Dear Editor,When they were in the Opposition, the PNC and AFC were good back seat drivers. They had all the solutions to the crime problem and good governance.From the time they got into Government, they have been complete failures. One of their own, now National Hero, MP Mr Charrandas Persaud, who could not take it any longer, voted with the Opposition against his own coalition Government, and caused the PNC to be defeated.There was an expectation that the coalition would do better on crime given all the retired military people that Granger assembled to help his Government. People thought they would create a Think Tank, or action plan but nothing of the sort. We get more of the same backwardness, including law enforcement personnel working in cahoots with criminals.Every week, from Berbice to Essequibo, to Linden and Georgetown, violent crime creates widows and orphans. Our hardworking mothers, daughters, sons and fathers are brutalised by bandits without mercy. The poor fishermen going out to provide us with fish do not return home. Businessmen taking risks to engage in enterprise and providing jobs are ambushed and killed in broad daylight, and the Government keeps twiddling its thumbs with no solutions in sight. Instead, they feed us propaganda that crime has reduced, even as families in mourning bury their loved ones whose lives have been cut short by bandits’ bullets. And Granger says: “Give us five more years.” Five more years to do what?While the Government has done minor shuffles of its pack of jokers, Ramjattan is in place still. The current pack of Ministers in the coalition are probably the sorriest lot ever in Government. The PNC knows that while it needs to put in a new Minister, it cannot just move the AFC Leader just like that. So because of coalition politics, the nation continues to carry the goadie of incompetence of clueless Ministers, more widows and orphans are created, and fear stalks the land. Even church people are afraid to venture out at nights for Bible studies or prayer meetings. Guyanese abroad are scared to come home and visit.Let Ramjattan say how many of the fishing boat owners in his county of Berbice have been issued firearms. Fishermen should not have to pay with their lives for us to be able to eat fish.I call on Ramjattan to resign immediately, and for caretaker Granger to appoint a new caretaker Public Security Minister. Enough is enough!Sincerely,Jerry Singh
The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) has conducted a training workshop for the formation of an Integrity Club (I-Club) on the campus of the University of Liberia (UL), a release has said. As an integral component of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) funded Open Expenditure Initiative Project, the workshop convened approximately 75 students who benefited from the training on integrity, leadership and good governance issues.UNDP representative Boye Johnson reaffirmed the entity’s continued support to the formation of the University Integrity Club. Mr. Johnson challenged those willing to become members of the club to exhibit exemplary lifestyles rather than allowing themselves to be carried away by the spoiled political system. He described corruption as an abstract term that is very difficult to fight physically, adding, “It therefore requires concerted efforts by all well-meaning citizens particularly from the education sector.” Johnson charged students to be torchbearers in the fight against societal ills that often result from illiteracy and poverty and lead to civil discontent and violent conflicts.The Coordinator of the project, Gerald Dan Yeakula, admonished participants to see the I-Club as an opportunity to build their capacity and youth empowerment. He noted that the I-Club can form a critical mass of young people determined to be leaders in their respective professions. The ongoing UNDP/CENTAL I-Club formation is a pilot exercise aimed at tackling corruption at the level of the education sector by creating a mass movement of the youth population that says no to corruption and promotes integrity values in schools. I-Club UL is a forerunner to others in the pipeline in universities to spearhead engagements around integrity issues that involve various stakeholders from university campuses and society in general.The idea of an integrity club originated in 2006 with the understanding that achieving national decentralization requires CENTAL and other relevant good governance advocates. CENTAL, with support from partners including the American Embassy and ActionAid-Liberia, has established integrity clubs in Bong, Nimba, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh counties. Membership to the I-Club is open to all who abstain from corruption and uphold transparency, accountability and integrity in all their dealings.Anti-corruption activist and CENTAL Program Manager, Anderson Miamen, addressed the workshop on the topic: Understanding Corruption: Its Ramifications and Effects, Causes and Remedies. Norris Tweah, vice president, UL Relations, lectured on “The Place of Integrity in Creating an Enabling Environment for Youth Development,” while the lecture on “Leadership and Tips for Success” was delivered by Mohammed Bility, Deputy Commissioner of Customs for Policy and Compliance at the Bureau of Customs and Excise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…says Clive Thomas cannot solely determine what is State propertyThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has made known its intention to implement several changes to the SARA Bill 2017, if the Party is reelected to office in 2020.While noting that the Bill contained some good elements, former President Bharrat Jagdeo, who was also the General Secretary of the PPP, said his Party would remove the ambiguity about private property.Jagdeo told a media conference on Tuesday that the Head of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), Dr Clive Thomas, could not solely determine what was State property.Further, the PPP intends to remove all the provisions that make the SARA Bill unconstitutional, Jagdeo said on Tuesday.“So it might not be a total repeal, but making it constitutional and narrowing the definition of State property, so you don’t have a broad definition on that part,” he explained.Jagdeo said his Party would also ensure that the head of the unit was accountable to someone else, as opposed to leaving it to have him to make his own decisions.More importantly, however, the PPP plans to re-establish the Integrity Commission and provide it with the full powers to execute its mandate effectively and efficiently.“Those are three elements that are going to be vital if we retain the law to make sure that we have clarity on those three elements,” the former President added.The PPP will ensure that all public officials submit their statements to the Commission, Jagdeo said, and in cases where they do not, action will be taken against them.Jagdeo lamented the fact that the current Administration did not submit statements to the Commission, but moved swiftly to pass the SARA Bill to recover stolen property.“So, how can you shut down the Integrity Commission and then say you want to strengthen public accountability…You know what we did? We did not …we gave them a free pass. We did not take criminal action against them, which we should have done.”The PPP had expressed concerns about this legislation setting the stage for the creation of a parallel justice system.It argued that the Bill would create an environment that encouraged the violation of individuals’ constitutional rights and undermine the rule of law, since it has conferred on a sole individual – the Director of SARA – who currently is Professor Clive Thomas, powers that are 10 times greater than those of the Guyana Police Force.According to the Opposition, the Bill would create a series of new offences, the SARA Director has been vested with unparalleled powers to investigate the newly-created offences, and persons could be rid of their properties without ever being charged with a crime.Government used its one-seat majority to pass the SARA Bill in the National Assembly last Thursday.However, the PPP and other groups plan to file legal proceedings to disallow the setting-up of this agency.
Plowright won with 87 votes beating former Councillor Lyman Clark with 55 votes. Since Clark had to resign from Council to run for Mayor, his seat was left vacant. The only person to run for that position was Andre J.E. Lavoie and he was selected by acclamation.The candidates will be sworn in at the April 7, 2014 council meeting.- Advertisement –
Former Manchester United star unlikely to make Premier League returnFormer Manchester United star unlikely to make Premier League return
Giuseppe Rossi 1 Former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi will not be returning to the Premier League as he is happy at Fiorentina.The 28-year-old spent three years at Old Trafford during his youth but was eventually sold to Villarreal in 2007.Since then the striker has gone on to earn 30 caps for Italy and impress watching scouts with his performances for Fiorentina.A serious knee injury last season has led to Rossi fall down the pecking order, though, and it was said he could return to England in search of first-team football.However the Italy international’s agent, Andrea Pastorello, has denied such talk and instead claimed his client is happy in Florence.“He’s like a dog chasing his tail,” Andrea Pastorello admitted, speaking to FirenzeViola.“To be a top player he has to get back to full fitness, but to do that he needs to play consistently.“It’s a thought, nothing more. It’s absolutely not a problem or a controversy, but there’s no doubt that if he doesn’t play it’ll be difficult for him to get back to being the top player he is.“Could he leave? No, the destinations I’ve read about aren’t true. Let’s wait and see how he does up until Christmas.”
HIGHLAND LOSES ‘MOST POPULAR STATION’ TITLE TO MIDWEST RADIOHIGHLAND LOSES ‘MOST POPULAR STATION’ TITLE TO MIDWEST RADIO
Midwest Radio is now the most popular local radio station in Ireland, the station has said today.“The latest JNLR figures reveal that for the first time in our 25-year history, Midwest Radio has surpassed all other stations – including Highland Radio in Donegal – to claim the top rating,” said Midwest Radio’s Managing Director Paul Claffey.“Midwest Radio’s listenership is now at 62% during weekdays, while our market share has increased to 60% – which relates to the amount of time people stay listening to the station. “We are delighted to claim the number one spot during the station’s 25th anniversary year.” HIGHLAND LOSES ‘MOST POPULAR STATION’ TITLE TO MIDWEST RADIO was last modified: November 11th, 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:Highland RadioJNLRMidwest Radioratings
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett turned himself in Monday night on charges of robbing two people at gunpoint in an alley behind a bar. Clarett turned himself in after 9 p.m. at the county jail, Columbus Detective Art Hughes said. The 22-year-old player, who helped the Buckeyes win the national championship in 2002, was wanted on two counts of aggravated robbery. He is accused of flashing a gun and demanding property from a man and a woman behind the Opium Lounge in downtown Columbus shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday. Police said he fled with two men in a sport utility vehicle after he was identified by the bar owner, who happened to come out into the alley. Eagles promote Heckert to GM GOLD COAST, Australia – Once, it all seemed so routine to Martina Hingis. She would step on the court, and from up in the seats the shouts of encouragement would roll down, descending on her in waves. Hingis is playing on the tour again for the first time in three years, and on Monday the 25-year-old Swiss star made a confident return from retirement. She got past some early jitters, then beat Venezuela’s Maria Vento-Kabchi 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Australian women’s hardcourt championship. Hingis was forced to leave tennis because of foot and ankle injuries. Now, she is far removed from her No. 1 ranking and that 1997 season when she won three majors. Clarett surrenders to police AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson PHILADELPHIA – Tom Heckert was promoted to general manager by the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, ending speculation he would leave for Minnesota. Heckert joined the Eagles as the club’s director of player personnel in 2001. He recently had been mentioned as a strong candidate for the Vikings’ front office. The Eagles didn’t have an official general manager, but coach Andy Reid handled those duties. Reid also is the team’s executive vice president of football operations. Brees needs surgery on shoulder SAN DIEGO – The Chargers’ decision on Drew Brees’ future became much cloudier Monday when the quarterback said he needs surgery for a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Brees dislocated his right shoulder in a home loss to the Denver Broncos on Saturday, and an MRI on Sunday revealed the torn cartilage. The fifth-year pro plans to travel today to Birmingham, Ala., to get a second opinion from orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, and would like to have surgery this week. Brees anticipates a four-month rehab, which means he should be ready for minicamp. The Chargers (9-7) missed the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 seasons. Raiders, 49ers to flip coin for pick NEW YORK – The Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers will flip a coin to determine who gets the sixth pick in the NFL draft and who gets the seventh. The complete order for the April 29-30 draft was announced Monday, with Houston at No. 1, presumably with the rights to Reggie Bush, the USC running back who is expected to declare his eligibility after Wednesday’s Rose Bowl. The Texans (2-14) officially fired coach Dom Capers on Monday as New Orleans (3-13), which will have the second pick, did with Jim Haslett. The NFL originally announced that the coin flip had been held. However, a later announcement said it will not be held until after the Super Bowl. Hoeppner has tumor removed BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner had surgery to remove a tumor from his right temple, and is expected to make a full recovery. The 58-year-old Hoeppner underwent surgery on Dec. 27, and has returned home, the school said Monday. Hoeppner began having headaches on Dec. 24 while in Cleveland to watch Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, whom he coached at Miami of Ohio, play against the Browns. Hoeppner had tests on Dec. 26 after returning to Bloomington and had surgery the next day to remove the tumor. Dr. Larry Rink, Indiana’s sports medicine director, said Hoeppner has suffered no neurological problems. Hoeppner led Indiana to a 4-7 record in his first season with the Hoosiers, after six years at Miami. Knicks suspend James indefinitely NEW YORK – The New York Knicks indefinitely suspended Jerome James on Monday for conduct detrimental to the team, saying the center was unprepared to practice Sunday. The Knicks said they would not comment further on the suspension. The 7-foot-1 James, who spent the past four seasons with Seattle, has appeared in 14 games this season. He is averaging 3.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 10.4 minutes. Redskins await Springs’ MRI ASHBURN, Va. – Cornerback Shawn Springs is the biggest injury concern for the Washington Redskins as they head into their first playoff game since 1999. Springs aggravated his groin injury in the first half of Sunday’s 31-20 victory over Philadelphia. He had an MRI on Monday, but team officials weren’t expecting the results until today. Springs’ absence was compounded when backup Ade Jimoh left the game in the second half with an irregular heartbeat. With Carlos Rogers inactive because of a torn biceps, the Redskins in the final key drives had to play Christian Morton, who was promoted from the practice squad last week. Rogers, who has missed three games, is expected to return for Saturday’s playoff game at Tampa Bay. Jimoh was taken to a hospital late Sunday and was given medicine that should get him through the playoffs. Jimoh said he expects to practice on Wednesday. Linebacker Lemar Marshall sprained his shoulder but is expected to play Saturday. 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K2 LIVE BLOG: JASON BLACK SUMMIT ATTEMPT ON HOLD AFTER NEW AVALANCHEK2 LIVE BLOG: JASON BLACK SUMMIT ATTEMPT ON HOLD AFTER NEW AVALANCHE
Jason BlackAudio Playerhttps://www.donegaldaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/msg-7.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Jason Black’s attempt to start his five day summit of the massive K2 mountain have ben put on hold after a another massive avalanche.The Donegal mountaineer was due to start his climb this morning.However, despite spending six hours digging to recover their gear from beneath the snow, the team are still on the backfoot. Black said the summit attempt will not now take place at present.The 44 year old will post another audio blog shortly to let people know his plans.Simply click on the arrow above to hear his latest dispatch for Donegal Daily.K2 LIVE BLOG: JASON BLACK SUMMIT ATTEMPT ON HOLD AFTER NEW AVALANCHE was last modified: July 24th, 2015 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:BlogdonegalJason Blacksummit
VALENTINE’S NIGHT WITH A TWIST AT POPULAR DONEGAL BAR AND RESTAURANTVALENTINE’S NIGHT WITH A TWIST AT POPULAR DONEGAL BAR AND RESTAURANT
The Traveller’s Inn, Milford will host a Valentine’s night with a difference this weekend.The Milford venue, famous for good food, is stepping away from the traditional meal for two over a bottle of red and opting for a fun disco night for couples, friends and family to enjoy. Taking place on Saturday, 13th February, the theme for the evening is ‘Ladies in the Lounge with Lasagne and Wine’ and ‘Boys in the Bar with Burgers and Beer’.Food will be served in the lounge and bar until 9.30pm and costs €10 per person including one drink. Resident DJ Samioki will be playing all time classic disco music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s from 10pm to late.Early booking is advised for what promises to be a great night for singles and couples alike.Commenting on the Valentine’s event, owner of The Traveller’s Inn, Michael McBride, told Donegal Daily “We just wanted to do something a little bit different for Valentine’s night and that’s how we came up with the concept. “It’s the perfect night for couples and singles to meet up with their friends and family, enjoy a nice meal, have a great night and of course, the men and ladies will get a chance to mingle later in the evening.“We’ll also have our traditional menu available all weekend, so anyone looking for a more intimate meal will also have that option.”“Firmly established as one of the best restaurants in Donegal, The Traveller’s Inn is open for food every weekend from 12 – 9pm during the off peak season.”The menu boasts a great selection of meat, poultry and fish dishes and has a reputation for excellent flavour and big portion sizes.There’s live music every weekend and the venue hosts one of the best traditional Irish music sessions each Wednesday from 9.30pm.For more information on The Traveller’s Inn and to book for the ‘Valentine’s Night with a Twist’, call Michael or the team on 074 91 63499 or visit www.thetravellersinn.com . For special offers and promotions, visit The Traveller’s Inn Facebook page www.facebook.com/ traveller.inn.16.VALENTINE’S NIGHT WITH A TWIST AT POPULAR DONEGAL BAR AND RESTAURANT was last modified: February 11th, 2016 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:BusinessnewsTraveller’s InnTwistValentine’s Night
NAMED AND SHAMED AND BEHIND BARS: PAEDOPHILE BEHIND SEX ATTACK ON TEEN GIRLNAMED AND SHAMED AND BEHIND BARS: PAEDOPHILE BEHIND SEX ATTACK ON TEEN GIRL
A DONEGAL PAEDOPHILE tried to worm his way out of a prison sentence by taunting his victim for one last time before being jailed last night.Fergus Carson, of The Green, Main Street in Convoy, Co Donegal, was convicted following a trial earlier this year by a Central Criminal Court jury of SIX counts of sexual assault of the girl at a relative’s house between May and September 2012.The girl has waived her right to anonymity. She doesn’t want to be named but said she wanted 54-year-old Carson named. But Carson, who has no previous convictions, does not accept the verdict of the jury.Prior to sentencing, he instructed his senior counsel Kenneth Fogarty SC, defending, that there were photos on the girl’s Facebook page which were ‘inconsistent’ with the contention in her victim impact report that she stayed at home and did not go out socially following the assaults.He said the victim impact report was provided to the court to show how the girl had been affected and it was hugely important that the court could rely on it as factually correct.But Mr Justice Tony Hunt said he took a ‘global view’ of victim impact statements and while it was important to take them on board, they were not the ‘be all and end all’.He said the effect of the offending on a young girl was “pretty obvious” and he did not think this particular statement was “out of the ordinary.”Mr Justice Hunt said Carson had abused his position of having access to the house where she was staying and took advantage of the fact he knew her family would be away at certain times.He said there had been a cluster of assaults over the five months with the most serious involving one instance of digital penetration of the girl’s vagina.He noted this was the first time Carson had come into conflict with the law and that he would now be obliged to serve a custodial sentence at a relatively advanced point in his life.Mr Justice Hunt said the opprobrium of being a sex offender with its attendant shame and publicity would continue after the sentence ends and the fact it happened within a small community would be difficult for everyone in the future.He noted the offences had a serious effect on the girl in the context of normal adolescent development which was undoubtedly skewed, as well as the general effects one would expect.Judge Hunt imposed a five year sentence but suspended the final 15 months for two years. He ordered Carson to undergo 12 months post release supervision.Garda Michelle Kelly told Conor Devally SC, prosecuting, that the girl had known Carson all her life and he knew what age she was. She was alone in a relatives house when Carson let himself in. He kissed her but she felt it was not in greeting and was uncomfortable.She described how Carson later placed his hands down her trousers and kissed her passionately.He also placed her hand on his penis and said she should be doing something for him.On the final occasion she was upstairs changing a sheet on a bed when she heard Carson come into the house. He came upstairs, pushed her onto the bed and got on top of her.Afterwards she tried to keep away from the accused but continued to see him. Her mother became aware of what had happened and Carson was arrested. He denied that the events had occurred.In her victim impact report the woman said giving evidence in the trial had been the hardest thing she had ever done and the last four years had been “hell.” She said she felt “inhibited” in her locality and did not go out socially.She said reaction to the complaint locally had been unwelcome and had made life difficult.Gda Kelly agreed with defence counsel that Carson had engaged fully with gardaí during interview and denied involvement.Mr Fogarty told the court that Carson maintained his innocence and asked for leniency.He said Carson had lived his whole life without coming to the attention of gardaí and these allegations had been devastating to him and his family. He said there had been a rift in the small community but that Carson’s “nearest and dearest” were supporting him.However last night people in Convoy welcomed Carson’s imprisonment.One mum told Donegal Daily that he was “creepy” and said he had stalked her daughter on the social media site Ask.fm.NAMED AND SHAMED AND BEHIND BARS: PAEDOPHILE BEHIND SEX ATTACK ON TEEN GIRL was last modified: March 12th, 2016 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:convoydonegalFergus Carsonpaedophilevictim