PNC is corrupt, kleptocratic, and too dangerous for Guyana

first_imgDear EditorPerusing the list of delinquent public officials who failed to make an integrity declaration of information of public importance, as per the Integrity Act, No. 20 of 1997, one finds an obscure name on that list: MR MAX MOHAMMED, who is given the designation of Technical Advisor on Oil and Gas to the President.Who is Max Mohammed? In 1985, a man named Robert Gangadeen, with financial support from the United States and allegedly with connections to some Washington DC types, formed a pro-American political party called the United Republican Party (URP). He later joined forces with another political party – the Guyana People’s Party (GPP) — also funded from similar sources in the Washington DC area, and connected to rogue military groups aligned to people close to the group that fronted for one Colonel (Rtd) Oliver North. The common theme of these fringe political parties was stance against communism and socialism, and their commitment to deny a potential PPP Government the right to assume office in the 1990 elections. Leslie Ramsammy and his National Republican Party (NRP) later joined this group. Mr Robert Gangadeen died, Max Mohammed was pushed out, and Leslie Ramsammy won the leadership of the now combined force called the URP, which continues to secure its funding from this anti-communist, right-wing extremist outfit in Washington DC.As the history went, Leslie Ramsammy flipped on his donor and joined the PPP. Max Mohammed regained control of the party, and recruited one Vishnu Bandu, a real estate man from Queens who does not have the best of images in the Richmond Hill community for his business dealings. These people were also connected to Nanda K Gopaul, who later also flipped on the American funders and became a PPP Minister.Why is this message important? The URP! The URP is today selling itself as a group of independents, but one of its principal agents sits as an advisor to President Granger. This is the vehicle the PNC-APNU is using: fund the URP as a means to capture votes that would never come to the PNC now that the AFC is political dead meat. Is this another attempt by the PNC by way of another of its incarnations – APNU, APNU+AFC, JOPP, PNC+URP and so on, playing with the people’s intelligence to trick them into diverting votes away from the PPP? Guyanese, beware of the URP; or, for that matter, any third party, because more than likely they are all being funded in some shape or form by the PNC-led coalition Government.Fact-check situation! I have one question for the Guyana High Commissioner to London, His Excellency Hamley Case. Who was the biggest donor at the PNC fundraiser at your house for the 2015 elections? Was it not this same person Max Mohammed?Do we understand why he has to get a US- dollar high-figure salary today? Is this the payback for the 2015 donation, and also to fund the URP?Isn’t this model the same kind that the PNC used with Mr. Larry Singh? Donate Gy$100 million to the party and in return collect a Bond Contract that will return to you over G$425 million? All in a day’s work as a financier of the PNC… This is the PNC; corrupt, kleptocratic and dangerous for Guyana.Sincerely,Lisa Allylast_img read more

IAAF World Championships London 2017: Liberia’s Representative Finishes at Semi in Men’s 100 Metres

first_imgLiberia’s lone representative at the 2017 IAAF World Championship, Emmanuel Matadi, over the weekend bowed out in the semi-final stage of the Men’s 100m at the Olympic Stadium in London.Matadi, 26, finished 14th overall with a time of 10.20 seconds, finishing below US sprinter Christopher Belcher by 0.002 seconds, after both ran the same time down to hundredths of a second.The young sprinter qualified for the semi-final after finishing as one of the six provisional runners in Heat 1, 0.006 seconds above Barbados’s Ramon Gittens and 0.03 seconds below Cejhae Greene of Antigua & Barbuda.Matadi, who finished 5th in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, enjoyed the preliminaries of the 100m after winning Heat 1 with a time of 10.27s that qualified him alongside Brendon Rodney of Canada and Mart Otieno Odhiambo of Kenya to the next round.According to Liquid Sports in Ghana, following his first race at the event, the Liberian expressed delight after finishing first in the preliminaries. He, however, added that there was a need for improvement. “I wanted to be faster but it’s early days and the first round, so we’ll see what happens next. This race was really just about getting out and getting through, so onto the next,” Matadi told Liquid Sports.The Men’s 100m produced a shocking result after 35 year old Justin Gatlin of the USA finished ahead of 30 year old Usain Bolt, who was running his last 100m, to win the gold medal in 9.92s, with silver going to 22 year old US sprinter Christian Coleman, who finished with a time of 9.94s.A terrible start for Bolt prevented him from making a perfect finish. He clinched bronze in the IAAF 100m, where he has collected 11 golds and two silvers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Liberia’s sprinter Emmanuel Matadi(Photo Credit: Getty Images)last_img read more

Miner stabbed, chopped to death

first_img– shop attendant arrestedOne man is now in Police custody for stabbing to death 27-year-old Mark Jacobus, also called “Dove,” of Aranaputa Valley, North Rupununi, on Friday evening last. In addition to being stabbed, Jacobus was also chopped about his body.Murdered miner Mark Jacobus, a.k.a “Dove”Based on information received, the suspect and the now deceased were imbibing alcohol with several others in a drinking spree when an argument erupted between the suspect and the now dead man.The argument quickly turned into a scuffle, during which the suspect armed himself with a knife and stabbed Jacobus to his head. Not satisfied, the suspect reportedly then chopped Jacobus to his neck, head and other parts of the body. The injured miner was rushed to a health centre at 14 Miles Issano, where he succumbed while receiving medical attention.Police Commander Kevin Adonis told Guyana Times on Sunday that the suspect and the victim had been well-known to each other.“We have the suspect in our custody. He, along with the now deceased, and it is said others too, had been drinking that night at a shop. The suspect is a worker attached to the shop that the incident took place at,” he stated.The Kuribrong area is not new to crimes of a violent nature. Last April, 34-year-old Perion “Redman” Bobb, a driver/mechanic of Lot 23 Caribese Hill, Bartica, was reportedly shot to the stomach at close range, and died immediately.Police had initially said the killers had abducted another man who had been in Bobb’s truck and had reportedly seen when he was shot. That man had allegedly managed to escape and report the incident to the Police.It was later realised that statements given by the miner who had allegedly escaped were “conflicting”, and he was detained by the Police.It is alleged that Bobb and the miner were shuttling dredging equipment in the Kuribrong Backdam when they saw a truck heading towards them. Bobb allegedly stopped his vehicle to allow the other truck to pass, and the men in that truck shot him.last_img read more

More resources to fight fraud

first_imgThe FBI seized a $200,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom from one of the suspects. Record restitution One of the most successful anti-fraud programs has been the state Attorney General Office’s Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse. It won a record $274million in court-ordered restitution of money stolen from Medi-Cal, shattering the previous high of $43million. “I believe this is a result of the efforts the bureau has put forward in increasing the number of investigators, special agents, prosecutors and auditors within our bureau,” said Joseph Fendrick, special-agent-in-charge of the bureau. “There has been a concerted effort to aggressively prosecute those who are taking advantage of the system.” City, state and federal agencies are pouring resources into efforts to halt the explosion of health and welfare fraud, officials say. The Program Integrity Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently opened a field office in Santa Ana to help prevent and prosecute health care fraud. One of only two such offices nationwide, it uses “data mining” technology to target fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid billings. “In the two years since the office has been up and running, we have been able to stop almost $2billion in inappropriate or improper payments from going out the door,” program director Kimberly Brandt said. Last week, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force office in South Florida arrested 38 people on suspicion of defrauding the federal program out of more than $142million. Michael Bowman, spokesman for the state Department of Health Services, said California is making significant strides in identifying and preventing fraud. “The California Department of Health Services has taken an aggressive approach in identifying waste, fraud and abuse in Medi-Cal and is considered a national leader in Medicaid fraud control efforts,” Bowman said. The county’s Health Authority Law Enforcement Task Force helps save taxpayers about $27million a year by investigating Medi-Cal and Medicare fraud and illegal pharmaceuticals. “They are a model for other agencies, not just in the county, but throughout the state and nation,” said Miguel Santana, chief of staff to county Supervisor Gloria Molina, who created the task force in 1998. “What started out as an effort to address … illegal pharmaceuticals has become a major force in combating health care-related fraud and abuses.” More inspections But District Attorney Steve Cooley has been critical of county and state efforts. He wants officials to inspect offices of every medical provider and equipment vendor, performing background and identification checks and ensuring they are providing the services for which they’re being reimbursed. And at Cooley’s request, the Los Angeles County grand jury recommended that the welfare department perform home inspections to ensure recipients are qualified for benefits. “We have taken the grand jury’s recommendation and are developing a pilot program in child care to make visits to the providers to ensure that the participants are receiving the services we are being billed for,” said Philip Browning, who heads the Department of Public Social Services. The department has 189 investigators and supervisors who helped avert $55million in welfare fraud last fiscal year, up from $45million in 2000-01. “I believe we are doing a very credible job of preventing welfare fraud, starting with fingerprinting individuals when they come into our offices (to ensure recipients are not collecting benefits in other jurisdictions),” Browning said. Preventing fraud Shirley Washington, spokeswoman for the Department of Social Services, said the state has established a committee to consider ways to prevent fraud in the program that provides child care to welfare recipients. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Consuelo Woodhead, who coordinates health care fraud prosecutions in Los Angeles, said officials could double the number of investigators and prosecutors combating the problem and still not have enough people to make a significant difference. “To really effectively deal with the problem, we’re going to have to take a multidisciplinary approach where you look at licensing and certification, how claims are processed, as well as strong criminal and civil enforcement after claims are paid,” Woodhead said. “We need to reduce the volume of fraudulent claims in the first place. With all the competing issues that law enforcement has to deal with, we’ll never be able to allocate enough prosecutors and agents to deal with the losses after the fact. “And even if we could, in most cases they wouldn’t be able to get the money back.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985 160Want 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

Kenya dips eight places in latest FIFA rankings

first_imgWith the result, CAR have moved six slots up and are now breathing on Kenya’s neck at 115th, while the 2-2 result didn’t have a positive effect on Comoros who have plunged nine places to rank at 141.The poor performance by Stars over the two friendly matches led to the disbandment of the interim technical team which was holding brief after the departure of Paul Put who went on to join Guinea.Football Kenya Federation is expected to announce a new man at the helm before the end of the month.Uganda remains the best ranked East African team having moved four places up to 74th. Rwanda has dropped a massive 11 places and are now at 123 with Sudan also plunging nine spots to 126th.Tanzania has meanwhile ascended nine places up and are now at 137. Ethiopia and Burundi are perched at 145th with Ethiopia dropping eight places while Burundi are down three places.Meanwhile, Senegal has been displaced as the best team in Africa with the Teranga Lions dropping one slot to 28th. World Cup bound Tunisia has made the massive jump moving nine places up and is now the best ranked African team at 14th worldwide.DR Congo has moved into the top three on the continent, their one place improvement seeing them move to 38th. Egypt dropped two places to 46th while Morocco retained its slot at 42 and is the third best ranked African side.Germany and Brazil remain the best placed teams in the world while Belgium has sneaked into the top three after improving by two spots. Portugal and Argentina are fourth and fifth respectively after dropping by one place.Kyrgyz Republic is the best mover of the rankings having soared 40 places to 75th while Haiti is the worst mover having dropped 23 places to 108.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players line up before a past friendly match against Iraq in Basra. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, KENYA, Apr 12- Kenya’s poor performance against lowly ranked Comoros and Central Africa Republic in friendly matches in Morocco last month have come costly as the Harambee Stars have dipped eight places in the latest rankings released on Thursday.Stars have dipped from position 105 to 108 having drawn 2-2 with Comoros and lost 3-2 to the Central Africa Republic.last_img read more

LAPD’s Chief Bratton knows larger terrorism threat

first_imgTHE Los Angeles Police Department’s counterterrorism capabilities have grown exponentially in the past six years. We are constantly training and building our capacity – both in terms of personnel and equipment – all in an attempt to prevent terrorism from taking root in the city of Los Angeles. Despite this, we are often criticized for our decisions by people who are either uninformed or rush to judgment based on inaccurate information. The latest evolution of this is Charles Peña’s Oct. 6 opinion piece, “LAPD chief doesn’t understand the terrorist threat.” Peña contends that the department’s acquisition of devices that detect radiological weapons and materials was essentially unwarranted and that Chief William Bratton does not grasp the “larger terrorist threat.” He is wrong on both counts, and I think it is important to illustrate why. In the last three Urban Area Security Initiative grant cycles, the LAPD has received more than $40 million of federal money for projects and equipment aimed at keeping Angelenos safe from terrorism and other threats. The $275,000 used to equip a helicopter and officers on the ground with devices capable of detecting radiological signatures consistent with “dirty bombs” constitutes only 0.7 percent of the total grant funds allocated to the LAPD. The other important issue to consider is the impact that a dirty-bomb explosion would have on the city of Los Angeles. While the explosion itself would harm a handful of people, the social, economic and psychological impact of such an act would ripple through the larger community. In the last four years, Chief Bratton has expanded the counterterrorism command from fewer than 30 officers to nearly 300. Bratton understands the larger threat and knows that local police can be leveraged in the War on Terror to protect the homeland. The cops are the eyes and ears of the community, the first preventers creating a hostile environment for terrorists. These efforts to enhance our ability to detect dirty bombs are but one of many strategies and initiatives that the counterterrorism command has developed. I hope that the public’s support is with the experts, whose job it is to protect communities, understand the risk, and prepare for the inevitable. Michael P. Downing is deputy chief commanding officer in the Counter-Terrorism/Criminal Intelligence Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.This equipment is only one element of a broader intelligence-driven strategy. In the case of a potential threat, these tools, coupled with an intelligence-led policing strategy, can quickly determine whether a radiological signature is a legitimate concern – saving time and freeing up other national assets. These are not intended to be the only technological resources in the region to detect radiological signatures. In the event of a legitimate threat, resources from the Fire Department, the Sheriff’s Department, other county entities and the FBI would immediately be brought to bear on the problem. To address Peña’s concern about “countless false alarms,” it is important to note that these are not mindless tools that direct operations. In fact, the antithesis is true. Trained and experienced police professionals employ these tools and they know how to distinguish between kitty litter and Polonium 210. Peña correctly observes that there have only been two cases where dirty bombs have been used. But this does not negate the fact that terrorists have planned and will continue to plan to use these bombs to attack the social, economic and psychological fabric of America. Unfortunately, it would not be very difficult to collect the necessary radiological source materials. Instructions for putting these elements together in a deadly cocktail are only a mouse click away. last_img read more

DONEGAL GAA BOSSES IN FIRING LINE AFTER HURLING FINAL FIASCO

first_imgTHE Donegal County Board and its fixtures committee is under fire for “robbing” hurlers of the dream of playing in a county final – after a hard year’s work in training and in matches.St Eunan’s and Setanta were due to play the final this Saturday at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny.The day was supposed to be a showpiece occasion for the best U-21 hurlers in the county. St Eunan’s qualified for the final SEVEN WEEKS AGO.St Eunan’s officials told the Board’s CCC committee they could play any weekend – except this one – because so many players have exams.But the county board went ahead and fixed the game for Saturday at 2pm.“Hurling in this county can be traced back to the 9th Century,” said one Setanta club member “Attempts by clubs like St Eunan’s and Setanta to continue the revival of our greatest national sport here in Co Donegal have been frustrated by a stupid decision.”St Eunan’s has expressed anger and frustration at the move.There is a hope that the clubs can get around the red tape – if they can’t then Setanta will win the title without the swing of a hurl. DONEGAL GAA BOSSES IN FIRING LINE AFTER HURLING FINAL FIASCO was last modified: November 30th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SETANTASt EunansU-21 hurling finallast_img read more

Jason McGee fires Cloughaneely to Northern Minor Championship title

first_img***Minor Championship***Comhghairdeas leis an Foireann Mionúir CLG Chloich Cheann Fhaola – buaiteoirí i gCluiche Ceannais Chraobh an Tuaiscirt i n-aghaidh Gleann tSúilí ag an deireadh seachtaine.Congratulations to our minor team  – winners of the Northern Board Div 2 Championship title. They defeated Glenswilly in Convoy last Friday evening under less than desirable playing conditions! Congratulations to Jason McGee on his man of the match award. Well done to the players and management! We wish them the very best in the next stage of the Championship! ***Seniors***Our seniors unfortunately made their exit from the Intermediate Championship on Saturday afternoon last, after succumbing to a 1 point defeat against Burt in Glenswilly. Final Score CCF 2-8 | Burt 1-12. It was a neck and neck game until the final whistle with Burt securing a last minute point to progress to the semi-final. The seniors have 2 more league games remaining before the end of the season, both of which are home games. Details will be posted once fixtures are confirmed.***Reserves***Our reserves have yet to play their Intermediate B quarter final fixture. It is scheduled to go ahead on Saturday, October 1st,, details yet to be confirmed. Please keep an eye out on the club facebook/twitter pages for fixture details once confirmed. ***Club Lotto***Numbers drawn on Wednesday, Sept 21st were 3,6,8,13,16,18! We had no match 6 winners so jackpot rises to €3,550! We had 1 match 5 winner – the €100 goes to John Joe Doyle! Draw takes place every Wednesday at the bingo in Óstan Loch Áltan. Tickets are on sale in various outlets throughout the parish and prior to the bingo each Wednesday evening. Jason McGee fires Cloughaneely to Northern Minor Championship title was last modified: September 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CloughaneelyGAAMinorsNorthern ChampionshipSportTitlelast_img read more

Area awaits rain, not cold, to reduce fire risk

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANTELOPE VALLEY – The region awoke Monday to a freeze warning that gave way throughout the day to a warning of high fire danger. “It’s cold” does not trump “it’s dry” when it comes to fire danger, Los Angeles County fire officials said. Although the winds that lashed the area over the weekend died down, dry conditions with low humidity persisted Monday, prompting the red-flag alert that remained in effect until 6 p.m. The good news is that dry weather, which has plagued northern Los Angeles County this month, is expected to end today with mostly cloudy skies and a 20 percent chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Highs today will reach only the mid-50s to lower 60s, with overnight lows dipping into the 30s and breezes gusting to 20 mph. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Wednesday and Thursday will be much the same, with an increasing chance of light rain Friday night and Saturday. The weekend will remain partly cloudy and brisk, with highs in the 50s and overnight lows dipping into the low 30s.last_img read more

Cricket Cranes register five wicket victory over Denmark in Cricket league opener

first_imgThe Cricket Cranes face USA next (file photo)Division 3 World Cricket LeagueOman-Denmark 165 all out-Uganda 167/5 (36.2/50 ov, target 166)-Uganda won by 5 wickets (82 balls to spare )OMAN – Arnold Otwani scored a half century to help the Cricket Cranes win by 5 wickets in their first game at the Division 3 World Cricket League qualifiers in Oman.The Cricket Cranes bowled first after winning the toss, a decision that seemed a poor one as Denmark was untroubled in 10 overs with 50 runs on the board.The introduction of spin in the attack slowed down the rate and Riaz Shah made the much needed breakthrough. Spinners Henry Ssenyondo and Irfan Afridi kept the rate down and picked up wickets in intervals.However, the Danes were still well placed at 130/5 in 33 overs but left arm pacer Charles Waiswa made sure there was no late show claiming four wickets at the death to skittle the Danes out for 165 in 44 overs.The Cricket Cranes lost their captain Roger Mukasa early in the chase falling in the first over but his partner Arnold Otwani on his second chance took the attack to the Danes.He anchored the innings for the Division 4 champions, scoring a match winning 88 off 86 balls even when he lost his partners Hamu Kayondo (5) and Ronak Patel (9). Otwani lost his wicket with only 36 runs needed for the win and Riazat Shah (28) and Deus Muhumuza (10) ensured the Cricket Cranes got all match winning points.The Cricket Cranes will have no time to enjoy their win as they have to get back in business mode on Saturday as they face familiar foes USA.The USA condemned the Cricket Cranes last year in Kampala and there will be some revenge on the minds of the Cricket Cranes.There was no good news for neighbours Kenya who were defeated by hosts Oman in the other game of the day.The Kenyans will now have to win at least 4 out of their remaining 5 games to make sure they can be among the top two sides at the tournament.The top 2 sides are guaranteed of a shot at being an ODI nation and 36 ODI games over 2 years ahead of the 2023 World Cup in India.Comments Tags: Arnold OtwaniDivision 3 Cricket Leaguelast_img read more