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Share President of the Dominica State College, Dr. Donald Peters has been appointed Ambassador at Large for Education. (file photo)Dr. Donald Peters, President of the Dominica State College (DSC), has been appointed Ambassador at Large for Education. His appointment to this position was announced by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Wednesday 6 June 2018 where he hand delivered a cheque of just over one million EC dollars to cover students’ outstanding fees. “His mandate will be to go to the United States, in particular and specific schools, to negotiate for other opportunities for our young people in Dominica,” he said. Dr. Peters, who was appointed president of the college in 2010, thanked Prime Minister Skerrit and his Cabinet for appointing him to that position. Share Tweet Share 318 Views no discussions EducationLocalNewsPoliticsTertiary DSC President appointed Ambassador at Large by: – June 7, 2018 Sharing is caring!
Jamaica Tallawahs all-rounder Andre Russell is eager for the start of this season’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as the man now dubbed ‘Dangerruss’ is set to unveil his new bats provided by kit sponsor Sareen Sports industries.Russell, in an Instagram post, thanked Sareen Sports for his new bats, which he has already named ‘Gun’, ‘Shotgun’ and ‘Rifle’.This will be the seventh straight season in the CPL with the Jamaica Tallawahs and the swashbuckling all-rounder will be looking to add to his 1,109 runs in his 57 matches to date.The man who was once called ‘Superman’ by fans, will no doubt be one of the talismans for the Tallawahs this season, and he is itching to get out on the park to try out his new weapons.“I just want to say a big thanks to SS for these amazing willows. I can’t wait to hit the pitch to see how far I can hit some big ones,” Russell said in an Instagram video post.The 32-year-old two-time world Twenty20 champion has been known for his six-hitting in the shortest format of the game. The CPL has been a happy hunting ground for the St Catherine CC player, who has smashed 87 maximums at a strike rate of 181.2.Russell and the Tallawahs will be in action on Wednesday, when they take on the St Lucia Zouks at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad, starting at 10 a.m. local time.There has also been a change in time for all weekend afternoon games in the CPL, as they will now start at 2:15 p.m. local time. The 33-match season will be played in Trinidad and Tobago, with all matches taking place across two stadiums in that country. The Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba will host 23 games, including the semi-finals and final, and the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain will have 10 matches.
If the political atmosphere were not tense enough with the PNC-led Government resorting to the Appellate Courts to question the Legislative and High Court’s determination that 33 is the majority of 65, and consequently the NCM was valid, and that in accordance with Art 106 (6) of the Constitution, the President and Cabinet “shall” resign immediately and elections be scheduled within 90 days, the differing opinions by the Opposition and the Government on the significance of the issuance of two letters by the President to GECOM on the same day has only served to escalate the tensions.The Opposition Leader viewed the two letters as an attempt by the President to commit “fraud” on the Guyanese people, since the letters had different implications for the holding of elections as constitutionally mandated by Art 106 (6). The first letter stated, “The Government is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that the Commission is provided with the financial resources and has sufficient time to conduct credible elections.“I urge the Commission, therefore, to commence preparations for the conduct of GRE (General and Regional Elections). The Government will initiate measures to provide the funds required and to seek the approval of the National Assembly to ensure that an agreement can be reached, given both the Constitutional requirements and GECOM’s capability.” These “Constitutional requirements” were also spelled out in this letter: “…to deliver credible General and Regional Elections (GRE) within the three-month time frame commencing 2018.12.21.”This letter is therefore very clear in its import: the Chairman of GECOM had indicated to the President that elections were due “three months (from) 2018.12.21”, i.e. March 19, 2019; and the President, who has the authority and duty to do so, had asked that preparations for GRE commence immediately.The second letter, however, spoke to a totally different issue: that GECOM was now evidently being given the responsibility for setting the GRE’s date: “I have noted also, that GECOM, as a Constitutional agency would require a new appropriation of funds approved by the National Assembly for the conduct of General and Regional Elections. I now write you in that context for us to initiate consultations on the readiness of GECOM for the conduct of General and Regional Elections in 2019 (GRE).”This shift in responsibility is what the Leader of the Opposition alluded to when he spoke of fraud. Since, for instance, the GECOM Chair accepted that the clock on the GRE date started ticking from Dec 21, 2018, why did he not then throw the machinery of the institution to meet the March 19 deadline, or at most a month afterwards, knowing that the validity of the voters’ list expired on April 31? For him to now express “doubts” on GECOM’s readiness a mere three weeks before that date, after the Government GECOM Commissioners had been strenuously insisting on a new “house to house” registration to create a new voters’ list and to have the President upturning his firm instructions for elections preparation within hours to “initiate consultations” on GECOM’s readiness, does lead the law’s famous “reasonable man” to conclude that “mischief was afoot”.The Government’s spokesperson indignantly responded to the Opposition Leader’s assertion on “fraud” by raising a “straw man” to claim essentially that President Granger was a church-going Christian and, as such, incapable of lying; and that the Opposition leader was in fact so maligning all Christians. But by then the issue had moved from the surmise by the Opposition Leader to the world of facts. At a meeting of GECOM, only upon inquiry by the PPP Commissioners was the existence of two letters from the President acknowledged.The PNC Commissioners then proceeded to give life to the opening offered in the President’s second letter by insisting that only the matter of a new voters’ list should be on the agenda. The PPP Commissioners not unreasonably wanted to know why the date for the elections should not be directly addressed.That meeting then broke up with March 19th looming ominously.