….Jagdeo questions Govt’s alleged $30M expenditure on kitesBy Andrew CarmichaelPresident David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo both visited Berbice, “the Ancient County”, on Saturday to distribute kites to children ahead of Easter Monday. They both took kites to Corriverton, Corentyne in Region Six and Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice in Region Five.President David Granger distributing kites at CorrivertonAddressing hundreds of children at Corriverton, the Head of State outlined the significance of Easter and explained that, for Christians, Easter is considered more sacred than Christmas, since it has more significance.He noted, nonetheless, that in Guyana we all celebrate each other’s festivals.“So what is happening in Guyana is that all of the religions are coming together to celebrate these ceremonies and festivals and national ceremonies and festivals. So today is not a day for Christians alone, it is not a day for Muslims alone, it is not a day for Hindus alone; it is a day for all Guyanese! That is the reason that I am here,” the president said.While noting that Easter may be significant to only some, President Granger said that, as a nation, we all celebrate the symbolic Resurrection of Jesus Christ.“What I am asking is that your children understand that this is part of a national festival. It doesn’t matter if you are Hindu, Christian or Muslim. We all know that today is what Christians call Holy Saturday. It comes at the end of a long period of sacrifice, called Lent; forty days and forty nights…,” he said.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who had also gone to Corriverton and Bath Settlement to distribute kites, met with children at Gangaram, Betsy Ground, Adelphi, and Canefield in East Canje; and at Crabwood Creek in Upper Corentyne, where some 5000 kites were distributed to children.He noted that many persons in the communities he visited, including those along the sugar belt — which are now being considered depressed communities — want to be part of the celebrations.“Unfortunately, the economic circumstances are not helping any of the families. So it is not an occasion for politics, it is an event in Guyana that cuts across race and religion, where we all participate in the celebration of Easter,” he expressed.Jagdeo, who later participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at Babu Jaan to mark the ninth death anniversary of the late former President Janet Jagan, questioned the amount of money Government had used to purchase kites for the children.The Opposition Leader is of the firm view that Government did not utilize the entire $30 million it allegedly had set aside for the purchase of 5,000 kites, but that a portion of that $30 million went to support the Peoples National Congress and its Easter programme.“So it is very ironic that this Government will spend $30 million, having claimed that they don’t have money to do anything else. $30 million to buy 5,000 kites to share in the sugar belt to kids, and they just took away the livelihood from their parents. Some of that $30 million has gone to Congress Place…, and they had to put Granger’s picture on the kite,” he remarked.He urged all those receiving kites to remember the reason why Easter is celebrated, and he called for religious tolerance and unity among all Guyanese.
Savita Persaud, proprietrix of a popular drinking bar in Station Street Kitty, Georgetown, was on Friday freed of an assault charge after the matter had been tried by Principal Magistrate Faith Mc Gusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Savita PersaudThe 33-year-old Persaud and 25-year-old Revelana Smith, called ‘Ducky’, of William Street Kitty, Georgetown, had been on trial for allegedly assaulting each other at the East La Penitence Police Station on April 23, 2019.Smith was, four days ago, sentenced to nine months in prison after being found guilty of the charge. Persaud later led her defense in the matter, and was cleared of the offence.In handing down her decision, Magistrate Mc Gusty declared that, based on the injuries she had seen on the parties, and given their respective explanations, she was of the opinion that Persaud was merely defending herself during the altercation with Smith. Accordingly, she dismissed the case against Persaud.On their first court appearance, each woman had pleaded guilty to the charge read to her. However, the magistrate had entered a not-guilty plea on each woman’s behalf following their respective explanations of what had transpired.According to Smith, she was attending a church service at the Berbice Penitentiary when she asked Persaud to find out what time the vehicle was coming to transport them to court, and Persaud started calling her names. This, she said, led to an altercation between them, but the matter was addressed by the matron of the prisons.Smith said further that when they arrived at the East La Penitence Police Station, Persaud approached her, and they started to fight after Persaud again used obscene language against her.Persaud, however, indicated that she was only trying to defend herself by scratching the other woman’s face after she was attacked.Smith had previously been charged with attempted murder, after she had allegedly cut off the finger of a policewoman and had dealt the woman several chops to her head and hand during a fight over her ‘child father’.Persaud is currently in prison, facing five charges before the courts. In June last, she was sentenced to fifteen years’ imprisonment for human trafficking.
Private criminal charges…over charges dismissed by DPPBy Vahnu ManikchandFinance Minister Winston Jordan has filed a $200 million lawsuit against Opposition Parliamentarian Juan Edghill, whose private criminal charges against several Government ministers, including Jordan, have since been dismissed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Finance Minister Winston JordanIn the court document seen by Guyana Times, Jordan is claiming damages in the sum of $200,000,000; for the “Malicious Prosecution of the Offence of Misconduct in Public Office” and other damages.On April 23, Edghill initiated private criminal charges against Minister Jordan and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson jointly as well as against Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine. The charges against the Ministers allege a breach of the Procurement Act in relation to the expenditure of $906 million in public funds to a private company, Homestretch Development Inc, for the construction of the controversial D’Urban Park Project, which has been a contentious issue for some time now.Jordan and Patterson were jointly charged with misconduct and abuse of public trust for having allegedly authorised the payment, while Dr Roopnaraine, who was a director of the company, was charged with alleged misconduct and the abuse of public trust for having received, in his capacity as director, the $906 million in public funds while serving as minister.However, those charges were subsequently discontinued by the DDP, Shalimar Ali-Hack, who said that in the interest of good governance, such allegations against serving ministers ought first to have been reported to the Guyana Police Force for an investigation to be launched and the advice of the DPP sought.Despite the charges being dismissed, Jordan, in his application to the court, said the private criminal charges filed by the Opposition Parliamentarian was intended to embarrass, humiliate, and cause him to suffer public odium and contempt.Opposition MP Juan Edghill“…the institution of the aforesaid Criminal Charge of Misconduct in Public Office against me were widely reported in the local newspapers, radio, electronic media, and was accessible and circulated on the World Wide Web and I thereafter received telephone calls from family, friends and overseas officials, inclusive of officials employed at international financial organisations… [and as such] I have suffered significant harm to my reputation and integrity as a direct result of the institution of the criminal proceeding by the respondent against me,” Jordan said in the court document.The Finance Minister went on to explain in his application that the $906 million was approved by the National Assembly, and thereafter, made available to the Public Infrastructure Ministry from the Consolidated Fund. He noted that as a Member of Parliament, Edghill could not honestly believe that he acted without reasonable excuse or justification in respect of issuing a Warrant to effect disbursements and allocation of the money to the Public Infrastructure Ministry.“…the respondent was therefore aware, or ought to have been reasonably aware, that the sum of $906,000,000… was approved by the National Assembly’nd as Minister of Finance, I was obligated by Law to issue the necessary warrant to ensure that the said approved sum of money was available to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, and as such there could be no honest belief that I willfully misconducted myself as alleged by the Respondent,” Jordan argued.Furthermore, he pointed out that as Finance Minister, he did not and could not have paid or authorise the payment of the $906 million to Homestretch Development Inc., as alleged by the Opposition Parliamentarian.“…notwithstanding that the Respondent was… a former Minister of Finance within the Ministry of Finance…; even an ordinary prudent and cautious citizen placed as a Complainant in the said Criminal Proceedings of Misconduct in Public Office against me could not have reasonably concluded that I was guilty of the Offence or even draw an inference that I was guilty of the offence of Misconduct in Public Office as alleged…,” Jordan stated.Those private charges that Edghill had initiated where the second set of charges filed by the Opposition that the DPP had thrown out, citing the same reasons.Two days before dismissing the charges against Ministers Jordan and Patterson, the DPP also discontinued charges against Government Ministers Volda Lawrence and George Norton. Those charges were previously filed over the sole sourcing of over $600 million in drugs and other pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, and the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown to be utilised as a drug bond at a cost of $12M monthly respectively.
Napoli are considering rivaling Arsenal for the signature of former Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa.Reports last week suggested the Gunners are eyeing the Spaniard as a potential replacement for club captain Thomas Vermaelen, who is on the radar of Barcelona and Manchester United having fallen out of favour at the Emirates.Arbeloa was usurped as Real Madrid’s first-choice right-back by Dani Carvajal last term and could be seen as expendable by Bernabeu boss Carlo Ancelotti this summer.talkSPORT told you last year that Napoli manager Rafa Benitez, who signed Arbeloa for Liverpool during his time at Anfield, wanted a reunion with the versatile defender in Italy and it is believed he has revived his interest in the 31-year-old.The former Spain international has two years left to run on his deal in the Spanish capital and would command a fee of around £4.5m.Arbeloa earned 56 caps before calling time on his international career and was part of the Spain squads that triumphed at Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. 1 Alvaro Arbeloa
Liverpool thumped United 3-1 at Anfield in the last match of Jose Mourinho’s reign on December but they are transformed under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and are back in the top four.If Spurs beat Burnley and Liverpool slip up, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be just two points behind City and Liverpool, with all three clubs having played 27 matches.AFP Sport picks out some of the main talking points ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures.Wary Liverpool face Old Trafford litmus testLiverpool know that a win at Old Trafford — where they have won just twice in the league since 2004 — would be a huge statement of intent as they hunt their first English top-flight title since 1990.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are looking to open up a three-point gap over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFKlopp’s men are 14 points clear of United but they will be facing a different team from the one they demolished in December, courtesy of a goal from Sadio Mane and two from Xherdan Shaqiri.“Since the new manager came in there is a new flow, they played good games and have won a lot and that is building confidence in the team,” said Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.“It’s also a home game for them so they will have a lot of confidence as they don’t have the problems they had before.”Solskjaer’s tough sideSolskjaer has lifted his side into the Champions League places and knows any chance he has of becoming the next permanent manager probably hinges on staying there.Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates Manchester United’s FA Cup victory against Chelsea © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONBut defender Luke Shaw says the interim boss, known for his sunny demeanour, is capable of showing some steel.“You know, Ole does it at the right time (shows another side),” Shaw told MUTV. “He knows how good we can be and, if we’re not up to his standards or the standards of Manchester United, he will certainly let you know.“We’ve had a few moments like that where we might have been comfortable in a game but got a bit sloppy. He’s the manager and he tells the players what he wants. It’s good and what we need sometimes, a kick up the backside from the manager, if we’re getting too comfortable.”Spurs stealth attackDespite showing incredible tenacity to stay on the edge of the Premier League title race, Tottenham have gone under the radar, with Manchester City and Liverpool the constant focus.Tottenham striker Harry Kane was injured in the match against Manchester United in January © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONBut four straight league victories have kept Spurs in the hunt for their first English top-flight title since 1961 — and they are getting ready to welcome talisman Harry Kane back into the fold.“He is doing very well and maybe he is going to be available at Burnley (on Saturday),” said Pochettino.“Harry is an animal and wants to be ready as soon as possible. In the last 10 days he has been fantastic and having him back available is a fantastic boost for everyone.”Golden oldie Hodgson is record-breakerRoy Hodgson will become the oldest manager in Premier League history when Crystal Palace take on Leicester.Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYThe former Liverpool and England boss will break Bobby Robson’s record for the Premier League era, which has stood since Robson’s final game at Newcastle in August 2004.He will be 71 years and 199 days old on Saturday.The pair are among four managers to take charge of a Premier League game in their 70s, with former United boss Alex Ferguson and Cardiff’s Neil Warnock also part of the exclusive club.Fixtures (6pm unless stated)FridayCardiff v Watford, West Ham v Fulham (10:45pm)SaturdayBurnley v Spurs (3:30pm), Bournemouth v Wolves, Newcastle v Huddersfield, Leicester v Crystal Palace (8:30pm)SundayArsenal v Southampton, Manchester United v Liverpool (5:05pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice as Liverpool beat Manchester United at Anfield © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 22 – Liverpool travel to Manchester United on Sunday facing the toughest assignment of their Premier League run-in on paper as Tottenham seek to sneak back into the heart of the title race.The trip to Old Trafford is effectively Jurgen Klopp’s team’s game in hand as they bid to open up a three-point lead over Manchester City, who play Chelsea in the League Cup final on the same day.
A Co Donegal woman who was raped and sexually abused as a child by her godfather has been awarded €2.8m in damages in her civil action at the High Court.Marcella Breslin from Killybegs had sued Patrick Gillespie from Carrickmagrath, Ballybofey, for sexually abusing her when she was aged between 12 and 16 years.A jury at the High Court awarded the mother of three €2.8m to include aggravated and exemplary damages. Patrick Gillespie was jailed for seven years in 2008 after being convicted of rape and sexual assault.Gillespie was in 2008 jailed for ten years with three years suspended after being convicted of rape and sexual assault of Ms Breslin when she was aged between 12 and 16.Ms Breslin said that between 1993-1997, he deliberately and knowingly perpetrated acts of sexual assault and sexual abuse on her in his home and also once in her grandmother’s house at Athayvooge, Killybegs and in forest areas in the county.The instances of abuse began as touching in an intimate manner and graduated to full sexual intercourse and while Ms Breslin did what she could to prevent rape, Gillespie overpowered her physically and psychologically and it continued for upwards of four years.As a result, ,it is claimed Ms Breslin suffered personal injuries, loss and damage.Ms Breslin’s Counsel Sasha Gayer had told the court that Gillespie was Ms Brelsin’s godfather and uncle law and in a position of trust and she would stay in Gillespie’s house and was close to his wife, her aunt.The assaults began when Ms Breslin was twelve years of age. Gillespie also brought her a local forest area where he would rape her.“It had a profound and lasting effect on her. She tried to take her own life when she was 16 years of age,” counsel said.The criminal case, Counsel said, caused a rift in the extended family. Gillespie’s sentence was upheld by the Court of Criminal Appeal.In evidence Ms Breslin said on Friday nights when her friends were thinking about what to wear going out she would go home because Gillespie called between 6.30 to 7pm and would take her to a forest and rape her, before dropping her home again.“I would meet my friend after and she would be trying to decide what to wear. I was thinking I wish that was all of my problems,” she said.“I was absolutely frightened to death to be followed to America,” she said.HIGH COURT AWARDS €2.8M TO DONEGAL ABUSE VICTIM MARCELLA was last modified: November 15th, 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:HIGH COURT AWARDS €2.8M TO DONEGAL ABUSE VICTIM MARCELLAMARCELLA BRESLIN
Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has raised concerns that about the government’s refusal to commit to the future of two special pre-schools in Donegal.Senator Ó Domhnaill questioned the Health Minister James Reilly about the future of St Agnes’s Specialist Pre-School and Ballaghderg Specialist Pre-School, and described the Minister’s response as ‘extremely worrying’.“Minister Reilly’s reply confirms the worst fears of parents and teachers in these two schools. It is clear that the government has no intention to support either school into the future,” the Donegal Senator said. In response to Senator Ó Domhnaill’s questions, Minister Reilly said “There are currently two specialised pre-schools in Co. Donegal: St. Agnes pre-school in Donegal town and Ballaghderg pre-school in Letterkenny. The HSE has assured me that it has no immediate plans to close Ballaghderg pre-school and this pre-school will continue to deliver services until 2015. The position in respect of St. Agnes pre-school in Donegal town is that it will close at the end of 2014.”Senator Ó Domhnaill continued, “Essentially, the Minister is saying that St Agnes will close at the end of next year while Ballaghderg will lose State support after 2015. It’s clear that it is Fine Gael policy to shut these Donegal schools down.“Once again this amounts to the direct targeting of children with special needs who have been forced to bear an unreasonable level of cuts over the past two years. Children with intellectual disabilities have suffered the most, with their entitlements cut by the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton. And now here in Donegal, it seems the government intends to shut down two specialist schools for young children with special needs.“Early intervention in the treatment and education of children with intellectual disabilities is crucial. The benefit of getting specialised care in the early years cannot be underestimated. I believe there is no excuse for such a radical downscaling of these services in Donegal. “I am urging the Health Minister James Reilly to come and visit these schools and see for himself the excellent service they provide and the enormous difference their work makes. It seems to me that this government continually makes decisions that have a huge impact on rural communities in particular, without any knowledge or consideration of the devastating impact these decisions can have.”FUTURE OF SPECIAL PRE-SCHOOLS IN DONEGAL IN DOUBT – O DOMHNAILL was last modified: June 17th, 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)
Soccer star Seamus Coleman is celebrating the New Year early after proposing to childhood sweetheart Rachel Cunningham.Seamus Coleman and Rachel Cunningham have announced their engagement.The Republic of Ireland and Everton player asked Rachel to marry him earlier today.The couple have been dating for nine years. Rachel, who is also from Killybegs, told her friends her wonderful news on twitter.And Rachel, who studied at Dublin City University, said she just couldn’t stop crying when Seamus, 25, popped the question.She tweeted “Special news..Seamie jst proposed to me after 9 years. Cant believe it in so much shock and can’t stop crying! Happiest girl in the world x.”Friends of Rachel and Seamus have been flooding their social media pages with messages of congratulations. Seamus has been on fire for his club Everton scoring five goals already this season.He is already the subject of lots of speculation linking him to his former manager David Moyes at Manchester United. SOCCER STAR SEAMUS CELEBRATES NEW YEAR BY POPPING THE QUESTION! was last modified: December 30th, 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:engagementevertonKillybegsRachel Cunninghamseamus coleman
What a day, what a crowd and what an occasion!Donegal Daily once again got behind the North-West 10K as thousands of euro was raised for deserving charities thanks to more than 2,000 runners and walkers.Letterkenny was alive with people of all ages doing their bit for charity and getting fit in the process.Simply click on this video from our friends at DonegalTV and Wallace Media for a super look-back at what was a great day.DDTV – THE NORTH-WEST 10K INSPIRES AND MOTIVATES THE PEOPLE OF DONEGAL was last modified: May 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) Tags:DDTVdonegalDonegalTVletterkennyNorth West 10k
2. Chico 3-2 34 23. Pleasant Valley (2) 1-4 31 44. Enterprise (1) 3-2 22 3t5. … The Northern Section Prep Football Media Poll is voted on by media members from the Chico Enterprise-Record, Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Red Bluff Daily News, Redding Record Searchlight and Action News Now. First-place votes are in parentheses with record, voting points and last week’s ranking listed after.Division IITeam Record Pts Last1. Shasta (6) 4-1 41 1