first_imgDear Editor,It has been revealed that a very large number of some very senior people holding very important public positions, including Ministers and Parliamentarians, have been allowed by our government to continue to serve while ignoring and disobeying the law which requires them to submit declarations of their assets and liabilities to the Integrity Commission.The enforcement of this law is being ignored in exactly the same manner and with precisely the same contempt for the law, as shown by our political leaders to that of holding dual citizenship while serving in the National Assembly.The Chairman of the Integrity Commission has resorted to publicizing the names of these offenders on seven separate occasions but has not moved to enforce the law and prosecute the offenders. I ask why?The list of offenders includes heads and others in senior positions in government agencies such as the GRA, the Procurement Board, the Elections Commission, the Prison Services, the Guyana Energy Authority, the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Finance, and that is to name just a few.All of these offenders continue to act in authority, every day, make decisions every day on our behalf, spend our money and cause us, the ordinary citizens, to conform to the law which they enforce or be prosecuted. We also pay their salaries.I ask, therefore, why should we respect or obey or conform to any decision that these persons who presume to govern our lives make or seek to impose on us, the ordinary citizens, who pay our taxes and obey the law. I ask, have they no sense of civic duty, no conscience?Perhaps our President, whom I have always held in great regard, would do us all the favour of explaining why this illegal practice and behaviour is allowed to continue in his government without restraint or restriction or punishment, that is, when next he asks us to elect him to be our President.Yours sincerely,Kit Nascimentolast_img read more

first_imgIt was an intense scene as a cook who is before the courts for the attempted murder of her child’s father is expected to be slapped with additional charges, after the man succumbed to his injuries.It was alleged that on July 2 the woman, Alexis Turpin, 25, of Campbell Street, Lodge, Georgetown, had unlawfully and maliciously wounded the father of her child, Sherwin Johnson, with intent to commit murder.Turpin appeared once again at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday, to answer to the charge of attempted murder. However, the prosecution contended that since Johnson succumbed whilst receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH), new charges of a more serious nature will be laid against the mother.The prosecution had previously tendered evidence contending that on the day in question, the defendant went to the home of the now dead man and stabbed him with a claw bar.Turpin was remanded and will hear the modified charges when she makes her next court appearance on August 26.As the accused made her way out of court, the escorting officer had to swiftly place her in the prisoner’s holding cell as family of the deceased were charging at the defendant.last_img read more

first_imgThe country’s first tourism awards hosted on Tuesday evening saw 15 local operators in the tourism sector copping awards in various categories ranging from best in accommodation to best in sustainable tourism.Some of the awardees on Tuesday eveningThe event, hosted by the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) and the Guyana Tourism Authority, acknowledged those who have contributed to the country grabbing a whopping six international awards for sustainable tourism which includes the prestigious award for World’s #1 in ‘Best of Ecotourism’.Reflecting on the successful year for the sector, THAG President Mitra Ramkumar lauded his organisation, GTA, and especially those involved in providing various services within the growing industry.“Guyana has made tremendous strides as a destination and so I believe we all deserve credit for what has been achieved. Tourism is a fragmental industry and so while that can be seen as a disadvantage, I see that as an advantage of how we can all work together for national development,” he saidRamkumar further added that going into 2020, the Association will be working towards a few goals it has set out. These include establishing the anticipated hospitality institute, further promoting tourism sports, expanding the Tourism Development Funds for local operators and working along with the Guyana Police Force for its services in the sector.Meanwhile, Director at the GTA, Brian Mullis, in his brief remarks, focused on the statistics which prove growth within the sector. He shared the increase in visitors for 2019, the total funds injected from this increase into the economy and other achievements made by the GTA in promoting Guyana as a destination.“Based on our most recent visitation statistics, we’ve seen an increase of 8.3 per cent in travellers coming to Guyana in 2019 and based on that average expenditure, this equates to an increase of four billion Guyanese dollars being injected into our economy year over year, from last year to this year….617 people were trained by the GTA, this year over last year, the numbers doubled, so that’s a 100 per cent growth,” he explained.Some of the business awarded for their contribution included Cara Lodge, Arrow Point Nature Resort, Bistro Café and Bar, Karanambo Trust and Lodge among others.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Jermain Defoe could be set for a move to Queens Park Rangers, believes Grant Wahl.The 32-year-old scored 11 goals in 19 games, during his spell with the MLS side, but hasn’t been considered a huge success with the Canadian side.And Sports Illustrated writer Wahl now reckons, after Harry Redknapp’s strong interest in the player in the summer, he will end up at Loftus Road come the end of January.He told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “I expect he’ll go to QPR. Toronto are already trying to go after someone to replace him, I’m hearing Wesley Sneijder, but it just didn’t work out very well for Jermain Defoe and Toronto.“He got off to a good start in the first half of the season and scored a lot of goals but then had some injury issues and the man who brought him there, Tim Leiweke, who brought David Beckham to Los Angeles, is leaving Toronto. It’s not a great fit all around there at Toronto and I think Jermain Defoe is on his way back to the Premier League.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Greek-Russian businessman marched on to the pitch armed with the firearm after a disputed goal.Savvidis defended his behaviour.“Ivan (Savvidis) didn’t threaten anybody with a gun,” his media department told Russia’s Sport Express newspaper.“It means that the provocative headlines in certain media are totally untrue.“He carries weapons as he has a permission for it. It’s not prohibited in Greece.”The match was suspended in the 90th minute after PAOK defender Fernando Varela’s goal was initially ruled offside, prompting an angry protest from the hosts that led AEK to walk off the pitch.AEK had complained that Savvidis came on to the pitch with a gun in his hip holster and threatened referee Giorgos Kominos, who was reportedly told “you are finished” by PAOK technical director Lubos Michel.Kominos some three hours later changed his decision and awarded the goal to PAOK – if the 1-0 scoreline stands they would take over first place in the Greek table from AEK.The referee could not convince AEK to return to complete the final few minutes after they expressed concern for their safety.The visitors also complained that Savvidis attacked AEK director Vasilis Dimitriadis.Savvidis had asked his team to leave the pitch in protest after Kominos’s decision, but PAOK’s Portuguese captain Vieirinha refused and the team did not go to the locker rooms, unlike AEK.Savvidis’ press office told Sports Express: “PAOK are currently in the (Greek league) leading group with fair chances to win the title.“It has caused various provocations against the club. Savvidis has allowed himself some excessive emotions but, once again, he didn’t threaten anybody with a gun.”Greek media reported Monday that the leftist government is seriously considering suspending Super League contests until judicial authorities clear up pending decisions on matches involving violence.Deputy Sports Minister Giorgos Vasiliadis is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and measures are certain to be announced.“There is no need to talk, but to take tough measures,” Interior Minister Panos Skourletis told Athens News Agency.“The scenes that we have seen have hurt Greek football. Anyone who comes on the pitch with a revolver is provocatively unacceptable.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PAOK president Ivan Savvidis (C) is wanted by police after invading the pitch, a gun in his pocket, in Sunday’s Super League clash with AEK Athens © AFP / SAKIS MITROLIDISATHENS, Greece, Mar 12 – Greek police issued an arrest warrant Monday against PAOK Thessaloniki owner Ivan Savvidis for invading the pitch — a gun in his hip holster — in Sunday’s Super League clash with AEK Athens.Although Savvidis reportedly has a licence for his revolver, he is wanted by police for entering the playing area, police sources told AFP.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With homes sales continuing to fall from year ago levels across California in February, lenders responded by increasing scrutiny of loan applications and buyers turned their back on adjustable mortgages in surprising numbers, said a trifecta of reports released Thursday. Last month sales of previously owned single family homes fell 15.5 percent across the state, said the California Association of Realtors. If this pace continued for all of this year, 513,745 properties would change hands, down from 608,160 a year ago, the association said. It’s no surprise, said association President Vince Malta. “It’s a Goldilocks market, not too hot and not too cold. I think sellers are getting their expectations in line,” Malta said. Prices continued moving up, though, with the statewide median gaining an annual 13.7 percent to $535,470 a year ago. It slipped 2.9 percent from January. But prices have been flat since last summer and sales have consistently fell under year-ago levels since the start of the third quarter. Association vice president and chief economist Leslie Appleton-Young said that the long-anticipated weakening of appreciation seems to have set in. She expects appreciation to slow to the 10 percent range this year from the 13 to 17 percent range of a year ago. One reason is that inventory has been building and is now at a 6.7 month supply at the current sales pace. Malta said inventory has not been this high since November of 1997. This is a break for buyers. “Rising inventory levels (will) mitigate some of the upward pressure on home prices. The higher-priced coastal areas will see price gains in the mid-single digits while the inland areas will see increases in excess of 10 percent, Appleton-Young said. The association’s report showed that: In Los Angeles County, sales fell 17.9 percent from a year ago and the median price increased 19.4 percent to $565,600. On a monthly basis sales dipped 5.8 percent and the median price rose 0.9 percent. In Ventura County, the median price increased 8.2 percent to $684,070 from a year ago and inched up 0.3 percent from January. Sales fell an annual 16.9 percent and 1 percent monthly. The High Desert, which includes the Antelope Valley, continues to be the most affordable market in the state. The median price there is $328,690, up an annual 27.7 percent for the biggest increase in the sate. Sales fell an annual 3.2 percent. John Karevoll, a analyst at DataQuick Information Systems, said that the current market profile is not that new of a reality. “This is reality,” he said. “It was the year-ago market that was unreal. I think we need not have such short memories. Today we’re closer to a normal market than a year ago.” But one surprise is the decrease in adjustable rate mortgage activity. Karevoll released a report on Thursday showing that in February 51.9 percent buyers financed their purchases with an ARM, down from 63.7 percent in January, 68.7 percent in December and 70.9 percent in November. “That’s one of the numbers that doesn’t generally move very much, it moves in little baby steps. To move down like it did over the course of the last three months represents a steep decline,” Karevoll said. The use of adjustables peaked May last year at 73.7 percent. The peak in the prior cycle was 66.1 percent in September 1988. This decline is attributed more caution among buyers and lenders in a market that is seeing slowing increases in home values. To that end, lenders are being more cautious, said the Web site HomeSmartReports.com. The San Juan Capistrano-based company said that fewer home loan applications are being approved with a minimum of underwriting fuss and the market continues moving toward one with narrower margins of error. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.comlast_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA wet winter has dropped an average of 78 inches of rain in Northern California so far – 156 percent of normal, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento. The snowpack statewide was 125 percent of normal. SANTA CLARITA – The Castaic Lake Water Agency said it will receive its full allotment of water from the State Water Project this year for the first time in seven years due to record rainfall in Northern California. The agency overseeing the valley’s annual California Aqueduct allocations said it will receive 95,200 acre-feet of water from the state Department of Water Resources. An acre-foot is 326,000 gallons – enough to serve about two households a year. Last year’s allocation was 90 percent. The allotments make up more than half of the valley’s annual supply – estimated at 148,000 acre-feet this year, the agency said. The projected demand was 91,500 acre-feet. last_img read more

first_imgLe Vent du NordYOUNG fiddle and melodeon/accordion players have a great opportunity to take part in a workshop with musicians from French-Canadian group Le Vent du Nord.The dynamic folk group have blazed a trail across the globe with their gritty, modern twist on North American folk music, whether performing traditional Québec tunes and original material or sharing a stage with the likes of The Chieftains.They will take to the stage of the Regional Cultural Centre on Tuesday May 10th but musicians Olivier Demers and Rejean Brunet are taking take time out for the workshop from 5pm-6.30pm. Aimed at intermediate/advanced players, the cost is €10. Anyone interested should contact: martinmcginley@donegaletb.ie or call 07491BE BLOWN AWAY BY TOP CLASS FOLK MUSIC was last modified: May 6th, 2016 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:Le Vent du NordletterkennyRegional Cultural Centrelast_img read more

first_imgA man was accused of nearly beating his two-month-old baby “into a pulp” by a District Court Judge.The 26-year-old man also kicked his girlfriend six times during the incident at their home in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. The father had been remanded in custody for six days from Ballyshannon court and reappeared at Sligo court before Judge Kevin Kilrane.Judge Kilrane recalled earlier evidence that the man had briefly held his son in the row.He said the accused was more concerned during his first court appearance with his girlfriend and her father creating difficulties for him seeing his baby — the son “that you nearly beat into a pulp”.The father told the court “it was a horrible thing to do”. He admitted that “the last week in custody was horrible”.Judge Kilrane released him from custody and remanded him on bail for a probation report to Ballyshannon court on April 15 next.He said that the accused, who admitted assault causing harm, could be ordered to do 200 hours community service in lieu of a four-month jail sentence.His girlfriend ended their relationship after the assault. She told the court that at one stage her boyfriend was standing at the top of the stairs with their baby son in his arms.“I was trying to take the baby off him.”She added that since the attack she could not hold their son properly for several weeks afterwards because of the manner in which the accused had thrown her across the room.BALLYSHANNON MAN WHO ‘BEAT BABY’ AND ATTACKED GIRLFRIEND IS RELEASED ON BAIL was last modified: February 26th, 2011 by gregShare 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

first_imgGareth Harkin is relishing the prospect of facing St Pat’s in the FAI cup semi-final on Sunday.Finn Harps midfielder Gareth Harkin is relishing the challenge of St Patrick’s Athletic in the FAI Cup semi-final at Richmond Park.Harkin returned from a two-year stint in Australia in December and was snapped up by Ollie Horgan in January.The former Derry City and Coleraine midfielder has been in sensational form of late, and scored in their quarter-final victory over Avondale a fortnight ago. He will be a key man for Ollie Horgan on Sunday, as Harps attempt to overcome the formidable test of the current League champions on their home patch and book a place in the FAI Cup final.Harkin told Donegal Daily, “It’s obviously a tough tie, and we’re under no illusions as to how difficult it will be for us, but we’re confident we can compete with them.“We’ve got quite a bit of experience in the squad, and everybody is really looking forward to the match.“It’s a cup semi-final, live on TV, and if you’ve got an opportunity to potentially play at the Aviva, it’s what every player in this league strives for. Harkin admitted that St Pat’s have a hugely talented squad, but believes have the defensive capabilities to withstand the attacking threat possessed by Pat’s.“They have serious quality in their side, Keith Fahey is the obvious one and he’s a top player, but that’s the calibre of player you want to play against, and as a player you want to challenge yourself against the best.“I think we’re really strong defensively, and we’ve got a really good shape about us, and we’re hard to play against.“Granted this will be the toughest game we’ve played this season, but we all can’t wait for it and there’s a great buzz about the place.Harkin was cautious when asked to predict the outcome on Sunday, but says his side are confident they can get a result. “Look as I said we know it’s going to be extremely tough, but we’re well organised and we will be well prepared for it, if we can stay tight defensively and stay in the game who knows.“It’s a cup game and anything can happen, we’re confident if we do the rights things and work our socks off, we might surprise a few people.Harkin was instrumental for Harps in their victory over Shelbourne last Friday and will be an important player for Harps on Sunday.FAI CUP SEMI-FINAL: HARKIN CAN’T WAIT FOR ST PAT’S CHALLENGE was last modified: October 2nd, 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:fai cupfinn harpsGareth Harkinnewssemi-finalSportlast_img read more