M&CC consultations do not cater for regular working folks

first_imgDear Editor,I have noted many advertisements put out by the M&CC regarding  public consultations regarding the garbage situation.  While it good for the M&CC to do these consultations, I noticed that the consultations are at 10 am on the dates and also they are at City Hall.  I tried to get to one of the consultations for an area next to mine (my area was not included in the consultation list by the way), however, I had a work meeting clash that I could not get away from.  This is my point. How serious can M&CC be about talking with citizens if they put the meetings at a time that most cannot attend? Why not hold meetings after work hours or on weekends. Also why not have teams or the councilor representative for areas have meetings within the areas so you ensure a proper engagement. I hope that this can be considered by the council especially for engagements on other issues,  especially those that are directly community related, in the future.Kind regards,Dr Raquel Thomas-Caesarlast_img read more

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Bigger picture at GECOM

first_imgDear Editor,The news has been rightly dominated in the last weeks with the President’s unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman. It is a matter which has evoked a lot of concern; and persons and organisations have expressed, in a most passionate manner, their strongest disagreement with the President’s decision.While the Administration’s apologists have sought to create a smokescreen, and call attention to a number of red herrings, the President’s act, for all intents and purposes, remains unconstitutional and plainly wrong.But this act by the President, Editor, must be seen in the context of the bigger picture. The GECOM Chairman selection/appointment is part of a wider plan executed with military precision to usurp democracy, contain dissent, and control all arms of the State. It mimics the modus operandi of many military/security-based Governments the world over.We have seen that efforts are being made to tarnish and undermine political opposition through the widely perceived politically-controlled SARA and SOCU. Flimsy, trumped-up charges are instituted to intimidate and harass many considered as opponents. At the same time, longstanding norms and practices have been disregarded and replaced by a top-down approach to address and deal with issues.Alongside those developments, we have seen former military men and women who are no doubt supportive of the Administration placed in almost every facet of the state apparatus to obviously assure control. Note should be taken also of the recent amendments to the broadcasting legislation which established mandatory programming for the Administration on privately-owned television and radio stations.It is still not too late to nip these developments. Such actions require the people to stand up staunchly and strongly oppose such developments. Dictatorship in the past put our country at the brink, aggravated poverty, chased away our needed and required skills for development and advancement, and took away our dignity and pride. At this time, I call on all fellow Guyanese to not allow those days to return.Yours sincerely,Patricia Persaudlast_img read more

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Open Letter to the National Legislature

first_imgDear Honorable Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay and Pro Temp Armah Jallah:Please accept my compliments and best wishes on behalf of the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC). The ECC is deeply concerned that as the country approaches the 2017 election year, a decision is yet to be reached between the National Election Commission (NEC) and the Legislature on setting a new threshold to reapportion constituencies for the 2017 presidential and legislative elections in keeping with Articles 80 (d) and (e) of the Liberian Constitution. The ECC wishes to point out that in 2010 constituencies were not apportioned based on the 2008 census report in keeping with Constitutional provisions cited above. However, the Legislature through a joint resolution in 2010 instructed NEC to set a special threshold, thus adding nine additional seats to the existing 64 seats from the 2005 presidential and legislative elections. This joint resolution which was adopted by the NEC, contravened Article 80 (d) and (e) of the Liberian Constitution and has expired because it was dealing specifically with the 2011 general elections, and therefore this same formula cannot be used by NEC for the upcoming 2017 general elections.Under our democratic system in Liberia, political representation is not based on registered voters, but rather on the population as determined by a census report. In view of the above statement, the ECC therefore calls on the Legislature to include on its agenda during this Special Session establishing a new threshold based on the 2008 census report, before the start of the voter registration process in February 2017. We look forward to a favorable response as we all work to strengthen the country’s emerging and fragile democracy. The ECC is a non-partisan professional network of civil society organizations that monitors, documents, and reports on election issues to promote transparency and accountability in the democratic process. The elections work of the ECC is conducted in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) with support from USAID.If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us at: 0886-554-109/+231-775-186-92/0886891850 and email eccsecretariat2011@gmail.comSincerely,Atty. Oscar BlohChairperson, ECCShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Freezing rain warning issued for B.C. Peace

first_img12:59 PM PST Tuesday 03 January 2012 Freezing rain warning for  B.C. North Peace River issued A Pacific warm front combined with cold air at the surface is producing periods of freezing rain over the Peace River. The freezing rain is expected to change to rain this afternoon.- Advertisement – Periods of freezing rain will end this afternoon.center_img This is a warning that an extended period of freezing rain is expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.last_img

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Fort St. John recognized in national Communities in Bloom magazine

first_imgThe one-page article, written by Communities in Bloom judge Evelyn Alemanni, highlights the use of Edible Landscaping at the City’s facilities.“In Fort St. John, B.C., the city’s horticulture staff has not only embraced the concept of edible landscaping but has convinced the city that it’s the way to go,” she writes.She outlines the use of rain water collected from the Pomeroy Sport Centre for irrigation, and the fruit and vegetable plants surrounding City Hall and other public locations. She also answers the frequently asked question, is it ok to go for a snack in the gardens?- Advertisement -“Of course!,” she responds. “Recently the Chinese Speed skating Team was in town for training, and after their practice sessions, they could be found outside, hunting for delicious strawberries.”Fort St. John will once again participate in the national competition in 2012, which garnered the city a 5 Bloom rating last year, as well as the designation of national winner in the Community Edible Garden category.Advertisement The article, titled “You’re Invited to Dinner at City Hall – the Unusual Gardens of Fort St. John, B.C.” can be found in the May issue of Communities in Bloom magazine.last_img read more

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Who does Arnold speak for?

first_imgIt’s Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s own doing that from now until he is termed out at the end of 2010, no one will really know when he’s speaking for himself and when he’s merely a heavily accented ventriloquist’s dummy speaking for all those who pay his campaign bills and travel expenses.When he gives his state of the state speech and advocates new water projects, is he speaking from his own analysis of what the state needs or for the real estate and development interests who have given him more than $22 million and need new sources of water for their projects?When he gave hospitals reprieves of from 12 years to 22 years by approving this month rule changes that essentially allow hospitals to remain earthquake collapse hazards for decades to come, was he doing what he thinks is right or pursuing the short-term profit goals of hospital and health insurance interests that have given him $5 million since mid-2003?Does he decide what to do, or take orders from the moneyed interests whose usually anonymous donations fund the nonprofit that pays for his “fantastic” junkets to places like China and the United Kingdom? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSchwarzenegger leaves himself open to these kinds of questions, and to the possibility of his Teflon and his popularity wearing thin because he continually breaks the first promise he made as a candidate and often tries to hide the fact he’s doing so.That promise was to fund all his political activities himself. Just after announcing his recall election candidacy on Jay Leno’s late-night TV show, Schwarzenegger assured reporters he would never need to take money from special interests, that he had plenty of funds to cover all his political expenses and more.Since then he’s raised more than $120 million in officially reported donations from individuals and companies that either do business with the state or rely on state approval for various aspects of their business.Meanwhile, no one knows how much has been raised to pay his travel expenses, including leased private jets that cost up to $100,000 per hour and luxury hotel suites going for $5,000 per night and up in the fanciest hotels of Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, London, Jerusalem and other cities.That’s because, as a Los Angeles Times investigation revealed, his aides don’t keep written records of travel costs and donations, instead tracking these matters only orally. It’s not even clear whether these funds have been used for his frequent Idaho vacations and other personal trips. The lifestyle funded by these practices, which at least skirt close to the boundaries of state gift disclosure laws, stands in stark contrast to the way his predecessors lived. Ex-Gov. and current Attorney General Jerry Brown famously rode around in an aging pale blue Plymouth sedan. The ousted Gray Davis flew commercial coach between Sacramento and his condominium in Los Angeles. Pete Wilson rode in an aging Oldsmobile sedan and George Deukmejian was the essence of unpretentiousness.It’s not that Schwarzenegger lacks the personal funds to pay for both his campaigns and his lifestyle. His fortune was estimated at between $100 million and $200 million when he was elected and has likely grown since. He has spent at least $10 million of his personal money on political activities.But he has long evaded keeping his first promise, excusing himself by saying that because he has so much money, no donation can ever influence him.Yet, it is difficult to find any decision he’s made as governor that harmed the corporate interests whose donations he seeks so assiduously. The unaccounted travel donations have the potential to be especially pernicious. Because Schwarzenegger is far more accessible while traveling than at home, the business executives who are often his fellow travelers get many chances to bend his ear. No one can be sure what influence that has on his decisions.And even if the governor himself is not influenced, his aides and appointees know who pays and who does not. They also know that when their decisions displease the governor and his donors, they will be gone quickly like recent chiefs of the Air Resources Board and the agency regulating chiropractors.Schwarzenegger still has time to fix all this. He’s ruled out running for either the U.S. Senate or mayor of Los Angeles after leaving Sacramento’s horseshoe, so why should he seek more campaign cash? And if he now begins disclosing who pays for his luxury travel, he will at least be letting the public know which agendas are being promoted to him.The governor demonstrated after his 2005 special election disaster that he can change course almost instantly. The bottom line: If he doesn’t clean up his fundraising act, he can never again maintain that his administration is pure and clean. So almost every action he takes in his remaining time as a public “servant” will be open to serious question.Thomas D. Elias is a syndicated columnist who covers California issues (e-mail: tdelias@aol.com).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘I’ll be surprised if Poch doesn’t buy a keeper – Spurs need better than Lloris’

first_imgTony Cascarino believes Tottenham will never win major silverware with Hugo Lloris between the sticks.The former strike ace and talkSPORT pundit has been critical of Lloris in the past and says his latest howler, against Liverpool on Sunday, proves he simply isn’t good enough to be the number one goalkeeper for a club with title ambitions.With 90 minutes on the clock at Anfield and Spurs set to secure a crucial point, the Frenchman failed to hold Mohamed Salah’s routine far-post header and the ball trickled into the net off teammate Toby Alderweireld’s leg. Getty 2 talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Mauricio Pochettino praised Lloris as ‘one of the best in the world’ earlier in the season, but Cascarino believes the Spurs boss will have a new goalkeeper in his sights this summer.“I will be surprised long term – and I am talking into next season – if Pochettino doesn’t buy another goalkeeper,” he continued.“He has already got a good one in there already but you need better. You need a keeper of the highest level to make your team go on to another level of not being second or third.“I don’t think he is as good as what you need between the sticks to go and win things.” 2 Speaking on the Sports Breakfast, Cascarino said: “Lloris is a very good shot-stopper. He has always produced them wonder saves where we all clap in the stands and say ‘fantastic’ but every now and again – more regular than most – he will drop a clanger in a game.“I don’t think his kicking has ever been good, he isn’t a footballing goalkeeper and Tottenham love to play and move the ball from the back. He’s never had the presence of a David Seaman or Petr Cech when he was at his best. I don’t see a presence in the goalkeeper.“Yes, he won a World Cup but he was behind a very good French team and in that World Cup final he conceded a stinker of a goal.“It is not making Hugo Lloris a scapegoat for yesterday – he has done it more often than most at the top end of the table.” LIVE ON TALKSPORT Lloris is distraught after his late howler cost Tottenham a point at Anfield Hugo Lloris dealt poorly with a weak Mo Salah header in stoppage time, leading to Liverpool’s winner Middlesbrough vs Bristol City (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland (Wednesday 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm)Coventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORTlast_img read more

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Pochettino in stunning revelation about Eriksen’s future and ‘unsettled’ squad

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has conceded he ‘doesn’t know’ if Christian Eriksen will play for the club again.The boss has also claimed his squad is the ‘most unsettled’ it has ever been in his five years in charge at White Hart Lane, with the futures of a number of other first-team players also uncertain. Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Getty LATEST Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January “We need to find solutions. We have one week more to wait and see what happens in the last ten days.“I think this is my sixth season and the most unsettled group we are working with.“That is why we are relaxed and calm. Some situations we cannot fix. Nothing to say about that, situations that are going on in the squad. Still we need to wait.“That is the circumstances after playing the Champions League (final) on June 1, we knew that some situations like this would happen but for us and the club it’s difficult to handle. What can we do? We can only wait.“I cannot do more than try to help the team find the best dynamic to train and not to create too many problems and be a person who is not being very emphatic, but understand every single situation and try to get a good result.” OFF Getty Images – Getty What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Pochettino cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines during Sunday’s defeat “We are waiting to see what happens.“It’s so difficult, the situation. We know this can unsettle the group but we know in ten days it will finish [when the window closes] and things will be clear.“I am going to be happy in ten days after we play Arsenal [on 1 September] when the transfer window closes in Europe.”Eriksen’s absence for the majority of the Newcastle game was startling obvious, highlighting how much last season’s Champions League finalists rely on the Dane.Spurs enjoyed 80% of possession against the Magpies but lacked creativity, registering only two shots on target. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman on target 3 deals BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ FAREWELL 3 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship stalemate AFP or licensors LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES Eriksen was frustrated as Spurs were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle at home on Sunday But he is not the only first-team player whose long-term future at the club is in doubt.Jan Vertonghen, also in the final year of his contract, has not featured yet this season, while fellow centre-back Toby Alderweireld is a free agent at the end of the season.England left-back Danny Rose was told he could leave the club before the new Premier League season got underway but is yet to seal a move, while Victor Wanyama is reportedly on the verge of joining Belgian side Club Brugge.Spurs have of course brought in a few new faces in club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele  and Giovani Lo Celso on loan from Real Betis.But Pochettino admits his side are a bit of a mess at the moment.“You know very well and I told you in pre-season, before (their Premier League opener against) Aston Villa, after Aston Villa, positive result or negative result, the group is still unsettled,” said the boss. 3 Christian Eriksen said earlier this summer he wanted to leave Spurs to ‘try something new’ latest Eriksen has been strongly linked with a departure for most of the summer, having entered the final year on his contract.The Denmark playmaker is a reported target for Spanish giants Real Madrid before the September 2 European transfer deadline, and although he could end up staying he will likely leave for nothing next summer when his contract expires.Eriksen was left on the bench for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle United, with the midfielder coming on in the second half as Spurs lost 1-0 at home.And asked following the game if the 27-year-old has played his final game for Tottenham, Pochettino said: “I don’t know. I don’t know. Why you ask me? Maybe you know something.last_img read more

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Three key areas from Neil Lennon’s first media call as Hibs boss

first_imgThe 44-year-old sees the challenge in the capital as an exciting opportunity in his career. Neil Lennon has outlined his vision for Hibernian after signing a two-year contract with the Scottish Championship side.Promotion is the number one aim for the capital club after missing out on a place in the top flight in the past two seasons.The Scottish Cup holders start their season early as they enter the Europa League group stages and Lennon addressed some of the key issues he faces in Leith.The Northern Irishman, who will be assisted by Garry Parker, has already started identifying players for his new era at Easter Road. Lennon expressed his desire to keep the bulk of the current squad together and add quality in key areas ahead of the start of the season.Lennon says he will hold talks with the striker’s representatives, insisting Hibernian have no need to sell last season’s top scorer.The 20-year-old has attracted attention from several English Championship clubs including Wolves.Former Celtic coach Lennon brushed off any suggestion that taking charge of a club in Scotland’s second tier was a step down, recalling Brian Clough departed Leeds United, then champions of England, to go to Nottingham Forest and leading them to glory.last_img read more

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Protest to coincide with Minister Harris’ visit to Letterkenny Hospital

first_imgA protest has been organised to coincide with Minister Simon Harris’ visit to Letterkenny University Hospital.The Minister for Health will be officially opening the Integrated Blood Sciences Department and the Clinical Skills Laboratory at the hospital at 1:30pm.Protesters are assembling outside the main entrance of the hospital at 12 noon on Monday afternoon. The protesters will highlight the trolley crisis and the lack of funding, staff, and resources. This follows the implementation of the Full Capacity Protocol several times over the year, with management urging patients to go to their GP and only attend the Emergency Department in the case of a serious emergency.Organiser Gerard Gallagher says; “Enough is enough; the Government has to do something about this. I’m urging people to come out and support this protest and also public representatives.”“This protest is for the people of Donegal, everyone is welcome to attend – no political banners.”“I’m urging the people of Donegal to support this protest this Monday. This could be your wife, husband, son, daughter, mother, father, or grandparents on a hospital trolley for 10 to 24 hours, so this affects us all.” “Now is your chance make your voice heard folks.”Protest to coincide with Minister Harris’ visit to Letterkenny Hospital was last modified: December 10th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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