STOKE, England (AP): Olivier Giroud scored twice and Alexis Sanchez netted his 50th English Premier League goal as Arsenal beat Stoke 4-1 to maintain their push for Champions League qualification yesterday. Mesut Ozil grabbed the other goal for Arsenal, whose swagger is returning as they attempt to hunt down Liverpool and Manchester City for a top-four finish. Arsenal stayed fifth but climbed to within one point of fourth-placed Liverpool and three of third-placed City with two matches remaining. Only last month, Arsenal’s Champions League dream looked over after a demoralising 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace, which sparked angry protests from fans against manager Arsene Wenger. Since then, however, the team has won five of six league games in what has become a familiar late-season charge. In the last five years, no Premier League team has a better record in April and May than Arsenal. Giroud got the nod ahead of Danny Welbeck as the starting striker for a fixture in which Arsenal have struggled in recent years, and responded with close-range goals in either half to bookend an impressive display from the visitors. Giroud tapped home Hector Bellerin’s cross in the 42nd minute to put Arsenal ahead, and slid in to convert substitute Aaron Ramsey’s low centre in the 80th. In between, Sanchez slid in a brilliant through-ball for Ozil to take a touch and finish well in the 55th. Sanchez scored himself in the 76th – moments after signalling to come off with an apparent left thigh injury – when he burst into the area and fired in a shot that deflected in off the post. Other results: Manchester City 2 Leicester 1; Bournemouth 2 Burnley 1; Middlesbrough 1 Southampton 2; Sunderland 0 Swansea 2.
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After engaging in a virtual back-and-forth in the fifth set, the Lady Tamaraws managed to get leeway in the latter stages of the period going on an 8-1 run to cap off the proceedings.Rookie France Ronquillo scored off a down-the-line kill that put the Lady Tamaraws on a 12-9 lead before Kyle Negrito converted on a service ace for the 13-9 buffer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLycha Ebon then came alive in the clutch scoring two straight points to secure FEU’s win.Despite the win FEU head coach George Pascua said there’s still a lot to do for the Lady Tamaraws in terms of on-court communication. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college FEU’s lack of chemistry was on display in the fourth set when it allowed the Lady Warriors to go on a 9-0 scoring run that forced the fifth set.“It’s not that easy winning two straight games,” said Pascua. “There are still things that we have to fix like our miscommunication on the court.”Ebon finished with a game-high 21 points for FEU while Celine Domingo and Jeanette Villareal put up 17 and 10 points, respectively.Mary Ann Mendrez had 21 points to lead the Red Warriors with Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez adding 10 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University notched its second straight win after a hard-fought victory, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9 over University of the East in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tamaraws hiked their record to 3-2 while the Lady Warriors dropped to 1-4 for the eighth spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title FEU extends winning streak, UST gets third win Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments
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A lawsuit in which District #16 Representative Edward Forh is seeking US$25 million from the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center (JFKMC) for his daughter Nakita’s death at the hospital facility commenced yesterday at Civil Law Court with the lawmaker taking the witness stand.The case is believed to be the first of its kind especially where a sitting lawmaker is claiming millions of United States dollars in damages from a public entity that is funded from allocation made in the national budget by the Legislature, despite the hospital’s continued calls for increment to improve its facility.Testifying yesterday, Rep. Forh alleged that his daughter died because of negligence on the part of doctors, whose attitude he described as “heartless.”Justifying his statement, Forh claimed that the doctors deliberately refused to allow Nakita access to the hospital’s nebulizer, a breathing instrument at the center. He said he had pleaded with them for two days to help save his daughter’s life.Nakita who suffered from asthma died on September 27, 2014, in the hospital’s compound, while reportedly suffering an asthma attack which occurred during the height of the Ebola crisis in the country.Forh alleged that his daughter died in his arms on the grounds of the hospital, while struggling, crying and calling the hospital staff, but they refused to come to his aide.Forh claimed that it was on Friday, September 26, 2014, when he took his daughter, based on the advice of a doctor to the JFK Hospital for asthma nebulizer to stabilize her breathing after she had suffered a severe asthmatic attack.“This is why I am taking the legal action so that ordinary children would not die under similar circumstance like my daughter. I know I would not see her anymore, but we need to make people account for their wicked action,” Ford told the court. The doctors whom he claimed to have advised him to seek further medication at the JFKMC came from Poly and Sniper Hill Clinics (both in Monrovia).“Those medical facilities gave me certificates that my daughter did not have any serious medical problems or had suffered from Ebola,” the witness indicated.Upon their arrival at the hospital, Forh alleged, medical practitioners refused to treat my daughter, because, according to him, they were restricted by their superiors from treating any case they deemed severe unless the patient could produce an Ebola clearance from any of the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs.)“I pleaded with them to stabilize her breathing, but they refused to do so. I later took her home, managed with her throughout that night and I returned with her the following day,” Forh said tearfully.He alleged that on Saturday, the next day, “my queen died in the hospital compound.”He said upon hearing about his daughter’s death, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf went to the hospital to sympathize with him.“I told the President that I was going to hold the hospital responsible for the wrongful death of my daughter,” he told the court yesterday.He went on to say that President Sirleaf ordered an immediate investigation into the matter.“I was assured by all concerned, including the JFK Management that the investigation would be thorough in bringing out all the facts and circumstances surrounding the doctors’ refusal to admit my daughter, and the resultant death of her,” he alleged.Instead of receiving President Sirleaf’s report, Rep. Forh alleged that he received from then Minister of Health, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, a document under the signature of the General Administrator of the hospital containing his daughter’s medical report.“Upon reviewing the document, I was surprised to see that what the hospital described as the medical report was nothing more than a collection of “self-serving statements,” he stated.He stated that he was not satisfied with report from the ministry because he was never invited to provide information about his daughter’s death, “therefore, I decided to take the matter to the Liberia Medical Board, whose findings established that my daughter’s death was (due to) negligence on the part of the JFKMC.”“The medical board report said that JFKMC’s negligence was responsible for my daughter’s death,” Rep. Forh told the court.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as Green Expo opensAs the inaugural Green Expo kicked off on Thursday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara, Finance Minister Winston Jordan reiterated that the coalition Government plans to implement a ban on more plastic products by 2020.Jordan was at the time addressing a gathering at the Ramada Hotel, also in Providence, at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Green Expo.He said, “Having banned the use of certain plastic products in 2016, our Government is committed to ban even more by 2020”.The Minister noted the importance of imposing a ban on certain plastic products, as they are hazardous to human and marine life. Various agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been lobbying for a ban to bePublic Information Minister Dawn Hastings cuts the ceremonial ribbon to welcome locals to the inaugural Green Expoimposed on single use plastics.In August, as part of World Earth Day, a number of supermarkets partnered with the EPA to reduce the use of single use plastic bags as they introduce reusable shopping bags.Meanwhile, over 130 exhibitors at the Stadium are gearing themselves for three packed days of questions and sharing samples of their products as the first ever Green Expo gets underway.The expo and summit are being held under the theme “Sustainable economic growth through small businesses innovation, entrepreneurship and transformative Government policies”.The expo, which winds down on Saturday, is opened to the public from 14:00h daily with the intention of promoting innovation and driving Guyana towards the Green State Development Strategy.According to Minister Jordan, “This expo and summit brings together business experts from Guyana and around the world to educate and inspire local businesses to adopt new technologies and good practices that are necessary to build business resilience and competitiveness”.He added that the expo will undoubtedly create opportunities for networking and facilitate trade at the same time to benefit locals.The MP pulled out a pack of straws made of bamboo while explaining to theThe LPG powered cargathering that much can be done with the material, by young entrepreneurs.The Business Minister endorsed the importance of the summit in helping small businesses. “This event that we are opening today (Thursday) is an important one for the country. It is also an important one for businesses, especially small businesses because businesses that understand where Guyana is heading over the next two decades will make better decisions than those who do not,” he added.Further, he pointed out the importance of small businesses understanding how the Green State Development Strategy will affect their sector and as such noted that the Government has made it more affordable to invest in renewable energy solutions by removing import duties on renewable energy generating equipment, which makes the decision to invest in green energy a great one for businesses in the long-term.No gasoline carNevertheless, a car powered by Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) was on display at the exposition. This vehicle is powered by a new gas being distributed and marketed by Massy services, which happens to be the same type of gas used for domestic purposes.Hekima Paul, an employee at Massy told the Guyana Times that the gas is more feasible and safe. Paul explained that cars are currently being modified to use this type of gas as it is safer for the environment and the user.According to him, persons can save as much as $10,000 in fuel as customers can get 30 miles per gallon. Extra cash can also be saved as the car requires less maintenance, in terms of servicing.Another great feature of the car is that it was designed for impact and in the case of an accident, it will absorb the impact while in some cases, a gas tank might explode, as was explained by another employee, Robert Hong.He said, “If there is a problem where somebody gets into an accident, the driver can electronically shut off the gas from inside the car… to prevent gas from going more to the engine. Regular vehicles do not generally have a cut-off switch for their cars”. (Davina Ramdass)
Executive orderFinance Minister Winston Jordan and President David GrangerFormer Attorney GeneralAnil NandlallA former Attorney General has criticised the way President David Granger – by virtue of the order of respite he issued saving Finance Minister Winston Jordan from prison over an unpaid Court judgement on Monday— interfered in the running of the Judiciary.According to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, the President’s actions were unprecedented in this part of the world.He acknowledged that while the President is empowered under Article 188 of the Constitution to issue an order of respite, common sense, judicial practice and the separation of powers dictate that this power should be used wisely.“I have never heard anywhere in the Caribbean or the British commonwealth that the head of the Executive intervened in an ongoing judicial process in order to insulate anyone, moreover an Executive officer, from the judicial process,” Nandall said.“What I do know, is that the Prerogative of Mercy is a power the President has, inherited from the Queen (of England), normally used at the end of the judicial process, in deference to the Doctrine of Separation of Power, which allows each of the arms of the State to function with autonomy”.As an example, Nandlall explained that when a bill is going through the National Assembly, the Judiciary cannot – unless under highly exceptional circumstances— intervene and stop Parliament from passing that bill.“Under the Constitution, the Judiciary can strike down any bill or law that is inconsistent with the Constitution. And the Court will not exercise that power until that bill passes through Parliament and becomes law. The Judiciary will tell you that they cannot stop the process of Parliament from passing that bill out of deference for the separation of powers”.He added that similarly, though the Executive may have a power, President Granger should only do so after the judicial process is completed. “Not when it is ongoing. Here you have Jordan before the Court, the Attorney General says he’s going to appeal from the Full Court to the Court of Appeal and if he loses there, can go to the Caribbean Court of Justice”.Nandlall expressed the view that it is only when all appeals are exhausted that the President’s prerogative should be exercised. He noted that this power “cannot be initiated so that the Executive can step in to the Judiciary and stop the Judiciary from discharging its functions”.ProtectionMeanwhile, the Ministry of the Presidency issued a statement in which it revealed that “Cabinet” had endorsed the actions of the President. This is despite the No-Confidence Motion was passed and Article 106 of the Constitution stipulates that the President and Cabinet stands resign.“Cabinet calls on the Courts to protect the Executive from vexatious and partisan action,” the statement said.Last month, High Court Judge Justice Sewnarine-Beharry had ordered Minister Jordan to pay DIPCON the US$2.2 Million award or face jail time. The Trinidad-based construction company had taken the Finance Minister to Court for failing to honour the payment of millions of dollars, which was awarded to DIPCON by Justice Rishi Persaud in 2015.After DIPCON took the Government to Court back in 2009 to recover monies owed for road works done, Justice Rishi Persaud had ordered Government to pay the company US$665,032.17 as payment for the works done along with US$1,563,368.50 for costs it incurred for those works, together with interest on both amounts, at a rate of six per cent annum from February 10, 2009, to October 21, 2015 and, thereafter, at the rate of four per cent per annum until fully paid.However, since none of the payments they were owed were made, DIPCON had successfully approached the High Courts for an administrative order to compel the minister to make the payment.On Friday last, Justices Diana Insanally and Simone Morris-Ramlall threw out Jordan’s application, filed by Attorney General Basil Williams, for a stay of the Court order. In their judgement, the judges expressed their view that his application had no merit.Advisory Council on the Prerogative of MercyArticle 188 of the Constitution of Guyana empowers the President to grant to convicted persons a State pardon, either conditionally or otherwise, or grant a respite of the execution of the punishment imposed or substitute a less severe punishment.However, he has to engage the Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy under Article 189 before such action is taken. As a matter of fact, in an article published by the Ministry of the Presidency in 2016, it was pointed out that the Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy, under Article 189, is therefore mandated to advise the President.In that article, President Granger is quoted as saying, “The exercise of the Prerogative of Mercy is not unfettered and under the Constitution…The powers I exercise under this part will be determined and guided by the advice of the Council. I don’t have the opportunity to behave in an arbitrary or capricious manner…”The Prerogative of Mercy is usually exercised in response to a petition from a convicted person or someone acting on their behalf and by constitutional convention on advice from the relevant Government minister. In Jordan’s case, it was not clear if President Granger engaged that council before invoking his executive powers on Monday.
The Dr Balwant Singh Hospital, E Street, Georgetown, is the first medical facility to be certified with international standards. The recognition was given following an audit that was conducted by Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc.Dr. Madhu SinghISO Certification BoardThis was announced by Chief Executing Officer (CEO), Dr Madhu Singh who related on Tuesday that two auditors from the organisation visited the hospital and conducted a ten-day audit exercise.The auditors, she noted, were pleased with the facility’s documentation and the quality of services that the hospital provides.“The certification also ensures that you keep all your other services up to mark so we are very pleased, all of these things are voluntary, it is not compulsory to do any of this but it is just that we like to set new standards for ourselves,” Dr Madhu Singh related.According to Dr Madhu Singh, customer’s satisfaction is a major focus of the ISO. She added that the ISO 9001:2015 is very strong on customer satisfaction and keeping suppliers happy.The lab was certified to the ISO 15189 standard two years ago but now has its International Organisation for Standardisation ISO 9001:2015 certification.Dr Singh added that being ISO certified is a huge achievement for the country, since the hospital is the only one in Guyana that has received ISO [International Organisation for Standardisation] certification. She encouraged other medical institutions to attain their ISO certification in order to provide the highest quality of healthcare services.“We’re very grateful to all our staff, especially the doctors and management team, for extensive work that completed before and during the audit to ensure that we got our ISO certification. The very work requires for the audit has also pushed us to operate at even higher standards that we were already performing and all of us have grown through this process,” she noted.During the ISO certification process, the Guyana Bureau of Standards provided technical support to the hospital. The Dr Balwant Singh Hospital has grown from a medical laboratory to being the only multispecialty hospital.The services audited during the ISO certification process include Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Nephrology and Dialysis, ICU Services, Emergency Services, Assisted Reproductive Technology including IVF, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Radiology, Paediatrics and Neonatology and Cardiology.
…Commissioner says GECOM proceeding with house to house registration own riskGecom’s Chairman, Retired Justice James PattersonGECOM CommissionerSase GunrajA bench of five Justices from the Caribbean Court of Justice heard submissions from all parties in the No Confidence Motion and Guyana Elections Commission cases, in two marathon sessions on May 9 and May 10 and much hinges on whatever decision they deliver.The crucial decision was on the calculation of what constituted a “majority” to give effect to Art 106 (6): “The President and the Cabinet shall resign if the Government is defeated by a vote of majority of all elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” That time has already elapsed and another week is about to expire.During the hearings, Justice Saunders had asked the Attorney representing GECOM, Stanley Marcus: “If the vote of no-confidence was valid and if Parliament ought to be dissolved and if the parties don’t agree to extend the three-month period then we have a choice between a situation where with each passing day beyond that three-month period—a dagger is being thrown at the constitution every day and on the other hand having an election which is a little bit less than perfect. Now, which of those two options is better for democracy?”Marcus allowed that democracy could not be sacrificed for “speed” upon which Justice Saunders cited the Constitutional alternative of Art 106 (7) which reads, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”However, even as Guyana awaits for the CCJ judgement, GECOM sponsored advertisements about house to house registration have sprung up. According to a GECOM Commissioner, going ahead with the exercise is flouting the law.GECOM proceeding at own riskIn an interview with this publication, GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj made it clear that he respects the process the CCJ has to go through before they arrive at a decision. But he noted that GECOM’s use of that time to proceed with house to house registration is in breach of the Elections Laws (Amendment) Act of 2000.“As it relates to the renewal of the list of electors, the actions of GECOM to proceed with House to House Registration amounts to a deliberate flouting of the laws of Guyana, specifically Act 15/2000 and Act 10/2018.”The law stipulates that the list shall be updated by Continuous Registration and/or Claims and Objections and this should have been embarked upon since last year and at latest, in January 2019 after the Commission reconvened.According to Gunraj, GECOM’s tenuous standing is especially the case in light of the fact that no information regarding expenditure has been presented to the Commission for approval or even scrutiny by all the commissioners.“These actions will no doubt be reviewed, preferably by the CCJ or some other competent court, at some time later. In the meantime, to do so would be to their own peril,” Commissioner Gunraj added.Earlier this month, GECOM was advised by its own Legal Officer, Excellence Dazzel’s, that “based on (election laws), the voters list must be updated bi-annually by adding persons who are now qualified to be registered, to that list and those who are no longer qualified to be registered, to be taken off that list.”The opinion, expressed by Dazzell, also states that: “The use of the work ‘revise’ [in the Election Laws (Amendment) Act 15 of 2000] suggest that the process is not one where a ‘new’ List is generated, but one where the most recent list is updated or amended….I therefore advise that procedures be put in place to ensure the revision of the list, otherwise the Commission would be acting in defiance of the law and may prejudice aby by-election that may become necessary.”This runs counter to the arguments made by the Government-nominated Commissioners on GECOM that a new list was required through house-to-house registration. In fact, a United Kingdom (UK)-based Guyanese has gone to the courts over the exercise, arguing that if it goes forward, she will be disenfranchised. In fact, the Opposition has contended that many more will be in the same predicament.Meanwhile, if the Caribbean Court of Justice rules that last year’s no confidence motion against the Government was validly passed, it means early elections would be required and the Government by law should have held elections since March 19 of this year.In published ads, GECOM has explicitly announced that it has launched preparations for house to house registration. Since this process will take at least six months and possibly a year, observers opine that with the delay in the CCJ delivering its ruling on the NCM case expeditiously as they had promised, they are allowing GECOM to make its prediction of delayed elections a self-fulfilling one that, in the words of one of its Justices, “throws a dagger at the Constitution every day.”In February, the CEO of GECOM, Keith Lowenfield, had declared that if there were to be house-to-house registration, General and Regional Elections could not be held before February 2019. In that month, the three Government appointed Commissioners, with the support of the Chairman James Patterson, outvoted the three PPP Commissioners to pass a motion for the Secretariat to proceed with its 2019 Work Programme.This work programme included house to house registration. In like manner they also voted to declare that GECOM was not in a financial position to conduct General and Regional Elections in 90 days.
CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – Firefighters in Charlie Lake responded to a garbage truck that caught fire earlier today.Dan Ross, Fire Chief with the Charlie Lake Fire Department says the exact cause isn’t known but it could be many different things.“Something caused the fire in the back of the truck to combust and catch fire. No idea what it is. Could be anything from smoking materials to a couple chemicals getting mixed in there, to just wet grass heating up and catching fire.”Ross says the driver was unharmed. As soon as he saw the smoke, he stopped the truck, got out and called 911.- Advertisement -Ross said they moved the truck to the company’s yard after they had cooled it off. There were minor traffic delays in the area.
The American people no longer support the war in Iraq. The war is being carried on by a stubborn president who, like Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon during the Vietnam War, does not want to lose. But from the beginning this has been an ill-considered and poorly prosecuted war that, like the Vietnam War, has diminished respect for America. We believe Mr. Bush would like to drag the war on long enough to hand it off to another president. The war in Iraq reminds us of the tragedy of the Vietnam War. Both wars began with false assertions by the president to the American people and the Congress. Like Vietnam, the Iraq war has introduced a new vocabulary: “shock and awe,” “mission accomplished,” “the surge.” Like Vietnam, we have destroyed cities in order to save them. It is not a strategy for success. The Bush administration has attempted to forestall ending the war by putting in more troops, but more troops will not solve the problem. We have lost the hearts and minds of most of the Iraqi people, and victory no longer seems to be even a remote possibility. It is time to end our occupation of Iraq, and bring our troops home. This war has had only limited body counts. There are reports that more than 2million Iraqis have died in the war. These reports cannot be corroborated because the U.S. military does not make public the number of the Iraqi dead and injured. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThere are also reports that some 4million Iraqis have been displaced and are refugees either abroad or within their own country. Iraqis with the resources to leave the country have left. They are frightened. They don’t trust the U.S., its allies or its mercenaries to protect them and their interests. We know more about the body counts of American soldiers in Iraq. Some 4,000 American soldiers have been killed in this war, about a third more than the number of people who died in the terrorist attacks of 9-11. And some 28,000 American soldiers have suffered debilitating injuries. Many more have been affected by the trauma of war in ways that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives – ways that will have serious effects not only on their lives and the lives of their loved ones, but on society as a whole. Due to woefully inadequate resources being provided, our injured soldiers are not receiving the medical treatment and mental health care that they deserve. What the war has accomplished is the undermining of U.S. credibility throughout the world, the weakening of our military forces, and the erosion of our Bill of Rights. Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz calculates that the war is costing American taxpayers more than $1trillion. This amount could double if we continue the war. Each minute we are spending $500,000 in Iraq. Our losses are incalculable. It is time to remove our military forces from Iraq. We must ask ourselves whether continuing to pursue this war is benefiting the American people or weakening us. We must ask whether continuing the war is benefiting the Iraqi people or inflicting greater suffering upon them. We believe the answer to these inquiries is that both the American and Iraqi people would benefit by ending the U.S. military presence in Iraq. Moving forward is not complicated, but it will require courage. Step one is to proceed with the rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and hand over the responsibility for the security of Iraq to Iraqi forces. Step two is to remove our military bases from Iraq and to turn Iraqi oil over to Iraqis. Step three is to provide resources to the Iraqis to rebuild the infrastructure that has been destroyed in the war. Congress must act. Although Congress never declared war, as required by the Constitution, it did give the president the authority to invade Iraq. Congress must now withdraw that authority and cease its funding of the war. It is not likely, however, that Congress will act unless the American people make their voices heard with unmistakable clarity. That is the way the Vietnam War was brought to an end. It is the way that the Iraq war will also be brought to an end. The only question is whether it will be now, or whether the war will drag on, with all the suffering that implies, to an even more tragic, costly and degrading defeat. We will be a better, stronger and more decent country to bring the troops home now. Walter Cronkite is the former longtime anchor for CBS Evening News. David Krieger is president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!