Dear Editor,The Caribbean Voice is thrilled at the work the Sexual Offences Court has been doing and we laud the expected move to have this court also set up in Berbice and Demerara, as many have been calling for. We are especially pleased that sentences handed down hover around the maximum rather than the minimum and we hope that this would be the permanent standard.We expect that the court is, or soon will be, informed by the recently launched Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region created by the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project in the Caribbean, an initiative of the Canadian Government, in collaboration with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). And we strongly suggest this court urgently consider adding domestic violence to its portfolio? Also, we urge the Government to set up a similar special court for child abuse. As well, a mobile court is urgently needed for the hinterland, given the problems of distance and transportation. Such a court should combine the roles of the sexual offences and child abuse courts.Finally, we hope that these courts would consider counselling for victims as part of their mandate.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voice
A Guyanese ministerial delegation will be visiting India next week to attend several high-level meetings.The delegation will be led by Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, and includes Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman. During the State visit, which is scheduled for January 29 to February 3, they will be attending the Guyana-India Joint Commission and the Inter-Ministerial Consultations.The visit will provide an opportunity for the two States to further enhance relations through an exchange of political dialogue as well as for the fostering of economicVice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidgeand cultural cooperation.The Joint Commission facilitates talks between the two countries on all aspects of bilateral relations while the Inter-Ministerial Consultations allow for dialogue in areas of common interest at both the regional and global levels.“Since the independence of Guyana in 1966 and the immediate establishment of political and diplomatic relations with India, our mutual relationship has been strong. Our ongoing social and cultural cooperation is a reflection of this close link,” stated Minister Greenidge.“The visit is intended to set a policy framework for medium to long term cooperation,” he added.While in India, the Foreign Minister is also expected to sign and ratify the Framework Agreement on the establishment of the International Solar Alliance, a platform through which sun-rich countries collectively address common challenges related to the use of solar energy.This will serve to advance Guyana’s efforts to establish a “Green Economy”, including through its renewable energy sector, as well as further solidify the bond between the two countries. Also slated for signature is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the cultural exchange programme between the two Governments.Guyana and India have already collaborated on several development projects in areas such as infrastructure, energy, information and communications technology (ICT) and agriculture. Additionally, in 2016, the two States signed an MoU, which allowed for the creation of a Centre of Excellence in Information Technology.Formal diplomatic relations between Guyana and India were established on May 26, 1966.This visit of the ministerial delegation to the Asian powerhouse comes on the heels of a public exchange between Head of the local Department of Public Information (DPI), Imran Khan, and Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingham.Khan had accused the Indian mission of interfering in the country’s internal affairs and attempting to engage in destabilisation of the coalition Government. His statement was in light of the recently-concluded Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Parliamentary Conference held in New Delhi earlier this month, where a 23-member Guyanese delegation attended upon invitation of the Indian Government.The delegation, which was the largest at the conference, comprised 17 Opposition and three Government parliamentarians as well as three Mayors – all of Indian heritage.The DPI Director, in a Facebook post, asked whether the Indian High Commission deliberately invited only three Government backbenchers and specifically ignored Government Ministers of Indian heritage.In response, however, the resident Indian diplomat, who was tagged by Khan on the post, explained that the top hierarchy of both the Indian and Guyana Governments were aware that the invitations were for 23 Members of Parliament and three Mayors of Indian Origin who were not Ministers.“Hence reckless comments on such a serious issue on social media with the clear intention to mislead the general public by none other than Director of Public Information is unfortunate, irresponsible, unprofessional and to say the least, mischievous given the excellent bilateral relations being enjoyed by both India and Guyana and the ongoing friendly cooperation in various multilateral fora,” Mahalingham said in a comment on the post by the Government’s information chief.While there were several arguments pertaining to whether Khan should be asking these questions, or whether it was a direct attack on the Indian High Commissioner, several persons found it strange that Khan, a public office bearer, would raise these concerns with a foreign mission in such a forum.Meanwhile, Government had subsequently distanced itself from Khan’s comments, with Minister of State, Joseph Harmon saying that the personal view expressed by the State official did not reflect that of the coalition Government.“It does not represent the position of the Government. We have excellent relations with India and we continue to work on those relations. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement that we have with that country and we would like to work towards ensuring that it gets better,” he had said.
The man who was on Thursday morning apprehended by Police in an abandoned house at Yakusari, Black Bush Polder was on Monday slapped with a narcotics possession charge when he appeared at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court.The wanted fugitive, Vinod Gopaul pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him. He was remanded to prison and would make his next court appearance at the Mibicuri Court on August 21.Nabbed fugitive Vinod GopaulGopaul was wanted by the Police following the fatal shooting of three bandits on May 19, 2019, at Black Bush Polder.He was charged for several counts of armed robbery. Most of the robberies were allegedly committed in the Black Bush Polder area and on the Corentyne Coast.In June 2011, Gopaul had escaped from custody. At the time, he was serving a sentence for the 2004 murder of his father whom he shot and killed.He was also among 18 prisoners who escaped from the Camp Street Prison in 2007 and was recaptured shortly after and charged while some of the other prisoners were shot dead.Further, he escaped again in June 2011 along with notorious high seas pirate Kevin “Long Hair” Narine, Rickford Le Fleur, and Vijay Seenarine of Skeldon.Following several robberies on the Corentyne, Police ranks raided the backlands of Johanna, Black Bush Polder with the aim of capturing the wanted bandits.
JERUSALEM – Some in agony, others in ecstasy, Christians around the world marked Good Friday with prayer, processions and pleas for peace. Thousands of pilgrims, some carrying large wooden crosses and others holding candles, wound their way through the narrow lanes of Jerusalem’s Old City, retracing the route the Bible says Jesus took on the way to his crucifixion. And in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI carried the cross at the beginning of the traditional Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum. He described the procession as, “a journey into pain, solitude and cruelty, into evil and death.” On Jerusalem’s Via Dolorosa – or Way of Sorrows – visitors from the United States, India, South Korea, the Philippines, Russia and many other countries followed the traditional route of Christ’s final walk, stopping at 14 stations, each marking an event that befell Jesus on the way to his death.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “But it will also be a path trod in faith, hope and love, because the tomb which is the final stop on our way will not remain sealed forever,” the pope said of Easter Sunday, when Jesus is believed to have risen from the dead. Benedict handed over the cross to Cardinal Camillo Ruini, his vicar for Rome. Other faithful, including a young Congolese woman and a family from Rome, took turns carrying the cross for a few steps. In Mexico City, meanwhile, more than 500,000 people turned out for the annual Passion play in the capital’s working class Iztapalapa neighborhood. Thousands participated in the procession, many lugging heavy crosses through the streets. Officials said it was the 164th year that the Passion play has been enacted in the neighborhood, although there are references to earlier performances in Mexico City going back to the 16th century. In the Mexican silver-mining town of Taxco, hooded men belonging to a Catholic brotherhood slapped their backs bloody with nail-studded whips and dragged their shackled bare feet across rough cobblestone streets. Others carried thorny blackberry branches tied across their outstretched arms.
Tuesday Music: Xtreme P Youth Forum and concert What: The city of Palmdale is hosting a free community youth forum for residents ages 13-25. Participants will be able to enjoy free pizza, a live concert by Starter Kit and the chance to win great prizes. The “Xtreme P” event is designed to provide Palmdale’s young citizens an opportunity to voice their opinions regarding their community. For more information, please call (661) 267-5115. When: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Where: Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale When: This event takes place on 5/8/2007. Meetings: Memorial events planning meeting What: The Antelope Valley Service Organization Association will meet to plan upcoming ceremonies for Memorial Day, Flag Day, POW/MIA Remembrance and Veterans Day. All Antelope Valley community service organization representatives are invited to attend to help plan these events. For more information, contact Heidi Valdez at the Palmdale Senior Center at (661) 267-5596 or email@example.com. When: 6 p.m. Where: Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale Wednesday Meetings: Eye Openers Toastmasters meeting What: You can order a great breakfast and enjoy a great Toastmasters meeting. A great way to improve your speaking and listening skills as well as leadership skills. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (661) 948-1979. When: 7-8:30 a.m. Where: Crazy Otto’s, 1228 W. Ave I, Lancaster Clubs: Let’s Eat Out Dinner What: J & J Social and Travel Club will host a “Let’s Eat Out” dinner with an optional movie following. For reservations, call (661) 267-2586. When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, 1173 Rancho Vista Blvd., W. Palmdale Thursday Theater: Palmdale City Players showcase What: The Palmdale City Players will present their fourth annual “Spotlight Theatre” presentation, featuring student-produced one-act versions of Shakespeare’s comedies by the Youth Troupe with a matinee performance on Saturday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, military, students and youth. For more information, or to order tickets, call the box office at (661) 267-5685 or visit www.ThePalmdalePlayhouse.com. When: 7:30 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Saturday Where: The Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th Street East, Palmdale Friday Government: Peace vigil What: Join us for a candlelight peace vigil every Friday. Bring candles/flashlights/signs. We start with daylight and end without. For more information contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org When: 5-6 p.m. Where: Corner of 30th St West and Ave I, site of the future Veterans Hospital Theater: Palmdale City Players showcase What: The Palmdale City Players will present their fourth annual “Spotlight Theatre” presentation, featuring The Adult Troupe performing original comedy one-act plays and sketches on Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, military, students and youth. For more information, or to order tickets, call the box office at (661) 267-5685 or visit www.ThePalmdalePlayhouse.com. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: The Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th Street East, Palmdale Clubs: Games snack night What: J&J Social and Travel Club will have a cards, po-keno and other games at its snack night. Bring food and a beverage to share. For information, call (661) 267-2586 or (661) 723-3237. When: 7 p.m. Where: The home of Joanne Marshall, 42941 15th St., West, Unit #5, Lancaster Saturday Clubs: Italian potluck and dance What: J&J Social and Travel Club will have an Italian potluck and dance party. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert and a beverage to share. Dance music will be provided by DJ Joanne. For information, call (661) 267-2586 or (661) 945-1217. When: 7 p.m. Where: The home of Laura Anderson, 44533 Lowtree Avenue, West, Lancaster May 13 Theater: Special Mother’s Day performance at playhouse What: The Palmdale Playhouse will feature a special Mother’s Day celebration with Showstoppers, a dance troupe that includes four former members of Dean Martin’s famous “Golddiggers” singers and dancers and Dean Martin impersonator Steve Apple. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, military, students and youth. For more information, or to order tickets, contact the Palmdale Playhouse box office at (661) 267-5685 or visit www.ThePalmdalePlayhouse.com When: 2 p.m. Where: The Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th Street East, Palmdale 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sunday Religion: Deliverance and healing revival What: Lighthouse Miracle Christian Center is a place where everyone is someone and Jesus Christ is everything. Every Sunday in May we will be having a deliverance and healing revival under the leadership of Pastor Dr. C.Y. Brooks. When: 4-6 p.m. Where: 39110 10th Street East, Palmdale Theater: Travelogue Series: Canada What: The Palmdale Playhouse concludes its 2006-2007 Travelogue Series with “Canada’s National Parks.” Filmmaker Dale Johnson will take audience members on an odyssey through 21 Canadian parks and some of the most unspoiled scenery and untamed wilderness in North America. Tickets are $5 from the Palmdale Playhouse box office. When: 2 p.m. Where: The Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th Street East, Palmdale
0Shares0000Ombek Red Devils from Homabay County eliminated Manyatta from Kisumu to reach the Nyanza Region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom final. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKISII, Kenya, Dec 9 – Ombek Red Devils from Homa Bay will square it out with Awendo Academy in the final of the Nyanza Region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Boys category after edging out Manyatta from Kisumu 1-0 at the Gusii Stadium on Saturday.To reach the final that will be played on Sunday, Awendo beat Nyamira Super Eagles 2-0 in the first semi final. The last match of the day played under sunny conditions saw Ben Ogot send the Red Devis ahead at the quarter hour mark with a brilliant goal after weaving past two defenders to unleash a cracker in the box for the opener.The Red Devis nearly doubled the lead in the 25th minute when Davis Okoth curled in a cross to find Charlse Olunga in the right position, but the forward was denied by Manyatta keeper Byron Ochieng.Ombek will meet Awendo Academy in the final on Sunday. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONManyatta conceded a set-piece in the 33rd minute after Red Stars’ Peter Ogina was fouled at the edge of the box by Ibramim Ochieng. However, they squandered the opportunity after Lameck Ngala hit the wall.The second half belonged to Manyatta who dominated as they pilled pressure on Red Devils with their meaningful chance coming in the 60th minute. Benson Ochieng was brought down in the box by Red Devils defender Alex Ombok.Surprisingly the centre referee ruled for an indirect free-kick inside the box instead of a penalty. Geoffrey Otieno blazed over the set-piece to fade their hopes of finding an equaliser.-By Rosemary Onchari-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Anger management: Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon argues with the referee after the injury time penalty decision © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Apr 12 – Gianluigi Buffon told English referee Michael Oliver he “has no heart” and should have been watching Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid in the stands “with his wife and a Sprite”.Oliver awarded Real a penalty in the 93rd minute at the Santiago Bernabeu, after Juve defender Mehdi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez with a clumsy challenge from behind. Buffon was then sent off for his protests and Cristiano Ronaldo scored the resulting spot-kick to drag Real through to the semi-finals with a dramatic 4-3 aggregate win.“This referee has no heart, he has a garbage bag instead of a heart” Buffon told Italian channel Mediaset Premium after the second leg tie which his team had won 3-1.“If you do not have personality and courage, you should go to the stands to watch the match with your wife and with a Sprite.”Real looked like they would cruise into the semis following last week’s 3-0 victory in Turin but Mario Mandzukic gave Juve hope with two first-half headers before Blaise Matuidi levelled the tie after a mistake from goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Buffon’s red card could bring a bad-tempered end to a magnificent Champions League career, with the 40-year-old Italian expected to retire in the summer.“The referee blew for a foul that only he saw,” Buffon told beIN Sports. “Above all, for great matches at European level, we need big players, coaches, supporters and referees.“There must be some sensitivity to understanding the importance of some moments and if you do not have this sensitivity to what’s going on in the game, you’re not worthy of being on the pitch.“In this case, he should be in the stands with his parents, with his friends, with fries and coca-cola, and watch the game. You cannot do something like that.”Benatia, who later likened the penalty award to being “raped”, claimed he made little contact with Vazquez and believes Real too often enjoy the rub of the green on decisions.“Honestly I’ve seen and played in matches — you can never whistle for a penalty like that in the 93rd minute,” Benatia said.“If there is contact it is with my thigh and that is part of football. There is never the intention to foul him or to push him.”Benatia added: “Last year they screwed Bayern Munich on two or three goals that were offside if I’m not mistaken.“It’s always the same story that repeats itself. It’s a very big team Real, it’s not for nothing that they have won so much, I don’t think they need any extra help.“Everyone knows that this match had to go into extra-time and the best team would have won.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Singing sensation Daniel’s O’Donnell’s Visitor Centre is already proving a huge boost for Donegal’s tourism trade.The centre, which hosts much of the star’s memorabilia, is open less than a week but has attracted more than 600 paying visitors from across the globe.Daniel fans from as far away as New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Scotland, England as well as from across Ireland have signed the visitor book. The man behind the museum in Dungloe, Pat ‘Nora’ Gallagher, said the town is already feeling a huge benefit from the centre.“Most of those 600 people may not have come to Dungloe but for the opening of the centre and that’s a real positive in this day and age.“The reaction has been terrific and we are hopeful those kind of numbers of visitors will continue over the summer,” he said.The Kincasslagh entertainer officially opened the centre last Sunday in a blaze of publicity. Organisers were hoping to attract up to 10,000 fans to the centre between now and September but it now looks like it will easily pass that number.Mr Galagher said the real star attractions of the centre has been Daniel and wife Majella’s wedding outfits as well as the red book the singer received after appearing on This Is Your Life.“People are spending a lot of time looking at those items and also the large number of gold discs around the walls.“We have had some fantastic comments left in the visitor’s book,” he said.He also revealed that despite jetting out for a break to his villa in Tenerife, Daniel is still thinking about improving the centre for fans. “He has a few ideas and he has let me know. Daniel is delighted with the museum but he wants to make it the best it can be for fans who are bothering to come and see it,” he added.THE NUMBERS ARE ADDING UP FOR DANIEL’S VISITOR CENTRE! was last modified: May 10th, 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:Daniel O’Donnell Visitor’s Centre
Dearbhlá Walsh pictured with her family after winning Miss Earth Northern Ireland.Dearbhlá Walsh pictured with her brother Davitt.A Donegal girl has been crowned Miss Earth Northern Ireland after a glitzy and glamorous bash which was held at the City Hotel in Derry on Sunday night.Dearbhlá Walsh, 22, from Kerrykeel beat off stiff competition from the other nine finalists to be crowned Miss Earth Northern Ireland. Dearbhlá qualified to participate in the competition because her mother Siobhan is originally from the city.Dearbhlá was absolutely overwhelmed to win the competition and is excited at the prospect of representing Northern Ireland at the Miss Earth World competition which will be held in Austria in December.Dearbhlá is a third-year Quantity Surveying student at LYIT and is the sister of well-known former Finn Harps and Derry City player Davitt Walsh.The theme of the Miss Earth competition is to promote environmental awareness and discuss the issues affecting climate change. She wowed judges with her presentation on the importance of developing and implementing sustainable buildings all over the world.Dearbhlá spoke passionately about the subject and blew the judges away with her knowledge on the area.Dearbhlá spoke at length about the importance of Earthship, which is a type of passive solar house made up of both natural and recycled materials.The judges were former Big Brother runner-up Ashleigh Coyle, former City of Derry Mayor Brenda Stevenson and Miss Earth franchise holder Louise Browne and all of them unanimously chose Dearbhlá as the winner.A delighted Dearbhlá told Donegal Daily, “I’m just so happy to have won the competition, it was an amazing feeling.“Alongside Miss Universe and Miss World, Miss Earth is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals and one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world. “So to win Miss Earth Northern Ireland is just unbelievable and I’m so excited about going to Austria in December for four weeks in preparation for the Grand Final.Dearbhlá disclosed that all of the reigning titleholders dedicate their year to promote specific projects and often address issues concerning the environment and other global issues through a whole host of different avenues.Dearbhlá added, “I previously held the title of Miss Derry in 2014, and as a result of winning that I went to Miss Ireland and also I came top 7 in Miss Universe Ireland which was another wonderful experience.“I am now on my next leg of my journey representing Northern Ireland on the international stage of Miss Earth World! “I will be competing against 110 other countries for the Miss Earth World title which will be held in Vienna, Austria in December.As part of the pageant I will be spending four weeks in Austria in preparation for the Grand Final which will be televised so I can’t wait for that and I just want to thank all my family and friends for all their incredible support!“I’d also like to thank all my sponsors Nikita Mc Causland Hair Extension Salon, Derry. Restaurant Sage, Letterkenny, Active Clothing and Embroidery, Bridgend and Tokyo Boutique Letterkenny for sponsoring my evening gown.DONEGAL GIRL WINS MISS EARTH NORTHERN IRELAND BEAUTY PAGEANT was last modified: July 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnews