Nandlall fires back at AG

first_imgHWLS placement debacleFormer Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall has yet again lashed out at current LegalFormer AG Anil NandlallLegal Affairs Minister Basil WilliamsAffairs Minister Basil Williams over what he said are his controversial comments about the former AG’s role.Williams, at a recent press conference said it was the former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government which caused the current state of affairs in the country. Williams blamed the previous Administration for failing the Guyanese law students, and for not giving special interest in the programme and its commitment with the Trinidad and Tobago-based Hugh Wooding Law School.In a social network post on Tuesday, Nandlall rebuffed the statement made by the Attorney General, and in fact laid out that he (Nandlall), who had responsibility for the programme at the time, had been very much consistent in every endeavour to ensure students be successful getting into the HWLS.“In 2014, I along with the then Head of the Department of Law, University of Guyana, successfully negotiated, on behalf of the Government of Guyana, the terms of a new agreement with officials of the University of the West Indies [UWI] and the Council of Legal Education [CLE] of the West Indies, for the continued automatic admissions of graduates of the UG Law Programme into the Hugh Wooding Law School,” Nandlall stated.Nandall said this became necessary since the previous agreement entered into by his predecessor had come to an end through “effluxion of time”. He stated that the entire initiative was a PPP/C Government one which began in 1996.“Two previous such agreements had expired. The responsibility became mine to negotiate and conclude the third. When the negotiations started, several members of CLE/UWI team argued against non-renewal of the agreement. We defeated this argument. They next argued for a reduction of the quota of 25. We again defeated this argument. In the end, not only did we succeed in retaining the quota of 25 for Guyanese nationals graduates but were able to secure an additional 10 places for non-Guyanese nationals graduates of the said Law programme,” he explained.This agreement, he said, was to be signed before September 2015 to regulate the admission of students for the year 2015-2016 to the Law School. He said he left office in May of 2015, and upon his departure, he did brief Williams.“I explained to him that the hard work is finished and that all he needs to do is to ensure that the agreement which was being drafted by UG And UWI be signed and taken to the CLE for their signature because it is a tripartite agreement.”However, a year later, Nandlall said he is now reading in the press that Williams has disclosed that the agreement has not yet been signed.“What is worse, rather than remain silent or admit to his utter incompetence, he blames, the previous Government and the Council of Legal Education for this predicament. To further conceal his ineptitude, he throws a red herring into the equation about building a local school. Even if that’s a feasible option, it will take years to materialise. What will happen to students in the meantime? That’s the issue; why after one year, the negotiated agreement has not been signed? I ask again, for how long will the nation endure such incompetence?” Nandlall asked.Williams had told journalists that Government remained concerned about the situation in which students have found themselves and was working to have it settled.Williams said the decision by the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration to discontinue contributions to the HWLS is responsible for the dilemma facing Guyanese law students.“I could tell you that they all (HWLS) feel that because we don’t pay and contribute, it is unfair for us to have our students taking up places at the school,” Williams said.According to him, the problem was further “aggravated” because all the campuses of the University of the West Indies are doing the full law degree just as the University of Guyana, and have hundreds of students who also want to enter into the programme.“It is a question of the discontinuance of paying any contribution whatsoever, and we inherited that situation and are trying to address it. But all we seem to have done is to encourage a lot of problems”.The previous PPP/C Administration fought ‘tooth and nail’ in recent years to ensure that the top 25 University of Guyana law students are accepted in the Hugh Wooding Law School.As a matter of fact, in 2013, then Caribbean Community (Caricom) Chairman, Dr Ralph Gonsalves had the cause to write the University of the West Indies Council for Legal Education on the impasse over Guyanese law students being accepted at the Trinidad-based Hugh Wooding Law School.last_img read more

Jagdeo says PPP/C will not peddle violence

first_img– promises to fight for Guyana’s future in 2020 General ElectionsDespite concerns over his comments about election rigging, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has set the record straight, explaining that his party will not peddle any form of violence but it will not sit idly by and allow injustice to take place, especially during the next General and Regional Elections.His comments comes amid criticisms over his warning and that of his party, the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), to the Government, of possible consequences to come if they make any attempt to tamper with the election, results both at the Local Government and national levels.“We are not a violence peddling party. We are about progress, but we are not a walk over too. If the moment they (Government) believe they can walk over us, that’s the end. They will rig the election. If they feel we are not a walk over, they will have to think twice about doing it,” he explained.Nevertheless, Jagdeo said despite these concerns, it is extremely hard for theOpposition Leader and PPP/C General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeocoalition to rig an election. He said pre 1992, the electoral process was compromised for many reasons. But based on the new system, while there still may be some loopholes, it is better and allows for greater scrutiny.“We know they (Government) will try. That’s the nature of the beast. But we can’t give up, we have to fight. Look at what Cheddi Jagan did, when it was worst under (Forbes) Burnham. They didn’t even have a media. But open societies don’t allow dictatorship to strive and we could expose them,” he added.The PPP/C General Secretary has advised his supporters against worrying over the issue. “If you think our party is not looking at it, then you’re wrong. We are looking at every single possible way they can rig the elections. From padding the list, the voters list, to the GRO (General Register Office),” he stated.Jagdeo said his party is engaged in planning for the next elections already and is working assiduously to get into election mode from now. He noted that polling agents will be recruited and stationed even at the some 300 plus A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) strongholds.“So, what we are doing? We’re checking. We are not sitting on our hands and just complaining about it. We have people who are checking to see if there is any spike in registration. We are going to be visiting some of those places that looks suspicious. We are doing something about it,” he asserted.For this reason, Jagdeo said that is why the PPP/C is arguing for greater diversity at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as well. “We are arguing that they have to find a transparent way of scrubbing the list. We have started to train our polling agents to go into the places where we know they could steal.”He continued, “We are not sitting down and letting this fear paralyse us. And so this is what I have been saying, and I noticed that some people have been saying Jagdeo preaching violence. But it’s not violence. We filed our election petition because we feel the last election had irregularities and we pointed out that.”The former Head of State also pointed out that regardless, the PPP/C still treats the Government as legal and legitimate. The Party is also engaged in discussions and debates at the level of the Parliament and have been playing its part as the Opposition on many fronts and pertaining to many issues.However, Jagdeo said if that changes and the Government allegedly rigs the elections, he is worried that the PPP/C might not be entitled to the same form of struggle. He said, “People of Guyana, not just PPP/C people, but all Guyanese will become then freedom fighters to liberate this country. That is how we have to characterise the struggle. If they believe they can threaten to burn a couple of buildings in Georgetown and we will sit on our hands, then they will steal it,” he added.The PPP/C General Secretary also used a scenario whereby he said if the PPP/C helps to shut down Berbice, Essequibo and the entire country, then Government may feel inclined to think about their decision.“We don’t believe in violence. Look at the history from 1992 to now. Look at the last elections. We lost 4500 votes after they stole, you didn’t see us burn any building. When they lost the election by 30,000 votes, they were running down the streets and burning buildings,” he recalled.Jagdeo said the PPP/C will be fighting for the future of Guyana. “This is what bothers them a lot. Because a lot of APNU supporters from the past who supported them just in the last elections. They’re eyes have been opened. They realise that this Government has no intention of helping poor people even the business community. Many of them are coming to the PPP, they are joining our party.”Only recently, Jagdeo also raised concerns again about thousands of Haitian nationals who arrived in Guyana, but many of them have not left the country. He alleged that they may have been trafficked here.He also raised concerns over the Government moves to create new townships as a means of trying to tamper with the current system and create an avenue for them to allegedly tamper with the votes. Although this has happened previously, the PPP still managed to sweep a major victory at the last LGE.last_img read more

Freezing rain warning issued for Fort Nelson

first_img“Freezing rain has been reported over southern sections of the Fort Nelson region and is expected to develop over Fort Nelson this morning,” Environment Canada said in a written statement. “As the surface temperature gradually rises above zero this afternoon, the freezing rain will turn to light rain or showers.”Environment Canada warns surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery, advising commuters to take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Neuer in Germany World Cup squad, Sane left out

first_img0Shares0000Germany consider Manuel Neuer to be crucial to their chances of winning back-to-back World Cups © AFP / VLADIMIR SIMICEKBERLIN, Germany, Jun 4 – Germany have included 2014 World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in their final squad for the 2018 tournament, even though he has only just returned from a long-term absence through injury.But in a surprise omission, coach Joachim Loew left Manchester City striker Leroy Sane out of his 23-player list despite a strong season with the Premier League champions. “Leroy has a huge amount of talent and he will be back in again because from September we will re-double our work with him,” Loew said. “But in his games with the national team he hasn’t quite done the business.”Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer made his first appearance since September in the 2-1 defeat by Austria in a rain-delayed friendly on Saturday and showed no ill-effects.The 32-year-old who is considered key to Germany’s hopes of retaining the title had been sidelined for eight months after fracturing a metatarsal in his left foot last September in a recurrence of the same injury he suffered earlier in 2017.Sane was cut from the squad with Timo Werner and the veteran Mario Gomez included as just two out-and-out strikers.Neuer denied his inclusion was a risk, despite his lack of match practice.“I’m not worried. I am no more a risk than any other player,” Neuer said.The ‘keeper said his careful reintroduction had been a deliberate ploy — he didn’t play a single match for Bayern before joining up with the national squad.Apart from an appearance in a specially-arranged match against Germany’s Under-20 team last week, the match in Klagenfurt in Austria was his first full appearance since September.“I always thought I would be going to the World Cup and I didn’t want to take any risk,” Neuer said.“Every training session is a test for me. If I don’t feel good I tell the coach because the success of the team is the absolute priority.”Germany 23-man squad:Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona/ESP), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)Defenders: Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Matthias Ginter (Moenchengladbach), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea/ENG), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Juventus/ITA), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/ESP), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/ENG), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City/ENG), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)Forwards: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

A healthy Toms wins Sony Open

first_imgHONOLULU — The image is still fresh when so many people see David Toms. They remember him on a stretcher, an oxygen mask strapped to his mouth as he was loaded into an ambulance with his heart beating out of control. That was four months ago at the 84 Lumber Classic. Rest assured, he says his heart is fine. And it wasn’t under any kind of stress Sunday in the Sony Open. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I’ve come a long way from that day in Pennsylvania.” If anything, Toms looked a lot like the guy who crushed anyone in his way while winning the Accenture Match Play Championship last year. He was four shots clear at the turn, and never let anyone get closer. Chad Campbell, tied with Toms going into the final round at warm and breezy Waialae, didn’t make a birdie until the 17th hole and shot 70. He tied for second with Rory Sabbatini, who closed with a 62 and never had a chance. Toms was in total control of all aspects of his game on a spectacular day along the shores of the Pacific, where surfers clinging to parasails glided along the water. It was a feeling Toms knew well. He set a course record with a 61 to share the 54-hole lead with Campbell. And he resumed his solid play with an 8-iron into 12 feet for birdie on the first hole, and a drive that split the middle on the dangerous second hold. Answering questions about the state of his game, much less his health, Toms carried on from a record-setting round at Waialae with two quick birdies to blow away the field, closing with a 5-under 65 for a five-shot victory. “That’s definitely behind me,” Toms said of his heart, and surgery to repair the problem in November. “Just like when I had hand surgery a couple of years ago, I came out and was able to play well right away and erase any questions that I might have, and whether or not I was going to be able to do it again. center_img “It was like, ‘Here we go again. I’m going to play good,”‘ Toms said. Victory was never in doubt. The entertainment value came from 27-year-old rookie Bubba Watson, a lefty with power not seen since John Daly showed up at the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick in 1991. Swinging from the heels, he blasted four drives over 360 yards on a course with no elevation. A flip wedge into the par-5 18th hole set up a short eagle for a 65 that gave him fourth place alone in his debut. “I remember when I was a rookie and would just let it go,” Sabbatini said. “There’s absolutely no possibility I could ever have hit it that far. Just unbelievable.” Toms had an easy up-and-down for birdie on the par-5 18th to finish at 19-under 261, one shot off the 72-hole record at Waialae. He earned $918,000 to get his year off to a great start. David Duval also started his season well, closing with a 63 for his best score in nearly three years. 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

McElhinneys celebrate another big win in London

first_imgLast night in London, McElhinneys proved again their retail dominance not only in Ireland but in the UK.The Ballybofey store picked up the prestigious awards at the Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards for Best Independent Department Store in UK and Ireland.The awards acknowledges exceptional retailing and customer service standards with McElhinneys coming out on top from over 500 nominations. A very glamorous Dana McMahon and Lorna McGinley pick up the award on behalf of the Store and the Lingerie Department.Their lingerie stock is also available to view online at www.mcelhinneys.com   McElhinneys celebrate another big win in London was last modified: November 15th, 2016 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

ALMOST €50K TO BE GIVEN TO DONEGAL YOUTH GROUPS

first_imgDinny McGinley TDMinister for Children & Youth Affairs James Reilly has announced extra funding for local youth groups.He says that €49, 434 has been approved for Donegal Youth Organisations. Amongst the Youth Organisations being funded are, Foroige (Youth Development Officer Programme) Foroige Office, Main St., Ballybofey with €11,648.00 and Donegal Town (The Deck Youth Development Project), Tirchonaill St – €4,218.00.The funding has been welcomed by TD Dinny McGinley.  ALMOST €50K TO BE GIVEN TO DONEGAL YOUTH GROUPS was last modified: November 27th, 2015 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) Tags:BallybofeyDonegal Townyouth groupslast_img read more

Watford complete signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona

first_imgWatford have completed the signing of Spain winger Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, the Premier League club have confirmed. Deulofeu, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Vicarage Road, has penned a five-year contract with the Hornets. Barcelona confirmed the fee at around £11.5m (€13m), with a further £3.5m (€4) in add-ons.The 24-year-old becomes Watford’s second summer signing, following the arrival of England youth international Ben Wilmot from Stevenage last month.Announcing the deal on their website, Barcelona said in a statement: “FC Barcelona and Watford FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Gerard Deulofeu to the English club.“They have agreed on a fee of 13 million euros, plus 4 million in variables. FC Barcelona will also receive a percentage of any future transfer operations to other clubs.”A product of Barcelona’s academy, Deulofeu struggled to break into the first team at the Nou Camp and was loaned out to Everton in 2013.He was a hit under Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park and, following a loan stint at Sevilla the following term, was signed permanently by the Toffees in summer 2015.All did not go to plan on Merseyside and in January 2017 the player was loaned to AC Milan, where some strong performances convinced Barca to take up their buy-back option with Everton. 1center_img Deulofeu has penned a five-year deal with Watford and will join for a reported £11.5m last_img read more

Liverpool’s game at Napoli could happen on the other side of Italy

first_img RANKED Liverpool have played at the Stadio San Paolo before – a goalless draw in a Europa League group stage game 3 Jurgen Klopp’s side play their match against Napoli on October 3 and many Reds fans have already made travel arrangements for the trip.The situation has arisen due to the ongoing controversy over Napoli’s 60,000-seater San Paolo stadium, which is owned by the local council.The seats in the stadium do not meet UEFA standards but Napoli have been given an exemption to be able to play their home games in Naples for several years.Replacement seats were planned for the summer but this did not take place, threatening the granting of another UEFA exemption. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Latest Liverpool FC News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade shining De Laurentiis snr said last month: “One thing is for certain – Bari will not be an appendix of Napoli, but they will be run as a separate entity, with separate efforts.“We cannot mix Napoli and Bari, which are two separate cities, each with their own history and their own fans, who must be respected.”Liverpool’s only trip to Napoli saw them play out a goalless draw at the San Paolo in the Europa League group stage in October 2010.Champions League group stage draw in full De Laurentiis has proposed playing the game at this ground – the Stadio San Nicola in Bari Manchester City played at the Stadio San Paolo in the Champions League group stage last season possible standings 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img silverware Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Liverpool’s Champions League tie away to Napoli could be played 160 miles from the Serie A club’s San Paolo home.This is due to a row concerning their home ground with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis asking UEFA for permission for his club to play their European matches in Bari – which is on the east coast of Italy. smart causal REVEALED REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won De Laurentiis admitted the stadium has “become a joke” and has now put forward the idea of moving European games to Bari’s 58,000-capacity San Nicola stadium if Napoli have their licence revoked.He told Corrierre dello Sport: “For me, it’s a nightmare. Such a bad stadium limits the status of Napoli at an international level.“It’s a shame. For this reason, I say enough: I don’t want any more controversy, so I’ll build my own stadium.“And that’s that. We can’t go on like this anymore. Nobody can tell you to do anything if you put in your own money and have the land to build a stadium. 3 huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade “In the meantime, I’ve asked UEFA to authorise us to play Champions League matches at Bari.“I’ll pay for 1,000 buses out of my own picket so Napoli fans can attend the match.”Napoli chose Palermo’s Stadio Renzo Barbera for a ninth straight year as their preferred destination for European competitions in May.However, De Laurentiis also became the owner of FC Bari after the club were excluded from Serie B and demoted to Serie D for financial reasons. De Laurentiis’ son, Luigi De Laurentiis has become the Bari chairman.last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur stadium update: Grass is fully laid and it looks incredible

first_imgThe first rolls of our new pitch are laid at #SpursNewStadium pic.twitter.com/Wg9JEm4YRY— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 3, 2018 The laying of the grass pitch at our new home is complete. #SpursNewStadium pic.twitter.com/LhJrrXiOEz— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 4, 2018Work started on the laying of the grass on Tuesday and was completed on Wednesday night with further works ongoing, including lighting rigs entering the pitch to help it grow and knit together.The pitch had been prepared in the Netherlands and was being brought to the UK in 23 refrigerated lorries earlier in the week.It’s a huge boost for both the club and its fans who saw their original date for the opening of stadium, September 15, come and go due to problems with ‘critical safety systems’ at the ground. Looking incredible #NewSpursStadium pic.twitter.com/lblzZ4BFiF— New Spurs Stadium (@NewSpursStadium) October 4, 2018While the issues are attended to, the club have had to play their matches at Wembley, with all their Champions League home games also scheduled to be there, even if they do move into their new home sooner than November 28, when Spurs face Inter Milan.Many supporters believe their opening match could come against London rivals Chelsea on November 24 but there is no official word on this, with test events having to be carried out for the club to obtain the necessary safety certificates to open the stadium fully.center_img Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is moving ever closer to completion with the pitch now fully laid.Having looked like just a shell for some time, it now looks ready for action with the turf installed this week.last_img read more