Jagdeo should not have been arrested, detained – Granger

first_imgPradoville 2 investigations– says SOCU should have made other arrangements to question him Days after former President and current Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had been arrested and detained at the Headquarters of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) – a department of the Guyana Police Force – Head of State, President David Granger, declared that the former Guyanese Leader should notFormer President and now Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo (right) leaving CID headquarters last Tuesday in the company of Attorney Sanjeev Datadinhave been treated the way he was.President Granger’s sentiments were first expressed on Wednesday, when he meet with the Opposition Leader for their second round of consultations on the appointment of a Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). According to Opposition Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who had accompanied Jagdeo to the meeting, the President was apologetic, claiming that he was unaware of the incidents, and that it was Minister of State Joseph Harmon who had drawn it to his attention. Nandlall noted that the Head of State had added: “Former Presidents should be treated with dignity”, and had declared his recognition that governments change.Speaking on the weekly televised programme The Public Interest, which was aired on Friday evening, the Head of State further pointed out that while he would not interfere with the work of the Guyana Police Force, he believes that Jagdeo’s “personal arrest” was unjustified.“We are speaking about an ex-President. We’re speaking about somebody who (had) enjoyed the confidence of the (Guyanese) people for 12 years, and I believe that his involvement in the matter under investigation did not warrant his going to the office. A decision could have been taken at the level of the Guyana Police Force…So, in my view, some other way could have been used to determine whether his presence at the headquarters was necessary,” Granger stated.Jagdeo and former Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, were arrested on Tuesday last, while several other former Government Ministers under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration were detained by SOCU officials who are probing misappropriation of State assets. The arrest and detention was in connection with an ongoing probe into the acquisition of lands at Pradoville 2, among other things.Expressing the view that certain Government ministers may be directing the activities of SOCU officers, the Leader of the Opposition revealed that the President had promised to “personally inquire into the incident.”However, asked about this development during his televised programme, the Guyanese Leader explained that while he regrets the way the former President had been treated, he would not be interfering with the work of SOCU. Moreover, Granger pointed out that the Guyana Police Force has the right to invite people of any rank to go to SOCU headquarters during an investigation, and he added that it is not possible for SOCU to visit every single former Minister; but he maintained that an exception could have been made in the case of Jagdeo.“I think they acted properly, generally speaking, with regards to the other ministers; but I do feel that at the level of (the former) Head of State, the matter could have been handled differently…The Police must be allowed to do their job, and if their duties require them to invite persons who are accused of certain offences or who have information to provide, I think they should be allowed to do that without interference. I did not interfere, and I will not interfere with the investigations; but it’s impossible for SOCU to go around the country trying to have private interviews because of the perceived rank of the persons,” President Granger asserted.SOCU has, over the last few days, detained several former prominent Government officials, including former Prime Minister and President, Samuel Hinds. Former Ministers Priya Manickchand, Irfaan Ali, Clement Rohee, Robert Persaud and Dr Jennifer Westford are also among others who have been detained in connection with their role in the Pradoville 2 scheme. The reason these persons are being questioned is because they purchased property at the Sparendaam seawall area (ECD) that is commonly known as “Pradoville 2”. The current Administration contends that the transaction is a criminal act because of the belief that the land was sold below market value. However, the PPP had argued that subsidised housing has always been a part of the legacy of the People’s Progressive Party, and that countless Guyanese have benefited from lands sold below market value.In fact, Nandlall has been recently quoted as saying: “Every single house lot in this country was distributed way below the market price: $50,000 for a land in Mon Repos, $200,000 in Eccles… Is that the value of the house lot? So let us not get carried away and become victims of the propaganda.”The President’s apologetic sentiments come on the heels of a question posed by Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine in regard to whether the former Government ministers and former President Bharrat Jagdeo are about the law. He is quoted in sections of the media as saying, “Are they above the law? Why can’t they be questioned if SOCU is carrying out an investigation?” Ramnarine had thereafter excused himself to attend a meeting.last_img read more

NH connections announces winter break

first_imgNorthern Health has announced its transit services will be shutting down over the holidays.The NH Connections Medical Travel Program will be accepting reservations until December 19th (Friday) for travel until December 24th (Tuesday). Full service will resume January 5th.The shutdown will allow buses to undergo scheduled maintainance, as well as allowing drivers to have time-off for the season.- Advertisement -BC Ambulance will still be providing any emergency medical transportation needed over the holidays.For more information on the shutdown or NH Connections operations, call 1-888-647-4997.last_img read more

Finally, being ‘green’ is very cool

first_imgThe parking lot is packed on a typical Saturday afternoon at the Glendale Whole Foods store. Hybrid cars compete with Lexus SUVs for parking spaces while negotiating past shoppers laden with “green” reusable shopping bags. Inside, hipster moms, aging hippies, young college couples and upwardly mobile Latinos squeeze their carts down crowded aisles in search of recycled toilet paper, natural dog food, preservative-free baby food, free-range chicken and organic avocados. While they check out, they can peruse magazines about green living, yoga and vegetarianism and read pamphlets about wind energy. Certainly, Whole Foods shoppers aren’t the typical Los Angeles shoppers. But check out any Ralphs or Trader Joe’s to find a small but growing stock of environmentally friendly products and practices. Get money back if you bring your own bags. Even Wal-Mart is riding the green wave. So who says green isn’t cool? Well, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He implied it the other day in a speech to environmentalists in Washington, D.C., where he expounded on how California is going to lead the way to a green future and anyone who doesn’t follow would find themselves “political penguins” alone on an ice floe. “You have to make things cool. You have to make them sexy and cutting-edge,” he said. “The new environmental movement is not about guilt. It’s not about fringe. It’s not about being overwhelmed about enormity of the problem. It’s about making it mainstream.” Arnold’s right about that. Fear of injury or death doesn’t change behavior – or we’d all be eating our two servings of vegetables every day. But what he doesn’t see from his vantage point of extreme wealth is that green is already gaining coolness among the regular set. Maybe it’s not sexy yet, but it’s definitely trending toward The Thing to Do. It seems everyone’s yapping about reducing their “carbon footprint.” All those Earth Days have finally made a difference. The critical mass might not have been reached yet, but it’s in sight, and that’s a place I never thought I’d be. Like most people over 18, I grew up in a world where it was not only uncool to save cans, it was kind of pathetic. My first experience with organic food was shopping with Mom at People’s Food Store in Ocean Beach, San Diego’s version of Venice Beach. As a teenager, it was the last place I wanted to be seen, among all the counterculture types who drove VW vans and wore “No Nukes” T-shirts and smelled vaguely of wheat grass juice. I grew up thinking of environmentalism as unappetizing, unstylish and kind of stinky. My first Earth Day celebration a few years later in San Francisco’s Crissy Field only solidified my view of environmentalism as being an unattractive subculture inhabited by people who cared passionately about hemp. My attitude slowly shifted as I got older and realized it wasn’t all about image, and as it became respectable to care about being friendlier to the environment. And here I am, 20 years later, buying organic, driving a hybrid, considering solar panels for the house and quizzing my mechanic about what he does with old tires. What happened? Who knows what makes attitudes shift? Somewhere in the past decade, even before former Vice President Al Gore’s movie, being green stopped being weird. And it ain’t just in California. Even the traditionally traditional part of America is seeing the cultural shift to green, though still in smaller ways. Whole Foods’ success selling healthy and environmentally friendly products in California, for example, has led to the opening of stores across America, including Alabama, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas – despite their unabashedly higher prices. Cool doesn’t come cheap. As for mainstream, what’s more mainstream than America’s super retailer, Wal-Mart? Earlier this year, the Arkansas-based company rolled out “Sustainability 360,” its corporate strategy to reduce Wal-Mart’s environmental footprint by encouraging suppliers to be greener and use less packing. With $351.1 billion in revenue, Wal-Mart probably has a lot of “encouragement” to throw around to the supplier community. The company also came up with “Global Innovation Projects,” which encourage employees to think of ways to make the company greener. Whether these campaigns are for real or just marketing is immaterial. The very acknowledgment by the Fortune 500 company that it must appear environmentally friendly to consumers shows that the company believes being green leads to making green. Other industries see this, too. The National Association of Home Builders notes an “exploding market for sustainable, environmentally friendly and recycled building products.” Carmakers understand that, too, and are developing more hybrids and more efficient gas users such as the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris. Whoever thinks going green isn’t becoming cool just isn’t paying attention. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her at mariel.garza@dailynews.com 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

Iceland leaders to snub 2018 World Cup in Russia

first_img0Shares0000The 2018 World Cup will see Iceland compete for the first time at the highest level © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVREYKJAVIK, Iceland, Mar 26 – Iceland announced Monday it will stage a diplomatic boycott of the football World Cup in Russia over the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain.“Among the measures taken by Iceland is the temporary postponement of all high-level bilateral dialogue with the Russian authorities,” the foreign ministry said in a statement said. “Consequently, Icelandic leaders will not attend the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer,” it said.The Reykjavik government also exhorted Moscow to provide “clear answers” over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in southwestern England on March 4.“The Salisbury attack constitutes a grave violation of international law and threatens security and peace in Europe,” the statement said.Britain announced in mid-March that British royals and ministers would stay away from the FIFA tournament set for June 14-July 15.Iceland’s decision came as 16 European Union countries on Monday gave a large number of Russian envoys notice to leave their territory.The United States, Canada and Ukraine have also announced the expulsion of dozens more Russian diplomats.Iceland, a member of NATO but not of the EU, imposed sanctions against Russia along with the EU over the annexation of Crimea.This year’s World Cup will see Iceland compete for the first time at the highest level.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Spain PM wants 2030 WCup bid with Morocco, Portugal

first_img“It will be the first two-continent application, with Europe and Africa, and King Mohammed VI welcomed the proposal warmly.”Earlier this year the King ordered the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to launch their own World Cup bid but the office of the Moroccan prime minister, Saad Eddine el Othmani, refused to comment on Sanchez’s statement when contacted by AFP.The north African country has failed five times to bring the tournament to the southern shores of the Mediterranean, with the United States, Canada and Mexico most recently beating them to the 2026 competition.Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay have proposed a bid to coordinate the 2030 event, which will mark 100 years since the first tournament.Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia are also considering a joint bid, as are the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.The official bidding process is set to being in 2020.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“I made the proposal, firstly to the government then to King Mohammed VI to launch a shared application with Morocco, Portugal and Spain to host the 2030 World Cup,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said © AFP/File / CRISTINA QUICLERPARIS, France, Nov 19 – Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday that he had pitched the idea of a joint bid between his country, Portugal and Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup.“I made the proposal, firstly to the government then to King Mohammed VI to launch a shared application with Morocco, Portugal and Spain to host the 2030 World Cup,” Sanchez said in Rabat after a meeting with the monarch.last_img read more

NORTH WESTERN GOLFING ALLIANCE RESULTS

first_imgNorth Western Golfing Alliance Played at North West Golf Club on Saturday 8th October 2011Par 70 SSS 701st Nett Marty McDermott (5) Rosapenna G.C. 66 2Nd Nett Clive Davison (15) Letterkenny G.C.      673RD Nett Odran McGettigan (24) Strabane G.C.  69 B.O.T.4TH Nett Oliver Doherty (7) Buncrana G.C.         69 B.O.T.5TH Nett John Lewers (14) Faughan Valley G.C.  69 6th Nett Eddie McHugh (15) Letterkenny G.C.     70 B.O.TIst Gross Enda Kennedy (scr) Rosapenna G.C.  702nd Gross Sean Quigg (3) City of Derry G.C.  713rd Gross Noel Callan (scr) Faughan Valley 724th Gross Paddy Kennedy (1) Strabane G.C. 73 5TH Gross John G. McBride (scr) Portsalon G.C. 756TH Gross Jayson McIntyre (3) City of Derry 76Hole in one at the 8th for Keelan Quigg with an 8 iron. The second successive competition that this feat has been achieved.2,s just 2 balls each as the  hole in one takes half balls ,K.McDonagh,G.McElhinney,S.McKeegan,N.Callan,S.Quigg,E.Kennedy,J.Hamilton,M.Bradleyand Norris Sheaffer had 2 2’s The Rosapenna Golf Club continued their celebrations in winning the Donegal interclub league of last weekend when two of their members took the top prizes in the Alliance in the nett and gross sections.The course was in excellent condition with a great covering of grass on the greens which were as usual very true but slightly slower than usual.A total of 85 golfers pitted their skills against the course often referred to as the Irish St. Andrews and as happens on the best courses the Cream rose to the top.In the Nett section Marty McDermott continued his great run of form with a one over gross and 4 under par nett score of 66 .He beat by one stroke Clive Davison who will have cause to rue double bogies on 9 and particularly 16.In the Gross Enda Kennedy was one ahead of no less than four competitors after the first nine, Jayson McIntyre, Noel Callan, Sean Quigg and Marty McDermott.At the 11th Jayson had dropped out of contention as he had two double bogies.Marty had drawn level with Enda after a birdie at 10. Noel was still there but he fell by the way side carding bogies at 14 and 15 following a birdie on 13.Sean Quigg was just one behind.The story after 14 was no change. On 15 Marty and Enda dropped a shoot while Sean parred.This meant that all three were now level .However the final throw of the dice came at the 17th when both Marty Sean dropped strokes while Enda had a par and like the other two birdied the 18th to emerge as the winner of the Gross section for the second competition in a row .Sean was runner up in the Gross while Marty won the Nett.All congratulations to two of the Alliance professional members who progressed during the week to the second stage of qualifying for the European Tour .Well done to Michael McGeady  and Brendan McCarroll.,,.0mNext competition is in Nairn/Portnoo G.C. on 22nd October 2011NORTH WESTERN GOLFING ALLIANCE RESULTS was last modified: October 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:NORTH WESTERN GOLFING ALLIANCE RESULTSlast_img read more

MORE THAN 1,000 APPLY FOR CARETAKER’S JOBS AT LETTERKENNY IT

first_imgMore than 1,000 people have applied for caretaker’s jobs at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).The huge number of job applicants applied for applications forms for the positions at the leading college.College bosses were flooded with requests for applications forms for two positions – caretaker and maintenance supervisor. The caretaker’s job has a salary of between €503 and €524 a week before tax while the maintenance supervisor’s role offers a salary of between €674 and €713.A spokesman for the college said the large number of applications for the positions was a “sign of the times.”“They are good positions but we did receive a large number of requests for applications forms – somewhere in the region of one thousand.“The actual number of people who completed the applications forms was substantially lower however,” said the spokesman. The deadline for job applications was December 9th and the Human Resources office at the college is now dealing with applications.One man who applied for the caretaker’s position said ANY full-time job was now hard to come by.The man, who had his own building company, said he would normally never have applied for such a position.“It’s not the kind of money I would even have thought of applying for during the building boom.“But it’s a job and it’s steady money and that is all anybody is looking for these days. “A number of people I know applied for it but there’s a huge amount of interest so I’ll be lucky if I get an interview even,” he said.MORE THAN 1,000 APPLY FOR CARETAKER’S JOBS AT LETTERKENNY IT was last modified: January 18th, 2012 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:application formscaretakerjobLYITlast_img read more

Creating jobs, tackling climate change

first_img21 October 2011Climate change innovation is taking off in a big way in South Africa – as demonstrated by initiatives such as The Fresh Air Factory, a Durban-based community project that creates “green” products by recycling locally available materials.Through the project, based at the Eco Park in Durban’s Bluff area, a group of previously disadvantaged locals are being given the opportunity to earn money and acquire business skills by producing environmentally friendly products from recycled materials.One of the challenges for achieving climate change sustainability is getting local communities to respond in ways that will not only see their environments looked after, but will also create jobs, impart new skills, and help the community to prosper.Making new challenges work for peopleMiller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, says success stories such as The Fresh Air Factory demonstrate the commitment of South Africans to making new challenges, such as climate change, work for them through innovation and entrepreneurship.“The project is established as a community factory that produces green products from recycled and locally available materials,” says Matola. “At the same time, participants are taught skills for their own future business ventures.“It’s a showcase illustrating how local economic development can be achieved, and this is through community participation, skills development and being creative with the resources that are available.”The products made at The Fresh Air Factory are targeted for corporate gifting through the co-ordination of Little Green Gifts and Packaging, and the factory is open to the public – allowing visitors to see firsthand what is being made from the recycled waste.Focus on human resource developmentAntoinette Kruger of Little Green Gifts and Packaging says her business is keen to support The Fresh Air Factory initiative, along with various other similar projects around South Africa. However, she adds, that the downfall of many community projects is quality control, and the fact that large orders cannot always be met.Because of this, The Fresh Air factory is being developed as a pilot project with an eye to franchising. “The aim is to have a network of Fresh Air Factories, so that the greater quantities of products often required by retailers and corporates can be produced,” says Kruger.An additional component to the success of the project is that it moves away from focusing on capital development to focusing on human resource development – therefore increasing the platforms for skills transfer and employment.“Every South African should play their part in dealing with climate change, and the people of the Bluff are showing the value that comes from collective effort,” says Matola.“Projects like The Fresh Air Factory link those who were previously disadvantaged into the real and active economy, and allow for increased participation and production in local markets, as well as sustainable job creation.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Weekly Poll: What is the Top Threat to Cloud Computing?

first_imgRelated Posts Last Week’s Poll: Why Is Apple Building a Massive, $1 Billion Data Center Last week’s poll reflected the deep interest people have in Apple’s data center. Of the 1,456 people who responded, 53 percent of respondents agreed that there are several reasons for Apple’s massive data center. Top reason: To give Apple the ability to deliver its own content, followed by the belief that Apple will make iTunes an online application.In our post, several people commented with their own speculations:Tim Jones:“Why is Apple building a massive, $1 billion data center? Because it’s playing catch-up to Google, Amazon, etc. No way anyone would trust Steve Jobs to store their stuff with him when he’d likely wake-up one day and decide to erase all the words that begin with the letter H in the data center, because he felt he didn’t like words that begin with the letter H that day.” Tags:#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The first peek at Apple’s new data center stoked much of the interest in our poll last week. We asked: “Why is Apple building a massive, $1 billion data center?” A total of 1,456 people responded.This week is the RSA Conference, the largest security conference in the world. A major topic for discussion will focus on cloud computing security.In anticipation of RSA, the Cloud Security Alliance has listed the top security threats to cloud computing. What do you think? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now People can tell whether or not they have your full attention. You may think that you can fake it, but you can’t. You may believe that because you are on the telephone, invisible to the person with whom you’re speaking, that they won’t know that your mind is really somewhere else. But they know.Your responses betray you.I know we live in a world of distraction, but this makes your full undivided attention a gift. Giving that gift is proof positive that you care about the other person and what they’re saying.I know that it’s difficult to focus when there is so much going on around you. But really listening to someone is also a gift. The person you are speaking with wants to be heard–just like you want to be heard. The ability to listen can define and differentiate you in a world full of people who can’t–or won’t.I know you’re busy. If you want to reclaim your time, then focus on being effective in the moment, not distracted. Effectiveness with other human beings is accomplished not through efficiency, but through caring. And giving someone your full attention and focus is an exceptional gift of caring in the world that is too busy and too distracted to care.May I have your attention please?last_img read more