Minister Broomes should apologise

first_imgDear Editor,Now that the video is circulating on social media, I think that, as decency dictates, it is within Minister Simona Broomes’s best interest to publicly apologise to the security guards, since it is now evident that she lied to at least help maintain a professional image on the Government’s behalf.It is unfortunate that the people we elect to control our affairs get power drunk so easily. Mr. President, does this minister exemplify the characteristics of a “fit and proper” leader of the nation you pilot? Is this the leadership you promised?First it was ‘Boom out’ in the Parliament; now Minister Broomes is again in the public spotlight for getting two security guards locked up because, for some reason, she thinks “No Parking signs” are below her stature. At what point does David Granger say this minister is not observing the Code of Conduct, or is not behaving in a manner expected of anyone that holds public office, and reprimand or deal with her the way Kamla Persad-Bissessar dealt with Collin Partap in his DUI case?I understand that Minister Volda Lawrence has made an attempt to apologise on the administration’s behalf, but that is unacceptable because an apology is demanded from the subject minister. I wish Guyanese people would demand better from our Government, to ensure that salt is poured on the wounds of the perpetrators who break the laws and mismanage public affairs in public offices.Minister Broomes, in the name of decency and dignity, I’m appealing to you to be an adult, a professional, a deserving holder of public office, a leader, and let go of the ignorance and do the ethical thing: apologise.Sincerely,A young Guyanesehoping for a better political future for Guyanalast_img read more

WCB man killed by speeding car

first_imgas the road carnage continues on Guyana’s roadways, a logger met his demise on Sunday evening after an allegedly drunk driver lost control of his vehicle and slammed into him along the Tempe Public Road, West Coast Berbice (WCB).Dead is 21-year-old Inshain Jameer Jr, also called “Sugga” of Lot 214 Tempe Village, WCB.According to information received, the now dead man was sitting on his parked motorcycle and speaking to his uncle when he was struck by the speeding car, which reportedly swerved from hitting a minibus that was heading in the opposite direction.Jameer was reportedly tossed into the air and landed on the roadway. He was picked up by his uncle and rushed to the Fort Wellington Hospital.As a result of his extensive injuries, he was transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he succumbedDead: Inshain Jameerwhile receiving medical attention.The driver involved was taken into Police custody to assist with the investigation. The dead man’s father, Inshain Jameer Sr when contacted told Guyana Times that his son who played an integral role in the family, left home to visit his uncle for whom he worked.He noted that he was at home when he received the dreadful news and rushed to the scene only to find out that his son had been taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital. He noted that he then travelled to that hospital where he saw his son still alive, but he could not speak.The grieving father noted that from reports received, the driver of the car, who is the engineer to the Region Five Chairman, was seen drinking with his friends at a Chinese restaurant at Bath Settlement and left there in a drunken state.“From what I hear is that the driver start to sway on the roadway and he nearly crashed into a minibus, but he swerved out and is swerve he swerve and come into the corner where my son was sitting on his bike and hit him,” the father added.He further stated that after hitting his son, the driver crashed into a tree near the roadway and sustained injuries. The father vented his anger about the large number of drunk drivers who utilise the roadways on a daily basis, adding that the Police needed to be stricter in their enforcement of traffic rules.Jameer Jr, Guyana Times, was told worked with several people, including his father, to rear poultry. He leaves to mourn his parents and one sister.last_img read more

$92,000 raised at Bluey Day for Fort St. John Hospital Foundation

first_imgIt may have been raining Saturday morning and afternoon but that didn’t put a damper on this year’s Bluey Day in support of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. 46 people took part in this year’s event and $92,000 was raised in support of cancer patients in the community.Executive director of the hospital foundation Ashley Bentley said the people that help put on the event are overwhelmed by the support each year, and it’s a big benefit having the money raised stay within the community to aid in cancer treatment.“It amazes us that it’s a success every year,” she said. “I think it’s the significance of what the event is about. It’s about support the people in our community that have cancer. In the past couple of years money that has come from Bluey Day purchased a software upgrade for a CT scanner which substantially reduced the amount of radiation that a patient will receive going through a scanner. That’s what Bluey Day is all about. It’s getting that equipment here in our community.”- Advertisement -Of the participants, ten were under the age of 16. This year’s event marked the 16th time Bluey Day has been held. Since its inception in 1999 over $1.4 million has been raised locally.last_img read more

Full house on Friday at 2019 NPSS Graduation Ceremonies

first_img“Seek success. That path to success may some days look more like a maze but know that you have made it through many mazes already and you will make it through many more, so never quit in succeeding. Enjoy the experiences along the way, these will enhance your skills and will create memories for you.”The full Graduation Ceremonies can be watched on the Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was a full house on Friday at the North Peace Arena for the 2019 North Peace Secondary School Graduation Ceremonies.A total of close to 400 students were in attendance as they eagerly awaited to start a new chapter in their lives.Many School District 60 staff and community dignitaries were in attendance to offer their words of knowledge and encouragement during this momentous occasion.- Advertisement -Assistant Superintendent, Stephen Petrucci, says the ceremony is a way to celebrate and recognize the succession of the graduates as they step forward into the next part of their educational or professional lives.“We’re really here today to recognize the succession of our graduates to the next step in their educational and professional journey. In fact, the word graduation literally means the next step. Whatever that looks like to you, we are confident that the School District, your family, and the community have prepared you well.”Mayor Lori Ackerman offered words on behalf of the community, encouraging the graduates to seek success as they move along throughout their lives.Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal thrash BATE Borisov, Marseille qualify

first_img0Shares0000Atalanta’s forward Andrea Petagna (L) vies with Lyon’s defender Mouctar Diakhaby during the UEFA Europa League group E football match December 7, 2017 © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOParis, France, Dec 7 – Jack Wilshere starred as Arsenal romped to a 6-0 thrashing of BATE Borisov at a half-empty Emirates Stadium in their final Europa League group game on Thursday, while Marseille booked their place in the last 32.Arsene Wenger made 11 changes to the team that were beaten by Manchester United at the weekend, but the Frenchman’s second string put in promising displays to give him a 700th win as Arsenal manager. After injury-plagued Mathieu Debuchy started the rout in the 11th minute by drilling home his first goal for 1,082 days and Theo Walcott tapped in, two minutes before the break Wilshere ended his Arsenal goal drought that dated back to the final day of the 2014-15 Premier League season.A Denis Polyakov own goal made it four early in the second period, before Olivier Giroud scored his sixth goal this term from the penalty spot and Mohamed Elneny completed the rout with 16 minutes left.“It’s a bit of a relief (that I scored). It’s one of those games — it didn’t mean anything because we had topped the group,” Wilshere told BT Sport.“It’s one of those games you need to be in the right mind — we enjoyed it. We’re happy to go into the next round. All we can do when we get our opportunity is give the manager a headache.”Arsenal finished four points clear of Red Star Belgrade at the top of Group H, as the Serbs joined them in the knockout stage with 1-0 win over struggling Bundesliga outfit Cologne.Cologne, still waiting for a first Bundesliga win of the season, only needed a draw in Serbia to qualify after beating Arsenal last time out, but a Slavoljub Srnic goal sent their season from bad to worse.French side Marseille sealed their spot in Monday’s draw with a 0-0 draw against Salzburg to join the Austrians in progressing from Group I.Rudi Garcia’s Ligue 1 team moved into the last 32 for the second straight season.Atalanta, coming off the back of a stunning 5-1 win at Everton a fortnight ago, edged out in-form Lyon 1-0 to finish top of Group E as Andrea Petagna scored his fourth goal of the season in the 10th minute.Lyon could now be drawn to face one of the eight sides slipping down from the Champions League in the last 32, including Atletico Madrid and Napoli.– Everton bow out with win –Everton made it two wins from two under new manager Sam Allardyce by cruising to a 3-0 victory over Apollon Limassol in Cyprus, although the former England boss did not travel with the squad due to a medical appointment.Forward Ademola Lookman, 20, scored a double with close-season signing Nikola Vlasic adding a late third to salvage some pride for Everton as they avoided finishing bottom of the group.“It’s been good (under Sam Allardyce). Different training, different tactics. I’m enjoying it,” Lookman told BT Sport.Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic’s brilliant overhead kick helped Zenit St Petersburg beat Real Sociedad 3-1 to finish first ahead of the Spaniards in Group L.Gennaro Gattuso is still waiting for a first win as AC Milan coach after a 2-0 loss at Rijeka following their embarrassing draw at Serie A minnows Benevento at the weekend.But the Croatian outfit missed out on joining Milan in the last 32 as AEK Athens pipped them to second courtesy of a goalless draw at Austria Vienna.Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol slipped from first to third in Group F after a 2-0 defeat by FC Copenhagen, dropping below the Danes and group winners Lokomotiv Moscow, who beat bottom side FC Zlin by the same score.Two-time runners-up Athletic Bilbao also qualified with a 2-0 win at Ukrainians Zorya Luhansk.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Potter books cover more than religion

first_imgI mean no disrespect, but aren’t we past the controversy about the Harry Potter series being the work of the devil? Apparently not. At a Monday press conference at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre to launch J.K. Rowling’s U.S. tour promoting her seventh and last book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” religion once again took center stage. Four questions of the paltry eight or 10 asked during the 20-minute interview session seemed to focus on the subject. The first question came from a reporter for a religious publication who took her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apologize to Rowling for the few (whom Rowling described as the “lunatic religious whackos”) who’ve dogged her since the first Harry Potter book was printed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The reporter reiterated that many Christians adore Rowling’s books – which is great. That’s a far different viewpoint than the hundreds of reports over the years of Harry Potter book bans, anti-Potter church sermons, and groups who’ve actually pitched copies on to bonfires for their so-called anti-Christian themes. I applaud this reporter for speaking her mind and am grateful for people like her in the world. But more questions continued to come: Was Rowling aware of the Catholic League’s protest of Philip Pullman’s “The Golden Compass”? Did she have any thoughts about how that mirrored her own experience with religious groups? Why did she start “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” with a passage from American Quaker William Penn’s “More Fruits of Solitude”? Why did she choose specific scriptural quotations to appear on tombstones found in the “Goderick’s Hollow” chapter, where Harry visits his parents’ resting place? And does Harry’s mentor – Professor Dumbledore, who dies in the sixth book – spend eternity in train-station limbo, beating himself up over his own past and the things he put Harry through? (No, Rowling said, he will have a happy afterlife. Thank God). Understandably, people want to see their world views played out in the books they read, shows they watch and movies they see. But what puzzles me is the media’s obsession with this issue. Here, sitting before you, you have the richest and nearly the most popular woman in all of Christendom; a woman who has never been able to speak about her books with any measure of abandon before because of the mysteries that were yet to be revealed; a woman whose works captured the hearts, minds and pocketbooks of young and old on nearly every continent. Do you have to bring up that old chestnut, the one she keeps getting asked and keeps answering with the same responses? Why can’t we move past this? I’m bored with it already, and if I am, then Rowling must be bored to sobs. Indeed, the Harry Potter books cover lots of other important issues and themes – hate, friendship and the power of love – but no one seems to care about those things. The media seem to care about only one issue: Is there God in Harry’s world? Are we not, as a culture, able to add anything else to the human discourse? Rowling admitted at the press conference that the Potter series is a quintessentially British story, so naturally there would be religious symbolism from her own background. It was not necessarily done as a calculated theme or allusion, though the passages and quotations did guide her. The book, as she wrote it, is neither pro-Christianity nor against. “I’m conflicted,” she said. Rowling must have the patience of Job to continue answering these tired queries and reminding the public that her book is also about the ramifications of bigotry and intolerance. The series is about how hatred can destroy people, how a single person’s choices can have lasting effects. She’s said it before, but no one takes the bait. On Monday, Rowling reminded the assembled media again about those subjects, to which the follow-up question was – well, there wasn’t one. No one cared. Intolerance, bigotry and hate apparently aren’t worth discussing. Let’s get back to the religion thing, shall we? The secrets of Harry Potter are out, so Rowling can be as forthcoming as she wants to be with information about the story. But no one will let her, and that’s a real shame. Sharon Kaplan writes for the Daily News’ Harry Potter blog, Portkey to Hogwarts, local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Parking operator takes a gamble in calling on Chick

first_imgIt could be a strategy of political brilliance – or political suicide. Joseph Lumer, chief executive of Five Star Parking, is trying to enlist City Controller Laura Chick in a dispute he has with the city Department of Transportation over a DOT review that found he shortchanged the city some $630,000 from its Hollywood parking lot operation. Lumer, who is among the larger contributors in city elections and operates the lucrative parking franchise at Los Angeles International Airport, sent each City Council member a three-page protest letter and a 30-page packet of information disputing the audit. Chick says she has no plans to review the DOT audit. Councilman Dennis Zine has found a new way to bond with his colleagues: at the Los Angeles Police Academy shooting range. Zine last week took Councilman Jose Huizar to the range – known as Hogan’s Alley – for a 45-minute lesson on firing a handgun. “He got pretty good at it by the end,” said Zine, noting he showed Huizar how to shoot the department-approved .38-caliber, .45-caliber and 9 mm handguns as LAPD trainers stood nearby. Zine served on the LAPD for 30 years and is an LAPD reserve officer. “As a council, we are reviewing officer-involved shooting and use-of-force cases all the time and I want our members to have an understanding of how a weapon works and what it can and can’t do,” Zine said. Zine has provided City Council President Eric Garcetti with similar shooting lessons and said he wants to bring all his colleagues to the range. For the record, all the guns are owned by Zine and he even paid for the bullets. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is insisting he is trying to soften his rhetoric with Los Angeles Unified School District officials as he continues to pursue his efforts to take control of the system. “I am not at war with them,” Villaraigosa said last week. “This is just an issue I care passionately about.” Villaraigosa said he is going to continue his lobbying effort of Sacramento politicians, although it might be in a less public way. “When I visit them in person up there, it’s too disruptive,” Villaraigosa said. “What I’ll be doing is talking to a lot of people to explain what I am trying to do. There are a lot of misconceptions and misperceptions. I expected that and it’s up to me to explain what I am looking for.” In the meantime, the President’s Commission on Education – formed by then-council President Alex Padilla and then-school board President Huizar – is scheduled to release its final recommendations this week. Many on the panel have been frustrated that they are being swept up and overlooked in Villaraigosa’s juggernaut. However, with all of the controversy focused on Villaraigosa’s battle with LAUSD officials, they hope to become an alternative voice and a potential compromise as the debate continues. If nothing else, the mayor and Zine could become a comedy team. Last week at a luncheon with San Fernando Valley business leaders, the mayor joked about Zine’s eating habits. Looking around, he spotted Zine near the dessert table. “Dennis – eating again!” Villaraigosa chided. “Standing there, eating a cookie! It used to be a doughnut in your other profession.” The comment drew loud laughter from the assembled group, although not so much from the mayor’s cadre of bodyguards. “Just kidding,” the mayor hastily added. “LAPD officers take such good care of me.” Villaraigosa also targeted himself for a joke when he called out from behind the podium for Deputy Mayor Robert “Bud” Ovrom. Ovrom was, in fact, seated directly in front of the diminutive mayor, who veered from his talk on the aerospace industry to lament his modest stature. “Man, I’m too darn short,” he quipped. “They need to give me a box to stand on.” MEDIA WATCH: Betty Pleasant Miller, the political columnist for the Southwest Wave, which primarily serves the African-American community, is not known for pulling her punches. And last week was no exception when she ticked off her endorsements for various races in her column, “The Soulvine.” “Our opinions are based on various factors,” Pleasant told readers. “Including the fact that the Soulvine has a long memory, is vindictive, and strongly believes the best way to punish an offensive politician is to vote against him.” Daily News staff writer Brent Hopkins contributed to this story. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I am not going to be put in the position of reviewing every contract from a vendor who disagrees with a city department’s decision,” Chick said. “Besides, if Mr. Lumer wants to pursue this, he has other remedies than trying to use my office to get out from this.” Lumer’s letter piqued the curiosity of several council members, who wondered why he was escalating the matter and inviting additional reviews that could raise even more questions. Steve Afriat, who advises Lumer, acknowledged the risk of asking for Chick’s involvement. “Clearly she is extraordinarily tough,” Afriat said. “We think her office can take an open look at this. We’re contending the Department of Transportation people need to go back to auditing school.” Among the city’s contentions is that a large percentage of tickets were missing at the Hollywood operation – and tickets are a key auditing tool to determine revenue owed to the city. last_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal cyclist was being hailed by his sport today after a stunning performance in one of Britain’s top races.Ciaran McDermott, from Doochary, competed alongside 25,000 other cyclists in the epic London to Surrey 100-mile race.And Ciaran finished SECOND. All that training in the hills of Donegal really works!Ciaran is pictured outside Buckingham Palace.CYCLIST CIARAN IN STUNNING 100-MILE LONDON RACE was last modified: August 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ciaran mcdermottDoocharylondon to surrey racelast_img read more


first_imgThe Regional Cultural Centre (RCC) Letterkenny has two brilliant free concerts to mark Canada Day today, Sunday July 1st as part of the massive North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) that has been taking place across Derry City and County Donegal.The Fiddle Convention has been an incredible success, with one magnificent sell-out concert after another, and has certainly lived up to its billing as the Olympics of the Fiddle.If you’ve been lucky to get to any of the events so far you have another treat in store at the RCC on Sunday and if you haven’t managed to get to anything yet, this is your opportunity to get a taste of NAFCo. The incredible free afternoon programme at the RCC this Sunday features a lunchtime concert with Oh My Darling and the Pierre Schryer Trio both from Canada at 1.15pm, followed by a light Canadian lunch and ending with the Music Makers at 4pm.  The whole afternoon is suitable for people of all ages including children and is completely free of charge, even the food.  Canada Day on Sunday July 1stThe wonderful lunchtime concert at 1.15pm features Winnipeg’s Bluegrass girl band Oh My Darling and thePierre Schryer Trio from Ontario.  With a sweet name and even sweeter sound, Oh My Darling conjures up the right mix of emotion and elation with their unique brand of country. Infused with dynamic vocals, brilliant claw-hammer banjo, inspired fiddling, and grooving bass, their music will get your hips swinging, toes tapping, and put your heart right into their hands. Pierre Schryer Trio is the collaboration of three stunning musicians incorporating elements of Classical, and World Music and the Celtic fiddle styles of Scotland, Ireland and Canada. As a solo performer Pierre has received numerous awards including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion. The final fantastic free NAFCo event at the RCC is The Music Makers at 4pm on Sunday July 1st. It combines award-winning film of instrument makers who carve, plane, and glue with skill while their instruments are played live in concert by leading Irish musicians Julie Langan, Finbarr Naughton, Brian Lofthouse and John Butler. The Music Makers is a visually and aurally stunning celebration of instrument and music making. It provides a chance for audiences to see the inner workings of instrument makers’ workshops, gives a great insight into the skill involved in bringing an instrument into being and is a truly wonderful live music gig.  FANTASTIC FREE CANADA DAY EVENTS AT REGIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE was last modified: July 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wakiso Giants out to end season on a high away to Dove All Stars

first_img Tags: Dove All Starsfufa big leagueIbrahim KiryatopWakiso Giants Wakiso Giants have already secured promotion to the top tier. (File Photos)FUFA Big League 2018/19-Elgon GroupDove All Stars vs Wakiso GiantsGreen Light Stadium, AruaThursday, 09-05-2019 @4pmARUA – Wakiso Giants will play in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League next season after securing promotion last week.However, there is still a small matter to take care of and that is completing their Big League season’s games.On Thursday, they take on Dove All Stars at the Green Light Stadium, hoping to end the season a high.Ever since the League started, Wakiso have been the team to beat and throughout the course of the season, they have lost only one game, winning a joint division most of 11 matches.Going into the game against Dove All Stars, Wakiso will be out to make it 12 victories this season, regardless of the fact that they do not need to win after securing promotion last week.“We go into every game with one target, to win and it won’t be any different tomorrow,” said Wakiso head coach Ibrahim Kirya ahead of the game.“Their targets don’t concern us and they shouldn’t expect any favours from us.Wakiso heads into the game without the injured Yasin Mugume and Yasin Mugabi. Norman Ojik played the game against Entebbe but still not fully fit while Hassan Wasswa Dazo, Hakim Ssenkumba, Muwadda Kateregga and Richard Kigozi Gazza did not make the trip.Mugabi is one of the players missing for Wakiso Giants.For Dove All Stars, they are in desperate need of a big result that may see them reach the promotion playoffs.The Arua based side are currently fourth on the standings with 31 points, three behind third placed UPDF who occupy the final playoff spot in the Elgon Group.Also trailing UPDF by 4 goals in terms of goal difference, Dove All Stars need to win by at least four goals and pray UPDF losses their last game.When the two side meet in the first leg, Wakiso and Dove All Stars drew 0-0 at the Kyabazinga Stadium in Bugembe.In the other Elgon Group games to be played on Thursday, Nebbi Central hosts UPDF FC at the Nebbi Grounds while Kataka entertains Amuka Bright Stars at the CRO Grounds in MbaleThe FUFA Big League games to be played on ThursdayRwenzori Group-Kitara vs Kireka United @Kigaya Grounds, Hoima-Kiboga Young vs Kira United FC @Busumate Grounds-Bumate United vs Water FC @Christ High Schoola Ground, Bundibujjo-Kabale Sharp vs Proline FC @Kabale Municipal Grounds, Kabale-Kansai Plascon vs Dove FC @Bishops SS Grounds, MukonoElgon Group-Nebbi Central vs UPDF FC @Nabbi Grounds, Nebbi-Kataka FC vs Amuka Bright Stars FC @CRO Grounds, Mbale-Dove All Stars vs Wakiso Giants @Green Light Stadium, AruaComments last_img read more