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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Shinyalu, Archbishop Njenga set up Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Western Girls final

first_imgArchbishop Njenga came a goal down after Venah Chepkwemoi had sent Chelebei ahead at the half hour mark to take a 1-0 lead at the break.However, Archbishop Njenga returned rejuvenated in the second half, inspired by Sharon Mato who grabbed a brace.Violet Wanyonyi levelled the scores in the 49th minute before Mato ensured they took the lead in the 56th minute with a fine finish.She sealed the win in the 61st minute to see her also complete her brace.-Shinyalu dominant-The last semi was a one sided affair as Shinyalu reigned supreme aided by Sylvia Munyasa who netted a double.Photo/GERALD ANDERSONThe last semi was a one sided affair as Shinyalu reigned supreme thanks to Sylvia Munyasa who netted a double.Lavenda Lihemo opened the scoring just six minutes after kick-off before Munyasa doubled the results in the 13th minute.Defender Dianah Musilivu scored the third goal at the half hour mark as Munyasa scored her second.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The first semi-final saw Archbishop Njenga beat Chelebei 3-1 while Shinyalu thrashed Kingandole 4-0 to see the two sides book a mouth watering finale for the only slot to represent Western in the national final. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONBUNGOMA, Kenya, Feb 3 – Shinyalu Youth will battle it out with Archbishop Njenga Queens in the Girls Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Western Region Final on Sunday at the Kanduyi Stadium in Bungoma County.The first semi-final saw Archbishop Njenga beat Chelebei 3-1 while Shinyalu thrashed Kingandole 4-0 to see the two sides book a mouth watering finale for the sole slot to represent Western Region in the national final scheduled for March.last_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Fitzgerald’s hamstring injury is in a different spot than the one that slowed him earlier in the season. He did have full participation in Friday’s practice, but his status for the San Francisco game wasn’t certain until Sunday.The star receiver hasn’t missed a game since 2007.The inactives for Arizona in Week 6:QB Ryan LindleyLB Kevin MinterLB Kenny DemensT Bobby MassieTE D.C. JeffersonDE Ronald Talley Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday and was designated as questionable for Sunday’s matchup in San Francisco, but ESPN’s Adam Shefter tweeted Sunday morning that the 10-year veteran may have difficulty with playing again on Thursday against Seattle.Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou reported Sunday afternoon that Fitzgerald and safety Rashad Johnson were declared active for the San Francisco game. Johnson will be playing his first game since injuring his finger against New Orleans in Week 3. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

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