The President of Guyana cannot be President and Leader of the Opposition simultaneously

first_imgDear Editor,The call by Government for the President to nominate persons for the post of GECOM Chairman is an attempt to make the President and Leader of the Opposition one. That is, it is meant to eliminate the non-delegable role of the Leader of the Opposition.The Constitution does not allow for this. Where the Constitution says that a Leader of the Opposition gets to nominate, and a President gets to appoint, a GECOM Chairman, then that is the law of the land. It is meant to prevent electoral theft, not promote electoral profit.This law is, and must be, non-negotiable. Neither the President nor the Leader of the Opposition is allowed lawfully to change it in the name of consensus. Any attempt to do so is to break this law. The public must guard against, and resist this, as no one can uphold the Constitution by breaking a law.Therefore, the idea being peddled by some: that today’s fallen President and the Leader of the Opposition should each be allowed to name 3 nominees, or nominees on the list to be submitted, is a mischievous suggestion to break the law.It is a suggestion to break the law because it is meant to usurp or strangle the role of the Leader of the Opposition by giving the President unilateral decision-making powers under the circumstance. The President cannot nominate a nominee unto himself.Further, this fallen Government’s predictable misreading of what the Caribbean Court of Justice said underscores Government’s need to have a chairman who manages the elections from inside of the President’s front pocket.Said another way: The President is attempting to go around what the Court said about his “flawed” unilateral appointment, and resurrect Mr. Patterson from resignation, but with a new face.Unfortunately, people know what time it is.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

19 restaurants on board for Restaurant Week 2018

first_imgNineteen restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week 2018, which is being hosted jointly by the Tourism and Hospitality of Association of Guyana (THAG) and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA).Restaurant week, which is one of the signature events for Tourism Awareness Month 2018, kicks off today.At the launching which was done at OMG, Sheriff Street, Georgetown, President of THAG, Mitra Ramkumar said Restaurant Week is an excellent marketing opportunity for businesses and will benefit patrons as well. He explained that the event will see the participating restaurants offering fixed prices on their menu throughout the week.Each restaurant will feature two-course lunch menus at $1000 and $2000, andFrom left: Chairman of THAG, Kevin Daby, Director of GTA, Brian Mullis and President of THAG, Mitra Ramkumar sealed the deal during the launching of Restaurant Week 2018 at the OMG restaurantthree-course dinner menus for $4000 or $5000 per person.He added that persons who often look at restaurants and come up with the notion that it’s too expensive for them will be given the opportunity to dine at a reduced price.Further, Ramkumar underscored that it would be profitable to the business owners as it would be an excellent time to market their products.“Restaurant Week was designed to appeal to the local market and for people who feel certain restaurants are not for them. I’m encouraging all Guyanese to come out and explore them all”.Chairman of THAG, Kevin Daby, promised the Guyanese public an exciting week ahead. According to Daby persons are encouraged to keep up to date with its online website or visit guyanarestaurantweek.com for more detailsMeanwhile, GTA’s Director, Brian noted that culinary tourism has become increasingly overwhelming around the world and is encouraging everyone to take advantage of Restaurant Week 2018.He also implored them to use this period to showcase their best cuisines and most importantly, their services.He also thanked the proprietors for being a part of the initiative as he urged them take advantage of this marketing strategy.The participating restaurants are Aagman Restaurant, Antonio’s Grille, Bistro Café and Bar, Cara Lodge, Café Bellvana, Grand Coastal Hotel, Pegasus Hotel, Java Coffee Bar, New Thriving Restaurant, Brasil Churrascaria, OMG! Restaurant, Petit Four, Herdmanston Lodge, Guyana Marriott Hotel, Roraima Duke Lodge, The Vintage Wine Bar, Windjammer Restaurant, and Xie Xie Restaurant.last_img read more

GOC of 16 Corps reaches out to people of Hill Kaka, once hub of terrorists

first_imgJammu, Nov 22 (PTI) The General officer commanding  (GoC) of 16 Corps Lt Gen Paramjit Singh Thursday reached out the people of Rajouri district’s Hillkaka belt, once operation hub of the Pakistan terrorists in 2003, a defence spokesman said. Lt Gen Singh first visited Hill Kaka and paid homage to the soldiers who laid down their lives, and interacted with people who provided assistance during ‘Operation Sarp Vinash’, an operation undertaken by the Indian Army to flush out terrorists who had made bases in Hill Kaka Poonch-Surankote area of Pir Panjal range in Jammu and Kashmir during April-May 2003, the spokesperson said. In the ensuing operation, the Indian Army had killed 64 terrorists belonging to various jihadist outfits. A medical camp was also organised Thursday at Hill Kaka and during interaction with the villagers, Lt Gen Singh distributed communication equipments to the remote hamlets of the region for emergencies during winter. Sports equipmet to include cricket kits, football kits and nets were provided to the children. The GOC of Nagrota based White Knight Corps (16 Corps) informed the villagers that Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjay, has confirmed that all the impediments in construction of road to Hill Kaka have been addressed and good progress will be seen in coming days. Singh expressed his gratitude to the locals for their contribution in bringing peace. He thanked the locals, saying the Indian Army could not have achieved astounding success without their support. He commemorated the historic Poonch Link up Day by laying wreath at Naman Sthal, the War Memorial at Poonch. He was joined by veterans and senior army officials in laying wreaths and remembering the supreme sacrifice of the soldiers and the citizens of the region for defending Poonch, this day in 1948.advertisement In 1948, during the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir between Indian Army and Pakistani forces, Poonch withstood a seige by the Pakistanis from November 1947 till relieved by an Indian Offensive, Operation Easy which commenced on 20 November 1948. The besieged garrison, then commanded by Brig Pritam Singh was maintained by air supply. The day marks the historic link up carried out by Brig Pritam Singh’s forces with Brig Yadunath’s forces from Rajouri at Danna Ka Pir on 21 November 1948. The White Knight Corps and people of Poonch celebrate the historic Poonch Link up Day with gaiety and fervor every year. PTI AB CKlast_img read more