Luis Rubiales made a parenthesis in his confinement to give a conference in the Federation, which was offered telematically. It did it, basically, to communicate that it will help the territorial ones financially. The president announced an important package of measures and made himself available to the executive to help. “This is hitting all of us, anonymous people and soccer people, like Lorenzo Sanz or Santi Denia’s father. Soccer is now something very unimportant in the face of the global problem of the pandemic. But even so, we have to continue working on the Football At RFEF we are at the service of our institutions.I have spoken with the presidents of the territories. Within the brutality of the thousands of dead, all of them have welcomed the following measures:1. All competitions are suspended, and we don’t want to think of any date. We are at the command of our authorities. From the Federation we are not going to set dates. When normality returns, we will talk. I commissioned a report from the doctors to tell us what deadlines need to be set. Not just when you have to start over, but on what deadlines.2. I have offered the CSD to make the hotel of the Selection available to the Authorities, well to medicalize it, to build a hospital … whatever they want. 3. We have made our team of physiotherapists and psychologists available to our health workers, to help them wherever possible. To help those who are in an inhuman situation.4. The RFEF has saved a significant sum of money that it has made available to the Government and the COE to open a research project. We will help researchers in our country in the coming years.5. In the labor and economic sphere, all the subsidies we pay are covered down to the last penny. We are going to fulfill what was promised. Non-professional soccer we are going to give free licenses for the next two years, and we are also going to postpone the payment of the debts that this modest soccer may have with its players during this time. We are going to apply the same measures in futsal. All will have a credit line of four million euros. It is a credit with the RFEF’s own resources, at zero cost and with a repayment period of two years.6. We also offer LaLiga to look for joint solutions. We see that LaLiga is warning. Without entering into confrontation, we can enter a credit line of five hundred million euros to help football. It is time to unite.7. My message is one of union and hope, football, the modest and the elite, we have to give this message. Together we are going to stop this virus. ”
…retired Judge enjoys favoured candidate status – PNC sourceDespite Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s supply of two lists of eligible and independent candidates for the post of Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, President David Granger will evidently bypass the latest and second list, to appoint a wild card candidate of his own choosing.According to information from sources close to the People’s National Congress (PNC), Granger’s choice for the post has always been retired Justice Claudette La Bennett and, as was feared by several commentators, the rejection of Jagdeo’s nominees was predictable. If the President goes ahead as was indicated, it will not be the first time that La Bennett has been appointed to a post in debatable circumstances by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.In 2015, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s announcement of her appointment to the chairmanship of the Trade Union Recognition and Certification Board (TURCB) was greeted by an outcry from the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG).According to FITUG Executive Member Komal Chand, there had been a lack of consultations with the unions before her appointment. Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) General Secretary Lincoln Lewis had similar concerns about her appointment.Jagdeo, as Opposition Leader, has a constitutional responsibility to nominate a list of candidates for the GECOM chairmanship. It is a responsibility he has so far discharged meticulously, having supplied two lists of nominees to the President.President Granger had rejected Jagdeo’s first list of nominees, prompting a public discourse on his idiosyncratic interpretation of the Constitution of Guyana regarding the criteria to be fulfilled in the appointment of a GECOM Chairman. Ideally, he had said, the candidate should be qualified to be a judge of the High Court or an attorney for a minimum of seven years. He was insistent that the disjunctive “or” was of no consequence and the constitutional clause meant in effect “the nominee must be an ex-judge or one qualified to be a judge”.After stinging criticism, the President altered his criteria somewhat. Candidates, according to the President’s new criteria, must be able to discharge his/her functions neutrally, between the two opposing parties, as he or she would have done in court between two opposing litigants.Additionally, the person must be able to discharge the functions without fear or favour, without allowing any person or organisation to influence him or her to compromise his or her neutrality.The President also said that persons should have a general character of honesty, integrity, faithfulness and diligence in the discharge of their duty as Chairman of GECOM.Jagdeo’s second list had thus featured retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy, retired Justice William Ramlall, Attorney and former Magistrate Oneidge Walrond Allicock, Attorney Kashir Khan, Attorney Nadia Sagar and Captain Gerald Gouveia.In a statement after submitting his second list, Jagdeo had highlighted that the names submitted were in accordance with the President’s requirements of the candidates having a legal background and of a neutral stance.It was only at a recent press conference that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had cause to debunk allegations in sections of the media that the President had a right to appoint a Chairman of his choosing if the Opposition Leader’s list did not meet his satisfaction. It is possible these reports were based on information similar to that recently supplied to the Guyana Times.Meanwhile, businessman Marcel Gaskin has moved to the High Court to challenge the constitutionality of President David Granger’s reasoning behind his rejection of the Opposition Leader’s first list of six nominees for the post.Gaskin is the brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who is also the son-in-law of the President.The businessman wants the court to determine whether Jagdeo’s list of nominees was indeed not “fit and proper” as declared by President Granger.