Month: January 2020

first_imgPanelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Former MVP Nathaniel Perez and CJ Concepcion won golds in the men’s individual foil and individual saber events, while the men’s team sabre of Perez, Concepcion, Bien Gonzales and Malcolm Valeña also emerged victorious.Another former MVP, Justine Gail Tinio, topped the women’s individual foil category while the women’s foil squad of Tinio, Allaine Cortey, Johanna Castillo and Wilhelmina Lozada also bagged the gold.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnTrailing UE in the men’s division is University of Santo Tomas with 1-2-1, while University of the Philippines comes in third with a 0-1-2 haul.Noelito Jose gave the Growling Tigers the gold in men’s individual epee. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Lady Chiefs beat Lady Stags anew, close in on NCAA volley crown LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ateneo is in second spot in women’s division with 1-1-2, while UST has a 1-0-0 tally in third place.Lady Eagle Andrea Ignacio captured the gold in women’s individual epee while Tigress Maylene Pailma ruled the women’s individual saber.The Junior Warriors’ are also lording it over in the boys (3-1-2) and girls (3-3-0) side in the high school division.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte UE men’s sabre team won the gold in the UAAP Season 79 fencing tournament Thursday at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUniversity of the East bolstered its bid for another championship double in the UAAP Season 79 fencing tournament after hauling several gold medals Friday at UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Arena.The five-peat seeking Red Warriors are leading the way in the men’s division with three golds, one silver and two bronzes, while the Lady Warriors, gunning for a 10th straight crown, have a 2-2-2 gold-silver-bronze haul.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

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first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ As a 23-year-old playing with the Thunder. Durant learned a heightened effort is needed in the Finals. Oklahoma City celebrated advancing to the 2012 Finals only to be steamrolled by Miami in five games.Experience has taught Durant that winning the West is no reason to relax or celebrate.“Yea, it’s a little different, definitely. I can’t lie,” Durant said. “I went when I was 23-years-old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was almost like the championship. Just getting to that point, you know how hard it is and how much work you put in to start the season. So, it’s a little different now, obviously.“I feel like we could definitely be better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next LATEST STORIES Golden State will host Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 1 against either Cleveland or Boston. The Cavaliers hold a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, but Curry alluded the Warriors are expecting a rematch with LeBron James and company.“We all know, obviously, who we’re going to play,” Curry said. “We’ll be watching the Eastern Conference Finals to see how that unfolds. But it will be easy to start this new chapter and really just lock in on what’s in front of us.”READ: NBA: Durant powers Warriors past slumping Spurs Facing Cleveland will resurrect chatter of Golden State’s collapse in last season’s finals, which saw the Cavaliers rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the franchise’s first championship.“This year is a totally different year, different group, different journey,” Curry said.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ “We have a bigger goal in mind,” Durant said.Golden State has a chance to earn their second championship in three years after sweeping the San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundREAD: Warriors set 12-0 record for 3rd straight trip to NBA FinalsThe Warriors became the first team in league history to open the playoffs 12-0, which provides them with a week of rest prior to their third straight finals appearance. The biggest difference is the addition of Durant, who left Oklahoma City in the offseason to sign with Golden State.His presence has given the Warriors a deep and talented roster headlined by four All-Stars in Durant, Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. But Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said to credit talent as the sole reason behind Golden State’s current run is disrespectful.READ: Warriors adjusting to life without Durant“They’re really talented, but that’s not everything that describes them,” Popovich said. “This is maybe the best defensive team in the league on top of everything. So, they don’t just play with talent. They execute at the defensive end of the floor. On offense, no team is more unselfish finding the open man and that sort of thing.”The Warriors have shown their strength by blasting through the playoffs in the normally rugged West.Golden State is shooting 50 percent from the field while averaging 118.3 points in 12 playoff games. As good as the offense has been, it’s been the Warriors’ defense that has been key to their playoff dominance. Golden State held San Antonio, Utah and Portland to 102 points and averaged 9.2 steals per game.“I think our defensive intensity has been amazing,” Green said. “Overall, I think we’ve done a great job locking in on the defensive side, scrambling around, trying to take away team’s No. 1 option. That doesn’t necessarily mean the player, just trying to make them go to a second or third option in the set and also trying to cover that. I think we’ve been doing a great job of that.”The addition of David West and Matt Barnes has given the Warriors two more defensive-minded players off the bench to go along with Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee.Still, Golden State coach Mike Brown knows better execution is critical in the finals.“We feel like we can play better,” said Brown, who is filling in on the sideline for an injured Steve Kerr. “To get to our ultimate goal of winning the whole thing, we’ve got to be better on both ends of the floor.” Golden State Warriors’ JaVale McGee, top left, Kevin Durant, top center, Stephen Curry, center right, and Draymond Green, top right, join the rest of their team as they pose with the trophy after their 129-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — Kevin Durant does not need to be told that Golden State should have a muted celebration after winning the Western Conference Finals.Durant is fully aware a tough challenge waits for them. It’s why Durant signed with the Warriors and why Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green embraced him at the expense of their own stats.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in ‘He’s human’: Cavs coach defends LeBron after ‘weird’ loss Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

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first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in LATEST STORIES Last year, his squad dug themselves from a 3-1 hole against the Warriors, en route to the city’s first ever NBA championship. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:LOOK: Cavs unveil modernized logos for 2017-2018 NBA seasonADVERTISEMENT Teng scores 35, carries Flying V past Gamboa to stay unscathed MOST READ But having doubters is nothing new for the 32-year-old superstar, who admitted to have  “stopped caring a long time ago” about the negative things said and written about him.“I really don’t hear the noise. I couldn’t really care less. It really doesn’t matter to me,” he told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst prior to game two.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“The narrative and people writing articles and things like that, I don’t care. Those things doesn’t bother me. So it’s hard for me to even tell my teammates, hey, don’t listen to it, because I don’t even get involved in it,” he added.James, meanwhile, has continued his annual playoff social media lockdown to get his sights set on reclaiming the Larry O’Brien trophy. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Image: Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPNaysayers are once again having a field day, as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently behind two games against the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals.READ: NBA: Durant, Curry lead Warriors to rout of Cavs, 2-0 series leadADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgIn recent times, as recent as three weeks ago, through its Facebook page, Wondamang Productions was contacted by two different individuals who expressed that they were having thoughts of suicide.The individuals stated that after listening to music available via the company’s Sound Cloud page, they were somewhat redirected and, therefore, sought to commend and thank the label for making available good music which steers good people away from giving up.Speaking later on the matter, music producer Simeon Browne said there is not much that can be disclosed about the identity or particulars of the individuals and their issues, but both were male and reside locally.He further alluded that while it felt honourable to know that the music produced by Wondamang Productions was making such a breakthrough socially, he was concerned about the current state of the minds of especially the youths who, it seems, are most vulnerable.In a Facebook post, the label wrote: “While it is good to know that music of some of our artistes have aided in the foiling of two suicide attempts in recent times, it is alarming that suicide continues to thrive especially in the minds of many who perceive that there is nothing else left for them to do when faced with turmoil and apparent defeat. We would like to encourage everyone reading this, fan or not, to continue to seek aid in coping with life’s challenges.“Wondamang Productions remains dedicated in the fight against suicide. If you are going through tough times and need someone to talk to, please feel free to contact them. Someone is waiting on the other side to provide counselling and further guidance for you and your loved ones in the fight against suicide.”Artistes such as rising star Lisa Punch and gospel superstar Kester Deane have been lobbying against suicide extensively through social media and outreach programmes. Countless personalities in the music as well as law enforcement fraternity have been active in the fight.The two individuals communicated with Browne through his company’s Facebook page and were later redirected to a religious, certified counsellor of a local church.If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the Suicide Hotline numbers:  (+592) 223-0001, 223-0009, 600-7896, 623-4444, or email: [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgAs Mash 2019 fast approaches, Guyanese Soca artistes are making sure that their tracks are ready to hit the airwaves in advance to give their fans a preview of their music.After a few years’ hiatus, Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo is back with the passion to reclaim the Carib Soca Monarch title that is being owned by Lindener Brandon Harding.Primo, who is no stranger to the Carib Soca Monarch Competition, has participated in the contest five times and won three titles. Earlier in the month, Primo launched his newest sing called “Tribute”. The song was written by the soca sensation, produced by Timon Fraser, and recorded in the 592 Studio.The video for the song was shot in the band room of the Heatwaves Band and produced by Taariq Clarke. The song, according to Primo, is about paying tribute to the musical instruments and more importantly, fuses the old-fashioned way of creating music with the most modern techniques.He added that persons must get an appreciation for the various drums, the bass, the brass, keyboard and others. The fusion, he stated, will create a new breed of music – one with a Guyanese ‘flava’.The semi-finals of the Carib Soca Monarch Competition are expected to be held on February 9 and the finals on February 16.last_img read more

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first_imgTuesday, April 18, will mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the last ship from India — the SS Ganges which brought indentured labourers to Guyana. It slipped out of Calcutta a mere four days before Governor-General Hardinge of the Indian Government had ordered the cessation of all recruitment and shipments, on March 12, 1917. The mere five weeks it took to make the journey across the seas, as compared to the sixteen weeks by the Whitby (Jan 13 – May 5th, 1838) would remind us of the changes wrought by the shift from sailing ships to steam ships.Steam ships made of iron, like the SS Ganges which was commissioned by the Nourse Line in 1906, were also much larger. On this “last voyage” it left with 858 men, women and children, compared to the 249 on board the Whitby. One significant change was that the number of women in the Ganges was just about half that of the men — a much higher ratio than the usual one out of three over the course of immigration. The Ganges also seemed to recapitulate the immigration experience by bringing immigrants from BOTH the major ports of Calcutta and Madras. Unlike the earlier immigrants, the “northern” and “southern” Indians would have begun to mix on board the ship or “jahaj”, rather than when they were on the plantations.Another recapitulation was that the Ganges dropped off only 437 of her immigrants to Guiana, then proceeded to Trinidad, where the remaining 421 disembarked on April 22. This is a reminder that each one of us in the Indian Diaspora are in a particular country only because of the luck of the draw. We could have just as easily been sent to Fiji, or Suriname, or South Africa etc.The immigrants in that last shipment from the SS Ganges were sent to plantations in each of the three counties. Twenty-four of them — including 2 infants — were sent to Uitvlugt, the plantation where I was born and raised. It is very possible that some of the half-dozen old immigrants who lived at one end of my street as bachelors were from that ship. I never did find out. The three cottages they lived in were replicas of those I would see later in the villages of Bihar: thatched roofs over mud walls with a framework of “wattle” without fences between them. They eked out lives of quiet misery.But as part of the contract that was signed by the immigrants, they were entitled to a return passage to India, which was paid to a large extent by the Government. As early as 1869, when 30,000 individuals qualified, the Government of British Guiana decided that this was getting too costly and that, additionally, the planters would rather retain the seasoned workers. From this time onwards, the Government began to encourage the immigrants to remain in Guiana by exchanging their “right of return” for land. Near the plantations, some marginal swampy land was accepted by immigrants, who cultivated rice to buttress their meagre wages. The old immigrants in my village had been bought off by two small lots.In 1880, the Government purchased Huis’t Dieren, an abandoned estate in Essequibo, and divided it into lots which were offered to some Indian families in exchange for their return passages to India. Two years later, the Government took another tack by dividing up land it owned (Crown Land) at Cotton Tree (West Berbice), Brighton (Corentyne) and Maria’s Lodge (Essequibo), among other areas, and selling it to immigrants at reasonable rates But these immigrants still retained their ‘right to return” passages.In 1894, still trying to encourage immigrants to remain, the Government reintroduced the programme of exchanging return passages for land, and thus Helena (Mahaica), Bush Lot (West Berbice) and Whim (Corentyne) were created in 1897. In the meantime, over 75,000 immigrants exercised their contractual right to be returned to India – even after the abolition of Indentureship in 1917.The last return ship, the MS Resurgent, left for India on September 4, 1955 with 243 men, women and children.But in this era of seeking justice for past exploitation of labour, might it be time for the descendants of Indian indentured labourers to Guyana to submit claims for all the land they were entitled to in exchange for their unused return passage?last_img read more

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first_imgIn every society, the reality of decision-making sometimes falls short of the democratic ideal; Guyana is no exception. However, part of the solution lies in the preservation of a sound, democratic, constitutional framework and full adherence to the rule of law.But such things do not come easy to politicians who are cultivated in a system that has little grounding in democracy. Over the last 60 years, a group of the advantaged, middle-class (mainly Georgetown based) men walks around with the perception that they alone have the authority to rule.  Let me be clear, this phenomenon happened on all sides of the political spectrum (no side is innocent). However, the PPP has always self-corrected themselves.  The PNC, on the other hand, for all intent and purpose seems welded to the Sophia declaration and its anti-democratic mission with mantras such as “the State is but an arm of the Party”.In this miasma of poor leadership, every now and then, the people get tired of this sort of caste oppression and rise up behind a leader.  I want to refer to three occasions where such a political development occurred.  Firstly, in 1980 before his execution, the people from all groups were prepared to galvanise behind Walter Rodney in the rejection of a Government that was not working for them.  This phenomenon happened again in 1992 when the people rallied behind Cheddi Jagan.  Again in 2011, the people rallied behind the AFC with its youths. The masses are not asses; they know what they are doing.Today, after some four years of misrule by this group of “lumpen” bourgeoisie class of advantaged individuals, the people are ready to give them the sack.  But the people are being denied their chance to exercise their franchise at the ballot box because this group of mainly septuagenarians and octogenarians who dominate this PNC-led coalition operate as if they have the power to take this nation back to 1976 to force the Sophia Declaration upon them where the State was treated as an arm of the Party.One only has to observe the statements from Mr David Granger and you shall see this common trend that connects the dots to this march toward 1976. Mr Granger is not stupid, he clearly understands the English language and, therefore, to observe him misread and misinterpret the spirit and intent of the Constitution, especially around Article 106 and Article 161, exposes dangerous characteristics. But Guyanese people are not fools, they are fully aware this is all part of a tactic to confuse and disempower the masses.  So expect more untruths and contrived gibberish, as the Granger cabal exposes their devotion to unilateralism and dictatorial rule but none of it will fool the people.But as I said above, this is not 1976.  Social media has facilitated the full exposure of the crooks. More citizens, especially young people, are volunteering to work for democratic improvements, rather than allow this nation to revert back to the dictatorship that it suffered between 1968 and 1992.   In spite of all the successes at opposing and exposing the caretaker regime since December 21, 2018, a more coordinated effort needs to be launched by all freedom-loving forces on two fronts in particular.  One, active non-cooperation with the caretaker regime by all Guyanese. Protecting this democracy is the business of “all Guyanese”, and is not the exclusive preview of any one group or political party.Secondly, Guyanese, especially those in the diaspora must lobby their political leaders in their jurisdiction to apply urgent economic sanctions on the Granger cabal.  This 1-2 knockout punch worked for Guyana in 1992 and it will work again.  Only this time, it will be more effectively since it has a new tool in the box to supplement past best practice – social media activism.The fact remains that GECOM needs a Chairman before an elections can be held.  But every day Mr Granger’s words become more unreliable.  In his last public statement, he said “it is clear that elections have to be held at the shortest possible time and it is crucial to appoint a GECOM Chairman” and then he slid into the “BUT” and reveals his true intent. He even teases the Guyanese people by promising that “this can be done as early as Monday”.  But by now, most Guyanese see through his subterfuge and deception.  Let us ask ourselves these questions and the answer will expose the deceptive tactics of Mr Granger:1.     Who is responsible for appointing the GECOM Chairman from a list submitted by Mr Jagdeo?  Mr Granger2.     Who has been rejecting the names Mr Jagdeo has been submitting for the position of GECOM Chairman on several occasions?  Mr Granger3.     Who is stalling on the appointment of the GECOM Chairman?  Mr Granger4.     Who is stalling on calling the elections?  Mr GrangerLet us understand this chain of facts clearly as we deconstruct how Mr Granger continues to attempt to fool the nation.  But as the evidence reveals, he is failing at his task.  The facts will reveal that he is in no position to play with the people’s intelligence.  As I said before, this is not 1976!last_img read more

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first_imgWith the continuing carnage being witnessed on Guyana’s thoroughfares, the Traffic Chief on Monday released startling statistics on road accidents. With a small population of just under 750,000, Guyana has recoded 92 deaths on the roadways so far for 2017.While this figure represents a 16 per cent decrease in road deaths when compared with the corresponding period last year, this is still a shocking figure, and as stated by the traffic chief, is unacceptable.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), road traffic injuries are a major public health problem and a leading cause of death and injury around the world. Each year, nearly 1.2 million people die, and millions more are injured or disabled as a result of road crashes.Giving a local analysis, Traffic Chief Dion Moore has since said that driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding have been the two major causes of road accidents in Guyana.According to the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, Capt 51:02, drivers who on the first occasion are caught driving under the influence are fined ,500; the second time the person is fined and their licence is suspended for a year; and on the third occasion, the person can be jailed, or their licence suspended indefinitely. While the law is clear on the issue, it has not deterred those who make a conscious decision to drink/use drugs and drive, thus breaking the law. This has led to many, including the Guyana National Road Safety Council, calling for the imposition of stricter penalties for drivers who are charged DUI.The decision to drink/use drugs and drive starts with the individual, and more often than not that decision is made while all faculties are still functioning consciously. It therefore means that persons consciously make a reckless decision to use a motor vehicle as a dangerous weapon.To curb this behaviour, there is need for the strongest possible public policy approaches; and in the case of Guyana, consideration should be given for an amendment to the law for tougher penalties. Drunk driving is literally a life-and-death issue that also needs effective prevention and enforcement activities.One such laudable enforcement activity is the “White Knight” campaign, expected to be executed countrywide. The White Knight campaign is a collaborative effort of the Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC) and the Guyana Police Force. The aim of the campaign is to team education awareness with enforcement during strategic road-blocking across the country.The continuous rate of drunk driving fatalities, as was noted by the traffic chief, makes a case that the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act may be too lenient, and makes a call for stricter laws. In so doing, there is also a need for heightened supervision of Police officers who are vested with the duty of arresting and charging persons who are caught driving under the influence. This heightened supervision is needed since, in our local scenario, offenders often slip through the system without being prosecuted.Lawmakers in Guyana must take every action possible to end deaths on our roadways caused by intoxicated drivers. In taking action, it is time for our legislative arm to deliberate on making DUI a non-bailable offence.Such a draconian measure may be the answer to the reckless decision to drive/use drugs and drive causing much carnage on our roadways.last_img read more

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first_imgOn September 19 at the Pegasus Hotel, a large group of Guyanese protested the illegality of the President and the APNU/AFC regime he leads. The protest action, safeguarded by the Constitution, could not have been surprising, given the fact that the regime made no effort to abide by the final ruling and consequential orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) regarding the December 21, 2018, No-Confidence Motion (NCM).Having refused to respect the constitutional processes the NCM triggered, having sought recourse in the courts for the decision to be reversed and failed, and having made no effort to officially ask the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to consider an extension of the constitutional electoral timeline, the APNU/AFC coalition must have known that after September 18, it has no legal standing as a government. As such, it would be naïve to believe it would not be met with protests.The President’s attendance at the function at the Pegasus was public knowledge. The protesters were within their rights to demonstrate their non-acceptance of what became a dictatorial regime as of September 19. Prior to that, PPP supporters, along with other Guyanese, have been picketing APNU/AFC officials across the country for their refusal to respect the Constitution.The People’s National Congress (PNC), which is literally the Government shrouded in an outfit called the coalition, has an unflattering history of oppressive rule while in government between 1964 and 1992. During that period, the Constitution was made a mockery of, evident from just one of many actions – the flying of that party’s flag in the compound of the Supreme Court. That tri-colour palm tree flag flew higher than the country’s Golden Arrowhead.Such an action not only demonstrated total disregard for the Constitution and the separation of powers, but unfettered paramountcy of the PNC party and its supreme reign over Guyana. No one, regardless whether they lived through that period or not, would want to see the return of such a tyrannical era. With Guyana on the cusp of an oil and gas economy, undemocratic rule would undermine related development and benefits expected to redound. It would also unnecessarily place the country at risk for international sanctions.The latter has already been hinted by leading members of the international community. Their condemnation of the APNU/AFC’s unconstitutional regime as of September 19 is unambiguous. The Commonwealth Secretariat has also called for the restoration of constitutional rule, as well as many local civil society organisations. Standing up to an illegality was therefore what the protesters were doing on September 19 in the presence of a large Police contingent.There was no riot and no one was harmed, yet, the presence of a fully armed riot squad as they were at a candle-light vigil outside the Arthur Chung Convention Centre on September 23. Interestingly, on September 18, when an alleged bandit was reportedly shot by the Police, tyres and other objects were burnt in the City street. The need for the riot squad to intervene may have seemingly not occurred to the Police.That aside, in the presence of the Police and with many who live-streamed the protest, there is no evidence presented to suggest that the protesters threatened to overturn a Minister’s vehicle as claimed by APNU/AFC. On the contrary, there are allegations that the driver of the vehicle may have wanted to drive through the crowd.The allegation of wanting to overturn the vehicle has since become a priority talking point for Mr Granger and his team, who have described the protesters as hooligans. Subsequent veiled threats have not gone unnoticed.The PPP has since labelled the allegations to overturn the vehicle as manufactured lies. It should be noted that from 1997 to 2001, there were many incidents of violent protests during which people were beaten and robbed and businesses looted and set ablaze; protests that were not organised by the PPP.That’s just one period of our history made reference to in the context of hooliganism. It, therefore, becomes very worrying that the man entrusted with the reigns of leadership would refer to Guyanese who constitutionally voiced their disapproval over his continual transgression of the Constitution as hooligans.That in itself speaks to his intolerance of being called out and another step towards a seemingly burgeoning dictatorship. The answer as to who really broke the law could not be clearer and the APNU/AFC’s disregard for the Constitution must be of concern to all. Leading members of the international community have indicated that the prevailing political uncertainty undermines Guyanese institutions, compromises economic opportunities and hinders their ability to support Guyana’s development needs.This is a time when disrespect for the Constitution must be brought to an end. This is a time when Guyanese from all backgrounds must rally to safeguard democracy so as to ensure that future developments are not compromised. This is a time when all Guyanese must raise their voices in unison to expose Mr Granger and APNU/AFC’s deliberate efforts to distract from their disregard of the Constitution.Many have seen the spurious allegations and labelling of the protesters as hooligans as just that— deliberate distraction for a particular reason. Is the increased armed Police detail to shield Mr Granger from protesters a distraction from combating crime?last_img read more

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first_imgDear Editor,When the question is put applicable to the above topic, it explains that the Executive and Legislature branches of Governments most often do their utmost to provide Laws that guarantee ‘a better life’ for all the people. The Judiciary is responsible for interpretation and enforcement of the laws justly as originated from the constitution. In Guyana, are Judges intentionally, or in ignorance, ‘missing the mark?’ some do! Points of reference:1. Dataram’s trial escape to Suriname was explained as a lack-of-confidence to obtain a fair trial by a particular Judge.2. A known litigant was granted ‘nothing’ by a High Court Justice who allowed the late start of a hearing against the State – The Guyana Police Force. The State’s Attorney was one hour late, was unprepared for the trial, which even though in default, the Justice took away the right-of-recourse [appeal] from the Complainant in a ruling as un-redeemable. The not listened-to facts are that the Police was guilty of intentional ‘TORT’ wrongs done to the Plaintiff.3. An accused woman was verbally abused by a Magistrate in the environment of a Courthouse on the East Coast of Demerara, for which he was disciplined.How many more of such occurrences over the past years took place in Guyana’s courthouses? That hurt the Governments and distressed our People.A late USA President Alexander Hamilton wrote about the Judiciary: “The propriety of the institution is not disputed relative to the manner of constituting it”. He further noted that “the Courts on the pretence of repugnance may substitute the constitutional intentions of the Legislature”. Therefore, Governments can have no less a responsibility than to appoint fit characters [Judges] of qualified capable hands to administer justice with utility and dignity. Moon does run til day ketch am!Editor, the time for a National Judiciary Retreat [Judges, Magistrates, and Justices] is very, very long overdue. The Government – His Excellency, the Head of the Legislature, the Speaker of the House and the Chancellor ought to ensure this fulfilment for guidance and instructions to all judicial officials to enhance just, responsible and trustworthy performance in all Courts.Last but not least, the Nation must be cognizant that the Chancellor of the Judiciary is an honourable person [Justice Carl Singh]. Without all the bad reports to his distinguished office about the many flaws of Judges (unfairness, verbal abuse, bribes, and other forms of corruption including disrespect) the immediate purge and improvements of Guyana’s Judiciary can be readily at-hand to help and not hurt anyone as professional standards demand.About the bill-of-rights and due-process of law; the said USA late President again wrote: “the Courts’ unwillingness to extend the protections from the Governments of individual rights, are often limited to explicit constitutional language”.The late President Hamilton also stated “considerate men ought to fortify against the tempers of the Courts to be certain that they do not become victims of the spirit-of-injustice.”In consideration as opinions, USA Supreme Court the late Chief Justice Marshall put the question: “if a man has a right and that right has been violated; do the Laws offer him a remedy?” He established such must be shown as an exercise of jurisdiction for that jurisdiction. Hence, no authority [judge] is ultimatum to deny the right-of-recourse through review/appeal to the Head within his Courts and/or within Superior Courts of higher jurisdictions. The Judiciary must build Guyana impartially with devotion for His /Her Worship; your Honour as designated.Sincerely,Arnold W Christiani[M-imh], UK(Ex) Army CaptainLegal Assistant/Consultantlast_img read more

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