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Date: 22 Jun 18 05:15am
THE VOICE OF THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS  By Sase Singh I plan to present this series with the hope that there shall be some refinement of the political strategy of the APNU AFC government in time for the mid-term in 2017. I am making this conclusion based on feedback provided from real people in the field with a fair subset of these views originating from rural Guyana.I want to thank the hundreds of Guyanese in the homeland who have sent me emails, WhatsApp messages, Facebook inboxes and even telephone calls outlining their perception of the political situation. For the record, these are not my comments, but my interpretation of what has been communicated to me.After cataloging these many comments, I think I can put them into four boxes from which we can together unpack them for all to read and hopefully change attitudes going forward. These four boxes shall be labeled: (1) what happened in May 2015? (2) Where do we stand today? (3) What are the projections to local government elections? and (4) how the people see this government evolving by the mid-term in 2017?What happened in May 2015? May 2015 was indeed a landmark in Guyana’s political history according to almost every person I communicated with.  For the more experienced observers, they concluded that this victory felt similar to the one in 1992.  But for the younger generation, May 2015 felt empowering.Upon further probing, they were even candid to say that if it was not for the consistency in action from the Americans, the outcome might have been different.  The youths see this as their victory against the Jagdeo /Ramotar cabal which in their eyes was ruling exclusively for a small political elite consisting of friends and family.Overwhelmingly, many of the commentators were fed up with the arrogance and corruption of the Ramotar government.  Many stated that they did not see President Ramotar as their leader since they struggled to draw any inspiration from him.You could say, after all, the APNU AFC only won by 4, 545 votes; that’s true.  You could say that this is the slimmest victory in any free and fair elections in Guyana; that is also correct.  You could say this is the tiniest majority of votes every enjoyed by a President of Guyana at 50.3 percent; that’s true. All of this is true, but let us not underestimate the symbolism of May 2015.  It was a true grassroots uprising against a well-financed and well-oiled political machine. This confirms the political reality that money alone does not win elections.In this post PNC polity that began after 1992, most people agreed that we entered a new phase in Guyanese politics, which allowed for the transition of power. But it was not only the PPP that was beaten at the 2015 polls – arrogance and corruption in high office were also beaten.Similarly, if this was a pure race vote, the PPP would have had the advantage but the party lost.  Why? There were enough East Indians voting for this APNU AFC coalition in places like Bath Settlement to deny the PPP another Presidency. If one looks at the hinterland where the Amerindians dominate the electoral race, the PPP won three of the four regions – North West (Region One), Potaro Region (Region Eight) and Rupununi (Region Nine). This confirmed that this victory was not possible without those swing voters in East Indian-dominated communities that made that conscience decision to either not vote for the PPP or voted for the APNU AFC like those 557 voters in the Bath / Woodley Park NDC.The key to this victory was the disgruntled former PPP supporters who voted for the APNU AFC.Where do we stand today?The important thing to understand today is whether what was fought for in May 2015 still holds.  Have we been able to get rid of arrogance in office?  The feedback from the people clearly illustrates they have serious doubts. Many of the commentators from as far as Essequibo Coast to the Corentyne have said to me the Ministers are standoffish, Cheap NFL Jerseys, always too busy for the public, illustrate an aura of self-important and very inaccessible.I am not sure about this perception because on the matter of importance, when I communicate with Ministers they always respond, so my views on these issues are in the minority.Even media personnel have told me that they cannot access Ministers in a timely manner and they are comparing this situation to their access to the PPP Ministers. The fourth estate if properly utilized is a powerful vehicle to get your message out.  That is elementary politics. If this is the case, then we have a growing perception that will influence how people will vote in the Local Government Elections (LGE) in 2016.It would best serve the Ministers to fix this sooner rather than later or else we have a problem.There is a perception today that there is some level of policy paralysis especially on the productive sectors (the six sisters) and new foreign direct investments.  What is very clear is that in the eyes of the people, they are not seeing much improvement on the jobs front, on the wages front for the masses and on the economic management front.Translating these anxieties positively, it can be interpreted that there is a dire yearning for stronger leadership on how we manage the economy.We cannot continue on this path of looking back every five seconds and blaming the Ramotar administration for our inability to clearly communicate and implement courses of action that stimulate economic transformation.   There is a clear need for new blood and new energy in the process and that can only be found by unleashing the youths and women by putting them in positions of authority to drive “out-of-the-box” ideas.Even a very strong supporter of this coalition, Andaiye, reflected and said that the boards appointed since the new government was formed, “constituted mainly men, who are mainly older, mainly middle class and mainly African-Guyanese.”This might be a totally inaccurate statement but it is the perception that has been formed and it will materially influence the results in the LGE.Next week, we shall attempt to answer the other two questions in this mini-series.  Please share your feedback at [email protected]
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Date: 22 Jun 18 05:14am
Public-spirited civilians are continuing to come to the aid of Russell Cornelius, the seaman who lost his legs in a mishap last month.On Sunday, members from the Success Dominoes Club traveled to Cornelius’s Grove, East Bank Demerara home, Cheap NFL Jerseys, to present him with a wheelchair and other items.The group members said that they were moved to make the donation after reading about the seaman’s plight.They said that they are concerned that Cornelius has been rendered unable to provide for his four children.The seaman’s relatives allege that officials from Noble House Seafoods Limited, where Cornelius was employed, have indicated that they will not compensate Cornelius for his injuries.Last week, fishermen from Pritipaul Singh Investments gave Cornelius $133, 000, which they had pooled together from their own earnings. Members of a benevolent group, who asked not to be identified, had also made a donation to the injured man.Meanwhile, Noble House Personnel Officer, Piercy Corlette, has repeatedly declined to say what aid, if any, the company will give Cornelius.Cornelius, 43, had his legs severed on January 18 last when his limbs got entangled in a winch on the World Friend 307, a trawler that is operated by Noble House Seafoods.At the time, the vessel was some nine miles out in the Atlantic Ocean.Trawler captain Roy Soknanan and four of his crewmen have all submitted statements about the mishap.Two of the crewmen recounted hearing Cornelius cry out and then seeing his severed legs on the trawler deck.The crewmen said they tied Cornelius’s mangled limbs to staunch the bleeding and placed him on a mattress in the cabin.A Coast Guard vessel took him to shore, where a waiting ambulance took him to hospital.
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Date: 22 Jun 18 05:14am
Eight-year-old saw aircraft ‘falling out’ of the skyAs the search continues for the United States-registered plane which disappeared last Saturday between Issano and Imbaimadai, an eight-year-old girl has since informed a search and rescue team conducting ground searches that she saw the exact plane in the Chi Chi Falls area ‘falling out’ of the sky.Chi Chi Falls is an area in Imbaimadai, the place where the aircraft was last reported to be.At a briefing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport last evening, Director of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Zulfikar Mustapha said that the youngster indeed saw the aircraft, but it may not be that it was ‘falling out’ of the sky, since the aircraft had to do low lying surveys and the possibility highly exists that the aircraft was flying at different altitudes.The British helicopter hovers over one of the other craft that is conducting a search for the missing aircraftHowever, although the intensive searches continued yesterday, neither the aircraft nor its three passengers have been found.One of the Dynamics aircraft which is assisting in the search is equipped with a heat sensing device, which is expected to significantly assist in locating the presumed missing aircraft.It was also noted that Dynamics has sourced another aircraft from Suriname to assist in the search. This aircraft should go into operation today, while one of the Dynamics aircraft is also expected to conduct night searches.Minister of Public Works and Hydraulics, Robeson Benn, said that the rescue personnel have searched the area ‘up and down’ for the past three days, and have come up with no results. Taking this into consideration, there is a need to intensify ground search.He noted that there should be limited aerial search and more foot patrols, where the areas to be searched are specifically identified.The persons conducting foot patrols are equipped with satellite phones, so as to convey anything that they find.It was also revealed that the missing aircraft is equipped with a satellite tracking system, which is programmed to transmit signals every half hour.It was explained that the team received a positive signal from the aircraft at 14:44 hours on Saturday, and was awaiting the second report, but never received it.It was noted that due to the survey that the aircraft was doing, it could not programme the satellite tracking system to give a minute to minute reporting, since it would have disrupted the survey to be conducted.Minister Benn noted that it is very distressing that there were no warning signals from the aircraft, and he pledged that the intensive search will continue today.As it relates to the tracking device, which is attached to the aircraft in order to enable it to be traced if it crashes, Cheap Jerseys From China, it was noted that to date no signal has been transmitted. The pilot is also said to have experience of the area.The search area is estimated to be some 900 square miles.The twin-engine Beechcraft King Air was doing uranium survey work for Prometheus Resources Guyana Inc., a subsidiary of U308 Corp. of Toronto.Those aboard the plane are pilot James Barker, First Officer Chris Paris and Canadian technician Patrick Murphy. Barker and Paris are American citizens.Kaieteur News was told that the plane was flying over rough terrain when it disappeared.Reports stated that the control tower at Timehri made contact with the occupants at 14:15 hrs on Saturday.The plane, which departed from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, was scheduled to return at 18:15hrs.When the plane failed to show, authorities dispatched the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) skyvan along with planes from private airline companies, as well as two British helicopters which are currently in Guyana as part of a GDF/ British Army training programme, to the area to determine the whereabouts of the plane.Assistance has since been sought from the South American Satellite System, but no electronic signal has as yet been picked up. (Fareeza Haniff)
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Date: 22 Jun 18 05:14am
President Donald Ramotar yesterday met with Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Mark Phillips and Commissioner (ag) of the Guyana Police Force, Seelall Persaud at the Office of the President.According to a Government statement, the Head of State discussed the current state of affairs with regards to crime, and urged the officials to get on top of the situation. Secretary to the Defence Board, Dr. Roger Luncheon was also present at the meeting.President Donald Ramotar in meeting with Army Chief, Brigadier Mark Phillips and Police Commissioner (ag), NFL Jerseys Supply, Seelall Persaud, Dr. Roger Luncheon is at right.
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Date: 22 Jun 18 05:14am
The April criminal sessions of Demerara Assizes opened yesterday morning with Justice James Bovell-Drakes, one of the judges hearing the matters this session, taking the salute and inspecting the Guard of Honour at the ceremonial opening.The ceremony was held on South Road, in front of the Supreme Court. The Tactical Services Unit (TSU) formed the Guard of Honour which was led by Assistant Superintendent Trotz.The Commissioner of Police was represented by Assistant Commissioner Gavin Primo.Sharing the dais were Justice William Ramlal, who will also be hearing criminal matters this session, Justice Dawn Gregory Barnes, Justice Rishi Persaud, Justice Dianne Insanally, Justice Winston Patterson, Justice Frank Holder and Chief Justice Ian Chang.Justice Ramlal will today commence the trial of ex-policeman Clement Bailey, who is indicted for the murder of Clifton Garroway who was shot and killed at a nightspot in Garnett Street in February 2007. The jury for this case was impaneled yesterday.Some 94 cases are billed for hearing during this criminal session of the court. Included in this list are a few persons who would have been committed to stand trial, since, in some cases, more than 10 years ago.Some persons were committed in 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, and in one instance, in 1986.Matters to be heard include 16 murder cases, 19 manslaughter, 10 rape matters, nine carnal knowledge, five buggery cases, Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, four rape/buggery and three cases of causing death by dangerous driving.Other offences on the list include conspiracy to defraud, trafficking in narcotics, possession for the purpose of trafficking, robbery under arms, arson, break and enter and larceny, indecent assault, unlawful possession, causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder, wounding with intent, assault causing actual bodily harm, and others.The cases are going to be heard by Justices William Ramlal and James Bovell-Drakes.If all 94 matters are completed before the session ends it should impact the total list of cases pending.Kaieteur News understands that at the end of 2007 some 512 matters were pending. That year, a total of 69 depositions were filed in the High Court Registry, Georgetown, 20 in the Sub-Registry, New Amsterdam, and 1 in Suddie, Essequibo making a total of 90 depositions filed. To this number must be added the pending backlog of 510 depositions making a grand total of 600 indictments to be heard.The judges heard and determined 67 criminal matters in Georgetown, 18 in Berbice and three in Suddie leaving a total of 512 criminal matters to be heard.
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