Grenada opposition leader hints at early elections

first_img Share 17 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Grenada opposition leader hints at early elections by: – June 8, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Dr Keith Mitchell speaking to women supporters at a seminar on Monday ST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Political leader of the opposition New National Party and former prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, has hinted at an early poll by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.Speaking to hundreds of women supporters at an NNP Women’s Seminar at the Grenada Trade Centre on Monday, Mitchell stated that it is important that members of his party prepare themselves for what seems to be a trend toward the calling of elections in Grenada prior to the constitutional due date.Mitchell called on his followers to ensure that they are registered to vote and that they not only find their own names on the electoral list but ensure that all names that should not be there are removed.He spoke of what he described as illegal moves by the Electoral Office to purchase, install and attempt to use equipment for the electoral process for which there is no provision in the laws of Grenada.The NNP leader spoke of his party having blocked the process thus far in the Parliament which led to the setting up of a committee to look at the draft legislation regarding the new proposed voter registration process.Responding directly to statements in some quarters that individuals will not be allowed to vote unless they have in their possession a valid voter identification card, the opposition leader referred to the statement as nonsense, as laws could not be implemented before they are passed. As such, he stated that moves by the Electoral Office to inform people of a law that is not yet passed is improper.Mitchell also referred to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Act, which was brought to Parliament by the NDC administration and which rescinded the 2003 Act that established the FIU. He called the act unconstitutional and referred to it as nothing more than a tool to be used by the government to harass opposition members. The NNP leader stated that, according to the constitution of Grenada, the powers of arrest in Grenada lay with either the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) or the Commissioner of Police (COP).He further declared that these powers are unconstitutionally vested in the hands of the director of the FIU, along with the power to seize bank accounts of individuals, among other things. He also stated that the Act gives immunity to the head of the FIU, thereby opening that office to gross abuse on the part of the holder, since they cannot be held accountable for their actions.Mitchell has stated that his party will challenge the legality of the new legislation while at the same time calling on the NDC administration to implement the already passed Integrity in Public Life and Anti-Corruption Legislation.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Eniola Aluko Scores Twice in First Game after ‘Ebola’ Inquiry Â

first_imgEniola Aluko scored twice in her first match since a parliamentary inquiry into her allegations of racism as Chelsea Ladies thrashed Yeovil to stay top of English Women’s Super League One.The 30-year-old received an apology from the FA on 18 October for racially discriminatory remarks by sacked England women’s boss Mark Sampson.She rifled in Chelsea’s second before volleying in the last goal of the game.Crystal Dunn and Karen Carney also scored two goals apiece in the rout.Chelsea is yet to concede a goal in four league games this season and scored six without reply for the third time to remain above Manchester City, who earlier edged past Birmingham, on goal difference.England winger Karen Carney scored the pick of the goals, finding the far corner of the net from long range.Aluko, who received the second half of her £80,000 settlement fee from the FA on Thursday, could yet return to the England fold, interim Head Coach Mo Marley has said – having won the last of her 102 caps in April 2016.Bottom side Yeovil remain without a point and are yet to score in WSL 1.Aluko said shortly after the game: “It was really great, we wanted it to be a professional, clinical, decisive performance, and keep a clean sheet. We know in the past this league has gone down to goal difference, so it’s really important that we keep the goals against down, and the goals for high, so I’m really pleased to have contributed to that.“It has gone down to goal difference for the last three seasons, we don’t take games like that for granted at all, and it’s my job as a forward to make sure that we score goals, and we scored a lot from different positions today, so that’s good as well.“You can always have room to improve, but you’re not going to score every time, not even Lionel Messi scores every shot, so we’re not going to beat ourselves up too much about that. This team has got a lot of goals in it, and I’m happy to be part of that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Mourinho fires strict new rulebook at star players including Essien

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho is insistent that he will apply to all his players, even old favourites Michael Essien, Terry and Lampard a new set of strict rule to beat out indiscipline in the team.The Portuguese manager has warned his players that time will wait for no man at Chelsea this season.In a stark message to his squad, ­Mourinho has set out a series of rules that everybody must obey.And at the top of the list is ­timekeeping, with Mourinho stressing he will not hang around for any latecomers – no matter who they may be.But Mourinho promised to relieve the training ground boredom that had set in under unpopular interim manager Rafa Benitez last term.And he has also held a series of ­face-to-face meetings with players about their personal goals for the forthcoming campaign. Under Mourinho’s rules, captain John Terry, Essien, goalkeeper Petr Cech, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard will suffer the same consequences as Chelsea’s youngsters, if they are not on time.Mourinho instructed his ­players that training will not be delayed for latecomers.The team coach will leave ­without anyone who is not on time. And flights will be ordered to take off even if there are empty seats.A source told Sunday Mirror Sport: “Jose made it clear that it was one rule for all – nobody can be late.“He told the players, ‘It doesn’t matter who you are, we won’t wait for you’. Jose wants the ­players focused and acting as one.” One of the biggest complaints, under Benitez, was that the ­training sessions were too slow and ­repetitive. Terry even clashed with the Spaniard over the matter.But Mourinho quickly addressed that particular issue by promising that NONE of his first 21 training sessions would be the same.Mourinho has confessed to working his players extremely hard, but it is ­understood they have been buoyed by the variety of the sessions.“The players felt that the sessions put on by Benitez were more for him, rather than them,” added the Chelsea source.“Jose changes things up a lot and keeps it very fresh. “Some of the sessions are for him and others are for the ­players. They have ­really enjoyed it so far.”Even before Chelsea had returned to pre-season training, Mourinho had ­phoned a number of his players to ­reassure them about their futures.And since Chelsea have been back, the Portuguese has called individuals in for face-to-face meetings about their personal targets for the season.Mourinho has spelled out to players who they are fighting for places against – to encourage healthy competition – and has also set them goals to achieve, both at club and international level.Our Chelsea source said: “The players know exactly what is expected of them, both as a group and individually. “Jose has spoken to a number of the lads about what they should be aiming for this season.“The players, who have been on the fringes, have been told what they must do to get into the team and the traditional starters have been challenged to keep their places.“With it being a World Cup year, Jose has also used the carrot of international football as an extra incentive for players.“It’s clear he will use anything, if he feels it can get an extra five or 10 per cent out of people.”last_img read more