Licence denial…Civil Procedure Rules 2016 final – CCJThe Caribbean Court of Justice on Friday ruled that the Crown Office Rules of 1906 were no longer applicable and that Guyana’s Civil Procedure Rules 2016 applied to all civil proceedings, in light of a challenge against the Guyana Medical Council by Cuban doctor, Jose Ocampo Trueba.In September 2017, Dr Trueba filed an application in the High Court seeking judicial review of the Medical Council’s refusal to grant his application for full registration as a medical practitioner. He told the court that he was unaware on what grounds his application was refused before he was given the chance to beDr Jose Ocampo Truebaheard.Since 2013, Dr Trueba was granted an institutional registration, which meant that he was licensed to practice only at the Davis Memorial Hospital, but according to the Medical Council, he was in breach of his licence since he was operating privately as well at other institutions. In July 2017, he applied for full registration as a medical practitioner.He was written to twice by the Council asking whether he would like to respond to the letters but he never acknowledged them, which ultimately resulted in the Medical Council’s decision not to grant him his licence.The Medical Council also published an advertisement in two newspapers notifying the public that Dr Trueba was licensed to practice medicine only at the Davis Memorial Hospital. However, Dr Trueba challenged the decision in the High Court in September asking for a judicial review of the Council’s decision and that the court set aside the Council’s decision based on the procedures in the Crown Office Rules 1906. In her ruling, acting Chief Justice Roxane George dismissed the application on the basis that judicial review was not an appropriate recourse as Section 19 of the Medical Practitioners Act stated that persons who wanted to challenge a decision of the Council should appeal to a High Court Judge in chambers.Not satisfied with the ruling, Trueba sought redress from the Appeal Court, which ordered that the matter be remitted to the High Court because the Judge should not have automatically refused the application but should have considered whether judicial review was appropriate in the circumstances of the case.The Medical Council then applied to the CCJ for special leave to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision.However, the CCJ agreed with the Court of Appeal that the right to appeal to a Judge in chambers did not totally preclude an application for judicial review but said that as a rule of thumb, the safe route to challenge a decision of the Medical Council of Guyana was to appeal to a Judge in chambers. Nevertheless, the CCJ allowed the appeal and upheld the decision of the Acting Chief Justice.The court said that the implication of its decision was that pending, and especially unheard, applications, brought or proceeding otherwise than in accordance with the new rules will now need to be revisited by the courts.The court also noted that it was “highly improper” for Trueba to conceal from the High Court Judge the fact that he had been operating in breach of his licence and that it was dishonest of him to have falsely stated that he was never the subject of disciplinary proceedings and unaware of any reasons why the Medical Council could have refused his application.The court said this was in breach of his duty to make a full and frank disclosure.In the reasons for the court’s decision, the CCJ commended the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the attorneys for the parties for the speedy resolution of the matter, which took less than six months from start to finish.
Dream players celebrate one of their two goals against Mengo last week (file photo)Futsal Super League 2018/19International Futsal Courts, MengoThursday, 14-03-2019-Equator vs Park @6:00pm-Mengo City vs Yap Stars @7:00pm-Elephants vs Parakeets @7:00pm-Typhoon vs Bajim @8:00pm-Yeak Kabowa vs Dream @8:00pm-Aidenal vs Kabowa United @9:00pm-Crown vs Nomad @9:00pm MENGO – The International Futsal Courts in Mengo is the place to be this Thursday evening when the Futsal Super League enters into Matc-Day 16.The highlight fixture of the night will see defending champions Dream flex it out with league leaders Yeak Kabowa.After last week’s loss, Yek know that they may lose top spot in case of a loss tonight, a situation they would not want to find themselves in at this stage.Yeak were out-classed 3-0 by Park 7 days ago to trim their lead at the top to just two points and a defeat to Dream coupled by a Park victory elsewhere, the Kabowa based side will relinquish top spot for the first time in over a month.For Dream, this is a glorious opportunity to get back into the title race proper, after a slow start.Currently occupying 3rd, the defending champions start the day six points behind the leaders and victory cuts their deficit to just 3 points.Having not loss in any of their last 7 games, Dream will be optimistic they can blow the race wide open.“We know the situation at the top and we will try our best to exploit it to the maximum, says Dream returning defender Kitanda John.Kitanda missed last week’s 2-0 victory against Mengo City due to suspension.He makes his return to the team at a crucial moment when they face the odds-on favourites to win the League this season.“We know they are ahead of us and that is something we respect but we are the defending champions after all, continued the lanky defender.“Park defeated them last time out and now the mental is on us to do likewise.Yeak have 35 points while Dream are on 29.For second placed park, they have a chance to temporarily go top as their fixture against Equator is the first on the menu at 6pm.Park mist be high in spirit after their win against Yeak and if they can win against a struggling Equator side, they will have done their title chances huge favours and in process also pile the pressure on both Dream and Yeak who play later.Equator have been struggling since the start of the season but a win against Bajim last time out, set the tone for today’s game.Fourth placed Parakeets play against lowly side Elephants in one of the 7:00pm kick offs. At the same time, Kabowa United and Yap Stars will face off in the bottom of table affair.Typhoon will go toe-to-toe with Bajim at 8:00pm with both sides aiming at winning ways. The whitewalkers played to a 1-1 draw with Nomad last week while Bajim lost to Equator.League debutants Aidenal School of Art will lock horns with Kabowa United at 9:00pm. Aidenal are 11th while Kabowa United are 13th (second from bottom)Nomad and Crown who are separated by one point will play against each other in another late kick off. Nomad are fifth with 27 points, one better than Crown.Shafik Avemah leads the scoring chats with 26 goals while Park’s Babu Idd comes closet on 22.Comments Tags: DreamFutsal Super LeagueParktopYeak Kabowa
23 January 2013Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia snatched wins in Group D as the first round of group stage matches in the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) was completed on Tuesday. While they won, both teams were pushed all the way by Togo and Algeria respectively.With only one win from the previous six Afcon matches played, the other groups are pretty congested after the first round of games, but for the losers in Group D the path to the quarterfinals has become a lot tougher. Both Togo and world number 22 Algeria could be considered unfortunate to lose, but the fact is they now face an uphill climb to advance beyond the group stages.The clash between Cote d’Ivoire and Togo at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, just outside Rustenburg, was played at a slow tempo, with both teams content to let the other carry the ball forward until deep in the opposing half where they were met by two lines of defending players.Ivorian forwardsWhile big name striker Didier Drogba failed to make any sort of impact for the Elephants, his fellow forward Gervinho was full of running and injected pace into the contest every time he touched the ball.Just behind the strikers, Yaya Toure was a class apart. He provided an outlet time after time, his pinpoint passing initiated attacks, and he was also a danger in front of goal, scoring once and hitting an upright too. Toure’s ability to control a game is an ability that has for the most part been missing from teams in other Afcon games.Togo’s biggest gun Emmanuel Adenbayor came close to giving his side an early lead but, after pouncing on a shocking error at the back by Kolo Toure, he was denied by an excellent save from goalkeeper Boubacar Barry.Early leadGervinho then did good work down the right flank before passing backwards of square to Yaya Toure in the box, who finished well to give the Ivorians an early lead.The match meandered towards the break until Toure hit an upright with a snap shot after good work from Gervinho again.Togo goalRight on the half-time whistle, Togo stunned Cote d’Ivoire with a goal. There were plenty of players back to help defend a corner, but Jonathan Ayite got onto the end of the ball and directed into the goal with his right foot from close range to level the scores.Shortly after the break, the Togolese had the ball in the back of the Elephants’ net, but the referee disallowed the goal, ruling that a substitution had not been completed before a corner kick was taken.WinnerYet another draw appeared to be on the cards until the 88th minute when Gervinho met a free kick at the far post and steered the ball into the net. His shot with the outside of his right boot went unchallenged after the goalkeeper had misjudged the flight of the ball.Togo forced a save out of Barry from close range just before the final whistle sounded and the tournament favourites claimed a 2-1 victory.Apart from Yaya Toure and Gervinho, Barry and Dider Zakora turned in good performances for the Ivorians, while, for Togo, Vincent Bossou kept Didier Drogba quiet, Serge Akakpo controlled their midfield and Serge Gakpe gave the Ivory Coast defenders plenty to think about.Late winnerThe clash between North African rivals Algeria and Tunisia was controlled by the Algerians, but it was the Eagles of Carthage who came away with the win after beautifully taken goal by Youssef Msakni in the 91st minute saw them snatch a 1-0 victory.The match was played at a livelier tempo than the earlier game, which took place in much higher temperatures.Just before the half-hour mark, Islam Slimani struck the Tunisian crossbar after rising well to head towards goal. Tunisia then tested the Algerians with a swift counter-attack shortly before half-time.Fennec Foxes pushing forwardStill, it was the Fennec Foxes forcing Tunisia back and Djamel Mesbah flashed a left-footed shot across the face of the Tunisian goal, which was narrowly wide of the left-hand upright.Adlene Guedioura then blasted a vicious, swerving shot from range just over the goal. Algeria continued to press forward and had a penalty turned down 18 minutes from time.When Tunisia created some space, Hamdi Harbaoui failed to hit the target from close in and should have done much better.Wonderfully measured shotWith the contest into time added on, Msakni received a ball in the left inside channel, a little outside Algeria’s box. He cut back inside and then curled a wonderfully measured shot beyond the reach of the goalkeeper into the top left hand corner to steal a victory for Tunisia. It was the kind of composed finish that has been missing from Afcon 2013 so far and it was worthy of being a match-winning goal.Algeria were stunned by the defeat. Tunisia celebrated wildly.Defender Guedioura stood out for Algeria, showing attacking intent along with striker Slimani, while Mesbah worked his way forward well down the left flank to give the Fennec Foxes an extra attacking option.Tunisia were under the gun for most of the game, but Msakni’s winner was a true highlight, while Saber Khelifa worked hard up front, but could have done with more support.ImpressionsLooking back on the first Group D games, favourites Cote d’Ivoire looked very comfortable on the ball, but one would expect more intensity from such a highly rated team. Togo did not look overwhelmed by their opponents’ reputation and could spring a surprise or two, but they are the underdogs among the four sides.Algeria showed some good play between the boxes, but lacked finishing and Tunisia, frankly, despite their win, will need to do more to make a big impression in the tournament.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sounded the poll bugle for the Assembly polls by announcing a rath yatra across the State.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will ride the rath, with slogans such as ‘Abki Bar 220 ke Par’ and ‘Ek Bar Fir Shiv Shahi Sarkar’ on it, the party announced on Saturday. The journey will begin in August, covering all the constituencies before winding up in Mumbai. The elections to the 288 seats of the Assembly are due in October, and both Shiv Sena and the BJP are likely to fight it together. The journey, in parts, will be completed by the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and former party president Amit Shah, BJP leader Chandrakant Patil said on Saturday.The CM post“The three leaders will decide which party will get to have its chief minister,” said Mr. Patil when asked if the Sena would have one of its candidates as the chief minister this time. The BJP held a marathon meeting of its core committee on Saturday and discussed the possibility of government formations late this year. Senior leaders said the committee is of the opinion the chief minister should belong to the BJP under all circumstances. “But the focus of both the parties would be to win maximum number of seats. The rath yatra will also be used to highlight the works done by the BJP-Sena government in the last five years. The elections are likely to be held between October 15 and 20 and a code of conduct would come into place a month earlier, BJP leaders said. The party is looking to induct new members and has set a target of 25 lakh members. The BJP said three years ago it had achieved the target of adding 1.11 crore new members and believes it can easily achieve the latest target before the polls in the State. “Nearly 20,000 volunteers have been assigned the work,’ Mr. Patil said.