The Judiciary threatened – APNU/AFC want a sycophant Judiciary

first_imgThe Deputy Solicitor General has written to the Public Service Commission citing harassment from the Attorney General. The outgoing Solicitor General has written a letter in the media informing us that the Attorney General refused her advice on the matter that caused him to publicly rebuke the Deputy Solicitor General. This is the latest assault on the Judiciary, assaults that have been persistent and increasingly threatening, as the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) seeks to transform the Judiciary from an independent arm of Government to a mindless and authoritarian sycophant.These are ominous times for Guyana – freedom and democracy are at stake. Far from an exercise of hyperbole, I am fearful that authoritarianism is rapidly descending over our beautiful Guyana, AGAIN. APNU/AFC has not yet completed two years in office, but they have moved rapidly away from democratic norms of governance to dictatorship. As part of the rapid decline of Guyana’s democracy and APNU/AFC’s iron-fisted clamp down on democratic norms, APNU/AFC has targeted the Judiciary, actively transforming the Judiciary from an independent arm of Government to being sycophantic and a “creature” of the executive.When APNU/AFC’s youth czar, the elderly Aubrey Norton, dared to cross Desmond Hoyte, who was the Leader of the Opposition at the time (about 1999), Hoyte dismissed him as Chairman of the People’s National Congress (PNC), pronouncing Norton was nothing but a “creature” appointed by the Leader. The present version of the PNC, APNU/AFC, appears still enamoured of Hoyte’s guidance – all individuals and all statutory agencies and bodies are nothing but “CREATURES” of the executive. APNU/AFC expects a loyalty vow from the Judiciary and that means always rule in favour of the Government when the Government is a party to any legal matter. In other instances, always rule as instructed, even in criminal matters.The law according to APNU/AFC is what Basil Williams, as Granger’s man, says. APNU/AFC has governed with an expectation that the Judiciary must act and behave, not as the law dictates, but in accordance with the whims and fancies of APNU/AFC. When the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) insists on independence and filing charges based on the evidence and not instructions from the Government, she was bypassed by appointments of special prosecutors who are linked to Joe Harmon and Bail Williams, family and friends.When former Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled that the presidential term limit in the Constitution is illegal, he had to face the wrath of APNU/AFC. Similarly, when Carl Singh as the Chancellor and Chair of the Appeals Court (three judges) read the Appeals Court ruling in a matter which the Attorney General appealed he was castigated for not knowing his place in the new dispensation. These instances are only the more prominent ones, but similar threats to make judges and the judicial system more malleable are everyday occurrences in Guyana.I am not aware of Ms Kissoon’s political leanings, but she clearly is a professional who refuses to cower to brutal political recrimination. I doubt that the former Chief Justice is afraid of the likes of Basil Williams or APNU/AFC. He was a professional that ruled against the Government when Bharrat Jagdeo was President, when Donald Ramotar was President and now when Granger is President. He ruled against the Government when the Attorney Generals were strong men, such as Charles Ramson, Doodnauth Singh and Anil Nandlall. Carl Singh has similarly ruled against Government when the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was in charge and now when APNU/AFC is in charge. APNU/AFC has not only used the Attorney General, but used its Goebel, Raphael Trotman and the Chronicle to tell Carl Singh he better mind his manners. In the meantime, we are reliably informed they have already identified his successor, even though a successor can only be appointed with the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition.While there are others in the Judiciary and in the statutory bodies that are part of the judicial system who will not be intimidated, APNU/AFC is determined to transform the Judiciary into one that is a sycophant, one that will be loyal to the wishes of the Government and not the law. In the coming months we will see an exodus as people are forced out and new ones enter. The new ones will have to pass a loyalty test. It is time for Guyanese to speak up. An independent Judiciary is the bedrock of any democracy. When judges and judicial officers like the DPP and Solicitor Generals are asked to rock with the wind, tyranny is in charge.(Send comments to doc_ram@hotmail.com)last_img read more

Housing slump doesn’t merit bailout

first_imgThe president moved Friday to allow the Federal Housing Administration to guarantee the loans of low- and moderate-income homeowners who are more than 90 days behind in making their payments. He also approved a temporary tax code change that would not penalize those who refinance at lower payments or those in foreclosure. The higher insurance caps – up to $417,000 – will help only a small fraction of those in trouble – it will have little effect in expensive Southern California – and allegedly will not apply to “speculators.” But it does send the wrong message: If you’re in trouble, Uncle Sam can help. The free market is not guaranteed. Some risks pay off, others don’t. The government doesn’t bail out people who gamble on the stock market. Now we know housing is necessary, but buying a home is not, and neither is buying a home in a neighborhood one cannot afford. The banks learned their lessons and began tightening credit, creating the current liquidity crisis that has made it hard for individuals and corporations – even with good credit – to borrow money. They also paid a price: layoffs and bankruptcies. Unfortunately for some, the housing gamble is not going to pay off, and that’s not the taxpayers’ problem. And real – not political – relief appears to be on the way. The Fed hinted at a rate cut Friday morning. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! President Bush ended last week in rare populist dress, handing some homeowners economic shovels to dig their way out of piles of mortgage bills they can no longer afford. So much for a president who stressed personal responsibility. Though this feel-good policy hardly amounts to the bailout Congress is discussing (something Bush strongly opposes), we would prefer to let the housing market shake out on its own or, at the very least, allow the Federal Reserve to do its job. The recent downturn of a few percentage points (in housing prices nationwidwide) hardly erases the double-digit increases in recent years and does not warrant government overreaction. We can recall severe and lasting housing slumps that took place way back in the early 1990s that commanded little interest from the White House. Those problems were caused by real problems – unemployment brought on by the aerospace downturn – not risky lending. The government, and the taxpayers who support it, should not become the guarantors of risky home loans and lines of credit. The only people who should be held responsible for the subprime and adjustable loan “crises” are those who signed the loan documents and those who granted them. last_img read more

RIPPLES PLANNING ON HAVING A EGGS-TRA SPECIAL EASTER WEEKEND!

first_imgAdvertising featureWhy not come down and enjoy some good food on the banks of Mulroy Bay and celebrate the Easter Weekend with good company and good food at Ripples Restaurant.The restaurant will be open all throughout the Easter Weekend, including Good Friday and Easter Monday, serving Lunch from 12pm. An A La Carte Dinner Menu, which includes lights snack options, will be available from 12pm also. Saturday night we will have Mickey Kane playing in the bar from around 9pm, it’s sure to be a good night’s craic agus ceol.All dietary conditions catered for, and children welcome. Please visit our website for a snapshot of the menu on offer with additional menu options available each night in the restaurant. Walk ins welcome, however booking is advisable to guarantee a table; Tel: 074-9150110.Ripples Restaurant would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Easter.www.ripplesrestaurant.com EASTER OPENING TIMES:Good Friday 06/04/12: 12pm – 9pm (last orders)Saturday 07/04/12: 12pm – 10pm (last orders) Bar open to lateEaster Sunday 08/04/12: 12pm – 8.30pm (last orders)Easter Monday 09/04/12: 12pm – 9pm (last orders) RIPPLES PLANNING ON HAVING A EGGS-TRA SPECIAL EASTER WEEKEND! was last modified: April 6th, 2012 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:Ripples Restaurantlast_img read more

MAN RUSHING TO NOWDOC FORCED TO SLOW DOWN FOR SPEED VANS

first_imgA man rushing to NowDoc with his sick daughter was forced to slow down to avoid speed vans on the outskirts of Carndonagh.The incident has led local councillor Ciaran McLaughlin to call for a review of speed cameras across Inishowen.The Buncrana Town Councillor revealed the man was driving at Molly’s Brae outside Carn but because he was going downhill at a 60kmp zone, he was forced to brake when he saw the speed van. Cllr McLaughlin said “Questions need to be asked. Is this a sneaky place for a speed van?“How many accidents have occurred at this spot? Is this just a money making scheme?”He added that motorists have a right to know whether local speedcameras are justified, are they making the roads safer or are they just raising money? He referred to an RTE news report in July of this year which claimed that the Xavier McAuliffe consortium, the speed vans operators, made €48,000 profit per week with the speed van cameras.“I will be bringing this to the attention of my Sinn Fein colleagueDeputy Padraig MacLochlainn as I believe questions have to be asked,” he said. MAN RUSHING TO NOWDOC FORCED TO SLOW DOWN FOR SPEED VANS was last modified: September 17th, 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) Tags:CarndonghCllr Ciaran McLaughlinNowDocspeed vanslast_img read more

Fancy trees fetch bids to help charity

first_imgMany decorators opted for conventional ornaments and tree toppers, but others eschewed tradition, instead pairing seashells with a vintage lifesaver or Chinese paper lanterns with fans. In keeping with the more-is-more concept, the latter was mated with an elaborately painted sideboard and antique stool. Jill Levy zeroed in on her heart’s desire, two oversize glittery toy soldiers tooting trumpets – towering perhaps as high as 15 feet on their bases – and a pair of topiary reindeer. She inked a bid. “What I’m counting on is nobody else will have room for them,” said the Hasley Canyon resident who has a 5-acre spread. Levy said she hoped the toy soldiers would flank the gate for her annual Christmas party, which last year drew 250 people. After that? “I don’t know what I’ll do with them the rest of the time,” she said. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – It was a massive Christmas tree lavishly adorned in purple that caught the eye of Castaic resident Garett McKay on Saturday. “But I don’t know if my ceilings are tall enough,” said McKay, one of hundreds of admirers who flocked to the annual Festival of Trees fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley. McKay was accompanied by his daughter, Melodi, 14, who wore a black floor-length gown for her afternoon performance at the event with the West Ranch High School choir. The forest decked out in grand style included about 100 artificial trees ready to be auctioned off Saturday night, some 9 feet tall, others tabletop-friendly. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Proceeds will benefit the group’s new Sierra Vista Clubhouse, where after-school programs are offered. Suggested bids began in the hundreds of dollars, and many trees had already fetched more than $1,000 in the silent auction. Volunteer Judy Belue said some could fetch up to $10,000 in Saturday night’s live auction. Last year’s event raised more than $150,000, Belue said. A tree decorated with a Six Flags California Magic Mountain theme sold for $7,500. Kristi Davalos, of Saugus, mulled offering $1,500 for one captioned “The Sweetest Season,” festooned with iced gingerbread cookies and paired with extras: a catered dinner for 20, event planning, a pink Kitchen Aid stand mixer and other goodies. last_img read more

New West of Ireland champion to be crowned today

first_imgAlex Gleeson is likely to carry the hopes of the locals into today’s final day of action at the Radisson West of Ireland Championship.The Castle Golf Club member, who has family connections in Sligo, will face James Fox in the first of this morning’s semi-finals.Portmarnock’s Fox is looking to win the tournament 20 years after his brother Noel tasted success.The second semi-final involves Robert Brazil from Naas and Jack Madden from Royal Portrush.The two winners will contest the final this afternoon.last_img read more

Spencer/Columbus football cannot stop unbeaten Eau Claire Regis

first_imgRockets drop to 5-2By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — A wild first half had the Spencer/Columbus football team dreaming of getting back in the Cloverbelt Conference championship race, but a second-half run by Eau Claire Regis squashed those thoughts.After the Rockets raced out to a 32-20 lead late in the second quarter, Regis scored 42 unanswered points to down Spencer/Columbus 62-32 and ruin Columbus Catholic High School’s homecoming game Saturday afternoon at Beell Stadium.Regis quarterback Paul Petit threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Samuel Forden with 1:16 to go in the first half and hit him again for 22 yards midway through the third quarter to give the Ramblers their first lead at 34-32.Petit tossed another TD pass to Alex Rocksvold, and the Ramblers (7-0, 6-0 Cloverbelt Conference) added three more scores in the fourth quarter to pull away.Spencer/Columbus (5-2 overall and Cloverbelt Conference) led 12-0 after the first quarter on a pair of Noah Zastrow touchdowns.Zastrow added a 63-yard TD in the second quarter, and Hunter Luepke ran 82 yards for a score to give Spencer/Columbus a 24-13 lead.After Rocksvold scored, Zastrow answered with a 7-yard touchdown run to put the Rockets up 32-20 with 2:18 to go before halftime and give Spencer/Columbus its final points of the game.Both Luepke and Zastrow were injured in the third quarter, and the Rockets’ offense suffered.“Hats off to Regis on a well-played physical game,” Spencer/Columbus coach Jason Gorst said. “We did some things well but have a ways to go yet. We need to get healthy and work to improve. I was proud of our overall effort. Our guys really left it out there today.”Spencer/Columbus plays at Altoona on Friday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Ramblers 62, Rockets 32Eau Claire Regis 0 27 14 21 – 62Spencer/Columbus 12 20 0 0 – 32First QuarterSC – Noah Zastrow 2 run (run failed), 4:08.SC – Zastrow 53 pass from Jarred Mandel (run failed), 4:00.Second QuarterECR – Samuel Forden 14 pass from Paul Petit (Jack Nocolai kick), 11:18.SC – Zastrow 63 run (pass failed), 11:01.ECR – Noel Ortiz (run failed), 10:07.SC – Luepke 82 run (kick missed), 9:10.ECR – Alex Rocksvold 5 run (Nocolai kick), 6;08.SC – Zastrow 7 run (Zastrow run), 2:18.ECR – Forden 63 pass from Petit (Nocolai kick), 1:16.Third QuarterECR – Forden 22 pass from Petit (Nocolai kick), 6:58.ECR – Rocksvold 26 pass from Petit (Nocolai kick), 3:35.Fourth QuarterECR – Jake Burns 9 run (Nocolai kick), 11:35.ECR – Rocksvold 30 run (Nocolai kick), 9:07.ECR – Kadin Peterson 25 pass from Will Jordahl (Nocolai kick), 3:46.Team StatisticsFirst downs: ECR 21; SC 18.Rushing (att-yards): ECR 39-263; SC 46-317.Passing (comp-att-yards-int): ECR 10-19-227-0; SC 7-15-139-1.Penalties (no.-yards): ECR 6-45; SC 5-55.Fumbles (total-lost): ECR 1-1; SC 3-3.Punting (no.-avg.): ECR 1-35.0; SC 2-23.5.Individual StatisticsRushing: ECR, Noel Ortiz 14-133, Jake Burns 10-58, Alex Rocksvold 3-38, Paul Petit 2-13, Isaac Michels 1-6, Andrew Root 1-5, Caleb Brickner 3-4, No. 24 1-3, No. 1 1-2, Vincent Lokken 2-2, Calvin Diaz 1-minus 1. SC, Hunter Luepke 18-159, Noah Zastrow 15-132, Jacob Miller 5-18, Leonardo Rodriguez 1-12, Shane Hamm 1-3, Andres Rodriguez 1-1, Carson Hildebrant 2-0, Jarred Mandel 1-minus 2, Austin Bacon 2-minus 6.Passing: ECR, Petit 9-18-202-0, Will Jordahl 1-1-25-0. SC, Mandel 6-13-86-1, Zastrow 1-1-11-0, Bacon 0-1-0-0.Receiving: ECR, Samuel Forden 4-114, Rocksvold 3-47, Kadin Peterson 1-25, Jacob Saldnek 1-25, Ben Sokup 1-16. SC, Karak Bushman 2-15, Zastrow 1-53, Ethan Meece 1-12, Luepke 1-11, Miller 1-4, Hildebrandt 1-2.Records: Regis 7-0, 6-0 Cloverbelt Conference; Spencer/Columbus 5-2 overall and Cloverbelt Conference.last_img read more

Amazon Echo Getting Kudos Among Its Competitors

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Smart Home market competing ecosystems is frustrating customers, according to a new report from Argus Insights. The report looks at the top current options for home connectivity and finds consumers less than delighted with an old tech theme – a lack of desire of competing technologies to work together.In particular, Google and Apple’s refusal to “play nice together” irks users who are happier with the broad and relatively easier-to-integrate Amazon Echo.According to data compiled from over 576,000 Smart Home device and application consumer reviews from January 2015 to present, the Amazon Echo and Apple’s Homekit are top-of-mind for consumers specifically discussing ecosystems.The Amazon Echo has gained strong consumer interest since the product was broadly promoted at the recent Consumer Electronics Show. Interestingly, the Works with Nest environment is the least discussed ecosystem of those researched.Apple’s Homekit rates favourablyJohn Feland, CEO of report authors Argus Insights, explains:“Consumers enter the Smart Home journey under the premise of creating an intelligent home that anticipates and serves their needs in a delightful, low maintenance manner. Along this journey, after users overcome the hurdles of installation and continued use through often broken app experiences, they are confronted with a mess of protocols as they approach expansion.”  “Consumers are dismissing Google’s Nest ecosystem play, and we are seeing a real battle between Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa for the voice of the Smart Home. While Apple forces users to rely on iOS devices, Alexa will chat up anyone willing to integrate into the Echo API.” It’s worth noting that using reviews as a measurement tool of satisfaction may result in skewed data – people tend to be more inclined to take the time to review a negatively received product than a positive one. Further, a customer’s needs at the early stages of the home IoT experience may differ greatly than when they want to try more complex integrations and connections.Currently, Google only works with Nest, HomeKit only works with iOS devices, and Alexa works with everyone.  Interconnectivity and the ability to function in multi-user environments will become more important as people introduce more smart devices into their home. Companies unwilling to facilitate this may soon find themselves passed over, however strong the consumer brand recognition. Cate Lawrence Related Posts How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#Alexa#Amazon Echo#Connected Devices#Connected Homes#connectivity#Home Automation#HomeKit#IoT last_img read more

TV actress Disha Vakani ties the knot!

first_imgThe Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah actress is now wife to Mumbai-based chartered accountant Mayur.According to sources, the entire team from her show attended the wedding ceremony. The 37-year-old actress was seen wearing traditional Gujarati attire with heavy Kundan jewellery for her special day. The Instagram account of the actress released these pictures for her fans:According to sources, while the wedding was a private affair–with only a select few friends and relatives in attendance–a reception ceremony is being organised for everyone else on November 26.Also read: Disha Vakani (aka Dayaben) getting married on November 24? Disha and Mayur’s union is reportedly an arranged one. Earlier this year, Disha’s brother had confirmed the news of the actor getting hitched. He had also revealed that the groom comes from a non-filmy background.Disha Vakani, who started her acting career with Gujarati theatre, became a household name as Dayaben after her portrayal of an innocent Gujarati housewife in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.last_img read more