What does the Georgetown municipality have to celebrate?


first_imgDear Editor,The citizens of our capital city can only hope that the ridiculous suggestion made by the Mayor and Town Clerk of Georgetown a few weeks ago about hosting a week of activities to celebrate the city’s anniversary, estimated to cost a whopping $20 million was either just an April Fools’ joke or merely another municipal ‘pie in the sky’ fantasy that will never see the light of day.Seriously, what does the Georgetown municipality have to celebrate? The bicentenary passed six years ago without any fanfare and their sestercentennial is a way off. City Hall is 129 years old and crumbling to pieces, so there is nothing significant about that milestone, and surely cannot be celebrated until that edifice is fully rehabilitated.Are they going to have a week of fetes whilst the Stabroek wharf remains collapsed; with the Kitty Market that is incomplete, despite the passage of nearly three years and with no market clock working; with the City Hall building on the verge of collapse? With a dilapidated Abattoir that lacks up-to-date amenities, with a ruinous Police training school and with all of the other municipal buildings falling apart? And with the employees and pensioners always having to wait two and three weeks after everyone else in the country, to be paid their wages, salaries and pensions?But who will be celebrating? Will they just be splurging on themselves with an orgy of food and expensive liquor? With fireworks and parades? Or will all of the citizens be invited to join in at the table? And where will the meat for the city banquets come from? I hope not the pig farm at the Le Repentir Cemetery?One wonders whether they have read a 2018 Crime and Safety Report that was released recently by another country and which stated that the roads are hardly maintained while street lighting is sporadic at best? And which urges drivers to beware of stray dogs, sleeping animals and free-range livestock on our roadways, which they said share our narrow, poorly maintained roads which lack sidewalks?Therefore, it is logical to assume that the only things they could be celebrating must be their acquisition of gold star frequent flyer status for gallivanting around the world with no tangible returns, for being able to withhold of hundreds of millions of dollars in employee contributions for GRA, NIS and Credit Union without feeling the brunt of the law? For harassing and chasing vendors around town whilst giving away prime land to friends.It seems as though since City Hall cannot celebrate its successes as there are none. They are attempting to find some humour and merriment in their failures.Sincerely,Nadine Jerricklast_img read more

Man charged for discharging firearm outside nightclub


first_imgA man who was reportedly seen on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) discharging a loaded firearm at a Main Street, Georgetown night spot was on Wednesday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Thirty-seven-year-old Safraz Khan stood before Magistrate Fabayo Azore and denied that he discharged a loaded firearm on October 28, 2018 while he was in the vicinity of Main Street, Georgetown.Attorney Glenn Hanoman informed the court that the offence that was allegedly committed by his client was one that “he cannot be jailed for”, since he is the holder of a firearm licence. He also told the court that his client was held beyond the 72-hour legal detention period pending investigation.Police Prosecutor Warren Thornhill did not object to bail, but noted that if the court was inclined to grant bail, then specific conditions should be attached. The prosecution’s submission was upheld, and Khan was released on $50,000 bail. As a condition for bail he had to surrender his travel documents and report every Friday to the Brickdam Police Station until the case has been completed. The case will continue on November 28, 2018.Khan and his younger brother were arrested by Police after they were implicated in the beating of a differently abled man outside the nightclub on Sunday about 02:00h.Crime Chief Marlon Chapman had subsequently confirmed that the matter had been reported to the Police and an investigation had been launched into the incident.last_img read more

Nandlall to lead defence in law books fiasco


first_imgFormer Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minster Anil Nandlall who appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, was instructed to lead his defence on December 6, 2018, by Magistrate Fabayo Azore, after she adjudged that the evidence provided by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) was enough for him to face the charge which alleges that he stole some 14 Commonwealth law books worth $2.3 million.SOCU’s Prosecutor, Patrice Henry presented on behalf of the State, meanwhile defence Attorney Glenn Hanoman informed the court that it is expected to have former President Donald Ramotar as a witness into the matter.The former Attorney General was on April 27, 2017, released on self-bail after heFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlallwas charged for fraudulently acquiring and converting Commonwealth law books to his own use and benefits, property of the State.On April 24 2017, Nandlall was called in to SOCU headquarters for questioning in relation to the Commonwealth law books. The day after his detainment, the attorney took to the High Court and filed legal proceedings against Attorney General Basil Williams, SC, to prove that the 14 law books are his property.Following the legal arguments in court, the Chief Justice (ag), Roxane George had granted the conservatory order, restraining officers of SOCU and the Guyana Police Force from seizing or detaining the said books.Nandlall had explained to the media that when he was appointed Attorney General, he requested as part of his contract of service for the Government of Guyana to stand the expense for his subscriptions for the Commonwealth law books. He had subscribed to Lexis Nexis, the publishers of the law reports.His contentions were corroborated publicly by then President Donald Ramotar. However, two days later, on April 27, 2017, Nandlall was arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore on a charge instituted by members of SOCU.Nandlall continues to maintain that the accusation laid against him by SOCU was instigated by Attorney General Basil Williams because he [Nandlall] continues to criticise his [Willams’] performance.Nandlall has previously explained that when he was appointed Attorney General, he requested as part of his contract of service for the Government of Guyana to stand the expense for his subscriptions for the Commonwealth law books. He had subscribed to Lexis Nexis, the publishers of the law reports. Insisting that nothing was abnormal about the practice, the former AG had argued that it was done by other Government Ministries such as Finance and Health.He had expressed awareness that for decades prior, the Government had paid for professional and technical publications, journals, periodicals, magazines. This, he said, had been done for Ministers as well as professional and technical personnel.last_img read more

Education important when addressing mental health


first_imgCommonwealth Youth Council, Caribbean and Americas Region Representative, Franz George, on Wednesday said education is extremely important and necessary when addressing mental health issues.In an invited comment on day two of the Caribbean Summit on Youth Violence Prevention, George said statements suggesting that persons suffering from mental illnesses are “experiencing a spiritual event” or “it’s a demon”, often come from a place of ignorance.This, he said, emphasises the need to have education on the issue in all levels of society, so it can be better understood. George noted that “these issues are realCommonwealth Youth Council, Caribbean and Americas Region Representative, Franz Georgeissues that people are dealing with,” further underlining the need to “understand the causes, symptoms and the solutions.”“We also need to educate the young people how they can cope; how can they recognise that they are experiencing these issues, and who to go to for help, so they don’t have to deal with these things on their own,” he is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The Commonwealth Youth Council, Caribbean and Americas Region Representative also said education must be in the picture, as it plays an integral part in the successful implementation of projects which focus on mental health.He described the conversation on Wednesday as a positive and progressive one, and called for the strengthening of the mental healthcare system.“We need to have persons in the community willing to work. The Government also needs to be willing to work, and policymakers and development partners.”George highlighted that establishment of a mental health clinic or a positive mental health programme “is often times a product of many partners coming together”.He added that the conversation needs to be “expanded amongst the players in the sector, and then from there we can move into implementing these programmes and having more centres.”In addition to establishing more mental health centres across the region, George said people must also see the importance of accessing the facilities.last_img read more

Contractor hell


first_imgIN the wild world of home-remodeling contracting, sometimes you get what you pay for. But other times, you don’t even get that. That’s because in the real estate boom of Southern California, unscrupulous contractors have multiplied like flies on spoiled food. And having a license does not even guarantee good – or completed – work. Too many people have found this out after paying out thousands of dollars. Among them are Elmer Cortez, who says an unlicensed contractor took $37,000 and left him a messy pit filled with beer bottles, and Sam Rosa, whose parents lost $18,000 to a contractor who walked off in the middle of renovating their duplex. These two might wring out some measure of justice, as the Los Angeles city attorney, Rocky Delgadillo, is prosecuting 32 contractors accused of ripping off property owners. But this crackdown will hardly dent the scope of the problem. The high demand for home renovation has made it easy for anyone to put up a shingle and call himself a contractor. That means that the public is mostly on its own when hiring a contractor – licensed or not – and must be vigilant. It’s clear that the authorities have neither the time nor the resources to police this industry. And, as in sports, the best defense in hiring a contractor is a good offense. After getting bilked, Cortez said he would not be fooled again. “I would have to do my work – make sure to get some references to begin with, a license number, a copy of the driver’s license or ID.” That’s good advice.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

Bus, train fares to rise to $1.50


first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Metro board voted to raise bus and train tickets to $1.50 on July 1, 2009, under a compromise proposed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. The board voted 9-4 to approve the controversial rate hike after hours of public hearings from riders hotly opposed to fare increases. The hike was less than a staff proposal to increase fares to $2 from the current $1.25. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who wanted a lower fare hike, voted against the compromise. last_img read more

Car park renamed in memory of much-loved Letterkenny teacher


first_imgThe family and friends of the late Hugh Duffy came together with the elected members of Letterkenny Municipal District last Friday afternoon to mark the official opening of a car park named after a popular local man.The car park which is known locally as the ‘Old Mart Car Park’ was renamed to honour one of Letterkenny’s most well known residents – the late Hugh Duffy.Hugh Duffy, who passed away in December 2014 aged 85 years old, lived in nearby College Row where his wife Elaine still lives.  He was a native of Galway and came to work in St. Eunan’s College where he taught Latin and History.  He took a great interest in the ongoing development of Letterkenny and played an active part in keeping the site in Council ownership. Cllr Ian McGarvey, Cathaoirleach of Letterkenny MD, officially opening the Hugh Duffy Car Park, along side Elaine Duffy, wife of the late Hugh Duffy and their children Jarlath, Nicola, Paula and John. Also in attendance were Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Cllr Michael McBride, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh.A motion was passed by the Members of the Letterkenny MD in October 2018 to name the car park in his memory.Mayor of Letterkenny MD Cllr Ian McGarvey officially opened the car park and unveiled a plaque in Mr Duffy’s memory.Speaking at the official opening, Cllr. Ian McGarvey said that “it is a fitting tribute to name this car park in honour of the late Mr. Duffy and I am delighted that his wife Elaine is with us today to share this special occasion.”Mrs Elaine Duffy, wife of the late Hugh Duffy, pictured at the official opening of the Hugh Duffy Car Park on Friday evening last.Cllr McGarvey added: “Mr. Duffy made Letterkenny his home and contributed so much to life in the town from being a teacher in St. Eunan’s College to his work in the community, Mr. Duffy like so many other people in Letterkenny, gave his time and effort generously for the betterment of others and I am delighted to be here today as Mayor of Letterkenny to honour Mr. Duffy in this way.” The former Old Mart Car Park is renamed to ‘Hugh Duffy Car Park’Car park renamed in memory of much-loved Letterkenny teacher was last modified: April 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) Tags:hugh duffy car parkletterkennyold mart car parklast_img read more

Domestic abuse victims will be ‘further isolated’ without govt funding – Lifeline Inishowen


first_imgThe manager of Lifeline Inishowen has warned that failure to provide funding for the centre in Carndonagh will cause further abuse and isolation for victims in north Donegal. The centre, which helped over 46 women last year with domestic violence cases, has not been sanctioned government funding since 2011 despite the efforts of the centre over the last four years.Mary Doherty, manager of the centre, said she was ‘fearful’ the facility would have to shut its doors. “Every year we are fearful, you get to a stage where you get burnt out because we have had to fundraise every year to keep the centre opened,” she said.“We are working with a lot of families and it is such an important service to be available in the area.”Officials from the government insist the Donegal Women’s Centre in Letterkenny is suitable to cover the entire county, leaving those in Inishowen as far as 65km from the centre.“They keep telling us that we are not going to get the funding we want, that Letterkenny is fit to cover all of Donegal,” Doherty continued. “They told us that they are centralising the centre, but how can they centralise something so urgent?“It’s not like these women can make an appointment, they need the service urgently and at the time that they require it.“I question whether the government understand the issue with domestic violence because why else would they want to centralise it?“People are not going to be able to make it to Letterkenny,” she added.“Which means these women are going to have to stay in this abusive relationship that they are in. “That is the reality of the situation.”The Inishowen group are set to hand the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, a funding petition later this month – with Doherty now urging the government to rethink their policy on the issue going forward.“Do they not realise the benefits that our centre has for peoples’ mental health and well-being on the peninsula?“A lot of people that come through our doors are on anti-depressants or abusing alcohol and a lot of them develop a massive change and start to believe in themselves again in the short-spell we provide the help that they need. “And that is the ripple effect on them and their families.“Rural areas are clearly not their priority and that is sending the wrong message to these families.“Inishowen has a population bigger than Leitrim, and by that estimation, we are a county in our own right.“They are further isolating these families from being able to change their lives and that is causing further abuse.“We are a lifeline to them, the government need to understand that.”Domestic abuse victims will be ‘further isolated’ without govt funding – Lifeline Inishowen was last modified: May 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:CarndonaghInishowenLifeline Inishowenlast_img read more

Another Use for Hemp: Home Construction


first_imgFabrics and rugs made with industrial hemp are often cited as acceptably green alternatives to floor coverings made from petrochemicals, or to woolen rugs treated heavily with insecticide. But hemp also has found its way into another domestic application.And it is not the first alternative use that may come to mind.Nauhaus Institute, a North Carolina-based coalition of designers, engineers, builders, developers, and others devoted to green construction, has been working with hemp as a wall-construction material. Called Tradical Hemcrete, the material is essentially a lime-based binder and industrial hemp chips (derived from the woody, pretty much unsmokable core of the hemp plant) that, when mixed with water, can be sprayed over a substrate on an exterior wall or poured into forms around timber or stick framing to create a thermally resistant but “breathable” barrier.A wall-material bakeoffAs noted in a recent story in Asheville, North Carolina’s Citizen-Times, Nauhaus (pronounced “now house”) has two homes under construction that will feature Hemcrete walls. Nauhaus says on its website that, overall, hemp met sustainability, performance, cost, and aesthetic criteria better than competing materials.“On the natural building side, we feel that earthen mixes don’t have adequate thermal performance in our climate while the vulnerability of straw bales to water damage concerns us,” the group’s partners say on the Nauhaus site. “On the high-performance commercial side, we are skeptical of the long-term durability of SIPS walls and feel that double-stick frame systems are too complex and prone to air infiltration weaknesses. These and other problems seem to be solved by what to us is a new material: Tradical Hemcrete.”Hemcrete also is billed as insect- and fire-resistant. One issue the group couldn’t get around, however, is that, while industrial hemp products can be imported into the U.S., it is illegal to grow hemp here. Tradical Hemcrete is made in the U.K. by a division of Belgian firm Lhoist Group, a specialist in calcined-limestone products, and is distributed in the U.S. by Hemp Technologies, of Asheville.A green quandary: shipping from the U.K.The Citizen-Times story points out that shipping costs make Hemcrete considerably more expensive — the approximately 1,900 sq. ft. of Hemcrete required for one of the Nauhaus projects, with 3,100 sq. ft. of interior space and 12-inch-thick exterior walls, costs about $56,250. But Hemcrete walls also require less lumber, which reduces framing costs 30% to 40%, Greg Flavall, a co-founder of Hemp Technologies, told the paper. Another advantage to Hemcrete, says Nauhaus partner Chris Cashman, is that it serves as “your Sheetrock, insulation and Tyvek all rolled into one.”Building-performance costs in both Nauhaus projects will be significantly lower than conventionally constructed homes of comparable size, although the smaller of the two structures, a 1,450-sq.-ft. four-bedroom that will serve as a Nauhaus prototype and test house, will have 16-inch-thick walls and solar panels on the roof to bring energy usage to net zero.Not surprisingly, Nauhaus partners advocate legalizing industrial-hemp growing in the U.S. “Our feeling is, what a great crop this would be for North Carolina’s tobacco growers to get into,” Nauhaus partner Tim Callahan told the Citizen-Times. “Bringing this in from England is probably not the greatest idea (economically). If local farmers can benefit from this, it would be great for them and great for the economy.”last_img read more

Slight intensity quake shakes Uttarakhand


first_imgA slight intensity earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale shook parts of Uttarakhand on December 28 evening.Epicentred in the hilly Chamoli district, the earthquake, the second this month, was felt in various parts of the state around 4.45 p.m., Met Office Director Vikram Singh said. It had a depth of 33 km which eliminates any possibility of damage to life and property, he said.An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale had shaken the whole of Uttarakhand on the night of December 6.The last one had its epicentre in Rudraprayag, another hilly district neighbouring Chamoli.last_img read more