Dear Editor,On April 22, 2018 a letter written by “concerned citizen” under the heading “This Government is ignoring the plight of the Marudi small miners”. Please allow a response to matters carried within that letter.The writer stated that they were seeking to “reclaim what is rightfully ours”. According to the Mining Act of 1989; Section 6: “All minerals within the lands of Guyana shall vest in the State.” The State has delegated that authority to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission through the GGMC Act of 1979.Section 7:3 of the said Mining Act states:“A licence or permit under this Act to enter on State lands and there search or mine for, take and appropriate, minerals may be granted by the Commission.”In keeping with Section 7:3, the GGMC granted a Mining Licence to the company Romanex since 2009.The Rupununi Miners’ Association in their proposal is advocating that the government give them Mazoa Mountain and in addition, the government should excise the said lands from the Romanex Licence.It would indeed “be bad for business” should the State arbitrarily revoke a licence issued to one person or company – a legitimate holder of a Mining Licence from the State – and give it to another. This would lead to a lengthy court battle where no one benefits.Let us put the shoe on the other foot; if the Rupununi Miners’ Association were in possession of a Mining Licence for the area, would they accept the Government revoking their licence to give the area to someone else?In their letter, the Rupununi Miners’ Association failed to mention that they entered into a mediated agreement that they have now refused to honour. This is unacceptable.Yours faithfully,Johann EarlePublic Affairs andCommunicationsOfficerMinistry of NaturalResources
…she failed to love, protect, comfort them – State ProsecutorBy Shemuel FanfairTwenty-five-year-old Hofoswana Awena Rutherford, who was recently found guilty of killing her two children by poisoning them with carbon tablets, was on Monday sentenced by Justice Navindra Singh to 98 years’ imprisonment on two counts of manslaughter.Hofoswana Awena Rutherford, who was convicted for poisoning her two children being escorted by Prison officers on Monday (Carl Croker photo)On the first count, killing of four-year-old Hodascia Codogan, Rutherford was sentenced to 45 years’ jail; while on the second count, killing of one-year-old Jabari Codogan, she was ordered to serve 53 years’ jail time.Rutherford had crashed to the floor when the 12-member jury unanimously found her guilty on both counts on March 15, 2018. The jury believed the State’s evidence that the mother had given each of her children half of a tablet of aluminium phosphide (rat poison) on March 27, 2014 at Supply Branch Road, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara. Aluminium phosphide tablets (rat poison).During Monday’s sentencing, a probation report was admitted into evidence but was not read in court. Drawing from this document, Rutherford’s attorney, Adrian Thompson, in his plea of mitigation before a packed courtroom of relatives and several other onlookers, detailed that his client had a “hard life”.Thompson stressed that Rutherford dropped out of school at 16, her mother died when she was young, and that she knew her father only later in life. The defence lawyer, pleading for the judge to temper justice with mercy, pointed out that his client was not in the best of mental health. However, Thompson admitted that he had no doctor’s report to attest to his client’s mental state.In contrast to his calls, State Prosecutor Abigail Gibbs stressed that Rutherford knew exactly what she was doing. In her address to the court, she told Justice Singh that a hard life and economic struggles can never justify taking the life of another, especially those of one’s own children.“She was the one who needed to protect them, comfort them, and show them love. However, she failed them,” the Prosecutor pointedly stated.On those grounds, Gibbs called for the maximum penalty to be leveraged for the killings of Jabari and Hodacia Codogan. This prompted light gasps from some persons in the gallery, but the court marshall swiftly turned and ordered silence.Rutherford, who stared at Justice Singh directly, begged him for mercy before later losing her composure with streams of tears. Unlike the dramatic events when she hit her head by falling last month, she stood tall in her cries.“No one in this world loves my children more than I do. I love them to my soul. I am sorry for my shortcomings and my faults,” she told the court.She then turned to her family members in court and expressed hope that they would be able to overcome the pain of losing Jabari and Hodacia Codogan.“Justice Singh, even God in Heaven above is merciful, and I am asking you to grant me a second chance so I can make things right,” Rutherford lamented.Justice Singh seemed perplexed as to why the State had indicted the mother on manslaughter, contending that “everything points to murder”. On the first count, he started the sentence at a base of 30 years, added 10 years for the victim being a child, five years for the victim being her child, five years for her using a poisonous substance, and another 10 years for premeditation.He, however, deducted eight years for what was listed in the probation report, and another seven years for Rutherford’s show of remorse. This computation resulted in a sentence of 45 years. Using similar facts, he calculated 53 years for count two, ordering that the sentences must be served consecutively.This means that the court’s cumulative sentence is 98 years. However, the Prison Service was ordered to deduct the time Rutherford had spent awaiting trial.During her trial at the Demerara High Court, Rutherford’s initial story was that she had bought cold tablets from a man at the Plaisance Park, who sells rat poison. However, the logic behind this story was not accepted by the jury.Rutherford had been hospitalised for seven days after the poisoning of her offsprings, and she had said she had drunk two tablets after giving same to them.Prosecutor Shawnette Austin also appeared for the State.
A knife-wielding bandit was in the wee hours of Saturday morning shot dead by a security guard on duty at a service station at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), after he was alerted by neighbours that someone was attempting to break into a poultry farm which was in close proximity of the fuel station.Dead is Jarrel “Dumb Boy” Nobel, 22, unemployed of Lot 12 Tuschen, EBE, who died at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) as a result of the gunshot wounds he sustained.Investigations revealed that at 04:30h on Saturday morning, the guard was alerted that someone was seen in a yard that housed a poultry farm, at Line Top, Vergenoegen. The guard responded and together with the poultry farmer, who observed the intruder at the premises via Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras.The Police were called but before they arrived, the two men went inside the building, also located on the premises, but Noel realising that they were there, emerged from a room armed with a knife and attacked the security who discharged two rounds, which struck him. The Police arrived just after the shooting and rushed the injured bandit to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was treated and transferred to the GPHC and later succumbed to his injuries.The security guard is in custody assisting with the investigation. The firearm – a licensed shotgun – is lodged with the Police. The dead man was previously charged for breaking and entering and larceny.
160Want 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. RIDGECREST- A minor earthquake swayed Kern County early Wednesday. No injuries were reported. The magnitude-4.3 quake struck at 5:22 a.m. and was centered 15 miles north of Ridgecrest, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site. Ridgecrest is about 110 miles northeast of Bakersfield. “It was a jolt and then a smooth roll,” said Kammy Rana, a dispatcher for the Ridgecrest Police Department. “It made the office sway slightly.” Rana said the quake lasted less than a minute. She had received no calls about it.
Following the recent news that Sliabh Liag Distillery is to relocate to Ardara there will be a public meeting in the Old School, Carrick tonight at 8pm.A community spokesman said the people of the area are devastated at this news as 40 jobs were to be created.“To a small rural community, it gave people a chance to gain employment, while others were planning to move back to the area as employment opportunities would arise. “The knock-on effects for local businesses cannot be underestimated with increased employment and tourism.“This would have been a landmark building and a major tourist attraction as the site in question is historic and set in a wonderful scenic location right beside Sliabh Liag and the planned new building was a fitting modern building which would have added to the proposed site.”The spokesman added that there was massive excitement in the area Silkie Whiskey and An Dúlamán grew and won national and international awards.“The pride of what was happening in the area was immense and people were eager to see the project start.” “However, that excitement has now has turned to shock, anger and disbelief as to how this could happen.”“We want to see if we can reverse this decision and repair the reputation of the area following this controversy.”Public meeting tonight on future of Sliabh Liag Distillery was last modified: September 19th, 2018 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)
A CO Donegal pharmacist has been voted Ireland’s No1 – for his outstanding service to patients.Tom Murray, who runs pharmacies in Ramelton and Castlefin, was nominated by patient Julie Jordan who wrote to judges to tell them about his incredible care.In the introductory speech by John Bowman at the Mansion House in Dublin, Tom’s service to all – whether prince or pauper – was commended. The panel of 12 judges had a large number of nominations but said Tom stood out above the rest. Proud Tom is pictured with his wife Roisin at the awards ceremony. PHARMACIST TOM NAMED THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY was last modified: November 24th, 2013 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:PHARMACIST TOM NAMED THE BEST IN THE COUNTRYTom Murray
5 5 5 Jurgen Klopp has sealed deals for Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Sadio Mane, but he isn’t likely to stop his business there.Liverpool will be looking to challenge for a place in the Premier League’s top four next term, and the club’s manager could therefore consider a few more signings necessary.In addition to arrivals, there’s also the futures of some to determine ahead of the new campaign.But who could be on their way out of Merseyside? And who is reportedly on the Reds’ radar?Have a read of the latest transfer rumours on Liverpool by viewing the slideshow above.IS THIS LIVERPOOL’S IDEAL XI FOR NEXT SEASON? 1. Christian Benteke agrees personal terms with Crystal Palace? Read all about this transfer rumour below, then click the arrow above, right, to get up to date on more Liverpool gossip – Benteke has, the Mirror report, agreed personal terms over a move to Selhurst Park this summer. The deal, however, is being held up by the Reds wanting to recoup the £32m spent on his signature only 12 months ago. The Belgium international, if the transfer is completed, will become the highest paid player in the Eagles history. 5. Liverpool teen to cost Norwich City £4.5m? – Sergi Canos is in talks with the Canaries over a transfer this summer, in a move that could hand the Reds £4.5m. The Spaniard would cost £2.5m upfront, with a possible further £2m through add-ons, the Liverpool Echo report. The 19-year-old is also likely to have a buy-back and sell-on clause written into his contract. 3. Liverpool trailing Chelsea and Napoli in race for Axel Witsel? – The Reds are interested in signing the Belgium international but have, according to Bleacher Report, fallen behind Chelsea, Everton and Napoli in the chase for his signature. The 27-year-old moved to Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2012 and has often been linked with a transfer to the Premier League having impressed in Russia. 5 4. Benfica star tells friends he wants Anfield move? – Anderson Talisca, according to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, has informed his pals of his desire to join Liverpool this summer. The attacking midfielder is understood to be keen on swapping Portugal for England. The 22-year-old could cost around 25m and talks with the Reds have taken place. 2. Jurgen Klopp no longer interested in Mario Gotze? – The Reds, the Liverpool Echo claim, will not make a move for Gotze this summer. The Merseyside outfit had been linked with a move throughout the 2015/16 campaign, but it seems the Germany international isnt considered a priority signing. The arrival of Sadio Mane has reportedly left Klopp content with his attacking options. 5
2 McLeish joined former Scotland internationals Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist on Thursday’s Sports Breakfast to react to a strong end to the year’s action after a difficult first season in charge.And he believes Tuesday’s result was one of the best Scotland have enjoyed at Hampden Park.“Goodness, that was some night,” the boss told talkSPORT.“It was one of the great Hampden nights, albeit we didn’t have a full house.“It was a great result and two smashing results, really. We carried on the momentum from the great performance in Albania. Scotland manager Alex McLeish 2 Scotland manager Alex McLeish has described Scotland’s 3-2 victory over Israel as ‘one of the great nights at Hampden Park’.McLeish’s side wrapped up 2018 in fine style with brilliant back-to-back victories over Albania away and at home to Israel.Celtic winger James Forrest was the star man with five goals in those two games, with his hat-trick sealing a win on Tuesday which saw Scotland win their UEFA Nations League group. James Forrest netted a hat-trick in the 3-2 defeat of Israel “I think it’s a long time since we’ve done the double header, so a lot of people were expecting us to fail, so that’s another hurdle climbed.“When you go on a run of games or you win a special game, you can’t wait for the next one and, even though it came three days later, it couldn’t come quick enough for the guys with the way they played in Albania.“We had a bit of a scare at the end but we did it, the players managed the game extremely well at the end and I’m so proud of them.”Listen back to Alex McLeish on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!
The 15 ETB Schools and 5 Youthreach Centres under the direct management of Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) will not be impacted by any of the proposed strike action announced by ASTI (the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland), scheduled for implementation from October to December of this year.This is because the majority of teachers who work in the schools and centres under the management of Donegal ETB are members of TUI (Teachers’ Union of Ireland).The TUI negotiated the implementation of revised salary arrangements over two phases in 2017 and 2018. The effect of this will be to assimilate new entrants to teaching onto a single new salary scale which will incorporate the honours primary degree allowance.Meanwhile, ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action over lower pay for recently qualified teachers and the worsening of ASTI members’ terms and conditions.The 15 schools under the management of Donegal ETB and who will not be affected by the strike actions are:Abbey Vocational School – Donegal TownColáiste Ailigh – LetterkennyColáiste na Carraige – CarrickColáiste Phobail Cholmcille – Tory IslandCrana College – BuncranaDeele College – RaphoeErrigal College – LetterkennyFinn Valley College – StranorlarGaelcholaiste Chinaél Eoghain – BuncranaGairmschoil Mhic Diarmada – Arranmore IslandGarimscoil Chú Uladh – CloghanMagh Ene College – BundoranMoville Community College – MovilleMulroy College – MilfordSt. Catherine’s Vocational School – Killybegs Ms Anne McHugh, Chief Executive Donegal ETB, stated; “We are delighted that the TUI, the union representing teachers within our schools, has negotiated a package with the Department of Education and Skills.”“We are also pleased that our schools have embraced the implementation of the new Junior Cycle and that all our students are currently studying the new syllabis and presenting work for the new forms of assessment.”“I want to acknowledge the professionalism of our teachers in responding to change within our schools. I am also pleased that there will be no disruption to our education service for all our students and their parents.”The first cohort of Junior Cycle students studying the revised syllabus in English will sit the examination paper devised by the State Examinations Commission in June 2017 in all of the 15 Donegal ETB schools. This will be followed by new examinations in Science and Business Studies in June 2018 and other subjects in a phased roll out in subsequent years.Details of the strike schedule can be found by clicking here. Will your secondary school be affected by the ASTI strike? was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)
Multi-award winning young entrepreneur Fraser Doherty, whose grandparents hail from Donegal, has urged young people aged 18-35 in the county to enter this year’s competition for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur and to learn from the experience.The 28 year-old from Edinburgh was in Letterkenny to speak at the ‘Jam Packed’ business networking event organised by Local Enterprise Office, Donegal.And he insisted that young people in business should embrace the competition rather than fear it. “Television shows like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den make people think that business can be really ruthless, but actually people are very happy to help you and give you advice, so I would suggest to young people to try to take as much of that as they can get.”The young entrepreneur started his business Superjam aged just 16, having been taught how to make jam by his grandmother Susan who was originally an O’Brien from Listillion. He had made his first million before the age of 20.Since then his jam has gone on sale in more than 7 countries, his product range has expanded to include honey and peanut butter and as well as writing several books he also owns the companies Beer 52 and Envelope Coffee.However, he is adamant that he could have never have been successful without taking on the advice that people gave him from the outset – and continue to give him. Jam Packed 12Members attending the Jam Packed business networking event in Rockhill House pictured in The Orangerie before Fraser Doherty’s talk.“I started making jam at home as a hobby then started selling it door to door in the neighbourhood and at farmers’ markets and small shops then it became my dream to sell it to a big supermarket. I had to convince my dad to drive me to Waitrose and he waited in the car outside. I went in and pitched to Waitrose but at first they said no. They gave me some feedback and I listened to that and I went away and made some changes and eventually they took it on.”Instead of anger at the rejection, Fraser says that he went away from that meeting with Waitrose determined to make the changes that would make his business a success. He maintains the advice from pitching to companies with his product and from entering business competitions, has helped him grow his business immensely.“I would say to young people in Donegal, don’t be afraid to enter a competition, because it is a great way to get advice from people who might give you feedback about your idea. If you listen to those people, if you take that advice on board and are open to making changes to your idea – that is the best way of coming up with something that might be a success.“I think it is also important to take opportunities to meet other entrepreneurs. Sometimes if you are a young person in business or who has a good idea and are just trying to start a business and maybe your friends aren’t doing that, it can be a lonely thing. But if you take part in the competition it will be a great chance to meet other young entrepreneurs and maybe meet some friends and help each other out along the way.” Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said that feedback year on year from businesses who have taken part in the competition for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in Donegal, has been that the training and advice they received has been invaluable and has helped them immensely with their business goals and ambitions.Mary Sweeney and Irene Sweeney enjoying the presentation from Fraser Doherty at the Jam Packed business networking day in Rockhill House organised by Local Enterprise Office, Donegal.“The idea category is open to anyone 18-35 who feels they have a great business idea. They don’t need to be in business, just to have a great business idea and it is always exciting to see those entries come in. However, if you are 18-35 and have already taken the brave step of going into business – no matter what that business might be – then you should really consider applying in the Best Start Up (trading less than 18 months) or Best Established (trading more than 18 months) categories.”Local winners in the Best Start-Up and Best Established Business categories will receive investments of up to €15,000 each and the two runners-up will each receive up to €5,000.Applications for this year’s competition can be made online by Friday 29 September at www.ibye.ie but anyone seeking more information before submitting their application can call Donegal Local Enterprise Office: 07491 60735 or e.mail firstname.lastname@example.org Entrepreneur urges young business people to get ‘jamming’ with ideas was last modified: September 16th, 2017 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:BusinessFrazer DohertyjamLEO< Donegal