RICH GRAESSLE CBA’s Chris Horel competes in the 3,200 at Sunday’s Indoor Meet of Champions at Princeton University. Horel finished sixth in 9:29.56.
RICH GRAESSLE CBA’s Chris Horel competes in the 3,200 at Sunday’s Indoor Meet of Champions at Princeton University. Horel finished sixth in 9:29.56.
Dear Editor,It was Shirley Chisholm who, in 1972, became the first African American, and the first woman, to seek the nomination as candidate for President of the United States.Decades before Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, there was Shirley Chisholm. As the first black woman to run for President for a major political party, she was years ahead of her time. So why don’t more people know about her?Forty-four years ago this week, Shirley Chisholm made history, as she announced her candidacy for the White House. Her bid for the top job was short lived, but the symbolism is as powerful today as it was then.She was a pioneer for her generation, a woman of many firsts – the first African American congresswoman, the first African American to run for president and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.Yours Faithfully,Rooplall Dudhnath read more
Guyana is again trapped in a full-blown dictatorship. It is not the first time. Between 1964 and 1992, the People’s National Congress (PNC), first, with Forbes Burnham and, second, with Desmond Hoyte, ruled Guyana with a brutal dictatorship. Now again, in 2019, Guyana has become a dictatorship. The new dictator is David Granger, who has not been shy in singing the praises of his hero, the first dictator, Forbes Burnham. The PNC is now called APNU/AFC. Forbes Burnham and Hoyte sustained their dictatorships through rigged elections and the brutal use of Police and soldiers.Now, Granger’s dictatorship has been birthed because he stubbornly refuses to hold elections which have been due since March 21. His hope is he could buy enough time to implement a rigging machinery. As the majority of Guyanese people struggle to ensure Guyana does not sink deeply into a new era of dictatorship, Granger and his form of the PNC are also trying to use riot Police and the armed forces to intimidate and harass people. He uses the Police to keep peaceful protesters away from him. He hides from the people and he threatens them they will “pay” for opposing him. But the people have vouched they will not be intimidated, that they will hound him until he sets a date for elections. He is petrified of elections and of his people.In the midst of the epic struggle of the Guyanese people to stop dictatorship, Caricom is disgracing itself and compromising its moral authority. Caricom has never been shy in pronouncing against dictatorship anywhere in the world, except for Guyana. Caricom knows full well Guyana is presently governed by a dictatorial cabal. It is not only the PPP and the majority of Guyanese saying so, virtually, all legitimate civil society organisations in Guyana have sternly stated the facts, as clear as could be. Business organisations such as the Guyana Private Sector Commission, the Guyana Chambers of Commerce, AmCham have called upon the Government to set the elections date for the earliest possible elections. Religious bodies have done the same.Countries like America, Great Britain, the European Union and the Commonwealth Secretariat have condemned David Granger and APNU/AFC for governing outside of the Constitution. Guyana has become a pariah state. But throughout all of this, Caricom has acted as if it is blind, deaf and dumb. Caricom’s moral authority to speak out against dictatorship has been permanently destroyed. How can Caricom justify its silence on Guyana?There is something worrisome to Caricom’s silence on Guyana. In 1997, soon after the PPP won a resounding electoral victory under President Janet Jagan, the PNC under Desmond Hoyte embarked on violent protest, “slo fyah, mo fyah”. The goal was the overthrow of a legitimate Government elected through free and fair elections. Caricom immediately intervened, but not to have the PNC do the right thing and accept the will of the people, instead, to negotiate the PPP shorten its term in office.Yet, for twenty eight years before 1992, the PNC ruled with an iron fist, rigged every elections between 1968 and 1992, and Caricom never once had anything to say. In fact, several Caricom countries aided and abetted the PNC dictatorship before 1992. Now fast-forward to the present time, the PNC, under a different name, APNU/AFC, has again established a dictatorship by refusing to adhere to the Constitution and defying the Judiciary, including the Caribbean Court of Appeal. Caricom ought to be ashamed that it is so deafeningly silent as its own court, the CCJ, is totally dishonoured and disrespected by a member-country. There is a strange double-standard for Caricom when it comes to Guyana.On Monday afternoon, hundreds of Guyanese gathered in front of Caricom in a candlelight vigil in protest of David Granger illegally carrying on as the President of Guyana. Caricom’s representative was cajoling with David Granger and others at the Convention Center, totally ignoring the Guyanese people demanding their rights to a free and fair election and to live in a democracy. They were very visible with their candles, peacefully crying out for freedom and democracy. But Caricom did not see or hear them, even though they were within an arm-length away from Caricom’s headquarters.Caricom chose not to see David Granger getting riot Police to confront peaceful protesters, deemed by Granger to be hooligans. The right to protest is not only a constitutional guarantee in Guyana, it is one of the founding principles of Caricom. Hopefully, Caricom will find its voice soon enough, will find its moral grounding to demand, like the Americans, the British, the EU and the Commonwealth Secretariat, that David Granger and APNU/AFC act in accordance with the Constitution. read more
– say being treated as “second-class citizens”Even as the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is being encouraged to engage in “good-faith negotiations” to find a “reasonable settlement” to workers’ pay increase demands, sugar workers are excluded and “are seemingly being deemed as second-class citizens”.This is according to the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), which noted on Monday that workers across the sugar belt have taken strike action in an effort to reiterate calls for GuySuCo to employ “good-faith bargaining” to improve pay and work conditions.GAWU further explained that at a meeting held Thursday last with the State-owned entity, queries were made whether provisions would be made for pay increases.However, GAWU noted that GuySuCo’s representative informed that “none had been made, but adjustments could be made to facilitate an increase”.The Union reasoned that the Sugar Corporation was “once again seeking to deny a pay rise for 2016”, noting that sugar workers were disallowed 2015 and 2016 pay increases, which were awarded other State workers.“The sugar workers have been excluded and are seemingly being deemed as ‘second class citizens’. It can be safe to say that the standard of living of the sugar workers and their families have deteriorated in the face of the rising cost-of-living. We remind that the Ministry of Finance’s 2016 Mid-Year Report pointed out that food prices rose by 3.2 per cent in the first half of this year,” GAWU expressed.The Union stressed too that these moves by the State entity had a “debilitating effect on morale and commitment in the industry”, which were vital for the industry’s turnaround.The workers on Monday, once again, used the opportunity to express their opposition to the closure of Wales Estate, and the lack of several incentives which they felt they were owed.“Workers also raised their voices against…GuySuCo’s denial of paid-release for workers to attend the Union’s Congress and Union meetings; the denying of workers to attend Union-sponsored courses during the cropping periods; the denial of transportation assistance for workers to attend Union activities; the withdrawal of pro-rated Weekly Production Incentive (WPI) awards; the denial of collective bargaining in 2015; a pitiful 2015 [Annual Production Incentive] API award, among other things,” the Union stressed.“At this time, GAWU urges continuing dialogue will be necessary to address the other concerns of the workers. The current approach is not helpful to the process and can very well lead to greater disharmony and discontent among the workers and we implore the Corporation and those who give direction to quickly abandon this course,” the Union added. Over the last several months, a series of protest actions have ensued over many of the decisions undertaken by GuySuCo. However, the entity has long decried its cash-strapped status, which was late last year singled out by President David Granger.In his recent address to Parliament , in the absence of the political Opposition, the Guyanese Head of State stated that Government was forced to divert money from economic and social programmes to “rescue the ailing corporation” with an immediate injection of $12 billion last year and an additional $11 billion in 2016, a $23 billion bailout in 18 months.“These transfers exclude the servicing of GuySuCo’s debts in respect of the Skeldon Estate Modernisation Project – a monstrous and monumental US$200 million mistake and, probably, Guyana’s single most costly industrial catastrophe of all time,” he had noted. read more
0Shares0000Ferrari’s German driver Sebastian Vettel powers through a curve during the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. PHOTO/FILE.SHANGHAI, China, Apr 5 – Formula 1 team bosses are ready to discuss the issue of overtaking if it continues to be as difficult as it was at the Australian Grand Prix.There were just six overtakes in the season opener in Melbourne, but it remains to be seen whether the lack of wheel-to-wheel action was due to the track layout at Albert Park or predominantly because of the new aerodynamic regulations which is contributing to cars being disturbed a lot more by dirty air. The general consensus between bosses is that it is too early to jump to any definitive conclusions, but are willing to talk about changes if it does develop into a continuing problem.“I think it’s in an interesting place,” Wolff told Motorsport.com. “No stone is being left unturned.“We have an exciting car concept now, with the only question remaining on overtaking.“We’ll see how that goes over the next couple of races and if it needs adjustment I think we’ll all be open to discuss, but generally I think it’s in an interesting place.”Horner is happy to play the waiting game for now, but believes there were positives to take from Australia.“I think we have to reserve judgement [on overtaking] after two or three races,” Horner said. “Historically there’s never been a lot of overtaking [in Australia].“Let’s wait for China and Bahrain, which are two of the more easier circuits to overtake at before drawing any judgement.“I think the positive was the drivers were pushing all the race. There wasn’t a lot of fuel saving going on and not a lot of tyre saving going on. That was a positive, I think.”Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul, meanwhile, believes more input was needed from everybody ahead of the 2017 rule changes to avoid potential problems like this.“I still believe that overtaking is part of the sport, so a faster car should be able to overtake, otherwise you don’t understand what is happening,” Abiteboul said.“Then, frankly, everything will happen in the pits, the tyres will be very hard, we will be on a one-stop strategy.“I don’t want to be depressed about it, but it is a new F1, that is offering challenges for everyone. we have to see how we can make up for it and maybe we haven’t done that as a team and maybe as a sport.“Maybe as a sport we need to understand how to optimise the format that we have in the car.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) read more
SUN VALLEY – Five men accused in a home-invasion robbery were being sought today in connection with ransacking a home, tying up a family and stealing their car. At least one of the men was posing as an officer and all five were dressed in business attire at the time of the robbery that occurred 8:30 a.m. Monday in the 8600 block of Sharp Avenue, police said. The drama began when the men pulled up to the house in a mid-80s Chevrolet van, and one man pulled a gun on a resident, took his wallet and ordered him to go to the back of the home, police said. The others, meanwhile, waited out front for their partner to open the front door, police said. Once inside, the intruders tied up a man, his sister and two children, aged 10 and 12, police said. A 3-year-old was also in the home. At one point, a gunman put a pistol to the head of one victim and told him or her: “Don’t look at me. I’m an undercover police officer,” he said. The robbers ransacked the place, taking items such as a plasma TV, a microwave and an unspecified amount of cash. The men were described as Latino, 40-50 years-old. Their vehicle was described as a brown 84-85 Chevy full size van. The van has two 10-inch orange stripes on the side on both sides and it has a rear ladder. Police this morning were searching for two vehicles: the stolen black 1996 four-door Maxima bearing California license plate 4RIF738, and the getaway van, which has faded gray or brown paint, a 10-inch orange stripe, and a rear ladder. Anyone with information was urged to call the North Hollywood Station at (818) 623-4018. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more
1 West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes players as good as Dimitri Payet do not need time to adapt to the Barclays Premier League.Payet moved to Upton Park from Marseille in June and has been one of the stars of the season so far, scoring three goals in his first five games.At just over £10million, the Frenchman looks to be one of the bargains of the summer already, but Bilic is not surprised how quickly the 28-year-old has settled.“Some players need some time and also with Dimitri, he will go down and up,” Bilic said.“But in England, you talk too much about separating Premier League from other leagues.“There is not so much talk about players moving from France to Germany, France to Italy, Italy to France, Spain.“They don’t talk much about is he going to make it? How much time does he need to adapt to the Premiership?“If a player is a good player – of course it’s a new environment, new country, blah, blah, blah – but Dimitri, he is 28, he is a really class player.“It’s not his first move, he played for Lille, Saint-Etienne, Marseille – Marseille is an extremely big club, with big pressure, big responsibility.“He was a key player there and to be fair, still he is not settled completely, but he is such a class player and a good man, good professional, it doesn’t surprise me.”West Ham travel to Manchester City on Saturday, hoping to extend an encouraging start to the season which sees them sitting fifth in the table.Away wins at Liverpool and Arsenal can give the Hammers belief at the Etihad Stadium, but City will offer a stern test, having won all five of their games so far without conceding a goal.“We’re going to have be as solid or even more as concentrated together as we were against Liverpool and Arsenal,” Bilic said.“You have to give them something, you cannot stop all of them. It’s not only up to us. They are Man City.“It’s going to be more up to them how the game is going to be played because they have that quality.“But we are confident. Some people say it’s a bonus game for West Ham, it’s not a bonus game.“I would be very disappointed if we don’t play good or don’t get anything from that game.” Dimitri Payet read more
1 The 23-year-old midfielder has fallen out of favour at Inter Milan Valencia are weighing up a January move for Chelsea and Liverpool target Geoffrey Kondogbia.The 23-year-old midfielder has fallen out of favour at Inter Milan and has started just seven Serie A games all season.The San Siro club are willing to sell him next month if anyone stumps up £17.5m when the window opens.That news has alerted both Chelsea and Liverpool who are long-term admirers of Kondogbia, who they both tracked during his time at Monaco.However, according to Spanish newspaper Superdeporte, there is fresh interest from La Liga, with Valencia considering a swoop.Cesare Prandelli’s side are currently languishing in 17th place in the table and are expected to reinforce their squad during January.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesFor all borrowers, there was a “significant increase” in the incidence of higher priced mortgages from 24.6 percent in 2005 compared with 11.5 percent in 2004. A number of factors was cited for this overall increase. Mortgages rates in general were rising and rates for popular adjustable-rate mortgages in particular moved higher. And, some borrowers stretching to buy a home opted for creative financing, such as higher-priced piggyback loans. The use of piggyback loans shot up more than 57 percent in 2005 from the prior year, the Fed said. “Indeed, the increase in the number of higher-priced piggyback loans in 2005 accounted for more than half of the increase in the number of all higher-priced loans,” the report said. The report also said black borrowers applying for mortgages were more likely to be turned down than Hispanics and whites. The report doesn’t provide interest rates charged to the different racial groups. It also doesn’t include information, such as the borrower’s credit history, which is an important factor in pricing a home mortgage. Given that, economists and other experts said one should be cautious about drawing any conclusions from the Fed information about discriminatory lending. Jay Brinkmann, a financial economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association, said the price of a mortgage is based on risk. The rise of high-priced loans in 2005 – the last year of a five-year housing boom – might be related to “borrowers in general having a somewhat higher risk profile on average,” he said. “In a sense, the best credit customers stepped in early” in the housing market boom, he said. Still, the Fed report keeps the debate alive for those concerned about racial and ethnic disparities in financial services. “We continue to face a national problem in the fact that racial and ethnic differences mark different outcomes in the acquisition of mortgages,” said Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. “I don’t believe this problem is caused solely by racial or ethnic prejudice, but it also cannot be argued that these factors do not contribute to the problem.” The Fed’s report is based on information from 8,848 financial institutions, which covers about 80 percent of home lending nationwide. The Fed is required by Congress to report annually on home-lending activity.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Black and Hispanic homebuyers pay more for their mortgages than do whites, according to a Federal Reserve report released Friday. The Fed’s analysis of 2005 home-lending data found that 54.7 percent of black borrowers paid a higher-than-typical interest rate on home mortgages. That was up sharply from 32.4 percent in 2004. For Hispanics, 46.1 percent paid more than typical for their mortgages last year – more than double the 20.3 percent reported in 2004. In contrast, only 17.2 percent of whites paid higher interest on their home mortgages last year. However, that was up considerably from 2004’s 8.7 percent. read more