It is about how to govern

first_imgDear EditorI would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the People Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on its success during the Local Government Elections (LGE).Let us take this time to recognise that it is not just about winning elections (be it Local Government Elections or General Elections). It is about how you Govern that matters.The PPP/C lost the 2015 General Elections because the majority of people believed that its governance style left a lot to be desired.In this day and age, people expect accountability, transparency and good governance from their government. These are basic requirements.It is up to the PPP/C to prove to the Guyanese people that it can deliver these tenets of Democracy, as well as enhancing development in their communities.I believe that the PPP/C has made a big mistake in its campaign by promising no rates and tax increases, as these communities will have to rely on Central Government for their funding. This means that the APNU+AFC Government will have significant control over Local Government because it controls the purse strings.A decentraliation of power from Central Government is needed, so that local authorities can develop cash starved communities and so that people have more say in their community’s development. LGE is about giving more power to the people.Yours Faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

Pastor Denies Chewing Neighbor’s Wife Nose

first_imgEdward K. Weah, the pastor on trial for allegedly using his tooth to cut piece of the nose of a neighbor’s wife, took the witness stand on Monday and denied the allegation.Defendant Weah is the senior pastor of Christ the King Church, in the Voice of America (VOA) community, on the Robertsfield’s Highway.He and his wife, Marthaline Weah were indicted by the government with the commission of the crime aggravated assault, after Madam Lucia Garmai  Oberly claimed she was beaten and the defendant used his tooth to cut piece of her nose.However, testifying as the  defense team’s first witness at Criminal Court ‘A,’ Defendant Weah admitted fighting Madam Oberly, stressing that he did it in self defense.“I did not bite her nose.  I fought back after Garmai and her children engaged me in a serious tussle. Both of us got wounded badly and the community advised each of us to treat our wounds,” Pastor Weah told the court.“After I slipped and felt, Garmai and her brothers sat over me and they began to beat and I struggled to free myself,” Defendant Weah further alleged.In his testimony, Pastor Weah alleged that the incident happened on May 16, after his school’s teachers prevented two of Garmai’s children, Emmanuel Peters and Emmanuel Cooper from entering their classes.He said, the reason was that they came to school late that morning. “When they were stopped from entering their classes, Emmanuel Peters, the younger boy, attempted sneaking his way into his class. He was immediately stopped by my wife, Mother Weah,” Weah explained.When Peters was prevented from entering the class, his older brother, Emmanuel Cooper began to abuse my wife, claiming “my wife touched him during the process.”He also quoted Cooper by saying, “This woman is ready again to act stupid. The other day, we were at the church and she pushed me again. Today I will not allow her act  stupid this time. I will deal with this foolish woman.”“While he was still using abusive language on the school’s campus,” defendant Weah further alleged, “I decided to ask him, what was happening?”“I also asked him, what he was depending on to abuse my wife.”After that Pastor Weah explained that he was advised by some of his teachers to leave the boy and he did.“While on my way home, I met Garmai and she asked me what I said to her children. And, I explained everything to her; I even referred her to one of my teachers to confirm what I have explained to her.”The defense first witness added, “She came back to me and told me that the remarked I made against her children was sarcastic and I was not a good Pastor.”The defendant claimed that he replied Garmai by saying, “I will not allow you approaching me like this anymore.”That response, Pastor Weah claimed, annoyed Garmai to the extent that she began to demand him to immediately give her the children’s school’s documents.“I told her that I was not going to give her the documents. Then she started abusing me,” he further alleged.He also quoted some of Garmai’s insulting words like “dirty man, witchcraft pastor and witchcraft church. Today, I will breakdown your church and school and your wife is a prostitute.”“After she used this abusive language, my wife replied and said that she was one of those disgraced women in the community who was in the habit of running away from her creditors.”Following those exchanges, defendant Weah alleged that Garmai instructed her children to abuse Mother Weah and him.After that I was advised to leave the school’s campus and I did.“When I returned in the evening, Garmai and her children again came back to my yard and they started insulting me and my family.  I came outside and asked them to leave my premises,” defendant Weah told the court.In the process, Pastor Weah further alleged that “one of her sons, Emmanuel Cooper,  punched me on my face.  By  the time I came to myself, I saw myself on the ground. Immediately, Garmai and her children came over me and they started beating me. But, I struggled and freed myself from their hands.” “It was during the fight that both of us sustained serious injured and we were advised by members of our community to treat ourselves,” Pastor Weah further alleged.The case continues tomorrow with the defense team producing witnesses to testify. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Constitution, rule of law must be preserved as constitutional crisis looms – Ram

first_imgWith mere days remaining before a possible constitutional crisis, political commentator Christopher Ram has emphasised the need for Guyanese and political parties to come together to uphold democracy and the Constitution in Guyana.Ram was at the time speaking at a town-hall meeting, where he moderated a panel of representatives from the various political parties, held on Saturday at the Theatre Guild.“I am saying that we, as political parties, and we, as citizens, will have to take actions to prevent the institutionalisation of our democracy and the usurpation of our Constitution… I’m advocating any legitimate and legal form of action to preserve our Constitution and the rule of law,” he asserted.Political commentatorChristopher RamThe social commentator pointed to a recent discussion programme he was part of with Third Vice President and Alliance For Change (AFC) Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan, who had contended that the coalition Government could invoke the ‘doctrine of necessity’.“Now here it is, they have brought about a crisis and then decided ‘we will stay in office because of a necessity’,” Ram noted.He mentioned that Ramjattan had cited a Court of Appeal ruling by Justice JOF Haynes in relation to events in Grenada. But Ram outlined that the prerequisites for a doctrine of necessity states that an imperative necessity must arise because of the existence of exceptional circumstances not provided for in the Constitution; and that there must not be no other course of action reasonably available and any such action must be reasonably necessary in the interest of peace, order, and good government.“This government has violated all those conditions set out by Justice Haynes in the Grenade Court of Appeal. So, I come back to situation, what are we going to do? Are we going to take the defeatist attitude … or we go back to a situation where we had our Constitution challenged in the 70s and 80s, where the political parties got together through a ‘Patriotic Coalition of Democracy’, I think it was called, and say we will not put up with this?” Ram, also a practising lawyer, questioned.President David GrangerFurthermore, the political commentator, in lamenting the coalition Government’s ongoing violation of the Constitution, went on to talk about the cases on the no-confidence motion currently before the Appeal Court.He pointed out that the Judges derive their powers from the Constitution and as such, questioned the manner in which they will act.“… what will they do? Will they continue to uphold the Constitution which they know has been violated? The Chief Justice has ruled that implication of non-compliance will be violation. Will our (Appeal Court) now respect that usurping government as a legal authority? Will our public officers, the Clerk of the National Assembly and the Finance Secretary, allow the payment of funds that are clearly unconstitutional and unlawful …,” he asked.Only last Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had reiterated that the coalition Government is using the courts to deliberately delay the constitutionally-mandated General and Regional Elections in order to hang on to power. He asserted that the January 31 rulings of acting Chief Justice Roxane George were profound so no amount of foreign representation could change it.“For every single argument that is being made now (by Government), she struck them down with the most formidable of reasoning … So the nonsensical arguments and whoever they bring from the Region, they can pay the highest-price lawyers from anywhere in the world, but it won’t change the reality … And where are these arguments leading us? We’re just delaying everything. The court is being used to delay the elections,” Jagdeo maintained.In fact, many other commentators also believe that the Government is using the courts as a deliberate means to delay the holding of General and Regional Elections, which were constitutionally mandated to be held by March 21, which is three days ways.However, President David Granger has insisted that there was no attempt by his Government to delay the hosting of polls and he was awaiting the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to guide him on its level of readiness before he could set a date for the polls.But the elections body has indicated that it could not hold polls before the March 21 deadline and has voted to do house-to-house registration which will conclude in November.The Opposition, in recent statements, had called out the Head of State for his duplicity regarding elections, noting that he rejected a work plan put forward by one of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Commissioners on GECOM. This proposal caters for the holding of elections before April 30 when the voters’ list will expire.But in a subsequent statement on Saturday, the Ministry of the Presidency said that the President has not rejected the April work plan, but rather has asked that it be submitted to GECOM instead.Nevertheless, during an emergency meeting at GECOM on Thursday, the Opposition’s Commissioners were forced to walk out after the Government-nominated Commissioners sidelined the motion on its proposal to discuss other matters.With only three more days before the deadline expires, Opposition Leader Jagdeo has already engaged several international bodies and the diplomatic community here to not recognise the coalition Government after March 21.last_img read more


first_imgFIANNA FAIL’S Liam Blaney has topped the poll in Letterkenny, getting elected on the first count – with 44 votes to spare. Click Play to watch John McAteer’s report for DDTV.     DDTV VIDEO NEW REPORT: LIAM BLANEY TOPS THE POLL IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: May 25th, 2014 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:DDTVletterkennyLiam Blaneytops pollVIDEO NEWS REPORTlast_img


first_imgThe rubbish left behind at Letterkenny Retail ParkThis is the disgusting scene after dumpers unloaded a van-full of rubbish in Letterkenny on Friday evening.The rubbish, which contained all sorts of domestic waste, was offloaded at the back of the Letterkenny Retail Park.Luckily members of the public managed to get details of the white Transit van involve din the illegal dumping. Details of the van’s registration have been passed onto Donegal County Council for investigation.DUMPERS CAUGHT UNLOADING RUBBISH AT SHOPPING COMPLEX was last modified: May 18th, 2014 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:Donegal County CouncildumpedLetterkenny Retail Parkrubbishlast_img read more


first_imgSanta is unhappy with the work ethic of some of his elves.EXCLUSIVE: Santa Claus has exclusively revealed to Donegal Daily that he is unhappy at the work ethic of a number of his elves.In an astonishing revelation Santa blasted his elves for being ‘lazy’ and for not working hard enough to manufacture all the toys and presents.Santa says he and his elves have a huge amount of work to do in the next few days in order to make sure all the children in the world get all the toys they’ve asked for. With just three days left until Santa makes his big journey all over the world the pressure is now mounting.Santa told Donegal Daily, “I’m not happy with a number of elves in my production line.“They’re not manufacturing the toys at the rate they normally have done so over the years and I’m not happy.“Some of them being are being very lazy this year, and I’ve told them they need to pull up their socks in the next few days. With the world population rising all the time there has been an added demand and increase for toys to be manufactured and as a result the workload has increased for the elves.However, according to Santa because of this they need to work even harder and he says the next three days are going to be hectic.“Obviously this is the busiest time of the year for us, I’d say around 80% of all the toys have been produced but we’ve still got 20% incomplete.“I’m confident my elves can work that bit harder and make sure all the toys are manufactured in time.“They’ve never let me down before or the children so I’m confident they’ll get the job done. “I’m hoping me giving them a bit of a telling off will prompt a positive response from them.Santa has also exclusively revealed that he hopes the children leave him low-fat milk in his effort to beat the bulge.“I’m hoping they leave me out some low-fat milk, I don’t want to put on too much weight again this year.“But I don’t mind too much what I get as I’m always thankful of anything people leave out for me. “Mrs Claus doesn’t want me getting too fat as we plan on going away on holidays next month.COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: PRODUCTION PROBLEMS AT THE NORTH POLE AS SANTA BLASTS ‘LAZY ELVES’ was last modified: December 22nd, 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:ElvesexclusiveNorth PoleProductionSANTAlast_img read more

Council meets homeless residents affected by Letterkenny fire

first_imgDonegal County Council Housing officials have this evening met with residents affected by the recent fire at Rosemount in Letterkenny along with an official from the Department of Social Protection. Residents were advised of a number of accommodation options available to them along with details of emergency supports that could be made available depending on individual circumstances.Residents are currently considering an option that is available immediately. The council said it appreciates the difficult situation faced by those affected by the recent fire and we would like to assure those affected that we will continue to assist in any way possible.The residents have been accommodated in Dillons Hotel since the night of the fire and this arrangement has been extended to 7th October and the situation will be kept under review.The Council has been in regular contact with the manager of the complex at Rosemount regarding when the accommodation is expected to be available again and whether the complex insurance will assist those affected with accommodation costs.The council said it is likely to be a number of months before this accommodation will be available again. “For this reason residents have been advised to try and secure alternative private rented accommodation until the apartments are available for occupation again,” said a spokesman.The council has contacted letting agencies and passed on details of accommodation currently available in Letterkenny to the residents.“The residents have been advised to keep in touch with the Council regarding their individual situations and again we wish to confirm that we will continue to assist in any way possible,” added a spokesman.Council meets homeless residents affected by Letterkenny fire was last modified: October 5th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Newcastle v Chelsea: Remy starts

first_imgLoic Remy starts for Chelsea in the game against Newcastle at St James’ Park.Remy, who spent the 2013-14 season on loan with the Magpies, gets the nod over Radamel Falcao to replace the suspended Diego Costa up front for the Blues.Falcao is on the substitutes’ bench along with John Terry, who is again left out of the starting-line up.Newcastle, meanwhile, welcome back striker Aleksandar Mitrovic following a three-match suspension.Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Mbabu; Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Wijnaldum; Perez, Mitrović.Subs: Elliot, Williamson, Lascelles, Obertan, Thauvin, de Jong, Toney.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Subs: Blackman, Terry, Mikel, Ramires, Willian, Kenedy, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Gauteng plans R11bn solar panel rollout

first_img30 August 2013South Africa’s Gauteng province plans to spend R11-billion installing solar panels on all its state-owned buildings, and also has “ambitious plans” to invest in natural gas infrastructure in the province, says Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu.Speaking at a meeting of the SA Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation in Johannesburg on Thursday, Mahlangu said there was approximately 8-million square metres of roof-top space available on government-owned buildings in the province“Our calculations indicate that a mass roll-out of solar panels on government roof-tops will come at a cost of about R11.2-billion and lead to the generation of up to 300 MW of electricity.”Mahlangu said the investment would be in line with the province’s integrated energy strategy, and was one of several infrastructure projects that her department would initiate in the current financial year.Plans to invest in natural gas infrastructureThese, she said, included “ambitious plans” to invest in natural gas infrastructure.“Gauteng has the most developed natural gas infrastructure in South Africa. This constitutes a natural gas pipeline infrastructure connecting from the supply source in Mozambique through Secunda to Babelegi.“March 2014 will herald the end of [petrochemicals company] Sasol’s natural gas monopoly and the start of a natural gas industry regulated by Nersa [the National Energy Regulator of South Africa],” Mahlangu said.“It is at the back of these developments that our ambitious plans for natural gas are rooted.”Her department’s first project would be to replace the 77 coal-fired boilers in the province’s state hospitals with natural gas or diesel-fired boilers. “Twenty-one boilers are planned for replacement this fiscal year and the balance over the next three years.”Mahlangu also said that her department had entered into a partnership with state company iGas (the South African Gas Development Company) to conduct a feasibility study on the infrastructure required to supply natural gas to hospital boilers.“Our biggest showcase for the use of gas to meet hospital energy needs will be the tri-generation plant proposed for Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital as a pilot project. In this regard, the consultation process with stakeholders, such as the Department of Health and Treasury, is at an advanced stage.”Mahlangu added that natural gas infrastructure had the potential to benefit up to 2-million middle-class residents in Gauteng’s townships and suburbs, by way of natural gas reticulation for cooking and heating.Source: read more

IPhone Augmented Reality Apps Expected in September

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The dazzling new trend of “augmented reality” mobile applications, software that puts layers of information on top of a mobile device’s camera viewer, is something that’s left iPhone owners feeling out of luck. Now one company developing such an app says Apple has said the technology required will be officially enabled in the next version of the iPhone OS – which is expected out in September.Developers are able to access the necessary controls in the phone illicitly, but when Apple offers a stable and official Application Programming Interface (API) for layering data over the camera viewer – that’s going to be game changing. The particular app in question is a subway route finder that shows route signs when you point your phone one direction or another. The list of possibilities is long, though, so we hope this September date is for real.The rumor was first unearthed on Friday by Mark Milian of the LA Times:Apple told Acrossair, developer of the Nearest Tube train finder, that the app will be approved for distribution after Apple releases version 3.1 of the iPhone software, which the developer expects will land in early September. The availability of the requisite official tech hooks in September remains for now a rumor. It’s a little hard to imagine Apple telling one particular vendor about a major platform change, and it’s a little hard to imagine a vendor genuinely trusted with that kind of information telling the LA Times about it. Anything is possible, though.We’ve written extensively about Augmented Reality before. Here’s our wishlist of apps we hope that someone builds. Cross your fingers, some of these crazy apps could be coming as early as this Fall. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more