Speaker evicts Nandlall from parliamentary debate

first_img…PPP walks out in condemnationSpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland in the wee hours of Saturday morning evicted former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, from the Chambers of the House, bringing an end to the Opposition participation in a rancorous, marathon debate related to the President’s speech to Parliament in October last.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandNandlall was at the time making his presentation on the debate which had begun the previous day.He was routinely interrupted throughout his presentation as government ministers challenged his assertions on numerous occasions.It was on one such occasion, as Nandlall was making reference to a US$5.7 million settlement entered into between Government and BK International in relation to the Haags Bosch Landfill.Nandlall suggested that Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan had in fact made that disclosure in the press.Former Attorney General, Anil NandlallHaving already had to withdraw his statements to the debate on several occasions, Nandlall was this time challenged by Minister Bulkan who denied making the assertion.At this point Nandlall sought to vociferously defend his stance, saying that Minister Bulkan has never denied making statements to the press to the effect that Government had made the payout to BK International on the basis of a threatening letter.The Speaker at this point demanded that Nandlall substantiate his claims by providing the source of his information.Nandlall sought to counter by saying he did not have the newspapers he referred to on hand, but granted an hour’s leave, he would be able to produce it.The former Attorney General lamented that the opposition had not prepared to debate a motion on the President’s speech since they had in fact prepared for separate motions.His request was however not granted and Nandlall was again asked to withdraw his accusation against the Minister to which he defiantly refused.Dr Scotland at this point informed the former Attorney General that should be not comply, then he would not be able to continue making his presentation to the debate.Nandlall instead opted to withdraw from the debate at which point Dr Scotland ordered him out of the Chambers – a move that angered his colleague PPP/C members of parliament all of whom opted to leave the Chambers in solidarity.Nandlall has since taken to social media decrying the actions of Dr Scotland saying, “The Speaker committed a travesty…There is not even an effort to conceal the bias anymore.”Nandlall has since in a public missive, insisted that he was muzzled by Dr Scotland.According to Nandlall: “We were discussing the President’s address to the Parliament delivered on the 13th October, 2016…My presentation was robust and heavily critical of the President’s speech.”Nandlall contends that his presentation pointed to the length and “how skewed and vacuous the speech was by citing examples and illustrating its deficiencies…I further identified the various constitutional interferences and violations of which the Executive was guilty.” According to Nandlall, “As usual, not being able to endure the criticisms and like true authoritarians, the Ministers started to object to every reference I made.” Among other speakers to the debate which finally came to a close at 01:00h on Saturday – having begun shortly after 14:30h the previous day – were Irfaan Ally, Ganga Persaud and ministers Amna Ally, Raphael Trotman and Basil Williams.last_img read more

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Cerritos tops Chaffey

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CAL STATE WOMEN’S TENNIS UC Riverside cruised to a 7-0 win over visiting Cal State San Bernarino in non-conference action at the Student Recreation Center. The best match came at No. 1 singles where the Highlanders Erynne Oki defeated the Coyotes Jennifer Joy 7-6, 6-1. Joy needs one win for the most in school history. CHAFFEY SOFTBALL Melissa Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, but it wasn’t enough as the Panthers fell 3-2 to Palomar. Palomar scored three runs in the first three innings, which was just enough against Chaffey (11-9), who could only muster one seventh-inning run when two were necessary to force extra innings. Chaffey will have a week off before opening league play on Feb. 28 against College of the Desert. center_img Cerritos pushed across four runs aided by two errors in beating visiting Chaffey 4-1 in non-conference play Wednesday afternoon. The unlucky loser was David MacCarthy, who went six innings and gave up four hits, striking out five. First baseman Josh Manzano collected four of the Panthers six hits. last_img read more

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Chetwynd trailer home destroyed in Remembrance Day fire

first_imgThe owner of the trailer, who was present during the time of fire, fortunately walked away without serious injuries, but her pet dog succumbed to injuries and passed away.The owner says it appears the fire started in the ceiling of her home near the chimney and wood stove, which is said to have been discovered when she tried extinguishing the flames by throwing pots of water.The trailer, including all contents inside, has been destroyed in this aggressive fire, and at the height of the incident, threatened to engulf nearby vehicles and mobile homes.- Advertisement -The incident was reported to the Chetwynd Fire Department on Remembrance Day at 10:00 a.m., and was assisted by the RCMP, B.C. Ambulance and Emergency Social Assistance.last_img read more

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Dakar racers caught up in La Paz street protests

first_img“We want hospitals, not the Dakar,” chanted protesters, aiming their frustrations at President Evo Morales, who has been in power since 2006 and hopes to stay there until 2025.Empty water bottles and chairs were thrown in the direction of the main official Dakar vehicle which led the competitors into La Paz.The first motorcycle riders were jeered by protesters who have also been venting anger over the country’s penal code.Despite the trouble, Morales welcomed the arrival of the two-week Dakar event, which stretches from Peru, into Bolivia and ends in Argentina, in his country.“We are proud to participate in this event, which can integrate us in the world, promote sport and attract tourists,” he tweeted.Hundreds of Bolivians appeared to agree with Morales as they cheered the riders and drivers, shrugging off the violence under the watchful eye of the armed forces.In the event itself, Spain’s Carlos Sainz, a two-time world rally champion and 2010 winner at the Dakar, won the sixth stage, from Arequipa in Peru to La Paz, ahead of 13-time champion Stephane Peterhansel, one of his Peugeot teammates.Sainz, 55, clocked 2hr 53min 30sec for the 313km timed run of the gruelling stage, 4min 06sec ahead of Peterhansel who retains the overall lead.Sainz was also 5min 05sec in front of 2011 and 2015 Dakar champion Nasser Al-Attiyah in a Toyota.“For sure, it was completely different,” said Peterhansel after a stage run on firmer surfaces than the dunes of the first five days.“The tracks are easier. It’s easy navigation. The main problem is altitude for the driver and for the engine. We lost a lot of power and we lost concentration -– you know, the brain also works in slow motion, so it was a little bit complicated.“But today for me it was like a transition. We took no risks at all to finish the stage, just to arrive in a good position in La Paz”.French rider Antoine Meo, on a KTM, claimed the motorcycle honours.Argentina’s Kevin Benavides, on a Honda, was second, 30 seconds behind, but went to the top of overall standings. Australia’s Toby Price was third on the stage.Benavides has a 1min 57sec lead over French Yamaha rider Adrien Van Beveren in the overall standings.Friday is a rest day in La Paz.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A riot police officer throws a tear gas canister to medicine students during clashes within a protest December 19, 2017, weeks before the Dakar Rally reached the town and was caught up in the tensions © AFP/File / JORGE BERNALLA PAZ, BOLIVIA, Jan 12 – The Dakar Rally reached the lung-busting altitude of La Paz on Friday and was quickly caught up in violent street battles being fought between protesters and police in the tense Bolivian capital.Around 100 demonstrators clashed with police who used tear gas and pepper spray to quell the trouble which spread to a road being used by the competitors.last_img read more

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Liverpool extend lead with hard-fought win at Sheffield United

first_imgHowever, another vital three points moved Liverpool closer to a first top-flight title in 30 years as they opened up a sizeable advantage over Manchester City, who can cut the gap back to five points with victory later at Everton.Chances began to come for Jurgen Klopp’s men towards the end of the first-half as Sadio Mane sliced horribly wide with just Henderson to beat and then hit the post when it seemed easier to score from Roberto Firmino’s pass.Mane was unfortunate minutes into the second period, though, as he was taken out by John Lundstram as he broke into the box.Referee Anthony Taylor was unimpressed and it was another example when VAR backed the official’s decision when it should have been overturned.The hosts had their chances to spring a massive shock as Adrian turned behind a long-range drive from Oliver Norwood before Andy Robertson made a brilliant block to deny John Fleck the opener.All of Sheffield United’s good work was undone with one mistake when Wijnaldum pounced on a loose ball 20 yards from goal, but his strike should have been easily handled by Henderson, who instead watched on with horror as the ball slipped under his grasp.The Manchester United loanee made some amends 11 minutes from time when Mohamed Salah broke clean through, but could not beat Henderson with a low finish.That save could still have salvaged a point had substitute Leon Clarke not blazed over with the goal at his mercy late on.Instead, Liverpool held on to grind out the sort of win that could finally make them champions come May.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Georginio Wijnaldum scored the winner in Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Sheffield United© AFP Paul ELLISSHEFFIELD, United Kingdom, Sep 28 – Liverpool moved eight points clear at the top of the table, but were made to work hard for a 16th straight Premier League win as Georginio Wijnaldum’s fortunate strike handed the visitors a 1-0 victory at Sheffield United on Saturday.The European champions looked short on invention against the well-organised Blades until Wijnaldum’s shot from the edge of the box 20 minutes from time trickled between the legs of United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.last_img read more

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LEADING FRAUD GARDAI TO ADDRESS DONEGAL BUSINESS PEOPLE ON CRIME TRENDS

first_imgLeading Gardai from the Bureau of Fraud Investigation are to address a seminar on business-related crime in Co Donegal tonight.Local Gardaí in association with Letterkenny Chamber are hosting the event.The seminar takes place at the COLAB at LYIT at 6.30pm and will be addressed by Detective Sgt Matt Sheridan who is based at the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, Harcourt Square, Dublin. D/Sgt Sheridan will address the current crime trends relating to Business Crime / Credit Card Fraud / & On line trading and payment.The seminar will also be addressed by Sgt John Crosse, National Crime Prevention Office Harcourt Sq, Dublin. Sgt Crosse will address the attendance on Business Crime Nationally, what is being stolen, the profile of offenders times and days crime is most prevalent.Letterkenny Chamber and An Garda Síochana locally operate Business Watch in Letterkenny which is a forum where the business community meet with local Gardaí on a regular basis.Business Watch in Letterkenny are credited with developing a text alert scheme for local businesses to share information. This initiative has been rolled out nationally by Chambers Ireland in an effort to create a crime awareness, share information and have a proactive crime preventative focus. The seminar will be jointly chaired by Ms. Toni Forrester CEO Letterkenny Chamber & Inspector David Kelly Letterkenny Gardai.Please Note : This is a FREE seminar to give up to date information on crime targeted at the retail sector & in business in Co. Donegal.Come along on the night or contact Letterkenny Chamber on 91 24866/25505 or info@letterkennychamber.com to register LEADING FRAUD GARDAI TO ADDRESS DONEGAL BUSINESS PEOPLE ON CRIME TRENDS was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:business peopleCoLabcrime tendsdonegalGardailast_img read more

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NBA notes: Hornets’ Paul injures thumb

first_imgNew Orleans point guard Chris Paul, who leads all rookies in points, assists and steals, left the Hornets’ game against Portland on Friday night with a torn ligament in his right thumb and will miss at least two weeks. Paul grabbed his right thumb and walked toward the Hornets bench after a basket by Portland’s Juan Dixon with 11:24 left in the third quarter. Early exit: Houston forward Juwan Howard was ejected from Friday night’s game against Toronto for shoving the Raptors’ Mike James in the face with the basketball. After James drove toward the basket and was fouled by Howard, he exchanged words with Howard, who approached James before shoving the ball into his face. James was restrained by his teammates. Both received a technical but Howard was also tossed. James said the incident inspired him, as he ended up with 30 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. “After that happened, something really clicked inside of me,” James said. “The only person I fear in my life is my heavyweight father. Besides that, I fear no man.” 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson He ranks fourth all-time, trailing Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138) and Wilt Chamberlain (78). Hughes out again: Cleveland guard Larry Hughes underwent surgery to repair his broken right middle finger and is expected to miss eight weeks. The Cavaliers knew that Hughes, 26, had a history of injuries when they signed him to a five-year, $60 million contract in the offseason. Special care: Boston Celtics first-round draft pick Gerald Green, a 6-foot-8 swingman who has yet to appear in a regular-season game, will be sent to the NBA’s developmental league, head of basketball operations Danny Ainge said. Green, the 18th overall pick in the June draft out of Houston’s Gulf Shores Academy, will be assigned to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Patriots. center_img Paul, the Hornets’ first-round draft pick, is averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game. For the record: New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd recorded the 69th triple-double of his career, which is more than that of 22 of the NBA’s teams. last_img read more

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COUPLE GET THE ‘X-FACTOR’ AFTER LIFE-CHANGING OPERATIONS

first_imgPat and Karen have been given a new lease of life after their unique transplants. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A devoted husband has given his wife back the ‘X-Factor’ after giving a complete stranger one of his kidneys.Pat Bradley was left completely frustrated after being told his own healthy kidney was not a match for his wife Karen.Mum-of-two Karen had suffered for many years with small kidneys and was told she would eventually need a kidney replacement. She refused to allow her grown-up children Lee-Ann, 34, and Patrick, 27, donate theirs and hubby Pat wasn’t a match.But the couple, from Carndonagh, then heard about ‘paired donation’ which is not carried out in Ireland.The operation means that Pat had to donate one of his healthy kidneys to a complete stranger so Karen could receive a kidney donation.In June last year all four people came together at the Coventry and Warickshire University Hospital in England for the four-way operation. And now Pat, 55, told Donegal Daily that his wife really has the X Factor back in her life!“Before the operation we could do very little because we had to keep coming back to the house because Karen was on dialysis.“Even cooking, which she loves, took a lot out of her because she had very little energy.“She always wanted to go to concerts and now she has even gone to the X Factor concerts with out grandson Sean who is nine.“Now, as much as I love them both very much, you wouldn’t catch me going to the X-Factor,” laughed Pat. Pat said the ‘paired transplant’ may not be everyone but he would do the exact same operation in the morning.And he said he had nothing but admiration for the dialysis unit in Letterkenny Hospital and also Beaumont Hospital.“I spent a total of four days in hospital and I feel exactly the same now as I did before I went in.“Karen has been given a complete new lease of life. “It’s just nice to think that we could have 25 years or so of good quality life left together because of the operation.“I would just like people who are on a waiting list to know that there in another alternative and I’m sure there are plenty of husbands and wives out there will to do this,” he said.COUPLE GET THE ‘X-FACTOR’ AFTER LIFE-CHANGING OPERATIONS was last modified: March 23rd, 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)last_img read more

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RIGHT2WATER DONEGAL TO CONTINUE PROTESTS DESPITE JOB LOSSES

first_imgAnti-water protestors say they will continue to picket Irish Water despite the loss of up to 50 jobs through claims of intimidation of its workers.Right2Water say they will continue to protest against the installation of water meters.Right2Water Donegal last night issued a statement on the matter.They admitted that there may have been “one of two incidents” of inappropriate behaviour during the installation of water meters across the county.Spokesperson Charlie McDyer of Right2Water Donegal said ‘While there may have been one or two incidents that could be possibly described as inappropriate behaviour by protesters , remember there has been many incidents recorded of people having their water turned off and not turned on again, premises being flooded.“People being unable to access their own estate or driveway.Elderly people being trapped in their own homes in Glenties. Residents having no notification of the commencement of work and generally feeling under siege as contractors flooded some areas with men and machines We commend protesters and residents for keeping their self dicipline and practising restraint under such circumstances.“The huge majority of protests have been peaceful and have usually entailed the householder firmly and civilly telling the contractor they did not want a meter installed.When and if Irish Water return we will continue to assist residents in peaceful.”The spokesperson added that Right2Water have always advocated peaceful and disciplined protest and refuse to play into the hands of the authorities by conducting ourselves in any other manner.They added that they believe that no-one , protesters , householders or workers should be subjected to abuse verbal or otherwise.“Our members have stood shoulder to shoulder with people in their own local areas,including Glenties where there has not been one arrest,surely this would not be the case if protesters there were behaving in such a manner as to threaten the safety of workers ?“However, the ironies in these reports must be highlighted also,said Owen Curran spokesperson for Right2Water,West Donegal . For example a spokeswoman for Irish Water talks about the safety of their staff being paramount- This is from a company that continues to carry out work in heavily pedestrianised areas without a recognisable health and safety work plan in place.”The spokesperson added that they will continue to protest for as long as possible saying that Irish Water is not “fit for purpose.”“Right2Water Donegal will remain focused on our ultimate goal- the abolition of water charges and retaining our water in public ownership.“We also believe that Irish Water PLC is not fit for purpose and must be disbanded. We refuse to pay this unjust charge. Many thousands of people share these views with us . This Government or any incoming Government take note.”RIGHT2WATER DONEGAL TO CONTINUE PROTESTS DESPITE JOB LOSSES was last modified: May 25th, 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:Irish Waterjob losses?Right2Waterlast_img read more

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Klay Thompson confident he can play in Game 1 vs. Houston

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – Klay Thompson walked with a slight limp through the arena’s hallway.That did not stop him, though, from gutting through the Warriors’ 129-110 Game 6 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Thompson rolled his right ankle as he drove to the basket in the third quarter, but he still stayed in the game.Oh great. Klay Thompson slightly rolls his …last_img read more

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