5 legal luminaries conferred with Senior Counsel title

first_imgRobert Ramcharran, Carole James-Boston, Stephen Fraser, Rajendra Poonai and Shalimar Ali-Hack were on Friday appointed Senior Counsel (conferred with silk) at a special sitting of the Full Court of the Supreme Court of Judicature.From right: Stephen Fraser, Shalimar Ali-Hack, Carole James-Boston and Rajendra PoonaiThe five legal luminaries were all spoken greatly of by Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams.Ramcharran, the AG said, worked as a teacher and clerk at the court before studying law. He has since practiced in every magisterial district in Guyana.The humble legal minds reflected on how they came from nothing, some starting out without even a sound secondary education.Ramcharran said it was a very significant milestone for him. In fact, 40 years ago, he did not even dream of having or standing at such an occasion.James-Boston, on the other hand, knew she wanted to become a lawyer since she was eight years old.She graduated from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and completed training in the late 1980s.Robert RamcharranShe then became an associate Attorney-at-Law and was made a partner of the law firm Boston and Boston. She has over 23 years’ experience in the field.Her colleague, Fraser, also a graduate of UWI as well as the University of Guyana (UG), began his career as an associate Attorney as well. Fraser practised civil and criminal law and later was admitted to practise law in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).The next recipient of the honour, Rajendra Poonai was described as a “distinguished Attorney-at-Law” with 31 years of practice. He served as an economist and was even an associate lecturer at UG from 1981 to 1984.Poonai was fortunate to have appeared in matters before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in the past.The fifth person to be conferred with silk was Ali-Hack. In her earlier years, she received a government scholarship to pursue studies. After obtaining a legal certificate, she was admitted to outer bar, which marked the beginning of her career.She was recognised as the first Muslim Attorney-at-Law in Guyana to dress in her traditional religious clothing since 1995. In 2008, she became the first woman appointed by the Judicial Service Commission as Director of Public Prosecutions. Moreover, she is also the first female Muslim Attorney to be appointed SC. She was described as a “true daughter of the soil”.TransparencyA representative from the Guyana Bar Association said he believed there ought to be a transparent process for the selection of persons to be so elevated.He reasoned in his almost 10-minute presentation, “It is all good and harbouring to describe the utopian principles of public practice and procedure, but it is often a different proposition when it comes to the implementation…we have been consistently calling for transparency in the Department by repeatedly without success seeking to have a criteria for appointment. For the integrity of any legal process to be maintained, we at the Bar humbly submit that clarity, certainty and predictability are required.”He maintained that the process by which these persons are selected should not be a difficult one but in fact based on some transparency.Nonetheless, he congratulated the recipients on their hard work that allowed them to achieve this medal of success.The SC honourFriday’s event marked the third such sitting following the resuscitation of the tradition of conferral of silk by President David Granger.The honour of silk is conferred on an eminent lawyer. The conferment was by the Crown that is the King or Queen, hence King’s Counsel was abbreviated to KC and Queen’s Counsel, QC, but now in the Republic State of Guyana, they are referred to as Senior Advocate or Senior Counsel (SC).This status is recognised by the courts and they have the privilege of sitting in the Bar at the Court where they are considered members of the “inner bar”. Since members wear silk gowns of a specific design, the counsels are usually referred to as silk.The newly-appointed men and women were applauded by the acting Chief Justice Roxane George and acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards.last_img read more

Tang wins S & S Turbine Hill climb

first_imgPlacing second in the afternoon race was George Gamble, who crossed the finish line at 25:23, while Kevin Shaw finished third at 26:24.The riders from the Blizzard Bike Club will have a few days to recover, then it’s back to a busy week of races, beginning Wednesday, July 25, with a Cactus Trials mountain bike race.The week of racing continues with a Thursday evening time trial Thursday, July 26, and concludes with the Terry Stone Memorial time trial in Hudson’s Hope.- Advertisement -For more information on the local cycling club or any of its upcoming events, visit the Blizzard Bike Club’s official website.last_img read more

District Of Taylor Staff & RCMP Investigating Dog Attack

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Municipal staff and RCMP in the District of Taylor are conducting investigations after a woman was attacked by a dog on Sunday.A post made by Tricia Armstrong-Lythall to the Taylor, BC Parents Facebook page goes into detail regarding the attack. According to the post, the victim was out walking with her family on Sunday evening, when she was attacked by possibly two dogs while attempting to retrieve her own pet dog. The victim goes on to say that she received injuries from the dog attack and was treated in hospital while notifying local RCMP.The District of Taylor’s Acting Mayor Coun. Brent Taillefer spoke with Energeticcity.ca this morning, and confirmed that district animal control staff are conducting an investigation into the incident that will follow-up the investigation by police. Taillefer explained that any repercussions from the incident will be determined by the outcome of the RCMP’s investigation.- Advertisement -When asked, Taillefer was unable to confirm the breed of the dog or dogs involved, adding that the district’s animal bylaw defines dogs as “aggressive”, or “dangerous” as per the district’s charter.When asked for comment, North District RCMP Spokesperson Cpl. Dave Tyreman said that he had not receieved any information in the case.IMG_2721IMG_2720last_img read more

SCHOOL BOOK SCHEME EXTENDED TO ALL DONEGAL SCHOOLS – HARTE

first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte has welcomed news that school-book rental schemes will be extended to every primary school in Donegal, following an announcement in Budget 2014.Senator Jimmy Harte“At present, the average costs to parents in Donegal for primary school books is between €60 and €80. This figure could drop to as little as only €20 as a result of the decision in the Budget to extend school-book rental schemes to every primary school in Ireland.“Back to school costs have been increasingly punitive for local families in recent years, with the problem of book and uniform costs being particularly acute. “I am pleased the Labour Party has taken decisive action in Budget 2014 to reduce the cost of school books by rolling out this scheme on a national basis, while we are also working on new proposals to give parents a say in the costs of school uniforms.Each year, €15 million is provided to Irish schools to invest in school books.“We believe that schools should use this funding to establish book rental schemes, and reduce the costs to parents. However, the latest figures show that 24% of primary schools in Ireland do not currently operate book rental schemes, despite the fact that such schemes can make a big difference to household budgets.“That is why the Labour Party has moved in this Budget not only to protect current funding levels for existing school book schemes, but to provide a further €5 million for each of the next three years so that book rental schemes can be delivered in all primary schools. I look forward to the effects of this very positive initiative being passed onto families in the locality when the new school term begins next September.” Meanwhile, Labour Minister Ruairi Quinn also confirmed in the Budget his intention to recruit an extra 1,400 teachers, and to protect class sizes for the third year running.“This comes despite immense pressure to make savings in his Department. This is in contrast to Fianna Fail who increased the pupil teacher ratio in 2009.“The Labour Party, by comparison, has protected class sizes, and recognises the huge sacrifices made by families since the financial crisis took hold. Our ministers fought hard in this Budget to ensure that families receive tangible supports so they could feel the difference in their everyday lives and personal circumstances.“The introduction of free GP care for children aged five and under, further underlines our commitment to help hard-pressed families, especially those who pay for everything but qualify for nothing.” SCHOOL BOOK SCHEME EXTENDED TO ALL DONEGAL SCHOOLS – HARTE was last modified: October 21st, 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:BOOK RENTAL SCHEMEdonegaljimmy hartelast_img read more

Letterkenny Credit Union has the solution to your debt woes

first_imgLetterkenny Credit Union have introduced a new debt consolidation loan to reduce the pressure of high-interest repayments, here is all you need to know about the service:There are always times in life when people will find themselves having to juggle a number of different debts. Events such as an overseas holiday, a wedding or preparing for a new arrival often call for a little extra expenditure. Trying to cope with this however on top of day-to-day bills can prove overwhelming, especially when trying to keep track of varying interest rates and different types of credit. For many, reaching for the credit card to manage debts can seem like the easiest and most convenient solution. However, with interest rates as high as 23% *often charged for the privilege, more often than not this can prove to compound an already stressful situation. There is a much more effective solution which won’t end up costing people more than they bargained for; the new debt consolidation loan from Letterkenny Credit Union. The new product aims to help members refinance high-interest debts – and combine all of their debt into a single, straightforward payment at a fair and reasonable rate.Speaking about the new product, Paul Hume, Chairperson of Letterkenny Credit Union said: “On a daily basis we are dealing with members who have to fork out for substantial repayments on debt, often at very high rates of interest. “In many cases, this is a case of running to stand still. With the new, consolidated loan from Letterkenny Credit Union a restructured payment can ease the pressure – and make it so much easier for people to get on top of their debt and manage it in a way that suits their everyday lives.”There are no hidden charges or transaction fees with the new loan, and repayments can be tailored to suit individual circumstances. There are no penalties for early repayment, and if circumstances change and existing repayments cannot be made, Letterkenny Credit Union will work to try and restructure the loan in a more convenient way. Paul continued “Central to our ethos at Letterkenny Credit Union is helping people to avoid unnecessary debt and this is one of the reasons we have launched our new product. “We would really urge anyone struggling with debt to talk to us about this very fair option. While not everyone will be suitable for the new loan, staff at Letterkenny Credit Union are always on hand with guidance and tips on how to budget and manage debt responsibly. We would encourage all our existing and prospective members to call in to us and find out how we can help them.”*Source: Competition and Consumer Protection Commission For a €15000, 5 year variable interest rate loan with 60 monthly repayments of €303.86, an interest Rate of 7.95%, a representative APR of 8.2%, the total amount payable by the member is €18229.67. Information correct as at 16/5/2017. Letterkenny Credit Union has the solution to your debt woes was last modified: May 16th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:FinanceLetterkenny Credit Unionmoneylast_img read more

GET THAT ‘SWEETEST’ FEELING AT AUNTY NELLIES TODAY

first_imgChances are if you ask any child from Donegal if they want to spend a Saturday afternoon in a sweet shop, then most will probably answer yes.Well today Aunty Nellie’s sweet shop will make all those dreams come true.Letterkenny’s coolest shop has a fun day for families from 1 to 5pm with more than just 500 varieties of sweets on offer. As well as Coco the Clown, there will be lots of fun and games.There will be a hamper of goodies for whoever guesses the correct number of sweets in a jar as well as lucky bags galore.Aunty Nellies has only been only a few short weeks on Letterkenny’s Main Street but already it has become part and parcel of life there.Why not come along and see what all the fuss is about? We know children (or big kid for that matter!!) can’t be bribed that easily.So we won’t bother telling you that there will be plenty of FREE sweets as well!    GET THAT ‘SWEETEST’ FEELING AT AUNTY NELLIES TODAY was last modified: September 8th, 2012 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:Aunty Nelliesfun dayletterkennylast_img read more

Saugus High coach upset about playoff-eligibility rule

first_imgSAUGUS – Because a Southern Section rule requires at-large playoff hopefuls to have a .500 record or better, Saugus High (3-5 overall, 1-2 Foothill League) must win its final two games to be considered. That’s not fair, said Saugus coach Jason Bornn, pointing out that the Centurions’ five losses have come against opponents with a combined .900 winning percentage (36-4). Teams that finish among the top three in their leagues are guaranteed Div. II playoff spots, leaving four at-large spots for the division’s four six-team leagues. This year, bubble teams include Alta Loma (6-2), Damien of La Verne (6-2), Glendora (5-3), Rancho Cucamonga (5-3), Trabuco Hills of Mission Viejo (5-3), El Toro of Lake Forest (4-4), Dana Hills of Dana Point (4-4) and Diamond Bar (3-4-1). Fourth-place Saugus is favored tonight against Burroughs of Burbank (3-5, 0-3), but the Centurions face state power Valencia (7-1, 2-1) in the finale, so qualifying for postseason won’t be easy. “There’s no one to blame. If a school like Saugus wants to make the playoffs, it has to win more games. It’s a harsh reality.” There is one loophole, Simmons said. Some eligible teams with records of .500 or better simply don’t petition for an at-large berth because they don’t want the season to continue – or they forget to file the paperwork in time. “Some teams just aren’t interested, but these days it’s very rare,” Simmons said. “It doesn’t happen very often.” If Saugus loses tonight to Burroughs, it can make the playoffs if Valencia loses tonight to Canyon and to Saugus in next week’s league finale. That would give Saugus and Valencia three league losses, but Saugus would finish in third, ahead of Valencia based on head-to-head competition. “You can get a headache trying to figure out all the scenarios,” Bornn said. “I didn’t want to have to say this, but we need to win our last two games, period.” After winning four games in 2002-03, Saugus turned things around last year in Bornn’s second year last season, finishing 6-4 in the regular season to reach the playoffs. The Centurions lost in the first round to San Clemente. Saugus hasn’t won a playoff game since 1999, but the first step is getting there. It might be even harder to do so next year – Saugus replaced Blair of Pasadena and Pasadena on its nonleague schedule with perennial powers Loyola of Los Angeles and Westlake. Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After two victories against soft opponents to begin the season, Saugus took on three difficult nonleague opponents to prepare for league competition. That plan appears to have worked against the Centurions and could cost them playoff eligibility. “Look at who we’ve played and judge us on that overall. That’s all I would ask,” Bornn said. “I should have scheduled Village Christian (of Sun Valley), L.A. Baptist (of North Hills), Paraclete (of Lancaster), St. Genevieve (of Panorama City) and Bell-Jeff (of Burbank) in the preseason. That way we would have been 5-0 and could go 0-5 in league and still make the playoffs. “It’s ridiculous. We’re not playing (bad teams).” Other factors, such as strength of schedule, strength of league, head-to-head competition (vs. other at-large hopefuls), and late improvement, are utilized, but the first criteria is a .500 record. Only if there aren’t enough .500 teams will non-.500 applicants be considered, Southern Section spokesman Thom Simmons said. “I understand what Saugus is saying,” Simmons said. “The only thing I suggest they can do is go to the league (officers) and try to have the council change the rule. It’s tough, but everyone knew the rules before the season started. Before you can get through to the playoffs, you have to walk in with a .500 record. last_img read more

SA 2nd in world for budget transparency

first_img29 January 2013 South Africa ranks second out of 100 countries for the transparency and accountability of its budget processes, according to the latest Open Budget Index Survey by the Washington-based International Budget Partnership. South Africa scored 90 points out of a possible 100 points in the Open Budget Index report of 2012, standing out as one of only six countries worldwide that releases extensive budget information to the legislature and the public in general. The African democracy institute, Idasa, works in partnership with the International Budget Partnership on the Open Budget Index. Produced by independent experts, it is the only independent, comparative and regular measure of budget transparency and accountability in the world.Encouraging citizen participation The National Treasury said on Monday that it strived to constantly improve public finance management processes to ensure that there was a clear understanding of how public funds were used. “The Open Budget Index Survey is a welcome review of our budgeting processes. This respected international assessment encourages South Africans – parliamentarians, the media, civil society and the general public – to use the information published in the budget documents more often and more effectively,” the Treasury said in a statement. The survey, which was started in 2006, is conducted every two years to measure how well governments around the world ensure that budget information is publicly available, thereby encouraging citizen participation in the national budget process. In 2012, South Africa came second, with New Zealand taking the top spot in the index that analysed 100 countries worldwide. The United Kingdom came third, Sweden fourth and Norway fifth. In the last edition of the index, in 2010, South Africa achieved top honours. “South Africa continues to do well because of the strong foundation provided by the National Treasury, the government’s determination to continue with their budget reform programmes, and a realisation that open budgets are a necessary condition for our vibrant democracy,” said Russell Wildeman, the lead researcher on the project at Idasa.Concerns raised Wildeman noted that external reviewers had raised concerns about the quality of the country’s non-financial information and the consistency with which the Auditor-General’s recommendations were addressed. He said the results should not be viewed in a negative light, seeing that South Africa was a world leader in budget transparency and openness. Instead, he said, weaknesses needed to be addressed. An area where South Africa had significant room for improvement was in the public’s overall participation in the budget process. One of the researchers on the survey, Thembinkosi Dlamini, noted that poor levels of public participation should not necessarily be attributed to actions taken by the government. “It is a well-known fact that the pace of budget reform in the 1990s and continuing into the 2000s has outstripped the ability of ordinary citizens and citizen groups to make a meaningful input into the budget and budget processes,” said Dlamini. The index, now in its fourth edition, bemoans the general lack of budget transparency globally, describing the situation as “dismal”. It further notes that gradual changes are taking place, but the pace at which this happens means that only the next generation of citizens are likely to reap the full benefits of open budgets and budget processes. “The National Treasury will continue to improve on our budgeting processes so that we achieve a top ranking again … Importantly, we aim to ensure that the information made available to the public continues to be comprehensive and enables the public to assess government’s achievements and accountability,” it said. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver the 2013 Budget to Parliament at 2pm on 27 February. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

FIRE DAMAGES MORNINGSIDE HOME

first_imgA SIOUX CITY COUPLE AWOKE TO FIND THEIR MORNINGSIDE HOME ON FIRE EARLY TUESDAY.DEPUTY FIRE MARSHALL JOE RODRIQUEZ OF SIOUX CITY FIRE RESCUE SAYS THE WIFE DISCOVERED THE FIRE SHORTLY AFTER 5AM AT 5120 LORRAINE AVENUE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/LORR.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………AT THAT POINT. :08SMOKE WAS COMING OUT OF THE EAVES AND ATTIC AREA WHEN FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED.RODRIQUEZ SAYS THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE WAS DETERMINED TO BE ACCIDENTAL:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/LORR2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………TO THE AREA. ;13THE HOUSE WAS RED TAGGED BECAUSE OF THE ELECTRICAL DAMAGE.THERE WAS ALSO SOME SMOKE AND WATER DAMAGE TO THE RESIDENCE.RODRIQUEZ REMINDS RESIDENTS TO CHECK THEIR SMOKE ALARMS MONTHLY TO ENSURE THEY ARE FUNCTIONING PROPERLY.last_img read more