Jagdeo not ruling out newcomer as presidential candidate

first_imgUpcoming 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.last_img read more

Police unearth more ganja, ammunition

first_imgDrug eradicationMore marijuana camps were destroyed and a quantity of ammunition retrieved at 7 Miles, Millie’s Hideout, Upper Demerara on Wednesday as Police ranks in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) continued a mass drug eradication exercise.One of the ganja farms, which were unearthed by the PoliceOne person has since been arrested and taken into Police custody following the exercise, which was conducted between 06:00h and 13:00h. The Police destroyed eight fields totalling 13 acres, which contained some 15,000 marijuana plants ranging from two to seven-and-a-half feet.A camp that Police found during their drug eradication exercise in Upper Demerara RiverA nursery containing about 3000 seedlings and 1500 kilograms of dried cannabis, which was already processed, was also discovered. A total of five camps were discovered at the location. Additionally, Police found five live 12-gauge cartridges, three 12-gauge empty casings and a 1.45 spent shell.A farmer of Kuru Kuru, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, who was discovered on the first farm, has since been arrested. The farmer, who was allegedly tending to the marijuana plants at the time of the discovery, reportedly took ranks to the other farms. He has since been processed for court.last_img read more

High alcohol use by teens in Region 2 – Commander

first_imgToo many youths are involved in alcohol consumption and it seems to be an issue which continues to go undeterred in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) which will result in negative impacts in their education and by extent, their future.This is according to Commander of G Division (Essequibo Coast- Islands), Khali Pareshram, who told this publication that there is a high use of alcohol among teenagers, specifically those still attending secondary schools, in his division.Although they may not be consuming alcohol on the schools’ premises or during instruction periods, a number of youths appear to be resorting to drinking as part of their recreational fun, outside of the classrooms.He explained that perhaps it could be due to the culture of some families and friends who believe that “a little alcohol” during celebrations would not harm children in any way, however, this is far from the truth.Once a child becomes exposed to alcohol from early stages, chances are, that individual during the adolescent stage would continue along that line and in adulthood could become an alcoholic.According to Commander Pareshram, there are sensitisation workshops ongoing at various learning institutions across Region Two geared at educating students about social ills, crimes, traffic violations, and healthy living. But parents and guardians also need to be aware that they have a role to play in practising the same with regard to their children.“Like any other issue that has to be addressed when children are concerned, this needs a multi-stakeholder approach. Not just the police or organisations but families, neighbours, communities etc. That’s the main way of curbing issues that affect our youths,” he stated.Drug useTouching on the topic of drug usage and abuse by students in secondary schools, the Commander noted that while there is involvement in Region Two, it is not prevalent.In fact, in relation to illicit substances, the youths who are involved appear to be focused on using cannabis and not ecstasy or other harmful drugs.“Yes, there is some involvement of substance abuse and usage of illicit substances but when the teachers notice this or are suspicious of this with their students they report what they have observed. In those cases, it is primarily instances where these students are smoking cannabis. However, like I said, through a multi-stakeholder approach we are targeting this matter and expect to see positive results,” the Commander said. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

After offensive outpouring the Flyers get ready for Spirit River

first_imgSo that was quite the game last night. The Senior Flyers played thier first game since before Christmas and it was a wild one against the Horse Lake Cheifs. I was going to call it an offensive explosion but that might not do it justice. The two teams combined for 19 goals. And some of them were absolute beauties including the Flyers first two goals from defensemen Brett Loney and Donny Lloyd. It was nice to see Lloyd back on the ice for the Flyers after missing most of the first half of the season. Bryce Novak scored a beauty as well. It wasn’t much of a game though outside of the goals and the Flyers will be looking for a more competitive game tomorrow night against the Spirit River Rangers. I wil be bringing you that game live on Moose FM starting at 8:15 with the pre-game show. This will be my second trip to Spirit River with the Flyers as I brought you the game back on November 12th between the two teams. The Flyers took that one 4-3 in what was one of the better games of hockey I have seen this season so far. It should be another great game tomorrow as the two rivals face off once again. Tune in tomorrow at 8:15 for all the news abotu lineups and of course at 8:30 when the puck drops on 100.1 Moose FM and enereticcity.ca- Advertisement –last_img read more

Baseball: Payne has good feeling for T.O.

first_imgPayne’s walk-off single to right-center field allowed Thousand Oaks (4-0) to remain undefeated despite a less-than-impressive day on the mound for a team known for its pitching. The Lancers, who allowed only four hits but issued nine walks, were pleased to show they are capable of winning in other ways, especially against a previously undefeated team that will soon be challenging Thousand Oaks for the Marmonte title. “That’s what the guys on our bench are capable of,” Lancers coach Frank Mutz said. “We’ve got four or five guys who can come in and deliver. It was just (Payne’s) turn today. I had confidence in him. … “We’d been talking and I told him his chance is going to come, just keep working and be ready. Now he’s back in there.” Thousand Oaks’ Kyle Jones tied the score with a solo home run in the sixth, and Jeff Johnson started the seventh-inning rally with his second double of the game. The late-game heroics were required after Calabasas (3-1) scored four runs in the fifth inning for a 6-5 lead. Mike La Rosa capped the Coyotes’ comeback from a 5-1 deficit with a three-run double to right after Thousand Oaks had walked the bases loaded. THOUSAND OAKS – Just a day earlier, Daniel Payne asked his coach what it would take for the senior to work his way back into the Thousand Oaks High baseball team’s lineup. On a team loaded with talent, Payne’s bat had cost him his starting job at first base. On Thursday, Payne’s hitting not only won him another shot at starting, but it also won the Lancers a spot in the championship game of the Easton Southern California Showdown tournament. Payne, who entered the game as a replacement for an injured teammate, drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 7-6 victory over visiting Calabasas. Thousand Oaks faces Marmonte League rival Newbury Park for the tournament title Saturday at UCLA. “It was pretty hard to sit on the bench and watch everyone play,” said Payne, who appeared in just one of his team’s first thrree games. “Coach just said to keep working hard. It feels really good, the hard work is paying off.” center_img “We’d heard so much about how good Calabasas’ hitters are, I think we were being too careful,” Mutz said. “They weren’t going after ’em.” The Coyotes entered the game hitting .433 and having scored at least 12 runs in each of their first three games, including Monday’s upset of nationally ranked Chatsworth. Alex Kurland, who doubled twice, was Calabasas’ only player with multiple hits Thursday. The Coyotes’ lone hit through the first four innings was a solo home run by Adam Dong in the second inning. heather.gripp@dailynews.com (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

Man killed in crash

first_imgPhoto Gallery: Freeway crash leaves one dead WHITTIER – A 41-year-old Whittier man was killed Friday when he lost control of his car and it hit a parked truck on the right shoulder of the northbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol. A SigAlert was issued and two lanes of the freeway were shut down for about four hours, which clogged the afternoon commute. “Traffic is backed up all the way to the 91 Freeway,” CHP Officer Vince Ramirez said. The crash happened at 11:50 a.m. on the northbound 605, just north of Beverly Boulevard. CHP Sgt. Brian Lee said preliminary investigation indicated the man was driving at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner. Lee said the sedan was seen weaving in and out of traffic. It went to the right shoulder, left the freeway, lost control among the plants then came back onto the right shoulder, where it struck a parked stakebed truck with a trailer. The driver’s side of the sedan hit the back end of the truck, Lee said. The sedan’s driver died at the scene. His name wasn’t released because his next of kin had not been notified, said Lt. David Smith of the Coroner’s Office. Lee said the truck driver wasn’t injured. It’s not yet known why the truck, carrying potting boxes, was parked on the right shoulder of the freeway. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

Coutinho happy with life at Liverpool

first_imgBarca are reportedly keen to make another move for the 25-year-old in January, but he has stated that he is happy with his life for the moment.“I’m playing in one of the biggest leagues in the world,” he told the press, according to Goal.“I’m always happy. But now it’s important to concentrate on the national team. At the moment I am very happy with my life.“Every day, I work harder than before to improve myself and become a better all-around footballer.”Coutinho is with the Brazil national team ahead of their international friendly with England on Tuesday night.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho (L) celebrates after scoring his second goal from a freekick during the English Premier League football match against Leicester City at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on September 23, 2017MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 13 – Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho insists he is enjoying his life in Merseyside amid fresh rumours that Barcelona are once again interested in signing him.The Reds were determined to hold on to their Brazilian playmaker in the off-season and had to stave off interest from the Catalans, who were persistent in their pursuit.last_img read more

Pochettino demands more from Spurs as West Brom fight on

first_imgBut he admitted his side had been missing vital ingredients in attack after they handed West Brom a victory that helped ensure they ended the day still in hope of avoiding relegation after drop rivals Southampton failed to win when conceding a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to Everton in Saturday’s late kick-off.“We miss a little bit of aggression with the ball,” said Pochettino, whose side are now a point behind third-placed Liverpool, who play on Sunday.“Everyone can see the game, we dominated but if you are not clinical in front of goal it’s always open.”Defeat meant a significant setback to Tottenham’s hopes, not just of claiming a top-three finish that would spare them a Champions League qualifier early next season, but possibly of even claiming a top-four finish.They ended the day a point behind Liverpool and just five clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand. That was thanks to a scruffy goal in stoppage time, with Jake Livermore claiming the final touch as he and defender Danny Rose stretched to reach the ball in a frantic scramble.– ‘In our hands’ –However, Spurs will continue to have a large say in their own destiny given they face home games in the final week of the season against Newcastle and Leicester — two sides with little to play for.“Maybe we need to assess why, our performances have dropped a little bit,” admitted Pochettino, whose team were thwarted repeatedly by home goalkeeper Ben Foster, who made smart saves from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela among others.“But it’s still in our hands so we need to work hard in the next two games but it’s our chance to be in the Champions League next season.“It’s so important, of course. We’re in a good position – we’re disappointed after the result – but we can still achieve it.”Aside from Champions League concerns, Pochettino found himself fielding questions about two Belgian defenders.Toby Alderweireld, whose contract dispute with the club shows few signs of being resolved, made just his second Spurs appearance since February and impressed, although his manager was reticent to comment.“It’s too difficult for me to focus on one player, but he was good,” said the manager.Meanwhile Pochettino will now assess the fitness of Jan Vertonghen, who limped off with an ankle injury as he denied suggestions Saturday’s surprise result could help stir his side.“We are fighting for the top four but I don’t believe this is a wake-up call,” he said.“After 36 games of the Premier League, if we need someone to say ‘we need to give our best, be professional and play with the right attitude’ we need to go deeper and assess why.”For Darren Moore’s West Brom, a third victory of his five, unbeaten games in caretaker charge meant another step towards reconnecting with their supporters, irrespective of the eventual outcome of the season.“We’ve come together and there’s been some pride restored and the feelgood factor within the community and within the supporters,” said Moore.“I feel from the crowd today that there was an excellent energy in the football club. If it has restored that I’m really happy for the club, that’s all anyone would want so we’re really happy.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mauricio Pocchettino (with West Brom caretaker boss Darren Moore) calls for more aggression from Tottenham after their 1-0 loss © AFP / Geoff CADDICKWEST BROMWICH, United Kingdom, May 5 – Mauricio Pochettino saw his Tottenham Hotspur side surrender ground in the race for a Champions League place and then demanded more aggression from his players in their final two Premier League games.The Spurs manager remained phlegmatic following a dramatic 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion that came with a late, scrambled stoppage-time goal.last_img read more

QPR complete £6million Mutch deal

first_img1 Queens Park Rangers have completed the signing of midfielder Jordan Mutch from Cardiff, in a deal thought to be worth around £6million.The 22-year-old has penned a four-year contract at Loftus Road and is expected link up with his new team-mates on Thursday.Mutch emerged as one of the Bluebirds’ stand-out stars last season, firing seven goals and producing five assists for the Welsh outfit in the Premier League.The youngster clearly made an impression on R’s manager Harry Redknapp, who has backed his third signing of the summer to reach “the next level” with the Super Hoops.“Jordon’s a fine young player, with a big, big future,” said Redknapp.“He’s already shown what he can do at this level with Cardiff last season with a decent goals return – and this move will provide him with a great platform to take his game on to the next level.“He wants to learn and improve his game. He’s a good pro with a great attitude and this is a big opportunity for him at QPR.”Meanwhile, Mutch admitted his delight at securing an immediate return to top flight football.“I’m really delighted to be here, back in the Premier League,” he said.“I don’t see a better place for me than QPR at the moment. The club is heading in the right direction and I’m really excited about the season ahead.“I thought I had a good first season in the Premier League last year with Cardiff, so I was delighted when QPR came in for me and offered a route back to the top-flight.“I’m really happy to be here and hopefully we can do well this season.” New Queens Park Rangers signing Jordan Mutch last_img read more

UEFA investigates Turkey for military salute in Euro qualifiers

first_imgUEFA said in a statement that it has appointed an ‘Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector’ to investigate.On Friday in Istanbul, players saluted after Cenk Tosun scored the only goal against Albania in the 90th minute. On Monday in Paris, they repeated the gesture after Kaan Ayhan equalised with nine minutes to play and again after the final whistle.France and Turkey drew 1-1 amid mounting tensions after Paris condemned Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish militants in Syria.Earlier on Tuesday, Turkey’s sports minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu voiced support for players who saluted the country’s soldiers during their game at the Stade de France.Kasapoglu said the controversy was unwarranted, and pointed to the fact that French star Antoine Griezmann had also given a military salute to French President Emmanuel Macron in June.“Those who remained quiet about Griezmann’s military salute are trying to distort our national footballers’ nice salute,” Kasapoglu said in a televised press conference, holding up a picture of Griezmann’s salute.He said critics were trying to distract from Turkey’s success in staying top of the qualifying group.“Those who are trying to block out their failure on the pitch should give up on their efforts. The result is clear,” Kasapoglu said.Kasapoglu also warned UEFA to be “prudent” in its investigation of the salutes.European football’s ruling body UEFA had already said it would “examine” the salute against Albania.“Personally, I have not seen this gesture, which could be considered a provocation,” UEFA’s press chief Philip Townsend told the Italian Ansa news agency on Monday before the France game.“Does the regulation prohibit references to politics and religion? Yes, and I can guarantee you that we will look at this situation.”In Turkey, it is common for celebrities, including footballers, to show their support for the security forces after attacks or during military operations.At the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart on Saturday, Ibrahim Colak made a military-style salute on the podium after winning gold in the men’s rings event.Turkey’s operation against Kurdish militants in Syria, launched a week ago, has been widely criticised by the international community but has drawn widespread support at home.0Shares0000(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Turkish players saluted at the end of their draw against France at the Stade de France. © AFP / Alain JOCARDLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct 15 – UEFA announced on Tuesday that it is opening disciplinary proceedings against Turkey into “potential provocative political behaviour” by their players after making military salutes in their last two matches.In both their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania on Friday and France on Monday, Turkish players made the salutes — seen as supporting Turkey’s current military operation in Syria — as they celebrated late goals.last_img read more