Ja’neh’s Impeachment Trial Hampers Normal Court Functions

first_imgSince the start of the impeachment trial of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh by the Senate, normal court functions have slowed down but could change quickly if the stalemate lasts beyond weeks.As a consequence, most of the judges have not been seen in their respective courtrooms, while some have chosen to conduct court activities with lawyers in their offices as conferences last for hours.It was not clear whether the judges’ action was in protest of Associate Justice Ja’neh, though Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor had declined to recuse himself from presiding over the matter as contested by Ja’neh’s legal team.Judge Bioma Kontoe of Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice has been one of the judges to open his courtroom to handle cases, albeit at a slow pace.Kontoe was the judge appointed by President George Weah to serve as Ad Hoc Justice when Justice Ja’neh had to recuse himself to allow the Supreme court to decide on a writ of prohibition filed by lawyers representing Ja’neh. The writ of prohibition by Ja’neh was against impeachment proceedings brought on by the House of Representatives. In that decision, Kontoe sided with Justice Joseph Nagbe and Chief Justice Korkpor, to deny Ja’neh’s legal team’s request to prevent members of the Lower House from preparing the Bill of Impeachment against their client.“This is creating difficulties for judges to perform their functions necessary to support their disposition of litigation efforts,” a lawyer observed.“Criminal cases in particular are likely to continue as prosecutors have the latitude of working on cases that are connected to public safety. But civil litigation could see a significant slowdown, something that has already started,” another lawyer told the Daily Observer.A judicial actor believes that the impeachment trial is a serious challenge to the courts and criminal justice system “and those whose livelihoods depend on them, slowing some cases while throwing others into disarray.”At the premises of the Temple of Justice on Wednesday, February 20, it was gathered that several courtrooms have remained empty for days, which have left staffers there to revert to playing computer games, while others were seen sleeping in offices.Some were seen in smaller groups discussing the impact of the trial on their work at the judiciary.Despite the slow process, few judges, like those presiding over criminal cases, are conducting court sessions. However, it is far from “business as usual,” one legal practitioner, on condition of anonymity, remarked.The source claimed that he has been waiting for his day in court since 2010, and it was scheduled for Monday, February 18. But he has no knowledge when it would be rescheduled, because the Ja’neh case has continued to slow down the process of court proceedings.Another party litigant, a female, was seen yesterday expressing frustration at the interruption and delay in handling her property case.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bus conductor charged for raping school girl

first_img…arrest warrant issued for driverUnrepresented by legal counsel, Route 40 minibus conductor Ashel Williams was on Monday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on an indictable charge detailing that on October 7, 2015, while in the vicinity of Plum Park, Sophia, he raped a 14-year-old school girl.Williams was placed on bail in the sum of $300,000, and the matter has been set to continue on September 24, 2018.An arrest warrant has been issued for minibus driver Sherwin “Brave” Brant, who has also been charged for the same offence.Reports are that on the day in question, the two accused carried the teen to a house in Plum Park and committed the act. The teen subsequently related to her parents what transpired, and a report was made to the Police.last_img read more

Copa Airlines flight delayed after bomb scare at CJIA

first_imgA Copa Airlines flight, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, was on Monday afternoon delayed following a bomb scare.In a release, the airline said that all 127 passengers and six crew members onboard Flight 255 are safe following a false report of an explosive device aboard the aircraft on Monday.“Following the alarm which was raised just prior to the scheduled 14:24hrs departure of the flight, Copa Airlines immediately activated security protocols,” the airline said.Passengers and crew were disembarked for inspection and ranks of the Guyana Police Force’s Bomb Disposal Unit launched a search of the aircraft, the airline added.“After confirming no explosive device was found, the alarm was determined to be false. Copa Airlines worked closely with Guyana security officials during the inspection process. Following their clearance, Flight 255 departed at 17:42h, arriving at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City at 20:44hrs (local time),” the release stated.last_img read more

Brazilian miner shoots cop during Police raid at Aranka

first_img– 36 rounds of .38 ammunition, suspected warhead foundA Police Constable is now nursing a gunshot wound to his left side chest at a private medical facility in Georgetown after he was shot by a Brazilian miner in the Aranka Backdam, Cuyuni River, Essequibo River, on Sunday morning.The police rank has been identified as Anthony Weekes who is attached to the Bartica Police Station.F Division (Interior locations) Commander, Kevin AdonisReports are that around 05:30h on Sunday, Weekes along with two other policemen acting on information ventured into a mining camp at Aranka in search of illegal firearm(s) when the shooting incident took place.The workers operating at that camp woke up to the sight of the policemen and allowed them to carry out their search. The three ranks then proceeded to the sleeping quarters, where the head of the mining operations was asleep, to conduct further checks.However, according to F Division (Interior locations) Commander, Kevin Adonis, that is when the three policemen came under fire.“From reports, the boss was sleeping when the ranks got there and he woke up and then discharged about four rounds in their direction with a firearm that was under his pillow. Weekes was shot near his heart and his colleagues immediately tried to get him out of the area. While they were doing this, the boss of the mining camp ran off further into the backdam to hide from the police.”He explained that 36 rounds of .38 calibre ammunition were discovered and a suspected warhead was also found stashed in an empty fuel barrel that was inside of the boss’s sleeping quarters at the mining camp.Adonis stated that the good work done by the ranks who had accompanied Weekes into that mining camp must be commended.“The other two ranks were fortunate to get him out of the area and he was subsequently medevaced to Georgetown. Constable Weekes is currently out of danger and is expected to make a full recovery,” he noted.The Commander added that police ranks are presently on the hunt for the Brazilian national who shot Weekes. Meanwhile, seven workers who were employed at the mining camp at the time of the shooting are currently assisting Police in their investigations. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

The Fort St. John Woman’s Resource Centre receives food donation

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Woman’s Resource Centre received a substantial food donation in part to Fort Motors and Bert Bowes, Students for Change through the We Scare Hunger Campaign.On Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 the Woman’s Resource Centre was the happy recipient of four truckloads of donated food items thanks to the joint effort.We Scare Hunger is a national non-perishable food campaign through a partnership with the WE Movement which is aimed at helping the hungry in Canada while at the same time educating youth about local hunger issues.- Advertisement -Parker Dalayni McCreadie of Fort Motors shared the Student for Change from Bert Bowes collected 2500 non-perishable food items. During the month of October Dalayni McCreadie collected donations and with the raised money she purchases food to be donated to the Woman’s Resource Centre.“For the month of October, I raise money throughout our dealership and encourage people to donate if they can. At the end of the month, I take what money was raised and spend it at the grocery store before we take all the donations to the centre,” said Dalayni McCreadie.Dalayni McCreadie shared, this was the second year Fort Motors has teamed with the Students for Change and each year there seems to be a greater improvement from both of them.Advertisementlast_img read more

Dodgers divided and conquered

first_imgThe frustrated Dodgers manager closed the clubhouse for half an hour – three times the league-mandated maximum – after a 12-3 humiliation at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who continued what appears to be an inexorable march to an NL West title the Dodgers once believed would be theirs. While a deadline-conscious media waited in a service tunnel outside, Little addressed his club, apparently about the rather drowsy approach it has taken into the first five games of this horrific, final road trip. Little wouldn’t get into specifics about what he talked about. But he wasn’t vague enough that it wasn’t readily apparent anyway. On a night when Dodgers left fielder Luis Gonzalez should have been able to enjoy his 2,500th career hit, coming as it did before 37,753 at Chase Field, the ballpark where Gonzalez was a fan favorite, a community icon and even a World Series hero during his eight seasons playing here, the Dodgers instead decided to stink up the joint. So Little’s meeting was, in a way, an attempt to alleviate the stench. And even if it did amount to closing the clubhouse door after the season had already gotten away, well, it at least sent a clear message that there still are eight games left on the schedule and these Dodgers still have something left to play for. BASEBALL: Little hints younger players will finish off the lost season. By Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER PHOENIX – Having finally seen enough, having finally grown weary of watching his team sleepwalk its way through game after game while its already-faint playoff hopes were completely vanishing and the rest of the National League contenders were running off and leaving the Dodgers to wallow in late-season irrelevance, and having finally tired of questions from the media about Jeff Kent’s rant against the club’s younger players the day before, Grady Little did something about it on Friday night. Something like third place in the division, still a remote possibility with Colorado coming to Dodger Stadium for three games beginning Tuesday night. Something like a winning record, which still requires the Dodgers to go at least 3-5 the rest of the way. Something like pride, a little thing this club hasn’t exhibited much of in recent days. “We just have a lot of people who haven’t been through this time of the season, where you aren’t still fighting for something at the end,” Little said. “It’s not a good thing. There is a lot of frustration and understandably so, but it’s like anything else in life. You deal with it. We’re going to keep going.” And then, Little dropped the closest thing to a bombshell a manager of a non-contending club can come up with at this time of year. “I think the lineup will be a little bit different this last week of the season.” Translation: The Dodgers are about to get younger. So those youthful growing pains that Kent complained about on Thursday are going to be exposed, laid bare for the world to see, as sort of a litmus test of just what this team has as it heads into 2008. Because 2008 is what these final eight games will be all about. While Little was addressing his apparently divided troops, the handful of reporters waiting outside met briefly with General Manager Ned Colletti, ostensibly so Colletti could address Kent’s comments. During the conversation, though, Colletti reiterated his statement of last week that Little will return for a third season as manager. So if reports Little has lost all or part of the clubhouse are true, well, then the clubhouse had better adjust quickly. The Diamondbacks scored three runs in the fourth to take a 6-3 lead, but the game really got away from the Dodgers (79-75) the previous inning. That was when Esteban Loaiza, nursing a 3-1 lead, got Tony Clark to hit a high, catchable pop fly in foul territory up the third-base line. Third baseman Nomar Garciaparra, one of those veterans like Kent whom Kent implied the younger players don’t listen to enough, appeared to have a bead on it. Tony Abreu, who might or might not have been one of the young players to whom Kent was referring, then appeared to call Garciaparra off. Garciaparra ducked and the ball fell between them. Clark then hit a two-run, game-tying homer off Loaiza (1-3), who also was charged with all three fourth-inning runs and now has an 8.53 ERA since the Dodgers acquired him from Oakland on Aug. 27. Gonzalez’s 2,500th hit, a bad-hop single past Clark and into right field, came off Bob Wickman in the seventh inning. tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want 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

DONE DEAL! Ahmed Elmohamady signs new three-year Hull City contract

first_img1 Ahmed Elmohamady is going into his fifth season with Hull City Hull City winger Ahmed Elmohamady has signed a new three-year deal with the newly-promoted Premier League club, subject to a renewed work permit.The 28-year-old Egypt international was out of contract this summer and was linked with a host of top-flight clubs at the end of last season.But he will now embark on his fifth season at the KC Stadium back in the top flight, after the Tigers’ play-off final victory in May.“I’m delighted and pleased to be here for another three years,” Elmohamady told the club’s official website.“I’ve been here for four years now and it has been a great four years. My mind is now on the next three years with this club and the fans, and the big challenge ahead.“We’re back in the Premier League now and we can’t wait to get started again.”Elmohamady has made over 180 appearances for Hull since arriving, initially on loan, from Sunderland in August 2012.The Tigers paid Sunderland £2million to make the move permanent in June 2013 and Elmohamady has gone on to twice win Premier League promotion.last_img read more

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU! NEVER TOO LATE TO CHOOSE A POSTGRAD PROGRAMME AT LYIT

first_imgChatting business at the LYIT.The dawn of a New Year brings resolution and promises, and for many this includes the promise to return to education. With a proven track record, and over 14 years’ experience in delivering postgraduate programmes, LYIT School of Business is ready to affirm your resolutions, and support your endeavours in 2016.LYIT’s educational approach is designed to fit our fast-changing world. It makes learning relevant to real life and real work, and it is rooted to the realities of the digital age, where the appetite for learning is never curbed. “At LYIT we get to know our students, and while we make sure that we deliver cutting edge education, we also ensure that learning at LYIT is enjoyable and engaging,” said Michael Margey, Head of the Institute’s School of Business.The School offers a wide range of postgraduate opportunities. The programme selection is divided into two categories, with pre-experience programmes aimed at recent graduates, who have little experience, and post-experience programmes aimed at those with significant experience.Post-experience Masters courses are offered in executive and professional education – Innovation Management in the Public Service, Innovation & Leadership, and Learning & Teaching. Research Masters are also available in specialised areas. “At LYIT School of Business we push learning to another level,” said Margey.Margey is particularly pleased by the success of the post-experience programmes, and commends its ‘action learning’ methodology, in delivering expert knowledge to managers and professionals facing real world challenges. “The aim of these programmes is to move the student and their organisation to the next level by taking action. We are delighted to see outcomes that include tangible gains and positive after-burn that can last for many years and make a direct impact on organisations, these programmes are much more than getting the qualification.”An important aspect of how the learning is delivered on these post-experience programmes is the inclusion of away time.“Our flexible learning model is also very important which uses a combination of 2/3 day block delivery and online, as opposed to completely online, the personal element is very important, we bring best practice national and international speakers to our modules, and focus on developing a positive social environment for the exchange of ideas and discussion. Getting managers and professionals to discuss and engage is key, learning, in particular action learning, is a social process.”“We have been hugely successful in the delivery of innovative learning with our pre-experience as well as our post-experience Masters programmes. There is a common thread across all of our post-graduate programmes, and that’s the delivery of proven, specialised, practice-based and work-focused programmes, that make learning enjoyable.”According to Margey, the demand for places on the postgraduate programmes offered by LYIT is almost exclusively based on word of mouth recommendation. “We have established a centre of excellence in the North West that has allowed us to continue to grow our range of postgraduate programmes, we currently have ten postgraduate programmes including research masters within the School. Situating these programmes in Donegal gives a great boost to anyone wishing to study, as in the past we had to travel to centres such as Dublin, Galway and Belfast. It’s a great opportunity; if you wish to take you and your organisation to the next level, then give us a call to discuss.For further details, visit www.lyit.ie or contact Michael Margey, Head of School of Business, on +353 (74) 9186201.NEW YEAR, NEW YOU! NEVER TOO LATE TO CHOOSE A POSTGRAD PROGRAMME AT LYIT was last modified: January 22nd, 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)Tags:BusinessdonegalLYITpostgraduate programmelast_img read more

CELTIC’S TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO TRAGIC GEORGIA

first_imgCeltic’s touching tribute to tragic Georgia.Celtic FC have paid a touching tribute to tragic Co Donegal schoolgirl Georgia Doherty.The 13-year-old from Inishowen tragically died in a car crash outside Derry last Sunday afternoon.Georgia, from Redcastle, was a huge football fan and supported Celtic and Liverpool. Many at her funeral in Drung on Thursday wore football jerseys in honour of the sports-mad youngster who played soccer and GAA.The Liverpool and Celtic anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was played at her funeral.Before Celtic’s victory over Aberdeen today a picture of Georgia was put up on the screen at Celtic Park saying ‘RIP OUR CELTIC ANGELMeanwhile the PSNI in Derry are still appealing for information from anyone who may have witnessed last Sundays crash to contact them. Tragic Georgia’s sister Lisa, who was driving the car, is still in a serious condition in Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. CELTIC’S TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO TRAGIC GEORGIA was last modified: March 2nd, 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:CelticdeathdonegalGeorgia Dohertytributelast_img read more

Lower VAT rate must remain with Brexit and sterling devaluation – Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has warned that the tourism industry faces significant challenges as a result of Brexit and has called for the retention of the 9% VAT rate to help overcome these difficulties. The number of UK tourists visiting Ireland has dropped by 6.8% over the last year which highlights the importance of cost competitiveness for the tourism industry.Pat the Cope added with the rapidly falling tourism visitors from the UK due to Brexit and sterling falling in value which makes it more expensive for them to travel to Ireland. He said “The current speculation that the incentivised VAT rate is under consideration is not helpful for tourism in border counties at present, the tourism sector is a major employer in rural Ireland and in Donegal in particular.“While overall tourism numbers may be up, the numbers visiting from the UK is rapidly declining. This is extremely worrying as UK tourists are the bedrock of the Irish tourism industry. The reality is that UK visitors account for 41% of total overseas visitors to Ireland.”The Donegal TD added that now is not the right time to increase VAT in the hospitality sector.He said that in order to remain competitive in the global tourism market, Ireland must ensure that the quality of our services remain high, that prices remain reasonable and that access to our ports and airports increases. “The savings created by the retention of the 9% VAT rate for the tourist sector must be passed on to the consumer. Given the sheer number of visitors from the UK, they cannot be replaced by visitors from other countries. Many smaller tourism businesses in particular will feel the pinch if numbers from the UK continue to decline at this rate.“The Tourism sector is crying out for a national mitigation plan to reduce the impact of Brexit and global uncertainty on our sector and this is especially the case in the border counties.“It’s disappointing that Minister Ross and the Government have failed to act and bring in such supporting measures. We need a new overarching tourism policy, to reassure the industry that there is a strategy in place for the consequences of Brexit and we need a support fund for areas that will be hit especially hard from a sharp decline in visitors from Britain and that will include the retention of the incentivised Vat rate for the hospitality sector,” concluded Pat the Cope.Lower VAT rate must remain with Brexit and sterling devaluation – Cope was last modified: July 19th, 2017 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:BrexitdonegalPat The Cope Gallaghersterlinglast_img read more