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first_imgCourt-ordered Article 106 March 19 elections…says APNU/AFC seem bent on creating constitutional crisisRepresentatives from the US-based Carter Centre met with members of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday where they met with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo along with Opposition Members of Parliament Juan Edghill and Priya Manickchand. The Carter Centre team included Associate Director, Brett Lacy, and Legal and Electoral Advisor, Anne Marlborough.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe representatives are in Guyana on a fact-finding mission to ascertain the country’s preparedness to host General and Regional Elections following the December 21, 2018 passage of a motion of no-confidence against the coalition Government.In an interview with Guyana Times, the Opposition Leader said he briefed the visiting officials on his party’s perspective on the elections.“We welcomed the meeting and we’re pleased that they’ve shown continued interest in the governance issues in Guyana, particularly free and fair elections. We also used to the opportunity to outline our perspective on how the matters are evolving,” he stated.According to the Opposition Leader, he made it clear that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition seems “hell bent” on violating the Constitution.“I told them that there is almost no respect for the [High] Court’s decision and that Government is operating in a manner and have made public pronouncements that it is ‘business as usual’. There has been no good faith effort made by this Government to meet the constitutional deadline and that they are pushing us into a constitutional crisis once the March 19 deadline expires,” Jagdeo said he told the Carter Centre representatives.Since the passage of the No-confidence Motion, the Opposition has been reaching out to a number of international organisations to update them on the political situation in Guyana. As such, Jagdeo said this visit by the Carter Centre demonstrates that Guyana and the events happening here are being watched closely.“We’ve been having regular meetings with the international community and I know that they are very concerned with the developments in Guyana and I believe that at the appropriate time, stronger views will be expressed,” he stated.Already international pressure on the country has mounted. Only recently, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Mikiko Tanaka urged the State to demonstrate its integrity and respect the Constitution as she reminded that building a peaceful and just society requires respect for the rule of law and confidence in national institutions.“Recent political developments triggered by the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly, are a test for Guyana’s strength and integrity with regards to the effectiveness of the rule of law and governance. The delivery of the decisions by the Chief Justice demonstrate the independence and integrity of the Judiciary in protecting the Constitution and upholding the rule of law. The Honourable Speaker’s earlier validation of the process of the controversial voting at the National Assembly was testimony of the integrity of the Legislative arm of the State. It is hoped that the third arm of the State, the Executive, will demonstrate its integrity and respect for Guyana’s Constitution and the Judiciary that constitute the foundation for the rule of law,” Tanaka noted.While the length of the Carter Centre officials’ visit is unknown, the team has already met with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). During that meeting, they engaged Chairman, Justice James Patterson; Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield; and the three Opposition Commissioners. The three Government Commissions did not show for the meeting on Monday.Later that day, the Carter Centre representatives also met with Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Social Protection Minister Amna Ally; and Political Advisor, Dr Mark Kirton at the Ministry of the Presidency.Civil societyMeanwhile on Tuesday, the visiting team participated in a civil society forum meeting with local stakeholders. The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) made a presentation, which according to its General Secretary Lincoln Lewis, highlights the need for society to vest itself in good governance, while also emphasising on the Centre’s crucial role at this point in time.Lewis maintains that the GTUC’s concern is on rights and the rule of law, and the application of justice for all.The GTUC head believes Government and the Opposition should return to the National Assembly, not only to address the issue of election and matters pertaining to how Government should “function” consistent with Article 106 (7), but to put in place structures to realise inclusion of political and non-political stakeholders.last_img read more

first_imgDonegal County Council has been urged to monitor a deluge of ‘agricultural litter’ that is blighting the coastline near Lough Foyle. A local councillor for Inishowen raised concerns over the pollution to the Environmental Department of the authority last week.Cllr Terry Crossan, who highlighted the build-up of plastic bags and rubber bands on the coastline between Muff and Greencastle, said a number of residents had expressed their concerns over the ongoing issue. The Sinn Fein councillor said: “As a result, there has been a lot of pollution in the area including plastic bags, which are no-way biodegradable, and rubber bands.“There is also an encroachment on wildlife habitats and I have a lot of my constituents, who are very environmentally minded, making representation to me over the increasing amount of waste and pollution along the coastline.“And I would like to ask the council to oversee an environmental impact towards this pollution on our coastline along the Lough Foyle.”Mathew Byrne, Waste Protection Officer for Donegal County Council, said: “It is a problem and I will talk to relevant parties and see if we can engage with these fish farms. “There is a difficulty linking the litter back to the fish farms, so it isn’t as straight forward as people may think.” Council to engage with fish farmers over Lough Foyle pollution was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgA Judicial Magistrate First Class court on Friday granted bail to Kenneth Silveira, 35, who was arrested by the Crime Branch of the Goa Police for allegedly posting fake information about Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s “death” on Facebook.He was released on a personal bond of ₹10,000.Mr. Silveira was arrested on Wednesday night, a day after he allegedly put up the post saying Mr. Parrikar, who is undergoing treatment in the U.S., was “no more”.An FIR was filed after a local BJP worker submitted a complaint to the police, and Mr. Silveira was arrested, with investigators saying that he was not cooperating with the probe.In a related development, people protested outside the police headquarters here on Friday, accusing the police of trying to muzzle free speech.last_img read more

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants It’s March Madness all over James Yap, also of Rain or Shine, shoots to retain his Three-Point Shootout title against some of the league’s finest marksmen led by Marcio Lassiter (San Miguel), Pogoy (TnT Katropa), Wright (Phoenix) and Mike DiGregorio (Blackwater).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Google Philippines names new country director The core of the past Gilas Pilipinas Cadets program tests the mettle of today’s PBA young guns to make for an intriguing storyline in this week’s PBA All-Star festivity.The Juniors team led by Mac Belo and Roger Pogoy goes up against the combined Rookies/Sophomores selection of CJ Perez and Jason Perkins in the main appetizer of this year’s All-Star game in Calasiao, Pangasinan.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The match is set at 7 p.m. on Friday at Calasiao Sports Complex following the Skills Challenge side events that feature the Obstacle Race, Three-Point Shootout, and Slam Dunk contest.Belo and Pogoy led the Cadets training pool that made up the highly talented 2016 batch of the PBA Draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoining them in the Juniors squad are Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Ferrer, Russel Escoto, Ed Daquioag, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, Rashawn McCarthy and Ael Banal.Only McCarthy and Banal were not part of the Gilas Cadets program. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Meanwhile, with Perkins and Perez in the Rookies/Sophomores are Jeron Teng, Raymar Jose, Rey Nambatac, Robbie Herndon, Mark Tallo, Robert Bolick, Abu Tratter, Paul Desiderio, Trevis Jackson, and Javee Mocon.Phoenix lead deputy Topex Robinson will call the shots for the Juniors, while the coaching staff of Rain or Shine handles the Rookies/Sophomores unit.Shortly before the game, the Obstacle Race kicks off the All-Star side event, with Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga gunning for back-to-back titles.Out to stop Belga are June Mar Fajardo (San Miguel), Moala Tautuaa (NorthPort), Kyle Pascual (Magnolia), Jose (Blackwater), Noy Baclao (Alaska), Marion Magat (NLEX), Prince Caperal (Barangay Ginebra), Bryan Faundo (Meralco), Yousef Taha (TnT Katropa), Escoto (Columbian Dyip) and Justin Chua (Phoenix).The Obstacle Challenge was reserved for small men in the past, with the league thinking of a way to make it interesting by letting the frontliners compete.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more