We are a democracy, we are told. We go through the process of free, fair and transparent elections which is supposed to translate into good governance that reflects the will of the people. This, says the developed world, is the best possible way.However, I recently witnessed an election at a committee level that left me asking the question: But is it democracy?A representative for a state body had to be elected so the stakeholders, Indian- and African-Guyanese, met in a room to vote. They were mostly educated professionals. Before the vote was taken, they all chatted with each other and there was a genuine air of camaraderie among them.Then came the vote. You need not have bothered. You could have done the “ethnic arithmetic” as President David Granger called it and decided the outcome. The votes were cast along racial lines. There was no crossover, no deviation, and had there been international observers there, they would have pronounced the elections free, fair and transparent, ie, democratic.Directly after the announcement of the winner, everyone fell back into chatting with each other. They had participated in the democratic process and they accepted the outcome. However, it is obvious that the camaraderie displayed is a thin veil that lies just above the surface of the race divide. It’s no surprise that it comes apart on occasion to spill over into political/ethnic violence.Was democracy ever intended to legitimize racial voting patterns? The system was developed in homogenous societies with minority groups where it works fairly well. These countries now insist that it is the best way and it is exported to the world as a one-size-fits-all solution when it hardly helps our situation, for instance.Democratic voting norms and a Westminster style of government actually work to widen our political divide by providing a legitimate façade for race-based voting.Here, democracy means that the largest ethnic minority, Indians, most likely wins unless, as happened last May, there is a coalition that allows the next largest ethnic bloc, Africans, to get enough crossover votes for a majority.Elections are never about issues and because there can only be one winner in a race-based battle, it is not surprising that ethnic unity is all that matters in the political fight. African-Guyanese justify the political skulduggery of the 1960s against Premier Cheddi Jagan that brought Forbes Burnham to power and, even today, excuse Burnham’s electoral rigging as being necessary to holding that power.In the race/political struggle, the Indian supporters of the PPP continue to face physical and cultural violence and Jagan himself, perhaps unwittingly, aided and abetted the idea of Indian invisibility when he gave credence to the view, as far back as the 1960s, that Indians needed to subsume their identity for the national good. This fitted well with his belief in Marxist ideology which placed class rather than race as the most contentious social and political issue.In this, Jagan was, ironically, acting as an ethnic leader. He could only have addressed such terms of nationhood to his supporters. It was Burnham who could have asked the same of his, Africans. And he never did. In fact, as the kabaka, Burnham appeared before them as their African king.He was always a proud African whereas Jagan continued to take the line of dismissing his Indianess as unimportant in favour of his utopian view of the world as classless and raceless.What has happened since to the Indian psyche is at best confusion and, at worst, shame and self-hatred. Even today, it is the self-hating Indian, the ones that dismiss their Indian identity, who finds social and political acceptance. Their apologetic stand about their ethnic identity plays well to the African-Guyanese struggle for political power, and the appeasement policy of the PPP towards African-Guyanese is based on that self-same apologetic stance.It is clear that democracy as it works in homogenous societies cannot work here. It cannot be transposed whole onto our situation where two major race groups are contesting for a win that would always allow one to be dominant over the other. Cosmetic accommodations of cohesion, as decided by whichever race group is in power, can never address the deep-seated fears that have arisen on both sides of the divide.After 50 years of independence, we should be matured enough to want to create a style of governance that gives equitable representation to every ethnic group. This is the only accommodation that will deliver a fair and just political system that will work for Guyana.
As he was speaking to studio presenters about Juventus, Benatia heard a voice over his radio earpiece say: “What are you saying, shitty Moroccan?”Benatia, who had been answering a question about Juventus winning their sixth consecutive Serie A title, stopped mid-sentence and said: “Who said that? What stupid person is speaking?”Presenters also heard the remark, but tried to brush it off, telling Benatia: “It seems there are some technical problems. No one hear has been heard making any insults.”A visibly angry Benatia wiped his brow as presenters thanked him for his time before bringing the interview to an abrupt end.It is thought the remark came from a careless studio technician who had left a microphone on, but it put racism firmly back in the spotlight a week after the controversy surrounding Ghana’s Sulley Muntari.Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari says Saturday he felt “treated like a criminal” after being sanctioned for walking off the pitch during a 1-0 loss at Cagliari last week where he fell victim to racial abuse.Muntari was booked by the referee for complaining about the abuse and then shown a red card for walking off the pitch in the final minutes.After he personally appealed to league bosses, his ban was rescinded on Saturday when he said: “I was being treated like a criminal. How could I be punished when I was the victim of racism?”In a statement, Rai offered its apologies to Benatia, who is on loan at the Turin giants from Bayern Munich.“Rai is sincerely sorry for the unfortunate incident of racism involving Juventus player Benatia during the Calcio Champagne programme,” said the statement.It added they were carrying out “the necessary checks to identify the person in charge” when the “unacceptable words” were used.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus’ defender Medhi Amine Benatia pictured training in March © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, May 7 – Italian football has been hit by a second racist storm inside a week after Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia was insulted live on air during a live, post-match television interview with Italian state broadcaster Rai.Benatia, a Morocco international, was being interviewed following a 1-1 Serie A draw at home with city rivals Torino when it was cut embarrassingly short by what seemed like a studio technician’s gaffe.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will decide his future after Euro 2016.The Poland international is currently on loan at Roma after Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech moved to the Emirates last summer.Szczesny is still keen to remain at Arsenal, but is refusing to rule out staying in the Italian capital after a successful stint there, and is relaxed about his situation.“My future will be decided after the European Championship,” Szczesny told Polish website przegladsportowy.pl.“I love Arsenal, but I’m happy at Roma. I know that Roma want me, but I don’t see why Arsenal would not want me also.“[Roma coach Rudi] Garcia believes in me and so too do my teammates and the fans. Coming to Rome was the best choice.“It’s best being a protagonist for the runners-up in Italy than sitting on the bench in England. Even [Arsene] Wenger thought it was the best thing for me.” 1 Wojciech Szczesny
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The first-quarter figure was up sharply from a previous estimate that labor costs were rising at a much more moderate 2.5 percent rate in the first quarter. Labor Department analysts said the increase reflected more complete wage data. While rising wages and benefits help workers, economists see the combination of slowing productivity and rising wage costs as a recipe for unwanted inflationary pressures. The sharp jump in labor costs raised worries on Wall Street that the Federal Reserve may not be finished boosting interest rates to fight inflation. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 63.08 points to close at 11,406.20. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday in its latest survey of regional business conditions that growth slowed in many parts of the country in the past few weeks. The Fed found that five of its 12 regions experienced a slowdown in late July and August, led by weakness in the housing industry. The report also found scattered labor shortages and rising wage pressures, especially for workers with specialized skills. Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at Global Insight, said rising wage costs at a time of slowing productivity would put Federal Reserve policymakers “in a very tough spot.” But other economists saw an upside to the jump in wages, saying it would help consumers keep spending in the face of rising energy costs, higher interest rates and a cooling housing market. “If households are bringing home larger paychecks, then consumer spending can hold up in the face of ugly head winds,” said Stephen Stanley, chief economist at RBS Greenwich Capital. In another report Wednesday, growth in the service sector, where most Americans work, accelerated in August. The Institute for Supply Management, an industry research group, said its index for nonmanufacturing industries stood at 57.0 in August, a better-than-expected reading, up from 54.8 in July. Productivity is the key factor determining rising living standards. Strong growth in output allows businesses to pay their workers more without having to raise the cost of their products, which fuels inflation. But the current numbers raise concern because they show wage pressures rising as productivity growth slows. The Fed often has cited rising productivity as a reason to believe inflation is not getting out of control. Fed policymakers last month took a break after two years of 17 consecutive interest-rate increases, sending a signal that they may have done enough to keep inflation at bay. Most economists think the Fed will remain on hold at its Sept. 20 meeting. But some analysts think the Fed will be forced to raise rates one or two more times later this year in response to news on inflation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The productivity of U.S. workers slowed in the spring while wage pressures increased. The Labor Department said productivity – the amount of output per hour of work – increased at an annual rate of 1.6 percent in the April-June quarter, slightly better than the 1.1 percent increase estimated a month ago but down from a 4.3 percent growth rate in the January-March period. Wages registered a second sizable increase, rising at an annual rate of 4.9 percent in the second quarter, up from an initial estimate of a 4.2 percent increase. That’s good news for workers, but the kind of development that leads the Federal Reserve Board and economists to worry about inflation. The second-quarter increase followed an even larger 9 percent surge in labor costs in the first three months of the year, which was the biggest quarterly increase in nearly six years.
CHARLES MCGUINNESS says Naomh Conaill are motivated only by their 2019 ambitions – and not weighed by the pain of their recent falls at the final hurdle.Naomh Conaill lost the 2017 Donegal SFC final to Kilcar and were beaten by Gaoth Dobhair last year.12 months on and the Glenties men are back in their eighth final since 2005 when they made their big breakthrough. “We’re not even thinking about the last couple of years,” McGuinness (pictured by Evan Logan) insisted.“We’re just focussing on this year. Whatever happened in the last two years we have to forget about it. It’s not about righting the wrongs. It’s about getting our name on that title this year.”In the previous two years, Naomh Conaill stood charged with not being expansive enough, but on Sunday, when they got over the line against St Eunan’s in the semi-final, patience proved a virtue,Naomh Conaill didn’t let the concession of a 42nd minute goal, scored by Eoin McGeehan, have an adverse affect. McGuinness said: “We didn’t panic. We said that before the game. We just wanted to stay in the game, we knew we could ground out a one or two-point win as long as we had a foot in the door. We grew into the game as it went on and got a grip on a few kick-outs.“It was tough there. It’s nice to get over the line and into another county final. There was good resolve there. “I always knew that we’d pull it back. It was a matter of not letting them get too far away. We always knew we could do it. When our backs are to the wall, we’ll always step up.”A nephew of Donegal’s All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness, the Naomh Conaill forward – who scored two points in Sunday’s semi-final – served as a kitman for the Donegal seniors in 2014 when they reached the All-Ireland final so he has experience of big day dressing rooms.He admits his heart was in the mouth when Shaun Patton, the St Eunan’s goalkeeper, stood over a last-minute free on Sunday with a chance to level the tie. Naomh Conaill survived and now they meet Gaoth Dobhair on October 20.“We have a big two weeks ahead now,” McGuinness said.“It means a lot. It means everything to be back in the final. We’ve trained hard since January for this. It’s nice to be back here in the final.”Naomh Conaill’s Dr Maguire pursuit isn’t about ‘righting wrongs’ – McGuinness was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Donegal SFCCharles McGuinnessGaoth DobhairGlentiesJim McGuinnessMartin ReganSt Eunans
Treasurer Patrick McLaughlin and Chairperson Neil MartinThe Donegal Sports Star committee has confirmed tonight that there are no more tickets available for Friday night’s awards banquet in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Following a meeting this evening Chairperson Neil Martin said the function was sold out and that it will be a full house again with around 600 guests attending the 42nd awards ceremony.‘We’re delighted that the Donegal Sports Star Awards is sold out again. It demonstrates the huge interest from nominees, their families and friends in wanting to be there on Friday night. It’s a special night for them all and now our committee members can begin working on the table plans and seating arrangement for the guests,” Mr Martin said.
Western Carolina University will hold a pair of commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 15, to recognize its fall graduating class and a group of newly minted university alumni who were awarded degrees after this year’s summer school sessions.Commencement for undergraduate and graduate students from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Allied Professions, and Fine and Performing Arts will begin at 10 a.m. That will be followed by a 3 p.m. ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students from the colleges of Business, Health and Human Sciences, and Engineering and Technology. Both events will take place at Ramsey Regional Activity Center and are open to everyone, with no tickets are required for admission.WCU’s fall class includes about 770 students who currently are working on final academic requirements to receive their degrees and who qualify to participate in the ceremony. A group of about 300 WCU graduates who completed degree requirements during summer school and who already have been conferred degrees also are eligible to don caps and gowns for the events.A graduating student will deliver the primary address at each commencement. James Driver Blythe, a criminal justice major from Cherokee, will speak at the morning ceremony while Emma Mahala Mooney, a Dobson native and business administration and law major, will provide remarks for the afternoon event.Individuals attending the commencements should enter the Ramsey Center through the upper concourse doors. Those with physical disabilities should use the northeastern upper entrance, adjacent to the stands of E.J. Whitmire Stadium.For those who cannot attend, the ceremonies will be streamed live through a link on the WCU home page – www.wcu.edu.
Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has announced that the use, manufacture and processing of asbestos will be prohibited in South Africa with immediate effect.(Image: The Association for the Global Eradication of Asbestos and Asbestos Products – AGEAAP)The Regulations for the Prohibition of the Use, Manufacturing, Import and Export of Asbestos and Asbestos Containing Materials, which form part of the Environment Conservation Act of 1989, will be promulgated on 28 March and will take effect immediately, Van Schalkwyk said at a media briefing on Thursday.“A grace period of 120 days will be allowed for any person or merchant who is currently dealing in asbestos or asbestos containing materials to clear their stocks,” he said.The main objectives of the new regulations is to prohibit the use, processing or manufacturing, of any asbestos or asbestos-containing product unless it can be proven that no suitable alternative exists.South Africa will now prohibit the import or export of any asbestos or asbestos-containing product, and will also stop the import of any asbestos or asbestos containing waste material other than from a member of the Southern African Development Community.The regulations do, however, make provision for asbestos to be used for research purposes.The health implications of exposure to airborne asbestos fibres were highlighted in the 1930s and specific links to certain cancers were first made in South Africa in the early 1960s.“Due to the extent and severity of asbestos related problems affecting the communities in these provinces, a multi-stakeholder National Asbestos Summit was convened by the Environmental Portfolio Committee in 1998,” Van Schalkwyk said.He highlighted that recommendations from the summit brought about the development of a national strategy to address asbestos pollution in the country with the objective of phasing out the mining of it out.The department had been mandated by Cabinet to draft regulations to enforce the phasing out and ultimate prohibition of asbestos, with the first draft regulations being published in 2005.Van Schalkwyk said it is important to remember that exposure to asbestos in the workplace including, mining, industrial, commercial, retail and public workplaces, including maintenance of building materials is still controlled by the Asbestos Regulations 2001 published by the Department of Labour.These require employers to draw up a register of all asbestos containing materials, conducts a risk assessment, educate and inform employees, protect employees from exposure to asbestos and conduct regular dust and health surveillance.South Africa, he said, has joined some 50 countries in the prohibition of asbestos and that any person who has ever suffered from exposure to asbestos would see the absolute necessity for the regulations.Asbestos once accounted for three percent of the value of South Africa’s minerals. South Africa was previously the fifth largest supplier of chrysotile, produced 97% of the world’s crocidolite and 100% of all amosite.Source: GCIS, The Association for the Global Eradication of Asbestos and Asbestos Products – AGEAAPWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Dartmouth has tapped Jim Yong Kim, a leader in global health, to become its next president. Kim, 49, currently heads the department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he earlier received an MD and a PhD in medical anthropology. He co-founded Partners in Health with Harvard classmate Paul Farmer, and then went on to head the HIV/AIDS program at the World Health Organization in 2004-2005. Kim “has shown how what you learn in the classroom can serve society and benefit mankind to the fullest,” says Michael Merson, Global Health Institute at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and a former head of WHO’s Global Programme on AIDS. Until recently, many expected the Obama administration to offer Kim a top slot, such as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, which has yet to be filled. Kim, who was born in Seoul, Korea, will be the first Asian-American president of an Ivy League school. He also will be the first the member of that rarified club to have played a prominent, hands-on role in global health efforts, which ultimately may have the most impact on his stewardship. He takes over on 1 July. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
Aniruddha Rajput is arguably the youngest nominee to be elected into UN’s International Law Commission (ILC), the top legal body that codifies public international law at a global scale.Rajput, who got the highest number of votes in the Asia-Pacific group, is among the 34 individuals elected by the UN General Assembly as members of the ILC.Read more: Indian lawyer Aniruddha Rajput elected to top United Nations body of legal expertsWHO IS ANIRUDDHA RAJPUT?Aniruddha Rajput is a 33-year-old private law practitioner from India who was nominated for the International Law Commission election by the Ministry of External Affairs, in May.Rajput is possibly the youngest ever candidate to be a member of the ILC. In 2011, France’s Mathias Forteau got nominated for the ILC at the age of 37.He got his LLB degree from Pune’s ILS Law College, and went on it complete his LLM from the London School of Economics. He also holds a merit rank at University of Pune.FROM SUPREME COURT TO ILC Rajput practiced in the Supreme Court of India for six years, focusing on arbitration, public law and commercial litigation.He helped draft the Arbitration and Conciliation Rules of London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA-India) and Delhi High Court Arbitration Centre. He was involved in the consultations for proposals of amendments to Indian Arbitration Act, and contributed to drafting the National Sports Development Bill, 2011.He has been a visiting professor of International Commercial Arbitration and International Trade Law at the Indian Law Institute from 2010 to 2012.advertisementThe webpage for Jammu and Kashmir Study Centre, which is said to be “an RSS-related think-tank”, names Rajput as its director.Rajput recently completed his PhD from the National University of Singapore.While still a PhD student, the Ministry of External Affairs nominated Rajput for the ILC election in May.CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING HIS NOMINATION FOR ILCWhen the Ministry of External Affairs nominated Rajput, a private lawyer, for election to the United Nation’s International Law Commission in May, questions were raised.Reports had it that it was because of his “links to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh” that led him to be chosen as India’s candidate to the International Law Commission by the Permanent Mission of India to the UN.A report on The Wire says: “The Geneva-based commission usually has senior academicians and legal officers from foreign ministries around the world as its members. As per the ILC’s statute adopted by the UN General Assembly, the commission comprises 34 members ‘who shall be persons of recognised competence in international law’.”As for why or what led to MEA’s choice of Rajput, who was a PhD student when nominated, the report says it remains “a closely held secret with the Ministry of External Affairs unwilling to answer questions on the record about why it made its choice.”