Govt signs off on more State Boards

first_img…nearly 2 months after no-confidence resolution’s passageWith the countdown to constitutionally due elections approaching, the coalition Government is giving the go-ahead for several more State Boards to function. However, the legality of such moves could be the subject of much contention since acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, has declared that the Cabinet was effectively resigned with the passage of the no-confidence resolution on December 21, 2018.According to Saturday’s Official Gazette, dated February 16, 2019, State Minister Joseph Harmon signed off on the approvals for five Boards on February 7, 2019. These approvals have come after Justice George’s ruling as opposed to previous approvals which were signed off days before the court’s determination.However, in this regard, the Government notice observed that it was not Cabinet that considered the nominees but the ‘Ministerial Plenary’, – a body which is meeting and has the powers of Cabinet would but is not actually Cabinet as Minister Harmon claimed late last week. Among the constitutional Bodies that recently garnered approval was the Guyana Prison Service Training Board which came into operation from February 1, 2019, for one year and it is meant to be chaired by Murray Greenidge. The Guyana Prison Service Recruitment Board was also given one-year life and will include Chairman Trevor Williams and acting Prisons Director Gladwin Samuels as one of its members.Another Body approved was the Guyana Fire Service Recruitment and Training Board to be chaired by Richard Maughn and includes members such as Randolph Alfred and Deborah Thomas. The 10-member Guyana Prison Service Agriculture Development Board was also given life while Firearms Licensing Board was similarly approved with Bert Sukhai as Chairman, Senior Government Psychiatrist, Dr Bhiro Harry and Attorney Kim Kyte-John included as members.These Board approvals come against Government’s business as usual stance premised on the argument that the status quo should be preserved as the no-confidence resolution matters are before the court. It was earlier this month that this newspaper reported on several other Boards that were similarly given life post-December 21, 2018. When the January 31, 2019, court ruling was made, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive and former Attorney General under its tenure, Anil Nandlall, had told members of the media that the Party is likely to address the measures implemented by Cabinet after December 21, 2018, to see if those actions are illegal.“There is no Cabinet in force in Guyana currently and that is very important…if they are illegal, those are issues we will have to take into account and address,” Nandlall had declared.The previous State Boards that Government sought to give official approval in late January included the 15-member National Standards Council (January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019); the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) to be headed by Donald Sinclair (effective February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020); the VAT Appeal Tribunal (June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2019) and the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CACC) (February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2019).Cabinet had also approved Governor Gobind Ganga as Chairman and Leslie Glenn as Deputy Chairman of the Bank of Guyana’s Board.In January, Justice George declared that the 33-32 majority meant the motion was carried. She observed that the President and the Ministers cannot remain in Government after three months which expires in March. This, she said, is in keeping with Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7). Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, 106 (7) goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.” What this says is that Government will remain in office until the next President is swor“n in but not the Cabinet which advises the President.last_img read more

Chelsea fans heap praise on ‘absolute bargain’ during 3-0 win at Southampton

first_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Ross Barkley breakout day!Good. For. Him. He’s worked hard.— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) October 7, 2018 Really been impressed with Ross Barkley today. One goal, one assist, and some great play up through the middle. I know he’s been waiting a long time for the opportunity to shine. Fantastic to see him finally do it.— Dan Levene (@danlevene) October 7, 2018 Ross Barkley has been incredible today.— Uber Chelsea FC 🏆 (@UberCheIseaFC) October 7, 2018 The devil’s greatest trick was convincing the world he didn’t exist.His second greatest trick was persuading Everton to sell Ross Barkley to Chelsea for only £15 million. #Chelsea#CHESOU— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) October 7, 2018 Chelsea signed Ross Barkley for £15m in January Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware punished tense center_img REAL DEAL Easily Barkley’s best performance in a Chelsea shirt— Craige Brooks (@CraigeB_87) October 7, 2018 REVEALED Latest Chelsea News 1 Chelsea fans were seriously impressed with Ross Barkley during their 3-0 win over Southampton on Sunday.The English midfielder worked tirelessly in midfield for the full 90 minutes, picking up a goal and an assist along the way. targets Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won I’m thinking this Chelsea side are half decent and in Ross Barkley they have got an absolute bargain.— Paul Carpenter (@Carpente7Paul) October 7, 2018 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star JIBE Barkley robbed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and fed Eden Hazard for the opener, before later tapping in from an acrobatic Olivier Giroud cross to make it 2-0.Alvaro Morata rounded off the victory with a third goal, but it was the £15 million man who claimed most of the plaudits.You can read the best of the social media reaction below. shining Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Barkley continues to prove people wrong including myself … so proud of him 😍😍😍 #SOUCHE— Monserrat (@DorcasO48600970) October 7, 2018last_img read more