By Utamu BelleLocal Government Elections (LGE) Nomination Day in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) saw a smooth and peaceful process being executed at the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) office at Mackenzie on Friday. Contesting party members were in full campaign mode before and after handing in their lists of candidates vying for the eight constituencies which fall under the Linden municipality.Four parties submitted lists in Linden, inclusive of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), the Alliance For ChangeAPNU Linden campaign manager, Valerie Adams-Patterson on Friday after submitting the party’s list(AFC) and the United Republican Party (URP).Independent group, the New Horizon Movement was unsuccessful in handing in its list, having arrived late. Meanwhile, individual candidate, Orrin Miller, announced that he had joined forces with the PPP and was no longer contending as an individual for Constituency Four.Additionally, Independent Group Linden For Lindeners was a no show for submission. APNU was the first party to submit as the office opened its doors to facilitate the process. The party’s campaign manager, Valerie Adams-Patterson, after submitting the list told members of the media that the party is currently in full campaign mode and is sending a strong message. APNU has submittedThe Linden PPP group outside the GECOM office in Lindencandidates for all eight constituencies in Region 10.Speaking after the PPP handed in its list, party representative Akani Blair said the process was very smooth, as he applauded GECOM’s staff for professionalism. He said the Party will work hard to effect positive change, once given the opportunity. “We’re covering all the constituencies… these Local Government Elections, we’re excited about it and we believe if the voting public give us that opportunity, we are going to effect change like never before in this town of Linden. This municipality would have suffered immensely and we (will) make the changes that are required for the upward mobility of this community… and we know that we are going to do much better than previous Councils if given this opportunity,” he said.
Upon receipt of CoI report of alleged assassination plot… says his office, family members must be protectedBy Shemuel FanfairAs President David Granger received the report on the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into an alleged assassination plot against him, he said he feared for his office, telling reporters that the First Lady and members of his immediate family should also be protected against any security threats.CoI Chairman Paul Slowe shakes the hand of President Granger as Minister of State Joseph Harmon looks on (Carl Croker photo)“I am fearful for the office of the Presidency; I think that the office of the President is one that should enjoy the protection of the security services and any reports of threats or any risk against the President’s life or the lives of the immediate relatives of the President including the First Lady or the President’s children deserve to be properly and thoroughly investigated.President David Granger made these comments at a handing over ceremony at State House where he received the report from CoI Chairman, retired Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slowe. The Chairman, who was appointed in July 2017, was tasked to inquire into the persons, places, time, circumstances and events by and through which allegations came to be made of an intention or a plan to assassinate the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. The report will include the Commission’s findings as well as offer recommendations.Reporters questioned President Granger over possible fears for his personal safety and the fact the accused persons were released by Police.The President however indicated that he will wait to assess the Commission’s findings and hold consultations with his Cabinet before he makes any pronouncements on the matter.“It is good practice to ensure that the President is safe and if there is a threat to that safety, it should be investigated,” the President affirmed.Commissioner Slowe spoke briefly to media operatives after presenting his findings.He categorised the Commission’s work as a very “involved and lengthy process” in which enough evidence and witness statements were provided to meet the requirements as set out when he was first installed to investigate the alleged plot.The CoI sought to find out whether or not the Police conducted sufficient investigations into the allegations and threats to assassinate the President of the day and to ascertain if the Police had knowledge of the plot before, and what actions were taken after the receipt of that information.The inquiry further sought to establish whether there was neglect or omission to thoroughly investigate the plot to assassinate the President and determine whether such failure or omission was intentional. It also sought to recommend suitable prevention measures to thwart future occurrences.“The Terms of Reference spoke of diligence and thoroughness and all of those things, I think I attempted to answer fully,” Commissioner Slowe stated on Thursday.Though the Chairman was tight-lipped on whether or not he recommended disciplinary action on any Police rank involved in the investigation, the media was informed that after the President reviews the report, it will be made public. Several senior ranks had testified before the CoI.It was earlier this year that Andriff Gillard alleged that businessman Nizam Khan offered to pay him $7 million to kill President Granger sometime in 2015; an allegation that Khan denied.The CoI had heard that Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, while on leave, had ordered the release of businessman Khan – the accused plotter; his brother, Imran Khan, and the complainant – Andrif Gillard in March. Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine claimed that a proper investigation was not carried out. He had also agreed that the Police probe was lethargic and noted that he could not have defended the Guyana Police Force.Police Legal Advisor, Retired Justice Claudette Singh said that in her view, the matter was not treasonous while the mental state of the accuser, Gillard was questioned during the course of the CoI.
It means River prevailed 5-3 on aggregate after the first leg finished 2-2 and the club reclaim the trophy they had last won in 2015, lifting it for the fourth time in their history.Postponed on three occasions and then relocated from Buenos Aires to Madrid, the supporters of these two great clubs showed in the Santiago Bernabeu why this fixture had been billed as one of football’s greatest ever.Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin were among the 62,200 in attendance.But, despite the bouncing huddles in the streets, the plumes of blue and red smoke, the swinging scarves, fluttering flags and fans that were chanting in their seats three hours before kick-off, there was nothing to extinguish the lingering sense of regret.There was no repeat of the scenes that cast a shadow over Argentinian football and saw the original game at River’s El Monumental on November 24 postponed, when around 50 fans attacked Boca’s team bus and left some of their players injured.Madrid, which will also host the Champions League final in June, was chosen in part because of its record of hosting major events and the security, which included around 2,500 police officers, did its job before kick-off.Fans were separated into zones either side of the stadium and had to go through checks even to enter the area immediately surrounding it.The shame was only that the operation was not as thorough 15 days ago and that a minority decided to take advantage.– Raucous atmosphere –Both clubs were allocated 25,000 tickets, with 5,000 of those reserved for residents of Argentina. The fear had been most of those buying would be tourists and neutrals, but the atmosphere suggested different.Both teams had initially refused to play in Spain’s capital but as the losers, Boca’s sense of grievance will now become more entrenched.They felt River were responsible for the chaos two weeks ago and should have forfeited the trophy. They took their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but the appeal was rejected on Saturday.When the players shuffled out two hours before kick-off to inspect the pitch, they held up their phones to capture the thousands already inside and the view of a stadium most of them had never played in before.The cheers grew louder when they came out for kick-off. Then there were whistles as the teams swapped ends and each were greeted by their opponent’s fans behind the goal.Jonatan Maidana was playing for Boca when they last won the Copa Libertadores 11 years ago and, now in the red and white of River, he almost gave his former club an early lead, slicing just over his own crossbar.The game lacked quality but came alive one minute before half-time. Nahitan Nandez’s superb pass split two River defenders and Benedetto kept a cool head, guiding into the corner, before taunting the beaten Gonzalo Montiel.River had been inferior but improved. Their first real attacking move was also a brilliant one as Leonardo Ponzio and Quintero exchanged passes before the latter pulled back for Pratto to sweep home.The game meandered towards full-time and seemed destined for penalties until Quintero intervened. It was a goal worthy of winning the tournament, as he collected 25 yards out, glanced up and whipped the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.Leonardo Jara almost snatched a late Boca goal but his shot nicked the outside of the post. Then, with goalkeeper Esteban Andrada up for a corner, River added the final touch.Martinez ran the ball into the empty net and River’s substitutes and staff all poured onto the pitch to begin the celebrations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A brilliant goal by Juan Quintero steered River Plate to a fourth Copa Libertadores crown © AFP / Javier SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Dec 10 – River Plate won the Copa Libertadores by beating their fiercest rivals Boca Juniors 3-1 after extra time on Sunday, bringing an end to a final tainted by violence and moved more than six thousand miles away from Argentina.Boca took the lead through Dario Benedetto but Lucas Pratto equalised before Juan Quintero and Gonzalo Martinez both scored in extra time to win a fittingly dramatic contest for River.