Dear Editor,Leonard Craig, in a letter published in another section of the media on August 17, 2017, wrote, “I will not trade legal arguments or constitutional misinterpretations, because I believe these matters are best decided by the courts, a turf not unfamiliar to Mr Nandlall; many hold the view that, in such setting, he is neither shy nor incompetent.”Craig was responding to a previous letter written by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall on the illegalities of the amendments to the broadcast legislation recently passed in Parliament.For readers to understand the mindset of the former Chairman of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA), one only has to look at the company he associates with. Leonard Craig is a personal friend and confidant of the Guyana-bashing Freddie Kissoon, who expresses righteous indignation for former PPP ministers, and downright contempt for those Indo-Guyanese who remain loyal to the PPP.I have no doubt that Craig’s association with Kissoon may have influenced his long-running feud with former GNBA Director Tony Vieira.All the concerns raised by my colleague, the Hon Anil Nandlall, in his letter are legal arguments that formed part of his speech during the debate in the National Assembly on the Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2017. Since Craig “will not trade legal arguments or constitutional misinterpretations” with Anil Nandlall, perhaps he can offer his service and expertise to the blundering Attorney General Basil Williams, who will need all the help he can get to defend this draconian legislation in court.Craig’s claim of having consultations on the amendments of the law with most of the major stakeholders in the broadcasting sector is erroneous and misleading. In his letter, he wrote, “In my capacity as Chairman, I met with Mr Anil Nandlall and Ms Bibi Shadick, who met with me in their capacity as representatives of Freedom Radio. At that meeting, they were able to freely air their concerns on several matters, including terms and conditions of licensing, fees’ adjustment, restructuring of broadcasting landscape, and strengthening of regulations. A separate caucus was held with Ms. Shadick in her capacity as former Board Chair.” When contacted, Ms. Bibi Shadick denied having any form of consultation with Leonard Craig during her two meetings with him. She said, “He visited my office to introduce himself as the new GNBA Board Chairman. We had a brief conversation. The second meeting was with Anil Nandlall in our capacity as representatives of Freedom Radio Inc. But consultations about the Broadcast Act or Amendments were never discussed, as far as I am aware.”And in a classic example of how misinformation is propagated by this Administration to fool the populace, there was a group photograph on the front page of Friday’s Guyana Chronicle with the Hon Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo flanked by the CEO and other Directors of the GNBA, including PPP representative Ms Bibi Shadick, with a headline that screams “GNBA backs broadcast bill.” The article that accompanied the photo stated: “The Guyana Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) has thrown its full support behind the Broadcast (Amendment) Bill.” This statement is misleading, as “At Wednesday’s meeting which the Prime Minister attended, the Board was not asked to, nor did it, express its “backing” for the amendments to the Broadcast Bill” -Bibi Shadick.Further, the PPP is on record as having denounced the amendments to this Bill as unconstitutional.From information which I have been able to obtain, Leonard Craig met by himself with individual broadcasters over a period of time, before any meeting of the GNBA Board was even convened. He had these meetings by himself as Board Chairman, without any reference to the other Board members.It appears that his meetings with individual broadcasters were done merely to familiarize himself with them, and cannot be classified as consultations about amendments or regulations.After the entire GNBA Board had met, there was a single meeting with all broadcasters. This, again, was for introductions and familiarization, and should not be misconstrued as consultation.Leonard Craig is being less than honest in his letter.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member ofParliament
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have quickly lifted the gloom at Old Trafford since taking over from the surly Portuguese, who was axed last week after overseeing the club’s worst ever start to a Premier League season.United looked a completely different team on Saturday as they thumped Cardiff with a sparkling attacking performance, one which few would have thought possible given their dreadful form under Mourinho.MORE: Man United’s win at Cardiff proves players stopped playing for Mourinho, claims Ray ParlourAnd Jones believes loyal supporters should be refunded by the club after watching five months of dross.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Christmas Eve, the FA Cup winner said: “What has gone on at that football club?“With the players obviously going against their manager, how about giving the supporters half of their money back? 2 A host of United fans took the trip to South Wales to witness the return of club legend Solskjaer Paul Pogba was back on form, playing a part in three of United’s five goals against Cardiff 2 Vinnie Jones has called for Manchester United to give season ticket holders half of their money back following the team’s woeful first half of the Premier League season.The footballer turned Hollywood hardman has accused the Red Devils players of deliberately downing tools under former boss Jose Mourinho, having watched them beat Cardiff 5-1 in their first game after the Special One’s sacking. “The players didn’t play for the first half of the season, so give the supporters half of their season ticket money back.“When you’re watching your team, you at least want the players to be roaring around with their hearts on their sleeves.“The supporters want to team to absolutely work their socks off and give 150 per cent, but that hasn’t happened for nearly half the season.“So I think Manchester United should be looking at refunding the supporters half of their season ticket money.”Listen to a clip of Vinnie Jones on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above!
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the Premier League’s decision not to implement video assistant referee system (VAR) next season could cost them a generation of fans.The 20 top-flight teams voted against introducing the system for the league’s 2018-19 season after trial runs in the cup competitions received mixed reviews.”The Premier League has been created with people who had a progressive mind… ,” Wenger told reporters after Arsenal’s 2-1 league defeat by Newcastle United on Sunday. “Overall, I believe that with that decision we are behind the rest of the world.”The young generation is used to (VAR) and worldwide they might move away from us because they see that in other countries they do it.”Unfortunately the Premier League has again decided not to go for VAR and personally I believe that is a very, very bad decision,” Wenger added.”Every big game this season has been decided by mistakes that could have been avoided with VAR, especially in the Champions League with Manchester City and Liverpool.”Arsenal host West Ham United on Sunday.(With Reuters inputs)
AGASSIZ, B.C. – A power surge brought a chairlift at a British Columbia ski resort to a halt Sunday leaving 120 people trapped, some for up to three hours.Sasquatch Mountain Resort general manager Sam Hicks says he believes a hydro outage Sunday morning caused the surge, which damaged control panels for the chairlift.Hicks says all of the skiers and snowboarders trapped on the lift at the Agassiz resort were back on the ground, uninjured, within 30 minutes to three hours of the surge.The Fraser Valley resort says its Sasquatch chair will be closed until further notice while the extent of the damage is assessed and repairs are made.The Fraser Valley has been plagued by ice storms in recent days and Hicks says he believes the surge was related to the weather conditions.BC Hydro said Sunday that teams have been working around the clock and have restored electricity for about 131,000 people since the first storm hit on Thursday, but about 9,000 are still without power.Hicks said workers at the resort got the people off the lift in “record fashion.”“Everybody’s safe and everybody’s content,” he said. “Luckily we have a phenomenal patrol team and volunteer team that managed to pull that off.”