No surprise that Granger Govt is seeking to thwart the No-Confidence motion

first_imgDear Editor,The death throes of the Granger Administration have become a fascinating show; faced with a no-confidence motion they publicly emasculated the role of the Speaker of the House by asserting that it is Government and not the Speaker, who sets the date for the hearing of the motion. Since the fall of the Government and the advent of the theory that 33 votes do not constitute a majority of 65 available, I have watched with morbid interest as the line of those prostituting their intellect grows.I do understand that some never had intellect to begin with, however, to see Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo assert that 33 being a majority is an absurdity, and not catered for by the framers of our constitution is tragic comedy.Editor, there is no surprise that the Granger Administration is seeking to use the courts to thwart the no-confidence motion passed against them. Disregard for the Constitution, misinformation, shamelessness and duplicity have been main characteristics of the Granger Administration throughout its term in office. President Granger ascended to office with a promise to bring law, order and dignity (along with the good life) to our nation. With its latest actions Granger’s Administration will forever be remembered for the parody of Government it became and the level of buffoonery it descended into when forced to face the electorate.Should the Judiciary agree to entertain a court challenge of the no-confidence motion on this basis, it may well be the shortest mathematics lesson in our nation’s history. For the Judiciary to even hear a challenge on any basis is an over-step in my opinion. In this I concede I may be wrong; lawyers do need to earn a living.It is my hope that President Granger can curb the enthusiasm of his minions and restore some modicum of pride and decency in the Office upon his return from Cuba. The man, the Office and the nation deserve better.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

3 more arrested, gun sent for testing

first_imgCorentyne triple murderPolice in Berbice have arrested three more persons as they move closer to putting the pieces together on what led to the death of three Corentyne men last week.On Tuesday, members of the Major Crime Unit (MCU) following new leads, arrested the owner of the land at Cookrite Savannah, Black Bush Polder where the bodies were discovered. The rice farmer is also a licensed firearm owner. His shotgun was on Tuesday sent for ballistic testing following autopsies on the bodies on Monday.Pawan “Surish” Chandradeo, 37, died from shock and haemorrhaging following a laceration to the head and a fractured skull. Autopsies performed on the bodies of Jaikarran “Kevin” Chandradeo, 15, and Narish “Mice” Rooplall, 33, gave their cause of death as shock and haemorrhaging caused by a gunshot wound.Meanwhile, the licensed firearm owner and two of his workers were taken into custody on Tuesday. One of the workers reportedly had a relationship with the woman Pawan Chandradeo married on July 5, 2016.Chandradeo and the woman had four children together prior to their marriage, while the woman and one of the men in custody also share a child. However, that child lives in an orphanage.Police on Tuesday also released seven of the ten men who were in custody assisting with the investigation on $50,000 station bail each.The bodies of Pawan Chandradeo of Lot 163 Mibicuri Black Bush Polder; his son Jaikarran and his brother-in-law Rooplall, of Number 73 Village, Corentyne are expected to be laid to rest today.The men, who were discovered with a single gunshot each to the head, had gone on a fishing expedition which began at 15:00h on Thursday. They were expected back at about 3:00h on Friday. Also on the trip was another of Chandradeo’s sons, Alvin.The 13-year-old told investigators that he was instructed to wait at King’s Camp with the guard there. The instructions were given to him about 19:00h on Thursday.He reported that about 20:00h he heard what sounded like two gunshots, and later the rapid sound of what seemed to be four more.At daybreak, he left the camp in search of his father, brother and uncle. On his way, he met a man who told him that he had not seen his relatives and advised the teen to return to his home. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

NAC Brings in Drugs for HIV Treatment

first_imgNAC executives, others discuss way forward on the provision of AVRs to health facilitiesThe National Aids Commission (NAC) and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Program (STDCP) have called on all persons living with HIV/AIDS to stop worrying over the shortage of anti-retro viral (ARV) drugs in the country.The announcement was made at a joint press conference by the two agencies, held in Monrovia, to discuss a need for alleviation of tension due to scarcity of HIV/ARV drugs in health facilities across the country.Solomon Hinneh, an official of NAC, said, “the recent [shortage] of HIV commodities (ARVs) was as a result of negotiations which were ongoing but in a slow manner with key stakeholders of the supply chain system to ensure that private health facilities as well as public facilities receive ARVs.” He cited challenges in getting the drugs from the Free Port of Monrovia for which the drugs could not be made available at the health facilities since they were brought into the country.“To date, the National Drugs Services (NDS) and its partners have supplied HIV drugs (AVRs) to John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital (JFK), ELWA Hospital and TB Annex and we are also informed that some other facilities, including Home of Dignity, were partially supplied, while a few others are still experiencing shortage of the drugs,” Hinneh said.According to him, NAC and its HIV/AIDS control program regretted the shortage of the drugs in the country and as such, mechanisms have been put in place to mitigate even future challenges.He called on all persons living with HIV/AIDS to resume taking their regular medication at the designated healthcare centers across the country.The president of Liberia Network of People living with HIV (LIBNEP+), Josephine Godoe, said due to the lack of AVR in the country, HIV/AIDS patients have been struggling to get their immune systems in consonance with the need to live longer.“When we met NAC, we were told that ARVs are in the country, but they too could not tell exactly what was the cause for which all the health facilities catering to people living with HIV not receiving them the drugs,” Godoe said.She noted, “the situation has instilled fear in people living with HIV/AIDS until this pronouncement, which has said there is a consignment of drugs available that will take care of them.”She also said ARV is a treatment on which HIV patients live longer if only it is taken as required by prescription.Godoe added that NAC’s leadership intervened and worked hard to get the drugs supplied across the country where people living with HIV go to seek treatment and care.She said the drugs for the critically ill HIV patients are lacking at the Home of Dignity health center and that is posing serious threat to the lives of the patients.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Youth Parliament 2019 to focus on Sovereign Wealth Fund, migration, copyright law

first_imgThe National Assembly will be igniting with young minds when the fifth annual Youth Parliament activity commences next week, providing a platform for young people to learn about the highest decision-making body in Guyana.Staffers of the Parliament Office of Guyana with two of the former youth parliamentariansYouth Parliament 2019 will feature 35 students from the secondary level between the ages of 14 and 17 along with 37 individuals from the University of Guyana’s Turkeyen and Tain campuses. The New Opportunity Corps (NOC) will also be participating in the sessions.Public Relations Officer at the Parliament Office, Yannick December told media operatives on Monday during the official launch that there were many life skills attached to this initiative, but, most importantly, the aim was to create future leaders.“The hosting of the fifth annual Youth Parliament is in consonance with the Parliament Office’s continuing effort to sensitise the citizens of Parliament and its functions and to mould future leaders. In addition to its sensitisation role, this activity will boost the students’ morale; and develop and own their leadership skills,” said December.This year will focus on topics such as the Sovereign Wealth Fund, migration policy, single-use plastic, amendments of the Constitution, and copyright law among other pressing matters. Apart from acquiring leadership qualities, students will also be acquainted with public speaking.Some former youth parliamentarians will be returning this year as mentors. Two former students of the St Joseph High School – Kunal Bridglall and Ruth Wilson – were part of the gathering during Monday’s launch and were looking forward to this year’s debates.Wilson stated that she had a fantastic experience and would like to share that with the new batch.The mentor said, “As a youth parliamentarian, I have had an awesome experience. There was a lot of other individuals in the room that I got to learn from and every opportunity that I got to be in a room full of students, I tried to get as much information from them, to learn from them so that I can better myself. This year as a mentor for the second time, I feel more confident than I was last year.”Meanwhile, Bridglall, who is currently attending the University of Guyana, stated, “Last year, I had a phenomenal experience being a participant in the fourth annual Youth Parliament. This year, I’m looking forward to the challenge of being a mentor and being able to help the students with their speech preparations and being able to somewhat to guide them in the topics they would have chosen.”Students are selected for the Youth Parliament initiative after the Education Ministry would have assessed them.These activities will conclude on August 17, 2019 and a prize will be awarded to the best debater. Throughout the 10-day event, visits will also be made to the public buildings and industrial plants.last_img read more

Eagleson repeats 130-pound title

first_imgEagleson was one of three area wrestlers who saw their hard work result in CIF-Southern Section championships on Saturday at the Inland Division meet held at Los Osos. INLAND DIVISION “My biggest strength is my conditioning, so I knew I could wear him down,” Eagleson said. “The only thing I wanted more than this is (the) state (title).” Thanks to a regimen that includes weightlifting every day before school, in addition to the long runs, Eagleson actually trains more hours by himself than he does during practice with the team. “He’s worked harder than any wrestler I’ve had,” Cougars coach Rangi Smart said. “It’s just guts and conditioning.” Clark’s 5-3 victory against No. 1-ranked Jose Navarro at 145 pounds had as much to do with brains as it did brawn. Anticipating a meeting in the finals, the fourth-ranked Clark scouted each of Navarro’s bouts – even changing his stance to adjust to his opponent. “Every match, I was right at his side,” Clark said. “I out-smarted him, that’s all it was. “I wanted this guy bad. Now I’m on top of the world – it’s a great feeling.” Austin’s victory against second-ranked Lenny Romero was a 6-4 slugfest in which the Etiwanda senior held off a late attempt at a last-gasp takedown. “He was looking for an opening and being aggressive, but at the same time he had to be defensive because I’d already taken him down,” Austin said. “I couldn’t feel any prouder than I am right now – unless I won state.” State will have to wait. The first task is the CIF-SS Masters tournament at Carter High School next weekend. The top five finishers at Saturday’s meet qualified for the Masters. Rancho Cucamonga is sending four qualifiers (Eagleson, Corey Castillo, Nico Phillips and John Murray), followed by Jurupa Valley with three (Arnulfo Balderrama, Jonny Andersen and Daniel Turner). Two qualifers will come from Etiwanda (Austin and Tony Adez) and Claremont (Skye Severns and Greg Fehrs), with one apiece from Alta Loma (Clark), Upland (Rudy Muniz) and Kaiser (Sergio Aguiniga). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is the world to me,” said Eagleson, who won at 130 pounds. Eagleson was down 7-6 in the third period but fought back for a 12-9 victory. Alton Clark of Alta Loma (145 pounds) and Etiwanda heavyweight Marcus Austin also won CIF titles. But California High School’s Ruben Warr threatened to take Eagleson out of the winning Baseline League trio after surprising the unbeaten Cougars star with two takedowns. Eagleson (40-0), who also won the CIF title last year, is ranked fourth in the Southern Section – Warr is eighth. center_img RANCHO CUCAMONGA – During the 11-mile runs that Ryan Eagleson takes four times a week, the Rancho Cucamonga senior often finds his mind wandering to a variety of topics. But eventually, all thoughts lead back to one: winning the CIF title. last_img read more

Finn Harps to host Shamrock Rovers in League of Ireland Premier Division Game tonight

first_imgTonight sees yet another huge game in Ballybofey as Finn Harps host Shamrock Rovers in a League of Ireland Premier Division game (kick-off 8.00). Ollie Horgan’s men are determined to get a positive result from tonight’s match and the manager is hoping that the two-week break since the Derry game will have given the players sufficient recovery to bring more energy into their game. That has been clearly lacking over the past month.Ruairi Keating returns to the squad following a one-match ban and the manager will be hoping that the striker can notch his first goal since rejoining Harps at the beginning of July. After being on the subs bench for the past couple of games Dave Scully is rated doubtful for the Hoops visit but could still be in contention for a starting place up front with Ryan Curran and Kevin McHugh also in the frame. Horgan also has Gareth Harkin back in the squad after recovering from a knee injury although it may be too soon for the Letterkenny to return to the starting 11. Adam Hanlon could also return after being used as a replacement against Derry City.There are also doubts over vice-captain Ciaran Coll and versatile Josh Mailey. The visitors will be aiming for all three points against a Harps side that have lost their last four matches. Nine goals have been conceded and Horgan’s side failed to score against Bray Wanderers, Wexford Youths, Bohemians and Derry City. Shamrock Rovers are battling to stay in the race for European football next season so Stephen Bradley’s outfit will be targeting a victory at Finn Park tonight.Elsewhere this evening Harps will be hoping that reigning champions Dundalk can do them a favour by defeating Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park and similarly that Cork City overcome bottom of the table Longford Town at Turners Cross. Bray Wanderers, who are now on the same points as Horgan’s side, host Derry City tomorrow evening. While Harps fans hoping for a Candystripes victory would be highly unusual it’s the result that would best suit the Ballybofey outfit.  FixturesFriday 26th AugustSSE Airtricity League Premier DivisionCork City v Longford Town, Turner’s Cross, 7.45pm (Live on RTE)St. Patrick’s Athletic v Bohemians, Richmond Park, 7.45pmFinn Harps v Shamrock Rovers, Finn Park, 8pmWexford Youths v Dundalk, Ferrycarrig Park, 8pmSaturday, August 27thSSE Airtricity League Premier DivisionBray Wanderers v Derry City, Carlisle Grounds, 7.30pmSligo Rovers v Galway United, The Showgrounds, 7.45pmFinn Harps to host Shamrock Rovers in League of Ireland Premier Division Game tonight was last modified: August 26th, 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 harpsFinn ParkFootballshamrock roverssse airtricity league premier divisionlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola calls for Premier League rule change

first_imgPep Guardiola believes the Premier League should change its rules and allow emergency signings outside of the transfer window.Manchester City have been left with no experienced back-up to first choice goalkeeper Ederson, after Claudio Bravo suffered an Achilles injury. ALTERED With no option to bring in another shot-stopper, City have recalled 19-year-old Aro Muric from a season’s loan at Dutch side NAC Breda to act as second choice, with youth graduate Daniel Grimshaw their only other option between the sticks.Guardiola has also lost star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne to injury since the summer window in England closed on August 9 and he feels it is unfair that clubs are not allowed to strengthen until January if they pick up early-season injuries.The City boss said: “The rules are the rules so maybe the federation can think about that when there are long, long injuries and it is still the period where the European window is open.“Then maybe you could do it. Not just for the goalkeeper but when there are big, big injuries to players.“If we were not allowed to bring back Aro, I don’t know what would have happened.“But here it is closed because it is good that the competition starts with the whole squad but maybe we could think about that, especially when the injuries are five or six months.” How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Aro Muric has been recalled to be Man City’s number two smart causal no dice REVEALED 2 Claudio Bravo may not play again this season England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 2 shining Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes center_img silverware Bravo is facing a lengthy period on the sidelines after suffering his Achilles injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly last week.Guardiola, who let Joe Hart and Angus Gunn go in the summer, confirmed he would have looked to sign an experienced No2 if he was allowed.He added: “We would have considered it, that is true.“We didn’t have any options. People were talking about us buying this player in Barcelona or this keeper in Madrid but it is not allowed so it makes no sense in that situation.“We called the Premier League to know the situation but here the rules are the rules. They told us it is possible for him to come back and after that Aro came back.” gameday possible standings Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener huge blow Latest Premier League Newslast_img read more

Minor girl abducted, gang raped in Odisha

first_imgA minor girl accompanied by her physically challenged father was abducted and gang raped allegedly by two teenagers near Partamaha in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Sunday. The victim has not been able to identify her assailants. According to the complaint filed by the victim and her father at the Daringbadi police station, the incident took place when they were returning to their village after applying for a tribal caste certificate at the Daringbadi tehsil office.They had to walk to their remote village a few kilometres down a jungle path from Partamaha. Her father had fallen behind. Finding her alone, the accused abducted her, she said in her statement.Tusharkant Mohapatra, inspector in-charge at the Daringbadi Police Station, said the investigation was underway.last_img read more

Postage stamp on Bengal’s Rosogolla

first_imgA postage stamp and special cover were released here on Friday to mark 150 years of the invention of ‘Bengal’s Rossogolla’ by Nabin Chandra Das.Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Firhad Hakim, who released them along with J. Charukeshi, Post Master General, Kolkata Region, referred to the long dispute between Odisha and West Bengal over Rosogolla. After years of contesting claims, the Geographical Identification tag for “Bengal Rosogolla” was given to West Bengal in November 2017. Earlier this year, the State government observed November 14 as Rosogolla Day to mark one year of obtaining the GI tag.last_img read more