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  • PPP bashes GECOM over unsolicited database sharing

    first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has come out bashing the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), for its move to share the confidential details of registrants with two Government Ministries.Party General Secretary Clement Rohee on Monday said the PPP was very much astonished and concerned over GECOM’s move to share its database, including confidential details of registrants, with the Education Ministry and the Human Services and Social Security Ministry.According to him, this was the first time this has happened since the elections body was first established.“The justification provided by GECOM’s Chairman, Steve Surujbally, and the representatives of the [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change]APNU/AFC are spurious and creates grounds for suspicion. Electoral skulduggery facilitated by the APNU/AFC and Mr Surujbally is once again in the making,” Rohee told Journalists at the Party’s weekly press conference.He said the use of linkages between GECOM’s and the Education Ministry’s public relations programmes to deceive GECOM to share its database with the Ministry was “fraught with unimaginable implications for free and fair elections in Guyana”.Further, he said, the justification to share GECOM’s database with the Human Services and Social Security Ministry in order for that Ministry to rectify the names and addresses of pensioners as well as to assist in deleting names of pensioners “smacks” of deep suspicion that GECOM’s database could be used for other sinister electoral purposes.“In any event, sharing of GECOM’s database with either of these two Ministries is unnecessary and uncalled for since both Ministries have the institutional capacity to rectify their respective institutional deficiencies.”The Party is of the strong view that the nation must be consulted in respect to the unsolicited release of confidential personal data of citizens captured in the National Register of Registrants (NRR) to Government agencies and departments, a practice that has no precedent in Guyana.“The PPP views as absolutely necessary the need to validate the legality of GECOM sharing its database with Government agencies such as the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security.”According to Rohee, GECOM was again wrong when it decided to accept “source documents” in the form of late registration birth certificates presented to Registration Offices by applicants who are primarily middle-aged persons.The Party, he said, views this decision as “dripping with suspicion” and recalls the strong criticisms expressed by the Party in respect to the efficacy of a Department of Citizenship, under the Ministry of the Presidency, which many view as part of a rigging machinery established primarily to issue birth certificates to underage persons and as well as to middle-aged persons as is currently being done.Rohee said the Party has denounced the practice and has demanded an immediate halt to the “electoral travesty” which is laying the basis for a padded voters’ list favourable to the APNU/AFC.“The Party takes this opportunity to alert both the donor and diplomatic communities to these sordid and unsavoury developments,” Rohee said.The third decision by GECOM which the PPP wishes to make public is the breach of an obligation made by the Chairman of GECOM at a meeting held with a PPP delegation on April 21, 2016.According to Rohee, at that meeting, GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally had committed to providing written answers to a number of questions raised by the General Secretary of the Party.“The Party is reliably informed that Mr Surujbally has reconsidered his commitment and did not see the necessity to write the PPP/C. This shameless decision by Surujbally flies in the face of transparency and is nothing but a clear manifestation of contemptuousness and disrespect towards the PPP, a major stakeholder in the electoral process in Guyana.”Rohee said following its meeting with GECOM, the Party avoided any reference whatsoever to matters which Dr Surujbally had undertaken to respond to in writing.“Mr Surujbally’s lack of scruples in this particular matter strengthens the suspicion of the PPP about his Bollers-type anti-PPP role in the May 2015 General and Regional Elections which reveals his hands to be dirty with fraud,” he added.Rohee said the PPP would continue to “expose Mr Surujbally’s cohabitation with his APNU/AFC Commissioners to deny the supporters of the PPP/C their legitimate right to free and fair elections in this country.”last_img read more

  • DCI-Liberia to Pursue Juvenile Cases in 3 Counties

    first_imgFoday M. Kawah (middle), reads the statement.Children and disadvantaged people whose rights are being abused and violated without legal representation to plead their cases will soon benefit from assistance to be provided by the Defense for Children International-Liberia (DCI-Liberia), executive director Foday M. Kawah disclosed on June 28.Mr. Kawah, addressing journalists in the conference room of DCI’s office on 21st Street, Sinkor, said the capacity to work in Montserrado, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties came after they received a grant of US$69, 948 from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).DCI-Liberia has been involved with advocates for child rights and disadvantaged people.  The project that is commencing now in the three counties seeks to provide free legal services for children and disadvantaged people, such as the disabled, the elderly and women in direct conflict with the law as well as victims of human rights abuses.There are various forms of abuse of children in Liberia nowadays, including rape, denial of education, vulnerability and hard labor.Worse in these situations is the lack of legal representation for the victims due to high legal fees and poverty.  Consequently, children and disadvantaged groups are subjected to all forms of abuses.According to Mr. Kawah, DCI intends to also work with the country’s justice system, to enhance child justice framework through training, empowerment on international human rights standards in dealing with child offenders at detention centers, judicial proceedings and victims of abuses.The project, under the title, “Strengthening the Rule of Law in Liberia: Justice and Security for Children,” will go further in ensuring that the police, judicial personnel and local community-based structures respond to Juvenile Justice.Liberia is a signatory to the African Child Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and many other human rights protocols.  These protocols seek to protect the rights of children in regard to survival, protection, development and participation.According to Mr. Kawah, a lot of people, some of them children, are languishing in prisons in deplorable conditions and without legal representation, while girls and young women victimized by sexual exploitation and violence are being imprisoned without receiving reparation.In order to draw government’s attention to these situations for  appropriate redress, Kawah said, “DCI-Liberia will carry out lobbying or advocacy actions aimed at holding the state party accountable for child rights violations that will reach out to the most vulnerable children, such as children in detention and those ones that are victims of violence, exploitation and abuse, and the undocumented children.”He said their awareness and advocacy for juvenile justice is essential, because only through such actions would the most vulnerable be impacted. He emphasized that without such responses justice would be only for a few children and often among the most privileged, such as those who have access to the justice system and are not necessarily the most affected by abuses or violations of their rights.In the UNDP-sponsored project to be implemented by DCI, three lawyers will be hired to provide free legal representation in the three counties, free legal education and information provided by the lawyers; four case workers will be hired to gather cases related to the objectives of the project, and three socio-legal defense centers will be established in the counties.DCI-Liberia was established in 2009 with an objective to seek the welfare and vision of children and to ensure that the rights of every child are protected by law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Teen remains critical as Police hunt for hit-and-run vehicle

    first_imgAnnandale fatal accidentOne day after being struck by a speeding minibus along the Annandale Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), 16-year-old Reaz Shaw of Lot 35 Annandale Public Road, ECD, remains in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital.His friend, Karmachand Khemraj died as a result of the collision on Sunday evening.Yacoob Shaw, the teen’s father, on Tuesday evening stated that there were no improvements in his son’s condition since the accident.“He deh just how he go in; he eyes can’t even open, but de doctor tell me that is something with de brain and it does tek long to heal,” the father related.The older Shaw told this publication that his family was just hoping and praying forInjured: Reaz Shawthe best at this time.Based on reports received, Shaw and 15-year-old Khemraj, also called “Ajay”, of Lot 44 Annandale North, East Coast Demerara were heading home from a nearby shop on a pedal cycle when a speeding white Toyota Hiace ‘Pitbull’ minibus struck them down from behind and continued on its journey without stopping.The teens sustained severe injuries and were picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where Khemraj died about an hour later while receiving medical attention.His friend, who is also his neighbour, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the medical facility. Police have not yet been able to locate the minibus that was involved in the accident.When contacted, the father of the dead teenager explained that they were receiving the assistance of the public to search for the bus.He stated that from all indications the Police are dragging their feet on the issue and as such, called on the higher authorities to look into the matter.last_img read more

  • GWI seeking to increase water rates

    first_img…to engage PUC…despite 12% increase in revenue collectionManaging Director of the Guyana Water Inc. (GWI), Dr. Richard Van West-Charles, has said that the utility company is preparing to engage the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to propose an increase in tariffs. This is being done despite the company reporting a 12 per cent increase in rates collection for 2017.GWI’s Executive Director for Commercial Services and Customer Relations, Marlon Daniels, told reporters at the utility company’s year-end press conference that revenue collection has increased from $3.4 billion in 2016 to $3.6 billion in 2017, although the books have not yet been closed.He noted that the increase is mainly due to efforts employed by the regional officers and the improved customer-centric approach by the GWI.“The 12 percent increase is strictly due to the efforts of the regional team, and they have surpassed last year’s collection in a very realistic way. I would add that the effort of the website and app to increase our meter-reading efficiency and to make available to customers the billing information would seek to increase our collection in a meaningful way,” Daniels said.GWI Managing Director Dr. Richard Van West-Charles said the company is preparing to engage the Public Utilities Commission with hopes of increasing its tariffs. However, he noted that the increase would take into account the different groups of Guyanese. He explained that pensioners would be dealt with separately.“I think it is safe to say that our service has improved significantly. The quality of water has improved significantly, hence the timing is right for us to revisit the tariff; and hence it is for you to know that we have started to engage the PUC in this manner,” he said.Van West Charles said most utility companies across the globe get subventions from their government for the maintenance of infrastructure, but that this is not the case with GWI. He explained that Government’s subvention to the GWI is to cover its electricity costs and for projects in the hinterland; but the maintenance of the hinterland infrastructure is GWI’s expense.He added that it is against that backdrop that the GWI is seeking to increase its tariffs, so as to ensure the integrity of its infrastructure is maintained.“We now have to get to the point where we know if we are going to sustain the supply and sustain the good quality we have to have the requisite resources to be able to ensure that the spares are in place, that some maintenance programme is in place to maintain that infrastructure. So we are preparing to make a submission. The Board has seen the submission, the Board has approved the submission, so we are now approaching the PUC,” Van West-Charles added.Back in 2013, the PUC had granted the GWI permission to increase its tariff, but it was never followed through.last_img read more

  • Huskies beat up Blades 8-3

    first_imgThe Huskies will be back in action tonight at the North Peace Arena at 8 against the Sexsmith Vipers. The Fort St. John Huskies got off to a fast start against the Beaverlodge Blades yesterday and never looked back. They opened the scoring just over three and a half minutes into the game, and cruised to an 8-3 victoryThe game was well in hand after the first period with a 4-1 lead, and that was increased to 6-1 after the second.The teams exchanged two goals each in the third as the Huskies also outshot the Blades 56-20.- Advertisement -After the game head coach Gary Alexander said while the physical aspects of the game still need to be improved, Xs and Os wise the Huskies did their job pretty well.“We didn’t run around doing our own thing for a change. We actually started working on the systems we’ve been teaching. It was good to see that. We still have some improvements to make on our physical parts of the game but it was a much better effort on paying attention to what we’ve been saying in practice,” he said.Scoring for the Huskies were Thomas Webster (2), Cayle Bell, Austin Braid, Jordan Harder (2), Keenan Larson, and Adam Bowie.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Sam Allardyce admits he faces ‘mammoth’ task to save ‘relegation favourites’ Sunderland

    first_img Sam Allardyce getty 1center_img Sam Allardyce has admitted he has got a “mammoth” task on his hands to prevent “relegation favourites” Sunderland from slipping out of the Barclays Premier League.The 61-year-old, who has built his reputation on stabilising and rebuilding struggling clubs, saw the Black Cats slip to a third defeat of his four-game reign to date when they went down 1-0 to Southampton at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.They remain entrenched in the bottom three with just six points from their opening 12 games, and Allardyce does not accept that he has plenty of time to turn things around.He said: “No, I haven’t, no. We are relegation favourites because we are in the bottom three and getting out of the bottom three is a long haul now.“When you have got fewer points than games, as many fewer points than games as we have got, then we have got a mammoth task just to get out of the trouble we are in at the moment.“There’s no point in trying to bulls**t anybody: it’s going to be a long haul to get where we need to get.“What I want to try to do is not have one of those end-of-the-season desperations that this club has become used to over the last four years where if you don’t win four out of the last six, you are going to get relegated.“That’s the last thing that these players should have on their minds. Now is the time to start winning and drawing, not the last six games of the season, right now starting next game.”last_img read more

  • 5% are riding the MTA rails for free

    first_img“This gives us a base of knowledge in making these decisions,” said Roger Snoble, MTA CEO. Each month, there are about 272,000 boardings on MTA’s five rail lines. The report’s estimates are slightly higher than Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which previously estimated about 3 percent of riders were evading fares. Fare evasion has created a persistent struggle among MTA board members who are divided about installing gates to prevent it. Right now, MTA runs on an honor system, with deputies and security doing random checks for tickets. An analysis on gates and fencing and their costs for all MTA rail lines is also expected at the November meeting. Opponents have long argued that the costs of gates and the staff to maintain them would exceed money lost from fare evasion. “It’s a huge waste of money to gate,” said Richard Katz, MTA board member. “People still evade with gates.” Katz said that, instead, more deputies should staff stations at night and on weekends to catch passengers looking for free rides. The transit agency is also using the report as it prepares to shift to a new system called Tap, in which riders tap special cards on fare boxes to pay rather than dole out cash. The program may start by the end of 2008. sue.doyle@dailynews.com160Want 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.About 8.9 percent of Saturday-night revelers and 10 percent of Sunday-night riders do not have valid tickets to ride, according to officials from Transportation Management and Design Inc., the Carlsbad-based group commissioned by MTA to review ridership. Overall, 5 percent of riders during the week, 6 percent on Saturdays and 7percent on Sundays do not have proper tickets to ride, according to a nine-day sampling of passengers during the past two weeks. MTA officials are expected to report in November on how much fare- skippers are costing the mass transit system. The report comes as the board is considering gates and barriers for its rail lines to prevent fare evaders. It’s also reviewing its security contract and could reduce the number of sworn officers patrolling lines to 100 and add about 250 security officers to check fares. MASS TRANSIT: Study comes as officials consider ways to prevent passengers from evading buying tickets. By Sue Doyle STAFF WRITER An average of 5 percent of riders on MTA’s rail lines aren’t paying for tickets during the week – and as much as 10 percent of Sunday riders are riding for free, according to a study released Thursday. last_img read more

  • ‘WE CANNOT WAIT UNTIL 2021 FOR THESE SCHOOLS’ SAYS DONEGAL SENATOR

    first_imgDeputy Padraig Mac LochlainnDonegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has stated that he will now ask the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton to prioritise resources in his department towards the fast tracking of the design, tendering and construction process for the new three school campus in Buncrana.He was speaking following news that one site has been identified in the town and that negotiations to secure the site are underway.Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “I welcome the news that a site has been identified but it has taken 11 years to get to this point and that is a profound systemic failure. It is now vital that the Minister for Education prioritise this vital three schools project, catering for Crana College, Gaelscoil Bun Cranncha and Choláiste Chineal Eoghain.” He added that the current buildings or sites for these three schools are not near suitable for their needs and our school children and students have been failed for too long.“I will be calling on the Minister to fast track the design, tender and construction process as much as possible, working in partnership with Donegal County Council and Donegal ETB. We cannot wait till 2021 for these schools”.‘WE CANNOT WAIT UNTIL 2021 FOR THESE SCHOOLS’ SAYS DONEGAL SENATOR was last modified: July 4th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:buncranaDonegal County CouncilPadraig Mac LochlainnRichard BrutonSinn Feinlast_img read more

  • LETTERKENNY 24/7 TRIATHLON CLUB TO HOLD AGM THIS FRIDAY

    first_imgThe triathlon season is now finished with members starting to wind down from heavy training and focus on individual sports and some adventure races. The National Series is also complete and the full set of results are available on the triathlon Ireland website.The club features strongly in the men’s section, women’s section and mixed section as well. Forty members took part in at least one national series race with nine members doing a minimum of five races in a combination of sprint and olympic distance races.On Saturday club members also helped out in the Orla Memorial run in Ards Forest Park organised by club member, Sinead Trearty who has just given birth to a baby girl so congratulations are due to Sinead and Gualter.The AGM will be held on Friday at 7pm in Aura and all members are encouraged to attend.Training continues as follows Tuesday 7.45pm Aura track sessionWednesday 8.00pm Aura swimThursday 6.30pm Aura Long RunSaturday 9.30am Aura Group cycleResults – National Series Mens club 11th out of seventy seven clubWomens club 17th out of sixty eight clubsMixed clubs 123th out of seventy seven clubsNational series overall 4th Aidan Callaghan 618.97 points five counting events 2nd in age group 32nd Gavin Crawford 574.87 points five counting events 6th in age group96th John Conaghan 533.44 points five counting events 6th in age group154th John Mccarron 504.71 points five counting events 16th in age group164th Paul Dillon 499.55 points five cointing events 40th in age group193rd Martin Donnelly 484.65 points five counting events 31st in age group234th Cathal Roarty 464.55 points five counting events 22nd in age group235th Graham Parker 463.64 points five counting events 41st in age group241st Fin Begley 460.18 points five counting events 42nd in age group304th Hugh Gallagher 423.51 four counting events 82nd in age group339th Lisa Dalton 411.17 four counting events 89th in age group395th Donagh Osullivan 396.72 four counting events 72nd in age group431st Damian McGoohan 352.25 four counting events 90th in age group509th Christine Russell 311.51 three counting events 6th in age group630th Tommy Hill 276.81 three counting events 46th in age group653rd Clara Quigley 272.48 three counting events 53rd in age group702nd Noel Lynch 253.74 three counting events 92nd in age group730rd Evelyn Boyle 237.81 three counting events 150th in age group784th Nicholas Fowell 213.71 two counting events 135th in age group836th Paul Doherty 205.88 two counting events 213rd in age group920th Padraic Mitchell 197.37 two counting events 11th in age group988th Jarlath Duffy 189.87 two counting events 186th in age group1021nd Paul O Gara 187.87 two counting events 193rdin age group1108th Stephen Sweeney 182.16 two counting events 213th in age group1225th Killian Nulty 173.69 two counting events 165th in age group1406th Sean McAuliffe 152.37 two counting events 191st in age group1474th Adam Speer 112.31 one counting event 288th in age group1784th Gavin Harriss 96.34 one counting event 352nd in age group1920nd Triona Mc Menamin 94.67 one counting event 379th in age group1985th Barry Mc Laughlin 93.67 one counting event 414st in age group2006th Orlaith Fogarty 93.34 one counting event 33rd in age group2048th Brian Sweeney 92.74 one counting event 431st in age group2157th Brian Ward 91.27 one counting event 285th in age group2196 Kevin Hennessy one counting event 27th in age group2463rd Liam Tinney one counting event 638th in age group2627th Ciaran Liddy one counting event 676th in age group2682nd Martin Robinson one counting event 84.04 355th in age group2688th Adrian Wasson one counting event 83.94 587th in age group2774th Julie McGoohan 82.47 one counting event 530th in age group3230rd Joanne McGranahan 71.28 one counting event 830th in age groupLETTERKENNY 24/7 TRIATHLON CLUB TO HOLD AGM THIS FRIDAY was last modified: September 30th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AGMathleticsletterkenny 24/7NoticesSportlast_img read more

  • ST PATRICK MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCE IN NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM – PICTURE SPECIAL

    first_imgST PATRICK MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCE IN NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: March 17th, 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:NewtowncunninghamSt Patrick’s Day Paradelast_img