The pain of losing a home is difficult to endure, says 53-year-old Dularie Lall of Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.
After the death of her husband, Mrs. Lall was left to raise six children on her own.
The home under fire.
Now she finds herself once again in a trying situation after her home, which she had occupied for over 20 years, went up in flames.
The mishap occurred on the December 16, 2019 at Novar, Mahaicony.
At the time, Mrs. Lall was at home with her four younger children. Speaking with this publication yesterday, an emotional Ms. Lall recounted watching the home in which she had lived with her husband, go up in flames.
The family was unable to save anything.
According to the distraught woman, she and her children are presently seeking shelter at the home of her eldest daughter, who lives two villages away. While she is grateful for the assistance, the home is too small for so many occupants.
Mrs. Lall is appealing to the public to assist the family to rebuild their home.
“Whatever you have you can give me, due to my situation I am accepting. If you don’t have money to donate that is not a problem, please send some clothes and a mattress so that the children can have something to lie down on when night come.”
Mrs. Lall and her children
“I am willing to go and look for a work but I lately did a surgery and the doctors advised me to stay out of the night due and to avoid lifting heavy objects.”
I get a big son but he ain’t working either because he was born with a condition. I really need some help to build back my house, I am asking if you can send some zinc sheets and even some boards for me to at least start the construction. And I believed that once it’s started it will finish.”
According to reports, Ms. Lall was asleep in her home when she felt her hand burning.
Upon waking up, she saw flames inside her bedroom and immediately raised an alarm.
“When I woke up and see the fire the only thing I could have done is get my children and get out of that building.”
Kaieteur New publisher Glenn Lall is willing to donate GYD$100,000 with the aim of starting the rebuilding process.
The family can be contacted on telephone numbers 592-600-9937 and 592-621-1050.
Stardom in popular Hindi films is gauged by the said star’s capability to "shoulder" a film — if there was any doubt about Alia Bhatt’s status as a star until last week, the success of Raazi has ensured that now, the actor’s name would be mentioned in the same breath as some of the all-time greats as a "solo heroine".
Along with shouldering a film, the industry also considers an actor’s ability to ensure a commercial opening, which has now become one of the yardsticks to evaluate a superstar’s quality — here too, Alia Bhatt’s Raazi, with a Rs 30-crore opening, has edged past the competition.
The brightest of all: Alia Bhatt and Rajit Kapoor in a still from Raazi.
Amongst her generation, Bhatt has joined the ranks of other stars like Varun Dhawan, amidst a handful that could probably sell a film only on their own name. While Raazi has a "male lead" in the form of Vicky Kaushal, one cannot doubt that the film largely got made due to Bhatt’s name and in that respect, it could well become her first "solo" film to breach the Rs 100-crore club.
The unforgettable: Madhubala in a still from Mughal-e-Azam.
Alia Bhatt is one of the very few women leads out there now who has routinely featured in films that have crossed the Rs 100-crore mark — unlike other female leads, her contribution and participation have been far more significant in ensuring her Rs 100 crore-club films (2 States and Badrinath Ki Dulhania) hit the box office bull's eye.
The evergreen diva: Rekha in Khubsoorat.
But it’s not only the box office success of the Rs 40 crore-budgetedRaazi that has the makings of being a milestone. The thing that truly separates Bhatt from the rest is the fact that Raazi is said to have made close to Rs 30 crore just from ancillary streams of revenue, like satellite, digital and music rights, and recovered 75 per cent of its investment pre-release itself. The film's success before it even released thus reveals the brand that Alia Bhatt has become in the six years since her debut in Karan Johar's Student of the Year (2012).
Miss India: Sridevi in Shekhar Kapoor's Mr India.
Despite being a tad prescient, comparisons between an Alia Bhatt and classic single-screen queens, such as the late Sridevi and Hema Malini, might not be too early — or even too audacious. The one factor that separates Alia Bhatt from the likes of Kangana Ranaut and Anushka Sharma, as well as from the divas of yesteryears, is the manner in which the contemporary exhibition aspect of films has made it possible for a new kind of narrative within so-called "women-centric" cinema. A decade ago, Vidya Balan’s Tumhari Sulu (2017) would not be seen as a "regular" film by the trade. Ditto Dear Zindagi (2016), Neerja (2016), NH10 (2015), Queen (2014, Mary Kom (2014) and Kahaani (2012).
Why play by the rules: Vidya Balan in Tumhari Sulu.
For the trade to see these films in the same light as mid-level productions or "smaller" films — and not automatically brand them "women-centric" — is nothing less than a paradigm shift. In that context, a film such as Raazi is far more traditional as far as Bollywood themes and thinking goes. But Bhatt front-lining it puts her in a league beyond the others. The same film, with a top-billed male star opposite Bhatt, would have pushed it into the territory of a film such as Sharara (1984) based on Irving Wallace’s novel The Second Lady, featuring Hema Malini with Raaj Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha and Mithun Chakraborty.
But cinema — and its trade — today actually allows a young female star like Alia to be both hero and heroine at the same time.
So, just how much better, if at all, is Alia Bhatt compared to the generation of stars before her? The big difference here is that the more successful Sridevi, Hema Malini, Rekha, Madhubala or Nargis became, the rarer it got for author-backed roles to come their way. It’s the opposite in the case of Alia Bhatt, and while she can merrily share the screen with a Varun Dhawan in Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) or Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan in Kapoor & Sons (2016), that doesn’t come at the cost of playing well-etched characters in an Udta Punjab (2016) or Raazi.
The fact that the market for her films is only growing suggests that audiences are only too happy to back this twist in the tale.
It is generally accepted that many voters cast their votes against parties rather than for parties. Other voters vote for a party rather than for the policies of that party. In Guyana it is generally felt that most of our voters fall into those two categories. Of course, our ethnic dynamics encourage those electoral behaviors. For example, during the era of ideological politics when the PPP was an avowed communist party, many Indian-Guyanese whose socio-religious outlook was at odds with the tenets of socialism were still fanatic PPP supporters. As we approach the historic 2020 elections, we are again faced with the prospect of ethnicity influencing electoral choice. Despite sustained advocacy over the years against ethnic voting, it has persisted. In fact, there has been no country in the world that has been able to successfully erase ethnic voting patterns. The more ethnically diverse the country is, the more pronounced the practice is. It is for that reason that some of us have turned our attention to finding governance mechanisms to accommodate ethnic voting patterns in our multi-ethnic society. Hence the advocacy of power sharing or shared governance. Both major parties have over the decades been less than forthcoming in their embrace of the idea. While they pay lip service to it when in opposition, once they assume power, they find ways to avoid implementing it. The PPP has gone one step further—they have now rejected it even in opposition. This is an interesting development. One of the outcomes of the PPP’s non-support of shared governance is that it has allowed the Coalition to studiously avoid pressing for it during its first term. Critics of the Coalition’s inaction on this front must bear this in mind—there can be no meaningful shared governance without the PPP. But the PPP is simply not interested in a political solution along the lines of shared governance.
As we prepare to vote on March 2, we have to ask which of the two parties shows more inclination towards a political solution. The PPP has said to the African-Guyanese that it has no interest in co-governing with their party. African-Guyanese should instead go into the PPP. The PPP has therefore closed the door on shared governance. And worse, Mr. Jagdeo has boasted that should the PPP win in March, they would hold power for the next 30 or 40 years. This is coming from the leader of a party that represents half of the population in an ethnically divided society. Here is Mr. Jagdeo in his own words: “Every race has a place in our Party and has a right to make progress in the country and we in the PPP/Civic is the only Party that can deliver this for all of our people. Because of that, we will not only win power on March 2; we will stay in power for another 20, 30, 40 years in the future” (January 13, 2020 edition of another newspaper). Of course, he prefaces his threat of 40 years with a political lie that all races have a place in the PPP—he knows, and all Guyana knows that that is empty rhetoric. The real message follows the lie. Mr. Jagdeo is in effect saying to African-Guyanese and those Amerindians who don’t support the PPP that should the PPP win the coming elections, they should be prepared to be dominated for the next four decades. Where does that leave us? I don’t like telling people to vote against a party—I prefer people vote for something rather than against a party. But Mr. Jagdeo leaves us with little choice. I have to advise voters of all ethnic groups, including Indian-Guyanese, to vote against Mr. Jagdeo’s master plan for Guyana. That in effect means that we have to vote against the PPP. I have noted in this column before that I sense that despite the refusal to abandon ethnic voting, some voters are asking questions of their ethnic parties. Many African-Guyanese, Amerindians and a smaller section of Indian Guyanese seem to have embraced coalition politics. For some African-Guyanese there is this interesting convergence of ethnic feeling and coalition politics. This for me is hopeful, and is one of the reasons that I am encouraging voters to give the Coalition a second chance. I think the Coalition as a political formation is better able to absorb this new energy.
So, I am arguing that there are some clear choices before the electorate on March 2. Mr. Jagdeo and the PPP have made one of those choices even clearer. As a rule, I prefer to encourage voters to vote for something. Even if you are voting for a party for ethnic reasons, demand policies from that party. But on this score, I am prepared to break with that approach. It is quite in order to sell your party as the better choice, but to threaten half the country with 40 years of domination is unacceptable. For those voters who have been threatening to stay home on March 2, you now have a reason to come out and vote. Come March 2, vote against Mr. Jagdeo’s master plan.
Ramakant-PThere was a movement inside the PPP to replace Jagan with Fenton Ramsahoye in 1970 but Janet Jagan found out about it and the rest was history. Fenton was an innocent bystander. He didn't know anything about it. [ more ]
To promote her upcoming film Malang, Disha Patani was spotted wearing a thigh-high slit off-shoulder gown, and the actress' svelte figure will leave you with envy.
Disha Patani/picture courtesy: Yogen Shah
Disha Patani, who has back to back projects, shared some smokin' hot pictures on social media. Currently, she is promoting her upcoming thriller Malang, along with her co-stars Aditya Roy Kapur, Anil Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu.
During a promotional event on the sets of Indian Idol 11, Disha Patani was snapped wearing an off-shoulder thigh-high slit body-hugging outfit. One can't help but look at how beautifully the actress has carried this outfit.
Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and cook for 5 mins. Add the garlic and beef, turn up the heat and cook until the meat is browned. Add the potato, half the turmeric, the purée and thyme, plus 200ml water. Cover and simmer for 15 mins, then remove the lid and cook for 5 mins more. Add the hot pepper sauce and leave to cool.
Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Roll out the pastry to the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut out 6 x 15cm circles, using a small plate as a guide. Divide the mince between the circles, piling it up on one side. Mix the egg with the remaining turmeric, brush around the edge of each circle, then fold over and use a fork to seal the edges. Arrange on a baking tray lined with baking parchment, brush with a little more egg and bake for 20-25 mins. Serve with a green salad.
cainOh rass man I go shopping couple times a week for myself and a couple ole people, just get out there but be safe and doan forget if you have to cough, just fart to cover it. At Christmas I used to make salara, with red colouring on one loaf and green on the other. [ more ]
Ronald Anthony ArjuneI rather just build a simple headphone amp using the lm386 audio amplifier IC. I'm not up-to-date with the new digital designs of amplifiers. I can't afford the expensive stuff also I will still hear distortion coming from one source or another no matter how expensive the equipment is. I currently have a radio shack PA amplifier connected to a ONN boombox to play CDs and radio. When I record my rap I use a cheap dynamic microphone with a homemade mixer that uses an OpAmp IC and a transistor... [ more ]
Former MemberI will try to share my home theatre experience in the near future sharing some 4K projectors, Dolby Atmos Amp and speaker system, Projector screen, Subwoofer, ceiling and floor standing speakers and comfortable seating. 4K Bly ray. Streaming your 4K Movie collection from a home server etc. I watched the latest Star Wars movie in theatre and my projector quality, seating and sound system is much more enjoyable than what I saw in the theatre. Stay tuned. [ more ]
Former MemberThere is much higher end gear with a single Amplifier going over $ 10,000 but based on my experience, there is a lot of snake oil in the audiophile market. The above gear is affordable and provided among the best listening bang for buck. So why wait ? Dig out your Vinyl, Cassettes, DSD, FLAC and enjoy them. It's all about the love for music. A whole generation lost out with streaming of low quality MP3 music. Let them sample some higher quality music and relish in the real quality of sound. [ more ]
My system needs a reference to organize itself for empowerment so can you please put a couple of things you have in order and think of me or the system as you do it. Maybe you can put your shirt in the closet or put the CD in the case. The system's name is DacDad.
Ronald Anthony ArjuneThat is quite a complicated response Tola. I guess if the goat turd is dense it could be effective but I don't want to think like that. People kill cows for beef and I don't like that because I'm Hindu or I'm just conscientious. The aliens are restricted because we have to stay six feet from each other and that prevents alien contact with each other or contact from the spirit because of the coronavirus excuse. When I look at Trump on TV it appears that he's using his conscience to do what is... [ more ]
Tola@Cain : Only people like Ron and me think logically, you guys are no bodies. hehehe @Ron : You eva use dry goat turd fa sling shot balls ? Dem round and nice and hard when dry. Me hear de aliens shooting goat turd from Pluto, but dem missing de earth. But one time a goat turd hit a NASA satellite and cut off communication between Trump and the Pentagon. [ more ]
Former MemberIn addition, despite a difference of 5,000 votes, the PPP conceded in 2015 and didn’t plunge the country into crisis. That was the most civil thing to do. Unlike PNC animals like GrNger who has proven that he doesn’t belong to civilized society. He is also being backed by evil people like Ramjattan, Moses and Vulgar Volda. Satan granger first act was to appoint Patterson illegally who later appointed Lowenfield who was less qualified than Gunraj and here we are with this Satan’s granger mess. [ more ]
Former Member$600m of the $1.4B can't be found from the Durban Park Project but you would still vote for this sailor [ more ]
Former MemberThe willful ignorance display is quite amusing. [ more ]
TotaramPPP telling interviewer what to ask. In any case,a bunch of stupid questions. I will answer them. 1. The government did an excellent job of collecting taxes owed. 2. Check the budget documents. 3. How could the government have lost 30000 jobs when the unemployment rate has dropped and the workforce has increased. 4. You can't lose what you didn't have--stupid question. 5. Are you sure the AG said that--we are looking into this matter. 6. What's a negotiating brief? The kind you wear when you... [ more ]
Now that it’s tax time, you are probably thinking about how you will prepare your taxes. While some Canadians with especially complex situations are better off with a professional accountant, most of us do just fine with the help of tax software.
As much as I have recommended TurboTax for preparing taxes in the past, I think it’s important to know about other options that might serve you better. There is another well known program that has been gaining momentum. UFile is a serious contender in the Canadian tax preparation market, and it’s one that I recommend as the #1 tax prep software.
I like that UFile automatically gets you the tax credits you should have coming to you, without the need to fill out a lot of extra forms or answer a lot of questions. UFile is updated regularly so that it includes the most up to date information from the CRA, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on what you’re entitled to.
If you are trying to find a viable alternative to TurboTax, here is what you need to know:
What to Expect from UFile
The interview process in UFile works well, although it is not quite as comfortable to use as the TurboTax interviewer. UFile also includes the MaxBack Refund Analyzer, which looks at the whole family to best suggest deductions, credits, and pension splitting. This is a great feature that can help you figure out how to file your taxes in tandem with your partner so that you get the best possible tax refund. The process works well, and you can save information for later, if you need to.
UFile is secure and safe, and has been around for more than 15 years. You can also use information from last year’s return in this year’s return to speed up the process and make it a little bit easier. UFile also supports the import of desktop versions of H&R Block and TurboTax, so if you are switching tax software, it’s possible to enter your information quickly, without the need to add it manually. UFile also offers customer support and options for contacting professionals who can help you answer questions if you get stuck.
It’s also worth noting that UFile is certified for NETFILE, so you can submit your tax return electronically, increasing the speed at which you receive your refund. This is something that is increasingly important as more Canadians go paperless, and as our society looks for more in terms of quick results.
What Does UFile Cost?
UFile’s biggest strength is in the pricing. While there are free tax programs like StudioTax and SimpleTax, you may be willing to pay for a more polished and user friendly product. UFile is valued only $19.99 for four tax returns, while TurboTax Standard charges $34.99 (although you do get eight returns). UFile’s cost effectiveness becomes even more apparent when compared to higher versions of TurboTax, many of which add features that are in the one version of UFile.
The fair pricing for UFile is based on the online version, which starts at $17.95 for individuals. You can add a spouse for only $10, which makes it relatively inexpensive for you to file your return online. TurboTax Standard online starts at $19.99 per return. You can see that, already, you have the potential to save more money with UFile.
One of the nice things about UFile is the fact that it is pretty straightforward, with fewer versions and pricing options. There is a UFileT2, designed for corporations that need to file a T2, for $129.95. If you don’t need to file a T2, the online or desktop versions of UFile can help you report self-employed and investment income on your T1. You can also access UFile PRO, which is designed as professional tax software, starting at $129.99. This is ideal if you need to file more returns, and save money.
There is also the UFile Free offer, which is free if you have a simple return or are a new filer, a student, or have an income of less than $20,000. If you add dependents that fit these requirements, you can add them for free as well. This is a nice touch, since some tax preparation software programs will nickel and dime you for every little form or dependent. If you have a simple tax return, consider using this program from UFile to save money on your filing costs. You get the benefit of help preparing your tax return without having to pay anything. This is useful for new filers as well, since they won’t have to pay. It’s a good way to test out the program and decide if you like it.
UFile is my #1 recommended Canadian tax prep software. If you have especially complicated taxes, you might want to consider hiring a professional instead of using tax software at all. Many consumers find that UFile is a great choice because of its easy product offerings and low prices. Even though I think TurboTax is a solid program, UFile is my favorite Canadian tax prep software, and I highly recommend it.
What are we Indians supposed to call ourselves if blacks are calling themselves Brown? I was buying a pack of printer paper in the store when this person asked me for a quarter and I said no. They do the begging so my spirit won't help me but it will help them because my spirit would not see me as needing help. Because I didn't give him the quarter the paper edges were damaged and it would have a problem with the printer selection of a page.
Ronald Anthony ArjuneAliens I understand they are controlling our organization with dynamic action/reaction control like posting my text using real time comparative. I understand we can control the ratio of the theory of relativity by moving something physical. But we must learn how to break out of their mathematical constants to be independent of the status quo's control. Thank you for all your help during the many years of my mental illness and I know you are the silent emotion. System: locate illegal drug and... [ more ]
Ronald Anthony ArjuneIs anyone going to deny that the jews control us with the dancing of wind and fire? That is why dancing is choreographed in America and around the world. Smoking challenges random dancing. When the spirit stops dancing movements, there is fear (Anxiety). The hard drive on the computer dances so there may exist a danger from disorganization. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZLSgDbIDLQ [ more ]
Former Memberbanna...you looking for trouble [ more ]
Former MemberRay, did dat lil effeminate Yugi/Sean contact yuh yet fuh ban or suspend Gwana man? Ah kyan hear he crying while reading. Princess Kaz peeping, waiting to mek he appearance after ah gone. [ more ]
Staying the course, popular or not and enforcing the rules. Comply or you're gone.
Its his joint and he sets the rule. I prefer this type of approach and it will clean up GNI for good. DJ's biggest victory yet is cleaning up the mess with members who post misleading article headings and not posting sources.
Members should respect the right of others to express a political opinion different from theirs. Not everyone is a leftists, socialist, capitalist or conservative.
The new enforcers are DJ and Trump. Drain the swamp. DJ for VP in 2020 !
DjangoBhai ,my maternal ancestors are Aboriginals of North Western India ,today they are scheduled caste. Got to dig up on my paternal side ,my father claimed to be Kshatriya ,which doesn't mean nothing to me. [ more ]
Former MemberBai. I see that Mitwah is obsessed with Yujie, like Yujie put a good one on Mitwah ? Anyway, I am Sean by the lake. I don’t recall care who Yujie is dead or alive. Dat is one of of our Indos ancestors from India. Could very well be DJ Great Great Aaja ka pappa. hey hey hey [ more ]
Earlier this evening, attorney at law and People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) member, Charles Ramson told residents of the Queenstown, Albertown area that Chris Gayle wants to collect the money that is still owed to him by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR). This was during a PPP/C public meeting.
According to Ramson, he was reliably informed that Gayle is actively trying to get the outstanding money that was promised to him for his visit to Linden when PNCR celebrated its 62nd anniversary in October last.
Ramson said that Gayle was promised US$50,000 for the visit to Linden where he walked with PNCR officials and greeted supporters. However, the world-famous cricketer, according to Ramson, was only paid US$10,000 of the promised sum.
According to Ramson, Gayle is now being pushed around. Ramson said that when Gayle asked PNCR officials about his outstanding payments, he was referred to a Guyanese former national cricketer who also runs a business now. Ramson said that the former National cricketer is now “pretending that he does not know about the money.”
Ramson told those who listened to him, “Nothing don’t hide in Guyana, that is how I know about the Chris Gayle story.”
He also told listeners, some of whom erected APNU flags and banners with President David Granger, “If you don’t believe me ask Harmon, he knows about it.”
The politician told listeners that they should be worried when PNC brings foreigners to do its bid as often times “it is your money that is being used, tax dollars.”
Ramson also spoke about APNU+AFC’s use of Farmer Nappy for its campaign launch. He said, “They took $20M of your money to pay a foreigner to come and cuss down a man by the name of Jagdeo. They bring a foreigner to cuss down a Guyanese national.”
Ramson said that it is that sort of “wastage” and “disrespect” that the people of Guyana must vote against come March 2. He said, “It is only 32 days left to get rid of this incompetent cabal. Do not hold on to all their failed promises. They were to jail Jagdeo but up to now, they cannot touch him. How they will fulfill these other promises if they cannot even touch Jagdeo.”
Ramson said that while the PNC is busy hiring foreigners for PR purposes, over 30,000 jobs were lost over the past four and a half years “today alone, 200 jobs were lost. That is only today.” Ramson said that on the contrary, the PPP is set to create 50,000 jobs within the next five years.
He said that while house lots were only given out to foreigners and ministers, the PPP is set to deliver 50,000 low-cost house lots within the next five years.
He said, “We are going to ensure free university education, 20,000 online scholarships and we are going to immediately bring back the $10,000 cash grant then increase it to $50,000 per child in the coming years.” Ramson also spoke about the new tax regime that PPP will create to ensure the ordinary man has to pay less and thus will have more money in his pocket.
Patrick Philbin, deputy counsel to the president, answers a question from Sens. Kevin Cramer and Todd Young at the Senate trial of President Trump.
If the Republicans stay on track, President Trump could be spiking the football about his acquittal with Sean Hannity during a Super Bowl interview.
The media’s tone drastically shifted yesterday morning as it looked increasingly likely that Senate Republicans would hold the line and block any witnesses from testifying. The mood on MSNBC was practically funereal.
For about 36 hours, it looked like dissident Republicans, led by Mitt Romney, would cobble together the four votes needed to call John Bolton, most likely in a trade for another witness whose last name is Biden. Given the uproar over the leaked Bolton manuscript, it seemed they might get six or seven votes—a safety-in-numbers approach that would prevent any one senator from having to be the 51st vote.
But that didn’t happen. When Mitch McConnell let it leak that he didn’t have the votes, he sent a message to his caucus that they were in danger of losing control of the trial. Some conservatives slammed Romney and other wavering lawmakers, giving them a taste of the backlash. The majority leader also huddled privately with one possible defector, Lisa Murkowski. Last night Susan Collins came out for witnesses, but Lamar Alexander, while calling Trump's behavior "inappropriate," said he'd vote against witnesses.
And lo and behold, no fourth vote materialized.
“One after the other on Wednesday, in statements and interviews in the Capitol, they made clear they would side with their leader,” the New York Times reported.
Remember Pat Toomey floating a one-for-one trade on witnesses? The Pennsylvania senator said yesterday he was “very, very skeptical” of new witnesses. And so it went.
With McConnell holding his troops in line, he could, after today’s showdown on witnesses, call a vote on acquitting or convicting the president. And this thing would be wrapped up before the weekend.
The coverage has also been dominated by the furor over Alan Dershowitz and his latest line of argument on the Senate floor.
The liberal Harvard law professor, now part of the Trump legal team, stunned Democrats and the media by arguing that a president can have three possible motives: in the public interest, in his own political interest, and in his own financial interest.
Focusing on the second one, Dershowitz said: “Every public official that I know believes that his election is in the public interest. And, mostly, you're right. Your election is in the public interest. And if a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.”
Many heads exploded. Commentators reacted in disbelief. Rachel Maddow said this was a "nutball” argument. And indeed, Dershowitz seemed to suggest that a president could justify almost anything simply by believing it would help his reelection and therefore be in the public interest.
The professor moved into damage control mode on Twitter:
“Taking advantage of the fact most of their viewers didn’t actually hear the senate Q and A, CNN, MSNBC and some other media willfully distorted my answers.”
He said that a mixed motive “was often the reality of politics and that helping one's own re-election efforts cannot — by itself— necessarily be deemed corrupt.”
Dershowitz offered as an example President Lincoln sending troops home from the battlefield to Indiana so they would vote for his party—believing that this would help the war effort, by also aid him politically.
But the professor handed his detractors on the left a very large club, especially since many already believe that Trump views himself as above the law.
Whether there should have been witnesses, whether Ukraine was impeachable, whether Republicans caved to Trump out of fear, will be debated roughly forever.
But what is also true is that the Democrats, through the House hearings and the Senate trial, largely failed to galvanize public opinion in favor of ousting the president. The polls remained stuck around 50 percent on that point.
And I think many people instinctively believe they’ll have a chance to replace Trump in November, without overturning an election—removing the argument that this is the only chance to stop him.
It turns out Nancy Pelosi was right before Ukraine prompted her to shift her position. As was true with Bill Clinton two decades ago, an impeachment can only be successful if it has bipartisan support.
Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said senators should not pry the trial wide open to new evidence in light of the New York Times’ reporting on Bolton’s book manuscript that says Trump explicitly linked a hold on Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden.
“You cannot impeach a president on an unsourced allegation,” Sekulow said, of reporting on the manuscript.
Sekulow dismissed those referring to the Bolton manuscript as new “evidence.”
"I'd call it inadmissible," Sekulow said.
And even if Bolton’s allegations – which Trump denies – are true, Trump’s legal team said that the president still can’t be impeached because there is no underlying crime. Sekulow warned such a standard on impeachment would paralyze future presidents.
“The bar for impeachment cannot be set this low,” Sekulow said.
The Bolton book has thrown a wrench in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plans for a speedy trial with no new witnesses since the revelations provide a first-hand account of an alleged quid pro quo. The book has made it harder for GOP senators to ignore Bolton and have amped up calls from Democrats to demand witnesses.
A vote is expected by Friday on whether to open the trial to new witnesses and evidence. Republicans open to Bolton say that others such as Hunter and Joe Biden should also be called in a reciprocal agreement.
Tuesday's closing arguments by Trump's legal team marks the end of the first phase of the trial where House Democrats and Trump defense each had three days to sway the Senate.
House impeachment managers used their three days to outline their case against Trump for obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.
Democrats charge that Trump put his own self-interests before that of national security by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, and withholding nearly $400 million in security assistance to a country at war with Russia.
Trump's legal team poked holes in the case, saying there was no quid pro quo and Trump had legitimate reasons for asking Ukraine for investigations into the Bidens.
Sekulow appears flabbergasted by the idea that the trial could be extended because of the Bolton manuscript.
“Are you going to allow proceedings on impeachment to go from a New York Times report about someone who says what they hear is in a manuscript -- is that where we are? I don't think so," Sekulow said. "I hope not."
Now, senators will have 16 hours starting on Wednesday to ask written questions of the two sides. Then they'll take a vote on whether to extend the trial with new witnesses and documents.
President David Granger this morning told the Annual Police Officers’ Conference 2020 that there has been significant recapitalising of the force but that its current personnel strength is inadequate.
An excerpt from the President’s address at State House follows:
The Force is being recapitalized, including with support from friendly states. The Force’s transportation fleet since 2015 has been increased with the addition of 338 new vehicles – motor cars, motor buses, motor cycles, motor pick-ups, mini-buses and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and other specialised utility vehicles. Thirty-four boats, engines and other riverine craft were added to the Marine Branch over the past five years to enhance its marine capability.
The use of body cameras by ranks, piloted in Division 4 ‘A’, is now being extended to other Divisions. The nine eleven (911) system was revamped to improve timely responsiveness to reports of crime.
Your Government has provided greater resources to help the Force’s crime-fighting capabilities. Expenditure (current and capital) increased by 85 per cent from G$7.5B in 2014 to G$13.9 B in 2019. The Government has provided for G$56.5B of the Force’s expenditure over the past five years.
The Force’s personnel strength of about 4,600 is inadequate and will be augmented during the ‘Decade of Development’. Our country’s 215,00km² makes it larger in extent than England and Scotland combined and with 3,000 km of borders and 460 km of sea coast, the Force is challenged to enforce the law effectively everywhere. The Force has begun to overcome these constraints.
The Force’s personnel have increased by 37.6 percent from 3,610 in 2014 to 4, 956 at as December 2019. It is now being supported by a 1,990 member Constabulary.
Policemen and policewomen are now enjoying improved wages and salaries. The average pay of a constable has increased from G$55,889 in 2014 to G$88,237 in 2019.
The Force must be brought to strength. Trained police officers must be deployed away from non-core functions such as immigration, certification of vehicular fitness and issuance of gun licenses. These non-core functions must be outsourced so as ensure that more trained ranks are deployed to crime-fighting duties.
The Force must groom a more versatile officer corp. The police officer of the future must be equipped with a wide range of skills and competencies. He or she must be able to operate in different environments and be capable of working and living on the coastland or in the hinterland.
Vigorous efforts are being made to improve relations between the Force and communities. The Citizen Security Strengthening Programme funded the establishment of twenty Community Action Councils to assist with crime-fighting, including supporting the training of community members to better address domestic violence and to promote good parenting practices and neighbourhood watch schemes. Team Policing was introduced, in 2017, to improve police- community relations.
Former MemberI also watched the interview. He brought up Granger's citizenship issue. He claimed Granger's wife is a Canadian or American citizen(can't recall the country). And he is surmising that Granger might be a dual citizen. [ more ]
Former MemberChange Guyana chooses Mishka Puran as replacement PM candidate Mishka Puran By Stabroek News January 31, 2020 Change Guyana has chosen attorney, Mishka Puran, as its replacement prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming General and Regional Elections saying that her focus will be on women’s rights and empowerment. “She believes in women’s empowerment and that of youth and it is why we feel that she should be the person,” Change Guyana Leader Robert Badal told Stabroek News, when contacted... [ more ]
I hold no hard feelings against Django. I must admit, sometimes I go over board and I will try to walk away by adding little words like “ relax big man” or take some fresh air, just to calm the situation, but he will respond with” I am in no position to dictate to him” ... see what I mean. I will try my best going forward.
The last few days was very tense, because Djanjo posted a subject “ Vision”.. the very next day, Digicel brought out a damaging statement against the said Minister ( Cathy) this statement contradicts the “vision” subject and the situation went down hill.
Django started to delete images and screenshot messages and even FB links that was exposing the Government and shows Djanjo contradiction. He did the same with the US report, and question it’s authenticity.. like it was some fake . Links to the US video was posted that show a snippet of that statement, Django when crazy and deleted some of the evidence.
The situation gets worst when he resort to belittle me with comprehension and grade 4 languages .... I gets frustrated and words fly and the mighty pen was in his hands .
I posted screenshot of speech showing the source of the website- that’s what the rules asked - SOURCE. I will post links as a backup sometimes . There are times when I am guilty of not posting either, but the rules say it’s “advisable to post source “ ... how do we win😊.
Thanks for the love and encouragement to fellow members who reach out via PM and phone calls and on the forum with supportive comments.
Former MemberWe can't seem to follow this one. With Django's new rules, he will be a lonely man. [ more ]
AmralDjango should start working on a new set of forum rules [ more ]
Demerara_GuyPerhaps, the rules could be pinned on the board and closed i.e., not for discussions; for perhaps a few months; for all members to be acquainted with the rules plus updates -- Posting Rules: Unacceptable Conduct. [ more ]