The APNU/AFC’s argument is baseless

first_imgDear Editor,It began with the irritatingly idiotic argument that 34 constitutes the greater half of 65. That foolishness finally came to an end with the ruling of the final appellate court, the CCJ. Then it was the invalidity of Mr Charrandas’ vote because he had dual citizenship. All of this was the PNC coughing up a defence when they themselves are guilty of multiple members of their parliamentary team who are also dual citizens. So, the duplicity of the PNC-led coalition is endless, which makes their situation hopeless and one that relegates them to a shameless bunch of individuals who are bent on holding on to power illegally.But before I entertain their latest gripe, I would like us to clear up a few disturbing facts.1. The CCJ has ruled that the NCM was validly passed which means that the President and his Cabinet must resign, paving the way for an election within 90 days.2. The GECOM Chairman was an illegal appointee and as a result, must be revoked and a new appointment made from a list submitted by the Opposition.3. The Government shall remain in office in a caretaker capacity until a new President is sworn in.Mr Granger has not honoured any of the above constitutional requirements which means that at the present moment, he has an illegal Government. Rightfully, if we are to take a look at the present situation in its truest perspective, we should not be accepting any negotiations from Granger because he is an illegal occupant or squatter in Government. However, we shall break that illegal barrier to entertain a discussion with him. So, here we go again, as we discuss their latest rant.The latest imbroglio is a house-to-house registration exercise, which according to them, should clear up the “grave discrepancies” in the voters’ list. The first item on their agenda is the sanitation of the list which necessitates the removal of dead persons. This in itself is a ludicrous argument because dead men cannot vote because they are dead. They might be on the voters’ list but due to the fact that they are dead, they cannot vote. No one can vote for them either because multiple voting or proxy voting has been long outlawed as a voting method. Guyana no longer uses that type of voting.And here again, the PNC is exposing themselves to the public. Multiple voting, or proxy voting, is a longtime grandstand rigging practice of the PNC. That huge rigging pool has dried up with the abolishing of the proxy voting system.4. Their last argument is that the youths would be disenfranchised because thousands of youths are not on the voters’ list. This is another baseless argument of theirs because Guyana has Continuous Registration, which means that those eligible to vote would have been upgraded to voter status in the automatic voter cycle we already have in place. So, whichever angle you look at it, Mr Granger has no case.The house-to-house exercise has two motives in its hidden agenda and if given the opportunity would enable the Granger Administration to carry out the most brazen rigging exercise in Guyana’s history. Their ploy in the house-to-house exercise is to go into homes and coerce persons into voting for the PNC which would be falsely entered into a database at GECOM. This is the PNC’s rigging strategy, pure and simple. But the holding of elections within the 90-day timeline precludes them from doing this, hence the confusion in their camp.This brings me to the question, whenever Patterson is replaced, the new Chairman needs to take a serious look into the replacement of the IT Specialist at GECOM, because that department holds a lot of the PNC’s rigging secrets.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Minister Norton to head Culture, Youth and Sport Department

first_img… still holds Social Cohesion postSocial Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton will from September 1 take on full responsibility of culture, youth and sport under the Education Ministry.The announcement was made on Monday by Education Minister (ag) Nicolette Henry during a forum with staff members at the National Cultural Centre (NCC). Minister Henry said she will now be fully responsible for education. Under the stewardship of former Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, Henry was specially assigned to the culture, youth and sport department; an area she received heavy criticism for over her performance.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George NortonNorton’s new appointment was confirmed on Monday by President David Granger, who in a release said Norton will, as of September 1, assume responsibility for culture, youth and sport, allowing Education Minister Nicolette Henry to focus on improving the quality of and access to education countrywide.The release from the Ministry of the Presidency said Norton will remain Social Cohesion Minister, with the new addition to his portfolio. However, his office will now be housed at the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport on Main Street, Georgetown.In an invited comment, Norton said he is thankful for the confidence reposed in him by the President and looks forward to the new portfolio, even while he continues to focus on building social cohesion in Guyana.“I am very excited about this. There is no doubt about my interest in sports and I have been exposed to the various cultures across the country. In my role as Minister of Social Cohesion, I have been privileged to work with all the groups across the country and so I have an understanding of what is needed already. I have always been vocal about youth opportunities and… I certainly see the youth population as being the agents of change, who can make social cohesion a reality in Guyana and so I look forward to doing my best in both worlds,” the Minister is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.Before moving to the Social Cohesion Ministry in January of this year, Norton had served as the substantive Public Health Minister.last_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former Chelsea, Leeds United, Stoke City and Reading defender Michael Duberry to look ahead to the Blues visit to Newcastle on Saturday and to discuss whether Jose Mourinho’s side can go all season unbeaten.We hear from all the key managers ahead of the weekend’s games – including Man City v Everton and Southampton v Man United.Former Arsenal winger Adrian Clarke gives us his ‘three to watch’ and Ahmad Khan from Red Card Sports Radio in Singapore (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays ‘Tom against the World’.last_img

Woman, boyfriend held in Christmas Eve deaths

first_imgAnderson and McEnroe were each charged with six counts of aggravated first-degree murder. The aggravated circumstances underlying the charges include that there were multiple victims, and that two killings – the shootings of the children – were done to conceal a crime or the perpetrators’ identity. Conviction on aggravated first-degree murder in Washington is punishable only by death or life in prison without possibility of parole. Anderson and McEnroe were ordered held without bail after an initial court hearing Thursday. In police affidavits filed in court Thursday, King County Sheriff’s Detective John Pavlovich described the horrific killings he said McEnroe outlined to authorities, but the detective made no mention of motive. First, Pavlovich wrote, McEnroe and Anderson shot her parents, Wayne Anderson, 60, and Judy Anderson, 61, with large-caliber pistols and dragged the bodies to a shed. A short time later, the Andersons’ son, Scott, his wife, Erica – both 32 – and their children, Olivia, 6, and Nathan, 3, arrived for a Christmas Eve visit. SEATTLE – A woman and her boyfriend were charged Friday with aggravated first-degree murder in the methodical Christmas Eve shootings of her parents, her brother, his wife and their two young children. Michele K. Anderson and Joseph Thomas McEnroe, both 29, confessed to detectives they had shot six members of Anderson’s family, according to court documents. Anderson said both of them shot her parents, brother and sister-in-law, while McEnroe killed the children, according to a separate affidavit. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, who will decide whether to seek the death penalty, said the motive for the slayings may never be known. “Given the magnitude of this crime, I pledge to give this case serious consideration for the state’s ultimate penalty,” Satterberg said. 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

Support for school bond to be measured

first_imgLANCASTER – The Westside Union School District will spend about $12,000 to hire a consultant to gauge residents’ support for a proposed school construction bond measure. Westside officials are thinking of placing a bond on the June 6 ballot to help pay for building six schools within the next decade. “We want to find a sense of whether we have a chance to pass that or not. A survey would best indicate what the community’s opinion of a bond would be,” Superintendent Regina Rossall said. “We don’t want to go out for a bond and not be successful.” The board last week approved hiring Emeryville-based consulting firm Caldwell Flores Winters to conduct the survey at a cost not to exceed $12,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The firm will poll 400 to 500 registered voters by telephone. Trustees must decide by early March to be able to place the bond on the ballot for the June election. District officials are considering trying to pass the bond measure under Proposition 39, which would require approval by 55 percent, rather than two-thirds, of the voters and would cap taxes at $30 per $100,000 assessed valuation. Depending on how fast the assessed valuation in the Westside district grows, the bond amount could range anywhere from $42 million to $60 million, Rossall said. “What they do is they ask pertinent questions of people regarding their support or nonsupport of another general obligation bond for construction,” trustee Gwen Farrell said. “It’s also to see what kind of bond they would go for, two-thirds or 55 percent.” The assessments are not capped under a bond passed with two-thirds approval. Westside district voters in June 1989 narrowly approved an $8.5 million bond measure, passed with 23 votes more than the minimum two-thirds then necessary. In 1998, district voters approved extending the school construction tax to 2026 to raise $14.7 million. The current bond tax started at $30 per $100,000 assessed value but has since dropped to about $18 because there are more homes and higher average values, district officials said. The total residential and commercial assessed valuation in the district is about $5 billion. To finance school construction, Westside has been forming special tax districts, which allow developers to pass on to homeowners school-building fees rather than pay them before houses are built. Officials are projecting that the district will need a middle school and several elementary schools in the 7,200-home Ritter Ranch master-planned community. Two schools would be needed for the planned 1,900-home Del Sur Ranch development near 90th Street West and Avenue H. Del Sur School, a kindergarten to eighth-grade school, would be converted to a middle school. And more elementary classrooms are needed around Sundown School near 60th Street West and Avenue J-8, and for the Anaverde master-planned development in southwest Palmdale. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 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

LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL DEMAND A STOP TO CUTS AT HOSPITAL

first_imgLetterkenny Town Council is to write to the HSE and the Minister for Health asking that no more cuts be made to Letterkenny General Hospital.It follows a motions by Cllr Dessie Larkin.More than €12 million has been cut form the hospital’s budget over the past two years. Cllr Larkin said the hospital is a victim of its own success but that it cannot afford any more cuts.It follows an initial plea for the cessation of cuts by Donegal Action Against Care. LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL DEMAND A STOP TO CUTS AT HOSPITAL was last modified: May 16th, 2012 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

Venue gets new name

first_imgLANCASTER – The Lancaster Performing Arts Center’s Black Box auxiliary theater was renamed the J.P. Eliopulos Family Theatre after a $150,000 donation by Andrew Eliopulos, president of J.P. Eliopulos Builders/Developers. The donation is the largest in the theater’s 14-year history and brings to close to $2 million in donations raised by the theater’s fundraising foundation since its creation. “We believe in our community and this is one way we can repay the Antelope Valley for all it has done for us. LPAC is a place that celebrates the best of human nature and opens its doors to every corner of the valley. That is important to my family.” said Eliopulos. The Eliopulos family’s history in the region dates back to 1918, after five families led by patriarch Petro Eliopulos immigrated to America. The Eliopuloses found the Antelope Valley to be quite like their home village of Kapsia in Greece: an agricultural valley surrounded by mountains. The family continued the successful farming ventures they had begun in Greece. In the 1960s, the late John Petro Eliopulos began a real estate development company. “We were a family with a major farming interest in the community for decades. Real estate and land development was a natural progression,” said Andrew Eliopulos, John Petro’s son. Speaking on behalf of the LPAC Foundation, President Lou Bozigian welcomed the Eliopulos family into the donors’ Circle of Honor. “The J.P. Eliopulos family is a longtime pioneering force in the Antelope Valley. A respected and important part of our community, they have been heavily involved in the growth of our area, acting in the benefit of our community,” Bozigian said. The donation will pay for improving equipment, bringing in higher priced shows and other amenities to benefit theater patrons. The name of the “Adelphia Best of the Black Box Series” will not be changed for the remainder of the season. The foundation was created in 1989, two years before the theater opened, during controversy over the theater’s cost. Foundation leaders promised to raise more than $400,000 to pay for planned features such as mahogany paneling, stage equipment and deluxe seats that were to be cut to save money. The foundation has raised another $1.5 million beyond its original pledge, Bozigian said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

SUPERFANS – DONEGAL SUPPORTERS JET BACK TO SEE MURPHY MASTERCLASS AGAINST ARMAGH

first_imgGAA: THREE loyal Donegal fans jetted back from all over the world to see a Michael Murphy inspired Donegal dismantle and demolish the challenge of Armagh at the Athletic Grounds this afternoon.Declan Boyle (London) Michael Boyle (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and Damien McHugh (Perth, Australia) all travelled back from their locations across the globe to see today’s highly anticipated quarter-final clash with the men from the Orchard.The game never lived up to its hype and billing as a sensational Donegal side simply destroyed the challenge poised by Kieran McGeeney’s side in a very one-sided game. In truth, this game was over after twenty minutes and many Armagh fans headed for the exits early into the second-half when Marty Reilly buried Donegal’s second goal to put them TWELVE ahead.However, the trio weren’t disappointed and said they’re confident that Donegal will have long, long summer.Speaking to Donegal Daily after the game all three expressed their delight and admiration for the Donegal side.“Declan Boyle said, “Donegal are in serious, serious shape, they were on a completely different level to Armagh and they just couldn’t live with them. “They dominated all over the pitch and I was surprised at how poor Armagh were, but were not complaining, they dished out plenty of hammerings to us over the years so it’s nice to return the favour.Damien McHugh returned to Ireland on Friday and plans to stay until the end of August before returning back to Perth.However, he joked that after seeing Donegal’s performance today he may well have to postpone his plans until the end of September!“I’m back home now until August, but after that performance today we could still be playing come the third Sunday in September.“When McGuinness left I worried at how it would effect the team, but they actually look even stronger now and I think Rory Gallagher coming in has actually freshened the whole squad. “The players look galvanised under Gallagher and determined to win another Ulster title and All-Ireland after the pain of last year.Michael Boyle, works on a monthly basis in Riyadh, but gets a week off after every monthly cycle so he timed it perfect for this weekend.However, he was more cautious after watching Donegal’s emphatic win over Armagh.“Armagh are a poor side, they’re a Division Three side and it showed out there today. “They were nowhere near it, and while Donegal deserve great credit for the way they played, I can’t see Rory Gallagher or the players getting carried away with the win.“Armagh done well last year against Donegal, and while I expected it to be closer than it was I never expected Armagh to cause an upset.“Donegal will face tougher challenges down the line, but I do expect them to retain the Ulster title.“I’ll miss the Derry game, but I’m expecting Donegal to win that one and then I’ll be back on Friday the 17th of July, just in time for the Ulster Final!The trio were well hydrated in the immediate aftermath of the Ulster SFC clash when we spoke to them and were predicting a few hangovers in the morning as they celebrate yet another Ulster win along with thousands of other fans both at home and all over the home.#TIRCHONAILLABÚSUPERFANS – DONEGAL SUPPORTERS JET BACK TO SEE MURPHY MASTERCLASS AGAINST ARMAGH was last modified: June 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAnewsSportSuperfanslast_img read more

Revealed: ANOTHER Donegal lotto player wins €500,000

first_imgANOTHER winning EuroMillions ticket – worth half a million euro – was sold in Donegal.The winning ticket was the only match five in the EuroMillions Plus draw last night.Donegal Daily can reveal that the golden ticket was sold at Oldtown Stores in Letterkenny. The numbers drawn were 10, 24, 32, 41 and 48.Donegal’s lotto luck has struck again. This is the second time in two weeks that a winning EuroMillions Plus ticket was sold in the county. Just two weeks ago, McGettigan’s Applegreen Service Station in Lifford were toasting a winner off a similar €500,000 prize. Revealed: ANOTHER Donegal lotto player wins €500,000 was last modified: August 21st, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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

First-half latest: Norwich 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgKenedy put Chelsea ahead after just 39 seconds at Carrow Road.The 20-year-old Brazilian cut in from the left, dodged two challenges and fired into the far corner – his first Premier League goal.Kenedy replaced the axed Baba Rahman at left-back, while Bertrand Traore was brought in by boss Guus Hiddink for his first league start for the Blues.There were also recalls for Oscar and Nemanja Matic, with Willian and John Mikel Obi dropping to the substitutes’ bench, where they are joined by Alexandre Pato, who was included in the matchday squad for the first time since his loan move.Chelsea, unbeaten in the league since Hiddink took over, have been well on top but were given a scare when Cameron Jerome headed over from Wes Hoolahan’s cross.Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy, Fabregas, Matic, Hazard, Oscar, Traore, Costa.Subs: Begovic, Baba, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Pato, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more