David Hinds calls for action against transgressors

first_img– says Govt should use audits to set an exampleBy Alexis RodneyPolitical commentator Dr David Hinds has said while he agreed with President David Granger that it might be difficult to persecute every person found culpable in the reports of the recently concluded State Audits,President David GrangerDr David HindsGovernment should go after some instances of corruption to send a very stern message.Speaking with Guyana Times in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, Hinds, an executive of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), one of the partners in the coalition Government, said there have to be some cases of “blatant corruption”, carried out by some former Government officials, and the new Administration should use some of these instances to hint that it was totally against corruption.“Having gotten the results of the audits, I agree with the President that you should not jump at everything, because not every malpractice is corruption, but I think that from the best of my knowledge, there are some instances of blatant corruption. I think the President has to go after the instances of blatant corruption,” Hinds told Guyana Times.He said it would be a good move; however, before Government “jumps before the courts”, the audits should be carefully studied. “You have to get a set of fresh eyes and legal people to look at it. But I refuse to believe [based on] what I have read in the newspapers that there are not two or three or four instances of blatant corruption that should be brought before the courts.”According to Hinds, should Government fail in this regard, it will send a message to those from the previous Administration who remain, to continue down this path, thus, driving a continuous process of undetectable corruption.“We live in the type of society, if you do not do it, there are still others who are in office from the old regime, because the top officers may have gone, but the people at the second, and third level of Government are still there and so, if they can see that these things can be uncovered and people can get away, then that give them the incentive to continue.”Hinds said for him, it is not about punishing the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and their officials, it is simply putting a brake on blatant corruption and setting an example for future Governments.President Granger late last week said that while Government has received the reports of the so far completed State Audits, it may find it challenging to persecute persons who have been found culpable.He insisted that the main objective behind audits and the reports was to ensure that no improper or corrupt practices recur. He said too that he was not willing to use the audits and the reports as tools for “witch hunting”.The President had previously said the audits were being used as “guides for corrective action to ensure that there is no reoccurrence”.Hinds expressed the view that the State Audits were an absolute necessity, since there had been an “abuse of State resources throughout our post-independence”.“It did not start with the previous PPP, it started before. But I think it escalated under the PPP and we have to put a stop to that, because, if it escalated under the PPP, the logic is that if nothing is done, it will continue with this audit. So I think the audit was very important.”Meanwhile, Hinds, speaking on Government’s decision to use independent auditors, as against officials of the State Audit Department, said he totally supported the use of independent officials.“I think if you were to use State Auditors to audit the State, whether it was the past or present Government, it is the same Government. I don’t think that the State should be asking State Auditors to audit it. So I do agree with the move to have an independent audit,” he explained.Hinds said it was understandable that persons have had some qualms about the independent auditors; however, he was quite sure that an excellent job was done.“I know some people have questioned whether the auditors themselves were independent as many of the auditors, some of them were associated with the Opposition. That is the difficulty with politics in Guyana. But professionals need to be given a chance to do their professional work…To the best of my knowledge, I think they have done a professional job.”He continued there were always going to be subjectivity and one has to make allowances for that. “I still do think that the independent auditors would give more nuances and a more dispassionate review of the audits as against the State Auditors.”Hinds said in all of this, it would be a good thing if Government could be a little clearer about what was being done about official corruption. He said while the audits were fine, Government still needed to be clear about where the lines should be drawn.“There is not really a clear line drawn. There are still vestiges of the old order still in place that should not be there,” Hinds told Guyana Times.last_img read more

An Existential Imperative

first_imgWe have a rather existential question. What if the world as we know it changed? Overnight.For example, What if we could no longer import food from our regular suppliers? Or from anywhere for that matter? How would we manage? If our regular suppliers could no longer supply us in the quantities we need, food prices would go through the roof! This in a country where a large percentage of the population already lives below the poverty line.What if, God forbid, Guinea had a natural disaster? They would hardly be able to feed themselves, let alone us!Then what if, at the same time, the United States faced a national disaster that effectively shut down the global banking system? That means we would effectively be on our own. No aid of any kind coming in. This nation, which calls itself sovereign, would finally be forced to stand on its own two feet. Organic. Au naturel. Would we be ready? How would we operate?This picture is not intended to scare the populace, but to force us to think outside the box in which we have placed ourselves for so long. It is intended to change the idea that whatever happens to us, some humanitarian benefactor, whether it be nations, world bodies or NGOs, will fly in to the rescue by way of military missions, food packages, and millions of dollars in humanitarian aid.What if all of the aforementioned were no longer available because the world had changed so drastically? Is that what it would take to force us to stand on our own two feet?This picture is intended to create a new mindset of self-sufficiency and independence because the scenario described is entirely possible.We cannot hold on to the idea that things as they are – the world as it is – will hold constant. Not all change is gradual. Sometimes change arrives in a flash without so much as a warning sign – especially if one is not looking for one.In Liberia, however, we do not seem to have considered these truths. Our entire governance system and economy is set up not to be able to function without foreign assistance. We have no Plan B.And so we find that governance by design is not just a good idea. It is an existential imperative.In practical terms then, what does that mean for us? When UNMIL is no longer around, do we simply implode? When USAID is no longer around, do we go hungry? Do we cease to function as a nation-state? No. We need a plan. An internally sustainable one. We need a plan from the household level to the governance level. A plan that enables us to function independently as a nation-state should no external factors hold constant.In practical terms, that means prioritizing agriculture. It means redesigning our health services delivery system. It means setting up a system that operates cohesively; a system that anticipates scenarios and outcomes. It means off-grid, renewable alternatives. Prioritizing wind and solar. Our advantage is that we are on the coast and in the tropics.It also means participatory governance. The bringing together of ideas in light of the fact that we sink or swim as a nation-state.If we have not done it as a matter of good governance, then let us redesign our nation-state as a matter of existential imperative. The world as we know it may change; and we may have no warning. Except this one.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Truck wash by donation to support Silverberry fire victim

first_imgThe Canadian Grind has also joined in on the fundraising, and all proceeds from sales at the remote location will be donated. The car wash by donation will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9303 85th Avenue, with all vehicles from cars to big rigs welcome. Gift cards for his family and items for the silent auction are also being accepted by contacting Lindsay Christian or Conda at Troyer Ventures at 250-785-5332. Robertson’s vacuum truck caught fire while unloading oilfield waste at the site near Mile 73 in the evening of September 10, and he was airlifted by B.C. Ambulance to hospital in Vancouver later that night. Nathan Troyer says the company wants to do whatever it can to help him in his recovery.“He’s new to town,” he explains. “He moved here for this job and he’d been on the job about two weeks. They put a lot of money into getting here and we’re just doing our part to help him out.”He’s reportedly healing well and in stable condition at the Vancouver General Hospital’s burn ward.- Advertisement -One of the items up for bid at the silent auction is a ride around town in a Fort St. John Fire Department ladder truck. Captain Brent Morgan explains that the fire department supports the burn fund and its victims as much as it can.“When this does happen we really try to kick it into high gear and make sure that we support the family in any way that we possibly can.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Woman dies after bear attack near Alaska Highway community

first_imgClaudia Huber, early 40’s, was brought to the Teslin Community Health Centre by her husband, and the investigation remains ongoing, which includes the coroner’s office, the territory’s Department of Environment, and the RCMP. Yukon‘s chief coroner says the incident happened Saturday in the Johnson’s Crossing area, and unconfirmed reports indicate the bear has been killed.- Advertisement –last_img

Lille draw leaves path clear for PSG to clinch French title

first_img0Shares0000Jose Fonte (R) scored for Lille in their 1-1 draw at Reims, a result which leaves the door open for PSG to clinch the Ligue 1 title on Sunday night © AFP / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENIPARIS, France, Apr 7 – Paris Saint-Germain can clinch another Ligue 1 title on Sunday night by beating Strasbourg after nearest rivals Lille were held to a 1-1 draw at Reims.Jose Fonte’s 56th-minute header had Lille on course to take all three points in Champagne country, but substitute Remi Oudin’s 78th-minute leveller — initially ruled out for offside but then given after a VAR review — denied the visitors. Reims were also left furious at the referee’s decision to ignore a handball in the box by Lille defender Adama Soumaoro in stoppage time as the home side appealed for a penalty.The result leaves second-placed Lille a massive 19 points adrift of PSG at the summit, and the capital club will therefore retain the title with eight games to spare if they see off League Cup winners Strasbourg at the Parc des Princes.PSG are looking to be crowned champions for the eighth time in their history, and the sixth time in seven seasons.If Thomas Tuchel’s side wrap it up on Sunday night, it will match the club record set in 2015/16, when Laurent Blanc’s team also secured the title with eight matches to play.Lille, who host PSG next weekend, are more concerned with holding off the teams below them as they look to secure second place, which provides automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League group stage.The draw at the Stade Auguste-Delaune moves them five points clear of third-placed Lyon, who slumped to a shock 3-1 loss at home to relegation-threatened Dijon on Saturday.“If we had won I think that we would have sealed our place on the podium,” said Lille coach Christophe Galtier.“We are 11 points ahead of Saint-Etienne but there are still 21 points to play for.”Fourth-placed Saint-Etienne drew 2-2 at Amiens on Saturday, while Marseille, in fifth, were beaten 2-0 at Bordeaux on Friday.Reims are just a point behind OM in sixth place as last season’s second-tier champions continue to enjoy an excellent campaign on their return to the elite.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Luis Suarez open to a Liverpool return and admits he ‘misses’ the fans at Anfield

first_img Luis Suarez 1 Barcelona forward Luis Suarez says he would only play for Liverpool if he were ever to return to the Barclays Premier League.The 29-year-old left Anfield in a £75million move during July 2014, having scored 84 goals and come close to helping Liverpool win the title.Uruguay international Suarez told ESPN if he was to one day look to move back to England, it would only be for the Reds, having originally signed from Ajax in January 2011.“You never know what will happen in the future,” he said to ESPN.“If I was to return to England, it would be to play for Liverpool – not for any other team.”Suarez enjoyed a great relationship with Liverpool supporters, despite an often testing spell under the media spotlight.He added: “I have missed the fans. The (Anfield) atmosphere is incredible, it’s incredible.“Everyone that has played for Liverpool knows how important the supporters are. They know that they are in my heart.”last_img read more

L.A. must comply with uniform stats

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsDuring that time, there was tremendous pressure to change the way law enforcement dealt with domestic violence. Traditionally, domestic violence had been treated as a family matter and often ignored by many aspects of society, including the police. Reform was much needed and, indeed, occurred. In fact, domestic violence became one of the priorities in policing and arrests, and prosecutions skyrocketed. As a consequence of this increased attention, the LAPD made an internal reporting decision that led us to the current controversy. That decision was to take all reported domestic-violence incidents and categorize them as Part One Crimes, irrespective if they fit the criteria for that crime class. For the next 20-plus years, the LAPD over-reported Part One crimes to the federal government, virtually negating the system used to measure crime nationwide. The decision to classify all domestic violence incidents as Part One crime was wrong. To go beyond UCR guidelines completely defeats the purpose for which the system was created and makes meaningful measurement of crime patterns or trends between various cities or states impossible. Our goal in Los Angeles is to become the safest big city in America. How can we measure progress toward that goal without a common method of measurement? The LAPD remains committed to the reduction and serious investigation of domestic violence. We have not made recent changes in our response and handling of these type crimes nor have we stopped tracking these incidents. Domestic-violence statistics are still available to any and all who want them. We take crime reporting and crime reduction very seriously. In 2005, we reduced violent crime by more than 11,000 incidents, and even allowing for the 5,000 reclassified domestic-violence crimes, achieved a significant crime reduction of well over 10 percent. Year to date for 2006, we are at an 11.9 percent reduction in Part One crime. Chief Bratton invented the COMPSTAT process, and one of the tenets is “Timely and Accurate Intelligence.” We use accurate intelligence to assign and direct scarce police resources. Without accurate statistics, we will never achieve our goal of making the people of Los Angeles the safest in the nation. George Gascon is assistant chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHEN William Bratton became chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, he inherited a department with leadership issues, weak morale and a tarnished image. He also inherited a department that did not keep crime statistics properly. This is why the LAPD has had to reclassify some of its crime data in recent years. More than 80 years ago, the federal government adopted what is called a Uniform Crime Report. Just as the name suggests, this is a system designed to overcome the myriad ways in which the 50 states report crime. The purpose was, and is, to allow direct comparison between cities and states by providing a consistent, clearly defined set of criteria for crime reporting. One of the categories created is called “aggravated assault.” By definition, aggravated assaults are classified as “an attack for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury, usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or means likely to produce death or great bodily injury.” These aggravated assaults are classified as “Part One” crimes by UCR. All other assaults are classified as “Part Two” crimes. Most assaults, including crimes of domestic violence, fall into the Part Two crime category based on the guidelines of the UCR. This all seems straightforward until you get to the early 1980s. last_img read more

ATHLETICS: 20 TIR CHONAILL AC MEMBERS SET FOR DUBLIN MARATHON

first_imgBack l/r Anne Donoghue, Eleanor Rooney, Danny Grimes, Martin Gallagher, Aidan Mc Gonagle, Martin McGowan, Rodney Irwin, Julie McMullin, Catherine DonlanFront l/r Lynda Gallagher, Philomena Gallagher, Sharon McGowan, Paul McGee, Paddy Donoghue, Clare Flood – missing Vinny Duffy, Linda Ward and Jason McGarrigleDublin City Marathon Over twenty athletes from the club and region will compete in next Monday’s Dublin City Marathon. All have prepared with a purpose, under the coaching guidance of Paddy Donoghue, all have specific completion goals/times, many are completing the 26miles plus distance for various charities. All are to be congratulated and wished every success on attempting to complete the challenge of the marathon.  Club Training – the numbers attending club group training sessions at the moment is most encouraging. Many members have commented on the great ‘buzz and fun’ experienced at these sessions and of the safe and user friendly facilities of the ‘floodlite track’ and well equipped sportshall/gymnasium.    On Tues evening last -7pm start – Kevin Mc Glynn’s fit4life group in… Donegal Town had an attendance of over 30 complete a session that included a dynamic warm up; core and circuit training plus a 30 aerobic run. Earlier on Tues evening 4-5.30pm the AVS School session led by Michelle Harvey had an equally impressive attendance   On Thursday evening 5.45 -7pm the Primary schools weekly ‘Little Athletics ‘ programme of agility, balance, co-ordination, running jumping and throwing games and led by Paul O’Gara/David Doherty/Ann McGowan/Jackie Harvey had over 90 in attendance. Also on Thurs. evening the Senior training group i.e. Secondary school age group and upwards had over 30 in attendance under the lead of Richard McCarthy/Eamon Harvey. They were joined on the final 40mins of the session by over 20 of Kevin McGlynn’s fit4life group for an excellent S&C circuit session which included stations of resistance running -using pullies ,medicine ball work, 4 core/plank exercises, skipping, agility, bench dips/step ups/ squats and running. To find approx. 60 adults involved and working hard in a well organised and structured session was a tribute to the clubs coaching structure. On Saturday morning Paddy Donoghues Dublin City Marathon group trained at 8.30am from the Church Car Park in Bundoran while Kevin Mc Glynn’s Donegal Town fit4life group trained at 8am. On Sunday morning over Senior athletes attended the weekly Track and Field session at club HQ in Donegal Town. New members are welcome to join all groups   Warm weather training – the clubs annual warm weather training camp will take place from Dec 30th to Jan 6th in Monte Gordo/Algarve. Twenty six club members have signed up for the trip. Contacts[immediately] Richard McCarthy/Eamon Harvey.   Coaching Course four club members travelled to Manorhamilton on Saturday last for a well attended eight hours Athletics Leader coaching course. Well done.All will now get involved and assist with coaching on the clubs Little Athletics Programme on Thurs night in Donegal Town 5.45 -7pm   Club Newsletter – Patricia Boyle is about to launch a club newsletter -within the next 7 days – and would welcome up to date individual or group photographs for inclusion   Cara 10 2014 Launch – the annual/very popular and professionally run Cara 10 mile run will be launched on Tues 12th November – venue Bundoran Library at 7.30pm. Tir Chonaill AC has a large supportive and beneficial role and encourages as many members as possible to attend.In 2013 the event attracted over 1,100 entrants. This year the vent will be larger than ever and will include a weekend that includes in addition to the 10k/10miles challenge on Saturday a 5k family walk on Friday evening and Surfing lessons/opportunities for 400 early entrants on the Sunday. The event will have over €5,000 of a prize fund and all proceeds will go to charities which will announced a the launch on 12th November  ATHLETICS: 20 TIR CHONAILL AC MEMBERS SET FOR DUBLIN MARATHON was last modified: October 24th, 2013 by John2Share 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:ATHLETICS: 20 TIR CHONAILL AC MEMBERS SET FOR DUBLIN MARATHONlast_img read more

AMERICAN COPS KNOW EXACTLY WHO KILLED LITTLE MARY – CLAIM

first_imgAmerican cops say they believe they know exactly who killed little Co Donegal schoolgirl Mary Boyle.New York Police Department officers have taken an interest in the case of the Mary who was just seven years old when she went missing in 1977.The officers have visited Cashelard outside Ballyshannon where Mary was last seen and informally interviewed a number of people about the case. Mary’s cousin, singer Margo O’Donnell, told Donegal Daily that American officers told her they have identified the person they believe killed the young girl.“The NYPD are very positive about the person they believe was responsible for Mary’s disappearance.“In fact, they say they are 100% positive they know the person who killed Mary.“Personally I am not pointing the finger at anyone. But they believe they know who did it,” she said. Margo says she understands the NYPD officers have also discussed the case with Gardai and offered their opinions to them.Mary was along with her twin sister Ann and family, who had been visiting relatives from their home in Burtonport when she vanished.Margo said she now feels this could be the last throw of the dice in finding where Mary is buried.And she said the time has now gone for people to be afraid to speak up against whoever was responsible for killing Mary.“The time for pussy-footing around this case is over. “This could be the last throw of the dice in finding Mary’s body. I would ask anybody who knows anything to come forward.“Mary’s family have had to endure a living nightmare all these years.“All they want now is for Mary to be found and for them to be able to give her a proper burial and to be able to visit her grave,” she said.Asked if she thought the person responsible for Mary’s death was still alive she said “I do.” AMERICAN COPS KNOW EXACTLY WHO KILLED LITTLE MARY – CLAIM was last modified: March 28th, 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:Margo O’DonnellMARY BOYLEmissingNYPDlast_img read more

Distraction frees inmate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “He claimed that, upon leaving the bathroom, he observed that the deputy was preoccupied with a computer that was in the room,” the report said. “He took the opportunity to gather some of his own effects and slip out without the deputy even noticing. Then he fled out of the hospital through an alarmed door.” Hospital staffers told sheriff’s internal affairs investigators that they were alerted by the alarm and entered the room to find the deputy at the computer looking confused and unsure of what had happened, the report said. A large-scale manhunt ensued, and Alvarado was captured about an hour later, but not before he attacked a 68-year-old man in his backyard with a barbecue tool, leaving him with injuries to his face, head and arms, Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s officials said. An investigation revealed that the deputy was negligent in guarding Alvarado, a maximum-security inmate from the Pitchess Detection Center in Castaic who had been injured in a jail attack. “Investigators subsequently performed an analysis of the computer’s activity for the day and found that the timing and content of the activity suggested a distracted, preoccupied officer who was still logged on when the escape occurred in spite of his assertions to the contrary,” according to the report. The investigation further showed the deputy had been on computer sites with sexual content, prohibited by Sheriff’s Department policy. A separate investigation found the same deputy had downloaded porn on his department computer. The report also found that 20 inmates had escaped from the jails and courthouses from November 2004 through Sept. 30. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – A sheriff’s deputy was viewing porn on a hospital computer when an injured inmate escaped his guard last year and fled into a Valencia neighborhood where he beat an elderly man, according to an annual report issued this week by the county Office of Independent Review. The deputy, who was not named, was fired following the October 2004 incident at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The deputy told investigators that his charge, Samuel Alvarado, then 19, had gone to the bathroom in the hospital’s emergency room, then shoved a walker toward him and fled. Asking for help from hospital personnel, he tried to follow Alvarado, the review quotes the deputy as telling investigators. But Alvarado told a different story after he was recaptured, and hospital staffers backed his version, according to the independent review by OIR Chief Attorney Michael Gennaco. last_img read more