Dear Editor,Was Joseph Harmon, the Director General of the Office of the Presidency giving GECOM a directive when he said that, “The dissolution of the National Assembly (Parliament) will be determined in principle measure by the need for GECOM to get additional resources which it said it wants”? This is also compounded by the fact that he also was adamant that, “I cannot say to you now that there has been a firm decision on the dissolution, the date when that is to take place”. If no dissolution, then what?If elections are to be held on March 2019 then Parliament has to be dissolved 3 months before and that dissolution should have to be on December 2, 2019. This is accordance with Article 61 which states that “An election of members of the National Assembly under Article 60 (2) shall be held on such day within 3 months after every dissolution of Parliament as the President shall appoint by proclamation.The President, as we have seen, has made a proclamation with regards to the date for elections but has yet to dissolve Parliament. This process should have been the other way around – the dissolution and then the date for elections. Is there a catch to this reversal?So far we have seen that the President has, by proclamation on October 1, 2019, appointed March 2, 2020, as the date for General and Regional Elections and in compliance with GECOM has stated that January 10, 2020, is Nominations Day, which, according to the law, should be 32 days before an election, albeit that, this is far in excess of that legal requirement. But so far, no dissolution of Parliament, why?The PNCR’s Executive Member, Aubrey Norton, at the end of September had made it clear that there is no intention to dissolve Parliament any time soon when he said that “Parliament will be dissolved at the right time”. What is the right time? We have seen that the PNC is adept at delaying and postponing constitutional requirements in complete disregard and blatant violation of our Constitution and CCJ’s orders and yet again, this seems to be their game.Harmon and Norton have made it no secret that GECOM will once again be used to delay the elections, maybe until it is constitutionally five years after from the date which the National Assembly first meets Article 70 (3). Even beyond? If this was not the case then the President would have dissolved Parliament on December 2.This type of rigmarole, circumvention and evasion has been the hallmark of the PNC since December 21, 2018. From the Speaker to the law courts to GECOM and to the President, it has been a shameless journey by the coalition to prolong its life. When will this stop, if ever?We have seen that in other countries with millions of voters, elections have been held almost by the snap of a finger but not in Guyana. The 2019 UK elections is scheduled for December 12, 2019, and was arranged at a short notice in late October this year. The results will be announced the day after, on December 13. The voter population of the UK is over 45 million while we have just over half a million in Guyana. This speaks volume. In the UK, the Government upkeeps the laws, not here!Moreover, it is not about funds for GECOM since GECOM’s CEO Lowenfield has already stated that$5.3 billion was provided in Budget 2019 and that an additional $3.5 billion was provided through supplementary appropriations in May 2019. Minister Jordan had also reassured GECOM’s Chair Justice Claudette Singh that the Commission will be provided with whatever funds is required for the elections. Therefore, Harmon’s directive is about another delaying tactic brought to fore. No excuse Mr Lowenfield!In conclusion, the Opposition Leader has made clear and conclusive that there will be no extension of the life of Parliament since the coalition is desperately seeking legal coverage for “all the criminal acts” committed during the period of the passing of the NCM to the naming of the elections date. Nearly one billion dollars in contracts has been approved by Cabinet since then.Will Granger dissolve Parliament or is his dictatorship now official? Will the potpourri of political parties stand up against this Granger dictatorship?Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuf
Guyana-Trinidad land dealAgriculture Minister Noel HolderWith a new Administration in place in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), Guyana’s Agriculture Minister Noel Holder said he is yet to receive word from his counterpart Senator Clarence Rambharat, on the way forward for the Guyana-Trinidad land deal.T&T’s Agriculture and Land Resources Minister, Senator Clarence RambharatBack in 2013, and under previous Administration, Guyana and Trinidad signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), where Guyana committed to making available some 10,000 acres of land for farmers from the twin Island Republic for agricultural purposes.However, that project is yet to be undertaken by Trinidad, although Guyana has maintained that it remains committed.Speaking to Guyana Times on Friday, Minister Holder said his Ministry is still waiting to hear from the new Agriculture Minister there. Holder said he understands that the new Government may want to look over some of the projects in the pipeline, and to this he has no objection.Asked the last time he communicated with officials there, Holder recalled that it was sometime last year.Trinidad and Tobago’s former Finance Minister Larry Howai had announced back in 2013 that Guyana wouldprovide 10,000 acres of land in Berbice for immediate agricultural production and that “a further 90,000 acres of Guyana’s land would also be made available to T&T farmers. The whole idea was that investors in Port of Spain would be invited to farm the lands. Back in December 2014, investors from the twin-island republic visited and had begun screening Guyana’s landscape with particular focus on the Canje Basin and Intermediate Savannahs.Discussions were then focused on investment incentives in Guyana, foreign agricultural investments here and the Trinidadian company Cooperative Citrus Growers, land availability, soil types and market trade logistics.Though no agreement was signed, the Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy had said the discussions had taken the countries one step closer to fulfilling the objective of the MoU, which was designed to facilitate T&T investment in Guyana for agricultural production.According to him, the next step would have been the presentation of scoping proposals for potential investment even as dialogue continued between the two countries. He had also noted that while certain projects had been identified during another visit, the groups are still to submit their proposals to Guyana’s Government.Dr Ramsammy and Trinidad’s former Food Production Minister Devant Maharaj had said the programme was developed to address the need to improve food security and reduce the high food import bill of the two countries.Minister Holder had however said that there seems to be some reluctance on the part of Trinidad and Tobago to take up the offer. He said Guyana has large areas of land that could be developed and could be leased to investors at a small fee for development. As such, investors who have the financial capability can lease these large areas of available lands and create the infrastructure at their own cost. He said an MoU would outline the respective benefits for Guyana as well as the investor.Ramsammy had said that the investment by T&T farmers in food production in Guyana would have been “a win-win situation, not only for Trinidad and Tobago, but for Guyana and the entire Caribbean.”He said the provision of arable lands in Guyana is consistent with the “Jagdeo Initiative” which invites Caribbean Community (Caricom) nationals to invest in agriculture to ensure food security and reduce the region’s high food import bill.T&T’s annual food import bill is pegged at US$4 billion. The areas under discussion, Ramsammy said, were for aqua-culture, and the production of rice, vegetables, and livestock. Trinidad’s annual fish import bill, he said, is in the region of US$100 million.Apart from the production of rice, he said that one or two T&T investors are also interested in the production of corn and soya as stock for livestock and poultry feeds.Because the mechanisms were not in place, he said the investments are still pending. If the region can produce its own corn and soya for stock feeds, he said that the price of poultry and livestock will also reduce.
The two children who died during a fire at the Hadfield Street Drop-in Centre earlier this month, were laid toPersons at the funeral service of Antonio and Joshua Georgerest at an emotional funeral service held at the New Covenant Ministries Church on Joseph Pollydore Street, Lodge on Tuesday.Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) Ann Greene, disclosed that the two brothers – Antonio George, 6; and his two-year-old brother Joshua George, along with three other siblings were taken into care at the Centre two days prior to their demise.This was after an investigation into allegations that they were neglected and abused by their relatives.She relayed that as per routine, the CC&PA took the children for medical attention the following day and it was confirmed that they were victims of neglect and maltreatment.However, on the day that the children were supposed to be given to the care of relatives, the two young brothers perished in a fire which occurred at the Drop-in Centre.It was reported that the younger brother was asleep in the dormitory when the fire started and as the elder brother was being taken out of the building by caregivers, he rushed back in to save his brother. However, he became trapped in the building.Greene at a press briefing following the incident stated that the Social Protection Ministry would take full responsibility for the tragic incident and bear the full cost of the funeral for the young children.President David Granger has since ordered an inquiry into the incident.On Tuesday, Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence, Minister within the Social Protection Ministry Keith Scott, and other Ministry officials were at the funeral to pay their respects.
This newspaper following the tradition of its key mentor, Albert Porte, has repeatedly expressed the hope that the Liberian Government would at last rise up to the sacred challenge of empowering Liberians in business. Why sacred? Because this is the only way to end poverty in Liberia. The Daily Observer has over many years and with great fervency urged that so long as our economy remains dominated by foreigners, so long, will Liberians remain in abject poverty. Yet, when we consider the critical and compelling symbiosis between the people’s economic empowerment and peace, we have no choice but to continue pleading with, urging, prevailing upon, even begging the Liberian Government to see the need to change the macroeconomic paradigm in the country by ensuring that Liberians share a greater stake in the national economy.And why does this newspaper continue to hope that the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Government will listen to this plea? Why continuously follow the tradition of Albert Porte? Because, he always considered himself “an eternal optimist”. That is why his nephew Kenneth Y. Best titled his biography of Mr. Porte as “A Lifetime Trying to Save Liberia”. According to Mr. Best, Albert Porte, from the young age of 23 in 1929, started challenging corruption and other serious malpractices in the Liberian government. It was Mr. Porte and his brother-in-law, George S. Best, whose Crozierville Observer persistently published excerpts of the report of the International Commission on the Fernando Po Crisis in 1930. The Crozierville Observer also followed and reported on the political reactions, especially of the people of Montserrado County. They held a series of anti-government meetings and demonstrations. The final one was held on September 30, 1930, the day President C.D.B King delivered his final Annual message to the Joint Session of the Legislature. When he announced that his government should adopt all the recommendations of the International Commission, he was jeered by the demonstrators. On Tuesday December 2, Vice President Allen Yancy resigned his position. The following day, December 3, 1930, President King’s Aide de Camp submitted the President’s letter of resignation. With the Speaker of the House, J.N. Lewis in Sinoe and unable to get to Monrovia quickly, the Legislature swore in Secretary of State Edwin J. Barclay as the 18th President of Liberia.Despite the great persecution he was to suffer through the Tubman, Tolbert and Doe years, Albert Porte continued his indomitable crusade for better governance in Liberia. Always calling himself the “eternal optimist”, he never gave up.So are we the Daily Observer in our crusade to plead with the GoL to take concrete measures to empower Liberians in business. The Observer Publisher, Kenneth Y. Best, in his commencement address at Cuttington University on December 12, 2012, urged the GoL to take a giant step to see to it that all foreign owned businesses in Liberia with investments of US$50,000 and above shall have a Liberian partner. Mr. Best knew that there would be a tall order for the government whose leader, President Sirleaf, once told him that there were certain foreign businesses here that were “untouchable”. More beside, there are people close to the administration that are decidedly on the side of foreign business, determined to maintain the status quo of foreign economic domination, which status they know fully well would perpetuate poverty in Liberia.These are people who seem determined that lasting peace will continue to elude Liberia, and that the country will perpetually live in a fragile peace.Yet we remain optimistic that somehow President Sirleaf in the two years she has left will muster the courage and determination to do what is needed to change the economic paradigm in Liberia. Liberians must be encouraged through training and financial stimuli to play a greater role in the economy.Our farmers should also be encouraged to grow more food especially vegetables, fruits, tubers, coffee, cocoa and rice, toward moving Liberia to food self-sufficiency. This will at last lift them out of subsistence farming and empower them to provide better education for their children, build modern homes, be able to afford modern healthcare and lift their standard of living.This leadership by government would end once and for all the great contradiction that the people continue to face in their government’s reluctance to come on their side and help empower them in business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Twenty-three-year-old Alston Pierce appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus on Tuesday slapped with a counterfeit possession charge.Pierce, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, denied the accusations which stated that on January 26, 2019, at Stabroek Market Square, he had a quantity of counterfeit $5000 bills amounting to $325,000.The counterfeit $5000 notesDefence Attorney Eusi Anderson in a bail application informed the court that his client was convicted for a petty offence when he was a teenager and ever since he was released from the Juvenile Holding Centre he was never convicted again.However, Police Prosecutor Adunni Innis did not oppose bail being granted but asked that conditions be attached.As such, the young technician was ordered to lodge his passport and report to the Brickdam Police Station on a weekly basis until completion of the matter.He was released on $200,000 bail and the matter was adjourned for February 18, 2019.It was reported that the young man was arrested on Saturday last following an intelligence-led operation by members of the Guyana Police Force.
The city is home to more than 2,500 arts organizations – from museums and theaters to musical groups – that create more than 450,000 jobs accounting for $4billion a year for the economy. And, culture and arts appreciation is not just for the highbrow. The Getty Center alone last year drew more than 1.3million visitors, including 90,000 students who got free admission. An additional 300,000 visited the newly opened Getty Villa in Malibu this past year. The monthlong drive to recognize events – schedules are available at www.culturela.org/events – is designed to highlight some of the venues in the city where more than 375 parades, festivals and other events are held each year. “We are taking this one month to showcase what is going on all year long,” said Karen Constine, general manager of the city Cultural Affairs Department. Architect Frank Gehry, whom Villaraigosa praised for taking a “pathway to creativity,” said he has never wanted to work in any other city – even though his designs include some of the most famous modern buildings in the world. “I became an architect in Los Angeles because here you can fly under the radar,” said Gehry, who designed the Disney Concert Hall and is developing the Grand Avenue project. “I like the feeling and character of Los Angeles. It’s the character of the people who live here … and are interested in the connectivity between art and architecture.” Also involved in the campaign are Town Hall Los Angeles, USC, UCLA, Sony Pictures, Art Center College of Design, CalArts and several private organizations. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It could be the waiter or waitress aspiring to be a Hollywood star. The annoying teens down the street with their garage band. Or even the hipsters in the gritty downtown Arts District who sell their wares at weekend shows throughout the city. It could be the neighborhood theater troupe and barbershop quartet. In fact, just about everything but the neighborhood karaoke bar is being saluted as part of a monthlong “Creative LA” celebration of the arts in Los Angeles. “This past week we celebrated the glitz and glamour of the red carpet with the Academy Awards,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a news conference kicking off the event at the Getty Center. “L.A.’s identity is one where the economy is linked to the entertainment, arts, design and fashion worlds. Every week, people come from all over the country and arrive in L.A. with dreams of fame and fortune on the silver screen. But it is more than that.”
This video above captures the distressful final moments of a group of tragic Pilot Whales that became beached on Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh earlier this morning.So far five whales have sadly perished on the beach at Ballyness Bay while eight others battle for life. The other whales have been re-floated thanks to a mammoth rescue effort by locals.However it appears that the whales are disorientated and seem intent on returning to land, which means they’ll almost certainly get beached again.Rescuers described the sense of hopelessness felt earlier this morning when attempts to save five of the whales failed.As seen in the video above, rescuers are helpless as the whales lie on the strand slowly dying gasping for a return to sea. One rescuer said, It’s just heart breaking to be honest, it was hard to watch.“We all felt hopeless as there was nothing we could do for some of them as they were close to death when they were found, but it was agonising watching them struggle.“Thankfully we managed to re-float the majority of the whales, but it seems that there hesitant about going back out to sea, and seem to want to return to the land.“They’re disorientated and some of them seem to be ill, if they do get beached again, I don’t think they will survive, but we’re just hoping they return to sea. DDTV: TRAGIC FINAL MOMENTS OF PILOT WHALES CAPTURED ON VIDEO was last modified: July 7th, 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:DDTVDIEDFalcarraghFeaturesHopelessnessnewsSadnessStrandedwhales
RBS Women’s Six Nations Championship, Ashbourne RFC, Co. Meath 9/2/2013WOMEN’S RUGBY: TWO of Donegal’s up and coming sports women are the toast of the nation after helping Ireland to an astonishing 25-0 whitewash of England in the Women’s Six Nations rugby tournament on Saturday.Both Ballybofey player Larissa Muldoon and Nora Stapleton from Fahan started the game against the seven-time defending RBS 6 Nations champions.Alison Miller scored a hat-trick of tries as Ireland stunned the favourites in Meath. In the first match in which England Women have failed to score since 2004, Miller proved the difference between the two sides as Ireland chalked up a first ever win over last year’s Grand Slam winners.Full-back Niamh Briggs scored the rest of the points to hand Ireland a second successive win, having prevailed late on last weekend against Wales.England were outclassed and despite a late rally, they could not trouble the scorers.Ireland took a deserved lead in the seventh minute when Miller dived over in the corner and that advantage became eight soon after when Briggs converted a penalty. With 27 minutes on the clock, Miller again proved elusive for England, who had beaten Scotland 76-0 last time out, and she had her second try of the match again in the corner.And winger Miller completed her hat-trick before the interval as concerted pressure released the Munster flyer – Briggs adding the extras for a 20-0 lead.After the break, it was more of the same for the hosts and it was Briggs’ turn to cross the whitewash after 45 minutes.England did their utmost to build momentum but they couldn’t keep Ireland at bay and only some fine defence from the visitors restricted their hosts from adding to the scoreboard.And things got worse for England when wing Fiona Pocock, making just her second appearance since 2010, was forced off on a stretcher in the closing stages of the match. IRELAND15 Niamh Briggs14 Ashleigh Baxter13 Lynne Cantwell12 Jenny Murphy11 Alison Miller10 Nora Stapleton9 Larissa Muldoon1 Fiona Coghlan2 Gillian Bourke3 Ailis Egan4 Sophie Spence5 Marie Louise Reilly6 Siobhan Fleming7 Claire Molloy8 Joy NevilleReplacements:16 Stacey-Lea Kennedy17 Fiona Hayes18 Lauren Day19 Leigh Dargan20 Laura Guest21 Amy Davis22 Grace Davitt23 Niamh Kavanagh JUST INCREDIBLE: DONEGAL PLAYERS HELP IRELAND TO HISTORIC SIX NATIONS WHITEWASH OF ENGLAND was last modified: February 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:6 nationsBallybofeydonegalEnglandFahanIrelandJUST INCREDIBLE: DONEGAL PLAYERS HELP IRELAND TO HISTORIC SIX NATIONS WHITEWASH OF ENGLAND
Donegal star Mark McHugh and Open Sea swimmer Anne Marie Ward will be among the special guests at this Thursday’s final leg of the Donegal Youth Council SPARKS Mental Health roadshow in Donegal Town.Mark McHugh will be special guest.The Donegal town leg of the “SPARKS” roadshow, which takes place in the Abbey Hotel, is an exciting new initiative in Donegal which has been running across the county over the last couple of months.The roadshow, which kicked off in Letterkenny on World Mental Health will has visited Stranorlar, Gweedore, Buncrana in recent weeks. Thursday’s event will work with 200 representatives from Abbey VS, Colaiste Colmcille, Magh Ene Bundoran, Colaiste Carraige and St Catherines from Killybegs.The Donegal Youth Council is a group of 36 young people aged 12-18 years, who identify issues and promote projects to improve the lives of young people in Donegal.Like the County Council they are selected from five electoral areas and represent the young people in their local areas.The roadshow offers information and advice on how to manage stress in your life during exam times and other difficult situations and how to be more aware of what supports you have around you and how you can be a support to others. The event has a strong focus on fun with a range of inspirational speakers, workshops and other activities, with a few surprises along the way.The roadshow has been developed using the model of the Mental Health 5 a day, which is internationally now recognised as 5 key areas you can focus on which can have a big effect on your health and wellbeing.The event will have input from a range of organisations, including Jigsaw, Donegal Youth Service, HSE Health Promotion, Foroige and Mental Health Ireland, with other guest speakers from the wider community who have each conquered their own personal challenges in life, such as Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador Orla O’Reilly.The Donegal Youth Council is funded by the Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and is co-ordinated at local level by the Donegal Youth Service.The SPARKS roadshow will kick off in the Abbey Hotel at 10am and runs until 3pm. MARK McHUGH TO BE SPECIAL GUEST AT FINAL SPARKS ROADSHOW was last modified: November 26th, 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:Mark McHughSparks Roadshow
James DeGale will fight at Glow, Bluewater, on Saturday 23 March.He is set to defend his WBC Silver belt at the Kent venue, where he beat Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi last year, with his opponent due to be confirmed shortly.It will be the Harlesden super-middleweight’s first outing since a points victory over rugged Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga in December.DeGale, who recently opted to give up the European title, said: “I’m excited to be boxing at Glow again.“It was a tremendous atmosphere for my last fight and it’s a great venue to headline at.“This year is going to be a big year for me. I’m looking to be the first ever British Olympic gold medallist who goes on and wins a professional world title.”See also:Ex-champion Pavlik still on DeGale’s radarDeGale aiming to end the year in styleDeGale boxes his way to points victoryJames DeGale talks about his recent win and future plansDeGale opts to give up European titleDeGale to defend title against 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook