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Froome loses Tour lead to Aru, Bardet wins 12th stage

first_imgView comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Chris Froome, right, and new overall leader Fabio Aru of Italy, center, climb Port de Bales pass, during the twelfth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 214.5 kilometers (133.3 miles) with start in Pau and finish in Peyragudes, France, Thursday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)PEYRAGUDES, France — Chris Froome cracked in the final stages of a grueling climb to the finish and lost the overall lead in the Tour de France to Fabio Aru on Thursday, after a demanding stage won by Romain Bardet.Froome’s Sky teammates perfectly controlled the race until the final kilometer leading to the ski station of Peyragudes, but the three-time champion was dropped in a final section that featured slopes with a 20 percent gradient.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I knew it could suit me,” he said. “I was patient. I made the difference on the final hill, there was not much to do before that with the wind and the Sky train.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyercenter_img MOST READ Masterful Venus oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Bardet won Stage 12 ahead of Rigoberto Uran and Aru, who seized the race lead from Froome by six seconds. Bardet is third overall, 25 seconds off the pace.Team Sky had dominated the stage until the final 500 meters, when Aru made his move. Froome was only able to follow his Italian rival for a few meters and looked glued to the road.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Bardet was the strongest in the brutal incline and described his third stage win on the Tour as “an immense joy.”He said he had visited the ski station with his parents to scout out the final climb.last_img read more

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NCAA: Mapua posts 2nd straight win, stuns CSB

first_imgLATEST STORIES The Cardinals, who had five players in double-figure scoring, improved to 4-8, surpassing their win total last season.“That’s good news but we have to win more,” said Mapua head coach Atoy Co.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissVictoria, who buried the last-second basket to lift Mapua over Jose Rizal University last Thursday, hit an acrobatic drive before finding big man Warren Bonifacio for a jumper to clinch the game, 84-80, with 33.3 seconds left.“I just try to get enough strength to help my team win,” Victoria said in Filipino. Aside from Victoria, Justin Serrano also stepped up for the Cardinals in the crucial stages, scoring eight of his 12 points in the final frame. Serrano came into the game averaging only 5.3 points per outing.Bonifacio scored 12 points, Noah Lugo added 11 while Cedric Pelayo chipped in 10 before fouling out with 5:22 remaining.Justin Gutang topped all scorers with 22 points that went with nine rebounds, six assists and two steals for the Blazers, who dropped their second consecutive game after losing to the San Sebastian Stags exactly a week ago in a game where Gutang’s last-second layup was nullified after a review.With the loss, CSB slipped to fourth at 7-5 while giving idle Letran sole possession of third place with a half-game lead in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ever controversial, Maradona makes winning debut in Mexico Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMapua hung on to upset College of St. Benilde, 86-83, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Laurenz Victoria came through in the clutch anew and finished with a team-high 16 points on top of six rebounds and six assists to lead the Cardinals to their first back-to-back wins since Season 92 where they went 12-6 and made the Final Four as the third seed behind Allwell Oraeme.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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WAEC May/June 2014 Results Record Another Mass Failure

first_imgThe WAEC May/June 2014 examination results have just been released, the Monrovia Head Office of the West African Examination Council has said.So too, the latest information reaching our Education Desk reveals that the WAEC has released its May/June 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results.Unfortunately, the results show that students failed Mathematics and English Language portions of the exams “massively”.Head of the WAEC National Office in Monrovia, Charles Eguridu, who announced the results on Monday at the WAEC office, said “a total of 529,425 candidates, representing 31.28% of those who took the exams, obtained credits in five (5) subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.”He noted that when compared to the 2012 and 2013 May/June WASSCE diets, there was marginal decline in the performance of candidates as 38.81 per cent was recorded in 2012 and 36.57 per cent in 2013.Mr. Eguridu told newsmen that the results of 145,795 candidates, representing 8.61%, are being withheld in connection with various types of examination malpractice.“The cases are being investigated and the findings will be presented in November to the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC).”John Y. Gayvolor of the Monrovia Head of Office,  when contacted by the Daily Observer yesterday, reserved comment until further notice. He did not elaborate.However, candidates are of the opinion that they will pass the WAEC component of the exam as compared to the WASSCE, “because the WASSCE was just a pilot project for in Liberia,” some the candidates claimed.The WAEC, a non-profit  organization headquartered in Accra, Ghana, was established in 1952 after the Governments of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia, enacted the West African Examinations Council Ordinances in 1951.Liberia, however, became the fifth member of the Council in 1974.The enactment of the Ordinances was based on the Jeffrey Report, which strongly supported the proposal for the setting up of a regional examining board to harmonize and standardize pre-university assessment procedures in the then British West Africa.The main objectives are to conduct examinations in the public interest; and to award certificates, provided that the certificates did not represent lower standards of attainment than equivalent certificates of examining authorities in the United Kingdom.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ganta Hospital Sets Up Ebola Treatment Facility, Awaits MOH Help

first_imgAs the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus spreads across Liberia, the Ganta City Authorities, in collaboration of the United Methodist Hospital Administration, have  established a special task force to respond to any Ebola cases in Ganta and its environs.The decision to establish the task force was reached last Monday  at a meeting held in  the office of the City Mayor of Ganta.  The meeting was sparked by reports of two cases of Ebola-related deaths.  One of which the victims was identified as being Ebola positive.The meeting, which include all zonal heads of Ganta and major stakeholders, agreed to formulate two committees — one on awareness and tracing and the other on resource mobilization.Even though the Ebola outbreak is not as prevalent in Ganta as compared to other places in Liberia, the fear is said to be hampering major activities in the city, where many entertainment centers appeared to be inactive.But surprisingly, one of the clinics in Ganta has been temporarily closed owing to a man who was treated at the clinic but later died.  He was considered to be an Ebola patient from Monrovia.The man’s body was taken to the Gompa Funeral Home in Ganta, but was traced by health workers and was removed and immediately buried.The funeral Home and all those working there have been put under quarantine and advised not the leave until after 21 days.The home of the man who died from Ebola has also been quarantined, with community leaders asked to keep watch on the movement of the people living there.City Mayor Dorr Cooper told the Daily Observer, “The awareness and tracing committee has identified and quarantined some people in two critical spots since 28 July,  2014.”The Daily Observer has also established that one factor people are complaining about in dealing with Ebola is the issue of feeding those who will be put under quarantine.“If they say those suspected of having Ebola should move and go anywhere then who will feed them or give them their daily needs?” asked Paul Zorpeawon, a businessman in Ganta.In the response, Mayor Cooper said the committee on resources and mobilization is soliciting resources so as to cater to those who are under quarantine.“We have begun providing food to those under quarantine with the small resources we have, but we need help because don’t what happens next,” he said.At many business places in Ganta beginning 29th July,  2014, buckets of water for hand washing were seen at the entrances, with people taking advantage of putting some of the preventive measures into practice.Meanwhile, the Ganta United Methodist Hospital is setting up an Ebola Center in one of its facilities, which was once used to host women with VVF.But the facility is yet to be equipped and staffed,  according to Hospital Administrator Victor Taryor,  owing lack of money.“We are waiting for the government to come so we can put the place into use at once,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ramjattan should not abuse the media

first_imgDear Editor,I believe it is the second time that the nation has witnessed Minister of Public Security and second Vice President abusing and accosting the media in the most vulgar fashion.On both occasions, it was during working hours, the Minister was on duty, the Minister knew cameras were on him and recording devices were recording him. Yet, he exercised no restraint. He was bold enough to tell them that he is free to use expletives. From all indications, this Minister acted deliberately and intentionally.I wish to compare Ramjattan’s outburst with that of former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs infamous recorded conversation with a Kaieteur News reporter. From my recollection, Nandlall claimed that he was having a private ‘gaff’ with a person whom he knew from school. The conversation was not during working hours, not on a working day, he was not giving an interview and he did not knew that he was being taped.However, Ramjattan and a whole host of organisations and individuals both in and out of politics demanded Nandlall’s head on a platter. These condemnations came almost every day calling for his resignation. Kaieteur News carried this story front page for nearly two months.I must ask where are all those voices of righteousness now. The Bar Association, the Women Lawyers Association, Kaieteur News, Red Thread and even some of Nandlall’s own colleagues. What Ramjattan has done is far worst, as he did it officially and intentionally.The double standard and hypocrisy in this country is sickening.Yours faithfully,Riaz Allly Mohammedlast_img read more

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“Spanky” slapped with robbery under arms charge

first_imgA West Coast of Demerara man known as “Spanky” on Friday appeared before Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court charged with robbery under arms.Antello “Spanky” Caesar, 25, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on August 12, while being armed with a knife, he attacked and robbed Bruce Kellor of one cell phone valued $75,000 and $5000 cash.The court was informed by the Prosecution that on the day in question, Kellor was standing on the roadway at Uitvlugt, WCD, when he was hit from behind.The Prosecution said that Kellor fell and the defendant pounced on him, placing the knife to his throat and demanded his valuables.He was later arrested after a report was made. When ask for an explanation by the Magistrate, the defendant refused to speak. He was remanded to prison and will return to court on September 15.last_img read more

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Asst. Minister Gray Heads Mont. Unity Party Sports Committee

first_imgMinister Gray, center, and his mentor Ambassador Boakai at a recent gatheringThe longest serving assistant minister for youth and sports, J. Murvee Gray, now heads the Montserrado County Unity Party (UP) Sports Committee. He was appointed by Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff on Monday in Monrovia. Gray’s appointment was due to his exceptional organizational skills in sports management, including the successful hosting of the annual County Sports Meet, over the years. Until his appointment Gray was the head of the Boakai Athletic League (BALE), organized to encourage young people to emulate Vice President Joseph N. Boakai’s commitment to Liberian and humility in his endeavors.It is reported that Ambassador Boakai, from an extremely poor family, had the misfortune to take on the world with God as his comforter. He showed a great deal of commitment by setting his eyes on positive things in life that in the end catapulted him to greater achievements in life. Like the difficulties that beset Ambassador Boakai’s upbringing, many Liberian youths find themselves in a similar situation; and the Boakai Athletic League (BALE) encouraged young Liberians to put their trust in God while focusing on helping to develop their physical and mental skills to build their country. “Think Liberia, Love Liberia and Build Liberia,” is a slogan reported to have been Ambassador Boakai’s focus, even during the most difficult periods of his young life.Gray was appointed to the position of assistant minister in 2006 and throughout the years he has planned, supervised and managed and promoted sports and young people. With his new position, Minister Gray is charged to organize and promote sports among the youth in Montserrado County. He is to work along with Liberia’s one time Zico, Ezekiel Doe, who played for St. Joseph’s Warriors and later Invincible Eleven in the 1980s. Mr. Doe was nicknamed Zico after his mentor Arthur Antunes Coimbra, known as Zico. Zico played for Brazil as an attacking midfielder and later became a coach. He was the player known back then as the ‘White Pele.’ Like his mentor, Ezekiel Doe was a creative playmaker with excellent skills. Also on Minister Gray’s team is Anthony Papie Sumo, a one-time goal-hunter for Invincible Eleven; Kelvin Sebwe, one of the greatest midfielders in Liberia’s soccer history; and J. Yourvor Kollie.Minister Gray told the Daily Observer yesterday that upon his appointment he pledged his commitment to work to attain the objective for which he was appointed. Gray has dealt with young people and he knows how to reach their heart. As an instructor in physical education, psychology and sociology at the Smythe Institute of Management and Technology, he trains students in the various sporting disciplines. Among several academic laurels, Minister Gray holds a BA degree from the University of Liberia in sociology and management. He has been a soccer coach, athletics coach and served as vice president at the Liberia Track & Field Federation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Linden motorcycle/Jeep collision – Couple died from multiple crush injuries

first_imgSheshyka Ettienne and O’neil DeYoungePost-mortem examinations (PMEs) conducted on the bodies of Linden couple Sheshyka Ettienne, 21; and O’neil DeYounge, 24, who both died in an accident on Monday evening have given their causes of death as multiple crush injuries. The PMEs were conducted at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) mortuary on Wednesday by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh.The couple was killed on Monday evening at about 20:30h in a collision along the Amelia’s Ward Public Road and Toucan Drive in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Reports are that a Jeep bearing registration number PSS 8812 collided with the couple’s motorcycle, CJ 6542 which was being driven by DeYounge of lot 78 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward at the time. Ettienne, a registered nurse of Lot 764 South Amelia’s Ward who was attached to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC), was the pillion rider at the time of the accident.The Jeep was reportedly proceeding West along the southern side of the road when the driver suddenly made a right turn North into the path of the motorcycle which was proceeding in the opposite direction.DeYounge upon seeing this reportedly applied the brakes and lost control of the motorcycle as both he and Ettienne were reportedly flung onto the roadway and slid under the Jeep.They both received injuries about their bodies.The couple was picked up in an unconscious state and transported to the LHC where they were both pronounced dead on arrival.The driver of the Jeep remains in Police custody as Police await legal advice on the way forward.As the families of the couple continue to mourn their deaths, E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander, Senior Superintendent Linden Lord and team on Tuesday conducted visits at their homes to offer condolences.The team has since assured the families that a thorough investigation will be conducted into the accident.last_img read more

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Exxon makes another major oil find

first_img…in new well offshore GuyanaBy Jarryl BryanExxonMobil has announced its fifth major oil find in Guyana’s waters, just 30 miles away from the Liza 1 well; a development that will further solidify Guyana’s potential as an oil producer.The oil find, at what has been dubbed the Turbot-1 well, was announced by Exxon on Thursday. According to the giant oil company in a statement, the well reservoir is 75 feet deep. Exxon affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana has been drilling the Turbot well since August 2017.Exxon’s Stena Carron ship in Guyana’s watersThe well itself is located in the south-eastern portion of the Stabroek Block. This puts it 30 miles south-east of the Liza phase one project. According to Exxon, the well was drilled to 18,445 feet or 5622 metres on September 29. With such promising results, Exxon announced another Turbot well is planned for 2018.In a statement on the oil find, Exxon President Steve Greenlee affirmed that the well results demonstrated the “tremendous potential” in exploration offshore Guyana. He said that opportunities would continue to be evaluated.The company also noted that drilling at the new well, named the Ranger=1 Well Site, will also commence from October 11. This had first been revealed after a recent notice from the Guyana Maritime Administration Department (MARAD).The Department had noted that there would be five vessels partaking in the operation which will be displaying the relevant international signal for oil exploration: the Stena Carron; the MV Cat Island, the MV Fast Titan, the MV Hannah Chouest and the HOS Commander.The drill site, according to MARAD, is 160 nautical miles from Guyana’s coast and covers one square kilometre. The coordinates, the Department noted, are 08 degrees, 56.340’, 08 degrees, 56.340’, 08 degrees, 55.250’ and 08 degrees 55.250’ at Latitude North.At Longitude West, the coordinates were 057 degrees, 18.680’, 057 degrees, 17.590’, 057 degrees, 17.590’ and 057 degrees, 18.680’. These are all in Zone 21.Urging that ordinary vessels in the zone stay clear of the operations and the exploration vessels, MARAD had also encouraged vessels to navigate with caution when in the vicinity and to radio on VHF Ch. 16 or via the Georgetown Lighthouse.DrillingThere has been a flurry of activities in the Stabroek Block, since ExxonMobil’s 2015 oil find in Guyana. In May of that year, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs had been encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Data from the Liza 2 well test is being assessed.The company had announced that it made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana. Its partner, Hess Corporation, had noted that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net value could be US$6.2 billion based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets.Drilling on Payara began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016. In January of this year, the oil giant had announced it had struck oil in its Payara-1 well, targeting the same type of reservoirs as the well’s Liza counterpart.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.last_img read more

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Shortcomings far outweigh successes – Analyst

first_imgCoalition three years– Accuses coalition of being least democratic gov’tBy Samuel SukhnandanDays after A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) observed their third anniversary in Government, Guyanese political analyst Dr David Hinds has given a critical analysis of the Administration’s work, and has concluded that the shortcomings far outweigh their successes.Dr Hinds told Guyana Times on Sunday that Government has failed badly overall if one measures its performance against campaign promises and in the context of the historical moment.This, he said, has to do with an accumulation of bad decisions and a lack of larger vision for Guyana. “There is not even a pretense of transformation from this Government,” he noted.The Government, he noted, has done nothing about the vexing issue of public sector wages; and according to him, this failure has large implications for lifting thePolitical Analyst Dr David Hindssociety out of poverty.“This is happening while they raised Ministers’ salaries and paid hefty rent for some Ministers,” he reminded.When it comes to the Government’s handling of crime and security, the political analyst claimed that the coalition has not been able to even put a small dent on crime. “In fact, crime has gotten worse within the last three years. There is no overall strategy on how to tackle this multi-faceted problem,” he observed.Dr Hinds said Government stumbled badly on the oil sector. “There is too much secrecy. There is no clear nationalist strategy on how to garner the best outcome for Guyana. Decisions are disproportionately in favour of the foreign oil companies. Decision-making is confined to too few people in Government.”Hinds also told Guyana Times that, overall, there is not enough accountability displayed by the Government. He claimed that there has been too much ‘clientelism’—many major appointments going to ex-military personnel and party people who are mostly African Guyanese. While he said this move was expected, he still thinks there has been too much of it practised by this Government.Shifting his attention to another issue, Dr Hinds noted that there has been no change in the way Government treats state-owned media. “They started with some degree of openness when they first came to power, but they slipped right back into the bad habit of party propaganda. Even Government supporters don’t buy the Chronicle because they still perceive it as a party propaganda medium,” Hinds said. A former columnist with that same newspaper, Dr Hinds opined that its operation is a waste of taxpayers’ money, and it stifles the growth of the journalistsPresident David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoowho work in the state media.“They can’t be creative—they go to work every day knowing that they are expected to censor themselves and bend stories to suit party dictates,” he expressed.He also cited the unilateral actions taken by Government, especially when it didn’t have to go that route. The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) chair saga is one of the issues raised.However, Dr Hinds, also an executive member of the Working Peoples Alliance (WPA), a partner in the coalition Government, told this newspaper that the worst performance of the Government has been its own lack of consultation within its ranks.“There has been no consultation within the APNU and between the APNU and AFC. The APNU hardly meets, and there is no forum for APNU and AFC meetings outside of Cabinet. All Government decisions are taken at Cabinet; the coalition parties do not participate in deliberations on Government action.”As such, he described the coalition as the least democratic Government in Guyana’s post-colonial history as far as decision-making is concerned. He said, “At least under (Forbes) Burnham’s paramountcy of the party, the party was involved. This lack of consultation derails any good the Government is doing, as it constantly has to deal with protests by junior partners.”Dr Hinds said the WPA, and to some extent the AFC, are treated with scant consideration by the (Peoples National Congress) PNC Government leadership.“The APNU leadership took three months to respond to an AFC letter. You can imagine how long it takes to respond to the WPA,” he added.SuccessesMeanwhile, in listing some of the achievements made by the coalition Government, Dr Hinds said that while the administration has not articulated a cohesive ethnic-impact policy, it has nevertheless exhibited sensitivity to the ethnic interests of the three major ethnic groups.“The Government must be given high marks for its outreach into the Amerindian communities. These are often neglected communities by Government, until election time. The Government seems to have a clear policy of engagement in that community, which augurs well for the future,” he added.Further, the political analyst said although there have been a few instances of discrimination against critics of the Government, there have been no systematic human rights abuses. This, he said, must be a significant achievement, given Guyana’s long history of hyper-authoritarianism.“The Government must also be complimented on keeping its campaign promise to hold long overdue Local Government elections. This is a major accomplishment. Local Government is an important plank of democratic governance which has been badly neglected by previous Governments,” he added.Although Dr Hinds criticised Government for its handling of the downsizing of the sugar industry, he said the Government must be commended for confronting the problem. According to him, while previous Governments have kicked the ball down the road, the coalition decided to tackle the problem.While noting that the Government erred in the implementation of the downsizing plan, had inadequate consultation, and was late with the alternative plan and payments, “The deliberate engagement with the sugar industry shows that the Government is sensitive to the ethnic interests of Indian Guyanese,” he concluded.last_img read more

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