first_imgRecently the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) vehemently objected to the advertised presence of several State agencies being part of a meeting held by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Georgetown District. The objection seemed only natural, given it was a planned meeting by a political entity; the ruling one. The official presence of such agencies would obviously raise concerns over party paramountcy through the process of politicisation.Such concerns are not new to those familiar with the country’s political history. They would never forget the image when the flag of the PNC flew higher than the Golden Arrowhead in the compound of the Appeal Court when that party was in Government. That firmly and unambiguously demonstrated that the party was in charge and epitomised the oppression that prevailed.While fear permeated during that period, that image served to further embed it into mindsets and ironically, as the flag fluttered, it froze many into silence. There was no mistaking that the PNC party reigned supreme and the State apparatus was made to be at its disposal. So were public servants who believably, were mandated to attend political meetings and to participate in State-sponsored events, including Mashramani.The imposed fear made it much easier for the workers to succumb to such demands since there were mouths to feed. In looking back, while it was despicable, it can be attributed to natural consequences of a dictatorship where the iron fist created soft bellies by choice. Those who opposed took tremendous risks with some tragically paid the ultimate price as the brutality took toll.In assessing history, those heinous acts may now be deemed as understandable within the context of the consequences of a dictatorship and obviously much to the displeasure of the victims. The dictatorship ended, freedom rebirthed and democracy prevailed for over two decades. Even in those freer and modern times and when the PNC was in Opposition, it created scenarios to berate the PPP Administration accusing it of being undemocratic.Those accusations were even made when the PNC engineered acts to deliberately create instability necessitating responses to ensure law and order. It used the 2015 campaign to repeat those accusation and made bold promises to “restore” democracy and the rule of law. By its own record since 2015, it would not be inaccurate to state that’s a promise it failed to deliver or even remember.Its current position in disregarding the enshrined and ensuing process of a successful no-confidence motion highlights its lack of adherence to the constitution and by extension, the rule of law.The use of State agencies at one of its meeting must therefore be seen in a particular context. Based upon Government’s campaign and the expectation it built in the minds of Guyanese, freedom of choice, democracy, transparency and adherence to the Constitution should be a norm. In the first instance, one would expect that if a State agency is embarking on an outreach to engage citizens in an effort to foster awareness about particular programmes and policies, it would be done independently of any political entity to avoid any semblance of politicisation.From their public profiles, the entities advertised seemed very capable of conducting such outreaches as part of its service provision. Based upon the advertisement in question, it may be easy for a conclusion to be made that the ruling party might have forced the participation of the said entities. The timing can also foster that belief given the Government’s noticeable efforts to engage the populace in various parts of the country suddenly after the passage of the No-confidence Motion. Within that context it would be difficult to conclude otherwise especially when such outreaches were not common before.This brings into question whether these entities freely agreed to participate or were coerced. That suggestion may not be unreasonable given that the PNC, which is now the major party in the current coalition (many are of the opinion it is the Government), when in government, was reportedly responsible for forcing public servants to participate in State events and for flying its flag in the compound of the Appeal Court.What currently plays out raises eyebrows as to whether these are signs of a repeat of that oppressive period. Analysts have pointed to other developments that could conclude a gradual return of those dark days. Most significant must be the President unilaterally appointing the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) disregarding what obtained for 27 years. The process he disregarded began with one of his party’s predecessor as President; Desmond Hoyte who was an attorney.The imposing of a plethora of crippling taxes, the seemingly unjustified firing of a number of persons, including professionals, and the accusations of political witch-hunts, further add to that belief of a growing dictatorship. The refusal to abide by the Constitution since the no-confidence vote may have removed any doubt some might have as to that ominous return. In what seems as desperation on its part to stay in office, coercing State entities in the present seems an action plucked directly from the past.last_img read more

first_img….as Schneider Electric partners with MassyLocal businesses will now have the opportunity to benefit from a new line of products and services aimed at improving reliability and lowering the cost of IT infrastructure and facility management operations, as Schneider Electric earlier this week disclosed its partnership with Guyana’s technology giant, Massy Technologies Limited (LTD).General Manager of Massy Technologies Ltd, Jason Sahai expressed eagerness about his company’s partnership with Schneider Electric.“We are very excited about partnering with Schneider Electric, the global leader in energy management and automation…this partnership complements Massy Technologies (Guyana) Ltd offering in IT infrastructure, solutions and services, to directly benefit our clients, who will now have access to a more complete suite of technologies” Sahai noted.Massy Technologies recently announced expansion plans of IT Solutions into Managed Services and Cloud Solutions. Therefore, Schneider in its partnership with Massy can now offer higher levels of service and efficiency for UPS and backup power supplies, server racks and cabinet among other services.In addition to having a positive impact for traditional data centres, Schneider products and services can benefit from critical business and sector environments mainly healthcare, construction/engineering, manufacturing, tourism and entertainment where there is efficient access to data and reliable telecommunications are essential.Massy Technologies has also achieved its Elite Partner Status upon meeting a set of prerequisites through the Schneider Electric ITD Channel Partner Programme. This was revealed by Schneider’s Sales Director for the Caribbean Region, Manuel Rodrigues.Schneider’s Sales Director Manuel Rodrigues (left) shares a handshake with Massy Technologies General Manager Jason Sahai“Massy Technologies (Guyana) Ltd achieved the Elite Partner ITD status with Schneider Electric, which now allows the company to better serve its clients in Guyana Region…Partners that achieve this status have a proven record of performance, their products and services are top-notch and they bring distinct and often unique capabilities to the commercial and technical ecosystem” he stated.last_img read more

first_img 00:00 /01:45 Sen. Ted Cruz addressed the Texas Republican Convention in Dallas over the weekend. It was Cruz’s first major speech since he ended his quest for the presidency.Cruz said he will return to the Senate and focus on advancing conservative principles and upholding the Constitution. He singled out President Barack Obama’s directive protecting transgender rights in schools, an action he described as “politically correct lunacy.”Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“This is an embodiment of just how off track we’ve gotten that the President believes he could decree to every public school in America, ‘I, Barack Obama, am in charge of bathroom policies in your elementary school,’” he said.Cruz then said the country needs a strong, conservative president to eliminate the Department of Education. He did not say who that president should be, nor did he endorse – or even mention – the party’s apparent nominee, Donald Trump.Vlad Davidiuk, a delegate from Houston and a Cruz supporter, said he wasn’t surprised.“At this point, Donald Trump does not represent the conservative values or the principles that the majority of the people who are here at this convention hold. So it would not have helped Ted Cruz’s speech to have mentioned the name ‘Donald Trump,’” he said.Delegates wearing stickers saying “Cruz Crew” far outnumbered those wearing pro-Trump stickers, at least on the convention’s last day. That might have been simply a show of support for the senator. But Davidiuk said it reflects a deeper split.“There hasn’t been a lot of infighting. There has not been a lot of confrontation. But I would say the majority of the people I’ve interacted with are very hardcore Cruz supporters and interested in only that aspect of the Republican nomination process. Really don’t want anything to do with Trump,” he said. Davidiuk said that could wind up hurting Trump in November. He said conservative activists are likely to focus on helping Republican candidates in down-ballot races, while ignoring the top of the ticket. X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen last_img read more