House-to-House Registration

first_imgDear Editor,The concept of a new voters’ list is utter nonsense, since the existing list is still valid and is supposed to be kept up-to-date by GECOM.Who authorised the H2H Registration? Was it James Patterson, who was pronounced by the CCJ to be illegally appointed by David Granger?Yet, after he was forced to resign, his illegal order was still carried out by someone whose excuse was that he was following James Patterson’s orders.Anyway, the H2H Registration commenced, and should have been stopped immediately by the new GECOM Chairperson after her appointment. She has all authority to do so. I am sure that, like every Guyanese citizen, Madam Chairperson is keeping abreast with the critical political situation, and there was no need for her to be advised on the way forward after her appointment, as was stated in the media.The H2H Registration ended on Saturday, August 31, 2019. There are still thousands of persons who have not been registered. Why was there so much speed to allow the illegal registration to continue four days after it was called off?This whole H2H Registration is a waste of precious time and money. The big question is: How can they add to the existing list an incomplete list that is one-sided and unverified? Educated people have become dunces. There will be mass confusion, deliberate omissions, and illegal entries to suit purposes. They can never emerge with a credible and authentic list. The whole world is watching at this foolishness.Sincerely,Kenneth Seepaullast_img read more

The breeding ground

first_imgWrestler Anita celebrates after winning gold.Over a dozen of the gold medals India won at the 19th Commonwealth Games came from athletes from Haryana which has made sports an attractive career option by offering a viable support system to sportspersons. The Bhupinder Singh Hooda Government has, in the past two,Wrestler Anita celebrates after winning gold.Over a dozen of the gold medals India won at the 19th Commonwealth Games came from athletes from Haryana which has made sports an attractive career option by offering a viable support system to sportspersons. The Bhupinder Singh Hooda Government has, in the past two years, directly appointed 11 deputy superintendent and inspector level officers in the state police from the pool of sportspersons who have done well at international stage.The latest is wrestler Sushil Kumar who won gold at the World Wrestling Championship in Moscow this year. The Government’s cash prizes are not only for athletes but also for coaches. Apart from this, various academies and specialised training venues have been developed.Wrestler Geeta celebrates after winning gold.”We have developed 171 rural stadiums in Haryana,” says Hooda as he watches from the gallery an all-Jat women discus team do a clean sweep. Arjun Awardees from the state also get a monthly pension of Rs 5,000.It is, of course, ironic, that in a largely feudal social system, fathers encourage their daughters to take up sports, like the 55-kg freestyle wrestling gold medalist Geeta who along with her sister, was mentored by their father. Jawaharlal Nehru University sociology professor Surinder S. Jodhka feels that the sporting culture is not alien to rural India and tribal areas.Krishna Poonia and Harwant KaurSports like archery are age-old traditions among the tribes in Jharkhand while akharas are ideal training ground for budding wrestlers in Haryana. Greater connectivity, television and phones have ensured that rural youth, both boys and girls, are at the heart of this change.Talent is all around and regional universities play a great role in harvesting them. “If we can integrate local activities with national level sports, the take-off point will soon be reached in Indian sports history,” says Jodhka.advertisementlast_img read more

Nottingham Test: England close Day 2 at 43/1 after skipper Alastair Cook departs cheaply

first_imgAlastair Cook’s batting woes deepened when he was bowled for five as England closed day two on 43-1 in reply to India’s mammoth 457 in the first test at Trent Bridge on Thursday.Cook, averaging 25 since his last century 14 months ago, could not take advantage of a batting paradise as he shuffled too far across and exposed his leg stump to fast bowler Mohammed Shami in the fourth over of England’s first-innings reply.Fellow opener Sam Robson was 20 not out and Gary Ballance on 15 at stumps.Earlier, India tailenders Bhuvneshwar Kumar (58) and Shami (51 not out) posted career-best scores in a last-wicket partnership worth 111 runs.They frustrated England, which expected to be batting much sooner after taking four wickets for two runs swiftly after lunch to leave India on 346-9.last_img read more

‘Nacho Libre’ wrestler Silver King dies during London match

first_imgMOST READ In 1994, he won the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre world heavyweight title. Gonzalez competed in World Championship Wrestling between 1997 and 2000, and during 2001-2006 used the ring name Black Tiger III. He went back to being Silver King after he was unmasked during a 2006 match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Gonzalez was struggling to stand up from the first flooring when another blow from Juventud Guerrera sent him sprawling back down front first, the Press Association said. The victorious Young Warrior pinned Silver King and started celebrating his win, the news agency said.Attendee Roberto Carrera Maldonado told the BBC the wrestler’s condition initially appeared “staged” as part of the fight, before efforts were made to revive him and the audience was cleared from the venue.“All of us were really shocked. It wasn’t clear what was happening,” Maldonado said. “I had the impression they didn’t know what to do.”The London Ambulance Service said medics arrived five minutes after they were called to the Roundhouse on Saturday, but the patient was pronounced dead at the scene.Gonzalez was the son of well-known Mexican wrestler who performed as Dr. Wagner, and one of his brothers is luchador Dr. Wagner Jr. He made his professional debut in the mid-1980s and worked for promoters in Mexico and Japan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In this image made from video taken on Saturday, May 11, 2019, The Silver King, right, talks to the camera with fan Mark van der Enden at the Roundhouse in London. A fan of a wrestler and actor who died after collapsing on stage mid-performance in London shared the moment he got to meet his idol earlier that afternoon. Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron, also known by his wrestling title of Silver King, died of a suspected heart attack at the Roundhouse in London’s Camden on Saturday night, promoters said. (@estefyunvin via AP)LONDON — A well-known Mexican wrestler who co-starred in the film comedy “Nacho Libre” died in London after he collapsed during a match that a witness described as so elaborately staged it wasn’t immediately clear something seriously was wrong.Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron, who wrestled with the ring name Silver King, was one of the featured wrestlers of “The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre” on Saturday night. The north London performance venue, the Roundhouse, tweeted just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday that the 51-year-old “sadly lost his life” during the event.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lucha Libre World, which promoted the Roundhouse event, said in a statement the lucha libre star “suffered what we believe was a cardiac arrest while performing in the show and sadly passed away.”Gonzalez appeared as a champion wrestler and comic villain in the 2006 movie “Nacho Libre”, which starred Jack Black as a monk who wants to be a masked luchador. Lucha libre is a popular form of wrestling in Mexico that features colorful masks, elaborate costumes and acrobatic techniques.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe description of the show on the Roundhouse’s website said the “awesome and immense Silver King” would take to the ring “portraying his villainous character, the evil rudo Ramses from his role” in the movie.Britain’s Press Association reported that Gonzalez’s opponent, Juventud Guerrera (Spanish for “Youth Warrior”) knocked him to the canvas twice. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25Cayetano’s beef with ABS CBN? Unfair air time during 2016 campaign02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kawhi Leonard for the win as Raptors escape 76ers for East finals ticket Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View commentslast_img read more

Renault XBA to compete against sub compact hatches in 2015

first_img2015 Datsun Redi-GoRenault India plans to launch a new entry level small car codenamed as XBA. This upcoming model will be based on a Renault Nissan CMF platform shared with the new Datsun Redi-Go and will compete against sub compact vehicles Maruti Alto, Hyundai Eon and Tata Nano.The entry level XBA hatch has been spied on test near the Renault plant in Chennai and sports many similarities to the new Datsun Redi-go. It is expected to be the most affordable car from the French auto manufacturer and with this vehicle, Renault will follow in the footsteps of Nissan which launched the low cost Datsun brand. The XBA roofline was spied under camouflage, where it appears that it sports larger dimensions than the Redi-GO, resulting in greater interior space.The new Renault XBA will be powered by a new sub-1.0 litre petrol engine that is currently under development. As the hatchback will be targeting first time buyers in the country, it will not be fitted with a diesel engine. Its petrol engine will be mated to a manual transmission, though Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) is also being considered.Renault XBA may be launched in India early next year and its prices are expected to range from Rs 3-5 lakh.last_img read more

Procurement Regulations Passed in Senate

first_img Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said a third, the Public Procurement (Registration and Classification of Suppliers) Regulations, 2018, is expected to be tabled at a later date. Story Highlights The Public Procurement Regulations 2018 and the Public Procurement (Reconsideration and Review) Regulations were approved by members of the Senate on July 13. The regulations are linked to the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act, which was passed by both Houses of Parliament earlier this year. The Act seeks to regulate the procurement of goods, works and services by entities of government. The Public Procurement Regulations 2018 and the Public Procurement (Reconsideration and Review) Regulations were approved by members of the Senate on July 13.Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said a third, the Public Procurement (Registration and Classification of Suppliers) Regulations, 2018, is expected to be tabled at a later date.The regulations are linked to the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act, which was passed by both Houses of Parliament earlier this year. The Act seeks to regulate the procurement of goods, works and services by entities of government.“The third requires the establishment of the new Commission, and that will only happen after these regulations are passed and the Act comes into force,” she said.Senator Johnson Smith said both regulations are formulated pursuant to section 60 of the Act and intend to prescribe provisions, procedures, standards and criteria for the various methods and subject matter of procurement; the establishment, management and operation of an electronic procurement system; overall bidding proceedings; and an appeal mechanism.“The ones not yet before us are those that will consider issues which are often of concern to suppliers, so those are the concerns related to the forms, the fees and procedures for the registration or classification of suppliers, the evaluation criteria for qualifications required for the registration and classification of suppliers, and the circumstances under which registration under the Act may be modified, suspended, cancelled, approved or withdrawn by the new Public Procurement Commission,” she explained.Senator Johnson Smith said in addition to codifying the rules, the regulations seek to build institutional capacity to ensure continuity in the levels of practice of modern procurement.She added that the regulations also outline the procedures for refusals and reviews of procurement applications.last_img read more