Dear Editor,For more than two decades, I have written letters to the media and spoken on national television about the urgent need to register sex offenders and post signs outside the homes of criminals released after serving jail time for sex crimes against adults and minors.During that time, I have also advocated tirelessly for the enactment of a ‘three strikes’ law to impose automatic sentences of life imprisonment on the third conviction for serious crimes by persistent offenders.The issue of a registry of sex offenders is a hot issue again because a poll conducted in June and July by The Caribbean Voice found that Guyanese overwhelmingly support the establishment of such a registry. I am not at all surprised because it makes good sense.I commend The Caribbean Voice for conducting the poll and also for initiating a petition for the Government of Guyana to do whatever is necessary to establish a national sex offender’s registry. I hope this petition will get so much support that Government will be forced to respond quickly and positively.There is no doubt in my mind that this should also be a regional movement. That is why I support the move by The Caribbean Committee Against Sex Crimes (CCASC) to start a petition in St Lucia as a pilot project to press for a sex offender registry for the entire Caribbean.In fact, I strongly advise President David Granger to follow the example of Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell who announced last December that his Government will enact legislation to register convicted sex offenders and establish a special victims unit.Many developed countries, including Canada, the USA and New Zealand register sex offenders, so why not us? America even has Megan’s Law, which forces convicted sex offenders against children to notify local Police of any change of address or employment after release from custody.Registered convicted pedophiles in the USA also have notices identifying them as Child Sex Offenders posted outside their homes, and their passports are stamped with a special marker to alert people when they travel.I believe Guyana should set the standard in the Caribbean for dealing with sex criminals.The names, photographs and personal data of sex offenders should be published in all media and on all community bulletin boards as a social service. The Police also need to use social media to oust sex criminals by creating a website or Facebook page identifying wanted or convicted offenders.I believe that Guyana should also follow the lead of the USA’s Megan’s Law and enact laws to put a special stamp on each page of the passport of every convicted sex criminal so that wherever they travel in the world, people will be warned.I know ‘bleeding hearts’ will squirm at my suggestions, but powerful action is absolutely necessary.The bleeding-heart brigade might say these perverts are all sick. If they are sick, then put them away for a long time. In many cases, little can be done for them other than castration. This is why the holy books have spoken about castration or death sentences for sexual offences.We also have to be careful not to allow foreign sex criminals to slip into Guyana secretly to do their dirty deeds. I know that Interpol sends out ‘green notices’ about registered sex offenders and the US Department of Justice will partner with any nation to share sex offender data, provided there are laws in place to allow this. Guyana has to take full advantage of such opportunities.I want to point out that while announcing plans to establish a sex offender’s registry in Grenada, Prime Minister Mitchell said: “We have also heard the overwhelming cries of our people and we are, therefore, pushing to enact the necessary legislative changes…”This statement tells me that patriots like me who are fighting for a lawful, peaceful and united Guyana have to raise our voices and create a massive outcry to get the necessary changes to cut crime in Guyana. Only the ‘overwhelming cries of the people’ will spur our leaders into action.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snr
…as Govt turns blind eye to hold onto review powers – NandlallThe Cabinet Council of Ministers continues to exercise a review over contracts in violation of the Procurement Act – and unfortunate scenario since the Chairperson of the Commission is condoning and attempting to publicly justify this illegality.Former Attorney General, Anil NandlallThis is according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who has since pointed to People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chairperson Carol Corbin, who is quoted in the press as saying that Cabinet will have to be weaned off reviewing contracts before the Commission takes over.According to Nandlall, “it would appear that the Government is turning a blind eye to this effrontery because they really do not want to relinquish Cabinet’s role of reviewing contracts…This is the height of hypocrisy.”He told Guyana Times, that in section 54(6) of the Procurement Act, Chapter 73:05 states, “Cabinet’s involvement under this section shall cease upon the constitution of the Public Procurement Commission [PPC] except in relation to those matters referred to in subsection(1) which are pending.”According to Nandlall, it is clear, that the weaning ought only to relate to contracts which are pending before Cabinet.He said that from October 28, 2016, to date, there should not be matters which are still pending.“More significantly, Cabinet continues, unabatedly, to review new contracts, in clear violation of the express language of section 54(6) of the Procurement Act… Therefore, every contract that is currently being reviewed by Cabinet is tainted with unlawfulness and illegality and can be legally challenged… This must stop now.”Nandlall told Guyana Times that the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC), while in Opposition, promised the establishment of the PPC and were very clear and emphatic in their assertion that once the Commission is established, Cabinet review of contracts will cease.“It will be recalled, that both, more so, the AFC was condign in their condemnation of Cabinet’s review of contracts. All manner of corrupt motives were ascribed to the PPP/C Administration for its Cabinet’s role in the review of contracts.”He said too that in Government, the APNU/AFC had to be virtually dragged to establish this Commission. Ironically, it is the PPP/C’s public pressure which caused them to relent.“Of course, the Commission could not have been established without the PPP/C’s support, because the nominees to this Commission require the support of two-thirds (2/3) of the Members of the National Assembly.”Members of the PPC were sworn in on October 28, 2016, “yet, Cabinet continues to exercise a review over contracts…This is a violation of the Procurement Act. It is unfortunate that the Chairperson of the Commission is condoning and attempting to publicly justify this illegality.”Nandlall this past week during an exclusive interview with this publication had accused the Administration of hand-picking contractors for specific contracts even as the PPC remains inoperable.He told Guyana Times that “a new trend is now developing… whenever the tender process does not deliver the desired result and produces a contractor who is not a favoured one of the Administration, the tender process is rescinded for some spurious reason, and the process is done all over again with a view to procure the desired contractor”.The former Attorney General insists “this defeats the entire Procurement Act and indeed, is an affront to the public procurement process”.He has since charged that the practice was also illegal and was a corrupt act which must end now.“Significantly, it results in massive delays in getting public works done and services rendered to the people of the country,” Nandlall noted.All of the members of the Commission were sworn in by Head of State, David Granger in October last.The members include Attorney Emily Dodson; Carol Corbin, wife of former Opposition Leader Robert Corbin; Dr Nanda Gopaul, a trade unionist and former Labour Minister under the previous Administration; University of Guyana lecturer Sukrishnalall Pasha, and Ivor English, Critchlow College Principal and former head of Transport and Harbours Department.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has in recent days, been voicing dissatisfaction over the lack of transparency surrounding numerous contracts awarded by the Administration and has signalled his intention to use his office to lodge formal complaints with the PPC.
Joshua Robinson and Sebastian Powsey would each finish the night three goals and assist. Matthew Apsassin and Jacob Lang would collect three points on the night.Goaltender Jonathan Bateman said, “I felt we played a full sixty minutes. They boys really limited their quality scoring chances and allowed me to see everything. That was the most complete game we have played all year.”Forward Sebastian Powsey added, “We got contributions from everyone tonight. The goal scores were scoring and the guys who normally don’t score were also scoring. Everyone played hard as the score board showed.”The team now heads on the road for the next four games while the U-17 World Hockey Challenge is in town. Assistant coach Todd Alexander said, “If we can replicate the way we played tonight during our upcoming road trip, we will put ourselves in opportunities to win every game. The sustained pressure in the opposing team’s end can only lead to success for us.”Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies used a monster third period to glide past the visiting Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks by a score of 10-2 on Hockey Fights Cancer Night.The Huskies who wore special pink jersey for the occasion would allow the first goal of the game to the Jr. Canucks. Two minutes later Huskies defenceman Jacob Lang would fire a shot from the top of the right circle that would beat a screened visitor netminder. Matthew Apsassin and Joshua Robinson got the assists on the goal tying the score at 1-1, 9:34 into the first frame. Just over a minute later Sebastian Powsey would deposit a loose puck in the slot, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead. Dane Bateman and Shawn Wilson would collect the helpers.Joshua Robinson and Matthew Apsassin would work a two on one to perfection as Robinson would roof a backhand shot 1:45 into the second period making it 3-1. Jacob Lang would start the play with a stretch pass to Apsassin. The Energetic City boys would fire 27 shots on the visitor goaltender through forty minutes.- Advertisement -The Huskies would come out in the third and completely dominate play as Geoff Dick would find twine thirty one seconds into the final stanza. Jared Land and Sebastian Powsey would set him up. Twenty one seconds later Joshua Robinson would beat the Jr Canucks netminder after tapping in a rebound. Jacob Lang and Nathan Bragg would get credit with assists, making the score 5-1. Sebastian Powsey would undress the Dawson Creek goaltender to make it 6-1 on a beautiful individual effort, twenty two seconds after the fifth goal. At 6:10 of the third, Joshua Robinson would score his hat trick marker to put the Huskies up 7-1. Lou Turnbull Giesbrecht and Matthew Apsassin would set up the Robinson goal. At 11:09, Christian Stokes would put the biscuit in the basket from inside the crease to make it a 9-1 game. Alex Hartman and Jared Lowen collected the assists. Thirty four seconds later Sebastian Powsey would score his hat trick goal on a rebound off a Gary Loewen shot. Dane Bateman would get the secondary assist on the tenth goal.The Huskies would pepper the visitor goaltender with 23 of their 50 shots in the third period. Jonathan Bateman would improve his record to 5-0 after stopping 25 of 27 shots.The home side would finish 1 for 5 on the man advantage and would kill off all three power plays for Dawson Creek.Advertisement Next up for the Huskies is a trip to Sexsmith for a clash with the Vipers on Friday. Puck drop is 8:00 p.m.
For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club or to register, please contact Pat from Ferris Fast Cycles at 250-785-3711. The Blizzard Bike Club has determined its’ spring king and queen.On Sunday, the bike club held its King of Spring, Queen of Spring Races, consisting of 14 riders racing a 60 and 20 km distance on the Montney road circuit.- Advertisement -Pat Ferris was awarded the title of King of Spring, finishing first with a time of 1:50:23. Ferris edged out George Gamble and Irvin Tang for second and third respectively in a photo finish, as all three racers finished with roughly the exact same time. This is Ferris’ third win in the past four years.The event also included a 20 km event, which was won by Richard Moody with a time of 43:47 and Adam Currie was second at 44:42.Jennifer Szoo took home the title of Queen of Spring, placing first in the other 20 km race, with a time of 44:51. Hilda Bilodeau was second at 45:40.The next event for the Blizzard Bike Club will be another duathlon taking place Tuesday, May 10. It will start at 7 p.m. at the Baldonnel School.Advertisement
Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said he would rather rest Booty than risk further injury. “We have to look at the long haul,” Sarkisian said. “If we risk the rest of the season for Saturday, it’s not wise.” Sanchez said he would be disappointed if he did not start. “Whatever happens, happens,” he said. ” If I wasn’t mad a little bit I wouldn’t be a competitor.” Sanchez said his father, Nick, an Orange County firefighter, would find out today if he could attend the Oregon game. Nick Sanchez has not missed a game the past 2 seasons. Mark Sanchez said he was not worried about his father. “I’ve been getting text messages from my dad and his unit,” Sanchez said. “I’ve been through this before.” Green will redshirt Tailback Broderick Green, who has not played because of a stress fracture in his foot, said he will redshirt after consulting with his family and coaches. “My foot feels 100 percent, but I’m going to redshirt,” Green said. Green injured his foot right before the season opener against Idaho. He was listed as playing against Notre Dame in the participation chart, but it was incorrect. Injury report Offensive tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) said he felt fine and would play against Oregon. Offensive guard Jeff Byers is bothered by a neck stinger, but practiced the past two days. Byers was supposed to take Tuesday off, but Chilo Rachal pulled out of practice and forced Byers back into action. Offensive tackle Drew Radovich took the day off to rest his sore back. Tailback Joe McKnight got hit in his lower hip during Wednesday’s practice in the same spot where he got bruised against Notre Dame. McKnight will need to wear extra pads, but is OK. Tailback Stafon Johnson (sprained foot) said he remains around 80-85 percent, but will play against Oregon. email@example.comWant 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.“He doesn’t have a feel on the football right now,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “The ball might fly on him. If we were to play today, Mark would have started.” But Carroll was surprised by how well Booty practiced and that his finger responded better than a week ago following his first practice. “I’m surprised John was as good today. I didn’t expect that,” Carroll said. “(But) he wasn’t better than yesterday. He’s the same.” Booty said he wanted to start against Oregon, but admitted he is not 100 percent. “I’m getting some velocity back,” he said. “There’s been so much improvement, it’s like night and day.” By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER USC quarterback Mark Sanchez will start his third straight game barring a sudden change of heart by the Trojans’ coaching staff. Senior quarterback John David Booty participated in his longest practice since breaking his finger but his finger remains swollen and the ball sometimes sailed on him during the workout.
Wearing all black, 17-year-old Caesre Garcia spoke to his peers about depression in the suburbs and popping prescription pills to remedy it. Ideas for his poems come from watching people. With a pack of Post-it notes tucked in his pocket at all times, the high school senior said he writes down interesting things he sees during the day. There’s a stack of these people-watching notes on his home computer, and he pulls from the pile when starting new poems. “I never miss the opportunity to write something down,” he said. “If you don’t, you miss it.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661)257-5254160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsStudents from Weekley’s class were the ones who took center stage Tuesday as each showcased a poem or two written during the semester. The creative-writing class focuses heavily on poetry and the process of writing it. During the year, students learn from the masters as they study the writing styles of major poets of the past century and how they approached their work. Once a month, the classroom is transformed into an imaginary coffeehouse where students stand before a microphone, read their work and practice their deliveries. One of those students is Carissa Duprey, a senior who is experimenting with writing and drawing. Wearing a long flowing skirt, she pulled it up on one side to show a tattoo on her leg. She had first sketched the image, a skull, and showed it to a tattoo artist who reproduced it on her skin in black ink. In one poem she read Tuesday, the 18-year-old had written that words can be meaningless – tasting of gelatin and chalk – if there isn’t anything to back them up. Writing is an outlet for her feelings, she said. “It’s a good way to vent,” she said. “If you can’t talk about something, you can get it out on paper.” VALENCIA – Bowman High School students turned their well-groomed school yard into a Bohemian playground of poetry and art Tuesday as they celebrated the end of the school year and their gift for the spoken word. For nearly two hours, teens with two-toned hair, black nail polish and sunglasses read their poetry, including odes to boyfriends’ ex-girlfriends, co-workers and Klondike bars. They wrote mainly about their experiences in life. The event also marked the introduction of “Chocolate and Gossip.” This collection of poems by students in creative-writing classes is the 14th literary magazine published by the school. “Once you walk through the door of poetry and you’re really there, you’re not the same,” said creative-writing teacher Richard Weekley as he introduced the parade of readers.
GAA NEWS: Termon GAA Club is delighted to announce that from this Friday night, March 4th, the club is taking over the running of Termon Bingo.Friday night bingo in Termon has been entertaining crowds from all over the county for the past couple of decades, and we look forward to improving on the experience by relocating to the state of the art community centre in Termon, the Craoibhín, a modern building offering warm comfortable accommodation for Bingo lovers. So, 9pm Friday night sees the Bingo enter a new era under the care of Termon GAA, and look forward to welcoming the regular Bingo goers as well as support from our local community.CraoibhinLocationTERMON GAA TAKE OVER FRIDAY NIGHT BINGO! was last modified: March 1st, 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:bingoGAASportTermon
THESE ARE the pictures which show Donegal’s firefighting heroes – battling huge gorse fire flames in a bid to save property.They were taken by Charlie O’Donnell from Kilcar, and capture the sort of conditions our firefighters have faced…close up.Many of these fires have been started deliberately, by sick pyromaniacs who think this is fun. But for every fire they start, they place lives and property at risk.And they hadn’t counted on the County’s Fire Brigade and their professionalism in battling back the flames.Send your messages of support by leaving your comments on this post.And we’ll make sure that acting fire chief Bobby McMenamin and all his brave firefighters see them. HEROES AT WORK: FACE TO FACE WITH THE GORSE FIRE HELL was last modified: May 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegal gorse fires
A number of commuters were forced to evacuate a bus from Donegal to Dublin yesterday.The John McGinley bus was traveling close to Monaghan when the incident happened.An eye-witness revealed how smoke began to come from the bus. The driver immediately summoned people off the bus to the side of the road.A new bus was then arranged to complete the remainder of the journey to Dublin.Nobody was hurt during the incident. DONEGAL COMMUTERS FORCED TO ABANDON BUS AFTER SMOKE INCIDENT was last modified: July 1st, 2012 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:John McGinley buses
The Can’t Pay Won’t Pay lobby group has demanded Sinn Fein publicly call on homeowners to boycott the Property Tax, following the announcement that the party is to hold a series of public meetings against ‘Home Taxes’.“The overwhelming majority of Sinn Fein supporters that we talk to, back our campaign and support the call not to pay” said spokesperson Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig,“Indeed some of our best activists are members of Sinn Fein but unfortunately the leadership of the party and it’s public representatives stopped short of calling on people not to pay the Household Charge. “Pearse Doherty is on record several times in stressing that, while he would not pay the charge himself, he was not calling on other people not to pay.“The question we are now posing is: with the announcement of these public meetings, are Sinn Fein public representatives now prepared to stand alongside us and publicly call for a boycott of the Property Tax?”The Can’t Pay Won’t Pay group say that if Sinn Fein were prepared to do that it would give an enormous boost to the campaign.They add that many people who would like to join the boycott but are fearful of the consequences would gain the confidence not to pay as they had the outright support of half of all Donegal TD’s. “They could deal a body blow to the Property Tax in Donegal which would be noticed across the state as it is already ackowledged that our county leads the way in terms of non-compliance the Household Tax and Septic Tank registration.”“We ask members and supporters of Sinn Fein to use whatever influence they have within the party and at these public meetings to get their party to change it’s stance and to finally back the boycott.”Can’t Pay Won’t Pay are holding a major demonstration against the Property Tax and the Budget in Letterkenny tomorrow.They will assemble at the Station Roundabout at 2pm and march to the Market Square where a number of speakers will address the crowd. CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY GROUP DEMAND SF TO CALL FOR PROPERTY TAX BOYCOTT was last modified: December 7th, 2012 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:Can’t Pay Won’t PayprotestSinn Fein