Dear Editor,If National and Regional Elections are not held by March 21, 2019 — as ruled by the Chief Justice (Ag) — and there is no two-thirds majority (by the way, what number is two-thirds of 65?) vote in Parliament for elections to be deferred beyond the date stipulated above — as outlined under Article 106 (7) of the Constitution of Guyana — will the new elections be deemed unconstitutional?Will the new Government formed by the party which wins the elections be deemed illegal? What will be the constitutional issue/s if any?I am no expert as it relates to Constitutional Law. I do not have the competence to debate complex legal issues. I am only an ordinary layman; but, as a citizen of Guyana, my conscious is pricking me. I am wondering. Perhaps I am just a lonely wonderer. Let the confabulation continue.Yours faithfully,Clinton ConwayAssistantCommissioner ofPolice(Retired)
With effect from Monday, the Consular Section of the US Embassy will implement a notable change to its immigrant visa process.According to a statement on Wednesday, all approved visa applicants will no longer return to the Embassy to uplift their approved visas as this service is now being provided by the local DHL office, located at Lot 50 E Fifth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown.“Applicants will be able to pick up their passports and visa packages at the DHL office Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 9:00am to 6:00pm.”The Embassy explained that during the interview, the Consular Officer will provide a “Visa Delivery Instruction Notice” to all approved visa applicants advising the applicant of the pick-up information at the DHL office seven business days after the interview.In uplifting the visas, applicants, 18 years or older, must present the “Delivery Instruction Notice” and their National Identification Card to the DHL office within 30 days of visa approval. For those applicants who do not have a National ID Card, DHL will request supplemental identification such as an official driver’s licence (with photo) or an original birth certificate.The DHL agent will also review information from the passport or visa to validate the identity of the applicant picking up the documents. Additionally, DHL will require the applicant to record his/her name, ID document number, and signature as proof of receipt. Visas will only be given to applicants/passport owners.However, as it relates to picking up the visas of minor applicants, parents uplifting the documents on their children’s behalf must provide proof of their valid relationship by presenting the following documents: the child’s original birth certificate or adoption decree, with at least one of the parent’s full legal name displayed on the document and the parent must also prove their identity by presenting a national ID card or passport with a matching name on the child’s birth certificate or adoption decree.The introduction of this offsite Document Return Service is new to Guyana; however, this service has been implemented at US Embassies worldwide as part of the Global Support Strategy for Visa Services. Visa applicants will benefit from the flexibility the service offers by being able to uplift documents at days and times that are convenient to them.Questions regarding the DHL document return service, including questions about visa delivery status may be directed to the US Embassy’s Visa Information Service telephone line at 592-225-8732.
Stakeholders in livestock production in Liberia have expressed need for a policy that will enhance livestock development in the country.The stakeholders raised the concern Thursday, May 15, at a one-day consultative meeting held at the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and was convened by the international non-governmental organization, BRAC-Liberia.Stakeholders attending the meeting included officials of the MoA and those from the private sector, who had gathered to review and and obtain inputs from the National Livestock Policy of Liberia.In his presentation, Prof. M. Golam Shahi Alam, international consultant at BRAC-Liberia, said the sector can contribute immensely to food security, economic growth and wealth creation in the country, provided there is a regulation to guide the sector.According to him, animal health and veterinary services play significant roles in the sector and, as such, there is a need to implement the policy in line with Office International des Epizooties (OIE) and World Trade Organization (WTO).The World Organization (formerly the Office International des Epizooties (OIE)) is the world organization for animal health.Alam, who is a professor at the Bangladesh University of Agriculture, said the Veterinary Public Health section (VPH) needs to ensure food safety, control of zoonotic disease, meat inspection and abattoir management, which he said is very poor in Liberia.He, however, indicated that the limited VPH division/section in the Bureau of National Livestock (BNL) lacks manpower as well as funding and laboratory facilities.“No legal framework to implement the mandate imposed,” he noted.The Bangladesh professor explained that VPH needs to participate in the process to regionalized disease control for increasing international market access and ensuring human health safety.He asserted that Liberia has laws and regulation to cover a few areas, but the regulatory framework and implementation is still weak.However, prof. Alam said the institutions (BNL/MOA) are responsible for drafting and implementing laws and regulations in the sector.At the same time, Prof. Alam said marketing of livestock products needs to be regulated, especially on the importations of the product, which according to him has bad impact on local producers as well as subsidy on animal feeds, vaccine, drugs and other things.For his part, Joseph Anderson, Director of Animal Health Services acknowledged BRAC-Liberia for briefing them on the issues and hoped that they will come up with a policy to regulate the sector.Director Anderson told participants that MOA has a Veterinary Department, but nobody is interested in the profession.He said regulating the sector will guide the protection of livestock, farmers and investors, and equally address food security.Mr. Anderson also urged participants to provide their inputs as they are establishing a national document for them.Participants at the one-day stakeholders meeting thanked MOA and BRAC for such an initiative.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
WomenWonderful people- I like themThey hold you when you cryAnd bath you in warm waterWith towel pampering on your soft bodyLike my mother, they cry when you cryWomenLovely PeopleOh women- Some are viciousThey smile with youAnd carry your coffin in their heartsAnd take you on wings and waste you in the oceanWomenFear themDo you know a woman? My grandmother is oneShe cooks a meat and feeds her grandchildren with her handsAnd watches them growMy grandmother is a womanBut I know a WomanShe leads you down the desertAnd strangles you with droughtAnd takes the lone camel to the oasisYour memory disappears with the breezeWomenSome are bitter, cruel, and dry to the bonesThey clinch on your tongue and cleave like a thornIf you swallow you’ll bleedI know a womanA tall GbengahShe glows like a fountain, her face glitters like fireworksAnd sparks with glamourWhat a woman?But I know another womanShe springs like a tigressAnd moans like a bullHer eyes shine like the moonSettling behind the forest gazeShe captures with her fangsHer wings are wider than the falconsKnow them boy?No one knows a womanHer heart is deeper than the ocean’s basinHome of debris and stories of agesChained like a prison gateOh women!Mighty womenWhere cometh thy prowess?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) WomenBy: Lekpele M. Nyamalon It’s a New YearBy: Lekpele M. Nyamalon The time went click, click, clickEveryone stood straightThe bells rangPeople shouted and sangHappy new year, me na dieWaving the old year byeIs it a new year?Or just another new morningTo wake up and fearOf all the world’s hauling and pullingIt could be a day anewFilled with strength from aboveAnd promise to ensueOf a life to take hold ofIt’s a New YearRaise your hand and cheer
– as management imposes “gang merger”Several estates are already being impacted as Government moves to downsize the local sugar industry. Among those are Albion Estate on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice, whose management has moved to impose certain new measures — including merging gangs — that would lead to a reduction in shop stewards.In an effort to get this issue addressed, scores of Albion Estate cane cutters picketed the estate’s administrative office on Thursday, protesting against the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo’s) action to reassemble working gangs 14A, 14B and 15A into one gang.Scores of Albion Estate cane cutters have staged a picketing exercise outside of that estate’s Administrative Office, expressing strong disagreement over a GuySuCo decision to merge three (3) cane cutting gangsPresident of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand, told Guyana Times that GuySuCo’s unilateral action would reduce the number of shop stewards from nine to three, and those would be presiding over a workforce of approximately 700 cane cutters. According to him, this serves as a major demotivation.Chand said the shop stewards were, on July 25, 2017, informed of the decision by an official of GuySuCo, who allegedly refused to engage the stewards on the rationale for the decision, but — reportedly in an unpleasant tone — told them, “It was a management decision”.GAWU is of the view that three shop stewards cannot effectively service the issues and problems which arise in the course of the workers’ day; hence, over the past years, the ratio of shop stewards to workers has been about three to 230/ 250 workers – a ratio which has been tested and proven workable to date.Chand says this move by the ‘New GuySuCo’ is yet another rollback of the workers’ gains, and is cause for greater demotivation within the harassed workforce across the sugar belt.“GAWU calls on GuySuCo to engage immediately the Union and the shop stewards in earnest, with a view to addressing the “gang merger,” a GAWU statement has said.Chand told Guyana Times that the forceful merger of the previously mentioned gangs at this time — commencement of the sugar industry’s second crop harvest — is a most negative approach by those in charge of the industry, and may not have factored in consideration of the best interests of the sugar industry.In announcing plans to downsize the sugar industry, Government has said it plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar estates, and sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory; but it intends to keep the estates at Blairmont, on the West Bank of Berbice; Albion-Rose Hall, in East Berbice; and Uitvlugt-Wales in West Demerara.Government also plans to cut sugar production to approximately 147,000 tonnes per annum, to satisfy local market demand (25,000 tonnes per annum); Caricom and other regional markets’ demand (50,000-60,000 tonnes per annum); the United States’ market demand (12,500 tonnes per annum) and the world market demand (50,000 tonnes per annum).
Last evening at 7:30 p.m. rolled into a ditch on the Alaska Highway running through Wonowon. The truck was hauling 60,000 litres of gasoline at the time so it was necessary to evacuate an area of 300 metres for safety.The evacuated area included a worker camp of 200 people, a gas station, along with a few residences. All involved were evacuated to a local school while the highway was closed for 10 hours.A Haz Mat team arrived on the scene early this morning to assess the situation of the leak. It is currently unknown how much fuel was spilled in the accident. The Ministry of Environment will assess any damage occurring from the incident.- Advertisement -Residents and workers have since been allowed back to their homes and businesses.
It’s World Beard Day, a day to admire the facial fuzz being sported around the globe.Beards come in all shapes and sizes these days as hipsters everywhere turn it into a fashion accessory.And that’s the case in the world of sport too, with some big bushy numbers, along with some neatly trimmed facial topiary.So here at talkSPORT, we thought we’d celebrate World Beard Day with a collection of the best.Click the right arrow above to scroll through… Davide Moscardelli – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 Joe Ledley – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 Geoff Cross – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 15 Djibril Cisse – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 Roy Keane – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… Moeen Ali – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 15 15 Sebastien Chabal – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… Andrea Pirlo – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 Tim Howard – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… Xabi Alonso – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 15 Hashim Amla – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… Raul Meireles – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15 Simon Whitlock – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… Adam Clayton 15 15 Conor McGregor – Click the right arrow for more brilliant beards… 15
1 Jurgen Klopp New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out a transfer raid on Borussia Dortmund.The German, appointed as Brendan Rodger’s successor last week, has been tipped to go back to his former club for some of their best talent.Ilkay Gundogan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus and Neven Subotic are some of the names being talked about as potential targets.But Klopp insists he has no immediate plans to splash the cash and has vowed to give the current Liverpool squad the chance to show their worth before deciding whether improvements are needed.“I have no intention whatsoever to lure Dortmund’s stars to Liverpool,” Klopp told Bild.“I am not interested in how much money I will be allowed to spend in January.“It is only October and I don���t even know how many games there are left until the winter. But we clearly have plenty of games left and we will be taking a look at our own players first.”Klopp will take charge of his first Liverpool match at Tottenham on Saturday.His arrival has raised expectations among the Anfield faithful and, after an impressive first press conference on Friday, hopes are high that the 48-year-old can end the club’s 25-year title drought.But Klopp insists no targets have been set by the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, and has warned it will take time for him to impose his philosophy.“I had a long conversation with the owner (John Henry) and the aim is simply to play football with an identity,” he said.“I have no idea why the hype is so big. Lots of German coaches have been successful but not many come here. This is a big challenge for me and my coaching team.“Liverpool have had a period without success and changed managers a lot. Now the hope is for miracles but progress takes time.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Congress must defuse middle-class tax bomb THE U.S. House of Representatives should follow the Senate’s lead and reform the alternative minimum tax before it catapults 23million middle-class Americans into a penalty bracket originally crafted to snag a handful of tax-dodging millionaires. After 11 months of pointless bickering, the Senate last Thursday approved, 88-5, a one-year, stopgap measure that temporarily indexes the minimum tax for inflation. The House needs to follow suit this week or early filers will face long delays getting their tax refunds – which averaged $2,291 last year, according to the Internal Revenue Service. President Bush last week called on the House to send the Senate bill to him before leaving for a holiday break. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe AMT was created in 1969 to prevent just 155 wealthy people from “zeroing out” their tax liability through excessive credits and deductions. But failure to adjust it for four decades of inflation now means it would hammer millions of ordinary Americans if imposed in its current form. That’s not really likely to happen, since the resulting public outrage would force a lot of congressmen to trade their cushy jobs and benefits for whatever employment is available at the local carwash. Neither party wants that outcome. But while House Democrats did pass a bill to fix the AMT, they also insisted on paying for what they are characterizing as a “tax cut” by passing offsetting tax increases in other parts of the budget. Republicans, correctly in our view, blocked that approach in the Senate and forced approval of a straight AMT relief bill. Given the huge federal deficit, we believe that new tax cuts and/or new spending should be offset by tax increases or spending cuts elsewhere. But AMT relief isn’t a “tax cut” – it merely avoids a huge, and grossly unfair, tax increase. Congress must stop playing games. Pass AMT relief now or face the wrath of every middle-class taxpayer.
Clive Wasson’s stunning fireworks photo over the River Lennon in Ramelton last night.Well-known Letterkenny photographer Clive Wasson has been on hand over the years to capture events which created plenty of fireworks.But it was straight-forward fireworks over the River Lennon in Ramelton last night which provided this backdrop for a truly stunning portrait.Simply breathtaking! CLIVE’S STUNNING ‘FIRE’ PICTURE CERTAINLY ‘WORKS’ FOR US was last modified: July 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Clive WassonfireworksRameltonRiver Lennon