first_imgDear Editor,It is now public knowledge that on June 18, 2019, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) delivered decisions on two significant constitutional cases, which threatened a Government inflicted erosion of the democratic norms in Guyana as a Caricom and Commonwealth State. The consequences are dire for the fallen coalition Government and as a consideration, the CCJ has requested submissions of instructive recommendations from consensus seeking consultations between the President and the Leader of the Opposition. Following which, the court is expected to make absolute and final binding consequential instructions on July 12, 2019.As Guyana’s final appellate court, the objectivity of the rulings clearly establishes the illegality of the Granger-led APNU/AFC coalition Government since March 21, 2019, and reaffirms the Constitution’s pinnacled position in Guyana’s legislative framework. Further, it nullifies the derailed and clearly abused path headed by the APNU/AFC leaders and their silent coalition partners, who have utilised every flimsy excuse and underhand manoeuvre to dodge and avoid National and Regional Elections.The reactions to the judgments by persons in the highest echelons of the Government are indeed shameful and portray smack disrespect for the court. It is despicable that the Cabinet continues to meet and function in conflict with the mandate expressed in Section 107 of the Constitution, approving billions of taxpayers’ money when the focus should be treating electoral matters with appropriate speed. In context, the President’s go-slow approach is remiss of the level of seriousness which must be afforded to the matters. This heightened disregard continues to be effectuated by President Granger’s continued use of advice from the clearly biased and illegally appointed Ret’d Justice James Patterson whom the CCJ ruled must be removed.The most recent, stupid and insulting declaration to come from President Granger and some coalition members is that the President must be allowed to make nominations for the appointment of the Chairman of GECOM. This is tantamount to re-establishing a unilateral position if it is not agreed on by the Leader of the Opposition. If not treated or accepted in good faith by Mr Jagdeo. This latest position of Granger smacks at the integrity of the selection process and would be frustrating and demonstrative of no respect for the Guyana Constitution and the eminent Judges at the CCJ.Simply put, there should be objectivity in the process and the Leader of the Opposition must refuse to be bullied. The highly respected Judges on June 24, 2019, advised that “the court decided that the most sensible approach to operationalising the consultation mechanism, was for the leader of the Opposition and the President to communicate with each other in good faith and perhaps even meet to discuss eligible candidates for the position of Chairman before a list is formally submitted. The aim of these discussions must be to agree with the names of six persons who fit the stated eligibility requirements and who are not unacceptable to the President.”At the time of writing, it is known that the first meeting between President Granger and Jagdeo had taken place with others pending for the new week. One could decipher, however, that the time playing attitude of the coalition Government and uncertainty of President Granger, in particular, is sending a clear message that the highest court of the land will have to rule definitively to ensure the supremacy of the Guyana Constitution.The CCJ will have to give clear directives on the way forward! This is because President Granger is playing delayed compliance on one hand, while the members of his cabal are behaving as if all things are smooth and normal. The Prime Minister and other senior Government Ministers have publicly called for war and have expressed a total disrespect for the CCJ rulings. It is imperative, therefore, that Guyanese mobilise and start a massive protest to convey the unacceptability of this wanton disobedience.The PNC/APNU/AFC must not be allowed to bully Guyanese. The progressive leaders, labour unions, civil society, Private Sector businesses, churches, and students must now fix a date and march and resist this illegal unconstitutional regime. Guyanese, we need to get up and struggle and demand that we get free and fair elections now.Where is Caricom? Now that the CCJ has ruled, it is necessary to know what is the position of Caricom in respect to this illegal and unconstitutional APNU/AFC Government.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

first_img…despite absence of Opposition from National AssemblyThe Capital Gains Tax Amendment Bill was passed on Thursday in the National Assembly, as Government continued its legislative agenda despite the absence of the parliamentary Opposition from the proceedings. The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic has since stated that now that the no-confidence resolution has been passed, all sittings of the National Assembly for usual business is unconstitutional. However, at the sitting on Thursday, Finance Minister Winston Jordan focused on the benefits of the amendments. According to Jordan, there is a need for Government to encourage more persons to acquire houses. He noted that there is a housing deficit in Guyana; a case of too many people and too little housing.“Section 2(c) of the amendments we are proposing is a relief such that if you sold your house and you reinvested the proceeds within that year in a house that cost similar or more than the value you got when you sold the house, you would be extended from payment of capital gains tax.”“In other words, if you got a house for $3 million and you sold it for $4 million, you would be liable for capital gains on the $1 million or 20 per cent. However, if you immediately reinvested the $4 million in a house that cost $4 million and above, you would be exempted from paying capital gains tax, saving you an extra $200,000.”According to Jordan, this provision is especially applicable for persons who sell their homes with the intention of buying another one. The Finance Minister cited young professionals as an example.“You know, as a young professional, you start off with a little (house) and as you rise in your profession and you gain more income, you want to buy something new, something larger and you may want to move into a more exclusive area.”“So we need to have incentives recognising such professionals and recognising such people who want to move up and this particular aspect of the Capital Gains Tax Act will allow them to do so.”Besides amendments to the Capital Gains Act, the Property Tax Amendment Bill was also passed on Thursday. This will increase the threshold for individuals to file a return, from net property of $1.5 million to $40 million.In addition, the same threshold will also apply for companies. It is likely that the amount of applicable taxes will be impacted by the countrywide property evaluations that Government has initiated.During the 2019 Budget debates, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had zeroed in on the amendments to the Capital Gains Tax. He had noted that the changes were not as benign as they seemed.“A lot of my colleagues got excited about the Capital Gains Tax; if you reinvest your capital gains within six months at another property, you don’t have to pay; but they did not realise the Minister took away the ownership exemption they had — that if you own something for 25 years, you are not capital gains exempt.”“All the older folks who own their buildings across Guyana would not have had to pay capital gains if they sold their property. They now have to pay capital gains,” the Opposition Leader explained.last_img read more

first_imgBoxer Jason Quigley to be honoured today.Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan and elected members of Donegal County Council will be honouring Donegal’s ‘King of the Ring’ 24-year-old Jason Quigley this afternoon at a civic reception in the County House, Lifford at 5pm. This Civic Reception is being hosted in recognition of Jason’s achievement in winning the Gold Medal in the European Amateur Boxing Championship (Middleweight Division) and all his achievements in the sport of Boxing to date.The Cathaoirleach, elected members and staff of the Council will be joined by Jason, his management team, representatives of the Amateur Boxing Association, local boxing clubs, family and invited guests. Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan has described Jason as one of Donegal’s most illustrious sporting sons and is delighted to be in a position to host this civic reception as a tribute to his achievements in boxing to date.“It is only fitting that we honour and recognise Jason Quigley’s outstanding achievements in the world of boxing. Jason has brought great pride to the people of Donegal and he is not only a wonderful role model for our young people but he is also a great ambassador for our county and one of our most illustrious sporting heros”.“Whilst this is Jason’s day, it is also a great opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the amateur boxing fraternity in Donegal and to pay tribute to not only the sports people but to all those who have brought amateur boxing to the stage it is at in Donegal today. The hard work, commitment and selfless dedication of all these men and women cannot go unrecognised and this is a day for them to sit back and reflect on all they have achieved.”Jason initially enjoyed a glittering amateur career which saw him rise to number one in both the AIBA European and World amateur rankings. Apart from numerous local and national titles, he has also represented his country and has picked up three European gold medals at Youth, Under-23 and Amateur levels as well as Silver at the World Amateur Championships between 2009 and 2013. In April 2014 Jason decided to turn professional and just as he swept all before him in the world of amateur boxing, he is now doing the same at professional level from his base in Los Angeles, USA. He recently notched up his ninth professional victory boxing out of the Golden Boy Promotions stable which is run by Oscar De La Hoya – Olympic Gold medal and winner of 10 world boxing titles in six different weight classes.In 2013 Jason win gold at the European Amateur Championships in Minsk, Belarus and on that occasion he defeated former European Cadet Champion and World Amateur Boxing Championship Bronze medal winner, Bogdan Juratoni from Romania in the Middleweight (-75kg) decider.DONEGAL’S ‘KING OF THE RING’ QUIGLEY TO GET CIVIC RECEPTION was last modified: December 9th, 2015 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:civic receptiondonegalJason Quigleylast_img read more

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club Notes: The Wednesday open competition this week was won by Stanley Johnson playing off 21 with a great score of 38 points in difficult conditions. The ever consistent Cathal McMonagle playing off a handicap of 9 was second on 37 points with Joe Terry in third place. In the Saturday open competition there were some fantastic scores however it was James McCormack, playing off a handicap of 7 who came out on top with a traffic score of 41 points. Joe Langan was second with 40 points while Joe Terry picked up another prize with his third place finish. Shane Greer won the gross with 33 points.In the Mental Health Golf Classic played on Friday the 24th, first place went to S Collins, B McGee, M McGee and M Murray with 98 points. Second were Joe Terry, Seamus McCauley , Cairns Witherow and William Hamilton with 92 points. In third place was the team of M McGinley,  J McGinley, N Gallagher and P Harkin. Nearest the pin went to Andy Murray and longest drive went to S Collins.Note to members: – due to the inclement weather on Sunday, the McCrae cup has been postponed and will be played on 17 July.The Thumbs Up Cycle Wax and Shave Night took place in the clubhouse on Saturday 25th June. Well done to the brave soles who participated and thanks also to those who supported the event. The Thumbs Up Cycle in aid of the RNLI and Mulroy Coastguard takes place from Mizen to Malin from the 2nd to the 9th August. JUNIOR GOLFThe winner of the senior boy’s competition this week was Carlos O’Reilly with sparkling score of 41 points. Well done to Carlos who is showing steady improvement. Eoin Flanagan was second while James Sweeney got the bronze medal.  The acadamy winner this week was Jack Druce who won in a play-off from Aidan McFadden. Shot of the day went to Sean McBride.In the juveniles section, we had an extremely closely fought contest with Michael Dolan and David Daly finishing in a “dead heat”. Well done to both boys.Events for the Week Ahead:This Wednesday is our usual Gents Wednesday members €7.00 and Visitors €15.00** SPECIAL OFFER HOMEMADE IRISH STEW AND A PINT €10.00** in the Vardon Lounge.Friday evening sees the return of our summer evening scrambles at 6.30pm. Please call into the shop before to put your name down.Saturday is Gents Open Single Stableford with member €7.00 and Visitors €15.00Sunday is Gents Monthly Medal Stroke This week is the beginning of our Summer time hours in the clubhouse with the Vardon Lounge now open.Wednesday to Sunday 12pm-8pm with daily special offers available.Function Room for Private Parties:We have hosted a number of private functions in the clubhouse recently and these have proved to be a great success. If you, or someone you know, is organising a private function please be aware that the clubhouse is available free of charge, with exclusive use for the occasion. So far, the feedback that we have been getting is that the golf club is the ideal venue for parties of up to one hundred people. Please make contact with Sarah if you are interested in holding a function at the clubhouse (074 91 36335)GOLF NEWS: CARLOS O’REILLY WINS THE SENIOR BOYS COMPETITION AT DUNFANAGHY was last modified: June 28th, 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)Tags:DunfanaghygolfSportlast_img read more

first_imgSPORT: A massive crowd is expected to attend the Runegal Hornhead Challenge, which has been organised by St Michael’s GAA club. The event has been a fantastic success over the years, and organisers are hoping for another huge crowd. Unfortunately, the weather is not one would expect in July, but hopeful that won’t dampen spirits ahead of what is always a fantastically run event.St Michael’s club player Brendan Rodden has described is as one of the most scenic routes for a run in the country, and has urged locals to support this important fundraiser for the club.Participants have an option take part in either the 5k or 10k events being run.Registration takes place at 6pm from St Michael’s GAA clubhouse. Entry costs are as follows:Child €5 Adults €7.MASSIVE CROWD SET TO PARTICIPATE IN ST MICHAEL’S GAA CLUB HORNHEAD CHALLENGE was last modified: July 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) Tags:fundraiserGAAnewsSportSt Michaelslast_img read more

first_img REVEALED 2 “But Liverpool have to win a trophy and that decides whether he’s been successful or not. They’re not far away and I think they’re unfortunate that Manchester City are such an exceptional team.“That doesn’t mean they can’t pip City to the Champions League or the Premier League though.“I think right now he’s as popular as the day he walked into the place but he will have to win something.” gameday cracker REVEALED Souness admitted it would be a tall order for Liverpool because of Manchester City’s outstanding form but claimed beating Pep Guardiola’s men to the Premier League or Champions League titles is not an impossible task.Souness said: “I think he [Klopp] has done a fantastic job.“When you look at the recruitment, whether it’s him or a group of people who decide who to bring in, has been fabulous up until last summer.“The brand of football excites Liverpool supporters and he himself is a passionate man. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Liverpool FC News Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Whether Jurgen Klopp wins a trophy or not at Liverpool marks if the German has been a success at Anfield, according to ex-Liverpool player and manager Graeme Souness.Klopp arrived at Anfield in October 2015, replacing Brendan Rodgers as manager and despite enjoying some success he has yet to win a trophy. shining He guided the Reds to the League Cup and Europa League finals in 2016 as well as the 2018 Champions League final but they fell short each time.The Reds are dangerously close to making an early exit from this season’s Champions League after losing 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.This prompted talkSPORT host Adrian Durham to argue Klopp is running out of time to deliver success at the club.And Souness somewhat echoed these views, saying Klopp has to win a trophy. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img huge blow Klopp just moved out on bringing a sixth European crown back to Anfield Klopp on his first day as Liverpool boss Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars RANKED REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star “Liverpool have to win a trophy to decide whether Klopp is successful or not.””They’re not far away, they could pip City to the Champions League or #PL.”@SkySports pundit Graeme Souness says Klopp needs a trophy at #LFC pic.twitter.com/9hEPAyp73d— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 30, 2018last_img read more

first_imgA school in Stranorlar was able to see the exact moment the earthquake hit Donegal.St Columba’s College has been fitted with a seismometer to record earthquakes as part of a school project.And in the early hours of this morning, the dial on the machine logged the ‘quake’ and wrote it into the history books! Brendan O’Donoghue, science teacher at St Columba’s, said there was great excitement to see the earthquake recorded on their seismometer.“We had a seismometer installed in the school in January 2010 and this is our first recording of an earthquake in Co Donegal.“It is very exciting for us and the students. It brings geology to life, literally.“We recorded the first signs of this mini earthquake around three minutes before 1am, spiking at 30 seconds past the hour. “In 2009 before we had this equipment there were three similar earthquakes so it is possible Donegal could be hit by a few more in coming days or weeks. However they are unlikely to cause any damage.“The school is part of an international project involving schools all around the world which measures tremors and earthquakes as part of a geology project,” he said.Another school, St.Egney’s National School in Deserrtegney, Buncrana, also recorded the ‘quake on their seismometer which was supplied as part of a project being run by the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. CAPTURED! THE MOMENT THE EARTHQUAKE HIT A STRANORLAR SCHOOL was last modified: January 26th, 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:donegalearthquakeStranorlarlast_img read more

first_imgAn on-the-run raider was caught when he took his balaclava off while robbing a Drumkeen petrol station.Raider was caught when he took off his maskThe dumb Dubliner was part of a six man gang that stole €1,500 in cash and €3,200 worth of cigarettes from the Easy Stop filling station in Drumkeen. John McDonagh of 7 Kylmore Grove, Ballyfermot, was charged with burglary and allowing himself to carried in a stolen vehicle on July 30, 2012.The gang wore balaclavas when they smashed a CCTV camera and entered the store.At one point McDonagh temporarily took off his mask when an automatic security light came on in a stairwell and he was captured on CCTV.His identity was confirmed by Gardai in Dublin where he had previous convictions.Gardai also identified him on CCTV as a passenger of stolen van, fitted with false number plates which had been spotted outside a Lifford filling station.McDonagh has a number of previous convictions including possessing a firearm and ammunition, theft, assault and motoring offences.He escaped from Loughlin House in 2011 and was later arrested in Northern Ireland.Judge Donagh McDonagh sentenced him to three years for burglary and two for being carried in the stolen van, with both to run consecutively after he completes his current sentence.DUMB RAIDER CAUGHT WHEN HE TOOK OFF HIS BALACLAVA DURING RAID was last modified: July 25th, 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:DrumkeenEasy Stop Filling stationJohn McDonaghlast_img read more

first_imgMORE than three thousand homes in Co Donegal are on a septic tank inspection hit list for next year, it was reported today.The Irish Independent said 3,266 homes in the county have been identified as being a ‘risk’ to public water.One identified area of risk is the southern end of Lough Swilly, where 2,184 tanks are believed to pose as risk. More than 40% or rivers have poor water quality. Another area is in the Crana catchment, bordered by Drumfries, Buncrana and the Fullerton Pollen Dam where 1,082 tanks will be inspected.Half the rivers in the area are ‘poor’ water quality.Homes where systems fail to meet EU standards will have to replace them – with predicted costs said to range from €5k to €15k.The Irish Independent’s article is here: http://www.independent.ie/national-news/35000-homes-on-septictank-hitlist-could-face-5000-bill-3046676.html 3,000 DONEGAL HOMES ON SEPTIC TANK HIT LIST was last modified: March 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

first_img30 June 2008South Africa’s workforce need not cash in their provident fund savings out of fear that the government will nationalise the funds, says Finance Minister Trevor Manuel.Manuel’s statement comes after certain service providers warned their clients to cash in their savings, claiming that the government was threatening to seize them.“Since the announcement of the reform of retirement funds in the national budget in February, service providers have told people that government is going to nationalise pensions and is going to take away your savings, so you will only get the statutory state old age pension when you retire,” Manuel told reporters in Pretoria last week.“It would be reckless, impossible and unconstitutional that any one of us would agree with the confiscation of the savings of working people.”Manuel said he had heard that workers were withdrawing their savings, and that some were going so far as to resign from their jobs in order to cash in their pensions.He was accompanied by Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya and several trade union leaders.Savings levels ‘too low’Skweyiya said he was concerned that these withdrawals would impact on the workers themselves and their families as they approach retirement, and that it would impact on the country, as savings levels are already too low.“The government and trade unions share a commitment to improve the living standards of our people and we want to collaborate in working towards this objective,” he said.“Part of this commitment is to ensure that all workers are able to live a better life when they retire than live in dire poverty in old age.”Report ‘unscrupulous individuals’Skweyiya called on all shop stewards and trustees of pension and provident funds to report these “unscrupulous individuals and service providers” to trade union offices, government and regulatory agencies.He said that some government departments and the trade unions would embark on road shows to visit factory floors around the country, and ensure that shop stewards and workers were prevented by being misled.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more