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With their headquarters in a dictatorship, Caricom gone blind, deaf and dumb

first_imgGuyana is again trapped in a full-blown dictatorship. It is not the first time. Between 1964 and 1992, the People’s National Congress (PNC), first, with Forbes Burnham and, second, with Desmond Hoyte, ruled Guyana with a brutal dictatorship. Now again, in 2019, Guyana has become a dictatorship. The new dictator is David Granger, who has not been shy in singing the praises of his hero, the first dictator, Forbes Burnham. The PNC is now called APNU/AFC. Forbes Burnham and Hoyte sustained their dictatorships through rigged elections and the brutal use of Police and soldiers.Now, Granger’s dictatorship has been birthed because he stubbornly refuses to hold elections which have been due since March 21. His hope is he could buy enough time to implement a rigging machinery. As the majority of Guyanese people struggle to ensure Guyana does not sink deeply into a new era of dictatorship, Granger and his form of the PNC are also trying to use riot Police and the armed forces to intimidate and harass people. He uses the Police to keep peaceful protesters away from him. He hides from the people and he threatens them they will “pay” for opposing him. But the people have vouched they will not be intimidated, that they will hound him until he sets a date for elections. He is petrified of elections and of his people.In the midst of the epic struggle of the Guyanese people to stop dictatorship, Caricom is disgracing itself and compromising its moral authority. Caricom has never been shy in pronouncing against dictatorship anywhere in the world, except for Guyana. Caricom knows full well Guyana is presently governed by a dictatorial cabal. It is not only the PPP and the majority of Guyanese saying so, virtually, all legitimate civil society organisations in Guyana have sternly stated the facts, as clear as could be. Business organisations such as the Guyana Private Sector Commission, the Guyana Chambers of Commerce, AmCham have called upon the Government to set the elections date for the earliest possible elections. Religious bodies have done the same.Countries like America, Great Britain, the European Union and the Commonwealth Secretariat have condemned David Granger and APNU/AFC for governing outside of the Constitution. Guyana has become a pariah state. But throughout all of this, Caricom has acted as if it is blind, deaf and dumb. Caricom’s moral authority to speak out against dictatorship has been permanently destroyed. How can Caricom justify its silence on Guyana?There is something worrisome to Caricom’s silence on Guyana. In 1997, soon after the PPP won a resounding electoral victory under President Janet Jagan, the PNC under Desmond Hoyte embarked on violent protest, “slo fyah, mo fyah”. The goal was the overthrow of a legitimate Government elected through free and fair elections. Caricom immediately intervened, but not to have the PNC do the right thing and accept the will of the people, instead, to negotiate the PPP shorten its term in office.Yet, for twenty eight years before 1992, the PNC ruled with an iron fist, rigged every elections between 1968 and 1992, and Caricom never once had anything to say. In fact, several Caricom countries aided and abetted the PNC dictatorship before 1992. Now fast-forward to the present time, the PNC, under a different name, APNU/AFC, has again established a dictatorship by refusing to adhere to the Constitution and defying the Judiciary, including the Caribbean Court of Appeal. Caricom ought to be ashamed that it is so deafeningly silent as its own court, the CCJ, is totally dishonoured and disrespected by a member-country. There is a strange double-standard for Caricom when it comes to Guyana.On Monday afternoon, hundreds of Guyanese gathered in front of Caricom in a candlelight vigil in protest of David Granger illegally carrying on as the President of Guyana. Caricom’s representative was cajoling with David Granger and others at the Convention Center, totally ignoring the Guyanese people demanding their rights to a free and fair election and to live in a democracy. They were very visible with their candles, peacefully crying out for freedom and democracy. But Caricom did not see or hear them, even though they were within an arm-length away from Caricom’s headquarters.Caricom chose not to see David Granger getting riot Police to confront peaceful protesters, deemed by Granger to be hooligans. The right to protest is not only a constitutional guarantee in Guyana, it is one of the founding principles of Caricom. Hopefully, Caricom will find its voice soon enough, will find its moral grounding to demand, like the Americans, the British, the EU and the Commonwealth Secretariat, that David Granger and APNU/AFC act in accordance with the Constitution.last_img read more

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‘I rushed it’: Folayang admits desire to finish off Alvarez quick led to downfall

first_imgEduard Folayang looks at Eddie Alvarez after their ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix fight at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It ended just as quick as it started.Eduard Folayang was mere moments from a thrilling victory in his ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinals bout against Eddie Alvarez in ONE: Dawn of Heroes when disaster struck for the Team Lakay stalwart.ADVERTISEMENT Gone in 1.88 seconds: The secrets of record Formula One pit stops View comments Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:54SEA Games: Inspired by Folayang’s presence, Tabugara delivers wushu gold02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station LATEST STORIES Eddie Alvarez overcomes Eduard Folayang’s fearsome wushu striking to score a submission victory and a spot in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix finals! @Ealvarezfight #WeAreONE #DawnOfHeroes #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/GsC9RNqL9F— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) August 2, 2019Folayang (21-8) was coming off a loss against Shinya Aoki where he relinquished his ONE World lightweight title and a win over Alvarez would’ve not only sent him to the finals of the Grand Prix but could’ve also given him immense momentum heading into the future.Alvarez (30-7), for his part, was able to break a two-game slid with his first victory in ONE Championship. He set up about against Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev in the finals in Tokyo on Oct. 13.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summercenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted READ:  Eddie Alvarez says he’s ‘better fighter by far’ than Eduard FolayangFolayang, who was one of the four Team Lakay fighters to lost their bouts in the card, added he was impatient during the fight and his desire for a quick finish proved vital.“I was so eager to get the finish and I think that’s the mistake,” said Folayang. “I became impatient and I wanted to finish him as soon as possible but it didn’t go that way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Benefits of township living After a sweeping outside leg kick brought Alvarez to the mat, Folayang went into pure offense raining down punches down his opponent’s way.READ: Eduard Folayang submits to Eddie Alvarez to end brutal night for Team LakayFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlvarez, however, managed to get into his guard and just mere seconds locked in a rear-naked choke to submit Folayang 2:16 into the first round.“I rushed, I think that’s one of my mistakes,” said Folayang Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I was not focused and I wanted to get up as soon as possible and I forgot I’m vulnerable in that position.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Spector defense nears close

LOS ANGELES – In an unexpected move, Phil Spector’s attorneys announced Tuesday they plan on calling their final witness today in the rock music producer’s murder trial. Spector, 67, is accused of fatally shooting 40-year-old Lana Clarkson, an actress and House of Blues VIP hostess, in the foyer of his “Pyrenees Castle” in Alhambra early on the morning of Feb. 3, 2003. He maintains she committed suicide. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler told the 12 jurors and six alternates the case was close to finishing. Christopher Plourd, one of Spector’s attorneys, said outside the jury’s presence the defense plans to call three or four witnesses today to discuss what investigators found on the hard drive of Clarkson’s computer. The defense expects to finish with all its witnesses by noon, Plourd said. But the defense will likely not rest its case until after a planned visit by the jury to Spector’s home – a trip tentatively scheduled for Aug. 9, Plourd said. Fidler plans to visit the home on Monday, and said he may cancel the jury’s visit if he determines the home has been unduly altered. The prosecution may call its first rebuttal witness this afternoon, said Deputy District Attorney Patrick Dixon. The rebuttal case should take two or three days, Dixon said. Left unclear was whether the defense will try to call Henry Lee, a Connecticut-based forensic expert who was hired by Spector’s then-lawyer Robert Shapiro shortly after Clarkson’s death. Fidler denied defense attorney Bradley Brunon’s request that Lee be declared unavailable and his May 16 testimony at an evidentiary hearing outside the jury’s presence be read into the record. Lee is currently in China and likely won’t be back in the United States until next week, Brunon said. Fidler said the defense knew Lee was leaving the country, but had not taken the necessary steps to ensure he will testify. Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson said the prosecution wanted to cross-examine Lee on his claim that Clarkson’s blood was found on a wall across from where her body was found. The defense has alleged that Spector was standing too far from Clarkson to have killed her. Lee’s involvement in the case has raised allegations of evidence tampering. Fidler ruled May 23 that Lee picked up an object in the foyer on Feb. 4, 2003, and didn’t hand it over to the prosecution. Prosecutors have long claimed that Spector’s defense team withheld possible evidence – namely, a fragment of Clarkson’s acrylic right thumbnail, which Dixon said in May could have proven Spector and Clarkson struggled before she died. Lee has vigorously denied allegations of evidence tampering. But he said in various interviews that he may not testify in front of the jury. Tuesday morning’s swift, brisk testimony of three defense witnesses was a marked change in a trial that has dragged on longer than the two months originally envisioned by some court observers. Steven Dowell, a Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office criminalist who testified in the prosecution’s case-in-chief, was called by the defense to testify about a possible tooth fragment belonging to Clarkson that the Sheriff’s Department crime lab lost. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more

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In an attempt to appeal to younger crowds, local casinos are

first_imgCard clubs take a cut of each hand played at their tables. Unlike Las Vegas commercial and Indian casinos, card club players bet against each other rather than the house. The clubs also can’t offer slot machines, which are the largest revenue generators at casinos. “Card clubs don’t have slots, and we’re not as big as the Indian casinos,” Normandie Casino General Manager Karlo Deza said. “In order for us to remain competitive, we have to think of innovative ways to bring in action. We want to attract younger players and bring in more foot traffic.” Indeed, keeping up with Indian casinos is a challenge for California’s card clubs. The state Assembly last month approved the expansion of several Indian casinos, allowing more than double the number of slot machines at their facilities. Total revenue at California’s 57 Indian casinos was $7.7 billion in 2006, according to the Indian Gaming Industry Report by Alan Meister, an economist with Analysis Group in Los Angeles. That adds up to an average of about $135 million at each Indian casino, and represents a 10 percent increase from 2005, Meister said. Nevada’s commercial casinos showed 8percent growth in 2006, bringing in $12.7 billion in revenue, he said. In contrast, California’s 90 card clubs generated about $737 million in revenue in 2005, an average of about $8.2 million each, according to the American Gaming Association. Gardena’s Hustler and Normandie casinos each generated $25 million and $35million in revenue last year, club officials said. Though they make significantly less than Indian and commercial casinos, the two clubs are the second-largest tax generator in Gardena and collectively will add more than $8.5 million to city coffers this year, according to city officials. Gardena officials say that card club revenue so far exceeds other types of city funding and that it is necessary to maintain current city operations. “I have a $43 million general fund operation,” Gardena City Manager Mitch Lansdell said earlier this year. “Eight-and-a-half million is half of the Police Department. If I don’t have that money, what do I look like? A couple departments wouldn’t exist, or all departments would be scaled back. “? We would be a very different organization if we didn’t have the card clubs. They are a major employer, a major tax contributor. They are also one of the reasons why people come to town.” In the 1980s, Gardena had six card clubs. There are now only six clubs in all of Los Angeles County. Local casinos have also increased their monitoring of player habits – through so-called players club or reward club cards – to find determine what they like to eat, play and buy in the clubs. This helps them decide what to add or change in the casino to attract people. “We can look at a real-time snapshot of the game on a moment-to-moment basis,” said Hustler’s marketing director, Al Underwood. “All this is in an effort to give customers a better experience. If they have a better experience and keep coming back, it’s good for our revenue.” With four other card clubs in the county as well as resort-style Indian casinos and the Las Vegas strip just a day-trip away, the imperative for the local clubs is to adapt or get stripped of their market. Club officials hope video poker tables and other new technology will draw in the next generation of gamblers without alienating longtime customers. They said it is still too early to tell how popular the video poker tables are. A man, who did not give his name, said he plays poker every day at the Normandie but has not used the new table. It could grow on him, though. “I just looked at it and it looked fun,” he said at the club Monday. “But I like holding chips, jiggling them in my hand. If they keep that game around, in a year or so it’ll take off. Now people don’t really know about it.” The clubs, which consider other card clubs rather than more distant casinos their main competition, have their own ways of keeping up with the times. Automated card-shuffling machines added by the Hustler keep a constant stream of card games going so dealers don’t have to break to manually shuffle, Underwood said. This year, the club has installed plasma TV screens that display jackpot totals immediately as they change. The jackpots are also updated on the club’s Web site, and they are e-mailed to a list for those who “chase the jackpot,” Miller said. “This is the information age,” he added. “Everyone wants their information now.” sandy.mazza@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER Six solemn poker players engrossed in hours of consecutive poker hands at the Normandie Casino in Gardena didn’t need chips, a dealer, or even cards. They were using the card club’s newest innovation to draw in younger, Internet-age players: a video poker table. Lee Porter of Los Angeles flipped over his virtual cards and looked at other players from under a blue baseball cap before tapping a touch-screen monitor built into the table in front of him. He called to a passing waiter to bring him a coffee, and then silently reviewed his cards and placed his bet by tapping prompts on the monitor. “I ain’t got to tip a dealer,” Porter said, counting one of the advantages of playing poker on a computer. Another player sitting next to Porter said he likes the game because hands move faster and players don’t have to wait for a dealer to shuffle cards. In a bid to meet competition from Indian casinos and other challengers for gambling dollars, the South Bay’s two card clubs – the Normandie Casino and Hustler Casino – are upgrading technology in the casinos and on their Web sites, adding video poker tables, plasma flat-screen TVs, automated card shuffling machines and other upgrades. The Hustler Casino, opened by pornographer Larry Flynt in 2000, now has 89 tables and has grown in recent years. The Normandie Casino has 53 tables and is the oldest surviving casino in the state. last_img read more

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Liverpool and Tottenham face transfer blow as European giants move for defensive target

first_img1 Barcelona star Marc Bartra Manchester City and Bayern Munich have moved as frontrunners to sign Barcelona star Marc Bartra this summer, ahead of Liverpool and Tottenham.The defender’s future at the La Liga and Champions League holders hangs in the balance and he is expected to leave the Nou Camp in search of regular first-team football.According to the Catalan newspaper Sport, Bartra, who made 25 appearances for the treble winners last term, is in line for a move to the Premier League if a club meets his £8.6million buyout clause.The 24-year-old is behind first-choice defensive pairing Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano in the Barcelona pecking order, while news of Dani Alves’ contract extension means the right-back berth is no longer up for grabs.Reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, led by Bartra’s former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, are in the race to land the defender but sources have suggested he is keen to ply his trade in England.That puts Manuel Pellegrini’s men in pole position to entice the Catalan to head for Manchester and play Champions League football next term.last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Established business requires office/sales person

first_imgThis role provides an excellent opportunity to work in a long established business that manufactures and fits kitchens in the North West.The position is integral to the successful management of the relationship between the company and its customers. The key focus of the role is to ensure that plans and schedules are followed through to completion in a timely manner.The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years experience in an office/sales environment and a working knowledge of CAD design systems would be essential. Applicants must have a good work ethic and be able to adjust to change, take responsibility and be comfortable in discussing projects with customers.Applications in writing by post or e-mail together with a curriculum vitae for the attention of the Practice Manager at the address below of by emailing info@jgc.ieJ.G. Carlin & Co. LimitedChartered Certified Accountants & Registered AuditorsThe Business CentreLisfannonBuncranaCo. DonegalTel: 0749364200 Fax: 0749361955 E-mail: info@jgc.ie Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 23rd January 2017Job Vacancy: Established business requires office/sales person was last modified: January 6th, 2017 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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L.A. apartments top rent list

first_img Every Southern California market showed a decline in occupancy, with Santa-Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta declining the most at 3.6 percent. Los Angeles’s occupancy rate slipped 0.5 percent from the third quarter while increasing 0.1 percent from a year ago. And most other markets showed improvement from a year ago, the company said. Bates said the occupancy declines can indicate a number of conditions in the market, including condo conversions such as those taking place in Los Angeles. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said the tight rental market and high prices are troubling. “If you are a potential renter it’s not good news,” he said. Kyser also said it is getting harder to build apartments because of the scarcity of land and rising construction costs. “We’re going to have to look at land and how we use it much more carefully. We’re going to have to get out of the mode ‘Oh, it has to be retail.”‘ Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Metropolitan Los Angeles remained the West’s tightest and most expensive apartment market during the fourth quarter while also posting the second-biggest rent increase, analysts said Wednesday. During the year’s final quarter it cost an average $1,450 a month to rent an apartment in the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Santa Ana area, 6.6 percent more than a year ago, said Novato-based RealFacts. The occupancy rate was 96 percent, the highest of 29 western markets tracked by the company. At $1,359, the San Francisco Bay Area has the second-highest rent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Los Angeles overtook San Francisco at the West’s most expensive market in the first quarter of 2004. “I guess that says it’s the most desirable. It also says there is less space for expansion,” Chris Bates, RealFacts’ sales and marketing director, said of Los Angeles’ spot atop the rent list. The report is based on 11,450 investment grade, market-rate rental communities of 100 units or larger. The average rent includes all bedroom and bathroom configurations. RealFacts said that overall occupancy declined 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter from the prior three months while rent increases remained anemic. It’s the first occupancy decline in eight quarters. Historically, declines in occupancy often precede declines in rent. Major areas reporting significant quarterly declines include Riverside-San Bernardino, down 2.7 percent; Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, down 0.9 percent; and Denver-Aurora, down 1.1 percent. last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho wants to sign Premier League keeper if De Gea leaves Man United

first_img Jose Mourinho has been impressed by Jordan Pickford this season 1 Manchester United will weigh up a move for Jordan Pickford if David De Gea leaves Old Trafford this summer, according to reports.It appeared United would keep hold of their superstar goalkeeper with Real Madrid, long-term admirers of the Spaniard, close to signing Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Club.However, Kepa penned a new deal with his hometown club, forcing Real to revive their interest in the 27-year-old De Gea.And should Los Blancos convince De Gea to return to Madrid this summer, Jose Mourinho will sanction an approach for Everton keeper Pickford, as reported by The Sun.Pickford, 23, only joined the Toffees last summer in a £30m deal from relegated Sunderland. He has continued to earn rave reviews despite Everton’s struggles in the Premier League, and United could be forced to pay around £50m for the England international.Mourinho is said to have been impressed by Pickford since his switch to Goodison Park, and he will not be put off by the high asking price Everton have placed on their prize asset.last_img read more

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Middlesbrough allow Grant Leadbitter to return to boyhood club Sunderland

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won whoops 2 latest REVEALED MOST READ IN FOOTBALL BEST OF SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 revealed gameday cracker center_img Leadbitter, a lifelong Sunderland fan who began his career at the Stadium of Light, says the opportunity to return to the club he left for Ipswich Town in 2009 was too good to turn down.“When you’re a born and bred Sunderland fan and there’s an opportunity to come back…I was never going to say no,” he told Sunderland’s website. Boro signed Leadbitter from Ipswich in 2012 and he made 244 appearances for the Teesside club, playing a key role in their promotion to the Premier League in 2016.Sunderland boss Jack Ross says Leadbitter’s return was purely for footballing reasons. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Grant Leadbitter, left, has sealed a dream move back to Middlesbrough Leadbitter, second left, spent six-and-a-half years at the Riverside RANKED Grant Leadbitter has rejoined Sunderland from Championship play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough.The midfielder, 33, has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the League One promotion chasers. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update He commented: “We haven’t brought Grant back for sentimental reasons, he could have easily continued his career in the Championship.“Once I started speaking to him, I had a real feel for how desperate he was to come back to Sunderland, and how much he wants to help take the club back to where he feels it belongs.“He understands we have a long path ahead of us, but his playing career speaks for itself, and he’s ready to play his part.”Leadbitter, who was club captain at the Riverside, had made just eight appearances for Tony Pulis’ men this season.last_img read more

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