Opposition, Govt meeting considered “sign for co-operation” – GTUC

first_imgNo-confidence resolutionAs Guyanese eagerly anticipate word on whether they will head to the polls in the coming months, the dialogue that has begun between the two opposing sides is being seen as a welcoming sign for cooperation. This position was affirmed by the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) following a State House meeting between the Opposition People’s Progressive Party and Government on Wednesday.While hailing the meeting as a position sign, the union urged that the ConstitutionGTUC General Secretary Lincoln Lewisof Guyana be respected.“Both Opposition and Government have a responsibility to ensure the day-to-day administration of the State where peace and order prevail, and the governmental functions are executed,” the union body observed.The December 21, 2018 Opposition filed no-confidence vote saw the effective toppling of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government, but the Administration is holding out that the majority vote requires a minimum of 34 seats for successful passage, which is before the court. After the Government fell, the 34-majority argument was postulated by Attorney Nigel Hughes, husband of Government Minister, Cathy Hughes. Since then, Government has held onto the argument as a lifeline. This was even as the resolution was certified by Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland.Nevertheless, GTUC outlined that it is reassured by President David Granger’s statement that neither the function of the National Assembly or Government, Legislative or Executive arms of Government, can be allowed to fail and that the two sides will continue to work together and engage the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).GTUC said it takes note of the President’s statement that Government has no intention to derail the Constitution or legislative process and the Opposition Leader was quoted in the media as saying that ‘it was a good meeting so far.’ The Union views this as “good news” having expressed that Wednesday’s meeting was a step in the right direction.“It has opened the door for continued dialogue, presents an opportunity to demonstrate political maturity and willingness to settle political dispute over the drawing table in a sensible manner. Both sides of the fence have an opportunity right here and now to break out of the path of pursuit of conflict instead of working for the common good,” the Union stressed.More than that, GTUC opined that this dialogue allows for future generations to see that a peaceful process and resolution of differences was pursued in the vein of interpreting the validity of the confidence vote. In this light, the Judiciary was called upon to pronounce clearly on matters pertaining to the confidence vote as the GTUC called on the Opposition to remain vigilant in keeping with its elected mandate.Another test of political maturityMeanwhile, Government’s coalition partner, the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) in a statement on Wednesday stated that the matter should be resolved quickly in the court.“WPA is cognizant of the political consequences of the challenge by the Government side that could be read as an attempt to remain in power beyond the provision of Article 106 (7)”.According to the political party, the current situation presents “another test of the political maturity of our leaderships – one that should not end in any major political fallout”. The party also said it agrees with other stakeholders who have observed that the passage of motion puts Guyana in unchartered territory since this is the first time there has been such an outcome of a no-confidence motion.Having acknowledged that it was briefed by the Government’s Cabinet sub-committee on its actions to date, the WPA pointed out that it is not surprised by the political division that has since occurred.The group further said, “President Granger’s statement that “all constitutional requirements will be met” and his assurance to “the Guyanese people that this is not a crisis which could dissolve into any type of confrontation” is very important, particularly in this fluid period of great uncertainty.”last_img read more

Protesters attack police over visit

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEXICO CITY – Hundreds of demonstrators marched to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City on Tuesday, attacking riot police with concrete blocks, metal bars and firecrackers and tearing down barricades to protest the visit of U.S. President George W. Bush. Mexican police responded with tear gas, pepper spray, and baton charges, throwing back rocks and clubbing demonstrators down. Several protesters were arrested or injured, one with blood pouring from his head. The demonstrators burned U.S. flags and waved banners with slogans against the U.S. president such as one which said “Bush you are not welcome in Mexico. Go to Hell.” Bush was hundreds of miles away in the southeastern city of Merida meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on the last stop of his tour of Latin America. The vast majority of Mexicans oppose the war in Iraq and many also blame Bush for tough anti-immigration policies. “We are in disagreement with the war policy” of Bush, said craftswoman Guadalupe Fernandez, 64, who was marching but not involved in the violence. A group of about 30 masked protesters clad in black led the attack on the thick lines of riot police defending the U.S. embassy. The protesters ripped away a section of metal barricade and attacked the officers, unleashing a constant barrage of concrete they had ripped from the street and using metal fences as battering rams. They also attacked officers with sticks, metal bars and blow torches made out of spray cans. last_img read more

Hiddink: Back-in-form Eden Hazard can star for Chelsea again under Antonio Conte

first_imgChelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink believes a revitalised Eden Hazard can prove the difference for incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte.Hazard won numerous individual awards for his stunning individual displays in Chelsea’s Premier League and Capital One Cup double last season but – like his team – has suffered an alarming decline in form this term.It took the Belgian playmaker until April to notch his first Premier League goal of the season, but he seems to have put his dark days behind him with four goals in his last four games for Chelsea – including the striker which sealed a draw against Tottenham to hand Leicester City the title.The 25-year-old, who has been troubled by a hip and groin problem, is finding form just the campaign comes to a close, but Hiddink has tipped Hazard to find top form again next season.“I’m pleased for this moment, but I would have been more pleased if it could have happened in February,” Hiddink said.“After his splendid season before, he has had a difficult season.“It was not just physically a problem for him but in a mental part. It’s frustrating when you’ve been the player of the year and the next year you are almost out.“We brought him back with care, starting with a full-time game against Bournemouth and then, in a more intense game, half against Spurs, and he responded very well.“So, it is important for him and for Chelsea that he’s almost back on his level where he can play and he’s enjoying it.“That’s good for the future, for himself, for the Belgium team and for Chelsea.“He has come back to his level. He can be improving as he gets more game rhythm in the upcoming time.“He’s one of the key figures in Chelsea. He can be on top of a very well organised foundation, he can be the man who can make a lot of difference in the game.” 1 Back-in-form Eden Hazard has scored four goals in four games for Chelsea last_img read more

GERALDINE MCLAUGHLIN NOMINATED FOR IRISH SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR ACCOLADE

first_imgDonegal and Termon Ladies GAA star Geraldine McLaughlin has been nominated for the HER.IE Irish Sportswoman of the year award.The popular woman’s website has nominated McLaughlin for her stunning efforts this season.McLaughlin has been shortlisted for the award alongside other notable stars like Katie Taylor, Nina Carberry and Stephanie Roche. McLaughlin was quite simply sensational throughout Termon’s incredible fairy-tale journey to All-Ireland success.This was evidenced by McLaughlin scoring a remarkable 3-8 of Termon’s total of 3-12 in their All-Ireland win a fortnight ago.She’s firmly established herself as one of the most talented Sportswoman in Ireland.She’s already been described as without doubt the best Ladies GAA player in Ireland. If you’d like to vote for McLaughlin go to www.her.ie and cast you’re vote now.GERALDINE MCLAUGHLIN NOMINATED FOR IRISH SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR ACCOLADE was last modified: December 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAgeraldine mclaughlinHER.IEIrish Sportswoman of the yearnewsSportlast_img read more

‘No let-up’ in war on crime, corruption

first_img14 February 2013While increased police visibility and improved procedures had contributed to a reduction in the levels of serious crime in South Africa, more still needed to be done, President Jacob Zuma said in Cape Town on Thursday evening.Zuma was delivering his 2013 State of the Nation Address in front of a packed joint sitting of Parliament attended by, among others, former presidents Thabo Mbeki and FW De Klerk.Levels of serious crime decreaseThe 2011/2012 crime statistics, released by the police in September last year, showed that murder had decreased by 3.1%, attempted murder by 5.2% and common assault by 3.4%.Car hijackings had dropped by 11.9%, cash-in-transit heists by 37.5%, and bank robberies and ATM bombings by 10.3% and 34.6% respectively.Police operations focusing on illegal firearms, stolen and robbed vehicles, liquor and drugs, which are regarded as main generators of crime, had assisted in the reduction, Zuma said.The President said improved policing and an enhanced criminal justice system were key to beating crime and corruption in South Africa, adding: “We urge the private sector to also take this fight against corruption seriously so that we tackle it from all angles.”Zuma said the capacity of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), which had been compromised by lack of funds and personnel, had been increased from 70 staff members to more than 600.‘Zero tolerance’ of corruptionHe made it clear that combating corruption at all levels of government was of paramount importance.“I have since 2009 signed 34 proclamations directing the SIU to investigate allegations of corruption, fraud or maladministration in various government departments and state entities,” he told Parliament.Criminal investigations had been initiated against 203 accused persons in 67 priority cases under investigation by the end of September 2012, with pre-trial proceedings having so far been initiated against 191 persons.A total of 66 persons under investigation were alleged to have received R5-million or more through corruption, Zuma said, adding that orders for the freezing of assets had been obtained against 46 persons.The Asset Forfeiture Unit had seized assets valued at more than R541-million. A total of R61-million of these assets had already been forfeited to the state and would be channelled back into fighting crime and corruption.Zuma added that funding of R150-million from the Criminal Assets Recovery Account was approved for the work of the Anti-Corruption Task Team, which comprises the Hawks, the Special Investigating Unit and the National Prosecuting Authority.“These resources are aimed at strengthening the capacity of these law enforcement agencies in our resolve to fight corruption.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Knicks’ Enes Kanter to skip London trip, fearing Erdogan reprisal

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kanter will stay in New York while the Knicks travel to face Washington at The O2 arena in London on Jan. 17. He says he can’t travel anywhere except the U.S. and Canada because “there’s a chance I could get killed out there.”“Sadly, I’m not going because of that freaking lunatic, the Turkish president,” Kanter said. “It’s pretty sad that all the stuff affects my career and basketball, because I want to be out there and help my team win. But just because of the one lunatic guy, one maniac, one dictator, I can’t even go out there and do my job. It’s pretty sad.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionKanter has been a vocal critic of Erdogan for years, once referring to him as “the Hitler of our century.” Kanter’s Turkish passport was revoked in 2017, and an international warrant for his arrest was issued by Turkey.Kanter is a follower of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric accused by Turkey’s government of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, center, tries to shoot as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, left, and guard Lance Stephenson defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — New York center Enes Kanter will not travel to London for the Knicks’ upcoming international game because he believes he could be assassinated for his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Kanter announced his plan Friday night after the Knicks’ 119-112 win over the Lakers. The Knicks later said Kanter also won’t make the trip because of a visa issue.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kanter said it would be “easy” for an attempt on his life to be made in London.“They’ve got a lot of spies there,” he added. “I think I can get killed there easy. It would be a very ugly situation.”Kanter’s father, Mehmet, was indicted last year and charged with “membership in a terror group.” The former professor lost his job after the failed military coup even though he publicly disavowed his son and his beliefs.“People often ask me why I continue to speak out if it’s hurting my family,” Kanter wrote in a column for Time magazine last year. “But that’s exactly why I speak out. The people Erdogan is targeting are my family, my friends, my neighbors, my classmates. I need to speak out, or my country will suffer in silence.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Paul George fires 37, Thunder hold off Blazerslast_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins leads Warriors past Pelicans; Stephen Curry leaves hurt

first_imgCousins had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Pelicans 112-103 on Tuesday night in a game that also saw guard Stephen Curry leave with a mild foot sprain.“He’s going to be fine,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Curry. “He tweaked it, but we weren’t going to mess around.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCurry, who played the first nine minutes of the game, did not speak with reporters but also did not appear particularly distressed as he sat at his locker signing basketball shoes and showed no signs of a limp as he left the arena.Golden State, which already had clinched the top playoff seed in the Western Conference, also played without several other prominent players, including forward Kevin Durant, who was listed out with an illness, and guard Klay Thompson, who was given an opportunity to rest his sore right knee. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments LEE’S FATELee, who turned pro in 2016 out of Louisville, said he is aware he probably won’t be on the Warriors’ playoff roster, but was grateful for his experience with Golden State this season.“Picking up all this knowledge, this experience … is something that I can cherish forever,” Lee said, adding that he also appreciated the Warriors providing him a platform “to showcase myself on the NBA level.”UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Memphis on Wednesday night.Pelicans: Head into what promises to be the making of an eventful offseason that will include the hiring of a new general manager and a likely trade of Davis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The likely end of the Davis era in New Orleans arrived unceremoniously. The disgruntled six-time All-Star, who missed his seventh straight game with what the team has listed as back spasms, wore a T-shirt with the famous Looney Toons sign off, “That’s All Folks,” written across the chest. As he walked down the tunnel toward the locker room after the game, he gave one fan a high-five.Davis is under contract through next season, but has asked to be traded — and is expected to be dealt this offseason by a new general manager that the Pelicans have yet to hire.When the game ended, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry described Davis as “a great kid” who “got some bad advice,” referring to Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, who also represents LeBron James and who orchestrated a public, mid-season trade demand for which Davis was fined $50,000.“But there’s nothing wrong with A.D.,” Gentry added. “He’s a good, solid guy with good character.”Cousins was playing in New Orleans for the first time since tearing his Achilles as a member of the Pelicans in January 2018.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting As he finished dressing in the locker room after the game, Cousins smiled and acknowledged reporters who approached, but dissuaded them from asking questions by asserting he had nothing to say.“Write what y’all want. That’s what you do anyway,” Cousins said. “Y’all have a wonderful evening.”Damion Lee, who has a two-way contract with Golden State and has spent much of this season in the G-League, matched his career high with 20 points. Former Pelican Quinn Cook scored 19 points.Christian Wood had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans, who closed out the season with 13 losses in their last 16 games as they mixed and matched lineups of primarily young or recently acquired players they sought to evaluate for the future.Jahlil Okafor scored 30 points and Ian Clark 20 for New Orleans.TIP-INSWarriors: Forward Andre Iguodala (left toe soreness) and Andrew Bogut (rest) also did not play. … Louisiana native Jacob Evans scored 11 points, while Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell each scored 10.Pelicans: Diallo, who came in 0 for 3 on the season from 3-point range, hit a 3 from along the right sideline late in the first half and held up three fingers as he ran back toward the defensive end. He finished with 11 points.WHAT A RUNGolden State owns at least a tie for the best six-season stretch in NBA history, going 373-118 in the regular season from 2013-2018. Boston went 373-119 from 1980 to 1985. Golden State can eclipse that mark by winning its finale Wednesday. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ 41.21.1: Dirk Nowitzki announces retirement after final home game for Mavs Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) loses control of the ball while driving to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams (34) and center Jahlil Okafor (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins played a season-high 35 minutes while visiting the city he called home last season, drawing a mix of cheers and boos during a productive performance.His former teammate, Anthony Davis, sat on the end of the Pelicans’ bench in street clothes for what likely was his last game with the team that made him the face of the franchise when it drafted him seven years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

4-Star QB Recruit, A Former MLB Prospect, Announces His Commitment

first_imgA view of Auburn's field during a game against Mississippi State.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of the stadium as the Mississippi State Bulldogs kick off against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)A former MLB prospect who spent six years in the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization will be playing college football moving forward. The former four-star quarterback recruit has announced his commitment.Cord Sandberg, a 4-star quarterback in the 2013 class, has committed to Auburn. He chose the Tigers over LSU and N.C. State, among other programs.Sandberg will be a part of Auburn’s 2018 class.“Absolutely humbled to have been given the opportunity to pursue a childhood dream of mine. After some visits and a lot of prayer I’m excited to announce I’m officially an Auburn Tiger! Fired up and ready to get to work!” he announced on Twitter.Absolutely humbled to have been given the opportunity to pursue a childhood dream of mine. After some visits and a lot of prayer I’m excited to announce I’m officially an Auburn Tiger! Fired up and ready to get to work! #WarEagle ? @AuburnFootball pic.twitter.com/ot49iTRW9c— Cord Sandberg (@sandberg_cord) July 30, 2018Sandberg was a two-sport recruit coming out of high school. He had some major college football scholarship offers, but ended up signing in the MLB for a $775,000 signing bonus.He spoke to 247Sports about his decision to commit to Auburn.“When (Auburn coach Gus Malzahn) gave me a call maybe a month or so ago and said he would have interest in me, obviously the scholarship wasn’t a deciding factor at all because if the best situation had been somewhere else that’s what I would have done. But when I talked to him and kind of knew playing quarterback at Auburn was a possibility, it was obviously something I grew up watching. The Iron Bowl is something pretty special and I grew up watching a lot of them. To have the opportunity to potentially play in one of those games and really all of the games that Auburn has a chance to play in and the venues the SEC has, it was definitely something that I knew was going to be tough to pass up. When I visited, (Sandberg and his fiancé) were even more confident with the coaches and everything Auburn football is,” he said.You can read more quotes from Sandberg here.last_img read more