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Windies ready to overcome tough build-up

first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP): WITH one day to go before his team faces England at the World Twenty20, West Indies captain Darren Sammy is ready to overcome a difficult build-up which has served up doping and selection problems. Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons were both ruled out with injury while Sunil Narine withdrew, needing more time to work on the suspect action, which means he is banned from bowling in international matches. Earlier this month, Andre Russell was reported to have missed three doping tests in the space of 12 months, a violation of anti-doping rules which equates to a positive test. Russell was not provisionally suspended, with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission referring the case to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel. A date has not been set for the hearing, clearing Russell to play in India. “We are a team which always has a setback and we thrive on things like that,” Sammy said yesterday. “We as a team have supported Russell and we are confident that he will be taking part in the full tournament.” Narine and Pollard are both highly experienced players. “It’s always difficult to replace somebody like Narine or Pollard who has so much experience playing here,” Sammy said. “Yes we will miss them, but it creates an opportunity for somebody else to step up and play.” In Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Russell and Sammy, West Indies have one of the most destructive Twenty20 batting line-ups, four years after they won the title in Sri Lanka. “Obviously we know Chris is a massive figure, we have Bravo, Russell, Sammy, Jason (Holder) and Carlos (Brathwaite) that’s a lot of power,” Sammy said. As well as England, West Indies face Sri Lanka, South Africa and Afghanistan in Group One. Of England, he said: “(Jos) Buttler, (Ben) Stokes and their captain Eoin Morgan are good players, we won’t take them for granted; but if we do what we could do then you are going to be victorious.” England have failed to make it past the second round since winning in 2010. But Morgan said his players had a positive mindset after winning warm-up matches against New Zealand and a Mumbai Cricket Association XI. “We are in a really good place mentally,” Morgan said. “As long as we execute our plans and go about our business the way we normally do I think we’ll be in a stable position.” England have struggled in recent times against quality spin bowling, but Morgan did not expect spin to play a major role in the first two matches against West Indies and South Africa, both at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. England’s next matches against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will be staged in New Delhi. “It’s normally a good batting surface here,” Morgan said. “It’s another challenge for a bowler to try and emphasise taking wickets and holding momentum throughout the innings.” England defeated Pakistan in the Twenty20 series on slow wickets in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year, but arrived in India after losing both T20s against South Africa last month. Morgan said England’s batsmen have learnt from their mistakes in South Africa and hope they will play with more positive intent in India. “We learnt a lot, particularly about our batting which stuttered a bit in South Africa,” he said. “We are a young and developing side and we will gain experience by playing smarter cricket.”last_img read more

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Blue Eaglets seal 14-game sweep, enter UAAP Finals

first_imgLady Bulldogs zoom to 3rd straight win Belangel finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and three steals to carry Ateneo to an outright Finals berth.Dave Ildefonso chipped in 16 points and six boards, while Kai Sotto posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds on top of three blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMiguel Oczon had 17 points for NU.The Bullpups remained in second place with an 11-3 record and will have a twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder semifinals. University of Santo Tomas stayed in the semifinals hunt after taking down defending champion and third-running Far Eastern U-Diliman, 64-62, while Adamson beat De La Salle-Zobel, 75-51.FEU dropped to 8-6 while DLSZ fell to 4-10.Finishing the elimination round with similar 7-7 slates, UST and Adamson will dispute the last Final Four spot.MVP pacesetter CJ Cansino didn’t want his final year to end with a whimper, collecting 26 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for UST.University of the East also stunned UP Integrated School, 94-85, to finish at 2-12.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UP wound up at 3-11.FEU, UST tracksters reignIn athletics, FEU and UST continued their dominance on the track after defending their titles also on Sunday at Philsports oval.The Tamaraws won their eighth straight men’s division title while UST’s Lady Tracksters ruled the women’s division for the fourth straight year.FEU’s Clinton Bautista—who won six gold medals and the Most Valuable Player award—ended his collegiate career with a league record of 13.31 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak SJ Belangel. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSJ Belangel took charge when it mattered most to lift Ateneo over Nazareth-National University, 78-68, for a 14-0 sweep in the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball tournament Sunday at Blue Eagle Gym in Katipunan, Quezon City.The 19-year-old point guard fired 12 points in the last three minutes as the Blue Eaglets held off a late fight-back by the Bullpups.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Pacquiao unites heads of state

first_imgRep. Toby Tiangco marched beside Pacquiao to the ring. Last Saturday after the weigh in, Representatives Bingbong Crisologo and Lito Atienza as well as Bureau of Corrections director Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and former Governor Chavit Singson, a regular at Pacquiao fights, were also present.Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano was also in attendance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES As promised, Pacquiao puts on a show Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Unofficially, it marked the first boxing bout watched by top leaders of two countries.And it wasn’t lost on Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Their presence inspired me to give my best inside the ring,” said Pacquiao.Clambering on the ropes after referee Kenny Bayless called a stop to the domination in the seventh round, Pacquiao waved at Mr. Duterte, who was doing a slow clap from the VIP box of Axiata Arena here. Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao (C) reacts before his world welterweight boxing championship bout against Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANKUALA LUMPUR—Manny Pacquiao puts on a show, and it wasn’t just for ordinary boxing fans, but for heads of states as well.No less than President Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad were witnesses to Pacquiao charging through Argentine Lucas Matthysse on the way to whipping up a thrilling knockout finish.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The largely Filipino crowd, which hardly filled the 16,000-seat venue, then alternated in chanting “Pacquiao, Pacquiao!” and “Duterte, Duterte!.”“I told them (Mr. Duterte and Mahathir) that I was so inspired coming to the fight. Before, people who watch my fights are boxing fans, now heads of state and government officials [also do]. I think half of the audience are government officials,” joked Pacquiao.Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III accompanied Pacquiao in the post-fight press conference where he told the Filipino boxing hero to get back to work in the Senate.Pacquiao is in his first term as senator and now heads the Committee on Public Works. Sotto said he brought papers from the Senate for Pacquiao to review.Turning serious, Pacquiao said the fight is “one of a kind” because of the support he got from government officials.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View commentslast_img read more

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Racism, last refuge for the PNC

first_imgDear Editor,The exposure of the grab for lands identified for important national projects has shown to the Guyanese people the true nature of this regime. It is a cabal that is intent on using the State apparatus to enrich itself.This latest act is a continuation of their behaviour. It is a pattern that has emerged. Recall that among their very first acts were to raise the salary of the Cabinet members and to give themselves almost unlimited allowances, travelling, housing, etc.In the process, they have practically abandoned accountability and transparency. Bribery and corruption became the order of the day.Shamelessly, the Ministry of the Presidency seems to be taking the lead as the most corrupt in the raping of this nation’s assets.Lands that have long been identified to do important projects, lands that should be kept by the State for allocation to projects that would benefit the country are now handed out to Government functionaries. It is clear that the intention is to make huge killings by selling back those parcels of land to Government or to oil companies for hundreds of millions of dollars.The get rich quick syndrome is on full display.What are these lands? These are lands where shore facilities are to be built to service the emerging oil sector. They are strategic lands for the building of deep water harbours or at areas where bridges could be built and where roads and highways are proposed to be constructed.The one-acre plots handed out in Mocha are lands through which the road connecting the East Coast highway to the East Bank highway is to be built. It means that in a short while these pieces of land would become extremely valuable and no doubt could be used to speculate for big bucks. Or, indeed, the Government will have to buy it to facilitate the road.This is shameless corruption. Worse, it has now reached the highest office in our country. After all, it is the President who has the responsibility for lands here.The lands spoken about are not all the deals that are going down. The PNC/APNU/AFC vultures are also preying on poor people’s lands.Small miners are being pushed out to make way for the new PNC elite. The Toroparo syndicate is a group of small miners hoping to make a living mining gold. They were working the lands before it became a closed area and were promised it when the area was opened.They are now saying that the lands were taken away from them and given to Mr Sorato Phillips. This is the same man of the Parking Meter fiasco.The response from the regime and its sympathisers was predictable. As usual, they are trying to make this a race issue.Lincoln Lewis, the head of the Guyana Trades Union Congress, in a letter in the Stabroek News on June 30, 2019, twisted the story to claim that the Leader of the Opposition was accusing the Lands and Surveys Commission of “….favouring the African community…”. Other PNC propagandists and supporters are saying the same things.That is total distortion with intent to mislead the people. What is being shown clearly is that the corrupt Government is giving themselves huge tracks of lands to enrich themselves at the expense of all the people of Guyana. Black, Indian, Amerindian, Portuguese, Chinese and Mixed.However, it is a blatant and racist attack, including on Black people. They want African Guyanese to come to the defence of this vulgar rape of our country’s resources. They hope that the African Guyanese masses would defend this heist by the elite once hey frame it as racist.Lewis and Ceres and those others have kept quiet when this PNC-led APNU/AFC regime took away lands from small Black farmers on the West Coast of Berbice. Those lands were given to some sixty African Guyanese farmers by the PPP/Civic Government.The PNC big wigs in the area were seizing it for themselves. President Granger had actually cancelled the leases. The people living there have been there for generations. Now they had to take the matter to court to defend their homes. It was Anil Nandlall who took their case to court and had that repossession reversed.Mr Lewis et al are not interested in those poor Black farmers. None of them went to their defence. That is not the class of Black people that they are interested in.Indeed, Mr Lewis himself had created much nervousness in the village of Kingelly, West Coast Berbice, when he claimed the whole village, where mainly African Guyanese reside, as his, by inheritance. Those African Guyanese, working people of Kingelly, had to take the matter to court and are being represented by the PPP lawyer, Anil Nandlall.Obviously, this labour leader has no interest in poor people, whether they are Black, Brown or White, he too is part of the elite.Look at what PPP/C Member of Parliament, Mr Harry Gill, disclosed on the repossessing of lands from small cash crop farmers at Bath, West Coast Berbice, and giving it to friends of the regime, including the PNC/APNU parliamentarian for the area.What the Leader of the Opposition exposed last Thursday is only the tip of the icebergExtremely serious and very worrying as well is the allocation of lands to persons at the Elections Commission and SARA. The apologists for the corrupt regime have not raised an eyebrow to what appears to be an attempt to bribe public officials in strategic positions.The time and quantity of lands allocated to the Chief Elections Officer and the Deputy Head of the illegal SARA are bound to raise suspicions as to the real intent of the PNC-led regime. Are they hoping that Mr Lowenfield will do favours for them at the Commission? Are they rewarding Hetemyer for the harassment of PPP/C officials?These are the types of behaviour that have damaged the moral health of our country in the past.It is such behaviour in the previous PNC regime that entrenched corruption that Minister Hughes spoke about and has made it so difficult to root out.Here we are, once again, on the same road, but Ms Hughes is now deafeningly silent.The PNC has succeeded in the past in filling the African Guyanese masses with a fear of change.The old PNC had plugged the line of “coolie domination”. This is the same message being plugged by today’s PNC, the APNU. They have not changed.They want African Guyanese to defend the regime and protect it while it continues to pauperise the masses including the working-class Afro-Guyanese. In the meantime, the elite enriches itself by plundering the resources of the state.The difference today is that the African Guyanese working people have experienced governance under the PPP/C and the more conscious of them have recognised that the PPP/C Government dealt an even hand. It did not discriminate, contrary to the discredited propaganda of the APNU/AFC elite.Clearly, racism is the last refuge of these PNC/APNU/AFC scoundrels.Yours respectfully,Donald Ramotar,Former Presidentlast_img read more

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Rule of Law Symposium Turns Dialogue into Actionable Policy

first_imgNAYMOTE executive director Jarwolo: “Establishing respect for the rule of law is fundamental to achieving durable peace in the aftermath of Liberia’s conflict…The Rule of Law Collaborative at the University of South Carolina held a three-day round table symposium recently in Cape Town, South Africa, to examine issues that are related to youth and the rule of law.The Naymote Partners for Democratic Development, a Liberia based research and advocacy organization, was represented by its executive director, Eddie Jarwolo.The event, according to a release, brought together leaders and stakeholders from within the U.S. Government, regional governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs, academia, and the private sector to focus on the specific link between youth and the rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa.The symposium organized participants into three thematic working groups of Youth and Justice, Youth and the Security Sector, and Youth and the Economy.Working Group A examined issues such as access to justice for youth and rights-based education; Working Group B looked at issues of policing and corrections, as well as youth engagement with security sector institutions; and Working Group C discussed economic opportunity for youth and the role of corruption, among other topics.Each Working Group considered ways in which youth can present opportunities and challenges for rule of law programs, as well as ways in which that area of focus interacts with those of the other two Working Groups.At the end of the symposium, each Working Group presented to the plenary a set of recommendations addressed to governments in the region, international donors including U.S. Government agencies, multilateral and civil society organizations inside and outside the region.JUSTRAC is committed to turning discussion into actionable policy. The Rule of Law Collaborative (JUSTRAC) will publish a Final Report with recommendations from symposium participants.The Rule of Law Collaborative at the University of South Carolina is widely recognized as one of the United States’ leading centers for the study of rule of law and the training of public-and private-sector rule of law personnel.With countries across Sub-Saharan Africa facing crises in their justice systems, the Rule of Law Collaborative at the University of South Carolina offers young people and security sector stakeholders the greatest opportunity and the greatest challenge to development and security.The symposium pointed out that youth can drive economic growth and can serve as a force for innovation and they can also offer support for governance and political reforms.The participants learned that unsettled youth populations could be a destabilizing force in light of increased unemployment levels, increased urbanization, and the potential to challenge state authority.Eddie Jarwolo, NAYMOTE executive director who participated in the symposium, said there is an urgent need to develop programs that foster youth understanding and access to justice and rule of law.He said the drawdown of UNMIL troops in Liberia leaves security gaps in view of social tensions in the run-up to October 2017 presidential and legislative elections due to high levels of unemployment, vulnerability of young people and mixed feelings relating to the implementation of the national code of conduct.Liberia, he said, would need a program that will educate youth on the concept of the rule of law and civic engagement that will integrate schools to reach youth in marginalized communities and establish a police and students’ engagements program to help young people to understand the rule of engagements and the criminal justice system.Mr. Jarwolo said NAYMOTE through the Young Political Leadership School seeks support to start a program to instruct school administrators and students on the rule of law and access to justice, to help young people understand the criminal justice system, the rule of engagements and police and youth relationship.This, he said, will ensure a more inclusive, fair and democratic society as the nation moves towards a critical period of transition from one postwar administration to another.Mr. Jarwolo said establishing respect for the rule of law is fundamental to achieving a durable peace in the aftermath of Liberia’s conflict, the effective protection of human rights, and sustained economic progress and development.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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Farmer fined $45,000 for traffic offences

first_imgNarine Singh, a farmer of Canal Number Two Polder, West Bank Demerara (WBD), found himself on the opposite side of the law when he was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s licence.The 55-year-old man admitted that on December 25, 2017, at the Meer Zorgen, WBD Public Road, he operated motor vehicle GTT 1699 without a driver’s licence which was also in breach of insurance.The farmer in his explanation before Magistrate Annette Singh at the Wales Magistrate’s Court said the van is normally driven by his wife, claiming that at the time, he did not know that his licence was expired. After listening to his explanation, Magistrate Singh fined him $20,000 for the unlicensed driver charge and $25,000 for breach of insurance. The farmer was informed that he would spend one month in jail if he did not pay the fines.last_img read more

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“Respect Guyana’s Constitution!” – PPP supporters to GECOM

first_img…PPP mulls court action against GECOM’s CEO over breach of court orderProtesters gathered at the Red House as they continued their protest actionOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali addressing media operatives Hundreds of People’s Progressive Party supporters gathered outside of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in a massive protest against GECOM’s decision to defy the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling and proceed with House-to-House Registration – scheduled to begin today.Organised by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), the supporters called on GECOM officials to respect the Constitution and start preparing for the constitutionally due elections.GECOM’s move to proceed with House-to-House Registration is in defiance of the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ’s) ruling, which mandates that the Guyana Constitution be respected. The Constitution unambiguously states that elections must be held in three months after a Government topples to a No-Confidence Motion.With House-to-House Registration, elections will not be held within the constitutionally stipulated period.Opposition Leader baffled by CEO’s proclamationSpeaking with the media on the protest lines, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said that he is baffled about the legal basis on which GECOM’s CEO, Keith Lowenfield, is proceeding with the House-to-House Registration.“GECOM’s lawyer this week advised Mr. Lowenfield against pursuing House-to-House Registration, pointing out that this will conflict with the CCJ’s order. One then has to question his motive to act in contempt of both the CCJ’s order and against the advice of his own Legal Officer”, said the Opposition Leader.He added that Lowenfield has not even formally informed the PPP about the confirmed start of new House-to-House Registration on Saturday, July 20, 2019, despite the fact that the enumeration forms to be used in the process require the signatures of scrutineers from political parties.“We in the PPP are now contemplating approaching the Court to prevent this activity by Lowenfield, which is in contempt of the order of the CCJ and in defiance of the Constitution of Guyana. If this wasn’t bad, what is worse is that the planned start of the exercise is done in a manner to exclude scrutiny. Without notice, parties were not given sufficient time to ready a list of over 2,000 scrutineers to ensure that the activity is done in a manner that is above board”, the Opposition Leader explained.In addition, he added, the “secret” June 11, 2019 Order signed by the illegally appointed GECOM Chairman James Patterson was overtaken by the order of the CCJ on July 12, 2019, and cannot be used as the basis on which House-to-House Registration is pursued.The CCJ order stated that GECOM must comply with the Constitution; that is: Elections in three months – and GECOM itself had advised the Court that embarking on House-to-House Registration will delay Elections until after December 25, 2019.Further, Jagdeo added that GECOM should immediately start preparations for updating the last valid List of Electors through a period of Claims and Objections — something that Lowenfield himself, in February 2019, had said could be done to allow any Guyanese who is not registered to be registered, among other transactions.“GECOM should discontinue any attempt to do House-to-House Registration and pay a lump sum, let’s say $100,000, to all the enumerators who have been trained, for their efforts thus far. GECOM should recall the over 8,000 persons who were trained for the November 2018 Local Government Elections, as well as others, and start the process of training — and where necessary, re-training — for General and Regional Elections”, the Opposition Leader stated.There can be no acceptance of any action that represents blatant disregard and disrespect of our Constitution, he added.Respect ConstitutionMeanwhile, PPP Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali said his party intends to fight until the caretaker Government and GECOM respect the ruling of the CCJ and Guyana’s Constitution.“This Government said that they will win convincingly. I know that if you will win, why is it that you are afraid to call the elections? If you really believe that you have a chance of winning anything, call elections now! And I want to remind Mr Lowenfield that he is not above the law; that he is an ordinary citizen just like all of us, and he must respect the Constitution of our country. And we are going to stand up against his singular attempt to derail the process of democracy,” Ali said in addressing the protesters.Since the CCJ’s ruling, which validated the passage of the motion on June 18, 2019, the Opposition has been calling for elections by September 18. Though it has been more than a month since the CCJ’s ruling was handed down, there has been no indication from GECOM or President David Granger regarding when fresh elections will be held.The CCJ ruled on June 18, 2019 that the No-Confidence Motion against the David Granger-led Administration was validly passed on December 21, 2018. This means that Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution of Guyana takes effect.The clauses read: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”. And “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.Also calling out the Government was the A New and United Guyana (ANUG) political party, which has urged strict adherence to the CCJ’s decision and for the Government to respect and uphold Article 106 (7) of the Constitution which mandates elections be held within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion.The party added that GECOM’s House-to-House Registration is without a doubt an act of contempt of court which was deliberate and premeditated.last_img read more

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Value of city construction continues to lag behind

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — March numbers from City Hall show the downturn in the local economy continues to negatively impact construction in Fort St. John.Just five permits were issued last month and the value of construction was only $798,000 dollars, compared to $24 million in March 2015.When added to the year-over-year drops in January and February of close to $8 million and $2 million, the three month differential is about $33 million. The current year-to-date total of $5.7 million is less than 15 per cent of the $38.8 million total for the same period last year.- Advertisement -It’s a similar story when it comes to city revenue generated by the building permits, which stands at just over $28,000 for the first three months of this year, as compared to $194,500 for the first quarter of 2015.The numbers also raise some curious questions about the recent discussion associated with the cities current Development Cost Charges Program.Urban Systems has presented a report outlining potential changes for a new bylaw for the charges.Advertisement Given the current economic slowdown, an administrative report to City Council has suggested an updated bylaw at this time, with additional developer costs for roads, drainage and parks, to possibly deter the developers from completing projects.Citing its history of remaining neutral on municipal situations and how they tend to be different, CEO Scot Bone of the Northern Regional Construction Association also said, “We look forward to hearing what the outcomes of the discussion are going to be, and then once we see those outcomes, we will work very closely with our developers and members to see what the impacts might be.”Having worked for the City of Prince George, he says his experience suggests in some cases DCC’s are an effective tool, but in other cases they’re not.In Fort St. John they’ve been applied since 2012, and were phased in with an assist factor of 40 per cent in the first two years and then 25 per cent in 2014 and 2015.Advertisementlast_img read more

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BOTH SIDES PRESENT THEIR CASES IN BATTLE FOR DONEGAL AIRWAVES

first_imgThe audience gathers to hear both Highland and DLFM battle it out today. Picture by Brian McDaid.A large crowd has heard both Highland Radio and DLFM present the reasons why they both think they should win the radio license for the North Donegal area.Movers and shakers from across Donegal and further afield heard both sides present their cases to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland at the Radisson Hotel in Letterkenny.Highland were up first and their presentation panel included Shaun Doherty, Lee Gooch and Linda McGroarty. Managing Director Shaun Doherty assured those present that despite their huge success to date, they will not sit still.“While Highland is proud of its 24 years of leadership in broadcasting we are not standing still.The Highland team are delighted with how things went today. Pic by Brian McDaid.“We remain fresh, relevant, exciting and dynamic with our listeners always at the heart of every decision we make,” he said.Highland’s financial controller Hazel Russell has said management have given a commitment of €2.5 million of investment in the expansion of the station. She added that due to the downturn meant that she did not envisage staffing levels will increase in the immediate future.Owner Gerry Rabbit called Highland a gem and gave a commitment going forward to expanding the station.After a series of questions by the BAI, the Highland presentation received a huge round of applause.DLFM, led by former Highland boss Charlie Collins were next up and didn’t pull any punches.Charlie Collins of DLFM has promised more female presenters and not a “snoozy’ afternoon. Pic by Brian McDaid.He claimed his consortium’s application, if selected, will “not ignore female presenters between 7am and 7pm” and will also not go into “snooze mode” in the afternoon. He added that DLFM will invest €1 million and also create 60 new jobs if chosen by the BAI with their catchline “Listeners first, local first.”Among the other DLFM delegates included Lisa Burkett, Paddy Simpson and Damian Blake.Financial controller Damian Blake stressed that DLFM are debt free and investors will not take a return for at least three years.CEO Paddy Simpson said the new proposed station will be the “people’s station.” “Listeners first, local first is our is our promise and it is one which we will keep.“DLFM will ensure our listeners’ views and opinions are represented, informed an entertained by local news and current affairs programmes as well as programmes for special interest groups,” he said.The BAI also asked questions in relation to music policy and promotion of Irish talent.DLFM also received a huge round of applause following their presentation.The BAI will now assess both applications and oral presentations and will make their decision in the coming weeks.The revised radio license will become operation across North Donegal in September.BOTH SIDES PRESENT THEIR CASES IN BATTLE FOR DONEGAL AIRWAVES was last modified: March 31st, 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:BAICharlie CollinsDLFMdonegalHighland Radioradio licenseShaun Dohertylast_img read more

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Gardai appeal to shoppers not to leave Christmas shopping in cars

first_imgDonegal Gardai have warned shoppers not to leave Chrismas presents in their cars in the run-up to the festive season.Local crime prevention officer, Sgt Paul Wallace said thieves are watching shopping centre carparks in a bid to steal goods from unsuspecting shoppers.He pleaded with people not to fill up their cars and then leave them unattended. He said “This is a very busy time of year and people are stocking up on Christmas presents and all kinds of stuff.“A car filled with goods can be an easy target for thieves and this is happening a lot across the country.“We would ask people to shop wisely. If they are going from shop to shop and buying goods, then they should ask the shop assistants if they can leave them behind the counter.“They can return later on, collect all their goods and then put them into the car and head home.” Gardai appeal to shoppers not to leave Christmas shopping in cars was last modified: December 5th, 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:CHristmasdonegalGardaiSgt Paul Wallaceshoppinglast_img read more

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