Announcement of an election date can calm the present political turmoil

first_imgDear Editor,I have full confidence that a date for the upcoming elections will be released soon and a return to calm will ensue. There is no need for anyone to be portrayed as uncivilised or uncouth and less need for aggression and revenge. We must avoid the potential for violence and the insulting of each other.We the people of Guyana are all looking for a transparent and trustworthy election process free of violence, disorder and corruption. Once a date is provided, which will be soon, the key issue left outstanding is to ensure we as a nation have a very successful election process supported by our confidence in the list of voters. GECOM should have been working in parallel to the judicial process, but that is now water under the bridge.A partial House-to-House Registration process is concerning and the rationalisation of the lists should not be a complicated process. Data processing in this day and age is not in need of supercomputers for such a small data set. The lack of ongoing registration throughout the years is the possible root cause of today’s problems and has allowed for the current list to be seen as obsolete. I do not disagree that GECOM is an independent body, but the current Administration of President Granger should be supplying additional resources to ensure the acceleration of the election process to meet the required constitutional timeline. Given the level of anxiety within the populace, we must ensure that a thorough job is done to provide a result free of the perspective of corruption.Increase the size of the House-to-House Registration team and utilise the Local Government resources to speed up the process. It is now also in the Opposition’s best interest to participate to ensure a transparent and trustworthy list is finalised. The aim of this should be a completion date of one month max and should be reflected in the election project plan. The question the Executive should ask is what will it take to make this possible? Then it is the Executive’s responsibility to provide the team with what they need to be successful.The consolidation and finalisation objective should reflect a similar timeline. While training and preparation of polling stations are completed simultaneously. The final month should be used to fine-tune the list, printing of ballots, and the correction of any minor errors while absorbing potential delays. GECOM at a minimum should be providing weekly updates on progress to ensure that if additional resources are needed, they can be provided by the Executive branch in a matter of days. As the date for elections draws near the end of the 3-month timeline, a progress report should be provided at least twice a week and in the final weeks, this should be daily so as to mobilise resources quickly, and jointly resolve any issues that may arise.Instead of continually worrying and extending the time to get things done, we need to shift to getting busy at resolving the issues. There should be no need to request an extension from the National Assembly at this late juncture, this will only add to the controversy, and for this election season, such a request should only be made in the case of a national disaster or an act of God (force majeure). It is time for all hands on deck to get the job done correctly, quickly and peacefully.Best regards,Mr Jamil Changleelast_img read more

Thieves smash into business during overnight burglary

first_imgGardaí are hunting thieves who smashed their way into a business in Demesne, Raphoe during the night.The alarm was raised at 4.10am on Tuesday morning when the suspects removed a glass panel and two doors to gain entry to a local business. They then forced their way into the office and attempted to break open the safe.The suspects did not manage to open the safe and fled the scene empty handed. Significant damage was caused to numerous windows and doors of the business and gardaí are appealing to the public for information which may help find the suspects.Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800666111Thieves smash into business during overnight burglary was last modified: October 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New fuel pipeline for Moz and SA

first_imgThe new 450km pipeline will alleviate pressure on inland fuel supply in South Africa. (Image: South African Qualification & Certification Committee) The proposed route of the new pipeline. (Image: Petroline Holdings)Janine ErasmusConstruction on a R5.8-billion ($620-million) fuel pipeline between the Mozambican port of Matola in Maputo province and Kendal in South Africa is due to start later in 2009. The 450km-long pipeline will transport up to 3.5-million litres per year and is expected to prevent potential fuel shortages in South Africa.The multi-product pipeline will take just six months to build, as project operator Petroline intends to have it up and running as early as possible in 2010. Petroline is a locally-registered company that also owns the sections of the line that run through South African soil.When complete the pipeline will facilitate the importation of petrol and diesel from Mozambique, which has extensive natural gas and coal reserves but no oil reserves. Of the pipeline’s total capacity of 3.5-million litres of fuel and diesel, a maximum of 1.5-million litres will be diverted to Nelspruit while the remainder will be transported to Kendal.“Our aim is to have this project operational before 2010,” said Mateus Kathupa, CEO of shareholder Petróleos De Moçambique (Petrómoc), “in order to have an additional capacity in terms of oil supplies to South Africa.”Matola is closer to Johannesburg, South Africa’s busiest city, than the port of Durban which is the traditional entry point for fuel imports.The pipeline will travel 64km from the existing coastal storage facility at Matola in Mozambique to the South African border at Komatipoort. It will then run for a distance of 135km between Komatipoort and Nelspruit in Mpumalanga province, followed by the 249km stretch to Kendal. At its final destination there is the possibility of the pipeline joining with the current Transnet Pipelines network for inland distribution of fuel.The refurbishment and upgrade of Matola port is part of the project, as are new tank storage facilities at the Nelspruit depot.Annual revenue from the new pipeline is expected to exceed R7.5-billion ($800-million).Mozambique-South Africa co-operationThe Mozambican-South African consortium Petroline Holdings received its licence to build the pipeline from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa at the end of March 2007.Petroline has four major shareholders – these are the Woesa Consortium which holds 25%, Gigajoule International with 20%, Petrómoc with 40% and Companhia De Desenvolvimento De Petróleo Moçambique which holds 15%.Construction of the pipeline was originally scheduled for September 2008 but was delayed because the environmental impact studies have not yet received final approval. According to Katupha, issues such as compensation to people who live on land across which the pipeline will pass have yet to be resolved.Five studies have been undertaken, three in South Africa and two in Mozambique. In South Africa the national Department of Environmental Affairs is working on the project and in Mozambique it is the Ministry of Coordination of Environmental Affairs that must give the go-ahead. Approval is expected no later than May 2009, following which construction will begin apace.Fast-growing economyIn December 2005 South Africa suffered severe fuel shortages which impacted on many sectors of the economy. Airlines lost revenue because their planes were grounded, while many farmers suffered losses because they could not harvest at the optimal time. Motorists had to drive to several locations before they found a functioning service station.The Moerane Report of 2006, under the leadership of Advocate Marumo Moerane, investigated the crisis and found that one of the major causes of the shortage was the lack of adequate pipeline capacity in South Africa. This caused disruptions in the chain of supply.Additionally the Moerane commission predicted that the current economic growth rate in South Africa meant that there was a strong possibility of fuel demand outstripping supply capacity by mid-2009, as inland supply routes were not up to the task.The new pipeline is expected to alleviate much of the shortage in capacity and go a long way towards ensuring that such a crisis will not happen again.Since it operates in both South Africa and Mozambique, the pipeline presents another prime opportunity for integration and development between countries in the Southern African Development Community.Because the direction of flow can be reversed, the line could also be used to ferry fuel products to out of South Africa for distribution to neighbouring countries such as Botswana.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksHighest global quality fuel in SA Infrastructure development in SAThe Southern African Development CommunityUseful linksPetroline HoldingsPetrómocNational Energy Regulator of SANational Petroleum Institute, MozambiqueMinistry of Coordination of Environmental Affairslast_img read more

Leander Paes in no mood to slow down even at 45: Feel fit, strong and healthy

first_imgIn his 28th season on tour and even after winning 18 Grand Slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles, the 45-year-old Leander Paes still feels the need to reinvent himself to keep up with the changing times in professional tennis.Born to parents from sporting backgrounds, the Indian turned professional in 1991 as a singles player rising to world number 73 with his serve-and-volley game.He went on to win the Olympic bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Games in men’s singles, quite a feat in a cricket-mad country starved of individual success in Olympic sports.He has not tasted grand slam success since he and Martina Hingis won the mixed doubles title at the 2016 French Open but Paes is not ready to put his racket down yet.”Passion, I love the game,” Paes told Reuters when asked what keeps him going. “I love fitness and the hard work that goes behind it. I really, really enjoy being on the court and the competition and the fierceness.”Just to go out there and learn new shots, learn new movements, learn new things with the diet, with the scientific training the young kids are teaching me.”At the ongoing Australian Open, Paes made a first round exit in men’s doubles with partner Mexican Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela and suffered a second round defeat with local Samantha Stosur in mixed doubles.Paes has partnered 121 players in men’s doubles at the last count but was not sure if the number was 22 or 23 in mixed doubles.Paes remains popular in tennis circles and a sizeable number of fans turned up to watch him play at the Australian Open.advertisement”It’s pretty special. I am very blessed to have an unbelievable following and that’s one of the huge reasons that keeps me going,” he said.”I love to entertain people, I love to bring them some happiness in their lives. I like to give them a sense that they can achieve their dreams as well, especially the young kids.”Paes holds a career Grand Slam in both forms of doubles and says he is still highly sought after as a doubles partner.”This time in the locker room I have got 23 guys who have asked me to play. It’s been quite fun,” he said.The former doubles number one has slipped out of top 50 but is determined to work his way up the rankings ladder.Known for his athleticism on the court that has endeared him to fans, Paes promised to be even fitter in 2019 having also added a “bit” of martial arts to his training schedule.”I do a little bit, there are a bunch of different things I do. I look at the modern training, I look at my body type, my speed, my health and I have done quite a few different things.”Paes said he was not thinking about an eighth Olympic appearance in Tokyo next year but was not contemplating retirement either.”One day it will come to an end for sure, I know that. Everything that starts comes to an end, that’s just the circle of life,” he added.”But as far as I am concerned I have never ever quit in my life. I am going to be 46 in a few months but I feel fit, I feel strong, I feel healthy and happy. I am living my dream.”Also Watch:last_img read more