Caricom has rendered itself obsolete

first_imgDear Editor,Now that the Americans have spoken that they want “free, fair and peaceful” elections, I am breathing a little easier. There are still many challenges, and inimically, the most crucial ones will be devised by GECOM itself. However, it is not going to be an easy feat to rig an election under the noses of the Americans in this day and age. Granger, therefore, knows his best bet is to delay and obstruct as long as possible.Granger’s Government’s refusal to head to the polls and their violation of the Constitution, co-opting of GECOM and the Courts in the process, has not won them any friends. In fact, it has done the exact opposite. The international community, barring Caricom, is beginning to show signs of fatigue with this caretaker Government. And who can blame them? It is exceedingly tedious to sit and listen to the lame excuses being proffered every day.Caricom has chosen to remain silent and steadfast behind Granger even as he continues to violate the rule of law and the rights of citizens. Guyanese will now go to the polls a full 437 days after the Government was defeated in Parliament by the No-Confidence Motion, which was held on December 21, 2018. In effect, future use of no-confidence votes, as a democratic tool, has been irreparably compromised by this obscene precedent. The CCJ is partly to blame and Caricom’s silence, in spite of all this, shows its unprofessionalism and bias.It is my personal belief that going forward, Guyana needs to distance itself from Caricom and its organs, including the CCJ. This country is going to be a major oil producer and should, therefore, align itself with similar states so as to enjoy better trade deals and with those demonstrating strong democratic credentials. The time has come for Guyana to forge stronger relations with North America and with its friendly South American counterparts. Caricom is baggage and should be treated as such.Sincerely,Ravi Ramlast_img read more

BC Wildfire Service reminding residents to use caution when burning outdoors

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – With Northeastern B.C. experiencing warm and dry weather conditions, the B.C. Wildfire Service is asking residents and industry personnel to use caution when performing outdoor burning.According to Wildfire Services, the weather forecast is calling for increased winds from April 18 to the 20 in the Peace Region, which will experience low relative humidity and little precipitation.Wildfire Services says it will not take long for the grass to dry out and become flammable, especially in windy conditions.- Advertisement -Currently, there are no open burning bans in effect, however, people wishing to light an open fire must watch out for changing weather conditions and follow all open burning regulations to help reduce preventable wildfires.Here are some tips for safe burning practices:Ensure that enough resources are on hand to control the fire and stop it escaping.Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly, and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.Create an appropriately sized fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material, right down to the mineral soil.Consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter of the main fire site before lighting the main fire. This will create a fuel break and help prevent the fire from spreading beyond its intended size.Never leave a fire unattended.Make sure that any fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.For more information on burning practices, and for up-to-date wildfire conditions, you can visit bcwildfire.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

OH DEER – WHAT AN AMAZING PICTURE!

first_imgThe deer pass near Burtonport. Picture by Packie Bonner.It’s the kind of picture that makes up appreciate the natural beauty of our Donegal landscape.Packe Bonner was on hand last night as the sun set on Keadue Strand to capture these deer wandering home for the evening.Packie reckons they could have been on their way to the last night of the Burtonport Festival!   OH DEER – WHAT AN AMAZING PICTURE! was last modified: July 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burtonportdeerKeadue Strandlast_img read more