UK says no to Constitutional change too risky House Speaker urges preparation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Aug 2015 – It was labeled a ‘slap in the face’ to the Turks and Caicos and its bi-partisan Constitutional Review process, which was wholly rejected by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Hon. Robert Hall, Speaker of the TCI House of Assembly: “The response received from the United Kingdom to the deliberations of this House embodied in the matter sent to the UK pertaining to the Constitutional Review Committee; I find it quite insulting and a slap in the face that in this day and time, a couple of gentlemen would sit in London and basically tell us what is good for us.”Peeing on his foot, calling it rain… just one of the sharp phrases the Hon Robert Hall, Speaker of the House of Assembly expressed after reading the letter from HE Peter Beckingham, the letter from the UK Foreign Office and his reply to them, also by letter. This news came during today’s session via the Governor from UK Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Rt. Hon. Grant Chaps, who said ‘no’ to changing elements of the 2011 document given to the TCI as its Constitution and which is believed in many quarters to be regressive and archaic. The UK government, in this July 20, 2015 correspondence, says it in essence believes there have been too many gains with the current constitution to turn back now. Robert Hall is the Speaker of the House, and he hotly rejected the rejection. From the FCO: “One of the key lessons was the need to put in place a series of robust checks and balances, to ensure that TCI meets international recognized standards of good governance, the rule of law and sound financial management. The present constitution and later legislation have been and continued to be important legislations to deliver positive change in TCI. The turn-around in TCIs economy over recent years has been remarkable; of course it was driven in part by increase in tourist numbers but it is also as a result of the hard work that was done in TCI to reframe its constitution and to put in place the measures highlighted above,” the letter goes on to say, “It is against this background that I have accessed the Committee’s report and have concluded that to amend the constitution in ways proposed, would risk the hard won progress that was made, I do not believe this is a risk we can afford to take.”The response to this process which toured each of the islands, in some cases twice and which provided not only a formal document but video and audio evidence of what the people of the Turks and Caicos want, has now ignited a fresh call for the country to step out of the shadow of the British and shine on its own as an independent nation. Hon. Robert Hall, Speaker of the TCI House of Assembly: “Turks and Caicos you better stand together otherwise, you gonna fall individually. Start planning now more than ever before to pull down that Union Jack and raise whatever you design Turks Island, you gatta move ahead.” Related Items:constitution change, hon. grant chaps, robert hall, UK, union jack Recommended for you SANDALS RESORTS FIRST HIGH STREET STORE OPENS PDM writes House Speaker in push to launch investigation of TOLCo Rows break out in House of Assembly; Speaker demands apologies and withdrawalslast_img read more

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WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between May 26, 2019 to June 3, 2019 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierKane taught English for 35 years by Cassia BurnsSupt. Brand offers staffing updates by Lizzie McDermottDispatcher job is more than customer service by Lizzy HillSelectmen choose Town Accountant by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunOlin remediation plan ready by fall by Emma MurphyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

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Mahatma Gandhis last fast captured in images

first_imgDid Mahatma Gandhi have a premonition about his death? A 20-panel exhibition on his final fast-unto-death indicates this was so.‘Who knows my ahimsa might be tested at the fag end of my life. A proverb says that a dying flame burns brighter before it burns out. May be, my end is approaching and I am fully prepared…,’ Mahatma Gandhi had said before going on fast on 12 January, 1948 against the communal riots sweeping the national capital.The exhibition at the Nehru National Museum and Library (NMML), inaugurated by Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch Wednesday to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s 65th death anniversary, looks at the fortnight leading to his assassination and the do-or-die crusade against the forces of parochialism and religious hate. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The 20 panels, ‘The Weapon of Ahimsa: Mahatma Gandhi’s Last Fast’, of text and visual prints mounted in the lobby of the library, present Gandhi’s itinerary in a chronological manner. The collection has 287 photographs and memorabilia – Yarvada Chakra, flag of Suraj and khadi textiles that portray the influence of Mahatma Gandhi in the daily lives of the Kallenbach.The collection has original copies of Young India and Harijan as well.Gandhi believed fasting was a spiritual act.last_img read more

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Reexploring cultural heritage

first_imgThe Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presented the 59th edition of the spectacular “Ramlila” which is a beautiful amalgamation of reality and idealism. It is about magnificent costumes, masterful lighting, perfect choreography and music. The Ramlila was inaugurated by Kathak Samrat Pandit Birju Maharaj (Padma Vibhushan) on Tuesday.Shobha Deepak Singh’s in-depth, meticulous research on the Ramayan stands reflected in the ‘Ramlila’, which portrays familiar and endearing incidents from the epic Ramayana including the banvas of the revered ‘Ram’, Sita’s unwavering love and faith in the face of several personal predicaments, Ravana’s crafty strategies, Ram’s unquestioning obedience to his father, his graceful acceptance and addressing of adversities of daily existence, his ability to transcend barriers of caste and creed through acceptance of Shabri’s fruits and Hanuman’s gigantic effort in getting the Sanjivani booti.Shobha Deepak Singh said, “As in previous years, this year’s show is also thoroughly researched. The performance has grown in production value such as charisma and authenticity of the costumes, choreography, music, lights and sets. The show is therefore endearing. In Sita’s portrayal there is power to the woman, in her graceful coming in to her own, in the face of trials and tribulations. There is a change in the cast of the lead characters. Also there are new dancers, playing some of the lead roles for the first time.”Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s “Ramlila” has enjoyed the presence of eminent individuals in the audience including Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Late Zail Singh, Late Indira Gandhi, Late Dr Radhakrishnan, Late Lal Bahadur Shastri, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Late Rajiv Gandhi, Late Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, Late Dr. Zakir Hussain, Shri Sanjiva Reddy and several others.Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s 59th edition of “Ramlila” urges self reflection, guiding aspirations, to embrace and integrate the order of existence with a relevant, modern perspective.last_img read more

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Governing body of Behala College will be dissolved says Partha

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Thursday that the governing body of Behala College in Parnasree will be dissolved. The decision of the minister came in the wake of disturbance in the college since Saturday, following alleged attempts of extortion by the students’ union. The Trinamool Congress controlled students’ union at the college has already been dissolved on Wednesday.Chatterjee visited the college on Thursday morning, which happens to be under his own constituency Behala West and held a meeting with the college principal and senior officials of the college and also spoke with the students. “I am shocked over the events that have unfolded in the college during the last few days. Such incidents of disturbance in the college will not be tolerated. The governing body of the college will be dissolved,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe reiterated on bringing back the academic ambience of the college. “I have spoken to all concerned in the college. I am hopeful that things have been settled. The students have been advised to attend their classes on a regular basis. We are constantly trying to boost education in our state,” Chatterjee said. The committee formed by the principal that was responsible for running the college’s administration, was also dissolved on Thursday. The agitating students had alleged involvement of outsiders in the college union and indulgence in extortion. It was alleged that the union was extorting money from students with low attendance, with the promise of making arrangements for them to sit for examination. Around 200 students had less than 60 percent attendance in the college. A clash had broken out in the college on Wednesday and a student had sustained injuries.last_img read more

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Fani threat passes no major loss reported

first_imgKolkata: Kolkatans woke up with a sigh of relief after the cyclonic storm Fani passed through Nadia at a reasonable distance away from the city. Kolkata witnessed wind speed of 40-50 km per hour in the night with moderate to heavy rainfall and apart from stray incidents of collapse of a few mud houses and trees, there was no report of any loss of life or serious injury. Normal activities resumed in the city from Saturday morning with the weather gradually presenting a clearer picture from the afternoon.Flight operations resumed at the Kolkata airport at 9.57 am on Saturday with Air India flight bound for Agartala leaving the city airport. A flight from Delhi also landed at 10.10 am. Flight services were suspended at the airport since Friday. Local train services in the Sealdah and Howrah sections that began in the morning were reported to be normal in all sections since the afternoon. Mayor Firhad Hakim was in the control room of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation monitoring the situation in the city and also visiting a number of boroughs to have a clear idea of the proceedings. “We had made arrangements to act on an emergency basis had Fani hit the city. But thank god, nothing major has happened,” Hakim said. The Member Mayor-in-Councils were also present in the borough offices to address any emergency. Bidhannagar Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta was also vigilant. He also paid a visit to the KMC headquarters and exchanged pleasantries with Hakim in the wee hours on Saturday when it was realised that Fani would not have much effect on the city and its adjoining areas. There were reports of a few stray incidents. Five persons were injured when a portion of a roof of a hutment collapsed on Friday night at Beniatola Lane in Sovabazar. All the five injured persons were released after treatment. A portion of the boundary wall of a residential building located at Monohar Pukur Road, under Tollygunge police station, and a portion of a cornis of a three-storeyed commercial building at Rabindra Sarani under Bowbazar police station area collapsed on Saturday morning. There were no reports of any injury in both the cases. With the weather conditions improving, South Eastern Railway announced operation of three special trains on Saturday night from Howrah — the destinations being Yesvantpur, Vasco Da Gama and MGR Chennai Central. SER has decided to run one trip superfast special train between Howrah and Sambalpur on May 5.last_img read more

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