Opposition Leader, President meet

first_imgOn Wednesday at about 07:00hrs, the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo received a telephone call from Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, inviting him to a meeting with President David Granger, at State House at 18:00 hrs to hold consultations in respect of the appointment of two persons to act in the positions of Chancellor of the Judiciary and Chief Justice. Minister Harmon indicated that the President is about to leave the country tomorrow, hence the urgency.President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo with their respective delegations at the State House meeting on WednesdayAt 18:00 hrs at State House, the Leader of the Opposition, accompanied by Former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, met with the President and a delegation which included, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams SC. At the commencement of the meeting, the Leader of the Opposition indicated that he will not insist on the formalities of a letter accompanied by the names of the persons who are the President’s nominees to act in these offices along with their curriculum vitae, as is the practice which has evolved, attendant to such consultations, in keeping with the letter and spirit of the Constitution. The Leader of the Opposition indicated that his reason for dispensing with these formalities is because the filling these vacancies are of national importance and the President’s departure for overseas is imminent.The President proposed the names of the Honourable Justice of Appeal, Yonette Cummings-Edwards, now preforming the functions of Chief Justice, to act in the position of Chancellor of the Judiciary and the Honourable Roxanne George-Wilshire SC, to act in the office of Chief Justice. The Leader of the Opposition informed the President that he requires one week to offer his views on those proposals.The Leader of the Opposition then raised the issue of the absence of action in relation to the unanimous recommendations made to the President since February 2016, by the Judicial Service Commission that the Honourable Justice Rishi Persaud and the Honourable Justice Dawn Gregory be appointed to the Court of Appeal and Sandil Kissoon and DamoneYounge, Attorneys-at-Law, be appointed as Puisne Judges. He reminded the President that the President has no alternative but to act upon recommendations made by the Judicial Service Commission.The Leader of the Opposition emphasised that equal urgency attaches to both sets of appointment because there is currently no sitting Judge in the Court of Appeal, a three member Court and certainly, the appointment of a person to act in the position of the Chancellor alone will not fill the critical void which currently exists in that Court.Moreover, the Leader of the Opposition adverted to a public perception that the delay in acting upon the recommendations of the Judicial Service Commission is deliberate and intended to await a differently constituted Judicial Service Commission, which may not have confidence in the recommendations of their predecessors. Additionally, he pointed out that the delay in elevating the two Judges to the Court of Appeal as recommended by the JSC for over a year, places them at a comparative disadvantage in respect of seniority. The Leader of the Opposition also enquired whether the recommendations of the JSC will be implemented at the same time when these acting appointments will take place.The President promised that he will address these concerns of the Leader of the Opposition at a meeting which will be held on the March, 8.The Leader of the Opposition also took the opportunity to raise a number of critical issues affecting the economy:including the lack of investments,the heavy taxation burden placed upon the population and the business community, andthe devastating consequences which will flow from the closure of the Sugar Industry.The Leader of the Opposition emphasised that the Government is sending a plethora of wrong signals, for example, wild and unsubstantiated allegations of corruption in the country, the reckless linkages alleged between reputable persons and commercial entities in the business community and criminal enterprises and irresponsible assertions of a dependency of the economy upon illicit activities. He pointed out that the cumulative effect of these signals will not attract much needed investments and will continue to put pressure on the exchange rate which will result in the loss of real income and welfare.The Leader of the Opposition reminded the delegation that sugar is not a corporation but an industry and closure of estates will have catastrophic repercussions, not only among sugar workers and a few communities but which will reverberate across the entire economy. He asserted that with the correct policies, fiscal space can be made for continued assistance to the sugar industry until it recovers from its current problems.The Leader of the Opposition cautions that unless these and other critical issues in relation to the economy, are prudently addressed,the economy will continue its downward slide.The final issue raised by the Leader of the Opposition was the appointment of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission as soon as possible. The Leader of the Opposition explained that while he continues to hold to his publicly articulated position on this matter, he is requesting clarifications on how many persons ought to come from each of the categories contemplated by Article 161 (2) of the Constitution as interpreted by the Attorney General; and, what are some of the qualities/attributes which a ‘fit and proper’ person must possess. The Leader of the Opposition emphasised that this request for clarifications is to assist him in selecting six (6) names that would most likely find the acceptance of the President, because it is a national imperative that this issue be resolved with every convenient speed.The President promised to address these issues at the next week meeting.However, the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon late Wednesday evening said that discussions between the Head of State and Opposition Leader were “meaningful” and “very frank and fruitful”. He added, however, that although Jagdeo requested a period of seven days to submit additional names for consideration, there was no requirement for the President to agree to such for appointments of an acting Chancellor and Chief Justice, as he could make such appointments once consultations were held according to the Constitution of Guyana. As such, the Government went ahead and made the appointments.last_img read more

PRESIDENT HIGGINS HONOURS DONEGAL STUDENTS FOR ART WIN

first_imgCáitríona McClay with the PresidentThree Donegal students have been presented with top awards in this year’s 60th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.Pictured is Cáitríona McClay (16), a pupil at Loreto Community School, Milford who won second prize (EUR1,000), in the 16-18 years age category, for her work entitled ‘Pulp Fiction’. Presenting her with the award is President Michael D. Higgins. Other major prizewinners, both of whom received Special Merit Awards, were Róise McGagh (15), from Magh Éne College, Bundoran and Julia Chechelnitskaya (18), from Loreto Convent, Letterkenny. Róise McGaghPRESIDENT HIGGINS HONOURS DONEGAL STUDENTS FOR ART WIN was last modified: May 30th, 2014 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:donegalPresident HigginsTexaco Children’s Artwinnerslast_img read more

CALLING ALL STEWARDS FOR DONEGAL’S SUNDAY GAME

first_imgThe Donegal game v UUJ this Sunday in the Dr. McKenna Cup has been moved to O’Donnell Park.Throw-in is at 2pm and all available stewards are asked to be in the Park for 12:45pm SHARP.  CALLING ALL STEWARDS FOR DONEGAL’S SUNDAY GAME was last modified: January 6th, 2012 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)last_img

Two Valley eateries tops with Zagat

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 At the 10-table dining room where the average meal costs $53, Brandywine owners were thrilled at the new Zagat ranking. “It’s wonderful,” said Margret McWilliams, who founded the upscale restaurant 15 years ago and credits her customers for the praise. “We really work hard.” While French restaurants and steakhouses have eclipsed Japanese cuisine among the most popular picks in Los Angeles, Cafe Bizou of Sherman Oaks fell from its No. 1 perch after five years to a respectable No. 3. Sushi Nozawa of Studio City, which last year was the No. 1 food pick, was trumped by MELISSE, a French restaurant in Santa Monica. The sushi purist – long-dubbed the “Sushi Nazi” – this year fell to No. 24. The 20th Zagat Survey rated nearly 2,000 restaurants based on roughly 1.4 million meals by Zagat survey diners throughout the region. Among its findings: Angelenos continue to eat out more often than diners in any major American city – but tip less. Seventy-five percent of diners cited poor service as the bane of restaurants. The cost of an average meal in Los Angeles climbed 3.4 percent, to $31.21, but is still below the national average of $31.97. Top bangs for the buck, ranked from No. 1, were In-N-Out Burger, Tommy’s and Noah’s NY Bagels. Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two San Fernando Valley restaurants ranked among the top four best food picks by Southern California diners, according to the latest influential Zagat restaurant survey. KATSU-YA of Studio City and Encino – where sushi is listed as being “as good as it gets” in the 2006 Zagat Survey – jumped from the 10th spot to No. 3. Brandywine of Woodland Hills, however, was the real comer – moving from No. 27 to No. 4 among the top food picks for the region and No. 5 for restaurant service. “I think (Brandywine) is truly one of the unsung restaurants,” said Tim Zagat, co-founder of the New York-based survey, who listed it among his top personal favorites. last_img read more

Deputies stand in for Santa Claus

first_imgPALMDALE – When the patrol car pulled up at the front yard where 10-year-old Yesenia Ayala was sitting on a block wall with friends Michiko and Yukiko Lopez, she thought it was to tell them they were doing something they shouldn’t. Instead, Deputy Dave Jennings asked the girls if they wanted some toys. Yesenia picked a Barbie doll from the patrol car’s overflowing back seat. “I saw the toys and got surprised.” said Yesenia. The girls were the first recipients Thursday in a Palmdale tradition: sheriff’s deputies driving around downtown neighborhoods the week before Christmas to hand out donated toys to youngsters. “We know some of them have a tough time in making the transition back to civilian life and it can be an equally tough burden on the families when their husband or father is deployed,” Jennings said. Most of the presents came from a benefit bicycle ride arranged Dec. 11 by Bicycle John’s, an Acton bicycle shop. The entry fee was $15, or a new unwrapped toy. Many of the riders brought several toys, or made cash contributions two or three times the entry fee, Jennings said. Many other toys were dropped off at the station for deputies to give to any needy children they knew about. “It seems like every time I came in, somebody from the community had come in and dropped off a bag of toys or stuffed animals, unsolicited and anonymous, for the most part,” Jennings said. — Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Barely enough room was left in the patrol car for Jennings, with the remainder filled with stuffed animals, board games, action figures, dolls, and even a bicycle and a skateboard. “We’re just going to find kids out playing on the streets and hand out toys randomly,” said Jennings, making his fourth pre-Christmas tour as a khaki-clad Santa substitute. Palmdale sheriff’s station deputies had already made deliveries to 10 local military families and to a dozen other families that deputies knew about in which parents were out of work, a grandmother had taken in her grandchildren, or other needs existed. The military families came from Marine helicopter squadrons based at Edwards Air Force Base and the National Guard company headquartered in Palmdale, both back from Iraq earlier this year. Palmdale deputies always try to help local military families, Jennings said.last_img read more

LORETO LETTERKENNY GIRLS’ REMARKABLE SUCCESSES

first_imgTessa Ah Heng and Maha RahmaniSTUDENTS at Loreto in Letterkenny are celebrating a remarkable series of successes.Tessa Ah Heng and Maha Rahmani are two talented students who achieved excellent grades in Maths and Science in the 2013 Junior Certificate. Based on their results they have been invited to participate in The Irish European Union Science Olympiad which will take place in Dublin City University on October 26th. Six students will then be selected to represent Ireland in Athens in April 2014.Lilla KardosCongratulations to Lilla Kardos from Loreto Secondary School who received the Derek Hill Memorial plaque in recognition of her full Higher Level Junior Certificate Art Project. It was chosen to be displayed in the annual ‘Suile na nÓg’ Art Exhibition. This exhibition showcases various elements from the students Art projects which are selected from schools around the county.Katie Kilcoyne and Katie BaileyKatie Kilcoyne and Katie Bailey from the Loreto Letterkenny are representing Ireland at the European Conference in Tbilisi,Georgia and Delft in the Netherlands respectively.The girls are two of only nine students nationwide chosen after successfully competing at both Regional and National EYP conferences.Two other students from Loreto Tessa Ah Heng and Niamh Farrell, were identified as high achievers in Mathematics in the 2013 Junior Certificate. They have been invited to participate in the 2013 Irish Beaver Computing Contest. This is an online international computational thinking challenge for students which aims to raise Computer Science awareness in a fun and rewarding way. The competition engages students in solving problems using their computational thinking skills.Tessa Ah Heng and Niamh FarrellLORETO LETTERKENNY GIRLS’ REMARKABLE SUCCESSES was last modified: October 27th, 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:LORETO LETTERKENNY GIRLS’ REMARKABLE SUCCESSESlast_img read more

Evolution Battle Heats Up in Ohio

first_imgCNN has reported that the Ohio school board voted 13-5 in favor of an optional set of lessons called “Critical Analysis of Evolution.”  The usual opponents are lining up on both sides; some scientific organizations are claiming it is a “religious effort cloaked as science,” but others consider it a victory for students and for academic freedom.What are the Darwinians afraid of?  This is only an optional lesson.  There is no test on it.  A student’s grade does not depend on it.  The Darwinians get 478 pages out of 500 to tell their side of the story.  Come on, Darwin Party loyalists, give us your best shot.  We regularly debate the best Darwinian arguments from the best Darwinian mouthpiece journals right here on Creation-Evolution Headlines.  We’re not afraid to examine the evidence; why are you?  You assume students are smart enough to understand Darwinian doctrines in high school, so why do you assume they are not smart enough to judge evidence?    Check out this analogy by Stephen Weeks (U. of Akron biologist), trying to explain why only Darwinians should teach Darwinism: “If someone’s an expert and they’re telling you they need a brain tumor removed in a certain way, that’s weighted more than your mechanic’s opinion.”  Try one of our analogies instead:Instead of hearing news of the Iraq war only from Al-Jazeera, students should also have the opportunity to watch Fox News.Before submitting to a risky brain tumor operation, one should get opinions from several independent experts and also read the medical literature.Before buying a used car from a used car salesman, check Consumer Reports.Members of the jury, listen carefully to both the prosecutor and the defense attorney before making up your minds.  Don’t be swayed by the personality or prestige of the attorneys; base your decision solely on the law and on the evidence.Analogies are fun.  Make up one of your own depicting this controversy, and send it here.If a drunk really wants to know if he has a drinking problem, should he only solicit his buddy’s opinion down at the ‘yall come back saloon’ -or- should he also seek the professional opinions of licensed counselors, trained to detect alcohol-related disorders?  [from a reader in Texas]If a person wants to know how all the microscopic motors and machines work in a cell maybe they should start with a diagnostic test from the mechanic.  [from a reader in Arizona] (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How the Scientist Got His Just-So Story

first_imgA case of scientific racism?  An anthropologist studied living Kalahari Bushmen for clues to the evolution of cognition.Human beings are long, long past any evolutionary stage anthropologists could claim they were going through 400,000 years ago when our ancestors allegedly learned to control fire.  (Michael Balter in Nature asserts that date, even though evidence of cooking goes back millions of years in the evolutionary timeline; 6/17/09.)  So what are anthropologists doing listening to the campfire stories of living tribesmen to draw inferences about our evolutionary past?Laura Geggel at Live Science writes,Telling stories around a campfire may have served as one of the first forms of “social media,” helping humans create and spread culture, reports a new study on the Kalahari Bushmen in Africa.These firelight tales, rarely told during the day, can reinforce social traditions, encourage harmony and equality, and create a sense of community when the stories tell of people living far away or in the spirit world, the researchers added.University of Utah anthropologist Polly Wiessner didn’t need to travel to Africa to find this out.  She could have gone to any campground in America to hear wild and wacky stories around evening campfires.  Africans are not a whit less human than anyone else (as can be demonstrated by our interfertility and the intellectual achievements of many Africans).  Besides, Wiessner used “educated Bushmen” to help translate the stories.  What is it that made her think tribespeople in Botswana and Namibia were somehow closer to our evolutionary ancestors (and thus less evolved) than Europeans or Americans?  Is this a case of scientific racism?Wiessner apparently deduced in her “exploratory study” that since some Kalahari still live by hunting and gathering, they are like human ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago.   That appears to be a highly dubious inference, unless one believes that these Africans represent an evolutionary throwback or atavism. While she agrees that all humans have the capacity to bond with storytelling, it’s clear from PhysOrg‘s coverage that she intended to do some storytelling of her own about human evolution:Wiessner suggests that firelight stories, conversations, ceremonies and celebrations sparked human imagination and “cognitive capacities to form these imagined communities, whether it’s our social networks, all of our relatives on Earth or communities that link us to the spirit world.” She says they also bolstered the human ability to “read” what others are thinking – not just their thoughts or intentions, but their views toward other people.When did the spark ignite?  When did the bolstering begin?  Clearly, she’s implying it happened way, way back when—long before modern humans evolved.She also concluded that since the tribes’ subject matter changed from economics during the day to the spirit world at night, that somehow the light of campfires lit up the social bonds of early humans.  “What I found was a big difference between day and night conversation, the kinds of information transmitted and the use of imaginary thought,” she said.  Could she not find the same difference at any English pub or Japanese sushi bar?  All people talk about business during the day, and less so at night.  So what?The paper, which PNAS published without rejection, appears to tell more about Weissner’s storytelling ability than those of her fully-modern-human subjects.  Why did PNAS allow her to say, “Control of fire and the capacity for cooking led to major anatomical and residential changes for early humans, starting more than a million years ago,” with not a single peer reviewer objecting?  This points to an insidious racism throughout academia that minorities might consider invidious.Quick!  Call Al Sharpton and the other anti-racism activists.  Sic ’em on the evolutionary anthropologists—some of the most shameless racists on earth (8/10/14), who continue to imply that people in undeveloped countries are inferior to themselves.  They’ve done this to Neanderthals for years—intelligent humans who, in absentia, have been unable to defend their reputations against the N-word (5/06/14).  Now they’re doing it to living third-world human beings!  Outrageous.  Remember how Jared Diamond got in trouble for a similar racist “study” that his highly-intelligent subjects in New Guinea sued him over? (5/17/09).  Yet here is Michael Balter again, who exposed that story, pretending that another anthropologist is doing legit science.  And it’s not just Wiessner; look—she has Nature, PNAS, PhysOrg and Live Science all praising her “study” as if it were science, not racist storytelling.Bible-believing creationists see all human beings as descendants of Adam and Eve.  Racism is excluded; we are all created in the image of God.  We’ve fallen from the original state of innocence, and gone our separate ways in our journeys away from the light (Acts 17:22-31), but Christians preach unequivocally that Christ died for every man, woman and child on earth.  That’s why we go out into all the world (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20) to bring the good news of the gospel to remote jungles, deserts and caves: we know that, despite the Fall, the Flood and Babel, we are “created equal” in God’s sight.  The final book of Revelation portrays a glorious celebration around the throne of God of people from every tribe, people group, and language (Revelation 7:9-10).Christians are the ones who respect truth (John 18:37-38) and evidence (I Corinthians 15:1-11), deploring those who turn aside to myths (II Timothy 4:1-4), exposing those who make up stories out of their own imagination (II Corinthians 10:5).  How ironic that today, Christians are the ones routinely portrayed as anti-science, while the evolutionary scientists are the primary unscientific purveyors of imagination-based tales in the intellectual world.  What’s the essential difference, we ask, between Wiessner’s tale and the campfire stories of her Kalahari subjects?What’s funny, after the outrage we should feel over Wiessner’s implied racism, is that hers is just another evolutionary just-so story, concocted out of imagination rather than proof.  Only this time, it’s a just-so story about storytelling!  “How the anthropologist got her just-so story” indeed.  Touché. 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House Ag Committee looking for long-term farm safety net solution to potential trade damages

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a letter sent to President Donald Trump, 20 members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee urged the administration to support long-term solutions in the Farm Bill that would ensure an adequate farm safety net for family farmers and ranchers who are enduring a depressed farm economy and threats of retaliatory tariffs on farm products.National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson lauded the letter, noting it mirrors Farmers Union’s call for the administration to work with Congress to develop a Farm Bill that protects family farmers from harm as a result of retaliatory tariffs. Johnson issued the following statement in support of the letter:“While Farmers Union supports the President’s trade goals to reduce our massive trade imbalance and restore our sovereignty, we’ve grown increasingly concerned that his tactless tactics could put family farmers and ranchers in the crosshairs of a potential trade war. We’ve been urging the administration to work with Congress to develop a Farm Bill that provides an adequate safety net for farmers struggling with low commodity prices.“NFU believes the most effective long-term solution lies in increasing reference prices for the Price Loss Coverage program in the Farm Bill. We’re appreciative of Ranking Member Peterson’s leadership on this issue and support the recommendations made in this letter.“Farmers Union will continue to support the President and his administration in a transition to a fair trade framework, and we will continue to push for appropriate levels of support that recognize the precarious position farmers would find themselves in in the event of an all out trade war.”last_img read more

J&K guide dies saving five tourists from capsized boat

first_imgA local guide died saving five tourists, including two foreigners, when a boat capsized during rafting in tourist hotspot Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday evening.“One raft capsized at the rafting point of Pahalgam’s Mawoora. It was caught in sudden gusty winds,” said Amir Ali, Director of the Disaster Management cell in Kashmir.“All the passengers onboard fell in the fast flowing water of Lidder. The tourist guide, Rouf Ahmed Dar, without caring for his own safety rescued all the tourists but lost his life,” he added.Abandoned searchA search and rescue team, drawn from the State Disaster Response Force, the police and locals, launched an operation on Friday but abandoned it due to darkness.“The body of the brave guide was retrieved on Saturday morning near the Bhawani bridge from the Lidder river,” said Mr. Ali.The body was handed over to his relatives after completion of medico-legal formalities.Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, the Adviser to the Governor, announced that the tourist guide would be awarded posthumously.The family of Dar, a resident of Yeened village of Pahalgam, will also receive ₹2 lakh from the administration. His act of bravery attracted praise from all political parties in the Valley.“My salute to this braveheart Rouf Ahmed Dar. He saved the tourists from his capsized raft but lost his own life in the process. May Allah grant him the highest place in heaven,” said former Chief Minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah.Praise galoreJammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president G.A. Mir described Dar as a “real symbol of Kashmiriyat”.“I urged upon the State government to provide full compensation to the bereaved family to ensure their livelihood,” he said.Sheikh Ashiq, president of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also praised Dar’s valour.“Adventure tourism has its perils and it is always important to follow proper safety procedures and guidelines while carrying out activities which could endanger human lives,” he said.last_img read more