Carter Centre in Guyana to get “perspective” on election situation

first_imgAs there continues to be uncertainty surrounding when elections will be held in Guyana, a team of officials from the United States-based Carter Centre is in Guyana to get perspective on the situation.Officials from the Carter Centre who are in GuyanaThe first set of meetings was held with Attorney General Basil Williams on Wednesday.The two-hour meeting was held at the Attorney General’s Office on Carmichael Street.Following the meeting, Carter Centre’s Associate Democracy Programme Director Brett Lacy told reporters that the organisation is trying to get the various perspectives of the current situation.“I can say from the Carter Centre, we are really just hear to listen and we are hoping to meet with different actors to understand everyone’s perspective on current events here in Guyana,” Lacy said.Meanwhile, AG Basil Williams told media operatives at the press conference afterwards that he shared the Government’s position with the Carter Centre team.This includes that the Government is awaiting the decision of the appeal filed on the Chief Justice’s ruling on the House-to-House Registration exercise.“We’re waiting on GECOM to be ready too to announce elections date, dissolve Parliament and move to elections… I think the Carter Centre, of course as they’ve always been, they’re interested in the rule of law prevailing; and that in the way we’re situated now, that we take advantage of our situation and enable all the people of our country to benefit from it ,” Williams asserted.The other representatives from the US-based organisation here are: Legal Analyst Anne Marlborough, Political and Electoral Analyst Nicoholas Jahr, and Senior Electoral Advisor Carlos Valenzuela.In March, another Carter Centre delegation, led by Jason Carter, the grandson of former US President Jimmy Carter, visited Guyana and met with local political stakeholders. In fact, after a meeting with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) at the time, the younger Carter posited that there was a lot of political desire to reach a solution but noted this will have to be done by the political leaders here.“Ultimately, our role here, of course, is limited. We are not Guyanese, we care about this country… But ultimately, the issues that are being confronted right now are going to require the cooperation of the political leadership of this country and we are optimistic…” Carter had stated back in March.But even as the US-based delegation continues to engage local political stakeholders, there appears to be a gridlock as to when elections will be held. In fact, discussions in this regard are still ongoing at GECOM.Elections were constitutionally due since March 21, 2019 – following the passage of the December 2018 No-Confidence Motion against the current government. However, with the legal challenges which ensued, that timeline was on pause but was subsequently reinstated after the July 18, 2019 Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling, which validated the passage of the motion.Against this backdrop, the Opposition was pushing for a September 18, 2019 polling day. President Granger has kept claiming that he cannot set a date without first being advised by GECOM on its preparedness to host General and Regional Elections.GECOM had come under heavy criticism for also deliberately delaying the elections by going ahead with the controversial House-to-House Registration. The constitutionality of this exercise was challenged in court. In fact, acting Chief Justice Roxane George last month ruled that the conduct of House-to-House is not unconstitutional or illegal. However, she noted that GECOM cannot operate as it would in a normal elections cycle. Given that the NCM triggered early elections, the Chief Justice had stated that there are other methods that can be used to sanitise the voters’ list in a timely manner, such as Claims and Objections.She had also ruled that it would be unconstitutional for the Commission to remove qualified persons already on the voters’ list, since the House-to-House exercise was aimed at creating a new National Register of Registrants (NRR) Database, which the Opposition said would have disenfranchised thousands of Guyanese.Nevertheless, the Elections Commission has since scrapped the House-to-House Registration, which had recorded over 300,000 new registrants and is looking to merge the new data obtained with the existing NRR database – something which the Opposition is against.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo insists that there should be polls long before the end of 2020 and made a case for this when he met with the Elections Commission on Tuesday.At that meeting, the Opposition was assured that elections will be held before the end of the year.last_img read more

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All Seasons crowned “Champion of Champions”

first_imgAll Seasons Racing Service — led by top-scorer Sultan Rooplall, who registered the maximum 18 games — cantered to an easy win in the recently staged ‘Champion of Champions’ domino tournament organised by Senior Organising Secretary of the Georgetown Domino Association (GDA), Mark ‘Jumbie’ Wiltshire.All Seasons ended the final on 89 games to cart off the first prize of $175,000 and the winning trophy, while New Castello finished second on 67 games, and Medi Care followed on 61.Tournament winners All Seasons Racing Service team members pose with the winning trophy along with the first prize following the conclusion of the ‘Champion of Champions’ Domino TournamentThe latter two teams took home $75,000 and $35,000 respectively, along with trophies.The top female player and the Most Valuable Player will receive $5,000 respectively.Sponsors of this event included Dynasty Sports Club, All Seasons Racing Service, Tony’s Jewellery, CBB&L Import & Export, and Boston Casting Jewellery, among others.last_img read more

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Guyanese women finish 2nd in tri-nation hockey series

first_imgGuyana were comfortably positioned in the top spot after the first round of play; however, Trinidad had different plans going into the game at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex at Wildey.Team Guyana with Coach Damon Woodroffe and Manager Latoya FordyceAfter a 1-0 loss to Guyana in the first round of play, Trinidad returned with a vengeance and determination to beat the Guyanese women.The twin-island team got off to a rocket start against an unsteady Guyanese team as an early unforced error resulted in a Trinidad field goal by striker Brianna Gouvia just four minutes into the match.Trinidad later capitalised on Guyana’s inability to regain their composure by netting a second goal thanks to Felicia King’s penalty corner in the 25th minute. In a flash, another goal came two minutes later off of Britney Hingh’s stick.The second half of the encounter saw an improved performance from the Guyanese team. With more organised plays and increased possession, Guyana executed a swift right side attack that found striker Princessa Wilkie, who was able to elude the final Trinidadian defender and secure a goal for the team in the 49th minute. However, Guyana were unable to find the back of the net again; the match ending with a 3-1 victory for Trinidad.Guyana then entered their final match in the blistering Sunday morning heat against hosts Barbados with whom they drew 1-1 in the opening round.Team Guyana seemed more relaxed and confident as the game began with accurate passes, better ball control, and a solid defensive structure. The game was a very physical one and the teams were evenly matched with some amount of frustration showing in both sides.In the 40th minute of play, a penalty stroke was awarded to Guyana owing to a careless desperation tackle by the Bajans’ full back in the scoring circle. Former national captain Trisha Woodroffe stepped up to the challenge and sent a hard flat push to the left side of the goal, beating the Bajan keeper and putting Guyana at a 1-0 advantage.In a twist of fate with just a few seconds remaining in the match-up, the Bajans secured a penalty corner against Guyana. Barbados would save themselves from defeat as the goalmouth scramble that ensued saw the ball squeeze past eventual goalkeeper of the tournament, Alysa Xavier, ending the game at a 1-1 draw.Trinidad eventually finished in first place with Guyana securing second. The three Caribbean teams will be pooled together in the upcoming Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, which are scheduled for July 20-August 3.last_img read more

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Regal Masters win T20 Masters Softball title

first_imgPlaying in sunny conditions at the Everest Cricket Ground on Sunday, the finals of the Ink Plus, Crown Mining Supplies and Elegance Jewellery & Pawn Shop T20 Masters Softball Cricket tournament saw Regal Masters defeat RR Masters by 27 runs to clinch the title.The newly crowned champions, Regal MastersRegal, sent in to bat on a hard pitch and sluggish outfield, saw Guyana’s former First Class player David Harper played a stroke filled innings of 48, which included 5 fours and 1 six; while Mahendra Arjune hit a watchful innings of 41 in his 76 run partnership with Harper.The only batsman to hit double figures was Erick Thomas, who made 12 as Regal climbed to 134-7. Troy Kippins (8) and Eon Abel (1) were quickly removed by Dharam Persaud, while Raymond Harper removed Mahase Chunilall (8) to leave the powerful Regal Masters in a slump at 18-3.Then came the partnership, as Harper and Arjune unified and played a smart and controlled innings, before the latter fell to Rudolph Mayers, leaving Regal at 94-4. RR Masters was led with the ball by Raymond Harper, who took 3-26, and Dharam Persaud, who supported with 2-23.Later on in the innings, RR Masters were sent in to bat, needing to score at 6.75 per over for an upset win; but they could only muster 108, with Arjune claiming 3-5 in his only over of the game. Scoring for the Masters were Khemchan Dindyal, who counter-attacked with a pugnacious 54 before he was forced to retire hurt.He added 58 with the left-handed Suri Kumar, who struggled to get the ball off the square in his quiet 17, as he soaked up 22 dot balls. In his innings of 54, Dindyal kept hopes alive by targeting Parasaram ‘Bimbly’ Persaud, destroying him by taking 20 from the over before he retired. When Arjune dismissed Kumar at 83-3, it triggered a dramatic collapse, and five wickets tumbled for six runs. Not long after, Regal Masters were crowned the new champions.Twelve teams competed in the tournament which carried a top prize of $100,000, while the runners-up won a trophy and $25,000.last_img read more

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Latino market sits, a shell of its former plans

first_imgTresierras Supermarkets and the owner of the property did not return several calls seeking comment. Just a few minutes’ drive away from the empty building meant to house Tresierras, another Latino supermarket has been packing in the parking lot at Lyons Avenue and Orchard Village Road. The 38,000-square-foot Vallarta supermarket opened last month at the location, becoming the shopping center’s new anchor tenant. Juan Palos, who works at a laundry in the L-shaped strip mall where Tresierras was supposed to open, said he thinks Tresierras did not want to have its new store compete with Vallarta. “The Vallarta got more power, so the people they chose Vallarta is better,” he said in broken English. Tresierras Supermarkets is a family-run business that already has a location in Newhall, along with four other Southern California locations. After submitting its permit application in February 2006 to build the interior of the store, Tresierras got the permit application back from the city to make revisions, Read said. But the company never followed up, and the permit expired. The company can still re-apply for a permit, Read said. At a May 2005 groundbreaking for the full-service supermarket, the company said its new Santa Clarita location would open in November of that year. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The building sits empty, a vacancy that has left a shopping center without its anchor tenant. The Tresierras supermarket at 23780 San Fernando Road was supposed to open in November 2005. But the nearly 30,000-square-foot building meant to house the Latino market is only an empty shell, with dirt for a floor. Tresierras submitted a permit application nearly a year ago to build out the interior of the store, according to city documents. But the company never followed up with needed revisions to the plan. “It expired without us actually issuing a permit,” said Bill Read, assistant building official with the city. “And at this stage in the game from what I can tell from all the records that we have, they simply stopped the process for whatever reason.” last_img read more

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Auto racing: Stewart takes the flag in Shootout in Florida

first_imgStewart won the exhibition Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night, setting himself up as a top contender to win the season-opening Daytona 500. That’s the last of the NASCAR crown jewels that Stewart wants, and he reported to Speedweeks intent on adding it to his resume this year. “We’ve definitely figured out how to win Saturday night races here at Daytona,” Stewart said. “We’ve just got to figure out how to win a Sunday race.” DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tony Stewart again drove his way into Victory Lane at Daytona. It just wasn’t the race that really counts. Busch, who needed a huge save to keep his car off the wall, finished seventh and seemed certain that Stewart made at least slight contact. “He wasn’t on me hard, it was just that little bit enough to where I just kept getting loose, kept getting loose and kept chasing it,” he said. “And by the time you get so far you’re pretty much gone and I was able to keep it. So thankfully for that.” As Stewart closed in on the finish line, Earnhardt ran into the back of Elliott Sadler to start a four-car pileup far from the leaders that collected defending race winner Denny Hamlin and Greg Biffle. Toyota, making its Nextel Cup debut, had two cars in the field as the Japanese automaker made its long-awaited debut. But neither Brian Vickers or Dale Jarrett ever contended for the win. ARCAAlso at Daytona Beach, pole-winner Erin Crocker’s bid to become the first woman to win an ARCA event and a race at Daytona International Speedway came up far short while Bobby Gerhart drove off with his fifth victory in the season-opening race. Crocker, who drives for NASCAR Nextel Cup team owner Ray Evernham, stayed with the leaders until about 25 laps remained in the 80-lap event. She first slipped to the rear of the lead lap cars with what her team said was a deflating tire and then got knocked into the infield grass when she faltered on a restart. She wound up 20th. Gerhart’s Chevrolet started alongside Crocker’s Dodge on the front row and, after a brief duel, Gerhart took control and wound up racing away to his third consecutive Daytona victory. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Shootout win was his 10th victory at Daytona in various series, but none have come in the “Super Bowl of Racing.” His best finish was second in 2004, when he pushed Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the win. “I’m still just happy every time I get a chance to come to Victory Lane here at Daytona,” he said. “Obviously, I’d trade all three of these Shootouts and both Pepsi 400s to win one Daytona, the 500 on Sunday.” He’s off to a very good start. Stewart nudged Kyle Busch out of the lead with eight laps to go, then calmly drove to his third victory in the all-star event when runner-up David Gilliland never challenged. “I don’t think we touched him. It looked really close, obviously, but I don’t think we touched him,” Stewart said. “If we could have touched him, it would have sent him up the race track and he would have crashed.” last_img read more

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Donovan back with team early

first_img“I know Landon pretty well now and he gets itchy feet if he’s not around the game,” Yallop said. “And he wants to get back and see his buddies.” Forward Nate Jaqua also ran with the team after his U.S. team stint. Goalkeeper Joe Cannon and defender Chris Albright are still expected to make their preseason camp debuts Thursday, although now they might be feeling a little pressure from Donovan. “I’ll give ’em crap,” Donovan said, laughing, “but this was my choice. I was thinking about coming in (today), then I realized it was Valentine’s Day so I asked Frank if I could come in today and take tomorrow off, which is nice.” Cutting edge “It’s nice just to see some faces get back on the field, and see a lot of new faces,” said the 24-year-old Donovan, who clearly had the edge on his teammates in terms of conditioning. “I’ve played two games now to their none. I’m going to be ahead of them. It’s a good feeling for me, because you’re pretty much fully fit and you’re not tired from being the end of the year yet.” It wasn’t a surprise to coach Frank Yallop that his star made an early return. The Galaxy just began their second week of camp and don’t have to make roster moves until March 1, but Yallop said he’s already close to knowing his roster will shape up. “I’ve got a pretty good idea already what guys we’re definitely going to keep, ones we’re going to maybe slide into the developmental side of things, or even let go,” Yallop said. “We’ll figure that out in the next week or so. “I don’t want to keep guys hanging on when I kind of think I know now.” Schedule update The Galaxy will begin their preseason schedule in Bermuda with a Feb. 22 game against the New England Revolution. They will play again the next day against a Bermuda All-Star select team. The team also announced two other preseason matches – on March 10 against the Fresno Fuego of the PDL in Fresno and on March 18 against the Columbus Crew at Cougar Stadium in Santa Clarita. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img CARSON – He wasn’t due to arrive until Thursday, but Landon Donovan just couldn’t wait to get on the field with his Galaxy teammates Tuesday. Donovan, who had spent the previous five weeks with the U.S. national team, went through drills with the team in the morning and played in a game situation in the afternoon. last_img read more

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U.S. now says copter that crashed was shot down

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – A Sea Knight helicopter that crashed last week northwest of Baghdad was shot down, the U.S. military said today. The Marine CH-46 helicopter went down northwest of Baghdad, killing all seven people on board, and an al-Qaida-linked Sunni group claimed responsibility and aired a video. But military officials initially said they did not believe it was downed by insurgents. “Initial evidence indicated that the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter went down as a result of mechanical failure. After further investigation using all available means, the cause of the incident has been confirmed to be hostile fire,” said Maj. Jeff Pool, a spokesman for the Multi National Force – West.last_img read more

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Off-duty cop helped stop shooter

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – An off-duty police officer having an early Valentine’s Day dinner with his wife was credited Tuesday with helping stop a rampage in a crowded shopping mall by an 18-year-old gunman who shot five people to death before he was killed by police. Ken Hammond, an off-duty officer from Ogden, north of Salt Lake City, jumped up from his seat at a restaurant after hearing gunfire and cornered the gunman, Sulejmen Talovic, exchanging fire with him until other officers arrived, Police Chief Chris Burbank said. Police said it was not immediately clear who fired the shot that killed Talovic. Talovic had a backpack full of ammunition, a shotgun and a .38-caliber pistol, police said. Investigators knew little about him, except than he lived in Salt Lake City with his mother, the police chief said. He was enrolled in numerous city schools before withdrawing in 2004, the school district said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I feel like I was there and did what I had to do,” Hammond told reporters. After spotting the gunman, he told his pregnant wife to take cover in the restaurant and went to confront the suspect. Talovic’s aunt, Ajka Onerovic, emerged briefly from the family’s house to say relatives had no idea why the young man attacked so many strangers. Outside the mall, candles and flowers were left as memorials to the victims, who were identified as Jeffrey Walker, 52, Vanessa Quinn, 29, Kirsten Hinkley, 15, Teresa Ellis, 29, and Brad Frantz, 24. last_img read more

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Vols hand Gators third defeat in four games

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt dressing as a cheerleader and singing “Rocky Top” and Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning watching his alma mater, Tennessee (21-9, 9-6) finished the season 16-0 at home. At No. 12 Pittsburgh 80, West Virginia 66: Aaron Gray and Levon Kendall wore down West Virginia with their inside scoring and rebounding, and Pittsburgh (25-5, 12-3) remained in contention for the Big East regular-season title. Chris Lofton scored 21 points, and Tennessee pulled away from No. 5 Florida in the first half and held on for an 86-76 victory Tuesday night in Knoxville, Tenn. The Gators (25-5, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) continued a troubling trend for the defending national champions, who have lost three of four after a 17-game winning streak. Their chances for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament are slipping away after easily wrapping up the SEC regular-season title last week. center_img BYU 62, at No. 25 Air Force 58: Austin Ainge scored 14 points as Brigham Young assured itself at least a share of the Mountain West Conference title. The Cougars also ended the Falcons’ 30-game winning streak at Clune Arena, where they had won 54 of 55. last_img read more

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