…promises no VAT on electricity, water, healthcare…free university education in 5 years…no new taxes, 20,000 scholarshipsIn preparation for the upcoming General and Regional Elections, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has started rolling out its policies and plans for the country and its people, should it get into office.Opposition Leader Bharrat JadgeoThe Party’s manifesto is being rolled out in phases, according to PPP’s General Secretary and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.He explained to reporters at his weekly press conference on Thursday that the first version of the manifesto will be in the form of posters circulating, containing some of the policies the Party plans to institute immediately upon taking office. The second phase, he noted, will be a more popular version of the manifesto, while the final version will be a detailed technical document.The manifesto, he added, will be launched closer to elections and will give people more insight into the Party’s vision for the future of the country and its people.Already, the PPP has published on its social media accounts several of these posters, outlining the removal of Value-Added Tax (VAT) on key areas such as electricity, water and healthcare, among other things.However, adding to this, Jagdeo disclosed at his press conference that high, also, on the Party’s agenda is the reversal and/or reduction of the over 200 tax measures imposed by the coalition administration— such as on building materials, on data, and exports.He pointed out that a government should be encouraging more exports so that foreign currency can be earned and more jobs created locally, not trying to stifle exports.The PPP General Secretary went on to outline too that the Party will reverse the VAT on farming, mining and forestry equipment, which he said has caused untold difficulties for farmers, miners and those in the forestry sector.Taxes“I met with some small loggers, etc, and having to pay taxes on their equipment now is just pushing them out of production. We want that changed and we want to reverse the land rent, and draining and irrigation charges that are making cattle rearing, rice farming and all those activities basically much harder… [We will also] reverse new taxes on Guyanese miners,” he stated.These, Jagdeo said, are just some of the reversals, as he promise no new tax burden under a PPP administration.“There are lots of [the tax reversals]… like on hinterland travels and so on. But the reversals first and then a promise of no new taxes… So when you vote for a PPP government, you know in the five year period, you’re not gonna have an additional tax burden from our Government like how people, for every budget [under the coalition], they’ve had to worry about new taxes all the time. So that’s the difference between the two,” he stated.20,000 scholarshipsAnother area Jagdeo said much emphasis will be placed on is the education sector, which will include 20,000 online scholarships. This, he said, will be in addition to what is being done at the University of Guyana (UG).“So this will help private education and a large number of people to get scholarships for courses in professions that may not be offered by the University of Guyana. So the online scholarship is one thing that is critical for us,” he noted.Moreover, the PPP General Secretary also spoke of his Party’s plans to offer free university education within its five-year term in office.“We could’ve easily said free university from day one but we’re not APNU (A Partnership for National Unity – the majority party in the coalition government). They promised free university, but they increased the University fees by 25 per cent. We’re not gonna do that, we’re making it clear within the five year’s we’re gonna do it… The way it’s going now, we’re looking at running the numbers, probably in year two or three we can move into this policy, but once we promise this, you know it will be done because we’re not making wild promises,” he asserted.Furthermore, Jagdeo said that the PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Irfaan Ali, will also be rolling out some additional measures to stimulate private education as well as a plans to tackle the issue of outstanding UG loans.According to the General Secretary, the Party’s education policy is a comprehensive approach not just focusing on the tertiary level.“I don’t want for a moment for people to think for focus is confined to tertiary education because it’s also at the [technical vocational] level and at the nursery, primary and secondary levels. They also have plans for those areas. The overall objective of the PPP government is to have a world class [education system] because we will have a bit more resources from the oil revenues to pump into education,” he explained.Other areas the PPP plans to address when it gets into office include reducing the age limit on the importation of vehicles, which Jagdeo said will take more than $1 million dollar off the current costs of vehicles, thus, more affordable for Guyanese. Added to this is the reversal of the 2AM curfew, the restoration of the Joint Services bonus, as well as the support for small businesses via grants and interests free loans to promote entrepreneurship.Moreover, the PPP General Secretary outlined too that his party will roll out an extensive plan on how Guyanese will benefit from the riches expected from the impending oil and gas sector.“We made it clear that more Guyanese have to benefit from this. The way it’s structured now, the foreigners are gonna hog everything and that can’t be sustainable in the long run,” Jagdeo posited.With the first phase of the manifesto roll-out already on the way, Jagdeo said the popular version of the document will soon be released.
“Keep Your Five Alive” Indoor Competition…Following the forced rescheduling of opening night, action in the sixth annual “Keep Your Five Alive” Indoor Competition will kick off this evening with five matches at the National Gymnasium.According to organiser Kevin Adonis, the forced rescheduling was owed mainly to his adherence to a mandate from the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) warning against the appearance of players participating in the current Elite League.Adonis said he received a letter from the GFF, which noted, among other regulations, the barring of all players who play for clubs in the Elite League from appearing for their community teams.“This recent development ordered by the GFF ultimately forced me to reschedule the opening night from last Saturday to today to ensure that teams have the opportunity to discuss the directive set by the Federation in order to avoid any consequence (s) of their decisions,” Adonis said.He added that while he would have liked the notification to be delivered earlier to avoid the unfortunate cancellation of the scheduled first night, all systems were in place for a prompt start this evening and fans could be assured that riveting action was anticipated as the battle for survival commenced.Teams have been drawn from Georgetown, Linden, Berbice, West and East Demerara and the East Coast of Demerara, and prize monies in excess of $1 million would be up for grabs.He added that 32 of the best teams in the country have been assembled, including defending champions West Front Road’s “Gold is Money” and beaten finalist Future Stars.Among the other teams making the shortlist are: Sparta Boss, Bent Street, Leopold Street and most of the zone champions of the Guinness “Greatest of the Streets” competition.In opening night action: Rhythm Stars (Mocha) tackle recently-crowned Berbice Guinness champions Trafalgar and this encounter will be followed by the clash between Agricola and Broad Street.Kingston then square off against Swag Entertainment out of Linden, before Avacado Ballers take on Sophia.In the final game of the night, Leopold Street play host to East Coast Melanie Damishana.The fixtures for the next two playing days are below.Buxton Diamond engage West Demerara Showstoppers, while the young Uprising team from the East Coast go up against Linden’s Silver Bullets.Xtreme Cleaners then collide with East Coast BV, before Ann’s Grove and North East La Penitence take to the court.The rejuvenated Tiger Bay unit then face California Square, before Sparta Boss and Tucville bring the curtains down for the evening.The fixtures for the third night of action are as follows: Albouystown and Upsetters get things going, before Future Stars and Alpha Warriors square off.Back Circle then tackle Kitty Hustlers, before Linden’s Dave & Celena All Stars go up against Bent Street.The reigning champs West Front Road then close the night with a clash against Alexander Village.
Matches organised by the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) will continue this weekend with some crucial fixtures.Jayden Dowlin goes down the ground in scoring for DCC in a recent encounter at the MYO groundOn Saturday, the highly anticipated GISE/ Star Party Rentals/Trophy Stall second division 40-over semifinal between University of Guyana (UG) Trojans and the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) will be played at the DCC ground in Queenstown, Georgetown commencing at 10:30 hrs. The final is scheduled for October 6, at the same venue.Another highly anticipated match in the first division two-day semifinal between Police and GNIC will be played on Saturday at the Police ground at Eve Leary Ground from 9:30 hrs.Also, on Saturday, the Friends of Cricket Under-17 Hundred Overs’ Tournament contested between the Guyana Cricket Club (GCC) and Bel Air Rubis will be played at the GCC ground beginning at 9:30 hrs.And on Sunday, September 30, Everest Cricket Club will clash with Transport Sports Club at the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) Ground, and the DCC will come up against the Malteenoes Cricket Club at the DCC ground. Both matches are scheduled to start at 9:30 hrs.There will be no V-Net Under-13 matches this weekend.
SBF Petroleum CGI Jaguars 50-over franchise…By Brandon CorletteWith players seeking to make the cut for the Regional Super 50 tournament scheduled for November 6, the third round of the SBF Petroleum Cricket Guyana Inc (CGI) Jaguars 50 Overs franchise will continue today, Thursday, October 17 with four matches set to play across various venues in the country.Team Georgetown are searching for their first win in third round (Brandon Corlette photos)It will be a contrasting clash when undefeated Lower Corentyne face a winless Georgetown at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Bourda. The Veerasammy Permaul-led Lower Corentyne team defeated East Bank and returned with a victory over East Coast.Lower Corentyne’s Seon Hetmyer looked rock solid in round 2The Leon Johnson-led Georgetown team suffered defeats to Essequibo and West Demerara. With some big names in the city side, it will only be a matter of time for them to put off their first win in this tournament. After Lower Corentyne’s win against East Coast at Enmore, Coach Julian Moore caught up with this daily publication and he reflected on the team’s performance in the first two rounds.“I think we did well in the two games, we got the result that we wanted but we still have a huge way to go in terms of the batting to get some improvement, the bowling has been the strength for us thus far and I am happy we manage to pull off the wins,” Moore explained.The youngest player in the franchise – West Indies Under-15 batsman Rampertab Ramnauth will turn out for Upper CorentyneLower Corentyne bowling lies in the strength of Albion left-arm spinners Permaul, Trevon Stanislaus and Kelvin Umroa, who took 5-25 in the second-round clash against East Coast. Reflecting on his spell at Enmore, the former Guyana Under-19 player stated that it was one of his better spells.“The pitch was suitable with a bit of moisture so it assisted me to turn the ball,” Umroa disclosed. With fellow left-arm spinner Permaul in the team, Umroa stated that Permaul has been his role model and he will continue to learn as much as possible from the veteran spinner.Ronsford Beaton is the only seamer with a fifer thus farLower Corentyne batting will be led by Jonathan Foo, Kevlon Anderson and Seon Hetmyer who have been among the runs in either of the two matches they played thus far. Right-arm quick Nial Smith, Leon Swamy and Anderson are the pacers in the team.It has been surprising that Georgetown have not found their first win with such a strong team on paper. The batting line-up for the city side includes Captain Johnson, Robin Bacchus, Raymond Perez, Christopher Barnwell, Winston Forrestor, Joshua Persaud and Steven Jacobs.Skipper Amir Khan will be the key for East CoastIn Georgetown’s two outings, they have had scores of 99 all out and 118 all out. The batting has not been up to task thus far, but with a wealth of experience in the dressing room, the big names will be aiming to shine. With the ball, Paul Wintz had good returns while spinners Jacobs and Ashmead Nedd have been economical with wickets under their belts.Meanwhile, the other mouthwatering clash will feature undefeated Essequibo and West Berbice at Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice. Essequibo look a formidable unit with a strong bowling attack, which includes the three Adams siblings and a fearsome Ronsford Beaton.West Berbice will be led by Shimron Hetmyer and his comrade Kevin Sinclair, who had been brilliant with successive player-of-the-match performances along with Javid Karim, Seon Glasgow and the impressive Gudakesh Motie. It will also be a fast-bowling challenge when Keon Joseph turns out in his West Coast Berbice colours.East Bank will meet West Demerara at Tuschen while East Coast and Upper Corentyne will battle it out at Enmore. All four of these matches that will bowl off today, Thursday, October 17 from 09:30h local time.
Two of those meetings were in the CIF-Southern Section Division III championship game in Long Beach. No. 1 Whittier won 11-10 in overtime in 2005, and No. 2 Ayala took last year’s title, 10-9. They’ve played twice this season, with Whittier taking a comfortable victory in the season opener and winning 9-6 during the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions. To say there’s some history between Whittier and Ayala high schools in girls water polo would be an understatement. The teams have played each other five times the past three seasons. They’ll meet again tonight for the Division III championship at Belmont Olympic Pool in Long Beach. “We’re playing them three years in a row for the championship, so we’re getting used to each other,” Whittier assistant coach Lansing Young said Sunday night. As for the superstition attached to attempting to defeat the same team three times in one season, Young said, “Of course we think about it. But I’d rather be trying to win three in a row than trying to win just the last of three.” A problem for the Cardinals could be Ayala goalkeeper Caitlin Dement, whose height and long reach can be trouble for teams that rely on strong counter-attacking and sometimes have problems with accuracy. Much of the Cardinals’ scoring comes from transition, but will be of little use if they can’t finish against Dement’s defense. “She’s very good, she covers a lot of area,” Young said. “She knows what she’s doing, and she knows where to go.” Young and head coach Chris Schneider, however, agree in philosophy. “Our concern is not just Dement, it’s the whole team,” Young said. “They’re very good. But for us, it’s mostly not what Ayala does, but rather what we do. “It should be a good game, a tight game. It will probably come down to which team wants it the most and shows it.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
L.A. HARBOR SPORTFISHING (San Pedro) – 45 anglers on 3 boats caught 22 calico bass, 31 sand bass, 68 sculpin, 168 blue perch, 9 opaleye perch. LONG BEACH SPORTFISHING (Berth 55) – 42 anglers on 2 boats caught 4 bonito, 65 calico bass, 105 perch, 5 halibut, 14 sargo. PIERPOINT LANDING – 53 anglers on 2 boats caught 24 sand bass, 38 sculpin, 123 perch. 22ND STREET LANDING (San Pedro) – 67 anglers on 2 boats caught 10 calico bass, 2 sculpin, 3 sargo, 4,250 sand dabs, 344 blue perch, 50 opaleye, 6 yellowfin croaker. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The CIA leak case focused new attention on the Bush administration’s handling of reports about weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the Iraq war. The case cost Cheney his most trusted adviser, and the trial revealed Cheney’s personal obsession with criticism of the war’s justification. Trial testimony made clear that President Bush secretly declassified a portion of the prewar intelligence estimate that Cheney quietly sent Libby to leak to Judith Miller of The New York Times in 2003 to rebut criticism by Wilson. More top reporters were ordered into court – including Miller after 85 days of resistance in jail – to testify about their confidential sources among the nation’s highest-ranking officials than in any other trial in recent memory. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said the verdict closed the nearly four-year investigation into how Plame’s name and her classified job at the CIA were leaked to reporters in 2003 – just days after Wilson publicly accused the administration of doctoring prewar intelligence. No one will be charged with the leak itself, which the trial confirmed came first from then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. One juror, former Washington Post reporter Denis Collins, told reporters the jury did not believe Libby’s faulty memory defense. Juror Jeff Comer agreed. WASHINGTON – Ultimately, the jurors didn’t believe that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s closest adviser, had as bad a memory as he claimed. They convicted Libby on Tuesday of lying and obstructing a leak investigation that shook the top levels of the Bush administration. Two jurors agreed that Libby’s claim to have misremembered – not lied about – how he learned that an Iraq war critic’s wife worked at the CIA and whom he told about her simply didn’t stand up under the weight of evidence produced by prosecutors. The jury methodically analyzed government evidence that on nine occasions during four weeks of 2003, Libby either had been told by officials that war critic Joseph Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, worked at the CIA or he had told other officials about her job. Even with a bad memory, he couldn’t have forgotten where she worked at the end of those four weeks, the jury concluded. Collins said the jurors spent a week charting the testimony and evidence on 34 poster-size pages. “There were good managerial type people on this jury who took everything apart and put it in the right place,” Collins said. “After that, it wasn’t a matter of opinion. It was just there. “Even if he forgot that someone told him about Mrs. Wilson, who had told him, it seemed very unlikely he would not have remembered about Mrs. Wilson,” Collins said. Libby, not only Cheney’s chief of staff but also an assistant to Bush, was expressionless as the verdict was announced on the 10th day of deliberations. In the front row, his wife, Harriet Grant, choked out a sob. Libby could face up to 25years in prison when sentenced June 5. Defense attorneys said they would ask for a retrial and if that fails, appeal the conviction. “We have every confidence Mr. Libby ultimately will be vindicated,” defense attorney Theodore Wells told reporters. He said that Libby was “totally innocent and that he did not do anything wrong.” Libby did not speak to reporters. In a written statement, Cheney called the verdict disappointing and said he was saddened for Libby and his family, too. “As I have said before, Scooter has served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction through many years of public service.” Wilson, whose wife left the CIA after she was exposed, said, “Convicting him of perjury was like convicting Al Capone of tax evasion or Alger Hiss of perjury. It doesn’t mean they were not guilty of other crimes.” Libby was convicted of one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury to the grand jury and one count of lying to the FBI about how he learned Plame’s identity and whom he told. Libby learned about Plame from Cheney in June 2003, about a month after Wilson’s allegations were first published, without his name, by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. Prosecutors said Libby relayed the Plame information to other government officials and told reporters, Miller of the Times and Matt Cooper of Time magazine, that she worked at the CIA. On July 6, 2003, Wilson publicly wrote that he had gone to Niger in 2002 and debunked a report that Iraq was seeking uranium there for nuclear weapons and that Cheney, who had asked about the report, should have known his findings long before Bush cited the report in 2003 as a justification for the war. On July 14, columnist Robert Novak reported that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA and she, not Cheney, had suggested he go on the trip. When an investigation of the leak began, prosecutors said, Libby feared prosecution for disclosing classified information so he lied to investigators to make his discussions appear innocent. Libby swore that he was so busy he forgot Cheney had told him about Plame, and was surprised to learn it a month later from NBC reporter Tim Russert. He swore he told reporters only that he learned it from other reporters and could not confirm it. Russert, however, testified he and Libby never even discussed Plame. Libby is free pending sentencing.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
It’s been nearly two weeks since allegations surfaced that Matthews purchased HGH from a pharmacist currently under investigation by the FBI, and Matthews has done nothing to shed any light on his involvement – or noninvolvement. To say the Angels are annoyed is an understatement. They want Matthews to come clean so they can move forward from the whole ordeal, and his refusal to do so has steadily raised their frustration level. Moreno, growing more angry every day, is pushing for some sort of resolution by Opening Day. In the meantime, team officials have reportedly discussed everything from a suspension to outright voiding the five-year, $50 million contract Matthews signed during the offseason. But they’re stuck until Matthews speaks up. Hence their escalating level of irritation. Moreno has an ally in Selig, who dropped by the Angels’ training facility Saturday and offered total support. TEMPE, Ariz. – Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Angels owner Arte Moreno stood shoulder to shoulder Saturday inside the press box at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Literally and figuratively. On the field below, the Angels played the Seattle Mariners. Upstairs a different contest was taking place, this one the on-going waiting game between embattled Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and the rest of baseball. ANGELS NOTEBOOK “Arte and I are absolutely on the same page,” Selig said. “I’ve read all of Arte’s comments and I’ve talked to Arte. I can say there isn’t a scintilla of difference between our positions.” Matthews was given the day off by manager Mike Scioscia and was dressed and gone by the time the Angels played the Mariners. For Scioscia, it was another day fielding questions about his new center fielder, and he, too, is pinning for an imminent resolution. “Any time something like this happens, silence is a distraction,” Scioscia said. “I know Gary’s got something to say and we hope he says it soon.” Selig agrees. “Whenever we have issues after all we have been through with (steroids) I have very serious concerns,” he said. “This sport needs to move away from all of this.” Matthews is holding that process up, firmly entrenched in a self-imposed cone of silence as his lawyers and public relations people sort through their options. Meanwhile, the rest of baseball stews. “I believe, naiv as some people may think, that (baseball) is a social institution,” Selig said. “Every one of us, when there is something that happens like this, we all have a responsibility.” Selig dispatched three investigators this week to Albany, N.Y., as part of his own inquiry, and said they’re working closely with federal investigators. He wouldn’t divulge any results from their efforts, and said any disciplinary action against Matthews at this point will come from the Angels, not his office. “This is an ongoing investigation, and I don’t want to do anything that gets in the way,” Selig said. “That’s up to (the Angels).” PEN-TASTIC Darren Oliver knows a good bullpen when he sees one. And the Angels have a potentially great one, according to the veteran left-hander. “All the pieces are definitely there,” Oliver said. Oliver was a big part of a dominant pen last year with the New York Mets, serving a long relief role and finishing with 4-1 record and a 3.44 ERA over 81 innings. He probably won’t log as many innings with the Angels, but his role will be no less significant. Oliver is expected to be the Angels’ primary left-handed specialist. He looks around the clubhouse and sees many of the same traits he saw last year with the Mets: Good camaraderie, a balanced group of pitchers offering ample versatility and a pair of dominant arms in Scot Shields and Francisco Rodriguez. “I don’t like to compare bullpens much, but it’s pretty clear the potential is here to do some big things,” Oliver said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CAIRO, Egypt – Behind the seesaw crisis of Iran’s detention of 15 British sailors and marines lies an internal Iranian struggle pitting hardliners, aligned with the president, against more pragmatic officials concerned about the country’s growing isolation. The capture of the Britons initially showed the rising dominance of the president and his allies, specifically the Revolutionary Guards, whereas a move toward finding a diplomatic solution is a sign that the pragmatists are pushing back. Ali Larijani, the head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, is a leading pragmatist. On Tuesday, he spoke on state television and suggested that an end to the crisis could be in sight: “The British government has begun its diplomatic negotiations with Iran’s Foreign Ministry in a bid to resolve the issue of British sailors and marines. If these talks go ahead on a logical path, they can change the conditions and put an end to the dispute.” Conservative students from Imam Sadiq University, owned by the Revolutionary Guards, have condemned Larijani for saying there was no need to put the British sailors on trial. “Releasing the British military personnel without a trial is doubtlessly a big error which the Iranian nation would never pardon,” they wrote in a statement carried by the ISNA news agency. The difference between the sides may be a matter more of style than substance, since both support Iran’s drive for nuclear technology and harbor deep distrust of Britain. The seesaw generally tips toward the side bringing the system its greatest benefits. When an attempt to build confidence in its nuclear program failed to win concessions from Europe, Iran grew confrontational and started its nuclear fuel enrichment program. When direct challenges to the West did not produce retaliation, support for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was high. And when constant caustic remarks by Ahmadinejad appeared to be undermining support for Iran’s nuclear program, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, pushed the president away from the nuclear issue. That emphasis on results may well explain the lowering of voices coming from Tehran. “Confronting an aggressor is of course a necessity and national glory,” wrote Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a former vice president, in his blog, Webneveshteha.com. Abtahi, who served under Muhammad Khatami, a reform-minded president, wrote, “But it will be more in Iran’s interest than Britain’s if this crisis is over by diplomatic means as soon as possible.”
Another top auction item was a Winkie guard costume from “The Wizard of Oz,” which sold for $115,000. In December, Profiles in History auctioned Bert Lahr’s original Cowardly Lion costume for a record-breaking $805,000. Many of the buyers were baby boomers looking to own a piece of their youth, said Joseph Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History. Maddalena, 46, said boomers like him are “buying into nostalgia. They’re buying their childhood.” Christopher Reeve’s costume from “Superman” and the creature from “Alien” helped Calabasas Hills-based Profiles in History net more than $2 million in its latest auction. Profiles in History auctioned off more than 700 items Thursday, including costumes, scripts and posters from classic Hollywood films. Superman’s iconic blue and red leotard sold for $115,000, while the “Alien” creature suit went for $126,500. The latex and gauze creature costume, designed by H.R. Giger and used in some scenes of the 1979 film directed by Ridley Scott, was mounted in “attack mode,” according to the auction house. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!