17 01 20

first_imgDear Editor,In just about two weeks, Guyana becomes a dictatorship. The President and the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) are sinisterly eager to be a dictator President and an illegal Government. The passage of the No-confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, set Guyana on a path to new General and Regional Elections. The date of the elections had to be chosen by the President, as long as it was within 90 days from December 21. Beyond the 90 days, which means beyond March 21, the decision on a date belongs jointly to the President and the Leader of the Opposition. Having squandered the first option, the President now depends on the Leader of the Opposition for legitimacy, even though he has adopted a position of an emperor.Bharrat Jagdeo took an olive branch, a genuine offer for compromise, to the President this morning. He offered the full support of the People’s Progressive Party for Parliament, under Article 106(7) of the Constitution and with the required two-thirds majority, to extend the life of the Government for a reasonable period, beyond the deadline of March 21, 2019. All Bharrat Jagdeo, the Leader of the Opposition, wanted was for a good-faith agreement on a date for election. In keeping with the law and the Constitution and representing a large section of the Guyanese people, the Leader of the Opposition presented the President with a face-saving way forward, so that come March 21, 2019, Guyana would not have an illegal Government and a dictator President.The President, not surprisingly, was unwilling to discuss a date for election. The President abrogated his responsibility under the Constitution to be the person who must decide on the date for an election. The law provides for two possibilities for the election date. The first was established on December 21, 2018, when the passage of the No-confidence Motion started a timeline requiring election within 90 days. That meant the President had to choose a date before or on March 21, the 90th day from December 21, 2018. He and his Government deliberately ran the time down and now are faced with the daunting challenge of being an illegal Government. There is a second option, provided for by the Constitution. This second option is a reasonable date after March 21, if the Leader of the Opposition guarantees a two-thirds majority in Parliament for the extension of the timeline under Article 106(7) of the Constitution.While the President has absolute choice in the first option, that choice is absolute only for a date any time before or on March 21. It is now impossible for him to exercise this first option. We are now left only with the second option and, for that, he needs the acquiescence of the Leader of the Opposition. In refusing to exercise the first option, President Granger arbitrarily wants to delegate the second option to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) which has become another creature of APNU/AFC. But he conveniently ignores the law that states he cannot now act alone. The President gave up that option when he did not exercise his mandate to set the date before March 21. He needs the Leader of the Opposition to exercise the second option. The President cannot arbitrarily delegate the authority to GECOM. The law that now governs the choice of a date for election is one that must be made only by a compromise between the President and the Leader of the Opposition.The President, APNU/AFC and GECOM are involved in a wicked, reckless conspiracy to violate the Constitution and the laws of Guyana. GECOM clearly has transitioned from it being a creature of the constitution to being a creature of the President and APNU/AFC.There are too many people and organisations who are silent. The trade unions, the Guyana human rights organisation, etc, are adding complicity to the recklessness of the Government. This silence is permitting President Granger and APNU/AFC to formalise a dictatorship. The silence of the Caribbean Community and the ABC countries are troubling. They need to know that they are aiding and abetting a dictatorship in Guyana.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgLGE 2018President David Granger on Monday told residents of Anna Regina and neighbouring communities in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) that Local Government Elections (LGE) are not about winning or losing but about empowering citizens.The crowd of mainly schoolchildren at the meeting on MondayThe Head of State was at the time speaking at a community meeting held at the Anna Regina car park on the Essequibo Coast.As such, the President noted the need for competent persons to be elected to the municipality and for residents to move away from voting on the basis of party politics. He called on residents of the town to vote for people who are going to develop Anna Regina, thereby ensuring Region Two became the powerhouse it was destined to be.“When we are in government, we don’t say this is PPP (People’s Progressive Party) municipality or a PPP Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), we say this is a part of Guyana and we help Guyanese wherever they are,” the Head of State said.He made it clear that “this government is a government for the whole country” and so, no matter the outcome of the November 12, 2018 elections, “we will continue to help Anna Regina to be a better town”.The President distributing bicycles at Anna ReginaThe President pointed to improvements within the township and noted that Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson knew his responsibilities.Government, he stressed, has three tiers – local, regional and central – which have to work together to ensure that citizens benefit and enjoy the good life.But while this is ideal, President Granger pointed to the fact that Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt was absent from the community meeting. “Look around, you think the Regional Chairman for Region Two is here? He is not here. That is the problem in Guyana. The President is here, the neighbourhood is here, but the middle piece is not here. That is what we have to solve in this country. All three levels have to work together if we are to move this region forward,” he declared.Further, the Head of State said the time has come when residents must think of the future and look towards developing the Region.The President assured those gathered at the Anna Regina car park that his government and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) were prepared to work to improve the town.“I want people to get rich; I want people to open enterprises, to develop all parts of Guyana, but [I want]Anna Regina ,which has so many advantages, to take the lead, because you have the experience of being part hinterland, part coastland,” President Granger is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.He noted that over the years, Anna Regina has struggled because of poor leadership while assuring that better leadership was on the horizon.Moreover, President Granger said it was his vision that Anna Regina would have its own municipal aerodrome so that business persons from the Caribbean could land in Anna Regina, conduct their business in the morning and leave before nightfall.Meanwhile, Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson also spoke to the importance of LGE and local democracy.At the conclusion of the community meeting, President Granger presented some 20 bicycles to school-aged children of Anna Regina and neighbouring communities. The handing over of the bicycles is part of the Public Education Transport Service (PETS).Social Protection Minister Amna Ally was also present at the community meeting.last_img read more

11 01 20

first_imgSACRAMENTO – California would become the first U.S. state to require instant background checks on buyers of handgun ammunition under a Los Angeles-sponsored anti-gang bill that cleared its first key hurdle Tuesday. The Assembly Public Safety Committee approved AB 362 – dubbed the “end the Wild West” measure – sponsored by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sheriff Lee Baca and Police Chief William Bratton. Assemblyman Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, said his bill would make it more difficult to buy ammunition. “It’s time to put an end to this Wild West mentality,” he said. Violations would be a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to six months and a fine of up to $1,000. The bill now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com (916) 447 9302 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The bill is supported by several gun-control advocates and opposed by organizations including the California Rifle and Pistol Association, which says the measure harasses businesses and customers. Supporters acknowledge implementation of instant background checks would take time and be costly. Under the measure, all handgun-ammunition buyers would have to provide identification to sellers, who would pass the information to the state. The Justice Department would run background checks and notify local law enforcement agencies if a felon or underage person purchased bullets. The bill also would require ammunition vendors to be licensed with the Justice Department; and ammunition sellers and employees to undergo background checks. AB 362 also would ban all Internet purchases of handgun ammunition in California. last_img read more

11 01 20

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jury selection is set to begin today. If convicted, Webb could face more than 18 years in prison. Prosecutors declined to comment on details of the case. Webb, 46, has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of attempted voluntary manslaughter and assault with a firearm in the Jan. 29, 2006, shooting that was filmed by a bystander and aired by TV stations nationwide. Webb believed he was “doing what he needed to do,” San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos said when the charges were announced last year. “In our legal analysis, that was unreasonable,” Webb added. SAN BERNARDINO – The grainy amateur video seems to show a sheriff’s deputy shooting a U.S. airman three times as he struggles to obey an order to get up from the ground. But it’s what the video doesn’t show that could take center stage at the upcoming trial of former San Bernardino County sheriff’s Deputy Ivory J. Webb Jr. After shooting the airman, Webb told investigators he thought 21-year-old Elio Carrion was reaching for a weapon – something that’s not clear on the 40-second video clip. Authorities later determined Carrion was unarmed. Still, analysts say acquittals in previous high-profile police-brutality trials show that the deputy’s contention could prevail in the case. last_img read more

10 01 20

first_imgAnyone working or spending time outside are being reminded to dress warmly and in layers, preferably with a wind-resistant outer layer. Advertisement According to Environment Canada, a transition to colder conditions will begin Tuesday across northern and central British Columbia. – Advertisement -Blustery northerly winds will accompany the arrival of the Arctic air with windchill becoming a factor Tuesday night and Wednesday.  FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a special cold-weather statement for the B.C. Peace and the Pine Pass.center_img However, Environment Canada says the Arctic air over the interior will deepen and temperatures will continue to drop Thursday and Friday. It is expected that the cold air will persist through the end of the week with temperatures in the -15 to -25 range. last_img read more

3 01 20

first_imgThe government has responded by intensifying military crackdowns on Islamic militants hiding out in remote scrubland. Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni warned terrorists Friday that they have “one choice: turn themselves in or die.” In Saturday’s blast, explosives planted in a van ripped through barracks in the northern coastal town of Dellys, about 30 miles from the capital, Algiers. The bombing appeared timed to kill as many officers as possible, when they were grouped together to raise the flag. It was not immediately clear whether the bomber was killed in the blast or escaped. The 28 victims were all coast guard officials, hospital authorities said, speaking on condition of anonymity. About 20 others were injured. It was Algeria’s deadliest attack since April, when triple suicide bombings against the prime minister’s office and a police station killed 32. By Hassane Meftahi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALGIERS, Algeria – A car bombing killed 28 coast guard officers in Algeria on Saturday, just days after a blast ripped through a crowd waiting for the president. Both attacks, linked to al-Qaida, targeted symbols of the government as it tries to wipe out an Islamic insurgency. Although there was no claim of responsibility in either attack, al-Qaida’s North African affiliate has carried out a spate of recent bombings that have shattered the Algerian government’s efforts – successful until recently – to restore calm after a 15-year Islamist insurgency. Jean-Maurice Ripert, France’s ambassador to the U.N. and president of the Security Council, condemned the bombing in a statement in New York, calling it a “heinous terrorist attack.” A bombing Thursday killed at least 22 in a crowd of people in eastern Algeria who were waiting to see visiting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. There was widespread speculation that Bouteflika was the intended target in the Thursday attack, although officials have not commented on the likelihood. Algeria’s insurgency broke out in 1992 after the army canceled elections that a now-banned Islamic party was poised to win. Up to 200,000 people were killed in the ensuing violence.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

3 01 20

first_imgAnd the teams they will avoid based on rankings/seedings:The Spanish clubs (Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla)Bayer LeverkusenShakhtar DonetskAjax 3 The Champions League final qualifying round fixtures take place in a couple of weeks and a potentially intriguing showdown could lie in wait.Manchester United, by virtue of finishing fourth in last season’s Premier League, will enter a play-off in their bid to return to the main competition after a one-year hiatus.And, after agreeing to sell Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce this week, the Red Devils could well be drawn against the Turkish runners-up and prompt a rather enticing return for the Dutchman.Louis van Gaal’s men, courtesy of their UEFA coefficient, will avoid some of the stronger teams from Spain and Germany when the draw is made in Nyon on August 7.But progress to the group stages is far from a formality – just ask Arsenal fans. Last season, the Gunners scraped through with a 1-0 aggregate victory over Besiktas, and a team of similar calibre could harm United’s chances.Given United are 10th in the European club rankings, here are some of the possible teams they could face:CSKA MoscowLazioMonacoAnderlechtClub BruggeFenerbahcePanathinaikosYoung BoysRapid WienSparta Prague 3 Robin van Persie CSKA MoscowManchester City will know all about the Russian side after failing to beat them home or away in the group stages last season. Manuel Pellegrini’s side blew a two-goal lead in Russia in October before losing 2-1 at the Etihad a month later. CSKA might not be the force they were then, particularly after the departure of City’s scourge Seydou Doumbia to Roma in January, but an away trip to Moscow isn’t likely to be on Van Gaal’s wishlist. The likes of Alan Dzagoev, Ahmed Musa and former Red Devil Zoran Tosic are ones to keep an eye on.MonacoThe French side arguably over-performed in last season’s competition after succumbing to eventual runners-up Juventus in the quarter-finals. Their highly impressive two-leg victory over Arsenal in the previous round raised a few eyebrows, with much of their success based on a miserly defence. They may have lost Geoffrey Kondogbia and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco this summer, but their capture of AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy (below) is a statement of intent. FenerbahceIs an almost immediate return in the offing for Van Persie? The Dutchman has pledged to bring the Turkish league title back to Fenerbahce in the coming season after losing out to Galatasaray last time round, and their squad has plenty of experience to do so. Another former Red Devil, Nani, has also just joined the Istanbul-based club, while they also have ex-Premier League players Raul Meireles and Joseph Yobo in their ranks. The most daunting aspect of a possible showdown might well be the renowned hostile atmosphere in Turkey, though. So who are the teams the Red Devils would do well to avoid?LazioThe Italian giants joined their arch rivals Roma in the competition for the first time since 2007 after effectively beating Napoli 4-2 in a shootout for third in Serie A. They are dangerous too, with former United target Stefan de Vrij marshalling the defence and Felipe Anderson (below) catching the eye in attacking positions. If Brazilian Anderson decides to snub rumoured approaches from some of Europe’s heavyweights this summer, Lazio could really pose a threat over two legs. 3last_img read more

29 12 19

first_img1 Victor Valdes Jose Mourinho is apparently open to keeping Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes at the club next season.A decision on Valdes’ future at Old Trafford is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, with Mourinho due to hold talks with the former Barcelona goalkeeper.Valdes was involved in a public fallout with former United boss Louis van Gaal towards the end of the 2014/15 season and was forced to train with the club’s reserves.He then spent three months on loan at Standard Liege last season, but that spell was cut short a month early and he returned to Old Trafford in April.The 34-year-old’s contract expires this summer but, according to Sport, Mourinho is pondering whether to offer the experienced Spaniard a one-year extension.Valdes would remain as the club’s third-choice stopper behind David De Gea and Sergio Romero but Mourinho is likely to rotate his squad in the Europa League next season, which could lead to some game-time for the veteran.last_img read more

27 12 19

first_imgNO wonder these boys are smiling – they’ve just been crowned Ulster Champions.The Cranford Athletic Club’s U12 Boys landed the provincial cross-country title in Jordanstown today.Next stop is Waterford where the Donegal boys will represent their club, county and province in the All-Ireland finals!  SUPERB! CRANFORD AC U-12 BOYS CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF ULSTER was last modified: October 24th, 2015 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:Cranford ACCross CountrydonegalU12’sUlsterlast_img read more

26 12 19

first_img Rooney could be on his way to MLS judging by Silva’s comments New Everton boss Marco Silva refused to rule out the possibility of Wayne Rooney leaving to join MLS side DC United.The former Watford manager was speaking at his first press conference alongside new director of football Marcel Brands – appointed last month to replace Steve Walsh.And while both men admitted they are working on bringing big names to Goodison Park, neither did little to suggest England’s record goalscorer will be in their plans for next season.Brands said of Rooney: “There is a possibility he will leave.“He is talking with Washington, it is no secret. We will also talk with him.”Silva added: “He has already started his deal (talks). Rooney is a club legend and we need to understand everything.“The door is open every time for him.”Last season, the 32-year-old scored 10 Premier League goals after returning to his boyhood club from Manchester United. 2 2 Rooney scored on his second Premier League debut for the Toffees back in August 2017However, after seemingly falling out of favour under former boss Sam Allardyce, speculation he could leave the club yet again began to intensify.Despite potentially losing one of their star men, new Toffees boss Silva was quietly confident he and his new director could bring some new faces to the club.“I have big names, the list is not so big,” he said.“We will do everything we can to improve. I like to see competition between players every day.”last_img read more