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PPP distances self from online poll for presidential candidate

first_imgAs Guyanese gear up to head to elections before 2020, an online poll has surfaced on social media allowing users to select their choice for the presidential candidate for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).However, the Party’s executives have dismissed this latest development even questioning whether or not it could be mischievous in nature. This comes with the recent passage of an Opposition-filed no-confidence motion, which meant that the PPP had to fast track its selection process for a presidential candidate since elections will have to be called in 90 days as mandated by the Constitution of Guyana.As the PPP’s Executive Committee of 35 members selects one eligible leader, the poll attributed to ‘Guyana Independent Voices’ appeared, but the PPP’s Executive Secretary, Zulfikar Mustapha told Guyana Times on Monday that his party has not signed off on any poll.PPP Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha“The Party has not put out any poll and has not sanctioned any poll … that will not influence the Party,” Mustapha asserted.The poll included the pictures and names of proposed front-runners such as former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, Dr Vindyha Persaud, Dr Frank Anthony and Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira. Now that one week has passed since the selection process for a new candidate started, Mustapha advised that the poll would not affect the overall process that the Party has to follow.“How that will influence anything in the process? We have an established process that started in 2011 and that is what we will follow all the time and we didn’t have a poll in 2011, and I don’t know who put up that poll – if it’s anybody who wants to create mischief, or they want to fragment candidates and leaders in the Party,” he stated.Mustapha insisted that there was no fragmentation within the PPP’s top ranks.last_img read more

Judge tosses NYC calorie-count law

first_imgMENUS: Decision notes that the rules could become legal if extended beyond fast-food restaurants. By Larry Neumeister THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – A judge struck down a New York City rule Tuesday that required fast-food restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus, but he suggested that expanding the rule to include more restaurants could make it legal. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Holwell said he determined the rule conflicted with federal law. Businesses had claimed that their First Amendment rights were violated by the rule, described as the first of its kind in the nation, but Holwell said he reached his decision without needing to address those claims. The city had targeted national fast-food chains by applying the law only to those that served standardized portion sizes and that were already making calorie information available as of March 1. Holwell said the city rule conflicted with federal law, which already described how restaurants should post nutritional information if they chose to do so. He said the city rule would not seem to conflict with federal law if it were mandatory both for restaurants that had posted nutritional information and for those that had not. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the city was considering all its options. “The actions of these restaurants will deprive consumers of important information for a few months, but we are confident that calorie labeling can be legally mandated by the city and will help New Yorkers be better informed and make healthier choices,” department spokeswoman Sara Markt said. She accused the restaurants of being “so ashamed of what they are serving that they would rather go to court than post calorie information where their customers can actually use it.” Rick Sampson, president of the New York State Restaurant Association, which challenged the rule in court, called the ruling a “major victory for everyone who enjoys New York’s world-class restaurant scene.” He said it “strikes a blow against big government trying to tell us what we can or cannot eat.” 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