Propose sedition clause is weapon to silence critics

first_imgDear Editor,The proposed sedition clause in the Cyber Crimes Bill does not adequately protect the right to freedom of expression granted by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is far too broad to meet the international standards for restrictions on freedom of expression under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the clause does not serve a legitimate purpose and stifled debate on matters of public interest.Freedom of speech is now seen as the touchstone of democracy and the ability of individuals to criticise the State is crucial to maintain freedom. Many commonwealth countries that had sedition laws either replaced it or abolished it to revamp their constitutional system.On August 25, 2010, the Republic of Uganda abolished the sedition laws; Kenya repealed their sedition laws; in October 24, 2007, New Zealand repealed the Crime Act 1961 after many criticised the laws as it hindered freedom of speech and expression against the State; in 2005, the Australian Government introduced the Anti-Terrorism Bill which included more protection for the media and leeway for freedom of expression; the United Kingdom also replaced the sedition laws to ensure freedom of expression.While many countries are trying to protect democracy, it is evident that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government in 2018, a modernised era, is implementing laws that would ensure that there would be no criticism of this Government.Imagine, when the AFC and the APNU were in Opposition, the never stopped criticising the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government, especially Moses Nagamootoo, Khemraj Ramjattan, David Granger and others.I want to join in condemnation of the APNU/AFC coalition Government’s implementation of the sedition clause that denies freedom of expression and urge that Government remove the proposed clause before the passing of the Cyber Crimes Bill.Respectfully,Zamal HussainRegional CouncillorRegional DemocraticCouncilRegion Sixlast_img read more

42 minibus park returns to original location for Christmas

first_img…hire car drivers to be removed again todayGeorgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green has confirmed that the 42 (Timehri to Georgetown) minibuses have returned to their original spot for the Christmas season.  During a brief telephone interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Mayor Chase Green said City Hall is working along with the Traffic Department in Georgetown and has relocated those drivers to their original bus park to eliminate traffic congestion for the festive season.A senior traffic rank, however, related that the relocation was done after a number of reports were made by passengers and even drivers who were robbed on High Street, Georgetown.According to the traffic rank, short drop hire car drivers who were removed from the 42 (Grove/Diamond) minibus park to facilitate vendors of the Stabroek Market Wharf will once again be relocated today (Wednesday), this time to the Stabroek Market Square, also to reduce the traffic build up in the area.The various minibus parks were removed to pave the way for vendors of the collapsed Stabroek Market Wharf, which was also recently partially burnt after a fire.City Hall first removed the route 42 (Diamond-Grove) minibuses in August and relocated them to Bugle Street, Georgetown, where drivers expressed serious reservations about their safety.The Timehri minibuses, also of the 42-zone, were later removed and placed on High Street, where they also expressed conerns about their safety and that of their passengers, especially those travelling at night.President of the United Minibus Union, Eon Andrews has since viewed City Hall’s move as “visionless” and “ridiculous”.“I think it was ridiculous. I think it is visionless… it is either corruption, mismanagement, thoughtlessness and probably no feelings for anybody but themselves,” he stated during a previous interview with this publication.last_img read more

8500 ganja plants destroyed during Police swoop down in Upper Demerara River

first_imgPolice in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) on Saturday conducted another drug eradication exercise, this time at 8 Miles, Millie’s Hideout, Upper Demerara River where several marijuana camps were unearthed and destroyed.Reports are Police swooped down on two acres of marijuana farm which has about 2500 cannabis plants, which measured between one to four feet in height, and which were estimated to weigh approximately 675 kilograms.A nursery containing some 3000 marijuana plants was also discovered along with four make-shift camps with two hammocks, a mattress, a quantity of kitchen utensils and groceries. Additionally, a quantity of dried cannabis, estimated to weigh about 200 kilograms were unearthed.Following the first bust, Police trekked another seven miles where a one and half acre of marijuana farm with about 1500 cannabis plants was discovered.The plants measured between two and five feet in height with an estimated weight of 225 kilograms. Another nursery with 1500 marijuana plants was also discovered at the location along with a make-shift camp containing dried cannabis, which was estimated to weigh about 100 kilograms.Police on Saturday said that the plants and camps were destroyed, and the location marked for further investigation.No one was found at the illegal farms.The exercise which was conducted between 05:00h and 18:00h was led by Detective/Sergeant De Souza and Detective/Corporal 21800 Van Hersel, a party of policemen attached to the Mackenzie Police Station, a Rural Corporal and a member of the E ‘2’ Division Community Policing Group (CPG).Only on Tuesday last, ranks in the Division conducted a similar eradication exercise at 10 Miles, Millie’s Hideout, during which several fields of cannabis were destroyed. During the exercise, ranks discovered several fields totaling 9 acres which contained 9,000 cannabis plants.The plants ranged between two to eight feet in height. They also discovered 300 kilograms of dried cannabis and two nurseries containing 6,500 seedlings. Seven camps containing groceries, kitchen utensils, clothing, beds, hammocks and foodstuff were also unearthed. The fields were reportedly cut down and burnt. No one was discovered inside the camps at the time of the discoveries.last_img read more

Denny Morrison looks to keep improving at weekend World Cup event

first_imgAfter finishing fourth in Salt Lake City in the 1,000 metre event and fifth in the 1,500 metre, the Fort St. John native will be looking to reach the podium this time around.That performance was a significant improvement over his Calgary showing where he finished 11th in both events.- Advertisement –last_img

US Govt assisting GECOM with voter education – Ambassador

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch has announced that a number of United States agencies have come on board to assist citizens with voter education as part of the electoral process.US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann LynchOn the sidelines of an event on Friday, she indicated that United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department and other agencies agreed to lend support after requests were made by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).“The State Department and USAID is providing assistance, primarily towards voter education, both in Georgetown and along the coast, but also in the hinterland. This is a very important part of the process and we’re thrilled that GECOM invited us in to assist. We’re aiding and assisting as best as we can,” the diplomat told reporters.GECOM Chairperson Retired Justice Claudette SinghUSAID was independently established by the US Federal Government, primarily for the purpose of administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance.Meanwhile, a number of international observers have applied to scrutinise the entire electoral process in the lead up to and after the March 2, 2020 Regional and General Elections. After some delay, a number of international observers have been approved to ensure that the 2020 elections are free, fair and credible.Chairwoman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice (ret’d) Claudette Singh had shared that the Commission welcomes the international observers, noting that they are critical to the process.In September, officials from the Carter Center would have visited to gain perspective on Guyana’s situation. Following a meeting with the Attorney General, Basil Williams, the Center’s Associate Democracy Programme Director, Brett Lacy told reporters that the organisation is trying to get the various perspectives of the current situation.“I can say from the Carter Center, we are really just here to listen and we are hoping to meet with different actors to understand everyone’s perspective on current events here in Guyana,” Lacy had said.Shortly after, the team met with Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo where many matters were discussed, including the “conduct of elections, credible elections and early elections”. He had also facilitated discussions with the ABCE Chief of Missions which included Ambassador Lynch; Deputy British High Commissioner, Ray Davidson; Canadian High Commissioner, Lilian Chatterjee and Deputy Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Guyana, Philippe Coessens.GECOM also confirmed that the European Union (EU) would be fielding an observer team for the polls. Government nominated Commissioner, Charles Corbin was quoted as saying, “The EU team visited. They have engaged with the Government. And they have indicated they’re prepared to mount an observer mission. And basically, they have been engaging with other stakeholders in Guyana.”last_img read more

Lukaku out for United’s next two games

first_img0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku was left out cold momentarily after a clash of heads. Photo/COURTESYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 31 – Romelu Lukaku is expected to miss Manchester United’s next two matches after leaving Old Trafford on a stretcher on Saturday.The Belgian attacker went down following an aerial challenge with Wesley Hoedt, who headed into the back of Lukaku’s head. He received treatment on the field to genuine concern from those around himAfter the game, Jose Mourinho told MUTV: “That’s football. He was just unlucky.“I think the Dutch central defender goes with him for the ball and it’s unlucky for Romelu and unlucky for Hoedt.“It was nothing aggressive and, hopefully, nothing important. But the first consequence of is he didn’t play for the rest of the game.”United face Everton on New Year’s Day ahead of an FA Cup clash with Derby on Friday. But Lukaku isn’t expected to take part.Mourinho admitted though to being uncertain as to whether or not he would be able to consider the player.“I don’t know. I know that normally bad, bad news arrives immediately. Bad news didn’t arrive. I think that there’s a problem for the next two matches. For sure.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Feeble first step

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For a city promising bold trash-reduction goals, the new plan for apartment recycling is underwhelming. The City Council has approved a recycling pilot for the city’s apartment dwellers, which gives them the opportunity to use the blue bins starting in summer 2007, as do owners of houses. The key word in the policy is “opportunity,” because it in no way compels apartment residents to dig their recyclable items out of the trash. There is a stick in the plan, albeit a very short and stubby one: In seven years, if city officials think there hasn’t been enough voluntary compliance, why then they just might make the program mandatory. Someday. Maybe. It’s hard to imagine this is what Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa meant when he asked Bureau of Sanitation officials to develop a sense of urgency about recycling. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventPerhaps it’s the best we can hope for from bureaucrats and political hacks not inclined to change. But we expect more from our elected officials, particularly ones who are promising to transform Los Angeles into a “landfill-free” oasis where trash is turned into energy and no one has to live near a dump. Otherwise, the residents of Granada Hills might just as well get used the idea that L.A.’s trash trucks aren’t going to stop barreling down their streets in their lifetime. A Bureau of Sanitation official said that the department wanted to make recycling as convenient as possible. But changing bad habits is rarely convenient, especially when it involves rinsing greasy tuna cans and picking the coffee grounds off a Coke bottle. If the city can only take feeble steps, then the promise to stop nearly all dumping at Sunshine Canyon in five years isn’t just unrealistic, it’s a flat-out lie. It makes little sense that the city would walk softly when it comes to the 550,000 tons of waste generated by apartments while sticking it to homeowners by jacking up trash fees. If this is the best the city can do, then what really needs to be recycled in Los Angeles is not the trash, but the leaders.last_img read more


first_imgA SHOCKED off-duty Garda had to call colleagues are seeing a crazed driver overtake a bus on a bend – and then perform doughnuts in the middle of a main road.Garda Marcus O’Dowd was driving near Termon on June 30 last year when he saw a car overtake a bus on a bend in the road.Later he spotted the car doing doughnuts at the junction between the N56 and the Dunlewey Road. Garda O’Dowd was able to report the incidents to colleagues in Falcarragh and they identified the motorist as Stephen Brennan, 23, Killult, Falcarragh.When Brennan was asked about his behaviour, he replied: “I was just f****** around I wasn’t thinking clearly.”Solicitor Frank Dorrian said there was “no rational explanation for that sort of behaviour but thankfully he managed not to cause any accidents.”Brennan admitted dangerous driving.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Brennan to complete the Pro-Socal Drivers Course and appear before him again on April 14.“I will be expecting a contribution from him (Brennan) towards the cost of the course,” said the judge.DOUGHNUT DRIVER CAUGHT BY OFF-DUTY GARDA was last modified: March 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:dangerous drivingFalcarraghTermonlast_img read more


first_imgHE’S Buncrana’s favourite son – and when Ryan Bradley returned to his home town last night more than 10,000 people turned up to welcome him. The party atmosphere in Inishowen’s largest town was electric.No wonder Ryan shed a tear.Click Play on this Wallace Media video to watch  SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – RYAN SHEDS A TEAR AT MASSIVE BUNCRANA HOMECOMING was last modified: September 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – RYAN SHEDS A TEAR AT MASSIVE BUNCRANA HOMECOMINGlast_img read more


first_imgA doorman received a serious eye injury when he was allegedly struck with a glass during an incident in Letterkenny last night.The victim was working at the Central Bar on the town’s Main Street when he was approached by a man.There were words and it is understood a glass was produced and the doorman was struck. He was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital where he was treated for a serious eye injury.The incident happened just after 11pm.A man, understood to be from the North, was arrested a short time later close by and taken to Letterkenny Garda station where he has been detained.Gardai have launched a full investigation into the incident. The doorman’s injuries are not understood to be life-threatening. DOORMAN SUFFERS HORRIFIC EYE INJURY AFTER BEING GLASSED BY ATTACKER was last modified: February 24th, 2013 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) Tags:attackCentral Bardoormanletterkennylast_img read more