Another military style boot stomp on our Constitution!

first_imgDear Editor,Interpretative convenience is not a recognised method of constitutional interpretation. Since May 2015, we have seen the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) and more particularly President Granger twist, bend and pervert the clear language of our Constitution to suit and to secure the President’s wishes. The people of Guyana have seen President Granger’s interpretation of the Constitution in his unilateral and unconstitutional appointment of the Chairman of GECOM. The people of Guyana took note of President Granger’s refusal to act on the recommendations of the Judicial Service Commission with respect to the appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court for several months.The people of Guyana have taken note of the President’s unlawful revocation of the leases of some rice farmers in Berbice which the Chief Justice condemned.The people of Guyana witnessed President Granger’s wrongful and unlawful interference with the work of his constitutionally autonomous Police Service Commission.And there are several other instances of constitutional violations which can be laid at the door of President Granger and his APNU/ AFC Government.With these known constitutional violations as the President’s established record, how can any reliance be placed on Minister Harmon s assertion that the President will fully comply with the constitutional provisions in relation to the appointment of a Chancellor and a Chief Justice.President Granger as he was constitutionally required to do, sought the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition to two persons he identified for appointment to both offices. It is now known that the Leader of the Opposition did not agree with the President’s proposal.From 2005 to 2015, President Granger, the People’s National Congress (PNC) and latterly APNU/AFC opposed the confirmation of Judges who were acting in the offices of Chancellor and Chief Justice. The refusal of successive PNC leaders including President Granger, marked the end of the constitutionally prescribed appointment procedure for a Chancellor and Chief Justice.Not so, on this occasion. President Granger told the local press that he was awaiting the advice of his Attorney General. This is going to be a forthcoming disaster. The Attorney General by his successive record of failures in the courts of Guyana and even at the Caribbean Court of Justice cannot be relied on to give a constructive and meaningful opinion on the constitutional implications resulting from the failure of the President to secure the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition.The Attorney General apart, it is President Granger himself who has given a not so subtle indication to the people of Guyana, what his intentions are. After years of being responsible for there being Judges acting in the offices of Chancellor and Chief Justice, President Granger is reported as saying: It is not desirable to continue the current practice of acting which existed for several years and I would like to have a substantive appointment. It’s a question of necessity.Those were thunderous, ominous words. The confirmed appointment of a Chancellor and a Chief Justice should never be a matter of what the President likes. Confirmed appointments serve the judicial system well and instil confidence by the people of Guyana in the country’s judicial system. What the President likes introduces corrosive, troubling political considerations into the senior judicial appointment process.More troubling however, is the President’s conclusion that the substantive appointment of a Chancellor and a Chief Justice was a matter of necessity. The use of the word necessity by the President bears very significant implications. I have grave reservations that given his military background, that was a loose choice of word by the President. My gut feeling is that it was not.The law recognises a concept of necessity. In the present circumstances, it would mean that if President Granger were to rely on the concept of necessity, then notwithstanding the fact that the Leader of the Opposition has not agreed to the appointment of the persons proposed, the President may go ahead and appoint the persons identified by him contending that without these appointments, the courts would be paralysed. Well, there were two people who acted in those offices for over a decade and the courts were not paralysed. The people of Guyana should take note, that the public comments by Minister Harmon and President Granger are intended to set the stage and lay the ill-advised and misconceived foundation for unilateral action by the President in clear violation of the Constitution.The truth is that there is no room for the application of the concept of necessity. Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall went to great lengths to point out that the Constitution itself provides what should happen if the Leader of the Opposition does not agree with the President’s nominees.The President’s current stance on these appointments must not be examined in isolation. It must be seen in the light of comments made recently by Sir Dennis Byron, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice in November of 2017.Addressing the Bar Association’s annual dinner, Sir Dennis Byron recalled that for 12 years, no substantive Chancellor was ever appointed. For a significant part of those 12 years, Sir Dennis was head of the CCJ. He never once uttered a public word of condemnation. He however, noted that the failure to agree (as must have been within the contemplation of our constitutional reformers who prescribed a formula for acting appointments) was not an acceptable option and that in the absence of any framework to establish agreement, the issue became justiciable.Sir Dennis has opened a can of worms. Having been silent on this matter for the past several years, now with the accession to office of President Granger and his APNU/AFC Government, Sir Dennis finds it appropriate to make constitutionally unsound public comments.Those comments appear to have emboldened President Granger. He appears by his recent public utterances to feel strengthened in his new stance on top judicial appointments by the guidance provided by Sir Dennis Byron on the way forward. And Sir Dennis is known on his visits to Guyana for his social engagements with known PNC activists/supporters and former PNC Ministers.In the meantime, Guyana awaits another military style boot stomp on our Constitution.Sincerely,Selwyn Persaudlast_img read more

Govt support should not end after severance payments

first_imgDear Editor,Several sections of the media reported that Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, announced about the outstanding redundancy pay to the thousands of workers made jobless by the callous, heartless decision to close several sugar estates in recent times. Minister Harmon is reported to have said that the Government already has identified the source of funding to meet the illegally withheld payments to the beleaguered workers. We expect that the Government will soon advise the workers when their payments would be available.The State Minister, according to the press, was also seemingly critical of our move to the courts on this matter. But it seems that, hadn’t we pursued such a course, the Government wouldn’t have awoken from its seeming deep slumber and finally decide to address the matter. Again, it confirms that our decision to go to court was the right decision.While pleased to hear about this latest development, we indeed hope that the Government’s support does not end there. With the GuySuCo Alternative Livelihood Programme and Sustainable Communities Programme from all indications suffering a still-birth, there is strong need for a realistic programme to support the workers and their families at what is possibly the hardest and toughest time in their lives. It is dismaying for us that, on to this day, the Government has not seen it necessary to visit the hard-pressed communities. It seems to us that the Government wants to wash its hands after the outstanding payments are made.We sincerely hope this is not the case, but the indications do not give us much hope.The suffering workers can be assured of the GAWU’s commitment to press the Government to give focused attention to address and ensure relief to the plight of the affected workers and their dependents.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGAWUlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Rose Catherine McCarron wooed Daithi O Se and the crowds in Tralee on Monday night on the first selection night for the contest.The 26-year-old from Raphoe looked stunning in a flowing ivory dress, adorned with Maureen O’Hara silver jewellery.And she brought the house down when she sang ‘Destination Donegal’ for the audience. Dubai Rose Caroline Callaghan – from Fanad – takes to the stage on Tuesday night as the county has double hopes this year.Catherine, a former Deele College pupil, told host Daithi about her love of travel and her work for charity.Proud family members watched on as the interview took place.Said Catherine: “It’s been phenomenal; and the support in Donegal has been incredible.”  DONEGAL ROSE CATHERINE WOOS CROWDS IN TRALEE was last modified: August 20th, 2013 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:Catherine McCarronDonegal RoseRose of Traleelast_img read more

Spurs 104, Warriors 92: Warriors’ Steve Kerr calls for more ball movement

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN ANTONIO – The shots clanked off the rim nearly every time the Warriors shot the ball. They had looks that were both wide-open and contested. It did not matter. Rarely did the ball fall into the net.The Warriors finished with a 104-92 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday with those bricks becoming the soundtrack of their basketball lives. It also largely explains why the Warriors (12-6) lost five of their last seven …last_img read more

India Continue to Hold Top Spot For Dubai Tourism in H1

first_imgIndia continued to be the top source market for tourism in Dubai, with over one million travellers visiting the megapolis during the first half of 2018, a three per cent rise over the same period last year.Saudi Arabia and the UK also retained the second and the third spots, respectively, while China ended the first half of 2018 in the fourth place, according to Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).Read it at Financial Express Related Itemslast_img

PM ready to come under Lokpal purview: Sources

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh is learnt to have expressed readiness in coming under the purview of the proposed Lokpal bill.Sources told Headlines Today that Singh has conveyed to senior ministers in his government that he has nothing to hide and is willing to come under the Lokpal’s purview.While the prime minister has shown readiness, senior functionaries in the government are not too comfortable with the idea. They feel this would set a wrong precedent and leave the prime minister vulnerable to frivolous complaints.Civil society representatives have been pushing for bringing the prime minister, chief justice and other judges under the Lokpal, but the government isn’t keen on it.The issue has become a major sticking point between the government and civil society members of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee.Anti-corruption activist and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi had said the offices of the prime minister and higher judiciary should be brought under ambit of the Lokpal Bill.But Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, according to agencies, felt it was desirable to exclude the prime minister as he was the “keystone of parliamentary structure of the nation” and any complaint against him would render the incumbent “dysfunctional” as it would lead to an “institutional instability”.Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh was reported to have favoured the inclusion of the prime minister under Lokpal but later said he would only go with the decision of the Congress.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

Wilshere: I’m fitter than ever before

first_imgJack Wilshere ‘Fitter than ever’ Wilshere ready to play big role for Arsenal Goal Last updated 2 years ago 20:49 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jack Wilshere Arsenal Arsenal Premier League The 25-year-old is delighted with the improvements he has shown in training with the Gunners and is ready to get back into the starting XI Jack Wilshere says he is ready for regular playing time at Arsenal as his fitness levels are “the best they’ve ever been”.The England international has suffered persistent iniuries in his career and recently recovered from a calf problem he picked up on loan at Bournemouth in April.Wilshere has featured three times for Arsenal’s first-team this season – starting and finishing against Doncaster Rovers in the EFL Cup and BATE Borisov in the Europa League – but he is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League since his return from the Cherries. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Arsenal -1 11/8 v WatfordThe 25-year-old says he is fitter than ever and proving to Arsene Wenger in training that he is back at the same level as his team-mates.“I always hear the boss say it’s my first five-metre burst, when I receive the ball and get away from defenders, and I feel that’s getting better and better each day,” he told Arsenal’s website.“I feel like the way to improve that is in games when you’re playing against opposition that want to win and want to win the ball back and you have to be able to keep the ball.“That’s coming back and my fitness levels, if I’m honest, are probably the best they’ve ever been. I look at my numbers after the game and I’ve been out for four months and I’m not the one who hasn’t run the most.”Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t run the most, we’ve got a lot of players that do that, but my numbers are good so I’m happy.”Jack Wilshere ArsenalWilshere admits he has had to adapt his training routine due to the injuries he has struggled with over the years, but says he is more determined to return to regular playing time.“When I first broke into the first team, even looking back when I was 16, you take things for granted. I was training every day and when you’re a 16-year-old, you can do that,” he said.“As you get older your body changes, you pick up injuries, you have to be more careful with certain situations and it makes you stronger as well.  I’ve always loved playing football and that’s what I wanted to do.“Of course there’s been times when it’s been tough, when you’re injured and you wake up in the morning, you think ‘Oh I’ve got to go to training, all the other lads are training, you’ve got to go to the gym’. That makes you stronger and it makes you appreciate it more and try and do everything you can to keep fit and keep on the pitch.”last_img read more

21 days agoLiverpool striker Mane: We must keep Vardy quiet

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Mane: We must keep Vardy quietby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Sadio Mane says they must keep a close check on Leicester star Jamie Vardy – or he will take full advantage.The Reds were uncharacteristically lax in allowing a three-goal lead slip against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League before eventually prevailing 4-3 on Wednesday.”I think if we want to win we have to play better because we know Leicester, especially this season they are very strong and a very good team,” Mane said.”For sure we are going to learn from it (the Salzburg game) and be ready for Saturday, which will be a massive game for us. It is a lesson for us to be on our toes in the next game.”I think they started the season very well and are a very good team and if we want to beat them we have to be 100 per cent ready.”Vardy always scores so we have to make sure this game he will not score and we try to take all our chances – that will be the key.” last_img read more

Feel Good Friday – SuperFeet

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter How to (Almost) Painlessly Improve Your Running When your feet hurt, your whole body hurts. Ever wonder why it feels so good to be barefoot on the beach? Because the human foot was designed to adapt to uneven surfaces. Today we are predominantly walking on concrete, tile, pavement, surfaces our feet don’t adapt to and it is exhausting. That is where the beauty of Superfeet comes into play with it’s three-dimensional insole in your two dimensional shoe.Superfeet walked onto the scene in 1977 and to get the word out they reached out to skiers but they were reluctant. So they went to Nordica, a ski boot company which began using Superfeet in their boots and it was a great success. Next they contacted the hockey industry big boys, Bauer Skates, and again, success. But how to reach the masses? They developed a ‘trim to fit’ line and boom.We know you are probably used to the old Dr. Scholl’s insert, but after one week those are about as supportive as tissue paper. Superfeet are based on principles of podiatric medicine. That means they really work. On a personal note, I have a friend who has had foot problems for over a year. The doctor gave him a boot to wear for six months and it still hurt. He finally tried Superfeet and the pain was gone. Testimonial!The difference is:A structured heel cupRearfoot supportFirm stabilizationWhile we are all fans of shopping online, we found it best to go to a store that carries Superfeet to get expert advice and try them on before purchasing.And for the Feel Good aspect, Superfeet has had a giving program for some time. They give 1% back of annual sales to help those in need in their community in Washington but are starting to grow their donation area. There are a lot of people in the outdoor community who work with the non profit, 1% for The Planet, and theirs is similar but Superfeet actually has a donation committee in-house to see where the donations are needed most locally. It’s always important to remember, those in need can be only steps away! The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Deliciouslast_img read more

Goldenport Sells ‘MSC Socotra’

first_imgzoom Goldenport Holdings Inc. has agreed the sale of the 1995 built container vessel ‘MSC Socotra’ to NKD Maritime Limited of Essex, United Kingdom, for a cash consideration of USD 11.3 million.The vessel delivery to the new owners has been scheduled to take place by the end of April 2014.Goldenport expects to realize a book profit of USD 3 million on the sale, after accounting for brokerage commission and book value.In line with its strategy to phase out its containership fleet over time, Goldenport has taken advantage of the current strong scrap prices and has sold one of its older vessels, thereby further reducing the average age of its fleet and enhancing operating and cash flow generating efficiency.The net sale proceeds will be applied towards the repayment of debt secured against the vessel and increasing the level of corporate liquidity. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location goldenport, April 3, 2014 Print  Closelast_img read more