Accolades for Irfaan Ali and others

first_imgDear Editor,In an opinion poll being conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA), voters are showering accolades on the PPP Presidential Candidate Mr Irfaan Ali.Irfaan, as he is widely called by voters, has been standing side by side with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo (and leader of the PPP) in the street battle for early elections as legal luminary Anil Nandlall leads the fight in the courts to force the Government to abide by the Constitution and judicial rulings.NACTA has been conducting opinion surveys in Guyana since 1990 on electoral and other socio-politico matters. In a survey conducted in June-July, a majority of voters supported the call for abiding with the CCJ ruling on the No-Confidence Motion and the holding of elections. The latest finding of the ongoing tracking poll sees an increase in that view. Voters express confidence that elections will be held this year and that the President, David Granger, should announce a date so that GECOM can commence preparation for a poll.The latest survey also finds an increasing endorsement of Irfaan as Presidential Candidate of the Opposition PPP as compared with earlier NACTA polls conducted in February, April, and July. Voters are getting to better know and understand the PPP candidate for President and they feel he has a very good chance of being elected, especially since he has the endorsement of Jagdeo.Voters were asked to describe some of the positive and negative attributes of the potential Presidential Candidates. Voters describe Irfaan as hard-working, energetic, vibrant, courageous, youthful, and visionary. An increasing number of supporters believe he will make for a good President especially since he will have former President Bharrat Jagdeo at his side for advice and guidance. Jagdeo has been described as the best Finance Minister in recent times. A large majority rated his presidency positively, saying they had a better standard of living.On Irfaan, voters stated he was among the most effective Opposition parliamentarians after Opposition Leader Jagdeo. Irfaan, alongside Gail Teixeira, Anil Nandlall, Frank Anthony, and others held the Government to its toes, exposing contradictions. Irfaan played a most important role in parliamentary scrutiny which is a critical tenet of democratic governance. In addition, voters say Irfaan made very insightful remarks on budgets and Government policies when he was in Government and in Opposition. They say he was effective at exposing wasteful expenditure and questionable spending that were subsequently addressed by the Auditor General.Voters describe Irfaan as the most effective Head (Chair) of the Public Affairs Committee (some say the most effective in the history of Parliament, taking Government to task) exposing flaws in Government spending and lack of accountability. Many voters also say that when he was a Minister, Irfaan was results-oriented, and they are confident that an Irfaan Presidency will get results. They note, for example, that his Housing Ministry gave out the most house lots in the history of Guyana. And that he also effectively ran the Ministry of Tourism at the same time. Many felt he was like a super Minister. During his tenure at Tourism, there was an increase in tourists in Guyana. The country received tourism awards and was spotlighted internationally.Many voters feel Irfaan, although young, has the experience and capacity to take Guyana forward. They say he has shown maturity, and that he understands the multi-cultural and multi-dimensional politics of Guyana. Some say he has grown from when he was a Minister and would have learned from mistakes he made when he was a Minister of Government. They also note he has spoken well on oil and gas and that he will be able to take Guyana forward, especially in the coming energy economy.Some voters note that Irfaan has been unfairly maligned in the media without incontrovertible evidence. Some also point out that Irfaan has recognised and owned up to mistakes in his past conduct and that he has learned from them. They feel he will make for a much better President than when he was a Minister.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Related Airlines doing it differently Skyscanner

first_img RelatedAirlines doing it differently: Skyscanner investigatesAirlines are doing things differently in an attempt to set themselves apart in the highly competitive aviation industry.Family Travel: flying with kidsSkyscanner’s guide to flying with children.What’s the best hand luggage bag?With more and more airlines charging for checked bags, it’s worth travelling light to save money. We’ve got tips from all the frequent flyers at Skyscanner, as well as globe-trotting travel bloggers, so escape baggage fees and go hand luggage only with these top cabin bags. Aviation and fashion have always enjoyed a close relationship – from the mini-skirted air stewardesses of the sixties, right up to this year’s Burberry aviator jacket, seen on the catwalk at Fashion Week. Over the last decade a trend has also emerged for airlines to commission some of the world’s top fashion designers to create stylish cabin crew uniforms. But how effective has this been?Skyscanner reviews the fashion-forward airlines and discovers who its users think is the most stylish airline.Fashion heavyweight Italy was one of the first countries to enlist a fashion designer to design uniforms for its national carrier. In the early 1990s Giorgio Armani designed uniforms for Alitalia, to much critical acclaim. However today’s uniform, designed by Mondrian from the Nadinin Group, gets just 8% of the votes in Skyscanner’s poll of the most stylish airlines.Welsh designer Julien MacDonald took his needle and thread to BA’s uniform in 2004 in an effort to stop cabin crew looking like “someone’s old granny”. A respectable 15% of Skyscanner users think that BA, which sponsors London Fashion Week, should take the top title in the style poll.Air France commissioned Christian Lacroix to design a whole wardrobe of items for cabin crew in 2005. Lacroix designs for an impressive list of celebrities, and Skyscanner users are suitably impressed, with 17% voting Air France’s uniforms as the most stylish.LA-based couture designer Richard Tyler debuted his designs for Delta Airlines at New York Fashion Week in 2005, with an attention-grabbing red dress. However the dresses have not grabbed Skyscanner users’ attention, with a measly 5% voting Delta to be the most stylish.Spanish designer Adolfo Dominguez, whose dresses are coveted by Gwyneth Paltrow, introduced coloured shirts to denote ranking when he designed the Iberia uniforms. Dominguez may be a celebrity favourite but the poll results show he is not a Skyscanner favourite, taking just 9% of the votes.While many other airlines, including Jet Aiways and Lufthansa, have also used top fashion designers to create their uniforms, the appeal seems to be limited, according to the results of the poll. The airline that Skyscanner users actually deemed to be the most stylish is Qatar Airways. The airline’s retro-look crimson uniform took a massive 33% of all votes.Top ten most stylish airlines ranked in order of most stylish*:1. Qatar Airways2. Air France3. British Airways4. Iberia5. Alitalia6. SAS7. Delta8. Aeroflot9. Jet Airways10. Lufthansa*the survey was conducted on over 500 users, on the ten airlines as detailed in the rankings. See pictures of the uniforms featured in the pollReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more