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Cabinet calls itself “plenary” to appoint State boards

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first_img…despite Chief Justice’s ruling that Cabinet is “resigned”Despite acting Chief Justice Roxanne George ruling that Cabinet is resigned after the passage of a no-confidence resolution, Government continues its “business as usual” policy with a Cabinet in all but name.This is because a plenary consisting of all Ministers of Government has been continuing the work of the Cabinet by appointing the Boards of various State entities. As recent as Saturday, a total of six Boards were gazetted. All were approved by the ministerial plenary.In the case of the Adoption Board, under the Social Protection Ministry, this Board was approved for the period of February 1 to December 31, 2019. Chairing the board is former A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Parliamentarian James Bond.The Constitution stipulates that Cabinet must resign after a no-confidence motion is passedSitting on the Board as members are Geoffrey Sankies, Kashir Khan, Clonel Boston, Punilall Latchman and Patricia Grey. There is also supposed to be a representative from the Parliamentary Opposition.Also appointed were members of the National Advisory Council on Occupational Health and Safety with Earl Morris and Patricia Woolford as Chairman and Vice Chairperson and 14 other members. Representatives from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority and the University of Guyana also have to be appointed.The Boards for the Guyana Women Leadership Institute, the Guyana Prison Service Agriculture Development Board, the Fire Advisory Board and the National Commission for the Elderly were also approved.Affixing their signatures to each one of these gazetted notices are Edward Persico as “Secretary to the Cabinet” and Minister of State Joseph Harmon.ResignedAccording to Article 106 (6) of the Guyana Constitution, “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”.106 (7) goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.Immediately after the passage of the motion, the coalition Government had said it would uphold the Constitution, but subsequently took a U-turn, maintaining that everything is business as usual.President David Granger has maintained on several occasions that there is no provision in the Constitution for a “caretaker” Government. Furthermore, the Government went on to challenge the passage of the motion, first in the National Assembly and then in the High Court.However, the acting Chief Justice found that the no-confidence motion was validly passed and that Cabinet should have resigned. Government has since appealed this decision, and those matters are expected to be decided on at the Appeal Court soon.But following the High Court ruling, the coalition has been using a ‘ministerial plenary’, which is imbued with Cabinet powers, to carry on Government business.In fact, they have noted contracts from the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) and given their approval for various appointments.This is a move which Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has called illegal. “They have a ministerial plenary to bypass the Chief Justice’s ruling, which is illegal,” the Opposition Leader has said.Jagdeo had noted, too, that if the People’s Progressive Party, of which he is also the General Secretary, returns to office, then all the actions and decisions of the coalition Government since December 21 will be reviewed and reversed.last_img read more

Troyer backs HHOF exhibit

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first_imgVan Nostrand hopes the display will be open outside of game hours, so that those without game tickets can still enjoy it.   That would mean opening at around 9 a.m., and possibly between the afternoon and evening games.For his part, Steve Troyer says getting involved in events like the Allan Cup are simply a way for him to thank all the people who contribute to his business, and to do more than simply pay wages and bills. [asset|aid=2447|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a2d7618242c64ddcd84befd94b27e9fb-Troyer-important_1_Pub.mp3]Thanks to Troyer Ventures, the exhibit will be free of charge.  Photo:  Troyer Ventures owner Steve Troyer is pictured with Allan Cup President Paul van Nostrand – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caTroyer Ventures has backed the Allan Cup Committee’s plan to have a Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit in Fort St. John.- Advertisement -At a media conference on Wednesday, Allan Cup Committee President Paul Van Nostrand thanked Troyer Ventures President Steve Troyer for his contribution, and said that Troyer had been enthusiastic about the idea since he first broached the subject.The exhibit will be set up in the east-end of the North Peace Arena lobby from Tuesday, April 20th until Saturday, April 24th.  Van Nostrand says the display will include four seperate themes, including the NHL Original Six, Team Canada, Western Canadian Hockey, and the history of the Allan Cup.  It will also include two of the most popular interactive games from the Hall of Fame.The Stanley Cup itself will be on hand for one day, though organizers aren’t sure yet which day that will be.Van Nostrand says the display will be managed by a group of volunteers (possibly including some minor Flyers), to be co-ordinated by Ken Rutherford.Advertisementlast_img read more

Slam-dunk book-sales ploy?

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first_imgJust slightly misunderstood: In his new political tell-all, “At The Center of the Storm,” former CIA chief George Tenet says that his “slam dunk” comment did not refer to Saddam Hussein having WMD, but to putting “a better case together” to make the American public think Saddam did. Asked why he took three years to explain the catastrophic misinterpretation, Tenet said that the answer is simple … and he will explain it in his upcoming 2010 book, “Just To The Left of The Storm.” Not so slammin’: Tenet said the worst part of the past three years was having Vice President Dick Cheney continue to distort his “slam dunk” comment as the reason we went to war, “as if (Cheney) needed me to say `slam dunk’ to go to war.” Vice President Dick Cheney said that despite the book, he held no grudges. “In fact, I’ve already invited George to go hunting next weekend.” Screwed – I mean, massaged: Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias was among the many power players listed as clients of a Washington, D.C., escort service. “It was only for a massage,” said Tobias, who was in charge of the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, in which, in order to receive money, countries must have a policy opposed to prostitution. “Having the escort hoisting me on my own petard was extra,” he added. Wall Street Post?: News Corp head honcho Rupert Murdoch has offered $5 billion for The Wall Street Journal. “There is an urgent need for larger fonts in the Journal headlines,” said Murdoch, “as well as stories on how the day-to-day Dow Jones average will be affected by Natalee Holloway’s disappearance.” “Sure, I shouldn’t have given her anything,” admitted Wolfowitz, “But $500 billion down to only $60,000 – at least I’m getting closer.” Mission accomp … never mind: Last week marked the fourth anniversary of President Bush’s announcing an end to major combat operations in Iraq. So … didja enjoy the four years of minor combat operations? Rude factor: A University of Indiana study alleges that Bill O’Reilly uses name-calling more than once every seven seconds in his “Talking Points Memo” at the beginning of his nightly TV show. The IU researchers found that O’Reilly called a person or a group a derogatory name once every 6.8 seconds. O’Reilly said those behind the study are “moronic, pin-headed, gutter-snipe, America-hating crazies.” Cheap help: Donald Trump gave $10,000 to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to help pay off his campaign debts a month after the governor guested on Trump’s “The Apprentice: Los Angeles.” Some have called the donation a quid quo pro. “That’s ridiculous,” said Trump. “If I could buy a governor that cheap, I would have stopped using $10,000 bills to polish my shoes years ago, and bought a couple of governors to shine them for me.” Need to play smarter: The Lakers are once again, one and done, mostly because Kobe didn’t score 120. Tip for next year: Sign the El Camino High Academic Decathlon champions. They know how to win. Steve Young is the author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Another reason to let them stay: Participants claim that the pro-immigration rallies were not smaller because of a lack of commitment. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” said one anonymous organizer. “Many undocumented marchers from last year were marching in rallies American marchers refused to march in.” Who could afford to be married anymore?: A new study shows that the typical mommy’s work is worth more than $138,000 a year for about 92 hours of work a week. Right now, other than room and board, most live-in mothers are getting paid something around $138,000 less. “Sure, many moms aren’t getting what they’re worth,” says divorce lawyer Rip Emapart. “But at least they’re getting plenty of overtime.” Don’t-breathe-in alert: Once again, Los Angeles has topped the American Lung Association’s list of most-polluted cities in America. At the same time, only one out of the 150 expensive-as-a-new-home public toilets planned for the city is working. Coincidence? His math is getting better: Paul Wolfowitz, the Bush administration official who was only about $500 billion off when he told Congress that the Iraq war would pay for itself, and then was promoted to run the World Bank, is now at the center of an ethics probe. Wolfowitz is accused of getting a $60,000 raise for his girlfriend, an ex-World Bank employee. last_img

Chinese leader: Taiwan counterpart acting provocatively

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first_img “He pushes through this measure today and something else tomorrow,” Huang said, adding that “you cannot rule out a confrontation before 2008,” when Chen’s second and final term will end. Chen still faces an uphill struggle to achieve formal independence for Taiwan, the main goal of his core political constituency. His approval ratings have sunk below 30 percent in some recent polls. The Taiwan legislature, which would have to approve changes to the island’s constitution, is controlled by the Nationalists, who favor more cordial ties to the mainland. The United States, Taiwan’s only major military and political partner, has tried to check creeping moves toward independence. The Bush administration, needing China’s help in managing pressing problems like the nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran, seems determined to prevent Taiwan from undermining diplomatic ties to Beijing. Even so, the scrapping of the unification council, which Chen first signaled in late January, was widely viewed in Beijing as a test of how successfully the United States could constrain Chen. After a concerted diplomatic push by the Bush administration, Chen modified the wording of his order, saying the council would “cease to function” rather than be “abolished,” the term he had used in January. He also reiterated his pledge to maintain the status quo in cross-strait relations. The pledge and the wording change appeared to reassure Washington. The State Department issued a statement on Monday noting Chen’s decision not to abolish the council formally, suggesting that Washington considered that a significant concession. But in Beijing officials’ view, Chen effectively prevailed over Washington’s objections. “Although he did not use the term ‘abolish’ and changed the term to ‘cease function,’ this is merely a word game,” said a printed statement from China’s Taiwan Affairs Office. “Basically he is tricking the Taiwan people and international opinion.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEIJING – President Hu Jintao of China reacted sharply Tuesday to the decision by President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan to terminate the island’s unification council, calling it “a grave provocation” and “a dangerous step on the road toward Taiwan Independence.” Chen on Tuesday completed the formalities for scrapping the National Unification Council and guidelines for unification with mainland China. Though largely moribund, the council and the guidelines were symbols of Taiwan’s political links to Beijing that Chen had once vowed to preserve. Hu said the move threatened stability in the Taiwan Strait and the region. “We will continue to strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification, but never tolerate the secession of Taiwan from the motherland,” Hu said in remarks published by the official New China News Agency. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Taiwanese government rejected Hu’s objections, repeating Chen’s position that Taiwan was trying only to preserve a balance in its relations across the Taiwan Strait as China builds up its military forces facing the island. “The criticism by China is groundless,” said Joseph Wu, the chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, the Taiwan government agency that handles relations with Beijing. “What we are doing has nothing to do with changing the status quo.” But analysts in China said the action had shaken Beijing’s confidence that Chen’s recent electoral setbacks and pressure from Washington would check his drive for formal independence. Mainland Chinese had hoped that the upset victory of the opposition Nationalist Party in local elections last year had stymied Taiwan’s independence movement. And many Chinese foreign-policy experts expected the Bush administration to do more than it has done to prevent Chen from trying to legalize Taiwan’s de facto independence. “The reality is that even under heavy American pressure, Chen Shui-bian is determined to provoke a big response from China,” said Huang Jiashu, a Taiwan expert at People’s University in Beijing. last_img read more

Henderson celebrating might just be one of football’s great sights

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first_img 19 19 First of all, look at the height he gets when he celebrates 19 The man can leap That face when Kieran Trippier takes off 19 And when someone else gets more air than him, he isn’t happy And unbridled joy Lallana just doesn’t get it, Hendo 19 Look at him soar You tell ’em, Jordan 19 19 The captain demands you make some noise 19 Sometimes, though, he needs his team-mates to keep his feet on the ground when he gets excited You’re not going anywhere, son 19 Like a majestic eagle 19 19 He’s happier than anyone when his team score 19 Look at that passion 19 19 Fly, Jordan. Fly The sheer delight 19 You just know that after this picture was taken, he jumped 10 feet into the air with his fist clenched to celebrate How can you not want to give that man a hug 19 It doesn’t matter who scored it, Henderson is going to make sure it’s celebrated 19 19 England v Sweden is live on talkSPORT at 15:00 on Saturday 7 July here.It’s official. Jordan Henderson jumping for joy is one of the best things in football.Don’t believe talkSPORT.com? Have a look at the picture proof below. The midfielder’s unbridled joy whenever Liverpool or England score a goal or win a match is a fantastic sight.Never mind the fact he missed a penalty for England in their shoot-out win against Colombia, – this is a team game after all. The passion he exudes is mesmerising.Plus, he can really leap. Seriously, the air he manages to achieve is quite extraordinary.Jordan Henderson, we salute you. 19 And by the way, this is just class. Jordan Henderson consoles a devastated James Rodriguez after the penalty shootout. #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/ibmJDIpQnN— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) July 3, 2018last_img read more

RELIEF FOR FAMILY AS BODY OF TEENAGER FOUND IN LOUGH SWILLY

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first_imgBREAKING NEWS: The body of missing teenager Sean McNair has been found in Lough Swilly – nine days after he went missing.The 17 year old went missing in the early hours of Saturday morning July16th when he jumped off Rathmullan Pier.Since then hundreds of people have taken part in the search for the missing youth who is form the Creggan area of Derry. Sean had been celebrating a friend’s 18th birthday party in the seaside village when the tragedy occurred.His mum Jackie and many friends have kept a vigil at the pier where Sean was last seen since.Just before 3pm divers from the Dundalk Sub Aqua club located Sean’s body in Lough Swilly.The discovery came just hours after the coastguard admitted they may have to downgrade the search for the missing youth. Local priest Fr Martin Collum said he was very thankful Sean’s body had at last been found.“It is a huge relief for everyone. I spoke to Sean’s mother Jackie since he went missing and all she wanted was to bring him home and bury him.“This is a terrible tragedy but at least Jackie can now bring her son home and give him a proper burial,” he said.Today’s search involved hundreds of local people who volunteered their time in blistering sunshine.More than 25 boats from various rescue groups including the Mulroy Lifeboat, the Lough Swilly Search and Rescue and the Greencastle Lifeboat took part in the search. Hundreds of people also carried out shorelines searches along both Rathmullan and Buncrana.Derek Flanagan, coastguard co-ordinator of the Irish Lifeboat service said everyone involved in the search and who helped find Sean should be commended.“It was very much a team effort and all those who took part in the search form the various lifeboat crews to the ordinary person on the ground searching the shoreline should be thanked.“We are just so relieved that Sean has been found and that he can now be given a proper burial,” he said. Arrangements are now being made to take Sean’s body form Rathmullan to Derry for burial in the coming days.EndsRELIEF FOR FAMILY AS BODY OF TEENAGER FOUND IN LOUGH SWILLY was last modified: July 25th, 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:body foundSEan McNairlast_img read more

GO AND TAKE A JUMP – FOR PETS IN DISTRESS!

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first_imgFancy jumping from a huge height this Saturday?Well animal charity Pets In Distress, Donegal are hosting a charity bungee jump at noon on the 10th of August at PineHill industrial estate, Mountain Top.Ricky Boal has kindly given permission to the group to set up and organise the jump. “Our aim is to raise enough funds to build a rescue/re-homing centre for neglected and abused pets here in Donegal.“We were wondering if you wouldn’t mind mentioning online, as any help we recieve will be greatly appreciated,” said a spokesman for PID.There may be extra jumps available on the day if anyone is interested in taking part. Those interested can contact Mickey 0872368386, Debbie 0872158809 and Geraldine 0863147904.  GO AND TAKE A JUMP – FOR PETS IN DISTRESS! was last modified: August 6th, 2013 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

FLIPPING HELL – NO SALT CHEF BRIAN SHARES HIS SECRET FOR PERFECT PANCAKES!

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first_imgFLIPPING HELL – NO SALT CHEF BRIAN SHARES HIS SECRET FOR PERFECT PANCAKES! was last modified: February 17th, 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:Brian McDermottDonegal DailyNo Salt Chefpancakeslast_img

Photographer shares history of ‘ghost town’ Inishsirrer Island

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first_imgPhotographer Gareth Wray captured this stunning image of Inishsirrer Island, a small piece of land about a mile off the coast of Gweedore.Strabane native Gareth has a passion for the Irish landscape, and frequently photographs Donegal in all of its natural beauty and shares it along with a historical context of the area.During the week he uploaded a stunning picture of Inishsirrer Island along with a few paragraphs on the history of the island. He says that the island, which now lies deserted, was once a prosperous fishing community, and although it now lays empty, remains of “abandoned cottages, shops, and a small harbour echo its bustling past.”He adds; “When I stare over this small island that is nowadays sadly left to the elements, I try to imagine how life may have been here back in the day.”“One can’t help but feel a strong sense of admiration towards its once hard working community during the good times that have now sadly long passed… but I’m sure those memories and tales will never be forgotten and will be passed down throughout the future generations.”To check out more of Gareth’s work you can find him on Facebook or on his website. Photographer shares history of ‘ghost town’ Inishsirrer Island was last modified: September 24th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

AL strikes out 16, holds off NL for 4-3 win in All-Star Game

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first_imgInstead, Justin Verlander blazed 97 mph heat, Shane Bieber and Aroldis Chapman each struck out the side and the American League slowed a loaded … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceBy BEN WALKER | AP Baseball WriterCLEVELAND (AP) — For one night, the pitchers took back the power.Hours after an awesome Home Run Derby got everyone buzzing even louder about monster shots and juiced balls, only a couple flew out of Progressive Field on Tuesday.last_img