The controversial Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly prison riot at the Camp Street Prison and the prison system in general has burnt up about million of taxpayers’ monies.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon made this disclosure during a post-Cabinet press briefing on Wednesday morning at the Ministry of the Presidency.The financial cost to the COI comes in light of criticisms that the COI was a waste of time and resources, contending that the findings would be no different from previous recommendations made to bring about prison reform.One of the critics of the COI, former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran had explained that many reports were previously compiled citing the same faults in the country’s prison system; however, the Government of the day never made any attempts to implement the said proposals. He believes that this will again be the case.Corruption watchdog Transparency Institute of Guyana (TIGI) had also expressed that the prison CoI could be nothing more than window dressing.The CoI report was handed over to the Government on May 9; however, it was yet to be officially released to the public.According to a copy seen by Guyana Times, several recommendations have been made with the aim of relieving the constant problem of overcrowding in the prisons.The report recommended that the Government move to abolish mandatory minimum sentences; decriminalise possession of minimum amounts of marijuana for personal use; establish and expand alternatives to incarceration for those charged with low-level drug offences; ensure proportionality in sentencing – distinguishing between: drug trafficking and other types of crime, low, medium and high-level drug offences, rank or position of the accused in drug-trafficking networks, and violent and non-violent offences; avoid preventive detention (remand) in the case of low-level, non-violent offenders; employ non-custodial sentences in all cases of possession – such as treatment, educational opportunities or community service – that are available to those involved in other types of offences; re-orient law enforcement efforts to target high-level drug-trafficking networks, rather than those at the bottom rung of the drug-trafficking ladder, such as consumers, small-scale farmers, low-level dealers and mules; and undertake periodically comprehensive prison censuses to upgrade and expand criminal justice data systems and ensure timely access to criminal justice information for policymakers and the public.The CoI was established by the Government following the historic unrest at the Camp Street prison which resulted in the deaths of 17 inmates.More than 25 witnesses, including prisoners, prison officers, members of the Guyana Fire Service and members of the Guyana Police Force, testified before the Commission.Retired Justice James Patterson (Chairman); human rights activist Merle Mendonca and former Director of Prisons, Dale Erskine were the Commissioners.
The future of the sugar industry and GuySuCo was a crucial, monumental issue in the 2015 Regional and General Elections, but it is now on the back burner.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan delivering his speech in 2015Consistently in 2013 and 2014, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) denied they had any plan to close the sugar estates.On their campaign trail in 2015, the incumbent Government promised that no sugar estate would be closed and that sugar workers would enjoy a 20 per cent annual increase and better benefits under an APNU/AFC Government.In addition, they promised that under their tenure, sugar would see even more glorious years ahead.During a rally in 2015, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan told those gathered that “As part of taking care of the people, we have to ensure that certain industries that are the foundation of this economy, Guyanese economy, are looked after and in Berbice here they are two major ones, the sugar industry, and the rice industry and I want to tell you that the propaganda that you are hearing the APNU/AFC coalition is going to ground both industries to the dirt is all lies! We are not going to in any way close the sugar industry”.The Wales Sugar Estate, West Bank Demerara (WBD), which was the first to be closed by the APNU/AFC coalition Government, putting thousands of workers and their families on the breadlineWhile APNU/AFC wildly uses financial feasibility as the excuse to close sugar, former President Bharrat Jagdeo and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic contended that there are compelling socio-economic reasons for keeping sugar.He pointed out that sugar is the largest single employer in Guyana, after the public service. Sugar provides the bulk of the drainage and irrigation in Regions Three, Four, Five and Six.Sugar plays a critical role in the viability of the National Insurance Scheme and contributes considerably to the Government’s income tax receipt, which is a significant foreign currency earner.Sugar also creates a whole village economy that falls like dominoes when sugar is not working. See what has taken place in Wales, Patentia, West Bank Demerara, Canje, Enmore and La Bonne Intention (LBI).The vendors in the community markets in these areas, taxi drivers, grocery shop owners, tailors and seamstresses, jewellers and barbers and hairdressers have seen their livelihoods gone up in smokes.The closure of the four sugar estates at Rose Hall-Canje, Skeldon (both in Berbice), East Demerara (Enmore to Ogle) and Wales (West Bank Demerara) tossed close to 7500 workers into a financial crisis.In addition, that same rally in 2015, Ramjattan signalled his intention of the sugar and rice industry by noting that: “We intend, my brothers and sisters, to make that industry [sugar] profitable again, we have to make it profitable because it is that creates so much employment not directly but also indirectly for so many people across this country,” Ramjattan cited.Nevertheless, despite all the sugarcoated talks and speeches on keeping the sugar industry alive, Ramjattan has another story to tell.“We want to wane the next generation away from cane cutting, a place where PPP wants to put them back.” Those were the words of Ramjattan at the APNU/AFC campaign launch on Friday at D’Urban Park.2019’s, 92,246 tonnes of sugar were sold in the local, regional and international markets compared to 110,273 under the PPP Administration.In May of 2019, the coalition Government was preparing to sell off huge swathes of land owned by the GuySuCo as part of moves to sell off the several loss-making estates.This was being executed even as the Administration prepared to revive interest in the ‘for sale’ assets by local and foreign investors.The downsizing of the sugar industry has been fiercely resisted by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), the parliamentary Opposition and a number of other agencies.The operations of the La Bonne Intention Estate were amalgamated with those of the Enmore Estate; those at Wales were amalgamated with Uitvlugt and there are plans to privatise Skeldon. But the closure of the estates and the sacking of workers are having an effect on the economy.
“As part of its social responsibility (campaign), Burger King is offering a reward to women who get impregnated by football stars,” said Burger King.“Every woman will get three million rubles (around $45,000) and a lifetime’s supply of Whopper burgers. Women who manage to get the best football genes will ensure Russia’s success in future generations.”The post ended with a call: “Go ahead! We believe in you!”Burger King removed the ad and tried to make amends after a furore erupted on social media and in international media.“We apologise for our statement. It turned out to be too offensive,” Burger King said.The ad appeared to be ineptly trying to poke fun at an infamatory statement by a lawmakers who urged women not to have sex with foreign fans.A Communist Party parliamentarian, Tamara Pletneva, told a radio station that the World Cup could leave Russian women raising children “of another race”.Pletneva said the 1980 Moscow Olympics had led to some local women having then-rare relationships with foreigners and falling pregnant.“It’s the children who suffer… and have suffered since the Soviet era. It’s lucky if they’re the same race (as the mother) but if they’re of another race, it’s worse.”The Kremlin quickly distanced itself from Pletneva’s remarks.“Russian women can probably manage their own affairs. They are the best women in the world,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.Russia was sealed off from much of the world during the Soviet era and remains a deeply conservative society to this day.Its complexion has changed markedly with the influx of hundreds of thousands of fans of the 32 nations taking part in the month-long World Cup.Burger King’s big rival McDonald’s is one of the World Cup’s sponsors but companies of all stripes are trying to cash in on the most watched event in the world.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Burger King has pulled an ad offering free burgers to Russian women who get impregnated by foreigners footballers during the World Cup© AFP Ozan KOSEMOSCOW, Russia, June 21 – Burger King has apologised for an online ad offering burgers to Russian women who get impregnated by football players during the World Cup the country is hosting until July 15.The promotion on the global fast food chain’s account on VK — a local rival of Facebook — suggested Russia could benefit from some good “football genes”.
1 Chelsea have described as “utter nonsense” a claim from a Stoke steward that Diego Costa stamped on his foot.Stoke have confirmed that a member of their security staff reported Costa to the match referee after an incident on the touchline during the Potters’ victory over the Londoners at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.TV footage of the alleged incident shows Chelsea striker Costa going to retrieve the ball for a throw-in and then appearing to make contact with the steward with his foot.A Chelsea spokesperson simply said: “Utter nonsense.”Referee Anthony Taylor will now make mention of the matter in his match report and the Football Association will determine if any action is necessary in due course. Diego Costa
Sunshine and track and field certainly are a perfect fit.Local athletes from Finn Valley were to the fore over the weekend in Tullamore in a variety of disciplines.Prominent gold medal performances from James Kelly in the shot erasing big brother Johns national record in that age division getting out to 15-52m a whooping mark by any standards. He was leading into the last actual throw in the javelin also only for a better effort from the Leinster competitor both in excess of 43m.That big brother mentioned previously hit in and around 18m to win under 18 shot and was off up the road to catch a plane to the Ukraine.Blaithnaid Patton went over 11m to 11.20 a serious step up for the Stranorlar girl in the triple leading a 1 2 3 for Donegal with Caoimhe Mc Menamin in the bronze position that’s a big boost for coach Niall Wilkinson who has put in years of work round this athlete.Aaron Mc Glynn has been in flying form in training recently mixing it with the older lads after a period of injury got boxed in but held the head and was an impressive winner now for a shot at the 1500 in a few weeks. The only factor in the development of the young Glenfinn boy is coach Peader Mc Granaghan who has a singular belief .Naoimh Mc Granaghan continues to improve in the hammer now getting out to 40mplus no mean feat and she will build on this no doubt at all a silver medal on this occasion .Jade Leeper was back in business in both the shot and discus medalling in both but as she herself says more to come in the years ahead.Jack Mc Geehin silver in the triple ,Ian Brennan over 6m in the long bronze, Daniela Jansen high jump medal on the Saturday and terrific high jumping from Sommer Lecky at 1.51 clearance just beaten on countback .Sean Mc Donagh just a few centimetres down on the gold in the javelin but an encouraging silver . He has transitioned well from ball throw to javelin thanks to coach Bernie O Callaghan, Fourteen medals in total for the squad and another weekend to come . Well done coaches, parents and family members without you there would be a very limited story to tell . Many other top 6 most prominent Dylan Kearns 4th javelin and Louise Mc Sorley 6th turbo and Lauren Callaghan made 80m final needs to get out of the blocks sharper but time aplenty to work on that and yes that relay still to come . Cate Smith came in the top 8 in the shot .Finally this week our sympathy goes out to Kathleen Kelly and Bernie Crossan and the wider family circle on the death of their mum in Clonmany . May she rest in peaceFINN VALLEY ATHLETES SHINE IN TULLAMORE was last modified: July 8th, 2013 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)Tags:Athletesfinn valley
A mother-of-five fled from the scene of a shoplifting incident leaving her three month old baby in the back of a jeep.Margaret Doherty appeared at Letterkenny District Court today on a series of theft charges.The court heard that EIGHT bench warrants had been issued to locate the 34 year old mother over the past six years. Ms Doherty, of 38 Ballymacool Gardens, Letterkenny, stole a range of goods on a six week shopping spree which started in January 2005.She stole computers games, clothing, groceries and even a child’s buggy.The court heard how Ms Doherty was caught stealing €161 of groceries at Gormley’s Centra supermarket on January 7th, 2005.When she was caught she fled the shop accompanied by her three children but left her 3 month old baby in a jeep in the shop’s car park. Garda Harvey Maughan revealed she instructed her son to take a buggy out of a shop and she later loaded into her jeep.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had been through a lot and that her brother had been murdered in England.Her real problem was facing up to her crimes and coming to court.Judge Paul Kelly said the court knew his thoughts on shoplifting and the damage it had done to the country.He fined Ms Doherty a total of €550 and imposed a suspended jail sentence of nine months. MOTHER LEFT BABY IN JEEP TO GO SHOPLIFTING was last modified: October 3rd, 2012 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)Tags:babyGormley’s CentrajeepMargaret Dohertyshoplift
Kansas City returns the WAC Defensive Player of the Year, Abby Small, and second team all-conference selection Halle Hamilton. Scouting Kansas City The Bulldogs enter the match after winning at home against South Dakota State, 1-0, on Friday night thanks to a goal by Hannah Bormann. Kansas City boasts a high-powered offense that finished last season ranked in the top-10 nationally in six statistical categories, including goals scored per game (2.43). The Roos are led by Chris Cissell, who has been named the WAC Coach of the Year the previous two seasons.Print Friendly Version The unit is led by sophomore forward Rylan Childers, who was named to the First Team All-WAC in 2018 and collected the conference’s freshman of the year award. Live stats and live video are available and can be found on www.godrakebulldogs.com. She was also named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Freshman All-American Second Team after tying for fourth nationally in assists (14) and leading the conference with 11 goals and 36 points. Childers enters Sunday leading the Roos with four goals and nine points on the young season. DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University women’s soccer team will kick off against Kansas City on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Cownie Soccer Complex. The Roos enter Sunday’s match 4-0-1 after finishing last season with a program-record 16 wins en route to a second-straight Western Athletic Conference championship.
The annual Tractor Run for Donegal Down Syndrome will be turning heads again this weekend.A large crowd is expected at the event, which takes place on Sunday September 10th, leaving from Uptown Cafe on the Justice Walsh Road at 11am.This is sure to be a great day’s craic and with plenty of impressive machinery to admire. Drivers will take in stunning scenery along the way, all while helping to raise much-needed funding for the local charity. All proceeds will go towards the development of the new sensory garden at Donegal Down Syndrome office at High Rd Letterkenny.Cost is €20 per person/tractor which includes the ‘Uptown Fry’ breakfast before the run in Uptown Cafe with ‘the tae’ in Wilkins Pub in Churchill after. Registration is at 10am before the main event at 11am. Terrific Tractor Run to hit the road for Donegal Down Syndrome was last modified: September 7th, 2017 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:charityDonegal Down Syndromeeventsfundraisingletterkennytractor run
Economic development is a team sport. Local and state governments, working intentionally with businesses and civic organizations, set the foundation for sustained economic growth. Key elements of this foundation include robust collaborations on key economic development strategies, including key public policy matters, long-term investment strategies, talent development, and marketing.With the foundation set, the future of the city’s economic strength then depends on the city’s business leaders and investor communities to lean forward with investments that will attract new companies, create new jobs, drive top-notch talent, and foster the pride and energy that sustain the area’s growth. And when tech leaders partner with businesses and startups to innovate, the results can be truly astounding.I’ve seen a resurgence in my hometown of St. Louis over the last 10 years, thanks in large part to intentional collaboration between the public and private sectors. From tech incubators to transportation companies to manufacturing groups, companies of all kinds, including the energy company I lead, have joined forces to make the city a better place to live and work. For example, the Gateway Arch National Park recently benefitted from a public–private partnership dedicated to revitalizing the park grounds and renovating the museum at the Arch.Any city can follow the examples of St. Louis and other Midwest cities that have made strides in recent years, but economic development rarely occurs by accident. To kick-start growth, existing businesses — including those in the tech field — must take on the role of a city co-leader and work deliberately to invest in the economic growth of the cities they call home. But they don’t have to go it alone.Local Businesses and Economic DevelopmentThe fact that businesses drive economic development may seem like a no-brainer, so let’s get more specific than that. Consider larger companies with greater notoriety and an arsenal of resources, monetary and otherwise, as well as smaller companies and startups with fresh, disruptive ideas and dynamic teams of eager talent.Large companies may have more visible roles in economic development, but every local company, from enterprises to entrepreneurs, plays a part. Startups in particular are vital for strong economic growth. Such growth, in fact, could play a large role in the revitalization of Greece following its economic crisis.In my own experience, my city’s business resurgence is occurring largely because of the startup activity in the area. We are one of the top 40 fastest-growing cities for startup activity in the nation, and that entrepreneurial growth brings a diverse mix of job opportunities to local residents. In addition, these new companies have developed partnerships with larger organizations in the area, providing pathways for disruptive ideas to have big effects. For instance, Ameren Accelerator (an initiative of my company, Ameren), combines the University of Missouri (UM) system and Ameren with accelerator programs to provide opportunities to entrepreneurs and students innovating in the energy field. Innovators who join the program can explore and refine their visions under the guidance of local talent, including my co-workers, Capital Innovators and UMSL Accelerate, in addition to the UM System participants.This is why the partnership of larger companies is critical in a city’s development: The leaders of large companies have the resources and connections to drive innovation and help tech innovators achieve the results they set out to accomplish. In other words, enterprises that develop better relations with younger, smaller tech startups create a harmony between clout and inventiveness.Other enterprise-startup accelerator programs accomplish a variety of similarly beneficial outcomes. For example, Cisco Innovation Centers offer post-accelerator assistance to tech startups all over the world. Some large companies open their APIs to startups, which makes it easier for small companies to integrate their systems. In Louisville, Kentucky, one partnership (which includes the city’s government, other public agencies, local companies, and advocacy groups) joined seemingly disparate organizations to create better healthcare tech for asthma patients. And in Atlanta, AT&T, GE’s Current, and Georgia Power have partnered to fit streetlights with sensors in order to track issues with parking, traffic, and crime in particular areas.Better Partnerships, Stronger CommunitiesCreating one-off instances of change is incredible in and of itself, but when partnerships such as these become widespread, the cities that host them grow stronger overall. More specifically, areas with companies that step up and deliberately invest in their city’s growth will see a more cooperative and inventive city, creating better local economic health.This is something I’ve seen develop in St. Louis. Large companies in our area rarely operate as unapproachable monoliths; instead, they join forces and pool their resources to create things bigger than themselves. The city’s Cortex Innovation Community, for instance, brings together larger companies (like Mastercard) with smaller startups, and it’s quickly becoming a premier hub for tech and bioscience. Another group, 39 North, has earned a reputation as a leader in agricultural technology with the help of Monsanto (now part of Bayer), Bunge North America, and Novus International. For us, these are places that bring talent together to drive further innovation and collaboration — and they’re just one city’s examples of how larger businesses can make a significant impact.Bottom line: When large businesses leverage their influence for the good of their cities, they create an environment where talent can bloom. Community leaders and business leaders, working together, inspire the next generation of success stories, creating something together that neither group could do alone — and again, tech leaders are in the ideal position to have the biggest effect.This focus on innovation and economic development is not the end game for city and business leaders, though. Instead, it is part of the ongoing evolutionary process of civic and economic development. By putting together a framework that encourages partnerships, these groups can inspire their communities and create a brighter future for their cities. Kickstarting a Stagnant Company Warner BaxterChairman, President, and CEO of Ameren Corporation Related Posts Warner Baxter is chairman, president, and CEO of Ameren Corporation, parent company of energy companies in Illinois and Missouri. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Tags:#growth#tech WordPress for Enterprise – How This Open-…
Baal Sabhas of government schools, which are being organised regularly at public places in the villages across Rajasthan, have turned out to be a successful experiment for raising academic standards and reducing dropout rate of students. The parents’ participation has especially made these events interactive.The latest round of Baal Sabhas was held in the State on Thursday. At the Baal Sabha in Government Higher Secondary School at Sanganer, near Jaipur, Chief Secretary D.B. Gupta said the society at large should play a meaningful role in ensuring qualitative improvement of school education.Mr. Gupta pointed out that the choice of public places for holding Baal Sabhas was aimed at bringing transparency to the drive for improving standard of education and connecting the students with extra-curricular activities. The textbooks should be used for motivating young students to explore more about their subjects, he said.While pointing out that about 86.70 lakh students were studying in 65,000 schools in the State, Mr. Gupta said the Baal Sabhas were giving them opportunities for public speaking and enhancing their confidence level. “The schools should pay attention to retention of students in addition to the increase in enrolments,” he said.Rajasthan School Education Council’s Commissioner Pradeek Kumar Borad said the Baal Sabhas had not only led to an effective participation of local communities in the management of schools, but had also helped improve creativity of students.The results of annual examinations of VI, VII, IX and XI classes were announced at the end of Baal Sabhas across the State and information about the Rajiv Gandhi career portal, launched recently, was provided on the occasion. The health check-up and immunisation camps for students were also organised at several places.