Intentionally misleading persons to subvert our Constitution, democratic processes

first_imgDear Editor,One hundred seventy-four thousand (174,000) persons registered by GECOM, shouted the Stabroek News headline, using figures provided by Public Relations Officer Yolanda Ward. Factually, however, I can show not a single person has, as yet, been registered. We are being intentionally misled by persons possibly engaged in a conspiracy to subvert our Constitution and our democratic institutions and processes.GECOM is currently engaged in a field exercise gathering data for the creation of a new National Register of Registrants Database (NRRDB), this is not an update of the existing NRRDB and as such, not a single person has as yet had their datasheet processed as that portion of the House-to-House (H2H) work plan has not yet begun. At this point, it may be instructive to explain the steps needed towards the creation of a new NRRDB. The GECOM work plan lists 41 steps, for brevity, I shall start with number 24: OPS – Commence and Conduct H-t-H Registration (120 days); this activity concludes on September 29, 2019. Following Item 24, major Items are 30: VRD/ITD – Produce draft consolidated list of transactions encoded for checking and verification (internal use only) (October 22). Items 31-37 involve cropping fingerprints and sending overseas for cross-matching, processes for dealing with conflicts identified, etc. (December 3). Items 38-40 deal with the removal of duplicates identified and deceased persons from the Register (Dec 16) and on December 18, a new NRRDB is created. At that point, 80 days after the current field exercise, there can be a claim that ‘persons have been registered’. To do so before is deceptive.Immediately after the passage of the No-Confidence Motion, Chief Elections Officer Lowenfield convened emergency meetings of the GECOM Secretariat on December 23, cognisant of the responsibilities to provide General and Regional Elections within the three-month timeframe specified by our Constitution. On December 27, GECOM PRO Yolanda Ward said “With this No-Confidence Motion, it means once the date is set, it will be held… it is our constitutional mandate to conduct the General and Regional Elections and Local Government Elections (LGEs) whenever they are constitutionally due; so whether it is in the 90 days then it is GECOM’s responsibility to conduct elections”.  By the morning of the 29th, all of this changed as Nigel Hughes, Husband of Minister Cathy Hughes, was on all media platforms insisting that 33 votes out of 65 did not constitute a majority. It is my sincere belief that it was at this point that an investigation can begin to examine if a conspiracy to delay elections and thwart the provisions of the Constitution was forged between GECOM Chairman Patterson, APNU, GECOM CEO Lowenfield and possibly other actors.Editor, claims of such a conspiracy to subvert provisions of the Constitution are not made lightly, as they rise to the level of treason. A full Commission of Inquiry must be conducted in the near future to determine why:1) The GECOM Secretariat did not submit a work plan for General and Regional Elections until Jan 22, 2019, 32 days after the passage of the No-confidence Motion2) The work plan for elections was for 148 days, far beyond the 90 days stipulated by the Constitution (the 90-day timeframe was arrived at after consultation with GECOM as to requirements during the constitutional reform process, it is not arbitrary)3) The work plan submitted also contained an alternative 290-day plan that included H2H Registration and creation of a new NRRDB. This act has inevitably led to an unstable nation and must be explained fully4) APNU/AFC used judicial challenges to the No-Confidence Motion to delay the elections. This should not have affected GECOM’s preparations, however, the Secretariat stood idly by for months awaiting ‘direction’ from the Commission5) CEO Lowenfield began an H2H exercise based on an order from James Patterson that was fortuitously provisioned with dates that allowed Patterson to make the order while still Chairman and that encompassed the 48-day delay in readiness of GECOM to begin the H2H6) The proceeding with H2H despite the absence of agreement of all parliamentary political parties as is the norm7) The absence of political party scrutineers on GECOM data gathering teams. (The data forms have a provision for the signature of party scrutineers). This may serve as the basis for a legal challenge to the veracity of the data gathered during this costly exercise8) CEO Lowenfield has stated that he is running two concurrent exercises, a H2H and preparations for elections, Lowenfield must know his actions are causing great uncertainty and instability in the nation, so why is he (Lowenfield) persisting? These and other questions require answers.Of interest is the historical data of the number of new registrants added to the NRRDB during the last four Claims and Objections periods. Do the numbers of new registrants garnered from these exercises justify the discarding of the present NRRDB? Is the present NRRDB being used as a basis for the current H2H? Are more persons being enfranchised or disenfranchised by H2H?Guyana may be undergoing a period of disregard for rule of law and our Constitution is being subverted, but time being longer than twine, I am confident that we will one day return to the status as a nation of laws, and this CoI will be held. These should be dire consequences for any found complicit in any conspiracy to subvert our laws.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Huskies impress in pre-season opener

first_imgBrian GilbertRobbie Sidhu (2)Coach Kalb also seemed impressed with his two rookie goaltenders, who split the shutout. Garrett Muir played well in his Huskies debut, while Ty Gullickson made a couple of sparkling glove saves in his drive to earn the starters job.The Huskies return home for an exhibition game on Saturday night. The game begins at 8pm at the North Peace Arena. Admission to the game is by donation, with all proceeds going to the Child Development Centre, in honour of Terry Norris and Tom Ward. The Fort St. John Huskies had a wake-up call for the Jr. Canucks on the opening night of the preseason. Playing under a new coach, and in front of their home fans, the Jr. Canucks looked outmatched and disorganized in a 10-0 drubbing on Wednesday night.Fort St. John rookie Brighton Campbell opened the scoring eight minutes into the game, marking the only goal of the first period.- Advertisement -In the second, the ice started to tilt in Dawson Creek’s direction.  The Huskies netted four more goals in the middle frame, including markers from rookies Ryan Stickel and Justin Rattray.In the third, the Jr. Canucks tried to fight back, but things didn’t improve.  The final period saw five fights break out, as well as five more goals from the Huskies.In the end, it may have been just the message Dawson Creek needed, after a disappointing first-round exit in the 2009 playoffs.Advertisement The Jr. Canucks are facing some major turn-over this year, as well as a coaching change, with D.C. native Mike Lazachuk taking over behind the bench.The Canucks were undoubedly missing a few key pieces of their team, particularly on defence, though Huskies coach Bob Kalb said his team deserves credit. “We have some talented players on this team” Kalb said, after watching his team play keep-away for long periods of time.  Cody Kalb and Dylan Apsassin picked up right where they left off, while Kole Norris also enjoyed some playing time with Kalb, and connected well with the big centreman.Fort St. John scorers:Brighton CampbellAdvertisementcenter_img Ryan StickelKole Norris (2)Justin RattrayCody KalbDylan ApsassinAdvertisementlast_img read more

Seedorf leaves out China-based players in Cameroon squad

first_img0Shares0000Cameroon’s forward Benjamin Moukandjo reacts during their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations match against SenegalYAOUNDÉ, Cameroon, Aug 21-  New Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf has named France cap Paul-Georges Ntep in his first squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away against Comoros, but there is no place for two China-based stars.Dutchman Seedorf, who was appointed on August 4 as the successor to Belgian Hugo Broos with compatriot Patrick Kluivert as his assistant, has left out both Benjamin Moukandjo and Christian Bassogog. Moukandjo captained Cameroon during their victorious 2017 Cup of Nations campaign in Gabon, while winger Bassogog was the best player at the tournament.Both play their club football in China, Moukandjo with Beijing Renhe and Bassogog with Henan Jianye.They played in Cameroon’s 1-0 win over Morocco in the first round of qualifiers, in June last year.Ntep is a notable call-up to the squad — the 26-year-old forward, who plays for Bundesliga club Wolfsburg, was born in Cameroon but has been capped twice by France.However, as both caps were won in friendly matches in June 2015, he can still switch international allegiances.Cameroon are competing in Cup of Nations qualifying Group B along with Morocco, Comoros and Malawi, even though they qualify automatically as hosts.Cameroon squad to play Comoros on September 8Goalkeepers: Fabrice Ondoa (Oostende/BEL), Andre Onana (Ajax/NED), Carlos Kameni (Fenerbahce/TUR)Defenders: Collins Fai (Standard Liege/BEL), Felix Eboa Eboa (Guingamp/FRA), Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (Slavia Prague/CZE), Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo (Montpellier/FRA), Yaya Banana (Panionios/GRE), Jerome Onguene (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT), Gaetan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion/ENG), Allan Nyom (Leganes/ESP)Midfielders: Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham/ENG), Georges Mandjeck (Maccabi Haifa/ISR), Adrien Tameze (Nice/FRA), Pierre Kunde Malong (Mainz/GER)Forwards: Edgar Salli (Nuremberg/GER), Fabrice Olinga (Mouscron/BEL), Vincent Aboubakar (FC Porto/POR), Stephane Bahoken (Angers/FRA), Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke City/ENG), Karl Toko Ekambi (Villareal/ESP), Paul-Georges Ntep (Wolfsburg/GER), Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys/SUI)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pilot Light

first_imgPREP FOOTBALL: Running back Limosnero remains a small wonder for unbeaten Banning. By Tony Ciniglio STAFF WRITER Josh Limosnero may only be 5-foot-6 and 170 pounds, but the junior running back has been carrying the resurgent Banning football program on his back. As a freshman, Limosnero was one of the few bright spots of the 2005 season as a midseason junior varsity call-up in an otherwise dismal 1-9 campaign in which Banning fired its coach after just two games. Limosnero was witness to the return of legendary coach Chris Ferragamo as a sophomore and saw the start of Banning’s reclamation project. Now Limosnero is the driving force for a Banning team that is 4-0 and on the cusp of breaking back into the L.A. City Section’s elite heading into tonight’s showdown at Venice (4-0). “This is his team,” Ferragamo said. “It’s a team that he has nurtured as we’ve come along. Our guys fell in love with him, and our line blocks like crazy for him. They normally block well, but they’ll block a little more for Limo, that’s what we call him.” Limosnero has been on cruise control this season, racking up 601 yards and 11 touchdowns on 53 carries for an average of 11.3 yards a carry. Limosnero said he knows what is at stake against Venice, especially for a program that is hungry to reclaim some of its glory. “It’s important to help the program rebuild,” Limosnero said. “It takes time, a lot of time. And patience. I’m working hard and I know everyone else is too. We’re starting to see that hard work pay off. “My goal is to win a championship – this year. That’s everybody’s goal, to get back to the top of the mountain. This is one of the biggest games we’ll ever play in, besides maybe a championship game. We believe we can beat Venice, but time will tell.” Limosnero has an appreciation for Banning’s history. His older brother, Michael Limosnero, was a running back for the 1998 team that went to the City title game and the 1999 team that plowed to the City Invitational title. Michael Limosnero later was a running backs coach for the 2000 team that made an improbable City title run, the last of Banning’s nine City championships. Josh Limosnero said he and his brother are close. “He always has something to tell me,” Limosnero said. “We go over game film and go work out together. We have a good bond. He always tells me to keep my legs moving and to look to score every time I touch the ball. “He thinks he’s faster than me, but no, that’s definitely not the case.” Limosnero’s speed is one of his greatest assets. However, the shifty runner isn’t afraid to run up the gut of the field, especially with a big and effective line that includes All-City returner Sam Tupua, All-Marine League returner Rocky Garibay, Matthew Kriste, Giovanni Tejada and David Fuentes giving Limosnero plenty of running lanes. “He’s Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside. He can run both inside and outside,” Ferragamo said. “Plus, it’s hard to see him on the field. When he gets behind our line, the linebackers have a hard time seeing the kid. You just can’t let your guard down against him. “And the amazing thing is that I don’t think he puts any pressure on himself.” So how would Limosnero describe himself as a running back? “Nifty,” Limosnero said. “I’m small, but I’m pretty quick and I’m a get-upfield kind of guy. Luckily, the line is pretty big.” Limosnero, also a standout baseball player for Banning, said his true passion is football. He said he tries to not let the expectations at Banning affect him. “I don’t feel any pressure, and they don’t put any pressure on me,” Limosnero said. “I just love football. I’ve always believed in working hard for what you want.” Ferragamo said Limosnero is the kind of player any coach would want on his team, especially when trying to turn a program around. “He’s an amazing kid,” Ferragamo said. “He’s so quiet, you never even know he’s around. The only way you come off the field during a game is if someone taps your shoulder in the huddle, and when we tap him, he runs off the field without saying boo. “That’s an ultimate team player right there, and we’re very fortunate to have him on our team.” tony.ciniglio@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Manchester City in advanced talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – reports

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang is closing in on a move to Manchester City, according to reports.The Borussia Dortmund striker, who hit 39 goals in 49 games this season, is one of the most in-demand players in Europe, and has previously been linked with Arsenal.However, it is the Citizens who look to be closing in on the Gabonese international, with reports claiming he is in advanced talks with the Manchester club.Incoming boss Pep Guardiola has already added one player to his first-team squad – Ilkay Gundogan – and the Spaniard is close to finalising his second successive raid on Bundesliga runners up Borussia Dortmund. 1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be turning out at the Etihad next season last_img read more


first_imgNEIL DOHERTY AT CELTIC PARK: IT WAS a night full of hope and dreams – and ended in a nightmare.Celtic probably played their best football in Europe in years; but still lost tonight here at Parkhead.Celtic 0, Juventus 3. That’s sore reading for Hoops fans.Especially the thousands of fans travelling from Ireland – hundreds from Donegal.Jim McGuinness was here; as was Shay Given.But there is nothing anyone can do about how the great Turin footballers came to Glasgow tonight and pick-pocketed the first leg of this last 16 Champions League match. Three defensive errors – three shots on goal – and three goals.At the other end, we missed all our opportunities.Alessando Matri put the visitors ahead in the opening moments, taking advantage of poor defending.Two late goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic ensured the return leg will surely be just a formality.Poor Efe Ambrose was at fault for two of the goals, a crash down to earth after winning the African Nations Cup with Nigeria at the weekend. I’ll have Neil’s reaction later.Going for a pint first. Sick.******** – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website – more than 30,000 Visitors Every Day Follow the leader on: HOOPS REPORT: HOW THE HELL DID THAT HAPPEN? was last modified: February 13th, 2013 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:Celticceltic parkJim McGuinnessjuventusNeil LennonShay Giventhe hoops reportlast_img read more


first_imgWith just a week left to the Battle of the Swilly II, boxers from Glenswilly and Letterkenny Gaels are pushing hard to be in the shape of their lives! Simply click on the video to get a snapshot of how training is going in the countdown to next Sunday night’s big clash. DDTV: SEE THE FIGHTERS PREPARE FOR THE BATTLE OF THE SWILLY II was last modified: October 18th, 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:Battle of the Swilly 2donegallast_img read more

Mourinho dares superstar to hand in transfer request as relationship hits new low

first_img smart causal possible standings Paul Pogba’s relationship with Jose Mourinho has reportedly soured, but his performances are still on point The Portuguese ordered talks with Pogba after the World Cup winner told newspapers: “There are things I can say and there are things that I cannot say, otherwise I will get fine.”And he made clear his unhappiness in no uncertain terms, reportedly saying: “If you wish to leave Manchester, again, all you have to do is ask for a transfer.”Pogba is believed to have stood his ground during the confrontation and told his boss that should he wish to talk to him further he would have to go through his agent Mino Raiola. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Manchester United star Paul Pogba has had another stunning bust-up with manager Jose Mourinho. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has advised Paul Pogba he should hand in a transfer request if he wishes to leave the club, according to The Sun.It appeared the pair had gone someway to settling their differences with Mourinho praising his midfielder after the win over Leicester City but now their relationship appears to have hit an all-time low. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update SORRY 2 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings silverware Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion changes revealed Most Popular Premier League News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker latest predicted How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 2 It’s another twist in a long-running saga with the pair falling out last season having dropped the player following a poor performance against Tottenham Hotspur.This summer the £89million man, who rejoined the club from Juventus in 2016, has been linked with a transfer to Barcelona. Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? whoops But it looked like his issues with Mourinho were close to resolution with the player named captain for their 2-1 win over Leicester in the Premier League last Friday and praised for his performance by his manager.But now it appears to have taken another turn for the worse.last_img read more

Letterkenny Food Bank to feed more than 200 families this Christmas

first_imgThe Letterkenny Food Bank said it will help feed well in excess of 200 local families this Christmas.Need for the service continues to grow as the gulf between those who have and have-not gets wider and wider.John Walsh, assistant chairperson of the charity told Donegal Daily the demand is getting greater all the time and this Christmas will see that demand peak. He revealed “We give parcels to around two hundred families every three weeks and that demand is growing.“I would safely say that the demand will be much great in the run-up to and over the Christmas period.“I’m sure many people in Letterkenny would never have thought that there would be a demand for such a food bank but it’s now a fact of life.“The demand for our service comes from many different parts of our society and people would be surprised by the people who need our service.” And the demand for food parcels is not just from families in Letterkenny but as far away as Gaoth Dobhair and Killybegs.“It’s pretty much across the entire county,” adds John.Many fellow charity organisations such as Vincent De Paul use the Food Bank for giving vouchers to their users who can collect the food from their premises at Market Square.The organisation depends directly from donations from the public to make up the food parcels to give to those less fortunate.There are four drop-off points in the town and they are Mac’s Mace, the Community Centre, Solo and Simpson’s Supermarket. All non-perishable goods can be left off at any of these locations and they will be gratefully accepted and collected by members of the Food Bank.Mr Walsh said that many companies and individuals contribute regularly to the organisation.However, he singled out Marks and Spencer for their donations as well as local businessman Alfie Greene for allowing them the use of their premises.Letterkenny Food Bank to feed more than 200 families this Christmas was last modified: December 20th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Getting internet from the sun

first_imgThe Solar Powered Internet School at Phomolong Secondary can accommodate up to 21 pupils at a time. “We’re moving away from ‘Here’s a notebook, here’s a spec, here’s a prize’, to ‘Here’s a sustainable solution’” – Thierry Boulanger of Samsung’s IT Solutions.(Images: Samsung)MEDIA CONTACTS • Thierry Boulanger,Director for Samsung IT Solutions Africa+27 86 072 6786RELATED ARTICLES• Up-cycling for a better community• Pupils have a blast with Mathletes• Cartier finalist fights illiteracy in SA• Free MBA education for anyone• Three for one in educationCadine Pillay Many of South Africa’s pupils find themselves unable to access a basic service such as electricity, let alone the internet. This reality formed the basis of a solar-powered internet classroom that global electronics giant Samsung donated to the community of Phomolong township near Johannesburg.The Solar Powered Internet School at Phomolong Secondary – which won the African Solar Project of the Year award at the Africa Energy Awards in March this year – is a mobile container powered by solar panels, allowing pupils to access the internet. It was first installed in October 2011, and has been of great benefit to the school’s 2012 matric pupils.Thierry Boulanger, director for Samsung‘s IT Solutions Africa, explained that his company was inspired to do something different, as they realised that many projects that intend to give pupils access to new technology often fail due to lack of sustainable energy supply.A sustainable solution Boulanger believes introducing something like this solar-powered facility will address many challenges faced by educational institutions throughout the country.“We’re moving away from the ‘here’s a notebook’ or ‘here’s a prize’ mentality to ‘here’s a sustainable solution’.”The ability to download educational software means schools will save on costs and resources needed to order, transport and store textbooks, and ensures efficient resources are readily available.The container can accommodate up to 21 pupils at a time. It’s fitted with an interactive e-board, a LED touchscreen in place of a blackboard, as well as web-connected Samsung notebooks, and can run for up to three days without sunlight.Boulanger says the classroom was built to be sustainable and had to be completely independent of utility power. The maintenance and progress of the project will be monitored by another service provider.The solar panels on the roof and sides are made of a robust rubber-like material, rather than conventional panels, so that the unit can be easily transported without the risk of breakage.With a server that can accommodate the school curriculum from grades 1 to 12, pupils and teachers from other schools in the community will also be able to use the centre for their internet needs. This is something that IT Solutions Africa encourages so that the community feels a sense of ownership towards the facility, eradicating possible vandalism.Another good thing about the container is its mobile value, as it can be wheeled anywhere on the school premises where there is sufficient lighting, if the need arises. In the event of overcast weather conditions, the pupils can charge the notebooks individually to gain at least one hour’s use for every two hours of charging.Deserving candidateUsing ICT solutions to give poor communities access to technologies that are otherwise only available to developed countries has long been a goal of governments and organisations tasked with the development of such areas. However, hurdles such as illiteracy, a lack of computer skills, low income and no access to proper infrastructure means that this is not always feasible.Phomolong Secondary is the only high school in a population of 350 000 and while it is meant for 1 200 pupils, it currently has 1 900 pupils enrolled. Over 500 of these are orphans, and even the many who live with their parents often can’t afford the school fees.Despite these and other challenges, the school managed to achieve an average 89% matric pass rate, and two years ago won an award for the most improved secondary school in a township. Samsung has undertaken to train three of the school’s 70 teachers in IT skills, who will then pass these on to their colleagues.Giving access to AfricaSamsung has set up a small factory in Midrand which is building the mobile containers. The first prototype took eight weeks to build, but construction is now down to six weeks with more container projects expected to be rolled out soon.With these centres, the company aims to reach 2.5-million pupils across Africa over the next five years.Because the unit is a new concept, the prototype was tested around the country so that Samsung could get feedback on its feasibility. The project will soon be taken to Nigeria, and according to Boulanger, there has been lots of interest from ministries of education across the continent and even as far as Pakistan.Discovering career pathsMocheke Thoka, the principal at Phomolong, says the project has opened up a new world for the pupils. “They can go visit the centre during their free periods and it has assisted them greatly with their projects,” he says.For 16-year-old Musa Mavuso, it has not only helped him achieve better results with his school work, but opened him up to a future career path. “I didn’t even know such a job as a mine surveyor existed before I began researching it on the internet. Now that’s what I want to be!”He says that he knew little about computing previously, but that web resources are now more helpful than the library. With the internet he saves time and gets more done.“It’s more productive,” says Mavuso, “I gain more information through the internet than through books.”Boulanger stresses that ICT is an enabler rather than an over-arching solution, and the mentality has to shift from simply giving schools a notebook and walking away.“Technology provides access to an environment students wouldn’t otherwise experience,” he says. “This is how we are going to create the future for Africa – through education.”last_img read more