Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Bunker

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Bunker! He is a 3-year-old, 58-pound cute and sweet guy who is looking for a forever home with a fenced yard and humans who will take great care of him. Bunker’s mamma was a white German Shepherd and my papa was a red-nosed Pit Bull. He is well-qualified to be your good companion, and excellent family dog because he loves people, older dogs, nice cats, and toys. His pink nose and pearly toenails give him a polished gentlemanly appearance, which is a bonus, because he is ready to go at a moment’s notice. If you have a fenced yard and can feed him a nice chicken-free diet, then he would like to apply for the position of your loyal, goofy, and playful best friend.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Bunker in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more


first_imgMO FORZA & NEPTUNE’S STORM HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 MATHIS BROTHERS MILE (TURF), WHICH HAS ATTRACTED A FIELD OF 11 SOPHOMORESMATHIS IS ONE OF SIX GRADED STAKES ON POWERFUL OPENING DAY CARD SATURDAY,  FIRST POST TIME IS SET FOR 11 A.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2019)–Bred and owned in-part by former trainer Barry Abrams, Mo Forza, a Kentucky-bred colt by Uncle Mo out of the Unusual Heat mare Inflamed, looms the horse to beat in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) at Santa Anita.The Mathis Brothers Mile, which has attracted a field of 11 three-year-olds, also includes the Richard Baltas-trained Neptune’s Storm, who has been narrowly defeated by the top choice in his last two starts, Zayat Stables’ nearly unbeaten Bob and Jackie and trainer Leonard Powell’s French-bred Proud Pedro.MO FORZAOwner:  Bardy Farm & OG BossTrainer:  Peter MillerWith all eight of his lifetime starts coming on grass, Mo Forza broke his maiden at a mile on turf here three starts back on Sept. 29. Off at 18-1 in the Grade II Twilight Derby going 1 1/8 miles on turf Nov. 2, he pressed the pace and prevailed by 1 ¾ lengths.  The 5-2 favorite in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar Nov. 30, he kept Neptune’s Storm at bay late to win by three quarters of length and is thus strictly the horse to beat on Saturday.NEPTUNE’S STORMOwner:  CYBT, Gevertz, Gitomer, et alTrainer:  Richard BaltasIn what has been an incredible year, this Kentucky-bred colt by Stormy Atlantic has never been off the board in 10 starts, winning four, while second or third three times each.  A three quarter length winner going 1 1/8 miles on turf three starts back in the Grade II Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park Oct. 5, he was third beaten two lengths by Mo Forza in the Grade II Twilight Derby and nearly scored in gate to wire fashion while second to “Mo” in the Grade I Hollywood Derby.THE GRADE II MATHIS BROTHERS MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 10 of 11 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTSash–Drayden Van Dyke–120Originaire–Umberto Rispoli–120Ocean Fury–Flavien Prat–120Never Easy–Rafael Bejarano–120Mo Forza–Joel Rosario–124Neptune’s Storm–Abel Cedillo–124Kingly–Mario Gutierrez–122Proud Pedro–Tyler Baze–120Barristan The Bold–Javier Castellano–120Loafers Boy–Tiago Pereira–120Bob and Jackie–Heriberto Figueroa–122Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11 a.m.  Admission gates will open at 9 a.m.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Atlético continues without winning as a visitor in 2020

first_imgAtlético is another when it moves away from the Wanda Metropolitano. The rojiblanco team continues to show reliability to your audience characteristic since Simeone arrived on the bench and is a real bone. Nevertheless, playing as a visitor his face is different, as it became clear again in the RCDE Stadium against Espanyol (1-1). Since December 22, Atleti does not win in the visiting field, 1-2 by Benito Villamarín before Betis. Going back even further, the Cholo they have only won one of the last 13 trips between Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions out, some bad results that have cost the team is out of the Championships in the home competition, to fall eliminated at the hands of Cultural Leonesa in the cupper tournament and that it ended in the second place of the maximum continental competition, something that supposed that the return of the eighth play it out and that on the way the Liverpool, current champion, has crossed. Regardless the Spanish Super Cup, tournament played in neutral field in Saudi Arabia, Atletico has won only four away matches in the entire course. Three from Liga, against Leganés, Mallorca and Betis and one in Champions against Lokomotiv. The bad streak is accentuated considering that the victory in Butarque was in the first exit of the course and that of Mallorca came in the third, corresponding to the sixth day of the League. That is to say, in the last 20 league days, 10 of them out, only Betis has won as a visitor. Since the triumph in Moscow against the LokomotivAtlético has played away from home against Valladolid (0-0), Alavés (1-1), Sevilla (1-1), Bayer Leverkusen (2-1), Granada (1-1), Juventus (1-0 ), Villarreal (0-0), Betis (1-2), Eibar (2-0), Cultural (2-1), Real Madrid (1-0), Valencia (2-2) and Espanyol (1-1 ). That is to say, a balance of one victory, seven draws and five losses. Atletico has little room for maneuver and should change the situation as soon as possible if he wants to meet the main objective of the season, finish in Champions positions. The rojiblanco team receives next week to Seville (Saturday, March 7 at 4:00 p.m.) in a key game for third place. But looking a little further, The next mattress exit is to Anfield, to visit Liverpool (March 11) in the round of the knockout stages of the Champions League with the 1-0 advantage achieved in the Wanda Metropolitano. It will be the first of three consecutive starts facing the Simeone team. After visiting England comes the turn of San Mamés, stadium that despite being good at Atlético (except 2-0 last season), is one of the biggest challenges of the course. And a week later it will be The Sadar who measures the rojiblanca visitor progression. Osasuna Stadium is also a fort with a very high difficulty.last_img read more

Revived rule makes Mbala ineligible next season

first_imgPerkins perfect fit for Fuel Masters Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The return of an eligibility rule that was suspended in the last two seasons could prevent La Salle’s two-time Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala from seeing action in UAAP Season 81 next year. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “The way I understand it is the Seven Years Out of High School will resume next year,” said a league source. “The question is if we put it back, will it be applied retroactively or prospectively.”Mbala’s school records from Southwestern University showed that the 6-foot-8 stalwart graduated high school from Institut Samba in Yaounde, Cameroon, in 2011, which means that next season will be his eighth year out of high school.A reliable source provided the Inquirer with copies of Mbala’s records. The 23-year-old Mbala had earlier said he would still study his options regarding his return for next season, but Ayo had hinted that his star would suit up next season. “He still has one year based on the ground rules of the UAAP,” Ayo said, while also hinting that he will be staying put as La Salle coach. “Ben still has one more year in the UAAP. He’ll be here next year.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img The Cameroonian who led the Green Archers to the Season 79 crown and a runner-up finish last Sunday might not be eligible to play next season due to the “Seven Years Out of High School” rule, which was not implemented in the last two seasons.While La Salle coach Aldin Ayo expressed confidence that Mbala would play for the Archers in 2018, the UAAP Board’s March 12, 2016, decision might end up spoiling his return.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIn that meeting, the UAAP Board ruled that the “Seven Years Out of High School” rule shall be applied after Season 80 unless “such suspension is extended or the rule amended or repealed.”League officials had said the decision to suspend the rule was changed out of necessity as only a few players would be available for college teams in the next few years due to the implementation of the K-12 program. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Olympic gymnast abused by ex-doctor wants him to suffer

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Raisman said if just one adult had believed Nassar’s accusers and had “the courage and character to act, this tragedy could have been avoided. I and so many others would have never, ever met you. Larry, you should have been locked up a long, long time ago.”Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting girls at his university office, at home and at a Lansing-area gymnastics club, sometimes in the presence of parents, who were shielded from seeing what he was doing. Already sentenced to 60 years in prison on a separate federal child pornography conviction, the 54-year-old man can expect to be behind bars for the rest of his life. Raisman hoped the testimonies of her fellow survivors will never leave him.“All these brave women have power, and we will use our voices to make sure you get what you deserve — a life of suffering spent replaying the words delivered by this powerful army of survivors,” Raisman said.Nassar, who has often looked down or blankly at victims giving statements, broke down when longtime family friend Trinea Gonczar spoke.“I don’t know who you are now. Maybe I never knew. Maybe none of us did,” she said, as Nassar took off his glasses and wiped away tears.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Earlier Friday, another member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team — known as the “Fierce Five” — said she refused to let Nassar’s abuse ruin her dreams.“Even though I’m a victim, I do not and will not live my life as one,” Jordyn Wieber said. “I’m an Olympian despite being abused. I worked hard and managed to achieve my goal.”Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is running for governor and whose office charged Nassar, said he would provide “a full and complete review, report and recommendation” of Michigan State’s actions over Nassar, but only after the ex-doctor’s victims have had “their day in court.”The university fired Nassar in 2016, as allegations against him stretching back years came to light.“After watching many of these heartbreaking statements and reading accounts about them, we have concluded that only a review by your office can resolve the questions in a way that the victims, their families, and the public will deem satisfactory and that will help all those affected by Nassar’s horrible crimes to heal,” the university’s board said in a letter to Schuette requesting his help. Also Friday, state House Speaker Tom Leonard asked the leaders of two legislative committees to open inquiries into Michigan State, which could lead to budget implications for the university and broader policy changes statewide.The criminal cases against Nassar followed reports last year in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics mishandled complaints about sexual misconduct involving the doctor and coaches.Many of the accusers have sued Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee.The university board said as information is presented by the attorney general’s office, the board “will act. This can never happen again. …. We continue to believe President Simon is the right leader for the university and she has our support.” Women’s gymnastics coach Kathie Klages resigned last year after she was suspended for defending Nassar for years. Another university doctor, Brooke Lemmen, resigned.A Title IX probe conducted by the university cleared Nassar of sexual assault allegations in 2014. At least 12 reported assaults occurred after the investigation was concluded, according to a university police report that was provided to the FBI for review by the U.S. attorney.“I have always done my best to lead MSU and I will continue to do so today and tomorrow,” Simon said in a statement. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Former Olympian Aly Raisman confronts Larry Nassar in Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s courtroom during the fourth day of a sentencing hearing for the former sports doctor, who pled guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. (Matthew Dae Smith /Lansing State Journal via AP)LANSING, Mich. — Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman on Friday confronted her former doctor who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults, warning him that the testimony of the “powerful army” of 140 survivors at his sentencing will haunt him in prison.More than 80 of the women and girls whom Larry Nassar abused under the guise of medical treatment have stood before the court during a marathon sentencing hearing that began Tuesday, describing with eloquence and sometimes tears the harm Nassar did and the impact he has had on their lives.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Cormier can’t escape Jones ahead of UFC championship defense “You have not taken gymnastics away from me,” Raisman said. “I love this sport, and that love is stronger than the evil that resides in you, in those who enabled you to hurt many people.”Facing pressure over how Michigan State University handled allegations made against Nassar when he was employed there, the school’s board of trustees on Friday asked the state’s attorney general to investigate but stood by university president Lou Ann Simon — who is facing growing calls to resign or to be fired by the board.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Through this terrible situation, the university has been perceived as tone deaf, unresponsive and insensitive to the victims. We understand the public’s faith has been shaken. The board has listened and heard the victims,” chairman Brian Breslin said after a closed-door meeting that lasted more than four hours. Trustees declined to answer reporters’ questions.Nassar also was a team doctor at the Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

New Project To Teach Kids At Home Launched

first_imgSeveral weeks ago, while tutoring her kids at home, Brenda Brewer Moore encountered a raging thought: How are other parents keeping their kids busy and engaged during the compulsory closure of schools, as a result of the Ebola Crisis? Following that thought, she visited many kids in her community and observed that many were simply sitting around idle, playing or loitering with the clear sign that they had nothing better to do.“Then the thought hit me,” says Brenda. “Why not print a few worksheets that you could share with them to keep them busy?”Thereafter, the idea for Project Kids Engagement (PKE) was born.According to her, the idea is to provide weekly school exercises to the kids in her community and create awareness for parents to make time daily to tutor their kids.  She is encouraging parents to not allow the indefinite closure of schools due to the Ebola outbreak to keep their kids behind in their quest to learn.“The target was 150 kids initially,” she recalls, “but after I did the first distribution on September 14, I quickly realized there are a lot more kids in my immediate neighborhood than I estimated. So I took the number to 200. They were really happy and excited and their parents were receptive to the initiative and promised to work with their kids to do the exercises.”For now, PKE targets kids from nursery through 3rd grade. That is not to necessarily exclude pupils above that level, Brenda says, but it’s a matter of support to provide enough learning materials. An initial start-up kit for a child in K1 or K2 includes a box of crayon, 2 pencils, a sharpener, an eraser and one exercise book. Other needs include, one Disney character coloring book, a SO-GO-LO book, an ABC tracing book as well as one ABC coloring book and an assorted math worksheet (counting, number sequence,) etc.Meanwhile, she continues to encourage parents to make time during the day to teach their kids and check up on their progress and efforts.Since the Government of Liberia announced the closure of schools due to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, she has been teaching her own kids at home, using her own resources to purchase some of the basics for teaching.  However, realizing that others in her community might not have the resources or ideas to keep their kids academically engaged during this national health crisis, she has seized the opportunity to reach out. A resident of the Baptist Seminary/Gbengbar Town area, Brenda hopes that the idea will be replicated in other communities to help keep the kids to become busy while schools are closed due to the Ebola outbreak.  She believes others could complement her efforts by introducing a similar idea of tutoring the kids or keeping them busy by engaging them during the compulsory school closure.Brenda has a burning passion for positive change for all levels of the society. She is a mother of two kids and loves gardening, baking, writing and reading when she can find the time. It is based on her passion she embarked on this project. Her idea is based on the philosophy of André Gide, which says, “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” Gide was a a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947.As is often the case with such community-inspired projects, Project Kids Engagement also needs support if it should expand, and be replicated in other communities across the country.  As such, Brenda Moore is soliciting assistance either in cash or kind, which could help her promote the idea/project using various means of contribution.Brenda Moore can be reached on 0886510731 or via email: Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We Are Liberians

first_imgIn many respects, for Liberia, the 9th of May will be memorable – a date to be forever etched in history. Liberians will complete our 42nd day of living with no new confirmed transmission of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, an outbreak whose toll included 4,000 of our compatriots, rendered over three thousand children orphans, collapsed our recovering health sector, and crippled the economy.Aptly referred to as the “greatest threat to public health that this generation has faced”, Ebola presented us with a little more than a “threat to public health”. The disease robbed us of our way of life. We who are afforded divine blessings by caring for our elderly – we who cherish the opportunity to spend the last of our days surrounded by family and loved ones; we who pride ourselves and believe our duties to each other extend to burying our dearly departed through traditional rituals and religious practices of care by which we console ourselves that our loved ones are journeying to a better place – we were often limited to watching and restricted from touching, as our forefathers taught us to do.Some have found it hard to bring proper closures to the deaths of fathers and mothers as well as brothers and sisters because for many, the last time we saw our sick or dying relatives, they were being taken in ambulances with blaring sirens to ETUs, and as the bodies piled up, posing additional risks to all others especially ourselves, they were disposed of by cremation – not buried as we always have. Indeed, Ebola changed our way of life.And we will never forget – we must never forget.Under these dark clouds, understandably, it is hard to fathom a silver lining. But just as Ebola has altered our lives, it has afforded the opportunity for a new beginning – a beginning that counters historical myths. One such myth which has haunted the body politic is that Liberians cannot come together. Some have stretched this to repeatedly suggest that we cannot even be sustainably enjoined in cooperatives or in doing business – that Liberian partnerships are unsustainable.The truth is that since our fabled Declaration of Independence, we have been suspicious of each other. It is still safe to say the Declaration meant little, if anything at all, for many who were increasingly suspicious of the intentions of the declared State. Some historians have suggested that we were a country struggling, over several generations, to become a nation – that although we possess a beautiful and blessed country, we were too divided along superficial lines of tribe, religion, gender, and even age, to be as committed as we should be, to a common purpose of building a nation in which all would thrive, if they try, and in which all would share equally in opportunity.Perhaps this gnawing sense of inequality in citizenship accounted for the fact that parts of the country were comparatively more developed than others. What is more, overtime, we have fashioned our politics not necessarily on the competition of ideas about how we can improve our society for the collective benefits of all of our people but on the narrower interests of tribes in which we not only harness our identities but into which we feel compelled to retreat to either compensate for our lack of ideas or simply for political cover.Dangerous as it was, perhaps Ebola has given us a new way. As its death stings stalked our communities all across the country, we came together in ways that we have not done before. Perhaps collectively threatened as we came to be, we realized that Christians and Muslims can come together – that we can work together; that we can look beyond even the long-held practices of our faith and appreciate the important values of our beings. We saw that the old and the young – that males and females can work together each bringing the innate values of their intrinsic beings and talents to bear in resolving a problem with which all were confronted.And we saw communities shed their suspicions and fears. We saw communities stand up with their government, and fight back, often with nothing more than just the will to not die. Our communities, ordinary and regular folks alike, big and small, rich and poor, together, owned the problem and became the solutions.And so today, here we proudly stand, just four days away from conquering a predatory disease whose unprecedented outbreak, including in our most populous urban areas, would have brought many nations of our world to their knees. Here we proudly stand, once again inspiring the world into the belief that Ebola can be overcome – that it can be stopped at its source before it infects the rest of our human family.Of course we have lived through our historical myths. But we have also recently experienced the empowering spirit of coming together – of standing together; of being more than just the geography that is a country. We have seen the force of a nation – the collective will of a people to overcome, and to survive. We have seen that each of us owes a duty to the other. We have seen that each of us can play a role wherever we are and whatever our station.This is nation building – becoming increasingly aware of our differences but looking beyond, and working through our differences, for the common good of all others. We are more than a country – the geography of land blessed with rivers and lakes and monsoon. We are people. We are Liberians – a special people blessed with the gift of resilience – the collective power to “meet the foe with valor unpretending”.So, this, truly, is who we are. This is our DNA which is laden with a resilient character. We no longer have to accept that we cannot come together – that we cannot work together; that each of us can necessarily succeed without and at the expense of the other. Over this trying period, we bear proud witnesses that we can rise together. Or, sadly, we will all fall together.Let us own this character that is ours. Let us walk with this character. Let us talk with this character. Let us attend to our challenges with this character. And let us rebuild our country with this character.On May 9, therefore, as we are declared Ebola-free, let us also celebrate our rebirth. Let us lay just claims to the national creed of dutifully applying our “hearts and hands” to defend the causes of our country. And let us always strive to afford it the true meaning it deserves. For, if nothing else, this is why we live. And this is why beyond our religion, gender, tribe and age – beyond our political aspirations – we are Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GCAA exploring avenues to increase revenue

first_imgHead of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Egbert Field said the Authority is currently exploring avenues to increase its revenue which has been ‘stabilised’ in the last two years.In a recent interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Director General explained that the GCAA is financed and managed through fees collected from aircraft that pass through its airspace.Director General, GCAA, Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Egbert Field“It was reported to me that, over the past year or two the revenue stream has stabilised if not taking a slight dip. This is mainly due to the quantity of aircraft passing over. Before where you would have 10 aircraft passing, now have eight…because the airlines are using larger aircraft to fly through, to get passengers from one point to another,” Field explained.Against this backdrop, the Authority will consider revising its fee structure or look at future measures to boost its revenue, while at the same time fulfilling its mandate. Field related that this year the GCAA is forging ahead with its capacity building programme and working to increase its level of compliance. This, he noted, will significantly cost the agency; hence, it is critical for the agency to earn more revenue.“It is vital that we maintain our training programme and that we move towards full compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). But it’s a balancing act; you don’t want to cut too much that you even cut your efficiency. So, we’re looking for ways that will benefit us and Guyanese in the long run,” Field explained.Other major plans the authority has in its pipeline for 2018 include constructing its new headquarters in Providence, East Bank Demerara; operationalising the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) systems, and achieving a 33 per cent paperless electronic filing and digital collection during inspections.last_img read more

GECOM must get serious with election preparations – Jagdeo

first_imgMandatory Article 106 90-day due elections…says Chief Justice ruling “removed any excuse for procrastination”…election’s body still dragging feet on issue…GECOM says Commission has to review Chief Justice’s rulingOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has indicated that should the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) continue to delay its election preparations, seeking legal remedies to compel such preparations are a possibility.The People’s progressive Party General Secretary was at the time addressing a press conference at Freedom House, Georgetown. According to Jagdeo, Thursday’s ruling by acting Chief Justice Roxane George has removed any excuse for procrastination.“We believe GECOM could be ready in the timeframe by March 19. Because if they have to have 50 days for Nomination Day and two weeks to notify the parties, they still have 50 days remaining.”“And simultaneously, they can proceed with the procurement of material and all the other logistics, including training on an accelerated basis. We see this whole issue of house-to-house registration, which will take six months to a year, as a red herring.”Jagdeo also had harsh words for GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson. Jagdeo noted that Patterson, as a former Judge, should be more cognisant of what is required of the constitutional agency.“GECOM should respect the law. GECOM is headed by someone who is a former Judge. He should know by now that he is putting at risk, particularly in light of the ruling, that he is putting the entire country at risk by his refusal to put this matter on the agenda and engage with it seriously.”“Given this ruling, the Judiciary has spoken, if they were concerned before that only the Legislature had confirmed the passage of the NCM. That all changed (Thursday) yesterday. They no longer have that excuse.”Jagdeo emphasised that for the national good, GECOM should get serious about election preparations. And he laid out what the party is prepared to do to ensure that the Commission gets moving.“We intend to look at GECOM. We’re probably going to pursue protest action against GECOM if it does not (act) and against the Government. We’re exploring whether we can go to the courts to direct GECOM to fulfil its constitutional duties and not to take directions from the Government, which wants to hang on to power at all costs.”On Thursday, the Chief Justice ruled that the December 21, 2018, No- confidence Motion was validly passed against the Government. Justice George also denied the Government’s application for a stay of judgement, noting that the Constitution is clear.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”So far, GECOM’s level of preparedness for elections is still unclear and meetings to ascertain this have gone nowhere. Asked if he would consider sending in Chief Whip Gail Teixeira once again, Jagdeo noted that GECOM must fulfil its duty and the time for that has past.Dragging feetWhen contacted, GECOM Public Relations Officer Yolanda Warde noted that issues relative to election preparation and the Chief Justice’s ruling have to be discussed at the level of the Commission when the next statutory meeting is held, provided it is put on the agenda.GECOM successfully ran the Local Government Elections in November 2018, less than three months ago. The President of Guyana, according to the Constitution, has to dissolve Parliament and issue a date for elections.last_img read more

Police attend incident on 93rd Avenue

first_imgPhoto: The green mustang was pulled over on Wednesday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/ Photo: Cops search the grounds along 93rd Avenue on Wednesday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/*UPDATE: For an update on this story, Click Here.  Fort St. John RCMP officers were seen taking a male into custody on Wednesday afternoon.- Advertisement -At around 4:50 p.m., more than five police cars were stopped along 93rd Avenue in the city. A green mustang was also pulled over.Police were seen collecting evidence along the road.It’s unclear at this time what caused the incident.More information will be posted if it becomes availableAdvertisementlast_img read more