How low can the PNC go?

first_imgDear Editor,Just when you think the PNC cannot come up with any more shenanigans to drag out the time for holding elections, their chief caretaker, chief plenarist Mr Granger, continues to show great contempt for the people of Guyana and the Constitution. Mr Granger has still not made a proclamation to enact elections and has not dissolved Parliament as required.Despite local protests and international calls for the proclamation of an election date, the chief caretaker, whose party has wilfully dragged out the process, seems delusional and now thinks the PPP will go to Parliament and sanitise all their wicked deeds. What’s wrong with these people? This man who has been violating the Constitution for nine months now and refusing to implement decisions of the highest courts can glibly lie that he has been in compliance with the Constitution.The Government is now illegal. In March the PNC said Cabinet had resigned and they were a “plenary.” Now, after the CCJ has ruled against them, the PNC said, “Cabinet has not resigned,” and they still meet as a Cabinet and carry on as usual. The PNC has now proven that they cannot be trusted with power. Will they leave office when defeated at the next election, or will they pull all these stunts of filing frivolous lawsuits to stay on indefinitely?Civil society must stand up now for Guyana. The international organisations must impose sanctions and bring on the pressure. If Caricom is going to remain silent, the new PPP Government must reexamine the usefulness of Caricom to Guyana.Also, Guyanese in Canada must lobby the Canadian Government to chime in on the illegality of the PNC regime.To the PNC – you have lost all those crossover votes that helped you win in 2015. You will not be trusted any more. While the PPP demitted office twice and can be trusted to act democratically, we understand that the PNC’s game is once they get in, they do not intend to get out. And that is dictatorship.Mr Granger has forever lost all goodwill and has demonised his party and people once again.Sincerely,Jerry Singhlast_img read more

Interim LAFD chief starts changing management

first_imgA deputy Los Angeles fire chief involved in some of the embattled department’s most controversial cases was effectively demoted Tuesday in a staffing reassignment. Deputy Chief Andrew Fox, the No. 2 ranking administrator in the department as commander of the Operations Bureau, will be transferred to head the Bureau of Risk Management effective April 1. Deputy Chief Emile Mack, current head of risk management, will take over Operations. The transfer is the first significant change in Fire Department personnel since Interim Chief Douglas Barry took over for retiring Chief Bill Bamattre in early December. Barry declined to say whether Fox’s reassignment was related to ongoing controversies, including complaints of racism, sexism and harassment. “Their reassignment comes at a time when the department is moving in a new direction toward growth and opportunity,” Barry said in an interview. “The reassignments of Chiefs Mack and Fox allows the department to utilize their individual strengths, skills and abilities in different capacities that will better serve the department and improve the organizational effectiveness and efficiency in the department.” Fox, a 26-year firefighter who is also the mayor of Thousand Oaks, said he had no comment on the decision. Fox drew criticism after he did not pursue disciplinary action against the firefighters involved in a hazing incident that prompted African-American firefighter Tennie Pierce to file a racial discrimination suit. The City Council ultimately rejected a proposed $2.7 million settlement, and the matter is now in court. Barry won praise for the reassignments from various firefighters’ groups. “These are reassignments the chief believes are necessary and we support the chief,” said Capt. Armando Hogan of the Stentorians, an association of African-American firefighters. Said Steve Tufts, president of the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City: “The firefighters union has long held the belief that changes need to be made in key leadership positions within the LAFD. I hope this is the first of more changes to come.” Since being named interim chief, Barry has been meeting with firefighters to underscore his message that the LAFD will no longer tolerate harassment or hazing. “I think they want to see what we will be doing,” Barry said, adding that he plans to make more changes in the coming months. Councilman Jack Weiss, who chairs the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, said Barry was acting appropriately. “Chief Barry has been given a mandate for change and the appropriate thing for us to do is give him the authority to make changes and to hold him accountable for producing results,” Weiss said. (213) 978-0390160Want 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

Devoted owners medicating aging pets

first_imgWAYNE COUNTY, N.C. – With aging, it’s become a routine faithfully endured by the Guffords. Each day starts with a blood-sugar check and a shot of insulin. Then a couple of pills, maybe mashed into a bowl of tuna and canned carrots. Mixed with dry chow. All for their 12-year-old dog. Brownie takes more drugs than his human companions put together. He has been medicated in recent months for diabetes, infections, high blood pressure and his finicky gut that rebels at red meat. Since 2005, he has taken drugs for everything from anemia to a spider bite. “He’s our baby; he’s a family member. I would want somebody to do that for me,” says Ann Gufford. She estimates spending $5,000 over the past two years on medicine for her baby, a mixed beagle-cocker spaniel. He has lost a couple of steps on the squirrels outside their little home near Goldsboro. His hearing is failing. Still, without some of the drugs, he’d probably be gone. “You cannot put a price on that,” says Ann Gufford. “And I don’t want to,” adds her husband Ben. Americans have begun to medicate their dogs, cats and sometimes other pets much as they medicate themselves. They routinely treat their pets for arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, allergies, dementia, and soon maybe even obesity. They pick from an expanding menu of mostly human pharmaceuticals like steroids for inflammation, antibiotics for infection, anti-clotting agents for heart ailments, Prozac or Valium for anxiety, even the impotence drug Viagra for a lung condition in dogs. Increasingly, they buy at people pharmacies or online and sometimes pay with health insurance. Until recent decades, American veterinarians still concentrated on care that reflected the country’s agrarian roots: keeping farm animals healthy to protect the human food supply. Instead of being medicated, a very sick animal was quickly sacrificed to save the herd. Pets were typically kept outside with the cows, chickens and pigs. A dog was lucky for a dry place in a crude shelter; a cat, for a warm spot in the barn. Within the past five years, pets have finally overtaken farm animals in the pharmaceutical marketplace, claiming 54 percent of spending for animal drugs, according to the trade group Animal Health Institute. Keeping more than 130 million dogs and cats alone, Americans bought $2.9 billion worth of pet drugs in 2005. Though equal to only 1 percent of human drug sales, the market has grown by roughly half since 2000. “As more and more drugs are being developed for people, more and more drugs are being developed for veterinary medicine. It’s really a parallel track,” says Dr. Gerald Post, founder of the nonprofit Animal Cancer Foundation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved more than 40 new pet drugs over the past five years. One of them was Slentrol, which became the first government-approved slenderizer for obese dogs in January. It will cost up to $2 a day, though buyers could presumably put their animals on a diet and save money on dog food in the bargain. “We’re treating them like part of the family, so we indulge them,” says Georgette Wilson, a vet for Slentrol’s maker, the animal health branch of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. “We give them too much food. We don’t exercise them as much as we can.” The market growth reflects an intensifying bond between pets and their people, who are comforted by the unquestioning love of their animals in an affluent society where traditional institutions are frayed and mobility severs family ties. A 2002 survey for the American Veterinary Medical Association found that 47 percent of people viewed their pets as family members. This attitude – people depending on their pets – makes customers vulnerable to overspending, some vets warn. For example, a single three-month course of pet chemotherapy might cost $3,000, though chemo in an animal is meant more to ease symptoms than prolong life. It’s a reasonable option only for some pets. Researchers have also begun to test new, expensive, targeted cancer drugs like Gleevec on animals. “I really should have let him go before I did,” says Margaret Park of Raleigh, who had her failing Abyssinian cat treated with a second round of chemo. “When you’ve been treating an animal for a really long time, you lose your objectivity a little bit.” Unwilling to let go, some people go to extremes to scrape up the cash – even mortgaging their houses, says Dr. Steve Suter, who treats pet cancers at North Carolina State University’s veterinary college. “It doesn’t affect people at all. They love their animal,” he says. Most days, retiree Ben Gufford takes Brownie into Goldsboro for lunch at Burger King. In the drive-through lane, he orders the fish fillet sandwich – hold the mayo – for Brownie, along with a chicken sandwich for himself. Then Gufford takes the fish from the bread, cools it with the air conditioner and sops up the grease with napkins to accommodate Brownie’s sensitive digestive tract. Brownie wolfs down his lunch from Gufford’s outstretched hand, along with any pills he refused at breakfast. “It puts new meaning into their motto: Have it your way!” cracks Gufford’s wife. The Guffords take life Brownie’s way. When Ann Gufford’s parents and Brownie fell ill two years ago, she visited all three daily at their hospitals. Ann Gufford, who works as a laboratory technician in a hospital, says some co-workers seem to think she “should just go and put that dog down and forget about it.” She adds disdainfully: “They have yard dogs.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Cause of early morning 96 Street fire under investigation

first_imgIt took 11 firefighters approximately four hours to extinguish a blaze early this morning on 96 Street. Calls started to come in just before 6:30 a.m. reporting that a vacant home near 100 Avenue was on fire.Fire Chief Fred Burrows said the age and make up of the structure made it a challenge to battle.“The fire had a good hold. It was an older structure with sort of a building built on top of a building so it was stubborn to put out.”- Advertisement -The Fire Prevention Branch and Fort St. John RCMP are continuing to investigate a cause as Burrows added that due diligence still has to be done before automatically deeming the fire to be suspicious in nature.“You can’t rule out anything. There was still hydro connected to the building. You have to treat it like it’s any other structure fire and go through the investigation routes that you would take to any other structure to rule out different items before jumping to any conclusion.”An update on the cause will be provided should details become available.Advertisementlast_img read more

Writers strike produces awkward social moments

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonOnly a rarefied circle of writers, of course, has the ability to truly mingle with Hollywood’s corporate royalty. The vast majority of writers are average folks who manage a middle-class existence or are unemployed in their chosen profession at any given moment. The union says the average income for a member is $60,000. But the union also counts as members dozens of creators of hit television shows, who can take home upward of $5 million a year, and writers who command fees of $1 million or more for a screenplay. As the strike enters its ninth week, some of the people from both sides are sunbathing elbow to elbow at the Four Seasons Hualalai pool in Hawaii, one of several luxury resorts where Hollywood’s upper echelons jet for winter vacations. Even attending synagogue is tricky, said Rabbi John L. Rosove of Temple Israel of Hollywood. A dozen striking screenwriters gathered in the bar at the Hotel Bel Air not long ago to decompress after another day on the picket line. Less than 10 feet away sat another strike-weary pair: Peter Chernin, president of the News Corp., and Barry Meyer, chief executive of Warner Bros. Neither group acknowledged the other, although a couple of writers quipped under their breath that the moguls should pick up everyone’s bar tab. Others fretted about being seen hanging out a five-star hotel, an awfully gilded setting for a bunch of guild members complaining about unfair compensation. “My stomach did a flip-flop,” said one writer who was in the room. “Part of me wanted to go yell at these guys for treating us so poorly, and part of me wanted to go hide.” (The moguls did not notice the gathering of writers, according to their respective spokeswomen). Similar scenes play out daily in the giant high school cafeteria that is Hollywood, contributing awkwardness to a labor strike unlike any other. The captains of most industries do not mix socially with the rank and file, but the people on opposite sides of this bargaining table often send their children to the same elite schools, dine at the same fashionable restaurants and attend the same holiday parties. “We have writers and studio people in the congregation who are friends,” he said. “It puts everyone in an awkward position, including me.” Hot tempers dominate the picket lines, and tension among friends is rising as more people in ancillary businesses lose their jobs, and weeks without work stretch into months. The 12,000 members of the Writers Guild of America walked off the job on Nov. 5 over payments for the use of programs and movies on the Internet. But once the strike captains call it a day at the end of the picketing shifts and both sides dispatch their last press releases, the conflict settles into a quiet discomfort. Some on each side of the fence conceded they avoid one another, ducking out of the school concert early or looking the other way at the Grove, a popular shopping mall next door to the soundstages for “American Idol.” Even some restaurant managers are trying to help, taking care to seat rival camps a safe distance from each other. “Of course we pay attention to that kind of thing,” said Jay Perrin, manager of Campanile. “I don’t think a fistfight would break out,” he added. “It is more like people cracking jokes about each other with more bite than normal.”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_imgThere has been widespread shock following the news of the sudden death of former Finn Harps player Tommy Keane.The Galway native, who was signed by former Harps manager Patsy McGowan, played for the Ballybofey side in the mid 90s.Keane, 44, died yesterday after returning home from playing in an indoor football tournament in Galway. McGowan said he was very saddened to learn of Keane’s death at such a young age.“Tommy was always a very slight and small players but he made up for that with his speed and skill.“He was great to work with and I always thought he never played at the level he was capable of playing with.“I’m very sorry to hear of his death and my thoughts are with his wife and son,” said McGowan. Keane was one of the first players signer by Harry Rednapp during his managerial career when he managed Bournemouth in the mid 1980s. SHOCK AT SUDDEN DEATH OF FORMER FINN HARPS PLAYER was last modified: December 29th, 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:deathfinn harpsPatsy McGowanTommy Keanelast_img read more


first_imgThe Old Mulladuff Band can certainly count on tradition.Last Sunday no less than four generations of the same family played in Annagry. James Bonner, his son Hugh with his son Conal, his daughter Pauline Bonner Sweeney with her daughters Alanna and Bronagh and Allana’s son Ultan made it a real family occasion.And throw in their Cousin Paddy Bán for good measure standing in the background and it gets even bigger.It certainly prtoved a very proud day for James with his son, daughter, his grandchildren and great grandson in the band.THE MULLADUFF BAND PLAY THE GENERATIONS GAME! was last modified: April 22nd, 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:AnnagryBonnersMulladuff Bandlast_img read more

Alleged shooter recalls friend

first_img Hollis is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly injuring a football player grazed by a bullet. Christopher Wilson Jr., 21, faces the same charges for allegedly driving the car used in the shootings. Both men have pleaded not guilty. ,160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Willis-Starbuck, 19, was killed July 17 near the University of California campus shortly after calling Hollis for help as she and her friends argued with a group of university football players. Police said she told Hollis to “bring the heat,” meaning bring a gun. Hollis was arrested in Fresno in late September after eluding authorities. Hollis allegedly shot into the crowd, which included Willis-Starbuck, from a moving vehicle. He recalled his friend fondly, and remembered their conversations. “We would sit around and ask each other, ‘Why do we like each other so much?”‘ Hollis said. “We couldn’t understand it. How did we become best friends? I think about it every day.” Hollis’ attorney, John Burris, said Hollis meant only to scare the football players by firing over their heads, and that he accidentally struck Willis-Starbuck. BERKELEY, Calif. – A man charged in the shooting death of his close friend, an idealistic Ivy League college student, says nightmares haunt his sleep as he replays the horrific killing over and over in his mind. “I wish I was dead rather than be in here,” Christopher Hollis said from jail. Hollis is charged in the shooting death of Meleia Willis-Starbuck, a childhood friend and Dartmouth College junior who returned to her hometown of Berkeley this summer to work at a shelter for homeless women. “I wish everything was different. I wish it every day,” Hollis, 22, said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle published Sunday. “I cry every single night. I even talked to a chaplain. I’m having terrible nightmares, every single night.” last_img read more

Republicans OK storm aid

first_imgWASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans agreed Saturday on $29 billion in additional aid for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the other powerful storms that lashed the United States earlier this year, far more than the Bush administration proposed earlier this fall. “We have a good agreement,” said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who has patrolled the Capitol for days in an effort to coax as much money as possible from lawmakers eager to adjourn for the year. Officials stressed the additional funds would not add to federal deficits, a priority for conservative lawmakers. They said the hurricane relief as well as an additional $3.8 billion to help prepare for an outbreak of avian flu would be offset in part by a 1 percent cut across a wide swath of federal programs. The cut would affect domestic programs as well as defense and homeland security, according to Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Federal support for veterans, whose ranks are swelling as the result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, would not be affected, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The accord cleared one of several obstacles in the way of adjournment for the year, and key Republicans from the House and Senate met in a virtually nonstop series on other measures to trim the deficit, pay for military operations in Iraq and permit oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A fresh controversy flared when House Republicans, in a move designed to hinder Democratic-aligned political groups, pressed a last-minute bid to pass legislation limiting individual donations to independent groups. Democrats objected, saying the GOP was holding up passage of a defense bill to seek partisan gain. “I think it’s a travesty,” said Rep. Martin Meehan, D-Mass., long involved in efforts to reduce the influence of money in political campaigns. On another issue, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said, “It’s incumbent on us” to pass a renewal of the Patriot Act. President George W. Bush lambasted Democrats who blocked enactment of the anti-terrorism law on Friday, saying, “That decision is irresponsible and it endangers the lives of our citizens.” Democrats fired back quickly. “Fear mongering and false choices do little to advance either the security or liberty of Americans,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont. He urged the Bush administration and Republicans in Congress to accept changes to the Patriot Act that would protect the rights of the innocent. The agreement on hurricane aid was a triumph for Sen. Thad Cochran, the Mississippi Republican who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. Faced with pressure from lawmakers, the White House proposed an additional $17 billion in aid earlier this fall. Cochran countered with $18 billion on top of that, and circulated a list of possible offsets to prevent the deficit from rising. Officials said some of the funds would be available for one of Barbour’s top priorities – permitting federal aid to homeowners whose residences suffered water damage and are outside the federal government’s 100-year floodplain. Few of them were covered by flood insurance. Other funds would be available for levee protection in New Orleans, and $1.6 billion will reimburse schools in Texas and elsewhere that quickly absorbed children who were forced to leave storm-damaged areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama after Katrina struck. Some of the money will be available to religious schools, officials said. Most of the $29 billion has already been approved by Congress for other programs, and will be diverted into different accounts. The across-the-board cuts are estimated to offset another $8.5 billion. Frist and the White House had made a priority of additional funds to prepare for a pandemic, but the $3.8 billion was roughly half what they originally sought. “A pandemic is going to occur and we don’t know when, but … we are drastically underprepared,” the Tennessee Republican said on the Senate floor. Separately, House and Senate leaders reported progress toward agreement on legislation designed to curb the rising costs of health care for the poor and the student loan program. Under pressure from Senate moderates, the two sides have jettisoned plans to find savings in food stamps. Overall, the two sides were aiming at deficit cuts of at least $40 billion over five years, but that goal ran headlong into pressure for higher spending elsewhere. Two officials said that at the behest of the nation’s doctors, the GOP leadership was leaning toward canceling a Jan. 1 cut of 4 percent in fees paid to physicians under Medicare, the health care program for the elderly. The change would leave the fees unchanged through 2006, at an estimated cost to the government of as much as $8 billion. Some of the expense would be offset by putting in place new standards for doctors, but officials were looking at other potential sources of funding, as well. One possibility was reducing the money flowing to newly created HMOs under Medicare. Another savings under review would impose a one-year freeze on certain home health care payments. Officials who described the talks did so on condition of anonymity, saying the discussions were sensitive. Lawmakers also were discussing approving $3 billion for home heating assistance for the poor and nearly $4 billion in new education grants for low-income students and for those interested in math and science. There was little or no controversy on $453 billion for the Pentagon, a total that includes $50 billion for operations in Iraq. But the defense spending bill became a magnet for controversy when Republicans decided to try to attach the oil-drilling provision that Alaska GOP Sen. Ted Stevens has worked for years to pass. The Senate signaled support for the drilling on a test vote of 51-49 earlier this year, but that was well short of the 60 that would be needed to overcome a threatened filibuster. 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_imgLocal Gardai are seeking public assistance in relation to illegal shooting of wild deer species in rural Donegal following a successful Garda operation yesterday.In recent days Gardai in the County have been receiving reports of deer stalking in different areas of rural Donegal. With assistance from the members of the public Gardai in Donegal Town were successful in capturing a number of persons shooting deer illegally on Coillte lands at Lachlum, Donegal Town on Tuesday.Sgt Paul Wallce said: “In order to shoot wild deer species the requirements under the Firearms Acts 1925 in relation to the storage, possession carriage and use of Firearms must be achieved. A deer hunting licence is required & Gardai have power to demand production of a users firearms certificate, and deer hunting licence. Permission to shoot across lands is also a requirement Powers are also provided to stop,search,seize firearms and the arrest of offenders. “The weapons required for deer hunting/shooting are high powered rifles ranging from .2250 .243/.270..308.330 mm calibre. The storage of Firearms of this type is subject to certain and strict requirements as set out Firearms Secure Accommodation Regulations.“It should be noted the use of lamps, mirrors etc in the hunting of deer species is also prohibited. The use of vehicles in the shooting or hunting of deer is similarly prohibited unless an order under section 42 of the wildlife act 1976 has been granted. Gardai have powers to search, examine and seize any vehicle for the purpose of further investigation if required.”Hunting Season:The hunting / open season for male red deer is from 1st of September to 31st of December annually. The hunting for female deer is from 1st of November to 28th February annually.People living in isolated rural areas are asked to become more vigilant for the movement of jeeps vans & cars in rural areas in the evenings or late at night. The careless & indiscriminate use of firearms in rural areas is dangerous and poses a significant risk to the public.Vehicles which would be categorised as ‘strange’/ not from the area should be reported to local Garda District Headquarters Station which provides a 24/7 service for your area.The salient details i.e. registration numbers, colour and if possible the make/type of vehicle will be useful in the investigation of this activity.District Headquarters stations (see below) which are open on a 24/7 basis should be contacted so that this information can be considered for further dissemination amongst the community via the Community Text Alert Scheme which are in operation in conjunction with Community Alert in various areas throughout the County. Text Alert:Text Alert is designed to facilitate immediate and cost effective communication from An Garda Siochana to the public working in conjunction with Community Crime Prevention initiatives i.e. Community Alert & Neighbourhood Watch .Your Local District Headquarters 24/7 Service Garda Stations are:Letterkenny 91-67100 / Buncrana 93-20540 / Milford 91-53060 & Ballyshannon on 071-98-51102 Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. GARDAI CAPTURE DEER POACHING GANG was last modified: September 30th, 2014 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)last_img read more