APNU+AFC Administration has become a cautionary tale

first_imgDear Editor,It could not have escaped attention that I have been critical of the APNU+AFC’s administration from almost the inception; after reading PNC Chairwoman Volda Lawrence’s recent statements, I took the weekend to examine my own writings for signs that I may be displaying unconscious bias based on my ethnicity. What I was looking for, was empirical evidence of bias; suffice to say that I am satisfied to say my writings are based on logic and my penchant for pragmatism. Interestingly, what I found as a by-product of this introspective was that the APNU+AFC relies on anecdotal evidence for its formation of policy and actions, this approach would seem to be the reason for their characteristically incomprehensible decisions.Editor, I will offer a few examples to support my theory expressed above: In one of its first acts, APNU/AFC granted its top brass a hefty 50 per cent salary increase, the reason given by Minister of the Presidency Joseph Harmon was that this was done to avoid corrupt practices by Ministers of Government. What was absent in his explanation was empirical evidence that this was true. In fact, numerous studies have shown the opposite to be true; “Rather than decrease petty corruption, the salary policy significantly increased the police efforts to collect bribes” (Foltz, J and Opoku-Agyemang K 2015). Logic would dictate that corruption is a character flaw not driven by economics; personal integrity is the solution to greed, not higher salaries. The introduction of a 2am curfew ostensibly “in the interest of citizens’ security and safety with the aim of suppressing criminal and other offences.” (MPS) was done without release of a single study or statistic to support the reasoning; three years on, and no evidence has been provided for or against the policy, instead we are told it has “support from women’s groups, religious groups and a number of other organisations”. In presenting a $300.7 billion budget for 2019, one that is double the amount of the largest PPP Administration budget, Minister Jordan made an assumption of increased 9 per cent revenue collection to predict a deficit of $42 billion. Editor, the tax base has shrunk by loss of 30,000 jobs so far under the APNU+AFC Administration, and every single growth prediction by Jordan has failed to materialise to date. Based on this I would suggest the evidence points to an even larger deficit, we cannot plan for our nation’s future well-being by way of political rhetoric. Editor, we examine election results by every imaginable voter demographic, have we ever done the same for the taxpayer? Is it not time we examine who pays for the follies of these ever increasing ‘Good Life’ budgets?Editor, the APNU+AFC Administration has become a cautionary tale, critical for all Guyanese; that while on opposition benches in parliament , MP’s should be doing the work of critical oversight of Government policy, action and expenditure, and in so doing learn the business of Government and Administration; APNU+AFC squandered their time on those benches, choosing instead to make outlandish claims and wild accusations; given the opportunity to govern, they were bereft of a sensible basis for policy and action, the haphazard unscientific approach to governance is a direct result of the success they had with their loud lies, they never learned the difference of politics and policy. Monies spent on Commissions of Inquiry would have been better allocated to a scientific study for solutions to our problems.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Long breaks fastest goal record as Gray snatches late point for Watford

first_img0Shares0000Southampton striker Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history © AFP / Glyn KIRKWATFORD, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – Southampton striker Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history on Tuesday after netting just 7.69 seconds into his side’s 1-1 draw at Watford, who snatched a point thanks to Andre Gray’s late equaliser.Long’s record-breaking goal came immediately after the kick-off when he blocked a clearance from Watford defender Craig Cathcart, allowing the Republic of Ireland international to dink a cool finish over Ben Foster. The 32-year-old’s effort surpassed the previous fastest Premier League goal, scored by Tottenham defender Ledley King in 9.9 seconds against Bradford in December 2000.“It’s a record, is it?” Long told Sky Sports News with a grin after the game.“Straight from the kick-off we wanted to put them under pressure. 99 times out of a hundred you block it and it doesn’t work but this time it did.”Long’s historic goal, just his fourth this season, didn’t prove to be the winner at Vicarage Road after Gray’s 90th minute equaliser for the FA Cup finalists but nonetheless moved them six points from the relegation zone with three matches remaining.“It’s nice to have a record like that, but it would have been nicer if it was the winning goal,” Long added.King was watching Tottenham’s game against Brighton on Tuesday when he discovered that his 19-year record had been broken.After King’s goal, the next fastest strike in Premier League history was scored by Alan Shearer after 10.52 seconds for Newcastle against Manchester City in 2003.Christian Eriksen scored after 10.54 seconds for Tottenham against Manchester United last season.– Lethal Long –The strains of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ had barely finished booming over the loudspeakers when Long gave Southampton lift-off.The goal actually came from Watford’s kick-off as Roberto Pereyra played the ball from the centre-circle back to Cathcart some 40 yards from his own goal.As the centre-back attempted to clear up field, Long charged it down and raced through before lifting in his landmark goal.The Saints could have scored more with Nathan Redmond and Ryan Bertrand both hitting the woodwork.Redmond was also denied by a good save from Foster and Long headed two other presentable chances off target.Watford dominated after the break and Abdoulaye Doucoure attempted to convert a cross from Kiko Femenia but could only bundle the ball into Angus Gunn’s arms.Christian Kabasele felt he should have been awarded a penalty after a shove by Long in the area, but referee Mike Dean thought otherwise.Southampton could not hang on and Gray swept home from close range to lift Watford up to seventh and keep Hasenhuttl’s men looking over their shoulders a little longer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

It’s official: Bush bolting for NFL

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita But the shocker is Matua’s expected departure, because his draft stock is highly debatable. He never asked the NFL for an evaluation, so no one knows where he would end up in the draft. Matua is expected to meet with USC coaches today. His decision caught the coaching staff off-guard, because he was expected to return for his senior season. “I’m sick and tired of explaining to players you cannot trust somebody putting their hand deep in your pocket,” said offensive line coach Pat Ruel, referring to agents. “Trust the people that care about you like your family.” Ruel ejected several agents hanging around the Heritage Hall lobby before Bush’s press conference. For those keeping score, USC lost Bush and tailback LenDale White in two days. The duo concluded their senior year by setting an NCAA record for most yards gained in a single season (3,042). The old mark of 2,997 was set by Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders and Gerald Hudson in 1988. USC coach Pete Carroll knew for weeks Bush would leave, but he now faces an unexpectedly hectic weekend. Offensive tackle Winston Justice said he will announce today he will turn pro while safety Darnell Bing remained undecided but was leaning toward entering the draft, according to sources. “He’s 50-50 right now,” secondary coach Greg Burns said. “Now, ‘Thunder and Lightning’ are gone from USC,” Bush said. And the Trojans are waiting for official announcements from Justice, Bing and Matua. There was one bit of good news for the Trojans. As expected, wide receiver Steve Smith officially announced he would return for his senior season. Bush is expected to be selected by the Houston Texans with the No. 1 pick. “If you have a Reggie Bush, he’s an explosive player,” said Texans general manager Charley Casserly. “Hands on the ball, he can score any time he gets it. He can be a runner, he can be a receiver, he can be a returner and he could be a decoy if you will. “All we can say is that what has happened here with Reggie Bush and (Texas quarterback) Vince Young declaring, with the addition of Matt Leinart among other players, is that you have a real strong top of the draft. It means we’re going to get a real good player if we keep the pick, and if we trade the pick, we’ve got certainly a very valuable commodity to trade.” Bush said he didn’t care if the Texans drafted him. “I was going to make my decision on what was best for me,” Bush said. “Not the draft position.” Bush acknowledged there are doubts about his size and whether he can be an every-down player in the NFL. “There are all those questions: Are you big enough, strong enough, fast enough, tough enough?” Bush said. “I’ll have to position myself to have an impact right away, and that will take a lot of hard work. “I’ll be excited to show any critics that I can be an every-down back.” Carroll had no doubts Bush would succeed in the NFL. “He’ll take that talent and wow them there, as a runner, as a receiver, and as a returner,” Carroll said. “Now the Reggie Bush Show goes to Sundays and I can’t wait to watch him there.” Bieniemy interviews UCLA running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Eric Bieniemy interviewed to become the Minnesota Vikings running backs coach on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Vikings named four more assistant coaches but Bieniemy was not among them. Bieniemy is the only person believed to have interviewed for the running backs position. New Vikings coach Brad Childress, a friend of Bieniemy’s, has worked quickly to assemble a staff. UCLA note from staff writer Jill Painter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img USC tailback Reggie Bush’s announcement to turn pro lacked so much suspense Thursday, it figured the day needed a twist. And it came when sources said offensive lineman Fred Matua planned to announce Saturday he would leave for the NFL. Bush, perhaps the most-exciting player in USC history, surprised no one with his announcement, but there was so much interest the university locked the doors to Heritage Hall to keep out autograph seekers. “It’s a sad time and at the same time, it’s a happy time,” Bush said. “I did think about shocking everyone (and staying) but obviously I didn’t. I was more nervous today than winning the Heisman Trophy.” last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: THEY’RE SCRAMBLING FOR TURKEYS EVERY WEEK AT OTWAY!

first_imgThe golfers at Otway are scrambling for Turkey’s every week as Christmas approaches.Otway Golf NewsIn week three of the weekly turkey scramble, the cream rose to the top in testing conditions in Otway, on a day when the wee course bared it’s teeth, club captain Martin Duffy led his team to victory.Helping Martin out in the task of avoiding bogies, and notching up the winning score of five under par was the in-form single handicapper Damian Gallagher and club Pro Martin O’Reilly. Martin Duffy has joined Dan Canning in winning two out of the first three weeks, and both can relax in the knowledge that there will be nobody leaving the table hungry this Christmas.Next week the clocks will be moving forward and so will the tee time for the scrambles, so next Sunday names should be in to the clubhouse by 11.45 for a 12 sharp tee off, tel 9158319.GOLF NEWS: THEY’RE SCRAMBLING FOR TURKEYS EVERY WEEK AT OTWAY! was last modified: October 20th, 2014 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:golfNoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more

DONEGAL LADIES TRAVEL TO NEWRY FOR LEAGUE OPENER AGAINST DOWN

first_imgDONEGAL Ladies will finally open their Tesco National League Division 2 campaign in Newry this Sunday when they travel to take on Down.There was disappointment in the Donegal camp last weekend when ice and snow forced the postponement of the clash with Armagh in Glenfinn.But with calm and clear conditions forecast for Sunday, the clash with Down looks certain to go ahead at the excellent Abbey Grammar School pitches. Manager Davy McLaughlin and his squad have been working hard behind the scenes through the winter ready for this campaign.He and his coaching team have trawled through every club from Senior to Junior for players for this year’s panel.Aoife McDonnell and Niamh Hegarty, who have both returned from Australia, are named in the starting 15 and another emigrant – Yvonne McMonagle – will be back in Donegal later in the Spring.Sunday’s game throws in at 2pm and as always the Ladies are hoping for a good travelling support. Down lost heavily to Westmeath last time out.Donegal manager Davy McLaughlin told us: “The girls have worked very hard for the past few months; the sort of work no-one sees with regular gym sessions and outdoor sessions.“We are looking forward to the game with Down after the postponement of the Armagh game. Down will be looking to bounce back after the Westmeath match so we have to be wary. But we are ready and raring to go.”Elsewhere the Donegal U14 Girls travel to Sligo for a challenge game at St Mary’s GAA club in Sligo Town. Throw-in there is at noon tomorrow (Saturday).Laura Gallagher; Rose Boyle, Emer Gallagher, Nicole McLaughlin; Ciara Hegarty, Gemma Glackin, Deirdre Foley; Katie Herron (c), Aoife McDonnell; Karen Guthrie, Niamh Hegarty, Eilish Ward; Niamh McLaughlin, Amber Barrett, Roisin Curran. DONEGAL LADIES TRAVEL TO NEWRY FOR LEAGUE OPENER AGAINST DOWN was last modified: February 6th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegal ladiesDownlast_img read more