first_imgDear Editor,The PNC are in real fear at the present moment; reasons being they will have to face the electorate sooner than later. To face an electorate whom they have lied to and mislead these four years is very unnerving, to say the least, hence the shenanigans of having a delayed election.Unlike the 2015 saga, when they were ever so anxious to go to the polls, this time around, they are negotiating that route at a snail’s pace; or if they would have their way, not at all.General elections are an ultimatum, if not “the ultimatum” for that party, because all the signs and symptoms are there indicating they would have a great loss at the polls. This is not something the PNC are prepared to accept, and so they are going about this by fiddling around with the Constitution, among other oddities, which at the end of the day still cannot give them the relief they are looking for.The soon-to-be-published verdict of The CCJ would validate my claims. So they are at the end of their tether, with no solace to which they can turn, so they are once again down the path of rigging the next election.The rigging they would like to embark upon comes under the guise of an updated electoral list, which, according to them, can only be effected by a long and laborious house-to-house registration.Mind you, the Constitution of Guyana expressly proposes that an updated list can be done via the continuous registration mechanism, but they are unmoved by this constitutional requirement; they want their own PNC house-to-house formula.Now, this is their crying problem: most of their supporters have cogently expressed their views– that they will not vote for the PNC. You go down to the chic-chic boards, or talk to the man in the street, the decision is “we ain’t voting for them.”Georgetown is their rigging bowl; their stomping ground, if you please, and to get such terse replies from their very own is nerve-wracking. So they would rather give it one last-ditch effort by going out to the people and meeting them at their homes to get them to change their minds.They try to bribe the people with promises of house lots; jobs, oil is coming on stream next year and jobs will be available; trying to fool them one last time into voting for “your people.” That is the desperation and fear that has gripped the PNC full on, and they are determined to fix it in that house-to-house registration.The desperation in that house-to-house registration is also linked to matching of the numbers at headquarters. Sure as day, the numbers that have already been fed into the system must match the rigged numbers from the field.The evidence of this assertion is seen in the firing of Vishnu Persaud last year. The PNC envisage a clean job in the rigging exercise, so present an “all’s clear” path, with no scrutinising eyes around.The PNC are back to their old, disgraceful rigging ways if the playing field should only afford them the leverage. We must thwart every device they will come up with. Down with rigging! We want free and fair elections!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

first_img– Miss LTW Pageant notably absent from calendarLinden Mayor Carwyn Holland on Sunday declared the 20th year of the Linden Town Week (LTW) celebrations officially opened, signalling the commencement of 10 days of culture, sport and fete. This year, the annual event which celebrates the birth of the town is being hosted by Vybz Entertainment Inc once again, under the theme “Reflection, resilience, rediscover Linden. Celebrating who we are.” A church service followed by a march pass along Republic Avenue, Linden, were a prelude to the official opening held at the Linden-Georgetown minibus park.A number of melodic performances by local artistes as well as dance and an award segment set the stage for the 10 days of celebrations.A section of the gathering at LTW openingIn his presentation before a packed audience, Holland underscored the importance of Linden as a town, promising that it “will be made great again”. This year, Linden is also celebrating 46 years as a town and 100 years of bauxite mining.“As we launch this year’s Linden Town Week celebration, I look forward to rich, cultural presentations that remind us of our heritage and inspire our youths to become involved in the arts. This year’s celebration must be more than just an opportunity to frolic. It should represent the heart and the mind of the people of Linden. It should showcase the wealth of our resources we possess and entice investors to invest,” the Mayor said.He added that Linden Town Week is an ideal time to demonstrate the human and natural resources of the town because the season for accelerated income generation in the resources rich town is now.“Linden Town Week, when come and gone, should leave a trail of development. Something must be seen as evidence of success, of this sports, culture and entertainment tourism package… If this is not seen afterwards, then I encourage a re-think and a remodel of Town Week to achieve same”, Holland said.Chairman of Vybz Entertainment Inc Devin Sears said the LTW event has grown and underwent many changes over the years, developing from the idea of Linden Town Day, which was first crafted by Lindener Norvel Fredericks 20 years ago. He said Fredericks had a dream then, of showcasing everything that Linden has to offer.Noting that this is the second year Vybz Entertainment has the LTW franchise, Sears noted that there are numerous challenges, however it is a time for reflecting on how far the event has come and where it is headed. Young people, he said, are one of the primary focuses this year, as he outlined numerous activities planned to ensure their participation.“Linden Town Week is an opportunity for us to showcase what we have to offer, primarily through tourism… Linden Town Week 2016 offers a lot to our young people. Vybz Entertainment along with other promoters, have collaborated to bring you the Skip to My Lou competition… debating competition, we have Spelling B.A new feature has been added – the high school singing competition hosted by Code Red Records, has seen nine finalists…The future of Linden lies in our young people. We have to ensure that the talent they have is nurtured”.Senior citizens will not be left out this year, noted Sears who said the annual senior citizens receptions will be held. The event will also see karaoke competitions as well as the usual concept parties. Due to lack of sponsorship however, Sears said for the first time, there will be no Miss LTW pageant as is customary, however, the organisers will look at the possibility of hosting the event sometime later this year. The ‘Miss Big and Bold’ pageant will be hosted, nevertheless.“We’ve decided to shift it, in ensuring that quality of the Miss Linden Town Week remains, we had to shift it, but it will be coming before the end of this year so that Linden can enjoy, once again, having a queen that will reign for one year,” he assured.Sears said plans for next year’s activity will commence soon after the hosting of this year’s event, as organisers seek to promote Linden as a tourist destination.The 10 days of activities will also be marked by local exhibitions, village day showcases, and numerous entertainment activities.last_img read more

first_imgPolice Commander Linden LordRegion 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has been identified as one of the top two locations in Guyana where several major cannabis busts and fields with cultivated marijuana were unearthed since the start of the year but much work is being done to curb the phenomena.This is according to Commander of E Division (Linden-Kwakwani), Senior Superintendent Linden Lord, who told Guyana Times on Friday that a lot of progress has been made by Police ranks so far in 2019 for the eradication of several large marijuana fields.He stated that by destroying those fields, it ensures that the problem would be “nipped in the bud” since the sources of supply for persons who sell and transport the illicit substance, would no longer exist.“We are also planning another eradication exercise quite soon. Some of the men went into the areas and found some places and we are putting a team together to head to those locations. We are intensifying our searches and working to clamp down on the cultivation of marijuana here,” Commander Lord stated.It was further explained that while the marijuana fields destroyed in Region 10 are predominantly owned or cultivated by residents hailing from Linden it should not be overlooked that persons from other areas and even regions cultivate marijuana in Region 10 as well.“Yes, you nip it in the bud by destroying the farms and then people cannot transport marijuana if their farms and plants no longer exist. While you hear of folks getting caught heading from another region to Georgetown with cannabis, you don’t hear that much about people from Region 10 because we are working hard to destroy the fields with marijuana. That way they cannot supply anyone anywhere,” the Police Commander added.Three months ago, Head of the Police Narcotics Branch, Senior Superintendent Kurleigh Simon had told Guyana Times that the reality of the situation is that the leading regions for cannabis cultivation since the commencement of 2019 have been identified as Linden in Region 10 and the Berbice River locations in Region Six.Simon said that in the first quarter of the year, the Police Narcotics Branch had already completed in excess of 15 eradication exercises in Berbice, and these were done in more than 30 fields where marijuana was being cultivated and harvested.last_img read more

first_imgIf you have any information regarding this crime, contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250 787 8100.If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477. The lone suspect allegedly entered the station, demanded money, and got away on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.Cpl. Shelkie says the suspect did not produce a weapon and nobody was injured during the incident.The robbery occurred at 4:50 a.m. on March 3, 2015 in the area of 10812 Alaska Road.- Advertisement -The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 6’ – 6’2 in height, with a medium build and blue eyes.He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black skeleton-face mask; grey sweatpants, black shoes, a black backpack, and was wearing gloves at the time of the crime.A photo of the suspect will be provided to the media shortly.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Sweden midfielder Jimmy Durmaz trains in Gelendzhik, Russia, during the 2018 World Cup © AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRANDGelendzhik, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – Sweden’s Jimmy Durmaz has denounced as “unacceptable” messages of racial hatred and even death threats after he gave away the foul that led to Toni Kroos’s late winner for Germany at the World Cup.Abusive comments on the 29-year-old substitute’s Instagram account poured in after Germany won 2-1 in the 95th minute in Sochi on Saturday. “I can be criticised for my performance… but there is a line, and that line was crossed yesterday,” Durmaz said in a statement he read out to reporters at the team’s Black Sea coast base in Gelendzhik on Sunday.“When you threaten me, when you call me a “blatte” (a pejorative word for a dark-skinned foreigner), an ‘Arab devil’, a ‘terrorist’, ‘Taliban’, then you have gone far beyond the limit,” he said.Durmaz, who was born in Sweden to Assyrian parents who emigrated from Turkey, said his family and children had also been threatened.“Who the hell does such things? It is completely unacceptable,” he said. “I am Swedish and am proud to play for Sweden. I will never let any racists destroy that pride. We must disregard all forms of racism”.Sweden coach Janne Andersson said the squad “stand 100 percent” behind Durmaz. “No shadow falls over Jimmy, there is nothing bad to say about him. People can’t blame one person. You win as a team and you lose as a team,” midfielder Albin Ekdal told the daily Aftonbladet. “He ran and fought the entire time. It’s bad luck. It’s completely idiotic to give him hatred because of it,” striker John Guidetti said. The abuse was met with outrage from observers and Durmaz’s fans. “Crazy people openly raging with racism against Jimmy Durmaz after a football match unfortunately says too much about the world we live in,” Swedish sports journalist Patrick Ekwall tweeted on Sunday.“Don’t let them get to you! You’re amazing,” a fan wrote on Durmaz’s Instagram accountSweden face Mexico in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday, with the chance to progress to the knockout rounds.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Michy Batshuayi has hit out at fans on Twitter over racist abuse © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZPARIS, France, Feb 26 – European football’s governing body UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Atalanta on Monday over monkey chants directed at Borussia Dortmund’s Michy Batshuayi.Belgian international forward Batshuayi accused some Atalanta fans of targeting him with racist abuse during Dortmund’s Europa League clash against the Italians last week. The 24-year-old, on loan from Chelsea, wrote on Twitter on Thursday: “2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands… really?!”UEFA said its Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body would deal with the case on March 22.It’s not the first time Atalanta fans have been accused of dishing out racist abuse to an opposition player.In January, the club was hit with a suspended one-match partial stand closure after Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly was subjected to such abuse.Following the Dortmund game, Atalanta president Antonio Percassi had said: “I’ll be honest, I didn’t hear them. If they did happen, then I am very sad and absolutely apologise to Batshuayi. This should never happen.”Italian football has long had a problem with racist chanting from supporters.In January, Juventus’s France international midfielder Blaise Matuidi was targeted by fans in a match against Cagliari.Both Atalanta and Dortmund have also been charged by UEFA over their fans’ setting off fireworks and throwing objects onto the pitch.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgBy Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER Heralded for breaking away from traditional art and embracing new styles and techniques arising from its exposure to other cultures, Thailand’s burgeoning art scene is the focus of an international exhibit in San Pedro. “Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of rice, yet they have a high-tech manufacturing sector, too,” said visual director Marshall Astor at Angels Gate Cultural Center. “In their art, you see the traditional Buddhist mythology and agrarian culture, but it’s being used to create new forms.” Pechmang runs a wedding photography studio in the southern region of Thailand, but his passion is to capture the skies right before or just after it rains. “Where ever I go, it always rains,” he said. “Some people don’t like to come visit because they say I bring the rain.” Pechmang is an orphan. Before he was 8, his mother was fatally bitten by a cobra while working in a garden and soon after his father fell ill and died. His works feature dynamic skies with lone figures silhouetted in the foreground. They are beautiful and serene, but also melancholy. The exhibit also includes works by Jian Sae Jern, who photographs himself standing in ruined buildings wearing a giant papier-mach panda head and a suit similar to the kind worn by communist leader Mao Zedong. Abstract drawings of tides by Narupon Chutiwansopon and a series of paintings of figures shrouded by cloth or shadow by Narakorn Sittites are also featured in the exhibit. Astor, the visual arts director for the cultural center, said that while the new Thai artists are breaking ground with Asian art, they have yet to break into the American mainstream. “This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for us,” said Astor, who has also overseen exhibits from the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Pakistan and South Africa. “If you miss it, they’re gone. They might not show in the states for a long time. The exposure of Thai art in the states is very limited.” megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Artists Jessada Kongsommart, 32, and Pongsak Pechmang, 29, are ambassadors for the new school of Thai art featured in “Five Feelings,” an exhibition at Angels Gate Cultural Center showcasing works from artists of the southeast Asian country. Kongsommart’s paintings portray objects familiar to him while growing up in a small village: baskets, woven silk material, rice and farming tools. Yet he manipulates them in a contemporary style to create a more modern and conceptual work. “Most Thai artists are trying to step forward and mix East and West styles together,” Kongsommart said. “Young artists \ have to survive and make a living so they cannot concentrate on the old-fashioned styles because the market doesn’t want that.” As an example, the painter told about an old artist he knows back in his home country. For his entire career the elderly man painted hunters using bow and arrows. Only recently did he begin portraying hunters using rifles. “The West has many different artistic styles and now Thai artists are opening up their styles, too,” Kongsommart said. last_img read more

first_imgAmerican model Kylie Jenner.Teenage girls all across Donegal are causing severe harm to themselves in a desperate attempt to get the ‘perfect pout’. Impressionable young girls are undergoing the Kylie Jenner challenge in which they hope they can perfect the same look as the popular American model.However, it has left many with badly bruised lips and swollen faces. Now some local girls have posted pictures of their injured lips on social media including Facebook.The challenge has left many parents horrified and outraged at the dangerous new craze.To get the ‘perfect pout’ like Kylie Jenner teens are encouraged to suck all the air out of a shot glass.The teens are subjecting themselves to the painful treatment which is supposed to make your lips puff out and give you the perfect look like Kylie Jenner. However, it has backfired for the vast majority of teenagers who have undergone the challenge and it has left many of them with ghastly injuries.The #Kyliejennerchallenge started trending on Twitter earlier this week and teens were encouraged to upload their pictures after they undertook the challenge.The results in most cases were horrifying and quickly sparked massive criticism online.Kylie Jenner was forced to address the issue and she posted a tweet in relation to the criticism.She tweeted, “I want to encourage people/young girls like me to be YOURSELF and not be afraid to experiment with your look. CONCERN AS DONEGAL TEENS UNDERGO CHALLENGE TO GET ‘PERFECT LIPS’ was last modified: April 24th, 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:BrusingCelebrity ChallengedangerousEntertainmentFeaturesInjuryKylie JennerLipsnewsPARENTSPoutSwollenlast_img read more

first_imgMORE than 170 repossession orders are being sought by the banks against homeowners here in Donegal in actions launched in the County Registrar’s Court in Letterkenny.The move by all the banks – including Ulster Bank, Bank of Ireland, AIB and Permanent TSB – has sent shockwaves through the legal system.And political reaction has been sharp. Sinn Féin TD for Donegal South West Pearse Doherty said: “It is clear from the high number of repossession cases listed before the court in Letterkenny this week that the issue of mortgage distress is not limited to large urban centres and is increasingly becoming a feature of the towns and villages of our rural counties.“In the past number of months we have seen an escalation of the initiation of legal proceedings by the banks with over 3,000 letters issued by the six biggest banks to those in mortgage distress in the first quarter of this year and, if the current approach by the Government and Financial Institutions continue, I expect the high number of repossession cases listed in Letterkenny this week to be the start of a wave of such cases in the future.“Earlier this month the Oireachtas Finance Committee launched a Report on the Mortgage Arrears Resolution Process which outlines 47 recommendations in this area. This report has cross party support and is the result of extensive consultation with financial institutions, statutory agencies and representative bodies working with those in Mortgage Distress.“In my view, the high number of repossession cases represents a sad indictment on the Government’s failure to adequately address this issue to date and I call on the Government and the banks to implement the recommendations outlined in the Committee Report as a matter of urgency in order to ensure that there is a robust system in place which aims to protect the family home in every case possible.”REVEALED: BANKS GET TOUGH AND APPLY TO COURTS TO REPOSSESS 174 DONEGAL HOMES was last modified: July 15th, 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:County Registrar’s CourtdonegalhomesletterkennyRepossessionslast_img read more

first_img1 Jose Mourinho will stick with his plan to rest some of Manchester United’s players in their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday.The United boss saw his side move a step closer to the Europa League final as Marcus Rashford’s splendid free-kick secured a deserved, if hard-fought, 1-0 first-leg win at Celta Vigo.The away goal could prove crucial but the narrow winning margin means Mourinho will, as suggested on the eve of the first leg, rest several players when United return to Premier League action on Sunday.The trip to Arsenal is important in the race for the top-four, but the Portuguese knows the job is not done in a competition that offers Champions League qualification as well as a historic trophy.Asked if he will rest players at the Emirates on Sunday ahead of the second leg, he said: “The players that are in accumulation, the players that are with lots of minutes because we played nine matches in April and this one, so 10 matches in four-and-a-half weeks.“The players that are in accumulation, they are not going to play next weekend.”United could easily have had one foot in the Stockholm final, but they could not get the commanding result that their dominant play warranted.“Sergio (Alvarez, Celta goalkeeper) had a couple of very important saves and the way we started the game and controlled the game in the first half, I think we deserve a better result,” Mourinho added.“But the opponent was difficult, the match was difficult, the stadium was difficult, so I cannot be happier with the players and their work.“1-0 is really a short result. It could have been better, and seeing Celta’s trajectory in the Europa League, they definitely deserve respect for the away match.”Rashford could well be among those rested given he limped off at Balaidos and has played more than any other attacking player for United since the start of April.Again leading the line in the absence of injured top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the 19-year-old followed up his extra-time quarter-final strike against Anderlecht with a fine second-half free-kick in Vigo.“He worked really hard and created them problems,” Mourinho said of Rashford. “He had a fantastic shot in the first half with that beautiful save.“Then the free-kick is work – he works every day, he loves to work.“Sometimes training session finishes for the group and he keeps doing his individual work with my assistant.“The free-kick is really well taken and I think the goalkeeper has no chance because the ball is really fast.” Jose Mourinho last_img read more