Cavaliers face now-or-never home stand in NBA Finals

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film “We feed off our crowd. We really get up to play at home. We know that come Wednesday we’re going to have to be better,” Love said. “Just being in front of our crowd will be huge for us.”But the Cavaliers, facing Golden State in the finals for the fourth year in a row, are only 4-4 against the Warriors at home in all finals.“We have to do a better job at home,” Cavs guard J.R. Smith said. “We can’t keep taking positives from losses. We’re doing some good things, but it’s not translating into Ws so we’ve got to figure it out.”James wants discomfortThe Cavaliers were the most recent victims of an NBA Finals sweep, being blanked by San Antonio in 2007 in the first finals trip for LeBron James, now playing in an eighth consecutive finals and ninth overall.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Infantino says FIFA can afford Morocco to host 2026 World Cup Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I don’t think we’re close to our ceiling, which is good for us,” said Warriors forward Draymond Green. “We can play so much better. We’re going to need that going out on the road.”While the Cavaliers made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history from 3-1 down to beat Golden State in 2016, no team has ever rallied from 3-0 down to win the title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We have to make sure that we really bring it in game three because that’s really the game right there,” Cavs forward Kevin Love said. “This is a team you don’t want to be down 0-3 against.”The Cavaliers are 8-1 at home in this year’s playoffs, losing only in their first-round opener against Indiana. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 03: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts against the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 3, 2018 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPDefending champion Golden State has seized command of the NBA Finals as the series shifts to Cleveland, where the Cavaliers must continue their home playoff magic to sustain any title hopes.The Warriors, seeking their third crown in four seasons, could complete a sweep in the best-of-seven showdown with road wins Wednesday and Friday after taking a 2-0 edge with a 122-103 home triumph Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stressed the need for a body-banging style from his squad.“We have to start the game better, being more physical,” Lue said. “It was too easy for them. They ran around a little too freely. They might get some shots, but we’ve got to take away the easy ones.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It sucks to lose, that’s for sure, but it definitely won’t stop me from preparing to be better,” James said. “We’ve played some really good basketball on our home floor. But that shouldn’t give us any comfort. We should still be uncomfortable.“Just because we’re going home doesn’t mean we can relax. This is the last team in the world you want to relax against.”James won two titles with Miami and achieved his goal of bringing a crown to his home region, but the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player would fall to 3-6 in the finals with a loss this year.The Warriors have imposed themselves upon the Cavs early and see that as crucial for more success.“We’ve got to come out with a sense of urgency to start,” Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. “They have only lost one game so they are very confident there. We’ve just got to come out, stick to our game plan, keep playing hard and we’ll be fine.”Warriors won’t relaxIt will be hard for Golden State to top game two, when Stephen Curry sank a finals-record nine 3-pointers in a 33-point effort.“We had some slip-ups and things we can correct going into game three,” Curry said. “But the energy and effort and physicality and all that from the jump was pretty dialed in and it gave us a lot of momentum and confidence.”Warriors guard Klay Thompson, playing despite a left ankle injury in the opener, says Golden State has a strong focus knowing the Cavaliers rallied from 2-0 down to beat Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.“It’s nothing to feel happy about being up 2-0,” Thompson said. “This team plays great at home and we expect their other guys to play even better at home, too, not just LeBron, so we’re not going to relax at all.” View commentslast_img read more

Joshua Pacio vows to put on convincing performance in ONE strawweight title rematch

first_imgREAD: Joshua Pacio admits to shortcomings in close title loss to Yosuke SarutaONE’s top honcho boldly said just a few days after their ONE strawweight bout last January that Pacio should’ve won that fight and a rematch is definitely going to happen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’ll prove in this rematch that the judges won’t hesitate to give me the win,” said Pacio in Filipino Thursday at Gloria Maris in Gateway during Team Lakay’s media lunch. Sean Anthony baffled by another PBA All-Star snub Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I have to dominate the fight so even if it goes to the judges it would be a clear win,” said Pacio. “But if I get the opportunity to end it early, then I’ll do it.”Pacio admitted that what he showed against Saruta wasn’t his best, and he’s determined to change that in their next fight.“For me, it’s hard because I know I didn’t fight at the best of my abilities,” said Pacio (13-3). “I wasn’t able to execute some parts of our game plan, so this time I have another chance of executing it perfectly.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Pacio admitted that there were areas in their game plan that he failed to execute against Saruta but the split decision verdict was too close of a call for him, and apparently for Sityodtong.But the controversial loss did not dampen Pacio’s spirits and it instead fueled his inner fire to prove that he deserves the title.ADVERTISEMENT Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—In just three months since yielding his belt, Joshua Pacio is getting his chance to avenge that painful loss to Yosuke Sarurta.A rematch has been set between Pacio and Saruta for April 12 at Mall of Asia in the co-main of ONE: Roots of Honor headline by Martin Nguyen and Jadamba Narantungala, true to ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong promise.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

State of our Union

first_imgAs planets orbiting the sunOur solar system’s come undoneWe’ve deviated from the pathForgotten logic, ignored the mathOur ego’s blind us to the factsWe’ve broken all of our contractsThere is no “I” in the word “team”We’ve lost all hope, refuse to dreamWe talk but don’t communicateWe just make noise and act irateWe judge our friends before they speakWe see the thoughtful as the weakWe’ve replaced merit with our greedWe lack the passion to succeedWill the future’s foundation ever be built?Will I turn away and hide from guilt?I know that I must share the blameCarry my part of our joint shameOur sins are not always apparentWhat’s in our minds is not transparentWe dodge, we jump, and we deviateWe avoid the truth and embrace hateMy vision reaches as far as my noseMy foolish pride leaves me exposedWe contribute to the degradationWe mock ourselves and hurt the nationWe are people of words who do not actThe time has passed to display tactShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Granger must be held responsible if there is a constitutional crisis

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana is quickly approaching constitutional crises because of the refusal of the APNU/AFC coalition Government to accept the passage of the no-confidence motion and respect the Constitution of Guyana.President David Granger as Opposition Leader protested the then PPP/C Government to respect the Constitution on numerous occasions, but unfortunately, despite the Chief Justice ruling on the NCM and the interpretation of the Constitution, David Granger refused to dissolve Parliament and announce the date for the Regional and General Elections.While some may suggest that Granger is a man of honesty, integrity, respect etc, the refusal to resign is definitive evidence to suggest that Granger and his Government are intoxicated with the perks, corruption, good life, etc and would do anything to ensure they remain in Government legally or illegally.GECOM as an autonomous institution and a creature of the Constitution must be prepared at all time for an election since the Constitution outlined the basis and eventuality for elections. GECOM at no time can refuse to respect the Constitution of Guyana, so the main culprit behind the deliberate delay of elections is solely David Granger.David Granger, while addressing the staff at the Office of the Presidency, publicly stated that whatever the outcome of the courts is he would respect the decisions. Unfortunately, we can only have General Elections if there is a dissolution of Parliament by the President, in accordance with the Constitution. Besides that, we are quickly approaching a ‘constitutional crisis’.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Guyanese must unite and stop APNU/AFC bullyish behaviour

first_imgDear Editor,Overwhelming precedence in the Guyana Legislature (Parliament), provides evidence of the understanding, acceptance and practice regarding how the term “majority” has been applied and used for decades. Legitimate expectations of likewise application are, therefore, expected by all Guyanese and concerned stakeholders in the case of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM), which has been brought to the forefront of judicial considerations, review and rulings.The term “majority” is used 15 times in Guyana’s Constitution – Chapter 1:01, without any qualifying measures being described by the term “absolute”. It is, therefore, a consensual acceptance of our columnists, and by most Guyanese citizens, that where such meaning is implicitly conferred in the Constitution, it is represented by the actual percentage of persons who have to be voting as a part of the specific requirement or decision.In such instances, the contents of the proviso to Section 164 (2) (b), includes an apt example where it states: “(a) and is supported at the final voting in the Assembly by the votes of not less than two-thirds of all the elected members of the Assembly it shall not be necessary to submit the Bill to the vote of the electors”. It is the accepted understanding that the provided numbers where stated in the Constitution define the applicable consideration.The use of the “absolute” qualifying criteria in the NCM matter by two of the learned Appeal Court judges, appears to have been implicitly applied in arriving at their recent Appeal Court decisions, which seems to run counter to foregoing approach. Although the Opposition will have to accept the surprising ruling and seek redress at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), justice does not appear to have been done.There is no doubt that the rulings are irrational to the general public, and further confounds previous decisions made on 33 greater than 32 principles, including the decision to establish a Government. The situation creates a further conundrum regarding what situation the Speaker of the Legislature would be required to implicitly apply, where there are no specific qualifying numbers for votes.It is indeed sad and difficult for Guyanese to accept the recent decision and the implied disrespect of the Appeal Court to the ruling made by Chief Justice (Ag) Roxanne George. The fact that the Appellate Judge Rishi Persaud dissented and endorsed the Chief Justice’s “ruling”, adds to the distressing situation and justifies the decision of the Opposition to move to the CCJ.However, the interpretation of two other Judges Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory was reflected in their decision to vote against the passing of the NCM, which was passed in the National Assembly with a clear majority when 33 members voted for the motion and 32 voted against. The Speaker ruled that the motion was passed and on the night of December 21, 2018, the then Prime Minister and the then President accepted that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government has fallen.From an examination of the basis on which the number of parliamentary representatives is decided by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), it is established that each parliamentarian represents a specific number of citizens. In context, when a vote is taken on behalf of a representative number of citizens by parliamentary representatives, 33 will always be greater than 32 when is reflected accumulatively. This argument substantively mitigates against the issue of 34 votes is a majority, and the two ‘supposed to be’ imminent judges ruling based on other extraneous consideration is a serious matter that will further divide our nation.The CCJ is now tasked with the responsibility to make the decision which takes into consideration all relevant factors, with non-partisan consideration and reflective of applied precedence within the meaning of the law for Guyana’s jurisprudence. The context must ensure that justice is done within the meaning of the law, but with the respect of all the Guyanese people. Applicable to the foregoing purports to ensure that we get free and fair elections earliest. The CCJ is asked to uphold the NCM vote contrary to the two unpopular Appeal Court decision for in the eyes of the public, it cannot be denied that the NCM vote is valid and it is highly anticipated that the CCJ will do what is right.It must be noted that the existing Voters’ List is valid until April 30, 2019, and the list must be used to hold the constitutionally required General and Regional Elections. Since the mandate of GECOM presumes its purpose and readiness to conduct elections at short notice, the public announcement that the organisation will be proceeding with house-to-house registration is presumptions and contemptuous. It must be clear that the court, as the guardian of the Constitution, must grant effective orders which must ensure compliance with the Constitution.The massive countrywide protest that took place in Guyana on March 22, 2019, is a clear indication that things are not going to be usual. It is of note that the Government now wants things to go back to normalcy, when they did everything abnormal following the rulings of the Speaker and the Chief Justice. It should not be allowed as we await the decisions of the CCJ.The People’s Progressive Party has demonstrated genuine leadership and harnessed strong and positive support of several civil and fair-minded organisations who are fully preparing to struggle for immediate free and fair elections. Guyanese must unite and stop the current APNU/AFC extant bullyish behaviour.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Band of ‘good life’ Ministers once again wasted taxpayers’ dollars

first_imgDear Editor,By definition, an outreach means providing a service or services to people in such areas where they may not have access to such service or services. The recent ‘outreach’ sponsored by the coalition Government which brought various Ministries to the University of Guyana, Berbice Campus at Tain is a misnomer and should be deemed more of a political gimmick and campaign strategy aimed at subsiding the fallout created by the December 21 No-Confidence Motion.Editor, Berbice is not a remote area which is cut off from civilisation whereby the coalition Government is unaware of what is going on a daily basis. Every issue affecting every Ministry is highlighted in the various media including social media. There is a group called Moving Guyana Forward where a multitude of issues are raised and it is a group which has many Ministers and Government officials on it as well as various stakeholders. Furthermore, the Prime Minister’s Regional Office at Port Mourant is very active and would normally receive hundreds of complaints on a monthly basis, resulting in monthly reports being generated and sent to the Prime Minister directly. Therefore, this ‘outreach’ being an attempt to listen to problems and bring speedy resolutions to these problems is absurd, to say the least, and it suffocates our intelligence.Moreover, this coalition saying that they are only effective by listening to peoples’ problems personally and on a one to one basis is simply trying to appease the people to get their votes. It is also an attempt to say that there is a complete breakdown and disconnect between the layers of Government. This is far from the truth since problems affecting the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) are channelled to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) which is then transferred to the Central Government. Issues such as roads, streets, lights, water, drainage and irrigation are ventilated on numerous occasions but when budgeted for, they never see the light of day at the Central Government level. I have seen that a certain Minister on social media said that the Regional Administration of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is in the hands of the PPP and that they are responsible but she failed to acknowledge that the holder of the purse is her Government. The region’s development is stymied by the poor budgetary allocations.It must be noted that the region’s approved Capital Budget for Agriculture for 2018 is a mere $221 million of which $106 million will be used to purchase a bulldozer while $114 million will be transferred to the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority for drainage and irrigation works. It will need a miracle from the Lord for this to adequately provide for a region which depends on agriculture. That is the reason why agriculture is dying a slow death in the region. Furthermore, the NDCs will receive a princely sum of $5 million each and are expected to repair all the streets, provide for drainage and irrigation and garbage disposal. This is the empowerment of NDCs which the coalition boasts about.Editor, the plight and woes of the dismissed sugar workers have been echoing incessantly since 2018 and the cries of anguish fell on deaf ears. Are these Ministers in the coalition blind and deaf to the sufferings of these people? They need jobs, they are living in abject poverty and are unable to send their children to school. They have resorted to literally begging from relatives and friends. The coalition is providing training but where are the jobs? There is a limited market for plantain chips, cook-up rice and dog food! Until now, the privatisation process of the closed estate is still ongoing with no information available as to its status. It would seem that the bidders have all since fled. Many of the dismissed sugar workers were hoping to be re-employed. In addition, the elusive $30 billion bonds are yet to be used for its intended purpose, which is upgrading the remaining estates and the construction of two co-generation plants and production of white sugar. On the other hand, heavily indebted small rice farmers are being forced to stop rice cultivation. Their cries are not being heard by this Government. So why an ‘outreach’?The coalition’s band of ‘good life’ Ministers once again wasted taxpayers’ dollars on an exercise in futility. Their ‘shelf life’ has long expired!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion Sixlast_img read more

PNC cannot change its stripes

first_imgDear Editor,There is no doubt that after December 21, 2018, the coalition Government continues not only to expose its incompetence, resulting in untold misery and hardship for all Guyanese, especially the poor and underprivileged. As the cost of living continues to spiral uncontrollably, with the ranks of the unemployed continuing to expand the corruption, scandals and the good life for the Government Ministers and officials continue to assault and shock the nation. Unfortunately, this was not enough for the Government, they had to continue the blatant violation of our Constitution to the point of desecrating the sanctity of the National Assembly by honouring and paying tribute to a convicted terrorist.It is no surprise that the PNC component of the coalition would honour a convicted terrorist since it is a party which had perpetuated domestic terrorism against its opponents during its 28 years of dictatorship rule. The House of Israel, led by Rabbi Washington created fear, mayhem and death during its reign of terror and had the full blessings of the PNC. I cannot erase the memory of Father Darke being stabbed to death openly in public. Moreover, the bomb blast which killed the founder and leader of the WPA, Dr Walter Rodney, is a stark reminder of the terror which stalked the land under the PNC. It was also no surprise when the PNC honoured the notorious criminal, Linden “Blackie” London, by draping his coffin with Guyana’s national Flag, the Golden Arrowhead. The honouring of a convicted terrorist within Parliament, the supreme law-making body of this country leaves no doubt that the coalition Government does not have an iota of respect for the people of this country. This boldness leaves no doubt that we are heading for an even worse period in the history of our country.The silence of the WPA and the AFC bears testimony of the arrival of an even worse dictatorship than what we experienced under Forbes Burnham. I cannot fathom the depths to which these parties have fallen. The WPA’s founder was assassinated by an act of terrorism by the same PNC to which they are now paying homage to. Where is the independent voice of the WPA? Was Moses Nagamootoo not a victim of the PNC’s acts of terrorism? I could recall him reliving his experiences when he had to run and hide to save his life! But now the sirens have had an amnesic effect. Why is the Minister of Public Security silent on the honouring of this convicted terrorist? Was Abdul Kadir another ‘freedom fighter’ in the long line of PNC ‘freedom fighters’ such as Blackie and Fine Man? I will not be surprised if one day these are honoured in Parliament by the PNC! It leaves no doubt that there is only one party in the coalition – the People’s National Congress!Lastly, as expected, the coalition Government is now professing itself as the only competent authority to interpret anything, be it the Constitution or be it what it says in plain simple English. The US Government is now accused of “misinterpreting” the motion passed in Parliament to not “honour” but to “recognise Kadir’s services as a parliamentarian and not as a convicted terrorist”. This would seem to suggest that Kadir as a PNC Parliamentarian is different from Kadir, the convicted terrorist. When a man is convicted of terrorism his ‘service’ as a parliamentarian takes the back seat! He cannot be honoured. Playing with words will not erase the damage done. It is a direct affront to the memories of those thousands of people who have died at the hands of terrorists. How many more would have died had the plot to blow up JFK Airport been successful? Why was the PNC silent when he was convicted? They should have defended him then. But it would not have served their purpose at that time! They needed the USA support when in opposition.Simply put, the PNC cannot change its stripes. Old habits die hard!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

PPP/C MP to move motions on prevention

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairOver the years, many stakeholders have noted the alarmingly high rate of suicides in Guyana and have advocated for its reduction. In today’s (Monday) sitting of the National Assembly, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Dr Vindhya Persaud is expected to move several motions, calling on Government to employ measures to address the scourge.Among Persaud’s motions, she wants government to implement “the comprehensive 2014 Mental Health Strategic Plan and National Suicide Prevention Plan 2015-2020.PPP/C Member of Parliament, Dr Vindhya PersaudOther aspects of her presentation will focus on ensuring funds are allocated to: “Provide the financial, human, technical and physical infrastructure needed to treat mental health.”Dr Persaud is expected to petition for the Public Health Ministry to ensure that the 24-hour mental health hotline is re-established with the requisite healthcare providers and to implement measures to reduce people’s access to poisonous substances.The motions come in light of two recent suicides, where Walter Layne, 50, hung himself at his Lot 5175 Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden, home and Merissa Singh, 16, of Number 2 Village, East Canje, Berbice, who overdosed on several pills.Dr Persaud has noted that the incidence of suicide has been “consistently increasing” in Guyana, with “the younger members of the population taking or attempting to take their lives.”The statistics garnered from studies have shown that for the last decade a person takes his life every 1.8 to 2.4 days in Guyana.“Guyana’s suicide rate is ranked in the top 10 causes of death for the last several decades. In the age group 15 to 24, suicide ranks between 1 and 3 in terms of top causes of death. There is one attempt every 5 hours in Guyana, whereas in the world there is an estimated one suicide attempt almost every second,” the MP’s presentation will highlight.It will be observed that there is a lack of access to mental health services in the country as there are only “three full time psychiatrists” who are based in Georgetown and New Amsterdam.The presentation to the National Assembly will also point out that there are, “Insufficient counsellors in the education system to provide support to students”.Meanwhile, managing director of suicide prevention group, The Caribbean Voice (TCV), Bibi Ahmad, recently told this publication that her organisation is still working to ensure there is a reduction of suicides.“Right now our focus is building persons’ self-esteem, we are presently doing outreaches to various communities, we were doing through the school system, but now that school is in recess, we are doing it in the communities at the moment and to follow up from those outreaches, whereby we found that there are lots of teenagers who are depressed and attempted suicide,” TCV’s managing director recently noted.She also told Guyana Times that her organisation has been dealing with many social issues in the communities: “We try to connect with other agencies to get them help, the focus is not only on suicide, we are focusing on mental health and the related issues that surround it.”She stated that while the response to TCV’s campaigns have been widely successful, more work needs to done on awareness for the warning signs of persons who may be contemplating suicide.“Some people are not aware of the various warning signs and we need to educate people more on the signs,” Ahmad observed.Some of these signs she noted, include: expressed statements on wanting to die or to kill oneself; a sudden increase in use of alcohol or drugs; sleeping too little or too much; being withdrawn or feeling isolated; displaying extreme mood swings; suddenly giving away or selling off personal items.She echoed the sentiment that more should be done to advocate for mental health awareness: “It has to be done at a community level…we have to get more community leaders, religious leaders like the priests, pandits, and imams; we need to actually be our brother’s and sister’s keeper. You’re not seeing or hearing from your neighbour, check, people have to reach out and help one another, that’s the only way we can do it because we are a small country and to have a high rate of suicide is not good,” posited Ahmad.Meanwhile, the National Suicide Prevention Plan will enable collaboration among Government ministries; international partners; non-governmental organisations (NGOs); faith-based organisations (FBOs) and other stakeholders.The proposed activities will be aligned to one of four strategic action areas: risk factors reduction, health promotion and suicide prevention; reducing access to the means of suicide; improving health systems’ response to suicidal behaviour; and strengthening surveillance and research on suicide in Guyana. High suicide rate…“We need to be our brother’s and sister’s keeper” – The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Independent judiciaries are guarantors of rule of law – PM

first_img…Chancellor calls for bold, fearless JudgesPrime Minister (PM) Moses Nagamootoo on Monday reaffirmed Government’s commitment to the smooth functioning of the judiciary, noting that its independence is the bedrock of the nation’s stability.Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl SinghNagamootoo, who is acting in the capacity of Head of State, made the comments as he delivered the feature address at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association (CMJA) Conference at the Marriott International Hotel.According to the PM, Government has been making a conscious and determined effort at giving recognition and meaning to the Declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, which reaffirmed that human rights, the rule of law and democracy are interlinked and mutually reinforcing, and they belong to the universal and indivisible core values and principles of the United Nations.“Government is conscious of the distinction that must be made between ‘rule by law’ whereby Government erroneously places itself above the law, and the ‘rule of law’, which implies that everyone in society, including the Government, is bound by the law,” he said. “It is on the latter that Government has rested its structure, recognising that constitutional limits on the exercise of governmental authority, which is a key feature of any democracy, require adherence to the rule of law.”According to the PM, in recent times, constitutional reformers and law-makers in Guyana have adopted liberal concepts in their approach to governance.“Our recognition is that an independent judiciary is the strongest guarantee for the protection of the rights of our citizens. We believe that an independent judiciary is the bedrock of the stability of our nation. We believe that only an independent judiciary could be the guarantors of the rule of law,” he told the room of legal minds.He said not only did the judiciary enjoy independence when it decided issues between citizen and citizen or between citizen and the State, it also had control over its administrative machinery, its registries and their personnel.Meanwhile, also delivering remarks at the ceremony, Chancellor of the Judiciary, Carl Singh, placed a mandate on Judges to be bold, outspoken and fearless.“Judges who are weak are less likely to be effective guarantors of the rule of law,” Justice Singh told the gathering. He said most Commonwealth States with written constitutions have an established constitution matrix, which establishes the three pillars of the state structures; the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of Government. As it relates to the judiciary, Justice Singh said the Constitution provided that all courts and persons presiding over the courts exercise their functions independently of the control and direction of any other person or authority and shall be free and independent from political, executive or any other form of direction and control.“The independence of the judiciary is buttressed by the provision of the Constitution, but equally important is the readiness of Judges to assert and protect that independence. Judicial independence may also be discerned from the structure, circumstances and conditions under which we function.”He said, “In Guyana, we can proudly lay claim of having complete independence in the adjudicatory process of the courts and institutional and financial independence.”The CMJA is a unique international association, which brings together judicial officers from over 68 jurisdictions in the Commonwealth and beyond.It provides a unique network for judicial officers in Commonwealth countries in order to assist them to advance the administration of justice. Its aims are to promote the independence of the judiciary and to advance education in the law, the administration of justice, the treatment of offenders, and the prevention of crime.last_img read more

‘Police-Absence Creates Insecurity’: Chris Massaquoi Summoned

first_imgJust days after announcing how robust the 3rd sitting of the House of Representatives will be, Police Director Chris Massaquoi has been singled out as this sitting’s first ‘casualty.’The House of Representatives Thursday, 16 January voted 16 for, and 15 against, in a motion to summon the Police Chief.Accordingly, the intent of Director Massaquoi’s summons is to allow him to account for “limited, or no police presence in many parts of rural Liberia.”His summons was predicated on a communication address to plenary of the House by Lofa County Representative Moses Y. Kollie.Rep. Kollie noted in his communication that he observed the low presence and, in some cases, no presence, of police officers in both Salayea and Zorzor Districts of Lofa County.“The issue of low police visibility in District #5 is not unique to this district; it includes the entire Lofa County which has stirred a measure of insecurity for our people whenever there is a crisis,” Rep. Kollie said.He blamed the lack of “motivation, promotion in rank, a lack of higher education, financial benefits and no care and concern on the part of senior administration as some of the conditions responsible for the situation.According to Rep. Kollie, police officers continued to abandon rural assignments and return to Monrovia for a variety of reasons; in the process, they leave rural Liberians vulnerable to criminals.Based on these concerns, Rep. Kollie pleaded with his colleagues to summon the Police chief in an effort to ascertain first hand, what underlies the situation leading to a scarcity of officers across the country.Rep. Kollie’s communication received support from many of his colleagues including Maryland and Bong County Rep., Isaac Roland and Edward Kafia; the two supported Massaquoi’s appearance but wanted committees to handle the matter instead of plenary (full body).However, Nimba County Rep. Larry Younquoi’s motion to invite the Police boss before plenary was later accepted, Massaquoi is expected to make his first appearance before the Legislature since his last fallout with the Liberian Senate, in  late 2013. Following that misunderstanding, the Senate recommended that President Sirleaf dismissed the Police Chief. Massaquoi still heads the Police as Inspector-General.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more