I need not speak audibly but no I must scream thisI need not wail but I must shed the tears for you to witnessI need not snort but I won’t stop if something is bugging meI might be silent but how lengthy can that persist?I might be short-sighted but how extensive will it last?I seek my freedom to move beyond your dominionAllow those blessings come without any interferenceLet my time approaches without a single bidding via youThrough the good and terrible times that befalls meThe harsh lessons to learn as life one must live for enduranceI need not be a remote control the copious knobs for callous tickingToo soon to share a humid seat with the good advice and carefree chatsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,No proper historian can doubt that the most difficult economic years for the ordinary man in post-independence Guyana were during the last years of Forbes Burnham, during the period 1984 to 1985.Unfortunately for Desmond Hoyte, he was given the unenviable task of leading the turnaround of the economy post-1985. Significantly, he chose the “Economic Recovery Program” as his tool to assert his leadership, and eventually, by 1991, did turn around the economy. We have to remember that the economy did not grow at all during the last three years under Burnham. It went backward by negative 13%, negative 7% and negative 5% respectively.Fast forward to the Granger Presidency and we can find that he came into office on a foundation wherein the economy had grown by approximately positive 5%, positive 5% and positive 4% in the three years prior to his arrival. So why is he sitting on top of an economy that is regressing incrementally? The growth rate for 2015 and 2016 averaged 3% and is expected to do worse in 2017.Let me be absolutely clear: Hoyte got a mess, and made something good of it; so it clearly shows that the PNC did have talent. On the other hand, Granger got a stable economy and is making a mess of it. To divert the people’s attention from the gross mismanagement of the economy under Granger, his team continues to mislead the people into believing that this mess will be cleared up when the oil money flows. It is a downright untruth, since Guyana does not have the systems in place to manage this oil money; and if you observe the operations of this Granger Government, it has Burnhamist economic strategic-thinking all over it, and Burnham was a hot mess at economic leadership.Under Burnham’s rule, he did everything policy wise during the 1980s to shrink the opportunities to the wider population at large, and while he was drinking whiskey on a commandeered aircraft en route to Africa, the ordinary folk were drinking “rice-maar” for dinner.Today, if you carefully observe this student of Burnham (Mr. Granger), his policy closely resembles those of Burnham’s from 1984, with all these vanity projects that are built at great cost to the Treasury but offer little economic usefulness towards lifting our people out of poverty.So while the lead Government spokesperson — morning, noon and night — parrots delusional comments like “the majority of the population is happy with the Coalition Government’s performance”, the reality is very different. Today we have a raw-commodity-driven economy that excludes the majority of the people from sharing in the wealth of the nation, while the Executives in the Government are travelling the world on a billion-dollar budget and paying themselves a total package that adds up to more than G0 million a year.Further, within 6 months, some 10,000 more Guyanese directly and about 50,000 indirectly in rural Guyana will feel the impact of these state-sponsored social depriving public policies as the retrenchment continues in the sugar industry. Clearly, these are policies that continue to exclude the people.So, as history repeats itself once more in Guyana, the conclusion is that we are back to the attitudes of 1984 in the Executive branch of the Government. In 1984, the Burnham government stole the dreams of the majority of Guyanese people, and history is repeating itself in 2017 under this Granger regime.Regards,Sase Singh
Security guard Tamraadhouj Ramcharran of Richmond Village, Essequibo Coast, Region Two, was on Thursday evening discovered dead in his bedroom.The 61-year-old had reportedly lived alone, and had last been seen by neighbours at about 22:00 on November 9. This newspaper was told that after neighbours with whom he usually chats did not see him, they ventured into his yard. One of the neighbours went into his house and saw the man lying in his bedroom.The Police were alerted and visited the home. An examination conducted by the Police did not find any marks of violence on the body.Ramcharran’s body was then taken to the Suddie Public Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead, and the body was later transported to the Suddie Mortuary to await a post mortem.
0Shares0000BARCELONA, Spain, January 26 – Barcelona survived a late comeback from holders Real Madrid to knock them out of the Spanish Cup with a 4-3 victory on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp where the visitors put up a spirited fightback to come from two goals down.Jose Mourinho may still not have won away to Barcelona in nine attempts as a coach, whether at Real or any of his other clubs, but his team’s performance was a perfect answer to the critics who have blasted their recent poor displays against their arch rivals. First-half goals by Pedro and Dani Alves looked to have put the game beyond the reach of Real before they fought back to level on the night with goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, but in the end came up short and had defender Sergi Ramos sent-off late on.“The players worked hard and I would like to congratulate them for their performance,” said Barca coach Pep Guardiola.“Madrid are a great team and for that reason our victory has more merit. Madrid played well but over the 180 minutes we were the deserved winners.“I wouldn’t say that this was our toughest game. I remember the match in my first season away to Sevilla when we were 3-0 up and they pulled it back to 3-2 and if we drew we would lose the league.“Madrid are a very strong side but I wouldn’t necessarily say this team is stronger than the one we faced last season for example in the Champions League (semi-finals which Barca won).”Mourinho had little to say after the game but was disappointed by his side’s poor finishing.“There wasn’t very much to talk to the players about at half time because there was little to change. When the team plays well then you have nothing to say, and I could have spoken for just one minute,” said Mourinho, who it has been reported in the media has indicated he wants to leave at the end of the season.“We played well in the first half. Barcelona scored without having done anything and we had four or five chances.“After the break we tried to vary things by pushing Cristiano further forward and putting Benzema and (Jose) Callejon deeper.”Real, looking to overturn the 2-1 first leg quarter-final defeat, set off at a high tempo but went on to miss a hatful of chances with Gonzalo Higuain especially wasteful.The game had just kicked off when Real had their first chance for Higuain but he shot well wide after being played in by a poor Alves back pass.Minutes later and Higuain had another glaring miss. Xabi Alonso floated in a free-kick and Ronaldo stabbed a shot from close range which was blocked by the keeper Jose Pinto and the follow-up fell to the Argentine who fired over.Ronaldo shot wide with another opportunity and then after a break by Kaka from midfield he set up the Portuguese star who, pushed a bit wide, again was unable to hit the target.Barca were struggling to cope with the darting runs from Mesut Ozil and he was extremely unlucky with a sublime 35-yard strike which crashed back into play off the woodwork.Barca had offered little but there was a feeling that the sucker punch would come and it did just two minutes before the break.The Real defence rushed to block a Lionel Messi run and left Pedro, who came on for the injured Andres Iniesta, free. He slotted the ball with his weaker right foot into the corner.Real were stunned but it got worse as in stoppage time Alves unleashed an unstoppable shot which flew into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.Barcelona lost concentration in the second-half allowing Real to strike back.Alonso slipped a ball through for Ronaldo to round the keeper and score to give them hope after 67 minutes and then substitute Benzema took advantage of slack defending to bring the scores level but Barca held on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
BERKELEY – As a 17-point lead faded away to nothing in the final minutes, USC’s status as a potential NCAA tournament team was put to the test. Follow up the Stanford debacle by blowing this game, and everything the Trojans had worked to build this season could come tumbling down. But the freshman wasn’t Gibson. Daniel Hackett came off the bench and fought off a twisted ankle to make four key plays down the stretch, including the winning basket with 17 seconds left, and USC pulled out a 76-73win over California at Haas Pavilion. “It could have been a devastating loss with that kind of lead,” coach Tim Floyd said. “It could have been a self-doubt loss. “Instead, it’s a great win.” USC likely will lose its No.25 ranking in the Associated Press poll Monday because of the 65-50 loss at Stanford on Thursday, but the Trojans (16-6, 6-3) are right where they want to be after the first trip through the conference. The first half of Pacific-10 Conference play would wrap up in disappointing fashion, with those old doubts creeping back. That the player to take charge at the end and carry the team to an important victory Saturday was a freshman wasn’t a surprise. Taj Gibson has been the key player in the Trojans’ improvement. “We’re back on track,” Lodrick Stewart said. “If we had lost this game, it would have probably killed our confidence heading into next week.” Stewart had the hot hand in the first half, scoring 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and making all four of his 3-point tries to give the Trojans a 67-60 edge at the break. Nick Young took over in the second half, leading a 16-6charge out of the locker room that gave USC the 17-point advantage. Young had 19 of his 21 points in the second half. Down by 12, Cal (12-9, 4-5) made a furious rally in the final seven minutes with some ridiculously tough 3-point shots. Ryan Anderson, a 6-foot-10 center, started the Bears off with a make from at least 5 feet beyond the line with the shot clock winding down. With the lead down to one at 69-68, Hackett cut to the basket and took a pass from Stewart for an easy layup. The play was an example of Stewart’s unselfishness in the second half, during which he recognized the defense was keying on him and attempted just three shots. He finished with a game-high 21 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!