The Police have launched an investigation into the death of a pedestrian after he was killed in an accident involving two drunk drivers.Police on Saturday said that the dead man was yet to be identified.Reports are the accident occurred about 01:30h on Ruby Public Road, East Bank Essequibo.Guyana Times was told that two motor cars were involved in the accident. Investigations have revealed that motor car PRR 459 was proceeding west along the southern carriageway when it struck down the pedestrian who was allegedly walking in the centre of the road.This publication understands that immediately after, PWW 6353, which was also proceeding in the same direction, hit the pedestrian.Public-spirited residents picked up the pedestrian and rushed him to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Both drivers were taken into custody and were found to be above the legal alcohol limit. Investigations are continuing.
…Jagdeo willing to meet President…slams AG for misleading CCJOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has made it clear that the Parliamentary opposition will not be extending the coalition Government’s time in office, almost eight months after the Government was defeated by a No Confidence Motion that means President and Cabinet must resign and elections held.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo made these comments during a press conference on Monday evening, where he discussed the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) post-judgement hearing earlier in the day. During the hearing, Attorney General Basil Williams had suggested that Parliament could extend the life of the Government.This is in keeping with Article 106 (6 and 7) of the Constitution, which states that on the passage of a no-confidence motion, elections must be called within three months or at a time agreed to by two-thirds of the National Assembly. But Jagdeo made it clear this was a line he would not cross.President David Granger“As (CCJ President) Justice Saunders said, are you asking me to rewrite the constitution? He posed to the other side. And the constitution says once a No confidence motion is validly passed, elections have to be held in three months. And so we are going to insist on that.Three months to hold elections. We’re already been living on borrowed time in the government, because of the delaying tactics.”“So effectively, they have had a six months’ grace period so far. And we’re not going to tolerate any continued violation of the constitution. So we will insist on elections in three months. And when I meet with President Granger that is a non-negotiable. What is non-negotiable too is us going back to parliament to extend the life of this government. That’s non-negotiable.”The Opposition Leader also called out Williams for deliberately misleading the CCJ but saying that the President invited him “forthwith” for a meeting following the court’s ruling on June 17 but the Opposition Leader is yet to respond.According to Jagdeo, a letter was dispatched to his office and states that he was being invited for a meeting after June 24 consequential ruling. The Opposition Leader made it clear that he has acted in good faith with respect to the CCJ’s directions.Last week, the CCJ ruled that the no-confidence motion tabled in Guyana’s National Assembly in December, 2018, had been validly passed and therefore general elections must be held within a stipulated timeframe.But while Granger publicly announced his respect for the CCJ ruling, his Ministers have been less respectful. Government Ministers have, in fact, made statements that defied the CCJ rulings and even the CCJ’s jurisdiction in Guyana… even though Guyana has recognized the court as its final appeals court since 2005.The first such statements were made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan. According to Jordan, the coalition government is not prepared to call elections unless House to House registration is carried out regardless of what the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) or anyone says.On Friday, Minister of State Dawn Hastings-Williams rejected the Caribbean Court of Justice’s appellate jurisdiction during a bizarre protest staged by several Government ministers and a few A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) supporters outside the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM’s) headquarters, where they were calling for house-to-house registration before elections are held.Hastings-Williams voiced her blatant disregard for the CCJ as Guyana’s final court of appeal by saying that that court has no authority to issue any consequential orders on Monday, since Guyana is an independent state with its own laws.The People’s National Congress (PNC), through General Secretary Amna Ally, have since distanced itself from her comments. But these utterances will raise questions over the government’s commitment to actually comply with the CCJ and exercise good faith in talks with the parliamentary opposition.GECOMWhen it comes to Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, Jagdeo made it clear that he would not countenance his continued presence at the commission. According to Jagdeo, Patterson has to go.“The second issue we have clarity on is that the Chairman was unconstitutionally appointed and as of now, he should not make any decision in relation to elections. In fact, this is a former Justice and if decency prevailed, by now he should have demitted office.”“But he continues to hang on there, although the highest court of Guyana has ruled that his appointment was unconstitutional and illegal,” Jagdeo told the media during the press conference.According to Jagdeo, GECOM’s independence and professionalism is suspect as long as Patterson remains ensconced as Chairman. He noted that since the No confidence motion was passed in December of last year, GECOM has failed to carry out its mandate thanks to the machinations of political appointees.“We had the PRO from GECOM say they can be ready at any time. The CEO of GECOM said the list is clean.These comments have been in the public domain. But why do we see now, suddenly, the staff wavering? Because we have three political commissioners and a politically appointed Chairman!”“Imagine the legal officer, who was appointed by this commission. She gave a legal opinion saying that continuous registration is the only way provided by law to update the voters list.And immediately (they) started damaging her reputation, because she chose to be professional. So anything you hear about timelines form this commission, until the chairman is removed and you have a credible commission, would be just political pressure from the other side.”The CCJ had found that Patterson’s appointment was flawed and in breach of the Constitution.The court also ruled that the President ought to have given the Opposition leader an explanation as to why consecutive lists of nominees for the position of GECOM Chairman were being rejected.a
SACRAMENTO – State schools chief Jack O’Connell today plans to call for a new emphasis on closing the achievement gap in California’s schools – helping those students from minority, low-income and other disadvantaged households who struggle to do well in class. O’Connell also wants to expand professional development for teachers in science subject areas, increase career-technical education programs and support more character education in schools. O’Connell will make the proposals today in his fourth annual State of Education address, according to a copy of the speech obtained by MediaNews. “There is simply no harder job in education than closing this pernicious achievement gap,” O’Connell states in the prepared text. “There is also simply nothing more important. In today’s global economy, we simply cannot afford to have any student unprepared to compete.” Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, chairman of the Senate Education committee, agreed it is important to address the achievement gap, but said it is a difficult challenge that relates to larger societal problems potentially beyond the scope of the schools. email@example.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The state superintendent of public instruction plans to call for a statewide council of teachers, principals, business executives, parents and others to study the challenges and needs of students in various underachieving subgroups and tackle some of the root causes facing those students. Then in November he will convene a summit with thousands of educators to share the results. His State of Education proposals also call for asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature to include $32 million in the state budget to improve statewide data collection on statistics such as dropout and retention rates. He also wants to expand the number of California Partnership Academies from 290 to 500. The academies are three-year programs, grades 10 through 12, that integrate academic learning with career technical education, business partnerships and internship programs. O’Connell, now entering his second term, has generally remained well-liked and supported in the education community, and faced no serious opposition in his re-election bid last year.
PERHAPS it is only appropriate to begin a conversation about the future of illegal immigrants in America with a reference to the Mexican anthropologist Guillermo B nfil Batalla and his insights about what constitutes a “civilization project.” Appropriate because it is not lost on the American public that it’s our neighbor Mexico that has made the most significant contribution to this population, and because Mexico’s recent nationalistic rhetoric has aroused skepticism, fear, and contempt in the American public. A prominent argument among the fiercest opponents of normalization of this illegal population – or, to use a politically incorrect term, amnesty – is that Mexican nationals constitute a threat to the very core of what it means to be an American. This is where Professor Batalla’s definition provides a provocative point for discussion. When Batalla coined the term “M xico profundo,” he divided the national consciousness in terms of a nationalistic, political project – which began when Mexico declared its independence from Spain, replete with all of the symbolism of a nation-state – and the other Mexico, composed of the spirit and aspirations of its native peoples and their worldview. This, said Batalla, was the true collective soul, the true nation, uncorrupted, real because it has been dreamed, and stifled by the machinations of the political system. Ironically enough, one can say that there, too, is an American equivalent to this world of the profound. Except that, reflecting the character of Americanism, the definition evolved not from the intelligentsia, but from the soul of the people, the descendants of immigrant peasants: The American Dream. Which brings me back to the initial problem facing the American body politic: What to do with the millions of men and women and their children living illegally in America? Should we give them amnesty? Perhaps that is the only humane and workable solution. But this is the opportunity for the body politic to articulate what it means to be an American versus an American citizen. To be an American is to embrace the America that is desired and dreamed. The American Dream signifies the freedom to define, create, and if necessary, re-create the self. Perhaps what is most frustrating to me in this debate about illegal immigration is that people of Mexican descent have been cynically defined as a group rather than individuals. How ironic. Rosa Martha Villarreal is the author of “Chronicles of Air and Dreams: A Novel of Mexico” and “The Stillness of Love and Exile.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As a loyal American of Mexican descent, I take personal offense at the misappropriation of this cherished concept by extremists and special-interest groups in America, misguided Mexican intellectuals, and cynical Mexican government officials. I am annoyed with the aforementioned folks because they regard the American Dream as the equivalent to an employment agency. As I remind my students at the college where I teach, the American Dream was and is the fulfillment of the desire that the individual could be free to aspire to his most profound desires regardless of his background, bloodlines, and pedigrees. The American Dream is the Jeffersonian trust in the wisdom of the people, not the ruling class, and certainly not the intelligentsia, who, although well-meaning, are frequently so disconnected from the lives of common men and women that their concern is perceived as patronizing, and correctly so. The American Dream is the elevation of the individual over the group. Though one’s past is an integral part of one’s identity, the manner in which one’s ethnic identity is recalled is ultimately the spiritual project of the individual. For example, my parents were born in Mexico and immigrated (yes, legally) in 1954. Being well-versed in the history of both countries, I consider the conduct of my country (U.S.A.) in the Mexican-American war to be less than honorable. However, I harbor neither resentments nor irredentist desires. This is the spiritual aspect of the American Dream: I can create my own identity and shape my own convictions and not be beholden to traditionalism or group-think. Regrettably, the position voiced by both the Mexican government and members of the Mexican intelligentsia is that because my parents were born in Mexico, my loyalties and interests should lie with Mexico. My creative fascination with Mexico, yes; my political loyalties, no.
The proposal to adopt a simple majority vote passed with 79 percent of shareholders voting in favor, according to a preliminary tally. Another proposal to allow holders of 10 percent to 25 percent of company stock to call special meetings was approved by 64 percent, according to the preliminary tally.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Five years is plenty of time to judge the success or failure of a long-term strategy,” said the shareholder, Bill Price. “Shareholders deserve an explanation.” Parsons acknowledged the poor performance, saying the company had struggled with federal investigations, accounting restatements and investor lawsuits, all stemming from the merger. But, he said, Time Warner stock had risen 25 percent since the last shareholder meeting in May 2006, and the company is on track to sustain the progress in 2007. “The going-forward picture is more attractive than the looking-back picture,” Parsons told Price. Time Warner, based in New York, has taken steps over the years to change restrictive rules that allow a small but powerful minority of shareholders to block proposals. BURBANK – Shareholders of media conglomerate Time Warner Inc. overwhelmingly approved two proposals Friday to give them more say in the company’s affairs. The proposals – one to make it easier for a simple majority of shareholders to pass changes to the company’s bylaws, and another to allow larger shareholders to call special board meetings – were opposed by the company. It is not required to institute the proposed changes. The company’s annual shareholders meeting, held at Warner Bros. Studios, was fairly routine. The company’s stock has been rebounding after several dismal years stemming from its decision to be bought by AOL in 2000. That fact was noted by one shareholder, who complained that since Chairman and Chief Executive Richard Parsons took the helm in 2002, shareholder return has been 13.6 percent, including dividends, underperforming the stock market and other media companies, such as News Corp. and The Walt Disney Co.
George Graham has taken a swipe at Arsene Wenger, claiming Arsenal have been left behind by Chelsea this season due to Jose Mourinho’s superior work in the transfer market.Just 11 games into the new season and the Gunners are already 12 points behind their London rivals, who look a formidable outfit this season having added the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas in the summer.Wenger admitted after Sunday’s defeat at Swansea that the Premier League leaders look ‘unstoppable’ and, according to Graham, that is down to Mourinho identifying and buying better quality players in the close season.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Arsenal boss said: “Jose Mourinho did his best work in the summer. While the majority of managers were probably watching the World Cup, he was out there buying the players he thought they needed to win the Premier League.“He bought quality players for the first team, not for the squad, and he has got the ideal package. Chelsea are way ahead the rest of the teams now.”The defeat at the Liberty Stadium rounded off a nightmare week for Wenger, who had seen his side surrender a three-goal lead against Anderlecht a few days previously.Arsenal have only won four of their 11 top-flight games this season and Graham puts their poor form down to a lack of defensive resolve throughout the team.“They are very inconsistent and there are reasons for it,” he said.“In periods of most of their games they play attacking football, they are good on the ball, there is good passing and all that, but they are vulnerable when the opposition has got the ball and that is a big, big problem.“We all know if you are going to be a successful team, trying to challenge for the Premier League and other trophies, you have to be very good in both sides of the game, in possession and without possession. It is a team effort problem they have got.”
Under the signed contract, Fidelity Insurance will pay deserving coaches Sh75,000 monthly while giving SJAK Sh65,000 for administration.Fidelity Insurance Marketing & Business Development Manager Nicholas Malesi during the contract renewal for Coach of the Month Award on August 14,2019 at Fidelity Insurance headquaters. Photo/SJAKThe firm’s marketing manager Nicholas Malesi expressed their gratitude to the association for running a credible reward scheme and urged coaches to continue with the good work of nurturing talents in the country.“Very hard economic times are with us but as Fidelity Insurance despite the tough times we still want to put our money in the award for the next one year. SJAK indicated that we should round the figure for coaches to Sh100,000 but the dire economic conditions cannot allow for now,” Malesi said.“In our small way we can say we give back to the society and we wish to continue with this. We hope other corporates can come on board to help the sport. When economic conditions improve we can sit down again to improve the deal. Otherwise as the season begins, we can only wish oaches and clubs all the best,” Malesi added.Fidelity Insurance Marketing & Business Development Manager Nicholas Malesi with SJAK president during the contract renewal for Coach of the Month Award on August 14,2019 at Fidelity Insurance headquaters. Photo/SJAKSJAK president Chris Mbaisi also noted that local coaches have upped their game since the award’s inception five years ago and urged them to strive for excellence.“I want to thank Fidelity for the far we have come in this initiative. Looking at it critically the coaches we have awarded have made further career steps and we may have Francis Kimanzi and Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno running in the national team sooner or later.”Fidelity Insurance has also boosted the upcoming LG Football Awards with a token for the coaches category and look to come in big in subsequent editions.Having awarded the tacticians throughout the season, Fidelity hope to eventually own the end of season coaches segment as a culmination of the monthly awards bestowed upon excellent tacticians.0Shares0000(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fidelity InsuranceMarketing & Business Development Manager Nicholas Malesi with SJAK president during the contract renewal for Coach of the Month Award on August 14,2019 at Fidelity Insurance headquaters. Photo/SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 14 – Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) and Fidelity Insurance have renewed contract for the 2019/20 Kenyan Premier League season that guarantees the continuation of awarding the best coach every month in the top-flight league that is scheduled to kick-off August 30.The reward programme will run from September 2019 to May to 2020, capping six years of partnership between the two entities that have seen myriads of coaches recognised and duly rewarded for excellent performances.
WEST HILLS – “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” announcer John Melendez was upstaged early Sunday by his son Oscar David Melendez, who appears to be the first baby born in the San Fernando Valley in 2006. Oscar was born at 12:27 a.m. on New Year’s Day at West Hills Hospital and Medical, weighing in at eight pounds, two ounces and measuring 21 inches. He was due later this month, but he made his appearance early after being delivered by cesarean section. “It’s just funny that my husband’s the one who usually is in the spotlight,” said mom Suzanna Melendez, 39. “To pick how you come into this world and have it be New Year’s Day is pretty funny to me.” Oscar has two sisters, ages 9 and 5. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Three kids already, I might have to ask Jay Leno for a raise,” said John Melendez, 40. “That’s a lot of mouths to feed.” Melendez is better known to Howard Stern fans as “Stuttering” John, who carried out caustic red-carpet interviews for Stern’s irreverent radio show before moving to the “Tonight Show.” Anthony Cervantes, born at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, missed being the first baby born in the Valley by only two minutes. Anthony was born to Roberta Cervantes, 24, of Sylmar at 12:29 a.m., weighing in at exactly eight pounds. Roberta Cervantes said she is happy her baby is a boy. “I just figure that girls you have to – it’s more work, you have to get them their nails, their makeup, their little hair pins,” she said. “And boys you can just get them a little cap and some jeans and they’re really cute like that.” The Valley’s first twins of the year, a boy and a girl who were not yet named on Sunday, were born at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, according to the medical center. The girl was born at 8:13 a.m. New Year’s Day and her brother was born a minute later. Mom Brenda Croy, 37, of Valley Village also gave birth to fraternal twins three years ago. She is glad to have another pair of twins. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Croy said. “Noisy but a lot fun.” Roberta Cervantes said she hopes her son Anthony grows up to play football at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and that he attends church regularly and becomes a good Catholic. Suzanna Melendez and her husband, John, have been joking about what the name they gave their son – Oscar David Melendez – could mean for his future. “He’ll either be a boxer or a fashion designer,” Suzanna Melendez said. The baby has already distinguished himself. “He’s a beautiful kid,” John Melendez said. “This is the first time we did the c-section so he doesn’t have the cone head.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The County Donegal Heritage Office will be launching the County Donegal ‘Heritage Week’ Event Guide in the County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny on Monday, August 11 at noon. The event guide will be launched by Joe McHugh T.D., Minister of State, Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.The free, pocket-size, event guide is compiled by the County Donegal Heritage Office and outlines over 90 ‘Heritage Week’ events taking place in County Donegal for National Heritage Week from Saturday, August 23 to Sunday, August 31, 2014. ‘Heritage Week’ event organisers can collect their copies of the event guide at the launch. “Heritage Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of, and engender pride in, the heritage of County Donegal,” said Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.“There will be over 90 ‘Heritage Week’ events taking place in County Donegal including family open days, guided walks, built heritage open houses, heritage site visits, fieldtrips, exhibitions, illustrated presentations, photographic competitions, children’s activities, storytelling sessions, traditional music, craft fairs and traditional skills demonstrations.“The success of Heritage Week in County Donegal lies with the many people, heritage organisations, museums, heritage centres and community groups that have organised events this year to focus attention on the local heritage that helps to define County Donegal’s sense of place. The tremendous efforts of these enthusiastic and committed people (often on a voluntary basis) reinforce the reputation of ‘Heritage Week’ as a truly countywide and national event in the annual calendar.”Michael Starrett, CEO of The Heritage Council highlighted the importance of Heritage Week at the national level. “The diversity and sheer number of events that take place in every county across Ireland during National Heritage Week is what makes it unique,” he said. “This year we are focusing on families, encouraging young and old to get out and connect with the heritage ingrained in all of us. For the older generation, the week is a fantastic opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with children and grandchildren, in particular reflecting on the changes that have taken place over the years. For families of all ages, it is also a chance to take a break from the daily grind and explore the hidden treasures of our heritage, whether it is our built, cultural or natural heritage”.Copies of the County Donegal ‘Heritage Week’ Event Guide will be available free-of-charge from libraries, public service centres, museums, heritage centres and tourist offices and on-line at the County Donegal Heritage Office website at: www.donegalcoco.ie/heritage. Updates are available on the National Heritage Week website at: www.heritageweek.ie MORE THAN 90 EVENTS PLANNED FOR DONEGAL HERITAGE WEEK was last modified: August 6th, 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:Donegal Heritage Week
An artist’s impression of the new cancer unit at Altnagelvin.A cancer group fighting for services in Donegal and Derry have said Brexit will not damage plans for a unit at Altnagelvin Hospital.Noelle Duddy of Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest said members have for over 11 years campaigned fearlessly for the retention and development of cancer services in Letterkenny University Hospital and for the provision of radiotherapy services in the NorthWest Region.And she vowed that these goals will continue despite the surprise withdrawal of Britain from the EU.She stressed that the Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin is NOT an EU project. “Having achieved the retention of sympathetic breast services and the appointment of a permanent Consultant Breast Surgeon at Letterkenny, one of CCC(NW)’s top priorities was to lobby on both sides of the Border to ensure that the possibility of a radiotherapy unit in the North West Region became a reality and it has.”“The NorthWest Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin is funded by both Governments, North and South. This exciting cross border Project enjoys the good will and support of Government, Politicians, Health Services and Communities from both sides of the Border. It is not an EU Project.””Currently: the construction of the Unit is nearing completion; recruitment to staff the facility is ongoing; cross border meetings to develop clinical patient pathways and clinical governance continue.”“Whilst CCC(NW) remains optimistic that “Brexit” will not stop patients living in Donegal from accessing radiotherapy treatments in Altnagelvin when it opens its doors, we have written to both Minister of Health, Michelle O’Neill, MLA and Minister of Health, Simon Harris, TD requesting that they, “issue a clear statement as soon as possible, to reassure people living on both sides of the border, in the North West Region of this Island, that ‘Brexit’ will have no impact on cancer patients receiving radiotherapy treatments in the cross border Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin, when it becomes operational in late autumn of this year and that work to complete this project is continuing and unaffected.” Ms Duddy also confirmed that Minister Joe McHugh, TD, has informed her group that – “It is business as usual, work is ongoing on site and between Letterkenny University Hospital and Altnagelvin. The Good Friday Agreement continues to be in operation and that includes Health that [in turn] includes Altnagelvin.”“CCC(NW) have just completed this weekend a round of meetings with all our Donegal Oireachtas Members. We all agreed, CCC(NW) and Oireachtas Members the way forward in developing and enhancing Health Services in Donegal/NorthWest Region has to include consideration regarding further cross border co-operation, partnerships, collaborations.”CANCER UNIT AT ALTNAGELVIN WILL GO AHEAD DESPITE BREXIT was last modified: June 25th, 2016 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:AltnagelvinBrexitcancerDerrydonegal