Missing the point…

first_img…and the boat on judiciaryHere we go again! Gridlock! This time it’s on the appointment of the Chancellor and Chief Justice – the two highest officials in the Judiciary. As your Eyewitness has taken pains to belabour, one of the unfortunately unwelcome features of our system of governance is the fusion of the Executive with the Legislative branch – leaving only the Judiciary to prevent a permanent, existential dictatorship after every “democratic” election.If the Executive were to have unfettered power to appoint the members of the Judiciary, then Lord help us!! For this reason, the President can only appoint ordinary judges, who’ve been nominated by the Judicial Service Commission. For the aforementioned two apex officials, there’s a special CONSTITUTIONAL (Art 127 (1) ) feature which brings in the Opposition Leader: he HAS TO AGREE to the nominees of the President. There is absolutely no ambiguity on this one!!This is a critical feature meant to increase the impartiality and integrity of the Judiciary on the assumption that, in a country as fractured as Guyana, there at least ought to be agreement on that final bulwark of our democratic governance by the “two sides”. Recognising, however, that the Opposition Leader and the President might not find agreement on the nominees, and to prevent the former from having an absolute veto on these key appointments, the Constitution makes provision (Art 127 (2) ) for the President to make temporary appointments until agreement can be reached. The selected individuals are said to be “acting”.However, as we found in the last set of appointments, the “acting” appointments lasted for more than a decade!!! Honestly, this doesn’t do the Judiciary any good as far as reinforcing its legitimacy to the populace. Only recently, the President of the CCJ – and our Bar Association — had to bemoan the then status quo, only to have no change when the incumbents retired and new appointments were made. If two generations of Guyanese will not have the experience of witnessing substantive Chancellors and Chief Justices in action, they can be forgiven for believing that that branch of Government is as polarised and partisan as the fused Executive/Legislative branch.On the Opposition Leader’s rejection of the President’s two nominees, the President says he’ll have to seek “legal advice”. From whom? His Attorney General? The fella’s already steered him wrong on so many occasions, in spite of being given five legal “old heads” as advisors!! And advice about what? The President has only one route open to him – the “acting” route. To suggest otherwise, as the President’s spokesperson has done, is only to muddy the judicial waters and further delegitimise the credentials of our Judiciary.Let’s not have our top Justices belittled as being qualified only for the Academy Awards!…on Dutch DiseaseIt’s hard to believe someone can stick their foot into their mouth as often as Raphael “Nassau” Trotman! It’s as if he enjoys hopping around on the solitary foot left!! Addressing the Oil Summit, the man whose Ministry co-sponsored the event told the participants that Guyana’s focus isn’t only on oil, but also on food production to ensure a balanced economy!!He certainly must’ve had the foreigners rolling on the floor laughing their a55 off!! These are business professionals. Before coming to Guyana they would’ve had such thorough briefings on the Guyanese economy as to make Trotman’s head spin!! Every one of them knows that “Dutch Disease” – where other sectors of the economy are neglected in favour of oil — is the existential threat facing Guyana; and that the Government fired over 5,700 workers in agriculture with no plan in place to employ them in alternative food production!!“Nassau” Trotman confirmed he’s all bluff and no substance. ROFLMAO!!!…on adviceOK, so we’re the new kid on the (oil) block. “Nassau” Trotman’s oil contract proved THAT!! But what’s with the President and his oil advisor? Why have a professional available and ignore his advice??Is it all a pappy show …like the sugar CoI?last_img read more

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BLUES SET TO HOST FALL CLASSIC

first_imgStory Links The team had its first game action two weeks ago at the Bison Invitational at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and is hoping to improve on its 0-4 performance there. The Varsity Blues men’s water polo team will see its first home game action this weekend as part of the annual U of T Fall Classic. Ten teams will attend the tournament including McMaster, Carleton, Queens, Western, Brooklyn (New York), Cleveland (Ohio), Ann Arbor (Michigan) and a very strong masters club team from Chicago (Illinois). The Blues will play four games on the weekend beginning at 2:00pm Saturday afternoon against traditional rival Carleton.  The Blues schedule is available on the Schedule page.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Thierry Henry is a hypocrite! Slates Hernandez, but has he forgotten this?

first_img1 Arsenal legend Therry Henry It’s always best to think before you speak and Thierry Henry might want to consider his own words more carefully in the future.The France and Arsenal legend slated Javier Hernandez for the jubilant celebrations, which followed his tie-winning goal as Real Madrid progressed to the Champions League semi-finals with a 1-0 aggregate win over rivals Atletico Madrid.Henry believes Hernandez, who tapped home after good work from Cristiano Ronaldo, should have celebrated with his team-mate instead of running off on his own.“That’s Ronaldo’s goal,” he said on Sky Sports. “At that particular moment he couldn’t shoot, so he didn’t take the risk of doing something stupid and silly with it.“He saw a guy in a better position, which Chicharito was, and he gave him the ball.“What I don’t like is that Chicharito seems like he’s won the World Cup with that.”The ex-Gunners striker, though, appears to be forgetting his actions during France’s 2010 World Cup play-off victory over Ireland though.Not only did Henry reprehensibly handle the ball before passing to William Gallas, he charged off to celebrate on his own, while the ex-Chelsea and Arsenal defender was swarmed by his Les Bleus team-mates.You can see the evidence below…last_img read more

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Former Rangers boss Mark Warburton returns to management with Nottingham Forest

first_img1 Nottingham Forest have announced the appointment of Mark Warburton as their new manager.The 54-year-old has penned a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Championship club.Gary Brazil has been in interim charge of Forest since January, following the departure of Philippe Montanier.“Nottingham Forest are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Warburton as the club’s first-team manager, replacing Gary Brazil,” read a statement on the club’s official website.Warburton’s first game in charge of Forest will be against east midlands rivals Derby at the City Ground on Saturday.Derby will also have a new boss in the dugout, having appointed Gary Rowett as Steve McClaren’s successor earlier on Tuesday.Warburton has previous experience of managing in the Championship with Brentford, while he most recently spent 18 months in charge of Rangers.He led Rangers to promotion to the Scottish Premiership in his first season at the helm, but left in February in acrimonious circumstances.He will be joined at Forest by assistant David Weir, who also worked alongside him at Ibrox. Mark Warburton last_img read more

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Cemetery’s future mulled

first_imgPALMDALE – City officials will resume discussion this week on what to do with the Palmdale Cemetery, a pioneer legacy that has fallen on hard times. At its 7 p.m. Wednesday meeting, the council will consider a resolution stating the city’s intent to declare the 120-year-old cemetery abandoned, with no more interments allowed, a first step toward the city stepping in and cleaning up the property. “We do need to restore some dignity to it,” Councilman Tom Lackey said. “The way it is now is disgusting and an embarrassment to the community.” Lackey said he would like to see some limited city involvement, mainly aimed at cleaning and securing the property. Lackey said he doesn’t favor a large municipal investment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Councilman Steve Knight questioned whether the city government should be involved at all. City staff members estimate that it would cost about $220,000 to clean up and secure the site. Annual maintenance costs would total about $30,000. james.skeen@dailynews.com (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Pataki urged to declare Queens power disaster

first_img“When the lights went out, that was just the tip of the iceberg,” he told The Associated Press. “Since then, Con Ed has misled the public about the severity of the situation, failed to grasp that we are in a crisis, and shown no plan to put the power back on and ensure the health and safety of people in Queens.” Asked to respond, Burke said, “I am now focused exclusively on restoration.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Bloomberg had estimated about 100,000 people were affected at the peak of the blackouts. Con Ed’s chief executive, Kevin Burke, said he could not estimate how long those still affected would be without power. At a news conference, Bloomberg urged residents to put aside their frustrations over the power failure and thank the workers trying to correct it. “The Con Ed workers are working an enormous number of hours. I don’t think anyone should be satisfied, but the city’s response has been as good as it could be,” he said. City Councilman Eric Gioia said Burke should resign. NEW YORK – A group of political leaders urged Gov. George Pataki on Sunday to designate a disaster area, eligible for federal aid, in the part of New York City suffering from a prolonged power failure. “Anywhere else it would be,” Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., said at a news conference in the borough of Queens, which officials often complain is overlooked. “If this were an area of 100,000 people in upstate New York, the governor would have declared it a disaster area.” A spokeswoman for the governor, Joanna Rose, said Pataki has spoken with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and offered any assistance necessary. The utility whose damaged lines are causing the trouble, Consolidated Edison, also bears a burden, she said. “We believe that it is Con Ed that should make restitution to those who have suffered.” By Sunday evening, electricity had been restored to 19,000 of an estimated 25,000 Consolidated Edison customers who lost power during last week’s heat wave, a company spokesman said. Each “customer” could be more than one business or home – even an entire apartment building – in densely populated western Queens, where many meters serve more than one household. last_img read more

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Jews putting tormenting year behind

first_imgRosh Hashana is also a time when Jews reflect on their vulnerability in a world outside their control. A liturgical poem central to the holiday is unetaneh tokef, which emphasizes that humans can’t be certain how they will perish. One of the poem’s lines – “Who by sword and who by wild beast” – carries extra salience this year. Many had been optimistic about Israel as summer approached. Violence had diminished, and visiting again seemed safe for many American Jews. “The streets of Israel were filled. There was a sense finally of hope. Then what happens?” said Rabbi Stewart Vogel of Temple Aliyah, who was in Tel Aviv with 50 members of his Woodland Hills synagogue July 13. That day, Israel bombed Lebanon in retaliation for the Hezbollah militia crossing the international border and kidnapping two Israeli soldiers. The war lasted 34 days, leveling much of Lebanon and pulverizing its infrastructure, but ended without Israel achieving its mission of destroying Hezbollah. Though Israel sustained significantly fewer casualties, the war left many Jews worried about the future of their sacred land. “Everyone who reads on this stuff has the sense this is not the end but the beginning of something,” said Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom, a Conservative Encino congregation. “Hezbollah represents Iran, and Iran is a militant power seeking nuclear weapons. What is Israel going to have to do to survive?” American Jews responded during the war by sending tens of millions of dollars to Israel for humanitarian aid. The Israel in Crisis campaign led by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles raised $15 million for temporary housing, food, medical care, small-business loans, counseling and other services. Tens of millions more in Israel bonds will be sold in North America during the next 10 days, said Harold Samuels, a former director of the Southern California bonds office who promotes sales at area temples. “Jews here are willing to understand that that infrastructure has to be repaired,” said Samuels, 77, of Sherman Oaks. “Roads have been bombed and destroyed. Power plants have been destroyed. There was damage to the water pipeline. There was damage to the electrical system. And they all need to be repaired.” Many from Temple Aliyah returned to the San Fernando Valley with a new interest in Israel. “My kids have changed. Their whole attitudes have changed. I can’t believe it,” said Jeff Schechter, a Calabasas dentist who took his three sons, 13, 16 and 20. “When I came back, I was really excited to be a Jew again, if that makes any sense,” said Brandon Schechter, 20. “I got very excited to be more active in my Jewish lifestyle.” Federation President John R. Fischel expects area rabbis to use the events of the past year as a launching pad for a broader theme of the High Holy Days. “What is important is that we sustained a tremendous amount of unity during the war,” Fischel said. “And now in the wake of the war, after the war, it is important for us to maintain that unity – not just for Israel but for ourselves here in Los Angeles.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At sundown tonight, Jews will welcome the new year with a collective farewell to one of the most painful periods in recent memory. It was a year when the Iranian president called for the obliteration of Israel and deemed the Holocaust a “myth.” A year when an Israeli war hero, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, suffered a severe stroke that left him comatose. A year when Israel spent 34 days fighting a war with no winners and many losses. But Jews will begin a new year with the celebration of Rosh Hashana. The first night of the High Holy Days, the Jewish new year is a celebration of creation that comes with the hope of peace for Israel. “It is still yet another opportunity to believe in faith that this country can be safe in the future,” said Rabbi Tsafreer Lev of Temple B’nai Hayim in Sherman Oaks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsMuch as Christian churches do on Christmas and Easter, Jewish temples swell with bodies during the High Holy Days, which run 10 days through Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. For that reason, it is historically a time when rabbis speak about pressing issues in the Jewish community. “In just about every synagogue there is going to be a sermon on Israel,” said Rabbi Jan Offel of Kol Tikvah, a Reform temple in Woodland Hills. But Jewish leaders are waiting to see how everyday American Jews respond to what Offel called the “800-pound gorilla.” A recent survey by the American Jewish Committee found that 19 percent of Jews do not feel that caring about Israel is “very important” to their identity. That is increasingly true among young Jews, particularly those who have not visited Israel. It’s a trend Jewish leaders are eager to curb. “Having the land of Israel is as key to our covenant with God as any other part of it,” said Rabbi John Borak of the American Jewish Committee. “So the new year is a time for us to, first of all, connect with that idea and to dedicate ourselves to creating the kind of world where all people can live in joy and harmony.” last_img read more

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Nigel Adkins calls for unity at Hull after being appointed Tigers manager

first_img Adkins guided Southampton to two promotions from League One to the Premier League 1 Nigel Adkins has called for unity after being unveiled as Hull head coach – the fifth person to take the reins in less than 17 months.Adkins was appointed on an 18-month contract following the departure of Leonid Slutsky, who left the Tigers at the weekend after winning only four of his 20 Sky Bet Championship games in charge.The club have collected three points from an available last 21 to slump to 20th in the standings and Adkins admits the club are battling for survival.Speaking at his unveiling, he said: “The position we are in in the division is a relegation battle.“Now we’ve got to change that around and win games of football, but we’ve got to focus on how we’re going to win the games of football, that process.“I think everybody’s just got to pull together.”Adkins, who oversaw training on Thursday and will be in the dugout on Saturday against Brentford, returns to football management 18 months after his sacking at Sheffield United.The 52-year-old said he had been offered a number of opportunities but felt he needed a break from the game.He added: “It was important for me to take a little bit of time to reflect on what had happened, and I’ve enjoyed my time, I’ve used it very well. I’ve been offered a lot of jobs, I’ve been very thankful for that and appreciative.“When I got the phone call the other day – I think I’ve been itching now for a little bit and thought ‘it’s probably about time to go and take the next one when it’s offered’.“These things are there and it was about time to take the plunge back into the world of football management.”Adkins twice guided Scunthorpe to promotion from League One and steered Saints to the Premier League in 2012 but was dismissed halfway through the following season.Slutsky, the first Russian to manage an English club, was appointed by Hull last summer following the club’s relegation from the top flight.But the former CSKA Moscow and Russia national team coach left the club three points above the bottom three.last_img read more

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Ex-con charged in 11 A.V. robberies

first_imgLANCASTER – An ex-convict released from federal prison in March has been charged with 11 robberies in Lancaster, deputies said. Daryl King, 39, is believed to have robbed several businesses around Challenger Way and Avenue K between early June and mid-July, and also is being investigated in connection with other Lancaster robberies, officials said. “He’s a bad guy,” sheriff’s Lt. Donald Downton said. Investigators are releasing little information about King and the crimes of which he is accused because the investigation into other robberies is continuing, and they don’t want to influence witnesses before he goes to court, Downton said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“We know there are other victims,” Downton said. King, a Lancaster resident, was arrested July 27 as a result of a two-week operation conducted by the sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit as well as Lancaster sheriff’s station detectives. The operation included 24-hour surveillance, officials said. After arresting King, detectives served a search warrant at his residence and said they found evidence connecting him to the business robberies at Challenger Way and Avenue K as well as to the robberies.last_img read more

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Liverpool transfer news: 2019 summer deals – all the ins and outs at Anfield

first_img 2 They also performed superbly well in the Premier League with Manchester City’s brilliance just pipping them to the title.Jurgen Klopp will now want to go one better in the 2019/20 season and end Liverpool’s league drought.To do so, the German is tweaking his ranks in the summer transfer window. LIVING THE DREAM Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are looking to complete deals this summer Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out LATEST TRANSFER NEWS getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Harvey Elliott has joined Liverpool targets Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? target While the Anfield giants do not need a lot, Klopp will want to change up his ranks slightly and keep his stars fresh and hungry.A number of players are also set to leave Merseyside for pastures new.So with the top-flight set to burst back into life, here’s a full rundown of every Liverpool deal so far this summer. three-way race Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star TOP WORK Tottenham line up bid for West Ham star who was labelled a ‘monster’ by Mourinho GETTY Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti GOSSIP Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 2 Liverpool enjoyed a season to remember last term but will now be looking to kick on again in the new campaign.The Reds claimed Champions League glory in June, beating Tottenham in the final to secure their sixth European crown. LATEST Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January In:Sepp van den Berg – PEC Zwolle, £1.3millionJakub Ojrzynski – Legia Warsaw, £200,000Harvey Elliott – Fulham, tribunalOut:Simon Mignolet – Club Brugge, £7mAlberto Moreno – Villarreal, freeDaniel Sturridge – releasedAdam Bogdan – releasedConnor Randall – releasedRafael Camacho – Sporting CP, £5millionConor Masterson – QPR, freeDanny Ings – Southampton, £20mJuanma Garcia   – releasedGlen McAuley – releasedPatrik Raitanen – releasedCorey Whelan – releasedBen Williams – releasedBobby Adekanye – Lazio, freeMarko Grujic – Hertha BSC, loanSheyi Ojo – Rangers, loanKamil Grabara – Huddersfield, loanBen Woodburn – Oxford, loanRhys Williams – Kidderminster Harriers, loanAllan Rodrigues – Fluminense, loanlast_img read more

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