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Honour CCJ rulings

first_imgDear Editor,The Government and the Opposition should immediately demonstrate good faith in honouring the judgment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that was ordered on Tuesday, June 18. Saying you respect the court’s ruling but defying the order is not showing good faith or honouring the rulings. Saying elections can’t be held before November or waiting on the advice of the GECOM Chair (to hold elections) is not showing good faith. The GECOM Chair is illegally appointed; his advice is null and void.The Constitution allows a No-Confidence Motion and elections within ninety days of its passage. It, therefore, means that GECOM must always be prepared to hold elections because the Government can fall anytime and elections held within the required ninety days. Other Caricom territories are permanently prepared for elections, and in those countries, a maximum six weeks notification is required to hold elections. Some countries require only three or four weeks notice to hold elections.Guyana’s Constitution requires ongoing registration of anyone over 14 and upon attaining 18 years of age their names are extracted and added to the voters’ list. So all eligible voters would have been on the list. Elections were held last November and the list was good. Some six months later, the list can’t be that defective (bad) not to hold elections. Any eligible voter whose name is not on the list can simply have it added to the registrar. This does not take eleven months (December to November). Additions and deletions can be done in eleven days. That still leaves 79 days to hold an election.The other ruling is to replace James Patterson as GECOM Chair. Any judge or individual worth his name would resign after a country’s final court rules that he unlawfully occupies the post. Patterson should do the honourable thing. The President should immediately ask the Opposition Leader for a list of six nominees and appoint one forthwith to be Chair of GECOM. It is the right thing to do and in so doing would honour the CCJ’s rulings. Failure to do so would defy the court.On a separate note, people in the diaspora are ridiculing Guyanese judges saying they don’t know how to read (can’t comprehend what they read) or calculate a simple majority. They suggest that all current and prospective judges receive basic math and English lessons that kindergartners receive – on what is a majority and on mastering what they read.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

“Linden will be a key gateway to Brazil”– Mayor Holland

first_imgBy Utamu Bellerecently-elected Mayor of Linden, Carwyn Holland believes that the town will be a key gateway to Brazil, as well as a hub for commerce, transport, hospitality and mining services.During an address to Lindeners at the launch of the annual Linden Town Week on Sunday, Holland disclosed his belief that the bauxite-rich town would be great again and reiterated his promise of developing it into a city.Referencing plans of the recently-elected Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC), the Mayor outlined several initiatives which are set to come on stream in the community.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland“We are working to realise a completed road from Brazil to Linden, and the bridge linking Region Seven, with our Region, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) to increase business traffic. We need to develop boardwalks on both banks of the river. We need to change the infrastructural face of our town. We need a municipal mall; a better garbage disposal system; upgrading of our educational system; advancement of art, culture, sports, entertainment and eco-tourism; jobs for our youths…Contracts for jobs in Linden should be of primary benefit to Lindeners,” the Mayor indicated.He said the soon-to-be-opened toll station at Kara Kara, Mackenzie, will bring enough revenue, as compensation for the wear and tear of heavy-duty trucks which traverse the Linden roadways. Holland added that the community was poised for increased job creation through public infrastructural projects. He stressed, however, that development of the town requires a cooperative effort, as he indicated that it was time for a shift in thinking by Lindeners. As such, he encouraged residents to broaden their way of thinking.Holland also called on Lindeners to collaborate in every sector, while stressing the need for a secure environment where businesses and investors can thrive. All this, he said, can be achieved with the help of Government, and investors buying in to the community’s development plans. The Diaspora, he stated, is needed now more than ever, for its international expertise. Additionally, the Linden Mayor made a call for entrepreneurs to arise and realise a business vision.“Be enterprising, it is the resolve of every Lindener. Your new Town Council is strong in advocating for small businesses and entrepreneurship. Whatever is your business dream, come and talk with us, we want to see small businesses thrive. Together we can foster a development agenda that will improve the way of life for all Lindeners and promote prosperity and prestige for our town,” he said.Holland said the realisation of that vision required best business practices and principles as well as the adaptation of green, environmentally friendly endeavours, adding that it was time for the community to embrace order and discipline.“It is time to experience true freedom. It is time to experience true democracy and it is time to experience true development. I am proud of Linden and all that we’ve endured, we are still standing.As a town, our development requires that we all play our part in bringing about our success…We need to be united, we need to have a progressive mindset…We must treat our town as the jewel of this nation that it is…”The Mayor further stated that Linden could and would return to being a better place where people from overseas would once again flock for products and services. He said he was committed to a new, enterprising, all-inclusive and corruption-free culture.”Linden will be the place to be. Linden will be the model of true development,” he stated.last_img read more

Workers Union Donates 50 Gallons to LBS

first_imgThe Workers Union of Liberia has donated 50 gallons of fuel to the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) as a way of helping to air Ebola awareness and prevention messages to the people of Liberia.Turning over of the 50 gallons at the LBS office in Paynesville, the president of the Union, C. Alfred Thomas, said the Workers Union in partnership with Liberia Labour Congress (LLC) was proud to make an initial contribution of 50 gallons to step up the Ebola awareness messages.He explained that the LLC, at the head of the Liberia Labour Movement, since September this year, declared a relentless fight against the Ebola disease in work places and communities.“We also work with the Movement for Labour Rights and Justice (MOLAJ), a labor-based nongovernmental organization that has been in the forefront raising funds and coordinating workers and trade union field activities on the fight against the Ebola virus disease. We have also carried out Ebola awareness education and prevention measures among workers.”He disclosed that the union has also taken Ebola awareness education to community members and the supplied 700 hand  washing buckets as well as detergents at work places to ensure that Ebola virus is kicked out of Liberia.“We have distributed these anti-Ebola materials to several counties, including Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Margibi,as part of the union’s efforts to support the fight against the disease,” Mr. Thomas explained.According to him, the backbone of the labour campaign against Ebola is the unity among the workers and their trade union as well as support received from international partners, particularly from USW, a humanitarian fund based in Canada, andbrothers and sisters from the United Workers in USA and Canada.In remarks from LBS, Tepenty Young, Deputy for Operations and Technical Services, expressed thanks and appreciation to the union for the kind gesture to the people of Liberia.According to him, it is only Liberians that can make the Liberia Broadcasting System to work and keep informing the public. He described  LBS as the Liberian people’s station.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Harmon accuses PPP of being too ‘choosy’

first_imgGovt-Opposition talks…says Govt always open to dialogueMinister of State, Joseph Harmon recently stated that the Administration has always been committed to dialogue with the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition, who he accused of “picking and choosing” when to engage Government. “President [David Granger] has always made it clear that we are interested in dialogue and that we believe, we believe that all of the resources of this country, Government, Opposition, Private Sector and all the stakeholders are necessary for us to move this country forward. So, dialogue is something which he openly wishes to be associated with and will take every step to ensure that we can continue to have dialogue in this country,” Harmon said.He was at the time responding to questions about President Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo coming to an agreement to engage on matters of national importance.However, the Minister of State went on to accuse the Opposition of being selective when participating in national discussions.“The Opposition has been very selective in the matters in which they wanted to deal with. In the appointment to Boards and Commissions, they have chosen the ones they will go to. At meetings, to which they were invited, they have chosen the ones to which they will come, and so it’s basically been sort of a picking and choosing by them,” Harmon pointed out.On Thursday last, it was revealed that the intervention of former United States President Jimmy Carter had resulted in the two Guyanese leaders agreeing to have a dialogue on national issues.Following a meeting with the Head of State, Jagdeo explained that the PPP was refusing to have such engagements with Government under the auspices of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, because the Party felt that he did not have the power to make commitments and decisions on behalf of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Administration.“[The impression out there is that] we are unwilling to engage, because we don’t like Nagamootoo… [But] that’s absolutely not true, it is not the individual, but his inability to make commitments that we cannot accept. I pointed out to President Carter that the AFC can’t even secure a meeting with APNU … to discuss the Cummingsburg Accord. Secondly, Nagamootoo has no substantive or serious portfolio … and that is the reason why (we refused to meet),” the Opposition Leader explained to media operatives on Thursday.However, Minister Harmon said that the PPP has always disrespected Prime Minister Nagamootoo, who is also the first Vice President.“Well, the Opposition, as you know, has always try to disrespect our Prime Minister. Our Prime Minister, of course, has actually treated that with dignity and aplomb in the way he executes the functions of his office, but they’ve actually said some very terrible things sometimes about our Prime Minister in the National Assembly,” the Minister of State outlined, while praising Nagamootoo for carrying out his responsibilities with efficiency.Nevertheless, Harmon noted that to avoid any further hindrances in engaging the PPP, President Granger has committed to personally leading future talks with the Opposition.During Thursday’s meeting, the Head of State proposed three topics – crime, environment and oil and gas – for the first set of talks with the Opposition. Jagdeo said he would be discussing these areas with his party’s Executive and would get back to the President.last_img read more

B.C. Golden Gloves Championship concludes tonight with 18 fights

first_imgOakley “Irish” Fitzsimmons holding his belt after defeating Emmett Embau in the ring. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Five Star’s Lincoln Pomeroy and Murray MacDonald fought an exhibition match which electrified the crowd.Murray MacDonald (Blue shorts) and Lincoln Pomeroy (Red shorts) squaring off in an exhibition bout. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Murray MacDonald had this to say about fighting against his friend and teammate.Advertisement The tournament concluded with an exhibition match between Five Star’s Nick Young and Inner City Boxing’s Jerome Leroyer. Five Star’s Nick Dragojevich won his bout in a heated affair against Fernando Asenio. Their fight was later name fight of the night.Nick Dragojevich (Blue shorts) ducking a punch from Fernando Asenio (Red shorts) in the fight of the night. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Oakley “Irish” Fitzsimmons won best junior boxer back to back nights, Austin Douglas was awarded best youth boxer, and best novice was given to Zack Saleem.Tonight’s Golden Boy trophy was given to Travis Lesschaeves. The Golden Boy is given to the most outstanding elite boxer in the tournament.Travis Lesschaeves being given the 2018 Golden Boy Trophy. Photo by John Luke KieperAdvertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Golden Gloves Championship resumed action tonight at the Pomeroy Hotel.The Younger boxers started tonight’s matches with the first bout at 6:30 p.m.The first match was between Five Star’s Cruz Gordon, and Red Deer boxing’s Marko Cavic.There was a total of 18 fights tonight, three less than last night. Five star had eight boxers fighting, last night they had 12. According to Five Star Boxing coach Justin Donally the team won 65-70% of their bouts last night.- Advertisement -Damya Bow who won the first trophy of the night last night won her bout in less then one round.Damya Bow Flexing to the camera after delivering a technical knockout on Gabby Sanderson. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Oakley “Irish” Fitzsimmons who was the winner of the best young novice boxer last night won a belt in tonight match.Advertisement “It’s all love in there, Lincoln is a good buddy, I’ve been training with him for a few year now, it was wicked. The kid is a monster, six foot seven at 16 years old and it’s weird for me fighting someone taller let alone somebody way younger.”Five Star’s Brayden Simms who won the Best Youth Boxer award last night also had a bout today. He went three rounds with Phillip Matombo of Cougar Boxing.Brayden Simms and Phillip Matombo after a heated exhibition fight. Photo by John Luke Kieper.The first and only knockout of the weekend was accomplished by Zack Saleem of Cougar boxing after her landed a viscous blow to the head of David Palmer of Undisputed Boxing.Zack Saleem couldn’t hold in his excitement after he knocked out his opponent. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Advertisementlast_img read more

Friday night fights

first_imgThe Taft High of Woodland Hills gym usually is a place where some of the most competitive basketball in the Valley takes place. But Friday night there no was no sign of the hardwood. “This is for my brother – he’s in jail,” said Taft’s Luis Ramirez, who wants to make his older sibling proud. “This a challenge, and it takes a lot of guts.” Each fighter entered the ring accompanied by music from a disc jockey, who had a large turntable set up at the south end of the gym. The boxers hoped to gain a sense of individual achievement, whether it came in a win, loss or draw. Crespi’s E.J. Woods, who is a top-100 football prospect for the class of 2008, according to, is using boxing to help his footwork for his safety position. “This is not going to be career; I’m a football player,” Woods said. “But this a great experience, and I’m definitely getting something out of it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pierce, the dean of students, first thought about starting a boxing club in September. He approached principal Sharon Thomas about the idea. “I knew she respected me, and she has an open mind,” Pierce said. “I knew she would hear me out.” Most principals would probably dread the idea of having a boxing club, but Thomas was different. “Some of these kids are at-risk students, and this gives them motivation,” Thomas said. “They have to maintain a C-average to stay on the team, and I love how (Pierce) makes them wear a suit on the day they have a fight.” The Toreadors and Celts slugged it out in the middle of the ring, each with different reasons for slipping on the gloves and lacing up the boots. center_img A large squared-circle with a red apron, blue side skirts and red, white and blue ropes lay at center court, surrounded by a crowd of 500-plus spectators. Boxers from club teams at Taft and Crespi of Encino gathered for their first event – the brain child of Taft administrator Mark Pierce. last_img read more

Mary Brown’s Chicken fire under investigation

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A fire that broke out at Mary Brown’s Chicken in the Totem Mall area over the weekend is under investigation.On Sunday morning at about 3:20 am, firefighters responded to a call of alarms ringing. Units responded to the call and saw a small haze and smoke in the area and then arrived at Mary Brown’s Chicken.Firefighters made entry and found sprinklers had contained the fire. Firefighters were able to contain the rest of the fire without problems.- Advertisement -Fred Burrows with the fire department says the cause of the fire is still under investigation and no other details will be released at this time.last_img read more

Donegal couple who claimed €280K was a gift ordered to pay back money immediately

first_imgThe High Court has ordered a Donegal couple, who received almost €300,000 from their friend and claimed that the money was a gift, to repay the money immediately, with interest.Earlier this month, the court ruled that €280,000 given by 59-year-old Della Kerrigan to her friends John and Jacqueline Keenaghan in 2010 was a loan not a gift. The money was part of a sum of €750,000 given to Ms Kerrigan, from Ballyshannon, as compensation for injuries she suffered in a road accident in which her father died.RTE reports that the court heard the Keenaghans paid off all their debts, financed their children’s education, retrained as counsellors and psychotherapists, and opened a new business.They claimed the money was a gift given to them “out of the blue” when they were in financial difficulties.Ms Kerrigan, meanwhile, is now in very poor financial circumstances and is living on payments from the Department of Social Protection.Today, she said she was “glad it was all over” but was “deeply disappointed” that her friends had betrayed her.Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy said the Keenaghans had chosen to deny their debt, instead of acknowledging it, and this was an enormous breach of trust.This morning, she ruled the Keenaghans must pay interest on the money, at a rate of 8% set under legislation, beginning from 2014, when Ms Kerrigan originally asked Mrs Keenaghan to begin repaying the money.For full story see couple who claimed €280K was a gift ordered to pay back money immediately was last modified: January 30th, 2019 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:BallyshannondonegalHIGH COURTlast_img read more


first_imgGardai are investigating a vicious knife attack during which a young man was stabbed in the head, arm and back.The frenzied attack happened outside a nightclub in Gaoth Dobhair in the early hours of Sunday morning.The 21 year old victim received 14 stitches after he was rushed to hospital. It is understood the knife wounds missed a number of the man’s major arteries by inches.The man has since been released and is his condition is understood to be stable.A Garda source said a full investigation has been launched into the brutal attack.“This was a very serious attack and a full investigation is underway. “This man was lucky that he only escaped with 14 stitches – it could have been much worse.“The fact that someone brought a knife on their person and used it in this manner is very worrying,” he said. MAN HAS LUCKY ESCAPE AFTER FRENZIED KNIFE ATTACK was last modified: February 14th, 2012 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:Gaoth DobhairGardaiknife attackstitcheslast_img read more

Messi reaches another millstone as Dortmund return to winning ways: What you may have missed

first_img Tags: topWhat you may have missed over the weekend Messi has now scored 50 career hat tricks (Photos by Agencies)Lionel Messi scored his 50th career hat trick as Barcelona twice came from behind to defeat a spirited Sevilla side 4-2 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.Messi twice canceled out Jesus Navas and Gabriel Marchado before sealing his treble on 85 minutes. Luis Suarez added a fourth in injury time to ensure Barca remain 7 points clear at the top of the La Liga standings. For Sevilla, they now drop into 5th.For second placed Atletico Madrid, they were 2-0 winners over Villareal on Sunday afternoon. Diego Simone’s men who were in control from start to finish took the lead through Alvaro Morata at the half hour mark before Saul Niguez sealed victory with a second goal with two minutes of the 90 to play.The win takes Atletico to 50 points for the season, seven behind Barcelona.In Levante, the home side lost 2-1 against a below per Real Madrid side. Real opened the scoring on 43 minutes via a Karim Benzema penalty but Levante equalized on the hour mark off Roger Marti’s strike. Substitute Gareth Bale won the game for the visitors, converting from the spot with 13 minutes to play.Real are still 9 points behind leaders Barca and only trail Atletico by two.Elsewhere, Getafe moved into 4th on the table thanks to a 2-1 win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.  Jamie Mata and Jorge Molina scored the two goals for Getafe, either side of Raul de Tomas equalizer.In the other games, only Real Betis and Bilbao won on the past weekend. Betis defeated Valladolid 2-0 away from home while Bilbao took care of Eiber 1-0.In Italy, Juventus continued their march towards another Serie A title, with a hard-fought 1-0 win away to Bologna.After a frustrating first half, the Biancconeri scored the all-important goal through Paulo Dybala on 67 minutes.Dybala was on target away to BolognaThe victory means Juventus remain 13 points ahead of second placed Napoli who also won on game week 25.In their game away to Parma, Napoli were 4-0 winners. In the game, Arkadiusz Milik helped himself to his 13th and 14th goals of the season with Adam Ounas and Piotr Zielinski scoring the other two goals.Napoli have now won 17 of their 25 game and move to 56 points for the season.For third placed Inter Milan, they conceded a late Jordan Veratout penalty to draw 3-3 away to Fiorentina. Stefan De Vrij opened the scoring via an own goal to put the home side ahead but Matia Vecino and Mateo Politano scored in the first half to ensure Inter lead 2-1 by halftime. In the second, Inter scored again through Ivan Perisic’s penalty to go 3-1 up but conceded two late goal as Luis Murial and Veratout struck to hand the home side a point.Inter now move to 46 points from 24 games and are now only a point above Milan who saw Krzysztof Pitek, Frank kessie and Samu Castallejo all score in the 3-0 win away to Emploi on Friday.Elsewhere, Edin Dzeko scored twice including a winner in injury time as Roma scrapped past Frosinone away from home. Lorenzo Pellegrini scored the other goal for the Romans while Camillo Ciano and Andrea Pinamonti struck for the home side.Sampdoria and Torino were the only other teams that won their fixtures over the weekend. Fabio Quagliarella scored the only goal as Samp defeated Cgaliari 1-0 while Armando Izzo and Iago Falque were on target in Torino’s 2-0 home win against Atalanta on Saturday.In the French Ligue One, Kylian Mbappe continued his fine scoring form, finding the back of the net twice as runaway leaders PSG defeated Nimes 3-0 on Saturday. Christoph Nkuku scored the other goal for Tomas Tuchel’s men who now move 17 points clear at the top of the log, with a game in hand.Mbappe struck twice against Nimes on SaturdayOn the same game week, second placed Lille were held to a 1-1 draw away to stubborn Strasbourg. Lille took the lead on 43 minutes through Jonathan Ikone but were pegged back by Anthony Goncalves’s strike 22 minutes to time.Third placed Lyon lost 2-0 away to resurgent Monaco to move 5 points behind Lille. Both goals came in the first half with Gelson Martins scoring the opener inside 16 minutes and Ronny Lopez scoring the second 11 minutes later. Monaco now moves into 16th with 25 points, 5 away from the drop zone.Elsewhere, 10 man Marseille dropped into 10th, following a 1-1 draw away to Rennes. Benjamin Andre put Rennes ahead inside 9 minutes but his Valarie Germain pulled the visitors level 11 minutes into the second half. Marseille would later on see Jordan Amavi sent off on 90 minutes. After a while in the top 4, Rudi Garcia’s men now relinquish their spot to St. Etienne who overcame Dijon 1-0 on Friday.Elsewhere, Reims, Nantes, Guingamp and Amiens where also winners this past weekend. Reims were 4-2 winners away to Montpellier, Guingamp defeated Angers 1-0, Nantes overcame Bourduex 1-0 while Amiens ran out 1-0 victors at home to Nice.In Germany, Borrusia Dortmund returned to winning ways on Sunday with a hard fought 3-2 victory at home to Bayer Leverkusen. Axel Dan Zagadou scored as early as the 3oth minute to put the hosts ahead but Kavin Volland equalized for Leverkusen 7 minutes later. Jordan Sanho made it 2-1 on 38 minutes before Mario Gotze put day light between the two sides with Dortmund’s 3rd on the hour mark. Leverkusen were not done as yet with Jonathan Tah pulling one back on 75 minutes but Dortmund held on to record a first victory in four games.The win see Lucien Favre’s side maintain their 3 point lead at the top of the standings with 54 points from 23 games.Dortmund are still three points clear at the top of the BundesligaFor second placed Bayern, they were 1-0 winners at home to 10 man Hertha Berlin with Javier Martinez scoring the lone goal on 62 minutes. Berlin had karim Kekic given his marching orders with only 6 minutes to play.As the race for European football heats up, Wolfsburg and Frankfurt all took care of business this past weekend. Wolfsburg humiliated third placed Gladbach 3-0 at the Borrusia Park while Frankfurt overcame Hannover with the same scor-line.Elsewhere, there were also victories for Mainz, Dusseldorf and Freiburg. Mainz were 3-0 winners over Schalkh 04, Dusseldorf overcame Nuremburg 2-1 while Freiburg walloped Augsburg 5-1.Comments last_img read more