Refusal of Granger Administration to accept Judiciary’s ruling

first_imgDear Editor,Peter Minshall is hailed as Trinidad &Tobago’s greatest designer, a creator of spectacle on the world stage. Very few know he was born in (then) British Guiana and spent his formative years as a Georgetown boy. I consider myself privileged to have witnessed many of his ‘mas’ bands produced for Trinidad’s carnival. Today, after listening to the decisions of Chief Justice Roxanne George, reading the statement emanating from the Ministry of the Presidency and finally seeing former Ministers Williams, Ramjattan and Bulkan on television, memories of Minshall’s presentation “Danse Macabre” came flooding back. I was transported back to Port of Spain as the images of Minshall’s dead writhed in throes and his theatre on the streets became intertwined with the members of the fallen Granger Administration, it was as if I could no longer tell one from the other.Editor, I have spent these weeks since the passage of the no-confidence motion in explanations of simple words, uncomplicated mathematics, moral and ethical principles and I have been guilty of making the various members of the Granger Administration the brunt of many a joke and/or harsh criticism. I have appeared stubborn to my friends as I have refused to entertain arguments to the contrary to education. There is not one aspect of the Chief Justice’s ruling that was unexpected or difficult to comprehend, as Justice George delivered an opus of logic and fact in clear and concise unambiguous language that brooks no confusion. To then watch men of some learning willingly sacrifice their last vestiges of credibility in an effort to keep the emperor from being revealed as naked, is no longer amusing, that these were men (the women seem to have better sense) who were entrusted to administer a country begs belief. In an earlier missive, I referred to our Attorney General as Don Quixote “seated upon Rocinante and cloaked in an armour of imbecility”, I would venture to say he has now cloned a small platoon to sit upon their asses and pontificate using analogies that vary from cricket umpiring reviews and half maths to sizes of rum bottles which somehow seems fitting but no longer laugh-out-loud funny. The refusal of the Granger Administration to accept the ruling of the Judiciary as evidenced in the statement released by MoP “until the matter is concluded at the highest court of appeal the status quo remains and the business of Government continues as usual.” Despite the pellucid ruling that “The Cabinet of the coalition Government ceased to exist immediately upon the passage of the no-confidence motion on the night of December 21, 2018, causes one to think “that there is something rotten in the state of Denmark” as the spectre of the dead dictator seems to have come walking over our walls. A Danse Macabre being played out on a national stage; one that Peter Minshall himself would find fascinating as any street performance he ever produced.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Venezuela’s Guaido vows to return to Caracas despite threat of prison

first_imgVenezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaido, visiting Brazil to drum up support for his bid to push for a change of government in his country, said on Thursday he will return to Caracas by Monday despite threats of imprisonment.Guaido said the leftist “regime” of President Nicolás Maduro was “weak, lacking support in Venezuela and international recognition”.Speaking to reporters after meeting with Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, Guaido called for the enforcement of economic sanctions against the Maduro Government to continue “so that everything is not robbed in Venezuela”.Guaido, head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, last month invoked constitutional provisions to assume an interim presidency, arguing that Maduro’s re-election last year was fraudulent. He has since been recognised by most Western nations as the rightful leader of Venezuela.Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaido waves as he arrives at the European Union headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil, February 28, 2019But he faces possible arrest if he returns to Venezuela for disobeying a Supreme Court order that he should not leave the country pending an investigation.He said on Thursday that he and his family had received threats, including of prison. He did not provide further details.Following a visit this week to Colombia for the launching of a US-led plan to get humanitarian aid into Venezuela, Guaido is visiting Brazil to build diplomatic pressure against Maduro.He is set to leave today for Paraguay and said he would plan his route back into Venezuela over the weekend.“We continue to strengthen relations with countries that have recognised our efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela and hold free elections,” Guaido said in a Twitter message, after meeting in Brasilia with diplomats from about 20 European Union member states.He said there was no chance of dialogue with the Maduro Government without discussing elections as a pre-condition.Bolsonaro said in a joint statement after meeting with Guaido that the Opposition Leader was the hope for restoring a “free, democratic and prosperous Venezuela.”Brazil was one of the first to recognise Guaido, after the United States and Colombia.It is hosting one of the Venezuelan Opposition’s collection points for aid, and together with the United States has funded some 200 tonnes of food and medicine being stockpiled in the northern city of Boa Vista.Venezuela’s Opposition failed to get that aid across the border as planned last weekend after Maduro closed it, sparking protests that killed one person and injured others.Russia and China, which back Maduro, vetoed on Thursday a US-authored resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling for free and fair presidential elections and open access for the aid efforts.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was still working on plans to get the aid delivered to Venezuela, which is suffering from a deep economic crisis marked by widespread shortages of basic necessities.“We are hopeful that over the next couple of weeks, we can really begin to make a dent in that problem,” Pompeo told reporters while flying to the Philippines from Vietnam.Maduro denies his oil-rich nation has any need of aid and accuses Guaido of being a coup-mongering puppet for Washington. (Reuters)last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP investigate deceased female

first_imgEarly Friday afternoon, the Grande Prairie RCMP received a report of a deceased female having been found in a remote rural area northwest of the City of Grande Prairie.  Police have secured the site and are in the initial stages of an investigation into this death.  At this time the RCMP cannot indicate if this is a criminal or noncriminal event. More information will be released as it becomes available.  The RCMP do not anticipate additional information will be available until Saturday December 12.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Chager rules Mombasa, Flash firms up lead

first_img0Shares0000The “Flying Singh” who retired on the belated KMSC round in Lisa had to contend with playing second fiddle to Carl “Flash” Tundo who stretched his lead on the KNRC log to 118points.MOMBASA, Kenya, Aug 12- Baldev Chager emerged the winner on the sixth round of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) in Kilifi County ending months of a winless streak.The “Flying Singh” who retired on the belated KMSC round in Lisa had to contend with playing second fiddle to Carl “Flash” Tundo who stretched his lead on the KNRC log to 118points. Chager and his partner Ravi Soni clung to  second spot on 96. Skoda Fabia R5 speedster Onkar Rai came in second overall as Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X ace Tundo settled for third navigated by Tim Jessop.Onkar remains in a distant third on 79 points.Chager was all smiles after victory and this is what he had to say: “The course was very challenging today due to the harsh weather. I am very happy and proud of my team as well as myself.”“This is a big win for me and the team since this is the first win that I have had a win since 2016 in Kisumu. I hope to do even better at the next rally which will be in Nanyuki.”Izhar Mirza won the Johnny Hellier Memorial trophy as the best placed coast driver in fifth spot.Farhaaz continued with a good run with a 100% finish record whilst homeboy Sohanjeet Puee won division two in eighth as physically challenged driver Nikhil Sachania finished 9th on his Mombasa debut driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.Asked about the MMC round Chager said: “The rally was a good challenge a nice mix of surfaces and all sorts of weather too. Job well done by MMC. Twisty stages suited the Skoda very well and we knew that from the recce it would be hard to beat in those conditions.”“Only chances were the open stages and that’s where we tried to push harder and it worked. Very good battle with my team mate Onkar. Looking forward to Nanyuki next month.”Subaru crew of Eriv Bengi and Tuta Mionki finished 4th overall, first in Group N and Division One in the tough yet very exciting MMC rally.Provisional results:Baldev Chagger/Ravi Soni-Mitsubishi Evo10 Rai/Gavin Laurence-Skoda Fabia Tundo/Tim Jessop-Mitsubishi Evo10 Bengi/Tuta Mionki-Subaru Impreza N12 Mirza/Kavit Dave-Mitsubishi Evo10 Sachania/Alfir Khan-Mitsubishi Evo10 STANDINGS AFTER MMC  MOMBASA RALLY ROUND 4Carl Tundo 118Baldev Chagger 96Onkar Rai 79Manvir Baryan 57Farhaaz Khan 43Amaar Haq 21Aakif Virani 20Tejvir Rai 20Ian Duncan 180Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jack Wilshere should drop down to England U21s, Arsenal legend tells talkSPORT

first_imgDavid Seaman says Jack Wilshere should be included in the England Under-21 squad for this summer’s European Championship.The Arsenal midfielder has been part of the senior set-up for the past five years but Seaman believes dropping down would benefit the player, who has missed a large chunk of the season through injury, as well as the Young Lions.Wilshere turned 23 in January but is still eligible for selection for the Under 21s under UEFA regulations and the former Gunners goalkeeper told talkSPORT: “I’d like to see him go [to the Czech Republic].“He has not played a lot of football this season and, if he is fit, he should go.”Seaman is of the opinion that Gareth Southgate should be able to select the best players available to him for the European Championship.Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw look unlikely to feature having been moved up to the senior squad, but Seaman said: “You have got to take your best players.“You take your big guns. You play your best team possible and if that includes all the guys with the full team now, then so be it. You want to win the competition.”last_img read more

Missed the goals from England’s win v Australia? Watch them all here!

first_img Man United starlet Marcus Rashford became the youngest player to score on his England debut with his opening strike 1 England secured their second pre-tournament friendly win with a 2-1 victory over Australia at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.It was by no means a convincing performance from the Three Lions, and the defence will continue to trouble Roy Hodgson, but the attacking play was once again a joy to behold.Marcus Rashford grabbed the opener inside three minutes, sending a composed finish in at the near post of Mathew Ryan’s goal.It was a strike which made the Manchester United starlet England’s third youngest ever goalscorer, and it surely means he will be heading to France as part of Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad.Wayne Rooney was on hand to score the second, thundering past Ryan from outside the area after being played through by Raheem Sterling’s excellent pass.Eric Dier also scored, but, unfortunately, it was past his own goalkeeper Fraser Forster to get the Socceroos back into the game.You can watch all the goals below…last_img read more


first_imgUp your jumpers! Joe shows Mayo whose bossJOE McHugh may have been summonsed to Mayo for a party think tank – but he made sure the locals knew where he stood for Sunday week’s All-Ireland final.Challenged to a dander up the famous Croagh Patrick, the Donegal TD was more than up to the taskAnd when he got to the summit, he couldn’t believe it when he found a Donegal flag there! “I climbed Croagh Patrick on Tuesday morning, and when I got to the top I saw the Donegal flag at half mast – it had been pulled down by either the wind or the hand of a Mayo fan!“Obviously another Donegal fan got there before me! I’d like to assure the Donegal people that I reinstated it to its rightful place, flying proudly over Mayo. Up Donegal!”, he said.He made sure everyone at the Westport conference got to hear that a Donegal flag was now proudly displayed over Mayo after his 6am climb to the summit.Taoiseach Enda Kenny may be his boss from the county, but Joe says he’ll show him whose the footballing boss on Sunday week. “Let’s just say I enjoyed the trip up Croagh Patrick and that my boss (The Taoiseach) knows about it,” laughed Joe.  TD McHUGH PLANTS DONEGAL FLAG ON TOP OF CROAGH PATRICK was last modified: September 14th, 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) Tags:TD McHUGH PLANTS DONEGAL FLAG ON TOP OF CROAGH PATRICKlast_img read more


first_imgFOOTBALL’S worst kept secret was finally made public tonight as Shay Given signed a five year deal with Aston Villa.Given, 35, had been out of favour at Manchester City since the rise to prominence of England No 1 Joe Hart.And having been linked with a number of clubs, Alex McLeish has made the Republic of Ireland international his first signing as Villa boss. “Aston Villa is a huge football club and I’m really excited to be joining,” said the Lifford man.“I’m looking forward to training and playing with the players here. They’re a good bunch of lads, very talented and I know several of them already which will help.“Everyone knows that I didn’t play enough football last season, so I’m really pleased that I’ll be able to put that right here. Hopefully, this move will get me back to where I was before in the Premier League, which is where every player wants to be playing.“Obviously, I’m also excited to be working with Alex McLeish and it’s going to be a fresh start for everybody at the club this season. “It’s also a new challenge and one I’m eager to embrace. My aim is to impress the Aston Villa supporters with my performances and I can’t wait really to get started.’Villa manager Alex McLeish said: “Shay has come here probably with something of a point to prove and that won’t do any harm at all.“Everybody who has watched him perform over many years in the Premier League will know his pedigree, so we believe we have secured the services of one of the best goalkeepers in the business.”“He’s a real competitor and a world-class keeper and I’m delighted he’s the first signing I’ve made at Villa.”Earlier, defender Richard Dunne welcomed his international team-mate’s arrival. He said: “I spoke to him earlier in the week, he just wanted to get here and get started/ He was frustrated over the way things have gone over the last year, I think he just wants to get playing again and he’ll be looking forward to it.“I spoke to him on Friday when he got here and I think he was surprised about how good the facilities and the setup are here at Bodymoor.”‘I think it’s a good opportunity for Shay to get back to playing football and I think it’s one he’s really looking forward to.”BREAKING NEWS: SHAY GIVEN SIGNS FIVE YEAR DEAL WITH VILLA AND DECLARES: ‘I’M EXCITED’ was last modified: July 18th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Aston VillaShay Givenlast_img read more


first_imgAtlas of County Donegal – Cork University PressMartin McGuinness will tomorrow launch a new atlas designed to put Donegal on the map of contemporary Ireland.An Historical, Environmental and Cultural Atlas of County Donegal explores all aspects of the county, from archaeology to music to beaches.The atlas is a collection of works from 55 writers. It explores events such as the Hiring Fair and Flight of the Earls, and profiles local personalities from Rory Gallagher to Daniel O’Donnell. The 600-page book has 90 topics with photos, charts and paintings. It covers local personalities, from Rory Gallagher to Daniel O’Donnell.Martin McGuinnessThe book was created over two years by historian Seán Beattie and Cork academic Jim MacLaughlin.Martin McGuiness will launch the Atlas of County Donegal in LYIT tomorrow, Saturday September 7.McGuiness has Donegal connections through his Buncrana-born mother Peggy. MARTIN McGUINNESS TO PUT DONEGAL ON THE MAP! was last modified: September 6th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:donegalLYITmapmartin mcguinnesslast_img read more


first_imgThese 2 ladies at the St Patrick’s Day 5k in Letterkenny deserve a rest! Great outfits girlsTHANKS to all our readers who have sent in pictures so far this lovely St Patrick’s Day.The drizzle has lifted in most parts – and if you’re sitting in the car with the engine running, you can pretend it’s a summer’s day as the sun beats in at you.The Crossans of Lurgybrack out for the day  Jason Quigley in BallybofeyS.N. Glasáin Pupils at the Creeslough parade The O’Donnell family celebrate in Sweden Brendan Delap applauds this competitor in the Letterkenny Athletic Club’s Saint Patrick’s Day 5K. Pic M Bourke Orlaith and Meabh at the LK paradeAll smiles in Letterkenny  On parade in LK There was a large turnout in Letterkenny today for the paradeHats, scarves, headbands…and flags! Mary’s Meals on paradeHave ye any smokeless? Tonney vintage lorry. How’s it going horse? in LetterkennyST PATRICK’S DAY PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: March 17th, 2014 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:CreesloughletterkennyST Patrick’s Day pictureslast_img read more