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Rohee no confidence motion…Opposition Leader David Granger has described as legally misconceived, the Attorney’s General’s move to the court for a determination of the matter regarding the temporary gagging of Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee by Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman.Granger, who along with Trotman, was named as a respondent in the matter filed by Attorney General Anil Nandlall, has filed a counter summons in the High Court seeking to strike out the orders being sought by Nandlall.Attorney General Anil NandlallIn a summons filed yesterday,Cheap Wholesale Jerseys, Granger is seeking an order,Wholesale China Jerseys, staying all proceedings filed by the Attorney General until the hearing and determination of his summons.The whole issue stems from Granger filing a no confidence motion in the National Assembly against Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, which was subsequently committed to the Privileges Committee by Speaker Trotman.That move has effectively seen the Home Affairs Minister being temporarily prohibited from speaking as a Minister in the National Assembly until the determination of the matter.The Attorney General,  who is seeking to overturn the Speaker’s decision, filed a motion filed in the High Court on November 27, which replaced a previous application that was withdrawn, asking for a declaration that the decision of the Speaker to commit Granger’s no confidence motion to the Privileges Committee, and prohibiting Rohee from speaking or not recognizing him for the purpose of presenting bills, making other representations in the house,NFL Jerseys Wholesale, is unlawful, in excess and without jurisdiction.Nandlall is also seeking a declaration that the Privileges Committee has no jurisdiction to deal with or determine the issue.However,Wholesale Cheap Jerseys, Granger in his affidavit in support of his summons stated that the declarations and orders sought by the Attorney General are without merit and are misconceived. He noted that the decision of the Speaker to send the matter to the Privileges Committee was an internal proceeding of the National Assembly.Speaker of the National Assembly,China NFL Jerseys, Raphael TrotmanThe Opposition Leader argued that the court has no jurisdiction to inquire into the validity of internal proceedings of the National Assembly where there has been no breach of the constitution.He said that Nandlall’s affidavit in support of his motion contains no allegation of fact capable of supporting a finding of constitutional breach by any of the respondents or by the National Assembly.“I am further advised by my counsel…and verily believe that alleged irregularities in the conduct of parliamentary business are a matter for parliament, not the courts,” Granger stated.He further argued that the Speaker’s decision to commit the no confidence motion to the Privileges Committee is not in itself unlawful.“My (no confidence) motion only seeks to prevent the Minister of Home Affairs, Clement James Rohee,Wholesale World Cup Jerseys, from speaking in the National Assembly, so long as he is purporting to carry out the functions of Minister of Home Affairs as published in the Official Gazette. Minister Rohee is free to speak in the National Assembly in any other capacity,” the Opposition Leader said.He argued that Members of Parliament had “no constitutional right” to speak during debates; that right to speak was governed by the Standing Orders and any failure to comply with it did not invalidate the proceedings and could not be inquired into by the courts.According to Granger,Cheap Arizona Cardinals Hoodies, the Home Affairs Minister has not been silenced completely, but is only limited as a result of theOpposition Leader David GrangerHome Affairs Minister Clement Roheeresolution of the National Assembly expressing no confidence in him as Minister of Home Affairs.Granger said that the Attorney General’s move is an abuse of the process of the court and is a violation of the doctrine of the separation of powers “thus the court has no jurisdiction into this matter.”
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Hours after the photograph and a story were published of a runaway teen from Kara Kara,Authentic NHL Jerseys, Linden,Cheap Jerseys China, the teen was reunited with her father.Fifteen-year-old Donna Wong was found yesterday at a house in the Timehri squatting area.After being reunited with her father, Ronald Wong, they both visited this newspaper. According to Mr Wong,Pat Tillman Cardinals Throwback Jersey, early yesterday morning he began receiving calls from persons informing him of his daughter’s whereabouts.The man said he immediately went to the Mackenzie Police Station where he informed a female rank that he had an idea where his daughter was.“When I told the police,Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale, she tell me she can’t work with hearsay and false information…she even tell me that if I want to go a police got to go with me and that I would have to provide transportation for the police,Cheap China Jerseys,” Wong explained.He added that he was also advised by the police not to visit the house by himself.“De officer tell me if I go at de people house and do anything stupid to get back my daughter they gon deal with me,China Jerseys Free Shipping,” Wong recounted.Desperate to find his daughter, Wong said he immediately left the station and began traveling to Timehri where he found his daughter who was ‘living home’ with a 23-year-old man and his family.While Wong is happy to have his daughter back home,Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale, he said he “will not let the matter go so easy”. He said he will ensure that the young man who was befriending his daughter all this time feels the brunt of the law.In August last, the then 14-year-old Donna Wong ran away from home and that was the last time she was seen by her father until yesterday.
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Several residents of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara yesterday gathered at the area’s Community Centre Ground,Jerseys NFL Cheap, to protest the construction of a transmitting tower on the ground.The residents, most of whom were mothers, said that they are in complete disagreement with the chosen location for the tower not only because the radiation threat that it poses, but also because the recreational activities of both the seniors and youngsters, who utilize the compound,NFL Jerseys Wholesale, will be drastically affected.Some of the protestors outside of the Plaisance Community Centre Ground.“Look how close they want to build this thing; it giving off radiation, which is a dangerous thing. Where people will play? This shows that we are being disregarded. We have our rights as people of Plaisance,” one man said.According to the villagers, ever since Pradoville 2,Wholesale Jerseys China, which is separated from the Community Centre Ground by just a fence, has been developed, activities there have been tremendously reduced.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo and many senior government functionaries have residences in Pradoville 2“They say we are disturbing them…now they want to take away the field completely,”one resident said.The proposed tower is being pushed for as part of the E-governance programme, one that will facilitate the linking of government’s fibre-optic cable that has been laid from Lethem to Linden, to the coastline,World Baseball Classic Jerseys Outlet, to enable internet access.The construction of the tower is being done by a Chinese contracting firm named Huawei, in collaboration with local subcontractors,Supply Authentic NFL Jerseys, and the blessing of the government of Guyana.It will be one of 54 towers that will be erected in densely populated areas along the coast.“This is not fair. We won’t tolerate this. We have all our functions here. This Plaisance Community Centre Ground is a part of our life as a community,” one female protester said. She added that it is not a case where the location was chosen because it is not being utilised, since the ground attracts youngsters on a daily basis.“Dem li’l boys does deh playing their sports almost every day. And you see on Sundays and so, even fathers come out here with their children. Many centre grounds don’t get that, but we do, and that is an indication that we utilising this place effectively, so we are not going to give it up easily.”In addition to the sporting activities, the ground also facilitates family reunions and senior citizen meetings.Following the reaction of some very angry residents on Sunday last, work on the project was halted, as the contractor packed up and left. Some of the materials like the huge wooden poles were as of yesterday, scattered on the playfield. There is also a huge hole left from where the foundation was being laid a few feet away from the actual building.The users of the facility are angered by the fact that those spearheading the project did not see the need to have proper consultations with them,Brian Gionta Jersey, the stakeholders. This was followed by accusations of contemptuousness on behalf of the government towards the community.The residents have vowed to ensure that their only place of recreation is not taken away by an administration that has already “stolen their land” to establish the “Pradoville 2” housing scheme, and granted a huge chunk of their cemetery to a private investor.The cause of these persons is being supported by prominent A Partnership for National Unity strategist, former Member of Parliament, Aubrey Norton. He said that since the acquisition of the land to construct Pradoville 2, it was evident that the administration, (under former President,Wholesale Authentic Jerseys, Bharrat Jagdeo) intended to set up an empire aback of the community without regards for the people of Plaisance.The Government had initially removed the existing Guyana Broadcasting Corporation tower at Sparendaam, and placed it at La Parfaite Harmonie.This has left the residents of Plaisance with the opinion that the area is there to facilitate the building of mansions for close associates of the administration.
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As part of its observance for the International Year for People of African Descent and its annual emancipation celebrations, the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) hosted  a Cultural Extravaganza on Friday,Cheap Wholesale Jerseys, last ,at the Umana Yana.The programme commenced with a libation ceremony presided over by Brother Andrews. The libation is a significant and sacred part of the African culture. It is usually done at the beginning of any African cultural proceeding.Among the audience who gathered to witness the spectacular event were Prime Minister Samuel Hinds; the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport,Cheap China Jerseys, Dr. Frank Anthony and the Minister of Public Works and Communication,Cheap Jerseys, Robeson Benn.Some of the GPL staff displaying their African attireMaking brief remarks was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GPL, Bharat Dindyal,Wholesale Adidas Hockey Jerseys, who made an extensive reflection on the abolition of slavery. He noted that if one should just imagine how slaves felt years ago, they would find pleasure in honouring the ancestors. He added that GPL is proud to remember the African ancestors and happy to be a part of the emancipation celebrations.Dr. Anthony also reflected on the history of the African slaves. He took the time to commend the ancestors for their sacrifices and contributions to the development of Guyana. He added that without the contribution of the Africans, the country would not have so many sugar plantations to benefit from today.“If our culture is lost,Wholesale Jerseys China, then our identity is lost”,Cheap Jerseys China, the minister stated.Dr. Anthony stressed that many Guyanese only remember the 1763 Berbice Slave Rebellion because there is a monument. He noted, however,nfl jerseys china, that the large uprising in 1823 on the East Coast of Demerara should be remembered because of its significant contribution to the abolition of slavery.The minister disclosed that there are plans to construct a monument in memory of the revolt in just a few months.Dance, poetry, drama, steel pan music, singing and the display of African craft work were among the main items of the event, along with the display of African attire by GPL’s staff.A number of staff members were extravagantly dressed in African outfits. There was also the selection of a king and queen of the day.Capturing the audience’s undivided attention were the Whaul Sisters who performed a popular Miriam Makeba song – Pata Pata. Also “rocking the house” was a drummer and folk song singer, Winslow ‘Blackie’ Cole.
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While the Ministry of Local Government affirms that its responsibility to the 65 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) across the country embraces the issue of transparency, it is yet to release information about the repayment arrangements by a former Overseer.Despite requests made by this newspaper to have information made available as to the monies already repaid by former Grove  Diamond Overseer, Balraj Budwah, the Ministry has continued to remain silent.Reports are that financial discrepancies arose at the Grove Diamond NDC, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and residents in the villages began pointing fingers at Budwah as they became more concerned about the management of the entity’s funds.Investigations were launched into the matter and Budwah was sent on “Administrative leave” during this period.Kaieteur News understands that shortly after this,NFL Jerseys Outlet, Budwah tendered his resignation, though it was unclear if this was done before the investigation was completed.In a letter penned to Minister within the Ministry of Local Government,Pat Tillman Cardinals Throwback Jersey, Norman Whittaker, (then Minister of Local Government) on September 26, 2011,Andrew Franks Dolphins Jersey, Budwah accepted the responsibility of repaying the large sums of monies that were discovered to be “missing”.“With reference to the investigation carried out between the Minister of Local Government and the Local Government Department of the Regional Democratic Council,Wholesale Stitched Jerseys, Region #4,Dale Hawerchuk Jersey, Please be informed that I am in agreement with the facts presented in the report. I will refund the sum of Two million six hundred and fifteen thousand and twenty four dollars ($2,NFL Jerseys Outlet, 615, 124) to the Council’s account on or before 26th October, 2011,” stated Budwah in his letter.Kaieteur News was told that while many months have passed, Budwah has failed to stick to the above mentioned agreement.Minister Whittaker had told this publication on March 16, 2012 that while he did not know about the details of the matter,Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys, he was aware that some payments were already made by Budwah.However, he assured that his Ministry will continue to look over the relevant offices throughout the country to ensure transparency.“The Ministry continues to guide and to provide oversight over the 10 Regional Democratic Councils, the 65 NDCs, six Municipalities and several Committee Development Councils (CDCs) across our country. This oversight responsibility embraces the issue of transparency,” Whittaker had said.He also denied having knowledge of the former Overseer’s whereabouts.To date many residents in the Grove Diamond villages are still annoyed that the matter is being treated “so lightly”.
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The case involving Delon ‘Fatboy’ Reynolds,Cheap Baltimore Ravens Jerseys, who is accused of murdering self-confessed death squad informant George Bacchus,Cheap Jerseys From China, continued yesterday.A voir dire is taking place in the Supreme Court before Justice Claudette La Bennett; and yesterday, prosecution witness,Wholesale Jerseys China, Detective Superintendent of Police (retired) Charles Alleyne,wholesale jerseys, gave his evidence-in-chief.Defence counsel Peter Hugh began cross-examination. The matter will continue today with the continuation of cross-examination.Last week Wednesday, the trial was aborted because one of the jurors was found to be related to a witness who is reportedly one of the investigating officers in the case. This is now the second voir dire (trial within a trial) that is taking place in this case.Bacchus was found dead in bed at his Princes Street home on June 24, 2004,http://www.theworldsoccersshop.com/Belgium-Christian-Kabasele-Jersey.html, after he had made bombshell revelations about a death squad operating in the city, for which he said he once gathered information.His brother,holesale NFL Jerseys, Shafeek Bacchus, had been killed a few months prior to his demise.Funeral parlour co-owner Debra Douglas and her nephew Fabian ‘Fabie’ Jessop had been jointly charged with Reynolds for Bacchus’s murder,Wholesale Stitched NFL Jerseys, but they were subsequently freed, due to insufficient evidence.
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By Odeen IshmaelOn October 29, 2011, the Government of Guyana, after holding the annual rotating position of pro-temporeOdeen Ishmaelchair of UNASUR since November 26, 2010, handed over the gavel to Paraguay at the fifth meeting of the Council of Heads of State and Government held in Asuncion, the Paraguayan capital. During the year of Guyana’s chairmanship, the South American bloc made some strident advances in institutional building while continuing to make headway in gaining a firmer foothold on the world stage.Significantly,Cheap Jerseys From China, Guyana in its chairing role, had earlier last year made a formal application for UNAUR to attain Observer Status at the UN General Assembly. This application was subsequently approved on October 22 by the General Assembly after the committee of judicial affairs unanimously approved the request. The new status now places UNASUR’s future engagement with the UN on a firm and sustainable footing allowing for an enhanced profile of the South American integration movement in the international community.Actually, UNASUR had already started implementing actions in that direction. It should be noted that the organisation, in propagating South-South cooperation,Cheap Jerseys From China, has institutionalised, over the past five years, joint summits and ministerials with the African Union and the Arab League. Such close links with the African and Arab nations have since resulted in improving political understanding and cooperation. They have also led to a higher flow of exports to these areas from South America, with Brazil and Argentina being the main beneficiaries.And more recently, on November 28-30, the first joint meeting of education ministers of UNASUR and the Arab League was held in Kuwait and adopted a plan to work together to provide scholarships and promote science and technical and language training in the two regions.During Guyana’s one-year stewardship, there were also significant institutional advances within the South American bloc. On March 11,Cheap Sports Jerseys, 2011, the foreign ministers met in Quito to celebrate the entry into force of the UNASUR constitutive treaty and discuss the appointment of a secretary-general. For this post, it will be recalled that two nominees (from Colombia and Venezuela) were submitted by their respective countries. To avoid a deadlock, the Foreign Ministers agreed on the sharing of the two-year term by the two candidates, and this proposal was subsequently ratified by the South American presidents. As a result,Cheap NFL Jerseys, Columbia’s Maria Emma Majia Velez, a former foreign affairs and education minister, was chosen for the first year; Ali Rodriguez who has held leading posts in the Venezuelan government will take up the position during the second quarter of this year.With this administrative hurdle out of the way, the second meeting of the Council on Social Development and the twenty-ninth meeting of the Council of Delegates were held in Guyana during the period March 24-31.The Council on Social Development reviewed the 2009-2011 action plan adopted by its first meeting in Ecuador back in 2009. This current action plan includes the formulation of guidelines for the establishment of common social development policies among the member states,Cheap Jeseys NFL, as well as the creation of technical working groups in the field of social development and the promotion of cooperation in border districts, in the on-going effort to reduce poverty in those areas.The Council of Delegates reviewed the activities of the various administrative Councils and working groups in order to provide guidance to the work being undertaken by these bodies in 2011. This meeting also examined a proposal by Guyana on the organisational structure and budget for the Permanent Secretariat currently being constructed in Quito, Ecuador.These two meetings were followed by the formal installation on May 9 of the secretary general at a ceremony held in Georgetown, Guyana. Since then, the secretary general has commenced operations at a temporary location provided by the government of Ecuador in Quito.In addition, considerable achievements have been made in the various Councils and working groups in keeping with the mandates of the Council of Heads of State and Government in accordance with the objectives established in the organisation’s constitutive treaty.Among these significant achievements were the conclusion on May 27 in Quito of the agreement for the Centre of Strategic Studies, and the inauguration of the South American Institute on Health on July 25 in Rio de Janeiro.Soon after,Cheap Jerseys From China, a review of the financial and economic aspects of UNASUR was undertaken at a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Finance and Economy and Governors of Central Banks in Argentina on August 12. Most of the issues discussed related to a mandate given to that Council by the heads of state to deliberate on an effective UNASUR response to the international financial crisis.At the Argentina forum, a programme was approved to design a multilateral payments system which would encourage the use of local currencies, with the tendency to gradually replace the US dollar in regional trade. Three groups were also created to work on monetary policies,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, strengthening of trade, and expansion of the Latin American Reserves Fund Council, the aid mechanism for most of the members of the bloc should they face financial difficulties such as rapid balance of payments alterations.Furthermore, decisions were taken for the creation of a regional development bank (the Southern Bank) and coordination in the use of central banks’ international reserves to protect the region from international financial volatility.As part of the ongoing process aimed at strengthening the integration mechanism, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs met in an extraordinary session on August 26 in Guyana to examine and decide on some key issues on the regional agenda.Among those discussed was the proposal by the agencies and electoral authorities of member states to create an Electoral Council of UNASUR, especially since the bloc had already received requests from Bolivia , Paraguay and Guyana for electoral observer missions. This proposal won unanimous acceptance and working groups comprising electoral authorities and government officials of member states were set up to examine the nature, structure and functioning of the Electoral Council as well as the criteria and norms for the mounting of electoral observer missions in member states.The foreign ministers, in their deliberations, recognised the valuable work of the UNASUR Mission in Haiti and agreed to recommend to the heads of state the extension of the UNASUR-Haiti technical secretariat to allow for the continuation of the programme of activities, especially those related to institutional support, food security and housing. They also urged member states to comply with the agreed contributions to the solidarity fund, established in Ecuador in February last year.The Guyana meeting also mandated the Council of Delegates to formulate concrete rules with respect to the structure and budget of the General Secretariat in order to streamline the institutional strengthening of the organisation.And as further evidence of this institutional growth, the Electoral Council of UNASUR on November 29, 2011, participated as an observer mission in the Guyana general elections. By all indications, the mission carried out a successful exercise which surely will help to build experience for any subsequent electoral observationThe establishment and practical functioning of the Electoral Council can be regarded as a positive forward step by the South American bloc to promote and preserve, defend and advance the democratic process in the region. It is possible that in the near future, as the Council acquires more experience in observing elections within the bloc, it may be able eventually to mount similar exercises outside South America, as the European Union is already doing.As Paraguay now takes the South American chair, the expectation is that there will be further consolidation of the administrative structure of the bloc in the year ahead. There is anticipation that the South American parliament in Cochabamba, Bolivia, will begin to take shape and that the member states will agree on the special protocol on the composition and functions of this body. Hopefully, too, by the end of Paraguay’s term, the new building housing the General Secretariat will be ready to accept a fully-equipped team of professional regional civil servants to handle the day to day administration of the organisation.(Dr. Odeen Ishmael is Guyana’s ambassador to the State of Kuwait. He writes extensively on Latin American and Caribbean issues and is the author of several books including The Democracy Perspective in the Americas. The views expressed here are solely his own.)
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