…or alive?Before the AFC actually got hitched up with the PNC (you don’t really believe this “APNU” fairy tale, do you, dear reader?) Khemraj Ramjattan had predicted they’d become “dead meat” if that were to happen. But the PNC made them an offer they COULDN’T refuse – because of their greed, of course. The 60/40 MP allocation and Cabinet positions “full their eye”.Well, three years down the road – and many turbulent rivers crossed – the AFC have been told by the PNC to prove they’re not “dead meat”!! God does have a sense of humour!! Imagine, the poison pill demanding the victim prove it was ineffective!! The AFC demanded the same 60/40 split at the LGE – even though the PNC had showed them how meaningless that “split” was as far as having actual power was concerned!! And the PNC, not surprisingly, balked!Your Eyewitness wasn’t surprised…after all, the AFC had never delivered on their side of the bargain – which was 10% of the Indian vote – reminiscent of Salome delivering John the Baptist’s head to Herod! Part of their problem was their purported major vote-getter in the Indian Community – Moses Nagamootoo – declaring before the elections he was no Indian!!Anyhow, the PNC have demanded the AFC show them their “wares”. While folks may vote for different reasons in the LGE, as opposed to the national elections – that’s not the point the PNC want to prove. Since they – the PNC – figure they now have total control over the African Guyanese vote, all they’re looking for is to see whether the AFC can pick up any votes in the Indian Guyanese community. This is what the LGE does best, since the geographical constituencies are so granular!So what’s the result going to show? “Dead meat” or no “dead meat”? Your Eyewitness has absolutely no doubt (he’s willing to take bets on this!) that it’ll be “dead meat”!! And being in that state for so long, it’ll be stinking to high heavens!! Let’s look at the facts. Firstly, some Indian Guyanese might’ve voted for the AFC – but because they were tired of the PPP. Incumbency fatigue and all that. But those voters will be asking themselves, “What did the AFC do for us in the last three years?”Sugar workers? Even less than zilch – since the AFC didn’t even make a squeak when the PNC closed down half of the sugar industry! Rice farmers? They’ve gone back to the days of producing rice for export – at prices far below what the PPP had secured from the Venezuelans with PetroCaribe. The remainder? They’ve been embarrassed at the lack of testicular fortitude of Nagamootoo, Ramjattan et al.Come November, prepare to hold your nose, dear reader!!…on arrival?Finance Minister Jordan has diplomatically proposed that Clive Thomas’s suggestion – that some cash from coming oil revenues be given to every citizen every year – becomes the basis of a debate on the issue. But he made it clear he himself doesn’t think much about the supposedly “senior” economist’s gambit. Several eminent persons have already bolstered Jordan’s position.One was a PPP MP rather inelegantly suggesting Thomas’s proposal would cultivate “parasites”. Now, while the MP may have a point – as has been observed from the behaviour of those who’ve been receiving remittances from their overseas relatives – in politics, one can’t be so blunt. Just look at the flak President Granger took for suggesting that folks can’t get ahead if they expect to just lime on street corners or swig beers at “Guinness bars”!But what Thomas didn’t explain was the money doled out in Alaska came from dividends generated by the Sovereign Wealth Fund. Citizens thus had an incentive that the SWF was managed most prudently.And based on the Green Paper, boy does Guyana need prudence!!…horse on presidential press conferencesPresident Granger just promised he’ll hold a press conference “soon”. Back on July 2nd 2017, he was even more specific – when he returned from the HoG.But it took him five months!!
E. R. BraithwaiteAs it was in the novel, ‘To Sir With Love’ (1959), so it was in the novels, ‘Paid Servant’ (1962), ‘A Kind of Homecoming’ (1962), ‘A Choice of Straws’ (1965), ‘Reluctant Neighbours’ (1972), and ‘Honorary White’ (1975) – E. R. Braithwaite’s poignant exploration of all forms of discrimination especially social conditions of and racial discrimination against Black people. Braithwaite’s frank and crisp use of language endeared the reader to the issues, catapulting many persons to action, improving their condition, righting wrongs. Some responses to his writing were, however, distasteful especially the ban of his books in apartheid South Africa. Dennis WilliamsDenis WilliamsArtist, art historian, archaeologist, anthropologist, biographer and novelist, Denis Williams was born in 1923 in the capital city of Guyana. He lived on three continents at crucial times – times of intellectual upsurge, times of political ferment and times of creativity in arts. Williams was caught up in the action wherever he went, sharpening his perception of the living and the past as reflected in the innovations found in his art, craft and writing – ‘Other Leopards’ and ‘The Third temptation’. Responses to this author please telephone 226-0065 of email: [email protected] (to be continued) Eric WalrondEric WalrondEric Walrond was expected to write the Great Negro Book – a grave responsibility. How come a black person in the early 20th century from a little known country was strapped with such a responsibility? Walrond’s life was one of paradoxes engendered by his writings. He gravitated to the editorship of ‘New World’ after he won a fiction contest sponsored by Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (U. N. I. A.) for his piece, ‘A Senator’s Memoirs’. Later he fell from grace when he penned, ‘Imperator Africanus, Marcus Garvey: Menace or Promise?’But it was the publication in 1926 of his short story collection, ‘Tropic Death’, which brought him to prominence. ‘Tropic Death’ was valued alongside ‘The Quest of the Silver Fleece’ by W. E. B. Du Bois, ‘The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man’ by James W. Johnson and ‘Harlem Shadow’ by Claude McKay. The other notable writers at that time supporting the Harlem Resistance included Marcus Garvey, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Arna Bontemps, Zora Neale Hurston, W. E. B. Du Bois. (Part one featured Ivan Van Sertima, N. E. Cameron, Jan Carew, O. R. Dathorne and Beryl Gilroy. Part two features another five names.)There are as many ways to celebrate as there are appropriate ways to celebrate. The tenor of Black History Month should be celebrated with books. Here’s a short (but in no way a comprehensive) list of Guyanese works and their authors which could be used to commemorate the above.Egbert MartinEgbert Martin was a remarkable writer on many fronts. His was a short life of less than thirty years, most of it lived from a sick bed, but he managed to write and publish a significant amount of poetry, songs and some short stories.His first poems were published when he was only nineteen. His first collection of poems, Leo’s Poetical Works, was published in 1883, when he was only twenty two.His second collection of poems, Leo’s Local Lyrics, was published in 1886, laying claim to the honour as the first collection of poems to be published locally by a Guyanese writer. Another first for Martin was that he was the first Guyanese to publish a collection of short stories. That collection, Scriptology, was published in 1885. That collection was lost but recently recovered, credit going to Manu Chander who is in Guyana at the moment and David Dabydeen.Walter MacArthur LawrenceHe gave us ‘Oh, Beautiful Guyana’, and ‘My Guyana, El Dorado’ among other significant patriotic songs. In 1920, the Daily Chronicle published his first poem, commemorating the arrival in the colony of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales.In 1929, he published ‘Meditations’ with a subtitle ‘Thoughts in the Silence’, solidifying his position on the landscape of Guyanese literature.Two years later, in 1931, Lawrence produced ‘Threnody’, a song of lamentation for his dead son, exploring trauma as part of his heritage – a healing poem. The following year, 1932, his ‘delightfully nostalgic’ poem ‘Unreclaimed’ was published in the Chronicle Christmas Annual.The 1930s was definitely the most notable of Lawrence’s short life. During this period, his poetic output was remarkable – long sentences and very long poems in Greek and Latin traditions, examples in titles of poems like ‘Threnody’, and ‘Meromi’. In ‘Meromi’, Lawrence displayed an uncommon gift of telling a story in verse, matching Keats’ ‘Isabella’, Tennyson’s ‘Princess’ and Egbert Martin’s ‘Ruth’. Also in ‘Meromi’, he employed a technique that has become quite useful in Caribbean poetry – borrowing and modifying; he transposed a local heroine into the Garden of Eden. read more
In President Sirleaf’s address to the nation last Friday, she touched on many important and critical national issues, including national security. She also stressed one—our food security—which is fundamental to national security.She challenged our young to pursue agriculture for it, like none other, stimulates employment and wealth creation.Indeed! Today’s global economy is seriously threatened by decline, especially that of China, causing prices of primary commodities to plummet. In Liberia, two of these—rubber and iron ore—which have historically been the bedrock of our employment and wealth, have been hardest hit, causing decline in earnings, many lay-offs and economic slowdown. Yet here we are importing almost everything we eat, including our staple, rice, but also vegetables, fruits, meats and canned goods. Why, despite all the rainfall and green vegetation throughout the country, are we so food dependent? What happened, especially in the past 10 years when we had a President who, having worked for major banks, including the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), we thought knew all about development and food security?But this question predates Ellen. It is founded in the lack of vision of successive administrations. Who remembers the 1921 Independence Day Oration of the eminent Liberian statesman, Momolu Massaquoi? In that Oration he made an impassioned plea for concentration on agriculture. But nobody, including President C.D.B. King, listened.Do you remember, too, what we said in Editorials sometime back—that when Tubman became President in 1944 George S. Best, who had taught Agriculture at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) since 1930, wrote him a letter? Mr. Best, by the time he entered Liberia in 1926, had traveled, as a British soldier in World War I to many parts of the world and seen development. In his letter, he suggested to President Tubman that he should introduce a cannery in Liberia to make juices, etc., and save our many fruits from rotting. Mr.Best’s mistake was that he said Tubman had eight years in office, enough time to do it. Tubman must have taken serious exception to that suggestion, for he knew that he had no intention of spending only eight years in power. So he never answered Mr. Best. Tubman stayed 27 years in power, and Liberia never produced canned goods. Even more sadly, after nearly a half century since Tubman—1944-71—we still are unable to produce bottled orange juice! Yet we have to admit that it was Tubman who began training professional agriculturists. He transformed the Bureau of Agriculture into the Department of Agriculture and Commerce, and established the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry. Tubman’s scholarship program produced Liberia’s first veterinary doctor, Christian E. Baker, its first soil chemist, J.T. Phillips and its first poultry teacher, Henry Fallah.It was Tubman, too, who in 1951, took over from the Phelps Stokes Fund, government financing of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and in that same year established, in Suacoco, Bong County, the Government Farm (now the Central Agricultural Research Institute – CARI). Sadly, none of these institutions were taken very seriously and were consistently underfunded.The Maputo Declaration of 1995 stated that all African governments should make annual budgetary allocations of at least 10% to agriculture. But since that time, Liberia has consistently allocated little more than 1%.In the past 10 years of her presidency, Ellen has had two highly trained Agriculture Ministers, both with Ph.Ds, and both miserably failed. They also put the Daily Observer to shame because we were the only media institution to endorse Ellen in the 2005 run-off—Why? Not only because she was far better educated and more experienced than her opponent, George Weah, but also because we predicted that if she won, world leaders, mostly men, “would be falling over one another to give this first African woman President their fullest support.”They did. But most of that aid was squandered and today we have little to show for it.We have, since his appointment as Agriculture Minister, outlined a number of suggestions for Dr. Moses Zinnah. One is to engage ALL of our agricultural experts, especially the agronomists, animal science specialists and soil chemists, and put them to work. We think Minister Zinnah can make a big difference even in the two remaining years of this administration. He must push for mass production of rice, engaging some Asian rice producers such as the Vietnamese; encourage Liberians, especially in Grand Cess, Foya andNimba, to raise cattle; encourage farmers in chicken and eggs, pork, goat and sheep production. He must engage our agronomists to initiate and train more people in vegetable production, improve and expand the agricultural extension services and embark on large scale tree crop initiatives—almond, banana and plantain, cashew nuts, citrus, cocoa, coffee, plum, etc. That would be a good beginning.We pray that Minister Zinnah is up to the task and has the firm and unflinching backing of the President. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Police have arrested one of the men wanted for a brutal park stabbing that left a 33-year-old homeless man dead, authorities said today. Quinn Marez, 18, of Northridge, was spotted last night exiting a bus in West Los Angeles about 10 p.m., said Detective Mike Fesperman, of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire Division. “We had suspicion he was in the area,” Fesperman said. “He tried to run away but he was taken into custody.” The other man wanted in the stabbing death of Daniel Edward Koch is Justin Thalheimer, 18, of Northridge. Thalheimer is still being sought, Fesperman said. The men are accused of stabbing Koch after an argument at Limekiln Canyon Park on Aug. 25 or 26. The three men apparently knew one another and had been drinking when an argument broke out, police said. Koch was found face down in a creek. Described by his family as a free spirit engaged on a “Mystery Tour,” Koch graduated from Alemany High School in Mission Hills and studied art at California State University, Northridge. read more
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Building strong networks and developing meaningful relationships are cornerstones to business success. Although it may be a cliche, “who you know” can be incredibly important for startups. With the growth of social networking sites, it seems easier than ever to develop a sizable network of connections: Facebook friends, Twitter followers, your Google social circle, your LinkedIn connections. But having a large social media network means little if you do not maintain these connections. It is important continue to meet new people, cultivate existing relationships and to emphasize the quantity rather than the quality of your connections.Last week, in a post on the blog Journalistics, Jeremy Porter wrote, “Too many people think networking is about collecting business cards – whether actual or virtual – in an effort to demonstrate how many people they ‘know’.” Porter listed tips on how to strengthen your network. Here are some things, based on some of his suggestions, to consider as you expand your network:Establish goals: What are the types of people you want to build relationships with? For example, do you need to meet journalists or venture capitalists? Set goals and deadlines for reaching out to make some of these connections.Keep score: If you set goals, track your progress. If you aren’t meeting the people you want and/or building your network how you want, revise your strategy.Make the most of face-to-face opportunities: Some events, such as conferences, are geared towards networking. Make an effort not only to attend these sorts of events but to maximize the networking opportunities there. Have a good opener: As we noted with our tips for crafting your elevator pitch, you need a hook. When you introduce yourself, you should be able to answer the “What do you do?” question consistently and memorably. Here’s my card: It might seem obvious or even outdated, but do not undervalue the importance of the business card – whether electronic or paper. While social networking does make it easy to locate people, having a business card is an invitation for a follow-up. Follow up: It’s easy to toss business cards in a drawer where they’re never to be seen again. Follow up a first meeting with an email or phone call within 48 hours. If you skip this step, you might as well toss the cards. Stay in touch: Don’t let your relationships die off. Keep in touch with people. Porter writes, “Some job hunters I met back in the late 90s are now directors at big brands. When you keep in touch with contacts over the long haul, you’ll be surprised how many interesting connections you’ll have down the road. You’ll quickly become one of those people that knows somebody that ‘does that’ or “works there.” Of course, you want to stay in touch with people so they’ll remember you too. People forget who you are and what you do – you have to remind them regularly if you want to get value from your network.”Share: Give value to your participation in a network and make it so that people value your connection. If you come across interesting information, share it. If somebody asks for help, offer it. Porter says, “Don’t miss the opportunity to pay it forward, you’ll feel great and will find people often reciprocate.”Look in the mirror: Regular self-assessment is good. Ask yourself if you are both gaining from and contributing to your network. Reciprocity is important. Build relationships when you don’t need them: It’s a mistake to only network when you need something (such as financing, a new job, a new team member). Be an active part of your network before you make your pitch to it. Start with one new connection today: Meeting new people and building your network might be one of the most important investments – personally and professionally – you can make. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Related Posts Tags:#How To#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… read more
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Peru beat Paraguay 2-0 at the Copa America on Friday to ensure they finished in third place for the second consecutive edition of the tournament. Midfielder Andre Carrillo gave them the lead three minutes into the second half, stabbing a shot into the bottom corner of the Paraguayan net after striker Paolo Guerrero had nodded down a Christian Cueva corner.Guerrero sealed a deserved victory with his fourth goal of the tournament in the 89th minute.At the last Copa America in 2011, Peru also finished third,beating Venezuela in the clash between the losing semi-finalists. Hosts Chile face Argentina in the final on Saturday.