Dear Editor,The Guyana Court of Appeal has, on Thursday, October 18, 2018, upheld the decision of the Chief Justice (ag) in regard to the legality of the President’s action in appointing Mr. James Patterson to Chair the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).As a person who had presented the PPP’s position to the Constitutional Reform Commission and was involved in the numerous struggles for democracy, I am extremely disappointed by this ruling. It is, in my view, a giant step backwards. It is another incident pushing our country along the road to social and economic ruination and towards authoritarian governance.I was very much part of the coinage of Article 161 (2), and therefore I have personal knowledge of the reasons behind its existence; the way it evolved to its current expression, and the way that it was interpreted and applied in the past. It was never ambiguous, and never evoked any controversy over the last 25 years.The Constitution was amended to remove the unilateral power of appointment from the President; to introduce the Leader of the Opposition into the equation, in order to achieve political consensus; and to widen the pool of persons from which the Chairman is to be chosen. What is so difficult to understand? I am sure that every objective-minded Guyanese knows this.In the 1999-2001 Constitutional Reform Process, all the political parties unanimously agreed to constitutionalise this Carter/Price Formula. In fact the PNC were the ones that had led the charge. Their major argument then was that it is important to cement the role of the Leader of the Opposition, and to curtail the President’s power of appointment. Now that they are in Government, they are seeking to exclude the Leader of the Opposition, and increase the power of the President. Therein lies the ideological authoritarianism which exists in the belly of the PNC.As they did from 1968 to 1992, they seem to be getting the Judiciary’s assistance to so do now. It is the very Judiciary that had allowed itself to be so cowed that Burnham was able to place a party flag in the Court of Appeal compound and against the front wall of the court building, shamelessly demonstrating to the world that the Judiciary is under the control of the PNC. This was allowed to take place by a complicit Judiciary.It is the same Judiciary that had refused to strike down laws that introduced overseas voting, which had been used to massively rig the first elections of independent Guyana in 1968.It is the very Judiciary that had thrown out legal challenges to every election held under the PNC from 1968 to 1985, when the world knows that each of those elections was massively rigged.It is the same Judiciary that is now refusing to hear the PPP’s challenge to the 2015 elections, when similar challenges to elections around the world filed after the PPP’s challenge have already been decided by the courts in those countries.Once again, in highly political matters, we see a judicial posture reminiscent of the past. I will never accept that the Court of Appeal do not know the intent of Article 161 (2). From press reports, they give the impression that they know it well. They upheld Nandlall’s submissions and rejected those of Williams, yet they ruled in favour of Williams! The decision simply cannot be justified on rational grounds.I recall that during the days of the PNC dictatorship, when it was widely believed that judges were taking orders from the PNC, Mr. Ashton Chase, a distinguished lawyer and freedom fighter, had observed that there came a time when PNC did not have to tell the judges what to do. The judges anticipated what ruling the PNC wanted, and delivered.Like so many other things that have been reversed since the PNC-led APNU+AFC regime took office, one wonders if we are back on that road.It is important to note that undermining of the confidence of important institutions leads to disaster. When the Judiciary does not stand up courageously to protect society’s fundamental rights, society descends into some level of anarchy, and social and economic ruination follows.Cheddi Jagan was always clear on this point. He never failed to point out the link and interaction between the economic base and the superstructure in any society. They influence and interact with each other.The ruling may initially appear to be a victory for the regime, but in fact it could very well turn out to be one of the biggest blows to all working people; and to businesses and, indeed, to our country.Fortunately, the Guyana Court of Appeal is no longer our final court; we now have the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). This is an important case for that court. I am looking forward to the decision of that court, as I know that the matter is going there.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer President
The refurbished Senate and House library at Capital Hill.Members of the Liberian Senate and the House of Representatives as of yesterday began using the newly refurbished joint library section of the Legislative Information Service (LIS) after a three-year closure of the facility owing to a fire disaster.The re-opening of the library section coincides with the celebration of LIS’ 6th anniversary.The bicameral department is charged with the responsibility of providing research and information services to members of the House and Senate to enhance their capacity in making informed decisions and for better public policy formulation.Activities marking the anniversary began yesterday April 26 and will end on the 28th.The theme for this year’s anniversary is, “New Legislative Beginning: A More Effective 54th Legislature,” highlighting the effectiveness and growth of the first branch of government.According to LIS Director B. McCarthy Weh, the events will put a spotlight on the need for a more effective, functional and efficient 21st century compliant Legislature. The occasion will also mark the official resumption of services of the Library to members of the House and Senate, their staff, and the general public.The opening ceremony yesterday was held in the rotunda of the Capitol building, where the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Armah Z. Jallah, gave a statement, and Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, will delivered the keynote address.Also, there will be a launch of the Parliamentary/Legislative Democracy Outreach Program, dubbed “Taking the Legislature to the People.”On the second day today, Thursday April 27, there will be a roundtable session focusing on a project, writing Liberia’s legislative history, to be led by Dr. Joseph Saye Guanu and Rev. Emmanuel Bowier. Today’s event will climax with training sessions to be facilitated by Atty. Larmii Kpargo of the Liberia Media Center (LMC) and McAnthony Keah/Thomas Du of the National Democratic Institute (NDI).Tomorrow, the last day of the anniversary celebrations, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai will give a statement at the closing ceremony and thereafter the first phase of ‘Taking the Legislature to the People’ will be held in Kakata, Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The two sides in the dispute met into the evening hours yesterday and are planning to meet again today.Nevertheless, the Faculty Association has indicated that pickets will be stationed at all campus entrances in Prince George beginning at 9:00 a.m MT.The Prince George campus will remain open, but we’re told no classes will be taught for the duration of the walkout.- Advertisement -Similarly, the faculty will not be teaching classes at regional campuses but it is expected that support staff will be reporting for work here in Fort St. John and Quesnel.However, it is anticipated the Terrace campus will be behind a picket line, and the university also expects CUPE support staff members will not cross picket lines.Follow this link for the latest information and updates.Advertisement
0Shares0000Croatia players celebrate after beating Russia 4-3 on post match penalties to progress to the World Cup semis. PHOTO/FIFASOCHI, Russian Federation, Jul 7- Ivan Rakitic scored the winning penalty as Croatia beat Russia 4-3 in a shoot-out after a dramatic 2-2 draw on Saturday to end the World Cup hopes of the host nation and advance to a semi-final against England.Brazilian-born Mario Fernandes had kept Russia’s dream alive when he headed home in the 115th minute to level the scores and force penalties, but he and Fedor Smolov both failed to convert their spot-kicks in Sochi. Croatia, for whom Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida had earlier found the net, advance to their first World Cup semi-final since 1998. They will face England, who beat Sweden 2-0 earlier, at the Luzhniki Stadium Moscow on Wednesday.In contrast for Russia, who had taken the lead through another Denis Cheryshev wonder goal in the first half, there is only heartbreak as they finally go out.They can however be proud of their efforts, with a run to the last eight exceeding expectations for a side written off as no-hopers before the tournament.And it remains to be seen how quickly Croatia — whose President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was watching from the stands in her country’s colours — can recover from this draining night, having also been taken to extra time and penalties by Denmark in the last round.The arrival of the host nation for the final World Cup match at the Fisht Stadium meant by far the most vibrant atmosphere yet at this Black Sea beach resort.The Russians, riding a wave of euphoria after unexpectedly knocking out Spain in the previous round, were determined to carry on to a first World Cup semi-final since the break-up of the Soviet Union.But Croatia came into this game as the favourites. They may have a population of little over four million, but amongst that number are two of the finest midfielders in the world in Rakitic and Luka Modric.Croatia captain Luka Modric takes on Russia’s Ilya Kutepov during their World Cup quarter final match in Sochi on July 7, 2018. PHOTO/FIFAThey dominated the match, but Russia contributed to another fantastic occasion in what has been an outstanding World Cup.– Cheryshev bolt from the blue –The hosts went ahead thanks to a bolt from the blue just after the half-hour mark.Cheryshev, who scored three times in the group-stage wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, was back in the line-up here after beginning on the bench against Spain last weekend.He cut in from the left, exchanged passes with Artem Dzyuba and skipped away from a Modric challenge before firing home a superb shot from 25 yards on his left foot.Croatia were stunned. But the Russian lead had lasted only eight minutes before they drew level, Mario Mandzukic cutting the ball back for Kramaric to head home.Ivan Perisic hit the post for Croatia in a second half they controlled, yet they had to limp on into extra-time, with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic providing a scare as he hurt a hamstring late on.Croatia players celebrate Domagoj Vida’s extra time winner in their World Cup quarter final against hosts Russia on July 7, 2018. PHOTO/FIFAHowever, Croatia took the lead for the first time in the 101st minute, defender Vida getting his head to a corner to send the ball low into the net, helped by substitute Vedran Corluka getting out of the way.Vida removed his shirt as he ran away in celebration, possibly thinking Croatia were heading through.However, Russia found the resources to draw level again, substitute Alan Dzagoev holding up a free-kick for Fernandes to head home in the 115th minute.His shoot-out miss proved pivotal, however, especially after Smolov’s weak attempt at a chipped penalty was saved by Subasic.For Croatia, Mateo Kovacic had his penalty saved, but Marcelo Brozovic, Modric and Vida all netted theirs before Rakitic stroked in the winner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
In a prayer called the Al Cheyt, the sins are itemized. Here are some samples: “For the sin we have committed against you by evil speech ? by wanton glances ? by hardening our hearts ? by envy ? by desecrating your name ? by effrontery ? by tale bearing ? by causeless hatred ? by perverting justice.” All bases are covered by confessions of sinning “knowingly and unknowingly,” and “intentionally and unintentionally.” If you cannot find yourself on that list, then you obviously need to look harder. Psalm 130 captures the spirit succinctly: “Out of the depths I call to Thee, O Lord. O Lord, hear my voice; let thy ears be attentive to my supplicating voice. If thou, O Lord, shouldst keep strict account of iniquities, O Lord, who could live on? But with thee there is forgiveness ?” This kind of humility is a healthy antidote to the narcissism of modern life. Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Her e-mail address is email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When our middle son was in preschool, his teacher asked him to explain to the (overwhelmingly non-Jewish) class what the Jewish New Year was all about. Four-year-old David told them that on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews go to a big building and “forgive God.” Well, something like that. Jews all over the world are observing the “Ten Days of Awe,” the period that began with Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and culminates with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Like other Jewish holidays (Passover, Sukkot), Rosh Hashana is celebrated for two days in a row (at least by Conservative and Orthodox Jews). For two days we perform almost exactly the same service and recite the same prayers. Seems pretty repetitive, I know, and it is. Actually the Jewish liturgy is nothing if not repetitive. If it’s worth saying once, the sages apparently believed, it was worth repeating at least four times. But I digress. The reason we celebrate these key holidays for two days instead of one is due to the Diaspora. After the Jews were dispersed from Israel in 70 C.E., following defeat in the rebellion against Rome and the destruction of the Second Temple, Jews were scattered all over the globe and often couldn’t be sure exactly what day it was in the land of Israel. Accordingly, they celebrated important holidays for two days running to be on the safe side. The crucial thing was to be sure that whether they were in London or Kiev or Calcutta, they were observing the holidays according to the date in Israel. They made an exception for Yom Kippur, which requires a 26-hour food and water fast. There’s safe and then there’s masochistic. Why do we continue this practice in the era of atomic clocks? Tradition! Rosh Hashana is nothing like the secular New Year. It isn’t about revelry (though we do dip liberally into the apples and honey); it’s about repentance. During this period, Jews are asked to examine their souls, consider the sins they have committed during the previous year and resolve to improve. The rabbinic literature on repentance is copious. How can one demonstrate true repentance and not synthetic piety? The best way, the rabbis tell us, is to change. If you commit the same sins year after year and then fast on Yom Kippur asking for forgiveness, you can pretty well forget it. Your fast means nothing. The prophets were most acidic on the subject of showy fasts and insincere prayers. The rabbis are also very clear on another point: It is essential to ask forgiveness from a person you have wronged before asking for God’s forgiveness. You must also do everything you can to make the person whole. If you’ve committed a murder, this puts you in a difficult spot. So remember that. This is also the time of year when you are expected to pay your debts. The Jewish liturgy is pretty savvy about human nature. The rabbis must have known that lots of us, faced with the necessity to repent, will say, “Gee, I’ve had a pretty good year. Haven’t committed any sins I can think of.” Perhaps that’s why we do confession as a community, not individually.
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has been involved in a bizarre boxing video in which he appears to be knocked out cold by former team-mate Phil Bardsley in a sparring session in his kitchen.The Sun on Sunday claims the footage was shot in Rooney’s kitchen on February 22 – the day after the Red Devils’ 2-1 defeat to Swansea.In the video, the two former team-mates pull on boxing gloves and trade blows as they spar in Rooney’s Cheshire mansion.Stoke defender Bardsley then catches Rooney square in the face with a left jab, sending the United and England skipper plummeting to the floor.Rooney lays prostrate on the floor and the video comes to an abrupt end.The 29-year-old lead United out at Old Trafford for their Premier League victory against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, and celebrated a goal by shadow boxing and then falling to the ground. Wayne Rooney and Phil Bardsley 1
Large numbers of people are failing to claim millions of euro in tax refunds owed to them according to Michael Coll from Letterkenny-based The Tax Clinic.“This money would be a welcome windfall for many homeowners throughout Donegal in the run-up to Christmas and could be circulated back into the local economy which would benefit everyone” he said.A lot of people still find applying for a tax refund confusing and complicated. Revenue have made attempts to educate taxpayers as to their entitlements regarding tax credits and reliefs – but tax is a difficult subject full stop. The average household is estimated to be missing out on around €880 a year in tax refunds, according to Mr. Coll.If you think you are due a Tax Refund you need to act fast as you have only got to the end of the year to claim back any tax you may have overpaid in the year 2013.No Refund – No FeeThe Tax Clinic has submitted thousands of tax refund claims for its clients over the years. Michael says that they offer a No Refund No Fee policy – so it costs you nothing to have a four-year “Tax Health Check” and you could have a very merry Christmas all thanks to the Taxman!To find out more log onto www.thetaxclinic.ie or call into their offices at either the High Road Letterkenny or Main Street Killybegs.Letterkenny – 074 9160550Killybegs – 074 9732055Why not let the tax man pay for your Christmas? was last modified: November 27th, 2017 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:CHristmasdonegalRefundThe Tax Clinic
Mary receives her papal award from Bishop Boyce.Last Sunday was a very special day in the life of Mary Murphy from Raphoe.Mary was surrounded by her family and the wider parish when the Bishop of Raphoe, Most Rev. Dr. Philip Boyce concelebrated 11am Mass in St. Eunan’s Church, Raphoe.During the mass Bishop Boyce conferred on Mary, the papal award, the Benemerenti Medal for over 40 years of faithful and dedicated service to her native parish Church. MARY’S YEARS OF DEVOTION HONOURED BY BISHOP BOYCE was last modified: November 7th, 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:bishop boyceMary Murphypapal awardRaphoe
URA hope in Masaka rest on the shoulders of creative midfielder Shafiq Kagimu, who has scored eight goals in the league this season. However, Villa defenders will also be wary of Bokota Labama Kamana, who is back on form and scored the winner against Bright Stars in Lugazi on Tuesday.Comments SC Villa will hope to end the league on a high.TodaySC Villa vs URA Masaka Recreation GroundsKampala side SC Villa make the arduous trip to their ‘home ground’ in Masaka three days after their 1-0 victory against Vipers guaranteed them second place finish in the league. The Joogos host fourth-placed URA with the tax collectors hoping they can pip Vipers for third place if the latter stumbles tomorrow.URA fc are just a point behind Vipers with Azam Uganda Premier League entering its last round.Team NewsVilla will be without Emmanuel Okwi as the striker serves the last of his three-game ban for unsportsmanlike conduct against Soana at Kavumba after he fought with Siraje Ssentamu.The Joogos, who may give a chance to non-first team players, will miss the services of Alex Kitata, Paul Mbowa and Vitalis Tabu.The tax collectors, on the other hand, will be without veteran striker Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza. The striker has joined Sudanese giants El Hilal after a short stint with URA during which he played 10 matches, scoring six times.Villa at homeOnly Villa and Onduparaka are still unbeaten at home in the league this season. SC Villa’s last loss playing at home was last season on May 6, when they went down 1-0 to KCCA.The league record champions has managed to score in all home games this season; 29 goals from 14 home matches.Villa has only drawn four home matches this season; 1-1 with Soana at Namboole, 2-2 with Lweza at Nakivubo, 1-1 with KCCA and 2-2 with Police, both in Masaka.URA on the roadURA has conceded the least number of goals this season playing away from home. The club has shipped in only 10 goals. The tax collectors have also won four of their last six away matches in the league.The tax collectors have played 14 away matches this season, winning six, drawing seven and losing once (to Vipers).Head to HeadVilla’s last win playing at home against URA was way back in 2014, a 1-0 victory thanks to Steven Bengo’s goal at Ssaza Grounds.SC Villa has only beaten URA twice from their previous 10 league encounters, losing four and drawing the other four.When the two sides met int he first round of the league this season at Mehta grounds in Lugazi, Jimmy Kulaba’s late strike denied Villa maximum points as the game ended 2-2. Scvilla were still under Shafiq Bisaso while URA were under Keffa Kisaala.Previous MeetingsFriday, October 3, 2014: SC Villa 1-0 URAFriday, April 10, 2015 URA fc 1-1 SC VillaFriday, August 28, 2015: SC Villa 1-1 URASunday, May 15, 2016: URA 3-0 VillaTuesday, December 6, 2016: URA 2-2 SC VillaDid you know?Only KCCA has scored more league goals than these two sides; Villa has scored 45 goals, URA 39 goals.Players to watchSC Villa will rest their chances on Umar Kasumba. The wasteful striker managed to find his scoring boots in their previous match against Vipers.
13 October 2015Four South African journalists have won CNN African Journalist Awards, held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Kenya, Nairobi. The awards recognised and awarded 32 African journalists, drawn from over 1 400 entries from 39 African countries.The Mohamed Amin Photographic Award went to @hermanverwey, Beeld #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20 pic.twitter.com/AlmXQO5lw8— AfricanJournoAwards (@AfricanJourno) October 10, 2015Photographer Herman Verwey from the Beeld newspaper won the Mohamed Amin Photographic Award for his photos taken during the murder trial of the Paralympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius.“When you look at Herman Verwey’s work, for a second, you can wonder. the characters are so full of life, these pictures really give you a sense of their feelings. Herman’s body of work gives also a proper idea of the high pressure that surrounded this trial, so important for the South African society,’ said the judges of their choice of this year’s winner.The awards were handed out on Saturday evening, 10 October.The Dow Technology & Innovation Reporting Award went to @sarahemilywild, Mail & Guardian #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20 pic.twitter.com/PEFadJx44N— AfricanJournoAwards (@AfricanJourno) October 10, 2015Sarah Wild from the Mail & Guardian newspaper won the Technology & Innovation Reporting Award for her story, “Robot”, on the environmental testing of the health of the oceans’ “lungs” in relation to effects of global warming.Judges highlighted the article’s intuitive and simple tone in communicating the technicalities of the subject matter, saying: “Sarah Wild delivered an original report on a major innovation in research over global warming, conducted by a South African scientific team. It’s an excellent reminder that there are African-led research programs at the forefront of the climate change issue. Sarah Wild transports the reader into the heart of the project, with the team deploying this new generation of sea-cruising robots.”The IPP Media Features Award went to @JulieLaurenz & #JacquelineJayamaha #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20 pic.twitter.com/mrnV3LJXxT— AfricanJournoAwards (@AfricanJourno) October 10, 2015Freelance documentary-makers Julie Laurenz and Jacqueline Jayamaha won in the Features Award category for their harrowing profile piece, “Viola’s Hope”, for the e-tv channel, about the effects of woonga drug addiction.“Tragic. Educative. Committed. The team that brought us this piece spent over a month putting it together and they stayed with their story which was well-shot, produced and written,” said the judges.CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 is Hyacinthe Sanou, Burkina Faso #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20 w/ @UKenyatta pic.twitter.com/NYCfaWaXPO— DStv Kenya (@DStv_Kenya) October 10, 2015Burkinabe journalist Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou won the top prize – African Journalist of the Year – for his piece, “Room 143”. Published in the Ouagadougou daily newspaper L’Observateur Paalga, the story covered the ousting of Blaise Campaore, who had ruled over Burkina Faso for 27 years.“My story was about power and how people can fight against it – I’m so proud that the story has been told and will now be remembered,” said Sanou.Uhuru’s speech during 2015 CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards http://t.co/KtM6nB6thX #AfricanJournoAwards pic.twitter.com/4uXdfz0Wvr— The Star, Kenya (@TheStarKenya) October 11, 2015Keynote speaker for the event, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, paid tribute to the hard work journalists did to find the real stories of Africa. He asked that they do their best to continue to find the real “African truths” and reclaim the African story, so that they could tell global audiences of the success stories.Ferial Haffajee, editor-in-chief of City Press newspaper, was this year’s chairperson of the judging panel. She paid tribute to the winners, saying the awards were recognition for a lot of sacrifices that journalists made to get their stories. “Journalism can be very dangerous, lonely,” Haffajee told the gathering.Speaking on behalf of the hosts and sponsors of the event, Deborah Rayner, CNN senior vice-president for international news gathering, TV and digital, said that the winners demonstrated the very best of journalism, from investigative journalism through to stories of hope and change.“I’ve seen tremendously courageous reporting, brilliantly innovative reporting and highly entertaining reporting,” added Tony Maddox, executive vice-president and managing director of CNN. “The awards really do cover the full panorama of all that is good in journalism.”Source: News24