Bradley Beal’s 36-point night helps Wizards blow out Hawks

first_imgWashington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) passes as Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry (95) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Atlanta. Washington won 131-117. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Bradley Beal could tell early in the first quarter that the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks had no answer for him.“Just being confident, just being aggressive,” he said. “Getting to the free throw line helped me out a lot. Being aggressive in that aspect. Just pretty much taking what they gave me.”ADVERTISEMENT Young, the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft, took a hard spill 30 seconds later as he tried to shoot a 3 at the top of the arc, falling into Austin Rivers on the way down and getting his feet knocked out. Young landed on his back and elbows and stayed down before getting up to make one of three free throws.“I didn’t even see what happened,” Young said. “I was just in the air and I fell. My arms were numb, and it was hard to move. I was pressing on my free throws, pushing the ball instead of shooting it.”Beal answered with a runner and hit a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession to push the lead back to double digits.“He’s so crafty,” Young said. “He showed that tonight. With John being out, they were able to use him a lot more.”Rivers started in Wall’s spot and had nine points, seven assists and seven rebounds.TIP-INSWizards: It was the first game Wall has missed this season. Knee problems sidelined him for 41 games last season. Washington coach Scott Brooks didn’t have an immediate timetable for Wall’s return. … F Jeff Green was sidelined with back issues for the second time in the last three games. … Beal has scored at least 20 points 18 times this season. … Rivers opened on the floor for the first time since starting 59 of his 61 games with the Los Angeles Clippers last season. … Wall didn’t play in a win last January in Atlanta, and the Wizards still posted 40 assists. Reserve guard Tim Frazier dished out 14 in that game.Hawks: Reserve G Jeremy Lin left with a lower back strain and didn’t return after playing four minutes. … Collins got his fourth double-double at the five-minute mark of the third. … Bazemore started in place of F Taurean Prince, who injured his left ankle in Monday’s loss to Golden State and will miss three weeks. … Atlanta closed the third on an 11-0 run.UP NEXTWizards: At Cleveland on Saturday. Hawks: Host Denver on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Beal drew Collins, a 6-foot-10 forward, out to guard him in the third quarter and quickly cut past him. Rookie point guard Trae Young closed in the lane too late as Beal drove for a layup and a 19-point lead.Beal took the ball to the rim often enough to get to the foul line and hit 10 of 13 free throws. The Wizards finished 27 for 32 at the line.“We have to play fast, and that was easier because we got stops defensively,” Beal said. “We were able to get out in transition and get some easy ones. We just continued to move the ball and share it.”The Hawks used a 45-point third, their highest-scoring quarter of the season, to pull within seven in the first minute of the fourth on Bazemore’s jumper.Young had a chance to make it a three-point game but missed a wild layup attempt at the 9:48 mark, and Tomas Satorsky followed with a 3-pointer to push the lead to eight.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Late rally lifts LeBron James, Lakers past Spurs Beal scored a season-high 36 points, Otto Porter Jr. had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards won their third straight game with a 131-117 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday night.Wizards star guard John Wall missed the game for personal reasons, but Washington still finished with a season-high 35 assists.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 ChrissBeal, with nine assists and nine rebounds, was a matchup nightmare for the Hawks, who began the night with the NBA’s third-worst record and lost their fourth straight. John Collins finished with 14 rebounds and a career-high 26 points, and Kent Bazemore added 22 points for Atlanta.Rookie guard Kevin Huerter was the first Hawks player assigned to guard Beal, and he was replaced early. Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce tried several combinations but nothing worked for long. View commentslast_img read more

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Game 2 ‘wake up call’ helps Petron get back on track for PSL crown

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It could’ve been a perfect sweep for Petron in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference if not for its four-set loss to F2 Logistics in Game 2.The Blaze Spikers held a 13-0 record up until that loss, but that defeat jolted the team to fix their ways and show what the defending champions are made of.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Magnolia back on top with PBA Governors’ Cup crown Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 LATEST STORIES Petron had two days to figure it out, and it showed its might against the Cargo Movers in the Game 3 for the 25-22, 26-24, 25-23 sweet.“That was a wakeup call for us. We never thought of the sweep or that we didn’t lose a match because that’s not a good mindset,” said Reyes in Filipino Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center. “It was a learning experience for us that we shouldn’t think of the conference sweep.”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 ChrissReyes was also instrumental in Petron’s third set stand when she scored on back-to-back hits to give the Blaze Spikers a 19-16 buffer.The Blaze Spikers’ title win also moved them ahead of the Cargo Movers in the championship table with Petron owning four, the most in the league, while F2 has three. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Reyes said Game 3 itself was enough to show that the rivalry between the two teams is as strong as ever.The two teams did face each other four straight times in the finals and had two titles between them prior to meeting in the 2018 All-Filipino Conference championship round.“The rivalry is still there,” said Reyes who had nine points in Game 3. “You all saw how they fought. They didn’t want to lose and both teams came to fight.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

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‘Fake Bond’ Lawyer Escapes

first_imgReliable information reaching the Daily Observer say that the lawyer who used a “fake bond” that released a Portuguese national from the Monrovia Central Prison has gone into hiding.Charaf Khaled was arrested in November last year, between Liberia and Guinea, in the Ganta area; he was attempting to escape the country, after relieving a Guinean businessman, Mohammed Bah, of US$138,500, it was alleged.Police later retrieved US$110,200 of the stash and charged him with theft of property.But, on November 26, 2013, Khalid’s lawyer (name unknown) had him released him on bail, after being held at the Monrovia Central Prison for a week.The bail was intended for his day-to-day appearance in the court, following final disposal of the matter.Unfortunately, when the Monrovia City Court scheduled the case for hearing, neither defendant Khaled nor his lawyer could not be found in court—or anywhere else.The defendant is believed to have escaped the country; and court officials admit that they have not been able to locate his lawyer.The question now is what becomes of Bah’s money?That was when, after looking a bit farther, the prosecution discovered that the bail, believed to have come from Medicare Insurance, had been “faked.”But the insurance company has so far denied issuing the bail, claiming that it is a “false bail.”They, however, refused to comment further on the matter. They did say, however, that they were considering doing whatever it takes to ensure that the court produces the lawyer.Before a bail is issued to release a criminal from prison, it is always approved by another court: Criminal Court ‘A,’ which usually hosts the grand jury for Montserrado County.“In recent years, the use of bail bonds and pretrial release rates have been raised in the country,” a judicial expert told the Observer.The judicial expert explained that that has been the regular practices at the Court.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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Advocacy Group Wants Gov’t Create “Specific Hospitals” to Contain Ebola

first_imgA local advocacy group, Green Cities Incorporated, is calling on the government of Liberia to create specific hospitals in order to contain the deadly Ebola virus among the people. Speaking to reporters at the group’s office in Monrovia, the chief executive officer (CEO) of GCI, James K. Mulbah, called on the national government to help identify “specific hospitals,” that will deal with only suspected Ebola cases.  Such hospitals would not treat people non-Ebola related ailments (e.g. pregnant women).“We want to call on  GOL to provide specific hospitals in the country that will deal with Ebola situation… in order to avoid further spread of  the virus to others part of the country,” he said.He expressed the belief that, “If the government can only have Ebola suspected patients in a specific hospital or clinic, [that] will help curtail some of the viral spread to other places. We need hospitals or clinics for some of these deadly diseases, including HIV/AIDS, with trained doctors and nurses [prepared to contain] the outbreak of such an  epidemic.” Speaking at the completion of an Ebola training session, Mr. Mulbah said his organization thought it prudent to encourage young people by educating and sensitizing  them on the ways of containing the deadly Ebola virus and prevent its spread to other communities and counties.“We have five communities where the awareness and sensitization on the epidemic have been completed,” he said.The training of the young people about the deadly Ebola virus is intended to avoid panic and encourage people to the right preventive measures to contain the disease.“We want to encourage young people across the country not to be in panic because of the outbreak, but to take the necessary preventive measures to ensure you are safe.  We need to spread the message of how one can be free of the Ebola virus,” said Mr. Mulbah.He noted that failure to deal with garbage in so many parts of Monrovia in this current Ebola crisis was further complicating the fight against the virus and causing serious problems for many people in various communities around the capital city.He told beneficiaries to focus on training other people in their communities to help eradicarte the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia, through the necessary protective measures,  especially for the  illiterate in our society.“Today, we have given you some protective gears, including safety masks for the face, hand-gloves, nose mask and the entire safety suits. Using those materials will prevent young people from contracting the virus,” Mr. Mulbah said.    One of the beneficiaries, J. Dennis Weah, said he was grateful for the opportunity to be part of the first training sesson on the Ebola virus.“The training was very unique and we were given some basic ideas of how to contain the virus.  We are returning to our various communities to spread information on some of the preventive measures, such as avoiding body contact with others [and] shaking-hands.”According to  Weah, the issue of fear was also creating additional problems for people; but he promised to provide the right awareness in his community to ensure that the virus is curtailed.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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Sen. Taylor Emphasizes Agriculture for Women’s Empowerment

first_imgThe chairperson of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, Jewel Howard Taylor, has emphasized on agriculture as a key issue to   rural women‘s empowerment in the country.Senator Taylor challenged rural women to revisit their farms and actively engage in food production to add more value to Liberia’s agriculture sector.She made the call yesterday during a program marking the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection three-day National Rural Women’s Conference in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The National Rural Women‘s conference was aimed at accelerating progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women across the country.She urged the rural women of the fifteen counties to work tirelessly on their farms to compete with their counterparts in other countries.“We the women must work hard in making sure we have more food in our country than for us to be in our neighboring countries (buying) food that our soil can grow.“The farm work is important because if we had all the good food in our country, Ebola would not have come to Liberia. But it was a single woman who went to buy pepper and bitter balls from our neighboring country that brought the outbreak of Ebola here,” Senator Taylor explained.    She called on women to add politics to their empowerment as they seek to strengthen their economic skills.She disclosed that it would be a disappointment to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after 2017 if women’s participation in politics decreases.  She encouraged women to unite so that much of the gains achieved can be sustained.“It is a serious problem that women’s participation in the country has reduced and this is a problem that can be dealt with now if women support each other,” she said.For her part, Gender Minister, Julia Duncan Cassell encouraged rural women to participate in the ongoing constitution review so that their voices can be heard.  She urged them to consider the conference as a time for reflection on activities of past years and focus on what women have done, achieved and want in the future.FAO’s Country Director Marc Abdala reaffirmed his organization’s support to rural women’s projects and economic development in the counties. Mr. Abdala said the Joint Programme on Rural Women Economic Empowerment (JP RWEE) is a platform that brings women together to work along with their counterparts for their economic empowerment.Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations in Liberia, the World Food Program Representative Adama Diop Faye said the empowerment of women, through economic independence is critical to the eradication of poverty, adding that rural women are central to developing successful economies and stable societies.“Truly, by focusing on the needs and potentials of women entrepreneurs, we can maximize their contributions to the national growth,” Mrs. Faye said. Deputy Minister for Gender Children and Social Protection, Madam Sieane Abdul-Baki indicated that Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and Agenda for Transformation emphasizes the vital role that revitalizing the rural economy will play in poverty reduction and highlights the role of rural women in the process.   “Following the recognition of these efforts the Ministry of Gender established a National Rural Women’s Program to ensure that all rural women are given the chance to partake in and benefit from new projects,” she added.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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Facing the Realities: A Recipe for Liberia’s Development

first_imgFor too long our country Liberia has laid in the plunder of underdevelopment, and on a trajectory of hopelessness, demonstrated by too many bad governance practices. Some of the bad practices include corruption, nepotism, ineffective rule of law, weak education and health systems; especially the health, which manifested it weakness in the recent months.Our health system as a case has without doubt shown a great failure of our governance arrangement which should signal to all Liberians especially those in leadership to critically look at our governance order.  It is important to keep in mind that the strength of any democratic regime relies on the effective application of basis democratic principles which require the establishment and empowering of institutions and strengthening of existing ones. This is indeed a smooth path to a successful post-war state building. We cannot say that the current regime under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made no effort in this regard but it is quite simple to say that the attempts made insofar by this regime to reform our current governance order have not generated substantial gains.Let me remind the people of Liberia that the establishment of institutions, like the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), the Law Reform Commission (LAC), the Land Commission (LC), and the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC), etc, are all valiant attempts gear towards reform and not reform in itself. The ability of these institutions to effectively and independently dispense the duties and responsibilities for which they have been established void of fear and selective interferences is the kind of reforms which need to be encouraged in Liberia.We therefore have a serious problem; a reality we need to accept in spite of our different ideologies and affiliations. As it is often said, “We do not need a rocket scientist to tell us that Liberia needs complete reform and not necessarily reform attempts.’’ Do we really need a scientist? I think the answer is an undisputed no. We need to accept the fact that our government has attempted so much and it is now time that we begin to engage in actual reforms as a way of putting this country on the right trajectory. To do this, the Government of Liberia needs to give power and exclusive power to those institutions to which deserve power. The government especially the Executive, needs to disengage itself from the application of the Rule of Law and needs to promote an independent and effective Justice system. PLEASE MADAM PRESIDENT; ENSURE THAT THE LACC GETS PROSECUTION POWER IN ORDER TO PUT YOUR LEGACY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LIBERIAN HISTORY.In spite of the many challenges we have as a nation, I am of the strongest conviction that a very effective, efficient and independent LACC supported by the Liberian people will renew our hope and give us reason to be happy. All is not lost. There are number of opportunities for us as a people to make use of in order to take our country to another level. The willingness to make use of these opportunities should be a key focus for Liberia.Don’t we also have problem with the Centralize Governance system in itself? Of course we have. The ability of any nation to rise, explore opportunities, and increase development depends on the system of governance and the relationship of the governance to the people being governed. One reason for which we continue to experience slow growth in our country’s development processes is the system of centralized governance that has perpetuated for 167 years and has promoted imperial presidency. Under our current centralized governance arrangement, we have got so much assistance from friendly nations through budgetary support, from donors including World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, African Development Bank, etc, and still receiving, yet have done too little. We have imported too many experts paying huge salaries we still have not been able to get to where we want to go or even closer. Most interestingly, we as a people have over the years developed all the theoretical frameworks needed to move this country forward. We have written too many good bills spending thousands of dollars some of which are still being reviewed by the President. Among those most importantly is the draft Local Government Bill; a bill calling for the establishment of Local Governments in Liberia. In my opinion, the passage of the Local Government Bill into law will accelerate Liberia’s growth and promote economic development and empowerment among the people in the local areas. Additionally, it will promote accountability, transparency and efficiency in the conduct of local government as the leaders and those being led will have a relationship that will be marked by proximity. I am sure that it is not the will of the President to be completely imperial and to continue a centralized governance system. MADAM PRESIDENT PLEASE SEND THE DRAFT LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL TO THE NATIONAL LEGISLATURE FOR PASSAGE IN ORDER TO PUT YOUR LEGACY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LIBERIAN HISTORY.It is my hope that this piece of writing sends out message to the government and people of Liberia.About the AuthorN. Alexander Mulbah, a B.A. holder in Sociology from the United Methodist University, now reading M.A in International Political Economy at the Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey; a country that straddles East and West. 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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Induction for Senators-Elect Today

first_imgThe Liberian Senate will hold a special session today, Wednesday, for the induction ceremony of Senators elected in the first special senatorial elections since the coming into being of the 1986 Constitution.The ceremony, which should have been held yesterday in accordance with the Senate Rules, was postponed for today following a motion by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee and approved by plenary. The Secretary was requested to inform the Senators-elect about the change of time.While the current 15 Senators were deliberating in chambers, the newly elected Senators were reclining in the air conditioned Cletus Wotorson Cafeteria awaiting news about their induction.Some Senators argued that instead of today, the Senators be given sufficient time to prepare and be inducted on Thursday, which is one of the regular session days.  Earlier, the Senate Committee on Rules, Order &Administration as requested Monday after the Senators-elect presented their certificates to the Secretary of the Senate, informed the plenary that the certificates and credentials were well screened and reviewed, and found to be authentic. The Senate Committee, therefore, requested that the Senators be inducted in keeping with the Senate Rule.In the absence of a Pro Tempore proper, the Secretary of the Senate, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, will perform the induction ceremony which takes place at 11 a.m. in the Chamber of the Senate. Those to be inducted include: George Manneh Weah, (Montserrado); Jonathan L. Kaipay, (Grand Bassa), J. Milton Teahjay, (Sinoe), Gbleh-bo J. Brown, (Maryland), Jewel Howard C. Taylor (Ranking Senator, Bong) and Prince Yormie Johnson (Ranking Senator, Nimba).Also taking office today are: Marshall A. Dennis, (Grand Gedeh), Stephen J.H. Zargo, (Lofa), Francis S. Paye, (River Cess), Albert T. Chie, (Grand Kru), Conmany B. Wesseh, (River Gee) and Daniel Flomo Naatehn, Sr., (Gbarpolu).Senators-elect Varney Nabie G. Sherman (Grand Cape Mount), Morris Saytumah (Bomi) and James Tornollah, (Margibi) County will not be part of the ceremony due to separate injunctions filed against them with the Supreme Court.Today’s ceremony is not only the first of its kind since the 1986 Constitution came into existence, but also the first time in Africa in recent memory that a former world football icon is elected to one of the highest national leadership posts such as the Senate.As they did during the official opening ceremonies of the Legislature Monday, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) die-hards are expected to turn out in their thousands on the grounds of the Capitol Building in solidarity with their political leader, George Manneh Weah, as he becomes Senator proper.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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No confidence in Khemraj Ramjattan

first_imgDear Editor,The current crisis in the country’s security sector has gripped the nation in a frenzy of fear – not irrational but justifiable fear because from corner to corner of Guyana, practically on a daily basis, there are stories emanating of violent crimes, especially armed robberies and murder in the act of the commission of such crimes. These criminals have to live. They have bodily needs that they have to fulfil, and they have a history of wresting the wherewithal of those needs by any means possible; so the average Guyanese – even the poorest of the poor; ie, the elderly pensioners and single-parent households, have been targeted to provide for those needs. Recently, there has been a proliferation of videos showing robbers – armed with knives and guns, robbing people, schoolchildren not exempted, on a daily basis. Passengers are robbed in buses and even taxis.The tears of the nation are flowing to rival the floods decimating nations worldwide but these are rivers of blood flowing from eyes that are drenched with the pain from hearts wounded to unbearable proportions by the loss of loved ones, most often in the prime of their lives, brutally taken by the beasts in human form who, while robbing persons of their property, cash and other resources, have no qualms of robbing them of their lives also.And in equal measure, the curses of the nation against Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan are escalating along with strident calls for his removal as head of the nation’s security services but he stands resolute, arrogant and inflexible in the flotsam of his abundant failures, unmoved by the agony of the victims and their bereft dependents.A country’s security sector bears the most responsibility for the protection of citizens from criminal elements, thus anyone tasked with the mandate of managing this vital sector should prove, over time, meritorious in the functionality and efficiency of the various arms of Government comprising his portfolio. However, from the inception of the appointment of Khemraj Ramjattan as Security Minister, there has been one critical incident that compromised the nation’s safety after another.The calls are escalating, even from his own party’s supporters, that he should resign or be re-assigned because he has clearly failed to deliver on his primary mandate – to protect the nation and formulate policies that would strengthen the various arms under his watch.He defends the indefensible and excuses himself with one ridiculous postulation after another when the fact is that he is unable to perform to expectations. There may be many flaws in the system but the fact of the matter is that the buck stops at Ramjattan. His utterings, while acknowledging the facts, disclaims blame on his performance and ascribes same to departmental heads, while not naming names.Heads should roll after all the ludicrous fiascos and the permeating fear infusing the entire nation because no one is safe from the murderous criminals who are acting with greater impunity as a result of the gross deficiencies of Guyana’s security forces under Ramjattan’s watch. Nowhere is safe anymore, not even in the sanctity of one’s own home. Without a doubt, he should be the first to go, according to popular opinion. There is absolutely no confidence in him by the public as the head of the security services.Regards,Alister CharlieMember ofParliamentlast_img read more

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Respect Guyana’s Constitution

first_imgDear Editor,In light of the decision and consequential orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) handed down in June this year, elections, as triggered by the December 21, 2018, successfully passed No-Confidence Motion (NCM), should have been held by September 18, 2018, unless there was a vote by two-thirds majority of Parliament to extend that timeframe.There was no such vote and the caretaker Government, which was in place over the past three months, is now unconstitutional. Its breach of the Constitution has been noted and pronounced upon by Guyanese and leading members of the international community.The Indian Action Committee (IAC) is, therefore, gravely concerned over President David Granger’s continual insistence that he is not in defiance of the Constitution. His pronouncement, as recent as September 19, and just after members of the international community issued its statement, that he and his Administration are abiding by the Constitution, can only be interpreted as another attempt to grossly mislead.Having failed to act within the confines of the CCJ’s ruling, the APNU/AFC coalition has not only brought the country into an unnecessary constitutional crisis, but has placed it and all Guyanese at risk of the consequences of possible international sanctions as critical developmental support could be withheld. This could not be good for our nation and its people.The IAC shares the common view that the current political impasse can only be resolved through the holding of national and regional elections. On September 19, the Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) officially informed Mr Granger of the long-awaited timeframe for when the elections can be held.Mr Granger, having insisted that he will announce a date only after being informed by the election body, is now deprived of excuses to not do so. The IAC joins the clarion call for him to announce the date without any further delay and urges, that in the interest of democracy, the APNU/AFC coalition immediately cease its disregard for constitutional provisions.The IAC also urges that all democratic and constitutional rights, including the right to protest for the restoration of the rule of law, must not be impinged upon or threatened in any form.Mindful of how the effects of the prevailing uncertainty will impact Guyana and Guyanese, the IAC remains hopeful that our hard-won democracy will be safeguarded and the Constitution adhered to.The IAC also calls on all stakeholder bodies and Guyanese citizens to raise their voices in calling for the Constitution of Guyana to be respected in the context of peace, harmony, justice, and national unity.Yours sincerely,Saira AlliIAC Secretarylast_img read more

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Time is up for Granger’s melodrama period

first_imgDear Editor,The commandeering of the process in the build-up to the release of the Revised List of Electors (RLE) has been less than acceptable to the public at large, given the laws, established precedence and practice over the numerous held elections. There have been numerous Commission meetings held, which have given the overwhelming focus on the List and its composition.As important as this actually is, GECOM should have already decisively dealt with this matter. With elections imminent, there is no indication that GECOM is giving due diligence to other critically important matters that should be addressed in a parallel manner. Citizens and political parties demand no further surprises.It is pass the time when GECOM should have advised the public and political parties as key stakeholders of their approach to the transparent hiring of key staff necessary to work at the upcoming elections. GECOM is also outstanding on the need to address the necessary matters of training, for which there should be a sense of satisfactory status that the incumbent selected persons, given the approved evaluation criteria.Further, more than four months have passed since the Claims and Objections; and the previous truncated House-to-House Registration, from which the Commission disappointingly ordered the inclusion of unverified persons on the recently issued Revised List of Electors. Yet, GECOM has not issued a single ID card for the activities, which is absolutely outlandish and preposterous.Over the past 12 months, Guyanese would have witnessed a justified, augmented and challenging political presence, which has finally graduated to the final red-carpet countdown on the long-overdue General and Regional Elections.The orchestrated period of undue deliberate delays towards enforced early elections has breached our constitutional norms. Its design, however, has precedence in the historical unwelcoming behaviour of the PNC as the main party in the coalition. The time has finally run out on this Grange- led melodrama period and their desperate damage control attempts, for which citizens must hold this cabal accountable.There is no doubt that following the exposure of the APNU/AFC empty promises and orchestrated violent attacks on citizens, the patience and frustrations of the majority are very thinly stretched. The most glaring abuses of citizens’ constitutional rights in decades have been central to the Granger-led APNU/AFC approach, which currently inundates the Guyana political landscape. In the most vulgar and fraudulent ways, the exploitations have punctuated the entire period of governance since May 2015.Since the successful December 21, 2018 No-Confidence Motion (NCM) that toppled the Government, the illegal cabal has overwhelmingly violated their caretaker status. They have intensified the deliberate and continuous use of flagrant manipulative elements to extend their stay in office for more than one year over the constitutionally approved period.The situation necessitated sustained interventions from the PPP/C team led by Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo and Presidential Candidate Dr Irfan Ali, who has been at the forefront of the challenge and fight for the restoration of the quickly eroding democracy.Behind the scenes, many have put in welcoming immeasurable efforts, which is highly appreciated. This column, therefore, takes the opportunity to welcome and congratulate former army chief, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark A Phillips MSS, MSc, on his support to the party and recent selection as the esteemed prime ministerial candidate.Contrary to the failed, fraud-filled dictatorship driven approach of the Granger-led APNU/AFC regime, the PPP/C team under the astute leadership of Jagdeo and Dr Ali, has advanced transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness in a manifested charter for national development. Comparatively, the facts and APNU/AFC track record confirm that they have a focus on taking partisan advantage of the gullible and ill-informed voter, through shallow and clandestine propaganda.Given their unfairly demonstrated propensity to utilise State resources to this effect, it necessitates now, a strategic approach involving every civil member of society and party members to get the fact and message over to the wider population.It cannot be denied that the PPP/C team seems well poised and prepared for these elections and there is much evidence to support the view that the majority of citizens nation-wide. A confirmation of this is obvious from a follow up on massive wins in the last two Local Government Elections, together with the widely known fact that the party’s machinery has been hard at work on the ground in and out of communities.Representatives of the party have held hundreds of bottom house meetings and these must continue in realising the overarching macro thinking and establishment of a national partnership front, with the thematic goal of “let’s do it together”.Notwithstanding, this column advocates as a timely reminder of critical imperatives for all stakeholders that the 2020 elections strategy must be comprehensive and leave no stones unturned. Considered focal areas must include:* Review of past strategies targeting the upgrade of more effective approaches regarding the undecided and first-time voters.* Testing what we do and its impact on what we want to achieve by community, constituency and regionally.* Leaders being aware of the peculiarities regarding specific constituencies in terms of numbers, voting patterns, demographic shifts, and new boundaries.* Conducting timely self-assessment in determining where we are to address areas for improvement and further attention.* Ensuring the involvement of every hard-core member; collaborating with the NDCs and civil supporters in advancing the understanding and message.* Managing for results, which is now becoming increasing relevant and important, especially after the NCM of December 2018.Although the foregoing is not expansive, this column will address key elements in future articles. Nevertheless, the ‘power at all cost, regardless’ approach of the Granger cabal has been widely rejected and this time around, citizens are much more wary of their guile and proven deceitfulness. The PPP/C, however, must be smart and remain relevant in helping voters and citizens in identifying treachery. Let’s do it together!Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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