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January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNine days after today, the 90-day period to hold elections following the successful passage of the no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018 will come to an end. The elections, as mandated by the Constitution, will not be held by that time, and from what is currently playing out in the country’s political sphere, a constitutional crisis will take effect in just over a week. Its avoidance is through a parliamentary extension which must have the agreement of the Opposition. There may still be hope for that.The Leader of the Opposition had indicated his Party’s willingness to support any necessary extension provided that the President was committed to holding the elections and implemented related mechanisms. That has not happened as the President has thrown the responsibility unto the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) – a move some have branded as an abdication of his constitutional responsibility.That, coupled with his firm position of seeking a reversal of the vote by the court, has confirmed the belief that he and his government are only concerned with avoiding the elections in defiance of the Constitution. From all appearances, the Government seems bent on having the elections within its own set time frame with a seeming preference for 2020. In doing so, it is, by its own action, not just pushing the country into a constitutional crisis, but seems willing to expose all to its impact.That will obviously take a toll on Guyana and Guyanese, and will exacerbate as it prolongs. How that will play out and the severity of its impact is anyone’s guess. It could be a case of hoping for the best, but bracing for the worst. What continues to be bothersome is the Government’s continual defence of its position in not accepting what the Constitution demands regarding a successful no-confidence vote. All of its officials who have spoken publicly on the issue have sought to impose a seemingly alien interpretation at the expense of the rule of law.Even more jarring is to see some from the legal fraternity manufacturing interpretations that have strayed from what is enshrined. Reportedly, the Attorney General suggested that the Constitution is wrong with regard to what it specifies in the circumstances of a no-confidence vote. It begs the obvious question: wasn’t it the same Constitution he sought shelter under to advise the Government when it was in Opposition and when it threatened a no-confidence motion against the Donald Ramotar Administration? If, according to the reports, the Constitution is wrong now, how come it wasn’t wrong then?That, along with other scenarios which have played out, is an escapade of convenience to stay in Government. To therefore say these are mere attempts to hold on to power would be a gross understatement. That brings into focus a particular scenario that no one seems to want to talk about. In fairness, this entity alluded to it some time ago. It’s worth a reminder given the current political context.It can be summed up in one question; what would have been the state of play had the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) taken the same position as the Government following a successful no-confidence vote? To some, it may seem a non-issue on the grounds that the Party would have had no option but to abide by the constitutionally-mandated requirements. To others, the PPP dare not challenge what the said Constitution stipulates. For the latter, no efforts, as evident from history, would have been spared to ensure compliance.In other words, the Government, given all it has done thus far to avoid complying with the Constitution, including appealing what the supreme law says, would have vehemently objected to same had the PPP being unwilling to comply. It would have made the country ungovernable as it did in the past.The aftermath of the 1997 elections is a classic example of it creating an ungovernable environment despite the fact that it was not an issue of unconstitutionality but one of dissatisfaction over the results of that election. Eventually, Caricom intervened and fresh elections were held two years before they were due.These are not manufactured scenarios but realities when the Government while in Opposition refused to accept electoral results. During that period of politically- engineered instability and when the nation was on a rebuilding trajectory, innocent people were harmed, properties destroyed, business stagnated, and the economy took a hit as the country’s international image was tarnished. The then Opposition was adamant the Government should be removed and may have done all it could in that regard.Having walked that road, having fought for what it believed to be right then, having ignored the Constitution now on the no-confidence vote and having led the nation to the precipice of a constitutional crisis, the Government seems unconcerned of the potential negative impacts its action could have on all.That same lack of concern could be placed at its feet during the 1997 related period of instability. Many believe that its actions were wrong then and are wrong now. The Government continues to defend its position, a position that many see as defending an illegality which is what it will be after March 21 if no political resolution is found.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA report that Alonso, 33, thought it was 1995 and he was still in go-karting when he regained consciousness was dismissed as “nonsense” by his manager Flavio Briatore.But Briatore said the circumstances of last month’s crash in Barcelona, which concussed Alonso and gave him at least temporary memory loss, were “very strange”.“I saw footage, which Bernie Ecclestone sent me, where we see that the impact is not so hard,” Briatore told Sky Italia.“(Ferrari’s Sebastian) Vettel is behind, he passes, and you see Fernando crashes without any apparent reason.“We have to see if there is a steering problem. We have not had any information on that from McLaren.”Questions over the incident will be prominent in Melbourne this week as McLaren fight the fall-out and hope their misfiring cars can reach the chequered flag.The celebrated British team has already denied that Alonso suffered an electric shock in the cockpit, and Briatore said tests had not indicated any existing health problems.“If Fernando had had a problem, a heart problem, a small stroke, a blood clot; it can happen even to a great sportsman,” said the Italian.“And we have seen that absolutely all the examinations and tests made on the driver were negative.” – ‘Pain, lots of pain’ –The controversy has raised the pressure on a team that limped through testing, with the MP4-30 clocking only 30 laps during the final session — the least of any team.McLaren have renewed their association with Japanese engine supplier Honda, a partnership which conquered F1 from 1988 to 1991 with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost at the wheel.But the mechanical problems which curtailed their testing look set to keep McLaren uncompetitive for at least the early part of the season.Alonso is also a returning partner after a tempestuous spell in 2007 when he fell out with the team and was embroiled in the “Spygate” scandal before terminating his contract early.The early stages of their reunion have not been promising, although Alonso tried to make light of the crash when he launched a #wheredidyouwakeuptoday thread on Twitter.Alonso is in training for the second race in Malaysia, when he is expected to reclaim his seat from stand-in Kevin Magnussen and begin his partnership with Jenson Button.But regardless of his crash, it could be a long season for an outfit which will start with an uncompetitive car, a high-profile new driver and a rebuilding relationship with Honda.“There is going to be pain, lots of pain,” 1996 world champion Damon Hill told the Daily Mail.“The McLaren-Honda thing has to work at some point, but Formula One is so difficult now. There is so much technology and you are taking on so many strong teams.“I expect a modest beginning, but from whatever they start at you want to see a trajectory which is pushing to regular top sixes and a podium at the end of the season.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MELBOURNE, March 10- Fernando Alonso’s mysterious crash has put McLaren on the back foot before the Formula One season has even started in what threatens to be another tough year for the team.Speculation over the accident during testing is increasing rather than abating as Alonso prepares to sit out this week’s season-opener in Australia on medical advice.last_img read more

January 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe new Alumnus of the Year Award was established this year in honor of the 50th anniversary of the school, which first opened in 1957 as Santa Fe Catholic High School. The awardees were Sallie Younger-Rawlings, Class of 1973; and Michael Peak, Class of 1977. Salutatorian Veronica Pedroza, 17, said there wasn’t one moment or memory of her years at St. Paul that stood out above all others. But, she told her fellow graduates, “within the walls of our classroom, we came to the realization of the limitless bounds of our potential.” “We found our own power, our own strength, and it is bigger now than it ever was,” she added. “So St. Paul Class of 2007 – welcome to the rest of your life.” (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: St. Paul, class of 2007 SANTA FE SPRINGS – Senior Nicole Trost never realized how fast time would fly in the four years she spent at St. Paul High School. But as she waited for the school’s annual commencement ceremony to begin Thursday, Trost said she was excited to move beyond high school – and more importantly, she was ready. “You don’t realize it until you get here and look back and see how time just flew,” said Trost, 17, the class valedictorian who is off to the University of Dallas in the fall. “But I’m definitely happy right now – it’s my time to move on,” she added. “I’ll miss people, but people change, and times change.” Hundreds of well-wishers packed the St. Paul High stadium Thursday evening to support the school’s 162 graduates, 98 percent of whom are headed to college and university campuses across the country this fall. “You belong in college, for your potential has not yet been reached,” said Principal Frank Laurenzello, who gave the keynote speech. “Your work at St. Paul has set a foundation for what is in store for you,” he added. “The next rung of the ladder is now set for you, and the tools have been given to you to reach your dreams.” The graduation festivities began at 10 a.m. Thursday with a baccalaureate mass at St. Gregory the Great Church in South Whittier, then the Class of 2007 enjoyed the traditional lunch with school administrators, faculty, staff and the two “Alumnus of the Year” recipients at the Radisson Hotel Whittier. last_img read more

January 3, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThis column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Follow them on twitter @sportmagukI used to work for a weekly news mag about the voluntary sector, and one year they were silly enough to let me take up a seat at their annual awards evening. Having limited interest in the subject matter, I naturally decided to accompany every passing award (there were a lot of them) with a hearty glass of red wine. The result: me, rolling around on a grass verge outside the venue, battered. Some joker took a photo, which duly appeared on my leaving cover some months later.I woke up the following morning (I was also sick in a company-funded cab home) feeling pretty rank and very ashamed of my performance – and, replete with a can of Diet Coke, made my first job of the working day to apologise to my superiors. They agreed that I had been a massive tit, but also understood that it didn’t detract from my ability to do the job I was paid for.Which, and I bet you couldn’t see where this was going, brings me on to Jack Grealish – the 19-year-old Aston Villa midfielder, who this week excelled himself in Tenerife. Tim Sherwood will not have been overly impressed with the sight of one of his charges sprawled largely unconscious across the street, ably assisted by a lone pack of fags.Grealish has a reputation built on one excellent display in an FA Cup semi and a central role in his club’s escape from relegation at the end of a dismal season. He is by no means the first footballer (or teenager) to get right on it in the off-season, but if I was Sherwood I would be more concerned with his chippy reaction to the images on social media than him having a few too many.The key, which seems so absent from sport these days, is perspective. The media have built Grealish into some kind of world-beater when, in truth, he’s a young talent with a haircut and stupid shinpads. Similarly, his antics – while idiotic, and I should know – are symptomatic of nothing more than a lad getting giddy and having a few too many. Can we please just leave it there and move on? Jack Grealish 1last_img read more

December 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWest Ham United chief David Gold has revealed the club has the option to buy Manuel Lanzini permanently at the end of the season.The 22-year-old is currently on loan for the current campaign from UAE side Al Jazira.The Argentinean has impressed since his arrival and scored during the 3-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield.Hammers supporters have called for the club to snap up the attacking midfielder permanently and now Gold has confirmed West Ham can do so.“Yes, we do have an option to buy Lanzini at the end of the season,” Gold tweeted. Manuel Lanzini 1last_img read more

December 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTHERE IS growing anger amongst workers at Gallagher’s bakery in Ardara after they were refused union representation at redundancy talks.Today angry local TD Pearse Doherty slammed the mega-rich owners of the bakery, accusing them of tramping over workers’ rights.The Sinn Fein man has said that these workers have a right to union representation and that it is not acceptable for such a ‘successful and profitable company to treat its workers as dispensable’. The Donegal TD said that the workers must be afforded union representation at the talks and has written to management of the company urging them to reconsider their decision.Doherty said: “The decision of the company to move its operations from Donegal to Dublin is regrettable and will have a seriously negative impact on the community here in Ardara.“With unemployment sky-rocketing in Donegal we cannot underestimate how devastating this will be and the knock-on effect it will have on the whole community.“While every effort must be made to retain the fresh bread element of this company in Ardara those that are losing their jobs have a right to union representation. “It is not acceptable for such a successful and profitable company to treat its workers as dispensable. These workers and the entire community have brought the company from strength to the strength through to the successful business that it is today.“Their lives have been turned upside down and the least the company can do is afford them their right to union representation. I have written to the management urging them to reconsider this decision.”ARDARA CRISIS: ANGER AS BAKERY WORKERS DENIED UNION RIGHTS was last modified: February 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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

December 29, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHundreds of people turned up as Julia O’Donnell was removed from McGlynn’s funeral home this afternoon to be waked at her home in Kincaslagh.Daniel and late mum Julia The removal was delayed by half an hour such was the crowd who came to pay their respects. Julia’s son James sat in the hearse carrying his late mother.His other siblings Daniel, John, Margo and Kathleen followed in cars behind the cortege.Daniel was driven by his loving wife Majella.The cortege was given a Garda escort as people lined the streets of Dungloe. One local Garda remarked “Julia always wanted a trip in a Garda car for the fun of it – she didn’t get one so it was fitting today that we provided an escort.”The Daniel O’Donnell Visitors Centre closed as a mark of respect as staff stood outsideJulia will be waked at her home in Kincasslagh before being taken to St Mary’s Church in Kincasslagh for funeral mass on Tuesday afternoonTraffic restrictions are expected to be put in place in the West Donegal village due to the large number of mourners expected at the wake and funeral.  HUNDREDS TURN UP AT DANIEL’S MUM’S REMOVAL IN DUNGLOE was last modified: May 18th, 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)last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLANCASTER – A registered sex offender faces 27 years in prison after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the 1999 death of a Lancaster prostitute. Ronald Lynn Rook, 39, was charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting or robbing four women who worked as prostitutes along Sierra Highway from 1999 to 2003, and of murdering Twila Ann Martin, 40, who was found beaten to death on a desert dirt road. Rook entered his plea last Wednesday after prosecutors agreed to dismiss murder and other charges, citing insufficient evidence. Investigators initially arrested an ex-convict friend of Martin whose home she had visited the morning before she was killed. But he was cleared based on DNA evidence. Martin had vowed to change her life. She married and moved to Ohio, but divorced soon after. Both of her children were taken away from her when she started using drugs again, friends said. After a two-day preliminary hearing in March 2005, a judge ruled there was enough evidence to try Rook on 12 of the 14 charges made against him. Two rape charges were dismissed after one of the four women said she had sex willingly with Rook after he picked her up, but that Rook then pulled out a gun and robbed her of the money he paid her. Rook, an ex-convict who got out of prison in 1997 after serving a sentence for assault with a firearm, was linked to Martin’s slaying in 2004 by an ongoing check of a DNA database containing samples from convicted felons. Rook was arrested in November 2004 while working on a Santa Clarita assembly line. The other three women’s cases were linked to Rook after homicide investigators reviewed Antelope Valley rape cases dating back to when Rook got out of prison. Detectives also reviewed other local killings of women who worked as prostitutes – of which at least five were between 1994 and 1999 – but in every case where there was DNA evidence, it eliminated Rook as the killer, investigators said. Detectives say they have no proof that a serial killer was responsible for the women’s deaths. Drug-addicted prostitutes live dangerous lives, and are vulnerable to boyfriends, customers and drug suppliers, detectives said. A Lancaster man convicted of kidnapping and raping prostitutes was investigated in the deaths of three women in 1996 and 1997, but DNA evidence cleared him in the killings. Martin died while that man was in jail awaiting trial on rape and kidnapping charges, for which he was convicted and sentenced to 181 years to life in prison. Two of the other women died while Rook was in prison on the assault charge, records show. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“The only evidence we had to connect Rook to the victim was his DNA under her fingernails. The criminalist could not tell us how long that DNA had been there, and there was significant evidence of another person possibly committing this crime. The evidence against that person looked pretty good until DNA came back,” said Deputy District Attorney Kerry White, Antelope Valley’s head deputy. White said Rook had a history of using prostitutes. Rook, who also admitted a prior “three strikes, you’re out” conviction, must serve 85 percent of the sentence. He remained in custody without bail and is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday. Martin’s body, clad in a T-shirt and bra, was found Feb. 28, 1999, in the middle of a dirt road near Avenue L-8 and 15th Street East. Martin was a mother of two who family members said tried but was unable to kick a drug addiction. last_img read more

December 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img• Photo Gallery: 08/01: National Night Out Nicole Lund parked her car at the South Whittier Community Resource Center and joined hundreds of others in a two-mile march just before dusk Tuesday. “I have to deal with a lot on my block,” Lund, 36, said. She marched with a 15-year-old neighbor and others for the annual nationwide National Night Out celebration against drug- and gang-related crime. “People sell drugs on my block. Our kids are afraid to play outside,” Lund said. The group marched up Telegraph Avenue to the Sheriff’s Training Academy and Regional Services center, where they gathered to show their support for police and their community. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. “We came to show the kids to say ?no’ to drugs,” said Adventure Park Recreation Leader Margie Jimenez. “The kids are getting hoarse, yelling: ?Say no to drugs’ and getting cars to honk.” As they marched, they carried anti-drug posters, and children blew whistles. “We don’t use drugs, and we came because my family is drug free,” said 9-year-old George Acosta. Every year on the first Tuesday in August, residents nationwide are asked to leave their porch lights on and join in block parties, cookouts, parades, police demonstrations, community safety fairs and meetings. “This is about us coming together as a community,” said Whittier police spokesman Jason Zuhlke. “It’s about coming out against drugs and crime.” In Pico Rivera, couples danced to a live band at the city’s National Night Out celebration. Two 13-year-old Blair Middle School students milled around with hundreds of other residents who went to see neighbors, eat snacks and visit vendor booths. “It’s a fun fair, and you learn,” said Chad Toney, 13. “I learned how kids will take drugs to school. They take water bottles full of wine.” Whittier Police Department officers gave children ride- alongs in patrol cars at a Michigan Park National Night Out celebration. Officer Dean Montgomery and his canine partner Brik demonstrated what they do, and showed the crowd how Brik barks and bites to apprehend criminal suspects. Harry Jacobs, 64, learned about the Michigan Park event after his home was vandalized earlier this year. “I woke up one morning to go to Coast Guard duty. I went out to get the paper, and someone had broken off the carriage lights in my front yard,” Jacobs said. “It turned out that was the fourth time something like that happened in our intersection in the past few weeks.” In response, Jacobs has helped start a Neighborhood Watch group in his east Whittier neighborhood. Officers said that community involvement in local crime is one goal for National Night Out. “Our goal is to constantly maintain Neighborhood Watch groups all year,” said Whittier Sgt. Aviv Bar. “We rely on citizens to organize other citizens.” Pico Rivera Peace Project Founder Stephen Chavez said he began organizing city National Night Out celebrations after his 14-year-old goddaughter Desiree Macias was accidentally caught in the crossfire of gang violence in 1982. “We had a special need to emphasize gang and youth violence,” Chavez said. “We started it to teach families to talk to their children about violence.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLuton vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTSalford City vs Stevenage (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Brentford vs Birmingham (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Nottingham Forest vs West Brom (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Liverpool (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Leeds United (Sunday, 4:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 New job 1 Moise Kean’s move to Everton should be officially confirmed over the weekend LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST Getty Images – Getty latest He also made his debut for Italy last year and has already netted twice in three appearances for the Azzurri.Earlier this week, it was reported by several news outlets that Kean was set for a medical with Everton after a fee had been agreed between Juve and the Toffees. TROPHY Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers However, the 19-year-old could have joined the Red Devils as he was offered to them by his agent Mino Raiola, according to 90min.They claim United decided against a move for the teenager striker, however, and this has paved the way for Everton to sign him. REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January deals Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:03Loaded: 8.03%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:03 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Manchester United were reportedly offered the chance to sign Moise Kean this summer.The Juventus forward is on the verge of joining Everton in a deal thought to be worth an initial £27million, though the fee could rise as high as £37m due to various add-ons. FAREWELL Raiola has been involved in plenty of business with the Manchester club, as his list of clients includes former players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as well as current star Paul Pogba.Highly-rated Kean scored six goals in 13 games in Serie A as Juventus claimed an incredible eighth consecutive league title last season. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LIVE on talkSPORT The FA’s Head of On-Field Discipline Tarik Shamel on new rules and law changes in the Premier LeagueHis salary is reportedly going to be around £2.75m-a-year.Juventus wanted a buy-back clause as part of the deal, but instead they will have the chance to match any offer Everton receive for the 19-year-old.last_img read more