New Local Authority Areas are very worrying

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Elections Commission has commenced yet another Cycle of Continuous Registration. This process started on Monday, 21st May, and is expected to conclude on 19th July, 2018.The advertisement is indeed most interesting, as it speaks about Claims and Objections and Registration Phase 2 exercises. During the present period, it is of significance to note that all forms of objection and application for correction of particulars and transactions shall be sent by the Registration Officer to the Commissioner of Registration. Applications may be made by persons whose names appear in the Preliminary List for changes and corrections of particulars as shown in the List, and effect transfers from one Registration District/ Division/Sub-Division/Local Authority/Area /Constituency to another.This is very important, and it is imperative that the Guyana Elections Commission provide citizens with the most appropriate Preliminary Voters List. A thorough check should be made with the list that is posted by GECOM in a division/sub-division.The appropriate list is the Constituency List, whereon the citizens, and particularly the village leaders, can look and have a clear understanding of the List, which will have the voters in the correct constituency.This is the Eleventh Cycle of Continuous Registration, and it is sad to note that GECOM is not providing the NDCs with the respective Constituency List. Local Government Elections are all about the first- past-the-post constituency and proportional representation elections in the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and Municipalities. Hence the citizens must be fully aware of the people who are on the List within the specific boundaries.The suggestion that there will be several new Local Authority Areas is very worrying. Further, there are also reports that there will be adjustments to constituency boundaries. These changes cannot be catapulted on GECOM and the Guyanese voters.Mobile registration would also be done during this cycle; however, the commencement of mobile registration would depend on the Tender Board approval of the costs for land, water and air transportation, among other administrative expenses. The Tender Board procedures should have been completed before the Cycle of Registration commences, to ensure that the mobile registration exercises commence in time, with two rounds in the hinterland regions other than the one round that was done in the previous Cycle of Continuous Registration. If the Tender Board does not approve the quotations to provide services in a week’s time, then certainly GECOM would have the excuse to do only one round of Mobile registration in the hinterland, considering that this Cycle of Registration has already been delayed by two weeks merely because of the Order not been gazetted and published.GECOM has to do better to provide the services to the citizens of this country, to ensure that they are registered among the other transactions that they are doing. The Registration Officers at GECOM Centre have to be more encouraging and tolerant to persons who are seeking to have transactions done.The dress code should also be relaxed to accommodate persons other than to inconvenience them to change clothing before they could enter a Registration Centre. The onus of GECOM is to have everyone registered, thus they should be flexible to accommodate persons who might not return if they are sent away for change of clothing.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Reawaking Taylor’s Chaotic Vision?

first_imgThe most senior head of the Islamic religion in Liberia, Grand Mufti Sheik Abubakar Sumawolo has accused those he described as loyalists of former Liberian President Charles G. Taylor of bringing about religious division by inciting the majority Christians and Muslims in the country, a move that could plunge the country into religious instability that is occurring around the world.Mr. Sumawolo said the recent move by a group of Christians at the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) conference in Gbarnga, Bong County to turn Liberia into a Christian Nation is not a new orchestration, but was previously conceived by former President Charles Taylor and his gang of loyalists to incite religious conflict that would perpetuate them in power at the time.Speaking with newsmen yesterday in Monrovia, the Islamic cleric said the idea to Christianize the country has been on the horizon for a very long time as it was contained in Taylor’s Vision 2024 agenda, with his “Giving Liberia to Jesus Christ” Ideology. “This means the country has to be changed from the 1986 constitution and has made it to be to what Taylor and his cohorts desire it to be.”Grand Mufti Sumawolo said President Taylor clearly demonstrated this intent in 2003, when he called a mass meeting at the SKD Sports Complex in Monrovia where he prostrated himself on the ground declaring to the Liberian people that he had “given Liberia back to Jesus Christ”. “It was part of his vision 2024 that Liberia should be change to a Christian nation in order for the insecurity to continue because he would be living in that kind of violence and it is this dream that his loyalists are pursuing.“This opinion is that of Charles Taylor and his loyalists some of whom are from his own family, friends and some of his former generals. Many of these people are now working in the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary branches of government.”Grand Mufti Sumawolo said these loyalists, who he believes are still in contact with President Taylor, want to drag Liberia slowly to the objectives of their master (Taylor) so that most of the Muslims will live in fear. He noted that this move is targeting Muslims’ security, safety, and their own original rights to be abuse.The Grand Mufti said that since the founding of the Liberian state, Christians and Muslims have been living in peace until the coming of Taylor and his collaborators (revolution), who deliberately targeted Liberian Muslims.“In 2003, surprisingly the same President who was responsible for the calamities and destruction that have left the country backward, called for a mass meeting at the SKD Sports Complex lying on the ground declaring to the people that he had given Liberia back to Jesus Christ. This was some of the divisive ideas he wanted to impose so he could get the backing of the Christians so that he could rule for life.”It can be recalled delegates at the just ended CRC conference in Gbarnga overwhelmingly voted for Liberia to be returned to a Christian state. This has however generated much debate with many calling on these groups of Christians to abandon their plans as it would be of no good to the country.The call by many Liberians for the country to be Christianized was precipitated by calls from some lawmakers that they would craft a bill that would call for the country to be returned to Christ as it has been perceived since independence as a Christian nation. This is also because the country has a lot of Christian heritage or founded on Christian principles.Among these lawmakers is Madam Jewel Howard Taylor, the former wife of the imprisoned former President Taylor, who is a Senator for Bong County.The Muslim leader said since independence, Christian communities have been enjoying all rights in the country and the government. “What else do you people want? If you talk about holidays, they are given you people in full; if it is about being recognized in government, government cannot take any decision in your absence. 99 percent of government officials are Christians. Since independence all of the leaders of the country have been Christians.”He said the Liberian state is considered secular according to the 1986 Constitution, almost majority of the rights, chaplains, cabinet positions, academic preferences, subsidiaries to schools and many, many political and social rights-even the holidays are all being given to Christians.He said that he does not want to give credence to the manner in which the delegates were selected by the CRC and the process through which the voting exercises were conducted, but indicated that he wants those calling for Christianizing the country to abandon their plan and allow Liberia to remain a secular state.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 NYC men charged for smuggling birds from Guyana

first_img…26 finches found in hair curlersTwo New York City men were arrested on Wednesday at John F Kennedy International Airport and charged for illegally smuggling Finches from Guyana, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said, according to an ABC News report.The article published on Wednesday detailed that 26 of the birds were foundThe curlers with the birds inside after being taken from the menstuffed in hair curlers and placed in the socks of the defendants, identified as Victor Benjamin, 72, of Brooklyn and Insaf Ali, 57, of the Bronx, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Eastern District of New York.“My investigation has revealed that individuals keep finches to enter them in singing contests,” said Gabriel Harper of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the complaint, ABC News reported, while adding that, “In such contests, often conducted in public areas like parks, two finches sing and a judge selects the bird determined to have the best voice.”Those who attend the singing contests wager on the birds. A finch who wins canThe birds found in curlerssell for US$5000 or more, Harper said.“Although certain species of finch are available in the United States, species from Guyana are believed to sing better and are therefore more highly sought after,” Harper said in the complaint. “An individual willing to smuggle finches into the United States from Guyana can earn a large profit by selling these birds in the New York area,” the report added.Benjamin and Ali were stopped by US Customs and Border Protection after they landed at the airport on a flight from Guyana.According to the US news agency, the men made an initial appearance in US District Court in Brooklyn and were released on a $20,000 bond. They did not enter a plea.If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison, according to the ABC News.last_img read more

Ducks wake up in time for win

first_img“When it was 4-1, I was thinking, `What’s going on? There’s no intensity, no passion, none whatsoever,’ ” Selanne said. “But it takes 20 guys getting frustrated to get their work boots on and start working. We started battling and the momentum totally changed for us.” Chris Pronger also scored twice and Dustin Penner added a goal for the Ducks, who beat Phoenix for the fifth time in six games this season and snapped a three-game skid. “Hopefully this is a turning point for us,” Selanne said. “I almost forgot how good it feels to win a game.” Anaheim’s comeback, starting with Pronger’s goal at 19:55 of the second period, was the latest three-goal rally in franchise history. “We need to get on a little bit of a roll, get some wins under our belt and get some confidence back,” Pronger said. “Certainly after getting three goals on the power play tonight and coming from behind, we were able to do it.” Mathias Tjarnqvist, Keith Ballard, Owen Nolan and Oleg Saprykin scored for Phoenix, which has lost three in a row. “I don’t think we sat back at all in the third,” Coyotes defenseman Travis Roche said. “Certainly we didn’t intend to. They came out hard and threw their `A’ game at us in the third and we didn’t respond.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE, Ariz. – Teemu Selanne sensed a lack of urgency in his Ducks teammates. Then they got frustrated. And then they rallied. Selanne scored his second goal on a power play with 3:07 left in overtime and the Ducks erased a three-goal deficit to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-4 on Thursday night. last_img

Costa apologises for ‘ugly’ spitting incident

first_img“I would like to apologise to all the Juventus fans for my wrong reaction during today’s game,” wrote Costa on Instagram.“I also apologise to my teammates, who are always by my side, in good and bad times. It was ugly, I am aware of that and I apologise to everyone for that.“I want to make clear that this isolated conduct has nothing to do with what I’ve shown throughout my career.”Costa now faces an extended ban with coach Massimiliano Allegri annoyed with the forward for “rising to provocation”.“Maybe he was irritated at a foul before, but it doesn’t matter, because these things should absolutely not happen. The one thing we must avoid is rising to provocation,” said Allegri.Ronaldo flicked in the first goal from close range in the 50th minute amid a scramble in front of goal, to euphoria at the Allianz Stadium, and grabbed a second 15 minutes later following a counter-attack involving Costa and Germany midfielder Emre Can.Senegalese striker Khouma Babacar headed in a late goal for Sassuolo who fell to their first defeat of the season.Just after Costa was given a yellow card for locking horns with Di Francesco, the two bickering players came together again and Costa elbowed his rival and than spat at Di Francesco’s face.The incident was referred to VAR and Costa was sent off by the referee.Cristiano Ronaldo broke his scoring duck with a double for Juventus against Sassuolo. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLO“We could have scored a third goal, but instead we started to play as individuals, we tried to dribble past everyone, this wound up the opposition, who then reacted badly and then you get situations like Douglas Costa,” said Allegri.Allegri congratulated Ronaldo for breaking his duck before their trip to Spain to play Valencia in the Champions League next Wednesday.“You just had to see the first three games and how close Ronaldo went to scoring,” he said.“I think he rushed a couple of chances today –- it looked like he was absolutely desperate to score.“Football has a way of evening things out and that was the story of the first goal, with the ball bouncing off the post and sitting up for him. The second goal was brilliant. I’m happy for him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“Over the top reaction” – Brazilian Douglas Costa apologises for spitting at Federico Di Francesco. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Sep 16 – Juventus forward Douglas Costa has apologised after being sent off for spitting in the face of Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco in a 2-1 Serie A win in Turin on Sunday.Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goals for Juventus but the champions’ fourth win in as many games this season was overshadowed by Brazilian Costa’s late red card for spitting at Di Francesco — the 24-year-old son of Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco.last_img read more

Iran women allowed into stadia for first time in decades

first_img0Shares0000Iranian sports journalist Raha Pourbakhsh shows purchased electronic tickets for the Iran-Cambodia World Cup 2022 match in front of Azadi stadium in the capital Tehran © AFP / ATTA KENARETEHRAN, Iran, Oct 9 – Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium Thursday for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the Islamic republic over its controversial male-only policy.Iran has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums for around 40 years, with clerics arguing they must be shielded from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men. World football’s governing body FIFA last month ordered Iran to allow women access to stadiums without restrictions and in numbers determined by demand for tickets.The directive came after a fan dubbed “Blue Girl” died after setting herself on fire in fear of being jailed for dressing up as a boy in order to attend a match.Women were quick to get their hands on tickets to attend Iran’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cambodia at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on Thursday.The first batch sold out in under an hour, and additional seats were also snapped up in short order, state media said.A sports ministry official said the 100,000-capacity stadium — whose name means “Freedom” in Farsi — was ready to host even more women.One of the 3,500 women to have secured a ticket was Raha Poorbakhsh, a football journalist.“I still can’t believe this is going to happen because after all these years of working in this field, watching everything on television, now I can experience everything in person,” she told AFP.– ‘Blue girl’ –But Poorbakhsh said she was aware of many other women without tickets and some were expected to travel from as far away as Ahvaz in southern Iran in the hope of still getting one.Iranian women are set to freely enter a football stadium for the first time on October 10 as Iran hosts Cambodia in a World Cup 2022 qualifier at Tehran’s Azadi stadium © AFP / ATTA KENAREThose lucky enough to attend will be segregated from men and watched over by 150 female police officers, according to Fars news agency.People on the streets of Tehran said they supported the decision to allow women into stadiums.“I would like there to be freedom for women, like men, to go freely and even sit side by side without any restrictions, like other countries,” said a woman who only gave her name as Hasti.Nader Fathi, who runs a clothing business, said the presence of women could improve the atmosphere in stadiums.But he said “they will regret it” if they are exposed to “really bad swear words” and “bad behaviour”.The bumpy road Iranian women have travelled in order to gain free access to stadiums has not been without tragedy.Sahar Khodayari died last month after setting herself ablaze outside a court in fear of being jailed for attending a match.Dubbed “blue girl” because of the colours of the club she supported, Esteghlal FC, she had reportedly been detained last year when trying to enter a stadium dressed as a boy.Her death sparked an outcry, with many calling on FIFA to ban Iran and for fans to boycott matches.Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili at the time dismissed reports she had been told she would be jailed for six months as “fabricated rumours and hearsay”.And Khodayari’s father told Mehr news agency that she did not “sacrifice” herself for any cause.– Shadow of FIFA –Ahead of Qatar 2022, Iran has come under pressure from FIFA to allow women to attend this round of World Cup qualifiers.The ban on women in stadiums is not written into law or regulations, but it has been strictly enforced.Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, women have only had rare access to stadiums in Iran.About 20 Irish women attended a World Cup qualifier in 2001, and four years later a few dozen Iranian women were allowed to watch the national “Team Melli” take on Bahrain.In October, as many as 100 Iranian “handpicked” women entered Azadi for a friendly against Bolivia.But the day after, the prosecutor general warned there would be no repeat, saying it would “lead to sin”.The issue has been divisive in Iran.The reformist camp has welcomed the decision to allow women into Thursday’s match, while conservatives have argued that football is not a priority for women.The Donya-e-Eqtesad financial newspaper called it “a step to weaken a taboo and also free Iran’s football of the looming shadow of FIFA’s punishment”.But the ultra-conservative Keyhan daily said women were more concerned about economic issues.“There are many girls still single and at home, afraid of the cost of marriage. The government should be thinking of this, not sending them to stadiums,” it quoted a mother as saying.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgMore than 500 students fro across Donegal travelled to the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey yesterday to participate in EirGrid’s schools science programme – ‘Understanding Electricity – From Power Station to PlayStation.’ The dynamic, vibrant and interactive show is based on the electricity module of the junior cycle science curriculum, with particular emphasis placed on practical experience and audience participation.It aims to help students develop an appreciation of the impact that electricity has on our lives and environment. The programme was devised by EirGrid, the state-owned operator of the national transmission network, as part of the company’s support programme for Dublin City of Science 2012.Upon arrival, students got a view a number of electricity related experiments in the ‘Lobby Lab’ before EirGrid engineers presented a 45 minute show where they will demonstrate a number of experiments including; static electricity, batteries and circuits, electromagnetism, renewable energy and transmission.Speaking about the programme, Aidan Corcoran, Grid25 Manager said, “This was a great opportunity for the EirGrid team as well as the schoolchildren of Donegal.“EirGrid has some of brightest engineering minds in the country working in our organisation and we are excited to be able to be in a position to include Donegal in this highly innovative national programme.’ Students from a variety of schools attended including -St. Catherine’s Vocational School, Killibegs, Deele College, Raphoe, Abbey Vocational School, Donegal, Carndonagh Vocational School, Donegal, Finn Valley College and St Columba’s, Stranorlar, Errigal College. Letterkenny and the Royal and Prior, Raphoe.ALL PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF CLIVE WASSON PHOTOGRAPHYDONEGAL STUDENTS LEFT SHOCKED BY SCIENCE PROGRAMME! was last modified: March 28th, 2012 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:BALOR THEATREEIRGRIDlast_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal couple whose company were the owners of a bin lorry involved in the death of a toddler have been cleared on insurance charges.Jim Ferry and Mary Ferry, of Rossbracken, Manorcunningham, the owners of Ferry’s Refuse Collection Limited, had fought a charge of having no insurance on the day a child was knocked down and killed in Letterkenny.Lorry driver Alex McDaid (60), of Bomany, Letterkenny, was cleared earlier this year of causing the death of Patrick McDonagh by dangerous driving in the Ballymacool Housing estate in Letterkenny in February 2010. The trial heard how Mr McDaid had reversed his lorry into a cul-de-sac where the boy lived.The three-year-old boy’s father Patrick Snr told the trial of how his son had chased after a tennis ball on to the road and had shouted ‘stop stop’ as the lorry went over him. The boy’s twin Megan was also at the scene.Mr McDaid did however admit a charge of failing to have a valid driving license.As a result the Ferrys were charge of failing to have proper insurance.However their solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin told Letterkenny District Court that the charge should have been brought against the company which owned the lorry – Ferrys Refuse Limited – and not the directors of the company.He also argued separately that Mr McDaid had shown them what they believed to be a valid driving license. They had no idea it was false.And thirdly, said the solicitor, Zurich Insurance were acting as insurance agents in the matter anyway.District Judge Paul Kelly struck the matters out.COUPLE WHOSE REFUSE COMPANY OWNED TODDLER DEATH LORRY ARE CLEARED was last modified: November 25th, 2013 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:ferry’s refuseGavelLetterkenny Courtlast_img read more

Man in 70s admits indecently assaulting female

first_imgA man in his 70s has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a female in Co Donegal.The assault happened in Inishowen in the 1970s. The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, will be sentenced during the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court in December.Man in 70s admits indecently assaulting female was last modified: July 17th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Incredible Charlie Shiels kicks-off 38th year at Ballyraine FC!

first_imgFOOTBALL: Charlie Shiels is one of the most respected football men in Donegal, and it’s easy to see why! Shiels, has dedicated 38 years to Ballyraine FC, and has provided football for generations of aspiring young football players.His passion for the game has never been diluted and he is gearing up for a new campaign at Ballyraine FC. Ballyraine FC started its registration process this week for its 38th season of schoolboy football in the Donegal Schoolboy league. A large crowd of parents, boys and girls gathered at Arena 7 to sign up for the coming season that starts in August/September and runs till the end of November.The soccer season will then take a winter break and recommence in March next year.Ballyraine FC is one of the oldest and most successful schoolboy football clubs in the country. Formed in 1979 by Andy O’Boyle and the late Fred Bell, the club is 38 years in existence and still going strong. Club PRO, Oran Grimes said “Ballyraine FC is one of only three of the Letterkenny schoolboy league clubs still in existence”. “It’s a testament to people like Charlie Shiels and others who has been involved in the club for over 35 years”. Oran continues, “We have very health numbers at all age groups and a very good group of coaches”. “We use a very simple philosophy at the club, it’s about allowing children to develop their football skills and have fun in a safe and enjoyable environment”. “It’s not all about winning it’s about the quality of the football being played”. Ballyraine FC fields teams at under 8, 9 10, 11 12, 14 and 16 age groups. Football coaches are Garda vetted and complete the FAI coaching courses.The standard of coaching at the club has gone from strength to strength over the years. This was evident last weekend with five players from Ballyraine FC being selected for the Letterkenny under 10 and under 12 Community Games teams who travelled to Athlone to compete in the National Community Games finals. Jack Keys and Kieran McFeely played for the winning Letterkenny u10s indoor soccer team. Ruairi Kavanagh, Danny Harkin and Padraig Hughes played for the u12 team.Earlier this year, the club entered two teams in the Foyle Cup at under 9 and under 10 age groups. Both teams equipped themselves exceptionally well and punched well above their weight by competing against teams from Irish league and international clubs with large underage academies.Oran Grimes said, “The club is currently registering players for the new season which will start in September”. “We welcome the interest from any new boys or girls at all age groups, who wish to try out soccer”. Contact Charlie Shiels (086) 896 2709 or Oran Grimes PRO (086) 160 0520 for more details.Incredible Charlie Shiels kicks-off 38th year at Ballyraine FC! was last modified: August 19th, 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:38th yearBallyraine FCCharlie ShielsIncredibleNew seasonSportlast_img read more