Linden Mayor flouts law, sends Town Clerk on admin leave

first_img– Minister Bulkan silentIn clear violation of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland on Thursday decided to unilaterally send Town Clerk Jenella Bowen on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, which is before Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan. Only the Communities Minister in the absence of a Local Government Commission is vested with the power to make that decision.Holland and the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LMTC) had passed two no-confidence motions against Bowen and subsequently wrote Minister Bulkan requesting she be removed. But Minister Bulkan is still to make a decision, which seemingly angered Holland, prompting him to decide to take his own action against the Town Clerk.Linden Town Clerk Jenella BowenGuyana Times has seen a letter dated October 6, 2016 that Holland wrote to Bowen, instructing that she proceed on administrative leave with immediate effect until the conclusion of “the hearing”.“Please be informed that the Ministry of Communities has reviewed the Council’s recommendation and granted no objection,” the letter copied to Communities Ministry Permanent Secretary Emile McGarrel and the LMTC Personnel Officer stated.It went on to highlight that the LMTC proceeded in accordance with the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:0, Section 8 A, Subsection G, which states that the Council shall “ensure that the municipality is managed in a professional and competent manner by a qualified Town Clerk” and Section 8 A, Subsection H, which states that the Council “shall perform any other duties or functions imposed on the Council by this or any other law or by the Council”. Subsequently, the Mayor; his deputy, Waneka Arrindell and two senior Police Officers reportedly showed up at the home of the Town Clerk and demanded that she hand over all of the Council’s belongings to them.However, nowhere in the cited act is the Council given the authority to discipline or remove from office the Town Clerk.When contacted, Bowen told Guyana Times that she made attempts to contact Minister Bulkan, but those attempts were unsuccessful; however, she was able to speak with Permanent Secretary McGarrel who advised that she comply with the instructions of the Council.McGarrel confirmed this to Guyana Times , but stated that his advice was to defuse any possible “physical” confrontation. He declined to answer any other question on the issue.Efforts to contact Minister Bulkan proved futile, as calls to his office and mobile phones went unanswered. But a call to his residence was answered and after a prolonged delay, Guyana Times was told he was not at home at that time.Bowen said she has since sought legal advice on the way forward, but could not say if she would report for duty today.The Mayor’s action was deemed unconstitutional, since Section 118 of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01 clearly states that in the absence of a Local Government Commission, the Communities Minister holds the power to appoint, discipline and disappoint any Local Government Officer.Section 120 of the Act states; “The power to exercise disciplinary control over Local Government Officers (including the power to remove them from office) shall be exercised by the Commission or other person or authority in whom such power is vested under Section 118 or Section 119 in accordance with any rules pertaining to discipline made by the Commission under Section 114.”Section 121 adds that where a Local Government Officer is disciplined, including removal from office by anyone other than the Commission or its designate, the officer can appeal that decision, which the Council or its designate can confirm, set aside or vary any finding on such persons or authority and to confirm, quash or vary any penalty awarded.Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall, in an invited comment on Thursday evening, said that Town Clerks, like Regional Executive Officers (REOs), are creatures of the Minister and it is only him who can discipline or dismiss them.He said what was playing out at the Linden municipality was purely authoritarian action by the Mayor and his gang.“Again we are witnessing authoritarianism and a clear violation of the rule of law. The municipality has no authority to discipline or dismiss the Town Clerk: the Town Clerk is a creature of the Minister,” Nandlall, a respected lawyer, opined.He said the actions by Holland and others in Linden and the silence of Bulkan may very well be a sign of the Minister’s weak leadership skills.The spat between Bowen and several Councillors, including Holland and Arrindell, began after she accused the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of spending over $500,000 on travel expenses from the already depleted coffers of the Town Council.The Linden Town Council has not met in more than two months and when contacted last week, Holland told Guyana Times that he was unable to get a quorum for the meetings as Councillors were anxiously awaiting Minister Bulkan’s ruling on the Town Clerk.last_img read more

Andre Green on how fortune aided his last minute goal

first_imgPortsmouth winger Andre Green scored a winning goal at 90th minute to book Pompey a place in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup at RochdaleGreen utilized a fine cross-field pass from Dion Donohue and stroke a shot into the net off the post and said after the match via club website:“It was up there with one of the best moments of my career. My first league goal was against Norwich, so I had a good feeling when I came on.“It almost seemed to go in slow motion. We’re a good counter-attacking side and luckily Dion spotted my run.“There was a bit of fortune because of the way the ball ricocheted to me. I’m just happy that the ball came back to me and ended up in the net.“Scoring in the last minute is always nice and you could tell what it meant from my run towards the Pompey fans.videoJohnson recalls how Jose Mourinho ‘ripped’ his contract up Andrew Smyth – May 25, 2019 Glen Johnson recalled a brutal encounter he had with his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.“The adrenaline took over after that with my celebrations and it’s all about giving something back to the supporters who travelled to back us.”Speaking about his injury, Green added:He said: “I want to play every minute, but the team is flying in the league and we’ve got a lot of good attacking players.“That’s how it’s going to be in my career – I’ll have to work hard because nothing just gets handed to you.“This is all an important learning curve for me and I know what needs to be done for me to get into this team.”last_img read more

Polls schedule in first week of November EC secy

first_imgElection commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed (C) talks to media. File PhotoThe schedule for the next parliamentary election will be announced in the first week of November, said election commission (EC) secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Thursday.The commissioner said this to the newsmen at the Nirbachan Bhaban (election building) in the capital, reports UNB.Helal Uddin said the chief election commissioner in a meeting with a delegation of European Union informed that the election schedule will be announced in the first week of November.Replying to a question the secretary said that the EU delegation wants to see a free, fair, inclusive and participatory election in Bangladesh.The delegation was assured from the EC that all necessary measures will be taken in this regard.Responding to another question, Helal Uddin said that the EU team expressed their interest to know about EVM (electronic voting machine), election observers, manpower, law enforcement agencies, the process of voting from abroad and voter list.CEC’s personal officer AKM Mazharul Islam said the ambassadors and delegates of seven countries were present at the meeting.last_img read more

Rohingya crisis triggers communal tensions across Myanmar

first_imgA Rohingya refugee man pulls a child as they walk to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, on 10 September 2017. — ReutersCommunal tensions appeared to be rising across Myanmar on Monday after two weeks of violence in Rakhine state that have triggered an exodus of about 300,000 Rohingya Muslims, prompting the government to tighten security at Buddhist pagodas.A mob of about 70 people armed with sticks and swords threatened to attack a mosque in the central town of Taung Dwin Gyi on Sunday evening, shouting “this is our country, this is our land”, according to the mosque’s imam, Mufti Sunlaiman.“We shut down the lights in the mosque and sneaked out,” the mufti, who was in the mosque at the time, told Reuters by phone.The government said in a statement that the mob was dispersed after police with riot shields fired rubber bullets.Rumors have spread on social media that Muslims, who represent about 4.3 percent of the Buddhist-majority country’s population of 51.4 million, would stage attacks on Sept. 11 to avenge violence against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine.Attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants on police posts and an army base on 25 August provoked a military counter-offensive and a mass migration of villagers into the Cox’s Bazar region of southern Bangladesh.Myanmar says its security forces are carrying out clearance operations to defend against ARSA, which the government has declared a terrorist organisation.Human rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Rohingya, whose population is estimated at around 1.1 million.The government said on Saturday that it would take legal action against anyone spreading rumors that could lead to religious conflict.Security has been stepped up on Mandalay Hill, a peak overlooking the city of Mandalay studded with pagodas that is popular with Buddhist pilgrims, the Myanmar Times reported.In social media groups, Muslims have voiced fear that other mosques will come under attack and proposed tighter security, according to posts seen by Reuters. Muslim elders have urged people to show restraint, the posts showed.Tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have simmered since scores were killed and tens of thousands displaced in communal clashes accompanying the onset of the country’s democratic transition in 2012 and 2013.But after ARSA attacks on police posts last October, tensions have risen. In Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, Buddhist nationalists raided two madrassas in April and forced authorities to close them down on the grounds they did not have a permit to operate as a place of worship.In May, several nationalists led by the Patriotic Monks Union raided flats in a Yangon district with a large Muslim population, igniting scuffles that were only broken up when police fired shots into the air.ROHINGYA TRAPPED ON MYANMAR SIDEMyanmar on Sunday rebuffed a ceasefire declared by ARSA to enable the delivery of aid to thousands of displaced people in northern Rakhine, declaring simply that it did not negotiate with terrorists.Thousands of Rohingya in the north-western state have been left without shelter or food, and many are still trying to cross mountains, dense bush and rice fields to reach Bangladesh.The estimate of new arrivals in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday was 294,000 and UN officials working there said there were discussions under way to revise up the prediction made last week that it would reach 300,000.Thousands of Rohingya refugees are still stranded on the Myanmar side of the River Naf, which separates the two countries, with the biggest gathering south of the Rakhine state town of Maungdaw, monitors and sources in the area told Reuters.A Maungdaw resident told Reuters by phone that about 500 houses south of the town were set on fire early on Monday.The people – many hungry and exhausted after a days-long march through the mountains and bushes in the monsoon rain – have been unable to cross because of a crackdown on Bangladeshi boatmen charging 10,000 taka ($122) or more, sources said.The significant number of people in the area raises fears of a further influx into Bangladesh, where humanitarian agencies and local communities are already struggling.The Myanmar government has announced it will build camps for internally displaced people and provide humanitarian assistance. Details of the plans have not been spelled out and it is not clear that people would be willing to live in the camps rather than cross to Bangladesh.last_img read more

Youth kills brides father at wedding party

first_imgSajeeb Ahmed Rocky. Photo: Aminul IslamA youth stabbed the father of a bride to death and injured her mother at a wedding ceremony at Dilu Road in Moghbazar area of the city on Thursday, reports UNB.M Ramjan, a sub-inspector at Hatirjheel police station, said there was a wedding ceremony of Tula Mia’s daughter Swapna at Priyanka Community Centre behind the old BGMEA Bhaban.At one stage, the police officer said, Sajeeb Ahmed Rocky, 25, stormed the venue and stabbed Tula Mia, 55, and his wife with a sharp weapon indiscriminately, leaving them critically injured.Tula Mia was taken to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead. His wife, Firoza, was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).However, guests at the wedding ceremony caught Sajib red-handed and handed him over to police after a thrashing.Officer-in-charge of Hatirjheel police station Muhammad Abdur Rashid said Sajid used to stalk Swapna whenever he found her on the streets.last_img read more

ASALH Commemorates Black History

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comWith distinguished guests, a booming book fair and strong conversations to boot, African American excellence was in full effect at the 93rd annual Black History Luncheon hosted by the Association for Studying African American Life and History (ASALH) held at the Washington Renaissance Hotel in Northwest, D.C. on Feb. 16.Founded by well-regarded historian, journalist, and author Carter G. Woodson, ASALH is the organization that founded Black History Month (which was originally Black History Week) and is responsible for choosing the national theme for the celebration during February.  This year’s theme and ASALH luncheon theme was “Black Migrations.”The panel at the Association for Studying African American Life and History (ASALH) at the 93rd annual Black History Luncheon, featuring moderator Dr. Jelani Cobb and panelists Dr. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, Dr. G. Derek Musgrove and Mr. Kojo Nnamdi at the Washington Renaissance Hotel in Northwest, D.C. on Feb. 16. (Courtesy Photo)oPrior to the luncheon experience, attendees were treated to the annual Featured Authors Event from 10 a.m. to noon.  Special guest authors included Minyon Moore, Leah Daughtry, and Yolanda Caraway, who co-authored alongside Donna Brazille with help from Veronica Chambers “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics.” Also present was Dorothy Butler Gilliam, the first Black journalist for {The Washington Post}, who discussed her new book, “Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America.”At noon guests were ushered into the ballroom for an afternoon of entertainment, excellence, serious discussions and a large lunch.High-energy WUSA 9 anchor Darren Haynes served as the master of ceremonies for the afternoon, which included a greeting from ASALH president Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham; an in-depth occasion speech on this year’s Black History month theme “Black Migrations,” by Dr. Tiffany M. Gill from University of Delaware; an invocation and grace that prayed for healing of today’s society by the Rev. William H. Lamar IV of Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C.; an introduction of the Black heritage stamp featuring Gregory Hines and a panel of Black intelligentsia.As has been the tradition since 1978, the U.S. Postal Service Black History Month Heritage stamp was showcased at the luncheon, this year featuring famous tap dancer and actor Gregory Hines.“[Hines] His particular style of performance combined with his other talents, helped usher in a new appreciation for the dance. His mentorship of the next generation, including Savion Glover, will hopefully ensure that he endures. There would be no Savion Glover without Gregory Hines,” said Dr. Tamara L. Brown, associate professor of History at Bowie State University told the audience.With about 1,000 guests happily dining on a three-course meal, the luncheon continued with a fiery panel discussion featuring esteemed panelists breaking down the historicity of Black Migrations and its connection to current society.  The panelists included Dr. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Dr. G. Derek Musgrove, associate professor of History at University of Maryland Baltimore County; and Kojo Nnamdi, host of “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” and “The Politics Hour” on WAMU 88.5. Dr. Jelani Cobb, the celebrated Ira A. Lipman professor of journalism at Columbia University, moderated the discussion, using pointed questions about Black Migrations and the need for movement in order to find opportunities and success in African American history.“Each time we reinvented ourselves successfully, the laws would change to undermine our progress,” Browne-Marshall explained to the audience to a round of applause.“We have to look at the triggers for reinvention.  Why do we migrate north?  Why did we have to do these things? Because there were lynch mobs; because there was an undermining of the Black economy; because there were rapes and assaults,” she said.  “So when we talk about the Black migration, we also need to talk about the triggering events that gave rise to the Black Migrations… that’s going on right now among different regions of the country… seeking opportunities because all we’ve ever wanted to be is a human being. Respected as a human being, work as a human being, have rights as a human being… achieving that through migration.”After the panel, there was a special presentation by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Omega Life Membership, closing remarks from AASALH Executive Director Sylvia Cyrus and a benediction from the Rev. Alfonso L. Campbell III from Zion Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.last_img read more

Sahapedia to ease the dispersal of academic information

first_imgTo create a platform, which helps people know more about our tangible and intangible cultural heritage, is a mammoth task. But National Skill Development Agency, in association with IGNCA have come up with a website that eases the whole endeavour of finding academic information on different matters. Sahapedia.org, which is the interactive platform on Indian and broadly South-Asian cultures, took off after five years of intense research. It was carried out on a co-operative basis, offering windows to store encyclopedic content, images and videos on subjects which come under so many topics. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Reliable and detailed information on matters ranging from visual arts, music, literature, cinema, dance, architecture, ecological systems, cuisine, percussion and oral histories among others will be integral to the website.“For now, much of the content is in English. Efforts are already on to incorporate Indian languages in a major move,” the former TCS chairman said at the function on Saturday evening. “Heritage education will be the focus, so as to kindle interest among the new generation about a range of sources of knowledge, starting from ancient to the modern,” he added. The platform, with scholar-curated modules on variety of topics, offers a rich multi-media experience also propped by the library which has various old and  new articles, journals, books, images from various institutions and authors. It has the option to filter by format, offers interactive timelines that allow users to scroll through developments—as the gathering was shown through a tour of the innovative portal. It not only serves information, but also promotes publication of reliable contributions from users—after review by a panel of subject experts. Also, it is not a place restricted to recording history; instead dynamically supplies information on current and emerging practices by also carrying out critical debate. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixArtist-author-researcher Dr Sudha Gopalakrishnan, executive Director of ‘Sahapedia’ said that the online platform had vast scope for cross-referencing content across domains. “All these would be constantly linked to the ‘Sahapedia’ library, helping to bring out new links across disciplines,” the former head of National Mission for Manuscripts pointed out in her welcome address.A panel discussion on ‘Culture Futures’ on Saturday, featured accounts of field experiences by folk traditions scholar Utpala Desai, digital empowerment activist Osama Manzar, architect-musician Meera Natampally, shadow puppeteer Ramachandra Pulavar and actor-director-publisher Sudhanva Deshpande. The function had began with a 30-minute recital by classical vocalist Dr Subhadra Desai.last_img read more

Tauck eliminates select single supplements for 2018

first_img Thursday, January 11, 2018 WILTON, CT — Solo travellers will be getting a major break this year with Tauck, which has once again opted to reduce and in some cases eliminate its single supplements.The company has announced that there will not be a single supplement on its Category 1 European riverboat cabins, waiving the supplement entirely for those cabins on each departure of every Tauck river cruise itinerary. In all, the single supplement is being waived on over 200 Tauck river cruise departures in 2018.Moreover, Tauck is reducing the single supplement by US$1,000 on other selected cabin categories on 58 departures of 16 different river itineraries.Solo travellers interested in Tauck’s land journeys will also enjoy a reduced single supplement of up to $600 on 155 departures of 53 tours visiting five continents. In Europe, for example, the company has slashed the single supplement by up to $400 on 68 departures of 23 different land itineraries, while in North America, supplements are being reduced by up to $300 on 61 departures of 21 tours. Even more, within its ‘Exotics’ portfolio, Tauck has reduced the supplement by up to $600 on 26 departures of nine trips in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem“Our tours and cruises have always been very popular with solo travellers. Not only do solo travellers embrace the camaraderie and sense of assurance they feel as part of a Tauck group, but they really appreciate all of the effort that we put into choreographing and executing their journeys – work they would otherwise have to do entirely on their own,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar. “Tauck is already a fantastic way for solo travellers to see the world, and with our elimination of or reductions to the single supplement, we’re an even smarter choice.”For more details call 1-800-468-2825 or go to tauck.com. Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Tauck eliminates select single supplements for 2018 Tags: Promotions, Tauck << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Canadians stranded in Cuba after plane crash returning home

first_img Share Canadians stranded in Cuba after plane crash returning home By: The Canadian PressSource: The Associated Press Tuesday, May 22, 2018 MONTREAL — Hundreds of Canadians who were stuck in Cuba since a plane crash last week are returning home. Montreal-based Caribe Sol said Monday that Cubana Airlines was resuming operations after the passenger jet crash on Friday killed 111 people. The agency said on its Facebook page that 346 tourists who had booked through Caribe Sol would be flown back to Canada Monday and Tuesday. It said some other passengers had already returned home on other airlines. Cuba’s largest airline grounded all its flights on Friday after a Boeing 737 crashed soon after takeoff and landed in a fireball on the outskirts of Havana. Three people had survived the crash, but a 23-year-old woman died of her injuries on Monday. The two remaining survivors, also from Cuba, remain in a Havana hospital in critical condition. Tags: Canadian, Cuba << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Virtuoso appoints Tim Morgan to oversee agency relationships in Canada

first_img Posted by About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019 Wednesday, August 1, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Alex Keerma Virtuoso appoints Tim Morgan to oversee agency relationships in Canada Tags: TPI, Virtuoso TORONTO — Travel industry veteran Tim Morgan has joined the Virtuoso team after making the jump from Travel Professionals International (TPI).Effective immediately, his new role as Director of Business Strategy for Canada will see him assisting Virtuoso in developing its luxury leisure travel market in Canada. His first order of business will be attending Virtuoso Travel Week, the network’s largest event of the year, scheduled to take place Aug. 11-17 in Las Vegas.“Tim’s extensive travel agency knowledge and industry connections make him well suited to help connect Virtuoso’s global vision with the specific needs for the Canadian market,” said David Kolner, senior vice president of Global Member Partnerships for Virtuoso. “With Tim’s help, we look forward to expanding our presence in Canada and serving our existing travel agency members even better.”Morgan most recently served 13 years as vice president at TPI, a Virtuoso member agency.“Through my time as a Virtuoso member, I came to know both the organization and the global network it has built, and became a fan,” he said. “Technology has always been a key interest, and it led me to serve as chair of Virtuoso’s Technology Committee. Now I look forward to helping Virtuoso build a stronger presence in Canada and maximize its potential.”More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureMorgan, who is based in Toronto, joins Joelle Goldman, director, U.S. and Canada, Global Member Partnerships, and Cindy Nelson, regional director, in overseeing travel agency relationships. Sharelast_img read more