12 Jan

Lone gunman robs Albouystown businesswoman

first_imgA shop owner, her mother and sister are now counting their losses after they were all held at gunpoint and robbed of cash and valuables by a lone gunman on Sunday night.The shop owner, 36-year-old Devika Williams of La Penitence Street, Albouystown, Georgetown; her mother, 53-year-old Nerisha Sukhu and her sister, 28-year-old Rebecca Petamber, were robbed around 19:20h.Reports are Williams had just closed the front of her shop and was in the process of closing the back entrance when the gunman pushed his way into the premises.Guyana Times was told that the bandit then took Williams into the shop and pointed the gun at her mother and sister. He then instructed the three women to kneel as he demanded valuables.The man ransacked the shop, taking cash and jewellery valued over $400,000.The gunman then exited with the items, demanding that the three women lay on the ground while he escaped.The matter was reported to the Police, who are reviewing CCTV footage as they investigate.last_img read more

12 Jan

SWF for Cabinet next month

first_img…spending oil money to be guided by GSDS frameworkThe much-anticipated draft Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) policy, which has been with the Finance Ministry since early 2017, is expected to be presented to cabinet early next month, setting into motion the official establishment of the fund.This is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who made this disclosure at a press conference on Friday. According to Jordan, the green paper (proposal) for the fund, renamed the Natural Resources Fund, is presently being finalised.Jordan also noted that the green paper seeks to determine how monies from the fund will be guided by the Government’s Green State Development Strategy (GSDS).The policy has been with the Finance Ministry since 2017The strategy, he said, contains 15 areas of development, in which context Government can conduct consultations.“That debate can be accelerated in the context of the Green State Development Strategy. The coalition Government’s blueprint is going to be the Green State Development Strategy: trying to put in place resilient infrastructure, trying to bridge the gaps, create additional towns and new spaces, and make Guyana green. That will require money,” he declared.“We can end up with a blueprint of what we want to do. During the annual budget exercise, there are widespread consultations, but to suggest that we need to call people together and sit around the campfire and determine how to spend this money, I don’t think anyone seriously could believe that there would be a model to push this country forward. We cannot discuss what we want to do with the oil money outside of a framework,” Jordan declared.GSDSWhen the GSDS was introduced, it was billed as a framework that would “build” on the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) designed by the previous administration to protect the environment while receiving financing.According to the framework document, a critical element will be the sustainable management of natural resources. In fact, one of the strategy’s goals is the mandatory reforestation of mining sites.The document stated that it will aim to “conserve an additional 2 million hectares through Guyana’s National Protected Area System, continuing to use its monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system.”It also plans on continuing promotion of the Iwokrama as a dedicated place for research “to develop, demonstrate, and make available to Guyana and the international community systems, methods and techniques for the sustainable management and utilisation of the multiple resources of the tropical forest and the conservation of biological diversity.”In the document, it is stated that a combination of conservation and sustainable management of its forests will form the crux of the strategy.It is noted that attracting additional international support for avoided deforestation through reforms in timber industries would include reduced impact logging.It is also slated to include “reviewing compliance with agreed sustainability targets; and in the mining industry, including mapping of mining resources, improving mining efficiency, and mandatory reforestation of mining sites. Some of these activities are already in the pilot phase. For example, sustainable land management and development – putting degraded and deforested lands to productive use.”The framework document states that the elements of the strategy will be examined and consulted upon between April and December of 2017. Public consultations are yet to begin.Within the framework, seven “central themes” are provided. They include promises to diversify the economy, “creating decent jobs for all”, transitioning to renewable energy, and “human development and wellbeing.”The framework of the GSDS and financing mechanisms’ document was completed in March with financial and technical support from UN Environment. Initial consultations in regard to the development of the framework document began in December 2016 between the Government and other key stakeholders.last_img read more

12 Jan

Linden logger died from blunt trauma – PME

first_imgA post mortem conducted on the lifeless body of 54- year-old Andrew Parks, who died on Wednesday after a log fell on him, proved that the miner died as a result of blunt trauma to the head and leg.The autopsy was conducted on Friday by Government Pathologist Doctor Nehaul Singh at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary.Parks, of Powis Crescent, Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, was on Wednesday crushed by a fallen log at his place of employment, Old England Mines, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Reports are that Parks was at his workplace, Ping Logging Company, when a large log reportedly fell from a log loader machine which was being operated by one of his colleagues at the time.The logger sustained injuries and was picked up and taken to the Linden Hospital Complex, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The other employee involved in the incident, a 33-year-old resident of Coomacka Mines, Region 10, was taken into Police custody.last_img read more

12 Jan

Constitution is supreme – British High Commissioner

first_img“Clock is ticking”By Devina SamarooWith nine days remaining before the constitutional deadline for holding elections expires, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, is reminding Guyana’s leaders that the clock is ticking, even as a civil society group is urging President David Granger to announce a date for the polls.Evening News Editor Ms Devina Samaroo interviewing British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, at his Bel Air Gardens, Georgetown residence on Monday“The Constitution is the supreme law… There is the three-month clock, which is still ticking, it hasn’t been stayed yet…,” the United Kingdom envoy told Guyana Times during an exclusive interview at his Bel Air Gardens residence in Georgetown on Monday.After March 21, 2019, the APNU/AFC Coalition Government effectively becomes illegal. The only way this can change is if the Parliamentary Opposition – People’s Progressive Party – votes for an extension of the life of the Government; but Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says he will do so only if the Head of State announces a date for elections before the expiry of the current voters’ list on April 30, 2019.However, President Granger is not keen on doing so, as he is pushing for house-to-house registration, a process which can conclude in November 2019.The British diplomat, who has been in Guyana since 2015, says the only way to solve the issue is through consensus among the political leaders.“The only other way of getting through that is the political leadership, for both sides to come to an agreement… Given that ticking clock, it is necessary for both sides to come together and come to a solution as to how to resolve that issue, so we don’t get to the question of what happens the day after,” he stated.Guyana has never been in such a situation before, and some experienced political analysts, including distinguished lawyers, have predicted that the country will head into a constitutional crisis.Pressure has been mounting on the coalition administration to adhere to the Constitution of Guyana, and for the President to call a date for elections soon.President Granger has been insisting that he has to await guidance from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) before he executes his presidential responsibility.No confidence motionOn December 21, 2018 the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) against the Government succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Clause 7 of Article 106 goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had initially committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, but have since changed their position.Since the passage of the motion on December 21, 2018 however, persons aligned with the coalition party have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified.The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former AFC Chairman and the husband of sitting Minister Cathy Hughes, who told State media that half of 65 is 32.5 but when rounded to the nearest whole number, this would be 33 as there is no half member.Following a challenge of this in the High Court, Chief Justice Roxane George ruled that 33 is majority. The Government has since challenged that chief justice’s ruling in the Court of Appeal. That case comes up for hearing today.last_img read more

10 Jan

Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing youth

first_imgUPDATE – As of October 8, Grande Prairie RCMP advises that Mary ESTELLE has been located. She is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Mary Estelle.According to RCMP, Estelle was last seen in Clairmont, Alberta on September 30.- Advertisement -Estelle is described as:5’2″ / 110lbsbrown hair, brown eyeslast seen wearing a white coat, black leggings, pink shirt and pink shoesPolice say there is a concern for her well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.If you have any information regarding Estelle’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at  780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisementlast_img read more

29 Dec


first_imgThe people of Letterkenny and Donegal are being encouraged to come out and join Jason Black on the last leg of his journey from Mt Everest to Mt Errigal.A motion by Letterkenny Town Council and Donegal County Council was passed that this remarkable achievement will be marked with a civic ceremony and commissioned plaques by local Artist Redmond Herrity will be erected, one at the Market Square and at the foot of Mt. Errigal where the dream first took root. The Revealing of the Plaque on Market Square will take place at 5pm on Thursday 27th June.A civic reception will then be held in Letterkenny Town Council Offices on the Neil T Blaney Road, where Jason will receive a citation from Letterkenny town Council to congratulate him on his achievements, the highest honour that can be bestowed to a citizen of letterkenny.Letterkenny Town Council are publicly inviting the citizens of Letterkenny to the unveiling on Thursday evening where Dessie Larkin will preform his final public duty in his term as Lord mayor.On Sunday 30th June at 2pm Donegal County Council will also unveil a plague at the foot of Mt Errigal where everyone is also cordially invited to attend. Jason and family have also extended a warm welcome to all families been following Jason’s progress and a special appeal to people that felt they could never climb Mt Errigal or have never climbed it, to come out to join jason on his final leg of the Mt Errigal to Mt Everest expedition journey, as he takes the Donegal flag that proudly graced the summit of the world back to where the journey all began.Jason urges everyone to come along and take a timely climb up the mountain.“It’s going to be a gentle pace, loads of stops taking in the wonderful views, just a wonderfully slow, stress free climb.“It’s not even about getting to the top its about getting positively involved on the day and climb to your own comfortable height an return back down,It will be a wonderful safe family day out”.Remember to bring your cameras as the views are breathtaking.On the summit he will produce with pride the now famous Donegal flag which reflects the pride and honor he feels for his community and county. He guarantees that it will be a day to remember. It will be a day when he will have completed the full circle – he will return in fruition to where the dream began.Continue to follow the journey on www.voodooascent.comSupport, Medical and Marshals will all be there to assist.30th June, 2pm Mt Errigal Carpark. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear. EVERYONE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN JASON ON THE LAST STEPS OF HIS JOURNEY was last modified: June 19th, 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)last_img read more

26 Dec


first_imgTHE victim of a paedophile priest in Co Donegal has urged others who were abused to come forward – and report the incidents to the body investigating the crimes.The man was abused by a priest in the county in the 1980s and he says it is important that anyone else who suffered at the hands of clergy now ‘pluck up the courage’ to come forward.And he says he wanted to highlight a hotline number, which he claims has not been widely advertised – and should have been. It is a contact number for anyone in the Raphoe or Derry Dioceses in Co Donegal who wants to report any incident of abuse within the Catholic Church.The Dublin telephone number – 01 5053124 – is for the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.Said the victim: “I know more and more people are coming forward to report abuse.“I am also now aware of the forthcoming audit of the Raphoe Diocese which is due in the next few weeks. “I feel however that a lot of abuse was either not reported to the Church or was held back and now this National Board exists to help victims and to put their cases on the record.“I don’t think any audit can be completed without the whole picture and the whole picture cannot be completed unless more people come forward.”The victim added: “I know from personal experience how hard it is to deal with this issue; but I would beg anyone in Donegal who has been abused by a member of the clergy in the past to come forward now – pluck up the courage and call that number.”A report by the Board which was due to be published in August and this month has been further delayed until October.The Bishop of Raphoe Philip Boyce has vowed to reveal details of the audit then. See http://www.safeguarding.ie/ for more info.ABUSE SCANDAL: VICTIM URGES OTHERS TO COME FORWARD AND REPORT ABUSE was last modified: September 1st, 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)last_img read more

25 Dec


first_imgJoan is driving home in her new car and she loves it. It has cost her most of her savings and a lot of missed nights out with her friends, but she had enough to buy it outright.It’s a small, sporty convertible and today is the perfect day for driving. The sun is beaming down and, as she accelerates, the noise of the engine and the wind in her hair make her beam with joy.Then….BANG! She pulls over to the side of the road and gets out to see what has happened. As she walks around the car she sees that the left rear tyre has a puncture. Joan takes out a penknife, proceeds to slash all the other tyres of her car. She reaches inside the car, takes her keys, throws them into the hedge and then proceeds to walk home.Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?But let’s change the scenario to Joan trying to lose weight. She is going well for the first few weeks, feels great and is being encouraged by everyone. Then, all of a sudden…. nothing, her weight stays the same, or has gone up slightly.Joan automatically goes back to her old habits, and subsequently, back to her old weight. She gives up.Does this sound familiar? How many of you reading this has done this once in your life?How many of you have done this on numerous occasions, only to enthusiastically start again the next time a new fad comes along?Weight loss isn’t linear, but everyone would have you believe that it is.If you gave a two year old a crayon and a blank piece of paper, the resulting, scrawling, circular scribbles would be a more accurate representation of how weight loss actually goes. Your weight will fluctuate day to day and week to week.People have a preconceived notion that the scale has to consistently go down or else what they are doing has failed.This couldn’t be further from the truth.To expect a constant loss is to assume that you are a complete saint who knows exactly how many calories they need per day, and will only eat the right foods that you need to eat in order for this to happen. This is impossible for anyone.When you decide on a goal, you must allow the appropriate amount of time to achieve that goal.If you have consistently gained weight over a number of years, don’t expect to lose all of it over a 6 week period.Goal setting is a great way to motivate yourself and keep on track of your overall goals, but it is doomed to failure if the goal is unrealistic.Your goals should be S.M.A.R.TS – Specific;A general goal is I want to lose weight.A specific goal is, I will join a gym and work out 3 days per week in order to lose weight.M – Measurable;How much will it cost me? How long will it take? How will I know when I have reached my goal?A – Attainable;Do I have everything in place that I need in order to reach my goals?R – Realistic;You have to allow an appropriate amount of time to reach it, but you also have to be willing and able to reach your goal.T – Timely;Your goal should have a suitable time frame. It should be long enough to allow you to reach it, but not too far away so you don’t lose the sense of urgency needed to motivate you to get there.Weight loss isn’t always easy, but as long as you allow for a few bumps in the road along the way you can always reach your destination.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training and Nutrition you can contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: WEIGHT LOSS ISN’T LINEAR was last modified: March 16th, 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:emmet rushefitness columnsuccessweight losslast_img read more

24 Dec


first_imgA FOUR car collision has caused long delays for Donegal fans returning home from Croke Park this evening.Motorists are advised to take alternative routes if possible.There were no serious injuries. PSNI officers are also patrolling other routes through Tyrone. FOUR CAR SMASH AT AUGHNACLOY CAUSES MASSIVE TAILBACKS was last modified: September 21st, 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)last_img read more

24 Dec


first_imgFr RosbothamA GAY Catholic priest has today been awarded 27 per cent of a home he once shared with his lover, former Franciscan friar Hugo Crawford.Rose Cottage, in Letterbarrow, is to be now divided, with Mr Crawford getting a 73 per cent share of any future sale. Judge Keenan Johnson told Donegal Town Circuit Court today that he had calculated ownership of the property based on the amount of money he believed each party had contributed to the property.He found Father Rosbotham, a curate in Ballina, Co Mayo, had made a contribution of €22,500 to the cottage whilst Mr Crawford’s contribution amounted to just over €59,000.The court heard yesterday how Fr Rosbotham and Mr Crawford met in the 1980s when they were both Franciscan brothers.Mr Crawford quit the order and paid IR£25k for the house in 1994.In 2000 and 2002 he had applied to add Fr Rosbotham’s name to the title deeds as by that stage the priest had also left the Franciscans – which has a vow of poverty and a ban on ownership of property – and had become a curate in Ballina.Judge Johnson said before delivering his judgement: “They are both clear very decent men who still have considerable regard for each other. They have dedicated their lives to helping others, Fr Rosbotham as a priest and Mr Crawford as a carer.“I think it is unfortunate that this matter had to be aired in court and it certainly strikes me as a case that was tailor-made for mediation. Had the parties agreed to mediation, the matter could have been dealt with in private, with each of the parties retaining ownership of the ultimate resolution.”PRIEST GIVEN 27 PER CENT SHARE OF HOME OF EX-LOVER was last modified: October 17th, 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:Donegal Town Circuit Courtfather rosbothamgayhouseHugo CrawfordPriestlast_img read more