Proclamation issued for General and Regional Elections on March 2, 2020

first_imgAfter much pressure by the international community, civil society and the Opposition in Guyana, caretaker President David Granger has issued two proclamations for the holding of General and Regional Elections on Monday, March 2, 2020.In a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency on Monday evening, it was stated that “the President, by the power vested in him by Article 61 of the Constitution of Guyana to, by proclamation, appoint the day for an election under Article 60 (2) appoints 2nd March 2020 as the day on which an election of members of the National Assembly shall be held.”The Constitution at Article 61 states: “An election of members of the National Assembly under Article 60 (2) shall be held on such day within three months after every dissolution of Parliament as the President shall appoint by proclamation.”According to the release, similarly, Granger has proclaimed March 2, 2020, “the same day as appointed under Article 61 of the Constitution for the holding of elections of members of the National Assembly, as the day on which elections of members of the Regional Democratic Councils shall be held”.Article 73 (2) of the Constitution states: “Elections of members of Regional Democratic Councils shall be held and the councils shall be dissolved at such times as, subject to paragraph (3), the President may appoint by proclamation.”On September 25, in his address to the nation, Granger had announced that after discussions with Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Retired Justice Claudette Singh, the earliest possible date for the holding of General and Regional Elections would be March 2, 2020.Granger’s proclamation comes as pressure mounted on the caretaker coalition Government from the international community, the Organisation of American States (OAS) being the latest organisation calling for the issuance of a proclamation for the hosting of General and Regional Elections in Guyana next year.After almost a year of procrastination following his Government’s defeat in a No-Confidence Motion, President Granger last week announced the March 2, 2020 date for elections.It was only on Monday last that the Commonwealth urged the President to call elections immediately. Similar calls also came from the United States, British and European Union diplomatic representatives.Given the political situation that existed in Guyana, the silence of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) has been described as disgraceful by former Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy.On Monday, Dr Ramsammy said that one of the most frequently asked questions in Guyana today was why Caricom was missing in action and silent as a doorknob.The notable silence did not go down well with the former Minister, who added that Caricom officials were not really missing in action as they could be seen jetting around the world, showing up everywhere, talking about democracy everywhere except in Guyana, caring nothing whatsoever that democracy was dead in Guyana.He added that it was “shameful” that Caricom was begging the United Nations to intervene to stop certain nations interfering with Venezuela’s sovereignty, but had not said a word at the UN or in Guyana about the egregious violations of the Constitution in Guyana.In a rare utterance on the coalition Government’s conduct, Secretary General Irwin LaRocque had said a few months back that Caricom was keeping a close eye on proceedings in Guyana.last_img read more

Humboldt State’s Ja’Quan Gardner, Alex Cappa named preseason All-Americans

first_imgARCATA >> Ask Ja’Quan Gardner about what allows him to do what he’s able to accomplish on the ground, and it won’t take too long before he’s talking up his offensive linemen.So, in that case, it’s fitting that both Gardner and the Jacks’ top offensive lineman have both been recognized before the 2016 season has even began.Gardner, the Jacks’ dynamic junior running back, and junior offensive lineman Alex Cappa have been named preseason All-Americans by D2football.com, it was announced late …last_img

Photos: Kevin Durant vs. James Harden in Game 1 of NBA playoff semifinals

first_imgThe Golden State Warriors’ matchup with the Houston Rockets lived up to the height in terms of tension, but when it came to the style of play, it was a mix of sloppy and tough basketball.Points came at a premium in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals and the leading scorers were the Warriors’ Kevin Durant and the Rockets’ James Harden. They both went about leading their teams in different ways. Durant did most of his damage from two-point range while Harden lived off the three-point …last_img

Wish Kid August Wold spends the day as an Oakland Athletic

first_imgOAKLAND — Every day since birth, August Wold has suffered through a gastrointestinal disorder.The 8-year-old’s wish (through the Make-A-Wish Foundation) was simply to be an Oakland Athletic for one of those days. The A’s granted him that wish on Saturday, complete with official release announcing the A’s transaction. Wold’s entire family — his parents, grandparents and siblings — all joined him, decked out in A’s apparel.Wold, suited up in kelly green A’s threads, sat with closer Liam …last_img

‘Toast’ with SA wine on Facebook

first_img1 February 2008South African winemaker Perdeberg is hoping to win the allegiance of a younger, savvier breed of customer by launching a new campaign that promotes the brand through social networking website Facebook as well as Media24’s blogging sites – and rewarding users with bottles of wine.Perdeberg Winery said in a statement on Thursday that it had launched the “Clink to win” application for the Facebook website, which allows the site’s users to raise a glass of Perdeberg’s finest to anyone else and then rewards them for doing so.“Through a tactic that gets people raising glasses online, the campaign will help raise awareness of Perdeberg Wines,” the statement said.“Masses of cases of Perdeberg wine are being gives as prizes to the users who receive the most toasts and to users who spread the word the most,” said Perdeberg. “And just for the fun of it, random prizes are also being awarded to Facebook users just for raising a glass to something they like.”Blogging enthusiasts can also raise a glass of Perdeberg wine to their favourite blogs on any of the 24.com blog sites, and by “clinking” to a blog they like, readers and bloggers alike stand a chance to win Perdeberg wines every week.The bloggers who receive the most glasses raised each week also stand a chance of winning a case of Perderberg wines.“The aim of the campaign is to facilitate online interaction – Perdeberg Wines is rewarding users, networkers, readers and bloggers alike by encouraging online applause for what they appreciate online,” Perdeberg said.“Altogether, Perdeberg is giving away over 3200 bottles of wine over the next five months.”Established in 1941, Perdeberg Winery is situated at the foot of the Paardeberg Mountain and is named after the mountain zebra that used to roam the area – giving rise to the name by which the winery refers to itself: “the one with the zebra”.The cooperative of wine estates has 42 individually managed vineyards, most of which are taken care of by third-generation producers.Perdeberg is the second South African winemaker to make use of innovative campaigns to promote its wines. Wellington-based winemaker Stormhoek has made use of blogging, a Facebook group and a YouTube channel to promote its wines, while also rewarding users with bottles of wine.More information on Perdeberg’s innovative promotion campaign and prizes that can be won, as well as a link to the Facebook application, can be found on the winermaker’s Clink to Win website.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

‘Congress will work for common man’

first_imgContinuing his diatribe against the BJP leadership, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said his party, if elected in Rajasthan, would work with empathy for the common people and help out the farmers and labourers, who he said were suffering in the BJP rule. Mr. Gandhi assured that the Congress regime would waive farmers’ loans once again. Mr. Gandhi addressed a Maha Sankalp Rally in Bikaner at the end of his two-day visit to Rajasthan, where he undertook a roadshow in three districts and addressed the national executive meeting of the Youth Congress and a convention of young entrepreneurs in Jaipur.Addressing the huge rally at the Medical College grounds in Bikaner, Mr. Gandhi said the Congress would not make “tall and unrealistic” promises before the Assembly polls, but would work with honesty and diligence to resolve the grievances of unemployed youth, farmers, small shopkeepers and those spending their lives in penury.“Our Chief Minister’s doors will be open for everyone. The party workers will get respect. Rather than the Prime Minister’s ‘mann ki baat’, we will hear the voice of the unheard,” Mr. Gandhi said, taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio programme.Trying to strike a chord with the audience in the region that has benefited from the Indira Gandhi Canal Project, Mr. Gandhi said the nation was not run by the political parties or individuals, but it was the “youth, farmers, mothers and sisters who were constantly putting in their energy to build the country and their lives.”Mr. Gandhi said the Congress workers at the grassroots would be given importance in the distribution of tickets and no preference would be accorded to “parachute candidates”. “I will cut the parachute threads of someone who joins Congress and wants a ticket at once. Let him work for at least five years.”last_img read more

Northeast groups to protest against govt’s bid to reintroduce Citizenship Bill

first_imgNon-Governmental Organisations across the northeastern States have lined up protest programmes against the Narendra Modi government’s bid to reintroduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said a few days ago that the Centre would reintroduce the Bill in Parliament in November. The proposed legislation was cleared by the Lok Sabha in January but not tabled in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 and grant citizenship to people from minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of stay in India even if they do not possess any proper document. The current requirement is 12 years of stay.In Nagaland capital Kohima, the North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) has scheduled a ‘public protest’ on October 3 to mark the beginning of the campaign against the Bill perceived to be a demographic threat to indigenous communities, some of whom number less than 1,000.NEFIP president Ningthouja Lancha said the organisation had asked all the Legislative Assemblies of the eight north-eastern States to adopt a resolution against the Bill and urge the Centre to take necessary steps to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.The NEFIP is a conglomerate of 250 social organisations in the northeast.Student organisations Mizo Zirlai Pawl, Khasi Students’ Union and All Manipur Students’ Union have pledged support to the protests.In Assam, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti has sought a united protest by the State’s indigenous organisations against any attempt to pass the Bill. “We will not accept the Bill under any circumstances. It poses a huge threat, which will affect the spirit of democracy. We cannot let this kind of Bill destroy our society,” its leader Akhil Gogoi said.last_img read more

Going ahead

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFacing a determined enemy in battle where where neither side is willing to budge an inch, San Miguel looks to swing the pendulum to its favor when the Beermen and the Magnolia Hotshots break their PBA Philippine Cup Finals series stalemate on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Coach Leo Austria made it clear on Wednesday that his squad wants to end the battle before Monday’s midterm elections, but the Beermen coach knows that won’t be easy.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Of course you can no longer tie it this time around,” he said in Filipino. “One team will take the lead. And it’s likely going to be us.”Santos added that there was tangible resolve in each of his teammates during the postgame huddle in dugout: “We’re all eager to get that lead. We’ve never done it this series, I hope we could in Game 5.”The race-to-four has been in a seesaw pace so far. San Miguel, the four-time champions, absorbed a 99-94 loss in the opener and then bounced back with a collective performance in the next meeting. Magnolia took Game by 3 playing their signature stingy defense before the Beermen clapped back with a dominating show by their cornerstone, June Mar Fajardo.The 6-foot-10 behemoth scored 31 points and pulled down 14 rebounds on a night that also served as his coronation as Best Player of the Conference.“We just did the best we could. Especially June Mar,” Santos said.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re hoping to finish [the series] if we’re fortunate,” he told reporters after scoring a dominant 114-98 win in Game 4 that tied the series at 2-2. “But you never what will happen in the next two games.”“We all know Magnolia is a tough team to beat and they won’t go down quietly because they know that there’s an opportunity out there for them,” he added. “This, after all, is the all-Filipino—the most prestigious conference of the season. We know they’ll work really, really hard.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s going to be exciting,” Austria said.San Miguel veteran Arwind Santos was a little bolder. MOST READ Fancied red lions shoot for second straight win Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more