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Justice will be served

first_imgDear Editor,An old Guyanese saying goes ‘if oil a float, water deh ah battam’ meaning a little evidence can tell the whole story. The Auditor General’s report for fiscal year 2017 uncovered seven rooms in a local hotel packed with drugs belonging to the government. Upon investigation, no documentary trail could be uncovered to explain why government drugs were in Ocean View hotel rooms. Surprisingly the Guyana Police force was not called in to investigate. An excuse by an unnamed official at the Ministry of Public health “that the Ministry had sought the assistance of corporate citizens to have the items stored at the offsite locations temporarily since the construction of bonds was ongoing” was accepted and recommendations made.Editor, the facts outlined in the AG 2017 Report are; there was no written agreement for use of rooms for storage; No rental charged for 7 hotel rooms; Plenty of air-conditioned bond space available; No inventory of drugs ‘stored’ was available for accountability; No Ministry official stationed at the hotel to control access; No delivery slips; No receipt for storage; No security for untold millions of dollars’ worth of pharmaceuticals; No record of any ministry official requisitioning drugs from this ‘storage’ facility exists; No written record of any kind to track entry and exit of the ‘store’ rooms; No paper trail in a country known for paper based bureaucracy; No paper or electronic trail of emails and/or notifications to health facilities of this new ‘storage’ location.The inescapable conclusion is that this was a large-scale theft of drugs bought with taxpayers monies; that the hotel was being used as a transshipment or pickup location far from prying eyes and ears; that when discovered there was a conspiracy to cover up this theft and that cover up must have included anyone in the Ministry of Public health professing belief that there were valid reasons for the use of these rooms as ‘storage’.To the perpetrators of this scheme to defraud the taxpayers and deprive the people of Guyana of much needed pharmaceutical supplies, I offer two more old Guyanese sayings ‘time longer than twine’ and ‘moon ah run till day ketch am’. There will be a law enforcement investigation into this blatant scheme soon enough and justice will be served.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Presidential portraits to undergo face lift

first_imgAs a result, City Council members this week voted to mothball the portraits – but not the tradition. The plan is to purchase ready-made copies of paintings of the presidents on a computer disk, which can then be used to transfer the images onto more-durable vinyl surfaces, said officials, who hope to have the new images ready for display by this summer. “We’re trying to maintain the tradition,” said Councilman Hal Malkin. “It’s the Avenue of the Presidents.” Robinson said, since last summer, when the portraits came down, he and Community Services Coordinator Misty Cota have been looking at ways to keep the Avenue of the Presidents tradition alive. They looked at having the existing portraits photographed and then displaying the photos, but council members decided instead to store the portraits and have new images created. LA MIRADA – Some of their faces have turned green, or are fading to white. A few noses are missing. Each July for the past 31 years, the solemn images of 42 U.S. presidents have watched over traffic along La Mirada Boulevard – known locally as the Avenue of the Presidents – from wood-framed portraits painted by the late local artist Cy Young. The unique seasonal display is possibly the only one its kind in the country, said Tom Robinson, director of community services. But now, most of the 4-feet wide, 6-feet tall portraits are clearly showing their age. Their paint is flaking away and discoloring. Even their wooden frames are deteriorating to the point where they could pose a hazard to vehicles. The city commissioned the portraits from Young, a former insurance company executive who took up painting as a hobby in his retirement years, specializing in landscapes, sea scapes and floral paintings. A member of the Arts Colony of La Mirada, Young died in 2005. Many of his portraits of the presidents are well done, but others, not so much, said Malkin. “Some of the pictures are not great artistic renderings,” he said. Better renderings of the presidents would be more historically accurate, Malkin said. “We are going to have a new program any way because Cy isn’t around” to repaint the portraits, he added. It’s uncertain how much it will cost the city to acquire new renderings. One possibility officials are looking at is tapping into a collection of presidential portraits available through cable television station C-SPAN, which owns rights to a collection by artist Chase Fagan. That would cost the city nearly $10,000. As for Young’s creations, officials say they plan to store them and bring out one or two of the better-preserved portraits for occasional display at Neff Park and other locations around the city. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 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

Exclusive – Bully boy Costa backed to lead Chelsea to the Premier League title

first_imgScott Minto expects Diego Costa to fire Chelsea to the Premier League title this season .The Blues have not won the title since 2010, and finished third last term in what was Jose Mourinho’s first campaign back at Stamford Bridge.But Minto feels they were simply lacking a top-class forward, something which they now appear to have found in £32million man Diego Costa.The Spain international, a summer signing along with Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis and Didier Drogba, has been in superb form in pre-season after arriving from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.“You look back at last season and probably the reason why they didn’t win it is because they didn’t have a striker. Costa is the final piece of the jigsaw, maybe along with Cesc Fabregas as well,” Minto, a former defender for the Blues, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“If he can score the goals, which he has been doing in pre-season, there is every chance of Chelsea winning the title.“I think it will be between Chelsea and Manchester City and I have got a sneaky suspicion for Chelsea. Jose Mourinho has brought extremely well and in the second season his teams are always that much better.”As the presenter of Sky Sports’ coverage of Spanish football, Minto has watched Costa closely in recent years, and he added: “He is a street fighter.“He can do it all. He can bully defenders, but he can also have that special deft touch that can assist or maybe finish for a goal.“Chelsea, under Jose Mourinho, are so strong at the minute that even if they have a few injuries they can ride it and I think it is their title to lose.”last_img read more

DDTV: SANTA ARRIVES AT COONEY’S HOME AND GARDEN

first_imgA very special visitor arrived at Cooney’s Home and Garden store in Letterkenny this weekend.Huge crowds turned out at the store as Santa arrived at the biggest Christmas shop in the North-West.Simply click on the video to see Santa arriving as well as getting a look around the magical store. DDTV: SANTA ARRIVES AT COONEY’S HOME AND GARDEN was last modified: November 24th, 2014 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:Christmas ShopCooneys Home and GardenletterkennySANTAlast_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe decorating is performed in an open-air warehouse, so volunteers are advised to dress appropriately. No sandals will be allowed. Lunch and snacks will be provided and each volunteer will receive a souvenir T-shirt. Volunteers are asked to bring a pair of scissors. For those who prefer to drive to the float’s location, parking is available in “Pay for Park” lots at 2114 Buena Vista St., Duarte. Buses are available to transport volunteers to the site. They will leave from Town Center Hall, 11740 E. Telegraph Road. For a schedule of departures or other information, call (562) 863-0580. Ring in New Year with SPLASH! LA MIRADA – The city’s SPLASH! – La Mirada’s Regional Aquatics Center – will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. New Year’s Day for a special Polar Bear Plunge. Adventurers can get their picture taken diving down the 25-foot slides into an unheated catch pool. Once out of the water, they are free to enjoy hot chocolate, go swimming in the heated 25-yard pool or go down the slides again. The plunge costs $5 and includes hot chocolate, swimming and the photo. Anyone not daring enough to brave the cold waters can swim in the heated 25-yard pool from noon to 4 p.m. at the cost of $3 for adults and $2 for children and seniors. For information, contact SPLASH! at (562) 902-3191. Indian culture at the library SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Springs Public Library, 11700 Telegraph Road, hosts exciting monthly events at 7 p.m. every Friday free to the public. Ramya Harishankar will bring India’s rich cultural traditions of dance, drama, music and poetry to the community Jan. 4. She is a recipient of the “Outstanding Artist” award from the Arts OC. Her work, both solo and with her Arpana Dance Company, have been recognized with several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The First Friday event includes free refreshments. The library’s Cafe Libro is also open to purchase beverages. For information, call (562) 868-7738. Weight loss class offered at hospital WHITTIER – If you are 20 or more pounds overweight, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital is conducting a community workshop, Create Your Weight. The class taught by a hospital dietitian technician is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for nine consecutive Wednesdays beginning Jan. 16. It will be at the Flo and Frank L. Scott Conference Center, 12401 Washington Blvd. Participants will learn the importance of nutrition education and physical activity, and about behavioral therapy in weight reduction and management. A $45 fee is due at the time of registration. Space is limited, so reservations are required. For reservations or other information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2580. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city is still looking for volunteers to help finish decorating its float entry for the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade. The float, which costs $300,000, represents the Dia de Los Muertos holiday, which is celebrated by many cultures throughout the world. It’s in keeping with this year’s theme of “Passport to the World’s Celebrations.” Work on the float will continue through Monday. SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city is still looking for volunteers to help finish decorating its float entry for the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade. The float, which costs $300,000, represents the Dia de Los Muertos holiday, which is celebrated by many cultures throughout the world. It’s in keeping with this year’s theme of “Passport to the World’s Celebrations.” Work on the float will continue through Monday. The decorating is performed in an open-air warehouse, so volunteers are advised to dress appropriately. No sandals will be allowed. Lunch and snacks will be provided and each volunteer will receive a souvenir T-shirt. Volunteers are asked to bring a pair of scissors. For those who prefer to drive to the float’s location, parking is available in “Pay for Park” lots at 2114 Buena Vista St., Duarte. Buses are available to transport volunteers to the site. They will leave from Town Center Hall, 11740 E. Telegraph Road. For a schedule of departures or other information, call (562) 863-0580. Ring in New Year with SPLASH! LA MIRADA – The city’s SPLASH! – La Mirada’s Regional Aquatics Center – will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. New Year’s Day for a special Polar Bear Plunge. Adventurers can get their picture taken diving down the 25-foot slides into an unheated catch pool. Once out of the water, they are free to enjoy hot chocolate, go swimming in the heated 25-yard pool or go down the slides again. The plunge costs $5 and includes hot chocolate, swimming and the photo. Anyone not daring enough to brave the cold waters can swim in the heated 25-yard pool from noon to 4 p.m. at the cost of $3 for adults and $2 for children and seniors. For information, contact SPLASH! at (562) 902-3191. Indian culture at the library SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Springs Public Library, 11700 Telegraph Road, hosts exciting monthly events at 7 p.m. every Friday free to the public. Ramya Harishankar will bring India’s rich cultural traditions of dance, drama, music and poetry to the community Jan. 4. She is a recipient of the “Outstanding Artist” award from the Arts OC. Her work, both solo and with her Arpana Dance Company, have been recognized with several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The First Friday event includes free refreshments. The library’s Cafe Libro is also open to purchase beverages. For information, call (562) 868-7738. Weight loss class offered at hospital WHITTIER – If you are 20 or more pounds overweight, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital is conducting a community workshop, Create Your Weight. The class taught by a hospital dietitian technician is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for nine consecutive Wednesdays beginning Jan. 16. It will be at the Flo and Frank L. Scott Conference Center, 12401 Washington Blvd. Participants will learn the importance of nutrition education and physical activity, and about behavioral therapy in weight reduction and management. A $45 fee is due at the time of registration. Space is limited, so reservations are required. For reservations or other information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2580. – From staff reports 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

LORETO LETTERKENNY CELEBRATES ANOTHER OUTSTANDING YEAR

first_imgTessa Ah Heng and Niamh Farrell were identified as high achievers in Mathematics in the 2013 Junior Certificate.Lilla Kardos, Derek Hill Memorial Plaque in Art Katie Kilcoyne and Katie Bailey from the European Youth Parliament, who represented Ireland at the European Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia and Delft in the Netherlands Ulster Colleges GAA All Stars -Rose Boyle, Kaneshia Mc Kinney, Naomi Mc Menamin and Marie O’ ReillyJunior Academic Student of the Year achieving 11 A1’s in her Junior Certificate – Danielle HarkinJane Gormley received the Ad Astra scholarship from UCD for her outstanding Leaving Certificate results, Senior Academic Student of the Year achieving 7 A1’s at Higher Level in her Leaving Certificate and Spirit of Loreto Award 2013 and she is pictured receiving Mathematics Student of the Year from Ms. Ann Carroll.  Schools’ Rugby Team who won the Donegal Schools’ Rugby CupLORETO LETTERKENNY CELEBRATES ANOTHER OUTSTANDING YEAR was last modified: June 25th, 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:2014Achievement awardsLoreto Letterkennylast_img read more

STYLISH QUIGLEY DOES THE DOUBLE IN 24 HOURS!

first_imgThings just get better and better for Donegal boxer Jason Quigley.The elite Irish boxer won his second bout in less than 24 hours to prove why many people are already tipping him for Olympic success.The Ballybofey boxer put in yet another superb performance to completely dominate his bout against Michal Kowalczik of Poland by a unanimous decision of 3-0 this evening. Only yesterday the 75kg powerhouse recorded the same unanimous win over Adriani Vastine of France at the tournament in Berck, France.The international victories come in a week which has seen the Finn Valley ABC man sign a sponsorship deal with SKY Sports.Quigley said recently that he aim is to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.Quigley posted a message on his Facebook page tonight to say that he is “buzzing” after his second victory in just 24 hours In total the Irish elite team won an impressive 13 out of the 15 bouts they took part in.Irish team manager Joe Hennegan accepted the Best Nation trophy on behalf of the squad at tonight’s session.The team will arrive home in Ireland tomorrow (SUN) at 4.30pm. STYLISH QUIGLEY DOES THE DOUBLE IN 24 HOURS! was last modified: September 1st, 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)last_img read more

Local Muslims prepare for holy month of Ramadan

first_imgTo abstain from smoking, avoid all beverages, do without breakfast and lunch and be mindful of the eyes of God. This week, Muslims across Los Angeles will join Muslims worldwide in purifying their spirits during the monthlong fast of Ramadan. Beginning well before sunrise Tuesday or Wednesday – depending on the moon – followers of Islam will avoid food, drink, smoking and sex each day until dark. “When we are alone – not touching any food, or any drink, not touching sexually each other – it reminds us of the presence of God everywhere – that God is touching us,” said Mufti Qazi Fazlullah of the Islamic Center of Northridge. “(By) controlling our desires, we are elevated spiritually.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Bypassing the fridge also creates empathy for the poor, which fosters a sense of sacrifice and charity, he said. Learning hardship and difficulty during the daylight hours also makes us strong. During Ramadan, Muslims devote extra prayers in the spirit of religious renewal, the greatness of God and the Quran. In the evening, the fast is broken with a prayer and family meal, iftar. It is then customary to visit friends and family across the city. At the end of the month, the fast is broken with a religious festival, Eid, in which families gather to eat, drink and pray for forgiveness. For some, it means a prayer for global harmony. “I’m looking for peace around the world – every single person – Jewish, Christian, believer and nonbeliever,” said Ahmed Ahmed, 49, of Los Angeles, building coordinator at the Islamic Center of Southern California. “I wish (it) for our (U.S. military) friends in the Middle East. I wish for them the best of the holy month of Ramadan … I hope they are coming back soon, safe.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com 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

Summer Internship Report: Austin Dismond

first_imgQ: How did you learn about your internship opportunity?A: I learned about this internship online, while searching for sports internship in Des Moines. With all of the athletic teams that Des Moines is host to, it wasn’t too difficult to find an internship in the sports industry. Q: How will this internship help you in your future?A: This internship will help me in my future because I now have my foot in the sports marketing industry, as I have made connections with a premier, distinguished sports team in Des Moines. I also have a huge resume addition with this internship, which will ultimately make me a more desirable candidate for future internships and jobs. Print Friendly Version Q: Before you started your internship, what were your goals for your internship?A: Before starting this internship, my goals were to build my resume and network within the sports marketing industry. DES MOINES, Iowa – This summer junior Austin Dismond is a summer promotions crew intern with the Iowa Wild, an AHL hockey team affiliate for the Minnesota Wild. GoDrakeBulldogs.com checked in with Austin to see what his experience has been like so far and how he believes this experience will help his future. Q: What does your internship consist of?A: This internship consists of marketing and community relations activities, as we attempt to increase public awareness and excitement for the upcoming Iowa Wild season. We are encouraged to develop leads for the sales department and also make on the spot sales.last_img read more

Volleyball Defeats Indiana State, 3-1

first_img Box Score (PDF) Next Game: The Valley on ESPN3 at Illinois State 11/19/2016 – 7:00 PM Story Links Preview Live Statscenter_img Box Score (HTML) Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Print Friendly Version TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Drake University volleyball team recorded its 16th win of the season with a 3-1 win at Indiana State on Friday, Nov. 18, evening to sweep the season series from the Sycamores. The Bulldogs claimed the road win by set scores of 25-19, 22-25, 34-32, 25-23.The win guarantees the Bulldogs a .500 or better record this season and matches last season’s win total for the program’s most wins since 2010. Freshman Elle Tubbs (Clinton, Iowa) helped push the Bulldogs to victory with a career-high nine kills on 17 attempts and nine blocks. Junior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) and sophomore Grace Schofield (Mundelein, Ill.) tallied 15 and 14 kills, respectively for the Bulldogs. As a team, the Bulldogs hit .285 while holding Indiana State to just .185 due to Drake’s 12 blocks and 86 digs, its second-most in a four-set match this season. Twenty-eight of those digs came from senior Michelle Thommi (Omaha, Neb.).”I’m really proud of our team for gutting out a really tough win tonight,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “The third and fourth sets were very tough and hard-fought. I’m proud of our team and especially our senior class for getting this win on the road.”The fourth set was tough, very proud of our team and the senior class for getting this win on the road.Indiana State (10-19, 4-13 MVC) was led by three players with double-figure kills including 16 kills apiece from Bree Spangler and Cassie Kawa. The pair also added 13 and 14 digs, respectively, to record double-doubles.Drake (16-15, 7-10 MVC) closed the first set on a 6-1 run behind a pair of kills from Tubbs to take the set, 25-19, as the Bulldogs tallied 18 kills in the set. Indiana State never trailed in the second set and held off a late Drake rally to win the set 25-22 and even the match at 1-1.The third set needed nearly 70 total points before the Bulldogs pulled away, 34-32, with Tubbs recording two of the Bulldogs’ final three kills in the set. Earlier, Drake twice faced set point, but kills from Makena Schoene (Seattle, Wash.) kept the Bulldogs alive before they closed the set on a 3-0 run. Schoene finished the match with 14 kills.”We ran out of substitutions with the extra points and had to have a backrow player playing outside and a setter in the front row with only one hitter,” McBroom said. “We basically had three freshmen in the front row to win it for us.”The fourth set was tied midway through at 15-15 before a 7-3 run put the Sycamores up, 22-18. However, the Bulldogs rallied back with a 7-1 run to end the set and take the match, 3-1. Drake assembled that run behind Chandelle Davidson’s (Gretna, Neb.) serving with Nicole Woods (St. Charles, Ill.) scoring two of the Bulldogs’ final four points on kills to win the match.Drake concludes its 2016 season on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Illinois State. The team’s final match of the season is set to begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3.last_img read more