Govt putting ‘cart before the horse’ – Nandlall

first_imgGovernment’s proposed plan to establish a law school here has been questioned since there are concerns over whether the process being used is the right one, and if on establishing this school, Guyanese will have a recognised qualification to practise law throughout the Caribbean.Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall said the issue was a straightforward one that has been made ambiguous, complex and confusing by the alleged lies being peddled by his successor, Basil Williams, who has, in fact, given several different statements regarding the same issue.One major concern for Nandlall is the move taken by Williams to proceed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with what he described as two unrecognised institutions.The former AG told Guyana Times that he believes Williams also misrepresented to Cabinet that he obtained permission from the Council of Legal Education (CLE) to establish a law school in Guyana.“I believe that he didn’t even know that he had to have permission from CLE. When I pointed that out to him through the press publicly, he said yes. That’s the first lie he told. Now to cover up that lie, he has been lying consistently and persistently ever since,” Nandlall opined.In fact, the CLE did indicate that Guyana was not granted permission although the Attorney General declared several times that Guyana did obtain permission in 2017.Nandlall said this was a clear case of Government putting the “cart before the horse”.Williams has attacked CLE Chairman Reginald Armour, claiming that he (Armour) responded to a request from Nandlall to have the matter of Guyana establishing a law school put on the CLE agenda.In his defence, Nandlall said he did write the CLE Chairman questioning him whether he was aware that Guyana was establishing a law school. The former Minister also sought to find out whether permission was granted and whether the CLE had in fact authorised Guyana to establish such a law school.“The CLE responded to me and said we are surprised as you are, because we haven’t given any permission. And we (CLE) are the regulatory body in relation to setting up law schools,” Nandlall told this publication, explaining that is how the matter was discussed at the CLE meeting.The former Minister said it was not his intention to block any development that Government may seek but to ensure that if a law school was established here, students would be able to get a recognised qualification.He said, “I suppose the feasibility study will answer a few questions in relation to whether there is a need for such a school, what is the extent and nature of the need that will determine the capacity… or whether there is need for a law school, the programmes and qualifications,” he added.Nandlall maintains that if Government is going about establishing a law school, then it should be done in stages.While the AG has named Guyana’s committee for the setting-up of the law school, he said he was not yet ready to inform the CLE.Government announced in January 2017 it would start a project to establish the JOF Haynes Law School of the Americas. This school is being established through a public-private partnership entered into between the Government of Guyana, the Law School of the Americas (LCA) and the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), and will add to the existing options available to holders of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB).last_img read more

Sacked Emery says ‘honour’ to have coached Arsenal

first_imgAssistant Freddie Ljungberg has taken over as interim manager with ex-Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo among the early favourites to be named the next full-time boss.Despite his sacking, Emery insisted it had been an “honour” to manage the London giants.“It has been a year and a half full of emotions, of great moments and some other more bitter ones,” he said.“But not a single day has gone by without me stopping to think about how lucky I have been to work for this club with these players and their professional and personal qualities.”Former Arsenal player Ljungberg said he would work hard to improve the atmosphere at Arsenal.“However long I oversee @Arsenal I will give everything I have to put smiles on faces again,” he tweeted. “We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support. Let’s get to work!”Arsenal are on their worst run without a victory since 1992, when they went eight games without a win under George Graham.They are already eight points off the top four after failing to win a Premier League match since October 6.Emery was appointed as successor to Arsene Wenger in May 2018 after a trophy-laden career at Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain with a brief to make Arsenal a Premier League force again.The club, who have not won the Premier League since 2004, had stagnated in the final years of Wenger’s 22-year reign despite a series of cup triumphs.But Arsenal could only finish fifth last season, missing out on the riches of the Champions League for a third straight year.– Big spenders –Emery spent more than £130 million in the close-season, bringing in a clutch of players including winger Nicolas Pepe, centre-back David Luiz and left-back Kieran Tierney.But despite the reinforcements they have collected just 18 points from 13 games so far this season.Emery has had many off-field issues to contend with, losing Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer to Juventus at the end of last season.He then saw former captain Laurent Koscielny refuse to travel on a pre-season tour to the United States as he pushed through a move away from north London.Granit Xhaka was named as his successor but he was stripped of the captaincy after swearing at supporters who jeered him following his substitution in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month.There was also upheaval behind the scenes as two of the men who made the decision to appoint Emery, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, departed within nine months.And the attempted carjacking of Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac on the eve of the new season played a role in unsettling the squad.Emery is the third Premier League manager to lose his job this season after the dismissals of Watford’s Javi Gracia and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust issued a statement saying the club needed to change more than its manager.“Emery’s departure is the easy part,” it said. “The more difficult challenge is to recruit a suitable successor. We are far from certain that Arsenal has the right personnel to lead this process.“The AST has long been advocating that the most important changes needed at Arsenal are in the boardroom, where Arsenal need better governance.”0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Unai Emery has been sacked after 18 months in charge at Arsenal © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 29 – Unai Emery said it had been an “honour” to coach Arsenal despite being sacked as manager of the Premier League club on Friday after just 18 months in charge.The 48-year-old Spaniard was fired following the 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in Thursday’s Europa League match, which extended their winless run to seven games.last_img read more

Point Loma Christmas lights on Garrison Street

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOINT LOMA (KUSI)- A popular San Diego location to visit this holiday season is Garrison Street in Point Loma. Every year many people go to the neighborhood to see the spectacular Christmas lights.Throughout the month of December, people turn on their lights at dusk and turn them off at 10 p.m. Many families went out tonight to look at the amazing Christmas displays. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 14, 2018 Point Loma Christmas lights on Garrison Street December 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

The Feds Arent Watching Local Election Officials In Texas Anymore So NonProfits

first_imgKUT NEWSEver since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a major part of the Voting Rights Act a couple of years ago, states like Texas haven’t had federal oversight in elections.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016As a result, civil rights groups have had to flag and sometimes sue state officials over violations of federal voting laws ahead of this year’s election.The latest example has to do with whether counties are providing bilingual voting information on their websites.Part of the Voting Rights Act says officials have to provide bilingual election information if more than five percent of the population they serve isn’t proficient in English. It turns out dozens of Texas counties fall into that category, but they weren’t following that rule.So, a few weeks ago Nina Perales with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (or MALDEF) sent a letter telling county election officials they needed to provide bilingual voting info on their websites.“So we have had a good response,” she says. “We have had a number of counties contact us right away and tell us that they are working on getting a button on their websites to direct to the Secretary of State’s Spanish language materials.”Perales is happy she hasn’t gotten pushback on this, but this whole situation points to a bigger problem, she says. And the problem is that if MALDEF hadn’t flagged this issue for county officials, dozens of county websites around the state would have been in violation of important voting rights laws. Part of the reason this is happening is because the federal government is not required to watch over Texas anymore – and state government hasn’t picked up that work, either.“It should be something that the Secretary of State is looking at,” Perales says. “Their staff should be looking at county websites.”State officials don’t see it that way, though.“The Secretary of State’s office is not an investigative or an enforcement agency,” explains Alicia Pierce, with the Texas Secretary of State’s office.Pierce says the state can advise county administrators, but they can’t control what they do with their websites. She says that’s just not their job.“Texas has a very decentralized election system,” she says. “Most of the power of actually conducting the election is with the county elections office.”Perales, with MALDEF,  says the state should make that their job – especially since the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act. She says the work of ensuring voting rights are protected is still important in Texas.“We still have the remnants of the past discrimination and having lost federal oversight over election changes means that private organizations like MALDEF are stretched thinner because we have to be covering more issues related to voting rights than ever before,” she says.Bills aimed at amending the Voting Rights Act have been held up in Congress for the past couple of years.Copyright 2016 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM. Sharelast_img read more

Four Days In An Update On Texas Legislatures Special Session

first_img Share Day four of the Texas Legislature’s Special Session is drawing lots of attention. As we’ve been reporting, three Senate committees are holding meetings on closely watched legislation, including the so-called “bathroom bill.”Brandon Rottinghaus, political science professor from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s podcast Party Politics, brings us the latest developments out of Austin.last_img