GECOM’s budget yet to be released to agency – Shadick

first_img– says act breaches law, intended to frustrate election preparationsIn a letter to the President, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman claimed that the agency needed $3.5 billion to start preparations for elections. Yet it has millions that were budgeted for them but not disbursed and no articulate plan for spending the money.The Guyana Elections CommissionThis is according to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) nominated Commissioner, Bibi Shadick, who was at the time speaking during a press conference called after another botched meeting at GECOM on Tuesday.“From $2 billion for ordinary elections, it has gone to $3.5 billion. And their plan is to hold it after house-to-house registration, for which they have $3.5 billion. So that money is there. So what is this money for? Nobody can tell me.”“Now this is a Chairman asking for $3.5 billion extra to what they got, that was appropriated but never disbursed to GECOM, contrary to law. According to the CEO, every quarter they have to request. And that’s not for constitutional agencies, which have all their money.”According to Shadick, over $5 billion was appropriated for GECOM in the National Assembly. At the time, none other than Finance Minister Winston Jordan had declared to the Assembly that the money would be a lump sum to be used by the Commission.The Commissioner noted that this indicates that there was never any sincere plan to hold elections. Shadick said that GECOM has been deliberately dragging its feet at every turn. Shadick also revealed that the secretariat deliberately took little to no steps to update the voters’ list and is now claiming that there is too little time for logistical preparations.She observed that GECOM has two main functions; to hold elections and to register electors. According to Shadick, GECOM has failed miserably in both of its constitutional mandates, particularly considering the soon to be elapsed 90-day timeline. Efforts to contact officials from the Finance Ministry were futile.Constitutional budgetLast year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had announced that $5.4 billion has been allocated in the 2019 Budget for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to hold the 2020 General and Regional Elections.During his budget presentation in the National Assembly that afternoon, Jordan explained that of this amount, nearly 3 billion will go towards preparations for the elections which are constitutionally due by August 2020.In reference to the poor voter turnout at the most recent Local Government Elections, he had said that this is an indication of the low level of confidence citizens have in the Local Government system, which all stakeholders should work to address.Despite the availability of cash, calls have been made by various stakeholders including foreign diplomats here for the Government to abide by the Constitution and set a date for elections since the December 21, 2018, passage of the motion of no-confidence against the APNU/AFC coalition,Recently, British High Commissioner to Guyana Greg Quinn in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times reminded that the clock is ticking on the constitutional three-month deadline for holding elections. This observation was repeated just a few days ago.Additionally, representatives from the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have also echoed similar calls in February for the Guyana Government to adhere to the Constitution.The Opposition, People’s Progressive Party (PPP), has already written several international bodies and representatives asking that they do not recognise the coalition Government after March 21 if there is no extension.last_img read more

Driver slapped with 4 counts of causing

first_imgDead: Gavin LawrieTwenty-six-year-old Glensford Stephen, a father of two of Dartmouth Village, Essequibo Coast, was on Wednesday slapped with four counts of causing by dangerous driving when he appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.It is alleged that on May 13, 2016, the defendant drove minibus BRR 3943, in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of Gavin Lawrie, 19; Levon Grey, 45; Esan Cornette, 19 and Stefon Benn, 19.The driver was represented by Attorney-at-Law Dexter Todd, who requested that reasonable bail be granted toAccused driver: Glenford Stephenthe defendant.However, Police Prosecutor Khemraj Ramsewack objected to bail, citing the prevalence and the seriousness of the offence.He pointed out to the Court that an additional eight persons were still hospitalised as a result of the accident. As such, Stephen was remanded to prison.The case will continue on June 8, 2016.According to reports about 23:00h on May 13, Stephen who was driving his minibus was heading south along the Richmond Public Road when he collided with a 212 blue car, PMM 5867, which was heading north. At the time of the accident, the minibus had 16 passengers while the car was driven by the deceased Gavin Lawrie, and had four passengers.Dead Esan CornetteThe accident has thus far claimed four lives.last_img read more

Pierre open to any role

first_imgShortstop Rafael Furcal, who will fill whichever spot Pierre doesn’t, hasn’t arrived in spring camp yet and isn’t required to until Tuesday. “I went through a similar situation in Florida with Luis Castillo, who was an established leadoff man and a great leadoff man,” said Pierre, who was traded to the Marlins by Colorado after a 2002 season in which Castillo had a 35-game hitting streak. “I have batted second before and I know Furcal is a great leadoff man who did a great job last year. It won’t change my approach. I always try to take pitches, regardless.” Manager Grady Little plans to try both Pierre-Furcal and Furcal-Pierre alignments during Grapefruit League games before deciding on a lineup for the regular season. Little has promised only that once he decides, he won’t change unless the alignment fails to produce over time. In other words, he won’t flip the left-handed-hitting Pierre and switch-hitting Furcal just because the Dodgers are facing a certain pitcher. Although he has spent the majority of his career leading off – including 158 games with the Chicago Cubs last season – Pierre’s lifetime on-base percentage (.350) is low for a leadoff man. Pierre says that statistic is misleading. “I try to get my walks,” Pierre said. “I rarely swing at first pitches and I get a lot of 2-0, 3-1 counts. But I usually won’t take a pitch just off the plate because I don’t trust the umpire to call it a ball, and I also expand my zone a little bit with two strikes.” VERO BEACH, Fla. – Juan Pierre refused to fan any controversial flames Saturday when addressing one of the off-season’s hot-button issues for the first time. The fleet center fielder, whom the Dodgers signed to a five-year, $44 million contract in November, said he has no preference between batting first or second in the lineup. center_img Pierre has two factors working against him. First, he is such a lethal stolen-base threat – he has stolen as many as 65 in a season – that pitchers are hesitant to walk him. Pitchers who fall behind in the count aren’t afraid to come back with meaty fastballs because Pierre never has hit more than three home runs in a season. “They know if they keep it over the plate, the worst they’re going to give up is probably a double,” Pierre said. “It’s kind of a catch-22 situation.” You can add non-roster right-hander Joe Mays, whom the Dodgers signed less than two weeks ago, to the long list of those battling for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. Little said before Saturday’s first workout of the spring for pitchers and catchers that Mays will be kept on a starter’s throwing program at least through the early part of camp. “He has a good history,” Little said. “He will be given the opportunity to make this ballclub, and we will certainly try to put him in a position he is most comfortable with.” Mays, 31, has spent most of his seven-year career in the majors as a starter, but his overall success has been spotty. He is 48-70 with a 5.05 ERA after six seasons with Minnesota and splitting last year between Cincinnati and Kansas City. Several of the Dodgers’ brain trust walked out to Holman Stadium together for the start of the morning workout. But when they broke off into various side conversations, special assistant Bill Mueller found himself standing alone in the right-field corner, watching what should have been his teammates going through their paces with strength coach Doug Jarrow. Mueller, the former third baseman and batting champion who signed a two-year, $9.5 million free-agent deal with the Dodgers before last season, was forced into early retirement and a front-office career because of a knee injury. “It’s always difficult to not be playing when you feel like your skills are at a level where you still could play,” Mueller said. “But that’s the way it is. “I still love the game, and that’s why I wanted to do what I’m doing now.” (818) 713-3607 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

Crime numbers change only slightly

first_imgBurglary, felony theft and auto theft either decreased slightly or saw no change, but they were offset by gains in robberies – 75 cases, up from 68 in 2005, and rape, which saw three more for a total of 13. The slight dip followed a 3 percent drop in violent crime from 2005 in the city of 105,400, said Sgt. Kevin Grandalski, a Burbank police spokesman. “Although you have fluctuations in there, your overall crime rate has always decreased over the last three years,” he said. “The other thing to keep in mind is population is increasing. You might expect crime to increase, but we’re able to decrease crime.” In Glendale, violent crime increased 4 percent in 2006, with 4,301 cases reported. Burglaries and auto theft decreased from 2005, and homicides fell 90 percent, to two from 19 cases, a figure inflated by the Metrolink crash two years ago in which 11 people were killed. But robberies increased 22 percent with 167 cases reported, and auto burglaries jumped 24 percent with 774 cases. Violent crime slipped slightly in 2006 in Burbank compared with a year ago, while Glendale saw a small bump, according to preliminary police tallies. A count of incidents ranging from homicide and rape to assault, robbery and auto theft in the 12-month period ending Dec. 31 was obtained this week from police in both cities. But authorities said the raw data still have to be reviewed before they submit a final report to the FBI, which tracks violent crime across the nation. In Burbank, violent crime fell about 1 percent, with 2,974 cases reported, police said. Though the numbers might raise eyebrows, Capt. Ray Edey said there is no cause for long-term concern as crime has generally trended down for the city of 207,000 in recent years. “We’re confident it’s not an indication of things to come,” he said. (818) 546-3304160Want 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

Unions united with teachers

first_imgThe B.C. Federation of Labour and the B.C. Nurses’ Union are expected to make separate announcements of support for teachers who began a full-scale strike back in June.The union representing B.C. Hydro workers is also voting this week on whether to lend $100,000 to the teachers’ union.Teachers will vote today on their union’s proposal to end the strike if government agrees to binding arbitration, though the government has rejected the idea.- Advertisement -With files from the Canadian Presslast_img

Chelsea January transfer ins and outs: Varane, Schurrle and more

first_img Out? Andre Schurrle – Click the arrow for more – The German World Cup winner has been on the fringes of the first-team this season, and despite Mourinho’s insistence he is not for sale, a big offer could prove irresistible. Schurrle started the FA Cup win over Watford, but was hauled off half-time along with being replaced at the break in the previous game against Southampton, and he was left out of the squad altogether for the Newcastle game. German clubs Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund look the most likely destination for Schurrle and a return to his homeland seems imminent in the coming weeks. Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea are still just candidates in the title race despite the Blues’ two-point lead over champions Manchester City.Chelsea have seen a eight-point lead at top of the league evaporate in recent weeks, coupled with the humiliating New Years’ Day loss at Tottenham Hotspur.Mourinho maintains the Blues are unlikely to do business this month but after the departures of Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne last January, anything is possible at the Bridge.Defence and attack look to be Chelsea’s most pressing concerns, with Gary Cahill suffering a dip in form, while forwards Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy have all had fitness concerns at different stages this season.Click the arrow above to check out Chelsea’s possible January ins and outs.Chelsea fans, who would you like to see to see arrive at Stamford Bridge? Comment below… In? Raphael Varane – Click the arrow for more – Ever since last season, the Blues have been linked with a move for the Frenchman who played under Mourinho at Real Madrid. Varane is already one of the world’s best defenders – comfortable in possession, quick and a good reader of the game – and he would be the ideal long-term heir to John Terry. Madrid would be reluctant to sell, and it will take a sizeable bid to prize the 21-year-old from the Spanish capital. In? Mattia Destro – Click the arrow for more – The Blues were reportedly interested in the Italian forward in the summer and it would be no surprise to see Mourinho return for the 23-year-old this month. Diego Costa has been a sensation this season, but with Chelsea still firing on all four fronts – Premier League, Champions League, Capital One Cup and FA Cup – and Didier Drogba and Loic Remy struggling with fitness, a move for the striker could materialise. Moreover, Costa has ensured his own fitness issues and a quality replacement would enable Mourinho to rest his star striker and complement his attacking options. 4 Out? Mohamed Salah – The Egypt international has made just nine starts for the Blues since his £11m move from Swiss side Basel last January. The 24-year-old has failed to make an impression at Stamford Bridge and so far this season, Salah has featured sparingly – with appearances restricted to the Capital One Cup and cameo roles off the bench in the league. Besiktas president Fikret Orman confirmed he is trying to close a deal for Salah and he was present at Chelsea’s win against Newcastle, while German side Hamburg also want the Egyptian but on loan. 4 4 4last_img read more

Uganda beat Eritrea to clinch CECAFA title

first_imgUganda had started brightly, pinning Eritrea in their own half.They thought they had broken the lead after 12 minutes, but Allan Okello’s header off a Mustafa Kiiza freekick was ruled out for offside.Uganda kept pushing, though Eritrea were compact and left little spaces just like they did against Kenya in the semis. But, their resistance was finally broken in the 32nd minutes.A defense splitting pass from Okello was met with an equally brilliant run by Anukani who broke into the box and simply placed the ball beyond the Eritrean keeper.On the other end, Eritrea almost made an immediate response but Uganda had had their keeper Charles Lukwago to thank after his trailing leg turned Ali Suleman’s shot from inside the box behind for a corner.Uganda should have been 2-0 up at the break but Fahad Bayo’s header off a Viane Sekajugo cross went straight to the keeper.In the second half Eritrea came in with an ambition to get an early goal but found it hard to make the right decisions in the fi al third of attack.The closest they came was in the 63rd minute when Robel Kidane’s shot from a Deyben Hintseab pass went over.Uganda picked the cue and took the game to comfort, Kiiza scoring with a low shot after the Eritrean backline failed to clear a cross from Karim Watambala.Uganda Cranes midfielder Bright Anukani vies for the ball with Eritrea’s Deyben Hintseab at the final of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on December 19, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe goal punctured Eritrean spirits and the Ugandans got their hold with Okello forcing the keeper into two good saves while Anukani had a shot from range go just over.Substitute Joel Madondo drove the final nail on Eritrea’s coffin when he slammed the ball home from close range after running into a Ben Ochen cross from the left.With their fans behind them, Uganda managed to hold on to the lead and celebrate another victory on home soil, just as they did when they last hosted the tournament in 2012.0Shares0000(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Uganda Cranes players celebrate after winning the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on December 19, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 19 – Hosts Uganda Cranes beat Eritrea 3-0 to clinch a record extending 15th CECAFA Senior Challenge title at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on Thursday afternoon.Goals neither half from Bright Anukani, Mustafa  Kiizaand Joel Madondo handed the home side victory and a title at last for head coach Jonathan McKinstry who coincidentally lost it to Uganda in the 2015 final in Ethiopia with his former employers Rwanda.last_img read more

Air park permit recusals sought

first_img Lobbying of public officials by relatives is allowed under state and county law. David Sommers, a spokesman for Knabe, said Rew is an independent member of the commission, and does not take marching orders from the supervisor’s office. “He is our appointment to the commission, but our office does not tell him how to vote on the issues,” he said. “The only instruction we’ve ever given Wayne is the supervisor is interested in bringing a balance between protecting the environment and growth in L.A. County.” As for Helsley, Murdock said the commissioner disclosed he was a pilot and stated at a January hearing he is a “strong supporter of privately owned airports,” which undermined his ability to be impartial. “It’s kind of a pilot’s culture,” Murdock said. “They feel that any attempt to regulate them is just out of whack. I don’t think he should be deciding the issue as he is, as a strong supporter of publicly owned airports.” Helsley, an appointee of 3rd District county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, said Friday he is not a pilot, but does support private aviation. Also, his personal beliefs should not prevent him from voting, whether the issue is affordable housing or transportation. “I certainly support the activity of private aviation, and I see it as a diminishing resource in the world of travel and recreation,” he said. “I think that I can make an impartial decision, in what the community needs are and those things that serve the public need.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGUA DULCE – As the county Regional Planning Commission prepares this week for what could be its final vote on the expansion permit of rural Agua Dulce Air Park, opponents are pressing two commissioners to recuse themselves from the issue, citing bias. Commissioners Wayne Rew and Hal Helsley are under attack by attorney John Murdock, who alleged they are biased in favor of allowing the expansion in a five-page letter obtained by the Daily News. Murdock, who represents local resident and airport opponent Justine Turner, claimed Rew was “openly hostile and biased against air park opponents” during commission hearings. And as an appointee of 4th District Supervisor Don Knabe, he may be biased because Knabe’s son Matt Knabe is a lobbyist for the airport. “Based upon the clear connection between the lobbyist, the supervisor and the commissioner, there is an all-too-obvious appearance of bias, which calls for Mr. Rew to recuse himself from voting on the pending matter,” Murdock wrote. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Murdock also said Helsley’s stated support of private airports at a January hearing should preclude him from the voting on the issue. The five-member panel is slated to vote Wednesday on an modified expansion permit for the airport, though an appeal to the county Board of Supervisors is expected. Murdock also said Knabe should recuse himself from the issue should the board take it on. The airstrip’s owners have been defending an expansion permit before the commission after residents of this rural community between the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys complained of noise, extended filming and aerobatics by pilots. The complaints led to several violation notices. Commissioners including Rew and Helsley in January voted 3-2 in favor of closing the hearing with the intention to approve a modified permit, which allows a total 59 hangars, a 116,000 square-foot tie-down area and a 20-room “airtel” with a restaurant. Commissioners Pat Modugno and Leslie Bellamy dissented. The airstrip sits on 110 acres and currently has about 28 hangars, an aircraft tie-down area and an office/lounge/cafe. last_img read more

Driven to slash costs

first_img GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said the agreement marks the largest reduction GM has ever announced in a single day. GM had asked the UAW to help it lower its health care costs before its contract with the union expires in 2007, and both parties have been negotiating since spring. Wagoner refused to say whether GM would have unilaterally lowered retiree benefits if the UAW hadn’t agreed to the concessions by Monday, although he has said in the past that the company had that option. “These negotiations were done in a positive, cooperative, problem-solving spirit,” Wagoner told employees at GM headquarters in Detroit. “While it may have taken some time to reach this cooperative solution, I think it was time well-spent.” The UAW said Monday that it agreed to the changes after an in-depth analysis of GM’s financial situation. “We believe it is clearly in the best interests of UAW-GM active workers, retirees and their families,” UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and chief GM negotiator Richard Shoemaker said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The carmaker also faces huge pension cost issues in the years ahead that some analysts said could push it into a bankruptcy reorganization. But for the day at least, investors saw the bright side of GM’s outlook. Its shares rose $2.11, or 7.5 percent, to close at $30.09 on the New York Stock Exchange. They gained 12 percent earlier in the day and have traded in a 52-week range of $24.67 to $42.22. GM Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer John Devine said the tentative agreement on health care would reduce GM’s retiree health care liabilities by about 25 percent, or $15 billion, over a seven-year period. It would cut GM’s annual employee health care expenses by about $3 billion on a pretax basis. Cash savings are estimated at around $1 billion a year. GM pays for health care for 750,000 U.S. hourly employees, retirees and their dependents. The company expects to spend $5.6 billion on health care this year. GM’s UAW members now pay 7 percent of their health care costs, while the company’s salaried employees pay 27 percent, according to GM. It’s not yet clear how that will change under the agreement. Himanshu Patel, an auto analyst with JPMorgan Chase & Co., said the agreement will make a substantial dent in GM’s $80 billion health care liability. But other analysts said the cuts might not stave off the red ink for very long, especially since GM could be liable for billions in benefits at parts supplier Delphi Corp., which has filed for bankruptcy protection. “These savings are a clear positive, but retiree liability cuts are likely to see some almost immediate offsets, from ongoing health care inflation, possible Delphi liability assumption and falling long-term rates,” Goldman Sachs analyst Robert Barry said in a note to investors. DETROIT – General Motors Corp., under mounting pressure to turn around its business after losing nearly $3 billion in the first nine months of the year, announced a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers on Monday that will help lower its spending on health care for workers and retirees. GM, the world’s largest automaker, said it lost $1.6 billion in the third quarter, or $2.89 per share, compared with a profit of $315 million, or 56 cents a share, a year ago. The loss included charges of $861 million for restructuring and lower asset values in North America and Europe. Prompted by its deteriorating credit rating, GM also said it might sell a controlling interest in its profitable finance arm, General Motors Acceptance Corp., despite the boost GMAC is giving to the struggling automaker’s bottom line. GM has been suffering from declining U.S. market share, rising costs for materials such as steel and a drop in sales of sport utility vehicles, the company’s longtime cash cows. It cut production by 20 percent in the first three quarters of this year, hurting profits. last_img read more


first_imgBrian in action in Poland today.He may be a veteran but that hasn’t stopped Donegal politician Brian Ó Domhnaill from reaching the top in his sport.The Gortahork Senator has just a bronze medal for Ireland at the European masters athletics in the 5km RaceWalk event in Torun, Poland.Brian will be presented will his medal at a ceremony later this afternoon. Congratulations on a terrific achievement. SENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILL WINS BRONZE FOR IRELAND IN EUROPEAN MASTERS was last modified: March 28th, 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:Brian Ó DomhnailldonegalPOLANDwalkinglast_img read more