Jagdeo meets with diplomatic community on threat to democracy

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo met with diplomats from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union on Friday, as the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) shared its concerns following the recent no-confidence resolution and its expectations for the next 90 days.In an interview with the media following the one-hour long meeting, Jagdeo noted that he outlined to the diplomatic community that if elections are not held within the timeframe stipulated by the Constitution, the Government will be considered an illegitimate and unconstitutional one.“We in the parliamentary Opposition will treat the Government if elections are not held by that date as illegitimate and that no act that they engage in internationally or locally would be recognised.This will have major implications for Guyana, for investors and for all concerned. I have also urged the diplomatic community to be involved in the process of free and fair elections,” Jagdeo added.According to the Opposition Leader, one of the things the Party wants is observer teams from several international organisations and the customary countries to ensure the vote is free from fraud.“I expressed the desire of the People’s Progressive Party to see a massive observer group from all the agencies… Caricom (Caribbean Community); the European Union; OAS (Organisation of American States); UNASUR (Union of South American Nations); Carter Centre, Commonwealth, etc.”“Then I also made it clear to them that we are very concerned about the shenanigans that seem to be brewing behind this Government’s statement that they are exploring legal and other options,” the former President said.Jagdeo said Government has gone from accepting the results of the vote to searching for ways to reverse it. He pointed out that both Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and President David Granger had previously accepted that the Government had fallen, and elections were due.The Opposition Leader slammed the Government for breaking the trust and good will he had hoped would be built up ahead of his meeting with the President. Jagdeo noted that far from using the time to calm the country following the vote, reports that Government is searching for a way to reverse the results have caused tension.“I said to them (diplomats) we, the People’s Progressive Party, will not accept that, and obviously there would be instability in the country if this (Government reversing its word) were to happen. I also said that we will not accept a judicial coup… the Legislative branch has made a decision. That has to be respected.”The Opposition Leader noted that he also told the diplomatic community that his party would not return to the National Assembly, unless for issues related to elections. He made it clear that the Government has fallen, and it cannot be business as usual for the Government when it comes to passing bills in the National Assembly.Jagdeo reiterated that the Government is there in a caretaker capacity. He acknowledged that the National Assembly may have to meet to pass legislation related to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) or if the PPP agreed to extend the period until elections.The Opposition Leader was open to meeting with the Government ahead of any future sittings, so that the parameters were set.“That would be an illegal sitting, as far as we’re concerned. And anything passed in this kind of situation that would not be recognised. We would not recognise anything they do except elections related. We’re not going to go.”On December 21, 2018, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) – against the Government succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”The President has already committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, upon his return from Cuba where he departed for treatment.Since the passage of the motion on December 21, however, persons aligned with the coalition party have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified. 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From Russia with love… Brief stories from the World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Uruguay and Saudi Arabia supporters get to know each other before their teams’ Group A clash © AFP / JOE KLAMARMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup:Love in a time of football The World Cup has led to a surge in use of dating app Tinder, mirroring the jump in interest in the lonely hearts service at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February. The Moscow Times reported that one of Russia’s four biggest phone operators MTS had seen an 11-fold increase in match-day Tinder traffic near stadiums and fan zones in Moscow, St Petersburg and Saransk.Streaming shamblesWorld Cup fans in Australia fans are furious after an experiment to show some games only via live streaming for the first time failed because broadband infrastructure could not cope with demand.The backlash among those left staring at a blank error screen has been so intense that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stepped in, telling telecommunications firm Optus to get its act together.“I have spoken with the Optus CEO, Allen Lew. He assures me he is giving the World Cup streaming problems his personal attention,” tweeted Turnbull.Public broadcaster SBS has now stepped in and will screen group-stage matches on free-to-air television while Optus, labelled “Floptus” in local media, attempts to sort out its problems.Germany divisionsThomas Mueller insists that there isn’t a problem in the Germany dressing room © AFP / Odd ANDERSEN“Of course a few players sit together who get on well. It’s a natural thing. I sometimes change tables at meal times because I am a variable kind of guy, a multi-purpose eater. Are there factions and little groups in the squad? No. I have seen it happen.“In 2012, it was an issue with the Dortmund players and the Bayern players eyeing each other suspiciously and we didn’t have the best kind of chemistry back then but it is totally different today.”— Thomas Mueller on suggestions there could be divisions within the Germany squad.Baby flightDenamrk’s World Cup squad clubbed together to hire a private jet so teammate Jonas Knudsen could make a flying visit back home to see his newborn baby. The Ipswich defender left Russia on Sunday the day after the Danes’ 1-0 opening win over Peru and returned 24 hours later. “We are human beings before footballers, I’m a father myself,” explained ‘keeper Kasper Schmeichel. “We wanted to make a gesture, we did everything so that he could return home.”Amrabat shared his water with a thirsty assistant referee © AFP / FADEL SENNAMoroccan generosityDuring the game against Portugal, Morocco midfielder Nordin Amrabat signalled to his bench that he needed a drink. Receiving a container of water, he saw the assistant referee watching him enviously, Amrabat offered to share his supply. The touchline official hesitated before gladly accepting.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Popular convenience store seeks sales/deli assistant

first_imgJOB VACANCY: Management at Centra Kilcar requires a sales/deli assistant to join their team.We require an energetic professional individual with a positive attitude to deliver our brand values and would be available to work morning, evening and weekend shifts. Ideally, the successful candidate will have previous retail experience full training will be provided.Closing date for applications Wednesday 12th July. Please forward your CV to hegarty.kilcar@centra.ieJob Vacancy: Popular convenience store seeks sales/deli assistant was last modified: July 4th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Centradeli assistantjobskilcarsaleslast_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in gameweek 36

first_img In: Diego Costa (Chelsea) – £10.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Diego Costa rediscovered his goalscoring form for Chelsea against Southampton in gameweek 34 and, despite a firing a blank against Everton, is worth investing in for Chelsea’s final four games of the season. 12 Out: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) – £7.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Sunderland are down and have nothing, but the very little pride they have left, to play for. Keeping their star striker in your team no longer seems a great idea. In: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – £11.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Now this is a risk. Alexis Sanchez’s goalscoring form of late has been pretty abysmal given his £11.5m price tag. But if you’re going to invest in any Arsenal player ahead of two consecutive double gameweeks, Sanchez has still got to be your man. 12 In: Jack Stephens (Southampton) – £4.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – If you do want to take a chance on a Southampton player for their two consecutive double gameweeks, Jack Stephens is the man. The £4.2m defender is a regular fixture in the Saints’ back line. 12 12 Out: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – £5.9m – Click the right arrow for more advice – After a period of good form, Wilfried Zaha has gone quiet in the past couple of weeks and faces tough fixtures against Man City, Hull and Man United to end his season. 12 In: Gabriel (Arsenal) – £4.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Four games in two weeks for Arsenal provide their defenders with some great opportunities for clean sheets. The Gunners face Manchester United, Southampton, ‘Boro and Sunderland. Three gameweeks to go… and they’re a busy three weeks too.The first sees Arsenal and Southampton both have double gameweeks, while the second sees Arsenal, Southampton, Chelsea, Leicester, Manchester City, Manchester United, Spurs, Sunderland, Watford and West Brom all playing twice. In the final week of the season every team just plays once.You’d better make sure you plan ahead for these next two double gameweeks with Arsenal players being particularly valuable as they play four times in two weeks. Southampton players do so too, but they are less valuable as three of their fixtures come against Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… 12 12 Out: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) – £7.4m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Similarly to Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke has suffered a decline in form over the last couple of weeks and, given Palace’s tough fixtures to end the season, is probably not worth keeping in your front line. 12 12 In: Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £8.7m – Click the right arrow for more advice – He’s back from injury and back scoring so Gabriel Jesus should probably be back in your team. The Brazilian is £4.1m cheaper than Sergio Aguero and will face the same set of fixtures in the run in. Out: Gareth McAuley (West Brom) – £5.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The points machine has malfunctioned. Gareth McAuley has now not kept a clean sheet in his last four gameweeks and isn’t worth hanging on to with tough fixtures coming up in West Brom’s double gameweek. Out: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) – £6.0m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Antonio Valencia has been in and out of the Manchester United team recently and is unlikely to play both games in their double gameweek. 12 12 12 Out: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – £8.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Philippe Coutinho picked up an injury on Monday against Watford and so is still a slight doubt for Liverpool’s next game. The Reds are not involved in either of the double gameweeks to end the season and so there are better midfield options available. In: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £10.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – If you’re going to pick one Chelsea midfielder to acquire ahead of their run in, it has to be Eden Hazard. The Belgian has scored four goals in his last five games and the Blues face ‘Boro, West Brom, Watford and Sunderland to complete their campaign. last_img read more

MUM OF TRAGIC GIRLS PAYS TRIBUTE A YEAR AFTER SECOND DEATH

first_imgErin (left) pictured with ShannonA CO Donegal mum who lost her two daughter to suicide within six weeks of each other today paid tribute to one of them on her first anniversary.The deaths of Erin Gallagher and her sister Shannon shocked the country last year.Erin (13) had been bullied and took her own life last October; big sister Shannon (15) died a year ago today. Their mum Lorraine left a simple message on her Facebook Page today.“All my luv 2 my precious daughter shannon who I luv with all my heart rip baby I never u xxxxxx u were my best friend in the world,” she wrote. MUM OF TRAGIC GIRLS PAYS TRIBUTE A YEAR AFTER SECOND DEATH was last modified: December 12th, 2013 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:Erin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherSUICIDElast_img read more