Case reassigned to Justice Insanally

first_imgLGE hearing Acting Chief Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards on Wednesday reassigned the matter involving the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and Government back to Justice Diane Insanally, on Government’s decision to appoint a Mayor and Councillors in Local Authority Areas, where there have been ties following the recently conducted Local Government Elections (LGE).The court matter, which was first heard before Justice Insanally last week, was scheduled to be heard before Chief Justice (ag) Cummings-Edwards on Wednesday. After the hearing Wednesday morning, the acting Chief Justice directed that the matter be sent back to the High Court Judge.Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil WilliamsActing Chief Justice Yonnette Cummings-EdwardsAt a press conference following the hearing, Attorney Anil Nandlall said cases that are filed are public law cases and should therefore be heard by the Constitutional and Administrative Division of the High Court which is presided over the Chief Justice (acting).He said when the cases were filed the Chief Justice (acting) was out of the jurisdiction and the matters were assigned to Justice Diana Insanally by the relevant official(s) in the judiciary with the authority to do so.“When the matters were heard on April 6, Justice Insanally indicated that she was instructed only to hear the Orders Nisi and then to transmit the matters over to the Chief Justice (acting). This Justice Insanally did and the orders granted reflect that the matters were fixed before the Chief Justice for the 20th of April, 2016, for continuation,” Nandlall said.Nandlall said when he arrived at the Chief Justice’s Court on Wednesday, he was informed that the Chief Justice had re-assigned the matter back to Justice Insanally.“When the matters were called before Justice Insanally, she expressed deep reservations about hearing the matters, contending that the matters should be heard by the Chief Justice and that she sent a note to this effect to the Chief Justice”.Eventually, Nandlall said Justice Insanally heard the matters and leave was granted to the Attorney General to file and serve Affidavits in Answer within seven days. Leave was also granted to me to file and serve Affidavits in Reply within seven days of receipt of the Affidavits in Answer. The matters were adjourned to May 6, for hearing.“Nevertheless, we are still unclear before which court the matters will be heard as Justice Insanally continues to maintain that the matters should be heard by the Chief Justice”.Nandlall said the entire episode is wholly regrettable since Judges are expected to hear and determine matters which come before them irrespective of how controversial, political or emotional the subject matter is. After all, a Judge must be strong and resolute and must rule based upon the evidence and in accordance with law. No other factor ought to influence any judge in his/her decision making.“The law in relation to these matters is crystal clear and beyond controversy. It is deliberately being misinterpreted by those who are bent on defeating the will of the electorate and trampling upon the democratic process. I also believe that they know that they are hopelessly wrong but ego and pride are preventing them from so admitting the same and taking the corrective measures”.He said it therefore matters very little which Judge hears these matters.“In my view, there is only one way that a fair and competent Judge can rule. I sincerely hope therefore, that these matters will be afforded a fair hearing within reasonable time”.The matter under contention followed ties in the municipality of Mabaruma and then neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) of Woodlands/Farm, Woodlands/Bel Air, the Malgre Tout and Industry/Plaisance, following the LGE elections.Responding to those these ties, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan moved ahead and appointed a Mayor for Mabaruma as well as Chairmen and Vice Chairmen in the tied NDCs. This did not sit well with the Opposition, which maintained that the move had no legal bearing. The Party later moved to the High Court and was granted an order by Judge Diana Insanally which saw the appointments being quashed. It also restrained the officials from acting in their appointed capacities.last_img read more

Property Tax Deadline

first_imgFort St. John residents, who have not yet paid their property taxes, now face a penalty.The deadline to pay without penalty was 4.30 yesterday afternoon.City Hall is the only location where you can pay property taxes and, you can apply for your Home Owners Grant at the same time.- Advertisement -This year city property owners are facing, about a ten percent tax increase.That adds about 120 dollars to the tax bill, for an average single family home assessed, at 279 thousand dollars.last_img

Bhutto supporters clash with police in Pakistan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre In an opening skirmish, some 400 loyalists of her Pakistan People’s Party, the country’s largest, marched up to riot police blocking their way to the parliament building, where lawmakers minutes earlier had rubber-stamped the emergency declaration. Police fired tear gas over their heads and beat and arrested a few who broke through barricades. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Supporters of Benazir Bhutto clashed with police in front of parliament Wednesday after she urged party activists into the streets to protest emergency rule, deepening the uncertainty engulfing a Pakistan already shaken by rising Islamic militancy. Seeking to position herself as the only leader able to unite the country to confront Islamic extremism, the former prime minister toughened her rhetoric against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, but she left open the possibility of resuming talks if he ends the crackdown. President Bush, meanwhile, told the U.S.-allied general that Pakistan must go through with parliamentary elections that had been planned for January. Bush commented after a senior U.S. official called Musharraf an “indispensable” ally in the war against extremist groups. Thousands of Pakistanis have been jailed or put under house arrest since Musharraf assumed emergency powers Saturday, and Bhutto called on her followers to show their defiance of the clampdown on civil liberties. last_img read more


first_imgFintan Houston with represenatives of the four Charities, Temple Street Childrens Hospital, MS Donegal, Little Angels School and SNAP that benifitted from the Parachute Jump earlier this year which riased €46,000 from left are Samantha Robinson, SNAP, Carla Fennell, MS Donegal, Steve Gibson, MS Donegal, Fintan Houston, Susan Duffy, Little Angles School, Clement Clarke, Chairman MS Donegal, Shane Gallagher, Temple Street Childrens Hospital and Bridge Clarke, MS Donegal. Photo- Clive Wasson46,000 GOOD REASONS TO PRAISE DONEGAL PARACHUTE JUMP was last modified: September 7th, 2013 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:charitiesletterkennyparachute jumplast_img read more

Passover rituals reminders of freedom

first_imgJews around the world will gather at sundown today for the start of Passover, the Festival of Freedom marked with a ritual meal, or Seder.Passover marks the freedom and flight of the Israelites from Egypt during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II more than 3,000 years ago. The observance includes a Seder on the first two nights, when symbolic foods are served and the Haggadah is read, recounting the story of the Exodus. “Passover is the root narrative of Judaism,” said Rabbi Harold Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino. “It’s especially important today because religion must be based on freedom of choice. Passover is a reminder of the many ways we are enslaved. We are enslaved by the pursuit of money and fortune and by our selfishness.” Schulweis said he looks forward to the part of the Seder when a bitter herb – typically horseradish – is eaten. The experience reminds him of his childhood, when his grandfather told him the bitter herb allows those at the Seder to feel with their whole being what it was like to be enslaved. (818) 713-3708160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“People think that it’s natural to want freedom, but it’s not innate,” Schulweis said. “Passover is a reminder that you have to fight against that inclination to be subservient. You shall be independent, not enslaved.” Participants at Seder use a guide book called a Haggadah. Each person is given a Haggadah in order to actively participate in reciting blessings, eating the symbolic foods, discussing themes of freedom and singing traditional Seder songs. “Passover is the season of our freedom. Redemption is, to me, the most important part. On many levels, what you are today is not what you may be tomorrow,” said Cantor Paul Dorman of Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge. He led a Seder Tuesday for the temple’s religious school. “The original holiday was about spring and renewal. … I told the children to remember all the opportunities that they can have because they are free.” last_img read more

Fallen officer’s friend builds chopper as gift

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsPowers Custom Cycles are built in Powers’ Burbank shop and have been featured in several motorcycle publications, according to the company’s Web site. The presentation coincides with a national tribute to fallen officers in Washington, D.C. The names of 155 officers who died on duty in 2005 will be added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – A custom motorcycle designer presented a specially designed chopper Friday to the Burbank Police Department in honor of five officers who have died in the line of duty. Mike Powers, owner of Powers Custom Cycles and friend of slain Burbank police Officer Matthew Pavelka, unveiled the motorcycle in a morning ceremony at police headquarters. The cycle was designed in honor of Burbank Officers Luther Colson, Robert Normand, Joseph Wilson, Richard Kunkle and Pavelka, all of whom died in the line of duty. Police officials said Pavelka’s slaying inspired Powers to create a motorcycle that would raise awareness of the sacrifices made by members of the department. The motorcycle is not, however, intended for patrol purposes. last_img read more

DD Travel: In love in Saint Lucia

first_imgby Adam Jacot de Boinod. St Lucia is steeped in history after it was fought over and colonised by the English and the French. These days America adds her custom to this heady mix of influences. Aboriginal traits also persist with the Arawak tradition of carving out the bark of a gommier tree to use as a canoe dating as far back as 200AD.St. Lucians are a sociable lot descending on each other as neighbours over the Christmas period, They even repaint their house as an act of hospitality. Interiors are typically white while the exterior tend to be brightly coloured. I decided to work my way up the island by road and by boat. More than anywhere St. Lucia is best visited by being on the move. The thing to do is to change hotels every few days. For all its beauty and fecundity, the island can be quite restrictive especially if you want to stretch a leg as the beaches are small and the hillsides are steep. Each cove (which the French called anse) is a hideaway and hotels vie to offer the most romantic setting. St. Lucia wins the award for ‘Honeymoon island of the Caribbean’ year after year.I descended steeply down from hills still stricken with their trees deracinated from the storm. Starting from the international airport in the south I reached the Viceroy Sugar Beach. This American hotel has surely secured the choice location of the island. It’s between the famous twin peaks of Gros and Petit Piton These upright, precipitous mountains reach over two thousand feet in height and are the consequence of an historic earthquake balancing its neighbouring sea with equal depth.They gave me a sense of being grounded with their majestic presence dwarfing all below. I needed to see them panoramically. From the sea as well as the land. At different angles they alternate between one being a pyramid and the other a multi-faceted shape. At the hotel the Guyanese imported white sand works perfectly and the ‘New English’ style of the villas’ all-white interiors reinforced a sense of light, purity and space. Off to the Tet Nature Trail for a delightful wander amongst all the wonder of such a fertile island. Providence has given her pineapples, mangos, papaya, bananas, guava and plums to name a few. Sometimes they’re even growing all side by side.It’s so amazing to see all these fruits as real vegetation rather than wrapped produce. For me almonds, coffee and chocolate are the most exciting of all.Onwards and upwards I went past two quaint looking fishing villages. At one, called Canaries, I watched chickens crossing the street and local laundry being transported on ladies’ heads and then washed in the stream in which the children splashed, sprayed and swam.The next village along is Anse La Raye. Across the island there are specific weekly fixtures. On Friday there is a ‘Fish Friday’ evening where cooked versions of the fresh catch is offered up from the stalls specially set up along the main street beside the seafront at Anse la Reye. You can then follow it up with a ‘Jump Up’ street party in Gros Islet and then, the next day, there is ‘Fish Saturday’ in Dennery.Onto Capella Marigot Bay. This hotel’s location couldn’t be more idyllic as it overlooks its marina. Here I got a strong sense of the nautical character of St. Lucia as I looked around at premier yachts berthed from all over the world. The bay is known as ‘hurricane hole’ from its position on the west side of the island. It’s surrounded by mountains and experiences minimal tidal changes. Yachties tinker with their equipment and there’s a serenity in this secluded and secure haven. A serenity reflected in the philosophy of the hotel.As I moved up the island the vegetation changes and the sand gets whiter. Next came St. James’s Morgan Bay. The rooms have double balconies and it is beautifully set within the sound of lapping waves and has views of the sea offering stunning sunsets. It’s for those preferring organised entertainment. There’s a spoiling range of six restaurants and always somewhere open to eat. Le Jardin is for the fine diners while the Bamboo has fabulous seafood salads. They lent me a sailing catamaran and off I went after one lesson. How liberating! And with their rescue service how reassuring! Next and on past Castries the capital and onto Cap Maison. This classy boutique villa resort has a Mediterranean feel. Spanish meets Moroccan. Walking beneath crenellated roofs, past trickling fountains, under vaulted brick corridors and through inner courtyards with birds twittering, I half expected to be responding to peeling church bells. It is located on the northernmost tip in Cap Estate, a highly exclusive area.I took a trip to Pigeon Island. It is like a miniature version of the Pitons with her two humped hills. It was joined up to the mainland in the 1960s by a causeway that is now a picturesque tree-lined avenue. It’s the best spot for snorkeling and is great for hiking as I climbed up the proudly kept nature reserve to its natural look out point.I returned back down the Atlantic coast to the accompaniment of the brightest rainbow I had ever witnessed. A magnificent send off to such a colourful island. The calm after the Matthew storm!Adam Jacot de Boinod has worked on the first series of QI, the BBC programme compared by Stephen Fry. He is the author of The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from around the World, published by Penguin Books. DD Travel: In love in Saint Lucia was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

Kobs dig deep to defeat South Sudan in AFCON Qualifiers

first_imgAllan Okello (left) in action against South Sudan (photos by FUFA Media)2019 U23 AFCON 2018Uganda 1-0 South SudanStarTimes Stadium, LugogoWednesday, 14-11-2018LUGOGO – The Uganda Kobs required an injury time penalty to defeat South Sudan 1-0 in the first round of the U23 AFCON qualifiers.In the match played at Lugogo on Wednesday, Mustapha Kizza was the hero of the day, slotting in a penalty in the second minute of additional time.The game started brightly for Wasswa Bbosa’s side, showing their attacking intent from the onset.With 12 minutes played, debutant-Joel Madondo was on the end of Uganda’s first real chance as he headed over Kizza’s free-kick.Most of the action was concentrated in South Sudan’s half but Uganda failed to create clear cut chances.On 21 minutes, Okello sent a low cross into the area but John Chol intercepted it before reaching Steven Mukwala who was waiting to direct it goal-wards.The first booking of the game happened six minutes later when Danial Solong Peter was shown yellow for a foul on Mustafa Mujuzi.Uganda continued dominating possession but could not find the break through in the first 45 minutes.The Kobs team that started against South Sudan on Wednesday10 minutes into the second half, the lively Okello tried his luck from distance but his shot was saved expertly by Ramadan Diing in the visitor’s goal.The first substitution for Uganda happened a minute later as Vipers’ Joseph Ssemuju came on for Mujuzi in a move that was intended to push the team further forward.With Uganda committing numbers forward, they were always suspect to counter attacks and on 58 minutes, Samuel Edward nearly put Sudan in front only for him to slice the ball over will only six yards from the goal mouth.The visitors brought on midfielder Peter Okech for striker Edward in an effort to see out the 0-0 result.With time running out the Cranes started creating wave after wave of attack and Shafick Kaggimu tried his luck from distance but his effort went agonizingly wide.With 15 minutes to play, Bbosa introduced Duncan Sseninde in place of Joel Madondo.Moments later, Sseninde teed up Mukwala who slotted into the back of the net but his effort was ruled out for offside.The visitors got their first corner with 10 minutes to play but it resulted to nothing as Saidi Keni gathered the resulting kick with ease.Four minutes later, South Sudan nearly silenced the home crowd but Taku Peter’s overhead was comfortably saved by Keni.Moments later, Okech sent a snap shot over the bar in what would prove to be South Sudan’s last chance.In the second minute of the three added, Goeffrey Wasswa threaded a through ball for Mukwala who was brought down in the area by Diing. The Referee pointed to the spot and Kizza converted to hand Uganda a 1-0 win.Kobs players celebrating Kizza’s (12) winner on WednesdayThe second leg of the game will take place on the 20th of this month in November.The Kob’s starting IX against South Sudan:Saidi Keni, Mustafa Mujuzi, Geoffrey Wasswa, Bashir Asiku, Mustapha Kizza, Julius Poloto, Lawrance Bukenya, Shafick Kaggimu, Allan Okello, Steven Mukwala, Joel Madondo.Comments Tags: 2019 U23 AFCON QualifiersMustapha KiizaSouth Sudantopuganda kobslast_img read more

Patrick Ochieng renews stay with URA FC

first_img Tags: KCCA FCPatrick OchiengStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueURA FCvipers sc Pato has been at URA since February 2019. (PHOTO/Courtesy)URA FC have secured Media Officer Patrick ‘Pato’ Ochieng for one more year.The former KCCA FC officer is understood to have signed a one-year-contract extension that will see him with the Tax Collectors until July 2020.Ochieng joined URA in February this year after he resigned from the Media Officer role at KCCA FC.He was initailly signed to a 6-month deal but after impressing, CEO Ivan Kakembo advised Ocheing is retained, something that URA have accepted.In his brief spell at URA FC, the club has grown in terms of following especially on Social Media. It would be fair to say thet the Tax Collectors have been the ‘best Social Media’ club in the second half of the 2018/19 season and it is all thanks to Pato.Unlike in the past, URA’s social media channels have been active and the club is now viewd in a more professional manner. They now own a YouTube channel where highlights of their games can be got.Before Pato became their media officer, they club did not have a YouTube channel and Instagram page, a field in which the likes of Vipers and KCCA FC were thriving.“I am so happy to extend my contract with URA FC. Noted Pato after signing his new deal with the Tax Collectors.“I started so well and I am so proud of myself. I am home.“URA has given me an opportunity to showcase what I can do best and I think I haven’t disappointed them either.“I hope to stay here for as long as I can. More things are yet to come. I want to make URA FC the best football club in East Africa this year media wise. And so far I am on the right track. URA is home since its where I started before joining KCCA.Media has become an important player in the football industry across the world and having an officer like Pato in their ranks, makes URA FC one of the biggest players in that field in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.Comments last_img read more

Warriors won’t leave California during preseason schedule

first_imgThe Warriors are sticking close to home for their 2019 preseason slate.Golden State will face LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the new-look Lakers in four of their five preseason games this year.They’ll open San Francisco’s new Chase Center Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. against the Lakers in DeMarcus Cousins’ preseason return to the Bay (that is, if the former Warrior plays). The two teams will also play Oct. 14, 16 and 18, all at 7:30 p.m., with the first two of those meetings at Staples Center and the …last_img