Dear Editor,The September 02 Guyana Times reports that President David Granger, at his press conference on August 31, said in relation to lands taken out of sugar that they would be “…first subjected to the jurisdiction of a State Land Sales Commission…”The President went on to say, “[t]he idea is that we wouldn’t sell off the family jewels, we’ll make sure that the lands that are being taken out of sugar are placed to benefit of the people of Guyana as a whole”. Further, Guyana Times quotes the President as saying, “…the State Land Sales Commission is going to… make a profit from the disposal of those lands which may not be going back into sugar”.The President’s announcement, to say the least, is a marked departure regarding lands that were and are being used by the sugar industry. On this score, we recall Administration’s spokespersons and advertisements seeking investors for the estates identified for divestment had informed that lands would have been leased.Now the President, without any justification being advanced, is seemingly saying that lands could very well be sold off. Neither did the President, as far as we saw, provide any elaboration on the State Land Sales Commission, save and except that the NICIL-SPU would be involved and would resolve demands for lands by investors.The sugar industry, as the nation well knows, occupies large plots of prime lands, plots undoubtedly that would attract speculative interest. Moreover, while the President is saying we “…wouldn’t sell off the family jewels…,” in the next breath he is saying the Government is desirous of making “…a profit from the disposal of those lands…”The two (2) statements stand in stark contradiction of each another. Moreover, the sale of those valuable and prime lands to investors, whether local or foreign, is a move that Guyana and Guyanese now and in the future would regret. The world has provided several examples of instances when land holdings have been sold off and the implications those have had for the citizens of such countries where those practices were pursued. Countries and people have lived through instances when lands sold for one purpose were used for other purposes, or resold for significant profits while locals remain landless.The sale of those lands would be, in our view, the most unpatriotic decision ever taken by a Government in our more than half a century as an independent nation.We recall former President Hugh Desmond Hoyte outrightly refusing to sell sugar lands when he give thought to the sale of the sugar industry in the latter 1980s.Our country’s people have lived under the wretched system of colonialism, and their sustained struggles bought our country’s freedom. We need not return to those days.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWU
GECOM Chairmanship challengeThe High Court decision which held that President David Granger has the legal power to unilaterally appoint retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is being challenged in the Appeal Court, where the first of several hearings commenced on Wednesday.Attorney-at-law Anil NandlallAttorney-at-law Anil Nandlall appeared before the court on behalf of People’s Progressive Party Executive Secretary and Member of Parliament Zulfikar Mustapha, in whose name the challenge was mounted against a ruling handed down by Acting Chief Justice Roxanne George.On June 8, 2018, Justice George ruled that the Constitution of Guyana allows for the President to unilaterally appoint someone to fill the position of GECOM Chair. The appointment was the centre of much contention, as Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had presented several lists of nominees to the President, which were all rejected because Mr Granger claimed they were not “fit and proper”.GECOM Chairman Justice James PattersonThis appeal comes just months ahead of the November 12, 2018 Local Government Elections and subsequent Regional and General Elections which are due by August 2020. In arguments Nandlall put forward on Wednesday, he premised the dates of the upcoming polls as just cause for the matter to be expedited. He added that he in fact filed an application requesting an early determination of the matter, just in case it reaches the level of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).Nandlall contended that a decision should be rendered before the elections, since “the entire litigation” would become futile. The former Attorney General referred to the elections in Barbados, where a challenge beginning from the High Court of Barbados to the CCJ lasted just a few weeks, which permitted electors to cast their votes.The overall thrust of Nandlall’s argument is that this case raises issues which affect “the very bedrock of our constitutional democracy, and it is directly related to the integrity of our electoral machinery”.Nandlall claimed that even though he had filed his appeal on June 12, Attorney General Basil Williams only filed his Affidavit in Answer on Tuesday, and it was served on him on Wednesday.The case will continue before the Appeal Court this Friday.Just days after the President’s announcement, the Opposition had filed an injunction, on October 23, 2017, that sought to have the Court rescind the unilateral appointment of Justice Patterson as Chairman of the Elections Commission.Apart from rescinding the appointment of Patterson, the PPP had also argued that he was unqualified for the post.The PPP also petitioned the High Court to order President Granger to choose a person from the eighteen names submitted by the Opposition Leader.“I hold that there is nothing before this Court to permit a finding that the President acted unlawfully or irrationally in resorting to the proviso to Art 161(2), or to rebut the presumption that Justice Patterson is qualified to be appointed to the post of Chairman of GECOM,” the acting CJ had however ruled.The Court’s position on the matter also said that the Opposition could produce no evidence that Patterson was unqualified for the position, while the CJ added that even if she had agreed with the contention that the appointment was unlawful, it still would not have been “permissible for this Court to usurp the function of the President by directing him to choose a nominee from the third, or any list.”However, Nandlall had responded that the Chief Justice’s then ruling had rendered redundant the Constitutional formula which requires a Chairman of GECOM to be appointed by a joint exercise and a process that involves the joint input of the President and the Opposition. At that time, Nandall headed a legal team for the applicant, while Attorney General Basil Williams’s team included Solicitor General Kim Kyte and two Barbadian Queens Counsels, Ralph Thorne and Hal Gollop, who all represented the interest of the State.The PPP held that since Justice Patterson was a religious leader, this is a clear violation of criteria set out by President Granger to Jagdeo. It maintained the view that Patterson is unfit and improper for the job since he was a pall bearer at Peoples National Congress leader Desmond Hoyte’ s funeral, and that the judge “lied on his CV” when he said he was the Chief Justice of Grenada.It was later revealed that Patterson merely acted in that capacity, and when questioned about it, he told media operatives that it was just a slip of the pen.
Cricket Bat murderApproximately three weeks after a 12-member High Court jury found him guilty of manslaughter, 22-year-old Jonathan Budhan of Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD), was on Monday slapped with a 25-year jail sentence. The man was accused of killing 40-year-old Deonarine Manbodh in October of 2016.Jonathan BudhanThe sentence was handed down to Budhan, who was very emotional when given the opportunity to speak. The convict, in tears, apologised to the family members of the deceased who were present in court. He also informed the court that he regrets his actions and begs for mercy.Budhan’s attorney, Nigel Hughes, in his plea of mitigation told the Judge that his client is remorseful, since according to the probation report, Budhan was described as a peaceful character, a hardworking and quiet person.Justice Navindra Singh, however, told the young man that he sees the jury’s verdict as merciful since according to the evidence, he was prepared to injure Manbodh, relying on the fact that after the first hit, he continuously fired blows to the now dead man even though he was on the ground.Furthermore, Justice Singh noted that he does not want to be the one to have young people incarcerated, as he considered the probation report and the years the convict spent on remand, thus sentencing him to 25 years’ imprisonment.Budhan had been initially charged for the capital offence of murder but a 12-member jury in a 10-2 proportion delivered a guilty verdict of manslaughter. The charge faced stated that on October 25, 2016, in the county of Demerara, he killed Deonarine Manbodh.During the trial, it was revealed that the accused, formerly of Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, armed with a bat, dealt Manbodh a lash to the head after he was embarrassed and assaulted by the now dead man.The accused retaliated due to the deceased’s actions. The convicted man had reportedly disapproved of the relationship between his niece and the now dead man.Reports indicate that on October 20, 2016, Manbodh was beaten to his head with a bat by the accused. Manbodh was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was admitted and died five days later.The accused, who evaded Police apprehension after committing the act, later turned himself in at the Leonora Police Station and was charged for the offence.
A 28-year-old man, who was accused of stealing coconuts, was on Wednesday released on $10,000 bail by Senior Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Bernard Bourne, of Sophia, pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on August 7, 2019, at Kitty, Georgetown, he stole 50 coconuts valued at $10,000.During the court hearing, no information regarding the theft was released by the Prosecutor, who had no objection to bail being granted to the accused.Bourne will make his second appearance on August 27.
Thirty-two-year-old Kevin McRae, a fisherman, on Friday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for breaking and entering.McRae pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that between December 8, 2019, and December 10, 2019, at Orange Walk, Bourda, Georgetown, he broke and entered the dwelling house of Hubert October and stole a number of articles valued at $647,000.Remanded: Kevin McRaePolice Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield informed the court that McRae and October are known to each other.The prosecution is contending that the Virtual Complainant secured his property and went out on December 8.However, upon return, October noticed that some of his household articles were missing. The court heard that on inquiry, the defendant was questioned by the VC about the missing articles. According to the prosecution’s case, McRae allegedly confessed to the offence and took the VC to the persons to whom he sold the items. However, after failed attempts to retrieve the articles, October reported the matter to the Police.Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan remanded McRae to prison. The case will continue on December 27.
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Students across Donegal have been getting an opportunity to dip their toes into the world of the media over the past year thanks to an innovative project from well known local journalist and blogger, Liam Porter.His newspaper in the classroom has already proven a smash hit with students and teachers alike, while his first blogging and podcasting school project has seen students at St. Eunan’s NS in Raphoe short-listed for an Irish Aid Award at Dublin Castle on Thursday (February 17th) for their blog – www.steunans.scoilnet.ieSpeaking this week Liam said he was delighted with the way his venture has gone so far and is looking forward to developing it further with more schools. “The idea is to give the children a greater appreciation of the media and the work that goes into news gathering and reporting by turning them into reporters, photographers, editors – basically all the jobs necessary to turn out a newspaper.It’s very much a practical programme, it is great fun and can seem a bit hectic at times – (that’s just like any newsroom I’ve been in) – but there is hard work involved because there is a deadline to meet and a paper to print at the end.”The project, he says, has given him a greater appreciation of the work teachers do on a daily basis with our young people and he has nothing but praise for everybody he has met in the schools he was worked with to date.“All the young people have been brilliant and I have found their creativity and enthusiasim infectious and uplifting. They are great fun and they make me smile – and working with people who make you smile has to be good!” He added: “Until you are in schools on a regular basis and see the colossal and amazing work they do every day, I also don’t think you really understand the contribution teachers are making to the development of our young people. I am so thankful to the schools I have been in for the opportunities they have given me to work with the students.”Over the past year Liam has helped schools in Ballyshannon, Raphoe, Convoy, Newtowncunningham and Stranorlar and having just finished a paper in Dromore in Killygordon in the past fortnight, he is currently at work with students from Scoil Chartha Naofa Kilcar and St. Eunan’s Raphoe on their papers.Speaking about the recent newspaper project in her school Deputy Principal at Dromore NS, Charlotte Brady, said that her class had thoroughly enjoyed it and are looking forward to launching their publication very soon.“From his first visit to our classroom Liam inspired great enthusiasm among the children. He led them through the project in a patient and professional way, teaching them many new skills and stretching their abilities. Through his guidance, the children have gained confidence and learned the importance of teamwork. They are very proud of their achievement and will always remember Liam’s contribution.”And it’s not only Primary School students who have benefitted under the programme with Transition Year Students at Deele College also working with Liam to produce their first ever school yearbook in the past year. “In some ways it has evolved on a few levels since it got started. For instance one of the favourite aspects with the students now is the fact that they get to produce a comic. That has proven to be great fun and some of the imaginative ideas have just been amazing,” Liam added.Indeed the comic from St. Eunan’s NS last year saw them scoop the overall national award in the Show Racism the Red Card competition – beating entries from second level schools and Youthreach centres in the process. And that comic was in their school paper – Flow and Grow – which also formed part of a winning entry in the national Eco Unesco Awards.With the school’s 6th class about to head off to Dublin Castle on Thursday following their short-listing in the 2011 Irish Aid Awards, it’s hardly surprising that Deputy Principal at St Eunan’s, Anita McMonagle, is thrilled.“As a teacher I have to say that this has been a hugely positive experience, it integrates a wide range of subject areas and gives the children a real sense of achievement.” She explained that in their role as reporters the students have learned more about their local community and the world around them while at the same time covering subjects strands including art, English, geography, history, SPHE and maths.“Liam allows the children to take ownership of the project – he wants them to come up with the ideas, write the stories and take the photos and he just guides them along. Because they put in so much work it gives them a fantastic sense of pride in their final product and the reaction they get from the local community has been brilliant.”She added that the 6th class blog and the podcasting experience – for which the children have been short-listed for the award – had also opened the eyes of the children to new media forms and technology.Liam who continues to write his own weekly blog entitled ‘A Drop of Porter’ (adropofporter.blogspot.com) and a new Donegal election blog called ‘The Floating Voter,’ (donegalvoter.blogspot.com) says he’s looking forward to working with more schools in the weeks and months ahead.“A number of schools across the county are already pencilled in, but if a school is interested and wants to find out more they can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 086 2657758,” he concluded.EndsHAS LIAM GOT NEWS FOR YOU! was last modified: February 14th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The Banks in Mullaghderg is to host a Road Safety information day to coincide with the National slow down day, tomorrow, Saturday the 22nd October.CLG Naomh Muire, The Road Safety Authority, An Garda Síochána , Donegal Motor Club supported by Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) and Donegal County Council are hosting a great day of information and advice on Saturday October 22nd 2.30pm- 5.30pm at the Banks Mullaghderg, Kincasslagh.The Road Safety Authority Simulator will be in attendance and a host of Rally Cars and drivers such as Gary Jennings, Manus Kelly, Declan Boyle and officials from the Donegal Motor Club will be on hand to give great advice on driving for sport in a safe and controlled environment.Rally driving is a popular sport and alongside other sports where there are hazards those involved in its promotion wish to encourage those who wish to take part to do so in the confines of the Sport. CLG Naomh Muire and those involved have put in weeks of work in order to present this event. The aim is to highlight positive and safe driving as well as pointing the direction of where driving for sport can take place.The local Secondary Schools students, Rosses, Gaoth Dobhair agus Cloich an Fhaola are encouraged to attend and a big and interested crowd is expected.All welcome!Road Safety Day at the Banks Mullaghderg to promote safe driving was last modified: October 21st, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Declan BoyleManus KellyNAOMH MUIRErallyroad safety dayRSA
DONEGAL’S Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Paul Wallace has asked the elderly to have emergency numbers at hand in light of recent attacks.Sgt Wallce said ‘The recent days has brought dreadful news to all of us that our most important sector of our community has been the target of criminals who have carried out violent attacks against older persons in their homes’.People in the community are requested to check on elderly neighbours on a regular basis, and provide them with contact number to use if they require assistance. Residents should be in possession of the Garda 24/ 7 contact number which covers their area and also be aware that Divisional Communications at Letterkenny Garda Station 0n 074-91-67100 provides a 24 / 7 service for the County.24 / 7 District Headquarters Stations:• Buncrana : 074-93-20540.• Milford : 074-91-53114. • Glenties: 074-95-51108.• Ballyshannon: 071-98-51102 & Donegal Town on 074-97- 21021Remember 999/112 can also be used in an emergency.The Good Morning Donegal Project provides a very important service to those living alone and people should be encouraged to register for it which can be done by contacting 074-93-21598.Gardai in Donegal have issued Farm Security advice in conjunction with the Irish Farmers Association ( I.F.A) and this advice is available on line at www.garda.ie / crime prevention tab /fact sheets on the following topics. 1. Callers at your door.2. Bogus Callers.3. Intruder Alarm Advice.Issued by Crime Prevention Office Letterkenny Garda Station on 8th of October 2013 2013 at 12:00hrs. Queries : 086-8281946 / email@example.comFurther Crime Prevention information – www.garda.ieGARDAI URGE ELDERLY TO HAVE EMERGENCY NUMBERS READY was last modified: October 8th, 2013 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:attackselderlySgt Paul Wallace
NEW YORK (AP) – Martha Stewart is getting into the music business. The domestic diva’s company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and Sony Corp.’s BMG business agreed to form a joint venture, Martha Stewart Living Music, which will release a series of compilation albums for holidays and special occasions, MSO said Monday. The music business will launch with the release of “Martha Stewart Living Music: The Holiday Collection” by Epic Records. The initial albums are a holiday collection compiled by Martha Stewart that will be released individually and as a three-disc boxed set. The holiday set will include traditional, jazz and classical holiday music. The individual releases will include a holiday recipe from MSO and all boxed set collections will include 30 recipe cards, decorating tips and craft ideas. MSO, with 2004 revenue of $187.4 million, has operations in publishing, television and merchandising. Stewart’s family controls about 55 percent of MSO’s stock. Shares of MSO fell 21 cents to close at $24.81 on the New York Stock Exchange. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!