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Wanting the law to work one way

first_imgDear Editor,Former President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo said he would suspend his presidential immunity if Granger did the same. What Jagdeo was saying is that he wants the sitting president – Granger — to do the honest thing and turn up at SOCU and answer questions pertaining to various actions in his presidency.The key word here is reciprocity. If this PNC/AFC Coalition Government is serious about fighting corruption, or anything for that matter, then they, too, must go through the same torrid test as is the Opposition.The PNC-led coalition is very dicey and highly fearful when they are posed with searching questions about their management or lack thereof when in or out of office. Theirs is a “don’t ask me any questions” full stop end of discussion attitude. The maturity and openness that the PPP/C has demonstrated before SOCU so far is something that will never be seen from the present powers that be.But this is not the first time the Opposition has been called in for questioning, which they gracefully acceded to. One can recall the honourable Jagdeo being hauled before the court on charges of racial incitement.In that instance, he turned up for the matter in Magistrate Charlyn Artiga’s court to answer charges of racial incitement.Here’s my point: The PNC always harp on the tune that the PPP/C always hide behind the presidential immunity clause, and that is the reason why they are getting away from prosecution.This is furthest from the truth, the PPP would willingly like to get to that point, only if the PNC would do likewise. There is no guarantee that they would ever do such. The PNC is all about witch-hunting the PPP/C into incarceration, as it perfectly suits their agenda; only, let them not face the same music. Their mantra is: try to get the PPP out of the picture, so that they can have full reign over this country; only, don’t let us (PNC) be subjected to any scrutiny at all.They have done it at National Elections, where a recount of all fraudulent voting cannot be effectuated. They have done it again in Parliament, where they have albeit muzzled healthy debate on matters pertaining to the well-being of this country. The trickery is on right now in the ghost selection for personnel for Local Government Elections 2018. The PNC/AFC are doing their level best to subvert every norm, every law there is that makes for good, successful and smooth governance.The framers of the laws of Guyana, where presidents and their parties are in Government, were of the mistaken belief that they would be in power for life, and that the PPP would never be able to enjoy those privileges they were entitled to. That was Burnham’s firm belief; that is why he framed that 1980 Constitution, the essence of it was that they (PNC) alone would have reaped the rewards of it. It is their mistaken belief that the Opposition would never ever come into Government. For this very same reason, you would have heard them make that cry for a reform of the Constitution. That call was most vociferous when the PNC were in the opposition; however, quite noticeably, it is not a rallying cry right now, because they are the recipients of the 1980 Constitution. I can guarantee you this issue would be resurrected if they were to lose at the next general elections.The problem with the PNC is that they would like the law to work one way, and that is: to their advantage only. Well, they are ever so wrong. The law, as it stands, is for all, not to be used at the whims and fancies of any political group.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Bethesda Wins NHS Debate Competition

first_imgBethesda Mission School systemBethesda Christian Mission High School, rated as an underdog during the start of the Liberia Inter-High School debate competition, has emerged as the winner after beating Liberia Dujar High School.The debate, staged over the weekend at the Monrovia City Hall, ended when the judges announced that Bethesda won by 80-72 points against Dujar. The schools debated on the topic ‘whether section 5.1 and 2 of the Code of Conduct should have been implemented or not during this election.’The closely fought final, turned out in favor of Bethesda when one of Dujar’s presenters made a slip up in her argument. Bethesda, on the negative side of the argument, noted that this particular section of the law seeks to disenfranchise certain groups of people from enjoying their constitutional rights.Although the CoC is constitutional, this particular section, if implemented, would have violated Article 21 a of Liberia’s 1986 Constitution, which states that “No person shall be made subject to any law or punishment which was not in effect at the time of commission of an offense, nor shall the Legislature enact any bill of attainder or ex post facto law,” Bethesda said.However, Dujar argued that the CoC was enacted to promote democracy and foster harmony, which should have been implemented. Dujar took the affirmative side of the argument that the CoC was in no way meant to deny people from participation, but to rather set the rules straight.Quoting Article 90 (C) of the Liberian Constitution of 1986, Dujar said the constitution  authorized the Legislature to prescribe a Code of Conduct for all public officials and employees including “stipulating the acts which constitute conflicts of interest or are against public policy and punishment for violation thereof.” Pursuant to this constitutional provision, a Code of Conduct was enacted into law.Beulah Nimene, a student from St. Michael Catholic School, won the ‘Most Eloquent Speaker,’ but lost the MVP title to John Singbae from Bethesda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Public Health Ministry holds “Teal Walk”

first_imgWorld Cancer Day 2018More than one hundred participants braved the Sunday morning sun to participate in the Public Health Ministry’s Teal Walk in observance of World Cancer Day, held under the theme “Prevent Cervical Cancer, get screened today”.Beginning at the Parade Ground in Eve Leary Georgetown at the crack of dawn, the entourage proceeded south to Church Street, then east to Vlissengen Road, then north to Lamaha Street, and west to Camp Street before turning north on Camp Street to conclude the exercise back at the Parade Ground.Participants of the “Teal Walk”With chants of, “Early Detection, Save Lives!” from the participants as they walked, it was a clear indication that the Public Health Ministry’s main focus is to encourage women to get screened.According to Junior Minister of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings, who addressed the gathering following the walk, it is everyone’s duty to ensure that women in Guyana get screened for cervical cancer.Noting the importance of women being educated on the deadly disease, the Minister said, “Women must be educated about the symptoms of cervical cancer, and seek medical advice if experiencing any such symptoms. Women must also know where to find support”.Dr. Cummings revealed that, in 2014, the Public Health Ministry had conducted an assessment of cancers that occurred in Guyana over a 10-year period. Following that assessment, statistics showed that cervical cancer was the second most common cancer among women in Guyana.The organizing team behind the event“According to the data obtained, the average incidence rate of cervical cancer in Guyana is 46.9 per 100,000. The highest incidence and prevalence rates were found among Afro-Guyanese women. Unfortunately, the data demonstrated that approximately two-thirds of all of the cases of cervical cancer occurred among women below age 60 years, and the highest percentage occurred in the 15-to-39-years’ age group.The data demonstrated that a mere 4 percent of the cervical cancers that occurred among the Guyanese women over the 10-year period were diagnosed at stage one, whereas the majority of the patients were diagnosed at stage 4; which contributed to an average annual mortality of 27 per 100,000,” Dr. Cummings said the statistics showed.Dr. Cummings admonished that young girls should take the vaccine against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). She noted that the vaccine programme is part of the Public Health Ministry’s plan to reduce the morality rate of cervical cancer.The Minister explained, “The goal is to achieve a minimum of 95% coverage of the target population. We must encourage mothers to follow through, so that we can achieve full coverage, thus potentially reducing cervical cancer in the at-risk age group… The Ministry of Public Health will be targeting girls aged 9-16 years as recommended by the Technical Advisory Group on Vaccination”.Dr, Cummings emphasized that even though the HPV vaccine is important, screening is imperative, and is not to be replaced by the vaccine, as both are equally important.Concluding, Minister Cummings further encouraged: “Screening is for people without symptoms as a preventative measure… The importance of raising awareness about cervical cancer cannot be overstated. Therefore, each of us must do our part in ensuring that we encourage our women to get screened for cervical cancer, so that early detection can result in early pretreatment and/or the prevention of the onset of cervical cancer”.last_img read more

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Rescheduled Mother’s Day run sees good running conditions despite showers

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At Sunday’s rescheduled Rotary Club Mother’s Day Walk and Run, 276 racers braved conditions that, albeit weren’t the best, were described as “perfect” by runner Miles Bason.Bason was the 10 k run’s fastest runner, who finished in a blistering 38:22. Bason says that the light sprinkling of showers, slight wind, and cooler temperatures are more favourable to runners than sunny heat with no wind. Niki Haugan was the fastest female competitor in both the 20-39 age group and overall in the 10 k, finishing in 40:07. Kenzie Chilcott was the lone entrant in the female 14-19 age group, completing the run in 49:34, while Greta Goddard and Alison Tucker topped the Female 40-54 and 55+ age groups in 51:21 and 52:28 respectively. David Shipalesky lead the three Male 14-19 runners with a fast 44:04. Steve Troyer ran in 44:52 to take first in the Males 40-54 age category, while Phil Rempel was the 55+ fastest runner, completing in 46:36.The 5 k race saw nearly 3 times the numbers of runners: 167 compared to only 52. Isaac Goodrich completed the run the fastest overall in 17:04. Goodrich also took first in the Male 14-19 group. Bailey Haugan was the fastest female 5 k runner, running in 18:52.- Advertisement -The next-fastest female runner also took first place in the 20-39 age group: Erin Brody ran the 5 k in 24:10. Morgan Armstrong topped the 13 and under girls category in 15:06. Amy te Bulte ran a 27:09 to win the 40-54 class, while the 55+ runners were lead by Valerie Taylor (31:49).On the men’s side, Chris Biagini managed a quick time of 20:51 for the 20-39 age group. Ty Haugan’s 24:09 was best for the Boys 13 and under group. Matthew Jarnagin lead the 40-54 class in 24:20, followed by Rick Brown’s lead in the 55+ group in 25:13.Organizers haven’t yet confirmed the total raised in support of the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, but say that early estimates on Sunday confirmed that it was close to the $10,000 mark.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Windows broken at CM Finch

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP is looking for your help, following vandalism at CM Finch School.On July 22nd, 2010, the RCMP responded to a report that between 2pm and 7pm, windows had been broken at CM Finch School located on 106th street.   Approximately $5,000 worth of windows were broken by rocks and pellets from a pellet gun.There were no witnesses to this crime and the RCMP do not have any suspects. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the RCMP at 250-787-8140.- Advertisement -You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.calast_img read more

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Sweeney has no problem with Bonds

first_imgBonds’ arrival this year might be crazier than even in recent springs. Not only is he fully healthy and only 22 home runs from passing Hank Aaron’s career record of 755, but the reported amphetamines result and the situation with Sweeney remains fresh in everyone’s minds. Not to mention he could be indicted if a federal grand jury finds he perjured himself when he testified in 2003 in the BALCO steroid distribution case that he hadn’t knowingly taken performance-enhancing drugs. Last month, the New York Daily News reported when Bonds first learned of his failed amphetamines test, he attributed it to a substance he took from Sweeney’s locker. Sweeney plans to take a lead role in helping build chemistry in the clubhouse once all the position players are in camp. Shortstop Omar Vizquel, who said Monday he would love to work out a contract extension past this season, doesn’t expect Bonds to stand up and say sorry to the group, although he hinted it might be a nice gesture. “Knowing Barry, I don’t think he’s going to,” Vizquel said. “Maybe a situation where we’re having a team meeting and he might stress it. He’s not the kind of guy who will call a team meeting and apologize to everybody. I think he realizes he made a mistake. He apologized publicly and I think he’ll move on from that.” Sweeney, Vizquel, right fielder Randy Winn, third baseman Pedro Feliz, infielder Kevin Frandsen, outfielder Todd Linden and new first baseman/outfielder Ryan Klesko were among the position players who arrived and did some work Monday. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Mark Sweeney showed up at spring training ready to strictly talk baseball, not the report that teammate Barry Bonds blamed a failed amphetamines test last season on something he got from Sweeney’s locker. Sweeney insists there will be no issues between them and he isn’t harboring any hard feelings toward Bonds, who is scheduled to work out for the first time today with a frenzy of media following his every move. “Everything’s been fine,” said Sweeney, who received a public apology from Bonds. “It was over and done with. It’s time to move on and talk about baseball, which has been good. Barry and I have been fine. That’s how I am. I’m back to it. Everyone is in here. “It’s not about me and Barry. It’s about everybody.” center_img They all know the circus comes to town today. Bonds spent the weekend in Las Vegas for the NBA All-Star game and didn’t have to show his face for reporting day, a phone call to say he’d arrived in Arizona would suffice. Sweeney might be a little more well-known these days because of what happened, although he seriously doubts many fans will remember him. “I’m not a household name. I’m still a pinch-hitter and always will be,” he said. “The normalcy part is me showing up and having fun, doing my little pranks or joking around and having a good time. That’s what I love to do. It’s part of me putting a uniform on.” And he knows he can’t control what people think. Sweeney has said there was nothing in his locker for Bonds to take. “People are going to do whatever they want and they pay for tickets,” he said. “They can say or do whatever they want in relative terms. My job is to go out there and perform and do well for this organization.” AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this story. 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

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Yell of the Rebels

first_imgLONG BEACH – Lola Wells has run the Arizona drill more times than she can remember, ingraining in the Miller junior the fundamental manner in which to go straight up to block a jump shooter. Photo Gallery: Norco vs. A.B. Miller After a 60-55 win moments later at Long Beach’s Walter Pyramid, Miller had won the first section title of any kind in school history. “She scared me to death,” Miller coach Mel Watkins said. “I almost wish she would have just let her shoot it.” Almost. Howard had been shooting it, to the tune of a game-high 19 points. But the 5-foot-3 senior who helped fuel Norco’s 25-game winning streak made just 1-of-6 from 3-point range. Lola Wells, her freshman sensation sister Chloe and junior Briana Hall scored 14 points apiece to lead Miller to its 30th win against two losses. With the Miller girls basketball team clinging to a three-point lead as the clock ticked under 4 seconds in Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA final, she forgot all about it. Wells lunged toward Tyler Howard, only to pin the potential game-tying 3-pointer to the Norco guard’s shooting hand. center_img Hall’s putback gave Miller a comfortable 41-31 lead with 4:12 to play in the third quarter, Miller’s second 10-point advantage of the game. But before the third quarter was over, Norco (27-3) led by one. “I did get a little complacent when we were up by 10,” Lola Wells said. “But I wasn’t (complacent) for long. We had to bare down and do it.” Tied at 52 with 2:37 to play, the Rebels bore down for the game’s most crucial two minutes. Miller held Norco scoreless for a two-minute, five-second stretch while building a six-point lead. But rangy Norco guard Kasey Philyaw buried a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left to in the game, cutting Miller’s lead to 58-55. The Rebels then blew by Norco’s desperation press only to be tempted by a two-on-one with 27 seconds on the clock. Jessica Rosa’s layup rimmed out, affording Norco one last opportunity. Philyaw scored 15 points, including a 3-for-6 showing from beyond the arc, but it was Howard for whom the final play was run, setting up a 3-point attempt from the right wing. The senior broke open for a moment, before Wells swooped in for the game-clinching block. Norco coach Rick Thompson wasn’t convinced it was a block. “In our Norco eyes, we see a foul. You like that she could have been shooting three (free throws) to tie it and we’d still be playing right now,” he said. “(Wells) definitely got ball, but who knows what else she got?” For the first time since the school opened in 1991, the Miller girls advanced past the third round – and then some. “Miller has been trying for years. I think a lot of people had given up on us,” Watkins said. “But I hadn’t.” The Wells sisters combined for 16 rebounds, 11 assists and 11 steals while committing only six turnovers. Hall had eight rebounds and a pair of steals. 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

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New distracted driving penalties in effect today

first_imgThis doesn’t just apply to those who drive with a cellphone in hand, but also those who watch DVDs, program their GPS, and operate hand held audio players.The three demerit points will be added to the $167 fine, and anyone receiving more than one distracted ticket automatically gets nailed with a $634 fine.There are also provisions to have repeat offenders flagged as “high risk” and monitored under the Driver Improvement Program.- Advertisement –last_img

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BC Hydro will be conducting controlled burning of debris as part of Site C

first_img– Advertisement -•   Trapper Main FSR, approximately 8km SE of Hudson’s Hope •   Medicine Woman Road, approximately 16km NNW of Moberly Lake and 33km NNW of Chetwynd To view regulatory requirements and the Site C Smoke Management Plan, CLICK HERE. BC Hydro burns debris that cannot be removed, mulched or chipped. BC Hydro states burning is carefully planned and monitored. This includes the timing, size and location of the woodpiles, and the amount of smoke emitted.Advertisement BC Hydro will be conducting controlled burning of debris as part of the Site C project from Friday, November 22nd, 2019 to Monday, November 25th, 2019 in the following location: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro will be conducting controlled burning of debris as part of the Site C project. •   Moberly River drainage approximately 12 km SW of Fort St John South bank of the Peace River roughly 3.5 km SE of Bear Flat BC Hydro shares burning can only occur in the fall and winter months during a specific weather condition, known as a venting window. A venting window means that there is enough positive atmospheric pressure and airflow to disperse the smoke.last_img read more

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