Upcoming elections As the race heats up for the selection of a presidential candidate for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is not ruling out the possibility of a newcomer to governance emerging as the candidate.The PPP General Secretary was asked about what to expect from the process after a recent Executive Committee meeting. Contrary to previous reports, Jagdeo affirmed that he did not rule out the possibility that a candidate without Cabinet experience could make the cut.Opposition LeaderBharrat Jagdeo“I saw (sections of the media) identify people by name. I never did. I said its harder for new persons to function in the position, not that it’s impossible. Because they would not have had the exposure of being in the Cabinet, like I did.”Indeed, Jagdeo had already served as a Junior Finance Minister, then Finance Minister, by the time he first became President in 1999. In addition, the former President had previously worked as an economist in the State Planning Secretariat.“I was familiar with all the issues in the Cabinet, so it was easier for me to move seamlessly into the position,” Jagdeo noted. “But anyone would have a chance, whether you’re new or you’re old, whether you had been in the Cabinet or not. Once you meet the eligibility criteria, you would have a chance to present your candidature.”Jagdeo also noted that his party has a history of using secret ballots. He pointed out that when this was not done, it was for a good reason. As it stands now, Jagdeo explained that secret ballots would only be used if there is more than one final candidate.“We had consensus almost all the way through. We’ve never had to resort to balloting before. In 1997 (former President) Janet Jagan was chosen as President… and then in 2001 there was a consensus… in 2006, a consensus.”“In 2011 we went there with several candidates, but before the voting took place the three other candidates withdrew their nominations. Ralph Ramkarran, Clement Rohee and Gail Teixeira. So we had a unanimous candidate. And 2015 again, we didn’t have another challenger. So it’s not true that we opposed secret ballots before.”With the recent passage of a no-confidence vote against the Government, the Constitution stipulates that elections must be called within three months. As such, parties have either begun or intensified the task of identifying a presidential candidate.In addition, the upcoming election has seen the emergence of new parties such as the Liberal and Justice Party (LJP) and the New and United Guyana (NUG) party, all hoping for a share in the electoral votes.On December 21, 2018, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition PPP/C against the Government succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.A total of 10 MPs had previously debated the motion, but when a vote of division was called, Persaud’s vote changed the numbers to 33 versus his colleagues’ 32 votes against the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”President David Granger has already committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Several organisations and parts of the diplomatic community, have called for mature leadership and a smooth move to General and Regional Elections constitutionally due next year.For its part, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has assured that it is capable of delivering elections once the date is set. It is understood that recently hospitalised GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson is on medical leave. The next statutory meeting of the Commission is slated for January 7, 2019.
Former St. Louis Cardinals baseball superstars and World Series champion teammates Ozzie Smith and Vince Coleman joined forces to once again win a title – this time on the golf course – at the 12th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino.The tournament was held at Shadow Creek for the third consecutive year and was highlighted by the winning duo’s score of 11-under par, 133. More than $500,000 was raised for charity as a result of the 2013 event.Smith and Coleman, who each took home $20,000 for their designated charities, followed up their first-round score of six-under par 66 with a five-under par 67 on day two. They were able to overcome a late surge by the second-place team of Ahmad Rashad and the “Great One” Wayne Gretzky to win by four strokes. The two teams were tied heading into the 17th hole but Smith/Coleman birdied the final two holes while Rashad/Gretzky bogeyed their final two holes.Click here for MJCI Final Results.Defending champion Brandi Chastain and this year’s teammate Ken Griffey, Jr., shot a seven-under par 65 to take the lead after day one. However, the All-Star athletes struggled on Sunday and finished the 36-hole tournament at three-under, 141. Fan favorite, NBA legend and tournament host Michael Jordan teamed up with NFL Super Bowl champion and “sack master” Dwight Freeney to finish in a tie for ninth at Even par, 144.When asked about the team win Coleman said, “I told Michael ‘give me my teammate. I know Ozzie and I love him. If there is anyone I want to go down swinging with it’s him.’ We’ll definitely be back but we won’t be able to defend together, because if I know Michael, he won’t make us partners again.”Discussing their strategy, Hall of Fame shortstop Smith said their approach was simple. “We said, ’Let’s make birdies. Let’s not give anything back.’”Bringing additional fun and laughter to the tournament, the multi-talented Will Smith lent his support to friend and tournament host Michael Jordan when he attended the gala celebration Friday night headlined by musical star John Legend and again Saturday for the first round of the celeb-only tournament. At Shadow Creek, Smith appeared on the first tee and was introduced by the announcer as “the guy who’d like to play the role of Michael Jordan ,” and the crowd roared.Hosted at Shadow Creek, MJCI marks only the third time the exclusive golf course has opened its doors to the public. Proceeds from the charitable tournament are benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, James R. Jordan Foundation, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for over 45 charities.MJCI celebrities in attendance included Michael Jordan, Flex Alexander, Marcus Allen, Anthony Anderson, Miles Austin, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Wayne Brady, Dez Bryant, Chevy Chase, Brandi Chastain, Don Cheadle, Chris Chelios, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Michael Crabtree, Brian Cushing, Richard Dent, Kevin Dillon, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Michael Finley, Josh Freeman, Dwight Freeney, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Penny Hardaway, Ron Harper, April Holmes, Brett Hull, Dan Jansen, Brody Jenner, Bruce Jenner, Andre Johnson, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Kenny Lofton, Greg Maddux, Chi McBride, Win McMurry, DeMarco Murray, Kevin Nealon, Hakeem Nicks, Jonathan Ogden, Paul O’Neill, Jake Owen, Patrick Peterson, Michael Phelps, Ahmad Rashad, Jerry Rice, Salli Richardson, Rob Riggle, Stuart Scott, Bruce Smith, Ozzie Smith, Will Smith, Jason Taylor, Alan Thicke, Andre Ward, Winky Wright, Adrian Young and others.Source:PR Newswire
The replica of a statue of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry — who was known as the city’s mayor for life — was unveiled at the John Wilson building on what would have been his 81st birthday.Cora Masters Barry addresses a group of politicians and residents who attended a reception March 6, where Mayor Muriel Bowser revealed the rendering of a future statute of former Mayor Marion Barry. (Photo by Rob Roberts)Mayor Muriel Bowser and members of the D.C. Council joined Barry’s family members and friends on March 6 to unveil a model of the former mayor that will one day be a nine foot figure standing outside City Hall.“It is important to keep the memory of Marion Barry alive,” said Cora Masters Barry, his widow. “This is just the opportunity for the city to memorialize his contributions.”Barry and Mayor Bowser have worked together to keep the former mayor’s legacy alive since he died on Nov.23, 2014. In 2016 Barry unveiled a headstone and memorial at her late husband’s grave at Congressional Cemetery in Southeast.The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is managing the project that is expected to be completed in 2018, and according to Barry the two artists selected to finish the models are Steven Weiztman and Vinnie Bagwell.Ramone Baine, a spokesperson for the family, said that along with the statute, a poster of the late mayor’s legacy will be made into a medallion.Barry’s political career in the District began in 1971, after he was elected to the city’s first school board. In 1974, Barry won a seat on the D.C. City Council. He was reelected to the D.C. Council in 1976, and two years later, hr became the second mayor of the city, serving, in that position, until 1990.Even though Barry was arrested in a FBI sting and served time in federal prison for drug use, he returned to D.C. politics in 1992 by winning a seat on the D.C. Council and in 1994 he became mayor again.Barry retired from politics in 1998, but then decided to run for the Ward 8 City Council seat in November 2004 and won. He held this seat until his death in November 2014.
When we think about magic, we think of a magician pulling a rabbit out of his hat. Delhi Tourism’s third International Magic Festival presented the history of Indian magic to the audience along with experts dishing out pointers about being a mentalist.Audience consisting of mainly children along with their parents were amused to see magicians pulling things of thin air. They also got a chance to learn a few magic tricks themselves in the magic teaching classes conducted by the organisers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The crowds was thrilled to witness the variety and the quality of magic acts in the festival. The street magic shows and stand-up magic shows were on throughout the day. Day two was marked by performance of various mentalists and their elaborate explanations about their art; they follow a doctrine that says that the mind is the true reality and that objects exist only as aspects of the mind’s awareness. A fancy dress competition was conducted on the theme of Halloween, magic and tourism where children were dressed as various spooky characters and magicians as well. It was followed by a magic competition for below 16-year-old children. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe performances by International Magicians from Malaysia and Poland starred as the biggest attraction during the festival. Magic Quest from Malaysia performed a Classical Magic act which was based on Indian music while magician Jakub from Poland enthralled the audience with his unique stand up comedies.A special exhibition area was devoted to showcasing the artefacts of magic. The festival concluded on 29 September. Sunday with prize distributions and some more magical performances. We can’t wait for next year!