Dear Editor,Ever since the December 21, 2018 successful passage of the no-confidence motion, the PNC has been engaging on non-compliance of Article 106 (6) and (7), which say that the President and his Cabinet shall resign and a date be set for General Elections.The PNC has violated this aspect of the Constitution to this day, with the most recent delaying tactic of national House-to-House Registration. They have embarked on a veneer of House-to-House Registration which in their terms is the cause for the delay in the President not resigning nor setting a date for elections. This aspect of the Constitution is deliberately sidestepped.House-to-House Registration which could take at least 20 months is never linked to the President and Cabinet resigning their post, yet David Granger insists that the two are intricately linked.Knowing that ruse of the PNC, the Chief Justice ruled that House-to-House Registration is a valid process, but, that is a programme for the situation in “normal times”; she reiterated the fact that we are not in normal times and another process must be explored. Madame Justice George in her wisdom, as it were, “ruled in their favour” thus disbarring them from making another one of these senseless appeals.Had she ruled that House-to-House is illegal, Basil Williams would have seized the opportunity to appeal which would have taken another endless cycle of appeals and counter appeals which would take us past September 18.The PNC would have again broken the law, continue their illegal stay in office and think it is funny. However, all of that is of no effect because the Chief Justice has put a block on that illegal route by the PNC for good. Now that things are “in their favour”, they must honour the Constitution as well as the CCJ’s ruling, that elections have to be held on or before September 18.The point to note here is that with Madame George’s ruling, there is added pressure on the PNC; they must finish the House-to-House Registration, the Claims and Objections, and that aspect of the Constitution that says the President and his Cabinet shall resign and call elections all within the timeframe which ends on September 18. As we say in Guyanese creole is “sh..t to clean now”, Granger and cabal are in hot, hot mess, because they must honour Article 106 (6) and (7) to the letter.If they do not respect the constitutional requirement, then the Opposition has every right to go straight to the CCJ, not the local court for redress. Granger, your days are numbered.Respectfully,Neil Adams
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) President Sirleaf cuts the ribbon to dedicate the new maternal waiting home in Grand Kru County during her southeastern county tour. – WHO helps nation to build resilient health system following deadly Ebola virus disease President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured international health stakeholders, including the World Health Organization (WHO) that the Liberian government will work with partners to build a resilient health system.She made the assurance recently when she cut the ribbon to formally open one of the six WHO constructed maternal waiting homes under the H6 partnership which includes UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, UNAIDS and World Bank. The President was recently on a tour of the southeast.President Sirleaf expressed delight with the quality of the WHO built facility, with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) as part of the H6 partners’ support to Liberia’s efforts to strengthen maternal health and build its resilient health sector.Maternal waiting homes are temporary shelters built close to health facilities to provide expectant mothers nearing their delivery dates with more frequent check-ups and safe deliveries by avoiding the risks of going into labor in remote areas far away from a medical facility.Liberia currently has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, at 1,072 per 100,000 live births, according to the Liberia Demography and Health Survey of 2013.The President expressed gratitude to SIDA through the six specialized UN agencies and all her officials and Members of the Legislature on Health Committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate for the effective collaboration in working towards building a resilient health sector, and for helping to save the lives of mothers and children.Deputy Minister for Health Services at the Ministry of Health Dr. Francis Kateh informed the President that the H6 partners have constructed six maternal homes in the country.Other counties being supported by the H6 partner project are Maryland, River Gee, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount and River Cess.Dr. Kateh, who is also the nation’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), told the President that the Health Ministry and the H6 partners were finalizing national guidelines to ensure effective community engagement and utilization of the maternity homes.Also making remarks, Dr. Alex Gasasira, WHO Representative to Liberia, disclosed that every effort is being made to improve maternal health indicators in Liberia.The WHO representative thanked the President for her good leadership and commitment to improving the nation’s health sector and the National Investment Health Plan.He also gave WHO’s commitment to further support the health initiatives of the Liberian government.Some of the interventions being made to support the nation’s health sector include the provision of essential medical equipment, adolescent friendly health services, the establishment of maternal waiting homes to improve access to skilled delivery, strengthening the referral system, capacity building for quality service delivery, among others.
In light of recent reports that patients with infectious diseases are being forced to stay in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital, measures are being put in place to reduce such instances; however, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton has stated that in order to effectively tackle the issue of overcrowding, the Georgetown Public Hospital needs to be extended.It was reported that patients with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) were forced to stay in the A&E Unit of the medical facility due to overcrowding; some were even forced to stay on the floor. Photographs taken at the hospital were also circulated on the Internet and it sparked outrage from the public.The Georgetown Public Hospital needs to be extended in order to eliminate overcrowdingThe proposed site for the GPHC’s annexDr Norton had responded saying that the issue would have been resolved in a timely manner, and while measures were taken to do so, he noted that in order to eliminate overcrowding at the hospital, the facility would need to be extended. “We have to some extent, resolved the overcrowded A&E Department by having a more efficient discharge system and making more beds available, but that Department and the whole hospital needs to be extended,” he stated.He explained that the Ministry is currently examining the options for the hospital’s extension, saying “We are more or less looking at creating another structure that will take off part of the hospital, for instance while we might practically say that we are still doing the Specialty Hospital, it does not say in any way that we are not building another structure. I am personally thinking about a maternal child hospital or an enhancement or annex to the Georgetown Hospital.”Norton disclosed that the annex the Ministry is hoping to have constructed would not be located in the vicinity of the GPHC. He revealed that they are considering utilising the space that was allocated for the construction of the Specialty Hospital, as works were already started on the land. “We have to look for another area, and we’re contemplating using the foundation of the Specialty Hospital that was supposed to be built,” he stated.It was on Thursday that Government, through Minister of State Joseph Harmon and subsequently the Public Health Minister, confirmed that it was seeking India’s position on the Specialty Hospital before a definitive course of action is adopted. Norton had explained that the discussions with the Indian Government will determine whether they will go ahead with the project using a new contractor or have it scrapped entirely, given all the troubles the project has faced.“There is a chance it might come off the table because that [Specialty] Hospital Project is not doing well with how it started and what’s supposed to be… The next step will now be for us to have direct contact with the Indian Government and decide whether it will continue with the loan or not,” he told Guyana Times.Earlier this month, Minister Harmon disclosed that the Government of India, which is funding the project via a Line of Credit, had indicated that a decision was taken to cease doing business with India-based Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited, after the company was blacklisted by the World Bank until 2020 over fraud and corruption practices.The donor country had also expressed preference for a fresh tendering process to be conducted to select a new Indian-based contractor to execute the project.Last November, the coalition Government came under fire following the announcement that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Fedders Lloyd to complete the controversial project that was left on hold after the Donald Ramotar Administration sacked and sued the first contractor, Surendra Engineering Inc, for failing to honour its obligations. Guyana is yet to recover close to $1 billion from that company.The APNU/AFC had justified the handpicking of Fedders Lloyd to complete the project, saying that the company was one of the original bidders in the 2012 tendering process but the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition had stated that the company was disqualified because of certain inconsistencies in its submission to the local Tender Board.While in Opposition, the APNU/AFC had strongly opposed the US$18 million Specialty Hospital Project and upon its assumption to office last year, decided to scrap the project. It said that the remaining US$13.8 million would be better served, if it is used to improve the country’s primary healthcare service by upgrading three hospitals across the country.However, the Indian Government had indicated that Guyana should go ahead with the construction of the Specialty Hospital and it will provide a separate loan for the primary healthcare project. To this end, Harmon disclosed on Thursday that this second loan will be made available soon. “We are advised that (the funding for the primary healthcare upgrading project) is awaiting the completion of certain governmental processes in India,” he stated.The three hospitals being considered for upgrade under the primary healthcare service are the Bartica Hospital, the West Demerara Regional Hospital and the Suddie Public Hospital.
The new 60-city cross-Canada survey of pump prices puts the national average price last week, at a dollar 18 point five cents a liter.That was more than 26 cents a liter below, the common posted price in Fort St. John, which is now second only to Yelllowknife, on the monitor of MJ Ervin and Associates released today.The local price was also more than 15 cents a liter higher than the average price of the other five survey cities in BC…and, it was more than ten cents higher than the average price of every province in country. – Advertisement –
Jeanne Clelland shows here cross stich print being auctioned of at the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation Gala-Submitted photo- Advertisement -A long time local resident, Jeanne Clelland, has been sharing her talents with local charities.Every year Jeanne repeatedly donates to both the local Salvation Army and the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s “Be an Angel” Campaign. This year Jeanne has has been very generous. She has donated a beautiful hand-crafted, framed, cross stiched print to be auctioned off at the Hospital Foundation Gala. This year Jeanne also handmade 100 pairs of mittens that she has donated to the Salavation Army for their Christmas hampers.The Gala is being held on Nov. 1. at the Pomeroy Hotel. There are cocktails and a slient auction which begins at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The official commencement of the “Be An Angel” Campaign will start at 7 p.m and the live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m.. The theme for this year’s Gala is “Angels in Action.” The tickets are $60 per person and tables of eight cost $480.For more information call 250-262-5299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Finance has announced that the first two K-12 support staff agreements have been ratified by local unions, their districts and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association Board.According to the Government, these agreements have been ratified under the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.The Government says the agreements focus on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation and includes:A three-year term of July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022General wage increases of two percent per yearSchool District 81 (Fort Nelson) and BCGEU Local 717, representing 56 members, negotiated a provision of monthly collaboration time to educational assistants and similar positions directly supporting students.- Advertisement -The ratifications complete the process that was started by the September 2018 Provincial Framework Agreement.For more information on Public Sector Bargaining, you can visit the Government of B.C.’s website.
Two of Gor’s key players were denied visas, one was suspended, another is on a go slow, arrived in Pretoria 17 hours to the match due to visa and ticket problems, but still fought like gallant soldiers.“I am so proud of the team because we created history. It was a tough match but we had the belief, we had the drive and we had the desire to do something for the club and Kenyan football. It was long overdue because we had tried and failed before but this time we fought,” Shakava told Capital Sport from Pretoria.“As a leader, I am proud of this team and this is a huge historic part of my career,” added the defender.Gor Mahia Captain Harun Shakava clearing the ball. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAShakava was unfortunate to turn a cross into his own net for the opener, but Francis Kahata wiped his blushes with a sublime goal almost immediately. Despite Thabo Mnyamane’s second goal for Matsatsantsa, Gor defended well and secured the ticket.“It was an unfortunate deflection but I am happy we defended well till the end. As a leader I still pushed the team ahead and character made us winners at the end. I still believe this is the start of better things for us,” the defender who looks up to Real Madrid serial winner Sergio Ramos as a role model added.Congratulatory messages flew all over social media Wednesday night with all sundry wanting a beat off the K’Ogalo victory tune.The team is expected to return home to a heroic welcome on Thursday night and will immediately embark on plans to ensure a positive performance in the group stages.They will also have their Kenyan Premier League title defense to think about with a league fixture against Thika United beckoning on Sunday in Machakos.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia captain Shakava screams in celebration after scoring Gor’s only goal in their 1-0 Super Cup win over AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 19- When the draw of the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup will be conducted on Saturday afternoon in Cairo, Gor Mahia’s name will be in one of the 16 balls dipped in the four pots for the first time in their history.Despite all the pre-match drama that surrounded their travel to South Africa for their playoff return leg clash against SuperSport United, Gor defied all odds and ensured they secured a group stage slot on the away goal rule after a 2-2 aggregate.
1 Chelsea target Raphael Varane is one of the best young defenders on the planet right now.But, following Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid it appears the France international may have missed his calling as a flying winger.The 21-year-old was brilliant in his usual role at the back but launched a breath-taking counter when an Atletico corner didn’t come off.And, after hurdling one challenge outside his own box, Varane charged down the wing before putting a dangerous ball into the box, which Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo failed to capitalise on.You can see the rampaging run below… Raphael Varane in action
1 Leeds’ new head coach Thomas Christiansen is excited by the challenge of steering the club back into the Premier League.Former APOEL Nicosia boss Christiansen, 44, who has signed a two-year contract with an option for a third, was formally unveiled at Elland Road on Monday lunch-time.Leeds announced Christiansen as their eighth manager since May 2014 last Thursday.Julio Banuelos has followed him from APOEL to be his assistant at Elland Road, with Ivan Torres installed as fitness coach and Marcos Abad as goalkeeping coach.“I’m very excited and believe we can do good things here,” Christiansen said. “I believe in my possibilities. This is why I’m here and Leeds also believe in my abilities and we all want the same.“Last year we finished seventh. At least the promotion should be there and of course we hope to do better.”Christiansen, successor to Garry Monk who quit the club last month and has since been installed as Middlesbrough’s new manager, guided APOEL to the last 16 of the Europa League and their domestic league title in his only season in charge, but his 12-month contract was not renewed.APOEL, Cyprus’ most successful club, were knocked out of the Champions League in the preliminary stages and Christiansen departed on May 25, the same day Monk handed in his shock resignation at Leeds.Christiansen impressed club owner Andrea Radrizzani and director of football Victor Orta with a presentation during his interview last week in Madrid.“The most important is that you know where you’re going, what you want to do in the new club and have an idea of work, that was what I presented,” Christiansen said.“My ideas, how I saw the team, what I want to do and that was in the presentation and it looks like they liked it.“I’m in a big club with ambition and also one of the things that inspired me to come here after having a talk with Victor and the chairman, it’s a big club which deserves and has to be in the Premier League.“I believe with good work we can achieve that. Since I was a boy I’ve followed the English league and know how they play and how they have advanced.”Orta, appointed to his role at Elland Road last month, stressed Christiansen would be consulted closely and would have the last word on any new players to arrive at the club.The new head coach will be given a “specific budget” for summer signings, Orta said, while Christiansen confirmed he had no plans at this stage to bring in new players from his former club and was happy with the squad he had inherited.“Being in England is something important,” Christiansen added. “It’s always been a dream for me. I’ve always followed English football.“It’s been a big target and now I have this big opportunity to come to Leeds.” New Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen
The owner of the Donegal’s most famous bar has been beaten up and had his premises ransacked.Patsy Brogan, who runs the controversial Bog Hotel outside Donegal Town, was attacked by four men as he locked up his premises in the early hours of Monday morning last.Patsy, 74, who runs the bar at Frosses with his 30 year old Polish girlfriend Daria Wesike, has been left with two black eyes and has to have a wheelchair to get around in. Patsy revealed that at about 2.30am he was locking up the premises when four men burst into the bar and set upon him.“They hit me over the head with a table and broke all my equipment, the place is a mess.“I was extremely frightened by their violence. After I was hit with the table I fell to the floor and I really feared that I was going to die.“I am in bits now and using a wheelchair as it is too sore for me to try and walk about,” he said. Since the attack, Patsy’s girlfriend Daria has fled Donegal and he does not know if she is going tor return as she is so frightened by what has happened.Patsy said she called him from Dublin and had told him she is getting a flight to Poland.I’m not sure if she will ever come back here to live with me. The attack has been devastating for us,” he said.The controversial Bog Hotel has been running for a number of years despite attempts by Donegal County Council to have it closed down.They claim he had been running an illegal “shebeen.” However Judge John Kilraine ruled in favour of Patsy and said there was no reason why someone couldn’t have a drink with some friends.Mr Brogan has always denied he sells alcohol and people only leave a donation for drink if they feel like it.Last night a Garda spokesman confirmed “We have received a statement in relation to an incident in Frosses, Co Donegal, and will take our investigations from there.”Ends OWNER OF DONEGAL’S ‘BOG HOTEL’ BEATEN UP AND LEFT IN WHEELCHAIR DURING ATTACK was last modified: April 27th, 2011 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:attackedBog HotelPatsy Brogan