Govt’s continued refusal to fulfil its obligations to Guyana’s Constitution

first_imgDear Editor,December 21, 2018, was the “D” Day for this David Granger regime. It was the day that a successful no-confidence was passed and the Government fell. Eight months have gone by since but the Government still maintains that it has not fallen, and being in that denial mode, it refuses to fulfil its obligations to the Constitution of this country. Ever since that time, the PNC has been engrossed in the most expensive of litigations to stave off the expressed dictates of the law, as we say in creole, they have been on a “fight down” campaign on the Constitution.Billions of taxpayers’ dollars have been spent on senseless litigations as they try to circumvent Articles 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution. This is total madness, a nation cannot continue to fight against itself, the rule of law must take precedence! All countries are governed by laws and Guyana is no exception so why is the PNC trying to stop the inevitable, why stifle the rule of law? And the answer comes back again, they are scared stiff as to the results of an election. The PNC knows that they will lose the next election in a very definitive way and this frightens the daylight out of them.The PNC in their desperation is testing the system to the maximum with their endless appeals and counter appeals, however, these moves only serve to delay the process somewhat, but in the final analysis, they will have to face the electorate which I can tell them would not be very kind towards them. The Granger cabal must realise that the people of this great country are no fools and we will hold them accountable for their actions. Dire will be the consequences for this Government when it is the people’s turn to speak.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

LWCC, ICF Donate Food, Medical Supplies to Cape Mount’s Ebola Hit Communities

first_imgThe Living Word Community Church, in partnership with International Children’s Fund, recently donated several assorted food and medical items to two Ebola hit communities in Grand Cape Mount County.Items donated included 75 boxes of rice, 20 bags of wheat, 10 bags of beans, medical supplies, clothes and crutches, worth thousands of United States Dollars.Communities that benefited from the donation included Sinje Health Center and the Jene Wonde Clinic in Tewor and Garwular Districts, respectively.Rev Boakai B. Paasewe, founder and general overseer of the Living Word Church in Jene Wonde, told journalists the donation was the church way of identifying with victims of the Ebola virus disease in the county.According to him, the initiative is intended to buttress government’s effort in battling the virus in the county.  He called on well-meaning Liberians to exert other efforts to help other affected communities to fight against the killer virus.As a faith-based organization established 2009 in the county, the church provides educational opportunities to poverty- stricken children and health care delivery for those who lack the financial means to go to school and make themselves useful citizens.Rev. Paasewe further disclosed that the LWCC and its partner are currently constructing a caring home for children who have been victimized by the Ebola virus not only in Cape Mount, but also in Bomi County as well.He also urged citizens of the county to abide by all Ebola preventive measures despite the decline of Ebola cases there.He said the construction project, which will be completed this April, will accommodate 50 orphans.The Liberian clergyman thanked the National Ebola Task Force and its partner, the International Children’s Fund, for their numerous contributions to the church in undertaking such an initiative.For her part, the officer- in-charge of the Jene wonde Clinic, Tenneh Y. Pearson, thanked the Living Word Church for the donation and promised that it will be used for the intended purpose.Madam Pearson pointed out that the medical supplies will buttress the effort of health workers to be more effective in caring for patients in the county.The Town Chief of Jene wonde, Ms. Jebbeh Sarnon, lauded the Living Word Church for the gesture and called on others to emulate the church’s example.Mrs. Sarnon used the occasion to call on government to support people affected by the epidemic in the county.She expressed disappointment in the government for allegedly neglected victims of the Ebola virus in Jene wonde Town, which was badly hit by the deadly Ebola virus—situation she indicated had created serious hardship for citizens of the town.The Local Chief has at the same time called on Madam Sarnon to urge authorities in the county and other partners to include them on burial teams, something she believes would serve as a means of empowerment for them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

9 hours of ‘service interruption’ on May 19 – GPL

first_imgThe Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) has announced a nine-hour-long interruption to the supply of electricity in areas in Georgetown and on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) on Sunday, May 19, 2019.Affected areas are: A to E Fields Sophia; North Sophia to Success, ECD; North and South Ruimveldt; Festival City; Shirley Field Ridley Square; Guyhoc Park and Gardens; Meadow Brook Gardens; Roxanne Burnham Gardens; Tucville; Stevedore Housing Scheme; and Lamaha Park and Springs.GPL has said that interruption to the power supply is because it will be conducting vital maintenance work at its Sophia Substation.These works include servicing of the 69kv busbars, and line maintenance activities on the critical L5 transmission line linking the Kingston to Sophia Substations, as well as the 69kv line linking the Sophia and New Georgetown Substations.“As a result of this (development), customers (within the listed areas) will experience an interruption in the supply of electricity from 08:00hrs to 17:00hrs,” the GPL has said as it apologised for any inconvenience that would be caused.last_img read more

Cross-dressing in Guyana “improper” – Appeal Court

first_img…SASOD to move to CCJThe Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) and the Guyana Trans United (GTU) could within the next few weeks take their cross-dressing case to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), SASOD’s Head, Joel Simpson said, if advice from their lawyers is prudent.The two Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have made this disclosure after the Guyana Court of Appeal on Monday upheld a decision by now retired Chief Justice (ag) Ian Chang, who in September 2013, ruled that cross-dressing per se was not a crime, unless done for an “improper purpose”. The case was dismissed by the panel of acting Chief Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards; Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh and High Court Judge Brassington Reynolds.The case, which was first filed in February 2010, following the widely reported arrests and convictions of seven persons for the summary offence of “being a man and wearing female attire in a public way or public place, for an improper purpose” (1893 Act). Four of the convicted persons filed this action, along with SASOD, which approached the Faculty of Law UWI Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP). Thereafter, with the assistance of U-RAP and local counsel, a constitutional challenge to the cross-dressing law was filed.The McEwan case argues that the archaic cross-dressing law, found in Section 153 (1) (xlvii) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act 1893, is inconsistent with the Constitution of Guyana. It also argues that the conduct of the Chief Magistrate, who told the individual appellants that they were confused about their sexuality and should follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, was also not consistent with the Guyana Constitution. The parties appealed this ruling, in part because of the inherent uncertainty in the terminology employed in the statute. With that uncertainty, State officials have virtually unlimited discretion in applying the law.The legal team for GTU and SASOD includes Miles Fitzpatrick SC; Nigel Hughes, SC; Dr Arif Bulkan, and Gino Persaud.Speaking on behalf of the two bodies, SASOD Head Simpson told Guyana Times on Monday that the gay and lesbian community was very “disappointed” that the Court of Appeal had moved to dismiss the case.According to Simpson, following the ruling of Justice Chang and the ruling by the Court of Appeal, the community has been seeking clarity of what constituted “improper use”.“Now we wanted the Court Of Appeal to clarify and gave some reasons on what the term improper reasons mean. We thought that as a senior court, they would have been a little more appreciative of a more nuanced argument. We are disappointed that the court basically repeated everything that the Chief Justice said. We find the judgment to be a repetition,” he said.last_img read more

‘The future for English football does not look bright’ – Fans slam Under-21s despite win

first_img1 Sweden fans mock Harry Kane England fans have slammed the performance of Gareth Southgate’s Under-21 side after a dismal showing in their 1-0 win over Sweden.They might have got all three points thanks to Jesse Lingard super strike after 85 minutes but that wasn’t enough to appease supporters.And they took to Twitter to vent their frustrations at anything they could with players and tactics, amongst the things to be berated.You can see what they said below…last_img

Celebrating Day of the Dead

first_imgFor example, in Yucatan it is known as Hanal Pixan, or the path of the soul through the essence of food. In the highlands of Michoacan, it is known as Jimbanqua, or the party honoring the people who died that year. In San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo and in the southern part of Oaxaca it is known as Xantolo. Whatever name is given, this is an ancestral tradition that blended with Catholicism to create a special time and space to honor loved ones by providing them an ofrenda, the fragrance of the flowers, the light of the candles, the aroma of special foods and the solemnity of prayers. It is also a time to make fun of death through calaveras, poetry allusive to a particular person, generally politicians; sugar, chocolate and amaranth skulls that are given to one another with their friends’ name so they can eat their own death; and special crafts allusive to different aspects of the living, with skeletons representing daily activities. Preparations start on the third week of October with the harvesting of the cempasuchitl flower, also known as the flower of the 20 petals or the flower of the dead. It is sold in the marketplace, or tianguis, where the family buys everything for the altar. They will place fruits, vegetables and special dishes prepared for the soul to enjoy the essence of the aroma of the food. On Nov. 1 in many towns, the ritual of the Vigil of the Little Angels takes place in the cemeteries, particularly in the islands of Janitzio and La Pacanda in Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacan. Little girls dressed in satin blouses and colored skirts, white stockings and shiny shoes are the center of this ceremony. This is the way the tradition is passed down from generation to generation. On Nov. 2, the souls of the adults are honored in their homes with decorated altars. Each state has different styles, but all represent a place of spiritual communion. In many towns, the cemetery vigil lasts the whole night of Nov. 1. In others it is done during the day. Many combine prayers with the sounds of the trumpet playing a tune with a mariachi band. Ritualistic dances are also included in some celebrations. Day of the Dead is a time of reflection about the meaning of life and the mission one needs to fulfill. Death in many situations imparts a feeling of pain, particularly for those who do not know the purpose of their path on earth. For others, death is transcendence, transformation and resurrection. During the celebration of Day of the Dead all those feelings and beliefs come together in a season that brings to life the memory of the loved ones. Mary J. Andrade, author of Day of the Dead: A Passion for Life, wrote this column for Scripps Howard News Service.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Mary J. Andrade In Mexico once a year, the living and the dead get to converse. Inspired by the belief that death is a transition from one life to another, during the last days of October and the first days of November, they chat. The occasion: the country’s Day of the Dead celebration. Differing from the Roman Catholic-imposed ritual to commemorate the widely celebrated All Souls’ Day, the custom established by pre-colonial Mexican civilizations blends indigenous and Catholic beliefs. It’s a happy and colorful celebration where death takes a lively, friendly expression. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Indigenous people believed that souls did not die. They continued living in a special place called Mictlan. There the spirits rested until the day they could return to their homes to visit their relatives. Before the Spaniards arrived, the natives celebrated the return of the souls between the months of July and August. The Spaniards changed the festivities to Nov. 2 to coincide with All Souls’ Day of the Catholic Church. Now two celebrations honoring the memory of deceased loved ones take place: On Nov. 1, the souls of the children are honored with special designs in the altars, using the color white on flowers and candles. On Nov. 2, the souls of the adults are remembered with a variety of rituals. The Day of the Dead, or All Souls’ Day, is referred to differently in some of the states. last_img read more


first_imgNiall Sheridan receives his award.Donegal Youth Service had two winning recipients at the Youth Work Irelands ‘Volunteer Achievement Awards’ held in Dublin Castle.Niall Sheridan former board member of Donegal Youth Service was the national winner of ‘The Extra Mile Award’ for his work with Donegal Youth service over the last 16 years.Niall provided vital support and guidance to the work of the service which helped shape it into the professional service that it is today. Sean Dorrian receives his award.Sean Dorrian of Fanad Youth Club was the national winner of the ‘Leading the Way Award’.Sean has progressed from being a member of the club to working as an integral volunteer and is working to raise the profile of the club, fundraising, accessing premises for a planned new drop in for young people of Fanad as well as making sure all training and quality standards are in place.Regional Director Lorraine Thompson said, ‘we are absolutely delighted to have two national winners from Donegal, they are both a shining example of the great work that goes on in our youth clubs, projects & service across the county to provide a quality service for young people and it’s great to see their hard work acknowledged’.DELIGHT AS DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICES WIN TOP AWARDS was last modified: October 14th, 2015 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:awardDOnegal Youth Serviceslast_img read more


first_imgCaptains Prize at Portsalon Golf Club.On Saturday 18th August the members of Portsalon Golf Club will play in the first major golfing event of the year as they contest for D P Logue’s Captains Prize. The event will be staged with an 18 hole stroke competition. Presentation of prize will take place in the clubhouse at 10 p.m. followed by ceol agus craic. As usual there is a time sheet in operation so to be sure that you are included in this major event contact 074 9159459 or go online to to register your tee time preference. The members of Portsalon Golf Club wish their Captain D P Logue every success on this his Captain’s Day at Portsalon Golf Club. Team NewsThe Portsalon golf club entertained Rosapenna golf club in the return leg on Saturday evening in the return leg of the Donegal Senior League semi final. Going into the match the Rosguill team lead by six matches to one. The result from the first leg proved too much of a hurdle for the Portsalon team and Portsalons quest for glory in this competition came to an end as we only managed to achieve two matches at home. The Captain D P Logue congratulated the Rosapenna team and wished them success in this year’s final He also extended the clubs thanks to all the team members who played during this season’s Senior League campaign. The Portsalon Minor League team under the direction of John Fitzgerald travelled to Ballybofey on Saturday and came away with a magnificent two matches to Ballybofeys three matches. The return leg takes place on Sunday and the first tee is reserved from 2.30 to 3.30 for this match.The Barton Cup(Pictured is the winner of the Barton Cup Patrick Welch with club President Wm Mc Cleary members and friends.)The Barton Cup open match play event, first played for in 1899 was again played on the August Bank Holiday this year. Sixty one competitors including ten past winners teed off. The first match which teed off promptly at 8.00am featuring Donald Mac Lochlainn and Barry Roberts.The golf was very competitive and a significant number of matches went to tie holes. The semi finals was contested by four of the visiting golfers to the area. The final was contested between Patrick Welch (5) from Castlerock and Adam Mc Cabe (18) of Moyola. Patrick won the final on the 18th green sinking a very good putt to do so. He is a first time winner and there has not been a multiple winner since Cathal Toland of Portsalon, won for the second time in 1997. The Club President, Willie Mc Cleary personally congratulated the finalists at the conclusion of the final.The Club Captains D P Logue and Noreen Mc Conigley were present for the prize giving on Monday evening. Club Captain D P Logue presented the Barton Cup finalists and semi finalists ( David Fanthorpe and Brian Devlin both from Dungannon golf club. He also presented the Mc Menamin Plate to the winner Paddy Mc Groarty (19) with 21points, runner up Andy Boland (13) and Alastair Mc Menamin (12) third. A noteable and sad absentee from the presentations was Danny Clinton who died recently. Danny won the Barton Cup on many occasions and was a great supporter of the event.The Captain D P Logue thanked the main organizers of the Barton Cup 2012 Cathal Canning and Chris Williams for all their work in both preparations and on the day. He thanked Paid Mc Memanin for his sponsorship of the Mc Memanin Plate.Events On Friday 17th August a fun pre Captains Day scramble will be held and all who wish to play are asked to register their names before 5.45 pm to enable a draw to take place. Tee off will be 6.15 p. m. sharp. On Saturday 18th August its D P Logues Captains Day.On Sunday 19th a members competition, On Wednesday 22nd there is an open competition.Results.The winner of the open competition staged on Saturday11 th sponsored by Trogen Technologies was Tony Morrison (16) Portsalon 39points BOT Runner Up: Paul Mc Intyre (23) 39points BOT Gross: Bryan Margey (8) Letterkenny 30 pointsThird: Aenous Connaghan (22) 39 points. The CSS was 36 points. On Sunday the winner of the members competition was 5 handicaper John Shields with 37 points, runner up Martin Busch 36 points.Junior Golf All junior members should note that the Kernaghan Cup and the Ton Up Cup will be staged at Portsalon Golf Club on Friday 24th August.SympathyThe Captain D P Logue and members of Portsalon Golf Club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the Kerr family on the sudden death of Coleman Kerr. May he rest in peace.Membership by InstalmentsAll members who are paying by instalments are reminded that the final payment is now due.Members NoteMembers should note that all away scores should be recorded in the away scores book in the clubhouseOn Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenanceGOLF NEWS: PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 17th, 2012 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:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more

Lill, Team SA triumph in Tour of Rwanda

first_img‘A unit’“Considering that this team spends most of the year representing other teams within the country, they worked very well together as a unit. The quickest times of the top three riders in each stage resulted in a team win for us as well,” Goethem said. “Shaun (Ward) kicked off the tour with a stage in the yellow jersey [after his combined efforts of the Prologue and stage one, with Girdlestone only seven seconds behind in the GC at that point]. Darren was an excellent team leader.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “This was an unexpected win for me,” said the 30-year-old from Cape Town. “I went as part of the team to help the younger guys, so to claim the overall victory has come as a surprise.” Cycling South Africa’s road cycling director Hendrik Wagener was very pleased with the results. “We always hope for a win when we send a team to an international event. ‘Positive racing’Assessing the challenge the Tour posed, he added: “It was a good tour, with challenging stages, and great terrain, which made for positive racing. “To have a first and second place in the final overall general classification is a great achievement, and gives us a great base to build on in the early stages of our aim to take part in more African events, and of course, some valuable UCI points.” For Lill, who was not feeling up to peak fitness prior to the Tour after recovering from a virus, the victory was a pleasant surprise. ‘Brilliant team effort’“It was a brilliant team effort, with each one of the six riders contributing to the team’s success. An overall victory for Darren and a second place for Dylan is an excellent accomplishment. Goethem paid tribute to all the members of the team, saying: “David (Maree) sacrificed a lot to work in front, and Avery (Arendse) and Reynard (Butler), both new to international racing, contributed a lot for us to keep the yellow jersey.center_img The South African national road cycling team excelled in the Tour of Rwanda which finished in Kigali on Sunday, with Darren Lill finishing in the leader’s yellow jersey, Dylan Girdlestone placing second and the team taking the team title. “The team camaraderie was very high, and they all understood the goals of the tour. From stage one, the initial plan was to get the yellow jersey and win the tour. The event began in Kigali on 18 November with a prologue, followed by eight stages, taking in 876 kilometres in total. Besides holding the top two positions in the top 10 of the final general classification, South Africa also won the team competition. 27 November 2012 National team manager for the Tour of Rwanda Ian Goetham was very impressed with the team’s performance on his first international outing with the squad. “We had very good days that were well planned, and we succeeded,” he commented. TOP 10 GENERAL CLASSIFICATIONDarren Lill (RSA) 22h43’41”Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) 22h45’28” John Njoroge Muya (Ken) 22h45’40”Getachew Atsbha (Eth) 22h45’48” Aron Debretsion (Eri) 22h46’40” Kudus Merhawi (Eri) 22h49’58” Julien Liponne (Rein. Br. Fra) 22h53’01” Alem Abebe (Eth) 22h53’34”Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) 22h54’14”Solomon Habte (Eri) 22h54’39” “There is fantastic talent in Africa, but I think my experience in international racing, and being a mentor to my younger teammates, gave our team the edge, especially when we cannot use race radios.”last_img read more

Countrywide call for child car safety seats

first_imgParents who don’t strap their children under the age of three in a car seat can be slapped with a heavy traffic fine. (Image: Defense for Children)Transport Month – observed nationally each October – is a time to celebrate progress in the sector and how far South Africa has come in ensuring mobility is accessible to all its residents. It is also a time to raise awareness about various modes of transport and how to travel safely across our beautiful country.Imperial Road Safety, the Western Cape department of transport and public works, and KFM Breakfast are taking the opportunity to bring the Car Seats for Kids campaign to Cape Town. It has been held in Johannesburg for the past three years.A CULTURE OF GIVING“We believe that Cape Town is a region that boasts a spirit of giving back and as such, we will be bringing this great project to the region, expanding the campaign’s reach and driving further, national awareness,” said Niki Cronje, of group marketing at Imperial.The campaign calls for the donation of child car safety seats to contribute to child safety on the roads. The seats are then restored, safety checked and redistributed to give the gift of safety to those children who do not have a car seat or whose families cannot afford a new one.“We are thrilled to partner with Imperial Road Safety on this worthwhile and crucial initiative,” said Donald Grant, the Western Cape minister of transport and public works. “There are too often indications of the absence of child restraints amongst child passengers killed in the Western Cape, where road deaths per capita are approximately 38% lower than in South Africa in general.“Children who are unrestrained, even on an adult’s lap, will be seriously injured or killed, even in a slight collision. We continue to appeal to parents and caregivers to buckle young children up in appropriate car seats to help prevent injury and death in a crash. Age-appropriate car seats are effective because the car seat harness and vehicle seatbelt are positioned over the parts of a child’s body that are most likely to absorb the force of a crash.”COLLABORATIONSAccording to the provincial government, for road safety initiatives to make a real difference, businesses and the government need to join forces to effect change. Car Seats for Kids is no exception. In light of this, the Cape Town department of transport and public works has endorsed the campaign and has partnered with Imperial in the awareness drive towards safer roads for all.“Our Safely Home campaign will be focusing on child road safety over the month of October, under the hashtag #SaveKidsLives, educating the public on how to protect our children against unnecessary injury,” Grant added. “I am confident that our joint efforts will yield positive results, and save more and more young lives.“As a leader in mobility, we aim to educate consumers around the importance of car seats and strapping our children in, as well as to provide access to car seats for those that can’t afford them or haven’t yet realised their importance.“This campaign comes at a critical time. Not only are road crash statistics at their highest, but government has implemented new legislation that states that all children under the age of three need to be strapped into a suitable car seat and of course, is well aligned to Child Safety Month in Cape Town.”KFM, a Cape Town radio station, is the media partner for the campaign.“As a parent, I play a key role in keeping my child safe on the roads and feel privileged to be part of such a worthy campaign,” said Ryan O’Connor, the KFM Breakfast Show host. “During Transport Month and in the run-up to the festive season, I encourage you to join me – get involved in the KFM Breakfast Car Seats for Kids drive with Imperial and help protect our kids on the roads.”ACTIVATIONSPeople who have child safety seats to donate can do so at any of Imperial’s Hyundai, Kia and Renault dealers from 1 to 31 October or at any of the activation spots.“There is no doubt that extending the reach of this campaign is critical in driving broader awareness and we are so excited that, this year, consumers from around the country can donate their car seats – regardless of the fact that the main activation will take place in Cape Town,” Cronje said.“Child safety on our roads is a key pillar of society, not to be left only in the hands of parents, but South Africans at large. We therefore are ecstatic that the Department of Transport has come on board and that together we are able to appeal to the public to go on and make a difference to a family in need by donating their used car seats this Transport and Child Safety Month.”The campaign has already visited a number of Cape Town malls and schools, namely: Tygervalley Mall, Blue Route Mall, Table View Shopping Centre, Somerset Mall, Ratanga Junction and Silverlea Primary School. It will be at the following malls, between 6am and 6pm:Table View Primary School: Wednesday, 14 OctoberPaarl Gymnasium Primary School: Thursday, 15 OctoberRatanga Junction parking: Friday, 16 Octoberlast_img read more