GECOM should prepare for elections despite court ruling – PPP Commissioner

first_img…says house-to-house registration still unnecessaryThree days after the Court of Appeal announced its ruling on the no-confidence cases, People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Commissioner Robeson Benn believes that GECOM should still prepare for elections.PPP-appointed GECOM Commissioner Robeson BennHe told Guyana Times on Monday that while the matter has not yet been discussed following last Friday’s ruling, GECOM should be ready regardless of the next outcome. Benn notes that the Commission has the responsibility as laid out in the Constitution to be prepared in 90 days for any election and it ought to ensure that happens.“Personally, I am not of the opinion that house-to-house registration is necessary at this time and, at any event, based on the Constitution, GECOM has to be ready for elections within a 90-day period,” he said, pointing out that this especially applied given the possibility of changes to the ruling.Benn said he could not say definitely whether the issue would be placed on the agenda of the next statutory meeting; however, he planned to raise it. “We may have to raise it for it to be noticed and recorded in the minutes. But as of this moment, I cannot say what will happen. And I maintain that house-to-house registration wouldn’t be necessary.”Statutory meetingOn the other hand, GECOM Public Relations Officer Yolanda Ward told this newspaper on Monday that the Commission has not met since the Court of Appeal ruling, but noted that the regular statutory meeting would be held Tuesday (today). “So any discussion as it relates to elections preparation will have to be done at the level of the Commission tomorrow.”GECOM headquartersBesides that, GECOM has already commenced rolling out its 2019 work programme which essentially is house-to-house registration as of last weekend. Ward said training in that regard has commenced and any discussions on advancing preparations for elections would have to be done at the level of the Commission when they meet today.On Friday, March 22, in a 2:1 split decision, the Court of Appeal ruled that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass the no-confidence motion brought against the Government last year. The ruling means that the motion was not validly passed, and hence the coalition Administration was not toppled as a result of the events that occurred. The judgement has since been highly criticised, since the Judges inserted the word “absolute” into the constitutional provision regarding the majority.In December 2018, after the vote was taken and passed, Government had subsequently asked the House to reverse the passage of the motion, but its Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, had declined the request and had advised that the court be approached. As such, Government had gone to the High Court to challenge the validity of the motion, saying that a 34-vote majority was needed for it to be successfully passed.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George had, in January, upheld the December 21, 2018 passage of the no-confidence motion, ruling that in Guyana’s 65-member National Assembly a majority is 33. This, however, was appealed by Attorney General Basil Williams.While Justice Rishi Persaud on Friday dismissed the appeal and concurred with the ruling of the High Court, his colleague appellate Judges allowed the State’s appeal. Both Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory opined that while 33 is the majority of the 65-member Assembly, the successful passage of a no-confidence motion requires an “absolute majority” of 34, and not the “simple” majority of 33 that has been used to pass ordinary business in the House.Two days before the court ruling, President David Granger had written Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo through Minister of State, Joseph Harmon to inform him that he would be announcing a date soon for General and Regional Elections.His letter came just after GECOM had recently made a decision to delay elections by some eight months by pushing for house-to-house registration. Prior to the ruling, GECOM had ignored the constitutional requirement to have elections within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion.last_img read more

Mother blames hospital staff for baby’s death

first_imgBy Kristen MacklingamAn 18-year-old woman, who is mourning the loss of her baby, wants justice as she strongly believes her child died as a result of the actions, or lack thereof, of the medical staff who treated her.Instead of celebrating the birth of a bouncing baby boy, Nicola Alli on Friday buried her dead son and although she was at a loss for words to describe how she feels about what she deems a “preventable death” of the child, she blames the medical practitioners at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) for this situation.In an exclusive interview with Guyana Times on Friday, she stated that the staff at that regional hospital was negligent in their duties and should be held accountable for the baby’s demise.According to Alli, she was about 41 weeks pregnant and due to severe pains in her stomach, she visited the WDRH on Saturday last for medical attention.She explained that she was immediately admitted but after various examinations conducted throughout the day, she was told that she was not ready to deliver.Alli noted that even during her admittance at the WRDH, the nurses were rude to her, even when she had begged that they perform a caesarean section (C-section) to deliver her baby in the initial stages.She related that she was told that other pregnant mothers were delivering naturally and, therefore, she should not be asking for a C-section and even if that option was considered, the equipment at the hospital was not working.The distraught woman further stated that the medical staff attempted to do another examination on her but told her that the theatre at the hospital was non-functional.She was then told that she could not be referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) because her condition was “not an emergency.”But their opinion changed some three hours after another examination on Sunday morning (May 24).“On the Sunday I wake up again with the contractions pain they say I ain’t ready. They do back a next examination on me a little while later and they say they could feel the membrane for the baby and [I was] still not ready. But then three hours later, they checked me again and they say that they still feeling the membrane and they not finding the heartbeat for the child so then they call the ambulance to take me to the GPHC.”However, according to the distressed mother, the ambulance made two stops before arriving at the GPHC. On the first occasion, it was to put off a porter who was travelling inside of it at the time she was being transported and the second occasion was to facilitate the nurses that were debating who should “get the window seat”.The young lady further explained that upon her arrival at the GPHC, she was rushed into that hospital’s theatre, where she underwent another examination. She was subsequently told that a heartbeat for her unborn baby could not be found.“They took me to the theatre at the GPHC and they did the surgery. When they spoke with me after the surgery, they said that the child did not make it but that everything was alright with me. What they told me in Georgetown was that the child had drank back the water inside causing the death of my child,” she lamented.The young mother emphasised that this would have been her first child and first pregnancy, therefore, she is not letting the matter be swept under the rug.“I need some sort of justice for my child. They tell me it is still birth. But I still don’t understand how can a 41 weeks old child be still birth,” she added.last_img read more

Newcastle Fans Forum demands ‘action’ as pressure increases on McClaren

first_img1 Newcastle’s official Fans Forum has called on the club for “action” as speculation about head coach Steve McClaren’s future continues to intensify.Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth saw anti-McClaren chants and boos from Magpies supporters ring around St James’ Park.It was the Tyneside club’s 16th Barclays Premier League loss of the season, their fifth in their last six games, leaving them second-bottom of the table with 10 matches to play.McClaren vowed in his post-match press conference on Saturday that he would not be resigning, but talk is rife that the 54-year-old is facing the sack, with former Newcastle owner Sir John Hall on Sunday saying he should be axed.While Newcastle are yet to comment on McClaren’s position, reports on Monday suggested the board, of which he is a member, was holding discussions about the situation without him.Meanwhile, an open letter to the club from the Fans Forum – which has 15 seats occupied by supporters representing different elements of Newcastle’s fanbase, and meets to put questions to club officials at various points during a season – was published.It said: “What NUFC fans want is a team of 11 players in black and white shirts that understand their role to perform to their maximum – week in, week out.“We have entrusted the board of NUFC to ensure that the right personnel are in place to carry out this basic expectation.“Whilst we still have 10 games to go, NUFC Fans cannot accept the current work ethic of the players.“Someone, somewhere has to be accountable and decisions must be made.“We must urge you to review our position and initiate any changes you see fit to correct the current attitude of the playing staff.“Our players frequently look jaded and our playing style often appears outdated. We lack organisation and the players continue to lack discipline.“Maybe it’s time to accept that the ‘Head Coach’ role simply doesn’t work at NUFC and accept that a Manager is required, a person who will not only coach but motivate and manage!“We want players that are proud to wear the famous colours. We want a manager that truly wants the best for us.“It’s time for action, it’s time for accountability.”READ: IF he is sacked, who could replace Steve McClaren at St James’ Park? Five contenders revealed The home defeat to Bournemouth saw the atmosphere turn at St James’ Park last_img read more

Liverpool to let striker leave before end of the month

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST Origi scored just six league goals for Wolfsburg last season, helping them avoid relegation to the 2. Bundesliga via the play-off system. IN DEMAND Jurgen Klopp has given the green light to Origi’s exit targets REVEALED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on TOP WORK RANKED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti He has not been named in a single matchday squad so far this season, and, according to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, the 23-year-old Belgium international has been told he can leave Liverpool. targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 2 three-way race 2 Latest transfer news Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The Reds want to cash in on Origi and they have decided he can go for the right price – with a £27million asking price mooted.Borussia Dortmund of Germany and Italy’s Sampdoria have shown the strongest interest in Origi, but neither team are ready to match Liverpool’s valuation. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Origi struggled during his time with Wolfsburg Liverpool are ready to let Divock Origi leave before the European transfer window closes at the end of the month.Origi, the forward, has slipped down the pecking order at Anfield since Jurgen Klopp’s appointment as manager, and he spent last season on loan at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

Claremont 34, Etiwanda 25

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “(Brandon) Fields has the best speed of anyone I’ve ever seen,” said Collins, in his 11th year leading the Wolfpack. “He was the great equalizer. He’s faster than anyone we’ve ever had.” Claremont, by comparison, struggled to run the ball, forcing them to air it out. Michael Galland, who had earlier scored on a 50-yard pass, caught a bomb for 62 yards to help set up an Aaron Brown touchdown run late in the third quarter, putting the Wolfpack up for good. “Every team we play is going to be as good or better than us,” Collins said. “We’ve got to be passionate and execute if we’re going to win.” — Jeff Lasky “It was a great game — exactly what we thought it would be,” Claremont coach Mike Collins said. “It was a dog-fight every minute of the game.” Etiwanda (2-4, 0-1) kept things close, despite losing star tailback Allyn Fontenot early in the game to injury. Eagles back-up rusher Brandon Fields created a whole new dynamic that forced Claremont (3-3, 1-0) to make adjustments on defense. CLAREMONT — Claremont High School’s drive towards a fourth straight Baseline League title might not have started as smoothly as it wanted, but they had just enough firepower Friday night to win their homecoming game. Greg Sprowls threw for 201 yards and four touchdowns and Darius Ridge had three key sacks as the Wolfpack beat Etiwanda High School, 34-25. 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

Travel alert: Road re-opens following accident in Donegal Town

first_imgA road has re-opened in Donegal Town following a two-car road traffic collision on Tirchonaill Street. Emergency services attended the scene – clearing one of the cars that ended up on its roof.No serious injuries have been reported. Travel alert: Road re-opens following accident in Donegal Town was last modified: July 24th, 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

Breaking: John Downey extradited to UK after handing himself over to Gardai

first_imgCreeslough man John Downey has been extradited to the UK after handing himself over to Gardai.Downey, whose trial for the IRA’s Hyde Park bombing collapsed in controversy five years ago, is wanted by prosecutors in Northern Ireland over the murders of two Ulster Defence Regiment soldiers in 1972.Downey handed himself  in this afternoon, after he lost an appeal to challenge the extradition in July this year.A Garda spokesman confirmed “An Garda Siochana arrested a male in his sixties earlier today 11 October 2019. “This male has been extradited to Northern Ireland in accordance with an EAW (European Arrest Warrant) issued by the PSNI.”The 67-year-old Donegal man will now face trial in the UK.Downey was arrested at his home in Donegal in October last year under a European Arrest Warrant after authorities in Northern Ireland determined they had sufficient evidence to charge him with the murders of Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston, 32, and Private James Eames, 33.The soldiers died in a car bomb attack in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, in August 1972. A PSNI spokesperson said Mr Downey is expected to appear before Omagh Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.“The PSNI has been liaising closely with An Garda Siochana and today’s arrest demonstrates the benefits of joint working between police forces and other national partner agencies,” they said.“Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston – a father of four – and Private James Eames – a father of three – died when a device exploded in a car they were checking on the Irvinestown Road, Cherrymount, Enniskillen in 1972.“The PSNI investigation into these murders remains active.”In 2013, Downey was charged with murdering four Royal Household Cavalrymen in a bomb attack in London’s Hyde Park in 1982. He was tried at the Old Bailey in 2014 but the case dramatically collapsed after it was revealed he had received a written assurance from former prime minister Tony Blair’s government that he was not actively wanted by the authorities.The letter was allegedly issued under the terms of the controversial On The Runs (OTRs) scheme.Breaking: John Downey extradited to UK after handing himself over to Gardai was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:CreesloughdonegalextraditedJohn Downeylast_img read more

Chelsea v Leicester player ratings

first_imgSummer signing Diego Costa scored his second goal in as many Premier League games as Chelsea saw off a stubborn Leicester side. Here’s how we rated the players in their 2-0 win. Thibaut Courtois: 8Another faultless display. The Belgian was slightly busier than his first game against Burnley, making three stunning saves – most notably when David Nugent burst through on goal. Commanding and confident.Branislav Ivanovic: 9Rock solid defensively and one of Chelsea’s best attackers. Nearly scored with a fine header from a Cesar Azpilicueta cross and a rasping 25-yard strike. Broke forward constantly, set up a goal and could easily have had a hat-trick. Superb.John Terry: 8Excellent performance by the captain. Made several crucial interceptions as Leicester broke forward, showing all his positional experience and ability to read the game.Gary Cahill: 7Reliable and assured alongside Terry. Like his defensive partner, got exposed a couple of times as the midfield bombed on, but that danger was not his creating.Cesar Azpilicueta: 6Given a tough time by the excellent Riyad Mahrez and therefore spent much of his time preoccupied with his defensive duties. Initially a little surprised by his winger’s quality but stuck to his task – and Mahrez tired and was then replaced.Nemanja Matic: 7Did a fine job protecting the defence – and like Terry made some vital interceptions. Will inevitably be caught out at times this season as Fabregas and Oscar and the rest of the midfield pour forward but has the awareness to cope most of the time.Cesc Fabregas: 7Failed to reach the exceptional heights of his debut but was increasingly involved after the break. Should have scored when one-on-one but oozes quality, never looks flustered and his experience in tight games will be vital.Oscar: 6So unlucky not to score with a wonderful curling strike, but generally struggled to have a major influence against a well-drilled Leicester midfield and their strong centre-backs.Eden Hazard: 8Always threatened to take the game by the scruff of the neck, and showed his class with a fabulous trademark dribble and strike to seal the win. Strong in possession and some brilliant eye-catching flicks for the crowd.Andre Schurrle: 6A quiet first half and just as he was beginning to make more of an impact after the break, he was scythed down and had to be replaced soon after.Diego Costa: 8Worked tirelessly, took his goal calmly and more importantly showed the ability to retain possession, which is key to the style of play and formation.Ramires: 7Did very well in his 25 minutes, bustling forward and running at a jaded Leicester defence.Willian: 7Must have been a devastating sight for the visitors when he came on. Looked sharp and dangerous and – like Ramires – eager to impress against a team there for the taking in the closing stages.Didier Drogba: 6Given an incredible reception on his Stamford Bridge return, but was barely in the game in his 10-minute cameo. Took up a couple of clever positions and showed typical strength.Man of the match: IvanovicSee also:New signings excite but Chelsea’s ‘reliable saloon’ remains a key manFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Airbus boost for SA aerospace sector

first_img27 June 2013South African state-owned defence equipment manufacturer Denel has signed a R157-million agreement with Airbus to manufacture tail plane parts for the A400M strategic airlifter.The contract will last eight years, with production beginning in the next few months; the first finished parts will be shipped to Airbus’ manufacturing plant in Stade, Germany in August 2013.It demonstrates the confidence that international manufacturers have in South Africa’s aerospace industry, according to Denel Group chief executive officer Riaz Saloojee.“We have proven ourselves to be a reliable and innovative top tier supplier to one of the most sophisticated aircraft manufacturing programmes in the world,” he said in a statement last week.“Airbus’s decision to place a third major order with Denel shows satisfaction with the quality of our design and manufacturing processes and our ability to deliver on time and within budgets.”The deal includes the manufacturing of vertical beams known as spars, horizontal composite machinings called ribs and a connecting plate at the bottom known as the sword.All of these parts are constructed from carbon fibre composites and covered with a metallic skin and added to the internal tail structure before the plane is assembled.“The vertical tail plane is a flight critical part of an aircraft of the size of the A400M and contributes to its unique ability to land and take off carrying payloads in excess of 35 000 kilograms,” the company said.“The new contract places the company at the core of the global aerospace manufacturing industry,” said Denel Aerostructures CEO Ismail Dockrat.Denel Aerostructures has also just completed a relocation of its operations to one location, which will cut costs and improve efficiency, as well as position the company to take on more manufacturing work.Dockrat said the contract also confirms that Denel is at the forefront of global trends to use composite materials for high-tech manufacturing and is driving the trend in the country.“Denel Aerostructures has made significant investments in a composite facility in which it is able to manufacture products ranging from simple aircraft parts to complex main rotor blades for helicopters,” the company said.“Government, in its Aerospace Sector Development Plan, recognises the immense potential of the composite sector, noting that it will be dominant in aerospace going forward and should be integral to future business planning,” Dockrat said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

CPUsage, a Grid Computing Infrastructure-as-a-Service

first_imgklint finley Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting CPUsage provides developers with a SETI@home-style grid computing platform. CPUsage offers computer owners rewards in exchange for access to their unused CPU resources. It then licenses those resources to customers for CPU intensive applications such as scientific analysis and graphic rendering. All the data stored on users’ computers is encrypted.CPUsage offers customers a pay as you go billing model similar to cloud computing services like Amazon Web Services EC2.Instead of paying computer users cash, CPUusage awards points for usage. The points can then be redeemed at an online store that offers gift cards for various national chain stores and restaurants.CPUsage competes with other commercial grid computing providers such as Parabon, Plura and Univa. Also, IBM offers a grid computing service called World Community Grid for organizations doing work that benefits humanity. Cloud computing services that offer high-performance computing, such as Amazon Web Services Cluster GPU Instances and Cloudnumbers.com, are also competitors. SpotCloud provides a similar service with an exchange for excess capacity.The company was founded by Jeff Martens in 2010. CPUsage is bootstrapped, but Martens says the company is in the process of raising a round of funding. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#cloud#Cloud Providers Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more