The United Force (TUF) will not be contesting Guyana’s General and Regional Elections on March 2, 2020.TUF Leader Marissa NadirThe announcement was made by TUF’s Leader, Marissa Nadir, in a statement to the media on Thursday.“The United Force regrets to inform the nation that after several discussions with its Executive and consultations with stakeholders, supporters and the people, the party has decided, for the first time since its formation in the 1960s, not to contest in the 2020 General and Regional Elections,” the statement outlined, adding that the party will not be submitting a list on Nomination Day (January 10).No reasons were given for the political party’s decision not to head to the polls.TUF only revealed that the decision was a “difficult” one to make and that it was “discussed at great length”.TUF was established on October 5, 1960, by Peter D’Aguiar. It first contested national elections in 1961 where it received 16.4% of the votes, winning four seats. In 1964, the party garnered 12.4%, although it increased its representation to seven seats.Over the years, its votes and representation in Parliament declined. In the 2015 elections, TUF received 0.27% of the votes, which was not enough to win any seats.While it will not be contesting in the elections, TUF expressed that this particular election is extremely important, particularly to restore democracy to Guyana.“It is the party’s view that this particular election is extremely crucial and of utmost importance is to restore first and foremost the rule of law, but also to restore democracy in our nation which has been under attack daily within the last five years of this administration,” TUF said.It added: “We strongly condemn the blatant disregard and disrespect of the Supreme Law of our Nation (the Constitution). Within these past five years, we have seen the wanton waste of taxpayers’ dollars, un-kept promises and most repulsively, the lack of decorum and dignity which is required from any Government”.Moreover, the party encouraged all political parties participating in this process to “demonstrate tolerance, decency and dignity, to encourage their supporters to be respectful of every person’s democratic right to support any party of his/her own choice”.TUF also appealed to the international community, elections observers, and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).“…the most important question to be put to this Administration is whether they are prepared to willingly vacate office should they be voted out”.“Moreover, TUF is calling upon GECOM to allow all observers and stakeholders to view every step of the elections process, not only of the voting and counting of votes but also the input of data into the respective database while cross-checking the output data to determine that the results remain accurate.”Furthermore, the party urged political parties to place more emphasis on young people and gender balance.Additionally, the party urged Guyanese to be respectful of each other, especially during this heightened political season.“To our nation, at this time, let us not be divided as bitter peoples, but unite in our respect of different views and indecency. We must remember that we are one people, one nation with one destiny,” TUF said.At least 14 new political parties have signalled an interest in participating in the upcoming elections, having already submitted their party symbols to GECOM for approval. The number of parties in the race will be determined after Nomination Day.Those qualified to contest will have to have the appropriate number of candidates and nominees on the various lists they will be required to submit.If they do not meet the requirements, the parties’ lists will be deemed defective.They will be given some time to make corrections, and if their amendments are approved, they will qualify to contest the elections.
…“we will not fall for GuySuCo’s trap”While maintaining that the approach being used by Government and by extension, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to pay workers part of their severance is unlawful, Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall has declared that his party will not fall for the trap of filing immediate legal action, as workers could be left to suffer.Former Attorney General, Anil NandallMaking reference to the situation at the now defunct Wales Sugar Estate, when the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) filed legal action against GuySuCo in the High Court in March 2017, Nandlall recalled that it took six months before the matter was called.In fact, that matter is still before the courts and is expected to come up in early April 2018. In the meantime, 375 workers who refused to take up employment at Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, remain without severance payments.“The sad reality is I believe if the court is to be approached then GuySuCo would use that as a basis not to pay the workers. They will say let us await the court action. So, the workers are between a rock and a hard place…If they go to court, they walk into GuySuCo’s trap and GuySuCo says we are not going to pay you…that is exactly what they did with Wales workers. We are not going to fall into that trap again.”GAWU President Komal ChandFor this reason, Nandlall said no one has approached the court. However, he noted that at some point in time when the money is not forthcoming, there will be no other alternative but to resort to legal proceedings.He maintains that the payment of severance is not discretionary on the part of GuySuCo nor is it gratuitous. “It is mandatory and it’s an obligation that the law imposes; the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act clearly compels GuySuCo or any employer for that matter to pay severance to workers who are entitled to severance upon termination of their employment,” he added.Nandlall contends that GuySuCo should have taken into account whether or not it could pay severance before rendering these workers redundant, and dismiss only workers who it could pay severance benefits.He said it was doubtful that the thousands of workers that have been dismissed would be able to find alternative employment. And that only compounds the matter and makes the case worse.Non-negotiableThe Opposition MP also raised concerns over GAWU’s handling of the issue. He said, “I don’t agree with the manner GAWU has approached the matter. Quite frankly, I believe that GAWU should have ensured, demanded and taken a non-negotiable position when it comes to severance that all must be paid, or arrangements must be put in place for all to receive in some kind of staggered manner. This is so that every employee will begin to receive their severance benefits even though not all at the same time, but each would begin to receive some amount of money to sustain them.”Nandlall questioned, “On what basis was one set of workers selected for severance and another not selected? On what basis, some workers will benefit from severance and some have to wait until six months down the line. That is discriminatory and violates the Constitution.”While GAWU has registered its disappointment with the Government deferring the full payment of severance packages, citing breaches of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act, the Union came out of a meeting last Friday with President David Granger and agreed to have only some of the workers paid full severance, while the others would have to wait for their full sum a bit longer.However, hundreds of sugar workers have since expressed their dissatisfaction with the way GAWU had handled the estate closures, severance benefits and other issues relative to the sugar industry, and they have called on GAWU President Komal Chand to resign.Guyana Times spoke with several workers in the sugar belt, and they said they felt betrayed when GAWU agreed to accept that only some sugar workers who were dismissed would get their full severance at the end of January.
Ranks of the Criminal Investigation Department today visited Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo at his Church Street Office.Guyana Times understands that the ranks questioned Jagdeo about his statements made at Babu Jaan on March 11, 2019.Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo being interviewed by CID InvestigatorsJagdeo, in return, submitted a statement.Just yesterday, the PPP said it was reliably informed that the Ministry of the Presidency and Congress Place instructed the Police Force to arrest and charge Jagdeo for his comments made at the Babu Jaan meeting.However, the Ministry and Congress Place have denied issuing any instructions.The Force had also denied receiving instructions but it did not deny plans to arrest Jagdeo.More details in the Thursday April 18, 2019, edition of the Guyana Times.
Doctors, nurses and researchers gathered on Tuesday to discuss the importance of research in the north.Northern Health is hosting a Research Days Conference from May 4th to May 6th. The conference’s theme is ‘From Evidence to Excellence in Rural Healthcare.’The conference officially began with speeches from three guest researches: Dr. Henry Harder from the University of British Columbia, Jim MacArthur from the Integrated Land Management Bureau, and Olive Godwin from the Central Interior Native Health Society. – Advertisement -All three presented their research initiatives, in hopes of teaching potential researchers lessons learned along the way.The three agreed that everyone involved in the research project be included in the process. Olive Godwin explains. Advertisement [asset|aid=1336|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c3d5ec1841b2f310703ad310f11b22df-Olive 1_1_Pub.mp3] Godwin, MacArthur, and Harder focused on aboriginal social studies. The three said respect, principals, values, and trust are all key to ensuring a research project goes well. Northern Health says it will use what’s learned to improve health care in the North.The conference will have workshops throughout Tuesday, with a post-conference workshop scheduled for Wednesday.Advertisement
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Former Dodgers right fielder J.D. Drew said Monday that Scott Boras, his Los Angeles-based agent, tried to renegotiate Drew’s five-year, $55 million contract with the Dodgers last winter before Drew made the decision to exercise the escape clause that had been negotiated into the deal two years earlier. “My name had been mentioned in some trade rumors,” Drew said just before his new team, Boston, hosted the Dodgers in a Grapefruit League game. “When I signed the contract in L.A., they didn’t give me a no-trade clause. I wanted the security of knowing I would be in one place for a long time. So we wanted to add some years to the contract.” Colletti agreed with Drew’s claim that Drew never explicitly told him he wouldn’t exercise the escape clause. Although Colletti and Drew said they haven’t spoken since Boras informed Colletti of the decision on Nov. 9, Colletti also agreed with Drew’s claim that the two men have a good relationship. “I like J.D. Drew,” Colletti said. “We got along well, and I wish him all the best.” Drew hit 20 homers and drove in 100 runs last season, his second with the Dodgers, and helped the team win the National League wild card. But he also drew criticism for appearing at times to play with a lack of passion and for often failing to come through in clutch situations. In his penultimate at-bat in a Dodgers uniform, he popped up on the first pitch from a shaky Guillermo Mota to end the sixth inning of Game 3 of last year’s N.L. Division Series against the New York Mets, stranding the tying runs on second and third. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti confirmed that Boras made such a request when the two met last Nov. 6 for what Colletti thought at the time was going to be a discussion about two other Dodgers free agents who were Boras clients, pitchers Eric Gagne and Greg Maddux. Colletti said Boras also reminded him at that meeting of Drew’s escape clause and raised the possibility that Drew might exercise it. “Scott said J.D. Drew wanted to stay in Los Angeles if we could work out a deal,” Colletti said. “But I told him I wasn’t interested in renegotiating the (existing) deal.” Even if Colletti had been willing to re-work the contract, it is possible Boras might have directed Drew to use the out clause anyway because the knowledge that the Dodgers were willing to negotiate with him might have raised Drew’s value on the free-agent market. Four days after that meeting, Boras informed Colletti by fax that Drew was exercising the out clause. Although Drew did add two years and $37 million to his contractual guarantee – the Dodgers would have owed him $33 million over the next three seasons – he still has little trade protection. Drew’s new deal gives him the right to block a trade to just two clubs. Upon learning that Drew was opting out, Colletti publicly expressed disappointment with the decision, pointing out that Drew had seemed to indicate in a Southern California newspaper article late in the regular season that he had no intention of leaving the Dodgers. But Drew now says his comments didn’t constitute a promise not to exercise his out clause and that he was upset by Colletti’s reaction to his decision. “I was kind of taken aback a little bit,” Drew said. “That was tough for me to swallow. I had a good relationship with Ned, and I still do. I think he is a great person. He said I wasn’t a man of my word. If I tell you I’m going to do something, I do it. But what I told Ned was that I was happy in L.A. and that I would love to stay there. But I never went to him and said I wasn’t going to use my opt-out. I wasn’t even thinking about that. We were fighting for a playoff spot, and I wasn’t thinking too much about the business side of baseball at all.”
The PRRD is in the process of obtaining information on the opinions of possibly retracting the bylaw. When the process is completed the Board will make a decision on the future of the bylaw in the fall of this year.At this point the PRRD has not decided if a referendum on the matter will be held, and a possible date for one will not be announced until a report has been received from staff. The City of Fort St. John has officially stated their opposition to the Peace River Regional District discontinuing the current building bylaw. The PRRD is looking to repeal the bylaw after receiving negative feedback from rural residents.The main issue at hand involves the requirement of building permits. If the bylaw is discontinued building permits would not be required in any portion of rural areas in the PRRD.In a letter that was approved to be sent to the regional district at Monday’s City Council meeting, the City highlighted four points of concern if the current bylaw is cancelled.- Advertisement -Among those concerns are potential risks to Fort St. John firefighters. Areas requiring building permits are within the Rural Fire Protection Area and as such no permits could add to the risks already faced by members of the department.Also noted is the likely expansion of City boundaries into portions of unincorporated areas in the future. As the City requires building code compliance, taking in sub-standard buildings would have a financial impact on taxpayers to bring them up to code.The purpose of building codes is to protect public health, safety, and welfare according to a letter from the City to be sent to the PRRD. The point states “The City of Fort St. John is concerned about a decision of a governing body that conflicts with our core mandate of keeping our communities safe and healthy”Advertisement
Kariobangi Sharks starting line up that took AFC Leopards. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKariobangi Sharks are having a fine run in their Kenyan Premier League debut but they found the going tough in the GOtv Shield final, ending their fairy tale at the hands of a hungry Leopards.Match officials getting ready for the big game. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYABeing a public holiday (Mashujaa Day), AFC Leopards fans heeded the call by Matano to turn up in large numbers to cheer their team. Their turn up was not in vein as the players made them smile with a 10th GOtv Shield title.AFC Leopards fans cheering their team. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAFC’s trophy hunger was evident from the first whistle as they were relentless, in attack throwing pace and bodies upfront.AFC Leopards captain Duncan Otieno tackling a Kariobangi Sharks player. PHOTO/RAYMOND MAKHAYADespite the rain, the coaches felt the heat.Kariobangi Sharks Head Coach William Muluya. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAFC Leopards Head Coach Robert Matano covering himself with an umbrella. He has now won all the football titles in Kenya. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAFC Leopards defender Salim ‘Shittu’ Abdalla celebrating after nodding home a powerful header to hand Ingwe the opener. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAPeter Waweru, a lecturer at the Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics in JKUAT, was the center referee. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAA boy celebrating after Salim Abdalla’s opener. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAFC Leopards fans celebrating. Photo/Raymond MakhayaAFC Leopards forward Vincent Oburu celebrating after scoring the second goal for Ingwe. Oburu emerged the top scorer with six goals. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAFC Leopards fans celebrating Vincent Oburu’s second goal. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe match cooled down the political temperatures, bringing together leaders from all political sides, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and Makadara MP George Aladwa. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe GOtv Shield final was graced by Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAFootball pundit and former Harambee Stars head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee having a chat with Coach Robert Matano after the match. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe GOtv Shield being presented for presentation. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGOtv ambassador and AFC Leopards fan Charles Bukeko AKA Papa Shirandula was in attendance. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAKariobangi Sharks had to settle for runners-up position and pocket Sh1m. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAFC Leopards players celebrating with the Shield. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAFC Leopards captain Duncan Otieno being escorted out of the field by Ingwe supporters. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA 0Shares0000Models carrying the GOtv Shield title arriving at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 20 – Having been out of continental football for the last four years, Kenyan football giants AFC Leopards are back after veteran tactician Robert ‘The Lion’ Matano guided them to a 2-0 victory over Kariobangi Sharks in the GOtv Shield final on Saturday. This is how the decider unfolded in pictures.AFC Leopards team posing for a team photo before the match. Head Coach Robert Matano opted to start with Gabriel Andika in goal in favour of regular Ian Otieno. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIt was a sweet ending to the season for Leopards who have struggled to register positive results in the league this season and the title breaks a trophy drought that dates back to 2013, when they won the same crown with a 1-0 result over bitter rivals Gor Mahia. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Naomh Ultan captain Darragh Byrne raising aloft the cupReport from Naomh UltanFinal Score: Division 3 County Final – Naomh Ultan 2-10 Moville 2-5Dobbyn and McGuinness send Naomh Ultan parading through the Gap After a thriller in Letterkenny a fortnight ago this County Final this replay had a lot to live up to, and in the glorious sunshine up in Castlefinn the game did so, producing a fine example of how football should be played. Proceedings were slow from the throw-in with both sides seemingly testing the water with no real end product. After trading attacks the ball found its way into the Naomh Ultan forward line and after some patience and good recycling young Christopher Boyle popped over from 13 yards to start the tab. Quite similar to the first game the ball was beginning the base it’s self around the middle and to the delight of the Naomh Ultan followers key midfielder Darragh McNern was back from injury after missing out two weeks ago. It was Darragh who then got the next score with a strong individual run from 45 metres, splitting the posts at his ease after steadying the ship. Moville responded with two attacks of their own, and on both occasions the ball fell to Patrick Faulkner , who on his first attempt missed but on this second he pointed just as the clock stroke fourteen minutes. Almost immediately Naomh Ultan cancelled out this score, the ball broke around the middle and was passed on to Jordan Watters, who from the guts of 35 metres sailed the ball over for the standout score of the evening. All seemed to be going Naomh Ultan’s way, but Moville were not going to lay down. The pace at which they were able the break was great and they used this on sixteen minutes to burst the net through the boot of Gareth Foynes. In similar fashion Dunkineely tried to respond once more and again the ball came to Jordan Watters, playing around the half forward line, who just sent the ball wide of the post after he tore down at goal.After a good start but now down by one the Dunkineely boys sensed they needed a goal and what better way to do so other than to pump the ball into the space for free scoring Darragh Murrin. They did so and after taking the ball into his chest Darragh turned his man headed towards goal and at the last second popped the ball to young Jason Dobbyn for the simplest of tap ins. 1-3 to 1-1 with ten still remaining in the half. The tenacious defending from the first fixture was still there in the Naomh Ultan back line with the Breslin brothers Barry and Lee and young Seanie O’Shea leading the way with exhibitions on how to tackle, dispossess and bust out. Naomh Ultan’s dominance was beginning to set in, they were creating more attacks, winning more balls, and hassled well without it. Jordan Watters, seeing a large amount of the ball and instrumental in Dunkineely’s scoring popped over another from 21 yards on twenty-two minutes after some more good recycling. Darragh Murrin did win a free moments later but as the expression goes he didn’t have enough spuds as his free from the ground fell into the hands of the Moville keeper.The scoring wasn’t over yet a ball was sent into the danger area and after a goal bound shot rebounded midfielder Kevin McGuinness thumped the ball into the corner of the net to make it a six point game. Nearing the end of the half Murrin was once again fouled but nothing came of the corresponding free kick, although moments later McGuinness, on one of his trademark lung busters pointed after beating half the Moville defence for pace. That ended a pulsating opening half with Naomh Ultan leading by seven on a scoreline of 2-5 to 1-1, but the Dunkineely team and management had to remain cautious, as they were in the same position two weeks prior, and were bemused by a brilliant second half fight back by the boys from Inshowen. The first opportunity in the new half fell to Darragh Murrin who just missed from a tricky angle. Moville turned up their game as expected and were starting to hold on to and use their possession better. They got two consecutive scores on the 36 and 37 minutes, the scores coming from the boots of Kyle Harkin and Captain Cathal McLaughlin after some good work. Moville once again pushed forward, tearing down on goal the full forward was about the wind a shot but a last ditch tackle from Kevin McGuinness who covered every blade of grass in Castlefinn dispossessed the ball and Naomh Ultan broke forward. Naomh Ultan won and missed a 45 and this was followed by another wide, this time from Moville. On 47 minutes the ball was launched in to Darragh Murrin after a good Naomh Ultan break. He sold his man, carried and fired the liathroid over the crossbar. With six in it and 10 remaining, Moville needed to find the net but they needed to get through the solid defence of Dunkineely who were really starting to work as a unit. Captain and midfielder Cathal McLaughlin took this upon himself and in similar fashion to the previous game he beat the defence and blasted the goal from close range. Three points and less than ten remaining, was it to be dejá-vu? Once againMcLaughlin tried to beat the defence but his goal-bound shot was blocked on the line. Naomh Ultan were tiring and Moville seemed on top, proving this with another point, this time from a 45 kicked by Conor McDaid to take the game back to two points.The ball broke around the middle for Naomh Ultan and the ball was hastily pumped forwards Darragh Murrin, who, keeping the trend going, beat his man and headed towards the posts. His shot was on the high side and just passed over the crossbar to put it back to a goal between them. Six minutes remained and showing his leadership capabilities Darragh Byrne from full back charged out of his back line and carried the ball half the field where he laid off to Watters who was subsequently fouled. Darragh Murrin pointed the free at his ease to put 4 in it. Naomh Ultan were starting to turn the gears again after a spell of dominance from Moville. Every last ball was contested for and when the Dunkineely men didn’t have the ball they worked like dogs to retrieve it, an admirable sight on any field. Murrin hit the last wide of the game, the ball was kicked out but it was sent right back into the Moville defence and the strong Shawn Dobbyn popped up to kick the decisive score. The kick-out was followed by the whistle to the delight of the Naomh Ultan team and support. The pitch was soon flooded with followers, scenes the small club from the south west of Donegal have not seen in almost five years. Captain Daragh Byrne was presented the cup and raised it towards the sun shining over them. He thanked all and consoled the losing Moville side, who put up an admirable fight in the two fixtures. But it was to be Naomh Ultan’s day, and away the convoy headed through the gap to celebrate with family and friends.Final Score Naomh Ultan 2-10 Moville 2-5 Naomh Ultan U-14sGAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN CELEBRATE U-14 COUNTY TITLE was last modified: July 7th, 2013 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:DunkineelyGAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN CELEBRATE U-14 COUNTY TITLEmoville
Gardai have appealed for information following the theft of 26 lambs in the early hours of this morning.The lambs were taken from a farm in the Burnfoot area.The lambs are estimated to be worth €2,600 and are distinctively marked with a red mark on the middle of their backs. The thieves moved cattle to another field and they stole the lambs.Gardai at Burnfoot have appealed for anybody with any information to contact them. GARDAI INVESTIGATE ORGANISED THEFT OF LAMBS AT FARM was last modified: June 15th, 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:26 lambsBurnfoottheft
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Today marks the conjunction of two important events: It’s the first regular working day since daylight-saving time ended at 2 a.m. Sunday. It’s also the first workday since the weekend opening of the Orange Line busway, which crosses the San Fernando Valley from North Hollywood to Warner Center. What’s the connection? First of all, turning clocks back an hour means a lot more people will be commuting home in darkness tonight than just a few days ago. Secondly, there’s now – finally – a viable alternative to slogging down the 101 Freeway or Victory Boulevard to get home. Anyone who has to regularly commute across the Valley floor owes it to themselves to give the Orange Line a try once in a while. Why not make it this week? Give public transit a chance – ride the Valley’s “rail,” the Orange Line busway.