We cannot go on with an illegal Government, punitive measures must be applied now

first_imgDear Editor,The present shenanigans by Granger and crew is a direct violation of Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution of this country. It has been seven months to the date of a Successful NCM, but the Government of David Granger remains intact. We have seen the PNC-led Government trying every which way to circumvent this aspect of the Constitution, with their lying excuses, absolutely nothing has changed. There have been several rulings by our final appellate court, the CCJ, and not one, I repeat not one of its rulings has been adhered to.In all of this, Granger can consider himself “successful” because his Government has remained in office without any change or respect for the Constitution or any ruling of the final court. He can also consider himself a clever fox in outsmarting the Opposition Leader in every aspect of a successful no-confidence vote on his Government, so, Granger and his cabal persist.So, let us for one final time, review the occurrences of this Government since the December 21, 2018, NCM;1. A successful passage of a No-Confidence Motion and the automatic activation of Articles 106 (6) and (7)2. The Granger Government appealed the matter, hoping for a favourable response from the Court.3. The Chief Justice ruled that the NCM was valid and the Government has to resign and call elections.4. The PNC-led Government then appealed the High Court ruling to our Court of Appeal which in part granted them a reprieve in that the Appeal Court erroneously stated that 34 constitutes a majority vote to topple the Government.5. The Opposition then went on to the CCJ, which is our final court on the matter. The CCJ upheld every aspect of the rulings of the High Court of Guyana including the matter of the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice Patterson, on the grounds that his appointment was illegal, null and void.6. The Granger Government was asked by the CCJ to respect the constitutional ruling of Articles 106 (6) and (7).7. To date, Granger has not honoured any of the CCJ’s ruling, but has remained in office illegally since.Now, this is the position we have come to in our country, where we have a President who is illegally occupying his post and presiding over a Government that does not want to face the electorate. This is a vexing situation to which we have come and there are calls for something more serious and pressing to force him to comply with the law, this will only come in the international community issuing sanctions on the Granger regime. The ABC and E Governments must start the process of issuing travel bans, and the revocation of visas. we are also looking forward to the seizure of the assets of Government officials overseas. These and other punitive actions will force Granger to comply.Finally, Granger is still on a “three card game of tricks” with that move of not selecting a nominee submitted by the Opposition Leader. Instead of selecting a name from the Opposition’s list, he has stubbornly stalled the process with a list of his own choosing, which is another blatant violation of the Constitution of Guyana. The Constitution of Guyana emphatically states that the President must choose a name from the list submitted by the Opposition. Granger will have none of that, which is a very sad and dangerous place to be.Now, it is very clear that this President is hell-bent on having his way, and his mistaken belief that nothing can be done about it, well I have news for Mr Granger.This is what is going to happen come midnight on Monday, July 15, 2019, if a name is not selected by Granger, and I am speaking of a name from Jagdeo’s list, not one from Granger’s list. If Granger does not select a name from the Opposition Leader’s list, then Jagdeo will have one recourse and that is to call on the assistance of the United Nations to intervene.They have the right to intervene in the domestic affairs of any country that has a dictator regime as its Head and one who refuses to respect the rule of law. Guyana is a signatory to the UN Charter on such matters, so they must adhere to the UN Charter.The Opposition Leader also has the option of calling on the UN to send in troops to supervise the process, because we do not have faith in a “kith and kin”. Security forces to supervise a free and fair process or a process free from fear. I rest my case.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Letterkenny man charged with having syphon pipes to steal fuel

first_imgA Letterkenny man has been remanded in custody on a number of charges including possession of syphon pipes with the intention of using them in the theft of motor fuel, handling stolen property, and criminal damage.William Reilly, with an address at 8 Railway Avenue, Killygordon, appeared by video link from Castlerea Prison at Letterkenny District Court. The 25-year-old faces charges of possession of a small syphon pipe with the intention of using it in the theft of motor fuel at Canal Road, Letterkenny, on July 25th last.A separate charge of possession of a large syphon pipe was also brought before the court.He is also charged with handling stolen property at Pearse Road, Letterkenny, on July 29th including eleven bottles of Vodka, three bottles of Hennessy, seventy packets of cigarettes, fifty Bic lighters, and a Lenova tablet.The accused was further charged with criminal damage at Canal Road, Letterkenny March 31st last, and with production of an article likely to intimidate or cause serious injury.Judge Paul Kelly remanded him in custody to appear by video link at Letterkenny Court on August 15th.Letterkenny man charged with having syphon pipes to steal fuel was last modified: August 13th, 2019 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:courtletterkennysyphontheftWilliam Reillylast_img read more

Youngsters tell their stories with Ilizwi

first_imgMembers of Ilizwi Photo Club are documenting their lives in the townships of Cape Town. (Image: Ilizwi Facebook)Teenagers the world over have plenty of gripes; in South Africa’s disadvantaged areas, one of their issues is not having a platform to express themselves creatively. It is this need that Ilizwi Photo Club seeks to meet.Ilizwi is a youth development initiative that works with young people in under-resourced communities. It encourages creative self-expression through photography so that they can voice their stories visually.The talented young photographers seek to become actively involved in their communities and tell the stories that matter most to them. Ilizwi photographers come from several schools in Khayelitsha, in Cape Town. The photo club was launched in 2011, and is based on the belief that through photojournalism we are able to gain an insight into societies’ needs and values. It is such a valuable tool in making sense of the world around us and gives us an insight into the students’ lives.COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECTStarted by Meghan Daniels, who was in matric at the time, Ilizwi means “voice” in isiXhosa. The programme was a by-product of a youth leadership forum Daniels attended in 2010. At that forum, participants were encouraged to initiate a community action project.Speaking about her Ilizwi Photo Club project, Daniels said it allowed the members to raise social awareness in their communities and ultimately become advocates of change. “The Ilizwi photographers want South Africa and the world to know the realities of township life. They have a burning desire to improve their community through visual images.”The photographers are armed with Coolpix cameras and one digital SLR donated to the project by Nikon.At the start of the project, Daniels interviewed, selected and trained 10 Grade 11 and 12 learners from Luhlaza High School in Khayelitsha. This training, which took place over 10 weekends, included a practical aspect – looking for social issues in the township to photograph and highlight, as well as facets of beauty in township life.Inspiration, Daniels said, came from giants such as Alf Kumalo, the legendary South African documentary photographer and photojournalist; Ernest Cole, another photographer from the Drum golden era; and, Santo Mofokeng, a South African artist and photographer.YOUTH SPIRIT AWARDDaniels was the recipient of the 2011 Youth Spirit Award from the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Awards for her work on Ilizwi. She won a R25 000 Damelin bursary for her efforts, which was useful as she was completing her matric.Amy Elizabeth Biehl was a white American graduate of Stanford University and an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa. She was murdered by black Cape Town residents in 1993, a year before South Africa held its first democratic elections.Biehl was in South Africa as a student at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, as a scholar on the Fulbright Program. Following her death, in 1994, Biehl’s parents, Linda and Peter, founded the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust to develop and empower youth in the townships, in order to discourage further violence.last_img read more

A Strategy for Cost-Effective Efficiency in Tucson

first_imgLike a lot of building-industry professionals who run their businesses solo, Tucson-based Michael Ginsburg has become a utility player in his market. La Mirada Homes, which he launched in 1976, offers design, construction, remodeling, and general contracting services. And now, Ginsburg is bringing his experience to bear on the design and construction of a near-net-zero-energy, modest-size house that, he says, could be offered for a comparably modest price.Ginsburg calls it the S.E.E.D. Home (for its “super energy efficient design”) and will celebrate its inception with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday. The 1,935-sq.-ft. four-bedroom home’s performance is pegged tightly to the energy efficiency of the structural-insulated panels that will comprise its exterior walls and roof, Ginsburg told GBA. He said he chose SIPs filled with polyurethane foam over alternatives that feature polystyrene because the former offers better thermal resistance for a negligible difference in price.The wall panels are rated R-24, which, with R-5 foam board under the exterior stucco and 2 inches of interior-side dead space for electrical wiring, would bring the composite R-value of the exterior wall to 34. The roof panels, supported by structural gluelam beams (no 2x wood), will provide R-41 insulation.A slow-curing floorThe walls and roof will go up before the slab foundation is poured to shade and prevent cracking in the concrete, which will later be colored and polished. The slab will be insulated to R-8 underneath and at the edges, Ginsburg said.The house is not, however, designed to take advantage of direct solar gain, a prospect the builder “completely rejected as a passive heating strategy because of the inherent overheating and management problems” it would have presented in a single-story house of this size and layout. Rather, the building will be equipped with a SEER 16 dual-stage heat pump, hydronic radiant floor heating, radiant floor cooling, and a whole-house fresh-air exchange.In an e-mail to GBA, Ginsburg also pointed out that “there are no interior (weight-)bearing walls to interrupt the thermal integrity of the floor of the shell. Therefore, the concrete floor is, in effect, a thermal mass element for the entire square footage of the home. With no direct solar gain, I can now use, control, and manage the floor for heating and cooling. In essence, I’ve created a ‘living cave.’ Achieving and maintaining a constant interior temperature will be easy and cost-effective.”The home’s renewable-energy equipment will include solar hot water collectors and a photovoltaic system capable of feeding electricity back into Tucson Electric Power’s grid.The project design has received HERS ratings of 18 and 20 from two independent, accredited HERS raters, Ginsburg said, although he noted that getting financing was a bit more difficult. After several rejections from other lenders, the builder explained, the president of Bank of Tucson “gave me a hearing regarding the concept and nature of the project first, before even considering our financials,” and then proceeded with an appraisal, financial review, and loan approval.We’ll post cost details, more specs, updates, and images as they become available.last_img read more

Two Maoists killed in Sukma

first_imgThe security forces gunned down two alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on Saturday.The encounter took place in Burkapal area of Sukma when the District Reserve Guard (Chhattisgarh police’s special anti-Maoist unit) and the Special Task Force were conducting an anti-Maoist operation in the area.The security forces also recovered 11 country-made weapons from the spot of the encounter suggesting some more Maoists may have been injured or killed.In a separate development, Maharashtra police found one more body of a Maoist in Gadchiroli district.“A decomposed body was found in the forest near Indravati river in Tadgoan forest area of Gadchiroli where an encounter had taken place on last Sunday. One AK-47 rifle was also recovered during a search operation in the area today. Today’s recovery has taken the total number Maoists killed in Kasansur encounter to 34,” Gadchiroli police said in a statement.Mr.Abhinav Deshmukh, the district Superintendent of Police, Gadchiroli, informed that 19 bodies have been identified so far and 14 bodies have been handed over to the relatives of the deceased.last_img read more

Previewing OSU-West Virginia

first_imgDana Holgorsen comes back to Stillwater. (USATSI)Dana Holgorsen comes back to Stillwater. (USATSI)Game: West Virginia (5-2) vs Oklahoma State (5-2)Locale: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OKTV: ESPN 2:30 CSTHolgorsen is back!Sorry everyone. That was probably the meanest thing I’ve ever done. Mike Yurcich didn’t evaporate into the atmosphere to make questionable play calls for the Ozone.[1. Side note: Did you know OU has a bursar type office called the oZONE? They’re the worst.]Everyone’s favorite Red Bull chugging maniac and offensive savant is still leading West Virginia out of the dark ages.The Mountaineers have had Rich Rodriguez and Dana installing innovative, groundbreaking offensive schemes while their fans stumble out of the stadium and into the hills to darn their own socks. Quite the dichotomy they have in Morgantown.They also have the ability to score a lot of points, so that’s a bummer.Nobody misses Holgy at OSU more than me. I miss the crossing routes, the unpredictable flea flickers and the genesis of plays that the rest of the nation would soon adopt. But what I miss most is the double barrelled, ref-abuse spewing plasma guns of Gundy and his OC.Dana gets fired up at the drop of a hat [1. That signifies a player went out of bounds so this is a very clever joke you aren’t appreciating enough] and Gundy seemed to be fueled by the Holgy hulk outs.Since Yurcich has come to town, Gundy has taken on more of a calm, apathetic demeanor that just doesn’t cut it. I’m not saying a dangerous caffeine addiction and terrible hair cut would make our current coordinator into a defense devouring machine, but it couldn’t hurt to try because, um, nothing else has worked.As for the Mountaineers, or ‘Neers, or ‘Eers, or Veers, which Matthew Mcconaughey taught me is an offensive style that originated at WVU…or was popularized there…or murdered there. I’m not sure I fell asleep pretty early on.I do know that Bobby Bowden used to coach in Morgantown before blasting into superstardom with the Seminoles. Nicholas Lou Saban Jr. was also born in the mountain state, which probably explains the middle name ‘Lou’. He eschewed his home state’s largest public institution for Kent State, however.By the way, nothing says ‘literally anything is better than WVU’ than voluntarily going to Kent State in the early 70s instead.The state also looks like a diseased liver, which makes sense considering their unofficial state song is a prayer for the country roads to guide the drunken residents home instead of those dirty city roads that guide them into the ditch and county lock-up.Go Mountain Mommas!Mountaineers To KnowClint Trickett, senior QB. All these years after losing Bowden to Tallahassee, Florida State finally sent something back. Trickett is a pocket passer, which in this case means he actually fits in your pocket. I realize he’s not that short, he’s just slight. He gets blown over when Holgy screams at him.Kevin White, senior WR. This transfer student has burst onto the scene and is making a case for the Biletnikoff award. He transferred from Lackawanna College, which is why most coaches passed on him. I prefer my recruits to have Lotsawanna.Injuries, the great equalizer. The Mountaineers leading rusher and arguably their best defensive back are questionable for Saturday. You certainly can’t root for injuries, but these injuries already happened. It’s probably fine if you want to root for one more week of rest for the young scholars.Why West Virginia Might WinThe West Virginia state motto is “Montani semper liberi” because I’m sure there are lots of West Virginians who speak Latin. It translates, however, to “Mountaineers are always free”, which seems ominous.Cut to an exasperated John Holcomb late in the 3rd quarter:“I don’t know how to explain it, Dave. Mountaineers are always free. That’s Kevin White’s 3rd touchdown on the day.”There have been plenty of free runs through the OSU secondary as of late and now we go up against a coach who specializes in exploiting weaknesses in defenses and a WR and QB capable of making good secondaries look foolish.The WVU defense has been better than average in many instances this year also. And I don’t mean in the same way that a girl in a Morgantown bar is “better than average” because she’s conscious and not related to you. That’d be called a West Virginia 10.Why Oklahoma State Might WinIt’s Homecoming! OSU never loses during the world’s biggest homecoming celebration. Except for all of those times.I will say, a talented, Holgorsen led WVU squad came into Stillwater before and looked sub-par against the Cowboys. If Tavon and Stedman and Geno could get shut down, maybe Kevin and Mario and Clint can too.Gundy has always found a way to improve his teams as the year progresses, so this could be week one of a steady upturn.Boone Pickens said he had a big surprise to unveil. I realize he did that officially, but maybe he also gave Glenn Spencer the Mountaineers’ play sheet and highlighted the best ideas for Yurcich to use with the Freek.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more