The word “defeat” in Article 106 (7) reduces Govt to “caretaker” status

first_imgDear Editor,Reference is made to a joint press statement issued by the Presidency Ministry following the recent meeting between Government and the Opposition. There seems to be a downplay by Government of the word “defeat” as found in Article 106 (7).That provision states: “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 elections.”First, the provision does not address any Government. Rather, it addresses “the Government” which has suffered “its defeat.” This word “defeat,” which cannot be ignored, is the most important in all of Article 106 (7), upon which the remainder of the provision depends, and which emphasises a defeated, fallen, restricted, or “caretaker” regime.It is understandable that no Government wants to be defeated and a defeated Government will try to sidestep the inalienable profoundness of this word. Here, this is being done by way of legislative and judicial abuse. First Government tried to force the honorable Speaker’s hand, and now it will try to do similar injustice to a judge’s gavel.The record shows undisputedly that on December 21, 2018, more votes were cast against Government than for it, bringing into being “its defeat.” To deem otherwise is to sidestep the word “defeat” and to change the no-confidence motion into a confidence motion.From December 21 to date, the record has not been changed by fact or law. Thus, as a matter of law, Guyana has not just any Government but a defeated Government. Until such time if and when this changes, there exists at hand today a “caretaker” regime, so the idea that the Constitution is silent on this matter is misleading.It is settled law in Guyana that an undefeated Government governs for 5 years and not 3 months, and does so with unlimited authority subject to the Constitution. It follows naturally that a defeated Government cannot have the same unlimited authority, and Government today cannot say “there is no provision in the Constitution which imposes limitation on the Government to perform its lawful function.”If this is true why have a no-confidence motion mechanism? For national security purposes, it is against the will of the people after December 21, to impose upon the sovereign a Government of no confidence with a panoply of authority.Arguably, the Constitution cannot give a legitimate but defeated regime and a legitimate undefeated regime the same panoply of authority. If this is so, then Guyana’s next legitimate regime will be one of limited authority with a 5-year term. It is illogical.Further, there never was any dispute that Government has no legitimacy. Indeed, calls for Government to resign emerged out of respect for its legitimacy; only a “legitimate” Government can resign. But Government’s legitimacy and time in office is severely restricted as already argued, here and elsewhere. The public is advised to be careful with this deliberate miscalibration.Finally, the Constitution calls for new elections “within three months.” Is this going to be replaced by the overbroad new invention called the “administrative capabilities of the Guyana Elections Commission”? Is this from the Constitution?Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

Respect for laws is alien to PNC’s nature

first_imgDear Editor,Whether they are in the party or undercover in another party, the PNC would always be themselves; they cannot change. Instead of that party changing their horrendous ways and complying with the Constitution, they would rather change the Constitution to suit themselves. The foregoing affirmation has been verified as true and complete, amen.The reason for me making that bold statement is that my findings are based on the bare facts of that party, which show who these people really are. They are persons who, once they get into power, never want to relinquish it. This is their modus operandi: under no circumstance should you relinquish power. With such a mindset as this, the PNC would always be at the crossroads with the law.The Constitution, which is the supreme guide and compass, automatically becomes a problem for them.I rose Friday morning to read that Raphael Trotman wants an amendment to the Constitution. Leader of The Alliance for Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman, (a PNC clone) is of the view that the time has come to amend the constitutional provision which stipulates that a dual citizen cannot sit in the National Assembly. According to that article, he did so with much conviction, having decorated that “belief” in sugar- coated language that Guyana would be bereft of real development if we shut the door to qualified Guyanese in the diaspora.Very nice words coming from a man who is now faced with the consequences of honouring the Constitution as it relates to dual citizenship. He never thought that day would come when he and comrades would have to face up to that aspect of the Constitution. It was their mistaken belief that it was only the PPP/C who would have had to honour that constitutional requirement. When the Charrandas matter came up, he and friends in the Coalition gloated in the thought that it was only the PPP/C would have to respect that constitutional provision. But that is not the case, we all have to respect the Constitution on dual citizenship; none is excluded!But this is classic PNC behaviour, they want laws that would fit into their narrow, corrupt agenda, and when this is not forthcoming, then change the laws. This has been the pattern of their operations ever since there was a party so named. Burnham made his own laws, then broke them whenever and wherever it fitted into his scheme. Others he simply ignored. And this is the well set path the so called reformed PNCR/APNU have followed.Take, for example (and there are examples too numerous to mention), the matter of the selection of the GECOM Chairman. The law stipulates that the Opposition shall provide a list of six names from which the President should choose one such name. The Opposition Leader submitted three lists, eighteen names in total, and Granger contemptuously ignored every one of them and unilaterally appointed his puppet. These and other matters are a blatant disregard for law and order. Actions of this kind breathe lawlessness and the ushering in of a dictatorship. The PNC pay no heed to laws, they respect nothing that makes for the smooth and genuine governance of a nation.In this regard, we treat this latest call from Trotman with the utmost contempt it deserves. We are in no mood to listen into any change of the Constitution. Absolutely not, Mr Trotman! We will not listen to you in any shape or form; the law is the law, and every tenet, every facet of it, must see complete fulfillment.However, what we can do for you is to have your folks refresh your knowledge of Article 106 (6) and its implications. That law is still there, and still to be respected by your Government.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Sattaur Gafoor: A humanitarian who has set the standard for other employers to follow

first_imgBy Ahreefa BacchusJust over two weeks ago, the business community was shaken when one of the largest companies in Guyana, Gafoors Houston Complex was damaged in a fiery inferno. Over 60 per cent of the complex, which housed aExecutive Chairman Sattaur Gafoornumber of departments worth many millions, was destroyed in the Monday, May 9 fire.However despite this calamity, the company’s Executive Chairman Sattaur Gafoor remains resilient throughout the ordeal, ensuring his employees’ interests and wellbeing were placed before the company’s financial losses.The calamitous fire left some 530 employees worried sick as to where to seek alternative employment, but Gafoor after meeting with them as well as the company’s board the following Wednesday, relocated employees who live within close proximity of Parika, East Bank Essequibo; and Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara branches to those locations. The remaining workers not relocated are being provided with 75 per cent of their salaries every month until they return to work.On Wednesday evening, Gafoor hosted an appreciation dinner for those persons who offered support to him in his time of worry. At the dinner, the Chairman reflected on the company’s history as well as his endurance during difficult times.Milestones and disastersGafoor reminisced about the foundation of the company and fondly shared recollections of his father’s venture which later became the reason that Gafoors became a household name across the country: “It was during this month, some 63 years ago, that my late father came to Georgetown to seek (his) fortune and started a small lumber yard business on the corner of Sussex Street. So this month has traditionally been a milestone for us, one of hope, one of change.”He went on to say that the fond memories of the month of May became darkened as disaster struck his business. “Change comes continuously in one form or another. It was during this month that I should have celebrated my 75th birthday, instead I stood and witnessed a fire, or should I say an out-of-control inferno, that destroyed more than 60 per cent of my business,” he solemnly stated.Heartbreak andholding the faithGafoor continued to relate the depth of the disastrous fire as he explained that most, if not all of the company’s equipment and fixtures were destroyed. However this would not cause him as much heartbreak as losing his personal belongings; mementos and letters from his departed parents which were housed at his Houston office.“What cannot be replaced are items surrounding my personal life, these letters from close relatives and family including my father and my mother who are long gone and two of my brothers who are now deceased. My personal library of more than 600 books which I moved to Houston against the advice of my wife, photographs with personalities including Forbes Burnham which are irreplaceable. It is heartbreaking to witness my life’s work go up in smoke and flames before my very eyes,” he shared.Renewed faith and rebuildingThe Chairman reflected on his response to witnessing the fire that dreadful evening. He explained that while it was painful to witness his hard work go up in flames, he knew that he would have to maintain his faith and focus on rebuilding the complex for his employees’ sake. “Each time there was an explosion from the glass bottles, or a loud sound as the roof or the floor fell, my heart sank and I realized that much could not be saved. My wife and I looked at each other questionably and then at the faces of despair and sorrow, many with over two to three decades of service to us. Many of them cried. You could see the sorrow in their faces, no doubt wondering about their livelihoods. But through it all, we knew at the back of our minds that we had to transcend this calamity,” Gafoor related.He used the opportunity to thank God that all his staff were able to exit the burning building in a timely manner and no one was hurt. “We thank God for his infinite mercy in which he left one portion of the building virtually untouched by that fire in which we could huddle together and try to put the pieces back together.That, I consider to be a great miracle and I thank God for his mercy and compassion. He gives with one hand and takes with the other. We cannot question Him, nor can we question His works,” he stated, after declaring that through this experience he has come out with his faith restored and renewed.The Gafoors Huston Complex has since the fire re-opened its doors to the general public and are currently operating all of the various departments that customers have come to know and trust in the portion of the business that was not gutted by the fire.last_img read more

‘Where are Schmeichel and Keane?’ CL winner on Fergie’s four-man list of ‘world class’ Man United players

first_imgDietmar Hamann has told talkSPORT Sir Alex Ferguson is ‘harsh’ for overlooking a number of key former stars, after the Scot claimed he only managed four ‘world-class’ players at Old Trafford.The revelations were detailed in the legendary coach’s new book on management, ‘Leading’, which was published on Tuesday.Ferguson is the most successful United manager of all time, claiming two Champions Leagues, 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and four League Cups during a record 26-and-a-half years in charge.However, with a host of top players to choose from, the 73-year-old says Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo were the only truly ‘world class’ stars at the club.He did acknowledge the likes of David Beckham, Roy Keane, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Peter Schmeichel as “great players”.But former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Hamann believes Schmeichel and Keane, in particular, deserved particular praise from the manager for their influence and achievements in a Red Devils shirt.“I think it’s harsh not having Peter Schmeichel in that list,” Didi told Colin Murray. “If you want to win trophies in football, you need a top class goalkeeper.“If you look at Premier League, Champions League and World Cup winning sides, they all have exceptional goalkeepers. You need somebody who makes the difference at the back and when a save has to be made, you know they will be there to take care of it.“Schmeichel was virtually unknown when he came to Man United and he turned out to be their keeper for almost ten years.“He had an amazing career, so I think it’s a bit harsh that he wasn’t named by Ferguson.“You can probably make the same point for Roy Keane – he was the heart of that trophy-winning team.“Not having Keane on that list, having led the team as United’s captain for so long…maybe  there’s a bit of carry on from what he said in his last book, but I think he should be on the list as well.“But Fergie was there for over 26 years, so I’m sure there are a few other names – Bryan Robson for example – who should have been there as well.” 1 Manchester United greats Roy Keane and Peter Schmeichel last_img read more

Arsenal star to stay at Emirates as club pull plug on signing

first_img IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM targets There were suggestions the Spain international could be one of the players earmarked to leave the Emirates following Unai Emery’s appointment as the new Arsenal manager, and a return to his homeland has been mooted. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Emery has been busy strengthening Arsenal’s squad this summer, but selling Monreal would leave Sead Kolasinac as the only senior left-back on the Gunners’ books. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Nacho Monreal will stay at Arsenal this summer after Real Sociedad pulled the plug on a potential deal for the 32-year-old.Monreal, the left-back, is now into his seventh season with the Gunners after being one of their standout performers in a disappointing campaign last time out. REVEALED However, according to Mundo Deportivo, Monreal will likely remain in north London next season after the favourites to sign him, Real Sociedad, pulled out of a potential deal.Monreal, who played for Osasuna and Malaga before joining Arsenal in 2013, has made over 200 appearances for the Gunners over the last six years. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Monreal impressed at left-back and as a left-sided centre-back last season three-way race Latest transfer news Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED moving on targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 Monreal will start the season as Arsenal’s most senior left-back TOP WORK last_img read more

Monaco ‘make contact’ with Thierry Henry regarding imminent managerial vacancy

first_img 2 Leonardo Jardim looks to be on his way out of Monaco 2 As a result, they have now approached free agent Thierry Henry, according to Sky, who claim Claudio Ranieri is also on the club’s shortlist.The Arsenal legend has been working as an assistant coach to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez for the past few years and has expressed a strong desire to enter management.He has been heavily linked with the vacancy at Aston Villa, although Harry Redknapp told talkSPORT on Tuesday that he had been informed that Henry would not be taking the job.Now the 41-year-old may get his shot in the dugout at the club where he began his football career. Monaco have reportedly made contact with Thierry Henry about the possibility of replacing their soon to be departed manager, Leonardo Jardim.The Ligue 1 club are understood to be on the verge of sacking their current boss as they have made a horrendous start to the current campaign, winning just one of their opening nine matches to sit 18th in the table. 41-year-old Henry has also been strongly linked with the Aston Villa job Henry came through Monaco’s academy and helped them win the Ligue 1 title in 1997.He went on to enjoy to an incredible career, winning league and cup titles in England and Spain with Arsenal and Barcelona respectively, as well as the Champions League and Club World Cup.He was also part of the France squad which won the World Cup in 1998 and is his country’s record goalscorer.last_img read more

Suits accuse online services of deceiving lonely hearts

first_img Anthony says Yahoo puts fake profiles on its personals site “to generate interest, public trust and give the site a much more attractive and functional appearance.” Yahoo charges $19.95 a month for a dating service and $34.95 a month for a service geared for people looking for more serious relationships. Anthony alleged that Yahoo also sent him fake “new match” messages when his monthly subscription was up for renewal. After months of failing to meet a potential match, he became suspicious and uncovered instances of the same picture of a woman being posted for different cities under different names, according to his Florida attorney, Randy Rosenblum. “He wants to expose what he believes to be illegitimate conduct on the part of Yahoo and stop it from happening,” Rosenblum said. “Because people are signing up for a service and are paying for it and they are not getting what they are paying for. They are being misled into thinking there are people out there who are interested.” Trish McDermott, chief matchmaker at Engage.com and a member of Match.com’s startup team in 1995, said she never saw any type of consumer fraud during her 10 years with Match.com “The true enticement of these services are the real people who like you for who you are,” McDermott said. But she added that the majority of personals sites, including Yahoo and Match.com, employ a business model she believes fails consumers. The pay-to-respond model, in which a user must join a service to respond to an e-mail sent by a potential match, but not to post a profile, is lacking because it’s not clear who is a member and who isn’t, McDermott said. If someone e-mails 100 people and gets only one response, they could conclude that most of the profiles are fake when actually the profiles show nonsubscribers who can’t respond to e-mail, McDermott said. The self-written profiles also breed inauthentic communications that can lead to poor online dating experiences, she said. Jupiter Research found in a consumer survey that 35 percent of online dating users at three major sites – Match.com, Yahoo Personals and Spark Networks – were dissatisfied. “Their expectation is to find an authentic person and to fall madly and truly in love, yet the experience can be very demoralizing for these people,” McDermott said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After looking for love on the Internet and failing to find it, frustrated lonely hearts are heading to court, accusing online dating sites of engaging in deceptive practices. A recent lawsuit against Match.com charged the matchmaking service with sending a female employee out on a date with a male subscriber as “date bait” to keep him signed up. Another lawsuit against a personals service offered by Yahoo Inc. accused the Internet portal giant of creating fake profiles to entice subscribers. Match.com hotly denied the allegations and obtained an affidavit from the woman in question, who declared she never worked for the company. Yahoo declined to comment. The federal fraud lawsuits, which seek class-action status, have roiled the lucrative online dating industry. A 2004 report by Jupiter Research estimated the U.S. Internet personals market had revenues of $473 million that year – the largest moneymaker for online content. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals In the Match.com lawsuit, filed Nov. 10 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, plaintiff Matthew Evans made the “date bait” allegation against Autumn Marzec. He also accused the site of using fake profiles and sham e-mail “winks” from potential matches to keep him subscribed. Match.com, which claims more than 15 million members, offers a basic subscription for $29.99 a month. Marzec said in a signed affidavit that she has never been employed by Match.com or its parent company, InterActive Corp., and has not worked for them as a contractor. Match.com demanded Monday that Evans and his attorney dismiss the lawsuit, which it called a “totally baseless attack.” Evans’ attorney, Mike Arias, said Wednesday he has no intention of dropping the suit, adding he plans to file an amended complaint shortly that will name more plaintiffs and include more allegations of fraud. The lawsuit against Yahoo was filed in October in U.S. District Court in San Jose by plaintiff Robert Anthony, a resident of Broward County, Fla. last_img read more

Family Factors Affecting Child Well-being

first_imgThis post was written by Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT, Social Media Specialist. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. By Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT[Flickr, …and this is how we do it, Susana Fernandez, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Family dynamics, and most notably parent-child interactions, play a large role in children’s educational, social and emotional well-being [1]. Children learn how to manage their emotions through observation, modeling, and social referencing [2] experienced not only in school and community contexts but also in their home life.Researchers have reported significant associations between the family dynamics, children’s school readiness and children’s approaches to learning which is conceptualized as characteristics and behaviors children display while engaging in learning [3, 4]. Researchers have also reported positive associations among parental nurturance, discipline, teaching and children’s language and school readiness factors [3]. Studies looking at family factors such as parental emotional distress, parenting styles, and home activities have also shown that these can moderate child well-being [5].For children who have been exposed to traumatic events in the home such as domestic violence, the negative impacts to mental health, social and academic functioning is often severe. A recent study found that parent’s level of stress can mediate the effects of child trauma on mental health [6].What does this mean for professionals?These research findings demonstrate a need to tailor child and family interventions to include developing healthy bonds and interactions. It may be useful to help families implement strategies that not only build healthy parent-child interactions but also assist in finding ways to decrease parenting stress.References[1] Bodovski, K., & Youn, M. (2010). Love, discipline and elementary school achievement: The role of family emotional climate. Social Science Research, 39, 585-595.[2] Morris, A.S., Silk, J.S., Steinberg, L., Myers, S.S., & Robinson, L.R. (2007). The role of the family context in the development of emotion regulation. Social Development, 16(2), 361-388.[3] Brooks-Gunn, J., & Markman, L.B. (2005). The contribution of parenting to ethnic and racial gaps in school readiness. The Future of Children, 15(1), 139-168.[4] Hair, E., Halle, T., Terry-Humen, E., Lavelle, B., & Calkins, J. (2006). Children’s school readiness in the ECLS-K: Predictions to academic, health, and social outcomes in first grade. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21, 431-454.[5] Linver, M.R., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Kohen, D.E. (2002). Family processes as pathways from income to young children’s development. Developmental Psychology, 38(5), 719-734.[6] Roberts, Y.H., Campbell, C.A., Ferguson, M., & Crusto, C.A. (2013). The role of parenting stress in young children’s mental health functioning after exposure to family violence. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26(5), 605-612.last_img read more

Empire strikes back

first_imgLATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ “I knew since Wednesday that Ate Des had the injury and that she needs to rest,” said Tiamzon in Filipino. “So I told ate Des ‘Ate, I’ll take care of this just take a break and take your time. Just know that I got you covered.’”Tiamzon had 10 points and provided a lot of the leadership that Cheng normally shouldered while wonder rookie added 14 points as La Salle whipped University of the East, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18, at Filoil Flying V Centre to wiggle out of its mini slump in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSince dropping two straight games in a Finals loss to Ateneo in Season 77, The Lady Spikers have never dropped consecutive matches—they hardly lose in the first place.But they came into the match on the heels of defeats to University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt wasn’t just that defending champion La Salle had its morale beaten by its first back-to-back defeats in a long while. The Lady Spikers were dealt an additional blow when skipper and heavy scorer Des Cheng was scratched from the roster because of a shoulder injury.But this is La Salle, which has ruled the league with an iron fist for quite some time now. When all else fails, the team’s swag will carry it through. And on Saturday, Tin Tiamzon provided the emotional fuel for the Lady Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Hitting their stride Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end But except when it trailed by seven early in the second set, La Salle left no doubt it was on its way to its fourth win in six outings. UST’s Tigresses later matched that record, as rookie Eya Laure and veterans Sisi Rondina and Dimdim Pacres did a lot of heavy lifting in a 26-24, 25-17, 23-25, 25-17 victory over a young National U squad.The Tigresses were still without high-scoring sophomore Milena Alessandrini but again made up for her lost points with a lot of grit from Rondina and the rest of the UST squad, which rallied after facing set point—down three—to take the opening frame.That basically set the tone of the match as UST took control most of the way except in the third frame where they allowed NU’s sensational novice Princess Robles to score three successive attacks to force a fourth set.“I always have to remind them not to take their opponents lightly,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes in Filipino. “Good thing we woke up in time because in the third set we were like sleeping.”Laure scored 20 points, while Rondina and Pacres added 16 and 12, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Alessandrini, UST’s 6-foot-2 hitter, is not expected to come back anytime soon due to her knee injury but so far, the Tigresses are doing well picking up the slack. They are hoping to pile up enough wins to make the Final Four for the first time in three seasons.Lourdes Clemente and Aduke Ogunsanya also made solid contributions the Lady Spikers, who lost in attacks, 30-32, but made up for that with more kill-blocks (9-2) and service aces (10-2).Despite the win, Tiamzon said La Salle is far from its top form.“That wasn’t our A-game,” she said. “It’s a process and this season still has a long way to go. We just have to push through.” —WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:42PH 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 P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View commentslast_img read more

Raipur: 7 people arrested for vandalising church