Traffic violator fined $60,000

first_imgA 32-year-old Lindener was fined ,000 on Tuesday when he appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Linden Magistrate’s Court, charged for two traffic violations.Winston Scotland drove a motor car bearing licence plate number PVV 4004 on Republic Avenue at Mackenzie, Linden, on July 9, 2016 while being an unlicensed driver and while a policy of insurance was not in force for the said car. He was fined ,000 for both offences. Failure to pay the fine will result in four weeks’ imprisonment.last_img read more

Health Ministry hosts reintegration workshop for sugar workers

first_imgThe Men’s Health Unit of the Public Health Ministry (MoPH) teamed up last week with GuySuCo to train GuySuCo’s medical, clerical and administrative staff to help ex-sugar workers reintegrate into the society.The ensuing workshop was part of broader initiatives targeting some 4000 recently-retrenched Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) workers, some of whom the MoPH Men’s Health Coordinator, Dr Dennis Bassier, said have fallen into a destructive lifestyle.Dr Bassier said although the number of unemployed former GuySuCo employees has decreased with the reopening of one of the sugar estates, the programme is gathering momentum, because the MoPH realises that some affected persons have “gone on to engage in lifestyles that are not desirable as it relates to their health.” Dr Bassier and Ms Bonita Harris, a Consultant/Educator who has done extensive work in men’s and adolescent health over the last years, spearheaded the 5-day MoPH/GuySuCo training scheme which was held at the National PublicConsultant/Educator Bonita Harris and Dr Bassier pose with workshop participantsHealth Reference Laboratory. The skills-enhancing workshop targeted workers attached to various health centres and sugar estates in Essequibo Islands/West Demerara (Region 3); Demerara/Mahaica (Region 4); Mahaica/Berbice (Region 5) and East Berbice/Corentyne (Region 6).In his assessment of the programme, Dr Bassier said, “We actually see this programme as necessary going forward, to actually assist them (sugar workers) in their specific health needs as well as their social lives, which will be impacting them more than their physical health.”He said the workshop, the first of its kind, would better prepare participants and make them more tolerant of the issues facing men, not only in the sugar industry, but those accessing health care from the broader health sector. Bassier is confident the beneficiaries of the workshop are now skilled to organise in-house training and offer sensitisation sessions on men’s health at their workplaces.One of the participants, Roy Porter, a Field Auditor from Enmore Estate, described the workshop as impactful and able to raise awareness on a number of issues, which will aid his personal growth and development and transform him into a better employee.“From this men’s health work, I’ve learnt a lot, especially about self-awareness. Coming into this workshop, I thought I knew a lot about myself, but in the end I found out I didn’t. Being self-aware is the first step in helping people, and self-management is important,” Porter acknowledged.He is hopeful that GuySuCo and the MoPH would sustain the current programme and offer more training/workshops on health-related issues affecting men.Meanwhile, Samantha De Freitas, Midwife attached to the Cotton Tree Health Centre in Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice), said the workshop has equipped her with a wide array of knowledge, and she is now motivated to launch a men’s health clinic at the health centre by mid-May 2018.“This workshop is very beneficial to me. I thought I was coming to do chronic illness and diabetes that affect men, but instead we had presentations on erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer, which are very common among men”. De Freitas said.The Men’s Health Unit was first established in 2015 through the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Programme at the MoPH. One of its major roles is to help sensitise men nationwide about their health.last_img read more

US Congressman urges key colleagues to keep Guyana from falling off democracy pathway

first_img…says loss of democracy in Guyana could impact regional stability…writes congressional foreign affairs committeesA United States (US) Congressman Vincente Gonzalez who heads a key committee has written to two senior colleagues who head a committee and subcommittee in the US Congress, urging them to keep Guyana on the path of democracy, even as the country meanders on several months overdue for elections.Chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade, Albio SiresIn the letter which was seen by this publication, US Congressman Vincente Gonzalez, a representative of the 15th District of Texas, wrote to Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade, Albio Sires.Gonzalez warned in his letter that a loss of democracy in Guyana could have disastrous effects on regional stability. He also said that as the US has worked to bring democracy around the world, Guyana should be no exception.The Letter sent by the US Congressman“The United States has maintained a friendly relationship with Guyana since 1992, after then Guyanese President Desmond Hoyte decided to reform the country’s electoral laws and held free and fair elections. Any reversal of these efforts could impact regional stability and endanger the well-being of the Guyanese people.”“I request that the Committee continue to keep a watchful eye on Guyana moving forward. It is imperative that we continue to bring democracy (globally) and Guyana is no exception. I am available to work with you and the Committee on legislation for the betterment of the Guyanese people,” Gonzalez also wrote.The Congressman pointed out in his letter that President David Granger lost a no-confidence vote in December 2018 and that after six months of legal challenges, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) unanimously upheld the no-confidence vote.He noted that even though the regional court had recognised that elections should have been held by March 21, 2019, the Guyana Elections Commission had insisted on preparing for elections in a lengthy House-to-House Registration process.President David Granger“The People’s Progressive Party has requested that elections be held within 90 days of the CCJ’s June 18, 2019 ruling or September 18, 2019. CCJ’s internal counsel has advised that the House-to-House Registrations would be an act of contempt against the CCJ,” Gonzalez advised Engel and Sires in his letter.This letter will go some way in showing that while sections of society have been critical of the diplomatic community’s silence as Guyana heads down the road of constitutional violation, events are happening behind the scenes.When questioned in July of this year after the CCJ’s rulings, Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque had sought to deny reports that Caricom has not been active enough in trying to ensure Guyana remains a democratic and not authoritative State.“There’s a process ongoing since the no-confidence vote. The process has worked so far, in the sense that the CCJ delivered a judgement and its consequential orders. And the CCJ, in my view, was very, very clear that all the actors concerned, must play their part,” LaRocque had told the media.Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel“As I understand it, there continues to be dialogue among the parties. We continue to monitor everything very closely. I have met with both the President and the Leader of the Opposition on more than one occasion. Following the ruling, I’ve met the Opposition Leader and spoken to the President. So I’m in touch, I’ll continue to be in touch.”US Congressman Vincente GonzalezThe Secretary General had added that the Chairman of Caricom, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, was being briefed regularly on the situation and had reached out to leaders in Guyana. But LaRocque stayed on the side of caution as it relates to taking a more proactive role.“We’ll continue monitoring this. We remain available to assist if we’re asked to assist. But Caricom does not interfere unless the democratic and judicial process breaks down. It doesn’t mean we don’t care. It doesn’t mean we’re not engaged. We are fully engaged,” he had stressed.So far, the diplomatic community has not publicly renewed its position on respecting the Constitution and the CCJ’s ruling. Representatives of the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union observed the July 12 pronouncements and later acknowledged that this adherence must be done expeditiously.last_img read more

Boost for Man City! Barcelona star set to miss Champions League clash

first_img Sergio Busquets Manchester City have received a boost ahead of their Champions League clash with Barcelona after news that Sergio Busquets could miss the second leg.The Spanish international was carried off on a stretcher during Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Villarreal on Wednesday.The victory booked Barcelona’s place in the Copa del Rey final, but the ankle injury to Busquets will come as a blow to the Spanish side.Luis Enrique’s side face Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 on March 18 but the midfielder is now facing a race against time to be fight for it.“Busquets has a high ankle sprain in his right ankle,” Barcelona said in a statement.“He will undergo more tests on Thursday to discover the exact extent of the injury.” 1last_img read more

Young headed for NFL draft

first_img “I’ll always be a Longhorn,” he said. “I’ll always bleed orange.” Yolande Levine said Young and Young’s mother, Felicia, met with Young’s pastor, Samuel H. Smith, in Houston on Sunday morning before finalizing the decision. Young traveled back to Austin to meet with Texas coach Mack Brown to tell Brown of Young’s decision, Levine said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Brown did not attend the news conference as he is in Dallas at the annual American Football Coaches Association convention. Edwards a Chief? After two days of negotiating and, some suspect, several weeks of unspoken flirtation Herm Edwards has agreed to a four-year, $12 million contract to coach the Kansas City Chiefs, an NFL source told the New York Daily News on Sunday. The former Jets coach will be introduced today at a news conference in Kansas City, only one week after vowing that he had no interest in coaching elsewhere. Edwards didn’t make the financial score many industry sources predicted it was widely speculated he’d make $4 million annually from the Chiefs but his new contract represents more than a $1 million a year raise. He had two years and about $4 million remaining on his Jets contract; he tripled his guaranteed money by jumping teams. Texas junior quarterback Vince Young will forgo his final year of eligibility and make himself eligible for the NFL Draft. He made the announcement at a news conference this afternoon. “I’ve decided to enter the (NFL) draft this year,” Young said. “I know everyone’s behind me. I will not let y’all down.” Young said he also planned to get his degree and said his mother told him that it was his decision. center_img McCarthy a candidate Of all the candidates being considered for the Green Bay Packers’ head coaching job, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy has flown lowest beneath the radar. But for those who think he’s a courtesy interview based on his ties to the organization, his credentials should be considered. McCarthy, 42, became the fourth National Football League assistant coach to interview with general manager Ted Thompson, spending almost the entire day at Packers headquarters Sunday after arriving in Green Bay late Saturday afternoon. He is one of three offensive coordinators Thompson has on his shopping list and the only one to have worked in the Packers’ organization. 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

Teen hit by car near school

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYLMAR — A 14-year-old boy was critically hurt this morning when he was hit by a car near Olive Vista Junior High, officials said. The unidentified teen was airlifted to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles following the accident at 7:44 a.m. at Glenoaks Boulevard and Polk Street, city Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. Witnesses said the teen briefly lost consciousness, but was awake, but confused, when paramedics arrived, Humphrey said. The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene, and police were investigating.last_img read more

‘Accountability’ act ups taxes, not learning

first_img First, by its nature, a statewide property tax that hits every parcel with the same flat amount would be characterized – accurately – as a declaration of war by the rich against the middle class. A possible television ad against the tax would only have to show the home of one of the billionaire backers of the proposal compared to a modest home with a tag line that simply notes that their taxes would be the same flat amount. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that parcel taxes are highly regressive. Second, unlike any other property tax, this tax would be a direct levy by the state. Currently, all property taxes are local – with local control. This proposal would, for the first time, constitute an automatic tax on a community even if the proposal lost by 90 percent of the vote in that community. It is unclear whether the backers of this proposal have totally thought through the policy and political ramifications of proceeding. If they do decide, however, to qualify the measure and conduct a campaign, we can surely expect plenty of deception. So when that guy with the clipboard approaches you in front of the supermarket or post office and asks you to sign in support of “classroom accountability,” be sure to ask if it will raise taxes. The honest answer would be “yes.” Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Contact him through the organization’s Web site, www.hjta.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They’re back! A loosely knit band of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest has returned with a new scheme to increase the burden on property-tax payers. This group is mostly the same billionaire boys’ club members who spent $60 million in 2000 on a successful campaign to make it easier to increase property taxes for school bonds, while vigorously defending tax breaks for their own industry. Since then, local districts have successfully passed more than $39 billion in local school bonds, but for these high-tech industry elites, it’s not enough. Now they have filed a new tax-hiking initiative that would hit every property owner in the state, although you would never know it from its benign-sounding title. 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 The “Classroom Learning and Accountability Act,” submitted to the attorney general for official title and summary – the first step in qualifying for the ballot – sounds like something everyone would want to support. After all, who opposes classroom learning and accountability? Noticeably absent in the title is any mention that the measure would place a new tax, known as a parcel tax, on every piece of property in the state, regardless of owners’ ability to pay. The newlywed buyers of a tract home, a retired couple in a bungalow and a multimillionaire in a mansion would all pay the same amount. Because the CLAA would be a constitutional amendment, it would dismantle the taxpayer protections contained in Proposition 13, which caps property taxes at 1 percent of assessed values. Although parcel taxes are allowed at the local level under Proposition 13, they now require a two-thirds public vote to be enacted. By going to a statewide election, promoters hope to impose the new statewide tax on property owners with a simple majority vote. That the CLAA was submitted without fanfare is probably no accident. By keeping it under wraps for as long as possible, backers can limit criticism, then launch a massive P.R. effort when they get the green light from the attorney general to circulate the measure for the ballot. However, there may be another reason the financial backers have kept a low profile. Surely they know they face an uphill fight. Not only does the CLAA reflect bad policy, but it has innumerable political weaknesses as well. last_img read more

OUTRAGE AS PUPS SOLD FROM A BUCKET AT CAR BOOT SALE

first_imgPups Max and Maxx before and after they were rescued from the car boot sale.Donegal Pet Rescue have slammed the actions of a man who sold puppies from a bucket at a local car boot sale.The incident took place last weekend when a lady came across the two young collie dogs being kept in a bucket at the Letterkenny market.The woman confronted the man who admitted he was planning to drown the pups as he had not sold them and had kept them in the bucket since the previous day. The woman contacted DPR via Facebook and another local family also managed to help rescue the pups.A spokesperson for Donegal Pet Rescue said “When the lady approached the man about taking both pups he said “you may as well as they’ve not sold and I’d only have to drown them.” He also admitted both puppys had been travelling in the bucket from the day before.”Thankfully both pups have been rescued and both have been giving loving homes and christened Max and Maxx!A spokesperson for Donegal Pet Rescue told Donegal Daily that they doubted if the management at the Letterkenny Car Boot Sale knew that the pups were being kept in such horrific conditions. “We have never received such reports before and hopefully we won’t again.“Car boot sales are not places to sell pups or to keep them in such horrific conditions.“We would appeal to anyone who comes across such a situation again to contact us immediately,” added the DPR spokesperson. OUTRAGE AS PUPS SOLD FROM A BUCKET AT CAR BOOT SALE was last modified: May 14th, 2015 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:Car Boot saleDonegal Pet Rescueletterkennypupslast_img read more

Drunk woman called garda a ‘blonde peroxide b*tch’

first_imgA woman who failed to give information to gardai and shouted expletives was fined in a Letterkenny court this week.Bridget O’Donnell, of 7 Glentain Manor, Letterkenny, was in a Nissan Micra observed travelling at high speed which was stopped by gardai on March 17th, 2016 outside Carrigart. Letterkenny District Court heard that Garda Sinead McHale and Garda Mc Cann saw a male driving the car, but Ms O’Donnell was found in the driver seat with the door open when the car was stopped and approached by Gardai.Ms O’Donnell identified herself as the owner of the car. Three males were in the back seat.Gardai took the keys from Ms O’Donnell who was said to be in an extremely intoxicated state.She uttered a number of expletives and called Garda McHale a “blonde peroxide bitch”.Solicitor Donough Cleary said Ms O’Donnell, who had no previous convictions, had driven a number of people to a local bar on the night in question.The night did not proceed as planned and an individual in the bar offered to take the car home.“She herself was never a suspect,” Mr Cleary said, “while she attempted to admit the offence of driving herself, the gardai had observed a male driving.”Mr Cleary said Ms O’Donnell recalled the conversation with gardai as harmonious, which suggests she was highly inebriated. The court heart that Ms O’Donnell is now a 26-year-old single parent who works part-time in catering.Mr Cleary said Ms O’Donnell returned to collect her car the following day and still did not remember who was driving.Judge Paul Kelly fined Ms O’Donnell €150 for failure to give information under the Road Traffic Act.Drunk woman called garda a ‘blonde peroxide b*tch’ was last modified: October 24th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Bridget O’DonnellcourtGardaiJudge Paul Kellyletterkennylast_img read more

Report: Giants interview Cubs executive for front office opening

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — With exactly three weeks remaining until the start of Major League Baseball’s general manager meetings, the Giants’ search for an executive to lead their baseball operations department is heating up.The Giants have been tied to several potential candidates in the last week including Cubs vice president of player development Jason McLeod, who interviewed with the franchise according to a report from Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago.McLeod has worked for the Cubs since …last_img read more