Above: Middletown’s Christel Murray competes in the 50mm back stroke during a meet against Candlewood Swim Club in Howell on July 18. Middletown Mariner Lauren Homack competes in a relay heat during the meet, which the Mariners won.
Above: Middletown’s Christel Murray competes in the 50mm back stroke during a meet against Candlewood Swim Club in Howell on July 18. Middletown Mariner Lauren Homack competes in a relay heat during the meet, which the Mariners won.
The gold and silver medal for the XV Pacific Games netball competition will be decided at 1pm at the PNG Power Dome. Fiji has dominated the code; winning in the last four Pacific Games since 1995 (Netball was not played in the 2011 games).The Pepes will have the home crowd support to cause an upset.PNG will be banking on old hands, Lua Rikis (captain) to lead in front and Kilala Owen to be on top of her defensive game.Samoa and Cook Islands are currently playing for Bronze.
The 19-year-old secured her first major international victory, scoring 208.0 to leave China’s 2006 world champion Du Li with silver.Du’s compatriot Yi Siling, the defending champion, took bronze.Jen McIntosh secured the best-ever finish for a British woman – 15th out of 51 in the qualification round.The five-time Commonwealth medallist overcame a rifle malfunction to produce a strong finish and was just 1.2 points from securing a place in the final.She will return to compete in her favoured 50m rifle three positions event on Thursday.
China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Pacres thankful for constant pressure from coach Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely The only two tournaments he failed to make the final in that period were the 2016 U.S. Open and 2017 Australian Open.“It’s been a great run. Can’t complain about much,” Murray said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Giving yourself a lot of matches gives you confidence to go into those big events (Grand Slams).”Dubai was the first tournament Murray’s played since he lost in the Australian Open fourth round. Since that defeat he’s been recuperating from a bout with shingles. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andy Murray of Great Britain returns the ball to Fernando Verdasco of Spain during the final match of the Dubai Tennis Championships, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, March 4, 2017. (Photo by KAMRAN JEBREILI/AP)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Andy Murray captured his first title of the year and became the first British man to win the Dubai Tennis Championships in its 25-year history when he defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday.This was Murray’s seventh final in his last eight tournaments, and 14th in his last 16 dating to last May in Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident View comments The 35th-ranked Verdasco, a former top-10 player, has never beaten a No. 1-ranked player in 12 career attempts.“He pushes you,” Verdasco said. “At the same time, I didn’t really feel, of course, as comfortable or hitting the ball as clean as days before.”Murray became the fourth player this year to win a title having saved match points en route to the title. He faced a career high seven match points in defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals. –Sandra HarwittSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member The clock strikes midnight in Dubai, ushers in the new year PLAY LIST 01:09The clock strikes midnight in Dubai, ushers in the new year00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “After the break that I have had, to get five matches in, six if you include the doubles, in six days is a really positive thing physically,” he said.The top-ranked Murray, who was a Dubai finalist in 2012, improved his career record to 13-1 over Verdasco.The first three games were service breaks as the players attempted to find their range in the final.Verdasco had the service break until the Spaniard was broken by Murray in the sixth and then the eighth games to take the first set.Murray broke Verdasco’s serve twice in the second set, in the third game with a forehand winner, and in the seventh on a third break point.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES
Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Desperate Spurs vow aggressive fightback against Warriors China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMatthew Wright knew right from the start that he has some big shoes to fill as a designated Gilas Pilipinas gunner.And in his first international tournament with the national team, the Fil-Canadian is confident to have passed his first test with flying colors.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m here to replace guys like Jeff Chan, Gary David, and Marcio Lassiter, so I have to shoot with confidence. I have to shoot at a high percentage,” he said. “I’m not gonna get the same amount of shots that I did with Phoenix. So the shots that I do get, I have to knock them down.”Wright has been a revelation for Gilas, making his presence felt first in the three 2017 PBA All-Star Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundAnd his scintillating showing continued in the 2017 Seaba Championship, averaging 12.0 points on a hot 54-percent shooting from beyond the arc to go with 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals.READ: Gilas’ Wright glad to see former ABL teammates in Seaba Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View comments LATEST STORIES Despite his roaring debut, Wright knows that his individual success is just a piece of the puzzle, and the success of Gilas lies on the cohesiveness of a team as a unit, something the team brandished in its triumph in the Seaba tilt.“I’m still just one part of the team. Every single one of us hold water on the team and we each have just as equal amount of say and amount of contribution to winning this championship,” he said.“We had a vision, we had a job that we had to do, and we did it the right way. We worked hard. We didn’t just win off pure talent and size. Every single one of us played us a collective unit. We played together, we played hard, and we played harder than any other teams.” IDLADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite
According to a recent US Immigration report, a total of 137 Guyanese were, for various reasons, deported from the USA in 2017. This, of course, is a significant increase when compared to the previous year (2016), which had seen ninety-three (93) Guyanese nationals being sent back home.With regard to the rest of the Caribbean region, Haiti saw five thousand, five hundred and seventy-eight (5578) of its nationals being deported in 2017. Similarly, that figure represents a massive increase when compared to 2016, when just three hundred and ten (310) Haitians were sent back home. Also, in 2017, seven hundred and eighty-two (782) Jamaicans were deported; Trinidad and Tobago saw one hundred and twenty-eight (128) being sent back home, and The Bahamas saw ninety-five (95) persons being deported. Other CARICOM nations also saw a small number of their citizens being deported in 2017.The report was very vague in relation to the reasons for the deportations, and also did not provide much detail regarding the background of the deportees. This, of course, has been a major problem for regional governments, which have always complained that such persons are forcibly being sent back to their countries of birth after years of living in their adopted countries, without adequate information in relation to the deportees’ medical and criminal backgrounds being provided.CARICOM heads have complained bitterly that the practice was having a severe negative impact on the region, especially as it relates to crime and security issues. They have also noted that very little help is provided by the US and other developed countries in terms of reintegrating the deportees in their country of birth.It is no secret that while some deportees try as much as possible to turn their lives around in their new environment, many of them gravitate towards crime, which in most cases places a huge burden on the State. For this reason, regional Governments have been lobbying the US authorities to be more understanding as to the tremendous negative impact the practice is having on countries. However, the US officials have resisted the argument that the deportations are to be blamed for the increase in violent crimes in the region.It should be noted that the US has deported hundreds of convicted criminals to the Caribbean annually since 1996, when Congress mandated that every non-citizen sentenced to a year or more in prison be deported upon release.Security officials in Guyana have routinely placed the blame for some high-level crimes on criminal deportees, particularly those crimes that occurred during the 2002 to 2004 crime wave that gripped the nation, when the Government at the time was forced to enact the 2002 Amendment to the Crime Prevention Act, which stated that any deportee who poses a threat to public safety can be placed under police surveillance.Additionally, deportation has caused devastating psychosocial effects, not only for deported persons, but for other family members; and in particular their children, the vast majority of whom have been left behind in the US, Canada, or in a few cases other countries, and who have little or no contact with the deported parent.There is no need to elaborate on the challenges that confront countries such as ours when persons who have migrated many years ago are sent back after serving their time in jails overseas. What CARICOM governments need to focus on now is establishing an effective deportee resettlement programme for such persons, to cater for their smooth reintegration into the society; so that once again they can become productive and useful citizens. Many would want to believe that most of the persons who are deported are willing to reform their lives, but the absence of an effective and functioning support mechanism makes this process very difficult.CARICOM and its partners must continue to lobby their US counterparts in relation to information and intelligence sharing regarding criminal deportees, in particular access to complete dossiers on medical and criminal histories. Caribbean leaders must also lobby for more financial and technical assistance to establish re-integration programmes within CARICOM member states, to ensure that each person who is sent back to their country of birth becomes a productive citizen once more.
The president of the World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU), Ezzat N. Eid, told a news conference yesterday that his office in collaboration with some higher ups in government have been working behind the scenes to ensure the safe return of Liberian girls reportedly trafficked in Lebanon. Mr. Eid, who could not deny or confirm whether the girls were sexually abused, however regretted the inhumane treatment they suffered in Lebanon.He disclosed that there are over 500,000 house maids from all over the world that are currently residing in Lebanon that are being well cared for by their employers. “We are against the abuse of any Liberian, be it man or woman, who is employed as a domestic worker or house maid,” Mr. Eid told reporters in Monrovia. According to him, reports concerning the alleged trafficking of Liberians girls have troubled the entire Lebanese Community.He said, efforts are being made, including efforts by his office in close collaboration with Liberian authorities to establish the exact number of girls involved and ensure their safe return. At least eight of them have already returned to Liberia, he added.“People that are working in Lebanon, especially foreigners who are from all over the world, are cherished by their Lebanese hosts, but if there is any problem with his or her employer, the matter is normally handled by the appropriate authorities,” he said.As for the girls being held and ill-treated, Mr. Eid explained that some of the girls worked in domestic homes, noting that, “Full investigations are needed into the reports about those who were abused.”Recently it was gathered that an indictment has been drawn against individuals involved in the alleged trafficking of the girls with promises of a better future in Lebanon.Authorities at the Liberia National Police, the Ministries of Labor and Justice have all disclosed, following the return to Liberia of eight of the girls, that they are being kept at an unidentified location to avoid making of them a public spectacle. The law provides that a person is guilty of the offense of trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling, and also for money laundering and terrorist financing when they subject a person to slavery. A representative of the Liberian community in Lebanon recently said one of the remaining victims was picked up by armed military men in the middle of the night from her home and taken to an unknown destination, while some of the remaining girls were transported to dangerous and inaccessible locations. The law also provides that an individual is guilty of trafficking when they subject another person to forced labor. This newspaper learnt that when the girls were taken to Lebanon, they were marketed to their agents for around US$3,000 to US$3,500 each. It has also been established that they were used as “sex slaves; and subjected to forced labor, and other forms of slavery.” Some of the girls revealed that they were physically assaulted whenever they refused to have sexual intercourse with their owners. The girls further alleged that their passports and other travel documents were seized and they were denied communication with the outside world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The international medical organization, Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders (MSF), has handed over the ELWA-3 Ebola management center in Monrovia to the Incident Management System (IMS) through the Ministry of Health.The Ministry will run the facility as a temporary Ebola management center, the aid agency said.The closure and subsequent decontamination of ELWA 3 on March 25 was due to the decreased number of Ebola cases in Liberia. Currently the facility has 30 beds with a capacity to increase to 60 beds should the need arises. Coinciding with the handover ceremony, MSF made a donation of assorted medical and non-medical items, including an ambulance and another vehicle to the Ministry of Health.“Today is a day full of emotion for the MSF movement,” says Mariateresa Cacciapuoti, MSF Emergency Coordinator in Liberia. “ELWA3 has been the symbol of a long and incredibly difficult battle against Ebola.”With a capacity of 250 beds at the peak of the outbreak in September and October 2014, ELWA 3 was the largest Ebola management center ever built.Currently in Liberia there are no confirmed Ebola patients but the handover of ELWA3 to the Liberian Ministry of Health does not represent the end of MSF’s engagement in Liberia, nor against Ebola.“We know that we have not reached the end of the fight against Ebola in Liberia while the virus lives on in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea. Nevertheless, we are encouraged by the positive results Liberia has achieved in turning the tide against the virus,” says Caccipuoti.“We must adapt our operations to the evolution of the context,” continues Cacciapuoti. “We continue to be vigilant and ready to respond in case the number of Ebola cases rises again. Meanwhile MSF is reinforcing and supporting access to medical care for non-Ebola patients, which is crucial to restore the health system.”On March 23, 2015, MSF officially opened a free-of-charge 46-bed pediatric hospital in the municipality of Gardnersville, Monrovia that will increase up to 100 beds.Since February 2015, MSF also runs a survivor clinic providing care to patients who recovered from Ebola. In addition to care for possible after-effects of the disease, the clinic also offers access to primary healthcare for these patients, who often face stigma and fear when seeking care in non-Ebola healthcare structures.MSF recently concluded emergency preparedness training in rapid isolation and treatment of Ebola (RITE) for county health teams in Bomi, Nimba, Grand Cape Mount and Montserrado counties. MSF also supported 17 health facilities in Monrovia, training their staff on infection prevention and control. A team also supported the pediatric and maternal services in James Davis Junior Memorial (JDJ Hospital) in Neezoe community, Monrovia. Since its opening on 17 August 2014 until 10 March, a total of 1917 patients were admitted to ELWA 3, of which 1234 tested positive for Ebola. Of these confirmed patients, a total of 801 died and 512 recovered.
The eagerly awaited consequential orders from the CCJ, flowing from the consolidated cases appealed from the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) of Dec 21, 2018 and David Granger’s unilateral selection of the GECOM Chair were delivered last Friday. Ultimately, the decisions and orders of the CCJ relate to the date for holding of elections in Guyana in accordance with the Constitution. Inter alia, the CCJ summarised:a) The provisions of Article 106(6) and (7) of the Constitution apply to a No-Confidence motion.b) Thirty-three votes constitute a majority of the 65-member National Assembly.c) Mr Charrandas Persaud was ineligible to be elected to the Assembly by virtue of his Canadian citizenship, but his vote on the motion of no confidence was valid.d) Nothing in the anti-defection regime established in Article 156(3) of the Constitution rendered Mr Persaud incapable of casting his vote on that motion in the manner in which he did.e) The National Assembly properly passed a motion of no confidence in the Government on 21 December 2018.f) Upon the passage of this motion of no confidence in the Government, the clear provisions of Article 106 immediately became engaged.There are some who seem to have some problems with comprehending the above or are deliberately obfuscating the issues in furtherance of their own narrow agendas. Caretaker President David Granger, for instance, said in his address to the nation following the CCJ’s presentation: “Guyanese, it is clear that elections have to be held in the shortest possible time… I commit to the holding of credible elections in the shortest possible time”. But this reference to “elections in the shortest possible time” is prevarication at best and disingenuous at worst. As the CCJ pointed out: “The Judiciary interprets the Constitution. But, as we intimated in our earlier judgement, these particular provisions require no gloss on the part of the Court in order to render them intelligible and workable”. A “gloss” in legal circles is “an annotation, explanation, or commentary on a particular passage in a book or document, to elucidate or amplify the passage”.The CCJ went on to belabour this point: “Their meaning is clear and it is the responsibility of constitutional actors in Guyana to honour them. Upon the passage of a vote of no confidence, the Article requires the resignation of the Cabinet including the President. The Article goes on to state, among other things, that notwithstanding such resignation, the Government shall remain in office and that an election shall be held ‘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 …’ The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has the responsibility to conduct that election and GECOM too must abide by the provisions of the Constitution”.“The Court must assume that these bodies and personages will exercise their responsibilities with integrity and in keeping with the unambiguous provisions of the Constitution bearing in mind that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed as long ago as 21 December 2018”.But it appears that caretaker President Granger needs a “gloss” on these “unambiguous provisions of the Constitution”, which it had, in any event, presented in its judgements of July 18. To wit, that the valid passage of the NCM on Dec 21, 2018 had mandated elections by March 21, 2019. But the Government’s recourse to the High, then Appellate Courts placed that process “on pause”, which was reactivated with the decision by the CCJ – the ultimate Court for Guyana – on June 18, that the NCM was validly passed. By the operations of Art 106, elections therefore have to be scheduled on or before Sept 18, 2019, unless the Opposition PPP wishes to extend the date.Having categorically declared they are unprepared to do so, the latter date now kicks in and as the CCJ declared, GECOM is not above the Constitution and must facilitate same.
Dear Editor,Lying on one’s CV about one’s employment history is a cardinal sin, especially from a person who is supposed to embody the qualities of honesty, integrity and impartiality. This has now been excused by Justice Patterson as ‘a slip of the pen’.The Grenada Newsletter dated June 13, 1987 indicated that Justice Patterson was the Chief Justice in the Maurice Bishop case whereby 17 persons were convicted. The question before him then was the status of the Grenada Supreme Court. It would seem that he acted as Chief Justice is this single instance. However, this should have been stated in his resume. The CV should have indicated the period of employment and the fact whether he was acting or not in that capacity. The President should have questioned this omission; it is a grave error for Justice Patterson to simply state the he was the Chief Justice of Grenada. Furthermore, is it not strange that the newly appointed Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman could not recall when and for how long he was the acting Chief Justice? How could he fail to recall such a high profile case, as Maurice Bishop’s case?Furthermore, when Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo submitted the lists, the President would normally take weeks to ‘study’ the various CVs, but in this instance he just took a few hours to find that Justice Patterson was ‘fit and proper’ for the job. Why this insane haste to appoint and swear in Justice Patterson? Does it not seem as though the President already made his decision and the submission of the CV a mere formality?If a man is suffering from amnesia and cannot write a proper resume, is he ‘fit and proper’ to be the Chairman of GECOM? Therefore, this is not only about the unconstitutionality of the appointment but about a false CV.Two weeks after his appointment, Justice Patterson wants us to believe that his pen slipped. No his pen did not slip, it failed to write the fact that he acted as Chief Justice. He cannot even find a ‘fit and proper’ excuse. Is there a guarantee that his pen will not ‘slip’ during his tenure as the Chairman for GECOM?In conclusion, the appointment of Justice Patterson should be quashed or Justice Patterson on his own volition should do the honourable thing and resign immediately!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Six