Jagdeo urges GECOM Chair to ‘walk the talk’, act decisively

first_imgImpending election date…says Chair should have long removed Granger’s excuses by advising himGuyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chair retired Justice Claudette Singh has previously been reported as telling the parliamentary Opposition that she is hopeful of carrying out elections by this year end.Opposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoGECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette SinghAccording to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo, it is now time for the Chair to ‘walk the talk’. This is even as she is expected to advise President David Granger today on a timeframe for holding elections.Justice Singh “needs to act now, consistent with our Constitution, the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and her statement to both Government and Opposition parties that she is working to have elections before the end of the year,” he said in a statement on Wednesday evening.According to Jagdeo, September 18, 2019 was a “red line” day for Guyana, by which time, as referenced by the CCJ, General and Regional Elections should have been held.The Opposition Leader pointed out that the GECOM Chair should have long removed President Granger’s excuse for avoiding naming a date for elections while he waited for GECOM’s advice, by writing him to advise about their readiness to hold elections before the end of the year.“She has not done so thus far. To my surprise at this late hour in the evening of the 18th of September, another biased press release is sent out by GECOM seeking to blame an Opposition Commissioner for not submitting a timeline for elections at today’s meeting and saying that the Chair will make a decision tomorrow on the basis of a proposal submitted by Mr Corbin”.The Commissioners representing the Opposition, he added, made a conscious decision not to submit another proposal at this time which would have invariably triggered another round of protracted discussion designed to delay a decision being made when the primary purpose of the meeting was to authorise the Chair to write the caretaker President before the end of the day.Jagdeo went on to question exactly what GECOM was doing for the past few weeks if not settling on a timeframe for elections. He pointed out that there are previous proposals which, if adjusted for time, can deliver elections by year end.“The Chairwoman must act decisively now. She must end the prevarication of the Secretariat – which had advised the CCJ that even with a full House-to-House Registration exercise they would’ve been ready to hold elections before the end of the year – and stop the delaying tactics of the APNU/AFC,” the Party said.After receiving proposals from the Government and Opposition side, it was announced that Justice Singh will make a final decision on the timeframe for elections today and communicate same to President Granger.This was announced by both Opposition and Government-nominated Commissioners at the conclusion of a meeting on Wednesday. While the opposition has insisted elections could be held this year, the government commissioners have been pushing for elections next year.President Granger has repeatedly said that he was awaiting the advice of GECOM before he can set an election date. This was repeated in an address to the nation on Monday following a meeting with Carter Center representatives… a meeting during which he promised the organisation not to delay but to act swiftly once GECOM advises him.During the address, President Granger repeated the substance of previous statements; that GECOM is an independent agency and that he has to await advice from GECOM before he can name an election date.The constitutional deadline for holding elections, as set out by the CCJ, has meanwhile expired as of Wednesday. When it made its July 18 ruling on the no confidence cases, the CCJ had said that the effect of the No-Confidence Motion was on pause while the cases were being litigated.That process, CCJ President Adrian Saunders had clearly said, was no longer on pause following the court’s June 18, 2019 ruling, which upheld the validity of the No-Confidence Motion and, thus, triggered the need for fresh elections.In keeping with the constitutional three-month provision once a No-Confidence Motion is passed, this would mean that General and Regional Elections should have been held on or before September 18, 2019.last_img read more

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Heroic Wiggins wins historic Olympic gold

first_imgMaida Vale’s Bradley Wiggins sensationally won gold in the men’s time trial to become his country’s most decorated Olympian.It meant a British record seventh Olympic medal for the acclaimed cyclist, who recently became the first Briton to win the Tour de France.After being roared on by crowds through Twickenham, Teddington and Kingston, Wiggins crossed the finish line at Hampton Court Palace in a time of 50 minutes and 39 seconds – 42 seconds quicker than Germany’s world champion Tony Martin.Wiggins’ seven medals – four golds, a silver and two bronzes – is one more than rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave.“I don’t think my sporting career will ever top this now. It will never, never get better than that,” Wiggins declared.“To win Olympic gold in your home city in a velodrome would have been incredible, with three or four thousand people cheering you on.  But to do it on the streets – it was phenomenal.“Going through Kingston at the end there, the noise was amazing. I can’t put it into words and do it justice. It’s incredible.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Hearings Open on Solar Panel Trade Case

first_imgTariffs opposed by trade groupThe Solar Energy Industries Association claims that tariffs and minimum PV module prices would threaten an industry that now employs more than 260,000 Americans and could mean the loss of 88,000 jobs by next year. In a letter to the ITC in May, the association said that the duties sought by Suniva would be “extremely damaging” to the industry.“In particular,” the letter said, “the duty on unassembled cells, more than doubling their cost, would adversely affect U.S. module assembly operations which account for most of the roughly 1,500 CSPV cell/module manufacturing jobs that currently exist in the United States.” The SEIA also said “the erection of trade walls” would do nothing to address the underlying problem of excess global manufacturing.The association criticized the two petitioners for a “long history of management and technical failures.”A group of 16 U.S. senators has also joined the battle with a letter outlining their “deep concern” over the prospect of new trade penalties. “Solar companies in our states believe the requested trade protection would double the price of solar panels,” the senators wrote. “Increasing costs will stop solar growth dead in its tracks, threatening tens of thousands of American workers in the solar industry and jeopardizing billions of dollars in investment in communities across the country.” GTM said in a June post that the request for a tariff of 40 cents per watt on cells and a minimum price of 78 cents per watt on modules “would cause unprecedented demand destruction.” RELATED ARTICLES What happens nextThe ITC will determine by late next month whether Suniva and SolarWorld have been damaged by imported solar technology and make a recommendation to President Trump by November 13, The New York Times said.In an earlier case before the ITC, SolarWorld Americas and six other U.S. manufacturers claimed that Chinese makers were benefiting from unfair government subsidies, The Times reported. Tariffs resulting from that case ranged from about 20% to 55%, and helped fuel a $10 million expansion at SolarWorld’s Hillsboro, Oregon, factory.More recently, domestic demand for PV modules in China dropped and manufacturers reduced prices, forcing global prices down. The domestic industry’s share of the panel market has been falling, reaching just 11% last year, the report said. Could a Trade Dispute With China End the U.S. Solar Boom?New Tariffs on Chinese Solar PanelsSolar Beats Utility Power in Many CitiesSolar Thermal Is Really, Really DeadAn Introduction to Photovoltaic Systemscenter_img The U.S. International Trade Commission opened hearings in Washington on Tuesday that could result in higher prices for imported solar technology and, according to a solar trade association, cost 88,000 Americans their jobs.The petition seeking tariffs on photovoltaic (PV) cells and minimum PV module prices was filed earlier this year by Suniva, a bankrupt solar manufacturer, which said China and other Asian countries were “flooding” the U.S. with solar cells and modules, The Hill reported. The Atlanta-based company said that the American crystalline silicon cell industry was “disintegrating” and would not be able to survive as imported technology “unexpectedly exploded and prices have collapsed.”Two days after the ITC said it would launch an investigation into Suniva’s complaint, SolarWorld Americas said it would join as a co-petitioner for the tariffs.The case illustrates the complexities of the international solar market. A majority share of Suniva, which filed for bankruptcy on April 18, is owned by Shunfeng International Clean Energy, a Chinese firm. SolarWorld Americas also has a foreign parent company, the German firm SolarWorld AG. It, too, has filed for insolvency, the German equivalent of bankruptcy, according to an article in PV magazine. The ITC proceedings will be closely watched, with a number of solar workers making the trek to Washington to show their opposition to potential trade penalties. “Fired up and ready to go!” one of them said in a #SaveSolarJobs post on Twitter. “Solar workers showing up to show the ITC what’s at stake.”last_img read more

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Ravena gets Paras on board for 3×3

first_img‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF “His presence is very important for us. He explained to us how the game is played and how we can mesh,” he said. “He just told us to enjoy this because this is a rare chance for us to be together. It’s not everyday that we can be in one team so we have to make the most out of it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Star turns back Meralco Turning into some sort of an agent for the 3×3 crew, Ravena hoped to also get Raymar Jose onboard to infuse some hustle and energy, but the team eventually settled for JR Quiñahan after the former’s obligations with Cignal in the PBA D-League.READ: Against bigger foes, PH team to bank on teamwork in Fiba 3×3 World CupRavena, though, was still satisfied, saying that the NLEX big man can provide the same and more, particularly veteran smarts, for the young team.“Kuya JR, fortunately, will bring us the same thing,” he said.Seeing how talented the team is, Ravena knows that the one of the biggest concerns for the team is forming a strong bond which he believes shouldn’t be a problem under the guidance of coach Eric Altamirano.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img “He was in our house and on our way to the gym when Anton (Altamirano) were discussing who has already committed,” shared Kiefer Ravena.READ: Quiñahan joins Paras, Teng, Ravena in PH 3×3 squadFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe two-time UAAP MVP broached the idea to the 19-year-old prodigy, who was vacationing in the country after transferring from Creighton to Cal State Northridge.“It was only Jeron (Teng) and I who have stated our commitment and I told him, ‘Kobes, you’ll redshirt, right? Maybe you want to play for us?’ He said he’ll look at it and eventually got the green light,” he said. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Kiefer Ravena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresFunny how a simple conversation between gym buddies escalated to a partnership for flag and country.That was how Kobe Paras came to be part of Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 squad which will compete in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in June.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

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