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Guyana Court of Appeal: Hearings on February 20, 2019 regarding CJ’s Rulings

Wednesday set for hearing of applications for stay of CJ’s confidence vote rulings

The Guyana Court of Appeal

Justice of Appeal Rishi Persaud will next Wednesday hear the applications made by Attorney General Basil Williams SC, to stay the effects of two of Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire’s judgments on the December 21st no-confidence vote against government and to keep the president, the Cabinet and government in place until the appeals he has filed are heard and determined.

Stabroek News was told earlier today that the matter will be called at 2 pm at the Court of Appeal located in Kingston.         Continue reading

Guyana: Georgetown Mayor cites need for greater accountability at City Hall

 — steps taken to establish audit committee

Mayor Ubraj Narine

During a recent statutory meeting, Narine demanded an answer from City Treasurer, John Douglas, why the current receipts are not carrying City Hall’s TIN. The Mayor pointed out to the fact that the laws governing the municipality require for TIN to be affixed to the receipts.   Continue reading

Judging the Caribbean Court of Justice – By Sir Ronald Sanders | Jamaica Observer

By Sir Ronald Sanders

Startlingly, eight of the 10 Commonwealth countries that still cling to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) as their final court of appeal are Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states.

Forty-three of the 52 remaining Commonwealth countries (not counting Britain) have long since left this hangover from British colonialism. These countries include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and India.

Rightly, most Commonwealth countries who were tied to the Privy Council when they were colonies or dominions of Britain see no good reason their final appellate court should continue to be distant British individuals, appointed by the British prime minister, whose legal knowledge and expertise, while good, are no better than judges of their own countries or regions.           Continue reading

Dual Citizenship – Am I Guyanese? By Ron Cheong and Danny Doobay – commentary

Dual Citizenship – Am I Guyanese?

By Ron Cheong ….. and Danny Doobay

There are 750,000+ of us in the Guyana diaspora who are proud to call ourselves Guyanese; cherish the unique shared formative experiences that make us so individual in the world; have supported the country and relatives back home for decades, and flock back “Home” whenever we can. Now the word diaspora is being heard with negative connotations, suspicion and even disdain. Some have found it necessary to vow to give up their second citizenship. And there has been a call by one legal luminary to clean up the house.

Guyana does have a somewhat obscure and fuzzy law dating back to 1980 in its books, which states that any Guyanese who acquires citizenship from another country may be deprived of his/her Guyanese citizenship by the President. But not only were most Guyanese unaware of this arcane law, it played no part in their life. Nor did it seem to play any part in the thinking of the current Government itself before the non-confidence passage.        Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Illegal Dual Citizenship affects a number of Parliamentarians

PPP’s Gail Teixeira prepared to renounce her Canadian citizenship

MP  Gail Teixeira

Jagdeo told the media that she told him that she is prepared to give up her citizenship. “I did not ask her, she offered.”
Teixeira’s intended move comes on the heels of Thursday’s ruling by Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire that politicians who are holders of dual citizenship cannot be elected to the National Assembly.      Continue reading

Guyana: Revenue Authority gets bureaucratic resistance to fool-proof technology -GRA Head

GRA tamper-proof ASYCUDA system being implemented

GRA – Godfrey Statia

The efforts of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to implement the fool-proof Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) system are being resisted by Government institutions, companies and even GRA officials.

This was revealed by Commissioner General, Godfrey Statia, during his first press conference for the year, on February 01, 2019, at GRA’s Camp Street Office.

Statia noted that the push back from the reported stakeholders is one of the main reasons why the system will not be fully implemented by its deadline, originally set for the end of the first quarter. Statia said this will have to be adjusted to the end of the second quarter.     Continue reading

Solutions to….The silent tragedy affecting today’s children — By Victoria Prooday

Today’s children: Mental illness; ADHD; Depression; Suicide

This article has been read by 20 million people. I know that many would choose not to hear what I say in the article, but your children need you to hear this message.

— Victoria Prooday

The silent tragedy affecting today’s children,,,, (and what to do with it)

There is a silent tragedy developing right now, in our homes, and it concerns our most precious jewels – our children. Through my work with hundreds of children and families as an occupational therapist, I have witnessed this tragedy unfolding right in front of my eyes. Our children are in a devastating emotional state!
Talk to teachers and professionals who have been working in the field for the last 15 years. You will hear concerns similar to mine. Moreover, in the past 15 years, researchers have been releasing alarming statistics on a sharp and steady increase in kids’ mental illness, which is now reaching epidemic proportions:

Guyana Politics: Chief Justice Ruling: No-confidence motion valid; Government appeals to CCJ

No-confidence motion valid; President, Cabinet should resign; Attorney General applies for stay

Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire (photo at left) on Thursday January 31, 2019, ruled that the no-confidence motion was validly passed.

“The ruling of the Speaker that the no-confidence debated in the National Assembly on December 21st, 2018 was carried by a vote of a majority of all of the elected members of the National Assembly is thus lawful and valid, being in accordance with the requirements” of Guyana’s Constitution, she said.

In that regard, she said the President and Cabinet would have to resign and pave the way for elections within 90 days.          Continue reading

Georgetown Guyana: School of the Nations Principal injured in shooting

-hours after calling emergency meeting on threat to students

Dr Brian O’Toole (DPI photo)

School of the Nations Principal, Dr Brian O’Toole was injured in a shooting at his home last night, hours after he had convened an emergency meeting at the school over a Facebook threat to harm students of the institution.

The shooting occurred after 9 pm at O’Toole’s residence in Bel Air Promenade. He is currently a patient at the Woodlands Hospital. He sustained gunshot wounds to his arm and his condition is regarded as stable.        Continue reading

Medical: No Sexual Escape even in a vegetative state – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam – R. N BSc.N.  MEd.  S.C.M   R.M.N

If you cannot be a nurse then pray to God you don’t become a curse. Nursing is synonymous with caring not fearing.

The report of a woman who has been in a vegetative state giving birth at a long term healthcare care facility in Arizona is not only disturbing, repulsive and outrageously gut wrenching, but at the selfsame time deals a black eye to all adherents of the Hippocratic and Nightingalean Oaths, in addition to further highlighting the issue of the racial divide existing in the U.S.A.

The 29 year old victim was a Native American of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.  No other term should be applied to this case but outright rape, as common sense dictates that a woman in that condition is totally unable to give consent to sexual intercourse, irregardless of what form it takes.  Now after DNA samplings of all male staff associated with caring for the patient, Nathan Sutherland a 36 year old Licensed Practical Nurse has been charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse.      Continue reading

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