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We (Guyanese) and GECOM must move forward from the base of the valid NCM

first_imgDear Editor,Since the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) of December 21, 2018, there should have been early elections in our country, 15-18 months earlier than otherwise.Following the no-confidence vote, I and all of us Guyanese would have been relieved and heartened by the press conference quickly called in Parliament by our Prime Minister, Hon Moses Nagamootoo, accepting the validity of the NCM and the requirement to hold elections within 90 days as laid out in our Constitution. He likened that surprising, historical event in our political development to the varying fortunes of teams in the game of cricket. The next morning a statement came out from our President, His Excellency, David A Granger endorsing the position of his Prime Minister.It has not been cricket since then; our President, our Prime Minister and our coalition Government have been backtracking since then. Today, nearly 8 months later, we still have no definite date for the early elections. Indeed, some seem to be smirking that elections may be even later than they would have otherwise been. Our President, our Prime Minister and our coalition Government may pride themselves in having so far thwarted the NCM. Have they not given any thought to the cost to our society of their erosion of trust and social cohesion?Yes, we PPP and PPP/C have been put to the test, once again, of keeping the faith in Guyana – enduring and paying the price to keep Guyana whole. We recognise some reward – we see that more and more of our fellow citizens have been reconsidering the stories that they have imbibed about us, the PPP and the PPP/C, in the face of the great and obvious tomfoolery by many members of our coalition Government and their supporters in their interpretations of our Constitution and the various rulings of our courts. Also, there have been major, if plodding, successes in the rulings of our courts. In particular, our final court, the CCJ, in its rulings on June 18, 2019, and its consequential orders on July 12, 2019, held that 1) the NCM was validly passed and the relevant Articles in our Constitution should be complied with and 2) the procedure by which our President first appointed the GECOM Chairman was flawed. That Chairman, after some hesitation, has since resigned. Our President has subsequently, recently, appointed a new Chairman of GECOM in a process satisfying the letter and spirit of the relevant Articles in our Constitution. A reasonable interpretation of the hearings at the CCJ is that GECOM should always hold itself ready to hold an election within 90 days. Our President is still to demand this of GECOM and put us on the road to early elections.We recall that along the way, the pleadings made by our Attorney General against Mr Charrandas Persaud’s presence and vote in the Parliament because of his dual citizenship turned around and bit them. After some delay, following our Chief Justice’s ruling in January 2019 we saw the coalition Government appearing to accede to, then backtrack, and eventually, their four dual citizen Ministers resigned. I will not dwell here on whether those Ministers may not now be even more entrenched in certain ways than before – we citizens should observe and our coalition Government should know that they cannot evade their due deserts for too long.Our anxious focus now is understandably on GECOM, including a number of decisions taken (or purported to have been taken) by the earlier, improperly appointed Chairman. We regret the pressure placed on the new Chairman from our anxiety and expectations of her being guided by the CCJ rulings of June 18, 2019, and the recent Acting Chief Justice’s rulings on August 14, 2019.The Acting Chief Justice, Justice Roxane George’s August 14, 2019, ruling was very clear. Among other comments that formed part of her ruling, she said:“The NCM (No-Confidence Motion) is an extraordinary circumstance that GECOM must bear in mind in its decision-making as it conducts the House-to-House Registration and for that matter any verification process that has as the objective, the compilation or revision of the list of electors for the required upcoming elections.“…as such, since GECOM is seeking to register electors, GECOM may have to consider other options including what other methods of verification of the list may have to be utilised whether in conjunction with or separately with the House-to-House exercise.“…GECOM is an independent body, that is not subject to the control or direction of any person or authority and while it is incumbent on GECOM to produce a credible list and a credible election, it is subject to the Constitution and the laws and cannot act as though it is a normal registration or election cycle.”Justice Roxane George’s ruling validated our PPP position that the House-to-House Registration, hurriedly and questionably embarked upon, could not be used to deregister persons and should, therefore, be judged as a waste of time and money. Our fears are that the H2H Registration as represented by GECOM was intended to create opportunities for manipulating our NRR, deregistering eligible voters, introducing “phantom” voters and ultimately, for delaying the elections.Editor, all eyes are now on the new Chairperson of GECOM, Justice Claudette Singh, and what will be the Commission’s decision on the way forward – a decision that will hopefully come after the next meeting of the full Commission.The position of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has been publicly expounded on repeatedly. There should be a move towards a Claims and Objections exercise as a means of updating and refreshing the last valid List of Voters to facilitate the holding of elections in the shortest possible time – bearing in mind that General and Regional Elections ought to have been held since March 21, 2019.I wish to reiterate that all eyes are on GECOM. As an independent, constitutional agency, much is expected from the Commission.We of the PPP and PPP/C will persevere in keeping our faith that the overwhelming majority of us Guyanese want to be fair, want to put Guyana first, and want to see Guyana being put first. We will persevere and we believe we will be rewarded in more and more of our fellow citizens accepting that we have been good and will be good for all Guyanese and Guyana.Yours sincerely,Samuel A A HindsFormer Prime Minister and former Presidentlast_img read more

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Prison wardens detained for “ganja” smelling bag

first_img…arrested after bag thrown over prison fenceTwo prison wardens have been detained and are now being investigated after a bag was thrown over a fence of the holding bay at the Lugisnan Prison on Tuesday morning.According to the Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, the bag was thrown over the fence at about 04:05h.He noted that when checks were made, only two prison wardens were found in the area. However, a third officer was arrested after initial investigations revealed the bag belonged to him. Samuels noted that it is believed that the bag continued marijuana since the scent of the illegal substance was high.The three prison officers have since been placed in Police custody as an internal investigation is set to commence.Samuels stated that based on the findings, the necessary letter(s) of interdiction will be issued.He reinforced that the fight against trafficking of contraband must be collective, adding, “We will continue to work to correct the very sad situation that has contributed to damaging the image of the organisation.”last_img read more

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Scanner speeds up hunt for stolen vehicles

first_imgWHITTIER – Stealing vehicles in Whittier just got tougher. Whittier Police Department officials Thursday introduced the Automated License Plate Recognition, which is mounted into one of the department’s patrol cars. The setup includes four car-mounted cameras, which automatically take photos of any license plates within range. The system can then check the plates against a state database of stolen vehicles. The $26,856 British-made system uses satellite tracking technology that can remember where and when an automobile was seen, officials said. When the system finds a stolen vehicle, a computer voice alerts the officer with a message. At the same time, a photo of the vehicle pops onto the dashboard computer. “This can be one of our biggest tools to identify stolen vehicles, which are a gateway to other crimes,” said Lt. Aviv Bar. “Most thieves use it to commit other crimes. Stolen vehicles often lead us to other arrests because we’ll find guns or drugs in the cars.” Normally, an officer is able to run between 10 and 20 license plates during a typical shift, using the old system. But with the new system, up to 7,000 plates can be automatically scanned through the database, Bar said. “It’s like having a silent partner,” said Sgt. Kent Miller, who was able to pay attention to driving while the computer was busy scanning the plates of moving or parked vehicles he drove past. “We don’t have the staff to dedicate one officer to just run plates for stolen vehicles, so this way we can respond to calls while the computer looks for them.” Every morning an updated list of stolen vehicles from the California Department of Justice is loaded into the system’s computer for comparison with the scanned license plates from that day. If all this photo-scanning seems a bit Big Brotherish, Miller assured people worried about privacy rights that the system’s cameras do not “scan the inside of cars.” A handful of other departments in Los Angeles County now have the recognition cameras, including the Los Angeles Police Department, which has used the system for about two years, Bar said. The Whittier department was able to secure full funding for the equipment through two grants from the U.S. Department of Justice. “We’re proud to have such cutting-edge, crime-fighting technology in our city,” Miller said. “We hope this will make thieves think twice about stealing cars in Whittier.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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

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Gas prices predicted to be on par with last summer’s

first_imgAt the same time, the price for natural gas is expected to increase from last summer’s low gas prices, thanks to average storage inventories at the start of the season in April and slower growth in production. It’s forecast that the average price will be between $3.25 and $3.75 per gigajoule at the Intra-Alberta hub and between $4.00 and $4.50 U.S. per million BTUs at Henry Hub in the States.- Advertisement –last_img

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Ajax end interest in Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney

first_img Tom Cairney in action Ajax have ended their pursuit of Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney.talkSPORT told you last week about the Dutch champions’ interest after they scouted the 25-year-old earlier this season.Cairney has been one of Fulham’s star performers this term and has caught they eye with some impressive displays.However, according to reports in Holland, Ajax’s interest in the former Hull City man has cooled.The Dutch club were told by Fulham that they had no plans to sell and as a result they have ended their pursuit. 1last_img

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DOHERTY SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER LOW TAXES FOR MEGA-RICH AMERICAN COMPANIES

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD said the Irish Government ostrich mentality was responsible for Ireland’s tax reputation being damaged. Deputy Doherty was responding to comments from US President Barack Obama concerning Ireland being a low tax jurisdiction in use by US companies trying to avoid. “It’s two years now since an investigation in the US heard sworn testimony from the heads of Apple that Ireland had allowed the company a special tax rate ensuring an incredibly low effective tax rate. But talk of Ireland being a channel for aggressive tax planners has been rumbling on for a while,” said the Donegal TD. “The response of the Irish Government, and of Fianna Fáil and establishment agencies has been to deny, deny, deny. They seem to see this as some sort of perverse patriotism, when in fact in it this ostrich approach that has left Ireland exposed and potentially under threat of job losses. Multinational companies have made an invaluable contribution to the Irish economy and it is vital that we keep their revenue and the jobs created – but also, that we are aware if any event or sequence of events has the potential to threaten investment in Ireland and that we cancel the threat, or plan for it. That’s good governance.“Already, at Sinn Féin’s request, an Oireachtas sub-committee was established to examine Ireland’s role in international tax laws. However the refusal of other party representatives on the committee to invite in business leaders for questioning severely undermined the committee’s ability to function.“Last year I also presented the Government with legislation to ensure Irish incorporated companies, non resident anywhere in the world, would be considered resident in Ireland for tax purposes. The Irish Government refused to accept the legislation, claiming there was no problem, but months later introduced a watered down clause in Finance Bill 2013. After intense pressure for our party and other responsible agencies, the Government is now looking at other measures to ensure Ireland is not seen as a tax haven – we can only hope it’s not too late.“Ireland should continue to offer a competitive, efficient and fair tax system to international business. We should be conscious of our global responsibilities and ensure that no company is able to use Ireland in a scheme that contributes to damaging the tax generating abilities of developing nations. “In addition, we believe strongly that the tax levied on MNCs should be no more and no less fair than the tax levied on indigenous companies, who generally pay the headline rate of corporation tax and cannot use international tax planning to reduce, proportionately, their tax bills. Sinn Féin will continue to work to that end.” DOHERTY SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER LOW TAXES FOR MEGA-RICH AMERICAN COMPANIES was last modified: July 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:american companiesDeputy Pearse DohertyloopholePresident Obamataxlast_img read more

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School district backs off bond

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“I just felt we could possibly do this this year and not wait any longer. But that needs to be a decision we make among all of us.” At Wednesday’s meeting, the board is expected to rescind a 3-2 vote taken in February to authorize a subcommittee to interview bond consultants, a necessary step toward putting a bond measure on the June ballot. Because the board authorized that action, Payan said, it now needs to be officially rescinded. A June bond measure is now out of the question, he added. Trustees Art Escobedo and Nicholas Aquino had voted against forming the subcommittee, saying there were other priorities the school board needed to address before launching into a bond campaign. Also in opposition was the Los Nietos Teachers Association, which picketed against the bond proposal in March. “Our thing was that board members weren’t really going about the \ process correctly. It’s almost like they were just trying to sneak it in the back door,” said William Chavez, co-president of the Los Nietos Teachers Association. “But if their intention now is to go through the process correctly and seek community input and get everybody’s buy-in, that would be the best way for them to see if it’s worthwhile to go through,” Chavez added. Payan said it’s unclear whether the board will push to get a bond on the November ballot. “There’s a lot of possibilities,” Payan said. “We’ll have to see what else we’re going to do.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST WHITTIER – Los Nietos School District board members have backed off their plans to to place a multimillion-dollar facilities bond measure on the June ballot. The move was partially due to widespread opposition from teachers and residents. Board President Oscar Payan, who supported the bond with fellow trustees Diana Villalba and Grisel Vasquez, said the five-member panel needs more time to gather information and “look things over.” “I’m the \ board member, and we’ve been talking about a bond since 2002,” Payan said Monday. last_img read more

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GAA news: Glenswilly issue appeal to fans ahead of final clash with Kilcar

first_imgGlenswilly GAA notesAll roads lead to MacCumhaill Park…….Congratulations to the management and players of the senior team on their game against Malin and reaching another final. The lads dug deep against a determined Malin side at O’Donnell Park on Sunday last to come away 0-9 to 0-7 winners.The Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure Senior A Championship Final between Glenswilly and Kilcar will take place on Sunday 16th Oct in MacCumhaill Park Ballybofey. There is no throw-in time yet available. Get your flags out and get behind our boys.This weekend Saturday 8th OctGlenswilly Reserves v Termon at 3.30pm and Glenswilly Seniors v Termon at 5.00pm. Both games to be played in Glenswilly. This is the battle for survival in the Division 1 League so get out and support the lads. The Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure Senior C Championship (Rescheduled)Sean MacCumhaills V Glenswilly Thirds on 15th Oct at 12.00 no venue yet decided.Well done ladiesA huge congratulations to the Ladies team in winning the League title. The players and management have had a huge year and this was the icing on the girls for everyone involved.The Ladies Board AGM will take place on 23rd Oct at 6pm in the clubhouse.Minor championship help On Sunday next, October 9th, the club is hosting the Division Two Minor Championship final between St Nauls and Cloughaneely which has a throw-in time of 1pm. The club would appreciate any help form club members as a large crowd is expected on the day. Please contact chairman Peter McConnell for details.JivingJiving continues on Friday nights in the clubhouse and all are welcome – those who are light on their feet or who have two left feet!Season tickets and club cards Please see below details of 2017 Season Tickets & Club + Cards as Sales & Renewals will commence on Monday 10th October.Adult Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €99All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified & you have at least 60% attendance at games.U16 Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €20All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified & you have at least 60% attendance at games.Adult Club + Card Benefits for MembersCosts only €200All Adult Club Games within the control of Donegal GAA (Not eligible for games at U18 Grade & Lower)All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified No Attendance Record Required.Lotto resultThe winner of last week’s club lotto was David Ward of Killymasney who matched three numbers. The winning numbers were 4,5,18 and 20. Lotto tickets are available in all local outlets. Please support your club by doing the lotto each week.GAA news: Glenswilly issue appeal to fans ahead of final clash with Kilcar was last modified: October 4th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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DONEGAL TD’S ANGER AS CENTRAL BANK BOSS ADMITS: ‘I DIDN’T LISTEN TO ALL ANGLO TAPES’

first_imgSinn Féin Donegal TD Pearse Doherty has said Governor Patrick Honohan’s admission today that the Central Bank has not listened to the rest of the recordings from Anglo is “incredible”.Governor Honohan admitted this fact under questioning from Deputy Doherty in today’s Finance Committee. Deputy Doherty told Donegal Daily afterwards: “This admission from the Governor that the Central Bank has access to but hasn’t listened to hours more of Anglo recordings is incredible. “I was shocked to hear Governor Honohan say that the Central Bank has no intention to listen to the rest of the recordings or read any transcripts.“This week, the Central Bank caused a great deal of public anger by saying it would not forward any further information to the authorities based on the Anglo Tapes. I welcome Professor Honohan’s commitment day to review this decision.“Today, even more incredibly, it has emerged that the Central Bank has not even bothered listening to the rest of the recordings. How can Governor Honohan say he doesn’t believe there is an further evidence in the Anglo tapes one day and then admit the next day he hasn’t listened to the rest of the tapes?“There is a huge public interest in getting to the truth about what happened in Anglo. For the Central Bank to say now that it sees no point in listening to more of these tapes is incredible. The Central Bank is uniquely placed to judge whether any regulatory breaches exist in the tapes. They must do their job and listen to the tapes and pass on any comments or reports to the Gardaí and Director of Corporate Enforcement.”  DONEGAL TD’S ANGER AS CENTRAL BANK BOSS ADMITS: ‘I DIDN’T LISTEN TO ALL ANGLO TAPES’ was last modified: September 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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:anglo tapesCentral BankPearse Dohertylast_img read more

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Climate change observatory for SA

first_img13 December 2011A unique climate change observatory, the first of its kind in the world, focusing on bringing scientific information from around the globe to the public, is to be built in Cape Town by the International Polar Foundation.The announcement, first reported by the SABC on Friday, was made last week at a function attended by Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, who were in Durban for the UN climate change summit (COP 17).Prince Albert is a patron of the Belgium-based International Polar Foundation (IPF), a non-profit organisation established in 2002 with the aim of “providing a novel interface between science and society”. The IPF’s last major project, completed in 2009, was the construction of a new research station – the world’s first zero-emission research station – in Antarctica.Interface between science and societyIts next major project is the Polaris Climate Change Observatory, which will be built in the heart of Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront, on a jetty that will be specially developed, the IPF says on its website, “to offer visitors of all ages a striking experience as a path to sustainability.“Featuring permanent and temporary exhibitions, outreach and education activities, spectacular ways of presenting climate facts and figures, highlighting new science and innovations, the Polaris Climate Change Observatory will confirm Cape Town and South Africa as world landmarks for climate action.”According to the IPF, Cape Town is the perfect location for this “new breed of science centre”, and not only because of the city’s geographical location as a gateway to the Southern Pole.Scheduled to open in 2014, the first Polaris Climate Change Observatory will bring together “the ingenuity of one of Africa’s premier cities with a revolutionary concept which will change the way visitors understand the world, the changing climate and ways in which humanity can take responsibility and make decisions for the future”.South Africa ‘open to addressing issues’Interviewed by the SABC last week, IPF vice-president Nighat Amin said that in South Africa there was both a “real need” and a “deep willingness to address the problems which are apparent everywhere”.Whereas there were too many vested interests at work in other countries, Amin said, when the IPF approached South Africa and Cape Town with the idea of the observatory, “we encountered so many people who were willing to talk to us and support the project that it just took off”.The Polaris observatory, says the IPF, “will be like no other place in the world today, by taking the visitor through the origins of the Earth right up to present day in a bid to put climate change into perspective.“There has been so much said and done on climate change. The multiplicity of science interactions and conflicting stories have muddied the waters of public understanding on what is happening to the Earth and climate today, and the near future perspectives.“The Polaris will demystify the climate change debate and give visitors the broad vision and understanding they need to make decisions about their own future.”At the same time, the observatory will also serve as a reference centre for “all stakeholders … to exchange knowledge and share initiatives related to mitigation and adaptation to global warming.”Giant floating tabular icebergThe spectacular, 3 000 square metre observatory building – resembling a giant tabular iceberg floating on a large pool of water – will feature a permanent exhibition using two powerful symbols to represent climate change.The first will be an Earth globe acting as the focal point around which visitors will revolve during their visit, and serving as a 3D screen for visualizing key concepts.The second will be a “giant ice core, through the heart of which will run a transparent spiral staircase … Ice cores are the repositories of Earth’s climatic history, going back up to 800 000 years,” the IPF says. “While descending the staircase, visitors will be presented with a summary of the various climatic periods.”The permament exhibition will be divided in eight “forums” through which visitors will “get to know Earth’s climate system, and their personal relation to climate.”Complementing the permanent exhibition, the observatory will also feature a full educational programme for schools, “with dedicated workshops and temporary exhibitions spaces for various science, technology or sociology related solutions towards a low-carbon society”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more