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Parliamentary inconveniences

first_imgDear Editor,Since the beginning of the eleventh biennial Parliament of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, nationals and non-nationals alike, have been experiencing complete chaos, without any solution in sight.Ill-advised police officers are assisting in creating “bottle necks” in the central commercial areas, which greatly reduce business activities in the city. The dislocation of car and bus parks to facilitate the Parliamentary sitting causes commuters to become confused and displaced, often leading to an upsurge in criminal activities; especially robbery of vulnerable school children and women; often without any hope of their valuables being returned or their attacker(s) being arrested and charged.In closing I wish to suggest one of the following:1) The Police Force’s traffic department should study the commercial map of central Georgetown to reduce the amount of traffic blockage Parliamentary sittings impose on the main thoroughfare of the busy city.2) An increased police presence is needed to assist road users to get to their various destinations in a safe and timely manner.3) Relocating the Parliamentary sitting to a venue on the outskirts of Georgetown, which will result in little to no disruption to road users, businessmen/women, school children and customers alike.Sincerely,Eshelle O Cambridgelast_img read more

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Nettie Peters’ Alleged Killer Testifies

first_imgJefferson Dahn, who is accused of stabbing to death Antoinette Nettie Peters, took the witness stand, on Thursday June 5, alleging that the victim was murdered by her boyfriend, Bonfrer Adidee, a Ugandan UNMIL civilian staff.Dahn, a private security guard employed by Adidee, was indicted for allegedly murdering Nettie in early January 2013.Testifying in the murder case at Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice, defendant Dahn explained that while he was performing his normal duty, his bossman, Adidee, approached him and said he wanted him, Dahn, to do something for him.He alleged that Adidee did not tell him what he Adidee wanted him (Dahn) to do during the discussion.Instead, he asked him to open the compound gate, got into his vehicle and left that morning for work at the UNMIL head office.Following his departure, Dahn further alleged that the victim, Nettie asked him to buy her a Comium scratch card, which, according to him, he did, but was gone for several hours.He claimed that before leaving the compound, he left the gate key with the victim.He also explained to the court that after he returned with the scratch card, he met the compound locked and he decided to knock on the gate.Surprisingly, he claimed, his boss Adidee, who had left for work, opened the gate and asked him to enter the compound.When he entered, Dahn alleged Adidee asked him where he was coming from.“And I answered him that Nettie sent me to buy her scratch card,” Dahn explained to the Court.“He instructed me to follow him into his living room, and I did,” Dahn further narrated.When both of them entered the living room, Dahn alleged that Adidee asked him to go in his bed room and bring Nettie outside.“I refused to obey his order and asked him since I started work with him, he had never asked us to do such a thing. Why it is that he wants me to do that,” the defendant further alleged.Dahn claimed that after he refused to bring Nettie outside of Adidee’s bedroom, his bossman offered a dell laptop, two phones and a bag containing US$600, but he again refused the offer.He further claimed that the UNMIL staff also left his bundle of key with him, but could not say what he wanted him to do with the keys.While he and Adidee were in the living room, Dahn alleged that his UNMIL bossman said to him, “Dahn go bring two glasses, which I did.”The Defendant in his testimony alleged that when brought the two glasses to Adidee, he (Adidee) asked him to open his freezer (ice box) and bring to him a bottle of juice, which he did.“Adidee took the bottle of juice and put it into the two glasses and asked both of us to drink.”After drinking the juice, Dahn alleged “I fell asleep in his living room, and upon waking up I could not see anyone, neither hear a voice.”He added, “While sitting in the living room, it was when I saw blood spreading from Adidee’s room into the living room.”“I then took the bundle of key and opened the door, and it was when I saw Nettie lying on the floor dead,” defendant Dahn explained to the court.“I hurriedly came outside and called one of my friends, Nickerson Tomah, and I explained everything that had happened in the compound to him.”Closing arguments are to follow on a date yet to be announced by the Court, after which the jury will render its verdict.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CDC Extols Media, Health Workers, Others

first_imgCongress for Democratic Change (CDC) over the weekend showered praises on the Liberian media, health workers and the traditional chiefs of Liberia for their valuable contributions during the height of the Ebola crisis.CDC handed the Liberian media the George Weah Peace and Humanitarian Award for their outstanding performance in giving full and exclusive coverage to the epidemic. The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) received the honor on behalf of journalists and media workers in Liberia. According to the Organizing Committee, headed by CDC vice chairman for operations, Mulbah Morlu, the honors presented, the first of its kind in the history of political parties was based on “the tireless and meaningful contributions the media, health workers and traditional leaders played and continue to play in the nation.”“Congratulations for a meritorious service to our people and country Liberia with compliments of the CDC-2015 Induction & Honoring Program Committee,” the certificate reads.Receiving the awards, the National Traditional Council of Liberia Chairman Zanzar Karwor praised CDC for its exemplary action adding, “The first political party to recognize and honor the chiefs, owners of the land, means a whole lot and we are happy.”He assured the party of their support in resolving issues of disputes and other political matters, noting that the doors of the owners of the land will always be opened for any engagement.On behalf of the Press Union of Liberia, Reporters’ Association of Liberia (RAL) president Keith Morris lauded CDC for the honor, stressing that “the media sees this as a positive step in fostering partnership and collaboration with all stakeholders in the political arena of our country.”“This honor does not mean the media will not report on or about the CDC when it goes wrong. Recognizing the media at this time sends a signal that the Liberian media is developing and is up to the task,” Morris said.He encouraged political institutions and individuals to fight to protect and maintain this level of tolerance and democracy that the nation enjoys at the moment, and cautioned them about the danger of slipping off that path.The honoring program was part of the US$1 rally CDC conducted to raise funds for the party’s nationwide headquarters project.CDC anticipated raising US$100,000 to construct sub-offices in the 15 political sub-divisions of the country to enable the party to keep its presence alive, particularly for the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Solid Waste Director accused of forcing workers to admit to non-existent accident

first_img…investigation ordered into incidentBy Lakhram BhagiratCity Hall’s Solid Waste Director, Walter Narine, is being accused of pressuring two of his junior workers to take responsibility for an accident, involving Councillor Khame Sharma that never occurred, according to the Personnel Officer, Paulette Braithwaite.At Wednesday’s Statutory Meeting, Sharma submitted a letter to Mayor Patricia Chase Green where he alleges that a garbage truck belonging to the City of Georgetown damaged his motor car, PGG 6938 and is claiming compensation.City Hall’s Solid Waste Director, Walter Narine“Once again I am submitting documents relating to this incident hoping that this matter will receive the consideration this matter deserves. Madam Mayor, once again I am appealing to you to address an issue that is now reaching one year in breach of completion,” his letter stated.The incident allegedly occurred sometime in December of 2016 and since then, Sharma has been seeking compensation from the city but the administration claims its vehicle was not involved in the accident.Initially, both Narine and the workshop manager said the garbage truck showed no sign of being in an accident and that Sharma could not have produced any evidence to substantiate his claims.“On investigation of my drivers and loaders they all denied any involvement. A check was made for paint or scratches and nothing was found and I advised Councillor Sharma to speak with the workshop manager. The driver and loader were sent to the HR Manager and from our end, the drivers and loaders denied it and I can only go with that (and) there were no evidence to substantiate the damages he (Sharma) claims,” Narine said.However, when Braithwaite presented her oral report to the Council, she said the two junior officers who indicated that they were being forced to sign a statement saying that they were involved in the accident visited her.“The Director of Solid Waste attempted to get them to sign the statement to say that they were involved in the accident and they refused to sign so they came down to me to say that they were protesting because the Director said based on what Councillor Sharma said, they ought to sign the statement,” she revealed. She noted that she became suspicious and then launched an investigation and it was found that the officers were being truthful.The Council has since ordered a report into the allegations and a report is expected to be submitted by the next Statutory Meeting.last_img read more

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5 teachers to start career in hinterland region

first_imgAs the new school term swiftly approaches, five friends who call themselves OKERA (based on their first initial) – Onicia Fredericks, Kieana Greene, Eion Adams, Rebbie Singh and Astrid English – are eager and ready to commence their teaching careers at the Kato Secondary School in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) when it officially opens on September 2, 2018.The five teachers will volunteer their services at the school. The quintet will be graduating from the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) this year and are all majors in English Language.The five teachers met with Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson and a team to discuss the particulars of their contribution.The senior officials were impressed with the teachers’ decision. According to theFrom left: Rebbie Singh, Kieana Greene, Eion Adams, Onicia Fredericks and Astrid EnglishCEO’s Technical Assistant, Francesca Vieira, the selfless idea by the teachers to begin their career in Kato was birthed at a CPCE enrichment week activity where students were exposed to an orientation exercise.Additionally, Vieira urged the teachers that as they head into a new environment, they should use the manuals that are available to seek guidance so as to address the various issues that may arise.CEO Hutson also applauded the students for their willingness to leave the comfort of their homes to travel to the interior location to educate the nation’s children.He said that they should be commended, since within their own deliberations they would have recognised the need for trained teachers at the soon-to-be opened school.In addition, he noted that their decision meshed with the mission of the Education Ministry to reduce the disparity between the coastal and hinterland communities in the education sector.According to the five teachers, the idea to travel to Kato was presented to them by Fredericks and they all agreed. In explaining her decision to travel to the interior, Fredericks explained that children on the coast were more fortunate in terms of the quality of education being delivered and as such, she believes that their skills and knowledge would greatly impact the lives of the children in the hinterland region.The five teachers were lauded by Assistant CEO June-Ann Gonsalves, who informed them that they would be housed in the teachers living quarters at the said school.She reassured them that they would be supported in every way possible by the Education Ministry during their transition period and thereafter.last_img read more

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Arsenal survive Ostersunds scare as policeman dies in Bilbao clashes

first_img0Shares0000Wenger was left to watch on as his lifeless side scraped past Ostersunds © AFP / Adrian DENNISPARIS, France, Feb 23 – Arsenal scraped into the last 16 of the Europa League despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat by Ostersunds, but Thursday’s action was marred by violent clashes at the match between between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow which left a police officer dead.Two quickfire first-half goals gave Swedish minnows Ostersunds hope of a sensational comeback at the Emirates, but Sead Kolasinac’s goal just after the interval saw Arsenal hang on for a 4-2 win on aggregate. The north London giants move into Friday’s last-16 draw, but Ostersunds will take all the plaudits for a brave display full of quality.“At 2-0 we thought we had a chance. We played well, won the game but it was just short of the miracle,” Ostersunds coach Graham Potter told BT Sport.A Basque police officer died as security forces clashed with fans of Russian club Spartak Moscow in Bilbao.“We can confirm that a Basque policeman died Thursday,” said a press spokesman for Ertzaintza, the Basque police region.However, he would not comment on reports that the officer died as a result of the violence.“Five people have been arrested. We do not know if they are all supporters of Spartak, but many of them are Russians.”More than 500 police officers had been deployed for the high-risk return leg of the tie, which Bilbao won 4-3 on aggregate despite a 2-1 loss on the night.Having cruised to a 3-0 victory in the first leg last week, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal appeared complacent and were caught out by the vibrant visitors to the Emirates.Midfielder Hosam Aiesh capped off a slick move for the underdogs to pull one back in the 22nd minute, running onto Saman Ghoddos’ through ball and slotting into the corner with the aid of a deflection off Calum Chambers.The hapless Arsenal centre-back was caught out just 69 seconds later as the home fans were left stunned, with winger Ken Sema spinning Chambers and drilling a low finish past Gunners goalkeeper David Ospina.Potter may have been thinking back to his side’s missed injury-time penalty in the first-leg 3-0 loss, but they continued to press as Arsenal laboured.The Premier League side made it to half-time with a 3-2 aggregate lead intact, but were booed off the field by their own supporters.Unsurprisingly, Wenger’s men were much-improved after the break and left-back Kolasinac capitalised on uncertainty in the Ostersunds defence to hammer home with his weaker right foot.But instead of building on that goal, Arsenal continued to be largely outplayed by their unheralded opposition, with Ghoddos and Curtis Edwards both going close to restoring the two-goal cushion.The Swedes ran out of legs as their continental adventure came to an end with a famous victory, but Arsenal were left facing plenty of questions ahead of Sunday’s League Cup final against Manchester City.“We were nowhere near it and not good enough,” said Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.“We are through and that is all that counts. We will see who we get tomorrow and refocus on the big game on Sunday.”– Batshuayi blasts ‘racism’ –Violence broke out before the start of the game between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMarcel Schmelzer’s late equaliser saw Borussia Dortmund grab a 1-1 draw at Atalanta to edge into the next round.Michy Batshuayi’s double had brought Dortmund back from 2-1 down to win last week’s home game 3-2, and Schmelzer struck seven minutes from time on Thursday to keep the German side in Europe.Belgian striker Batshuayi accused Atalanta fans of racist abuse after the game, writing on Twitter: “2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands… really? hope you have fun watching the rest of @EuropaLeague on TV while we are through… #SayNoToRacism. #GoWatchBlackPanther.”Serie A leaders Napoli gave RB Leipzig a serious fright in Germany, but a 2-0 win was in vain as last week’s 3-1 loss proved too much to come back from.Leipzig held on to continue their debut European campaign with Napoli left to focus on defending their one-point lead over Juventus in Italy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Zidane says pursuit of history galvanises Real Madrid

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane said on Monday that Real will try to score quickly against Bayern © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Apr 30 – The possibility of reaching a third straight Champions League final is “galvanising” Real Madrid for their semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich, Zinedine Zidane told a press conference on Monday.“It’s an extra motivation,” the Real Madrid coach said. “What drives this club is to try to do the maximum, all of us, to regret nothing,” he said.Real is at home on Tuesday and leads 2-1 after the away leg.“If we execute well with desire and motivation we have a great chance of reaching our objective.”Sergio Ramos, the Real captain, added that the chance to play in a third final was “reward for all our work, our perseverance”.“We are making seem easy what is practically impossible. No one has won two in a row,” he said, which hasn’t happened since 1990, before the competition was enlarged switched a to a group format. “What motivates us, is to keep breaking records and winning titles.“One of the strengths of Real is that opponents are not all the same and we study them carefully to learn how to hurt them,” Ramos explained.“At 1-1 in the first leg, Bayern had to chase a victory and we knew we could do damage on the conter-attack. We would have liked to score more, but the result was good. The scenario tomorrow is very similar, the other team must overcome a bad result and we will try to exploit that. I hope we stay committed in defence.”While Ramos, the defender, emphasised defence, his boss talked of attack.“The key is to try to win the match,” Zidane said. “Not to retreat and not to do anything stupid. We must try to score quickly.“Bayern will not be worried,” he said. “They will come to play without inhibitions. We must be ready.– ‘We have not won anything yet’ –While Real are still chasing the Champions League, their chief Spanish rival, Barcelona, completed the Spanish domestic double on Sunday, clinching the league title to go with their cup victory.Sergio Ramos and Zidane were asked which achievement was greater.“Barcelona deserved to be a champion, we have to congratulate them, nothing more,” said Zidane. “We have not won anything yet, they have won two trophies and have had a great season. We do not minimise what they have done, but what interests us is what we’re going to do.”Ramos could not resist a dig.“Barca have done the double and that’s a good year for them,” he said. “But winning the Champions League, that’s worth two titles, maybe more.”Against Leganes on Saturday, Zidane coached his 200th match (57 with Real’s reserves and 143 in charge of the club).He was asked how has he improved.“Of course I have a little more experience, but experience of big moments, because I experienced them last year,” he said. “There are tons of coaches more competent than I am. But I have experience of being there and of the changing room.”Ramos said he had no choice but to sound as if he was giving in to flattery.“The results speak for themselves,” he said. “He is a great coach, we are proud that he is captaining this ship.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man accused in love triangle stabbing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Police said that the suspect may have been waiting for his victim to arrive at work. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – A man is accused of trying to stab to death the current boyfriend of a woman with whom the attacker had a child, police said this morning. Ralph Adriano, a 21-year-old messenger from Panorama City, was arrested about 7:30 last night in the 8600 block of Sunland Boulevard in connection with the stabbing of a man yesterday morning in the parking lot of a Target store before the store opened, police said. He was being held on an attempted murder charge at the Los Angeles County Jail with bail set at $1 million. Police got a call of the stabbing at the store at 5:45 yesterday morning off Nordhoff Street and Balboa Boulevard, police said. Neither the identity nor the condition of the man who was stabbed were available. The victim was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center where he was treated for more than one stab wound, police said. The wounds were not life-threatening.last_img read more

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High school girls’ basketball playoffs 2/28

first_imgTONIGHT, 7:30 SOUTHERN SECTION DIV. I-A SEMIFINALS HART (25-4) vs. PASADENA (24-7) at Arcadia High Outlook: No. 4-seeded Hart, the Daily News’ top-ranked team, is the highest remaining seed in a chaotic bracket that has featured several major upsets. The red-hot Indians apply relentless full-court pressure and have allowed 50 or more points just three times during a 13-game winning streak. Hart’s primary concern will be containing Brittany Spears – the athletic 5-foot-10 senior guard, not the pop star. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Indians are led by 3-point shooting sensation Taylor Lilley, a University of Oregon-bound guard who averages more than 18 points per game. SOUTHERN SECTION DIV. I-A SEMIFINALS CANYON (22-7) vs. J.W. NORTH of Riverside (24-6) at Valencia High Outlook: Canyon became the section’s Cinderella, its shocking first-round upset of second-seeded Buena of Ventura setting the tone for the first of three consecutive playoff wins. Canyon junior guard Nicole Leon’s return from a concussion has been huge for a team that lost three of its last four regular-season games. Leon averages 12.1 points and 6.7 rebounds. J.W. North has won 11 in a row. – Gideon Rubin160Want 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

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