of a merit increment system; and a resolution of the issue of bunching.”According to the missive released by Reginald Brotherson, head of the Government’s negotiating team, “GPSU agreed to consider the Government’s final offer and indicated that a response will be forthcoming after a meeting of its General Council.”The two month long collective bargaining process concluded yesterday without a definite agreement in place, leaving the door open to a unilateral increases by government should the unions continue to reject the proposals.The negotiations were conducted within a two month period from June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016.The initial proposal of the GPSU was for a 40 per cent across the board increase for public servants, but this was subsequently adjusted to 25 per cent. The Union had also demanded that allowances be included in the negotiations.Government responded by proposing that persons earning less than $100,000 be paid a 5.5 per cent increase while persons earning above $1M would only get a 1 per cent increase.The proposed 5.5 per cent offer was later increased to 6 per cent by Government, but this too was rejected by the union.According to Brotherson, the Government re-considered its position and a final offer was presented. This proposal by government, if accepted by the union, will see public servants earning below $99,000 getting a 10 per cent increase with the rate incrementally decreasing to a one per cent increase for those earning in excess of $1M.Brotherson, in his public missive on Wednesday, sought to stress that “It was pointed out to the GPSU that the GOG’s final offer for wages and salaries increases for Public Servants had taken into consideration the current socio-economic environment; the difficulty in agreeing to increases that would entail having to raise additional revenue and the unsustainability of any further addition to its offer with regard to the current and future budgets.”He said too that Government reiterated to the Union that its members were also the Government’s employees and that the Government was equally mindful of the need for financial relief for the workers under consideration.last_img read more

Video: The Ligue 1 ace who will ‘only leave for Arsenal’

first_imgArsenal are rumoured to be lining up a massive £25m bid for Lyon man Nabil Fekir.In Ligue 1 this season the 21-year-old forward has scored eight times and created six goals in 21 games for the French side who top the division, two points clear of Marseille and PSG.He has built a good relationship with goal machine Alexandre Lacazette and in December, Fekir’s dad said there was only one place his son was heading if he decided to jump ship mid-season in the January transfer window.‘If he leaves, it will be for Arsenal. It is the only club that can enable him to progress, with Arsene Wenger,” Mohamed Fekir claimed, insisting a transfer to Man City was out of the question because young Nabil was not about to move clubs and sit on the bench.Check him out in the video above.last_img read more

La Liga side slap £4million price tag on goalkeeper interesting Premier League pair

first_img1 Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa Arsenal and Liverpool have been told they will need to fork out £4million to sign goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.The Premier League duo are both keen on the Malaga No.1, according to Spanish website Fichajes.com.The Mexican international, who only joined Malaga from French side Ajaccio in August, would be available at the end of the season.Ochoa, 30, has struggled to make an impact at the Spanish club this season and is said to be open to a move to England.Neither club has made a formal offer to Malaga yet but both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers have been keeping tabs on the stopper following his eye-catching displays for Mexico in last year’s World Cup.last_img read more

Hull’s Mbokani ruled out for six weeks

first_imgHull striker Dieumerci Mbokani has been ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring injury.The DR Congo international, on loan from Dynamo Kiev for the season, was replaced by Oumar Niasse in the second half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.Abel Hernandez returned ahead of schedule from a hamstring injury of his own later in that game, giving Marco Silva’s attacking options a boost.Mbokani’s absence was announced as part of an injury update on the Tigers’ website which also featured news of defender Harry Maguire.The 23-year-old played on against the Clarets after suffering a knee injury in the first half and Silva hailed his spirit and commitment.The Portuguese manager also expressed hope the injury was just “a knock” and he appears to have got his wish.“Following on from the injury picked up during Saturday’s game against Burnley, Harry Maguire’s knee has settled down well,” the club’s statement on Tuesday announced.“The medical staff will continue to monitor Maguire in the lead up to next weekend’s trip to Leicester City.”Fellow centre-backs Michael Dawson and Curtis Davies are not expected to feature against the Foxes but midfielder Evandro and winger Lazar Markovic are making good progress.Markus Henriksen continues his recovery from a dislocated shoulder while young goalkeeper Will Mannion is to undergo knee surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Dieumerci Mbokani will be out of action for the next six weeks 1last_img read more

One lucky Voodoo guest has won a top prize! – Picture Special

first_imgVoodoo Venue, Donegal’s No 1 nightspot, provided another series of stellar nights out this weekend. At Voodoo, revellers have the opportunity of sampling the sounds of Voodoo Lounge, Voodoo Club and Voodoo Vintage, that diversity which caters for all ages is what ultimately makes Voodoo Venue so unique in the entertainment industry.Every week, Voodoo in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving ONE lucky reader that has been pictured enjoying themselves a wonderful prize. This week Voodoo Venue are giving away a €25 voucher to use in any part of the entertainment venue. You can enjoy all the bars, dance areas, or get some delicious food in HOUSE Wine Bar & Tap Room.The lucky winner is circled in purple below, congratulations! The voucher will be available for collection in Aidy’s bar at the front of the lounge. Vouchers are valid for use within 30 days.Simply contact Voodoo via their Facebook page to claim your prize NOW.  One lucky Voodoo guest has won a top prize! – Picture Special was last modified: February 16th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:competitionpicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Nokia

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The BasicsNokia is a massive telecommunications company, headquartered in Finland. In 1987, it launched the Mobiria Cityman, one of the world’s first mobile phones, and helped launch the GSM standard that led to massive mobile adoption worldwide. By 1998, on the back of iconic models like the 5100 and 6100 series candy bar phones that flooded the U.S., Nokia was the world’s largest cell phone manufacturer, and it’s currently the 143rd largest company in the world, with more than 120,000 employees. In February, 2011, Nokia agreed to an extremely cozy deal with Microsoft in which Nokia would produce flagship Windows smartphones and combine mobile services on the devices. Nokia would offset its licensing costs by reducing its in-house development, and Microsoft incentives could net Nokia several billion dollars. The ProblemNokia is massive, but it’s also massively unprofitable. In its Q1 2012 filing, Nokia posted an operating loss of 1.3 billion euros (260 million euros non-IFRS, which ignores certain intangible expenses) created by a 26% drop in net sales from 10.4 billion euros in Q1 2011 to 7.4 billion euros this year, with negative margins in every area of the business. Particularly worrying is a 38% drop in smartphone sales, the highest growth and highest profit sector of the industry. Nokia says it has 4.9 billion euros in cash on hand, but analysts predict that money will be gone in just a year or two.Nokia blames “greater than expected competitive challenges” for the problem, which translates to “Apple, Samsung and even HTC are eating our lunch.” iOS and especially Android are devouring the smartphone market, and like RIM’s Blackberry, Nokia’s Symbian-based smartphones haven’t kept up with consumer demand. (See Nokia Versus Android: Death by a Thousand Cuts.) For too long, Nokia also ignored the U.S. carriers, with the recently released, Windows-based Lumia devices as their first real push into the American smartphone market. (See The Nokia Lumia 900 Could Be Today’s Best Smartphone, But…)On the low end, Nokia is struggling against Samsung, which recently stole the #1 overall spot Nokia had held for 14 years. And yesterday Nokia reported that it will cut 10,000 jobs worldwide, while today Moody’s downgraded Nokia stock to junk status.The Players When it announced the layoffs, Nokia also indicated that Chief Marketing Officer Jerri DeVard, Executive Vice President of Mobile Phones Mary McDowell and Executive Vice President of Markets Niklas Savander were leaving the company as well. In the wake of their departures, the one man running the show is clearly Stephen Elop.Elop, whom ReadWriteWeb ranked as one of the five worst CEOs in technology in 2011, is defined by his previous job as the head of Microsoft’s business division. In 2011, we criticized his decision to place Nokia’s future in the hands of Windows Phone, but given how horribly Nokia has handled its own OS, Microsoft might be the only shot Nokia has. But the current Nokia-Microsoft relationship gives all the power to Microsoft, so don’t expect any earth-shaking leadership from Elop over the next year.The PrognosisNokia is running out of money. While the current restructuring is a step in the right direction, the company needs its partnership with Microsoft to score some major wins while Nokia trims more staff and focuses on being a hardware company. Nokia certainly has the technical resources not just to survive, but actually thrive – but the fast-moving and hypercompetitive smartphone may not give the company the time it needs to retool.Can This Company Be Saved? Unlike RIM, Nokia has some truly cutting-edge, consumer-friendly hardware (including a 40MP camera in the 808 PureView that can provide lossless digital zoom and incredibly crisp smaller images through oversampling).In the right hands, with the right operating system, Nokia’s technology could definitely find a market. A buyout would be ideal, both financially and organizationally, giving Nokia the resources needed to make drastic changes and consolidate further.Unfortunately, the company’s biggest potential suitor has already balked. Microsoft apparently evaluated the company’s financials last year and declined, leaving Nokia to muddle through as a preferred supplier, rather than a full member of the team. If Nokia’s sticker price continues to drop, however, more buyers will emerge. Let’s hope Nokia has more than just patents to offer when they do. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#Deathwatch#Microsoft#mobile#Nokia#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces cormac foster The DeathWatch So FarResearch In Motion: no change in statusHP: No change in status Like RIM before it, this week’s DeathWatch victim is another looming casualty in the smartphone race. But despite its fall from grace, Nokia still has friends in high places. If CEO Stephen Elop can reorganize the company’s business fast enough and catch some lucky breaks from best-buddy Microsoft, it just may be able to stave off the inevitable. But time is running out.last_img read more

Technology Going Green – Experts Debate The Issues

first_imgData center efficiency: AC vs DC power Data center efficiency: liquid vs air cooling In addition to the debates, the event features keynotes from Lorie Wigle, general manager for Intel’s Eco-Technology Program Office and president, Climate Savers Computing Initiative and Andrew Fanara, head of the ENERGY STAR product development team, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Register to attend in person or tune into Open Port’s Blog Talk Radio the day following the seminar to hear interviews with the speakers. tThis debate should be quite compelling with industry experts from esteemed organizations like IDC, The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Emerson Network Power, Intel, Microsoft, InfoWorld, and Verari Systems–to name a few. View the complete schedule and register today for this one-of-a-kind opportunity. Client: thin vs. thick client I remember back when I worked in the field of organic agriculture and environmental marketing. No one had a clue what I meant when I referred to the importance of “going green.” Yet today the green debate has rapidly spread from the rows of organic farms to the halls of corporations all over the world. Even technology companies are joining the movement and debating the issues at hand.On June 11, 2008 experts on various sides of the eco-technology issues will converge in Santa Clara to debate these “hot” topics:last_img read more