Delaying 2020 General Elections

first_imgDear Editor,I am really concerned by this call from the General Secretary of the People’s National Congress (PNC), Amna Ally, on the need for new house-to-house voter registration. Many see this call as a ploy by President Granger to delay the general elections. Fact – any such process will cost over G$1.5 billion and will be prolonged. The outcome – a delayed 2020 elections by as much as two to three years.This call for new house-to-house elections is the bird call to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman to switch on his “follow the leader” hat and commence “project buy time” for the PNC.So, I reject this call from Amna Ally since the GECOM list even with its challenges is credible irrespective of what the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and PNC say. The credibility of elections is characterised by the transparency in the process, the accountability by GECOM to the population, and inclusivity of the population in the process? I do not see any of this under threat right now even with a PNC biased GECOM Chairman.No one will doubt that GECOM had many challenges between the 1992 and 2015 elections but even the worst of those elections passed the credibility test. Show me a country that has a 100 per cent perfect election – there is none. So why is the PPP demanding perfection?Every election has anomalies and if it is less than two per cent of the voting roll, then it falls outside of the normal distribution of the process and can be deemed as credible. In all of our elections, including the one where David Granger won by 4000 votes, the PPP could not have overturned that score even if all the votes were recounted. Actually, I think if the votes were recounted, Granger might have gotten more votes and the PNC one more in 2015 because he was more popular than Donald Ramotar by a mile. But those days are gone forever and Bharrat Jagdeo is at his peak of popularity today.What the PPP should be really focusing on is the process from now until 2020. Are fair-minded Guyanese being hired into GECOM or PNC political hacks? Is GECOM getting the resources it needs to conduct the elections efficiently? Is the database well protected and what can be done to beef up the security of the database? How is GECOM coming along with its preparation for the December 2018 Local Government Elections which will be a dry run for the 2020 elections? These are the issues, not the quality of the list.The PPP has to stop this obsession with the purity of the list and focus on the operations in GECOM because the PNC will milk their insecurities to fulfil their Congress Place agenda of delaying the elections.It is the duty of the PPP to take this fight to the PNC and stop all this nonsense of issue infantile statements and take some people on the street on the more important issues, like the sugar workers severance pay.Sincerely,Jai (Harry) Lalllast_img read more

Court to Issue Citizens’ Arrest Order for Police, NSA Directors

first_imgJudge Johannes Zogbah Zlahn of Criminal Court ‘A’ yesterday threatened to order citizens to assist court officers to arrest Police Inspector General Chris Massaquoi and National Security Agency (NSA) Director Fumba Sirleaf, should they fail to appear in court today, November 5.“IG Massaquoi and Director Sirleaf’s failure to appear on Wednesday, November 5, will lead the court with no alternative, but to issue an arrest order for the sheriffs to be assisted by citizens of this country as required by law,” Judge Zlahn insisted.He continued, “The clerk of this court is hereby ordered to again issue an order demanding them (Massaquoi and Sirleaf) and their deputies to immediately make the living bodies of  Jefferson Sanoe and Alfred Cruwu available on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at 10 a.m.”Judge Zlahn noted that his order is in accordance with Chapter 16, Section 16.6 of the Civil Procedural Law.The decision came after IG Massaquoi and Director Sirleaf refused to show-up on several occasions, insisting they are not compelled to appear before the court.It all started when Judge Zlahn subpoenaed the two senior security officers for the second time to unconditionally appear before him yesterday.They were to produce the living bodies of Jefferson Sanoe and Alfred Cruwu detained at the National Police headquarters in Monrovia.The men were arrested in Gbarpolu County on October 21, allegedly with thousands of United States dollars’ worth of diamonds.At yesterday’s hearing, only one of the detainees, Alfred Cruwu was seen seated in the courtroom. But, the other man, Jefferson Sanoe is still being held in police custody.Surprisingly, neither IG Massaquoi nor Director Sirleaf, nor their legal team showed up at the court.Interestingly,  yesterday’s proceeding was suspended and because of their apparent disregard for the court and for wasting everyone’s time, including the detainees’ legal counsel, as well as taxpayers’ money being wasted, the Judge found the two security chiefs in contempt of court. While everyone was in the courtroom, the judge in strong words stated: “This country is not [the] private property of anyone including NSA director Fumba Sirleaf and Police IG Chris Massaquoi.  They are bound by and subject to the law of the land, regardless of however important they think they may be.“The conduct on the part of the two senior security chiefs does not only constitute a flagrant disrespect for this court and its dignity, but also constitutes a violation of the constitution of this Republic, as well as the statutory law of the country.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Workers strike, protest for 3rd day

first_imgEnmore Estate closureWith just months to go before the end of sugar operations at the East Demerara (Enmore) Sugar Estate, employees are demanding that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) honours incentives which workers traditionally receive. As such, sugar workers at Enmore are expected to once again down tools, refusing toEast Demerara Estate Field Secretary Rampersaud Prashadexecute cane cutting or factory tasks at the Estate this morning.Guyana Times understands that the workers will gather in front of the factory protesting what they say is unfair treatment of workers. Field Secretary at the Estate, Rampersaud Prashad, explained that the workers were demanding Holiday with Pay disbursement and 10-year pay incentive. In an interview with this publication on Wednesday, Prashad observed that workers were willing to resume work once a deal was worked out regarding their demands.This newspaper understands that following Wednesday’s protest, management met with workers, and it is expected that another meeting will be held this morning. It was noted that the business community and families of workers will support today’s protest.It was at Tuesday’s protest that the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) urged sugar workers to stand united, as they continued to speak out against Government’s new policy to close more sugar estates. GAWU President Komal Chand had said the Union planned to continue mobilising sugarWorkers have protested and downed tools since Mondayworkers to take part in frequent protests that would hopefully send a strong message to the Government – that they would not accept the closure of more estates.“We can put up a fight and a struggle. And we can force them to come to the table and talk to the Union sensibly, meaningfully, and let us find a way out. The legacy that is left today will haunt people and those who are doing this will be condemned by history,” Chand had expressed.The GAWU Head reminded that Government did not take on board any of its recommendations that were presented in a 12-page paper, which was shared with the Administration in February this year. The Union claimed the suggestions offered the industry a good possibility to overcome its challenges and remain sustainable.“[Prime Minister] Moses Nagamootoo and President David Granger must answer for these decisions they are making. These are anti-people, anti-working class, anti-children decisions they are making,” he told hundreds of workers who had gathered at Enmore.Only recently, Government announced plans to close two sugar estates, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo as part of a new policy for the sugar industry. While the Government has indicated its intention to retain as many workers as possible, the closure of these estates still has the potential to create serious economic hardship for hundreds of workers and their families.GAWU has called for the matter to be debated and discussed with workers and their representative organisations in the industry. The Union also affirmed its position to have affected workers receive their normal work or pay in lieu of work, in the event Government moved ahead with its decision.Guyana Times was on Monday informed that some 200 female workers attached to Enmore Estate stood to be directly affected. This publication reported that at the estate, some 40 women engaged in weeding tasks while another 40 were part of the “creole gang”. It was further disclosed that several women worked as cleaners in the factory’s offices, while 17 were attached to the packaging plant. More alarmingly, it was further related that the majority of these women were married to cane cutters, which meant that both parents of many households stood to be unemployed.last_img read more

Residents evacuated from Tubby’s RV Park

first_imgEarly Saturday morning residents of Tubby’s RV Park in Dawson Creek were evacuated because of heavy flooding.- Advertisement -Kim Lowder the Park Manager says the RCMP came through the park at about 2:30 a.m. telling residents to evacuate. The park was almost full with approximately 85 sites in use.  In some areas of the park, the water is almost 3 feet deep and it keeps rising.According to Lowder, the water rose almost a foot over night and has since slowed.  Everyone was able to leave the park safely, but some RV’s still remain and mostly belong to people who are out of town for the weekend.At the moment the main buildings of the RV park are still intact and have not suffered any water damage.If you have any photos or more information about this story, email contact@mile0city.calast_img read more

Prep Games to watch

first_imgTODAYGirls water polo: Rowland at Cerritos, 3:15 p.m. The Dons finished runner-up to Downey in the SGVL and face a tough opponent in Rowland in a CIF-SS Division III wild-card matchup. WEDNESDAYBoys soccer: Lynwood at Artesia, 3 p.m. These local teams will face off in the Division IV wild-card round. FRIDAYGirls soccer: Trabuco Hills at Wilson, 3 p.m. The Moore League champions open the Division I playoffs at home. Boys basketball: Lakewood at Mayfair, 7:30 p.m. These rivals will meet in the Division I-AA first round with more than just bragging rights at stake. SATURDAYBoys soccer: Saddleback/Norco winner at Bellflower, 3 p.m. The Bucs won their first Suburban League title and get to open the Division III playoffs at home against a wild-card winner. Girls basketball: El Toro at Glenn, 7:30 p.m. Twin sisters Champign and Brandi Hood lead the way for the Eagles. Boys basketball: Milken Community at Valley Christian, 7:30 p.m. The Crusaders open the Division IV-A playoffs with a game at home. THURSDAYGirls water polo: Mater Dei vs. Wilson at Belmont Plaza Pool, 3:15 p.m. The Bruins are coming off emotional victories against Los Al and Millikan. center_img 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

Ronaldinho leaves footprints in Maracana Hall of Fame

first_imgHis footprints will now be displayed alongside those of other Brazilian greats such as Pele and Zico.Ronaldinho first received an invitation to leave his prints in 2011, but put it off because of his busy agenda, he said.Ronaldinho in 2002 after winning the World Cup with Brazil © AFP/File / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURAThe former Barcelona forward won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil alongside Ronaldo and Rivaldo, scoring a memorable long-range free-kick against England.He was awarded the Ballon d’Or as Europe’s best player in 2005 and finally hung up his boots in January 2018, seven years after returning to Brazil.Since then, he said he has had “a very active life”, though he still misses his sporting days.Discovered in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, where he was born, Ronaldinho also spent time with Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, and at Brazilian teams Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro and Fluminense, as well as a year with Mexico’s Queretaro.Ronaldinho with the Ballon d’Or in 2005 © AFP / FRANCK FIFEHe did not respond to reporters’ questions about the confiscation of his passport late last year over an unpaid $2.3 million fine for damaging the environment while having a property built on a lake in a conservation area.Nor did he reply to questions about how he viewed the first days of Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro, whom he supported during his campaigning via his Instagram feed.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil great Ronaldinho gestures during a ceremony to stamp his footprints at Maracana Stadium’s Hall of Fame © AFP / MAURO PIMENTELRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jan 8 – Brazil’s former football star Ronaldinho on Tuesday left his footprints in the Hall of Fame in Rio’s legendary Maracana Stadium, one year after retiring from the sport.“This is one of the biggest trophies of my career,” the 38-year-old — full name Ronaldinho de Assis Moreira — told reporters as he was hailed by dozens of tourists visiting the stadium built to host the 1950 World Cup final match.last_img read more

Eight Championship stars wanted by Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham

first_imgThe Championship proved itself to be one of the most competitive leagues in the world once again this season as several teams battled it out to win the title.Even the fight to land a play-off place went down to the wire with former leaders Derby County ending up finishing the campaign in eighth spot.And amongst the ranks of these teams are some superb players who have impressed Premier League clubs in their pursuit of glory.But which second division stars might be plying their trade in the top flight next season as teams like Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham lurk. talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to scroll through our gallery… 7 7 7 Derby County midfielder Will Hughes is among a group of Championship stars interesting a host of Premier League clubs – Click right to see which Wolves star will leave on a free transfer… – The England Under-21 star is unmissable on a football pitch with his shock of blonde hair and following Steve McClaren’s failure to get the Rams back into the Premier League the likeliness of Hughes remaining at iPro Stadium is slim. Liverpool have been long-term admirers and have been linked with a £15m move. Teddy Bishop (Ipswich) – See which Championship star is wanted by Liverpool by scrolling on… – Midfield starlet Bishop, 18, has had an excellent breakthrough season with Arsenal and Manchester United taking note of his superb displays in the centre of Mick McCarthy’s side. His copybook has, though, been blotted at the end of the campaign after he was charged with multiple breaches of the FA’s betting rules. 7 Tyrone Mings (Ipswich) – Click on to see the highly-rated England Under-20 star on the radar of three top clubs… – Picked up for £10,000 from Chippenham Town, the defender is impressing all who watch him at Portman Road, with West Ham and Arsenal both linked with moves for him. As well as his on-field talents, Mings is well known for his charitable acts, which includes feeding the homeless, giving tickets to fans and paying off all his mother’s debts. 7 Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede (Blackburn) – Find out which charitable star is interesting Arsenal and West Ham by clicking right… – The Rovers duo hit 41 Championship goals between them this season but still couldn’t fire the Ewood Park side into the Premier League. A number of top flight sides have been casting their eyes over the Scotsman and his team-mate, including Southampton, Crystal Palace and Swansea and West Ham. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) – Find out which other Ipswich star could be on the move to Manchester United or Arsenal by clicking right… – After bursting onto the scene last season, Gray’s stock has continued to rise with six goals in 41 Championship appearances. The Blues were able to ward off a £4.5m bid from Bournemouth in January but with Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Crystal Palace all lurking he could be snapped up this summer. 7 Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – Which dynamic strike duo could be on the move this summer? Find out next… – The Mali international has starred at Molineux since signing from Saint-Etienne in 2012. Unfortunately for Wolves, the 27-year-old’s contract expires this summer and they have pleaded with the player not to join rivals Aston Villa or West Brom, who have been linked with moves for his services. 7 Sam Byram (Leeds United) – After seeing Southampton’s £4.5m bid for him rejected prior to the start of the season, versatile Leeds star Byram got his head down and has continued to progress well, at right-back and right-wing. Liverpool are reportedly readying an £8m bid this summer.last_img read more

Mevagh Playground appeal for donations for final touches

first_imgMevagh Parish has always been desperate for a playground , a lot of attempts had been made previously but not successful. So in August 2014 a meeting was organised by Moving Mevagh Forward to see if there was any community interest in a playground . From there we The Mevagh Playground Fundraising Committee were formed. The playground site was generously provided by the Sheephaven Credit Union .. All we had to do was get the funds together to make the dream a reality ! We applied to the Departement of Arts , Gaeltacht & Heritage for funding as we are Gaeltacht community . In the mean time we began fundraising with a bucket collection , a tea party , a coffee morning , a card drive , a very successful COME DINE WITH ME & prize draw , we also received generous donations from local business’ & events , we successfully managed to raise slightly over €21000! September 2015 we were sanctioned a grant of €48615 by Gaeltacht Minister (at the time) Joe Mc Hugh . So the wheels were finally in motion . There was a lot of various paperwork to deal with to ensure everything is completed corrected . However , in August 2016 the awarded contractor began work on the site installing the equipment .The first phase is now complete , the next phase will be the wetpour . It is such an exciting time for the parish as Mevagh has waited so long for a playground for the children , the end is in sight. The majority of the playground equipment selected is all inclusive , to allow all children access & use of the facility .Unfortunately , our fundraising isn’t complete we still have a bit more fundraising to do ; we have set up a crowdfunding page to allow people from the parish who live outside the area to donate , we also welcome donations from visitors or anyone willing to support this project .and also we have organised a barn dance in Glen Valley on 29th Oct with music by Paul McCahill . We are hopeful that both these fundraising initiatives are successful , which will ensure the playground is completed with no additional delays . The playground will be an asset to the area , promoting tourism & encouraging visitors to stop off & make use of local business’.The fundraising committee are so grateful to everyone who has supported Mevagh Playground to date , and urge everyone to spread the news to ensure we reach the target & Mevagh Playground is completed & open to the children of the community & visiting children .The Mevagh playground will be maintained jointly by The local community group Moving Mevagh Forward and Donegal County Council and without their assistance this project could not have proceeded. Special thanks to Moving Mevagh Forward and Eamon Boyle senior engineer donegal county council and to architect Francey McHugh.The fundraising committee would like to Thank everyone for supporting this worthy cause & look forward to the continued support.You can donate to Mevagh playground here.Words by Sarah McGroddyMevagh Playground appeal for donations for final touches was last modified: September 6th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:fundraisingmevagh playgroundlast_img read more

Finn Harps U17 and U19s have it all to play for…

first_imgHarps U17s League Victory vital After the ‘high’ of securing the late draw last weekend against leaders St. Patrick’s Athletic the Finn Harps U17s must build on that result by winning this Saturday afternoon’s away fixture against bottom of the table Longford Town in the FAI National U17 League (kick-off 1.00).Harps are fifth in the table with four teams qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition. So it’s all to play for with four round of fixtures remaining. Manager Declan Boyle will be taking nothing for granted against Longford who pulled off a surprise 5-2 win over Derry City last Saturday. Leaders St. Pat’s and Bohemians will take the top two places with Sligo Rovers, Dundalk, Harps, Athlone, Shelbourne and Derry all battling it for the third and fourth spots.A Harps win in Longford is a must in order to stay in contention. The other games in the Northern Section includes Shelbourne v Bohemians on this Thursday night. On Saturday Athlone are away to Monaghan/Cavan while Derry City host Sligo Rovers and St. Pat’s are at home to Dundalk. Harps U19 look for win in Longford It’s coming down to the wire in terms of the vital final placings in the FAI National U19 League with just two rounds of fixtures now left to be completed. And the Finn Harps U19s are battling to be in the top two which would guarantee Joe Boyle’s side a home draw in the knockout stages of the competition.But it’s very tight as Harps head for Longford this Sunday. St. Patrick’s Athletic lead the league by a point from both Dundalk and Harps. Derry City are just a further point adrift in fourth place.Boyle’s team will be favourites to defeat Longford this Sunday despite being away from home. They are 12 points ahead of their opponents. In the other important fixtures leaders St. Pat’s will be expected to defeat visitors Drogheda Utd on Sunday.Likewise on Saturday hosts Derry City U19s should be too strong for bottom of the table Athlone Town. Dundalk have home advantage against Sligo Rovers who are not in the frame for qualification. The final league game for the Finn Harps U19s will be Saturday 17th of September in Ballybofey.Finn Harps U17 and U19s have it all to play for… was last modified: August 31st, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:finn harpsJoe BoyleLongfordST PATRICKS ATHLETICU17u19last_img read more


first_imgANOTHER brief cold blast of winter is set to hit Co Donegal this weekend, forecasters at Met Eireann have said.Temperatures are set to drop on Saturday night and by Sunday we could be seeing sleet showers and snow on the hills, say the experts.This will be accompanied by cold northerly winds making it feel even colder. “It will remain very mild for the rest of the week but it will turn colder and there will be sleet and snow on higher ground by Sunday,” said a Met spokesman.There is also the possibility of ice and frost.However the cold spell is not expected to last more than couple of days.Current long term forecasts say temperatures will rise later next week. Irish Weather Online’s Peter O’Donnell is forecasting up to 30mm of rain on Saturday night, followed by sleet and snow on higher ground on Sunday.He says it’s too early to say how the weather will follow after that.© 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on Follow us on WEATHER: COLD BLAST OF WINTER BACK AT WEEKEND was last modified: February 29th, 2012 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:colddonegal weatherfrosticesleetsnowlast_img read more