Excellent job by the Opposition

first_imgDear Editor,I am observing with satisfaction the excellent work by Mr Bharrat Jagdeo and PPP members. This country and all its citizens who stand for law and integrity are heartened by this party. Day by day, this extremely corrupted Government is being exposed by the Opposition for the unbelievable and horrible crimes that they all are committing so “freely” it seems. It is truly frightening when your Government, which is supposed to protect you, can be your greatest enemy.I was watching Mr Anil Nandlall’s programme “Issues in the news” and his latest report published on September 4 detailed how the downright false and extremely bloated registration list was obtained by GECOM.Just when you think it’s not possible to mislead the citizens again, this Government manages to do just that and on a more dangerous level than before.Government representatives at GECOM are hell-bent on contaminating the list at all costs! I understand more clearly now after listening to Mr Nandlall why they are pushing so hard to merge the data. They cannot win this election if it is carried out freely and fairly – so the intention now is simply to corrupt the voters’ list and delay the election for as long as possible as Mr Joseph Hamilton hinted earlier on.Ms Susan Rodrigues is sincere and eloquent as usual in her latest delivery published on September 3 too, listing many falsehoods by this Government. On her programme “Making the case” She calmly chooses her words carefully, states her position on issues and events and her perspective is always intelligent.I have new and growing respect also for our Presidential Candidate Mr Ifraan Ali. His interview published on September 1 was very good. He was fluent and confident in pushing the agenda of his party for the future development of our country. These people are experienced professionals as I have said before and their policies, innovations and ideas are brilliant, very practical and simple to follow. All law-abiding and ambitious Guyanese are supporting the PPP Administration in record numbers now.The incumbent regime, on the other hand, which is definitely at the end of the road, is losing support on a daily basis. Only a few shameless “hard-line” core supporters are parading around beating their empty chests to save face – in spite of realistically and silently being aware of the shenanigans of this shameful Government. This is the beginning of the end of the era of the PNC and its associates and they know it.APNU/AFC had a fair and wonderful opportunity to do good for this country. They were lucky to inherit a country with a bristling economy and opportunity for “a good life” for all of its citizens. They could have amply redeemed themselves from their shady and sordid past by protecting the citizens and working towards the development of the country. Sadly, integrity and respect for the rule of law and the Constitution, especially in these last few months, have totally disappeared.Had they been more caring, they probably would have served a second term and left a good healthy chapter in history. Instead, they opted to savagely plunder the country under the leadership of Mr Granger and leave it practically in ruins.Sincerely,Shane Lindielast_img read more

Ram responds to CoI Chairman Cites procedural disregard and injustice as reason for Bar…

first_imgAfter being labelled childish by Prison Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Chairman, Justice James Patterson, Guyana Bar Association (GBA) President Christopher Ram has finally responded, explaining his Association’s reason for withdrawing from the Inquiry, which is seeking to determine what led to the deadly prison riot on March 3.Last month, Justice Patterson scolded Ram, who had stormed out of the CoI, withdrawing the group’s participation from the investigation. Patterson had said Ram’s behaviour was childish.At the time, Ram was of the view that some lawyers at the CoI were being sidelined, and more ‘privileges’ were being given to the Guyana Prison Service’s and Guyana Fire Service’s legal representatives.In his response on Thursday, Ram said the Bar Association could not be allowed to be “perceived as compromised or complicit in an exercise that paid little regard to basic standards of procedure and fairness in this matter”.He said the Chairman, the only legal person on the Commission, could not escape responsibility for the shortcomings that did a disservice to those who died or were injured or otherwise affected by the events of March 3.Ram said the statement issued by Patterson, two days after he walked out of the CoI, failed to address the issues at hand, but rather was replete with personal attacks and invective.“Since I only read about the statement in the press, I wrote to the Chairman on April 26 asking for a copy of the statement and for him to indicate to me from the detailed transcripts of the proceedings the instances where my conduct fell short of professional standards. So far, Mr Patterson has failed to respond to my request. Without engaging in any ad hominem accusations, I wish to clarify the position of the Guyana Bar Association on the decision to cease participation in the Commission,” Ram said.He posited that after observing a number of weaknesses in the proceedings of the Commission days after it began taking evidence, the Bar Association on March 11, 2016 applied for and received standing from the Commission to appear before it. Some of the weaknesses, he said,  were commencing public hearings without any adequate preparation, including placement of advertisements inviting witnesses; the absence of basic information gathering; the absence of Rules of Conduct; the non-appointment of a Commission Counsel; the selection of witnesses, and the conflicts of interest among Commissioners.“In an effort to assist the Commission, the Bar Association soon thereafter provided the Commission with a copy of the Rules of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry and other literature and authorities on Commissions of Inquiry, including the role and authority of the Chairman in a Commission of Inquiry.”Ram said the Counsel for the Bar Association and inmates had expressed their dissatisfaction repeatedly, but out of public duty and an obligation to contribute to the search for the truth, continued its participation in the Inquiry. The situation became entirely intolerable when a key witness, the Senior Superintendent of Prisons was being examined by opposing Counsel, he added.The Bar Association President said as a result, following consultations with Glenn Hanoman who regularly appeared at the hearings on behalf of the Association, and with other Attorneys at the Commission, it was agreed that the Association’s continued participation in the Inquiry only served to give legitimacy to a seriously flawed process.Attorneys were particularly struck by the repeated and ill-informed comment of one Commissioner that the Commission was not a court of law and the insistence for procedural proprieties was time-consuming, unproductive and unnecessary. On the other hand, it was becoming increasingly apparent that the Commission was more concerned about an artificially imposed deadline rather than a genuine pursuit of its Terms of Reference.“It is my contention that any Commission of Inquiry, and certainly one investigating the worst prison deaths in the history of any Commonwealth country, cannot be fettered in its search for the truth. Truth is often hidden and its discovery takes painstaking examination. Unless there is clear evidence of irrelevance, obstructionism or time wasting, Commissioners ought to carry out their duties diligently and fairly to all the parties with not even a semblance of injudiciousness, arbitrariness, capriciousness or ignorance of the relevant rules.“The Attorneys representing the Bar Association did not take the decision to withdraw lightly and we remain committed to the cause of justice in this matter. We could not, however, allow the Bar Association to be perceived as compromised or complicit in an exercise that paid little regard to basic standards of procedure and fairness in this matter,” Ram said.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, September 23

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester City are ready to launch a fresh bid for Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 20, next summer after the Toffees’ £50m valuation drove them away during the last transfer window. (Daily Mirror) Arsenal and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of out-of-favour Real Madrid midfielder Isco, 22, after Real boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the club will not sell him in January. (Metro) Roma have joined Manchester United and Liverpool in the race to sign 15-year-old midfielder Martin Odegaard from Stromsgodset. (Daily Express) Manchester United are ready to reject a move for one of their former heroes, 29-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo – now of Real Madrid – to avoid upsetting their current crop of stars. (Metro) Meanwhile, United also want to patch up their defence with Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar, 29, who is out of contract at Aston Villa at the end of the season. Arsenal are also interested. (Daily Express) Cardiff are keen on signing West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison on loan – but will send the 21-year-old back to the Hammers in January when he starts his court case. (Daily Mail) Former Watford and West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola, 48, is on Fulham’s five-man managerial shortlist along with Chris Hughton, Tim Sherwood, Steve Clarke and caretaker boss Kit Symons. (Daily Mirror) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer rumours…Exclusive – Man United boss Van Gaal does NOT rate Shaw, claims MeulensteenEx-Red defends Liverpool’s poor start to the season: ‘New players need time to settle’Exclusive – Van Gaal’s ‘strange’ decision to sub Di Maria gave Leicester a lift, admits Phillips Exclusive – Warnock: Captial One Cup not on Crystal Palace’s radarRoma join Man United in race for Norway starletFiorentina weigh up move for Liverpool and Tottenham targetNothing in Liverpool and Newcastle transfer talk, insists Lyon starRoma issue transfer warning over Man United target Strootmanlast_img read more

TICKETS FOR FINN VALLEY COLLEGE 75TH BIRTHDAY BALL SELLING FAST

first_imgEXCITEMENT is building to the 75th Anniversary Winter Ball for Finn Valley College – formerly Stranorlar Vocational School.Tickets will be on sale in the school between 5.30pm-6.30pm tomorrow Friday 4th December.Organisers say the tickets are in high demand so people need to purchase them early with past pupils from all over the world set to be at the event which takes place at the Villa Rose Hotel on Sunday December 27. A Champagne reception will be followed by a sumptuous four-course meal and music by Cufflinks. TICKETS FOR FINN VALLEY COLLEGE 75TH BIRTHDAY BALL SELLING FAST was last modified: December 3rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:Finn Valley Collegeticketswinter balllast_img read more

Local student, teacher honored for Bridge to Youth program

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When it comes to helping special-education students become independent and self-sufficient, Whittier Union High School District and a Rio Hondo College student are tops, according to state officials.Rio Hondo student Tarek Sinnukrot and Whittier Union Lead Vocational Coordinator Richard Rosenberg are among the first in California to receive the state’s GOAL (Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning) award.Handed out at a special ceremony in Sacramento Thursday by state public schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell, the awards, named after Hollywood producer Brian Grazer, were given to Rosenberg and Sinnukrot for their work in the Bridges to Youth Self-Sufficiency Project.Bridges involves seven school districts and helps disabled young adults move from high school to adult life “with as much self-sufficiency as possible,” Rosenberg said.“It really is an example of college partnerships and teaming,” he said. “The staff is knowledgeable about housing, mental health, fiscal issues and self-advocacy.”He noted the fact that the project is particularly effective in helping special-education students coordinate their Social Security benefits.“For a long time, the big myth was that if they went to work, they would lose their Social Security,” Rosenberg said. “Well, we always knew that wasn’t true, but we didn’t have the data.”With a grant from the Social Security Administration, the Whittier Union district hired two staffers to serve as Social Security benefits coordinators for about 75 local students enrolled in the Bridges project.“Bridges to Youth Self-Sufficiency Project has a wonderful program that (provides students) with information, motivation, incentives and assistance in realizing lives of independence,” O’Connell said.Sinnukrot, 20, who is autistic and graduated from Whittier High in 2004, participated in the Bridges project. He now attends Rio Hondo College and works as a volunteer at a store.O’Connell said his story is a perfect example of “what can happen when we set high standards for students, despite their disabilities.”“He is well on his way to self-sufficiency and the pride that comes with moving toward independence,” O’Connell said.Sinnukrot is taking health and voice classes at Rio Hondo. But he said his dream job “is to work on a cruise ship to be a yeoman purser.”In the meantime, he says, “I would like to work in a hotel at the front desk.” Tracy.Garcia@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more

IS FINNER THE WINNER? SPECULATION MOUNTS THAT SOLDIER SCOOPED €12M LOTTO

first_imgSpeculation is mounting that a soldier based at Finner Camp is the winner of the massive €12M lotto jackpot.The American House shop which sold the €12M winning lotto ticketThe man, who is in his 30s, was at work today but was refusing to comment on the growing rumours that he bought the golden €12 quick-pick ticket.The winner has yet to claim their prize at lotto headquarters in Dublin. Speculation is rife that the soldier is waiting for the lotto frenzy to quieten down before claiming his fortune and remaining anonymous.The ticket was sold at the well-known American House Shop on Main Street in Bundoran.The owner of the shop, Brian McGovern, 71, says he honestly does not know who holds the winning numbers.However he says his hunch is that it could be a syndicate who scooped the lotto millions. He said most single customers opt for a €4 tickets but syndicates often buy tickets worth €12 and more.Shop assistant Majella Hegarty said staff are getting used to the excitement but they honestly don’t know who the winner is.The winning numbers were 13, 14,24,31,35, 43 and the bonus was 21.  IS FINNER THE WINNER? SPECULATION MOUNTS THAT SOLDIER SCOOPED €12M LOTTO was last modified: June 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalFinner Camplottosoldierwinnerlast_img read more

Irish musician voices her objections against proposed Oyster Farm at Cruit Island

first_imgIn an interview today on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh said that the community stood together against the planned oyster farms for the northwest, in An Céideadh and Cruit, and that they must keep up the pressure against the plans.In total, 3200 objections to the oyster farms in An Céideadh and An Cruit were received.In the interview today with Aodh Máirtín Ó Fearraigh on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh said: “It took us by surprise when we heard about it (the planning application), because it was almost through already … and it was people from outside the area who would gain.  There are a lot of people around the Rosses and Gaoth Dobhair who use that area, because it’s a beautiful place to go walking or to bring your children, a safe place to swim…”“When you think that we’re trying to entice tourists here with the Wild Atlantic Way, that would ruin the landscape.”3200 objections were received for the 2 planned applications in question, and Mairéad said that was a great source of pride for her.“I’m really proud, it’s great that the community came together and protested strongly against the plans.” Speaking of her own objection, she said that she was totally against the farms as they would ruin the landscape, and that it would be more difficult to entice people to the area, and also the fact that the local community would not profit from it.“The community is united and that’s a great thing.  I don’t think it’s going to benefit the areas of Céideadh or Cruit to have a farm like that.  The people’s voice is the most important thing here, and I hope we’ll be listened to.”Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh lives in An Charraig Fhinn in the Rosses area.She was interviewed today on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.Irish musician voices her objections against proposed Oyster Farm at Cruit Island was last modified: October 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

Petition to give Cara House a new home gathers support

first_imgA community campaign to give the Old Letterkenny Courthouse to Cara House has progressed into an official petition today.Locals are backing the idea that the vacant Courthouse on Upper Main Street be opened to the management of Cara House for their many Family Resource services.The idea has gained much support following a Facebook campaign launched by local woman Treasa Mc Keown. Now, the people of Cara House have responded to the rise in public interest to stress their need for a large facility. Cara House moved from their ‘Red Door’ building at Market Square to Lower Main Street in September 2017. The building is not big enough to cater to the number of people attending courses and children’s activities. Cara House serves hundreds of people each week and has been a welcoming hub in the heart of Letterkenny for years.However, services have to be spread across seven different locations in Letterkenny. The dedicated staff and volunteers must travel from place to place, because they simply have no room to host all their programmes under the one roof at Lower Main Street.Co-ordinator Susan McCauley said she and the committee have been requesting a bigger building for some time. A building of 10,000 sq ft is necessary to accommodate everyone, she explained. The idea to call on Donegal County Council to explore ways to give the Old Courthouse to Cara House began with an unaffiliated community member, but it has created an awareness that Cara House have welcomed. This change.org petition is the result of that campaign for change: https://www.change.org/p/donegal-daily-old-courthouse-for-cara-house…Susan McCauley said: “We want to get a better premises from Donegal County Council. It is great that the community have seen that we need a new place.“The Lower Main Street is really too small. We have a drop-in room and rooms upstairs, but it is a lack of space that is restricting us from having more people.”Cara HouseIn a recent request to Donegal County Council, Susan added: “Much of the work of Cara House is not easily recognised but it serves many disadvantaged people. We have worked for the last 14 years on their behalf, concentrating on children, the intellectually disabled, those recovering from mental ill-health and older people.“It has always been the desire of the management and staff of Cara House to bring about a community that cares in Letterkenny. We believe that this social inclusion can be best facilitated by bringing people together in one venue where they can meet informally.”Yoga at Cara HouseCurrently, some 96 children benefit from the after-school club, while other children attend the drop-in creche and preschool year. Adults take advantage of language, skills and health courses, befriending services, and social groups. Whether it’s in the Old Courthouse or another space, it is hoped that the caring Cara team can welcome everyone under one roof, through one red door, in the near future.Click here to view the ‘Old Courthouse for Cara House’ petition: https://www.change.org/p/donegal-daily-old-courthouse-for-cara-housePetition to give Cara House a new home gathers support was last modified: April 14th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CARA HOUSEpetitionlast_img read more

Video: Grease rocks again in Cape Town

first_imgThe classic musical Grease is on at Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre until 11 April. Catch a glimpse of the show, and hear from some of the actors who bring its timeless characters to life.Click arrow to play video.Published on SouthAfrica.info on 24 March 2010.last_img

Farm bill meetings scheduled around the state

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio State University Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency in Ohio are partnering to provide a series of educational Farm Bill meetings this winter to help producers make informed decisions related to enrollment in commodity programs.The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill. While the ARC and PLC programs under the new farm bill remain very similar to the previous farm bill, there are some changes that producers should be aware of.Farm Bill meetings will review changes to the ARC/PLC programs as well as important dates and deadlines. Additionally, attendees will learn about decision tools and calculators available to help, which program best fits the needs of their farms under current market conditions and outlook.Enrollment for 2019 is currently open with the deadline set as March 15, 2020. Enrollment for the 2020 crop year closes June 30, 2020. Producers can enroll for both 2019 and 2020 during the same visit to an FSA county office. Producers have the opportunity to elect to either ARC or PLC for the 2019 to 2023 crop years, with the option to change their program election in 2021, 2022, and 2023.For more specifics about a meeting near you click here.To find out about upcoming meetings, and get information about the Farm Bill, visit go.osu.edu/farmbill2019.last_img read more