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Davos, ‘social cohesion’ and capitalism


first_imgEven as the stock markets continue their turbulence, other symptoms of the growing capitalist crisis abound.The annual conclave of zillionaires and their hangers-on at the lavish Swiss resort of Davos is usually the occasion for a celebration of capitalism, even though the participants will admit to it having a few flaws. The presumption is that the exploitation of labor by a few, and all the ills that result from that, can be patched over with a few social programs. But this year, the assembled fortunate few at Davos were shaken by a letter from U.S. billionaire investor Seth Klarman. (You never heard of Klarman? Lots of the super-rich these days avoid putting their names on things, unlike the Rockefellers and Fords of an earlier time.) Klarman’s letter came in the middle of the Yellow Vest protests in France. It came when Oxfam had just reported that the combined fortunes of only 26 of the world’s richest people were equal to the combined wealth of the 3.8 billion poorest people in the world.Billionaire mourns loss of  ‘social cohesion’Klarman warned his friends at Davos that “social cohesion is essential for those who have capital to invest.” His message to his billionaire buddies was that things will fall apart if they continue to subordinate everything to their pursuit of quick profits. He reminded them that anger is rising everywhere as poverty grows alongside obscene wealth, and that this is already manifesting itself in spontaneous uprisings, like the one in France.Last August, Pew Research reported that U.S. real wages, taking into account inflation, were now at the level they had been back in 1974. Prices, however, especially rents, have soared. Most people don’t need to read the figures to know that it is becoming more and more impossible to make ends meet. The result is growing mass anger — tearing apart the “social cohesion” that allowed the rich to rule without fear of a social explosion.For decades mass anger has boiled over into outright rebellion in those countries super-oppressed by U.S. and European imperialism. But now the potential for rebellion exists within the imperialist countries themselves. That is what has the billionaires so worried.Back in 2016, a poll taken by the Harvard Institute of Politics found that only 42 percent of millennials supported capitalism. That figure is even lower now.Which is why Klarman cautioned his peers at Davos: “People will say the words ‘Wall Street’ with a derogatory tone. They’re talking about an immoral place, where there’s just disgusting amounts of greed and nothing good happens — which isn’t fair and isn’t true.” Ah, yes, the poor misunderstood capitalists.But, to be fair, the capitalist class is not just a collection of greedy individuals. It is not their personal traits that are the problem. It is the very nature of the system itself. Klarman denies this, insisting: “It’s a choice to do things that ‘maximize profits,’ to pay people as little as you can, or work them as hard as you can. It’s a choice to maintain pleasant working conditions or, alternatively, particularly harsh ones, to offer good benefits or paltry ones.” Klarman is an investor, a money man making profits off the stock markets. But the capitalists who actually run the industries that create the profits the money men gamble with — they know what the real deal is.The capitalist owners know they have to beat out the competition if they are to survive. And that means just one thing: It is greater exploitation of the workers that makes them succeed, not greater intelligence or a greater appetite for risk.Harsh exploitation is where their profits come from — and the ones that can’t or won’t do that are pushed aside.Socialism and economic developmentThe question now on the minds of many is: What can replace capitalism? And, despite all the difficulties endured by countries that have had socialist revolutions, socialism keeps coming up as the only answer.The advanced development of the means of production in capitalist countries like the U.S., Europe and Japan makes them ready-made for socialism. In fact, it is the tremendous surge in productivity and its subsequent shedding of labor, brought about by high technology in recent decades, that is making capitalism so unstable today.But the chain of world capitalism broke first in the underdeveloped, poorer countries, precisely because the capitalist class was weakest there and the masses were most revolutionary.So it took a great struggle in places like the Soviet Union, war-torn Eastern Europe and China to try and develop socialism while building up the means of production and at the same time defending themselves from imperialist aggression. The Soviet Union in the end was defeated, along with the countries of Eastern Europe.The People’s Republic of China, however, has survived, even as it has compromised with capitalist forces internally and externally to do so. The basic infrastructure in China remains state-owned and the Communist Party — not the billionaires — controls the state.So it is instructive to see how China has fared in recent years, even as growing inequality plagues the U.S. and Europe.According to statista.com, average annual wages in urban China tripled in the decade from 2007 to 2017. Yes, you read that right. Tripled.If you look up the chart, you will see that this was not an up-and-down, erratic movement. Instead, wages steadily went up by about the same amount year after year. (https://tinyurl.com/ycq4pbdx)In that period, unemployment remained at a constant 4 percent. All this points to the strength of a planned economy — even one that allows capitalist production at the same time.There is much talk in the bourgeois media about the Chinese economy slowing down. As the number one exporter in the world today, China has to be affected by what is happening in the capitalist countries. But this is having little effect on the overall economic health of the people. The International Monetary Fund forecast is that the rate of growth of China’s gross domestic product will slow down this year — to 6.3 percent! By comparison, the IMF and World Bank forecast that U.S. GDP growth will hover around 2 percent — and this is without a big Wall Street crash, which seems increasingly likely.Conscious, revolutionary movementWhile socialism is the logical and inevitable next step for human social development, it won’t just happen “on its own.” Socialism will be the result of an enormous class struggle. Capitalism will itself destroy the “social cohesion” that has held it together. But it will take a conscious, revolutionary movement to make sure the working class takes political power away from the decaying institutions of capitalism in order to rebuild society on a socialist basis.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


New Assistant Presiding Judge Elected for Los Angeles County’s Court System


first_img Top of the News People New Assistant Presiding Judge Elected for Los Angeles County’s Court System STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 3:54 pm Samantha P. JessnerA judge lauded for leading technology innovations in the courts has been elected the assistant presiding judge of Los Angeles County’s Superior Court system for the 2021-2022 term, it was announced Wednesday.Samantha P. Jessner — the supervising judge of the court’s civil division since January 2019 — worked to develop protocols to hear cases safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, including developing jury selection methods and juror questionnaires and implementing remote appearance technology, according to a statement released by the court.She had previously been the assistant supervising judge of the court’s civil division and the supervising judge of the Mental Health Courthouse, and led the court’s technology innovations for many years, including providing training to hundreds of judges.Jessner is a founding member of the Association of African American California Judicial Officers and a member of the National Association of Women Judges.Before she was appointed to the bench in 2007, she worked as an assistant U.S. attorney, an assistant inspector general for the Los Angeles Police Commission and as litigation counsel for the Boeing Co.Jessner said she is “honored and privileged to have the opportunity to lead the Los Angeles Superior Court through and beyond these challenging times,” and looks forward to working with the next presiding judge, Eric C. Taylor, to “provide equal access to justice.” Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 54 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Business News Make a commentcenter_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Herbeauty10 Sweet Things You Should Tell Your Boyfriend ASAPHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more


Detectives issue photo of Donegal woman Lu Na McKinney as investigations continue


first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ By News Highland – December 11, 2017 Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Detectives issue photo of Donegal woman Lu Na McKinney as investigations continue WhatsApp Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Serious Crime Branch are continuing to appeal for information about Donegal woman Lu Na McKinney who died during a boating holiday with her family in Fermanagh this year.Mrs McKinney’s husband, 41 year old, Stephen McKinney with an address at Flax Fields, Convoy has been charged with her murder.Detective Inspector David McGrory said: “Police are issuing a photograph of Mrs McKinney today in the hope that people will come forward with any information they have about her.Police are particularly keen to hear from anyone who knew her or anyone who had contact with Mrs McKinney, who lived in Convoy, County Donegal, in the months preceding her death.An Garda Siochana are working jointly with PSNI to investigate Lu Na’s death and anyone with information can contact either the PSNI on 101 ext 43373, confidential Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111 or AGS at Letterkenny on 00353 749167100 or the AGS Confidential line on 1800 666 111. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twittercenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articlePaddy McGrath hopes to be back playing in MarchNext articleHighlandTV – Johnny Dunleavy back in Donegal with double trophies News Highland Twitterlast_img read more


Pecan Production Costs


first_imgGeorgia’s pecan industry grew by more than 20,000 new acres in the last five years. Pecans are a booming business in Georgia, but University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells says that new farmers should go into the venture knowing that pecans are a costly investment.“Georgia growers who are looking to break into the industry need to be mindful of the various costs that are associated with the crop. A lot of people just see the finished product. They see pecans on the ground in the fall, think about the great prices and believe they can do the same,” Wells said.There are high startup costs associated with producing pecans and it takes “about six or eight years” for a commercial pecan crop to produce, according to Wells.“If you’re a grower, can you go that long without seeing a return on your investment?” he asked.Like other agricultural commodities, pecans have to be protected against insect pests and disease pressure, specifically scab disease. Wells believes that the most important factor to consider is irrigation. Nonirrigated orchards are strongly discouraged because pecans have a constant need for moisture.“Keeping your pecan orchards watered is a must. We have seen in research trials at UGA that in those trees that have irrigation, there is a substantial increase in yields per acre,” Wells said. “To even consider growing pecan trees without the benefit of irrigation is a mistake.”In one research study, Wells referenced a trial comparing nonirrigated orchards to those receiving 1,200 gallons and 3,600 gallons per day. The nonirrigated orchard produced 1,034 pounds per acre. The orchard irrigated with 1,200 gallons a day produced 1,374 pounds per acre and the orchard that received 3,600 gallons a day finished with 1,761 pounds per acre.While irrigation is a must to maximize pecan production, it’s also quite expensive. Most farmers implement a drip irrigation system, which averages about $800 per acre for system parts and installation. The costs increase depending on the size of the grower’s well and pump. Wells estimates another $35 to $60 per-acre cost to operate the irrigation system.As with other crops, pecans require a diverse set of equipment. Farmers just starting in the business immediately need a herbicide sprayer, rotary mower and small tractor. Other future equipment needs include an air blast sprayer, a dump wagon, a harvest wagon, a larger tractor, a blower, a sweeper, a harvester and a shaker.“There’s no doubt that growing pecans means that you need to buy or have access to pieces of equipment that you probably didn’t have or need before. They are specifically tailored to growing pecans, so it’s a costly operation to start,” Wells said.That said, Wells says that growing pecans can potentially bring future rewards.“If growers can just hang in there for the first several years and get their trees to produce a crop, there is money to be made in growing pecans. I’m not going to guarantee you a fortune, but you can make a profit if you accept the risks that come with producing this crop,” Wells said.last_img read more


The Latest: Norwich player returns to training after virus


first_imgThe Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel wants to cancel its 50th anniversary edition in October because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say they told tour officials they would “prefer to cancel this year’s edition of the tournament in light of the current situation.”Tournament head Roger Brennwald says playing the event with no fans or with social distancing “have to be ruled out for us in Basel on economic grounds.”The ATP is expected to decide on its end-of-season indoor schedule in mid-July.Brennwald says “it looks like coronavirus is on match point and is set for victory.” The Latest: Norwich player returns to training after virus Hometown great Roger Federer was already set to miss the tournament where he worked as a ballboy and is the record 10-time champion. He ended his season this month to recover from knee surgery.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports June 18, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Norwich midfielder Marco Stiepermann has returned to training after self-isolating at home following a positive test for COVID-19. Associated Press The English club was informed of the positive test on Friday. That was the same day Norwich played Tottenham in a friendly ahead of the resumption of the Premier League.Norwich says Stiepermann has remained asymptomatic and has since taken two further tests that returned negative results.Norwich is in last place in the league and hosts Southampton on Friday in their first Premier League game back after the three-month suspension.One person has tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest round of checks. The Premier League announced that 1,541 tests had been conducted on players and club staff on June 15 and 16.___last_img read more


Women of Troy stun Cal on the road


first_imgScoreless in overtime and down seven with a minute and a half remaining, the Women of Troy needed something extraordinary to walk away with their first victory in Haas Pavilion since 2005.Team effort · Though Cal took momentum into overtime by hitting a shot at the end of regulation, it was the Women of Troy who stuck together to win. Freshman Ariya Crook led USC to victory with 11 points in overtime. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanUSC freshman Ariya Crook made it happen.The guard erased the deficit by scoring all of USC’s 11 overtime points in the final 92 seconds, including the go-ahead layup with five ticks remaining to give USC (13-11, 7-6) a 76-75 overtime road victory over California (18-7, 9-4).USC began overtime missing five consecutive shots and promptly fell behind 65-72. With senior guard Ashley Corral sidelined by an ankle injury in the fourth, Crook stepped up and caught fire, hitting five straight baskets for 11 of her career-high 21 points.“With two minutes to go, we all had this look on our face, like ‘we couldn’t do this,’” Crook said. “But our coach believed in us and told us to keep fighting and to keep pushing.”Down one in the final minute, USC forced a turnover off an offensive foul by Cal guard Layshia Clarendon with 18 seconds remaining, which set up Crook for the winning basket.“I’m playing for the team,” Crook said. “With [Corral] out, I just thought I had to step up.”The Golden Bears had a chance to hit their second buzzer-beating 3-pointer of the game, but Cal guard guard Lindsay Sherbert could not convert, leaving the crowd stunned with Cal’s first home loss in Pac-12 play this season.Before the overtime battle, Clarendon hit a desperate 3-pointer over three USC defenders as time expired, sending Cal fans into a frenzy and forcing the extra five-minute period.USC was up four with 23 seconds left in regulation following two free throws by senior guard Briana GilbreathBut a layup by Cal guard Brittany Boyd and a missed free throw by Crook gave Clarendon the opportunity for her heroics.“[Coach Michael Cooper] just told us to keep our minds on the win,” Gilbreath said. “He never got down. He was excited, and he kept our minds right and focused.”Crook did not make a field goal until she hit a jumper with 3:15 left in regulation, but still finished with 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting.Gilbreath led the Women of Troy in scoring with a game-high 24 points to go with eight rebounds.USC junior forward Christina Marinacci pulled down 13 rebounds, surpassed only by Cal’s Gennifer Brandon, who had 17 boards alongside her team-high 22 points.The teams traded leads 11 times, with neither side pulling ahead by more than seven points through the entire contest.“It feels so good to finally pull out a close game. We always had heart, and we always believed that we were going to win the game,” Gilbreath said.This was the Women of Troy’s second win of the season over the Golden Bears, who are second in the Pac-12 behind No. 4 Stanford.USC defeated Cal 74-54 on New Year’s Eve for their first conference win.With the victory, the Women of Troy ended a two-game skid and avoided falling into a tie for seventh in the conference. They have a 6-6 record in the Pac-12.“We really focused in and honed in our schemes. Everything just flowed correctly for us tonight,” Gilbreath said. “We really needed this win.”USC will return home for three straight games at the Galen Center, with the first against UCLA (12-11, 7-5) on Sunday at noon.last_img read more


Manchester United beat Tottenham after Kyle Walker own goal


first_imgManchester United began their Premier League season with a nervy 1-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford.United started slowly and Christian Eriksen almost put Spurs ahead inside five minutes when he broke through but chipped his effort over new goalkeeper Sergio Romero — starting in place of the dropped David De Gea — and also over the bar.But, despite having the better of the opening exchanges, Spurs fell behind soon after as Ashley Young scampered free to cross for Wayne Rooney and the backtracking Kyle Walker diverted the ball into his own net.It was the first time that a Premier League season had begun with an own goal, but there were no further additions before half-time and United went into the break ahead 1-0.Young had a chance to double the lead just after the hour mark as Spurs failed to clear a cross and the winger cut inside to shoot, only to see Michel Vorm gather low down on his line.Ander Herrera was brought on for new United No. 7 Memphis Depay — who looked furious to be taken off — and Louis van Gaal’s men continued to press without troubling the scorers again, while Spurs and Harry Kane in particular looked short of ideas. Romero was forced into making two saves in the final few minutes, one from a deflected Kane header, the other from a powerful shot by Eriksen moments later, but United held on for all three points.United were wearing a new kit, Old Trafford sported a new adidas logo in the stands and four new signings were named in the starting XI. But the hosts’ performance in the opening stages was very much reminiscent of the old United side who struggled at the start of last season.Defensively, United looked rusty and despite playing two midweek friendlies in Germany, Spurs were full of energy early on.Christian Eriksen brushed aside Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, who was played at centre-half, to latch on to Kane’s chip, but the Dane lifted his shot over Romero on to the roof of the net.Romero, like his defenders, looked tense on debut. The Argentinian, who joined United on a free transfer less than two weeks ago, caused a couple of hairy moments with sloppy passes early on, but then put a crucial block in on Walker. A few minutes later, Walker was left red-faced as he put United ahead.United countered through Juan Mata and Depay after Nabil Bentaleb’s mis-placed pass. The Dutchman found Young and he squared to Rooney. As the captain readied himself for the shot, Walker did the job for him, nudging the ball past Michel Vorm, who was deputising for the injured Hugo Lloris in the away goal.United dominated for the rest of the first half, but could not double their lead despite efforts from Mata and the impressive Depay.The game hit a lull after the break. Depay twisted and turned on the edge of the box before shooting over.Romero calmly collected a dangerous free-kick from Eriksen, but otherwise Spurs looked toothless in attack. Kane, isolated on his own up front, barely had any time on the ball. Bastian Schweinsteiger was given a huge reception when he came off the bench to make his first appearance for United, and soon entered the book for tripping Nacer Chadli.Wayne Rooney tried – and failed – to score with an acrobatic effort 17 minutes from time and Young squirmed a low shot into Vorm’s arms as United pushed for a second.In the dying stages Tottenham launched a series of attacks, but Romero saved their best effort from Eriksen and Van Gaal’s men held on to record a welcome home win.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more


Asymptomatic People Tested for Coronavirus in Broward


first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – You don’t need to be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. Doctors hope testing of the asymptomatic will provide more information about how many people are actually carrying the virus.“At first, we were only testing people sick enough to be admitted to a hospital. So, we were missing 80% of the cases. And so it continued to spread in our environment,” said Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease expert from Florida International University.Marty says more testing means knowing where the virus is in our communities, considering people can be infected without showing symptoms. In South Korea, she says, they are testing close contacts of every positive coronavirus case.The C.B. Smith test site is also rechecking people who have had the virus for at least 14 days.“Having done so many thousands of tests here, we sort of have a pulse on what’s going on with this virus in the community. And it’s important now … to see who is negative after a 14-day isolation period,” said Dr. Jennifer Goldman, medical director at Memorial Healthcare System.That information is important for people to know, Goldman said, but also for local officials and business leaders who are deciding how and when to reopen.Antibody testing could also become helpful in that. Florida-based Abacus Pharma is manufacturing rapid antibody testing that requires just a stick of your finger.“These antibody tests will give us a sense of how many people have actually had it, and also because we can do them anywhere, a proportion of those who are currently infected,” said Dr. Vincent Degennaro, CEO of Abacus Pharma.C.B. Smith testing details:To get tested at C.B. Smith Park you must register ahead of time by calling 954-276-4680 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.You must be 18 or older, all people in your vehicle must be registered, and you’re required to bring valid ID.They have the capacity for 800 tests a day. Lines have been much shorter than at many other test sites, which is one of the reasons they could open it up for asymptomatic people.Once tested it takes 2-4 days before you’ll get a call with results.last_img read more


Westport Winery Hosts Fourth Cranberry Country Christmas Festival


first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin4 Submitted by Westport Winery Westport Winery will be hosting the annual Cranberry Country Christmas Festival each Sunday in November (3, 10, 17, and 24) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An amazing array of cranberry products perfect for the holidays will be available for tasting from wine to jams.Guests will enjoy carols from Fairwinds and the Electric Park Jazz Band along with free hearty chicken and wild rice soup. Wine tasting will be available with a special sampling of mulled wine for those over age 21. As always the winery offers free gift wrapping to assist you in finding the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list.This festival is free to attend and all ages are welcome. If you are looking to launch your holidays, with free gift wrapping, and fun, Westport Winery is the place. Dress for the outdoors to explore the gardens of the world, play a game of wizard chess, toss some horseshoes, or enjoy the winery’s new off-leash dog park.Each holiday season Westport Winery offers their wine club members a special gift. This year when a wine club member purchases six bottles of Cranberry Coast at one time they will receive a 33% discount (including their normal wine club discount). This wine crafted by the winery under their secondary label, Maritime Wine, features art by Tokeland artist Wally Mann. The winery’s message with this gift is a huge thank you for the wonderful friendships they’ve developed with their club members.Westport Winery, the 2013 Best in the Northwest Destination Winery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information or dinner reservations call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224.last_img read more


Controversy over list, alleged biased behaviour by GECOM staff reported


first_imgNomination Day in BerbiceRegion Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) came alive on Friday when the two major political parties – APNU and PPP/C — along with one independent individual, submitted lists to contest the November 12 Local Government Elections (LGE) in a process attended by controversy.The biggest areas of contention were at the two extremities of the region in which eighteen Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) and three Municipalities [New Amsterdam, Rose Hall Town and Corriverton] are situated, making the Region by far the largest for LGE.At the Plegtanker/Kortberaadt NDC on the East Bank of Berbice, one of two new NDCs in the region, the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) is contending it had arrived at the NDC with its list since 20:00h on Thursday, but the security guard there reserved a place for A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), which arrived sometime after 05:30h on Friday — the same time at which the returning officer arrived – and the returning officer allegedly allowed APNU to submit its list first, which according to PPP Member of Parliament Adrian Anamayah is an act that has raised concerns for his party.According to Anamayah, APNU members had fooled persons and had caused them to sign documents which APNU members used to indicate that those persons were APNU candidates. He said that had his party been allowed to be the first to submit its documents, as should rightly have been the case, some of those names would not have been allowed on the APNU list.Meanwhile, at the other end of the region, a similar situation was played out, wherein the PPP said it was at the office first and was given the number one tag, but the returning officer asked for APNU to be first to submit its list after membersThe PPP contingent leaving the GECOM Office in New Amsterdamof that party began to behave unruly in the GECOM compound.Again, Anamayah is contending, the PPP was denied its right to be the first to submit its list; and he is alleging that GECOM already is acting in a seemingly biased manner.According to the parliamentarian, the PPP will be challenging the actions of the returning officer in court.An effort made to get a comment from APNU was met with hostility.The Alliance for Change (AFC) did not contest in Corriverton and Rose Hall Town, nor did it contest at the Moleson Creek NDC. However, it submitted a list to contest in the town of New Amsterdam, where the APNU will be contesting in only six of the seven constituencies.The other parties to be contesting in New Amsterdam are the Guyana National Congress, the United Party for National Growth and Development, and the United Republican Party (URP).Speaking of the APNU’s chances in New Amsterdam, Mayor Winifred Haywood has expressed confidence in that party winning. APNU currently holds the mostThe APNU contingency at the New Amsterdam officeseats in the municipality.However, the PPP has similarly expressed confidence in winning the November 12 poll.Zabrally Armogan, who led the PPP contingent which marched from Freedom House in Berbice to the GECOM office, has said that party is strong and will be going for an “all-out win” in the town of New Amsterdam.Submitting the URP’s list was former welterweight boxing champion Jeff Roberts. According to him, the URP is strong and is sure that all of the persons on its list would be voting for that party.The URP is contesting in most of the NDCs and in one town; the PPP is contesting in all of the NDCs and towns; while APNU is contesting in most of the NDCs and all of the towns, and the AFC has submitted to contest only in its stronghold areas, which include one town and several NDCs.At the Port Mourant/Johns NDC, a PPP stronghold, Councillor Orin Dougall will be contesting as an individual. He told the <> that the PPP is split, and because he was very outspoken, he was not chosen to be on that party’s list. However, he praises democracy, which has given him a chance to represent the people of his constituency.At the Wyburg/Caracas NDC in West Canje, another new NDC in the Region, the PPP and APNU are the only two parties contesting. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more