Ship of State careening towards undemocratic iceberg

first_imgDear Editor,We are 232 days on from the passage of the No-Confidence Motion; we have missed our first constitutionally mandated deadline for elections on March 21 and are now 39 days from the advent of a usurper Executive and the end of constitutional rule of law. Sadly, much like the musicians on the Titanic, APNU/AFC’s band of supporters, apologists and appeasers keep on playing as the ship of State careens towards the undemocratic iceberg, threatening all the citizens of our dear land with dire consequences.It is unnerving to witness perfectly normal people behaving unhinged in defence of ‘straw men’ being used as the APNU/AFC lifeboats. While I can understand that questions such as ‘what constitutes a majority of 65?’ can be raised, I cannot fathom that a few minutes with a pencil and paper would not lead all but village idiots to the correct answer. Similarly, the other issues raised in defiance of the No-Confidence Motion and questioning its validity could have been easily discerned by reading the relevant Articles of the Constitution. The Judges of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) were restrained in their cruelty and mocking of our Attorney General and others appearing for the Government and its actors, nevertheless, the insults were there, diplomatically couched with a threadbare veil. At the end of it all, we were told to go read our Constitution where the relevant Articles were clear, and yet it seems, there are those unwilling to comprehend and may well have us return to the CCJ for more punishment to the national psyche. I shudder at the thought of what would be said of the ‘Guyanese’ intellect.The Gold Board man, GHK Lall, is the latest to prostrate himself under the David G bus. Lall was taken to task by one of his former students via the letter columns after he suggested that “the entire collection of qualified voter information through registration (barring the objections period) could – should – occupy six weeks or less” This poppycock is not based on anything factual, GECOM has provided a work plan that includes House-to-House Registration, which would see a possible election mid-2020 if all goes well. That a former student should have to provide factual evidence to counter a fallacious argument presented by a teacher must be humiliating for GHK, but, it would seem, some have lost all sense of honour and dignity in pursuit of perks and privileges. GHK Lall has brought himself low in the esteem of many with this attempt to pass off presumptive nonsense as serious thought. ‘The gold in them dar hills’ must be more than a soul is worth.Editor, Guyana has a credible National Register of Registrants (NRR), that is a fact. A Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) can be extracted within hours from the NRR, this is a fact. A Claims and Objections exercise can and will allow all eligible voters to be placed on the Official List of Electors (OLE), this is a fact. A credible election can be held in Guyana in a short time following the production of a PLE, a period of Claims and Objections and the provision of an OLE thereafter, this is a fact. In 2015, US Charge d’Affaires Bryan Hunt said: “the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has provided everyone with more than sufficient opportunity to review the preliminary list, raise concerns about it, issue objections to inclusion of names, and the objections that did come were credibly dealt with” (SN 26.4.2015). Any argument that an election based on a yet-to-be-created NRR Database will be more credible is fallacious, to add that it can be done promptly as mandated by our Constitution is downright dishonest.We are not yet beyond the pale of constitutional rule, President Granger needs to be advised by sober men, not swayed by charlatans who are clinging to power and perks. President Granger must act quickly before the ship hits the iceberg and all is lost, for the band played until the end, they never got into the lifeboats, they perished along with their captain.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Police IG Coleman Warns ‘Unauthorized Gun Carriers’

first_imgInspector Coleman. Police Inspector General (IG), Gregory O.W. Coleman, has warned non-state actors particularly the licensed ‘gun carriers’ to desist from making themselves security personnel in the public domain when in fact they are not. Coleman, who chairs the National Elections Security Task Force, described action warned about as ‘counterproductive to the peace and stability of the country.’He gave the warning at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) where a group of civil society actors honored him as a ‘Father of Modern Policing.’Coleman said that making one a self-styled security officer in the public space is ‘absolutely not the function of non-state actors, but an issue that borders on national security personnel.’He said it is illegal under Liberian law for citizens to impose themselves as national officers, an act that has the propensity to pose threats to the peace and stability of the state, especially during the country’s ongoing political impasse.Coleman alarmed that LNP officers have in recent time observed that some citizens, who claimed to be loyalists of the political leader of the Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC) of George Weah, “being deployed in militant posture few days ago at the Palm Spring Resort, which created fear and pandemonium in the minds of the residents.”He said that it is the full responsibility of the state to provide security protection for everyone, in spite of status, but not individuals, who are not allowed to do so under the law.Coleman said he has concluded a security negotiation, which calls for the reactivation of personnel of the Executive Protection Service (EPS) that are assigned with the president to provide “Very Important Persons (VIP) protection for the two candidates in the pending presidential run-off, namely Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and Senator George Weah.The IG admitted that Sen. Weah has been quite cooperative with ‘this venture to assign EPS officers to provide security protection for him.’The IG has meanwhile re-echoed that he is strongly resolved as chairman of the National Elections Security Task Force not to slip off his feet to ensure that the country enjoys a solid and lasting peace, not a fragile one, but the one that would have the citizens sleep sound.Coleman is therefore strongly warning that any one member of a particular political party that will be caught wearing T-shirt belonging to another political party to provoke to anger of that party will be severely dealt with in keeping with the laws.“This act has the propensity to undermine the stability of the country,” Coleman said as he called on citizens to remain resolute and peaceful that the election security mechanisms and strategies are still intact and under control.In a related development, the president of the 16th graduating Class of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University on Benson Street in Monrovia, James M.D. Mah, said the Police under the leadership of Coleman has done ‘extremely well by maintaining peace during and after the October 10 elections.’Mah said it is prudently gracious to gown any true patriot Liberian, who has committed his benevolence to the citizens amidst societal challenges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UG to see new Center for Behavioural Studies by September

first_img…funded by US$400,000 donationThe University of Guyana (UG) was on Wednesday presented with a donation of US$400,000 by the Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation, for a new state-of-the-art Centre for Behavioural Studies and Research at its Turkeyen Campus, which will materialise through the refurbishment of its existing centre.The donation was finalised at a signing ceremony in the presence of the ViceUniversity and Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation officials and members upon the signing of the final documentsChancellor of UG, Professor Ivelaw Griffith; founder of the organisation, Jay Sobhraj and other members of the foundation and University officials.This project entails the refurbishment of the “Spicy Dish” building and is expected to provide a boost to the newly-introduced psychology programmes, which include a diploma that was made available in March.The renovated building will be renamed as the “Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Centre for Behaviour Studies and Research”, and is estimated to house a constellation of programmes such as psychology, social work, criminology and psychiatry as well as a book store, food court, model counselling centre, an extended student gym, medic centre and prayer rooms.  However, the book store and cafeteria will be the significant and sustainable revenue earners for the institution.Funding was also provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the psychology development programme, which will be featured when the project is completed. As such, both physical and educational aspects of the programme will be synchronised.Professor Griffith, during his address, noted that the aim of these projects was to foster the development of students in all dimensions.“This is not only a ‘signally’ important milestone along the journey of rebranding and rebuilding, but it testifies to our recognition of the essential purpose of our being, to enhance the abilities of our students to come in and get some experiences in and out of the classroom,” Professor Griffith stated.Meanwhile, Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation member Nardeo Singh also shared his remarks on the works that were accomplished over the years to assist in the development of various institutions in Guyana, a prominent one being the Guyana Police Force (GPF).“We have a spin to what we do. We don’t come to Guyana without a plan and without a solution,” he stated.The project, which has been in the making for approximately 12 months, is expected to be completed in time for the beginning of the next academic year in September.last_img read more

Cause of blast remains mystery

first_imgWHITTIER – Was it a bomb? An exploded gas tank? A blown transformer? Neighbors in the 6000 block of Newlin Avenue in Uptown Whittier felt their homes and cars tremble and heard a deafening boom this weekend that sent them out into the street to investigate. They wondered aloud if it was kids playing with firecrackers, or something more sinister. Could it have been secret military operations? Aliens? The source remained a mystery Monday, according to police and fire officials. The force of the explosion confounded residents within a four-block radius. They said they had never heard and felt something so powerful from fireworks. Residents flicked on their house lights and poured into the streets. Car alarms went off. Raul Reyes, 46, saw the flash of the explosion near his home on Newlin Avenue. “I seen a big old flash behind me,” said Reyes, who was driving his pickup truck into his driveway when it happened. “I thought someone threw a bomb. It shook my truck.” He saw teenagers kicking something out of the street where the explosion occurred and then run away. “I think it was teenagers playing with fireworks,” he said. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Neighbors said they heard the blast at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday but found no damage. “The first thing that came to my mind was dynamite,” said John Rivera, 54, who lives about four blocks from Newlin. “Somebody thought it was a gas line or a meth lab.” He wondered, too, if it was the sonic boom of military aircraft or some other unusual phenomena. Whittier Police Department officers searched the area with a helicopter but found nothing, said police spokeswoman Diana Salazar. “There was an explosion, but it is undetermined what it was,” she said. “There was no sign of damage to the area. In the alley, they found some liter bottles with tape around \. It may have been juveniles making noise makers.” last_img read more

MacKenzie RCMP searching for three overdue hunters

first_imgTheir last known whereabouts was in Mackenzie on May 11th where they stopped to purchase fuel.Search and rescue has been activated, but this management unit covers a vast area of forest and the exact location of the trio is not known.The RCMP is reaching out to the public in order to narrow down a search area for the overdue hunters.- Advertisement -34 year-old Enrico Marosi, 45 year-old Marcus Glass and 42 year-old Thomas Glass were traveling in Marosi’s 2011 Black Dodge 3500 one ton pick-up truck bearing BC licence plate DH6765. The truck had a large tidy tank in the back. Although these individuals are experienced outdoorsman, there is great concern for their well-being as a result of their overdue date.If you have any information regarding a sighting of this vehicle and the three occupants, please contact the Mackenzie RCMP at 250-997-3288last_img read more

Ticket sales start for Gor, Everton historic tie

first_imgTickets for the tie will go for as low as £5, equivalent to Sh650 for adults while tickets for young ones will go for £1 (Sh130) with all proceeds from the match going into community projects undertaken by Everton in Merseyside.Gor won the right to play The Toffees after winning the SportPesa Super Cup in Nakuru following a 2-0 conquest over Simba SC in an entertaining final at the Afraha Stadium.“It’s a huge opportunity for the players to test their skills against European opposition and showcase what they can do. It’s not every day that you get the chance to face a Premier League team and we’re going to make it count on November 6,” Gor Mahia head coach, clearly excited at the prospect of playing back at his home country said.Kelvin Twissa, Chief Marketing Officer at SportPesa said:“SportPesa is passionate about football and taking every opportunity, and there’s no bigger opportunity for Gor Mahia than facing English Premier League heavyweights, Everton. Playing in England will help the players improve and they will no doubt be able to take their experience back to Kenya which will help grow the game there.”Fans looking to secure their seat on November 6 should head to tickets.evertonfc.com.This will be the second meeting between the two sides after they clashed last year in Dar es Salaam, Gor Mahia losing 2-1 with Wayne Rooney scoring a cracker of a goal on his return to the club after almost a decade and a half with Manchester United.While in Tanzania the Blues, alongside SportPesa, won hearts and minds in the region when they participated in a range of promotional and charitable activities across Dar es Salaam.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo attempts to take on Everton right back Jonjoe Kenny in a pre-season friendly match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 11 – Ticket sales for next month’s historic clash pitting record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia and English Premier League side Everton FC started on Wednesday, less than a month before the tie scheduled for Goodison Park on November 6.The two sides will contest the SportPesa Trophy, with Gor Mahia making history as the first African side to play against Premier League opposition in the United Kingdom.last_img read more

Tiger bites man at Acton animal sanctuary

first_imgACTON – A man was critically injured when a tiger bit him repeatedly at an animal sanctuary run by actress Tippi Hedren. The 40-year-old man was attacked Monday afternoon at Shambala Preserve, on the edge of the Mojave Desert about 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles. A county fire dispatcher says the victim was airlifted to a hospital in critical but stable condition. The preserve is an 80-acre wildlife habitat for endangered big cats. Hedren, who starred in the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds,” founded the preserve in the 1970s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFor more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 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

West Brom and West Ham set for surprise swap deal?

first_img West Ham forward Andre Ayew could be on the move this summer 1 West Brom have declared their interest in West Ham forward Andre Ayew and may offer former Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli as part of the deal.The Baggies are keen on the 27-year-old and the two clubs could decide on a swap deal involving the pair.Belgium international Chadli was left out of West Brom’s pre-season trip to Austria, casting doubt over his future at the Hawthorns.Reports have emerged of a heated bust-up with manager Tony Pulis and the Baggies are set to offload the 27-year-old.With West Brom holding an interest in Ayew, it is now being suggested they could offer Chadli to West Ham in return.Following a mega-money switch from Swansea last summer, Ghana international Ayew found life hard at the London Stadium and reports have suggested that a quick exit from the Hammers could be on the cards.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: MALIN’S MARY HOUTON MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT A HUGE SUCCESS

first_imgALL COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION 1 FIXTUREKilcar V Malin in Kilcar on Sunday 8th of November at 3.00pm, reserves at 1.30pm, all support welcome.KNOW YOUR PARISH QUIZThe annual Know Your Parish Quiz will be this coming Saturday the 7th of November at 8.30pm sharp upstairs in the clubhouse, Teams of four are needed with entry fee of €5 per person.AGM AND DINNER DANCE DATESThis years AGM will be held on the 27th of November at 7.00pm in the clubhouse. All motions must be sent in writing to Elaine McColgan, Strand Head, Malin before the 20th of November. All monies owed to club must be given to treasurer John Byrne also before this date. This year’s dinner dance will be held on Saturday the 30th of January. MARY HOUTON MEMORIAL TOURNAMENTThe Mary Houten Memorial Tournament took place last Saturday and was a great success, well done to everyone involved in the organisation and to those who took part. This is a tournament which has been running for a long number of years for our underage girls teams. The club would like to give a special thank you to the Houton Family for their ongoing support of the Tournament.OPERATION TRANSFORMATIONOperation Transformation weekly meetings and information sessions are held every Monday from 7.30-8.30pm upstairs in the Clubhouse, with weekly walking sessions on Tuesday & Thursdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 11.30am, meeting at Malin Parish Hall. Well done on last week’s collective weight loss of 19lbs.UNDERAGETraining for the under 12 girls and under 14 girls is on Wednesdays from 4.00pm to 5.00pm, Bring €2, water, gumshields, boots and runners. New members welcome. Under 8 and 10 training has also started back up again every Saturdays from 11.00am to 12.00pm – bring football boots and runners. The Autumn schools parish league for girls and boys aged seven and above including the under 9 Packie McGonagle Tournament and under 12 Shaun Farren Tournament is up and running and will continue for the next two weeks at 11.30, all help welcome. Free bus provided across the parish for players. The under six boys training has started back up and is on every Sunday from 10-11.15am. All underage coaches are asked to contact Brendan in regard to Donegal Yearbook on 0863777015 or brendanmonagle@yahoo.com.JIVING LESSONSJiving Lessons started upstairs in the Clubhouse on Monday and will run for the next five weeks 8.30pm to 9.30pm, €5 per person. SHOPThe club shop is open every Saturday from 12.00 – 2.00 and Sunday from 11.20 – 2.00 or alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242 . The shop also has a great range of stock in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats and much more club merchandice. Make sure to order soon to make sure any Christmas presents are in stock.Malin Parish CEP Ltd 2015-2016 have vacancies for the following posts commencing November 2015.1Administrator, 5 General Workers (Malin Parish ), 1 General Worker ( Malin Head ), 2 Cooks (Malin Town ), 1Caretaker (GAA) . Department of Social Protection (CE) rates and conditions apply. Garda vetting may be requiredfor some of the positions on offer. If interested please contactMalin Parish CEP Ltd 2015-2016 have vacancies for the following posts commencing November 2015.1Administrator, 5 General Workers (Malin Parish ), 1 General Worker ( Malin Head ), 2 Cooks (Malin Town ), 1Caretaker (GAA) . Department of Social Protection (CE) rates and conditions apply. Garda vetting may be requiredfor some of the positions on offer. If interested please contactGet Fit With CharlieFitness classes with Charles Byrne are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6.30pm for women and 8.00pm for men in the Malin Gaa centre. €5 per class. This fitness class caters for beginners and people of every fitness level.CONGRATULATIONSThe club would like to congratulate senior player Matthew Byrne and his fiance Maeve on their recent engagement. GAA NEWS: MALIN’S MARY HOUTON MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: November 2nd, 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:Malin GAA notesMARY HOUTEN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENTlast_img read more

When is Football Manager 2019 released and where can I buy it?

first_img tense Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BEST OF Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City LATEST 1 latest You will be able to take a page out of Jurgen Klopp’s tactical book in the new edition of Football Manager Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions FOOTBALL MANAGER 2019 is almost here as the 15th edition of the football fan favourite will hit the shelves better than ever.With the release date closing in fast, find out where you can pick up a copy and what Sports Interactive and Sega have added for this year’s game… gameday cracker revealed center_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 When is Football Manager 2019 released?The latest edition will hit the stores on Friday, November 2.FM19 will be released for Windows and MacOS operating systems.It will be also available immediately on Nintendo Switch as well – last year’s game took six months before it came out on the small console. Most Read in Football Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ scrap SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Where can I buy Football Manager 2019 and how much is it?High-street favourites GAME, Argos and Smyths are taking pre-orders for FM19.Online retailers like Amazon, Zavvi and Very are also advertising the game ahead of its release next month.While most shops want £39.99, you can pre-order from Amazon for just £34.99.When is the FM19 demo out?Last year, the demo was released on the same day as the full version.It is expected that this will be the case for the new edition.What are the new Football Manager features?One of the first things that regular Football Manager players will notice is the lack of the ‘Manager Man’ on the front cover.Like countries like Spain and Germany, you will be able to take a mid-season training camp.Another big change is the introduction of VAR and goal-line technology with referees able to communicate to the fourth official via ear-piece or running over to them.Tactics is a common theme in FM19, especially with the simulation basis of the game – but now you will be able to implement various tactical styles including Jurgen Klopp’s Gegenpress to the old-fashioned long ball.The commentary will also be linked to the touchline team talks, whether that is what the manager has said at half-time or during play.Contracts are also falling more in line with its real world counterparts, with players able to reject offers if they are denied work permits.And finally, when you take over a new club, you will be wondering how they have gotten on so far in the season and previously you had little to go on.Now pre-existing scout reports will be available for incoming managers, along with player match-ups ahead of your next fixture.last_img read more