Analysts have always expressed a profound sense of disappointment whenever Guyana and Singapore are discussed in the context of development. Both countries attained independence within nine months of each other; with Singapore first in August 1965. Its meteoric developmental path is exemplary. Today, with its magnetic tourism pull, thousands visit every year while for others, such a journey remains a dream to be fulfilled.When compared to Guyana, Singapore is behind on available natural resources; however, it found ways to initiate and sustain development strategies in the interest of its people and to grow its international stature. Here, Guyana, within a similar time frame, is still waiting to fulfil its vast potential even though it is blessed with a plethora of natural resources.Much has been said and written about the developmental disparity between the two countries and one seemingly agreed attributing factor for Guyana’s lag, is its politics in general.A brief overview would unmistakably reveal the casualty of the dictatorial period of governance by the People’s National Congress (PNC) between 1964 and 1992. Failure, as a result of mismanagement and extravagance, led to rampant oppression and poverty. Many Guyanese, including skilled professionals, were forced to flee in a massive brain-drain.Such a disabling environment could not have engineered the much needed visionary developmental strategies to capitalise on the diversity of its natural resources. At the end of that regime in 1992, the country was bankrupt and classified as a highly indebted poor one despite towering over Singapore in geographical size. That tyrannical rule also led to a tarnishing of its international image with redounding humiliation to Guyanese.From 1992, a rebuilding process began and in 2015, Guyana was the fastest growing country in the Caribbean with years of sustained economic growth and expansion up to that point.Within that 23-year period, there was unprecedented development, aided by the creation of enabling environments, leading to the positive transformation through modernisation of its physical and social infrastructures. Lives were similarly transformed as poverty gradually reduced.Significant was the re-classification of the country from heavily indebted poor to a developing one. Its international image was restored and not only was the stigma removed from travelling Guyanese, but the country became a tourist destination. What did not happen in the 28 years of a dictatorship, was realised in much lesser time from 1992-2015, in a democracy, putting the country on a sustained development trajectory.During that said period, despite the overwhelming evidence of transformation through modernisation, there was a major setback. The results of the 1997 General Elections were not accepted by the then PNC Opposition. Instability swiftly crept in as properties were set ablaze and many beaten in the ensuing violence believably by Opposition thugs. Business ground to a halt while fear and uncertainty prevailed as the PNC ramped up its destabilising efforts.In the end, an election audit was conducted through an intervention by Caricom and the then People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government forced to give up two years of its constitutional term of five. That period of instability punctuated by electoral violence, was not only an assault on democracy, but brought shame on the country internationally and set its then budding economic development path back by years. Fresh elections were held in 2001 and that path to prosperity gathered pace leading to what obtained up to 2015.To put into context, Guyana could face a major constitutional crisis after March 21 when the constitutionally mandated period of 90 days to hold elections, following the successful passage of the No-confidence Motion, expires and no parliamentary extension, by a two-thirds majority, is granted. While economic progress slowed noticeably since the May 2015 elections, Guyanese want to see the country progress irrespective of the Government of the day.They want to see a continuation of the gains made before that election so that their lives will continually improve. Those who are 27 years and younger would have been born into a democratic, developing, hopeful and economically prosperous Guyana. That is what they know and their lives and expectations vastly different from those who grew up during the oppressive and despondent period. Like all others, they would not want to be deprived and see any semblance of regression that could be realised by a constitutional crisis.In such scenarios, not only can development be put on hold, but all would expect and demand prudent leadership in their best interest and that of the country. Common would be the desire for the country to be placed above partisan pride and self-interest and not just for a few to disregard the rule of law for seemingly personal gratification and power.This is where the President must rise to the occasion and demonstrates unselfishly his oath and respect for the Constitution. The buck stops with him.One indispensable factor for the country to prosper is adherence to the Constitution which allows for democracy to flourish. The longer he takes to abide and ongoing actions convince of grabbing on to power, the country and its people will unfortunately suffer in times of uncertainty. Such situations will ensure that Guyana becoming a Singapore will remain a figment of its people’s imagination.
Amaravati: Legislative Council was rocked by heated arguments, allegations and counter allegations between the members of the TDP and YSRCP on diversion of government funds for the Pasupu-Kunkuma and misuse of funds allocated to State Council of Higher Education in the previous TDP rule. N Lokesh and other TDP members entered into heated arguments with the education minister Audimulapu Suresh, minister for municipal administration Botcha Satyanarayana and water resources minister Anil Kumar Yadav during the question hour. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Lokesh took strong exception to the comments made by minister Suresh that Rs 180 crore related to IIIT were diverted to Pasupu-Kunkuma scheme by TDP government and former panchayat raj minister Lokesh had played key role in it. The minister had made this comment when the Council was discussing the allegations levelled against the AP State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) on misuse of funds. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Earlier, K S Lakshmana Rao, Yandapalli Srinivasulu Reddy and Vithapu Balasubramanyam asked the minister the details of the amounts spent under various schemes by Council of Higher Education. Replying to the question, Education Minister gave details of misuse of funds by APSCHE. He said that the Council of Higher Education had entered into MoU with British Council and paid money for teaching of English language to about 85,000 students, but classes were conducted for only 51,340 students and the remaining 34,819 students are yet to get training. Advertise With Us He questioned how and why the Council of higher Education would pay money in advance to British Council, which is a private institution and in no way connected to British government. Referring to Gnana Bheri programme conducted by Council of Higher education, he said the TDP government spent Rs 1.26 crore for the advertisements for the programme in which former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had conducted face to face interaction meeting with students in five cities in the state including Vijayawada, Tirupati and Vizag. The Minister further said the government will probe the expenses incurred by Council of Higher education for various purposes including foreign trips made by officials. Referring to diversion of IIIT funds to Pasupu Kunkuma, he said seven former ministers were involved in it. Responding to it, Lokesh had asked the Minister to show the evidence. He asked the Minister Suresh to withdraw his statement against the ministers or tender apology. The minister angrily reacted to it and made it clear that he would not tender apology. He said he had given clarification in the Council and he would not repeat it saying that as per rules the ministers give clarification only one time. The TDP members staged protest near the Podium and demanded the minister to tender apology or withdraw the statement.The question hour was stalled for nearly four hours as Lokesh insisted that the Minister Suresh should tender apology or withdraw comments he made against the former ministers. Lokesh had stated that he had not involved in looting of Rs.43,000 crore and there was no charge sheet against him. Minister Anil Yadav had ridiculed that Lokesh could not speak Telugu properly and Lokesh replied that he was in the US since 2008 and may not speak Telugu properly. “I may not be good at Telugu but I was not involved in looting of Rs 43,000 crore and did not spend 16 months in the jail like Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy,” he reorted. It sparked protests from YSRCP members and ministers Botcha Satyanarayana and A Suresh. Finally, the Chairman of the Council Md Sharif said that he would verify the records and take a decision. The Council was adjourned amidst the uproar of TDP and YSRCP members.
Ramanthapur: The residents of Gandhi Nagar are facing hardships because of bad roads in the colony. Locals allege that the roads were dug-up for drainage pipeline works. But the roads haven’t been repaired for a year now even after completion of pipeline works.Residents said that the gravel and heaps of mud on the road were causing hardships to them. They urge officials concerned and people’s representatives to come to their aid and ensure the roads were repaired.
1 GAC Entranze concept debuts in Detroit 12 Photos 3 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Tags 81 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Car Industry Future Cars,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 71 Photos Share your voice More From Roadshow 18 Photos 69 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Tags Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 26 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 49 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Car Industry Comments Comment 39 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 10 Photos Enlarge ImageThis year, GAC brought the new Entranze concept to Detroit, alongside a full complement of its production vehicles. Steven Pham/Roadshow Right now, GAC and Zotye are two Chinese automakers locked in a battle to see who will penetrate the US market first. Both companies have spent years trying to make it happen, but neither has yet, and it appears GAC might be even further from the US than it hoped.GAC Motor will once again postpone its entry into the US market, Bloomberg reports, citing confirmation from the automaker. In a statement to Bloomberg, GAC explained its reasoning, including “the escalation of China-US trade frictions” and other “uncertainties.” Bloomberg reached out to other Chinese automakers with dreams of entering the US, including Geely (Volvo’s parent company) and Great Wall, but neither would say if they are adjusting their plans for the US given the ongoing trade disputes.This isn’t the first time this year that GAC has pushed things back. At the Detroit Auto Show’s final winter show in January, GAC said it would delay its US debut until the first half of 2020. It’s unclear how much farther down the road GAC kicked the can with this new announcement, but it’s likely pushed things back at least a few months. GAC has had a presence at the Detroit Auto Show in recent years, even going so far as to command a pretty large presence on the floor alongside the usual cadre of automakers. It’s brought concepts, minivans, SUVs and more to the Motor City in the hopes of compelling enough consumers to consider an atypical upgrade. But, thus far, it’s not like consumers have had the option to buy one. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model More From Roadshow 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 68 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Share your voice 52 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader