first_imgDear Editor,The citizens of Guyana should be deeply troubled by a tribute to convicted terrorist Abdul Kadir, otherwise known as “Aubrey Michael Seaforth”, passed unanimously by all 33 APNU/AFC Members of Parliament on April 26, 2019. Members of the opposition party were not present in the Assembly on that day.Regardless of one’s ethnic or religious affiliation, Guyanese must demand that members of the esteemed legislative body rescind the motion honouring Kadir. They should do so because it is the morally right thing to do.Failure to do so sends an extremely dangerous message to criminals and violent Islamist extremists in Guyana and the Caribbean that their evil actions can be erased by having friends in positions of power.When the heavily scripted Honourable Valarie Patterson-Yearwood stood up in the National Assembly of Guyana and called on her APNU/AFC colleagues to honour the memory of Kadir, she deliberately expunged dark details of his life, and in doing so, made a mockery of the country’s Parliament.Patterson-Yearwood and the Honourable Audwin Rutherford, who seconded the motion, painted the picture of a “friend” and a “colleague” who was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather to dozens of grandchildren. Patterson-Yearwood, apparently awed by Kadir’s ability to spawn his seed so profusely, admiringly referred to him as a “fruitful man”.And so gushing was her praise of Kadir that Patterson-Yearwood made him ten years younger by getting the year of his birth wrong. Perhaps that sort of mistake can be excused these days on the grounds that this particular group of parliamentarians has recently experienced a heap of trouble in properly adding and dividing numbers.Patterson-Yearwood got the correct day, time and year of Kadir’s death, down to the specific location of his final resting place, and yet she conveniently omitted the fact that Kadir was a convicted terrorist who died in a US penitentiary in Pennsylvania, USA, as inmate number 64656-053.Kadir was found guilty by a court in the Eastern District of New York on terrorism charges in 2010 and was sentenced to life in prison. His conviction and the seriousness of it ought to have overshadowed everything that preceded it but that’s not how Patterson-Yearwood reads history.It is true that during his custody and trial by jury, Kadir had consistently pleaded innocent. Why else would there have been a trial?He claimed repeatedly that his association with his co-conspirators had nothing to do with attacking John F Kennedy Airport, but rather he was hoping to obtain financial assistance to help build a mosque in Linden, establish trade contacts and rehabilitate the men’s understanding of Islam.However, Zainab Ahmad, assistant US attorney, disputed Kadir’s version of events. She asked jurors to consider “what kind of person comes face to face with committed terror, and says, ‘you know, I wasn’t into that idea about blowing up JFK Airport, but he seemed like a great guy to get into import/export business with.’ The very idea is laughable because it is patently false”.During the six-week-long trial, US attorneys introduced a mountain of evidence that ultimately convinced members of the jury that Kadir had “a terrible criminal plan to teach America a lesson. A plan to destroy the economy of New York and a plan to take innocent lives”.It is alarming, therefore, that Patterson-Yearwood would ignore all of this and boldly proclaim to Members of Parliament that “the people of Linden and Guyana have lost a great man, a stalwart, a bold and courageous man”.Kadir had converted to Islam in the mid-1970s, but eventually, he rejected the Islam practised by the vast majority of Guyanese Muslims and became a devoted follower of Ayatollah Khomeini and a believer in the Shiite Iranian worldwide revolution.“It is his belief that Shiite Muslims around the world should rise up and throw off the yoke of their Western oppressors,” said Ahmad in her summation to the jury.Kadir was so devoted to Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolutionary ideals, evidence from his trial shows, that “he has been providing intelligence to the Iranian Government for years”.To APNU/AFC Members of Parliament who applauded the motion believed that Kadir was a technically competent engineer who travelled extensively, was into martial arts, enjoyed swimming and cycling and was fluent in multiple languages.But the jurors who found him guilty heard evidence that it was Kadir’s competence as an engineer, his leadership skills, his authority and influence among a tiny cabal of fellow religious extremists in Guyana and the Caribbean, including the notorious Yasin Abu Bakr in Trinidad and Tobago, plus his contacts in Iran’s revolutionary leadership, that drew his co-conspirators to him in the first place.The court heard evidence – testimony, documents and photos – that proved Kadir had agreed to present the terror plot to the revolutionary leadership in Iran and that he was about to get on a plane to do just that when he was taken into custody.What Rutherford said about Kadir is true. He was generous in his financial support for youth sports clubs in Linden. But at the same time, Kadir allowed a bank account associated with his Guyana Islamic Information Centre to be used to launder the funds for the terror attacks in New York.What is absolutely shocking about this ill-conceived motion is that on August 30, 2017, the Finance Ministry, under the stewardship of Winston Jordan and Jaipal Sharma, froze the financial assets of Abdul Kadir under Guyana’s Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act.What is even more bizarre is that both Jordan and Sharma were present in the Assembly on April 26 when the motion honouring the very person whose assets they froze less than two years ago was passed.Sincerely,Nazim BakshGuyanese bornjournalist in Canadalast_img read more

PDM Leader reminds Giver Receiver in Election Bribery wrong

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 1, 2016 – Election Bribery is a real concern for the Turks and Caicos electorate and when Magnetic Media yesterday asked PDM Party leaders their perspective on murmurings concerning this corrupt practice, there was a firm perspective and a notice to voters from Sharlene Robinson, Leader.  “The Integrity Commission is of course investigating, the police actually carries out the investigation, are we satisfied that they were able to address every report no, but that is why we’re here to flag those reports and provide evidence.  I want to say to all of the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands that we do know that there is a stigma that while we have the momentum that PDM are not closers and we can’t win an election because magic happens in the last day or two, but we will be keeping our eyes open and our ears open for when that magic begins to work, and we believe it has already begun.  So we want to say to the voters to be careful, do now allow yourself  to be placed in a criminal position.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Marco Silva calls Everton to focus

first_imgThe team will play against Bournemouth today at Goodison Park and the manager believes they can win.Everton and Bournemouth are tied in points in the English Premier League.Both teams have 27 units and will face off each other today.That’s why Everton’s coach Marco Silva has called his team to focus and win this match.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It is always good for the squad to have a normal week to work and prepare – a normal week to take care of many, many details because they are important in our way, our model,” Silva told the club’s official website a few minutes before the game.“It is always important for me as a coach – not just for me, for all the managers – when you have a normal week to prepare for the match.”“It is really important [to start the game quickly], it is our aim as a team, to go and have a big impact in the game from the first minute,” he added.“It will be an open game, in my opinion, Bournemouth are a really strong team on the counter-attack, they can take a big advantage in those moments, with two strong strikers and two fast wingers.”last_img read more

Whats behind San Diego Countys record breaking rents

first_img Sasha Foo July 10, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There’s a lot of construction activity in downtown San Diego, but who are the people who will be living in the new apartment complexes with their sweeping views of the city?From the East Village to Little Italy, rent levels are soaring, exceeding the amount that many people pay each month for a home mortgage. In Litle Italy, an upscale complex called “Vici” is nearing completion. Studios lease for $2,100 and the rent for a one bedroom unit starts at just over $3,000. It’s not just in the downtown area, where rents are rising.All across San Diego county, the price of rental housing is going up. According to a survey by MarketPointe Realty Advisors, rent over a one year period from March 2017 to March 2018 rose by 20%. Since 2015, MarketPointe said rents in the county soared by a whopping 20%. Real estate analyst Gary London said the average rent on a one bedroom in the county is just under $2,000.A one bedroom in the downtown area is renting on average for $2,300. London said rents will continue to rise because of the short supply of housing. Older apartments may be more affordable for lower and middle income families. Yet, tenants rights organizer Rafael Bautista said landlords at older properties are also hiking rents.At the Village Apartments in Linda Vista, the management had been hiking rent by as much as $200 a year, even though some units had mold, leaks and were in substandard condition. Bautista who helped the tenants protest the conditions and the steep rent increases said the property owner eventually agreed to make repairs and hold off on rent hikes. Bautista said he would like to see rent control, as a means of keeping housing costs more reasonable.This November, California voters will decide if a 1995 state law that restricts rent control should be repealed. San Diego is one of the few big cities in California that doesn’t have rent control. Even if the proposition passes, it would still be up to local lawmakers to pass a rent control ordinance. Opponents of rent control don’t believe new restrictions will ease rental prices, and might even tighten housing supply.At this point in time, London said we are building just a third of what the market needs. One of the most surprising figures; in a county of more than 3 million people, there are only 18 new apartment projects being built this year, which will produce about 5,000 new units. London said we need to set more aggressive housing targets and help developers build projects more quickly by reducing the time and costs of getting permits. What’s behind San Diego County’s record breaking rents? Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwittercenter_img Sasha Foo, Posted: July 10, 2018 Updated: 7:55 PMlast_img read more