No militarisation of country – Granger

first_img…say’s he had no role in appointmentsPresident David Granger has denied claims that the recent flurry of former army officers being appointed to top posts in the state apparatus since his Government took office has a sinister motive behind it.Speaking on this week’s edition of ‘The Public Interest’ programme, which was recorded on Thursday, the Head of State said the country is not being militarised,President David Grangerbut is still very much civil.“We’re still civil. Have you seen me in uniform over the last five years? No. So the country is not being militarised, and the mere appointment of persons who had military experience is not a sign of militarisation.”Granger then drew a correlation with the claims of militarisation and his cabinet being dominated by attorneys-at-law, saying that the argument cannot be made that he is “legalising the cabinet.”The Coalition Government has come in for much criticism, especially from the Opposition, for appointing military personnel, whether serving or retired, to several state positions.Only recently, former army Chief Brigadier George Lewis was appointed as deputy CEO of the GPHC, and is now acting CEO after the recent axing of former CEO Allan Johnson. Meanwhile, Lt. Colonel (ret’d) Lelon Saul is heading the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA).Referring to these two cases, President Granger noted that he had no say in these appointments. In fact, he went on to outline that it was the PPP/C regime that started the practice of recruiting former military officers in the Public Sector.“The practise of recruiting former military officers wasn’t initiated by the APNURear Admiral (Ret’d) Gary BestAdministration. Major General Joe Singh and Major General (Michael) Atherly were there before I got in. Colonel Ramsarup was at CDC.”Major General Atherly, who was appointed to head the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA), is also the acting head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), after the recent firing of long-time head, James Singh.Moreover, Granger noted that his administration continued the practice since many of these army officers were qualified.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has always expressed reservations about the appointment of former military personnel to key positions in the state.Since the coalition Government came to office in May 2015, several retired Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officers have been appointed to key advisory positions within the Government. These include Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Gary Best and Brigadier (Ret’d) Edward Collins, both former Chiefs of Staff of the GDF.Collins has been appointed Presidential Advisor on National Security, while BestLieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Lelon Saulhas been appointed Presidential Advisor on the Environment. Additionally, a number of soldiers have been seconded to work in the Defence Secretariat at the Ministry of the Presidency.Last year, the Ministry of the Presidency had announced that Colonel Nazrul Hussain would head the Department of National Events, after a series of arrangements for Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary had been bungled. Army officers have also been appointed to a number of State Boards and other civilian positions. And Granger’s Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, is a retired army colonel. The PPP’s concerns were amplified after two army officers were appointed to head Commissions of Inquiry. Retired Brigadier Bruce Lovell had been appointed to conduct a CoI into allegations of corruptions at CANU, and retired Colonel Windee Algernon had been appointed to conduct a CoI into a deadly fire at the Children’s Drop-in Centre.last_img read more

CCJ rejects APNU/AFC application to adduce new evidence

first_imgNo-Confidence Motion casesAttorney General Basil Williams-says AG’s evidence will add nothing of relevance to caseIn a stinging rebuke, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rejected an application by Attorney General Basil Williams to adduce new evidence in the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) cases, on the grounds that the new evidence adds nothing of value and has little relevance.According to the correspondence sent by the court and seen by this publication, Williams’ legal counsel had already based one aspect of his oral submissions on the premise that former Alliance For Change (AFC) Parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud was aware he was disqualified as an MP due to his dual citizenship.The court noted that adducing further facts to establish Persaud’s knowledge of his disqualification would add “little if anything relevant at all to the sub-stratum of fact for the court’s consideration”.“And having considered, on paper, the application filed herein on behalf of the Attorney General of Guyana, pursuant to part 9.7 of the Caribbean Court of Justice (Appellate Jurisdiction) rules 2019, it is ordered that the application for leave to adduce new evidence be and is hereby refused,” the court ordered.The “new evidence” has to do with comments made by Charrandas Persaud during a recent Globespan live show, which Government is alleging purports to show he knew that as a dual citizen he ought not to be in the parliamentary chambers.Persaud had crossed over to vote in favour of the Opposition’s No-Confidence Motion against the coalition Government. The application was filed on the grounds that, among other things, there was no direct evidence of whether Persaud knew that he was unqualified to be a candidate and disqualified from sitting in the National Assembly.Attorney at law Sanjeev Datadin, who represents Persaud, has since submitted a response on behalf of his client, in which it is argued that this new evidence does not reflect the full context of what Persaud actually said on the Globespan show. The affidavit filed by Datadin carried the full transcript.In the full transcript, Persaud recounts a conversation he had with Public Security Minister and AFC politician Khemraj Ramjattan, in which the Minister himself sought to allay Persaud’s concerns about his dual citizen status by pointing out that other persons in Parliament held passports from other countries.As it turns out, at least four politicians have since resigned from Parliament due to them also holding dual citizenship at the time Persaud crossed the floor. They are Dominic Gaskin (former Minister of Business), Carl Greenidge (former Foreign Affairs Minister), Dr Rupert Roopnaraine (former Public Service Minister) and Joseph Harmon (former Minister of State).On Monday, the CCJ set June 18 as the date for ruling on the three No-Confidence Motion related cases before it, as well as the challenge to the unilateral appointment of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman.This is according to notices sent out by the court to the parties involved in the proceedings, as well as information from various lawyers involved in the cases. In a brief interview, Datadin had informed this publication that the CCJ intends to rule on the consolidated NCM cases on June 18.When contacted by this publication, Attorney General Basil Williams had also revealed that the CCJ is looking to rule on the GECOM case on June 18.The three No-Confidence Motion cases deal with Christopher Ram v the Attorney General of Guyana, the Leader of the Opposition and Joseph Harmon; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo v the Attorney General of Guyana, Dr Barton Scotland and Joseph Harmon; and Charrandas Persaud v Compton Herbert Reid, Dr Barton Scotland, Bharrat Jagdeo and Joseph Harmon; the last of which deals with Persaud’s eligibility to vote in the House.Meanwhile, the unilateral appointment case the CCJ heard on May 8 was brought by the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha, challenging the appointment of current GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson.Patterson was appointed to the position of Chairman of GECOM in 2017 after President Granger had rejected three lists comprising 18 names submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for the post of GECOM Chairman.last_img read more

A Prophet River Women was set on fire during assault

first_imgEarlier this month a Prophet River woman was set on fire during a brutal attack in the northern community.Fort Nelson RCMP received a call on April 11th, about a intoxicated man that was threatening people with an axe.  Once they arrived on scene they found the man covered with blood and scratches and he was armed with a gun outside his house.Once the RCMP were able to go inside the home, they found a 26 year old woman who had been badly beaten.  The male suspect had kicked and punched her and then poured cologne on her and set her on fire.  Some of her clothing was burned off and she suffered first and second degree burns.- Advertisement -The RCMP arrested 21 year old Aaron Evans and he will appear in court next week to face six charges.  Those charges include aggravated assault, attempted sexual assault and breach of probation.The victim of this attack is now recovering in hospital.last_img read more

Police-recruiting safeguards set

first_img(213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While the LAPD and personnel technically share responsibility for recruitment, Personnel has handled background checks since 2004. The function was shifted to save money and put more sworn officers back on the street. But LAPD and Personnel officials said they didn’t believe the City Council needs to move recruitment services back to the LAPD. Since the incident, Personnel General Manager Margaret Whelan said she has initiated audits, a quality-control division to oversee investigations and a new protocol to let LAPD know immediately if there is a problem in a background investigation. “We have done 7,000 backgrounds since assuming responsibility (for recruitment),” Whelan said. “My folks are working very, very hard. And, yes, we had a problem. We own that problem and it will not happen again.” The city’s Personnel Department said Wednesday it has adopted new quality controls for police-officer screening after a background investigator falsified records that led to the LAPD hiring a recruit who should have been rejected. The background investigator resigned after his supervisor discovered the problems. The Los Angeles Police Department rookie was fired. But City Councilman Dennis Zine said the incident raises questions about whether police recruitment and hiring should be handled by the Personnel Department or returned to the LAPD. “We need to maintain the standard of quality versus quantity,” Zine said. “I’ve got concerns about the system.” last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL singer Paddy Molloy is out of the Voice of Ireland.The Glenties man was once again savaged by the judges, with Jamelia particularly harsh in her criticism of his performance in tonight’s live show.As she criticised Paddy, she said he was the one performer who didn’t deserve to go through to next week’s final. Paddy’s mentor Kian Egan reacted angrily to Jamelia’s comments, but she was backed by Bressie who accused Paddy of playing safe by singing top 20 songs.Bressie said Paddy wasn’t taking enough risks.And after getting low scores from the judges, the public vote wasn’t enough to keep him in the competition and send him into next week’s final.“I’ve done this for my town and my county and I’m so glad to get this far,” said Paddy as he found out he was going home tonight. His mentor Kian – who lost both of his singers including Jay – said the wrong decision had been taken. PADDY’S VOICE OF IRELAND DREAM IS OVER AS HE MISSES OUT ON FINAL was last modified: April 20th, 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:donegalGlentiesKian EganPaddy MolloyRTEVoice of Irelandlast_img read more


first_imgWould you like to let your Mother know how special she is this Mother’s day? We would love to help! We are delighted to give one Donegal Daily Reader a fantastic opportunity to win a luxurious makeover worth €250 for their Mother this Mother’s day.This is the perfect time to show your mother just how important she is and what better way than to treat her to a day that she will never forget at Patrick Gildea’s “Centre of Excellence”. We promise that this experience will make her look and feel like a star, we will treat her to an in-depth consultation where we will decide together on a look that is totally tailored to her; including a luxurious personalised Wella treatment that will take care of any problem areas, resulting in beautiful nourished hair from root to tip.Doesn’t this sound like something she would love? Just imagine the look on her face when you present her with this fantastic experience. We know that this will make her day and is something that she will love you for forever!We have made it easy for you to enter, simply go to and complete steps 1 and 2 to enter.   COMPETITION: WIN A MAKEOVER FOR YOUR MOTHER WITH PATRICK GILDEA HAIRDRESSING was last modified: March 10th, 2015 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:competitiondonegalDonegal DailyMother’s DayPatrick Gildea Hairdressinglast_img read more

Man who went without sleep after all-night wake abused Gardai

first_imgA man who abused Gardai in a pub claimed he got drunk after not getting any sleep after attending an all-night wake.Chris Bonner, of Convoy in Co Donegal appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with a public order offence. The court was told the 45-year-old father-of-two was drinking in Rosie’s Bar in Drumkeen when Gardai arrived at the premises.Bonner became aggressive with Gardai and asked them if they had nothing better to do before telling them to “f*** off.”Gardai asked Bonner to desist but his tirade of abuse continued before Bonner called the Gardai “c****” and was arrested.His solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was the worse for wear after going without sleep having stayed up all night at a family wake.Mr Gallagher said “As is the custom in these parts, he stayed up all night at the wake. He had been drinking at the meal after the funeral.”The court was told that Bonner of Aughyalt, Convoy had a number of previous convictions.He is now working as a labourer o building sites in Dublin.Judge Paul Kelly said he was ordering Bonner to pay €150 to Letterkenny Youth and Community Project in lieu of getting another conviction.Man who went without sleep after all-night wake abused Gardai was last modified: April 8th, 2019 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:Chris Bonnerdonegaldrunkwakelast_img read more

Scientist Sees Evolutionary Sense in Coordinated Complexity

first_imgAn article on PhysOrg tells “A vertebrate story,” and a story it is: the more complex a phenomenon becomes, the more it makes evolutionary sense.    Portuguese scientists were studying the interaction of Hox genes with the development of the ribs in vertebrates.  You can imagine the control that these genes must have when thinking about the differences between a mouse, with 12 pair of ribs, and a snake, with 200 to 400 pair.  The variety of ribs between a snake and a Tyrannosaurus are staggering, yet are under the control of developmental genes that direct their formation at the right time and place in the embryo.  The genes must be switched on and off in a coordinated fashion for the skeleton to come out right.  It usually does – except when scientists interfere.    The scientists found that genes for Hox10 are not the only ones involved.  Another class, called Hox6, interacts with Hox10 to regulate the formation of vertebrae.  By deactivating these genes they could get embryos to grow extra ribs in different portions of the spine.  They found that one set of genes promotes rib formation in the thoracic region, while another blocks the activity in the lumbar region.  Then they found that the genes for rib formation do not switch on unless genes that control the formation of both muscles and ribs are also switched on.  Suddenly the picture started looking a lot more complicated.     One would think this complexity would create additional problems for evolutionary theory.  Moises Mallo, however, waltzed right past the problem and rejoiced in the new insights it provided him.  Here is his prize for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Our findings reveal a more complicated process than we would have imagined, but one that makes perfect sense, from a functional and evolutionary point of view: it is no good to make ribs without muscle, so, in the embryo, the production of both ribs and their associated muscles is under the control of a single and coordinated mechanism.”You may now all emit a collective groan.  Make sure it is heard at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, where certain people need to be turned right-side up.  Evolutionary sense: how’s that for a prize-winning oxymoron?  David Berlinski put it well: “The unfathomable complexity of living systems, Darwin’s theory affirms, is the result of random variation and natural selection.  Is it indeed?  Of these concepts, the second is hopelessly confused and the first is of no intellectual interest” (Daily Californian, 04/01/2005).  No wonder he began that essay with the line, “Wearing pink tasseled slippers and conical hats covered in polka dots, Darwinian biologists are persuaded that a plot is afoot to make them look silly.”  That’s about all they’re wearing, too.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Advanced tickets now available for 2015 Farm Science Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tickets for the 2015 Farm Science Review are now available for purchase online at, allowing attendees to bypass gate sales by purchasing tickets in advance of the annual three-day farm show to be held Sept. 22-24 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio.This is the third year for online ticket sales, and the option is becoming more and more popular among attendees, said Matt Sullivan, assistant manager of the Farm Science Review, which is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.“Our online ticket sales have increased each year since it’s been an option,” he said. “It allows attendees that are visiting from out-of-state to purchase tickets at a $3 discounted price compared to purchasing tickets at the gate.”Another advantage to purchasing tickets online is that there is no limit to the number of tickets that can be purchased, so large groups attending from out-of-state can pre-order tickets all at once, said Sullivan.Online tickets are available to purchase for $7 until Sept. 11. Tickets ordered online will be mailed to the buyer.Advance tickets for the Farm Science Review are also available at all Ohio State University Extension county offices and many local agribusinesses for $7. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Show hours are 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Sept. 22-23 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24.More information about the Farm Science Review is at read more

AgCredit announces 2016 election results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Three farmers have been elected to serve on the board of directors for one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders to farmers, agribusiness and rural home owners.Dusty Sonnenberg of Hamler, Jerry Layman from Kenton and Deborah Johlin-Bach who resides near Elmore, have been elected to serve three-year terms on AgCredit’s board of directors.Sonnenberg will be serving his first term on the board, representing members of the co-op in Region 2 which consists of Henry, Wood and western Lucas counties. He replaces former board chair Charles Bostdorff, from Wood County, whose tenure on the board expired after serving five consecutive three-year terms.Layman and Ms. Johlin-Bach were each re-elected to serve an additional three-year term. Jerry was originally elected to serve on the board in 2004 and will continue to represent members in Region 3 (Hancock and Hardin counties). Deborah will continue to serve members who live in Region 4 (eastern Lucas, Ottawa and Sandusky counties). She was originally elected to the board in 2007.In addition to board elections, AgCredit members have also elected their 2017 nominating committee. Named to the committee, which will help identify candidates for next year’s board election, were Gregory S. Hartschuh, Crawford County; Brian A. Miller, Erie; Gary L. Wittenmeyer, Hancock; Mark Billenstein, Hardin; Sam Woodruff, Huron; Ron Baumann, Lorain; Thomas Wardell, Lucas; Michael A Sager, Marion; Bryan Bush, Morrow; Joseph Kapp, Ottawa; Gary Derck, Paulding; Daniel Ellerbrock, Putnam; Scot Haar, Sandusky; David L Hawk, Seneca; Mark Keber, Van Wert; Dale Brown, Wood, and Kyle Brown, Wyandot.At AgCredit’s board re-organization meeting, held in early June, Scott Schroeder and Gary Baldosser were re-elected to serve another one-year term as president and vice-president, respectively. Schroeder was originally elected to Ag Credit’s board in 2008 and re-elected in 2011 and 2014, serving Region 1 (Putnam, Van Wert and Paulding counties). Mr. Baldosser was originally elected to the AgCredit board in 2009 and re-elected in 2012 and 2015, serving members in Region 5 (Seneca County).AgCredit’s board of directors consists of 10 members, eight of whom are elected by stockholders, and two who are appointed by the board to bring greater diversity and experience.AgCredit is a cooperative lender and proud member of the Farm Credit system created 100 years ago to provide a reliable source of credit for the nation’s farmers and ranchers. It supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services and is dedicated to serving the financial needs of farmers, agribusinesses, rural homeowners and rural communities in its 18-county district.For more information about AgCredit, please visit: read more