Govt not serious about constitutional reform – Jagdeo

first_imgPM’s $5M reform expenditureAs the appointments of a substantive Chancellor of the Judiciary and Chief Justice (CJ) remain in limbo, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is contending the Government is perhaps not too serious about advancing constitutional reform.Parliament BuildingAt a sitting of the National Assembly earlier this month, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had disclosed that his secretariat spent some $5 million on constitutional reform, but the Opposition cast doubt on the expenditure based on its position that it was not clear how the funds were being utilised.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo spoke on the issue at two recent press conferences, where reporters sought to ascertain the Party’s response to the Prime Minister’s expenditure. Jagdeo, who is a former President, appeared not to be too convinced about the spending, saying that constitutional reform should be broad-based.“If you trace how it is spent, it is probably spent for drinks and food maybe … we have an open mind to constitutional reform once it comes out of a consultative process, is broad-based and that the people of our country support it; not anything contrived in an office by a few people who think they know best for all of our people across Guyana. I don’t think they’re serious about it,” Jagdeo observed last week.He also said that the PPP was willing to “move forward the process” of such reforms, as he called on the Government to meet at the table. He stressed that any reform must reflect the will of the Guyanese public.“Let’s discuss it to see what is possible; we don’t know what will be the outcome,” highlighted Jagdeo, who is the PPP’s General Secretary.His fellow Party executive, Anil Nandlall, who served as Attorney General in the PPP/C Government, told Guyana Times earlier this month that Government was not fulfilling its promises regarding the reform. The Attorney had even questioned the veracity of the PM’s $5 million expenditure as he noted that three and a half years in Government passed without any tangible steps being taking towards achieving constitutional reform. “We had a report done by a few persons handpicked by the Prime Minister and we were told millions were expended; it was handed to the PM and we have heard nothing about the report since,” the PPP executive complained.In August 2015, the Prime Minister appointed a Steering Committee that was supposed to lay the framework for a new constitutional process. The Committee’s convener was Attorney Nigel Hughes, while constitution expert Haslyn Parris was named as a member in addition to Professor Harold Lutchman and Attorneys Gino Persaud and Geeta Chandan-Edmond.However, Nandlall had pointed out that the Committee “did not speak” with the PPP, which is the only Opposition party in the National Assembly. In the 2018 Budget, it was outlined that the Office of the Prime Minister spent $5 million on constitutional reform out of the $109.2 million allocated to Nagamootoo’s secretariat, under the sub heading ‘other’.Highlighting the slow implementation of the functioning of certain constitutional bodies, Nandlall posited that the current administration was not embarking on the required measures to achieve the reforms which it assured would have been carried out.Aside from the non-appointment of acting Chancellor, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards and acting CJ, Roxane George, SC, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) which appoints Magistrates and recommends Judges for the President to appoint was not currently constituted.President David Granger, who is currently receiving treatment for cancer in Cuba, had recommended Justice Cummings-Edwards for the CJ position and Chief Justice of Belize, Kenneth Benjamin for the post of Chancellor. The Opposition Leader did not agree and as such, the conformation of two posts remains in limbo.The life of the most recent JSC ended in September 2017 along with the Police Service Commission (PSC). However, the PSC was constituted in August 2018, nearly one year later. In the PSC’s absence, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix acting in the capacity of Public Security Minister for Khemraj Ramjattan instructed then acting Police Commissioner to send an Assistant Superintendent of Police home, but the High Court has determined this as unconstitutional.Prior to the President’s ailment, he and the Opposition Leader were not meeting regularly to discuss urgent constitutional posts, but the two sides eventually met after former United States President Jimmy Carter intervened.last_img read more

President meets with top oil stakeholders

first_imgPresident David Granger on Wednesday met with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HESS Corporation, John Hess; the exploration company that holds a 30 per cent interest in ExxonMobil’s offshore drilling operations in the Stabroek Block. During their discussions, President Granger told the visiting delegation that while the country is eager to have oil production come on stream, this must be done in the context on Guyana’s ‘green’ development trajectory, and as such, protection of the environment is critical. “We are very concerned about the preservation of the environment… We want the extractive industries to be developed in a sustainable way,” he said.President David Granger emphasised environmental protection during discussions with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HESS Corporation, John Hess at State House along with other executives during the meeting on WednesdayMeanwhile, Hess said the Corporation is investing billions of dollars in Guyana and they are committed to ensuring that this is done in a transparent manner. “We are committed to your country. We are committed to being here… HESS is a long-term investor and we are very proud of the partnership with ExxonMobil and Nexen [Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited] as well… We hope this development of Liza first and hopefully other prospects will transform your country and we will try to help you the best way we can to ensure that oil wealth is spent in the best way possible,” he said.He also spoke of the importance which his company attaches to social responsibility and assured the Head of State that they stand ready to work with the Government to address priority areas. “We are ready to work together to help you with your vision for the country to ensure that the oil treasure really becomes the people’s treasure,” he said. The CEO was accompanied by the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President at ExxonMobil Exploration Corporation, Greg Hill;  Country Manager Mike Cousins and outgoing Country Manager at Esso Exploration and Production Guyana, Jeff Simons; and Exxon’s Public and Government Affairs Manager, Kimberly Brasington. Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman was also present at the meeting, which was held at State House.last_img read more

FSJ soccer needs you

first_imgThe Fort St. John soccer club had its AGM last week – and is still in desperate need of a few executives. A Head Coach, Chief Referee, and Ref Coordinator are all needed – and if these positions aren’t filled the season is in grave danger of being cancelled.FSJ soccer also needs need coaches, they need refs (refs are paid, can get their certification through the club, and if you’re in high-school you can get credit towards your graduation)A few divisions are also still open for player registrations, the U-8, U10, U14, men’s and women’s – so anyone interested is strongly encouraged to get involved in the local soccer scene, you are wanted now more than ever.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Public offering in the works for AMC theaters

first_imgAMC Entertainment said it earned $116 million during the fiscal year that ended March 29. It was the company’s first annual profit in 10 years, mostly due to its acquisition of rival Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corp. and an advertising partnership’s initial public offering. AMC reported last month that it earned $22.1 million during its first quarter, compared with a loss of $8 million during the year-ago period. As of June, AMC owned, operated or held interest in 377 theaters, or a total of 5,300 movie screens, with most in the U.S. and Canada.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A stronger summer box office apparently is encouraging the parent of the AMC theater chain to make a second attempt at taking the company public. Kansas City-based AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, saying it plans to make an initial public offering for the company, the nation’s second-largest theater operator. A date for the IPO and proposed number or price for the shares weren’t provided. But the company said it intended to use the money to pay off debts, including $400 million that then-parent Marquee Holdings Inc. borrowed in June after shelving a proposed IPO, citing “adverse market conditions.” Marquee used $275 million to pay its shareholders a special dividend and then formed the new parent company AMC Entertainment Holdings. Since withdrawing the IPO, a slate of highly anticipated movies, including “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and “Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix,” have generated big box office numbers, driving the movie industry to one of its best summers ever. Through Aug. 26, movie theater attendance was up about 2.5percent, to 978.6 million visits, according to box office data tracker Media By Numbers LLC. While attendance-per-screen figures are down from a year ago, a 4.6 percent rise in ticket prices has increased box office revenue 7.2 percent to $6.7 billion since Jan. 1, the service reported. last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Arsenal backed to end Chelsea hoodoo and heap more misery on Blues

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR director brings us the latest odds ahead of another packed weekend of Premier League action, with all eyes on the Emirates as Arsenal take on Chelsea on Sunday.The Blues have lost just twice in 11 visits to the Gunners, but with the north Londoners currently second favourites for the title, it is expected to be a very different game.The Gunners are even money to come away with a win, while the still misfiring Blues are 14/5 for the victory.Meanwhile, the focus will be on strikers this weekend with Christian Benteke 9/2 to end his barren run with the first goal against Norwich, while Charlie Austin is 5/1 to get the first goal on his Southampton debut at Manchester United.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Diego Costa is being DEMONISED, blasts Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque

first_img Diego Costa during Chelsea training 1 Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has come to the defence of Chelsea striker Diego Costa – despite dropping him from the national team.Costa has been left out of the Spain squad for their upcoming friendlies against Romania and Italy, with reports suggesting Del Bosque is concerned with the player’s disciplinary record.Costa has courted controversy throughout his time in the Premier League and was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following an altercation with Gareth Barry earlier this month.Del Bosque, however, believes the 27-year-old is being unfairly treated in England.“From what I’ve seen, they have demonised Costa a lot and maybe that’s why [there are some who don’t want him in the squad] but the last episode isn’t so serious, honestly,” Del Bosque told Mundo Deportivo.“He was putting in effort to play because it was Chelsea’s last chance to get something and he plays with great excitement.“That’s a good part of his approach. He also has other things that are bad, but I don’t want either to change.“If we called him it’s because we already know him, but I don’t like that he does ugly things, but the other day wasn’t like that.”last_img read more

WINDFARM GROUP WELCOMES REVIEW ON NOISE GUIDELINES

first_imgThe Glenties Windfarm Information Group has cautiously welcomed the public call for submissions as part of the review of the Wind Energy Guidelines (2006).The review is focused upon creating adequate safeguards to mitigate against the negative impact of noise and shadow-flicker from windfarms on neighbouring properties and homes.Spokesperson for the Glenties group, Mr. Ernan O’Donnell said noise and shadow-flicker are issues of particular concern to our members and formed a significant element of our submissions to the Straboy oral hearing last October. “The expert evidence of Dr. Christopher Hanning, on noise and health and Mr. Dick Bowdler, on noise assessment provided at that time clearly demonstrate the failings of the current guidelines to protect public health and underline the inability of local authorities, including Donegal County Council, to adequately assess the noise impacts of windfarm developments,” he said.He added these issues are compounded by the increasing size of turbines and the encroachment of proposed windfarm developments closer to residential areas.Mr. O’Donnell pointed to the recent Donegal County Council decision to grant permission for sixteen, almost 500ft (152m) turbines at Newmills, outside Letterkenny as such an example. Our group is being contacted, almost daily, by new windfarm neighbours seeking our support on how to effectively appeal against such decisions, he confirmed.The Glenties group also point to the incredible decision of Donegal County Council to eliminate the 500m setback distance between individual turbines and homes in the revised, Donegal County Development Plan – 2012-18. This decision was taken at a council meeting, in June 2012, following a proposal from Cllr. Terence Slowey, and despite almost half of the public submissions received on the revised plan requesting that a 2km setback be adopted in line with international best practice.Mr. O’Donnell advised that the group have learned lessons from that process and are currently preparing their submission but he did raise concerns regarding the short time-frame for the acceptance of submissions by the Department, which closes on 15 February 2013.   WINDFARM GROUP WELCOMES REVIEW ON NOISE GUIDELINES was last modified: February 2nd, 2013 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:GLENTIES WINDFARM INFORMATION GROUPlast_img read more

RTE BROADCASTER TO HOST TIP O’NEILL IRISH DIASPORA AWARDS

first_imgRTE man Aengus MacGriannaWell known RTE newsreader Aengus MacGrianna will perform the master of ceremonies at this year’s Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award.Aengus, who has longstanding connections with Donegal, is best known as one of the most popular anchor newsreaders on RTÉ One’s Six One and 9 O’Clock News bulletins.This year’s award ceremony will take place at a gala function in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday 25 September which will be the centre piece in a weekend of events marking the life and times of the late Tip O’Neill. This year’s ceremony will also be attended by Minister for Diaspora Affairs Mr. Jimmy Deenihan T.D. who will present the 2015 Irish Diaspora Award to US based philanthropist Ms. Loretta Brennan Glucksman.Ms. Glucksman, has been involved in philanthropic endeavours for more than two decades, focusing on education, the arts, healthcare and peace initiatives in both the United States and Ireland, a passion she shared with her late husband Lew Glucksman.   Her grandfather, David Brennan, hailed from Inishowen fishing port, Greencastle and her grandmother was Alice Moore from Co Leitrim.Ms Glucksman is the Chairman Emeritus of the American Ireland Fund (AIF), where she served as its Chairman for 18 years before stepping down in December 2013.The Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award was initiated in 2012 as a means of commemorating the centenary of the birth of the late Tip O’Neill an illustrious grandson of Donegal emigrants and an eminent member of the Irish Diaspora. This award has gained momentum since the inaugural ceremony in 2012 and has become a highlight of the Donegal calendar. Previous recipients include journalist and publisher Niall O’Dowd, former Governor of Montana Brian Schweitzer and Senator Therese Murray former president of the Massachusetts Senate.Cllr. Nicholas Crossan chair of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award Committee believes that commemorating Tip O’Neill in this way is a fitting tribute to a man who contributed greatly not only to political life in the US but also in Ireland.“Tip O’Neill’s contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of Ireland has been well documented. His role in bringing peace to our island and advocating on behalf of the Irish people on the international stage makes him one of the most well known and loved members of the Irish Diaspora. I think this award is a fitting tribute to a man who made such a remarkable contribution to our country”.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Ciaran Brogan said “Donegal County Council has been to the fore in reaching out to our global community especially through our Donegal Diaspora project and the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award is one way of recognising the massive contribution that members of the Irish Diaspora has made throughout the world”.Other events over the weekend will include the Tip O’Neill Diaspora Lecture with Prof Rónan Fanning at 11am on Saturday, September 26 in the Sliabh Sneacht Centre, Drumfries and the Inishowen Schools Diaspora competition. RTE BROADCASTER TO HOST TIP O’NEILL IRISH DIASPORA AWARDS was last modified: September 10th, 2015 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

NASCAR in the skies is nearing

first_imgThe design is based on XCOR’s EZ-Rocket plane, a highly modified version of the Long-EZ kit plane designed by Burt Rutan in the 1970s. In Mojave, the first racing plane’s airframe was recently delivered to XCOR for the installation of its liquid oxygen and kerosene-fueled engine. Citing as one of its major achievements, the rocket league announced a marketing agreement with the William Morris Agency, a major talent agency whose clients also include the National Football League and the National Hockey League. The agency will handle TV, video-on-demand, Internet, video game, merchandising and event sponsorship deals. The signing is the first time the agency has agreed to work with an aerospace company, said Whitelaw. “It’s an important development not only for the rocket racing league, but for the entire private space industry,” Whitelaw said. “It shows the maturation of the overall space industry.” Mark Itkin, William Morris’s executive vice president for television, said the agency wants to help bring the league to a worldwide audience with “innovative use of entertainment and marketing platforms.” Whitelaw and Diamandis anticipate the league aiding the the development of private space travel with innovations in propulsion systems, fuels and fuel-blends, electronic equipment, and other components. “When you have competitive racing, it drives innovation,” Whitelaw said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsDiamandis’ St. Louis-based foundation in 2004 awarded a $10 million prize to Mojave aerospace designer Burt Rutan and his financial backer, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, for creating the first privately financed, privately built spacecraft. In the racing league, Diamandis and Whitelaw hope to have at least 10 teams competing in a series of races in 2007 and 2008, with semifinals at the Reno Air Races in Nevada followed by the finals at the annual X Prize Cup festival in New Mexico. The league is soliciting proposals for race venues, Diamandis said. “As to where we are, we are making extraordinary progress,” Diamandis said. The first racers are being produced by a Florida company, Velocity, which is providing the airframes, and Mojave rocket manufacturer XCOR. MOJAVE – Rocket-powered airplanes could start racing next year in a NASCAR of the skies promoted by the man who created the Ansari X Prize for encouraging private spacecraft. X Prize Foundation Chairman Peter Diamandis and partner Granger Whitelaw’s Rocket Racing League races would run at 200 to 250 mph on aerial courses two miles long and a mile wide at 5,000 feet altitude, the planes visible to spectators on the ground from their flaming 20-foot-long exhaust plumes, on giant television screens and maybe even on handheld devices with live video streams from cockpit cameras. “You see the plane the entire time when it’s in the air,” said Whitelaw, the rocket league’s president and chief executive officer. “You never lose sight of your favorite racer or favorite team.” Now being completed in Mojave, the first rocket racer is expected to be ready in time for exhibition flights at the space-travel festival called the X Prize Cup Oct. 19-22 in New Mexico, said Diamandis. last_img read more

Datebook

first_imgFRIDAY San Fernando Valley Economic Summit, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Terrace, Universal City. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will give the keynote speech. Tickets: $125. Call (818) 379-7000. Caregiver Support Day workshop, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mission College, Campus Center, 13356 Eldridge Ave., Sylmar. Free. Call (818) 364-7696. Olde World Faire, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Lindero Canyon Middle School, 5844 N. Larboard Lane, Agoura Hills. Call (818) 889-2134. Spring Home & Garden Show, 2-7 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Admission: $1.50. Call (661) 259-3886. Asian & Pacific Islander Adult Festival, 2-4 p.m., Angelus Plaza, 255 S. Hill St., Los Angeles. Free. Call (213) 623-4352, Ext. 327. Spring Art Fair, 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School, 720 E. Cypress Ave., Burbank. Call (818) 840-2810. Youth Coffee House, 7-9 p.m., Pacific Community Center, 501 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale. Call (818) 548-3374. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want 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