A time and a place

first_imgDear Editor,When does it end with persons using sports arenas to protest?In a democratic society, I do support freedom of speech and a right to protest, but there is a time and place for everything.I grew up with American television at my disposal and became a sports fanatic in many disciplines and my journey will end loving the Olympic Games. Unfortunately, I wasn’t gifted with any sports talent competitive wise, but it has always been a joy for me to witness talented human beings from around the world competing in one arena, the unity among nations, and the new addition for refugee athletes to have an opportunity to compete under the White Olympic Flag or persons who are stateless.I will never support any Government of the day to boycott any Olympic Game or any other international sports event. The same applies to anyone using the sports arena/podium to showcase any act of protest. A podium at any sports arena or venue is not the place for anyone to use for any type of protest.Two American athletes at the just concluded 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, used the podium to protest their cause and it was disgusting and disgraceful. I wish if there was a penalty attached to such conduct of athletes.American President Donald Trump is currently one of the most hated human beings on earth for many reasons and as much as I am not too much of a big fan of his, he makes me laugh with his eccentric behaviour and I have always said he is mentally unstable and needs urgent medical help. No one seems to be taking me seriously about this situation. A podium is not the place to exercise any protest against the gentleman.Perhaps Sports Guyana should seriously consider addressing this situation before we have to witness athletes taking a similar route and using the sports arenas/podium to protest any cause. In layman terms, don’t ever entertain such behaviour.Yours faithfully,T Pembertonlast_img read more

Full Court throws out GBTI appeal

first_img…Bank ordered to hand over docs to SOCU by Nov 12In a unanimous decision on Friday, Full Court Judges, Justice Nareshwar Harnanan and Justice Fidela Corbin-Lincoln, dismissed an appeal filed by the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) to reverse a production order directing the financial institution to handover relevant documents to as part of evidence for an ongoing Anti-Money Laundering investigation. This appeal was filed following the July 5, 2018, ruling by High Court Judge, Justice Franklin Holder, who granted a production order directing GBTI to produce specific records of transactions; documents which are relevant to identifying, locating or quantifying property (or tainted property as the case may be) or locating a document necessary for the transfer of such property (or tainted property), where a person is being investigated for a serious offence – money laundering with respect to Deborah A Forbes, Rosanna Ramnarine-Mangal and Keith Dyer – after hearing an Ex parte application for the production of the said documents pursuant to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act Cap 10:11. The ex parte application for the production of the documents was filed by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Unsatisfied with the ruling, the banking institution filed an appeal in the Full Court of the High Court seeking to rescind the order. GBTI’s appeal was based on the grounds that: The Learned Trial Judge erred in not ordering service of the application on the Appellant (Respondent) to give the Appellant an opportunity to be heard; and that the Judge erred in ordering documents to be produced which are banker’s books the production of which section 24(2) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter the Financing of Terrorism Act’s prohibits.State Counsel Leslyn NobleState Counsel Leslyn Noble, before addressing the issues raised in the court, submitted to the court that the Appellant has not established any basis on which it has contended that this court ought to interfere with the finding of fact; that is, the satisfaction of the trial Judge that there are sufficient grounds to grant the said production order as the Appellant’s grounds of appeal are misconceived and without merit.As such, on Friday, the Full Court ruled that Justice Holder acted in compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act, to hear the application exparte.The court also ruled that Section 24 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act does not prohibit the production of copies of the banker’s books.As part of the court’s ruling, GBTI was ordered to comply with the order of Justice Holder by November 12, 2018, at 16:30h. The banking institution was also made to pay a cost to the respondent in the sum of $150,000.GBTI was represented by Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran.Following the ruling, Noble commented that banking institutions are not entitled to the information presented to the court outlining the (SOCU) Respondent’s reasons for investigating the customer of the Applicant since the production order merely compels the bank to deliver certified copies of documents that it may possess in respect of its customer.“Appellant being present at the hearing of the application could be tantamount to tipping off in contravention of Section 5 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act Cap 10:11. In fact, the banking institutions should be cooperating with the law enforcement agencies [SOCU] to combat financial crimes. In fact, the banks have an important role in ensuring the promotion of high ethical and professional standards in the financial sector,” the State Counsel posited.GBTI has a string of litigations against SOCU in the courts over the access of bank records for money-laundering suspects. In fact, the directors of the banking institution were even hauled before the courts for failing to comply with a court order for the production of documents for an ongoing criminal investigation being carried out SOCU – an arm of the Guyana Police Force.last_img read more

Watch the first FIFA 19 trailer: Champions League confirmed

first_imgThe latest iteration of FIFA’s video game series, FIFA 19, was officially announced on Saturday.On September 28th, the game will be released with Cristiano Ronaldo as the cover star for the second season running and it has some impressive new features.Most notably, the UEFA Champions League have finally officially partnered with the game and the competition will be included in FIFA 19.You can watch the full first trailer below.last_img

NOWDOC SERVICES RETAINED IN CARNDONAGH AND DERRYBEG

first_imgThe HSE have rejected the proposal of GPs to remove the NowDoc red-eye services from Carndonagh and Derrybeg, it has been announced.Welcoming the decision, Deputies Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn said in a statement: “We welcome the decision of the HSE to maintain the current level of NowDoc services in Donegal. This service is vital to ensure an adequate level of access to emergency care for communities in rural Donegal.“We have consistently highlighted the need for the NowDoc service to remain in situ and had organised public meetings in Carndonagh and Gweedore to highlight this issue, which, in light of today’s decision, will not proceed. “We commend the public in their active campaign to retain the service – a citizen’s initiative in west Donegal gathered thousands of signatures form the community- which combined with pressure from trade unions and public representatives we feel was instrumental in the decision made by the HSE.“The HSE have clearly recognised that this service is fundamental and they were fully aware of our view that any attempts to reduce it would be met with strong opposition.“We call on the HSE to provide clarification in relation to their future plans for the NowDoc service and for a commitment from HSE Management that no attempts will be made to erode the level of service currently provided. ENDSNOWDOC SERVICES RETAINED IN CARNDONAGH AND DERRYBEG was last modified: July 5th, 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

A SPECIAL TREAT FOR PARENTS ACROSS DONEGAL NEXT WEEK

first_imgNational Parent’s Week takes place from October 22nd to 28th and celebrates the time, love and commitment given by parents everywhere.Parentstop – Donegal’s free and confidential parent support service, is celebrating Parent’s Week by offering ‘Minding Me’ time to parents across the county.Drop into any of Parentstop’s services for a free head massage, a treat for your feet, some time out, a chat and a chance to talk about any supports you may need as a parent in 2012. Minding Me takes place in:-Moville Family Resource Centre on Tuesday October 23rd between 10.30am and 1pm-Parentstop Letterkenny, Castle Street, Off Market Square, Letterkenny on Wednesday October 24th between 10am and 2pm-Donegal Family Resource Centre, Donegal Town on Wednesday October 24th between 10am and 12pm -Parentstop Inishowen, 5 Miller’s Way, Carndonagh on Wednesday October 24th between 10:30am and 1pm-Lifestart Newtowncunningham on Thursday October 25th between 10:30am and 1pm-And especially for dads: come along to Parentstop Inishowen, 5 Miller’s Way, Carndonagh on Thursday October 25th between 7:30pm and 9:30pmNational Parents Week is celebrated in association with the National Parents’ Helpline – ParentLine (1890 927 277 / www.parentline.ieParentstop is a free and confidential parent support service in Co. Donegal. Parentstop is here to help with any parenting challenges you are facing. If you want to ask a question, talk to someone in confidence, or see if you’re on the right track, then Parentstop is here to support you.There are no long waiting lists and the Parentstop team is available to talk to you once you make an appointment. With services in Donegal Town, Letterkenny and around Inishowen, one of our Parents Support officers will meet you, listen to you and give you support and advice. Whatever your concern – let’s get it sorted together.If you have family concerns and would like to speak to someone from Parentstop please phone:074-9177249 for Letterkenny and surrounds 074 9373493 for Inishowen areas086-8494038 for Donegal Town and surroundsYou can also email helenkelly@parentstop.ie for more information.A SPECIAL TREAT FOR PARENTS ACROSS DONEGAL NEXT WEEK was last modified: October 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalParentstoplast_img read more

Parents to the rescue

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake A soaring real estate market is forcing many first-time home buyers to ask mom and dad for help. But the challenge is setting up financial arrangements that help first-time home buyers without relying too heavily on their parents’ bank account. That begins with parents and their kids understanding each other’s objective, according to Mike Fitzhugh, a principal at Kochis Fitz, a wealth management company in San Francisco. For the parent, it’s determining whether or not they can afford to help. “If they’re helping and they can’t afford to, then they’re not doing anyone a favor,” said Fitzhugh, who consults with at least one parent a week about helping their kid buy a home. “We then ask the parent whether they really want a return on their investment. Overwhelmingly, it’s no.” In most cases, parents simply want to help because they can. They are also enabling their kids to establish an investment that will hopefully accrue in value the rest of their lives. Ryan Sanden was ready to move out of his parents’ home, but he didn’t want to pay rent – something he considered a waste of money. Still in his early 20s, Sanden hadn’t saved enough yet to make a down payment on the small condo he was eyeing in Long Beach. So like many people his age, he approached his parents. Sanden’s parents agreed to help. But they added one condition, which financial experts say some parents are now tacking on to down payment gifts: He would have to pay them back. “I’m lucky my parents were willing to help me out. Now I’ve got a mortgage instead of having to pay rent on an apartment,” said Sanden, now 23, a crane operator who ended up buying the Long Beach condo for about $200,000 two years ago. “We were in a position to help Ryan out, and that felt good. I feel bad for kids who have to face this market on their own,” said Greg Sanden, owner of Oversize Transfer & Trucking in Long Beach. While Sanden felt it was Ryan’s responsibility to pay him back, he did not charge his son interest. Fortunately, Ryan made a tidy profit on his condo, which he sold recently, and was able to repay his parents. But don’t assume the robust real estate market will endure and ensure lucrative returns in the future. Financial advisers say overestimating what a home could be worth in 10 years as opposed to focusing on its value today could be setting yourself up for disaster. “And helping your kid out shouldn’t mean putting your financial circumstances in the line of fire,” Fitzhugh said. That’s a possibility if a parent is a cosigner on a home and their child’s credit runs amok. “The parent’s credit could suffer so it’s imperative that the parent has some sobering reflection as to whether their kid is going to be at risk for their credit,” Fitzhugh said. Doug Perry, a senior vice president at Countrywide Home Loans in Calabasas, acknowledges that many of these decisions are based on a family’s financial situation. But there are instances when cosigning makes sense, especially if a child needs the leverage of their parent’s financial standing. The Federal Trade Commission recommends the following should a family opt to cosign: Ask a lender to calculate the amount of money you might owe. You may be able to negotiate the specific terms of your obligation. Ask the lender to agree, in writing, to notify you if your kids have missed a payment. Before you pledge property to secure the loan, such as your home, car or furniture, make sure you understand the consequences. If your children default, you could lose these items. If cosigning isn’t an option, Michael Long, a senior loan officer at First Financial Mortgage in Studio City, recommends that parents supply the down payment. He said that supplying a down payment eliminates any fear of potential credit woes in the future, and the child benefits from the responsibility of having a mortgage in their name. A down payment can be supplied in the form of a gift, but the recipient should be aware of tax consequences and consult an accountant for advice. Banks also have different guidelines for what they might require when transferring funds. That’s also true when securing a loan. Most banks usually ask for three to four different credit lines before they sign off on a loan. However, there’s always some wiggle room if a parent intends to make a significant down payment, Long said. Perry, at Countrywide Home Loans, is accustomed to helping parents secure loans for their children. While there are myriad options to consider, “parents should have a rough idea as to how they want to help,” said Perry, who also mentioned that parents occasionally loan the equity of their home to their children. Some parents also sell properties they own to their children. Ginger James, a real estate broker at Re/Max in Calabasas, said her son Cody purchased his fiance’s parents’ condo after he secured 100 percent financing, which allowed the in-laws to make a profit without gouging their new son. The question is where do parents and their kids go if there are no real estate prospects on the horizon. Yolanda Maldonado, real estate broker with Century 21 in Claremont, said the Internet is good place to start. “It helps with the shock a lot of parents go through when I first take them out,” said Maldonado, who also rattled off several other costs parents and children usually find shocking. The include: property taxes, homeowners insurance, additional liability coverage and homeowner or condo association dues. Ryan Sanden still recalls when these terms became a part of his daily vocabulary. Luckily for him, he recently paid his parents back by selling his condo for almost double the purchase price. He then bought a two-bedroom home for about $530,000, which closed escrow several weeks ago. Evan Pondel, (818) 713-3662 evan.pondel@dailynews.com 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

Cllr Rena Donaghey elected chairperson of Donegal ETB

first_imgDonegal ETB have announced that Cllr. Rena Donaghey has been elected as Chairperson of Donegal ETB at its meeting this afternoon. Cllr. Niamh Kennedy has also been elected as Deputy Chairperson.Speaking about her election Cllr. Donaghy said, ‘I am delighted to be elected to this important role with Donegal ETB. The ETB is the leading education and training provider in Donegal, managing fifteen out of the twenty-seven post-primary schools in the county, Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre, the Donegal Music Education Partnership and has legal responsibilities for youth work.“It is also the largest provider of Further Education and Training (FET) in the county. In 2016 almost 24,500 students and learners availed of education and training through Donegal ETB. I look forward to supporting the staff of the ETB to continue this important work.” Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh said, “I would like to congratulate Cllr. Donaghey on her election as Chairperson. I would also like to extend my congratulations to Cllr. Kennedy on her election as Deputy Chairperson and I look forward to working with both of them over the coming year.”Cllr Rena Donaghey elected chairperson of Donegal ETB was last modified: October 23rd, 2017 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) Tags:Cllr Niamh KennedyCLLR RENA DONAGHEYDonegal ETBlast_img read more

Chelsea v Barcelona: Kenedy starts

first_imgKenedy starts for Chelsea in their pre-season friendly against Barcelona in Washington DC.Chelsea are yet to formally complete the signing of the teenager from Fluminese, who have granted permission for him to play for Jose Mourinho’s side in the final game of their American trip.Branislav Ivanovic captains the team, with Kurt Zouma starting at centre-back alongside Gary Cahill.Barcelona’s starting line-up includes former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Kenedy, Oscar, Hazard, Costa. Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Bartra, Douglas, Adriano, Mathieu, Busquets, Rakitic, Gumbau, Ramirez, Suarez, El Haddadi. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

CattleWomen’s Corner: Beef tenderloin with blue cheese topping

first_img2 teaspoons minced onionDash ground white pepperCombine topping ingredients in small bowl. Rub beef steaks with garlicPlace … This recipe for beef tenderloin with blue cheese topping is from the Beefitswhatsfordinner.com recipe collection.4 beef tenderloin steaks, cut 1 inch thick, about 1 pound1 large clove garlic, halved1/2 teasoon salt 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsleyTopping:2 tablespoons cream cheese4 teaspoons crumbled blue cheese4 teaspoons plain yogurtlast_img

Influential Evolutionist Fails to See His Own Contradictions

first_imgHe trains philosophically-unsophisticated students with self-refuting ideas with the force of moral subjectivity.Rare is the scientist or reporter who can detect internal contradictions, especially in stories about Darwinian evolution. One of the new champions of the unsophisticated thinkers is Dr. Tim Clutton-Brock, whose new book Mammal Societies received uncritical acclaim on PhysOrg.Clutton-Brock’s field work appears admirable. He has spent decades studying meerkats, red deer, and monkeys, taking interns out into the wild and training them in scientific observation. He is also a gifted science communicator, endearing millions of TV viewers with real-life stories of wild mammals great and small. But when it comes to Darwinian explanations, Dr. Tim fails to think clearly.With no apologies to Loren Eiseley, Dr. Tim appears happy to be part of “Darwin’s Century,” which he feels began not in 1900, but in the 1960s when long-term studies on individual life histories became feasible. To him, Darwinian evolution can only be understood in the light of the societies in which animals compete for mates: females for food, and males for unfertilized ova. There’s no question that a spectrum of behaviors are seen today in mammal societies—both cute and disgusting—from cooperation among meerkats to fratricide among hyena cubs. But can the same evolutionary process explain opposite outcomes? That question is not asked (see Stuff Happens Law).When Clutton-Brock comes to mankind, which he views (like Darwin) as nothing but another species of mammal, things get tense.The final chapters focus on human social progress, from our hominin ancestors’ journey through the polygynous breeding societies still seen in the great apes, to the unique cooperation with strangers and kin alike that defines us as a species.If you want to put human society and evolution in perspective, says Clutton-Brock, it is the other mammals which provide it, and generalisations drawn from across mammalian social behaviour feed into our understanding of humanity.“Though modern humans are mostly monogamous, we carry the legacy of past polygyny, as our ancestors lived in societies where a single male dominates several females. In polygynous mammals such as red deer, males only breed for a short time, as competition is so fierce and often brutal. This may relate to the shorter lifespan and larger bodies we see in men,” he explains.Several problems arise here. Dr. Tim never watched the mating habits of “hominin ancestors”—he merely assumes that they took a “journey” through behaviors observed in living great apes. At the endpoint of his assumed scenario, he sees “unique cooperation with strangers and kin” that “defines us as a species.” If it is unique, then how does he know it evolved? What other species is so defined? Do meerkats send money to Doctors Without Borders? Of course not. But if it requires “other mammals” to see human society in perspective, and if we must draw generalizations from across mammalian social behavior to understand humanity, to which species would one point to understand a unique trait? To red deer? Extending his logic, he would justify polygamy because men are larger (on average) than women and don’t live as long (on average). Extending his logic further, fierce competition to the point of brutality is justifiable, because that’s what evolution produced in other mammals. On what basis could he argue otherwise?We know he would not wish to advocate brutal polygamy, and yet one of his favorite books (if the article indicates correctly) is Darwin’s Descent of Man, wherein Darwin predicted “At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world” (see Evolution News & Views, “We’re all just apes here”). Certainly Dr. Tim would not wish to be called a racist. That would be political suicide, even for a scientist. But on what philosophical ground would he justify cooperation as morally superior to brutality? It’s unlikely Clutton-Brock would take Alfred Russel Wallace’s view that human uniqueness implies intelligent design (see Michael Flannery video clip in Evolution News & Views).So the author is in a clear conundrum; he either has to justify violent racism, or acknowledge that humans are not mere mammals produced by blind processes of evolution. This contradiction is lost on him, and on the PhysOrg reporter. At the ending of the article, which asks, “Why us?”, he takes the side of morality. He becomes a preacher of righteousness.“Many of the characteristics of higher primates may have facilitated the evolution of our own unusual traits,” he says. “They live in complex societies with many competitors and rely on support from other individuals to breed and protect their offspring. The difficult social decisions they have to take has probably played an important role in the evolution of our large brains and understanding of cause and effect.“The book closes with a warning to our species: that controlling population growth and preventing environmental destruction requires cooperation on a global scale – a feat no animal has managed. “This would be a novel development in mammals, and it remains to be seen whether humans are able to meet this challenge.“It would certainly be very un-Darwinian to fight the evolutionary forces to which all animals are subject, in order to “meet this challenge” of facing “difficult social decisions that they have to take” in order to cooperate on a global scale. How, exactly, does one make a decision contrary to evolutionary forces? Did animals “decide” that? Can humans do that? Why? What is the cause that produced the effect of social conscience?As for population growth, many are worried that western European societies are vanishing by not reproducing fast enough. Their numbers are being swamped by societies of religious fanatics determined to wipe them out sooner rather than later, whose leaders would see environmental destruction as a good thing, as vindication of their religion. Why is Dr. Tim preaching to the vanishing choir instead of to the fanatics? Didn’t Darwinian evolution produce them, too, in his philosophy?There are no warnings in Darwin’s century. Stuff happens. So be it.Is Clutton-Brock that ignorant of the dark history of Social Darwinism that he continues to spew this vile worldview in 2016? He propounds social evolution as the key to understanding life. Well, let him go to Galton, Hitler, and Stalin and tell his interns about their wonderful advances in social progress. Let him justify the 60,000 forced sterilizations in America as worthy efforts at population growth. Let him justify the abortion mentality that could have deprived him of life. The only morality in Darwinism is the law of the jungle. Dr. Tim Clutton-Brock is blind to his own inconsistencies, and when the blind lead the blind, they all fall into the ditch.His book would be more consistent if it had the title “Stuff Happens,” a subtitle “Whatever will be, will be,” and then a bunch of blank pages. You’ll notice he studies the meerkats; they don’t study him. The meerkats are smarter, in a way; they don’t write self-refuting nonsense to deceive impressionable minds, stealing Christian morality to warn them about things Darwinian evolution couldn’t care less about. Having undermined any claims to credibility, his arguments can be ignored. But since he poisons the minds of students, he must be opposed. Here’s a good way to start: call the New York Times to label him a racist, polygamist and social Darwinist. Let him wriggle out of that one!(Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more