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Comedy central at GECOM

first_imgDear Editor,The minutes of the last meeting, of October 30, 2018, were read, and corrected mostly by the Chairman, who then asked for someone to move the adoption. I said that since the last meeting had been so long ago, and I could not be sure that there were any omissions, I would not, in good conscience, move that motion; after which, the Chairman asked Commissioner Trotman to do so.And lo and behold, Commissioner Trotman declined because, according to him, since I had declined to do it, he was following my lead! My, my, Commissioner Trotman following my lead!I almost laughed out loud when Commissioner Corbin also declined to move the motion; and the Chairman did so himself, and then asked for a seconder, upon which the Legal Officer/Secretary assured him that his motion did not need one!The whole reading of the minutes and what followed was something out of comedy central! And yes, this is what passed for a serious meeting of the Guyana Elections Commission today.We were promised a report by the CEO on the 2018 LGE by the first week of December, 2018, and when asked about the report of the 2016 LGE, he said there was a report under the hand of the former DCEO, which he promised to share with us after nearly 3 years.There was mention about the disappearing electoral ink, my finger remains unstained; and of laws which need to be amended, but that was put for another day, since the Chairman was very eager to have the meeting adjourned at 4pm. So, since next Tuesday is also a national holiday, the meeting was adjourned, and Wednesday November 21, 2018 at 1 pm was named as the date and time for the next meeting.That’s all for today folks, until next Wednesday, when I hope we can have a more serious and meaningful meeting.Sincerely,Bibi Safora ShadickCommissioner – GECOMlast_img read more

Response to Public Power and Distribution Inc missive

first_imgDear Editor,It was my intention to open Pandora’s Box and release its last inmate, hope. My previous missive was a championing of ‘doom and gloom’ but I am cognisant of the festive season and all it means to us in Guyana. The focus would have been on Hope Canal, a project conceived as a solution to the catastrophic floods of 2005; a canal that has a carrying capacity of 58 cubic meters per second and serves to drain the East Demerara Water Conservancy of excess water.It is Hope that relieves Guyanese of stress caused by dark clouds and raindrops. However, fate intervened in the form of a reply to the aforementioned ‘doom and gloom’ by Power Producers and Distribution Inc (PPDI).The PPDI public relations officer fell victim to his inability to read and comprehend when he stated that I claimed “(PPDI) does not have local content nor does it have the capacity as its predecessor, Wärtsilä Operations Guyana Inc (WOGI).” For his and the public’s benefit, please allow me to reiterate my position.PPDI does not have the capacity to build the 300MW power plant envisioned by ExxonMobil. PPDI is a two-year-old State-owned maintenance company with the failure of the Anna Regina and Guyana Sugar Corporation’s Wärtsilä engines as part of its record. PPDI has no history of anything other than GPL engine maintenance. PPDI’s local content is not an issue as PPDI would not qualify to tender for building ExxonMobil’s power plant.Editor, PPDI further states that I “sought to achieve is to discredit the profound decision-making capabilities of Minister Patterson” in this PPDI is correct. Patterson’s fetish for nationalisation by other names does irreparable harm to our nation’s future. Minister Patterson declared in Parliament that he would save US$6 million per year by setting up PPDI, poaching the WOGI workforce and awarding PPDI the GPL contracts.PPDI has never declared a $6 million annual profit, and the resulting loss of the engineering and construction capability of WOGI to Guyana is why ExxonMobil has not begun construction of the power plant. Minister Patterson’s takeover of the Berbice Bridge has also done terrible harm to private investor confidence and I regret not being more strident during the creation of PPDI as silence seems to have emboldened the misguided actions of the Minister.I hope this brings clarity to the issue.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Constitutional reform unlikely before 2020 – outgoing US Ambassador

first_img…calls for power-sharing between Executive, Opposition Outgoing United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, believes the much anticipated Constitution reform is highly unlikely before the 2020 General and Regional Elections.The need for Constitution reform has long been highlighted and during its campaign trail leading up to the 2015 elections, which got it into office, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition had committed to have these reforms. In fact, the current Administration has come in for harsh criticism for not fulfilling this campaign promise.The Constitutional Reform Consultative Commission Bill was laid in the National Assembly in July 2017 and has since been languishing before a parliamentary committee.The Bill seeks to establish a 15-member constitutional reform consultative commission. It identifies 100 communities in each administrative region for consultations and hearings to be conducted by the Constitution Reform Commission, with a view that “no one be left behind.”However, Ambassador Holloway is of the view that the people and the Government of Guyana are not serious enough about amending the Constitution, which is modelled after the British. He noted that the people will have to decide whether they want these reforms and take steps to proactively pursue it.“I had seen a little uptake in the recent months… don’t know if that’s going to go anywhere or not… So whether you do it or not, that’s for the Government and people to decide… But if the people are not willing to twist your Government hard enough to do it, then the people have spoken,” he stated.According to the outgoing US Diplomat, it seems that the political parties – the People’s Progressive Party and the APNU/AFC coalition are currently focused on the big elections coming up in 2020 and as such, believes Constitution reform might not be on their minds at this point in time.“I don’t think there is a lot of oxygen out there for Constitution reform, that’s my personal opinion; not to say there aren’t persons out there who don’t care about it, there are many people who care about it. But to do it, you will have to get both sides together… After the next election, there’s no election for five more years, so maybe that will be a good opportunity for constitutional reform but I mean that’s for the Government to decide,” the Ambassador contended.Asked by Guyana Times what areas should be given top priority if efforts are to be made to reform the Constitution, Ambassador Holloway suggested that Guyana should get rid of the “winner takes all” model of the executive and adopt more of a power-sharing approach to governance.“The Constitution of Guyana gives the executive a ton of power, a lot and so that’s neither good nor bad… But it’s the fact, and as I said it’s a winner takes all system so therefore, there is little for the Opposition to do except oppose. You have an Opposition now that was in power and you have in power now a former Opposition but still some of the activities are quiet the same – just different people in different parties… Maybe that’s the way the people like it and that’s fine but if not, the only way you’re going to get rid of that is changing it,” he contended.According to the US Diplomat, while he does not know if shared governance is the answer the country is looking for, this model certainly decreases opposition type behaviour. On this note, he urged the Government and the Opposition to come together and work towards the interest of Guyana and its citizenry.“Work more together because you never know who will be in power in 2020. It could be one side or another. The last election was only won by 5000 votes give or take. Work more together… This is a country where 50 per cent of the population is under the age of 26. They are the future leaders, the future everything of Guyana and if you are not providing them the education, the training they need then it’s not going to work out so well,” he advised.Ambassador Holloway went on to talk about the political climate in Guyana, noting that there is an apparent “race fight” going on. Drawing the issue close to home, he noted that being from South Carolina in US, racism still exists to this day.While acknowledging that the “winner takes all” system gives full control to the executive, the US Diplomat believes, however, that this is an issue that both the Government and Opposition will have to work on together to tackle.last_img read more

GMAMAI hosts 4th Hall of Fame Ceremony

first_imgThe Guyana Martial Arts Masters Association International (GMAMAI) held a successful Hall of Fame ceremony at the New Thriving Chinese Restaurant on Main Street, Georgetown on Sunday evening, presenting 45 awards to 40 individuals.There were 14 Hall of Fame Awards Categories, namely: Outstanding Karate Kid, Outstanding Student, Outstanding Competitor, Outstanding Black Belt, Outstanding Instructor, Fighting Spirit, Warrior’s Spirit, Distinguished Persons, Outstanding Parent, Distinguished Parents, Community Spirit Award (Person(s) that were involved in Community works), Ambassador Award, Special Awards to other sportsmen and women, and the Humanitarian Award.At the Hall of Fame Ceremony, past, present and further Karatekas were honoured, with a total of nine awards going to the Guyana Mixed Martial Arts Karate Association (GMMAKA). That body carted off six ‘Karate Kid of the Year’ awards, two ‘Outstanding Students of the Year’ awards, and one Outstanding Parent Award.The awardees take a photo op following the 4th GMAMAI Hall of Fame CeremonyGrandmaster/Prof. Dr. Khedeo and 5 of his students of the Shuriken Karate School of Suriname received 7 awards. They copped one each of the following awards: Outstanding Student of the Year, Outstanding Competitor of the Year, Outstanding Black Belt of the Year, Fighting Spirit of the Year; and the Ambassador Award, which is claimed by persons who competed and won locally and internationally.Dr. Khedeo accounted for the other two awards, which were an Outstanding Grandmaster award and a Lifetime Achievement Bronze Award.The Guyana International Kyokushinkai Martial Arts Academy (GIKMAA), however, walked away with the lion’s share of the awards: 4 Karate Kid of the Year awards, 1 outstanding Student of the Year award, 2 Fighting Spirit of the Year awards, 2 Warrior’s Spirit awards, 1 OutstandingInstructor of the Year, 1 Community Spirit Award, 1 Ambassador Award, 3 Outstanding Parents, 2 Distinguished Persons, and 2 Distinguished Parents awards.Grandmaster Soke of GIKMAA, Dr. Abdool Nazim Yassim, received a Lifetime Achievement Bronze Award and aSokeship award, giving GIKMAA a total of 21 awards.Grandmaster/Prof. /Dr. Christopher Norville, president of GMAMAI, also received 2 awards: a Lifetime Achievement Bronze Award, and a special Achievement Award for his Outstanding Work and Contribution to the Martial Arts in Guyana.Grandmaster/Dr. Euasta Cuffy, General Secretary of GMAMAI, received an Outstanding Grandmaster award and a Lifetime Achievement Silver award.Grandmaster Lloyd Ramnarine of the Guyana MixedD Martial Arts Karate Association, and PRO of GMAMAI, was also among the masters that received awards.The Humanitarian Award went to Lennox Shuffler, while Special Awards went to Nicolette Fernandes, Kristian Jeffrey and Major General (Retired) Joseph Singh.The Guyana Martial Arts Masters Association International is very thankful for the support of the following entities and persons: Republic Bank Water St. Branch, Toucan Industries Inc., Hand in Hand Insurance Company, Woodpecker Products, Kevin Jeffrey, Ernesto Chiooa Fat and Suresh Beharry.last_img read more

Modano’s OT goal has Kings seeing Stars

first_imgDALLAS – Mike Modano has found his scoring touch again, and that’s good news for the Dallas Stars. Modano scored his 499th career goal 35 seconds into overtime and the Stars took over sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division with a 4-3 victory over the Kings on Sunday. Dustin Brown scored two goals, Brian Willsie had a goal, and Burke made 30 saves for the Kings, 0-2-3 in their past five games. Kings coach Marc Crawford was satisfied with his team’s performance, despite the fact they’re out of the playoff chase. “We didn’t get what we deserved,” Crawford said. “(The Stars) got some breaks. We forced them to play a game they didn’t want to play.” Willsie pulled the Kings even at 2-2 at 1:24 of the third period, registering his ninth goal when he backhanded a shot through Turco’s pads. Hagman put the Stars back in front 3-2 on Hagman’s redirect, his 15th goal. But Brown tied it 3-3 at 5:17 of the third period with his 13th goal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Modano’s 14th goal of the season and third in five games, on a quick shot from the high slot, moved him three goals behind Joe Mullen for the career lead among U.S.-born players. “It was a good play. It took me a second or two to get it to my forehand,” Modano said. “I held my stride a little bit to create some space.” center_img Kings goalie Sean Burke gave all the credit to Modano. “He just beat me,” Burke said. “I saw him come across the middle and I tracked him as far as I could. He just beat me with the shot.” The Stars’ career leader in most offensive categories, Modano sat out 23 consecutive games in December and January with a hip injury. He struggled to regain his form when he returned, scoring one goal in his first 13 games until the recent productive stretch. Niklas Hagman and Trevor Daley scored goals, Sergei Zubov had three assists, and Marty Turco stopped 18 shots for the Stars. The Stars didn’t play particularly well, but they’ve won all seven meetings with the Kings this season with one game remaining. last_img read more

In Jerusalem, Palestinian families play political football

first_img0Shares0000Inside Jerusalem’s walled Old City, a month-long football tournament takes place in which the largest Palestinian families play each other to be dubbed champions of the city © AFP / AHMAD GHARABLIJERUSALEM, ZZZ, Oct 8 – Aqal passes to Aqal, who finds Aqal in space out wide. He squares to Aqal, who smashes home a strike, sending the crowd of yet more family members into hysterics.The match inside Jerusalem’s walled Old City was part of a month-long football tournament in which the largest Palestinian families play each other to be dubbed champions of the city. Building on the inaugural tournament two years ago, participants say this year’s event holds particular symbolism after US President Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Palestinians saw the December decision as an attempt to deny their claims to the disputed city. They view its eastern sector, where the Old City is located, as the capital of their future state.For players and fans, the tournament is a defiant display of Palestinian pride — and footballing skill.“We feel this is our land, so we want to stress we are the owners of the land by having a Palestinian tournament here,” organiser Muntaser Edkaidek told AFP.It is also a display of family ties that informally govern east Jerusalem’s 300,000 Palestinians.In Jerusalem, family history is often entwined with the city’s unique religious and political heritage.The Khaldis claim to be descendants of one of the Prophet Mohammed’s closest companions.The Aqals (pictured) were one of the Palesinian families to take part in the football tournament inside Jerusalem’s Old City which began two years ago © AFP / AHMAD GHARABLIThe Joudehs and Nuseibehs, both Muslim families, have for centuries safeguarded the keys to the church in the Old City built where Jesus Christ is believed to have been crucified and then buried.Israel occupied east Jerusalem along with the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War and later declared the entire city its united capital.Since then, Palestinians say they have been denied the full range of rights and benefits given to Jewish citizens.More than 200,000 Israelis now live in mostly modern, newly built blocs east of the 1967 armistice line — decried as illegal settlements by the international community, but thriving and growing under Israeli law.– No Messis –The Old City is only one square kilometre, but hosts some of the holiest sites in Christianity, Islam and Judaism.It is also a functioning neighbourhood of more than 35,000 people, with homes, schools and shops tightly packed in.Reaching the match involves winding through labyrinthine streets before the road opens onto a floodlit fake grass pitch flanked by the 16th-century walls of the Old City.Organiser Muntaser Edkaidek (pictured) says the football tournament is a defiant display of Palestinian pride, as well as football skill © AFP / AHMAD GHARABLIA single stand can host a hundred or so fans.The Abu Sneihehs — reigning champions and possibly the largest of Jerusalem clans, with thousands bearing the surname -– were knocked out in the first round, raising hopes for less renowned names.The Aqals, a relatively small family, are taking on the far larger Sanuqurats in the second round.Before the match, the referee checks documents — without the right surname you can’t even enter the pitch.One of the team’s two Mohammeds, a burly striker whose look is more mechanic than Messi, has forgotten his ID and is temporarily barred.“Will a picture of it do?” he pleads, waving one on a mobile phone.On the side of the pitch is a six-foot (1.8-metre) picture of one of the tournament’s founders.He was arrested a year ago by Israeli police and jailed for involvement in an organisation which claims to protect the al-Aqsa mosque compound, located not far away in the Old City, Israeli media reports said.Israeli security forces did not respond to a request regarding the case, but the state says the al-Aqsa Youth group is linked to banned Islamist movement Hamas.The al-Aqsa compound, which hosts the Dome of the Rock, is the third-holiest site for Muslims and a key rallying point for Palestinian identity.For Jews, it is built on the Temple Mount, their holiest site.Organisers said police showed up on October 2 and removed the picture. Israeli police did not respond to requests for information.– ‘Children of Jerusalem’ –The Sanuqurats are another one of the Palestinian families taking part in the football tournament in Jerusalem where family history is often entwined with the city’s unique religious and political heritage © AFP / AHMAD GHARABLIOn the pitch, the Aqals take an early lead but are quickly pegged back.The standard is not much better than average pick-up games across the world, but the crowd loves it.Hamzy Abedy is not even really watching — instead facing towards the 25 hardcore members of the extended Aqal family, orchestrating them in ever more vociferous chants.“We are all children of Jerusalem, so I brought all the team with me,” he laughs, pointing at the frenzied teenagers.Other participants said the tournament helped them meet members of their extended family.Just as the city they battle over is contested, there are also concerns over their pitch.An Israeli court could yet decide to build more than 20 Israeli settlement homes in the vicinity, although there have been no developments in the case for several years, Aviv Tatarsky from the Ir Amim anti-settlement NGO said.Yet it still concerns Palestinian residents worried about being swallowed by Jewish expansion into east Jerusalem.Abedy said Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem made Palestinians more determined to remain in the city.“Trump is talking into the wind,” he said after the match.“He is not able to cancel our existence. We are here.”The Aqals run out 6-1 victors, with Mohammed scoring one and setting up another two.“Sport is the best thing to unify the Arabs,” he said, carrying his toddler away from the pitch.“All the families will meet together and know each other. The whole world loves football.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, July 27

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…West Ham have made a bid to sign Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o, 33, who was released by Chelsea at the end of last season. (Sun on Sunday)Inter Milan are considering offering Colombia midfielder Fredy Guarin, 28, to Manchester United in a swap deal for 26-year-old Mexico striker Javier Hernandez. (Daily Star Sunday) Sunderland will consider taking Fabio Borini on a season’s loan as the Liverpool striker, 23, stalls over making a permanent move away from Anfield. (Sunday Express) Atletico Madrid have reached a £24m deal to sign France winger Antoine Griezmann, 23, from Real Sociedad. (AS) Real Madrid are lining up a £10m loan move for Monaco’s Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, 28, with a view to a £26m permanent move in 2015. (AS) Stoke City’s bid to sign Oussama Assaidi, 25, from Liverpool for £7m is in danger of collapse over the winger’s wage demands. (Daily Express) Lille striker Divock Origi, 19, is set to complete a £12.5m move to Liverpool in the next few days after choosing the Reds ahead of Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid. (Sunday Mirror) Manager Harry Redknapp has told QPR chairman Tony Fernandes to sign him some new strikers, with Watford’s Troy Deeney, 26, on his wishlist. (Mail on Sunday)Hull City face competition for the signature of Carl Jenkinson from three other Premier League clubs – West Ham, Swansea, and Sunderland. (Metro)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…West Ham legend: ‘It looks like Sam Allardyce’s days are numbered’Allardyce is heading for the exit door at West Ham, claims BosnichExclusive – Drogba will have bit-part role for Chelsea this season, claims WalkerVidal update! Juventus star appears to rule out Man United switchMan United transfer blow! Roma boss rules out Strootman exitFormer Sunderland hitman rules out West Ham switchPSG join Liverpool and Man United in the race for Atletico Madrid starAtletico Madrid launch late bid for Liverpool-bound strikerBlow for Man United? Barcelona to step up pursuit of Arsenal starSouthampton and Newcastle to miss out on Juventus defender?Borussia Dortmund to beat Chelsea to ‘new Balotelli’?Lazio ready to make a move for Manchester United and Liverpool targetArsenal target to resolve his future in the coming weeksAtletico Madrid latest team linked to Arsenal and Tottenham targetDeeney in demand! QPR enter race to sign Watford hitmanQPR in shock move for France World Cup star 1 Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, July 27 last_img read more

Exclusive – Man United need to sign at least FOUR top players, warns Meulensteen

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal must splash out on at least FOUR top signings before the close of the transfer window.That is the view of the club’s former first team coach Rene Meulensteen, who feels the current squad is not strong enough to mount a serious title challenge.United slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea on the opening day of the Premier League season on Saturday, in what was Van Gaal’s first game at the helm, and Meulensteen insists major rebuilding work is needed at Old Trafford.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the trusted lieutenant of former boss Sir Alex Ferguson warned: “This is not going to be a quick fix. They have still got two weeks to go in this transfer window.“They definitely need to maximise the opportunities in this window and probably in January as well.”He continued: “We need to strengthen at the back, we need to strengthen in midfield and that is foremost the two areas they need to look at.“In my opinion, they need to bring in at least four top players to really crank up the level.”United adopted a 3-5-2 formation long favoured by Van Gaal against Swansea, but looked far from comfortable in the new system.Meulensteen insists the players will get used to it, but has warned it may take a long time before Van Gaal’s methods start to work.He added: “The 3-5-2 system can work. Any system can work if you have the right players and the players are well embedded into the system. That is not the case yet.“It is a process that has just started. They had a very good pre-season but this process will take a long, long time before they get back to where they want to be, which is a dominant United, which plays with pace and penetration, and all these ingredients are not there yet.”last_img read more

Court decides not to hear case

first_imgAttorney General Bill Lockyer’s office, backed by law enforcement groups, appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided not to hear the case Monday. Lockyer’s office declined comment. Chaker was relieved. “This sends a message about what society’s willing to accept or not accept to protect their police officers,” he said. In 2002, the California Supreme Court upheld the law and the 30-day sentences of two Oxnard residents who complained that an Oxnard police officer exposed himself to about 50 teenagers at an awards banquet. Monday’s action undercuts that precedent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to consider reinstating a California law adopted after the Rodney King beating that made it a crime to knowingly lodge false accusations against police officers. The justices, without comment, let stand a November decision by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the law was an unconstitutional infringement of speech because false statements in support of officers, or sometimes even by the police officers, was not criminalized. That decision was hailed by civil-liberties groups and opposed by the California District Attorneys Association and law enforcement groups. Monday’s action nullifies a 2002 decision by the California Supreme Court that free speech concerns took a back seat when it came to speech targeting police officers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsCalifornia lawmakers enacted the measure after a flood of hostile complaints against police officers statewide in the wake of King’s 1991 taped beating in the San Fernando Valley. Adopted in 1995, the law was punishable by up to six months in jail. The challenge was brought by Darren Chaker, now 34 of Beverly Hills, who was convicted in San Diego County in 1999 of making a false complaint against an El Cajon police officer. Chaker was originally arrested for theft of service for retrieving his car from a mechanic without paying – charges that were later dropped. He complained that the arresting officer, without provocation, hit him in the ribs and twisted his wrist. He was convicted of making up the story and sentenced to two days in custody, 15 days of community service and three years’ probation. After appealing unsuccessfully to state courts and a federal judge, Chaker won a ruling in November from the San Francisco federal appeals court. last_img read more

‘CUSTOMS STILL HASSLING DONEGAL DRIVERS’ – CLAIM

first_imgOne year on since a campaign was launched in Donegal to abolish Vehicle Registration Tax, anti-VRT campaigner Ryan Stewart has launched a scathing attack on Customs and Revenue Commissioners.Stewart claims that after the dust had settled on the public anger against Customs operations last year, some people who had paid their fines for VRT offences are now being pursued under criminal charges for obstructing Customs officers in their duty.He also claimed a new Customs crackdown has been launched with officers, in some cases, seizing cars as parents leave children to school. Said Stewrt: “A number of people, who last year had their vehicles seized and fines imposed, have since been in touch with me. Despite paying the fines imposed, Customs have now issued proceedings against a number of people for ‘obstruction’ which carries a fine of up to €5000.“Last year, one lady in particular could not pay the on-the-spot fine on the day that she was stopped, but did so the following day, and has since paid all of the vehicle registration tax owed.“Having complied with the ‘law’ she is now facing a fine of up to €5000, as are manyothers.”The anti-VRT campaigner said the issuing of proceedings was extremely worrying for many people. He told us: “I was delighted to hear the comments made last week from the Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohan, who suggested that banks were pursuing ordinary people to ‘the bitter end’ over outstanding personal debts, but it is clear that the state is also complicit in trying to squeeze the last few cents out of ordinary people’s pockets.”Mr Stewart claimed that under EC law, it was determined that “account must be taken of the good faith of the offender when determining the penalty actually imposed on him.”Also, in relation to people who have borrowed a vehicle, for example, if you borrowed the car from a friendin Northern Ireland, where the vehicle is only temporarily in thestate, there is similar case law.He point to a case against Greece under Article 18(C)(1) of Law No 2682/1999 it was found that, where fines were imposed, and vehicles weretemporarily immobilised, and released on payment of the fines and any other charges owed, that Greece had failed to fulfil its obligations under Council Directive 83/182/EEC of 28 March 1983, on tax exemptions within the Community for certain means of transport temporarilyimported into one Member State from another.The EC has also found that vehicles for what constitutes a minor tax liability are disproportionate to the tax actually owed, where for example a vehicle worth €5000 can be seized for a liability of €800. He also claimed that Revenue have endlessly given the people of Donegal the answer that if they feel they have been wronged, to appeal the decision, but Revenue’s appeals process is practically non-existent, and deliberately difficult to engage in, to deter any possibility of an appeal.In fact, most people cannot find out how to appeal, said the campaigner.He added: “There are no appeals forms, no appeals process of note, no point of referencewhen an appeal has been lodged, and the appeal is made to the very people who seized the vehicle in the first place!“Many of those who have contacted me to find out about the possibility of an appeal have also be afraid to do so, for fear of additional fines if they are not successful.” He said taking criminal proceedings against people who have already paid fines/fees was a step too far.‘CUSTOMS STILL HASSLING DONEGAL DRIVERS’ – CLAIM was last modified: May 18th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more