Granger directs PSC to halt Police promotions

first_imgAlleged letter to Police Service Commission– PPP warns it’s another attempt by Govt to breach ConstitutionThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is warning Government against any attempt to subvert constitutionally mandated commissions in wake of the alleged dispatch of a letter by President David Granger to the Police Service Commission (PSC), directing a certain course of action on promotions.According to the party in a press release on Tuesday, the situation was drawn to the attention of the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, that a letter was dispatched to the commission. The letter allegedly instructed the commission not to proceed with any promotion in the Guyana Police Force until further directed by the President.“This is yet another vulgar and authoritarian attempt by the President to trample upon the independence and functional autonomy of a constitutional agency,” the PPP has stated.  “The President and his Government continue, on a daily basis, to violate the rule of law, assault important democratic institutions, and breach in the most egregious fashion the Constitution.”It pointed out that Article 226(1) of the Constitution states: “In the exercise of its functions under the Constitution, a Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority”.According to the party, the Police Service Commission is one of the Commissions to which Article 226 (1) makes reference. The party noted that by these directions, “it is clear that President Granger demonstrates absolute disrespect and disregard for the letter and spirit of the Constitution, and therefore continues to contravene its provisions with impunity.”The party went on to urge the Police Service Commission not to succumb to these unconstitutional and unlawful directives, but to continue to discharge its mandate in the manner provided for by the Constitution.While the Police Commissioner has power over ranks below the rank of Inspector, the Police Service Commission, according to Chapter 212 (1) of the constitution, has the power to make appointments to any officers in the Police Force at the rank of or above Inspector.It also has the power to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices, including the power to remove such persons from office.Claims of interference on the Police Service Commission are reminiscent of the case of Carvil Duncan, former head of another commission. Duncan, who had headed the Public Service Commission, had reason to move to the courts to challenge the President’s decision to suspend him from the offices he held after allegations of fraud had surfaced.While that case was in the court, Patrick Yarde was appointed as head of the Public Service Commission in Duncan’s stead.last_img read more

City lift League trophy as Huddersfield gain precious point

first_imgThey also frustrated the bid by Pep Guardiola’s runaway champions to set new Premier League records for the most goals, points and wins in a season — all marks which could yet be claimed by City in the season’s final week in which they play Brighton and Southampton.But, after a delay while uninvited supporters were removed from the field, Guardiola was finally able to see his team presented with the trophy which marks the third major country in which he has managed a team to a title following successes in Spain and Germany with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.“England is a special place and is so tough,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “Today we saw it. You never know if you are going to win, but I had no doubt what I had to do.“You win or lose, you have to try and do what you believe. Today was proof we can do better.“We lost a bit of focus, but that is normal. To make back-to-back titles in this league will be tough, but we accept the challenge.”The celebrations for City’s third title in seven seasons began well before kick-off, both inside and outside their Etihad home ground.Supporters were issued with blue and white flags to greet the champions as they were given yet another guard of honour on their way onto the field before kick-off.They were also met by the survivors of City’s famous 1968 title-winning side, a squad led by club legends Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee who were all on hand to receive an emotional welcome from fans who remember their feats half a century on.These title celebrations have been curiously drawn out.This time there was none of the edge-of-the-seat drama that so famously brought City their first Premier League title, when Sergio Aguero scored with virtually the last kick of the season against QPR in 2012.City won the league three weeks earlier without playing when closest rivals Manchester United surprisingly lost at home to West Brom.Since then City have enjoyed comfortable wins over Swansea and West Ham, but on Sunday there was no hint of Huddersfield showing the champions too much respect when the contest finally kicked off.– Wilting –Victory would have guaranteed Huddersfield safety and another season of top flight football.David Wagner’s men might have been on course for just such an upset result in an entertaining, if goalless, first half but Ederson denied Florent Hadergjonaj and Alex Pritchard.A City side that had been held goalless in just one previous league game — a draw at Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve — inevitably carved out chances of their own with Jonas Lossl saving well at David Silva’s feet after five minutes and, unknowingly, stopping a fierce Kevin De Bruyne shot.By the interval, Huddersfield were visibly wilting in the Manchester heat and facing the prospect of a long second half of attrition.City started brightly, with Christopher Schindler clearing off his line from a scramble at a Leroy Sane corner, but otherwise Huddersfield defended manfully and substitute Scott Malone might even have snatched a dramatic injury-time winner for the visitors.But Guardiola’s heartfelt congratulations to his opposite number Wagner on the final whistle, demonstrated the importance of the point to the visitors who now join Everton and Manchester United as the only sides to have avoided defeat at the Etihad in the league this season.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000City fans invade the pitch after the 0-0 draw with Huddersfield at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 6 – It took three weeks for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany to finally get his hands on the Premier League trophy but, on a day of celebrations at the Etihad, a goalless draw may have left Huddersfield Town as the big winners.A strong showing from the struggling visitors earned a valuable point which may be enough to keep them in the Premier League for a second season, an impressive achievement given their limited resources.last_img read more

‘Barnes got the ball’, says Dyche after horror tackle on Matic

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche defended Ashley Barnes’ tackle on Nemanja Matic in the Clarets’ 1-1 draw with Chelsea.His challenge provoked a fierce reaction from the Serbia midfielder who shoved Barnes to the ground, leaving referee Martin Atkinson with no option but to send him off, however, the Burnley striker escaped punishment.MATIC TO MISS CAPITAL ONE CUP FINAL: TOTTENHAM FANS RUB IT INDyche, though, believes his player was not lucky to stay on the pitch, claiming the pair simply collided at odd angles.“I had no problem with the incident,” he told talkSPORT following the match.“At the end of the day it’s a challenge that happens every week.“Barnsey gets the ball and I think it’s the momentum of the angles the two players are coming in at [that sees the collision].”last_img read more

Family, friends search for missing student

first_imgBurgess picked her up on his motorcycle from her mother’s Rancho Santa Margarita home on June 23 and took her to his rented West Los Angeles home for a party. She has not been seen since. Brief text messages from her phone indicate that she was locked in a bathroom and in danger at Burgess’ house, her family said. Police consider Burgess a person of interest in Jou’s disappearance, but he has not been charged. He pleaded no contest Oct. 10 in a Los Angeles courtroom to two counts of failing to register as a sex offender, and was sentenced to three years in prison. Burgess left California on July 5, the same day he was named a person of interest in the Jou case. Burgess was arrested in July in Jacksonville, Fla., where authorities said he had spray-painted his blue truck black. Allred said volunteer searchers can register at www.trinitysearch.org. The search will begin again at 11 a.m. today at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway. The Associated Press contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“It’s been unbearable. We were so close and especially during the holidays, she (Donna) was in charge of the lights and it’s been very difficult for me not having her,” said Jou, of Orange County. “It’s torturing. It’s very frustrating and we can’t go on. “I just have high hope that she’s alive and she’s going to come home. Six months is so long. It’s not easy.” Acting on a tip, family and friends decided to search the hillsides and cliff roads. Attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing the family, wouldn’t divulge details about the tip, only that they were told that they should search the area. “We know that law enforcement has been investigating and searching, but we feel that we wanted to wage a search because we still don’t have the answers to where Donna is,” said Allred. Donna Jou was 19 and staying with her mother this summer when she met convicted sex offender John Steven Burgess, 35, on Craigslist, where she had advertised her math tutoring services. The mother of a college student, missing since attending a party at a convicted sex offender’s home six months ago, joined a search for clues in the Santa Monica Mountains on Saturday, driven by the belief that her daughter is still alive. About 100 friends, family and a few who just wanted to help gathered early in the day to search 150 square miles to find anything belonging to San Diego State University student Donna Jou, including her blue backpack. The group will set out on another search today. Nili Jou, the missing girl’s mother, said she’s hoping the searches will lead them to a clue, “or some result, some answer.” last_img read more

LIAM ADAMS TRIAL: SINN FEIN LEADER DENIES THREATENING BROTHER WITH HAMMER DURING DONEGAL MEETING

first_imgSinn Fein president Gerry Adams has told a court his brother Liam Adams admitted sexually abusing his daughter.However he refuted a claim that he had threatened to hit his brother with a hammer when he confronted him over the alleged abuse at a house in Buncrana in 1987.Liam Adams is charged with 10 counts of sexually abusing his daughter Aine, who has waived her right to anonymity. He denies all the charges. Giving evidence at the trial in Belfast, Gerry Adams said that he had several walks with his brother.He said during one of them, Liam Adams acknowledged he had abused Aine, but said that it had only happened once.The Sinn Fein president said that Liam Adams made the alleged admission during a long walk in the rain in Dundalk, County Louth, in 2000“I had a long walk with Liam. We had a number of conversations,” Mr Adams said.“During the course of that he acknowledged that he had sexually abused Aine. He said it only happened the once.”Mr Adams was asked what Liam Adams had said he had done.Gerry Adams replied: “To the best of my recollection the terms that he used were that he had molested her or that he had interfered with her, that he had sexually assaulted her.”Mr Adams said he had first confronted his brother about the alleged abuse during a meeting in Buncrana, County Donegal, in 1987. He told the court that at that time Liam Adams denied the allegations.He denied a claim that he had threatened to take a hammer to Liam Adams during the confrontation.Mr Adams said that when the conversation concluded he spoke to his brother telling him “this was a very serious situation, that he had to reflect on and to acknowledge what she (Aine) was saying, that she had no reason to make any of that up”.He added later that he had two further meetings with his brother Liam, “one in my home, and one day walking in the Falls Park”.Later, the defence barrister suggested that the alleged admission had not taken place.“You say that your brother made an admission to you in 2000 walking in the rain in Dundalk. I should make it clear to you that I suggest no such admission was made,” she said.Gerry Adams replied: “I don’t accept that but I understand it.”Under cross examination, Mr Adams said that initially he knew nothing of his niece’s specific claims of rape against her father and that this remained the situation “for 20 years”.Mr Adams told the court that he “did have a problem with exact timelines” for events, but denied that he had lied to a journalist about his brother in an effort to distance himself from him.“I take exception to you saying it was a lie,” Mr Adams told Ms McDermott, who repeated later that “again I take exception” to being accused of lying, in his interview with the journalist.Liam Adams, 57, from Bearnagh Drive, Belfast, denies 10 charges of sexually abuse, including rape, indecent assault and gross indecency, against his daughter between 1977 and 1983.The trial continues.LIAM ADAMS TRIAL: SINN FEIN LEADER DENIES THREATENING BROTHER WITH HAMMER DURING DONEGAL MEETING was last modified: April 22nd, 2013 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:LIAM ADAMS TRIAL: SINN FEIN LEADER DENIES THREATENING BROTHER WITH HAMMER DURING DONEGAL MEETINGlast_img read more

MAN INJURED IN VICIOUS ATTACK BEING TREATED FOR BRAIN INJURY

first_imgA MAN beaten in a vicious attack near Ray on Thursday night remains in a serious condition in hospital where he is being treated for a brain injury.The victim of the incident was held at shotgun point by one masked man whilst three others beat him with hammers in the incident just outside Rathmullan.The injured man, a native of Ramelton, also suffered a number of broken limbs including smashed ankles. Gardai fear a vigilant gang was behind the incident.“The man who was attacked has suffered horrendous injuries,” said one source.“His head is swollen and doctors fear he may have suffered brain injuries as a result of the incident.”The man is still being treated in intensive care at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.  MAN INJURED IN VICIOUS ATTACK BEING TREATED FOR BRAIN INJURY was last modified: August 3rd, 2013 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:assaultattackRathmullanRayvigilanteslast_img read more

JOE MURPHY TO RUN FOR COUNCIL SEAT UNDER ‘PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT’ BANNER

first_imgJoe MurphyANTI-austerity campaigner Joe Murphy from Inishowen has declared that he will fight the 2014 local elections under the banner of the People Before Profit Alliance.It is expected that the number of PBPA candidates will rise before the elections as PBPA have previously stated that they would also be standing candidates in the Letterkenny and Donegal Town electoral areas. Murphy told Donegal Daily: “This now gives the people of Donegal an alternative, united voice across the county against the destructive policies of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and Labour. “The people of Donegal are ready for change and want to move away from tired old political rhetoric to a truly representative voice of the ordinary man and woman in Donegal, regardless of age, gender, race or colour.“People Before Profit Alliance gives me an opportunity to operate as part of a rapidly growing national network as an alternative to the established Austerity parties that don’t really care about the plight of the vulnerable and the poor in the country.“This alliance gives me the ability to have a local voice at national level. My first allegiance is and always will be to the principles of DAAA. People Before Profit does not have a party whip system, as in other parties, and their elected candidates are open to immediate re-call should they not represent the best interests of their local members.”Murphy added: “I cannot stand by any longer and watch the devastation of our local communities in Donegal through imposed poverty on our elderly and the forced emigration of our youth. “And the coalition’s open warfare on young people, in the slashing of their dole to €100 – supposedly to encourage them to take up jobs that aren’t there, and in reality only encouraging them to emigrate to countries that value them more than this pitiful government does. Fine Gael are nothing but barbaric, cynical bullies.“They are driving the elderly to despair by the removal of medical cards. They have taken away their right to a telephone at home which is their lifeline, especially in rural communities. And, by their reduction in the provision of home help services, this is just pure unadulterated terrorism against these vulnerable people. Those with disability have also been very badly hit and I will also represent them to the best of my ability.“I will fight against injustice committed against our people. The interests of the people of Donegal will come first with us, long before the interests of super-wealthy bondholders, banks and large corporations. The Fine Gael/Labour government has made a big mistake in awakening the fire within the belly of Donegal people.” JOE MURPHY TO RUN FOR COUNCIL SEAT UNDER ‘PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT’ BANNER was last modified: November 14th, 2013 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:JOE MURPHY TO RUN FOR COUNCIL SEAT UNDER ‘PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT BANNERlast_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Sunday, March 18. Micheal HORAN JNRThe death has occurred of Micheal Horan Jnr., Drimark, Donegal Town, Donegal at St Vincent’s Hospital Dublin. Micheal; son of Micheal and Mary Horan, Drimark, Donegal Town. Remains reposing at the family home in Drimark, Donegal Town tomorrow, Monday, from 2pm until 10pm on Monday night. Removal on Tuesday morning at 10.30am to St. Mary’s Church, Killymard, for 11am funeral Mass with burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House private on Tuesday morning please. Mary COYLE (née Burns)The death has taken place at Letterkenny University Hospital of Mary Coyle nee Burns, Bohillion, Burt. Beloved wife of Gerard, dear mother of James, Martin, Anthony, Barry and Phillip and dear sister of Liam, James, John, Tony, Patricia, Bridget, Ellen, Catherine, Pauline, the late Ann, Teresa and Terence.Removal from Murphy’s Funeral Home took place yesterday (Saturday) evening going to her home. Funeral Tuesday 20th March leaving her home at 10.15am going to St Aengus’ Church, Burt for Requiem Mass at 11.00am. Interment afterwards in Burt Cemetery. Family time please from 11.00pm to 10.00am. Family flowers only donations in lieu to Coronary Care Ward, Letterkenny University Hospital c/o any family member or Murphy Funeral Directors.  Theresa ORR (née Boyle)The death has occurred of Theresa Orr (née Boyle), Glasgow and formerly Dore, Bunbeg, Donegal, who died in Glasgow.Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Chapel, Derrybeg, today, Sunday morning, 18th March, at 11am, followed by burial in Magheragallon Cemetery. Matilda PATTONThe sudden death has occurred at St.Joseph’s Community Hospital, Stranorlar, of Matilda Patton, after a long illness bravely borne. Beloved wife of the late Alfred and much loved mother of Florence, Sidney and Linda, dearly loved sister of Violet. Deeply regretted and sadly missed by her son, daughters, sister, daughter-in-law Mairead, son-in-law Joseph,brother in law George, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, extended family circle, neighbours and friends.Remains reposing at her late residence on Sunday March 18th from 12 noon. Funeral leaving her late residence on Monday March 19th at 1.15 pm for Service of Thanksgiving in St. John’s Parish Church, Kilteevogue, at 2pm, with interment afterwards in Stranorlar Parish Churchyard. Donations in lieu of flowers, if so desired please, to the Patients Comfort Fund, St. Joseph’s Community Hospital, care of any family member. Family time from 11pm to 10am and on the morning of the funeral.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: March 18th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:obituarieslast_img read more

College of the Redwoods names HSU assistant DJ Broome as its new women’s basketball coach

first_imgEureka >> DJ Broome can remember the first time he stepped into the College of the Redwoods gym.He was playing at Castro Valley High School, with his team taking part in the annual Logger Classic as Redwoods hosted the tournament because of Jay Willard Gymnasium being closed. Ten years later, Broome will once again step foot into the CR gym. This time, though, it’s for work.Broome was named the Corsairs’ new head women’s basketball coach at a press conference on Thursday afternoon, as the …last_img read more

Class of 2012 does it better

first_imgBasic education minister Angie Motshekga announced an increase in the matric pass rate for 2012.(Image: Department of Basic Education)MEDIA CONTACTS • Steve MabuaDepartment of Basic Education+27 12 357 4026 / 4036 Source: SAnews.gov.zaSouth Africa’s matric pass rate has been announced – 73.9% of pupils made the grade, up 3.7% from the 70.2% who passed at the end of 2011.“Hearty congratulations to the matrics,” said basic education minister Angie Motshekga, announcing the results in Johannesburg on 2 January. She said significant measures had been taken to encourage the momentous improvement in the results.“To the learners who have excelled, the world is your oyster and this country needs you. To those who did not, there is room for improvement,” she said, reminding pupils of the various options that were available to them to help improve their results.“Do not lose heart,” encouraged Motshekga. “This is not the end of the world. We all learn from trial and error. Remember, if you are disappointed with your results, do not panic or think you must deal with it on your own.”The minister advised unhappy pupils to seek advice and support from their teachers or counselors from the basic education department. She said they could also contact CHILDLINE on their toll free number – 0800 055 555 – and from there be redirected to the appropriate regional office.Motshekga’s deputy Enver Surty echoed her words. “I’d like to congratulate the class of 2012 for their achievements… For those who didn’t make it, there surely is a second chance.”More information is available on the department’s website.The country’s top achievers were honoured at a special awards ceremony after the announcement. Out of the 27 pupils who were recognised, 15 came from Limpopo province. They all agreed that determination, focus and hard work were the reason for their success, and said that it’s never too early in the year to prepare for the final exams.Overall improvementIn 2012, 623 897 candidates sat for the National Senior Certificate exams compared to 496 090 in 2011. More than 7.8-million question papers were printed and sent to exam centres, while 7.4-million scripts were distributed to marking centres as part of the national exams.In 2012, 26.6% of Grade 12 pupils qualified for bachelor’s studies – this is an increase from 24.3% in 2011.There was also a significant improvement in the key subjects of mathematics (54%, up from 46.3% in 2011) and physical science (up to 61.3% from 53.4% in 2011).The pass rate for accounting was 65.6%; for geography it was 75.8%; for economics it was 72.8%;and for history it was 86%.Out of the nine provinces, Gauteng achieved the best pass rate – its 83.9% was up 2.8% from 2011’s 81.1%.The Western Cape achieved 82.8%, down from 82.9% in 2011, a decline of 0.1%, and the Free State achieved 81.1%, up from 75.7%, an improvement of 5.4%. This was the second largest improvement by a province after the Northern Cape.The North West achieved 79.5%, up from 77.8%, an improvement of 1.7%. The Northern Cape achieved 74.6%, up from 68.8% in 2011, representing the largest improvement by a province, of 5.9%. KwaZulu-Natal achieved 73.1%, an improvement from 68.1% in 2011, an increase of 5.0%.Limpopo achieved 66.9%, up from 63.9% of 2011, an improvement of 3.0%, while Mpumalanga achieved 70%, up from 64.8% and an improvement of 5.2%. The Eastern Cape achieved 61.6% in 2012 up from 58.1% in 2011, an increase of 3.5%.last_img read more