12 Jan

Constitution is supreme – British High Commissioner

first_img“Clock is ticking”By Devina SamarooWith nine days remaining before the constitutional deadline for holding elections expires, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, is reminding Guyana’s leaders that the clock is ticking, even as a civil society group is urging President David Granger to announce a date for the polls.Evening News Editor Ms Devina Samaroo interviewing British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, at his Bel Air Gardens, Georgetown residence on Monday“The Constitution is the supreme law… There is the three-month clock, which is still ticking, it hasn’t been stayed yet…,” the United Kingdom envoy told Guyana Times during an exclusive interview at his Bel Air Gardens residence in Georgetown on Monday.After March 21, 2019, the APNU/AFC Coalition Government effectively becomes illegal. The only way this can change is if the Parliamentary Opposition – People’s Progressive Party – votes for an extension of the life of the Government; but Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says he will do so only if the Head of State announces a date for elections before the expiry of the current voters’ list on April 30, 2019.However, President Granger is not keen on doing so, as he is pushing for house-to-house registration, a process which can conclude in November 2019.The British diplomat, who has been in Guyana since 2015, says the only way to solve the issue is through consensus among the political leaders.“The only other way of getting through that is the political leadership, for both sides to come to an agreement… Given that ticking clock, it is necessary for both sides to come together and come to a solution as to how to resolve that issue, so we don’t get to the question of what happens the day after,” he stated.Guyana has never been in such a situation before, and some experienced political analysts, including distinguished lawyers, have predicted that the country will head into a constitutional crisis.Pressure has been mounting on the coalition administration to adhere to the Constitution of Guyana, and for the President to call a date for elections soon.President Granger has been insisting that he has to await guidance from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) before he executes his presidential responsibility.No confidence motionOn December 21, 2018 the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) against the Government succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Clause 7 of Article 106 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.”President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had initially committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, but have since changed their position.Since the passage of the motion on December 21, 2018 however, persons aligned with the coalition party have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified.The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former AFC Chairman and the husband of sitting Minister Cathy Hughes, who told State media that half of 65 is 32.5 but when rounded to the nearest whole number, this would be 33 as there is no half member.Following a challenge of this in the High Court, Chief Justice Roxane George ruled that 33 is majority. The Government has since challenged that chief justice’s ruling in the Court of Appeal. That case comes up for hearing today.last_img read more

28 Dec

“I think my heart will burst” – Daniel on being a grandfather

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has said becoming a grandparent is the best thing that has ever happened to him.The 55 year old Kincasslagh star said he gets all emotional even when he thinks of new granddaughter Olivia.“I think my heart’s going to burst.” The singer said only other grandparents will know the feeling he and wife Majella get.“She’s just a year and a half now. She’s mighty, a lovely wee thing.“Only grandparents know what I’m talking about. My heart is going to burst,” said proud Daniel.“I think my heart will burst” – Daniel on being a grandfather was last modified: February 10th, 2017 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalgrandfatherMajella O’Donnellsingerlast_img read more

25 Dec

Ticket sales are brisk

first_img School officials expect more than 6,000, but if the crowd tops 7,075, then standing-room-only seating will be available beyond the end zone, on the west side of the stadium (parking lot side). “If there’s a record crowd, we’ll be prepared,” said Redlands athletic director Mark Anderson, who was formerly the district athletic director at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, the school featured in the 1990 book and 2004 movie, “Friday Night Lights.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Ticket sales have been brisk. This game has reached event status. It’s the kind of game where people mark it on their calendar and get excited about it. People have been talking about this game for a month.” Redlands has the Smudge Pot after last year’s 22-14 victory. The Terriers have a 7-1 edge in the series that began with a 55-0 Redlands’ victory in 1997. The only REV victory came in 2003, a 24-16 decision. In the eight games, Redlands has outscored REV by a combined 275-44. The Wildcats didn’t score in the series until 2002, when they lost 47-6. Redlands is the home team for Friday’s game. The home side (with the press box) seats 3,800 and the visiting side 3,200. The game may not be a sellout, but Redlands High School is ready, just in case. A large crowd is expected to watch the kickoff of the Smudge Pot game between Redlands and Redlands East Valley high schools at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Redlands. center_img The schools are offering pre-sale tickets until noon Friday, which are available in the finance offices at both Redlands and REV. Because this is a home game for Redlands, students with Associated Student Body stickers will be admitted free, although they still have to pick up a pre-sale ticket at the school. Students without ASB stickers and adults will pay $6 and also may pick up pre-sale tickets. Redlands East Valley students will pay $3 with an ASB sticker, while everyone else pays $6. There has been only one or two occasions in recent memory where the game was a complete sellout and fans were left outside of the stadium. “We’ve gotten smarter since then,” Redlands East Valley athletic director Rhonda Fouch said. Painted both blue (for Redlands) and red (REV), the Smudge Pot now sits in the administration building at Redlands. A smudge pot, for city folk, is a receptacle in which oil or another smoky fuel is burned to protect an orchard from insects or frost. They were used in orange groves until recently. “It will be two sister schools going at it, with a smudge pot in the middle,” Anderson said. “It will definitely be the place to be in Redlands on Friday night.” NEW COACH Redlands East Valley has hired a boys soccer coach: Laszlo Nagy, a former professional coach from Hungary who has a basketball-playing son at the school. “He has a wealth of knowledge and should do a great job,” Fouch said. Nagy replaces Chris Burris. ATTN. COACHES, A.D.’s Athletic secretaries or athletic directors should send their winter sports schedules in care of Prep Sports, to The Sun’s new address: 2239 Gannett Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407. Readers will note the High School Confidential feature in today’s paper, highlighting Redlands girls tennis star Paloma Vasquez and A.B. Miller cross country standout Matthew Reyes. The Sun begins its selections for this feature by looking at The Sun questionnaires returned by coaches at the start of the season. John Murphy covers prep sports for The Sun. Contact him at (909) 386-3853 or berdooman@aol.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