Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to increase his lead over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to 28 points with eight races remaining.Rosberg finished 2.0 seconds behind the Briton for the team’s seventh one-two in 11 races.France’s Romain Grosjean took an emotional third place for Lotus after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, in his 150th race and the team’s 900th, suffered a right rear tyre blowout on the penultimate lap.Also read: F1 driver Jenson Button, wife Jessica gassed and robbed Hamilton has now won six races this season, and 39 in his Formula One career. He has 227 points to Rosberg’s 199.
- Granger fools the nation yet again?
In every society, the reality of decision-making sometimes falls short of the democratic ideal; Guyana is no exception. However, part of the solution lies in the preservation of a sound, democratic, constitutional framework and full adherence to the rule of law.But such things do not come easy to politicians who are cultivated in a system that has little grounding in democracy. Over the last 60 years, a group of the advantaged, middle-class (mainly Georgetown based) men walks around with the perception that they alone have the authority to rule. Let me be clear, this phenomenon happened on all sides of the political spectrum (no side is innocent). However, the PPP has always self-corrected themselves. The PNC, on the other hand, for all intent and purpose seems welded to the Sophia declaration and its anti-democratic mission with mantras such as “the State is but an arm of the Party”.In this miasma of poor leadership, every now and then, the people get tired of this sort of caste oppression and rise up behind a leader. I want to refer to three occasions where such a political development occurred. Firstly, in 1980 before his execution, the people from all groups were prepared to galvanise behind Walter Rodney in the rejection of a Government that was not working for them. This phenomenon happened again in 1992 when the people rallied behind Cheddi Jagan. Again in 2011, the people rallied behind the AFC with its youths. The masses are not asses; they know what they are doing.Today, after some four years of misrule by this group of “lumpen” bourgeoisie class of advantaged individuals, the people are ready to give them the sack. But the people are being denied their chance to exercise their franchise at the ballot box because this group of mainly septuagenarians and octogenarians who dominate this PNC-led coalition operate as if they have the power to take this nation back to 1976 to force the Sophia Declaration upon them where the State was treated as an arm of the Party.One only has to observe the statements from Mr David Granger and you shall see this common trend that connects the dots to this march toward 1976. Mr Granger is not stupid, he clearly understands the English language and, therefore, to observe him misread and misinterpret the spirit and intent of the Constitution, especially around Article 106 and Article 161, exposes dangerous characteristics. But Guyanese people are not fools, they are fully aware this is all part of a tactic to confuse and disempower the masses. So expect more untruths and contrived gibberish, as the Granger cabal exposes their devotion to unilateralism and dictatorial rule but none of it will fool the people.But as I said above, this is not 1976. Social media has facilitated the full exposure of the crooks. More citizens, especially young people, are volunteering to work for democratic improvements, rather than allow this nation to revert back to the dictatorship that it suffered between 1968 and 1992. In spite of all the successes at opposing and exposing the caretaker regime since December 21, 2018, a more coordinated effort needs to be launched by all freedom-loving forces on two fronts in particular. One, active non-cooperation with the caretaker regime by all Guyanese. Protecting this democracy is the business of “all Guyanese”, and is not the exclusive preview of any one group or political party.Secondly, Guyanese, especially those in the diaspora must lobby their political leaders in their jurisdiction to apply urgent economic sanctions on the Granger cabal. This 1-2 knockout punch worked for Guyana in 1992 and it will work again. Only this time, it will be more effectively since it has a new tool in the box to supplement past best practice – social media activism.The fact remains that GECOM needs a Chairman before an elections can be held. But every day Mr Granger’s words become more unreliable. In his last public statement, he said “it is clear that elections have to be held at the shortest possible time and it is crucial to appoint a GECOM Chairman” and then he slid into the “BUT” and reveals his true intent. He even teases the Guyanese people by promising that “this can be done as early as Monday”. But by now, most Guyanese see through his subterfuge and deception. Let us ask ourselves these questions and the answer will expose the deceptive tactics of Mr Granger:1. Who is responsible for appointing the GECOM Chairman from a list submitted by Mr Jagdeo? Mr Granger2. Who has been rejecting the names Mr Jagdeo has been submitting for the position of GECOM Chairman on several occasions? Mr Granger3. Who is stalling on the appointment of the GECOM Chairman? Mr Granger4. Who is stalling on calling the elections? Mr GrangerLet us understand this chain of facts clearly as we deconstruct how Mr Granger continues to attempt to fool the nation. But as the evidence reveals, he is failing at his task. The facts will reveal that he is in no position to play with the people’s intelligence. As I said before, this is not 1976!
- Frozen methane deposit found
Scientists have discovered an undersea deposit of frozen methane just off the Southern California coast, but whether it can be harnessed as a potential energy source is unknown. The size of the deposit is unknown but the researchers believe it to be substantial. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in tapping methane hydrates, ice-like crystals that form under seabeds and Arctic permafrost. Scientists estimate that the methane trapped in previously known frozen reservoirs around the globe could power the world for centuries. But finding the technology to mine such deposits has proved elusive. Methane hydrates, which resemble sugar crystals, form over hundreds of thousands of years when methane gas and water are at freezing temperatures and under intense pressure. The hydrates contain methane, the primary component of clean-burning natural gas, in a highly concentrated form. By some estimates, they contain twice was much carbon energy than all other fossil fuels combined. Although scientists say a new source of natural gas would provide a near-limitless energy source, some worry about the environmental effects of the gas. Gas hydrate deposits contain about three times the amount of methane currently in the atmosphere, and some scientists say an increase could lead to global warming and a significant change of the world’s climate.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The newly discovered deposit is at the summit of a mud volcano 15 miles off the Southern California coast. Scientists were plumbing the Pacific Ocean on an unrelated expedition when they accidentally came across the volcano, which sits on top of an active fault zone in the Santa Monica Basin. To scientists’ surprise, the ecosystem surrounding the methane hydrate site was unlike any of the vast hydrate deposits around the world. Scientists found seashells and clams with unique characteristics, suggesting the area experiences an extreme flux of methane – gas mixing with water, said Jim Hein, a marine geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. Hein said it would probably be difficult to mine the hydrate deposit as an energy source because of its proximity to shipping lanes and to major cities, including Los Angeles. The giant twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are nearby. The discovery was detailed in February’s issue of the journal Geology.