Municipal administrators destroying their legacy

first_imgDear Editor,Something has to be considerably wrong at the Georgetown City Council, and it needs to be fixed urgently. Just about two years ago, the Town Clerk and a team descended upon and demolished a premise owned by an elderly gentleman known as ‘Rasta Man’. The premise was popularly known as the “Dread Shop”, situated at ‘A’ Water Street, Russell Square, Stabroek Market.This act of destroying the structure was brutally done, even though the property was the subject of a matter engaging the attention of the court; and consequently, this action was considered by many legal luminaries to be unlawful and a show of complete disrespect and disregard for the Court of Appeal of Guyana.What was most egregious was the fact that the Council had granted permission and leased the said property to ‘Rasta Man’ for more than three decades, and had continuously levied rates and taxes and charged cleansing fees for the occupation of this location, even though the Ministry of Public Infrastructure had claimed jurisdiction over the area upon which the Dread Shop sat. Yet still, without warning, they demolished the property.Having committed this act of unnecessary savagery, one expected that the area would have been kept clear and clean, or the Dread Shop’s replacement would have been some aesthetically pleasing edifice. But alas! No such thing.Instead, what we have now in its place is an ugly, unhealthy, unsafe, unkempt tent city. Sprung up there over the last two years has been a squalid, shanty facility that is teeming with illegal activities and is a complete eyesore to foreign and local visitors to the downtown area. As the boys would say, it is just ‘stink and dutty’.When will the Georgetown Municipality understand what it takes to develop the tourism industry in Guyana? Is this how they are preparing for Guyana’s Carnival? Is this what they mean by serving the city and advancing the nation?The downtown area of Georgetown, particularly at night, must be one of the grimiest, unsafest, disordered and lawless places in the Caribbean.Why doesn’t this present group of councillors, who will be demitting office in another few months, not understand that all good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine? Are they going to allow a few venal municipal administrators to destroy their legacy?Sincerely,Laquisha Kaftanslast_img read more

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DRUG TRAFFICKERS IN BASSA Nabbed

first_imgThe Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Detachment in Grand Bassa County has apprehended several drug traffickers with L$95,500 worth of the illegal substance.The county commander of the DEA in Grand Bassa County, Major Joseph Tageddine, made the disclosure last week, during an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Buchanan.Major Tageddine revealed that from July to October 2014, the DEA was able to arrest eight suspects and subsequently appraised the total street value of the illegal drugs at L$95,500.Major Tageddine noted with emphasis that the DEA nabbed one Christian Magave, a Nigerian national, with ½ tube of Heroine valued at L$6000 on July 16, 2014, and one Edward Jyasi, a Ghanaian national, with seven cans of marijuana valued L$2,100.  Abraham Yeazee was apprehended on July 15, 2014 with five cans and one gallon of cane juice mixed with marijuana, commonly called “Down Stairs,” valued at L$1,500,.One Marie Vondeh was found on August 17, 2014 with a black plastic bag of marijuana valued L$2,500 and James Waka with nine cans of marijuana worth L$4,500.Another suspect, Trokon Gueh, 23, was on September 10, 2014 caught with twenty- six wraps of Heroine valued LD$7,800, while Prince Yancy, a 16 year-old, who appeared to be an unconscious carrier, was arrested at the Owensgrove  check point in District #1, Grand Bassa County with five tubes of Heroine valued at $LD50,000. The prime suspect escaped and is yet to be apprehended, said Major Tageddine.He explained that while it is true that the deadly Ebola virus is real and here in the county, he and his men are taking the preventive measures against the virus to curtail its spread.“We will not relent in arresting drug traffickers and users who are taking advantage of the curfew and state of emergency to accomplish their drug mission, which is evidenced by our continuous apprehension of the culprits in recent times,” he said.He assured the citizens of the county that with their cooperation and ardent efforts to unearth and acquaint the authorities with the location of drug dealers and users, the DEA will make sure to make the county dangerous drug- free.The Grand Bassa County DEA Detachment Commander prays that since the national legislature had passed the Drug Law Act, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will see reason to sign and print the law into hand bills to facilitate its enforcement.He revealed that the DEA is currently dealing with the public health Law which he said cannot actually punish or sentence the culprits.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mocha businessman gets over 4 years for 2017 fatal accident

first_imgIngrid JamesCleveland Softleigh, a businessman was on Tuesday sentenced to four 4 years and 6 months imprisonment for causing the death of 64-year-old Ingrid James who was killed in July of 2017 on the Herstelling Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Cleveland SoftleighHe was sentenced by Magistrate Judy Latchman who told him that life is priceless after the father of six begged for leniency revealing that he begged the family to compensate them.The charge against him alleged that on July 29, 2017 he drove motorcar PKK 3251 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death James.It was previously reported that as a result of the collision, James’ left leg was severed and she sustained injuries to her body including her head.She was pronounced dead on arrival at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre after being transported there in an unconscious state. A statement from the police had said that the woman was reportedly crossing the road when she walked into the path of the vehicle.last_img read more

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Wildlife Commission collects jaguar from Lima Sands

first_img…says persons can be fined $2M for trapping protected animalsThe Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission has confirmed that it took possession of the young female jaguar which was being held at Lima Sands, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). The jaguar was captured by a Lima Sands resident, Marvin Calvan, on May 22, 2019.The young female jaguar which was captured by residents of Lima SandsThe official who spoke with Guyana Times on Tuesday confirmed that the country’s national animal was collected by the Commission. In a subsequent statement to the media the Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission (GWCMC) stated that the GWCMC took custody of the jaguar after consultation with Calvan and his sister. The Commission noted that the jaguar was moved to a cage and the trap was removed and destroyed. The Commission noted that a sample of blood was taken from the animal which has since been released. GWCMC used the opportunity to remind the public that under Regulation 4 (7) of the Wildlife Conservation Management and Sustainable Use Regulation 2019, the jaguar is a protected species. Additionally, the Commission also stated that Under Section 69 of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2016, it is an offence to have wildlife in possession or to display to the public without the necessary authorisation. Any person who violates this will be liable to pay a fine of $750,000 to $2 million and face imprisonment of up to three years.According to the Commission, communities with wildlife-related issues should report these to them so that the appropriate means can be developed to ensure mutual existence between the animal(s) and residents. The GWCMC also warned that persons should not trap big cats – such as jaguars – during conflict situations.Questions about the whereabouts of the jaguar came into disrepute after the State-owned newspaper published an article in which it posited that imposters might have collected the animal.Meanwhile, Calvan had told Guyana Times that he took special care to ensure that the animal was not harmed. He explained that it was necessary to capture the jaguar as it was eating the livestock of farmers in the community.According to the Regional Democratic Council of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), the trap consists of two sections with a small area to hold the bait, which was a live dog; the other section traps the beast.Between the two compartments is a trap door, which is held opened by twine. It is triggered shut when the animal enters the cage to approach the dog.“When the oversized cat steps on this twine, the door falls shut, locking the cat inside and cannot be pushed open from the inside. All this time the bait dog is safely in its compartment,” the Regional Administration explained in a Facebook post.However, the post sparked much outrage on social media, after it was revealed that the owner was charging persons to see the animal, which was said to be in distress. The Regional Executive Officer (REO), Denis Jaikarran, also paid to see the jaguar in a cage. Adults were being charged $100 while children, $60.The Guyana Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Panthera Corporation, aimed at conserving jaguars.Founded in 2006, Panthera is an organisation devoted exclusively to preserving wild cats and their critical role in the world’s ecosystems.The jaguar is the third-largest feline in the world, and the largest in the Western Hemisphere.Globally, jaguar populations are on the decline mainly due to the loss of habitat and conflict with people. As a result, these animals are listed as a “near threatened” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).The jaguar is protected by the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2016 which states that the collecting, holding in captivity, hunting, killing, or otherwise molesting “protected” species is prohibited.Only recently, the Government was forced to launch an investigation into the alleged killing of a jaguar during a hunting expedition in Guyana.A photo of the dead jaguar began circulating on social media and had sparked debates about the need to protect this endangered species of animal.last_img read more

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Well blow-out north of Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There has been a well blow-out near Laprise Creek north of Fort St. John.The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says the incident has caused the area to be evacuated and a roadblock into the area has been put into place.  The well was operating on a lease owned by Saguaro Resources and Ensign drilling rig 444 was working in the area.  The Laprise Creek area is located east of Sikanni Chief.At this time, there is no risk to the public, according to a tweet from the BC OGC.We are investigating a report of a Saguaro Resources well blow-out in the Laprise Creek area, north of Fort St. John. The site has been evacuated and a roadblock is in place. There is no risk to the public and no reports of any injuries. A Commission inspector is on route.— BC Oil and Gas Commission (@BCOGC) September 1, 2019- Advertisement -There are no reports of any injuries and an inspector from the OGC is on route.Advertisement This is the second well blow-out at a Saguaro Resources facility in less than a year.  The incident occurred at 10:15 p.m. on Dec. 29, 2018 and there were no injuries at the site approximately 180 kms north of Fort St. John.We will update this story as more information becomes available.  If you have any information to share, email news@moosefm.calast_img read more

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LETTERKENNY BOMBING: BOMB DISPOSAL TEAM LEAVE SCENE OF BLAST

first_imgSenior Gardai oversee the investigation after a bomb exploded in Letterkenny this morning. Pic copyright Donegal DailyThe Army Bomb Disposal Unit has just left the scene of this morning’s bombing in Letterkenny.The unit took away a number it items of interest including debris from the scene.There is not believed to be any other suspect devices at the scene. A Garda forensics team under the supervision of Inspectors Pat O’Donnell and Goretti Sheridan are now overseeing the fingertip investigation of the scene.Gardai are examining the Mitsubishi Pajero jeep which took the full impact of the blast.No other vehicles or property was damaged in the attack and nobody was hurt.IT is understood the incident took place just before 4am. Gardai are looking to speak to the owner of a silver car which was in the area of Manor Park View at the time. LETTERKENNY BOMBING: BOMB DISPOSAL TEAM LEAVE SCENE OF BLAST was last modified: November 22nd, 2013 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:bombletterkennylast_img read more

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Donor gives athletic field to school

first_imgGLENDALE – For Susan Osborne, the inspiration to give came from her late father. A Shriner who believed in charity, John Blackstone instilled an unselfishness in Osborne that she continues to carry with her today. That’s why, she says, she recently gave $1.2 million to Crescenta Valley High School to install a synthetic grass athletic field. “He inspired me, really,” said Osborne, a Glendale grandmother. “Thanks to him I have been able to do this. … He would be very proud. He loved children.” Work has already begun on the $1.8 million athletic field and track at the school. The field could be ready for soccer, football and track-and-field athletes by July. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card In addition to Osborne’s donation, the Glendale Unified School District and a community fundraising group called CV CAN will share the installation cost. School officials expect the synthetic-grass technology to reduce injuries and better endure wear and tear. Osborne declined to talk about the source of her wealth. But the $1.2 million donation was not her biggest charitable gift. She gave more to Shriners Hospital for Children. Susan Osborne’s granddaughter, 11-year-old Jade Guernsey, will attend Crescenta Valley High and graduate in 2012. “The whole community uses this, everything from Fourth of July to people walking after work,” said Candy Osborne, Jade’s mother. “And the kids … play on here. We want them to be safe.” As she looked out over the dirt field that will soon be turned into a state-of-the-art athletic venue, Osborne, who suffered a stroke nine years ago and has trouble speaking, marveled that the project will be done in June. “It doesn’t (seem) possible that with June,” she said. “I thought it was September, October.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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GAA NEWS:ST MARY’S JUNIORS FACE MALIN THIS THURSDAY

first_imgBingo Continues in the hall at 8.30pm.Club lotto Counties drawn AH MO LK KK, 1 person matched 3, Marian Prunty Convoy, jackpot next week €3450.Training for Senior Ladies is on Wednewsday from 7 on Fri 7.30 and Sun at 10.30pm. New Players are always welcome. Junior Game at Home against Malin this Thursday. Check FB page for updates or changes.Gaelic for Mothers and Others wed at 8.15pm. New Players welcome.Training for Underage continues on Fri from 6-7pm.Thanks to everyone who helped out with the U8 team blitz at Home on Sat well done to all the boys and girls who took part . U 10 Blitz on Sat away to Mc Cumhaills check FB for details children will be informed at underage training.Best wishes to Drumkeen N.S girls in The Cumann Na Bunscoil Final on Tues .Cul Camp 2014Camp Venue Camp DatesConvoy /Conmhaigh 30 Jun – 4 Jul Cost of 1st child €55.00 2nd (€45.00), 3rd/4th (€40.00)Book NowStephanie Friel 087 761883 or any Committee memberforms have been sent out through schools also . The U 12 won away to St Eunans good displays on Gold Team from Sean Doherty and Evan Mc Bride and on the Green Team Jamie Lecky and Ciaran AllenNext U12 game v Lifford on Monday June 16th. Bus times: Hall @ Drumkeen @ 5.15, Convoy Green @ 5.30, Raphoe Deele college @ 5.45. Bring 2 euros and gum shield.U14 & U 16 girls training on Mon from 6.30 -7.30 as normU 14 boys lost out to Newtown in the Shield final in a fantastic game that went into extra time Final score Newtown 5-16 to St Marys 5-10County Final for the under 14 girls. It’s on this Tuesday the 17th June in Donegal Town. Throw in at 6:45. Bus leaving Raphoe at 5, Convoy 5:10, Drumkeen at 5 :20. Best of Luck to all involvedU16 boys Gaelic training on Thursday starting at 6pm. Match on Tuesday 24th home to red hughs. Please check club Facebook for updates or changes.Senior Men Won away to Muff St Mary’s 1-12 Muff 2-07Reserves also won away to Muff St Mary’s 2-17 to Muff 0-3Seniors and Reserves at home V N. Ultan next SatGAA NEWS:ST MARY’S JUNIORS FACE MALIN THIS THURSDAY was last modified: June 15th, 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:convoydonegalSt Maryslast_img read more

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THE MAGNIFICENT 7….DONEGAL GAA STARS NAMED IN TOP 50

first_imgSEVEN Donegal players were today named in the top 50 players of the year.The Irish Independent list (in no particular order) features stars who will face each other in the County Final tomorrow.Without further ado….here the pick of Colm Keys: 3 Karl Lacey (Donegal) Whether it was destructive man marking jobs or being the main catalyst for turning defence into attack for Donegal, Lacey delivered. He was omnipresent at the heart of Donegal’s defensive effort.10 Michael Murphy (Donegal) When he played an orthodox full-forward role in the Ulster final Donegal got the most out of him. Led the comeback up front against Kildare after injury ruled him out from the start.13 Neil McGee (Donegal) Much of Donegal’s progress was predicated on firm defence and McGee was a cornerstone from the very first afternoon of the championship in Ballybofey.21 Kevin Cassidy (Donegal) A couple of inspirational scores against Tyrone in Ulster and then that match-winner in extra-time against Kildare. Well worth coming out of retirement for. 30 Colm McFadden (Donegal)The lone forward against Dublin, he didn’t let the isolation get to him. Contributed good scores against Tyrone and Derry in Ulster.41 Frank McGlynn (Donegal) Was assured in everything he did and was one of Donegal’s most miserly man markers.50 Ryan Bradley (Donegal) Delivered some of Donegal’s most important scores and worked tirelessly for the cause from half-forward.See the full list here: http://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-football/top-50-footballers-2011-2893144.htmlTHE MAGNIFICENT 7….DONEGAL GAA STARS NAMED IN TOP 50 was last modified: October 1st, 2011 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:Donegal GAAlast_img read more

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VOICE OF SPORT CHARLIE COLLINS STEPS INTO DIGITAL AGE WITH SPORTS PODCAST

first_imgCharlie Collins: Back talking sportVOICE of Sport Charlie Collins has launched his first podcast.The former Highland Radio man, who quit the station earlier this month, had made it clear he was not retiring….just resigning.His job at the station has been taken by Shaun Doherty. Last night Collins launche the inaugural episode of “Charlie Collins Talking Sport”, and a new weekly podcast hosted by Charlie Collins and featuring the  voices in sport in the North West.For his first show Charlie is joined by Rory Kennedy, Brendan Kilcoyne and Chris McNulty to discuss a range of topics, focussing on this weekend’s key local sports fixtures – The Donegal International Rally, happening all weekend, and the Donegal v Down Ulster Championship Semi-Final taking place on Sunday.You can listen to it here:http://charliecollinstalkingsport.com/2013/06/19/charlie-collins-talking-sport-episode-1/    VOICE OF SPORT CHARLIE COLLINS STEPS INTO DIGITAL AGE WITH SPORTS PODCAST was last modified: June 20th, 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:VOICE OF SPORT CHARLIE COLLINS STEPS INTO DIGITAL AGE WITH SPORTS PODCASTlast_img read more

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