Dear Editor,During the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) term in power, I’ve penned numerous letters pleading for help to combat school dropouts, and the increase in drug usage and crime that is plaguing the village of Zeelugt.Quite early after the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change acceded to power, I penned letters asking them to consider starting some sort of pilot project but apparently no one took notice. I should mention that the village is pre-dominantly inhabited by East Indian Guyanese.On Tuesday, March 29, 2018, my sister who operates a pre-school/play school informed me that a “Ms Grey” visited the play school with a group of people claiming they were from the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) and instructed her to shut the school down. According to “Ms Grey”, even though there is a toilet outside of the building, my sister was told she has to build one in the school because it is unsanitary for the children and the occupants of the house to use same toilet, even though the house has its own toilet on the upper flat. The drains around the environs have been clogged for quite a while now – compliments of the same NDC – and because of the blockage, water cannot recede fast enough from the drain in the yard. This was an issue for the NDC representatives. When the source of the problem was pointed out, they informed my sister that on Saturday, the drain around the area will be cleaned. In the yard, there is a ‘Christmas’ tree and it is one of the tallest trees of that type in the village and many places I’ve visited. They instructed her to cut the tree even though it poses no threat or has any sign of deterioration. A gutter is not attached to the building and that is another problem that has to be addressed before the school could be reopened, along with my sister having to get a good handlers certificate.Now, with a fairly new Government that barely acceded to power based on promises to youths that they have not begun to address, I would have been pleased to know that instead of immediately closing the school down, they could have pointed out the faults, provide guidance and give her a time frome within which to rectify the faults.Instead, under this Administration, we are witnessing people’s jobs being taken away, unemployment increasing and frustration building.So, my questions is this: is this a case of victimisation because they are in cohort with someone who operates a similar business or are they just out to create hardship for young people who are trying to make an honest living?Go around the corner and you will see a mechanic’s waste oil in the drains and papers which are damaging the environs. But the NDC is not going there. There are many children liming and not going to school but the welfare officers are not going to investigating that. I have visited the Child Protection Agency’s office at Pouderoyen and made communication with the head office but they never investigated complaints made. But someone who is trying to do something decent for herself and assist the community, they find fault.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bates
Coen Jackson, the former Bishops’ High School teacher who was last week charged and remanded for rape, managed to secure bail in the sum of $300,000 when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday.He appeared before Senior City Magistrate Leron Daly and was represented by Attorneys Sanjeev Datadin and Siand Dhurjon.Jackson, who has been a teacher for the past 15 years, is being accused ofCoen Jackson, former Bishops’ High School teacherabusing his position of trust as a teacher after he began grooming female students for sexual activity after they would have attained the age of 16; the legal age of consent in Guyana.He has vehemently denied the accusations but did admit to having sexual relations with two former students who are now both in their early 20s.The embattled teacher recently got married to one of his former students.The Police claim that between December 2010 and May 2011 at D’Urban Street, Lodge, Jackson raped one of his students. The Education Ministry had launched a full-fledged investigation into the allegations and upon completion, authorised the Police to begin conducting a criminal investigation.The Police’s investigation resulted in Jackson being arrested in December and subsequently released on $100,000 bail.
In observance ofRegional Chairman, Gordon Bradford during his feature addressEducation Month 2019, Region Seven’s (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) Education Department on Friday hosted its grand road march, rally and cultural presentation which saw the attendance of students and teachers in their numbers.During the opening of the activities, Regional Chairman Gordon Bradford in his feature address used the opportunity to divulge plans for the construction of an early childhood school and a special needs school in Bartica, along with the construction of several primary schools in the Cuyuni and Upper Mazaruni region, some of which have already started.On this note, the Chairman reiterated the importance of delivering quality education to the nation’s children.Students during the Education Month road march in Bartica“The national and regional budgets, both, reflect significant allocations towards education, because your Government recognises the importance of education in the development of the nation, and is sparing no effort to equip you with the right skills to take on the imminent challenges of nation-building”, he said.The march culminated at the Community Centre Ground for the rally and talent show which saw participation from teachers and students, as well as education and regional officials from several schools within and neighbouring the region.Among the schools that participated were Three Miles and Bartica Secondary, St John the Baptist Primary, St Anthony’s Primary, High Achievers School of Learning, Adult Education Institute and the St Michael’s Private School.
One of the men who allegedly attempted to carry out a daring execution-style killing on ex-cop Teon Allen, known as “Spoil Child”, at East La Penitence, Georgetown was on Tuesday slapped with an attempted murder charge and arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Renard CaesarRenard Caesar of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on October 5, 2019, at the East La Penitence Market, with intent to commit murder, he discharged rounds at Allen.The 23-year-old man was represented by Attorney-at-Law Gordon Gilhuys, who in a bail application, informed the court that his client was shown a video before he came to court alleging that he was the perpetrator. The lawyer further stated his client was then informed of the attempted murder charge.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court that on October 5 around 13:00h, Allen was at the East La Penitence Market purchasing vegetables when Caesar and two others exited a car and started to shoot in his direction.The court heard that Allen ran and sought cover, and the men made good their escape.The matter was reported to the Police and following an investigation, a wanted bulletin was issued by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for Caesar, who later turned himself in at the Mackenzie Police Station.The Prosecutor further objected to bail being granted on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence and the penalty the charge attracts.The Chief Magistrate remanded Caesar to prison and the case was scheduled to continue on October 31, 2019.According to a vendor, she saw the man, who was running away from the gunmen, whip out a handgun and return fire.The vendors in the area where the shooting occurred had told Guyana Times that it happened in a flash.
– 3-day initiative a crucial part of country’s REDD+ programmeToshaos and members of the National Toshaos Council (NTC) are currently participating in a three-day workshop in Georgetown which focuses on sound financial management training.A section of the gathering of Toshaos and NTC members at the opening ceremony of the three-day workshopAccording to Head of the National Toshaos Council (NTC), Joel Fredericks, the country’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) programme born from the REDD+ initiative is designed to benefit Guyana’s forestry, the country, and its citizens.He stated that Indigenous peoples view this programme as a very important aspect for the development of their communities and that this three-day workshop will seek to address burning questions in relation to preserving Guyana’s forests.“What proposals are we going to come up with? What financial management systems are we going to design to ensure that the FCPF is bringing that financial benefit but also that those benefits are being managed to enhance our development and to ensure that our forest and nature continue to bring that kind of development, bring that kind of projections for our country and our people?”National Toshaos Council (NTC) Head Joel FredericksMeanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, during his address at the opening of this workshop on Tuesday, posited that financial management is important and training in this regard is necessary.“We want to be the stewards and the guardians of the patrimony of Guyana. Therefore, we cannot just assume that we know how to manage. We cannot just rely on our instincts and basic knowledge. It is good, therefore, that workshops like that conducted by experts in financial management can show us how”.He added that many may overlook the simple aspects of the management of finances but noted that every area in such a topic is foundational for the progress of any project or initiative.“…like managing your books, doing depreciation and costing your expenses, ensuring that if you are a profit-making enterprise that you are in fact making a profit, you may be very busy but you are using. And if you are a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that is not into profit at least you should not be in the red. Because money comes, it is precious, it is valuable, it is to be respected because it is a gift and, therefore, I am pleased this (Tuesday) morning to welcome you to this important workshop”.Guyana is aiming to achieve REDD+ Readiness to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation by the end of 2019, after years of complex efforts and joint discussions at the national and regional level.Consistent with the REDD+ Strategy and the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) for Guyana, three final project concepts have been identified for implementation in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous forest-dependent communities.These pilot projects were based on overall consensus using a ranking system whose criteria included emission reduction potential, provision of ecosystem services, scalability and replicability, and multiple co-benefits.
BUSINESS PROFILE WITH THE DONEGAL ARTIST FIONA HIGGINSDonegaldaily.com: What is your career and what do you do?Fiona: I am an artist working in batik on silk and oil on canvas, I do paintings of the Donegal landscape. Donegaldaily.com:Tell us about your first job and how much were you paid?Fiona: In 1993, I was an art teacher in a secondary school in Northern Ireland, I was paid £10 an hour.Donegaldaily.com:What was your first success in business?Fiona: My solo exhibition in Lincoln, England. Donegaldaily.com:Name the one local or international business person you look up to?Fiona: Joe Mangan, of Mangan Tours.Donegaldaily.com:What has been your biggest mistake in business?Fiona: Not researching before I bought equipment.Donegaldaily.com:What is the most valuable piece of advice you have ever been given? Fiona: When something goes wrong put it down to experience and move on.Donegaldaily.com: What advice would you give to someone starting out in business today?Fiona: Believe in what you are doing, don’t give up, Market your business, don’t be the best kept secret.Donegaldaily.com:What one item would you take with you to a desert island and why? Fiona: Camera, The landscape always changes, if I saw a sunset I would want to capture it, the next one would never be the same.Donegaldaily.com: What item can you not do without?Fiona: CameraDonegaldaily.com: What item would you prefer to do without?Fiona: TelevisionDonegaldaily.com: What do you do in your spare time (if you have any)?Fiona: Make quilts, bakeDonegaldaily.com: When will you retire?Fiona: Will probably always paint.Donegaldaily.com: What’s your tip to surviving the recession?Fiona: Change to meet peoples needs, good service will always keep a customer, be honest.Donegaldaily.com: What one thing would you do if you were Finance Minister to help business?Fiona: Encourage people to spend money if they can afford it, try to get rid of the fear in the country.BUSINESS PROFILE: ARTIST FIONA HIGGINS was last modified: December 13th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Author and actor Joe Steve Ó Neachtain will launch Áine Durkin’s first collection of poetry, Mise Áine: An Bhean Istigh, live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta during the ‘Iris Aniar’ programme on the morning of Friday, 1 December at 9.15 a.m. Áine Durkin is originally from Connemara but has lived in Buncrana, since 1980. She is a poet, songwriter and blogger.The award-winning blogger has been writing poetry for years, but this is her first published collection and it was awarded the first prize for a work by a new published author in the prestigious Oireachtas na Gaeilge literary awards, 2017. Speaking about her inspiration for the poems in this collection, Áine Durkin said, “I have been jotting down my thoughts and observations for many years, and I am delighted that they have now been gathered together, in one collection. Within the pages of this book, you will find my perceptions and reflections, in poetry and song. I hope the readers enjoy reading them, as much as I enjoyed writing them.”This collection of poetry is part memoir and part observation over a number of years. Some poems deal with personal events in the poet’s life and others look outwards to the world and events around her.Although this is Áine’s first published collection, she has been an active writer over the years and has won many awards for her work. Her blog Mise Áine was awarded a prize in the Oireachtas na Gaeilge Literary Competition in 2010. Her song ‘Le Do Thaobh’ (By Your Side) won the National Song Competition in the Pan-Celtic Festival in 2013 and her song ‘Féile na Nollag’ (The Christmas Season) won the Ros na Rún / RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta competition in 2013. Her poems have been published in An Gael, Windows Publications, Foinse, North West Words and broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.Her poem ‘Ciara na Gruaige Rua’ was included on the award-winning documentary Ciara na Gruaige Rua on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta which won a silver medal at the New York Festival’s International Radio Broadcasting Awards in 2008. She has also had articles published in various publications. Mise Áine: An Bhean Istigh (Paperback, €8) is published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht publishers and is available online at www.cic.ie, from Amazon.ie and in book shops where books in Irish are sold.Award-winning Buncrana writer to launch first poetry collection was last modified: November 24th, 2017 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:Aine Breslinbuncrana
WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Senate heads this week for a vote on immigration reform, Sen. Dianne Feinstein is trying to reshape it with a biometric “orange card.” The proposal by California’s senior senator is the latest attempt to significantly change a compromise bill that would create a tiered system granting green cards to millions of illegal immigrants based on how long they’ve been in the U.S. Feinstein, who has called that approach “unrealistic,” aims to replace it with a single process that legalizes all undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. since January 1, 2006, and also meet other requirements like criminal background checks. “If a bipartisan majority agrees that an earned legalization program is a critical part of a comprehensive immigration reform bill, then the program must work on the streets,” Feinstein said Monday on the Senate floor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsHer amendment – which could come for a vote today – would require all illegal immigrants to submit fingerprints for criminal background checks and register with the Homeland Security Department for an “orange card” application. Applicants would have to pass a criminal and national security check; demonstrate English language and U.S. history proficiency; pay back taxes; and pay a $2,000 fine. Those who qualified would be issued a biometric card allowing them to live and work legally in the U.S., as well as travel in and out of the country. Then, after six years of provable work history and tax payment, they could apply for a green card. An immigrant’s “place in line” for a green card would correspond to the length of time he or she had been in the U.S., with those in the country the longest considered first. Feinstein estimated it could take eight to 12 more years for final adjustment of status. “Here we have a pathway that requires an individual to show over a substantial period of time that they have been and will continue to be a responsible and productive member of America society,” Feinstein said. “This is not amnesty. Nothing happens immediately. If an individual cannot demonstrate these things, they will not receive a green card at the end of this long pathway, and then at that time they are deportable,” she said. A number of Democrats have expressed support for Feinstein’s plan, including Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. The measure is similar to one that Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., proposed earlier this year. Yet with votes coalescing around the compromise bill known as the Hagel-Martinez legislation (named for its authors Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Mel Martinez, R-Fla.,) immigration analysts say Feinstein stands little chance. “People have now made a commitment to the compromise,” said Tamar Jacoby, an immigration expert at the Manhattan Institute. She agreed with Feinstein that the tiered approach poses problems, but said it now has momentum behind it and is the vehicle immigration advocates are counting on. The Hagel-Martinez bill requires illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. fewer than two years to voluntarily leave the country or be deported. Those who have been in the U.S. more than two years would have to leave the country for a background check but then be readmitted. Those who have been here longer than five years could stay in the country while applying for an adjustment of status. firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A COUSIN of a man accused of murdering a Co Donegal labourer has told a court that he admitted he’d carried out the killing.Adel Ishaq and Asif Rehman deny killing Malin Head man William McKeeney, who died after the being attacked in a street in Glasgow’s Pollokshields area in January this year.Omar Bhatti, a cousin of Ishaq said he admitted to him that he had been involved in the attack and that they had then gone to a Glasgow lane and burnt his clothes. The court also heard that Rehman’s former partner, Charlene Milloy, asked him to swear on the grave of their late son that he wasn’t involved.She said that three days after the killing of Mr McKeeney she asked the two accused if they were involved with the death.She held up a newspaper containing an article with details of the killing and said to them: “What is the script with this?”She said, however, that her former partner was high on drugs and that she couldn’t make any sense out of him.She asked Rehman to swear on their late son Adam’s grave that he had no involvement with the killing. He shrugged in response.Ishaq also shrugged and said: “I didnae mean it.”It emerged in court also that Milloy had received a call in the hours after the attack.Asked if Rehman had commented on the incident, she said: “No, we were discussing problems in our relationship during the entirety of the two hour, 21 minute call.”The trial continues.The prosecution claim the murder was racially motivated.MURDER TRIAL: ‘MY COUSIN TOLD ME HE KILLED DONEGAL MAN’ was last modified: October 10th, 2012 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:InishowenMalin Headmurder victomwilliam mckeeney
WASHINGTON – Congress on Thursday approved a one-month extension of the Patriot Act and sent it to President George W. Bush in a pre-Christmas scramble to prevent many of its anti-terrorism provisions from expiring Dec. 31. The Senate, with only Sen. John Warner, R-Va., present, approved the Feb. 3 expiration date four hours after the House, with a nearly empty chamber, bowed to Rep. James Sensenbrenner’s refusal to agree to a six-month extension. Congress can pass legislation with only a few lawmakers present as long as no member of the House or Senate objects. The Senate session lasted four minutes. Sensenbrenner, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the shorter extension would force swifter Senate action and had the support of the White House and Speaker Dennis Hastert, D-Ill. The Senate will reconvene Jan. 18 and the House on Jan. 26. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “A six-month extension, in my opinion, would have simply allowed the Senate to duck the issue until the last week in June,” the Wisconsin Republican told reporters. Most Senate Democrats and a few libertarian-leaning Republicans united against a House-Senate compromise that would have renewed several expiring provisions permanently while extending some others for an additional four years. Democrats were pleased with a short-term extension, whether for six months or just a few weeks. “The amount of time is less important than the good-faith effort that will be needed in improving the Patriot Act to strike the right balance in respecting Americans liberty and privacy, while protecting their security,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. “We’re happy to agree to a shorter-term extension of the Patriot Act,” said Rebecca Kirszner, an aide to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “The important thing is to strike the right balance between liberty and security.” House passage marked the latest step in a stalemate that first pitted Republicans against Democrats in the Senate, then turned into an intramural GOP dispute. Without action by Congress, several provisions enacted in the days following the 2001 terror attacks would have expired. Bush has repeatedly urged Congress not to let that happen. The Senate voted Wednesday night to extend the provisions by six months, a turnabout for GOP leaders who had long insisted they would accept nothing less than a permanent renewal of the law. The House approved the measure earlier this month, but a Democratic-led filibuster blocked passage in the Senate, with critics arguing that the bill would shortchange the civil liberties of innocent Americans. “No one should make the mistake of thinking that a shorter extension will make it possible to jam the unacceptable conference report through the Congress,” said Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., who led the Senate filibuster. “That bill is dead and cannot be revived.” Bush carefully sidestepped the dispute that developed overnight between Republicans in the House and Senate. “It appears to me that Congress understands we’ve got to keep the Patriot Act in place, that we’re still under threat,” Bush said before boarding a helicopter for a trip to the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md. Most of the Patriot Act – which expanded the government’s surveillance and prosecutorial powers against suspected terrorists, their associates and financiers – was made permanent when Congress overwhelmingly passed it after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. Making permanent the rest of the Patriot Act powers, such as the roving wiretaps that allow investigators to listen in on any telephone and tap any computer they think a target might use, has been a priority of the administration and Republican lawmakers. Some civil-liberties safeguards had been inserted into legislation for renewing that law, but Senate Democrats and a small group of GOP senators blocked it anyway, arguing that more safeguards were needed. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said he had no choice but to accept a six-month extension in the face of a successful filibuster and the Patriot Act’s Dec. 31 expiration date. “I’m not going to let the Patriot Act die,” Frist said. Bush indicated that he would sign the extension. “The work of Congress on the Patriot Act is not finished,” Bush said of the proposed six-month extension. “The act will expire next summer, but the terrorist threat to America will not expire on that schedule. I look forward to continuing to work with Congress to reauthorize the Patriot Act.” Some Senate Republicans shared Sensenbrenner’s dislike for the six-month extension. “We’ll be right back where we are right now,” said a clearly frustrated Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!