Dear Editor,The no-confidence vote toppled the David Granger Administration (APNU/AFC Government); elections were supposed to be held within 90 days of the No-Confidence Motion with the Cabinet resigning and acting as a caretaker Government.The very fact that the Government has not resigned and elections have not been called within the stipulated timeframe is a gross violation of Guyana’s Constitution.All the shenanigans of going to the courts were just acts to extend the life of the APNU/AFC Government, much like awaiting GECOM’s readiness to call elections. GECOM does not decide when elections are called.Guyana currently has a dictatorship. Get up and fight for your rights Guyanese, before it is too late!Yours faithfully,Sean Ori
Dear Editor,The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), by law, is supposed to be in readiness to hold elections at any time and the House-to-House activities run contrary to the mandate of the constitutional agency and the rulings of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which recently addressed pertinent judicial hearings to which the organisation is bound.Keith Lowenfield, as the CEO of the GECOM Secretariat, does not have the functional responsibility to hire staff for GECOM. Neither is the Secretariat authorised to do House-to-House Registration on its own. It is the Commission, comprised of the Chairman and Commissioners, which has the authority to Gazette the date of commencement of House-to-House Registration. In this instance, Keith Lowenfield has undertaken to conduct the activities with biased contradictory intent and to the whims and fancies of the PNC/APNU dictate.Further, there is no publication of commencement of House-to-House Registration on the date July 20, 2019, by the GECOM Secretariat in the Official Gazette. Such is required if the activity was formally approved and supported its constitutional role. More serious is the fact that GECOM did not write the PPP Chief Scrutineer, Mr Mustapha, requesting his party’s List of Scrutineers to work during the House-to-House Registration.Additionally, it is public knowledge that the Commission was not properly in place at the commencement of the House-to-House Registration since the Chairman had resigned. Lowenfield cannot usurp the position of the Commission while outside of the court; the lawyer, Marcus, cannot speak bindingly on citizens on behalf of GECOM because he is not under employ as a staff of GECOM. It will be interesting to see how and who is paying all these lawyers for GECOM.One will recall that Marcus had informed the CCJ that GECOM would be ready for election on December 25, 2019, when Opposition Commissioners, who are a part of the Commission, had no knowledge of any such position. The cake-shop-like approach of the Government Commissioners and Lowenfield belies the full uncertainty and lack of confidence that is now publicly enveloping the organisation.Importantly, the APNU/AFC previously went to Parliament and extended the validity of the voters’ list from three months to six months. The APNU/AFC previously advocated the Continuous Registration followed by a short period of Claims and Objections as the approach to be utilised, to sanitise and have a valid voters’ list for elections.The voters’ list has remained updated using this manner for over 10 years with no complaints from this cabal. Only recently, its credibility and validity as well as the mechanism for the update, using the continuous approach, were publicly favourably approved by GECOM legal adviser and Mr Lowenfield. It is, therefore, unacceptable for this shifting convenience to accommodate for extending the life of the fallen Government.With the passing of the constitutional timeline since the passing of the No-Confidence Motion, the APNU/AFC Government ought to be in caretaker mode. The failure of the Cabinet including the President to resign from these functions makes them unconstitutional. They must resign! The Court said that it is up to the Elections Commission to determine a way forward within the confines of the constitutional provisions. Hence, it is imperative that the now imminent Justice Claudette Singh, as Chairman of the GECOM, gives the quality leadership that she possesses, and adheres to the Guyana Constitution and guidelines for the earliest process of Elections.Further, it is most opportune to remind the GECOM Commissioners that Ms Yolanda Ward, the GECOM Public Relations Officer, along with the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, recently said that GECOM is ready for elections. Further, GECOM Legal Officer, Excellence Dazzell said that GECOM must be in a state of readiness for the holding of “free and fair” elections.This scrapping of the present House-to-House Registration is necessary as logically and rationally, it would achieve no more than the Continuous Registration and Claims and Objections approach. It is a waste of money and only serves the delaying and dodging from elections by the APNU/AFC Government. This House-to-House activity is not authentic since there is no PPP scrutineer signature on the registration form.GECOM must follow the Constitution and do what is in the interest of this nation. We must have a period of Claims and Objection and prepare a List of Electors which would allow the President to announce the earliest date for National and Regional Elections.Vincent Alexander’s and the PNC’s use of inflated figures to misguide that 230,000 persons have been registered, is most ridiculous since there was no verification. How could GECOM commence the training of election officials? Who recruited elections officials? Who decided on the elections materials? Who decided on essential and non-essential elections material?The procurement of elections material is under serious investigations. The Secretariat spent hundreds of millions of dollars on radios, clippers and non-essential materials that were never used for the purpose for which they were procured. The lawlessness continues and time will tell who will answer.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
Missing drugs at Suddie HospitalChairman of the Region Two Health and Sanitation Committee, PPP Councillor Arnold Adams, has said he is most peeved at the way the Public Health Ministry (MPH) handled the matter concerning the missing drugs at the Suddie Public Hospital.Speaking at the statutory meeting held late last week in the boardroom of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) building, Adams said the MPH dealt with the matter in a manner that was “very immature and bad”.Councillor Arnold AdamsHe said that, as Chairman of the Health and Sanitation Committee and as a regional councillor, he was at no time informed about the ministerial task force’s visit to the hospital. And at no time was Regional Chairman Daveanand Ramdatt or Regional Health Officer Afarah Khan informed about the visit.He said regional officials learnt through the media that drugs were missing from the hospital; and having launched an investigation into the matter, discovered that medications were never uplifted from the MPH drug bond at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.He said he is very peeved at the way staff members at the health facility were labelled.Adams explained that no special arrangements are normally made from the regional level to secure the drugs. He said staff members are usually sent to uplift the drugs, and have to hurry to reach the return ferry on time; because if they miss the ferry or get caught in closures at the bridge, they would “be left on their own”, since no overtime or special allowances are given to those who transport the drugs or are in charge of the drugs in transit.Regional Chairman Devanand RamdattSince the incident involving missing drugs, Adams said, he has recommended that a special transport and staff be assigned to uplift the drugs.He noted he was very disappointed in the way the Public Health Ministry’s press release was structured, because it has tarnished the reputation of the staff.Region Two Chairman Daveanand Ramdatt has also said he was not informed about the incident, and learnt of it via the media. He said the way staff members were labelled has tarnished their careers, and the region’s personnel department should deal with the situation very carefully.An ambulance driver and two pharmacists attached to the Suddie Public Hospital in Region Two have each been placed on $20,000 station bail for allegedly stealing pharmaceutical drugs. The trio had earlier contended that the drugs were signed for, but the team did not record each item.According to a police report, simple larceny involving tablets and injections to the total value of $237,400 has allegedly been committed on the Public Health Ministry at Suddie Hospital between March 21 and 22.A press release issued by the Public Health Ministry in March has stated that the Guyana Police Force is investigating an allegation of theft at the Suddie Public Hospital following a visit by the Ministerial Task Force.During the Task Force’s one-day visit to Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) health institutions, several other irregularities were unearthed. In one instance, the report stated that a pharmacist at the hospital could not account for several ampules of pethidine, codine and morphine.The team also found instances in which the stock of narcotic drugs either could not be accounted for, or the pharmacist had extra drugs that were still not recorded as prescribed under the law. (Indrawattie Natram)
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP have confirmed three vehicles have been shot while travelling on Highway 40, south of Grande Prairie.The first incident happened on October 18 at approximately 4 p.m. when a tanker truck had a northbound pickup truck discharge a firearm at the tanker truck.To date no one has been injured.- Advertisement -Grande Prairie RCMP are looking for a black 2007 F250/350 with a 6/8 inch lift, black rims and larger wheels. The suspect vehicle also has a red canister in the truck bed (possibly a fire extinguisher) and mud on the lower half of the truck.If you have any information regarding this matter contact the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com.
“It’s a slowing trend that we have been seeing since February,” said Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centers. From February through May, the index averaged a 2.2 percent same-store sales gain, compared with the 4.1 percent average in the same year-ago period. Analysts are now closely monitoring sales in June, the second-most important month on the retail calendar behind December. But many think the modest spending pace will continue through the fall season. And with no hot apparel trends emerging, Morris believes consumers have few reasons to buy. He said sluggish demand could result in discounting increasing by 10 percent later this month from the current 5 percent at the 20 mall-based apparel stores he follows, compared with the year-ago period. May’s mixed performance follows the retail industry’s worst performance ever in April. While one-time factors like an early Easter and rainy weather hurt April sales, business was so bad that it fed worries that higher gas prices and a weaker housing market are eating away at consumer spending. May’s results benefited from warmer weather and the Memorial Day shopping weekend, which was not included in the year-ago results. But consumers also faced rising gasoline prices that topped $3.20 a gallon before leveling off. For now, however, the cutbacks in spending appear to be contained amid a healthy job market and solid wage gains. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Americans shopped hesitantly in May, giving retailers some relief from a dismal showing in April but still raising questions about how strong consumer spending will be in the months ahead. As the nation’s merchants reported results Thursday, it was clear that higher gas prices and the slumping housing market are affecting how consumers spend. Sales were disappointing in a cross-section of the industry, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Macy’s Inc. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. “This should have been a stronger performance because there should have been some pent-up demand. The weather was even nice,” said John Morris, managing director at Wachovia Securities. “To me, this was a real litmus test, and retailers failed that litmus test. It’s telling me where the consumer stands and the consumer is on weak legs.” The ICSC-UBS sales tally of 51 stores rose 2.5 percent in May, down from 4.5 percent a year earlier but a sharp improvement from April’s revised 1.9 percent drop. The tally is based on same-store sales, which reflect business at stores open at least a year and are considered a key indicator of a retailer’s health.
1 Jack Wilshere Man City are targeting Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and are rumoured to be preparing a £30m offer.Recruiting homegrown talent is said to be a priority for City and it appears they will not be deterred by Emirates boss Arsene Wenger’s warning to keep their paws off the 23-year-old.Previously Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor and Bacary Sagna have swapped north London for Manchester and although Wilshere is a product of the Arsenal academy, some Gooners admit they would be tempted by the huge amount of cash for a player who has struggled with injuries.
Nicklas Bendtner Former Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner has had his contract terminated by Wolfsburg.Bendtner joined the German side on a free transfer in 2014 but was suspended by the club following a number of disciplinary incidents this season, including being fined for oversleeping and missing training.And now the Dane is a free agent after Wolfsburg finally reached an agreement with his agent to end his miserable spell at the Bundesliga club.“Both Nicklas and ourselves had high hopes of his engagement at VfL Wolfsburg,” said Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs.“But after two years, we have had to ascertain that the expectations were neither fulfilled for him nor for us and a continued cooperation made no sense for either side.“For that reason, the mutual decision to end our association prematurely is thus the best solution for all parties.“We wish Nicklas all the very best for his future career.” 1
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Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting BBC News is reporting that the One Laptop Per Child project is going to sell laptops to people in the developed world afterall. The OLPC announced the “Give 1 Get 1” scheme today in which a $399 investment will allow US residents to purchase two laptops: one for the buyer, and one for a child in the developing world.The Give 1 Get 1 program will launch on November 12, via the XO Giving web site. Americans are known for their financial giving, 89% of US households give to charity and total giving in America reached $295 billion last year, but I’m not sure that the G1G1 program will resonate with people — or if it’s even a good idea to divert laptops from the countries for which they were made.The cheap subnotebook market is hot all of a sudden, and a lot of companies are getting in on the act. The OLPC hardware specs are not that impressive. For your $399 investment ($200 if you figure half as a donation), you get a 433Mhz computer with 256MB of RAM and 1GB of flash memory. It runs a customized version of the Red Hat Linux operating system meaning that it has limited applications beyond the specific learning activities it was designed for (developers can create programs for the laptop, but it remains to be seen what sort of developer community springs up around the OLPC). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market josh catone 1 Tags:#news#web Meanwhile, offerings from VIA and especially ASUS provide better computer options for people in developed nations. VIA’s ~$600 NanoBook will likely ship with a 30GB HD, 1GB of RAM and Windows XP. The ASUS Eee PC will supposedly ship next month for under $400 and include a full version of a Xandros-based Linux OS and have up to 8GB of flash memory.Both of those subnotebooks seem like better options for people who can afford it. If you’re comfortable with giving $200 to put a laptop in the hands of a child in a developing nation, do you really want to spend twice that to get a piece of hardware that is likely not very useful to you?The campaign will only be operational for 2 weeks in November, “to ensure OLPC can meet demand and so that machines are not diverted away from countries that have already placed orders,” writes the BBC. While it might be a clever way to incentivize giving to the cause, the fact that the OLPC is concerned that their G1G1 scheme could divert laptops away from the developing countries that they were made for isn’t a good sign in my opinion. As many of the OLPC laptops as can be deployed in 3rd world countries, should be deployed there and not sent to Americans who want a toy.The OLPC project is a great idea, and I sincerely hope that people who can afford to will continue to donate laptops at the $200 price point (the OLPC already operates a program where people can straight up donate $200 for a laptop to be sent to a developing nation), rather than pay extra for something that wouldn’t be of as much use to them as to the people it was designed for. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
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