‘Illegal’ Cabinet’s attempts to seek Opposition nominees for State Boards rebuffed

first_imgThe caretaker Government’s efforts to seek nominees to various boards from the parliamentary Opposition have been rebuffed, with the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) reminding it that formulating State Boards when a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) has been passed was illegal.The letter PPP/C Member of Parliament, Juan Edghill wrote to caretaker Finance MinisterIt was only on Friday that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) reaffirmed its position that the Government should be acting in a caretaker capacity. Its ruling on the NCM was issued since June 18.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.”Yet, in a letter dated July 10, caretaker Finance Minister Winston Jordan invited the Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to submit a nominee to sit on the Investment and Macro Economic Committees of the Natural Resources Fund. The Fund was established in accordance with Act No 12 of 2019.Former Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill“The Office of the Leader of the Opposition wishes to remind you that this activity, which you seek to engage in, by inviting our nominations is unauthorised, outside of your constitutional mandate, and is not properly set in law,” PPP/C parliamentarian and former junior Finance Minister, Juan Edghill, wrote in response to the invitation in a missive dated July 15 that was seen by Guyana Times.“Act No 12 of 2019 followed as a result of a Bill that was debated in the National Assembly after December 21, 2018, when your Government was defeated by a majority vote on a motion of no confidence. In essence, your Government and you lost the mandate to pursue such actions as you did on January 3, 2019; you proceeded even against the best of advice and public pronouncements made.”Edghill went on to remind the caretaker Minister of the CCJ’s consequential orders and the Judge’s reference to the Constitution’s unambiguous provisions. He, therefore, noted that the Minister’s actions were outside of what a caretaker government could do.Caretaker Finance Minister Winston Jordan“It, therefore, follows that the Executive is now resigned and Government remains in office for the purpose of holding general and regional elections. As a member of the resigned Cabinet, you are not authorised to pursue the matters contained in the above-mentioned correspondences to the Leader of the Opposition.”According to the Party, there can be no appointment of members of either the Macroeconomic Committee or the Investment Committee. “As such, there will be no nominations from the Leader of the Opposition. It is our hope that your Government and you will comply with the Constitution and adhere to the rulings of the CCJ, in all matters.”Oil moneyEarlier this year, the now caretaker Government signed the Natural Resources Fund Bill into law. The Bill sets out, among other things, a 22-member Public Accountability and Oversight Committee that will oversee the fund.The Committee is supposed to include representatives from the media, Private Sector and the Bar Association. Among other things, it will oversee what decisions are taken regarding spending from the Fund, whether on social development or investments.Following its 10th discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil had estimated the recoverable resource in the block to be five billion oil-equivalent barrels. With oil at US$50 a barrel, that equates to well over US$200 billion.ExxonMobil has since revised this figure upwards after three more discoveries, the last one being at the Yellowtail-1 well in April. More drilling is also scheduled for this year and it was only recently that its first Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel bound for Guyana, the Liza Destiny, was commissioned.In addition, an independent assessment, or competent persons’ report, had found that 2.9 billion barrels of oil existed in the Orinduik block. All of this will represent a monetary windfall for Guyana, which will be saved and invested through a Natural Resources Fund.last_img read more

Windies Captain credits loss to “sloppy areas”

first_imgAfter a crushing loss to Bangladesh on Sunday evening, Windies Captain Jason Holder has credited the 48-run loss to a few “sloppy areas” on the part of the team.Jason HolderSpeaking with the media after the match-up on Sunday, Holder noted that there were not any outside factors that could be blamed for the loss. In his assessment of the match, Holder explained that improvement in several key areas could have won them the match.“We weren’t up to scratch today: in the field, we were a little sloppy, we missed a few chances. I felt we bowled pretty well up to the 45th over, but we lost our way in the last couple of overs as well. And obviously when we batted, not a lot of partnerships upfront.”Reflecting on the condition of the Providence pitch and the difficulty that batsmen have had in the past, Holder noted that the pitch was in fact playable. “Yeah, I felt it was gettable, the pitch was good. It was probably similar to the last time we played Pakistan here; yeah it took a little spin up front ‘cause there was a bit of moisture on it. But nothing that you can’t get around in terms of scoring, probably a pitch that you need to spend a little time on,” the Windies Captain said.Holder also touched a little on local boy Shimron Hetmyer. Praising the young man for his half-century effort, the Captain noted that although Hetmyer has much more work to do in order to knock consistent centuries, he does see a wealth of potential in the young man who hails from Berbice. “He’s a young talented player and I think he’ll learn as time goes on, we just have to invest a little time in him,” he stated.After admitting the faults, the Captain noted that the team are aware of their downfalls and would be working on them ahead of the next match.“I just think we need to improve on all three departments, just sharpen up. The general fielding wasn’t good enough in my opinion. As I said, we missed a few chances. And in terms of our bowling, I think we can execute a lot better at the end; obviously, bowling at two set batsmen at the very end isn’t easy, but I think we could be a lot better at the death bowling,”West Indies and Bangladesh will meet again at the Providence Stadium on Wednesday, July 25 at 14:30h for a day-night one-day encounter.last_img read more

Guyana take on defending champs

first_img– Barnwell narrowly misses centuryToday, Guyana will look to further cement themselves at the top of Zone A when they take on Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional Super50 champions, Windward Islands, in a Day/Night affair which is scheduled to bowl off from 14:00 hrs in Trinidad.After victory on Tuesday against Canada, Guyana are now second in Zone A behind Trinidad & Tobago with ten points. Trinidad are unbeaten in three matches and lead the Group with 13, while Winward Islands are third with seven.Jamaica Scorpions command Zone B with 14 points and their closest rival is the while Leeward Islands, who have just six points.On Tuesday, a career-best, unbeaten 99 from Christopher Barnwell and an even half-century from Raymon Reifer formalised a seven-wicket victory for Guyana Jaguars over Canada.Barnwell led the way with a 76-ball knock that was spiced with seven fours and four sixes and Reifer completed a tidy all-round performance with 50 not out from 58 balls that included three fours and one six, as the 10-time champion secured their second bonus-point victory in the rain-marred contest to move into second-place in Group “A” on 10 points.In the other contest, rain forced a no-result between Windies B and Windward Islands.At the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, chasing 203 for victory, the Jaguars always looked ahead of the game, even though they lost a cluster of wickets in the space of 12 deliveries that left them woozy on 51 for three in the eighth over.But left-hander Reifer came to the crease and settled the nerves, when he linked with Barnwell to put on a record 153 – unbroken – for the fourth wicket that got the Jags over the finish line in 29.4 overs – a healthy enough scoring rate to earn them a bonus point.The partnership eclipsed the fourth wicket record for the Jaguars established last year by Barnwell and Windies batsman Shimron Hetmyer against Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.No Canadian bowler distinguished himself, but Romesh Galkandage Don poached 2-29 from six overs.Earlier, Navneet Dhaliwal hit the score for Canada of 88 from 110 balls that contained seven fours and three sixes and was the glue that held the innings together before his dismissal in the 38th over triggered a slump.He dominated stands of 45 with Harsh Thaker and 43 with Nitish Kumar for the third and fourth wickets respectively, but it was his fifth wicket stand of 59 with skipper David Jacobs that gave the Canadians the basis for a total of 202 for nine in their rain-reduced allocation of 47 overs.Jacobs made 44, but the dismissal of Dhaliwal saw Canada lose five wickets for 37 in the space of 57 delivaries.Jamaica-born, former Windies Under-19 captain and off-spinner Ramaal Lewis, Clinton Pestano and fellow pacer Reifer claimed two wickets apiece.Windwards vs Windies B – No ResultAt Queen’s Park Oval, though opener Tyrone Theophile was forced to retire hurt after the fourth over, Volcanoes had made a strong start to reach 48 without loss in their pursuit of 221 for victory, when wet conditions, due to rain, forced the remainder of their innings to be abandoned.Veteran left-handed opener Devon Smith was not out on 27 and former WINDIES batsman Kirk Edwards was not out nine.Earlier, Alick Athanaze continued his good form with the ball, grabbing 3-49 from 10 overs, to be the pick of the Volcanoes bowlers, as WINDIES “B” were bowled out for 220 in 48.4 overs.Fellow slow bowlers Larry Edward and Kavem Hodge supported with two wickets apiece.Windies B got starts from several of their top-order batsmen with Keagan Simmons leading the way with 57 from 83 balls that included five fours.Tevin Imlach supported with 43, Kimani Melius made 33, Kirstan Kallicharran added 29 and WINDIES “B” captain, veteran batsman Marlon Samuels got 24.Windies B too, started strongly, reaching 142 for three in the 28th over, but they ran out of steam in the second half of the innings, as the Volcanoes bowlers worked their way through.last_img read more

Bank adds assets, but loss grows

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Bank of Santa Clarita, the only locally owned bank, continued its growth in the first quarter, boasting a 9.1 percent increase in assets since the end of the year. Assets totaled $118.4 million on March 31, the end of the quarter, compared with $108.6 million on Dec. 31. The bank generated $10.5 million in loans, a 12.2 percent increase for the quarter. Interest income reached $1.8 million, compared with $1 million at year’s end. The three-year-old bank’s net loss for the quarter was $210,000 compared with a net loss of $134,000 for the first quarter of 2006. That was attributed to the opening in February of its second branch, in Canyon Country. “We continue to be pleased with both the growth and development of the bank as reflected through our first quarter results,” said James D. Hicken, president and chief executive officer. “While we reported a loss for the quarter, it was well within our expectations and takes into account the start up expenses of our new branch located in Canyon Country.”last_img read more

B.C. implements province wide campfire ban

first_imgEffective at noon Friday July 3, 2015, the Province of B.C. will implement a Province wide ban on all open burning, including campfires.This extraordinary step is being taken to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. Unseasonably hot and dry weather is being experienced around the province and any preventable, human-caused fires divert critical personnel and resources from other incidents. The BC Wildfire Service is responding to over 150 activefires in the province.This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.- Advertisement -This ban applies to:* open fires of any size, including campfires;* the use of fireworks, sky lanterns and tiki torches;Advertisement This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. Please check with civic authorities for any restrictions before lighting a fire.Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs. * burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description;* the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for rifle target practice); and* the use of air curtain burners (forced-air burning systems).This prohibition does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. It also does not apply to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, with a flame length of 15 centimetres or less. The use of this equipment may be prohibited locally and at a later time if deemed necessary so check “current fire bans” online at: www.bcwildfire.ca. The use of a portable campfire apparatus that does not meet the conditions noted above is prohibited.Advertisementlast_img read more

West Ham boost! Song will NOT play in Africa Cup of Nations after retiring from international football

first_img West Ham star Alex Song West Ham have received a huge boost with the confirmation Alex Song will NOT play in the Africa Cup of Nations after announcing his retirement from international football.The on-loan Cameroon star hasn’t played for his country since being sent off against Croatia in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup, and was left out of their squad for the upcoming competition.However, the Hammers feared they would lose the midfielder for the rest of the month after he flew back to his homeland to discuss his international future with the Cameroon Football Federation and the possibility of appearing in the cup afterall.But those fears have now been allayed, with Song announcing in a statement on Tuesday evening that he has decided to quit the national team.“Since the World Cup in the summer and my subsequent exclusion from the Cameroon squad for the African Cup of Nations I have taken the decision to retire from international football,” he said.“It is true that there were some discussions of late to include me in the squad for this tournament but I feel after a lot of careful thought and numerous discussions with my family this is the right decision.“My love for my country will never change but I want to take time to focus purely on domestic football and start to rebuild my career at West Ham United. I wish Cameroon all the best and the team will always be in my heart.”Song joined West Ham on a season-long loan from Barcelona last August having struggled for first-team football at the Spanish giants following his £15million move from Arsenal in 2012.The 27-year-old has played a major role in the Hammers’ impressive form this season and manager Sam Allardyce recently spoke about his hopes of being able to tie the midfielder down to a long-term deal.West Ham have slipped to seventh in the Premier League standings after winning just one of their last five games, but are still only five points behind third-placed Manchester United. 1last_img read more

BAILEY HAS A NEW HOME (THANK YOU!)

first_imgBailey is happy at his new homeLabrador Bailey has a new home – thanks to you.His owners are moving and were unable to take Bailey with them.He’s nine years old and they were finding it hard to find a new home for him. But Bridgeen Doherty told Donegal Daily this evening: “He has a new home.“He is out in the countryside with a young family with acres of land.“I’d like to thank Donegal Daily and its readers so much for your help. We couldn’t have got him the new home without your help!”  BAILEY HAS A NEW HOME (THANK YOU!) was last modified: March 15th, 2016 by John2Share 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:BaileyLabradorlast_img read more

BUSINESSES MAKE MOST OF THE DONEGAL CATCH

first_imgA GROUP of 12 ambitious seafood entrepreneurs from County Donegal have become the first in the North West region to benefit from a new intensive business development programme, writes Kitty O’Mara.The official graduation ceremony took place yesterday in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey.The Donegal Seafood Development Programme was introduced in the North East region after a similar syllabus was made available to participants in coastal communities in West Cork and Wexford. Aimed at both start-up and existing seafood enterprises, the course was co-ordinated by BIM, the Seafood Development Agency, in conjunction with Donegal County Enterprise Board. Training and mentoring support was delivered by James Burke and Associates. The course is target driven and tailored to each of the company’s specific needs, providing the companies with the necessary tools to achieve their business objectives.Participants were mentored in core areas of business development including strategic planning, market trends and distribution and route to market. The entrepreneurs were also given a talk from one of Ireland’s most well known business men and entrepreneurs, Bobby Kerr (chief executive of Insomnia and one of the dragons on RTE’s Dragons’ Den).To get to grips with what is required to run a successful seafood business, the participants were given a tour of seafood businesses in Howth, Co Dublin. The group were given an insight into merchant seafood retailing from some of the famous seafood retailers in Howth including Nicki’s Plaice. To learn more about distribution in the retail market, the group visited Oceanpath, one of Ireland’s most successful seafood processors and met Lenny Fearon, executive chef from the Convention Centre Dublin, to understand the quality demands for seafood at larger functions.Donal Buckley, business development and innovation manager BIM, believes that the new programme has ensured that local seafood companies are fully-prepared for the opportunities and challenges of a contemporary marketplace: “We’re confident that the Donegal Seafood Development Programme will mean a boost for local seafood companies that are determined to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills and strategically develop their businesses. Donegal is renowned for its quality seafood and the fishing industry is vital to the local economy. The demands of the marketplace mean that businesses in the region have to rethink and reposition themselves to ensure the products they are offering are innovative and value-added. After nearly ten months’ intensive training, it is exciting to see that some of the companies have used what they have learnt on the course to develop a number of new products which, if brought to market, will generate sales and jobs for the Donegal area.”As a next step, BIM are in consultation with Letterkenny IT to develop a Seafood Innovation Hub in the northwest which will offer companies product development facilities and access to trained graduates to assist in growing their business capabilities.BUSINESSES MAKE MOST OF THE DONEGAL CATCH was last modified: October 27th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:BallybofeyBIMGreencastleKillybegsLetterkenny ITlast_img read more

HARTE WELCOMES SCHOOL BURSARIES FOR DISADVANTAGED IN DONEGAL

first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte has welcomed today’s announcement of a new set of bursaries, aimed solely at students from disadvantaged backgrounds, as a welcome move that prioritises financial support for DEIS students.“For low income families, who often live on a week to week basis, the financial commitment needed to allow a son or daughter go onto third level can hugely influence a student’s decision on whether or not to go to college.“Thankfully, this new bursary system will provide additional financial support for 60 families that will greatly help with the costs of sending a family member to college,” he said. He said Donegal students are at a disadvantage with the cost of travel and accommodation if they go to third level outside Donegal and this move is positive for families in the county.“With these bursaries, 60 students from DEIS schools, and who hold medical cards, will receive a bursary of €2,000 each this September. This number will rise over each of the next three years, with over 350 students a year benefiting by 2015. The awards will be on the basis of the leaving cert results achieved by students.“Students who are awarded bursaries will also be entitled to apply for student grants towards the cost of maintenance and the student contribution.“In very challenging economic times we have to ensure our educational supports are targeted and fair. This means focusing on areas of educational disadvantage as it is the least well off who are the most affected by financial costs of education. “Studies have shown that DEIS works in tackling educational disadvantage with benefits for students, their families and their communities. With these reforms, we will further reward high achievement in DEIS schools to allow these students fulfil their potential.”“I look forward to seeing these new scholarships in operation and I commend the Minister for his work in this area.”HARTE WELCOMES SCHOOL BURSARIES FOR DISADVANTAGED IN DONEGAL was last modified: April 11th, 2012 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:Senator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNTY NEWS

first_imgGlenties Charity 5K Run /Walk:On Saturday 5th October a 5K Run / Walk will take place at 1 p.m. from the Community Centre, Glenties in aid of D.C.I.L. and Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland. Register from 12 p.m. at the Community Centre. Adults € 10 and Juniors € 5. Contact number is 087 1373924. Refreshments will be served afterwards.Wedding Bells: Congratulations and Best Wishes to Grainne Boyle and Brian Delaney, who were married in St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday 27th September 2013. Grainne is a daughter of Johnny and Christine Boyle, Highlands Hotel, Glenties and Brian is a son of the late Noel and Mary Delaney, Dublin.Sympathy:Sincere sympathy is extended to Peadar Molloy and family, Lacklea on the death recently of Peadar’s brother, Patrick Molloy, Dooish, Ballybofey and formerly of Mully, Glenties; also to Patrick’s wife and family and all other relatives and friends.Harvest Thanksgiving: Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held in the Church of Ireland, Glenties next Sunday 6th October at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.Áras Sheagháin Bháin:Béidh na Ranganna seo a leanas ag toiseacht sa leabharlann: Giotár – Luan, 7i.n; Gaeilge – Dhéardaoin, 7 i.n.; Fideal – Dé Domhnaigh, 2 i.n. Le clárú – Fón: 95 46071; Táille – €40Áras Sheagháin Bháin:The following classes will be starting in The Library – Guitar – Monday 7 p.m. Irish – Thursday 7 p.m. Fiddle – Sunday 2 p.m. To register 9546071; Fee: €40. Glenties Day Care Centre:Glenties Day Care Centre is trying to build up a Library so that clients can avail of books to read in the days ahead. It would be greatly appreciated that if anyone has suitable books to donate that you would leave them at The Centre or alternatively please contact 9551766 and the books will be collected from you.Céilí, Sets and Two-Hand Dance Classes:Céilí, Sets and Two – Hand Dance Classes will commence in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties on Wednesday 9th October from 8 p.m.-9.30 p.m. Tuition by Connie & Anne. Glenties Care of The Aged CEP Scheme:Participants are required for the Glenties Care of The Aged CEP Scheme commencing in October. Applications can be made in writing to the Day Centre, Glenties, or by telephone 087 153 9018.The Country Boy:The Balor REP & Bluestacks Festival Present ‘The Country Boy’ by John Murphy in The Community Centre Glenties on Friday October 4th at 8.30pm admission €12 / €10 Booking 0719851375 or tickets available at the door on the night.Child & Family Counselling Service:There will be a Church gate collection in the local churches in aid of the counselling service on Saturday & Sunday 5th & 6th October. Your support for this cause would be greatly appreciated.DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNTY NEWS was last modified: October 4th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNTY NEWSlast_img read more