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CUMI looks to rake in $4 million from 10 and 5K Run/Walk

first_imgWestern Bureau:   Approximately 800 participants are expected to turn out for the eighth staging of the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI) – Come Run 10K and 5K Run/Walk, set for the grounds of the Tryall Club in Hanover on September 24. The disclosure was made at yesterday’s press launch at the Deja All-Inclusive Resort in Montego Bay, where the organisers also noted their intention to raise approximately $4 million from the event to help shore-up the CUMI Trust Fund that supports the rehabilitation of the mentally ill in and around St. James. “We made a significant amount last year to the tune of about $4 million and we intend to match that amount this year,” said Nurse Joy Crooks, CUMI’s chief administrator. The 25-year-old organisation is solely dependent on community outreach in gaining traction in its efforts to help the homeless and those mentally challenged on the streets of Montego Bay. The run/walk is CUMI’s main fund raising event, with each succeeding year bringing in more participation. However, due to logistics, the organisers have capped this year’s race at 800 entrants. Sponsors of this year’s event include the Tryall Club, Wysinco, Sandals Foundation, Fontana Pharmacy, the Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited, Jamaica Money Market Brokers, Hi-Lo Food Stores with the Ministry of Health as title sponsors. It’s the first time in the eight years of the event that the Ministry of Health is being made the title sponsor, a very good development, according to nurse Crooks. “We are delighted to have the Ministry of Health playing the title sponsor role, as it lends itself to the belief that what we are trying to accomplish through the CUMI Come Run is being taken seriously by the government,” said Nurse Crooks. Running Events, led by Alfred “Franno” Francis will provide time management for the event. “The event will be chip-timed using our MyLaps BibTag Timing System, with a clock at the finish,” Francis explained, adding the system is well regarded across the world at top class race meets. Award Categories include 5K Run – first, second and third (Male & Female), 5K Walk – Novelty Prizes10K Run – first, second and third (Male & Female). There will also be an award for the largest corporate team.last_img read more

Toll booth will not cause hardship to Lindeners – Mayor

first_imgLinden Mayor Carwyn Holland said he is 50 per cent pleased and 50 per cent displeased with progress in the mining town so far, while he also acknowledged that developmental works are in progress.Mayor Carwyn HollandDuring a recent Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) public update, Holland said projects such as the return of the Kara Kara toll booth at Mackenzie, Linden, were sought after in an effort to assist with the offsetting of expenses incurred by the cash strapped municipality over the years.He assured residents that the toll booth was designed to bring relief to the township of Linden and persons who are using the roads of Linden, especially those coming from out of town and those who are coming into Linden to transport their logs.“With these big trucks that would cause some amount of damage and stress to our roads… we have to recover in some way. For instance, there is no way the municipality should be made to pay millions of dollars in repairs within the township and we receive nothing in return, which has been the thing going on in our town for many years… Where we’re receiving let’s say one per cent and we are paying out 99 per cent. We cannot survive in such a way nor in such a manner,” he outlined.Holland assured that Lindeners will not be heavily taxed from the toll booth, but rather will be required to make a small contribution twice a year, upon further consultations with local businesses and the Linden Chamber of Industry Commerce and Development.He said, “It’s a way of giving back to the community for these businesses. It’s the vehicles that are out of town coming into Linden with day to day heavy-duty vehicles and vehicles that are coming in to the township to sell goods. Persons in Linden have been complaining for many years that the trucks would just come to Linden… and sell and leave, but they have to give something back to the community. So those are the vehicles we will be targeting and not the Lindeners, so we don’t expect any rise in costs or any hardships on the township.”Additionally, the Mayor revealed that while the municipality is also plagued with garbage disposal woes, it is currently working to correct the situation, noting that it was the recipient of a tractor which is presently being utilised in the community.He said the municipality is looking to have everyone on board, noting that the return of the toll booth is important at the moment since the earnings of the municipality is extremely low, as compared to its output and expenditure.With these challenges, Holland said it is difficult for the administration to take on projects such as its daycare centre and the repair of roads. He said too that the Council is in such a bad shape that it cannot afford fuel for its vehicles to conduct its work or equipment to carry out those works.He said, “We are currently looking to put an end to the garbage disposal situation in the community and we’ve been trying to do this. We don’t have the finances, as the township would know that the municipality inherited a debt of over 200 million dollars and we’ve been working to get rid of that so that we can offset expenses and raise salaries for our workers. We’re looking to do more within the community. So we decided to go after things that would bring finances into the community, such as the return of the toll booth, which was taken away from us under the previous regime,” the Mayor said.He pointed out that in the quest to move Linden from a township to a city, there is need to develop infrastructure and for Private sector and Government to buy into plans and programmes being undertaken by the Council.He disclosed that the municipality is looking at twinning with other parts of the world, including Newark, United States, Paraguay, Peru and China, as well as port development with Brazil, with municipal support from various other cities.The Mayor is calling on the residents to lend their full support towards efforts aimed at the overall improvement of the town.last_img read more

Lawyer accuses prosecutor of intimidation

first_imgSOCU’s Special Prosecutor, Patrice HenryAttorney Glenn HanomanFormer Attorney General Anil NandlallLaw books fiascoAttorney-at-law Glenn Hanoman, representing former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, has defended his client’s absence during a recent trial hearing at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.When the matter was called up on Thursday last, neither Nandlall nor his attorney were present, and, as such, Special Prosecutor assigned to the case, Patrice Henry, successfully requested the court to send a notice to the defendant.He also informed that if the defendant fails to attend court at the next hearing, a warrant would be issued for his arrest.However, in a statement on Friday, Attorney Hanoman posited that his and his client’s absence during the recent hearing was not deliberate. In fact, the lawyer noted that they were just simply unaware that the matter was fixed for that day.“I was shocked by two headlines in the (media)… Both articles accurately reported that neither I nor my client, Mohabir Anil Nandlall, were present when the relevant matter was called before Her Worship Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on June 6, 2019. I wish to make it clear that the absence of my client and (me was) neither deliberate nor due to any form of inadvertence,” Hanoman stated in the missive.He explained that, from the inception, the case was and is being heard in Court V, but the presiding Magistrate is currently assigned responsibilities in the East Demerara Magisterial District, and would return to the City court to deal with incomplete pending cases, including this case.According to the lawyer, this matter was called up on April 5 before Magistrate Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court V, where both he and his client were present. On that date, the matter was then adjourned to May 24 at 13:30h at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court V.When he turned up at court on that day however, Hanoman said, neither the Magistrate nor the Prosecutor was present. Upon enquiry, he was informed by her clerk that the Magistrate would not be attending court on that day, and that he is unaware of the next date when the Magistrate would be in attendance, but that he would so inform the defendant’s counsel (Hanoman) when he is in receipt of that information.“I left the court and so informed my client. I never received any further information from the clerk, as promised. Therefore, neither I, nor my client, were informed that the matter was fixed to be heard by the learned Magistrate on June 6, 2019, hence our absence.”Further, Attorney Hanoman posited that “It is extraordinarily worrying, not only how the matter became fixed for hearing on June 6, 2019, but also how the Prosecutor knew of this date, when he was not present on the last date the matter was scheduled to be called, that is, on May 24, 2019.”Moreover, the lawyer went on to point out that he was present in Court V all day on Friday to attend other cases. However, he noted that in both the morning and afternoon sessions, Magistrate Faith Mc Gusty, and not Magistrate Azore, presided in that court.“After reading the newspaper articles…and upon enquiries, I was informed that sometime between 13:00h – 13:30h on June 6, 2019, the matter was called in Georgetown Magistrates’ Court III, another courtroom, with only the Magistrate and the Prosecutor present. I have secured a copy of the case jacket and there is no endorsement thereon that the matter was adjourned from May 24, 2019 to June 6, 2019,” the lawyer noted.On this note, Hanoman then questioned how and when the June 6 date was fixed; and further, how did the Prosecutor, and even the press, become aware of this date, the precise time and the new Courtroom in which the matter would be called?“These apparent oddities will be interrogated and examined closer at a later stage. It is unfortunate that the learned Prosecutor signalled an intent to resort to the draconian recourse of seeking an arrest warrant for my client on the next occasion when he is so familiar with the whereabouts of both my client and I, who are both officially located less than a stone’s throw away from the Court, and with whom he interacts on a regular basis. I will refrain from attributing to him an improper motive,” the attorney posited in this missive.The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) is accusing Nandlall of stealing some 14 Commonwealth law books, worth $2.3 million, from the State.However, Nandlall had explained that when he was appointed Attorney General, he requested, as part of his contract of service, for the Government of Guyana to stand the expense for his subscriptions for the Commonwealth law books. He had subscribed to Lexis Nexis, the publishers of the law reports.His contentions were corroborated publicly by then President Donald Ramotar.Despite this, however, in April 2017, Nandlall was arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Azore on the charge instituted by members of SOCU.Nandlall continues to maintain that the accusation laid against him by SOCU was instigated by his successor, Attorney General Basil Williams, because he [Nandlall] continues to criticise his [Williams’s] performance.last_img read more

No-confidence motion must take precedence – Jagdeo

first_img– wants debate before Budget presentationDays after the parliamentary Opposition filed a no-confidence motion against the coalition Government, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has made it clear that the Party wants its motion debated before the reading of the 2019 Budget.The Opposition has contended that November 26 was already scheduled to be private members day, where their matters take precedence. However, the reading of the National Budget has taken over that day; with the result that another private members day must be scheduled.Jagdeo expressed fears that attempts would be made by the Government side to get Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, to schedule the motion to be heard some time after the budget.“I’ve heard they’ve decided when they want the motion to be debated. Now this is a matter for the Speaker, because the Speaker is head of the legislative branch. The Speaker has to make that decision. We’re hoping that that decision will be made, and the matter will be debated prior to the budget,” said.He added that the convention is that once a no confidence motion is filed, it takes precedence over other issues. “We hope this will be done and the Speaker will stand up to any attempt of the executive, because I’ve heard they want (the debate) in December, after the budget. We’re going to be watching carefully to see how the Speaker acts in this matter,” the Opposition Leader added.Jagdeo pointed to standard practise in democracies around the world, where no confidence motions are given priority. A poignant example of this is in Sri Lanka, where multiple no confidence votes have been held against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.“If a no confidence motion is filed in the Government, you can’t proceed to a budget debate while that is hanging. What if it succeeds?” He questioned. Meanwhile, Jagdeo also noted that the reports of charges being prepared against Opposition frontbencher Irfaan Ali follow a pattern by the coalition Government.“We expected them to continue harassing… I saw that they said they want to file charges on Pradoville again… Pradoville will surface up once again. It’s a pattern, every time they’re in a corner, Pradoville surfaces.”No confidenceJagdeo had first announced the no-confidence motion during his press conference last week, on the heels of devastating losses in the Local Government Elections (LGE) for the coalition Government.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandThe next day, the scheduled sitting of the National Assembly was abruptly cancelled at Government’s request and the Opposition turned up to an empty chamber. At the half empty Parliament Chambers, he reiterated some of his expectations regarding the motion.In a subsequent advertisement, the PPP went into further details on their reasons for filing the motion, and which were the concrete reasons for the peoples’ rejection of the People’s National Congress-led coalition. It pointed to the thousands of jobs that have been lost as a result of the closure of Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) estates.In addition, the Party referred to the various scandals that have erupted under the Administration. They include the single sourcing of the feasibility contract for the new Demerara River crossing, the single sourcing of a drug bond and the single sourcing of drug procurement contracts.The Party noted the numerous breaches of fiscal laws flagged by the Audit Office of Guyana in its reports, as well as the lack of accountability in the D’Urban Park project; something even the Auditor General had to launch a special probe into.The depletion of Guyana’s gold and foreign reserves was also highlighted. In fact, a report from the Central Bank earlier this year had indicated that Guyana’s net foreign reserves, held by the Bank in foreign currency notes; has fallen to its lowest point since 2008.Tax collection has increased dramatically; a point alluded to by the Party. This publication had reported findings from the recently released 2017 Auditor General report, which had showed that the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) collected more taxes than was even anticipated.In the End of Year Budget and Reconciliation Report, it noted that the projected revenue for 2017 was $186 billion. Instead, Government actually collected $195 billion in current revenue. This includes duties, levy, personal income and withholding taxes.Court settlements since the coalition Government took office were also zeroed in on by the Party. The Attorney General’s Chambers has come under much criticism for not being able to secure success for several cases against the State.Since taking office, in addition to losing cases, Government has opted to enter into out-of-court settlements. These settlements included sums to the tune of US$5.7 million; $226 million and $3.8 billion.last_img read more

Fort St. John Arts Council faces funding cuts

first_imgThe budget blames the unanticipated shortfall in energy revenues, and the overall global recession as contributing factors to the deficit. In February, the provincial government estimated the deficit to be almost six times less, at $495 million dollars.O’Donnell says it’s unfair that arts programs across B.C. have to pay for the deficit. She says that the arts are one of the first areas to face the chopping block when times get tough.[asset|aid=1823|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cae5a3b1c75520b30a7c494e7fcf39c4-ODonnell 2_2_Pub.mp3]The Arts Council is still waiting for word on its Basic Assistance Grant. The grant totals around $8,000 and goes to funding programs.Advertisement *Update: The Provincial Government announced on Wednesday that it will renew it’s $20 million in arts funding. Finance Minister Colin Hansen said the money will come from the government’s contingency fund. It’s too early to tell if this change will affect the Fort St. John Arts Council. The Fort St. John Arts Council is reeling from an announcement that the Province is cutting $20 million in arts funding.Executive Director Tara O’Donnell says the local Arts Council’s $20,000 Direct Access Grant was turned down.- Advertisement -But, she says the council wasn’t fully depending on that money.[asset|aid=1822|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cae5a3b1c75520b30a7c494e7fcf39c4-ODonnell 1_2_Pub.mp3]Finance Minister Colin Hansen released the provincial budget on Tuesday, which announced the forecasted $2.8 billion dollar deficit.Advertisement She says no programs will have to be cut this year, but if the grants continue to be downsized, it could affect the fate of future programs.last_img read more

Ex-UEFA chief Johansson, father of Champions League, dies aged 89

first_imgJohansson’s reign at the head of UEFA, European football’s governing body, from 1990 to 2007, coincided with the birth of the Champions League, world football’s biggest club tournament, and the transformation of football into a global business with wide appeal and income driven by TV revenue.The announcement of the death of the large-than-life Johansson, well liked despite his no-frills reputation, came just ahead of the opening of the FIFA Congress in Paris where delegates including president Gianni Infantino observed a minute’s silence in his memory.“I am heartbroken by the news of the passing away of Lennart Johansson,” Infantino said in a statement.“He was a friend and an invaluable source of wisdom and inspiration. I will be forever grateful for having had him as the president of UEFA when I joined the organisation in 2000.“Since then, Lennart has always been a role model of professionalism and, more importantly, of humanity.”UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said his predecessor was a “servant of football” who will always be remembered as the “architect of the UEFA Champions League”.– Outspoken critic –Johansson last appeared in public at the Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal in Baku on May 29. He was expected at the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur on June 1 in Madrid but was unable to attend.Born on November 5, 1929 to a modest family in the Stockholm suburb of Bromma, Johansson worked his way up from messenger boy to director of a building company.He launched his career as a sports administrator in the 1960s, becoming president of elite Swedish football club AIK, and then head of the Swedish football federation prior to his election as UEFA chief in 1990.He never achieved his biggest ambition, however. In 1998, he was defeated by Sepp Blatter in his bid to become head of football’s global federation FIFA.The pair never spoke again but Johansson remained an outspoken critic of Blatter, who was forced out of office in 2015 following accusations of corruption in the awarding of the 2018 World Cup finals to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar.Under Johansson’s watch at UEFA, the Champions League was born, replacing the old European Cup tournament and becoming the world’s most prestigious club competition followed by millions of fans and bringing together the best players on the planet.He also presided over the growth of the European Football Championship, with the number of finalists doubling from eight to 16 under his watch.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lennart Johansson, former president of UEFA, has died aged 89 after a short illness © AFP/File / Johannes KernmayerSTOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jun 5 – Lennart Johansson, the former UEFA president acclaimed as father of the Champions League, has died aged 89, the Swedish football federation said on Wednesday.“Swedish football is in mourning. Lennart Johansson has died. He passed away on the evening of June 4 aged 89 after a short illness,” the federation said.last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Burnley make Iceland Euro 2016 star their first summer signing

first_img Johann Berg Gudmundsson in action for Iceland against France at Euro 2016 1 Burnley have made Icelandic midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson their first summer signing.As talkSPORT reported on Monday, the Clarets agreed a fee of £2.5m with Charlton for the 25-year-old earlier this month.The Premier League side were waiting on Gudmundsson to return to England to finalise the deal after he took a short break following Iceland’s Euro 2016 exploits.He has now penned a three-year deal at Turf Moor with the option of a further year.Gudmundsson made 81 appearances for Charlton, scoring 16 goals, after joining them from AZ Alkmaar in 2014.He was a key part of the Iceland side which enjoyed a sensational run at Euro 2016, starting every game as they reached the quarter-finals of the competition.Burnley boss Dyche said: “Johann, we feel, is a quality player who we saw last season playing at Charlton in a tough time and we liked the quality he showed.“It helps to see a player in the European Championships with that kind of company and he did well there so it was one we all agreed would be a good acquisition for the club and we look forward to working with him going forward.”Gudmundsson is set to be followed from The Valley to Turf Moor by Nick Pope.Charlton accepted an offer of around £1million from Burnley for the goalkeeper late last week and the 24-year-old has undergone a medical.last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES IN DUNLEWEY

first_imgTHE man behind the ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ hit supporting to Donegal team in their All-Ireland glory bid is set to play a gig to raise funds for the team.Kilcar man Rory Gallagher will take to the stage of Dunlewey theatre next Tuesday week, with a class support including Pat Gallagher.And of course Jimmy from Senegal will be there to make sure fans get the authentic version of Rory’s song. Anyone who has listened to Rory, the former Revs man, will know there’s a lot more to his repetoire.So it should be a fantastic gig – with all funds going to the Players Fund.The gig is at 8.30pm on Tuesday week, September 18th – with room for 1,300 fans.    COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES IN DUNLEWEY was last modified: September 7th, 2012 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES IN DUNLEWEYlast_img read more

SCHOOL EVACUATED AFTER SUSPECTED CHEMICAL SPILL

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: More than 400 students at a leading Donegal secondary school have been evacuated following a suspected chemical spill.Students at Rosses Community School in Dungloe were preparing to sit their mock exams this morning when the alarm was raised.Nobody has been injured during the incident during the spill of potassium and lithium. It is understood the spill happened in the science laboratory of the school.A number of fire crews are currently at the scene of the incident.One student at the school said “We don’t really know what’s going on. We were just told we had to stay out of the school.“There are fire brigades at the school but nobody really knows much else at the moment.” Some buses have been arriving back at the school to take students home.    SCHOOL EVACUATED AFTER SUSPECTED CHEMICAL SPILL was last modified: January 31st, 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:CHEMICAL SPILLevacuatedrosses community schoollast_img read more

MAJELLA: “WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD ‘CANCER’ IT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S THE END”

first_imgMajella on The Late Late Show – donegaldaily.comMAJELLA O’Donnell has spoken of her battle with cancer – and told other people getting the illness: “You can fight back.”The brave wife of singer Daniel also choked back tears on the Late Late Show on RTE1 as she spoke of how she fought cancer as her father died.And she also revealed that she had told Daniel to continue his work because she wanted him to do it – even though he wanted to stay with her. Majella was speaking to Ryan Tubridy just days after having a double mastectomy.“It’s not very nice but it’s doable,” she said of her battle with cancer.“When you hear the word ‘cancer’ it doesn’t mean it’s the end. I’m here now seven months later and I’m cured.”She revealed that Daniel is set to quit the music industry for at least 18 months so that the couple can spend time together. Majella said it had been “a huge decision for him” and went on: “We might do a  long cruise – it is going to be amazing, not thinking about ticket sales, or CDs or the next concert.”She spoke lovingly of the Kincasslagh man saying he had “cemented himself as my soulmate” over the past year.And she said she wanted to make it clear that it was her decision that Daniel continued his UK tour while she continued chemotherapy.“Even some of my friends were saying that was wrong but I said ‘you don’t understand’ because this was my decision. You don’t understand that this is what I want.“It did look bad on him and if it was down to him he’d have been there but that is not what I wanted. I want him now that I’m well again.” Majella said Daniel’s career break would be fun.She also discussed getting her hair shaved off on the Late Late Show last year – with Ryan admitting that even RTE had doubts about doing it.“It could could have backfired,” admitted Majella.“Maybe people wouldn’t like it.” However it had worked – and €600,000 had been raised for the Irish Cancer Society.And Majella revealed that an incredible 623,000 people had read a ‘thank you’ comment she had left on Daniel’s Facebook page on Tuesday.She finished her interview by speaking into the camera to warn people about cancer.“Get to know your body, get to know changes – men and women – it doesn’t mean it is an absolute catastrophe – don’t disregard it, go and check it out. The earlier you find it the better it is. I’m here now and I’m cured,” she said.MAJELLA: “WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD ‘CANCER’ IT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S THE END” was last modified: February 22nd, 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:canccerdaniel o’donnellLate Late ShowMajellaO’Donnelllast_img read more