Dear Editor,The unusual request for a face-to-face meeting with those interested in selling Guyana’s oil and Granger’s minions is a brazen attempt to foster corruption. Brokers do not need to sit in a room with Ministers to offer and agree on terms. The offer of bribes and kickbacks by way of phone, text or otherwise recordable media is foolhardy and can only be done safely in hushed whispers face-to-face. There can be no other reason for the demand for a meeting with brokers in Guyana. None!Contrary to local news reports, it was not Bloomberg that broke the news of this attempt at an unusual arrangement, Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo informed the media of this during his weekly press conference on Thursday, December 12, 2019. I recognise that the local press is hampered in following up on information provided by the Opposition by the unavailability of anyone in Government to ask questions. If you cannot reach them, you cannot question them. The entire APNU/AFC cabal is mimicking the strategy adopted by David Granger, a perverse game of ‘hide and seek’ played on the national stage.Editor, the representatives of the company that secures this bid should be forewarned that any contract they sign with the caretaker Government is not worth the paper and may indeed be very costly to their reputation and bottom line very shortly. I do not expect any reputable firm to engage in this most unsavoury process outlined by the Granger Administration for the sale of three million barrels of profit oil. Guyanese are not without knowledge or means to pursue any firm that engages in any form of corruption. Take warning; the world has become a small place for the corrupt.The Guyanese populace has been very patient with the obduracy of Mr Granger; he would be foolish to think that this will extend to his attempt to engage in corrupt practice with our national patrimony. On the off-chance that I am wrongly imputing motives to Mr Granger, he needs to demonstrate that he is not a crook or senile and step in and put a stop to this weekend’s meetings. The redemptive effect of staving off this blatant attempt at corruption by his minions may well be the salve Granger’s soul during his remaining years. We are in a period of advent; repent!Respectfully,Robin Singh
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11 October 2012State company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has enrolled 700 high school pupils in its cadet scheme in a bid to grow the number of technicians and engineers in South Africa.Speaking to SAnews this week at the My Tomorrow Technical Careers Expo at the Nasrec expo centre in Johannesburg, TFR executive manager for talent management, Ogotlhe Sathekge, said the programme developed by TFR was aimed at building capacity in terms of youth employment.The government’s major infrastructure plan, announced in President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address earlier this year, aims to turn the country into a construction site, with particular emphasis on developing rural areas.Building green energy supply, infrastructureAs a result, government has planned 18 Strategic Integrated Projects which focus on building the country’s green energy supply and bulk infrastructure, among others.The successful execution of this ambitious development plan will need a major boost in the country skills base, a gap that the Rail Cadet Scheme is now aiming to help fill.Through the scheme, TFR is sponsoring learners from Grade 10 to 12 who are performing well in school, particularly in maths and science. The students must have an average of 60% and above.TFR has committed to provide the pupils with school uniforms, as well as to pay for tuition fees for both high school and tertiary education.The scheme, launched in May this year, today has a total of 700 students and matriculants participating in it.Exposing learners to the working environmentLearners are mentored and exposed to the working environment in the technical and engineering fields at TFR. The scheme in the future aims to take on 2 000 students annually.Additionally, learners also have to obtain a motivation letter from their respective schools as part of the selection criteria.“During the school holidays, they’ll come to us, and be exposed to different career opportunities available in Transnet but only in the technical and engineering environments,” said Sathekge.Once learners have completed their matric, they will go on to study at the University of Johannesburg through a partnership between the university and TFR.“We have a partnership with the university to further their studies in the technical and engineering fields. So we have a rail operations programme that we have with the University of Johannesburg, partnered with Glasgow University. Once they complete their studies, we employ them full time,” she said.Assisting out-of-school youthSathekge said the career expo, which TFR was a co-sponsor of – alongside the SABC and other stakeholders – was very important to the company as it was technically focused.Other than expos and visiting schools, the scheme is also looking at assisting out-of- school youth through the help of NGOs and information handed over by local municipalities.“We have had interesting reaction to the programme as people assume that Transnet is only about trains, but they realise that there is more to the industry,” she said.Girl pupils had also shown interest in the scheme, which has a total budget of R11- million this year.The scheme is predominantly aimed at girl children and people with disabilities.It will also offer financial assistance to learners who require it, Sathekge said. For example, if a first-year student lacks funds to continue with their second year of study, the scheme will look into assisting that student, provided that they perform well.“I think the programme will do good, seeing that our country faces critical skill shortages. What we are doing is not only for Transnet but for the country,” she said.Providing a ‘pipeline of youngsters to grow’General Manager at TFR, Cleo Shiceka, said education was critical.“We need a lot of technical skills. It’s vital for Transnet that we get a pipeline of youngsters to grow in our business,” she told learners at the expo.Education and training was vital for the development of the country, and that technical and engineering skills were necessary to ensure the growth of the country, said Deputy Director General at the Higher Education and Training Department, Firoz Patel.Sphiwe Madiba from The Hill High School said the expo was of interest to him, as he wanted to study chemical engineering. His friend Mbuso Tshabalala said he was keen on studying mechanical engineering and the expo would give him more insight into the technical field.The expo will end today.Source: SANews.gov.za
In a road rage case that took the twist of threats to the victim’s life, the Rajasthan High Court has summoned Director-General of Police O.P. Galhotra and Jaipur Police Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal to appear in the court and explain faults in investigation after the registration of the first case. The victim has alleged that the accused persons are close to some influential police officers.Following a complaint of the victim, Sanjay Gupta, who was thrashed by some occupants of a speeding SUV on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg here on December 21, 2017, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had returned the chargesheet filed by the police on February 7 with the direction for reinvestigation.Justice Mahendra Maheshwari at the High Court’s Jaipur Bench summoned over the weekend the two top police officers to appear in the court on July 26 on a writ petition moved by Mr. Gupta, 40, who was peeved by shoddy investigation by the police into the case. Mr. Gupta alleged that the officers at the police station concerned had kept him waiting, instead of getting him medically examined, and exerted pressure on him to enter into a compromise with the accused.Victim thrashedMr. Gupta, working with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation in Jaipur, was beaten by the occupants of the speeding car when he confronted them following the car’s sudden turn that unbalanced his two-wheeler. His spectacles broke and he bled from nose during the thrashing.The victim later came to know that the car’s occupants were well-connected with the police. “Satya Dutt, who is named in the FIR, is related to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Jaipur North) Satyendra Singh, who influenced other police officers,” Mr. Gupta alleged in his writ petition.Revised chargesheetWith the “extraneous considerations” hampering a free and fair investigation, the police filed a chargesheet against only one accused, Satish Kumar, without getting him identified by Mr. Gupta. After the CMM found the probe incomplete and returned the chargesheet, the revised chargesheet has been filed in the court following registration of a fresh case and seizure of the vehicle in question.The High Court has asked the two police officers to inform the court of the disciplinary or penal action taken against the first Investigating Officer for his lapse or negligence.
England openers Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell are at crease against Sri Lanka in the fourth quarter-final match of the World Cup at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Live ScoreEarlier England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat.Teams: Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath England (Playing XI): Andrew Strauss(c), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, Matt Prior(w), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Chris Tremlett