Reducing judicial backlogThere is still much more that can be undertaken by way of initiatives to further reduce the backlog of cases that have crippled the Judiciary’s ability to dispense justice in an efficient, effective and timely manner.This is the position of Guyana’s former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, who on Thursday lauded the progress made over the last the ten years under the Canada-based Justice Education Society (JES) which has been providing enhanced training to judges, magistrates and policemen.He explained that the 2016 allocation of $25 million to be spent on establishmentActing Chief Justice Roxane George, SCof night court at the Georgetown Magistrates Courts was also a step in the right direction.His comments come on the heels of a statement made by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, who highlighted the extent to which the backlog still persists, revealing that at the High Court level, between 4,500 and 5000 cases are on record. While she did highlight that cases encompass divorces, civil trial matters [and] full court matters, Justice George observed that 14 judges, included herself, are presiding over these matters.Nandlall, in an interview with Guyana Times, contended that the former PPP administration should be credited for the reduction, because of the initiatives which were implemented under successive PPP Legal Affairs Ministers and Attorneys General, which are still being undertaken by the current Government.“What we are witnessing now is the result of our initiatives which were embarked upon. Thousands of cases had to be cleared up before you could have seen the results,” he stressed.He, however, told this publication that more initiatives still have to be implemented to ensure that the reduction continues, chief of which is being to appoint additional judges to the bench.“We increased the complement of judges (and) special courts were established to deal with special matters. Perhaps the current ratio of judge to case clearly shows that we need more judges,” he stressed.The former minister, however, cautioned that while the payment package for judges is “reasonable”, the State has to be cognizant when taking on persons to fill the posts, given the nature of the profession.He called for more full court sittings in Berbice and Essequibo, saying that there is need to have more physical space to accommodate the additional judges.“We need to expand the courts in Essequibo and Berbice. What you have in Berbice is two judges sitting, one for Civil and the other (for) criminal. At any given time, one can easily double that without any hardship on the system,” Nandall stated.As with the Sexual Offences Court in Demerara, the former Legal Affairs Minister called for automated system in the courts, which would relieve Judges and Magistrates from the arduous task of writing all of what is said in court.“The voice recording equipment needs to be implemented and used. People were trained to use system and were trained to produce verbatim records within 24 hours. They need to use that system,” he urged.The Acting Chief Justice had explained to the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the High Court now operates under the Civil Procedures Rules which were introduced on February 6, 2017, as opposed to the “old High Court Rules”“There are a number of them that we call live matters in the sense that they are matters that will go to trial unless the parties agree to settle, but we also have a number of matters that will not be going to trial. Under the old High Court Rules, a judge must adjudicate to formally complete them,” DPI quoted her as saying.The acting CJ noted further that 1,500 matters are before the Court that require trials or a full hearing. The remaining, from estimation, will have to be passed through the Court for them to be formally closed. It was explained that under the Civil Procedures Rules, there are Fixed Date and statement of claim matters. For 2017, a total of 2,063 Fixed date applications was filed, and 1,452 were completed. Four hundred and forty (440) statements of Claim matters were filed, of which 54 were completed. For 2018, a total of 214 Fixed Date Applications were filed, with 95 completed. And 37 Statement of Claim matters were filed and 4 were completed. Judges are rotated to the other two counties each session for at least three months, DPI reported.When contacted on Thursday evening, Guyana Bar Association President Kamal Ramkarran was not available for comment.
Patrons can now benefit from much-improved sound at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) as a brand new, state-of-the-art sound system is currently being installed to the tune of $19 million. The first phase of the project commenced recently at a cost of $7 million which saw the installation of new stage monitors, a new Public Address (PA) system for the theatre, as well as new amplifiers and line array speakers.The upgrades to the NCC’s sound system are just part of a multibillion-dollar effort to comprehensively upgrade the NCC, and bring it up to par with similar facilities located across the Region and internationally.The Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport has embarked on a massive overhaul of the facility, with a series of upgrades already being executed in several areas.These include rewiring of the facility, the purchase of new curtains, the installation of a modern lighting system, and repairs to the NCC’s roof.More significant are the efforts to replace all the old chairs in the theatre, with brand new ones.The NCC, which opened on May 16, 1976, is Guyana’s premier venue for cultural and theatrical entertainment. The auditorium seats approximately 2000 people; the stage is 15 metres (48 feet) deep with an orchestra pit, and a 22-metre (72-foot) wide by 6.1-metre (20-foot) high opening.
The spidery theme building at the heart of Los Angeles International Airport will undergo months of renovation and repair after a chunk of its plaster skin broke apart, revealing widespread rust damage. The half-ton piece of plaster detached from one of the soaring arches of the landmark building more than two weeks ago and crashed into its upper platform. The impact caused no real damage, but rattled diners inside the building’s Encounter Restaurant and prompted work crews to install protective scaffolding. This week, though, engineers made a closer inspection of the arches and found that several sections of the plaster sheathing are weak and could also fall. Airport officials ordered the Encounter closed late Wednesday as a precaution. In the coming months, travelers at LAX can expect to see the upper arches of the space-age building reduced to their steel cores as workers strip away and rebuild the outer plaster. Airport officials inspected the hole in the arch from the building’s rooftop and initially thought the rest of the plaster looked stable. A small crew of engineers surveyed the top of each arch, finding “extensive decay” in the web of metal and wire mesh that attaches the plaster skin of the arches to the steel cores. firstname.lastname@example.org (310) 543-6649160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said it is too early to say how much the repairs will cost or how long they will take. “We’re just guesstimating that it might take at least six months,” Castles said. The Encounter – a funky, sci-fi vision of lava lamps and drink dispensers that zap like lasers – could open sooner, although airport officials have no exact timeline. The section of plaster that peeled off the building late last month was about 10 feet long and 5 feet wide, and weighed an estimated 1,000 pounds. It fell from midway up one of the upper arches and slammed into the concrete platform at the center of the building, not far from the roof of the restaurant. Nobody was hurt, and the only damage caused by the falling plaster was an indentation punched a few inches into the concrete. But inside the Encounter, “it was just noisy as the piece fell,” said Connie Bass, the restaurant’s marketing director. “It did disturb some of the guests.”
SANTA ANA – Three doctors were charged Wednesday as part of a long-running investigation into an alleged “rent-a-patient” scam that has cost insurers millions of dollars, authorities said. Prosecutors allege Unity Outpatient Surgery Center recruited patients from across the nation, who then underwent unnecessary surgery in exchange for money or low-cost cosmetic procedures. Dr. Michael Chan, a Cerritos obstetrician; Dr. William Hampton, a Seal Beach surgeon; and Dr. Mario Z. Rosenberg, a Beverly Hills gastroenterologist, were arrested Wednesday. Bail ranged from $1 million to $2.3 million. Each was charged with 47 felony counts, including conspiracy for billing 19 insurance companies $30.5 million after performing unnecessary colonoscopies and surgeries on 940 patients, authorities said. Their first court appearance was pending.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The doctors could face nearly 50 years in prison. The California Medical Board was pursuing the suspension of their licenses. Fourteen others, including five administrators and nine recruiters, have been charged as part of a four-year investigation. “Doctors have a respected position in our community and are entrusted with our health and well-being,” Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said. “Doctors need to know if they commit insurance fraud, they may be trading in their scrubs for prison jumpsuits.” Chan, 61, was the owner and medical director at Unity. Authorities said he performed 211 unnecessary procedures on 208 patients, billing $9.5 million in claims, of which $1.8 million was paid to the clinic. Rosenberg, 60, and Hampton, 51, also performed hundreds of procedures, billing insurers $21 million in claims, of which $3.3 million were paid, prosecutors said.
— Only three countries, hosts Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia, took part in the first tournament in February 1957 and there was no qualifying competition.— The most successful country has been Egypt with seven titles followed by Cameroon (five), Ghana (four), Nigeria (three) and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Ivory Coast (two each).— Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o is the leading overall Cup of Nations scorer, notching 18 goals in six tournaments between 2000 and 2010.— Egypt goalkeeper Essam el Hadary became the oldest player at 44 years and 21 days to feature in the tournament when he faced Cameroon in the 2017 final in Libreville.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Egypt goalkeeper Essam el Hadary is the oldest player at 45 to feature in an Africa Cup of Nations finals match© AFP/File KHALED DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Apr 12 – Five Africa Cup of Nations facts after draw for 2019 tournament was made in Cairo Friday:— Egypt will be hosts for a record fifth time. They previously staged the Cup of Nations in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006, winning three of those four tournaments and finishing third in the other.
0Shares0000Salah the saviour: Mohamed Salah scored twice to spare Liverpool’s blushes against Salzburg © AFP / Paul ELLISLiverpool, United Kingdom, Oct 3 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes even the European champions have plenty of room for improvement after surviving a huge Champions League scare to beat Salzburg 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead.Sadio Mane opened the scoring against his former club before Andy Robertson and Salah put the holders in command inside the first 36 minutes before Salzburg bared their teeth. The Austrian champions’ teenage striking sensation Erling Braut Haaland was only fit enough for a place on the bench, but they still packed a punch going forward and were rewarded when Hwang Hee-Chan pulled a goal back just before half-time.Takumi Minamino and Haaland, just four minutes after coming on as a substitute, then brought Salzburg level on the hour mark.However, Salah had the final word as the Egyptian smashed home the winner 21 minutes from time.“We opened the door and they were running through, chasing through the door,” said Klopp.“It’s better to learn the lessons during the game than talk about it after it.“It was a very important lesson for us to learn. I knew before we have to improve and now everyone knows.”Liverpool were under pressure to make fortress Anfield count after losing 2-0 to Napoli on matchday one.Klopp’s men lost all three of their away group games last season, but won all three of their home games to sneak through before going on to win the competition for a sixth time.– Slick attacking football –Rising star Haaland scored just four minutes after coming on as a substitute © AFP / Paul ELLISNormal service looked set to be resumed as the holders roared into a 3-0 lead thanks to some slick attacking football.“I thought we were outstanding in the first 30 minutes,” added Klopp.“The momentum changed and it was really difficult to get a foot in the game. We had to wait until they had scored the third goal, then we were able to strike back.”The Reds are well aware of Salzburg’s pedigree of developing fine young players, and it was one of their former alumni that opened the scoring as Mane exchanged passes with Roberto Firmino before slotting into the far corner.Another fine team move made it 2-0 as one full-back, Trent Alexander Arnold, crossed for another in Robertson to convert just his second ever Liverpool goal like a striker.Salah was then on hand to finish from close range after Cican Stankovic could only parry Firmino’s header back into the danger area.Salzburg have now scored 51 goals in their first 12 games this season and were given hope as Liverpool eased off the accelerator towards the end of the first half.The visitors’ fightback began in earnest when Hwang left Virgil van Dijk on the floor as the South Korean turned inside and fired into the far corner.Klopp was growing visibly frustrated on the touchline as his side failed to cope with Salzburg’s pressing and incisive passing through midfield and even the German could not find a solution at half-time as Salzburg came out flying.The second Salzburg goal was coming and finally arrived when Minamino volleyed in from Hwang’s cross.Haaland, who scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut in the 6-2 thrashing of Genk on matchday one, was then introduced and instantly offered an even more direct threat.The Norwegian should have scored when he fired into the side-netting with just Adrian to beat, but moments later the 19-year-old tapped in at the back post after a purposeful break from the impressive Minamino.Anfield was shocked, but not silenced and the home fans helped rouse the Liverpool into a response of champions.Salah was quickest to react to a Firmino knockdown inside the area and smashed past the onrushing Stankovic to restore Liverpool’s lead and secure a vital three points.“At 3-3 we had put a lot into it, maybe our guys were a little bit tired and it’s an incredible team we’re playing against,” said Salzburg’s American manager Jesse Marsch.“The important thing is to learn from this loss to give ourselves a chance to get out of this group.”0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)
OLYMPICS: There has been yet more woe for the Irish Boxing team after Katie Taylor suffered a shock loss in her quarter-final fight with Mira Potkonen. Taylor looked shocked at the decision, but it’s hard to argue against the decision.The Finnish fighter delivered a classy performance and won the fight on a split decision. One judge scored the contest 39-37 in favour of Taylor, while another judge gave it 39-37 in favour of Potkonen, while the third judge scored the fight 38-38 and gave the decision to the Finnish boxer.The defeat is another huge blow for the Irish Boxing team, who have suffered a disastrous Olympics with the exception of Michael Conlan.It seems the loss of Billy Walsh to the USA, has had a severe impact on the Irish Boxing team, and that coupled with the Michael O’Reilly tested positive for a banned substance has signified a horrible campaign thus far. Michael Conlan now carries the hopes of an entire nation in his bid to land a gold medal for Ireland.More woe for Ireland as Katie Taylor bows out of the Olympics was last modified: August 15th, 2016 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:boxingKatie TaylorOlympicsOUTRioSport
Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., has announced that his Department is implementing a specific measure in Gaeltacht areas in order to raise awareness among young families in the Gaeltacht of the advantages of raising children with Irish.The aim of this measure is to reinforce the Irish language as the household and community language in the Gaeltacht, consistent with the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language.As part of the campaign, materials such as posters and pamphlets will be circulated to health centres and doctors’ surgeries across the Gaeltacht in order to highlight the matter as well as the language support package provided by the Department to young Gaeltacht families raising children with Irish or those who wish to do so. Information on the current campaign will also be disseminated among preschool services in Gaeltacht areas.Under the initiative, a package of books, DVDs and other relevant material is provided, free of charge, to families who contact the Department. Since its introduction in 2012 5,798 packages have been supplied to young families.“This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the advantages of having Irish, and to tell people that support is available to them from my Department if they choose to raise their children with Irish,” said Minister of State McHugh as he announced the information campaign.“From feedback we received from the community it is clear that such a measure is needed. Young Gaeltacht parents have direct and regular contact with doctors’ clinics and health centres in the Gaeltacht and this is a wonderful opportunity to make them aware of the options they have regarding their household language.” As GaeilgeTá fógartha ag Príomh-Aoire an Rialtais agus Aire Stáit don Ghaeilge, don Ghaeltacht agus do na hOileáin, Joe McHugh T.D., (3 Samhain) go bhfuil a Roinn chun beart faoi leith a chur sa tsiúl sna ceantair Ghaeltachta ar mhaithe leis na buntáistí a bhaineann le clann a thógáil le Gaeilge a chur ar a súile do theaghlaigh óga na Gaeltachta.Tá sé mar aidhm ag an mbeart seo an Ghaeilge a threisiú mar theanga teaghlaigh agus pobail sa Ghaeltacht i gcomhréir leis an Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge.Mar chuid den fheachtas, scaipfear ábhar eolais amhail póstaeir agus leatháin in ionaid sláinte agus dochtúra fud fad na Gaeltachta ar mhaithe le haird a dhíriú ar an ábhar agus ar an bpacáiste tacaíochta teanga atá á chur ar fáil ag an Roinn do theaghlaigh óga na Gaeltachta atá ag tógáil clainne le Gaeilge nó a dteastaíonn uathu é sin a dhéanamh.Scaipfear eolas chomh maith faoin bhfeachtas reatha ar na seirbhísí réamhscolaíochta sa Ghaeltacht. Faoin tionscnamh scaiptear beart leabhar, DVDanna agus ábhar oiriúnach eile, saor in aisce, ar theaghlaigh a chuireann fios air ón Roinn. Ó cuireadh tús leis in 2012 tá 5798 pacáiste scaipthe ar theaghlaigh óga.“Deis ar dóigh í seo chun na buntáistí a bhaineann leis an Ghaeilge a chur ar a súile do dhaoine, agus chun a rá leo go bhfuil tacaíocht ar fáil dóibh ó mo Roinnse má roghnaíonn siad a gclann a thógáil le Gaeilge,” a dúirt an tAire Stáit McHugh agus é ag fógairt an fheachtais eolais.“Léirigh aiseolas a fuarthas ón phobal go bhfuil gá le beart mar seo. Bíonn teagmháil dhíreach agus rialta ag tuismitheoirí óga na Gaeltachta leis na hionad dochtúra agus sláinte sa Ghaeltacht agus is deis ar dóigh í seo chun na roghanna atá acu maidir le teanga teaghlaigh a chur ar a súile dóibh”.Families encouraged to speak Irish to children as new campaign launched was last modified: November 4th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:familyGAELTACHTirishjoe mc hugh
Submissions are being invited from members of the public on proposals to vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2019.Donegal County Council is keen to hear the views and opinions on any proposal to vary the rate of Local Property Tax and in particular, on the potential effects of this on households, individuals, businesses and indeed on Council services. Local Property Tax is an annual tax charged on all residential properties in Ireland and came into effect in 2013. In accordance with the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 as amended, local authorities may vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax within its own area by a maximum of 15%.This means that Donegal County Council can either increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2019 by a maximum of 15% of the 2018 rate.For example, if a house is valued at under €100,000, the Local Property Tax in 2018 would have been €90. If the Local Property Tax rate is increased by 15%, this house owner will pay €103.50 in 2019 and if the Local Property Tax rate is reduced by 15%, then this house owner will pay €76.50 in 2019.The money collected under the Local Property Tax contributes towards the cost of providing a range of local Council services including libraries, public lighting, road maintenance, housing services, fire services, dealing with illegal dumping and littering, community initiatives, beach management and tourism development initiatives.An adjustment in the rate of Local Property Tax will have an impact on the Councils capacity to deliver these services. For instance, if the rate is reduced and if funding is not available to replace this reduction, then the income available to the Council will be reduced which will in turn limit the range and extent of services and supports that can be provided in 2019. If the rate is increased then an increased level of income available to the Council will increase the capacity to deliver services and supports in 2019.Having considered a range of issues, the Council could also decide not to vary the rate and to the leave the rate the same as in 2018.Donegal County Council is keen to hear the views and opinions on any proposal to increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2019. In particular, the Council would like to find out more about the potential effects of varying the basic rate of Local Property Tax on households, on individuals, on businesses and indeed on Council services.Further information, including a list of frequently asked questions is available on www.donegalcoco.ie .The deadline date for all submissions is the 17th August 2018 and submissions should be made in writing and emailed to LPT@donegalcoco.ie or posted to Donegal County Council, LPT Submissions, County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Feedback from the public will be considered by the elected members of Donegal County Council as part of the decision making process at a meeting in late September 2018 when a final decision will be made on varying the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal.Council looking to hear public’s view on rate of local property tax was last modified: July 17th, 2019 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)
A man has been arrested after he was caught with ten stolen mobile phones in Letterkenny.Gardai stopped the man as part of a routine patrol and found the stolen phones in his car on Saturday week last.When quizzed the man admitted stealing the phones from patrons in a pub earlier in the night. Some of the phones had been reported stolen but some had not.A Garda spokesman said “The man was stopped as part of a routine patrol and found with ten phones.“All the phones had been taken from the same premises on the same night.”The man is expected to appear at a future sitting of the courts. Man arrested after 10 phones stolen from Letterkenny pub was last modified: March 6th, 2019 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:donegalGardailetterkennyphonesstolen