We must greet APNU/AFC apologists with truth: Ask them about 2015 Manifesto promises that…

first_imgDear Editor,A perverted narrative has recently emerged to cloud the gross mismanagement of our economy by the PNC (now camouflage as the APNU-AFC collation) over the past four-plus years. This narrative, which is propagated by a group of PNC’s apologists, attempts to paint the 23 years of the PPP/C as the most unsuccessful period while projecting the past four-plus years as the most progressive in our post-colonial history. The irony is that this narrative is the complete opposite of the truth. As a researcher, I have a moral and professional responsibility to confront the distorted narrative with every piece of data that is publicly available.The facts about our economic development under the PPP/C are there for everyone to examine. Additionally, the success under the PPP/C during the period 1992-2015, ‘needs no academic gloss.’ The undeniable fact is that when the PPP/C took control of the country in 1992, Guyana was classified as one of the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 60 percent of the total population living below the poverty line. During the decade before the PPP/C assumed office, inflation averaged 28.9 percent during the period 1980-1990 and G$: US$ exchange rate depreciated from 2.50 in 1980 to 111.8 during 1990. The physical infrastructure of the country was in total disrepair, and the Guyanese couldn’t access essential items because of the shortage of foreign currency. The external debt represented 600 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 1989. Indeed, the country was worst off in 1992 than when it gained independence (see study titled “Income Distribution, Inequality, and Poverty Reduction During Economic Reform in Guyana” by John Gaffar). The economy was in such bad shape that the PNC, which has grown accustomed to rigging elections, had to broker a deal with our international partners to have ‘free and fair elections’ while simultaneously embarking on a Structural Adjustment Programme.Over the period 1992-2015, our economic fortunes were reversed despite the turbulent global economic conditions and attempt by the PNC to make ungovernable with their ‘slow fyah’ and ‘more fyah’ campaign. The country reported two episodes of economic expansion 1990-1993 and 2006-2015 and the displayed greater resilience to external shocks with the diversification of its economic base. Inflation averaged less than 6 percent annually between 1992 and 2015 while the G$: US$ remained stable. By 2012 the external debt represented 48 percent of GDP. Because of the buoyancy in the economy and stable business environment created by sound macroeconomic management, the country attracted US$1,326.4 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) between 2006 and 2012. Most of the FDI went into new and emerging sectors such as transportation, telecommunication, manufacturing, and energy sectors. Credit to the private also witnessed concomitant growth.Extreme poverty was reduced from 29 percent in 1992 to 18.6 percent by 2006. Meanwhile, the Human Development Index and Gini coefficient showed significant improvements, with Guyana promoted to a medium human development country. Further, Guyana was praised for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (GDS) in the areas of nutrition and child health, eradication of poverty and hunger, and universal primary education. In summary, the country made significant economic and social progress.All of the policy dividends that accrued from the sound macroeconomic management practiced by the PPP/C are being eroded before our naked eyes because of this incompetent APNU-AFC government. Except for gold production, we have seen contractions in all the critical sectors due to excessive taxes and willful neglect. The lukewarm response to crime, coupled with the unwillingness of the government to respect the laws, contributed to massive capital flight as businesses searched for safer investment destinations. If we were to subtract the national ‘eye-sore’ often described as the ‘wood-ants’ stadium, Durban Park there is little for the coalition to be proud of. Indeed, everything the shameless APNU-AFC boast about today was bequeathed to them by the PPP/C. The production of oil they take credit for today would not have been possible without Janet Jagan. The G$9 billion collected from Norway is the fruit of another visionary leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, who was the brainchild of the Low Carbon Development Strategy. All the significant infrastructure (road projects, airport expansion) originated during the tenure of Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar.As we approach the 2020 elections, the APNU-AFC apologists will continue to push there perverted narrative. However, we must greet these apologists with the truth and ask them about the 2015 Manifesto promises that were delivered by their party.Regards,Name and addresswithheldlast_img read more

NCS soccer: Eureka girls, both Fortuna teams advance to semis

first_imgThree North Coast Section playoff games, three wins for Humboldt-Del Norte League soccer teams in what was the quarterfinal-round of the NCS D-I playoffs.The Fortuna High boys and girls teams, both No. 1 overall seeds in Division-I, rolled to convincing victories Friday night at home while the No. 2 seeded Eureka girls did the same at Albee Stadium. All three will be back in action on Wednesday in the tournament’s semi-final round.Barres leads the wayKlayre Barres netted a hat-trick for the …last_img

Story of Madiba and Zelda set for the big screen

first_img25 February 2016Zelda la Grange’s ‘Good Morning Mr Mandela’ to become a movie https://t.co/r0POLX37k5 pic.twitter.com/6ekvz5oN3S— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) February 23, 2016Zelda la Grange published her memoir, Good Morning, Mr Mandela, in 2014 to wide acclaim. Since then, it has been published worldwide, in several languages; now it is set to become a film.The book covers her years as private secretary to Nelson Mandela during his presidency and in his post-presidential staff until his death in 2013. La Grange was also a founding staff member of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.While many books have been written about the life of Mandela, La Grange’s was the first to offer an inside look at the day-to-day dealings of the person behind the icon. It offers a rare portrait of a humble but proud man on the pinnacle of history.The book also explores the contrast of a young, white Afrikaans woman serving the first black president of a newly democratic South Africa. It acts as a metaphor for the country as a whole, dealing with rapid changes and learning new ways to reconcile its turbulent history with its transition to democracy.In the book, La Grange also pays tribute to a man who taught her valuable lessons about human relationships and forgiveness.Bill Clinton, the former American president, called La Grange’s book “an important reminder of the lessons Madiba taught us all”.That remarkable story is now set to become a film, as announced on 22 February.Renowned, award-winning producer Trudie Styler, the producer of cult hit Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and the Bafta-winning science fiction film Moon, and her Maven Pictures have bought the rights to the book and have already begun working on a script.Let’s make a movie! @ZeldalaGrangeSA #GoodMorningMrMandela https://t.co/FYGdKdET4E— Maven Pictures (@Maven_Pictures) February 22, 2016La Grange relayed the news via Twitter this week, enthusiastic about telling one of South Africa’s good stories.Thank you Maven Pictures for believing in the power of a South African story https://t.co/9QBWbx3lXD— Zelda la Grange (@ZeldalaGrangeSA) February 22, 2016As news of the proposed film spread this week, naturally the Twitterverse was rife with speculation about who should play Zelda in the film, with most suggesting that South African-born Oscar winner Charlize Theron would be the natural choice. Other suggestions included Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke.More importantly, who should play Madiba this time around? With Oscar nominated performances by Idris Elba in Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom in 2013, and Morgan Freeman in Invictus, among other portrayals, it seems the field might be limited as far as international actors are concerned.Perhaps this time, as has been a popular sentiment among South Africans, a local actor should get the role: John Kani, Sello Maake ka Ncube or World War Z’s Fana Mokoena, maybe?Whoever may be cast, the film, no doubt, will be an opportunity to tell the world another great South African story.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

WATCH LIVE: 2016 Medium-term Budget

first_imgFinance minister, Pravin Gordhan, may provide solutions to curb the current drought and university students’ call for free education. (Image: GCIS)Finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, will deliver his Medium-term Budget Speech to Parliament this afternoon at 2pm.Watch the live stream of the speech below:last_img

Google Fixes Usenet Archive; Old Geeks Rejoice

first_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In response to a Wired article that ran yesterday, Google is fixing its archives of Usenet posts, one of the richest and oldest repositories of user-generated content ever to exist online.For those of you under the age of 30, Usenet began in 1979 in Chapel Hill as a collection of newsgroups. In the years that followed, Internet history unfolded, jargon was coined, and lore was created in these discussions. In 2001, Google acquired two Usenet archives comprising 700 million posts and failed to index them in any meaningful way. As of today, that wrong is being righted.In the past, searching Usenet posts archived in Google Groups often yielded few or no results. For example, this recent discussion thread is all about the brokenness of Google’s Usenet archives and search capabilities.“None of my posts are showing up (using advanced search, trying email and name in the author field, even limiting the date range to the right years),” wrote one user.Noting that Google’s Usenet search “often… returns no results for queries which obviously shouldn’t,” another user said, “You just have to cross your fingers and hope that they [Google] notice the problem themselves and fix it.”Fortunately, after media attention and user complaints, the search giant has responded and rectified the situation.Today, Google rep Victoria Katsarou told Wired, “It turns out there was a bug, a specific bug, that affected search within a specific group. That bug is something we’re working on fixing, and I think that will be fixed by tomorrow. Thanks for writing this, because that’s how we discovered this specific bug.”Just one bug wrecking search results for archives spanning 700 million posts and more than 20 years of data? Seems hardly likely.Search results are particularly buggy when users filter them by date. As an example, searching alt.usenet.kooks for “godwin” produces 6,520 results. Until we tried to look at results sorted by date. Once that happened, we got 93 results. And searching alt.comp.freeware for “MS-DOS” yielded no results after 2000, even though we eventually found posts dating back to 1995 when we browsed without narrowing the dates.If complaints by Internet old-timers, Slashdot threads and detailed email exchanges aren’t enough to get Google to tend this garden of information and ensure it is searchable, and if media attention is really what it takes, then we must add our voices to those at Wired in asking Google to keep Usenet useful. And we ask that like-minded individuals do the same in the comments.For a nice Usenet history lesson in timeline form, check out Google’s highlights of Usenet posts dating back as far as 1981. Of particular interest to us Web geeks at ReadWriteWeb is Tim Berners-Lee’s announcement of the World Wide Web. jolie odell Related Posts Tags:#Google#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

7 days agoBenteke, Tomkins extend Crystal Palace contracts

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Benteke, Tomkins extend Crystal Palace contractsby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are boosted by news that Christian Benteke and James Tomkins have extended their contracts.Tomkins will now be with the club until the end of the 2021/2022 season, while Benteke has a contract that expires at the end of the 2020/2021 campaign.While Tomkins is a key player, Benteke’s renewal was a little surprising given he has only started two Premier League games and not scored a goal in league play this season.Speaking about the renewals, Palace club chairman Steve Parish had the following to say: “I’m pleased that agreements have been reached with these two important senior players.”Both James and Christian bring vast Premier League experience, commitment and professionalism to the squad.”These new deals show that we recognise their levels of performance in recent seasons, that we believe in both players, and that they are hugely motivated by the direction the club is heading.” last_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer insists no problem Pogba meeting with Zidane

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer insists no problem Pogba meeting with Zidaneby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there’s no problem with Paul Pogba speaking to Real Madrid coacn Zinedine Zidane.The two were pictured together last week in Dubai after Pogba travelled to the UAE for a warm weather rehab programme to aid his recovery from an ankle and foot injury.Solskjaer said: “It’s a picture. When you’re at Man United you get pictures taken of you. I don’t have any problem with that at all.”Paul is part of our plans. He’s been playing through the pain barrier but when he came back against Rochdale and Arsenal he wanted to play. “He tried to get back but it was too painful. He had that scan, he’s on the way back, he’s recovering, he’s mending. He’s been off for a few days working.”I’ve not heard Paul say he doesn’t want to be here. Paul wants to stay here and play well.” last_img read more

Feds back motion in support of Trans Mountain despite BC government turmoil

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberal government has thrown its weight behind an opposition motion backing Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion even as political turmoil in British Columbia continues to threaten the project’s future.The motion, brought by Conservative MP Mark Strahl, affirms that the project has social license to proceed, is critical to the economy, is environmentally sound and should proceed as planned.The motion passed Tuesday by a vote of 252-51, with the backing of all Liberal MPs, except two B.C. backbenchers who have criticized the project in the past.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last fall approved the project to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. and B.C. Premier Christy Clark came to support it in January after five conditions she placed on it had been met.However Clark could lose her hold on power later this month under an agreement between the province’s NDP and Green Party to work together to form government, including a plan to oppose the Trans Mountain expansion.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr last week said the government would support Strahl’s motion because the project remains a sound one with license to proceed, even though he admitted aligning himself with the Conservatives made him uncomfortable.last_img read more

AFN National Chief Bellegarde responds to Harpers broadside over education bill

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde has responded to a broadside from Conservative leader Stephen Harper who accused the First Nation leader of flip-flopping on the controversial First Nation education bill.Harper criticized Bellegarde during a media interview over the weekend, accusing the AFN leader of changing positions on the education bill. Harper also said he wasn’t sure if Bellegarde would be willing to work with the Conservative government if it retained power.Bellegarde said he opposed the bill, known as the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act, because it was fatally flawed.“First Nations widely rejected Bill C-33 because it was not about First Nation control. My position is based on that conviction and the position of my constituents when I was regional chief and as national chief,” said Bellegarde, in a statement sent to APTN National News.Bellegarde said the chiefs were ignored after they offered to work on an improved approach with the Harper government to get the balance right.“We extended the offer to work on a real approach to First Nations control of First Nations education based on a new and honourable process being put in place, but there has been no response,” said Bellegarde. “We’ll continue to press for action on First Nations education and closing the gap during the election and after.”Bellegarde said he is ready and willing to work with whoever gets into power after Oct. 19.“Whoever forms government after this election must understand they have the same responsibility to work with us because our priorities are Canada’s priorities,” he said.During his interview with CBC’s The House, Harper blamed chiefs in the AFN for scuttling the bill, which came with a $1.9 billion incentive.“This government worked with former chief (Shawn Atleo) and the AFN to create a massive overhaul to reform our Aboriginal education system to provide standards and transferability to other education systems,” said Harper. “The AFN as a whole, unfortunately, some in the AFN reversed their position. I think Mr. Bellegarde was one of those. But there are many communities and groups of communities in this country who want to move forward with that reform because they understand it’s the best thing for their children.”The broad strokes of the bill was actually drawn up over a weekend of secret negotiations in February 2014 between Atleo, Harper, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Barnard Valcourt and Wayne Wouters, the former Clerk of the Privy Council.A week later, Atleo and Harper announced they had reached a “historic” agreement on education. The majority of the AFN executive didn’t know about the press conference until the eleventh hour.Atleo resigned as a result of the furor triggered by the bill.AFN chiefs rejected a previous version of the bill in the fall of 2013 after a months-long consultation process by Aboriginal Affairs.Critics of the bill said it gave the minister of Aboriginal Affairs too much control over education in First Nation communities.Valcourt said the government would not release the bulk of the new education funds unless the AFN agreed to the bill which died when the writ was dropped to begin the current federal [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more