President to meet GECOM Chair, Commissioners today

first_imgWith only 11 days to go before the constitutional March 19 deadline for the holding of general and regional elections, President David Granger is set to meet with the Chairman and Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) today to discuss the readiness of the elections body to conduct polls.President David GrangerIn a letter dispatched on Wednesday, GECOM Chairman Justice James Patterson and the six commissioners – both Government and Opposition – were invited to a consultation with the Head of State at 11:00h at the Ministry of the Presidency.That correspondence was sent by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, on behalf of the President. It read, “I trust that in the National Interest you give this matter the urgent attention it deserves.”Opposition-nominated Commissioner at GECOM, Sase Gunraj, told Guyana Times that, going into today’s meeting, they are hoping the Head of State fulfills his constitutional obligation and set a date for elections.PPP GECOM Commissioners Robeson Benn, Bibi Shadick and Sase Gunraj“We are expecting everyone to act within the confines of the law. We are expecting GECOM to exercise and execute its constitutional mandate to hold elections within the timeframe, as is required by law, which in this case is by the March deadline. We are also expecting the President to do what he is expected to do; that is to say, name a date for elections, as he is mandated by law to do,” Gunraj stated.The Opposition Commissioner further told this newspaper that there was no meeting at the level of the Elections Commission to prepare for today’s consultation with the President.This engagement comes some two weeks after GECOM had informed President Granger that it was unable to deliver General and Regional Elections before the constitutional March 19 deadline.The Head of State had subsequently committed to supporting the elections body in its preparation for polls by providing the necessary funding needed.Government Commissioners Desmond Trotman, Vincent Alexander and Charles CorbinOn Wednesday, President Granger met with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, following which, the Head of State further committed to having credible elections at the earliest time possible, while insisting, however, that only GECOM can determine when elections are held.He noted that, “GECOM is an independent agency, and there is no part of the Constitution which gives the President or the Executive in general authority to interfere, intervene or intrude in the work of the Elections Commission.“So this is a very respectful engagement, and…we will arrange this as quickly as possible, so that the Guyanese people could be satisfied that we are moving towards elections. Of course, based on what will take place in the courts, the National Assembly, we are moving towards elections; but GECOM is in charge of elections, not the Executive. I cannot decide when elections will be held; GECOM has to advise,” the Head of State asserted.However, Jagdeo told reporters after Thursday’s meeting that he had reminded the President of his duty to uphold the Constitution and call elections.GECOM Chairman Justice James Patterson“The President indicated that he is prepared to discuss a date, but GECOM will have to be ready. So I clearly (said) to him that ‘You’re the President of Guyana; you have a duty to uphold the Constitution of Guyana. GECOM is a creature of the Constitution and GECOM cannot override the Constitution…’ The President said, “Why not meet GECOM jointly,” I said to him, ‘No, we have absolutely no interest in meeting GECOM jointly,’ and that he should meet GECOM himself, because he has the duty as President to call elections,” Jagdeo told reports after meeting with the President.Prior to Wednesday’s meeting, Jagdeo had proposed that elections be held by April 30, which is when the current voters’ list will expire. However, the parties were unable to arrive at an agreement regarding a date for polls during the hour long meeting.last_img read more

FIRST DONEGAL SCHOOL GETS ITS ‘HEALTHY SCHOOL FLAG’

first_imgStudents raise the healthy flag!Students and staff at Gairmscoil Chú Uladh celebrated being the first secondary school in the County to be awarded the ‘Healthy Schools Flag’ (Brat na Scoileanna Sláintiúil )and ‘Active Schools Flag’ (Brat Ghníomhach).These flags were awarded as a result of a culmination of work by the schools Coiste Sláinte over the last two years.Fitness expert Danny Ryan puts the students through their paces.In attendance at the flag raising was Aire na Gaeltachta Joe Mc Hugh, Anne Mc Ateer & Lynda Mc Guinness Health Promotion Hse, Ciarán Thompson Foireann Sinsear Dún na nGall, Karen Guthrie & Yvonne Mac Monagail Foireann Peil na mBan an Chondae.Students at the Fintown school were kept active on the day by ‘Boxfits’ Danny and Cian Ryan along with Bridget Robins of ‘Zumba Fitness’. Tá ‘comhghairdeas Mór’ tuillte ag Choiste Sláinte G.C.U. as an éacht seo. ‘Is fearr an tsláinte ná na táinte”The students get their health and fitness certificates.FIRST DONEGAL SCHOOL GETS ITS ‘HEALTHY SCHOOL FLAG’  was last modified: October 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gairmscoil Chú UladhHealthy School Flaglast_img read more

Athletics swept by Astros to close homestand with five straight losses

first_imgOAKLAND — Houston is a problem the Athletics may not be capable of solving.The Astros got run-scoring singles from Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel against Lou Trivino in the top of the 12th inning Sunday to send the Athletics to their fifth straight defeat and sweep a three-game series before a crowd of 23,144 at the Coliseum.At 29-30, the Athletics are 10 1/2 games behind the two-time defending American League … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Bihar bandh hits normal life

first_imgThe Bihar bandh, called by the Left parties on Thursday to protest the sexual abuse of minor girls in Muzaffarpur shelter, hit normal life in most parts of the State.Rail and road traffic were disrupted by the bandh supporters demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the State Social Welfare Department Minister Manju Verma. Opposition parties, including the RJD, the Congress and the Hindustani Awam Morcha, had supported the call for the day-long bandh. However, none of their senior leaders were seen on the road with the protesting Left party leaders.The ruling NDA, however, called the bandh a complete flop. State Agriculture Minister and senior BJP leader Prem Kumar said it was called only to harass the people. “The Muzaffarpur shelter home case has already been handed over to the CBI… so there was no point in calling the bandh.”Schools closedIn Patna, schools and business establishments remained closed. There was a scuffle between bandh supporters and police at J.P. Golumber (roundabout) where the protesters, shouting slogans against the Nitish Kumar government, tried to march through the Dak Bungalow chouraha (throughfare), the City centre.Train and road traffic were disrupted at Patna, Jehanabad, Gaya, Bhojpur, Muzaffarpur, Siwan, Sheikhpura, Arwal, Nawada, Darbhanga and Madhubani districts. However, no untoward incidents were reported from anywhere. Bandh supporters blocked the railway track for hours at Jehanabad, Sheikhpura, Madhubani and Bhojpur, holding up several trains. Railway officials said the protesters climbed on to the engine of some trains, carrying flags and banners.In Muzaffarpur, Left party supporters and leaders staged a demonstration outside the residence of Brajesh Thakur, the main accused in the case. Thakur headed the NGO that ran the tainted shelter home. The protesters demanded a High-Court monitored CBI inquiry and the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and State Welfare Minister Manju Verma. Ms Verma’s husband was earlier accused of frequent visits to the Muzaffarpur shelter home. The Minister denied this and said it was a “political conspiracy against her family, which belonged to a backward community.”last_img read more

Narendrabhai as Stylebhai

first_imgJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to receive his Indian counterpart in the city of Kyoto where the two leaders will later hold talks.If Barack Obama’s tan suit had twitter agog two days ago, generating its own hashtag, audacity of taupe, Narendra Modi’s bandhgala with a red silk pocket square while feeding fish with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe was no less.Modi’s march to 7 Race Course Road has been accompanied by a style evolution, where he has channeled both Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi.Gujarat Nu Gaurav The half sleeve Modi kurta was designed to emphasise the 56 inch chest that could take on India. It made its makers Jade Blue very famous and very rich. It was also a less fussy contrast to Rahul Gandhi’s rolled-up sleeves that usually accmpanied a three-day old stubble.Narendra Modi and Rahul GandhiThe New Nehru Once Modi came to Delhi, he wore a long kurta with churidar and sleeveless jacket (very Nehruvian) in a new palette–peacock blue to baby pink–which signified a certain youthfulness. The play with colours was at its peak on Independence Day when he addressed India from the Red Fort with a tricolour turban that the wind obligingly waved around him.Narendra Modi and Pandit Jawaharlal NehruRajiv Gandhi Redux For his foreign visits, it is an update on the Rajiv Gandhi bandhgala. In Brazil for the BRICS Summit, Modi tried a powder blue hue. In Japan, it was all black with gleaming black luxe loafers. As Modi showed in his address to SRCC students at the beginning of his election campaign in 2013, he is not afraid of sporting a brand like Gucci (his scarf) on occasion, even if it screams dandy.advertisementRajiv Gandhi and Narendra Modilast_img read more

Once a sensation Walking Dead is another show

first_imgNEW YORK — At some point, a television sensation becomes just another show. The numbers illustrate how that’s become the case with AMC’s drama “The Walking Dead.”The zombies are taking a break at the halfway point of their ninth season, following an episode Sunday that was seen by 5.1 million people. The Nielsen company said that at a similar point last year, the midseason finale reached 7.9 million people.That’s a steep drop from the show’s high point, the seventh-season opener that reached 21 million people. AMC says a decline is natural for a show as it ages and that more people are watching on a time-delayed basis.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Shoppers Drug lights up medical cannabis ecommerce sales portal

first_imgBRAMPTON, Ont. — Shoppers Drug Mart’s e-commerce platform for medical cannabis launched Tuesday, a month after Health Canada licenced the company to sell the product online.Product information is available nationally, but Shoppers Drug Mart can initially only sell medical cannabis to patients in Ontario.Patients will be required to take a medical document similar to a prescription to an Ontario pharmacy to begin the process.Specialized advisers will then contact patients, review their medical history and provide support with online registration and product selection.Shoppers Drug Mart says it has signed supply agreements with 10 licensed producers of dried cannabis and cannabis oil and will provide products and medical accessories. Companies in this story: (TSX:L)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Wind knocks out power in the BC Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 500 customers in the B.C. Peace are without power.Hydro reports there are several power outages all around the B.C. Peace affecting customers since as early as 4:30 a.m. Sunday.Strong winds in the region have caused the outages.  Overnight wind gusts at the Fort St. John Airport reached 80km/h. The largest outages are in the Charlie Lake area.  Crews are on-site trying to fix the outages, but there is no estimate on when power will be restored.To view a full list of the power outages, visit www.bchydro.com/outageslast_img read more

February PV sales dip 111 may miss fullfiscal forecast

first_imgNew Delhi: Domestic passenger vehicle (PV) sales dropped 1.11 per cent in February, making it the seventh decline in eight months, prompting auto industry body SIAM to suggest that it will miss even the scaled down forecast of 6 per cent for the ongoing fiscal.The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said uncertainty ahead of elections coupled, weak market sentiment and unfavourable factors like high interest rates and insurance cost are continuing to affect sales. In its latest data, SIAM said domestic PV sales were at 2,72,284 units in February, down from 2,75,346 units in the same month previous year. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”What we are seeing is that the market sentiment is subdued. Interest rates are still high and we have not been able to recover from the impact we have had earlier on the year,” SIAM Director General Vishnu Mathur told reporters here. The sales decline in February is the seventh instance in the last eight months, with the only positive growth since July last year coming in October, he added. In the April-February period this fiscal, PV sales have grown 3.27 per cent at 30,85,640 units as against 29,87,859 units in the year-ago period. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsWith people postponing discretionary spends like buying cars ahead of the elections, coupled with the current subdued sentiments, Mathur said it was unlikely that March sales will be high. “So we are more or less looking to end the year at around 3 per cent growth which we have witnessed so far,” he added. In the beginning of the fiscal, SIAM had projected 8-10 per cent growth for PV sales but it was revised to around 6 per cent after dip in sales from the third quarter onwards. In February, PV market leader Maruti Suzuki India posted 0.19 per cent increase at 1,39,912 units. Hyundai Motor India saw its PV sales decline by 3.13 per cent to 43,110 units. Mahindra & Mahindra, however, posted 16.86 per cent growth at 26,106 units. SIAM said domestic car sales were also down 4.33 per cent to 1,71, 372 units as compared to 1,79,122 units in February 2018. MSI’s car sales were down 3.25 per cent at 1,00,513 units. Hyundai Motor India also witnessed a decline of 6.43 per cent at 32,792 units. Honda Cars India, however, posted a jump of 46.53 per cent at 10,920 units in February this year. Total two-wheeler sales in February were down 4.22 per cent to 16,15,071 units compared to 16,86,180 units in the year-ago month, SIAM said. Motorcycle sales last month declined by 0.58 per cent to 10,47,486 units as against 10,53,596 units a year earlier. Market leader Hero MotoCorp posted 1.65 per cent increase in its bike sales in February at 5,44,073 units. Rival Bajaj Auto also posted a growth of 6.28 per cent at 1,86,523 units, while Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) witnessed a decline of 11.66 per cent at 1,45,260 units. Scooter sales in February stood at 4,92,584 units as against 5,60,653 units in the same month last year, down 12.14 per cent, SIAM said. Scooter market leader HMSI saw its sales dip by 19 per cent to 2,63,299 units during the month. Similarly, Chennai-based TVS Motor Co also witnessed 8.68 per cent drop in scooter sales at 83,543 units during the month. Hero MotoCorp posted 19.36 per cent decline at 56,543 units. Sales of commercial vehicles was also down 0.43 per cent to 87,436 units in February, SIAM said. Vehicle sales across categories registered a decline of 3.65 per cent to 20,34,768 units from 21,11,804 units in February 2018, it added. Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor India said on Friday that it would launch a subscription model initially in six cities across the country as part of its partnership with self-drive car-sharing firm Revv. Hyundai Subscription aims to provide an opportunity to the customers to experience Hyundai product portfolio, with hassle-free ownership, flexibility and limited commitment through subscription-based ownership model.last_img read more

Over 45K complainants visited police stations in three months

first_imgNew Delhi: More than 45,000 complainants with their grievances visited city police stations till March this year. The law enforcement agency after listening to their complaints registered over 6,000 FIRs in different cases.Police sources said that 34,140 complainants met Public Facilitation Officers whereas the concern of 14,194 people was heard by the Station House Officers (SHOs) or Additional SHOs of more than 180 police stations and units in Delhi Police. Sources further told this newspaper that 39,800 complaints relating to different natures including sexual assault, robbery, kidnapping, hurt, theft, quarrel, cheating, forgery and others came. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe nature of 563 complaints was regarding sexual assault whereas 18,65 complaints were related to missing and kidnapping. The complaints pertaining to snatching, robbery and theft were 4,982. “As many as 4570 complaints came to police related to hurt, threats and quarrel whereas in cheating and forgery 2,164 complaints were heard,” said sources adding that other complaints were 23,920. In a recent meeting, the Police Commissioner reviewed the status regarding handling of complaints at police stations and prompt registration of cases. The police chief also discussed the disposal of pending investigation cases and period of pendency of these cases especially rape and POCSO. The top cop also reviewed the status of computers with internet connections of facilitation desks in police stations. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources said that out of 189 police stations, 183 have PFO desk. In 85 police stations, PFOs have computer connectivity whereas in 56 stations, internet is being provided. Recently, the office of LG Anil Baijal wrote to Delhi Police for providing internet connection to Public Facilitation Desks. “It has also been desired to provide an internet connection in Public Facilitation Desks so that these Desks can facilitate the lodging of e-fir as well,” sources said quoting letter content. According to Delhi Police Annual Report of 2018, as many as 2,36,476 IPC cases were registered during the year as against 2,23,077 in 2017. The report further said that the criminal activities and space, are getting integrated, syndicated and globalised. Consequently, they pose a challenge not only to the law enforcement agencies but also to the civil society in general. Incidents in Delhi are the focus of attention not only for the National Media but also to world media and even ordinary crimes and disorders tend to be sensationalized causing an unsettling effect on the minds of the people and their perception of the functioning of the police.last_img read more