Dear Editor,Failure to carry out the directives of the CCJ undermines the authority and legitimacy of the court. While not agreeing with the court’s decision or ruling, one should not attack the court. It should be recalled that a year ago, the court ruled that a President cannot run for a third term. The court was not attacked; the ruling was respected. Now the court has ruled that a no constitution vote is valid and was successfully passed on December 21. The ruling should be respected. No disputants in the case should attack the court or stand defiant as such behavior hurt’s the court’s status.After ruling on June 18 that the government had fallen on December 21 and the appointment of James Patterson as Chair was unconstitutional, the court directed the parties to meet and reach a consensus on orders for the court to issue on June 24. The parties could not even meet much less discuss and reach any consensus on a way forward. Now the court will issue orders after asking the parties to make written submission on a way forward. As the highest court of Guyana, while the CCJ is empowered to effect judicial orders, the problem is it has no instruments or any infrastructure to enforce these orders. Those who are obstinate could have serious sanctions, even arrest.The remit of the court is to interpret the laws (constitution) and hand down rulings. It is for the government to enforce the laws through its police power. While the government stated that it respects the court’s rulings, it cannot prepare budget or engage in new undertakings.The court ruled that the chairman, James Patterson, of the elections commission (Gecom) was improperly appointed. His resignation is welcomed. But it should have happened within hours after the court’s ruling and not a week later after a complaint was lodged with the court.The court instructed the opposing parties to meet and try to reach a consensus on consequential orders for the appointment of a new Gecom Chair and a date for elections and to advise the court of their agreement on June 24. President Granger wrote the opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo inviting him for a discussion on the issues but only after the 24th. Thus, there was no way for a consensus agreement by the time the court convened on June 24. Mr. Doug Mendez, the opposition lawyer, said he penned a proposal for an order and sent to Gecom lawyer on June 21 but got not response.The court has re-directed the opposing sides to submit written proposals for consequential orders by July 1 and will issue orders on July 12. The court also instructs them to meet and reach a consensus on a way forward by July 12.I urge both sides to please meet and carry out the instruction of the court – reach a consensus on appointment of a Gecom Chair and a date for elections to help bring stability to the country.Yours truly,Dr. Vishnu Bisram
Residents of Yurong Paru village in the South Pakaraima community of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) now have access to a supply of treated water because the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has commissioned that community’s water supply system.Prior to their receipt of this well, residents of the village obtained water from a spring.A student of the village utilising the new treated water supplyManaging Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, addressed the gathering and detailed the importance of teamwork and collaboration to ensure accessibility of potable water in communities.He also stressed the importance of clean water in communities, highlighting that it is a universal human right and stating that the company is working to improve the water systems in Region Nine.PAHO/WHO Guyana Consultant for Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Dr Mariano Bonet, explained that what the world wants has materialised in Yurong Paru with the commissioning of the water supply system.Similar sentiments were echoed by the Chairman of the GWI Board of Directors, Patricia Chase-Green, who also reiterated the importance of water, explaining to residents that they should sustain the water supply system.The toshao and residents of the community have expressed their gratitude to the GWI and its partners for establishing a source of treated water. They also would be trained in the application of water treatment, maintenance, and safe operation of the system.The project was materialised by efforts from GWI, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), the Yurong Paru Village Council and members of the village.
A man is now in Police custody after he was nabbed following a probe into a robbery that took place on Thursday last at Sookpaul Service Station in Springlands, Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).One of the bandits caught on CCTV footage at the gas stationThis is according to Commander of B Division, Paul Langevine, who told this publication that Police are also on the hunt for the suspect’s accomplice.He noted that shortly after reports were made about the robbery, the man in Police custody was apprehended and the hunt commenced for the second male, who is alleged to have aided in the execution of that robbery.On Thursday, two cutlass-wielding bandits approached the pump attendant at the fuel station in question and relieved him of approximately $45,000.The duo then proceeded to fill their bags with commodities from the coolers nearby.However, in the process of doing so, several gunshots rang out a short distance away from the gas station, startling the bandits and resulted in them dropping some of their loot to flee the scene.This publication was told that the robbery had been recorded on CCTV cameras and while the two bandits were executing the crime, one of the gas station’s owners, who is a licensed firearm holder, responded by discharging several rounds in the air.As such, the bandits immediately dropped the bags with the items they removed from the coolers and disappeared. They, however, managed to escape with the stolen money.The matter was subsequently reported and after reviewing the surveillance footage, Police arrested several persons who were taken into custody and were said to have been assisting with the investigation.
The Government is unsure whether it will go ahead with setting up a separate oil and gas unit in the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) or not. It is sure about one thing, however, and that is staffing such a unit will be a challenge.Winston-JordanMaking this pronouncement was Finance Minister Winston Jordan on the sidelines of a reception at the Marriott Hotel on Monday for the arrival of ExxonMobil’s Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) vessel.According to Jordan, he has had discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the available options for the unit. However, Jordan noted that he is leaning towards scrapping the idea and building capacity within GRA’s current, albeit small, oil and gas unit.“The IMF is in the country right now to do technical assistance. I had a brief meeting with them and we discussed whether we want to set up the unit separately or whether we will build capacity in the existing unit that we have”.“I’m thinking that we’re going to build capacity, because it’s very difficult, not setting up the unit, but it’s very difficult staffing it. So I want to just build on the staff we have there already and use some funding form the World Bank loan to complement the staff we have there”.Guyana Revenue AuthorityJordan also noted that a few other qualified locals could be brought on board to add to the staffing complement of the unit. He pointed out that the unit would also be helped by the Ministry’s Economic Policy Unit.While there has been much advocacy for local content, a commonly cited obstacle has been the lack of tertiary-trained local oil and gas personnel. Guyana already has a troubling ratio of university-trained graduates to persons who have never attended university.These statistics are notwithstanding the percentage of those specialising in oil and gas. A survey released by the Bureau of Statistics last year had found that less than ten per cent of Guyana’s population had completed post-secondary education.However, there have been efforts to build capacity at the University of Guyana. Earlier this year, the University announced that it had launched its Associate of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering which would be a two-year duration and have students engaged in workshop training and skill courses.It had been announced that the course was being offered in collaboration with Trinidad and Tobago, with some courses expected to be delivered in Trinidad. A UG team had visited the University of Trinidad and Tobago and the University of the West Indies, and an agreement was struck to develop various courses.Speaking during a forum titled “The Youth and the Oil and Gas Sector”, UG Registrar Nigel Gravesande had noted that while the Technical and Vocational Training Education (TVET) institutions have started to create an enabling environment for training, more had to be done to ensure “sustainable exploration, development and production of the nation’s petroleum assets”.Gravesande had explained that “Guyana found itself not only as a newcomer to the industry, but also relatively unprepared without the necessary skills to make a significant contribution to the production that was targeted to commence in 2020”.The University Registrar had underscored that “this situation gave rise to the demand for these requisite skills in this highly-specialised area of petroleum engineering to be developed locally, but also rapidly”.
Susan Gotsch, vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty, gave closing remarks and Whittier Mayor Pro Tem Joe Vinatieri recognized the college’s comunity partners. WHITTIER – More than 100 people gathered at Whittier College’s Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate the third year of the Whittier College and Community Program. Sixty-five college students this year are partnered with four community service organizations in a grant-funded learning program. Program Director Joyce P. Kaufman introduced Whittier College President Sharon Herzberger and Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer, who welcomed community members and students in attendance at the weekend event. Kaufman then introduced a five-member panel of student participants in the community program and moderated a panel discussion and question-and-answer session bet- ween the panel members and the audience. Student panel members were Alexandra Guevara, Teresa Hidalgo, Marcia Myers, Nicole Schmidt and Patricia Pint. The program boasts 54 community partners as well as 15 Whittier College particpating faculty and staff members. The College & Community Program is funded by the B.C. McCabe Foundation, which was represented at the weekend event by James D. Shepard. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Course ImprovementsUnder the watchful eye of golf professional Paul Mc Ginley over the past few months many new and improved development works have been undertaken by the greens staff at Portsalon Golf Course. Many of the changes include the re development and inclusion of bunkers on the 7th, 10, 11th and 15th greens. Other changes are ongoing and the captain Donal Callaghan and council appreciate the cooperation from members and visitors during this time of change. The general comments among the many golfers who played are all positive and approve of the development work undertaken.Mulroy LinksThe Mulroy Links is now fast approaching its conclusion for the 2010/2011 season and with only two outings remaining two at Rosapenna and one at Portsalon the competition is intense for the prestigious golfer of the year.The current standings in both the nett and gross sections are as follows: Gross Barry Mc Gettigan with 16 points, 2nd Derek O’Neill 12 points, 3rd Dara Mc Menamin 10 points and 4th Pat Boyce and Seamus Clinton 11 points. In the nett section the leader is Chuck Mc Taggart with 13 points, 2nd David Bonner 9 points, 3rd Denis Mc Bide 8 points and 4th Gerard Mc Gettigan 6 points. The results from Rosapenna Golf Club on Saturday last the results were as follows; in the gross section the winner was Pat Boyce (6) 35 points, 2nd Barry Mc Gettigan (2) 34 points, 3rd Derek O’Neill (2) 33 points, 4th Patrick Kennedy (2) 30 points 5th Eddie Mc Cleary (7) 28 points.In the nett section Shane Sweeney (13) Portsalon was the winner with 40 points from Denis Mc Bride (9) with 38 points, 3rd Denis Boyce (12 ) 38 points, 4th Willie Russell (22) 36 points, 5th Charlie Mc Bride (15 ) 36 points.The next outing of the Mulroy Links will take place at Rosapenna Golf Club on Saturday 12th March.Results.The winner of the open staged on Wednesday 2nd March Mick Bowe playing off a 24 handicap Mick returned 37 points to collect his first win at Portsalon Golf Club. I 2nd place Shaun Shields (14) 36 points, Gross Seamus Patton (5) 27 points 3rd Eamon McConigley (110 35 points The CSS was 35 points. In the members competition on Sunday last playing in ideal weather conditions and the scoring reflected the excellent conditions.The winner was 11 handicapper Rory Kenney with 41 points, 2nd Kevin Mc Fadden (20 ) 40 points Gross Barry Mc Gettigan (2) 33 points, 3rd Shaun Gibson (16) 40 points. The CSS was 37 points.EventsOn Sunday 13th March there is a member’s competition. On Wednesday 16th March an open gents 18 hole stableford competition and on St Patrick’s Day 17th March there is a Ladies and Gents open 18 hole stableford competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at portsalongolfclub.com Mulroy LinksThe next outing of the Mulroy Links will take place at Rosapenna Golf Club on Saturday 12th March. The remaining Mulroy Links events will be Saturday 26th March at Portsalon and the Links Captains Day at Rosapenna on Saturday 9th April. All Mulroy Links members please note that the time sheet remains as per the previous competitions.If you are unable to play please inform the clubhouse either at Portsalon or Rosapenna Golf Clubs.MembershipThe council wish to remind all members that their fees for the 2011 golfing year are now due. An early payment would be appreciated.Winter placingMembers and visitors should note that there is 6 inch placing on all fairways.PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 8th, 2011 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)
Finn Harps have confirmed two more friendly fixtures in the lead up to the new season. On Friday night next, 27th January, Harps will play Donegal League side Curragh Athletic in Killygordon. Kick-off at 7.30pm.On Tuesday 7th February, Harps will travel to the Brandywell to take on Declan Devine’s Derry City. Kick-off at 7.45pm.Harps confirmed pre-season fixtures are: Tuesday 24th January – Limavady v Finn Harps – Kick-off 7.30pmFriday 27th January – Curragh Athletic v Finn Harps – Kick-off 7.30pmTuesday 7th February – Derry City v Finn Harps – Kick-off 7.45pmSunday 19th February – Dundalk v Finn Harps – Kick-off 2.00pm HARPS CONFIRM FRIENDLIES WITH DERRY CITY AND CURRAGH was last modified: January 22nd, 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:Finn Harps friendlies
CLUB MEETING: There will be a Club meeting on Tuesday night in the new Clubhouse at 8.30pm. All welcome to attend.SENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: The Seniors & Reserves travelled to Killygordon on Saturday evening and played their second game of the season in Division 3. Seniors beat Red Hughs by 2-10 to 2-07. A great start to season for management and all the team. The Reserves lost by 3-09 to 2-03. At time of these notes going to press weekend fixtures not confirmed for Seniors & Reserves, pleases check our Facebook page for details. UNDER-AGE FOOTBALL FIXTURES: U14 girls are playing Carndonagh in Straid on Tuesday evening at 5pm.U14 boys are home to Carndonagh on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm in the semi-final of Joe Mc Geady Cup.UNDER-AGE RESULTS: Results from U14 games played last week: Iorras 4-10 Buncrana 3-06. Iorras 1-04 Carndonagh 1-11 MATCH “N” WIN APRIL 10th: No jackpot winner-numbers drawn: 4, 8, 9 & 20. €15 winners: Gary Doherty, Ardagh, Emmet Moyne, Annaugh,Michelle Doherty, Ardagh, Neil O’Donnell, Crossconnell, Aidean Gilmore, Ballyliffin. Jackpot next week €1,300. Thanks to all who support this draw and all lotto sellers.PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Club Bingo in St. Mary’s Hall on Holy Thursday, bingo resumes as normal on Thursday April 24th.BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME: for Under-age players- In these times of financial constraints CLG IORRAS/URRIS GAA are hoping to introduce-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away. Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information . Boots can now be dropped at the Clubhouse at all under-age training.Tickets are now on sale for our Easter Draw in aid of Under-age Football in the club. Some lovely Easter hampers to be won, tickets €2 or book of 12 for €20 . Draw in the Square Bar on Easter Saturday at 10pm. Tickets to be returned to team managers and John Frielby Friday night.LADIES FOOTBALL: ladies training is in Straid at 10.00am every Saturday morning, the ladies will begin their league on April 27th. Training for the U16 continues on Thursday at 5pm in Straid.Facebook-Find us on CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all club news and fixtures.Any items of news for the club notes should be forwarded to Rose on 0877770639 or email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 9pm on Sunday night.GAA NEWS – MIXED RESULTS FOR URRIS TEAMS was last modified: April 13th, 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:URRIS GAA
SANTA CLARITA – High on drugs, 16-year-old Kyle Salo-Jordan was sure that a car had hit him when he crossed the street, and he thought he was going to die. He grabbed his legs and headed home when another vision appeared: He was an angel and had to watch over his family. The shaggy-haired teen, who had been clean of marijuana for a year, had started using again. This time it was with harder drugs than those he had used in junior high. This time it was with cocaine, crystal meth and Vicodin. And then the hallucinations began. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But it was during this bad trip, an imaginary near-death experience and heavenly sighting, that the teen had a moment of clarity: He had to stop using. He’s been in recovery for about 35 days now. Each year, thousands like Salo-Jordan smoke, snort and drink their way into addiction, hiding their habits from Mom and Dad, carving out secret lives for themselves and lying their way to keep them. One night last week, a panel of teens in recovery – along with their parents – shared their gritty stories about how their lives spiraled out of control and how they got them back again. They spoke to about 120 parents at Valencia’s Rio Norte Junior High, a meeting quickly set up after a recent school assembly on drugs where nearly each of the 1,250 students in attendance said he or she knew someone who had tried them. “That scared me,” said Cary Quashen, founder of Action, a Santa Clarita-based nonprofit parent and teen support group, who led the school assembly. “I’d never seen anything like that. And I’ve been doing this for more than 10 years.” Quashen, a recovering drug addict and counselor, said that when he asked the seventh- and eighth-grade students that day who in the crowd wouldn’t try drugs, not all their hands went up. Some kids may experiment with drugs before they become teens, so Quashen urges parents to talk to their children by the time they reach middle school in order to head off problems. Although there are signs of drug use – mood swings, lies, failing grades – not all symptoms are obvious and parents have to look harder for clues, according to Mary Jordan, Kyle’s mother. Because her son’s report card was good and he was friendly with his siblings, she thought his dark days from junior high were over. But when her son asked to return to a teen support group, something he scoffed at before, she knew he was back on drugs. The teen did return to the group and also went through an outpatient drug program. He said life has been getting better ever since. And now random drug testing is part of everyday life in their house, for all their children after completing sixth grade. Jordan and other parents on the panel urged the audience to go through their sons’ and daughters’ back packs if they’re suspicious, to look past the “you don’t trust me” cries from their children, to follow their guts. “Sometimes you have to be the bad guy,” she said. “You can be a good parent by being responsible.” Quashen said random drug testing at home also gives kids another reason to reject drugs and provides an excuse to tell their peers why they can’t take them. But there are still drugs that slip through the cracks and aren’t detected by drug dogs in school, such as medications used for attention deficit and hyperactive disorders. Some students taking medications for those disorders also sell them to others, Jordan said, and nobody’s monitoring the problem. Even strong concentrations of ibuprofen can provide a high. It was the over-the-counter medication Coricidin that landed Kari Suarez, 16, in the hospital two years ago after she swallowed 61 pills. Her pulse raced at 190 beats per minute as she lay on a hospital bed, barely conscious. An hour later, it dropped to 180. Her mother, Lori Diacri, watched each breath her daughter took, wondering if she was going to die of a heart attack. At the time, Suarez had been grounded. Drug dogs had come through her summer school class and found marijuana on her. Suarez said she was arrested on a charge of possession. Later, she shoplifted Coricidin Cough & Cold, also known as triple C. “The high doesn’t smell like pot; it doesn’t smell like alcohol,” said Diacri, who had attended an assembly on teen drug use a week before her daughter overdosed. “I knew we had a problem, but I had no idea what we were dealing with.” Suarez survived. After that day, she went to an outpatient care program, enrolled in Quashen’s program and started going to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. She has been sober for two years and one month. After hearing a few stories of survival, some parents somberly rose from their seats and asked the teenagers questions: How can I keep my children off drugs? Why you? Why did you get into drugs? For Kyle Salo-Jordan, it was to dull the pain of his shattered self-esteem that, day after day, had taken a beating from people at school who tormented him for the clothes he wore and called him names. He said he felt ripped to shreds. “The only thing that made me feel better was drugs,” he said. After the meeting, Lisa McMartin, a parent in the audience, wished she had heard the presentation a long time ago, because she would have recognized her 16-year-old son’s drug problem earlier. She saw his rage, knew he was sleeping a lot and said he was constantly taking private calls on his cell phone. Her son, she said, was getting deep into drugs. But now he’s getting help. With tears pouring down her face, the Canyon Country mother said all parents should attend these seminars to educate themselves about drugs. Her son, she said, had taken drugs for two years. “If we would have come to this a lot sooner, we would have recognized the symptoms,” she said. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
THE flight from Donegal to Dublin was delayed this morning after a fire in a hangar at Dublin airport.The fight was due to land in the capital around 8.45am, but will now arrive just before 10am, said a Dublin airport spokeswoman.Siobhan O’Donnell, of the Dublin Airport Authority, told RTE Radio One programme ‘Morning Ireland’ the fire occurred in the roof space of the hangar, which are regularly used for aircraft maintenance.Two ‘Whisperjet’ 146 aircrafts were in the hangar at the time.There were no reports of any injuries and both aircraft have not sustained any damage.Passengers on most flights are facing delays. DONEGAL-DUBLIN FLIGHT DELAYED AFTER FIRE AT AIRPORT was last modified: August 26th, 2015 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)