Court Cuts Tyler’s 6-week ‘Medical Leave’ to 9 Days

first_imgJudge Emery Paye of Criminal Court ‘C’ has cut down the six weeks request by Speaker J. Alex Tyler to seek ‘medical treatment’ outside the country to nine days, sources have told the Daily Observer. If this is true, the recused Speaker is expected to be back in the country no later than the 20th of September. The court’s action is being termed a “political decision” to support the judgment of Justice-in-Chambers Jamesetta Wolokollie, who denied the Speaker’s request for a Writ of Prohibition against the holding of parallel sessions in the Joint Chambers of the Legislature. Even Justice Wolokollie’s action was also considered “political.” It may be recalled that House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, Sr. was excused by his colleagues ‘to seek medical treatment’ outside the country for six weeks, on the heels of his decision to recuse himself from his position as Presiding Officer of the House of Representatives.The House plenary cautiously made the decision following heated disagreements among lawmakers about Tyler’s decision, describing his reason for the request as ‘fake’, while others said it was ‘authentic.’ This exchange took place during the House’s first unified session in the Joint Chambers on Thursday, August 11.Tyler’s letter was accepted when Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue seized the argument and sounded his gavel – which broke due to an “absurd rage” – allowing Tyler to seek medical treatment.“I present my compliments and inform you that I will be traveling out of the country for my medical checkup, which is overdue,” said the Speaker in the letter to his Deputy.“I will be leaving on Tuesday, September 6, and shall be away for approximately six weeks. This letter serves as my excuse from Plenary. Kindly accept my sentiments of high esteem,” Tyler said.Meanwhile, Judge Paye has surprisingly granted a month’s excuse to Sen. Varney Sherman, who also petitioned the court to allow him to travel outside the country to join other members of his family to celebrate his wife’s birthday.The lengthy excuse period for the Senator to celebrate his wife’s birthday and the refusal of the court to allow Tyler six weeks for his overdue medical checkup may raise questions about fair-play and justice in the country.In the controversial Global Witness report, released on May 11, Sen. Sherman, Speaker Tyler and others were accused of receiving bribes totaling US$950,000 to alter the PPCC Law in favor of the London based Sable Mining Company to increase their chances of obtaining a concession to exploit iron ore in the Wologizi Mountain, Lofa County.Sen. Sherman, the Speaker and others were criminally indicted by Criminal Court ‘C’.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 6 records decline in mother-to-child HIV transmission

first_imgThe Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Regional Health Services has seen a dramatic decline in HIV transmission to children following the widespread dissemination of anti-retroviral treatment for mothers living with HIV.Dr Anita LalbachanThis observation was made by Doctor-in-Charge of TB programmes within the region, Dr Anita Lalbachan, at a World AIDS Day celebration, in New Amsterdam.Addressing the gathering at the annual awareness programme, Dr Lalbachan also noted that despite the overall gains, considerable challenges remain for Region Six, which still has an unacceptably high HIV prevalence among key populations.Also attending the ceremony were representatives from all three of the region’s hospitals – Port Mourant, Skeldon, New Amsterdam; Regional Chairman David Armagon; as well other regional representatives, nurses, doctors and students.Foster explained that this year’s worldwide theme –  ‘Right to Health’ –  was chosen because it has been acknowledged despite the numerous strides that have been made in bringing attention to this dreaded disease, persons who are infected are still not given equal access to healthcare services.The Regional Chairman urged Berbicians and residents beyond Berbice to visit their healthcare facilities regularly and make use of the HIV/AIDS tests that are available.Each year, this local aspect of World AIDS Day observance is marked by making a donation to the National AIDS Programme Secretariat by assistance to persons living with HIV and AIDS.last_img read more

Young music makers

first_imgIn a 7 p.m. recital prior to the concert, four first and second place winners in the Bach Competition will perform. They include Laurann Estevez, 12, Littlerock; Sofia Kim, 13, Granada Hills; Laura Evans, 12, Corona; and Evan Lih, 11, Chatsworth. First-place division winners Estevez and Kim received $200 scholarships. Second-place division winners Evans and Lih received $100 scholarships. To post your own stories and photos, log on to Young winners of the annual Bach Competition and Gail Newby Concerto Competition sponsored by the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale will perform 8 p.m. March 24 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. As the first-place winner of the Gail Newby Concert Competition, 17-year-old Katherine Harris of Azusa will perform Lizst’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as part of the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra’s concert. Harris will share the program with second place winner Krystina Tran, a 15-year-old pianist from Palmdale, who will perform Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3, Movement 1. Harris and Tran received scholarships for $400 and $200, respectively, for their accomplishments. Other top competitors not performing are Phillip Pitcher, Siranush Sahakyan and Joseph Tsai, honorable mention. 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

They’re smelling the coffee in Mrs B’s after super award win!

first_imgChristmas came early to Mrs B’s Coffee House, Killybegs, with the news that they have won the first ever Food Awards Ireland title of “Café/Bistro of the Year 2016” for the Borders Area.The award was presented at a black tie event in the Crowne Plaza hotel, Dublin Airport.Based on a public vote, the awards honour the talented individuals and businesses dedicated to delivering constant professionalism, amazing service and fantastic food to their customers. Said owner, Ann Conaghan: “We are delighted to be recognised in this way. Our sincere thanks to all our customers and suppliers who have supported us over the past six years.” And she added: “Our staff are one of our key assets, a fantastic team.”The Food Awards Ireland recognition is not Mrs B’s only title. The coffee shop has earned a listing in Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Review for 2017 and is also listed as Trip Advisor’s “No. 1 Coffee Shop in Killybegs”.Jessica Breslin (left) and Ann Conaghan of Mrs B’s Coffee Shop, Killybegs, proudly display their title as Café/Bistro of the Year 2016 for the Borders Area presented by Food Awards Ireland.Mrs B’s Coffee House was opened in 2011 by friends, Mary Breslin and Ann Conaghan, both chefs who trained in the local Killybegs Tourism College.It is located at the top of the Main Street in Killybegs, Ireland’s premier fishing port and the gateway to Slieve League, a key attraction on the Wild Atlantic Way. Said Mary Breslin: “In the middle of the recession, people thought we were mad to start a venture like this. But we were sure that a comfortable and welcoming coffee shop which would offer a high standard of food and service – a place where locals and tourists alike would feel relaxed while enjoying our food – would prove to be a success.“From the start, we decided that all food served would be produced on the premises with a big focus on cakes, bakes and all things sweet!!”Ann Conaghan explained: “Our Sandwiches and savoury food are all cooked in-house by ourselves together with a committed team of two other chefs and four waitresses.“All are committed to providing our customers with a consistently high standard of service with a smile. Our local customers are particularly important to us and knowing what our regulars want is key to our continual repeat trade.”Mrs. B’s popularity is clear from their profile on social media with a staggering 1,325 “likes” and 40 reviews with a rating of 4.8 out of 5. At the awards presentation in Dublin, Irfan Younis of event organisers, Creative Oceanic, said: “This is the first time that this ceremony has taken place in Ireland and it was amazing to see so many people come out to support the nominees. The food industry is showing great signs of growth in Ireland, with some amazing new food places being opened across the country. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists and we thank everyone who participated to make this night a memorable event.”In addition, the event helped to raise funds for the organisers’ official charity partner in Ireland, LauraLynn, which is a hospice for children with life-limiting conditions and residential care for young adults with disabilities.They’re smelling the coffee in Mrs B’s after super award win! was last modified: December 19th, 2016 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)last_img read more

School board race shaken up

first_img “As president of UTLA I am concerned that yet another discrepancy has arisen between what Christopher has said and what is the reality,” Duffy said. Meanwhile, other candidates for the seat – vacated by Jose Huizar when he was elected to the L.A. City Council in November – have focused on the challenges facing the East L.A. District that is made up of mostly Latino students, spans Boyle Heights to Mid-Wilshire, and is the site of most of the new schools being built in the district. Candidate Ana Teresa Fernandez, 23, who worked as a field deputy for school board member Mike Lansing and currently works for the California Charter Schools Association, said that while young, she has experience in education that matches or surpasses fellow candidates’. Fernandez has raised $50,000 and is endorsed by Lansing and Caprice Young, who heads up the charter schools association. The UCLA graduate said she is open to considering mayoral takeover of the district as well as other options, including a breakup. She said she is not planning on advocating for more charter schools, but believes the district can learn a lot from the innovative practices at the independent public schools. Enrique Gasca, 31, has raised $100,000 and is endorsed by Local 500 of the California School Employees Association, the Los Angeles School Police Association, Congressman Joe Baca and the Peace Officers Research Association of California. The president of his own public relations and media affairs consulting firm, Gasca said he’s against mayoral takeover of the district. But as the only parent out of all the candidates, he said he will make sure education remains a priority. “There are no guarantees that the next mayor will have education as high a priority as the current mayor does, and education is far too important to play second fiddle to any other agenda,” he said. In addition to Villaraigosa, Garcia has racked up endorsements from state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and Councilman Ed Reyes. Huizar credits Garcia for “leading a lot of the efforts” he pursued on the board including Measure A-G – mandatory college prep courses – and continuing the construction in the district. Maria Lou Calanche, 37, a teacher who unsuccessfully ran against David Tokofsky for school board in 2003, said she stopped campaigning when Arellano received the endorsement from UTLA. “I did really want to run, but I couldn’t compete with the political forces without resources,” she said. Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant On Friday, Arellano lost a key endorsement from the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. Arellano – whose campaign Web site says he has “completed” two master’s degrees – could not be reached for comment Friday as a University of Southern California spokesman said that while Arellano attended the school, he did not receive either a degree in social work or urban planning as he has claimed. In an e-mail Friday, Arellano’s staff included a biography explaining he completed all requirements for his master’s in social work – but is short one semester for his master’s in policy, planning and development. He needs to complete the coursework before USC will officially confer the dual degree. He previously has defended his disclosure of the 1992 and 1995 arrests, saying he admitted in campaign literature to having a “troubled youth” – though not the specific details. While Arellano’s employer, United Teachers of Los Angeles – which has contributed $200,000 to his campaign – continued to stand by Arellano on Friday, UTLA President A.J. Duffy said he will talk with other officers and area chairs over the weekend. As candidates vie for a seat on the Los Angeles Unified School Board, what had been a relatively low-key campaign has heated up just days before voters go to the polls. The campaign for the East Los Angeles seat comes at a key time for the nation’s second-largest district, which finds itself under attack from the mayor, in the midst of a $19 billion construction program and searching for a new superintendent. And the race has been high-powered: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who’s planning to unveil legislation that would change district governance, has waded in to endorse candidate Monica Garcia. But last week controversy roiled the ranks as reports surfaced that 33-year-old candidate Christopher Arellano, considered one of the front-runners, has been arrested twice for shoplifting and lied about his educational qualifications. last_img read more


first_imgA man assaulted his two year old child with a pencil after getting frustrated because she could not learn her numbers.Gerry Awoluisi appeared at Letterkenny District Court facing two separate assault charges.The first related to an assault on one of his children and followed a complaint by the child’s mother. The court heard how Mr Awoluisi struck the child “two or three times” while he was doing his numbers with his older sister.Defence solicitor Michael Shiel said the impact from being struck by a pencil would be “minimal.”He said his client had become frustrated with his son and blamed his own lack of education for this frustration.“He became frustrated because he basically wanted his children to get a better education than he got,” said Mr Shiel.The assault took place at the house the man shared with his former partner and their children at The Beeches in Ballybofey on January 13th last.Mr Awoluisi’s former partner also accused him of banging her head off a wall during another disagreement.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said he was not sure how much benefit the court would gain from hearing from a two year old child.The court heard how Mr Awoluisi has 23 previous convictions including assault.His solicitor Mr Shiel admitted “He doesn’t have a rosy record to say the least.”He added that Awoluisi, of Apartment 2, Back Lane, Ballybofey, who is now working at stables, is trying to get his life back on track but does not see his children.Judge Paul Kelly said he was concerned about Awoluisi’s tendency for violence and ordered a probation report before adjourning the case until November 17th next.MAN ADMITS ASSAULTING CHILD, 2, WITH PENCIL BECAUSE HE COULD NOT LEARN HIS NUMBERS was last modified: September 24th, 2015 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:assaultcourtGardaiGerry Awoluisipencil numberslast_img read more


first_imgGAA Bingo- There Will Be No Bingo This Thursday 28th March Back To Normal The Following Thursday Evening at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 21/03/2013 No’s Drawn 7,13,20,22 No Jackpot Winner, Next Weeks Jackpot Is €1,300.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were Charlie McGonigle Cloontagh, Colin Davis Square Bar Clonmany, Nora Quigg Grainan Drive Belmont, Josie McDonald c/o Bingo, DT Taxis Clonmany.CLUB MEMBERSHIP – CLUB MEMBERSHIP TO BE PAID THIS SATURDAY 30TH MARCH IN STRAID 10.00AM TO 12.30PM €25 ADULT €3 CHILDREN. Club Meeting – In Straid Wednesday 27th March at the later time of 8.30pm all members are encouraged to attend and as always new faces are very welcome.Senior & Reserves Training In Straid On Tuesday and Friday Evenings contact Danny Kelly 0868780893. UNDERAGE TRAINING TIMES:Under 8’s – Saturday’s at 11am – €1 per person – Main Coach is Nicola Lagan 0866030736Under 10’s – Friday from 5-6pm – €2 per child – this will be outside on the Astro turf pitch at the back of the Youth Club – Main Coach is Susan McCarron 0863945954Under 12’s – Thursday’s at 4pm in Straid – Main Coach is John Canny 0863782646.Under 13,14’s – There will be training in the Youth Club on Fridays please be there at 6.30pm sharp and ready to start €2.00 a head to cover costs Contact David Hession 0860538537 for further information.Under 16’s – Tuesday’s at 5pm in Straid – Main Coach John Friel 0860523550.UNDERAGE FIXTURES: The Indoor Under 8’s v Malin was a great start to the season for our youngest club members! 30 children boys and girls lined out for Urris and were delighted to wear the Urris shirt! No training on Easter Saturday – training will resume on Saturday 6th April at 11 am in STRAID.The U16 girls will start their season with an away trip to the always tough to beat Moville on Monday. The bus will leave from Straid at 11.45am, with the match starting at 1.00pm. The girls will also be in action on Friday with a home game against Malin. John will give the girls details of this game later in the week.The U13.5 boys will look to continue their good start to the year when they face Muff in Straid on Saturday 30th March at 11.30pm; the cancelled game against Burt will be re-fixed shortly and David will give details of this to the boys as soon as he has them.The U14 boys , U16 boys and U12 boys will all be in action shortly so they are advised to keep in contact with their coaches over the coming weeks so that they are aware of fixtures. Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707.Club Website items for the notes please send to or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: March 25th, 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:GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgAll-Ireland tickets will be hard to come by yet again for Donegal fans.UP to 40 per cent of tickets sent to some clubs for their members for Sunday’s All-Ireland final were terrace tickets for Hill 16 and the Nally Stands, fans say.Whilst non-club members will be wondering what all the fuss is about – when they’d love to have any sort of tickets – diehard club members are less than happy.It seems tickets for Cusack and Davin Stands are at a premium, whilst hardly anyone has seen a Hogan Stand ticket, according to supporters who contact Donegal Daily. More than 16,000 tickets were allocated to the Donegal County Board, with 84 per cent of them going directly to clubs.The Board distributes the rest through its executive, players, managers and their sponsors.One rural club member, aged 78, complained: “It seems that half of the tickets we got were for the Hill and the Nally. That’s grand if you’re a young fella but it’s no good to me.“We picked envelopes in a lucky dip and I wasn’t so lucky. I’m hoping I can get a swap with someone, especially as the Minors are playing and standing for five hours is beyond me these days.” There were similar complaints from other clubs, particularly in the north of the county.“Looks like we’ll have the Hill and Kerry is getting the rest of Croke Park,” complained another reader.Meanwhile we’ve been inundated with ticket requests from fans – some travelling from Sydney, New York and even across Europe hoping to get tickets.We have two to give away – courtesy of Donegal Creameries. (and that’s all we have).You can enter here: COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: WIN TWO FREE TICKETS FOR FINAL WITH DONEGAL DAILYThe winner will be announced at our Up for the Match night at the Mount Errigal Hotel on Wednesday, doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.More details on the poster as MC Charlie Collins chats to Kevin Cassidy, Mickey Harte and the legendary broadcaster Micheal O Muircheartaigh.More details on our poster:FANS UNHAPPY AT LARGE NUMBER OF TERRACE TICKETS FOR ALL IRELAND FINAL was last modified: September 15th, 2014 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:all-irelanddonegalKerryticketslast_img read more

Fernandes proud after QPR respond to critics with battling display

first_imgQPR chairman Tony Fernandes took to Twitter after the defeat against Liverpool, insisting he was proud of his team’s display.Widely criticised for their previous showings, Rangers were much more competitive and were unlucky to lose 3-2.“Its a cruel game but we all wanted QPR to play and they played. I’m very proud of everyone in the club,” Fernandes declared.“Despite all the negativity we came out and played with pride. We deserved a point but that’s football. Let hope we build on this.”Despite all the negativity we came out and played with pride . we deserved a point but that’s football. Let hope we build on this.— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) October 19, 2014Vice-chairman Amit Bhatia tweeted: “Feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach. A cruel end to a brilliant game. So proud of our performance today. Chin up and take positives.“Vargas, Fer, Onouha, Charlie, Isla, Caluker, Dunne, Henry, Sandro, Yun, Traore, all played with guts and heart. And that’s heartening to see.”And chief executive Philip Beard added: “Amazing performance. If we can play like that with that level of support we will be fine.”The performance of goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was a definite plus for Rangers.Thanks for all your messages, so happy to make my @QPRFC debut… Shame about the result as we were the better team! Onto the next game now!— Alex McCarthy (@Alex_Macca23) October 19, 2014He looked assured on his debut and produced a fine save in the second half but was powerless to prevent Liverpool’s three goals.McCarthy wrote: “Thanks for all your messages, so happy to make my @QPRFC debut… Shame about the result as we were the better team! Onto the next game now!”R’s midfielder Joey Barton, who missed the game through injury, tweeted: “Deserved at least a point if not 3. Effort from all was great. Got work to do on training ground but lots of positives from the performance.“We have just got to stick together and show the kind of guts, skill and determination we showed today. No blame culture. It helps nobody.“You win together and you lose together. Pick ourselves up and get ready for another war against Villa A week Monday.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

NBA 2K: Warriors make history by drafting a woman

first_imgChiquita Evans only wanted to be judged for her abilities as an NBA 2K player, not by her gender. But the 30-year-old woman needed someone to give her a real opportunity to do that.The Warriors, who are fond of breaking down barriers, were happy to oblige. They used their NBA 2K team — Warriors Gaming Squad — to make a statement for equality’s sake by making Evans the first woman drafted in the professional eSports league. Evans, who was just one of two women among the 198 draft-eligible …last_img