Govt to request review of new charges against Ministers

first_img– AG says DPP’s decision to drop previous charges justifiedGovernment will be moving to formally request a review of the private criminal charges recently made against three senior Ministers in the coalition in relation to the controversial D’Urban Park Project.This is according to Attorney General Basil Williams while speaking on the sidelines of a conference on Monday. He explained that while a formal request was not made for the two previous charges, one would be made for these new charges.He was referring to charges made against Finance Minister Winston Jordan;Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil WilliamsPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine.“I think if that has not been done, we are in the process of doing that,” he explained.The charges against the Ministers alleged a breach of the Procurement Act in relation to the expenditure of $906 million in public funds to Homestretch Development Inc for the construction of the Park.Jordan and Patterson have been jointly charged with misconduct and abuse of public trust for having allegedly authorised the payment. Dr Roopnaraine, on the other hand, who was a director of the company, has been charged with alleged misconduct and abuse of public trust.Previous to that, Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr George Norton were charged over the sole sourcing of over $600 million in drugs and other pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, to be utilised as a drug bond at a cost of $12 million monthly, respectively.The charges were filed against the current and former Public Health Ministers on April 19, 2018, but were discontinued by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack. However, the Attorney General has admitted that no formal request was ever made to have these charges reviewed.At a press conference held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, Williams stated that the Government expects” the DPP to review the private criminal charges filed against the Ministers.The applicants’ Attorney, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall said given the quick action by the DPP, it was now apparent that even without a request, the Government’s expectations were met.Nandlall highlighted that while charges were discontinued against the two Ministers, no consideration was given to the formal request made to have the charges dropped against former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) senior functionaries, Dr Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington, who were charged with three counts of misconduct in public office contrary to common law.In his response, Williams said, “I can’t be blamed for their lack of knowledge of the law. I…outlined the powers of the DPP, and the DPP had to be proactive. Why the DPP has power over all prosecutions in the country? And those that she didn’t initiate, she could intervene in – continue or discontinue them.”The DPP has not provided any updates on the request for the review of the charges against Dr Singh and Brassington, but did state her reasons for discontinuing those against Dr Norton and Lawrence.According to a recent statement from her office, Ali-Hack made the decision to discontinue the charges in the interest of good governance. She explained that such allegations ought first to have been reported to the Guyana Police Force for an investigation to be launched and the advice of the DPP sought.Nandlall, representing Dr Singh, said there was nothing that conferred a power on the DPP to be responsible for “good governance in the State of Guyana, especially in Article 187 of the Constitution, which sets out the functions of the DPP”.In this regard, he claimed that the DPP has clearly been influenced by extraneous and irrelevant considerations, and has acted ultra vires and unconstitutionally by ascribing to her office functional responsibility with which it is not endowed. He also plans to challenge this decision in court.The former Minister has pointed out that the institution of private criminal charges has been part of the local criminal jurisprudence for over a century. He reminded that it was always initiated by a private individual without the involvement of the Police and the DPP, and that there was absolutely no known legal requirement that the allegation must first be reported to the Police and the advice of the DPP sought.In fact, Nandlall argued that in many instances, it is the failure of the Guyana Police Force to act, or to act professionally, that led to the evolution and practice of private criminal charges.last_img read more

Teen killed after allegedly riding into minibus’s path

first_imgA 17-year-old labourer is the latest road fatality after he allegedly rode into the path of a speeding minibus along the Good Faith Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Monday evening.Dead: Ricardo JamesDead is Ricardo James of Lot 12 Recess Village, Mahaicony, ECD.According to reports, the minibus, PTT 5273, was proceeding West along the roadway while the teenage cyclist was heading East.However, it is alleged that the young man suddenly swerved into the path of the bus and collided with the front left side. As a result, the front wheel of the pedal cycle was dislodged, resulting in the young man falling to the roadway where he sustained severe head injuries.He was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the minibus was taken into Police custody as traffic ranks conduct their investigations.When contacted, the teen’s mother, Donna Madray explained that her family was originally from Moruca, North West District (NWD), but just over a year ago, they took up residency at Recess.She explained that her now dead son, Ricardo, left Moruca at the age of 14 and stayed with her brother on the Linden- Soesdyke Highway where he assisted him on a chicken farm. After spending some time there, he migrated to Suriname.He, however, returned to Guyana two months ago. In tears, the grieving mother related that her son would have been celebrating his 18th birthday on Thursday. She explained that James worked with her husband, who is a contractor, and on Monday they worked for half the day.“He come home about 1pm (13:00h) and he helped do some work in the yard … then he left about 6pm (18:00h) to go meet his friend …that is the only friend he has since he came to live with us,” she posited.Madray explained that although the accident occurred about 20:30h, she learnt of her son’s demise after 23:00h. She was informed of the accident by two Police ranks who visited her home. Upon receiving the news, she went to the Mahaicony Hospital, but was told that her son’s body was already in the mortuary.As she enquired from her son’s friend what took place, he reportedly told her that after James arrived at his place, he left soon afterwards to purchase cigarettes and after some time had elapsed and he did not see him return, he went to look for him.“He tell me that as he was searching, he saw my son’s bicycle in the middle of the road and after he find out, he was told that there was an accident,” the woman cried. She is, however, furious that the friend did not inform her earlier of the accident and ultimately the loss of her son’s life. She described her son as a hard-working person who always looked out for his young siblings. He was the second of seven children.The Police stated that a post-mortem would be performed on the teen’s body on Friday. He leaves to mourn his parents and six siblings. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

Kimanzi appointed Harambee Stars U23 coach

first_img0Shares0000Kimanzi returns to the national team set up for the first time since 2012 when he was axed as the Harambee Stars senior team coach on his second stint after a 1-0 loss to Togo in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9- Though on short-term, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has appointed Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi to head the national under-23 team’s technical bench for a friendly match against Uzbekistan on March 22.Kimanzi returns to the national team set up for the first time since 2012 when he was axed as the Harambee Stars senior team coach on his second stint after a 1-0 loss to Togo in an African Cup of Nations qualifier. “He (Kimanzi) will be in charge of the Under-23 team for this game only against Uzbekistan and we will review the position on whether to retain him on permanent after that game. He will be charged with constituting his own technical bench,” FKF CEO Robert Muthomi told Capital Sport.Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi issues out instructions during a training session at teh Goan Institute on January 30, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKimanzi, speaking to Capital Sport says he is delighted with the opportunity to work with the youngsters.“I am delighted of course with the recognition especially after the work we put up at Mathare United last year. It shows that alot can be achieved if we have faith in the youth and this is also a good project because it will increase the depth of the national team,” Kimanzi said.He has also added that he will be ready to step in when called upon even after the Uzbekistan match.“I am available of course if my services are needed at any other time after this because unlike club football the national team has games only once in a while,” the tactician offered.He also added that the team which will be selected as the friendly approaches will hugely hinge on the impending 2019 African Under-23 Championship Qualifiers which are scheduled to kick-off either by end of this year or early next year.The top three teams from the Under-23 Championship will qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.-Okumbi remains in charge-Harambee Stars first coach Stanley Okumbi looks on during a training session at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 7, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, Stanley Okumbi will remain in charge of the senior national team until the federation settles on a new coach, something that might happen before May.Okumbi will take charge of the team for the upcoming two friendly matches in Morocco.Kenya is scheduled to play against Comoros on March 24 in Marakech while a second friendly will be confirmed for the 27th after Gambia pulled out.Harambee Stars players line up for a group photo before their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Burundi on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We are just looking to finish signing the contracts then we will make it public who we are playing. Stanley will be in charge of these two games because we felt it would have been too early to have a new coach by now after Put’s (Paul) exit,” Muthomi said.According to the federation, more than 100 coaches have expressed interest and sent their portfolios to be considered for the job.-U23 squad-Meanwhile, Kimanzi who will be assisted by KCB head coach John Kamau has already drafted a squad for the friendly match.Full SquadGoalkeepersTimothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars), Job Ochieng (Mathare United)DefendersMike Kibwage (AFC Leopards), Joseph Okumu (Unattached), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United), Bolton Owenga (Kariobangi Sharks), David Owino (Mathare United)MidfieldersTeddy Osok (Sofapaka), Sven Yidah (Kariobangi Sharks), Siraji Mohammed (Bandari), Chrispinus Onyango (KCB), Abdalla Ahmad Ahmed (Mathare United), Ibrahim Shambi (Ulinzi Stars), Amai Atariza (Bandari), Juma Henry (Kariobangi Sharks)ForwardsBrian Yator (KCB), Okoth Daniel Otieno (Sony Sugar), James Mazembe (Kariobangi Sharks), Jafari Owitti (AFC Leopards), Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Pistone Mutamba (Wazito FC)0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fort St John and Dawson Creek to receive Annual grants support for vital community services

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia has released its list of communities that will be receiving annual grants.According to the Government, 54 municipalities will benefit from new and updated public infrastructure and critical services through property taxes totalling more than $16 million.Out of those 54 municipalities, the City of Fort St. John is receiving $147,343, and the City of Dawson Creek is receiving $117,263 in grants.- Advertisement -Each November, the Province pays grants in lieu of property taxes to municipalities and regional districts for services they provide in their communities, such as parks, sewers, roads and fire protection.The grants are for properties owned by the Provincial Government, such as office buildings, warehouses and courthouses. Municipalities use these grants to fund and maintain priority public services and local infrastructure projects.For more information, you can visit the Province’s website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Tottenham fans marvel at Hugo Lloris’ stunning save against Uruguay

first_imgHugo! Hugo! Hugo! What a save from Hugo Lloris! Superb 👏 #COYS #THFC #FRA #WorldCup— Daniel Woodley (@dwoodley1990) July 6, 2018 UNREAL LLORIS— Aidan (@AidannTHFC) July 6, 2018 Wow Lloris! #URUFRA Save of the tournament so far. #WorldCup #COYS— TheSportsDean (@TheSportsDean) July 6, 2018 What a save!!! Go on Lloris! #coys #URUFRA— poch (@richiemans78) July 6, 2018Tune into talkSPORT to listen to the World Cup quarter-final between Sweden v England live, on Saturday, July 7 Hugo Lloris right now. #COYS #FRA— Graeme Skelton (@graeme_skelton) July 6, 2018 1 Varane gave France a crucial lead What an outstanding goalkeeper Lloris is. #COYS #URUFRA— عبدالعزيز (@alyahyaak) July 6, 2018 That is the save of the tournament so far by Lloris! He was at full extension and had a really strong fist to keep that out #FRA #WorldCup #THFC #COYS— Matt (@msegs13) July 6, 2018 A tense World Cup quarter-final tie between Uruguay and France came to life in the last five minutes of the first-half.Raphael Varane’s glancing header gave Les Bleus the lead but perhaps the moment of the half was Hugo Lloris’s stunning save a few minutes later. The goalkeeper got down brilliantly to his right to keep out Martin Caceres’ powerful header and Diego Godin could only blaze the rebound over, thus preserving France’s lead.And Lloris’ was being raved about on Twitter especially from Tottenham fans as that is the club Lloris plays for.Lloris had a very eventful half which saw him spit out a dragonfly earlier in the game.However, all that was forgotten following the brilliant stop. Below you can see some of the best tweets from Spurs fans.last_img read more


first_imgA 35 year old married father-of-four broke down in court yesterday as he told how his uncle allegedly abused him in Downings more than 20 years ago.Letterkenny court.Patrick Cunningham has waived his anonymity against his uncle Samuel Cunningham. Patrick Cunningham claims that he was sexually assaulted by his uncle Sam between December 1st, 1993 and January 1st, 1994.The alleged victim sobbed in court as he recounted the night on which his uncle allegedly abused him.He had traveled to the holiday home in Rosguill on the Atlantic Drive to carry out some repairs on the house with his uncle.He said he was forced to take off his clothes after spilling water from a bucket on them.He said his uncle told him to get under some blankets on a makeshift bed on a sofa and then abused him.He claims he fondled him and was also forced to put his penis in Sam Cunningham’s mouth.He said he tried to count flowers on the curtains of the house and think of his dead grandfather so as to not become aroused when being allegedly abused by Sam Cunningham.Sam Cunningham, of Glenside Road, Dunmurray, Belfast has denied any of the events ever took place.The case, before a jury of eight men and four women at Letterkenny Circuit Court, continues today.MAN COUNTED FLOWERS ON CURTAINS TO SHUT OUT ALLEGED SEX ABUSE BY UNCLE was last modified: April 4th, 2014 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:donegalDowningsLetterkenny Circuit CourtPatrick CunninghamSamuel Cunninghamsex abuselast_img read more

Shocked community asked to rally together in hunt for raiders

first_imgMalin locals are being called on to put their thinking caps on as the hunt for four armed raiders continues.The community was left in shock after a gang of masked men armed with crowbars broke into the home of prominent businessman and GAA club director John Byrne on Saturday night.The raiders tied up two of John’s adult sons as they searched the house for cash. A substantial amount of money was taken, some of which was later recovered by gardaí. “Everybody is shocked,” said local county councillor Martin McDermott.“The Byrne family would be heavily involved in everything that goes on in the community. What makes it worse is to think that someone could come in and tie up your sons.“This happened at 7 in the evening. These boys were brazen to do such a thing.“It’s put the fear on people and on older people living in rural communities,” Cllr McDermott said. Cllr McDermott commended Gardaí and the local community for their response to the attack.“Gardaí were there very quickly and everyone rallied behind the family. And hopefully they can do the same to catch these men. If everybody can put their thinking caps on to that day or the days before, and if they noticed anything, then all this information could be put together,” Cllr McDermott said.The attack occurred at Beugh, on the main road from Glengad to Malin. The masked men made their getaway on foot after the raid.Cllr McDermott said that it is possible that somebody may have seen something on this busy road that could be vitally important to the investigation.“We’re in a rural area, you notice if something or somebody strange is about,” he said. “If four or five people came forward with information, no matter how small, then it could be vital.”Gardaí can be contacted at Buncrana Garda Station on (074) 932 0540 or the Garda Confidential Line: 1800 666 111Shocked community asked to rally together in hunt for raiders was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Has Anti-Semitism Been Good for Jewish Evolution?

first_imgNational Geographic News gave favorable coverage to a controversial theory by anthropologists at University of Utah that anti-semitism was a form of natural selection.  The racism against Jews in Europe, while selecting for higher intelligence, also selected for certain types of diseases.  Reporter James Owen did point out that not all anthropologists agree with the hypothesis that IQ differences can have a genetic basis.That such poor reasoning and lousy science would get prominent coverage in the leading popular geographic magazine in the world is an illustration of the pernicious influence of evolutionary thinking on our society.  This hypothesis downplays the intellectual and moral factors involved.  Consistently followed, it would lead one to believe that anti-Semitism has been a good thing, if it led to the genius of Einstein.  If this kind of sloppy research, based on faulty assumptions and selective statistics, were published in some other field, it would be quickly scorned by academics.  The phrase “natural selection” is like a free pass around the security guards of science.  Should evolutionary anthropologists watch an Auschwitz as detached observers, measuring what genetic traits are being naturally selected by the process?  It’s time to call moral evils evil instead of rationalizing them on evolutionary grounds.  Let’s see how they explain it when the public has had enough, and there is a widespread outcry against Darwinian thinking.  Would that prove survival of the fittest ideas?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Free schooling for five million

first_imgThe department of education announced that the amount of no-fee schools and learners will more than double in 2007.Currently there are 7 800 no-fee schools in the country, but in 2007 the total of schools will be more than 13 000. This means more than 5 million learners from poor households will not have to pay school fees. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterOver five million children across South Africa will benefit from the country’s no-fee schools policy in 2007, the Department of Education said on Wednesday.In total, 5 001 874 learners from 13 856 schools across the country have been listed by the provincial departments as beneficiaries of the policy for the 2007 academic year.This follows Education Minister Naledi Pandor’s recent announcement in Parliament that 40% of the country’s learners would benefit from the policy next year.There are currently 7 800 no-fee schools in the country, benefiting approximately 2.5-million students.The government introduced the no-fee school policy to end the marginalisation of poor learners. This is in line with the country’s Constitution, which stipulates that citizens have the right to basic education regardless of the availability of resources.The policy was introduced early this year as part of the Education Amendment Act, signed into law by President Thabo Mbeki in January.The no-fee policy empowers the minister of education to exempt certain schools from charging fees, based on poverty levels of the area they serve. The government determines which schools qualify to be no-fee schools using data from the Poverty Index supplied by Statistics South Africa.Up to R530 per learner is allocated for each designated school.In addition to this, the department is developing a framework which will allow schools in more affluent areas to receive subsidies if they enrol non-fee learners.Schools are compelled to inform parents of the school fee exemption for poor learners.The province with the highest number of learners not paying fees next year is KwaZulu-Natal, which will have 1 173 503 beneficiaries enrolled at its 3 341 no-fee schools.The Northern Cape – the country’s least densely populated province – will have the lowest number of non-paying learners, with 102 244 children at its 335 no-fee schools.Source: South African Government News Agency.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

NCGA emphasizes RFS importance to the Trump Administration

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Corn Growers Association, along with other agricultural organizations, sent a letter to President Trump on Monday, calling on the President to maintain the integrity of the RFS.“We appreciate the President’s support of the RFS since the early days of his campaign,” said NCGA President Kevin Skunes. “Rural America supported President Trump last year, now we need the President to support rural America.  Supporting policy changes that undermine the RFS will hurt farmers, renewable fuel plant workers, and rural America.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects 2018 net farm income will decline an additional $4.3 billion this year, a 6.7 percent reduction from 2017 levels. This represents the lowest net farm income, in nominal dollars, since 2006 and is a 50-percent decline in net farm income since 2013.The letter to the President disputes the recent claims made by an East Coast refinery that the RFS is to blame for their recent bankruptcy.  “Mismanagement of a single refinery should not be used as an excuse for undoing ten-years of sound policy,” Skunes added.  “Last November, the EPA concluded RIN values are not causing economic harm to refiners. The failings of one company should not be used to destroy a successful energy policy that serves not only millions of farmers who rely on strong market demand created by the RFS, but the hundreds of ethanol and biodiesel plants and tens of thousands of plant workers. The reality is, most refiners are reporting double-digit profit increases.”“Mr. President, now is not the time to turn your back on rural America. Do not undermine the RFS and risk putting farmers in an even harder economic situation than they are already in,” Skunes added. “There is a win-win here, but it means following the intent of the RFS and increasing the supply of RINs through regulatory parity for E15 and higher blends of ethanol to lower values, as well as bringing more transparency to the trading system.”To view a copy of the letter sent to President Trump, click here.last_img read more