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first_imgMr. Vera discusses Cuban electoral process in MonroviaChargé d’Affaires Clarifies Country’s Electoral ProcessCuban Chargé d’Affaires, Yordenis Despaigne Vera, says his country’s electoral process observes democratic tenets, contrary to the bleak picture given by western propaganda about Cuba’s political system.At a press briefing in Monrovia on Tuesday, April 3, Mr. Vera said despite dissimilarities in conduct with countries practicing democracy, Cuba as a Communist country, believes in government by the people, for the people and of the people.According to him, Cubans play active role in electing their public officials, including President and Parliamentarians.In order to ensure transparency in the process, the Cuban diplomat said every Cuban at the age of 16 is automatically registered free to participate in election.On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Cubans voted into office a new National Assembly (parliamentarians), which is responsible for selecting a Council of State consisting of one president, one first vice president, five vice presidents, one secretary and 23 other members. The in-coming president of Cuba, expected to be named this month, will be the country’s first non-Castro president in nearly 60 years.“Our parliamentarians do not campaign to make big promises, because the government sponsors all of what Cubans need.  They are elected by their constituents on the basis of competence, willingness to serve, prestige and relation with the people,” Vera said.According to him, it will cost huge sum of money for a person desiring to be a parliamentarian to campaign, and to avoid engaging into huge expenses and perhaps using resources that should go to development, government underwrites the expenses and the citizens vote nominated candidates in accordance with the competence.He explained that unlike lawmakers in other countries, who are paid salaries for the positions they occupy, Cuban parliamentarians are paid by services for which they are employed in various professional areas.For instance, a parliamentarian who serves as a civil servant in the teaching field will get paid for being a teacher in line with the minimum wage of the country and not as a parliamentarian.Mr. Vera said the people have the power and will to get out of office any parliamentarian who is not working in line with their expectations, something he emphasized as a tenet of democracy.Vera added that it was necessary he explained to Liberians how the Cuban electoral system works so that they will not believe propaganda spread by their opponents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img– recommits to inclusionary democracyPresident David Granger has declared that Government has not placed on the table any formal proposal for a power-sharing agreement with the parliamentary Opposition, but he reiterated his administration’s commitment to inclusionary democracy.The Head of State told a media conference last Friday that the issue of power-sharing has not been placed on the agenda for a series of planned talks with the Opposition Leader during this month, since there has never been any such proposal.“As far as power sharing is concerned, structurally, it is too late to embark on a reconfiguration of the Cabinet, so what we have is… Soon after we got into office, there was a proposal that we should meet to discuss [what] I would callPresident David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo during one of their meetingsinclusionary democracy, but there is no proposal on the table for power sharing – whatever that means,” he asserted.Nevertheless, the President said, he is committed to having an inclusionary democracy, and will continue to engagement the Opposition.“I will continue to engage the Leader of the Opposition to ensure that important elements in society and the economy are discussed, and we share ideas. Perhaps it’s better to say it’s an idea-sharing proposal, rather than a power-sharing proposal. But we have no problem with engaging the Opposition. All of my meetings with the Opposition Leader have been quiet cordial, and I expect that once we re-engage [this] month, things will go much more quickly and much more smoothly,” Granger stressed.The Opposition had initially rejected Government’s proposal to engagement on a number of issues after Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had been selected to lead those talks. The PPP contended that Nagamootoo is a light-weight and has no serious portfolio to make commitments on behalf of the coalition Government.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had, in July, explained, “[The impression out there is that] we are unwilling to engage because we don’t like Nagamootoo… [But] that’s absolutely not true; it is not the individual, but his ability to make commitments that we cannot accept.“I pointed out to President [Jimmy] Carter that the AFC [Alliance for Change] can’t even secure a meeting with APNU [A Partnership for National Unity] to discuss the Cummingsburg Accord. Secondly, Nagamootoo has no substantive or serious portfolio…and that is the reason why (we refused to meet).”As a result of this, during a subsequent meeting that month, the Head of State assured the Opposition Leader that, going forward, he would be leading these talks himself. This meeting occurred after Head of the Carter Center, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, had reached out to the two Guyanese leaders earlier in July in an effort to get the two sides to hold discussions on critical issues of national importance.Since that July meeting, President Granger and Jagdeo have met again last Thursday, and are expected to have a series of meetings throughout this month.last_img read more


first_imgAdam Reaburn | 19:40 This live blog is over.  We will keep working on this story and post updates as they become available. Adam Reaburn | 18:53 The RCMP are about to hold a press conference about the arrest made today in Fort St. John.  We will live blog the press conference here.Advertisement Adam Reaburn | 19:15 Press Conference under way with MP Kerry-Lynee Findlay commending the RCMP on the arrest Adam Reaburn | 18:53 Fort St. John man arrested on Terrorism offences 6Adam ReaburnThe Fort St. John RCMP along with the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team arrested Othman Ayed Hamdan in Fort St. John.  Hamdan has been charged with committing terrorism offences contrary to Section 83.2 of the Criminal Code.Hamdan is 33 years-old and has been charged with, counselling to commit murder for the benefit of a terrorist group, counselling to assault causing bodily harm for the benefit of a terrorist group and counselling to commit aggravated assault for the benefit of a terrorist group.According to the RCMP, a criminal investigation into Hamdan started in October 2014 and revealed that he was involved in posting pro-Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda online which included inducement and instructions to commit murder in the name of Jihad.A search warrant was executed at Hamdan’s residence and a number of items were seized.“Through the collaboration of our INSET, we were able to arrest this individual and disrupt his efforts to harm citizens across the country,” said Superintendent Dan Bond, Assistant Criminal Operations Officer, National Security for the RCMP in British Columbia.Advertisement Adam Reaburn | 19:16 Video feed from CTV doesn’t seem to be working.  We will look for another stream to share. Adam Reaburn | 19:06 We are still waiting for the RCMP to start the press conference.  The live blog will start as soon as they begin. “The safety and security of citizens across Canada is of the utmost importance to us, and we take these threats very seriously,” stated Chief Superintendent Scott Doran, officer in charge of the RCMP’s Federal Policing Criminal Operations in Ottawa.Hamdan will now appear before the courts.  The RCMP say they will not release any further information now that the case is before the courts.center_img Adam Reaburn | 19:22 – Advertisement -The press conference seems to be over – no new information was released.  Not sure why they had a press conference. Adam Reaburn | 19:15 Findlay says she can’t comment on the specifics.Advertisement Adam Reaburn | 19:27 CSO -Court search shows Hamdan has been in court before for explosives in Fort St. John. Adam Reaburn | 19:25 According to court documents, Hamdan also faced charges in September of 2014 and in March 2015 for “makes/has or was in the possession of explosive substance”.  Both offences are listed has having happened in Fort St. John. Adam Reaburn | 18:55 You can also watch the update thanks to CTV here:  http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=68597&binId=1.1184694&playlistPageNum=1last_img read more


first_imgMourne Antiques, the well-known treasure trove of Letterkenny, has just launched a brand new name and sign today. Now called ‘Mourne Antiques & Jewellery’, the rebranding sends an exciting invitation to customers to discover another element to the store.The new name for Mourne Antiques quietly suggests the direction this long-established shop in Letterkenny is going. It has been known to the certain few that they have sold good quality jewellery in this hidden treasure for the last 30 years – but now it’s time to spread the word.If you weren’t interested in antiques you would have been forgiven for not entering the doors of Mourne Antiques and discovering its secrets – a wide and wonderful selection of jewellery from every era.Mourne Antiques & JewelleryThere is contemporary jewellery of silver and gold, vintage pieces from the 1970’s and ‘80s, 1940’s costume jewellery from the Hollywood age, and of course the rare and exclusive antique pieces this shop is best known for.If you are shopping for an unusual and well-priced engagement ring this is also the place to look. The selection of diamond rings is said to be among the best in the country. Frances and Keith can give you advice on your special selection.  Diamond bracelet and pink sapphire ring from Mourne Antiques & Jewellery They also can advise on the care and repair of your precious piece whether it is newly acquired or a prized heirloom.Pop into the shop on Upper Main Street in Letterkenny and you could be amazed at the beautiful pieces on offer – whether jewellery or their long-standing selection of antique china, furniture, or decorative pieces.You will find them just opposite Dillons Hotel!Mourne Antiques uncover hidden gems with new store name was last modified: July 19th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:jewelleryMourne Antiqueslast_img read more


first_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 2 smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won ALTERED The documentary – titled Sunderland ‘Till I Die – will be an eight-part series.In contrast, Manchester City released their long-awaited All or Nothing film on Amazon Prime last week, which documented a wonderful campaign where Pep Guardiola’s side won the Premier League and Carabao Cup.A press release from Fulwell73 said: “In the era of multi-million dollar sponsorship deals and transfers, where the stakes have never been higher or the rivalries more fierce, this brand new Netflix original series sets at its heart the unfailing passion of this UK Northern town for its beloved football club.“The series will take its audience through the highs and lows of SAFC’s first season in the Championship following its painful relegation the previous year. The production company is Fulwell 73. (I am Bolt, The Class of ‘92) The executive producers are Leo Pearlman and Ben Turner.” Latest Football News Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 2 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more The documentary could be a tough watch for Sunderland players and fans Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings A documentary following Sunderland’s woeful 2017/18 season in the Championship will be released on Netflix on December 14.Production company Fulwell73 made the announcement after film crews were ever-present during press conferences and matches on Wearside as Sunderland suffered a second consecutive relegation, dropping to the third tier of English football for only the second time in their history. gameday NEW ERA Pearlman added: “Sunderland Till I Die is a deeply personal series for us at Fulwell – we named our company after the club, it’s where our family is from, and we are still and will always be passionate fans of Sunderland Football Club.“It was always a dream to follow our club through the highs and lows of a season and although this past year didn’t give us the success we all craved, we do believe through this story we’ve been able to show the unique relationship every fan has with the club they love and follow, no matter what the circumstances.“This series captures the drama and heartbreak that the club experienced last season, told through the eyes of the management, players and most importantly Sunderland’s incredible fans. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? impact highlights Sunderland have made a promising start in League One this season, however “We hope audiences all across the globe will recognise something in this universal tale of strength in the face of adversity and fall in love with the characters as we have.”The production company behind the fly-on-the-wall series were also responsible for other sporting documentaries including The Class of ’92 and I Am Bolt.Although the Black Cats had a 2017/18 campaign to forget, the summer saw Ellis Short sell the club to Stewart Donald and things are looking rosier.Sunderland are currently fourth in League One having earned ten points from their opening four games under new manager Jack Ross.last_img read more


first_imgThe Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr is to propose that Donegal County Council host a civic reception for the Donegal Team, including the Management team and representatives of the County Board.The Mayor will bring this proposal to the next meeting of the Council in October to recognise their outstanding achievements in winning the Ulster Championship back to back in 2011 and 2012 and their fantastic victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland final in Croke Park on Sunday last.Speaking earlier today, the Mayor stated that he will be proposing that the reception be held in November at the latest. He added that bringing the Sam Maguire Cup back to Donegal, has had a marvellous impact in terms of raising spirits and creating a feel good factor in every town and village throughout the county and that it is both timely and appropriate to honour the team, management and County Board in this way. COUNCIL TO GIVE DONEGAL TEAM A CIVIC RECEPTION was last modified: September 27th, 2012 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:civic receptiondonegallast_img read more


first_imgGARDAI hunting the arsonist who torched a car belonging to a colleague have made a breakthrough in their investigation.Officers recovered a lighter dropped at the scene as the arsonist made his getaway.They are now confident that both DNA and fingerprints will be recovered from the item, dropped after community Garda Damian O’Connor’s car was set alight in the early hours of Sunday morning. They are also tracing the shop where the lighter was sold and are hopeful of obtaining CCTV images which will identify the arsonist.Detectives describe the incident as ‘highly unusual’ for Donegal, although there have been attacks on the private cars of Gardai in Leitrim last year.Gda O’Connor has also been inundated with messages of support from the local community since Donegal Daily broke news of the incident on Sunday.Cllr Michael McBride, whose late father was a sergeant at the Kilmacrennan station, called today on anyone with information to give it to Gardai. “Anyone who is prepared to burn a car outside a Garda station knowing it belongs to a community Garda is capable of anything,” he warned.“It is essential that whoever was responsible is caught before he does something like this again.”And he warned: “When the person responsible is brought before the courts, he must be given a proper sentence.”Kilmacrennan, he said, had suffered at the hands of criminals in recent months and the community had had enough.Oil thefts, burglaries and another arson attack in Ballyheerin last Saturday were just the latest incidents, he added. Gardai today re-issued their earlier appeal for information on the incident.BREAKTHROUGH IN HUNT FOR GARDA CAR ARSONIST was last modified: April 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BREAKTHROUGH IN HUNT FOR GARDA CAR ARSONISTlast_img read more


first_imgThe group catch up on the latest new on Donegal Daily.The people of Creeslough say they are looking forward to reading Donegal Daily – after receiving funding for computer courses.John Curran, a local election candidate for FG in the Glenties Electoral area, has secured funding for the delivery of basic IT courses to adult learners across Donegal under the Benefit4 scheme.To date in Donegal twenty courses have been delivered to more than 160 people. Classes currently on offer in Creeslough, Dunfanaghy, Falcarragh, Dungloe and Tory to name but a few. Mr Curran from Falcarragh stated “I am delighted to have been able to secure this funding as technology is now a vital part of life, it’s great to see people arriving at centres with their own IPADs, tablets and Laptops and walking out more confident and with the websites and apps they want to use added to their own computers”.The group pictured are taking a class in the Creeslough Day Centre, and one of the aims they had at the beginning of the session was to have a look at Donegal Daily.Course are available to community venues and participants across Donegal, if you would like to access a course for your area contact John Curran on 0868186035.  DONEGAL DAILY COMPUTES FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY USERS IN CREESLOUGH was last modified: March 3rd, 2014 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:computer coursesCreesloughDonegal DailyJohn Curranlast_img read more


first_imgA Bermuda batsman almost knocked the head off the opposition wicket keeper’s shoulder with his bat. The two men were exchanging physical blows. One of the island nation’s domestic matches, the final between Cleveland County Cricket Club and Willow Cuts Cricket Club at St David’s Cricket Club ground in Bermuda,  witnessed the ugliest on-field brawl.Cleveland’s wicketkeeper Jason Anderson punched the batsman George O’ Brien without any apparent reason. The altercation turned into an ugly brawl when O’Brien responded with an attempt to hit the keeper’s head with the bat.The support staff had to enter the field and even the cops were present in the middle to calm things down.The Bermuda Cricket Board found Anderson guilty of a Level 4 Breach of the Code of Conduct and handed him a life ban. O’Brien, who charged of a Level 3 Breach was handed 6-month ban.Wicket keeper Anderson has played nine List-A games for Bermuda and five Twenty20 games.Cleveland County skipper Allan Douglas said he was not able to figure out the reason for the brawl.”I think a little bit of frustration built up by Jason, dropping a catch and missing a stumping, but I don’t know what was said between George and Jason because I was at the other end of the wicket (bowling),” Douglas was quoted as saying Royal Gazette.The Bermuda Cricket Board reacted to the incident by saying, “We condemn this act without reservation and support the Bermuda Police Service, the Bermuda Cricket Board of Control as well as the Willow Cuts and Cleveland County Clubs as they seek to end this irrational behavior on our sporting grounds and community.”advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “I’m just really happy. As you guys know, I was the youngest last time when we represented the SEA Games so hopefully, I get another chance by the SBP and whoever the head coach is because you know representing the country is just one thing I love to do,” Paras said after notching a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to help UP hold off University of the East, 62-56, in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday.READ:“I love just to represent the name in the front and not at the back and hopefully, by the 30th we may know who is part of the team.”“For me, I think all the collegiate [players on the pool] need to be part of the team because I saw in the interview that they want to like mix and match the pros and amateurs but I think it’s way better that we put the amateurs in front right now because like the saying, the kids are our future and I hope  they can help us amateurs be in the spotlight and to represent the country because it’s once in a lifetime so hopefully, that’s what happens but whatever they choose, whoever they choose it’s for the country.”Paras won a gold medal in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a 19-year-old teamed up with the likes of Kiefer Ravena and Christian Standhardinger.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Kiefer Ravena makes smashing PBA return as NLEX trips Phoenix Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Standhardinger, the Fil-German big man, along with Stanley Pringle had also been mentioned by SBP president Al Panlilio to be included in the pool.Tim Cone, the winningest coach in PBA history, is the SBP’s top choice to call the shots for the national team in the SEA Games, which will be held in the country. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Also included are Paras’ teammates Juan Gomez de Liaño and Ricci Rivero, teen sensation Kai Sotto, Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena and Isaac Go, La Salle’s Justin Baltazar and National University’s Dave Ildefonso. DOJ to come up with resolution on case vs 13 Pampanga cops in a month PLAY LIST 02:57DOJ to come up with resolution on case vs 13 Pampanga cops in a month01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. UP star Kobe Paras grateful to be part of the training pool for the 2019 SEA Games. | @MarkGiongcoINQ pic.twitter.com/bpBuj24Gr0— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) September 21, 2019ANTIPOLO—With his sight set toward the future, Kobe Paras thinks it would be best if all non-PBA standouts part of the Southeast Asian Games training pool would be included in the Philippine team’s final lineup for the regional meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Paras, the University of the Philippines star, is just one of eight amateurs part of the list the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas submitted.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View commentslast_img read more