Although the Government should be in “caretaker” mode in keeping with the Constitution, the Alliance For Change (AFC) faction of the coalition has announced plans to go to Parliament to approve changes to several pieces of legislation before the end of the year.AFC Chairman Raphael TrotmanAFC Chairman and former Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman has declared that the Government would be going to Parliament soon to approve changes to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Act, to ensure persons caught with small amounts of marijuana in their possession would not be jailed.This is the latest in a series of defiant moves by the coalition Administration against a Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling.“We expect that we will have sittings of the National Assembly before it is dissolved and it is our intention to have this Bill passed into law. That is, that you are entitled to have up to 30 grams which is equivalent to roughly one ounce without being penalised with an incarceration or a custodial sentence as it is normally termed. Possession will remain an offence; however, it will not lead to you going to jail and we have looked at just a mere fine and perhaps community service or something of that nature,” he told the media during an AFC press briefing on Thursday.The CCJ ruling gives effect to Article 161 of the Constitution of Guyana which stipulates that Cabinet should have already resigned, Parliament been dissolved and elections forthcoming. Cabinet recently approved a proposal to change the law to allow persons with small amounts of marijuana to be given alternative sentencing, instead of going to jail.Meanwhile, even as the AFC wants to go to Parliament soon, Trotman said his party expected that elections will and should be held before the end of 2019.“The Constitution is preserved despite the ruling of the Court, that it is only the President of Guyana that can issue a proclamation announcing an election and naming a date for those elections. There are certain consequential things that would be done. Parliament would have to be dissolved…”Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has released its proposal for consequential orders in which it submitted that the CCJ order elections to be held by September 18, 2019 and urged the regional court to protect Guyana from constitutional abuse.The regional court is expected to hand down its consequential orders today. On Wednesday, the Opposition released to the media its full submissions on how it believes the country should proceed now that it is confirmed that the Government was defeated by a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) last year.In the submission, the Opposition noted that the Court should order that the Cabinet, including the President, should have resigned but remain in office to hold elections within three months of June 18, 2019 when the CCJ had ruled that the December 21, 2018 passage of the NCM was valid.
Judge threat allegations…defends his actions in courtAlthough Justice Franklin Holder has called on Attorney General Basil Williams to apologise for his outbursts in court, the State’s chief legal adviser has expressed an unwillingness to do so.“What? I don’t know about apology,” Williams declared on Wednesday during a brief press conference when prompted by reporters on whether he would heed the Judge’s desires and issue an apology.Justice Holder had written to the acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards complaining of the behaviour of the Attorney General during the hearing of a prominent court matter involving trade unionist Carvil Duncan.But Williams maintained his innocence as he continued to cast blame on his predecessor, Anil Nandlall for causing Justice Holder to abruptly walk out the courtroom – even though the Judge has since clarified that the issue stemmed from the Attorney General’s “egregious” and “disrespectful” behaviour during the court proceedings.“Nandlall was the one who caused the problem…we can’t allow Nandlall to create this problem and leave it unresolved. The Judge and I will resolve this issue,” Williams stated, in contradiction to the Judge’s explanation, which was published in snippets in the State-owned newspaper.In fact, the Attorney General even defended his actions and his statements.“Everything I dealt with in that short time was to disabuse the learned Judge’s mind that his interpretation was not (so),” he stated.Williams believed that the Judge fell prey to “transferred frustration” as a result of Nandlall’s “barracking” of nearly three hours.“Perhaps his detaining the learned Judge again as he was preparing to leave the bench, seeking clarity on whether the witness’s answer of ‘no’ was recorded, induced certain misapprehensions in the Judge’s mind in all the circumstances and the Attorney General became the victim of transferred frustration,” Williams said in a statement circulated during the media engagement.But according to articles published in the State newspaper, Justice Holder, in a letter dated March 24, 2017 to Justice Cummings-Edwards, said he “took umbrage to his (Williams’) tone and what he was insinuating, which was in effect that the court was being selective in recording the evidence”.The Judge said Williams responded by saying that the last person who told him what he should not say was a magistrate and he was now dead.“He further said all morning Mr Nandlall disrespecting you and you have not done anything about it,” Holder wrote, adding that he told Williams that this was not a true statement of what had occurred.“This was followed by a most egregious statement by Mr Williams, which is: “I could say what I want to say and when I want to say it; I have always been like that.”At this point, Justice Holder said he left the bench without adjourning the matter. “Immediately after hearing these words, I rose from the bench and went into my chambers. I did not adjourn the matter, nor did I give any instructions to the parties,” Justice Holder outlined. In the letter, he also expressed that the Attorney General should apologise to him in an open court.Nonetheless, Williams said he was prepared to work with the Judge to resolve the issue. In fact, the Attorney General said he would be responding to the complaint in writing.Nandlall – who was Duncan’s lawyer during the court proceeding – had interpreted Williams’ statements as a death threat against the Judge and condemned the Minister’s actions.But, during a press conference Friday last, Williams threatened to file legal action against news outlets that reported on the allegations of him issuing death threats.Meanwhile, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has called on the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to launch an investigation into the allegations.Despite the Attorney General’s pleas of innocence, the PPP insists the matter warrants an extensive probe as it believes the threats should not be viewed in isolation, but in conjunction with other incidents where the Government has attempted to subvert independent offices.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies blew a 2-0 lead versus the Grande Prairie JDA Kings, evening the playoff series at 1-1 on Tuesday night.The Huskies started the game off strong in the opening period as Aiden Tegart scored less than two minutes into the contest, assisted by Darian Fay. Geoff Dick found twine at 9:44 assisted by Nolan Legace and Nathan Bragg for a 2-0 lead that the Dogs took into the first intermission.The visitors cut the deficit to one goal midway through the second stanza as the chances were dead even at 10 to 10. The Kings tied the game at 10:46 of the third frame as they worked a 5-3 man advantage to perfection. They added the go-ahead goal less than two minutes later, just as Fay was let go from the penalty box. The Huskies couldn’t find the equalizer and as a result, lost a close one by the score of 3-2.- Advertisement -Five players chipped in with a point in the loss for the Pups while Zach Babin made 28 of 31 saves.“We didn’t have any energy,” said General Manager Jeremy Clothier. “We need to be a lot better if we are going to be successful. We got a great game out of [Zach] Babin in net, but couldn’t get anything going.”Game 3 on Thursday, gets underway at 8:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.Advertisement
The Annual High on Ice Winter Festival Dodgeball Tournament is taking place on February 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Kids Arena Fieldhouse.For more information, you can call 250-785-4592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Registration is now open for the High on Ice Winter Festival Dodgeball Tournament.Hosted by the City of Fort St. John Recreation and North Peace Gymnastics Association, teams of up to eight people can sign up to take part in this annual event.This event includes prizes, concessions, costumes, beer gardens and raffle draws. The registration fee is $120 per team, and each team can have a maximum of eight players, with a minimum of six players.- Advertisement -Indoor or clean shoes are a requirement, and all other equipment is provided.Registration must be done in person at the Visitor Centre in the Pomeroy Sport Centre.This Tournament is for participants 18 years and older.Advertisement
Sraith Mionúir an Tuaisceart – Machaire Gathlán, 24/3/2013Gaoth Dobhair 3-8Buncrana 1-8 D’éirigh le foireann mionúr Ghaoth Dobhair an dara cluiche as a cheile a bhaint i Sraith Mionúir an Tuaisceart ar an Domhnach nuair a bhuail siad foireann láidir as Bun Crannach i Machaire Gathlán. Ba seo an chead cluiche do na mionúir ar pháirc úr an chlub agus d’éirigh leo 3-8 a scóráil sa chead leath agus iad ag imirt leis an ghaoth. Orthu seo a b’fhearr a d’imir do Ghaoth Dobhair bhí Gavin Mac Giolla Bhríde, Niall Ó Frighil, Cian Ó Maolagain, Mícheál Ó Cearbhaill, Ciarán Mac Giolla Easpaigh, agus Gearóid Mac Pháidín. Gaoth Dobhair; Cathal Ó Dochartaigh, Gearóid Mac Pháidín, Pádraig Ó Gribín, Adam Ó Fearraigh (0-2), Riain Ó Gríofa, Ciarán Mac Giolla Easpaigh, Conchúr Mac Suibhne, Cian Ó Maolagáin (0-2), Seán Ó Donnagáin, Aodán Ó Fearraigh, Tiarnán Ó Deá, Mícheál Ó Gallchóir, Mícheál Ó Cearbhaill(1-1), Gavin Mac Giolla Bhríde (1-2), Niall Ó Frighil (1-1), Mícheál Ó Fearraigh, Seosamh Mac Pháidín, Caolán Ó Deá, Séamus Ó Baoill GAA: NOTAÍ CLG GHAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: March 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NOTAÍ CLG GHAOTH DOBHAIR
Wanted: Desmond SavageA prisoner whose convictions include killing three people while driving a stolen car may be on the run in Co Donegal.Desmond Savage, who has more than 100 convictions, was temporarily released on compassionate grounds from a Co Derry prison but failed to return last week.He is serving a sentence for a spate of crimes on one night in June 2008, when he rammed a police car and broke into a church minister’s home. The NI Prison Service said the 39-year-old was at large from Magilligan jail.Savage, originally from Lenadoon in west Belfast, received an eight-year sentence in 2000 for causing three deaths by dangerous driving.He was driving a stolen car in Ballymoney, County Antrim, that crashed head-on with another vehicle, killing 27-year-old Charmaine Watson and her 24-year-old husband Justin.The couple’s three-year-old son was badly injured. They had been returning to Belfast from a family day out at Portrush, County Antrim. Brian Donnelly, 20, a front-seat passenger in the stolen car, also died in the collision.Savage is currently serving a sentence for robbery, criminal damage, burglary, assault on police and aggravated vehicle theft.He was sentenced for a spate of crimes on a single night, that began when Savage and another man broke into a church minister’s house in Newcastle, County Down, and stole his car.An hour later, he rammed a police car in Warrenpoint during a chase after they had attempted to steal a woman’s car.He is described as having fair hair, of medium build and is 1.78m (5ft 8in) tall. The prison service said anyone who spots him should contact police. Last year two northern criminals who skipped prison leave turned up in Dungloe.CRIME ALERT: CONVICTED KILLER MAY BE ON THE RUN IN DONEGAL was last modified: January 27th, 2015 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)
Over 6,000 Donegal families have been allocated the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance for this coming school year.More families are being encouraged to apply for the allowance before the 30th of September.The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., is urging families with school-going children, who have not yet applied, to check out their entitlement to this scheme as they may qualify for a payment depending on their financial circumstances. The payment has been increased by €25 this year for each qualifying child.An allowance of €150 is paid for each eligible child who is aged 4 – 11 on or before 30 September 2019 while an allowance of €275 is paid for each eligible child aged 12 – 22 on or before 30 September 2019.Children aged between 18 and 22 years must be returning to full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college in the autumn of 2019.Minister Doherty said: “This can be a particularly stressful time of year for many families. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance provides valuable support to eligible families to assist with the extra costs when children start school each autumn and this year we are providing for an additional €25 payment per child. I would urge anybody who has not yet applied to check their eligibility for the scheme which provides a once-off payment to assist with the costs of school clothing and footwear.” Families who have not received notification from the Department of an automated payment will need to make an application. Application forms are available at all Intreo Centres, on the Department’s websitewww.welfare.ie , via SMS (text Form BTSCFA followed by customer’s name and address to 51909) or by sending an email to BSCFA@welfare.ie . This year, people can also apply online via the Department’s website.The closing date for receipt of applications for this year’s Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is 30 September 2019.The Department is also providing a dedicated phone bank to answer enquiries during business hours 9.00am to 5.00pm. Anyone wishing to make enquiries about this scheme can contact (071) 9193318 or LoCall 1890 66 22 44.Donegal families reminded to apply for Back to School Allowance was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BACK TO SCHOOL ALLOWANCEBack to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance
The standard-bearer of the Intelligent Design Movement (IDM) since 1991, Berkeley Law Professor Dr. Phillip E. Johnson, still wields his pen like a wedge against Darwinism. His latest article for Think magazine (The Royal Institute of Philosophy) is reproduced on the Discovery Institute website. He shares the current status of the movement, his disappointments with the entrenched dogmatism of the scientific elite institutions as well as satisfaction over the victories by design scientists, and reiterates many of the themes for which he is famous. Memorable line: “The goal of the Intelligent Design Movement is to achieve an open philosophy of science that permits consideration of any explanations toward which the evidence may be pointing.”Adding any comments would be gilding the lily. Go read it.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
WeThinkCode, a new peer-to-peer tech institution keen to identify and train people for free to become world-class programmers, has been launched in South Africa.WeThinkCode co-founder Arlene Mulder said the initiative would train 100 students in its first cohort in 2016 and aim to train 1 000 students per year by 2018. (Image: We Think Code)Brand South Africa ReporterWeThinkCode, a new peer-to-peer tech institution keen to identify and train people for free to become world-class programmers, has been launched in South Africa.This institution aims to eliminate the information technology skills gap in the country, promising to train young people to become software engineers in a peer- to-peer problem solving and learning environment.In partnership with Ecole 42 in France, WeThinkCode will open its first campus in January 2016 in Johannesburg. Anyone who wants to be part of this initiative must register on its website. Student applications open on 1 October for the two- year course. It is free of charge for candidates between the ages of 17 and 35.First National Bank, BBD, and Derivco are the founding sponsors. They will provide financial support for the launch of the programme and also play a role in ensuring the curriculum stays relevant to the industry. BBD is a custom software development company, while Derivco is a top-tier software and gaming development company.Students will also be able to interact with sponsors through internship opportunities and projects.WeThinkCode co-founder Arlene Mulder said the initiative would train 100 students in its first cohort in 2016 and aim to train 1 000 students per year by 2018, reported the technology news site, ITWeb Innovations. “Our education model is technology-enabled and therefore extremely scalable. Our mission is to source and develop 100 000 coders in Africa,” she said.#BornToCode, which challenges the tech leaders in South Africa to fight it out to prove their tech muscle, is another WeThinkCode project. The inaugural #BornToCode event will take place on 29 September, and will give tech leaders the chance to join the conversation and put money behind their coding talent.Tech champions will be challenged to take the student aptitude test game and compete for the top 10 positions on the #BornToCode tech leader board. They will then be required to donate a minimum of R25 600, which will cover a stipend to help students through their studies. All funds raised will go towards opening the WeThinkCode campus in January 2016.More than 20 tech leaders have already signed up, including Thabang Legae of Wesbank; Derek Wilcocks of Dimension Data; Robbie Brozin of Nando’s; and Stafford Masie of thumbzup.Source: MyBroadbandWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
23 January 2014 South African tennis star Raven Klaasen is through to the doubles final of the Australian Open after he and his American partner Eric Butorac cruised past eighth seeds Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor in the semi-finals in Melbourne on Thursday. It has been a marvellous run for the unseeded pair, highlighted by their 7-6, 6-4 victory over the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, the top seeds and 15-time Grand Slam winners, in the third round. They also disposed of Aussie favourites Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter in the first round, winning 6-4, 7-5, and 15th seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers, whom they beat 6-4, 6-4. After their win over the Bryans, Klaasen and Butorac were pushed all the way in their quarterfinals clash with 12th seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot, recording a tight 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 victory to move into the final four.Surprise phone call Klaasen’s superb results were recognised back in South Africa by Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula, who surprised the tennis star by phoning him on Wednesday. “It was a long day at the tennis. I had a solid practice, then a rub down and did some media work and got caught in heavy traffic travelling home. I got home and the phone rang and honestly I never expected Minister Mbalula to be on the line,” Klaasen said in a statement. “I asked who was speaking and when he told me it was the minister I was shocked. I never expected the call and was very excited that the minister took time out of his schedule to make a call to me. “The minister wished my partner and I well for Thursday and said that he and the country were very proud of me and that everyone back home was behind me for the final and to go all the way with Eric.” In an interview with Radio 702, Klaasen added: “The support from back home has been wonderful and made me feel proudly South African.”Comfortable win Remarkably, Klaasen and Butorac enjoyed their most comfortable win so far in their semi-final against Zimonjic, a three-time men’s doubles Grand Slam winner, and Nestor, an eight-time men’s doubles Grand Slam champion. It took just an hour and four minutes, with Klaasen and Butorac converting three of five break points while not facing a single one. They will face Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt for the title after the 14th seeds defeated 13th seeds Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in the second semi-final. It will be, by far, the biggest match yet played by the Klaasen/Butorac combination. Klaasen has three ATP World Tour doubles titles to his name, having won the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur and Moselle Open with Johan Brunstrom, and the Malaysian Open with Butorac, all in 2013. Butorac has claimed 14 doubles titles in his career.Davis Cup South African tennis fans will be soon able to watch Klaasen in action in the Davis Cup when South Africa takes on Monaco from 31 January to 2 February in Pretoria at the Irene Country Club.