#JaVotes2016: No cooking gas, no vote

first_img Various party affiliates have, however, been making the rounds in vehicles in an effort to mobilise voters. One resident, who was offered a lift to the polling station told The Gleaner that she refused, as she has no reason to vote. Seventy – five year – old Mercelin Bennett says she will be willing to vote if she was provided with cooking gas. Bennett says she has voted in past elections, but will not yield unless her immediate needs are met, which at this time is gas to prepare her next meal. Voting in the community of Danvers Pen in the St Thomas West constituency is off to a slow start. Most of the persons at the Prospect Primary School polling station in the district are in fact election day workers, with actual voters few and far between.last_img

Another early exit for Socceroos at the World Cup

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Shaq on his Hollywood plans: ‘I want to be the next Rock’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Veteran striker Tim Cahill finally took the field in the 53rd minute for his first action in Russia but couldn’t score a goal in his fourth consecutive World Cup.The worst news to come out of the tournament was that Socceroos attacker Andrew Nabbout requires a shoulder reconstruction and will miss the next six months. Nabbout is flying to Melbourne to have surgery after dislocating his right shoulder in Australia’s draw with Denmark last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I have been told the rehab is about six months,” Nabbout said after missing the loss to Peru. “It’s a painful one but hopefully I can make it back in less and be ready for the Asian Cup (next year).”Australia had its preparations for the World Cup affected by the resignation of Ange Postecoglou as coach shortly after the Socceroos qualified for Russia. Van Marwijk was hired to coach for the World Cup only, and Graham Arnold will soon take over as a fulltime coach. MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town “Agony,” the Daily Telegraph in Sydney said in the headline. It also showed a picture of Cahill touching a goalpost and wondering if it is was his final goodbye to the sport.Dan Colasimone of the Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio said van Marwijk may have made the Socceroos too one dimensional.“In the end, van Marwijk talked a good game — when he spoke to the media at all — but he could not deliver one win at the World Cup for Australia, let alone qualification for the next round,” Colasimone said. “The line Van Marwijk and his players repeated ad nauseam, in lieu of any clear public discussion of plans or formations or tactics, was that this side was built to deal with any situation, any opposition. Yet it was only really built to limit damage against superior sides.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Australia’s Aaron Mooy reacts at the end of group C match between Australia and Peru, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)SYDNEY — Any Australians who didn’t stay up to watch the World Cup woke up Wednesday to the inevitable news that their Socceroos failed to make it past the group stage for the third consecutive tournament.Caretaker coach Bert van Marwijk’s tenure is over after the Australians lost 2-0 to Peru in their last group game and slumped to last place in a tough Group C which also included France and Denmark. The match began at midnight on Australia’s east coast.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

MOJ Bows to Supreme Court’s Demand

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has finally bowed to a long standing Supreme Court demand to submit documentary evidence as to whether it was paying Atty. Sam Solomon, for the seven years and six months he worked as senior prosecutor at the Monrovia City Court.The ministry agreed to the demand after Justice in Chamber, Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks threatened Minister Benedict F.Sannoh with contempt charges for failing to submit the documents.  He further threatened to force the government to pay Atty. Solomon his claimed benefits in the amount of US$143, 905.88 if the documents were not submitted.Justice Banks gave government two weeks to prepare the required documents.The submission apparently reduces tension between the Supreme Court and the MOJ, which is also battling Atty. Solomon over his claim of US$143,905.88 unpaid salary and other benefits, representing 88 months, which his lawyer is seeking to compel the Liberian government to settle.A source at Justice Banks’ office hinted to the Daily Observer yesterday, “It was the County Attorney for Montserrado, Cllr. Daku Mulbah, who presented the documents on behalf of Minister Sannoh.”The source did not say what amount of payment and the number of months worked were stated on the documents presented by the Ministry of Justice to the lead government lawyer.“I don’t know how much money appeared on the document as payment to Atty. Solomon. All I do know is that the document only included allowances and other benefits. It did not include salary.“Those documents bore the signature of Atty. Solomon.”  Prior to the submission, government lawyers argued that Atty. Solomon was never employed, but rather he served in the position as a volunteer, a claim Atty. Solomon has continued to deny, arguing that he was employed by the Ministry but did not receive a dime.When he was contacted by journalists at the Temple of Justice, the former senior prosecutor maintained his argument that he was employed by the Ministry of Justice, denying ever signing for any money as “allowance.”He described the ministry’s action as a “criminal attempt to subvert the payment of his just benefits.”“I have never signed for any allowance.  If they say I did, let them stand before me and say it. If the Supreme Court could consider my suggestion then let them send us to do signature verification anywhere,” the senior prosecutor challenged.“These are people who are trying to bring problems between the government which I have served so diligently, and me,” adding, “I have served in the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as a Colonel.”“I will never leave the case, and even if I die my family will still pursue it,” Atty. Solomon vowed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GECOM’s Chairman steps down!

first_imgGuyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, has stepped down and handed in his resignation for the position, which the Caribbean Court of Justice recently found, that he was unconstitutionally holding.Former GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, being sworn in in October 2017This announcement was made on Tuesday after Patterson met with President David Granger. The vacating of the position came days after public pressure for the CCJ ruling to be accepted.In a statement following the meeting between Granger and Patterson, Government’s commitment to accept the ruling invalidating Patterson’s appointment was reiterated. This would mean that Government has finally accepted the CCJ’s ruling that the President does, in fact, have to give reasons before he can reject an entire list of candidates.While Patterson’s stepping down was his way of formally demitting office, the step is in actuality a matter of fact gesture. This is since the CCJ has already recognised that by virtue of its ruling, Patterson was already fired from his position.According to CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders on Monday during the post-judgement hearing, GECOM, in fact, has no legal Chairman since the court ruled on June 18 against Patterson’s appointment.“In relation to the GECOM case, by concluding that the procedure was flawed and in breach of the Constitution, the inexorable result unless that result is somehow stayed, is that there isn’t a GECOM Chairman. And that process has to be re-engaged,” he had said.In addition, Attorney General Basil Williams, when questioned about Patterson’s continued presence at GECOM, had confirmed that by virtue of the ruling, Patterson was, in fact, no longer the GECOM Chairman.“Well, I am sure that question would be addressed when the time comes but you know the decision of the Court is that the appointment was void ab initio so in effect there is no Chairman,” he said.Who is instructing GECOM’s lawyer?With no meeting of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) since June 4, 2019, who has been instructing the electoral body’s lawyer, Stanley Marcus?Marcus, SC, has been leading GECOM’s case before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in relation to the No-Confidence Motion related cases.Marcus told the CCJ on June 24 that GECOM must have House-To-House Registration and that the earliest a voters’ list will be ready is by December 25, 2019 – pushing elections which ought to have been held since before March 21, 2019 – to next year.But the burning question is, how is GECOM’s lawyer arriving at these positions when the Commission has not met to deliberate on these matters. Who is instructing GECOM’s lawyer?Commissioner Sase Gunraj is also in the dark. “The Commission as a whole did not meet or discuss the appointment of Mr Marcus as Counsel for the Commission and I am not sure who is instructing him,” Gunraj told reporters.He was also astounded by the arguments being advanced by Marcus. “I sat in the Court in astonishment, as the purported, and I use this word very deliberately, the purported Counsel for the GECOM, Mr Stanley Marcus is deliberately pronouncing and expounding on the provisions of the National Registration Act and the other attendant legislation that deals with the refreshing of the list…In fact, my astonishment grows because I am not sure who is instructing him.”Patterson, a former High Court Judge who claimed he was an acting Chief Justice in Grenada in his CV because of a “slip of the pen”, was unilaterally appointed to the position of Chairman of GECOM by the President in October 2017. At the time, President Granger had already rejected, with no reason, the three lists submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. These lists comprised a total of 18 names of former judges, persons eligible to be judges and prominent members of civil society.The list of nominees had included anti-corruption advocate Christopher Ram, current Bar Association President Teni Housty, former GECOM Chairman, Retired Major General Joe Singh, Justice of Appeal BS Roy (ret’d), Justice William Ramlall (ret’d), Oneidge Walrond-Allicock, Attorney-at-Law and former Magistrate, Kashir Khan, Attorney-at-Law Nadia Sagar and Gerald Gouveia.The President was heavily criticised for his actions and it is the court challenge filed by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha that eventually resulted in Patterson’s appointment being ruled unconstitutional.Throughout his time at GECOM, Patterson was criticised for favouring the Government-nominated Commissioners with his tie-breaker vote. In one such case, Patterson used his casting vote to break a deadlock and appoint current Deputy Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Roxanne Myers, over the previous DCEO Vishnu Persaud.This is despite Persaud scoring higher marks than Myers during the evaluation process. An investigation by the Ethnic Relations Commission subsequently found that Persaud was the more qualified candidate.Additionally, more controversy soon dogged the former Chairman after the passage of the No-Confidence Motion.Despite constitutional stipulations, in February 2019 Patterson again used his deciding vote and sided with Government Commissioners – this time to pass a motion that new elections could not be held in 90 days as constitutionally mandated.On February 19, 2019, three issues in relation to elections preparation were put to a vote.The first being elections cannot be held in 90 days; the second issue had to do with funding for elections, and the third was for GECOM to return to normalcy.While there was a deadlock with the Government Commissioners voting for the motions and the PPP-nominated Commissioners voting against, Patterson used his casting vote to ensure the motions were carried. The rest is history, with Guyana now several months outside of the timeframe when elections should have been held.last_img read more

Kenyan teams face CAF shut-out over court order

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards players during a past Mashemeji Derby. The two clubs stand a chance to play in next year’s Champions League and Confederations Cup tournaments. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – Kenyan teams might not participate in next year’s CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup if the Court of Appeal upholds a decision by High Court Judge John Mativo suspending the implementation of CAF Club licensing rules, FKF boss Nick Mwendwa says.The Federation on Monday moved to the Appeal Court seeking to overturn the decision which not only suspended club licensing enforcement but also ruled that the top tier league should be composed of 16 and not 18 teams as previously. “CAF has been serious and they have told me they will not admit any club if we have suspended our club licensing rules. We have appealed the decision at the Appeals Court and we wait to see what they rule then after that we will see what next course of action to take,” Mwendwa said on Monday.Winners of the Kenyan Premier League get a ticket to represent the country in the Champions League while those of the GOtv Shield qualify for the Confederations Cup.Tusker FC and Ulinzi Stars who represented the country in the two respective tournaments this year worked round the clock to ensure they all complied to the strict club licensing regulations.Former FKF boss Sam Nyamweya had taken the Federation, Kenyan Premier League and the Sports Disputes Tribunal to court over the decision to expand the league to an 18-team format as well as the implementation of club licensing rules with the court ruling in his favor.Consequently, KPL have already effected the court ruling by suspending Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho’s participation in the league with the two teams having been promoted after the Federation’s decision to expand the league.The league managers have already adjusted the league standings excluding the two clubs.“We have appealed this matter because both teams have players and stakeholders. They have nine matches remaining in the season and hence, it is difficult to implement this without serious ramifications.”“What happens to the players? Will they not play football anymore? Where will they go because the NSL is also almost done?” Mwendwa posed.FKF boss Nick Mwendwa addresses the press during a media briefing on September 25, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMwendwa has also hinted they might take unspecified action on Nyamweya for contravening FIFA rules by taking football matters to court, an act that is against Articles 66-68 of the FIFA statutes of 2012.According to the FIFA statutes; “Recourse to ordinary courts of law is prohibited unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations. Recourse to ordinary courts of law for all types of provisional measures is also prohibited.The associations shall insert a clause in their statutes or regulations, stipulating that it is prohibited to take disputes in the association or disputes affecting leeagues, members of leagues, clubs, members of clubs, players, officials and other association officials to ordinary courts of law, unless the FIFA regulations or binding legal provisions specifically provide for or stipulate.Instead of recourse to ordinary courts of law, provision shall be made for arbitration. Such disputes shall be taken to an independent and duly constituted arbitration tribunal recognized under the rules of the Association or Confederation or to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports).”Mwendwa is meanwhile hopeful that the Appeals Court will make a favorable judgment and on time, saying that the High Court might have made a decision without understanding the dynamics of football.“We have certified this matter as urgent because we want it disposed with as soon as possible. As a Federation we have our own internal mechanisms in terms of judicial processes and the former president should have followed that. We even have the Sports Tribunal,” the federation boss further stated.Meanwhile, both Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho have been enjoined in the case at the Appeals Court and officials of both clubs are confident that a favorable decision will be reached.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Aston Villa star handed three-game ban after losing red card appeal

first_img Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph 1 Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has lost his appeal against the red card he received in Sunday’s draw with Sunderland, the club have announced.Delph became the third Villa player to be sent off in four games after being dismissed for a challenge on Jordi Gomez in the 0-0 Premier League stalemate with the Black Cats.The dismissal forced manager Paul Lambert to deny his side were a dirty team after Kieran Richardson and Gabby Agbonlahor – who had his red card against Manchester United rescinded – were also sent off this month.But, even though Lambert said he thought the decision was “harsh” and that the resulting three-game ban would be “excessive”, the club confirmed the decision had been upheld.The Football Association also confirmed it had upheld the ban, with a statement reading: “A claim by Aston Villa that the suspension for a red card for Fabian Delph was excessive has been rejected by an FA Regulatory Commission.“Delph was sent off for serious foul play against Sunderland on 28 December 2014. His three-match suspension will commence with immediate effect.”The 25-year-old former Leeds man will now miss crucial Premier League clashes with Crystal Palace and Leicester, as well as Villa’s third-round FA Cup tie at home to Blackpool.Delph has been one of Lambert’s most consistent players of the season and has broken into the England squad, making his debut in September’s friendly victory over Norway and collecting two further caps in European Championship qualifiers.last_img read more

PARTNER OF BANNED DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN GETS NEW LICENCE TO COLLECT REFUSE

first_imgThe daughter and partner of a Donegal businessman banned from collecting household waste because of multiple criminal convictions have been granted a licence to operate a new company – from the same premises.Ferry’s RefuseJim Ferry (58) has faced 28 criminal charges for illegal dumping and received four suspended jail sentences.Ferry’s Refuse Ltd had its licence revoked last July by the National Waste Collection Permit Office. However, national newspapers reports say a new company Ferry’s Refuse & Recycling Ltd was set up by Ferry, from Rossbracken, Letterkenny, in November 2011 listing his 24-year-old daughter Louise as a company director.Last July, Ferry resigned as a director, with his partner, 51-year-old Carol Elliott, taking over.Just before Christmas the new company was given a licence at the same address.Ferry has numerous criminal charges against him. He had a €250,000 judgment against him from the Revenue and is being taken to court by a council for non-payment of €330,000 in fees.Ferry’s company was this month also fined €7,500 for running bin lorries on agricultural diesel.He was also fined €3,000 for failing to have tax on two of them.He still hasn’t paid €42,000 in fines and fees after a conviction for illegally dumping household waste in a Co Donegal quarry in 2010. PARTNER OF BANNED DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN GETS NEW LICENCE TO COLLECT REFUSE was last modified: January 22nd, 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) Tags:banneddonegalferry’s refuseNEW LICENCElast_img read more

Tattoo artist critical after shooting

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RESEDA — A 25-year-old artist was listed today in critical condition after being shot in the head at a party at a Reseda tattoo parlor, authorities said. The unidentified victim was shot about 10:40 p.m. Thursday outside a tattoo parlor at Saticoy Street and Louise Avenue following an altercation with three men, ages 18-25, who arrived at the party, police said. Two of the men pulled guns and fired into a crowd gathered in the parking lot, striking the parlor employee in the head. He was being evaluated this morning by a neurologist. Police do not know if the victim was hit by random gun fire or if he was involved in the argument with the suspects. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals “Some of the witnesses said they were actually arguing with the victim, and other’s said no,” Detective Craig Rhudy said. “It’s hard to tell right now.” Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call police at (818) 374-0040 or (818) 756-9970.last_img read more

LETTERKENNY CHARITY SHOP HITS WRONG NOTE AFTER ROW OVER PIANO

first_imgA Donegal woman who bought a piano for her daughter in a charity shop was left horrified when she found it was rusty and not working properly when it was delivered.Shocked Denise O’Boyle paid €400 for the 85 year old piano at the Good As New charity shop in Letterkenny.She paid a further €100 for it to be delivered to her home and a further €100 to have it tuned. Ms O’Boyle, from Killybegs, said she did not play the piano but wanted her daughter to learn.She had priced pianos but said they cost in the region of €3,000 and was delighted when she saw the piano in the charity shop for €400.She brought a friend with her to view the piano but admitted the woman was not a piano expert.“She just knew that it didn’t have woodworm and we thought it was okay then,” said Ms O’Boyle.However when a piano tuner arrived at her home, Ms O’Boyle was told the piano was only worth €50.“The piano tuner told me the keys were broken and it was rusty and that it couldn’t be tuned.“ The man who came to tune the piano told me it wasn’t much good and it was only worth about €50,” she said.Ms O’Boyle of Tullid, Killybegs is seeking her money back from the Good As New Charity shop on Port Road, Letterkenny.However solicitor for the shop, Ms Karen McGinley said the piano was bought in good faith and a long time had elapsed since it was bought in January, 2011 and when the complaint was made in June.Ms O’Boyle said the delay was due to finding a proper piano tuner.She also added that she had been in contact with the Consumer Affairs Department and was told her purchase was covered under the Sales of Goods Act.However defending solicitor Ms McGinley said this was a grey area and that an unreasonable time had elapsed since the item was bought.“There was a five month period between when it was bought and when the first complaint was made and we feel that is excessive.“The goods are sold at the shop as seen.“The shop has no Government funding and relies on good will to run buses for cancer patients from Donegal to Galway and Dublin for treatment,” she said.Judge Paul Kelly said it was a rather unfortunate situation that the case had come to court.He adjourned the case until October 3rd adding “I think the shop might like to reconsider the matter.”EndsLETTERKENNY CHARITY SHOP HITS WRONG NOTE AFTER ROW OVER PIANO was last modified: September 6th, 2011 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:Denise O’BoyleGood As New charity shopletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

TRAWLER MASTER IN COURT ON ILLEGAL FISHING CHARGES

first_imgA WATERFORD fisherman has appeared in a Donegal court, charged with overfishing and failing to cooperate with fisheries protection officers.A judge imposed a monetary bond of €136, 878 on the operators of the fishing vessel called Saltees Quest.The vessel, which is owned by the O’Flaherty Brothers of Kilmore Quay, had the bond imposed as a security pending the criminal trial of the skipper Jonathan Kenny, 1 Chestnut Grove, Waterford. alleged offences of illegal fishing. He was arrested at Greencastle Pier.It is alleged that beam trawls and nets of 80mm dimension were used and it is also alleged there was an attempt  to obstruct the Sea Fisheries protection officers at the subsequent landing inspection on December 13.State Solicitor Ciaran Liddy told the court Kenny chose to remain silent when the charges were put to him.Mr Liddy told the court that the allegations related to fishing in an area where cod was at a depleted level. He said the obstruction charge was “unusual” – saying it reflected “the level of seriousness in this case.”Garda Eamonn Ward, from Moville Garda Station, alleged the Kenny hadRefused to let SFPA officers on board.Failed to have a stowage plan for MonkfishWas fishing for cod in a depleted area.Judge Paul Kelly remanded Kenny on his own bond of €5,000 to the Circuit Court on January 28.He set the bail bond on the boat as requested in Statute – a combination of factors, said Mr Liddy, including the €21,000 estimated worth of the seized catch.Judge Kelly set the bail as requested, telling Mr Kenny: “It’s a matter for you or the owners if you wish to appeal this to another court.” TRAWLER MASTER IN COURT ON ILLEGAL FISHING CHARGES was last modified: December 18th, 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)last_img read more