The CCJ Ruling would restore Guyana to a democratic state

first_imgDear Editor,The CCJ will make its ruling today, and all eyes are focused on this event. The reason for me saying this is that, barring a sweeping or comprehensive ruling, Granger is still in control, which automatically leads to the rigging of the next election.In that regard, careful attention has to be placed on that aspect of the ruling as to whether the GECOM Chairman remains in office, or not; that is the main issue under consideration.I am not in the least interested in the 34 absolute majority nonsense passed by The Guyana Court of Appeal. That, in itself, is a non-issue; 33 is the greater half of a 65-seat parliament, and that is final, end of discussion.The Caribbean Court cannot rule otherwise. Therefore, whether Patterson remains at the helm of GECOM is our main concern. Because, once he remains in office, the floodgates of the PNC are open for a barefaced, full-fledged rigging exercise of the next election. The plans are already in place for this age-old PNC strategy to materialise; which can become a reality if the CCJ makes the horrendous mistake of having him remain in office.I am optimistic that the Caribbean’s final court had taken careful note of Guyana’s disgraceful electoral history, wherein rigging was a way of life once the PNC was in office. It is a disgraceful part of history that we do not want to relive; we want this dark cloud to be removed from our country.For that very same reason, Granger handpicked Mr. Patterson for the job. he had this plan all up his sleeves when he rejected 18 names provided by the Opposition Leader and unilaterally appointed Patterson. His motive was as clear as day for that move. Uppermost in Granger’s mind was the fact that, should things come to a head, as they already have, then he should be afforded the grand opportunity to fall back on Plan B, and that is, to hold a fraudulent electoral process with the expressed blessings of his handpicked GECOM Chairman.This has been the PNC’s modus operandi for 28 years, and if push comes to shove, it would be tried again. So, to this end, the Carter Formula which is engraved in our Constitution must be reactivated and made to work again. Democracy must take its rightful place again. The rights of the people of this great country must be re-energised and respected again. Other than this, the vision of a new, prosperous and democratic Guyana and CARICOM has been in vain.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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BLUES CELEBRATE GRADS, BÉLANGER’S 40TH SEASON IN 2018-19 FINALE

first_imgCELEBRATING 40: The Blues celebrated head coach Michèle Bélanger’s 40th season in a special halftime presentation tonight. TORONTO STATS: Third-year forward Nada Radonjic notched 14 points and eight boards, while fourth-year guard Keyira Parkes tallied 14 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals on the night.Charlotte Collyer recorded 12 points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist, while Ariana Sider had six points and four boards in the loss.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s basketball team fell 65-53 to the York Lions in their 2018-19 season finale.HONOURING OUR GRADS: U of T honoured graduating players Arian Sider, Mahal De La Durantaye, Charlotte Collyer and Keyira Parkes in a special post-game ceremony tonight.Basketball honoured six graduating players between games tonight!Women’s players Ariana Sider, Mahal De La Durantaye, Charlotte Collyer and Keyira Parkes, as well as men’s players Nicholas Morris and Nikola Paradina were all celebrated!WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/aHA9lwVbiw— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) February 17, 2019 WBB: AMAZING to have so many people here tonight to celebrate #UofT head coach Michèle Bélanger’s 40th season as Varsity Blues women’s basketball head coach! What a milestone!!!WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/4LSxGWYgBf— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) February 17, 2019  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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B.C. Conservation Officer service urging residents to be “bear aware” during long weekend

first_img“We’re urging campers to not leave food or garbage unattended in their campsite where bear-proof lockers are available. If you can’t do those, lock food or garbage in a vehicle as a last resort.”“Please just don’t be that camper that puts the bear or other campers in peril by attracting them to the campsite.”Over the past two weeks, there have also been two reported cougar attacks in B.C. In both cases, the victims survived but residents must be cautious when venturing into the wilderness. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the Labour Day long weekend coming up, the B.C. Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to be “bear aware.”According to Deputy Chief Chris Doyle, bears are at the stage where they are trying to pack on as many calories as possible before hibernation, resulting in more contact with humans.Doyle explained that in order to limit interactions with bears, residents will need a plan regarding their ripe fruit and accessible trash cans.- Advertisement -“We’re asking people to have a plan, pick ripe fruit or protect their fruit trees or livestock with an electric fence if possible,” said Doyle. “As always garbage and other attractants should also not be accessible to bears.”Doyle added that residents who negligently store attractants could face charges under the B.C. Wildlife Act.With the long weekend on the horizon, many campsites will be full, so residents will need to store food properly when finished cooking.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Holdout Syria joins Mideast peace talks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSeparately, Palestinian negotiators Ahmed Qureia and Saeb Erekat met with Tzipi Livni, Israel’s lead negotiator, for unscheduled talks Sunday evening. Asked if they were optimistic about the prospect for reaching a consensus on a joint declaration, Qureia replied, “You don’t meet if you’re not optimistic.” The Bush administration, which has largely taken a hands-off approach to Mideast peacemaking until now, says the goal is to set up an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. Israeli and Palestinian leaders have said they want to do that by the time Bush leaves office in January 2009. While there are doubts in the administration about that time line, Rice has said she is game to try. “This is not a negotiation session, it is to launch negotiations,” said Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen Hadley. The conference is meant to draw Arab and other outside backing for what will be difficult negotiations. The idea is also to let Arab states have their say alongside Bush, making it more difficult for them to complain that Washington is not listening to good advice from those closest to the conflict. Syria, which borders Israel and has no diplomatic relations with the Jewish state, gave Washington a partial victory Sunday by agreeing to send a lower-level envoy to the session. Syria wants to raise the question of the Golan Heights, strategic territory Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 war. The U.S. hosts and Israel have agreed, at least tacitly, to listen. WASHINGTON – Arab holdout Syria agreed Sunday to attend a Mideast peace conference called by President Bush to restart talks to resolve the six-decade conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, yet expectations for the summit remained low. The two sides came to Washington without agreeing on basic terms for their negotiations. Bush invited the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to separate meetings at the White House today to prepare for the centerpiece of his Mideast gathering – an all-day session Tuesday in Annapolis, Md. It is to be the only time that Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet together, and their three-way handshake is expected to be the conference’s symbolic high point. Bush closes the U.S. effort with a second set of separate Israeli and Palestinian meetings at the White House on Wednesday. “The broad attendance at this conference by regional states and other key international participants demonstrates the international resolve to seize this important opportunity to advance freedom and peace in the Middle East,” Bush said in a statement Sunday. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her deputy for the Mideast region, still trying to write a framework for talks that their U.S. hosts had hoped would be complete by now. Other major Arab states whose participation was considered essential had decided on Friday to send their top diplomats. Israel’s Foreign Minister Livni suggested that a lack of Arab backing contributed to the failure of the last round of talks. That effort collapsed in bloodshed in the waning days of the Clinton administration in early 2001. The Arab world, Livni said, “should stop sitting on the fence.” “There isn’t a single Palestinian who can reach an agreement without Arab support,” she said. “That’s one of the lessons we learned seven years ago.” But, Livni added, “it is not the role of the Arab world to define the terms of the negotiations or take part in them.” Whatever joint agreement the Israelis and Palestinians present at Annapolis will be a starting point and is likely to sketch only vague bargaining terms.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘Bring back Sherwood until the end of the season’ – Villa fans on sacking report

first_img1 Aston Villa are ready to end Roberto Di Matteo’s reign as manager after just 122 days at Villa Park.The former Chelsea boss, who won the Champions League with the Blues, could be out of a job in as soon as 24 hours – following Villa’s 2-0 defeat at Preston which left them 19th in the Championship table.A penchant to concede late goals means Villa have recorded only one win from their first 11 games, leaving them only two points clear of the relegation zone, whilst they were also knocked out of the EFL Cup in the first round after being embarrassed by League Two Luton.Owner Tony Xia appointed Di Matteo with the Italian’s aim to return Villa to the Premier League at the first attempt, and he is ready to act now to ensure they don’t fall even further behind league leaders Huddersfield.Fans have reacted to the news of Di Matteo’s impending exit, and although many accept he has not been great, there is a belief there are issues behind the scenes which are truly pulling the club down.talkSPORT have gathered some of the best tweets concerning the report of Di Matteo’s sacking… Roberto Di Matteo is set to lose his job at Aston Villa after just 122 days last_img read more

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LISTEN: Juan Mata reveals Di Matteo masterstroke behind historic Chelsea triumph

first_imgJuan Mata has revealed to talkSPORT how an emotional video put together by Roberto Di Matteo inspired Chelsea’s historic Champions League success.Mata was part of the Chelsea side which stunned Bayern Munich on their own turf in 2012 to become champions of Europe for the first time in the club’s history.The Spaniard, who left Stamford Bridge for Manchester United 18 months later, has now spoken for the first time of the inspirational role that then-interim Blues manager Di Matteo played in the build-up to the Munich match.Mata, speaking to Guillem Balague in an exclusive interview to be aired on Sunday, said: “Roberto Di Matteo was a very passionate coach, a very good communicator, very good at reaching players, and just before the game we had a meeting.“He was talking about tactical issues and things but he was more focusing on the motivational part of the game. He was very good into that and then he put a video of our families wishing us good luck – wives, girlfriends, mums, grandmas – and after that the way he spoke was very emotional and we all got emotional.“It was key because we felt we were representing Chelsea – we are here to try to win in Munich against Bayern Munich. It was very, very tough but we felt it was our destiny.“Chelsea lost the final in Moscow against Manchester United a few years before and we felt that it was our moment. With that communication [from Di Matteo] and the feelings in the room, I think we start winning.”You can hear Guillem Balague’s exclusive interview with Manchester United star Juan Mata on talkSPORT this Sunday, from 8pm to 9pm. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILSlast_img read more

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Disney Cruise Line News — Week of November 30, 2019

first_imgUpcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Captain MarvelDumbo Disneynature: PenguinsAvengers: EndgameAladdin Toy Story 4 Lion KingThe Nightmare Before ChristmasMaleficent: Mistress of Evil Frozen 2For future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationIt’s Black Friday and that means two things – eating lots of leftovers and shopping sales! Now DCL isn’t going to be offering doorbuster deals, so don’t go holding your breath. But, they are offering up “cyber week” discounts right now of up to 25% off prevailing rates on select sailings this winter/spring. Here’s the current list of offerings:February 14, 2020; 7-night Western Caribbean on the Disney Wonder from Galveston. Rooms available are OGT – Oceanview with RestrictionsFebruary 22, 2020; 7-night Eastern Caribbean on the Disney Fantasy with Star Wars Day at Sea from Port Canaveral. Rooms available are VGT – Verandah with RestrictionsFebruary 29, 2020; 7-night Western Caribbean on the Disney Fantasy with Star Wars Day at Sea from Port Canaveral. Rooms available are VGT – Verandah with RestrictionsFebruary 29, 2020; 5-night Western Caribbean on the Disney Magic with Marvel Day at Sea from Miami. Rooms available are IGT – Inside with RestrictionsMarch 7, 2020; 7-night Eastern Caribbean on the Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral. Rooms available are VGT – Verandah with RestrictionsMarch 9, 2020; 4-night Bahamian on the Disney Dream from Port Canaveral. Rooms available are VGT – Verandah with RestrictionsApril 2, 2020; 4-night Bahamian on the Disney Magic from Miami. Rooms available are IGT – Inside with RestrictionsApril 24, 2020; 5-night Pacific Coast on the Disney Wonder from San Diego ending in Vancouver. Rooms available are IGT – Inside with RestrictionsIt’s important to remember the rules that come along with these restricted rates: they are only valid for new bookings, must be paid in full at the time of booking, no changes are allowed, and the fare is non-refundable. If you are good with all that, there are some great deals and you could REALLY make someone’s day this holiday with the gift of a cruise!Special thanks to Scott Sanders of the Disney Cruise Line Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings. Share This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world!Ports of CallDisney Cruise Line: In The NewsSince the update to the Gifts and Amenities portion of the DCL website, things keep getting better. Now, you can finally add onboard credit online instead of having to call it in! It’s a great way to prepay your anticipated onboard bill, or give a gift to another cruiser!The Disney Magic has settled in to her winter home port of Miami. Disney Parks Blog shares five reasons you should consider sailing from here. Itineraries to the Bahamas and the Caribbean? And Marvel Day at Sea? What’s not to like!Here’s this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week:last_img read more

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CWG muck distressing for the Indian athletes

first_imgWith 49 days to go for the Commonwealth Games to start and India celebrating its 64th Independence Day anniversary on Sunday, there are mixed feelings from a sporting point of view.While India’s indifferent form in the Sri Lanka cricket tour has largely been underplayed because of the Commonwealth Games mess, there is no denying that it is the Olympic sportspersons I would associate patriotism with.Be it the hockey field when the Indian team scores a goal or when Saina Nehwal drapes herself in the national colours after a memorable title win or shooter Gagan Narang triumphs on a stage as big as the world championship, it makes every Indian proud.Sadly, the turn of events concerning the Commonwealth Games in the last fortnight has made everyone sad. The kind of money being spent on the Games is so huge, one can debate whether India should be wasting this kind of money.And even as Messrs Suresh Kalmadi and other officers in the Commonwealth Games fight allegations of corruption, one thing is clear: Nobody likes this ugly mess.Yes, when Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Fennell scared us last year by saying that he foresaw a partial failure of the Games, he was perhaps exaggerating.But now that we see headline after headline in newspapers and TV channels talking of corruption, surely, this is not what Fennell had meant.The failure we are bracing for now is not of India not having got things ready on time.The failure is of the people we entrusted the job with losing their focus and seeing the CWG as a place to loot and scoot.advertisementAnd I am glad that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the entire government has now woken up and decided that the Games need to be saved at any cost.Having talked to a plethora of athletes time and again, one thing is clear: Nobody wants the Games to fail in India. Indian Olympic Association secretary Randhir Singh sees this corruption in a different light as he feels India will never get to host any big sporting event after this.Surely, one cannot blame it on the alignment of the stars that in less than four months, we have two disasters in sport-one of the Indian Premier League (IPL) muck and now the CWG being under the scanner for all the wrong reasons.I agree, Randhir has a point as the body he heads-the Indian Olympic Association-was dreaming of New Delhi hosting the 2019 Asian Games and even the Olympics a few years down the line.Not many are aware that irrespective of what the Asian Games budget could have been, a big plus would have been that almost 40 per cent of the cost would have come as sponsorship from the Olympic Council of Asia.Unlike the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games are very demanding. However, after the nation has been rocked day in and day out by allegations of corruption, India can well forget hosting mega events for a long time.Usually, after every edition of the Olympics or the Asian Games, we shout hoarse as to how our athletes fail to win medals. But what the CWG corruption has done is that even if athletes flop or win, what will be eventually remembered is corruption.The Indian athletes are upset that nobody is talking of what efforts they are making for the CWG and the Asian Games in Guangzhou in November. With the entire focus now on CWG corruption, even people who didn’t care for Indian sport have stood up and taken notice.Some athletes I spoke to are convinced this negative stuff has to stop at the earliest. Their reasoning is that it is affecting their preparations mentally.While one does expect the athlete to shut out negativity from his or her head, the trauma of competing for a nation branded as ‘ corrupt’ is very disturbing.So, who is going to help the Indian athlete feel proud again on Independence Day? I think each one of us has to work in that direction. Let’s assure the athletes that guilty officials will be punished and that when the national flag is hoisted across India today, we will feel proud.It has taken Indian sport 63 years to reach a stage where in select disciplines like shooting, badminton and cue sports we have made a mark on the world stage. To continue the march ahead, Indian athletes need more support and encouragement.Honestly, I feel sad the CWG has not been able to do it.advertisementlast_img read more

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Prince Charles’ 67th birthday: Some interesting facts that you must know

first_imgCharles, Prince of Wales was born 67 years ago on November 14, 1948. Charles is the heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II and is the longest serving heir apparent in British history. Prince Charles was born at the Buckingham Palace and he was the first child to Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip and first grandchild of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.Some interesting facts that you must know about Prince Charles: Prince Charles’ full name is Charles Philip Arthur GeorgeIn 1955, he became the first heir apparent who was educated in a school and not by a private tutorOn July 26, 1958, Charles was made the Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester though the formal ceremony did not take place until 1969Prince Charles also broke traditions when he went from school to the university and he went against the idea of joining the British Armed ForcesIn 1970, Charles graduated from Cambridge University, making him the first heir apparent to obtain a university degreePrince Charles served in the navy and the air force. He received Royal Air Force (RAF) training and he even enrolled in a six week course in Royal Naval CollegePrince Charles married Lady Diana in July 1981 but the couple later divorced in 1996 due to his extra marital affairsPrince Charles had two sons with Lady Diana; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince HarryPrince Charles later married Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall in 2005Prince Charles has interests in sports and visual, performing and contemporary artsPrince Charles is an author to various publications and he has also featured in many documentary filmsPrince Charles has been inducted into seven orders and has received eight decorations from Commonwealth countries advertisementlast_img read more

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