Ground zero at the Georgetown City Council?

first_imgDear Editor,Well, well, well! Is it not yet ground zero at the Georgetown City Council? Is it not yet time to call in the Audit Office of Guyana and have a thorough forensic audit of its financial systems? Is it not yet time to call in the National Police? And is it not yet time to have a Commission of Inquiry at City Hall? Where there is no vision, the people perish.With the municipality owing the Credit Union over $26 million; the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) $127.4 million; and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), $132 million, what worse can happen at the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown that would prompt Central Government to intervene and restore some semblance of sanity there. And we have not begun to talk about their debts to agencies such as the Guyana Power and Light, the Guyana Water Inc and the other creditors.Why is it left to the poor workers to have to go on strike to ensure that the deductions from their hard earned wages and salaries are remitted to the relevant agencies? City Hall is just a sordid den of crime.Listening to the Council’s administration, one would never get the impression the laws of Guyana are being broken, it more seems like they are entitled to withhold these deductions because they are cash-strapped, and that they will get around to paying it sometime when they get the money. Can you believe that?Why does the Commissioner General of the GRA, the General Manager of the NIS and the Head of the Credit Union not take the Council to court for so palpably breaking the law? Does this have anything to do with politics? Would they allow a private entity such laxity? Why doesn’t the Social Protection Ministry come to the rescue of the municipal workers who have no benefits to obtain from the National Insurance Scheme when they become ill, no tax refunds or clearance from the GRA and no loans from the Credit Unions when needed?How could a public institution so publicly and casually be allowed to break the laws of the land? Why are these errant administrators still at their desks? Is there no recourse for municipal workers other than to take strike action? Is there no recourse for the ratepayers of Georgetown? The senior administrators at City Hall are just square pegs in round holes and everyone knows it, but seems unwilling to rock the boat. They just thumb their noses at the citizenry.The perennial excuse that the Council is cash-strapped is a feeble and worn out one. Why not slash its ginormous wages bill in half? Instead they are hiring more staff. Why not get rid of all of those contractors, incidentally they are hiring more contractors. Why don’t they stop flying around the world with large delegations to achieve nothing?Instead of trying to seize State lands for personal fortification, instead of forging ahead with a parking meter scam that will never work, should they not have taken the windfall they got from the container tax and paid the GRA, the NIS and the Credit Union.Will someone stand up and say enough is enough at City Hall? Will the incompetent, deceitful and irresponsible fat cats at City Hall who are living luxuriously off the backs of the citizens be removed and replaced with honest, capable and knowledgeable persons.Best regards,Sambu Jacobuslast_img read more

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Who Owns Jallah Town?

first_imgSeveral residents of Capitol Bypass Community took to the streets on Saturday, February 6, when they realized that officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) and Sheriffs from the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia had come to evict them from lands owned by Jesse Payne.The residents, in their fury early Saturday, grouped themselves into several units, set road blocks, threw stones and prevented vehicles from using the Bypass to access central Monrovia. They were heard saying, “Since they think they can frustrate us in this country because they are the only people to bribe the court and police to take action against us, we will all spoil it. No peace for us, no peace for them too,” groups shouted in unison.As the 20 PSU officers positioned nearby after their presence sparked the protest, they awaited further orders, which did not come until they were recalled to their headquarters on Capitol Hill on an order that reportedly came from the Minister of Justice.A writ of re-possession from the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court presided over at the time by Judge Yussif D. Kaba, during the September 2015 term of court, necessitated the eviction and the subsequent riot.The writ states: “You are hereby commanded to put the Respondent (Jesse C. Payne) in the above captioned cause of action in complete and unrestricted possession of the property/premises commencing in range IX of the plantation lands of Monrovia beyond the False Cape and bearing in the authentic records of said land number 33 to the Rockhole (East of Bassa Community) Anderson’s land or the Mesurado River and running thence beside the University of Liberia.The land space in question contains about 48 acres to be identified by a registered/licensed land surveyor.The writ of repossession said that the respondent is entitled to the above mentioned/described property/premises by virtue of a Supreme Court mandate/opinion dated June 29, 2010, and re-confirmed on the September 15, 2015, by Associate Justice in Chambers. But while implementing the order on February 6, 2016, an affected party identified as Rookie Brown, told the Daily Observer that the PSU officers on that morning stormed his house, asking him to get out while at the same time allegedly throwing out his belongings.“Police asked me what I was doing in the area and I said I live here, this is my place, because I have the mother’s deed to the area,” Brown said.He added, “There is one man called Jesse Payne who claims that he has 48 acres of land extending from 12th Street to the new bridge near Slipway, and the land is not for him. My mother has a deed for the land we occupy, and the land was bought from one Charlie Johnson. He always comes to evict when Supreme Court is closed, but all cases he carried to the court in the past were thrown out.”A female resident denied Jesse Payne ever owing the land in question and winning a case for the 48 acres in court, “but he reportedly paid money to the court and the police to evict us.” Some of the court officers the Daily Observer spoke to rubbished this claim.Ms. Willimena G. Stephens said, “We don’t even know whether a case about this land has gone to the Supreme Court, but are just seeing police this morning coming to evict people. When a case goes to court, people involved should be informed, but there has been no notification. Jesse Payne was once asked to survey the land he claims here, and this is what we know. We have gone to the President and she said they were going to resolve the matter. In fact, we went to the Lands and Mines Ministry and he could not show deed for the land he claims. He has no title deed to any land here.”Siama Kpoto Jr., another resident, told this paper that case about the land has been in court for the past two years, and Jesse Payne was asked to only survey his means and bound and not to evict.“To our surprise this morning, we saw more than 200 PUS officers storming our premises and we resisted. They went on beating some of our men and put them in detention, and the residents are saying that until their brothers can be released and sent to hospital, they will not leave the road,” Kpoto said.Daniel A. Binda Sr. said he has been living in the community since 1987 and there has been no land issue involving him and Jesse Payne, noting that what he knows is Jesse Payne has been told to survey the 48 acres he claims to own and not to evict anyone because they all have their deeds.”Madam Lucy Anderson in her reaction said she “had lived in the community since 1963 and there has been no claimer named Jesse Payne.“We and our parents lived here and used to break wood and cut palm nuts during the days of Tubman. Jesse Payne does not own a piece of land here. Our parents bought land from one Charlie B. Johnson; and the next time Jesse Payne comes to break our houses, there will be bloodshed. We want Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to stop him because when he comes back again, it will be a different story all together,” she warned.Another resident only identified as Mohammed said case involving Jesse Payne and residents of the area had been in court on two occasions, “but it is always thrown out because of lack of substantial evidence.”On the issue of the riot, Mohammed said, “It is not good to riot, but in our society riot works because if the common people do not rise up, things cannot work in their interest.”During the course of the riot, Jesse Payne was nowhere to be found, and neither the police nor the sheriffs could talk to the press. 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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Flyers announce preseason series against Kelowna Sparta

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Senior Flyers will be hosting the Kelowna Sparta hockey team for a two-game exhibition series.The Sparta were this past year’s BC Hockey Coy Cup silver medallists, and Flyers president Paul Van Nostrand says that the series will provide the team with a great kick-off to the upcoming 2017-2018 season.Both games will be taking place at the North Peace Arena. The games are scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 21st at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, October 22nd at 12:30 p.m.- Advertisement -For more information, contact Flyers General Manager Lee Hartman via email: lee.hartman@blackace.ca.last_img read more

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Northern Health working to avoid repeat in surgeon service gap

first_img“It’s not ideal where we have this week-long window where we have no surgical coverage, and that’s not normal; that’s not something we want to plan for again and we are actually working to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”In northeast B.C., there are two surgeons stationed in Fort St. John and a third in Dawson Creek that provide emergency service to the hospitals. All three being gone doesn’t affect scheduled and elective surgeries, but does mean someone who attends the emergency room in need of emergency surgery like an appendectomy might have to be transported elsewhere. Northern Health’s Vice President of Medicine will be working with the doctors to ensure better communication and coordination. – Advertisement -“That shouldn’t happen; we work hard to make sure it doesn’t,” Raper maintains. “We’re going to identify why that did happen, and how we prevent that from happening again.” However, Raper argues that many communities in the province aren’t covered by surgeons, and that Northern Health has a patient transport network to deal with that issue. He adds that even when a surgeon is available, emergencies surgeries are often transported out of town anyways. Advertisement “So when we don’t have the surgeon coverage for this particular window like we do, it may not affect anybody… because we may not have any emergency surgeries, and then the ones that we get could potentially have been transferred anyways.” Although the situation is rare, Raper says it’s likely happened before, but not for an entire week. The fact that a week-long gap occurred this time has “shone a light” on the problem with scheduling. If an emergency surgery is necessary before a surgeon returns next week, and the situation can’t wait, Raper says the B.C. Ambulance system and patient transport network will be activated to move them to another facility. Northeast B.C. has had three surgeons covering emergencies for some time now, and although one is considering moving away, Northern Health says it is already in talks with someone interested in replacing them.last_img read more

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McClintock beats Senate seat rival

first_imgRepublican Sen. Tom McClintock of Thousand Oaks, overwhelming beat challenger Tony Farmer, a real estate agent from Fresno, in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. The Democrat vote was roughly split between Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, 61, and state Sen. Jackie Speier, 56. In other races, Democrat state Sen. Debra Bowen defeated state Sen. Deborah Ortiz, 49, in the secretary of state’s race and will face Republican incumbent Bruce McPherson in November. The primary contest for state insurance commissioner was focused on the Democrats. Cruz Bustamante, who has featured his weight loss in his campaign, beat John Kraft, 65, of South Pasadena. The Republican candidate, Steve Poizner, is a technology millionaire who has never held public office and ran unopposed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In the state treasurer’s race, Attorney General Bill Lockyer, 65, and a pair of Republican Assemblymen – Keith Richman, 52, and Board of Equalization member Claude Parrish – were running to become California’s chief banker. Parrish led in early returns. Democrats hoping to replace Controller and gubernatorial candidate Steve Westly as the state’s chief financial officer included Sen. Joe Dunn, 47, of Garden Grove and John Chiang, 43, a member of the state Board of Equalization. Republicans in the controller’s race were neck-and-neck – state Sen. Abel Maldonado, 38, of Santa Maria and former Assemblyman Tony Strickland, 36, of Thousand Oaks. 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

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WIN FOUR TICKETS TO UNIQUE CHARITY COMPETITION ‘DANCE ADDICTIONS’

first_imgDonegal Daily in conjunction with Dance Addictions is giving one lucky reader the chance to win FOUR tickets to go and see the unique charity competition. Dance Addictions is a Charity Dance competition and is the brainchild of Sarah-Marie McDevitt of Pinehill Studios.She came up with the idea and together with Green Light Media have organised this fabulous event to raise important funds for the Donegal Hospice. Sarah decided to do it in memory of her uncle John Glackin who received great care in the Hospice before his death.Auditions were held in November last year at Pinehill Studios where over 50 acts from all over the North West came and performed in front of our panel of professional judges.The acts comprised of all types of dance from Hip-Hop and Contemporary to Gymnastics and Irish Dancing.The talent was extremely high and made the decision of the judges very hard. In December, the final 13 were announced and have been working hard since preparing for the Live Final in The Mount Errigal Hotel on the 24th of January.The events kicks of at 8pm and will be a great night of entertainment for all the family.Tickets are priced at €10 each or €30 for a family of 4.The acts who will be dancing for the title of Dance Addictions Winner 2015 and a cash prize of €1000 are Amy & Cait, Bonkerz, Ceryz & Zara May, Conor, Dynamic Duo, Fusion, Jamie, Jimmy Tastics, Kidz in the Hood, Nathaniel Rennick, Shining Stars, Shockerz and Street Soldiers.The acts will be judged on the night by our professional panel, MC on the night will be Justy from I-Radio and the final prize will be presented by Buster from Mrs Brown’s boys. To be in with a chance of winning FOUR tickets all you have to do is simply LIKE and SHARE this post.Tickets are on sale at Pinehill studios, Mountain Top, Green Light Media Office, 46 Lower Main Street Letterkenny.For further inquiries call 074 91 28848. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night but are selling out fast.So join them for a fantastic display of dance from lots of genres and also to help support the Donegal Hospice. They’ll will have some great raffle prizes on the night too. —WIN FOUR TICKETS TO UNIQUE CHARITY COMPETITION ‘DANCE ADDICTIONS’ was last modified: January 19th, 2015 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Smokey Joe has gone missing from Lurgybrack Farm

first_imgSmokey Joe has gone missing!The Africian grey parrot has gone missing from Lurgybrack Open Farm on the Cullion Road area outside Letterkenny.Smokey Joe is the pet parrot at Lurgybrack Open Farm. He lives in the house and is missed terribly by owners, Gerard and Margaret O’Loan.Smokey is full of character and never shuts up! A reward has been offered for his safe return. Ring 086 8212012 if you have seen Smokey or know where he is.Smokey Joe has gone missing from Lurgybrack Farm was last modified: October 17th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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49ers mailbag: What to make of Garoppolo’s completion rate?

first_imgSANTA CLARA – After four straight days of applying sunscreen, rotating notepads and studying 49ers practices, it’s safe to break out the first mailbag of training camp (questions submitted via Twitter and Instagram):Is Jimmy G struggling as much as his completion percentage may indicate? (@DalmatianDiva)First, be happy his left knee looks healthy. He’s enduring a lot of reps after September’s ACL Armageddon. His 50.0 completion percentage (24 of 48) reflects more than rusty passes sailing …last_img read more

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SA, UK ‘committed to doubling trade’

first_imgBriefing the media at the Taj Hotel in Cape Town on Monday following a bilateral meeting with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, Nkoana-Mashabane said trade between the two countries had improved last year after declining 37% from 2008 to 2009 amid the global financial crisis. While Nkoana-Mashabane urged the EU to relook at trade sanctions on Zimbabwe, Hague said an outcome on EU’s targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe was imminent. He said while there had been some progress on the ground in Zimbabwe, it had not been “as much as we would have liked”. Setting up African Free Trade Area He said the UK would discuss urgently with the Arab League the setting up of a joint Arab League and UN peacekeeping force, but was quick to add that a peacekeeping force could only be deployed once Syria had withdrawn its troops from cities, stopped killing civilians and set up a credible ceasefire. He said the UK would do everything to ensure peaceful elections in Zimbabwe and to support the SADC’s and President Jacob Zuma’s efforts to bring about reforms in South Africa’s northern neighbour. Turning to Syria, Hague welcomed the latest proposal by the Arab League on Syria to isolate the regime, including the endorsement of the Group of Friends which he said is expected to meet in Tunisia on February 24. While the UK remains South Africa’s top source of overseas tourist arrivals, with 453 000 arrivals in 2010, the country is also providing support to set up a Free Trade Area (FTA) in Africa and providing development assistance through its Department for International Development. Source: BuaNews Hague, who was to meet with businesses in the food sector on Monday evening, congratulated South Africa for successfully hosting the COP 17 Climate Change Conference in Durban in December, and said the UK would continue to work with South Africa. South Africa and the United Kingdom are looking to increase economic and trade ties through the export of high-value-added goods to the UK, says International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. African and Middle East issues Asked whether the UK and South Africa would contribute peacekeepers, Hague said it was important that President Bashar Assad follow through with an agreement to pull back troops from cities.center_img Hague and Nkoana-Mashabane also discussed several African and Middle East issues, including next week’s conference on Somalia, to be held in London, and said South Africa had a key role to play in tackling piracy in the Mozambican channel. He said any peacekeeping force should not be made up of Western countries. “I don’t see the way forward in Syria as Western-boots on the ground, I think it should come from outside the West,” he said. “We will continue to work with you over the coming year, and I think that South Africa has given a very good strong lead in that area. And certainly our countries have worked very well together,” said Hague, who was also due to speak at the University of the Western Cape on Tuesday on bilateral trade between the two countries. Hague said Britain was in favour of permanent representation for Africa at the UN Security Council. Last year, the two countries agreed at a bilateral forum to double trade between the two nations by 2015. Nkoana-Mashabane said there were more than 300 UK companies operating in South Africa and several SA ones in the UK, pointing out that the South African government wanted to encourage UK companies to invest in minerals beneficiation and the agro-processing sector in South Africa. He also welcomed the Arab Leagues’ financial and political support for the opposition in Syria and its efforts to foster a more united opposition in Syria. Trade between the two countries increased 77% between 2001 and 2008, growing from R42-billion to R74.5-billion. In the first 10 months of last year, South African exports to the UK increased 10.7%, while UK imports were up 30.6%. 14 February 2012 He said South Africa was a “truly global player” across a range of issues, including non-proliferation, climate change and conflict resolution.last_img read more

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