Dear Editor,Ms. Gertrude Stein’s poem, Sacred Emily, published in 1922, captured an important thought as follows, “A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose”, which clearly outlines what is happening politically under President David Granger.Every act the PNC leadership takes exposes that leadership as nothing else but a cabal of convenience. And let us, in the interest of definition, outline who makes up this Granger cabal. They number less than 25 persons in the leadership of the PNC, and comprise of close friends and family members of the Granger family. The PNC rank and file members have no say in what is happening today, so we must not chastise them; they are suffering as much as the non-PNC supporters.This group that dominates the Granger cabal are the intellectual authors behind the misconception that their “daddies” left them a transport on political power. Being mainly descendants of the League of Coloured People (LCP), these people operate like if they are the new “Massa”; and, like the LCP and the teachings from their colonial “Massa”, use ethnic mobilization to prop up their political operations. But the historical facts clearly reveal that this is nothing but a manufactured position invented by the “REAL MASSA” in the 1960s, whose primary game plan was to divide the working class and rule the former colonies from a distance.The facts will reveal that political independence was earned, but economic dependence was preserved, because this small group, with their anti-working class actions, loyally delivered the assets of the people at pennies on the pound to the multi-nationals. Isn’t that what we are observing today under Mr. Granger on this oil contract?So once the bidding of the international economic hitmen are met, the devouring of the AFC and now the deflowering of the WPA will not even be noticed come 2020. As the General Secretary of the PNC, Ms. Amna Ally, said: this is a “little thing”.This act against Dr. David Hinds was planned from the day he wrote his very first critical column way back in 2015. This is how Mr. Granger rolls: slowly, but patiently, like a well-camouflaged political python. When the time was right, the strike was decisive and swift. This was also how Hitler moved in the 1930s: total loyalty was demanded at all times.Now is the time for the swift political clean-up, and that is why Ms. Ally can confidently say “…if that (the WPA leaving the coalition) is so, what else can you do…” The line in the sand has been drawn on the WPA; tek’ it or leave it buster, we on top now.So do not worry about Mr. Tacuma Ogunseye bubbling his gum. Two shakes up from Ms. Ally and he shall put his tail between his legs and run for the hills. The hypocrisy in the WPA and the AFC today is there for all to see. They pretend not to know that an elite inner core dominates this Granger cabal. This Granger cabal believes it has titled rights to not consult with the people, but, at the same time, make decisions for self-enrichment, even if it means indebting the masses without their permission. That is why they can make financially reckless decisions to deplete the gold reserves by 85% in less than 20 months.This same inner Granger clique has depleted the stock of cash in the public corporation by some G$20 billion in less than 2 years, and continues to spend over a billion per year on international travels for themselves, friends and family. These are not accidental acts!This Granger cabal is no different from the Burnham cabal that ejected all the paying passengers and commandeered the Guyana Airways as he saw fit then. The contradictions of the cruelty in those days was so much that Mr. Burnham demanded the stocking of his flights with the most expensive whiskeys and caviars for himself and his political bootlickers when, as the Head of State, he provided little money for the children of Guyana who were suffering from “beriberi” and white mouth. This is the nature of the Granger cabal, same stripes as the Burnham dictatorship.Although Dr. Hinds would have made a better Minister of Education than anyone sitting in the Granger cabinet, he shall never be called to serve. Why? In the eyes of the aloft and elitist Mr. Granger, he is nothing but a dark-skinned country boy from Buxton that does not fit in with the group that is running Guyana today, which is made up of mainly urban mulatto descendants from the League of Coloured People.On Dr. Cheddi Jagan’s 100th birth anniversary, we must all recommit to this struggle against social injustice and economic upliftment in the interest of the working class. With an agent of the “Massa” like Mr. Granger in office, the ALUTA Continua!Sasenarine Singh
Indian born wicketkeeper-batsman Ashish Bagai is captaining Canada. He has two centuries under his belt and will be hoping he gets more during the World Cup. They too come under the ‘minnows’ category and would be lucky it they win a match in this mega event.Squad: Ashish Bagai (captain and wicketkeeper), Rizwan Cheema (vice captain), Harvir Baidwan, Nitish Kumar, Hiral Patel, Tyson Gordon, Henry Osinde, John Davison, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Parth Desai, Karl Whatham, Khurram Chohan, Jimmy Hansra, Zubin Surkari, Balaji Rao. Standby: Hamza Tariq
TORONTO — The federal government won’t have to comply immediately with a court decision that limited solitary confinement to 15 consecutive days, the Supreme Court of Canada has decided.In granting Ottawa’s urgent request for an “interim interim” stay, the country’s top court said the government had met all three needed conditions. Those factors, the court said, include whether there was a “serious issue” to be tried and whether it would cause the government “irreparable harm” if not granted.“I am satisfied that these factors have been met for the purpose of the interim interim stay only,” Justice Suzanne Cote said. “This order will remain in effect until the determination of the motion for an interim stay, which shall be dealt with on an expedited basis.”In a ruling last month, the Ontario Court of Appeal said placing prisoners deemed a risk to themselves or others in segregation for more than 15 days amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and was therefore unconstitutional. The court gave correctional authorities 15 days — until Friday — to comply and end the practice.The federal government sought leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, along with a request to put the lower-court decision on hold pending the outcome. However, because the request for an interim stay would only be heard well after Friday’s deadline to comply with the ruling, Ottawa sought the interim interim stay.In support of its request, the federal government said the lower court did not take into account the consequences of capping administrative segregation, and warned that imposing a hard limit in all cases could be dangerous.“There is currently no alternative recourse to address these situations, placing the safety and security of all federal institutions, the inmates and the staff at high risk,” the government said in its notice of leave to appeal.Critics of isolation say studies indicate that depriving inmates of meaningful human contact for much of their day can cause long-term, even permanent, psychological damage.The Canadian Civil Liberties Association, which has pursued the case, called it “deeply disappointing” that the government was seeking to appeal.It opposed the interim interim stay request, calling it highly unusual for courts to allow practices deemed to violate the charter because they amount to cruel and unusual treatment to continue.“Canada asks this court to prolong a dangerous practice that is ‘harmful and offside responsible medical opinion,’” the association said in its filing. “The impact on those affected is real and serious.”Having granted the interim interim stay, Cote gave the association until April 23 to respond to the request for an interim stay, and Ottawa a further two days to reply. It’s not clear when the Supreme Court will decide on the stay motion or whether it will hear the government’s appeal.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
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Register Now » 5 min read November 5, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global In preparation for this year’s Burning Man festival, Ari Kalfayan, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, went out and bought costumes for he and a friend. The total cost came to just under $1,000. But instead of reimbursing Kalfayan with cash, the friend paid him back using a smartphone app called Venmo. All it took was a few taps to send money between their accounts.“I just found Venmo really easy to use for splitting costs for fun activities,” says Kalfayen.Small payments between friends is fueling rapid growth for Venmo, which lets people easily pay one another for everything from dinner to cocktails to paying rent. The idea is to free people from having to use cash or a check to split a bill.Venmo handled $700 million in payments in the third quarter, 50% more than the previous quarter. The number of people who use the app is unclear. But it’s telling that devotees are increasingly using Venmo’s name as a verb — as in, “I’ll just Venmo you” — much like Google, Facebook and Skype. Indeed, the app has become something of a must-have for Silicon Valley’s young digerati, who regularly use the service to settle up between themselves after a night of bar hopping.But it’s also an area with huge competition from PayPal, Amazon, and Apple among others, all itching for the shot to process people’s transactions and make a buck.Venmo was founded in 2009 by former University of Pennsylvania roommates Andrew Kortina and Iqram Magdon-Ismail. Three years later, they sold their start-up for $26.2 million to the credit processing firm Braintree. EBay later gobbled up the entire company to build up its digital payments arm, PayPal.When first acquired, Venmo had already gained a foothold among teen and twenty-something users. That trend has continued.Being owned by a large company with deep pockets like eBay gives Venmo breathing room to focus on growth without having to worry so much about profits. The situation will become a bit more interesting next year after eBay spins off PayPal – and Venmo along with it- into a separate company.Jared Fliesler, a venture capitalist at Matrix Partners and formerly a vice president at the payments startup Square, explained that Venmo’s rise is tied to its ease-of-use. The ability to quickly find existing users and invite new ones by searching someone’s virtual phone book and Facebook contacts helped with the app’s growth.“It was a simple product with a clear use case, so people got it and use it,” Fliesler says.Transactions appear in a section of Venmo loosely resembling Facebook’s news feed that friends can see unless users fiddle with the settings to turn it off. To maintain privacy, Venmo never shows the actual payment amount, merely the payment’s purpose, which users type in. The social networking aspect is by no means a critical feature. But it sometimes makes for short-lived entertainment.“Most overpriced drink of my life,” reads one Venmo update posted by one user going by the name Shira Papir. “For full body wax,” reads another from a user identified as Roberto Sroka.The big question for Venmo however is whether it’s built to last. It competes with big guns like Amazon and Apple, both of which are pushing payments services. Additionally, Facebook is reportedly developing a service that would let users of its Messenger pay one another. If true, Facebook’s payments service would be able to tap into the more than one billion people who already check the social network every month.Marc Freed-Finnegan, who led the product development of Google Wallet for a year-and-a-half before leaving in 2012 to cofound Index, a retail analytics company, is skeptical about Venmo’s prospects. He mentioned Square, a payments startup founded by Twitter co-creator Jack Dorsey, that got its start processing people’s credit cards but has branched out with new services including a Venmo-like system called Square Cash. “There’s already pretty strong competition from services like Square Cash at this time, which support pretty seamless payments between people,” he says.Oddly enough, PayPal, Venmo’s sister payment service, is also a rival because it too lets users pay each other. But Venmo appeals to the younger demographic in a way PayPal doesn’t.Braintree CEO Bill Ready says he doesn’t mind having two products in the PayPal family with similar features. He compares the situation to when Facebook acquired popular photo-sharing app Instagram. “You can take and share a photo with Instagram, or you can take and share a photo with the Facebook app,” he says.Eventually, PayPal will likely try to integrate Venmo into its other services to tap into those younger users. But for now, the Venmo team continues to experiment by introducing new features like “Venmo Nearby,” which lets users know when friends are in the neighborhood.Venmo isn’t a serious money-maker. It generates some money by charging merchants, not consumers, for accepting payments through the service. But Ready maintains that building out Venmo with features like Nearby helps with attracting more users, and in turn, creates more opportunities to earn money. Says Ready: “You’ll be seeing more and more of Venmo from us.” This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.