Boat operators can be suspended for overcharging passengers – MARAD

first_imgOne week after commuters had complained about extortion being practised by boat operators traversing the Georgetown and Vreed-en-Hoop stellings on Sundays and holidays, Harbour Master Michael Tennant has announced that those operators can be suspended for their actions if the matter is reported.Guyana Times reported that boat operators were charging double fares on Sundays and holidays, much to the discomfiture of the travelling public.Tennant, in an interview with this publication, said passengers need to report the incidents for MARAD to act. He noted that complainants would be required to file an official report, which would require the name of the boat along with the time of the incident, since it would make the investigation easier.This newspaper was informed that boat operators usually demand a fare increase of an additional $100 when they transport half the number of passengers on this route.Passengers have also detailed cases when they were forced to pay the extra $100, some without even knowing that the additional fee is unlawful.When Guyana Times visited the Georgetown Stelling to investigate the complaint one recent Friday, some disgruntled passengers opined that the fare increase was quite burdensome and “unfair” to them. An angry passenger had said, “I ain’t get raise on my salary, so I ain’t concern with no raise of fare! I won’t go for no raise of fare!”Another frequent boat user had told Guyana Times, “I think that the fee increase on weekends and holidays is unnecessary and unacceptable. The boat captains and bowmen would have the maximum number of persons on board and still charge the $200 fee. It is a matter that should be looked into by the relevant authorities, because it’s an act of exploiting customers.”Another passenger of the water taxis had said, “We have no other choice. Sometimes — especially when they (boat operators) know that the bridge is closed — they try to exploit us, and I think that is unfair.”Still another passenger had noted being subjected to the increase predominantly on Sundays and holidays. “The double-fare being charged by boat operators on Sundays and holidays is definitely ridiculous! It’s unethical! This was never approved! I believe only persons who aren’t aware of this are the ones that are being targeted. I pay $100 on those days, especially when the boats travel with a full load,” this passenger had said.Agreeing with the statements expressed by most passengers, Trisha Patterson had said she had seen cases in which the boat operators had come over with full loads and were still demanding $200 from each passenger. She opined that the situation needed to be investigated.A bowman who spoke to this newspaper had said the fares are increased on Sundays and holidays because those are not full working days.“Sundays and holidays is $200 (charged) because we ain’t supposed to be working. So them man does come out because them ain’t got nothing fuh do (and them want) fuh try and help de passengers to get across more fast. $200 a head. Me ain’t know why them (passengers) does row, because this is de cheapest boat fare around here,” he had declared.last_img read more

Govt wants a green energy fund for US$80M from Norway

first_imgAmaila Falls Project… no definitive position on hydropower siteGovernment wants to establish a green energy fund for the $80 million, which was earmarked for the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP) in order to finance other renewable energy initiatives as it continues to deliberate on the best course of action for Guyana regarding hydropower.This is according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, who during a press conference on Wednesday said that Government has not taken any definitive position on the AFHP, simply because there are countless other sites available for the establishment of hydropower.Patterson explained that the green energy fund, which will be managed independently, could disburse the US$80 million as grants to Government agencies and private individuals that apply to conduct green initiatives.He said this setup would be ideal while Government works on a pathway for its renewable energy agenda instead of having the funds sitting with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).An artist’s impression of the Amaila Falls Hydropower ProjectNorway since 2009 had supported the Amaila Falls Project, depositing US$80 million in the IDB, earmarked for Guyana’s equity share in Amaila Falls Hydropower Inc, a Special Purpose Company for realising the project.But in December 2015, Government announced that the US$80 million which had been earmarked for the Amaila Hydropower Project could go to other energy initiatives in the event that the project does not go ahead.Meanwhile, Minister Patterson said that the independent fact-based assessment conducted by Norconsult does not define Amaila as the best option for renewable energy in Guyana but rather the “most advanced”.He explained that there are 67 other sites in Guyana that have potential to generate hydropower, but because Amaila is the only site with the most dated feasibility report, it makes it the most advanced.Patterson noted too, that if Government were to pursue Amaila, it would mean other renewable energy plants would need to be established to compliment the power provided by Amaila.On these grounds, he explained, Government is still deciding on the best way forward.The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration, since its days in the Opposition, has been strongly against the Project – which could have been providing clean, reliable and affordable energy in the next few months had it been given the green light from the inception.Nonetheless, Government had announced that the report by Norconsult will determine whether the project will move forward.The Amaila Falls Hydropower Project, which started under the previous Administration, was the flagship project of the five-year forest protection partnership.Guyana was expected to earn up to US$250 million in performance-based payments based on an independent verification of deforestation and forest degradation rates and progress on REDD+ enabling activities. REDD+ is a global initiative that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.Norway had transferred US$80 million to the IDB for the project, but when the APNU/AFC Government took office, it said that proceeding with the project would be irresponsible. Norway had urged the Government to consider the merits of the project, as Guyana stood to lose the US$80 million earmarked if it failed to come up with a plan for transformational renewable energy sources that can be realised in the next few years, hence a review of the project was conducted.Government contends that the report validated their stance that Amaila is not the best option but upon reading the report, it can be easily concluded that Norconsult favours the immediate execution of the project.According to the report, the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project is the only realistic path for Guyana moving towards an emission-free electricity sector, by developing its hydropower potential and the fastest way forward is to maintain AFHP.The report outlined that the first needed step for revitalising the project is a decision by the Government to maintain AFHP as the priority project in the transition to a green generation regime, as recommended in the “Initial Study on System Expansion of the Generation & Transmission System” of 2014, and reiterated and embraced by Government in “Guyana’s Power Generation System Study” of June 2016.last_img read more

Honorary badges probed

first_imgLOS ANGELES – High-ranking law enforcement officials in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties have given honorary badges and identification cards to dozens of their campaign supporters, raising alarms among some supervisors. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Riverside Sheriff Bob Doyle and San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos handed out identification badges and cards to members of support units that they staffed primarily with campaign donors, the Los Angeles Times reported. Members of the groups, supervised by Glendora tire store owner Gary Nalbandian, donated a combined $150,000 to the three officials’ campaigns since 1997, according to the report. At least three people said they had used the identifications during exchanges with police or security officials. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich questioned whether Baca broke county law by authorizing identification cards for members of his “Homeland Security Support Unit.” “We are very concerned about the issue, and we’ll be asking county counsel and the chief administrative officer to have a look at the county code,” Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell said Monday. Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone also called for new restrictions on honorary badges after learning that Doyle gave them to donors who became members of his “Sheriff’s Executive Council.” Spokesmen for Doyle and Baca said the badges clearly indicate the holders are volunteers and dismissed concerns that they could be misused. “Not only do we believe that we are operating within the spirit of the law, we believe we are operating within the letter of the county ordinance,” said Baca spokesman Steve Whitmore. California and Los Angeles County laws make it illegal to issue any kind of law enforcement identification to people who are not peace officers. Doyle and Ramos said they asked Nalbandian to return the badges because of ethical concerns. But Baca said he had no intention of doing so, arguing his network could provide valuable services in an emergency. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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

DD History: HMS Laurentic commemorated as centenary approaches

first_imgCommemorative events will take place in Inishowen and Derry during the week to remember the tragic sinking of the HMS Laurentic.The HMS Laurentic sank off the coast of Fanad Head when it was struck by a mine, leading to the loss of over 350 seamen.In Inishowen a guided coach tour will leave the Shadows Hotel at 10am on the 26th of January. A Wreath Laying ceremony will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Cockhill on the 28th of January at 11am, with other one taking place at St. Mura’s Church of Ireland at 12:30pm in Fahan. Both cemeteries are where some of the crew were laid to rest.These ceremonies will then be followed by a special reception on Saturday at 2pm Fort Dunree.On the 29th of January, a commemorative flotilla will leave Buncrana to the site of the Laurentic wreckage.In Derry, a new Laurentic exhibition will be launched on the 25th, and run for six months. For details on more commemorative events you can visit the Ulster Canada Initiative’s Facebook page.HistoryThe HMS Laurentic was built by Harland and Woolf in Belfast; and was launched just months before the infamous Titanic from the same shipyard.An interesting historical fact is that this boat is responsible for the capture of the notorious Dr. Crippen, a murderer who tried to flee to Canada on the Montrose.When the Captain of the Montrose recognised Crippen and his partner as the wanted fugitives, Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Walter Dew was alerted. Dew picked the HMS Laurentic to sail to Canada faster than the Montrose; despite the Montrose’s departure three days earlier. When the Montrose docked, Dr. Crippen was taken into custody and hanged for his crimes. Dr. Crippen is the first suspect to be captured with the aid of wireless telegraphy.Lough SwillyCarrying 43 tonnes of gold bullion to pay for vital war munitions, on the 23rd of January 1917 the HMS Laurentic began the long voyage from Liverpool to Nova Scotia, with Captain R.A. Norton at the helm.Captain Norton had received an order to discharge five seamen in Buncrana. The crew landed in Buncrana and the men enjoyed a meal at the Lough Swilly Hotel before sailing out towards the North Atlantic Ocean on the 25th of January. Conditions at sea were perilous that night. Snow and hail pummeled the decks, as gale force twelve winds battered the boat and made maneuvering extremely difficult.As they passed Fanad Head, the ship struck a mine. The second mine they struck destroyed the engine room and generators. As the radio relied on electricity, no distress signal could be sent.Men loaded into the lifeboats – no mean feat in complete darkness and gale force winds.Before leaving the ship, Captain Norton checked that no man who survived the blasts were left behind before disembarking.However, despite Captain Norton’s efforts, many of those on the lifeboats did not survive. Many had been fatally wounded already, with most dying from exposure during the night before their rescue the following day.Of the 470 seamen who left Liverpool two days earlier; 350 lost their lives. Corpses washed ashore for many weeks after the sinking.On the 31st of January 1917, 71 bodies were buried on the grounds of St. Mary’s (Church of Ireland).Clergy from different backgrounds came together to honour the deceased, and memorials were erected across Ireland and the UK.DD History: HMS Laurentic commemorated as centenary approaches was last modified: January 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:commemorationsFanad Headhistoryhms laurenticInishowenLough Swillylast_img read more


first_imgSt Eunan’s Club Notes In Association with Letterkenny Shopping Centre.Well done to the U-16 boys footballers who defeated Letterkenny Gaels 3-06 to 1-06 in Monday’s championship game and made it three wins from three games in their group. Our U-14 boys football team (pictured) play in the County Final against Gaoth Dobhair tomorrow evening, Wednesday, September 2nd at 6.30pm in Convoy. Best of luck to all the players and management.The Senior Footballers qualified for the Championship quarter finals with a 0-14 to 1-06 win over Dungloe while the Reserves defeated the same opposition 2-12 to 0-05. Kevin Grant got both goals for the Reserves. Both teams were drawn to face Glenswilly in their respective quarter finals in two weeks time.We host the Ulster Óg Sport Gael (U-15) 7-a-side football finals in O’Donnell Park this Saturday, September 5th. Games begin at 10am, with the final scheduled for 2pm, and will feature all 9 county champions from Ulster. Any members willing to help out are asked to be at the Park at 9am on Saturday.The U-16 girls footballers are away to Glenswilly this evening, Tuesday 1st at 7pm.The U-16 hurlers reached the county league semi final with their win over Mac Cumhaill’s, eventually pulling away after a tight first half. They play away to Burt this Thursday with throw in at 6.30pm. All support welcome. The U-13 girls football team had a great away win at Glenswilly in their first Championship game over the weekend. Training is on Thursday at 6pm and next match for the girls is an away fixture in Convoy, this Saturday.The U-12 Hurling Finals are on Thursday evening, venue and opposition tbc.U-16 hurling training continues on Tuesdays at 5pm and U-12 training also Tuesday at 5.30pm. New hurlers always welcome.Congratulations to our club hurlers who featured on the county hurling development teams last weekend. The U-16 team reached the All Ireland ‘B’ final for the first time ever. The U-14 team, managed by Gordon Randles reached the All Ireland ‘B’ semi final again for the first time and the U-15 team, playing in the U-16 ‘C’ tournament missed out on taking National honours, losing by one point. All the teams were well represented by St. Eunan’s hurlers. Congratulations to everyone involved from our Club.Well done also to the Eunan’s girls on the Donegal U-14 camogie team who retained their Ulster Div. 4 title at the weekend defeating Monaghan in the final.Congratulations to club captain Rory Kavanagh who was part of the Donegal Boston team who won their Senior championship at the weekend.The Hurling Academy continues on Fridays at 6.30pm while the Century Cinemas Football Academy is on Sundays at 11am. New members are always welcome to both academies. For more information, please contact Ciaran Maguire, 087 4133372, Eugene Duffy, 086 8430240 or Eunan O’Donnell 087 6775637.The St. Eunan’s ‘Come Dine with Me’ will take place on Halloween night, Sat. 31st October. Full details will be circulated by club email and also available on the Club Facebook page. A great evening’s entertainment is promised in what is always a great social occasion for our Club. The Clubhouse at O’Donnell Park is now available to book for parties, functions, etc. Contact Niall on 086-3062893 for further information/bookings.Fixtures and results are available via the links on the Club website homepage. Any amendments to fixtures etc. will be noted on the club Facebook Page as soon as confirmation is received.Sincere sympathy is extended to the Thornton family on their recent bereavement.This week’s winning lotto numbers were 8,18,21,23.Marty McCarron (direct debit) matched 3 numbers and wins €100.Next week’s jackpot is €1600. GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S U16 BOYS IN FINE WIN OVER LETTERKENNY GAELS was last modified: September 1st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CLUB NOTESSt Eunanslast_img read more


first_imgA doctor admitted lying in order to practise medicine in Ireland including Donegal because he feared for his livelihood.Dr Failsal Siddiqui blamed pressure from the murder of his younger brother in Pakistan and the subsequent death of his father from grief for the events that led to him covering up disciplinary proceedings taken against him in the UK.Dr Siddiqui, who has worked as an orthopaedic surgeon in hospitals in Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Drogheda and Donegal said he regrets his lie ‘every day’ and prays for forgiveness. The Pakistani born doctor faces one allegation of professional misconduct before a fitness to practise inquiry for failing to reveal in his application for Irish registration as a doctor in June 2011, that the UK’s General Medical Council had imposed conditions on his registration two months earlier.It arose out of a complaint made by a patient at Kingston Hospital, London after Dr Siddiqui treated the man’s ruptured Achilles tendon by placing his leg in a cast.He has told the inquiry that he failed to turn up to proceedings against him in the UK because of the extraordinary pressure he was under at the time.His barrister Rosemary Mallon requested that the Medical Council take in to consideration the desperate circumstances of Dr Siddiqui found himself in when considering if he should be found guilty of professional misconduct. “It was and mistake and it was poor judgement. There’s no malice, there’s no greed here. This was done because he was in desperate circumstances and desperate times,” Ms Mallon said. DOCTOR ADMITS LYING TO PRACTISE IN CO DONEGAL was last modified: October 10th, 2013 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:doctordonegalIrish Medical Councilpractiselast_img read more


first_imgPrimary Schools Athletics Challenge will be held on May 20th.The details of the 45th annual Primary Athletics Schools Challenge have been formally announced in order to give schools time to prepare for the prestigious event.The event will be held at the superb facilities at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar on the 20th of May with events kicking off at 11am sharp.The program of events are outlined below. Born 2009 60mBorn 2008 60m, 100mBorn 2007 80m, 300m, Long Jump, Turbo JavelinBorn 2006 80m, 600m, Turbo Javelin, Long Jump ,High Jump , Relay Born 2005 100m, 600m, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, Turbo JavelinBorn 2004 100m, 800m, High Jump, Long Jump, Relay (see b) Turbo JavelinBorn 2004/2003 ShotBorn 2003 100m, 800mRules: 1. Entry fee is £2.50/€3.00 payable in advance or on arrival,2. Children may compete in two events only plus relay: Schools please note3. Children to compete in their own age category, the exception being relay where the sections are:a. Born 2007/2006 b. Born 2005/20044. Schools are limited to two children in each High Jump, Long Jump, Shot and Turbo Javelin only if they have qualified at an area sports otherwise 1 only .5. Please note spikes if worn to be 5mmThis event continues to be developing with 98 schools participating during 2014.Qualifying regional trials where appropriate and are encouraged to take place during May.It is desirable to have a local area qualifying final.Areas which had a qualifying competition last year were Finn Valley (2days) North West, Rosses and Buncrana.Two athletes per event qualifying for the county finals along with one relay each regional event.Schools in other areas may wish to organise a qualifying competition amongst themselves on a mutually agreed day.Schools unable to organise locally may still compete at County final with one athlete per event plus relay team per age group.AS PER 2014 THERE WILL BE SEPERATE WHEELCHAIR EVENTS BOYS/GIRLSPrincipals please note the former as numbers have forced; it is therefore, desirable to have a LOCAL AREA event if at all possible.Awards – medals top 3, certificates for all children N.B – Where areas do not hold qualifying events I will on this occasion hold firm on the above namely one athlete per event per school in jumps and throws.You can understand this as there are time and safety limitations on the day.Important to note relay races based on school size 3 categories as per previous years based on school roll.It would be helpful if I had school contact email addresses as this enables me to forward timetables etc prior to event to your school.Further details /Enquiries from Patsy McGonagle at 0872226112 or e-mail patsymcgonagle@hotmail.comDETAILS OF THE 45TH ANNUAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS CHALLENGE ANNOUNCED was last modified: April 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsnewsNoticesPrimary schoolsSportlast_img read more

Hughes talks about QPR’s vital game against Stoke

first_imgQPR manager Mark Hughes discusses his relegation-threatened team’s crucial home match against Stoke City. Click here for the QPR v Stoke quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

South Africans tackle xenophobia

first_img27 July 2010A number of South African civil society groups are tackling xenophobia in an innovative way – one signature at a time – with a campaign to collect one million signed pledges against xenophobia, intolerance, intimidation and violence in the country.The Scalabrini Centre and People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty – organisations that assist refugees and asylum seekers – together with Black Sash, an organisation that assists the public on the legal front, and gender and human rights group Sonke Gender Justice Network, are the driving forces behind the Unite as One Campaign.The nationwide campaign kicked off in Cape Town on Mandela Day, 18 July, and runs until African Human Rights Day on 17 October.Black Sash advocacy programme manager Nkosikhulule Nyembezi said the campaign hoped to build on the incredible sense of African unity experienced in South Africa during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“We have proved we are a winning nation who can achieve anything if we work together,” Nyembezi said. “Now we must work to win human dignity and protection for all those who seek shelter in our land.”A campaign web page – – and facebook page – – have been set up.The public can sign the pledge online or download copies and circulate among them their friends and colleagues.It is hoped that once people sign the pledge they will feel compelled to report acts of violence or intimidation against foreign nationals.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Corporators under Thane police radar

first_imgThe Thane Police’s probe into extortion accused Iqbal Kaskar’s alleged links with political figures has identified at least three corporators from Thane, who are now under the police scanner. Officer said that the number is likely to increase over the next few day.Dawood’s name usedExtortion Iqbal, the younger brother of wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, was arrested late on Monday night for allegedly extorting a Thane-based builder by using Dawood’s name. Two others, Mumtaz Sheikh and Israr Ali Sayed, were also arrested for aiding Iqbal in the racket.last_img read more