WPA calls for CCJ rulings to be accepted

first_img– urges timely replacement of unconstitutionally-appointed GECOM Chair– as Court scheduled to hand down consequential orders todayThe Working People’s Alliance (WPA), in a break from the utterances of members from the People’s National Congress (PNC), is calling for the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rulings and the Court’s jurisdiction to hear such matters to be respected.The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)This was communicated in a statement on Sunday, in which the small party in the coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) noted that the rulings were important for both Guyana and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) bloc at large.“WPA adds its voice to those which have already urged acceptance of the CCJ’s rulings even if there are partisan disagreements with, or disappointment at the outcome. In so doing, we affirm the legitimacy of the institutions we have collectively created and agreed to,” the party noted.“In this regard, the swift recognition by the sitting government whose arguments did not find favour with the Court was most encouraging. The issues arising from the two cases are central to our country’s and the Caricom sub-region’s political process.”According to the WPA, nothing can be more important than the removal of an elected government by means other than the electoral process. In similar manner, the WPA noted the importance of the process by which the Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is appointed.It further noted that the Court has given the two sides an opportunity to arrive at a consensus on the orders to flow from the rulings. As far as guidance is concerned, it suggested a “happy marriage between principle and practicality”. For the WPA, this is a fair balance that should be embraced by all sides.“The ball is once again in our leaders’ court –it is yet another test of their political maturity, which has so often been absent from their deliberations. WPA prefers a workable solution by the two sides rather than an order from the CCJ, which, in any case, seems reluctant to insert itself beyond its rulings.”At the same time, the WPA also reaffirmed a position put forward by President David Granger, that the current voters’ list is tainted. According to the party, it believes a few extra months do not amount to an unfair extension or delaying tactic.When it comes to replacing retired Justice James Patterson as GECOM Chairman, the WPA urged that this process be completed quickly and that someone who has no political ties to any party be appointed.“Regarding the selection of a new GECOM Chair, WPA thinks that both the Opposition Leader and the President have a responsibility to ensure that the system works to the advantage of Guyana. Towards this end, we endorse the suggestion that both leaders agree to a list of potential candidates from which the President chooses the Chair. We also suggest that such a list should not include anyone with overt political ties to any political party. We further urge that this process be done in a timely manner,” the statement added.Last week, President Granger had requested a meeting with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. The correspondence was penned by Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, on the President’s behalf. In the letter, Harmon conveys the President’s best wishes and asks that they meet to discuss the political ramifications of the CCJ rulings.While the letter does not specify a date and time to meet, it does say that the meeting has to be after today, Monday, June 24. Today, the CCJ will be handing down the consequential orders that follow its ruling that the No-Confidence Motion was passed.Other consequential orders will relate to the appointment of retired Justice Patterson. The CCJ had found that Patterson’s appointment was flawed and in breach of the Constitution. The Court also ruled that the President ought to have given the Opposition Leader an explanation as to why consecutive lists of nominees for the position of GECOM Chairman were being rejected.last_img read more

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Lacazette out for 6 weeks after knee op

first_img“The minor procedure was a success and he will now undergo a period of rehabilitation,” said a statement on the club’s website.“It is envisaged that he will return to the squad within four to six weeks.”Arsenal signed Lacazette from Lyon for a then club-record £46.5 million in July last year and he had a bright start to his career in London but has only scored once in 13 matches since December.He is the club’s top scorer this season with nine goals and netted twice for France in their friendly against Germany in November.The timing of his injury could not be worse for the forward, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arriving at the club last month for a new record fee of £56 million.But Aubameyang is ineligible to play in the Europa League, leaving Arsenal short of options in attack for the first leg of the knockout tie against Ostersunds in Sweden on Thursday.Lacazette will also miss the second leg a week later, as well as the League Cup final against Manchester City on February 25.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexandre Lacazette has scored just one goal for Arsenal since the turn of the year © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will be out of action for up to six weeks after undergoing an operation on his left knee, the club said on Tuesday.The 26-year-old had an arthroscopy in London and the procedure was described as a “success” by the Gunners.last_img read more

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Things more interesting than Netherlands v Argentina

first_imgNetherlands v Argentina had a tough act to follow after Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 in the first semi-final.An edgy clash in Sao Paulo was the result as the two sides battled for the right to play the Europeans in Sunday’s final.Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben failed to fire in the game which finished 0-0 after extra-time before the South Americans won on penalties.And Twitter users gave their verdict with an amusing hashtag… 1 Netherlands v Argentina last_img

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THE ‘SKY’ IS THE LIMIT FOR ARDARA THIS WEEK!

first_imgThe Ardara Matchmaking Festival is to feature on Sky TV this week.Love, lyrics, and lots of interesting characters from the annual festival will feature on ‘Out and About in Ireland’ on Sky TV channel 201 this Thursday evening, November 24th, at 9.00pm.A film crew from IRISH TV travelled to the picturesque Donegal village recently to capture all the rírá agus romance involved with this entertaining festival. Event organiser Stephen McCahill said he was delighted that the film crew chose the Ardara Matchmaking Festival as their base location. “There is something unique and magical about matchmaking and it is a great Irish tradition. It’s a great weekend for those who are both serious and light-hearted about finding romance.“We are very proud that this broadcast on Sky TV channel 201 and on www.irishtv.iewill showcase the village and Co. Donegal to a massive audience at home and abroad.”The Sky TV programme this Thursday on Sky channel 201 captures the essence of community spirit and the camaraderie associated with festivals in rural Ireland, which are traits easily found in Ardara as the village aims to host a festival every month each year.“The Ardara Matchmaking Festival attracts visitors from all over the country. Our show this Thursday will give viewers a fantastic insight into the unique tradition of matchmaking in Ireland. “The show will include advice from both the Matchmaker’s Daughters and the Donegal Divas as well as wonderful musical entertainment from ‘country music’s sweetheart’ Lisa McHugh.” commented Irish TV executive producer Mairéad Ní Mhaoilchiaráin.The programme this Thursday will also feature a delicious piece on tasty treats and cakes in Ardara’s famous Gallagher’s Bakery as well as much more.The entire show can be viewed on Sky TV channel 201 or on Freesat 403 this coming Thursday, November 24th at 9.00pm or alternatively you can watch the show online at www.irishtv.ieTHE ‘SKY’ IS THE LIMIT FOR ARDARA THIS WEEK! was last modified: November 21st, 2011 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:ArdaraSKY TVlast_img read more

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KEATING SNATCHES A POINT FOR TEN-MAN HARPS

first_imgRuairi Keating slotted home from the penalty spot to save a deserved point for ten-man Finn Harps against Wexford Youths at Finn Park.Harps striker Ruairi Keating snatched a point for Harps. Pic by Gary Foy.Ollie Horgan’s team was forced to dig deep after the dismissal of steady central defender Keith Cowan.Cowan’s controversial dismissal came in the 43rd minute after an altercation with Danny Cullen. Cullen’s reaction to a general outbreak of handbag swapping would have made Daniel Day Lewis proud but it was enough to get Cowan an early shower.It certainly wasn’t Cowan’s night as he had what looked like a legitimate goal ruled out in the 33rd minute.The big schoolteacher jumped highest at the far post after a headed on ball from Damien McNulty.Cowan’s header sneaked in at the foot of the post but referee Ben Connolly claimed he had fouled the defender and awarded a free out. The lively Ruairi Keating continued to show a deft turn of foot to test the Wexford defence but couldn’t find that vital opening.Harps went behind in the 65th minute when Killian Cantwell got onto the end of a Dean Broaders free-kick to head the ball beyond an all-at-sea Conor Winn who probably could have done better.Harps battled to get back into the game and were helped by the lively arrival of the lively (and masked) Sean McCarron after a number of weeks out injured.But it wasn’t until the 85th minute that the breakthrough came when Keating was fouled in the area by Wexford ‘keeper Graham Doyle.The on-loan Sligo Rovers man kept his cool to send Doyle the wrong way to make it 1-1. That’s the way it finished and Ollie Horgan will probably be happy that his ten man team managed to snatch a point.KEATING SNATCHES A POINT FOR TEN-MAN HARPS was last modified: April 11th, 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:drawfinn harpswexford youthslast_img read more

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Chicago looks to fill Boston’s Sox

first_imgCHICAGO — Shoeless Joe Jackson was roaming the outfield, Woodrow Wilson was in the White House and World War I was raging the last time the Chicago White Sox won a World Series. When those Pale Hose of 1917 beat the New York Giants in six games, winning the clincher at the Polo Grounds, who knew it would be the last championship for the team from Chicago’s South Side? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But if the Red Sox could finally break through — they were nearly on their way out before winning eight straight to beat the Yankees in the ALCS and then the Cardinals in the World Series — why not the White Sox, who led the AL with 99 wins this season? “It would be comparable,” Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko said Monday as the teams got ready for Tuesday’s best-of-five opener at U.S. Cellular Field. “They’ve been there, they’ve got experience and they know what it’s all about,” Chicago infielder Willie Harris added. “They won it last year, why can’t we win it this year?” But Konerko, a native of Rhode Island, is well aware of the historical perspective surrounding the Red Sox. “I don’t know if any team ever overcome so much baggage and so much bad stuff and also with their main rival winning so much in the meantime. What those guys did last year, without question in my mind, is the best story, got to be one of the best teams ever to overcome all the stuff they had to overcome,” Konerko said. Now the White Sox have a chance to undo a long history of frustration, just as the Boston Red Sox did a year ago when they foiled the “Curse of the Bambino” and won their first World Series since 1918. “They didn’t go out there saying, Let’s find a way to end the 86-year curse.’ It’s a good storyline, but it doesn’t carry over between the lines,” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. center_img “It would be comparable if we could ever pull this thing off, it would be a lot of parallel lines to what they have done,” he said. Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon characterized his teammates last season as a “bunch of idiots” for the way various clubhouse characters and personalities meshed and won a championship. Damon also sees some similarities between the two Soxes. “They remind me of us last year,” he said. “They’re crazy, happy-go-lucky guys who got each others’ backs.” The Red Sox won the AL wild card Sunday and they got help from the team they must now beat to advance — the White Sox, who swept three in Cleveland and finished the season with eight wins in their last 10 games, stopping a slide that had seen their once 15-game lead evaporate to 1 1/2. They led the Central wire-to-wire. Boston’s explosive lineup features Damon at the top and the powerful 3-4 combination of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, who combined for five homers in the seven games against the White Sox. Boston won the season series 4-3, but little of that matters and manager Terry Francona isn’t sure how much a factor experience will be. “This time last year we hadn’t won anything, so basically we’re in the same position,” Francona said. “We sold out every game. Everywhere we went was craziness. It feels as if we played 162 playoff games.” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he understands why the Red Sox are favored going into the opener, with Jose Contreras facing Boston’s Matt Clement in Game 1. Mark Buehrle opposes David Wells on Wednesday before the series shifts to Fenway Park. “We have to compete against the world champions. We never did as a White Sox organization in the last 80 years or whatever it is, we never did anything to earn that respect,” Guillen said. Guillen, like Francona, said the number of close games — Chicago was 35-19 in one-run contests –should help his team in the postseason. “You get to the playoffs you got to win 11 games. In the regular season, you win 99 and go to the wire and almost lose,” Guillen said. “The way we played all year long it was like a playoff game every day. … I talked to the guys. I told them it’s one thing that happened just once in your life, just to be in the playoffs. Some people play a lot of years in this game and never have this opportunity.” 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

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Santa Fe 63, Pioneer 0

first_imgSanta Fe High school (6-0) gained 526 yards on just 25 plays and scored touchdowns on all but one offensive series as it rolled over host Pioneer High School on Friday night. Chiefs quarterback Angel Molina (5 of 7 for 243 yards) led the way as his first four completions went for scores of 63, 25, 48, and 75 yards. The Titans best scoring chance came late in the fourth quarter as they drove 82 yards on 14 plays, but quarterback Ruben Acosta was intercepted in the end zone. Leading the way for the Titans was running back Justin Giambroni, who rushed for a game-high 105 yards on 18 carries. Santa Fe running backs totaled 20 carries for 273 yards, with Keith Gaines leading the way with 96 yards on three carries. Michael Velasquez Receiver Eric Gardley (170 yards) scored two of those touchdowns as well as 58-yard score for the game’s first score. Pioneer had no answer for Santa Fe’s speed and relentless defense. Although the Titans ran 50 plays, they only accumulated 144 total yards. 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

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Women’s Tennis Match Against CSUN Cancelled

first_imgThe match started but due to rain it wasn’t able to be fully completed, therefore any results do not count. Below are the official results before the match was suspended: DoublesNo. 1 Alcon/Van de Vondel (CSUN) def. Herder/Petshkova (DU) 7-5No. 2. Dinkelmeyer/Taslagyan (CSUN) def. Brills/Williams (DU) 6-3No. 3 Lomas/Jaglarz (DU) def. Bagumyan/Roeholt (CSUN) 6-3 SinglesNo. 1 Summer Brills (DU) vs. Skyla Alcon (CSUN) 6-4, 4-1No. 2 Tess Herder (DU) vs. Monika Van de Vondel (CSUN) 6-6No. 3 Alicia Dinkelmeyer (CSUN) def. Liz Petshukova (DU) 6-2, 6-3No. 4 Joely Lomas (DU) vs. Mari Taslagyn (CSUN) 7-6, 3-0No. 5 Kenya Williams (DU) vs. Arpe Bagumyan (CSUN) 6-3, 3-3No. 6 Scout Shutter (CSUN) vs. Mela Jaglarz (DU) 7-6, 1-0 Print Friendly Versioncenter_img The Bulldogs will close out their spring break trip at UC Riverside on Friday at 3:30 p.m. CDT. NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The Drake University women’s tennis team’s match against CSUN on Wednesday was cancelled due to rain.last_img read more

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Unique charity event to help ‘Smile for Jasmine’ fund

first_imgA unique fundraising event in aid of ‘Smile for Jasmine’ is being organised and the ‘save the date’ is 21st of September 2019.Jasmine McMonagle, a 27-year-old mother of two, died at her home in Killygordan in January leaving behind a heartbroken family.Now the local community has come together to help her family try to pick up the pieces following this awful tragedy. The ‘Mock’ wedding ceremony and reception will be held in the Banjo Tavern, Castlefin, a first of its kind for the town.The committee have already been inundated with kind and generous sponsorship from a variety of businesses from the wedding cake, car hire, food for the reception, champagne reception, a variety of vouchers and personal donations from many individuals also wanting to show support.The ‘bride’ is Ann-Marie Mcnulty from Donnyloop and the ‘Groom’ a Castlefin man, Brendan McGlinchey who have been terrific sports and have already created a buzz around the town with more craic surely to come. Ann Marie has already said ‘YES’ to the dress!The committee is hoping to hear from musicians, florist, wedding suppliers/paraphernalia and/or printing businesses who would be able to get involved in any capacity. Look out for updates via the ‘Smile for Jasmine’ fund and the Banjo Tavern via facebook/Instagram.The ‘proposal’ will take place in Kirks bar this Saturday night and both Hen & Stag parties will be held in August with the main event taking place in September 21st. The committee are hoping to invite 120 guests with the capacity for more at the evening reception and the obligatory next day party.For now the committee would like to thank, The Banjo Tavern, Castlefin, Kirks Bar, Clady, Sean & Michael, Annie’s kitchen, Claudy, Laura Hegarty, wedding cake, Mullaghmore bakery, Gortrush foods, Omagh, John Dalton, John Gallagher, Gerard, Kingsbury packaging, Dorothy, Eatwell’s Bakery, Ronnie, Grove Dairy, Castlederg, Kiss hair & beauty, Clady, Gal Oil, Clady, Stewart Kiernan milling, Longford, McLaughlin’s coal, Buncrana, Joe Soaps car wash, Clady, Hugo Sweeney Agri supplies, Drumkeen, Brenda Doherty Hair & Beauty, Ballybofey, Kieran Porter, Coal Merchant, Mcguigans Bar, Stranorlar, Honey Pot, Letterkenny, Don Maguire Fitness, Katie Doherty Nails, Castlefin, The Dergian online, Tony McGurk & Aiden@partytownmarqueehire, Omagh.Unique charity event to help ‘Smile for Jasmine’ fund was last modified: July 12th, 2019 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:mock weddingsmile for jasminelast_img read more

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Gauteng plans Mega Projects to house people

first_img8 April 2015The Gauteng city region is moving away from unplanned, sporadic housing developments towards providing human settlements, according to Premier David Makhura, who launched the province’s Mega Projects on 7 April at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg.Mega Projects would lead to unprecedented radical transformation of human settlements and spatial planning in Gauteng over the next 10 years.“Spatial transformation is the mandate of the new administration to boost infrastructure investment. Building of the new cities is a new journey and central to our planning so that people can benefit through job creation and other investments,” said Makhura.There would be a lot of innovative planning in the next few years and changes in the provincial government. Serious planning would stop private sector, municipal and provincial projects that were not desirable. “We are breaking away from the old mode of development of small projects and developing large scale projects of no less than 15 000 units.”Under the programme, all spheres of government and the private sector would work together to build human settlements. “This new human settlement paradigm is centred on planning, partnerships and participation,” the premier said.“We’ve had a virtual collapse of planning and I want to put to the challenge to municipalities because they are the area of government where this is critical. We should not try to control and prevent development but we must direct desirable development.”Planning was about “designing the vision of where we want to go where the public’s interests will not be compromised but will be prioritised”.Quick application turnaroundThe environmental impact assessments municipalities conducted were a waste of time as they were marred by countless delays. “Time wasted is money lost and opportunity lost.”Lack of information regarding their applications may drive developers who wanted to establish projects to other municipalities or provinces.“We have now taken a decision that you will get development approvals within three months,” Makhura said. Municipalities had agreed to simplify tender-approval processes and expedite environment impact-assessment certificate application.The premier also warned business about poor workmanship. “We have had instances where people had built without approval and parts of big shopping malls had collapsed when people were visiting them, assuming they were safe. We must go back to the old city planning model.”He spoke about inclusive developments in Gauteng’s five development corridors to do away with the exclusive enclave of the rich as well as accommodate low income development. In place of “poverty-stricken human settlements”, mega housing projects would establish residential areas comprising 15 000 to 60 000 units, complete with amenities such as schools, parks, health facilities, infrastructure and light industry.Mega Projects follows the announcement of Makhura’s strategy of radical transformation, modernisation and reindustrialisation (TMR) of the province.In-migrationHousing is a concern in Gauteng given the ongoing in-migration, which has resulted in 408 informal settlements as many economic migrants cannot afford formal housing and accommodation.Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo said that with the launch of Mega Projects, the province aimed to turn around the human settlements space in the Gauteng city region.“We are now going big and clustering human settlements projects so that the yield per mega project can be big enough to make a huge dent in getting more people into homes. Gone are the days of disjointed housing projects spread across all empty spaces in municipalities,” he said, speaking ahead of the official launch.“Serious planning will stop private-sector, municipal and provincial projects that are not desirable. We are breaking away from the old mode of development of small projects and [will] develop large-scale projects of no less than 15 000 units.”Makhura said his administration would deliver 700 000 houses in four years, relying on funding of R11.2-billion annually – R6-billion from the Gauteng department of human settlements, R5-billion from the Urban Settlement Development Grant to Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni, and a R200-million grant from the government.The provincial government would also look into the possibility of providing serviced stands to individuals, allowing them to build their own houses.Mega Projects aims to deliver more than 800 000 houses within 30 residential developments spread across the five development corridors in Gauteng, namely:The Central Development Corridor anchored on the city of Johannesburg as the hub of finance, services, information and communication technology, and pharmaceutical industries;The Eastern Development Corridor built around the economy of the Ekurhuleni metro as the hub of manufacturing, logistics and transport industries;The Northern Development Corridor anchored on Tshwane as the administrative capital city and the hub of the automotive sector, research, development, innovation and the knowledge-based economy;The Western Corridor encompassing the economy of the West Rand district and the creation of new industries, new economic nodes and new cities; and,The Southern Corridor encompassing the economy of the Sedibeng district and the creation of new industries, new economic nodes and new cities.The R100-billion economic corridor investment was announced in March by the premier during his State of the Province address.Business buy-inBusiness had bought into the plans for housing “mega projects”, complete with government services, light-industry manufacturing, agricultural land and retail over the next five to 10 years, according to Mamabolo and Makhura.Makhura said the provincial government, Gauteng’s 12 municipalities and 43 construction companies had signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the precinct model.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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