Dear Editor,The United States Supreme Court, in King v Burwell, a recent case about what is commonly called “Obamacare,” in a decision written by the Chief Justice of that Court, Mr John Roberts, invoked the well-known Plain Meaning rule used in courts worldwide and said: “If the statutory language is plain, we must enforce it according to its terms.” See King v Burwell, 135 S. Ct. 2480, 2489 (2015).Guyana and the United States have courts with a common English origin. In both countries, the Plain Meaning rule is applicable.Here, the relevant statute is Article 106 (6) of the Constitution of Guyana which clearly 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.”The constitution is silent as to the meaning of the word “majority.” The word is not ambiguous. That is, it does not have two meanings. We ought to read it for its plain meaning. Invoking the Plain Meaning rule in the case at hand, thirty-three is a “majority” over thirty-two. Government was defeated.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertab
With less than two weeks before the coalition Government becomes illegal, former Speaker of the National Assembly and Attorney-at-Law Ralph Ramkarran has said that Guyana’s future seems to be uncertain owing to the fact that there is no clear indication when elections could be held.Referring to the meeting between President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, which yielded no results, Ramkarran said it was clear that the issue has now gone beyond what the Constitution says and means, as it relates to the passage of a no-confidence motion.In his weekly “Conversation Tree” blog, the prominent Attorney wrote that it was now clear more than ever that the President’s failure to fix a date for elections is because A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) intended to remain in office for as long as possible.“This is aided by the majority on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) who have voted, and will no doubt continue to support, a new registration exercise. A nationwide, house-to-house registration exercise will last into next year,” he added, something that Jagdeo has stated repeatedly.Ramkarran, therefore, believes that if the APNU/AFC’s effort to hold political power succeeds, it will hold elections between May and August next year, when its term of office would have otherwise lawfully ended. With the no-confidence vote, it has now clearly become a matter of political life and death.“If the electoral list is the problem, the National Assembly can extend the life of the current list beyond April 30. The Elections Commission already has power to remove the names of persons who have died. The list of deceased persons is expected to be provided by the Registry of Births and Deaths.”He claimed that since 1992, systems accepted by all have been in place at polling stations to prevent unauthorised persons from voting. There is, therefore, little or no danger that impersonation at polling stations of persons who have left Guyana will take place.Ramkarran, therefore, concluded that none of the fears expressed by political parties about elections since 1992 have a basis in reality or have materialised. Only one party, according to him, has had a history of election rigging in Guyana and that party is the People’s National Congress (PNC).“And it was able to do so, because it held political power and was protected by the West. The fears about a ‘credible’ list, now being used as an excuse by the President for not calling elections, are politically manufactured for the purpose of delaying the elections,” he opined.SanctionsRamkarran said it was no secret that new elections were not going to be held willingly by the Government. But he said it must be reminded of the potential harm of taking Guyana down a path, which violates the rule of law and the Constitution of Guyana – which may incur international sanctions.“It appears that the Government is prepared to accept these consequences, because the delay is vital to its survival. This Government, unlike the last PNC Government between 1985 and 1992, takes its inspiration from Forbes Burnham, the Founder Leader of the PNC. PNC Governments led by Forbes Burnham survived elections rigging and authoritarian rule,” he added.He said the APNU/AFC no doubt believed that, like the PNC in the past, it could not only weather any storm that its violation of the Constitution incurred but that its very existence depended on it doing so.He suggested also that the Government may also be relying on the perceived sympathy with which it was viewed by Western capitals. Oil and the interests of oil producers, he noted, would be looming large in the calculations of the West in their decisions about Guyana.Despite this, however, concerns being expressed by countries about democracy in other countries are no longer considered to be matters of the internal affairs of the subject country. And that is the reason why sanctions are now imposed routinely against countries that violate constitutional order.Ramkarran used Venezuela as an example where severe international sanctions have been imposed. He said aside from the Government’s apparent grit to resist potential international sanctions, which it may be hoping that sympathy from the West may spare it, Guyana still faces a high degree of uncertainty.
Pochettino was unimpressed that Spurs took so long to rouse themselves against their fired-up Welsh opponents who deservedly led this match through a 38th-minute goal from Irish striker Padraig Amond.It almost led to Spurs losing their first match since December 16, until England striker Kane’s 30th goal of the season ensured a Wembley replay.“The team didn’t show they wanted to get into the next round, which was disappointing,” said Pochettino.Spurs have won plaudits for the attacking football they have played under their Argentinian manager in recent seasons but the hard fact is that it is 10 years since the north London club, eight-times FA Cup winners, last lifted a major piece of silverware — the League Cup.“It’s easy to say we want win trophies, but we missed a massive opportunity today to show we wanted it,” said Spurs manager Pochettino. “I hope we have learned today that we have to fight to win things.“I heard the FA Cup was magic and today you didn’t see any difference between a team in the Premier League and League Two.”– ‘Missed opportunity’ –The former Southampton boss added: “We need to realise if we want to do something special we can’t miss the opportunity. Why did we have to wait until the end of the game to fight?“If you fight from the beginning of the game you can show your quality.”A year ago, Pochettino was kept in the FA Cup by a 97th-minute goal from Son Heung-Min as Spurs overcame Wycombe Wanderers 4-3 at White Hart Lane.This time he had to introduce the South Korean from the bench, as well as bring on England midfielder Dele Alli, in order to turn the tide.“I am relieved to be going away with a draw, they were superb, full credit to them (Newport),” said Pochettino.“We started to play and grow in the second half, but we are happy we have a replay and to stay in the competition. We cannot use the pitch as an excuse, we need to look at us.”He added: “We were aware about how Newport play, they are very athletic with quality. We couldn’t match this level.“The key was to match them in motivation, style and fight and we lost every challenge in the first half.”– ‘Proud’ –Newport manager Mike Flynn paid tribute to his team, who are a full 72 places behind a Tottenham side that are fifth in the Premier League.“They are a fantastic group of players and they gave me their all,” said Flynn. “I’m gutted for them that Spurs scored so late, but they’ve made me the proudest manager in the country right now.“I could have been selfish and tried to be the hero and gone for it (a win) but I would never jeopardise the finances. We had to get focussed, it was the only mistake we made all day and we got punished for it.“It’s incredible, I’m proud of everything we’ve achieved. I don’t get carried away, but speaking to Mauricio Pochettino was an eye opener, he’s a class act.“If the replay is anything like the second half then I’m not relishing it. But I’ve got every confidence in my players because they’ve been magnificent from day one.“Days like this are huge for clubs like us and keep you ticking over. We turnover £2.2 million a year as a football club, but this (FA Cup) run will give us an excess of £700,000.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was unimpressed that his side took so long to rouse themselves against fourth-tier Newport County © AFP / Glyn KIRKNEWPORT, United Kingdom, Jan 28 – Mauricio Pochettino questioned his Tottenham Hotspur players’ appetite for the fight after were nearly knocked out of the FA Cup by fourth-tier Newport County.The Spurs manager was angered by his side’s attitude during their fourth-round tie at Rodney Parade on Saturday where they were indebted to an 82nd-minute goal from Harry Kane that salvaged a 1-1 draw.
Lagan Harps FC News:Saturday was a proud day for the club when we had three players in the starting line up for the Irish girls u/16 team v Austria. Ciana Brogan, Caoimhe Walsh and Zoe Green along with Illies Celtic’s Aoife Mc Colgan all took part in the 1-1 draw, Ireland then won 6-5 on penalties.On Friday Ciana and Caoimhe had played against Croatia. Congratulations to the girls on their well deserved achievement. Our men’s promotion hopes received a set back when we drew 1-1 with Whitestrand Utd, in a game reversed to Whitestrand.Next Sunday we are scheduled to play Dunkineely Celtic at home. Our u/12’s continued their impressive run with a 3-0 away to Convoy Arsenal.In a hard fought encounter our goals came from Luke Parke, Tiernan Brown and Mark Bonner.Next Saturday we are scheduled to play league leaders Cappry Rovers. Our u/14’s are also schedule to play Cappry. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Brendan Gibson, Packie O’Donnell and John Gillen who were recently hospitalised.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 2,8,10 and 21. Two people, Micky Mc Grath and James Davenport, had three numbers and won E25 each.Next weeks jackpot is E5050. On a sourer note the club was again the victim of the vandalism cureently plaguing the village, with a window broken in the dressingrooms.The club will prosecute any vandals or in the case of minors, their parents. It is difficult enough raising funds without having to pay for repairs.PROUD DAY FOR LAGAN HARPS FC – AS TRIO START FOR IRISH U16 GIRLS TEAM AGAINST AUSTRIA was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSport