Jaipur: A 31-year-old man was arrested under sedition charges here on Thursday for uploading a post on social media seeking a contract to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We had received a complaint about the objectionable social media post on police control room, following which the accused was traced and arrested with the help of cyber cell,” said DCP East Rahul Jain. The accused Naveen Kumar Yadav, a resident of Rewari in Haryana presently living in Triveni Nagar here, had demanded a contract to kill the prime minister, saying he had a full-proof plan. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Is there anyone who can give me a contract to murder Modi? I have a foolproof plan,” Yadav’s March 26 post read on Facebook. The DCP said the accused during interrogation accepted that he had posted the message on his Facebook wall and also withdrew it after several people raised objection to it. The accused revealed he was unhappy with the work done by the prime minister and the central government and has ideological differences with the PM, the officer said. Bajaj Nagar Police Station In-charge Manvendra Singh said Yadav had previously posted negative content against the PM and the Union government.
Mumbai: Justice Pradeep Nandrajog was on Sunday sworn in as Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.He was earlier Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court. He now succeeds Justice Naresh Patil, who retired as Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court on Saturday. Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office to Justice Nandrajog at a brief ceremony held at the Raj Bhawan here, the governor’s office said in a statement. Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis welcomed Justice Nandrajog by presenting him bouquets of flowers. State Higher and Technical Education Vinod Tawde, Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, judges of the Bombay High Court and the Rajasthan HC, retired Chief Justice Mohit Shah a and Lokayukta M L Tahaliyani were present on the occasion. State Chief Commissioner, Right to Services, Swadheen Kshatriya, MPSC senior member Chandrashekhar Oak, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni and Mumbai’s Commissioner of Police Sanjay Barve also attended the ceremony. Justice Nandrajog, 61, was enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi in 1981. As a lawyer, he specialised in arbitration, commercial, service and company matters and also land revenue, elections, etc. He served as counsel for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for about six years. Justice Nandrajog was elevated as an additional judge of the Delhi High Court on December 20, 2012. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Rajasthan HC on April 2, 2017.
However suspicions arose later after it was reported that there could have been a political connection in the death of Thajudeen. (Colombo Gazette) The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed court today that it suspects murder over the death of former Sri Lanka ruby player Mohommed Wasim Thajudeen.Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone when his car crashed into a wall. According to police reports at the time, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control of the car and crashed into a wall on Park Road. The car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim.
However Wigneswaran today denied those claims. Wigneswaran was last week appointed as the head of a new organisation comprising Tamil politicians and civil society members, which will work on Tamil rights. Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran says the newly formed Tamil front is not an alternative Tamil political party.It was earlier reported that the front which was formed last week will be an alternative to the Tamil National Alliance. The main committee in the ‘Tamil People’s Conference’ includes Tamil National Alliance members Dharmalingham Sidharthan and Suresh Premachandran and Tamil National People’s Front leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam.The sub-committees appointed by the ‘Tamil People’s Conference’ have been given a time frame during which it will submit proposals to address issues faced by the Tamils. (Colombo Gazette) The ‘Tamil People’s Conference’ met in Jaffna and discussed its future goals and also decided to form sub-committees which will handle various tasks.
In a statement released in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, referred to recent reports concerning the transfer of dozens of Taliban and Al Qaida prisoners from Afghanistan to the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “The reports include allegations about the manner in which the prisoners were transported and the conditions in which they are being detained,” she said. The High Commissioner noted that detailed information on those specific allegations was not yet available. “I am aware that there are a number of legal issues and these are under active consideration by the US authorities,” she said, adding, “I am also aware that the International Committee of the Red Cross will have access to the prisoners and that there will be consular access.” At the same time, Mrs. Robinson recalled that international legal obligations should be respected, pointing out that the detained suspects were entitled to the protection of international human rights law and humanitarian law. The legal status of the detainees, and their entitlement to prisoner-of-war status, if disputed, must be determined by a competent tribunal, in accordance with the provisions of the Third Geneva Convention, she said. The High Commissioner also emphasized that the detainees “must at all times be treated humanely,” consistent with the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Geneva Conventions, and that any possible trials “should be guided by the principles of fair trial, including the presumption of innocence” provided for in those instruments.Earlier, during a press conference, Mrs. Robinson stated that, at a time of difficulty, human rights and international humanitarian standards must be clearly upheld and observed. She added that although in some respect some people felt that the rules were changing, “the rules are not changing, the rules are more important than ever.”
He also said that the intelligence apparatus has been strengthened under the new Chief of National Intelligence (CNI) with stringent measures taken to counter traditional and non-traditional national security threats.“As Sri Lankans, our fight is not against any single community, it is against terrorism and that which tries to create disharmony amongst our people. We will endeavor to address these issues so that a repeat of the past will not occur, and also ensure that all Sri Lankans will feel secure and safe once again irrespective of race, religion or cast,” he said.The Defence Secretary said that the battle with terrorism will continue around the world as long as the ideology which at the centre of terrorism is not dealt with. (Colombo Gazette) The MOD has identified seven factors which are key to good governance and public safety which are essential in formulating and executing strategic plans and policies for a secure and safe country for all citizens.The Defence Secretary said the MOD has already taken necessary steps to link and set the right channels of communication with the respective Ministries that fall on to each of the key factors. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) says security measures have not been relaxed although the immediate threat foreseen subsequent to the Easter Sunday Attacks have been averted.Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda said in a statement that multiple measures have been taken to ensure public safety, and protect the sovereignty of the country as well as its territorial integrity. “Hence, the immediate threat foreseen subsequently to the Easter Sunday Attacks has been averted. That is not to imply that security measures have been relaxed in any way. On the contrary, MOD is diligently working with the Armed Forces, Department of Police and Intelligence services (local and foreign), to ensure that all information is monitored, assessed and actions are implemented where necessary. It must be noted that we are faced with the task of battling a non-traditional form of terrorism, and this terrorism has been and continues to be a global threat,” the Defence Secretary said. He said that the immediate threat assessment was concluded by the security forces under his directive and they opined that the threat levels have been considerably reduced.
A five judge bench has been appointed by the Court of Appeal to hear the writ petition filed against the death penalty.The petition was filed by journalist Malinda Seniviratne challenging the decision to implement the death penalty. Accordingly the Court of Appeal today appointed a five judge bench to hear the case. Seneviratne said implementing the death penalty could lead to the violation of human rights. President Maithripala Sirisena has said that four convicts on death row will be executed soon.He said that he has signed the papers to execute the four convicts who have been sentenced to death on drug related offences. (Colombo Gazette)
The protesters demanded the immediate release of the Tamil political prisoners.Most of the Tamil political prisoners were arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. A protest was staged in Kalmunai today on the Tamil political prisoner issue.Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Sathasivam Viyalendiran attended the protest. The current Government had assured that it will release all the political prisoners but has failed to do so. (Colombo Gazette)
by The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2015 1:45 pm MDT Last Updated May 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Great-sounding offer really is too good to be true: B.C. Securities Commission VANCOUVER – The B.C. Securities Commission is warning potential investors about companies associated with a man who is offering economically impossible returns.The commission says Daniel Fernandez Rojo Filho claims to operate out of Vancouver and Orlando, Fla., and is hosting seminars on the purported investments of DFRF.It says Filho is offering investments with returns of up to 15 per cent a month and promising that DFRF will soon be listed on a public stock exchange, after which investments will triple within 30 days.The securities regulator says that’s impossible and it’s illegal to say securities will be listed on an exchange without certain conditions being met.It says Filho also claims to be managing $144 billion in assets, that the company is extracting 10 tonnes of gold every month in Mali, Africa, and that a quarter of the profits are donated to humanitarian causes.Anyone who has been approached about any investment claims involving Filho’s companies is being urged to contact the securities commission.
On 16 August, Pascal Nyabenda, at that time the President of the ruling Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie-Forces pour la défense de la démocratie (CNDD-FDD) party and President of the National Assembly suggested that the genocide in Rwanda was a “fabrication of the international community” and that it was used to remove the Hutu government that was in place at the time.“This irresponsible statement could be interpreted as genocide denial”, Mr. Dieng said in astatement issued by his Office yesterday.“[It] has the potential to inflame ethnic tensions, both within Burundi and outside its borders,” he warned. A new head of the CNDD-FDD has been appointed by the party at its meeting on 20 August but Mr. Nyabenda continues in his role as President of the National Assembly.The statement added that the situation in the African country continues to be marred by instability and serious human rights violations, including allegations of extra-judicial killings, disappearances, torture, and arbitrary detention of members of the opposition, civil society and those suspected of opposing the Government continue to be reported.Concerns at the situation in Burundi were also expressed by the Geneva-based UN Committee Against Torture in their concluding observations, issued on 11 August, following its review of a special report submitted at the request of the Committee.Mr. Dieng’s statement noted that the Committee had urged the Government of Burundi to refrain from making any public statements that could exacerbate ethnic tensions or incite violence or hatred and to ensure that public and law enforcement officials do not accept or tolerate such acts. The Committee Against Torture is a body of independent human rights experts who monitor the implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by its State parties.Mr. Dieng’s statement also noted that human rights defenders and journalists are among the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled the country since April 2015.He further raised concern that the youth wing of the CNDD-FDD party, known as the Imbonerakure, continues to be associated with human rights abuses and is reported to have threatened ethnic violence.According to the country’s Minister of the Interior, the Imbonakure formed part of the national security strategy, noted the statement.Reminding the Government of its obligation to protect its populations, regardless of their ethnicity or political affiliation, and to refrain from any action or discourse that could inflame ethnic tensions, Mr. Dieng stressed:“[It is important to] counter such messages with alternative speech to foster unity rather than further entrench divisions, and [I call] call on all parties to prioritize inclusive dialogue to bring about an end to the protracted crisis.”Burundi was thrown into crisis more than a year ago when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term that he went on to win. To date, it has been reported that hundreds of people have been killed, more than 240,000 have fled the nation, and thousands more have been arrested and possibly subjected to human rights violations.
Myrna Mason, the widow of a Canadian soldier, was denied a survivor’s benefit by DND after her husband died. She fought the case through the military ombudsman’s office but her claim was among a handful of files that ended up stalled because of a dispute between the defence department and former ombudsman Gary Walbourne. She died before the case could be resolved. (Submitted by David Spencer)Myrna Mason, an elderly British Columbia widow of a former soldier, tried to believe that Canada’s military ombudsman would deliver her justice — but she died unexpectedly on the last day of December 2018 with her long-standing case still unresolved. She had waged a four-year battle with the Department of National Defence (DND) for a survivor’s pension, according to documents shared with CBC News by her family, The inexplicable delay was a source of immense frustration for her during her final months. “It really left her bewildered and angry and disillusioned with the government,” said her son David Spencer, an RCMP staff sergeant, who stated he was speaking solely as his mother’s representative not as a federal police officer. Her case was one of more than half a dozen individual files or initiatives caught in the crossfire of a behind-the-scenes bureaucratic controversy, which raged for more than a year between the DND and former ombudsman Gary Walbourne. Starting in summer 2017, Walbourne and three members of his staff were hit with a wide-ranging internal review after complaints of mismanagement, nepotism and misuse of public funds were filed with DND’s review services branch. Review upheld complaints Most of those complaints related to staffing were deemed “founded” — a result the former ombudsman now challenges, maintaining he and others were the subject of a vendetta. Canadian Forces ombudsman Gary Walbourne is shown at a Senate veterans affairs committee in Ottawa on May 4. Over half of the 2,000 complaints investigated annually by the Canadian Forces ombudsman have an ‘end of career’ context, he says. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press) A Federal Court judge recently said the complaint review was handled unfairly and ordered DND to take another look at it. While the review was going on, the ombudsman’s office was stripped of some of its financial and human resources authority, according to Federal Court records. Walbourne also was unable to arrange a meeting with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan or get his phone calls to the minister returned — the aftermath of a mysterious, private falling-out between Walbourne and Sajjan. The dispute raged on for more than a year until Walbourne’s early retirement. During that time, the progress of existing cases and the prospective opening of new ones almost ground to a halt, the court documents suggest. A spokesperson for the current ombudsman, Gregory Lick, said Thursday that, because of privacy considerations, he was unable to say how many complaints may have gone dark during that time. Scheer promises to clear veterans benefits backlog if electedAnalysisOntario ombudsman says government watchdogs need more independence in wake of Walbourne departure “Our office cannot comment on cases pertaining to individual complainants we investigated or sought resolution to during that time period,” said Andrew Bernardo, the ombudsman’s director of communications. According to the documents provided by Mason’s family, the exchange of letters between her, DND and the ombudsman virtually dried up between early 2017 and spring 2018 — precisely when the office became engulfed in turmoil. An online database of letters exchanged between the ombudsman office and the minister shows several letters written by Walbourne to both the minister and the chief of the defence staff went unanswered in the spring and summer of 2018. Wrote to apologize During that time period, Walbourne wrote to Mason personally to effectively apologize for not being able to get results. “We have urged the minister to use his discretion to correct this unfairness, and to date we have not been successful in prompting a resolution of your case,” Walbourne wrote on May 4, 2018, at the height of his dispute with the minister’s office. Mason, 77, was the widow of retired sergeant Thomas (Bill) Mason. She was denied a survivor’s benefit after his 2014 death under a federal policy that prohibits a spouse from collecting a pension benefit if they marry a former military member who is 60 years old or older. It is known within the federal bureaucracy as the “gold diggers clause,” and it was something the Liberal government promised to address during the 2015 federal election. In the last spring’s federal budget, the Liberals promised a $150 million fund to address the issue. Ottawa short-changed more than 270,000 veterans on pensions, disability paymentsVeterans get new option on pensions — and Veterans Affairs gets out of a cash crunch It came too late for Mason. Spencer said that, in light of the Walbourne case, the long silence over his mother’s claim now makes sense. Disappointed by bureaucracy “I’m disappointed,” said Spencer. “I’m disappointed by the bureaucracy and in-fighting took away my mum’s right to a survivor’s benefit. We were not talking millions of dollars here.” The foundation of Mason’s complaint was that the Defence Department initially stated in writing that she was entitled to the survivor’s benefit, but then reneged. Officials appear to have adjusted the criteria without notifying the family. “The ombudsman was very sympathetic and quite shocked that the case was being held up,” said Spencer, who acted as his mother’s sounding board. “The whole time we were just being patient and I just said, ‘Mum, this is bureaucracy at its finest but we’re gonna win this.’ And she kept saying, ‘I think they’re waiting for me to die, and they won’t have to pay me.'” Mason died on Dec. 31, 2018, in Kelowna, B.C., after a short illness. Ombudsman offered condolences The man who replaced Walbourne as ombudsman, Lick, penned a handwritten note to the family expressing condolences and regret that she passed away without “closure” in her case. “My office remains committed to helping bring resolution to this issue, and we are continuing to directly engage with the minister’s office in this light,” said the Jan. 18 letter. Spencer said he has not heard from the government since. He said the issue for him is not the money, but rather the indignity his mother faced. A spokesperson for the Defence Department didn’t answer specific questions posed by CBC News about Mason’s plight. Minister’s office looking at case “We are aware of this case and are looking into it further,” said DND spokesperson Dan Lebouthillier. “Due to privacy considerations, we cannot disclose details of individual cases.” Earlier this week, CBC News reported on the circumstances surrounding Walbourne’s departure and the restrictions placed on his office. Veterans advocate Barry Westholm said he had tried to convince the ombudsman to take up an investigation into the tragic death of Pte. Leah Green, who took her own life after leaving the military suffering chronic pain from a spinal cord injury. He said he got nowhere at the time — and he now understands why. “At this meeting Mr. Walbourne stated while he agreed with this, that there was immense pressure on his office and that any new internal [to the Ombudsman’s Office] investigations would be met with much resistance,” said Westholm. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan speaks during a news conference announcing that a Canadian Forces Hercules transport plane will be sent to support a UN peacekeeping mission in Uganda, in Vancouver on Aug. 15. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)
Urban Meyer watches the Buckeyes from the sideline in the second quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe Ohio State football team could be headed toward another dominant season in 2018. But who will lead the talented team onto the field in its season opener as head coach is anyone’s guess.On Aug. 1, head coach Urban Meyer was placed on administrative leave while the university began to investigate his knowledge about the reported abuse former assistant coach Zach Smith was involved in against his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.Smith was fired from Ohio State on July 23 due to allegations stemming from incidents in 2009, when he was on staff with Meyer at Florida, and another in 2015 when the pair were at Ohio State. At Big Ten Media Days on July 24, Meyer said he was aware of the 2009 incident and had decided to not fire Smith because police did not find sufficient evidence to charge, but was not aware of the incident in 2015.“I can’t say it didn’t happen because I wasn’t there. I was never told about anything,” Meyer said, referencing the 2015 incident. “The first I heard about that was last night.”It was later reported Meyer knew about the 2015 incident, something Meyer later acknowledged in a statement in which he said he followed the “proper reporting protocols.” Zach Smith later said athletic director Gene Smith also knew of the allegations when he was told by police. This led to Meyer being placed on paid administrative leave, and the university beginning its investigation of the head coach.On Monday, Ohio State announced that the Board of Trustees will be meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday to discuss the findings of its 14-day investigation of Meyer. Matthew Mitten, a professor of law and the executive director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School, said an investigation by the university is important and has to be done right, especially since charges were never pressed against Smith.“The university does not have police powers. They’re not experts in investigation,” Mitten said. “What they’ve done is they’ve hired an independent law firm out of New York to investigate everything that went on. But that investigative group, they don’t have the power to require people to testify or give a statement.”Lucas Sullivan of The Columbus Dispatch reported Monday the likely recommendation for Meyer is a suspension, which could be a “time served” punishment due to him being placed on administrative leave on Aug. 1. Conducting a thorough investigation can be hard in a day and age where many wanted an announcement last week firing Meyer, while an equally vocal crowd wanted an announcement last week protecting his job.Part of the university’s job will be handling public pressure while seeing the process through.“You’ve got really substantial public interest and 24/7 social media,” Mitten said. “We saw this with the NFL, and we’ve certainly seen it with college teams, they’re basically trying to protect the reputation of their brand, and with the university it’s not just the athletic department it’s also everything else, the primary mission of the university is academics. They’ve got to hold themselves a high standard, as I think Ohio State is doing that.”In Meyer’s absence, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day was named acting head coach and has been running fall camp while the Buckeyes prepare for the season opener. With less than two weeks before the season begins against Oregon State, the AP poll took notice of the national headlines that Ohio State has made in the last month. In the preseason Amway Coaches Poll released on Aug. 2, just one day after Meyer was placed on paid leave, Ohio State was named as the No. 3 team in the nation and earned one first place vote behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson. Instead, Ohio State is not the first Big Ten team ranked by AP, with Wisconsin being placed as the No. 4 team and earning one first-place vote in the preseason poll. The national polls indicate, despite the instability at the head coaching position going into the season, that the talent Meyer has accumulated in his time as head coach will keep Ohio State at the level of success it was expected to have. However, without knowing if or when Meyer will be back, the long-term results are still to be seen.
Ohio State women’s hockey head coach, Nadine Muzerall speaks to the team during a November practice in Ohio State Ice Rink. Credit: Jacob Myers | Former Managing EditorThe No. 7 Ohio State women’s hockey team (10-5, 6-3 WCHA) won a difficult battle against an Olympic gold medalist in convincing fashion, defeating No. 7 Minnesota Duluth (5-5-1, 3-4-1 WCHA) 3-1 on Friday.Senior forward Madison Field was the hero of the night, scoring two goals in the Buckeye victory. Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall thought her team was brilliant defensively, coming off of two losses to previously winless Bemidji State this past weekend. “It was a character win where we knew we messed up last weekend and we had to stop the bleeding, because four of our five losses are the result of our own doing,” Muzerall said. “If you want to win, you’re going to have to stop shooting yourself in the foot and go the distance. They did, they wanted it and they were very deserving.”The Buckeyes fell into a hole early in the first period when Minnesota Duluth took advantage of a penalty by Ohio State. At 6:26, junior defenseman Jalyn Elmes slapped a high shot past freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli for a power play goal to give the Bulldogs a quick 1-0 lead.Not to be deterred, Ohio State struck back just a minute and a half later when Field snuck one by redshirt junior goaltender and 2018 Olympic gold medalist Maddie Rooney during a cluster at the net, tying the game up at one all.Field said the quick goal for Ohio State represented the team’s shift in mentality heading into the series against Minnesota Duluth.“It was night and day and I think we were really motivated from last week because we took a hit in the polls and none of us wanted that. It was an eye opener,” Field said. “We had a tough week in practice and, as a senior captain, I think it’s important that I am contributing. It’s awesome to get those big goals.” Both teams continued to trade shots as the game moved into the second period with neither being able to find the net. However, penalties were quickly becoming the difference maker, only this time, a penalty was called against Minnesota Duluth that the Buckeyes took advantage of.Sophomore forward Emma Maltais was the one who found the net for Ohio State, getting a shot by Rooney for a power play goal at 11:00 into the second period for her eighth goal of the season. Maltais had help from sophomore forward Tatum Skaggs and freshman defenseman Sophie Jacques on the play, giving both players assists on the goal. “We need that relentlessness from players like Emma and we expect that from them,” Muzerall said. “We talk about that relentlessness as our pillar. We’re like that on our fore check, our neutral zone and our penalty kill. We were lacking that in our power play and I think that is because we mentally knew we had an extra man. We would take that shift off instead of playing like you were at even strength. We challenged Minnesota Duluth in the corners, did the dirty part of getting the puck and then gracefully made the plays.”Riding the momentum of their goal, Ohio State extended its lead to 3-1 with time winding down in the second period with Field scoring her second goal of the game. Field said Ohio State was prepared for a goaltender of Rooney’s caliber.“Obviously, we knew she was an Olympic gold medalist, but we weren’t scared of that,” Field said. “There are a bunch of good goalies in this league and she’s just another good goalie. We just kept getting pucks to the net and we capitalized on those.” Minnesota Duluth attempted to mount a comeback and force overtime in the third period, even going as far to remove their goalie in the final two minutes of the game. The extra attacker was not enough to get the job done as Braendli and the Buckeye defense limited the Bulldog offense to only eight shots on goal in the period to clinch the win. Ohio State will try and sweep Minnesota Duluth in the second game of this weekend series at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Wyatt Crosher and Colin Gay discuss Ohio State men’s basketball’s loss to Michigan State and win against Northwestern, and how the team’s NCAA Tournament chances look heading toward the Big Ten Tournament. They also look at men’s hockey’s pair of losses to Minnesota and baseball’s hot 4-0 start. And Colin gets to talk about Texas for a moment. Of course.
…is on showAs you dear readers would know, your humble Eyewitness greatly admires the rule of law tradition, which the British bequeathed to us – albeit a tad late in the day after they’d cast aside our ancestors like sucked oranges. The foundation of the rule of law, of course, lies in the British Constitution – which remains the gold standard not just for us in the detritus of the Empire, but the world. No fistfights in the commons, thank you…even though the speaker may sometimes be forced to bellow “Ordah!! Ordah!!” in such stentorian tones, the walls literally quiver!!All of which is made more remarkable since their Constitution is unwritten!! That, of course, reminds us that when we create institutions and enact all these laws then expect our people to follow them, we’re barking up the wrong tree. There can be no real change in people’s behaviour before there’s a change in their moral and cultural consciousness. And that, brings us to the point your Eyewitness wishes to make: the refusal of the bullying PNC-in-power to obey the tenets of our Constitution very much WRITTEN in black and white!!Back in 2014, the AFC had threatened to move a motion of no-confidence in the PPP government. The latter had only 32 seats to the combined 33 of the APNU and AFC – but had captured the Presidency and Executive because of our peculiar plurality system. The No-Confidence Motion had been copied from the British Constitution, where it had been used on several occasions. President Ramotar, however, used his prerogative power in the Constitution – derived also from the British Constitution – to prorogue Parliament and schedule elections by his initiative. He did so within six months rather than the 3 months specified by the NCM.But all hell broke out!! And most interestingly, then UK High Commissioner to Guyana Andrew Ayre criticised the prorogation and called for President Donald Ramotar to reconvene Parliament. He warned that while the Constitution did give the President the power to prorogue Parliament, “it also gave in Article 106 part 6 the right for majority of MPs to dissolve the Parliament essentially and have new elections”. In the eight months since our own NCM was passed, it is more than passing strange that the present quite voluble High Commissioner hasn’t demanded that the PNC government have “new elections” by the same Art 106 (6)!!Now, over in ole Blighty, PM Boris has also prorogued Parliament so as to avoid a No-Confidence Motion on Brexit. Will the HC offer a comment on Boris’ action? If he’s unclear of his unwritten Constitution, maybe he can use ours? The PNC government hasn’t been using it much lately!!…on electoral listsOh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!! The PNC insisted that they wanted new H2H Registration to produce a new voters’ list because they were concerned that the old list was too “bloated”. But now, of course, it’s ok to merge another 350,000 new names to the old list and that won’t be “bloated”??But one has to wonder about this new GECOM Chair running with the hare and hunting with the hounds, under the guise of “giving something to both sides”. Which part of “elections must be held within the shortest time” she doesn’t understand?? Why didn’t she order that the H2H exercise cease IMMEDIATELY?? Why the extra four days?? And then to rub salt into our wounds, she allows the Secretariat to increase the working hours of the field officers to register even more voters!!GECOM has to adhere to the Constitution, as interpreted by the Courts. Singh’s decisions are nothing more than another thumbing of the nose at that Constitution.…for oil extractionThe FPSO, Liza Destiny is here. Well, actually in Exxon’s Stabroek Block, where it’ll be getting ready to start pumping out our light, sweet, crude oil for the world market.Your Eyewitness figures we won’t have elections before first oil!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Something fishy…March 15, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Earning…May 14, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: End game…February 2, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”
Alliance Aviation Services says it and BHP’s Western Australia Iron Ore division have agreed to extend their air charter services agreement for a further two years.The extension solidifies a relationship that started with the first flight for BHP WA Iron Ore in 2009, Alliance said.BHP’s WAIO division is an integrated system of four processing hubs and five mines connected by more than 1,000 km of rail infrastructure and port facilities in the Pilbara region of northern Western Australia. At each processing hub – Newman, Yandi, Mining Area C and Jimblebar – the ore is crushed, beneficiated (where necessary) and blended to create high-grade hematite lump and fines products. Iron ore products are then transported along the Port Hedland–Newman Rail Line to the Finucane Island and Nelson Point port facilities at Port Hedland.Lee Schofield, Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Alliance is delighted to be continuing the provision of these charter services into Coondewanna and Barimunya. Our commitment to safety and providing our clients with industry leading on time performance has played a significant role in being awarded this extension.”Schofield, added: “In May this year, BHP acknowledged Alliance’s exceptional safety and operational record when BHP presented Alliance with an Aviation Safety Award in recognition of the safe carriage of 3.5 million BHP staff and contractors on charter and scheduled services throughout Australia from April 2002 to April 2019.”
The 26th IHF World Handball Championship 2019 is over with the triumph of one of the host nations – Denmark at the big final in Herning. The Danish team won 10 of 10 matches from the very beginning until the last clash against Norway in only 17 days. A lot of injuries followed the tough schedule and great energy consumption in small period of time. Players are mostly angry, but their willingness to fight for their countries aren’t in question.Aron Palmarsson (Iceland), Nemanja Zelenovic (Serbia), Daniel Sarmiento or Dani Dujshebaev (Spain), Cyril Dumoulin and Cedric Sorhaindo (France), are just some of the names which had to finish tournament before the end…In fact, what happened was that at the World Cup in France, Denmark and Germany were eliminated in the eighth-final, and TVs, which pay dearly, claimed more matches, said French goalie Vincent Gerrard for sport.fr and added:As a result, the IHF has changed competition system to offer TV at least 8 matches to broadcast. Now, the players have to move together and put a stop to it. We are not meat, that’s enough. France had to play 10 matches in four different cities Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg and Herning, with the long trips between. ” We must stop this circus and believe that players can play 10 matches in two weeks while moving the day of rest. It is a moment, we’re not meat. We must change that. TV is, of course important, but we must also think about the health of players – concluded Gerard, who expects that Union of French Players take some action in that direction. ← Previous Story VIDEO: Nikola scores for 15th medal in 16 years Next Story → Ivan Stevanovic retires from Croatian national team Vincent Gerard
Montpellier handball 1.Barcelona11902377:31218 6.Kristianstad11218317:3685 7.Meshkov Brest11218300:3445 3.Vive Kielce11704348:33614 2.Vardar11713314:30415 ← Previous Story PGE Vive Kielce win in Kristianstad Next Story → Israel League – Status Quo on the Top 4.Telekom Veszprem11704317:30014 8.Montpellier11218294:3185 5.Rhein-Neckar11605339:32412 The reigning EHF Champions League winners Montpellier Handball didn’t miss a chance to stay in the race for the sixth place in the Group which lead to knock-out stage.MONTPELLIER HB – HC MESHKOV BREST 29:23 (15:11)Montpellier : Gérard (16 saves), Portner; D. Simonet (1/1), Truchanovicius (3/6), Grébille, Bos, Guigou (4/5), Pettersson (3/4), Richardson (8/12), Kavticnik (1/2 dont 1/1 pén), Bonnefond (4/7), Faustin (1/2), Porte 3/4), Afgour (1/1), Soussi, Mamdouh (0/1).Brest : Pesic (9 saves), Matskevich (1 save); Kulak (1/3), Shkurinskiy (1/1), Yurynok (3/5), Poteko (1/2), Ivic (1/4 ), Shumak, Baranau (4/4 dont 2/2 pén), Horak, Razgor (2/4), Obranovic (1/2), Selvasiuk (2/4), Djukic (2/4 ), Djordjic (3/6), Shylovich (0/5).STANDING:
Velux EHF Champions League ← Previous Story EHF CL Final4: Three team arrived, RK Vardar only missing in Cologne Next Story → Talant Dujshebaev: We will play better than anyone think Fans of the VELUX EHF Champions League have voted for their 2018/19 All-star Team, naming the nine players and one coach who have impressed them most over the course of the season.This year’s All-star Team was unveiled on Friday 31 May ahead of the VELUX EHF FINAL4, which starts in Cologne on Saturday with the first semi-final between Telekom Veszprém HC and PGE Vive Kielce.The team features four HC Vardar players and their coach, Robert Garcia Parrondo, thanks to the enthusiastic support of the club’s fans, who voted in large numbers for their favourites.Fans voted throughout May on the relaunched VELUX EHF FINAL4 app, picking from a list of five players in each position, who were nominated by the competition’s coaches, Forum Club Handball, the faces of the VELUX EHF Champions League, media correspondents and the EHF. The VELUX EHF Champions League 2018/19 All-star TeamGoalkeeper: Dejan Milosavljev (SRB) – HC Vardar/MKDLeft wing: Timur Dibirov (RUS) – HC Vardar/MKDLeft back: Mikkel Hansen (DEN) – Paris Saint-Germain HB/FRACentre back: Kentin Mahe (FRA) – Telekom Veszprém HC/HUNRight back: Dainis Kristopans (LAT) – HC Vardar/MKDRight wing: Ivan Cupic (CRO) – HC Vardar/MKDLine player: Julen Aguinagalde (ESP) – PGE Vive Kielce/POLDefender: Blaz Blagotinsek (SLO) – Telekom Veszprém HC/HUNYoung player: Ludovic Fabregas (FRA) – Barça Lassa/ESPCoach: Robert Garcia Parrondo (ESP) – HC Vardar/MKD
← Previous Story Kasper Sondegaard to retire in summer 2020 Next Story → Morten Olsen is the hero of German weekend Mikkel Hansen MVP of the World Championship 2019, Mikkel Hansen, said in an interview for politiken.dk, that he thinks about missing the next World Championship 2021 in Egypt.The 30-years old left back of Paris Saint Germain, who had the key role in Danish success at World Championship 2019 in Herning last January, knows how tough will be the next 12 months with EURO 2020 and Olympic tournament in Tokyo next August.Idea is to keep his body for the upcoming years in proffesional handball.As a starting point, I always want to prioritize playing for the national team, as it is a great honor to represent Denmark. But it is obviously also about how I feel physically and mentally during that time after a long season with PSG, the European Championships and the Olympics and thus almost no vacation at all, says Mikael Hansen to politiken.dk .Mikkel Hansen was a part of #DontPlayThePlayers campaign among other TOP stars in handball world. FINALLY – Players raise up their voice in campaign #DontPlayThePlayersIHF reacted with the enlarging number of players per team starting from WCh 2021 in Egypt.