Dear Editor,Our democracy will be half-baked if people like Khemraj Ramjattan are allowed to make such inaccurate statements without a response. Therefore, it would be remiss of me to leave such a glaring misinformed position to go unremarked upon.Stabroek News of May 4, 2019, reported: “Ramjattan sees nothing wrong in contract awards to Minister’s company”. What utter nonsense!The law is very clear that when you procure goods on behalf of the people, you do it to promote the following objectives:1. Maximise economy and efficiency in procurement. (How do we know that Videomega was not overpaid for services that could have been done cheaper by the competitors?)2. Foster and encourage wider participation in the procurement process. (But this cannot happen if one company is exclusively offered the contract thereby shutting the competitor out)3. Provide for fair and equitable treatment of all suppliers. (How can this be achieved when it appears that agents of the Ministers, under political instructions, choose only certain companies connected to these top officials to be the only suppliers of that service? Are the other suppliers being treated fairly and equitably?)4. Promote the integrity of, and fairness and public confidence in the procurement process. (What integrity? Does it not appear that the entire milieu of these particular transactions is laced with cocktails of conflict of interest? How can the public have confidence in such a discriminatory process?)5. Achieve transparency in the procurement process. (What transparency? If the information was not leaked and published, would there have been prior disclosure by the Ministers?)But the big question remains – who collects the profits from these companies?So think about this. Joan is the hired boss in a company but she is not the owner. Jack owns the company. Without Jack’s knowledge, Joan buys all stationary and cleaning supplies from a company she personally owns. She always finds a reason why the competitors are not good enough to steer this contract to her personal company. Is that fair to Jack? Is Joan conducting a relationship that is improper and can be seen as a conflict of interest?If Jack finds out, should he ask Joan to resign? Was Joan being ethical? Let the conversation continue.Regards,Sasenarine Singh
By Utamu BelleThe Linden municipality is making good on its promise to advance the development of the town by all means, including friendly relations with international cities that are more developed.Just recently, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the City of Xuzhou, which was represented by its Vice Mayor Xu Donghai, at a ceremony held at Xuzhou City’s Exotic Conference Hall.The symbolic signing, which immediately puts into effect municipal cooperation between the two municipalities, has already yielded great benefits for Linden in the areas of education, youth, agriculture and infrastructure.Mayor Zhou Tiegen receiving a gift from Linden Mayor Carwyn HollandThe Linden team that attended this signing ceremony comprised the Mayor and his wife Nikosa Holland, Councillor Lennox Gasper and First Secretary of the Guyana Embassy in China, Dennelle Marshall. This team had bilateral discussions with Xuzhou officials, led by the Vice Mayor Xu Donghi; Deputy Secretary-General of Xuzhou Municipal Government, Jiang Ming; Director of Xuzhou Foreign Affairs Office, Wang Lianyun; and the Deputy Director of Xuzhou Foreign Affairs Office, Sun Weimin. Discussions were centred on means of advancing cooperation between the two municipalities, and there was great consensus, given the mining background of Linden and Xuzhou.In his brief remarks, Vice Mayor Donghai highlighted his similarities to Mayor Holland: they both came from a media background, and share the same drive to see development of their municipality. However, he noted the disparities in size, budget and development of the two municipalities, while pledging Xuzhou’s full support to see Linden develop comparatively. The Vice Mayor also said that his city will be looking out for Linden’s interest as a big brother, and would waste no time in fortifying the relationship.The Linden Mayor, in his response, thanked Xuzhou for twinning with Linden, and said the town of Linden, birthed in 1970, is known for its friendly and industrious people. He invited other Chinese investors to join BOSAI Minerals by establishing manufacturing and agro processing plants in Linden.Mayor Holland said this was his third visit to China, but this time it was extra special, as both municipalities seek to advance friendly cooperation on the principle of equality and mutual benefit, and to facilitate fruitful results in a wide area of cooperation.Linden Councillor Lennox Gasper, who led the gift exchange after the signing ceremony, expressed his appreciation for the outcome of the visit, and said the people of Linden are very grateful for the cooperation. Together with the Mayor, he championed the call for tangible results through the establishment of twin-city relations.The Linden delegation also toured the Xuzhou Institute of Agricultural Sciences, where they negotiated for the training of Lindeners in agri-scientific research with the Director Mr. Qinghe Cao. They later visited the China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) and met with Director of International Office, Mr. Zhang Zhenkang, to discuss the possibility of student exchanges, scholarships, and research collaboration.Mayor Holland, also a University of Guyana Education Resource Ambassador, lobbied for academic staff exchanges and fostering ties between Guyana’s leading tertiary institution and CUMT.In the immediate future, the two municipalities will host art exhibitions showcasing the art of the children of the sister territory, which will be opened for public viewing. Linden will host the first exhibition of art pieces by children of Xuzhou in December 2017, while Xuzhou will host the exhibition of Linden children’s art in early 2018 in Xuzhou. A pen pal initiative by all participating students would also be kick-started.The Linden delegation was also featured at the Xuzhou Investment Conference, which gave them the opportunity to participate in the forum showcasing Xuzhou’s business sector and investment opportunities, providing insight into a viable model of investment promotion from which the Linden team could draw lessons.The twinning, according to Mayor Holland, will target development in the areas of agriculture, education, sports, youth, culture, tourism, and infrastructure development.
The People’s Progressive Party has confirmed that at a meeting on Friday, at Freedom House, Brigadier (retired) Mark A. Phillips MSS, M.Sc. was unanimously endorsed as the Prime Ministerial candidate for the PPP/C at the March 2, 2020, National and Regional Elections.Phillips has had a long and distinguished career in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) spanning nearly four (4) decades, culminating with his appointment as the 8th Chief of Staff of the GDF, from September 2013, until he retired in October 2016. As a member of the Army, Mr. Phillips, held a number of crucial leadership positions at various levels and ranks and his consistent upward mobility clearly demonstrated that he acquitted himself with distinction in every position held.He received vast military training, certification, military decorations, medals, awards and honours, both locally, as well as, in the Caribbean, South America, Central America, the United States of America (USA), Canada and the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, United Kingdom (UK). Academically, Mr. Phillips possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Management, a Master’s Degree in Public Management and several Post-Graduate Diplomas in Defence Planning and various areas of Management.Phillips is, therefore, well qualified and equipped to partner with the PPP as its Prime Ministerial candidate, as it strides forward to win the upcoming elections and form the next Government of Guyana. The Party’s leadership and its supporters expect Brigadier (retired) Mark Phillips to serve all the people of Guyana in accordance with the high PPP tradition of discipline, dedication, loyalty and commitment, both in and out of Government.Phillips was unanimously endorsed by the Party’s Central Committee after the other contender, Bishop Juan Edghill, wrote the Party withdrawing his nomination as a Prime Ministerial candidate for the Party.The PPP takes this opportunity to recognize the tremendous contribution of Bishop Edghill in championing the cause of all of our people, both in the National Assembly and across the length and breadth of Guyana, against a corrupt, incompetent and unconstitutional Granger-led Government.We are heartened by the assurance given that he remains a committed team player, who will work to ensure a resounding PPP/C victory at the upcoming elections. We wish to assure all Guyanese that Bishop Edghill remains a valued and valuable member of our team and will certainly play a critical role in the next PPP/C Administration, in executing our Manifesto promises to the electorate.We wish to thank Brigadier (retired) Mark Phillips, Bishop Edghill and Hugh Todd for participating in this very important process.
Bartica Massacre trialBy Shemuel FanfairAlmost nine years after the horrific Bartica attack that rocked the nation, gang members Mark Royden Williams, called “Smallie”, and Dennis Williams, called “Anaconda”, were on Thursday found guilty of seven counts of murder each by a 12-member jury.Roger “Goatman” Simon rejoicing after being acquitted in the Bartica Massacre Trial by Justice GeorgeIn a shocked but silent courtroom around 23:00h on Thursday, presiding Judge Roxane George, SC, sentenced the two to death, noting that they would be executed by way of hanging by the neck.Additionally, the men were found guilty on five counts each of manslaughter, but a ruling on those matters was deferred to this afternoon. When asked by the Judge to respond, Mark Williams, who appeared unmoved by the sentence, simply declined.“I have nothing to say,” he told the court which was packed to capacity. During the trial, Mark was identified as the one who handed a gun to gang leader Rondell “Fineman” Rawlins to shoot five persons at the Bartica Ferry Stelling, at close range.Family members and well-wishers of Roger “Goatman” Simon shouting“freedom” and dancing upon hearing the verdictHis accomplice, Dennis Williams, received his sentence in absentia, as he further declined to attend his trial. However, his defence counsel, Shaphier Husain who was re-assigned to him by the State, protested the death sentences for both men, citing United Nations and Commonwealth Human Rights conventions. He appealed for custodial sentences to be imposed for the two convicts. Justice George, in response, noted that she indeed granted such sentences and appreciated the human rights concerns raised. She, however, indicated that the death penalties were handed down owing to the nature of the crimes committed.Not guiltyMeanwhile, the jury, which deliberated for over four hours, found Roger “Goat Man” Simon not guilty on all 12 counts, but he remains remanded to prison pending the outcome of other charges. His Defence Attorney, Peter Hugh made bail applications to the court, but Justice George has deferred a ruling on five other counts related to the Bartica Massacre – three counts of Break and Enter and Larceny, one count of unlawful wounding, and one count of terrorism.As families of the accused awaited the verdict near and around the court, a tense atmosphere persisted. After Justice George sentenced Mark Williams and Dennis Williams to death, many were heard stifling surprised expressions, as the Court Marshall had ordered silence before the sentence was read.Moments after the announcement that Roger Simon was absolved of the 12 counts, family members and well-wishers grinned from ear to ear as they exited the courtroom and ran to meet him in the lower flat of the High Court, as law enforcement ranks took him away to the prisoner’s holding cell. A large group of persons who were seen outside the court shouted “freedom” and danced as Simon was all smiles.Several witnesses, many of whom were called by the prosecution, had testified that Simon was not there when the gang executed the attack, but a police constable had placed him at the scene.It was on February 17, 2008, that 12 persons, including three Policemen, were slaughtered as gunmen carried out a deadly rampage while members of the community were watching a game of 20/20 cricket on television. On that fateful night, Police Lance Corporal Zaheer Zakir and Constables Shane Fredericks and Ron Osborne were fatally shot, while Edwin Gilkes, Dexter Adrian, Irving Ferreira, Deonarine Singh, Ronald Gomes, Ashraf Khan, Abdool Yasseen, Errol Thomas and Baldeo Singh were the civilians killed.Over 30 witnesses testified in the case that lasted over three months. Many family members testified to witnessing the post-mortem examination conducted by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh who had also testified to the multiple gunshot injuries that the victims suffered.Before the jury deliberated on Thursday, Justice George summed up the case for over seven hours. The Judge had told the 12 jury members of their obligation to be fair when they considered all of the evidence. The jury was told that the passage of time can affect recollection of events. She also told the members to pay keen attention to the evidence of the prosecution’s main witnesses Clebert Reece and Dwane Williams, two gang members who identified Mark and Dennis as being present at Bartica. The jury also had to take special note of the evidence of Michael Caesar, who was called by the defence. He had provided an alternative account of how events unfolded, saying that the two accused were not present.Caesar, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was on December last sentenced to 45 years each for eight counts of manslaughter in the Lusignan Massacre, while he was sentenced to 60 years for 12 counts of manslaughter in the Bartica Massacre, resulting in a 1080-year sentence. He will have to spend at least 40 calendar years in jail before he can attempt to acquire parole. Co-accused Clebert Reece, who was the boat driver that transported the gang to Bartica, was sentenced to 420 years for the Bartica attack.When State Prosecutor Diana Kaulesar had first presented the case last year, it was stated that on February 17, 2008, Mark Williams, Dennis Williams, and Roger Simon, along with others, “struck terror with wanton disregard for life”, resulting in the deaths of 12 persons. The prosecution’s case was led by Diana Kaulesar and assisted by Stacy Goodings, while Roger Yearwood represented Mark Williams.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Hilda Faber Meltzer, a longtime piano teacher in the Antelope Valley, died this week. She was 93. Meltzer taught piano to hundreds of children in the area over some 50 years, her family said. She was a member of the Antelope Valley Community Concert Association and the local Music Teachers Association. She is survived by sons Harvey, Preston and Neal; a sister; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. The funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at Groman Mortuary in Mission Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hilda Meltzer Piano Scholarship Fund. Information is available by calling Cheryl Cannon at (661) 944 3466.
A spell of four games in 11 days has taken its toll, with City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus sustaining a knee ligament injury which will sideline him for four to six weeks.Full-back Kyle Walker also limped off after the victory over Watford with what appeared to be a groin injury.“We are going to check it out, he (Walker) might have a little problem,” Guardiola said.“But what everyone saw in the last weeks is how many injuries the players have. We are going to kill them.“The federation bosses have to reflect a little bit. It’s not normal to play (December) 31st and two days later.“I know the show must go on, but… that is not normal.“They (the authorities) have to control it. They don’t protect the players and they are who the people come to watch.“Here in England you don’t protect the players, you have to look for the quality, not the quantity.”Guardiola is the latest in a long list of high-profile managers to question the traditional English fixture schedule this season, his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho being chief among them.And while the City manager believes in the traditions of the English game, he believes the Premier League will have to review television schedules which have led to a lopsided fixture list with some teams playing on two-days recovery and others up to five.– ‘Players need recovery’ –“Of course, space them out. I’m not saying change Boxing Day (December 26) but you cannot play at midday at Selhurst Park, come back, celebrate New Year’s Eve but are thinking about the game two days later,” he said.“People say it’s impossible. It’s not basketball or tennis, the players need recovery. Just see how many players have muscular injuries.“The show must go on but were have a lot of people here, to take care of them but the schedule does not protect the players.”Meanwhile, Jesus’ loss is a blow to player and club, especially in a World Cup year that promises so much for the 20-year-old Brazilian star.“Hopefully he will be back as soon as possible,” Guardiola said.De Bruyne’s performance against Watford was a particularly impressive effort, given that he only passed himself fit four hours before kick-off.“Kevin went out on the pitch in the afternoon and wanted to play,” said Guardiola.“He had some pain but wanted to play, if he wants to play then I want him to play.”The same was true of the returning David Silva, who had been absent due to complications involving the health of his pregnant wife.The midfielder has been travelling between Manchester and Spain and Guardiola is prepared to give the Spanish international more time off if he requires it.“We are very happy David is back,” he said. “We don’t know how long but he made another exhibition. He’s essential, he showed how important he is for us.“Maybe (he will return). He’s free to stay or leave, it depends. He wants to stay because he enjoys it but family is the most important thing in life.“It doesn’t matter if we drop a lot of points, I’d never push him. Some days he will be here, some he will be out, it depends how his family is.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s side is on a record-breaking sprint towards the Premier League titleMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 3 – Pep Guardiola saw Manchester City return to winning ways at the end of the Premier League’s exhausting holiday schedule, but warned the English game is in danger of destroying its top stars.City beat Watford 3-1 on Tuesday, 48 hours after the leaders saw their 18-game winning streak come to an end in a draw at Crystal Palace.
Spectacular video footage of Donegal’s hidden gems, Kinnego Bay.Donegal Daily reader Cormac Mc sent us in his wonderful video compilation of both his drone and go-pro footage he captured while kayaking in Kinnego Bay.This footage backs up Wednesdays’s article on just how wonderful Donegal is. Have a look below at the Cormac’s video.DDTV: Drones, GoPros and Kayaks on the spectacular Kinnego Bay was last modified: September 22nd, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:DDTVdronego-proKayakingkinnego bay
A Donegal tyre company is the latest businesses to be presented with coveted All-Star Accreditation.AWS Tyres were honoured to receive the best-in-class quality mark for road safety, providing all-weather tyres for Donegal drivers all-year long.The accreditation is overseen by the All-Ireland Business Foundation and signifies the highest standards of service and trust. Local entrepreneur Garrett Mc Monagle attended a special ceremony in Croke Park on March 12thLocal entrepreneurs attended a special ceremony in Croke Park on March 12th to receive their awards.Quigley’s Point businessman Garrett McMonagle expressed his delight at being the first tyre centre in Ireland to receive the award.“We are over the moon,” he said. “We really are delighted, especially in the tyre trade because it doesn’t really get any recognition as it is.“We were the first tyre trade company to be nominated as well for this award from the All-Ireland Business Foundation. “It is just brilliant to been given this recognition for doing what we do on a daily basis.”Donegal tyre company receives business All-Star award was last modified: March 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:All Ireland Business FoundationAWS Tyres
Legendary San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana is selling his Calistoga, Calif. ranch for $3.1 million, reports the L.A. Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The 87-acre property is near a 500-acre property with a Tuscan-style mansion that Montana listed for $35 million seven years ago, according to the report.The ranch has a private gated bridge entrance with spectacular vineyard views, a lake and an 11-stall breezeway barn with tack room, among other amenities. …