Delay tactics…

first_imgDear Editor,As a young lad, I was present when Guyana’s Prime Minister Forbes Burnham made his famous utterance in a speech at Parade Ground; I remember the mood of the crowd being ominous before the speech, the air was electric! Then on came the man and he started slowly, his sonorous voice had a calming effect; then his voice rose, it thundered “back to back, belly to belly, ah don’t give a damm, ah done dead ah-ready” the response was a spontaneous, primal roar of approval, forgotten were all the rumblings of discontent, that crowd, that night, would have fought Satan himself for the soul of their hero if asked.Editor, the man thereafter dubbed the “Kabaka” would be saddened to see the state of his beloved People’s National Congress today. Led by a weak man with a chest full of medals earned in classrooms, the PNC cowers behind cries of “house to house” as they fear the wrath of an electorate betrayed most abominably. The Official List of Voters (OLV) used by the Guyana Elections Commission for the November 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) remains valid until May 12, 2019, well past the March 19, 2019 deadline for General and Regional Elections as stipulated by The Constitution, our Supreme Law.There were no claims of irregularity made to GECOM or reported flaws in the OLV by any party or group that contested the LGE in 2018. No issues have been raised in any forum or legal redress sought. The 2018 OLV withstood the test at an election in November 2018 and there is no reason for a “house to house” verification exercise at this time. The registration and verification exercise planned for June 2019 can be done at that time. The Granger Administration has mercifully left enough funds in the treasury to enable GECOM to carry out its mandate and deliver an election on or before March 19, 2019.The PPP/C presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali at 38, is 3 years younger than Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham (LFSB) was when he became Prime Minister, he is 3 years older than our youngest ever President Bharat Jagdeo was when he became President, he brims with passion to make a better life for all Guyanese, he has faced the vilest of accusations with an equanimity that demonstrates maturity beyond his years, Irfaan’s list of achievements, his experience and on the job performance already make him the most qualified candidate for the presidency in our nation’s short history. An impromptu campaign at Leonora on Sunday saw thousands roar their approval; they know we have a man from the people, for the people, pledging his service to benefit all Guyanese.It pains me that so many reminders that our Constitution is inviolate have to be made to our Head of State. The leader of the party of Burnham professes to be a great admirer of the man and has turned his (D A Granger) former home into the Forbes Burnham Research Institute; however, Granger fails to emulate his hero’s indomitable fighting spirit, no more “back to back” instead, he hides behind the skirts of “house to house” .My father, Jai Narine Singh Sr famously wrote that Burnham had become a man whose “head has grown too big for his hat”. I can only surmise that he would have observed that Granger was trying to wear shoes much too big for his feet.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Northern communities receive funding for a greener BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Government is providing over $130,000 in grants to Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge to help grow a greener BC.The goal is to have more healthy and sustainable communities says MLA Mike Bernier.·         Chetwynd   will receive                        $31,775- Advertisement -·         Dawson Creek   will receive                $81,420·         Tumbler Ridge       will receive            $21,156Bernier also says he believes combined efforts can grow a greener BC.Advertisement “I think the combined efforts of our communities results in a more energy efficient way to deliver services. Local governments influence 40 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in British Columbia and our northern communities are making a difference from both an environmental standpoint and value to local rate payers.”This funding is given out to communities that have signed the climate action charter. The government supports their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.last_img read more

Bomb kills Lebanese official

first_imgASSASSINATION: The lawmaker is the fourth anti-Syria leader to be killed in three years. By Scheherezade Faramarzi and Zeina Karam THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEIRUT, Lebanon – A powerful bomb killed an anti-Syria lawmaker and six others Wednesday in a Christian neighborhood of Beirut, threatening to derail an effort by an already deeply divided Parliament to elect Lebanon’s next president in voting to begin next week. Antoine Ghanem, a 64-year-old member of the Christian Phalange party who had returned from refuge abroad only two days earlier, was the eighth anti-Syria figure and fourth lawmaker from the governing coalition to be assassinated in less than three years. Coalition members blamed Syria. Damascus denied involvement, as it has for the previous seven assassinations, including the 2005 bombing death of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri – a killing that ignited huge protests that forced Syria to withdraw its troops after a three-decade occupation. Security officials said at least 67 people were wounded in Wednesday’s blast; half had left the hospital by day’s end. The explosion occurred at rush hour on a busy street in the Sin el-Fil district, severely damaging nearby buildings, setting several cars on fire and scattering blood and debris along the street. Explosive experts were seen checking the engine of Ghanem’s car, which was thrown more than 150 feet. A security official said the bomb was likely detonated by remote control near Ghanem’s car. “I have never seen a more cowardly regime than that of Bashar Assad’s,” lawmaker Saad Hariri said, blaming the Syrian president for Ghanem’s death. Hariri replaced his father, the assassinated ex-premier, as head of anti-Syria forces, which now hold a majority in Parliament. Cabinet member Ahmed Fatfat also blamed Syria for the attack, saying Damascus wanted to derail efforts by majority and opposition leaders to reach some accommodation as they begin presidential voting in Parliament on Tuesday. “It is the only regime that does not want presidential elections in Lebanon to be held,” Fatfat told The Associated Press. President Emile Lahoud, an ally of Syria, also implied Ghanem’s death was meant to undermine the presidential vote, saying “it is no coincidence that whenever there are positive signs” that someone is killed. Syria said the attack was aimed at sabotaging efforts by the Lebanese people to reach agreement. “This criminal act aims at undermining efforts paid by Syria and others to achieve Lebanese national accord,” Syria’s state-run news agency SANA quoted an anonymous Syrian official as saying. Many people fear the divisions over the presidency could lead to creation of two rival governments, a grim threat to repeat the last two years of Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war when army units loyal to competing administrations fought. The United States has accused Syria of trying to undermine Lebanon’s government, but has stopped short of tying the Damascus regime to the political killings. “The bombing that claimed these lives was another in a campaign of terror by those who want to turn back the clock on Lebanon’s hard-won democratic gains,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a statement. “Enemies of peace and freedom want to gain through violence, threat and intimidation what they cannot win in free and fair elections.” The assassination of anti-Syria figures began with the killing of Hariri on Feb. 14, 2005, in a bombing that killed 20 other people. Mammoth demonstrations coupled with international pressure forced Syrian troops to leave, and the Lebanese elected a government led by anti-Syria politicians. Since then, U.S.-backed Prime Minister Fuad Saniora has been mired in a power struggle with the opposition, led by the Syrian-allied militant group Hezbollah. Government supporters accuse Syria of seeking to end Saniora’s small majority in Parliament by killing off lawmakers in his coalition, which now holds 68 seats to the opposition’s 59. With the loss of Ghanem and the earlier killing of Pierre Gemayel, the Phalange party – one of the main political and military powers during the 1975-90 civil war – was left with just one representative in Parliament. After the assassination of lawmaker Walid Eido in June, many majority legislators left the country to spend the summer abroad in safety, while those who stayed took extra security. Fatfat, the Cabinet member, told the AP that Ghanem had just returned Monday from an undisclosed country where he took refuge for two months. Antoine Andraos, another colleague, said Ghanem had called him earlier in the day asking for a bulletproof car, a TV station linked to Hariri reported. Security officials, meanwhile, said a landmark hotel near the Parliament building in downtown Beirut has been rented to house legislators in the governing majority so they can be better protected during the 60-day presidential election process. Lahoud is due to step down from the presidency by Nov. 23, and government supporters see the vote as the opportunity to put one of their own in the post. But Hezbollah and its allies vow to block any candidate they don’t approve.160Want 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

Poll: Who scored the Premier League’s best halfway line goal?

first_img1 Manchester United and England legend David Beckham On this day 19 years ago, David Beckham scored his famous long-range beauty for Manchester United against Wimbledon – but is it the best ever?Adrian and Goughie picked their favourite halfway line stunners to rival Beckham’s fabled strike, but what is your favourite?Have your say in the poll below!last_img

DDTV VIDEO: USAIN BOLT SHOWS OFF SOCCER SKILLS WITH DONEGAL PAL RICKY

first_imgDDTV VIDEO: The fastest man on the planet wants to play soccer – and he wants to play with Manchester United.Watch a video of Usain Bolt showing off his football skills, ably assisted by his manager Ricky Simms.The Milford man shows some handy skills himself.With a bit of luck, Ricky will be bringing Usain to Finn Valley Athletics Club some time over the next few months. “Usain playing for Man United has been mentioned,” said Ricky, “but we will have to see what happens. It’s something he’d like to do but because he knows Alex (Ferguson) and I know Alex, it’s probably been overplayed.” DDTV VIDEO: USAIN BOLT SHOWS OFF SOCCER SKILLS WITH DONEGAL PAL RICKY was last modified: August 16th, 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

HUNDREDS OF BARGAINS AT THE EVOLVE WINTER SALE TODAY

first_imgThe Evolve Winter Sale started this morning and it’s loaded with bargain basement offers!The list includes two pairs of jeans for €45, footwear from €10, G-Star 1/2 Price, Adidas 1/2 Price, suits from €89 and Tommy Hilfiger at 1/2 Price. If it’s a bargain you’re looking for then Evolve will have you suited and booted for next to nothing for the New Year. HUNDREDS OF BARGAINS AT THE EVOLVE WINTER SALE TODAY was last modified: December 26th, 2013 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:EvolveWinter Salelast_img read more

GARDAI HUNT FOR PIT BULL DOGS AFTER FAMILY PET SAVAGED TO DEATH

first_imgThe family pet dog which was savaged in KillygordonGardai are hunting for two dangerous dogs who mauled a sheepdog to death in front of its owner.The dogs attacked the beloved family pet in the Killygordon area on Sunday evening.The collie’s owner, a 76 year old man, tried to save his dog and managed to stab one of the attacking dogs. The dogs, believed to be pit bulls or a cross of fighting dog, fled the scene and the man was thankfully unhurt.The man rushed his dog, a Welsh collie, to the Donegal Animal Hospital but he died a number of hours later due to the savage injuries it received.The dogs are still believed to be on the loose and people have been warned n to to approach them.Anyone who may have come across them is asked to contact Ballybofey Garda station on 0749137740.  GARDAI HUNT FOR PIT BULL DOGS AFTER FAMILY PET SAVAGED TO DEATH was last modified: October 29th, 2013 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:attackdogsGardaiKillygordonpetlast_img read more

DINAH LOOKS A ‘WHEEL’ STUNNER AS SHE GETS HER DREAM TRUCK TO SCHOOL PROM!

first_imgDinah looks stunning as she boards her personal truck to be taken to her prom!Most girls dream of going to their prom in a horse-drawn carriage or a limousine.But Dinah Doherty-McGonagle has always been a fan of trucks.So it was the stuff of dreams last night when her dad Michael McGonagle arranged for her to be collected in a Scania 143 lorry. The look on the Errigal College pupil’s face as the truck pulled up outside her Letterkenny home said it all.Dinah and friends danced the night away at The Station House Hotel.Needless to say she got a regular taxi home like everyone else!Mum Bernie said her daughter has always been a huge fan of trucks and it was the perfect surprise for her little girl! She wanted to say a special thank you to Nerval Porter from Castlederg who supplied the truck for the night.“It may seem a little unusual but Dinah has always had a thing about trucks.“Like many of the other pupils from Errigal College, she has really been looking forward to her prom.“But to arrive in her dream truck really got the night off to the perfect start. We were all so delighted.“She’s a great daughter and like all parents, we just wanted the best for her,” said Bernie. Keep on trucking Dinah!Meanwhile Shaun And Conor Mc Cosker also arrived at the prom in style.The lads took a tractor to the Station House for the big night.But they were the perfect gentlemen and asked their dad John to take their dates Vickie Mc Gill and Roseleen Gallagher in a black Toyota Avensis. DINAH LOOKS A ‘WHEEL’ STUNNER AS SHE GETS HER DREAM TRUCK TO SCHOOL PROM! was last modified: August 7th, 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:Dinah Dohertydonegalerrigal collegeScania truckStation House Hotellast_img read more

Donegal parents and carers invited to free Intellectual Disabilities information event

first_imgAn open meeting will be held in Letterkenny tonight to provide a one-stop information hub for parents and carers of young people and adults with intellectual disabilities. The evening will feature a line-up of knowledgeable speakers with advice on supporting people with disabilities and on education, advocacy, human rights and inclusion.When? Tuesday 6th March, 7-9pm Where? Station House Hotel, LetterkennyWhere can I get more information? Contact: 0749103527 or email donegaldownsyndrome@eircom.netVisit the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1791429701164482/  Donegal parents and carers invited to free Intellectual Disabilities information event was last modified: March 6th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

New Earthrise Is a Stunner

first_imgTake a look at this image from a lunar orbiter on the 47th anniversary of the historic Apollo 8 “Earthrise” photo.“Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter releases new high-resolution earthrise image” announces PhysOrg, and wow! What a beauty. It seems unreal. Portions of Africa and South America are clearly visible as the globe of Earth rises above the gray lunar landscape. Space.com calls it “Simply breathtaking”—who could disagree?Earthrise from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, December 2015The first color Earthrise photo was taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts. In their first-ever lunar orbit, they watched it time around, and decided to use one of the apparitions to send a memorable Christmas greeting to earthlings on Christmas Eve. They quoted from Genesis 1 before wishing everyone “a merry Christmas, and God bless all of you – all of you on the good Earth” (see 12/24/13).This time, though, Al Gore is using it as an occasion to preach about environmentalism.The country is probably too far down the path of political correctness to quote the Bible any more. Think of what the ACLU-type pressure groups would say. That shouldn’t stop anyone from meditating privately on Psalm 8:3-4, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Yet in a tiny corner of that globe, visible under a cloud north of Saudi Arabia, a babe was laid in a humble manger, unknown to the world leaders of the day. “Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; the hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight!”Merry Christmas to all our faithful readers! We’ll be back, Lord willing, when the New Year 2016 begins. (Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more