A 14-year-old teen who allegedly murdered his friend at Matthews Ridge, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini) was on Tuesday charged and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The teen stood before Magistrate Faith McGusty and was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on June 27, 2019 at Matthews Ridge, he murdered Joseph Bumbury. The matter was held in-camera.Reports are Bumbury and his cousin were reportedly imbibing alcohol in a shop at Flat, Matthews Ridge when they were approached by the 14-year-old. It is alleged that the accused immediately attacked Bumbury and dealt him several punches about his body. Seeing this, his cousin intervened, but was also attacked by the suspect with a knife.The teen suspect reportedly whipped out a knife from his waist and stabbed the cousin to his hand which caused him to retreat. According to reports, the suspect continued his attack on the now dead teenager by stabbing him several times to his chest and hand. After committing the act, he escaped.The teen was rushed to the Matthews Ridge Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Detectives then visited the home of the accused and took him into custody. Guyana Times was told that it was during interrogation, the teen reportedly confessed to the killing his friend and led detectives to the murder weapon.The case will continue today before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.
Parking meter fiasco… “It’s very, very fishy” – Ramon GaskinBy Edward LaynePressure is mounting on the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to scrap the highly-secretive and controversial parking meter contract it has inked with National Parking Systems/Smart City Solutions, to hold consultations and then go to public tender in the interest of accountability and transparency.Economist Ramon GaskinMayor Mayor Patricia Chase Green inspects a parking meter in Mexico CityFormer First Vice President of Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) and Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram said “it’s very troubling indeed,” that for a project of such magnitude, information is hardly available.Ram, in an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday said that transparency must be the hallmark of the project.He lambasted the M&CC for failing to following proper public procurement procedures for the multimillion-dollar parking meter project, noting that it is not a project which the Council can just walk in and walk out of it”.“Clearly this should have been an open tender process. In fact, even before you go to that, maybe you invite interested parties having expression of interest you, then see detailed proposal and between the two, you do some due diligence,” Ram stated, adding that “if Local Government Elections is to mean anything and if local democracy is to mean anything, then its clear that the people’s representatives must have a say in the decision of how their rates and taxes are being expended.”He recommended that the process be abandoned and a fresh process be undertaken in keeping with the principles of transparency and accountability.Meanwhile, independent commentator and transparency advocate Ramon Gaskin described the entire controversy as “very very fishy”.Gaskin, a trained economist, told this publication on Wednesday that there is hardly anything that was made public on the project, save and except for a few persons on the City Council.“The only information that is available is what’s in the press… nobody has seen any contract of anything. The whole thing as my friends said has the smell of unrefrigerated fish. The whole think sounds very funny, not transparent, it didn’t go to tender, it’s a big problem. It’s very, very fishy,” he remarked.Gaskin also criticised the highly secretive Mexican trip which Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green, Councillors Junior Garrett and Oscar Clarke, along with Town Clerk Royston are current on as a “gallivant”.“Chase Green and all of them gone to Mexico for something, to gallivant, nobody knows. I don’t think the Councillors were even told about this trip to Mexico, Oscar Clarke and all of them,” he remarked.The economist, like Ram, is recommending that the Council abandon the current project and start a new process that is open and transparent. “Scrap all of that and cancel all of that and start over. They have to scrap it and start over,” Gaskin recommended.On Sunday last, former Speaker of the National Assembly and commentator Ralph Ramkarran said the undertaking seems to be nothing but a “get-rich-quick scheme”, given the capricious and tenuous strategies and justifications provided for some aspects of the project.In his weekly blog “The Conversation Tree”, Ramkarran outlined a number of issues in relation to the project and even suggested alternatives that the M&CC could explore before moving ahead with the contentious parking meter plan.Among the issues he outlined are lack of consultation with stakeholders including those who will be affected the proposed location of the meters which is deemed unfair and exploitativeRamkarran also contended that the fact the contractor would be taking 80 per cent of the revenue earned from these meters while the City Council would cash in on 20 per cent was extremely worrying.“This smells very much like a get-rich-quick scheme to exploit owners of motor vehicles, many of whom are regular working people, for the substantial benefit of the 80 per cent private contractor(s) and not the City Council,” he stated.Reports indicate that some 300 parking meters will be installed across the City, charging $125 every 15 minutes for an expected yearly income of approximately $100 million to $200 million.He also expressed concerns over the lack of any tendering process.Cultural Policy Advisor to the Education Minister Ruel Johnson also criticised the manner in which the project was being executed. In his Facebook post, Johnson posited, “Why on earth would any sane person interested in good governance want this deal to go through? And while I applaud Sherod Duncan, who has been completely reticent on many issues, for speaking out coherently on this one, where are the voices of the other Councillors on this? Even if there were a majority in favour, there has to be a reasonable minority against this.”Johnson also called on the public to use this opportunity to hold the Government accountable and demand better governance. The short-lived excitement of the parking meter project was eclipsed by controversy and accusations of corruption after City Councillors, including Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan refused to endorse the project on the grounds that the Council was not provided with enough information on the project and its contractor, including the contract with the Council inked with National Parking Systems/Smart City Solutions to install and operate the meters. There are also questions about the companies’ track record in parking meter installation.Cush has been arguing that his companies have worked in Panama, Argentina, Peru and Mexico City among others; however, checks by this publication in these locations turned up empty as there is no mention of either company.Further, the company’s website, http://npsgreatcities.com was registered on April 8, 2016, about the same time fresh discussions about the installation of parking meters in Georgetown surfaced. There are also concerns that the company provided a false address for its headquarters.Key stakeholders are raising concerns over the possibility of the undertaking being a shady deal aimed at exploiting the local populace.
…says GECOM has become accomplice to Govt’s delaying tactics…Harmon distances Govt, says ball is in GECOM’s courtA no-confidence motion has been passed against his government, but with each day that passes without President David Granger announcing a date for General and Regional Elections, Guyana slips closer to a constitutional crisis.PPP/C presidential candidate Irfaan Ali shares a light moment with China’s Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jianchuan, IDB Country Representative Sophie Makonnen; China’s Chargé d’ Affaires Chen Xilai; PPP/C MPs Gail Teixeira and Juan Edghill on MondayThis is according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who on Monday hosted meetings at his Church Street, Georgetown office with foreign diplomats to apprise them of the political situation in Guyana following the no-confidence resolution and to air the parliamentary Opposition’s concerns.According to Jagdeo, in an interview following the meeting, he raised concerns with the diplomats that Guyana may be heading towards a constitutional crisis with the Government’s sloth in calling elections.“We’ve been having engagements with different groups from the international community, to apprise them of the situation in Guyana and our take and how we feel about the sloth of the Government to seriously consider the constitutional implications of their behaviour,” he said.“They’re behaving as if nothing happened and we’re in a normal situation, when we’re heading to a constitutional crisis. So I pointed out clearly about that rapid pathway to a constitutional crisis and what will take place once the country gets into that situation, how we will act. And you are aware in the public domain what the approach will be on our side.”GECOM aggravating situationJagdeo outlined that the Guyana Elections Commission’s attempts to delay early elections are only aggravating the situation. He explained that he also outlined to the diplomatic community how the People’s Progressive Party would act should Guyana reach this position.“It is disastrous, because I think GECOM at the level of the Secretariat from the documents they provided to the Commissioners seem ready to start the process rolling. But at the level of the Commission, the Commissioners representing the Government have now taken on a political role. So their rhetoric is similar to the Government,” Jagdeo said.“Amna Ally has been speaking about it. So suddenly Vincent Alexander, (Desmond) Trotman and (Charles) Corbin, representing the Government on the Commission, have been parroting the same language. It seems their only task is to delay the start of preparations for elections. So their actions at GECOM are going to push us to a constitutional crisis faster.”Those who attended the meeting were China’s Ambassador to Guyana Cui Jianchuan; Mexico’s Ambassador to Guyana, Ivan Medel; Indian High Commissioner to Guyana V Mahalingam; Inter-American Development Bank Country Representative Sophie Makonnen among the other representative of the diplomatic community.Blame gameMeanwhile, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Monday distanced the Government from the claims of GECOM’s foot-dragging. According to Harmon in a State media release, it is up to GECOM to decide its readiness for elections.He went on to state that Government would have no say in the process despite the fact that there were three Commissioners representing the State who have been advocating for house-to-house registration – a process that could delay elections by several months.“I understand that they (GECOM) have outlined to the [Government and Opposition Chief] Whips a process through which these matters must go and so if there is an intention to expedite things to force issues; that will compromise those processes. I believe that those are matters that GECOM will have to pronounce [on].”“But certainly we will not want a list that is defective and we would not want a list that excludes persons who are entitled to be there and principally among that group is the large group of young people,” Harmon said.He expressed his belief that it was in the best interest of GECOM to ensure the credibility of the list before any elections were held.“I believe that it is the right of GECOM to insist that they have a list that can withstand scrutiny that in the event that they have to deal with an election, that they can say that the electoral results represent the will of the people of Guyana,” he said.No wordHouse-to-house registration or not, the President is yet to announce a date for the elections. According to the Constitution of Guyana, it is the President who has to dissolve Parliament and set a date for elections.On Friday last, Chief Whips Gail Teixeira and Amna Ally had met with GECOM officials to ascertain the entity’s preparedness to hold elections.That meeting had ended when GECOM’s chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson abruptly called the proceedings off when he was pressed for answers.The Chief Whips were supposed to report to Jagdeo and Granger respectively. When contacted on Monday, Ally could not say if the President had indicated when he would make this announcement.On December 21, 2018, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition against the Government succeeded when former Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud broke ranks 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. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 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.”Amid calls to resign, Government has insisted it is going nowhere until elections are held. A court case was filed, in which an order was sought to, among other things, delay the elections until the court rules on the matter. A ruling is expected on January 31.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 10:45 a.m.Jim Arnold, a former assistant coach and athletic director at California High School, has been named the Condors’ football coach. Arnold replaces Dusan Ancich, who resigned in February. Arnold, who has been the head football coach at Sunny Hills High school, served four years as an assistant under Jim Patricio at Cal High.
Juan Roman Riquelme is one of the finest playmakers of the modern era and, after ending his six-year spell at Boca Juniors, has now rocked up at the club where he started his career – Argentinos Juniors.And despite turning 36 this summer the Argentine star has proved that, no matter what, class is permanent by whipping a superb free-kick into the back of the net against Racing Club in the Copa Argentina.
How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 1 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Following discussions with head coach Joachim Löw, @LeroySane19 has left the team hotel in Munich for private reasons and will not be available for #GERPER. #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/rCgnqeHhIc— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) September 7, 2018However, this led to rumours it could have been a disciplinary issue as this came just days after Germany team-mate Toni Kroos questioned Sane’s attitude.The £37million player has yet to make an appearance for Manchester City this season but Citizens boss Pep Guardiola dismissed suggestions he is unhappy with Sane’s commitment. The winger made an appearance from the bench in Thursday’s goalless UEFA Nations League draw at home to France after being surprisingly left out Germany’s World Cup squad in Russia.Germany tweeted on Friday Sane has left the team hotel “for private reasons”. Leroy Sane has announced the arrival of his baby daughter a day after leaving Germany’s team hotel for “private reasons”.The 22-year-old gave special thanks to Germany on social media for allowing him to withdraw from their friendly against Peru on Sunday. REVEALED impact Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Latest Football News silverware highlights RANKED Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more smart causal possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY
Ten days of short term road closures are beginning today on the N56 Coolboy Kilmacrennan Road Scheme.Donegal County Council has announced that the final road surface course is being laid on the route from today (April 1st) to April 10th.Road closures will be placed for up to 2 hours on some local roads as the works pass the local road junction with the N56. Signed diversions will be in place for motorists to follow.The major €19m roadwork project, which has caused daily delays for motorists, is expected to be completed by Easter 2019.Travel Alert: Temporary closures begin on Kilmacrennan Road was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:kilmacrennan
The Letterkenny Rotary Club is set to host another 24 Hour Static Cycle in aid of Relay for Life this Saturday, May 25.Relay For Life is a 24-hour community celebration which honours all those who are affected by cancer.The event has become a very successful fixture of the Relay For Life events which take place at the Letterkenny LYIT Sports Field. Two bicycles have been dedicated to people who have signed up for an hour to ensure two bicycles are in continuous use over the weekend.A third bicycle has been introduced to facilitate anyone who wishes to spin the pedals for a while and contribute to the collection taking place there.The organisers would like to thank all who have volunteered to keep the pedals turning for this 24-hour event in support of Relay For Life.Letterkenny Rotary Club to host 24-hour Relay for Life this weekend was last modified: May 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
MESA, Ariz. — When A’s shortstop Marcus Semien looks over to his left this season, it’ll be an unfamiliar site.For the past three seasons, Semien had grown accustomed to Jed Lowrie manning the right side of the A’s middle infield. But with Lowrie now a New York Met after a season in which both he and Semien were finalists for the Gold Glove at their positions, Semien will have a new double-play partner in Jurickson Profar.While the two have never played together, Semien is well aware of …
Manchester United’s players celebrate with the trophy after winning the UEFA Europa League final football match Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United on May 24, 2017 at the Friends Arena in Solna outside Stockholm. / AFP PHOTO / Jonathan NACKSTRANDManchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his side’s season had been a triumph of pragmatism over poetry following their Europa League success against Ajax in Stockholm.In a poignant match scarred by Monday’s terror attack in Manchester, which left 22 people dead, United prevailed 2-0 via goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to win the tournament for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Mourinho has received criticism over the quality of United’s football and sixth-place finish in the Premier League, but he finishes his maiden season with three trophies and a place in next season’s Champions League.“The poets are the ones that win every match,” said the Portuguese, who had previously led United to success in the Community Shield and League Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I think I am going to have one of these jobs in a few years. I always lose matches, but some guys win every time and I don’t.“But in a bad season, in a season where sometimes I felt my team is the worst in the world and I am the worst manager in the world, we won three trophies and go to the Champions League by winning a trophy. MOST READ LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution NBA announces 2019 All-Star game will be held in Charlotte ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why “Not by finishing second or third or fourth, and we have the honour of going to the Super Cup.“So the season was the victory of pragmatism and the people who respect the opponent and try to exploit the opponents’ weakness. Based on pragmatism and humble principles. Not poets.”The United manager celebrated Wednesday’s victory exuberantly at the Friends Arena, at one point being bundled to the turf in an embrace with his jubilant son.A two-time European champion with Porto and Inter Milan, Mourinho once declared he did not want to win the Europa League, saying success in the competition would be a “big disappointment”.He has now won the tournament twice, having led Porto to glory in the UEFA Cup — as the Europa League was previously called — in 2003.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Pogba and man of the match Ander Herrera both dedicated victory to the victims of Monday’s devastating suicide bomb attack on concert-goers at Manchester Arena, which also left dozens injured.“If we could, we would obviously change the people’s lives for this cup, immediately,” Mourinho said.“We wouldn’t think twice. Does this cup make the city of Manchester a little bit happier? Maybe. But we just came to do our job.” ‘It means everything’“To me it is the most important trophy of my career because it is the last (most recent) — that is how I look at things,” he said.“Of course, Champions League is bigger than Europa League, but that is the last trophy and that is when the feelings are under the skin and obviously it is a fantastic feeling for the team.“It means everything. It means the third trophy and going back to the Champions League and winning a European trophy and playing Super League in Macedonia in August and means for the club the last piece of the puzzle.“Now it is like Ajax and some other clubs with every trophy in the world of football, so it means everything.”Beaten coach Peter Bosz said United “only played long balls and didn’t take any risks”, turning Ajax’s first European final in 21 years into what he called “a boring game”.But having fielded a team with an average age of 22 years and 282 days, the youngest to ever start a major European final, he expressed hope they would be better for the experience.“For all the players, this was the first final,” he said. “You have to learn from it. All the players who played today learnt a lot.“They’re not used to playing a final, these young kids. It’s all new for them. They will learn a lot from it and become stronger.“If we can keep this squad together, we will be stronger next season, for sure.” Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments