CCJ President slams delay to confirm acting Chancellor, Chief Justice

first_img– cites continuous probation as pressure on independence of office holdersBy Jarryl BryanThe trend of persons being appointed to act in top positions in Guyana’s judiciary for years while their confirmation remains in limbo has attracted the attention of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).Acting Chief Justice, Justice Roxane George (left) and acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards (right) pose with President David Granger after their appointmentsThe situation is being described as unfortunate, since such office holders have to issue rulings while their confirmation hangs like a ‘Sword of Damocles’ over their heads.In particular, CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron zeroed in on this situation in a recent address to the Guyana Bar Association. He condemned the fact that since former Chancellor Desiree Bernard demitted office, an agreement has not been reached for the substantive appointment of a Chancellor.“This has brought us to the situation today where the number one and number two officials of the Guyana judiciary have not been substantively appointed. This is a most unfortunate state of affairs,” the legal luminary stated.CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron“This situation has moved well beyond what ought to be acceptable in a modern democracy where respect for the rule of law is maintained. The Constitution envisages the judiciary of Guyana to be headed by officials who are substantively appointed and enjoy all the legal and institutional mechanisms to secure their tenure,” he continued, bluntly adding that the delay was a breach of the spirit and intent of the Constitution.Article 127 (2) of the Constitution states: “If the office of Chancellor is vacant … then until a person has been appointed to and has assumed the functions of such office…the functions shall be performed by such other of the judges as shall be appointed by the President after meaningful consultation with the leader of the opposition.”Commenting on this, Justice Byron noted that the language of the Act suggests that the appointment was to be a short-term one, before a substantive appointment. He noted that even from a subjective analysis, the Constitution never intended for the years it has taken to fill the substantive positions to elapse.“Of course,” he admitted, “I do acknowledge that there are practical problems in identifying precisely where the liability lies in the failure to come to an agreement. It seems entirely plausible for such liability to lie with either the President or Leader of the Opposition, or both, in accordance with the mandate of section 127(1) and depending on the process that has been followed.“This naturally raises the question of whether an appropriate statutory or regulatory framework to establish agreement is in existence. If the answer to this is in the affirmative, that may be a basis for judicial intervention.”The CCJ President said that if the right framework to appoint the Chancellor and Chief Justice was not being used, now would be the opportune time to make regulatory or statutory changes. He noted that that too may be a basis for judicial intervention.“The delay in complying with section 127(1) of the Constitution has long (breached) a level of justifiability and the most appropriate authority for resolving this situation is the court system.”“Section 127(1) ascribes an obligation to the President and the Leader of the Opposition that is mandatory in nature and not discretionary (to appoint the Chancellor and Chief Justice).Any failure in fulfilling this obligation must, therefore, be regarded as a breach of the Constitution,” Sir Dennis also said.Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards was appointed by President David Granger in May of this year. Prior to that, she acted as the Chief Justice from December 2015. She was never confirmed to the substantive position.Cummings-Edwards replaced Justice Carl Singh, who retired after acting as Chancellor since 2005. On the other hand, the current acting Chief Justice, Justice Roxane George, was also appointed to her position on the same day as Edwards.last_img read more

Fermo Cambianica’s Los Alamitos selections for tonight

first_img10. Mags Easy Rhythm raced with the leaders early, but didn’t keep up and wound up in seventh place. Mi Brasilia stumbled at the start and raced evenly in fifth place the rest of the way. Fruitstand Bac came on strong at the end and missed winning by a neck. Long shot: Sign Of Dawn. Best bet: Wanta Dubloon (9). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 3. Trinni was impressive in lading all the way and winning by two lengths. Push To The Top never trailed in scoring a 5 length victory as the even money favorite. Lotta Loot raced in fourth position throughout and should be a threat with this field. Long shot: Wings Of Courage. 4. Raise The Toll finished sixth after being second the previous two attempts. Hawk A Flyen raced in sixth position the entire trip and figures to show some improvement. Nip N Tuck GVL battle for the lead all the way and missed winning by a nose. Long shot: Summer Goods. 5. Rare Auld Times moves up in class after scoring a 2 length gate to wire victory. Power To Wow lost by a nose to finish in the runner-up spot for the second time in a row. Separatis All was off slowly and drifted in at the start and raced in seventh place throughout. Long shot: Love Stoli. 6. Satsang was second early, but gave way and ended up eighth place against better runners at Fresno. Jans Gunner Miss broke out and was jostled between horses while running eighth at Turf Paradise. Lila’s River finished 10th against $32,000 claimers at Fairplex Park. Long shot: Warren’s Freehouse. 7. Shirley SBL finished fourth and is picked to score in a wide open race. Sedona Jet raced in third place all the way and takes a drop in class. raced evenly while finishing in sixth place and has to be considered with this field. Long shot: Classic Chickita. 8. Flyin OUt West was in front all the way and was caught right at the wire to lose by a nose and could be graduating from the maiden ranks. Broadway Stoli bumped at the start while running seventh after being in a photo finish the previous three races. Holy Seis was off slowly and went from eighth to finish fifth. Long shot: Jess Fabulous. 9. Wanta Dubloon was third and second in a pair of minor stakes events and is ready for a winning trip. Go Love A Lark Go was a winner of the Bellflower Handicap. Diller A Dollar was a winner by a half length and could come right back with a duplicate victory. Long shot: Santispac. center_img 1. Excesstrouble began his racing career by racing in fourth place throughout and drops several notches in class. Fuzzy Lion raced wide while staging a mild rally be going from eighth to sixth. Houston’s Desire finished 11th against much better runners at Hollywood Park in his racing debut. 2. Along Came Strawfly showed some improvement to finish third and could be visiting the winner’s circle. Relagate led briefly and wound up a close fourth and and drops a notch in class. I Gotta Lead finished seventh in back of Relagate. Long shot: Go All Rhythm. last_img read more

Trevor Brooking: It’s great these three players have signed West Ham contracts

first_imgWest Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking believes it is great that Manuel Lanzini has become the latest star player to sign a contract with the Hammers.It was confirmed by co-chairman David Sullivan that Lanzini has agreed a permanent move to Upton Park following his impressive season with the east London side.A four-year deal has been signed, with the option for two further years, and the 23-year-old playmaker looks set to continue establishing himself as a key player under the management of Slaven Bilic.Lanzini is the latest player to tie his future down with West Ham, having also seen Dimitri Payet and Cheikhou Kouyate agree contract extensions, and Brooking is delighted with the moves his former club are making.When asked about Lanzini’s contract, Brooking said: “It’s great. I was asking the two Daves if they had sorted Lanzini out just a couple of weeks ago.“He was outstanding until he got injured earlier this season. Then he came back and he and Dimitri Payet together are great. It’s good to sort him, Payet and Kouyate out for the next few years.”The former midfielder, who played 647 times for the club, also believes West Ham are creative a formidable side, with only a few more signings needed to push them to the next level.He added: “With three or four new players, the right sort of people, I think they can be very dangerous next year.” 1 Manuel Lanzini has agreed a permanent move to West Ham last_img read more

Spy court judges briefed on policy

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Justice Department held an unusual closed-door briefing Monday for judges on a secret foreign-intelligence court in response to concerns about President George W. Bush’s decision to allow domestic eavesdropping without warrants. A number of judges from around the country who serve on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which issues eavesdropping warrants in terror cases, flew to Washington to hear the administration’s defense of the legality and use of the program, officials said. One federal judge who sat on the court, James Robertson, stepped down in protest last month after the warrantless surveillance operation was first publicly disclosed. Some of the other 10 judges on the court are also known to have voiced recent concerns about whether information that grew out of the National Security Agency’s surveillance operation might have been used improperly in securing warrants from the court for intelligence wiretaps. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The judge who leads the court, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, the only judge currently sitting on the court who is known to have been briefed on the NSA operation, raised objections last year to aspects of the program and instructed for a time that no material obtained by the NSA without warrants could be presented to the court in warrant applications, officials have said in interviews. At Monday’s briefing, judges were expected to question Justice Department officials intensely about the legal underpinnings of the program, but afterward they would say little about the session. Kollar-Kotelly did not return calls seeking comment on the briefing, which was held at the Justice Department, and officials for the department and the court would not discuss any aspect. “There is going to be no comment about today,” said Sheldon Snook, an administrator for the U.S. District Court in Washington. “The court has never commented publicly about their business.” last_img read more


first_imgDD HEALTH: “Nothing is certain except death and taxes”, said Benjamin Franklin.It is not easy to talk about death but it is an important conversation.It shouldn’t be a taboo subject because it is part of our lives. If a member of your family is terminally ill, do you know the kind of care and support that is provided for them?Do you know what palliative care is?Do you know what care is provided for the terminally ill person at Donegal Hospice?When do you go to a Hospice? These questions and so many more will be answered at a talk, Palliative Care – What It Really Means, at Lettermacaward Church of Ireland on Friday, June 17th at 8pm.A Specialist Hospice Doctor and an ambulant nurse will be there to explain everything about Hospice and Palliative Care.Palliative care is described by the World Health Organisation as a holistic approach which promotes quality of life for patients and their families in facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness.This is achieved through the prevention and relief of suffering, and by addressing physical, spiritual, social and psychological issues.Go along to the talk and be informed about care in Donegal. Admission to the talk is free but donations will go to Donegal Hospice.DD HEALTH: TALK ON PALLIATIVE CARE IN LETTERMACAWARD was last modified: May 28th, 2016 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)last_img read more


first_imgFlashback: Residents like this man in Ballymacool Terrace found their front doors glued last year.A 27-year-old man was in Garda custody last night charged in connection with a spate of ‘glue attacks’ on homes and cars.The suspect was first detained in the early hours of May 10 last year after reports of a man acting suspiciously near a car. Gardai arrived at the scene and detained a man wearing gloves and holding a tube of Superglue.More than 100 homes and cars had locks wrecked by glue in the Co Donegal town over a nine month period from September 2012 to May 2013.A wide-ranging Garda investigation followed and last night a suspect was arrested and charged in relation to several glue attacks.He remained in Garda custody overnight at Letterkenny Garda Station.He will appear at Letterkenny District Court later today on several criminal damage charges.It’s understood the bill for repairs which had to be carried out to homes and cars of residents – some of them pensioners – runs into several thousand euro.MAN CHARGED OVER GLUE ATTACKS ON HOMES AND CARS was last modified: April 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:appearancecarsglue attackshomesletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more


first_imgSympathiesComhbhrón ó chroí le clann Séamus Mhic Géidigh. Bhí Shéamuis ina bhall gníomhach do Clg Chloich Cheann Fhaola agus bhí sé ina cuidiú mór duinn í gconaí. Beidh sé ina caill mór do an gClub agus do an pobail í gCloich Cheann Fhaola. Bhí sé ina chara do gach duine a bhuail sé leis. Codladh sámh Séamus. Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam uasal.In conjunction with all the clubs & fellow Gaels throughout the county, we at CLG Cloich Cheann Fhaola would like extend our condolences to the wife, children, family, friends and work colleagues on the passing of our fellow Gael and clubman Séamus McGeady. We were proud to call him one of our own. He was responsible for bringing the game alive over the airwaves in many homes throughout the county; a voice that will be sadly missed; a Gael that will be fondly remembered.Ar a dheis de go raibh a anam dilis. Ba mhaith le CLG Cloich CheannFhaola comhbhròn a deanamh fosta le teaghlach O’Cannain agus Ò Dubhchoin ar bàs Maíre Uí Chainainn agus are teaghlach O’Leary ar bás Maíre O’Leary. R.I.P.Seniors/ReservesAfter a short break our seniors and reserves were back in league action again at the weekend as they welcomed Malin to Páirc Naomh Fhionán. With both teams having suffered losses in the away leg of this encounter this was an important game for them. Our reserves kick started the afternoon with a strong win with a final score of 1-11|0-5. The senior game was preceded by a poignant 1 minute silence in memory of our fellow club man Séamus MacGéidigh. The seniors had a 3 point advantage at the half time whistle and the 2nd half was neck and neck until the final whistle; with Malin scoring a free in the dying seconds of injury time to bring the game level at the final whistle. Final Score: 0-12|0-12.Club LottoNumbers drawn on Wednesday, July 6th, were 4 8 11 14 16 19! We had no match 6 winners so jackpot rises to €3,000! We had 20 match 4 winners therefore a draw to pick 1 winner was done.Congratulations to Patrick Gallagher who wins €100! Next draw takes place Wednesday, July 13th at the bingo in Gortahork. Tickets are on sale in various outlets throughout the parish and on sale prior to the Bingo each Wednesday evening.June 100 Club Winners€500 Catherine McClafferty€100 each to Mary Coll&Mary Sharkey, Cormac McGarvey, Phonsie McBride, Karen&Sally, David Geaney.Congratulations to all!Campa Samhraidh 2016 D’fhreastal 50 páiste ar an gcampa. Bhí sult agus spraoi iontach acu i rith na seachtaine.Ár mbuíochas dó Eibhlin a d’eagraigh an champa. Buíochas do Joanne,Adrian, Caolán, Neil agus Paddy a chuid cuidiú mhór do na paistí.Dó Kevin Coyle agus Joe McGarvey a chuidigh leis an trácht. Do Jason McGee agus Michael Mulhern a bhronn t-léine ar na stocaigh agus girseachaí.Do P.C.C. agus Stephen Doohan a thug an halla spóirt duínn. Tá súil againn gurbh bhain na paístí uilig sult as!GAA Cúl Camp Beidh an campa bliantúil Cúl ar siúl ó 18ú – 22ú Iúil. Glaoigh ar Declan 086-1009467The annual GAA Cul Camp is on the 18th-22nd July. Great week of fun with your local & county coaches. Get to meet & greet county players. Please contact Declan on 086-100 94 67 to reserve a place.County FootballOn behalf of all at the club we would like to wish Jason McGee, Michael Mulhern and the rest of the County minor panel and management all the best as they take on Derry in the Ulster Minor final in Clones on Sunday, July 17th – throw in 12:00 PM. Those of you travelling up to the Senior game, please get there early to support our minors too!Gym InformationWe are delighted to see a significant number of new members sign up to avail of our excellent gym facilities in recent weeks!As a reminder our Summer Opening Hours are:Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 11:00 am & 6:00 pm – 9:00 pmSat: 8:00 am – 11:00 amAnybody wishing to become a gym member the rates are as follows:1 year = €150 (Includes €30 insurance)6 month =€80, 3 month =€55 , 1 month = €25(a one of payment of €30 insurance/membership must also be paid on 1st month)Note: Anybody who has membership due for renewal please see Declan, Conor or Anne Marie (one of them will be there at all times). Membership must be up to date in order to use the facilities.If you are interested in classes being run at our facility please see the following pages:DMG Fitness (Declan McGarvey)Synergy Fitness Training (Conor McGee)ROD Fitness -Donegal (Anne-Marie Rodgers)U-14 GirlsOur U-14 girls were unfortunate to be beaten by Killybegs in the County Final last week in Glenfin. Big thanks to everyone who helped out with the team in anyway this year, and to Helena’s Beauty Secrets who sponsored new water bottles for the girls. Go raibh maith agaibh!GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY CLUB EXPRESS CONDOLENCES TO SÉAMUS Mac GÉIDIGH’S FAMILY was last modified: July 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Cloughaneely GAA noteslast_img read more

Stoke City boss Gary Rowett hit with FA charge after abusive language or behaviour

first_img Rowett has been charged by the FA for his behaviour on Saturday The 44-year-old was sent to the stands by East on Saturday after Stoke had two penalty appeals turned down.An FA statement read: “It is alleged that his language and/or behaviour in the 87th minute of the fixture was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.“He has until 6pm on 25 October 2018 to respond to the charge.”Rowett protested his innocence after the game, which left Stoke 17th in the Sky Bet Championship. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship ROUND-UP EFL result “I felt there were two handballs in the box in all fairness,” Rowett told the post-match press conference.“The first one hits his hand but it is down by his side. The second one the player puts both hands out to the side.“OK he doesn’t move them to the ball but when you are two yards away you are purposely putting your hands out to block the ball.“It hits his hands, it’s a blatant penalty, no matter how many times you watch it and we don’t get the break.” Gary Rowett has been charged by the Football Association with using insulting, abusive, or improper language or behaviour.The Stoke City boss made the comments to referee Roger East during the Potters’ 1-0 defeat to former side Birmingham City on Saturday. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ goalless Latest Championship Newscenter_img Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off stalemate GREAT NEWS 1 Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer REPLY last_img read more


first_imgOne of Donegal’s most famous hotels has been put on the market for €1.2million.The Fort Royal Country House Hotel in Rathmullan overlooks Lough Swilly and boasts beach front and also self-catering apartments.Standing on 6.24 acres of mature grounds with a sweeping avenue from the county road, the superb setting includes beautifully maintained gardens and lawns, magnificent mature trees and hard surface tennis court. The House was built in 1805 by Charles Rae. He retired here after being wounded while serving in the British Navy with Admiral Lord Duncan. It was during his time in the Navy that he visited the Caribbean Island of Martinique, and he named the house after the capital as it was then known, Fort Royal. He lived at Fort Royal until he died in 1847, when his wife decided to move back to England.Fort Royal was leased out over the next 31 years.The house was then purchased in 1878 by General George Montgomery of the Indian Army. Different generations of the Montgomery Family (relations of the Field Marshall) owned Fort Royal up to 1940, when due to the second world war amongst other reasons, the house was left empty for seven years.It was in 1947 that Dr Bill Johnstone, a G.P from County Derry and his wife Connie saw Fort Royal and decided to to buy it as a holiday home. The building was in a poor state then and after one summer in the house, he decided to turn it into a hotel. Fort Royal began trading as a hotel in 1948, with various managers in charge. In 1966, his daughter Ann and son-in-law Robin came over from England where they had been managing hotels and took over Fort Royal.Their son Tim came back to work in the hotel with them in 1994 and after several years together, Robin and Ann retired in 2000.Tim and his wife Tina now manage Fort Royal Country House.HISTORIC RATHMULLAN COUNTRY HOUSE GOES ON MARKET FOR €1.2 MILLION was last modified: August 26th, 2011 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:Fort Royal HotelRathmullanlast_img read more

South African business magazine the best in the world

first_imgMEDIA CONTACTS • Cape Media +27 21 681 7000 RELATED ARTICLES • Rhodes hosts world journalism meet • JamiiX: from the Cape Flats to the world • South African film a hit at CannesSouth African glossy business-to-business magazine Leadership has been named the best in the world in the annual Tabbie awards presented by the US-based Trade Association Business Publications International (Tabpi), an association of more than 100 publishing houses.The magazine won the 2010 gold award in the best single issue category, which Tabpi describes as “the competition’s most comprehensive, in a contest which attracted more then 500 nominations from the US, Canada, the UK, India, New Zealand and South Africa.“Leadership’s overall quality is exemplary,” the judges said. “The writing is top notch, and it is easy to see how it is immediately useful to its target audience. The reporting is balanced and evolves from a wide range of writers who are knowledgeable in their subject matter. The columns and viewpoints are engaging and relevant to the magazine’s audience.“Overall, the magazine is a delight for the eyes and the mind, which are qualities not often found in the same publication.”The winning issue was Leadership‘s 300th edition, published in December 2009.In accepting the award, Leadership editor Robbie Stammers said: “We feel very privileged. The team works very hard and to be recognised by our peers at this level is very satisfying.”Leadership is the flagship in the list of business magazines published in Cape Town by Cape Media Corporation. “It is good to see that South Africa can lead the way even in such a highly competitive industry as ours,” said managing director Robert Arendse.The top 10 winners are:1 Leadership (gold) – South Africa2 Indesign (silver) – US3 Architect (bronze) – US4 Engineering and Technology – UK5 Move – US6 Buildings – US7 The Conference Board Review – US8 Construction World – India9 Educause Review – US10 Exhibitor Magazine – USlast_img read more