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first_img…to (Granger) himself?The “Guyana Review” was founded by David Granger in 1993, after he lost his “Security Advisor to Desmond Hoyte” job with the ousting of the PNC from Government. At sometime around 2007, it started to be published by the Stabber News; but with the identical stable of writers and orientation of its coverage – plus no advertising — Granger had to be still running the show. After all, the Stabber’s owners are noted tightwads, and your Eyewitness doesn’t see them throwing out 16 pages quarterly as a public service duty!!Anyhow, the latest edition of the Guyana Review just came out, and it featured a long and meandering interview with –surprise!! — David Granger! The tone of the interview was so obsequious your Eyewitness swears he almost gagged over several questions. First of all, Granger was addressed as “Excellency” in every question! Not “Mr President” or “Mr Granger”, but just “Excellency”! It was so cringy that you could be forgiven for thinking you were in North Korea!The substance of the questions – such as they were — was in the same oleaginous mode. Take this one, for instance: “Excellency, it occurs to me that you are now the leading presidential expert on coalition governments. (!! Sic!) I do not think anybody comes close to you in managing coalition governments in Guyana. (!! Sic!)” Can you believe this? Which other president of Guyana ran a coalition Government, so he can be compared to Granger?? Forbes Burnham, that’s who. And he’s long dead and entombed at Seven Ponds!For all his vaunted humility, Granger simply simpered: “I would not call myself an expert…”!! He contradicted himself when he claimed he and his coalition partners in APNU and in the Government were successful because they “share a common vision”!! So now the members of WPA should know why Granger doesn’t call meetings of his APNU partners: when you share a vision; you’re in synch and totally sympatico!! There isn’t even a need to hold meetings, since the way Granger carried on, he and his partners had achieved a ‘mind meld”, like we see on Star Trek!!More pointedly, he described some specifics from this “shared vision”, which included “our commitment…in terms of eradication of unemployment”! Yep! That’s right! “Eradication of unemployment”! Your Eyewitness wonders if Granger’s coalition partner Nagamootoo is sympatico with this, after 7000 sugar workers were FIRED and thrown into the unemployment ranks.But don’t be disheartened. Granger claimed he passed up on addressing the UN General Assembly because, among other domestic issues, he wanted to deal “with the problems in the sugar industry”!!Your Eyewitness knows Ministers Holder and Jordan will now be happy the GuySuCo bond issue will finally be settled!?!…on labour’s placeThe problem when you speak to yourself is you may let slip some things you wouldn’t have wanted to, because you believe no one’s listening. Happened to Granger in his solipsistic interview! Asked about differences of opinion in his Cabinet, Granger smirked that these are always settled harmoniously!! Like with the WPA and the Roopnaraine demotion? Fact of the matter is, he’s dealing with such pygmies – in comparison with his PNC – Granger knows they have nowhere else to go. So they’ll yap at his heels, but then soon give up!! Like Nagamootoo.But Granger also explained his “success” with his Cabinet thusly: “Actually, it is a very small Cabinet, with just 15 Ministries.” A Junior Minister like Keith Scott, who runs the “Labour Department”, is under the “Social Protection” Minister, and doesn’t even get to speak directly to Cabinet about “labour’s” travails – even if he wanted to.And it’s this relegation of the working peoples of this country to a footnote that’ll be the legacy of this PNC Government.Power to the people!…on corruption in City HallAsked about “corruption” in City Hall, with a specific mention of the “wharf with three owners”, Granger said, “It’s an urban legend”!!!Meaning, it’s just a story with no basis in fact!! So why the CoI??last_img read more

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Sanchez and Andion to battle for seat

first_imgInstead, Andion would rather focus his campaign on why voters should unseat Sanchez. “I believe the district deserves better representation with greater leadership and the receipt of more federal funds,” he said. “I have a greater breadth of experience with regard to business matters. Also, compare my years of legal experience with her years of legal experience.” Andion said he has been an attorney for more than 25 years, while Sanchez became an attorney in 1995. But it’s a charge Sanchez minimizes. What’s more important, she said, is experience in office. “I will go head-to-head with him in experience,” said Sanchez. “I don’t care what field you come from, outside experience doesn’t begin to compare with actual experience in the job.” She also defended her record on bringing federal dollars to the district, saying she has secured more than $20 million in federal funds during her tenure. It’s a different election this year for U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez. For one thing, it’s the first time in six years that her Republican opponent is not Tim Escobar, who out-spent her two years ago. This time, Sanchez, D-Lakewood, is facing attorney James Andion, who so far has spent less than $5,000 on his campaign. Andion, who lives in Los Angeles, outside the 39th Congressional District, cannot even vote for himself, although federal law does allow candidates to live outside the congressional district. Andion said, if he’s elected Nov. 7, he’ll move into the district, which stretches from Whittier through La Mirada and Cerritos to Lakewood and then back north through Lynwood and South Gate. “I don’t believe that’s an issue, given the greater metropolitan area. At the moment it takes me 15-20 minutes to get to Whittier,” he said. The two also sharply disagree on Iraq. Andion believes the nation must stay the course. Sanchez disagrees. “I think we are stuck in a quagmire, and we have no valid exit strategy,” she said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Point-Rapids-Marshfield girls hockey trounces Tomahawk

first_imgRobinson scores hat trick for Red PanthersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Kendra Robinson scored three goals and had an assist, and Megan Nolan and Kaylee Bruneau each had two goals and an assist to lift the Point-Rapids-Marshfield girls hockey team to a 9-0 shutout of Tomahawk on Monday night at the Marshfield Youth Ice Arena.Molly Meyers and Leah Gruen added goals for the Red Panthers, who rolled to the win by outshooting Tomahawk (0-10) 52-4.PRM goalie Madi Hall saved all four shots to earn the shutout victory.Point-Rapids-Marshfield (5-6-2) is off until next Monday when it hosts Waupaca at Marshfield.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Red Panthers 9, Hatchets 0Tomahawk 0 0 0 – 0Point-Rapids-Marshfield 5 2 2 – 9First period: 1. PRM, Kendra Robinson (Katrina Hassig), 2:50; 2. PRM, Molly Meyers (Kaylee Bruneau, Emily Nolan), 4:32; 3. PRM, Bruneau, 7:37; 4. PRM, Megan Nolan (Emily Nolan), 11:40; 5. PRM, Robinson (Hailey Her), 15:26.Second period: 6. PRM, Robinson (Bryar Brooks), 2:06; 7. PRM, M. Nolan (Robinson, Brooks), 9:42.Third period: 8. PRM, Bruneau (Hassig), 5:53; 9. PRM, Leah Gruen (M. Nolan), 9:23.Saves: T, Erin Sparks 43; PRM, Madi Hall 4.Records: Tomahawk 0-10; Point-Rapids-Marshfield 5-6-2.last_img read more

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Agoa benefits both South Africa and US: Davies

first_imgThe African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) has had a positive impact on both South Africa and the US, and should therefore be renewed, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies at a media briefing on Friday.Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana and the Minister of Health Dr Aron Motsoaledi address the media after the AGOA negotiations. (Image: GCIS)Brand South Africa reporter“Our key message as South Africa is that Agoa has been something that has been positive for both sides and, if we look at it strategically, we think that the case for continuing with Agoa and continuing to include South Africa is a pretty compelling case,” Davies said.South Africa’s trade with the US has been growing steadily, he said. “As of last year, we exported R69-billion worth of products to the US, including value added products and we imported R71-billion worth of goods from the US.”A South African delegation comprising government, business and trade unions will take part in the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa) with the US Trade Representative this week, where they will advocate for the renewal of Agoa.Mutually beneficialDavies said the general view was that Agoa had delivered and that the case for re- authorisation of Agoa, including South Africa, was a compelling one: “Our view is that Agoa has not only benefitted us but has also benefitted the US.”“We support the common African position that Agoa should be renewed substantially as it is, although there could be many improvements,” he said.Agoa is a legislation that provides duty-free market access to the United States for qualifying sub-Saharan African countries by extending preferences on more than 4 600 products. Business Times reported on Sunday that the current Agoa agreement had allowed 90% of South Africa exports into the US duty free for the past 15 years.The reauthorisation of Agoa is done at US Congress level. The current Agoa will expire on 30 September 2015.Access to American markets has created 62 000 jobs in South Africa and 350 000 across Africa. (Image: World Bank)Job creationAgoa has created 100 000 jobs in the US, and 350 000 direct jobs and 1.3- million indirect jobs in sub-Saharan Africa. In South Africa, Agoa is estimated to have created 62 000 jobs.Faizel Ismail, ambassador and special envoy for Agoa, said the trip to Washington would “take stock” of issues concerning the two countries and Agoa.The South African delegation would be going to Washinton to find “solutions to any of the outstanding issues that are related to the extension of Agoa”, which was of regional interest.“The general view is that Agoa has been of interest to South Africa but, from the information we received from different industries, the evidence is that Agoa is of mutual interest to both the US and South Africa,” Ismail said.Anti-dumping dutiesSouth Africa has an anti-dumping duty in place on chicken portions coming from the US. “That duty is in the context that consumption patterns in the developed world are different from consumption patterns in the developing world,” Davies said, explaining that people in developed countries eat chicken white meat with brown meat products not saleable in those countries.“We instituted an anti-dumping duty because we were saying that they were being sold at below the cost of production in South Africa,” Davies said.According to Business Times, this duty sees US poultry providers pay a 37% import duty of bone-in chicken, along with an extra antidumping duty of R9.80 a kilogram.Davies said South Africa had assisted US senators from poultry-producing states by urging the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) to make market access concessions to US exporters of poultry.Two senators – Chris Coons of Delaware and Johnny Isakson of Georgia – have threatened to block the passage of Agoa though the Congress unless South Africa satisfies the demands of their chicken industry.Davies said he has urged the South African poultry industry and the United States of America Poultry and Egg Export Council to find a solution, which would most likely take the form of a quota.“There have been exchanges between them. We are not at the sweet spot yet where we find each other, to find an agreement around a quota. Once a solution has been found, government will implement that.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Asus VivoWatch to have 10 day battery backup

first_imgA new smartwatch by Asus, which is being called the VivoWatch has been generating buzz ever since it was spotted. It has been priced at 149 Euros (roughly Rs 9,810). One of the standout features of the smartwatch is a 10 day long battery life. The device is a fitness focused one and will even track a user’s sleeping patterns. It has also been given an IP67 rating against water and dust. Not many details of the watch are known yet. Asus has revealed that the VivoWatch will sport a stainless steel body. It will also feature a heart rate monitor. Reportedly, Asus has also created an app and web interface, using which a user can sync data from the watch to the app. This interface is being called the Asus HiVivo and Asus Healthcare. The smartwatch will run on its own Android based Operating System. The VivoWatch will feature a glass face, and rubber strap as opposed to a leather one. With smartwatches flooding the market, it remains to be seen how this one will be received. More about the VivoWatch will be known after its official debut at the Milan Design Week which begins today ..last_img read more

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AIFF president Praful Patel to meet I-League clubs

first_imgHoli brought good news for I-League clubs across the country as All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das informed them that president Praful Patel has agreed to meet them between April 10-15. This comes after the agitating clubs said they will reconsider withdrawing from the Super Cup if the president met them.”I am sending this communication on behalf of Patel. He will meet the clubs to discuss the roadmap for Indian football as communicated to me by the clubs on 20th March between 10th to 15th April (tentatively 14th April),” Das wrote in an e-mail to the clubs, accessed by IANS. The venue of the meeting is yet to be finalised.Das has also urged the clubs to ensure that the game doesn’t suffer because of differences in opinion which he said can always be sorted via mutual discussions.Expressing gratitude to the AIFF President on behalf of the clubs, Debashis Dutta, Director of Mohun Bagan Football Club, stressed that the clubs will participate in the Super Cup but requested the AIFF to start the competition afresh. This is to ensure that clubs like Minerva Punjab FC, Aizawl FC, who earlier boycotted the qualifying rounds, can also be a part of the competition.”We express our sincere gratitude to our President who has offered to meet us in spite of his hectic schedule. We duly take note of our President’s advice and will ensure that football will not suffer because of the differences,” Dutta’s e-mail said.”We reciprocate the goodwill gesture by giving our consent/willingness to play the ‘Super Cup’ with the request to start the competition afresh and reschedule the qualifying rounds,” Dutta added.advertisementHowever, IANS learnt that though all the clubs have received the mail, a unified decision has not been taken yet. It will only be taken after all the agitating clubs sit together and decide the future course of action. This is likely to happen in a day or two.Also Read | Liverpool as champions the stuff of nightmares for Wayne Rooneylast_img read more

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Emmanuel Ogbah and Zach Sinor Earn Weekly Big 12 Honors

first_img#Big12FB: A defensive TD & 2 fumbles gives @CowboyFB’s Emmanuel Ogbah #Big12 Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors. pic.twitter.com/Ii6Y18OTBz— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 12, 2015Sinor is named the Big 12 special teams player of the week after shining Saturday and displaying a consistency that continuously put the defense in position to succeed – averaging 44+ per punt.#Big12FB: Averaging 44+ yards per punt, @CowboyFB’s Zach Sinor is the #Big12 Special Teams Player of the Week. pic.twitter.com/dYsrHJv0IZ— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 12, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! After a stellar performance by both Emmanuel Ogbah and Zach Sinor on Saturday, they have both earned Big 12 weekly honors.Ogbah, who scored the first points of the game on a recovered fumble in the endzone, forced 2 tumbles and was a handful for the Mountaineers all night. He finished with 1 sack and 8 total tackles, 6 of which were solo.last_img read more

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Messi theme park set to launch in 2020

first_imgLionel Messi Messi theme park slated for 2020 launch in China Stephen Crawford Last updated 2 years ago 00:05 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Messi theme park photo op Getty Lionel Messi Primera División Barcelona Cristiano Ronaldo may have his own museum in his home town of Madeira, but his Argentine rival will soon have something far more exciting Barcelona star Lionel Messi is set to have a theme park opened in his honour, with the venue currently scheduled to open in 2020 in the Chinese city of Nanjing.The project, headed up by Mediapro Exhibitions in association with LMM (Leo Messi Management) and bankrolled by Phoenix U-Art, was originally planned as a museum, but now promises to be a far more engaging experience for park goers.Barcelona 8/15 to win La Liga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Speaking on Thursday in Barcelona the head of Mediapro Exhibitions, David Xirau, provided a full rundown of what to expect from the new enterprise. “It will be a tribute to football, not a space for self promotion,” Xirau said.“In China, football is growing at an exponential rate, encouraged by the authorities. Nanjing is a football capital here. It is a China-scale project, very big. It is around 80,000 square metres, most of which will be inside for weather reasons. “It will be connected with Shanghai and we expect 4-5 million visitors a year, the vast majority of which will be Chinese tourists. It is expected to be working in 2020. The project will cost €170m as well as urban investments.”It may appear to some that the project is somewhat jumping the gun due to Messi still being an active professional, but Xirau moved to explain why that wouldn’t be an issue – and revealed additional plans to build similar parks elsewhere in the future.“Michael Jordan, who is already retired, is the most valuable sporting brand in China. That is a very important point. This is a tribute to football with Leo’s trademark. With time we will have to update the space. “Football does not begin and end with Leo, luckily. In fact, neither Pele, nor Cruyff nor Maradona lost their influence when they retired from football. Leo also has the advantage of his image.“Our partner has exclusive right to do this project in China. We are working towards creating other Messi Experiences in other places, we are hoping for updates on that soon. “The idea is for visitors to spend the whole day here. The project started as a museum but, as time went on, after seeing our partner and the Nanjing authorities’ ambition, we saw that it needed to be bigger.“I don’t have the final price (of the entrance fee). It will be comparable to the price of Disney Shanghai. It is above 40 dollars, but don’t take my word for it just yet.”Messi himself, meanwhile, revealed his own ambitions for the project, and hopes that the park can help to encourage more people to get into football at a younger age.”I hope to provide [the visitors with an] experience they’ve never had before and to inspire them to pick up the sport early on.”Hopefully, they will feel that I am around when visiting the park.”last_img read more

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June PV retail sales slide 46 on liquidity woes monsoon delay

first_imgNew Delhi: Automobile dealers’ body FADA Tuesday said retail sales of passenger vehicles (PV) in June declined by 4.6 per cent to 2,24,755 units as compared to the same period last year, hit by liquidity issues and delayed monsoon. According to Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), PV sales stood at 2,35,539 units in June 2018.PV wholesales, on the other hand, declined by 17.54 per cent to 2,25,732 units in June from 2,73,748 units in the year-ago period. Two-wheeler retail sales declined by 5 per cent to 13,24,822 units last month compared with 13,94,770 units in the year-ago period. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepCommercial vehicle sales dropped by 19.3 per cent to 48,752 units against 60,378 units in June last year. Three-wheeler sales saw a dip of 2.8 per cent to 48,447 units last month from 49, 837 units in the same period last year. Total sales across categories declined by 5.4 per cent to 16,46,776 units in June as against 17,40,524 units in the same month last year. “Despite starting the month with a positive outlook and hope, the monthly sales ended in a de-growth due to continued liquidity tightness and a much-delayed monsoon,” FADA President Ashish Harsharaj Kale said in a statement. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsEven with inquiry levels being reasonably strong, retail sales got affected as consumer sentiment continued to be weak and purchase postponement was seen across all segments, he added. In the April-June quarter, passenger vehicle sales declined by 1 per cent to 7,28,785 units against 7,36,290 units in the same period of the previous fiscal. Two-wheeler sales declined by 6.4 per cent to 40,64,903 units in the April-June period as compared with 43,44,827 units in the same period of 2018-19 fiscal. Sales across categories declined by 6 per cent to 51,16,718 units as against 54,42,317 units in April-June period of the last fiscal. Kale said that due to delayed monsoon in June and uneven spread in the first half of this month so far, the near-term outlook of four-six weeks remains negative.last_img read more

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Deadline of filing ITRs not extended do it by Aug 31 IT

first_imgNew Delhi: The I-T department on Friday dismissed social media reports which claimed that the government has extended the due date for filing of income tax returns (ITRs) by a month and advised taxpayers to complete the process by the set deadline of August 31. “It has come to the notice of CBDT that an order is being circulated on social media pertaining to extension of due dt (date) for filing of IT Returns. It is categorically stated that the said order is not genuine. Taxpayers are advised to file Returns within extended due dt (date) of 31.08.2019,” the Income-Tax department said on its official Twitter handle. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The handle, @IncomeTaxIndia, is operated by the Central Board of Direct Taxes that frames policy for the I-T department. The clarification came after a fake order dated August 29 started doing the rounds on various social media platforms, including Twitter and WhatsApp groups, claiming that the government has extended the due date for filing income tax returns for individuals (financial year 2018-19) by a month till September 30. The I-T department also put up a photo of the fake order on its Twitter handle and put a red cancellation cross across it making clear that the contents are not genuine. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday On July 23, the government had extended the due date for filing income tax returns by individuals for financial year 2018-19 by a month till August 31. The earlier deadline was July 31. Individuals, including salaried taxpayers, and entities- who do not need to get their accounts audited – are required to file their ITRs for fiscal 2018-19 (assessment year 2019-20) by Saturday, August 31.last_img read more

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