Dear Editor,The APNU/AFC coalition’s characteristic and consistent malfunctioning have and continue to defiantly realise a serious decay of our constitutionally provided democracy. Our people must, therefore, take the necessary steps to preserve and defend our rights with a sense of sincere commitment and vigour. The sacrifices of our fore-parents and martyrs must not be allowed to dissipate into thin air at the fantasy of this tyrannical Government. We must resist and fight to have elections immediately, in keeping with the Constitution and the rule of law!At all costs, we must repel the sufferings of our nation under the ultra-bullying, deliberate dodging delaying tactics of this illegal, unconstitutional and oppressive APNU/AFC coalition regime. The shameful antics and devious manoeuvres are obvious demonstrations of the great fear within the APNU/AFC of facing the people at the polls.It is, therefore, imperative that we take to the streets and demand that we have free and fair elections now. The delaying tactics of abusing the courts have been exhausted and it is now time for action to rid the oppressors.The vulgar incestuous relationship transcends, contaminates, and flagrantly continues to interfere with the functions of critical autonomous agencies, approved to uphold constitutional pillars. Standing out as a beacon is the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), which ought to have been and should always be in a state of readiness to hold elections at short notice. The severe, irrecoverable times that sufferings related to the matters have been exhausted in our High and Appeal Courts as well as the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as Guyana Final Appeal Court is telling enough.Although the CCJ has ruled absolutely and definitively upholding our constitutional imperatives, and removing the illegally appointed Chairman, James Patterson, who subscribed to some irrational and abusive decision, the Secretariat is now moving to implement House-to-House Registration to purportedly end in October in contempt of the CCJ ruling and an absolute breach of the Constitution. It is of note that Section 8 of the Constitution Cap. 101 states: “This Constitution is the supreme law of Guyana and, if any other law is inconsistent with it, that other law shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void”.It is, therefore, outright and illegal for the Secretariat of the Elections Commission to be proceeding under the direction of Keith Lowenfied or any other person, to implement actions which defy and frustrate rulings of the CCJ. As a constitutional agency, it goes against the grain of enforceability of Section 106 of the Constitution, which instructs the holding of elections within three months. The situation is outright unconstitutional, blatant, flagrant, and initiates a formula for massive resistance and protests which will be activated and should be supported by all.The deviousness of this cabal knows no bounds. It would be recalled that immediately after the fall of the coalition Government on December 21, 2018, key administrative personnel at GECOM made public statements that the organisation is ready to hold elections. Public Relations Officer Yolanda Ward and the Chief Executive Officer, Keith Lowenfield, were quick to say that the list is ready and with the activation of Standard Operating Procedures while the Legal Officer Excellence Dazzell was very positive and strong in her pronouncements in respect to GECOM’s preparation for elections. The actions now by the GECOM Secretariat amuse one and all, and steps must be taken to sanction the abusive and ransom approach being illustrated from the back end by the PNC.The consequential orders are clear. National and Regional Elections must be held within 90 days after the CCJ made its ruling and that was on June 18, 2019. Cabinet and the President must resign. Further, GECOM has the responsibility to conduct elections and abide by the provisions of the Constitution that instruct elections be held within three months.It is necessary that we highlight, for public attention, revelations contained in the Official Gazette Legal Supplement—“B” May 15, 2018, which addresses the National Registration (Residents) (Revision of Registers) Order 2018, made under National Registration Act (19:08). Contained therein, it is stated as follows:“In exercise of the powers conferred on the Elections Commission by sections 61 (b), 6 (a), 14 and 15 of the National Registration Act, Cap 19:08, the Elections Commission makes the following order: –1. The Registration Officer of every Registration Area in the first schedule is required to prepare a Register of Registrants and Register of Electors for that Registration Area.2. The qualifying date, was 31st October 2018.3. This Order shall apply to all eligible persons in Guyana who have attained the age of 14 years.4. (Transactions), those persons whose names appear on the Central Register at the coming into operation of this Order may also effect changes/corrections to their particulars and request transfers.This Order was published in the Official Gazette, was signed by the then Chairman of GECOM, Justice Patterson. Following these procedures, the Register of Registrants was prepared and the final voters’ list was made available for the highly successful 2018 Local Government Elections. That Register was valid until April 30, 2019. Following the same trend, it is notable that all relevant requirements for the List of Electors to be properly updated for the upcoming Regional and National Elections was done in a very short period of Claims and Objections so that the List could be fully sanitised and ready for elections.Guyana is now in a full constitutional crisis with a caretaker Government, whose primary function is to ensure elections which must be held within 90 days from the date of the consequential orders of the CCJ. This Constitution is the supreme law of Guyana and no other law or inconsistent decision must be tolerated or allowed to override its supremacy. Guyana’s image is now damaged and deteriorating fast as the thieving, corruption, crime, prostitution and high cost of living envelopes our days.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
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23 March 2006South Africa is to inject more resources into its African peace missions, extending the stay of its peacekeeping troops in four countries and sending a new detachment of peacekeepers to the Comoros ahead of presidential elections in that country.Government spokesperson Joel Netshitenzhe told reporters in Cape Town on Wednesday that South Africa was closely monitoring developments in politically unstable areas on the continent.Netshitenzhe said the Cabinet had decided to extend the deployment of members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in four African countries – Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sudan – until 31 March 2007.South Africa has 950 SANDF members in Burundi as part of a UN operation; 46 SANDF members supporting the disarmament, demobilisation, reintegration and mediation process in Cote d’Ivoire; 339 SANDF members in Sudan as part of an African Union mission; and 110 SANDF members in the DRC.Netshitenzhe said an additional 14 SANDF members would be sent to the DRC to lend support with the integration and training of DRC soldiers.Netshitenzhe said South Africa would also deploy 371 SANDF members in the Comoros as part of an African Union force that will help to ensure an environment conducive to free and fair presidential elections.He added that South Africa had recently donated 10 tons of DDT to Mozambique to assist that country in its campaign to control malaria.“South Africa will also assist with training in the safe handling, application and monitoring of the use of insecticides in keeping with guideline of the World Health Organisation,” he said.Source: BuaNews
Stellenbosch University (SU) receiveddouble honours as it was included inthe QS listing’s top 500 universities,and also came in third highest onthe African continent.(Image: Stellenbosch University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Martin ViljoenStellenbosch University media liaison+27 21 808 4921RELATED ARTICLES• Pure water in a jiffy • UCT MBA among world’s best • Can drive raises R8.5m for education• South African university gets global nodWilma den HartighSouth Africa has yet again proved that the standard of its tertiary education is comparable with the best in the world. Two local universities, the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, have achieved top honours by being listed in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for 2011/12.First published in 2004, the QS ranking is a respected global career and education network. Prospective students and staff from all over the world use the information to decide where to study and advance their academic careers.Stellenbosch University (SU) received double honours as it was included in the QS listing’s top 500 universities, and also came in third highest on the African continent.The University of Cape Town (UCT) was placed in 156th position, up from 161 last year. The QS system also continues to name UCT as the only university in Africa in the top 200.The QS system makes use of six indicators to determine an international ranking: academic reputation (40%); employer reputation (10%); citations per faculty (20%); faculty student ratio (20%); proportion of international students (5%); and proportion of international faculty (5%). The top universities world-wide are then selected out of 2 000 institutions.Recognising outstanding teaching and researchProf Russel Botman, SU’s rector and vice-chancellor, says that inclusion in the QS listing is a significant achievement for the university as it indicates that the international community has taken notice of the excellence of its teaching and research.Stellenbosch University has done ground-breaking work as part of its HOPE project in the areas of nano-fibre water filter technology, food security, HIV/Aids, paediatric tuberculosis and various other research initiatives.The HOPE project supports the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by focusing on world-class research aimed at improving the lives of South Africans and people elsewhere on the continent.“Although we don’t chase rankings, we are proud to be recognised by our peers in this way. It is an important feather in our cap,” Botman says, adding that the rankings also expose local academics and students to more opportunities for research collaboration and exchange.He says that SU has done a lot of work to improve its research output, and has received recognition as the university that delivers the most research output in the country per academic staff member.However, he was surprised at the ranking received for international visibility. “The university has been working very hard to improve its international presence and visibility for the past four years, but we didn’t know that our work would be noticed so quickly,” he says.Results of research conducted by Stellenbosch University in 2007 revealed that internationally the university wasn’t well known for the quality of its academic programmes. However, people were aware of the institution’s negative apartheid history.“The ranking shows that our strategy to improve visibility of the university and bring about transformation is correct,” says Botman.International recognition of this kind is beneficial for individual tertiary institutions and the country. UCT’s executive director of communications and marketing, Gerda Kruger, said in a statement that a good performance on the QS list sends the message that South Africans can get a world-class education without leaving the country.
10 August 2016Team South Africa has begun its Rio Olympics campaign this week, and among the 137 athletes competing this year are some of the country’s outstanding female athletes, representing a wide range of sporting disciplines. To celebrate Women’s Month, here is a look at five of the best.Caster Semenya – athleticsTrack athlete Caster Semenya will be representing SA in Rio 12-21 August. Do us proud, @caster800m! #teamSArise pic.twitter.com/5U0ifXjeP1— SSISA (@Sportscience_sa) August 3, 2016Mokgadi Caster Semenya was born in Ga-Masehlong village, close to Polokwane, in 1991. Over the last six years she has become South Africa’s most high profile international athlete.A natural middle-distance runner, Semenya is considered a world-class champion, winning gold in the 800 metres at the 2009 World Championships and silver medals at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics. In Rio this year, she is on course for finally getting the gold medal.While a controversial figure off the track, with debate about her sex causing her to leave competitive running until 2010. However, Semenya has silenced critics with world-class performances and a shy, humble demeanour that hides a fiery will to compete and win. British magazine New Statesman included Semenya in a list of 50 People That Matter 2010, calling her “an inspiration to gender campaigners around the world”.In 2012, Semenya was awarded South African Sportswoman of the Year Award at the South African Sports Awards in Sun City. She received the bronze Order of Ikhamanga national honour in 2014, recognised for her contributions to South African sport.Her mind is now set on a Rio Olympics triumph this year, beginning her campaign for 800m gold on Wednesday, 17 August, with the whole of South African behind her.Sunette Viljoen – athleticsSouth African javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen was born in 1983 in Johannesburg. She is a four-time African champion and two-time Commonwealth gold medallist. She narrowly missed out on the Olympic gold in London in 2012, but is back with renewed determination at this year’s Rio Games.“I’ve grown emotionally over the last four years,” Viljoen told Time LIVE in July. “I am not tense or worried about results. My head and body are in complete harmony.“As one of South African’s most experienced athletes, Viljoen credits her longevity to divine drive. “(My) incredible passion and drive… is something that can only come from God. I don’t know how to give up, only how to persevere.”There will be a lot of support behind her, urging her on to get the gold this time around. Both her partner and daughter will be with her in Rio, cheering her along with all her South African fans to add another triumph to a distinguished athletics career.“It would be the perfect ending for all the years in which I invested everything. If I reap the fruits, I would know it has all been worth it, including the biggest battle I have had to fight off the field in the past four years.”Viljoen begins her Rio campaign on 17 August.Bridgitte Hartley – sprint canoeing2Read more: http://www.southafrica.info/about/sport/Womens-Month-South%20Africa-female-Olympians-100816.htm#.WBwdHZN96Rs#ixzz4P15bWNjLNEWS: Underdog tag fuelling @for_bridgitte‘s Olympic desire – https://t.co/tPVvSG2hsb | @teamsa16 #teamSArise pic.twitter.com/3NKA9BjEAw— Canoeing SA (@CanoeingSA) July 27, 2016 A surprise third-place in London in 2012 got the whole country talking about the then-unknown South African sprint canoeist Bridgitte Hartley. In Rio, she will be using South African fans as inspiration to go for the gold in the K1 Women’s 500m canoe sprint event on 17 August. She is looking forward to proving that her London bronze was no fluke.Hartley understands the pressures and hard work that comes with succeeding at international level, telling Sport24 before she left for a preparation training camp in Brazil: “I am more critical of everything now than I was before London. I am trying to always improve and I get frustrated when I have a bad training session.”The 33-year-old Johannesburg-born, self-described “optimistic blonde” wants to do more than just win the gold this time around; she wants to highlight her sport, particularly on the short events, which as many can attest, are as exciting and fierce as any land event.Julia Vincent – diving#Rio2016 #TeamSA – #diving : Catch @JulesVincent10 & in the 3m Women’s prelims at 20h00. pic.twitter.com/krDm8owmvg— Stephne J v Vuuren (@Steph_Sport) August 7, 2016 The 21-year-old Julia Vincent may be an Olympic newbie, but she is determined to grab a gold for South Africa in diving. She has been preparing for over two years, diving in the US as part of the University of South Carolina college team, where she earned the NCAA All-American title in the 1m dive.Vincent will be participating in the 3m dive in Rio, having qualified at the Fina Diving World Cup in February with a 250-plus score. She will become the first female South African diver to participate at an Olympics since the 1950s.Apart from her own event, Vincent is looking forward to experiencing Rio and the rest of the Games as a spectator, hoping to see the sights of one of the world’s most enigmatic cities and watch the men’s 100m athletics final, after she competes on 12 August.Tsholofelo Thipe – athleticsRustenburg-born 29-year-old Tsholofelo Thipe became one of the first black women to represent South Africa in a track event in the 400 metres at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. While she may have missed out on the London Games in 2012, she is back in Rio with even more determination.“I want to make a mark and become someone the youth can look up to. I have unfinished business in the Olympics and God has answered my prayers to be in Rio,” Thipe told the Sowetan when the final South African team was announced in June.She cites inspiration from other African female athletes, including Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, two of Africa’s fastest female sprinters. “I have raced them in Europe before. I hope the Rio Olympics will help me to rise. My ultimate dream is to be in the final.“Thipe will begin her heats on Saturday, 13 August.Noko Matlou – footballRead more: http://www.southafrica.info/about/sport/Womens-Month-South%20Africa-female-Olympians-100816.htm#.WBwdHZN96Rs#ixzz4P17KQOWrI feel blessed and honoured 2b chosen as one of the athletes that is going2 represent SA at de Rio Olympic #teamSa16 pic.twitter.com/eKA9kQ2bwx— Noko Matlou (@Nokomatlou11) July 23, 2016 A 10-year career as one of Banyana Banyana’s dependable defenders has taken Noko Matlou to two Olympics, and she hopes Rio will be an opportunity to help get the team a gold medal. She has played more than 89 games for the national side, scoring 61 goals along the way, including six goals at the 2008 African Women’s Championship.Later that year, Matlou became the first South African to be named the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Footballer of the Year.Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic CommitteeSouthafrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info material
The 79th session of the Indian History Congress (IHC) that was to be held in the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) between December 28 and 30 has been “indefinitely postponed” by university authorities allegedly due to a shortage of funds.The university put up a statement on its website on Wednesday.The IHC, considered the premier body of academic and professional historians in the country and which boasts a membership of over 7,000 academics, said it was “shocked” and “deeply disappointed” at the university’s last-minute decision.On Thursday, SPPU organising committee member professor Radhika Seshan said that the ‘Khelo India’ programme scheduled between January 9 and 20, 2019, in the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi, meant that the facility would be unavailable for housing delegates coming to the IHC.“We have asked the IHC for a postponement till February or March owing to shortage of funds and because of the Khelo India programme. The loss of the Balewadi Sports Complex means that we would have to arrange for hotels to house the delegates. This would add to our costs,” she said.Though the IHC was scheduled in advance, she said that the neck-to-neck schedules of the congress and the ‘Khelo India’ event was the reason given by authorities for not making the Balewadi facility available to the SPPU. Ms. Seshan denied suggestions of any ‘political pressure’ on the university to host the IHC.Over 2,000 delegatesMore than 2,000 delegates from across India were expected at the Congress. According to SPPU authorities, the cost of hosting an event at this scale would come to ₹1.5 crore.“It is a matter of pride for us and we would still be happy to host. We hope that the IHC’s executive committee will agree to our request for a postponement,” Ms. Seshan said. When asked if the varsity would be able to secure funds if the IHC agreed to a postponement, she said that the organising committee had the full support of the SPPU.In a note put up on the IHC website on Wednesday, Professor Mahalaxmi Ramakrishnan, secretary, IHC said: “We had received an email from [university authorities] on the night of December 11 which said that due to financial difficulties and lack of arrangements for accommodation of delegates, they have at the last moment taken this unilateral decision. This morning [December 12], the website of SPPU carried the announcement of the postponement of the IHC, without the approval of the executive committee (EC) of the IHC. We have written to the Vice-Chancellor of SPPU expressing our deep anguish and asking him to ensure that the local delegate fee is returned immediately to the members.”Ms. Ramakrishnan further said that the IHC regretted that its members were being put to great inconvenience at this late hour but assured them that the 79th session of the congress would be held at a future date, the dates and venue of which would be duly conveyed to all members.Ms. Seshan, however, said that most delegates had not yet asked for the fee refund and had inquired about future dates.The IHC, which prides itself with the promotion and encouragement of the scientific study of Indian history, has often taken a critical stance in the past towards attempts at rewriting history on the basis of myth.The Congress met for the first time in 1935 in Pune city under the auspices of the Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal and on the initiative of the renowned historian, Professor D.V. Potdar.A strong link with the city constituted the rationale for the congress to be held in Pune this time. Distinguished historians from Maharashtra and Pune including Professor D.V. Potdar, G.H. Khare and Prof. H.D. Sankalia among others have served as past presidents of the IHC.The history body’s link with Maharashtra is further exemplified by the fact that the most prestigious prize that the IHC awards is named after V.K. Rajwade, the great Maratha archivist and historian of King Shivaji.Delhi-based historian of modern political history, S. Irfan Habib in a tweet said, “Shocking to know that Savitri Bai Phule university in Pune suddenly decided not to host the 79th Indian History Congress session. IHC session was supposed to be held by the end of this month. Law and order issues are cited as one major reasons by the university host.” SPPU authorities, however, categorically repudiated speculation about having sent the IHC any previous communication expressing reservations about hosting the congress owing to a potential ‘law and order situation’.
The official e-newsletter of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Not a member? Subscribe now Pacific Islander recognised as Sport Coordinator by ASC It is with much excitement that I inform you of two highly significant developments for Australian sport. On Friday the 11 February, the Commonwealth and State and Territory Ministers for Sport and Recreation unanimously endorsed the first National Sport and Active Recreation Policy Framework (the Framework), and also endorsed a proposed National Institute System Intergovernmental Agreement (the Agreement) to guide high performance sport. Call for Australian sport organisations to tell their story In this edition Connect with us on Don’t miss out on any upcoming events. Check our events calendar Team Buller Skiing awarded $10 000 grant View articles about: A message from the CEO Outstanding success for Paralympic athletes at world championships What did you think of the articles? Please send us your feedback to improve the newsletter. Australian Paralympians win eight gold and silver, and seven bronze in 2012 Paralympic qualifiers PARTICIPATING IN SPORT AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT Green and Gold project funds Olympic sports Queensland AASC staff raced to be ready for 2011 school year February 2011 | ausport.gov.au | Subscribe now Australian Institute of Sport | Supporting Sport | Participating in Sport Queensland children return to school with support from AASC Triple gold to Australia in snowboard world championships Golden run for Nathan Johnstone, Holly Crawford and Alex Pullin Participant to leader: providing sport for development opportunities in the Pacific Green and Gold project funds Olympic sports Read the full message Australian Institute of Sport marks 30 years as world leader Leadership grant to help more young women hit the slopes We value your feedback ASC research identifies ethical issues facing grassroots sport Australian Institute of Sport marks 30 years as world leader SUPPORTING SPORT ASC research to guide sports integrity strategy Government announces $2.5m for top Olympic sports and athletes ASC research to guide sports integrity strategy What did you think of the articles? Please send us your feedback to improve the newsletter. Minister for Sport Mark Arbib celebrates AIS’s successes on 30th anniversary The ASC invites sports to contribute to ASO email newsletter Subscribe now What did you think of the articles? We value your feedback Call for Australian sport organisations to tell their story
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma wing-back Florenzi: Champions League qualification our goalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma wing-back Alessandro Florenzi says their target is Champions League qualification.Florenzi admits trophies are on the agenda.He said, “The Coppa Italia could be a very important objective for Roma. We mustn’t take dreams out of our minds.“Even if we know Serie A is impossible, we have another objective, which is the Champions League.“I’m not saying it’s a utopia, but it would really be a dream to retrace what we did last season and improve on it, even if it won’t be easy.“I don’t think we lack malice. Sometimes we haven’t been clinical enough. I’m not just talking about the strikers but rather everyone, myself included.“We’re lacking a bit in this regard, similar to how we’re lacking in desire to not concede goals.“I’m not just talking about the defenders but rather the whole team. These are things that we had last season and we have to find them again.”
Ohio State sophomore Joey Bosa was a huge part of the Buckeyes’ national championship run this past year. He’s also one of the most popular players on the team – both in the locker room and with the fan base. The combination has apparently led to at least one Buckeyes supporter naming his new puppy after the defensive end.Kit Hartsfield, an Ohio State fan who actually played some ball at Austin Peay, tweeted out a photo of his incredibly cute new pet. He named him “Bosa”, and tweeted a photo at the player himself. Bosa retweeted the photo.Meet Bosa @jbbigbear pic.twitter.com/aDQSPQ0k3v— Kit Hartsfield (@khartsfield2) February 23, 2015This past June, we wrote an article about the baby name “Braxton” seeing a 300% increase from 2011 to 2013. Perhaps “Bosa” will the the equivalent when it comes to naming pets.