Haitians are vulnerable, susceptible to political manipulation and exploitation

first_imgDear Editor,I wrote the press earlier this month, asking the Minister of Citizenship and/or our President to explain the sudden arrival in Guyana of a very large number of Haitians, reported on extensively in our media.According to the media reports, the Haitian arrivals are carefully organised with obvious official Government support. Their arrival has coincided with a highly suspect House-to-House Registration exercise with questionable legal authority and disputed justification.In response to these public concerns, Minister Felix disclosed that in the last six months, 8436 Haitians arrived and 1170 are supposed to have departed. Those who have left are acknowledged by the Minister to be mostly doing so illegally, The Minister seemed unable, however, to provide convincing documentation in support of his statement.In the current highly-charged political environment, with the Opposition and, for instance, the Private Sector Commission, opposed to the “registration” which is being carried out without the legally required scrutineering, it is perfectly reasonable to ask the question: where are the seven thousand odd unaccounted-for Haitians?In these circumstances, it is perfectly reasonable to also ask, not only where, but how are the Haitians occupied? They have not come as tourists and they are not authorised to work!In reactions, these questions have been vigorously and vociferously labelled as a “xenophobic attack” meaning racism, against the Haitians.I cannot speak for others, but as far as I am concerned, the application of this label, in this context is utter rubbish, and, if anything, is in itself racist in character and concept.The Haitians are our Caricom brothers and sisters and are understandably and undoubtedly fleeing their own impoverished circumstances in search of a better life and deserve our empathy and assistance.I wonder, however, if it has occurred, at all, to those, some otherwise very intelligent people amongst them, who so readily and conveniently employ this emotive use of race in pursuit of their own unspoken agenda, that the Haitians are both vulnerable and susceptible to political manipulation and exploitation of the worst kind.Yours sincerely,Kit Nascimentolast_img read more

Emery impressed by spirited Arsenal

first_imgBoth scored as Emery’s men collected the second victory of his reign.The Spaniard saw his side make hard work of seeing off the newly-promoted Welsh club with old defensive failings twice allowing Cardiff to equalise.But Emery was impressed with the way Arsenal responded to each of those setbacks.“The reaction is very important. The reaction was very good. We were calm,” Emery said.“The most important thing is to be calm and to continue working.“We controlled the match for 70 percent of the 90 minutes.”Emery got a crash course in both the strengths and weaknesses of the squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger.His decision to field two forwards paid handsome dividends as first Aubameyang and then Lacazette scored excellent goals to finally kill off Cardiff.The Bluebirds had equalised through Victor Camarasa and Danny Ward after Shkodran Mustafi headed the Gunners ahead.“They are playing minutes each match and today they started (together),” said Emery of his strikers.“We are continuing to work on the combinations. Today I think the two players scored goals and helped us. “We can continue to work to find the best performance with each player.”There is, however, plenty for Emery to ponder during the international break after the familiar failings that dogged the end of Wenger’s reign reared their heads again.After Mustafi’s powerful header from Granit Xhaka’s corner had put his visitors ahead in the Welsh capital, they failed to see the game out to half-time.In stoppage-time a poor Xhaka pass was intercepted, Nacho Monreal failed to deal with a Joe Bennett cross and Camarasa fired home.– Teething problems –Then, after Aubameyang had bent home a superb shot to restore their lead after clever work from Mesut Ozil and Lacazette, the Gunners switched off again and allowed Ward a free header to equalise again.“We need to continue improving on our defence,” admitted Emery, who also saw further teething problems for Petr Cech in the veteran goalkeeper’s efforts to play from the back.Twice in the opening eight minutes Cech made a mess of dealing with back-passes and, on the second occasion, Harry Arter fired over when he should have opened the scoring.“He has experience,” said Emery. “He is intelligent. He is doing what we want.“It’s very important for me to continue doing this and to keep improving.“We take a little risk, but when you break this risk and their pressing you can find space. We need to continue with this personality.”There was a sighting, too, of Ozil, who played a decent hand in victory having missed last week’s win at West Ham amid rumours of a row on the training ground with his manager.“Ozil with his quality, I think we need him to give us his moments in the match,” said Emery.“I think today in the second half he played a good match, he worked every minute he was on the pitch.“Maybe in the second half with his position on the pitch I think he feels better.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal duo Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey celebrate their win at Cardiff © AFP / Geoff CADDICKCARDIFF, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Unai Emery praised Arsenal’s character after they gave a glimpse of their potential in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Cardiff on Sunday.Emery was rewarded for a bold selection after partnering Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, his two main forwards, together from the start for the first time in the Premier League.last_img read more

Political infighting slows water funds

first_imgIn the special session, Schwarzenegger is asking lawmakers to place another $10 billion in water bonds on the 2008 ballot. But that proposal has stalled in the Legislature as Democrats dispute the need to spend billions of dollars on additional dam and water storage projects. Schwarzenegger has recently offered to compromise by cutting about $1.5 billion from his original proposal for water storage, but Democrats have not responded. “California voters have approved more than $14 billion in bonds to address water and environmental issues in the last 10 years,” Schwarzenegger said. “Billions of dollars were directly aimed at projects designed to address the crisis in the Delta. “Yet the delta is in worse shape today than it was a decade ago. Throwing more money at the problem without addressing the fundamental issues to fix the delta will only allow the crisis to worsen.” Schwarzenegger said that with the risk of water rationing and rate increases on the horizon across the state, quick action is needed. But Perata said he is frustrated that the governor’s veto has stalled spending of previous bonds. “I was very upset and I still, to this moment, do not understand why you ask voters to give approval to spend money to protect their water system, which we did with Prop. 1E, and then when we want to appropriate the money, he vetoes the bill,” Perata said. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “A lot of (Southern California water agencies) are very hopeful that Proposition 84 will result in money for local projects, but so far we’re still waiting for some of the legislation,” said Jeff Kightlinger, CEO of the Metropolitan Water District. “It’s been a little slow getting Prop. 84 dollars out the door.” By comparison, more than 40 percent of the transportation- bond dollars approved on the same November 2006 ballot have already been allocated. Last month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill by Senate president pro tempore Don Perata, D-Oakland, that would have directed spending $611 million from last year’s water bonds. In his veto, the governor said he wanted to wait until a more comprehensive solution to the state’s water crisis is crafted during the current special legislative session. While California voters approved $9.5 billion in bonds to improve the state’s water infrastructure last year, little of that money has been allocated despite a lengthy drought and growing strains on the system. Political infighting and bureaucratic red tape have slowed spending of the 2006 water bonds, even as state lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger consider asking voters for billions of dollars in additional water bonds on next year’s ballot. Only about 14 percent of the Proposition 1E water bond approved by voters last year – and about a third of the Proposition 84 water bond – have been committed to specific projects. And within Proposition 84, only about 9 percent of the funds dedicated specifically to water quality and supply projects – as opposed to flood control – have been committed. last_img read more

France star Samuel Umtiti slammed for handball during World Cup game by fans

first_imgSamuel Umititi may want to avoid social media after his howler for France gifted Australia an equaliser.After taking the lead thanks to a VAR-awarded Antoine Griezmann penalty, the French were looking to seal all three points in their Group C game. Ridiculous from Umtiti. So, so unnecessary. #FRA #WorldCup #AUS— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) June 16, 2018 Trying to figure out why Umtiti handled that cross… pic.twitter.com/u4azsjKilJ— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) June 16, 2018 2 #FRAAUS live footage from umtiti pic.twitter.com/JoP2C80enO— pklove (@pklove149) June 16, 2018 Umtiti apologises to Antoine Griezmann after his handball Paul Pogba scored a late winner to spare Umtiti’s blushes as France held on for a 2-1 win in Kazan.Fans from every watching nation were quick to share their disbelief at the young defender’s actions, with one Twitter user even calling him ‘ridiculous’.Check out the best reaction from social media below! What was Umtiti thinking? #FRAAUS #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/THHha18vDC— Arsène’s Son (@hughwizzy) June 16, 2018center_img Leaked footage of Umtiti warming up pre game pic.twitter.com/2WiN4LKWA0— Dane bottrell (@Indigo_x_Flo) June 16, 2018 2 Umtiti doing his best impression of Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ pic.twitter.com/RmruNJ2tti— Samue (@VintageSalah) June 16, 2018 The moment of madness from Umtiti The Socceroos had defended bravely for the majority of the match – but never really looked like scoring.Step forward Umtiti.The Barcelona defender, who has just helped the Catalan side to the LaLiga title, inexplicably decided to handle a cross into his penalty box.And while there may have been controversy surrounding the awarding of the first penalty, there was no debate about the 24-year-old’s handball. Umtiti, what are you doing mate? #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/y53ddSP2tb— Krowd9 | 2018 World Cup 🏆 (@Krowd9) June 16, 2018last_img read more