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Govt prosecutors will trigger persecution, not prosecution – Nandlall

first_img…criticises undermining of DPP OfficeGovernment’s hiring of special prosecutors to take legal action against former Government officials who have house lots at the Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara Housing Project, also known as “Pradoville 2”, is not only a flagrant attempt at political witch-hunting, but it violates the Constitution and undermines the constitutional office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), vindicating the assertion that a parallel justice system is being created.President David GrangerThis is according to former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall, who expressed great disturbance over Government’s move to establish a team of prosecutors to lead the case against the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) officials who acquired house lots in the Sparendaam Housing Scheme (Pradoville 2) on the East Coast of Demerara, at costs believed to be below market value.In a video circulating on social media, Nandlall said Government is blatantly making a mockery of the criminal justice system by cherry-picking persons to skew evidence in such a way to influence the Administration’s desired outcome.The parliamentarian highlighted that a prosecutor is a minister of justice and is to impartially present evidence to support a particular charge and is professionally obliged not to have an interest in the outcome of the prosecution; but in this venture which Government is embarking, those elements are absent.Additional evidenceMoreover, Nandlall reminded that the DPP already pronounced that there is not sufficient evidence to prosecute persons identified as culpable in the Pradoville 2 Housing Project and unless additional evidence is found, then the matter is regarded as settled or concluded.“We are not aware of this additional evidence and here it is in usurping the functions of the DPP, the Government is now embarking upon a course to hire prosecutors after not being satisfied with the position taken by the DPP,” he surmised.Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali HackNandlall said Government’s move to take the lead on such an initiative weakens the office of the DPP, which is the constitutional body tasked with the function of recommending criminal charges and any attempts to bypass or influence its operations are outright unconstitutional.“It is not the function of an Executive Government to prosecute criminal offences. The prosecution of all criminal offences is vested by the Constitution in the office of the DPP, an independent office that the Constitution said must not be the subject of any influence of external authority, more particularly, political authority. Why is this office being bypassed?” Nandlall posited.He explained that indeed there is nothing wrong with sourcing prosecutors outside of the prosecutors’ office but the decision to hire and who to hire must be done by the DPP.“What we will see is not prosecution but persecution and political witch-hunting. They have SARA (State Assets Recovery Agency) and SOCU (Special Organised Crime Unit) outside of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), two political units established to carry out law enforcement functions. They are staffed with politicians, they will hand their findings to politically appointed prosecutors and I predict again that they will have a special court they will appoint to hear these matters so the Government will be running a parallel criminal justice system,” he asserted, noting that it is nothing short of an abrogation of the rule of law.The PPP Executive said the Party will support any investigation into wrongdoings and is not against the prosecution of any criminal offence but under certain conditions.“Once it is done fairly and once the rules of natural justice are observed and once it is done in accordance with the rule of law. Those are the principles we are advocating must be complied with,” he stated.last_img read more

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Registration underway for V.E. Brandl Bowl for Kids Sake

first_imgDanielle Armstrong with Big Brothers and Big Sisters says this year’s event theme is celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary. “This year’s theme is ‘Back to the 80’s’. It’s actually to celebrate our 30th anniversary. We opened in 1984 so we’re doing an 80’s theme,” she says. “The goal is $25,000. It goes towards our core operating costs so the expenses associated with rent, staffing, recruitment, volunteer training, utilities and things like that.”Some of the prizes up for grabs this year include a barbecue package and there are incentive prizes based on how much bowlers raise. As for the school challenge there is a trophy and the top fundraising student gets a choice of an iPod, gift cards, or a pizza party.- Advertisement -Event organizers are continuing to look for more teams and corporate sponsors for the V.E. Brandl Bowl for Kids Sake. To register a team or if you are interested in being a sponsor for the event you can call Danielle Armstrong at 250-787-9674.last_img read more

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MOYA TO TELL ALL TO MIKE IN THE BIG INTERVIEW!

first_imgShe comes from the village of Pettigo and is now one of Ireland’s most successful businesswomen.Now Riverdance founder Moya Doherty is to tell all about her life and times and her rise to a life of power and wealth.Ms Doherty appears on Mike Murphy’s new RTE One show The Big Interview next Thursday at 10.15pm. Moya, who recently addressed a gathering of Donegal businesswomen in Letterkenny, will speak about her life and times and her plans for the future.EndsMOYA TO TELL ALL TO MIKE IN THE BIG INTERVIEW! was last modified: October 28th, 2011 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:MIke MurphyMoya DohertyRTElast_img read more

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ST EUNAN’S STAR FOOTBALLER NIALL PICKED FOR ULSTER ELITE U16 TEAM

first_imgNiall: Picked to play football for his ProvinceSt Eunan’s GAA Club would like to congratulate Niall O’Donnell following his selection for the Ulster U16 Squad.On June 30th, Niall was selected to attend the Phoenix Ulster GAA Elite Academy. The Academy identifies the best young Under 16 footballers and hurlers within Ulster and exposes them to the rigors of high performance development over a two day camp at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown.At the camp, the young players were introduced to an environment focusing on high performance, including player welfare & general lifestyle management. In essence the lads experienced what it would be like to be a full time professional player. Following the camp, Niall and Aiden McLaughlin from Naomh Padraig, Muff were selected to represent Ulster against Dublin U17s on 5th August in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.The Phoenix Ulster GAA Elite Academy has proven to be a major stepping stone for young players who progressed to play Minor and Senior for their Counties. Current County stars who attended the camp include Michael Murphy and Paddy McBrearty. ST EUNAN’S STAR FOOTBALLER NIALL PICKED FOR ULSTER ELITE U16 TEAM was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by John2Share 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:elite Ulster squadletterkennyNiall O’DonnellSt Eunan’s GAA clubUlster GAAlast_img read more

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Darwin Hits Home: Adultery Rationalized

first_imgUSA Today began an article with a steamy picture of a man and a woman embracing.  As could be expected, they are not married; reporter Sharon Jayson began, “Some men cheat on their partners.  So do some women.  Now researchers say it is more than a wandering eye that might cause a woman to stray.”  And what is that extra touch?  Why, it’s the selfish genes.    The article reported, without question or controversy, on results by UCLA and UNM scientists who claim that women feel more lusty for non-husbands (excuse me, partners, that is) during ovulation, compared to how the guys feel about the chicks (i.e., ready for one and all, all the time, but jealous when their main partner’s eyes wander).  This conclusion was based on two studies of college men and women.  They were asked how they felt at different times of the month about sex objects outside of their steady relationships:“Something biologically wakes up around high fertility and says, ‘Is your romantic partner the best sexual partner for you, given that you’re likely to conceive?’” says Martie Haselton, assistant professor of communication and psychology at UCLA’s Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture.    Along those evolutionary lines, men more than women desire a variety of sexual partners because genes carrying that trait were passed along in men, Haselton says.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Jayson wrote that this does not necessarily mean women have to cheat in the middle of the month, but just that they experience changes that are biologically predictable.  And so far, this only relates to college students.  “Further study would be needed to say whether the findings apply to married couples or those in longer-term relationships,” she said.  Undoubtedly, this would also make biological sense to someone whose career is in a Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture.Pastors, this one is for you.  Notice two things about this putrid article.  The obvious one is that this is another (06/07/2004, 08/20/2001) stupid, pseudoscientific rationalization for cheating (they call it that, too!) on one’s “partner” (whoever or whatever that is; we wouldn’t want to use the old words husband or wife for fear of offending someone with some other, more liberated relationship), based on flawed reasoning, shoddy technique, and baseless interpretations of weak data, leading to purely amoral ends, justifying immorality, all flowing straight out of Darwinian evolutionary dogmatism.  Nothing new, in other words.    The second thing, even more alarming, is that you, as a pastor, have nothing to contribute to this discussion.  You see, our culture has decided that any stupid thing a “scientist” says about reality, even culture and the most intimate of human relationships, is sacrosanct and not open to question (except perhaps between competing Darwinian views).  Make any claim in the name of Darwin and “science” and you will have an eager lapdog reporter panting at your knees, waiting to retrieve your stick and run with it.  The evolutionary tale will be dutifully recorded in the growing materialistic scripture known as the scientific journal.  By contrast, when was the last time they came to your church and took notes from your sermon? (except, perhaps, with intent to file a lawsuit on the grounds of separation of church and reality.)    Pastors have no voice in this culture.  In colonial days, pastors were esteemed as pillars of the community.  Pulpits stirred the heart and soul of the young republic, and government leaders looked to the men of God for inspiration and guidance.  Now, virtually no one in the media or elite institutions of power in this country takes a pastor’s view on marriage and adultery seriously, even if he is a scholar of the Bible, history, theology and philosophy with multiple degrees and fluent in Greek and Hebrew, because, you see, he represents “religion,” something for the weak and backward who don’t yet understand “science” (i.e., molecules to man evolution).    If you think that’s disturbing, read Janet Folger’s wake-up article in the cover story of Whistleblower magazine (Dec. 2005).  It may not even be safe very long for you to say what you think about these matters from your own pulpit, to your own congregation, on your own property.  While the public schools do “reverse evangelism” on your young people with unopposed license (see Agape News), the powers of government influenced by special interest groups and activist judges may soon rule it intolerable for you and your church to engage in evangelistic activities (i.e., hate speech) in the community, and may make it illegal for you to spread your message outside the walls of your church building – or jail cell.  Now read Ezekiel 22.(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Province Announces Support for Strawberry Farmers

first_imgStrawberry farmers will have financial support from the province to help cover the cost of replanting their crops in the wake of the strawberry virus. The new provincial funding, announced by Agriculture Minister John MacDonell today, Aug. 9, allows growers to remove infected fields, as recommended by a consultant, and replant with the support of interest-free loans. Repayment of the loans is only required after the crop is harvested. “This funding will help affected strawberry growers with the process of replanting,” said Mr. MacDonell. “The provincial funding allows us to leverage an existing federal program to ensure the entire loan for replanting is interest-free.” A number of factors could impact the final cost of the province’s financial support for the interest-free loans, but it is expected to be less than $100,000. Between the interest-free loan program and the other three existing federal-provincial business risk management programs, strawberry farmers will be able to access about $2 million in taxpayer assistance. “I am confident that between these three federal-provincial cost-shared programs and the interest-free loans, the supports will be there to help strawberry growers through this challenge,” said Mr. MacDonell.last_img read more

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Presidency Univ Kurseong campus to start by 2020

first_imgDarjeeling: The second campus of the prestigious Presidency University is scheduled to become operational by 2020 in Kurseong. This was announced by TMC Rajya Sabha MP Shanta Chettri on Thursday.”The Higher Education Department of the Government of West Bengal has already sanctioned Rs 74 crores for the new campus coming up at Dowhill in Kurseong. The university will be housed in a five -storied building and Rs 49 crore has already been spent on the building. The fourth floor is complete,” stated Chettri. She was assigned the job of monitoring the project by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChettri visited the upcoming campus in Kurseong on Thursday. Incidentally in August 2015 the Chief Minister had announced that Kurseong would house the second campus of Presidency. Work is also on for the construction of boys’ hostel, girls’ hostel and professors’ quarters. Each hostel will accommodate 100 students. “Rs 25 crore has been spent for the construction of the hostels and the quarters,” added the MP. The construction work of the second campus is being undertaken by the PWD, Government of West Bengal. “After reviewing the progress of construction work, I feel we will be able to flag off the second campus of the Presidency by early 2020,” stated Chettri.last_img read more

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Hello Lucy A reporter shares the emotional story of bonding with her

first_imgTORONTO — For most people, a blind date is not a life or death matter.But as I pace around my bedroom, icy hands clenched in pockets, all I can think about is the fact that this one truly is for me.I’ve done everything right, I assure myself. I filled in all the right forms, hit the gym, and even picked out the appropriate clothes for the occasion.The first time I went through this process, the encounter set the wheels in motion for a loving relationship that gave me 8.5 years of independence and joy. The second time around, the pairing lasted a decade.I think of these partners as I wait to meet my new one — grieving their loss, missing their ways, worrying the high standards they set will burden their successor with the weight of unfair expectations, fearing that I lack the physical and emotional strength to do this again.But when the guide dog trainer brings in match number three, tail thumping and paws akimbo, I realize anew how little the past matters. I’m here to meet and train with my new guide dog, and all I can do is focus on the present in hopes of building a relationship that will keep us both safe and happy for years to come. That future can seem tenuous when confronted with a bouncing ball of black Labrador retriever, Lucy by name, who can hardly sit still long enough for me to fasten the harness that physically embodies our new bond.But even at 21 months old, Lucy is fully trained and ready for the rigours of working life. She and hundreds of dogs like her, after all, have been preparing for a career since birth.Lucy was born at the Seeing Eye, the oldest guide dog school in North America located in Morristown, N.J.She spent 16 months learning basic commands and good behaviour in a home environment, then went through four months of specialized training to master commands only guide dogs need to know.By the time I meet her in June 2019, Lucy has proven herself fully capable of keeping me safe. She’s passed tests requiring her to signal flights of stairs, flag upcoming street crossings, manoeuvre around both moving and stationary obstacles, even disobey commands that could put either of us in danger.She learned this under the watchful eye of a trainer who has matched me with two previous guides and who I’ve learned to trust implicitly. Lucy has been chosen for me based on a host of factors, including my preferred walking pace, physical strength, speaking voice and home and work environment.The training program we’re embarking on is gruelling, featuring 15-hour days that kick off at 5:30 a.m. and rarely let up for more than a few minutes. Much of that time is spent walking around Morristown getting a feel for Lucy, how she moves and what her various gyrations in harness mean.Interspersed around these trips are scheduled meal times, instruction on everything from dog grooming to obedience exercises, and group lectures covering topics as diverse as veterinary care and disability advocacy.Mixed with the inevitable excitement of meeting a new puppy is a healthy dose of trepidation and anxiety. But there’s sadness there, too, as I try to fend off memories of the dog who walked by my side for nearly 10 years and only retired from guide work the week before Lucy burst onto the scene.Reva had come to feel like an extension of me over our years together, and not just because she steered me safely through Toronto’s teeming streets every day.She witnessed every moment of an eventful decade that took me from my 20s to my 30s. She was there to offer a consoling paw during personal or professional trials, roll around with excitement during the triumphs, and transform any living space into a home with the puppy-like antics she never seemed to outgrow.Her presence at the end of my leash literally and figuratively gave me the freedom to navigate those years confidently and on my own terms. We knew each other’s every move, and we’d stayed in sync even as age inevitably slowed her steps and curbed her adventurous spirit.The unique bond between guide dog and handler allowed us to have wordless conversations in the space of a single stride. I think of Reva, who has moved to the country with family to enjoy a well-earned life of canine leisure, as I try to calm Lucy down. And I realize anew how much work lies ahead.I’m well-accustomed to facing down challenges, having been blind since infancy, but this one feels more daunting.It will involve the physical rigours of learning to keep up with my energetic new partner, but harder still will be the emotional labour of winning her love and trust while learning to give her mine.That process gets underway surprisingly quickly as our training kicks into high gear. Dodging throngs of traffic at the end of a harness handle has a remarkable way of pushing me past my hangups and making me appreciate the merits of the dog who got me safely through the melee.So too does watching her play, both with me and her canine siblings and friends bound for all corners of the United States.The lure of the guide dog bond attracts blind people from all walks of life, and Lucy’s fellow graduates will be leading their handlers in settings ranging from the back woods of Kentucky to the halls of Harvard.Forging that bond creates an incomparable connection among the humans in the group, too. The process of learning to entrust our lives to creatures with the rough intelligence of a human toddler is an incredible equalizer that easily breaches traditional divides such as age, ethnicity or social background.Yet those relationships, like the ones with our dogs, have only intensified in the four months since that nerve-wracking first date.Lucy has settled beautifully into my everyday life, bringing her puppyish exuberance to every setting I’ve asked her to tackle since coming home.I now know that a certain sidestep motion is my cue to follow her out of harm’s way. A full-fledged shimmy, on the other hand, represents her unique take on a victory dance and goes on display at the end of every successful trip we take.The routes we’ve travelled have led me on a journey of rediscovering myriad simple pleasures that can get lost when working with an older guide — taking a long walk just for fun, exploring parts of my home town, watching a beloved animal go into ecstasy over chasing a ball.She can’t yet identify familiar landmarks with Reva’s seamless grace, but her pauses grow shorter and our movements more fluid every day.And within only a few months of our first date, I saw proof of exactly how well things were working out.A spot we regularly passed on our lunchtime strolls in downtown Toronto had temporarily been taken over by a movie set.Each day for two weeks, Lucy had to navigate an ever-changing obstacle course featuring everything from trailers to props and extras.One day a crew member hailed me as we threaded our way through a thicket of trucks en route to our favourite spot.“I’ve watched this little dog for a while now,” he said, ” We throw something new at her every day and she nails it every time.”“Yes,” I thought, “this relationship is going to work out fine, too.”— Michelle McQuigge is a Canadian Press reporter based in Toronto. This story from the Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 6, 2019Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Afghanistan and UN appeal for 71 million to combat drought

Officials from Kabul and from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) told reporters yesterday at a press conference that the money is needed immediately to cover the next six months as villagers around the country struggle to survive on meagre amounts of food and water.Government estimates indicate as many as 6.3 million people, or about 37 per cent of the national population, are classed as “food insecure” – twice as many as a year ago.Because of the history of poor rainfall levels, there are few sources of ground water, which as much as 80 to 90 per cent of Afghans depend on for their supply of drinking water. Many rivers and springs have dried up, most snow has melted and the winter rains are still several months away.The situation has been exacerbated in the south and east of Afghanistan, where grain prices have jumped by almost 50 per cent, placing them out of reach of many inhabitants.The appeal total consists of almost $52 million for food and drinking water and another $19 million for basic supplies. read more

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School teacher among 3 dead in Berbice in separate incidents

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of three bodies in East Canje, Berbice.The bodies were discovered over a four day period.Dead: Shelldon FortuneOne of the three is believed to have committed suicide while the bodies of the other two were discovered in their homes; one on Monday and the other on Tuesday morning.Those dead have been identified as Roxanne Newyear 45, a school teacher of New Forest East Canje, Ivlaw Henry Snr, 53 and Shelldon Fortune, 41, both of Adelphi.Henry’s body was discovered at his Lot 3 Adelphi home shortly before 8:00h on Tuesday by his son Ivlaw Henry Jr.According to the younger Henry, at about 5:30h when he went to take his bird out, he saw his father looking through the window and they greeted each other. He added that his father who is a pump operator was preparing to go to work but a few hours later his bicycle was still in the yard.Shortly after 6:00h when he passed the house again the bicycle was in the same place and so he went to check and saw him lying face down on the kitchen floor.“His tongue was out of his mouth and his eyes were turned white,” he explained.Earlier this year Henry was rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital after his blood pressure had risen beyond control.Dead: Ivlaw Henry SnrHenry lived alone for the past eight years and has seven children.Meanwhile, on Monday villagers found the body Shelldon Fortune at his Lot 14 Adelphi home. He too lived alone.Reports are that a few days ago he reported feeling unwell and a large swelling appeared on his neck but on Monday morning it was not there.Reports also revealed that the welder claimed to have had a headache and his eyes were hurting on Sunday evening.He did not respond to friends when they called him on Monday morning.At about 9:00h neighbours climbed on the fence and saw him lying on a mattress which was on the floor and thought he was asleep. Five hours later he was seen in the same position and they broke in and found the television and the light on. He was in the same position under a mosquito net.His sister Roxanne Prince said she received information that the father of one had passed but by the time she got to the house the body was already removed but she was able to see the body at the mortuary.“When I went there I saw blood was streaming from his ears and froth was coming from his mouth and he had a dig on his ear but I can’t say if it was fresh or stale.”She referred to her brother as one who frequently used alcohol but was considered a very nice person.Dead: Roxanne NewyearMeanwhile, on Friday evening the body of Roxanne Newyear a teacher of Zorg Primary who was recently transferred to the Rosehall Estate Primary was found hanging from the verandah.The woman allegedly told her husband that she was going onto the verandah to get some fresh air. After she did not return to the house he went to check on her and made the discovery.Newyear is said to have been experiencing extreme pain recently as a result of a problem with her kidney.Police are said to be investigating all three deaths. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo more bodies discovered in BerbiceOctober 25, 2018In “Crime”64-yr-old man perishes in Adelphi fireSeptember 8, 2016In “latest news”Man found dead in semi-nude state at CanjeNovember 22, 2018In “Crime” read more

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