Dear Editor,The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has made its ruling that the term limit for presidency in Guyana stays in force. It is the law, as the court asserts; no one can run for the office of President exceeding two times. It was a long anticipated outcome to a very simple case: whether we should set this matter to a referendum and let the people decide, or go the “political route” that this Government took upon itself and won.The PNC/APNU Government, fearing the worst case scenario if they went to the people of this country, played their race trump card well and decided to go to their friends at The CCJ to let them legitimise their pathetic position; and the court graciously obliged.Now, it is a hollow decision by this Byron fellow, and an even hollower victory for the regime, because the PNC/APNU have to return to the same people of this country for a decision as to which person or party they would like to govern them.Come 2020, this would be the next real case scenario that would confront them. They cannot push that aside and pretend it does not exist. Yes, elections are just around the corner, and that great decision would have to be addressed all over again.A word to the PNC: Having been denied the ability to choose right now, we, the people, anxiously await that time when we would unequivocally cast our vote on the side of sound, educated reasoning as to who we want as our leader, party and Government.That right none of these present voodoo doctors can deny us. So, my advice to the Byron guy is: go into retirement with that seared conscience of yours.Now, here is where the rubber hits the road: the PNC believe this ruling in effect cripples the PPP, because their “strongman”, Dr Jagdeo, cannot run for president; so it means that it automatically brings an end to the PPP’s fortunes.Wrong! As the master statesman rightly said, this ruling does not in any way hinder him. Rather, it strengthens him as he works assiduously for, and with, the new PPP Presidential Candidate to win the next election. This is a bold and assertive statement coming from a man who knows what lies ahead. Statements like these unnerve the Government’s side, as all attempts to stymie Jagdeo’s movements are met with even firmer resolve. The question right now is: How to stop an unstoppable PPP Train.The situation gets even worse when you talk to Government’s very own supporters, who would use terms like these: “Things were better under The PPP,” or “You coulda see you way under the PPP, we can’t do that now.”Those words are like pincers in their flesh, because those are the sentiments coming from within their ranks. How to deal with that groundswell of discontent against them, while at the same time the masses looking towards the Opposition for help is anybody’s guess what would be their fate come next election.Respectfully,Neil Adams
January 17, 2020
A three months pregnant Jamaican woman was on Monday afternoon remanded to prison when she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Marleen GrantMarleen Grant pleaded guilty with explanation when she was arraigned before Magistrate Judy Latchman on a narcotics trafficking charge.It is alleged that on September 17, 2016 at Essequibo, she had in her possession 629 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.However, a not-guilty plea was entered after her explanation was made directly to the Magistrate.The prosecution objected to bail, stating that the defendant was a Jamaican, which made her a flight risk. Bail was denied and the defendant was remanded. She will next appear in court on September 26, 2016.
January 12, 2020
A father of three was on Friday evening killed while attending a house party in Craydon, London.Akeem Moore, called “Tuggzy”, 24, of Craydon, London, and formerly of Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, was found lying in a pool of blood at a house at Eastney Road, Craydon.Akeem Moore and one of his sons in happier timesIt was reported that the young man was at a party and at about 23:25h gunshots rang out. He was shot once and was pronounced dead when Police and an ambulance service arrived at the scene.Persons in the area reportedly told Police that the party atmosphere quickly transformed from laughter to screams. Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating the shooting incident but no one was arrested.Rockel Sinclair, a cousin of the dead man told Guyana Times that her family here in Guyana received the dreaded news on Saturday morning but was not told much about the shooting incident. She noted the circumstances that lead to the shooting incident were not immediately available to the family.“We were only told that he was shot and killed but the details were not given to us”, she noted. The young man left Guyana about 13 years ago and was sent back to Guyana after some conflicts with relatives.He however started school but after a few years, he travelled back to London where he lived up to the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his three children, parents and siblings.Meanwhile, the UK Sun reported that Police believe they know the identity of the victim however they are awaiting formal identification.According to the news agency, a number of tributes flowed in at the scene.Detective Chief Inspector Lee Watling said: “I need to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Eastney Road area late on Friday night. I would urge any witnesses or anyone with information that may assist the investigation, to call [the] Police and tell us what they saw or what they know.”One resident in the area said “all the women in the garden went from laughing to screaming.”Police have cordoned off the area of the crime scene while forensic officers continue to investigate.
January 12, 2020
…accuse Vice Chancellor of being greedy…demand breakdown of increasesUniversity of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and the University of Guyana Workers’ Union (UGWU) have refused to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) put forward by the administration since it includes the non-submission of grades by lecturers as the sole performance issue.In July 2016, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith requested and wasVice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffithgranted special powers (with immediate effect) by the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the University to deal with lecturers who fail to submit grades on time. These powers include disqualification from annual increment.The unions on Wednesday said they now found it strange that the Vice Chancellor only now wanted to include that issue for the wages and salaries negotiation for 2017. They said that the issue of grades submission was not only limited to the lecturers, but that the administration controlled the majority of that process.“We support the efficient operation of the entire assessment process; we cannot sign any agreement, which appears to make us responsible for that process. The unions are not the administration – we can only support what the administration does with regard to the process,” the unions said in a joint statement. The wordingUGSSA President Jewel Thomas and UGWU President Bruce Haynesof the clause in the MoA appeared to transfer the administration’s responsibility to the unions, the two workers’ representative body noted.“We asked for advice from recognised labour advocates and were told that the particular clause as worded could not be included in the Memorandum,” the unions added in a joint statement.The unions said that they were in full support for the improvement of the grade submission process, but noted that the administration has ultimate responsibility for it, including any sanctions that must be implemented. They indicated that a suggestion was made to the administration that grade submission should be the second part of the negotiation process, but the administration did not budge.Ultimatum and greedThe administration issued an ultimatum of six and eight per cent to the unions, but refused to divulge the cost of the final offer, along with a breakdown when requested. This has caused the negotiations to become deadlocked with little or no effort on the part of the administration to budge.The unions, from the inception, requested that senior members of the administration be excluded from the negotiations, since their salaries were above the maximum of the regular pay scales. However, the administration has been insistent that they would be paid as part of this process and it seems that they were willing to do anything to ensure that they were paid.“The administration has repeatedly removed from the agreement any clause that made it absolutely clear that members of the senior administration cannot be paid any part of the increase. The Vice Chancellor has also refused to even discuss the possibility of including the breakdowns we requested. He has said, after publicly touting his belief in “transparency”, that he will not be giving any more information about the details of the offer,” the statement said.The unions maintained that the Vice Chancellor was attempting to use staff performance as a distraction to “cover up what appears to be the sheer greed of demanding the same percentage salary increase as persons earning far less than those senior members of administration”.“We are deeply disappointed that the University’s administration has persisted in stubborn and unhelpful postures that have prevented the signing of the agreement of the percentage increase to the wages and salaries of the University’s staff for 2017. The Guyana Trades Union Congress has become involved in the process of attempting to resolve the deadlock, but even here the administration has proven to be the stumbling block,” the unions added.They said that they were remaining hopeful that there would be a settlement of the issue.
January 11, 2020
Gina Glocksen, who had her share of good and bad “American Idol” moments, kissed the show goodbye Wednesday, becoming the latest casualty in viewer voting. The exit of Glocksen, 22, of Naperville, Ill., trimmed the number of finalists to eight. The winner will be chosen in May. Judge Randy Jackson had said on Tuesday’s program that Glocksen – the show’s resident rocker girl, with her red highlights and all-black outfits – gave a “nice, controlled performance” of the classic song “Smile.” His colleague Simon Cowell, who has griped that Glocksen was not in the same league as other finalists, sported a frown. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Glocksen let out a sob when she heard the result but managed to sing through her tears while performing on “Idol” for the last time. Haley Scarnato and Phil Stacey had the next-lowest vote tallies in the phone balloting, which drew about 33 million calls and text messages. Scarnato, 24, of San Antonio, is not opposed to showing a little skin on “Idol.” Though Cowell derided her take on “Ain’t Misbehavin”‘ as a bit “pageant-y,” he applauded her “nice legs.”
January 11, 2020
Chris Castillo of Santa Fe Springs topped his fellow Eagles by earning 36 merit badges. The 17-year-old said he enjoyed studying the different topics. In addition, Eagle candidates have to plan and carry out a service project that helps their church, school or community. “For my Eagle project, I built shelves for \ Whittier High School band,” said Mendoza, who plays trumpet in the band. Sixteen-year-old Ben Dugan of Whittier said he collected 3,700 DVDs for the senior center to earn his Eagle rank. Fellow Eagle Leonardo Salomone, 15, of Montebello painted benches at a nature preserve in Rosemead. His mother, Crocetta, is so impressed by Troop 546 that she volunteers her time to help out. “This has been good for Leonardo. He has learned a lot of skills as well as teamwork. He’s really matured in Scouting,” she said. Another mother, Julie Marquez of Whittier also sees a big change in her son, Adam. “Just last week, they were talking about the cruise ship accident and he described how you can make a flotation device out of a pair of pants. Scouting has made a big difference in his life,” Marquez said. Boy Scouts must also serve as leaders of their troop to prove they are responsible. The younger Castaneda serves as a chaplain’s aide for his troop. The Rowland High School student led the Scouts in a prayer at the beginning of the meeting. “For my Eagle project, I did repair work at St. Mary’s Church in Uptown Whittier,” the new Eagle Scout said. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2801 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – They’re Trailblazers. Scoutmaster Anthony Castaneda of Rowland Heights is proud of his Boy Scouts. Seven of them, including his 17-year-old son, Anthony, achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout last year. Only 2 percent of scouts fly like Eagles. And Troop 546, The Trailblazers, is looking for another good crop this year, hoping that another five or six scouts will attain this vaunted position in scouting. “I think the boys achieve so much because everyone here treats each other like family. The Scouts, parents and leaders all support each other and motivate these young men to do the best they can,” said the enthusiastic scoutmaster. Troop 546 meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at the First Friends Church, 13205 Philadelphia St., Whittier. Young men come from all over the San Gabriel Valley to join in this high-flying group. Aaron Mendoza, 15, of Whittier was the youngest to attain his Eagle rank. Along the way, Mendoza has earned 31 merit badges in a wide range of subjects. Mendoza explained that Eagle Scouts have to gather at least 21 merit badges, including required ones in first aid, citizenship, emergency preparedness and personal management.
January 6, 2020
0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr (left) having a chat with Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko at City Hall after receiving a sigh of relief from the County boss. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, KENYA, Apr 18- Gor Mahia landed in Pretoria, South Africa at around 3am EAT Wednesday, less than 17 hours before they tackle SuperSport United in the return leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.K’Ogalo’s travel down south was shrouded in drama, first over delay in visa acquisition and secondly, they didn’t know whether or not they would even have tickets to travel to Johannesburg from where they would connect via train to Pretoria. With their begging bowls spread on the streets, the 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions found favor in the eyes of Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko who purchased 30 return tickets for them as well as financing their accommodation in Pretoria.Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko handing Gor Mahia players money ahead of their trip to South Africa to face SuperSport United in the return leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff. Photo/COURTESYBut despite the pre-match drama, head coach Dylan Kerr has chosen to focus on the Wednesday night job that requires his side to avoid defeat in Atteridgeville and book a historic slot in the Confederation Cup group stage.“For us, the work is to focus on what we do on the pitch. It is true sometimes what happens outside has an influence but we need to have our focus on the game and get a result. We are out here representing millions of Kenyan hopes and we have to deliver,” Kerr told Capital Sport.Gor were scheduled to travel out to South Africa on Monday night but with that impossible, Kerr hurriedly organized a 6am session at the Camp Toyoyo on Tuesday morning as they kept their eyes on the prize.-Miss key players-Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge celebrating after scoring in a past KPL match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe will be missing three influential players for the Wednesday night match; mid fielder Ernest Wendo is suspended having picked up two consecutive yellow cards while Jacques Tuyisenge, who scored the first leg’s lone goal and Ephraim Guikan were denied visas to South Africa.A huge blow to the tactician who will need his strikers to fire from all cylinders against a SuperSport side that is eager to show that their appearance in the final of the same tournament last year was not by sheer luck.A little advantage on his side though, SuperSport have domestic troubles to deal with. Matsatsantsa are pegged at the bottom of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log lying 14th, just one point off 15th placed Ajax Cape Town and with three matches left.Gor Mahia’s Meddie Kagere vies for the ball with SuperSport United’s Mogan Gould during the first leg of a CAF Confederation Cup play-off round in Machakos on April 8, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThey have played consecutive 0-0 draws against Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City over the last seven days.“Definitely their focus now will be on surviving relegation and not so much more on the Confederation Cup. Nonetheless, they got to the final last year and have a point to prove. We will take our chances and give our all for Kenyan football,” the passionate Kerr further stated.“We will be playing at a better pitch and hopefully, we can execute our tactics well. We don’t want to concentrate on who is there and who is not. I have a good group of players and everyone is capable of coming in and giving a good performance worth the green shirt of K’Ogalo,” the tactician further explained.-Gor line-up-Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi in action against the Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea during their CAF Champions League first leg clash hosted at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 11, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe tactician also asserted that his side will not be employing a defensive tactic heading in to the second leg but he might just need to change that with Tuyisenge and Guikan both missing.Among the options he has at his disposal include playing Meddie Kagere through the middle supported by either Kevin Omondi or Francis Kahata.Midfielder Philemon Otieno who has featured for right-back over the last three games might keep his place while Lawrence Juma might be strapped into midfield to partner Humphrey Mieno in the absence of the suspended Wendo.Meddie KagereGor Mahia, winners of the defunct Nelson Mandela Cup in 1987, are seeking to get their feet back on the table of African football royalty and a place in the group stages of the Confederation Cup might just be a step for this direction.At stake as well if they manage that feat will be a pay-out of Sh27mn, one that will come in handy especially now that they are struggling for financial stability. A place in the group stages might also be a cashing point for them to earn more sponsors.Kerr has insisted that the players should look at the ‘bigger picture’ with qualification not only earning more points on their CVs but also earn them better exposure.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
December 28, 2019
An osteopathic physician convicted more than three years ago of sexually exploiting two patients has surrendered his medical license, one week before a scheduled disciplinary hearing. On Tuesday, California’s Osteopathic Medical Board accepted the tendered license of Laurence Reich, a gynecologist who has practiced at clinics in Panorama City and Beverly Hills. Reich will be allowed to practice until April 14, giving him time to close or sell his practice, officials said. “It’s over, finally,” said Shea Elder, one of Reich’s two victims. “I’m excited to have this over.” In turning over his license, Reich admitted that he had pleaded no contest “to a criminal offense substantially related to the qualifications, functions or duties of an osteopathic physician and surgeon,” according to court documents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Allegations of misconduct initially surfaced in 2000, and the state Attorney General’s Office subsequently charged Reich with gross negligence and sexual misconduct. Reich pleaded no contest to one count of sexual exploitation of patients in December 2002. His no-contest plea was part of an agreement designed to speed up the discipline process by the state board, officials said. He was sentenced to one day in jail and one year’s probation. He was not fined because he had filed for bankruptcy in 2000 and had no personal assets, officials said. But scheduling backlogs and rejected plea bargains delayed the state’s discipline process for years. In October, the Daily News reported the delays and systematic problems with the state’s discipline procedures that led to the delays. In mid-December, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., sent a letter to the Osteopathic Board urging that Reich’s license immediately be suspended pending the outcome of his disciplinary hearing. “If I had anything to do with this outcome, I am very pleased,” Boxer wrote in an e-mail. “It is long overdue.” Elder said she believes that media attention and pressure from Boxer spurred Reich to give up his license. Disciplinary hearings had been scheduled twice before, and both had been delayed because of proposed settlements. Both settlements were rejected by the state board because they were too lenient, officials said. Reich and his attorney, Mark Levin, did not return phone calls. Linda Bergmann, executive director of the Osteopathic Medical Board, said the delays experienced in the Reich case are commonplace in all professions under the umbrella of the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs. “It isn’t highly unusual,” Bergmann said. “This could have happened with any profession – osteopathic doctors, medical doctors, dentists, whatever. It’s just the system.” The Osteopathic Medical Board, whose five members are appointed by the governor, licenses osteopathic physicians and surgeons, who use a holistic approach to medicine, and investigates complaints from patients. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
December 28, 2019
December 25, 2019
Dodgers relievers Giovanni Carrara and Kelly Wunsch became free agents on Monday when they declined outright assignments to the minor leagues after clearing waivers. But Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta said he still hopes to keep both of the veterans. “I would absolutely have interest in re-signing each guy,” DePodesta said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week One fringe benefit to the moves is that Carrara and Wunsch were two of the Dodgers’ five arbitration-eligible players, a fact that now is rendered moot because the only way the Dodgers can retain them is by agreeing to new contract terms. Two of the other arbitration-eligibles are Milton Bradley, who clearly will be traded or non-tendered because club officials have grown weary of his unpredictable behavior; and Jason Phillips, whom the Dodgers will try to trade because he no longer has a place on the team with Dioner Navarro expected to be the everyday catcher and club officials hoping to re-sign free agent Paul Bako as the backup. That would leave Hee-Seop Choi as the Dodgers’ only arbitration-eligible player this winter. Wunsch made $550,000 last season, while Carrara was paid $500,000. Tony Jackson, (818) 713-3675 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The moves were made to clear 40-man roster spots in advance of December’s Rule 5 draft. Any player signed out of high school who has completed four full professional seasons and any player signed out of college who has completed three is subject to being lost to the Rule 5 draft unless they are protected on the 40-man roster before the Nov. 18 deadline. The Dodgers have cleared four such spots by losing Carrara to free agency, losing catcher Mike Rose to a waiver claim by Tampa Bay and outrighting minor-league pitchers Ryan Ketchner and Derek Thompson. Wunsch was on the 60-day disabled list after season-ending ankle surgery in July.