Neighbourhood brawl lands man in court

first_imgA neighbourhood brawl, during which one person was wounded ended with two neighbours being placed before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.Ray Paul, 27, appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly and denied that on March 13, 2019, at Phase Two, East Ruimveldt squatting area, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Melroy Phillips with intent to cause him actual bodily harm.While no facts were presented to the court on the matter, the prosecution had no objections to bail being granted to the East Ruimveldt resident. The 27-year-old man was released on $20,000 bail and the case will continue on March 27, 2019.last_img read more

Guyana heading towards dictatorship, says Jagdeo

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has hit out at the coalition Government for allegedly making moves to control the legislature and the Judiciary, terming the acts attacks on democracy and saying that the country was heading towardsOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo mobbed by supporters at Leonora, West Coast Demerara on Sundaydictatorship, which obtained in the past during the Forbes Burnham regime.“If they succeed in that, then no Government action in the future we would be able to challenge in the courts and get a fair hearing. And they can do whatever they want to any citizen of this land,” Jagdeo told a public meeting hosted in Leonora, West Coast Demerara on Sunday.Making reference to the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) metre case which is currently before the courts, Jagdeo claimed that the Government was given preference in that matter since the case was brought forward for an early hearing.“We have seen cases where all the matters that we have before the courts now are deliberately delayed like the elections petition and so many other issues,” he explained.Jagdeo continued: “We have to be careful that this does not become a trendPPP/C Member of Parliament and Region Three Representative, Irfaan Ali addressing the meeting. Seated at right is Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeobecause in free societies, an independent judiciary is indispensable,” the former President said, explaining that even in the case that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) wins the next elections, there still could be what he termed a “perversed decision by a court”.He alleged, “If they go to the court – if a private citizen has a civil matter with the Government, they can direct the Judiciary to give a particular ruling.” Jagdeo said it was, therefore, important that citizens paid close attention to what was going on and ensure that they watch the Government’s moves.“And we have seen this President for one year delaying the recommendation of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) until he had his design rolled out,” Jagdeo said, claiming that certain members of that new body were selectively chosen to be part of the team, which may have some preference for the Government.The Opposition Leader also drew the crowd’s attention to recent comments made by Attorney General Basil Williams, who allegedly said the Judges were put there by the Government and ought to rule in its favour. “We have heard the President (David Granger) say there is nothing wrong with the Attorney General threatening a judge in the court,” he added.Speaking on the ongoing issue concerning the selection of a new chairman to head the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Jagdeo said citizens must not take lightly the words uttered by President Granger following the acting Chief Justice’s ruling, when he said that despite the mostly favourable judgment in relation to the issue, he would act in accordance with his perception.Jagdeo also accused Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland of being a partisan individual and possibly being easily seen as the 34th Member of Parliament of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) when in fact he should have been an independent arbiter.“Almost any matter that seeks to question the Government, to hold them to account, he rules in their favour. Now when you look at the debates in Parliament, almost every single matter the Government gets its way,” he lamented, reminding supporters that Scotland did not find a debate on the future of sugar an issue of national importance. The Opposition Leader further pointed out that complex bills were also rushed through Parliament, while accusing Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo of being the lead person to guide that hurried process. He said these issues were important for everyone to pay attention to, because “they may be very well watching us too…This is how dictatorship goes too.”last_img read more

Barca stay seven clear of Real Madrid

first_imgGirona 0 Barcelona 3: Centurion Suarez seals Catalan derby triumph Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 04:36 24/9/2017 Luis Suarez - cropped Getty Images Luis Suarez celebrated his 100th league match for Barcelona with the final goal in a comfortable victory over regional rivals Girona. Luis Suarez scored on his 100th LaLiga appearance to help see off Girona 3-0 in the first top-flight derby between the two Catalan clubs.A pair of own goals either side of half-time put Ernesto Valverde’s side comfortably ahead before Suarez marked his milestone by wrapping up the three points.Girona skipper Aday Benitez was the victim for the opener when he deflected Jordi Alba’s strike into his own net to gift the league leaders an early advantage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing And it was another own goal which doubled Barca’s lead after the interval as Aleix Vidal’s classy cut-back wriggled in off Girona goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz.Suarez added the gloss with 20 minutes remaining to seal a sixth consecutive league victory, an impressive start they last managed in 2013-14.While far from perfect at the back, Valverde’s men now sit four points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid.24 – Luis Suárez has scored against 24 of the 25 sides he has faced in La Liga (87 goals). Predatory. pic.twitter.com/uEO04FGuCL— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 23, 2017The visitors had early joy down the right when Javier Mascherano found Vidal in behind, but the winger’s attempted cross was crucially cut out by Iraizoz.Marc-Andre ter Stegen next produced a superb one-handed save low to his right to deny Douglas, while Suarez’s inability to find a team-mate from a cut-back at the other end cost Barca a certain opener.Valverde’s side did not have to wait long for the breakthrough, though, and it came courtesy of a huge slice of fortune.After Iraizoz kept out Messi’s free-kick, the veteran keeper was left with no chance from the resultant corner as Alba’s speculative volley took a heavy deflection off Benitez on its way into the bottom-left corner.Barca began to take control by the half-hour mark and only an in-form Iraizoz prevented them from doubling their advantage, the 36-year-old quick off his line to smother another chance for Alba.Paulinho and Michael Olunga still found time to exchange wayward headers as an entertaining first half ended with the away side ahead.The lead became 2-0 almost immediately after the resumption when Vidal reached the by-line and attempted to find Suarez, who hurdled the back-heel pass and saw it trickle in via Iraizoz’s legs.4 – Barcelona top scorers in La Liga 2017/18:Lionel Messi 9OWN GOALS 3Update. pic.twitter.com/lVIM7im3s5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 23, 2017Girona continued to pose a threat in the air with Douglas heading another opportunity high, while Olunga nodded straight at Ter Stegen just before the hour.But any hint of a comeback was soon extinguished thanks to Suarez. The striker was put clean through by Sergi Roberto and clinically picked out the bottom-left corner to make it 3-0.With their perfect league record still intact, Barca will take plenty of confidence into their midweek Champions League trip to Sporting CP. Key Opta facts:- Luis Suarez has scored against 24 of the 25 sides he has faced in LaLiga (87 goals). – Suarez has is now eighth in the list of all-time Barcelona top scorers in LaLiga surpassing Rivaldo (86 in 157 appearances). – Barcelona were also the last side to benefit from two own goals in the same LaLiga game, which they did on April 2014 versus Villarreal.- Gorka Iraizoz scored his first own goal in LaLiga. read morelast_img read more

The Situation Becomes An Animal Advocate For PETA

first_imgJersey Shore may be about to kick off its final season, but Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino already has his next gig lined up: animal advocate.The Situation PETA AdThat’s why Sorrentino, who recently spent time in the Celebrity Big Brother (CBB) house, teamed up with PETA US for a brand-new campaign that calls attention to the homeless animal situation. In the ad, the CBB finalist shows off his celebrated six-pack amid a rowdy crowd of felines and next to the words, “Too Much Pussy Can Be a Bad Thing” The ad concludes, “Spay or neuter today.”“It definitely was overcrowded, and I learned that there’s been a problem, and it’s a growing problem,” Sorrentino said of the homeless animal overpopulation crisis following a recent visit to an animal shelter. “Fix your animals.” Sorrentino also cautions everyone that adopting a dog or cat is a lifelong commitment and urges anyone who witnesses animal abuse to call the authorities immediately.Each year, thousands of cats and dogs in animal shelters must be killed because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Other animals are abandoned on the streets, where they starve to death, get injured or killed by vehicles or fall prey to abuse. Adopting – not buying – is the answer. Also, the best way to minimize the number of homeless cats and dogs is by always having companion animals spayed or neutered.Sorrentino joins a long list of celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Kellan Lutz and Simon Cowell, and reality TV stars, such as Lauren Goodger and Chantelle Houghton, who have teamed up with PETA and its affiliates to help fight animal abuse.For more information, visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

ACTRA AND SAGAFTRA PARTNER TO PROMOTE PRODUCTION UNDER UNION CONTRACTS

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment LOS ANGELES AND TORONTO (March 9, 2017) – SAG-AFTRA and ACTRA, the leading unions for North American performers, today announced an expansion of their strategic alliance including the development of a joint plan to address non-union production in North America. Under the #WorkingTogether initiative the two unions will pool resources to promote the value of union work to employers and engagers while increasing work opportunities for members.“As our industry changes and grows we see new opportunities for unions to organize and grow,” said ACTRA National President Ferne Downey. “More than 90% of film and television produced in North America is under a union agreement, but a growing number of commercials are shooting non-union. That lowers working standards for performers across North America.” “Professional performers bring immense value to a production and it is crucial that they have strong union contracts protecting them,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “Globalization and technology change are issues affecting performers across North America. As the entertainment and media industry grows beyond traditional structures it is imperative that we respond.” The initiative calls for cooperation between the two performer unions in ensuring employers live up to their commitment to produce only under a union agreement. Initial activities will include North American wide outreach, research and communications efforts to attract new signatory agencies by demonstrating the value of producing with union performers. “Performers won’t tolerate a race to the bottom. Signatory agencies may have produced some of their commercials non-union in the recent past. ACTRA and SAG-AFTRA will work closely with signatory agencies to ensure all their future commercial production is under the appropriate union agreement,” said Downey.About SAG-AFTRASAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other entertainment and media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. A proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO, SAG-AFTRA has national offices in Los Angeles and New York and local offices nationwide representing members working together to secure the strongest protections for entertainment and media artists into the 21st century and beyond. Visit SAG-AFTRA online at SAGAFTRA.org. Follow SAG-AFTRA on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.About ACTRAACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. For more information on ACTRA please visit actra.ca. Follow ACTRA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

Federal government spending 45B to buy Trans Mountain pipeline BC terminal

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – The federal Liberal government plans to spend $4.5 billion to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and all of Kinder Morgan Canada’s core assets.Finance Minister Bill Morneau says that in return, Kinder Morgan will go ahead with its original plan to twin the pipeline this summer while the sale is finalized, which likely won’t happen until August.Once the sale is complete, Canada will continue the construction on its own, with a view to eventually selling the whole thing down the road, once market conditions would allow it to get the best price.Morneau presented the options during an early-morning cabinet meeting today before ministers signed off on the chosen option, which he says is still subject to the approval of Kinder Morgan shareholders.“We believe this is the best way to protect thousands of well-paying jobs and the safest and most effective way to get our resources to world markets,” Morneau told a news conference in Ottawa after the meeting, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr at his side.“Make no mistake: this is an investment in Canada’s future.”Export Development Canada will finance the purchase, which includes the pipeline, pumping stations, and rights of way along the route between Edmonton and Vancouver, as well as the marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C., where oil is loaded onto tankers for export.Morneau says the federal government does not plan to be a long-term owner and is in negotiations with interested investors, including Indigenous communities, pension funds and the Alberta government, which will provide funding for any unexpected costs that arise during construction.“To investors considering Canada as a place to build big, important, transformative projects like the Trans Mountain expansion, we want you to know that you have a partner in Ottawa,” Morneau said.“One who not only respects the rule of law but who understands the challenges you are up against and will work with you to find solutions that work for everyone.”The plan, similar to how Canada financed and managed shares in General Motors and Chrysler in 2009 during the financial crisis, will include a new Crown corporation to manage the project.The deal brings some certainty to an expansion project that has been on the rocks ever since B.C. went to court in hopes of blocking it, fearing the impact of a spill of diluted bitumen, the raw output from Alberta’s oilsands.Ottawa has the constitutional authority to build interprovincial projects like pipelines, but B.C. Premier John Horgan has gone to court to get a judge to weigh in on whether B.C.’s jurisdiction for the environment would allow him to regulate what flows through the pipeline.The ensuing uncertainty, paired with vociferous opposition from environmental groups and some Indigenous communities in B.C., prompted Kinder Morgan to halt investment until the federal government could inject some certainty into the project.“The previous government spent 10 years pitting the environment and the economy against each other; they pitted us against each other. It polarized us. That is not who we are,” Carr told the news conference.“The majority of Canadians support this project. The majority of Canadians understand that we are in a transition to a clean-growth century, and we will not get there overnight. But we will get there.”Ottawa is pressing ahead, firmly of the opinion there is no doubt about its jurisdiction. It is also confident it will prevail in a Federal Court challenge by some Indigenous communities over its approval of the pipeline, a ruling on which is due any day.A Finance Department official says that as a Crown project in the national interest, Canada has special allowances to proceed that may not be available to a private-sector company.Canada approved the project in November 2016, following an expanded environmental review process that included additional consultations with Indigenous communities and assessing the amount of additional emissions likely to result from additional production.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has long insisted the project is in Canada’s national interest and is a pivotal part of the country’s economic future.Canada loses $15 billion every year on the sale of oil because the U.S. remains its only export customer, resulting in a lower price, Trudeau argues. A lack of capacity in pipelines or in rail cars to ship oil produced in Alberta is also hurting Canada’s energy sector.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more