Now in its eighth year of existence, the Tina Insanally Foundation’s choirs have been rehearsing since May of this year on its most ambitious project – the recording of a series of 15-minute programmes to be broadcast on both television and radio on popular channel TVG and another local channel over a three-month period from October 1 to December 31.The programme called “Canzone – Sing a Song of Joy” will focus on songs of hope and happiness, understanding and love that have been selected from the repertoire of groups like the Beatles (“Imagine”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “Let It Be”, “Hey Jude”); Boney M (“Canzone”, “Rivers of Babylon”, “Brown Girl”); ABBAMembers of “Canzone – Sing a Song of Joy” choirs(“Fernando”, “Waterloo”, “Dancing Queen”); the MOVIES (“Raindrops”, “Over the Rainbow”) as well as the Drifters, the Bee Gees, Michael Jackson and others. The younger ones will perform Disney selections (“A Million Dreams”, “Try Everything” and “Whole New World”) and folk songs. The series will end with the music of Christmas in the last two weeks of December.Well-known musician and teacher Derry Etkins is the Choir Director and plays the keyboard; Mark Lee plays guitar and young Nicholas Hussain from St John Bosco, who has been with the Foundation from the beginning, is on drums. The junior choir comprises a group of 10-12-year-olds from St Ann’s while the senior group includes teenage girls and boys from St Ann’s and St John Bosco who have been with the Foundation since 2010.
Parking meter scandal…warns of aftermath if deal not rescindedLocal transparency watchdog Transparency International Guyana Inc (TIGI) has issued a scathing criticism of the People’s National Congress (PNC) officials, who have been exposed in the orchestration of the corrupt parking meter deal. TIGI also warned of the grave repercussions for future generations if the authorities refuse to heed the calls of civil society to terminate the contract, which it said has bequeathed the city streets and its people to Smart City Solutions (SCS).In a detailed missive released on Wednesday, the organisation called out Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green and Town Clerk Royston King for their lead role in the creation of a contract riddled with terror clauses and their subsequent attacks on those who have stood up against it.TIGI also recognised that other persons had a role to play in the disastrous negotiation, including Central Government which it lambasted for its initial laidback approach and failure to nip the project in its bud.PNC gangThe signatories of the parking meter contract are Chase Green; King; City Hall’s Finance Committee Chairman and PNC General Secretary, Oscar Clarke and Clarke’s predecessor and Councillor, Junior Garrett.TIGI noted, “The Mayor and Town Clerk are at the forefront of this onslaught, but have not monopolised this function.” The body expressed that the “lack of transparency in the handling of the deal is a telling blow to good governance and the repercussions will visit future generations if the deal is not rescinded”.TIGI pointed out that it was the ordinary man who would bear the burden of the poor governance and in this regard, condemned the Mayor as well as the Town Clerk for retaliating against the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM).The body noted that these attacks by the Mayor and Town Clerk, while in poor taste, are unfortunately consistent with the alternative reality that explains the actions of the top echelons of the City Council.“The MAPM has galvanised the people into action against sustained abuse and disregard. The Movement is based on the legal and governance issues of which the economic burden on citizens and the implementation maladies are merely symptomatic. The Movement is consistent with democratic principles and exemplifies free thinking that transcends social divides and political ideologies. This is predictably abhorred, opposed and denigrated by City Hall. The parking meters’ debacle and the civil action against the deal resulted from the poor governance of the M&CC,” the organisation explained.According to the body, “equally damning is the sustained vilification of those who dare to stand up, including some Councillors”.TIGI lamented that the collusion between City Hall and the contractor was such that boundaries have been obliterated as exemplified by a SCS Director (Ifa Cush) boldly, defiantly and repeatedly hurling derogatory remarks at citizens.The organisation noted that the Director’s attacks were as a result of the security and immunity the contract provided to the contractor.Central GovernmentTIGI also berated Central Government for its role in the development of this ordeal, which itself had recognised was not in the best interest of the population.“It is significant that Central Government, including the President, Cabinet and the responsible Minister, invoked a non-interference stance even while the people were unable to access needed information about the deal,” TIGI explained.Notably, Central Government had several opportunities where it could have prevented the deal from materialising, but yet failed to act accordingly.Beginning from the initial review of the contract by the Finance Ministry and Attorney General’s Chambers to the signing off of the by-laws by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, Government could have stopped the project from commencing.FlawsTIGI reiterated that the problems with the parking meter deal were a combination of lack of transparency and secrecy surrounding the contract, violation of procurement laws, alignment of interests of the M&CC and the contractor in the trip to Mexico and the inaction of Central Government, given the Finance Ministry’s review of the contract as “a telling blow to transparency, accountability and good governance”.The body noted that the laundry list can be expanded to include the implementation of penalties prior to ratification of the by-laws necessary to support such actions, the exorbitant penalties for parking infringements and SCS’s absolution from responsibility for vehicles they take possession of.In this regard, the transparency body lauded the efforts of those members of civil society as well as the contributions of the Councillors who stood up to defend the rights of the people even in the face of attacks by City Hall.“The people have a right to know what the city is doing and given the circumstances, we believe that you have done your job…We commend the public on taking up its duty to reject unilateral impositions of such dire consequences.”Further, TIGI encouraged citizens to always ensure their voices are heard, and to spare no effort to communicate their views to their leaders, within the law and the provisions of democracy.
0Shares0000Uruguay and Saudi Arabia supporters get to know each other before their teams’ Group A clash © AFP / JOE KLAMARMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup:Love in a time of football The World Cup has led to a surge in use of dating app Tinder, mirroring the jump in interest in the lonely hearts service at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February. The Moscow Times reported that one of Russia’s four biggest phone operators MTS had seen an 11-fold increase in match-day Tinder traffic near stadiums and fan zones in Moscow, St Petersburg and Saransk.Streaming shamblesWorld Cup fans in Australia fans are furious after an experiment to show some games only via live streaming for the first time failed because broadband infrastructure could not cope with demand.The backlash among those left staring at a blank error screen has been so intense that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stepped in, telling telecommunications firm Optus to get its act together.“I have spoken with the Optus CEO, Allen Lew. He assures me he is giving the World Cup streaming problems his personal attention,” tweeted Turnbull.Public broadcaster SBS has now stepped in and will screen group-stage matches on free-to-air television while Optus, labelled “Floptus” in local media, attempts to sort out its problems.Germany divisionsThomas Mueller insists that there isn’t a problem in the Germany dressing room © AFP / Odd ANDERSEN“Of course a few players sit together who get on well. It’s a natural thing. I sometimes change tables at meal times because I am a variable kind of guy, a multi-purpose eater. Are there factions and little groups in the squad? No. I have seen it happen.“In 2012, it was an issue with the Dortmund players and the Bayern players eyeing each other suspiciously and we didn’t have the best kind of chemistry back then but it is totally different today.”— Thomas Mueller on suggestions there could be divisions within the Germany squad.Baby flightDenamrk’s World Cup squad clubbed together to hire a private jet so teammate Jonas Knudsen could make a flying visit back home to see his newborn baby. The Ipswich defender left Russia on Sunday the day after the Danes’ 1-0 opening win over Peru and returned 24 hours later. “We are human beings before footballers, I’m a father myself,” explained ‘keeper Kasper Schmeichel. “We wanted to make a gesture, we did everything so that he could return home.”Amrabat shared his water with a thirsty assistant referee © AFP / FADEL SENNAMoroccan generosityDuring the game against Portugal, Morocco midfielder Nordin Amrabat signalled to his bench that he needed a drink. Receiving a container of water, he saw the assistant referee watching him enviously, Amrabat offered to share his supply. The touchline official hesitated before gladly accepting.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The liquidated property of one of Donegal’s best-known furniture firms has been put up for auction with a knock-down reserve price of €250,000.There was shock recently when Flanagan’s Furniture went bust.The company and its assets were put into the hands of the liquidator David Carson of Deloitte and Touche. Now the liquidator has put the 7.65 acre site at Ballymacarry, Buncrana, up for auction on June 27th next.The premises also includes several loading bays, a canteen area and a large office space.The company in voluntary liquidation is Flanagans of Buncrana Ltd.Ironically Flangan’s Furniture has reopened again at a different premises. However anyone who had vouchers with the old Flanagan’s Furniture store is being referred to the liquidator. FAMOUS DONEGAL FURNITURE FACTORY PUT ON MARKET FOR KNOCK-DOWN PRICE was last modified: June 9th, 2012 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:auctionFlanagan’s Furniture
The ranch was broken up as the fortunes of the Verdugo family fell in the 1800s. By 1887, a small community called Glendale had established itself around what is now the Glendale Avenue-Wilson Avenue area. The city fathers kept the Glendale name when the city was incorporated. Late in the 1920s, the Grand Central Air Terminal had opened in Glendale as the first airport in the Los Angeles region. In July 1929, Charles Lindbergh flew out of Grand Central to New York, establishing America’s first regularly scheduled transcontinental airline service. But Glendale’s history also included periods current residents deplore. Decades before the civil-rights movement, restrictive real estate covenants prevented blacks from owning land in the city. In the 1960s, Glendale became the western headquarters of the American Nazi Party, which later moved to El Monte and operated there through the 1970s. “There was an attempt (by the Nazi party) to establish headquarters here, and the city was unfortunately tarred with a reputation for harboring racism and prejudice,” said Arlene Vidor, president of the Glendale Historical Society. “And this (reputation) is something that those of us who feel the city gets its strength from its diversity are certainly overcoming.” Glendale is also where some touchstones of American and Southern California culture have their roots. Hollywood legend John Wayne, who was then known as Marion Morrison, went to Glendale High School in the 1920s. And Southern California eatery Bob’s Big Boy got its start in Glendale in 1936, when Robert C. Wian opened his pantry in the city. In 1976, the Glendale Galleria opened and became a regional draw for shoppers. The city also became headquarters of Nestle USA, the International House of Pancakes and DreamWorks. Another change came in the 1970s through the 1990s, with several waves of Armenian immigration to Glendale. It is estimated that 45 percent of the city’s residents are of Armenian descent, and there have been tensions over the years as the Armenian-American population grew in Glendale. “I see these tensions as the kinds of tensions that other immigrant groups went through,” said Levon Marashlian, who teaches history, political science and ethics at Glendale Community College. Irish newcomers, for example, encountered discrimination in their first big wave of U.S. immigration to the East Coast in the 19th century, he noted. “So in the process of blending in and assimilating, (there) is that period between when you are a fresh immigrant and when you are an acculturated American” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “He just basically gave Glendale a big push, a head start on massive growth,” said Juliet Arroyo, author of the book “Early Glendale.” A commercial corridor grew rapidly along the rail line, and the city eventually expanded to include smaller communities. The 1918 annexation of Tropico, an agricultural community to Glendale’s southwest that was famous for its strawberries, was key to Glendale’s growth. Glendale’s population quickly grew from 13,756 in 1920 to 62,736 in 1930. During the 1920s, Glendale called itself the fastest growing city in America, according to the Web site for the Glendale Historical Society. By the city’s 50th anniversary in 1956, there were 115,000 residents. The area that is now Glendale was once inhabited by the Tongva tribe of American Indians. Later, during Spanish rule, Jose Maria Verdugo received permission from the Spanish governor in 1784 to establish Rancho San Rafael in the area. GLENDALE – One hundred years ago, Glendale rolled toward cityhood with a streetcar line that passed through open ranch land and stretched to its northern end at a bucolic tourist destination called Casa Verdugo. Now, the Jewel City of Glendale has more than 200,000 residents and is headquarters for some major corporations. Also home to Southern California’s largest Armenian-American community, it has become one of the most diverse cities in the United States. The area was mostly undeveloped ranch land when capitalist Leslie Brand and city father Edgar Goode worked to bring a Pacific Electric streetcar line to Glendale. The city was incorporated in February 1906, nearly two years after the Pacific Electric line started operating, connecting the area to Los Angeles. Brand, who acquired the rail right of way along what is now Brand Boulevard, profited handsomely by selling off land he owned around the rail line, which spiked in value after the streetcars started running.
DONEGAL-based Gardai who called for an overhaul of the way court-imposed fines are collected may be about to see their idea taken on by the Government.Garda Odhrán McBride told a conference two weeks ago that the current system is caught up in bureaucracy and is “a drain on resources”.He described arresting people for non-payment of fines and taking them to Castlrea Prison only for them to be quickly released. “You find them coming back up the road behind you,” he told the Garda Representative Association annual conference.Gardai supported him and described the current system as “antiquated, inefficient and overly bureaucratic”.The original motion was put down by Dunfanaghy based Garda Brendan O’Connor and seconded by Garda McBride.The crazy system that allows people to get away without paying fines is now set to be addressed by the Government.We understand that they propose to dock wages or social welfare payments at source.At their annual conference in Co. Mayo, rank and file gardai voted unanimously to call for the Revenue Commissioners to be tasked with the collection of court-imposed fines.They claim they are wasting endless hours of their time chasing up small fines, which is ultimately costing the taxpayer money.Now Justice Minister Alan Shatter, who also addressed the conference, is taking Garda McBride’s recommendations on board.A Fine Gael source told us: “When Garda McBride spoke about going to the bother of arresting someone and taking them all the way to Castlerea, only to see them released immediately, it really showed up the shambles of the current regime.“This Government has taken that on board and will look at ways of making sure fines are collected – currently the system is a massive waste or resources.”VICTORY FOR BRAVE DONEGAL GARDAI WHO HIGHLIGHTED FINES FIASCO was last modified: April 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Alan ShatterdonegaldonegaldailyfinesGardaiGRA
VERMILLION, S.D. – The Drake University women’s basketball team visits Vermillion, S.D. to play the South Dakota Coyotes Thursday evening at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the radio on 1350 ESPN Des Moines and a free stream is available via this link (http://www.goyotes.com/watch/?Live=49). Drake improved to a perfect 6-0 on the season after winning the Lady Rebel Round-Up in Las Vegas over the Thanksgiving weekend as the Bulldogs beat Tulsa and previously unbeaten UNLV to win the two-day event. It’s the second consecutive Thanksgiving hardware Drake has picked up after winning the 2014 UTSA Thanksgiving Classic in San Antonio, Texas. For the second straight year, junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) earned tourney MVP honors. Wendell received her third Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week award for her performance at the Lady Rebel Round-Up and in helping knock off former MVC rival Creighton last week. Wendell averaged 19.3 points and grabbed 4.0 rebounds in the three wins. For the season, Wendell is leading the MVC in scoring at 18.7 points, and already has three 20+ scoring games. Her teammate sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) had an impressive week as well averaging 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in the three victories. Drake, who received four votes in Tuesday’s USA TODAY Sports Top 25 women’s basketball coaches poll, checked in at No. 16 in the first installment of the NCAA’s RPI rankings also released Tuesday. The Bulldogs are off to their first 6-0 start since the 1994-95 campaign. A key to the Bulldogs’ early season success has been the willingness of Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk to use her bench. Baranczyk has not been afraid to go deep into her bench this season, making many hockey-like substitutions with four or more players coming in at one time into the game. This season all 10 available players are averaging 8.0 or more minutes, and none are above 28.7 in average minutes. Drake’s bench is averaging a stellar 26.2 points a game, including scoring 30+ in a game three different times. Thursday’s game against South Dakota continues a renewed rivalry between the two programs that didn’t play each other from 1981 to 2012. Since playing in Vermillion in the opening round of the 2012 WNIT, Drake and South Dakota have played every season since that postseason contest won by the Coyotes. Drake owns a 5-3 advantage in the all-time series, but South Dakota has taken three out of the previous four meetings. South Dakota is riding a three-game winning streak after beginning the season on a three-game losing streak. Junior guard Caitlin Duffy leads the Coyotes in scoring at 14.2 points per game. Following Thursdays road game, Drake returns to the Knapp Center Dec. 6 to host Green Bay with tipoff against the Phoenix set for 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast online on The Valley On ESPN3. Print Friendly Version
Are you called Duffy, O’Neill, O’Reilly or O’Donnell? If you are, you may be an heir to a fortune!Hundreds of Irish names are on the British Treasury’s list of unclaimed estates.Millions of pounds could therefore be lying in wait for the heirs of Irish people who died intestate in Britain. One of the largest cases was that of an Irish woman who left an estate in Belgravia, London, valued at over £1.5 million.Estates of those who die with no obvious next-of-kin automatically default to the British Government.Each year, approximately 2,000 cases are referred to the Treasury Solicitor’s Department.Last year the British Government collected £33 million in unclaimed estates. Fraser & Fraser, a London firm specialising in probate research, has handled over £100 million of inheritance in the past 10 years.They estimate that Irish cases account for about 10 per cent of their caseload.One case was the story of Michael Moran, who died in London aged 84 with an estate of £300,000. Born in Westport, Co. Mayo in 1922, Mr Moran died intestate in 2007 in Windsor.Using parish records, Mr Moran’s heirs were found and his estate was distributed.Another of Fraser & Fraser’s three teams repatriated some £4 million to beneficiaries in Ireland in a single 18-month period up to 2011. At present Fraser & Fraser, who have featured on the BBC TV series Heir Hunters, have details of an unclaimed case valued at £45,000 under the name Michael Delaney, a 70-year-old bachelor who died in Luton, Bedfordshire in 2000.The Bona Vacantia list, within the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, holds more than 10,500 unclaimed estates.Among them are hundreds of Irish-born men and women who died intestate between 1997 and 2012.Many Irish surnames such as Brennan, Connolly, Fitzgerald, Murphy, Kelly, O’Brien, O’Neill and O’Connor feature on the Treasury’s lists of unclaimed estates from across Britain, including London, West Yorkshire, Kent, Sussex, Essex and Staffordshire. The list is updated weekly — however no values are included to avoid fraudulent claims.The Treasury only deals with solvent estates of £500 or more.Many of these estates are worth little but others include bank savings, life insurance policies and real estate valued at tens of thousands of pounds.Bona Vacantia make enquiries for entitled kin on their website as well as in national and local press advertisements.Respondents are required to provide evidence of their blood relationship in the form of birth, marriage and death certificates, along with evidence of their identity.Two thirds of people in Britain have no will and every year over 12,000 people die without leaving any entitled kin next-of-kin.The most recent Bona Vacantia list shows details of 16 deceased persons all listed with birthplaces in Ireland. These include:■ John Watson, a bachelor, aged 82 years, who died in Plaistow, London, in October 2012■ Eugene Fitzpatrick, a widower, aged 88 years, who died in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, in February 2007■ James Emmett O’Reilly, whose marital status is unknown, aged 58 years, who died in Harrow, Middlesex in April 1989■ Anthony McDonagh, a widower, aged 89 years, who died in Halifax, West Yorkshire in February 2008■ Michael O’Donnell, aged 45 years, who died in Gillingham, Kent, in June 2003ARE YOU A SECRET MILLIONAIRE? FORTUNES UNCLAIMED IN BRITAIN was last modified: December 26th, 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:ARE YOU A SECRET MILLIONAIRE? FORTUNES UNCLAIMED IN BRITAIN
OAKLAND — It had never happened before in over 50 years of Major League Baseball at the Coliseum.From A’s manager Bob Melvin’s perspective, it may take another half-century for it to take place again.The A’s and Houston Astros combined for 10 home runs Thursday night in their series opener, with Matt Chapman’s homer — his second of the game — in the bottom of the eighth proving to be the difference in a 7-6 Oakland win.Three other players — A’s first baseman Matt Olson and the Astros’ …
Like its rival Science (02/09/2007), Nature1 examined the ongoing archaeology in the City of David south of the walls of Jerusalem. In a news feature, Haim Watzman examined the complexities, disputes, politics and ethics of the digs by Eilat Mazar and Ronnie Reich and others that appear to have found evidence supporting the Biblical stories of King David and his dynasty. The article focused on conflicts both scientific and political. Accusations of bias go both ways. Despite allegations that Mazar and her primary funding organization have a religious agenda to prove the digs date to the time of David, the article did not point to anything specific that disproves the claim. Watzman rather acknowledged that Mazar’s work has defended its objectivity against the skeptics pretty well. Next day, Science printed a letter from Elisabetta Boaretto, the carbon-14 specialist who performed radiocarbon dating of artifacts at the site. She took umbrage at the Feb. Science article’s implication that radiocarbon could not help settle disputes over whether the finds go back to the time of David. “I would have expected the article to provide an evaluation of whether radiocarbon dating can solve this problem by consulting with experts in the field, rather than publishing a quote by an archaeologist comparing radiocarbon dating to a prostitute,” she quipped. She personally tested 150 artifacts, some of which appear to distinguish the Iron I and Iron II periods to within a century, and defended the work with judgments from other scholars. She stated, “No bias was detected, disproving misconceptions that radiocarbon labs have specific agendas besides doing scientific research.” The Nature news story also discussed the Pool of Siloam excavations, the Gihon Spring and Hezekiah’s Tunnel – all remarkable structures “mentioned in the Bible” that have only recently come back into the news.1Watzman, “Archaeology: deep divisions,” Nature 447, 22-24 (3 May 2007) | doi:10.1038/447022a.Same comments apply as in February (02/09/2007), so no repetition necessary here. Suffice it to say that despite these secular journal’s heartfelt need to latch onto any controversy that might undercut evidence that supports the Bible, there was not much they could say. They tried to make Mazar and other conservatives look biased, but they couldn’t prove it. They tugged at heartstrings with stories of local residents who are being inconvenienced by the digs, but had to admit the archaeological park is nice and is open to all. They had to quote the Finkelsteins and other minimalist skeptics but could not dispute the scholarship of the Bible-trusting archaeologists. The evidence is speaking for itself. So here, for centuries, for thousands of years, evidence for David’s palace and fortifications have been buried under layers and layers of destruction levels and occupational overburden. How fortunate we are to be living in a brief period between political tensions when some of the facts can now see the light of day – for the first time since the Kings of Judah lived out the adventures, the triumphs and disasters, the ups and downs of righteousness and wickedness recorded in the Bible. The tangible evidence of those events can reinforce our faith that God does indeed work in the lives of individuals and nations.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0