Based on logic and experience, especially on this ever changing continent of Africa, there are several specific reasons why people rise up against governments and/or each other. Meaning that these are the typical causes of civil unrest: The inability to afford food – rising food prices, for example (such as the 1979 Rice Riots), which may be caused by rises in other commodities in the value chain such as transportation costs; When livelihoods are threatened – land seizures or encroachment, for example; Marginalization or oppression – when one group is subjugated or oppressed by another along racial, ethnic, religious or socio-political lines, not having equal access to rights; Political foul play – when a leader of any kind fails to play by the rules and/or tries to change said rules in the middle of the ongoing, agreed upon political process. Such changes usually will violate a country’s constitution, for example. This would include rebel leaders and other military juntas attempting to seize power in any other ways than the constitutional, democratic process; sitting presidents attempting to extend their hold on power by way of manipulative machinations (e.g. referenda); or the manipulation of the existing rules of the democratic process in any way; Action or inaction that causes bad faith – any action or inaction that causes bad faith between parties is perceived as a threat of willful injustice, especially if the aggrieved party (ies) has (have) made their grievances heard but to no avail. And people have and will exercise their inherent right to self-preservation and self-defense; Cause and effect is an absolute law of nature – if a tree falls in the forest, it absolutely makes a sound, whether people are around to hear it or not. That notwithstanding, the sound is not the only evidence of the tree falling. Said tree will be found lying there in the morning (like Harry Greaves’ body). And even if said tree is removed, its very absence from the place where it stood will be the greatest evidence that it either fell or was cut down, especially to those who ate of its fruit and sat in its shade. And it is easy to tell whether a tree fell or was cut down. No autopsy required.In the same way, corruption and other vices characteristic of poor governance will absolutely have their effects. Whether said vices are immediately detected or not, the law of cause-and-effect (rooted in the biblical principles of sowing and reaping and inevitable exposure) will take its course. In other words, what’s done in the dark will come to light.For this reason, this element encompasses all other elements of civil unrest listed heretofore, because we now understand that if foul play is afoot, it is not a matter if but of when its effect(s) will begin to show, uncovering the deed.We tend to treat all civil unrest as though “it just happened” and as though the solutions are as complicated as Calculus IV. Thus, in the aftermath, hundreds of thousands of lost lives later, we focus on reactionary, short-lived remedies (peace talks, ceasefires and power sharing deals that reward perpetrators), where foresight and prevention could have saved the day.Let each country on the continent of Africa, yea the world, examine itself by these principles and determine its standing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
While former Minister within the Education Ministry, Nicolette Henry, has been promoted to acting Education Minister, some of her functions will be taken away, as Government intends to create a Department of Education.This was made known by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, during a recent post-Cabinet press conference. Harmon stressed that President David Granger had confidence in Henry to discharge her duty, but added that Henry’s recent promotion would come with some changes at the ministry.According to Harmon, a Department of Education will be created, and it will formulate policies to reform and improve education in Guyana. Traditionally considered one of the roles of the Education Minister, this department will be under the supervision of the Ministry of the Presidency.Education Minister (ag) Nicolette Henry“What that does is that it takes away the responsibility for driving innovation and reforms, and puts it under the handling of an expert and technical set of persons who will be identified for that purpose,” Harmon said. “So some of the functions of the Minister of Education would have been removed and will be dealt with by a special group of persons.“The President has expressed confidence in the Minister to perform in the capacity she has been asked to perform. As it stands, Minister Henry is performing the functions of the Education Minister, and that is the function she will perform until the President, in his deliberate judgement, decides that another arrangement has to be put in place,” Harmon said.Minister of State Joseph HarmonMeanwhile, Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Thursday tabled the first financial paper for 2017, which seeks another $604 billion from the treasury. In Financial Paper No 1/2007, as presented by the Finance Minister, provisions were made for the financing of the new Department of Innovation and Education Reform, housed in the Ministry of the Presidency.The Financial Paper outlines the additional spending on this department. One of the glaring increases for this department is the more-than 700 per cent increase in employment cost for its contracted employees — up from an originally voted provision of $899,000 to more than $6.3M.This department is also slated to receive, under Capital Expenditure, in excess of $3M for the provision of furniture and equipment.On June 13, the death anniversary of Working People’s Alliance (WPA) founder Dr Walter Rodney, Government had announced that former Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine would be removed and transferred to the Public Service Ministry.The appointment of Dr Roopnaraine took effect from June 15. A government release had stated that Roopnaraine will keep his place as a member of Cabinet and a Member of Parliament.Speaking on the issue, Harmon had said that President David Granger has full confidence in the ability of ministers and in Roopnaraine. He said that Roopnaraine’s transfer followed a discussion the former Education Minister had with Granger.This will not be the first time the coalition Government has created systems in order to help ministers who were facing criticism to run their Ministry. Last month, Harmon had announced that a Ministerial Council of Legal Advisors would assist Attorney General Basil Williams in the discharge of his duties.Harmon had disclosed that the functions of the Council would include providing legal analysis and advice on the development of the local justice sector, Government’s legislative agenda and litigation matters; providing input into legal policy design, and engaging stakeholders with interest in the justice sector, where appropriate.BlundersDuring her stint as Junior Minister, Henry had been involved in a number of blunders. One of the most questionable incidents under her tenure was the Department of Culture’s failure to provide seats for the Parliamentary Opposition during the 2015 Independence celebrations.As is customary, invitations were extended to the Opposition to take part in the celebrations. When members of the parliamentary opposition arrived, however, it was to find that no seating accommodation had been provided for them.The PPP had reportedly been assured beforehand that seating would be provided, and as such left after a lengthy wait.Henry came under renewed scrutiny when, during her department’s March 2017 Phagwah celebrations, she continuously referred to the event as “Diwali” and “the Festival of Lights” while reading from a speech. It was only after prompting from the crowd that the Minister corrected herself, but she then repeated the mistake. Diwali is celebrated in the Month of October.It was subsequently reported in sections of the media that two senior officials in the Ministry of Education’s Department of Culture were suspended over the Minister’s slip-up. Another had reportedly opted to leave the job.
AN IRISH garden designer has won a gold medal at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show – and singled out one of his Donegal suppliers for special praise.Paul Martin, from Dundalk, won the top award with his The Garden of Mindful Living focussing on health and healing.It was the designer’s first time on Chelsea’s prestigious main avenue, occupying a prominent spot next to the showground’s famous floral marquee. Paul says he was inspired by his love of far eastern travel and yoga in his creation of the garden.The garden is described as a calm space to reboot after a busy day at work.“A key component of the garden came from Donegal, beautiful stone from McMonagle Stone in Mountcharles,” said Paul today“I am thrilled and delighted to win gold with our first major show garden on the main avenue at Chelsea Flower Show. It’s a great golden morning at Chelsea,” he said. “I want to thank fellow Irishman David Scott and Vestra Wealth who have steadfastly supported us over five years.”Over the past two decades, Mr Martin has received nine gold and three “Best in Show” awards in Bloom in the Park, Royal Dublin Society, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and Singapore Garden Festival.Paul was presented with his medal this morning. DONEGAL STONE COMPANY PRAISED AS IRISH MAN WINS GOLD AT CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW was last modified: May 24th, 2016 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) Tags:Chelsea Flower ShowMcMonagle Stone CompanyMOUNTCHARLES
Manchester United have been largely ignored by bitter rivals City in their pleas for extra derby tickets at the Etihad Stadium.The Red Devils were given a reduced allocation for last season’s fixture and requested it be improved, however, they only received 70 extra seats in response. REVEALED City usually grant 3,000 tickets to Premier League visitors but gave United 2,792 for the dramatic 3-2 defeat which denied Pep Guardiola’s men the title last season.For the upcoming fixture on 11 November, 2,862 travelling United fans will have access to tickets – a rise of 70. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 It is understood the allocation is based on the police’s categorisation of the match, which deems it an ‘increased risk’ fixture, and that the allocation reflects safety concerns for all involved.There were clashes between fans before last season’s fixture, with road signs hurled and planks of wood used as weapons. BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 City’s title celebrations were delayed Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won MONEY United pulled off a dramatic comeback in last season’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade According to the Daily Mail, United officials are bitterly disappointed with the tiny rise in allocation for the fixture.A source close to the issue said: “The extra 70 is seen as a bit of a mickey-take, and it hasn’t gone down well. United aren’t happy with it, but they don’t want to get involved in a slanging match.” no dice Latest Fottball News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card