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Govt to focus on reducing youth offenders,

first_imgIn light of recent reports that government has engaged the judicial branch on reforms for sentencing policy, President Granger has observed that too many young offenders are incarcerated.Speaking at the handing-over of the Camp Street Prison riot Commission of Inquiry report on Wednesday he said the Administration had discussions with the judiciary on sentencing policies to reduce the rising number of inmates.He also stated that no President would be happy to see large numbers of young people spend so much of their lives incarcerated.It was explained that some individuals start off at the Onderneeming facility, spend time at Camp Street Prison and end up at the Mazaruni Prison, which the Guyanese leader said was responsible for Government’s dialogue with the Judiciary.Meanwhile, the Head of State opined that the main prisons in Guyana; the Camp Street, Mazaruni and New Amsterdam structures, being over a century old, were not designed to cater for the current huge prison population and suggested that the facilities at Lusignan and Timehri were built to assist the main prisons.The President recalled his visit to the Mazaruni Prison earlier this year with Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Public Security Minister Kemraj Ramjattan where they sought to explore how the conditions of prison life could be improved.“We looked at improving the production of food; providing facilities to encourage inmates to alter their behaviour so that they don’t have to return into that system,” Granger noted, explaining that his team looked into rehabilitation while on their visit.The Head of State noted further that government will now direct its efforts towards ensuring the country becomes a safer place and expressed hope that fewer children, men and women will end up in the country’s prisons.It was only last week that the President told the media that in efforts to reduce the overcrowding in the prisons, the government could review custodial sentencing for persons in possession of small amounts of marijuana. He however cautioned that while the matter came up for discussions, no decisions were taken.The Social Protection Ministry earlier in the year had announced that alternative sentencing for young offenders could become mainstreamed, but it was cautioned that such offenders should not be “grave violators” of the nation’s Criminal Laws.Calls were also made for consideration for reduce penalties against offenders between the ages 16 and 21.The Social Protection Ministry’s Chief Probation and Social Services Officer Gavin Munroe told the media earlier this year that systems for alternative sentencing were being addressed but he had observed that an assessment by departmental officials would done and the requisite recommendations were also submittedlast_img read more

Senate Majority Leader Tells Freshman Senators Not to Vie for President Pro Tempore Post

first_imgThe Majority Bloc  Leader in the Liberian Senate, Geraldine Doe Sherif, has admonished newly certificated Senators, known as ‘Freshman Senators’ to not race for the President Pro Tempore post, arguing that the second top seat should only be contested by veteran Senators who have spent at least three (3) years in the Senate.The Montserrado County Senator said the contest for the President Pro Tempore must be limited or restricted to only veteran Senators to set a principle in the Upper Chamber.Senator Sherif reiterated the advice to incoming senators over the weekend at the end of the formal program which marked the certification of 12 out of the 15 Senators.She argued that the President Pro Tempore must have the experience of representation, oversight crafting of legislations in the Senate, as well as the orientation of the governing rules of the Senate.”I think, generally speaking, it is proper to set a principle and create an atmosphere wherein our newly certificated Senators should know that to contest the President Pro Tempore you must be an experienced Senator,” Senator Sherif said. “We believe our message has been received and therefore hope for their cooperation,” she added.She further stated: “We are expecting our colleagues at the other side of the aisle [in the House] will help us convey this principle-minded idea.”Some political pundits have said that the contention that ‘no freshman Senators’ should contest for President Pro Tempore might be possible because of the denial of certification to Cllr. Varney Gbotonambi Sherman by the National Elections Commission (NEC) as winner for Grand Cape Mount County, due to the prohibition filed against him before the Supreme Court of Liberia by candidate Fodee Kromah.Cllr. Sherman is reportedly the would-be, lone freshman Senator who is capable of mounting a successful campaign for the post of Senate President Pro Tempore.  Pundits point to his wealth of legal and political experience, coupled with his financial strength as one of the nation’s leading and most successful lawyers.Atty. Morris Gato Saytumah of Bomi and Dr. Jim Womba Tornonlah of Margibi Counties were also not certificated because of the Prohibition from the Supreme Court for an alleged elections fraud.The 12 Senators who were certificated include Jewel Howard-Taylor (Bong), Jonathan L. Kaipay (Grand Bassa), Marshall A. Dennis (Grand Gedeh), Albert T. Chie (Grand Kru), Stephen J.H. Zargo (Lofa) and J. Gbloh-bo Bro (Maryland).Others are Senators George M. Weah (Montserrado), Prince Y. Johnson (Nimba), Francis S. Paye (Rivercess), Commany B. Wesseh (River Gee) and Milton J. Teahjay (Sinoe).Political pundits are also arguing that the likes of Amb. Commany Wesseh (River Gee) and Daniel F. Naatehn (Gbapolu) have political experience, and so does Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor (Bong), but none of the three has expressed interest in entering the already crowded President Pro-Tempore field.Montserrado County’s number two Senator, George M. Weah, also failed to express his interest, meaning that the idea of the Majority Bloc Leader has been overwhelmingly accepted.Meanwhile, the Senate Majority has announced that so far, five Senators (of the old order) have expressed their interest in contesting for President Pro Tempore.They are Cllr. Joseph Nagbe (Sinoe), Senators Armah Jallah (Gbapolu), Oscar Cooper (Margibi) and Dan Morias (Maryland.   Though, he is yet to announce his candidacy, Grand Gedeh Senator Alphonso Gaye has hinted to the Daily Observer his interest in vying for the coveted post.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Canada red stages another comeback to advance to U-17 semifinals

first_imgThrough 40 minutes of play in this afternoon’s quarter-final game between Canada red, and Canada black, black had done a masterful job of taking away any offensive opportunities as they held a 1-0 lead. However just as they did against Russia on Tuesday night, Canada red did not back down despite trailing heading into the third period as they completed another comeback on the way to a 3-2 win.Head coach Kris Knoblauch gave props to both clubs for their defensive efforts while noting that it’s hard to maintain that style of play late in games with so much at stake.“I think it was a very defensive game from both sides. There wasn’t as many chances as what usually happens. In the third period things got a little more tighter, guys get a little nervous and then you see some more mistakes. I think that’s what happened tonight with the extra power plays, the turnovers. There’s just more on the line,” he said.- Advertisement -As for why the game opened up specifically for red, Knoblauch added his team stopped trying to generate offence by driving through defence, and instead relied on a perimeter attack which ended up resulting in the game winner off of a point shot through traffic by defenceman Josh Brook.“The message was that we couldn’t stick handle through their defenceman. We had to shoot from the outside and get pucks on net. I thought we did a better job of that and it was clear on the point shot from Brook being able to get that shot. The first couple periods we weren’t doing that,” he said.Scoring for Canada red were Joel Teasdale, Jack Studnicka, and Josh Brook.Advertisement Goals for Canada black were scored by Arnaud Durandeau, and Joseph Veleno.As for who red will face in the semifinals, that is still to be determined based on the outcome of tonight’s games between Canada white and Finland, and Russia and the Czech Republic.last_img read more

United Way challenges city to pull together for community

first_imgTeams from the Fire Department, RCMP and local businesses will be using all their strength to pull a 17,000 kg fire truck 50 feet as a fundraiser. So far five teams have been confirmed with more to come. The pull will start at 11:00 a.m. on Friday September 24. There will be awards for the fastest pull, the most money raised, and the best dressed and most spirited team. Participants are also reminded to bring a water bottle, gloves, loose clothing and good footwear – you’ll need it!- Advertisement – If your team hasn’t yet registered, it’s not too late. Contact Niki Hedges at 250-263-9266 or email, but be warned, there is a waiver to sign.Spectators are also encouraged to attend and cheer on the teams.Advertisementlast_img

Land sale OK’d for homes

first_imgSOUTH WHITTIER – Thirty-one new homes, ranging in price from $285,000 to $485,000, will be built on two separate parcels following Los Angeles County Supervisors’ approval of the sale of 3.5acres of vacant land to a developer – Abel Hellou Homes. Twenty-six homes will be constructed on about 2.5acres on the southwest corner of Utica Street and Ramsey Drive. Five more homes will be built on a cul-de-sac where Ramsey ends, just north of Leffingwell and Meyer roads. Ralph Pacheco, president of the Whittier County Community Coordinating Council, said the development will be good for the unincorporated South Whittier community. “For some time (the area) has been an eyesore,” Pacheco said. “It’s going to provide additional affordable housing to our community for families who would like to move into new housing in our area.” The county will sell the property to the developer for about $1.5 million. The county will use about $1.2 million received from city of Industry redevelopment housing funds and nearly $300,000 in federal funds to subsidize the project, which is projected to cost $15 million. Syed Rushdy, director of housing for the county, said the project will promote home ownership. “Less than 16 percent of people can afford the median price of a home,” Rushdy said. Fifteen of the homes are expected to be sold for $485,000 and 16 will be sold to low- and moderate-income families at a reduced price of $285,000. To qualify, a family of four cannot have annual income in excess of $52,000. Construction should start almost immediately and be completed within a year. (562)698-0955, Ext.3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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


first_imgBank of Ireland have launched a unique fundraising initiative which incorporates THIRTY FIVE communities along the Wild Atlantic Way with all funds raised going to support the local St Vincent De Paul.The initiative is called the ‘Big Blue Box’ volunteer challenge and the fundraising drive will run from the 5th-19th of June. BOI management have promised to match EVERY euro raised in the local communities during the ‘Big Blue Box’ challenge.TWELVE communities in Donegal will be participating in the event which will start in Moville on the 5th of June, stopping in Carndonagh, Buncrana, Letterkenny, Falcarragh, Bunbeg, Dungloe, Glenties, Killybegs, Donegal Town, Ballyshanon and Bundoran.The ‘Big Blue Box’ will travel from town to town by bike with the aim of raising money for the local St Vincent de Paul (SVP.Bank of Ireland staff and members of the local community will travel over 1,237 kilometres and local fundraising events will be held in each town along the route. Inside the Big Blue Box will be a symbolic item representing each town, area or community; something that each community would like to share with their neighbouring town.It could be a jersey, a seed or a tree, a piece of art or a plaque or simply a message of goodwill that the local community would like to pass on.Members of the local community will be encouraged to nominate an item for inclusion in the Big Blue Box in their local Bank of Ireland branch as part of the initiative.Speaking at the launch Susan O’Reilly, Branch Manager of Bank of Ireland Donegal Town said; “The aim of the Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge is to support local communities and raise funds for the St Vincent De Paul who do fantastic work across the West of Ireland.“We are proud here in Donegal to be part of this fantastic initiative and it’s fantastic to see so many in our local communities involved.“Bank of Ireland staff as well as members of the local community will be participating in the event and we are expecting strong involvement across the 12 communities in Donegal. “All donations raised locally will go directly to support the work of the local SVP”.President of SVP Geoff Meagher said, “This is a great initiative and very much aligned with the SVP ethos of providing support on a local basis by local volunteers.“We would like to thank Bank of Ireland and its staff for choosing SVP as the recipients of funds raised during this initiative.“SVP continues to receive many request for help from families and individuals throughout the country and relies on campaigns such as the Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge and public donations to enable us provide as much help as possible. “We encourage all the communities on the route to get involved.“It is a way of showing practical support for those in each community who continue to struggle financially and emotionally on a daily basis.For information on how to get involved with this fundraising event please visit: BigBlueBoxYou can also donate through Pay to Mobile sending a donation directly to 087 373 7282#BigBlueBoxBOI LAUNCH UNIQUE FUNDRAISING EVENT TO SUPPORT ST VINCENT DE PAUL was last modified: May 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Bank of IrelandBOIBusinessFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more


first_imgNominations have now opened for the 40th Donegal Sports Star Awards.It’s been another fantastic year for sport in the county so it’s time to get the names of those individuals and teams who have excelled in 2015 onto the nominations list for a special Donegal County Council sponsored awards ceremony, which will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, January 29th.There is expected to be up to 150 entries battling it out for the judges’ nod in over 30 categories. Based on the successes so far this year in a lot of sports the competition for many of the awards is going to make for some fascinating debate when the nominations list is published in early January. And the sporting public will also be speculating on the identities of the teams and individuals who could be in the frame for the 2015 Overall Donegal Sports Star of the Year Award. The current holder is the Letterkenny athlete Mark English. Schools have been an integral part of the awards over the 40 years. The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Ciaran Brogan will make the presentations in the primary and secondary schools categories. As the committee will be selecting the ‘Hall of Fame’ winner no nominations are being sought in this category.A brief summary only of the relevant sporting achievements will suffice when making a nomination. Pictorial and DVD footage is also required. Nominations can be done online from the nominations page and emailed to or by completing a simple nomination form, which can be downloaded and posted to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton. Those not using on-line can simply post their nominations to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton.Please note that only successes in 2015 are eligible for consideration when deciding on winners in the various categories. The only exception to this rule is the primary and second schools sections. Here it is sporting achievements during the academic year 2014/2015 which will be judged.For further information on the Donegal Sports Star Awards go to the website or on Facebook at Donegalsports Starawards. NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR DONEGAL SPORTSTAR AWARDS was last modified: October 22nd, 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:donegalNOMINATIONSsportstar awardslast_img read more


first_imgLast call: HighlandHIGHLAND Radio is axing its bingo game, the station has announced.In a statement yesterday the Letterkenny-based station says it is dropping its long-running Rehab Radio Bingo.“Friday 2nd May 2014 is the last day of Rehab Bingo on Highland Radio,” said the station. “However, we are in the process of preparing a new Bingo venture with a local charity in the coming weeks.”The north Donegal radio station had applied to the Letterkenny District Court for a bingo license several weeks ago, with the station saying it wanted to earn €52,000-a-year profits from “running costs” and giving the rest to the Donegal Hospice.Judge Paul Kelly had asked radio station director Hazel Russell at a previous hearing to provide a break-down of its proposed figures, telling her that no more than 40 per cent of cash generated could be spent on administration.Ms Russell told the court that the station would charge €25 every time bingo numbers were read out, and this happened eight times per day. This would amount to €1,000 per week – or €52,000 per annum – as bingo was played five times per week. But Ms Russell later returned to the same court to say the license application was being withdrawn.Ms Russell did not give an explanation for Highland’s decision to stay with Rehab at the time, but it now appears the company has changed its mind again.It will now have to re-submit its application to the courts.No-one from Rehab was available for comment last night. LAST CALL FOR HIGHLAND RADIO BINGO was last modified: May 1st, 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:bingo licenseHighland Radiolast_img read more

Serie A: Inter eye return to winning ways, away to Brescia

first_img Tags: BresciaHellas VeronaInter MilanItalian Serie AParma Inter Milan drew 2-2 against Parma in their last game. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Parma vs Hellas VeronaStadio Ennio Tardini, ParmaTuesday, 29-10-2019 @9pmParma managed to hold Inter to a 2-2 draw at San Siro despite an injury crisis and host a Verona side struggling for goals.The Ducali moved Gervinho to centre-forward due to the simultaneous absence of Roberto Inglese and Andreas Cornelius, which allowed Yann Karamoh to get his first start of the season. The winger on loan with option to buy from Inter made a big impact against his old club, scoring one goal and setting up another for Gervinho, so they’re expected to lead the way again with impressive Under-21 international Dejan Kulusevski.Matteo Scozzarella is suspended, with Bruno Alves, Vincent Laurini, Riccardo Gagliolo and Alberto Grassi also sidelined.Hellas Verona’s main issue is that none of their strikers have found the net this season, despite a consistent rotation of the forwards. It also means they failed to score in their last two games, defeats to Napoli and Sassuolo, so it’s clear where coach Ivan Juric has to intervene.Miguel Veloso is still dealing with a muscular problem and is a major loss, as his set pieces alone make a big contribution to the team’s attacks. Salvatore Bocchetti, Daniel Bessa, Giampaolo Pazzini, Boris Radunovic, Lubomir Tupta and Emmanuel Badu also miss out.Teenager Eddie Salcedo and Matteo Pessina are challenging Valerio Verre and Mattia Zaccagni for a role in support of either Mariusz Stepinski or Samuel Di Carmine.Parma have won their last three home games, their best Serie A streak at the Tardini since six consecutive victories in 2012.Brescia vs Inter MilanStadio Mario Rigamonti, BresciaSaturday, 28-09-2019 @11pmInter wasted a golden opportunity to go top of the table and now face a tricky trip to Mario Balotelli’s Brescia.The Nerazzurri could’ve taken back the leadership of Serie A after Juventus were held by Lecce, but instead, they too only scraped a 2-2 draw with Parma and remain one point behind. To make matters worse, Atalanta are gaining momentum and closed the gap to just two points from Antonio Conte’s men.The coach complained bitterly about the injury crisis leaving him with “a squad reduced to the bare bones” and he’ll have to make do again without Stefano Sensi, Matias Vecino, Alexis Sanchez and Danilo D’Ambrosio.Either Lautaro Martinez or Romelu Lukaku must get some rest soon, so Matteo Politano and 17-year-old Sebastiano Esposito are pushing for a place in the starting XI. Kwadwo Asamoah is nursing a knee issue and could again make way for Cristiano Biraghi.Brescia have their own problems to contend with, managing just one point from the last four rounds and are fresh off a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Genoa.Jhon Chancellor limped off with a thigh strain during that game, adding to the growing injury list that already includes Daniele Dessena, Ernesto Torregrossa, Giangiacomo Magnani, Bruno Martella and Luca Tremolada.So much was expected of Balotelli on his return not just to Serie A, but to his hometown club of Brescia, but he is yet to make a genuine impact. There was one goal, but he was practically inconspicuous against Genoa on Sunday evening, except for during his exit, when he kicked a photographer’s camera on the touchline. He has faced his old club Inter five times in Serie A, but never found the net against them.Alfredo Donnarumma has shaken off his injury and should be back in the starting XI with SuperMario, but Nikolas Spalek, Jaromir Zmrhal and the fit-again Emanuele Ndoj are all candidates to be trequartista, now Romulo has returned to midfield.Inter could win their first five away games of the Serie A season, something this club only achieved in 1966-67, 1997-98 and 2012-13.Upcoming fixturesWednesday, 30-10-2019-Napoli vs Atalanta @9pm-Cagliari vs Bologna @11pm-Juventus vs Genoa @11pm-Lazio vs Torino @11pm-Sampdoria vs Lecce @11pm-Sassuolo vs Fiorentina @11pm-Udinese vs Roma @11pmThursday, 31-10-2019          -AC Milan vs SPAL @11pmComments last_img read more

Kurtenbach on the Warriors: Handing out game balls after Game 2

first_imgTORONTO — I don’t know who first said it. All I know is that the rule of the NBA Playoffs is that a series doesn’t start until the road team wins a game.Well, consider the 2019 NBA Finals started.The Warriors’ found the recipe for their patented third quarter magic Sunday night in Toronto, and used it to beat the Raptors 109-104, evening this series at 1-1 as it heads back to Oakland. An 18-0 run in the quarter flipped a five-point halftime deficit and the Warriors held on from there, barely …last_img