Who is in control at GECOM?

first_imgDear Editor,The million-dollar question on everyone’s mind is: Who is in control at GECOM?This illegal Government have done it again, they are in full control of the electoral body through their strategically- elected and most vocal commissioners.The Government-appointed commissioners seem to be the ones calling the shots at GECOM, and they are doing so with the usual PNC rigging precision.GECOM Chairman Claudette Singh cannot play amnesiac to the fact that she is oblivious to the machinations of these commissioners, because she is well acquainted with Guyana’s electoral history and the notorious PNC. As an elder statesperson and judge, she would have witnessed the many instances where the PNC mortally wounded the democratic process with their rigging. Having that detailed background knowledge of our despicable electoral past, it behooves the GECOM Chairman to assert herself and take leadership responsibility of the election body, and not be led.The present situation leaves much to be desired, and that is our main concern. It is clear that this chair is being led. She has allowed herself to be put into that position while the Government actors are relentless with their agenda to rig the elections, and this has to be stopped. The Chairman has to put a halt to that process by making her own statements as well as issuing definitive and straightforward directives bearing her signature, and not the other way round. Guyana cannot afford to go down that road of rigged elections again, and the time to rectify the process is now.A key area wherein the notorious three are hanging their hopes is “fixing” the computers in the Information Technology Department. For this very same reason, we have asked for international help to oversee this critical area. To our dismay, the response from GECOM CEO Lowenfield is that the Commission does not need any assistance.Now, this is certainly out of the domain of the CEO, who is in no position to issue such a statement. This is a resolve of the Chairwoman herself; she is the one mandated to make such decisions as head of the Elections Commission, not Lowenfield. Acting like a sheep in such circumstances of brazen usurpation of power is a cause for great concern.GECOM Chairman Claudette Singh must be held accountable for this. Why hasn’t she come out and made a clear directive on this matter? Why is she silent? At a time when our democracy is under siege by a group of Government appointees, this chairwoman is deafeningly silent. Why is she not coming out and making it clear where she stands on this matter?The point is: We need all the help we can get from the international bodies, especially the UN, on the conduct of free and fair elections, and here we have a chair who is allowing the CEO to dictate on the matter.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Driver charged after weekend rollover at 100 and 100

first_img“I drive around Fort St. John, people disobeying traffic control devices is an issue,” he said.“You never know when there’s a vehicle coming the other way. Even on a quiet Sunday morning, you may run a red light and not be the only other vehicle on the road.” No one was injured in a two-car crash at 100 and 100 Sunday morning, Fort St. John RCMP say.Sgt. Steve Perret says a white pickup truck was travelling east on 100 Avenue around 8 a.m. when a southbound black Dodge pickup blew a red light at 100 Street and smashed into the vehicle.The crash sent the black Dodge onto its side. No one was seriously injured, though one driver was treated for minor abrasions, said Perret.- Advertisement -The 33-year-old man driving the black Dodge is facing a number of charges, including disobeying a red light and driving an uninsured vehicle, Perret said.Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor at this time.Perret said drivers need to be aware of their surroundings when behind the wheel.Advertisementlast_img read more

Narbonne finds its focus in 2nd half

first_imgAnd for a half Friday night, that’s just what happened. But Narbonne came out in the second half more inspired and beat Westchester, 14-0, to remain undefeated. “We just came out really flat,” Douglas said. “We had a huge emotional win last week against Mira Costa and we just did not come out with the same intensity as we had last week.” Despite the score, Narbonne controlled the ball for much of the first half. Five different rushers carried the ball for a total of 103 yards compared to just 21 for Westchester. On Narbonne’s first possession of the game the offense started on its own 15-yard line and proceeded to march the length of the field before quarterback Josh Moten had his pass intercepted on the 10-yard line by Greg Dudley. “I felt like we were controlling the line of scrimmage in the first half,” Douglas said. “We just didn’t have anything to show for it.” On the last play of the first half, starting running back Thomas Gray turned his ankle and was lost for the rest of the game. Gray led all rushers in the first half with 44 yards on five carries. “I told the team at half time that it’s not always going to be a 50-point win,” Douglas said. “We had to come out with some emotion in the second half if we wanted to win.” Narbonne got the ball to start the second half and drove 70 yards, keeping the ball almost the entire third quarter, before finally scoring on a 5-yard run by Melvin Davis. In the second half, sophomore running back Josh Braff, who had 37 yards on four carries in the first half, took over for Gray. Braff rushed 13 times in the second half for 132 yards and a touchdown. Trailing 7-0 with 4:35 left in the game, Westchester drove the ball to the Narbonne 37, but was stopped on downs. On the ensuing play, Braff took the ball around the right side and broke free for a 63-yard touchdown run that sealed the victory for Narbonne. “I felt like I had to step up,” Braff said. “Our starting running back got hurt and I felt like the team depended on me.” “Westchester is much improved and even though we controlled the game,” Douglas said. “We could have easily lost the game.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NONLEAGUE: The Gauchos overcome a mental letdown to blank Westchester. By Geoffrey Nielsen CORRESPONDENT After Narbonne beat Mira Costa, 47-39, last week, Narbonne coach Manuel Douglas was worried his team would have a letdown against Westchester. last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Financial Controller sought for Maternity Cover

first_imgJob Vacancy: A Letterkenny company is currently recruiting for a Financial Controller to join their team to cover a maternity leave.The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the overall financial management of the company including the day to day running of the department.The candidate must hold membership of a recognised accountancy body as a fully qualified accountant and have a minimum of three years management experience in a relevant office environment. The company is based in the Letterkenny area. To apply, please send a CV to:Ref: MJStewart & MacLochlainn,Chartered Accountants,Port Road,LetterkennyCo. DonegalOr email: info@stewartandmaclochlainn.ieClosing date for applications 24th October 2019. Job Vacancy: Financial Controller sought for Maternity Cover was last modified: October 11th, 2019 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:AccountantFinancial Controllerfinancial jobsletterkenny jobsManagementmaternity coverlast_img read more

School building irks residents

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – Pat Phelan has lived in the same house on Ermine Street for 32 years and has seen neighbors come and go. But now there’s one new addition that he and others want to oust from their quiet enclave of one-story, single-family homes. It’s a two-story building now under construction at Sky Blue Mesa School. The structure sits 50 feet from his backyard fence. Phelan and others on the street said they didn’t know about plans to build the structure, and now that it’s here, it invades their privacy and blocks their view. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2And they want it gone. “Our main goal is to move the darn thing,” he said. As construction for new homes gets under way in the area, Sky Blue Mesa School is gearing up for an additional 200 students. This nine-room building is one way the Saugus Union School District will accommodate them, said Superintendent Judy Fish. The school board voted in approval of the building in May 2005. The campus will also get a new multi-purpose room and play area. After fielding complaints about the new building, Fish recently visited the backyards of Phelan and next-door neighbor Curtis Randoll, who said the structure looks like a Costco. “You can see to him there is an impact in terms of his view,” she said. The two-story building and the scaffolding wrapped around it dominate the view from inside Randoll’s home office and from his backyard. After this week’s school board meeting, attended by many Ermine Street residents, district officials offered suggestions to relieve the problem, such as planting evergreen trees and installing a screen for privacy. Recommendations were also made to restructure a staircase outside the building, so it faces the campus instead of the neighborhood. But residents said the solutions are too little, too late and that they are still angry about the situation. Having never received notices in advance of the building’s construction, they charged the district’s business department with intentionally misleading them. Bob Cutting, assistant superintendent of business, did not return calls for comment. “Now we’re arguing to take it down, not whether it goes up or down,” Randoll said. But Fish said the structure has been discussed in school board meetings since August 2004. The Ermine Street residents, who don’t attend the school board meetings, said that they still expected school officials to communicate directly with them about projects that could affect their homes. Meanwhile, Fish said the district is doing everything it can to help the residents with their concerns and see that they will be better informed from now on. “I think we can be a better neighbor,” she said. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want 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

Crescenta Valley claims trophies at own invitational

first_imgLA CRESCENTA – Every time Crescenta Valley High of La Crescenta’s cross country runners compete on their home course, they know a little something extra is expected of them. Those expectations are heightened when the Falcons host their annual Kenny Staub/John Barnes Invitational, which celebrated its 38th year Saturday at Crescenta Valley Park. Both C.V. teams responded to the challenge, relying on their familiarity with the three-mile course to win the Division I girls’ varsity race and boys’ team sweepstakes, both for the first time in meet history. The Falcons, whose previous best finish in the girls’ competition was second in 1976, overcame the absence of three of their top seven runners because of club soccer commitments and SAT testing to defeat Claremont, 43-65. Barstow defeated C.V. – which competed without top runner Nathan Sellers (SAT) – in the Division I boys’ race, 28-60. However, based on the times of their top seven varsity runners, top five JVs and five fastest sophomores, the Falcons won the boys’ sweepstakes with a combined time of 5 hours, 20.17 seconds. “I’m glad (Barstow) came back, because there’s no shame in losing to them. They’re a great team and it was a great race,” said C.V. coach Mark Evans, who was forced to reschedule the meet from Oct. 1 because of the Burbank and Topanga fires. “I’m real pleased with how the girls did. We hadn’t run in (almost) two weeks, but their grouping was great.” Shelby Pock (19:20.57) and Rachel Lange (19:21.38) took third and fourth, respectively, for the Falcons, who had all five of their scoring runners in the top 15. El Camino Real of Woodland Hills’ Sara Roth won the Division I girls’ title in 19:05.28. “The race wasn’t as crowded and that made a big difference,” said Roth, who edged Claremont’s Lindsey Keough (19:05.87) for her first invitational victory. “The course gets really thin up top, but since there weren’t as many people, I could relax a little more.” Glendale junior Heidi Diaz, who was coached by Barnes – a former NCAA 800-meter champion and 1952 U.S. Olympian – during her freshman track season, won the Div. II title (20:41.65). Moorpark’s Tali Sproat continued her strong junior season with a victory – her first in an invitational – in the Div. III race (19:44.84). center_img C.V. sophomore Eric Kleinsasser (16:17.26) took second to Barstow’s Sam Melton (16:06.14) in the Div. I boys’ race, which also featured Falcons freshman Zach Torres taking fifth in 16:32.3. Despite running in the Div. II race, Calabasas junior Kyle Leibovitch posted the fourth-fastest boys’ time, cruising to a 36-second victory in 16:26.89. Crespi of Encino won the Div. III boys’ title with 29 points and sister school Louisville of Woodland Hills captured the Div. III girls’ crown, defeating Moorpark, 34-50. Paraclete of Lancaster, a Div. IV state power, competed in the boys’ and girls’ Div. I varsity races, taking fourth in both. Kaitlin Huerta was the Spirits’ top finisher, taking fifth in the girls’ race (19:21.69). Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 erik.boal@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FORGET GAA, ENGLISH IS GREATEST SPORTSMAN IN DONEGAL – KIERNAN

first_imgIrish athletic great Jerry Kiernan has stuck to his guns saying the GAA is receiving far too much money compared to other sports.Michael MurphyThe RTE commentator caused major controversy with his comments.But he reinforced his comments again yesterday using two of Donegal biggest sporting stars to back up his argument. Kiernan insisted that Donegal’s best athlete is Letterkenny runner Mark English despite the high profile enjoyed by GAA county captain Michael Murphy.Kiernan said Irish athletes including English suffer from a lack of exposure and recognition.“The greatest sportsman in Donegal at the moment is Mark English. I see Michael Murphy and he is playing gaelic. He is playing against lads from Monaghan. Mark English is running against Kenyans.“The GAA is visceral, it is blood and guts. Maybe it is part of our nature whereas running is somehow viewed as different but there is passion and excellence there too. “If someone is performing at that level, surely intellectually it has to be seen at a higher level than what the local lads are doing,” he said.FORGET GAA, ENGLISH IS GREATEST SPORTSMAN IN DONEGAL – KIERNAN was last modified: April 21st, 2014 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:GAAJerry Kiernanmark englishMichael Murphylast_img read more

NEARY’S PHARMACY LETTERKENNY JOINS LLOYDS PHARMACY CHAIN

first_imgThe excellent team in Neary’s Pharmacy, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal have join the expanding chain of the Lloyds Pharmacy family.The Neary’s Pharmacy team have passionately served the local Letterkenny community for a number of years and will continue to strive for the best in customer service at all times.Lloyds Pharmacy Ireland’s is the largest pharmaceutical and healthcare chain. Neary’s Pharmacy is the latest pharmacy to join as Lloyds Pharmacy continues its expansion plans.This brings to 87 the number of LloydsPharmacy branches nationwide and the company now employs nearly 1,000 employees.LloydsPharmacy offers expert advice and solutions to create a positive experience and to help customers better understand and manage their healthcare needs.A trusted name in the pain management, skin, child health, beauty and prescription arena. Goretti Brady, Managing Director of LloydsPharmacy in Ireland told Donegal Daily: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Neary’s to the LloydsPharmacy family.“We look forward to continuing to offer the local community the excellent customer service that you are used to.“We will also look to offer new and exciting services and products to the community in Letterkenny.Lloyds Pharmacy consistently looks towards new and improved ways of working to benefit its customers and help them live happier and more positive lives.Skin, child health and pain experts are on hand in every Lloyds Pharmacy store to help its customers get the most from their health. For more information on LloydsPharmacy see www.lloydspharmacy.ie or see more at www.facebook.com/lloydspharmacyirelandNEARY’S PHARMACY LETTERKENNY JOINS LLOYDS PHARMACY CHAIN was last modified: November 14th, 2014 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:BusinessLloydspharmacyNeary’snewspharmacylast_img read more

GAA REFUSE REQUEST FOR DONEGAL V MAYO HURLING MATCH AT CROKER

first_imgA REQUEST to host the Donegal U21 hurlers clash with their Mayo rivals this Saturday at Croke Park has been turned down by the GAA.As many gaels travel to Croker for the senior footballers All-Ireland quarter-final match, followers of hurling had hoped the All-Ireland B Quarter Final between the same counties could go ahead at headquarters on the same day.But the GAA said no to the request for a 2pm throw-in for the hurlers. Tyrone take on Monaghan at 4pm with Donegal clashing with Mayo in the football at 6pm.Donegal qualified for the All-Ireland U-21 B championship after securing the All-Ireland C Championship in an historic win last week.Their clash with Mayo’s U21 hurlers will now take place at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny this Saturday with a 2pm throw-in.But fans of both codes won’t be able to see both games because of the decision.  GAA REFUSE REQUEST FOR DONEGAL V MAYO HURLING MATCH AT CROKER was last modified: August 6th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelandB ChampionshipdonegalhurlersMayoU21last_img read more

Hiland FFA enjoys Camp Muskingum

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Hiland FFA Chapter this past June sent five members to Ohio FFA Camp at Camp Muskingum. The FFA members were registered and hiked to the cabins to find their bunk. Once campers found their sleeping area they competed in the Grassy Games, which is where the members play games to get to know each other.Later the first night campers went with their groups, and had to work together to complete a Low Ropes Course. On day two there was a High Ropes Course, which is a team building activity, has rock climbing, and ziplining.During camp there was an event called the International Waters, which is where the members played in the water like take part in a sand castle building contest, drip, drip splash (played like duck, duck goose), water slide, dodgeball game, and many more games. The attendees could purchase ducks during camp. The ducks are put into a drawing, and if their duck is selected they have the opportunity to pie a State Officer, a staff member, or an advisor in the face. The proceeds go to Children’s Hospital. The members at camp had a choice to jump into a cold lake in the morning or run to the beginning of the drive at camp for team points. Throughout the five days the members were there the kids could practice rifle, shotgun, archery, swim, canoeing, motoring boating, tetherball, corn hole, and much more.The Hiland members that went to Ohio FFA Camp was: Bailey Engstrom, Carson Feikert, Natalie Lovell, Tallie Troyer, and Diane Yoder. All the members that attended the FFA Camp enjoyed their time at camp and will look forward to go again next year.last_img read more