Multimillion-dollar dining hall opens in Berbice

first_imgA sparkling new dining hall which equates to a scriptural one was on Sunday commissioned on the Corentyne by President David Granger.Another section of the dining hallPresident David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger being given a tour of the facilityThe new dining hall features royalty as the cutlery is covered in gold, so too are most of the utensils, walls and most of the internal architecture.Just as the curtains – they were custom made and imported from Israel. The dining hall is located at Philipp Village at Solomon’s Temple and was opened as part of the church’s 12th anniversary.Pastor Egbert Baggot told Guyana Times that the intention was to create a “one of a kind” dining hall in the ancient county.“We did not just want the church to be one of a kind, but everything about the sanatory to be one of a kind, so, for the dining room we had stuff brought from the Middle East.”He said the objective was to have the hall built with as many as possible “scriptural products” and enriched with lots of gold.Noting that in biblical days Solomon’s Temple was enriched with a lot of gold, Pastor Baggot said it cost the church a whole lot but they wanted it to be one of a kind.“I know if you come to the Temple or if you come to the dining hall you can still that you are way off.”The tables are made of marble and even the washroom has gold. The paper towel holder has a golden finish and the toilet seats, while not made of gold, is gold in colour.The dining hall is also available for rental.last_img read more

APNU/AFC targets Chancellor with unprecedented savagery – Ramkarran

first_img…says blatant intimidation signals to judiciary “toe the line”The State-owned Guyana Chronicle has over the past few months been waging anChancellor of the Judiciary, Carl Singhobscene and libellous, if not dishonest, campaign against the acting Chancellor of the judiciary, Carl Singh, as a matter of official Government policy –a situation if left unchecked will only get worse and is no doubt also intended to intimidate the future Chancellor and Chief Justice, soon to be appointed by Head of State David Granger, “to toe the line”.Senior Counsel (SC) and former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran drew that ominous conclusion over the weekend in his blog and called out the judiciary, Bar Association and general public over their silence on the recent attacks, saying “if not arrested now, they will only get worse”.SavageryThe alarming developments cannot be ignored and are in fact unprecedented in their savagery, according to Ramkarran.“Even in the 1980s, when the judiciary was under severe pressure, Chancellor Victor Crane could announce that socialist principles would guide him in his decision-making, in the sure knowledge that even if criticised, he would not be subjected to the demeaning insults, as made against Chancellor Carl Singh.”According to Ramkarran, “This open, blatant and shameless intimidation is not meant only for this Chancellor (Carl Singh)… It is a message to the next Chancellor and Chief Justice who will be appointed shortly, and for the entire Judiciary, to toe the line.”In his weekly writings, the former Speaker of the National Assembly under the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration posits, “The Chronicle’s obscene calumny against Chancellor of the Judiciary, Carl Singh, over several months and getting worse, its contempt of court and the Government’s intimidation of the judiciary have become deeply troubling.”Senior Counsel and former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph RamkarranHe recalled that the Chancellor was publicly warned to go on pre-retirement leave and not to hear any ‘political’ cases and that suspicion was expressed that he would start a case and postpone it beyond his retirement date so as to seek to extend his term of office.Disgraceful campaignRamkarran has since chided his long-time colleague saying, “What is worse is that a lawyer, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who has responsibility for information and the power to stop the Guyana Chronicle since it started its disgraceful campaign several weeks ago, has allowed it to continue… The only conclusion is that the Guyana Chronicle’s rampage against the Chancellor, and subversion of the Judiciary, is official Government policy.”Ramkarran observed too that his successor as Speaker of the National Assembly in 2011 in the person of now Natural Resources and Environment Minister Raphael Trotman — an Attorney-at-Law “who also should know better, abandoned principle, joined the bandwagon and threatened that Cabinet will ‘note’ the Chancellor’s decisions”.According to Ramkarran, “Minister Trotman twisted the intimidatory knife in an already suppurating wound and to what end, send the message home? Make sure that the Chancellor is officially humiliated by a Government official? Let him know that the Cabinet will be noting his behaviour? Well, the entire British Government is aggrieved by the court’s decision that a parliamentary decision is required to trigger Brexit. It appealed, as the Guyana Government should, when it loses. It is more dignified than whining and insulting.”Bharrat JagdeoPointing to recent articles appearing in the Guyana Chronicle, Ramkarran recalled that the State-owned newspaper’s headline last Thursday screamed, “SINGH STRIKES,” appearing with sub-headlines, which according to the Senior Counsel, “summarise the Chronicle’s complaints against the Chancellor’s decisions”.The sub-headlines appearing together with the ‘SINGH STRIKES’ were quoted as “…throws out Jagdeo’s race baiting case… nixes out-of-time appeal in DIPCON judgment… AG signals move to CCJ, questions motive.”The local legal luminary has since observed too that from the report in the Guyana Chronicle, “it appears that the first matter, which was a private criminal charge against Mr Bharrat Jagdeo, relating to alleged racial incitement, was thrown out by a High Court Judge.”The Attorney General (AG), who had appeared as Counsel, “erroneously made himself the Appellant in the appeal. At an earlier hearing, the Deputy Solicitor General, Ms Prithima Kissoon, when questioned by the Court of Appeal, conceded that it was wrong for the Attorney General to be a party,” according to Ramkarran.Vain attemptThe Guyana Chronicle related that the AG believed that the ‘move’ by the Deputy Solicitor General and the Chancellor was “a vain attempt to free Jagdeo of those cases.”Ramkarran has since pointed out that “if this is not a contempt of court, I don’t know what is”.He said the Chancellor, apparently acting with restraint and dignity, has not summonsed the Guyana Chronicle and the Attorney General before the Court of Appeal to answer charges of contempt, as he ought to have done.The other case referred to by the Guyana Chronicle – in its public castigation of the soon-to-be-retired Chancellor – is the Court of Appeal’s refusal to allow an out-of-time appeal against a $446 million judgment that was granted in favour of DIPCON Engineering Services Limited against the Government of Guyana.“I know nothing about the case. But this I do know. An appeal to the Court of Appeal has to be filed within six weeks of the decision of the High Court. Leave can be granted by the Court of Appeal within four weeks thereafter to file a notice of appeal out of time if ‘bona fide’ grounds are shown. Thereafter, ‘exceptional circumstances’ must be proved.”Third termThe Senior Counsel posits that more often than not, an application within the four weeks is granted, and “more often than not, an application thereafter is refused”.According to Ramkarran, neither the Government nor anyone else has an automatic right to appeal a decision outside the legally prescribed time.He has since suggested that the reporting by the Guyana Chronicle suggested that the Government did have such a right and the Court of Appeal was duty-bound to facilitate the Government, regardless of the circumstances.“The Chronicle is upset that the Court is hearing the ‘third term’ case. (Hint! Hint! It believes the Chancellor will rule in favour of Jagdeo, and ignore the merits of the case). What’s the problem? If the Government feels that it has a good case and loses, the CCJ will reverse the decision.”According to Ramkarran, while the Chancellor and Judiciary are subject to public scrutiny and criticism, “these attacks are unprecedented in their savagery”.last_img read more

Child-care pioneer, former college president dies

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. WHITTIER – Isabelle E. Gonthier, two-time president of the Rio Hondo College Board and a major force in establishing the first campus child-care center for student-mothers, died Monday at Kaiser Hospital in Fontana after a brief illness. She was 79. Gonthier served 12 years on the college board, from 1981 to 1993. There will be a public viewing at Rose Hills Mortuary, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Skyrose Chapel at Rose Hills, immediately followed by a graveside service. Gonthier was born July 4, 1927 in Ontario, but raised as a beach girl in Venice where she attended Venice High School. On weekends, she and her friends spent a lot of time diving for coins thrown into the water off of the Venice pier. last_img read more

Lukaku pays gushing farewell to Everton

first_img“I want to thank the fans for your support throughout the four years we’ve spent together.“I can proudly say it was an honour to play in front of you.”Everton’s record Premier League goalscorer with 68 posted his comments on Instagram from Los Angeles where he is on holiday with now United team-mate Paul Pogba.United’s pre-season tour is in serendipitous fashion beginning in Los Angeles.Lukaku added: “To the staff at the the stadium and training ground thank you for making me feel home from the first day I walked in.“To technical staff thank you for helping me become a better player. Working with you guys has been a pleasure and I’ll take your advice throughout the rest of my career.“Thank you Everton football club.”Lukaku — who Everton made a tidy profit on having bought him in 2014 from Chelsea for £28m — joins United after turning down the most lucrative contract offered by the Merseyside club at the end of last season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is Everton’s record Premier League goalscorer with 68 goals after joining the Goodison Park side in 2014 © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 10 – Romelu Lukaku bid a fond farewell to Everton as he contemplated life with Manchester United following his move for a reported £75 million ($97m, 85.5m euros) transfer record deal between British clubs.“I want to say a big thank you to all the people involved at Everton,” the 24-year-old Belgian international striker said.last_img read more

‘It’s time for Arsenal to go all out and buy the best in defence’ – Young Guns view

first_imgFollowing the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat, Gunners fan and Young Guns blogger Jamie Sanderson explains how important January will be for the club…It’s no secret Arsenal were short on defensive bodies at the start of the season, and while manager Arsene Wenger acknowledged it, he failed to address the problem in the closing stages of the transfer window.So it’s no surprise that just a few weeks into the campaign, we’re already dreadfully exposed at the back. Mathieu Debuchy is out for three months, Nacho Monreal one month and Kieran Gibbs is Kieran Gibbs. It’s not good.Arsenal have looked at free agents but there’s nobody useful around, and we’d be better saving our time and effort for the January transfer window.But not for a back up. Far from it.I think it’s time we finally solve our defensive nightmares for good, and purchase a new back four. Yep.Gibbs is class, but needs better back up, Debuchy would be a good second choice and there’s room for two more centre backs.Where will these bodies come from? I’d look strongly at the Bundesliga. Dortmund have great options in defence, so do Schalke. Let’s go all out.Arsenal will tick along nicely this term but with some quality injected at the back, we could really kick on this term and do something.The new year might seem a way off but it will be here soon, and we should now work on getting players signed on 1 January. Arsenal should have better options on the bench to support Kieran Gibbs 1last_img read more

Video: Manchester City youngster scores stunning winner

first_imgManchester City are currently on an end of season your on north America, and their first match saw them take on Toronto FC.And that game was settled by this peiece of brilliance from youngster George Evans.last_img


first_imgJoe McHugh TD has confirmed the Government’s decision to extend the Fodder Importation Transport Scheme for an additional two weeks, and to double the Imported Transport Subsidy to €2 million.Speaking yesterday in Letterkenny, Deputy McHugh said it is a difficult time for farmers.But the Fine Gael TD said Minister Simon Coveney is very aware of these difficulties. “This is a difficult time for farmers in Donegal and throughout the country. Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine Simon Coveney TD and the Government are acutely conscious of the challenges that farmers face in sourcing and providing fodder to stock, and of the difficulties with growth and ground conditions. This is a matter of ongoing discussion within the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party.“Today Minister Coveney has extended the Fodder Importation Transport Scheme for an additional two weeks, and he has doubled the Imported Transport Subsidy to two million euro.” RELIEF FOR DONEGAL FARMERS AS FODDER SCHEME EXTENDED FOR TWO WEEKS was last modified: May 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:fodderJoe McHughlast_img read more

Donegal doll company Lottie signs up with Penguin Books!

first_imgDonegal company Lottie Dolls has signed a major agreement with one of the world’s biggest book companies, Penguin Books. The company, which is based at the CoLab in Letterkenny, has announced they will now become part of the Puffin collection at Penguin, Lottie and Finn’s adventures to be expanded by the world-famous publisher.Lottie Dolls, are award winning dolls created to empower children to be themselves, to be imaginative, adventurous and most of all to have fun!Arklu have recognised how precious childhood is, and with growing societal pressures, how short it can be. Arklu have made it their mission to protect childhood and inspire learning through play with Lottie, Finn and friends.The brand are excited to announce that they will now become part of the Puffin collection at Penguin, Lottie and Finn’s adventures to be expanded by the world-famous publisher. Ballybofey man Ian Harkin, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Arklu, Lottie Dolls, said  “Our vision of childhood is simple, we dream of a place where kids can be kids, where the great outdoors is there to be explored, where curiosity-led discoveries and imagination run wild and where the only limit is bedtime!Ian Harkin, CEO of Lottie Dolls“Childhood should be an inclusive place for every girl and boy, and our publishing deal with Puffin at Penguin will be a perfect extension of our message! We are delighted to be in the company of much-loved authors such as Roald Dahl, Jeff Kinney (Diary of a wimpy Kid) and Jacqueline Wilson, and are excited to announce our partnership with the enthusiastic team at Penguin.”At play with LottieLeanne Gill, Publisher of Licensed Properties at Penguin Random House Children’s, who acquired the publishing deal with the brand, said they are delighted to be the publishing partner for Lottie Dolls.“At Penguin Children’s, we, of course, share Lottie’s love of reading, but also her passion for inspiring exploration, creativity and individuality and a desire to promote positive role models for children. We can’t wait to bring Lottie to a wider audience through our fiction and activity books launching in summer 2017.”Leanne has negotiated a three year term for the contract with Penguin Random House Children’s; with the Penguin Random House Rights team showcasing initial plans for the Lottie Dolls books in Frankfurt this October. The partnership is due to launch with two titles in May 2017; one being a fiction title for young readers, and one a sticker dressing-up book, which will be focused on stargazing and space.A further two titles will then follow in September 2017 – again, one fiction, one activity book (format/concept to be confirmed). Penguin Random House Children’s are dedicated bringing the quality and individuality of the dolls into their publishing range, and create really special books that readers will treasure.A massive achievement for the Donegal based start-up, who this year celebrated having a doll in space, and winning Google’s Adopt a Start-Up competition, Lottie and Finn were recently stocked in Arnotts, Dublin and extend their thanks to Donegal people for their support to date. Donegal doll company Lottie signs up with Penguin Books! was last modified: October 14th, 2016 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)last_img read more

NCS Playoffs: Ferndale, St. Bernard’s to meet in rematch of 2010 D-6 title game

first_imgEUREKA >> Six years ago, the No. 2 seed Ferndale Wildcats upset the top-seeded St. Bernard’s Crusaders 4-0 in the North Coast Section Division VI Championship Game.On Saturday, the No. 1 seed and defending champ Crusaders will once against host a No. 2 Wildcats team bent on keeping them from their third consecutive D-VI title.“We both are pretty familiar with each other and, from a baseball standpoint, St. Bernard’s has been it for the past 10 or so years,” Ferndale head baseball coach Justin …last_img read more

Counting under way in South Africa’s elections

first_img8 May 2014Politicians showed off their party colours at the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) national Results Operations Centre in Pretoria on Thursday morning as the focus shifted from voting to counting in South Africa’s fifth democratic elections.The atmosphere at the centre was busy and jovial, with political party representatives keeping a close watch on the giant blue results screens, while others interacted with their competitors.The centre, which is shaped like a stock exchange trading floor, also serves as a base for journalists, political analysts and election observers.Just over 35 percent of votes had been counted by 9am, just 12 hours after polling stations closed at 9pm on Wednesday.The African National Congress (ANC) was leading the national election with over 2.8-million votes (59%), followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 1.2-million votes (26%) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) – the new kid on the block in South African politics – with over 204 000 votes (4.2%).“It’s always important to kick off fast out of the blocks,” ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe told SAnews. Dressed in a yellow, black and green ANC party T-shirt, khakhi pants and a black jacket, Mantashe expressed confidence in how the party had fared. “I think we’ve kicked out of the blocks very fast and I think we should keep the momentum.”Dressed warmly in a purple coat, DA leader Helen Zille was also present at the results centre, which was abuzz with excitement as results continued to pour in. Zille said that although there had been some “hiccups”, the elections had gone off as smoothly as could be expected.Representatives of the EFF, dressed in their trademark red berets and some in red jumpers, could be seen conducting interviews with the various media houses stationed at the centre.Earlier, Mantashe went to “check how the fighters are doing”, and could be seen exchanging banter with them.Source: read more