first_img…Adams-Yearwood moved from Housing Ministry, Broomes from Natural Resources MinistryAs Government prepares to return to the National Assembly today, President David Granger has announced some major reshuffling of his Cabinet following the resignation of four Ministers who had dual citizenship status.This reshuffling is in accordance with recent rulings in the local courts that it is illegal for persons with dual citizenship status to be elected to sit in the National Assembly.To this end, Foreign Affairs Minister and Second Vice President, Carl Greenidge; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Public Service Minister, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin were forced to tender their resignations.As a result of that development, President Granger, who has lauded the work of the four ministers during their time in office, on Thursday announced some reshuffling which has seen the transfer of some ministers and the appointment of new ones.These changes will see controversial ministers Valerie Adams-Yearwood and Simona Charles-Broomes being removed from their previous ministries. Minister Adams-Yearwood has been replaced by Junior Minister Annette Ferguson, who has been removed from the Public Infrastructure Ministry and placed at the Communities Ministry as Housing Minister.Adams-Yearwood is now a Junior Minister within the Agriculture Ministry, with responsibility for Rural Affairs.She had previously come under scrutiny as Housing Minister after it was recently revealed that her husband Godfrey Yearwood was awarded a contract to build homes for a project spearheaded by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), an agency which fell under her then Ministry.Meanwhile, Junior Minister Broomes has been removed from the Natural Resources Ministry and placed at the Ministry of the Presidency with responsibility for Youth Affairs. Her placement at the Natural Resources Ministry was said to be a conflict of interest situation after it was revealed that she had mining operations which she subsequently claimed were handed over to her children.More recently, this Minister had found herself in the limelight after she had become embroiled in an altercation with two security guards at a business establishment on the East Bank of Demerara.In addition, the Head of State has announced that Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament Haimraj Rajkumar will now be the Business Minister; Dawn Hastings-Williams the Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency; and Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Chairperson Tabitha Sarabo-Halley the Public Service Minister within the Ministry of the Presidency.There has been no mention of who will replace Greenidge as Foreign Affairs Minister.However, even as Government reshuffles its Cabinet for today’s parliamentary sitting, three MPs on the PPP Opposition’s side – Gail Teixeira, Adrian Anamayah and Odinga Lumumba – have already resigned from the National Assembly. They each have dual citizenship. Despite this, however, the Opposition is holding strong to its earlier position of not attending any National Assembly sessions until the hearing and determination of the appeals before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) challenging a Court of Appeal ruling that INVALIDATED the passage of the no-confidence motion against the Coalition Government.Last month, the Appeal Court ruled, via a 2:1 majority, that the motion needed an absolute majority of 34 votes and not a simple 33 majority in order to be validly passed. As such, the several appeals were filed to reverse the decision and reinforce a prior ruling by the High Court, which found that the motion was successfully passed. The Trinidad-based Regional Court will be hearing arguments on those appeals on May 9 and 10.Nevertheless, today’s recommencement of parliamentary sittings will see a host of items on the agenda coming up. One such item is the Petroleum Commission of Guyana Bill, but Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said that such key matters should not be dealt with when the no-confidence motion is still engaging the courts.“I do not think any sitting of the Parliament should address any of these major issues, especially before the CCJ rules definitively on these matters,” Jagdeo told reporters at his weekly press conference on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – The mayor and police chief sought to head off any potential backlash against Bosnian immigrants Thursday, three days after a Bosnian teenager shot five people to death in a crowded shopping mall and then died in a shootout with police. Mayor Rocky Anderson blasted vitriolic Internet postings and e-mails sent to newspapers that concluded that the shooter was an Islamic terrorist, calling such criticism “unjustified” and “outrageous.” Sulejman Talovic, 18, shot nine people, five fatally, at the Trolley Square mall Monday before police stopped him. He and his family immigrated to Utah as war refugees in 1998. Investigators have not determined a motive but have no reason to believe Talovic was driven by religious extremism, Police Chief Chris Burbank said. Several thousand people from the Balkans have settled in the Salt Lake City area, many of them after fleeing ethnic violence in their homeland. The mayor and police chief assured dozens of Bosnian immigrants that authorities would not stand for any threats against their community. Bosnia’s ambassador to the United States, Bisera Turkovic, met with local leaders and said her country was shocked by the teenager’s actions. “Something bad like this was my main reason for coming,” Turkovic said during a two-day visit from Washington. “We owe this country much for our freedom, our prosperity,” she said. “So for this to happen to people who are welcoming to us is shocking.” Four people who were wounded in the attack remained hospitalized. Also Thursday, police released the names of four Salt Lake City officers who confronted Talovic: Sgts. Andy Oblad and Josh Scharman, and Detectives Dustin Marshall and Brett Olsen.160Want 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

first_imgWhole neighborhoods are being walled off to keep insurgents from reaching their targets. Military units are moving off the major bases and establishing smaller U.S.-Iraqi posts in the most violent areas downtown. New alliances Most crucial of all, alliances are being struck with influential Sunni sheiks once arrayed against U.S.-led forces. Local tribal leaders, in turn, have provided personnel for a new police force. Anbar’s Sunni leaders have had little direct contact with the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, yet they control prime territory. Anbar, stretching from Baghdad’s western edges to the Syrian border, serves as a key supply route for anti-government militants who range from former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party to al-Qaida fanatics. Ramadi, a Euphrates River city of about 400,000, is Anbar’s capital. While the U.S. military claims progress here, Ramadi remains a place where even the most commonplace acts are shadowed by fear and the possibility that any moment could be fatal. Shoppers and schoolchildren carry white flags in desperate attempts to show neutrality. “A lot of people are still scared in their hearts,” said Mahmoud, an elderly man in white robes who only would give his first name. “The jihadists were all around here. They were killing everybody. They could come back anytime.” In large part to allay those fears, Charlton said 70percent of U.S. forces were off the big bases and living downtown. “We used to go on patrols and get shot at, then go back to base, eat chow, and do it all again,” said U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Michael Jusino, who also served in Ramadi two years ago. “But we realized that doesn’t work. You have to go into the city and stay there.” U.S. outposts A year ago, the only permanent U.S. outposts were on one main road through the city center. Today, troops show off maps dotted with dozens of new posts in former insurgent strongholds. They also show graphs indicating the turnaround in violence in recent weeks. Compared with 20 to 30 daily attacks a year ago, now there often are just a few bursts of small arms fire in a day. But dangers remain. Suicide bombers still strike. On April6, a truck loaded with TNT and chlorine gas hit a police checkpoint in the district of Tameem, killing 27 people. Marine Brig. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, commander of U.S. ground forces in Anbar, said the insurgents who have fled Ramadi are still in Anbar and haven’t lost their punch. “They’re going to places we aren’t. They regroup, they re-equip themselves, and they plan more spectacular attacks,” Gurganus said. “But wherever they go, we’re going to go with them.” U.S. commanders say the only way to defeat the insurgency is with the support of the local people. In the past, many supported the guerrillas, or were too afraid to cooperate with coalition forces. A breakthrough came last fall when local sheiks began turning on al-Qaida and other extremist insurgent groups. For some, it was a reaction against the religious fanaticism and brutality of al-Qaida gangs who had begun overshadowing their own influence. For others, it was a reaction to the growing power of rival Shiite Muslims, who became a majority in government after Saddam’s fall. Iraqi army units that patrol Sunni-dominated Ramadi are overwhelmingly Shiite. With no police or security forces to protect them, local tribesmen depended on their own militias for security. At the behest of the sheiks, many of those militias, including former insurgents, have joined the new police force. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RAMADI, Iraq – The U.S. military has struggled for nearly four years to secure Ramadi, a city west of Baghdad that had become a magnet for Sunni insurgents and a lawless haven for al-Qaida militants. Now – slowly and in halting steps – something appears to have given way. At least by its own tortured standards, Ramadi seems to be calming. “It’s much safer than it was. But is it perfectly safe? No,” said Army Col. John W. Charlton, the commander responsible for the city about 75miles west of the capital. “As long as al-Qaida is operating in Iraq, it’s not going to be.” Ramadi offers a snapshot of the Pentagon’s latest strategies to quell violence across the nation. last_img read more

first_imgThinkfilm’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” directed by Sidney Lumet (“Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network”), opened strongly in limited release at two New York City theaters with $73,500. The film, which gradually expands into nationwide release through November, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke as brothers in financial straits who plot to rob their parents’ jewelry store. A high-profile documentary, Sony Pictures Classics’ “Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains,” had a poor debut, taking in just $10,573 at seven theaters. The film from director Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs”) follows the former president during a tour to promote his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The killer of the “Saw” franchise may be dead, but his sadistic spirit lives on. Lionsgate’s “Saw IV” led the weekend box office with $32.1 million, maintaining the horror franchise’s position as a Halloween perennial, according to studio estimates Sunday. Debuting at No. 2 was Disney’s “Dan in Real Life,” a romance starring Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche and Dane Cook that took in $12.1 million. Overall Hollywood revenues declined for the sixth-straight weekend, though business was off only a fraction compared to the same weekend last year. The top-12 movies took in $86.1 million, down 2 percent, better results than the previous weeks, when business had fallen significantly more. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The results for “Saw IV” were on par with the debut of “Saw III,” which pulled in $33.6 million over the same weekend last year. Since the original low-budget “Saw” became an out-of-nowhere fright sensation in 2004, Lionsgate has released a new chapter each October, all hits. “I would expect to see `Saw V’ next year, `Saw VI’ the year after that and `Saw VII’ the following year if they can keep it up,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “There’s just something inherently gruesome and compelling about these movies. I don’t know what that says about society in general, but it certainly works at the box office.” “Saw IV” features post-mortem horrors concocted by the fiendish killer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell, seen in flashbacks), whose autopsy turns up a cassette tape in his entrails that leads the cops into a new snare of torture puzzles the madman left behind. “Dan in Real Life” was the prime choice for the date crowd. The movie stars Carell as a widower raising three daughters who falls for his brother’s new girlfriend (Binoche) during a family reunion. In narrower release, Roadside Attractions’ “Bella” opened solidly with $1.3 million. The film stars Eduardo Verastegui as a former soccer player who hooks up with a pregnant waitress (Tammy Blanchard). last_img

first_imgLANCASTER – Westside Union School District trustees will discuss whether to change board policy to allow the appointment of a former board member who lost a recent election. Board member Gwen Farrell wants to appoint former trustee Christine LeBeau to fill the seat left vacant by the Jan. 2 resignation of Deborah Rutkowski-Hines. In the November election, LeBeau was the sole incumbent running but came in fourth in a race for three seats. The seats were won by newcomers John Curiel, Linda Jones and Joan Sodergren. LeBeau lost by 65 votes. “For me it makes sense. She has the experience and expertise and was next on the ballot. It would be nice to have someone else on board to have some years of experience,” said Farrell, who is serving her sixth term on the board. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Rutkowski-Hines, who was elected to the board in 2003, resigned from it Jan. 2, citing personal reasons. Board bylaws currently state vacancies be filled by a process of seeking applicants, interviewing them and making an appointment. A direct appointment of LeBeau would require a revision of the policy, Superintendent Regina Rossall said. Farrell suggested appointing LeBeau at a board meeting last Tuesday. Some fellow board members said they wanted to discuss the bylaws. “First of all we need to discuss the process by which to fill a vacancy. It’s premature to discuss a direct appointment,” Curiel said. “We don’t make unilateral decisions. We make decisions by board. We should keep in mind what the public wants.” “I really don’t have a comment. We will be discussing the whole process at the Jan. 17 meeting,” Jones said. Sodergren declined to comment. At the board meeting, Rossall said the board will have a general discussion about the different ways vacant seats are filled, which include calling an election, an outright appointment, or seeking applicants and making an appointment. Trustees also will look at current policy and discuss whether it should be amended, Rossall said. If the board does decide to change the policy, an appointment could be made at the meeting. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want 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

first_img1 Inter Milan will offer West Ham loanee Joao Mario to Tottenham this summer as they bid to lure Mousa Dembele to the San Siro.Portugal international Mario has expressed his desire to leave Inter during the current transfer window and West Ham were favourites to turn their loan deal for the midfielder into a permanent one.Mario impressed during the second half of last season at the London Stadium and the Hammers are currently exploring a possible permanent switch.However, according to Tuttosport, West Ham could be dealt a severe blow in their pursuit of Mario with Inter ready to offer him to Tottenham as part of a deal for Dembele.Inter are very keen on a deal for the dynamic midfielder and believe offering Mario as part of the negotiations will only enhance their chances of snapping Dembele up.Spurs have not given any indication of being interested in signing Mario but with Inter’s interest in Dembele showing no sign of letting up, the news could serve as a critical blow to West Ham’s chances of landing the Portuguese midfielder. Joao Mario spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham, and they want to bring him in permanently this summer last_img read more

first_imgPromoted postHave you got what it takes to Start Your Own Business? After another tough Budget was announced in October 2013 – its not all doom and gloom says Michael Coll from The Tax Clinic in Letterkenny.The introduction of the “Start Your Own Business (SYOB) incentive scheme has led to quite a number of queries from unemployed people hoping to become Self – Employed says Mr.Coll.What is the “Start Your Own Business” (SYOB) Scheme:It is an exemption from Income Tax up to a maximum of €40,000 per annum and will be provided for a period of two years, to individuals who set up a qualifying, un-incorporated business, having been unemployed for a period of at least 15 months prior to establishing the business. Michael says that they have had queries from people looking to set up a variety of different businesses from Dog Grooming to I.T. Consultancy.With this in mind Michael has teamed up with Noel O’ Donnell from Noel O’ Donnell Chartered Accountants on the High Road, Letterkenny to provide a free consultation to anybody employed or unemployed looking to enter the world of Self – Employment.The consultation will cover the areas of Business Structure, Tax Registration, Book –Keeping, Vat & Paye issues.To find out more log onto or call into either the High Road Letterkenny or Main Street Killybegs”Letterkenny Office – 074 91 60550 (Noel/Michael)Killybegs Office – 074 97 32055 (Mabel) WHY NOW COULD BE THE PERFECT TIME TO DO THE BUSINESS IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 3rd, 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:Noel O’DonnellStart Your Own Businesslast_img read more

first_imgDiego Costa has been passed fit for Chelsea’s game against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, where Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic have both been left on the bench.Blues striker Costa hobbled off at Stoke in midweek after taking a knock to the ribs but trained on Friday and is able to play.Kurt Zouma is again at right-back, while John Mikel Obi, who plays alongside Ramires, keeps his place in midfield despite Matic being available again after serving a ban.For Liverpool, James Milner is back from suspension and Chrisian Benteke, who has recovered from a knee problem, is on the bench. Kolo Toure is out with a hamstring injury.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Ramires; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Amelia, Baba, Matic, Fabregas, Kenedy, Falcao, Remy.Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino.Subs: Bogdan, Lovren, Benteke, Allen, Ibe, Teixeira, Randall.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile device Warriors fans should start getting familiar with those names now, because after Stephen Curry broke his left hand in the Warriors’ latest embarrassing loss Wednesday, the path forward for this team is clear:Pack it up. It’s time to tank the season and get a … SAN FRANCISCO — You probably have heard of LaMelo Ball.But do you know who Anthony Edwards is? What about James Wiseman? Cole Anthony?last_img read more

first_imgSoccer City is Soweto’s supreme pride, drawing thousands of foreign and local visitors. (Image: Local Organising Committee)Soccer City stadium rises above Johannesburg’s skyline as a symbol of rich cultural diversity and African pride – and, thanks to some innovative partnerships, it’ll remain a tourist draw card long after the last World Cup goal is scored there.Although the post-tournament viability of the R3.4-billion (US$461-million) facility – which will host both the opening and closing matches – has been questioned recently, a steady stream of tour groups since January point to its income-generating potential over the long term.There are currently seven Soccer City guides who conduct 90-minute tours focusing on the history of the stadium and the importance of its design. Some 7 000 individuals signed up for tours in March alone.“Everything about the stadium has its significance, from its shape, its colour, the seating and the architecture,” said Soccer City guide Letlohonolo Mokone.The stadium is designed to look like the African pot, or calabash, which is used to brew beer. It rests on a raised stand that represents a pit of fire. With a capacity of 94 000, the stadium is one of the largest in Africa.“The stadium is in different shades of red, which symbolise the fire,” said Mokone. “There are glass windows around the stadium, and at night when it’s lit up you can see the proper affects. It looks like something is brewing in the African pot.”The stadium is above all a symbol of Africa and the diverse cultures that will mix during the World Cup, inside the stadium, he added.The chairs are orange, the closest shade to gold, to symbolise the area’s mineral wealth and many mines. The tunnel that joins the field to the change rooms is designed to look like a mine shaft, giving the players who run through it a feel for the history of Johannesburg, which was once called “The City of Gold”.Bringing in the bucksAfter the World Cup, Soccer City will be handed over to the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, which will ensure that the facility continues to function and bring in funds.The municipality has hired a task team to supervise the process. “We will be doing ongoing tours after the World Cup and are anticipating that large numbers of people will continue to show up,” said Clifford Duffey of Stadium Management South Africa.To make the stadium and the tours more sociable and marketable, Duffey said they plan to have coffee shops and merchandise stores set up where visitors can sit and relax before and after tours or games.“We are also planning on using the auditorium, which takes 200 people, to show short videos about the history of the stadium. This will include footage on the build-up to the World Cup, which will be shown to visitors as part of the tours,” he said.Duffey said the municipality will get tenant teams to use the stadium on an ongoing basis. It’s also currently in serious talks with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to have at least 25 to 50 big games played there each year.One of the first major clashes at the stadium will be the Nedbank Cup final in May between the two top PSL teams. The league plans to sell 80 000 tickets for this game, which will be used as a test run before the World Cup kicks off in June.The name of the stadium will also be changed to National Stadium after the World Cup, Duffey said.“The stadium is an iconic structure that all South Africans can be proud of. It was not only designed for soccer, other sports – such as rugby – can be played here too.”Historical significanceSoccer City was rebuilt from the FNB stadium that was established on the outskirts of Soweto in 1987. Over the years it has witnessed some of the nation’s most poignant sporting and political triumphs, and human tragedies.In 1990 thousands of South Africans gathered there for the first public address by Nelson Mandela after his release from prison. Just years later in 1993, mourners gathered at the same place to pay their last respects to assassinated South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani.In brighter times, in 1996, the stadium hosted the African Cup of Nations, which national squad Bafana Bafana won. South Africans are hoping that the revamped site will bring the same luck to the national team 14 years on, when they face Mexico there on 11 June.last_img read more