New US Ambassador urges “free and fair” elections

first_imgAs the time counts down to the constitutionally mandated General and Regional Elections in Guyana, the United States (US) has re-reiterated the need for free and fair polls.New US Ambassador, Sarah-Ann LynchThis call was made by the newly accredited US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch.In brief remarks after handing over her credentials to President David Granger on Wednesday morning at the Ministry of the Presidency, Ambassador Lynch lauded Guyana for the significant progress made particularly in the political sphere.Without making mention of the current political impasse, the newly accredited US envoy did, however, point to the need for free and fair elections.“We have seen the strengthening of democratic processes and political institutions along with broader political participation and citizens’ representation. Moving forward, we will continue to encourage genuinely free and fair elections, freedom of speech and assembly, multiparty representation and a constitutional judiciary process…,” the new US Ambassador said.On the other hand, President Granger, in his remarks, reminded that among the areas Guyana and the US enjoy strong bi-lateral relations is non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.“Our relations are founded on mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of regional peace and security,” the Head of State posited.Since the December 21, 2018 passage of the motion of no-confidence against the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition, calls have been made by various stakeholders including foreign diplomats here for the Government to abide and respect the Constitution and set a date for elections.The foreign missions here have been paying keen attention to the developments in Guyana since the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) filed the No-confidence Motion against the Government.Only on Monday, British High Commissioner Greg Quinn in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times said the clock is ticking on the constitutional three-month deadline for holding elections. This deadline expires in eight days.“The Constitution is the supreme law… There is the three-month clock, which is still ticking, it hasn’t been stayed yet…,” the United Kingdom envoy told this newspaper on Monday.Moreover, representatives from the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have also echoed similar calls for the Guyana Government to adhere to the constitution.In February, the EU’s local mission warned of the need for constitutional compliance, urging in a statement that democratic procedures and the rule of law be respected and upheld. The EU also called for free and fair elections to be held and for the Guyana Government to follow all requirements outlined in the Constitution of Guyana following the December 21, 2018 no-confidence vote.Days before, however, United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka urged the State to demonstrate its integrity and respect Guyana’s Constitution.“Recent political developments triggered by the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly are a test for Guyana’s strength and integrity with regard to the effectiveness of the rule of law and governance,” Tanaka said.She further lauded acting Chief Justice Roxane George for demonstrating the independence and integrity of the Judiciary when it comes to protecting the Constitution of Guyana.The acting Chief Justice had ruled on January 31, 2019, that the No-confidence Motion was validly passed 33-32 in the National Assembly and the Cabinet has to resign in keeping with constitutional provisions of Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) respectively.Consequent to the declaration that the 33-majority meant that the motion was carried, Justice George observed that the President and the Ministers could not, therefore, remain in Government in accordance with Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) of the Constitution after three months.However, the Granger-led Administration has insisted that there is no role for a “caretaker” Government and that they will continue to be in office until a new President is sworn in. In fact, the coalition has appealed the High Court’s rulings and those matters are currently being heard in the Court of Appeal.But even as the coalition continues with its ‘business as usual’ approach, political commentator and Attorney Christopher Ram last week asked the High Court to stop the award and payments of contracts over $15 million.Section 54 (1) of the Procurement Act gives Cabinet the right to review and approve all procurements (contracts) in excess of $15 million. Government spokesperson, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had disclosed that the President and Ministers have been meeting as a “ministerial plenary” and not as a Cabinet in compliance with the Chief Justice’s ruling.last_img read more

Donagh Kelly to get Local Enterprise Week off to a flying start

first_imgThere’s no better spot for motorsport enthusiast Donagh Kelly than to be out in front and leading the way.And that’s exactly where he will be on Monday next, 5th March when he puts his foot to the floor to kick off Local Enterprise Week in Donegal with a keynote address in the Solis Lough Eske in Donegal Town.Following the official launch by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, Donagh will share the story of how the KN group has grown to become, not just a national business, but an international one too. His talk is just one of many in a superb line-up of events across the county during Local Enterprise Week that runs from March 5-9 and will be followed at the same venue by a super discussion on building a niche business.That panel discussion, hosted by Business Consultant Jim Meehan, will include Karen Campbell of Irish Pressings from Derrybeg, Eugene McBrearty of the KER Group in Killybegs and Michael Masterston, of Moll Industries in Donegal Town.Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said businesses across the county would be urged to look to the future with confidence over the course of the week.“Every business can look back to where they have been, but they should also be always looking ahead to where they want to go. That’s what we are inviting Donegal businesses to do this year. “Our theme for Enterprise Week is ‘Back to the Future’ and the programme we have put together in conjunction with partner agencies, includes talks, workshops and seminars on a huge array of important business topics,” he said.Six Donegal businesses certainly looking to the future with confidence will feature strongly on Monday night at a celebration of manufacturing in Donegal.Included in that line up are O’Donnell’s Bakery from Laghy; MacBride Brothers Joinery from Convoy; Joe Bonnar Metalcraft, Letterkenny; Welditz from Carndonagh; Silver Strand Rope Works from Moville and Diorite from Buncrana.Their stories will be told on screen in “Donegal – We Make Things” in Buncrana Cinema on Monday 5th March at an event hosted by broadcaster Anton Savage, that will also see the launch of a book of the same name charting their stories.Those events are just a few of a packed line up from the week and Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said they were delighted to once again to have some fantastic local, national and international speakers bringing their expertise and experience to the county. “We are certain that there will be terrific learning and networking opportunities for businesses every day,” he added.Indeed there are events to pick from at locations right around Donegal and all are free to attend.To book events, log on to www.localenterprise.ie/donegal or send an e.mail to patricia.clarke@leo.donegalcoco.ie or phone 0749160735.Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. Donagh Kelly to get Local Enterprise Week off to a flying start was last modified: February 28th, 2018 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:2018Donagh KellyLEOLocal Enterprise Weeklast_img read more

Broken down hes rushed for 705 yards and 407 on

first_imgBroken down, he’s rushed for 705 yards and 407 on receptions with all eight of his touchdowns coming on the ground.The only way for Johnson to build on earning this unofficial, midseason Offensive Player of the Year award from a stats website?Win the real thing handed out by the Associated Press at the end of the year.It’s not out of the realm of possibility. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs for a touchdown against the New York Jets during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires David Johnson hasn’t let down anyone bold enough to praise him.The Arizona Cardinals running back has followed individual accolades thrown his way with more and more production.The latest bit of praise comes from FiveThirtyEight.com’s Chase Stuart, who named the Cardinals’ second-year pro his pick as the NFL Offensive Player of the Year at the midway point of the season.He’s averaging over 80 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving per game, which has only been accomplished by four other players in NFL history. But what’s most impressive has been his consistency: Johnson has gained at least 100 yards from scrimmage in every game this year, making him just the 12th player since 1960 to do that in each of his team’s first eight games. Every other player this year has at least three team games in which they failed to gain 100 total yards.Johnson has compiled 1,112 yards from scrimmage in eight games, and his consistency and sturdiness as Arizona has put more responsibility on him hasn’t changed the fact that he’s productive with each touch of the football. The running back is averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 11.6 yards per reception. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more