Granger insists Justice Benjamin “very competent”

first_imgNominees for Chancellor, CJ…despite dismal track record in BelizePresident David Granger is maintaining support for his nominee for Chancellor — Belizean Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin –to take over the judiciary in Guyana despite his performance in Belize being criticised by the Belizean Bar Association.Asked about his nominee’s background on the side-lines of an event on Friday, President Granger reiterated his support for Justice Benjamin, and confronted the issue of the backlog of cases in Belize for which Benjamin was criticised.“I don’t know if there is any Judiciary in the Commonwealth Caribbean which doesn’t have a backlog of cases,” he said. “I don’t think that the allegations of the Bar Association are substantial enough for me to change my opinion. We had a process, by which all persons interested in the position of chancellor had appliedPresident David Grangerand had been interviewed by an expert panel,” he explained.“I am advised by that panel, and I am prepared to stick by the advice of that panel. So I have not changed my view on Justice Benjamin; he’s very competent, he’s Guyanese-born, and I think he’s working towards reducing that backlog.”Asked what distinguishes Benjamin from other potential candidates, Granger reiterated that the interview panel has already evaluated the candidates. He noted that interested persons had a chance to apply, and some — for example, Justice Roxane George — did not.Justice Benjamin was nominated by President Granger for the position of Chancellor, while the current acting Chancellor, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, was nominated for the position of Chief Justice.Back in February, Jagdeo had rejected the two nominees, though he never stated his reasons publicly.The Guyana Bar Association had even passed a motion calling on President Granger to confirm Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Roxane George in the respective positions of Chancellor and Chief Justice.It is expected that Granger will have another meeting with Jagdeo in the near future to sort out these appointments.Before his tenure had come to an end, former President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, had zeroed in on the trend of persons being appointed to top positions in Guyana’s Judiciary, but being forced to act for years while their confirmation remains in limbo.In an address to the Guyana Bar Association, he condemned the fact that since former Chancellor Desiree Bernard had demitted office, an agreement had notJustice Kenneth Benjaminbeen 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 luminaire had stated.“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,” Sir Dennis had continued, adding that the delay was a breach of the spirit and intent of the Constitution.Justice 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.Edwards replaced Justice Carl Singh, who retired after having acted as Chancellor since 2005. On the other hand, the currently Acting Chief Justice, Roxane George, was also appointed to her position on the same day as Edwards.last_img read more

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DD LOCAL: ROSSES CDP TO HOST VARIETY CONCERT IN MAGHERY COMMUNITY CENTRE

first_imgRosses CDP DungloeVariety Concert: Rosses CDP Chapel Road Dungloe & Spraoi Le Cheile Childcare Carnmore Road are having a Variety Concert on Friday the 3rd of October at 8pm in the Maghery Community Centre.Come along and enjoy an entertaining night. Tickets €8 Proceeds go to Spraoi Le Chéile and the Rosses CDP. DD LOCAL: ROSSES CDP TO HOST VARIETY CONCERT IN MAGHERY COMMUNITY CENTRE was last modified: September 23rd, 2014 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:DD LocalFeaturesNoticesRosses CDPlast_img read more

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Mandela exhibition gives goosebumps

first_img22 December 2008 The exhibition not only looks at Madiba’s strengths and unifying greatness, but also contemplates his weaknesses, acknowledged by him. Historians question his reluctance to deal with Aids while President, the switch from the Reconstruction and Development Programme to the Growth, Employment and Redistribution programme, and the arms deal. At the opening, the director of the museum, Christopher Till, said: “The exhibition attempts to breathe fresh life into a story that has been well told in countless books, documentaries and other exhibitions around the world.” The exhibition, called “Mandela – Leader, Comrade, Negotiator, Prisoner, Statesman” was opened in November and will run until next November, says marketing manager of the museum, Noelene Bhyat. Historians Phil Bonner and Luli Callinicos were brought in as well. The Apartheid Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 5pm. Entrance is R60 for adults, R30 for seniors and students. The exhibition runs until November 2009. He truly is the world’s hero, and although very frail now, at 90, he still engenders powerful feelings of affection and patriotism. The exhibition uses classic interview footage, like the one recorded in the 1960s by the BBC, or the one of Mandela meeting with then president PW Botha in the mid-1980s, or the 1989 video showing president FW de Klerk announcing the unbanning of the ANC and other organisations. The researchers took almost two years to research and collect the hundreds of photographs and displays of original artefacts that make up the exhibition, says researcher Jacqui Masiza. The team consisted of scriptwriters, editors, picture researchers, and a curator. Pictures were sourced from the ANC journal, Mayibuye, Bailey’s Archives, Robben Island, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Museum Africa, the SABC and the BBC. But the one I found most moving was the huge screen replaying images of him: giving his first speech after walking out of prison in 1990; hugging actress Charlise Theron and other celebrities; riding in a carriage with the Queen of England through the streets of London; greeting the late Princess of Wales, Diana; and countless images of people raising a fist or singing in celebration of him.center_img “The strength of the exhibition is the way it attempts to provide a layered glimpse of Mandela in all his various guises and reincarnations,” explained Till. It was a hot summer day outside, but I felt goosebumps all over. I’d walked into the exhibition of Nelson Mandela at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, and stood mesmerised by images of him from the moment he left prison. Source: City of Johannesburg The overriding characteristic of all the images is his inimitable smile. Perhaps the most surprising footage is of him shaving and making his bed, serving to emphasise the ordinary man behind the public image. When asked by the BBC interviewer what the black man wanted, Mandela said simply but assuredly: “We want one man, one vote.” In answer to a question whether this would mean driving out whites, he answered: “South Africa is a country of many races, there is room for everyone.” The largest artefact is a rich red Mercedes Benz presented to Madiba when he left prison, made by the workers in the assembly plant in East London. The exhibition will be travelling after its stay at the museum – its first stop is Spain.last_img read more

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Coaches’ trust becomes title motivation for Arellano

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Prado, who’s already won two titles, knows that they shouldn’t be celebrating Final Four victories and that they would only let their guard down when they win it all.“We won’t celebrate this one because we still haven’t got what we aimed for at the start of the season and that is to defend the title,” said Prado who had seven points against the Lady Heavy Bombers.“Of course we’re happy but we still need to work even harder to get what we want.”Prado, who is on her last playing year, added one more thing that’s motivating her ahead of the finals series against San Beda.“This is my last playing year and it’s super important for me to leave something behind,” said Prado.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jovielyn Prado, the Season 92 Finals MVP, said they plan to repay their coaches with nothing else but the biggest trophy of the year.“We will win this championship for our coaches who have, since the first day, worked really hard in teaching us,” said Prado Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Chiefs booked their return flight to the championship round after brushing off Jose Rizal University, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17.Arellano didn’t even need to use its twice-to-beat advantage, a perk that was given to the Lady Chiefs after finishing the preliminaries with an 8-1 record and 23 points as the no.1 team. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH No pressure for Raqraquin, San Beda ahead of NCAA finals View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Coaches can only do so much with their Xs and Os, and the Arellano Lady Chiefs know that their mentors’ lessons are much bigger than just tactics and plays.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

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Victorious Qatar returns to Doha to a “rapturous” welcome

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel PLAY LIST 01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I am very happy to see the people celebrating with us, we realize how big what we did is,” said coach Felix Sanchez. “When you win a trophy like that you feel very proud, to see that the hard work sometimes gives you the reward.”The AFC statement said players and staff were mobbed by fans, friends and family before getting on a specially decorated open-top bus to begin the trip into Doha from the airport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I am proud to make these people happy,” said Ali Almoez, the tournament’s top scorer. “I am proud of this thing and all the players are. For 40 years Qatari people did not celebrate, now we will celebrate for the next four years and not stop.”Victory will give Qatar renewed hope of being able to compete against the world’s best teams when it qualifies for the first time for the World Cup — as hosts — in 2022. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lionel Messi has injury scare after scoring 2 goals in Barcelona draw Qatar\s players lift the trophy after winning the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar in Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DOHA, Qatar — The Asian Football Confederation said Sunday that Qatar’s victorious Asian Cup football team returned home to Doha to a “rapturous welcome” and was greeted by the country’s ruler and hundreds of thousands of fans.The AFC said Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met the players to begin a second straight night of celebrations in Doha after Qatar beat Japan 3-1 in the Asian Cup final on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View commentslast_img read more

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