first_img Illustrious career Known as the ‘voice of West Indies cricket’, Cozier chronicled the fortunes of the West Indies team for nearly six decades in an illustrious career which saw him rise to the summit of the industry. Cozier was eulogised by son Craig, who described him as an outstanding family man, a true professional and a pioneer in the field of cricket journalism. Cozier was the editor of the West Indies Cricket Annual and was also a senior editor of leading local newspaper, The Nation, with whom he remained closely affiliated up to the time of his death. In 2007, cricket authorities here renamed the upgraded media centre at the redeveloped Kensington Oval, The Coppin, Cozier and Short Media Centre, in honour of his contribution to the sport. Cozier died last week Wednesday at age 75 following brief hospitalisation. He is survived by his wife, Jill, and children Craig and Natalie. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Cricket media titan Tony Cozier was laid to rest here on Friday following a service at the Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens, which was attended by several dignitaries and influential members of the regional cricket community. Barbados’ only living National Hero, Sir Garry Sobers, topped the list of mourners, along with former Chief Justice Sir David Simmons, noted Caribbean jurist Sir Richard Cheltenham, West Indies batting great Sir Everton Weekes, and outstanding former West Indies fast bowler ex-government minister, Sir Wes Hall, who conducted the ceremony. Several former West Indies players were also in attendance including legendary captain and current chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd; legendary fast bowler and current Barbados Cricket Association president, Joel Garner; current West Indies head coach Phil Simmons, and former West Indies vice-captain, Trinidadian Deryck Murray. Barbados Sports Minister Stephen Lashley and Opposition Leader Mia Mottley were also among the mourners.last_img read more

first_imgLAA alteration…PPP to appeal decisionHigh Court Judge Gino Persaud on Friday dismissed a case filed by Opposition Commissioner at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Bibi Shadick, over Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan’s changes to several Local Authority Areas (LAAs) – a move which the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) deems as gerrymandering.Back in September, Shadick had approached the court to issue a series of orders including to quash Bulkan’s order of holding Local Government Elections in seven Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) since he failed to issue an Order under the Local Democratic Organs Act, Chapter 28:09, before announcing the November 12 polls. These NDCs are Moruka/Phoenix Park; Kitty/Providence; Nile/Cozier; Lamaha/Yarrowkabra; Hauraruni/Yarrowkabra; Plegt Anker/Kortberaad; and Wyburg/Caracas.However, the High Court Judge ruled that the Communities Minister complied withJustice Gino Persaudthe law as set out in the Local Democratic Organs Act Chapter 28:09 and the Local Authorities Elections Act Chapter 28:03 of the Laws of Guyana. The court noted that seven NDCs were in fact established in 1990 by Order No 51 of 1990 in compliance with the Local Democratic Organs Act and the boundaries already established in 1990.Moreover, Justice Persaud found that there was no specific legal requirement in the law for the Minister to publish the boundaries of the NDCs or for LAAs for every successive election as contended by the applicant’s Attorney Anil Nandlall. Against this, the Judge dismissed the case against Minister Bulkan.Meanwhile, Shadick had also sought orders from the court against GECOM’s Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield, who went ahead to demarcate and re-demarcate constituencies’ boundaries without consultations with electors, stakeholders and political parties.This, too, was dismissed by Justice Persaud, who also ruled on Friday that Attorney Nandlall failed to adduce any evidence that the CEO of GECOM hadGECOM PPP Commissioner Bibi Shadickfixed the boundaries of the seven NDCs in usurpation of the Minister’s authority as alleged in his application.The Judge noted that when specifically asked by the court to produce documents to show documents providing his case, the applicant, through her lawyer, could not produce any and as such, the court found there was no case against the second-named respondent.In addition, the court also ordered that both parties – Bulkan and Lowenfield – be paid costs of $150,000 each.During Friday’s decision, Minister Bulkan was represented by a team from the Attorney General’s Chambers, including Attorney General Basil Williams, Solicitor General Kim Kyte-Thomas and State Solicitor Ayana Mc Calman. Meanwhile, the Chief Elections Officer was represented by Attorney Roysdale Forde.A statement from the AG Chambers on Friday states that the court’s ruling paves the way for Local Government Elections to proceed on Monday November 12, without obstruction, interruption or delay.However, the PPP on the other hand has expressed disappointment over theCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkanruling, saying that this case – along with others that have been filed – were done with the sole objective of protecting the democratic process, strengthening the electoral machinery and safeguarding citizens right to vote and to engender consultation with and participation of the citizens in the electoral decision making process.“Unfortunately, thus far, we have been unable to persuade the Judiciary that important violations are taking place in relation to the Constitution and our electoral laws, which threaten the very democratic foundations upon which this nation rests.Although, evidence was produced that Minister Ronald Bulkan adopted a particular course of action in relation to identification of LAAs, the demarcation of boundaries and the allocation of seats for each constituency for the LGE of 2015, as he is mandated to do by law, but that he failed to follow that very process in respect of the 2018 elections, the learned Judge found nothing wrong with this departure,” the Opposition posited.The party went on to note that the Judge, having found that the Minister acted in accordance with the law, omitted to determine a number of important issues raised in the case.These include: Whether the CEO can create new constituencies in existing NDCs areas without consulting with either the electors or the political parties; WhetherGECOM CEO Keith Lowenfieldthe CEO at his own whim and fancy can merge existing constituencies and add constituencies within existing NDCs when their impact clearly create an electoral advantage in favour of one political party and to the disadvantage of other political parties, without consulting with the electors, the political parties or any organisation or stakeholder whatsoever; and whether the CEO acted on his own or carried out the directions of the Minister in the alteration of these constituencies and whether the process followed by the CEO, in so doing, was lawful.“These were some of the fundamental issues which we expected pronouncements on for future guidance. Unfortunately, these issues were not addressed by the court in the oral decision delivered. However, we pledge to continue to persevere relentlessly in our struggles to protect our citizens’ right to vote and indeed the democratic process as a whole,” PPP stated.On this note, the party said it will be appealing the High Court ruling.last_img read more

first_imgEL MONTE – The quad of a local apartment complex is calm on a recent Sunday morning. A washer and dryer buzz in the distance, and a woman steps out of her apartment to visit a neighbor. Downstairs, the curtain of another unit is pulled back as a young boy peers out – as if awaiting Santa. Ring, ring, ring … A faint chime resounds through the corridor. The boy’s face lights up at the sound, and he retreats behind the curtain in suspense. Ring, ring, ring … As the jingle gets louder, Mary Lopez appears in the entryway and scurries past each apartment door, ringing her golden bell to alert the children that Sidewalk Sunday School is about to begin. She simultaneously greets the children – toddlers and teenagers alike – who pour out of their apartments and into the quad. Mary’s husband, Richard, 63, and Jesus Bustillos, 38, have already begun assembling an outdoor classroom in the common area. Rriinngg, rriinngg, rriinngg & Within minutes, the children are seated atop two tarps (one for the older students, another for the young ones), and class begins. “The angel of the Lord appeared to Mary … ” Mary and Bustillos read aloud to the children. Today is one of the few Sundays of the year that the Lopezes will spend exclusively with family. Any other week, the West Covina couple shares the day with about 30 children, none of whom are related to them. Mary and Richard have spent the last 10 years frequenting four El Monte apartment complexes – two a week – to bring the gospel to children’s doorsteps. The Lopezes, former longtime El Monte residents, founded Sidewalk Sunday School in late 1995 in response to an influx of gang and drug activity that riddled parts of the city at the time. “The drug dealers were out here talking to children about drugs,” Mary Lopez, 61, said. “I wanted to talk to (children) about God. I wanted to tell them that things are going wrong in all our lives, but turn to God. “God put it on my heart to invest in tomorrow, and these children are my investment.” Guadalupe Ramirez said the Sidewalk Sunday School program has helped her family strengthen its faith in God – particularly in the last few months. Doctors diagnosed Ramirez’s 3-year-old daughter, Jennifer Pe a, with cancer in August, and the family has relied heavily on prayers to get through Jennifer’s chemotherapy treatments. “Mary has been praying a lot, and the kids have also been praying for (Jennifer),” Ramirez said of Sidewalk Sunday School participants. “It’s all we have right now. We’re just praying to God that she gets better.” Stories like Jennifer’s are not common for Mary’s students. While there have been some hefty requests, such as prayers for a friend’s operation or for someone who died, there are also petitions for everyday concerns: healing a cold, for safety and for help with homework. “Prayer is talking to God,” Mary, a medical assistant, tells the students. “It’s OK to say, `God, I’m scared,’ `God, I’m hungry,’ `God, help my mommy.’ “If we stay with God, he will get us through it,” she added. Mary and Bustillos, who has been helping the Lopezes for two years, also focus on teaching children about Jesus and his life and lessons. “She teaches us about God and tells us to stay on the right path,” said Monserrat Amador, 17, who’s been part of the program since its inception. “Even when things get hard, it’s going to lead to something better.” Recent Sunday School lessons revolved around the biblical story of the nativity in preparation for today’s holiday. “It’s the traditional Sunday-school message,” said Lawrence Lopez, the couple’s son. “Everything from Jesus-in- the-manger stories to Jesus-on- the-cross stories.” Weekly teachings also involve hands-on activities where children can work on art and craft projects. Everything about each Sidewalk Sunday School class is structured and organized, with aspects of the lesson – from early arrival to departure – running like clockwork. Richard fine-tunes the set-up. “My job is just to get her here,” Richard said of his wife. “I’m like a helper. I make it happen.” The Lopezes’ work in the community is not limited to Bible teachings, said Mary. Sidewalk Sunday School program associates hosted an annual block party and Thanksgiving feast that fed 500 people outside the apartments along Bonwood Road last month. And last weekend, Mary and Richard visited their frequented apartment complexes to help deliver about 1,000 Christmas presents to students and their families. Through each lesson or community event, Mary hopes students will count their blessings, make good choices and remember God. “For some, this is an extension of church,” said Bustillos. “For some, it’s the primary and only example they see of God.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img