…comeuppance for City Officials?The PPP’s still being blamed for the PNC-run City Council turning Georgetown into the fourth circle of hell for a quarter of a century. Yes, Hamilton Green’s “Good and Green Party” might’ve won the municipal vote in 1994, but that’s only because he billed himself as “the real PNC”. And he was, because the moment the PNC was returned to power in 2015, PNC leader David Granger’s first act was to confer the Order of Roraima on Green and to increase his pension by 1000 per cent!!What’s the point of “local government” if the “local government” can’t run its own affairs?? Are the municipalities presently under the control of PPP slates expected to pilfer their treasuries; live high off the hog and beyond their means – while doling out tax exemptions – and then blame the PNC Government for strangling them?? But it wasn’t only a case of poor administration by the Georgetown PNC Mayors and City Councillors that did the city in. As we found out in audits, first by Keith Burrowes and then by Ramon Gaskin, it was the pervasive skulduggery that was conducted by high PNC officials who ran the city’s affairs.But nothing was done about it because the good burghers of Georgetown regularly returned them to office out of loyalty to the PNC. While much ink has been spilled about ethnic voting at the Central Governmental level, absolutely nothing has been said about the most flagrant instance of this insidious behaviour at a municipal level – where one-quarter of the voting population resided!! But finally, after the thefts, cronyism and venality of the Town Clerk, Royston King became too much for even the PNC Government, they had to appoint a CoI to check him out.We don’t have to repeat what Justice Kennard said about him, do we? As recommended, the Local Government Commission just sacked his sorry a55!! But what about his recommendations for audits of the entire city accounts and the actions of the PNC Gang of Four – especially two of them – Executive Member of the PNC and ex-Mayor Chase-Green and ex-PNC General Secretary Oscar Clarke?? What about using SARA to recover all the city resources they pilfered?But more importantly, with heightened awareness of the mismanagement of Georgetown by the PNC brought about by the refreshingly frank language of Kennard’s CoI, why no acknowledgement that, saddled with a PNC Mayor and City Council, the PPP had absolutely nothing to do with the city’s miserable condition.The sacking of King is only a start. The entire lot must be prosecuted!!…robotic representation!If there’s one thing the no-confidence resolution has done is to reveal the true nature of the PNC in all its anti-democratic squalor!! Imagine they’re arguing in the Courts that there’s “no such thing as a “conscience vote”” once the MP is “extracted from a list”!! Well…well…well! Now let’s not keep this at a theoretical level, let’s look at the instance that threw the PNC Government out!Charrandas Persaud wasn’t just extracted from any old list – he was extracted from the list for the geographical representation for Region 6!! Does the PNC remember why Regional MP seats were increased in the post-1992 era following their defeat? To create a hybrid system of PR and “first past the post”, that’s what! And the purpose of the latter was for specific MPs to represent their regions and thereby deepen democracy in our political system. And what Charrandas did when he voted against the PNC Government was to explicitly declare that his Reg 6 constituency was being shafted!!And he could stomach it no more. Long live democracy!!…a bully backs down – againFirst, he swore he’d force Mexico to pay for the wall to keep out migrants. After backing down, he blackmailed Congress to fund the wall by not paying a MILLION Federal workers.Congress refused…and Trump just folded!! The PPP should take heed. If you stand up to bullies, they’ll stand down!!
A team comprising experts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is due in Guyana next month to assess the Value Added Tax (VAT) and recommendations made by the Tax Reform Committee.This is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who during an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA) said, “notwithstanding what the Tax Reform Committee said, and notwithstanding the clamour for the reduction in VAT, I have asked the IMF and they have agreed and the team is to come in August to do an assessment of the Value Added Tax.”Minister Jordan said after they would have completed their assessment “we will take a look, and we will make a determination what reduction is feasible and when this reduction can take place.”The Tax Reform Committee, headed by Dr Maurice Odle, was set up late last year and mandated to examine the country’s taxation system and make recommendations for fixing it. Among the recommendations of the Tax Reform Committee were an income tax threshold of 0,000 with progressive rates of taxation from 20 per cent to 35 per cent, reintroduction of estate duties and levies on tobacco and alcohol. Further, the Minister said the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has been approached for its input on the recommended tax reforms.“What I have caused GRA to do is to go through the report with a fine tooth comb, split it up into the various sections and come up with recommendations of the feasibility of some of what have been recommended so that we could have a discussion in Cabinet and make a determination, whether or not they get into the 2017 budget. The Tax Reform Committee did recommendations that span two years… not just 2017.”Among the recommendations of the Tax Reform Committee were a reduction of VAT from 16 per cent to 14 per cent, the introduction of an intermediate rate of seven per cent, a reduction of the number of items on the VAT exempt list and a widening of the tax net by reducing the minimum taxable amount from million to million, Minister Jordan said.Meanwhile President David Granger on an edition of the programme “the Public’s Interest” had said it was perhaps hasty on the part of the then Opposition (APNU+AFC) to promise a reduction on the VAT rate during their first year in office when they had inadequate information on what they would find when they assumed office.
1 Tony Pulis and Jose Mourinho West Brom boss Tony Pulis believes it would be disrespectful to Jose Mourinho to credit Guus Hiddink with Chelsea’s revival. The Baggies to go Stamford Bridge on Wednesday with the champions unbeaten since Mourinho was sacked last month.Hiddink has taken charge for four matches but the Blues are three points behind Albion in the Barclays Premier League. The Dutchman replaced Mourinho as interim boss until the end of the season and has won two and draw two of his games, with Chelsea 14th in the table. But Pulis rounded on any of Mourinho’s critics who would suggest Hiddink is the sole reason for Chelsea’s return to form. He said: “The fact is Mourinho won the league last season by a country mile. There might have been other reasons that things didn’t go so well this year but to put Jose down is completely and utterly out of order.“What you said was disrespectful to Mourinho and also the players that won the league last year because they played some great football last year, some fantastic football.“We’re in for a tough game It’s Chelsea they’ve some wonderful players and we’ll have to be on it and at our best.“That’s the same with every top four or five club. If you go away and play against them you have to have at least ten of your players playing to their maximum to get a result.”
3 “We’re more concerned about Bradford at home on Saturday, that’s our priority.“All the supporters, we’re all realistic here. The gulf between the two clubs is absolutely massive.”Clough also admitted he would have received no sympathy from his great, late father, Brian, following his side’s first-leg mauling.Asked what Clough Snr would have told him after the game if he were still here today, Nigel replied: “First of all he would have said, ‘how can you concede nine?!’ 3 Pep Guardiola’s men were utterly ruthless as they thumped Burton 9-0 in the first leg a fortnight ago.Clough knows his side have no chance over overturning such a deficit when they welcome the reigning Premier League champions to the Pirelli Stadium on Wednesday.But he has told the team and supporters to revel in the game, admitting they may never reach a major cup semi-final again.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the Brewers boss said: “The game is over, so we’re going to enjoy it.“I don’t think we’ll ever get to another League Cup semi-final again, so we’re going to enjoy it.“Manchester City are coming to town, one of the best teams in the world, and we’ve just to enjoy it for what it is. I just want the players to go out an enjoy it. Nigel Clough is well aware ‘the game is over’ as League One Burton Albion prepare to host Manchester City in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.Instead of planning for a miraculous giant-killing, the manager has told his players to just enjoy 90 minutes against one of the best teams in the world. “Although I would have reminded him that when he was at Brighton, Bristol Rovers beat them 8-2 in the cup – so I’d possibly remind him of that!“Even the best have their off days and concede a few too many at times.” Nigel Clough knows the semi-final tie is over after City’s huge first-leg win 3 Nigel Clough and his legendary father, Brian Man City pulled no punches against their League One opponents
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Images of killings, protests, riots, and funerals have filled the screens over past several months in the United States. Its momentary apotheosis came in the two killings of police officers in New York earlier this month. The death of the policemen was an abrupt aberration in a series of events that found African-American men dead on the streets. Among countless others who suffered similar fates, Trayvon Martin (Florida), Tamir Rice (Ohio), Michael Brown (Missouri) and Eric Garner (New York) have remained in the public eye, precipitating an endemic crisis in this culture. Several debates about these killings have ensued, all based on the issues of race, racism, and power.The murder of the police officers in New York brings a festering issue to the fore, the treatment of victims of murder. In all cases, human lives were lost. But in all cases, except those of the two policemen, the victims of the shooting were black. Let it be settled now that the killings of policemen is reprehensible, because it is an attack against the democratic principles of our State. The policeman are not the henchmen of a dictator; they are public servants, accountable to our own collective responsibilities toward security. Killing them defeats our own principles (as does insulting and humiliating a democratically elected President, or, turning your back when the mayor of the city comes to pay respects to the slain officers.The killings of the police officers, as anyone can see even with one eye closed, were treated radically different from those of the Black men over the past several months and years. As Ta-Nehisi Coats argues in The Atlantic, the killings of the policemen brought out national comment and expressions of sympathy. When black men were killed, as they are every day, even in front of the cameras in broad daylight, it was a matter of rote recounting of crimes. And, in all cases, with deep insinuation that each of them somehow deserved it. Had it not been for remarkably sustained and overdue protests, the deaths of black men would have received no attention at all.Any viewer of the local evening news is familiar with the iconography of respect and power brought about by the deaths of uniformed officers. Slick and upright uniformed bodies march in strict order, choreographed around the national flag while local and state dignitaries fill up their schedules by attending the funeral marches. This is vastly different than that accorded the local victim of a police shooting in the neighborhood. There, the blocks are cordoned off for a few hours, the family is notified, before the entire event vanishes from the glare of the cameras.Watch any funeral of police officers on You Tube or on your local channel. It is always a matter of “paying respects” in a “sea of blue.” For the funeral of the police officers in New York, the taxpayers’ purse is loosened to pay for the glorious imagery, including the blue roses that fill the screens. It is a repeat-act of what we see on local news channel. The death of a man in uniform is somehow worthy of the salutations and the patronage of the State.Contrast that with the body of Michael Brown, which was left in the street for four hours in the August sun. No wonder the killings of Black men have revived the brutal memories of lynching that left “Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze.” When we watch the ornamentally rich visuals of the police funerals, throwing a curtain on the loss of lives of black men, we are witnessing further proof of the devaluing of black life in this country. The State values its soldiers, but not its citizens, the perpetrators of violence, but not all its victims.Yes, there is a transparent obviousness to this observation. Though death is the great equalizer, all cultures invest much to distinguish the rich from the poor, the powerful from the powerless. Each culture observes the perpetuation of class divisions in the after death rituals. Hindus practice caste distinctions when Brahmins get the part of the Ghat closer to the temple while the underclass gets smoked to a distance. Christians and Muslims, for all their claims to piety, mark the graves of the well-deserved from the less deserved. Death and burial have become major industries. Don’t we know of the families that rush to reserve the real estate for each of their breathing units! This story is too familiar.This is not the time to open our textbooks to see where these rituals emerged and how they got codified. The problem is much closer to our time; it is in the intervening period between the moment of death and the rituals of mourning, before the bodies finally leave the world of living. It is in the new industry of mourning that forces everyone to embrace and participate in the lush imagery of those who claim a higher perch before they vanish.Think of the tragedy of September 11, 2001 in New York City. It was, by all accounts, a horror brought upon on innocent people whose day had begun with plenty of sunshine and hope. Loss of human life there, in the center of highest visibility on the planet, was as tragic as it was a testament to the cruel and cunning planning of the terrorists to achieve maximum impact. It was not the first act of its kind and certainly not the last on a planet which has been besieged by human cruelty on that and even higher level during the past century, let alone ages.But the events of 9-11 were quickly absorbed by the raging tide of commodification. The “hollowed grounds of ground zero” became a tourist attraction. Unseemly and horrifying as these sights were, they were in keeping with the culture that swallows everything in its reach and transforms them into uncanny objects with price tags. The actual human tragedy of the families of 3,000 lives was overshadowed by the abject display of a culture that has lost its judiciousness in the giddy feelings of greed and prosperity. Worse, the images of the candlelights, photographs, the T-shirts and memorabilia, were so littered on screens around the world that populations far and distant were forced to mourn just by encountering the glut. The mourning of the victims of 9-11 became everyone’s mourning on the planet. It was there on the screens of the favelas, the slums of Mexico City, the shanti-towns of Africa and in the squalor of Mumbai’s slums. It was there on the screens in Palestine and on the radio and newsreels in Congo. No one was spared an opportunity to mourn the deaths of 3,000 in the Twin Towers.So powerful is the onslaught of the iconography of mourning that it has become a universal standard for displaying the public affection of those who suffer. Since unspeakable horror and the loss of life are not the exclusive province of the victims in New York, similar tragedies are repeated in different corners of the world, from Australia to Canada and from Mumbai to Fiji. It is now an imperative felt by the souls left behind to live up to the glittering display of images and flowers and shiny monuments in the spaces of tragedies.There is little, if any, cultural specificity anywhere. The globalizing monsters of commodification have finally scored a victory by standardizing expressions of mourning into the mythical landmarks set by 9-11. Added to this process was the “bloviated exaggeration of the traumatic effects of 9/11,” which transformed the event from “one more chapter in history of human evil to ‘the day that changed everything.’” So loud and bombastic was this charge, supported by the most powerful media machine anywhere, that it was almost a mandate to recognize one’s cultural connection to this event. There are plenty of examples of this, but think of the events in Mumbai on Nov. 26, 2008, which was quickly recast as India’s own 26/11.This global propagation of the “day that changed everything” has drowned out the deaths by scores, hundreds and then thousands in many countries, including Darfur, Palestine, Nigeria, Chad, Kenya, and Mali. There are no memorials, no flowers, and no luck with any images that could be put on coffee mugs or T-shirts. There are no TV cameras to remind viewers on evening news how the departed have been remembered by those they left behind. There is, in fact, no trace that some of these people ever lived, let alone were killed by the thousands. If ever, there are grim images of mass graves presented in dismissive aesthetics of the suffering of others. And yet, for people who are closer to the screens, there are opulent rituals of mourning to watch as if to drown out their own loss. For them, to watch is to make images their own. Screens are imparting lessons of privilege, and evidence of how power cuts and when it does, it cuts through everything.No victim is special and no one is more important than another. Loss of human life, to use a truism without apologies, is tragic. When life is brought to an end by other human beings, whether it is the life of a black man who is walking home from a store or a policeman on duty, it is an unjust and cruel act. 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