National Assembly died on September 18, 2019

first_imgDear Editor,The life of the National Assembly ended on September 18, 2019, as a result of the non-extension of its life by a two-thirds vote as required by the Constitution for such extended period as determined by the National Assembly.Given the passage of the no-confidence vote in the Government on December 21, 2018, notwithstanding the frivolous appeal challenges in court on the validity of the no-confidence vote, the no-confidence vote was affirmed by the Chief Justice in the High Court earlier, and by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on June 18, 2019, when the 90-day clock started to tick again for the life of the Government until September 18, 2019. These 90 days between June 18 and September 18, 2019, provided more than adequate time for President Granger and the Leader of the Opposition to confer in good faith consultations and negotiate a mutually agreed solution to avoid this constitutional crisis in the national interest.There was no constitutional extension by September 18, 2019. As a consequence, the National Assembly, the Cabinet, Offices of the Speaker and Leader of the Opposition are constitutionally dead and cannot be resurrected. The survivor is the caretaker President to proclaim a date for election and dissolve the National Assembly, but since the National Assembly is dead, there is no need for any dissolution. The constitutionally dead National Assembly cannot be called and convened into session on October 10, 2019The 90 days also between June 18 and September 18, 2019, was a reasonable constitutional time limit for GECOM to conduct the elections. In fact, the notice for elections was given since December 21, 2018, when the No-Confidence Motion was passed by the National Assembly.We now have to endure the shame of this constitutional crisis until free and fair elections are held and a new Government is elected, and this should be before December 21, 2019.Yours faithfully,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

Emirates Wolgan Valley Acclaimed Best Australian HotelResort at AFTA

first_imgEmirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa has been honoured with one of the most prestigious awards in the country, receiving the 2012 Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) National Travel Industry Award (NTIA) for Best Australian Hotel/Resort. Emirates Wolgan Valley was presented the Award at a gala presentation dinner in Sydney, attended by dignitaries and more than 900 of the industry’s business leaders and members. The premier awards recognise the leaders in the Australian travel industry and acknowledge superior customer service, marketing excellence, business acumen and outstanding personnel.“The AFTA NTIA is one of the most significant awards we could be honoured with. Recognition from our industry peers is the highest acclaim and it is gratifying that our commitment and efforts to be a truly world-class Australian hotel have not gone unnoticed,” said Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. “The resort is over 10 years in the making and from the outset, Emirates made deliberate efforts to ensure it showcases the very best of Australia with an ethos for quintessential experiences, understated luxury, and a profound sense of place. “This is an extraordinary achievement and one that Emirates is extremely proud and humbled to receive,” added Mr Heymeijer.A scenic three-hour drive from Sydney, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is nestled between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks and borders the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The resort itself occupies just two per cent of the 4,000-acre property, and combines the expectations of the high-end traveller with a commitment to broader social, ecological and environmental sustainability.For a complete list of accolades and awards Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa has received since opening in October 2009, including acclaim from Condé Nast Traveller, Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, and The Leading Hotels of the World, visit www.wolganvalley.com.AFTA is the peak body for Australia’s travel agents, and represents the majority of travel agents in Australia. Founded in 1957, AFTA’s aim has been to stimulate, encourage and promote travel; and to uphold the interests of travel agents who form a vital part of Australia’s highly specialised travel and tourism industry. Source = Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spalast_img read more