Govt’s continued illegal existence

first_imgDear Editor,The September 18 date marks a second deadline that has been disregarded by the Granger Government, despite the constitutional requirements expressed in Article 106 (6) and (7) and the rulings of the CCJ— which is our final appellate court.This is outrageous behaviour where a Government can show gross disrespect for the court as well as the Constitution of this country, but such has been the situation in Guyana ever since the passage of a successful No-Confidence Motion, and the downfall of the coalition. They have refused to abide by the dictates of the law and has held this country in abeyance while all sorts of manufactured excuses spewed forth why they should stay in office while disregarding the Constitution.We are now at the second chapter of broken timelines and into another version of full blown season of a PNC bullying Government. There is no question on anyone’s mind as to Granger and his Government’s schemes and where they are headed in this dilly dallying of circumstances. What is clear, is that they do not want elections and if there are, they have planned it that those elections would be rigged.Now, I urge readers to carefully follow the sequence of events and make their own decision:1) A successful passage of a No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018 and the coalition Government fell.2) Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution takes immediate effect.3) Granger’s Government refuses to accept defeat and stays in government regardless.4) The timeline of 90 days when elections should have been called expired March 21, 2019.5)The CCJ— our final Court— rules that elections should be called no later than September 18, 2019, this date has come and gone and still the President and his Cabinet refuse to resign or set an election date; instead, Granger comes on television and issues a convoluted statement of GECOM setting a time for elections.6) GECOM, on the other hand, is dragging its feet in not having the Election Commission ready for elections.In all of these twists and turns in this latest saga of elections being held in this country, one salient fact stands out and that is the Government would not budge, as it continues its illegal existence, as well as an election commission which follows suit.I make that bold remark in light of recent findings as relates to respect for the law and honouring timelines.The laws of Guyana cry out for the GECOM to go straight ahead into the Claims and Objections phase and be in readiness for election later this year, but instead of that, we have the Government, through its Commissioners, saying no, we are going to “pad the voters’ list” and some other nebulous excuse that elections cannot be held this year. Now, if elections cannot be held this year, then when will election be held? This is the foolishness that is transpiring right before our very eyes.Now, in the previous paragraph I hinted that the Government wants to pad the voters’ list before, if ever, they call elections. And I mean just that, for the simple fact that the present asinine excuse that the voters’ list has to be cleansed of its dead persons, while the new registrants has to be added, or merged into the NRR, is truly a reckless and evil statement. The Government keeps harping on the figure of 370,000 “new registrants” which is an indication that these are first time registrants? Far from it, you cannot tell anyone, even someone with half a brain, that Guyana’s voting population actually doubled in 5 months? This is an outrageous lie and that propaganda has to stop now.That 370,000 names are duplicate registrants and these cannot be merged into anything. The reality is, any new registrants for the most part would see a representative figure of about 2,000 plus names, and those names could have been easily grafted into the National List of Electors through the continuous registration process. There was no need for a House-to-House, which we have witnessed was never completed. You cannot add— or as they are implying “merge”— incomplete and unverified data on to the NLE, this is illegal and constitutes a fraud and this retired Judge Chairwoman knows that. What she will succeed in carrying out with that merger is a confused and duplicated list which will very well stretch the final verification process way beyond August of next year.The point I am making is that the Granger Government is bent on padding the voters’ list with duplicated names and that means that the PNC would have succeeded in carrying out the most brazen rigging exercise never seen before in Guyana.We must have national election, free, fair and unbiased and the true party will come out triumphant. We have come too far to turn back now.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

GoL Urged to Reprioritize Development Agenda

first_imgA renowned Liberian Economist, Mr. Samuel P. Jackson, has underscored the need for the Government of Liberia (GoL) to reprioritize the National Development Agenda (NDA), which he said would help support medium and long-termed priorities in the post-Ebola recovery of the country.Mr. Jackson made the statement recently at the end of a two-day forum held in Monrovia on post-economic recovery impact caused by the Ebola epidemic. He stated that donors’ programs and regional initiatives must support the goals of the Liberian government recovery plan.He observed that in order to develop a strategy, it was important that government firstly analyze the state of the country’s economy before and during the Ebola epidemic and that finding will inform government’s capacity to deliver on the national budgetary realignment.“There is a need to realign the national budget, so as to efficiently respond to short term/emergency priorities, including supporting critical sectors and domestic enterprises in the country,” the Liberian economist noted“What was the state of Liberia’s economy before the attack of the devastating consequences of the Ebola Virus Disease? What was the state of livelihoods? Were there any significant improvements in socioeconomic conditions; and what will be the impact of the disease on livelihoods in the short, medium, and long terms?” he asked rhetorically.He indicated that the disease has the potential to make the situation in the country worse than before, because Liberians have been deteriorating in economic indicators ever since and even before the start of the disease.Mr. Jackson said that the projected economic growth rate for this year has been reduced from nearly six per cent to less than one per cent, explaining that the country could see a contraction in economic output in the first two quarters of next year compared to the same quarter of this year, resulting in economic depression.The Liberian economist, who has been critical on a number of national issues, said the revenue will decrease, resulting in expected drop of 20 per cent of the current year’s budget, adding, “We are expecting a decrease in revenues of at least 106 million dollars.”“Export earnings will decline, but the trade deficit will be the same due to lower imports,” he disclosed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teddy bears to fly at upcoming Senior Flyers Teddy Bear Toss

first_imgHockey fans encouraged to bring a new teddy bear with them to Saturday’s game, and when the Senior Flyers score their first goal, fans will get to throw their teddy bears on the ice.Participants are being asked to wrap their bears in plastic or a shopping bag, to avoid any damage potentially caused by the ice.All the bears will be donated to the local Salvation Army, which provides an extremely valuable service to the community, especially around the holiday season.- Advertisement -Saturday’s game begins at 8:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena, and is game one of a home-and-home series with the Hythe Mustangs.The two-game series will conclude on Thursday, December 20, when the Senior Flyers take on the Mustangs in Hythe.last_img read more

Boys’ basketball: Holiday is Vikings’ leading man

first_imgIt’s important to keep everyone loose, but Holiday is also fully aware of the fact that coach Terry Kelly is about to blow his whistle any minute, signaling the beginning of a grueling two-hour workout session. The senior forward takes it upon himself to begin stretching out his 6-foot-6 frame, and his teammates follow suit. Before you know it, a circle is formed around Holiday at midcourt, each player seemingly prepared to put forth his best effort. “Justin is the captain of this team for a reason,” Kelly said. Holiday, who has committed to the University of Washington, has been instrumental in helping lead the Vikings (30-1) into the national spotlight this season as they head into their Div. IV Southern California regional semifinal against Francis Parker of SanDiego (28-3) at 7 p.m. today at Crespi High in Encino. “These guys look up to Justin, they feed off of him,” Kelly said. “He’s a high-character kid who leads by example.” When it comes to production, few area players can match Holiday’s numbers. He’s shooting 61percent from the field and averaging 19.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 3.8 steals and 2.4blocks per game. He opened the season totaling double digits in points and rebounds in seven of the first nine games. He even recorded a triple-double in late January against Calvary Chapel of Downey, finishing with 18points, 10 rebounds and 10steals in an 89-28 victory. Basketball practice is about to begin at Campbell Hall High of North Hollywood, and Justin Holiday is relaxed as can be, standing underneath the basket and telling a joke to Max Rose and Deuce Johnson while flashing his infectious smile. Joseph Finnerty and Keegan Hornbuckle gravitate towards Holiday seconds later, joining in on the fun, arriving just in time to catch the punchline before some good ol’ fashioned, contagious laughter ensues. center_img “This is my senior year, and I feel like I’m in control of what’s going on,” Holiday said. “I’m comfortable. I know what the coaches want and expect from me. I know what we need to do to be successful.” Having a solid supporting cast has certainly helped. His brother, Jrue, leads the team in scoring, averaging 23.5 points per game, Robert Ford has emerged as a heady floor leader and Dallas Rutherford, Finnerty and Hornbuckle have provided steady contributions. “Justin always brings his `A’ game,” Jrue Holiday said. “He runs things. This is his team and he makes everyone around him better.” Barring an improbable upset, the Vikings, ranked No. 4 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and No.19 in the nation by USA Today, are the odds-on favorite to win the regional final March 17 at Pauley Pavilion. Beyond that, the state title game looms March 23 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, and Holiday would like nothing more than to win another ring after earning his first with the 2004-05 Vikings’ team that finished undefeated (32-0) en route to a Div. IV championship. “Justin has been the unsung hero this season and he’s due for a big performance in a big game,” said Dinos Trigonis, editor of Holiday came into own as a junior, averaging 20.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game to finish as one of three players in the region to average more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. That type of production attracted the interest from several Division I college programs. He turned down offers from USC, Arizona State, SMU and Texas Tech before committing to play for Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies after a recruiting trip in late September. “Washington is a good fit for Justin,” his father, Shawn, said. “Lorenzo showed some genuine interest in him and I think that made the decision easy.” College is the last thing on his mind, though. Holiday is focused on the task at hand, which is extending his high school career, along with those of fellow seniors Ford, Finnerty and Graham Bousley, for another couple of weeks. “He’s willing to do whatever it takes for this team to win,” Kelly said. “What you see is what you get with Justin. There’s nothing fake about him. He doesn’t have a personal agenda. He has a tremendous work ethic, and it doesn’t matter if it’s during practice or a game. “No one gets after it more than Justin. There’s a direct correlation between him and our success this season.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Pochettino lost for words as Brighton compound miserable week for Spurs

first_img0Shares0000Tough times: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is struggling to turn around his side’s fortunes © AFP / Glyn KIRKBrighton, United Kingdom, Oct 5 – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted he does not have the words to console disheartened players and fans after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Brighton compounded a miserable week for Spurs.Four days on from a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Pochettino was looking for a positive reaction. Instead, Spurs looked like a side devoid of confidence after getting off to the worst possible start when captain Hugo Lloris gifted Brighton the opener and injured himself in the process.Neal Maupay took advantage of Lloris’s fumble to head the hosts in front before 19-year-old Aaron Connolly scored twice for the Seagulls on his first Premier League start.“We have to keep going. I have to say thank you for the fans. I feel sorry for them, it is massive effort to come and support us,” said Pochettino.“Now you cannot find any words to console them and our players because I think we are living a tough moment.”Last season’s Champions League finalists have won just three of their opening 11 games of the campaign and five of their last 19 dating back to when these sides last met in April.While Pochettino could justifiably claim Bayern’s ruthlessness in midweek meant the scoreline was not a true reflection of his side’s performance, there was no excuse for being thoroughly outplayed by a Brighton side that had not won in six league games.“We’ve been playing quite well, but while you don’t get results you always need that three points just to give you some confidence,” said Brighton boss Graham Potter.“We attacked well, we defended well, we reacted when we lost the ball, we did everything we wanted to do. The personality on the pitch was really good.”Tottenham were on the back foot from the off when injury was added to insult for Lloris.The Spurs skipper dropped a simple cross into the box and as he fell backwards and landed awkwardly, Maupay stooped to head into an empty net.Lloris was given oxygen and morphine before being taken to hospital and now seems certain to miss France’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey.“He’s in the hospital at the moment, the club is going to communicate (the severity of the injury) because I think he suffered a big problem in his arm,” added Pochettino.– ‘Emotional impact’ –“To concede and lose your captain was a massive emotional impact for the team.” After a lengthy delay for Lloris to be stretchered off, Brighton pushed on rather than trying to protect their lead and were rewarded just after the half hour mark.Brighton’s Aaron Connolly (second right) celebrates his second goal against Tottenham © AFP / Glyn KIRKConnolly was twice the quickest to react as he turned Dan Burn’s cross goalwards and, after Paulo Gazzaniga spilled his first effort, the Irishman followed up for his first Premier League goal.Tottenham have made a bad habit of letting leads slip in recent weeks against Arsenal, Olympiakos, Leicester and Bayern, but when forced to mount a fightback themselves were found wanting.Pochettino sacrificed club record signing Tanguy Ndombele at half-time for Harry Winks and changed system to a 3-5-2.However, rather than turning the tide, it was Brighton who got the third goal to kill the game off.Connolly jinked inside onto his right foot and curled a shot brilliantly into the far corner to round off an afternoon that he and the Seagulls will long remember.Spurs now have a two-week break to contemplate their terrible start to the season, but Pochettino insisted he should take the burden of any blame.“When we were on the top we were all together, and now when this type of moment arrives, we need to stick all together,” added the Argentine.“I hope that all the pressure is coming to me and lets the players be free to recover and find the way to win all together.“Now is a moment to be strong. We cannot underestimate this type of situation, but in times that are not so good there is always the possibility to make us stronger.”0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgEverton and Republic of Ireland star Seamus Coleman has confirmed he will attend this Sunday’s ‘Heroes and Legends’ gathering at the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballyybofey.Seamus ColemanThe Killybegs star is one of a number of high-profile footballers who will be present on the night.He is being released from international training duty by caretaker boss Noel King. The aim of the night is to honour all professional players from Donegal who have played abroad.The night is being hosted and arranged by Donegal goalkeeping legends Packie Bonner and Shay Given.Paddy Harte of The Gathering said everything is beginning to fall into place for what promises to be a great night.“Packie and Shay have put in Trojan work and things are really beginning to click. “We’re delighted that Seamus is able to join so many other players on the night.“There are still tickets available for what promises to be a great occasion,” he said. EVERTON STAR COLEMAN SIGNS UP FOR DONEGAL’S SOCCER GATHERING! was last modified: October 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Heroes and Legendsseamus colemanThe Gatheringlast_img read more

Partial-birth abortion ban ruled unlawful

first_imgNEW YORK – Two federal appeals courts on opposite sides of the country declared the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional Tuesday, saying the measure lacks an exception for cases in which a woman’s health is at stake. The first ruling came from a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Hours later, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued a similar decision in a 2-1 ruling. The New York decision affirmed a 2004 ruling by a judge who upheld the right to perform the procedure even as he described the procedure as “gruesome, brutal, barbaric and uncivilized.” Tuesday’s ruling was marked by an unusually sharp dissent by Judge Chester J. Straub, who said he believed Congress’ determination that the procedure was never medically necessary to protect a women’s health was well founded and supported by a lower-court ruling. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Allowing a physician to destroy a child as long as one toe remains within the mother would place society on the path towards condoning infanticide,” he said. He added: “I find the current expansion of the right to terminate a pregnancy to cover a child in the process of being born morally, ethically and legally unacceptable.” The California court said the law was vague and so broad that no other remedy was possible except to throw it out. “We are reluctant to invalidate an entire statute,” Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote. “However, after considering all of the obstacles to our devising a narrower remedy, we conclude that such is our obligation.” The panel also rejected arguments made by the Justice Department that there was general agreement among doctors that such late-term abortions were never necessary to preserve the health of a woman. “The government all but admits in its reply brief that no medical consensus exists regarding the need for the prohibited procedures to preserve the health of women in certain circumstances,” the panel concluded. Justice Department attorneys also said the procedure is inhumane and causes pain to the fetus. A government lawyer argued it “blurs the line of abortion and infanticide.” The law, signed in 2003, banned a procedure known to doctors as intact dilation and extraction and called partial-birth abortion by abortion foes. The fetus is partially removed from the womb, and the skull is punctured or crushed. The procedure is generally performed in the second trimester. President George W. Bush signed the abortion ban in 2003, but it was not enforced because of legal challenges in several states. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Steven Gerrard looking to bring Liverpool starlet to Rangers

first_img However, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will have the final say on where Kent and Wilson will play in the 2018/19 campaign. 1 But The Sun claims that Ejaria is far enough down the pecking order to be released.The Glasgow-based club are keen to bring Ejaria up to speed for their crucial European qualifiers next month.And Gerrard, who officially started his new role on June 1, has been on the lookout for more names to bring in.The Liverpool legend was spotted in France watching the England Under-21s in action against Qatar on Friday at the Toulon Tournament.Ejaria was initially named the in the Young Lions squad for the trip but had to pull out before the first game through injury. New Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is reportedly looking to bring in Liverpool youngster Ovie Ejaria.Ejaria, 20, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Sunderland, looks set for a move north of the border as Gerrard hopes to use his ties with the club to sign more young players from Anfield including the likes of Ryan Kent and Harry Wilson. However, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will have the final say on where Kent and Wilson will play in the 2018/19 campaign. last_img read more

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele ‘wants to leave club for Marseille’

first_img Moussa Dembele has scored 51 goals in 94 appearances for Celtic Celtic star Moussa Dembele is keen to join Marseille, according to reports in France.The Ligue 1 club are desperate to sign a striker this week before their transfer window closes and are working hard to get a deal done. Earlier on in the summer they approached Chelsea about a deal for Olivier Giroud, but were rebuffed by the Blues.Dembele is now their top target and, according to RMC, he is keen to hold talks with Marseille.The 22-year-old has shone in Scotland since moving there in 2016 from Fulham and he bagged over 30 goals in his first season.Dembele is now reportedly keen on a return to his homeland France, where he came through the ranks of Paris Saint-Germain.center_img 1last_img read more


first_imgThe lads launch the Naomh Conaill 5KNaomh Conaill GAA Club has launched their annual 5k run/walk which will take place on Wednesday 13th of August at 7pm.Present at the launch were Naomh Conaill and Donegal players Leo Mc Loone, Anthony Thompson, Dermot Brick Molloy and Leon Thompson. The lads fully endorsed the event and encouraged all serious and fun runners/walkers to come out for a very enjoyable evening.This is the 3rd year for the event and this year the club are hoping for another great turnout and you may even get a chance to test yourself against some of the local GAA stars. The course is off the main road and relatively flat, suitable for all types of runners young and old while a bouncy castle will be on site to keep the younger children entertained. The 5k will start at the Naomh Conaill clubhouse at 7pm sharp.Registration is from 6pm.There is ample parking and full changing/shower facilities. Tea and refreshments will be served after the run/walk. Entry is €8 for adults and €3 for under 16. For more information contact 086 8656312.ALL ROADS LEAD TO GLENTIES FOR NAOMH CONAILL 5K was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5kNaomh Conailllast_img read more