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Democracy in Guyana: The URP vision

first_imgDear Editor,By any measure, democracy can be described as a governing system in which the central power is vested with the voting population. In such a political system, government, and the officials that make up such a government, are legally and morally obligated to attend to the needs of its citizens. By extension, in a democratic system, supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by the people or by their elected representatives under a free and fair electoral system. Since our independence in May 1966, Guyanese have not really had a chance to experience a prolonged period of stable democratic government. The PNC, when in power, abolished the basic elements of democracy in its quest to build the Burnhamite dictatorship.The PPP came into office amid a great deal of national and international support in 1992. The expectation was that with the democratic opening that occurred after the 1992 elections, PPP leaders would reconstruct the fragile Guyanese political system to create institutions that would ensure a democratic political order would be established. However, the opportunity to do so was woefully squandered by the ruling PPP, which mimicked in many ways the actions of the dictatorial Burnhamite PNC (now calling itself The Coalition).This authoritarian entity is back in control, many of whose members are from the PPP and PNC. The APNU-AFC coalition is governed by the same undemocratic means that characterized the PNC. Much of the leadership style of the PNC and PPP is guided by a dictatorial desire to centralize political control both at the local and national levels.In reality, the policies of the PPP, PNC and AFC have served to benefit a small group of loyalists and party elite, while the majority of the Guyanese people still live in poverty.The AFC has become an abysmal failure. They came onto the scene promising to be an objective broker and they won the confidence of a healthy cross-section of the Guyanese support, both locally and from the Diaspora. However, they have now merged into the PNC apparatus and have completely lost all of their independent objectivity. Their supporters are at a loss as to where they now stand. The acceptable notion is that the only AFC members left are those currently in parliament.The failure of the PPP, PNC to build a sustainable democracy in Guyana is compounded by a number of factors, all of which have contributed to the erosion of a democratic tradition in this young nation. Included among these factors are preferential treatment for loyal party supporters, the widening gap between rich and poor, a failed education system, the out migration of skilled people, an increased drug trafficking and money laundering, widespread corruption, and a very vindictive government that considers all non-supporters as enemies of the ruling party.Democracy cannot be institutionalized in Guyana unless there is respect for democratic principles and some sharing of power. The PPP was removed from office because of its arrogance and corruption, among other unacceptable behaviours.Corruption has not stopped under the coalition government. The situation continues to look hopeless under this regime with crime spiralling out of control and people being removed from their job on account of their race and political affiliation. This government has let down the population.Guyana needs a government that can provide hope for the future, trust in its people and stability in government. It is only then that we can begin to establish a system that will work towards securing the social, political and economic interests of ALL Guyanese.The United Republican Party (URP) has been appealing for a national unity government that will serve the interests of all. The URP will work with any political party to build and establish stronger democratic institutions; establishments which will serve the interests of all of Guyana’s citizens. The URP is committed to working with other local and regional organizations, international organizations, support groups and sympathetic governments to help keep Guyana on a democratic path.We need to have a clear democratic system which will create conditions in our society that will enable all Guyanese to help transform our society. It is time we recognize the great potential of our citizens. More importantly, the URP will continue to work with its grass-roots supporters to build such a system from the bottom up, thereby creating a fair and no-discriminatory system.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu BandhuLeader URPlast_img read more

Business must start investing more: Ramaphosa

first_img23 June 2014For South Africa to prosper and create jobs, it is crucial for the private sector to start investing more in the economy, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.Speaking during a post-State of the Nation address interview with the SABC at the public broadcaster’s studios in Cape Town on Sunday, Ramaphosa said the government would do all it could to support big business by removing obstacles to doing business in the country.These included energy constraints and bureaucratic red tape, which business people had identified as hindering business development.Ramaphosa said South Africa’s energy constraints affected all role players in the economy, “and particularly business, or the private sector, that accounts for 70% of employment in our country. For as long as energy is constrained, we are not able to build the factories, to do all that we are willing to do.”In his State of the Nation Address last Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma identified the current low level of investment by the private sector as a key factor holding back the growth of the economy.“We are determined to work with the private sector to remove obstacles to investment,” Zuma said, adding: “We would like to see the private sector showing as much confidence in the economy as the public sector.”Ramaphosa said that what the President was saying was that “there has been an assertion that the private sector, at some stage, has gone on strike as far as investing further in our economy.“What he was essentially doing was making a call on the private sector, that we as government are showing enormous confidence in the economy of our country. We would like you to do likewise and invest in the economy.”Overcoming the ‘trust deficit’The Deputy President said it was important for the government and business to sit around one table on a regular basis in order to eliminate the “trust deficit” that had grown between the two.Last week, Zuma said he would soon convene the next meeting of the Presidential Business Working Group, adding that after the first meeting, held last year, “six work streams were established, and these have been discussing solutions to various obstacles to doing business in South Africa.”The issues had also been raised by company CEOs during three working sessions he had hosted in November and December, Zuma said.Ramaphosa said these meetings needed to continue, as one could never have enough engagements. “Relationships between people, organisations and countries are by their very nature fluid. They are not static, they are never written in stone.“So people need to meet continuously to renew their relationships, to look at agreements that they have arrived at to see whether those are still relevant, given the changing environment in which we live.“When the President says he wants to have a further meeting, we should not pour cold water on that initiative. We should see it as continued progress, because what it means is that people are engaging.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Lessons learned from 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.The 2018 growing season was one of the most challenging for our customers in recent history. Although growers would rather move on from the frustrations and challenges thrown at us this year, there are several lessons that can be taken from 2018 to ensure success in the future.Timely field workWet spring weather has shown the importance of timely field work in the spring. Saturated soils create delays and pressure to complete field work in narrower windows of time. Although heavy rains and cool weather can cause extended delays, field conditions can turn around quickly as observed this spring. Our agronomists observed soil temperatures a few inches below the soil surface go from the upper 30s (Fahrenheit) to the mid 50s in just a few days in no-till fields where soils had been saturated. Having equipment ready to go when a favorable planting window arrives is imperative. While it is important to wait for soil conditions to be warm and dry enough for field work, it is equally important to avoid planting right before a cold snap that accompanies excessively wet weather. When planting is delayed growers should also minimize preparatory trips across the field (tillage, etc.) that will further delay planting.Varietal selection and placementThe 2018 growing season demonstrated the importance of varietal selection and spreading out risk across multiple varieties and maturities for both corn and soybeans. One important key to achieving high yields is choosing varieties adapted to each farmer’s unique growing conditions and management programs. The environment put crops through many different stresses this year including: a cool wet spring, excessive rainfall throughout the season, drought during pollination, heavy disease pressures, etc. Although growers have no control over the environmental conditions, they can make varietal selections to maximize yields and minimize risk. Because timing of stress and rainfall is unpredictable but critical to yield during reproductive and grain fill periods, planting a range of maturities in both corn and soybeans will minimize risk associated with major stresses throughout the season. Selecting varieties with strong defensive traits where there is a history of disease or disease infected residue present will offer protection from diseases that can significantly reduce yields. Selecting varieties and placing them in the field or soil type they are adapted to will ensure their best performance. Along with correct placement comes proper management of each variety from timing of nitrogen applications to fungicide applications when disease is present. Working with the sales or agronomic staff to place varieties where they have the chance for best performance will contribute to maximum yields.Field scouting and timely management decisionsThe challenges our customers faced during the 2018 growing season also reinforced the importance of scouting crops. Anyone who walked corn and soybean fields throughout the season saw indications early that several issues could create problems before harvest. Around the time of pollination nitrogen deficiencies were showing up in some corn fields where soils had been saturated and N was lost due to leaching or denitrification. Plants in these fields most likely cannibalized their stalks to fill out ears, resulting in weakened stalk tissue as plants matured and an increased risk of stalk lodging. The presence of diseases early in the season with weather conditions conducive to continued development justified fungicide applications in many areas. Disease pressure was so heavy in these areas that even corn and/or soybean varieties with above average disease tolerance exhibited moderate symptoms of disease. Timely scouting of these fields allowed growers to apply fungicides where warranted and protect their yield potential. Scouting of corn fields where nitrogen deficiencies and stalk rots were discovered allowed growers to make plans on which fields to harvest first to minimize harvest losses. Time taken to walk fields and observe what is going on can allow for timely action and better management of challenges throughout the season. Scouting may take a great deal of time but it is time well spent.Timely harvestAlthough some growers prefer to allow corn to dry as much as possible in the field, 2018 was not the year to delay harvest. With the many disease and agronomic problems 2018’s crop faced, delaying harvest increased the possibility of harvest losses and damage to grain. When stress, disease, and insects have caused damage to corn stalks, ear shanks, soybean pods, etc. harvest should be started as soon as crops mature to avoid losses and further damage. Scouting plays an important role in determining which fields need to be harvested first.Although most of the challenges growers face throughout the year are out of their control, it is important to focus on what can be controlled and prepare for these challenges to the best of their ability. It is impossible to predict when and where we will see a repeat of 2018’s agronomic challenges, but growers who learn from this growing season and use that knowledge in future years will continue to be successful.last_img read more

Weekly Wrapup: The Web in 5 Years, Hulu’s Plans, Google Wave Use Cases, And More…

first_imgTags:#Features#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Mobile Web’s Explosive Growth Mobile ad firm AdMob has revealed the dramatic changes the mobile industry has seen in their latest Mobile Metrics Report. It was only a year ago that the Motorola RAZR scored as the number one phone in America. One year later and half of the top ten are touchscreen devices, six include Wi-Fi capabilities, and six have mobile application stores. And as you would expect, this new crop of super-powered phones are making heavy use of the mobile web. Why Aren’t VCs Backing Augmented Reality? Some people believe that Augmented Reality (AR), the class of technologies that place images or data on top of other views of the physical world, could be the web browser of the future. AR has rocketed out of the research labs and is catching mass market interest fast – e.g. mobile phones displaying restaurant reviews when you look through your phone’s camera. Why then are VCs not investing more in Augmented Reality? Here are three reasons why we think investment in this sector has been slow so far.Facebook Announces Roadmap for Developers This week Facebook published a developer roadmap outlining upcoming relevant changes and a rough timeline for each. Changes include developer access to user emails, more prominent app displays on user profiles, all-new homepage dashboards for apps and games, and improvements to Open Graph and Analytics APIs. Read on for details and screenshots of the new faces of Facebook apps.SEE MORE WEB TRENDS COVERAGE IN OUR TRENDS CATEGORYReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise, devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. Calendaring, Scheduling Meetings: Timebridge CEO Interview Reveals Strategic Importance of This Space We have looked at Calendaring many times (such as in our round-up of 10 players). In our own work, we have started working with both Tungle and Doodle. To understand more about why this market is strategically interesting, we recently spoke with Yori Nelken, CEO of Timebridge (see our previous coverage here).ReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.Paul Graham: Priority Access to Twitter Is Practical Necessity If hardcore hackers had any doubts whether the real-time web was a legitimate development environment, Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham is dispelling them. In an interview with Graham, ReadWriteWeb learned that the entrepreneur-turned-investor issued a “Request for Startups” (RFS) asking for ideas from companies utilizing Twitter and Justin.tv’s live video API. Groups who are accepted to Y-Combinator and fall under these categories will be given “priority access” to Twitter and Justin.tv. SEE MORE STARTUPS COVERAGE IN OUR READWRITESTART CHANNELWeb ProductsGoogle Wave Use Cases: EducationGoogle Wave is a much hyped new Internet-based communications and collaboration platform. It was announced at the end of May, released as a ‘Preview’ product shortly after and 100,000 more invites were made available at the end of September. Early users reported mixed feelings. But one month after Google Wave was opened to tens of thousands of people, how are people using it now? What use cases are being discovered? We started this series by looking at the education sector. Web TrendsGoogle’s Eric Schmidt on What the Web Will Look Like in 5 Years Google CEO Eric Schmidt envisions a radically changed internet five years from now: dominated by Chinese-language and social media content, delivered over super-fast bandwidth in real time. Figuring out how to rank real-time social content is “the great challenge of the age,” Schmidt said in an interview in front of thousands of CIOs and IT Directors at last week’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Orlando 2009. In this edition of the Weekly Wrapup – our newsletter summarizing the top stories of the week – we analyze how Google CEO Eric Schmidt thinks the Web will evolve, review Hulu’s latest plans to make money, investigate use cases for Google Wave, ask why VCs aren’t investing in Augmented Reality, review the latest Mobile Web statistics, and more. We also check in on our two main channels: ReadWriteEnterprise (devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ trends and products) and ReadWriteStart (dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs). Subscribe to Weekly WrapupYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrapup by RSS or by email (form below).RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting What are Hulu’s Mysterious Plans? Everyone is looking to Hulu as the future of Internet TV. A joint venture between several major networks, Hulu delivers free, ad-supported programming via online streams – an untested model for long-term profitability, at least when it comes to television. While consumers have been enjoying the service since its launch in 2007, recent statements by a News Corp exec have people wondering: can Hulu make the ad-supported model work? Or does the company have other plans? Google Launches Music Search: Partners with MySpace, Lala, Gracenote and OthersThis week Google announced the launch of Google Music. This new service is powered by Lala and MySpace’s iLike. Other partners include Gracenote, iMeem, Pandora and Rhapsody. Google has also partnered with the major music labels: EMI, Sony Music, Universal Music Group and Warner Music. Through Lala and iLike, Google will also be able to feature music from a large number of independent labels.Google Search Gets Personal: Social Search Launches in Google LabsSocial Search went live in Google Labs this week. Google announced that it was working on this Social Search feature at the Web 2.0 Summit last week. Social Search taps into a user’s social network profiles and displays relevant links and status updates that members of a user’s own social network have shared at the bottom of the default search results page. According to Google, Social Search will enhance the search experience on Google by providing users with more personally relevant search results.Brizzly Adds Facebook – Aims to be The Blogger.com of Social MediaBrizzly wants to be to microblogging what Blogger.com was to blogging five years ago. Currently, Brizzly offers a user-friendly browser-based interface for Twitter and Facebook. The Facebook integration went live this weekand more social media applications will be added as the product evolves. Brizzly shares much of the same philosophy as Blogger. It’s simple to use and aims to make microblogging easy to understand and use by a mainstream audience.Currently Brizzly is in private beta, but ReadWriteWeb has scored 2000 invites for our readers to test it out! (see the post for the code). SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Delhi University to end admissions by July first week

first_imgDU colleges to release first cut- off lists by mid-June.A day after Delhi University (DU) decided to discontinue use of application forms for admission to undergraduate programmes, senior officials in the administration hinted at a change in the admission calendar this year.The university intends to complete the entire admission process – from announcing cut- off lists to the last lap of converting vacant seats reserved for the Other Backward Classes ( OBC) into general category – for UG programmes before the academic session begins on July 21.According to a senior official, the first cut- off list ( qualifying marks for programmes) will be announced around June 15. Last year, it was declared on June 22.”The remaining three lists should be declared and admissions under each list completed around the first week of July.Then colleges will be allowed to announce two more cut- off lists in case seats are still vacant. But unlike last year when colleges converted vacant OBC seats to general category in August, we will ask them to do this before the academic session begins on July 21,” the official said.” At the most, this conversion of OBC seats and its admission can spill over to a week after colleges reopen. But, not beyond that,” he said. Last year, most colleges finished this process only around August 15.These changes in the calendar will be pitched during the meeting of the admissions advisory committee for approval.The university has been working on introducing semester system in the remaining UG programmes from this year. Last year, it had brought 13 science programmes under the system.advertisementThe pruning of the admission calendar has been proposed to ensure effective implementation of semester system. ” Last year, admission was made till the end of August. But we can’t have students joining classes in the middle of a semester. We want the full strength to be present right from the beginning. So the proposal is to wrap up the admission process, at least within a week of the new session,” an official said.The university has also hinted at changes in the admission calendar after it decided to do away with application forms.Till last year, DU aspirants had the option of either filling a common admission form or applying individually to the colleges.The common form was good for applying to 61 UG courses across 63 colleges. But from this year, there will be no forms. The cut- off lists will be announced by colleges based on their previous years’ experience of conducting admissions. Students can directly approach colleges for admission if they are eligible as per the cut- off marks.But students seeking admission under sports, SC/ ST and ECA quotas and to programmes with joint entrance examination will have to fill application forms.The DU, however, will continue to sell its information booklet and conduct open days. ” The information booklet will be available on our website, too ,” said J. M. Khurana, dean, students’ welfare, DU.SPORTS QUOTAThe DU might allow colleges to conduct sport trials for admission of students under the sports quota this year. This follows the ” No physical education teachers came forward to help during the centralised sports trials. We want to bring the teachers on board. After the changes made last year, trials account for 25 marks and certificates 75 marks.With this break up the scope of back door entry through trials is quite less. There doesn’t seem any problem in letting colleges have a say in how much a candidate should score out of 25 marks,” said a senior university official.last_img read more

UP gets first win, DLSU upsets UST

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—University of the Philippines finally got into the winners’ circle eight games into its campaign after a five-set shocker over University of the East, 25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center here in Antipolo.John Millette led the Fighting Maroons with 22 points as they stopped their seven-game skid for a 1-7 record.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Chris Dumago led the Green Archers’ four-pronged attack with 18 points with Billie Anima adding 12 points and the pair of John Delos Reyes and Geraint Bacon pitching in 10 points apiece.The Green Archers improved to 3-5 tying the Tiger Spikers at the fifth spot of the standings.Joshua Umandal had a game-high 21 points for UST.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There were a lot of factors that contributed to our struggles in the first round but there was still the motivation in our players that they really wanted to get our first win,” said head coach Rald Ricafort.“There are still some minor details that we have to fix but everything clicked today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNicolo Consuelo and Jerry San Pedro added 14 points apiece for the Fighting Maroons.In the other game, De La Salle upset University of Santo Tomas in four sets, 27-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23.center_img Carsen Edwards leads Purdue to rout of reigning champ Villanova MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantslast_img read more

India vs Australia: We failed to absorb pressure in Sydney, says Rohit Sharma

first_imgIndia vs Australia: Brief Scores – Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs. Virat Kohli said MS Dhoni ‘s dismissal was the turning point in India’s 34-run loss to Australia in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Chasing 289, India managed only 254 for 9. (Full Scorecard)Rohit Sharma said the time to learn was now over and India’s batsmen needed to start executing their plans after a 34-run defeat to Australia in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rohit, whose stylish 133 went in vain after an ordinary performance by his colleagues, had every reason to feel aggrieved.Chasing 289, India managed only 254 for 9 off their 50 overs. Rohit scored 133 of those runs for India off only 129 balls. MS Dhoni was the next highest scorer for India with 51 off 96 balls. In fact, Dhoni’s inability to accelerate put additional pressure on Rohit and the batsmen coming in against a top-quality Australian attack.Rohit now has 22 ODI hundreds and 7 of those have come against Australia. In 2018, Rohit had scored 1030 runs from 19 ODIs and led India to victory in the Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup. As the vice-captain, Rohit watched in horror as his partners failed to either stay long enough or up the ante in what is their last leg of preparations for the World Cup.The Indian team has often taken solace from the fact that each game is a learning curve. But on Saturday, Rohit was blunt and said it was time to perform now.”The wicket was still playing good and we knew we could put some of their bowlers under pressure. But unfortunately, we kept losing wickets at the wrong time.. the first three wickets (for 4 runs) and then when we were going strong and building a partnership, unfortunately MS got out.advertisement”Obviously, we knew it was going to be a hard task when we lost three wickets and we had to build partnerships.. We were way behind the asking run rate while we were recovering from the early damage but again, these things happen.”These are the games that will teach you a lot as batsmen. You will be put under pressure and there will be times when you have to combat this kind of games where you lose wickets and what you do after that.”So I think it was a good learning but again, I think we have said that enough about learning now.. it’s time to go out there and execute. Take the pressure, absorb the pressure and take it forward. International cricket is all about absorbing pressure and today was the perfect example when there was pressure and we were not able to absorb pressure,” Rohit Sharma said at the post-match press conference.On Thursday, Rohit had said India have more or less finalised their core for the World Cup in England but said nobody was assured of a berth.After the Sydney defeat, questions are bound to be asked of certain players. It was a great chance for the likes of Rayudu and Karthik to stand up and deliver. Besides, somebody might have to take a look at MS Dhoni’s role – another slow innings from a once great finisher left India with too much to do at the end.Rohit Sharma had a word of encouragement for Ravindra Jadeja, who played as the specialist all-rounder in Hardik Pandya’s absence. Jadeja failed to provide India with the kind of cameo that is expected of him as he fell for 8.”We believe in Jadeja to play those cameos whenever required. To go out and play shots immediately is not easy for any batsman.”Australian bowlers surprisingly got a lot of reverse swing.. It (the poor batting display) is not a concern but it’s an eye-opener,” Rohit said.Also Read | Not pleased with the way we played in Sydney, says Virat KohliAlso Read | MS Dhoni 5th batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for IndiaAlso Read | Suspended Hardik, Rahul shouldn’t enjoy the perks of travelling with Team India: Gavaskarlast_img read more