Irfaan Ali: PPP’s presidential candidate

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party took another step in its preparation for General Elections in Guyana when yesterday its Central Committee of 35 members elected Mr Mohamed Irfaan Ali as its presidential candidate. The PPP was in a fortunate position of electing a young leader from among a list of very qualified professionals – all of whom are very experienced in politics, Parliament and in Government; all of whom also have a long history of representing people across Guyana.It was a hard-fought fight to become the next PPP presidential candidate and all the five candidates deserve commendation for going through the rigors of earning the confidence of the PPP’s Central Committee. Now it is up to the PPP and Ali to win the confidence of the people of Guyana. If the party and Ali can successfully persuade the people of Guyana in the soon-to-be-held Regional and General Elections, then Ali will become the next President and the second youngest President of Guyana.In selecting Mohamed Irfaan Ali as its presidential candidate, the PPP has maintained its legacy of reposing hefty responsibility in youth and in promoting youth in leadership. When the PPP talk about the importance of youth, it actually has its history of creating space for youth to demonstrate their potential. It is the political party that in 1953, had a 35-year-old Cheddi Jagan as Premier, a 25-year-old Ashton Chase as Minister of Labour, and a 29-year-old Forbes Burnham as Minister of Education. In 1994, the PPP named Bharrat Jagdeo as the youngest-ever Minister of Finance at the age of 30. The PPP had the boldness and courage to name and then have Bharrat Jagdeo elected as President when he was only 35 years old and named Carolyn Rodrigues as a minister at the age of 25. The PPP named Carolyn Rodrigues later as the youngest-ever Minister of Foreign Affairs in any Caricom country and then followed that by naming Anil Nandlall as the youngest-ever Attorney General. Following upon this commitment to youth, the PPP now has named a youthful Irfaan Ali, at the age of only 38, to carry its mantle in the upcoming General Elections.Inevitably, there are those among us who will question whether this young man has the experience to lead the nation at this critical time. It is a time when Guyana’s economy needs a major boost and a time when innovative ideas will be required to ensure the traditional economy is re-engineered to continue playing a major role in a transformed economy. It is also a time when oil and gas will become another major pillar in the economy and has the potential to transform the economy into the major Caricom economy. The questioning of Ali’s credentials to lead the country at this time, therefore, is relevant.There can be no doubt that in spite of being still a young man, still a youth leader, Irfaan Ali also has extensive experience. He has been in a leadership role of the youth arm of the PPP – the Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO) for almost two decades now and in the Party’s leadership for almost 15 years. Besides presently serving in the Party’s Central Committee and Executive, Irfaan Ali has served for almost a decade as the Party’s Finance Secretary. His involvement in political leadership has, therefore, not been trivial and has been in major roles. He has also been in leadership at the regional level and, since 2011, in both General and Regional and Local Government Elections (four successive elections) has led his Region Three to provide the biggest percentage of PPP wins.He has served as minister, first being named a minister at the tender age of 28. Irfaan Ali’s Ministries were major ministries – Housing and Water, Trade and Industry and Tourism. For most of his ministerial experience, Irfaan Ali has controlled these two ministries at the same time. It was a major responsibility that the PPP, through its Presidents, Jagdeo and Ramotar, placed on a very young man. He did not disappoint them; he did not disappoint the PPP; and he served his country with distinction in these two portfolios. In his period as Minister of Housing, he led the establishment of more housing schemes in Guyana for any five-year period in the country’s history and distributed more house lots, particularly to low income and middle-income families, than any other Housing Minister in our history. As Minister of Water, he led Guyana to almost universal access to potable water and Guyana gained United Nations recognition for this achievement.Under his tenure as Trade Minister, there were major business development and creation of several industrial parks. As Minister of Tourism, he led the drive to make tourism a major pillar of the growing and diversified economy. But Irfaan Ali distinguished himself not only as a competent and dynamic Minister of Government, he was also a dynamic legislator. He became a major spokesman in Parliament for the Government’s economic trajectory and the macro-economic and financial stability policies and actions of the then PPP Government. After 2015 – he assumed the role of shadow finance minister for the PPP and, in that capacity, he has been a thorn in the side of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, exposing the weakness of their stewardship and the mismanagement of the economy. Ali has also been the Chair of the PAC and, in this capacity, has led the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in one of its most active periods of financial scrutiny in our parliamentary history.He might be young, but he is also a very experienced governmentalist, legislator, and politician. The PPP has made an impressive choice for its presidential candidate. Together with a team that includes the other four persons that competed with him and, under the guidance and leadership of the PPP’s General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, the PPP will be a formidable force in the next election. The other political parties will do well not to underestimate him.last_img read more

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Flooding kills 13 across 3 states

first_imgBy Scott Bauer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WINONA, Minn. – Rivers swollen by as much as a foot of rain lifted houses off their foundations and washed away roads, killing at least 13 people in three states, authorities said Sunday. Hundreds of people in southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin were evacuated, some by boat off rooftops. In Oklahoma, where the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin soaked the region, a vehicle carrying the wife, daughter and granddaughter of Kiowa Chief Billy Horse was swept from a state highway by rising floodwaters, said Richard Kauahquo, a member of the tribe’s business committee. Three other people drowned in Oklahoma, including a woman in her cellar in rural Fort Cobb. Significant flooding was reported in Kingfisher, Okla., where about 100 residents were evacuated from their homes after the nearby Cimarron River flooded its banks. “The Cimarron River tributaries that flow into the town of Kingfisher are just lakes right now,” National Weather Service forecaster Daryl Williams said. Water lapped at the foundations of houses in Watonga, Okla., where the entire community was without power and mobile homes were blown to pieces by winds of up to 82 mph. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I cannot describe the terror of it all. I’m just glad to be alive,” said Sean Wehlage, 29, who climbed onto the roof of his one-story home in Stockton to wait out the storm. Gov. Tim Pawlenty ordered 240 National Guard soldiers to the area to help with flood-relief and provide security, and the Red Cross set up emergency shelters. Six deaths were reported in Minnesota, and six more in Oklahoma. “This is the worst disaster that’s hit southeast Minnesota in a lifetime,” state Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes said. Floodwaters cut a 30-foot gully through one road near tiny Witoka. Two people died in vehicles that plunged in. “They apparently just drove off the edge of the pavement, and with the floodwaters just were unable to get out of the vehicle,” Winona County Administrator Bob Reinert said. last_img read more

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Yaya Toure expected to be involved in Manchester City’s clash with Leicester

first_img1 The Ivorian midfielder was charged with drink-driving in Dagenham Yaya Toure’s drink-driving charge will not affect his chances of selection for Manchester City’s Premier League clash with Leicester on Saturday.The 33-year-old was charged last Tuesday after being stopped in Dagenham and is due to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on December 13.The news broke after Toure came off the bench during City’s 3-1 defeat by Chelsea last weekend.Fernandinho’s dismissal at the Etihad Stadium and subsequent three-match ban increases Toure’s chances of returning to the starting line-up against the Premier League champions.Guardiola said: “I spoke to him about the issue. He gave me his reasons. I trust him. I take the decisions on what I see on the pitch about his behaviour.“I said before he played at Crystal Palace that he’s part of the team because he’s training good. He’s fit. I love midfield players. If I could play with 11 midfield players I would, and he’s one of them.“Then, after the charge, we are going to see what is the solution.”This will be the first Premier League game Fernandinho has missed this season, and Guardiola said: “He’s so important for us.”City must also cope without Sergio Aguero, whose challenge on David Luiz sparked the melee in which Fernandinho was also sent off, and defender Nicolas Otamendi, who picked up a fifth yellow card against Chelsea.Guardiola has, though, been boosted by the fitness of winger Raheem Sterling, who has recovered from the knock he suffered against Burnley two weeks ago.The loss to Chelsea, in which City conceded three goals in the last half an hour, left Guardiola’s side four points behind the league leaders but he was upbeat afterwards about their performance.And the Catalan is confident, if they show the same form they did last weekend and in the Champions League draw with Celtic in midweek, the results will follow.He said: “In the long term, if you play good you are going to win. I want to feel. I am a coach for the results of course or I wouldn’t be here but I want to enjoy with my team.“Sometimes it’s a little bit sad when you deserve to win but you are not able but it happens to all teams around the world. Always I am focused on the way you have to play, not the result. The result is a consequence of what you do.“If we play like we did against Chelsea or Celtic, we are going to do good things. If we play like (in wins over) Crystal Palace or Burnley, we are not going to do absolutely anything.”City can pile more misery on Leicester, who sit only two points above the relegation zone and were thrashed 5-0 by Porto in the Champions League in midweek.The Foxes were already guaranteed to top the group and fielded a second-string side but it was nevertheless another blow to their confidence.Leicester have lost their last three Premier League games, but Guardiola expects Claudio Ranieri’s team to come good.He said: “The Premier League is tough. Sometimes it can happen. Leicester, what I saw these last days, remain a good team. I have a lot of respect for Claudio Ranieri.“You have to handle the situation of last season. It was outstanding, it was amazing what they did and the way they did it.“Sometimes a new competition, the Champions League, they were first in the group stage. Maybe the players were so focused on the Champions League, the first experience in their lives, the travel, the music everything. Sometimes you are not focused on the Premier League.“But now they have qualified they have two months to focus on the Premier League. The players are there, the defensive structure is quite solid and the goalkeeper is really good.“They have a lot of quality and I’m pretty sure they are going to come back to what they deserve.”last_img read more

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Customs seize cash and cigarettes in Letterkenny swoop

first_imgRevenue officers have swooped in Letterkenny and recovered both cigarettes and cash.The officers raided a house and seized 13,400 cigarettes branded Mayfair, L&M and Pacific.The raid took place on Friday last. As well as the cigarettes, more than €7,200 cash was also seized suspected to be the proceeds of, or intended for use in, criminal activity.A Polish man in his 30s was questioned.Today at Letterkenny District Court, officers were granted a three-month cash detention order to allow Revenue officers to investigate further.A similar yet unrelated raid took place in Galway. Customs seize cash and cigarettes in Letterkenny swoop was last modified: October 11th, 2018 by StephenShare 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) Tags:cashcigarettesletterkennyRevenueswooplast_img read more

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Disneyland Preview — Week of October 28

first_imgRemember, Dreams Come True Fireworks1100001 As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsAt Disneyland Park, Space Mountain will be down on Wednesday to remove the Ghost Galaxy overlay, it’s a small world is closed from October 23 through some time in November, and River Belle Terrace is indefinitely closed. At California Adventure, Goofy’s Sky School is currently closed, and It’s Tough to Be a Bug! is also undergoing a brief closure from until November 3.  Everything else is currently open.As always, you can see the full slate of refurbishments by checking here.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike! Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments! Share This!Halloween season comes to a close, and Disneyland wastes no time in getting into the Christmas spirit! Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview!Special Events and NotesJust a few more days in the Halloween season at Disneyland, so if you want to enjoy the seasonal treats and decor (like the incredible Haul-o-Ween overlay at California Adventure), you need to get over there soon!  Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy runs through Tuesday and will be down on Wednesday to remove the overlay and return to the classic version. Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout will continue its very popular monster-themed overlay — Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark — through Tuesday as well. In fact, while it normally only runs in the evenings, it will be in monster-mode all day on Halloween to give everyone plenty of time to get in one or two more rides for the season. Expect long lines and snag a FastPass if you can.Also, Disney’s California Adventure is currently showing a special sneak preview of Thor: Ragnarok at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. The movie opens on Friday, so it’s a great time to get in and check it out! The preview lasts about 15 minutes.Mickey’s Halloween Party wraps up this week, with the final (and only remaining) party Tuesday.  Anyone lucky enough to have tickets (it’s sold out) should check out Guy’s preview before going.It’s also the last opportunity to check out the Halloween treats. Guy has sampled them and has provided an excellent guide to the best of the best so you’ll to know where to focus your attention with the clock running down.Finally, Halloween is Tuesday, which believe it or not means that Christmas decor should be up as soon as Wednesday. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more holiday happenings are announced!CrowdsAs per usual, the weekends see the highest predicted crowds, with the week much lighter.  On the whole, though, it looks like a great week from a crowd standpoint — even the “big” crowds on the weekends are still very manageable.Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherWeather is MUCH more temperate this week after last week’s punishing heat.  The weekend is pretty warm, but the week is going to be very pleasant, with cooler temperatures and only the shadow of a chance of rain.As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsPretty light show schedule during the week, with a full battery of shows on the weekend. Note that special shows will run at Disneyland Park for Tuesday for the Halloween Party. Detailed show schedules, including smaller productions like Storytelling at Royal Theatre, can be found here. California Adventure8-118-1110-89-910-810-89-10 Fantasmic!2200002 Disneyland8-128-129-108-69-99-99-12 Admission and HoursDisneyland Park will be closing early on Tuesday for Mickey’s Halloween Party. It’s sold out, so if you don’t already have tickets, be aware that you’re not going to be able to go to Disneyland Park that night. California Adventure, however, will be open as normal.The same schedule that has been in place lately continues: Southern California Passholders are blocked out on Saturday, while Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday and Sunday. All other Annual Passports will be honored all days of the week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular cost ($110 adult/$104 child) Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remaining days of the week.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: Mickey’s Soundsational Parade2211112 ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri World of Color1111111 SatSunMonTuesWedThurFrilast_img read more

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New York ~ Sales and Use Tax: Sales of Warm Cookies Taxable

first_imgA taxpayer’s sales of cookies in a heated state through retail stores are subject to New York sales tax. The taxpayer’s business model is focused on selling warm cookies to customers. The cookies are baked at the stores and kept warm while displayed at the counters. Cookies purchased for delivery are kept warm in heat sleeves until delivered to customers. Whether the taxpayer sells cookies in small quantities in its stores, in larger quantities in to-go boxes or delivers cookies to customers, the cookies are always sold in a heated state. Thus, the taxpayer’s receipts from the sales of cookies are taxable, whether sold for on-premises or off-premises consumption.last_img read more

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Dale Steyn joins 400-wicket club as Bangladesh reach 75-1 at lunch against South Africa

first_imgFast bowler Dale Steyn became the second South African bowler to take 400 test wickets as he made the sole breakthrough in Thursday’s opening session of the second Test against Bangladesh, as the hosts made a steady start to reach 75-1.Steyn claimed opener Tamim Iqbal to reach the milestone in 80 test, the same number as Richard Hadlee, to be the equal second quickest behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan, who reached it in 72 Tests.Steyn (1-11) made the breakthrough in the fifth over of the morning as Tamim chased a wide delivery, edging it to first slip to be out for 6.Tamim had been dropped by Dean Elgar in the previous over off Steyn at the same score.Also read: Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram to train young pacersImrul Kayes and Mominul Haque saw off the session without further trouble, sharing an unbeaten 63 runs. At lunch, Mominul was on 35 and Kayes on 28. They were solid and largely untroubled by the short-ball barrage by the South African fast bowlers who got little assistance from the pitch, with Bangladesh choosing to bat after winning the toss.Both teams made one change to the squads that played out a rain-affected draw in the first Test.Bangladesh recalled batsman Nasir Hossain, replacing left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. Team management said Nasir’s part-time off-spin allied to strong batting gave him the edge over Taijul.South Africa handed a debut to wicketkeeper-batsman Dane Vilas who replaced the out-of-form Quinton de Kock.The first Test was drawn after rain washed out last two days of the game.advertisementlast_img read more

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OD-RESHUFFLE

first_imgBureaucrats reshuffled in OdishaBhubaneswar, May 1 (PTI) Odisha government today effected a reshuffle in the bureaucratic level by changing the portfolios of at least 10 officers.Additional Chief Secretary to Higher Education, GVV Sarma of 1986 batch has been appointed as Board of Revenue member, while 1989 batch IAS officer Mona Sharma is shifted from tourism and culture department and posted as the secretary in rural development department, according to a notification issued by the general administration department.Rural development secretary B P Sethi has been transfered to higher education department. He will also hold additional charge as the states special relief commissioner and managing director of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority, the notification said.Sports and youth service secretary Vishal Kumar Dev has been given additional charge of tourism and culture department and chairman of Odisha Hydro Power Corporation. PTI AAM KK KKlast_img read more

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New Building Code Regulations Proposed

first_imgProposed new building code regulations will mean safer homes andoffices for Nova Scotians. The regulations were released forpublic comment today, Sept. 26. “These proposed regulations will ensure best practices are usedin new construction,” said Kerry Morash, Minister of Environmentand Labour. “Health and safety are always top priorities whenconsidering new regulations, and these draft regulations willimprove the safety of our buildings.” The proposed regulations would endorse changes proposed for theNational Building Code, the national standard for buildingconstruction. They also customize some requirements that areneeded to meet building design conditions in Nova Scotia,specifically related to construction and support of decks andweather proofing of exterior walls. Another amendment allows municipalities to refuse to issue anoccupancy permit until a civic number is posted. “Every homeshould have its civic number plainly visible to emergencyresponders,” Mr. Morash said. “This proposal will help ensurethat our emergency responders have access to this importanttool.” Environment and Labour staff have already consulted theconstruction industry regarding these regulations through theNova Scotia Building Advisory Committee. “Now that we’ve finished discussions with the technical experts,we’re asking all Nova Scotians to look at these proposed changesand provide us with their comments,” said the minister. The public comment period expires Nov. 14. The proposed changesare available on the Environment and Labour Web site at,www.gov.ns.ca/enla .last_img read more

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