Proportional Representative (PR) candidate of the Sans Souci-Melville constituency in the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of Wakenaam, Sheikh Ahmad is confident that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) will garner gains in the Essequibo island district at this year’s Local Government Elections (LGE).As the November 12 date draws closer, the PPP/C representative told Guyana Times on Sunday that various candidates and representatives would continue meeting with potential constituents to convince them that their Party was the most suitable for their local representation.He told this newspaper that he expected the Party would secure a return to victory as it had done since the 1994 LGE were held. After the LGE resurfaced in 2016, the PPP/C secured 15 out of 18 seats, having won eight of nine constituencies. The Party opted to withdraw from Constituency Two, Rush Brook/Maria Johanna this time around owing to discrepancies in the list of candidates for the area. Nevertheless, Ahmad, who took over the NDC chairmanship in January, believes that his Party has the platform that will draw residents to cast their votes in its favour.“Our plan is for no new taxes and we want to continue to work with the drainage and irrigation system to enhance farming in terms of coconut, rice, plantain, cattle and to continue to work with community centres and grounds to enhance sport and sporting facilities,” the incumbent Chairman observed.Ahmad, who is also a farmer and businessman, told this newspaper that he would continue working with fellow farmers on the island with a view of having more input from them as they would have first-hand knowledge of the issues that arise in the agricultural sector. To this end, the politician said that he would place special focus on the areas of marketing, production and quality.He highlighted that his island has good drainage networks owing to an excavator that the Council obtained in 2010. The incumbent Chair outlined that every year the NDC was guided by its Work Programme whereby 26,000 rods of trenches and drains were cleaned and maintained, while kokers were also kept in working condition. Ahmad, however, stressed that many of the roads on Wakenaam were in a deplorable state although he was hopeful that Central Government would provide the NDC with a grader to level the roads ahead of overall road works.“There are 10-12 miles of deplorable roads on the island,” he stressed.He committed to working with various levels of Government to ensure that he advocated for the rights of his constituency. This comes even though the ruling party at the central level is the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC). However, at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) level in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), the PPP/C controls the majority, which has been advantageous to Wakenaam.“It wasn’t an easy task to work with Central Government as it was tough at first, but somehow found a working relationship with the Region and with our subventions, we have been able to achieve assistance for works,” he noted, referencing the recent breach of the sea defence and consequent flooding on the island which saw a multi-stakeholder approach being utilised to address the issue.Ahmad said that residents were very optimistic in supporting the Party’s candidates on his belief that they would garner the majority on the Wakenaam NDC.“We have been in the field working and we have shown the concern of caring and providing services for everyone despite your nationality, race or political affiliation. We have been a diverse Party, which has put our support to every person that has asked us for help. We reach out to them and that’s why we should be the persons returning to run the NDC,” the PR candidate stressed.
Persons are trickling in at the Tutorial Academy Secondary New Amsterdam to cast their ballots as Local Government Elections get underway. First to cast ballot was former Mayor of NA, Clause Henry and wife.Video Playerhttps://guyanatimesgy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/VID-20181112-WA0005.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
A mother of five is now dead following a stabbing incident at their Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) home on Friday.Dead is 37-year-old Shenika London of 1206 Second Corner, Central Amelia’s Ward. Her husband, Mike London, who is the prime suspect in the incident was nabbed by Police at Moblissa, Linden Soesdyke Highway on Friday afternoon. London, who eluded authorities for more six hours was reportedly shot to the leg after putting up resistance during his arrest.Shenika London and her husband Mike London in happier timesWhile information surrounding the incident is sketchy, Police said at about 10:30h, the woman ran across to the home of a neighbour, drenched in blood seeking assistance, but collapsed outside of the yard. She was rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex by neighbours where she was pronounced dead on arrival.A blood stained knife suspected to be the murder weapon was found at the scene. Her body, which bore multiple stab wounds, is at the hospital’s mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.It is unclear what transpired between the couple, who resided at the home they shared with the mother of the deceased. Several neighbours reported that they did not see or hear anything unusual before they saw the woman running outside covered in blood.London, whose youngest child is two years old, was the sister of popular disc jockey Akelo “DJ Akelo” Elliot.The woman’s mother, June Alicock was not at home at the time of the incident, but her two-year-old was reportedly present at the scene. A neighbour, Steve Simon, stated that he was alerted by the sound of knocking on his door and upon checking, he realised that it was his neighbour drenched in blood.“She ran out and come to me. I was in my bedroom when I hear a knocking on my door and I come outside to lend assistance,” he recalled. Speaking shortly after the incident, Simon, whose clothes were still blood-stained said he then called out to another neighbour who also came to the woman’s assistance and together they assisted her in boarding a taxi to the hospital.“She was alive all the time. The most she was doing was just gasping for breath. She was bleeding a lot though. (The car driver) was driving real fast because we just wanted to reach the hospital,” he noted.He said however, that it appeared as though the woman passed away after he left the hospital in search of one of her relatives.Meanwhile, investigations are continuing. (Utamu Bell)
The Auditor General (AG) has flayed seven of the 10 Regional Administrations over their mismanagement of Government buildings. He has revealed that some 288 persons are living in those buildings rent-free, and has since recommended that all steps be taken to recover the monies owed, so that the monies could be paid in to the Consolidated Fund, where they belong.Leading the list of delinquent regional administrations is that of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), which has again been flagged by the Auditor General for its management of the 300 Government buildings. It was revealed in 2016 that 132 of those buildings are occupied, but only 26 persons are actually paying rent; and in the AG’s Report for 2017, the occupancy number has been raised to 136, with only eight persons actually paying rent, while some 120 persons are living in the buildings without permission.According to Civil Service Law, 2004 Public Service Rules, “Government quarters provided to public servants as a condition of service, eg in the case of hospital staff, where presence on a hospital compound may be required on a continuous basis, shall be free of rent.”It goes on to state that: “in lieu of quarters, a house allowance may, with the approval of the Permanent Secretary, Public Service Ministry, be granted to a public servant who is entitled to free quarters but for whom quarters are not available.”It is understood that for unfurnished quarters, an employee who does pay rent is required to pay 10 per cent of his or her salary, while the requirement for a furnished apartment is 12 per cent of that employee’s pay.The report also recommended that the Regional Administration take steps to ensure that only officers entitled to Government quarters are accommodated therein.In the AG’s 2016 report, the same issue was identified and brought before the Public Accounts Committee, where Regional Executive Officer (REO) Pauline Lucas said the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARA) has been called in to assist with eviction. However, it is unclear as to the status of that action, since the number of occupancy has increased and those paying rent have decreased.Of the 10 Regions, figures were not provided for three of them; namely, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). However, it was reported that in Region One (Barima-Waini) there are 230 Government buildings owned and controlled by the regional administration, of which 60 are Government Living Quarters. Of these 60, officers of the region occupy twenty, 38 are unoccupied, and two are abandoned. However, in respect of the twenty living quarters occupied by officers of the Region, no evidence has been seen that rent was being paid by any of the occupants.According to the AG, the administration of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) made little or effort to correct the situation that existed in 2016, since it was revealed, after inspecting the House Rent Register, that of the 77 living quarters, 15 are occupied by unauthorised persons.However, the Region indicated that seven persons were transferred there, while five have vacated, and three are still occupying the living quarters.The Report indicated the number of persons paying rent in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) has increased from 7 at the end of December 2018 to 21 at the end of May 2018. However, some 28 other persons are still living without paying any rent.In Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica), the situation was a little different, since the AG identified that 20 of the 46 living quarters are occupied without any documentation to validate such action.Included in the 20 quarters are two junior staff, a heavy-duty vehicle driver and a Schools Welfare Officer; they continue to occupy these living quarters rent free and with free utilities. The Regional Administration had paid for these utilities, and currently, as of July 2018, continued to pay same without any approval.“The Head of Budget Agency indicated that the Schools Welfare Officer was transferred from Region Four and sent to the Region, but brought all her furnishings; while the heavy-duty vehicle driver was allocated an apartment next to the REO, who is entitled to a vehicle and driver in the event of an emergency, for transportation purposes,” the Report stated.Based on the records presented in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), there are some 102 living quarters, of which 88 are occupied, with only 12 paying rent, while 30 are entitled to rent free accommodation. However, of the 46 living rent free, there are five civilians with no relation to the regional administration.In Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), there are 85 Government buildings controlled by the Regional Administration with 53 being occupied rent-free. The last time rent was collected was in December of 2014.All of the defaulting REO’s have since promised to have the issue addressed and the living quarters regularised.
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ENTERTAINMENT: Letterkenny’s hottest new club No.58 is launching their highly anticipated ‘Saturday Night Project’ this weekend.Following on from the hugely successful official launch of No.58 last week – management at the trendy venue are launching their ‘Saturday Night Project’. There’s good news for all you ladies out there, as management have decided that the entry for ladies is FREE!No.58 have a diverse range of incredible cocktails to choose from – and all cocktails are just €5!There was a huge crowd in No.58 last weekend, and management expect a similar crowd to descend on the venue for the launch of their ‘Saturday Night Project’.Popular DJ Brian McDaid will be playing all the funky beats from 11.30 until the early hours of Sunday morning. If that wasn’t enough – No.58 are giving revellers the chance to win a booth for the night – and 12 FREE cocktails for you and FIVE friends!All you have to do is check out No.58 on Facebook for upcoming events and enter this weeks competition to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize.FREE ENTRY FOR LADIES – AS NO.58 LAUNCH SATURDAY NIGHT PROJECT was last modified: March 10th, 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:CocktailsentryfreeLadiesN0.58Saturday Night Project€5
COMPETITION: Arena7 Entertainment Complex in Letterkenny are giving away a prize everyday from now until Friday.The complex based on the Ramelton Road Letterkenny is a hive of activity over the Easter Holidays with families and you can join them. Today’s Competition – Wednesday:To win two games of Laser Quest for six People at Arena7 simply answer the following question:Can you name one of the two sisters from the Disney film “Frozen”?If you know the answer then simply write it in the comment thread under this story on Donegal Daily. We select the winner at random and will announce the winner tomorrow.The winner of yesterday’s competition for an hour of FREE bowling for SIX people is…….Rina Du Plessis, Letterkenny. To claim your prize Rina, simply private message us on Facebook.COMPETITION: WIN TWO GAMES OF LASER QUEST AT ARENA 7 FOR SIX PEOPLE was last modified: March 23rd, 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)
Details have been released tonight of the details of the funeral of the late Jim McCormick.And in a fitting tribute, his removal will arrive at Main Street in Letterkenny at 1.30pm approximately on Thursday en route to the family home at Rinboy, Fanad at 3pm approximately.Funeral Mass will be in St. Mary’s Church, Fanavolty, Fanad at 11.00am on Saturday followed by interment in Milford Cemetery. (House Private between 11.00pm and 10.00am.). Jim passed away while on holiday with his wife in Spain last week.A well-known and admired local businessman and owner of Magees Chemists on Main Street, he was active in the Tidy Towns movement.DETAILS RELEASED FOR FUNERAL OF LATE JIM McCORMICK was last modified: September 20th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Jim McCormick death notice
The latest Labour party TD to resign has his political roots in Co Donegal.TD KeaveneyGalway TD Colm Keaveney resigned as chairman and as a member of the Labour Party this afternoon, citing a situation which he said “is increasingly like a political charade”.Deputy Keaveney was the President of the Student’s Union at LYIT in the mid 1990s. He issued a detailed statement this afternoon confirming earlier reports that he intended to resign his position six months after voting against the Budget and amid increasing tension between him and the Labour leadership.Keaveney had refused to relinquish the chairmanship of the party despite being outside the parliamentary whip since voting against the Budget and had also publicly differed with the party’s position on a number of issues including the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill.His resignation makes him the second Labour TD to quit the party in less than a week after Patrick Nulty’s resignation last Friday. TD WHO QUIT LABOUR HAS POLITICAL ROOTS IN DONEGAL was last modified: June 26th, 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:Colm KeaveneyGalwaylabour
Air Corps crew were hit by bright lasers as they transported Donegal baby to hospitalGARDAÍ are hunting the thug who tried to bring down an Air Corps helicopter as it was taking a critically ill baby from Letterkenny General Hospital to Dublin for emergency treatment.The pilot reported several extremely dangerous incidents as he flew his Augusta Westland helicopter from Donegal to the Rotunda Hospital.The child, newborn and in need of urgent medical care by expert staff, was aboard the flight with two Air Corps crew, a doctor and a nurse when the incident happened. The air ambulance came under attack from a laser strike as it passed over Kingscourt in Co Cavan after 10pm on Wednesday.“This was a very serious incident and it is a growing problem for us. Last year we had 50 reported laser strikes on Air Corps aircraft,” said Air Corps spokesman Brendan O’Dowd.“This could have had serious consequences for everyone on board and caused permanent damage to the sight of members of the crew. They were not wearing night vision goggles at the time, but laser light strikes are even more serious if crew are targeted when they are.”He called for anyone with information on the incident to call Gardaí. It’s understood there are around 50 such incidents every year in Ireland. LASER LIGHT ATTACK ON AIR AMBULANCE PILOTS DURING DONEGAL BABY EMERGENCY was last modified: July 12th, 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:Air CorpsCavanchopperDonegal DailyGardailaser atackletterkenny hospital