Judiciary has taken a dangerous path

first_imgDear Editor,The recent decision by the Court of Appeal on the No-confidence Motion was a severe shock for the masses; in that the Judges ruled that the No-confidence Motion was not validly pass because the requirement of a self-imposed judicial, ‘absolute majority’ is 34 votes in the National Assembly.The question that needs to be examined, is how do we appoint a President?  According to the Constitution, if there is two or more candidates it states in Article 177 (2) (b) “when there are two or more presidential candidates, if MORE votes are cast in favour of the list in which he is designated as Presidential Candidate than in any other lists”. The important word here is MORE meaning that if any lists having more votes, then the head of that list becomes the Executive President. If we analyse the meaning of the words ‘majority’ and ‘more’, we will notice that majority means a greater number and more means greater, so base on the decision of the Appellate Court if the loss of confidence in a Government needed more than a single vote then we needed to amend the Constitution to have an absolute majority in order to form the Government and elect the President.Justice is the attempt to enforce fairness and righteous behaviour and at the same time provides a system for punishing who violated it but unfortunately what happens to those who failed to enforced justice fairly. The Judiciary has taken a dangerous path and the Court of Appeal Judges failed in the interpretation of the text of the Constitution in its originalism.Most originalists believed Constitution text ought to be given the original public meaning that it would have had at the time that it became law.The Privy Council was Guyana’s final court of appeal until the Caribbean Court of Justice was introduced, the Lords in the Privy Council was guarantee free from all bias behaviour whatsoever reason being that the only arrive at a verdict based on evidence shown. It is of the view of many people that with the present political atmosphere in our country, the Judiciary is being pressured to compromise decisions by using evidence that does not exist in the Constitution of Guyana. It is also of the belief that it will not be easy for Judges being human as they are to ignore political pressure when reaching the final verdict in a case which can cause serious concerns for democracy and the emergence of a dictatorship.Sincerely,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Ebola “Fight Requires A Commitment From Every Nation That Has The Capacity To Help”

first_imgDear World,In just over six months, Ebola has managed to bring my country to a standstill. We have lost over 2,000 Liberians. Some are children struck down in the prime of their youth. Some were fathers, mothers, brothers or best friends. Many were brave health workers that risked their lives to save others, or simply offer victims comfort in their final moments. There is no coincidence Ebola has taken hold in three fragile states – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – all battling to overcome the effects of interconnected wars. In Liberia, our civil war ended only eleven years ago. It destroyed our public infrastructure, crushed our economy and led to an exodus of educated professionals. A country that had some 3,000 qualified doctors at the start of the war was dependent by its end on barely three dozen. In the last few years, Liberia was bouncing back. We realized there was a long way to go, but the future was looking bright. Now Ebola threatens to erase that hard work. Our economy was set to be larger and stronger this year, offering more jobs to Liberians and raising living standards. Ebola is not just a health crisis – across West Africa, a generation of young people risk being lost to an economic catastrophe as harvests are missed, markets are shut and borders are closed. The virus has been able to spread so rapidly because of the insufficient strength of the emergency, medical and military services that remain under-resourced and without the preparedness to confront such a challenge. This would have been the case whether the confrontation was with Ebola, another infectious disease, or a natural disaster. But one thing is clear. This is a fight in which the whole world has a stake. This disease respects no borders. The damage it is causing in West Africa, whether in public health, the economy or within communities – is already reverberating throughout the region and across the world. The international reaction to this crisis was initially inconsistent and lacking in clear direction or urgency. Now finally, the world has woken up. The community of nations has realized they cannot simply pull up the drawbridge and wish this situation away. This fight requires a commitment from every nation that has the capacity to help – whether that is with emergency funds, medical supplies or clinical expertise. I have every faith in our resilience as Liberians, and our capacity as global citizens, to face down this disease, beat it and rebuild. History has shown that when a people are at their darkest hour, humanity has an enviable ability to act with bravery, compassion and selflessness for the benefit of those most in need. From governments to international organisations, financial institutions to NGOs, politicians to ordinary people on the street in any corner of the world, we all have a stake in the battle against Ebola. It is the duty of all of us, as global citizens, to send a message that we will not leave millions of West Africans to fend for themselves against an enemy that they do not know, and against whom they have little defence. The time for talking or theorizing is over. Only concerted action will save my country, and our neighbours, from experiencing another national tragedy. The words of Henrik Ibsen have never been truer: “A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.”Yours sincerely,Ellen Johnson SirleafShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Price of Peace Is Inexpensive, But Failure to Pay Can Be Costly

first_img“Let the people march—it is their constitutional right,” Albert Porte told President William R. Tolbert Jr. in Bensonville on April 13, 1979. “And keep the security in the background.” “That,” added the aging pamphleteer “would be a good compromise.”But Tolbert, emboldened by his wealthy and psychologically rigid Attorney General, Counselor Oliver Bright, would have none of that.Bright should have known better, because he was a good lawyer, well acquainted with the Liberian Constitution. But being a rich, ultra-conservative young man, there was a disconnect—“a great gulf”— between him and the ordinary, poor, idle, hungry young masses that passionately followed Bacchus Matthews, the brave and determined young fellow who led them through his Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL).“The government will not compromise,” President Tolbert barked back at Mr. Porte, who nonetheless continued to plead with, even beg, the President to reconsider.For his part, Attorney General Oliver Bright got on state radio, ELBC, and demanded that the march NOT take place, “otherwise we will shoot.”That was enough to provoke the defiant Matthews, great, great grandson of James Spriggs Payne, Liberia’s second President, and his eager and waiting followers. But there was more. Oliver Bright sent his police to PAL’s Gurley Street office, behind which stands the Gender Ministry, where they stormed PAL’s office, breaking up furniture and confiscating documents.By the time the word reached Carey and Broad Streets, the young people, many of whom did not belong to PAL, but had heard and were just waiting to join any trouble, started breaking into and looting shops, overturning vehicles and burning tires. Oliver Bright’s violence against PAL had quickly turned the peaceful march into a full scale riot!By the time the march reached the Information Ministry on Camp Johnson Road toward the Mansion, Police Director Varney Dempster pulled out his Magnum revolver. He later insisted he didn’t open fire, but shots were heard and three people were killed on the spot. The pandemonium escalated, leading to hundreds of deaths and the near destruction of Monrovia, costing US$100 million in damages, which the Liberian government later had to pay!Most government officials, including Oliver Bright, immediately went into hiding as President Tolbert remained besieged in the Executive Mansion. If the 1970s progressives had had a serious plan, they could have taken over the government on that day. But they had none, and many of them, including Matthews, ended up in jail. What is the point of this lengthy historical narrative?Its aim is to appeal to, urge, cajole, even beg, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her Attorney General, Benedict Sannoh and Police Director Chris Massaquoi NOT to repeat history. Remember that from the 1960s (Togo), just as the Independence Movement had begun, and throughout that decade and the 1970s, there occurred successive coups d’état throughout Africa. But Liberians, enjoying their citadel of peace and stability, always said, “It can never happen here.”In this Editorial, we are NOT asking for another April 14 and its bloody, tragic aftermath. No! We are saying that history is staring us in the face with its “symbols,” which Edwin Barclay is hoping we will not “misread” (See Barclay’s poem, “Human Greatness” published in today’s edition). We do not think that Vandalark Patricks, despite his loud mouth, means any harm. He was only saying what most everyone is rightly or wrongly perceiving. We pray GOL will give a liberal interpretation to the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech and deal leniently with him.This is an inexpensive approach to peace. GOL should not choose the more costly option. One last, IMPORTANT thing: President Sirleaf received great international and local acclaim for signing, on July 21, 2012, the Table Mountain Declaration. This Declaration challenges all African governments to commit themselves to repeal all draconian laws on their books against freedom of speech and of the press. Ellen was the second African leader to sign it—an act which was immensely appreciated. Unfortunately, the Liberian media, including the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), and Civil Society, have failed to follow through and ensure that these draconian laws are repealed by the Liberian legislature. True, the President should have made good her pledge by engaging her Legal Advisor andJustice Minister to research these laws and prepare bills to the Legislature for their repeal. The media and Civil Society should have pressed the Executive Mansion to do the follow-up work. We must all now act quickly to ensure that this is done expeditiously.Meanwhile, we pray that the President will remember her Table Mountain commitment and find a way to caution her Justice Minister to refrain from prosecuting Patricks using these same laws. This is a matter of sacred commitment and honor, for which we immensely thank her.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lidles widow sues over insurance

first_imgNew York-based MetLife paid Melanie Lidle $450,000, but “has refused to pay the entirety of the policy” despite demands, according to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. In the complaint, lawyers for Melanie Lidle said they anticipate MetLife will try to claim that Lidle’s death occurred while he was acting in the role of pilot, crew member or another capacity and not a passenger. Melanie Lidle is entitled to the $1.05 million payout because the life insurer can’t prove that Cory Lidle was piloting the single-engine Cirrus SR-20 plane that crashed into a Manhattan high-rise, said her lawyer, Stacy King. “Quite frankly, there were no eyewitnesses that we’ve been able to find to determine who actually was flying that plane,” King said Monday. The complaint was filed March 9. LOS ANGELES – The widow of New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle has sued MetLife Inc., claiming she is owed more than $1 million under baseball’s benefit plan. Lidle, a Glendora resident who was a prep star at South Hills High School in West Covina, died in the crash of his small plane Oct. 11. He was covered by the benefit plan of Major League Baseball and its players’ association, which had a $450,000 life insurance benefit and an accidental death benefit of $1.05million. However, the plan – which applies to all players with major league contracts – contains an exclusion for “any incident related to travel in an aircraft … while acting in any capacity other than as a passenger.” A status conference hearing is set for July 31, King said. MetLife spokesman John Calagna said the company does not comment on ongoing litigation. The 34-year-old Lidle and flight instructor Tyler Stanger, 26, of Walnut were killed when the pitcher’s plane slammed into an apartment tower during a midday aerial tour past the Statue of Liberty and north up the East River. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found neither man had drugs or alcohol in his system. However, the agency did not reach any conclusions about the cause of the accident or who was at the controls when the plane crashed. Last month, the Lidle and Stanger families filed wrongful-death lawsuits against California-based Cirrus Design Corp., the maker of the airplane. The lawsuits allege product liability, negligence and other complaints. Last month, Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal, a dentist to the rich and famous, filed a $7 million lawsuit against the Lidle estate, claiming his home was destroyed in the crash. Lidle pitched for seven teams during his nearly 10-year major league career, going 82-72 with a 4.57 ERA.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

Neymar rules out transfer move, staying at PSG

first_imgNeymar, who became the world’s most expensive footballer last year after moving to PSG from Barcelona in a record 222 million euro deal, has repeatedly been linked to a move to Real Madrid.The European champions have issued a series of statements in recent weeks denying they have an interest in signing the 26-year-old striker.Speculation of a Neymar move to the Bernabeu has intensified in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock move to Juventus, a development that has left a vacancy at Madrid for an elite, superstar player.“In the face of the constant reports linking PSG’s Neymar Jr. to our club, Real Madrid C. F. wish to clarify that the club has no intention of making any offer for the player,” a Real Madrid statement said last week.“The two clubs enjoy an excellent relationship and, as such, if Real Madrid were at any stage to consider securing the services of a PSG player, they would approach the club in the first instance.”Although Neymar insisted Thursday he was staying in Paris, reports persisted that a move could be on the cards.British media reports said Thursday PSG were open to the possibility of selling Neymar.Madrid president Florentino Perez meanwhile said the club was determined to reinforce its squad following Ronaldo’s departure.“Real has a great squad that is going to be reinforced with magnificent players,” Perez said earlier this week.“We are aware of the level of demand of the team each season. We are Real Madrid and we always want more. We must reinforce the present and at the same time strengthen the future.”Real however have also been linked to a move for Chelsea’s Belgium World Cup star Eden Hazard, who indicated on Saturday he was keen to leave the London club.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PSG’s Brazilian star Neymar arrives to participate in the charity auction of the Neymar Jr. Institute, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 19, 2018 © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDASAO PAULO, Brazil, Jul 20 – Brazilian superstar Neymar on Thursday sought to quash speculation about his future, insisting he planned to remain with French giants Paris Saint-Germain.“I’m staying, I’m staying in Paris, I have a contract,” Neymar told reporters at an auction to raise money for his charitable foundation in Sao Paulo.last_img read more

Chelsea target pens long-term Dynamo Kiev deal, but admits he could still leave

first_img1 Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton target Andriy Yarmolenko has signed a new long-term contract at Dynamo Kiev – but admits he could still leave.All three English clubs are keen to sign the 25-year-old schemer, with Jose Mourinho rekindling rumours as he was spotted watching Ukraine’s recent international against Spain.Stoke City reportedly almost landed him during the summer, while Spanish giants Barcelona have been strongly linked to a swoop for Yarmolenko when their transfer ban is lifted in 2016.The Ukraine international’s contract was set to expire in June, when he would have been free to walk away for nothing.But now he has put pen to paper on a contract until 2020, meaning any of his admirers will now have to splash the cash to prise him away from Kiev.Despite signing the deal, however, Yarmolenko has revealed he could yet be open to a departure.He told the club’s official website: “I still want that [to test myself in the best foreign leagues]. I know that if Dynamo get really worthy offers we’ll find an option that satisfies everyone.“I want the club to get good compensation for me. I could have left for free in a while, but that would have been wrong.“I am 100 per cent a Dynamo player. Our team is like my second family. That’s why I keep doing my best to benefit the club.” Dynamo Kiev star Andriy Yarmolenko last_img read more

Tottenham eyeing Fiorentina midfielder – to replace Eric Dier?

first_img Matias Vecino is wanted by Tottenham 1 Tottenham have contacted Fiorentina regarding a move for midfielder Matias Vecino.The Uruguayan was a regular for the Italian club last season, making 40 appearances in all competitions.The 25-year-old’s form, according to Tutto Mercato, has attracted the interest of Tottenham and they have now enquired about his availability.Spurs may well be in the market for midfield reinforcements this summer as doubts grow over the future of Eric Dier.The England international is a target for Manchester United and it is reported that Tottenham view Vecino as an ideal replacement.The midfielder is unlikely to come cheap, though, with his current contract at Fiorentina running until June 2021.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS FACE CONVOY IN MINOR LEAGUE CLASH ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON

first_imgRed Hughs GAA News: Senior MenPreparation for the coming season begins this week. Management are expecting a large turn out for the preseason training. Training this week Tuesday & Thursday at 7pm and Sunday Morning at 9am€2 will be collected every Thursday from all players for training gear.Minor BoysFirst league game is on this Saturday the 28th Of February away to Convoy Throw in 11am. Good luck to the team and management. The minor boys training continues on Wednesday’s at 7pm & Sunday’s at 12 noon. Players bring €2 once a week for training fund.Under 16 BoysTraining continues for under 16 boys continue on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6-7pmPlayers to bring €2 once a week for training fund.Under 14 Boys ​Training for the under 14 boys continues on Friday evenings from 7-8pmPlayers to bring €2 once a week for training fund.Lotto & 100+ Club ResultNumbers Drawn 1,2,3,4,7,6,5,8 There was no winning sequenceChloe Doherty Derry was the lucky dip winner of €30Next Weeks jackpot is €4,950100+ club DrawThis weeks winner was Number 121Anne White Castlefin Receives €100Thanks to everyone for your continued support.Club MembershipMembership for 2015 is now payable up until the 20th Of March no memberships will be taken after this date. The fee is €30 per adult €50 for married couples or partners. €10 for under 18’s The final club registration night is on Friday the 20th in the club house from 8-9pm​CoachingDonegal GAA Workshops and Coaching Courses 2015Level 1 Award Fri/Sat 27-28/02 GlenswillyTutors Micahel Murphy,Paddy Hegarty,John Gibbons,John WardGoalkeeping Session Ardara Mon 2/03 at 7.30pm Tutor Pat SholvinFoundation Level (Mens)13/03 Convoy at 7-9.30 Child Ethics Tutor Edel Fylnn14/03 Convoy at 10-3 Practical Coaching Tutor Joe Mc BeartySeamus Mc Anaw2nd Ladies FUNdamentals Coaching Course is coming up on the 14th March.No Venue yetPlease if anyone interested in any off these courses let me know ASAP.Maura Mc Crudden 0861635726​​Club AppAttention parents, players & Club Members If you haven’t already downloaded our club app you should do so now. It is a great way of keeping up to date with up coming games, training times, and general club news etc. Follow these simple instructions to get the app(1) Go to App Store or google play. Down load team app.(2) search for Red Hughs Killygordon(3) sign up with email addressSympathyThe club extend their sympathy to the family of Shanny Doherty The Curragh on their recent Bereavement. May he rest in peace.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS FACE CONVOY IN MINOR LEAGUE CLASH ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON was last modified: February 24th, 2015 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:GAANoticesRED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more

GAA News: Cloughaneely seniors draw with Naomh Ultan in tense game

first_imgSeniors/ReservesImríodh an dara babhta den Chraobh Idirmhéanach tráthnóna Dé Sathairn. Rinne Cloich CheannFhaola an turas fada go Dún Cheannfhaola. Bhain an fhoireann tacaíochta in éadan Naomh Últan 4-2 0| 0-14.Chríochnaigh an príomhchluiche ar chomhscór 2-13|1-16. Tá dhá fhoireann Chloich Cheannfhaola ag imirt as baile sa Chraobh ar an tSatharn seo in éadan Naomh Colmcille i mBaile Úr Úí Chuinneagán – 5:00 agus 6:30.Our seniors and reserves lined out in round 2 of the intermediate championship on Saturday evening last. Our reserves had a strong win with a 4-20|0-14 final score. The senior game was a tougher battle that went down to the wire against a strong Naomh Últan side. The game ended in a 2-13 | 1-16 draw. The final group game, (which is a very important game for our seniors) takes place this Saturday evening away to Naomh Colmcille, reserves at 5:00 and seniors at 6:30 pm! Club LottoNumbers drawn Wednesday, Aug 24th, were 3, 7, 8, 10, 13, 18! We had no match 6 winners so jackpot rises to €3,350! No match 5 winners. We had 21 match 4 winners from which we drew one winner- congratulations to Brian Geaney on winning €100!Draw takes place each Wednesday night at the bingo in Óstan Loch Áltan. Tickets on sale in various outlets throughout the parish and in Óstan Loch Áltan prior to the bingo!  Minor ChampionshipOur Minors played Glenswilly at home last week in the minor championship in what was a highly entertaining game with a nail-biting finish! The game ended in a draw with a final score of CCF 1-9 Glenswilly 2-6. We wish our minors all the best as they progress to the quarter finals. Keep an eye out on the club facebook/twitter pages for fixtures one announced! U-13 BoysWell done to our U13’s who had a great win over Glenfin in Div 1 last week- final score: 3-13 to 2-11! Great result away from home- well done boys! Minor Board NoticeCoaching starting on Friday the 9th of September at 7pm for 7 – 11 year olds at the pitch! All welcome! Minor Board: Lotto Sellers neededThe Minor board are looking for volunteers to sell club lotto tickets for the month of September. This is the main fundraiser for the club and the minor board want to help out for this month. We really would appreciate if you could put your name forward. Contact Martin Terry 0876699208 or any minor board member. Club MeetingNext Club meeting takes place Tuesday, September 6th, at 8:30 in the club house!GAA News: Cloughaneely seniors draw with Naomh Ultan in tense game was last modified: August 30th, 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) Tags:CloughaneelyGAANaomh UltanNoteslast_img read more

ENYA TIPPED TO PEN MUSIC FOR LAST HOBBIT MOVIE

first_imgEnya is being tipped to pen the music for the final film in the Hobbit Trilogy which is called There and Back Again.The Donegal singer, 53, has already scored a major hit with May It Be, the song used for the Lord of the Rings film, the Fellowship of the Ring in 2001.It is understood the new song will coincide with the release of Enya’s new album in December.  ENYA TIPPED TO PEN MUSIC FOR LAST HOBBIT MOVIE was last modified: March 22nd, 2014 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:donegalEnyaMUSICThe Hobbitlast_img read more