PNCR executive admits coalition failed to deliver manifesto promises

first_imgThe People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) has publicly admitted to not fulfilling promises outlined in its pre-2015 elections manifesto after the coalition Government took office.President David GrangerThis admission was made by PNCR Executive, Aubrey Norton during the party’s press conference on Friday at its Congress Place, Sophia headquarters. In an attempt to defend the coalition’s failure to deliver on its promises, the executive said that no political party can deliver “all” its promises.The former presidential advisor, whilst responding to a question, which requested his views on the performance of his party, stated that the party is satisfied but further added that there are indeed a few unfulfilled promises but chose not to expound further.PNCR Executive Aubrey Norton“…the PNC is satisfied. We have delivered a lot of services, there are things that we didn’t deliver that we promised,” Norton said.Only on Thursday Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo called out President David Granger for misrepresenting Guyana’s reality. Jagdeo pointed to the issue of unemployment, high crime rates among other issues which continue to pervade Guyana, but noted that the President claims differently.The Opposition Leader further pointed to some broken promises of the APNU/AFC Government, this included the liberalisation of the communications sector which was not achieved, and the aspects of the Cummingsburg Accord which were unfulfilled, specifically the role of the Prime Minister in chairing Cabinet and aiding in ministerial appointments.“They broke all the promises. They broke every single one of these promises but either way, the people of this country are getting shafted. That’s it. What bothers me, though, is that he’s not pressed on issues” Jagdeo asserted at his weekly press conference.But most recently, sugar workers flogged the coalition Administration for failing to raise their salaries, which was a promise made during the 2015 campaign trail.President of the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand stated that the APNU/AFC coalition, since it took office five years ago, has done more harm than good to the thousands of persons employed in the sugar belt and that many persons continue to suffer as a result of the Administration’s actions or lack thereof.last_img read more

Coutinho move could spark spending spree

first_imgNeither club has officially confirmed or denied the deal, despite reports from France saying Mahrez would have a medical soon at Liverpool.The club’s number one target, according to many reports, is the French international forward Thomas Lemar, part of the impressive Monaco team that reached the Champions League semi-finals last year but which has since been dismantled.Comparing the most expensive transfer fees following the addition of Philippe Coutinho © AFP / Gal ROMAArsenal had a £92 million bid ($125 million, 104 million euros) for 22-year-old Lemar rejected in the summer transfer window and the player is reportedly keen to work with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.Monaco have already crashed out of the Champions League this season, so Lemar could be open to a move, although coach Leonardo Jardim is reluctant to see one of his remaining star names leave.“Monaco don’t usually make big sales in the winter,” Jardim said last week.Other reports have linked Liverpool with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, an increasingly divisive figure at the Emirates. His contract expires in the summer, meaning Arsenal either cash in on the Chilean now or risk seeing him walk away for nothing.Before the January transfer window even opened, Liverpool moved to address their defensive frailties by bringing in Dutch centre-back Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton for £75 million, one of the most expensive transfers in history.– PSG clearout –Arsenal, who were dumped out of the FA Cup by Championship side Nottingham Forest on Sunday, face a similar dilemma with Mesut Ozil, who is also out of contract in the summer.Meanwhile, Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted he has been in talks about bringing Theo Walcott back to the club from Arsenal.The enormous TV receipts enjoyed by Premier League clubs forces many into the transfer market to compete with the biggest earners in their own division.Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted he has been in talks about bringing Theo Walcott (L) back to the club from Arsenal © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLSo Everton, still far from safe from relegation after a dreadful start to the season, have signed a much-needed centre-forward in Cenk Tosun on a four-and-a-half-year deal worth a reported £27 million.The forward has scored 41 goals in 96 Turkish Super Lig games for Besiktas.Leicester City will fight to keep Mahrez, who was one of the driving forces when the unfashionable club won the Premier League title in 2016.But if Mahrez is tempted away — and he reportedly has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave if a substantial bid comes along in this window — then Leicester’s French boss Claude Puel could turn to Hatem Ben Arfa, who has failed to break into Paris Saint-Germain’s star-studded first team.Ben Arfa has previous Premier League experience with Newcastle and he worked with Puel at Nice in the 2015-2016 season.PSG could be prepared to let Ben Arfa leave cheaply as the Qatari-backed club need to reduce their wage bill to comply with financial fair play rules after their spending reached stratospheric levels last summer with the world-record arrival of Neymar for 222 million euros, followed by the acquisition of the lavishly talented French teenager Kylian Mbappe.Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura also looks set to be offloaded by PSG, with fellow Ligue 1 side Nantes entering the race for his signature.Javier Pastore could be allowed to leave the French capital, with Inter Milan leading the race for his services. The Argentinian may not have helped his case for by arriving back in Paris late from his New Year holiday.Several Premier League clubs are also said to be tracking two young talents in the Bundesliga.Bayer Leverkusen’s 20-year-old Jamaican winger Leon Bailey is said to be a target for Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, and German international midfielder Leon Goretzka could reportedly join Liverpool from Schalke 04 on a free transfer next summer.Two veteran German strikers, Sandro Wagner and Mario Gomez, will have new teammates when Bundesliga action resumes next weekend. Wagner is the new backup for Robert Lewandowski at league leaders Bayern Munich while Gomez has joined Stuttgart.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000It took the third largest amount ever paid for a footballer to prise Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool and the rumour mill has already linked the club with Leicester’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez (R) © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYPARIS, France, Jan 8 – Philippe Coutinho’s 160-million-euro (Sh19.8bn) deal to join Barcelona is likely to unleash a series of big-money transfers, not least as Liverpool seek to re-invest the proceeds.It took the third largest amount ever paid for a footballer to prise Coutinho away from Liverpool and the rumour mill has already linked the club with Leicester’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez as a possible replacement for the Brazilian playmaker.last_img read more

BUDGET: NOONAN’S 10c ON A PINT IS ‘KICK IN TEETH FOR DONEGAL PUBLICANS’

first_imgSTRUGGLING Donegal publicans have been given ‘another kick in the teeth’ with another tax hike on beer in today’s budget, representatives say.Gerry Rafter, President of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) told Donegal Daily: ‘‘Today’s announcement is a kick in the teeth for publicans across the country. The Minister’s decision to raise the excise by 10 cent a pint will put further pressure on an already fragile industry.“Since 2009 over 6,000 jobs have been lost in the industry. We estimate that this measure will put a further 2,000 jobs in jeopardy in the next 12 months. Most pubs are family run business in towns and rural parts of Ireland, often where there is little other employment. “These jobs needed protection. Instead they got a wallop. Our organisation warned Minister Noonan that any changes in excise would cause havoc in the pub industry. He chose not to listen and that will result in more people on the live register and more Social Welfare Payments.’’Mr Rafter continued, ‘‘The further increase in excise of 10 cent on the pint will only serve to widen the disparity between the on trade and off trade, encouraging the misuse of cheap alcohol being sold by supermarkets that sell alcohol as a loss leader.”The VFI welcomed Minister Noonan’s decision to maintain the 9 percent VAT rate on the hospitality sector but this is cold comfort to an industry that has been further hammered by this excise hike.“The mantra from this Government is that job creation is their number one priority. Budget 2014 was a great opportunity to practice what they preach. However this attack will drive a dagger into the heart of our industry.’’ concluded Mr Rafter.  BUDGET: NOONAN’S 10c ON A PINT IS ‘KICK IN TEETH FOR DONEGAL PUBLICANS’ was last modified: October 15th, 2013 by John2Share 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)last_img read more