The court and political life

first_imgDear Editor,One of the main characteristics of a democratic society is the separation of powers. The three pillars on which it stands are the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary. In democratic societies, there are variations on how society is managed, but all free and democratic states are based on those separation.The Judiciary has particular importance, since it should be independent and interpret the law impartially and fairly. Thus the saying ‘Justice is blind’.When this begins to fail, people tend to lose hope and confidence in the ability of the State to protect their interests.Aspiring dictators tend to move to undermine the Judiciary in the process of establishing an undemocratic system.In Guyana, we saw this process first beginning slowing then picking up speed during the 1964 to 1992 period.First was the appointment of politically biased Judges who were willing to carry out the wishes of the Executive and to try to justify that in law.The other side of that coin was the removal of Judges who demonstrated integrity and independence and who fearlessly discharged their duty of upholding the law and Constitution.Some of those who immediately come to mind are Guya Persaud, Sir Joseph Luckhoo and Justice Vieira.After removing the ‘undesirable’ Judges, the People’s National Congress (PNC) regime then removed accountability by withdrawing from the Privy Council without leaving anything to put in its place.When that process was completed, the dictator did not even have to instruct the Judges which way to rule. Ashton Chase once wrote that the Judges began to anticipate what the dictator wanted and dutifully ruled in that way.Under such a system, it was only a small step to put the party symbol on the courts. The PNC’s flag was hoisted on a taller fly pole than the nation’s flag in the Guyana Court of Appeal compound. The Chancellors appointed by the PNC did nothing about that.We have come a far way since those days. The People’s Progressive Party/Civic restored the separation of powers. Moreover, it was Cheddi Jagan who insisted that the Caribbean Court of Appeal be established. He even threatened to return to the Privy Council if the Caribbean Court of Appeal was not established.Guyana was among the first countries to sign to make the Caribbean Court of Appeal operational. Now we are once again seeing troubling signs of a reversal or some setbacks in this regard.We find many important constitutional cases not being heard by the Judiciary. The first and most notable is the Elections Petition case of 2015. Three years have already elapsed and it is not being called up. Not even started. This seems to be deliberate. It appears that the Judiciary does not want to displease the Executive that is most likely in power due to fraud.A second case in point is the case as regards the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission. Many learned persons in the law are of the view that the present person in that post is there illegally and unconstitutionally.A case was brought to the courts to decide this. However, it seems to have been lost in the bureaucracy. This is another method of frustrating the majority of people in this country. But this is not all.On more than one occasion, the Communities Minister has been violating the Constitution in his appointment of some Mayors, and Chairpersons at the Local Government level. Court cases have been filed but that seem to be where the matters end. No dates have been fixed for the hearing.There are other constitutional cases that were heard. The matters completed in the court but no ruling has been made. These things are tied up in the court for years.In light of the above, one wonders if the Judiciary is taking orders or they are anticipating what the rulers want and are using their positions to deliver.I am appalled that the legal fraternity is so tight-lipped about these dangerous and ominous signs.If we contrast our situation here with Trinidad and Kenya where challenges to the elections were made, we see how expeditiously the courts heard the cases and ruled on them. In the case of Kenya, elections had to be redone.I wish to warn that there are consequences for every simple person in our country when these violations are allowed to happen.The experience all over the world has shown that when the Judiciary does not perform its functions, it leads to dictatorship in our political life.In economic life it leads to decline and even collapse. Things become bad and lines are formed for essential items like salt and toilet paper.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

High on Ice events – some cancelled

first_imgHigh on Ice, Fort St. John, Canada January 13 – 16, 2011 – Courtesy the City of FSJ Fort St. John Curling Club Community Dinner & Dance – Fort St. John Curling Club (6pm)Comedy Night – Lido Theatre (doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm) Professional Ice Carving Competition – Centennial Park (8am-10pm)Amateur & Intermediate Ice Carving – Centennial Park (9am-4pm)Regional Mayor’s Ice Carving Challenge – Centennial Park (9am-4pm)Ice Fishing Derby – Mile 91, Inga Lake (9am-Dusk)Snowmobile Show ‘n’ Shine – Centennial Park (10am-5pm)Advertisement Saturday, January 16Over the Line Ball Tournament – Surerus Ball Diamonds (8am-5pm)Advertisement Friday, January 15- Advertisement -Single Block Ice Carving Competition – Centennial Park (1pm-3pm)Professional Ice Carving Competition – Centennial Park (6pm-10pm)FSJ Mukluk Independent Plumbing Mixed Bonspiel Begins – Fort St. John Curling Club (6pm)Community Activities & Bon Fire in Centennial Park (6pm-9pm)Advertisement FSJ Mukluk Independent Plumbing Mixed Bonspiel – Fort St. John Curling Club (10am-6pm)Concession – Warm Food & Drinks – Centennial Park (11am-5pm)Children’s Activities in the Park – Centennial Park (11am-3pm)Toboggan Races (weather permitting) – Togobban Hill, NPSS (11am-3pm)Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides (weather permitting) – Togobban Hill, NPSS (11am-3pm)Advertisementcenter_img Comedy Night – Lido Theatre (doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm)Snowmobile Club Fun Ride – Jackfish Parking Lot to Snowmobile Club Chalet (8pm-11pm) The City of Fort St John’s annual High on Ice Festival is set for January 13 – 16, 2011. This exciting signature event includes an International Ice Carving Competition, snow sculpting, toboggan races, children’s activities in the park, live entertainment, sleigh rides, an ice fishing derby, an “Over the Line” ball tournament, Mukluk Curling Bonspiel and Comedy Night. It is organized by a planning committee made up of various community organizations and interested citizens, and outside of the ice component plans which begin in May of each year, most planning starts in the fall for the following year’s celebration. Sunday, January 17Professional Ice Carving Competition – Centennial Park (8am-2pm)Community & Family Snow Sculpting Competition – Centennial Park (9am-3pm)Media Snow Sculpting Competition – Centennial Park (9am-3pm)Concession – Warm Food & Drinks – Centennial Park (1am-5pm)Ice Fishing Derby – Mile 91, Inga Lake (9am-3pm)Toboggan Races (weather permitting) – Togobban Hill, NPSS (11am-3pm)Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides (weather permitting) – Togobban Hill, NPSS (11am-3pm)Children’s Activities in the Park – Centennial Park (12pm-4pm)Ice & Snow Awards Ceremony – Centennial Park (4pm)Fire & Ice Celebration – Centennial Park (5pm) Below is a full schedule – NOTE – some events have been cancelled because of the weather.  Events in red have been cancelled.last_img read more

Shafura Hussain Foundation donates golf gear to the LGC

first_imgThe Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) has benefited from a generous donation of brand new golf clubs, among other gear, compliments of the New York Chapter of the Shafura Hussain Foundation.The LGC received brand new golf clubs from the USA-based Shafura Hussain FoundationThe generosity of this organisation has seen more than 100 brand new golf clubs, bags, balls and tees being donated by William and Aleena Knight (daughter and son-in-law of the late Shafura Hussain).The late Shafura Hussain (Aunty Shaka) had been a patron of kids and sports in her Albouystown neighbourhood throughout her life, and had always been of the opinion that sports led to better opportunities for kids. She had always encouraged her nine – yes, nine children — to participate in sports.Her legacy lives on through her children, with sons Kamal, Anwar, and Aleem (Current President of the LGC) in Guyana; and daughters Amina (Canada), Saleema, Aleena, Azeema and Nikki (USA), also feeling that by developing the game of golf, Aunty Shaka’s memory would live on, as more and more children are given the same opportunity to learning the game.The brand-new equipment is now available at the club for anyone interested in learning the game to come out, and the LGC would provide coaches for any adult or child interested in learning the game, Mon-Sun from 8 am -noon AT NO COST!. For more information, please call 220-5660.last_img read more

BC Ministry of Environment gives Site C Environmental Certificate

first_imgIf that happens, then the final decision rests with the B.C. Government and Cabinet members who are expected to make their decision before the end of 2014.The third dam on the Peace River currently has an estimated price tag of about 8 billion dollars, and has for decades been the subject of a sharply defined debate.First Nations in the region have given the Provincial Government an ultimatum, build Site C or LNG and not both. It remains to be seen how that threat will affect the final investment decision.- Advertisement -Hydro insists it will be the source of clean, cost effective electricity, which will annually power the equivalent of 450,000 B.C. homes.The ministers issued the certificate with 77 legally-binding conditions that BC Hydro must meet to be in compliance, including:Establish a fund of $20 million to compensate for lost agricultural lands and activities.The funds will be used to support enhancement projects that improve agricultural land, productivity or systems;Develop a Wetland Mitigation and Compensation Plan and monitor construction and operation activities that could cause changes in wetland function;Develop an Aboriginal Business Participation Strategy to maximize opportunities for Aboriginal businesses;Implement on-site health care with physician and nursing services to manage non-urgent issues for the workforce residing in camps;Develop protocols for application of construction methods, equipment, material and timing of activities to mitigate adverse effects to wildlife and wildlife habitat;Build 50 rental units in Fort St. John, of which 40 will be used for BCHydro housing and 10 will be available for low-to-moderate income households. Upon completion of the construction phase, the 40 worker housing units will be made available to low-to-moderate income households;In collaboration with a Cultural and Heritage Resources Committee that includes Aboriginal groups, develop and implement mitigation measures to manage effects on cultural resources;Design the installation and use of a trap-and-haul facility as part of a fish passage management plan;Establish three new boat launch/day use sites and provide approximately $200,000 for a Community Recreation Site Fund; andMonitor greenhouse gas emissions from the reservoir for the first ten years of operations as part of a Greenhouse Gases Monitoring and Follow-up Program.last_img read more

CRISIS AS TENANTS QUIT SHOPPING CENTRE IN RENT ROW

first_imgTENANTS of Letterkenny Shopping Centre have gone on a rent strike – furious that the moneybags developers behind the centre are refusing to negotiate rent reductions.Donegaldaily.com understands that some unit tenants are being forced to cough up a massive €100,000-per-year in rent.Proctor’s newsagents and one other outlet have already closed. But donegaldaily.com has learned that other tenants are getting ready to quit the centre unless rents are reviewed.The centre is owned by wealthy corporate group Harcourt Developments.Sources there claim some tenants had been involved in a rent strike and may be locked out of the premises in the coming weeks.“It may come to that,” said one Harcourt insider, when asked if more tenants could be evicted. However the source wouldn’t deal with the issue of the massive rents.“There hasn’t been a rent rise for several years,” said the source.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comCRISIS AS TENANTS QUIT SHOPPING CENTRE IN RENT ROW was last modified: November 25th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny Shopping Centre.rents crisislast_img read more

RE-COUNT POSSIBLE IN ‘MIX-UP’ OVER McBRIDE VOTES

first_imgFINE Gael’s Noel McBride is considering a recount of his votes – and those of namesake Michael McBride.It’s understood there is a significant difference between the pre-poll tallies and the actual vote in the Letterkenny electoral area.Noel McBride’s team have compared tallies from their own party as well as Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail and believe up to 80 votes may have gone to independent Michael McBride by mistake. Noel McBride currently sits on 833 votes after three counts.Michael McBride as 1,144 after three counts. RE-COUNT POSSIBLE IN ‘MIX-UP’ OVER McBRIDE VOTES was last modified: May 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal County CouncilElection 2014:michael mcbridenoel mcbriderecountlast_img read more

JIM MCGUINNESS JOINS SKY SPORTS GAA PUNDITRY TEAM FOR 2015 CAMPAIGN

first_imgJim McGuinness has joined the Sky Sports GAA punditry team for the 2015 season.Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has joined the Sky Sports GAA team for the 2015 season.McGuinness quit as Donegal manager shortly after their All-Ireland final defeat to Kerry in September.McGuinness is seen by many as a revolutionary figure in the GAA, and he enjoyed incredible success with Donegal. McGuinness’s signature will be seen as a major coup by Sky Sports executives who are desperate to improve viewing figures for the GAA on the channel.McGuinness is an intriguing character and his analysis on all the major championship matches this summer will be a must see for all GAA followers.McGuinness who is employed as a Sports Performance Consultant at Celtic FC is delighted to become part of the Sky Sports punditry team.McGuinness said, “I’ve had the great honour of being involved in inter-county football both as a player and a manager over a long number of years and I’m looking forward to sharing some of my experiences and insights with the Sky Sports viewers.” “I really enjoy the way Sky Sports approach their coverage and analysis of matches and I am delighted to be joining the team for the 2015 Championship. JIM MCGUINNESS JOINS SKY SPORTS GAA PUNDITRY TEAM FOR 2015 CAMPAIGN was last modified: May 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAHome-page SportJim McGuinnessnewssky sportslast_img read more

Creative Schools Week celebration begins in Donegal – Pic Special

first_imgChildren and young people will celebrate Ireland’s first Creative Schools Week from today (Mon), with student-led events set to transform arts centres and cultural institutions in five locations, as well as thousands of schools and Youthreach centres across Ireland.The week celebrates the Creative Schools Initiative, which aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives.The Government this year doubled the number of schools participating directly in the initiative to 300. One-day flagship events will take place in Ballybofey, Cork, Galway, Mullingar and Dublin to give children and young people from Creative Schools and Creative Clusters the opportunity to share their work.All events are open to the public and include student-led workshops, live performances and exhibited work such as mind maps, plans, artefacts, and film and video pieces. In addition, every school in the State – almost 4,000 primary, post-primary schools and Youthreach centres – have been invited to participate in the week, with a schools celebration pack available for download.The week’s first event takes place today at the Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, from 11 am to 1.30 pm with a full programme of events.This includes a contemporary dance performance from 5th class students at St. Patrick’s Girl’s N.S. in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal, who worked with dance instructor Jessica Peoples to create dance movements reflecting and telling the story of the whale’s plight after swallowing plastics in the sea, and how our actions can change the outcomes for the whale. “This week is an opportunity for children, young people and teachers to celebrate their creativity within their schools,” said Joe McHugh TD, Minister for Education and Skills. “I encourage every single school in the country to participate — take over the school tannoy and broadcast some poetry or song, or unveil your school mural or graffiti area!”Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, praised the initiative: “This partnership is a real demonstration of what can be achieved when all of our departments and agencies work together. Schoolchildren today and into the future will reap the benefits of this imaginative programme.”The events will give children and young people from across Ireland the opportunity to lead, to take over, to showcase and to share their learning and engagement in the artistic, cultural and creative life of their school and wider community.Arts Council Director, Orlaith McBride, said: “The Arts Council is delighted to be delivering Creative Schools as part of the cross-government Creative Ireland programme in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.“The Arts Council has worked for many years ensuring that the arts are embedded in the lives of children. “Creative Schools offers a wonderful opportunity for children and young people to experience the arts in their school environment working with artists, teachers, arts organisations and the whole school community.“Creativity and the capacity to be imaginative and innovative are critical life skills which access to the arts can nurture and develop.“We are very proud to be supporting this inaugural Creative Schools Week across the country this week and hope that it will only grow and expand as we continue to develop the programme.”Schools hosting their own in-school celebration events can shout it out on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag for the Creative Schools week: #OurCreativeSchool. Additionally, the fourth annual National Arts in Education Portal Day will take place on November 9th at The Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) in partnership with ILAS and Baboró.The line-up includes a broad range of practical workshops and skills sharing as well as theoretical and critical thinking in the area from artists, teachers and practitioners from across the sector.This event brings together members of the arts in the education community from all across Ireland, to share, learn, talk, network, get inspired, and continue interrogating best practice in the field.Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Orla McBride of the Arts Council with Jamie and Shauna McGlynn of Baile Ni Finne NS during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Orla McBride of the Arts Council with Jamie and Shauna McGlynn of Baile Ni Finne NS during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Shark Attack…….. Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Glenswilly NS pupil Holly Browne during during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Shark Attack…….. Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Glenswilly NS pupil Holly Browne during during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal as Arts Council CEO Orla McBride looks on. (North West Newspix)Shark Attack…….. Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Glenswilly NS pupil Holly Browne during during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal as Arts Council CEO Orla McBride looks on. (North West Newspix)Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Orla McBride of the Arts Council with pupils from Glenswilly NS during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Orla McBride of the Arts Council with pupils from Baile Ni Finne NS during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Orla McBride of the Arts Council with pupils from St Patrick’s Girls NS, Carndonagh during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Minister of Education Joe McHugh TD with Orla McBride of the Arts Council with pupils from Colaiste Ailigh Secondaery School during a performace at the Creative Schools project showcase in Donegal (North West Newspix)Creative Schools Week celebration begins in Donegal – Pic Special was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:back to educationCreative Schools WeekJoe McHughlast_img read more

Out of nowhere, 49ers’ Jimmy G blasted by Patriots broadcaster

first_imgThis just in: Scott Zolak, a member of the New England Patriots broadcast team, skewered 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on air Thursday night.#Patriots color man @scottzolak just called Jimmy Garoppolo ‘one of the worst practice quarterbacks we’ve had here.’— Marc Sessler (@MarcSessler) August 23, 2019 I believe the zebras call that a late hit. It was quickly followed by piling on..@greggrosenthal said he heard the same thing on a recent Around the NFL pod. Certainly …last_img read more

Is It Possible to Be Too Clean?

first_imgMr. Clean may have a bad immune system.  A story in EurekAlert says kids without enough exposure to infectious agents are at greater risk of autoimmune diseases.  “The cleaner everyone is, the less stimulation their immune system gets,” says [Nora] Sarvetnick [of Scripps Research Institute]. “Their immune system tends to be incomplete.”  Stimulation increases the number of T cells in the body, which “act as a buffer against the emergence of self-reactive T cells by shutting down homeostatic expansion,” a reaction to low T-cell count.  Sarvetnick’s hypothesis contrasts with prevailing opinion that views autoimmune diseases as functions of too much stimulation.  Apparently, segments of our immune systems, like soldiers, need things to practice on.  If there is no target, they practice on you.  “This hypothesis could explain a discrepancy in the number of cases of autoimmune disease in developed and developing countries,” the report says.  “Disease rates have been on the rise in developed countries in the last 50 years compared to their developing neighbors, presumably because people in less developed countries are exposed to more pathogens.”This could lead to a new paradigm about infectious agents.  Since many are not pathogenic, maybe there are interactions between our cells and the environment that are not all bad.  Maybe instead of looking at every germ as an enemy, we should envision some of the microbes as engaging in “free trade” across our borders.  The problem then becomes regulating the commerce and preventing intrusion by terrorists.    Microbes in the environment may be signalling our own bodies with information needed to adapt to changing conditions.  They might be providing a service, therefore, unless overwhelming us in swarms; the job of T-cells may be to regulate their numbers.  Pathogens may be formerly harmless agents gone bad or out of control.    At this point, such thoughts are mostly hypothetical.  Certainly, harmful pathogens are to be avoided like the plague.  But we were created to be able to live outdoors in contact with our environment much of the time.  Cleanliness is still next to godliness, but disinfecting everything and using antibacterial soaps may be going too far.  Unless your kid has known allergies or genetic risk factors, let him or her enjoy pets and explore the wilderness – under your watchful eye.  Protect, but do not overprotect.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more