Ready or not: Govt eyes year-end deadline for regional flags

first_imgCentral Government has given regions until this year end to conclude consultations, raise whatever issues they may have and suggest alternatives, after which the flags for each region will be adopted.This was communicated by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan on the sidelines of an event on Friday. Bulkan informed Guyana Times that Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) has indicated acceptance of the proposed renaming as Rupununi.“It is part and parcel of a menu of measures that will allow for personal identification with our regions and to foster pride. There is a great degree of push back on the part of a number of our Regional Democratic Councils, in relation to this initiative of the Central Government. As it relates to the renaming of our regions, it arises from recognition by the Administration that our regions continue to be referred to as a number and not their names.”“The reason for this, is it is considered that the names of our regions are too long and probably a shorter name will lend to it being more user friendly. Again, the rationale is it is difficult for humans to form an emotional attachment with a number. So we feel that for regional empowerment and pride, persons need to refer to their regions by a name and not a number.”Bulkan explained that it was a matter of regional pride. According to the Minister, citizens cannot form emotional connections… with numbers. Asked for an update on the consultations that were supposed to be carried out, he noted that other regions will need time, when it comes to both a name change and a flag.“They do have a little bit more time. We’re giving them up to the end of this year, because specimens of each of the regional flags have been given to the regions. In the absence of their proposing or suggesting an alternative, in all likelihood we will proceed in the near future with adopting those flags as the regional flags.”Back in 2016, a decision to give each region its own flag was announced by the Government. At the time, it was noted that the initiative was part of a wider effort to promote the decentralisation of the 10 regions.The proposal has met with stout resistance from some regional officials. There have also been delays in holding consultations on the proposal.In addition, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was not enamoured with the idea.The Party had declared that the Golden Arrowhead is the constitutional flag of Guyana, adding that any other flag imposed will be contrary to the country’s Constitution. In addition, the party had noted that most residents would prefer jobs, enhanced public security, money in their pockets, better roads, improved potable water supply and efficient garbage collection over flags.“Rather than seeking to change things that obtained under the PPP/C and to make things look different under the (A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change) APNU/AFC, the Granger coalition Administration should change their racial and political discriminatory and witch-hunting practices, as well as their wasteful spending and focus on improving the economic and social well-being of all Guyanese,” the party had stated.last_img read more

Sarri wants more Morata tears after winner

first_imgAlvaro Morata’s emotional response to scoring his first Chelsea goal since the middle of August was welcomed by Maurizio Sarri.Morata missed an early sitter in Thursday’s Europa League tie at home to Vidi, but made amends with the winner in the second half.It was the first time Morata, whose first season in English football was disrupted by a back injury, has scored since a 3-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Having been booked for dissent earlier in the game, Morata appeared to be very emotional after scoring, burying his face in the shoulder of team-mate Willian, who created the goal with a flicked header.Olivier Giroud was rested from the squad against Vidi, suggesting he has taken Morata’s mantle as Chelsea’s first-choice striker, but Sarri was delighted for the Spain international.”I don’t know,” Sarri replied when asked if Morata had cried after scoring. “But if after a goal he wants to cry, I hope to see him cry very often.”Really very happy for him. It’s very important for him to score. I think it’s very important for him to play a very good match. He played a very good match.”It’s very important for him to play for the team, like this evening. I think Alvaro can restart from this performance.”He played very well, better than in the last period and so we can restart with this performance. Sometimes you can score, sometimes not, but the performance is important.”For us he’s a very important player. At the moment we have Alvaro and Giroud, but we have to play every three days for a long time, I think, I hope, and so he’s a very important player for us, for our season. Both, Alvaro and Olivier.”Good victory in Stamford Bridge! Keep going!Come on blues! @chelseafc @europaleague pic.twitter.com/m8lPDF1iOh— kepa Arrizabalaga (@kepa_46) October 4, 2018Ross Barkley almost marked his recall to the England squad with a goal, the second-half substitute hitting the crossbar with a clever header.”I’m very happy for him. He had a very serious injury last season,” Sarri said of the former Everton man. “Now he’s recovering very well. He’s improving match by match, week by week. I’m really very happy with him.”I think he can have a very important future in this club and in the national team.”last_img read more