The Constitution

first_imgDear Editor,The Constitution of our country, as in every other democracy, is a body of fundamental principles or established precedents by which we have all agreed to be governed.It is a body of laws that set the standard for every facet of our lives and it is not to be trifled with nor be picked apart piecemeal to accommodate partisan whims and fancies.A Constitution is the cornerstone of every principled democracy and allows for parliamentarians to vote their conscience. This ruling is fundamental to a democratic state and is considered a normal piece of business in true democracies where legislators are not threatened with compliance to party policies. If lawmakers in Guyana have to toe the party line, the country would in essence regress to being a dictatorship as during the PNC’s previous time in office.With regard to the current impasse following the successful passage of last December’s No-Confidence Motion, several letter writers continue to advance arguments for compromise and for interpretations of the law that favour partisan views and are clearly unconstitutional. While democratic governance encourages debate, discussion and compromise, the decisions taken at the end of the day always have to comply with the rule of law which is inviolable and assures fairness and justice for everyone involved.The Constitution was crafted for just such contentious times when the country stands divided and steadying the ship means holding fast to the rules that have been agreed to and which guarantee the rights and privileges of every single citizen without fear or favour.It provides a clear path through the obstructions and partisan views being thrown in its way and as Guyana still awaits long-overdue elections, it is crucial that the newly appointed GECOM Chair Justice Claudette Singh acts to protect and guarantee the constitutional right of the electorate to participate in free and fair elections which will, in turn, ensure our continued status as a democracy.Sincerely,Ryhaan Shahlast_img read more

Korkpor Reveals ‘Blackmail’ From Unnamed Media Houses

first_imgChief Justice of Liberia, His Honor Francis S. Korkpor, yesterday descended strongly on unnamed members of the print and electronic media, who he said were in the habit of issuing threats and other means to blackmail judges in the country.“Whenever their preferred party loses or whenever they are dissatisfied with the outcome of certain cases of their interest, they attribute such loss to wicked intent and conduct of the court,” Justice Korkpor claimed.      He added, “They go about spreading falsehood about the judiciary and issue threats and intimidations intended to blackmail judges.” Chief Justice Korkpor made the statement on Monday, when he addressed the opening of the March 2015 term of court.Appearing very serious, Chief Justice Korkpor reminded his audience, most of whom were lawyers, “While we are making efforts to restore credibility and integrity in the judiciary, a handful of our citizens, and some members of the print and electronic media are bent on discrediting our efforts.”He advised media institutions and citizens to know that a judicial proceeding is not a football game or any game, wherein there may be a draw.”“In a judicial proceeding,” the Chief Justice explained, “it is either all or nothing—that is, one side wins, while the other side loses, unless both sides settle their disagreement before final judgment is rendered in a proceeding.”“Obviously,” he said, “a loser in a judicial proceeding and his or her supporters are not expected to be happy with the outcome of the proceeding, but their disagreement does not entitle them, under the guise of freedom of speech and of the press, to insult, vilify or threaten the judge who made the decision.”According to him, freedom of speech and of the press and its limitations are provided in Chapter III, Article 15 (a) and (e) of the 1986 Liberian Constitution.Article 15 (a) provides that “Every person shall have the right to freedom of expression, being fully responsible for the abuse thereof. This right shall not be curtailed, restricted or enjoined by government during an emergency declared in accordance with the Constitution.”Also, Article 15 (e) provides that “This freedom may be limited only by judicial action in proceedings grounded in defamation or invasion of the rights of privacy and publicity or in the commercial aspect of expression in deception, false adverting and copyright infringement.”But the Chief Justice explained that Article 15 (a), which contains the clause,“being fully responsible of the abuse thereof,” suggests that “there are certain aspects of the right to freedom of speech and of the press which are prohibited by law.”“Thus, while recognizing that the liberty of the press and free expression of citizens are essential to a democratic society, the framers of our Constitution provided in Article 15 (e) that this freedom may be limited only by judicial action in judicial proceedings,” he clarified.“Clearly,” the Chief Justice continued, “the provision of subsections (a) and (e) of Article 15 of our Constitution were intended to serve as disincentives for the abuse of the right to freedom of speech and of the press.”Notwithstanding, he emphasized, “This court has in recent years observed with alarming regularity the blurring of the lines between the right to freedom of speech and of the press, and abuse of that right.“This is constantly done through outright falsehood and invectives spouted out by print and electronic media institutions, talk shows and bloggers, etc.”He stressed that the practice has the propensity to cause citizens to look on the judiciary and judicial officers with unjustified suspicion and disdain; with the intent to bring the judiciary into public distrust.  Such conduct, he warned, does not augur well for Liberia and has to stop.“Let me hasten to say that we in the judiciary respect and hold in high esteem the provision of our Constitution granting freedom of expression to the people,” he declared.“And we welcome criticisms of judicial acts and decisions because this is not only permissible, but it is desirable under a constitutional democracy like ours.”Judges, he said, are not any less immune to public scrutiny than ordinary citizens and members of the other branches of government.”“In fact, as I have indicated, where it is established that a judge or judicial worker is involved in any act of impropriety, appropriate penalty is administered as we have done in the past,” he recalled. “But what cannot be accepted are outright lies, innuendos intended to cast aspersions on and erode public confidence in the judiciary and judicial officials.” Meanwhile, Chief Justice Korkpor warned that the “law gives the Supreme Court the authority to punish any act which offends its dignity, indeed, all courts in other jurisdictions have such authority. Let this be a notice to all.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Development: The Book Definition

first_imgIn our first editorial in this three-part series on development, we explored the common man’s view of development. We said that not having set foot in a classroom was no indication that a man does not know development (or the lack thereof) when he sees it. We established that when he watches a European football match or an American movie, he sees and recognizes development. As such, we argued that leaders should not underestimate or mistake the unlettered for uneducated. Constituents know what they need and expect — good roads, good schools, a clean environment, development. In our second editorial in the series, we defined development at the national as well as the personal level. We also said, however, that the technical specifics of it may vary from nation to nation. For America, it may mean ending its dependence on Arab oil. For Liberia it may mean roads, schools, etc. But we did argue that the world over, development is all the people ever want out of their leaders. Not promises but tangible, sustainable development.In this final piece in the Development series, we want to explore the official, book definition(s) of development to see whether that of the common man holds any water book wise. To that end, our first source was the Business Dictionary, which gave us a four-fold definition of development:1.) The systematic use of scientific and technical knowledge to meet specific objectives or requirements.2.) An extension of the theoretical or practical aspects of a concept, design, discovery, or invention.3.) The process of economic and social transformation that is based on complex cultural and environmental factors and their interactions.4.) The process of adding improvements to a parcel of land, such as grading, subdivisions, drainage, access, roads, utilities.The Business Dictionary went on to define a Developed Economy as:“An economy enjoying sustained economic growth and security. Some of the common characteristics of a developed economy are low birth rate and higher life expectancy, high level of literacy and a well trained workforce and the export of high value added goods. High gross domestic product is also a common measure of a developed economy.”Our second source, the site Globalization101.org, provided a more qualitative definition of development:“The term ‘development’ in international parlance… encompasses the need and the means by which to provide better lives for people in poor countries. It includes not only economic growth, although that is crucial, but also human development—providing for health, nutrition, education, and a clean environment.”Finally, we went to the Center for Global Development, which provided a most comprehensive definition:“Traditional welfare economics had focused on incomes as the main measure of well-being until [the] ground-breaking work [of Nobel-prize winning economist Amartya Sen] in the 1980’s which showed that that poverty involved a wider range of deprivations in health, education and living standards which were not captured by income alone. His ‘capabilities approach’ led to introduction of the UN Human Development Index, and subsequently the Multidimensional Poverty Index, both of which aim to measure development in this broader sense. Then in 1999 Sen moved the goalposts again with his argument that freedoms constitute not only the means but the ends in development.“Sen’s view is now widely accepted: development must be judged by its impact on people, not only by changes in their income but more generally in terms of their choices, capabilities and freedoms; and we should be concerned about the distribution of these improvements, not just the simple average for a society.“But to define development as an improvement in people’s well-being does not do justice to what the term means to most of us. Development also carries a connotation of lasting change. Providing a person with a bednet or a water pump can often be an excellent, cost-effective way to improve her well-being, but if the improvement goes away when we stop providing the bednet or pump, we would not normally describe that as development. This suggests that development consists of more than improvements in the well-being of citizens, even broadly defined: it also conveys something about the capacity of economic, political and social systems to provide the circumstances for that well-being on a sustainable, long-term basis.“Development is instead a system-wide manifestation of the way that people, firms, technologies and institutions interact with each other within the economic, social and political system.”We rest our case, as does the common man.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police rank slapped with DUI charge

first_imgMandela Avenue fatal accidentPolice Constable Ryan Persaud, implicated in the fatal accident of Akemo Anthony Bristol which occurred on September 1 at Mandela Avenue in Georgetown, appeared on Thursday before Georgetown Magistrate Marissa Mittelholzer on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, and was placed on $25,000 bail.Represented by Attorney-at-Law Eusi Anderson, the 23-year-old Police rank denied the charge, which alleges that on the day in question, he drove Guyana Police Force minibus PVV 4652 while his blood alcohol level was over the legally allowed limit.Persaud’s defence attorney made application for bail to be granted in a reasonableDead: Akemo Bristolamount, and Magistrate Mittelholzer, in placing Persaud on $25,000 bail, ordered that he lodge all his travel documents with the court, and return for trial on October 11, 2018.Even though Persaud is not yet facing a causing death charge, he is likely, in the coming days, to be arraigned in court in this regard, since the matter is still being investigated.RecapOn Saturday, September 1st, at about 23:40h, twenty-three-year-old Akemo Anthony Bristol of Lot 338 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown was allegedly struck down and killed by Police minibus PVV 4652, being driven at the time by Police Constable Ryan Persaud.Persaud has been accused of speeding, and more so, of being under the influence of alcohol at time of the accident.He reportedly attempted to escape the scene following the incident.This publication previously reported that the Police Constable and Bristol were both travelling along Mandela Avenue when the collision occurred.The impact reportedly flung Bristol into a nearby gutter while his mangled motorcycle ended up under the minibus.Extracted from the gutter with visible injuries about his body, Bristol was rushed to the GPHC, where he subsequently died while receiving medical attention.He leaves to mourn his four-year-old son, parents and siblings.last_img read more

Rugby’s return a learning experience

first_imgAfter the two teams shook hands, Grande Prairie showed respect to the league’s newest team with a loud cheer to show their respects.Greschner says it felt really good to hear those cheers from the other team, because as the game went on, he said frustration started to build towards Grande Prairie, as it usually does in contact sports. He said it really helped cool the team’s nerves, and was a really classy move on their part. The following day does not feel as good for Greschner, who says he is really feeling the effects that the notoriously physical game took on his body. However, bumps and bruises fade, while an athletes’ competitive drive does not.“I really loved it. It was the first game I ever played and it was great. I can’t wait until our next game.”Advertisement Despite a 35-0 loss, the focus of Thursday’s game wasn’t to earn a victory, but to welcome back the game of rugby and to just get through the first game, which was a crash course in the sport for a number of students who had never played the game before.Ben Greschner, a grade 11 student at North Peace Secondary who plays the position of fly out for the Roughnecks, said nerves were high before the team’s first ever rugby game, but they used that nervousness to pump themselves up for what would be a much more physical game than any of the players anticipated.“As a team we didn’t really know what to expect and were kind of nervous, but we used that to pump ourselves up,” he said after the game. “As the game progressed we continued to learn on the fly and eventually started piecing our game together.”- Advertisement -Greschner’s words were an accurate description of the team’s performance, as the Roughnecks looked a bit overwhelmed at the start of the game, which was when the majority of tries were scored by Grande Prairie. However, halfway through the game competition stiffened up on both ends as Fort St. John showed great signs of improvement as the game was much more evenly played and the team spent much less time on the defensive side of the game.It was a extra special game for the fly out, as his father was a member of the Fort St. John Moosemen, a former Fort St. John men’s rugby team.Following the game, Greschner says the team wasn’t disappointed with the results, as they didn’t expect to beat the experienced Grande Prairie team. The team left the field with high spirits, congratulating one another, receiving praise from their coaches, and even the opposition.Advertisement The team will have the weekend to recover, then it’s back to the basics as practice resumes next week, with the Roughnecks next home game taking place Thursday, May 10 against Dawson Creek at 5:30 p.m.last_img read more

Expert Eye: Tottenham transfer target is ‘the total package’ – worth £15m?

first_img PSV and Netherlands winger Memphis Depay 1 Another winger. Just what Tottenham need, right?Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela are three players already vying for a place in the team’s wide areas.However, Memphis Depay, one of the World Cup’s most impressive players, could be bought for around £15m and that is hard to turn down. The rumour is that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to reinforce the flanks and Depay, who scored two goals in four games for the Netherlands in Brazil, is the man to do it.Here’s what the experts had to say about PSV’s 20-year-old sensation…That goal is typical of Memphis. He has a great shot, can dribble like no other. Memphis actually has the total package– Netherlands assistant coach Patrick Kluivert hailed Depay after his goal against Australia at the World CupWhat I like about Memphis is that he picks things up so quickly. What he is doing is very mature for his age. It’s a childhood dream [playing for his country at the World Cup]. We do click well and I really love his beautiful style of play– Netherlands captain and Man United striker Robin van PersieHe has a body of a true athlete, power and flair. I’m not afraid of him losing his head. His drive is huge. I like him a lot– PSV team-mate Stijn SchaarsMemphis is one of the greatest talents of the Netherlands, a very passionate and ambitious guy too. If he continues his development in this way, the club is going to have a lot of fun with him around– PSV technical director Marcel Brandslast_img read more

Going South: Bucs clinch division title

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson If the finale was any indication, complacency won’t be a problem. Tampa Bay was assured a playoff berth when the Giants beat the Raiders on Saturday night, but needed to beat the Saints (3-13) to finish a worst-to-first division turnaround that few envisioned when the season began. The Bucs lost 20 of 32 games and missed the playoffs the past two seasons, the first team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl and then post losing records the following two years. “That was one of our goals, to win the NFC South, and we found a way to do it,” cornerback Ronde Barber said. “Regardless of what 2004 was all about, 2005 gave us a new opportunity. Everybody jumped at it, believed in it, worked for it.” Joey Galloway has been a big part of the transformation, rebounding from injuries that sidelined him part of 2004 with 83 receptions for 1,287 yards, including TD catches of 7 and 4 yards from Chris Simms on Sunday. TAMPA, Fla. – Even as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were slipping into hats commemorating their first NFC South crown in three years, linebacker Derrick Brooks was issuing a stern message to his teammates. “It’s just the first leg of the championship – division, conference and Super Bowl,” the nine-time Pro Bowl selection said Sunday after the Bucs beat the New Orleans Saints 27-13 to guarantee themselves a home playoff game. “As good as this feels, we’re looking to feel even better next week.” Tampa Bay (11-5) will play host Washington on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium, where the Bucs are 6-2 this season. “Everyone feels the same way we feel, that their chances are just as good as ours,” Brooks said. “If everybody is not feeling that way in this locker room, I hope to have a conversation with them.” center_img The loss was the 11th in 12 games for the Saints, who essentially played all 16 games on the road after Katrina forced them to flee New Orleans for San Antonio. “This is not a 3-13 football team. They’ve been through a lot,” New Orleans coach Jim Haslett said. “I’m not happy with our record. But if you could have seen the circumstances, the things they went through, you’d be proud of this team.” 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

Tottenham BLOW! Hugo Lloris out for FOUR WEEKS with hamstring injury

first_imgTottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be out of action for FOUR WEEKS with a hamstring injury, the Premier League club have announced.The France number one suffered the problem during Spurs’ Premier League opener against Everton on Saturday.Lloris clattered the post with his leg midway through the first-half when he attempted to save Ross Barkley’s opening goal at Goodison Park.Barkley’s lofted free kick sailed into the box and was missed by everyone, including Lloris, as it sailed straight into the net.But concedeing was not the only blow Spurs suffered, as Lloris was forced off moments later and replaced by Spurs number two Michel Vorm.More to follow… 1 Hugo Lloris last_img read more

DD FOOD: EASY TO MAKE CHOCOLATE AND COCONUT SQUARES

first_imgDD FOOD: EASY CHOCOLATE AND COCONUT SQUARESIngredients:-2 Cups of desiccated coconut-1/2 cup of melted coconut oil-125ml-3 Tablespoons good quality honey/maple syrup-140g dark chocolateAdd all the ingredients except the chocolate to your food processor for five minutes. You should have a sticky mixture. Press the mixture firmly into a baking tin lined with parchment paper. Pop in the freezer for about half an hour to set. Melt the chocolate and put some parchment paper on a large plate or baking sheet.Remove the coconut from the freezer and cut into squares.Dip the bars into the dark chocolate and place them on the parchment paper.When you’ve coated all of them put them in the fridge or freezer until the chocolate hardens. Easy!DD FOOD: EASY TO MAKE CHOCOLATE AND COCONUT SQUARES was last modified: May 28th, 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:DD FOODDonegal Daily FoodEASY CHOCOLATE AND COCONUT SQUARESrecipeslast_img read more

OUTRAGE AS HUGE POTHOLE DAMAGES CARS IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgResidents in Letterkenny are up in arms after a massive pothole caused damage to several cars.The large pothole at Crievesmith in Letterkenny.The large crater in the Crievesmith area close to Oldtown say the pothole is there several days.They say they have contacted the council but no action has been taken. The pothole is situated at a junction and cars are being forced into the wrong side of the road to avoid the pothole.“What does it take to get a few shovels of tar to fill this hole,” asked one resident. OUTRAGE AS HUGE POTHOLE DAMAGES CARS IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: January 21st, 2015 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)last_img read more