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Political dialogue in national interest

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first_imgDear Editor,I should be grateful for the publication in your newspaper of this letter to encourage an open debate and advocacy again for national consensus and national unity by the main political parties whose actions and postures impact the lives of all in this country. It is time to look forward, put aside continuing campaign for political points, and transcend the blame game.Let us be frank and admit that in reality, we live in a fractured, divided, wounded and bleeding country related to the politics of race and ethnicity in the contest for political power and dominance by the PPP and PNC for over 60 years. How long must this nation wait for the political conflicts and contests between these two dominant political forces come to an end for the national good? Do we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (like South Africa) to bring healing to this nation? Do we need the Secretary General on the United Nations to provide a facilitator to stimulate the dialogue process and mediate differences as may be necessary?Political dialogue between the leaders of the PPP and the PNC on governance and on social and economic matters should be promoted and adopted as a matter of high priority for the national good. The objective is to foster confidence, high trust, mutual understanding, cordial and civil communication and good relations at the national level. The objective is also to find agreed solutions to political governance and socio-economic problems and issues, and to forge national consensus for political governance and national development. The promotion of political and social justice in the Guyana could be achieved if the PPP and the PNC are involved in the search for appropriate solutions through genuine dialogue. They have the major responsibility in the success of the dialogue process.In Guyana the real challenge is to develop national consensus in the form of national accord on political governance and an agreed programme for social, economic and human development in the interest of the national communities. National consensus agreements provide the framework for strategies to achieve good political governance, international competitiveness, higher standards of living, improved social protection, a stable currency, investment-friendly policies and a more development-conducive political and social climate in environments which uphold and respect fundamental rights and freedoms at all levels in the national community.The outcome of political dialogue can promote effective management of the economy in a climate of good political governance with participation of civil society. It is crucial for agreeing on measures for balanced economic, social and political developments. The Governing Authority of the National Assembly and the Government bear a heavy responsibility for ensuring that good governance, “The manner in which power is exercised in the management of a country’s economic and social resources for development” reflects fairness and effective political, economic and social justice. A country that is committed to such good political governance will ensure that there is genuine participation by the political and social partners who must demonstrate credibility, transparency and accountability in the administration and management of national affairs.The challenges in terms of national strategies are to promote a mature political culture, economic growth, social, political and human development, call for actions at the national level. It is for the Government, the political parties, private sector, the labour movement and civil society in Guyana – to respect, promote and realise in good faith the fundamental principles of human rights enshrined in our national Constitution and laws, UN Conventions, and Regional and other International Treaty obligations; and to adopt through genuine and sustained political dialogue, changes in political governance and the management of national socio-economic and political affairs. These must be promoted in a paradigm shift – from the prolonged confrontational and divisive posture to one which cultivates consensus and cooperation in the national interest.Let genuine dialogue between the PNC and the PPP begin afresh without delay to achieve national consensus to move this country forward as a united nation. My list for genuine dialogue includes: building confidence and high trust; agree on a shared vision for Guyana; Constitutional reform aimed at creating a broad-based, inclusive Government which can elect the President by two-thirds vote by the National Assembly and which caters for one Vice President; allocation constitutionally of ministerial portfolios, based on the proportional strengths of the parties forming the Government, electoral reforms, fixed election day; and an agreed programme for political, social, economic and human development for the national good for all citizens.Sincerely,Samuel J Goolsarranlast_img read more

Proof Chelsea were wrong to let this star go?

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first_imgChelsea fans, do you regret the club letting Kevin De Bruyne leave Stamford Bridge and would you have him back? Comment below… Wrong to let him go? Former Chelsea man stars again in Europe 1center_img Former Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne was the star of the show on Thursday evening as his Wolfsburg side secured a 3-1 victory over Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan.The midfielder, who joined the Bundesliga club from the Blues for £18m in January 2014, produced a brilliant display, teeing up Naldo in the first half before finding the net twice after the break – one from a cut-back and then an excellent free kick.The 23-year-old almost completed his hat-trick in the closing stages but he shot wide with just keeper’ Juan Pablo Carrizo to beat.This season, the Belgian international has turned into one of the Bundesliga’s biggest stars, creating 22 goals goals in all competitions.He has also scored 13 goals and his performance against the Italians puts the Europa League favourites in control going into next week’s second leg in Milan.With Chelsea dumped out of the Champions League to Paris St-Germain on Wednesday, some Blues’ fan will be thinking De Bruyne is the one that got away, especially with questions marks surrounding recent performances of Brazilians’ Oscar and Ramires.Watch De Bruyne’s two goals below:last_img read more

Barca pranksters! Neymar fools Luis Suarez with chewing gum trick

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first_imgLuis Suarez may have a reputation as a biter, but he resisted the temptation to get his teeth into this chewing gum.In a prank pulled by Barcelona teammate Neymar, Suarez was handed a piece of chewing gum by the Brazilian – which had come straight out of his mouth!It’s probably good he didn’t get his gnashers into this! You can watch the video above…last_img

Council, Rocky spar on limits

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“The election is three months away, and a lot of this is insider baseball on technicalities that the general public doesn’t care about,” Garcetti said. “To me, ethics reforms and term limits are inextricably linked. People understood they were linked and I’m not interested in adopting legislation that could be changed by some future council. It should be in the charter and putting some teeth in it.” Greuel took a similar tack, saying both ethics reform and term limits should go before voters. “I think an issue like ethics reform deserves to be mandated in the City Charter so it isn’t so easily changed by legislation,” Greuel said. “Different city councils could look at things differently, and I think the voters should have a say on this and a chance to make it permanent.” Bob Stern, who heads the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles, said he believes the measure giving council members – but not citywide officeholders – three terms instead of two would fail on its own. City Council President Eric Garcetti on Monday dismissed as “insider baseball on technicalities” legal and other objections raised by Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo to putting a term limits extension measure on the November ballot. With a showdown vote set for Wednesday, Garcetti and council president pro tem Wendy Greuel were pushing for the council to ignore Delgadillo and put its term limits and ethics reform proposals before voters. Delgadillo on Friday questioned whether it was legal to link the measures and suggested that the ethics package should be properly the subject of public hearings and the Ethics Commission. Some elements might be unnecessary or even a step backward, he said. But Garcetti said those concerns were not significant. “I think that some voters would have been willing to go along with term limits as long as it was part of an ethics reform plan,” Stern said. “Without that, it’s only term limits and it will be a much more difficult sell for voters. “And, it leaves the council in a difficult position now. It can go ahead and put the entire package on the ballot and leave legal questions, separate out term limits or decide to do nothing.” The proposals were developed by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters to provide what they said was more stability in city government. Under the present two-term limit, they argued, officials are looking for their next political office instead of learning to be effective in the office they hold. Delgadillo’s 10-page legal opinion threw the issue into political limbo and prompted sharp criticism from some council members who were trying to fast-track the measure with little public input. A spokesman said the city attorney would not cave in to political pressure. “It is standard proper procedure for the City Attorney’s Office to provide the City Council with a report on proposed charter amendments,” spokesman Nick Velasquez said. “The city attorney is an independently elected official, who, under the City Charter, provides legal advice to the municipal entity, which includes the City Council. “City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo is nobody’s rubber stamp and he is not going to sit on his hands when his office’s legal analysis details flaws or serious questions that could leave the city open to future liability.” Among the sharpest critics of Delgadillo was Councilman Herb Wesson, a key negotiator on the issue. “We asked him to draft the language on this,” said Wesson. “We did not ask him to put in his 2 cents’ worth.” Wesson also said he thinks voters may be willing to support the term-limits extension. “In 2002, we had a poorly worded proposal on the ballot to extend term limits for state legislators and it passed in Los Angeles County. I think we can make an argument for this.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want 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

Manchester City man picked as 14th best player in Premier League

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first_img Ederson cost Man City £35million – and he has been worth every penny A team of talkSPORT experts have offered insight, numbers have been crunched and one player will be revealed every working day – with the winner of talkSPORT’s Premier League Power Rankings announced on Friday, August 9, before Liverpool kick-off the new season against Norwich City.14: Ederson – Manchester CityQuestionable tattoos aside, there’s no fault we can find with Manchester City’s number one, Ederson.The Brazilian has been a revelation since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in July 2017 from Benfica. A £35m signing, he’s become priceless for Pep Guardiola.Equally as comfortable with his feet as he is with his hands, you could probably stick him in midfield and he’d still do a top job. 2 The new Premier League season is close to being upon us and we can’t wait at talkSPORT as we prepare to bring you more live football than ever before.It’s the greatest league in the world and to celebrate its impending return, we have compiled a list of the 20 players we expect to shine the most in the top-flight in 2019/20. After a fantastic first season at the club, the 25-year-old was even better in 2018/19.He kept twenty clean sheets in the Premier League, earning him a spot in the PFA Team of the Year, whilst he also saved a penalty as City beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Carabao Cup.There’s few better goalkeepers in world football than this man and, with such a solid glovesman between the sticks, who would bet against City clinching a third straight title?Number 15: Christian EriksenNumber 16: Andy RobertsonNumber 17: Trent Alexander-ArnoldNumber 18: James MaddisonNumber 19: Luka MilivojevicNumber 20: Jack GrealishA new player will be revealed every day on talkSPORT’s social media accounts with the full verdict from our panel of experts over on talkSPORT.com. Tune in for more debate on our selections on Drive from 4pm. talkSPORT will bring you more than 100 LIVE Premier League commentaries next season Getty Images – Getty Getty 2last_img read more

Benteke is ‘awful’ and Palace must cut losses with striker, claims ex-Eagles star

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first_imgChristian Benteke is ‘awful’ and Crystal Palace must not extend his contract, former Eagles midfielder John Salako has told talkSPORT.The Belgian has had a difficult start to the Premier League season, failing to register a single goal or assist in six matches so far. Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Getty Images – Getty Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff targets Salako has insisted Palace must cut their losses with Benteke LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more latest Getty Images – Getty Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 3 statement rookie error Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule update on target stalemate His form over the course of the two previous seasons has not been much better, having netted just four goals in 48 appearances.And Salako, who scored 22 goals in 215 league appearances at Selhurst Park from 1986 to 1995, has expressed his outrage at reports that Benteke could be offered a new deal.“There is talk of Benteke getting a new contract and I am just flabbergasted!,’ Salako said.“The lad was incredible at Aston Villa – he was a beast. He also went and did well at Liverpool for a while, but then he got injured and I think he has struggled.“But what has happened over the last two or three years of him at Palace – and I don’t like digging him out – he’s been awful.“I really feel for the lad to a point because he just can’t do it. It’s like he’s got his boots on the wrong feet. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas “He just can’t do anything right; it’s amazing.“I’m not sure whether Palace can still believe that it is coming, but what they have got to do is find a striker or a couple of strikers that are going to get goals.”Salako continued to suggest that Palace should cut their losses with Benteke or risk being left behind by other clubs with top strikers.“I think it is partly to do with injuries – his body not being right – and partly to do with his head.“I’ve been saying for the last couple of years he needs to get to the training ground, put his head down, and work his socks off. PEP TALK appointed Benteke has lost his goalscoring touch in recent seasons 3 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son “[He must] work on finishing and his physicality, because when he’s in the air, heading-wise, you can’t stop him.“You need to get the runners in and around him, but in the box he needs to make runs. He’s got to get Townsend, Zaha, Schlupp and the full-backs delivering balls where he is pulling to the far post to attack it, or he’s making runs across to the near [post] where you can’t stop him.“His movement has got to be right, because if you attack the ball right he will score more goals.“And Benteke has got to be someone, for £30million, who is scoring 20 goals! At least 15-20 [a season], but he’s been nowhere near – he’s been getting twos and threes. You are like ‘wow!’“You could play anyone there! Over the course of a season, the games played to goals ratio is shocking.”West Ham vs Crystal Palace is live on talkSPORT at 17:30 on Saturday 5 October – one of three Premier League commentaries on GameDaylast_img read more

Arsenal Adams may have laid foundations for the Leicester of LaLiga

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first_img Live on talkSPORT 2 It’s a bumper week of action in the Carabao Cup and EFL Leicester shocked the world by winning the Premier League title in 2016 Everton vs Watford (Tuesday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORTBurton vs Leicester (Tuesday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Man United (Wednesday, 8.05pm) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Arsenal (Wednesday, 7.30pm) – talkSPORT 2Barnsley v Bristol City (Friday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORT 2 Getty Images – Getty Getty 2center_img Ramon Azeez (Nigeria), Darwin Machis and Yangel Herrera (both Venezuela) represent their countries at senior level.LaLiga TV pudnit Toni Padilla said: “Their last season in the top division was a disaster. They brought in a lot of players from all over the world but weren’t able to pay their salaries at the end of the season.“This time they listened to the sporting director and the manager and decided to work in a different direction, bringing in players who are not famous.“The owner does not want to lose money and Granada has the third lowest wage bill in La Liga – only Valladolid and Mallorca pay less to their players – but they have such great collective spirit and are a very balanced team.”Preserving their top-flight status would be considered a successful season for Granada, but they could be on the verge of a special season.And it appears Adams eventually got his wish of giving the club back to the fans. Granada have taken LaLiga by storm so far this season.With the postponement of El Clasico, the club took full advantage to leapfrog Barcelona and Real Madrid into top spot by beating Real Betis 1-0 on Sunday.It has been a remarkable turn around for the Spanish club, who were relegated from LaLiga under Tony Adams’ stewardship in a topsy-turvy 2016/17 season that saw his dress sense mocked by the Real Madrid bench during one game. Granada are flying in LaLiga and the club find themselves top of the league Granada have the third-lowest salary cap in LaLiga and fielded a team worth €7million (£6million) which beat Real Betis.The Nazaries have former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado, one of many Spaniards in their team, leading the line.They have taken 20 points from their opening 10 games, already equalling their points tally in their last season in LaLiga.Around half of the current squad had not played in LaLiga before the 2019/20 campaign, with only three players regularly heading off for international duty. “When Adams took over there were just five Spaniards in a squad of 28 players featuring 20 different nationalities.“Adams insisted that Jiang should restructure the club with a focus on Spaniards – in the boardroom, in the sports directive, in the dugout, and on the pitch.“Jiang took that advice to heart. Antonio Cordon, the former sporting director at Villarreal and Monaco, was brought in to oversee transfer policy with Fran Sanchez as technical director.“Their strategy was to sign not only predominantly Spaniards, but also players with roots in Andalucia.”Granada won promotion back to LaLiga at the second time of asking under popular manager Diego Martinez last season.And he is continuing to work miracles, with his team being described as ‘the new Leicester City’ by the Spanish media.It is a reference to the side that beat the odds to win the Premier League title in the 2015/16 season. “Waiter! A coca cola please!” Real Madrid substitutes mock Tony Adams dress style (via @ElDiaDespues) pic.twitter.com/TFJsRmATpG— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) May 9, 2017Admittedly, the Arsenal legend only took over in April 2017, but results did not improve as Granada lost their remaining seven games to finish rock bottom.Adams named a team of 11 different nationalities in his first game in charge and none of those players were Spanish.The 53-year-old spoke about wanting to ‘give the club back to the fans’ – something that has happened now.English freelance journalist and Granada fan Heath Chesters told the BBC: “Adams couldn’t perform miracles during his managerial stint, but he made some important recommendations to the club’s owner John Jiang.last_img read more

South Africa ‘pretty good for a 20-year-old’: Zuma

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first_img5 August 2014It was nearly 20 years ago, on 7 October 1994, when Nelson Mandela stood up to address the National Press Club on 14th Street in Washington, DC. Then, the newly elected president of a democratic South Africa thanked the people of the United States for their help in ending apartheid in South Africa.On Monday this week, it was President Jacob Zuma’s turn to address the world’s biggest economy when he took to the same podium as Mandela to speak to the US press. His message was somewhat different to that of Mandela, though.South Africa has a much better story to tell, Zuma said. Its people have access to basic services like clean water and sanitation, and the country’s economy has grown tremendously since 1994. Close to half of its people are now in the middle-to high-income brackets.The number of people living in absolute poverty has been reduced, and 16-million are receiving social assistance from the state in the form of grants.Foreign direct investment in South Africa is growing, with 130 foreign companies either entering the country for the first time or expanding their investments last year, contributing to a total direct investment inflow of $8.2-billion, which is double the figure for 2012.Inflation has been reduced and the tax base had been expanded more than sevenfold, while the market capitalisation of businesses on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange has grown eightfold. Gross domestic product (GDP) has grown from $136-billion to $400-billion.Not bad for a 20-year-old, Zuma quipped.“We have made enormous strides in expanding access to free education, housing, electricity, clean water and sanitation to people who did not have these basic services before,” he said.“We increased our gold and foreign exchange reserves from 3-billion to 50-billion US dollars. We really have a good story to tell about 20 years of South Africa’s democratic rule.”But even the best democracies in the world have their challenges. And on Monday, Zuma shared with the America press how the country planned to sustain its economic growth while reducing the high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality that still exist in the country.“We are the first to admit that we still have a long, hard road ahead of us as we confront the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality. Fortunately, we have a roadmap in the form of our National Development Plan, Vision 2030.”According to the NDP’s ambitious targets, poverty should be a thing of the past, unemployment should be reduced and growth should average an annual 5.4% by 2030.“These are not easy targets, but with determination and hard work, nothing is impossible,” Zuma said, adding that, even with its current challenges, South Africa had a sound economy, stable banking sector and vibrant population, all ingredients of a growing nation.Zuma also painted a picture of country that was now more open to investment, with about 600 US companies currently investing in the South African economy.“The presence of these companies demonstrates that South Africa is a viable investment destination,” Zuma said, adding: “We look forward to the further expansion of trade and investment opportunities with the US and other key markets.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Oklahoma Potawatomi Nation Alcohol Sales Permitted, Subjected to Sales Tax

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first_imgA compact between Oklahoma and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) allows CPN alcohol sales and requires sales tax collection on the sales. The compact took effect November 6, 2018, and currently has an expiration date of July 1, 2024.Tax RateThe amount of sales tax (the “compact tax”) that CPN retailers must collect and remit on alcohol sales is the equivalent of the state and local taxes that otherwise apply to other retailers.On mixed beverages, the “compact tax” is the sum of:– the state sales tax;– the state mixed beverage tax; and– 4% of the gross receipts or gross proceeds from the sales (in lieu of local, city, county, and municipal sales taxes).On alcoholic beverages that are not mixed beverages, the “compact tax” is the sum of:– the state sales tax; and– 4% of the gross receipts or gross proceeds from the sales (in lieu of local, city, county, and municipal sales taxes).Sales LicensesThe CPN can apply to the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission for licenses to sell alcoholic beverages for each desired sale location. Entities wishing to engage in compact sales must apply to the CPN for licenses under the CPN’s rules.Tax LicensesThe CPN can apply to the Oklahoma Tax Commission for alcoholic compact sales tax permits and mixed beverage tax permits for each desired sale location.Collection and Reporting RequirementsThe CPN and entities engaging in compact sales must collect, report, and remit the compact tax to the Tax Commission.Press Release, Oklahoma Tax Commission, November 9, 2018, ¶201-251; Alcoholic Beverage Sales Compact Between the State of Oklahoma and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, filed with the Oklahoma Secretary of State on November 9, 2018, ¶201-252Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

BMW Heiress-backed Dutch Company Makes Re-entry into India

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first_imgPaques Holding bv, the Dutch water technology company backed by BMW heiress and one of Germany’s richest women Susanne Klatten, is re-entering India on its own. Related Itemslast_img