ERC commissioners meet with Opposition Leader

first_img– Concerns raised again on GECOM racial bias complaintNewly-elected Commissioners of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) on Wednesday met with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to discuss matters related to complaints of racial bias at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), among other issues that fall within their ambit.Jagdeo was accompanied by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Parliamentarian Bishop Juan Edghill, who engaged the commissioners in frank and open discussions on race relations and matters impacting ethnic insecurities in Guyana.Discussions included adhering to the objectives of fairness and transparency, but specific reference was also made to the hiring of staffers at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), and the PPP’s concerns relative to the need for fair and transparent hiring practices based on merit.GECOM Commissioners Bibi Shadick, Sase Gunraj and Robeson Benn had written a letter of complaint to the ERC, contending there is a manifest ethnic imbalance at GECOM, and that hiring practices are being manipulated in favour of one group. The letter had asked for the ERC to investigate.Asked for an update on this matter, Bishop Dr John Smith said investigations have not yet commenced, owing to financial and staffing challenges. According to Smith, the commission has “to get staff. We advertised for staff, and are working to get the machine in place so we can do the work.”But during the meeting, Jagdeo also reminded the Commissioners that the Constitution empowers them to conduct investigations on their own accord. The Commission was encouraged to examine the studies done by previous ERC in theOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo (centre) flanked by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira (left), Former ERC Chairman and Opposition MP, Juan Edghill, and ERC commissioners during the meeting on Wednesdaypublic service, contracts and procurement, and the allocation of house lots.According to a statement from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Jagdeo stressed that the State has a responsibility to give fair and equal treatment to its citizens, and to ensure equal access to goods and services. The Opposition Leader also encouraged the ERC to engage in a fact-based approach in adhering to their mandate, and to address issues before them in an expeditious manner.The Opposition also made it clear that they do not support the introduction of a quota system. Jagdeo reaffirmed that the PPP stands by the principle of meritocracy as key to employment in the State (public) and private sectors, as well as to opportunities for scholarships.He also repeated the PPP’s call for equal treatment for the more than 7,000 sugar workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the closures of the Wales, Rose Hall, Skeldon and Enmore sugar estates. Jagdeo outlined policies that were implemented to support communities in Region 10, specifically Linden and communities along the Berbice River, because of problems relating to the bauxite sector.Those policies and subsidies remain intact today in those areas. He therefore urged the Commission to look at what needs to be done to ensure that the sugar workers benefit from equal treatment.Concerns were also raised about the almost 2,000 Amerindian Community Service Officers (CSOs) whose services were terminated post May 2015. The Opposition Leader informed the Commissioners that with the loss of employment of these CSOs, over $700 million has been withdrawn from their communities, resulting in devastating repercussions for the people living in those areas.Much of the discussion saw time given to the concerns about the state and welfare of Afro-Guyanese, and the ERC was requested to do a fact-based study on the periods 1964-1992 (under the PNC administration), 1992-2015 (under the PPP/C administration) and 2015 to present (under the APNU+AFC Coalition Government); and facilitate a public discussion on the findings.The Leader of the Opposition stated that if this study was done, it would find that Afro-Guyanese did better under successive PPP/C Governments.ERC Chairman Dr Smith has said that since resuscitation of this commission, the ERC has been flooded with requests. Some of the main issues that engaged the Commission’s attention were the allegations of discrimination at Mae’s School, and claims of ethnic imbalance at the GECOM.The Chairman also informed that the Commission is currently refining its work plan, looking at its legal framework, and recruiting to bring its staff complement to working strength.Retired Major General Norman McLean, who is a member of the Commission, has said that despite the challenges, the Commissioners are committed to working as a team to ensure that social cohesion is truly realised. This, he said, is the main objective of the work programme that is being drafted.Similar sentiments were also expressed by the other Commissioners.last_img read more

Traffic hazard at Herstelling

first_img…residents complain about containers parked on roadwayA number of containers parked on the roadway at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara have raised concerns from residents who are fearful of the dangers currently being posed to drivers.One of the containers that are parked on the streetThe containers, 20 feet in length, take up almost half the roadway at the entrance of Rum Shop Street, and have captured the attention of many within the neighbourhood, who opine that the containers are unlawfully positioned and are obstructing the free flow of traffic.One of the affected persons, Samuel (only name given), contacted this publication to detail the numerous instances when vehicles almost collided with the containers. He said the situation gets even more difficult at night, when many persons become unaware of the presence of the containers.“It used to be plenty, but now they had like two or three for the past week, and we can’t get out at the road sometimes, especially when they coming in,” the man explained.He noted that the containers are parked on the roadway which allows for one lane of motor vehicles to pass. As such, this creates a major traffic hazard in the morning hours.“Now, in the morning, when you going to work, you have to pass this. That means that you have to wait till somebody pass, and then you could drive. Sometimes I’m waiting for 15 minutes,” he said.The man said many businesses are present in the area, and the containers may be owned by one of them.last_img read more

Building had no electricity, no heat source – Sparman

first_img… as firefighters dig deep into causeOfficer-in-Charge of Operations at the Guyana Fire Service, Compton Sparman, has indicated that the fire service is baffled by the fire that razed the Gafoors Huston Complex on Monday night, pointing out that there was no electricity or any form of heat source to start the fire.He stated that the investigation is ongoing as the fire service is trying to extinguish the debris and ensure that there is no fire before they withdraw completely.Firefighters struggling to contain the fire at Gafoors Houston Complex“For the preliminary investigations we will have to talk to persons who last dwelled within the bond and who last locked the bond up because based on the preliminary investigation we spoke to persons, supervisors, they said that the bond was closed at 05:20pm (17:20h), and we got the call one hour after at 06:30pm (18:30h) and by the time we got here, the entire bond was already engulfed in flames,” he said.He highlighted that the materials stored in the bond were titles and white cement and a small amount of Christmas decoration items.“So we want to know how it could propagate at that level. No electricity, if you look, it is a bond that was constructed based on the last fire that they would have had. But because I think they cramped for space make they use the bond. No electricity, no form of heat source that dwells within, so we will have to dig deep. Nobody was inside,” he said, adding, “it started in Bond Six and confined in it. Now we have two vehicles with approximately 13 men working.”When asked on whether Gafoors had implemented all fire precautions for the complex, he stated that they were implemented partially.“We recommend that they do solid concrete walls, what we call them is partition walls so if you have a fire, it would be contained and that was done,” he noted.He stated, however, that Gafoors added ventilation to the ceiling so that in an event of a fire, the heat goes up because hot air rises, so it would not spread across, posing an advantage for the fire service.“But the fire fighting capability was not in place because the structure was not completed,” he said.Chief Executive Officer of Gafoors, Abdool Sattaur Gafoor, had indicated that the company was now recuperating from the effects of the previous fire and they had ordered the sprinklers from overseas and that it was expected to arrive shortly.Gafoor was unable to remain stoic as part of his multibillion-dollar complex went up in flames for a second time within four months. Gafoor stated that he was talking to his bond manager when another employee interrupted them about a fire in Bond Six, where tiles and white cement were stored.According to Gafoor, he did everything to prevent a second occurrence of the May 18, 2016, fire which ravaged through several sections of the complex.“All the precautions were in place. We put measures like fire extinguishers, water, there is no electricity in the area as yet because we are still doing the wiring and there is no combustible, so it is left for me to believe this is something other than nature cause occurred here,” he said. “I can’t believe this. I can’t believe it is happening,” he said.In the last fire, Gafoor’s losses were estimated at $12 billion.When Guyana Times visited the complex on Tuesday, firefighters were still dousing the bond. Gafoor declined to speak with the media and they were told that he was in and out of Board meetings. This newspaper was unable to garner information on if he met with the 80 employees who would be affected by the fire.last_img read more

Bulkan, King no-show in court

first_imgParking meter challengeHigh Court Judge Brassington Reynolds has given Town Clerk, Royston King and Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan two weeks to file and serve affidavits in response to proceedings filed by New Building Society (NBS).NBS filed a legal challenge last week against the City’s Parking Meter By-laws, which according to court documents, are illegal. As such, Justice Reynolds had ordered that Bulkan show cause why his decision to approve the By-laws should not be quashed.In court on Monday, Bulkan and King were both no-shows. However, Attorney Roger Yearwood, who is representing the Town Clerk, filed an ex-parte application to discharge the Order Nisi made by the court on February 8. However, that application was refused by Justice Reynolds.Also in court on Monday, Attorney Yearwood sought permission to have the matter stood down until he files an ex-parte application, but this was vehemently objected to by NBS Attorney Pauline Chase.After much heated submissions by Chase and Yearwood, Justice Reynolds suggested that the parties, in the interest of time, consolidate their applications. He pointed out to the parties that although there is “politics” involved, the good sense must prevail in a court of law. The case was adjourned to March 6.Bulkan, in January, signed-off the By-laws to govern the much controversial Parking Meter Project.Despite immense public outcry, parking meters have been established throughout the capital city.After a court halt, the Mayor and City Council restarted paid parking in the capital city on Monday.When questioned about this decision to restart the project in light of the pending court action, the Mayor explained that legal advice was sought on the matter. “My understanding of the matter before the court is one that doesn’t stop us; there’s not an injunction that stops us from operating,” she posited.last_img read more

Monrovia students get taste of politics

first_imgThe Monrovia delegation was one of 20 statewide that received an award “for doing everything right,” said Oscar Ibarra, a Monrovia counselor and program adviser. Lindsey Throwe, 16, a junior, acted as a reporter. “I chose that because I’m a lazy writer and I wanted to do something challenging,” she said. Nathan Peterson, 18, a senior, played the role of an attorney to defend a client accused of sexual battery and kidnapping. He said they got their client exonerated by creating a shadow of doubt. Added Rachel Jamieson, 16, an 11th-grader: “It was a huge experience. I was impressed by how intelligent and passionate the students are. These are people who care and can work together. I think that’s pretty amazing for the future.” MONROVIA – More than a dozen Monrovia High School students participated in the 59th annual YMCA Youth and Government program earlier this month in Sacramento and got to meet Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The students, who succeeded in getting a mock water conservation bill passed, got to question the governor about his water conservation plans. Sam McAdams, 18, a senior, said the governor told him his own family is working to conserve water by taking shorter showers, and he is considering installing a timer on the shower. McAdams said the trip showed that his generation has the skills to solve problems like global warming, but didn’t awaken a desire in him to pursue politics as a profession. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 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

Agent plays down reports QPR are chasing £9m Atalanta ace

first_imgQPR target Giacomo Bonaventura’s agent has played down speculation linking the Italy international with a move to Loftus Road.Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has signed only one player, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, since securing promotion to the top-flight back in May and he is keen to bring in more face faces before the new season starts next month.Sources in Italy have suggested Redknapp is monitoring Atalanta winger Bonaventura, who has netted 12 Serie A goals over the past two seasons, while Fiorentina are also thought to be in the hunt for the Azzurri international.However, the player’s representative Giocondo Martorelli has dampened suggestions the 24-year-old is bound for west London by insisting Atalanta have not spoken of QPR’s interest in the player.“I have read about alleged interest from Queens Park Rangers [in Bonaventura], but I’ve heard from [Atalanta’s technical director Pierpaolo] Marino and he has not told me about this,” Martorelli is quoted as saying on TMW.Bonaventura, who has three years left to run on his contract at Atalanta, is valued at around £9m. Giacomo Bonaventura [right] 1last_img read more

Video: Why Tottenham v Chelsea should be lively if Fazio signs

first_imgPlaying in Spain last season, Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa was punched by Sevilla defender Federico Fazio after having his face poked.Neither player was booked for the clash and the January encounter ended 1-1.Costa left for Chelsea in the summer for £32m and now 27-year-old Argentine Fazio has followed him to London, joining Tottenham on a four-year deal.The first meeting of the season between the clubs is a Wednesday night match at Stamford Bridge on 3 December.Check out more on Fazio by clicking here.last_img

Pep hails “good performance” by under-cooked champs

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is pleased at the manner his players saw off Arsenal despite several of them not being match fit © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 12 – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said his players know how to eke out victories even when many are not fully match fit just as they did in getting their title defence off to a winning start with a routine 2-0 victory over Arsenal on Sunday.Goals by Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva sufficed in a match where Guardiola was able to call on the likes of Belgian star Kevin de Bruyne and German international wing Leroy Sane from the substitutes bench. Guardiola, who maintained his unbeaten record against Arsenal’s new manager Unai Emery with seven wins and four draws, said with most of the squad being together for two years they knew what it took to come out on top even if they aren’t in peak physical condition.“We have a lot of players with a lack of condition but we are more than two seasons together and know what to do,” Guardiola told the BBC.“We made a good performance in general and day by day we will get better and better.”Guardiola, who opened the domestic season with a 2-0 victory over Chelsea in last Sunday’s Community Shield, said he was pleased to have emerged victorious in what on paper was a tough first encounter against one of the so-called ‘Big Six’.“Every season is a major season and this game was complicated but we played at a high level,” he told Sky Sports.“We created a lot of chances and out performance was good. We keep going.“We are satisfied for many, many reasons.“At 1-0 we found a goal maybe we didn’t deserve but in the first half we deserved to score two or three more.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgBrady Opticians, Donegal Town are renowned for being the leader in safeguarding your eye health over the years, and their revolutionary new 3D OCT scans are a prime example of their innovation.U2 frontman Bono recently revealed that he has had the eye condition glaucoma for the past twenty years.He is not alone, as it affects approximately two in every 100 people over the age of 40. The danger with chronic glaucoma is that it’s a painless condition and people do not realise they have it.Glaucoma damages the optic nerve at the back of the eye resulting in a restricted ‘field of vision’.This impairs the persons’ ability to drive and navigate stairs for example.Unfortunately, the damage caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed, so it is important to have regular, thorough eye examinations. This is particularly relevant for those who are at risk of developing the disease, especially those who have a family member with the condition.Without treatment, glaucoma may eventually lead to blindness.Fortunately, there have been major advancements in the technology used to aid the early detection of glaucoma such as Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT).Similar to ultrasound, OCT uses light rather than sound waves to provide a 3D view of all the major structures in the eye enabling many eye abnormalities such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, and glaucoma to be detected at a very early stage.The scan is non-invasive, painless, and takes only a few minutes to complete. Brady Opticians are the first practice in Donegal Town to offer their patients this pioneering, cutting-edge technology which is usually only found in eye hospitals.Brady Opticians highly recommend that their patients consider utilising this advanced technology to safeguard their eye health.The charge for this service is €35 and is not covered by the medical card scheme, but the health benefits are obvious.Please contact Brady Opticians today on 074 9721727 or go online at to book your OCT scan appointment. BRADY OPTICIANS LAUNCH REVOLUTIONARY 3D OCT SCAN was last modified: November 24th, 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:Bradys OpticiansBusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more


first_imgThe Late Mary Teresa Boyle:After a long illness, the death took place in Sligo Hospital, on Tuesday 19th March 2013, of Mary Teresa Boyle, Glen Road, Glenties. Her Remains were brought to her home on Wednesday evening and to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Friday morning. Fr. Pat Prendergast celebrated Mass at 11a.m. Her brother Pat and his wife Jenifer did the Readings. Music and singing was by John F. O’Donnell, Anne Bonner and Christine Mc Cool. Burial took place in the New Graveyard. Mary Teresa, daughter of Mary and the late Eugene Boyle, Glen Road is survived by her mother Mary, sister, Kathleen, brother, Patrick and his wife Jenifer, niece, Roisin, nephew Owen, aunt, Bridie O’Shea, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. Sympathy:Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family, parents, relatives and friends of Andy Chan, Main Street, Glenties, who died unexpectedly, on Thursday 21st March 2013. St. Connell’s Church, Glenties – Holy Week:Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7.30 p.m. This Mass will end with a Eucharistic Procession to the Altar of Repose and there will be Adoration until12.00 midnight. Everyone is encouraged to spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament on this special evening. (Please Note: there will be no Adoration during the day on Holy Thursday).Trócaire:Please change small coins into € 2 or € 1 coins or bank notes, and bring your Trócaire donation in the special Trócaire Envelope provided in your Sunday Envelope Box, dated for Holy Thursday.Good Friday:The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 3.00 p.m. Good Friday is a day of Fast and Abstinence. There will be a basket collection for the Holy Places in Jerusalem during this ceremony.Holy Saturday Easter Vigil:The Easter Vigil Mass – 9.00 p.m. Candles will be provided for use during the Service of Light.Church of the Holy Family, Edeninfagh – Holy Week:Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 9.00 p.m. This Mass will end with a Eucharistic Procession to the Altar of Repose and there will be Adoration until10.30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament on this special eveningTrócaire: Please change small coins into € 2 or € 1 coins or bank notes, and bring your Trócaire donation in the special Trócaire Envelope provided in your Sunday Envelope Box, dated for Holy Thursday.Good Friday:The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 6.00 p.m. Good Friday is a day of Fast and Abstinence. There will be a basket collection for the Holy Places in Jerusalem during this ceremony.Holy Saturday Easter Vigil:The Easter Vigil Mass – 10.00 p.m.Candles will be provided for use during the Service of Light.Easter Bingo:Easter Bingo in the Glenties Community Centre on Tuesday 26th March. Every line € 50, every house € 100; Jackpot will be € 5700 on Tuesday 26th on 45 numbers or less. If not won € 300 will be paid out. In-house draws. Snooker room will be open from 12 noon to 10 p.m. every day during Easter holidays. Tuesday evening it will close at 8 p.m.Bingo:The winners at the Bingo in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 19th March were – € 50 winners – Liz Spence, Anne Kennedy, Michelle Mc Brearty, Marian McGuinness, Michelle Mc Brearty, Maura Kilbane, James Byrne, Marianne Ward, Renee Mulhern, Anne Quinn, Patsy Mc Dyre, Roisin Breslin; Letti Doherty; € 100 winners – Sinead Sweeney, Bernie Martin, Cathleen Connell, James Deane, Rosemarie Whelan, Maureen Gildea, Annmarie Cunningham, Patricia Whyte, Kathleen Griffin; € 60 winner – Sally Mc Hugh; € 150 winners – Mary Campbell, Fiona GallagherCollection:The St.Vincent de Paul – Uganda Collection will take place next weekend.All proceeds will fund Educational and Agricultural Projects. Please give as generously as you can.Glenties Day Centre Cake Sale:The Day Centre is holding a Cake Sale in the Market Hall on Good Friday, after the Service in St.Connell’s Church. All Homemade Cakes, Breads, etc. All profits towards the running costs of the Day Centre. Please support this worthy cause.Charity Cycle:Tír Chonaill Gap Cycling Club are holding a Charity Cycle (30k & 60k) and 5K Run for Aware and Breast Cancer Research on Easter Monday at 10 a.m. from Glenties Comprehensive School. Registration at 9 a.m. at the school. Adults €10; U-18 € 5. All are welcome.Mass in Rossnowlagh:A bus will leave Mc Guinness’ Café at 6.00 p.m. on Tuesday 2nd April and every first Tuesday for Mass in Rossnowlagh. The organisers wish to make an appeal for more people to join them.Charity Walk:Good Friday Charity Walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Day Centre, Glenties. Please meet at the Day Centre, Dr. Mc Closkey Crescent, on Good Friday – 29th March. The Walk will begin at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to take part.DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: March 29th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more