Venezuela’s claim is a legal matter – Ambassador Joseph

first_imgAmbassador Cedric Joseph said Venezuela has to advance legal arguments to establish a case of nullity of the Arbitral Award of 1899.“There is only one body that can deal with that, that is organised and established after 20 years of war and fighting and that is the ICJ [International Court ofAmbassador Cedric JosephJustice],” Ambassador Joseph said speaking at a discussion on Guyana’s borders hosted by the University of Guyana (UG) on Thursday evening at the Theatre Guild.Ambassador Joseph was asked by the audience to weigh in on the recent decision by the United Nations (UN) Secretary General (SG) to refer the settlement of the decades-old controversy between Guyana and Venezuela.The Ambassador dismissed Venezuela’s recent criticism of the UN SG’s decision to have the ICJ resolve the controversy.Venezuela, on Wednesday insisted that only the 1966 Geneva Agreement can settle the controversy. However, Ambassador Joseph pointed out that the SG’s decision is in keeping with the Geneva Agreement.“Those means of settlement really come from Article 33 of the UN Charter and the last means in Article 33 and in the Geneva Agreement is judicial settlement and when you speak of judicial settlement in the United Nations framework, you speak of the body established within the United Nations to facilitate a judicial settlement, and that is the ICJ,” he explained.The Ambassador noted that Guyana has exhausted all the provisions for settlement in the Geneva Agreement.  He also pointed out that Guyana could still present its case to the ICJ without Venezuela citing the recent ruling by the ICJ in favour of the Philippines vs China over the South Sea.“Only recently, two years ago the Philippines brought a case of the South Sea China against the powerful People’s Republic of China, who did not participate, and the court went ahead examined all the documents and issued a substantial judgement in support of the rights of Philippines,” Ambassador Joseph pointed out.The controversy arose after Venezuela claimed that the Arbitral Award of 1899, which established the border it shares with Guyana, is null and void. The two countries, under the 1966 Geneva Agreement, turned to the UN Secretary General to resolve what became a controversy under the Charter of the UN.After years of attempts to resolve the controversy, including the use of the Good Offices Process, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, on Tuesday announced he is referring the matter to the ICJ.last_img read more

Hit the sales to honor our presidents

first_imgOur history is freighted with bigger events to commemorate than recalling 40-some presidents. Presidents Day has become a major marketing tool. Advertisers for virtually everything roll out their annual sales pitch tied to the holiday. For some time it has been associated with bargain-basement prices: television sets for one cent, followed by a mad rush and crush at the store’s opening. It literally cheapens the day. President’s Day? Who exactly are we honoring? The hypocrisy is that this holiday routinely ennobles all those who have held the office, regardless of merit. Is this a celebration of honesty? Grant and the Indian scandals of the 1860s and ’70s come to mind. Morality? Think of Clinton, Harding and Cleveland. Should this holiday remind us of the need to honor the Constitution and the laws of the land? Perhaps Watergate, Iran-Contra or a questionable suspension of civil rights occurs to you. (I was thinking of Lincoln on that last one, not more recent commanders-in-chief, but I guess Presidents’ Day honors them, too.) IT’S that time of year again: The day when banks close, the mail doesn’t come and public schools take a holiday to honor our chief executives, past and present. Yet the event’s so unimportant that we haven’t figured out how to punctuate the subject we honor on this holiday. Check the newspaper ads. Is it Presidents Day? President’s Day? Or Presidents’ Day? Most school kids have another day off this month to salute Abraham Lincoln. If the teachers union could figure out a way to nudge Lincoln’s and George Washington’s birthdays closer together to make a four-day weekend, they’d do it. I enjoyed the day off when teaching. Our history department used it as an opportunity to camp out at Joshua Tree or Red Rock Canyon. But from the standpoint of commemorating anything, this holiday is a waste. I hate President(s, ‘s, s’ ) Day. What was once a day to honor the “father of our country” has now been lost in mealy mouthed political correctness and crass commercialism. So instead of the traditional cherry tree and dollar-across-the-Potomac tidbits, what do we get now? Basically, nothing. George will hardly be mentioned. And no one wants to talk about Polk, Tyler or Silent Cal. There may be something deeper at work here. Call it what you will, but it’s a subtle form of brainwashing by the in crowd. Honor Washington and a little of it rubs off on whoever is in office now. Use George to spread a blanket of roses over all his successors, including the incumbent. America may need heroic icons. Some may even say we are obsessed with them. But glorified dead presidents needn’t be among them. Ralph E. Shaffer is professor emeritus of history at Cal Poly Pomona. Write to him by e-mail at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgTermon GAA Notes: Week Ending 10/07/12Best of luck to the Donegal ladies who compete in the Ulster final this Sunday against Monaghan in Clones at 3.45 especially the Termon contingent of Nicole, Therese, Roisin, Gerladine and Emer. Hopefully as many Termon people as possible make the trip to Clones to support the girls.  Minor Board:The minor boy’s were defeated by Newton last Friday which ends their league season. Get well soon wishes are extended to Daire McDaid who broke his leg during that game.The Under 12 boys bus for the Northern Finals in Buncrana will leave this Saturday morning at 9.30 from the Burn Road. Good luck to the two teams and management who have had an excellent season so far. Training as usual this Saturday morning for the underage groups at the Burn Road.The Cul camp takes place this year at the Burn Road from Monday the 13th to Friday the 17th of August. Mark the date in the diary for our future stars. By registering online with Kellogg’s parents can save €5 off the cost of the camp. Contact Brian Trearty (086 340 6167) for details on registration.Ladies Board: Termon  junior  ladies  had  a  fine win over  old  rivals  Buncrana  on  Sunday  by  a score  of  Buncrana 5-6  Termon 4-12. Best  for  Termon  was  Sharon  Mc Laughlin,  Orla  Trearty, Martina  Kelly and  the outstanding Grainne McCafferty.Congratulations to Holly McDaid who was part of the Donegal u16 panel who have advanced to the Ulster final with a win over Tyrone last week.The u12 girls have a blitz this Saturday morning in Glenswilly. All players to be in Glenswilly by 12.40.There may be a 13 aside game this Saturday evening. All players to contact Hugh Harkin for confirmation.Mens Board: Our seniors and reserves took on Burt on Saturday evening with the reserves continuing their recent good run of form with Phillip Doherty best for Termon and Brendan McFadden reeling in the years when introduced as a sub. The seniors recorded another important win with a clinical team performance. Despite a number of players being unavailable Termon proved too strong and the win maintains their place at the top of the table. There are no reserve and senior fixtures this coming weekend.Lotto:The Lotto draw took place in the Glenveagh Inn on Friday last. The numbers drawn were 6, 10, 18 and 26. There was no match 4 or 3 winner. G McDaid, E McCormack and N Quinn were drawn in the open draw and won €10 each. Next week’s draw takes place in the Lagoon. Kath McSharry and Joe McDaid are the coordinators. The jackpot is now €700.Good luck to club members Jamie Gallagher and Catherine Crawford who get married this Friday in Ramelton. GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: July 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more