Dear Editor,The statements emanating from President Granger on this 2017 Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) issue is nothing but superficial and extremely uninformed. Why does he continue to expose himself to such low-quality legal advice?In this new era of accountability, full transparent from politicians is demanded at all times.In 2017, hardly a day goes by when we are not treated to another variant of how the GECOM Chairman should be appointed in the daily media. It is pervasive as it is obstinate. Both sides think they are correct and too few are really recognising this nation is paying a heavy price because of the low-quality legal expertise that continues to guide the judgement of President Granger.This nation pays a Judiciary to interpret the rule of law, including the Constitution. The Legislative make the law and the Executive enforces it. Guyana has had a long and painful struggle to arrive at the seismic changes achieved in 1992. Electoral policies such as counting the ballots at the place of poll and the cessation of overseas and postal voting brought this country back from the brink as a pariah state. After 1992, donkeys and horses in the fields of Manchester and Jamaican in Council Flats of Birmingham lost their privilege to automatically vote for the People’s National Congress in Guyana’s elections. Never again must we succumb to such fraud.But the most revolutionary change that happened in 1992 was a reformation of the process behind how the Chairman of GECOM is appointed. Prior to 1991, the GECOM (called something else then) Chairman was appointed by the President in a framework that was steeped in autocracy. The Leader of the Opposition was literally consulted in a factitious manner. President Hoyte, who came under severe pressures from our friends in the ABC countries and a generation of local and international struggles led then by President Jagan who was the Leader of the Opposition, allowed for the commencement of the process to reform our electoral systems in 1990.As an outcome from those dialogues between Team Hoyte and Team Jagan with the Carter Center and the local civil society acting as arbiters, Hoyte agreed to ask the Legislature to change the laws around the process of how the Chairman was appointed. Ahead of the 1992 elections, the process allowed Jagan as the then Leader of the Opposition to submit a list of eligible names to Hoyte from which the name Rudy Collins was selected by Hoyte from Jagan’s list to be the Chairman. For those who do not know Collins, he was an international diplomat, not a judge or former judge or someone who had the qualification, training or experience to be a judge. He was deemed by Hoyte to be “fit and proper”.Fast-forward to the case in front of the Honourable Chief Justice Madam Roxanne George, one can find all sorts of opinions that can be undulating in nature but to date, no one has seen the written judicial pronouncements. Thus, my grave disappointment in the infantile and premature comments attributable to President Granger on this issue in the media. If he in unhappy with the ruling of the Chief Justice, the system provide the latitude for him to appeal that decision.President Granger must understand that he is making decisions for 18-35-year-olds also and if he is perceived to be one who is willing to illegally not enforce the written rulings of the courts, then he must not complain when society descends into a crime infested harem of law breaking activities. By his own actions he is seen to be giving the green light to the present and future generation of lawbreakers to disregard the ruling of the courts.I pen this letter in full support of the principle that we must respect our judicial system, even if we disagree with their written judgement. We must as a people also recommit to the separation of powers between the Judiciary, Executive and Legislative. The Legislative makes the law, the Executive enforces it and the Judiciary interprets it. These are three distinct branches of a functional Government in a democratic society.Sincerely,Sase Singh, MSc –Finance, ACCA
Guyanese are yet again taking a unified stand, this time against Government’s imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on education – a service which is a necessity to develop a country and is enshrined in the Constitution as a basic human right. Since its application, Government’s 14 per cent tax on private education has received widespread condemnation.Like we have witnessed with the movement against the Parking Meters, led by the civil society group, MAPM, a mass online movement is once again taking root, and hundreds of persons have already signed a petition against Government’s decision to charge 14 per cent on private educational services. The petition is not only protesting the imposition of VAT on the education services but also on education – related expenses because Government has always paved the way for this tax to be charged on reading materials, geometry sets and other items necessary for attaining a sound education. The basis of the campaign’s stance is that the imposition of the 14 per cent VAT on private schools will impact very heavily on the children and youth attending those schools.And while the decision aggravated the masses, the government, instead of empathizing or attempting to placate, instead came out swinging and announced that there is no VAT on public education, and that it remains a choice of the parent, one which Government is not forcing them into. The Director of the private institution, Dr Brian O’Toole, had penned a letter, which was published in the media, and which outlined the constraints that this additional 14 per cent tax would have on the specified education sector.He had noted that while the tax might not affect the affluent in society the poorer parents who struggle to send their kids to the same school will be severely affected. However, Minister Jordan’s contentions are that if the parents ‘choose’ to send their children to private schools then they should afford the price as there is no VAT on public education. Following the Director’s pronouncements, a petition named “Education is a Necessity, Let it be VAT free” was implemented calling for an appeal to the recent imposition of 14 per cent VAT on education-related expenses.The concerned citizens, many of whom are school students, are saying that the imposition of the 14% VAT on private schools however will, of course, impact very heavily on persons attending those schools. The students have been informed, a few days ago, that with immediate effect, their fees have now been increased by 14%. A number of these students pay the fees in G$100 bills, this new imposition may simply mean they stop the course, stay home and lose hope and add to the growing numbers of the unemployed and unemployable, stakeholders argued.Many have come out in praise of the ad hoc Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) for generating and sustaining calls for the parking meter agreement to be scrapped. The group has successfully galvanised the people into action against sustained abuse and disregard by City Hall. With three successful, peaceful protests under their belts, it is the hope that more Guyanese, witnessing the results of a unified stance, will throw their support behind the petition “Education is a Necessity, Let it be VAT free”. As the Director of School of the Nations so eloquently explained, the only hope for Guyana moving forward is an educated, motivated pool of youth who see Guyana as theirs. This new tax does nothing to further that vision, that sense of optimism, the idea that they can rise out of poverty. Weather they take to the streets or garner as many signatures on the petition as they can, it is hoped that this new movement can illustrate that taxing education is not the best decision on the way forward.
Dear Editor,The AFC, from all indications, is operating as a separate dictatorship faction within the Coalition Government. This gets into the realm of promoting corruption when the current situation is analyzed.The reinstatement of an NCN Berbice branch official is a glowing tribute to cronyism and corruption in the AFC, and its intolerance of transparency and accountability. This person was sent on administrative leave for 10 months, and was paid full salary with all benefits. Now the person is back on the job despite evidence surfacing during the investigation to warrant this person’s dismissal. According to statements given by the staff who were dismissed, this official instructed them to prepare ‘fake invoices’ and to make ‘fake log’ entries.The reason for this person’s reinstatement would have been because of a ‘good relationship’ with the same AFC Minister who is in charge of NCN.The CEO of NCN was apparently instructed by this high ranking Minister to reinstate this person.The recent firing of Chronicle columnists David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis was allegedly done at the behest of this high ranking AFC Minister. In a letter to the press, Mr Hinds stated that, ‘a senior AFC Minister has, over time, been raising at the Cabinet level the issue of Hinds’ and Lewis’s columns. It was that same minister who gave instructions to the Editor-in-Chief to axe the columns’.He added that, ‘the Chronicle and the rest of the State media are controlled by the AFC as part of the distribution of spoils after the election. The Prime Minister has direct oversight of this sector’. Even two top AFC members who are members of the Board allegedly rubber-stamped the decision to fire the columnists, according to Hinds’s letter.It can be seen from the two examples that the same Senior Minister gave instructions to reinstate the person spoken about at NCN, and to fire the reputable and independent columnists.These two actions will not improve the already poor image of the AFC and its disappearing supporters. Apart from being silent on many important issues, what is clearly manifested is the AFC’s promotion of corruption and its dictatorship tendencies.I also have compelling evidence to support the allegation that AFC’s most prominent and well-respected member in Berbice, Mr Gobin Harbhajan, is extremely disgruntled and disappointed with some of his AFC colleagues. This gentleman has been the only face of the AFC in Berbice, and has been doing a fantastic job in the resolution of many problems facing Berbicians.Berbice is vitally important for the survival of the AFC, but it seems that the AFC leaders are quite content with their ‘good life,’ and no longer care about continued existence of the AFC. At this point, there is only one person who is keeping the AFC alive in Region 6, and that is Mr Gobin Harbhajan, a man who is not corrupt, and is dedicating his energies to assist persons in various communities. I am sure he has a large following, and should he decide to walk away from the AFC, then a lot of supporters will follow him.Mr Harbhajan should seriously think about his political future and the need to be of continued service to his fellowmen.Yours sincerely,Doodnauth Jagmohan
City Magistrate Judy Latchman remanded to prison a 50-year-old resident of Oronoque Street, Georgetown, when he appeared to answer to two charges of narcotics possession.It is alleged that Mark Stephens on March 24, 2017, at Da Silva Street, Kitty, Georgetown, had in his possession six grams of cannabis plus an additional 70 grams of the drug for the purpose of trafficking.The fisherman denied the charges.When asked why Stephens was charged separately with regard to the offences, the prosecution related to the court that the man had initially admitted to ownership of the six grams while denying any knowledge of the second parcel of cannabis. The court heard that on the day of Stephens’ arrest, he was sleeping on a bed in a Kitty house when Police Officers searched the premises and unearthed the substance on the said bed.Stephens’ Attorney contended that the substance was found in a general area, which his client had no control over, as he was a mere occupant of the premises at the time of the raid.Bail was granted in the sum of $60,000 for the first charge (six grams), but the defendant was remanded for the second charge.The matter continues on April 10 at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (C) vies with Real Sociedad’s defender Aritz Elustondo (L) and midfielder Xabier Prieto (R) during the Spanish Copa del Rey quarter final first leg football match January 19, 2017 © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMadrid, Spain, Jan 19 – Barcelona ended a decade-long drought without winning away to Real Sociedad on Thursday as Neymar’s first-half penalty handed the Spanish champions a 1-0 Copa del Rey quarter-final, first leg lead.Atletico Madrid also took a huge step towards the semi-finals as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa and Kevin Gameiro downed an under-strength Eibar 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon. Barca hadn’t won in their last eight meetings at Anoeta with coach Luis Enrique describing their 1-1 draw back in November as “almost a miracle” given how his side had been outplayed.However, the Catalans continued signs of their return to form in a bright start that was rewarded when Neymar was clearly upended by Aritz Elustondo 20 minutes in.Just as in the last round, Lionel Messi handed over responsibility from the spot to the Brazilian and he sent Geronimo Rulli the wrong way.“It is always difficult to play at Anoeta and against Real Sociedad, but I think it was a complete performance,” Enrique told GolTV.“We were very solid in defensive and efficient in attack.“No matter the result we have gained, the return leg always presents difficulties but for us it is a good result and very good news.”Atletico Madrid’s forward Kevin Gameiro (R) and forward Antoine Griezmann celebrate after scoring during the Spanish Copa del Rey quarter final first leg football match against SD Eibar at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid January 19, 2017 © AFP / JAVIER SORIANONeymar should have added to Barca’s lead early in the second-half when he took a poor touch with just Rulli to beat.And Neymar came close again moments later when he curled just wide of the far post from a lovely Messi backheel.Sociedad enjoyed plenty of possession, but failed to break down the Barca defence as a dangerous cross from Yuri that just had too much pace for Mikel Oyarzabal at the far post was the closest they came.Indeed, the hosts were fortunate not to concede a second penalty when Neymar was booked for diving 25 minutes from time despite Rulli appearing to clip his heels as the Barca forward rounded the ‘keeper.The two sides meet again for the second leg at Barca’s Camp Nou on January 26.Despite largely empty stands amidst freezing temperatures in the Spanish capital, Atletico made light work of an Eibar side shorn of many of their usual starting line-up to ensure the return leg should be a mere formality.“It was difficult in the first-half but you could see the chances would come if we were a bit more precise and that happened in the second-half,” said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.The hosts had the ball in the net on 25 minutes, but Stefan Savic was harshly adjudged to have been offside as he slotted home from close range.Eibar’s goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez (L) vies with Atletico Madrid’s defender Jose Maria Gimenez (C) and forward Antoine Griezmann during the Spanish Copa del Rey quarter final first leg football match January 19, 2017 © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOHowever, Atletico had to wait only three minutes more to open the scoring when Jose Maria Gimenez beat Rodriguez to a free-kick lofted into the area and Griezmann headed the Uruguayan’s knockdown into an empty net.Rodriguez nearly redeemed himself in the second-half when Yannick Carrasco bore down on goal, but despite saving the Belgian’s effort, the ball fell kindly for Correa to tap home the rebound.Seven minutes later Atletico killed the tie off when Griezmann headed across goal from Koke’s corner and the grateful Gameiro was left unmarked to nod home.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The Croatian smashed Liverpool ahead from a corner routine Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star huge blow 2 REVEALED Lovren instinctively knew where a bad defensive header would land— John O’Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) December 26, 2018 gameday cracker Lovren’s goal came after just eleven minutes into the Reds’ home fixture, which is the 19th game of the season and marks the halfway stage in the title race.Jurgen Klopp’s men led the way by four points before kick off and finished it six points clear of rivals Tottenham Hotspur and seven ahead of Man City, provoking plenty of excitement among supporters who are starting to believe this may finally be the year the Premier League trophy comes to Anfield.Now that Dejan Lovren has started scoring stunners as well, the fans seemingly cannot contain themselves. You can read a round-up of the reaction below. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 11′ – Dejan Lovren’s superb half-volley from just inside the box gives the Reds the lead. What a finish!! [1-0]#LIVNEW— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 26, 2018 REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Dejan Lovren scoring a worldie, it’s deffo our year— Sabah (@Sabah07) December 26, 2018 latest shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT TROPHY Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions 2 REVEALED pic.twitter.com/EVOuckrhsq— Skee Will (@SkeeWill) December 26, 2018 Latest Liverpool News targets Unlikely goalscorer Dejan Lovren gave Liverpool the lead against Newcastle in emphatic fashion on Boxing Day.After a questionable defensive header fell to him inside the penalty area, 29-year-old leathered home a half volley even Steven Gerrard would have been proud of. Lovren has scored more goals today that Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Mbappe, Griezmann and Pulisic combined— Sam’s Army Podcast (@samsarmy) December 26, 2018 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update An absolute screamer from Lovren. Wow what a finish #LFC— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) December 26, 2018 LOVREN VOLLEYS. Maybe this is our year.— David Verner (@bigvYNWA) December 26, 2018 Even Lovren’s scoring screamers now, it’s our year— Tanya (@_tanyawarwick) December 26, 2018 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won He was then mobbed by disbelieving temmates RANKED Dejan Lovren has given Liverpool the lead at Anfield. pic.twitter.com/RTqC02o1qL— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 26, 2018
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The 24-year-old left Swansea in the summer after his career was derailed by knee problems in recent years but he only lasted 35 minutes before going off injured.Before then he made some sharp short passes and almost set up Moult with an excellent cross but he missed the first chance of the game when he could not turn Steven Hammell’s cross home from six yards, although the delivery was at thigh height.Moult was included after McDonald suffered a muscle strain in training on Friday while Blyth was left out to recover from an Achilles knock.But Motherwell’s goal threat will remain intact if Johnson maintains this form. His opener came from nowhere as he ran on to Hammell’s throw-in near the corner flag and volleyed over Blair Currie’s head into the far corner from what appeared an impossible angle. The winger soon forced Currie into a decent stop with a powerful long-range strike following a one-two with Moult.Motherwell looked extremely comfortable and Stephen McManus headed Lionel Ainsworth’s header against the bar but Annan were level moments later.Tony Ribeiro ran on to a pass down the left and his cross was met on the run by Omar, who headed down and past Craig Samson from eight yards.Motherwell pushed for an early response after the break and Moult had a header blocked in the goalmouth before restoring their lead in the 61st minute when he chested home from close range after Johnson’s brilliant cross.The former Wrexham striker then turned his man 40 yards from goal before running through and finishing into the corner of the net. Louis Moult played through the pain barrier to net a second-half double as Motherwell beat Annan 3-1 in their League Cup clash at Galabank.Moult is due to have groin surgery next week but he started in the absence of the injured Scott McDonald and Jacob Blyth and he proved the match-winner with two clinical finishes in the space of three minutes.Marvin Johnson had given Motherwell the lead from near the by-line in the 16th minute but Rabin Omar headed Annan level with their first effort on goal a minute before the break.Motherwell named a trialist in their ranks after registering Welsh midfielder Lee Lucas with the Scottish Football Association for the remainder of the transfer window.
Cathal Corey is the new Sligo senior team boss.The Tyrone native, who previously managed a number of clubs in Tyrone, Donegal and Derry, was ratified at a County Board meeting last night, and takes over from Niall Carew.Corey previously led Naomh Conaill of Glenties to an Ulster club final in 2010, and he was recently nominated for the Donegal job that ultimately went to Declan Bonner.Corey is set to finalise his backroom team in the coming weeks.A statement from Sligo County Board read: “Sligo County Board announced their new Senior football team Manager at the October County Board meeting tonight.“The selection committee appointed by the County Board relayed their findings to the County Executive committee and the candidate was later approved at the County Board meeting.“Cathal is from Kildress in Co.Tyrone. Cathal’s home Club is Kildress Wolfe Tones.“While Cathal has never managed at intercounty level previously,he has a very strong track record in both Tyrone,Derry and Donegal.“In his early days as a Coach he managed both Slaughtneil and Banagher in Derry.“He contested the Donegal Senior team Manager job following Jim McGuinness’s retirement from the role and again recently when Declan Bonner was appointed to the role.“Cathal worked with McGuinness when he Managed Killyclogher in County Tyrone and again when he was involved with Naomh Conaill in Donegal.“In fact Corey won the Donegal title with Naomh Conaill in 2010 and brought them to the Ulster Championship final that year only to be beaten by Crossmaglen.“Corey will be finalising his backroom team over the coming week as he prepares for both the FBD and National League campaigns and then faces a significant opening National League fixture against Armagh in the Athletic Grounds at the end of January.”