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Abolition of death penalty not a priority – President

first_img… Govt in “no rush” to hold consultationsDespite repeated calls from the international community, the death penalty will not be abolished anytime soon in Guyana, with top Government officials declaring that this measure is not a priority.One day after United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) officials urged that the death penalty be removed from the law books, Government affirmed that there is no rush for this to occur since there has already been a moratorium on capital punishment since 1997.President David Granger, during a recording of his weekly telecast “The Public Interest” on Thursday, made it clear that all governments have their priorities; however, the abolition of the death penalty is just not a pressing matter to pursue.Positing that his utmost priorities are the eradication of poverty and alleviation of illiteracy, President Granger argued that the sidelining of this issue does not mean his Government will rush to execute prisoners.“Right now, persons who are being convicted and sentenced to death will not fear that the penalty will actually be carried out… It is not one of my priorities to order the death penalty, I am not about to order an execution,” he explained.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, during the chairing of the post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday, iterated that there is no urgency in abolishing the death penalty.In fact, he explained that it is a complicated situation given that the death penalty needs to be enshrined in the country’s laws in order to be compliant with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) regime.“We are aware that recent laws dealing with countering terrorism include the death penalty brought us in compliance with FATF. We are placed in a position where credible international organisations are calling us to enact certain laws which we complied with so we may not be put on certain lists and made a pariah state where terrorism is concerned,” he stated.Notwithstanding, Trotman said holding consultations on the matter is not important at this moment.“Government is not rushed to remove it from the books. Should we do so, we will have widespread consultations with the people of Guyana,” the Minister said.The conversation surrounding the abolition of the death penalty in Guyana became slightly complex after the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Administration included capital punishment in its anti-terrorism laws, even though it had signed on to join worldwide efforts to abolish the death penalty.Ahead of a judicial colloquium on the death penalty on Wednesday at the Marriott Hotel, several UN and EU officials once again emphasised the importance of the death penalty to be repealed and called on Government to make advancements in this regard.The officials also expressed hope that Cabinet will find it fit to remove capital punishment from the recently passed Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) legislation.With Government insisting that the death penalty is required to render Guyana FATF compliant, others are contending that this is not the case.Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall had asserted that in other countries deemed FATF compliant, the death penalty is abolished.He pointed out that in France, where FATF is headquartered, the death penalty has been abolished decades ago; and the country is still FATF compliant.Nandlall had lamented that the country will only suffer, having the death penalty still enshrined in its laws while standing in solidarity with the worldwide movement to abolish capital punishment, which has been deemed inhumane and completely ineffective in deterring crime.last_img read more

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Telia Urey Contributes L$2M Adolph Lawrence’s Scholarship Foundation

first_imgMontserrado County district #15 candidate Telia Urey says she is proud to announce her contribution of L$2 million to the late Hon. Adolph Lawrence’s Scholarship Foundation.Montserrado County District #15 candidate Ms. Telia Urey on Monday, August 19, 2019, announced a contribution of L$2 million as a contribution to the late Adolph A. Lawrence scholarship fund drive in the district.The amount is intended to help deserving students in District #15, whose parents cannot afford to enroll them in this academic school year 2019/2020.She said, “I am proud to announce a contribution of $2 million Liberian Dollars by me to Hon. Adolph Lawrence’s Scholarship Foundation. We will continue the good work of this great man, my idol.”Ms. Urey is contesting on the ticket of the All Liberia People (ALP), with the support of the collaborating political parties, comprising the ALP, Alternative National Congress (ANC), the Liberty Party (LP) and the former ruling Unity Party (UP).On her Facebook page on Monday, Urey said students and families that the late Adolph Lawrence helped so generously can rest assured that “we will not leave them.”It can be recalled that the late Lawrence offered over a hundred scholarships to deserving students.Also, during her campaign, Ms. Urey said that, when elected to the Lower House, 100 percent of her salary, allowances or benefits will be given back to the people of the district.She said there is a need to engage the Ministry of Education on teachers’ salary and improve the health sector.“In our district, there is no government hospital and we will engage the government to boost private clinics.”According to Ms. Urey, the district is yearning and there is a huge void for development. She said the Legislature needs people with experience who cannot be compromised.She said, “I don’t need a crowd but few committed people who believe in me and share my view. We are not looking to receive a salary; when the economy goes down it affects the poor people.”Ms. Urey named the empowerment of women and people living with disabilities, health and education as her major priorities when elected.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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England beat Spain to win U17 World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Morgan Gibbs White, draped in and England flag, leads the celebrations as England win this trophy for the first time. Photo/DAILY MAILKOLKATA, India, Oct 28 – Manchester City starlet Phil Foden scored twice as England came from behind to crush Spain 5-2 in the Under 17 World Cup final on Sunday.Victory added to England’s growing list of youth honours – they have won the Under 20 World Cup and European Under 19 championship this year – and was revenge for losing the Under 17 European Championship final to Spain in May. On top of Foden’s second half brace, Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster scored his seventh goal of the tournament and Morgan Gibbs-White and Marc Guehi also pierced the normally solid Spanish defence at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata.Gibbs White’s low shot in the first minute of a fierce-paced final in front of 66,600 fans produced a lightning reflex save from Alvaro Fernandez in the Spanish goal. But Spain captain Abel Ruiz masterminded the first goal in the 10th minute, heading the ball down in the goal area for Barcelona teammate Sergio Gomez to push the ball in the net.On 31 minutes Ruiz again opened the England defence and laid the ball on for Cesar Gelabert who found Gomez on the other side of the area waiting to rocket a shot past goalkeeper Curtis Anderson.England fought hard to get back into the game. Callum Hudson-Odoi fired a right foot shot onto the post with Fernandez beaten.The pressure paid off in the 44th minute when Steven Sessegnon crossed from the right and an unmarked Brewster headed past Fernandez. With the final action of the half, Brewster sent a 22-metre free kick at the goal which Fernandez just tipped over the bar.The second resumed at a furious pace with England pushing hard for an equaliser. The breakthrough came in the 58th minute when Foden took the ball into the Spain penalty area and laid it on to Sessegnon who found Gibbs-White with plenty of space to fire the ball past Fernandez.Hudson-Odoi  set up the crucial  third goal in the 69th minute, crossing from the left after beating two Spanish defenders and Foden shot in unmarked.Guehi chested the ball in amid a goalmouth scramble to seal victory and set up a niggly finale in which Brewster was booked.Earlier Brazil beat Mali 2-0 in the third-place playoff to earn a consolation after they lost to England in the semi-final.Alan scored in the 55th minute when Mali goalkeeper Youssouf Koita fumbled the Palmeiras striker’s shot which went past him into the net.  Substitute Yuri Alberto scored the second in the 88th minute. With the Mali defence tiring, Brenner crossed from the right and Yuri was unmarked to fire in from close range.EnglandCurtis Anderson, George Mceachran (Connor Gallagher 86), Marc Guehi, Jonathan Panzo, Philip Foden, Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Angel Gomes 90), Rhian Brewster, Callum Hudson-Oddi, Joel Latibeaudiere (capt), Steven Sessegnon, Morgan Gibbs-White (Nye Kirby 81)SpainAlvaro Fernandez, Mateu Jaume, Juan Miranda, Hugo Guillamon, Victor Chust, Antonio Blanco (Carlos BeitIa 81), Ferran Torres, Mohamed Moukhliss (Nacho Diaz 85), Abel Ruiz (capt). Sergio Gomez, Cesar GelabertMorgan Gibbs White, draped in and England flag, leads the celebrations as England win this trophy for the first time. Photo/DAILY MAIL0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more