President Granger has suspended democracy

first_imgDear Editor,We are a nation held in suspense. President Granger has accepted that he now heads a caretaker or ‘interim’ Government but refuses to comply with the clear provision that states his Cabinet stands resigned. We are subject to a steady stream of double-speak and transparent ploys to delay or obfuscate the holding of elections on or before September 18, 2019, as required by our Constitution and ensuring unbroken democracy in Guyana.While David Granger has us suspended in his web, he may want to consider what else is in suspension because of his intransigence.Local content legislation cannot be passed into law. Discovery of Oil in commercial quantity was announced on May 21, 2015, the failure to formulate policy and accompanying legislation is unforgivable dereliction of duty to the people of Guyana. I have no knowledge that any legislation has been prepared for debate. In the absence of laws, Guyanese are reliant on ExxonMobil to be a good actor in this regard.The Leader of the Opposition has already made it clear that vital Sovereign Wealth legislation was not passed by legitimate means and is of no effect. Such legislation will have to be tabled and debated post-elections, in the new Parliament.The oil revenue that should flow to the nation’s coffers will also be in suspension. ExxonMobil is cognizant of its mistakes in Equatorial Guinea and Angola, and have committed itself to transparent operations in Guyana. Oil production will not be delayed or suspended; ‘First Oil’ will be produced and sold. Guyana is supposed to receive her share in oil for resale by her own devices; however, with a caretaker or ‘interim’ Government in place, Guyana’s portion of oil will in fact be sold and the revenues placed in a suspension account. This is not an escrow account held in trust by a third party such as the US Federal Reserve; it is in fact a paper transaction to account for money held in ExxonMobil’s operational account. It will earn no interest and may become subject to US taxation and eventual seizure if the situation persists for a longer period. Even if the money is all there when this period is behind us, time that should be spent kick starting our economy will be lost cannot be recovered.It may be prudent to ask ExxonMobil to confirm its course of action in the eventuality that “First Oil’ precedes the next General & Regional Election.President Granger has suspended democracy for now but will find he is hoisted by his own petard in the end, for every rope, no matter how long, ends with a backward jerk into reality.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Struggling NBC embraces the supernatural for its fall season

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — With “Heroes” its only new hit of the season, struggling NBC announced a fall schedule Monday that includes a spinoff and three other dramas also trading on supernatural themes. The network took a risk by keeping its Thursday night comedy lineup intact. NBC has drawn strong critical praise but few viewers for shows like “30 Rock” and “The Office,” leaving the network faltering on a night it once dominated. NBC, the first of the broadcast networks to unveil a new schedule to advertisers this week, canceled “Crossing Jordan” and the high-profile failure “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” Another critical favorite that hasn’t found a big audience, “Friday Night Lights,” was renewed. “Law & Order” will be back for its 18th season and “Medium” will return, but not until January, when they take over a Sunday time slot filled by football in the fall. Fourth-place NBC showed signs of life last fall with critically acclaimed shows. The bottom dropped out this spring when the network had its least-watched week in at least 20 years — then went even lower the following week. “We’ve got the class and next season we’re ready to add some mass, with new shows that build on the creative accomplishments of last season and are as broad as they are good,” NBC entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. To stretch the normal 22-episode season of “Heroes,” which faltered after its long hiatus this year, NBC will add “Heroes: Origins.” The spinoff will introduce a new character each week, and viewers will select which one stays for the following season. The two series will have 30 new episodes combined. Since it found an audience this season with superpowered stars, NBC will remake “Bionic Woman” with Michelle Ryan in the title role. New series “Journeyman” is about a San Francisco newspaper reporter who travels through time to alter people’s lives, and “Chuck” is a thriller about a computer geek who becomes a government agent after spy secrets are embedded in his brain. Brooke Shields headlines an hour-long series about three high-powered women friends, a script from “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell. NBC’s other new series, “Life,” is a drama about a detective given a second chance after spending years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Illustrating the difficulties in introducing new comedies, NBC said it will have only one new sitcom next season — and it didn’t even earn a spot on the fall schedule. “The IT Crowd” is about a group of people who work in technical services at a large corporation. The successful game “Deal or No Deal,” often NBC’s most popular program, will air on Monday and Wednesday nights. NBC Schedule MONDAY 8-9 p.m. “Deal or No Deal” 9-10 p.m. “Heroes” 10-11 p.m. “Journeymen” TUESDAY 8-9 p.m. “The Biggest Loser” 9-10 p.m. “Chuck” 10-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” WEDNESDAY 8-9 p.m. “Deal or No Deal” 9-10 p.m. “Bionic Woman” 10-11 p.m. “Life” THURSDAY 8-8:30 p.m. “My Name Is Earl” 8:30-9 p.m. “30 Rock” 9-9:30 p.m. “The Office” 9:30-10 p.m. “Scrubs” 10-11 p.m. “ER” FRIDAY 8-9 p.m. “1 vs 100″/”The Singing Bee” 9-10 p.m. “Las Vegas” 10-11 p.m. “Friday Night Lights” SATURDAY 8-9 p.m. “Dateline NBC” 9-11 p.m. Drama Series Encores SUNDAY (Fall 2007) 7-8 p.m. “Football Night in America” 8-11 p.m. “NBC Sunday Night Football” SUNDAY (January 2008) 7-8 p.m. “Dateline NBC” 8-9 p.m. “Law & Order” 9-10 p.m. “Medium” 10-11 p.m. “Lipstick Jungle” 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

The party life led to the gutter, but a child helped pull him out

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.I won’t psychoanalyze Mayhew because I can’t. Neither can he, not really. Which is to say that whatever thing or things, specifically, sent his life crashing off the rails is anybody’s guess. So I’ll let his next statement serve as enveloping action: “I had my first drink at 13; by 15 I was a regular drinker.” At 15 he also drank himself into the first of a thousand blackouts as he lived the beach rat scene, drinking and surfing, surfing and drinking, smoking weed, doing coke, stealing and fighting. There was lots of fighting and run-ins with the law. “Everything was easier when I was drunk. I could come out of my shell. I fit in. What was I anyway, but a kid without a father, a kid with a mom who worked all the time, so with her gone, it was keg parties all day. Then came juvie and more fights and lots of atta-boys from the other guys. And all the time I was so scared and I didn’t want anyone to know it.” By 15 he was in probation camp. “I wasn’t listening to anybody,” he said, recalling that boy. “When I got out, I picked up where I left off, only now I was worse. In 1984, the Olympics year, I was back inside figuring, well, this is what my life is going to be.” He was right, too. From then until age 35 he spent maybe three years on the outside. The reasons read like a not-to-do list with drunken assaults, bad drug deals, 12 parole violations and failed drug tests. He did it all and more and what’s odd is how he now comes off as well-mannered and thoughtful. “Yeah, now,” he laughs. And the truth is, with a story like his, you either laugh or you cry. On this day he was doing some of each because both are now benefits. “I was in prisons all over the state. But don’t be fooled, there’s no rehabilitation going on in any of those places. There is booze and drugs in there, anything you want.” So, no, he wasn’t clean in the joint. And he certainly wasn’t clean when he got out five years ago, hanging around just long enough to get his girlfriend pregnant with what turned out to be the beginning of his salvation. “I came out with all intentions of stopping but, face it, this is a party town and I kept telling myself that I was only doing the normal thing, partying. I wanted to quit but I was still a jerk. Soon I was back inside.” Then came what can be called the closing scenes of Act I. “I held my baby girl for the first time in prison. Right then I felt an overwhelming love for someone for the first time in my life,” he said, tears filling his eyes. And wouldn’t it be nice to say that it all ended there, that he went straight and became the man that he is now. But that’s not how it worked. Fact is, there was still a ways to go before he struck hard bottom. Soon he was out on the streets again, drunk, missing a date with his daughter and hearing her little 3-year-old voice on the phone asking, “Daddy, where are you?” “I finally felt like a complete dirt bag. I had nobody and nowhere to go and I was standing alone in the rain on The Strand, in the place where it all started. Right there I told God, `I don’t want to be like this anymore.”‘ Act I of the Brent Mayhew’s story ended officially on Sept. 28, 2005, the day that he checked into San Pedro’s Beacon House. This is a residential recovery facility that specializes in second acts. “I drank myself into oblivion and for some reason I had been saved. I had played the victim for so long to justify my life. But once I admitted that my life was unmanageable, I resolved to stop,” he said, rolling up his left sleeve to expose the prison tattoos that wind like a loopy road up his arm. By the way, he means “saved” in a cosmic sense, in the way of a man who is still taking in the enormity of a reprieve that allows him to coach his 5-year-old daughter’s soccer team and attend PTA meetings like these are the most momentous things in the entire world. And just last week he was awarded Beacon House’s second annual Michael Fry Memorial Scholarship, an award named for a man who also found new life in this place. The award carries money that covers his tuition at Cal State Dominguez Hills, where he is working toward a certificate in alcohol and drug counseling. When he finally brings the experience of all those dead years to bear on the lives of people who are still kidding themselves, when a sober life finally becomes his full-bore reality, then that will mark the beginning of Act III, the best act of them all. This I say because alcoholism is an always fatal disease that can’t be cured. But it can be arrested and men can change. “All the cogs had to be lined up for this to happen,” he said. “Now I’m free to become the person that I always wanted to be but didn’t know how. I’m free and it is an amazing thing.” Personally, I’d call it a miraculous thing. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This is a three-act play that just fired up an improbable second act. It begins, for our purposes, with an adopted baby abandoned at age 3 by his adoptive father, with a single mom working hard to make ends meet and a wild child growing up on The Strand in Hermosa Beach. While inland kids dreamed of that sunny between-the-piers existence, Brent Mayhew was living it, attending Redondo Union and Mira Costa high schools when he felt like it and partying when he felt like it. Which was most of the time for this midsize, blond-haired surfer boy with a built-in craving for all that a barely supervised life had to offer. “Here’s what I know about my biological family,” the iron-handed, now 37-year-old Mayhew told me Monday, “my father was a pro football player and an alcoholic.” last_img

Datebook 1/2

first_imgThe Tournament of Roses Parade will begin at 8 a.m. along Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. Would-be Gary Kasparovs are invited to an open-play chess tournament at 6 p.m., Los Angeles Public Library, Fairfax Branch, 161 S. Gardner St., Los Angeles. Free. Ongoing each Monday. Call (323) 936-6191. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want 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


first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty and Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn have urged people from across Donegal to have their voices heard over spiralling motor insurance costs by attending a Public Meeting on the issue this Monday 11th July at 7.30pm in Letterkenny’s Station House Hotel.The meeting, which will be chaired by Senator MacLochlainn and will feature an address by Deputy Doherty, has been organised to allow members of the public to share their own views and experiences relating to the soaring costs of car insurance premiums. Deputy Pearse DohertySpeaking ahead of next week’s meeting, Deputy Doherty said: “Sinn Féin has organised this special public meeting next week to give ordinary people from throughout Donegal the opportunity to voice their concerns and growing frustration over the spiralling costs of motor insurance.“I am calling for as many people as possible to attend Monday evening’s meeting in Letterkenny where everyone will be asked for their views on excessive motor insurance costs, and to share their own experiences on what has become a huge issue across our island for motorists.“It is time for drivers who have had enough to show the insurers and this government that they are fed up with the rip off. Only last month, I discovered that the government’s so-called taskforce to examine this issue hasn’t even begun discussing the causes behind the increases after months in operation.“This government’s complete failure to properly tackle and address this issue is simply not good enough and thousands of motorists are paying dearly for their inaction. “I have constantly raised the issue of the unsustainable business model of the insurance industry and the lax regulatory environment which has allowed insurers to conduct their business in such an imprudent manner.“It is now time for real action if we are to properly tackle the rising cost of motor insurance and to create an environment of greater transparency within the industry so that drivers are no longer ripped off.“Sinn Féin has been to the fore in demanding that changes be made to the insurance industry and to how it is regulated, and we will continue with our campaign to ensure that every possible effort is made to resolve this problem which countless motorists now face when seeking insurance cover.“Again, I want to reiterate my call for people from across Donegal to mobilise in large numbers for Mondayevening’s meeting, and I very much look forward to hearing from constituents and working with them to solve this issue.”Senator Pádraig MacLochlainnSenator MacLochlainn added: “Monday evening’s meeting has been organised so that we may gather together and listen to the people of Donegal and hear first-hand their stories of the growing scandal concerning excessive insurance costs.“Pearse and I are very much looking forward to hearing the views and opinions of people from across this countyon Monday evening, and I would encourage everyone to come along and have their say.” HAVE YOUR SAY ON SPIRALLING MOTOR INSURANCE COSTS AT PUBLIC MEETING ON MONDAY was last modified: July 5th, 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:Deputy Pearse DohertyMotor InsuranceSenator Padraig MacLochlainnSinn Feinlast_img read more

New Brand South Africa logo approved

first_imgFriday, 06 November 2009: South Africa welcomes this week’s cabinet approval of a new international marketing logo for brand South Africa. This is a culmination of a comprehensive process of consultation between provinces, cities and national departments to align around one brand positioning and a single identity on the international stage. The purpose of  brand alignment  is to avoid brand dilution when various South African entities market themselves internationally utilising different logos .The intention is  rather to combine the marketing efforts in order to enhance South Africa’s global competitiveness with regard to tourism, trade and investment.Inspired by the South African flag but evolved into a “trade-markable” form the new logo is distinctive, dynamic and energetic and stands out within its competitive environment.This landmark decision builds on a renewed era in collaborative nation branding and is timed to take maximum advantage of the global focus on South Africa in the light of our hosting the FIFA 2010 World Cup.Initiated and driven by the International Marketing Council (Brand South Africa), the logo‘s development costs will be quickly offset by the combined impact of previously separate branding initiatives. The roll out  of the new logo will be facilitated by an easy to use , do-it-yourself manual and will be available for usage by anyone that markets South Africa internationally including tourism, sports, arts and culture, trade; etc. Stocks of existing marketing collateral have been carefully managed in order to ensure a smooth and cost effective transitionIt should be noted that the brand South Africa logo is not a replacement of the Government coat of arms but is purely for the purpose of Nation marketing initiatives.The marketing of the Nation brand of South Africa will be taken to new heights as we work together as team South Africa under one logo to welcome the world to join us in celebrating the FIFA 2010 World Cup.South Africa: New logo faqlast_img read more

SA unveils modernised customs system

first_img23 August 2013 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday unveiled a modernised customs management system that will reduce the cost of doing business with South Africa, boost the country’s competitiveness and exports, and promote intra-African trade. Briefing journalists at the SA Revenue Service’s (Sars’) offices in Johannesburg, Gordhan said the new system had already been implemented, and that early indications were that it had more than halved the time it takes to move goods across South Africa’s borders. The new automated customs management system centralises the clearing of all import and exports declarations using a single processing engine, replacing a multiplicity of older systems involving paper-based, manual administrative processes. “By managing customs declarations and supporting documents in electronic format, the processing of cargo movements by land, sea and air will now be much quicker and more accurate,” Gordhan said. The new system will also curb cross-border corruption, while enabling Sars to detect false declarations automatically and so to increase its revenue. “The new customs management system will have significant benefits for importers, exporters, clearing agents and trade facilitators, and will make our economy and commercial trade more competitive globally,” Gordhan said. The use of paper for end-to-end processing and declarations will be reduced by up to 95% as declarations are digitised. Supporting documentation will no longer be required, except in the case of a risk identification, and mobile inspections using iPads will be introduced. Under the previous system, it took customs officials between four and eight hours to inspect goods. Now, physical inspections will take an average of two hours. Gordhan said the new system was in line with the requirements of the National Development Plan (NDP), which stresses the importance of lowering the cost of doing business, improving exports, and linking up with other economies. “The NDP targets an increase in intra-regional trade in southern Africa from 7% to 25% of trade by 2030, and that South Africa’s trade with regional neighbours should increase from 15% of the total trade to 30%,” Gordhan said. Source: read more

Jagmohan Dalmiya: Indian cricket’s Midas

first_imgAt the height of his career, it used to be said that Jagmohan Dalmiya could sell a refrigerator to an Eskimo. Such was the marketing genius of the man, who brought money to Indian cricket and replicated the success when he became the first Asian to head the game’s global body.Seasoned cricket administrator Dalmiya, 75, who died on Sunday, was also known for his resilience, with even his detractors acknowledging that he had it in him to swim back to the shore if thrown deep into the sea, or could rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes.The septuagenarian’s almost unbelievable comeback earlier this year as the head of the country’s premier cricket body BCCI, which had once ignominiously thrown him out, only reinforced the notion.Born in a business family in 1940, Dalmiya was a club-level cricketer. He kept wickets for two teams – Jorabagan and Rajasthan – in the (then) Calcutta cricket league, and switched to cricket administration after hanging up his gloves.Mentored by then BCCI mandarin Biswanath Dutt, Dalmiya cut his teeth in Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) politics, one of the most chequered and marathon innings in India’s sports administration.Dalmiya became BCCI treasurer in 1983 – the year India won the World Cup. The wily businessman didn’t take much time to understand that huge money could be brought to the game from telecast rights, and teamed up with his then friend and later big foe IS Bindra to bring the cricket World Cup out of the British soil for the first time in 1987, as India and Pakistan co-hosted the hugely successful Reliance Cup.advertisementLater, he served as BCCI secretary, before becoming ICC chief for three years in 1997. As the top man of the global body, he brought money to it too. The ICC, which had a paltry sum in its coffers when he took over, was flush with funds when Dalmiya’s stint ended in 2000.Dalmiya was elected BCCI president in 2001. He was all-in-all in the board till his tenure ended in 2004. Later that year, Dalmiya hoisted his acolyte Ranbir Singh Mahendra as his successor in a tantalizingly close election where then union minister Sharad Pawar threw his hat into the ring for the top post.As the election ended in a tie, Dalmiya gave his casting vote to ensure Mahendra’s victory, prompting a dejected Pawar to remark that the entire process was unfair.”The umpire was the bowler,” Pawar had quipped after his loss.Dalmiya then controlled the board by proxy for a year, with Mahendra being a mere puppet. But the Pawar camp fought back by using all means to checkmate Dalmiya at his own game in the 2005 election.Months later, the BCCI lodged a police complaint against Dalmiya for alleged misappropriation of funds related to the 1996 World Cup in which India was a co-host.As Dalmiya faced a police probe, the BCCI expelled him in December 2006, which also forced him to step down as CAB president, months after a nerve-wracking election which he had won by defeating then West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s nominee, city Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee.In mid-2007, Dalmiya was exonerated by the court, and he returned to head the CAB in 2008, by defeating then president Mukherjee.However, in the next few years, he seemed only a shadow of his former self. He looked old, and his lack of full fitness was talked about in CAB circles.But the wily cricket administrator bid his time, and pulled off the first surprise when sidelined president N. Srinivasan pitchforked him to the post of BCCI interim chief in June 2013 after the spot-fixing scam emerged.The short term as head of the board brought him back to centrestage, with also displaying his wide acceptability in the board. Dalmiya again played his cards well after the Supreme Court ran out Srinivasan from the race.Keeping both the lobbies headed by Srinivasan and Pawar guessing his next moves, Dalmiya deftly exploited the hostility between the two to put himself up as an acceptable candidate and ultimately won the seat unopposed.last_img read more

Over 2100 cases filed to check female foeticide: Nadda

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) In the drive against female foeticide, various state governments have filed 2152 cases, secured 306 convictions and sealed and seized 1,573 ultrasound machines for violation of the PC & PNDT Act, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Health Minister J P Nadda said the registration of 100 medical professionals convicted under the Act has been suspended or cancelled by concerned state medical councils. Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour in the Upper House, he said “doctors are acted upon and action is taken against family members also” and added that corrective action was being taken to improve the sex ratio. “Sex Ratio has improved from 1991 to 2001 and till now. Much more needs to be done. We cannot say we are satisfied. It has to be done more exhaustively. Whatever improvements are suggested by members, we will see to it that they are incorporated,” Nadda said. He also said that the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which compiles data of criminal cases including female foeticide, has categorised it as a separate category since 2014. “As per NCRB, a total of 50 cases have been reported under female foeticide across the country in 2014,” he said. PTI SKC ARClast_img read more