Govt MP denies being US citizen

first_imgBarbara Patricia Pilgrim, the new Member of Parliament who replaced Charrandas Persaud after his expulsion from his Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentary seat due to his December 21, 2018, conscience vote, has denied being a citizen of the United States.MP Barbara Pilgrim as she took her oath of officePilgrim, in a letter to Guyana Times, drafted by former PNCR leader, Robert Corbin, said “I am a born Guyanese citizen and the holder of a Guyana passport. I have never been a citizen of any other country and have never held a passport of any other country.”Her denial comes one day after well-placed sources within the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) told this publication that the Parliamentarian’s residency ties to the US.Pilgrim took the oath as a MP during the 112th sitting of the 11th Parliament on Thursday last.When contracted, Government Chief Whip Amna Ally said she is unaware of Pilgrim’s citizenship status. “I wouldn’t know, I am not working for the US Embassy,” Ally told this newspaper.The MP is a former teacher, co-op officer and a community development officer. In the National Assembly, she represents Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on the basis of geographical representation.On December 21, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party against the Government succeeded when Persaud, who has since left the jurisdiction, broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Since the passage of the motion, however, persons aligned with the coalition party have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified. Attorney General Basil Williams has also argued that Persaud, as a dual citizen of Canada, was disqualified from voting.This argument formed part of the opinions presented to Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland in the hopes that he would reverse the ruling. On Thursday last, the Speaker refused to do so.With the Speaker refusing to reverse his ruling, a court case was filed on Friday, in which an order is being sought to, among other things, delay the elections until the court rules on the matter.In a section of the affidavit, submitted to the High Court, it is stated that an application is being made for a declaration from the court that Persaud is not qualified as a member of the National Assembly.According to the document filed, Persaud “…by virtue of his own act and acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience and adherence to a foreign power to wit, the Sovereign State of Canada, in contravention of Article 155 (1) (a) of the Constitution of Guyana”.Compton Herbert Reid, the private citizen who filed the legal challenge is arguing that the former MP’s vote was null and void.Attorney Rex McKay filed the challenge on behalf of Reid while the respondents are listed as Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, Charrandas Persaud and Attorney General Basil Williams.last_img read more

Dene Tha’ shale gas development court challenge

first_imgCiting a lack of hoped for discussions with the industry and the BC Oil and Gas Commission, the Dene Tha’ First Nation is taking the provincial government to court over concerns about Northeast BC shale gas development. In a petition filed with the BC Supreme Court, it is challenging the Energy Ministry’s decision last year to sell oil and gas tenures in the Cordova Basin.- Advertisement -It is located within the First Nation’s traditional Northeast BC territory, and Dene Tha’ is concerned about the impact of shale gas development on its constitutionally-protected Treaty-8 hunting, fishing, and trapping rights.It is also citing hydraulic fracking concerns with regard to water quality and quantity, and the lack of adequate information on potential environmental impacts to area in question.Thus in the lawsuit it is asking the court to set aside the tenure sales, and to order the province to engage in a meaningful consultation process with the Dene Tha’, that fully addresses its concerns.last_img read more

Dem says Gonzales should quit

first_imgAs vice chairman of the Democratic caucus, Schumer is No. 3 in the Senate leadership. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the committee, said Gonzales’ resignation was a “question for the president and the attorney general.” “I do think there have been lots of problems,” said Specter, who last week suggested that a Gonzales tenure may have run its course. “Before we come to conclusions, I think we need to know more facts.” Meanwhile, the White House acknowledged on Sunday that presidential adviser Karl Rove served as a conduit for complaints to the Justice Department about federal prosecutors who were later fired for what critics charge were partisan political reasons. House investigators on Sunday declared their intention to question Rove about any role he may have played in the firings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Senate’s No. 3 Democrat said Sunday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign because he is putting politics above the law. Sen. Charles Schumer cited the FBI’s illegal snooping into people’s private lives and the Justice Department’s firing of federal prosecutors. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Gonzales repeatedly has shown more allegiance to President George W. Bush than to citizens’ legal rights since taking his job in early 2005. He branded Gonzales, a former White House counsel, as one of the most political attorneys general in recent history. “Attorney General Gonzales is a nice man, but he either doesn’t accept or doesn’t understand that he is no longer just the president’s lawyer, but has a higher obligation to the rule of law and the Constitution even when the president should not want it to be so,” Schumer said. “And so this department has been so political that I think for the sake of the nation, Attorney General Gonzales should step down,” he said. last_img read more

Dive Rally shows off cool stuff on a hot day

first_imgBy Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER The sweltering heat may have made visitors wish they could have jumped into the harbor along with the professionals at last Saturday’s Dive Rally. The annual event, presented by the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, featured underwater equipment that has been used in the Los Angeles Harbor for years. Charlie Orr, a member of the California Classic Equipment Divers, attended Saturday’s event and agreed that the crowd had fun and learned a lot. “There were a lot of questions on how equipment was used and the age of it,” he said. In addition to the equipment, the crowd was also curious about the age of the demonstrators. “Especially the older \, when they dove people wanted to know about them and were kind of amazed that two guys who are almost 80 years old are still doing this,” Orr laughed. Trivelli thinks that the dive rally could raise interest and bring more guests to the Maritime Museum, where the dive equipment is normally on display in an exhibit called 20,000 Jobs Under the Sea. For more information about the museum and its collections, go to rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Museum Director Marifrances Trivelli estimated that about 500 people attended the event. “It was hot, so I think people were looking for a cool place,” she joked. Stationed on a boat in the harbor, demonstrators from the California Classic Equipment Divers showed off the equipment for crowds on the shore. A speaker on the observation deck allowed the crowd to listen to the divers underwater. Among other things, they showed off a 1960s helmet used in the offshore oil industry. Trivelli said that many in attendance were surprised to find out the clunky-looking equipment is still used. “Over and over, people did not know that this gear is used in modern day,” she said. “I think that was eye-opening to them, that it’s not all scuba gear.” last_img read more

RPV burglary suspects get a ride to jail

first_imgEarly Saturday, they allegedly committed crimes on Doverridge and Seabryn drives, hiding their stolen property in the bushes. When no one came to pick them up, they walked to the Ralphs supermarket at 30019 Hawthorne Blvd. “They were hoping to get a ride,” the detective said. “Unfortunately for them, their friends knew less about Rancho Palos Verdes than they did.” While waiting, they tried to buy alcohol, but did not have identification and became involved in an argument with a clerk. Deputies were called and realizing what the teens were up to arrested them and located the property hidden on nearby streets. Joshua Williams, 19, and a 17-year-old boy, both of San Pedro, were arrested. A 16-year-old boy remains at large. Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Williams with two counts of burglary, a probation violation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is in county jail. The 17-year-old is being held at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey. “It does definitely solve a problem,” Peterson said. “It was really unusual. We don’t see too many residential burglaries at that hour.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“They went up there and they didn’t have a way back home,” sheriff’s Detective Dave Peterson said Tuesday. “They’d been dropped off, and they had stolen property stashed all over the place.” The teens have been linked to three break-ins but possibly committed more in the area and nearby Torrance, deputies said. During the past few weeks, burglaries were reported at homes in neighborhoods off Hawthorne Boulevard and Doverridge Drive, Peterson said. Deputies believe thieves randomly picked houses from 9 to 11 p.m., knocking on doors to see if anyone was home. If nobody answered, they broke in through unlocked windows or doors. Once inside, they took televisions, laptop computers, small electronic devices, cellular telephones, cash and “a whole lot of jewelry,” Peterson said. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER Two burglary suspects who were dropped off to commit crimes in Rancho Palos Verdes stashed about $60,000 worth of stolen loot in the bushes along residential streets, deputies said Tuesday. Unfortunately for the criminals, their ride never returned to pick them up. The thieves quickly found themselves in jail. last_img read more

Wham-O! Deal closed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The turnaround boosted Wham-O’s annual sales from $18 million eight years ago to an estimated $80 million in 2005, but Cornerstone negotiators saw plenty of room for more growth. “We are going to give (Wham-O) the octane that it has never had,” said Rybakoff, who represented Cornerstone in the negotiations. “Wham-O is a fantastic international name, but it hasn’t really been sold overseas a lot.” Cornerstone plans to expand into new markets, such as Brazil and South Africa. As part of the international expansion, Cornerstone is negotiating to buy two other toy companies specializing in outdoor recreation, Rybakoff said. He declined to identify the acquisition candidates. Wham-O’s new owners control five Chinese factories with a total of 20,000 to 25,000 workers, providing ample manpower to increase production of Wham-O’s toys, which include Superball, Boogie Board, Hacky Sack, Silly String and Water Wiggle. SAN FRANCISCO – Wham-O Inc., the maker of vintage toys including the Frisbee, Slip ‘N Slide and Hula Hoop, has been sold to a Hong Kong distributor that’s trying to build a one-stop shop for outdoor fun. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but Cornerstone Overseas Investment Limited is paying less than the $80 million price that the previous owner, the Charterhouse Group, sought when it put Wham-O on the sales block in 2004, said James Rybakoff, an investment banker representing Cornerstone. The deal closed last week, but wasn’t announced until Thursday. Cornerstone is run by Jeff Hsieh, who recently ended a 4-year partnership with Marvel Entertainment Inc. Wham-O, based in Emeryville, Calif., was acquired in 1997 by Charterhouse, which paid $20 million and hired new management to revive a venerable toy line that had been neglected during the three years the company was owned by industry giant Mattel Inc. “Our brands aren’t considered hot because they are so old, but they are still cool,” said Mojde Esfandiari, Wham-O’s president. She hopes to double Wham-O’s sales during the next two to three years under Cornerstone’s ownership. This marks the fourth change in Wham-O’s ownership since Rich Knerr and Spud Melin founded the company in 1948. Wham-O became ingrained in pop culture a few years later when it bought the rights to the Pipco Flying Saucer, which was later named the Pluto Platter and finally became the Frisbee brand in 1958. Although Esfandiari will remain Wham-O’s president, Cornerstone plans to bring in a new chief executive within the next six months, Rybakoff said. Most of Wham-O’s 300 workers are expected to be retained. Cornerstone is run by Hsieh, who recently ended a 4-year partnership with Marvel Entertainment Inc. that required him to pay a minimum of $20 million for the licensing rights to toys based on comic-book heroes including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and Captain America. Marvel canceled its contract with Hsieh’s Toy Biz Worldwide a year before its scheduled December 2006 expiration to clear the way for a new $205 million licensing deal with Hasbro Inc. 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


first_imgIt is never too early to think about the health of your lungs, COPD Support Ireland has insisted.COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an umbrella term for a number of chronic lung disorders, including bronchitis and emphysema.People with COPD have trouble breathing in and out. This is referred to as airflow obstruction. Breathing difficulties are caused by long-term damage to the lungs, usually because of smoking.It is a progressive, disabling condition caused by a narrowing of the airways. Smoking is the main cause and an estimated 380,000 people in Ireland are affected.COPD Support Ireland is a charity that aims to help those living with the condition. It has launched a new campaign, Love Your Lungs, which aims to get young and old people thinking about the health of their lungs.COPD affects people’s ability to breathe and perform even the easiest of tasks, however early intervention is key to effectively managing it, the charity pointed out. “Looking after your lungs from a young age by keeping fit and staying away from smoking is key to having healthy lungs in later life.COPD is a common progressive lung disease that mostly affects current or prior smokers, so not smoking or kicking the habit at an early stage has hugely beneficial effects for people,” explained the charity’s CEO, Damien Peelo.According to Prof Tim McDonnell, who is the national clinical lead on the HSE COPD Programme, people should be aware of the symptoms of this condition, because respiratory diseases, including COPD, are responsible for almost 12% of all deaths in Ireland. In people over the age of 65, this rises to 20%.“It is vital that we diagnose COPD as soon as possible in order to treat it effectively. The most important impact is the effect on the quality of life of the patients themselves, but there is also significant cost incurred. The cost to the State amounts to around €70 million per year,” he commented.However, he emphasised that even severe cases can be improved with treatment. “If people with COPD can make even small changes to their everyday lives, they can help themselves,” he noted.Some 13,000 people are hospitalised every year in Ireland as a result of exacerbations of their condition.Early symptoms include frequent coughing, sometimes with phlegm, and mild breathlessness after brisk walking or physical work.For more information go to the website DD HEALTH: BREATH EASY AND LOVE YOUR LUNGS CAMPAIGN was last modified: April 20th, 2016 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:COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)donegal daily healthLove Your Lungslast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S minor hurlers are through to the B Championship all-Ireland semi-final after victory by the narrowest of margins in Letterkenny today.The boys saw off favourites Roscommon by a single point in a closely fought encounter.Donegal have Eddie Lynch to thank for some excellent free taking; he hit six of his county’s nine points in the match – Donegal winning 0-09 to 0-08, with Roscommon missing several late chances to force extra time. Donegal will now meet Westmeath in the semi-final – with an All-Ireland final at stake.Meath will play Kerry in the other semi-final.Anyone for Donegal v Kerry in an All-Ireland final?  SUPER EDDIE SEES DONEGAL INTO ALL-IRELAND MINOR HURLING SEMI-FINAL was last modified: August 10th, 2013 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:SUPER EDDIE SEES DONEGAL INTO ALL-IRELAND MINOR HURLING SEMI-FINALlast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Golf Club Ladies ReportThere was a large entry (56 ladies) taking to the course for the Ruth’s Pharmacy Competition with the top seven players, plus Lady Captain, going forward to the Mary McDaid Memorial Trophy on September 14th in Portsalon.The best 36 handicap prize was won by Sarah Buchanan (31 points), Front 9 C. Reddan (22 points BOT), Back 9 Anne Cannon (18 points BOT), Third Margo Birmingham (36 points), Runner Up M. Cavanagh (38 points) and 1st Place Cynthia Fuery (39 points). CSS 36 points. The Ladies and Gents Club, organised by the Ladies Club, took place last week.The event, kindly sponsored by Brian McCormick Sports, Noel O’Connell and Dermot Condon, had been postponed earlier in the year due to inclement weather conditions.The results were as follows: Nearest the Pin (Ladies) Anne Condon; Nearest the Pin (Gents) Joe Terry; Third Anne Flannery, Lady Captain, Enda Mannion and Eamon McGlinchey (89 points); Second Michael Bouchier Hayes, Vincent McGlynn, Ciaran Ryan, Brian O’Reilly (89 points BOT); Winners Cornelius Mullan, Joe Terry, Gerard Harkin, Derek Kelly.Many thanks to all those members and visitors who played in this competition and thanks also to our sponsors and to the gents who assisted with the cards. The Lady Captain’s Outing was held in Ballyliffin and 32 ladies were in attendance.The weather conditions were testing as was the Glasheady Course but it was great to have such a big turnout of ladies of mixed golfing abilities, most of whom said they enjoyed the opportunity to play on such a renowned course.The outing was won by Tracy Spence who claimed the perpetual Tam O’Shanter, the much coveted annual award!Many thanks to our Lady Captain Sandra for her generosity in the provision of goody bags for golf and the pre dinner drinks, getting the evening celebrations off to a flying start.There will be a 9 hole scramble held on 10th September. Please see noticeboard for AM and PM draw sheet. All lady members are invited to play, especially beginners and improvers. All welcome.Tickets are still available for the Centenary draw which is scheduled to be held in October please contact any committee member or the shop.Advance notice for your dairy – White Collar Boxing fundraiser is being held on October 27th.GOLF NEWS: CYNTHIA FUREY WINS RUTH’S PHARMACY COMPETITION AT LETTERKENNY was last modified: September 3rd, 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:Anne CondonCynthia FureyGolf newsLadiesletterkennyNoticesSportTournamentlast_img read more

Reports: Antonio Brown accused of rape in lawsuit

first_imgNew England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is accused of rape by a woman who says she was his personal trainer, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Florida, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.Brown, who was released by the Raiders on Saturday before playing a game with the team, denied the allegations through a statement issued by his lawyer.According to the reports, the woman alleges Brown, a resident of South Florida, sexually assaulted her three times — twice in June 2017 …last_img read more