COVID-19: Govt repatriates 330 Indonesians from India, more to come home

first_imgAs many as 330 Indonesians have been repatriated from India since May, amid an international travel ban imposed by the Indian government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi has reported. Forty-seven Indonesians arrived in Jakarta from New Delhi on Saturday, the latest batch in a series ongoing repatriation efforts by the Indonesian government.“More people will be repatriated from Mumbai on July 23. We hope to send as many Indonesians as possible back to Indonesia on the next flight,” Indonesian Ambassador to India Sidharto Suryodipuro said on Saturday, as quoted in an embassy statement. According to the statement, most of the repatriates were tourists, while others were students and professionals who worked at international organizations, Indian companies and as ship crew. “After months of separation from their families due to the pandemic, those celebrating will be able to enjoy Idul Adha with family,” Sidharto said.The first repatriation flight from New Delhi arrived in Indonesia on May 20 with 59 Indonesians on board, followed by 117 Indonesians on the second flight on May 22. The third repatriation flight on July 4 brought back 107 Indonesians from Delhi.The 47 most recent returnees will undergo 14 days of home isolation or, if found to be symptomatic, quarantine in government-arranged facilities.As many as 169 Indian nationals who had been stranded in Indonesia because of the travel restrictions were also brought home on July 9 aboard an Air Asia flight from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten. The repatriation effort was made possible through cooperation between the airline, the Indian Embassy in Jakarta and Indian community center Indonesia Tamil Sangam.Topics :last_img read more

Here’s some helpful information for parents as school starts

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville Community Schools are holding Centralized Registration Thursday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Another session is scheduled for Monday, July 31 at the same time. The first day of classes is Wednesday, August 9.August 1, 2017 is the deadline for student to registration for the Batesville Community School Corporation if you do not live in the school district.Please contact Melissa Burton at 812-934-2194 or email to request a transfer to BCSC if you are out of district.For more information call 812-934-2194 or go online to, In.— The First day for Franklin County Community Schools students is Wednesday, August 9. For more student information go online to or call 765-647-4128.Versailles, In. — South Ripley Schools will hold “Meet Your Teacher” events beginning on August 1. The full-day of classes is Thursday, August 3. Students can register online at,Milan, In. — Milan Community Schools will begin classes on Thursday, August 3. For more information call 812-654-2365 or go online to .Sunman, In. —The first day of classes for students in the Sunman-Dearborn School District is Wednesday, August 9. For more information please call 812-623-2291 or go online to, In. — Greensburg Community Schools begin classes on Wednesday, August 3. For more information call 812-663-4774 or go online to read more

Pellegrini odds on for City vacancy

first_imgMalaga coach Manuel Pellegrini remains the overwhelming favourite to succeed Roberto Mancini as Manchester City manager. Pellegrini has denied suggestions he has a deal in place with City but will leave Malaga after the Spanish season ends on June 1. The 59-year-old has also been linked with other clubs but is odds on to take charge next at Eastlands with other candidates such as Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers considered outsiders. Former City manager Brian Horton would expect some of the game’s biggest names to be in contention with the club having now established themselves at the top end of the Premier League. Horton, who was in charge at Maine Road from 1993-95, told Press Association Sport: “With Brian Kidd taking the reins it maybe gives them a bit more time to see who there is or if Pellegrini comes. “I’m sure they’ll get lots of big names linked with it if it is left for a couple of weeks. They are one of the big clubs in the world now. “In my book Mourinho would be fantastic, if City could get him, but I don’t know – Pellegrini is the name being linked. I don’t know much about him but he seems to have done well at Villarreal and Malaga and you can’t be that bad if you’ve managed Real Madrid.” Mancini took charge in December 2009 and, backed by the club’s billionaire owners, helped transform their fortunes. He oversaw FA Cup success in 2011 – the club’s first trophy in 35 years – and then topped that with last season’s dramatic Premier League title win. His failures to build on those achievements, with an underwhelming title defence and a poor showing in Europe, counted against him, however. When his exit was eventually confirmed, the club highlighted a failure to achieve “stated targets” and a desire to develop a “holistic approach to all aspects of football”. The Chilean has been heavily linked with the Premier League club since the weekend, when rumours of Mancini’s imminent demise began to surface. After three days of intense speculation, City finally confirmed Mancini had been sacked after three and a half years in charge at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night. With a game at Reading to be played in the evening there has been no further comment from the club with regards to their search for a successor or any other issues. But having placed assistant manager Brian Kidd in interim charge for the final games of the season against Reading and Norwich and next week’s United States tour, there may be no immediate rush. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

British police say football child sex scandal may affect 98 clubs

first_img(REUTERS) – British police investigating allegations of widespread child sex abuse at football clubs dating back to the 1970s said yesterday they had identified 83 potential suspects and possible links to 98 clubs, including some from the Premier League.Police forces across the country launched enquiries after former player Andy Woodward revealed he had been abused as a boy by a youth team coach, prompting other ex-professionals to come forward with more allegations.The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said 639 referrals had been made to officers from a helpline set up by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children charity, involving about 350 potential victims.“Allegations received by police forces across the country are being swiftly acted upon,” said Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the NPCC lead for child protection.“We are also liaising closely with the Football Association to ensure all relevant information they hold is shared to inform investigations moving forward.”The harrowing tales of abuse suffered by the former players, some of whom have broken down in tears in television interviews, have shocked Britain. They raise questions about the scale of the problem, how much clubs and football authorities knew, and whether they tried to cover it up.English football’s governing body, the Football Association, has launched an internal review into what it admitted could be one of the sport’s biggest crises, and promised to fully publicise its findings.The NPCC said not all the 98 clubs whose names were mentioned to the police were under investigation. “The figure spans all tiers of football, from premier clubs through to amateur,” it said in a statement. It added that 98 percent of the victims were male, aged between seven and 20 at the time.The football abuse revelations are the latest in a series of paedophile scandals to have hit Britain in recent years.Victims said the scale of wrongdoing was likely to be worse than in the case of TV star Jimmy Savile, a cigar-chomping BBC television host who abused hundreds of youngsters over six decades until his death in 2011.last_img read more

Fans, league should throw embattled QB Vick a bone

first_imgMichael Vick is a criminal. Michael Vick is stupid. Michael Vick is inhumane. Michael Vick is crashing and burning. But Michael Vick is not, as Pardon the Interruptions’ Michael Wilbon put it, “the scum of the earth.” And Michael Vick is surely not the most deplorable person to don an NFL uniform in recent years. By now, everyone in this country knows of the controversy surrounding the embattled Falcons quarterback who pled guilty to federal charges stemming from his participation in a dog-fighting venture that operated from property he owned. The 18-page indictment includes horrific portions that detail the execution of approximately eight dogs that did not perform well in “testing” sessions by various methods. These methods include hanging, drowning and slamming a dog’s body to the ground.The NFL has suspended the 27-year-old quarterback indefinitely without pay following his admission of guilt. The plea has possibly ended his tumultuous career with the Atlanta Falcons and will likely land him in prison while he is in the prime of his NFL career. Since July 17, when Vick was officially indicted, it seems as though every American has become a member of PETA, and outside of Georgia, a Vick hater. Animal-rights groups have assembled against Vick, protesting at NFL headquarters in New York, and many corporate sponsors have dropped him.The acts Vick committed are offensive, shocking and gruesome. Nonetheless, Vick’s actions are not unforgivable and they do not warrant the scrutiny the three-time pro-bowler is receiving. Organizing a dog-fighting venture is no more merciless than trapping animals for their fur. It is no more heartless than exploiting elephants for the ivory their tusks and teeth produce. It is no more disgusting than starving cows in solitary confinement until they are skinny enough to produce veal. And it is certainly no worse than the conduct many NFL players engage in on a consistent basis. The summer of discontent in the sporting world is headlined by the Vick dog-fighting scandal, overshadowing the likes of NBA official Tim Donoughy, Barry Bonds’ tainted home run record and the halfway house known as the National Football League. The most disturbing part of the Vick scandal is that the media and football fans have turned the former Virginia Tech standout into public enemy No. 1. That label would be more fitting for a number of candidates whose actions have affected the lives of human beings. As of July 2007, Tennesse Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has been arrested on five occasions and questioned by police 11 times since being drafted in 2005. That gives Jones one more arrest than interceptions since the start of his eventful NFL career. Jones’ arrests, which generally occur at nightclubs, include allegations of assault and felony vandalism. In 2006, Jones was cited for misdemeanor assault for allegedly spitting in the face of a female student from Tennessee State University. At the 2007 NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas, Jones, according to club owners, grabbed a female dancer by the hair and slammed her head to the stage. He also allegedly threatened a security guard’s life prior to a member of Jones’ entourage opening fire inside the club, hitting three people and leaving one person paralyzed from the waist down. So where is ESPNEWS’ round-the-clock coverage of Jones’ legal troubles? Where is the live cut-in to legal analyst Roger Cossack for Pacman’s courthouse proceedings? And speaking of scum of the earth, look no further than former Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson, whose wrap sheet includes gun charges, aggravated assualt and resisting arrest. Johnson and Jones’ continued disregard for the law has threatened the lives of human beings, not animals. Thankfully, NFL commisioner Roger Goodell suspended Jones for at least the first 10 games of the upcoming season, and the Bears recently sent Tank packing. But no one seems to be calling for their heads on a silver platter. Hundreds of protestors are nowhere to be found when Johnson makes his way out of a Chicago courthouse. The Bengals had nine players arrested in a nine-month span and were the main reason Goodell introduced a conduct policy that determines penalties and holds franchises responsible for their player’s actions. Three Bengals were arrested for drunken driving, one for burglary and one for spousal abuse. Bengals wide-out Chris Henry has been charged with pulling a gun on a group of people in Orlando, speeding and drunken driving, and providing alcohol to minors. Where was the outrage? Where were the season-long suspensions? Where was Reebok’s discontiuation of Henry’s jerseys, as the company did with Vick’s? Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen has been arrested for driving under the influence a total of 3 times within 4 years, yet he will only receive a two-game suspension in 2007. In 2005, then Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis reported to federal prison camp to serve a four-month sentence for using a cell phone to set up a cocaine deal. The penalty was worked out in plea agreement in which prosecutors agreed to drop more serious drug conspiracy charges. Lewis’ legal troubles went under the radar, compared to Vick’s, and landed him a whopping two-game suspension by the NFL. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis pled guilty to obstruction of justice in conjunction to a murder he was originally arrested for. That didn’t stop Lewis from being named Super Bowl MVP and Defensive Player of the Year later in his career, while being adored by fans. These are grown men charged with driving drunk, assaulting women and waving guns around with no regard for human life. They are the scum of the earth, and they should never, ever play football again. The coverage Vick is receiving is over-the-top and completely disproportional to prior criminal activity committed by NFL players and professional athletes as a whole. NFL players have gotten away with murder, both figuratively and literally, over the last few years, yet dog-fighting has sent the media and fans into hysteria.Dog-fighting is disgusting and barbaric and Vick should do the jail time he deserves. But dog-fighting is not even close to the worst crime committed by a professional athlete, and it certainly should not prevent Vick from ever returning to the NFL. Kluger’s Korner appears periodically throughout the semester. He can be reached at read more

Women of Troy see first loss during split weekend in Washington

first_imgAfter starting the season 12-0, the USC women’s volleyball team must now add a tally to its loss column.The Women of Troy saw their undefeated season come to an end Friday night after losing to No. 10 Washington in five sets, 25-22, 25-22, 15-25, 18-25, 15-5. It was USC’s sixth straight loss in Seattle.Air it out · Junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter led USC with 23 kills in the loss to Washington and 19 kills in a win against Washington State. The loss to the Huskies was USC’s first this season after 12 straight wins. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan USC went down two sets early but quickly fought back. It convincingly won game three and broke a 10-10 tie in game four after five straight points behind senior outside hitter Geena Urango’s serve, eventually tying the match at 2-2.However, the Women of Troy were not able to keep that momentum upon entering the fifth and final set. They lost the clinching game and subsequently the match.“We won games three and four pretty easily and then never got started in five,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “It was really disappointing because I felt we were the better team. Statistics showed we were the better team and we really let Washington steal one.”Junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter led USC with 23 kills. Freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana added 16 kills.“I really wanted to practice being able to handle [Washington’s] intensity, and I didn’t think we did that very well,” Haley said. “Then when we relaxed, I think we just roared through them, kind of took them out of their own game and their own gym, only to come back in the short game, game five, and just not be able to function.”When the Women of Troy won the third and fourth games, Haley said he was confident about his team’s chances of coming away with the conference victory.“I thought we were in total control of the match,” Haley said.  “Then we tried too hard in game five again, and it was just a shame.”After Friday’s defeat, the Women of Troy did not have much time to reflect. They travelled to Pullman to face the Washington State Cougars just a day after the loss.After being down 8-7 early in the first set, USC won eight straight points behind junior setter Kendall Bateman’s serve, pushing the score to 15-8. After that, USC never faltered, sweeping the Cougars 25-15, 25-17, 25-19.Jupiter led the team with 19 kills, along with three aces, six blocks and only three unforced errors, hitting .516 in the match. After the game, Haley could do nothing but praise his All-American outside hitter.“Jupiter came on big time. [Friday] night, she had a lot of kills, but she had 10 unforced errors. [On Saturday], she did a much much better in that regard,” Haley said. “All in all, she just dominated the opposition.”It was not just Jupiter who committed too many unforced errors this weekend. Haley identified that as one of the biggest problems his team faced.“It’s just the unforced hitting errors that I think [we need to] work on being a little bit smarter, a little more in control,” Haley said.  “I think as we talk about that in practice and design drills to work on that. I think we’ll get a lot better there.”Although unforced errors proved to be the team’s Achilles’ heel this weekend, there was one very positive aspect of USC’s play — serving.“We had 19 aces in two days in Pac-10 competition,” Haley said. “That’s tremendous serving on our part. We served at the highest level we’ve ever served at since I’ve been here at USC.”The Women of Troy will look to get back on track for next weekend, as they host No. 1 Stanford and No. 8 California at the Galen Center.last_img read more

Captain Kane sets sights on Champions League and FA Cup double under Mourinho

first_imgHARRY KANE has set his sights on Tottenham winning a cup double.The Spurs striker got Jose Mourinho’s reign off to a winning start with a goal in the 3-2 London derby win over West Ham.2 Harry Kane is targeting a Champions League and FA Cup double under new boss Jose MourinhoCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdVictory for Tottenham at home to Olympiakos in the Champions League tomorrow will send last season’s finalists into the knock-out stages with a game to spare.Kane said: “Realistically, we look at the Champions League and the FA Cup. We will see how that goes and I will keep doing what I’m doing and keep fighting.”Kane limped out of the London Stadium with a bruise on his foot, a bump on his head and a belief in his heart he can finally win silverware with his beloved Spurs.And before you ask, his belief was not the result of the knock to his noggin!It was due to the arrival of Mourinho as manager.The Special One, who was appointed as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor on Wednesday morning, made an instant impact as he guided Tottenham to their first Premier League away win for TEN MONTHS.It ended Spurs’ run of five top-flight without a victory and raised their hopes this season may not be a write-off after all.Kane said: “The gaffer has won at every club he has gone to — there’s no hiding away from that. He wants to win, he’s a proven winner.“I’ve made it clear that I’m at the stage of my career where I want to win trophies. I’ve made it clear I want to win them here and it’s a big year for this.2“Realistically, we look at the Champions League and the FA Cup to try to do that.“We will see how that goes and, from my point of view, I will keep doing what I’m doing and keep fighting for this club on the pitch.”Spurs are nine points off fourth spot, but Kane refused to rule out a fifth successive top-four finish.He said: “We’ve managed to do it the last four seasons and we know how big it is to be playing in the Champions League, doing well in the Champions League, making this club even bigger around Europe.“We’ve started difficult this season, but we still have full belief that we can make the top four.“It’s massive for the players, for the club, financially for the club to reach the Champions League so that’s our aim in the Premier League this season.”Kane headed Spurs 3-0 up in the 49th minute after first-half strikes had put the visitors in control.But they took their foot off the pedal and late goals from Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna flattered the Hammers.It was crazy end to a crazy week for Tottenham stars, who saw Pochettino axed on Tuesday night after five-and-a-half years at the helm – and Mourinho named as his replacement 12 hours later.Kane, who injured his foot as he scored and then was almost KO’d as he bravely put his head in front of Aaron Cresswell’s thunderbolt free-kick, admitted: “It’s been a week I’ve never really had in my career before.“It was a big shock on Tuesday night for everyone, the players included. Then it was a quick turnaround and all of a sudden we got a new manager, one of the best managers there has been in the game.“So you have to automatically have to turn your head towards that and focus on this game. Obviously, there was a lot of emotion, a lot of energy, but the gaffer came in and said it was all about just preparing for Saturday.“He said get yourselves ready and you don’t have to impress me in days one and two, so don’t run about wasting your energy.“It was about going out here and performing, and thankfully we got the win.”It showed what a bunch of shysters footballers truly are – as Spurs stars looked a totally different group to the ones who had been sacking it off under Poch this season.It also highlighted the ex-manager’s part in their sorry start as you were left wondering why he had struggled to get a tune out of them.But it was sweet music for Mourinho, who has insisted Kane is not for sale at any price.The striker said: “When you do well as a player, it brings a price tag on your head.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own club“Look, all I can do is do my best for the team and that’s what I’ve always done.”I’ve always tried to score, I’ve always tried to work hard, win free-kicks, and get over the line any way you can. That’s what I’ll continue to do.“I want to win trophies, that’s clear, so hopefully we can do that this year.”José Mourinho delighted loud music is pumping once more in the Spurs dressing roomlast_img read more

Warriors eager to get back on the court, respond from loss

first_imgGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts to a call during the second half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)OAKLAND, Calif. — One good beating per series is plenty for Draymond Green and Golden State.The Warriors got it in Game 2 at Houston, and now the defending champions plan to do what they seem to do best: bounce back with brilliance.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Pacquiao dismisses rumors, says fight vs Matthysse will happen As the Western Conference finals showdown shifts to Oracle Arena for Sunday’s Game 3, tied at one game apiece, the Warriors have spent the past few days discussing their Game 2 troubles and what they’re striving to do in order not to be dominated again.It’s time to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I think we’re at our best when we feel threatened,” Green said Saturday. “Game 1 we felt threatened, we came out with a sense of urgency. Game 2 we maybe didn’t feel as threatened and the sense of urgency wasn’t there. I think you’re allowed one of those a series. We’ve had our one, now it’s time to lock in for the remainder of the series.”And for the Warriors that starts on the defensive end against Chris Paul, James Harden and Co., because when they get stops it allows Golden State to get going in transition and find open looks from 3-point range that weren’t there during a 127-105 Game 2 defeat Wednesday night at Houston. That was largely because the Rockets had ample time to set their defense following made baskets. Houston is making sure not to get too high from its impressive result. The Rockets lost Game 1, 119-106.“Feels like Game 2 was a week ago now. That’s how it is in the playoffs,” Paul said. “I heard somebody say when you lose a game in the playoffs, you feel like you’re never going to win again, and when you win, you feel like you’re never going to lose again. We’ve done a great job all year staying even-keeled.”The task gets tougher for the Rockets at one of the league’s most imposing venues.Golden State has won an NBA record-tying 15 straight postseason home games, matching the Chicago Bulls’ mark from April 27, 1990-May 21, 1991.“The Warriors at Oracle are a different story for sure,” Stephen Curry said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Coach Steve Kerr spoke last week to former Warriors coach Mark Jackson about Golden State’s resiliency over years now.Just as they did in losing once in each of the first two rounds, the Warriors hardly looked strong in Game 2. Kerr insists that rebounding from a bad loss is hardly about coaching, patting his chest to note that his players take it upon themselves based on their passion to respond from defeat.“It’s a series. We’re not going to knock them out in one game,” Kevin Durant said. “Bad games happen throughout playoff series, throughout a season, throughout a career. So just move on, keep getting better and see what happens next game.”And the Warriors aren’t worried about Curry rediscovering his shooting rhythm after making only two 3-pointers — one in each game — so far this series.It might just take one to fall for the two-time MVP to start feeling it again. Or not even one.“I only need one, that’s all I need,” Curry said. “Actually I might not need any because hopefully that first one that I shoot in Game 3 goes in, so I don’t really need any.”Golden State, which realized it wouldn’t go a record 16-1 like last postseason’s remarkable run to a second title in three years, responded from defeats in the first round to San Antonio and then against the Pelicans in the Western Conference semifinals.“It’s not just this year it’s the last four years,” Kerr said. “It shows you the resilience of our team. I was talking to Mark Jackson last week and I said, ’When I knew how tough this team was, I think it was 2013 when Mark was coaching and they lost at the buzzer to Denver on the road in Game 1, Andre Miller hit a shot. The Warriors came back and won Game 2. They lost a heartbreaker in the next round to San Antonio at San Antonio, they had an 18-point lead with about five minutes left. A devastating loss, came back and won Game 2 on the road. I remember as a broadcaster watching those two games that showed what kind of guts these guys have. Mark agreed. We’ve both been blessed to coach the group. It’s not something that you coach, it’s just something that’s in them. Steph, Draymond, Andre (Iguodala) and Klay (Thompson), those are guys who have been here for a while, so then you add KD to that, a guy who’s seen everything in the playoffs. We’ve got a pretty resilient group.”Mike D’Antoni knows what his Rockets are up against now that the series shifts to the Warriors’ imposing home court.“We always talk about having a short memory, especially in bad times, but you have to have a short memory also in good times. Play with the same desperation. Play with the same force that we played offensively and defensively, knowing that they’ll have more of a force on their side,” D’Antoni said. “But we have to control what we can control, and make sure we’re aggressive.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

President must dissolve Parliament – fmr National Assembly Clerk

first_img… says it demonstrates sincere intent to hold early electionsPrior to the holding of a General and Regional elections, Parliament has to be dissolved by a proclamation from the President with a set date for elections. Despite the passage of a No-Confidence Motion against his government over seven months ago, however, President David Granger has failed to do anything.Former Clerk of the National Assembly, Frank NarineIn an interview with Guyana Times on Sunday, longstanding former Clerk of the National Assembly, Frank Narine asserted that indeed the President was supposed to dissolve Parliament before an election date could be set – if elections are to be held.“Everyone seems to be interpreting the Constitution in their own way,” he asserted. “The Constitution says what must happen. Article 106 says that when a No-Confidence Motion is passed, the President and Cabinet have to resign. And it goes on to say elections must be held in three months after the passing of the motion, unless the National Assembly extends the time.“The President has to proclaim a date for elections. And it is the President who will have to dissolve Parliament before elections. The President has to formally issue a proclamation dissolving Parliament, so the National Assembly can’t meet. Members cease to be members … I think if it’s dissolved, it means he’s serious: he’s going to have elections. But the President hasn’t done anything.”Narine noted that when the No-Confidence Motion was passed, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) should have been getting its systems ready for the possibility of holding elections and not idling. He likened it to staff knowing what they have to do, but failing to carry out their mandate.“It means they were sleeping. If the President has a member of staff and he says I want this report by the end of the month, and that staff member fails to give it, what must the President do? It means the President has the wrong staff member. Did they get directions not to (get ready to) hold elections?”President David GrangerAlready, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has ruled out his side supporting any extension of the life of the Government through Parliament. According to Article 106 of the Constitution, such an extension requires a two-thirds majority of all members of National Assembly.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, Article 106 (7) states: “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.”Such a No-Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2018 and according to Jagdeo, during a previous press conference, Government sought to delay election preparations rather than comply with the Constitution. As a consequence, the Opposition Leader said that the window for his side to agree to extend their time in Government has closed. Meanwhile, GECOM has no Chairman.Since the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that former GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson was appointed unconstitutionally, he has resigned. As such, Jagdeo and Granger have been trying to find a replacement to carry out the necessary early elections. In keeping with this, Jagdeo submitted a list of 11 nominees gleaned from the lists he submitted in 2017, before Patterson’s unilateral appointment.On the other hand, President Granger’s informal list includes Retired Justices James Patterson, Claudette La Bennett and Stanley Moore as well as economist Aubrey Armstrong, Attorney Kesaundra Alves and former Solicitor General Kim Kyte. The President also proposed known People’s National Congress (PNC) affiliates Stanley Ming (a former PNC parliamentarian) and Kads Khan.last_img read more

Educational expansion

first_img“This important program is helping the district with our No. 1 priority: the improvement of student achievement.” Because the after-school program was in operation at some schools, it is already fulfilling several funding requirements, said coordinator Becky Schultz. It features a snack, homework help and academic enrichment activities – such as sports, educational field trips and programs in dance and drama – to complement the school’s academic program. The program must run until at least 6 p.m. and include a family literacy component, such as offering parent education classes or college courses at the school site for parents. The Reach for the Stars program began in 2000 at four sites, and was expanded to nine sites in 2003, Schultz said. Now, with the new grants, each campus will be able to accommodate a maximum of 92 students. WHITTIER – Every school in the Whittier City School District will now have a free after-school program on its campus, thanks to more than $3.6 million in state monies the district is slated to receive through 2009. The new state grants – which total about $1.2 million per year for three years, starting with the current school year – come from the After School Education and Safety program, established in 2002 by Proposition 49. It will go toward expanding the 6,800-student district’s current Reach for the Stars after-school program to all 12 of its schools, including Andrews Elementary in North Whittier, and Dexter and Edwards middle schools. “Our studies show students who are part of Reach for the Stars program are doing better in school,” said Superintendent Carmella Franco. “We did anticipate we were going to get the funding because we had our program up and running and it was well-thought-of,” Schultz said. “But we were still excited about the award letter when we got it. “When it comes to child care, we know it costs at least $300 to $350 a month for one child for a private after-school program,” she added. “But this is free to our parents, and our kids have somewhere they can learn and be safe.” Schultz said the new funding will last through the 2008-09 school year. “Every three years we have to apply,” she said. “\ written into legislation, so I don’t think we have to worry about not getting it if we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing.” For more information on the new after-school programs, call local schools or the district at (562) 789-3000. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more