I will not be muzzled

first_imgRamkarran to Ramjattan:– says no one can ‘block’ him from speaking or writingOne week after criticising the Alliance for Change (AFC) for not taking a firm stand within the coalition Government on many important issues, prominent Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran has responded to some comments made by Chairman of the AFC, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.In quoting some of the comments reportedly made by Ramjattan, the former Speaker of the National Assembly said the AFC chairman has succumbed to the temptation of the ‘politics of abuse’. He also claimed that Ramjattan’s behaviour exposes the inability of the AFC to answer serious questions about its political posture.The attorney recalled that at the post-2015 election celebration, Ramjattan had given him a congratulatory embrace for what he believed was his (Ramkarran’s) contribution to the victory of the APNU+AFC coalition. He said, too, that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had thanked him in the presence of several persons.However, things have changed, and Ramkarran’s observation is that Minister Ramjattan has now become abusive and Nagamootoo uses the State-owned Chronicle newspaper to denigrate him.“Minister Ramjattan does his high political status no justice (by) invoking abuse as a political response to what he feels is criticism; but he is in deadly error when he assumes that I write or speak with his or his government’s sufferance,” Ramkarran wrote in his weekly column, the Conversation Tree.Alleging that Ramjattan said he would “allow the chatterati to continue to chat, and we are not going to block them,” Ramkarran stated his firm belief that neither the Minister nor his Government has the power to ‘block’ him from speaking or writing. He said Ramjattan should know better.“I have no political axe to grind, and do not care who holds political office in Guyana. I have criticised both the Government, APNU, the PPP, and indeed the AFC in the past. I will continue to do so. I will also cooperate or assist and work with any political party, once it is (in) the interest of Guyana, as I perceive it,” he wrote.The former Speaker of the House noted that while he is motivated to write about a wide variety of issues, he generally emphasises politics. He also pointed out that most of his writings are centred on constitutional reform as a means by which Guyana can overcome the politics of ethno-political dominance.Referring to his previous column, Ramkarran said his criticism of the AFC is that that party had subscribed to the same goal of ending ethno-political dominance, but is now allowing itself to lapse. “I saw the AFC as a powerful and critical political instrument in achieving our shared objective, which I believe is in the interest of all Guyana. Bringing the AFC back to its original intent was what my article was all about.”He reiterated that his suggestion was that the AFC ministers should resign from the Government and the AFC MPs should sit on the back benches. The AFC should then negotiate with the Government a programme for constitutional reform. By so doing, Ramkarran said, he feels the AFC would be in a better position to pressure the Government to implement such a programme; because the threat of not supporting the Government’s parliamentary agenda would be more real.“In writing the article, I thought that APNU would be more inclined to take exception. But instead, to my surprise, it is the AFC that took umbrage at my effort to stimulate their integrity by urging them to stand up for what they promised all of us. And I pointed a way in which this can be done without bringing down the Government. Minister Ramjattan and PM Nagamootoo are deeply bothered by it. Why? And why not respond in a constructive, rather than an abusive, manner?” Ramkarran asked.The former Speaker reminded that Guyana faces a future as an oil producing country, and there are many examples to learn from, especially where oil resources have dissipated because the countries cannot get their politics right.“We read constantly about Nigeria. We have been recently reading about Angola, where the daughter of the former president is the richest woman in Africa, and was recently dismissed as the head of the state oil company, which is experiencing great difficulties. We have the example of Trinidad next door,” he explained.Ramkarran feels Guyana could face a similar fate because of its distorted politics. This, he said, could result in endless controversy in relation to the management of its oil resources and the expenditure of its oil income.However, he noted that Guyana has the opportunity now to solve its political problems, and then to deal in a consensual way with the issues that would arise from oil.“This will stop massive leakages from corruption and mismanagement. Within the next two years, the AFC can play a decisive role in solving these political problems. But it can only do so if it reverts to its original credo, stop treating itself as an appendage to APNU, and understand that it holds a trump card to the future of Guyana,” he explained.last_img read more

Sports briefs

first_imgShe and former partner John Toffan also raced Mane Minister, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont stakes in 1991. They bred Round Pond, the Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner last November at Churchill Downs. A memorial service will be held Friday at Santa Anita. Chargers have four candidates SAN DIEGO – The Chargers received permission Tuesday to interview four candidates to replace fired head coach Marty Schottenheimer, including one-time San Diego offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner was offensive coordinator with the Chargers in 2001. He’s currently the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers. He interviewed for the Dallas Cowboys head coaching job that went to Wade Phillips, the Chargers’ former defensive coordinator. The Chargers also received permission to interview Hall of Fame 49ers assistant head coach Mike Singletary and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, both of whom interviewed for the Cowboys job. The fourth candidate is Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. The Chargers were an NFL-best 14-2 before losing their playoff opener to New England. RANCHO SANTA FE – Trudy McCaffery, who co-owned Santa Anita Derby and Pacific Classic winners Came Home and Free House and bred thoroughbreds, has died at 62. McCaffery died Monday at her home after a long battle with cancer. Nebraska player in fair condition LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska running back Marlon Lucky was in fair condition Tuesday with an undisclosed problem, although his family said his hospitalization was not caused by alcohol or “illicit drugs.” Lucky’s health has been shrouded in mystery since he was taken to BryanLGH Medical Center West on Sunday night. The Lincoln Journal Star reported Lucky, who is from North Hollywood, was unconscious when rescue workers arrived at the apartment he shares with teammate Jordan Picou. Lucky’s family issued a statement through the NU athletic department that did not address why emergency personnel were called to his off-campus apartment. Notable BASKETBALL: Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson will miss the All-Star Game because of a sprained right ankle and teammate Marcus Camby won’t replace him Sunday in Las Vegas. NBA commissioner David Stern picked Utah center Mehmet Okur and Seattle guard Ray Allen to replace Iverson and Phoenix guard Steve Nash, who has inflammation in his right shoulder … Jason Kidd will miss the next two games for the New Jersey Nets with a strained lower back and is questionable for the All-Star game … The Houston Comets hired Karleen Thompson as their new head coach and general manager. Thompson spent part of one season as interim co-coach of the Sparks and was an assistant with the Comets the last two seasons under former coach Van Chancellor, who resigned last month. COLLEGES: Tim McPheron and Lorena Marquez were named director of development for athletics and coordinator of marketing, promotions and game management, respectively, at Cal Poly Pomona. NCAA: Illinois basketball players Brian Carlwell and Jamar Smith were injured when their car went off the road and slammed into a tree. Carlwell was at a hospital in Urbana, Ill. in serious condition with a severe concussion. Smith was treated for a concussion and released. From wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jacks head to Canada for program finale

first_imgHumboldt State football will pay a visit to Simon Fraser’s home in Burnaby, B.C. on Saturday to clash with the Clan in its last game of the season and final game in program history. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.The Lumberjacks fought hard in last weekend’s overtime game against Azusa Pacific but ultimately came up short 20-17. Three Green and Gold quarterbacks played in Saturday’s game after starter Joey Sweeney and backup quarterback Andrew Tingstad suffered injuries. Senior quarterback …last_img read more

4 Legendary Trackables Every Geocacher Should Find

first_imgArticle written by Katie DiJulioIn the last 12 years, over four million geocachers have participated in one of dozens of geocaching-based Trackable promotions in partnership with adventurous brands around the globe. From John Grisham fans seeking gold ingot Geocoins to Jeep enthusiasts on the hunt for toy Jeeps, there are unique experiences for every type of geocacher. Trackable promotions give geocachers a unique opportunity to engage with some of their favorite brands on a digital and physical level while spending time enjoying their hobby. Partnerships have included free Trackable giveaways, pre-release sneak peeks, and photo contests with prizes ranging from a set of new tires for your vehicle (road trip anyone?) to all expense paid trips. Each branded trackable builds a unique story as it travels. Trackables continue to generate engagement for years as geocachers discover and display these pieces of history at events, on social media, and online via their collection of unique digital icons (who wouldn’t want to collect a fancy little achievement for your profile page?) How many of these promotional Trackables have you spotted?1. Jeep 4×4 sweepstakesThis was one of the first branded Geocaching promotions and the first time digital icons were introduced on geocaching profile pages. Over 24,000 Trackables were attached to Matchbox Jeeps and released in different color batches from 2004-2007. Jeep trackables have traveled over 16 million miles to date and have become a staple within the geocaching community. The first Yellow Jeep in the promotion was even inspired by the Yellow Jeep Fever, locationless cache, which was a life size jeep! Throughout the promotion Geocachers submitted photos and essays about the Trackables for a chance to win the top prize: a full size Jeep vehicle.“As small as those TBs were in the grand scheme of life, participating in those promotions brought me an immense amount of joy.” – Brian – Team A.I., 2007 photo contest winnerWant to discover a jeep for yourself? Follow their latest movements or stop by Geocaching HQ’s museum! 2. John Grisham Hunt for the Gold – Doubleday publishing group’s 2012 Geocaching partnership focused on John Grisham’s new book “The Racketeer.” 5,000 custom gold ingot trackable geocoins were distributed to geocachers who then placed and moved them from geocache to geocache to mirror the book’s plot, in which ill-gained gold bars are moved around the United States. In addition to moving the ingot trackables over 17 million miles, geocachers showed off their photography skills for a chance to win the grand prize of a real gold ingot! The trackable program was paired with Facebook ads and geocachers flooded the John Grisham Facebook page, which gained 72,000 new Facebook fans and an increase in reach of 220% (according to Marketing Sherpa.)The winning picture was of a young boy who posed with the “Grisham Geocoin” as a character, Theodore Boon, from Grisham’s series of young adult novels.The story continues two years later: “Big score at Goodwill lol. Figured I had the trackable, might as well read the book. Both books for only $2. Might need to use for another library cache” – Jason Winder / animjason, Facebook, 12/2/2014.3. Geico Find the GeckoGEICO’s 2011 Geocaching promotion released 9,000 Trackable tags designed in the shape of the iconic gecko mascot into the hands of geocachers across the United States. The tags were sent on their way while spreading awareness for the “Find the Gecko” sweepstakes in which one Magellan Explorist GC GPS unit was given away to a lucky geocacher winner each week of the 20 week promotion! The gecko trackables were moved by geocachers over 73,000 times and remain one of the most popular trackables being discovered around the world, averaging 29 touchpoints a day years later.SHC’s Danger Ranger Geico Trackable has traveled the world collecting more miles traveled than any other Geico Trackable with a total of 326,315 miles (mapped above) since it was released into the game on June 11th, 2011.4. Michelin Quest for AdventureIn 2014, Michelin celebrated their 125th Anniversary by launching a geocaching campaign to promote tire safety via a social media based photo contest. With 2,000 Trackable tags designed in the shape of a tire and attached to actual Michelin Man tire pressure gauges, geocachers were destined for success on the road. Geocachers across the United States tapped into their inner photography talent by submitting over 1,000 photos portraying a sense of adventure to the official photo contest by using the hashtag #MichelinQuest on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. The Michelin Trackables have traveled almost 1.3 million miles in just 4 months and have saved many tricycle tires from getting too low on air.Geocachers submitted 1000+ photos over 4 months to the #MichelinQuest contest by adding the hashtag #MichelinQuest on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.These are just a few of the many examples of promotional trackable history. You can locate these promotional trackable types by looking up their latest movements on each of their home pages. Keep an eye on the Geocaching Facebook page and join 3.9 million other people who have subscribed to the geocaching weekly newsletter to learn when new contests and new free trackable series are available.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar postBecome Trackable on Geocaching.com – Tattoos to Travel BugsSeptember 13, 2011In “Community”Geocaching family wins Hurtigruten photo contest and sets sail on a cruise to NorwayMay 1, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

Two killed in North 24 Parganas district as violence continues in West Bengal

first_imgAt least two people were killed and three others severely injured when bombs were hurled at them late Monday night in the Kankinara area of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, police said on Tuesday.The Trinamool Congress (TMC) claimed that the victims were supporters of the party and were targeted by miscreants hired by the BJP, a charge denied by the saffron party. The two deceased were identified as Mohammed Mukhtar and Mohammed Halim. Three people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident, the police said. State minister and TMC’s district president Jyotipriya Mallick alleged that the victims were targeted by miscreants hired by the BJP because they had voted for the ruling party in the state in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections. BJP MP of Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency Arjun Singh, however, rubbished the allegations, saying that the incident was the result of a family feud and has no connection with politics. The incident took place on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday at around 1 am in Baruipara, which is part of the Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency, when family members of Mr. Mukhtar were sitting outside, according to officials.“Halim died on the spot, while Mukhtar succumbed at the hospital. A critically injured Mukhtar’s wife is undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital along with two others,” a senior police officer said. Following the incident, a huge number of policemen, along with RAF personnel, have been deployed in the area. When contacted, state Assistant Director General (Law and Order) Gyanwant Singh said that he was collecting detailed information about the incident. Meanwhile, the BJP claimed on Monday night that a supporter of the party was strangled to death allegedly for chanting “Jai Shri Ram” by workers of the TMC in the state’s Howrah district. Though police confirmed the death of 43-year-old Samatul Doloi, whose body was found in a field in Sarpota village under the Amta Police Station limits, they did not give away the cause of the death.last_img read more

UST rookie Alessandrini set to miss rest of 1st round due to shoulder injury

first_imgChief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Read Next According to a source, doctors in UST told Reyes to give rest Alesssandrini even before the Ateneo game but the magnitude of the match became a necessity for the rookie to be put in the lineup.Despite the hurting shoulder, Alessandrini was still able to put up 11 points, one point shy of her 12-point average prior to the duel.Reyes said it will be up to the rest of the team to carry the scoring load and lift UST from its 1-2 record.“I won’t gamble it anymore, the other players will have to step up because if I played Alessandrini even more she might be sidelined for an even longer period,” said Reyes.ADVERTISEMENT The Golden Tigresses not only lost libero Rica Rivera due to injury, but also their prized rookie Milena Alessandrini.UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes said Sunday that Alessandrini will be out for the rest of the first round after the Filipino-Italian spiker suffered a partial tear in her right shoulder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“She has a strain on her right shoulder but she still tried to fight earlier,” said Reyes in Filipino after their four-set loss to Ateneo, 25-16m 22-25, 22-25, 23-25, at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Despite her injury, she still has the drive and the willingness.”“If you’re injured, no matter what you try to do you will be hurt but she fought until the end.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Racal, Cruz take blame for Alaska loss to NLEX Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHcenter_img University of Santo Tomas’ campaign in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament is off to a rough start.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more