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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Portugal v Morocco: World Cup 2018 preview, predicted line-ups, key player, more

first_imgThe 2018 World Cup is in full swing and all of the matches have been live on talkSPORT.Today, Wednesday, there are another three games, the first of which sees Portugal take on Morocco from Moscow. 4 The Luzhniki Stadium will host Portugal v Morocco Key players:Portugal: After the hat-trick against Spain, no-one but Cristiano Ronaldo could be named Portugal’s key player. Santos’ cautious approach means Ronaldo must take on a majority of Selecao’s attacking play, and goals will be hard to come by if he is not playing. He netted 15 times in qualifying, almost 50 per cent of Portugal’s entire goal haul, but he does spread them around; he found the net in seven of the nine games in which he played. 4 Portugal striker Andre Silva talks to the press ahead of their match with Morocco. 4center_img Team news:There are no injury worries for Portugal following their opening encounter but Bruno Alves may come in for Jose Fonte, while Bruno Fernandes could also miss out after a poor match against Spain.Meanwhile, Morocco will be without concussed star Nordin Amrabat, while Nabil Dirar remains absent with a prior injury,What the players are saying:Andre Silva (Portugal): “I consider Portugal stronger than Morocco, but the game will not be easy. Morocco has merit.” Morocco: Netherlands-born Hakim Ziyech caused a stir when he declared he would represent Morocco despite playing for the Dutch at every youth level from Under-19 up. The playmaker made the decision in 2015, and he has since won 14 caps and scored an impressive eight goals in that time frame. The 25-year-old must make a bigger impact than he did against Iran if he intends to resurrect his country’s campaign.Predicted line-ups:Portugal: Rui Patricio, Pepe, Raphael, Fonte, Cedric; Moutinho, Bernardo, William, B. Fernandes; Ronaldo, GuedesMorocco: Mohamedi, Hakimi, Benatia, Saiss, Boussoufa, Ziyech, El Ahmadi, Harit, Nordin Amrabat, El Kaabi, Belhanda 4 There’s no other choice but Ronaldo Where can I stream Portugal v Morocco?Portugal v Morocco is live to stream on talkSPORT.com, or you can listen on 1089 or 1053 AM, DAB radio or through the talkSPORT mobile app.last_img read more

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ADAM’S STUNNING PICTURES CAPTURE MOMENT NORTHERN LIGHTS FLICKERED BACK INTO VIEW OVER INISHOWEN

first_imgNorthern Lights, Dunree, Copyright Adam PorterTHESE were the moments brilliant Donegal photographer Adam Porter found the flicker of the Northern Lights back above the skies of Inishowen.Adam took the snaps from Dunree.Scientists believe 2013 could be a great year to see the Northern Lights over Donegal. And that could see a repeat of the visits of tourists last year.“The pictures are incredible,” said Jenny McNally from Inishowen Tourism.“Adam’s photographs have been seen around the world. And every single frame shows off our county once again.” ADAM’S STUNNING PICTURES CAPTURE MOMENT NORTHERN LIGHTS FLICKERED BACK INTO VIEW OVER INISHOWEN was last modified: February 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ADAM’S STUNNING PICTURES CAPTURE MOMENT NORTHERN LIGHTS FLICKERED BACK INTO VIEW OVER INISHOWENlast_img read more

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