Mr Scotland’s tenure as Speaker has been less than stellar

first_imgDear Editor,November 19, 2018 must be recorded as a day of national shame; as the Speaker of the National Assembly aided and abetted by his staff, circumvented the laws of Guyana; specifically Article 80B(1) of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act which directs the House to deliver unaltered copies of constitutional agencies budget submissions to all Members of Parliament. Despite two weeks of preparation time available, the submissions were not available to MPs and indeed were not even in the process of being prepared; instead MPs were provided with a ‘summary’ that emanated from the Finance Ministry, this, Editor, suggests collusion to circumvent the law in no uncertain manner.Editor, this unlawful action was further compounded by the Speaker’s collusion with the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) MPs to reduce the time allocated for examination of these submissions from five hours to two hours. Scotland’s tenure as Speaker has been less than stellar so far, but he is now entering a new phase of behaviour that is far removed from normal, his partisanship is now causing him to act unlawfully to the detriment of the taxpaying citizen and must be curbed.Allow me to elaborate; the Speaker’s time-cut gave the Opposition MPs two hours to examine the budget submissions of 16 agencies, at 10 minutes per agency; a total of $11.446 billion with no direct submissions available to inform them properly, he allowed the Finance Minister to provide ‘block’ budgets (no line items) which are of little value. Minister Jordan then presented arbitrary cuts of those ‘block’ budgets in varying degrees of percentage points, no reasons were offered and no MP any the wiser as to what programmes or activity were affected. These arbitrary cuts by Minister Jordan effectively circumvent the laws granting autonomy to these constructional agencies, again aided by the Speaker; it was the Speaker again who failed the citizens when Minister Jordan refused to give answers to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) MPs, effectively rendering their fiduciary duty to examine submissions to a charade. Shame!Editor, Opposition MPs endured a five-hour recess and were faced with a choice of abandoning examination of these submissions altogether or accept hastily printed copies from which to ask pertinent questions. The logical course of action should have been provision of the copies with a minimum 24-hour period for preparation of questions, at which time the House could have been reassembled, given that the next meeting is Monday, November 26, there was ample time to make this feasible. It is my understanding that the PPP MPs suggested a rescheduling for Thursday, November 22, but this suggestion was ignored by the Speaker. Editor, taxpayers do expect work for our hard-earned dollars and examination of expenditure is very important to us.Editor, the Speaker is paid to represent the interests of Guyana’s citizens in the National Assembly, a fact that seems to be lost on Dr Scotland in his dealings with the current executive arm of Government; Dr Scotland’s handling of the No-Confidence Motion filed by the Leader of the Opposition contrasts sharply with that of his immediate predecessor Raphael Trotman, who despite coming to the Office of Speaker directly from the benches of the Opposition, endeavoured to perform his duties in an unbiased fashion. Speaker Trotman received a no-confidence motion, acknowledged same and proceeded to set a date for hearing, at no time was he accused by the then executive of behaving in a partisan manner by so doing, despite acknowledgement of receipt of the aforementioned motion, there has been no course of action set by Speaker Scotland. Worse yet is the allegation that the APNU leadership at a meeting with its MPs decided that it wants the motion debated on December 21 (strategically, this is to allow them to pass a “good” budget so as to get public sympathy) and indicated that it has directed the Speaker to name that date for its consideration, should this information prove to be accurate, this would be the worst form of collusion from a supposedly independent head of the Legislative branch of Government in our nation’s history. I can only hope Dr Scotland is not influenced by the possible threat to his job/position should the motion succeed; the calibre of person we select as Speaker is usually above such consideration; in Dr Scotland’s case, I await confirmation by action; the integrity of the Speaker’s office demands a demonstration of same.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Men’s and Women’s Soccer League’s hosting combined year end tourney

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Men’s and Women’s Soccer League’s are hosting a combined year-end tournament this weekend.A total of 20 teams comprised of six men’s, six competitive women’s and eight recreational women’s teams will be taking part in the event.The tournament gets underway at 6:00 p.m. on Friday at the Kids Arena Fieldhouse, while the semi-finals and finals kickoff on Sunday.- Advertisement -The full schedule can be viewed below.last_img

Planned power outage in Goodlow, Boundary Lake

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A planned power outage on Sunday will leave 300 customers in the Goodlow and Boundary Lake areas without service for 10 hours, says BC Hydro.A bulletin from BC Hydro says the power will be out to perform necessary work on a transmission line inside the Fort St. John Substation. This is part of the Transformer Addition Project, it states.“The transmission line feeds the substation in the Goodlow area and will be disconnected, thereby affecting the Goodlow and Boundary Lake customers,” the bulletin says.- Advertisement -The power is expected to be out from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., on April 17.last_img read more

‘If Mourinho was made of chocolate he’d eat himself’ – Docherty

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho has come under fire in the media following Manchester United’s shock Champions League exitLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 1- Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty has poked fun at Jose Mourinho’s ego by claiming the Old Trafford boss would eat himself if he was made of chocolate.Docherty knows what it takes to succeed at United after spending five years in charge in the 1970s and he doesn’t believe Mourinho has the right stuff to thrive in Manchester. Mourinho won the League Cup and Europa League with United last season and his side are currently second in the Premier League and in the FA Cup semi-finals.But the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has been criticised for his side’s style of play and for his treatment of certain players.Docherty is convinced Mourinho doesn’t help himself with an arrogant attitude, telling BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme: “If he was made of chocolate he would eat himself.“You can’t argue with his record but I think he goes over the score with his criticism of players.“He has bought those players and then he is criticising them afterwards.“I would be amazed if he lasts any length of time at Manchester United. I don’t think the board will put up with his antics.”Docherty, who was speaking in an interview to mark his 90th birthday later this month, led United to promotion from the second tier in 1975 and won the FA Cup in 1977.In another dig at Mourinho, he said he prefers to watch Manchester City, who can secure the Premier League title with victory over United in next weekend’s derby.“I don’t watch them a lot because I watch Manchester City a lot – because they are great to watch. They play football the way I like to play it,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Unstoppable Capital FM carries the day in Inter Media SJAK Sports tourney

first_imgThe champions went home with a glittering trophy and a cash reward of Sh75,000Capital FM taking a selfie after winning the SJAK Sports Day. Photo/ ERIC BARASAThe Best Mix of Music comprised of captain, Lassie Atrash, Timothy Olobulu, Solomon Okeyo, Ashleigh Ali, Anita Nderu, Ivy Mang’eli, Ali Athman, Jeff Ooko, Kristian Malumbe,Joe Kisila, Alex Isaboke, Keysha Shagava, Ahmedin Gulu and Team Manager Duncan Kikata.-Relay-Capital FM captain Lassie Atrash on the home stretch in the relay. Photo/ERIC BARASAThe team started the tournament with the relay that comprised of the quartet of Atrash, Shagava, Okeyo and Athman where they finished second in Heat 4 before Atrash anchored his charges to fourth in the final to collect 17 points.Capital FM’s Shagava in action in the sack race. Photo/ERIC BARASAIn the sack race, Kisila anchored the team to finish runners-up with 21 points while Ashleigh and Ooko participated in egg race.In football, Capital FM, topped Pool D after seeing off Ghetto Radio 3-0 courtesy of Ooko’s brace and Malumbe’s goal, they were then handed a walkover against Kass FM.Capital FM’s Ali Athman taking on Mediamax player. Photo/Eric BarasaIn quarter finals, they edged out a stubborn Media Max 1-0 in a tense encounter where their keeper, Apopo Mujema pulled great saves but was beaten two minutes to time thanks to Okeyo’s sucker punch.In the semis, Ooko once again picked a brace while Malumbe and Okeyo found the back of the net to win 4-1 against Qwetu Radio thus advancing to the final where they blanked Royal Media 2-0 with Ooko opening the scoring from the spot before keeper Gulu netted a fantastic rout one goal.Capital FM receiving the title from KCB Corporate Communication Manager Peter Mwaura. Photo/Eric BarasaIn the last event of the day, Capital FM surprised many by picking the tug of war title with Olobulu and Kikata playing a crucial role.Capital were handed a walk over against Homeboyz Radio, they then eliminated Qwetu in the quarters before pulling down Royal Media top storm to final where they won against sponsors KCB Bank.Capital FM competing in Tug of War. Photo/ERIC BARASAThe event was organized by SJAK which was sponsored by the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and Coca Cola’s Nairobi Bottlers.KCB playing as a guest team was placed second by managing 90 points as the Royal Media Services completed the last podium finish place with 89 to edge out Mediamax in fourth spot with 76 points.Capital FM celebratingSJAK president, Chris Mbaisi thanked the sponsors and the participating teams for making the event possible.“The association wanted to mark the World Sports Journalists Day in style by affording sports scribes an opportunity of interacting and bonding hence the competition,” Mbaisi said.Capital FM’s Ashleigh Ali competing in the egg race. Photo/ERIC BARASAThe World Sports Journalists Day is observed every year to appreciate the services of sports journalists in the promotion of sports.The purpose of the day is to encourage sports journalists to strive for excellence in their work and to set an example to the world – not only to the to the world of sport, but to the world at large.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Capital FM celebrating after being crowned SJAK Sports Day Champions. Photo/ERIC BARASANAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 13 – Capital FM ruled the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports Day that brought together scribes from different media houses, amassing massive 93 points to be crowned the champions at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani on Saturday.In the tournament that had five disciplines, Capital FM won football to collect maximum 25 points and shocked the rest to take the tug of war title while they were runners up in the sack race, finished fourth in the 4x100m relay won by Mediamax and were placed sixth in the egg race.last_img read more

Bankruptcy looms for some builders

first_imgThe industry is “going to be a shadow of itself once we get through this downturn,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s, who predicts home prices won’t rebound until late 2009 or early 2010. “Everyone was too optimistic.” Developers are reeling from sharp increases in loan defaults, which force lenders to be far more cautious about new mortgages. The result: sinking home prices, surpluses of unsold homes and a spike in canceled orders. Even speculators who snatched up new homes during the bubble years hoping to turn a quick profit can’t sell, meaning more properties compete for a limited pool of buyers. To move unsold inventory quickly, builders are staging flashy sales promotions of the kind common at used car dealerships. In particularly hard-hit housing markets, such as California and Florida, and even in less-devastated regions, such as the suburbs around Washington, D.C., developers are resorting to auctions to sell new houses, town houses and condominiums. In California, for example, Kennedy Wilson Auction Group typically fetched bids 40 percent below the asking price on houses they sold in about a dozen auctions of residential developments this year, said Rhett Winchell, president of the Beverly Hills-based company. Homebuilders such as Centex Corp. and Pulte Homes Inc. aim to survive an industrywide unraveling by selling houses at bargain prices, slashing jobs and scrapping growth plans. But as the housing downturn worsens, experts say at least a few major U.S. homebuilders may end up bankrupt. Builders constructed more than 2 million housing units nationwide in 2005, the year the boom peaked. So far this year, housing starts have fallen to an annual rate of 1.2 million units through September, and economists expect the number to drop to an annual rate of 1 million by mid-2008. Some analysts foresee a shakeout similar to that of the early 1990s, when numerous builders went through bankruptcy, including Reston, Va-based NVR Inc. and U.S. Home Corp. of Houston, now part of Miami’s Lennar Corp. A consolidation of weaker players may also be on the horizon. Nationwide, Pulte cut prices $10,000 to $50,000 during the sales event, offering discounted closing costs and free golf carts in communities catering to seniors. The company would not provide sales figures from the event but company spokesman Mark Marymee said the promotion “generated considerable momentum in a lot of markets where there really wasn’t a lot of activity or interest.” Homebuilders also have moved away from buying land outright and instead buy less-expensive options to do so, said Elliot Eisenberg, a senior economist with the National Association of Home Builders.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


first_imgA young mother has alleged how she awoke to find her boyfriend’s friend in her bed touching her intimately.Letterkenny Court.The Co Donegal woman found the man touching her breasts and bum and raising her leg after he slipped into her bed while she and her partner slept. The woman, who cannot be named, appeared by video-link from Australia where she now lives.She was giving evidence to Letterkenny Circuit Court this afternoon where a man has gone on trial charged with sexual assault.The alleged assault, which the man denies, took place at a house in Letterkenny on May 17th, 2010.Before the court is a man in his 30s who has pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault.The court heard that the woman, her partner and the accused had all met at the Golden Grill Nightclub in Letterkenny.They all got a taxi home.The woman revealed how the man was given the spare room in their house and she went to bed with her partner and they had sex.However she awoke some time later to find the man in their bed touching her breasts and bum and trying to lift her leg.“He told me to shush and everything would be okay. I told him to get out but he wouldn’t get out of the bed,” said the woman.The woman then screamed at the man and told him to get out of the room as she woke her boyfriend.Her boyfriend also shouted at the man and he left the room to go back to the spare room.The woman then said she went into another spare room and barricaded herself into the room with a chest of drawers and cried herself to sleep.The next morning the woman told her partner to ask the man to leave the house.He did so and after some time the accused and the woman’s partner left the house to go to the pub.Defence barrister Peter Nolan put it to the woman that because she had had so much to drink on the night that most of her memory was a daze.He put it to her that the incident did not happen at all and did she not find it unusual that her partner left with the accused to go to the pub.The woman said she was angry with her partner for doing this and she had actually broken up with him for a while because of this.She declared “I know exactly what happened when XXXXX came into my bed.“I would never bring this case four years later and then allegedly make something up.“We are a family but I will never forgive (her partner) for walking out the door with XXXX,” she said.The trial before a jury of seven women and five men continues before Judge Keenan Johnson tomorrow.WOMAN ALLEGES SHE ‘WOKE TO FIND PARTNER’S FRIEND TOUCHING HER IN BED’ – COURT was last modified: February 5th, 2014 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)last_img read more

Newcastle United sign Chelsea star on a season-long loan

first_img silverware 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won ALTERED 2 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Manager Benítez added: “I’m really pleased to have Kenedy back with us. I’m sure every fan will be happy with this signing.“Hopefully he can keep playing at the same level that he reached with us last season. I wish him all the best for his time here.” Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez predicted smart causal How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? The Brazilian winger got two goals and two assists in his 13 appearances, and gave the Magpies another dimension in attack.He is their third signing of the summer after the permanent acquisition of Martin Dubravka and the arrival of Ki Sung-yueng.“I am so happy with this interest from Rafael Benítez, that he came back for me,” said Kenedy told Newcastle’s official website. “I want to keep it going, the work that I did here before, for the new season.“I have received many, many messages on social media from the fans. They made me feel appreciated, so I wanted to come here in this new season and give everything on the pitch.” Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes center_img Newcastle United have signed Chelsea star Kenedy on a season-long loan, the club have confirmed.The player spent the second half of last term at St James’ Park and was a huge success as they retained their Premier League status. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Latest Premier League news How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Newcastle United have re-signed Kenedy on a season-long loan. possible xi gameday NEW ERA who plays? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener possible standings How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? last_img read more

Stealing Christmas spirit

first_imgWHITTIER – For the past two weeks, it has looked a lot like Christmas in James Creighton’s front yard, with snowflakes swirling in a huge globe, reindeer pulling a sleigh and a Grinch dressed as Santa on the front porch. But on Sunday morning, the family woke up to find a real-life Grinch had stolen the 8-foot globe from the front yard of the Reichling Lane home in West Whittier. “We are devastated because that snow globe was so awesome. It really made it look like it was snowing in the front yard,” said Creighton. With the $125 decoration gone, Creighton and his wife and grandson didn’t have the heart to keep the rest up. On Monday night, with neighbors looking on, the family packed up many of their other decorations, including the reindeer and a train set with a city around it, and put them away back in storage. “I didn’t want to get up every morning and see if something else was missing,” said Creighton. All that remains now is a row of candy canes, the Grinch on the front porch, roof lights, two 10 Commandment tablets and signs saying “Yard art missing due to thieves.” Teresa Gonzalez, a neighbor on Reichling, said after the theft, her family will keep a close eye on their outdoor decorations this year. For now, she misses seeing the cheerful holiday display at night. “It’s so sad, because it was really pretty to look out the window and see the snow,” she said. “For someone to do this at Christmas time, a time of loving and giving, shows that they have no heart.” As for the Creighton family, they are still deciding whether to do it next year. “We have done it for six years and never had a problem, but after this I don’t know,” said James Creighton. “If we get a new fence around the yard, maybe we will.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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

Men’s Basketball Returns Home To Host Milwaukee

first_imgStory Links Milwaukee (5-3) comes to Des Moines after posting a 1-2 record in the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase last week. The Panthers are led by redshirt junior Te’Jon Lucas who leads the team in total points, rebounds, assists and steals. Following Tuesday’s game, the Bulldogs will welcome Southeast Missouri to the Knapp Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. Print Friendly Version In the fifth-place game, Roman Penn did a little bit of everything with team-highs in rebounds, assists, and steals. Penn is currently leading the conference with 6.0 assists per game and is second with 2.3 steals per game. Live Audio Drake (6-2) aims to remain undefeated at home, where it is 4-0 this season and has won eight-straight games. The Bulldogs finished strong at the Gulf Coast Showcase, with wins against a pair of 2019 NCAA Tournament teams that included holding Murray State’s high-powered offense to 53 points. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team returns from Florida after a fifth-place finish at the Gulf Coast Showcase for a meeting with Milwaukee Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center. Penn is averaging 10.3 points per game this season, which is tied for second with D.J. Wilkins and behind Anthony Murphy who leads the team with 11.0 points per game. Drake’s balanced scoring is complimented by its defense, which is holding opponents to a conference-best 60.1 points per game.center_img The game will be broadcast on Mediacom 22 and will be streamed on ESPN+. The radio feed will be on 1350 ESPN and on TuneIn. Live Stats Drake Game Notes Buy Tickets This is the second-consecutive season the Bulldogs and Panthers have met and the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams. Drake has won three straight against Milwaukee, including a 75-61 win on the road last season. ESPN+ last_img read more