Dear Editor,The PPP/C’s campaign launch at Kitty Market Square on Sunday will go down not only as memorable but as the best by any political party. It was packed with a comprehensive developmental outline for the next 5 years. On the other hand, the APNU/AFC’s launch was only about great pomp and fanfare. It was all fluff meant to deceive once again! In comparison, the APNU/AFC’s launch pales into insignificance even though millions were spent, some say taxpayers’ dollars, to attract people by providing free food, drinks and live entertainment by well-known artistes. The coalition needs to understand that content matters most of all!The APNU/AFC’s campaign launch and the presentations delivered were supposed to convince Guyanese to vote for that party but it reminded me of damp squibs which failed to ignite. The lacklustre deliverances were devoid of any concrete plan and were filled with regurgitations of past promises. It reminded of so much of the 2015 failed promises and the dismal failure of the coalition to bring about the ‘good life’ and the ‘progress’ they had chanted so incessantly about. The presentations were all about holding on to power as was evidenced by Granger’s statement when he said, “We are going to reform the Constitution so that that nonsense (referring to the No-Confidence Motion) they tried for us in the last twelve months doesn’t happen again”. This has now made it pellucid and conclusive that Granger intentionally violated the Constitution because he is of the opinion that Article 106 is “nonsense”. This man has no right to the presidency of this country! No President has ever dubbed and labelled their country’s Constitution with such disdain and utter disregard! This also makes it conclusive that if this man is ever elected to the presidency again then his dictatorial rule is guaranteed and Guyana will be worse off than at the end of the 28 years dictatorship of the PNC. The entire presentation’s main thrust was oil and riddled with more promises of ‘good life’. For nearly 5 years Guyanese have traversed backwards!Unlike Granger’s team, the PPP/C campaign launch presentations were filled with factual statistical analysis to highlight the abysmal failure of the coalition and its penchant for corruption and wasteful spending whilst presenting to Guyanese an achievable plan to steer Guyana’s economy back on the road to progress. Dr Ali’s presentation was totally inspiring and he made it clear that the emphasis will not only be on oil but all the other sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, mining, forestry and tourism. He also outlined some transformative projects and emphasised inclusivity of all Guyanese. He will be a President for all Guyanese! Dr Ali’s delivery was passionate, emotional and factual and honest but Granger had nothing to brag about except the establishing of towns, Local Government Elections, which they lost badly, and some cosmetic infrastructures. His presentation was devoid of any meaningful content and his attempt to tarnish the character of Dr Ali was most distasteful to say the least. A political party must campaign on its achievements and the coalition has nothing to brag about!Furthermore, if the coalition was in some state of sanity they should never have chosen D’Urban Park to launch its election campaign since it marks a project which epitomises squandering and corruption at its best! It has to be that these people have gone mad! The Auditor General’s report has revealed that the Public Infrastructure Ministry cannot account for $500 million of taxpayers’ money, undisclosed donations of $64 million and that $177 million in payment vouchers cannot be found by the auditors. This corrupt project was started in 2015 as soon as they assumed office and it cost the taxpayers approximately $1.4 billion. It was their first big one and indeed it set the stage for many other corrupt deals to follow!In conclusion, any sane and reasonable person looking at the D’Urban Park stadium on that Friday night would have to wonder how come these people are asking for another term when they are standing, speaking, singing and dancing on their very own monument of corruption and all the while begging for another chance!Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuf
“We should all be concerned about the price of energy, it’s all going to affect us and our future generations.”Hofmann says the car wash raised $400 dollars in just two hours – far from the goal needed, but she says every dollar matters. Before heading back to Vancouver today, the Rolling Justice Bus made a stop in Fort St. John on Friday to wash cars and raise funds for Treaty 8 Tribal Association protect their land through a lawsuit.Run by KAIROS Canada, this bus was on a mission to tour BC and ‘try to connect the dots’ between urban and rural, the energy we use, and climate change issues – and, as BC/Yukon Regional KAIROS Rep Janet Gray says is most important, the relationship between all those things and the indigenous peoples in our province.– Advertisement -“In this post-Truth and Reconciliation time in Canada, we feel that Canadians need to figure out how to climb this mountain together in relationship with our land and our people to make new stories, to create the change we all need for the future.” she said.That happened to take place the same morning that the Supreme Court turned down an injunction that would stop some construction on Site C.Also on the same day, the Peace Valley Landowners Association’s application for judicial review by the federal government.Edit: Verena Hofmann with Treaty 8 says, “To me, as a local person, its not just up in our region that people are taking notice of the Site C project and how it affects people. It affects individuals all over BC because were all rate payers.”Advertisement
By Elaine Kurtenbach THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SHANGHAI, China – Typhoon Wipha slammed into the coast south of Shanghai early today, flooding streets and disrupting transport as authorities ordered 2million people evacuated. One man was electrocuted. But Wipha was fast losing power and appeared unlikely to live up to forecasts that it could be the most powerful storm to hit eastern China in a decade. By this morning, the Meteorological Bureau in Zhejiang province, where Wipha made landfall, reported that it was downgraded to a severe tropical storm when its sustained wind speeds dropped below 74 mph. However, the storm was expected to pass Shanghai, China’s biggest city, later in the day and still carried the potential to cause significant damage through flooding and strong winds. Shanghai closed schools, delayed or postponed dozens of flights and ferry crossings and other transport links amid warnings of torrential rains and strong winds. Earlier, the storm, packing sustained winds of 100 mph, made landfall near Cangnan in southern Zhejiang province, some 240 miles south of Shanghai, state media reported. State television showed streets flooded knee-deep in several regional cities. Authorities ordered 2 million people evacuated from ships and coastal regions and from housing judged to be unsafe. In Shanghai, a man was electrocuted when he stepped in a puddle electrified by a light box in the northern part of the city, the Shanghai Daily and other state-run newspapers said. Organizers of the women’s World Cup rescheduled today’s Shanghai match between Norway and Ghana to Thursday and moved it to the neighboring city of Hangzhou. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Manchester City have made contact with Benfica over a summer swoop for defender Nelson Semedo.The 23-year-old has caught the eye in Portugal over the past 12 months and he has been continually linked with several sides.AC Milan, Chelsea, Juventus and Manchester United have all been touted as possible destinations for the right-back and his list of suitors is only growing.Manchester City appear to be at the front of the queue though as, according to O Jogo, they have now begun talks with Benfica over a deal for Semedo.Pep Guardiola has identified the right-back position as an area he wants to strengthen in the summer and there had been talk he would swoop for Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin.However, the Gunners are very reluctant to let the Spaniard go for any price and City have now seemingly moved on to Semedo. 1 Nelson Semedo on the ball for Portugal
RANKED silverware whoops 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? revealed impact How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Most Popular Premier League News “I think the criticism was a bit harsh, particularly from people who have played the game and have probably made mistakes themselves during their career,” he continued.“As young players, we need support from these people. If we got more support from these people, that can help us. But negative comments all of the time doesn’t help the young players or the team.“It was not just one individual performance on Sunday. It was the whole team that struggled. But it was just one battle lost, not the whole war.“But it’s one game. We cannot forget that. We shouldn’t just focus on the negative, build on the positive and starting with Tottenham on Monday.” possible standings Eric Bailly takes down Pascal Gross to concede a penalty in the 3-2 defeat to Brighton. predicted How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings gameday cracker ALTERED possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Manchester United star Eric Bailly looks dejected alongside defensive partner Victor Lindelof against Brighton. 3 tense England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won “I always take criticism well when they are constructive, when they are there to help and I actually like criticism but in a positive way,” said Bailly.“But what Graeme Souness said was a little bit disrespectful because it became so personal and it’s not the sort of criticism that can help a young player improve and become a better player.” Latest Football News MONEY smart causal highlights “The critics are sometimes good, sometimes bad. But this is my third season and up to now, the critics have always been positive.“So one piece of negativity will not change my goal and my target which is to become a very good player for Manchester United.“I’m still smiling because I know what I can do. It doesn’t change anything. Sometimes you can have a bad day, the best thing is not to think about it too much, not to let it affect you and focus on the next game and making a positive response.” And as Bailly continues to search for improvements to his game, the player believes more leniency should be given as he is still adapting to life in the English top-flight.“I think my career has been positive so far,” he added. “Yes, my second season was difficult because of injuries but you have to remember I was coming from a different championship in Spain.“You have to remember the Premier League is very difficult, very different and physical. But I think I adapted well and largely my career has been very positive. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener smart causal Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? silverware 3 SORRY Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly has hit back at Graeme Souness for his ‘disrespectful’ comments about his performance against Brighton last weekend, in an interview with the Daily Mirror.The Red Devils lost 3-2 at the Amex Stadium and while the team as a whole were poor, Bailly was singled out for his mistakes in the defeat. Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof in particular had a game to forget against Brighton Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade gameday latest At fault for Shane Duffy’s goal and the man who gave away the penalty for Brighton’s third, the Ivorian had a tough day at the office.But he believes the stinging comments about his performance were over the top with Souness saying the player didn’t know “if he’s in New York or New Year.”
Chelsea lead in New Jersey courtesy of Kevin de Bruyne’s tidy finish.The Belgian wide-man was handed a starting place after recovering from an injury he picked up during the Blues’ recent tour of Asia.And he resumed his encouraging pre-season form, firing past keeper Christian Abbiati following Eden Hazard’s terrific run.Playing for a place against Real Madrid in Wednesday’s final of the Guinness International Champions Cup, Chelsea made a lively start at the MetLife Stadium.Oscar went close in the opening minute and Branislav Ivanovic missed a chance when he headed wide after being found by Hazard.De Bruyne then found the net after good work from Marko Van Ginkel but was offside.However, there was no doubt about the goal which broke the deadlock shortly before the half-hour mark.AC Milan had been enjoying a good spell – Petr Cech saved from Stephan El Shaarawy and Ivanovic did superbly to prevent former Manchester City man Mario Balotelli getting to the rebound.John Terry, who played 90 minutes against Inter Milan on Thursday, is among the Chelsea substitutes, while a tight hamstring was the reason given for David Luiz’s absence from the squad.Chelsea (4-2-3-1):: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand; Essien, Van Ginkel; De Bruyne, Oscar, Hazard, Ba. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Giants disrespected Bumgarner with contract offer, says ex-teammate WASHINGTON — At the beginning of the week, Bruce Bochy talked about savoring his time during his final visit to the nation’s capital as the San Francisco Giants manager.Bochy, however, did not make it to the end of Thursday’s 4-2 loss in the Giants’ series finale against the Washington Nationals. Neither did starting left fielder Brandon Belt.Related Articles How Madison Bumgarner …
Concordia University in Montreal got a nice pre-holiday gift last month with the launch of a solar energy research laboratory and the inauguration of a national net-zero-energy research initiative that will be headquartered at the university.Formally dubbed the Solar Simulator – Environmental Chamber, the lab is a $4.6 million (about $4.46 million U.S.) facility designed to test solar systems with simulated full sun. Its main purpose is to measure the performance of solar energy applications and structural envelopes, and analyze their prospects for use in net-zero-energy buildings. Another major goal for the lab is to help develop systems that are relatively low-cost.Reaching that goal, Concordia explains on its website, requires testing a wide range of systems and materials, including air and water collectors, photovoltaic systems, window coatings, and advanced components such as semitransparent photovoltaics that generate electricity while eliminating ultraviolet and infrared radiation.Replicating temperature and humidity conditionsTouting the lab as the only facility of its kind in the world, and one of only five that can test solar systems under standard conditions with simulated full sun, Concordia notes that the Solar Simulator is equipped with eight special lamps and an “artificial sky” system that removes infrared heat from the lamps. The facility also can mimic the movement of the sun: windows on one side of the chamber admit light from a six-lamp mobile solar simulator.Simulated conditions can range from Arctic to desert, with simulated temperatures accurate to 1°C and humidity produced at levels ranging from 2% to 95%, depending on the temperature. The test chamber accommodates curtain walls as large as 4.5 by 7 meters and test huts as large as 3.5 by 6 by 6 meters.The quest for NZEThe NZE research initiative, known as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Smart Net-Zero Energy Buildings Strategic Network, will receive $5 million ($4.85 million U.S.) in federal funds over five years to lead research on the most effective – and cost-effective – ways to achieve zero annual average energy consumption at both building and neighborhood levels.Funding for the solar simulator comes from Industry Canada and Quebec’s Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, under the government’s Knowledge Infrastructure Program, which is a component of Canada’s Economic Action Plan announced three years ago to provide infrastructure enhancements to colleges and universities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, February 9, 2019, said that a spate of development programmes in Tripura would transform the state into the gateway of southeast Asia. He said projects were underway to connect Ashuganj and Chittagong ports of Bangladesh with the state through waterways.Mr. Modi was speaking at a rally in Agartala in last leg of his whirlwind visit to three northeast States where he inaugurated and commissioned several projects. Thousands of people turned up at Vivekananda Stadium where Mr. Modi lashed out at his political opponents for their “opportunistic unity” to create a “weak government” at the centre.Development activities have risen in Tripura and other northeastern states are culmination of his perception of HIRA (H for highway, I for Internet way, R for roadways and A for Airways), he said. “Tripura in true sense has now connected with mainstream of the country due to our efforts in past 4.5 years,” he stated, adding that installation of new government in the State intensified development.He alleged that previous governments of the State and at the Centre had never cared for progress of the State and its people, and always deprived them. He said corruptions in all shapes spoiled development in the region.Mr. Modi did not speak about the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at the rally in Agartala. Apart from the State’s Governor Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki and Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, two Tribal Ministers shared a dais with the Prime Minister.Earlier, the Prime Minister unveiled a statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur at the Agartala airport. The airport was recently renamed after the King of Tripura who is credited with many development initiatives in the erstwhile princely State that joined Indian union on October 15, 1949.Bir Bikram’s grandson and present head of royal family Pradyut Kishore Manikya welcomed the renaming of the airport and installation of the statute of his grandfather. He confirmed that his mother ‘Rajmata’ Bibhu Kumari Devi received a formal invitation from Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, but could not attend.Meanwhile, the BJP alleged that vested groups carried a campaign for past few days with a call to boycott Prime Minister’s visit in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The party claimed the call yielded no impact with “tribals attending the rally in large number.”Mr. Modi also inaugurated the new complex of the Tripura Institute of Technology through a remote gadget at the rally venue in Vivekananda Stadium. He also dedicated the Garji-Belonia rail to the nation.
LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding TNT takes 3rd win, sends Phoenix crashing to 6th straight loss SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Philippines’ Gilas Cadets in the Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — With Gilas head coach Chot Reyes on the bench, the Philippine men’s basketball team scored an underwhelming 68-60 victory over Singapore to make the Southeast Asian Games finals Friday.Disjointed and groping for form all evening, the Nationals failed to ditch the Singaporeans in their semifinals match at MABA Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Reyes flew in town to watch the games but allowed John Uichico to call the shots for the team that lacked sharpness and coordination.Mike Tolomia helped up with 10 points, while Baser Amer chipped in eight.The Philippines fielded in a water-down version of Gilas for this tournament compared to the full-strength team that won the SEABA title in Manila which Reyes handled.The only time the Philippines asserted its mastery was when it posted a 41-26 lead late in the third on a dunk by 6-foot-8 Fil-German Standhardinger.It led, 67-56, late in the fourth but still let Singapore to score big shots down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension They will face the winner between Thailand and Indonesia which are locked in battle in the other semis.Troy Rosario scored 14 points, while Christian Standhardinger 13 for Gilas which allowed the Singaporeans to close in despite having a far inferior bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines has reached the basketball finals every time the sport was played in the biennial games.But on Friday, it trudged on instead of barging into the championship round on Saturday. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments