The Cummingsburg Accord was announced on Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, 2015, by APNU and AFC as the culmination of sustained negotiations that would delineate the distribution of power in the government to be formed if their consummated coalition were to win the imminent elections. But the Accord had wider reverberations for Guyanese politics.One factor militating against coalitions in Guyana — in addition to the inherent distaste for the mechanism in the Liberal Democratic conventions passed on by the British – is their reluctance to acknowledge that the basis of any effective coalition would be an acknowledgement of representing the ethnic interest of the two major groups. And this is where the APNU/AFC coalition touted itself as different: the APNU implicitly conceded its legitimacy would be augmented if the AFC, with its Indian-dominated Berbice base, were to adopt a common slate and platform.Many Guyanese, despairing at the ethnic divisions stymieing their country’s development over the last half century, felt this was a bold innovation, especially with the AFC being granted forty percent of the Cabinet positions as well as a Prime Ministership with impressively augmented powers – all spelled out in the Cummingsburg Accord. They felt this “power sharing” arrangement, while not ideal, was a step in the right direction, especially when it was suggested that elements of the PPP might also be drafted into the new Government.Most disappointingly, however, in the allocation of the spoils after their successful campaign, it became evident that the PNC-led APNU kept neither the letter nor the spirit of the Accord. The number of Ministries was firstly expanded by adding a welter of “Junior Ministers”, thereby diluting the actual powers of the appointed AFC Ministers. In addition, two individuals — touted as “AFC” — received the two most powerful portfolios, Agriculture and Natural Resources, without having been nominated by the party. There was apparently a “Nassau Accord” with the latter.Then, in a further volte face, the President announced one of the critical new powers granted to the AFC-selected Prime Minister – to Chair Cabinet meetings — would not be implemented because of a “constitutional” bar. While this was arguable, it certainly was not in the spirit of a coalition agreement that was meant to signal real power sharing.Since then, the AFC leaders have been playing a rather coy game of denying they were denied the powers delineated by the Accord, while demanding that the latter be ‘renegotiated”. Matters came to a head last November when the Canadian affiliate of the AFC quit in disgust in a very public and contentious manner over decisions taken by the party’s leadership that suggested they were not allowed any autonomy in decision-making within the coalition.At this point, when the AFC leaders demanded that the Accord be renegotiated before its third anniversary, the leader of the PNC and APNU, David Granger, pointed out that the Accord itself stated that such a renegotiation could only take place AFTER the third Anniversary. Technically, this period begins on Feb 15, this coming Thursday, and it is expected that the AFC will be proposing the exact date imminently. All Guyana are awaiting the form and substance of the “renegotiation” of the Cummingsburg Accord, since, as suggested above, the issue of ethnic power-sharing in our country goes beyond the two players who will be at the table.There are those that assert the PNC has never been committed to real and genuine “political inclusion” going back to its early experience with the UF in 1964-68. They hope history will not repeat itself.
Dear Editor,Please grant me a space in your newspaper to respond to a letter published in other sections of the media on April 26 and 27, written by Carol Joseph, Region Five Councillor.Councillor Joseph stated in her letter that the Regional Chairman disrespected the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana by referring to him as a “Jackass” at a public meeting held on 5 May, 2016, at Foulis, West Coast Berbice.I will like to make it very clear that I never attended any public meeting at Foulis, and secondly I did not utter those words.Those statements by Councillor Joseph are false and totally misleading.I consider myself a respectful individual and there is no need for me to disrespect anyone.This is a blatant attempt by Councillor Joseph to tarnish my character as the Regional Chairman of Region Five and also it’s my belief that she does not want to allow the region to move forward.Vickchand RamphalRegional ChairmanRDC
Thohir in recent days said he had been awaiting feedback from Arsenal regarding an offer to Sagna, who has made over 200 appearances for Arsenal since joining the club in 2007.Indonesian Thohir flew in to Milan from Jakarta on Wednesday ahead of Inter’s home game against Udinese on Thursday and told reporters: “Sagna has decided to remain in the Premier League.”Asked about strikers Dzeko and Torres, Thohir said: “For sure, the club could use a player of their calibre.”Inter, who missed out on Europe this season, sit sixth in Italy’s Serie A just one place behind Parma who occupy the first available Europa League qualifying spot.Leaders Juventus are in action Wednesday when they host Parma looking to restore their 14-point lead over Roma, who snatched a 2-1 win over Torino on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MILAN, March 26 – Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has rejected an offer from Inter Milan, according to club owner Erick Thohir on Wednesday.Inter recently signed Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic but have been linked with a number of other English Premier League players including Sagna, Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.
“The gaming department decided to suspend bets due to the atypical volume waged,” Jogos Santa Casa said in a statement late on Monday before minnows Feirense’s 2-1 home win.Jogos Santa Casa did not provide further details but sports daily O Jogo said suspicions of possible match-fixing were raised after a Chinese national bet 100,000 euros ($108,000) that Feirense would win the match.The bet was made in the northern city of Povoa de Varzim, the newspaper added.“What happened today is a black moment for Portuguese football,” Rio Ave coach Luis Castro said after the match.The suspension of bets “calls into question players, coaches and institutions”, he added.Feirense are 13th in the 18-team Portuguese league, four places behind Rio Ave.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Rio Ave FC.PHOTO/courtesyLISBON, Portugal, Feb 8 – Portugal’s state betting firm suspended wagers on a first-division match between Rio Ave and Feirense after an unusually large amount of money was placed on the game, sparking suspicions of match-fixing.It is the first time that betting on a first-division match in Portugal has been suspended and Jogos Santa Casa’s two rivals, BetClic and Bet.pt, also followed suit.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Financing issues have dogged entry-level buyers since early 2007, but they spilled over into the middle and upper-tier markets in the last few months,” said association president president William E. Brown. He noted that the sales decline at the higher end of the market last month contributed to the “significant” decline in the statewide median price. And even well-qualified borrowers had difficulty securing financing. Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s vice president and chief economist, said further weakness in sales is expected over the next several months. As the sales and price slide intensified, inventory quadrupled to a 16.3 month supply last month, up from 6.4 months for the same period a year ago. This is how long it would take to deplete the supply at the current sales pace. Home sales and prices tumbled across most of California in October as the credit crisis continued to roil residential real estate markets, a trade association said Wednesday. Last month sales plunged 40 percent statewide from October 2006 and the median house price declined 9.9 percent to $497,110, said the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors. The association computes sales on an annualized basis, which means that if the market matched October’s pace all year, 265,030 houses would change owners. Los Angeles County, the state’s biggest market, endured a similar drubbing. Sales here fell 42 percent from a year ago and the median price sank 8.6 percent to $533,070. Even though more homes hit the market, the median number of days it took to sell a single-family home was 59.3 days in October, up slightly from from 56.5 days a year ago. Last month 30-year fixed-mortgage interest rates averaged 6.38 percent, not much different from 6.36 percent in October 2006, according to Freddie Mac. Adjustable-mortgage interest rates averaged 5.68 percent last month compared with 5.56 percent in October 2006. In a separate report generated by the association and DataQuick Information Systems, 13.9 percent, or 41 out of 296 cities and communities, showed an increase in their respective median home prices from a year ago. firstname.lastname@example.org 818-713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Red Devils hold a 2-0 aggregate lead 1 CLICK HERE TO STREAM HULL V MANCHESTER UNITED LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 19:45BST.Manchester United face Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on Thursday night, looking to seal their place in the EFL Cup final.The Red Devils hold a 2-0 aggregate advantage over the Tigers thanks to their win at Old Trafford two weeks ago, and head into the second-leg as overwhelming favourites to progress.Jose Mourinho is unable to call upon the services of Eric Bailly but Marcos Rojo is available again after overcoming his illness.Marco Silva, meanwhile, has handed new signings Lazar Markovic and Omar Elabdellaoui a place on the bench.Confirmed line-ups:Hull XI: Marshall, Maguire, Meyler, Huddlestone, Clucas, Maloney, Diomande, Dawson, Niasse, Tymon, BowenSubstitutes: Kuciak, Robertson, Hernandez, Elabdellaoui, Weir, Goebel, MarkovicManchester United XI: De Gea, Darmian, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Pogba, Rashford, IbrahimovicSubstitutes: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Shaw, Fellaini, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rooney
HACIENDA HEIGHTS – A housing project near Schabarum Regional Park that started 10 years ago is back on track. The 47-home development had been stalled for the past two years as the firm, Pacific Communities Builder, revised its plans to allay concerns from residents and planners, said company President Nelson Chung. He said the planning process for this project has taken an exceptionally long time. “Most other projects couldn’t be like this,” Chung said. “If they were, I’d be broke.” The company has to resubmit its plans, update its environmental review, go before the planning commission, and hold public hearings, said Susan Tae, acting supervising regional planner for Los Angeles County Planning Department. Some residents, however, wonder what has taken them so long, especially when it looked like they would be breaking ground two years ago, said Mike Hughes, who serves on the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association. Residents have in the past expressed concern that the homes would block their views of the hills and they would see an increase in traffic, said Hacienda Heights resident Barbara Fish. “This is a very beautiful hillside, and the hillsides are already filling up enough with houses,” Fish said. Hughes said nearby homeowners don’t want to see the land developed. “The big thing is people that live there would like to see that area as open space,” Hughes said. The property is on 114 acres, and close to 80 acres will be used as open space, said Bob Henderson, chairman of the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority. “The plan has always been that they would donate the undeveloped lands as wilderness open space,” Henderson said. “It is certainly better than having all the land developed.” The project has taken on several faces since its inception in 1997, and even before Chung took hold of the land. The previous owner had plans to build 200 homes. The plan was again revised in 2004, Chung said, to appease the concerns of residents. The number of oak trees that will be removed has been reduced from 120 to 60. Grading will go from 690,000 cubic yards to 506,700 cubic yards, the lot sizes will be smaller, and the number of homes will go from 50 to 47. “There was no justification for knocking out three units, but one of the planning commissioners said it is an act of good will to do that,” Chung said. Chung started Pacific Communities in the 1980s, and since then has built thousands of homes in Southern California. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe project retreated in 2004 after residents pleaded with the developer to lessen the impact to the hillsides, including cutting back on the number of homes and alleviating potential traffic impacts. County officials suggested taking time to review some of these concerns and work them in to a revised plan, which Chung said has taken years to do. “Basically, all of our approvals were subject to certain modifications,” Chung said of the planning commission’s comments in 2004. “The modifications are easy to say, but hard to do.” The property is at the end of Apple Creek Lane. Chung said they are still at least a couple of years away from breaking ground.
Antonio Conte has suggested history is being repeated at Chelsea.There have been regular reports of friction between head coach Conte and the Chelsea hierarchy, mostly over transfers.And the Italian, speaking ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with one-time Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle, did little to diffuse the situation when given the opportunity to subdue the speculation.“I continue to work very hard for this club, for the players, for our fans,” said Conte, who led to Chelsea to the 2016-17 Premier League title after the prior season’s implosion under Jose Mourinho.“But I saw a bit the history of this club in the past and it was the same also for the other coaches.“I don’t see difference between them and me and other coaches that managed this situation.”Conte says he predicted a difficult campaign last summer, when he said Chelsea must avoid a “Mourinho season”.“If you remember at the start of the season I said maybe this will be the most difficult season for me,” the Italian said.“I think that I have a great capacity to see very long (into the future).“We have to know that we have to face great difficulties. But if you know this you are more ready to face this type of situation.”Conte, who earlier this month insisted he would not walk away from Chelsea, was asked if he was discovering the challenges faced by previous Chelsea bosses.He responded by referencing the number of managers in the 14 years of Roman Abramovich’s ownership, insisting he was “very relaxed” about the prospect of being fired.“If you look at the stats you can see that in 14 years 10 managers were sacked in this club,” added Conte, who was able to muster a laugh.“But, when you are sure about your work and that you are doing everything to improve this club and to work in this way with the players, under this aspect I am very relaxed, calm.“I don’t have this type of worry.”Conte would have been aware of the challenges at Chelsea due to his friendship with Carlo Ancelotti, who won the 2009-10 title and was sacked a year later.After winning the league in his first season, when Chelsea were not in Europe following the prior year’s 10th-placed finish, Conte belatedly signed an improved contract, but not an extension. His deal still expires in June 2019.Chelsea are still in contention in the FA Cup and Champions League, where they face Barcelona in the last-16, reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and are third in the Premier League, three points behind second-placed Manchester United and 15 adrift of leaders City.Asked whether the expectations of Chelsea – whether internal or external – are realistic, Conte said: “It is right to dream and then there is the reality.“You have to fight the reality to try sometimes to overcome the reality, like last season, and to try to do something special.“But for sure it is not simple, not easy.”Ross Barkley, Chelsea’s only signing so far this winter transfer window, is poised to make his full debut against Newcastle following injuries to striker Alvaro Morata (back) and playmaker Willian (hamstring).Midfielder Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) could return, but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (ankle) is still out. Conte pointed out that there have been ten different Chelsea managers under Roman Abramovich’s 14-year reign at the club 1
Probably NSFW: The Libertarian Party chose former New Mexico Governor GARY JOHNSON to be their presidential nominee over the weekend. He was also their candidate in 2012.But a chunky dude with a big red beard named James Weeks stole the show. He was running to be the party chairman as a joke. And instead of giving a speech when he bowed out on Sunday, he did a STRIPTEASE on live TV.(Profanity Warning! Search for “James Weeks Strips at Libertarian Party National Convention.” He starts dancing at :30 . . . stripping at 1:20 . . . and says he’s dropping out at 2:48. WARNING!!! There’s some uncensored profanity.)
Texans keep telling us “don’t mess with Texas” and yet there are still those who refuse to listen. One thief did not heed that warning and wound up on the wrong side of a store clerk who just so happens to be a cowboy hailing from west Texas.WFAA News reports that police responded to reports of an armed robbery at a Dallas 7-Eleven shortly after 11 PM on August 20. The criminal, apparently having no idea who they were dealing with, attempted to rob the store and stab the store clerk with a screwdriver. The robber was foiled, however, when the 7-Eleven employee overpowered them, grabbed a nearby rope and tied them up, subduing them until the police arrived. The store clerk identified himself as a West Texas cowboy. We’re sure he has plenty of experience lassoing, but… Wide Open Country Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now