Gail Teixeira renounces Canadian citizenship

first_imgFormer Opposition Chief Whip and parliamentarian Gail Teixeira has officially renounced her Canadian citizenship, paving the way for the veteran politician’s return to the National Assembly and her Party’s candidate list.Former Chief Whip for the PPP/C, Gail TeixeiraTeixeira made this revelation on Monday, on the sidelines of the first day of the National Toshaos Conference at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre. When asked, she informed Guyana Times that her documents were in fact finalised a couple months ago.“I received my renunciation since June 26, 2019. My Canadian citizenship was renounced by the Canadian authorities. I was the first of the whole group. Everyone said they were going to, they were going to, but I was done,” she said.Asked about a return to Parliament, where she has served for decades, Teixeira confirmed that she was thus cleared to return on the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) candidate list from whence potential Members of Parliament (MPs) are drawn.In April of this year, Opposition Leader and PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo had committed to ensuring that future electoral lists submitted by his party to stand for Parliament would be free of dual citizens.Jagdeo was at the time appearing on the “Jumpstart” radio programme on Monday morning, when he laid down his Party’s position on dual citizenship. He noted the effect a ruling on the no-confidence case in his Party’s favour at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) would have on the whole issue.“If the no-confidence (ruling) goes in our favour at the CCJ, there will be no need for a convening of the Parliament again unless there’s an agreement. Therefore, no dual citizen will attend the Parliament on our side,” he had said.“When the new list is prepared for General Elections, no dual citizen will be on that list,” Jagdeo further explained. “If they want to be on that list, they have to give up their dual citizenship. That’s our position.”ResignationsTeixeira was among seven Members of Parliament (three Opposition and four Government), who had to resign from the National Assembly and as Ministers, because of their dual citizenship status, after a ruling confirmed that dual citizens could not hold those positions.The ruling in question was delivered by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, who in January upheld the passage of the no-confidence motion against the Government, ruling that it was validly passed with the 33 majority.At the time, the Government not only argued that 34 was the majority of 65, but it also argued that former Alliance For Change (AFC) MP Charrandas Persaud, as a dual citizen, should not have been in the National Assembly in the first place.The fallout from her ruling on the dual citizenship issue, however, saw Teixeira and her Opposition colleagues Odinga Lumumba and Adrian Anamayah, as well as former Ministers Joseph Harmon, Carl Greenidge, Dominic Gaskin and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine resigning from Parliament and Government, only for them to then be rehired by the Government in different capacities in the same Ministries they once headed.Last week, Greenidge announced that his documents were successfully processed by authorities in the United Kingdom and that he would be free to return on his party’s candidate list. Speculation has since arisen that Greenidge could be angling for the prime ministerial spot of the coalition, especially since the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has been lukewarm about accepting AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan as the coalition’s prime ministerial candidate.Harmon also announced that he has begun the process towards renouncing his United States (US) citizenship. It is understood that Lumumba has also moved in the direction of renunciation. However, Gaskin, who is a British citizen by birth, and Roopnaraine have made no such move. Anamayah has meanwhile already made known that for personal reasons, he would not be renouncing his dual citizenship.last_img read more

Govt stands in solidarity with Cuba on US imposed economic embargo – President

first_imgPresident David Granger on Saturday assured the Republic of Cuba of Guyana’s solidarity relative to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the Government of the United States of America (USA).President Granger was at the time meeting with Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla; Director General of Latin America and the Caribbean Division, Ambassador Eugenio Martinez Enriquez and Cuban Ambassador to Guyana, His Excellency Narciso Reinaldo Amador Socorro, at the Ministry of the Presidency.Minister Parrilla travelled to Guyana for the Sixth Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Caricom and Cuba which was held on June 14, 2019.“We have historically over four decades, regarded the integrity and sovereignty of Cuba in this hemisphere. We have taken a very strong and principled position on the question of the blockade and we will continue to give our support for the lifting of the blockade,” President Granger said.The Head of State noted that the blockade is an aberration of international relations which have been perpetrated by one state against another.“We will continue to insist that the unlawful blockade against the Cuban people is lifted; it is something which is really part of the previous era of the cold war, it has no place in modern international relations. So, you can count on our solidarity in this regard,” he said.On Friday, Caricom’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs in a declaration adopted at the conclusion of the Sixth Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Caricom and Cuba, rejected the imposition of unilateral coercive measures while calling for an “immediate and unconditional end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the Government of the United States of America against Cuba.The statement released by the Caricom Secretariat also called for the end to what was described as the extraterritorial nature and the financial persecution of Cuban transactions, the severity of which has increased.“In this regard, we denounce the application of the new measures under the Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, legislation which flagrantly violates International Law and undermines the sovereignty and interests of third parties, announced by the US Government which strengthens the US blockade against Cuba.”Additionally, President Granger iterated that economic development and peace in the Caribbean Bloc contributes to international peace and security.“I would like to assure you, the Cuban Government, of the Government of Guyana’s solidarity in removing this blockade which has hampered economic development. I see the Caribbean as being not only a zone of peace, not only from a political or military point of view but also as one of economic stability,” the Head of State said.President Granger and the Cuban Foreign Minister discussed matters of mutual interest including climate change and the environment, the protection of wildlife, renewable energy and healthcare, to name a few.The President thanked the Government of Cuba for providing excellent and professional healthcare to him while he was being treated there for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma over the past few months. “I would like to iterate my gratitude to President Miguel Díaz-Canel, the Vice-President…yourself and the doctors at Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirurgicas (CIMEQ) for the excellent care given to me,” President Granger said.Meanwhile, Parrilla thanked Guyana for its continued support. He said Guyana and Cuba have a history of cooperation and collaboration and reiterated that the two countries will continue to work on areas of mutual interest.“We would never forget Guyana’s contribution dating back to 1972 [when diplomatic relations were established],” the Cuban Foreign Minister said while noting that despite the challenging times faced as a result of the blockade, Cubans remain resilient.Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Karen Cummings; Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams; Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed; Director Generals of the Ministries of the Presidency and Foreign Affairs, Joseph Harmon and Audrey Waddell respectively, also attended Saturday morning’s meeting.last_img read more

For the Ducks, it’s Fathers’ Day

first_imgThe Ducks invited their fathers to join them for the final two games of their five-game trip, which ended Saturday night at Staples Center. Nineteen of them accompanied their sons to Phoenix and L.A., a treat for all concerned. There was a team dinner and a golf outing in Phoenix earlier in the week, a trip to the Ducks’ Anaheim practice facility to watch a workout Friday and the games themselves against the Coyotes and the Kings. There also was a sight-seeing trip to Hollywood for the dads Saturday. The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche made similar trips with their fathers to Anaheim earlier this season, prompting general manager Brian Burke to plan the father-son trip for the Ducks. It’s a way for the players to repay their fathers for the many hours of sacrifice watching their sons get their starts at predawn practices often held in frozen rinks around North America and in Europe. It also was a chance for the fathers to get to know each other. “It’s very special for them,” winger Teemu Selanne said. “My dad (Ilmari) has probably been here (Southern California) 20 times, but he’s never been on a road trip.” Goalie rotation: As is his custom, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle declined to name his starting goalies for the second game of the home-and-home series against the Kings. Jean-Sebastien Giguere started Saturday’s game and Carlyle said he probably wouldn’t decide until after the game whether Giguere would start again tonight at the Honda Center or whether Ilya Bryzgalov would start for the first time since Feb. 7. center_img Roster move: Before the game, the Kings signed winger John Zeiler to a NHL contract and recalled him from the American Hockey League and sent down rookie winger Konstantin Pushkarev. Zeiler, 24, made his NHL debut Saturday. He had 11goals and 16 assists in 52games in Manchester. Solid in goal: A major factor in the Kings’ mini-resurgence since the All-Star break has been goalie Sean Burke, a 40-year-old veteran who was plucked out of the AHL off waivers. During the Kings’ recent five-game road trip, Burke made four starts, went 2-1-1 and stopped 115 of 120 shots. He also recorded a shutout against the Florida Panthers. Mathieu Garon got the start, but Burke is expected to be in goal tonight in Anaheim. “I’ve been pleased,” Burke said. “I’m just pleased that I was able to come in and contribute, considering where I was. I’ve been able to come back to this level and have some enjoyment with it.” 160Want 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

BUSINESS: EXCITING TIMES AHEAD FOR AURA LEISURE CENTRE

first_imgBUSINESS: Following a recent meeting with the board of Directors of Letterkenny Sports Complex Development Ltd and the management of Aura Sport and Leisure have announced its action packed schedule for the complex over the coming months. In addition both parties noted that the membership and activity levels have increased strongly over the past number of months. The centre will be holding an open day on the 10th October to launch the newly refurbished pitches and showcase the various areas available for hire.With local clubs playing tournaments on the day, there will also be lots of family fun activities including a bouncy castle, raffle, refreshments and games taking place from 12pm- 4pm.The launch will showcase all the areas available for a variety of sports such as soccer, basketball, badminton, volleyball and much more. All are welcome to come down and soak up the fun atmosphere.Aura Letterkenny Leisure Complex offers excellent, state of the art facilities for health and fitness, including; a sports hall, running track, 3 x 5-aside pitches and one full size Astro pitch. Multiple groups can be catered for both indoors and outdoors, making it the ideal venue for teams, clubs or groups of friends looking to train, play or compete.The complex also plays host to the renowned Aura Swim Academy which will be rebooking for its next term from the 10th October.The new term will offer some extra classes with smaller class sizes, which is great news for any parent that recognises the importance of children’s swimming lessons.For gym goers; the centre is currently offering special 180 day memberships for only €180. The special introductory memberships have proven increasingly popular for people looking to kick start their fitness in the lead up to the winter months.“Aura has gone from strength to strength recently and we’re happy to report that memberships are also going strong at the centre.”“The arrival of the new Operations Manager Áine Temple has made a really positive impact” said Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, Chairman of Letterkenny Sports Complex Development Ltd. Meanwhile the renowned Aura Arena is gearing up towards upcoming events such as the WFF (World Fitness Federation) National Championships on the 17th October, Ulster Irish Dancing Championships from the 26th October – 1st November and North West Motor Show on the 7th & 8th November.“There’s plenty of exciting times ahead at the Aura Letterkenny Complex and I believe the community will benefit greatly from all the upcoming sports and fitness related activities taking place” said Mayor Gerry McMonagle.For more information please contact the Aura Letterkenny team on 074 9106422 or visit auraleisure.ieBUSINESS: EXCITING TIMES AHEAD FOR AURA LEISURE CENTRE was last modified: October 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Mulroy students have egg-stra special time at Sci-fest

first_imgTwo fifth year students from Mulroy College, Dylan McBride and Conor Bradley, participated in the National Sci-fest competition held in Marino Conference Centre last Friday. Their project was making a comparative study to investigate if the breed of chicken affects the hatch rate of the eggs.They spent many hours working hatching eggs over the summer to collate data for the project. All the hard work paid off when they received a trophy of Excellence in STEM within the Life Science category.Conor said he gained so much experience doing the project.“This required a lot of independent work and I learnt that science never stops. We didn’t get a very good hatch rate the first time we did the sample of eggs. But on repeating it, the result was much better,” he said.Dylan, who hopes to study science after his leaving certificate in Mulroy College, commented said, “I would encourage as many as possible to participate in competitions like this. Just seeing what other schools were working with was unbelievable. It has helped me to think to the future in zoology. It did take up a lot of time, but with the support of the school, teachers and our parents we are delighted that we got this far.” On return to the school, their teacher, Aisling McAteer was delighted with the student’s success.She highlighted that the school has been extremely successful in many science competitions including BT Young Scientist and ECO UNESCO over the past few years and this brings more encouragement to the students who are participating in this year’s BT Young Scientist Competition.The school has a variety of activities arranged for Science Week, highlighting the importance of science to all areas of life.Mulroy students have egg-stra special time at Sci-fest was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Declan Meehan launches a campaign for change for the Milford area

first_imgDeclan Meehan, 29, from Milford, has confirmed that he will be seeking election to Donegal County Council as an independent candidate in the Milford Electoral Area.He is the youngest candidate to enter the field to date.Declan, who now lives in Ray near Rathmullan, is running on a community platform, with commitments to empower communities to reimagine and revive rural areas. Speaking on his announcement today, Declan said: “I’m delighted to put my name forward for election in my home area to lead a Campaign for Change.“The time for accepting representation that is content to keep things ticking along is over.“The last local election took place in 2014. A lot has changed internationally and in Ireland since then, but little has changed locally in Donegal.“We are still one of the most disadvantaged counties and our young people are still leaving in their droves. “We deserve better representation that has a bigger, more ambitious vision for this part of the county.“We cannot afford another five years of the same tired complacency from our county councillors, while Donegal, but particularly the Milford Electoral Area, continues to be left behind. I believe strongly that we can do better from our council, that we can better deliver on projects, that we can attract more funding and energise our rural communities again.“We have amazing potential across our towns and rural peninsula areas, and I hope to work with communities to realise that potential”.As a community youth worker Declan knows all too well that community and voluntary groups struggle to get the help and support they need to provide the services in our area.He said: “I’m passionate about communities because communities are the back bone of rural Ireland. “I want to be a voice for the people who give up their evenings and weekends to volunteer in sports clubs, community groups, tidy towns, social support groups and other endeavours that enrich our towns and villages.“These groups are a hugely valuable resource in rural life, which often goes unacknowledged, unrepresented and unsupported. I’m committed to working with them to help achieve our community’s full potential”His grassroots campaign will be entirely crowd-funded, with no corporate or business donations.He said: “My Campaign for Change is not just about a change in who represents us in Lifford. It’s also about a change in the conduct of council business and how this is communicated. “I believe that county councillors should be working for and communicating with those they represent for five years, and not just in the months running up to an election.“I’m committed to transparency and I’m pledging to keep the public up to date with the projects I’m working on with regular website updates, regular newsletters and an annual report on what I am delivering with your support”.Declan will be out and about meeting people in the area in the coming weeks and looks forward to listening to people’s concerns and ideas.He would also like to welcome anyone to the Campaign for Change who wants to see real change at council level for the people of Milford, Rathmullan, Ramelton, Fanad, Rosguill, Kilmacrenan and surrounding areas. If you want to be part of this change, or have issues to discuss, please contact Declan on 085 1947339 or through declanmeehan.ie. People can donate to the campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/9wms5.Declan Meehan launches a campaign for change for the Milford area was last modified: March 7th, 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:Declan MeehanElectionsMilfordlast_img read more

Half-time: QPR 0 Man Utd 1

first_imgRafael scored a stunning goal and then cleared off the line to leave Manchester United in front at the interval at Loftus Road.After Julio Cesar had pushed out an effort from Robin van Persie, the brother of QPR’s on-loan United defender Fabio pounced on the loose ball and brilliantly smashed home from the edge of the area.Rangers, with Bobby Zamora and Jose Bosingwa back in the starting line-up, spent most of the first half on the back foot.Prior to Rafael’s 24th-minute opener, keeper Cesar tipped over Van Persie’s header from Ashley Young’s left-wing cross.Rangers did manage a spell of pressure and were denied an equaliser when Chris Samba’s goal-bound header from Esteban Granero’s corner was met by Rafael at the far post.The outstanding Rafael was then in the thick of the action again, sprinting down the right and sending an excellent cross towards Van Persie, whose first-time shot was parried away by Cesar.Mercifully for the home side, Van Persie was substituted four minutes before the break after being hurt in the build-up to Rafael’s goal.United remained a threat, however, and Nemanja Vidic went close with a header from Ryan Giggs’ cross.QPR (4-4-2): Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore; Townsend, Granero, Mbia, Taarabt; Mackie, Zamora.Subs: Green, Park, Wright-Phillips, Onuoha, Jenas, Remy, Hoilett.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Announcing the January Featured Geocacher of the Month

first_img SharePrint RelatedJanuary Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJanuary 9, 2013In “Community”February Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsFebruary 13, 2013In “Community”Announcing the December Geocacher of the MonthFebruary 4, 2014In “Community” Congratulations to the Featured Geocacher of the Month, The WeaselThe decibel level from the global geocaching community rose to new heights during voting in January. Hundreds of geocachers commented to support of outstanding nominees from the United States and the United Kingdom. More than 800 comments were tallied for all the nominees.Each geocacher nominated offers the global geocaching community a unique example of a caring geocacher. All are truly winners, as we learned about these three gracious and giving geocachers. Thank you to all those who supported them. The nominees not chosen as featured Geocacher of the Month will receive a gift of appreciation from Geocaching.After tallying the comments and careful consideration, 2013 begins with The Weasel being named January’s Featured Geocacher of the Month!The Weasel is recognized for organizing Cache In Trash Out (CITO) events, helping guide local geocaching as a board member of the Iowa Geocacher Organization, and spreading the word about proper geocaching etiquette through conducting and assisting in over 50 geocaching 101, 201 and 301 classes and workshops throughout the State of Iowa and abroad.A geocacher who voted for The Weasel writes, “I heard my parents speak over and over again about caches put out by The Weasel, so I had to see for myself what was so good about them. On a few visits to see my parents we headed out to get a little caching in. Inevitably nearly every cache that I liked turned out to be placed by The Weasel. His caches are fun, unique, well placed, and well maintained. You can’t help but get excited about geocaching when you are working on one of his caches! And to know how much he cares about his community, the environment, and the awareness and promotion of geocaching through friendships and education”Featured Geocacher of the Month IconThe Weasel will receive a collector’s edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging his contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. See a list of all the featured Geocachers of the Month here.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@groundspeak.com. Every nomination must meet the following requirements:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award.Nominations for the February Featured Geocacher of the Month must be received by the end of the day on Friday, February 8, 2013.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose three candidates and post them on the Geocaching blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Kashmir’s known counter-insurgent Rashid Billa killed

first_imgKashmir Valley’s notorious counter-insurgent of yesteryears, Abdul Rashid Parray alias Rashid Billa, was killed by suspected militants in Bandipora district on Sunday night.According to local daily Greater Kashmir, Billa was shot dead inside his home in Hajin area. The daily reported that “militants barged into Billa’s home and opened indiscriminate fire, killing him on the spot” on Sunday night.Billa was among big names of counter-insurgents, who were provided official patronage, in 1990s to stop the surge of militancy in north Kashmir, especially Hizbul Mujahideen.Billa along with two associates Wali Mohammad Mir and Mohammad Ayoub Dar, then working for the Army, are accused of killing seven civilians of three families, including women, on October 5, 1996 in Sadrakoot.On March 22 last year, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had asked the police to arrest Billa in the case and ordered seizure of his property. However, the police failed to arrest him and declared him as absconding.last_img read more