During a meeting with Canadian diplomats earlier this week, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, spoke about Guyana’s need for law reform.Attorney General Basil Williams in discussion with Canadian High Commissioner Pierre Giroux and Director General Isabelle BérardCanadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Pierre Giroux; and Isabelle Bérard, Director General, Central America and the Caribbean, Global Affairs Canada; along with Attorney General Williams, met at his office on Monday.During the meeting, they discussed his perspective of the justice system in Guyana and the expected contribution from the Canada-funded Impact and Jurist Projects, as well as prospects for future collaboration.High Commissioner Giroux informed the Attorney General that Director General Bérard will head the Justice Sector Programme titled “Women in Justice.” To this end, Williams pointed out that the country needs to have a Law Reform and Law Revision Capacity.The Attorney General also indicated that he would like the Canadian High Commissioner and the Director General to focus on projects that can strengthen the justice system, as this Government is in the process of restoring the rule of law.High Commissioner Giroux informed the Legal Affairs Minister that he will continue to work with his Ministry and other institutions.Additionally, Williams enquired about training sessions for State Attorneys and opined that they need to be exposed to the new procedures.He informed the two Canadian diplomats that he has to write the Chancellor about such a possibility.The Canadian Government has played an integral role in supporting the local justice system, hosting several training programmes and even providing funding enhancement initiatives. In fact, Canada donated over $100 million back in January to fund a training and capacity building project here.Moreover, earlier this year, police officers, police prosecutors and State Prosecutors received training under the specially designed project, “Strengthening the Guyanese Criminal Justice System”.Through its Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programme (ACCBP), the Government of Canada is providing funds to Canadian NGO, the Justice Education Society (JES), to implement this project. The project is expected to last over a two-year period.The goal of the JES project is to develop the technical capacity of the Police, Police Prosecutors, State Prosecutors and Magistrates; to collect, analyse and present forensic evidence as a means of decreasing impunity rates. The JES team has been visiting Guyana since September 2015 and has conducted training activities with the local Police Force in the areas of major case management, forensic video analysis and crime scene management.In addition, Guyana is expected to benefit from two other multimillion-dollar regional justice programmes for the Caribbean. Former Canadian High Commissioner Nicole Giles had disclosed that the programmes are under Canada’s Regional Development Programme for the Caribbean. One of the projects will be implemented through the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and the other through the University of the West Indies (UWI).
The four facilities will use forest-based biomass like logging debris and trees killed by mountain pine beetles to generate electricity. A biomass project in Prince George was approved by the B.C. Utilities Commission on Tuesday.It was amongst three other projects across the province that got the green light from the commission. Canfor Pulp LTD., Partnership project in Prince George, PG Interior Waste to Energy LTD.’s project also in Prince George, Domtar Pulp and Paper Products Inc.’s Project in Kamloops and Zellstoff Celgar LTD.’s Partnership’s project in Castlegar were all approved by the commission. – Advertisement -Together, the four projects will generate a total of 579 gigawatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power more than 52,000 homes. Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum, Blair Lekstrom, says bioenergy will contribute to the provinces goal of achieving electricity self-sufficiency by 2016. Meanwhile, B.C. Hydro President and CEO Bob Elton says bioenergy projects will provide firm electricity year round, by utilizing a carbon neutral fuel. Advertisement
Now, just a few weeks into studying at a private program, doctors say he is ready for a dog. Glendora resident Army Staff Sgt. Jarod Behee was also sent to the VA hospital in Palo Alto after being shot in the head by a sniper May 25, 2005. He had several surgeries for his brain injury at the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center in Maryland, then stagnated under the minimal care at the VA hospital, his wife said. She had to transfer him to a private facility and fight to keep his insurance coverage after VA doctors told her that Behee would never walk again. Now he runs. More than 3,200 American troops have been killed in Iraq since Operation Iraqi Freedom began four years ago, but Department of Defense figures show that more than seven times as many have been wounded, many severely. In those four years, 24,042 have been wounded in combat, including 13,357 listed as “Not Returned to Duty within 72 hours.” Among that group are the soldiers like Acosta and Behee, who lost their limbs or eyesight or pieces of skull. But when troops return home for medical care, many face dilapidated facilities, long delays, reduced insurance coverage and more. A task force to slash through the bureaucracy delaying veterans from getting services and benefits will be headed by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson. “No task is more important to me,” he said in a press release. In another release, the VA provided a long list of commendations, pointing out that, despite recent complaints, it has also been applauded by scientists and reporters for its work helping veterans. Acosta conceded he has been happy with how the Long Beach and West Los Angeles VA centers have helped him get needed surgeries. However, once his gums healed over his nerve endings, he refused to return to the VA systems’ classes for the blind. Instead, he fought for months to get his military insurance to cover Junior Blind of America, the private program he now attends that will soon get him a seeing-eye dog. “It shouldn’t take a year to get this type of treatment,” Acosta said. “It’s senseless. I’ve been in the military for over 30 years, and I never expected to be treated like this.” Behee was “set up to fail” at the VA hospital, said his wife, Marissa. The traumatic-injury wing of the hospital was not up to Americans with Disabilities Act codes, and Behee was in a wheelchair. “The facility was atrocious … it was understaffed, underfunded, underequipped,” she said. “It wasn’t ADA-appropriate, so you couldn’t get a wheelchair up to the sink. “Jarod was supposed to try and do all his daily living activities, like brush his teeth, but there was no room to maneuver the wheelchair with the bed in there,” she said. She fumed as the hospital combined his physical and occupational therapies into a single session, and focused on helping him roll over in bed instead of challenging his brain to help it recover. At first, she didn’t even know she could get his insurance to cover a private facility. Once she did, she realized she was lucky that the Army hadn’t retired Jarod from active-duty military status yet. It was one time when slipping through the cracks worked in her favor – as long as the Army hadn’t yet decided that he would never be capable of active duty, his pay and insurance were not reduced. Jarod Behee was officially retired Feb. 20, nearly two years after being shot. The 28-year-old Behee now volunteers at the private facility’s outpatient gym three times a week. “The Army has phenomenal medical technology … so guys who once would have died are coming home,” Marissa said. “But they have to be able to take care of their recovery, too. If you’re going to save their lives, you need to also save their quality of life.” After shoddy conditions were revealed at parts of Walter Reed – spreading black mold, vermin infestations and insufficient staff – Nicholson, the Veterans Affairs secretary, ordered a broad review of the VA medical system to determine whether similar conditions exist among the VA’s 1,400 hospitals and clinics. Meanwhile, the Veterans Affairs’ system for handling disability claims is strained to its limit, and efforts to relieve backlogs won’t be enough to serve veterans returning from combat, officials from the Government Accountability Office said recently. In testimony to a House panel, the GAO described a system on the verge of crisis. A report by the GAO in early March noted that explosives cause 65 percent of soldiers’ injuries, and more than a quarter of those soldiers suffer brain trauma. With more than 24,000 injured, those percentages translate into more than 4,300 brain injuries. That’s why traumatic brain injuries like Behee’s are “the signature injury” of the Iraq war, according to the Wounded Warriors Project, which supports severely injured soldiers by providing them with everything from clothes and toothbrushes to one-legged skiing lessons and benefits counseling. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Army Sgt. Maj. Jesse Acosta of Santa Fe Springs lost his vision and his teeth in a bomb blast in Iraq on Jan. 16, 2006. The 30-year military veteran said he never expected to be hurt so badly – or to receive the poor care he did from a VA hospital. Acosta, 49, recuperated briefly at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., before being turned over, blind and with exposed nerves in his gum line, to Veterans Affairs care. At a VA hospital in Palo Alto, his mouth caused him too much pain to focus on what he was being taught about coping with blindness. The day they denied him a seeing-eye dog because he was learning too slowly was just one in a string of disappointments.
PALMDALE – Palmdale Learning Plaza students get to stay at their school for another year, but they will have to move to another campus the following year under a new plan to deal with overcrowding. The board decided to let the Plaza remain a school of choice rather than convert it to a neighborhood campus, a proposal parents vigorously opposed. “Overall, we are happy with the decision. It was a tough decision,” Plaza Principal Todd Cherland said. “We thank them for considering the opinion of the parents and staff. They found a compromise that solved all the problems.” Under a plan approved Tuesday, Plaza students will stay at their current campus at Division Street and Rayburn Road in the 2007-08 school year, then move to Juniper Intermediate School in the 2008-09 year. Juniper students will move to the Plaza site, and the Juniper campus will be remodeled to accommodate primary-grade pupils. Juniper, which is about 1
The players wore black armbands and observed a minute of silence before the tie.Stephen Waruru, Umaru Kasumba and Piston Mutamba scored the goals as John Baraza’s men sailed to the next round.Sofapaka FC players gather for a minute of silence in honor of departed former captain Johnson Bagoole who died in Kampala, Uganda on June 21. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBaraza sent all signals that he was taking the tournament seriously fielding a full strength squad against the lower league side. The only change was in goalkeeping where new signing Wycliffe Kasaya was drafted in for his debut with Mathias Kigonya rested.Sofapaka controlled the game, playing with ease and not pushing themselves too much. Their first chance came in the 11th minute when Bernard Mang’oli was picked out by a pass from Kassumba, but his shot from the right was deflected for a corner.From the resultant set piece, Mang’oli floated in the ball to Kassumba at the edge of the six yard box but the striker’s dinking header destined for the far post went just wide.Sofapaka’s early control bore fruit in the 18th minute when Waruru broke the deadlock with a simple tap in from a yard out after Kassumba had broken off on the right to float in a cross that beat the keeper.Sofapaka striker Umaru Kassumba controls the ball under pressure from a Baba Dogo United player in the FKF Shield Round of 32 match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSeven minutes later, they doubled their advantage this time Kassumba turning from provider to scorer, shooting low into the box after escaping his marker at the edge of the box with a little nut meg off a Piston Mutamba pass.Baba Dogo were punished for sitting back too much but as soon as they conceded the second, they started opening up and pushing to the attacking half in search of a goal.On the half hour mark they came close when John Mark Ochieng found shooting space on the right after some promising build up by Baba Dogo, but his eventual effort went wide.Five minutes later, they had another chance from a freekick off good scoring range, but Austin Odhiambo curled the effort wide.Sofapaka midfielder Teddy Osok races away from a Baba Dogo United player in the FKF Shield Round of 32 match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTheir closest opportunity came a minute to half time, Ochieng again posing the danger with his shot from a tight angle turned behind for a corner by Kasaya.In the second half, Sofapaka needed only six minutes to seal the win. Mutamba, just recently signed from Wazito curled in a beauty of a freekick beyond the wall after Elli Asieche was axed at the edge of the area.The side should have gotten their fourth five minutes later off a counter attack after Waruru sent Mutamba through, but the latter’s shot was disappointing. Baba Dogo made changes including bringing former Ulinzi striker Enock Momanyi, but they couldn’t get a way back.They had a golden chance in the 72nd minute when Fredrick Okoth sent a decent cross from the right but substitute Reagan Karuri could not do the easy task of dinking the ball past Kasaya, instead tapping wide.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka strikers Umaru Kassumba, Piston Mutamba and Stephen Waruru celebrate one of the goals in their 3-0 win over Baba Dogo United in the FKF Shield Round of 32 match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 24- Three-time Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield Champions Sofapaka dedicated their 3-0 round of 32 victory over Baba Dogo United on Sunday afternoon at Camp Toyoyo to their departed defender Johnson Bagoole who passed on last Thursday in Kampala.Batoto ba Mungu progressed to the round of 16 as they upped their ambition to get a fourth crown and dedicated all the sweat and toil to their former captain and defender who succumbed to Menengitis.
Race Night:The club held a very successful Race night last Saturday in the Three wishes pub in North Harrow. Many thanks to all who helped out on the night including Maurice Carr, Grace Cunningham, Ann-Marie Mc Gill and PJ. Also to Tommy Flaherty for being compeer and to bar manager Alan for organising the running of the event and for his kind sponsorship. All the night’s winners can be found on the club website. London Football Team:Congratulations to the London county team on their well earned victory last Saturday against Waterford in the national league.Six club men were part of the winning team which included Gavin Mc Evoy, Eamon Mc Conville, Caolan Doyle 0-1, Mark Gottsche 0-1, Cahill McGee 0-3 and Aidan Mc Tigue.Also to manager Paul Coggins and Trainer Kevin Downes who are starting to get their rewards for their hard work. London 0-14, Waterford 1-10. St Patrick’s Day Parade:The minor board will be involved in this Sundays St Patricks day parade in London with all members welcome to participate and join the parade at (10.45. for 12 noon start).Look out for the Tir Chonaill Gaels Mini-Bus at the assembly point E, Float Number 29,on Piccadilly Eastbound kerbside by 10.45am. Nearest Tube Station is Green ParkAfter the parade the celebrations will continue back at the club, The Pavillion, Berkley Ave, Greenford UB6 0NZ, where there will be plenty of craic, good music and food.Cheltenham: The club are off to the Cheltenham festival this Tuesday 12th March for what is always a great day’s entertainment. Breakfast will be served in the clubhouse at 8am, coach departs at 9am sharp and will leave Cheltenham at the Queens Hotel at 10pm (not so sharp) For more details contact Adrian Byrne at the club.Lottery:For this weeks results check the club website;GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 10th, 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:TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTES
Doing this meant Castillo would have no chance to take Corrales’ two lightweight title belts. But if it meant he had a better chance of winning Saturday instead of again being knocked out himself, as he was last May by Corrales in the 10th round of a great fight, why not? In other words, Castillo not making the weight means he did not have to weaken himself as much as Corrales did by making weight. THERE was more than one reporter who thought perhaps Jose Luis Castillo did not make weight on purpose Friday, so as to come into the ring Saturday for his rematch with Diego Corrales the stronger man. After all, the 5-foot-11 Corrales worked his behind off to make 135 pounds, the lightweight limit, but Castillo came in 3 1/2 pounds over on two of his three attempts — he also weighed in once at 137. Knowing that Castillo, of Mexico, has had difficulty making 135 in recent years, it makes sense. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week It doesn’t matter that Corrales weighed 149 at fight time and Castillo came in at 147 (because he had to or would have been fined more than the $120,000 he already had been fined for not making weight). What matters is that Castillo never had to get down to 135, which means he didn’t have to make the same sacrifices Corrales did. Don’t forget, a member of Castillo’s camp tried to tamper with the scales during one of Friday’s three attempts. The end result Saturday was a tremendous fourth-round knockout by Castillo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Castillo looked extraordinarily strong. Bob Arum, who promotes Castillo, on Sunday scoffed at the notion Castillo intentionally came in heavy. Moreover, he said Castillo suffered a rib injury two weeks before the fight. It caused him to break camp for five days, something Arum said he knew nothing about. “I’m saying that 90 percent of American fighters would have pulled out of the fight,” said Arum, chairman of the board of Top Rank Inc. “That guy had cartilage damage in his ribs. If anything, I give him a hell of a lot of credit for his courage.” Arum said he has no doubt the injury occurred. He said that Jorge Arce, another Mexican fighter on Saturday’s card, confirmed it. “It is absolutely true,” Arum said. Gary Shaw, who promotes Corrales, reacted angrily about many questions posed during a conference call Wednesday. The issue of Castillo’s alleged injury was one of them. “They did not report it to the commission,” Shaw said, referring to everyone connected with Castillo; promoter, manager, etc. “And Nevada is a betting state.” Shaw wondered how those who put money on the fight well before the hoopla of the weigh-in — and lost it — might be feeling. Castillo’s main promoter is Arum, but he has another promoter in Fernando Beltran. Beltran was not on the conference call Wednesday, but Todd duBoef, Arum’s stepson and president of Top Rank, said Beltran was responsible for keeping tabs on Castillo’s weight. Corrales, in post-fight interviews, said he did not want to take anything away from Castillo’s victory, so he refused to use the weight situation as an excuse for his defeat. On Wednesday, however, he said that he believes Castillo knew darn well he was not going to make the 135 pounds. “I felt they had no intention of making the weight,” Corrales said. “But I couldn’t have said, ‘I don’t want to do the fight.’ There are a lot of fans who wouldn’t have been able to get their money back for hotel rooms or air fare. “I felt I had an obligation to them and to boxing. This sport could not have afforded that right now.” duBoef said that after Castillo failed to make weight on his first attempt, he saw Castillo shadow-boxing in the sauna. But Corrales said his wife was in the area and she said she saw Castillo go to the sauna at Caesars Palace, where the weigh-in was held, and come out 20 minutes later. Castillo had been given two hours to make weight. “If the situation were reversed, and Diego had to go to the sauna to make weight, I would have made sure he used an hour and 50 minutes,” said Joe Goossen, Corrales’ trainer. There was a rematch clause in Saturday’s contract for a third fight should Castillo win. Shaw said the trilogy would have to be at 135. Arum, however, said he would have a nutritionist check out Castillo to make sure it is safe for him to again fight at that weight. “Nobody is ducking a rematch,” Arum said Sunday, “but until I find out that 135 pounds is a safe weight, I’m not going to go ahead with it at 135 pounds.” Shaw said Corrales would make the decision to fight at a catch weight of 137 or 138 pounds if Castillo refuses to fight at 135. Showtime will replay the fight Saturday at 9 p.m. – Sergio Mora of Los Angeles and Peter Manfredo Jr. will square off Saturday at Staples Center in a rematch of their championship fight in NBC’s reality series “The Contender,” held last May at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Mora, who is 16-0 with only three knockouts, won $1 million for winning a unanimous decision over Manfredo. Manfredo, of Providence, R.I., is 24-2 with 10 knockouts. He entered the 16-man reality show as the only ranked fighter. ESPN will televise the event at 8 p.m. — Robert Morales can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
21 September 2007The planned location of the new Africa Command (Africom) centre of the United States of America may become know when African envoys meet with their US counterparts in Washington DC this weekend, a senior Foreign Affairs official has told Parliament.Briefing members of Parliament’s portfolio committee on foreign affairs in Cape Town on Wednesday, the department’s acting deputy director-general, Gert Grobler, reiterated the Southern African Development Community (SADC) stance that the region did not want to host Africom.Grobler said there was no “concrete information” available on the proposed location of Africom, a US military command centre dedicated exclusively to the African continent, the creation of which was announced by US President George Bush in February.He added that South Africa was among a number of other countries invited to a meeting with US officials in Washington DC on 22 and 23 September, when the US would make more information on Africom available.Grobler told Members of Parliament that the African Union’s final position on the matter was not entirely clear, although the South African government believed that a majority of countries on the continent would adopt a position similar to that of the SADC.Speaking to the media in August this year, Defence Minister Mosioua Lekota stressed the importance of continental unity behind such a decision, adding that following a unified position on the issue was more important to South Africa’s “medium to long-term interest”.Grobler explained that South Africa was not necessarily opposed to the creation of such a command centre, but would prefer it if the US kept the centre where it is right now – in Germany.He said the SADC’s fears were that, even though Africom would not necessarily entail a large number of personal, it would be “an injection” of US military presence on the continent, creating a facility for enhanced intelligence-gathering within Africa.A major concern is that such a US presence on the continent could lead to “a further radicalisation” of anti-US views on the continent, and even make Africa a target for terrorist acts.Source: BuaNews
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed an environmental compensation of ₹10 lakh on a hotel in Himachal Pradesh for causing ‘irretrievable damage to the ecology’ by raising unauthorised construction.A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar directed Hotel Barog Heights to demolish the illegal structure within four weeks. “Such constructions need to be demolished to prevent further degradation of environment and ecology in the area and also to ensure that undue pressure is not put on the natural resources causing scarcity of resources like water.”Rainwater harvestingFurther, the green panel directed the hotel to install rainwater harvesting systems to store and reuse the rainwater appropriately. The hotel has also been asked to ensure that water from the sewage treatment plant be recycled for gardening and other non-potable uses. The applicant, Society for Preservation of Kasauli had alleged that large scale commercial activity in Kasauli was affecting the ecology in adverse ways and had demanded a regulation on the construction of hotels in the area.Further, the Himachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board alleged that the hotel was operating without obtaining the necessary permissions.
A man in north-central Assam’s Udalguri district, marked a doubtful voter before his name was published in the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), was found dead on Sunday morning.Dipak Debnath, 50, received a notice from a Foreigners’ Tribunal in district headquarters Udalguri on July 29, a day before the NRC complete draft came out. Relatives said the notice troubled him so much that the joy of his family – comprising his wife and two daughters – over the inclusion of names in the NRC was short-lived.“We found Debnath’s lifeless body behind his house. The family has not yet filed an FIR, but we are awaiting the post-mortem report to ascertain the nature of his death,” the officer in charge of Harisinga police station said, declining to be named.Troubled over notice Uttam Debnath, a nephew of the deceased, said his uncle had lived in dread of being sent to a detention camp. “He hardly ever felt assured that there could have been some mistake somewhere since all their citizenship documents were vetted by officials before inclusion in the NRC,” he said.“Not everybody can handle the pressure of a situation where one can be made stateless. The D-voter and foreigners’ tag has killed many like him. The harassment must stop,” Bapi Sarkar, assistant general secretary of All Assam Bengali Youth Students’ Association, said.IIT-Guwahati helpline for students in collaboration with Saathi: 8486814024. Saathi uses this helpline for non-IIT cases too.