PNC cathartic violence in the offing?

first_imgLast Friday night, after Charrandas Persaud voted his conscience on the PPP’s no-confidence motion, I fully expected that there would be a replay of “Black Friday 1962” as described in Martin Carter’s poem “when the sun and the streets exploded/and a city of clerks/turned a city of men”. I had always been troubled by this line which described in Fanonesque terms, a “catharsis” arising out of the violence and arson unleashed by PNC and UF supporters against the body and property of PPP supporters.Fanon had been writing about the colonial subject, freeing themselves of colonialism through violence. “Decolonisation is the veritable creation of new men. But this creation owes nothing of its legitimacy to any supernatural power; the “thing” which has been colonised becomes man during the same process by which it frees itself.” On Black Friday 1962 in Guyana, the supporters of the PNC had been convinced by their leaders that it was the PPP and their supporters who were to bear the brunt of their anger against oppression for them to become “men”.  In “Black Skin, White Masks”, Fanon had introduced the idea of ‘collective catharsis’: ‘[i]n every society, in every collectivity, exists – must exist – a channel, an outlet through which the forces accumulated in the forms of aggression can be released’.And it has been so ever since with the PNC and its supporters. The PPP has been transmuted as the colonial oppressor with its racialized rule and who therefore must not be allowed to govern Guyana. The violent cathartic reaction against the PPP and its putative supporters continue to this day. In 1992, when the first “free and fair” elections in 28 years ended with a victory for the PPP, Hamilton Green of the PNC called out their supporters to attack the GECOM HQ in a cathartic frenzy and demanded that President Hoyte not accept the result. It took a call from the President of the US to Hoyte to ensure that democratic norms were followed.But in 1997, Hoyte reverted to PNC form and their supporters launched massive protests that involved arson and violence against Indians in Georgetown. More catharsis. The PPP’s term of office was truncated by two years and massive constitutional changes introduced to include the Opposition in governance. However, after elections were held in 2001 and the PPP won once again, more violence and arson were unleashed. The need for catharsis is evidently insatiable once the PPP was in office.This violence escalated exponentially after five escaped convicts holed up in Buxton and launched a frontal attack on the Government of Guyana – augmented, for good measure with terroristic attacks on presumed PPP Indian supporters in surrounding villages. More catharsis. The lassitude of the Security Forces, which had been described a “kith and kin” by PNC leader Desmond Hoyte, led to private squads being formed to take on and take out the forces of anarchy.Against allegations that Government was involved in sponsoring one of these “Phantom Squads”, as the MP for ROAR, I joined in calls for an inquiry into the violence “with its epicentre in Buxton”. But at a “Rule of Law March”, which culminated at the Square of the Revolution with all the Opposition parties in attendance, I learnt a lesson that haunts me to this day. At the beginning of the event, there was a roll call of the “victims” of the violence – but not a single name of the dozens of Indians killed by the bandits and “Freedom Fighters” was mentioned. I pointed this out when my turn to speak came – but it was clear that Indian lives were incidental in the drive for “catharsis” by PNC supporters.And we return from wherein I started: my apprehensions two Friday nights ago of another “cathartic” Black Friday. I was relieved with the immediate reaction of the PNC and AFC leadership in the National Assembly and with President Granger’s statement the following day, all supporting the verdict of Article 106 (6 and 7) that the Cabinet resign and a caretaker regime of the Government continue until the results of elections to be held in three months determine the members of the new Government.However, the press conference held by Aubrey Norton last Friday was redolent of the attitude of the PNC which sees it as their God-given right to rule Guyana and would be willing to use violence to secure that right. Is more catharsis in the offing?last_img read more

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`I don’t know how the ARM slipped past us’

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The house went into foreclosure in May, and the Marshalls are looking for a place to rent. With their oldest now 17, Jeanna is worried about college. “We’re hoping and praying on scholarships,” she said. “We hope they can learn so they don’t get caught up in the mess that we did.” Jeanna and Vernon Marshall were renting a home for themselves and their seven children when the owner decided to sell and gave them 30 days to move. So in January last year, they hurriedly signed what they thought was a $365,000 30-year fixed mortgage on a four-bedroom home in Henderson, Nev., south of Las Vegas. After the closing, they realized they had signed onto a two-year interest-only adjusted-rate mortgage that they could barely afford, with a payment of $2,923 a month. “What they do in escrow is they shove papers two different ways, to both people, like a crisscross,” said Jeanna Marshall, 36. “You’re signing so many documents so fast. I don’t know how the ARM slipped past us.” Marshall, who is disabled, receives $1,500 in Social Security payments a month, while her husband, Vernon, 41, is a driver for UPS netting about $3,000 a month. Last year, however, Vernon’s work slowed down and they fell seven months behind on their payments. They tried renegotiating, but the mortgage companies only wanted more every month. No other company would refinance the loan because it carried a $20,000 early payment penalty. last_img read more

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Girls react to Lionel Messi as he looked 10 years ago and now

first_imgWe’ve seen what girls think of Cristiano Ronaldo, so it seemed only fair to give his closest rival Lionel Messi the same treatment.It’s been over ten years since Lionel Messi burst onto the scene as a teenage in Barcelona, and the Argentine has changed quite a lot since then.We asked some lovely ladies what they thought of Messi’s transformation, and you can check out their hilarious reactions in the video above!Fore more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT here.last_img

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NFL coaches aren’t safe from the firing squad

first_imgIt had been 61 years since anyone had drop-kicked a ball in the NFL, but when Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie turned the trick Sunday, it didn’t take long for the idea to catch on. Soon after Flutie’s boot, one owner after another conclude it was a fine thing to try with coaches. Vikings owner Ziggy Wilf waited until Mike Tice wrapped up his post-game news conference Sunday evening, then had press releases handed out announcing Tice had been fired. Then on Monday, the Turk began making the rounds. Dom Capers was told to clean out his desk in Houston. Jim Haslett apparently got his wish and was fired in New Orleans – or was it San Antonio? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Mike Martz, who was cleared to return to work Sunday after recovering from a heart virus, was fired Monday by the Rams. And Mike Sherman was sent packing in Green Bay, where the question is will Brett Favre follow him? Add to that 69-year-old Dick Vermeil, who told his Chiefs on Saturday night that he was retiring, and Steve Mariucci, who was fired just after Thanksgiving, and that’s seven job openings. When Oakland fires Norv Turner, perhaps as soon as today, it will be eight – or one-fourth of the league. The number of vacancies could grow if Bills owner Ralph Wilson decides to make a clean sweep of Mike Mularkey, along with general manager Tom Donahoe. And there may also be another opening if Kansas City pursues Jets coach Herman Edwards. center_img So what gives? It’s hard to argue that any of the firings have been unjustified. Capers, Haslett, Mariucci and Turner have a combined one winning season between them at their latest posts. Tice was sunk as much by the Vikings leading the league in off-the-field problems, which included him getting caught scalping Super Bowl tickets. Martz and Sherman were caught in power plays, though both their fates were probably sealed on the same weekend two years ago. The Rams, after miraculously recovering an onside kick, had a chance to beat Carolina but Martz, saying he was afraid Marc Bulger would throw an interception, instead settled for a field goal that sent the game in overtime. Once there, Bulger did throw an interception, and Carolina went on to beat Philadelphia and make it to the Super Bowl. The Packers figured they should have been the ones Carolina had to beat. They were leading the Eagles, 17-10, and had them in a fourth-and-26 hole when Donovan McNabb hit Freddie Mitchell for a first down. The Eagles then drove for the tying score and won in overtime. It turned out to be a last gasp for Sherman and Martz. Their teams made the playoffs last year by virtue of winning weak divisions, and collapsed this season. However, what’s surprising about all the firings is how few hotcandidates are available. Gregg Williams, the former Buffalo head coach who has coordinated the Redskins’ defense the past two years, is now being reinvented a la Bill Belichick – an recalcitrant defensive mastermind who has learned from a previous failure. There are no coordinators of the order of Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel. Some, such as defensive coordinators Jerry Gray in Buffalo and Jim Schwartz in Tennessee and offensive coordinator Brad Childress in Philadelphia, are well regarded but suffering through poor seasons, while Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak may have trouble convincing anyone he does more than staple the game plan together for Mike Shanahan. The timing could be better for college coaches, too, with Kirk Ferentz at Iowa and Bob Stoops at Oklahoma having sub-par seasons. That’s if you believe that Pete Carroll announcing his new contract (which he hasn’t signed) wasn’t a ploy to keep recruits on board or to keep today’s Rose Bowl news conference from turning into grilling on the merits of every opening. Martz is sure to get some interest, and other retreads – such as Wade Phillips, now the Chargers defensive coordinator, and Jim Fassel, now the Ravens offensive coordinator – will get some interest. Phillips best shot is in Houston, where his father Bum was beloved and his former boss, Dan Reeves, is advising owner Bob McNair on his search. Packers defensive coordinator Jim Bates, who did well as the interim coach in Miami last season and improved Green Bay’s defense, could get some calls. There are some coaches, however, who could be helped – minorities. With the success of Tony Dungy, Lovie Smith and Marvin Lewis, it can’t help but lead to more interviews, if not offers. Expect Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis, Buffalo’s Gray, Chicago’s Ron Rivera and 49ers linebacker coach Mike Singletary to draw some interest, even if they don’t land any head jobs. Again, it’s easy to why some of these coaches were fired, but are the alternatives really that much better? Perhaps instead of following Flutie’s boot, owners should have been mimicking what he does best: pass. Billy Witz covers the NFL for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3621 or billy.witz@dailynews.com 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

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Senior Menu

first_imgLunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. All meals are served with bread, dessert and fat free milk. Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Chicken a la King, broccoli, yellow wax beans. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Tuesday: Beef and mushrooms with pearl onions, vegetable blend California, peas. Wednesday: Boneless chicken fricassee, green beans, yellow wax beans. Thursday: Stuffed cabbage rolls, broccoli, vegetable blend California. Friday: Vegetable lasagna with fire-roasted vegetables, peas, green beans. 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

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Football Talk: Suspicious goalkeeping, FIFA election ultras

first_imgMeanwhile, Rangers boss Mark Warburton has called his Celtic counterpart Ronny Deila “disrespectful” over his comments about artificial pitches in Scotland.It’s all in today’s Football Talk! Given his “horny’ comments, this celebration might have been worse.‘Ronaldo’ for guys, ‘Cristiano’ for girls. Got it. There’s a measure with which to measure mistakes in football. Mere blips are put down as lapses of concentration or such like, but make a bad enough blooper and you’ll be accused of match fixing.That’s what has happened to a Lebanese goalkeeper after he dropped a howler. Just as well such standards weren’t applied when Yves Ma-Kalambay was around. He’d be at the Hague by now.Meanwhile, the notorious FIFA election ultras have dawned on Zurich for the big day. The water cannons are on stand-by in case they get a little rowdy.Cristiano Ronaldo has outlined his own personal etiquette, where by men have to call him ‘Ronaldo’ and woman ‘Cristiano.’ Got it. Athletic Bilbao and Marseille, err, meet-up before their Europa League match.That’s a booking, ref. PA Images SNS SNS Press Associationlast_img read more

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Paradise Pizza in Orleans Burns

first_imgA fire earlier this week claimed an Orleans business and destroyed the brick building it was located inAccording to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, firefighters were called to Paradise Pizza in the 100 block of South Maple Street at 11:47 a.m., and remained on the scene until late afternoon. Firefighters from Orleans, Rural District 1 and 2, Paoli and French Lick and Marion, Mitchell and Indian Creek volunteer fire departments battled the blaze.Heavy smoke and flames were shooting out of the building when they arrived.The cause of the fire is not known yet, but investigators say it started on the first floor of the Paradise Pizza Cafe.It took about three hours to get everything out, and several more hours were spent securing what’s left of the building. Surrounding businesses received smoke and water damage during the incident.The State Fire Marshal was called to determine what started the blaze.No injuries were reported, but several firefighters were treated for dehydration and overheating.The business, a staple in downtown Orleans, is owned by Michael and Casey Cooper who began renting the business from John F. Stone in March.Also assisting was Orleans Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, IU Health Hospital ambulance, Air-Evac Lifeteam, Orange County ambulance and the American Red Cross.last_img read more

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Cape Town to play host to ‘cheeky’ new arts festival

first_img17 April 2014Cape Town is to host to a new performing arts festival that will be modelled on some of the world’s most popular fringe festivals, Tony Lankester, the chief executive of the National Arts Festival, announced on Tuesday.The Cape Town Fringe is a spin-off of the National Arts Festival, which is traditionally held in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape in July. It is a partnership with the City of Cape Town.The festival, which will be held in September, will feature “young, dynamic and cutting-edge work” from some of the South Africa’s leading theatremakers, Lankester said.‘Bold, innovative’“The fringe model rests on two pillars. Firstly, the nature of the work on a fringe is such that it is bold, innovative, exciting and it pushes boundaries for both artists and audiences.“Secondly, a fringe festival has a business model behind it which encourages independence and sustainability, while costs are shared between performers,” Lankester said.The Cape Town Fringe aims to present around 40 productions in venues across the city as well as in areas such as Langa township.“Access is critical to the success of a fringe and was a big factor in our decision to proceed with this project,” said Ian Neilson, Cape Town’s deputy mayor and acting mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing.The City of Cape Town has committed to partner on the project for three years, provided the event meets certain attendance and participation targets. “We want this event to not only enrich the lives of residents, but also to create jobs, contribute to the economy and drive tourism,” Neilson said.Call for proposalsA public call for proposals was made at the event’s launch on Tuesday. Ismail Mahomed, the National Art Festival’s artistic director, said the organisers would be looking for work that was “brash, bold, cheeky, outspoken, confident, socially aware and independent”.“The fringe model means that productions will pay a modest registration and venue- hire fee, and then take the lion’s share of the box office,” Mahomed said. “The fringe itself then manages the bulk of the marketing, ticket sales, venue setup and all the staffing, financial, technical and legal requirements for the event.”Cape Town’s City Hall will be the home base of the event, featuring several performance venues and a “fringe hub” where artists, audiences and the media will be able to gather.World Fringe AllianceThe National Arts Festival is a member of the World Fringe Alliance, a grouping of nine fringe festivals around the world which collectively reach an audience of more than 3-million people. Alliance members are the festivals in Grahamstown, Hollywood, New York, Edinburgh, Brighton, Prague, Amsterdam, Perth and Adelaide.“We’re building the Cape Town Fringe on this bedrock of global best practice,” said Lankester, who is the founding chair of the alliance. “Through our network we will be able to bring some great international productions to Cape Town, and continue creating opportunities for our artists to travel the world.”The Cape Town Fringe will run from 25 September until 5 October. The call for proposals is open.Website: www.capetownfringe.co.zaSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Employee Pleads Guilty To Stealing Over $2M Worth Of Diabetic Test Strips

first_imgUS Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Antonio Rivera, 35, of Williamsville, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to wire fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.Assistant US Attorney Melissa Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that since February 2007, the defendant was employed as a Senior Assistant Purchasing Associate for CVS Pharmacy. This position required Rivera to order a variety of retail products sold by CVS, including diabetic test strips.In July, 2018, CVS’s internal systems red flagged the purchasing of diabetic test strips at a CVS located in Rochester, NY. A package located in the store’s shipping area did not have a CVS label, included Rivera’s return address, and came from a company with which CVS does not do business. A subsequent internal investigation by CVS determined that Rivera routinely… Genesee Sun- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Philips launches ecosystem of connected health wearables

first_imgDavid Curry Tags:#chronic illness#fitness#health#HealthSuite#Industrial Internet of Things#IoT#Philips#wearable Related Posts How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Philips unveiled a suite of new connected health devices on Monday, in a move to bolster its position in the personal healthcare market.The firm said all four devices have been built “with leading doctors and psychologists,” according and connect to the company’s HealthSuite app.See Also: Digital trust could be the key to ensure personal health dataphilips-healthsuite-health-watchThe first device is a health watch, with similar functionality to the Apple Watch or Fitbit Blaze. It tracks the user’s heart-rate, activity, and sleep patterns, automatically recognizing different workouts.All information will be available to view on the HealthSuite app, letting users check detailed analytics of their fitness progress.Philips estimates the health watch can last for four days without charge. It has an always on display showing the time, your heart-rate, and other metrics. It is available to purchase for $250.The next two devices are much more health focused, blood pressure monitors for the upper arm and wrist. The devices let users measure systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart-rate. Data collected can be sent to doctors through the HealthSuite app.Philips plans to sell the upper arm device for $100 and the wrist for $90.Having a complete setup that works seamlessly is welcoming, especially in healthcare where devices can often times be analog or incompatible. That’s why Philips launched a body analysis scale to go alongside the health watch, letting users check their weight, BMI, and body fat and then save the results in the HealthSuite app.The connected scale is available starting today, at $99.The last device is an ear thermometer, which can accurately measure temperature in two seconds. Another health device aimed at health clinics, rather than consumers. It is available for $60.Philips wants the range of health devices to be purchased by middle aged consumers to reduce the likelihood of chronic illnesses. It claims that 90 percent of chronic conditions can be prevented through a lifestyle change, and the four devices could push people to be more active. Follow the Pucklast_img read more

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