Still no explanation from Govt

first_imgMistreatment of Opposition at flag raising ceremony– MPs vent on social mediaAlmost 24 hours after they were left to stand embarrassingly at the flag-raising ceremony to mark Guyana’sOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo expressing his displeasure on Wednesday night at D’Urban Park50th Independence anniversary Wednesday night, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) are yet to receive an explanation from the Minister responsible for staging the event, Nicolette Henry.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, when contacted on Thursday, said his party has received no response from Henry or any other government official on the issue.Wednesday night opposition MPs walked out of D’Urban Park after they turned up and found that the promised seating arrangements were not available.Jagdeo told Guyana Times his Party had signalled its intention of attending the event, since it wanted to participate in the activities to mark the country’s significant milestone. He said contact was also made with Junior Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who had responsibility for the event, concerning the seating arrangement. He said assurance was given that this was taken care of. In fact, he said she related that there were some 1000 VIP seats.Jagdeo said while himself and a few other senior members of the Party were seated, the majority of party members were left standing, while other persons, many of whom were dressed inappropriately, passed by and were allowed seats. He said he asked Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams to address the matter and warned that if it was not, then he would be left with no choice but to leave in solidarity with his colleagues who were left unseated. The group left some 45 minutes after arrivingMeanwhile, several MPs took to social media to vent over the situation.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall said, “they may deny us seats at the Flag Raising Ceremony. They may refuse to recognize but cannot deny the role which Cheddie Jagan and many other leaders of PPP played in the struggle for Independence from 1943-1966. Not only did we play a leading part in that struggle, but the 23 years (out of 50), after independence, that is from 1992-2015, that we governed this country were the best period of our country’s developmental trajectory. It’s too much to recite here but even detractors, if they want to be credible, will agree.Member of Parliament Priya Manickchand said, “unfortunately, when we got to the event, happy to be there with feelings of deep patriotic pride, the Govt provided no seats for the opposition MPs except for five seats given to the Leader of the Opposition, Sam Hinds and three other MPs. While the rest of us were standing there in the passageway for no less than 25 minutes.”The MP went on to say that, “this shameless and infantile” behaviour was designed to embarrass the Opposition and is unacceptable as it is petty, disrespectful and destructive. “Hey, Executive. You can’t stop us. We are elected office holders. We represent hundreds of thousands of persons. We celebrate Guyana’s Independence,” Manickchand added.Also venting disappointment was former Housing Minister and now shadow Finance Minister Irfaan Ali: “The talk of unity and coming together was all fluff. Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected the Government to stoop to this level of disregard and disrespect for the opposition. Despite assuring the opposition that accommodation would be made for Opposition MPs this was not the case. On arrival at the Jubilee Park we were shocked to learn that neither seats nor accommodation was made for us. After standing for almost 30 minutes waiting to be seated whilst numerous persons were seated, the humiliation was enough and as a team we left… The former Presidents and General Secretary left with the MPs in solidarity. This is the unity the President alluded to” Meanwhile, former President Donald Ramotar who also attended the flag raising ceremony and was seated said that he also walked out of the proceedings in support of his colleagues when he heard about the incident, .Efforts to contact Minister Henry on the issue proved futile.last_img read more

This is what the World Cup victory over Spain means to Russia fans

first_img Go hard or go home! This fan went all out These fans couldn’t believe Russia advanced to the quarter-finals The Russian team pile on the hero Akinfeev 8 8 “Lots of beer, whiskey and vodka.” This Russia fan is planning a BIG night after beating Spain 😂😂#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018 There were colourful scenes outside the ground pre-match 🙌 Moscow goes mad! 🙌The #RUS fans enjoyed Dzyuba’s goal so much they even got the smoke bombs out! 💨Do you think Russia will go on to beat #ESP?📻 | #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018 Madness!! 😂😂Look how this #RUS fan celebrated the win over Spain 🍺😂#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018 These fans kept the faith The Luzhniki Stadium crowd started a Mexican Wave halfway through the first-half This boy always had faith Russia could upset Spain Earlier, the hosts got off to the worst start when Sergei Ignashevich diverted a free-kick into his own net but Sergio Ramos was happy to claim the goal…However, Artem Dzyuba’s spot-kick just before half-time levelled the game after Gerard Pique was penalised for an ill-judged handball which he received a lot of stick on Twitter for.It was a tense game in what has been a terrific tournament so far as Russia came out on top.Below you can see some of the best pictures and videos of fans before, during and after the Spain v Russia last 16 clash. 8 8 8 The party continues 😂Loads of Russia fans have jumped into the fountain in Red Square 👀#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. The Luzhniki Stadium was bouncing after the game 8 On an 11 hour train across Russia…The moment @talkSPORT told these Russia fans they’d beaten Spain 🙌#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018 Akinfeev SAVES 🙌Inside the fan park the moment Russia knocked Spain out! 👏#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018 I hope you’ve got your breath back after that nail-biting penalty shootout which saw host nation Russia book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals at Spain’s expense.Igor Akinfeev pulled off two great saves to deny Koke and Iago Aspas in the shootout to shatter the 2010 World Cup winners’ hopes of glory in 2018. 8 Roo-si-ya! 🎶 #RUS fans making plenty of noise on the metro to the #ESP match 🙌#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 1, 2018 8last_img read more

Political fight adds dimension to women, families conference

first_img Schwarzenegger is pushing four of the eight initiatives in the special election, which he called in June and which is expected to cost the state between $52 million and $55 million. The four measures are: Proposition 74, which would extend the probationary period for teachers and make it easier to fire veteran teachers; Proposition 75, which would require public employee unions to obtain written permission from members before dues could be used for political purposes; Proposition 76, which would implement a state spending cap and give the governor authority to make midyear cuts; and Proposition 77, which would strip lawmakers of their power to draw legislative and congressional districts. “These are very partisan initiatives,” said Bill Carrick, a longtime Democratic strategist who is consulting on the “No on Proposition 77” campaign. “(Shriver) comes out of a tradition of support for the labor movement and, obviously, strong support for Democrats. It’s awkward.” About 11,000 participants have registered for the conference, which will feature dozens of celebrity speakers, including TV journalist Barbara Walters and hip hop singer Mary J. Blige. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – The California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women and Families is designed as a high-profile celebration of women’s accomplishments and female empowerment. It’s part networking event, part “go girl” affirmation, all organized by first lady Maria Shriver, who has attracted such celebrities as Jane Fonda and Tom Brokaw, as well as retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, to this year’s gathering. But today’s event at the Long Beach Convention Center also will be colored by the special election called by her husband, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Shriver has so far made no public statements about her husband’s divisive “year of reform” ballot initiatives, which target public employee unions and the power Democrats hold over state politics. Nor has she addressed the widespread protests against the initiatives or the union-financed television ad campaign that has caused her husband’s popularity to plummet over the last year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week With the Nov. 8 special election less than two weeks away, the political spotlight is certain to intensify on Shriver, a Democrat and a Kennedy, whose family ties to the Democratic Party have reached iconic status. Last week, the Republican governor hinted that his wife might break her silence at the women’s conference. “You will hear from her,” he told reporters. “I think she’s going to talk about that there. … And you will see what she thinks about my work and the initiatives and what we are trying to accomplish here.” Shriver is declining all interview requests during the women’s conference, said Ashley Kirkendall, who is handling publicity for the event. Shriver’s press secretary, Terri Carbaugh, said she didn’t expect the first lady to express her views on the initiatives at the conference or anywhere else. “This is not a forum for speakers to campaign for or against measures placed on the Nov. 8 special election ballot,” Carbaugh said. “As of now, there are no plans for her to campaign on behalf of the special election. As a journalist, she’s going to choose to keep her ballot choices private.” last_img read more