Caricom, it’s time for a paradigm shift!

first_imgDear Editor,Some readers might find it is interesting, while others might find it appalling to learn that throughout its existence, Caricom has selectively remained silent on the political plights of Guyana. While from time to time, individual leaders have broken their silence and spoken out against the Burnham-Hoyte-led Governments, such utterances have been far apart. Interestingly, they found their collective voice in the wake of post-1997 elections unrests.However, questions have arisen as to the true motive of this odd potpourri of leaders who are yet to dance in unison, to send the ‘three wise men’ to Guyana. The team had brokered, among other conditions, an unconstitutional shortened term of office for President Janet Jagan, vis-a-vis the Herdmanston Accord. Guyanese are now left to ponder Caricom’s muteness despite numerous calls across the media and by leaders in light of the current political and legal quagmires.Clearly, Mr Granger and his APNU/AFC Administration have continued to poke fun at the CCJ. The ‘cat and mouse’ game continues as Granger speaks with a forked tongue. On one hand, he says he is committed to upholding the decisions and orders of the CCJ; on the other, he has not only defied those very orders, but has attempted to reinterpret and write his own orders.With regards to the appointment of the GECOM Chair, he has insisted on submitting a list of names in what he referred to as integral to his active participation in the consensus-dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition. Similarly, he stated that he has accepted his caretaker or interim Government role but refused to accept the resulting constitutional and CCJ-reinforced limitations on such a role.Further, the GECOM proposed House-to-House Registration is yet another clear defiance of the CCJ orders. The CCJ concluded that the process that led to Patterson’s appointment was flawed, and, therefore, unlawful. Patterson’s subsequent resignation is a testimony to his acceptance of the decision/order.It follows, therefore, that many of Patterson’s decisions as Chair of GECOM were flawed/unlawful. However, while we cannot rollback those that have been acted upon due to completion or time-lapse, we must put a halt on all those proposed/future actions, with House-to-House Registration being at the core. GECOM is also in defiance of the CCJ orders which stated that it should be ready for elections by September 18.Meanwhile, Caricom remains selectively mute. Their tight-lipped posture may not only signal acquiescence of Granger and his Administration’s flouting of the CCJ, but may also torpedo the CCJ’s future as the court of last resort for the entire region.Critics and supporters alike understood that the CCJ represents a manifestation of aspirations to promote the building of ethical legal processes by fostering due process and the rule of law, among other ideals. Today, this very Court, born out of a collective desire to concretise self-determination, national and regional politics, economic integration, and human rights obligations, is being severely undermined by Granger and his Administration.In a nutshell, Caricom must, out of necessity, step off the fence. Regional leaders cannot continue to be mute; through conscience-viagra, they must voice their disapproval of Ganger and his Administration’s blatant disregard for the CCJ. Granger’s ‘cat and mouse game’ snubs the CCJ, defies logic and signals a political degenerative process. These actions clearly contravene the democratic goals and ideals of Guyana and the region as a whole; they derail national and regional progress and prosperity, and ultimately, the rights and well-being of the people. Caricom, it’s time to shift your paradigm!Yours sincerely,Ronald Singh(Barrister andSolicitor)last_img read more

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MCC Detains LINSU President, Colleague

first_imgOfficers of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) yesterday arrested and detained the president of the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU), Varney Jarsey and his colleague, Charles Blamah.They were charged for “disorderly conduct and illegal entrance to MCC Annex at the Freeport of Monrovia.”MCC Police Director, Col. Kenneth Harris explained that the student leaders were arrested after they broke into the MCC Freeport Annex and made away with a vehicle the MCC had earlier impounded for “violation.”“At about 4 p.m., I received a call that two unidentified men have broken the gate to the fence and took away a vehicle impounded there earlier. They broke the lock and forcibly removed the car, which was impounded by our field officers,” Col. Harris explained.He said by the time he arrived on the scene, the two accused had escaped with the vehicle, “but we put up a chase and arrested them in Vai Town near the Gabriel Tucker Bridge.”Director Harris explained further that the accused student leaders were “very aggressive” during their arrest, which prompted the MCC to deny their right to contact their lawyers and family members.He said, however, that the accused were later allowed to contact their lawyers and family members, “because we noticed they were by then calm as compared to the hostile attitude they exhibited earlier.”He said the duo was charged for “unlawful entrance into MCC property where they vandalized the portion of the fence and put up disorderly conduct when they were ordered arrested.”The two men would appear at the City Court to answer to their charges today, Col. Harris said.He warned other student leaders and the general public not to take advantage of their status as students to get in conflict with the law.For their part, the two detainees earlier refused to speak to the Daily Observer when they were contacted at their cell. However, they claimed that their rights were violated by the City Police.But they later argued that their missing vehicle was found in a fence near the Freeport where they managed to drive it away without coming in contact with any law enforcement officers, be they City Police or not.They said they were denied to make telephone calls to their family members and their lawyers after they requested the City Police to do so.Jarsey argued that while they were away, “the City Police took advantage of that and took away our vehicle to their fence without prior notice.”“We thereafter looked for our car and noticed it was in the fence at the Freeport. This is how come we forcibly opened the fence and took our vehicle away. We did not violate any traffic regulations as alleged by the MCC,” the accused told this newspaper adding, “We were intimidated during our arrest and handcuffed before being placed behind bars.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Duo jailed for stealing undergarments

first_imgTwo men were on Friday jailed for 18 months after they admitted to stealing a box of women’s undergarments.On their initial appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, Leslie Ferdinand and Harry Mowanie denied that they stole the items from the Stabroek Market Wharf on January 23, 2019. However, on Friday when the men reappeared in court, they admitted that they stole the box belonging to businessman Mondale Rogers, which contained 30 pairs of slippers, 10 panties and a number of brassieres with a total value of $391,000.According to the prosecution’s case, the men were found with some of the stolen articles in their possession. Following their first court appearance, they were both remanded to prison after they could not give the court a fixed place of abode.However, when they reappeared on Friday, the duo told Magistrate Leron Daly that they wished to change their plea, and as such, they were jailed.last_img read more

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Reports – Liverpool to hold talks with preferred managerial candidate by the end of the week

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp Liverpool will hold talks with Jurgen Klopp before the end of the week regarding the vacant managerial position at Anfield, according to Sky sources.The Reds parted company with Brendan Rodgers on Sunday following a dismal run of just one win in nine games in all competitions, which culminated in an uninspiring 1-1 draw at Merseyside rivals Everton.Klopp and former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti have been identified as potential replacements but it is believed the former is the club’s preferred choice.Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s American-based owners, harbour ambitions of finalising negotiations so a new manager is in place by the end of the international break.Klopp initially took a sabbatical after leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season, but it is understood he would be willing to cut short that hiatus for a role in the Premier League.If appointed, the 47-year-old’s first game in the Anfield hotseat would be at Tottenham on October 17.last_img read more

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SCREAM ROOMS AND TRICK OR TREAT TRAILS FOR LETTERKENNY AT HALLOWEEN

first_imgGetting ready for Halloween in Letterkenny.Photo- Clive WassonLetterkenny Chamber of Commerce and ShopLK is once again hosting their Halloween Fest, bringing fun and games to all and plenty of frights to all!On Saturday 31st of October the town centre will be filled with spooky witches, ghouls, goblins and lots of fancy dress . There will be even more entertainment, face painting and the favourite trick or treat trail.Halloween is getting bigger and better in Letterkenny each year with lots of children and whole families getting in to the spirit of the holiday. There will be the trick or treat trail around the shops in Letterkenny, free face painting, the very popular photo booth, family games and story telling. There will be fancy dress competitions, a parade that’s also suitable for pets and lots more.To join in the Trick or treat trail come to the bandstand anytime from 12.30pm where where everyone gets a shoplk wristband and a list for trick or treat trail. For a little break from the trick or treating storytelling for all ages will be at 2.30pm in Cara House. Letterkenny CDP are holding their annual Monster Bash in the Courtyard Shopping Centre from 1pm. Register with them to take part in their fabulous fancy dress competition. The ever popular Photobooth complete with the Fred Flinstone Car will be there all afternoon on the top floor of the Courtyard Shopping centre and the town Team room on the ground floor will become the very scary scream room for the afternoon. Facepainting, games, withces brew and so much more all afternoon.At the same time Highland Radio will be broadcasting from 10am at Boots in the Letterkenny Retail Park with fun for all the family there too.Letterkenny Shopping Centre will also be in on the act with spooky activities all day. If you’ve been out all day in fancy dress why not join in the Halloween Parade. At 3.45pm lead by the Letterkenny Senior Accordian Band all types of crazy characters will parade from Gallaghers Hotel to the Market Square.If that’s not enough stay around and visit the Haunted House at Market Square and then join in the Cathedral Quarter concert with a fantastic line up at the Bandstand e from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.Get your costume ready for the huge Letterkenny Halloween Fest. Family fun at its best in Letterkenny12.30pm Registration for Trick or treat TrailScream RoomPhotobooth1pm Monster Bash & registration for the Fancy Dress Competition2.30pm Storytelling at Cara House3.45pm Halloween parade4.15pm Prize Giving4.30pm Haunted House at Cara House4.30pm Concert at Market SquareSCREAM ROOMS AND TRICK OR TREAT TRAILS FOR LETTERKENNY AT HALLOWEEN was last modified: October 19th, 2015 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:Halloweenletterkennylast_img read more

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TERMON MAN DROVE THROUGH LETTERKENNY AT 120KM/HR

first_imgA TERMON man who drove through Letterkenny at 120km/hr has been ordered to go on a safer driving course.Eamon Flood, Carnasaul, Termon admitted dangerous driving at Port Rd, Letterkenny two weeks ago – on May 3 2015.The 23-year-old’s car was being driven on a road with a 50km/hr speed limit. Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan said the incident happened late at night in very wet conditions when Flood was driving his 95-registered Vauxhall Cavalier.Flood has six previous convictions including one for carless driving, failing to wear a seatbelt and driving as a learner without an experienced driver. He also has a conviction for handling stolen goods.Judge Paul Kelly said the offence was ‘extremely serious’.He ordered Flood to attend the pro-social driving course and to pay €150 towards the cost of the course.The judge adjourned sentence until July to allow Flood to complete the course.TERMON MAN DROVE THROUGH LETTERKENNY AT 120KM/HR was last modified: May 18th, 2015 by John2Share 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:chargedEamon FloodspeedingTermonlast_img read more

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WORLD CHAMPION! DOHERTY IS MASTERS WORLD INDOOR 3000M CHAMP!

first_imgA CO Donegal athlete was tonight crowned a world champion – after winning the World Masters Indoor 3000metres.Ciaran Doherty, a runner with Letterkenny AC, powered home in the championships in Finland in 8:37.45 – 15 seconds ahead of his nearest rival from France.The fisherman from Cruit Island’s incredible gold medal feat is even more remarkable for the fact he only took up serious atheltics in 2008 – at the age of 33. Now 37, the runner had a fantastic race in Jyväskylä.Athletics Ireland team development manager Teresa McDaid said everyone was “over the moon to have such a brilliant world champion.”There is huge delight amongst Letterkenny AC members this weekend – and among members of Naomh Mhuire GAA club where Ciaran was a regular a few years back.Said Teresa: “It was a very competitive race, with several faster runners going into the race. He got out fast and settled into the race in first k. Conditions inside the stadium were very dry with air-conditioning. “Ciaran settled back into 5th / 6th place in middle part of the race as he found himself being continuously clipped by the bunched runners around him.“He made a controlled move going into the last k making his move for home. his last k was strong in a 2.41 split. He passed the runners in front of him just holding off the fast finishing French athlete to take the title.“This adds to his 3k steeplechase outdoor masters title in Sacramento last year, along with his bronze medal from national seniors in July.“I was speaking to Ciaran after the race, he was delighted to win and gave a 100% . He was accompanied to the race by his father Joseph.”Ciaran is pictured above with Donegal athletics legend Danny McDaid. His result from the race is below:FINAL – RESULTSFinalHippos Hall – 06 April 2012 – Start Time: 16:27Pos.Athlete Mark1DOHERTY Ciaran IRL IRELAND8:37.45WORLD CHAMPION2THIERY Fabrice FRA FRANCE8:38.003RUIZ Fidel ESP SPAIN8:41.524FERNANDEZ HERNANDEZ Rau ESP SPAIN8:43.235SYRJALA Teppo FIN FINLAND8:44.246KERO Jukka FIN FINLAND8:46.727NEDREGAARD Kristian NOR NORWAY8:49.638FRAMME Erik SWE SWEDEN9:13.809KERO Jaakko FIN FINLAND9:19.9810ALCOVER LAGO Ignacio ESP SPAIN9:43.4011PIHLSTRANDTRULP Joakim SWE SWEDEN9:49.8912BELOUS Yuriy RUS RUSSIA10:14.1613VIRTANEN Jari FIN FINLAND10:14.1914WARSARITARANTA Jarno FIN FINLAND12:16.1915SAARI Lasse FIN FINLAND13:59.87MUUKKONEN Petteri FIN FINLANDDNFSTENHOLM Pekka FIN FINLANDDNFWORLD CHAMPION! DOHERTY IS MASTERS WORLD INDOOR 3000M CHAMP! was last modified: April 7th, 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:WORLD CHAMPION! DOHERTY IS MASTERS WORLD INDOOR 3000M CHAMP!last_img read more

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TD HITS BACK: ‘I HAVEN’T PAID HOUSE TAX’

first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has expressed his disappointment at the latest attack on his party by former Sinn Fein member Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, a spokesperson for Can’t Pay Won’t Pay in the county.He accused Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig of abusing his position in Can’t Pay Won’t Pay to “fight old battles” rather than building as strong an alliance as possible against the tax.Earlier Mac Giolla Easbuig had claimed Sinn Fein TDs had said they WILL pay the house tax – when the party has insisted that, like everyone else who doesn’t pay, the money will be deducted from salaries. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “I have remained silent after every attack on my party by our former party member Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig up until now. Rather than create division, I have hoped to see maximum unity against the unfairness of the Household Charge and the Property Tax.“However, as my position on the payment of the property has been intentionally misrepresented, I must now respond.“I have not paid either the Household Charge or the Property Tax. However, the draconian legislation brought in by this Government means that every home owner will have to pay both the Household Charge and the Property Tax unless my colleague, Pearse Doherty’s bill to repeal this Property Tax legislation repealed is successful.“Any homeowner who does not pay the Household Charge and the Property Tax will eventually have both amounts along with fines, deducted from their salary, social welfare payments, or farm assist payments. If they are self-employed, they cannot receive a vital Tax Clearance Certificate unless they can demonstrate that they have paid. “Anyone now claiming that non-payment is an option in the absence of repealing the current Property Tax legislation is talking nonsense”He continued: “Sinn Féin has focused on viable alternatives to these unjust taxes such as a wealth tax of 1% on assets worth than more than one million euro. We have proved that there is a fairer way.“Our campaign in Donegal has involved the delivery of tens of thousands of leaflets and the organisation of public meetings across the county, where we outlined our position and called on the people of the county to lobby their Government TDs, Senator and councillors to oppose these taxes.“At national level, my colleague, Pearse Doherty has led the way with a private members bill seeking to repeal the Government’s Property Tax legislation.“In the last week, our Sinn Féin team on Donegal County Council gave a great boost to the campaign against these unfair taxes by getting a motion passed against the Property Tax. “Incredibly, the response of Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig was to again, attack Sinn Féin.“Micheál, a former member of Sinn Féin should stop abusing his position in Can’t Pay Won’t Pay to fight old battles. Rather, he should join us in building as strong an alliance as possible against the tax”.TD HITS BACK: ‘I HAVEN’T PAID HOUSE TAX’ was last modified: April 25th, 2013 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)last_img read more

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Creighton Edges Drake, 4-3

first_img OMAHA, Neb. – Creighton edged the Drake University softball team by a score of 4-3 Wednesday night in a non-conference midweek game between the former Missouri Valley Conference rivals. Photo Gallery Next Game: Drake (16-13) recorded 10 hits and stranded 14 baserunners, including leaving the bases loaded in the seventh inning and multiple runners in scoring position throughout the game.  in the seventh inning, freshman Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) hit a sharp grounder but right at the Creighton (9-16) second baseman to end the game.   Freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.), sophomore Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) and junior Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) each tallied two hits to lead the Bulldogs’ offense. Sophomore Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.) went 1-for-3 with one run batted in playing in her hometown. Full Schedule Roster The Valley on ESPN3 at Southern Illinois 3/25/2017 – 12 PM Drake, which stranded eight runners in the first four innings, broke through in the top of the fifth as Pena drove a ball in the gap to bring in Maddox and tie the game at 3-3. Maddox led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on the play as the Bluejays shortstop threw the ball in the dugout. Story Linkscenter_img The Bluejays took the lead at 2-1 in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly, but had the bases loaded with one out as Smith limited the damage to just the single run. Drake returns to MVC play at Southern Illinois this weekend. The Bulldogs and the Salukis are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon before a single game on Sunday at 11 a.m. to close the series. All three games will be streamed on The Valley on ESPN3.Print Friendly Version Live Stats Maddox put Drake up 1-0 in the top of the first inning as the freshman drove in senior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.), who lined a two-out base hit up the middle, with a double to right field. Creighton tied the game at 1-1 with a RBI double in the bottom of the frame. Watch Live Junior pitcher Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) pitched seven innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on 11 hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Smith dropped to 7-9 with the loss. Preview Creighton took the lead back in the bottom of the fifth with a one-out RBI double to put the Bluejays up 4-3.last_img read more

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COLÁISTE AILIGH U16 BOYS CROWNED DONEGAL COUNTY BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS

first_imgColáiste Ailigh U16 Boys basketball team won the county u16 blitz with their coaches Pól Ó Gallchoir agus Keith Ó Comhain following successive victories over Magh Ene College, Bundoran, St Catherines Killybegs and PCC Falcarragh. The competition was held in Coláiste Ailigh’s new sports hall.Cúl ó clé: Pól Ó Gallchóir, Niall Ó hAnnagáin, Iarlaith Mac Fhionghaile, Ross Ó Mearthaile, Micheál Mac Suibhne, Donal Mac Cormac, Jordan De Barra, Jeaic Mac Ceallabhui agus Keith Ó Comhain.Tosach: Seán Ó Gallchóir, Seán Ó Braoin, Eoin Mac Gaoithin, Brian Mac atSaoir agus Seán Ó Riain. The team has now qualified to compete in the Ulster schools cup after christmas. COLÁISTE AILIGH U16 BOYS CROWNED DONEGAL COUNTY BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS was last modified: December 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:basketballColaiste AilighU16’slast_img read more

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