No-confidence motion ruling…calls on Govt to follow all requirements outlined in the Constitution of Guyana…says democratic procedures, rule of law must be respected, upheld…as Private Sector blasts Govt for not respecting, honouring Chief Justice’s decisionLocal and international pressure continues to mount on Government, as President David Granger is yet to announce a date for early elections.European Union Ambassador to Guyana, Jernej VidetičThis time, both the European Union (EU) and the Private Sector Commission (PSC) are warning of the need for constitutional compliance.In a statement on Monday, the EU’s local mission revealed that it was keeping an eye on developments following the vote. The EU urged that democratic procedures and the rule of law be respected and upheld.The EU also called for free and fair elections to be held and for the Guyana Government to follow all requirements outlined in the Constitution of Guyana following the December 21, 2018 no-confidence vote.Since acting Chief Justice Roxane George upheld the no-confidence vote on January 31, Government has said it will appeal. According to the EU, it is best if these appeals are expedited, hinting that foreign investments into Guyana are being held up by the political uncertainty.United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka“The Delegation of the European Union calls on all concerned bodies and stakeholders to uphold the Constitution, respecting democratic procedures and the rule of law. Procedures should be managed efficiently, with openness and transparency.“In this regard, the Delegation of the European Union hopes that the further legal process can be expedited, for the benefit of Guyana, its people and its development, in view of pending Foreign Direct Investments.”The EU also lauded the High Court, which fast-tracked the no-confidence cases to ensure a ruling by January month end. The statement also expressed expectations for free and fair elections being held in line with the Constitution of Guyana.Article 106 of the Constitution says that elections must be held within three months after a no-confidence vote is passed. Such a vote was passed on December 21, 2018, but since then there has been uncertainty about the Guyana Elections Commission’s readiness.Government has since said it is not resigning until its efforts to overturn the no-confidence vote are adjudicated at the level of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).It was only a few days ago that United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka also urged Government to respect the Constitution of Guyana. Guyana’s PSC had also previously called for GECOM to open up about its readiness for elections.PSCPrivate Sector Commission Chairman Desmond SearsAs uncertainty continues to swirl over when elections will actually be held, the PSC in a strongly worded statement on Monday said it was growing increasingly concerned over the Government’s insistence on business as usual while it appeals the no-confidence cases it lost.According to the PSC, these statements being made by the Government and its representatives are a matter of concern since the High Court has already refused Government’s request for a stay of judgment.“The statement issued by the Government’s Department of Public Information clearly and, it appears, with deliberate intent, flies in the face of the decision of the Chief Justice. The ‘status quo’, meaning that nothing has changed, simply does not remain and the business of Government does not continue ‘as usual’. There have since been similar misleading statements made by senior members of the governing party, which add to the Commission’s concern,” the PSC stated.“We must underline the fact that when the Attorney General sought a conservatory order from the Chief Justice to preserve the ‘status quo ante’, his application was rejected … Clearly, therefore, in the view of the Commission, her ruling remains in place unless successfully appealed in a superior court. The Commission, as a consequence, expects the President and his Government to respect and honour the decision of the Chief Justice.”In this vein, the PSC made it clear that Government must ensure elections are held no later than March 21, 2019 as required by Article 106 (7) of the Constitution of Guyana. It also reminded that the Chief Justice in her decision upheld Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution, which state that the Government, while remaining in office with the President in place, does so without a functioning Cabinet.“The Private Sector Commission speaks not only for the business community with hundreds of billions invested in the development of our economy and the employment of some 60 per cent of our workforce. In this case, we believe that we speak for the majority of the nation when we express our concern over public statements which deny the express ruling of the Chief Justice, statements which could lead our country into a situation of grave instability and an illegal government resulting,” the PSC said.In addition, the Commission threw its support behind both the EU and the UN for throwing their weight behind calls for the Constitution of Guyana to be respected, the rule of law upheld and for free and fair elections.Government fell to the no-confidence vote on December 21 last year. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution of Guyana states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, 106 (7) goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election 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, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Both the National Assembly and the High Court have refused Government’s attempts and arguments to overturn the no-confidence vote. Despite this, however, President Granger is yet to indicate a date for elections. GECOM successfully ran the Local Government Elections (LGE) in November 2018, less than three months ago.It is the President of Guyana, who has to give a date for elections and not GECOM as being touted. The President of Guyana, according to the Constitution, has to dissolve Parliament and issue a date for elections.
Fort St. John City Council is edging closer to settling on a tax ratio format for different property categories across the city.Council has chosen to adjust the tax ratios for light industrial, business and residential properties over a five-year period. Light industrial and business property owners will see a decrease in their tax rates over that time and residential property owners will see an increase phased in over the next five years.Council has been working towards implementing some of the recommendations made by Dr. Stanley Hamilton in 2009.- Advertisement -Thus, the proposed 2011 tax rates for light industrial, business and residential properties would be 25.78 per cent, 14.33 per cent and 5.09 per cent, respectively. The proposed rate means a decrease of 8.55 per cent for light industrial owners and a decrease of 0.27 per cent for business owners. The change would also mean an increase of 0.78 per cent for residential property owners in 2011.The City says that increase for a residential property assessed at $350,000 in both 2010 and 2011 would translate to approximately $14.A public meeting will be held on March 30 from 6 until 8 p.m. at which residents can raise any issues they have with the proposed tax changes.Advertisement
After Saturday’s practice, coach Eddie Jordan was asked if the latest scuffle is a distraction to the team. “For the moment, yes. But after everything is said and done and everything is taken care of, no,” Jordan said. “We had a morning meeting, watched film, moved on to practice and we had a very good practice today. We addressed various things at the meeting.” Thomas, averaging 6.0 points and 5.6rebounds, will miss games today against Portland and Wednesday at Philadelphia. He will not practice with the team during the suspension. Where’s the gold? Police are investigating a report that more than $100,000 worth of jewelry is missing from Philadelphia 76ers forward Joe Smith’s hotel room. Smith discovered he lost four pieces of custom-made jewelry worth $110,000 when he returned to his Philadelphia hotel room following a game against Toronto on Jan. 15. Smith went to police Thursday and reported that twonecklaces and a custom-made medallion vanished between 11 a.m., when he left the hotel, and 10:30 p.m. that day. “This cat decides to hit me with a cheap shot during practice, and I reacted,” Thomas told The Washington Post. “I could have turned the other cheek. I guess I didn’t.” Thomas and Haywood, who have been competing for playing time at center, have clashed several times. They fought in the locker room Nov. 2 and had another altercation last season. Police said that there had been no forced entry into the room, and that the items had not been secured in a safe. Asked after practice Friday about the incident, Smith had little to say. “No, I wasn’t robbed,” Smith told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I just had some things misplaced, but I wasn’t robbed.” Police did not know the reason for the delay in reporting the missing jewelry. He’s not listening: Milwaukee Bucks guard Earl Boykins expects to miss no time despite injuring his right thumb – and possibly suffering ligament damage – in a game Thursday against New Orleans. “When the doc was talking, I wasn’t listening,” Boykins said when asked what the diagnosis was before Milwaukee played the Denver Nuggets. “I’m not missing a game, regardless of what the doc says, so there’s really no need for me to listen.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The running feud between Etan Thomas and Brendan Haywood escalated with another exchange of blows, leading to a two-game suspension for Thomas and leaving the Washington Wizards’ frontcourt thin. Thomas was suspended for throwing a punch at Haywood during practice Friday. Thomas was retaliating for what he believed was an intentional elbow.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Alan and Kathy Hanagata, both 53, are packing up their 1,200-square-foot flower shop, family owned for 40 years, and heading to a new location, forced out by the property ownership change. “My husband and I were just crying on the phone,” Kathy Hanagata said. Alan’s mother, Flo Hanagata, opened Flo’s Flowers at 9016 E. Beverly Blvd., near the corner of Beverly and Rosemead. The shop also houses a paintball supply store. “People say we’re a landmark, we’ve been here so long,” Alan Hanagata said. Flo’s Flowers will move within sight of the old building, to 4524 Rosemead Blvd., because their building is scheduled for demolition. Business owners in Pico Rivera are being forced out of buildings they occupied for decades to make way for new development at the corner of Rosemead and Beverly boulevards. The owners say they were given little warning about the move, which they say will cost their businesses profits and customers. “We’re not being treated fair,” Kathy Hanagata said. The 3.27-acre property, which included a vacant commercial building once filled by Big Lots, Flo’s Flowers and a Union 76 gas station, was purchased by Agoura Realty and Management Inc. from the nonprofit Berger Foundation. The couple said they must leave by Nov. 15, according to representatives from the Berger Foundation and Agoura Realty who told them demolition of their building would begin on or about that date. Although the Hanagatas have found a new building to lease and are moving out of fear of being put out after the 15th, they say they have received no official notification of eviction. The deal is still in escrow, but Fred Wasson, principle with Agoura Realty, said the Berger Foundation was responsible for any eviction of tenants until the deal is closed. Wasson said he called Flo’s Flowers early in the summer to let them know that Agoura Realty planned to demolish the building, although they could not give legal notice because they did not own the property. “We just gave friendly notice to the tenants so that they would have plenty of time, with the holiday season,” Wasson said. Wasson said escrow is expected to close in the last days of the year or in January. According to Hanamata, the Berger Foundation offered to pay $2,500 to help the family relocate their business, but would not allow them any extension through the holidays, a busy season for their store. Hanamata estimates the move has cost $3,000 in lost business. The Hanamatas said they had repeated problems with the Berger Foundation in recent years. Two years ago, their monthly rent was doubled, from $400 to $800. Additionally, they said the Berger Foundation told them that Agoura Realty was responsible for their eviction. “Someone is lying here,” Kathy Hanamata said. Doug Vance of the Berger Foundation said he would not comment on the situation until escrow closed on the sale. Hamid Kianipur, 55, owned the Union 76 gas station and auto repair garage on the property for 18 years, but the Berger Foundation refused to renew his lease a year ago through Union 76’s parent company, ConocoPhillips. Kianipur’s lease was month-to-month, and he received word around the first of September that he would have to leave in 30 days, and the gas station would be demolished. He left on Oct. 1. “They just told me to pack my bags and go,” Kianipur said. “It was a big blow to me financially and to me personally.” Kianipur said he hopes to buy a new business like the one that has now been leveled, but that it will cost about $1 million. Out of desperation, he said he bought Bill’s Garage at 5135 Paramount Blvd. to make ends meet. “I really hustled to try and keep my business, but every door I knocked on, it just closed on me,” Kianipur said. According to Kianipur, who paid $9,000 per month in rent, he tried to buy his portion of the lot, but the Berger Foundation refused to divide the property and he could not afford the $6 million asking price. Wasson would not say how much Agoura Realty paid for the property. Wasson said Agoura Realty plans to keep the 32,000-square-foot building where Big Lots once was, and the company plans to attract a larger retailer or grocer for the spot. That business could arrive in 2008. Wasson said plans for the rest of the property had been made, and would not be carried out until after the remaining building is filled. Kianipur and the Hanamatas said they want to continue doing business in Pico Rivera, but that big development makes the task hard for local businesses. “Small people like me can’t make it around here,” Kianipur said. “It was my home for 25 years, and it was very sad to see it go.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A Donegal businessman has contacted Manchester United FC to query why one of world’s biggest football clubs has NO women’s team.Ian Harkin, owner of the hugely successful Letetrkenny-based children’s doll company LOTTIE was perplexed when he discovered that Manchester United FC had no women’s football team. He was shocked to discover that a worldwide brand like Manchester United FC who also claim to have the largest fan base in the world, does not have a senior women’s team at the club.Manchester United, along with Tottenham Hotspur are the only Premiership clubs that don’t have a women’s senior team.The Moville based businessman decided to contact Manchester United and find out why they don’t cater for a women’s team within the infrastructure of the club.Harkin suggested that within the regulations of the UEFA licensing structure – ALL clubs should make it compulsory to have a women’s team as part of their licensing requirements. Which according to Harkin would provide female players with the same opportunities and legal rights which are afforded to male players.Harkin posted the following message on his LOTTIE Facebook page which includes a number of startling facts about the women’s game.“Manchester United a club which claims the worlds largest fan-base – does not have a senior women’s football team.Following the thrilling Women’s World Cup 2015 tournament, a resurgence in the popularity of women’s football has emerged, but did you know that in the early 1900’s, women’s football had attendances reaching over 50,000 for club matches, becoming so popular that it was perceived as a threat to the men’s game – and so was banned in England from 1921 to 1971?!We believe the UEFA club licensing needs to extend to women’s football, making it compulsory that each licensed club has a women’s team, affording female players the same opportunities and legal rights as the men’s game. At present only 7 countries have adopted this policy, Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Hungary and Georgia. Advertisement What are your thoughts?Read More; http://www.independent.co.uk/…/why-is-it-that-theres-no-wom…Read our Lottie coaching tips for girls; http://lott.ie/womens-world-cup-2015 Advertisement DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR QUERIES WHY MANCHESTER UNITED HAS NO WOMEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM was last modified: July 8th, 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:BusinessDoll ComapnyIan HarkinLottieManchester United FCnewsSportWomen’s team
A revamped EFL Trophy next season, with the inclusion of Premier League clubs, will ‘rejuvenate’ the competition and help develop domestic talent, according to English Football League (EFL) chief executive Shaun Harvey.Sixteen top-category academy sides have been asked to join the 48 clubs from Leagues One and Two in what was known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy but is currently without a sponsor.Fifteen of those invited clubs come from the Premier League, with Newcastle getting the final invite as the next highest finisher in last season’s league pyramid.And in a move that has already attracted criticism from clubs and fans worried about the possible introduction of Premier League B teams into the EFL, those invited clubs will be able to field five players older than 21 in their starting XIs.“The new format is intended to rejuvenate this competition and also assist the development of the very best young players in English football,” said Harvey.“This will help us deliver more and better home-grown players which will deliver benefits to the national team and domestic league football at all levels.”The 64 clubs will be split into 16 groups of four, on a north/south regional basis, each containing an invited club; and they will play each other once, with the invited club playing one game at home.Teams will earn three points for a win and a point for a draw, but if the scores are tied after 90 minutes an extra point will go to the winner of a penalty shoot-out.The top two from each group will then proceed to a regional knock-out round of 32, with the rounds of 16, eight and four being free draws.These will all be single ties and will be settled by penalties after 90 minutes, although that may change for the semi-final and Wembley final.Approval of these changes came at last month’s EFL AGM in Portugal but it was far from unanimous, despite an extra £1m coming from the Premier League to more than double the prize fund.A Premier League spokesman said: “Participation for a selection of Premier League clubs’ (academy) teams in the EFL Trophy is an important part of a range of developments that both we and the EFL believe will help young, talented players progress physically and mentally on top of the technical aspect of their game developed in the academy system.“It is a progressive move by both leagues; one that we welcome.”The group stages will start in the last week of August, with the knock-out rounds beginning at the start of December and the final on April 2, 2017. 1 EFL Trophy: Barnsley were winners of the competition, previously the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, in 2015/16
With mental and physical health becoming a greater concern for the local community in recent times the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny is now offering people a unique chance to manage stress through the the ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi.Originally developed for self-defence, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions.Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. Tai Chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. With the emphasis on body awareness, students will be thought1. Attention to Posture2. Correct Alignment3. Breath Awareness 4. Gentle exercises through Martial ArtsThe instructor for this course will be Mary Ronayne who is part of the World Chen Taiji Association.It will start on Tuesday 21st of January 11 – 12.15 and continue for 8 weeks at a cost of €50.Places are strictly limited so book in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. TAI CHI CLASSES TO BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES was last modified: January 19th, 2013 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:TAI CHI CLASSES TO BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES
CLG Chill Chartha will host The Strictly Halloween Dance Show in the Blue Haven on 20th October at 8pm. This promises to be the entertainment night of the year and tickets are already selling fast. Tickets cost €15 and will be on sale in the Parish Hall this Saturday at 8pm and are also available from club officers .The Senior Team play St Eunan’s in the play-off tie in the Championship in Convoy this Thursday 11th Oct at 8pm. The winning Lotto numbers were 1,7,14,25. No Lotto Jackpot winner and next week it is €2400. Drawn winners were: €50 – Jimmy Byrne, Bruckless. €30 – James Boyle, Cuilleen. €20 – Mary B O’Donnell, Bavin. No winner of the Bingo Jackpot and next week it will be €1200 on 45 numbers. Some of the winners were Evelyn Boyle €150, Catherine Johnson €70, Brendan O’Keeney €110 ,Margaret McGinley €70, Margaret Doherty €70, Letty Doherty €70, Una Blaine €70, Delia Hegarty €50. Club updates are available on the new club website. New club gear is also now on sale and contact club officers for prices. GAA NEWS: KILCAR CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 9th, 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) Tags:Kilcar GAA club notes
Controversial RTE TV GAA pundit Joe Brolly is the special guest for this Saturday night’s Termon GAA dinner dance.Joe Brolly to be guest of Termon GAA club this weekend.The function is at the Lagoon Lounge and those attending are advised that it will start at 6.30pm.An All-Ireland winner with his native Derry in 1993 Brolly was one of the country’s top GAA players for a decade and broke Donegal hearts with a late goal in the 1998 Ulster Final Clones that killed off Declan Bonner’s of managing his county to provincial glory. The Belfast based barrister is a regular visitor to the county where he has a house in the Glenswilly area.It’s been a historic year for the Termon with the club winning it’s first ever All-Ireland Club title at the end of November. Indeed the Burn Road outfit is the only club from Donegal to ever lift a national club title. So the defeat of Cork team Mourneabbey in the decider will definitely go down in history as will the performance of the brilliant Geraldine McLaughlin who scored 3-8 in the decider and was involved in the other four scores that made up Termon’s total of 3-12 in Tuam.Also in attendance on Saturday night will be the President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association Pat Quill, Minister for the Gaeltacht DeputyJoe McHugh TD and of course the Dolores Tyrell All-Ireland Ladies Club Championship Cup.Due to the nature of this stellar line-up, the event has had to be brought forward and will now commence at 6:30 in The Lagoon on this Saturday 3rd January. Tickets are priced at €25 for adults and €20 for students. Tickets can be purchased from any committee member. For more information, contact Lisa McCafferty 0863527015. BROLLY TO GET SOME TIPS FROM McLAUGHLIN AT TERMON DINNER DANCE! was last modified: December 30th, 2014 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:donegalGAAJOE BROLLYTermon dinner dance
TRUCKEE, Calif. – A private business jet heading from Idaho to California crashed and burst into flames Wednesday in an attempted landing at an airport north of Lake Tahoe, killing both occupants. The twin-engine Learjet 35 had taken off from Twin Falls, Idaho, and was scheduled to pick up two passengers at Truckee Tahoe Airport, said Bruce Nelson, a Federal Aviation Administration operations officer in Los Angeles. The Learjet 35 routinely carries a two-member crew and seats six to eight passengers. Nelson said officials had yet to identify a potential cause of the 2 p.m. crash, but a storm had brought rain and high winds to the Sierra Nevada. Identities were not immediately disclosed for the two who were killed or the passengers they were coming to collect. The plane is owned by RSB Investments, based in Washington, Pa., a company that does business as Skyward Aviation, Nelson said. Skyward is an aircraft charter, sales and management company. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake A spokeswoman said company officials were not answering questions about the crash. The flight left Twin Falls sometime between noon and 1 p.m., Twin Falls Airport Manager Bill Carberry said. In recent days, planes have been diverted to Twin Falls from the Sun Valley Airport in Hailey, Idaho, 70 miles to the north. “This is a holiday weekend, and Sun Valley is usually filled to the gills, but they’ve had marginal weather the last few days, so we’ve had dozens and dozens of business jets coming in here,” Carberry said. He said had no information on the plane’s owner or its occupants. The plane crashed in a field near a recreation area short of the Truckee runway, Placer County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Giovannini said. Weather was poor, with rain and winds of 23 mph and gusts hitting more than 40 mph at the time of the crash, he said. The airport had issued a warning on its Web page saying pilots might encounter turbulence, downdrafts and wind shear. Truckee resident Mark Maisel told the Sierra Sun newspaper that he saw the crash from his car. “The right wing went straight up with the left wing straight down. Then the left wing went straight up,” he was quoted. “Then it hit the ground with the biggest ball of flame you’ve ever seen. The ball of flame was bigger than any tree around here.” Brad Rabensteine of Truckee said he was one of the first to reach the crash. “It made a hard left bank turn. I don’t know if the wind took it or what, but it went straight into the ground,” Rabensteine told the Sierra Sun. “The ball of flame that went up was just unbelievable. We ran out there, and there was nothing left.” The FAA, National Transportation Safety Board and Placer County sheriff’s deputies were investigating. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!