Dear Editor,Chairman Justice (ret’d) James Patterson seems to shamelessly dance to the beat of the People’s National Congress Reform’s (PNC/R) drums while defying the Constitution. In 2015, the APNU/AFC coalition Government took the issue concerning the life of the voters’ list to Parliament.They placed into law that Continuous Registration will be an ongoing process, followed with Claims and Objections as the updating mechanism for the voters’ list to be ready for elections during any six months.The delaying tactics now will not be able to stop the people in our country from demanding Regional and National Elections before the end of March 2019.I join the international call for the global support of our constitutional rights. We demand the immediate isolation of this fraudulent, illegal APNU/AFC regime based on the colossal corruption and glaring violations of United Nations standards of acceptable human rights that are taking place under this Government.The Guyanese nation calls for immediate and necessary intervention against this vulgar wrongdoing of this regime.It is encouraging to read that President Granger is now coming around to understanding the importance of our country’s Constitution. However, even as he belatedly calls on GECOM to prepare for Regional and National Elections, there exists a deepened level of national distrust, given the tried and proven hypocrisy that usually emerges from his clan. It leaves one to wonder about the basis of Granger’s system of governing.We recall that in 2017, Granger hurriedly appointed and swore in ‘pensioner’ Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Election Commission on Deepavali day. This happened to be one of the most auspicious and signature days on the Hindu religious calendar. Heaven knows why he is proposing to reach the Leader of the Opposition on ‘Ash’ Wednesday, March 06, 2019.Given that, the political calendar is respected and not punctuated by the amount of days, but by the ‘events’ that take place on particular ‘dates’; Ash Wednesday is recognised as one of the most significant days on the Christian calendar, which signals commencement of preparation by our Christian brothers and sisters for the ‘holy’ period of ‘lent’. It is a time when our people are cleansing themselves from all evils with no use of alcohol, meat, and wrongdoings. Selecting this date is certainly disrespectful to some Guyanese, or maybe a call for pious intervention.March 6 is also the death anniversary of the Founder of the PPP, Dr Cheddi Jagan and the death anniversary of one of our country’s ‘heroine’ Kowselar. Maybe President Granger Makes his decisions based on significant dates.Notwithstanding, GECOM must do one or both of the following:1. Conduct a short Claims and Objections period so as to further sanitise the voters’ list and prepare immediately for elections.Or2. Have a short period of continuous registration along with a period of Claims and Objection for early elections.The bottom line is that we must have elections when the voters’ list is valid!Sincerely,Neil Kumar
…the press must not be intimidatedThe Times Media Group, comprising of Guyana Times, TVG Ch 28 and RGI 89.5 in a statement released Sunday, condemned in the strongest possible language the attack on the Kaieteur News in the form of a grenade being hurled at the vehicle of the publisher.According to the release: “The press and, by extension, the media, is regarded as the ‘fourth estate’ because of the role it plays in securing the freedom of all the other estates – especially the ordinary citizens. Any act that can be construed as acting to intimidate the media constitutes an attack on the foundations of democracy. That the act was done while the personnel of the newspaper were mourning the passing of a respected journalist makes the action even more reprehensible.” The Times Media Group says it expects the Police will “respond with the highest level of professionalism and diligence so that the perpetrators of the dastardly act will be brought to justice.”
– PM Modi tells MPs of Indian originIndian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Shrimati Sushma-Swaraj told Guyanese and other parliamentarians of Indian origin at a world gathering on Tuesday, January 9, that the ancestral homeland was proud of their achievements.Some 141 MPs and Mayors (chairs of regional bodies) were invited to a conference and reception in New Delhi, India. The conference was held at the Pravasi Bharatya Kendra, which was built for overseas Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs).The meeting was organised by the External Affairs Ministry under the leadership of Shrimati Sushma-Swaraj and inaugurated by PM Modi. Attendees included Government Ministers, the Vice President of India, Ambassadors in Delhi and other dignitaries.There are some 280 PIOs sitting in Parliaments of various countries, many of whom are Ministers or Heads of Governments. The present PMs of Portugal, Ireland and Mauritius are PIOs. Only sitting MPs and Mayors were invited to the Delhi meet.Some 141 Indian origin MPs and Mayors from 23 countries accepted the invitation to attend the conference called to boost ties between India and the countries where the MPs are domiciled. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was among some 24 who attended from Guyana. The cost was borne by India.The forum allows the MPs to connect with their past in India and contribute to the growth of ‘new India’. Besides, it will also help India have more friends in foreign countries rooting for its interest. The Indian Government believes that increasing engagement with the MPs will help India with having more advocates for its cause on various issues on the global stage. The Diaspora has been a very active and strong advocate of India’s cause. It was noted, for example, that the Indian Diaspora has played an important role in pushing for India-centric policies in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.Modi told the MPs: “Your achievements (as legislators in your countries) are a point of pride for us. Even when you are nominated for political office anywhere, we are very happy. You affect geo-politics and the world and frame laws. Indians watching these developments are very happy to hear about your achievements.“No matter where you are, I believe your ancestors will be very happy to see you all here. Everywhere Indians go, they integrate into the Diaspora. They take up the culture, sports and the other everyday things of their surrounding environment,” Modi added.He added: “Whenever I travel, I like to meet people of Indian origin. I have met many of you like this. The reason is that you are permanent ambassadors of the country. My government has tried to connect to Indians overseas and solve their problems. Earlier, we had different schemes and ministries, but now it is all integrated under the External Affairs Ministry. Sushma Swaraj is working for you constantly. Overseas residents can help us in many ways. You send remittances and we are thankful for that. You can also invest in India. We know your experience is important for the betterment of India. You can take India to the world. We want to be with you when you succeed.”He reminded the gathering of the greatness of Indian culture. “We believe in ‘Vaasudev Kutumbakam’ – the world is one. The values of Indian culture and civilisation can guide a world gripped in increasing instability. On my suggestion, World Yoga Day (adopted by the UN) was celebrated on such a large scale.”And on aiding the world, the PM informed the gathering that India was among the first responders in a crisis. ?In Yemen, we saved not just our citizens but also people from 48 other countries by lifting them out of the war-torn country. Indian soldiers laid down their lives in World War I and World War II even though the country did not have any economic interest in the wars. Our relationship with a country is not based on give and take, it is based on humanity.”Modi thanked the MPs for taking time out of their busy schedule and coming to the conference. He said that he hoped to meet them again next year at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD).Before the PM spoke, the External Affairs Minister also showered praises on the MPs. (Vishnu Bisram)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The four North Peace Secondary School’s basketball teams were in action once again this past weekend, playing in two different tournaments around the Peace.Tanner Sandberg was named the MVP of the Red and Gold tournament at Glenmary High School in Peace River. Sandberg helped the Sr. Boys Basketball team win the gold medal game, defeating E.W. Pratt 101-61. The Sr. Girls Basketball team won the Consolation Final at the same tournament, demolishing Grimshaw 89-17.Both the Jr. Boys and Jr. Girls basketball teams competed at the Dawson Creek Secondary School’s tournament over the weekend. The Jr. Boys won the DCSS tournament defeating GP Composite 73-30 in the final. The Jr. Girls also won the DCSS tournament defeating Peace Wapiti 57-22 in the final.- Advertisement -This week, the Sr. Boys and Girls basketball teams will be in Edmonton at the Scona Classic Feb. 9-11.Jr. Boys and Girls basketball team will be playing at the Regional Playoffs hosted by Dr. Kearney – all games will be played at NPSS on Feb. 10-11.
0Shares0000Chuck Blazer, a pivotal figure in the corruption scandal which convulsed FIFA in 2015, has died after battling lung cancer © AFP/File / PETER KOHALMILOS ANGELES, United States, Jul 13 – Corrupt football official-turned-whistleblower Chuck Blazer, whose evidence helped trigger the FIFA bribery scandal, died Wednesday, his lawyers said.Blazer, who was banned for life from all football activities for corruption in 2015, had been battling cancer up to his death. He was 72. “We are truly saddened by the passing of our client and friend, Chuck Blazer,” his lawyers said in a statement to AFP.“His misconduct, for which he accepted full responsibility, should not obscure Chuck’s positive impact on international soccer,” the statement added.The bearded, hulking football official was a pivotal figure in the corruption scandal which convulsed FIFA in 2015 and ultimately led to the downfall of former supremo Sepp Blatter.Yet for years Blazer himself was seen as emblematic of the worst excesses of FIFA during the Blatter era, unapologetically pocketing millions to fund a luxurious, globe-trotting VIP lifestyle.His notorious excesses included an $18,000-a-month apartment in Trump Tower in New York — and a separate $6,000 unit in the same building just to keep his mob of unruly cats.Blazer had pleaded guilty in 2013 to charges of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion as part of a web of corruption that spanned multiple decades.“Chuck felt profound sorrow and regret for his actions,” his attorneys said Wednesday. “He expressed sincere remorse towards his former constituents and colleagues, and to all of the soccer players and fans disappointed by his conduct.”While FIFA banned Blazer in 2015, he had in fact cut a deal to work with investigators years earlier, taking recording devices into meetings to help build a case against corrupt officials across the globe.– ‘Mr Ten Percent’ –Blazer had risen to power through his work with CONCACAF, the ruling body for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, where he served as general secretary from 1990 until 2011.He was a powerful member of FIFA’s corruption-tainted Executive Committee from 1996 to April 2013, when he was succeeded by US Soccer’s Sunil Gulati.Blazer notoriously trousered vast earnings during his years as a football powerbroker, with one estimate suggesting he raked in millions to fund his extravagant lifestyle.A 2013 report by CONCACAF’s integrity committee said Blazer had received more than $20.6 million in commissions, fees and rental payments from the organisation between 1996 to 2011.Between 2004 and 2011, some $26 million of CONCACAF expenses were charged to his personal American Express account.He was a close confidante of former CONCACAF President Jack Warner, who is also facing charges in the United States related to the scandal.Blazer was nicknamed “Mr Ten Percent” due to an arrangement he had with CONCACAF which granted him 10 percent of the regional confederation’s revenues.Blazer was unrepentant about the sums directed his way, however, insisting they were just reward for his work in helping to build the profile of football in the CONCACAF region.“I’m perfectly satisfied that I did an excellent job,” Blazer once said about his sweetheart deal with CONCACAF.“I spent 21 years building the confederation and its competitions and its revenues and I’m the one responsible for its good levels of income.”– Opulent lifestyle: for cats –However the opulent trappings of his office became ever more blatant.During his tenure as one of football’s senior chieftains, Blazer kept a blog — “Travels with Chuck Blazer and Friends” — dedicated to chronicling his brushes with celebrities and world leaders, posing with the likes of Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela and Miss Universe.Yet his luck ran out when he attempted to conceal his true level of income after failing to file tax returns between 2005 and 2010.According to one account, Blazer was arrested in New York by an FBI agent and an Internal Revenue Service official in 2011 as he trundled along on a mobility scooter to a favorite Manhattan restaurant, the now-defunct celebrity hangout Elaine’s.“We can take you away in handcuffs now or you can cooperate,” Blazer was reportedly told.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
QPR midfielder Jordon Mutch says he is finally settled at the west London club after undergoing an embarrassing initiation ceremony.Rangers paid the £6m release clause to secure his services from Cardiff in the summer and he was swiftly ordered by his team-mates to mount a chair and belt out a tune.The former Birmingham man came through his audition with flying colours and helped Rangers earn their first points of the season with a 1-0 win over Sunderland before the international break.He may not have the X Factor but he’s a lot more settled in west London ahead of their trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.“It’s been nice,” he said. “I’ve been here a while now and I have done my initiation.“Getting my initiation out of the way was good. I am settled now and looking forward to Old Trafford. I sang R Kelly and it was embarrassing but now I can watch the other new boys do theirs.“It’s difficult moving club, I’ve moved three times and been on loan. The first month is always difficult because you are in a hotel and meeting new players but all the boys have been really good and welcomed me really well.“It took a couple of months to settle but it’s a great city and I am excited to be here for four years and I think this club is going to progress a lot over the next few years.” Jordon Mutch 1
Others who have signed the guest book have included testaments to the tea lady’s power to heal. “I was depressed yesterday and now I feel great – thank you,” wrote Mary Torres. “I had so much pain in my heart then you slipped into my room for a tea party and the pain went away,” wrote Lilli Bonner. Cindy Damboise, nurse manager on the fourth floor, has seen the same scene, heard the same words dozens of times. The tea lady has no medical degree, no physical therapy training whatsoever, but Damboise thinks these tea parties are having a big impact on the physical health of these women. “Emotionally, I know they do. But I’ve also seen patients start breathing easier and feeling so much better physically after she leaves,” she said. “These tea parties definitely have a healing effect.” Because she takes her time and does not want to rush the women in hospital gowns sipping her tea, Smidderks can do only two or three parties every Friday afternoon. She started them in February after the death of her dog, Snuggles. For seven years, Smidderks had been bringing her little Shih Tzu dog to the hospital every Friday to let the patients hold and play with him. “I could do six or seven visits in an afternoon with him, and he always lifted their spirits,” the Granada Hills woman said. “After he died at 16, I wanted to continue volunteering, but I didn’t seem to be a fit for the gift shop or sitting at the front information desk. “I’ve had tea parties my entire life, so I asked if it was OK to have them here because I knew a real connection is made with someone over a cup of tea. “For an hour or two, you can make them forget about the pain and remember the good times.” Sipping tea from fine china on embroidered tablecloths with a red rose in a vase because women heal better when they have beauty around them. Men, she isn’t so sure about. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Just ask Dolores Bork, who sat down to a cup of hot mint tea with Mary on Friday afternoon. Bork, 85, considered herself lucky to be alive after suffering a massive heart attack last week. Her heart stopped three times – twice on the way to the hospital from her Ridgecrest home and once on the operating table. But Bork didn’t dwell on that during her visit with the tea lady. Instead, they talked about their childhoods, their loved ones, their pets and favorite things about life. Then Bork autographed the tea lady’s guest book, adding her name to the dozens of other women who have recovered from surgery in these rooms. “This is so very, very special. Thank you,” she said. “I’m not in the hospital now. I’m at a beautiful tea party.” For a few precious hours every Friday afternoon, pain and fear take a back seat to smiles and warm memories in the fourth-floor recovery rooms at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. That’s when Mary Smidderks, the tea lady, comes to visit. Bringing her best china, embroidered tablecloths and a vase with a red rose, she transforms drab hospital rooms into warm, intimate tea parties for female patients whose spirits need a lift. “Women heal faster when they have beauty around them,” said Smidderks, a retired vice principal at Los Angeles Baptist High School. “I don’t know about men, but women respond to beauty.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Orange County fire officials estimated this morning firefighters could have the fire fully contained by Sunday. A reward of $250,000 has been offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever started the fire. Anyone with information about the fire’s origins was urged to call (800) 540-8282. Orange County Fire Authority Chief Chip Prather has asked that an estimated 30-40 people who were in Black Star Canyon shooting still photos and video of the fire between 5:55 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 21 — around the time officials believe it was deliberately set — submit their pictures and footage to investigators. The photos or video may contain images that could help investigators catch whoever started the blaze at two ignition points. Authorities, who said they are investigating some 700 tips about the fire, have also asked for help in tracking down a pickup truck seen in the area when the fire started. The driver of the truck — described as a 1998-2004 white Ford F-150 pickup with chrome tubular running boards — is a “person of interest,” Prather said earlier. SANTA ANA – The arson-set Santiago fire continued to threaten 200 homes today and mandatory evacuations remained in effect in the canyon areas of Silverado, Black Star and Baker, authorities said. But more than 3,000 residents have been allowed to return to their homes in the canyon areas of Modjeska, Trabuco, Glen Ranch, Live Oak and Santiago, state fire officials said. As of this morning, firefighters estimated 75 percent containment on the 28,445-acre blaze. But there was concern that the weather, which helped firefighters over the weekend, could turn threatening once more with a return to windy conditions, officials said. In addition to pressing forward in the arson investigation, authorities are also bracing for potentially devastating post-fire erosion, Prather said. “Be patient with us because part of what we’re trying to do is make sure that after this fire is out, the mudslides don’t come,” Prather said. “And so we’re trying to save as much of the vegetation on those hillsides as possible to keep that community safe for the long term.” Prather told reporters his crews had been in a sprint since the fire broke out a week ago Sunday east of Irvine, fueled by fierce Santa Ana winds, and “now we’re in the marathon.” Prather said “that marathon includes trying to prepare the community for the next emergency. And that will be to rehabilitate that area and limit to any extent we possibly can the potential of a mudslide, and threat and risk to people and property in the future.” Meanwhile, firefighters continued trying to block the blaze from crossing a mountain ridge into Riverside County. Now in its tenth day, the fire has blackened 28,445 acres of foothills, canyons and mountains, destroyed 15 homes and eight outbuildings, damaged nine residential structures and 12 outbuildings, and forced scores from their homes. Eight firefighters have been reported injured in the Santiago Fire. There are 1,833 fire personnel assigned to the fire, which so far has cost an estimated $9 million to fight. Crews were being aided by “forgiving” weather, as one fire authority spokeswoman put it, but remain concerned that winds could whip up again to rekindle the flames. Over the past few days, firefighters have worried that coastal winds could blow the fire downhill into the Corona area if it crossed the ridge, which also marks the line between Orange and Riverside counties. Hand crews and bulldozers have carved a pair of parallel fire breaks both on the ridge and at the fire’s northeast edge, generally a mile southwest of the ridge. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A big-hearted community mental health nurse hoping to raise thousands for charity are hoping people will get down on the dance floor for a Jive Night!Maire McGinley is a Community Mental Health Nurse in Mental Health Services for Older People.She has organised a Jiving night as part of her funding-raising parachute jump to raise much needed funds for The Donegal Alzheimers Society. “The funds raised will go towards providing respite home care services to enable families to provide ongoing care to there loved ones at home,” says Maire.“There is an estimated 2,200 families in Co. Donegal living with Alzheimers and or other related dementias.“The number of individuals receiving a diagnosis of Dementia is raising each year. The Azheimers Society provide a vital service to people with Dementia and their families.“Due to lack of funding they are unable to provide home respite care to all families affected by Dementia and currently have a large number of families awaiting assessment for this service.” The Jive night is on July 16 in Gortahork Parish Hall and is just €5 at the door – with loads of prizes also on offer.DonegalDaily.com – Supporting Local CharitiesContact us anytime on email@example.com NURSE ORGANISES JIVE NIGHT TO HELP FAMILIES HIT BY ALZHEIMERS was last modified: July 2nd, 2016 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)
Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov has launched a £1billion bid to buy Arsenal.The 63-year-old currently owns 30 per cent of the club through Red & White Holdings and has made a move to wrestle a further 67 per cent away from majority shareholder Stan Kroenke.It is understood a formal bid was made for Kroenke’s shares but it is believed the American is expected to reject the offer.Usmanov has been a shareholder at the Premier League club since 2007 and upped his stake from 14.6 per cent to 30 when he bought out Farhad Moshiri in 2016.He has a fractious relationship with Kroenke and last month he claimed that the club’s issues should not be placed solely at the door of manager Arsene Wenger.“I do not think that the coach alone is to be blamed for what is happening,” he told Bloomberg – adding that the board, and main shareholder (Kroenke) “bear huge responsibility.”The Gunners face a multi-million pound drop in revenue if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.They face Everton in the final round of Premier League matches on Sunday and need to win, with other results going their way, if they are to finish in the top four.Despite the prospect of making a large profit, Kroenke appears to not want to sell.That does not mean Usmanov has been put off and he could yet return with an increased bid – with Forbes currently listing his wealth at £11.2bn. 1 The 63-year-old currently owns 30 per cent of the club