…imagine what will happen to oil resources – Ralph RamkarranThe APNU/AFC Coalition Administration is silently leaning the economy towards Forbes Burnham’s socialist control system — to co-operativism and poverty — where the sugar workers suffer and the private sector has no influence.This is the damning view promulgated this past week by former Speaker of the National Assembly, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran, in his online media outlet conversationtree.org.President David GrangerExamining some of the pervasive divisions that still exist in Guyana between the two dominant ethnic groups – Indo- and Afro-Guyanese — and their perceived political representatives in high office, the former longstanding Executive Member of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) said the manner in which these ethnic blocs represent what they perceive to be their interests has evolved over the years, but a central theme keeps revolving around the idea of agreed united political action.Looking at the possible adverse consequence of this prolonged status quo in light of the imminent influx of oil revenues,Ramkarran concluded that with the developing oil economy and vastly more resources available, “these problems will intensify and multiply, unless there is a political solution in Guyana.”The former Speaker recalled that in 2002 the PNC accepted ‘shared governance’ in principle. He drew reference to the fact that, in 2015, the APNU/AFC coalition accepted constitutional reform, which should have seen separate elections for president. The vice-president should have been the person receiving the second highest votes in the presidential elections, and all political parties gaining more than 15 per cent of the vote should have been part of the Government.This situation is yet to be obtained, and while the coalition promised to start the process of constitutional reform within one month of its election to office, the foundations for this are yet to be materialized, he said.CorruptionOn the matter of the systemic complaint of corruption locally, Ramkarran posited that this phenomenon did not emerge with the PPP.“One reason that caused its expansion was the expansion of public spending from $3 billion a year prior to 1992 to $20 billion-plus thereafter. With the oil resources, which will multiply public spending several times over, and one political group in control, imagine what will happen,” Ramkarran posits.Ramkarran observed that the dominant narratives in and about Guyana are conditioned by slavery, indentureship and their consequences.“One major consequence is the existence of two ethnic blocs which have been socialised differently and separately…Guyana consists largely of two different societies, in watchful competition, but largely at peace, existing under the same national roof,” he posited.The Senior Counsel reminded that during the 1950s, two major industrial events – namely, the Teare strike of transport workers and the Enmore strike of sugar workers — pushed the restive middle class into a national alliance under the PPP.“The underlying idea was that cooperation to achieve independence and socialism will benefit all who were represented under the big tent of the PPP…That idea of a single big political tent did not last, and it should be no surprise that it did not,” He declared.According to Ramkarran, “We need to accept the existence of the PPP and PNC, and work to bring (political unity) by way of constitutional reform, which both political parties and the diplomatic community in Guyana support.”He suggests that while this will not solve all problems, it is the basic prerequisite for the reduction of discrimination, corruption and the other identified ills.
That Jack McClellan apparently couldn’t stay away from children even when he was under court order shows just what a danger he is. His presence is a threat to all the state’s kids – which is why the expansive court order against him, although onerous, seems appropriate. If Jack wants to get away from California’s kids, he ought to go to an old-age home. Or better yet, he could just leave the state.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Not only that, he was carrying a camera – a troubling sign given his location and his penchant for posting pictures of girls to a Web site he used to run for fellow pedophiles. McClellan swears this was all innocent: He went to UCLA because he thought there wouldn’t be kids on a college campus. Dumb luck, he says, ended him up outside a children’s center. Right, Jack. How do you explain the camera? More likely is that McClellan chose this site precisely because, being on a college campus, he could claim he didn’t mean to be stalking kids. Or maybe he went to the campus, but found himself unable to resist his disordered predilections. Whatever the case, there can be little doubt that someone with McClellan’s history would accidentally stumble upon a gaggle of children. And parents and law enforcement can’t afford to extend him the benefit of the doubt. WHEN a judge slapped an ultra-restrictive restraining order on admitted pedophile Jack McClellan, some questioned whether the legal system had gone too far. But on Monday, McClellan proved that he got exactly what he deserved. Under the terms of the injunction, McClellan was barred from coming within 30 feet of any minor in California. In a state with millions of children, that seemed like an impossible order to obey – raising questions about the order’s constitutionality. But on Monday, despite promising that his days of stalking little girls were over, McClellan showed up outside UCLA’s Infant Development Program in Franz Hall.
This week’s warm and sunny weather forecast in most parts of the state likely has many digging out their garden gloves and playing in the dirt. But before you head to a big-box store to purchase your seeds and plants, the state’s land conservancies and family farms hope you’ll consider heirloom varieties.Nancy Long and her husband, Harold, of Long Family Farms and Gallery, exclusively plant vegetables on their farm in Cherokee County that was passed down from the Eastern Band of Cherokee.“There’s the ability to share with others by sharing the seeds and the stories and the memories,” she says. “Like, it might be, ‘Oh, these were grandpa’s butter beans or grandma’s favorite tomato.’ All these seeds have so many different stories and the memories that go along with it.”Harold Long, a member of the Cherokee, recently traveled to Oklahoma to retrieve Cherokee tan pumpkin seeds, once thought lost but found on a farm there. They’ve since shared the seeds through an outreach program. The Mainspring Conservation Trust has conservation easements on four farms in Cherokee and Clay counties to help preserve farms such as the Longs’.Land conservancies are able to preserve farmland through the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Farm Bill, currently up for renewal in Congress.Sara Posey is the Hiwassee Programs Manager for the Mainspring Conservation Trust and says beyond the importance of preserving horticulture history, maintaining a variety helps protect the food supply.“When we’re in a monoculture, we are susceptible to insect blights, and if we only have one strain of a plant, then it’s gone and that’s the resurgence with heirloom,” she explains. “They are all genetically different.”Long says people who have heirloom plants and vegetables on their own land can help secure the long-term history of varieties for generations to come.“If more people would take an interest and have seed exchanges, more of the seeds would be able to get into other people’s hands, so really in order to save a seed, you have to share them,” Long adds.Recently, the University of North Carolina-Asheville hosted a seed exchange. The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has a similar program.
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Confidence can breed success, and after the first half of its WIAA playoff opener on March 6 at Chippewa Falls, the Marshfield boys basketball team had plenty of it.The Tigers got hot from the 3-point line early and went on to knock off Chippewa Falls 57-34, scoring their most points in a game in over a month.Marshfield took that momentum into last Saturday’s Division 1 regional final at Hudson, putting up a season-high 67 points in a 67-61 victory to win its second-straight regional championship. The Tigers (8-16) came back from an eight-point deficit in the second half to pull out the win.Marshfield (8-16) will play Superior (20-4) in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday at Eau Claire North High School. The winner will take on either Stevens Point (23-1) or Neenah (20-4) in a sectional final Saturday night at Wausau West High School.“We shot it well, and I thought we defended the heck out of Chippewa Falls,” Marshfield coach Bill Zuiker said. “We went in knowing it would be tough. They had beat us earlier in the year, but they had lost their last game and weren’t really flying high going into the playoffs.“These kids all season, they haven’t quit and haven’t given up on themselves or on me, and they got a payoff out of it. I was so thrilled they could realize some rewards. They worked hard and prepared hard.”Marshfield struggled offensively for much of the season, scoring 50 points or more only twice in its last nine games.The Tigers were able to turn it around in the two playoff wins and embrace an underdog mentality, something that was the complete opposite of last season when Marshfield was a No. 1 seed and expected to make a run to the sectionals.“Coach gets us prepared every night for who we are going to play, and we’re just playing basketball,” senior guard Caleb Alexander said.Marshfield got big games from different players each night.In the semifinal win over Chippewa Falls, Tanner Boson was 5-for-6 and Alexander was 3-for-4 from 3-point range, scoring 22 and 15 points, respectively.Against Hudson, junior forward Adam Fravert hit for 20 points, and senior reserve guard Jordan Schlinsog scored 15. The Tigers combined to make 17 of 33 3-pointers and shot 57 percent overall.“We changed our offense a little bit, making four guys out to get a little more driving action and kick it out and shoot,” Boson said. “That really helped us. We’ve been doing a lot of shooting drills lately to get our shots up, and we just shot it a lot better.”Marshfield’s roster boasts seven seniors, six of whom have played significant minutes lately. After entering the playoffs on a four-game losing streak—all of which came by three points or less—it was the seniors that banded together to stay positive.“One of my main goals was keeping the guys focused, keeping them strong with the ball and telling these guys to compete, which is what we wanted to do, compete every night,” Alexander said.“Anything can happen in the playoffs,” Boson added. “Nothing is guaranteed. Our coach got us to believe. We’ve been having some good weeks of practice, and those close games, they were motivators for us.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
DICK’S Sporting Goods has destroyed $5 million of the chain’s gun inventory, its CEO said. After finding out that DICK’S had sold the Parkland shooter a shotgun, CEO Edward Stack decided last year the company would no longer sell firearm to anyone under 21. DICK’S announced it would destroy its inventory of weapons, rather than allow them to be sold by another retailer.Since then, about $5 million of the chain’s gun inventory has been turned into scrap metal, Stack said in an interview with CBS. “All this about, you know, how we were anti-Second Amendment, you know, ‘we don’t believe in the Constitution,’ and none of that could be further from the truth,” he said in the interview. “We just didn’t want to sell the assault-style weapons that could inflict that kind of damage.”Stack is a hunter and gun owner who believes strongly in the Second Amendment. The company, which his father started as a fish-and-tackle shop in 1948, has sold guns since long before Stack started working there in 1977. But the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, on February 14, 2018, changed that. Seventeen people… CNN Business- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to release draft tax reform legislation on November 1 with a markup beginning one week later on November 6 (TAXDAY, 2017/10/27, C.1 ). The markup is expected to go on for several days, ensuring Democratic lawmakers have “ample time” to weigh-in on the policy proposals in the legislation, according to Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has indicated a Thanksgiving deadline for moving legislation through the House.The Senate is reportedly gearing up to release its own tax reform legislation in the coming days. The Senate Finance Committee (SFC) will mark up its tax reform bill the week of November 13, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Tex., told reporters. “We need to get the tax bill out of the Senate before Thanksgiving,” he said. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., also confirmed on October 26 that Senate Republicans are looking to pass tax reform legislation by Thanksgiving. Under that schedule, House and Senate leadership will likely then move both bills to conference committee negotiation, where members and the Trump administration will try to agree on final bill language, for a vote by the House and the Senate before Christmas recess.Several Democrats, including SFC ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have been critical of the pace with which Republicans are moving forward on tax reform. “They are rushing their tax giveaway to big corporations and the wealthy through the Congress so quickly that nobody catches on,” Wyden said on the Senate floor on October 26.Child Tax CreditMeanwhile, two Senate Democrats are focused on expanding the Child Tax Credit. Sens. Michael F. Bennet, D-Colo., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, introduced the American Family Bill of 2017 on October 26. “The bill would create a new $300-per-month, per-child credit for children under 6 years of age and a $250-per-month, per-child credit for children 6 to 18 years of age—therefore, at least tripling the credit (now at $1,000 per year) for all children and, for the first time, making the credit fully refundable,” according to Bennet’s press release.The White House has also been promoting an expanded Child Tax Credit. Ivanka Trump, a senior advisor to President Trump, has been meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on Capitol Hill over the last several days to rally support for the expansion. The Trump/GOP Tax Reform Framework released in September calls for “significantly” increasing the credit (TAXDAY, 2017/09/28, C.1 ).By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
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The Aussies were struggling at 27 for 4 in their second innings when veterans Ricky Ponting (60) and Michael Hussey (batting at 79) came to the team’s rescue on the third day of the first Test against India at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday. The duo has been facing criticism from the Australian media for their poor form with experts asking for them to be given the boot. However, the Aussie top order collapse brought out the best from the two cricketing giants. Repaying the faith imposed on them by the Aussie selectors, the veterans struck crucial half centuries to rescue the hosts. The duo was at its aggressive best adding a crucial 115 runs to power the hosts from 27 for 4 to 142 for 5 to save Australia the blushes and silence their critics. “I don’t care what people from outside the dressing room are saying. If I feel like I have got some support inside the dressing room then that’s all that really matters to me… There is plenty of motivation out there for me but first and foremost it’s for me to be a successful player in a successful team,” Ponting told newsmen after the third day’s game. The former Australian skipper had scored 62 in the first innings of the Test.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Abidal: Murillo deal won’t hurt our kidsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Eric Abidal insists the arrival of Jeison Murillo will not work against their youth policy.Murillo has arrived on-loan from Valencia.Abidal said, “Our bet on the juniors is still the same, it does not change anything.”Now it’s time to compete and here the coach is happy to welcome him. I hope that in the future players continue to rise as they have done so far.”We are always attentive to what happens in the market.”
Man City boss Guardiola: We must seduce fans about Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the fans need to be “seduced” after club polls showed supporters would prefer to win the Premier League than the Champions League.City open their ninth successive home campaign in the competition on Tuesday when they host Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb.”I know for fans the Premier League is most exciting. But this competition is nice too,” said City boss Guardiola.”We are going to try and seduce our fans and say: ‘We can do it.'”The best they have managed during Guardiola’s three campaigns is two quarter-finals, which ended in defeats by Liverpool and Tottenham.”We have done polls and people prefer, by far, to win the Premier League rather than the Champions League,” said Guardiola.”I don’t know why but that is the reality of our club and we have to accept it. I think it is because, in the past, they were not in this competition.”We were at home in the bars, drinking beer watching Liverpool and [Manchester] United. That’s the culture of the club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say