Constitution of Guyana must be upheld

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Elections commission on Friday submitted a proposal that elections be held in March 2020. I do not wish to weigh in on this issue of national importance of the December 21st no confidence motion but I do believe the law is the law and no matter what is the situation at present, the constitution must be upheld.The Government was defeated by a vote of no confidence sponsored by the parliamentary opposition and according to the constitution, Article 106(6 and 7) requires the resignation of the Cabinet including the president. The article goes on to state that, among other things, that notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and that an election shall be held within three months, or such longer period as the national assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the national assembly determine.What is so difficult about what the constitution states? The Caribbean Court of Justice which is Guyana’s Final Appellate Court upheld the no confidence motion in which the President Justice Adrian Sanders when he read the ruling states that there is no need for the court to gloss over the provisions of Article 106 (6 and 7) but it is, in fact, the responsibility of the constitutional actors to be faithful to the rule of law and operate within parameters of the constitution and in relation to the Guyana Elections Commission also responsible for conducting the elections they too must abide by the provisions of the constitution.Editor, I still believe that the new Gecom Chair retired Justice Claudette Singh will do the right thing by calling elections before the end of this year as stated by the Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and save Guyana from being the center of international travesty by failing to upheld the rule of law. The world is watching.Sincerely,Robin JosephCouncilor,Waramuri Villagelast_img read more

AFC to review relations with APNU at upcoming conference

first_imgAradical reform of the relations between ruling coalition partners, the Alliance For Change (AFC) and the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is likely, with an independent review of its affairs set for the upcoming AFC National Conference.The signing of the Cummingsburg Accord between AFC Vice Chairman Moses Nagamootoo and APNU Leader David GrangerThis review could see the smaller political party making more demands of APNU, as what occurred following an AFC retreat earlier this year.AFC General Secretary David Patterson, during a news conference on Friday, disclosed that an assessment of the dynamics of the two parties was among the concerns to be discussed at the AFC National Conference, which will be held before the new year.“I cannot dictate what the discussions will be, but I can guarantee you that someone will raise the issue of the coalition; the successes or the things which they feel the coalition should do; they would raise the question of the AFC’s shortfalls, if any, what achievements are; they would raise the issues of every Minister’s portfolio in Government,” Patterson explained.Among the other issues to be discussed are the AFC’s role and progress in Government and the parties’ fulfilment of the joint manifesto.“Each and every issue with leadership is put under scrutiny,” the General Secretary emphasised.APNU and the AFC joined forces with the signing of the historic Cummingsburg Accord (Valentine’s Day Accord) on February 14 last year with unyielding dedication to change the politics in Guyana, with the country’s first-ever six-party coalition.However, critics believe that the Administration has fallen short on one too many of its promises and has already forecast nothing but a bleak future, particularly for the AFC group of the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led coalition.Several political commentators shared the view that the AFC was shafted by APNU, with many of its inputs into Government policies being overlooked or rejected.Opposition Members of Parliament have constantly pointed out that most of the AFC Ministers had little or no authority within Government and they were consistently being sidelined by APNU members.It was also pointed out that AFC’s Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan has been kicked aside by APNU’s Mayor and Town Clerk on several pertinent matters at City Hall, including the controversial parking meter contract.Additionally, the AFC’s nominees to the Procurement Commission, Dr Anand Goolsarran and Christopher Ram have both been rejected by APNU in the Public Accounts Committee.AFC Ministers, like Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, have had their powers significantly reduced, with the Prime Minister only having oversight over the Guyana Chronicle newspaper and the National Communications Network (NCN) – a role which was previously held by Information and Press Liaison Kwame McCoy, while a major portion of Ramjattan’s portfolio was handed over to PNC’s Winston Felix.Nevertheless, according to the AFC General Secretary, since the forming of the coalition, the AFC and APNU have been able to iron out several issues.He went on to underscore that in order to further strengthen the coalition, there needed to be increased and clearer communication between the lower levels of the two parties.Meanwhile, this year’s biennial conference will seek to elect office bearers for the new two-year term.Presently, Ramjattan is the Leader of the AFC and Nagamootoo is the Chairman (ag), following the recent resignation of Chairman Nigel Hughes.The AFC is yet to decide definitively when the conference will be held, since there are major upcoming events it is trying to avoid a clash with.These include the presentation of Budget 2017 in the National Assembly, followed by the lengthy budget debates, as well as the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Congress in December.“We are looking for an opening to have it done,” Patterson said, noting that the party will have to work within those parameters.last_img read more

LBSU to battle UC Irvine

first_imgThe 49ers improved to 4-7 in the MPSF and 7-8 overall with a five-set victory over No. 5 UCLA Wednesday night. Trailing 2-1, coach Alan Knipe’s team fought back for 30-23 and 16-14 wins for the victory over the Bruins. LONG BEACH – The Long Beach State volleyball team, less than 72 hours after collecting its most significant victory of the seasons, is back in action tonight when it plays host to No. 2-ranked UC Irvine in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match in the West Gymnasium (Gold Mine) that is set to get under way at 7 o’clock. The Walter Pyramid is unavailable because it’s being used for CIF Southern Section girls’ championship games today. Redshirt freshman middle blocker Dean Bittner had a career-best 21 kills in the win. – Frank Burlison 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

African football spreads its wings with Super Cup in Qatar

first_imgBut CAF, the Cairo-based governing body of African football, announced last year that the match would be hosted by Doha without offering an explanation.Qatar will stage the 2022 World Cup — the first Middle East nation awarded the rights to host the biggest single-sport global tournament.The small nation with huge oil and gas reserves will go into the World Cup as Asian champions having defeated Japan 3-1 in the final in Abu Dhabi last month.Qatar Football Association officials are hopeful of a big crowd for the Super Cup match, noting in a statement that Esperance and Raja have large followings in the Gulf state.Esperance and Raja are among the giants of African football, winning six CAF titles apiece, including the most prestigious, the Champions League, three times each.A dramatic second leg comeback in the 2018 Champions League final brought glory to Esperance as they trounced Al Ahly of Egypt 3-0 having trailed by two goals after the first leg.Saad Bguir was the two-goal star of the return match in Tunisia, but in Doha he may have to settle for a place on the bench, as he has done in recent Champions League matches.Like virtually all successful African clubs, Esperance rely on a mix of local and foreign talent to ensure a steady flow of titles.Apart from numerous Tunisian stars, coach Moine Chaabani can call on Cameroonian Franck Kom, Ivorian Fousseny Coulibaly, Algerian Youcef Belaili and Libyan Hamdou Elhouni.Moroccan club Raja Casablanca have won six African titles, including the CAF Super Cup in 2000. © AFP / ISSOUF SANOGOEsperance travelled to Doha in good form after completing the group stage of their Champions League title defence unbeaten having won four matches and drawn two.Raja have been less successful lately, failing to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Confederation Cup they won so impressively last season.The Casablanca outfit won only one of six group matches, and the 4-1 thrashing of AS Otoho Oyo in Congo Brazzaville came too late to salvage a disappointing mini-league campaign.A team coached by Frenchman Patrice Carteron lie third in the domestic league, but are 17 points adrift of bitter rivala Wydad Casablanca entering the final third of the season.Although Tunisia and Moroccan clubs are among the strongest in Africa, neither country has been particularly successful in the Super Cup.Tunisian clubs have won three matches and lost eight and those from Morocco have also triumphed three times while failing five times.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Reigning African champions Esperance of Tunisia have featured in three previous CAF Super Cup matches, winning one. © AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACEDOHA, Qatar, Mar 28 – A 20,000-seat stadium in Qatar capital Doha will be the unlikely setting Friday for the CAF Super Cup showdown between Esperance of Tunisia and Raja Casablanca of Morocco.The annual one-off match pits the winners of the CAF Champions League and second-tier CAF Confederation Cup against each other and has been staged in Africa since its 1993 debut.last_img read more

Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan to miss Europa League final over safety fears

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the Europa League final over safety fears © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 21 – Arsenal manager Unai Emery described Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision to miss the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku as a “personal” one amid fears over his safety on Tuesday.Mkhitaryan’s well-being for the final on May 29 was a concern for Arsenal due to the tense political dispute between Armenia and final hosts Azerbaijan. “It’s bad news, but we cannot do anything for this issue,” said Emery.“I spoke this morning with Mkhitaryan. It’s a very personal decision. He wants to play and to help us, but they spoke, both family and him, and decided to not go… I cannot push him to come with us.”Arsenal said all options had been explored to guarantee the midfielder’s safety.“We have thoroughly explored all the options for Micki to be part of the squad but after discussing this with Micki and his family we have collectively agreed he will not be in our travelling party,” said an Arsenal statement.However, the Azerbaijan Football Association (AFFA) defended the safety measures put in place and described the decision was “unwarranted”.“We very much regret this unwarranted decision taken, as we understand, collectively by Arsenal, the player and his family,” said AFFA in a statement.“Whilst we recognise the right to make a personal decision not to travel, we would like to reiterate that as the host country Azerbaijan has provided all the necessary guarantees required by UEFA to ensure the personal safety of Mr Mkhitaryan.”Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Leyla Abdullayeva, told AFP: “Armenian sports figures have already taken part in numerous major sporting events that Azerbaijan has welcomed previously. One shouldn’t mix up sport and politics.”– Tough decision –Mkhitaryan said it will hurt to miss out on a rare chance to play in a European final.“Having considered all the current options, we had to take the tough decision for me not to travel with the squad to the UEL Final against Chelsea,” Mkhitaryan tweeted.“It’s the kind of game that doesn’t come along very often for us players and I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it. I will be cheering my teammates on! Let’s bring it home.”UEFA, European football’s governing body, insisted they had done all they could to ensure Mkhitaryan’s safety in Baku.“Working alongside Arsenal FC, UEFA sought and received assurances regarding the player’s safety in Azerbaijan from the highest authorities in the country,” a UEFA statement read.“As a result of these guarantees, a comprehensive security plan was developed and given to the club.“While the club acknowledges the efforts that UEFA and the Azeri government have gone to in this matter, we respect the personal decision not to travel with the player.”Mkhitaryan had featured in 11 games during the Europa League campaign and his absence will be a big blow as Arsenal look for the victory they need to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Arsenal have also expressed their displeasure at the selection of Baku as host city for the game given the logistical problems and huge cost faced by fans for a near 5,000 mile round trip from London.“We have written to UEFA expressing our deep concerns about this situation,” the Arsenal statement added.“We’re also very sad that a player will miss out on a major European final in circumstances such as this, as it is something that comes along very rarely in a footballer’s career.“Micki has been a key player in our run to the final so this is a big loss for us from a team perspective.”Armenia captain Mkhitaryan skipped the Gunners’ Europa League fixture against Qarabag in October because of tensions caused by a dispute over the Nagorny Karabakh region.Azerbaijan and Armenia have feuded over Nagorny Karabakh since Armenian separatists seized the territory in a war that claimed about 30,000 lives in the early 1990s.A ceasefire was agreed in 1994 but the two countries remain locked in a bitter dispute with frequent exchanges of fire, and tensions are such that Mkhitaryan also did not travel to Azerbaijan with former club Borussia Dortmund for a Europa League match against Galaba FK in 2015.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe counting of votes in both the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Age Eligibility for President begins in earnest at 9am today.Polling took place yesterday but the result will be known today.There were strong voter turn out in many urban areas across Donegal when the polls closed at 10pm last night.Island voting took place earlier on Thursday.Counting for Donegal NE takes place in the Bonagee Centre in Letterkenny while in Donegal SE, the St John Bosco centre will be the location.The total Electorate is as follows: Total Electorate – North East – 59,006 (not including supplement)Total Electorate – South West – 61,678 (not including supplement)Electorate (6) Islands – 732 (not including supplement)It is expected that early tallies on voting trends will emerge after a couple of hours. COUNTING OF VOTES BEGINS IN EARNEST AT 9AM AT TWO DONEGAL COUNT CENTRES was last modified: May 23rd, 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:donegalreferendumvoteslast_img read more

Liverpool ‘move to hijack deal for Colombian World Cup star’

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing targets RANKED Mina failed to establish himself at Barcelona following his January transfer to Camp Nou Fenerbahce are hoping to land the young defender and have been in talks with him over a loan deal for a number of weeks.But, according to Fotomac, Liverpool have made a late move to try and snap up Mina from under the Turkish club’s nose. Like Fenerbahce, the Reds are looking to sign the defender on loan and they have made contact with Barcelona. REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets TOP WORK Latest transfer news Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST three-way race Liverpool are reportedly trying to hijack Fenerbahce’s move for defender Yerry Mina.The 23-year-old joined Barcelona in January from Brazilian side Palmeiras, but he went on to make just six appearances for the Spanish giants in the second half of last season. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star The centre-back has since gone on to impress at the World Cup for Colombia, and interest in him has grown.Barcelona are happy to loan the player out this summer to allow him to gain valuable first-team experience – and free up a non-EU place in their squad. 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Mina has caught the eye playing for Colombia at the World Cup last_img read more


first_imgWHAT a difference a year makes – from so-called ‘puke football’ to the Barcelona of the GAA!That’s what the pundits are saying today after Donegal’s superb All-Ireland semi-final win over Cork on Sunday.Double All-Ireland winner Tony Davis stood by his insistence that Donegal played awful defensive gaelic football last year. But he has changed his mind now about this year’s team – and reckons Donegal play GAA the way Barcelona play soccer!For McHugh, think Messi, he says.High praise indeed.Asked about how Donegal could smother attacks and then break out into attack, Davis said: “That’s the whole key to how Donegal play; it’s like watching Barcelona play – they get the ball back and break out.” Dinny Allen, the legendary Cork dual player – he won four all-Irelands at football  – is regarded as one of the greatest gaelic stars of all-time.Asked about how Jim McGuinness and his staff had moulded this Donegal team, Dinny said: “It was wonderful to watch.“I don’t like speaking of other codes but it was like watching a top continental European soccer team, the way they defend, take possession and break out.“They were the better team on the day and played some great football.”From a legend like Allen, it doesn’t get any better. The whole county is buzzing today as Donegal contemplates only our second ever All-Ireland final.Thoughts are already turning to tickets, with fans hoping Mayo can see off Dublin – fearing the Dubs will mop up tickets for the final in four weeks time.Let the scramble begin.Believe! JIMMY’S LIKE MESSI! DONEGAL ARE THE BARCELONA OF GAA, SAY CORK LEGENDS was last modified: August 27th, 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:JIMMY’S LIKE MESSI! DONEGAL ARE THE BARCELONA OF GAASAY CORK LEGENDSlast_img read more


first_imgReigning Ulster Óg Sport Gael (U15) Champions, St. Eunan’s qualified for this year’s Ulster finals when they defeated Kilcar in the County Finals hosted by Letterkenny Gaels on Saturday.St. Eunan’s were drawn in Group 1 with Buncrana and Ardara and Kilcar were in Group 2 with hosts Letterkenny Gaels and Seán MacCumhaills.In their opening game the St. Eunan’s lads defeated Buncrana by 5-05 to 0-02 before taking on Ardara who had also beaten the Inishowen men with the winner moving on to the final. The Southern Area runners-up, Ardara took a narrow lead into the half-time break 0-05 to 0-04 before two second half goals from Matthew McGovern and Aaron Deeney opened up a lead for the Cathedral Town team and after some good defending and goalkeeping from Ronan McGeehin they kept Ardara from getting the goals they needed and ran out winners by 2-08 to 0-08.In Group 2 Kilcar got the better of the hosting Gaels in their opening match and MacCumhaills then also beat the Gaels to set up a semi-final showdown with Kilcar. In a very close game that could have gone either way, the Kilcar men ran out 4 point winners and set up a final meeting with St. Eunan’s.St. Eunan’s got a good start to the Final with an early Éoin McGeehin point before Jerome Atuahene and Donal Farren combined to set up Matthew McGovern for the game’s opening goal. Another McGeehin point saw the Eunan’s team turn around leading 1-02 to 0-01 with the Kilcar lads kicking a few wides that could have left the half-time score much closer.Early in the second period Donal Farren and Ryan Hilferty combined to set up Matthew McGovern again and he rounded the Kilcar net minder to blast into an empty net for his second goal. Moments later Aaron Deeney netted after a neat inter change with McGovern to put clear daylight between the sides and while Kilcar applied some pressure they found the Eunan’s rear-guard in fine form with Deeney, Farren, Alex Tinney, Ryan Hilferty, Jerome Atuahene and goalkeeper Ronan McGeehin proving impossible to breach so they had to settle for a few points before Éoin McGeehin kicked the final score for St. Eunan’s who won by 3-03 to 0-05.St. Eunan’s managed to go through their 3 games without conceding a single goal, a great achievement in 7-a-side football.The St. Eunan’s team will be hoping to emulate last year’s squad that defeated Clann Eireann from Armagh in the Ulster final to take the title to Donegal for the first ever time. O’Donnell Park will host the Ulster Finals in just two weeks’ time on Saturday, September 6th. The St. Eunan’s squad was: Ronan McGeehin, Aaron Deeney, Donal Farren, Ryan Hilferty, Jerome Angel Atuahene, Éoin McGeehin, Matthew McGovern, Shaun Curran, Alex Tinney and Darragh Morrison. ST EUNAN’S BOYS CROWNED DONEGAL ÓG SPORT CHAMPS was last modified: August 24th, 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:ArdaraChampionsDonegal Og SportGaelkilcarLetterkenny GaelsSt Eunansu15.last_img read more


first_imgJason BlackAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Jason Black is on day 14 of his attempt to conquer the might K2. Listen to this special audio blog he is making on a regular basis for Donegal Daily. Simply click to listen about how he is getting on.THE K2 LIVE AUDIO BLOG: DAY 14 OF JASON BLACK’S ATTEMPT TO SUMMIT THE ‘SAVAGE’ was last modified: July 3rd, 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)last_img read more