English Premier League StandingsSTANDINGSPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 23 13 8 2 42 26 16 472 (2) Manchester City 23 13 5 5 45 23 22 443 (3) Arsenal 23 13 5 5 37 22 15 444 (4) Tottenham Hotspur 23 11 9 3 41 19 22 425 (5) Manchester United 23 10 7 6 28 21 7 376 (6) West Ham United 23 9 9 5 36 28 8 367 (7) Liverpool 23 9 7 7 30 32 -2 348 (8) Southampton 23 9 6 8 32 24 8 339 (9) Stoke City 23 9 6 8 24 25 -1 3310 (10) Watford 23 9 5 9 27 26 1 3211 (11) Crystal Palace 23 9 4 10 24 27 -3 3112 (12) Everton 23 6 11 6 40 34 6 2913 (14) Chelsea 23 7 7 9 32 34 -2 2814 (13) West Bromwich Albion 23 7 7 9 22 30 -8 2815 (17) Swansea City 23 6 7 10 22 31 -9 2516 (15) Bournemouth 23 6 7 10 27 38 -11 2517 (16) Norwich City 23 6 5 12 28 43 -15 2318 (18) Newcastle United 23 5 6 12 25 41 -16 2119 (19) Sunderland 23 5 4 14 28 46 -18 1920 (20) Aston Villa 23 2 7 14 18 38 -20 13
Consequent to a meeting with executive officials of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), to discuss the way forward on plans to select a presidential candidate for the next general elections, General Secretary of the party, Bharrat Jagdeo, declared that a candidate could be selected by year end.PPP General Secretary Bharrat JagdeoAccording to Jagdeo, the executives of the PPP are split on the timeframe in which this process should be completed, as some are proposing that it could be done before the Local Government Elections which are slated for November this year, while others are proposing a date after Local Government Elections.“So, between those two, we will return to the issue on that timeline on when we settle for the presidential candidate. But it seems are though all of this will happen within the year, before the end of 2018,” Jagdeo told Guyana Times on Wednesday, when asked for an update on the matter.Again, asked whether he would throw his support behind anyone whom he finds has the ability to lead the party to victory at the 2020 elections, the PPP General Secretary said, “There are a lot of people that I like, and very competent people, and I wish them all well.”Jagdeo was also asked if members within the executive of the party who are desirous of becoming the presidential nominee, are allowed to canvas support from various sections. He responded stating that he does not see it as a major issue but the way in which it is done is a concern for him.“There is nothing wrong with people saying, I am interested. What’s wrong with that? But I urge all of the party members and those who are canvasing not to disparage anyone else. Because at the end of the day, what will happen, is not all of these people will rally around the person we chose and we move on to win the election,” he said.Various concerns have been raised about the process which will be used to select the next presidential candidate for the PPP, but Jagdeo, has made it clear that the system used since 1992 will remain the chosen one. “There is a longstanding tradition: The congress selects the central committee and the central committee choses the candidate,” Jagdeo had a told a previous news conference.He said this system, which was introduced by the party some 25 years ago under the leadership of the late Dr Cheddi Jagan, still obtains today. “So I doubt that is going to change for these elections, because that is the position. I tell you this because it seems as though many people, in speculating about how the candidate would be chosen, are not aware of this process,” he explained.He maintained that the party remains committed to the highest levels of transparency, accountability and democracy as it undertakes the process of selecting its next presidential nominee. “That’s the process we have used, and from all indications, that is the process we will use again to select the next candidate; unless the central committee itself decides to change that procedure,” he added.Jagdeo said the chances of people entering the race for the candidacy are possible, as this has been a longstanding practice of the PPP. “But at the end of the day, it is how many votes you muster there from the 35 (central committee members) that will matter in a democratic fashion. That person will emerge as the candidate.”While the PPP General Secretary has explained that anyone from the party would be allowed to compete for the candidacy, he reiterated that the prospective contender would first have to be nominated.
Chief Executive Officer of the Petro-Caribe Development Fund, Dr. Wesley Hughes, made the announcement while speaking at a ceremony held yesterday (September 6) at the Simón Bolívar Cultural Centre, 10-12 North Parade, Kingston, for the 203rd anniversary of the Jamaica Letter written by Venezuela’s Liberator, Simón Bolívar, in 1815. She said it outlined the successes of the region in the struggle for freedom, presented justifications for independence and stressed the need for regional integration. Story Highlights He said the Letter demonstrated that Simón Bolívar understood that social and political organisations had to be based on national foundations and must be inclusive of all classes of the people who lived in those societies. The PetroCaribe arrangement has resulted in the financing of projects worth US$5 billion over the past 13 years.Chief Executive Officer of the Petro-Caribe Development Fund, Dr. Wesley Hughes, made the announcement while speaking at a ceremony held yesterday (September 6) at the Simón Bolívar Cultural Centre, 10-12 North Parade, Kingston, for the 203rd anniversary of the Jamaica Letter written by Venezuela’s Liberator, Simón Bolívar, in 1815.The event was organised by the Simón Bolívar Cultural Centre, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.Dr. Hughes said the contribution of the Fund to Jamaica has been “meaningful and significant”.He said the PetroCaribe Development Fund, which has a mandate to strengthen national capacity in the areas of human capital, culture, infrastructure and the environment, had established the Simón Bolívar Cultural Centre as an important vehicle in strengthening the friendship between Jamaica and Venezuela.Reflecting on the Jamaica Letter, he said it has had a “long-lasting impact on Venezuela and on all of Latin America, and I dare say the Caribbean”.He said the Letter demonstrated that Simón Bolívar understood that social and political organisations had to be based on national foundations and must be inclusive of all classes of the people who lived in those societies.“Today, 203 years later, we stand here, a few metres from where Simón grappled with the ideas of nationhood, independence and national identity and how leaders should relate to their citizens,” he added.In her remarks, Under-Secretary, Bilateral, Regional and Hemispheric Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Alison Stone-Roofe, said the Letter came at a critical juncture in the liberation struggles of Latin America.She said it outlined the successes of the region in the struggle for freedom, presented justifications for independence and stressed the need for regional integration.“It is, therefore, quite fitting for us today, on this anniversary of the Jamaica Letter, to highlight those principles which Bolívar so fervently embodied and exemplified throughout his lifetime,” she said.Other speakers at the event were Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Jamaica, Luisa Gutierrez; Executive Director of the Institute of Jamaica, Vivian Crawford; and Centre Manager, Simón Bolívar Cultural Centre, Nadine Boothe-Gooden.
(Cree Elder Johnny Grant was charged with tobacco smuggling after he crossed the Canada-U.S. border. APTN/Photo)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsWearing a ribbon shirt and gripping an eagle feather, an Elder from Waswanipi, a Cree community in northern Quebec, told a courtroom in Cornwall, Ont., Tuesday his rights were violated by Canadian border agents when they charged him with smuggling tobacco across the Canada-U.S. border.Cree Elder Johnny Grant was detained at the Cornwall customs border post after he was found with several pouches of pipe tobacco he says he purchased for $360 on the U.S. side of Akwesasne on Sept. 10, a day before his 72nd birthday.“I feel that my rights have been violated. I use this Indian tobacco in my pipe to pray to God, the Great Spirit,” Grant told the courtroom. “My rights have been violated because they took away my prayer.”Grant, an Indian residential school survivor and veteran of the Canadian Navy, made his first court appearance Tuesday before Justice of the Peace Linda Leblanc on three charges under the Customs Act including smuggling, non-reporting and providing an untrue statement.“I am a Cree hunter and fisherman. I use (the tobacco) to thank the water, wind and oxygen that gives me life,” he said, during the court appearance.Grant’s lawyer, Frank Horn, a Mohawk, said the seizure of Grant’s tobacco and the charges constituted a violation of the Cree Elder’s Charter rights.“He, as an Indian in Canada, has certain rights,” said Horn, during the hearing. “One is to practice religion…. This is a violation of not just his rights, but of all the Indian people in Canada.”Leblanc responded saying she could do little on the case besides set the next hearing date.Federal Crown Natalie Trottier told Leblanc the government wanted the charges against Grant treated as summary offences, meaning they are not serious enough to need a trial with a jury. Generally, the maximum penalty for summary convictions is six months in jail, a $5,000 fine or both.Grant’s next court date is set for Nov. 22. His lawyer Horn is scheduled to hold a case conference with the federal Crown’s office on Nov. 11.Grant, who does not smoke, was in a taxi crossing the border back into Canada after purchasing several pouches of Smoker’s Pride and Captain Black’s pipe tobacco when he was stopped by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and ordered into secondary customs inspection.“They asked me if I had anything to declare, I said no,” said Grant, in a separate interview with APTN National News. “But they told me to pull over anyway.”Grant said he was carrying 20 pouches of pipe tobacco. He said he didn’t feel he needed to declare them because the tobacco he carried were prayers yet to be released.“I had nothing physical to declare for my own personal use. It was for the Creator, for God, that I use to pray in my pipe on the land, in the water, in the wind,” said Grant. “I was trying to get my winter supply of tobacco which I put on the land….I view it as very sacred ceremonial Indian pipe tobacco and as soon as it’s in my hand it is blessed and I can use it for the Creator.”Once the CBSA agents noticed the tobacco they questioned him and then put him in a cell for about four hours. He was released after paying $500 cash. Grant alleged agents made him sign a document against the wall in haste as he was leaving. Grant said he doesn’t really know what document he signed.Grant said CBSA agents inflated the amount of tobacco he was carrying at the time he was detained. According to a CBSA document attached to Grant’s charge sheet, he was allegedly carrying 26 kilograms of tobacco.“The amount was incorrect,” said Grant.Joe David, a Wolf Clan member with the Mohawk Nation Longhouse in Akwesasne, was one of about a dozen people who showed up to support Grant at the courthouse.“I’ve been Sundancing for four years and the use of tobacco I believe, in our ways, is a sacred offering to the Creator, since time immemorial,” said David. “That tobacco had the intent of prayer and that was not going to be used to sell or for personal use, but for prayer and to bring people together. It already had its intention from the beginning.”Kenneth Deer, the secretary for the Mohawk Nation Longhouse in Kahnawake, attended Grant’s court hearing. Deer said he was at the hearing as an individual because Grant is a friend of his family.“The issue is fundamental, we should be able to use (tobacco) any way we want. In this case it was for ceremonial purposes. There is no reason he has to be stopped and be charged for bringing tobacco across the border,” said Deer.Deer said Grant’s case could be the key to settling the tobacco issue in Canada, which is a persistent irritant in the relationship between the Crown and First Nations, especially with the Iroquois nations.“It’s a Charter case. It may be the opportunity to make permanent laws, with a court decision, to change the current situation with respect to tobacco,” said Deer.Horn said he planned to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if need be.“Tobacco is a telephone line to the Creator,” said Horn. “It’s a deliberate strategy to attack tobacco.”[email protected]@JorgeBarrera