Decades old historical records at City Hall and the City Constabulary Training Complex were inspected by retired Justice Cecil Kennard on Thursday, who requested to see the condition of the books and the information that was kept in the archives.A visit to City Hall was first on the agenda on Thursday as the Commissioner took a closer look at the fragile documents in the company of the legal assistant, Sherwin Benjamin and the acting Town Clerk, Sharon Harry-Munroe.Some of the papers which were seen by Guyana Times were aged and it was difficult in some situations to detect what was inscribed. The area where the records were stored was poorly kept and in some instances, in a deteriorated state. Most of these records were stored in an infested, water-logged room and were poorly kept.This impromptu call to examine the archives stemmed from Wednesday’s public hearing where the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) was told that the centre, which is located on Water Street, Georgetown, was broken into by employees at City Hall on August 14.During that incident, the locks on the doors were broken and the two individuals proceeded to uplift “three thick books” from the building.According to the Chief Constable Andrew Foo, the women acted on Town Clerk Royston King’s instructions, since he is the sole custodial for the Council’s assets.Harry-Munroe stated in the report that was filed that the books were taken for the 175TH City Week Celebrations. She, however, denied that the keys to the room is stored at the Town Clerk office and claimed that the City Constabulary is the holder of these keys.This raised the question as to whether it was a criminal act, since officials of the Constabulary were not notified of their actions to take these records.As the inquiry unfolds, Mayor Patricia Chase Green is expected to submit her witness statement today, given the fact that she was subpoenaed. Failure to appear without a reason is deemed an offence and the necessary actions will be taken by the Commission and moreover, the Local Government Commission (LGC).So far, almost every senior official at the Council has presented their evidence along with retired employees and contractors who has issues of nonpayment with the Council. City CoI…as Commissioner examines poorly stored historical records
Sporting Lisbon have knocked more than £10million off their asking price for Arsenal target William Carvalho, according to reports in Portugal.The highly-rated defensive midfielder has a £35m release clause in his contract but Portuguese newspaper O Jogo claims Sporting could be willing to sell for around £24.5m.But they would only accept that amount for the 22-year-old star if Arsenal send them a player, either on loan or permanently, in return.It has been suggested Sporting would be open to taking Yaya Sanogo or Serge Gnabry for the season – although Francis Coquelin or Ryo Miyaichi could also fit the bill.Sanogo looks set to play a part for Arsenal this season, with Olivier Giroud the only other out-and-out centre-forward in Arsene Wenger’s squad.The other three, meanwhile, have been heavily linked with loan moves away from the Emirates already this summer so it seems more likely one of them could be sent to Portugal if it means Arsenal can land long-term target Carvalho. 1 William Carvalho
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH WHITTIER – Parent Donna Mondragon could hardly believe her eyes as she walked into the new Wonder of Reading library at Andrews Elementary School. Between the gleaming bookshelves stocked with newly coded books, the carpeted mini-amphitheater and a reading area where students can sit on huge throw pillows, Mondragon had only one thing to say as she walked through the library’s entrance. “Wow – it’s beautiful!” It took several years of planning, hundreds of hours of legwork and thousands of dollars in fundraising, but there were no complaints Thursday as the school held a grand-opening ceremony for its new $70,000 library and the expanded reading garden next door. Andrews is now the ninth school in the Whittier City School District to renovate its library through the Wonder of Reading Foundation, which helps match elementary schools with local donors who are willing to pay half the cost of the library renovation. Once Sorensen Elementary opens its planned Wonder of Reading library, the district will have Wonder of Reading libraries at all of its elementary schools, funded by grants provided by the Rose Hills Foundation. “The love of reading is invaluable in laying the foundation for academic success,” said Superintendent Carmella Franco. “That love is nurtured in the type of setting where a child can pick up a book and read inside a state-of-the-art library or outside in a lovely garden.” The Wonder of Reading Foundation uses a “3R” program – renovate, restock and read – to improve libraries. The library is renovated, restocked with $10,000 worth of new books, and volunteers are trained to read with children at school. In addition, the Andrews school community raised an extra $10,000 to pay for fencing, furniture and beautification of the William Jimenez Reading Garden, named in honor of a former student who died in a skateboarding accident in 2004. “It was very important to us to preserve William’s garden,” said Principal Erlinda Soltero-Ruiz, who sang karaoke to the students in a clown costume earlier this month as a reward for their fundraising efforts. “This garden has been a comfort not only to our students, but also to the Jimenez family,” she said. Mondragon was among hundreds of parents and community members who turned out for the grand-opening ceremony. “We’ve been waiting for this for years,” said Mondragon, 42, who has a son and daughter attending the school. “And everything here was donated by parents and the community – that’s the way you have to go when the school’s budget is tight. “So it’s a good thing we have good parents who care.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051
A Letterkenny woman has been given the Probation Act for stealing a powerwasher lance from a local car wash.Valrie McDonagh appeared at Letterkenny District Court today and pleaded guilty to the theft. The court heard how at 9.50pm on June 25th last, Ms McDonagh entered the powerwash centre at Tobin’s Service Station in Letterkenny and stole the item.She was later caught on CCTV stealing the item worth €60.The court was told that McDonagh, of 2 Canal Road, had four previous convictions for theft.Judge Paul Kelly applied the Probation Act.Woman pleads guilty to theft at Letterkenny car wash was last modified: July 28th, 2017 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:car washtheftTobinsValerie McDonagh
A video of Donegal Marathon has been released by Rainey Day Productions, including both drone and ground footage of the marathon, including interviews with people such as Olympic rower Sinead Jennings.The video shows the lead up to the marathon, and follows the runners until they cross the finish line, capturing the runner’s looks of radiance and determination as they push on for the last few meters. Olympian Sinead Jennings says “it’s so nice to get out and run with everyone here, there’s always a great crowd in Letterkenny. It’s a great place to run, there are people supporting you along the whole route so you don’t feel the pain until the very end! If you get a chance to do it next year you should do it because it’s a great marathon.”Speaking after the marathon, Danny McDaid, Olympian and member of the Donegal Marathon Committee said; “The standard today was as high as we expected with a local winner with a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes, 15 seconds.”Chairperson of Donegal Marathon Dessie Larkin says; “We’re really looking forward to next year. We’ve always reached out to the diaspora, so people who are abroad, and people who are thinking of about coming home; make the occasion that you’re coming home to walk the half marathon or run the full marathon. We’d really love to see people coming back and making this the occasion that they meet up with family and friends”. The marathon was won by Rosses Athletics Club runner Ciaran McGonagle.The Jennings sisters really gave it socks! The first female to cross the finish line was Catriona Jennings, who traveled to London to represent Ireland in the 2012 Olympics!Olympic athlete Sinead Jennings was barely off the plane from Rio before she competed in the half-marathon and won the ladies section!Pauric Breslin won the half-marathon just ahead of Gavin Crawford and Michael Black. His time was 1 hour, 15 minutes and 23 seconds.DDTV: Spectacular footage of Donegal Marathon was last modified: October 9th, 2016 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I haven’t paid much attention to how much rain we’ve gotten. I just know we’re wet and cold. There hasn’t been much to get too excited about. Hopefully the rain stops. I turned my rain gauge upright the other day and we’re going to start keeping track of that. It was windy up here but there was no damage I am aware of. There were no tornadoes, for once. Usually it seems like Van Wert is right in the heart of those.I don’t want to be in this camp, but I have slowly slid into the camp that I don’t think we’ll see many wheels turn until the first of May around here. Even if it turned nice right now we are a week away at least from being dry. It looks like any warmth in the forecast is going to lead to more moisture. I think we have a while before we can think about doing anything in the fields. We are just working on getting equipment ready.The tariffs and China have everybody in an uproar but I think we’re a long ways away from that being over yet. I’d like to think we have leverage because we export food to them that they need and they export products that are wants to us.We are delivering seed beans today. We contract out two varieties and they tell us when they are ready for them. They schedule us for a couple of days for delivery. They are busy right now getting ready for the planting season.We store our seed beans in a facility that only sees soybeans so we don’t have any corn contamination. We’re getting through hauling out the beans pretty well. Last year was our first year growing seed beans on a larger scale. We planted around 20% seed beans and we are going to again this year. We are planning on growing more next year.We are ready to go when the weather gets fit. We watch the weather and if there are decent days out in front of us we try to hit it. We do tend to favor May planting because things seem to work better in May and come up better. We always say we’re going to push it earlier but we never do. If it is after April 15 and we get a nice window we’ll go with corn, but it doesn’t look like that will happen this year.
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Mohammad Kaif, coming from Uttar Pradesh gained prominence in the cricketing circles after leading India’s U-19 team to World Cup victory in 2000, with a team comprising Yuvraj Singh, Ajay Ratra and Reetinder Sodhi – who later went on to represent India.Kaif’s consistent performance in domestic cricket and a solid batting technique earned him his maiden Test cap at the age of 20 against South Africa. But somehow, Kaif failed to make an instant impact at the international level and later was dropped. Then in 2001-02, he was drafted back into the ODI squad and it was in 2002, Kaif made headlines after playing a match-winning knock against England in the NatWest final at Lord’s.Kaif scored a scintillating unbeaten 87 and led India to victory chasing a huge target of 326. Then he followed it up with a century against Zimbabwe in the ICC Champions Trophy. Kaif, somehow lost momentum but for his fielding credentials got a longer run before getting dropped again after poor 2005-06 season.Kaif, who played for India in 125 ODIs and 13 Tests, is celebrating his 36th birthday today.
Child diversion is a process of implementing measures for dealing with children who are alleged, accused or recognised to have infringed the penal law, without resorting to the formal judicial proceedings. Story Highlights Debate on the Child Diversion Bill began in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 30).The Bill seeks to enable the implementation of child diversion measures in dealing with children who come into conflict with the law.Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, in opening the debate, noted that among the main objectives of the Bill are: ensuring that every child in conflict with the law is treated in a manner that recognises and upholds human dignity and worth; diverting the child away from engaging in deviant and delinquent behaviours; and instilling in the child respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.The Bill will also see to the establishment of a Child Diversion office; Child Diversion Committees; and a Child Diversion Oversight Committee. It also addresses the structure of the Child Diversion programme, the circumstances under which a child is to be referred, among other things.Child diversion is a process of implementing measures for dealing with children who are alleged, accused or recognised to have infringed the penal law, without resorting to the formal judicial proceedings.“Gone are the days when we ignore a child’s circumstances and focus only on the wrong that he or she did,” Mr. Chuck said.He noted that research indicates that factors contributing to the number of children before the court include lack of adequate parental guidance, mental health issues and poverty, adding that it is therefore crucial that solutions are implemented to address the issues impacting these children and a holistic approach be taken towards addressing the underlying factors.“In most cases, diversion of children provide greater benefit to the offender, the victim, and the society than the formal criminal justice process. The challenges faced by children in conflict with the law in Jamaica has brought into sharp focus the necessity for legislation which recognises and upholds the basic human rights of children who face the prospect of being deprived of their liberty,” Mr. Chuck said.He added that as a party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Jamaica has a duty to put measures in place to deal with children who are accused of breaking the law, as they have the right to legal help and fair treatment in the justice system.A National Child Diversion Policy was tabled in 2015 after consultation with all major stakeholders in Government, civil society and non-governmental organisations. Through this policy, a formal framework was established for dealing with children in conflict with the law throughout the criminal justice system and sought to ensure that detention of a child offender as punishment for anti-social behaviour was a measure of last resort.One key objective of the policy was to develop the mechanism to not only divert children who come into conflict with the law, but also to empower them to become responsible and productive citizens through the use of methodologies which are consistent with restorative justice practices. Debate on the Child Diversion Bill began in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 30). Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, in opening the debate, noted that among the main objectives of the Bill are: ensuring that every child in conflict with the law is treated in a manner that recognises and upholds human dignity and worth; diverting the child away from engaging in deviant and delinquent behaviours; and instilling in the child respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.
Story Highlights She pointed out that 2030 Youth Jamaica can be a conduit that encourages positive change among Jamaicans. Custos of St. Andrew, Hon. Dr. Patricia Dunwell, has called for the revival of uniformed groups, such as cadets and boy scouts, in more schools across Jamaica. “Parents tend to focus more and invest more in their girls. Young males are at a disadvantage…they tend to channel their energies in crime and violence, because of a lack of motivation and low self-esteem,” she said. Custos of St. Andrew, Hon. Dr. Patricia Dunwell, has called for the revival of uniformed groups, such as cadets and boy scouts, in more schools across Jamaica.Speaking at the launch of 2030 Youth Jamaica, at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies, on March 3, Dr. Dunwell said that over the years, there has been a decline in such groups, which are usually responsible for instilling discipline and a sense of patriotism that are needed in males.“Parents tend to focus more and invest more in their girls. Young males are at a disadvantage…they tend to channel their energies in crime and violence, because of a lack of motivation and low self-esteem,” she said.Dr. Dunwell reasoned that society must create a balance by endeavouring to empower young males, thereby helping to control crime and violence.She pointed out that 2030 Youth Jamaica can be a conduit that encourages positive change among Jamaicans.The Custos also noted that the Governor General’s Programme of Excellence (GGPE), has been promoting positive values with its focus on education, family life and volunteerism.“Annually, achievement awards are given to three age group categories in each parish. Under this programme, there is also the Summer of Service Award where young persons attending tertiary institutions are given voluntary work projects during the summer and are then awarded with scholarships for their final year,” she said.A national youth-led organisation, 2030 Youth Jamaica aims to encourage young persons to engage in the promotion of the ideals of Vision 2030 Jamaica agenda, which is the strategic road map guiding the country to achieve its goals of sustainable development and prosperity by 2030.The youth group will initiate new actions to drive positive changes through leadership, active citizenship, diplomatic relations and engaging young people about having a sustainable developed country by 2030.In an interview with JIS News, Associate Executive Director of 2030 Youth Jamaica, Kadesha Croney, said the organisation will rely on the power of youth, “who are the future,” to enable the country to achieve Vision 2030.According to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Handbook for Youth, young people are essential to achieving the SDGs.In fact, the handbook notes that young men and women have “enormous ability to make change, not only for themselves but also for their societies and the rest of the world.”Ms. Croney said the next step for the organisation is to go into schools and communities to promote the vision of the organisation.During the launch, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the agency tasked with creating the national development plans, provided insights into Vision 2030.