Tell the world that the “a la Croate” later tie was made by Croats

first_imgTHE ROOT OF THE WORD – it was worn “a la Croate” translated into Croatian The young French King Louis XIV. he began wearing a tie in 1646 when he was only seven years old and thus in some way set the fashion standard of all French nobles. They soon adopted this new garment to be worn a la Croate (‘in the Croatian way’), which also became the new root of the French word cravate. And so somehow the story about the tie began. Ties shown to the world by Croats. Every man in the world will put a tie on himself at least once, and whenever someone receives a pen in his hands, he must remember Croatia. Pens and ties must be our main symbols, at least when we talk about congress tourism, as well as the branding of Croatia. This weekend is World Tie Day (October 18), and I can’t help but get the impression that, despite all the power of this “symbol”, we still haven’t used the fact that the tie is a Croatian product enough. / / / THE BOOK “WHAT ARE CROATS LIKE” IS A MANDATORY READING FOR ALL CURRENT AND FUTURE TOURIST EMPLOYEES Be proud every time you put on a tie, be ambassadors of our tourism and tell the story of how a tie is a Croatian product. Back in 2013, after two years of preparations, Academia Cravatica made one of the most beautiful postcards from Croatia, when they set up a large tie installation around the Arena, the world’s best-preserved Roman amphitheater, which symbolically connected past and future, antiquity and modern civilization. The tie was long 808 meters, and the maximum width of the lower part of the tie is 25 meters. The knot of the tie itself is 15 meters long, 16,5 meters wide in its greatest width, and 5,4 meters wide in its narrowest part, and more than a billion people according to the interpretation of Academia Cravatica was introduced to our story of the tie. How to stand out in a sea full of fish? How do the “small” survive among the big ones? We have something to be proud of, praise and stand out. We have true and credible stories with which we can and must be different. We have The “holy grail” in the world of marketing and branding, not one but hundreds of them.  Shift of the Guard, Association of Historical Troops with a Tie led by the Cravat Regiment / Academia Cravatica Could it be better than branding and associating with one such symbol? Tie = Croatia – the homeland of the tie. But let’s start from the beginning of the story that began as a scarf around the necks of Croatian soldiers, and today is the most widespread fashion detail in the world. God save us from plague, famine, war and Croats Without going deeper into history, but in the 17th century, thanks to many battles won, even against the Swedes, who until then were considered the best warriors in Europe at the time, the Croats became synonymous with light cavalry. Why is this very important, precisely because as warriors at the time who were not ordinary mercenaries or bandits, as evidenced by their neat and carefully adorned uniforms, it was the Croats who stood out with a previously unknown fashion detail in Europe – with a red scarf around his neck tied in a knot. One of the oldest stereotypes about Croats in Europe is that of Croatian belligerence, courage and cruelty. As Božo Skoko writes in his book “What are Croats like? in the 17th century, German and Swedish mothers allegedly threatened their mischievous children “ If you are not good, the Croats will come and take you away”, And that is exactly how the prayer was created centuries later” God save us from plague, famine, war and Croats “. Zrinski defended Europe by stopping the Turks under Siget of Hungary, and even Napoleon himself said of the Croats that he had never had braver and better soldiers. ” If he had only one hundred thousand Croats, he would conquer the whole world”. Croatian inventors are responsible for great discoveries, discoveries that the world must know are from Croatia, especially if we talk in the context of Croatia as a tourist destination and branding the country. Why doesn’t the world know about the connection between Croatia and Tesla, Penkala, Faust Vrančić and others, our innovators who indebted us.  PEN AND TIE – MAIN SYMBOLS What is the image and perception of Croatia in Europe? Are we recognized with something other than the sun and the sea, famous athletes and Dubrovnik? Is that all we can offer and show? CROATIAN GIANTS – TESLA, PENKALA, FAUST VRANČIĆ DO YOU KNOW HOW PETER MIŠKOVIĆ INVENTOR steam bath, AS Tomislav Uzelac invented the first MP3 PLAYER AND THE M-PARKING, AS IVAN VUČETIĆ FATHER dactyloscopy – METHOD Fingerprinting, A MARIN SOLJAČIĆ is the first carried out experiments WIRELESS TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRICITY, WHILE JOSIP BELUŠIĆ INVENTED THE SPEEDOMETER. THE LIST IS MUCH MUCH LONGER. The tie is a symbol of men and the business world. And the fact that every man in the world will put a tie on himself at least once in his life speaks volumes about the strength of the tie as a brand.  ADOBRAN, TORPEDO, TIE, ZEPELIN, ROCKET ENGINE, MARINE COMPASS… Tomorrow is (August 18) World Tie Day. Happy World Tie Day to you. What will make us stand out in the crowd?  However, we can freely expand this story to the question: Why is a pen not our Croatian souvenir? The pen is used by people from all over the world every day, imagine that we have branded it well and whenever someone receives a pen, remember Croatia. Well that’s marketing and branding! Fortunately, awareness of the origin of the tie is proudly promoted by the institution Academia Cravatica, which is also the organizer of the only and first European festival dedicated to the phenomenon of necktie today. Photo: Academia Cravatica Photo: www.duckass.net / Lana’s DuckAss Why doesn’t the world know that Croats are deserving for parachute, torpedo, tie, Dalmatians, airship, rocket engine, ship’s compass… Where are the theme museums, amusement parks… for each of our prominent innovators visited by thousands of tourists? Where are the themed evenings celebrating the achievements of our innovators? This is how the tourist season is extended! Tie, lazo, slips, Krawatte, ネ ク タ イ, 领带, cravate or in Croatian tie is a garment that everyone knows and knows. World brand, right? Cover photo: Academia Cravaticalast_img read more

Duterte to side with US if Filipinos are harmed in ‘volatile’ Middle East

first_imgPresident Rodrigo Duterte (center) greets security officials at the Malacañang Palace on Monday. Duterte has ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships “at any moment’s notice” to evacuate thousands of Filipino workers in Iraq and Iran should hostilities erupt there. PCOO There are some 1,600 and 6,000 Filipinosin Iran and Iraq, respectively, and at least 4 million migrant workers in theMiddle East, according to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III. “Hinditayo magiging neutral. The President was very specific in saying that ifFilipinos are harmed, he will side with the Americans,” Panelo said Tuesday,adding the country is bracing to evacuate its workers in Iraq and Iran shouldviolence break out, which was brought about by the death of Iran top generalQasem Soleimani due to US airstrike. “Kungpapatayin ang Filipinos, gusto mongsabihin, hindi na tayo iimik? Eh angkalaban nila Amerikano. Kaya nila gagawin ‘yun, dahil kakampi tayo ng Amerikano,”Panelo said. The President ordered the military toprepare to deploy its aircraft and ships “at any moment’s notice” to evacuatethousands of Filipino workers in Iraq and Iran should violence break out. center_img On Monday, Duterte called an emergencymeeting at Malacañang with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, newly installedArmed Forces of the Philippines chief Lietenant General Felimon Santos Jr. andPhilippine National Police officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboato discuss contingency plans. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte willside with the United States in the event Filipinos based in the Middle East areharmed amid the heightened tension between the US andIran, his spokesman Salvador Panelo said. The Middle East is the Philippines’largest destination for land-based workers with deployment at more than 1million annually, according to latest government data. The region also is thesecond-largest source of cash remittances from overseas Filipinos, based oncentral bank data./PNlast_img read more

Mourinho: Chelsea will learn

first_img Press Association It was the self-proclaimed Special One’s first loss of his second spell as Blues boss and it was by the narrowest of margins. The contest finished 2-2 at the end of extra-time, which Chelsea played with 10 men following Ramires’ dismissal, as Javi Martinez netted with the last kick of the match. Then, after nine successful penalties, Romelu Lukaku saw his effort saved by Manuel Neuer, handing Bayern victory. A more measured Mourinho opinion was that his team, which beat Bayern to lift the 2012 European Cup, showed their outstanding potential. “All of us we will go (home) disappointed, but at the same time we go with the notion that we will have a better team,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. “To play against the champions of Europe the way we did, with 11 (men), with 10, and we deserved to win. The boys deserved to win. They did everything. “We got the feeling of the team we are building, the character we are building, the personality we are building. “Everybody gave everything. Everybody was fantastic. Everybody gave heart, everybody gave soul. An enthralling encounter was overshadowed somewhat as Mourinho berated officials, hinted his belief that there is a conspiracy against him and said the best team lost. Pep Guardiola appears to have that effect on Mourinho, who has three wins from 16 games against his Spanish nemesis following the 5-4 penalty shootout defeat to European champions Bayern on Friday night. “I’m very happy with the boys, but, of course, disappointed for them.” Twice Bayern recovered from being behind after Chelsea went ahead through fine strikes from Fernando Torres and Eden Hazard, who both performed strongly. Petr Cech made a series of outstanding saves, Ashley Cole kept former Blue Arjen Robben quiet, the 35-year-old Frank Lampard was influential in midfield. The men around him performed well under wave after wave of German attacks, led by newly crowned European player of the year Franck Ribery, who scored Bayern’s first equaliser. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said: “The way they got forward was frightening at times with the overlapping runners, Robben and Ribery on the wings. “At times it felt like the Champions League final (in 2012). I thought we defended well as a team, the spirit was there and we were just seconds away from winning. “We did well but football is cruel at times. We dug in hard, especially in extra-time. I thought we did enough.” Jose Mourinho believes his Chelsea side will benefit from the experience of their European Super Cup heartache against Bayern Munich.last_img read more

Mackay ready for derby fixture

first_img “It’s not just another game and I would be lying if I said that,” he said. “It’s only three points and it’s another Premier League team coming to the stadium, but there is a lot of importance attached to the game as it’s the first time we have played each other at the top level in the Barclays Premier League. “It’s very special for everyone in south Wales, and ourselves and Swansea so it has absolutely got a little extra bite to it and that’s something that helps people. “I know the passion of our fans and what the atmosphere in our stadium is like but I don’t think it is going to touch the sides of what we will feel Sunday, it will be an incredible atmosphere when the players walk out. “I think it is something all our fans have looked forward to since we were promoted and it does hold that extra special edge.” The Bluebirds enter the game on the back of a tumultuous few weeks which have seen Mackay’s head of recruitment, Iain Moody, dismissed and replaced on an acting basis by 23-year-old Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov. Apsalyamov has no known experience in top-level football and Press Association Sport understands he is not currently operating for the Bluebirds in an official capacity, but retains the position while the Home Office investigates his work permit situation. Mackay does not believe the issue will have an effect on Sunday’s game, but when asked if the Apsalyamov situation surprised him, he said: ”Nothing surprises me, it’s just something the chief executive can get on with and deal with. Nothing surprises me, my focus is on my team.” Cardiff manager Malky Mackay knows there is no way Sunday’s south Wales derby can be considered just another game. He added: ”We have waited 51 years to get to this position and be in the Premier League. I won’t let anything else get in the way of that. ”There is a lot of stuff going on around about it, but my job is to manage the team, be proud of my players and prepare them in the best way possible, so myself and the staff and players are focused on the routine of the week. ”If you don’t have that and take your eye off it and start thinking about other matters, that’s when you get punished and I won’t let anything else get in the way of my determination to do the best for the club on the pitch.” But Mackay refused to comment on a report that striker Etien Velikonja, who joined from Maribor last summer, was signed by owner Vincent Tan without the approval of the Scottish manager. Velikonja is not part of the Bluebirds’ 25-man Premier League squad. Mackay said: ”I am not going to talk about individual players and the recruitment of individual players. ”I am here and will answer anything you want concerning Sunday, it’s too big a day for me and our football club and players in terms of everything that goes with it for me to start the background noise. ”There is enough of that already with everyone else and I have a steely determination concerning my group of players and it is absolutely wrong of me to go in and start talking about individuals and their own circumstances.” The Bluebirds face off with their fierce rivals Swansea at Cardiff City Stadium, in a game which has been eagerly-awaited by both sets of fans and will have the eyes of a huge global audience fixed on it. The Scot admits there is no point in trying to downplay the significance of the fixture, and it is one he is looking forward to. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bazdarevic to publish the List of Players against Israel

first_imgMehmed Bazdarevic, the coach of the Football National Team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will publish a list of candidates for the upcoming match against Israel on Friday.The list will be published at the official press conference of the Football Alliance of B&H, and the backbone of the list for the match against Israel, will be made of the well-known footballers.Apparently, there will be no debutants, given that Mario Vrancic injured in the last league match against Stuttgart, while Ermin Zec is coming back to the national team after four years.Gathering of the BH Team is scheduled for 3rd June in Sarajevo, and our players will move to the Training camp in Zenica on the eighth day and train there until one of the most important games in qualifications for the European Championship.(Source: sportsport.ba)last_img read more

Purse hit for a six: How Coronavirus could affect IPL players’ salaries!

first_imgAdvertisement bgu4owqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3f6g0vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E96v40( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) fiWould you ever consider trying this?😱698x7Can your students do this? 🌚55cRoller skating! Powered by Firework With the tournament postponed, players taking part in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) will probably be denied of their due salaries, according to multiple reports. A senior member of the Indian Cricketers’ Association on Tuesday stated that the economic implications of a season without IPL could be huge for a number of competing players – specifically the debutants.Advertisement  Advertisement “The system of IPL payments is that 15 per cent is paid a week before the tournament starts. 65 per cent more is paid during the tournament. The remaining 20 percent is paid within a stipulated time after the tournament ends,” an IPL franchise official said.“The BCCI has specific guidelines. Obviously, no player will be paid as of now.”Advertisement While another franchise official clarified that the players won’t be reimbursed through insurance, as the pandemic (read COVID-19) isn’t within the clause.“We will not get any money from insurance company as pandemic is not covered in the clause. Each franchise has salary overheads ranging between Rs 75 to 85 crore. How can we pay if there’s no action?”  he questioned.“From English Premier League, La Liga to Bundesliga, players are taking pay cuts. Also there is no certainty anywhere as to when things will get normal!”“It’s not just the Dhonis and the Kohlis who will be affected. Surely they would feel the pinch but for many first-timers, the Rs 20, 40 or 60 lakh is serious life-changing money after all the hard work. Hope the BCCI has a plan in place,” he said.However, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal, said that as of now, there hasn’t been any discussion about pay cuts.“There has been no discussion at all on pay cuts. IPL obviously is BCCI’s biggest tournament. But at this point, it is very difficult to do calculations and estimate losses. The calculations are complex and till office-bearers get together, we can’t say anything,” Dhumal asserted.Currently the BCCI are planning about an alternate window for their prestigious event with chances of a short versioned IPL in May might be on the cards.Earlier in March, board president Sourav Ganguly had declared that the 13th edition of the IPL was rescheduled from its actual date of March 29th to April 15. But the rapid outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic forced PM Narendra Modi to announce a nationwide 21-day lockdown until the 14th of April. You may also like:Read why latest government sanctions over Coronavirus could spell doom for IPL 2020! BCCI makes mind boggling Rs 51 crore donation to PM Cares fund to fight Covid-19 Advertisementlast_img read more

Spurs facing Arsenal injury crisis with Ndombele among five players out

first_imgMAURICO POCHETTINO is facing a mini injury crisis ahead of their crunch North London derby with Arsenal.The Argentine boss will be without £68million summer signing Tanguy Ndombele who remains sidelined with a thigh injury.6 Tottenham face a mini injury crisis ahead of their clash with ArsenalCredit: Getty – Contributor6 Serge Aurier could come back into the mix against ArsenalCredit: Getty – ContributorNdombele, 22, missed the defeat at home to Newcastle and failed a fitness test to be thrown in the heart of midfield to face the Gunners.He is joined by Eric Dier, Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth who are all on the treatment table.Summer signing Ryan Sessegnon will also have to wait to make his Spurs debut as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.Poch’s biggest concern will be who to start at right-back in Walker-Peters’ absence.After flogging Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid in the summer, outcast Serge Aurier could come back into the fold.The Ivory Coast international has been linked with a move away from the club having fallen out of favour with the manager.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneMoussa Sissoko could come in as a makeshift full-back if Aurier doesn’t get the nod.Midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso is set to start on the bench with Poch admitting he is still finding his way to full fitness.The boss said: “Lo Celso arrived at the last moment after a very difficult period when he was involved in Copa America and was on holiday for a long period. When he arrived here he was not in a great condition.”He’s working hard to try to get to the level of the rest of the team. I don’t believe he has the chance to be involved from the beginning but we are happy with him. For sure he needs time, like Ryan Sessegnon who is still not working with the team.6most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on it”Tanguy suffered a small injury and I think will be available after the international break. I am happy with them. All these players who arrive at the last moment, need time to work and know their teammates. It’s not easy the adaptation with different players.”You need experience here. Sometimes you need six months, one year, it’s not to put pressure on the new signings.”They’re still young and they need to find their place in the team and the changing room and in London. Everything is new for them.”6 Ndombele is one of five players that have been ruled outCredit: EPA6 Spurs players looked in good spirits ahead of the derbyCredit: Getty – Contributor6 Tottenham head into the fixture on the back of a 1-0 defeat against NewcastleCredit: Getty – ContributorTottenham boss Pochettino denies ‘stupid rumours’ he is going to quit after Arsenal clashlast_img read more

Junior golfers hitting the sweet spot

first_imgThe efforts of the Junior Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) and the golf coaches over the last few years are now paying dividends. The Junior Golf fraternity is thriving and preparing well for the international stage.Over the past weekend, the Junior JGA’s second tournament in the Junior Series was held at Constant Spring Golf Club. While this is the home course for many of the juniors, the Junior JGA also supported the participation of players from Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Thirtytwo Junior golfers between the ages of six and 16 played and brought in some very commendable scores.Players were grouped by age, and tees were set according to international standards. In the Boys’ Under-15 category, Radino Lobban, from St Ann, shot 83 on Day 1 and 76 on Day 2 to win the category overall. Elric Li placed second and Wahid Thomas third.In the Boys’ Under-13 section, Tristan Brown and Rocco Lopez had two days of competitive golf. Brown won on Saturday with a score of 74, while Lopez shot 79. Although Rocco gave away hole 9 on Sunday, with a four putt, he still managed to win for the day with a score of 76. Due to Tristan’s outstanding score on Saturday, he managed to win the category overall by two strokes. Matthew Grant placed third, while Justine McKenzie won the Girls’ Under-13.In the Under-11 grouping, there was an amazing performance by 10-year-old Trey Williams. Williams led his age group with an 88 on Day 1, then outdid himself on Day 2 with an 86. Brady Holmes, aged 10, came second with a 94 on Saturday and an excellent 87 on Sunday, marred only by missing a one-foot putt on the final hole 18 to give Trey the outright win on Day 2. Also in this category, Bjorne Dennis and Sebastian Azan fought it out, but Dennis managed to edge Azan out of third place with one stroke.IMPRESSIVE SCORELek Drummond won the Under-9 category with an impressive score of 42 over nine holes. Mattea Issa placed second with a score of 44, followed by Samantha Azan, who shot 48.The Beginners section had players aged six to eight years, who played nine holes from 100 to 150 yards. Seven-year-old Kemari Morris was the clear winner, shooting 46, with Cillian Hall in second place with a score of 54, and Spencer Taylor shooting 58.This second match in the JGA Junior Series was made possible in part by sponsors of the Alliance Buccaneer Memorial Tournament and the Jamaica Golf Association. The third match in the JGA Juniors Series will be held on December 3 at the Constant Spring Golf Club as a part of one of the biggest tournaments of the year for the golfing fraternity of the year – S.A.N.T.A.last_img read more

UNESCO Educates Rural Broadcasters on Anti-Ebola Messages

first_imgThough there are reports confirming a considerable reduction in the spread of the dangerous Ebola virus disease (EVD) at various treatment units ETUs), the government and its international partners are not taking the Ebola fight for granted.To contribute to the fight, UNESCO’s Monrovia office on October 22 and 23, 2014, trained over 40 community-based radio broadcasters.The two-day training, which was conducted in Gbarnga, Bong County, was held under the theme, “Enhancing Broadcasters’ Skills in the Fight against EVD.”The training, which was ‘intensive’ took into consideration several Ebola preventive measures, including the regular hand washing, avoiding over crowdedness, etc.The officer-in-charge (OIC) of Monrovia office, Stevenson Seidi, in his opening remarks on Wednesday underscored opportunities the training provided, because of the basic skills in the Ebola preventive messages relative to the rural communities in Liberia.According to Mr. Seidi, the idea to educate rural broadcasters, who are mainly managers of rural-based community radios, was to customize some of their anti-Ebola messages in their respective localities; how to develop those messages in their [own] languages; more importantly, to vet (scrutinize, evaluate) what sorts of messages they will put out on the radio for the listening audience.The training was held with the objective to enhance rural broadcasters’ skills in the presentation of EVD messages appropriately and professional; to develop EVD messages in common ‘Liberian’ English and local languages;   and to conduct a model presentation of EVD on radios with focus on the rural parts of the country.The training was also designed  to create community awareness and promote behaviorial change about the EVD and the risk factors, prevention and control in the community and to disseminate the risk factors and prevention messages of Ebola in the course of three months.Earlier, in his official opening remark, Deputy Information Minister for Technical Services, Robert W. Kpadeh, expressed gratitude to the crafters of the training, “because the exercise will propel the broadcasters to disseminate messages to prevent the spread of Ebola.He re-echoed government’s call on all to fight the EVD, and also assured the broadcasters that with the collective efforts in the fight, Liberia ill eventually prevail.”He meanwhile challenged the over the 40 participants to go out and serve as ambassadors by spreading their acquired knowledge to their various  audiences in the fight against Ebola.Participants were lectured individually by facilitators from IREX, UNICEF, WHO and facilitators from other professional areas.They learned about the importance of telling the Ebola story, which has now become a global issue.The participants were told to apply all necessary safety rules as they go about visiting some of the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), follow burial teams for interviews, etc.They also learned about the how the virus is transmitted; avoidance of contact with bodily fluids of anyone showing symptoms of the disease, among other things.Participants’ representative, Nyahn Flomo and the president for the Association of Liberia Community Radio (ALICOR) William Quire, expressed gratitude to UNESCO and the facilitators for the level of education they impacted unto the participants during the education training. The two managers called on UNESCO to strengthen the rural radio stations in several other areas, including funding, conducting listeners’ surveys and improving the level of anti-Ebola-related messages.The participants promised to share the acquired acknowledge from the training with their colleagues who did not have the opportunity to be part of the UNESCO training.    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minister of State breaks silence, brushes aside criticisms

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon says he is not concerned by the current “organised campaign to damage hisMinister of State Joseph Harmon and supporters on Sundayreputation” as this will not affect the way in which he performs his duties.The Minister broke his silence on Sunday after three weeks of sensationalised articles published by the Kaieteur News in an apparent smear campaign against him.In what appears to be a move aimed at tarnishing Harmon’s political career, Kaieteur News has been publishing a series of articles about the Minister’s decision to appoint businessman Brian Tiwari as his personal Adviser on Business Development and instructions he gave to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to halt a seizure of several vehicles from Chinese logging company BaiShanLin. The articles were skilfully designed in a manner to portray the Minister as corrupt.On Sunday, Harmon declared he was not bothered by the criticisms of “one or two newspaper columnists or one or two persons who write newspaper articles”.In a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Malika Ramsey, Harmon said he was not concerned that the current “organised campaign to damage his reputation” would affect the way he performed his duties as Minister.“Minister Harmon says he has always felt that it was the people who elected him, and the people who elected the coalition Government, and it is the people who decide whether or not that Government is performing – not one or two newspaper columnists or one or two persons who write newspaper articles,” the statement said.Harmon said President David Granger had spoken on the matter definitively, and he respected the President’s judgment. As such, Harmon said he would not comment further on the matter.President Granger had described claims of corruption against Harmon and his Government as “outrageous”, and stated that it was difficult for him to accept a blanket criticism of the entire Administration because of one incident.Ramsey posted Harmon’s statement on social media site Facebook.Giving his take on the issue on Sunday, former Government Minister and political commentator, Dr Henry Jeffrey told Guyana Times that Harmon’s decision not to provide an explanation was only leading to more speculation.“It appears to me that what is necessary at this stage is for Minister Harmon to come out and say clearly what has taken place and for us to be able to make some clear judgment of what we believe should happen,” Dr Jeffrey said.To Harmon’s defenceSocial Cohesion Minister Amna Ally told a post-Local Government Elections (LGE)meeting on West Demerara on Sunday that she had pride in Harmon as she played up his “many projects” to better the lives of citizens in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and across the country.Ally said what was uppermost in Harmon’s mind was the development of Guyana. She said President Granger has every confidence in the Minister of State and reassured that “had the Minister of State done wrong, he would have been gone”.Pro-Harmon demonstrationMeanwhile, several A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Councillors in Region Three staged a demonstration on Sunday outside the West Demerara Secondary School in support of Harmon who was meeting with recently-elected APNU/AFC Councillors for post-LGE (discussions.The Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) last week came out swinging at Harmon and the coalition Government, claiming that the Administration was facilitating and proliferating corruption in Guyana.TIGI premised its claims on the circumstances surrounding the “honorary” appointment of CEO of BK Industries, Brian Tiwari, as a Business Advisor to the Government and also Minister of State Joseph Harmon’s alleged actions with regard to his intervention in the work of the GRA.Since taking office, Minister Harmon has been one of the most proactive and competent ministers within the APNU/AFC Administration and has been a target of Kaieteur News’ vendetta.last_img read more