Neighbourhood scuffle lands 2 in court

first_imgTwo residents of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown on Monday found themselves before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, facing charges of causing actual bodily harm and common assault.Kerwin Baksh, 33, of North Ruimveldt Squatting Area, Georgetown denied the charge which stated that on November 9, 2018 at Well Road, North Ruimveldt, n he assaulted Marcellus Gladstone causing him actual bodily harm.Meanwhile, the 55-year-old Gladstone, of Lot 3 North Ruimveldt, was also charged for assaulting Baksh at Well Road. He denied the allegation made out against him.According to the facts presented in court, both men were involved in a heated argument after Gladstone allegedly blocked the passageway of Baksh’s home. The argument escalated into a scuffle whereby Baksh reportedly hit Gladstone in the face with a brick. The matter was later reported, and the two men were cross charged.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore made no objections to bail being granted to the defendants.As a result, Magistrate Latchman granted Baksh bail in the sum of $60,000, while Gladstone was released on $10,000 bail. The matters were adjourned to November 21, 2018.last_img read more

Interpersonal violence a public security concern ꟷ Granger

first_img…admits Guyana has highest rates of femicide in CaribbeanExpressing concern over the prevalence of interpersonal violence in schools, homes and communities, President David Granger on Saturday declared the scourge a public security concern.President David GrangerThe President was at the time addressing attendees at the Guyana Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, which was held at the Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Church Street. Saturday marked their centennial celebration and with the theme being the family, Granger noted that interpersonal violence was eroding family life.“Thirty or 40 years ago, we regarded domestic violence as a private matter. A man beating his wife or a wife beating her husband was regarded as a family affair. And school fights were dismissed with the old cliché, boys will be boys. Some of the mothers beating the teachers. Things have changed. Interpersonal violence has now become a public security concern”.“It is one of the most vicious crimes in the country. It happens at wedding parties, in the hinterland, mining camps. We seem to have people who cannot resolve their differences in discussion. Some of them grew up in villages (where) they went home to see daddy beating mommy. They go to school, teachers beating children. So they believe if they have a problem, they have to beat somebody”.Granger also referred to child sexual abuse and incest as a form of violence against children. He also lamented Guyana’s relatively high rates of femicide and suicide, citing reports such as the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.“Domestic violence has resulted in discord, in division, and sometimes in death within families. Domestic violence involving intimate partners and spouses increased by 14 per cent, between 2011 and 2017. Females accounted for more than 80 per cent of all domestic violence victims”.“Then we have femicide, the killing of a woman or girl and Guyana has one of the highest rates of femicide in the Caribbean, according to the ECLAC study. And suicide is a social ill, a form of violence, self-inflicted. And this has had a deleterious effect on families”.The event that Granger attended saw a number of religious leaders within the church also addressing the issue of family life. The President was also presented with various literature on the topic, while a plaque was unveiled commemorating the centennial.Interpersonal violence has taken on a national prominence of recent because of high profile cases that have made their way into the public discussion through social media. In one case, a male Richard Ishmael student was caught on video brutally assaulting a female student.In another case, a teacher was violently assaulted, allegedly by the parent of one of her students, in retaliation for the purported abuse of the child while in school. It subsequently emerged that that parent was fingered in the beating of another woman at her husband’s workplace.last_img read more

Diaspora fearful Guyana could return to ‘dark days’

first_img– members of Guyanese community in NY say country could return to 1980sMembers of the Guyanese Diaspora in New York have expressed fear that Guyana might be heading down the same path it did in the 1980s, when there were dictatorial rule and economic hardship, which led to many of them leaving these South American shores to seek better lives.These were the views expressed by many of those in attendance at a meeting with former President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo on Sunday in Richmond Hill, New York. Jagdeo is currently on a visit to New York, where he has been meeting with the Guyanese community there.Members of the head table at the eventThe meeting was also attended by former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government Ministers, Dr Leslie Ramsammy and Irfaan Ali. Also in attendance was Dr Peter Ramsaroop.Alluding to what is taking place now in Guyana in terms of an economic decline, the planned closure of sugar estates and hardships faced by thousands of Guyanese, some Diaspora members reminded those at the meeting of their experience and why they were forced to leave their homeland. They expressed fear that this could affect their families back home and the Government could create greater economic hardship for the people. Guyana Times understands that the more than 300 people that were in attendance at the meeting raised concerns about the management of the Guyanese economy, issues relating to crime, the sugar industry and many other topical issues facing the country.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo addressing the Guyanese diaspora in Richmond Hill, New York on SundayJagdeo used the opportunity to brief the Diaspora on Guyana’s status from an economic standpoint and pointed to areas where they could get involved. He told them that democracy was being threatened in Guyana and the lack of an economic plan and vision by the Government would severely impact the country.The former Guyanese Head of State also drew reference to a recent statement made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan who said that the local economy was being held up by arrears. Jagdeo said the Minister’s statement pointed to the fact that there were new income and revenues being generated in Guyana, apart from the 200 plus taxes that the coalition Government has put in place.He also highlighted how the major sectors in the economy were feeling the squeeze from these new tax measures. These include: mining, forestry and other key economic sectors.On Thursday, Jagdeo also appealed to the Diaspora and the International Center for Democracy (ICD), to help Guyana protect its democracy and the separation of powers locally.The former Guyanese President also used the occasion to remind the Diaspora members of the need for “far-reaching constitutional changes” in Guyana. And he has also accused the recently-formed Social Cohesion Ministry of being used in a partisan manner, “and dividing our people”.Jagdeo was adamant this Government was only focusing on oil to be the solution for Guyana. But he said, “Oil can be a blessing or a curse… Oil can cause runaway price increase for the poor.”“There is no fairness anymore,” he added.last_img read more

GECOM Chair urged to take actions against fraudulent lists

first_imgNomination Day…cautioned against engaging partisan organisationsIn about two weeks’ time, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will be hosting Nominations Day ahead of the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections, and the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is urging the body to take strong, and even criminal, actions against any party that presents a list obtained by fraudulent means.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOn Nomination Day, ahead of the November 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE), dozens of lists of names and signatures purporting to be backers of candidates were palpably defective because of forgeries.In fact, some the 50 persons of the Whim-Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) had their names fraudulently affixed to the backers’ lists for LGE in the Ancient County. They claimed that they were tricked into signing an Alliance for Change (AFC) nominators’ list to contest the local government polls.GECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette SinghThis led the PPP to file legal actions to have the names removed. However, High Court Judge, Justice Navindra Singh, dismissed the cases saying that after investigations, he did not find any evidence to convince him that the nominators were forced to sign the list.As such, with preparations ongoing for the upcoming Nominations Day to be held on January 10, 2020, General Secretary of the PPP Bharrat Jagdeo is calling on the GECOM Chairperson, Retired Justice Claudette Singh to take stern action or bring in the Police on those who misled persons to go on their lists as was done in 2018.“So people who had no association with [AFC] ended up being candidates on their lists and backers of their lists. And so stern action, in fact, criminal action, is taken against any party that tries to fraudulently put people as backers and as candidates,” Jagdeo contended.In preparation for Nominations Day, GECOM earlier this month opened entries for political parties wishing to contest the 2020 polls to submit their party symbols.Parties contesting the elections are required to submit a symbol for approval by GECOM before Nominations Day.While the two main political parties, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition have been gearing up for next year’s polls, there have been the formation of several new and small parties over the past months.These include: A New and United Party (ANUG), Federal United Party (FED UP), Liberty and Justice Party (LJP), Citizenship Initiative (CI) and Change Guyana.At a press conference in November, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GECOM, Yolanda Ward, had disclosed that some 15 political parties are likely to contest the upcoming General and Regional Elections.Partisan bodiesMeanwhile, as preparations continue for polls in two months’ time, the PPP General Secretary is also urging the Elections Commission to stay away from engaging partisan bodies such as the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA).GECOM had disclosed that it will be working along with the GNBA as part of media monitoring efforts for upcoming elections.But Jagdeo believes this should be done.“GECOM should hire its own media monitoring unit and deal with it independently of any of these agencies [and] staffed by and with Boards that are partisan,” he contended.last_img read more

Fire brings out little-seen plants

first_imgLocal woodlands are incubating carpets of spindly fire poppies; Phacelia, a knee-high annual with fern-like leaves and blue flowers; and California lilac, a shrub. Unusual plants that stun even naturalists are literally born in the furnace-like flames as their seed pods split from contact with chemicals released by smoke. The canyons that border Santa Clarita – Placerita, Towsley and Whitney – have been whipped by wildfires in the past several years. They form part of the same wildlife corridor, a section of undeveloped land between the Santa Susana and San Gabriel mountains. Months or years after firestorms, moonscape-bare hills erupt with dense regrowth and profusions of colorful blooms. Flames cracked open the brittle, spindly fire poppy seeds in Placerita after the Foothill Fire. “(Seeds) can sit in the ground for decades until the fire blows through,” said Wendy Langhans, a naturalist with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. SANTA CLARITA – Everyone knows that raging wildfires can blacken miles of hillsides, incinerate whole communities and destroy the habitat for hundreds of species. But few are aware of fire’s bounty – in the form of rare wildflowers and other colorful plants that sprout up, often just briefly, years after a blaze tears through an area. “What people can see now, 2 1/2 years after the Foothill Fire in July 2004, is all these fire-following species coming up,” said Ian Swift, director of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center and supervisor of the 350-acre natural park. “The species will only be here for a few more years and will disappear … It may be decades before you will be able to see them again.” Langhans will lecture on fire ecology and lead a nature walk in Placerita Canyon in April, pointing out burned areas in the process of recovery. The diminutive plant expert still marvels at the 6-foot-tall fire heart plant that towered over her near Towsley Creek two years after the Simi Fire touched down there. “I have never seen it before,” she said. One year after a burn, the plant sends up foliage; the following year, whitish-pink flowers crown the tall stalk. “It’s a monster,” she said. “It’s huge.” For more information about the nature walk, contact Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel at (661) 259-2743 or e-mail her at Juliebear@aol.com. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LNG project would have minimal effects on fish: DFO

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – According to a recent letter from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project would have minimal impacts on fish habitats.They believe that they can handle any problems that do occur, but do not see any larger issues potentially happening.“Based on information provided by the Proponent to date, including the revised information within their June 17, 2016 Information Request submission on proposed – 2- timing, mitigation measures, timing windows and monitoring, it is DFO’s opinion that construction related impacts to fish and fish habitat can be mitigated and subsequently has a low probability of resulting in significant adverse effects to fish and fish habitat.”The article did however say that marine life, such as mammals, could face larger problems. Especially when wanting to detect larger mammals at night and in low light.“The Proponent’s recommendation to use “proven” technologies to detect marine mammals at night and in low light conditions was due to the possibility that pile driving activities would begin at night. Originally, the Proponent had indicated that they might commence pile driving activities during the day and continue into the night. DFO’s previous advice on this methodology was that this would be acceptable as prior to commencing any pile driving activities, visual observations could be made to ensure that the marine mammal safety zone was clear of marine mammals. Once pile driving commenced, it is not expected that marine mammals would advance into the ensonified areas to a point where harm or death would occur. DFO’s review of the measures that the Proponent has proposed to detect marine mammals at night and in low light conditions has concluded that these technologies would be inadequate to determine with a reasonable level of confidence that cetaceans would be present or absent from the marine safety zone. As such, commencing pile driving activities at night represents a high risk to marine mammals. Consequently, DFO does not recommend that pile driving activities commence at night, until such time as the various mitigation measures outlined by the Proponent are implemented to the satisfaction of DFO and have been shown to effectively identify marine mammals within the safety zone prior to commencing any night time pile driving activities.”- Advertisement -The letter comes as, according to a story posted on the Globe and Mail, Environmentalists have expressed concerns that the pier would have significant problems if the LNG facility is to be built.Advertisement With files from: Brent Jang – The Globe and Mail First Nations group Lax Kw’alaams is open to supporting the project, while former Mayor Gary Reece is not in favour of the project going forward. Reece allegedly said it would have “a serious risk to the fisheries habitat and marine environment.” However, the DFO has seemed to state otherwise.last_img read more

BOOKIES DASH HOPES OF A DONEGAL WHITE CHRISTMAS WITH LONG ODDS!

first_imgWill Donegal be covered in snow this Christmas?Ireland’s biggest bookmaker has cast doubt on Donegal having a white Christmas.Fresh out of the Halloween period, Paddy Power has said it looks unlikely that it will snow across the county on December 25th.However Paddy Power said he is conscious of the fact that amateur weatherman Michael Gallagher lives locally. Nonetheless Paddy has put odds of 11/2 on the white stuff falling in Donegal on Christmas Day.A spokesman told Donegal Daily “As the home of the world’s most famous weather tipster, Michael Gallagher, it’s safe to say that the Donegal public have a bigger edge on the bookies than most.“However, we’re famed for putting our money where our mouth is and are putting our necks on the line at 11/2.”The following are the odds being offered by Paddy Power on places having a White Christmas for 2013 4/5 Chicago6/5 Berlin15/8 New York11/4 Glasgow3/1 Manchester 3/1 Dublin7/2 London7/2 Derry5/1 Cork 5/1 Cardiff6/1 Belfast6/1 Galway7/1 Paris10/1 Barcelona12/1 MadridBOOKIES DASH HOPES OF A DONEGAL WHITE CHRISTMAS WITH LONG ODDS! was last modified: November 1st, 2013 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:Christmas 2013donegalPaddy POwersnowlast_img read more

MILFORD INN HOTEL ‘GEARING’ UP FOR THE JOULE DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY

first_imgThe Milford Inn Hotel will be at the centre of the action during this weekend’s 45th Joule Donegal International Rally.The hotel’s new owners Marty and Tricia Kelly are preparing for one of the busiest weekends of the year, as the rally welcomes over 50,000 people to the county. The Milford venue is the perfect place to soak up the unique atmosphere of the Donegal International Rally, as the town hosts the rally’s Saturday and Sunday service area at Milford Mart.Over the course of the weekend, the Milford Inn Hotel has put together a fantastic line-up of events for local and visiting rally enthusiasts.There’s live music in the lounge all weekend, with entertainment by Rush Hour from 7-10pm on Friday, 19th June and Johnny Haughey on Saturday, 20th June.There’s also a Disco Bar with DJ Mo on Friday and Saturday night from 10.00pm – 2.00am, with buses to and from the venue available from Rathmullan, Ramelton and Fanad. Breakfast will be available to the public from 7am each morning. And while the Donegal International Rally is the main event this weekend, the hotel’s five course Sunday carvery is also the perfect place to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, 21st June.Served in The Mulroy Suite from 12pm – 4pm, the carvery offers delicious food and excellent value for money, starting from just €10.50 for adults, while children under ten cost €5 and children under three eat for free.They’ve only been in the job six weeks but the new owners of The Milford Inn have already gotten off to a flying start.Letterkenny couple, Marty and Tricia Kelly, are currently devoting all of their energy and enthusiasm to putting their own stamp on the iconic Milford venue.A full revamp of the restaurant is well underway and due for completion in the coming weeks.The new owners are determined to put Milford on the culinary map and the restaurant will open with a re-imagined menu, serving the finest fresh, local and artisan produce. Originally from Creeslough, Tricia Kelly is a qualified hotel manager with 15 years’ experience managing Letterkenny hotels.While they live in Letterkenny, the pair are no strangers to Milford through their work with Bluebird Care, an organisation that provides support to people of all ages in their home and in the community.Set-up by Marty Kelly six years ago, Bluebird Care provides home care for older people, children and people with physical and intellectual disabilities.The organisation looks after a number of families in the Milford area. Weddings remain a key focus for the new owners and bookings for 2015 and 2016 have already been secured.The hotel also has a number of vacancies to fill and is looking for talented and passionate people to join the team.For more information contact Tricia Kelly on 074 91 53313 or email CVs to info@milfordinnhotel.comMILFORD INN HOTEL ‘GEARING’ UP FOR THE JOULE DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY was last modified: June 18th, 2015 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:Businessdonegal international rallyFeaturesnewsThe Milford Innlast_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Sunday, September 17. Patrick O’DONNELLThe death has occurred of Patrick O’Donnell, Glen Road, Annagry, at Letterkenny University Hospital. Formerly of Oughmeen, Meentotten. Reposing at his home in the Glen, Annagry. Funeral Mass on Monday at 11am in the Star of the Sea Church Annagry with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Rosary both nights at 9pm. House private please from 11pm until 10am and on the morning of the funeral. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to the Dungloe Hospital Patients Comfort Fund c/o any family member or Sean McGlynn Funeral Director, Dungloe. James DORANThe death has occurred of James Doran, 24 Muckish Avenue, Letterkenny, at Letterkenny University Hospital. Reposing at his son Gerry’s home, 16 Slieve Snacht Close, Letterkenny, since yesterday evening. Funeral Mass on Monday at 10am in St Eunan’s Cathedral. Interment afterwards to Conwal Cemetery.Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to the Kidney Dialisis Unit, Letterkenny University Hospital c/o any family member or Con McDaid and Sons Funeral Directors, Letterkenny.  Peter DEVENNEYThe death has occurred of Peter Devenney, Brookville Park, Drogheda and formerly of Rannafast, Donegal, on the 15th September 2017, peacefully at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Peter, beloved husband of the late Clare and father of the late Sean and Christopher. Deeply regretted by his loving son Frank, daughter Eileen, grandchildren Mandy, Kirsten, Cara, Nicky and Gráinne, great-grandchildren Hannah, Joseph, Neve and Myles, sister Nora, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at his home from 3 o’clock until 9 ‘clock today, Sunday. Removal on Monday morning at 10.30 am to Our Lady of Lourdes Church arriving for Funeral Mass at 11.00 o’clock. Burial afterwards in St. Peter’s Cemetery. House private on Monday morning. Elizabeth (Betty) MOODY (MC CLINTOCK) (née Mc Clean)The death has occurred of Elizabeth (Betty) Moody (Mc Clintock) (née Mc Clean), Ardagh Upper, St Johnston, Donegal.Reposing at her late home, Ardagh Upper, St Johnston until removal today, Sunday, at 2pm for Service St. Johnston Presbyterian Church at 2.30pm, followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard. Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to St Johnston Presbyterian Church Repair Fund, c/o any family member or the church committee. Patsy MCGOLDRICKThe death has occurred of Patsy McGoldrick, Glasbolie, Ballintra, at The Donegal Community Hospital.Reposing at his residence today, Sunday from 1pm until 10pm. Removal on Monday morning to St Brigid’s Church, Ballintra, for funeral Mass at 11am, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, to The Donegal Community Hospital. House private on Monday morning, please.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: September 17th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:obituarieslast_img read more

Fulham, Aston Villa and Spurs want Swansea star – report

first_imgFulham are interested in signing Scott Sinclair from Swansea City along with Tottenham and Aston Villa, the Daily Mail report.Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who managed Sinclair at Swansea, has been strongly linked with a bid for him and is still said to be monitoring the player’s contract negotiations.Sinclair failed to establish himself at Chelsea but impressed for the Swans last season and it is claimed that Fulham would like to bring him back to west London.Meanwhile, Chelsea and Liverpool have been told they will have to offer at least £12m to land Wigan striker Victor Moses, the Daily Mirror say.Chelsea recently had a bid for the 21-year-old rejected, while new Anfield boss Rodgers is also said to want him.Paris St Germain’s former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti’s apparent interest in signing John Terry is picked up by a number of papers.The French club are set to make an £8m bid to take Terry away from Stamford Bridge, according to the Mirror.The Mail carry the same story and also suggest Chelsea remain keen to sign Theo Walcott from Arsenal.The Mail also say Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge will play in his preferred central position for Britain at the Olympics and that the Blues have emerged as favourites to sign Brazil right-back Maicon from Inter Milan after Real Madrid shelved their interest.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more