Dear Editor,The letter from Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, who, interestingly enough, signed it, not as a Government Minister, but on behalf of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), warrants a response.Minister Bulkan also repeats what has been said by the Attorney General, and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, by saying that the President was forced to unilaterally appoint Reverend James Patterson as the GECOM Chairman. This cannot be accepted. It was the President who, according to the Department of Public Information, promised a collaborative way forward, if he rejected the third set of nominees.On June 12, 2017, President Granger promised that, “A high-level team would be assembled representing the President and Leader of the Opposition which will begin to work immediately on exploring modalities to bring a resolution to this matter in the event that the list is rejected.” How then was the President’s hand forced?Also, how can Guyanese accept Minister Bulkan’s reasoning that the President’s action “put an end to the shenanigans being perpetrated by Jagdeo, whose goal it was to have a chair who would be biased in favour of the [People’s Progressive Party] PPP.” First, the Opposition Leader held consultations with civil society to come up with the nominees. Second, it is President Granger’s nominee who is politically biased. Reverend Patterson was a pallbearer at the private funeral ceremony for the late People’s National Congress leader, Desmond Hoyte. Reverend Patterson was listed as part of the ‘Rally Around the PNC’ group. It is Reverend Patterson’s whose integrity is now being questioned after he claimed that he was the Chief Justice of Grenada in 1987 – something that no one seems to be able to confirm.Minister Bulkan claims that Local Government Elections are due by December 7, 2018 and a GECOM Chairman had to be appointed. If this was the case, then there were qualified and competent professionals who were nominated. Why didn’t the President choose one of them? Will Guyanese ever know the reasons for President Granger’s rejection of the list submitted by the Opposition Leader? If Minister Bulkan wants to claim that the list submitted by the Opposition Leader was flawed, he should provide reasons to substantiate that claim.Minister Bulkan goes on to “commend the many letters and other expressions of support for the courageous action” taken by President Granger. However, the fact is that other than the PNC and groups, as well as individuals, aligned to the PNC and the Government, there has been widespread condemnation of the President’s unilateral appointment of Reverend Patterson as the GECOM Chairman.There is only one acceptable point that Minister Bulkan makes. It is that, “We have come a long way from a colonial system of governance and accompanying mentality, we have much work to do to build and maintain our fledgling democracy.” For this reason, we cannot allow the President’s breach of the Constitution to go unchallenged. In this light, the court challenged mounted by the PPP is welcomed by right-thinking Guyanese.Sincerely,Nigel DharamlallPPP/C Member ofParliament
MOST READ A first wave of Olympic tickets went on sale for Japanese residents only in May, with would-be spectators required to sign up online by creating a profile and choosing which seats they wanted a chance to buy in a lottery system.Around 3.2 million tickets were sold in the first phase of sales, with a second phase organized in August for those who missed out the first time around.Olympic tickets can only be resold through an official Tokyo 2020 resale site, and organizers warned that any tickets bought via other resellers would also be invalidated.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this June 11, 2019, file photo, a man walks past the Tokyo 2020 Olympic logos, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics said Friday they have invalidated nearly 7,000 tickets worth $1.6 million after discovering they were purchased with fraudulent identities through an online lottery.“Tokyo 2020 understands that there have been large-scale purchases following the first wave of the Olympic ticket lottery applications from a large number of IDs registered with false personal information,” the organizers said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 2020 PLAY LIST 02:26Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 202001:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown UAAP: La Salle shuts down UST for 3rd win LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ “About 30,000 fraudulent IDs were generated” during a first-round online lottery to secure tickets for the summer games, the statement said.“Altogether, about 6,900 tickets for 150 sessions were purchased using these fraudulent IDs, with a face value of about 180 million yen.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4There were no details on who is suspected of creating the fake identities to carry out the purchases, though local media reported that the organizing committee suspected a specific group was behind the plan.Organizers said they were consulting with police and “will continue to monitor illegal applications during the second lottery sale.” View comments
Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down ‘People evacuated on their own’ Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker reacts after hitting a 3-pointer late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Boston, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The Celtics defeated the Mavericks 116-106. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Kemba Walker took on some extra responsibility at the offensive end in Boston’s first game since Gordon Hayward broke his left hand.Walker made a trio of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 29 points, Jaylen Brown added 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-106 Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Boston jumped to an 8-0 lead and led by 10 twice — once in each quarter — during the opening half.SALUTEThe Celtics honored 103-year-old Peter Fantasia, who served in World War II, on the court during a second-quarter timeout.UP NEXTMavericks: At the New York Knicks on Thursday in Porzingis’ return to Madison Square Garden against his original team.Celtics: Host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steph Curry hopes to return from broken hand in early spring LATEST STORIES Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust “I was just trying to be aggressive, trying to make the right plays,” Walker said. “My shot felt good the whole night. I was just missing them. Then, in the fourth quarter, just naturally, the competitive nature just comes out and I try to do what I can do to put the ball in the basket.”Marcus Smart scored 17 points, Daniel Theis chipped in with 11 and Brad Wanamaker had 10 for Boston, which won its eighth straight game since a season-opening loss at Philadelphia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Jayson Tatum shot 1 for 18 from the field and scored only five points for the Celtics.Luka Doncic led the Mavericks (6-4) with 34 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Maxi Kleber had 15 points with eight boards. “I got word at halftime that surgery went well,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “We’re going to have to find other guys to step up, especially off the bench.”Boston trailed by two before going on an 11-2 spurt over a 1:32 stretch to move ahead 101-94 with 4:11 to play on Walker’s 3 from the right wing. Smart then converted a three-point play.Walker nailed his three big shots from beyond the arc in a span of 1:09.Dallas took its first lead, 88-86, on Tim Hardaway Jr.’s one-handed runner in the lane. The Mavericks held a 92-90 edge before Walker took over.The teams were tied at halftime before Boston opened the second half with a 15-3 surge. Smart started the run with a 3 from the right corner. Walker and Brown added 3s on consecutive possessions.Doncic then started to take over, scoring nine of the Mavericks’ 11 points as they closed to 84-79 at the end of the third quarter.TIP-INSMavericks: Porzingis didn’t play in Dallas’ previous game, resting as he returns from left knee surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2018-19 season. “He was (struggling), but you know this is what happens to great players,” Doncic said. “They have a bad night. So expect, I think, the next game he’s going to have at least 30 points. He keeps working. He just came back from injury.”Celtics: C Enes Kanter returned after missing seven games with a bruised left knee. “I felt it a little bit,” he said when asked if he was fatigued during his nearly six minutes in the game. . Theis injured his right pinkie and went to the locker room early in the game. He came back to the bench and had the pinkie taped to his ring finger before going back in.QUICK START Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Kristaps Porzingis scored just four points on 1-of-11 shooting for Dallas.“Porzingis had a tough night. We’re just going to flush it and move on,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said with a laugh. “You know, there’s nights like this. You’ve just got to flush it and move forward.”Porzingis took a lot of blame for the loss.“I had an off night tonight, and guys stepped up,” he said. “Guys fought until the end, and we were right there. If I had a better game, the result could have been much different.”The Celtics released a statement during the opening quarter that said Hayward had surgery Monday to repair a fracture in his non-shooting hand. He was injured during their previous game in San Antonio when he collided with LaMarcus Aldridge as the Spurs’ big man set a screen.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
The Women and Gender Equality Commission (WGEC) last week, launched a campaign to eliminate family violence and sexual harassment in the workplace in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam). The campaign was launched in observance of International Day Against the Elimination of all Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls which was observed on November 25.Chairperson of the Commission, Indra Chandarpal, reminded that International Day Against the Elimination of all Forms of Violence is observed yearly by the United Nations on November 25.Chairperson of the Commission, Indra Chandarpal presents the posters to Regional Executive Officer Rupert Hopkinson at the launch of the campaignShe explained that the focus of the commission this year is to present visible messages to the public through posters and billboards to workers from various work places.Suggestion boxes also will be available so that persons who face various forms of abuse can ink their feelings and drop it into the box.The WGEC is advocating for an end to family violence and sexual harassment, which has long-term effects on victims’ lives.Posters were presented to the Region’s Regional Executive Officer Rupert Hopkinson and also to officers from various departments within the Regional system.Chandarpal explained that sexual harassment is an unwelcome act, comment, gesture or physical contact of a sexual nature, and advised that anyone faced with such can contact the commission.Participants included women from the Regional Women’s Affairs Committee along with Nandranie Coonjah, Haliema Khan and Nicole Cole.The Women and Gender Equality Commission operates under the mission of promoting gender mainstreaming in all policies and programmes as well as to educate everyone on the benefits of gender equality and ending gender-based violence.The WGEC is one of four commissions for the promotion and enhancement of fundamental rights and the rule of law that was established under Section 212G of the Constitution. Members were appointed in the National Assembly on 21 May, 2009.
On another very hot day, with a gusty wind, at the Le Castellet track 25km from the Mediterranean in the south of France, Bottas picked up where he left off on Friday afternoon by continuing to set the pace on a circuit that clearly suits his style.Monaco’s Charles Leclerc, adopted as a Frenchman by local supporters, was third-fastest ahead of his Ferrari team-mate four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, still prickling after the team had lost in their bid to review and overturn his penalty, and lost victory, in Canada.Max Verstappen was fifth for Red Bull ahead of team-mate Frenchman Pierre Gasly with British rookie Lando Norris an impressive seventh for the resurgent McLaren team.Daniel Ricciardo was eighth in the leading Renault ahead of Carlos Sainz in the second McLaren and one-time champion Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo.In a relatively incident-free session, the Williams team continued to struggle with George Russell being forced to trundle back to the pits with a power problem.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton was edged by his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in final practice for the French GP © AFP / GERARD JULIENLE CASTELLET, France, Jun 22 – Valtteri Bottas outpaced Lewis Hamilton to top the times as Mercedes dominated again in final free practice for Sunday’s French Grand Prix.The Finn, who lies 29 points adrift of the defending five times world champion in this year’s title race, clocked a best lap in one minute and 30.159 seconds, beating Hamilton by four-hundredths of a second.
1 Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell believes their squad was improved over the summer despite a worse start to the season.The Black Cats have just two points from their opening seven Premier League ties, compared to the eight points from seven matches this time last year.Fabio Borini, Jermain Lens and Younes Kaboul were signed permanently in the summer and were supplemented by a number of loans that Rodwell reckons have improved the struggling squad.“It’s been a very frustrating start with only two points but the confidence is there because we train with each other every day and we know exactly what everyone can do,” Rodwell said.“I know we have a good squad. I think we have a better squad than last season. And I thought last season we could have won a lot more games than we did.” Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell
FEATURES: Donegal South Forum and Donegal Local Development Company Ltd (DLDC) hosted a networking event for members of community and voluntary groups in South Donegal on Wednesday evening in Balintra Community Hall.The event brought together members of local community groups within South Donegal and provided people within the area with an opportunity to link together and discuss the many projects, activities and voluntary projects that do significant work each day within the local community. Speaking on the success of the event, Mary McGowan, Chairperson of Donegal South Forum told Donegal Daily, “This is the first in a series of events that we are planning for 2016 that will enable members of local community groups to share information on the activities, supports and services which they provide. “There is a wide variety of groups and community projects in the South Donegal area. Everyone involved in the planning and delivery of community activities can be very proud of their achievements and we aim to help them showcase these achievements.”The event brought together speakers and representatives from Ballyshannon Pantomime Society, Ballyshannon Drama Society, The Breesy Centre Parent and toddler group, Donegal Walk and Talk group, Rossnowlagh Womens group, the Michael Gallagher Dance Group, Donegal Sports Partnership, Donegal House of Stories, Donegal South Forum, Killybegs Mesn Shed, Donegal Social Prescribing and DLDC. People who attended had an opportunity to find out about these groups and how to get involved in their activities. Music and entertainment was provided by Danny Meehan and Farrah Boyle.Donegal South Forum representatives works with a range of state agencies and partners to promote the interests of local community groups and organisations throughout South Donegal. The group would like to express their sincere thanks to all who took part in the event and made it a great success.For more information on the event and upcoming activities please contact DLDC on 07491 27056.The project was supported by the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 which is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative. COMMUNITY GROUPS IN SOUTH DONEGAL HOST NETWORKING EVENT was last modified: April 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)
Luke Shaw of Manchester United 1 Luke Shaw’s representatives fear Jose Mourinho may hold a grudge against the left-back for rejecting Chelsea in the summer of 2014.The 21-year-old has been in and out of the Manchester United team this season, making only seven starts in the Premier League, and Mourinho has publicly criticised perceived poor performances.But a report has emerged suggesting his struggles to cement a place in United’s starting line-up may also be down to another factor.A report in The Times claims Mourinho was shocked by Shaw favouring a move to Old Trafford over Chelsea – where the Portuguese was then manager – three summers ago, despite the defender having reportedly grown up a fan of the Blues.It’s stated that United officials themselves were surprised at how smoothly negotiations with Southampton went, having expected talks to drag on in the face of competition from Stamford Bridge.And Mourinho is said to have not forgiven the defender for his rejection, though his criticism of the player suggests he hasn’t been impressed by his performances on the pitch.Should the England international continue to be left out of the team, he could very well be heading for a summer exit.
Kingspan Breffni Park has passed a lunchtime pitch inspection and given the green light to play host to the Cavan-Donegal game this evening.The counties meet in the latest round of fixtures in the Allianz League Division 1.Heavy rainfall in the last few days meant that the Cavan town venue had to undergo an inspection, but officials have passed it as playable. Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has recalled Darach O’Connor and Patrick McBrearty to his starting XV as Donegal look to build on their draw with Dublin on Sunday.O’Connor is in for his first start since the 2014 All-Ireland final, the Buncrana man subsequently suffering a cruciate injury, while McBrearty sat out Sunday’s game due to a quad injury sustained in the win over Roscommon. Game on: Kingspan Breffni Park passes pitch inspection for Cavan-Donegal game was last modified: March 4th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)