Is there cause to worry?

first_imgDear Editor,Editor, in an earlier letter I have addressed the curious timing of comments made by the CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron, about the need for substantive appointments of a Chancellor and Chief Justice in Guyana, when he was silent about the same state of affairs prior to 2015. I have also written about his frequent visits to Guyana and comments by the Attorney General, Basil Williams, made about ‘close’ relations between Sir Byron and the Coalition Government – comments that were made by Williams on the corridors of the High Court.I feel it necessary to question linkages between Sir Byron and the Coalition Government, since I have received some feedback after my first letter on this issue and was told that there is no clear linkage between the CCJ President and the Coalition Government other that comments from the Attorney General.Editor, aside from the Attorney General, personalities close to the Coalition Government also have close links to the CCJ President. In 2012, according to a Stabroek News article, dated October 13, 2012, it was Senior Counsel Donald Trotman (Minister Raphael Trotman’s father) and retired Judge James Patterson – current Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission – who presented the petition for Patterson’s grandson, Richard Layne, to be admitted to the local Bar.Richard Layne – whose grandfather’s appointment is currently challenged in Guyana’s courts and could very well end up at the CCJ – is currently the Judicial Assistant attached to Sir Byron, according to his LinkedIn profile. Layne, among other things, prepares legal opinions and advice to the President on matters brought to the attention of the Court.Also, Editor, Mr Layne’s matriculation is another curious matter, given that after his matriculation he served at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and moved swiftly without any experience to his current position. Someone should question how this happened.Editor, it was none other than Sir Byron who talked about an independent and impartial judiciary when he spoke at the Guyana Bar Association last August. But in light of worrisome linkages in Guyana, the question now is – Is there cause to worry? Like I said in my last letter, Sir Byron has not clarified his involvement in local happenings.Regards,Todd A Morganlast_img read more

Can Guyanese afford to lose another 5 years?

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana has lost five years of infrastructural growth. Blackout and gridlock are now daily features of life in Guyana. David Granger’s Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, failed to add megawatts to the electrical grid, bridges over rivers and the all-important East Bank to East Coast bypass highway (Ogle Bypass). The constant power outages and ever-growing gridlock on the roads is a direct result of gross incompetence. Patterson was advised by a senior engineer (Egbert Carter) not to begin expansion works on the Sherriff Street-Mandela Avenue road before the Ogle Bypass highway was complete. The daily gridlock is a testament to the avarice that has caused the Ogle Bypass to be delayed.The Ogle Bypass plan, surveys, feasibility studies, and US$50 million in financing were sitting on Patterson’s desk when he entered Office. He had one job, get it done. Patterson, instead, opted for a course guided by greed and corruption. New surveys were ordered, four lanes would not be enough, it would have to be no less than eight. Then the twelve miles of road from Diamond to Ogle was not enough, the plan was expanded to thirty-two miles with the road being extended from Ogle to Soesdyke. We were informed that a swamp was encountered and needed to be bypassed or drained. All of this without a foot of the much-needed bypass being built. Would it have been so terrible to build the original bypass with four lanes and explore extension simultaneously? Surely even the worst of our road building contractors could have built twelve miles of road on sturdy sugar plantation dams in the ensuing four years? The estimated cost of this road project has moved from US$50 million to over US$120 million. The Government of India, which provided the initial $50 million loan has been approached by Patterson and his colleague Winston Jordan for an extension of credit to $120 million, given their track record, the request has been met with much scepticism and reluctance by the Export-Import Bank of India. People know a ‘hustle’ when they see it. Result: gridlock.An eerily similar situation exists with every other major infrastructure project; every year funds are budgeted and expended for surveys and studies of a Linden-Lethem paved road by Granger’s minions. Not a foot of road has been paved to date despite hundreds of millions being allocated. The saga of wastage on feasibility studies on a new bridge over the Demerara River, half a billion spent and not a pile driven; and Patterson cannot even specify a location for the new bridge.Recently, four miles of existing loam road was paved in Lethem at the cost of $473 million; another $22 million was spent to send ten Ministers and one Director General to assist Moses Nagamootoo with his ribbon-cutting duties. Half a billion dollars spent on four miles of road and a photo-opportunity. The stench of corruption rises to the heavens.The Amaila Falls Hydropower Project would have been pushing 168 additional megawatts into the Guyana grid at no cost to the taxpayers; consumers would have seen the cost of electricity drop by over 30 per cent on monthly bills. Instead, we have lost 17-plus megawatts since 2015, the first time since the 1980s that we have not increased or maintained power output. GPL is struggling to maintain ageing generating sets. Corruption remains an issue, was the recent emergency caused by the shortage of Heavy Fuel Oil supplies caused by lack of proper management planning or a ‘manufactured’ crisis to facilitate the increase in supplier price by US$2 per barrel, one for you and one for me maybe?Granger’s Government cannot fund infrastructure projects via public-private partnerships as was done by the PPP for the Berbice Bridge, Granger’s de facto nationalisation of the Berbice Bridge has destroyed investor security in partnerships with the Government and investors have no confidence in Granger or the protection of investments by the Judiciary. Many investors view the Court of Appeal’s decision that 34 (not 33) is the majority of 65 with morbid fascination and hold it as evidence of a politically biased Judiciary.As commuters sit in their cars or buses for hours along the only road on the East Bank corridor, further delayed by any mishap, they should think carefully about their future. Should it be on Granger’s imaginary roads going nowhere or on real roads and progress with Dr Irfaan Ali and the PPP? Can Guyanese afford to lose another five years? Elections are on March 2, 2020.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Reviving Water Transport—a Most Reliable Option in Yester Years

first_imgCommerce and Industry Minister Axel Addy came up on Monday with a truly innovative and highly interesting idea that he proferred to the Dutch delegation that visited on Monday.He suggested that the Dutch, who are experts in waterways, join Liberia in developing water transport to ease traffic on the nation’s few, highly overused roads. Minister Addy hoped that byDecember this year there would be water taxis on the Mesurado Bay. He told the Daily Observer yesterday that the Dutch had accepted his proposal, and that by December they would have a boat on the Mesurado Bay as another means of transport.Here is a great opportunity that we hope Liberians will take seriously. We ended yesterday’s Editorial, which was on the Dutch Delegation’s visit, by urging that Liberia take the Dutch initiative very seriously.Why? Because we know that we are not always a serious people. We receive one idea today and forget it before the day is over, never to return to our consciousness. That is the reason so many great ideas die a natural death in our country. Commerce Minister Addy’s idea is a serious one that we hope no one will forget but rather, everyone will embrace and run with until it is fulfilled. Here is why this is extremely important.Long ago, before the people from way up country could travel by road directly to Monrovia, they passed through Careysburg and turned right into Bensonville and on to Crozierville and White Plains. There they, like everyone from Careysburg, Bensonville, Crozierville caught the motor boat from the White Plains wharf to Monrovia. As Kenneth Best, in his book on Albert Porte, recalled, that is how people from the St. Paul River settlements—Royesville, Clay Ashland, Harrisburg, Mount Coffee, Millsburg, Robertsville, Virginia, Arthington, Louisiana, Caldwell, Crozierville, etc., got to Monrovia. They brought along with them their cane juice, a popular rum made from sugar cane, their fruits and vegetables for sale in Monrovia. The people from up country, too, brought their produce through White Plains to Monrovia.During those days, as late as the 1930s through the 1950s two boats traveled the St. Paul and Mesurado River routes—the Cooper Boat, owned by a man from Clay Ashland, and the Dixon Boat, run by White Plains-born Buddy Dixon. These boats traveled up and down the St. Paul River picking up passengers, their luggage and goods, then entered the Mesurado River and sailed on to Monrovia. The boats landed at what was then called the Landing Stage, which was situated across Providence Island on Water Street. The Landing Stage was immediately at the foot of the Center Street hill coming down past the College of West Africa (CWA).Commerce Minister Addy says the Dutch partners have also agreed to dredge the Mesurado River, which is full of debris from all the surrounding areas. Once that dredging is done, and all the surrounding neighborhoods cleaned up, sail boats, equipped with restaurants and bars, could be acquired to ply the Mesurado as a source of recreation for Monrovians and other visitors.There is also traveling all the way from the St. Paul River area on Bushrod Island a huge waterway called the Stockton Creek. It runs through Bushrod Island all the way to Margibi County, before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. The major bridge which one crosses en route to the Roberts International Airport (RIA) crosses the Stockton Creek. The creek bypasses Caldwell, crossing Gardnersville on to Margibi.A Liberian woman entrepreneur, Ms. Martha Conto, owns a thriving motel complex at Bushrod Island near Duala. The Stockton Creek runs behind her motel and she dreams of putting a boat there for people to ride up and down its corridor.In the 1950s Liberia’s Secretary of State, Gabriel L. Dennis, after work each afternoon, drove from his Broad Street residence through Bushrod Island to the St. Paul, got into his speed boat and drove it fast southward down the river just before it entered the Atlantic. We look forward to the day when there will be boating clubs along the Stockton and St. Paul, to utilize the blessings of waterways with which Monrovia is richly endowed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Daily News endorsements to date

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Wenger insists Podolski part of Arsenal’s plans as German hints at January exit

first_img1 Arsene Wenger has moved to dampen speculation over Lukas Podolski’s future by insisting the Germany international remains part of his plans at Arsenal.Podolski has suggested he could look to quit the Emirates in January having barely featured for the club in the opening few months of the season.He told reporters in his homeland while on international duty this week: “If my situation doesn’t change I’ll have to think about leaving in the winter.“I don’t like sitting on the bench. I am 29 and I want to play. I will speak with the manager and then see what happens.”Wenger, however, has assured the World Cup winner he is an integral member of his squad.“I is quite simple, there is no transfer market at the moment. When there is no transfer market, you are all on board – or not on board. It is like that,” said the Frenchman.“This is a job where you can only be successful if you’re fully committed. You cannot be half in and half out, so all this transfer speculation is not considered at all.“We are all on board to get results, and Podolski will be part of that.” Lukas Podolski last_img read more

Real Madrid advantage after sinking Bayern

first_imgBayern took the lead at the sold-out Allianz Arena through Joshua Kimmich, but Marcelo equalised just before the break.Despite Bayern dominating possession and creating plenty of chances, Madrid claimed a sixth straight win, dating back to 2012, over the Bavarians in the Champions League knockout stage.Real coach Zinedine Zidane pulled a surprise before kick-off by leaving both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema out of the starting line-up.Isco, who was replaced by Asensio at half-time, and Lucas Vazquez played either side of Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a subdued night up front in Munich.Real were poor in the first half, however a minute before the break they equalised through Marcelo’s fine strike. Photo/COURTESYThe Portuguese failed to add to his tally of 15 Champions League goals this season, being denied a second-half strike by an offside flag, which would have made it 3-1.James Rodriguez, who is on a two-year loan deal from Real, shone in Bayern’s midfield and found plenty of cracks in the Madrid defence.However, this just was not Bayern’s night.Both Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski went agonisingly close with a string of chances.The hosts suffered a blow with barely five minutes gone when Arjen Robben limped off to be replaced by Thiago Alcantara.Bayern changed their system with right-back Joshua Kimmich moving up to plug the space on the right wing, which sparked the opening goal.Marcelo made it 1-1, the left back’s finish from 25 yards high quality – a left footed strike into the far bottom corner of the goal. Photo/DAILY MAILWhen Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich played the ball down the right flank, James released Kimmich with a perfectly-timed pass in the 28th minute.The Germany international raced clear and caught out Keylor Navas at his near post to stun Real.Bayern suffered their second early injury blow when Jerome Boateng was replaced by Niklas Suele on 34 minutes — which is also bad news for Germany with the World Cup looming.Real had a left-off when Ribery went one-on-one with Navas, but stumbled at the crucial moment.Then from nothing, Marcelo conjured the equaliser on 44 minutes.Marco Asensio scored the winner as Real Madrid moved closer to a third straight Champions League title© AFP Christof STACWhen Dani Carvajal headed the ball across the edge of the box, it landed at Marcelo’s feet and was in Bayern’s net milliseconds later after a fierce left-footed shot.It was the Brazilian’s third Champions League goal this season after also scoring in the knock-out rounds against Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.Real escaped again when Navas failed to hold a Lewandowski header just before the half-time whistle and the ball bobbled away to safety.It shows how far Bale and Benzema have dropped out of Zidane’s favour that Isco was replaced on the left wing by Asensio for the second half, but the move paid off.Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng hobbled off in the first half, with Bayern left desperately short of options© AFP GUENTER SCHIFFMANNRafinha lost the ball in midfield after a Bayern attack, and Vazquez sprinted clear and put Asensio into space to curl past Ulreich on 57 minutes.With 25 minutes left, Zidane threw on an extra attacker, as Benzema came on for injured right-back Carvajal.Moments later Bayern came within inches of an equaliser when Navas denied Mueller with a reflex save.In the final five minutes, Lewandowski beat Navas, but his floated shot flew just wide of the post to add to Bayern’s misery.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marco Asensio scored the winner as Real Madrid put one foot in the Champions League final© AFP Christof STACHEMUNICH, Germany, Apr 25 – Real Madrid moved a step closer to a third straight Champions League title after substitute Marco Asensio hit the winner in a 2-1 semi-final, first-leg victory at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.The 22-year-old came off the bench to finish a counter-attack and complete the holders’ comeback win, giving Real the advantage for the return game in Madrid next Tuesday.last_img read more

Neymar penalty punishes Uruguay in feisty friendly

first_img0Shares0000Brazil’s Neymar scores the winner against Uruguay © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 17 – Neymar kept his cool to score the controversial penalty that fired Brazil to a 1-0 win over Uruguay in a full-blooded friendly on Friday.Brazil captain Neymar was subjected to some ferocious fouls from Uruguay as the clash between the South American rivals boiled over at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. But the Paris Saint-Germain striker had the last laugh, netting from the spot late in the second half after Diego Laxalt was harshly ruled to have fouled Danilo.Brazil are now unbeaten in their last 10 meetings with Uruguay, who haven’t defeated the five-time world champions since 2001.Brazil, building towards hosting the Copa America next year, take on Cameroon in another friendly in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.It will be their last match of 2018, having recorded five successive friendly victories since losing in the World Cup quarter-finals against Belgium.“It was a typical South American derby. We have respect for Uruguay. They have dangerous players,” Brazil boss Tite said.“We managed to control them. This is our third game now without conceding a goal.”Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez added: “Neymar was playing with freedom. We weren’t controlling him very well.“But I thought our young team matched Brazil. It’s a shame it comes down to a controversial situation.”Even on a dank, misty north London evening that was a million miles from the sun-soaked beaches of Rio, Brazil’s global popularity ensured a large crowd braved the elements to see their star-studded line-up.Neymar was the headline act as the Maracana came to the Holloway Road.His every touch brought cheers of approval from the crowd and it wasn’t long before he conjured the Selecao’s first chance.Tripped by Rodrigo Bentancur after a flamboyant run, Neymar picked himself up to take the resulting free-kick and drilled a low shot that forced a good save from Martin Campana.Neymar thought he had opened the scoring when he slotted home from Filipe Luis’s cross, but his close-range effort was ruled out for offside.Trying his luck from long range soon after, Neymar whistled a fierce strike just over Campana’s crossbar.Uruguay were hardly short of star power themselves and the two-time World Cup winners came close to taking the lead in the 23rd minute.Seizing on Brazil’s careless loss of possession, Barcelona forward Luis Suarez unleashed a dipping shot that was turned over by Alisson Becker.– Steely streak –Uruguay’s Lucas Torreira was on home turf and the Arsenal midfielder showed the steely streak that has endeared him to Gunners fans when he earned a booking for clattering into Neymar.That crunching tackle was typical of the robust approach that has remained Uruguay’s trademark for decades.There was little love lost between the sides and referee Craig Pawson dished out five bookings in the first half alone.Uruguay’s no-hold-barred style succeeded in knocking Brazil out of their stride.Brazil nearly fell behind just before the interval as Alisson was forced to repel Edinson Cavani’s close-range strike from a Suarez cross.Suarez went close himself, blasting a low free-kick that forced Alisson to save at full stretch after the interval.Neymar was growing increasingly irritated by the Uruguayan tackling, shaking his head in frustration after being clipped by Mathias Suarez.But he almost found the perfect response with a mazy run and shot that tested Alisson.Neymar finally got his revenge for the rough treatment in the 76th minute.When Uruguay’s Laxalt dived in on Danilo, the Brazilian launched into a theatrical fall that convinced Pawson to give a dubious penalty.Neymar grabbed the ball and stepped up to send Campana the wrong way from the spot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

ENJOY A SUNDAY AFTERNOON TREAT OF A FREE CONCERT BY YOUNG DONEGAL MUSICIANS

first_imgCome along and hear the talented young musicians of the Donegal Music and Education Partnership as they perform in a free concert at Letterkenny’s Regional Cultural Centre.Letterkenny Junior Choir will also take the stage at the event which starts at 2.30pm.The programme includes musicians from grade 8 on piano to beginners on drums. The DMEP has been running for more than ten years and has some 500 young musicians and singers on its books for individual or small group classes. It’s under the umbrella of Donegal Education and Training Board.Accompaniment for the first half of the programme will be provided by the pianist Pamela Patterson.Martin McGinley, director of the DMEP, said there’s a treat in store for people going to the concert.“It’s a remarkable gathering of young musicians,” he said. “It illustrates the work being done by tutors and students in the massive DMEP programme around the county. “We have a big range of instruments, from cello to guitar to saxophone. We have young children who are just starting, and teenagers who are playing with the Donegal Youth Orchestra.“There’s lot of variety in the music as well. You could have a new traditional piece ‘Fort Dunree’ followed by a Bach prelude followed by a trio of beginners playing ‘Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah’! It should be good fun.”Tutors who have students featured in the Letterkenny concert on Sunday afternoon include Pamela Patterson (piano); Michael Kielty (drums, percussion), Nigel Crossan (clarinet); Anderinna Gooch (piano); Martin Crossin (guitar); Sean McCarron (sax); Ursula Ó Faodhagain (piano); Olivia Goodman (woodwind); Lucia Spacirova (violin); Egon Callery (guitar); Rachel Harkin (voice); Frank Gallagher (violin); Victor Yélamo (cello); and Irene Donnelly-Tinney (violin).The concert runs from 2.30pm to 4pm. Admission is free. ENJOY A SUNDAY AFTERNOON TREAT OF A FREE CONCERT BY YOUNG DONEGAL MUSICIANS was last modified: April 23rd, 2016 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:director of the DMEPDonegal Music and Education PartnershipMartin McGinleyRegional Cultural Centrelast_img read more

GARDAI FEAR CAR FIRE WAS STARTED DELIBERATELY

first_imgGARDAI investigating a car fire in Letterkenny fear it may have been started deliberately.The vehicle was parked outside a house in Glenoughty Close at Glencar.The incident happened around 3am yesterday. The car was later taken away by a Garda technical team for further examination.Gardai at Letterkenny station are appealing to anyone who may have heard or seen anything suspicious in the area to contact them.Yesterday’s report on the incident is here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/04/22/people-forced-to-flee-home-after-car-goes-ablaze/  GARDAI FEAR CAR FIRE WAS STARTED DELIBERATELY was last modified: April 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Donegal NewsGARDAI FEAR CAR FIRE WAS STARTED DELIBERATELYletterkenny firelast_img read more

DONEGAL TEENAGER LAID TO REST ON HOME SOIL 180 YEARS AFTER HIS MURDER

first_imgA DONEGAL teenager believed to have been murdered in America more than 180 years ago has been laid to rest.Extensive DNA tests and a decade-long investigation led to the remains of 18-year-old John Ruddy being laid to rest in his native Ardara on Saturday.He was one of 57 workers who died in an incident at Duffy’s Cut 30 miles from Philadelphia in August 1832. The workers were all from Donegal, Derry and Tyrone and had arrived in Pennsylvania on a ship from Derry City just three months earlier.Two Irish-American brothers, Immaculata University Professor William Watson and his Lutheran preacher brother Frank, say there was a cholera outbreak on the railroad and the workers either died of the disease or were bludgeoned to death to prevent them leaving it.The skulls of six of the located remains showed fractures, including that of John Ruddy.Only his remains however have been formally identified, with DNA samples taken from known relatives. Vincent Gallagher, a native of Donegal and now living in Philadelphia, donated a grave in Ardara for Saturday’s re-interrment.“John Ruddy’s body was the only one of those found that they were able to positively identify,” said Mr Gallagher.The remains of five others – including a woman – were reburied at a cemetery near Duffy’s Cut last year.Permission to excavate the site further has been refused because the main AmTrak railway to Philadelphia now runs through it.On Saturday Father Austin Laverty conducted a graveside homily for Ruddy, originally from Inishowen but with relatives in the Ardara area. One of the historians behind the Duffy’s Cut project Earl Schandelmeier helped carry Ruddy’s coffin to his final resting place.Three pipers played as relatives James and Bernard Ruddy from Quigley’s Point and Sadie Ruddy from Portnoo followed.DONEGAL TEENAGER LAID TO REST ON HOME SOIL 180 YEARS AFTER HIS MURDER was last modified: March 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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