A delegation of international experts on the death penalty is in Guyana to advocate for the abolition of capital punishment in the country.From right: Randy Susskind, Deputy Director of the Equal Justice Initiative of the USA, along with European Union Ambassador Jernej Videtič; Co-Executive Director of the death penalty project based in the United Kingdom, Saul Lehrfreund and Surinamese parliamentarians Krishnakoemarie Mathoera and Patrick KensenhuisThe team, which hosted a press conference on Tuesday, said it planned to make a submission of its proposal to the National Assembly at its next sitting.The delegation has received the support of the European Union (EU) and the British High Commission.Co-Executive Director of the death penalty project based in the United Kingdom, Saul Lehrfreund will be joined by Randy Susskind, Deputy Director of the Equal Justice Initiative of the USA, Surinamese parliamentarians Krishnakoemarie Mathoera and Patrick Kensenhuis, and will be supported by Nigel Hughes to push for the abolition at the National Assembly tomorrow.Currently, some 17 prisoners in Guyana are on death row, even though Guyana has not carried out an execution since 1997.In his presentation, Lehrfreund pointed out that the death penalty, according to research, does not necessarily deter crimes.“The first assumption or justification that some countries rely on is that the death penalty is an effective criminal justice sanction because it deters crime and makes society safer and we would strongly argue that this is a myth and that there is no evidence whatsoever that the death penalty provides any deterrent effect than other forms of punishment,” Lehrfreund argued.The Director further argued that the public would only be hesitant to accept the abolition of capital punishment, since their opinions were often characterised by a lack of knowledge on the subject.According to Lehrfreund, it is impossible to ensure that innocent people are not sentenced to death, all the more reason why the death penalty should be abolished.Susskind revealed that the United States was also currently moving to have the death penalty abolished in all states.“The death penalty is actually on its way out in the United States. It is currently active, but it is waning and it’s just a matter of time before over the course of the next years or so where the death penalty would likely be abolished. The trends are very clear and over the last 10 years, out of the 52 states, 10 have since abolished the death penalty,” Susskind stated.Suriname recently joined 142 nations who have abolished the death penalty.As such, the Surinamese Members of Parliament are expected to share their experiences with the National Assembly.According to Mathoera, who is also a member of the Human Rights Committee, after the abolition of the death penalty, Suriname would have made several new changes in terms of security, which have proved to be successful.“We have seen after three years of abolishing the death penalty, the impact on crime is not dramatic, it has no impact on crime. Our home side rate is very stable, it is one of the lowest in the Region – Latin America and the Caribbean so that is what we have to show for the effects, so it is a misconception,” the MP said.The death penalty was imposed on Guyana through British colonial rule. Since then, the United Kingdom has rejected capital punishment and today is vocal in advocating for global abolition.In 2016, at least 60 death row prisoners were exonerated around the world.Wrongful convictions remain a distressing reality wherever the death penalty is imposed.
The National Milling Company of Guyana (NAMILCO) in partnership with a leading German baking company recently hosted a baking seminar to help local bakers improve in marketing their goods.NAMILCO Managing Director Roopnarine SukhaiThe seminar, which was hosted last week, saw over 130 local baking businesses participating. Held under the theme “A bright future in baking”, the event expected to prepare local bakers to capitalise on niche markets.With assistance from leading German baking company, DeutscheBack, representatives from the various bakeries were trained to adopt global trends.In his remarks, NAMILCO Managing Director Roopnarine Sukhai shared some advice that could aid in the improvement of the bakers’ business standards.Some of the tips included having a strong front, that is, improving the appeal of the business; improving packaging, spreading the name of the business far and wide, widening product range, acquiring international certification, observing good manufacturing practices, and practising guidelines outlined in the Food Safety Act.The Director further urged the businesses to be conscious of the fact that many investors are presently eyeing the baking and catering industry.A section of the gathering“Economic activities will increase and you stand to benefit, however, some of these investors may be looking at the baking and catering industry so that your livelihood would also be threatened, you have to try and protect your market, but to do so, you will need to reengineer your business. It will need complete change in the way that you carry on your trade … we are aware of larger bakeries that are looking to enter Guyana, we should all be on guard and be able to find the niche in the market in order to remain in business,” Sukhai cautioned.Presenters at the event also included DeutscheBack’s Regional Sales Manager, the Private Sector Commission’s Captain Gerald Gouveia, NAMILCO’s Regional Sales Manager, and DeutscheBack Research and Development’s Tania Monsivais.
North Peace Secondary School hosted its 4th Annual Talent Show and Art Sale to help raise money for their sister school in Brazil. Picture: Amber Davy A large crowd gathers at NPSS to watch the students and staff perform in the talent show. The show managed to raise between $1000-$1200 for a school in Brazil. Picture: Amber Davy – Advertisement – Surerus Park and all of Fort St. John experiences warm weather and beautiful blue skies. Picture: Amber Davy
Residents of Leopold Street, Georgetown this morning took to the street burning objects, protesting the shooting to death of a fellow resident, allegedly by the Police.Odinga Williams, 35, a father of one, was allegedly killed in the wee hours of this morning as Police were responding to reports of a robbery.KILLED: Odinga WilliamsAccording to information, at about 01:40h Police received a report of robbery in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market and as Officers were responding they noticed two men heading into Leopold Street on a bicycle.A chase ensued and Police eventually caught up with Williams on Norton Street where he whipped out a firearm and fired at the Officers. As a result, Police returned fire hitting the now dead man in the abdomen and chest.The killing incensed residents who claimed that Williams was an innocent party that was set up by the Police. They took to the street demanding justice and lighting objects blocking access to the road.Williams recently returned to Guyana from Cayenne, French Guiana – where he was living.Investigations are still ongoing.
Former Arsenal midfielder Edu has told talkSPORT Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy can help them challenge for the Premier League title this season.The Gunners are set to sign the duo from Barcelona and Newcastle, respectively, as they look to strengthen following last year’s fourth place finish in the top flight.And the ex-Brazil international, who won two titles in north London, believes buying the World Cup stars would represent a coup for the club and will aid their challenge for the trophy.He told Drivetime: “Arsenal are still in my heart and I still follow Arsene Wenger. I have a big relationship with that club.“If they sign them [Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy] of course Arsene Wenger is very clever.“Everybody knows he is good at signing players, particularly young ones, and they can give good things to Arsenal and make them better and stronger as they look to win the Premier League.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champLos Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said damage was extensive, though not a total loss. Los Angeles County Fire officials are investigating the cause of house fire that broke out early this morning in Rancho Palos Verdes. Nobody was injured in the blaze that started around 3:45 a.m. in the attic of a two-story home in the 6800 block of Verde Ridge Road, Inspector Frank Garrido said. Firefighters knocked down the flames in about 45 minutes, he added. The fire’s cause and extent of the destruction are not yet known, Garrido said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
REGIONAL development minister Heather Humphreys says we probably whinge too much about rural Ireland – and we should be more positive about it.She was speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties yesterday.Here is her speech is full. Read it. Agree with it. Disagree with it. Leave comments on social media or email us at email@example.com. The Minister’s Speech:Urban vs RuralIt is fitting that we are here, in rural Donegal, a county of spectacular beauty, at a Summer School celebrating one of rural Ireland’s greatest ever playwrights, for a debate which is essentially asking whether investing in and prioritising rural Ireland is nothing more than an ill judged and vainglorious pursuit of governments in search of higher approval ratings.Too often these conversations take place in the cosy confines of Dublin 2. Donegal is a case in point of both the challenges and merits of investing in rural Ireland.Ireland is a small country, but it is easy to feel isolated or forgotten when you live in an area which has often been overlooked in terms of investment, both domestic and foreign.As someone who lives on a farm in rural Ireland just a few miles from the border, I know that feeling.Today’s discussion should not be about urban versus rural, or indeed rural versus regional.Rather it should be about how we can create sustainable communities by focussing on the indigenous potential of both people and place. The view that urban areas should be developed and promoted over the rural is missing one crucial factor:People.For it is the people of this small country which make it great.And it is the people of rural Ireland which make it a place worth fighting for. I do not believe it is feasible to simply promote the development of cities and large urban areas, while rural areas are left to decline.It is easy to accuse politicians of tending towards the populist, the palatable.Forget about the politicians – what about the people?What would the people of North West Donegal think if the policy makers of the day told them they weren’t going to be provided with public services, that transport links would cease, that the airport would close and the school buses would stop running, because there isn’t a sufficient ‘population cluster’ to justify such supports?Policy making shouldn’t be just about cold hard statistics.In my view, it is the job of the politician to combine policy with people.To consider the impact of policy decisions on people’s lives.That does not have to lead to bad, short term decision making.But it does mean that a balance has to be struck, between people and place.Government PrioritiesThe new Partnership Government has placed a particular focus on the need to revitalise and rejuvenate rural Ireland.When the new Government was being appointed, the Taoiseach announced that I would retain all of the existing responsibilities of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with additional responsibilities for Rural Affairs and Regional Development.Clearly, Enda thought I didn’t have enough to do to keep myself out of trouble.I was delighted to be retaining the responsibilities of my existing Department.To name just two priorities, it meant I could see out the centenary celebrations, which so much work had been poured into, and I was also keen to continue my work on Culture 2025, the first ever national cultural strategy, which was published in draft form earlier this week.But I was also delighted to be given the extra responsibility in relation to rural Ireland.I am passionate about rural Ireland.I believe it in.I have lived all my life in rural Ireland – aside from a brief stint in Dublin in my twenties – and I quite honestly wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.When I think of rural Ireland, I think of communities incredibly proud of their local town or village.I think of the GAA, the IFA and the ICA.I think of small local drama groups putting on their own productions of Dancing at Lughnasa or Philadelphia Here I Come.I think of people.The Government wants to ensure that as the economy continues to recover, people living in rural areas are given a fair crack of the whip.We want to build a more evenly spread recovery, which in turn will help build a fairer and more just society.Much of the rhetoric bandied about in relation to rural Ireland is inaccurate and has a self perpetuating negativity.Despite much talk of rural Ireland being in decline, we know that the official statistics show that the fastest jobs growth has been outside the capital.Unemployment has fallen in every region since the crash.This hasn’t happened by accident.The previous Fine Gael-led Government focussed on building an export-led recovery, based on growing indigenous businesses.Now, the challenge is to future proof the regions to safeguard and sustain that economic growth.BroadbandIn my view, the single most important factor in the sustainability and continued rejuvenation of rural Ireland and the regions is the roll out of rural broadband.High speed broadband has the potential to be a game changer for rural Ireland, and its development and investment opportunities.It will quite literally plug rural communities into a world of opportunities which are currently out of reach.Delivering the National Broadband Plan is a top priority for Government and the allocation of new responsibilities at Cabinet level also signals the Government’s firm intention to address broadband and other telecoms challenges in rural Ireland.I am working closely with my colleague, the Minster for Communications Denis Naughten, to deliver key elements of the National Broadband Plan and to accelerate and prioritise the rollout of the programme in rural areas.The aim is to deliver high speed broadband to every home, school and business by 2020 through a combination of commercial investment and State intervention.Essentially, the State will intervene where commercial providers are failing to reach.The Department of Communications is continuing to manage the procurement process for the State contract, which is expected to be awarded in Summer 2017.In the meantime, my new Department is working with local authorities to eliminate any roadblocks, so we can ensure that towns and villages and rural areas are broadband ready when the contract is signed.It’s about getting the runway ready now, so the plane can land smoothly next summer.It is difficult to overestimate the challenge we are facing.The broadband blackspots in need of State intervention account for 750,000 addresses, and cover 96% of our land mass.We’re talking about 100,000km of road network, traversing areas which are home to 1.8 million people.Put simply; it’s a very big job – it’s akin to rural electrification.But it will be worth the effort, and it will have a transformative effective on rural Ireland.Sustainable DevelopmentHigh quality Broadband is one of the many tools we can use to empower rural communities.The revitalisation of rural Ireland must be based on sustainable development.We must learn from the mistakes of the past.We are all well versed on the mistakes of the construction bubble, when our young men were recruited and trained in their droves in an industry which was built on sand.The old approach of ‘an IDA factory for every town’ didn’t work either.It is was false promise, and one that was generally never fulfilled.Through the implementation of regional jobs plans, the Government is encouraging each region to focus on its strengths.By supporting indigenous businesses and linking education with industry, we can give each region the best possible chance of success.Take for example, a business in my own constituency of Cavan Monaghan.Combilift is a home grown Monaghan success story – a jewel in the crown of Enterprise IrelandSince it was first started by Martin Mc Vicar and Robert Moffett 18 years ago, the company has grown into a global leader in forklift manufacturing.It now exports to over 75 countries.Last year, Combilift announced major expansion plans and the creation of 200 new jobs.Crucially, the company has teamed up with Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board to develop a series of new apprenticeship programmes, to ensure those jobs can be filled by local graduates.It’s a formula that works, and one I want to see replicated nationwide.Sustainable development should also mean that national decisions about rural Ireland are not taken in isolation.The CEDRA report – published under the last Government – looked at how to revitalise rural Ireland.One of its most important findings was the realisation that in order to fully support sustainable rural development there was a critical need for a more integrated approach across all Government Depts and Government Agencies.This is not a new concept and indeed much of the relevant sectoral frameworks accept the need for this kind of approach.This Government’s increased commitment to supporting sustainable rural development in an integrated way has already been formalised through its commitments in the Charter for Rural Ireland published earlier this year and the creation of my portfolio.And now I will be developing an Action Plan for Rural Ireland.The Action Plan format, developed so successfully through the Action Plan for Jobs, takes a strategic approach based on implementation.Government Departments are given key objectives which they must meet in the context of regional and local priorities.A regular and structured reporting mechanism will be initiated and progress reports will be delivered to the Cabinet Committee on Regional and Rural Affairs chaired by an Taoiseach.Included in this process will be the consideration of regional and rural issues in the design of the National Planning Framework.This framework is the follow up to the National Spatial Strategy and its development will be lead by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.The National Planning Framework (NPF) is a Long-term, 20-year National Plan outlining a high level spatial vision for Ireland.It will be the overarching plan from which other regionally and locally based plans will emanate.My Department will be working closely with the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to ensure that the regional and rural perspective is fully considered as part of the planning framework design process.The Government is determined to plan for the future and to deliver the best for both urban and rural Ireland.Revitalising towns and villagesOne of the many issues which will be addressed as part of the Action Plan for Rural Ireland is that of town and village renewal.The best way to revitalise a town or village is to bring life to it.One of the many mistakes of the Celtic Tiger years was to drive business and investment out of town centres, with the development of sprawling out of town retail spaces.We cannot wipe out these developments, but we can look at ways to encourage people back into our towns and villages.I am considering options to make it more attractive for young couples in particular to live in town centres.If you look across Europe, people live not just in city centres, but also in town and village centres.We have a plethora of heritage buildings which are wholly or partially vacant, and I believe there is a real opportunity there to both address our housing challenges and bring life and vitality back into our town centres.Arts and Rural AffairsI also believe there is a real opportunity for the arts and rural affairs sections of my brief to mutually benefit each other.The success of the 2016 commemorations – which were rooted in arts and culture – was a testament to the vibrancy of rural Ireland.The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme – which I had the honour of heading up – flourished as a ground up initiative, embraced by local communities.The tally of local community events held as part of the programme has now reached 3,500 – which is so far beyond anything that any of us could have imagined just a year ago.Through arts and culture, local communities have interpreted and interrogated the events of 100 years ago, leading to an honest and complete examination of our history.So many of our best loved artists and writers have been inspired by rural Ireland, and in turn I believe the arts can play a very valuable role in our rural recovery.Supporting and investing in arts in the regions helps local communities to thrive and to showcase their own unique creativity.ConclusionWhen considering how to prioritise investment on a long term basis, we must ask ourselves what makes Ireland different from all the other small countries on this earth.For a nation of 4.5 million people, what makes us stand out from the global crowd?It is our people and our culture.Our culture, gives us the edge.Our landscape, our heritage, and our people make this country unique.We are inextricably linked to the land that has shaped our culture over the centuries.Much of the needs of rural communities are of course different to that of urban communities.But I do not think that one should be pitted against the other.To all of our people into large urban areas would destroy the fabric of the rural Ireland and eliminate so much of what makes this country distinctive.Creating sustainable rural and regional communities, through long term planning, utilising the advantages provided by modern technology and helping towns and villages to play to their strengths will allow us to develop a broader based, fairer economy.It cannot simply be a numbers game, where we say to ourselves that rural communities must be sacrificed for the sake of cheaper, more efficient living in urban spaces.We must strive to build a society which values both people and place.I’ll finish by quoting a fellow Monaghan native, Patrick Kavanagh:“Letting the facts speak for themselves is an immoral principle when we all know that facts and figures can be selected to prove anything.”Your view: Is Heather Humphreys right? Do we whinge too much about rural Ireland? was last modified: July 23rd, 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:Heather HumphreysMACGILL SUMMER SCHOOLspeech
Paddy is pictured at the back on the extreme left.Ramelton man Paddy Bond (Jnr) would certainly be a handy man to have on a beach in a case of emergency.Paddy won a bronze medal at the British National Masters Lifesaving Championships in Bristol yesterday.The well-known Letterkenny-based plumber gives a lot of his time teaching the kids at Swilly Seals. Congrats Paddy and well deserved. PADDY IS A LIFESAVER AS HE TAKES HOME BRONZE! was last modified: March 29th, 2015 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:British Lifesaving ChampionshipsdonegalPaddy BondRamelton
Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Gerrard has already added two centre-backs to Rangers’ squad this summer, bringing in Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson on permanent deals.Goalkeeper Allan McGregor, full-back Jon Flanagan, midfielders Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Ovie Ejaria and Lassana Coulibaly, and forward Umar Sadiq have also been brought to Ibrox in what has been a busy summer for the Glasgow club. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST moving on Nonetheless, manager Steven Gerrard is considering alternative options should Millwall refuse to sell Cooper, with the Scottish Sun saying Curtis Tilt is a target.Tilt, 26, currently plays for Blackpool, having moved to the League One side from Wrexham last summer. He made 42 league appearances in total throughout 2017/18, helping Blackpool to a 12th-place finish.Championship side Ipswich are also interested in Tilt, and they’ve had a £550,000 bid for him knocked back by Blackpool, as the Bloomfield Road club want at least £1m for the stopper. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tilt joined Blackpool this time last year targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Rangers are keeping tabs on Blackpool defender Curtis Tilt as a move for Jake Cooper stalls.Millwall centre-half Cooper has been the subject of two bids from Rangers, which have both been rejected. The Gers are expected to submit a third offer, totalling more than £3million, by the end of this week. LIVING THE DREAM three-way race TOP WORK 1 RANKED Latest transfer news targets IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star
LA FOLLETTE, Tenn. – Teachers lined the streets of this mountain community Saturday to honor an assistant principal who was killed as administrators tried to wrestle a gun away from a student. Several hundred people attended a funeral Mass for Ken Bruce, 48, who was remembered as a peacemaker and a role model respected by students. “Children loved him. He wasn’t the type to intimidate kids or anything,” said Campbell County Sheriff Ron McClellan. “They knew they could come to him with anything.” After the service at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, more than 1,000 teachers lined the route to a nearby cemetery. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Our strength is coming from our faith,” his widow, Jo Bruce, said after the funeral. “Our job here is to help heal this community that he gave his life for.” A visitation on Friday drew 4,000 people, including Gov. Phil Bredesen. Saturday’s service concluded with the release of about 50 balloons in the school’s colors. They contained student remembrances about Bruce and witticisms he used, such as “grinnin’ like a possum eating sawbriars” or “useless as a screen door on a submarine.” Authorities said Tuesday’s shooting at the 1,400-student Campbell County Comprehensive High School began when Ken Bartley Jr., a 15-year-old freshman, was called to the office because other students had seen him with a gun on campus. When Bruce, Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce began questioning the boy, he allegedly opened fire. The administrators and an unidentified teacher wrestled the .22-caliber pistol from him. Bruce, 48, was shot in the chest and died at a hospital. Seale, 55, was shot in the lower abdomen and Pierce, 56, was hit in the chest; both remain hospitalized. Bartley was being held without bail. District Attorney Paul Phillips wants to try him as an adult on a charge of first-degree murder. Jo Bruce, a social worker in the nearby Oak Ridge school district, said she felt sympathy for the gunman’s family. “Any 14- or 15-year-old child that does something like that has got to be very troubled,” she said. Her husband had served in the Army for 20 years before becoming a teacher in 1992. The high school, closed since the shooting, was scheduled to reopen Monday. McClellan said police will be out in force to “give students and parents a feeling of security.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!