Jagdeo not ruling out newcomer as presidential candidate

first_imgUpcoming elections As the race heats up for the selection of a presidential candidate for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is not ruling out the possibility of a newcomer to governance emerging as the candidate.The PPP General Secretary was asked about what to expect from the process after a recent Executive Committee meeting. Contrary to previous reports, Jagdeo affirmed that he did not rule out the possibility that a candidate without Cabinet experience could make the cut.Opposition LeaderBharrat Jagdeo“I saw (sections of the media) identify people by name. I never did. I said its harder for new persons to function in the position, not that it’s impossible. Because they would not have had the exposure of being in the Cabinet, like I did.”Indeed, Jagdeo had already served as a Junior Finance Minister, then Finance Minister, by the time he first became President in 1999. In addition, the former President had previously worked as an economist in the State Planning Secretariat.“I was familiar with all the issues in the Cabinet, so it was easier for me to move seamlessly into the position,” Jagdeo noted. “But anyone would have a chance, whether you’re new or you’re old, whether you had been in the Cabinet or not. Once you meet the eligibility criteria, you would have a chance to present your candidature.”Jagdeo also noted that his party has a history of using secret ballots. He pointed out that when this was not done, it was for a good reason. As it stands now, Jagdeo explained that secret ballots would only be used if there is more than one final candidate.“We had consensus almost all the way through. We’ve never had to resort to balloting before. In 1997 (former President) Janet Jagan was chosen as President… and then in 2001 there was a consensus… in 2006, a consensus.”“In 2011 we went there with several candidates, but before the voting took place the three other candidates withdrew their nominations. Ralph Ramkarran, Clement Rohee and Gail Teixeira. So we had a unanimous candidate. And 2015 again, we didn’t have another challenger. So it’s not true that we opposed secret ballots before.”With the recent passage of a no-confidence vote against the Government, the Constitution stipulates that elections must be called within three months. As such, parties have either begun or intensified the task of identifying a presidential candidate.In addition, the upcoming election has seen the emergence of new parties such as the Liberal and Justice Party (LJP) and the New and United Guyana (NUG) party, all hoping for a share in the electoral votes.On December 21, 2018, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition PPP/C against the Government succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.A total of 10 MPs had previously debated the motion, but when a vote of division was called, Persaud’s vote changed the numbers to 33 versus his colleagues’ 32 votes against the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”President David Granger has already committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Several organisations and parts of the diplomatic community, have called for mature leadership and a smooth move to General and Regional Elections constitutionally due next year.For its part, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has assured that it is capable of delivering elections once the date is set. It is understood that recently hospitalised GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson is on medical leave. The next statutory meeting of the Commission is slated for January 7, 2019.last_img read more

James DeGale talks about his recent win and future plans

first_imgHarlesden’s European super-middleweight champion James DeGale talks about his recent victory over Fulgencio Zuniga, which kept him on course for a world title shot in 2013. (Video courtesy of Hennessy Sports)See also:DeGale boxes his way to points victoryGroves warned ahead of title showdownDeGale set for March title defenceDeGale opts to give up European title’This will be my year’ declares DeGale ahead of Farias fightGroves and DeGale in new war of 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ashe’s Soweto dream revived

first_img5 April 2007The Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto has reopened with a new look and a renewed ambition: to groom the famous township’s first tennis champion.The eight-court mixed-use precinct, originally built with funds donated by Ashe in the 1970s, has been refurbished to the tune of R4.5-million.Speaking at the opening ceremony on Saturday, Ashe’s widow, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, said it was a special occasion for her and for the legacy of a man who had dedicated a large part of his life to fighting social injustice.“In 1976, Arthur felt compelled to build a tennis court in a township where underprivileged and sidelined people stayed,” she said. “Today a tennis court welcomes people of every race to enjoy tennis.”The revamped centre boasts a new clubhouse with a bar and lounge leading to a terrace overlooking the courts, new ablution facilities and separate restrooms for umpires. The centre complements the library and skills development centre that were built in the wider precinct at a cost of R9-million and R4.2-million respectively.South African Tennis Association chief executive Iain Smith said that national and international coaching clinics would be conducted at the centre, with the ultimate goal of producing Soweto’s own Arthur Ashe.Ashe’s challengeAshe, a former world number one the first black man to win the US Open and Wimbledon, was a spirited anti-apartheid protester.In 1970, when Ashe was the top-ranked American in the game, he applied to play in the South African Open, which was at that time a prestigious event, regarded just below the level of a Grand Slam tournament.Ashe knew his chances of being granted a visa were slim, given South Africa’s apartheid policies at the time, and he was right – his application was turned down.Ashe responded by calling for South Africa’s explusion from the International Lawn Tennis Federation and the Davis Cup. He immediately received plenty of support, successfully drawing the world’s attention to the iniquity of South Africa’s former political system.His actions also lent weight to a number of other sporting codes imposing sanctions against South Africa.Ashe in South AfricaIn 1973, Ashe was finally awarded a visa and made it to South Africa, becoming the first black man to contest the South African Open.His fight against apartheid didn’t end with his admittance to the country, however. In 1985, with his playing career already over, he was arrested while taking part in an anti-apartheid protest outside the South African embassy in Washington.And in 1991 he was part of a 31-member delegation of prominent African-Americans who visited South Africa to observe political changes in the country as it moved inexorably towards becoming a democracy.Sadly, he never saw that day come to pass, as he died from Aids in 1993. He had contracted the disease from a blood transfusion during bypass surgery 10 years earlier.SAinfo reporter and City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Better season for SA’s farmers

first_img31 January 2008The profitability of South Africa’s agricultural businesses rose by a significant 24% last year, mainly as a result of increased turnovers and improved management styles, the PricewaterhouseCoopers Agribusiness Benchmarking Survey finds.Farmers planted more crops due to optimism about expected higher prices, leading to a rise in the turnover of trade terms (an increase of 27% over the previous year), parts (28%), implements (43%) and grain transactions (67%).“Agriculture is and remains the lifeblood of the country’s economy,” PricewaterhouseCoopers said. “In fact, along with primary food processing, it is one of the largest suppliers of job opportunities worldwide.”These are some of the findings of the professional services company’s third such survey, conducted among 21 agricultural businesses during November 2007. The survey covered the 2007 reporting period and focused on businesses with a combined turnover of R20.5-billion.According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ national agribusiness leader, Kobie Bekker, the survey supplies practical information that will enable agricultural businesses to compare their operating results among themselves and extend their knowledge of business conditions.“The results especially indicate the use of improved management techniques by agricultural businesses during the period,” Bekker said. “This is apparent particularly from the improved cash position in which agricultural businesses find themselves, while the most risky asset, namely debtors, has been more strictly controlled at the same time.”This led to a total turnover increase of 51%, while debtors only rose by 19%, leading to the average outstanding debtors book decreasing from 104 to 94 days.The economic environment during the survey period was significantly positive, with inflation and interest rates relatively low, mainly due to the 15% appreciation in the value of the rand.“Unfortunately both of these rates began to tend upward again by the end of the survey period,” he said. “Thereafter elements of nature, especially the drought, set agriculture back tremendously.”On a more positive note, Bekker said that the cash flow of agriculture in general should improve due to low world stock levels of grain – as long as harvests, exchange rates, interest rates and fuel prices remained within certain limits.Land reform, BEE“However, producers’ profitability remains under pressure due to international competition with Western countries that subsidise input costs,” Bekker said. “Coupled with this, business confidence remains impaired by local key issues such as land reform, which is not showing progress, and the production price index, which has hopefully reached its highest turning point.”He pointed out that agricultural businesses’ focus on black economic empowerment (BEE) was in general positive, with the pressure to transform increasingly arising from the agricultural value chain.The vast majority of participants had already begun implementing their BEE plans, with additional business opportunities being a major incentive.“The greatest problem that has been identified appears to be the delay in finalisation of the Agri-BEE charter,” he said.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Donald Trump, Narendra Modi to get rakhis from women of a remote Haryana village

first_imgHe may have not heard of Rakhi, but the women and girls of a remote Muslim-majority village “symbolically” named by an NGO after US President Donald Trump will send him 1001 sacred threads on the Hindu festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond.The gesture by the residents of Marora village in the backward Mewat region represents the “wish of the people that ties are further strengthened between India and the US”, says the NGO which has adopted the village.The village had come into limelight after Sulabh International Social Service Organisation (SISSO) chief Bindeshwar Pathak had announced that it will be named ‘Trump’s village’The district administration had later said the move to rename the village was “illegal”, forcing the organisation members to remove boards mentioning the new name.They said signage boards and banners carrying the new name of the village and image of Trump had been removed by the organisation.The village, with a population of 1,800 people, lies under Punhana Tehshil, some 60 km from Gurgaon.“The NGO has been conducting many welfare programs for women and girls in the village,” Monica Jain, Vice President of the NGO, said.“These students have made 1001 rakhis with photos of Donald Trump and 501 rakhis for Narendra Modi. Women and girls of the village consider them their elder brothers,” she said.The consignment of rakhis was sent yesterday through cargo so that it reached the US president on Raksha Bandhan on August 7. The villagers are also sending invitations to the two leaders to visit the village.Widows of the village have also expressed a desire to meet Modi on Raksha Bandhan at his residence in the national capital and tie rakhis.“I have made 150 rakhis within three days for Trump bhaiyaa. I also written in a letter to be sent to the White House that the girls of your village want you to visit it with PM Modi,” said 15-year-old Rekha Rani, a resident of the village.Sulabh had recently constructed 95 toilets in Marora to implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship program to make every village in the country open defecation free.The village has 140 houses and only 45 of them were equipped with toilet facility. Sulabh constructed the remaining 95 toilets, Jain said.last_img read more

UNC Releases Notice Of Allegations, Which Includes “Lack Of Institutional Control”

first_imgUNC Notice Of Allegations letter form the NCAA.UNC Notice Of Allegations UNC/TwitterUNC/TwitterNorth Carolina, which had been served a notice of allegations back on May 20 relating to an academic fraud investigation, has released the NCAA’s findings this afternoon. The organization is alleging five major violations. Each of them are considered “Level 1” – severe breaches of conduct. The Notice Of Allegations includes 325 pieces of “Factual Information” relating to the case.You can read the entire 59-page NOA here. If you’re looking for a summary of the major violations, we’ve listed them below. Per the NCAA:1. It is alleged that beginning in the 2002 fall semester and continuing through the 2011 summer semester, the institution provided impermissible benefits to student-athletes that were not generally available to the student body. 2. It is alleged that from April 2007 to July 2010, Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletic academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty, knowingly provided extra benefits in the form of impermissible academic assistance and special arrangements to women’s basketball student-athletes. 3. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Deborah Crowder (Crowder), former student services manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when she failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the NCAA enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Crowder refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least three requests for her participation. 4. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Dr. Julius Nyang’oro (Nyang’oro), former professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when he failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Nyang’oro refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least five requests for his participation. 5. It is alleged that the scope and nature of the violations set forth in Allegation Nos. 1 and 2 demonstrate that the institution violated the NCAA principles of institutional control and rules compliance when it failed to monitor the activities of Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletics academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty. Further, the institution exhibited a lack of institutional control in regard to the special arrangements constituting impermissible benefits athletics academic counselors and staff within African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department provided to student-athletes. North Carolina has 90 days from the issuance of the allegations to respond. Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham is expected to address the alleged violations during a press conference at 1:30 PM ET.last_img read more

Tourmaline Oil chops 2018 budget by half a billion dollars due to

first_imgCALGARY – Tourmaline Oil Corp. (TSX:TOU) says it is cutting its 2018 capital spending budget by half a billion dollars because of persistently low natural gas prices.The Calgary-based oil and gas company says it will dial back production growth to 10 per cent from a planned 15 per cent next year as it spends $1.08 billion, down from previous plans to spend $1.52 billion.The announcement signals a major change in strategy for the fast-growing company founded by industry veteran Mike Rose in 2008 with the goal of aggressive growth in three oil and gas producing regions in northwestern Alberta and northeastern B.C.It says it intends to keep natural gas production flat at about 1.35 billion cubic feet per day in 2018 until the supply-demand outlook in Canada and North America is clarified and there is an improvement in the gas price outlook.Tourmaline says it earned $51 million or 19 cents per share in the three months ended Sept. 30, more than double the $25 million or 10 cents per share it posted in the same period of 2016.Production climbed 40 per cent to 237,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the same time frame with most of the gain in crude oil and natural gas liquids output.last_img read more

SP fields Mulayam from safest Mainpuri LS seat

first_imgLucknow: The Samajwadi Party on Friday released a list of six candidates for the Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh, fielding party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav from its stronghold Mainpuri. Dharmendra Yadav will contest from Badaun, Akshay Yadav from Firozabad, Kamlesh Katheria from Etawah, Bhailal Kol from Robertsganj and Shabbir Valmiki from Bahraich, the party announced. The list was signed by SP national chief general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav. The party left Mainpuri, described as its “safest” seat, from Mulayam Yadav, who is MP from Azamgarh right now. He represented Mainpuri in the Lok Sabha in 1996, 2004 and 2009. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mulayam Yadav contested from Azamgarh and Mainpuri and won both. In Mainpuri, his victory margin was a massive 3.64 lakh votes.last_img read more

Chennai city wins Ileague beats Minerva Punjab by 31

first_imgCoimbatore: Chennai City were Saturday crowned champions of the 12th I-League, which refused to be dwarfed by the uncertainty around its future, twisting this way and that till the last moments. Chennai City came from behind and got the better of Minerva Punjab 3-1 on the final day of the league. Chasing the leaders, travellers East Bengal finished second after beating Gokulam Kerala FC 2-1 in Kozhikode. At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, Roland Bilala had handed Minerva Punjab a shock lead in the third minute. But Pedro Manzi, one part of a deadly triumvirate that served Chennai City with distinction through their third season, converted from the spot to draw parity. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAssam’s 20-year-old Gaurav Bora’s brace (69′ and 90+3′) then sealed the title for the Akbar Nawas-coached side. Chennai City ended on top of the league table with 43 points, one more than East Bengal who finished second in yet another photo finish. East Bengal’s bid to end their 15-year-old wait for the top-flight title continued even after they won their game against Gokulam Kerala. Manzi finished as the joint top-scorer of the league alongside Willis Plaza of Churchill Brothers with 21 goals. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenFor Chennai City FC, founded by two young football-loving owners based out of the southern metropolis, the triumph is nothing short of a dream. The club has exhibited immense vision in its short existence, right from the appointment of and freedom given to Singaporean coach Nawas. From scouting and building the team for the season, to getting on board top European club FC Basel as part owners of the club in a land mark deal earlier in the year, he had a free hand, and it paid rich dividends. In the last game, the Delhi-based Bora did the star turn with two second-half goals, as Chennai City FC won their maiden title, beating the defending champions Minerva Punjab. Manzi, their premiere Spanish striker fittingly scored a goal to join Plaza as the joint top scorer of the league, but the day undoubtedly belonged to the young Bora, a versatile defender cum midfielder who capped off a brilliant season with a double-strike when it mattered most for his team. It did not begin perfectly as Minerva took an early lead in the third minute through Ukranian recruit Roland Bilala. It was off a Juan Querro free-kick from the right flank, that he rose to beat his marker and lodge his header into the back of the net. Chennai kept pressing thereafter and with Nestor Gordillo missing through suspension, it was left to his fellow Spaniard Sandro Rodriguez to fuel all attacks. He along with Slovakian Jozef Kaplan and Romario Jesuraj, both of whom were constantly switching flanks, were constantly trying to create for Manzi. For Minerva, most of their openings were being created by Querro from the left flank. The diminutive Spaniard finding goal-scorer Roland again in the 40th minute with a wonderful cross, but the Ukranian could not make most of a free-header this time. Upon commencement of the second half, Chennai continued to control the game better. A Sydney Vanspaul effort in the 53rd minute from distance missed the target, but not by much. Two minutes later, Chennai got the opening they were looking for on a platter. Akashdeep Singh in an effort to clear inadvertently handled the ball inside the box and referee Santhosh Bhaskaran had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Manzi displayed outrageous confidence in pointing the goalkeeper to the spot where he would be placing the ball and did exactly what to bring Chennai firmly back into title reckoning. Bora then made a name for a lifetime with two stunning strikes to put the issue beyond anyone’s doubt. Both goals came off corners taken by Sandro from the right flank.last_img read more