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Unilateral GECOM Chair swings vote to further delay elections

By on January 12, 2020

first_imgCourt-ordered Article 106 March 19 elections…no house-to-house registration vote taken – PPP CommissionerGuyana is on the brink of a constitutional crisis after the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson used his deciding vote and sided with Government Commissioners to pass a motion that new elections could not be held in 90 days as constitutionally mandated.GECOM Chairman Retired Justice James PattersonThis decision was made during a meeting of GECOM Commissioners on Tuesday at the Commission’s Kingston, Georgetown headquarters, where they put three issues in relation to elections preparation to a vote.The first being elections cannot be held in 90 days; the second issue had to do with funding for elections, and the third was for GECOM to return to normalcy.Commissioner Robeson Benn, who represents the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic, said the votes from Commissioners of both sides created a deadlock, the Chairman had the deciding vote.“All the votes and motions were carried … our side voted against them, but the motions were carried based on the vote of the Chairman supporting the other side,” he explained.Benn said that he and the two other Opposition-nominated Commissioners voted against the call for funding of the elections, explaining again that monies could be transferred to GECOM.“Our position on that is that it is an abandonment of the constitutional mandate and its duties and responsibilities,” he stated.As it relates to the vote to return to normalcy, Benn said, “The thing is when they say is normal activity, it brings in a suggestion of house -to-house registration.”However, he denied that that vote was to give permission to begin that process.Meanwhile, Government-appointed GECOM Commissioner Vincent Alexander said that GECOM’s position was simply to state its readiness for an election and Opposition Commissioners had agreed to take the matter to a vote. Alexander said that the meeting helped to break the stalemate and move onto the other issues.Constitutional crisisMeanwhile, the PPP has said in a statement that it was of the view that the situation at GECOM would certainly guarantee that Guyana is pushed towards a constitutional crisis.It said too that the action by GECOM is intended to influence the court proceedings set to continue today in the Court of Appeal.The Constitution makes clear that the Judiciary cannot extend the deadline by which General and Regional Elections are constitutionally due; such an act remains in the remit of the Legislature.Government Commissioners Desmond Trotman, Vincent Alexander and Charles CorbinAccording to the Party, GECOM in its refusal to hold elections demonstrated its illogical willingness to toe the Government’s line. In so doing, it has made the Constitution of Guyana subservient to the will of the Commission and this should not be the case.GECOM’s mandate, as stipulated by the Constitution, clearly states in Article 162 (1) of the Constitution that: “The Elections Commission shall have such functions connected with or relating to the registration of electors or the conduct of elections as are conferred upon it by or under this Constitution or, subject thereto, any Act of Parliament.”Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo recently stated that President David Granger should announce a date for the hosting of elections.“The Legislature has spoken. The Judiciary has spoken. The President, over the weekend, seems to believe that none of this matters. And so we have to show him that we are serious about having him respect our Constitution,” Jagdeo stated.Jagdeo had stated too, “GECOM has a moral and ethical responsibility to get elections done before March 19. What is before the Commission now is to come up with actions to ensure this. So, I don’t know where this thing about July is coming in. There is only one way that date can be extended. And Opposition and Government have to agree by a two-thirds majority.”GECOM had given July as a timeline for the hosting of elections, but at the same time, it stated that the present voters’ list would expire on April 30.Although the Opposition has been calling for elections within the constitutional time frame, the Government claimed that it was up to GECOM’s readiness to host same.Since the passage of the no-confidence resolution, GECOM has been dragging its feet with respect to elections preparation. It has also been calling for house-to-house registration which could take months.last_img read more

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Facing the Two Types of Fears

By on December 9, 2019

first_imgNothing can hold you back from your full potential and achieving your goals quite like fear. Fear can limit your success, stunt your progress and keep all your talents, hopes and dreams so far from reach that you end up taking them to the grave. Whether it is the fear of public speaking, fear of going after something you want, fear of making a fool of yourself, or something else you are afraid of, it can be enough to attack you from all different angles and leave you completely paralyzed. Many of us walk around with fear as the main driver of our destinies! It can dominate every thought, action, and belief that you have at any given time.The good news is that you don’t have to give in to fear and let it run your life. But in order to overcome it, you need to understand what it is, where it comes from and what it takes to face it. Read on to learn about the different types of fears that exist in our lives and how to never let them hold you back again.Innate FearsThe first type of fears are universal, innate fears. Everybody has them on some level because they are born into us – in fact, most of them serve some kind of survival purpose. Innate fears are often around avoiding physical pain or death. Humans are born with a fear of spiders and snakes because we are wired to avoid objects that can harm us, in these cases by biting us and injecting venom into our bodies. No one ever taught you not to fear these creatures. The same goes for being afraid of flying, heights, pitch black darkness or scary dogs. We are wired to understand that these things pose an inherent danger and aren’t safe. As we evolve as a species, some of the fears evolve with us, mostly to protect us from real danger.However, we can also adapt to these fears and even ignore them if we choose. That’s why we’re able to climb mountains, fly planes and train dogs. And at the same time, these innate fears aren’t likely to keep you from success. You aren’t likely to cripple your career with your fear of spiders. So, instead of confronting these fears, you can continue adapting or avoiding, as most humans do.Identity FearsThe second set of fears have also developed with us as we have evolved. These are fears that have to do with your identity. Primarily, they manifest as fears of being judged by others. The fear of public speaking is a great example. At the root of it, you are worried you are going to mess up and embarrass yourself. Other people will see how incompetent you are and you will lose their respect. The fear of being wrong or being rejected stem from the same place. You are embarrassed when you make a mistake because your ego feels shame, which is hard for anyone to accept.The fears around your identity aren’t about physical pain or death, like our innate fears. But you can certainly feel the physical effects of identity fears. Imagining that you will lose the respect of your peers can actually hurt. It can raise your blood pressure, make you feel hot and agitated, make you cry, etc. The emotional and psychological pain that identity fears cause is real – but it doesn’t actually put you in any grave danger.What identity fears all have in common is that they pose a threat to our standing in the community. We live, survive and thrive in tribes. We want to have a firmly established place in our peer group and society because we need to depend on others for companionship, support, survival, etc. Identity fears come from the real danger that you could be ostracized from the tribe. In the past, no one could survive alone in the jungle – so these fears feel like they pose a real threat to our survival.Love and Connection FearsThe final class of fears are those related to love and connection. Although they serve a different purpose, they are really a subset of identity fears. You might fear being alone, being abandoned, or being rejected. Trust issues show up in this category, too. You can fear commitment, which is often a way to protect yourself from ever having to experience rejection or feeling the pain of disappointment. You might also fear intimacy because you fear being hurt. The fears around identity and fears around love and connection can combine and become even more complex, like when a person doesn’t believe they are worthy of love.Stop Fear From Holding You BackThe first step to stopping fear from holding you back is understanding what you are afraid of. Anything you fear falls into one of these categories. If you fear taking an action that you know you need to take, start by asking yourself what it is you really fear.The fears around your identity and love are generally the ones that prevent you from succeeding and being happy.You might say, “I don’t want to publish this blog post because it’s not ready.” But what is the actual fear behind that? You say, “Someone might not like it; it might not be good enough; it might be full of errors, etc.” And what if you’re right? What then? “Someone might share it with other people and point out my errors. They might judge my mistakes. They might think less of me.” They might. So what? Are those mistakes definitely going to keep you from succeeding? Absolutely not. What WILL absolutely keep you from succeeding is not ever publishing anything at all and letting your peers surpass you in your career.Fear will hold you back from all significant accomplishments and victories. There is nothing worth doing that doesn’t strike a little bit of fear in your heart – and this applies to everything, including work, art, love, and simply being alive. There is nothing more satisfying in life than knowing that you tried your hardest and gave your all. Don’t let fear stop you from doing that.Fear is your servant. It is here to prevent you from being harmed by real dangers. You cannot allow it to become your master and prevent you from taking the actions you need to take, lest it keeps you from success and happiness. Fear is the number one obstacle you will face in life. It is the most difficult challenge you will ever be put to and the most important one to overcome. Good thing you were born with everything it takes to do this. Essential Reading! 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PH squash team nets two more bronzes

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgRobert Andrew Garcia and Jemyca Aribado each claimed bronze medals in the singles’ events of squash in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at the National Squash Center in Kuala Lumpur.Garcia ranked third in the men’s singles as Malaysia’s Ng Eain Yow ruled the event to win the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Mohammad Syafiq Kamal of Malaysia also got the silver, while Singaporean Samuel Kang Shan Mu shared the bronze with Garcia.It was the same case for Aribado in the women’s singles, as Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia took home the mint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCompatriot Rachel Mae Arnold settled for silver, while Aribado and Sneha Sivakumar of Singapore both had bronze.Garcia and Aribado earlier competed in the mixed doubles event, copping the bronze medal. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Garcia also got a bronze with David William Pelino in the men’s jumbo doubles, while Aribado had a silver with Yvonne Alyssa Dalida in the women’s jumbo doubles and another bronze in the women’s doubles.That hiked squash’s contributions to the Philippines’ medal haul to six, after one silver and five bronze medals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments PH gets first bronze in pencak silat MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasionlast_img read more

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