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Dear Editor,In January 2018, the Government of Guyana passed the so-called “Whistleblower” Law, because they wanted to be associated with the philosophy of “combating corruption by encouraging and facilitating disclosures of improper conduct” from public and private sector officers.A week ago, the Attorney General of Guyana urged whistleblowers to come to his office with information so that it can be investigated.Therefore, it is shocking to have read, on September 10, 2018, that Ms Moshamie Ramotar (no relation to Donald Ramotar, I can confirm), a trained accountant who has served in that role for many years, was fired on the spot over an allegation that she was the whistleblower on some alleged massive acts of corruption.What kind of people are running the corporate affairs of the Guyana Chronicle? Whatever happened to due process? Summary dismissal of an employee, and moreso a very senior employee, should only be proceeded with most carefully, and only in exceptional circumstances.With the perception hanging over this Granger Government that it practises “ethnic preferentialism”, it is important that cases like this be handled judiciously, cautiously, and competently. A person can be summarily dismissed only when that person has taken part in extreme activities like:· fighting at work or other adverse deliberate behaviour that can cause imminent and serious risk to their colleagues’ health or safety;· theft;· fraud; and so on.Let us assume that the Finance Controller is guilty (I have no evidence to arrive at such a conclusion, but let us humour the General Manager on probation), why was a Hearing Committee not established to fully ventilate the issue? And even if that Committee found the Finance Controller guilty, the first step is not summary dismissal.Skilled Human Resource Practitioners would advise that, firstly, you evaluate that person’s personnel file to assess its quality. Based on that assessment and the findings of the Committee, you then decide whether the person should be issued with a stage one penalty (warning letter) or a stage two penalty (suspension letter). Only if the evidence presented unearths activities of an extreme nature do you move to a stage three penalty (summary dismissal).But, again, I have no evidence to prove that the Finance Controller is guilty, and until she is proven guilty, she must be treated as innocent. Did the General Manager (GM) not learn in his law studies the concept of ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat (the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies)? Or is this plain, old-fashioned, ghetto-type bullyism?Those who are pushing this dismissal letter have missed the entire point, and I wonder to what end. The Finance Controller does not have an allegation of misappropriation of public funds hanging over her head.I am, however, grateful for the fact that the Hon Prime Minister has intervened and reversed this improper decision. But notwithstanding the reversal of this impertinent decision, I am now calling upon the Auditor General of Guyana to swiftly examine the books of the Guyana Chronicle to detect if the financial regulations of Guyana were broken in the pursuance of an agenda to set up a so- called Social Media Unit.Regards,Sasenarine Singh
Local officials posed for photo during the CRS workshopAbout 25 newly-appointed local officials of Nimba County were over the weekend trained in conflict management in Ganta, the commercial hub of the County.The training, under the Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) “Connect for Peace,” was designed to strengthen social cohesion between and among citizens, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and public officials.It brought together administrative district commissioners, township commissioners, statutory superintendents, city mayors and the County’s inspector, to strengthen the traditional means of settling disputes in the County and also with the broader aim of contributing to the country’s peace.The Connect for Peace project or “C4Ps” is a 36-month initiative exercise, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Conflict Mitigation and Management Program (CMMP). It will cover about 36 towns or communities.Nimba County Inspector Reginald Mehn highlighted the importance of the project, which he said could ease political tensions that developed during the 2017 elections.“During the elections, there were lots said on the radio against the contests, a situation which brought conflict and division among us,” Mehn said.He said most of the past local officials have some knowledge of settling disputes within their districts, and therefore for the CRS to train the newly-appointed leaders was welcoming.Working session of the CRS workshopAccording to the program CRS manager, Breznev Paasewe, activities have been designed to build individual and institutional capacity, and offer disparate adversarial groups the opportunity to reconcile.“Additionally, the project will support the establishment of trust between citizens and state to reinforce Indigenous Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms (I-ADRMs) so that all members of civil society, including women and youth, public sector institutions and traditional authorities embrace diversity, resolve differences constructively and establish conditions for positive peace,” Paasewe said.The project will align with key government policies, such as “Liberia Agenda for Transformation; Steps to Liberia Rising 2030,” and the “Strategic Road-map for National Healing, Peace-building and Reconciliation in Liberia (2013–2030).CRS is working with the Justice and Peace Commission of Liberia (JPC) and the Mano River Women’s Peace Network (MARWOPNET) to support the implementation of the C4Ps. It is anticipated that C4Ps will reach over 230,000 citizens.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One day after he was reported missing, the body of 41-year-old Prakash Mahipaul of Hague Jib, West Coast Demerara, was on Thursday found at the Hague Seawall. The lifeless body of the mechanic was found at about 11:30h.However, it is unclear how the man met his demise but Police have since confirmed that his body bore no marks of violence. A Police source told Guyana Times that they have not ruled out foul play but from all indications, the man might have drowned.Dead: Prakash MahipaulA post-mortem examination (PME) is expected to be conducted today to ascertain the cause of death of the father of two. He was last seen leaving his home at about 17:00h. Attempts to contact a family member of the now dead man proved futile. His body was taken to the Ezikiel Funeral home awaiting a PME. The dead man is survived by his wife and two children. Police are continuing their investigations.
TEMPE, Ariz. – The fact that there is no resolution in sight to the Gary Matthews Jr. situation led to the statement released by owner Arte Moreno on Saturday evening. An investigation last week alleged that Matthews was a customer of an Internet pharmacy that has illegally distributed human growth hormone. A later story on Sports Illustrated’s Web site revealed what Matthews allegedly purchased, when he purchased it and where it was delivered. “Specifically, the Angels have asked (Matthews) to come forward and fully answer all questions surrounding the recent allegations against him. The organization continues to expect that this matter will come to a quick conclusion.” The statement certainly was not to infer that the Angels have started to turn their back on their new center fielder and are siding with Major League Baseball instead. “We’re supportive of our player and we’re protective of the game and protective of our brand,” Mead said Sunday. “Gary’s situation, he has now hired counsel to look into it. That’s a personal issue. But (the Angels) have been the focus either directly or indirectly since this issue started. “How you measure it, we don’t know. “We pride ourselves on trying to do the right thing. We pride ourselves in taking care of our players and providing support as well and there have been many conversations this week with Gary and with his agent. It just reached a point where we need to let our fan base know that we’re focused on the big picture here as well, and for nobody to lose sight of that. The big picture includes the Angels and the game of baseball.” Moreno’s statement was intended to be the team’s an all-encompassing view on the subject, according to Angels spokesman Tim Mead. “This week, the Angels and I were disappointed to learn that the name of one of our players, Gary Matthews Jr., has been allegedly associated with an investigation into the sale of performance enhancing substances by an Internet pharmacy in Florida,” Moreno said in the statement. “Both the Angels and I have strongly encouraged Gary to cooperate with any authority investigating this matter. Matthews’ new high-profile attorney, Robert Shapiro, said Matthews will only make a statement once all investigations are complete. Anderson debut Garret Anderson is expected to make his Cactus League debut today at home against the Oakland Athletics. Manager Mike Scioscia said Anderson’s delay in playing wasn’t because of any specific problem, it was just to give his left fielder some time to round into shape. Off the mound Francisco Rodriguez and Justin Speier each pitched in a simulated game, throwing about 20 pitches each. Speier is ready for Cactus League action, but Rodriguez will pitch in one more simulated game before making his debut. Scott Shields, who has a sore right shoulder, is expected to make his first appearance in a game at the same time as Rodriguez. John Lackey will have a bullpen session today, his first since missing five days with bronchitis. Lackey is scheduled to start Thursday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Another 15 districts will be hit on Tuesday including Fort Nelson, North and West Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby and the Sunshine Coast.There are no rotating strikes planned for Wednesday.On Thursday, 15 school districts will be behind picket lines including School District 60, which includes Fort St. John.- Advertisement -And next Friday will see Vancouver, New Westminster, Mission, and 13 other districts shut down.2014-05-28 Notice of BCTF’s Strike Action Schedule (1) by akkalfa
Before his departure, the man, feed clad in combat boots, leapt over the teller’s desk and roughed up an employee. As his frustration grew, he became even more agitated. “We’re treating him as armed and dangerous,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. “He was very aggressive, very intimidating and he used a very large amount of profanity during the robbery.” The suspect, described as a 5-foot-5, 160-pound Latino with a muscular build and dark, close-cropped hair, hopped into a black, late-model Chevrolet sedan and made his escape down Brand. “He’s definitely not a highly intelligent person,” Vairo said. “But he’s armed with a gun, even if we can’t tell if it’s real or not, so we’ve got to go after him.” For more news about cops and crime, check out It’s a Crime. SAN FERNANDO – Some bank robbers get caught red-handed, but the orange-gloved bandit got away and authorities asked for the public’s help Friday to track him down. On Sept. 8, the suspect barged into the Citibank at 456 S. Brand Blvd. brandishing an oversized, apparently phony pistol and demanding money. He wore a black shirt, dark pants, large sunglasses and blazingly orange gardening gloves. His choice of props mirrored his skill at robbery, police said. “He tries a takeover and he doesn’t get anywhere with anyone,” said San Fernando Police Department Detective Anthony Vairo. “He goes to a teller, but they’re closed out. He goes to the vault and it’s locked. I guess he just got frustrated and left.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic just cannot stop scoring.The 34-year-old took his tally for the season to 41 goals, hitting a brace against Caen in PSG’s 6-0 win against the Ligue 1 side.The first was an impressive long-range strike after 10 minutes, which handed the French champions the lead.Ibrahimovic’s second was PSG’s fifth, converting a lovely first-time attempt into the back of the net after Layvin Kurzawa sent a perfect cross into the penalty area.You can watch Ibrahimovic’s brace below… Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit a brace in PSG’s 6-0 win
1 John Collins (right) is following manager Ronny Deila out of Celtic John Collins is following Ronny Deila out of Celtic, the assistant manager has revealed.A day after helping secure a fifth successive league title, the 48-year-old said he is leaving at the end of the season, with a trip to St Johnstone and the visit of Motherwell to come.“I came with Ronny, so it’s only right I leave with him,” Collins said, adding: “A new manager will come in and bring his own staff with him.”Collins played for Celtic between 1990 and 1996 and returned to the club as assistant to manager Ronny Deila in 2014.
MAYOR Jimmy Kavanagh made Pat McCarry honorary First Citizen today to celebrate her latest charity success.Creeslough woman Pat opened the doors to her home for her annual Tea Day which raises money for The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland; and over the past 24 years Pat has raised more than €32,000 for the Donegal Branch.Said Mayor Kavanagh: “Pat is a remarkable woman whose Tea Days are now famous. I even thought it was only right she would wear the Mayoral chain today to recognise her incredible achievements over so many years.” Alasdair McKinney, Voluntary Chair of the Donegal Branch of The Alzheimer’s Society was among dozens of people who popped in for a cuppa – and scrumptious scones and cakes – at Pat’s home today.“Pat is one of our most ardent supporters and has always shown great empathy for sufferers of dementia,” said Alasdair.“It is thanks to people like Pat that we able to help 200 families in Donegal every year and provide 57,000 hours of service.”Day centres in Cloghan, Gaoth Dobhair and Glenties; social clubs in Movie, Fanad, Letterkenny and Ballyshannon – and monthly cafes in Carrick and at the Silver Tassie are part of the services provided. As always Pat’s incredible family and friends were on hand to help out for the Tea Day.Her niece Alison Kelly, Ireland’s Ambassador to Israel, was also there – as was grand-daughter Amy, the reigning Dunfanaghy Fair Queen for 2017.Pat at her Tea Day Picture Special as Mayor gets his cake and eats it at Pat’s Charity Tea Day was last modified: August 4th, 2017 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:Alzheimer’s SocietyCreesloughPat McCarrytea day