AFC’s misleading innuendoes

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural andGeneral Workers Union’s (GAWU) attention was drawn to a section of a statement issued by the Alliance For Change (AFC) following its recently held National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. In that statement, the AFC says it’s Chairman – Vice President and Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan – informed that he was victorious in a libel case involving our Union. The statement goes on to say that Minister Ramjattan said the judgement vindicates “…the position that indeed large sums of monies in membership dues were being received by GAWU and that significant portions of these monies were channelled elsewhere”.The case in question dates back to 2008, when the now Public Security Minister on a programme, which was broadcasted on DTV Channel 8, said GAWU was giving monies to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Our Union, at that time, denied out rightly the spurious claims and our Attorney had sought Minister Ramjattan and DTV Channel 8 to retract the statement and apologise. They both refused, and the Union subsequently took the matter to the High Court.On April 19, 2018, Justice Nareshwar Harnanan delivered his ruling which is poles apart from what appeared in the AFC’s statement. The Judge, in his ruling, said, among other things, that Minister Ramjattan could not present into evidence “…any truth to the words that the plaintiff union [GAWU] made a percentage contribution to the PPP”. The ruling goes on that “[t]his Court is prepared to hold that there was no evidence before the Court which suggested that the plaintiff union makes any financial contribution or donation or otherwise to the PPP”.  This stands in complete contrast to the AFC statement.But, further to that, Justice Harnanan went on to say “[t]he statements uttered by the first defendant [Minister Ramjattan] were irresponsible, indifferent and without any foundational bases, and being a member of the legal profession ought to have heightened his concern for making public statements which are capable of being verified or corroborated.” This is noteworthy, in our view.While indeed the courts did not find favour with GAWU’s demand for damages, and we are contemplating our next move with our Attorney, the judgement says a mouthful. It also is vastly different from what the AFC statement claimed and rather serves to vindicate GAWU.At this time, we cannot help but wonder whether Minister Ramjattan was misinformed, whether he knowingly hoodwinked his party, or whether the AFC is engaged in publishing untruths. Whatever may be the case, and more so the motivations, the GAWU hopes that this brings clarity to the misleading innuendoes of the AFC.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more


first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Armenian Writers Association of California will meet, 7 p.m., Glendale Public Library, 222 E. Harvard St. Event includes guest speaker. Call (818) 548-2030. Ojai Storytelling Festival, through Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m. Festival pass: $85; $45 for children. Family of four pass: $155. For venue locations and times, call (805) 646-8907. THURSDAY Blogs and blogging workshop, 10-11:45 a.m., Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Registration: (805) 449-2660, Ext. 204. Spider City exhibit, daily through Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive. Call (323) 644-4211. Kids’ Club presents award-winning entertainer Tia, 10:30 a.m., Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Ave. Free. Call (818) 701-7051. last_img read more

Abbotsford man killed in Grande Prairie Parking Lot

first_imgGrande Prairie, A.B. – A 35 year-old man from Abbotsford is dead after he was allegedly attacked in the parking lot of Home Hardware in Grande Prairie. Saturday at 12:55 p.m., Grande Prairie RCMP were dispatched to a complaint of a traffic collision and possible assault in the parking lot of the Home Hardware.  A male exited the store and confronted a male who was interfering with his vehicle. During the confrontation, the vehicle owner attempted to apprehend the suspect as he attempted to flee in another vehicle.  As a result the vehicle owner was severely injured, resulting in him being airlifted to a hospital in Edmonton where he succumbed to his injuries. Investigators do not yet have anyone in custody and urge anyone who may have information, or anyone who may have witnessed this occurrence to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at  While this appears to be an isolated occurrence, RCMP wish to remind people to call police immediately when they suspect a crime is in progress or about to occur.  – Advertisement –center_img An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 12:00 P.M.last_img read more

Bridge to Broadway wins an award at 2019 Mainstage

first_imgPORT ALBERNI, B.C. – Local theatre company Bridge to Broadway picked up an award at the 2019 Mainstage, hosted by theatreBC.On the night of Saturday, July 13th, 2019, held at the Italian Hall in Port Alberni, Bridge to Broadway took home the Darrell Phillips Workshop Play Award, one of two non-adjudicator Thespian Awards that are presented each year at Mainstage.The award sponsored by Theatre Kelowna Society selected by Workshop Play instructor Nicolle Nattrass chose Bronwyn Hall and Dennis Szalai to receive recognition for ‘Annapurna’.- Advertisement -Annapurna is a story about two characters, Emma who unexpectedly descends upon Ulysses, a washed up cowboy in a trailer park. After 25 years apart, what follows is a gripping story of loss and love. The story touches on love and loss with the simplest of theatrical elements with two people in one room. This dramatic comedy unveils a murky past and leaves us wondering what could have been.Written by Sharr WhiteDirected by Kevin SmithAdvertisementlast_img read more

Referees told not to stop matches over homophobia: French FA chief

first_img“I would stop a match for racist chants. I would stop a match for fighting or if there were a dangerous situation in the stands,” Le Graet said.But racism and homophobia “are not the same thing”, he insisted, adding that it should be down to the clubs to stop those responsible from getting into stadiums.“The clubs’ security services have to check the people who go to games, there is security there to ensure that banners disappear quickly.”France’s sports minister Roxana Maracineanu was quick to challenge Le Graet’s stance.“The postion Nowel Le Graet has taken by differentiating between homophobia and racism is wrong,” said Maracineanu.Le Graet has already criticised the temporary stopping of matches in the French league due to homophobic abuse, on Friday saying that “too many matches” have been halted thanks to new rules introduced over the summer by the football League (LFP) in a bid to stop the phenomenon.He also claimed that politicians were trying to exploit the problem in an effort to look good “in front of television cameras”.His comments drew the ire of Maracineanu, who in April launched the appeal for matches to be stopped in the event of homophobic abuse and on Saturday called the FFF chief’s comments a “discredit” to football.Several matches have been temporarily halted in France this season thanks to LFP’s guidance, drawing praise from French politicians and heavy criticism from supporters.Equalities minister Marlene Schiappa publicly praised referee Clement Turpin after he stopped Marseille’s 2-1 win at Nice for over 10 minutes last month following sustained abusive chanting and banners from home fans.Paris Saint-Germain’s match at Metz two days later was also briefly halted for a banner unfurled by the hosts’ supporters asking the French league (LFP) to allow them to aim homophobic chants at PSG.0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000French fans have been doing battle with the football league over new rules against homophobic chanting and banners © AFP/File / CHRISTOPHE SIMONParis, France, Sep 10 – The head of French football said Tuesday that he had told referees to no longer stop matches for homophobic abuse from fans, a stance France’s sports minister said was “wrong”.Speaking to France Info, president of the French Football Federation (FFF) Noel Le Graet said that stopping matches for anti-gay chants and banners in the stands was “a mistake”, and that he “hopes” his decision will take effect from this weekend’s games.last_img read more

Galatasaray join Liverpool and Newcastle in race for France striker

first_img1 Galatasaray are the latest club to join the race for Liverpool and Newcastle target Andre-Pierre Gignac.The French striker is out of contract at Marseille and has a long list of admirers hoping to nab him for nothing this summer.Liverpool and Newcastle, both in the market for strikers, are two of those although it appeared that Lyon had moved to the head of the queue to land him.As talkSPORT told you, the 29-year-old’s agent recently met with the Ligue 1 side’s president to discuss a move across France.But now, according to sources in Turkey, Galatasaray are ready to make a late contract offer in a bid to lure him to the Super Lig giants.Gignac finished last season with 21 Ligue 1 goals in 38 appearances taking his tally to 59 in 155 outings since his arrival back in 2010. Liverpool and Newcastle target Andre-Pierre Gignac last_img read more

River development defended

first_imgThe city of Santa Clarita and Newhall Land defended approval of the developer’s River Village subdivision in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, arguing there is enough water to support the 1,089-home subdivision, a claim four environmental groups dispute. The project, formerly called Riverpark, is proposed on 695 acres north of the Santa Clara River in Saugus. The Santa Clarita City Council approved the project in May 2005, and the Sierra Club, Friends of the Santa Clara River, the Center for Biological Diversity and the California Water Impact Network sued a month later, finding fault with the project’s environmental impact report. Among the complaints – the city and developer The Newhall Land and Farming Company ignored key concerns, including encroachment on the river’s flood plains and the air and water pollution the groups say the project will create. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But oral argument before Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs mostly centered on water supply. The plaintiffs contested the inclusion of 41,000 acre-feet of disputed water in the project’s EIR. The annual allocation, which the Castaic Lake Water Agency purchased in 1998, falls under the Monterey Agreement, a water deal under state Department of Water Resources investigation. Also, the water impact network and the Planning and Conservation League have sued the CLWA over the transfer. Plaintiffs’ attorney Babak Naficy said the CLWA transfer from Kern County, which makes up nearly half of the agency’s annual supply, should not be counted. “The 41,000 acre-feet transfer is not final,” he said after the hearing. “The city should not rely on the continued availability of the 41,000 acre-feet because DWR’s review is still ongoing.” Newhall Land spokeswoman Marlee Lauffer disagreed – the water is still being used by the CLWA. “No California court has invalidated the use of that water,” she said. “It’s not pertinent to the River Village. We’re very confident the EIR for River Village will be upheld.” CLWA General Manager Dan Masnada questioned the plaintiff’s argument. “Because of litigation, we’ll presume you’re guilty until you’re proven innocent,” he said. “The water is available. The case has less to do with the water than their ideas about growth.” But Naficy said there were no injunctions against the 41,000 acre-feet of water because CLWA had argued in an earlier case that halting the transfer would disrupt supply for current residents. “It’s to avoid hardship to existing customers,” he said. “But no court – trial court or court of appeal – said yes, you may rely on the 41,000 acre-feet for planning purposes.” A ruling is expected in the coming months. To win city approval for River Village, Newhall Land offered some 318 acres of open space from company-owned parcels in the city and 389 acres of riverfront property within the development. It also offered more than $22 million in right-of-way dedications and bridge fees for the city’s 8.5-mile east-west Cross Valley Connector, which will bridge state Route 126 and the Antelope Valley Freeway at Golden Valley Road. “We’re focused on doing the land development work right now so we can bring the Cross Valley Connector into completion and get the community going,” Lauffer said. (661) 257-5253160Want 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

Gareth Southgate says Marcus Rashford decision was all his… not Mourinho’s

first_img Marcus Rashford 1 England manager Gareth Southgate says Jose Mourinho had no influence on the decision to pull Marcus Rashford from the Under-21 European Championship, and is ready to deal with ‘collisions’ between club and country.Southgate was originally enthusiastic about sending the Manchester United teenager to gain tournament experience in Poland this summer, a course of action that directly contradicted Mourinho’s thinking, but changed his mind as Rashford’s role expanded over the course of the season.Having enjoyed more starts and first-team minutes in the second half of the campaign, including leading the line in the Europa League final win over Ajax, the 19-year-old’s form persuaded Southgate he should be treated as a bona fide member of the senior group.And while that will be welcomed in the manager’s office at Old Trafford, Southgate stressed there was no horse-trading or bartering over the decision and suggested an accord with Mourinho was not a prime motivation.“The key for us is not the relationship with Jose, it’s the relationship with Marcus,” he said.“I didn’t speak to him (Mourinho) about it. I let him know where I was heading with it at the end. I am not in a position where I can make decisions to keep people happy. If I am trying to keep Jose happy that’s going to be, let’s say fairly difficult.“So I have got to make decisions that are right for England seniors long term, I’m always mindful of what is right for the players. Respectfully, none of the managers are going to be around in 10 years, or it’s very, very unlikely, and I think people like Marcus Rashford will be.“We want a good working relationship with the clubs, of course we do, but they have got their own objectives and have got to make decisions that are right for them, and I have got to make decisions that are right for England. So there’s always going to be some collision at some point on that and some disagreement on that.”Southgate briefly toyed with the idea of asking Rashford to pull double duty, in the forthcoming games against Scotland and France and then as part of the under-21s, but determined that was both the easy decision and the wrong one.He was in charge of the under-21s two years ago when Tottenham’s Harry Kane took part in the same tournament in the Czech Republic, despite his burgeoning reputation as a Premier League goalscorer and full international.England and Kane were both well under-par in the end and those memories were at the fore in his latest verdict.“I sensed at the time we went with that route for the right reasons, because we wanted to take as many of our best players as possible, but I didn’t think with Harry we got it right,” he said.“You’ve got to use those experiences when you’re forming those decisions. We’re very serious about development tournaments, but whenever we’re dealing with young players we’ve also got to be serious about their own personal development as well….making sure he senses that we’re not just plonking him somewhere to try to achieve an objective that ticks a box for us.”The amount of focus afforded to the striker, who is comfortably the youngest player in Southgate’s squad, speaks of a player with a big future in the game. His manager sees a humble, eager and engaged individual ready to thrive at the top – not to mention one with an FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League titles already under his belt.“Rashford has won more than I won already, which is f***ing depressing!,” noted Southgate, with a chuckle and an unusually colourful verbal flourish.“He is a lad who, whatever you asked him to do, he would do. He’s very clear about that. He’s proud to play for England, he’s a player who respects the decisions of coaches. What I like most of all is the humility and the mentality.“He thinks deeply about the game. He’s got good tactical understanding. What I always find with the young players who come through at United, they’re bred to play in front of 70,000 people every week. That’s part of the mentality of the youth system there.”last_img read more

City recreation data posted on Web site

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake For information about the city’s new recreation Web site, call Jones at (661) 255-4321. SANTA CLARITA – The city has created a new Web service for Santa Clarita’s home page to provide information on recreation programs. The site – – was fashioned by the city’s Web developers and the Parks and Recreation Department staff to give residents easy, one-stop access to information about the city’s recreational facilities and programs. Site visitors can find information about adult and youth sports programs, camps, the aquatics center, the skate park, trips and tours, and youth and teen classes. The city’s entire catalog of recreation programs is also available for download from the site, and visitors can sign up for classes online. “The site is a one-stop shop for information about classes, facilities and programs that are offered by the city,” said Jodi Jones, recreation services administrator for the city. “We hope that once they see all we have to offer, this site will encourage more folks to take advantage of all the opportunities to come out to learn and have some fun in the city.” 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_imgLooking for a way to experience a marathon without having to run it?Volunteers are being sought to assist with one of the biggest sports events in the county this year.Donegal Marathon are calling for volunteers’ help on the day, Sunday the 23rd August, to ensure that the event passes off smoothly. Anyone interested in lending a hand is invited to come along to our Volunteer Evening that is being hosted in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny at 7pm on Thursday 20th August.There are a number of positions that volunteers are needed for, including the various tasks required for the preparation of the event and the course itself; stewardship along the routes; provision of support to the athletes at the various water stations; and helping out with the celebrations that will be held in conjunction with the event.Dessie Larkin, Chairman of Donegal Marathon Committee, says “The committee are now seeking help to ensure that the athletes from all over the world get a warm Donegal welcome and that the event passes off safely. Volunteering for the marathon offers an opportunity for positive team building, with organizations signing up to volunteer as a group”.“There’s a job for everybody”, said Brendan McDaid, Letterkenny AC, “We just need a positive, happy person that wants to support the community and the participants by providing encouragement, and morale support.” For more information and to get involved come along to the volunteer evening in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny on Thursday 20th August or contact Donegal Volunteer Centre on TAKING PART IN DONEGAL MARATHON (WITHOUT HAVING TO RUN IT!) was last modified: August 10th, 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:donegalMarathonradissonvolunteerslast_img read more