PSC requests sit-down with PPP, PNC, AFC

first_img– expresses concern over prevailing political climateThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) has sought a sit-down with the three major political parties in Guyana in an attempt to mediate current political conflicts which it believes are having a negative effect on businesses.PSC Chairman Eddie BoyerThe invitation was extended to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP); the People’s National Congress (PNC) and the Alliance For Change (AFC). In its invitation, the Commission registered concern about the existing political climate between the parliamentary parties.According to the PSC, this climate could have a negative effect on Guyana’s international image, economic stability and future well-being. The PSC noted that this climate was manifested in headlines carried by the media.“The Commission, as a consequence, has reached out to and invited the People’s National Congress Reform, People’s Progressive Party/Civic and the Alliance For Change, in their individual capacities, to meet and discuss this unfortunate development with the Commission,” the PSC said on Monday.Specific invitations were sent to PPP General Secretary and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo; PNCR General Secretary Amna Ally and AFC General Secretary Marlon Williams. There was no mention of anyone from the Working People’s Alliance and Justice for All, two of the parties alongside the PNC in the broader A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), being invited.Since last year, the coalition Government and the Opposition have been at loggerheads over a number of issues. These include the appointment of a Guyana Elections Commission Chairman, an appointment the PPP has challenged in the courts. The PPP has also accused the Government of several instances of corruption, some of which have been reported to the Public Procurement Commission (PPC).The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) even brought charges against two former Government officials last month. Former Finance Minister Ashni Singh and former National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) chief Winston Brassington were charged with misconduct in public office.Both men appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, who granted them $2 million bail on each of the three joint charges.But the spectacle of these former officials handcuffed featured prominently in sections of the media. Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who was part of the defence team, described the act of handcuffing Singh and Brassington as a dehumanising one that sought to humiliate these two former senior Government officials, who served the country with distinction.After the Government’s move to charge these former Government officials based on forensic audits it launched after assuming office, the PPP also filed private criminal charges against a number of current Ministers.Finance Minister Winston Jordan; Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, and Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine were charged for the alleged breach of the Procurement Act.This is in relation to the expenditure of $906 million in public funds to a private company, Homestretch Development Inc, for construction of the controversial D’Urban Park Project, which has, for some time now, been a contentious issue. But Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack discontinued the charges.This is the second set of charges filed by the Opposition that the DPP has thrown out. Just days before, she also discontinued charges against Government Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr George Norton.Those charges that were filed respectively over the sole-sourcing of more than $600 million in drugs and other pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital, and the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown to be used as a drug bond at a cost of $12 million monthly.last_img read more

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France keeping feet on ground ahead of World Cup final

first_imgL’Equipe’s Saturday magazine supplement even came with a front cover photo of crowds on the Champs-Elysees avenue. “See you tomorrow,” read the caption.Deschamps’ side are strongly fancied to win Sunday’s final but lessons from the recent past — including defeat to Portugal in the final of Euro 2016 — ensure they are not getting carried away ahead of the match in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.“To be honest with you, we are in our bubble,” said goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris.“Of course we know what’s happening in France, all the more so after seeing all the images after the Belgium game.“But tomorrow we will be coming up against opponents of great quality. They deserve to be in the final just as much as us. They have demonstrated their worth and that they have the physical and mental resources to go and win it.”Two years ago, France lost in the Euro 2016 final at home after beating world champions Germany in the semi-final.“At the Euro it was something new for the whole team. It is true that we experienced a great night at the Velodrome against the reigning world champions,” said Lloris.“But I don’t think it’s true that we got carried away, even if there was a lot of euphoria. And that was not the case after the Belgium game.”Deschamps, who was captain of the side that won the 1998 World Cup in France, also said the side were keeping their feet on the floor.“There is no euphoria. I don’t feel it anyway,” he said. “We are satisfied to be there, and we are aware that it is the biggest match of the year.”Most of the French squad in Russia were not even playing at Euro 2016, with Kylian Mbappe the symbol of the new generation that emerged following that disappointment.Mbappe tore apart Argentina in France’s 4-3 win in the last 16 in Russia, before they proved too strong for Uruguay in the quarter-finals and Belgium in the last four.“Today’s squad is different. Fourteen of them were not there at the Euros. There is less experience, but there is quality,” said Deschamps, who is wary of a Croatian side led by the brilliant Luka Modric.“Croatia’s players have gained experience with their clubs, and they have been playing together for a while.“But in practically all of our matches since the competition began we have been faced with this idea that our opponents have more experience.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris speaks to the press at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 14 – France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said the World Cup favourites are shutting out the mounting excitement at home as they focus on one final push against Croatia.Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of Paris following Tuesday’s semi-final win over Belgium and confidence is high that Didier Deschamps’ team can match the achievement of the 1998 winners.last_img read more

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US Department Of Energy Reports 1 Million PlugIn Vehicles Sold

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Final Update: October 2018 U.S. Plug-In EV Sales Report Card The DOE based its report on cumulative data from Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne uses automaker sales data and compiles reports from multiple sources including J.D. Power and Associates, Electric Drive Transportation Association, Hybrid Cars Dashboard, Green Car Congress and InsideEVs.While we here at InsideEVs focus on vehicles with plugs, the research lab also looks at sales of hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. According to the data, hybrid vehicle sales have seen a significant drop off while plug-ins have seen dramatic increases in recent years. Although final hybrid data for 2018 will not be available until early next year.This forward momentum is likely to continue in 2019 and 2020 as more electric vehicles make it to market. It took roughly 10 years for plug-in vehicle sales to reach this point. The EV marketplace has certainly come a long way since the early days of the Nissan Leaf VS Chevy Volt. It wasn’t too long ago that Tesla was the scrappy underdog selling only the low volume Roadster and struggling to get the Model S into customer hands. That’s not even taking into account the early “modern” electrics like the EV1.It’s been a long road, getting from there to here. We expect the next million to arrive in a fraction of that time.Source: energy.gov Will The Tesla Model 3 Lead 2018 Global EV Sales? The Department of Energy (DOE) writes:As of October 2018, one million plug-in vehicles (PEV) have been sold in the United States. PEV sales began in December 2010 with sales of the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. Other PEV models followed, but PEV sales remained below 5,000 per month until September 2012. Cumulative PEV sales reached 500,000 in September 2016. Sales have been greater than 20,000 per month since May 2018, with the highest being 45,000 in September 2018.center_img Renault Sold Over 5,000 Electric Cars In October 2018 Your plug-in vehicle is truly “one in a million”In the most recent “Fact of the Week” posted by the US Department of Energy, the government agency shared that 1 million plug-in vehicles (PHEVs and BEVs) have now been sold in the United States. This is of course not news to readers of InsideEVs since we had already estimated the lucky millionth plug-in would be sold in October. But further review and confirmation from the Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory certainly formalizes the occasion.More About Electric Vehicle Sales Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 29, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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