M&CC woes The election of a new Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to continue the proceedings at City has created a stir of opinions about former members securing new positions, despite being under scrutiny for grave financial mismanagement during the recently concluded Commission of Inquiry (CoI).Among those individuals is the outgoing Mayor Patricia Chase Green and according to former Presidential Advisor, Ramon Gaskin, who had previously audited the M&CC, judging from the outgoing Mayor’s “tainted” reputation, she should not be on the Counncil’s Finance Committee.Gaskin noted that those who were placed under the spotlight for gross mismanagement should not have been offered and accepted any position until the Local Government Commission (LGC) makes a pronouncement on the CoI report.Chase Green was recently elected to serve as the Vice Chairwoman of the Finance Committee of the Council. Gaskin added that Chase Green along with the embattled Town Clerk Royston King, and all other staffers who were named in the CoI are innocent until proven guilty by the LGC.“I think she cannot avoid the suspicion of the people that [everything] was financially improper. She was part and parcel of all of that with Mr King and some other people. For that reason, she should not have been on the Council and we will have to see what the Local Government Commission thinks about the report and how much of it will go to the Police to prosecute. Until that is done, none of them should present themselves for leadership. I believe they’re all tainted but innocent until proven guilty,” Gaskin added.Chairwoman of the Finance Committee, Patricia Chase GreenThe eligibility of senior officials to continue working at the Council was also questioned since Chairman of the CoI, retired Justice Cecil Kennard would have made some harsh pronouncements about the reality of management of City Hall.RecommendationFollowing the CoI, retired Justice Kennard made a list of recommendations and among them he called on the LGC to enforce disciplinary measures against senior staffers of the Council, with the Town Clerk leading for gross misconduct.Gaskin maintained that City Hall continues to emit signals of incompetence and corruption. Adding to that, the preliminary findings of the report undoubtedly made it clear that new persons to fill the shoes of Councillors and members of the Finance Committee.“I characterise City Hall as a very incompetent and corrupt place. I do believe that those who were in positions of leadership at City Hall should not offer up themselves for leadership in this new year. They should withdraw from that because the report of Mr Kennard is being examined by the Local Government Commission and I think he had some tough words for some of them. He was hinting at prosecution and I think in the circumstances, all of those who held leadership positions in the Council at the time, should not be eligible for leadership in this new year.”According to Justice Kennard, evidence presented before the Commission gestured the outgoing Mayor and Town Clerk were not working collectively to meet the needs of the city.“I’m convinced that the Town Clerk and the Mayor are not working in the best interest of the city…To sum it all, most of the woes of the City Council has been due to neglect and mismanagement by the top officers of the Council,” Kennard was quoted as saying during his presentation to the LGC.As it relates to the new Mayor, Ubraj Narine, Gaskin informed that citizens are checking to determine what new measures will be implemented to eliminate the “corruption”, given that obligations of Georgetown should be wholly fulfilled. He also acknowledged the fact that Narine, who will commence duties from January, 1, 2019, hasn’t been very forthcoming in disclosing his strategy and should understand his commitments.“I will have to see what is his programme to deal with the mess that’s in the city there; the financial problems which City Hall, the corruption, the overstaffing, all these things. I would like to hear how he plans to go about it and how he plans to go about his work. He hasn’t spoken much about it and I would like to hear about him. He has an obligation to the people of this city,” the former Presidential Advisor stated.Narine, who represents Constituency One, secured 21 votes in his favour and was elected accordingly as the Mayor. The Council elected seven persons to charge the Finance Committee, comprising Patricia Chase Green, Yvonne Ferguson, Ivelaw Henry, Oscar Clarke, Trichia Richards, Yvonne Ferguson and Bisham Kuppen.
The five Corentyne fishermen were remanded to prison on a murder charge when they appeared at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court on Friday.Accused: Stephon LeacockAccused: Ramchan LatchmanAccused: Leon SammyThe five appeared before Magistrate Charlyn Artiga to answer the capital offence. It is alleged that between May 28 and 28 at the Upper Corentyne they murdered Hemchand Sookedo in the course of a piracy attack.Ramchan Latchman, 23, of Number 65 Village is the captain of the alleged piracy boat and number one accused. The others on the indictable charge are Ganesh Naidoo, 41, of Number 79 Village; Ramesh Singh, 53, of Liverpool; Stephon Leon Leacock, 19, of Number 77 Housing Scheme, Corriverton and Leon Sammy, 29, of Number 75 Village.Latchman, who is a father of two, is said to been the mastermind behind the plot to hijack the fishermen. Police Prosecutor, Inspector Bernard Brown told the court that Sammy was previously before the court on a similar offence.As the men made their appearance before the magistrate several family members of the accused were seated and listened intently to the proceedings. Also seated was a relative of the deceased.Accused: Ramesh SinghAccused: Ganesh NaidooMagistrate Artiga ordered that the accused return to court on July 6 for a police report.It had been reported that between May 28 and 29 the five alleged pirates, hijacked three fishing boats and after taking away their catch, threw the captain of one of the vessels overboard.He swam for three hours and was rescued by other fishermen.The body of 45-year-old Hemchand Sookdeo also called ‘Dread’ of Number 55 Village was found trapped in a seine while Dochan Sukra, 54, also called ‘’Butcher’ of Number 55 Village, Dhanpaul Rampaul of Number 67 Village and Munish Churman 26 also called ‘Boyo’ of Number 60 Village are all still missing.An autopsy performed on the body Sookdeo by Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh on Friday at the Fort Wellington Hospital Mortuary gave the cause of death as drowning.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan is expected to meet with members of the fishing community on the Corentyne tomorrow to discuss issues surrounding the safety of fishermen. Piracy attack read more
“We don’t have a great crystal ball. I can’t tell you when everybody gets healthier,” he said. “What I can tell you is we’re going to be there when it happens and ready to profit on the next up cycle.” Now, faulty accounting and rising mortgage defaults have left New Century on the brink of bankruptcy. Its stock has collapsed and creditors are pressuring it to buy back billions of dollars in loans. “They don’t have the liquidity to operate the business,” said Matthew Howlett, an analyst with Fox-Pitt, Kelton in New York. “Clearly, it’s in rough shape.” New Century was founded as a mortgage lender in 1995 by Morrice, Robert K. Cole and Edward F. Gotschall. Its primary focus was providing subprime loans that it then sold to investment banks, using that revenue to fund more consumer loans. In 2003 and 2004, Fortune magazine listed New Century on its list of 100 fastest-growing companies. Like other subprime lenders, New Century profited during the real estate boom, when appreciation rates soared and equity protected most homebuyers from defaulting on their loans. Most could simply refinance or sell homes at a big enough profit to pay off mortgages and move on. Investment banks also jumped in, eager to buy loans from subprime lenders, then slice them up into bond products to sell on Wall Street. “New Century was the prime beneficiary of it, as they were sort of in the sweet spot, having the sales force out there to capture the growing market,” Howlett said. That helped New Century stock hit its historic high of $65.95 in December 2004. Its earnings a year later also reflected a company that was riding high, despite mounting concerns over the weakening housing market. New Century posted net earnings that year of $411.1 million, or $7.17 a share, up from $375.6 million, or $8.29 a share, in 2004.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For years, mortgage banker New Century Financial Corp. was flying high amid the strong housing market and a seemingly insatiable demand by borrowers for subprime home loans to chase the American dream. Riding historically low mortgage interest rates, the Irvine-based company became the second-largest provider of expensive home loans to borrowers with less-than-perfect credit. Just four months ago, CEO Brad A. Morrice gave a roundly positive outlook at an investors’ conference. Despite acknowledging the growing challenges of subprime lending, Morrice said it was “an excellent business for the long term.” read more
tense Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? huge blow Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City latest Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The north Londoners report that they will assess Sokratis ahead of the match as he attempts to recover from ‘right ankle bruising’.Sokratis will be joined in having a late fitness test by Petr Cech, the goalkeeper, who remains a doubt following the hamstring injury he picked up during Arsenal’s home win over Watford. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Arsenal could be without Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Petr Cech for Monday’s Premier League clash against Leicester.Sokratis, the defender, has been one of Arsena’s best players this season following his summer move from Borussia Dortmund. revealed predicted Sokratis is racing to be fit in time for Monday’s match TOP WORK How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 2 Most read in Premier League Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? changes SORRY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Cech injured his hamstring against Watford and was forced off The Greek international started each of the first six games of the season, but missed Arsenal’s previous two Premier League fixtures after suffering a knee injury in September’s defeat of Everton.He returned to Unai Emery’s matchday squad the following week and captained his country in both their Nations League matches throughout the recent international break.However, Sokratis was withdrawn at half-time of Greece’s 2-0 defeat by Finland with what appeared to be an ankle problem, and he remains a doubt for Arsenal’s encounter with Leicester on Monday night. gameday cracker whoops 2 There is some good news for Emery heading into Monday’s match, with Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil and Ainsley Maitland-Niles back in full training and available for the Leicester’s visit to the Emirates.Central defenders Laurent Koscielny and Konstantinos Mavropanos remain out of action with long-term injuries. The pair are expected back in full training in November. read more
DONEGAL anti-austerity protestors joined more than 12,000 people who marched against cuts through the streets of Dublin at the weekend.“There was support from other protest groups around the country in attendance who approached us and congratulated us on the success so far of all the groups in Donegal,” said Joe Murphy from Donegal Action Against Austerity.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who have not paid and will not be paying the household charge. “I would also like to say that we will be fully in support of the unions’ call for a national day of strike, again though we will have to wait and see what comes from this because as we know the unions can be prone to blowing alot of hot air.“There will be another day of protest on 5 Dec 2012 which is also budget day protest, I would like to ask the people of Donegal to support and attend that protest.”The group is now planning to picket a meeting being held by Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh in Buncrana this Thursday. DONEGAL PROTESTORS JOIN 12,000 MARCHERS ON STREETS OF DUBLIN was last modified: November 26th, 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:000 MARCHERS ON STREETS OF DUBLINbuncranaDAAADONEGAL PROTESTORS JOIN 12 read more
EUREKA >> The Eureka football team fell in overtime, 27-21, to the West Valley Eagles in another nail-biter in Albee Stadium at Eureka High School on Friday night.The Eagles tied the Loggers at 21-21 with 3:17 left to go in the fourth quarter off a eight-yard run to left corner of the endzone by quarterback Alex Hight. After a huge drive down field that included a trick pass from reciever Jacob Lyons to fellow wideout Israel Tulmau, West Valley’s Bailey Sulzer recovered a fumble at the 19 … read more
Why would Nature claim that academic freedom is a threat to academic freedom? In the April 7 issue,1 Emma Marris titled her news item, “Professors bristle as states act to mould lecture content – Academics are fighting right-wing ‘bills of rights’.” The academic freedom the professors want is their own freedom to control lecture content, not freedom for other points of view to be heard. Since the universities are predominantly Democrat (see 12/02/2004 entry), any intrusion into the status quo is viewed as a right-wing conspiracy. One Florida opponent calls such attempts to bring a balance of viewpoints back into academia a “right-wing political takeover of the universities.” David Horowitz, a former Marxist radical now turned conservative activist, has proposed an “Academic Bill of Rights” (see FrontPage Magazine description). This includes the right of students to have their work graded on content and not religious beliefs, fair hiring practices for professors, tenure based on performance rather than beliefs, a call for professors to abstain from presenting controversial material unrelated to the curriculum, administrative neutrality, and balance in presentations on controversial issues. Why should such apparently fair proposals generate such a negative reaction on campuses where Horowitz is making his case? Marris gives her explanation: “Critics say that these ‘Academic Bills of Rights’, which are written to make sure that each side of an issue is presented in lectures at public universities, could in fact stifle academic freedom – and disrupt the teaching of science in contentious fields such as evolution and global warming.” How could this be, when the intent is the opposite? One opponent of the Academic Bill of Rights says, “It will waste a lot of time in the classroom because you will have to spend time covering a bunch of extraneous stuff – every crazy idea out there,” referring to alternatives to Darwinism. In the same issue of Nature,2 Geoff Brumfiel defended the decision of pro-evolution scientists to boycott the Kansas board of education hearings. The board wanted to hear both sides argue over proposed changes to standards that would include “language that is friendly to intelligent design,” but the evolutionists wanted no part in what they considered a “kangaroo court.” David Horowitz, meanwhile, is taking heat at university campus lectures with his Academic Bill of Rights. The American Association of University Professors called it “part of a larger pressure on higher education to politicize the agenda.”1Emma Marris, “Professors bristle as states act to mould lecture content,” Nature 434, 686 (07 April 2005); doi:10.1038/434686b2Geoff Brumfiel, “Biologists snub ‘kangaroo court’ for Darwin,” Nature 434, 550 (31 March 2005); doi:10.1038/434550a.Have you seen a worse case recently of the pot calling the kettle black? The agenda is already politicized to the far left. When you are at the south pole, everything appears north. Horowitz is somewhere in the midwest latitudes calling for balance at the equator. To those at the extreme south pole, his views appear radically northern. That’s only because they fail to see their own extreme position. Gene Edward Veith in World Magazine wrote about a shocking example of hypocrisy at the University of Colorado, where all the faculty rose up to defend leftist pro-terrorist radical Ward Churchill’s academic freedom, but were dead silent when award-winning professor Dr. Phil Mitchell was fired for quoting black critics of affirmative action. The fact that Nature would slant this news item against Horowitz and give best press to his opponents shows that the establishment science enterprise, along with its positions on evolution, global warming, and stem cell research, is all tied in with leftist politics. The Democratic Party is probably too conservative for most of them. Any time the leading science journals have something to say about politics or ethics, it is usually predictably leftist. Anything that threatens the left-wing totalitarian hold on academia, where you thought academic freedom was the highest virtue, is anathema to them, because, from their extreme position, balance appears far right. Don’t ignore how evolutionism is tied in with this mess. Even Charlie described his politics as “liberal or radical.” Our hearts bleed for the professors who might have to spend time going over “extraneous stuff” for a change, if the Academic Bill of Rights succeeds. Everybody knows that in any totalitarian regime, the most efficient use of time is to teach only the party propaganda.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
Johannesburg, Wednesday 23 October 2019 – In the spirit of reviving South Africa’s identity, Brand South Africa’s domestic flagship programme, the Nation Brand Forum is set to be hosted on the 28 October 2019 at UrbanTree in Johannesburg.The theme; ‘Reviving South Africa’s Nation Brand identity and narrative’, was motivated by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call during the 2019 State of the Nation Address on ‘What type of South Africa do we want?’His Excellency, Ramaphosa said; “I dream of the first new city built in the democratic era”. This presents an opportune moment for Brand South Africa to engage various stakeholders in order to develop a compelling and coherent narrative that tells the story of South Africa in a meaningful way, an integral part of managing the reputation and image of the Nation Brand.“We are proud to host the 4th Annual Nation Brand Forum, a platform that inspires South Africans to find collaborative ways that ensure that we positively position the Nation Brand through constructive and introspective conversations with role players, to innovate and revive the identity and value proposition of what we are about as a nation, 25 years into democracy”; said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing Ms Sithembile Ntombela.This year’s Nation Brand Forum speakers includes a key note address by Minister Jackson Mthembu, Minister in the Presidency.Panellists include; Ms Zanele Morrison, Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Mr Doug Place, Chief Marketing Officer, Nando’s and Veteran Broadcaster Ms Joanne Joseph as Programme Director. Founder and CEO of the Brand Leadership Group, Mr Thebe Ikalafeng will be the Guest Speaker.Follow the link to see the 2018 Nation Brand Forum highlightsFor more information please contact Ms Ntombi Ntanzi email@example.com or 064 890 6819. Follow the conversation @Brand_SA #NationBrandForum19 read more
India’s Geeta Phogat lost to Tonya Lynn Verbeek of Canada 1-3 in the opening round of the women’s 55kg wrestling event at London Olympics on Sunday.The fight was even till round two with both opponents sharing a point each. Verbeek, silver medallist at the Athens Games, changed gears in the final round to advance to the quarterfinals.The Canadian takes on Ukraine’s Tetyana Lazareva while Geeta will battle it out in the repechage round.