Committees in Parliament

first_imgThe passage this week of the Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2016 exposed citizens to the work, possibilities and shortcomings of “Committees” in our parliamentary system of governance. In this system, Members of Parliament (MPs) are supposed to be engaged in three tasks – representing the interests of their constituencies, legislating laws introduced by the Executive, and oversight of the Government’s work.While MPs are supposed to be “representing” at all times, they are afforded the opportunity to selectively perform the last two in the two types of committees of Parliament. These are the “Select” ad hoc committees that consider specific Bills and issues that have been laid before the Assembly and “Standing Committees”, which are constituted with every Parliament and generally exist for the duration of the Parliament. The Committee to which the Telecommunications Bill was sent since 2013 by the then PPP Executive, was an example of the “Select” type. The Public Accounts Committee exemplifies a Standing Committee, in this case one that is supposed to scrutinise the work of the Executive. In addition to “scrutinising”, Standing Committees such as the “Privileges Committee” are also constituted to facilitate the functioning of the National Assembly.Committees are crucial for the entrenchment of substantive democracy in the parliamentary system, but we saw one of the constraints exposed this week. When the Telecommunications Bill was originally introduced, the members of the then Opposition parties APNU and AFC on the Select Committee felt that too many powers were placed into the hands of the subject Minister. Since at that time there was the unique situation where the Opposition parties also had a majority in the Parliament, the Government was unable to pass the legislation.While there must have been some MPs from the Opposition benches that felt strongly enough about the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector, because of the power of the political parties to insist their MPs literally “toe the party line”, the duty to represent their constituencies’ interest was sacrificed at the altar of political expediency. The party Whips can “whip” support into line for their party’s position because of their power to “recall” contrary MPs. The political expediency was exposed when the APNU and AFC parties – now in government – supported the bill in the new Select Committee formed for this Parliament and was able to have it passed on the floor of the House since they also had a majority of votes there.The PPP, now in Opposition, objected to the powers placed into the hands of the Telecommunications Minister. The shoe was now on the other foot. The challenge for greater substantive democracy, then, would be to facilitate MPs to take a more independent stance when Bills are being considered in Committee and in the National Assembly. In the US system where there is a more explicit “division of powers” between the Executive and the Legislature, the former does not sit in the latter, as is the case here, and Members of Congress are more independent. One way to rectify this matter here would be to eliminate the “party list” system where the party leaders have total control over which candidate on their list during elections are later selected as parliamentarians. This power, along with the desire of the MPs to move into Executive office, keeps them behind the “party line”. A reversion to a total constituency system of elections would also assist in allowing MPs to better fulfil their representative function.The Parliament of Guyana also has Standings Committees, including the four Sectoral Committees – Economic, Natural Resources, Social Services and Foreign Affairs – which are not used sufficiently to scrutinise the work of the Executive. In the instance of the Telecommunications Bill, the Economic Services Committee could have called officials of the Government and the telecommunications companies to give evidence on the issue. In the presence of the media and with the assistance of experts they could hire, democracy would have been better served. But this was trumped by party discipline.last_img read more

Lone gunman robs Beharry distribution truck

first_imgIn another brazen daytime attack, the driver of a distribution truck attached to the Edward B Beharry and Sons Company was on Friday afternoon robbed in the vicinity of Bourda Market, Georgetown, by a lone gunman.The scene moments after the robbery at Bourda Market where the driver of the delivery truck was attackedReports are at about 14:00h, the driver of the truck was proceeding along Robb Street, Georgetown, when he was ambushed by the lone gunman who relieved him of an undisclosed sum of cash along with other valuables.Guyana Times was informed that the driver, who was unhurt but traumatised, parked the truck in front of a store and then proceeded to the Alberttown Police Station where he made a report of the robbery. Police have since launched an investigation.Only recently, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had announced that heightened security plans have been put in place around the city as the Christmas season approaches.However, at this latest attack, no law enforcement agents were in proximity.last_img read more

Mourinho calls Wenger ‘failure specialist’

first_img0Shares0000COBHAM, February 15 – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has gone one step further in his criticism of Arsene Wenger by claiming he would have quit by now if he had been as unsuccessful as the Arsenal boss.The high-profile managers became embroiled in a war of words on Friday as the Premier League title race hots up, with Mourinho labelling his Arsenal counterpart “a specialist in failure”. Wenger, whose side are one point behind their London rivals in the Premier League title race, claimed that many of the teams at the top are afraid to back themselves due to a fear of failure, with Mourinho having labelled Chelsea the “little horse” behind Manchester City and Arsenal.Yet, just hours later, Mourinho hit back with his “failure” jibe, a reference to the fact Arsenal under Wenger haven’t won a major trophy since lifting the 2005 FA Cup.– No trophy no contract –Mourinho said that if he went even half as long as Wenger without winning a trophy at a club he’d resign.“If I don’t win a trophy in four years then I don’t want a new contract – even if the club wants to give me one. It’s as simple as that.“A manager should not be embarrassed if they give everything…But, for my mentality, I think there is a limit and you have to be strong enough and proud enough to admit when it is enough.“The club (Chelsea) gave me a four year contract and that’s the period I will give everything to get results.”When asked if he would be given eight years without a trophy like Wenger, Mourinho replied: “No. But I am not worried about it. I really believe in the quality of work. Sooner or later the trophy arrives.”Mourinho, who apologised on Friday for branding Wenger a “voyeur” in 2005, added an explanation for his latest outburst at the Gunners boss“I am annoyed because he loves to look at this football club. I thought between 2007 and 2013 it was enough time for him to forget it. It looks like he always likes to look at this club. Am I afraid of failure? What is that?“I have lots of respect for him and he is a great manager. But failure is not winning a title for seven or eight years,” added Mourinho, who won the Premier League twice in his first spell as Chelsea manager between 2004 and 2007, as well as claiming the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan and taking league titles in four countries.– ‘Find another special coach’ –Mourinho’s Chelsea side are away to Manchester City in the FA Cup on Saturday, where they will look to end the quadruple hopes of their Premier League title rivals.“If Chelsea win they can’t win four trophies like their manager (Manuel Pellegrini) said was their target for the season,” he said.Mourinho was hailed by Russia coach Fabio Capello, one of modern football’s most successful bosses for all his ll-fated time with England, as the manager of the year,But the Portuguese believes another English top-flight chief is a worthy contender.“I have to say thanks (to Capello), but I do not think I am the coach of the year. I think, always, the coach of the year is the coach of the champion. Always.“And we can also find another special coach in somebody who has got a team in difficult circumstances and did something special.“I’m thinking, for example, about Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace. (He took over when they were) bottom and many managers didn’t want to accept the job because the feeling was that the team had no chance.“But Pulis has got the team and step by step – he’s done amazing job. I don’t think I am the coach of the year.“I feel I am doing a good job with this team. But to be the coach of the year I have to win the Premier League.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Train death stuns Moorpark

first_imgHe was headed west about 3:50 p.m. on Poindexter Avenue, which runs along the tracks, when he turned north onto a private driveway leading to a gate and a dirt road into the hills. The eastbound train hit the driver’s side of his truck, knocking it several hundred feet into a drainage ditch, police said. A drilling contractor who drilled many of Ventura County’s wells, Withington was known as a quiet, hardworking man who had lived in Moorpark since childhood. “He was an absolutely neat guy, the hardest working man you would ever want to meet,” Whitaker said. “He was one of those people who would never retire. It’s a tremendous loss. There is no one with a higher moral character. He was absolutely honest, an upfront guy.” Family members said Withington crossed the tracks every day for decades and had recently warned his wife, Willa, about the need to be extremely careful there. They wondered whether he might not have heard the train coming because of a hearing problem, or might not have seen it until too late because of a tree or nearby curve in the tracks. His son-in-law, Jim Webber, said Withington loved Moorpark and the people in it and wanted to help his neighbors any way he could, clearing the brush with his bulldozer and even fighting a recent brush fire with a hose. “He’s done a lot for this town and the people in it. We’re very upset about this,” Webber said, expressing concern about the danger posed by the railroad crossing – with no warning lights and no barrier to stop vehicles from coming when a train approaches. “There’s a lot of crying.” Neighbor Sam Asadurian said Withington was like a member of his family. “He was a great, great man, one of the nicest there is. It’s hard losing him,” he said. Moorpark City Councilwoman Rosanne Mikos called Withington’s death “a real tragedy.” “You wish you could turn back the clock,” she said. Withington is survived by his wife; his daughters, Toni Webber and Jan Christian; and son, Harvey Withington. A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine Road, Ventura. (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOORPARK – Lowell Withington must have driven over the railroad tracks on the private road near his home more times than he could count. Knowing the dangers, he even warned his wife recently to take extra caution there. So news of his death this week after his pickup truck was struck by a train came as a shock to everyone who knew him. “I would guess he crossed those tracks 1,000 times at minimum,” said Dale Whitaker, owner of the Whitaker Hardware store in Moorpark. “It’s very sad. We feel very bad about this.” Withington, 76 – known around town as a hardworking man who was always there to lend a helping hand – was killed Monday when an Amtrak train hit his pickup truck at the rural crossing leading into the hills where he owned a home and also leased property on a nearby ranch. last_img read more

Softball coach fears he could lose job

first_imgLANCASTER – Parents and current and former players have vowed to attend tonight’s Antelope Valley Union High School District board meeting in support of longtime Lancaster High softball coach Dean Johnson, who believes he’s about to be displaced from his job. Johnson said he was told by district officials that school officials have selected Krista Humphreys as his replacement, and that her appointment is up for approval at tonight’s meeting. Humphreys, a Lancaster High teacher, coached at Canyon High School in Santa Clarita for four years. Before that, she coached at Dade Christian of Miami, Fla. School and district officials were not immediately available for comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsHumphreys said she had not been told that she’d been selected, but acknowledged that she’d applied for the position. Johnson has coached at Lancaster since the softball program’s inception in 1997. He’s been the head coach for five years and was an assistant before that. Under Johnson, Lancaster won its first Golden League title in 2005 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time. It made the playoffs four of the five years he coached the team. “For the school to turn its back on me is arrogant and reprehensible,” said Johnson, an insurance agent. “They didn’t go to bat for me. They tried to strike me out.” He said an administrator told him he was passed up for the job because he was was not a full-time district employee and was less experienced than Humphreys. Johnson said the school began an interview process in early September when Humphreys expressed interest in the position, in accordance with district policy. Johnson said he suspects that the transfer of one of the program’s top players before the start of the 2005-06 school year figured in his displacement. The Daily News received letters from five parents of current players, two current players and one former player in support of Johnson. They credit him with building the program and raising funds that have drastically improved the facility. “I feel a new coach should have to prove themselves at the (junior varsity) level before taking the (varsity) job,” said the parent of a current player, who requested anonymity because he feared repercussions against his daughter for speaking publicly. “The main concern is that we just don’t know what the new coach is going to be like. Some of the kids have (Humphreys) as a teacher, and they say that she’s really nice but a lot of them are concerned about how they’re going to be perceived.” 661-267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

USL League Cup – Rovers, Cockhill drawn apart in group phase

first_imgLAST SEASON’S finalists have avoided each other in the group phase of the 2019/20 Donegal News USL League Cup.Letterkenny Rovers overcame Cockhill Celtic 3-1 in the Finn Park in late April to secure the prize and end a six-season dominance by Cockhill in the competition.BJ Banda’s late brace, after Jimmy Bradley cancelled out Lee Toland’s penalty, saw Rovers claim the silverware. The draw for the 2019/20 Donegal News USL League Cup took place on Monday night at a delegate meeting in the Mount Errigal Hotel.Group A – Fanad United, Finn Harps Reserves, Letterkenny Rovers.Group B – Bonagee United, Cockhill Celtic, Derry City Reserves.Fixtures will be announced in due course. Advertisement USL League Cup – Rovers, Cockhill drawn apart in group phase was last modified: August 20th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BJ BandaCockhill CelticEamonn McConigleyLee TolandLetterkenny RoversUlster Senior Leaguelast_img read more

Bruce wishes Solskjaer luck and comments on woeful record vs Man United

first_imgSteve Bruce admits his dreadful managerial record against Manchester United is a worry ahead of Newcastle’s clash against the Red Devils on Sunday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side visit St James’ Park hoping to win their first away match in 11 attempts, having not picked up a victory on the road since that famous night in Paris on March 3.Sunday’s match is the perfect opportunity for the Red Devils to get back to winning ways, as they face a Newcastle side who sit second bottom in the Premier League, with just five points from seven matches and only four goals scored. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman And even more concerning for the Magpies is the fact that Steve Bruce, the manager, has never managed to beat United as a manager.Bruce is an Old Trafford icon having starred for United as a player, but he’s failed to ever get one over on his former club since stepping into coaching.In fact, despite facing Man United on 22 occasions, Bruce has never claimed a victory – and he’s even only managed five draws!And Bruce is aware his record does not raise much hope for Sunday. Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Bruce has endured a tough time since taking charge of Newcastle BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:45Loaded: 6.03%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen targets “I don’t think I’ve ever beaten them which is a worry,” said the boss in his press conference, “but to come up against them is a big occasion.”United’s woeful form has heaped the pressure on Solskjaer, but Bruce hopes the under-fire manager improves the Red Devils as best he can.“I wish him the best of luck,” Bruce added. “He’s got a hard job ahead of him, but he’s been given a wonderful opportunity.”Bruce also discussed various other topics in his press conference, and you can read the best bits, below… Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta latest Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son AFP or licensors Birmingham vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs Charlton (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT on target statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ rookie error LIVE on talkSPORT Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship PEP TALK Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff appointed 1 update stalemate On responding to losing 5-0 at Leicester“There should be a few words when you get beat as badly as you did. You know what’s coming.“One thing you have to do is respond and look forward to the next game, to erase it. Show a certain degree of pride, a little bit about yourself and make sure you put it right.”On his approach since replacing Rafa Benitez“I don’t think they were micromanaged. They’ve played a certain way and that certain way has been drilled into them of course so we have to start being back there again.“If that’s the way they are used to playing, I can understand that and that’s what we’ll do.” Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Harry Kane vs The Worst Footballer You Will EVER See, aka ‘The Moose’On being a success at Newcastle“Mud’s been thrown my way since I walked through the door. That isn’t going to change.“The only thing that can change it for me is results. I’m determined to make it, if I possibly can, to turn it around and take the club forward and that’s the remit since I walked through door.”On being criticised“I’m a resilient so and so.“You wouldn’t be human if it didn’t affect you in some sort of way, but you try and get on with the job as best you can. Thankfully, I have a few years under my belt with experience to cope with it.“The flack always stops with me at top of the tree.”last_img read more

Scott County Arrests

first_imgOn September 4, 2019, Deputy Johnney Coomer with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office was working a traffic detail known as SAFE.During this detail, Deputy Coomer conducted a traffic stop in the Johnson Township area on State Road 256.An investigation led to the arrest of Kevin Joslin, 28, of Madison, Indiana for Driving While Suspended Prior.Kevin Joslin On September 4, 2019, Lieutenant Shawn Mayer and Deputies Zachary Brown and Christopher Bowling were on routine patrol in the Scottsburg area when they observed a truck sitting in the parking lot of a church.After stopping to check the truck an investigation led to the arrest of two individuals for alcohol-related charges. Isaiah Couch, 19, of Scottsburg was arrested for Illegal Consumption of Alcohol.Robert Montgomery, 19, of Scottsburg was arrested for Illegal Consumption of Alcohol.Isaiah CouchRobert MontgomeryOn September 4, 2019, Deputy Johnney Coomer conducted a traffic stop in the Scottsburg area. An investigation led to the arrest of Cynthia Campbell, 35, of Scottsburg for Operator Never Licensed.Cynthia Campbelllast_img read more

The Impact of One

first_imgBrand South africa, in partnership with Junior Chamber International South Africa, invites you to the second “Shape the Future” Forum. The event will discuss the concept of active citizenship, cover the analysis of community needs, and map out how young people can address such challenges by creating sustainable solutions. Follow @Brand_SA for updates from 6:30pm tonight, or follow a live webcast here.last_img

MTN-Qhubeka invited to Tour du Suisse

first_img11 March 2014 Further evidence of Team MTN-Qhubeka’s growing status was provided on Monday when the South African UCI Professional Continental cycling team was given a wild card invitation to be part of the 78th Tour de Suisse, a World Tour stage race taking place from 14 to 22 June. The World Tour includes cycling’s Grand Tours, the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana. MTN-Qhubeka’s goal is to earn invitations to the three events. Hard work paying off “Our World Tour programme keeps growing and shows the hard work the team put in last year is paying off,” Team Principal Douglas Ryder said in a statement. “We have had some fantastic results recently in stage races with our African and South African riders and to be able to race in a World Tour stage race as iconic as the Tour de Suisse is huge. “Many teams use the Tour de Suisse as a final preparation race for the Tour de France, and so for Africa to be a part of this race is just a massive opportunity,” Ryder said. “Linus Gerdemann will lead the team in this event, a race he has participated in six times previously and where he won his first race as a professional cyclist.”‘My most favourite race’ Gerdemann is excited to see his new team in his favourite race. “The Tour de Suisse is my most favourite race of all races,” he said. “It is incredibly well organised and races on the most beautiful terrain. It is also where I won my first professional race so it will always be a special race for me. “Our team is very well suited for this race and we will work hard to do a good result there.”2013 victories Last year, Team MTN-Qhubeka recorded the second most wins among Pro Continental teams, with 16 victories. The most high profile of those was Gerald Ciolek’s stunning win in the Milan-San Remo. They will be joined at the Tour de Suisse by two other wild card teams, the Swiss Professional Continental Team IAM Cycling and the Polish team CCC Polsat Polkowice. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more