Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a pedestrian in Coram early Saturday morning. The fatal crash occurred just before 6 a.m. on Route 112 between Granny Road and Route 25, police said. The man, who was not identified, was struck by a light color vehicle traveling northbound. The vehicle fled the scene northbound on Route 25, police said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A make and model of the vehicle was provided. It is believed to be light in color, possibly tan, with front-end damage, police said. Detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has any information about the incident to contact the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls are confidential.
Orla Barry takes part in the F57 discus event from 20 to 10 Irish time.The F53 shot put sees Deirde Mongan involved from just before 10.Later this evening John McCarthy runs in the Men’s 100m T51 heats. And Hayley Fitzsimons will be the Irish hope in the F40 shot put final.
high tempo Following mixed results at this year’s staging of the annual Roper Cup pre-season competition, neighbours St George’s College (StGC) and Kingston College (KC) have claimed joint share of the Roper Cup Trophy for 2015-16. In a game played under lights at Sabina Park on Saturday night, the ISSA/Manning Cup schoolboy football competition’s curtain raiser for both schools sparked some excitement among fans, with KC having more to cheer about at the end, courtesy of a gutsy 1-0 win over their North Street rivals. The contest featured attacking at a high tempo, producing end-to-end football. Numerous scoring chances were created, but not finished. In minute 41, Renalto Scarlett scored the lone goal of the game and eventually saw his team hold on for a confidence-boosting win. KC’s coach, Ludlow Bernard, said he was taking no chances against St George’s, whose assistant coach, Marcel Gayle, rued missed chances. “They are where I want them to be right now. It’s just for them to settle their nerves,” Bernard said after the game. He added: “It’s a good win, even though St George’s would not have fielded their strongest team.” Gayle, meanwhile, said: “We got one-love, but it was a spirited performance. It looks good for us going forward. Despite missing a few chances, St George’s will get better,” Gayle concluded. The Roper Cup was decided by two contests, the Pancho Rankine for Under-35s that St George’s won 2-1, and the Manning Cup clash. There were other meetings between the school’s players, as KC’s over-35 team beat St George’s 3-2, and the Purples’ Pepsi Under-14 team won 3-1. Meanwhile, a Jamaica College team drubbed Calabar High 4-0.
…says unilateral appointment of GECOM Chair not “flawed”Despite a ruling from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) that his decision to unilaterally appoint Justice (rtd) James Patterson as Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman was flawed, President David Granger is insisting that he acted within the ambit of the constitutional provisions.President David GrangerGECOM Chairman, RetiredJustice James PattersonCCJ President, Justice Adrian SaundersOn Tuesday, the Trinidad-based regional court ruled that the appointment was unconstitutional and the process used by the Guyanese President was flawed.However, President Granger contended on Wednesday that he selected a “fit and proper” person as Chairman of GECOM in accordance with the definition laid out in the Constitution. In defiance on Wednesday, the Head of State told reporters that the CCJ must show where the flaw occurred.“I’ve never gone outside the Constitution. If (the Court) tell that the process is flawed, they must let me know what the flaw is! So let us wait until the 24th of June when they make some consequential rulings. There is no way I can see that decisions I’ve taken are flawed,” he posited.Despite the Court’s decision, Granger said that it was the responsibility of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to submit a list of six nominees who are not objectionable. To this end, the Head of State said that he would be writing Jagdeo for them to meet as soon as possible.Meeting Opposition“I have no problem meeting the Leader of the Opposition … I will write to him and as soon as he is available maybe as early as next week (we will meet). I will write to him this week, inviting him to resume the consultations which are mandated under the Constitution,” the Head of State noted.According to the Constitution, President Granger is required to appoint a Chairperson for GECOM from a list of names submitted by the Opposition Leader.Back in 2017, Jagdeo had submitted three separate lists, but the Head of State rejected all 18 nominees and went ahead to unilaterally appoint Justice Patterson as Chairman of the elections body.However, the CCJ ruled on Tuesday that the process to appoint the GECOM Chairman was “fatally flawed”.According to CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders, the President gave no specific reason for refusing to appoint a Chairman from the lists submitted by Opposition Leader Jagdeo. He noted that the President disapproved a third list, without giving a specific reason.Justice Saunders referenced historical facts pertaining to the previous appointments of GECOM Chairmen. He cited the recommendations made by the Constitutional Reform Commission in 1999, that the Chairman should be appointed through consultations.“To determine the meaning, the Court looked at the drafting history of Article 161(2), observing that changes had been made to it to promote consensus and inclusiveness by involving the Leader of the Opposition in the selection process.”Further, the Judge noted that the President relied on the provisions that gave him discretionary powers and insulated him from providing an explanation for excluding the Opposition Leader from his final decision.However, Justice Saunders pointed out that giving the President the power to reject candidates without giving reasons would frustrate what the Constitution contemplates. In fact, the Court decided that the President has a duty to give reasons for rejecting names in the interest of transparency.“The Court, therefore, found that the process was flawed and in breach of the Constitution. In a concurring judgment, Mme Justice Rajnauth-Lee stated that by giving reasons why nominees are rejected, the President will engender greater public trust and confidence in the Elections Commission.”To this end, the Court concluded that the most sensible approach to the process of appointing the Chairman of GECOM is for the Leader of the Opposition and the President to communicate with each other in good faith and, perhaps, even meet to discuss eligible candidates for the position of Chairman before a list is submitted formally.He recommended that in future the Leader of the Opposition and President communicate and meet in good faith to discuss eligible candidates before a list is submitted. The court also recommended that moving forward, all parties work together, as the Constitution envisions, selecting a Chairman.Justice Saunders also declared in the ruling that before President Granger rejected persons nominated by Opposition Leader Jagdeo, reasons should have been given for the rejections in the interest of transparency.This case, which was heard by the CCJ on May 8, was brought by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha. Mustapha challenged the appointment of Patterson who was appointed to the position of Chairman of GECOM in October 2017.Meeting with Caricom SGMeanwhile, changing his posture later in the day, the Head of State during a meeting with Caricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said that the Government would continue to respect the Constitution, and abide by the law.“We respect the jurisdiction of the National Assembly; we respect the jurisdiction of the Court,” President Granger said.