The purported Charrandas “confession”

first_imgDear Editor,There is the submission to the CCJ by Guyana’s Attorney General Basil Williams of a purported confession statement made by defector Charrandas Persaud that he knew beforehand that he was an illegal occupant of Parliament, being a dual citizen. That late submission, according to him, is the proverbial smoking gun which should cause the CCJ to rule in his favour.Now, if we are to take Williams’ argument for what it is worth, then it meant that the Government side was aware of Charrandas’ as well as its other members’ dual citizenship and did nothing about it, only holding them there for “yes men” or rubber stamp purposes.That situation only became a real problem when Charrandas voted against his own party’s coalition. Had it not been for Charrandas voting with the Opposition, then this matter of dual citizenship would not have been an issue.The supposed confession statement when taken in context is saying here you have two top Government officials discussing their possible voting options at the No-Confidence Motion and one is weighing in on his option in voting but instead of fixing the glaring anomalies in their House, he is pointing to the Opposition instead, that they are guilty, because they have dual citizens also. In essence, what Ramjattan was telling Charrandas is that the law only applies to the Opposition and not to the Government.And that has been my main concern with this Government. They believe that the law should be one of convenience, crafted and suited to their own choices, whenever and wherever it seems fit. That is not how the law runs, the law is there as a blanket statement for all governments and oppositions alike. If it is good for the goose, certainly it is good for the gander.Here is where the doctrine of clean hands come into play, you cannot now feign ignorance of the law when Charrandas was a legal entity all along. What suddenly made him illegal on December 21? For over three-plus years, he voted for bills and other major matters, which were legally passed in the House by his one vote. Why is his vote shunned and disregarded now? These are questions that the Government needs to answer. You cannot cherry pick when it comes to legal issues, that is not how the law works. Charrandas was legal all along, which makes him just as legal on December 21, period, end of discussion!So, let’s for discussion purposes say that the CCJ buys into that asinine reason that Charrandas was an illegal occupant on December 21, hence his vote was null and void, then here is the real case scenario; then, the Government has to go back and change all bills and decisions where Charrandas’ vote merited passage through the House. It means that all decisions in the House involving Charrandas has to be revoked, that’s the law. Since courts cannot make retroactive rulings, the original High Court ruling stands.The summary of all of this is you cannot pick and choose how the law should apply, what is good for one is good all, you cannot arbitrarily make decisions like that. Basil Williams is just trying another delaying tactic by stalling things at the CCJ and I am of the opinion that the court should not have entertained this latest ploy. It shows how this court can be insensitive to the Guyana situation by entertaining such a ludicrous argument.As someone rightly said, it seems that the CCJ is about to throw the Guyana Constitution out of the window and grant Williams his request. I am not one to come to a hasty conclusion, however, I am somewhat concerned as to the inordinate delay.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

House Welcomes Police Report

first_imgThe House of Representatives has welcomed the official report from the Liberia National Police (LNP) which expressed a “lack of magnitude” in a complaint filed against Bong County District # 2 Representative Prince Moye on October 8, 2016.The House assenting reaction to the police report dismissing allegations of statutory rape against Rep. Moye, confirmed Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay’s assertion rejecting the allegation against his colleague, saying it had “political reasons.”Speaker Nuquay said the “allegation” lacked evidence, and was only intended to taint Prince Moye’s character.In a press statement issued yesterday by the Press and Public Affairs Bureau, it said the allegation was masterminded by Rep. Moye’s detractors to blackmail, extort and cause him political humiliation.“The Press and Public Affairs is cautioning the public against false reports against members of the House of Representatives,” the statement said.“The (Public Affairs) Bureau points out that it is aware that politicians and extortionists will use the forthcoming political season to malign the character of members of the Legislature by using wild allegations.”On Thursday, November 18, the LNP’s Deputy Commissioner for Press and Public Affairs, Sam Collins, said after careful investigation, police did not find any evidence linking Rep. Moye to the crime.The report is under the signature of Deputy Commander Toilee Menden of the Women and Children’s Protection Section/RIA Police Detachment and approved by Inspector Janet G. Fanyan, Commander of WACPS.“Facts and findings and the inconsistent and uncorroborated statements of facts, the Women and Children’s Protection Section of the LNP assigned at the Roberts International Airport office’s investigation at this time is yet to establish probable cause to charge Prince Moye, the alleged perpetrator. Until evidence important and germane to the investigation is established, the allegation/complaint filed last October by Miss Kumba Kollie, the mother of the victim (Ma Mary), is closed in accordance with the LNP SOP Chapter 7 Section 7.5.3.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mazaruni Prison expansion on schedule – Prisons Director

first_imgWorks ongoing to expand the Mazaruni Prison into a state-of-the-art facility to accept more inmates from the coast is on schedule, acting Director of Prisons Galdwin Samuels said.“Based on the schedule, [the contractors] are on target in terms of where they expect to be at this point. Work is still being done on the foundation of the building because it is massive works that have to be done in order to facilitate the structure that would be going down there,” Samuels noted in a recent interview with  Guyana Times.Following the July 2017 jailbreak and fire which destroyed the Camp Street Prison in Georgetown, Government revealed plans to expand the Mazaruni Prison – a project that will cost some $2 billion but aims to streamline the local prison system as well as reduce the overpopulation at the penitentiaries on the coast.Apart from a new wing to accommodate an additional 400 prisoners, these works will also see the expansion of offices, inmate living facilities, staff and family living facilities, training facilities, as well as the construction of a school, daycare centre and places of worship at the Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) prison.Last December, the contracts for the project was awarded to A Nazir and Sons Contracting ($28.1 million) and R Kissoon Contracting Services Limited ($30.4 million).However, despite the Prisons Director saying the works are on target, the 2018 mid-year report released last month revealed that construction works at the Mazaruni Prison were delayed for the first half of the year.The report blamed overtopping of the Mazaruni River which resulted in delayed mobilisation of the contractor.“Works are anticipated to intensify throughout the second half (of 2018) and into 2019,” the report also adds. The sloth of implementing this project has, however, had an effect on overall spending.For instance, the mid-year report noted that only $21 million was actually spent; out of the $1.5 billion allocated to the Prison Service from the 2018 National Budget.The expansion of the Mazaruni Prison was first floated around following the March 2016 riots at the Georgetown Prisons during which some 17 inmates were killed and several others along with prison staff were injured in a fire.A subsequent probe was launched and found, among various issues, significant overcrowding at the facility and one of the recommendations made was to build another prison outside of the city.However, Government maintained that such a move is unfeasible and instead set aside $369 million in the 2017 Budget for the expansion of the Region Seven penitentiary to offset the overcrowding at the urban prisons but the contract was not awarded until last December, five months after the July 9, 2017, prison fire at the Camp Street penitentiary.Prisoners had set that facility on fire, occasioning its complete destruction except for a newly built brick building which is still standing intact. The act was said to be a distraction for the escape of a few inmates, including convicted murderers Mark Royden Durant, also called “Royden Williams”; Uree Varswyck: Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander and Cobena Stephens – all deemed armed and dangerous. That incident also resulted in the death of prison officer Odinga Wickham, who lost his life after he was shot by prisoners during the prison break.Following that incident, over 1000 prisoners housed at the Georgetown penitentiary were displaced. While some were moved to Mazaruni or granted early release or bail, others had remained at the Lusignan Prison, on the East Coast of Demerara, under strained circumstances. It was then that another contingent escaped. Since these two jailbreaks, all but two prison escapees – Paul Goriah and Cobena Stephens – have either been recaptured or killed.Meanwhile, the mid-year report also states that Government will be tendering for designs for a new prison at Georgetown by year end.last_img read more

Bridge causes massive flooding on highway farms

first_imgA section of the flooded farmland on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway… farmers call for Govt interventionSeveral farmers in the vicinity of Splashmin’s Fun Park, Soesdyke/Linden Highway have suffered immense loses due the construction of a road and bridge, which are blocking the water to drain freely off their lands.The road and bridge which were reportedly built by a city businessman are being used by heavy-duty equipment to transport loam to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) for its expansion project.The farmers have met several times with the businessman, who had promised to raise the bridge to allow the water to flow smoothly. This was actually just a promise that never materialised, the farmers claimed.Moments before Guyana Times visited the affected farmers on Saturday, they met with the businessman who again promised to have the matter rectified. The farmers, who vented their concerns, are of the belief that it was another empty promise and as such, have no alternative but to seek an audience with the Agriculture Minister.On Saturday, the owner of Aziza Akouza resort told Guyana Times that he too has been flooded out. He noted that he has suffered millions in losses due to the rising water.When the Guyana Times visited the several farms in the area, it is evident that the crops are covered in water. One farmer, Felix Clienken who plants mainly eddoes and bananas, explained that for the past eight months, he was unable to reap anything substantial.As a pensioner, he noted that he depends on his produce to provide for his family. “As soon as the rain come in, it flood all over… we meet with the businessman and tell him that it is the bridge that is causing the water to remain on the land… It affecting me tremendously, I can’t throw mould (manure) now because the place flood,” the man stated.Due to the water on the land his eddoes when pulled are water soaked and are being refused by buyers. He has estimated his loss to be in the millions. Cecil Pearson, another farmer claimed that the bridge and road were built in 2015 and have since affected his farm.“Initially, I thought it was the creek that was blocked… we purchase a boat, motor blower and we took months to clear the entire creek, but we then realised that it was the bridge”.He too stated that he met with the businessman who at first claimed that the creek needed to be cleared properly, but after this was done, he conceded that it was the bridge and promised to do the necessary correction.The former member of the Guyana Defence Force stated that he depends mainly on farming and has since estimated his loss at $1.5 million. Like his fellow farmer, he has not reaped anything substantial. Another farmer, Raul Pearson, who owns several acres of eddoes, is also complaining bitterly about the stagnant water on his land thus resulting in tremendous loses.“We spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean the creek but it is the same results and right now it is real frustrating… this is what we depend on and I honestly don’t know where to turn to”. Meanwhile the farmers have agreed to give the businessman up to Thursday to address the issue.last_img read more

Rural and Small Town Development Presentation

first_imgRural and small town development will be the subject of an address tonight in Fort St. John.The North Peace Savings and Credit Union in partnership with Sci-Tech North will present “Re-orienting for Renewal: Community Development in Rural and Small Town BC”.The guest speaker will be UNBC’S Don Manson, the Coordinator of the Community Development Institute which focuses on community capacity and community development issues.- Advertisement -His presentation tonight will also focus on answering what is community development and how to meet development opportunities and challenges.It will also deal with getting ahead of the resource development curve, and offer examples of successful resource development policy in BC. The address is set for seven o’clock in the East meeting room of the Enerplex. Advertisementlast_img read more

Progress Energy faces fines from WorkSafeBC

first_imgThe worker sustained serious injuries as a result of the incident. The summary concluded by stating these were ‘high-risk violations.’Progress Energy was fined $64,235 for this incident as well.Another violation, which was looked into on July 14, 2014, saw various safety infractions at the work site. WorkSafeBC said the firm failed to ensure that ‘several dangerous trees that were leaning into the work area were promptly felled.’An account of the infraction states that a partly cut-up tree had been left standing in the work area, and a log loader was being used to pile full-length logs in a stack about 12 metres high.Advertisement “These high-risk infractions show that the firm failed to do everything reasonably practicable to establish and maintain a system for ensuring compliance with the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation,” WorkSafeBC concluded.The fine for that infraction was $13,277.Progress Energy did not provide a comment about these penalties. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Documents from WorkSafeBC show that Progress Energy is facing thousands of dollars in fines for workplace incidents dating back to February 2014.An incident near the Buckinghorse site on February 26, 2014 resulted in a worker’s leg being crushed by a pipe, and Progress being fined $64,235.WorkSafeBC says the firm was the prime contractor for a site, where another firm’s workers were unloading pipes for a pipeline installation from a trailer.- Advertisement -“One of the pipes slid off the trailer without warning and struck a worker’s leg, causing severe crush injuries,” a report from WorkSafeBC stated.An investigation found that Progress Energy hadn’t developed safe work procedures for pipe loading and unloading at its jobsites, despite their commitment to do so in response to an order from the watchdog.Another incident near Fort St. John was inspected on March 3, 2015, after an employee from another firm was struck and pinned against the side of a metal water tank by the bucket of an excavator.Advertisementlast_img read more

Guess who? Fans say this player deserves to win the Ballon d’Or more than anyone else

first_img1 Messi v Ronaldo Fifa have released the 23-man shortlist for the 2015 Ballon d’Or, and while it has been a promising advert for the Premier League, we all know exactly who will be competing for the honour. Since the award began in 2010, the battle for world supremacy has been shared between two players: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. And this is set to continue for another year. Though the voting could prove a little trickier this time around. Ronaldo has taken the honour for the past two years, and while his goal scoring form has continued – at the weekend the Portuguese broke Raul’s all-time Real Madrid record – Los Blancos failed to deliver any silverware in the 2014/15 season, which ultimately cost Carlo Ancelotti his job. Ronaldo’s claims for the award, therefore, are being called into question, especially as Lionel Messi was integral to Barcelona claiming the treble in May.Nonetheless, despite Messi’s trophy-winning form last term, the Argentine is currently nursing a torn ligament in his knee, sustained in September, and isn’t set to return to action until late November.This has led to some wondering whether his absence from the field could damage his hopes of winning the Ballon d’Or. Thus, with such uncertainty over the Messi or Ronaldo debate at present, talkSPORT has delved into the world of Twitter and has taken a look at who the fans want to see win. Have a read of the best comments below.last_img read more

‘Leeds are falling apart again!’ Rival fans find Monk’s shock exit amusing

first_img Garry Monk: The 38-year-old’s Leeds departure came as a shock to Whites fans Leeds United are the gift that keeps on giving; at least, according to the views of some rivals’ fans. The Championship club finally looked stable and set for a promising 2017/18 season, before manager Garry Monk stunned supporters with his resignation.The 38-year-old had been expected to extend his stay at the West Yorkshire outfit, with new owner Andrea Radrizzani indicating he would trigger a 12-month extension in his contract before arranging a longer deal.But Monk informed the Whites on Thursday how he would no longer wish to ‘discuss terms for a longer contract’ – READ THE FULL STATEMENTREAD MORE: talkSPORT becomes the new home of the English Football LeagueLeeds fans were hopeful for next season under the former Swansea manager, after he guided them to seventh place in the Championship, defying expectations. But for an end-of-season dip in form, they looked set to make the play-offs.Their failure to finish in the top six led to a number of football fans across the country to chant: ‘Leeds, Leeds are falling apart again!’READ MORE: ‘Garry Monk was on the cusp of something special!’ Leeds United fans react after Championship club’s manager resignsRival fans appeared to enjoy Monk’s shock departure – see how they reacted below… 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS: URRIS U21’S NARROWLY DEFEATED BY GLENFIN

first_imgCLG IORRAS JUNIOR CLUB OF YEAR 2014: The club was presented with the Junior Club of the Year award for 2014 at the Donegal GAA Awards Night 2014 in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Saturday night.It was a great honour for the club to win this award. The club was well represented on the night and a good night was had by all. It capped off what was a busy and successful year on and off the field of play.U21: The U21 team played played Glenfin in the quarter final of the U21B Championship on Saturday and were unlucky to lose by a point. Final score: Glenfin 2-06 Urris 1-08. AGM; Thanks to all who attended our AGM on Sunday night. A comprehensive review of what was a very successful year on and off the field of play was given. The following Officer board was elected for 2015: President: Fr Charlie Logue, Vice Presidents: John Joe Mc Daid, John Joe Cleary & Charlie Farren, Chairman: Danny Kelly, Vice Chairman: Neil G Mc Laughlin, Secretary: David Hession, Asst Secretary: Nichola Lagan, Treasurer: John Friel, Asst Treasurer: Edward Mc Laughlin, PRO:Rose Kelly, Children’s Officer: Susan Mc Carron, Coaching Officer: Donal Kelly, Culture Officer: Shaun Mc Daid, Senior Team Manager: TBC. Other sub officer roles, committees and team managers will be elected at a later date. The meeting concluded with thanking everyone who helped out at the club in any way during 2014 and wishing all a very Happy Christmas and a successful New Year on and off the field of play for 2015.MATCH “N” WIN: December 4th: No jackpot winner- numbers drawn: 1,5, 13, 19. €15 winners: Martin Shiels, Isle of Doagh, Julie Diver, Mindoran, Don Mc Gonigle, Annaugh, Danny Mc Carron, Cleagh and Rose Mc Gonigle, Ballyliffin Hotel. Jackpot next week €1,220. Thanks to all our Lotto sellers and to all who support this weekly draw. UNDER AGE PRESENTATIONS 2014: Thanks to all who attended our Under age Presentation Night on Friday night and congratulations to the following winners on the night:U10 Boys-Jake O’Donnell.U10 Girls-Rosanna Mc Conologue.U12 Boys (B)- Shaun Mc Gonigle.U12 Boys (A)-Luke Doherty (D)U12 Girls-Brianna Duffy.U13 Boys-Nathan Mc Kinney. U13 Most Improved-David Mc Gonigle.U14 Girls-Saoirse Farren.U14 Girls Special Award-Kathy Doherty.U14 Boys-Jack Doherty. U16 Boys-Dermot Moyne.Special Merit Awards:Jack Doherty.Saoirse Farren.Tiernan Devine.Oisin Hession.Luke Devlin.Thanks to the Ballyliffin Hotel for the lovely meal, Susan Mc Carron and all under age coaches and all who helped out in any way in 2014.SCOR NA nOG: A massive Well Done to our dancers who took part in the Ulster semi-final of Scor Na nOg in Glenullin on Sunday. The girls danced fantastic but unfortunately did not make it through to the final. CLG Iorras Thank You girls, Janet Coyle and Shaun Mc Daid for the great effort you all put in.GREAT CLONMANY DUCK RACE 2014: Ducks are now on sale for our Annual Great Clonmany Duck Race on St. Stephen’s Day 2014. Ducks cost €5, please contact Adrian Doherty, Alan Friel and Michael Doherty to buy your ducks. Ducks will be on sale at Centra, Clonmany on Saturday (December 13th) from 9am to 5pm also. €150 for first duck home, €100 for second duck home, €50 for third duck home and €50 for last duck home etc.U8 TRAINING: U8 training continues every Saturday in the Youth Club, Clonmany at 11.00am. €2 per childU10 Girls: Training continues every Saturday at 12.15pm in the Youth Club, Clonmany. €2 per child.BINGO: Bingo continues every Thursday night at 9.00pm in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany. Side prizes every night until Christmas. Bingo vouchers on sale at present.GAA NEWS: URRIS U21’S NARROWLY DEFEATED BY GLENFIN was last modified: December 8th, 2014 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)Tags:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

San Diego 27, at Raiders 14

first_img The Chargers (3-3) hadn’t won four straight in a rivalry dominated by the Raiders (1-4) since taking the first six meetings from 1960-62, when Al Davis was their defensive ends coach. Then again, San Diego hasn’t had Tomlinson for most of those years. He showed off his all-around skills as never before in his career, with his three first-half touchdowns, 140 yards rushing and 39 yards receiving. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAKLAND – LaDainian Tomlinson and San Diego are dominating the Oakland Raiders in a way they haven’t since Al Davis was on the Chargers’ side of this rivalry. Tomlinson ran, caught and threw for a touchdown Sunday and the Chargers shut down an Oakland offense slowed by an injury to Randy Moss, winning their fourth straight over the Raiders, 27-14. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Raiders, who had been competitive in their first three losses, regressed coming out of the bye week. Oakland committed penalties to extend San Diego’s first two touchdown drives, Kerry Collins was just 24 for 48 and threw his first interception of the season, and the Raiders had only 39 yards rushing. KEY NUMBER: 150 Consecutive passes Collins has thrown without an interception, dating to last season. MISC.: Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer improved to 24-7 in his career against the Raiders. last_img read more