President continues to blame GECOM for not setting elections date

first_imgLaying blame for his delay in calling an election date at the feet of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), President David Granger on Friday addressed the nation in a statement calling for calm and more collaboration across the political divide.President David GrangerIn his address to the nation, President Granger claimed he was “constrained” from naming a date for elections because GECOM has not provided adequate information about its readiness for holding elections.Referring to recent meetings with GECOM Commissioners, Granger said he has not received the guidance he needs to proclaim a date for elections. According to the President, it would be “reckless” for him to announce a date for elections without being satisfied that the Commission can guarantee credible elections.“I expect that, with the advice of the Commission and with the support of the Opposition in the National Assembly, I shall be able to proclaim a date as early as possible for the conduct of General and Regional Elections. I have written to the Chairman of the Commission again, demanding the presentation of the ‘work plan’ to me and re-committing the Government to doing everything possible to support the conduct of credible elections…in the shortest time possible,” he informed.“The Government of Guyana is committed to support the rule of law and respect for civil rights. The Government will remain committed also to ensuring respect for the Constitution and the independence of the institutions of the State,” the President stated.Granger called for collaboration, and not confrontation, noting that he is prepared to do his part to ensure credible elections within “the shortest time possible” in 2019.But he made it clear that such decisions are not his alone.The President also complained about the recent walkouts from meetings by Opposition- nominated commissioners of GECOM, who have been justifying taking this route because of the delaying tactics and insistence on house-to-house registration by the Government-nominated commissioners, which could delay elections by months. In his statement, however, Granger explained, “The Government side, during its engagement with the Elections Commission, gained the impression that considering the small size of the national population, the existing list of electors was ‘inflated’ and needed to be sanitised. It is the Commission’s responsibility to determine how efficiently and how quickly this could be achieved.”Since the December 21, 2018 passage of the motion of no- confidence against the APNU/AFC Coalition, calls have been made by various stakeholders, including foreign diplomats here, for the Government to abide by the Constitution and set a date for elections.In fact, earlier this week, British High Commissioner Greg Quinn, in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times, reminded that the clock is ticking on the constitutional three months’ deadline for holding elections. This deadline expires next Thursday.Additionally, representatives from the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have echoed similar calls in February for the Guyana Government to adhere to the Constitution.With less than six days remaining before the 90-day deadline expires, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has written several international bodies, asking that they do not recognise the Coalition Government after March 21.last_img read more

Photos appear to show cut-down trees housing Bald Eagle nest near Site C

first_imgA post on Facebook by the Peace Valley Landowner Association shows a tree south of Site C harbouring a Bald Eagle’s nest – and then photos of the trees knocked down.“#‎SiteC‬ really sucks for this ‪#‎Eagle‬ today. Destroyed.” the post read.Arlene Boon, an active member of the Peace Valley Landowner Association, and the wife of president Kevin Boon, made the original post, reading “This is the beautiful ‪#‎eagle‬ that just lost his home to ‪#‎SiteC”.- Advertisement -It has under 50 likes as of Monday afternoon, but commenters did not seem to be happy to see the pictures.“Who down south would condone this for Stanley Park?” wrote one.The photo of the Bald Eagle in the tree was taken on Saturday, and the one of what appears to be the same tree knocked down was taken just this morning.Advertisement “It’s quite disturbing that this is going on.” said Boon. She had big concerns that the nest was active, and BC Hydro did not have their permits up to date to cross the waters on to the island.Dave Conway of BC Hydro told Energetic City in an e-mailed statement that the corporation and its contractors will ‘monitor and take great care to avoid or mitigate effects on active Bald Eagle nests during Site C construction.’Conway says an inactive Bald Eagle nest was removed last week, consistent with their permits, with the help of a qualified environmental professional on-site – and no eagles were present or harmed in the process.“No active Bald Eagle nests will be disturbed, and BC Hydro will only remove or relocate Bald Eagle nests when they are inactive, as confirmed by a qualified professional — and in accordance with our permits under the Wildlife Act,” the statement reads.Advertisement BC Hydro plans to install up to 38 artificial nesting platforms during the construction period, according to the statement.“Platforms will be designed to be attractive to nesting Bald Eagles. BC Hydro will monitor Bald Eagle nests and mitigation platforms annually during construction. Once construction is complete, monitoring will continue for the first 10 years of project operations.”last_img read more

Hart says ‘right time’ for move after leaving City for Burnley

first_imgAfter two seasons out on loan with Torino and then West Ham, the ‘keeper was keen to put down roots again.The 31-year-old, who cost Burnley a reported £3.5 million ($4.5million), failed to make the England squad for the World Cup despite playing in all but one of the qualifiers.“It’s definitely the right time for me to move on,” Hart told Clarets Player. “They (Manchester City) are doing fantastic and I’m very happy for them. They need to go on and do their thing and I need to do mine.“I feel good. I feel like I’m in the right place and I feel like this is my time to kick on now.”Hart, who has 75 England caps, faces a battle for the number one spot at Burnley. He will be competing against two fellow England internationals, Nick Pope and Tom Heaton, as well as Anders Lindegaard.Signing a goalkeeper became imperative for Burnley manager Sean Dyche — Pope is out for an indeterminate amount of time with a dislocated shoulder while Heaton has also been struggling for fitness.Burnley have a Europa League qualifier looming against Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday and begin their Premier League campaign against Southampton on Sunday.City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak hailed Hart’s enormous contribution to the success of the Premier League champions since he joined 12 years ago.“Joe Hart’s contribution to Manchester City cannot be overstated,” Al Mubarak said in a statement on Manchester City’s website.“His 12 years at the club has seen him produce some remarkable performances and heart-stopping saves that will live in the memory for a long time to come.”Hart, who last played for England in a friendly against Brazil in November 2017, was a pivotal member of the City sides that won Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former England goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed for Burnley © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 7 – Joe Hart said it was the right time to leave Manchester City after Burnley announced on Tuesday they had signed the former England goalkeeper on a two-year deal.Hart played almost 350 games for the reigning Premier League champions, establishing himself as number one for club and country, but fell down the pecking order after Pep Guardiola took the helm at City in 2016.last_img read more

Man dies in fiery Foothill (210) Freeway crash involving two big rigs

first_imgPASADENA – A man was killed today in a fiery collision that involved two big rigs and prompted the closure of the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena, authorities said. The crash was reported about 5:50 a.m. near Arroyo Boulevard, said California Highway Patrol Officer John Seumanutafa. The man was found dead in a big rig that caught fire, according to the CHP. Westbound traffic was diverted from the freeway at Lincoln Avenue, Seumanutafa said. The cause of the crash was under investigation. 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


first_imgTragic mum Lorraine Gallagher is backing plans which could see cyber bullies sent to prison for up to three years.The late Erin and Shannon GallagherThe Dail is set to debate legislation which is being adopted in New Zealand which will make cyber-bullying a new offence of ‘incitement to commit suicide.’Lorraine (37) whose daughters Erin, 13, and Shannon, 15, took their own lives, says something drastic is now needed to stop the epidemic of online hatred. “It has got to the stage where a strong message needs to be sent out to cyber bullies that they can no longer do this.“We don’t know how many young people have given up on their lives because of being tortured online.“If young people think there is a chance that they could end up behind bars then I think that threat may stop some of them from doing it.“The message needs to go out that if you abuse other people online then you are leaving yourself open to the full power of the law,” she said. Lorraine, from Ballybofey in Co Donegal, recently marked the first anniversary of her youngest daughter Erin who took her life on October 27th last year.Erin had complained that she was being bullied online and a full investigation has been launched into those complaints.Just six weeks later in November last year, Lorraine’s only other daughter Shannon also took her life because she could not cope with Erin’s loss.Lorraine, who gave birth to a baby son Lennon in May, said she must continue her life for her two sons.“When Erin and then Shannon died I honestly didn’t know how I could go on. “But I have had to find the strength to go on for Sean James and Lennon.“The girls just doted on Sean James and I know they would have been the same with Lennon.“My doctor told me that I have to live for the living and not live for the dead.“It’s difficult at the moment when we are remembering the girls’ first anniversary and all they did. “But I have to do it now for my boys,” she said.TRAGIC MUM LORRAINE BACKS PLANS TO JAIL CYBER BULLIES was last modified: November 10th, 2013 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:Ballybofeycyber bulliesdailErin GallagherLorraine Galaghernew lawshannon gallagherlast_img read more

Impact whacked by court ruling

first_imgIn a decision that could have statewide repercussions, the California Supreme Court has ruled a Los Angeles County narcotics task force must comply with the state’s open-meetings laws. The court voted unanimously Thursday to deny an appeal of a lower court ruling that said the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force, better known as L.A. Impact, is subject to the Ralph M. Brown Act. The decision could serve as a precedent for the 40 or so other narcotics squads operating in California, none of which make their meetings or business records open to the public. “They really have been rather stealth agencies,” said Richard McKee, president of the watchdog group Californians Aware. He and former Pasadena Weekly reporter Christopher Bray brought the lawsuit against L.A. Impact in 2004, following a series of news articles that revealed the narcotics squad was venturing into anti-terrorism investigations. McKee said the ruling means the public can now review expenditures made by the L.A. Impact board of directors and hold them accountable for any mismanagement of funds. “It will certainly eliminate these expensive trips to Palm Springs where they have their meetings,” McKee said. Richard Kreisler, who represented L.A. Impact, said the board will begin following the Brown Act immediately, which means posting agendas and giving the public an opportunity to speak at all board meetings. As the appellate court noted in its decision, handed down last November, sensitive tactical and investigative discussions can continue to be held behind closed doors under the Brown Act. Still, Kreisler said there is concern that important business will be bogged down by Brown Act complaints. “Whether the disputes are valid or not, they require defense and they require significant expenditures of time in defending,” he said. Kreisler estimates L.A. Impact spent about $35,000 in this case. Jim Ewert, legal counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers’ Association, called the ruling an important step in keeping quasi-governmental organizations open to public inspection. There are more than three dozen multi-agency task forces registered with the Attorney General’s office. Ewert said the ruling could apply to all of them. Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a brief defending L.A. Impact’s right to meet in private. His office did not return a call Friday for comment. Formed in 1991 to fight a burgeoning drug trade in Los Angeles, the task force boasts of having made more than 3,700 arrests, seized more than 70,000 pounds of cocaine and collected more than $78 million in forfeited assets. In 2003, the executive board overseeing L.A. Impact quietly amended the agency’s charter, adding language to say task force detectives would now “target, investigate and prosecute individuals engaged in any activity relating to terrorism.” A majority of the cities that actively participate in L.A. Impact voted in favor of the resolution, which caught the eye of Bray and McKee. They argued L.A. Impact, which had been formed by the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association, was making vitally important decisions with how to allocate public funds and manpower outside of the public’s view. The chiefs countered that opening the doors to the public was unnecessary and could undermine sensitive investigations. “We are our own oversight,” Whittier Police Chief David Singer said at the time. “Knowing the chiefs and the other agencies involved, there’s not one person there that would allow anything illegal to go on.” (626) 578-6300, EXT. 4458 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

Hamas fugitive surrenders after Israelis ring hideout

first_imgRAMALLAH, West Bank – A top Hamas fugitive blamed for attacks that killed dozens of Israelis and five Americans surrendered to Israeli troops Tuesday after they ringed his West Bank hideout and threatened to demolish it with him inside. The capture of Ibrahim Hamed, 41, was a blow to Hamas’ morale as the Islamic militants engaged in an increasingly bloody power struggle with gunmen and police loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Army Col. Amir Abulafiyeh, who oversaw the capture, described Hamed as “creative and cruel” in plotting attacks on a Jerusalem university, where the Americans were killed; an Israeli fuel depot; Israel’s rail system; and a pool hall. Troops acting on a tip surrounded Hamed’s hideout in a two-story building in a well-to-do district of Ramallah, just 200 yards from Abbas’ residence. A dozen jeeps and two armored personnel carriers surrounded the cement-block building, which had a yellow awning, and soldiers called on Hamed over loudspeakers to surrender. Soldiers warned him in Arabic that the building would be razed if he did not come out. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want 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


first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.GAA bosses in Donegal  have rejected criticism of how it handled its team holiday.Former manager Jim McGuinness used his Irish Times column today to criticise the County Board, saying those who were unable to go on the holiday should have been given a voucher as recompense.But in a statement this afternoon, the county board didn’t name McGuinness but said: “CLG Dhún na nGall wishes to clarify its position regarding the 2014 players and management teams holiday. “CLG Dhún na nGall correctly followed all guidelines as issued by Croke Park to Donegal County Committee regarding holidays and are satisfied that the holiday was organised fully in accordance with those guidelines as has been confirmed by Croke Park.”The statement follows the Glenties’ man’s claims that he believed Croke Park had backed his position.Several players and backroom team members were unable to travel to Dubai last year due to work commitments.  McGUINNESS IS WRONG, SAYS DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD was last modified: September 29th, 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)last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Visits Iowa State Sunday

first_imgFollowing Sunday’s road game, Drake hosts Iowa Friday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. in the team’s final non-conference regular season game. The in-state matchup will be broadcast on ESPN+ and on Mediacom MC22. Print Friendly Version Drake is coming off an 80-71 road loss at South Dakota State Dec. 8. The Jackrabbits led by 10 at halftime and had to fight off several rally attempts by the Bulldogs who multiple times trimmed their deficit to one-point. However, SDSU outscored Drake, 18-13, in the final period to win their second straight in the series between two team in the upper half of espnW’s mid-major rankings. Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) scored 22 points in the road defeat while Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) tallied a season-high 18 points and added five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Live Audio Live Stats Ticket Information Iowa State crushed North Dakota, 87-35, in its last game. Bridget Carleton, an honorable mention AP All-American last season, is averaging a team-leading 17.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. The Cyclones won the Preseason WNIT earlier this season. Story Linkscenter_img Iowa State Game Notes Drake Game Notes Cyclones TV AMES, Iowa – With finals week completed, the Drake University women’s basketball team visits Iowa State Sunday at 12 p.m. in its lone game this week. Drake (8-2) and Iowa State (7-2) meet in the first of two back-to-back in-state contests for the Bulldogs who host No. 16 Iowa Dec. 21 in their final non-conference game of the regular season. The in-state series between the Bulldogs and the Cyclones has been back-and-forth the past four seasons with home team winning each meeting. Iowa State holds a slight edge all-time, 29-28, in the series that started in 1975-76 and has featured at least one game between the two every season since.last_img read more

Calls for Government to offer free Nicotine Replacement Therapy

first_imgToday, on Ireland’s national “no smoking day”, Ash Wednesday, the Irish Cancer Society has called on the Government to offer Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) free to participants on smoking cessation programmes. The Society says that NRT alone makes you 50-70% more likely to quit and used in combination with supports based in the community, like the Society’s We Can Quit programme, it can ensure that people stay quit for good.However, despite wanting to quit, many smokers are unaware of the supports that are available to them to help them quit smoking. According to the survey undertaken by Core Research:Over 4 in 5 smokers claim they have attempted to quit smokingOf these, almost 3 in 5 have not used NRTOver half of smokers are aware of cessation supports and NRTDonal Buggy, Head of Services and Advocacy at the Irish Cancer Society said: “Our survey shows that people are clearly willing to kick the habit of smoking for good, with 4 in 5 smokers attempting to quit. However, many are still unaware of the supports available and unconvinced about their effectiveness.”According to the survey, the current likelihood among smokers to use NRT to help them quit is relatively low, with only 4 in 10 smokers saying they would use NRT. Some barriers include:People wanting to use will power alone to quit smokingThe belief that that NRT doesn’t workThe expense of NRTMr. Buggy said: “These findings suggest there is a need to better educate the public about NRT and its effectiveness. Some smokers feel that NRT is a replacement habit for smoking, however NRT helps reduce the physical symptoms of withdrawal from smoking. “By using NRT when trying to quit, you dramatically decrease the amount of harmful toxins you take in, while managing the physical need to smoke.”“Our survey also suggests if NRT was made available to people enrolled in cessation programmes for free they would be more willing to use it. If the Government is serious about achieving its target of a Tobacco-Free Ireland by 2025 they need to offer this additional support to smokers.”The Irish Cancer Society received strong support among survey participants for its proposals that NRT should be provided to participants in cessation programmes free of charge, with 63% of people surveyed agreeing and a further 59% saying that the state should do more to support smokers to quit.“While we have made great strides in recent years in reducing the number of smokers through the introduction of the smoking ban, a ban on point of sales advertising and continued increases in excise duty, we have to do a lot more to support people to break the smoking addiction. ”Calls for Government to offer free Nicotine Replacement Therapy was last modified: February 14th, 2018 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:Irish Cancer Societysmoketobaccolast_img read more