Irfon AliLynn, I saw he and Bipasha in Raaz. it's a very suspenseful movie, not the typical song & dance nonsense, based on Hollywood's 'What lies beneath,' which I saw also. they made 3 sequels to Raaz but I haven't watched them yet [ more ]
LynnI wasnt sure ant Amrita Arora.. wild guess!! did u know that Dino Morea us 1/2 Italian?? [ more ]
That is what they are doing to the song of Krishna as part of their conspiracy to destroy nature and Lord Krishna. The anxiety attacks I feel is because Lord Krishna is singing to disable God in my nerves with fear. Forgetting feelings is like the operating system for their conspiracy which controls arrangements of our bodies. The evil force or enemy is the proximity between two points as intelligence and can be seen as inherent in the data of technology in the screen of your phone. Hindu bajans are a good thing to listen to to enable the power of Krishna. They (truth & time) uses us to destroy the song of Krishna with arguments and hostility towers one another. Politics and the political system controls the truth and disables the song of Krishna with that truth. We can sing to Krishna to restore the physical from harm with the modulation onto the idea of Lord Krishna. Government is the truth of God and must be under our suppression so that our emotions are not harmed by the word of government and law. All of these things are possible by singing to Lord Krishna with simultaneously applied thinking of the interface conversion of the unwanted conditions changing to what we want in our hearts with a feeling of love and devotion.
Ronald Anthony ArjuneI guess you all can think and see clearly with those simple answers unlike me. It's a precious gift you all should never lose. Singing songs backwards or out of key would disassociate the memory of the song with the words. This, according to my paranoia, may cause a materialization of the thoughts which could cause harm to the brain. [ more ]
cainTo destroy a song...sing it off key...or give it to Bob Dylan to sing. [ more ]
ballTo kill a song sing it backwards, the cure is not medication for mentality but meditation [ more ]
DouganHey sometimes living outside of the city can be a good thing. But I looking to move back closer to the city. haha. Glad to hear you guys still around man. The forum is still saved a a bookmark so I try to stop in when I can but it's hard to keep up with the day to day convos. [ more ]
DouganI'm good man, can't complain, trying here. Busy with work and just life you know. [ more ]
cainHeyyyy Dougan glad you got a chance from your busy schedule working on going halves on makin babies (so to speak) All is well with me and I notice anta still kickin, hope you doing good. I'm now out of the big city, living more North. [ more ]
A Dentist employed at the Fort Wellington Hospital was today hauled before the court for allegedly refusing to treat a patient because of the child’s ethnicity.
33-year-old Dr Surendrapaul Rampersaud of Cotton Three Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB), appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh in the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stated that on September 18, 2020, while being employed as a Dental Surgeon attached at the Fort Wellington Hospital, he refused to perform a tooth extraction on a child because of the child’s ethnicity.
Rampersaud was released on his own recognizance, and the matter was adjourned to January 22, 2021. Attorneys-at-Law Horacio Edmondson and Joel Edmond are representing Rampersaud.
Former Memberhttps://abcnews.go.com/Health/...-19-vaccine-75835695 It was great to see the President and Vice President touring our facilities this afternoon and be briefed about the Vaccine. [ more ]
Former Memberhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctYTZ016a60 On Tuesday, Kamala gave my handsome son a second look. Poor guy has been working throughout Covid's onslaught to ensure the smooth operation of the hospital. [ more ]
Intelligence and time works against nature and intelligence was created when Jesus was crucified by the cross. Intelligence and time are in the eyes of people you communicate with and they see your nature but they ignore it just like they ignore the schizophrenic thoughts I have. When they think they don't use any time but when I think I use time and that causes my anxiety. They can be identified as truth, time and intelligence. This world is false and God taught us to trust the truth but it is not reliable to trust the truth. God spelled backwards is dog and I think God turn Krishna into a dog. The dog has good smelling ability so that he can smell the smelly immoral love of God. I believe the US government may have placed a border of water between borders of countries so that we don't exchange culture. Water blocks the spirit and conscience. I cannot be sure how this border of water is created but it may be between Cuba and America, China and America and India and America, and also Russia and America, etc. When I think that people are bad I will just think it's the intelligence personality doing something wrong and the people themselves are good or at least the nature of people is good. If they continue to hide the spirit then I know they're intention is no good for man and the aliens.
Ronald Anthony ArjuneThe net cancellation of forces between us is what they are using to control us. God acquires the control of Krishna with the cancellation of the belief and one way of doing that is in the smoke-the cancellation of the smoke to achieve the conscience. We can undo physical harm by applying the cancellation but I have to figure out how to do that in the real world that shows the evidence of this achievement. Another thing they are doing is to control my logic program and this is achieved by... [ more ]
Former MemberThe devil is the god of the Jewish high priests, seig! The same one who declared to illiterate and superstitious Hebrews, "I am thy Lord and thy God!". Jesus exposed him and called him the devil and the Pharisees his children. Jesus never created ANY religion! Christianity was the creation of Paul, a Pharisee, in conspiracy with the high priests to preserve their relations with this alien who has super tech which the US DoD has now sold themselves to have! The fools have power over MATTER! [ more ]
Former MemberSeiggy, for what reason were US planes flying over the US and Canada leaving a trail of a kind of smoke behind them which, unlike the water vapor left behind by jet planes, does not evaporate easily? [ more ]
Former MemberYou fing monkey! Ali mek dem afrayed, huh? [ more ]
The Irfaan Ali government has been in office for nearly six months during which time there has been no post-cabinet press briefing and inconsistent engagements with media by Ali and his ministers.
According to the President of the Guyana Press Association, Nazima Raghubir this is an unacceptable continuation of a precedent set by the previous administration
“The government t is using COVID-19 to avoid press engagements and they are using a precedent set by the Granger administration to respond or grant interviews to select media houses. They are also engaging with social media commentators rather than media houses just as Mr Granger and others preferred to speak to some social media commentators,” Raghubir told Sunday Stabroek in an invited comment last evening.
She noted that the GPA had raised the matter with government via Minister with responsibility for Public Affairs Kwame McKoy since December but received no response.
Ali was also asked about the lack of post-cabinet briefings in December to which he responded that the lack of formal briefings has not affected the public’s access to information on his administration decision making.
“I think the one thing we have doing is keeping in constant touch with the people. All aspects of all discussion from Cabinet has been communicated to the people,” he contended.
Leader of the Opposition Joseph Harmon has disagreed.
During his own weekly press conference on Monday Harmon stressed that the Ali administration “must put out on a regular basis decisions made by government.”
“I’m still to see a discernable pattern of disclosure of information to the public on matters which the government intends to do and some of the things which they have done. What we are seeing is that you get a little snippet here and a snippet there but it is not enough to be able to make an informed analysis,” he said while contrasting the actions of the Ali administration with that of the newly installed Joseph Biden administration which has held daily press briefings.
A scheduled Presidential “Address to the Nation” yesterday on COVID-19 and the ongoing detention of Guyanese fishermen in Venezuela morphed into a public briefing of which media houses were not informed and to which they were not invited.
The address was announced yesterday morning and media practitioners were advised that it could be viewed on the Office of the President’s Facebook page and television networks around Guyana.
Twenty minutes after the scheduled start time Ali addressed the Nation and indicated that he would take questions.
The general public and media operatives were told that they could submit questions via the comment section of the live feed or through the Department of Public Information Whatsapp group. It then fell to the moderator Edward Layne to curate the questions presented for answers.
The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) says it has received reports of an earthquake of shallow depth of 10 km with epicentre near Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil which occurred today at 3:05 pm local time.
The United States Geological Survey listed the earthquake as 5.7 on the Richter Scale and located the epicentre at 83 km south south east of Lethem.
Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface, the CDC said. It added that the exact magnitude, epicentre, and depth of the earthquake might be revised as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
The Regional Emergency Operations Centre reported that the tremor was felt in Region 9 but there were no reports on any losses or damage. The CDC will continue to monitor thorough the National Emergency Monitoring System and provide updates as more information become available.
Tremors were felt in Georgetown and other parts of the country.
Former MemberMove to higher land, you lazy Jarjetung lubberz! Yuh waan it boat wayz, nuh? Ile an progruss an stay in de kapitul udderz bild, eh? [ more ]
TotaramUnless drastic action is taken by the world community continued burning of fossil fuels at current rates will exacerbate global warming. This will lead to rising ocean levels and as we know most of Guyana's population and economic activities are located on a coast that is below sea level. Viewed in this light Guyana's oil boom will indirectly create monumental problems for the nation. [ more ]
Former MemberOnlee Jarjetung, pleese Lawd! De hoam uv de wikkid! [ more ]
White Water Landing (GDF ranks and other security officials interact with a group of Venezuelan and Guyanese nationals during a visit to Gaja Landing, an area within the village of White Water ,a remote village in the Mabaruma sub-region near the Guyana/Venezuela border)
…Joint Services team told during visit to remote Region One border village
Since last November , residents of the border village of White Water, North West District observed the presence of Venezuelan soldiers on Guyana’s side of the border and in recent weeks, the men have been harassing persons travelling from a remote satellite community within the village lands.
Reports are that this information was reported to the Guyana Defence Force and other law enforcement officials within Region One since early in January but residents received no response. According to residents , on Friday afternoon, a team of Joint Services ranks led by a GDF colonel and a police commander visited the village to interact with residents about the border controversy. White Water is a remote village on the outskirts of the town of Mabaruma and lies within a 3 mile radius of the Guyana/ Venezuela border near the Amacuro River. Asked about this issue on Saturday both Foreign Affairs Minister Hugh Todd and Minister of Governance and Parliamentary Affairs, Gail Teixeira said they were not aware of the issue. They promised to follow up the issue to ascertain the veracity of the reports.
However, Village captain Ernest Samuels noted that the people of the Courasima community within White Water are fearful of the situation. He said that the Venezuelans have been harassing the residents and have been confiscating the valuables of the residents.
“The Venezuelan soldiers coming in Guyana water and they harassing my people them from fishing,” a resident of the satellite village of Courasima, Delroy Rodrigues said.
He said that the people cannot fish as they wish , noting that one cannot go with the light in the night to catch fish as customary. He said that that the men would take the valuables of residents they encounter, even pointing their guns at the residents. He said that the Courasima Creek is the only route to their community, as he noted that the men drift inland into the Guyana territory on rafts and small boats. “It is not nice,” the man said, adding that this has been happening for most of latter half of 2020.
The residents noted that the men travel in groups of 4 or 5 as they enter the Guyanese territory.
Residents told the Village Voice News that in recent weeks, the Venezuelan soldiers moved 2 miles inland into Guyana’s territory from the Amacuro River which separate the two countries and have been occupying a farm owned by a Guyanese. The farm is located along the Courasima Creek which flows into the Amacuro from an area called ‘ Gaja Landing’ at White Water.
On Thursday , a woman reported her encounter with the foreign soldiers on her way to White Water Central where most persons buy good and other supplies. She reported her encounter to the Joint Services team which visited the village on Friday afternoon. The Guyanese security officials then travelled to Gaja Landing where they encountered Venezuelan nationals, including groups of men who residents noted are new to the area.
Venezuelan soldiers at Shell Beach
Meanwhile , a resident of Morawhanna, a port of entry at Mabaruma sub-region told the Village Voice on Friday night that there has been no to little movement on the water top near the Shell Beach area off the Waini Coast since he alleged that Venezuelan soldiers have been manning the busy waterway which connect the area to Georgetown over the past week. He said “things are at a stand still” and residents are worried about their safety , given the presence of the foreign soldiers at the beach.
On Thursday, Minister Todd admitted that the Venezuelan navy had increased activity in Guyana maritime space after Venezuela President Nicholas Maduro issued a decree on January 7, 2021.
“Following the announcement of President Maduro’s Decree of 7 January 2021, there was increased activity in Guyana’s maritime space by Venezuelan Navy vessels and other Venezuelan State assets.“ Todd said that the Venezuelan navy’s illegal presence in Guyana’s maritime space continues to undermine Guyana’s development, by threatening this country’s sovereign rights of its maritime space and hindering economic activity.
Also last Thursday , President Irfaan Ali met with the hierarchy of the GDF to discuss important security matters. The meeting came one week after the Venezuelan navy detained two Guyanese fishing vessels, their crew and catch, off Region One Waini ‘s coast, which is within the Guyana Exclusive Economic Zone. The Spanish-speaking soldiers have since detained another fishing vessel and crew, all of whom remain in custody of the Venezuelan authorities.
Former MemberDon't be ungrateful, viper! That looks like a monument to you but they didn't have time to finish it! Blame Charanrass, rass! [ more ]
Ramakant-PI am pretty sure you don't want those losers. They raised salaries, lowered taxes and the country went bankrupt. [ more ]
ViperEvery past president must be remembered for his/her ideology and legacy. We must tear down the "Red House" and replace it with "Granger House" and make sure the big Mahdia and Durban Park old woods are secure for a lifetime. Believe me, I want the APNU/AFC to rule again. I can't live without the Good Life. [ more ]
Doc.08. Secretary of State Dean Rusk Memorandum for President John F. Kennedy, "Subject: British Guiana," with attached "Action Program for British Guiana," July 12, 1962. Two versions, A and B, show different redactions.
This alarming memo by Secretary Rusk warns the president that U.S. intelligence (Document 5) as well as recent statements made by Jagan prove that he is a communist; therefore, "I believe we are obliged to have our policy on the premise that, come independence, Cheddi Jagan will establish a 'Marxist' regime in British Guiana and associate his country with the Soviet Bloc to a degree unacceptable to us for a state in the Western Hemisphere." Furthermore, "a policy of trying to work with Jagan, as urged by the British, will not pay off. Jagan is already too far committed emotionally and suspicious of our intentions." Rusk makes it clear that the only alternative is to make sure Jagan does not emerge as the leader of a newly independent British Guiana, "My conclusion, therefore is that we should set as our objective the replacement of the Jagan government prior to the independence of British Guiana which it now seems will take place in 1963" (version B). Rusk then recommends that the president should approve that an "objective of U.S. policy" should be "to bring about the replacement of the government of Cheddi Jagan by one friendly to West, prepared to follow multi-racial policies and to carry out a realistic economic and social development program" (version B). Rusk also recommended that "we inform the British of our intentions..." (version A) and "initiate [REDACTED] discussions of political action with Burnham, Rai and D'Aguilar" (version A).
The attached action program explains that "Our objective of replacing Jagan will, therefore, probably be resisted by the British. They will mistrust the efficacy of a U.S. political action program in the Colony and fear that the result could require reinstitution of direct British rule." Nonetheless, "[w]hile further consultations are unlikely to result in agreement, we hope to secure British acquiescence" (version A). The attachment outlines a number of political actions to oust Jagan with new elections. These include, "Tacit election arrangements between Burnham and D'Aguilar to avoid election conflicts..." (version A). As for an independent campaign by former PPP member Balram Singh Rai, "[w]e believe that he could carry with him an appreciable number of moderate Indian voters... his influence is needed to swing the balance against the PPP" (version A). Finally, there would be an effort to flip six competitive seats in the Legislative Assembly to deny Jagan a majority: "it is on those constituencies that our efforts would be focused" (version A).
Former MemberExcuse my igorunce, siggy, but I thought it was Janet, the avowed Communist, who launched Jagdeo on Guyana! Why she even sent him to the land of killers to be better educated for the job of fking Guyana! So fk YOUR igorunce, sig! [ more ]
PrashadJorgan told me Prashad in 1990 that communism will rule the world that it was failing in Eastern Europe because it was not true communism but communism by Red Army. Red Army Communism. The man was a big mouth bullshit artist with a fight up hate filled Romanian/Hungarian wife. [ more ]
TotaramFor those of you still confusing communism with totalitarianism have a look at communism in India. There the communist party is influential in some states. In Kerala, communists are currently in government as they have been several times before and Kerala is one of the most advanced states in India. For example, more than 96% of the population of Kerala is literate compared to 77% for India as a whole. The state also stands out in health care and social services. International bodies usually... [ more ]
In this Indic Talk, S Jaishankar tells us about the inordinate amount of violence committed against workers of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) in the state of Kerala. He explains how the Communist Party of India established class-conflict in Kerala and thereby transformed the social fabric of the state by creating new faultlines. This talk also exposes the hypocrisy of the Communists who professed equality but denied opportunities to people with different political views.
PrashadThe RSS instead of teaching people how to march and carry a big stick should be teaching their followers a martial art together with urban and rural warfare. I pointed out to these fools that if marching was so important then the king of Jordan would have the world's most powerful army. [ more ]
Agriculture Minister Zulfikar Mustapha yesterday refused to name the holders of two controversial trawler licences even though he was specifically asked about this in a question lodged with Parliament.
APNU+AFC Member of Parliament Khemraj Ramjattan had tabled four questions in the House seeking clarification on the issuance of the licences amid discontent in the fishing sector.
Ramjattan had asked “To whom were the two new trawler licences issued to for years 2020-2021 by the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries Department? Was there any due diligence conducted on these licence(s)? If there was any such due diligence done, could the Minister provide copies to this Honourable House of the said due diligence Report(s)? And was the Guyana Association of Trawler Owners and Seafood Processors Association (GATOSP) consulted in any way prior to the grant of the two trawler licences?”
Mustapha in a written reply to the question on the recipients of the licences stated, as he had done before, that they were issued to a well-established Guyanese operator in the fishing industry. While withholding the name of the individual or company, the minister said that the licences holder “complied with the requisite procedures and satisfied all legal requirements…”
On the question as to whether GATOSP was consulted prior to the grant of the trawler licences, Mustapha said he was not required to provide an answer to the question but noted that his ministry consults on a regular basis with each and every entity that falls under the ministry’s administration.
“In the same manner that you were not required to consult licensed firearm holders before you went and handed out hundreds of gun licenses, there is equally no requirement to consult with trawler owners and seafood processors for the grant of new licenses,” Mustapha responded.
Responding to the two remaining questions which asked if due diligence was conducted and for evidence to be provided to the House of this, Mustapha said he had no knowledge that a requirement for due diligence had to be conducted.
“In the Ministry of Agriculture, as indeed, every Ministry in our Government, decisions are based on a meritocracy and not on a caprice nor extraneous nor irrelevant considerations,” Mustapha said, while contending that the questions asked were “misconceived and erroneous as due diligence cannot be done on a ‘Licence’”.
Ramjattan, after reviewing the answers circulated to the House, told Stabroek News that they were “wholly outrageous” and said he was “stunned” by them and would need time to better react to the responses.
Since mid-November when GATOSP first brought the issue to the fore, questions have been asked about the circumstances under which the licences were issued.
The association in its first missive to the Minister of Agriculture stated that the two licences had been granted in contravention of sustainable fishing practices.
In an interview with Stabroek News last week, the minister had said that approval of the new licences, does not breach the quota of vessels that can operate nor does it threaten the international certification of the trade.
He justified the approval by explaining that several licences are inactive and the current number of trawlers operating does not exceed 80, while emphasising that it does not go against the agreement in place with GATOSP and international partners.
Following a meeting with the association last week, a committee comprising members from his ministry and GATOSP, will be installed to address the controversial issuance of the two new trawler licences for seabob fishing operations.
The minister had told this newspaper that the committee will be tasked with meeting regularly and will propose recommendations and solutions to key issues in the sector.
Mustapha added that the committee will not only meet to work out the issuance of the two trawler licences but also other findings unearthed from the ministry’s in-depth investigation. The ministry had launched an in-depth investigation into the sector subsequent to the trawlers association registering concern over the granting of the licences.
According to the extant agreement with GATOSP, no more than 87 vessels should be operating in the industry. The minister had pointed out that some licences are currently dormant.
The Ministry has faced criticism for the approval of the licences as they have the potential to decimate the industry, GATOSP had argued.
In its November letter to the Minister, GATOSP had said that the addition of any vessel to the current licensing agreements is in contravention of the pact that it and the Fisheries Department of the ministry had agreed to.
The GATOSP letter also stated that members had been alerted of the two new licences after reports began circulating in the fishing community. It added that some level of confirmation surfaced afterwards when the supposed holder of the new licences approached the owner of one of the seabob processing plants for an agreement whereby the plant would process the shrimp caught by his vessel.
Given the implications, the WWF Guianas’ local office had also written to Mustapha seeking clarification on the context in which the licences were granted. “…We would be grateful if you can provide any information you may have in relation to this matter,” Aiesha Williams, Guyana Country Manager for the WWF Guianas, wrote in the December 11 letter, saying there was need to better understand the context in which the licences were issued.
Williams also expressed concern over the reported issuance of the new licences in a manner that could have “deep implications” for the country’s ability to maintain its Maritime Stewardship Council (MSC) certification over seabob.
Guyana holds the position as the number one exporter of seabob shrimps. In 2019 almost 21,000 metric tonnes were exported, versus 2018 when 22,000 metric tonnes were shipped out.
General Motors has pledged to stop making gasoline-powered passenger cars, vans and sport utility vehicles by 2035, marking a historic turning point for the iconic American carmaker and promising a future of new electric vehicles for American motorists.
GM chief executive Mary Barra, who antagonized many climate experts by embracing President Donald Trump’s relaxation of fuel efficiency targets, said Thursday the company now wants to lead the way to a greener future.
“As one of the world’s largest automakers, we hope to set an example of responsible leadership in a world that is faced with climate change,” Barra said on LinkedIn.
GM has said it would invest $27 billion in electric vehicles and associated products between 2020 and 2025, outstripping its spending on conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles. That figure includes refurbishing factories and investing in battery production in conjunction with LG Chem, a South Korean battery maker.
As part of its plan, GM — maker of Buicks, Cadillacs, Chevrolets and Corvettes, among others — will manufacture about 30 types of electric vehicles. By late 2025, about 40 percent of the company’s U.S. models will be battery-powered electric vehicles, it said. And it pledged to make its factories and other facilities carbon neutral by 2040.
One of the Big Three automakers that dominated the North American car market for decades, GM has rolled out millions of pollution-spewing cars and trucks. Transportation accounts for about 28 percent of total U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions, making it the largest contributor of the pollution that is driving climate change. GM now faces the task of reorienting and revamping supply chains, assembly lines and its labor force to produce a new kind of product that few Americans have experienced.
“This is a very significant pivot … especially for such an iconic American institution,” said Barry Rabe, a professor of public policy at the University of Michigan.
For a century, GM has been a giant of American carmaking and of the Michigan economy. In Rabe’s corner of southeastern Michigan, where tens of thousands of people are employed by the auto industry, “the central part of life has been the performance of the internal-combustion engine.”
“This is more than just a quick flip of the dial,” he said. “It’s a very wrenching transition.”
It will also be expensive, said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labor and economics at the nonprofit Center for Automotive Research. Converting an assembly plant to produce electric cars is a billion dollar or more investment, she said. And pledging to complete that transition by 2035 is “an aggressive target,” she said.
The electric-vehicle industry has grown exponentially in the past decade but still represents less than 2 percent of automobiles sold in the United States. Global electric-vehicle sales grew in 2020 even while the rest of the car market suffered from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The International Energy Agency projects that the global number of battery-powered and hybrid vehicles could increase from just over 5 million to nearly 140 million by 2030.
The timing of the GM announcement was tied in large part to the election of Joe Biden to the White House. On Wednesday, President Biden detailed a far-reaching plan to transition the U.S. economy away from oil, gas and coal and toward solar, wind and other clean energy.
The president said he wants the country to lead the global effort to cut the pollution that is driving climate change and speeding the planet toward environmental catastrophe. As part of several actions, Biden signed an executive order that calls for the federal fleet of approximately 645,000 vehicles to be converted to electric power. He has also vowed to expand charging stations for electric cars, revise and extend electric-vehicle tax credits and tighten fuel economy standards for gas-powered vehicles.
“On the heels of the President’s historic actions yesterday, we applaud efforts by the private sector to further embrace renewable and clean energy technologies,” Vedant R. Patel, a White House spokesman, said in an email. “As the President and many others have said, efforts like this will help grow our economy and create good-paying union jobs.”
Other government action has also pushed the auto industry toward electrification. California, the world’s fifth-largest economy and the state that created U.S. car culture, will stop sales of gasoline-powered automobiles within 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced in September. The United Kingdom plans to stop the sales of cars and vans powered by gas and diesel by 2030, five years earlier than planned.
“Major industries have to kind of look to the future and anticipate it,” Rabe said. “Do you really want to be the last one standing with the possibility that you’re just producing nostalgic vehicles that are being regulated or priced out of existence?”
GM’s announcement was seen by others in the automobile industry as a public relations effort to outflank rivals, many of which have already launched aggressive electric-vehicle programs.
Volkswagen, for example, is planning to launch almost 70 new electric models in the next 10 years, increase its electric-vehicle production over the next decade to 22 million and pour about $33 billion into electrifying its other vehicles. Ford, which has been building vehicles with internal-combustion engines for more than a century, is spending $11.5 billion through 2022 on new EVs. Tesla plans to increase sales of its all-electric fleet.
GM’s stock rose nearly 3.5 percent Thursday.
The move toward ending tailpipe emissions will affect GM’s passenger cars and light-duty trucks — SUVs such as the Yukon, as well as vans and minivans and some pickup trucks, such as the Silverado, a company spokeswoman said.
But its heavy-duty vehicles — box trucks, tractor trailers, utility trucks and some heavy pickup trucks — will continue to run on gasoline, the company said.
GM also said it is working with EVgo to triple the scale of the nation’s largest public fast-charging network by adding more than 2,700 fast chargers by the end of 2025, a move it says will help speed up electric-vehicle adoption. The chargers will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, which had worked with GM on its plan, called it a “breakthrough moment.”
“And it’s part of a wave of industry action that reinforces what the Biden administration is doing,” Krupp said.
Biden’s plan to electrify the federal fleet, from postal trucks to government vans, “creates demand and drives down costs as privately owned fleets follow suit,” Krupp said.
Some critics said that GM still had not publicly joined four other automakers — Ford, Honda, VW and BMW — that agreed to comply with California’s fuel efficiency standards, which are more stringent than the federal targets under Trump. The California settlement is an important benchmark in restarting negotiations among auto companies, the California Air Resources Board and the Biden administration over cutting greenhouse-gas emissions in the transport sector. For now, GM has still not made as big a commitment as the others through 2026, when fuel economy gets renegotiated again.
GM’s statement also left some wiggle room in continuing internal-combustion engines, critics noted. The company did not rule out using carbon offsets or credits “if absolutely necessary” to reach its goal of eliminating tailpipe emissions. That means GM could invest in programs that remove carbon dioxide from the air, such as tree planting, and still sell some gasoline-powered vehicles.
And GM said that its plans for “decarbonizing and transitioning to 100 percent EVs” would take place “as supported by our commitment to setting science-based targets.”
Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Transport Campaign at the Center for Biological Diversity, said that “given GM’s polluting track record, their promise to arrange some offsets for pollution” suggested that the company’s plan was “just blue smoke and mirrors.”
Lawmakers, however, applauded GM’s move.
“General Motors committing to exclusively sell zero-emissions vehicles by 2035 and to be carbon neutral by 2040 is a big deal,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said in a statement. “This is good news for our climate and a smart financial move for the company — a win-win.”
By pledging to go carbon neutral by 2040, “GM demonstrates that members of the auto industry are committed to tackling the global climate crisis and decarbonizing the transportation sector,” Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who is a former GM executive and also served as president of the General Motors Foundation, said in a statement. “We have had discussions for months with the auto industry, labor unions, and the environmental community on concrete actions like this that must be taken to reach carbon neutrality.”
GM’s announcement showed that “industry does want to work with the administration” and that “industry realizes that climate change is real and action on the part of industry is needed,” Dingell said in an interview.
In her statement, she added, “Even as we celebrate this announcement, we need to keep our focus on creating jobs, confronting climate change, and the transformation of an innovative mobility industry.”
Paul Bledsoe, a former climate adviser in the Clinton White House, said GM is setting the tone for U.S. manufacturing. “When America’s most iconic manufacturer commits to carbon neutrality, that’s a huge signal to the rest of the economy,” said Bledsoe, who is now at the Progressive Policy Institute. “At the same time, it’s clear GM is trying to burnish its reputation from past practices and justify new tax incentives.”
And now, GM will have to persuade American consumers to change a century-old habit.
“It will be incumbent on these auto manufacturers to really sell the transition,” Rabe said, “not just with glitzy advertising and sales pitches but delivering on quality of the driving and of the experience.”
For any claim to inclusivity in decision-making to be meaningful, a robust challenge to elite capture of the Guyanese State is needed, so said the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) in a press release on Friday.
The most significant civic achievement in this respect, says the release, came in the form of securing inclusion of Article 13 in the Constitutional Reform process of 2001. The reality, however, is that governments, despite the constitutional weight of Article 13, have continued to be disdainful of civil society as a sector.
GHRA says that the new administration’s elevation of governance to ministerial level is a signal of government’s intention to recognize the significance of giving life and substance to Article 13 as a precursor to revitalizing the quality of broad-based consultations. GHRA, however, states that to date no substantive gains from this achievement have been realized. The human rights watchdog release goes on to state that Article 13 represents the most advanced articulation of good governance in Guyanese law, and that this formulation recognizes the civic sector organizations as constitutional actors in meaningful and effective decision-making in public life.
Article 13 says “No person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of participating through co-operatives, trade unions, civic or socio-economic organizations of a national character, in the management and decision-making processes of the State.“
Alluding to the ‘dominance of money’ the human rights monitor cautioned against the consultation being undermined by what it calls ‘state capture’, a situation it describes where laws and policies are effectively shaped by powerful groups and individuals to their own advantage. Guyana’s woefully flawed political system, already deficient in accountability to voters, is particularly vulnerable to capture of this nature, the release added.
It also decried the restrictive policies imposed upon the ‘voluntary sector’ and the status enjoyed by the business community, particularly since that sector continues to able to benefit from a privileged access to influence policies.
Citing its NGO status as an example, GHRA is a local not-for-profit organisation, and was legally incorporated in 1979 as a Company Limited by Guarantee and required to file company tax returns at the end of every year. While the format has somewhat changed, the release stated, the alternatives to company incorporation still retains legal and patronizing restrictions on the voluntary sector.
Additional obstacles to voluntary sector development are the absurd requirements imposed by the banking sector, requiring annual financial reports and business plans at the beginning of every year as if non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were operating as businesses. Indeed, the financial sector’s ability to impose draconian anti-money laundering legislation on every citizen with a private bank account is a prime example of how ‘State capture’ works.
Referring to the business community, the press release stated that that sector continues to be the default sector for political consultation. No other sector – whether trade union, professional, faith-based or voluntary – enjoys any such privileged access. This situation is sustained, both financially and politically, by an international community which has well and truly nailed its colours to the mast of market-driven development. This mismatch of sectoral access to decision-makers: the one fawned over and the rest left to their own devices is the major challenge to even-handed consultation on laws and policy.
The release notes a trend surfacing in civil society itself – encouraged by the international community – which is the creation of a civic equivalent of the Private Sector Commission (PSC). This is not an acceptable model for the voluntary sector, says GHRA, as it proffered that the legitimacy of civic leadership is rooted in grass-roots activism. This process, says GHRA, is undemocratic, and leaves isolated ‘leadership’ ripe for ‘capture’ by political actors.
On a more positive note, the human rights watchdog notes that there are trends of more transparent and democratic civic governance, better suited to Guyana, that in recent years have begun to emerge. During the past administration, GHRA noted that the model adopted to manage the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) marked a significant positive development in governance thinking.
The next few months will be critical for shaping the legal and policy framework that will govern Guyana for years to come, says GHRA, and it notes that government has indicated its intent to move forward on electoral and constitutional reform – albeit as two distinct processes (reform of the all-important Natural Resources Fund Act (NRFA) is also on the cards). GHRA admits that while this resolve is good news, the factor(s) determining the success or successes of these undertakings will be how well public consultation on them is managed.
Ramakant-PWhere were these bastards during the 5 1/2 year rule of the APNU/AFC coalition? The PPP has a partnership with the CIVIC society. What more do they want? Inclusiveness is a part of everyday occurrences. Guyana is no longer a socialist state. We have freedom of the Press. Freedom to assemble and protest. We have a free enterprise system. trade Unions do what they want. President Ali reports to the Nation every week. The people are free to exercise their franchise. All is fair in love and war. [ more ]
TotaramThe elite captured the state a long time ago. This PPP government epitomizes the concept of state capture. [ more ]
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport yesterday stated that there was no ban on media operatives attending sports events at the Guyana National Stadium but that it had established conditions for reporting on the facility and its conditions.
The ministry was responding to a letter from the Guyana Press Association(GPA) which sought clarification after media operatives were prevented from entering the Stadium on January 27th.
According to president of the Guyana Press Association Nazima Raghubir, several media operatives had complained to the GPA that they had been either prevented from entering or told that they needed permission to enter the facility.
Raghubir duly wrote Minister of Sport Charles Ramson Jnr., seeking clarification on the matter but had not received a response up to Friday evening.
The Ministry said that it was not in receipt of the GPA’s president’s letter.
“While the Ministry’s Ministerial secretariat has been unable to confirm receipt of a letter by the Guyana Press Association, the Ministry would like to state that the Ministry holds the media in high regard and will continue to do so,” the ministry’s reponse to the GPA’s letter stated adding that it wanted to “dispel and disabuse any concerns the Guyana Press Association or the media may have on the issue and state that there is no “ban” of the media or any particular media personnel from the Guyana National Stadium.”
“For the sake of clarity on the issue, the ministry has sought to establish a simple procedure for media reporting on the condition of the ground at the Guyana National Stadium, that is, a letter is written to the Ministry to schedule a visit to the ground by any media personnel/representative for the purpose of reporting on its condition. This visit will be expeditiously facilitated and will be conducted in the presence of a representative of the Ministry.
“This simple procedure was established in response to an unfortunate incident which occurred a few weeks ago where there was a false media report published on the condition of the ground at the Guyana National Stadium which the Ministry was compelled to refute publicly and in the presence of the media.
Upon further investigation by the Ministry, there were conflicting contentions that a visit was made to the ground by media representatives immediately before publication even though the staff at the Guyana National Stadium denied observing any such visit and the cameras, when reviewed, did not capture any such visit.
“It is also important to note that the condition of the ground at the Guyana National Stadium is the basis for Guyana being able to host international and regional tournaments. This means that the Ministry has a responsibility to protect the image and reputation of the facility. This also means that reporting on the condition of the ground must be responsible. It is for these forgoing reasons that the Ministry has established a simple procedure for the reporting on the condition of the ground of the Guyana National Stadium by the media.
“The Ministry publicly extends an invitation to anyone in the media interested in reporting on the condition of the ground at the Guyana National Stadium to write to the Ministry to schedule a visit and one will be facilitated expeditiously.
The Ministry would also like to emphasize that while the simple procedure has been established for the reporting on the condition of ground, any media representative is welcome to visit the Guyana National Stadium at any time. The Ministry uses this opportunity to remind everyone that it was only a few months ago that the facility was opened to the public for the first time because of a decision made by the new President Irfaan Ali led Government of Guyana.”
Sports Editor’s Note: This newspaper was the newspaper that broke the story of the damage to the field at the National Stadium at Providence. The damage to the field was also corroborated by Anthony Xavier, manager of the Guyana National Stadium in an interview in another section of the media. Therefore, it is absolutely mind-boggling as to how the Minister can say that there was no damage and that the report was false. Is he questioning the credibility of his own staff? Additionally, anyone who has played football or understands how football is played, especially given certain conditions, will understand that there will be damage underfoot, given the type of pegs (six or 13 etc.) needed and the constant running and changing of direction and tackling with the cricket pitch right in the middle of the action. Not to mention the fact that rain fell at the venue for the second half. Regardless of what the Minister says, (which I strongly doubt anyone with a modicum of common sense believes) this newspaper stands by the veracity of its report and its photograph.
Opposition Member of Parliament Jermaine Figuiera has filed lawsuit against Labour Minister Joseph Hamilton, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall, Kaieteur News, Guyana Times, as well as editors for the two daily newspapers and the Department of Public Information (DPI), in which he is seeking in excess of $900 million in damages for libel.
In a Statement of Claim filed on his behalf by Roysdale Forde, S.C, Figuiera submitted that on January 24, 2021, Minister Hamilton published a defamatory statement about him in which it was stated that he received millions of Guyana dollars under the Sustainable, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial (SLED) programme.
The Opposition MP said that the statement was later reposted by the PPP/C on its Facebook page. Kaieteur News, Guyana Times and DPI subsequently published articles in effect to what Minister Hamilton said, Figuiera has complained.
He has denied being the recipient of any monies under the SLED programme to among other things, conduct the extension of pig pens via the Green Jaguar Environment Community Development Society.
The Parliamentarian in responding stated that the Minister’s utterances were aimed to “besmirch, tarnish, sully, insult and damage my good name and reputation, to gain cheap political points and gain favour with his political bosses.”
According to him, since the publication of the defamatory statements, he has received several phone calls relating to the veracity of the articles.
Further, he said that he and his family have suffered and continue to suffer financial injury, constant grave distress, humiliation, embarrassment, indignity as a result of the publications.
“The statements have no basis in fact… are malicious, grossly inaccurate and intended to deceive the public,” Figuiera noted in the lawsuit filed at the Demerara High Court.
Moreover, he argues that his professional and personal reputation have been irreparably and severely damaged, and his reputation has been lowered in the estimation of right-thinking persons.
He added that a reading of the statement would cause people to think that he is involved in illegal activities, dishonest and unfit to be a politician.
If he succeeds with the lawsuit, Figuiera wants the court awards him the hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and to order the persons/media houses who have libeled him to issue an apology and retract the statements.
He has also asked the court to award exemplary and aggravated damages, interests at a rate of 6% per annum from the date of filing to the date of judgment and after that at a rate of 4% per annum from the date of the decision until fully paid.
He also wants any other or further order the Court deems just along with costs.
In the meantime, Figuiera is hoping that the court grants an injunction restraining Minister Hamilton and the others from posting, printing, publishing, sharing, recording, or otherwise recreating and disseminating the libelous publications.
Since assuming office, Minister Hamilton revealed that several co-op societies were shrouded in corruption.
To increase employment opportunities at the community level, the former APNU/AFC Government set up the SLED programme in 2015 and invested millions of dollars.
This investment covers community-based projects across nine regions in areas such as agriculture, livestock and apiculture, added value products thereof, ICT and tourism.
SLED works by distributing interest-free cash grants to registered groups and associations, needing the economic boost to improve their economic enterprises.
It also works to provide training and capacity building to beneficiaries of the grants.