Former AG blasts Govt attempts to spin CCJ ruling

first_img-says full page ad showing what orders Court refused ‘deceptive’-questions quality of legal advice being received by PresidentA full-page advertisement taken out by the Attorney General’s Chambers and appearing in sections of the media on Sunday has been denounced by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall as a transparent attempt to misinform the public about what happened at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).President David GrangerAttorney General Basil WilliamsFormer AG Anil NandlallPart of the advertisement taken out by the AG ChambersThe advertisement, titled “What PPP/C applied to the CCJ for vs what the CCJ ruled”, compares the various consequential orders the PPP had requested from the CCJ on the No Confidence Motion cases, including a prayer that the CCJ order elections be held by September 18, and various snippets of the regional court’s ruling.Nandlall noted that the AG used “politically convenient and selective” parts of the judgements out of context in order to suit the Government’s agenda and justify their ignoring the intent of the CCJ ruling.“The clear objective of this advertisement is to demonstrate that the specific orders sought by the Leader of the Opposition and Zulfikar Mustapha were refused by the CCJ. However, the author deceptively omits the parts of the judgements which say emphatically that those orders were not granted because the Constitution itself specifically and adequately provides for what must happen when a No-Confidence Motion is passed in the National Assembly.“Further, the advertisement also deceptively omits to inform the public of the reliefs which the Attorney- General & his bandwagon sought at the CCJ, and that none (was) granted,” Nandlall said.“It is clear that the author wishes to portray that because the specific orders prayed for were refused, then the judgements of the CCJ can be ignored by the Government,” he declared.The Government had, among other things, sought for the regional court to grant an order that would allow the President, Prime Minister, Ministers and Cabinet to remain in office until a new President is sworn in after elections are held. In their submissions, the Government side had cited Article 106 (7) of the Constitution to defend this position. The CCJ did not grant this order.In describing the Government’s advertisement, Nandlall used the analogy of a domestic violence victim approaching the court for a restraining order against her husband, only for the Magistrate to refuse to grant it because actual bodily harm is already a crime, and for the husband to then believe he can continue his assault because a restraining order was not granted.“There is no other way of describing such line of reasoning other than to say that it is an expression of unparalleled dunce-ness,” Nandlall wrote. “This type of reasoning characterises the quality of legal advice the President receives, which has now culminated with the President convincing himself that the CCJ judgement has conferred upon him a right to submit names to the Leader of the Opposition, which must (then be) included in the final list of six names to be submitted to the President for the appointment of a Chairman of GECOM.“In other words, the President is insisting upon submitting names to himself for appointment by him. The very thing he did in respect of the appointment of Justice Patterson, which the CCJ ruled was flawed and in contravention of Article 161 (2) of the Constitution,” Nandlall added.What the CCJ actually saidWhen CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders, read the court’s final ruling on the matter during the consequential hearing on July 12, he had said that when the No Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated.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.”“Upon the passage of a vote of no confidence, the Article requires the resignation of the Cabinet, including the President. The Article goes on to state, among other things, that ‘notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office, and that an election shall be held 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’,” Justice Saunders had told the court, during which time Attorney General Basil Williams had personally been in attendance in the Trinidad-based courtroom.Further, the CCJ President had noted that with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) also responsible for the conduct of elections, it therefore means that the elections body also “must abide by the provisions of the Constitution.”He had gone on to point out that elections should have been held on March 21, 2019 following the December passage of the Opposition- sponsored motion, but that process was on “pause” pending legal proceedings.That process, Saunders had added, was no longer on pause following the court’s June 18, 2019 ruling which upheld the validity of the No Confidence Motion, and thus the need for fresh elections had been triggered.This means that General and Regional Elections would have to be held on or before September 18, 2019 to be consistent with the three months’ constitutional deadline.When it comes to the CCJ’s failure to issue consequential orders setting an election date, Saunders had said that it was not the regional court’s role to do so; but rather, this must be up to the politicians in Guyana, whom the court trusted would act responsibly.The parliamentary Opposition has so far accused the Government of holding on to power illegally, and doing anything but acting responsibly.last_img read more

Ankle arthroscopy

first_imgDefinitionAnkle arthroscopy is surgery that uses a tiny camera and surgical tools to examine or repair the tissues inside or around your ankle. The camera is called an arthroscope. The procedure allows the doctor to detect problems and make repairs to your ankle without making larger cuts in the skin and tissue. This means that you may have less pain and recover more quickly.Alternative NamesAnkle surgeryDescriptionYou will likely receive general anesthesia before this surgery. This means you will be asleep and unable to feel pain. Or, you may have regional anesthesia. Your leg and ankle area will be numbed so that you do not feel any pain. If you receive regional anesthesia, you will also be given medicine to make you very sleepy during the operation.During the procedure, the surgeon does the following:Inserts the arthroscope into your ankle through a small incision. The scope is connected to a video monitor in the operating room. This allows the surgeon to view the inside of your ankle.Inspects all the tissues of your ankle. These tissues include cartilage, bones, tendons, and ligaments.Repairs any damaged tissues. To do this, your surgeon makes 1 to 3 more small incisions and inserts other instruments through them. A tear in a muscle, tendon, or cartilage is fixed. Any damaged tissue is removed.At the end of the surgery, the incisions will be closed with stitches and covered with a dressing (bandage). Most surgeons take pictures from the video monitor during the procedure to show you what they found and what repairs they made.advertisementYour surgeon may need to do open surgery if there is a lot of damage. Open surgery means you will have a large incision so that the surgeon can get directly to your bones and tissues.Why the Procedure Is DoneArthroscopy may be recommended for these ankle problems:Ankle pain: Arthroscopy allows the surgeon to explore what is causing your ankle pain.Ligament tears: A ligament is a band of tissue that connects bone to bone. Several ligaments in the ankle help keep it stable and allow it to move. Torn ligaments can be repaired with this type of surgery.Ankle impingement: Tissues in your ankle can become swollen and sore from overuse. This makes it hard to move the joint. Arthroscopy can remove the tissue so you can move your joint.Scar tissue:This can form after an injury to the ankle. This surgery can remove scar tissue.Arthritis: Arthroscopy can be used to help reduce pain and improve movement.Cartilage injuries: This surgery can be used to diagnose or repair cartilage and bone injuries.Risks Risks of general anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBreathing problemsRisks of ankle arthroscopy are:BleedingInfectionBlood clotFailure of surgery to relieve symptomsFailure of repair to healWeakness of the ankleInjury to tendon, blood vessel, or nerveBefore the ProcedureTell your health care provider what medicines you are taking. This includes medicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:You may be asked to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other medicines.Ask your health care provider which medicines you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to see your doctor who treats you for these conditions.Tell your health care provider if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol, more than 1 or 2 drinks a day.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your health care provider or nurse for help. Smoking can slow wound and bone healing.Tell your doctor about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness you may have before your surgery.On the day of surgery:You will likely be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the medicines your health care provider told you to take with a small sip of water.Your health care provider will tell you when to arrive at the hospital. Be sure to arrive on time.After the ProcedureYou can usually go home the same day after you recover from the anesthesia. You should have someone drive you home.Keep your ankle elevated above your heart for two to three days to help reduce swelling and pain. You can also apply cold packs to reduce swelling.Keep your bandage clean and dry. Your health care provider can show you how to change the dressing.You can take pain relievers, if needed, as long as your doctor says its safe to do so.Youll need to use a walker or crutches and keep weight off your foot.Outlook (Prognosis)advertisementArthroscopy uses small cuts in the skin. Compared to regular surgery, you may have:Less pain and stiffnessFewer complicationsFaster recoveryThe small cuts will heal quickly, and you may be able to resume your normal activities in a few days. However, if your doctor had to repair a lot of tissue in your ankle, it may take several weeks to heal. How quickly you heal depends on how complicated the surgery was.You may be shown how to do gentle exercises as you heal. Or, your doctor may recommend that you see a physical therapist to help you regain the full use of your ankle.ReferencesIshikawa S. Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2012:chap 50.Miller M, Hart J. Surgical Principles. In DeLee, JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 2.Review Date:5/15/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Pep to risk ban by wearing yellow ribbon

first_imgManchester City Guardiola to risk touchline ban by defying FA and wearing yellow ribbon at Wembley Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Man City yellow ribbon Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Premier League The Manchester City boss has been charged by the governing body for “wearing a political message” and he will do so again on Sunday Pep Guardiola will risk a touchline ban by defying the Football Association and wearing a yellow ribbon at Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Arsenal.The Manchester City boss was charged by the governing body on Friday for “wearing a political message, specifically a yellow ribbon, in breach of the FA’s kit and advertising regulations.”The FA has written to Guardiola on two occasions in recent months to tell him to stop wearing the ribbon, though he has ignored those warnings and sources close to the Catalan have told Goal that he will do so again by wearing it at Wembley on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It is believed Guardiola can continue to wear the ribbon for pre- and post-match media commitments, but not during matches.Guardiola is likely to be fined by the FA for wearing the ribbon up until this point but any future breaches, including on Sunday, could lead to a touchline ban.A number of City supporters have vowed to wear a yellow ribbon themselves in support of their manager.Guardiola has worn the ribbon since October as a show of solitary for Catalunya’s political prisoners.The City boss is a supporter of the independence movement and has ties to those imprisoned by the Spanish government; “Los Jordis” – Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart – and Oriol Junqueras.Pep Guardiola Catalunya independenceGuardiola casts a vote in 2014 (Getty)Pep Guardiola Catalunya independenceGuardiola stands with the now imprisoned Oriol Junqueras (left), ousted Catalan leader Carles Puidgemont (right, centre) and Carme Forcadel (right) in June 2017 (Getty)Pep Guardiola Catalunya independenceGuardiola speaking at a referendum rally in June 2017 (Getty)Pep Guardiola Manchester CityGuardiola wears the yellow ribbon for a press conference (Getty)Guardiola spoke about the subject in December, insisting he would continue to wear the ribbon despite any potential disciplinary action.“I do that because in Spain two specific people who defend something like the vote, something the people in command do not agree with, are in prison. It’s unfair. To make a rebellion on something like that, you have to be something tough to be in prison. And they are still there. So, while they are not out, always here [points to ribbon] will be shared with me.“OK, they can suspend me for doing that, but the other people are in jail. If they want to suspend me — Uefa, Premier League, Fifa — it’s OK.”last_img read more

7 dead 5 critical in Cuban bus crash

first_imgHAVANA — Seven people died and five are in critical condition after a bus crashed carrying tourists and local travellers in far eastern Cuba.State media report that the bus was carrying 18 Cubans and 22 tourists from Holland, Great Britain, France, Mexico and Canada when it crashed Thursday afternoon on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo.The names and nationalities of those killed haven’t been released.The driver told Radio Guantanamo that he lost control on the wet and winding road.Cuban highways are poorly lit, narrow and rutted with huge potholes. There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents last year in the country of 11 million. Thursday’s wreck was the fourth major bus accident in a month.Associated Presslast_img read more