Widespread consultations overrule an expeditious timeframe as it relates to constitutional reform, President David Granger stated as he explained why his administration was unable to fulfil its manifesto promise toPresident David Grangerensure draft recommendations are presented to the National Assembly for approval within nine months.During an interview on ‘The Public Interest’ TV programme, President Granger explained that it is impossible for such a magnitude of undertaking to be completed in nine months.He outlined that the availability of a framework for constitutional reform is an indication of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition’s determinedness in keeping its promise.Moreover, he underscored the importance of the consultation process.“I have asked for the process to be consultative because we have had different opinions on the constitution since in the mid-1970s and I feel the people of Guyana should have a constitution that is not subjected to acrimony,” the President said.In this regard, he stated that those in charge of the constitutional reform process must embark on widespread consultation across the country in order to capture the concerns of the public.“I would like to see more than rushing to timeline, I would like to see thorough consultations countrywide and those consultations must be countrywide and not boardroom consultations,” he said, noting that those leading the charge must travel to the various outlying communities to get the citizens’ views on these matters.According to the APNU/AFC Coalition Election Manifest 2015, it will ensure the establishment of a Constitutional Reform Committee with a mandate to complete consultations, draft amendments and present same to the National Assembly for approval within the first nine months in Office.With more than a year gone, Cabinet is still in the process of reviewing the report of recommendations on constitutional reforms submitted by the Steering Committee.The report was handed over to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on April 30, 2016 by Convener and Chairman of the Constitutional Reform Steering Committee (CRSC), Attorney Nigel Hughes.The committee was established by government last August to define the scope of the actual reform process, and formulate the terms of reference and mechanisms for consultation to establish a Constitution Reform Commission (CRC).It is expected that a CRC will come on stream and it is this commission which will effect the changes to the Constitution.The report recommends the reduction in the powers of the presidency, among other matters.The manifesto had outlined the need to rebalance the powers and responsibilities of the Prime Minister and the President in a manner meant to reduce abuse, avoid conflicts of interest, and facilitate the more efficient execution of state functions.Previously Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had noted that it is critical for changes to the constitution prevail before General and Regional Elections 2020. (Devina Samaroo)
January 14, 2020
National U-23 soccer squad, Satellites also known as the Liberia Olympic football team, is expected today to host triple Super Cup title holder, BYC I, in continuation of friendly engagements at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia. The time is 8:30am.Today’s match may likely conclude the final selection of the 20-man squad against Ghana’s Black Meteors in Accra in the 2015 CAF Cup U23 finals first qualifying round on Sunday, April 26.A successful two-leg tie against the Black Meteors would see the Satellite (U-23 Lone Star) play Congo in the second qualifying round.If the Satellites (U-23 Lone Star) survive that test too, they will face Nigeria in the final qualifying round, which looks like a difficult qualification route for the Thomas Kojo’s boys.The April 26 encounter in Accra would be the junior national soccer team’s first appearance on the continental scene, since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in March-2014.A month ago, two Liberian football clubs, BYC FC and Fassell were ejected on a 2-1 and 4-3 aggregates, which football analysts have graded the two sides of relatively performing satisfactorily having been match-rusty for over eight months owing to the pandemic.The Secretary General of the LFA, Alphonso Armah told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday via mobile phone that the Thomas Kojo’s boys would depart the country next Wednesday, April 26 to get acclimatize to the Ghanaian hot weather.The 2015 CAF U-23 Championship qualifying rounds will decide the participating teams of the 2015 CAF U-23 Championship, a youth football tournament organized by CAF for the under-23 national teams of their member associations. A total of eight teams will play in the final tournament, to be hosted by Senegal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
January 12, 2020
… in response to calls for agreement to be adopted for other companiesBy Vahnu ManikchandChairman of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Rawle Lucas, has stated that cases of delinquentGRA Chairman Rawle Lucastaxpayers will have to be looked at individually before any determination can be made on whether it should be settled.He was at the time commenting on recent calls by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) for a similar procedure – used to resolve the longstanding legal battle on consumption taxes between Demerara Distillers Limited and GRA – to be adopted in dealing with other delinquent companies.“From the point of view of the Private Sector Commission, we wish to urge that the Guyana Revenue Authority now engage other aggrieved companies to apply similar formulae to correct the distortions in the market place resulting from this action,” the Commission said in a statement on Friday.However, in an invited comment, Lucas explained to Guyana Times that in its calls, the PSC is assuming that all delinquent companies have the same problems.“They are assuming that but I don’t know that everybody has the same problems… Was the DDL story the same, I don’t know. I have no idea as to what the cases are but all the cases can’t be the same, I know that for sure,” he stated.According to the GRA Chairman, the cases will have to be looked at individually before any decision can be made for a similar settlement, as was done with DDL. “One has got to look at every case by itself, take the matters case by case. It’s not something where you can just apply a rule,” he noted.Moreover, Lucas pointed out that persons have to also take into consideration that the GRA might have decided to settle the $5 billion debt with DDL because the matter probably constructed badly. “I have no idea if they have the same problem and remember the people who constructed the DDL problem, might have constructed it badly in the first instance. I don’t know if people are taking that into consideration,” he noted.When further probed whether the Consumption Tax assessment that was levied against the local beverage giant was indeed “badly constructed”, the Chairman declined to say, noting that he will not disclose information on any taxpayer’s case.“I don’t and I don’t expect the GRA to be discussing tax payers’ matters in the public. Notwithstanding the fact that DDL might have put a statement on the settlement, the details of that matter still remains private and we do not intend to disclose details of the matter,” Lucas remarked.Last week, DDL announced that it has reached an “amicable” settlement with the GRA thus resolving the longstanding legal battle between the two, which arose out of a Consumption Tax assessment levied against DDL by former Commissioner General Khurshid Sattuar in January 2009 to the tune of $5,392,020,753.However, the legal battle dated back to 2002, when the local beverage giant raised a legal challenge against the GRA on the methodology adopted by the latter for the assessment of Consumption Tax. In February 2005, the High Court found in favour of DDL. The GRA subsequently appealed that decision and on July 31, 2008, the Guyana Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed the GRA’s appeal.But the following month, GRA commenced a new assessment, this time, issuing a new claim billing the company a crippling $5.392 billion. This was again challenged by DDL in 2009 and the High Court had issued an Order Nisi pending the hearing of the matter.However, there has since been much speculation and condemnation of the transactions. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had strongly condemned the transaction, calling it a “scandalous out of court settlement” that has cost the State billions of dollars in revenue.“The settlement sends the wrong message to the business community; that a company can unilaterally decide to stop paying taxes, while other companies comply with the law, take the matter to court and drag it out until a sympathetic Government comes to power and settles its debts to the State,” the former Guyanese President stated.Jagdeo further outlined that the settlement has opened the door for other companies to seek refunds on taxes paid. “There have already been reports in the Private Sector of other major companies consulting lawyers about this possibility. Management officials from a major local alcohol and beverage producing company have made it clear, in the past when I was President, that the company would be seeking a refund depending on the outcome of the DDL matter,” he noted.
December 30, 2019
Joy Harron, Donegal Tourism (first in front row) attending the recent launch of the Cool Project in Cork which will see Donegal benefiting from €1.26m for the development of a Yacht Cruising route stretching from the south west coast of Ireland up to Norway.Donegal County Council is set to benefit from INTERREG Funding of €1.26m to further develop the County’s Cruise Tourism Potential along the West and North Atlantic waters. Together with Derry City Council and Cork Institute of Technology, Donegal County Council will work together with Port Authorities, Tourism Research Centres and Cruise Management interests in Scotland, Norway and the Faroe Islands over the next three years to develop a Yacht Cruising route stretching from the south west coast of Ireland up to Norway.The ‘Cool Route’ project which is being supported by the Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme will develop Business and Marketing Plans for the route as well as logistical and facilities services. Speaking at the Launch of the project today in Cork, Northern and Western Regional Assembly Director, Gerry Finn welcomed the initiative as an opportunity to further develop Marine based leisure tourism along the western seaboard. He added that: –“In recent times we have seen the economic benefits to our region of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ through increased international visitor numbers. The ‘Cool Route’ Project will complement this strategy to ensure further investment in the tourism sector. As the designated Contact Point for the Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme in Ireland I want to wish Donegal County Council well with this initiative which will build upon the success of the SAIL WEST and Malin Waters projects.”Donegal County Council Chief Executive Seamus Neely also welcomed this project stating “I am delighted with the announcement of this funding which represents a substantial investment in realising the potential of the marine sector as a driver of economic growth and tourism development for Donegal.”He added: “By working collaboratively with partners in Ireland and Scotland, Norway and the Faroe Islands we are in a position to secure this level of investment for the county and develop a Yacht Cruising route of international significance that will undoubtedly accrue economics benefits for local businesses from this lucrative niche market.” NEELY: DONEGAL IN ‘CRUISE’ CONTROL AS EUROPE FUNDS ‘COOL ROUTE’ TOURISM INITIATIVE was last modified: April 17th, 2015 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:cool routecruise shipsdonegaltourism
December 28, 2019
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Santa Clarita Valley Family History Fair will feature free classes and workshops, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 24443 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call Linda Metcalf at (661) 298-7314. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Elks Charity Roast will honor Tom Veloz, 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $150. Call (661) 251-1620. Midwinter Madrigal Feast to benefit the Santa Clarita Master Chorale, 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20800 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $100. Call (661) 254-8886 or visit www.scmasterchorale.org. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. Mike Marino and Nick Adams will perform, 9 p.m. Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. Sierra Club hike, 9 a.m. Sunday at the entrance to Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Gaylon Rodin at (661) 263-0568. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Santa Clarita High School Barbershop Quartet contest, 7 p.m. Monday in the multipurpose room at Arroyo Seco Junior High, 27171 N. Vista Delgado Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 296-2292 or visit www.geocities.com/bsharmony. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The Skin of our Teeth” will be presented, 7 p.m. today and Thursday-Feb. 4 in the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $8 at the door. Call (661) 259-7575, Ext. 212. “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Mark Eddie and Nick Adams will perform, 9 p.m. today at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291.
December 27, 2019
DDTV: It’s Donegal Rally weekend this week and here’s out latest blast from the past.The year is 1983 – Charlie Haughey is holding on to power, the Republic gets its first stretch of motorway and the Government admits that Gardai had bugged the phones of TDs and journalists (tut, tut!)And here is footage of the special stage in Letterkenny that year. DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO THE RALLY: VIDEO OF THE 1983 SPECIAL LETTERKENNY STAGE was last modified: June 11th, 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:DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO THE RALLY: VIDEO OF THE 1983 SPECIAL LETTERKENNY STAGE
December 27, 2019
HE never complained about it – not once.But when Seamus Coleman wasn’t picked for the Ireland squad in 2012 for the European Championships, it certainly upset his supporters.After last night’s victory over Bosnia, 2016 in France looks wonderful for the Killybegs man. Sean St Ledger was preferred to the Everton full-back at Euro 2012, when Ireland lost all three matches to Croatia, Spain and Italy.But this time Coleman can get his passport papers in order.“You grow up wanting to be in these tournaments and now I can’t wait,” he said.“From day one, we’ve all believed we can get there. We have had a few difficult moments along the way but what a feeling now – I haven’t experienced anything like that playing for my country. “In the changing room, when the manager spoke to us, it was an amazing feeling. When you are long gone and retired, these are the moments that you will remember.“I was so disappointed to miss out on the last one, although I have no complaints about not being there.“Hopefully I will be in the 23 when we go there (to Euro 2016). It’s an amazing feeling.” DROPPED IN 2012, SEAMUS COLEMAN SAYS HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO FRANCE 2016! was last modified: November 17th, 2015 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:BosniaFrance 2016Irelandseamus coleman
December 26, 2019
RANKED His last appearance for France came in a friendly win over Russia in March England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions silverware REVEALED Koscielny’s final appearance for Les Bleus was in March during a 3-1 friendly victory over Russia. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The 33-year-old has not played since sustaining an Achilles injury during Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid and was left out of France’s World Cup winning squad as a result.“The injury is one thing, the victory of the World Cup is another,” he told French channel Canal+. “I think the victory certainly made me much more psychologically hurt than my injury.“I think I gave the France team what I could. For me, my injury has not changed anything. The Blues are over, after that, I will always be a supporter of the French team but what is certain is that I will not put on the blue jersey.“I have a new state of mind, there will be the Laurent before and the Laurent after injury. I want to continue to Arsenal, I want to return quickly. I want to fight.” huge blow Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has called time on international duty.The Frenchman said missing the World Cup this summer will remain a “dark step” in his career. REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Football News
December 25, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) – Ben Bernanke isn’t a household name – yet. But if all goes well, he’ll be the next chief of the Federal Reserve, wielding enormous power over the economy and the portfolios of millions of investors large and small. Bernanke, a plain-speaking former economics professor, was chosen Monday by President Bush to replace Alan Greenspan. Largely unknown to the general public when he took over the Fed in 1987, Greenspan has risen to iconic status. Bush called him a “legend.” And Bernanke promised to continue the policies of Greenspan, who steps down Jan. 31. “Ben has done path-breaking work in the field of monetary policy, taught advanced economics at some of our top universities and served with distinction on the Fed’s Board of Governors,” said Bush, who was flanked by Bernanke and Greenspan during a brief White House ceremony. “He’s earned a reputation for intellectual rigor and integrity. He commands deep respect in the global financial community.” Greenspan called Bush’s choice “a distinguished appointment. Ben comes with superb academic credentials and important insights into the ways our economy functions.” It was the third time in as many years that Bush has turned to the 51-year-old Bernanke for a sensitive economic post. The president named him to the Fed board in 2002, then made him chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers earlier this year. The nomination comes at a difficult time for Bush. His approval ratings are sagging, his choice of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court is under attack, and his top political adviser – Karl Rove – is a central figure in the investigation of who leaked the name of an undercover CIA officer. The initial reaction to Bernanke was positive. Academics, Republican and Democratic lawmakers, economists and other experts said Bernanke, a leading thinker on monetary policy, has impeccable academic credentials for the Fed post. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average soared nearly 170 points, the best one-day showing in six months. Bernanke (pronounced ber-NANK-ee) acknowledged that he has big shows to fill, saying Greenspan “has set the standard for excellence in economic policy-making.” If he is approved to a four-year term as Fed chairman, Bernanke said, his first priority would be “to maintain continuity” with the policies and strategies during the Greenspan era. He pledged to do all he could to ensure “the continued prosperity and stability of the American economy.” The Fed determines interest rate policies that affect any person or business that borrows money. Its decisions – along with utterances from the Fed chief – can influence financial markets around the globe. As the country’s second-longest serving Fed chairman, the 79-year-old Greenspan has attained cult-like status and often is refereed to as the second-most important person in Washington. On Greenspan’s watch, the U.S. economy grew from March 1991 to March 2001, the longest continuous expansion in history. The two recessions during his tenure – in 1990-91 and in 2001 – were mild. While Bernanke pledged continuity with his predecessor’s policies, the two men differ on whether the Fed should set targets for inflation – Bernanke thinks it should, Greenspan does not. Otherwise, they share a similar philosophy, so much so that while the younger man was at the Fed, market observers often looked at his speeches for insight into Greenspan’s thinking. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard University in 1975, Bernanke received his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979. He was professor of economics at Princeton University and then chairman of the economics department until 2002, when Bush named him to the Federal Reserve Board. He also has taught at Stanford University. Bush said Bernanke “is the right man to build on the record Alan Greenspan has established.” Marc Lackritz, president of the Securities Industry Association, said Bernanke’s service at the Fed under Greenspan “has provided him invaluable preparation for this critical role, and his steady hand and solid judgment should serve our financial markets well.” Some economists wondered whether Bernanke’s lack of hands-on business or Wall Street experience and limited policy-making experience in Washington could be a drawback. With rising inflation, an uncertain employment climate, bloated budget and trade deficits, and a housing market surge that appears to be nearing an end, there are many issues confronting the next Fed chairman. Some Democrats question whether Bernanke would do enough to use the Fed’s bully pulpit to get Congress and the administration to rein in bloated budget deficits, which over time could pose a danger to the economy if they push long-term interest rates up. And, they hope Bernanke will be truly independent from the Bush administration. That’s crucially important for a Fed chairman to earn credibility with Wall Street and central bankers from around the world. Democrats also seized on Bernanke’s statements indicating support for extending Bush’s tax cuts. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called that “very troubling” while Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said it “will be important that Mr. Bernanke demonstrate that he is committed to guiding the economy to produce results for all Americans rather than promoting partisan policies that benefit special interests and an elite few.” Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, which will consider the nomination, struck a positive note: “I am confident that this nominee will be thoroughly questioned but also well-received by all members of our committee.” Sen. Paul Sarbanes, the top-ranking Democrat on the committee, said Bernanke has “first-rate academic qualifications, but we need to have a thorough hearing on him to explore a number of issues, including his ability to render independent judgments.” The only senator to say he would vote against the nomination was a Republican – Kentucky’s Jim Bunning, a frequent Greenspan critic. He said Bernanke did not show enough independence while on the Fed. A date for a nomination hearing hasn’t been set. But Shelby indicated it’s possible a hearing could take place before Thanksgiving; he hoped the confirmation process could be completed before Congress adjourns for the year – possibly in late November or in December. Bernanke has won Senate confirmation three times in the past: twice at the Fed and once to be chairman of the CEA. If all goes smoothly, Bernanke could take over on Feb. 1. His first Fed meeting would be March 28. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
December 19, 2019
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