Cyber Crimes Bill reminiscent of PNC’s National Security Act – Jagdeo

first_imgDisappointment was expressed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo at the fact that despite being categorical about the position of the parliamentary Opposition on the Cyber Crimes Bill, “falsehoods” are still being peddled to convey the impression that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) supported the increasingly controversial Bill, which includes a section on sedition.In an interview with Guyana Times, he reasoned that such acts were either reflective of an unwillingness to directly criticise the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government – part of the balancing act employed by some commentators – or an effort to mislead Guyanese.At his Monday (April 30, 2018) news conference, Jagdeo acknowledged that theOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoparliamentary Opposition “dropped the ball” in addressing the Cyber Crimes Bill, given the absence of PPP/C Members of Parliament (MPs) at the meetings of the Select Committee dealing with the Bill.“You can blame us and some of the MPs for not attending the meetings (of the Parliamentary Select Committee) and it would be justified… the PPP, and I speak for the PPP, does not support this inclusion, this undemocratic inclusion, in the cybercrime bill. In fact, we are opposed to it…the fact is that several MPs on our side were members of the Special Select Committee, which met several times to consider the provisions of this Bill, and were absent sometimes. However, their presence alone, being named to that committee, does not elevate to support by the PPP.”The Opposition Leader was categorical in reiterating that the PPP/C was not supportive of the controversial Bill. “This provision has no place in a democratic Guyana, in a free Guyana. In a Guyana where free speech is an important part of our democracy, where freedom of expression is defined and protected by our Constitution, this Bill has no place,” Jagdeo said.After being tabled in the National Assembly on August 4, 2016 – with no hard copy made available to parliamentarians, the Cyber Crimes Bill was sent to a Parliamentary Select Committee. At the February 15, 2018 meeting, the controversial Clause 18 about sedition was fashioned, according to the minutes of the Committee’s report, which also made clear that no PPP/C MP was present for the meeting.Reminiscent of National Security ActAccording to Jagdeo, Clause 18 is reminiscent of the old National Security Act, which was upheld during the Burnham era, but repealed in the late 90s. The Opposition Leader said, “The insertion by the Government of Guyana of (this) provision in the cybercrime bill could mean or could have grave implications for freedom of speech in Guyana. In fact, looking at the provision or that specific provision of the Bill, which was inserted in the Special Select Committee, is reminiscent of the old National Security Act that obtained in the period of undemocratic rule.“….that Act was, specifically, designed to stifle dissent and to take action against individuals who may disagree with the Government of Guyana. It was a repressive tool in the hands of a repressive Government. In Guyana, we have seen a trend towards unilateralism. We have seen a trend where the Government acts with impunity regardless of laws or provisions of our Constitution or in direct contravention of provisions in our Constitution. So, I see this insertion in this new Bill as another tool available to a Government that is becoming increasingly undemocratic in its march towards a dictatorship.”Jagdeo argued that it was for these reasons that Guyanese must fight to ensure that “this retrograde step” to charge people for sedition, an “archaic” offence, is not passed into law. “If you look through quite a few elements of that provision, you will see that they are not so much concerned about people in Guyana or protecting their rights.“The entire cybercrime bill (as envisioned by the former PPP/C Government) was for a purpose, not to protect the Government of Guyana, but to protect our children against child pornography, to protect people against electronic assault on their privacy; it was to protect the people of the country in their business, so that their data or their computers would not be compromised, that cyberspace in Guyana without overregulating, without affecting content of speech, that it would have some rules that people can’t act illegally in harming others. That was the purpose of the Bill.”He added, “They have converted this. By inserting this provision, the purpose and something all Guyanese would agree to, that is, protecting all of us and our children, they have converted it into protection for Government and the Ministers….we already have laws protecting all of our citizens and I would assume that the Prime Minister and the President and Ministers are citizens of Guyana and they too are afforded the same sort of protection that we all enjoy under certain laws against criminal acts. Why do they need a special provision in this Bill to protect the interest of only those categories of people?”The coalition Government has remained silent on these criticisms of Clause 18, particularly the comparison to the National Security Act under the former People’s National Congress (PNC) Government.An about-turnMeanwhile, as was done with the controversial parking meter project, despite having been discussed at Cabinet, where several AFC Members sit, the party’s leader, Raphael Trotman, has now indicated that his AFC parliamentarians, on the Government side, would vote against the increasingly controversial Cyber Crimes Bill, over the inclusion of Clause 18.Trotman’s comments came after the parliamentary Opposition, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, sections of the trade union movement, the Guyana Press Association and other civil society groups objected to the Bill over the sedition clause. Like the parking meter project, widespread objections preceded the AFC’s shift in position.Clause 18 states that: “A person commits an offence of sedition if the person, whether in or out of Guyana, intentionally publishes, transmits or circulates by use of a computer system, a statement or words, either spoken or written, a text, video, image, sign, visible representation or other thing, that: a) brings or attempts to bring into hatred or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government established by law in Guyana.”Disaffection, according to the Bill, includes disloyalty and all feelings of enmity. A person who commits the offence under this clause is liable on conviction of indictment to serve five years or as much as life in prison.last_img read more

Ask Dow Jones: “Free File” program at IRS website

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Q: Where can I get information for this year about the “Free File” program available online through the Internal Revenue Service? — S.N., Tucson, Ariz. A: The IRS recently posted details on its Web site. Go to the site (, and look for “Check Out Free File.” What’s Free File all about? Many companies are offering free Web-based federal income- tax preparation and electronicfiling services. More than five million people used Free File last year. This year, there’s a major change: The offers apply only to taxpayers with adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less. Last year, several big firms offered freebies with no income limits. Even so, an IRS spokeswoman says that about 93 million taxpayers are eligible this year for the free tax-preparation software and e-filing. That’s about 70% of all filers. This program stems from a pact last year between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a coalition of private- sector tax-preparation software companies. Among the companies participating are some of the nation’s best-known software brands, but there are many others, too. Don’t assume all the offers are the same. They’re not. As the IRS points out, individual company offers may be limited to specific income levels, certain states or other factors. For instance, H&R Block’s TaxCut Online is available free only if you are 50 or younger with adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less. The IRS says it has discontinued telephone filing, known as “Telefile.” Officials say many people who used this service in the past may qualify for the new free-filing services.— HURRICANE VICTIMS can get help from a new IRS Publication. See Publication 4492, available on the IRS site. It offers helpful tips for taxpayers affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. For example, it tells how to claim unreimbursed losses. It also explains new rules on charitable giving.last_img read more


first_imgBen gets his hands on his hamper!Congratulations to Ben McAloon from Letterkenny/Malin who just went and bagged himself one of the most sought after hampers available in Donegal this Christmas. Ben won deluxe hamper from Mavericks barbershop on Lower Main Street in Letterkenny worth over €180, filled with quality hair, beard and shaving products that Mavericks themselves use.Mavericks have a fantastic range of hampers and gift vouchers available to suit every man, just call in store our check out their facebook page Mavericks Traditional Barbershop! Mavericks Traditional Barbershop is walk in only for all treatments including hot towel shaves!No appointments necessary and early opening every Saturday @ 8:30am for your convenience!!”BEN GETS HIS HANDS ON A MAVERICK HAMPER! was last modified: December 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHAMPERMaverick Barberswinnerlast_img read more

German Shepherd found in Manorcunningham – can you help us get him home?

first_imgA German Shepherd has been found in Drumoghill, Manorcunningham.He is brown with a black back and face.Majella McHugh explained that the dog was found wandering outside her house yesterday evening, and she is anxious to reunite him with his owner as she is sure someone is missing him very much. If you have any information you can message Donegal Daily’s Facebook page or email info@donegaldaily.comGerman Shepherd found in Manorcunningham – can you help us get him home? was last modified: August 14th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:found doggerman shepherdLost Dogmanorcunninghamlast_img read more


first_imgA Judge has fined a Letterkenny bus operator €750 for having an unfit public vehicle.Letterkenny court.Gardai inspected the bus belonging to Cathal McGettigan and found it had a bald tyre and that its emergency door was jammed. As a result they took it to the local vehicle inspection centre where a total of 29 faults were discovered.Mr McGettigan, of Fair Green, Letterkenny, appeared yesterday at Letterkenny District Court charged with one count of having an unfit vehicle.The incident happened on May 28th, 2013 at Glencar but there were not children on board at the time.The bus was being driven by a man named in court as Liam Molloy.McGettigan had 11 prior convictions including offences for not having insurance and not possession a public vehicle license.Solicitor Niall Sheridan said his client had the vehicle tested the previous month and it had passed the test.In relation to the jammed emergency door, Mr Sheridan added that there was an issue with some children opening the emergency door previously.Judge Paul Kelly asked if the door had been jammed on purpose but he was told there was no proof of this.Judge Kelly said “There is a daily onus on someone bringing children to school to make sure it is safe.“This could have had catastrophic consequnces if something had happened and the emergency door was jammed,” he said.He asked if McGettigan’s company was still transporting children to school and this was confirmed in court by Mr Sheridan.Judge Kelly said he was surprised the penalties for such incident were so modest.JUDGE SLAMS DONEGAL BUS OPERATOR AFTER 29 FAULTS FOUND WITH VEHICLE was last modified: February 17th, 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:bus operatorCathal McGettiganJudge Paul Kellyletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgManagement from Green Vehicle have issued a statement saying no car parts will be available from the Green Vehicle recycling facility until later this month – as they ready themselves for a massive auction on Saturday the 14th of June. The reason for this is to give staff enough time to prepare for the massive auction planned later this month.Green Vehicle is one of the most popular recycling facilities for purchasing car parts in Donegal. A large crowd is expected to attend the auction on the 14th of this month for what one of the biggest clearance auctions in Donegal.Green Vehicle have indicated they’ll be selling a large variety of surplus cars, vans, trucks and trailers at the aution.On top of that they’ll also be auctioning off boats, plant machinery, recycling equipment and much more.The auction kicks off on Saturday the 14th of June at 11am from Green Vehicle Recycling, Bonagee, Letterkenny. Viewing available Friday the 13th from 10am toIt’s not to be missed!!   DD NOTICE: NO CAR PARTS FOR SALE FROM GREEN VEHICLE UNTIL AFTER MASSIVE AUCTION was last modified: June 6th, 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:BusinessnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Defeats Adriatic Sea Sirens, 85-66

first_imgStory Links #DogCiao Drake rallied from a 42-41 halftime deficit to defeat the Sea Sirens and improved to 1-1 on the trip. SENIGALLIA, ITALY – The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated the Adriatic Sea Sirens, 85-66, Saturday evening in the second game of its 2016 summer trip through Italy. Following the tour of San Marino, the group headed to Senigallia, which is a coastal town on the Adriatic Sea. It is home to a beautiful beach that the group enjoyed for several hours in the afternoon. Earlier in the day, the group had a chance to tour the city square of the Republica of San Marino. We arrived in San Marino Friday evening after a long travel day from Florence. Words can’t describe the beautiful views we had from the square overlooking San Marino and back into Italy. We once again had an excellent guided tour, this time through the square, where our guide covered the history of San Marino. San Marino, a microstate, is surrounded by Italy, is one of the world’s oldest republics and is mountainous.  Print Friendly Version After the beach, the team continued the educational aspect of the trip with a class during their pregame dinner. Led by Dr. Jeffrey A. Kappen, assistant professor of international business the team had a discussion on communication and leadership. Dr. Kappen then turned the discussion over to program supporter and former chairman of The Principal Financial Group, Larry Zimpleman, who is on the trip. Zimpleman, who earned a bachelor’s degree and masters from Drake, shared his thoughts on effective communication and leadership. The team then had an opportunity to ask Zimpleman questions, which were excellent and the class lasted one hour. Be sure to continue to follow the trip via Instagram and Twitter, @DrakeWBB along with trip central page at and the student-athletes’ Tumblr blog. The Bulldogs play their final game of the trip Monday evening in Costa Masnaga, where it will play the Italian Select team. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. CST). Blog #DogCiao Central Photo Gallery Tomorrow morning, we depart San Marino and travel to Venice for a few hours before heading to Lake Como. The group will spend the remainder of the trip in Lake Como and fly out of Milan Wednesday morning. Senior Lizzy Wendell scored a team-high 22 points while freshmen Brenni Rose and Becca Hittner had 10 and nine points, respectively. Sophomore Nicole Miller also finished with nine points. Senior Caitlin Ingle tallied six points and six assists.last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: SOURCES inside all the political parties say that talks behind closed doors in the past hour have failed to reach an agreement.The last-ditch attempt to agree a budget for 2014 comes three hours before it must be agreed under law.It means the politicians could cease to be councillors after midnight, and the council will be run from Dublin. As soon as the vote takes place, you’ll have it here first on Donegal Daily.Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein are angry with the moving of €350 Million worth of assets from the council to Irish water.There have been stormy debates in the council today.Earlier stories here: LATEST: COUNCIL ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE AMID CHAMBER UPROAR BREAKING NEWS: NO RESOLUTION AT COUNCIL – DISSOLUTION COULD FOLLOW was last modified: January 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BREAKING NEWS: NO RESOLUTION AT COUNCIL – DISSOLUTION COULD FOLLOWlast_img read more

Long reign of the South African shebeen queen

first_imgA far cry from today’s commercial and even craft beer brewing, traditional home brewing was unpaid, as with much of what is designated women’s work.Township dwellers congregate at shebeens to take time out listening to music, dancing and enjoying a drink. (Image: Chris Smith, Flickr)Aneshree NaidooWhen Miriam Makeba debuted in the musical King Kong, she immortalised the shebeen queen: these were the tough-talking, no-nonsense women of the townships who put their traditional brewing skills to use to keep their families from dire poverty during the oppressive apartheid years.In South Africa, as across the world, brewing was historically women’s work, falling under the ambit of household or ceremonial duties. A far cry from today’s commercial and even craft beer brewing, traditional home brewing was unpaid, as with much of what is designated women’s work. But as apartheid legislation eroded the quality of life of black South Africans, women used their traditional skills to keep liquor flowing, defying the prohibition on black South Africans drinking and brewing alcohol. Their illegal – and hence dangerous – activities provided a regular source of income for their fragmented families.Shebeen queens were shrewd businesswomen. Realising that police would confiscate their slow brews when they raided, they developed shorter brewing times, adapting traditional methods to create stronger, quicker brews to serve to patrons after work on Fridays. Sometimes, to give the brews more of a kick, they shored up the liquor with dangerous additives such as methylated spirits, a denatured alcohol.Shebeen cultureDespite the dangers, shebeens became central to cultural life for black South Africans. They were communal talking, laughing, drinking spaces where ideas as heady as the liquor flowed. Activists gathered to debate heatedly, while lovers and friends chatted; and the music played on. The now unmistakeable rhythms of township life – phatha patha, kwaito, kwela and township jazz, the love children of South African marabi beats and American soulful blues – spilled out of the shebeens, lifting hearts and growing the passion for freedom. The music itself was a defiant middle finger to the apartheid authorities, creating stars like Makeba, Hugh Masakela and so many other artists. It crossed international borders and spread the message that black South Africans were human, living, loving and creating, and, under apartheid, dying.Shebeens thrived after the 1927 Liquor Act, which among other restrictions “prohibited Africans and Indians from selling alcohol or entering licensed premises”. While African women were uniquely suited to brewing beer given their traditional skills, their growing role as shebeen queens was also dictated by legislation. As they did not have to carry passes until the 1950s, they were undesirable employees, their movements uncontrollable. They were economic wild cards, often single women making a living in a male-dominated society. And as shebeens became more popular, their risky livelihoods were threatened. Along with evading arrest and having their products confiscated, they eventually faced stiff competition.Shebeens are more than drinking establishments, they are central to the cultural life of black South Africans. (Image: Stanley Sagov)Apartheid profits from beer salesThe 1927 Liquor Act may have spurred the growth of shebeens, but from 1937, municipal drinking halls encroached on the women’s businesses. The profits from the halls benefitted the municipalities, but unlike the shebeen queens’ incomes, never trickled through to the families supported by the businesses. By the 1960s, despite protests, more than 60 municipalities operated legal beer halls; black African women controlled the illegal business. There were more than 10 000 shebeens in Soweto alone, and some 30 000 illegal brewers had set up shop in the Western Cape. The women were powerful, walking tall in their independence, and often berated the men who drank at the beer halls for not supporting their community-centred businesses.Their reign was soon to end though. The Act had restricted profits for commercial brewers, and in 1962 the apartheid government caved under pressure from the industry and opened up sales to black South Africans. They could not drink in town – white areas – but they could now buy commercial beer at off-sales. South African Breweries and the apartheid state saw their profits grow.Despite their waning stars, the shebeen queens have become a celebrated archetype in South African art, film and literature. Fred Khumalo’s protagonist, Lettie, in Bitches’ Brew, chooses the life when her teen lover turns out to be unworthy; in Down Second Avenue, Es’kia Mphahlele describes the economic independence being a shebeen queen offered: “The same old cycle. Leave school, my daughter, and work, you cannot sit at home and have other people work for you; stand up and do the white man’s washing and sell beer. That’s right – that is how a woman does it; look at us, we do not sit and look up to our husbands or fathers to work alone; we have sent our children to school with money from beer selling…”In Mine Boy, Peter Abrahams describes the dangers the women faced, as well as their solidarity in adversity: “They are all women who sell beer. And if one is arrested they all come together and collect money among themselves and bail out the arrested one. They are here to collect money for those who were arrested yesterday.”Bloke Modisane, in his autobiography, Blame Me on History, tells of how having a shebeen queen mother changed his life: “My mother wanted a better life for her children, a kind of insurance against poverty by trying to give me a prestige profession, and if necessary would go to jail whilst doing it.”Popular soapie Generations has its own shebeen queen. Mam’ Ruby has viewers buzzing with her antics, while Isidingo has introduced a shebeen king, the charismatic Georgie Zamdela.Legal shebeens keep communities afloatToday, shebeens are legal and serve mostly commercial beers and other alcoholic drinks, along with some traditional beers, or umqombothi, made from maize or sorghum. They are still cultural centres, but the shebeens’ defiant character has been replaced with a more laid-back vibe. They are now also subject to the same taxes and legislation as all legal liquor-serving establishments. This places an enormous financial burden on owners, most of whom are still female, while smaller businesses further away from wealthier urban centres face the threat of closure.In 2012, the Foundation for Sustainable Livelihoods counted some 25 000 informal alcohol outlets in the Western Cape. Each establishment employed on average three to four people. In total, some 210 000 people would have lost their jobs had the shebeens closed down. The economic benefits shebeens had, and still have, cannot be discounted, even as it is acknowledged that they take a heavy social toll, and can often be public nuisances.Since 1994, there have been moves to restrict 24-hour trading to reduce noise; serving alcohol to intoxicated people; and serving alcohol to underage people. KwaZulu-Natal has gone a step further, and requires the owners of liquor outlet to give back to the communities in which they operate by participating in community development initiatives.The new face of South African brewingCraft brewing has become immensely popular of late, with the trendy hip crowd seeking rare brews at high prices. The fashion has also, in the mainstream consciousness, overshadowed traditional South African brewing, opting to focus on hops and wheat-based brews rather than traditional African ingredients. The industry, as with major commercial brewing, is also male-dominated.Apiwe Nxusani, the brewmaster at microbrewery Brewhogs in Gauteng, is one of a handful of black female brewers in the country. She says her industry is slowly starting to change, even as traditional African brewing is still seen as a “woman’s job”. She says the perception that commercial and craft beer brewing and drinking is for men needs to be challenged, to attract more women to the industry. “I think the big boys should lead the pack and start advertising and marketing beer as also a woman’s drink of choice – make it cool for a woman to be seen enjoying a cold beer.”While commercial brews dominate the market, and craft beers are making inroads, traditional brewing has not completely fallen away. Legacy brands such as iJuba, Chibuku, and Joburg Beer, produced by United National Breweries, are easily available, and are still brewed using traditional principles and traditional ingredients.The art of brewing, and the role of women in it, is a story as old as modern humanity. And as the industry grows, refines it methods and produces more inventive products, South Africa will remember the women – the shebeen queens – who faced down an oppressive government, beer in hand.As Shakespeare said: “She brews good ale, and thereof comes the proverb, ‘Blessing of your heart, you brew good ale.’”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Pearls of Wisdom From Recent Conferences

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img There are lots of reasons to attend conferences. At a good conference, we get a chance to network with colleagues, to learn about recent research, to see new products, and to talk with manufacturers’ reps. I’ve had the good fortune, over the last six weeks, to attend three conferences focusing on green building and residential energy:It would be a daunting task to report on all of the excellent presentations I attended at these three conferences. While I hope to report in depth on some of the presentations in coming months, I’ve decided (as a stopgap measure) to share a collection of pithy quotes gleaned from all three conferences.Bill Rose is a research architect at the Building Research Council at the University of Illinois, and the author of the landmark textbook, Water in Buildings. At the Boston conference, Rose said, “If you do something to the building envelope to make the exterior colder, it will be wetter. Cold means wet; warm means dry. This pertains to materials outboard of the thermal envelope, primarily during cold weather. At a given vapor pressure, chilled materials are wetter than warmed materials. This is an equilibrium condition. It is not a consequence of diffusion, air leakage, or drying potential to one side or the other.”Carl Seville, the Green Building Curmudgeon, is a consultant based in Atlanta. At the Greenprints conference, Seville said, “The different green certification programs are essentially similar in concept. LEED has the most onerous documentation requirements. That’s job security for me. The 2012 version of the National Green Building Standard is based on the 2012 energy code, while LEED is still down at the Energy Star Version 2 level. USGBC is like a battleship that can’t turn very easily. Now it is the least difficult program to… last_img read more