Florida Guyanese event discriminatory

first_imgDear Editor,Without entering into the merits of the arguments in the tit-for-tat fray between Florida-based Wesley Kirton and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, I wish to point out that the act of inviting only select people to attend an event organised by a not-for-profit organisation in the USA is discriminatory, and would be illegal. The organisation can be subjected to sanctions by the state – and this has been done in the past to deter organisations (their leadership) from engaging in discriminatory actions.In America, no not-for-profit organisation can discriminate (openly or subtly) against, or exclude, anyone wishing to be a member or attend its open functions. All of its activities must be open to the public. As I found in my studies of American Constitutional Law as part of my doctoral studies in Political Science and American Education Law (requirement for those of us who are licensed to work in Educational Administration), Supreme Court rulings (which become law) clearly state that non-profit organisations are open to the public, and access cannot be restricted, except under (rare) special cases.An act of discrimination or exclusion which seemed to have happened regarding attendance at events in New York and Florida would be one ground under which a non-profit organisation can lose this status or face a discrimination lawsuit. And non-profit organisations must account for all money raised at all of their events.In its charter, in order to be granted non-profit status, an organisation must state or accept it will not discriminate against anyone, before the government accords that status. It is assumed that all events would be open to the public. The organisation cannot have a function and pick and choose who would be invited or attend, unless there are compelling reasons – danger to public, etc. It can charge a fee for its function; and those who don’t want to pay the fee can be excluded. If it is a free event, it cannot compel anyone to pay a suggested US$35 fee (Florida) or US$20 (NY), as that would be considered an illegal discriminatory or misleading act. A suggested US$35 or US$20 fee cannot be made compulsory.If the organizers of the “government functions” in Florida and NY pick and choose whom to invite and to vary its attendance fee (haphazardly) for patrons at a particular event, clearly it would be a discriminatory act.Yours faithfully,Dr. Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Liberia to Receive Over US$256M MCC Grant from US Gov’t

first_imgLiberia is expected to shortly receive more in access US$256.7 million from the US Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact program, after accomplishing the MCC Compact eligibility threshold following government’s performance on key governance indicators and the successful implementation of a compact threshold program in 2013.According to a statement from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), the compact negotiated between the two governments will provide the GoL a grant in the amount of US$256.7 million to fund projects which constitutes the largest contribution to the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant, rehabilitation of the water intake and pipeline from Mt. Coffee to Millsburg, construction of regional road maintenance centers in River Gee and Tubmanburg, as well as erection of a LEC Training Center.As Liberia is expected to sign the compact in early October 2015 in Washington D.C., the MCC compact will provide significant resources in further transforming the Liberian economy leading to increased employment and poverty reduction. The statement also noted that the government’s attainment of the MCC compact threshold also marks the Sirleaf Administration’s serious commitment to good governance and the successful implementation of important policy and regulatory reforms necessary to stimulate private investment. The MCC Compact Program in Liberia is implemented through a Compact Development Core team headed by former Foreign Minister Mr. Monie Captan, under the leadership and direction of Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning Honorable Amara M. Konneh.The projects funded under the MCC compact will be implemented over a five (5) year period through a special purpose agency to be created by the Government. The agency will be known as the Millennium Challenge Account – Liberia (MCA-Liberia). The MCC is an independent, bilateral U.S. Government foreign aid agency established by Congress that is based on the principle that aid is most effective when it reinforces good governance and economic prosperity. In 2010, the MCC and government of Liberia signed a $15 million threshold program grant agreement that focused on improving land rights and access, increasing girls’ primary education enrollment and retention, and improving Liberia trade policy and practices.Recently a Government of Liberia delegation entered into compact negotiations with the MCC from July 28 to 30, 2015 in Washington D.C. Previous MCC compact projects in Africa have seen Ghana, Tanzania, Morocco, and Benin, among beneficiary countries. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Throne speech promises Family Day, cameras in riot courtrooms

first_imgThe declaration came as no surprise as Premier Christy Clark made the promise during her leadership campaign. The statutory holiday won’t come into effect for two years, to give employers time to adjust. While many British Columbians may be happy with an extra day off, employers will have yet another day to pay employees without work being done. Family Day is already celebrated in February by Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Also included in the Throne speech also included a request to have television cameras and microphones allowed in all criminal trials related to the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver. As of now, there have still been no charges laid since the riot on June 15th.- Advertisement – In the speech the government also promised to relieve some of the delays in the court system by bringing back retired judges.last_img read more

‘Chuck and Larry’ dims Harry’s movie magic

first_img“These estimates are in some ways more important than final Monday figures,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “They’re often the first impression – and for some people maybe the only impression – they have of the box office for the weekend.” “Chuck & Larry” stars Sandler as a firefighter, Chuck, who poses as a gay partner for a widower colleague (James as Larry) so his pal can maintain life insurance for his kids. The movie followed the usual pattern for Sandler comedies: Critics trashed it but loyal fans turned up. “The beauty of Adam Sandler is his fan base adores him, and he delivers on comedy,” Universal’s Rocco said. “Adam is a star, and I can tell you we know we’re on the way with another $100 million movie for Adam.” “Order of the Phoenix,” which debuted at No. 1 the previous weekend, raised its domestic total to $207.5 million. Fellman said the movie lost some business this weekend because of the mania over Saturday’s publication of J.K. Rowling’s final book in the fantasy series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” “They wanted to get that book Saturday, lock themselves in the house and read it, because they didn’t want their other friends by Monday telling them who made it and who didn’t,” said Fellman of Warner Bros. ——— Top movies Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released today. 1. “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry,” $34.8 million. 2. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” $32.2 million. 3. “Hairspray,” $27.8 million. 4. “Transformers,” $20.5 million. 5. “Ratatouille,” $11 million. 6. “Live Free or Die Hard,” $7.3 million. 7. “License to Wed,” $3.8 million. 8. “1408,” $2.6 million. 9. “Evan Almighty,” $2.5 million. 10. “Knocked Up,” $2.3 million.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two guys named Chuck and Larry edged out a teenager named Harry at the weekend box office. Adam Sandler and Kevin James’ comedy “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” overcame bad reviews to debut ahead of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” according to studio estimates Sunday. But they were close enough that there was a slight chance rankings could change when final weekend figures come out today. Universal reported that “Chuck & Larry” took in $34.8 million while Warner Bros. reported “Order of the Phoenix” at $32.2 million. Other studios were tracking “Chuck & Larry” in the $33 million range, which could make the No. 1 movie too close to call. “I think it’ll be decided Monday morning,” Dan Fellman, head of distribution at Warner Bros., said Sunday. Universal head of distribution Nikki Rocco said the weekend was no contest. “I’m not going to underestimate Adam Sandler and his fan base in the middle of summer,” Rocco said. “We’re by far the No. 1 film.” New Line’s musical “Hairspray,” featuring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Queen Latifah in an adaptation of the Broadway smash, opened a strong No. 3 with $27.8 million. Hollywood had a solid weekend no matter which movie ends up No. 1. The top 12 movies took in $147.6 million, up 3.5 percent from the same weekend last year, when “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” was No. 1 with $35.2 million. To report weekend numbers, studios use actual grosses from Friday and Saturday and make estimates for Sunday based on past performance of similar movies. Being the first report on weekend business, the Sunday estimates draw more audience attention than do final figures the next day, so the No. 1 spot Sunday is a coveted position. last_img read more

Upset dad barricades himself in camper until tear gas fired

first_imgSWAT officers broke a window of the camper and provided Rosales with a telephone in an effort to coax him into surrendering. During the standoff, police vehicles parked around the camper, preventing it from moving, and some local homes were ordered evacuated.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – A man who led police on a chase across the San Fernando Valley in a camper – then barricaded himself inside for hours – surrendered Thursday after officers pumped tear gas into the vehicle, authorities said. David Rosales, 42, was taken into custody shortly after 9 a.m. by Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officers who forced open the door to the camper, said Capt. Joe Curreri. It was not immediately clear what charges, if any, Rosales would face. He will undergo a psychiatric evaluation, Curreri said. The incident began after officers stopped Rosales’ vehicle about 1:48 a.m. near Dronfield Avenue and Weidner Street in Pacoima after noticing its registration had expired, said Sgt. James Reid of the LAPD’s Foothill station. During the traffic stop, Rosales went back inside the camper and shouted to the officers that he was armed and was going to shoot himself, Reid said. Rosales then drove off, leading officers throughout the Valley at a steady pace, Reid said. Rosales eventually stopped near Parthenia Street and Delco Avenue in Northridge, near the home of a former in-law and where his children were staying with a relative, Curreri said. Curreri said the relative and children were taken into police custody during the standoff and the area was blocked off to traffic. Curreri said Rosales was “upset and depressed about the family situation – not being able to see his children.” last_img read more

Castaic district eyes future

first_imgCASTAIC – With more housing developments expected to crisscross the valley, local school districts are bracing for what the next decade will bring. For the William S. Hart Union High School District, it means three new high schools, more alternative schools and special-education facilities. At Newhall School District, there could be up to five new schools built. And in the Castaic Union School District, four elementary schools and one middle school could be needed for the 2,500 students expected to move into future homes, apartments and condominiums. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant For all the districts, looking at enrollment projections and deciding what to build is a delicate balancing act. Will the housing boom continue? What if fewer children move in than predicted? How do you build on the unknown? “For us, the bottom line is to make sure we have schools and that we’re not ‘bungalow world,”‘ said Jim Gibson, assistant superintendent of business and administrative services who will take over as superintendent on July 1, referring to quickly set-up portable classroom buildings. This week, Castaic district officials and the school board reviewed residential development plans and what their impact could be on the small school system expected to grow drastically with enrollment as families move in. About 3,600 students now attend class in the district. Unlike the Newhall district, where enrollment is dropping in its older neighborhoods, the Castaic district does not foresee any pockets of decline. Kindergarten classes are predicted to continue growing strong through 2012, which means solid enrollment in succeeding grade levels as those students grow up, Gibson said. It also means a flurry of school construction will be needed if families and their children move into the area as planned. Gibson said one school a year could be built, with construction starting in 2008 for an elementary school to serve Sloan Canyon. The district had planned to start construction on the Sloan Canyon elementary school this spring, but put the brakes on the project because there aren’t enough students to fill it yet. School board President David Huffaker said the district’s pattern is for new school construction to happen simultaneously as houses are being built. “If you do it too early, you’re paying for a school where there are no kids,” Huffaker said. “If you wait too long, you have overcrowding and you have to bring portables on.” Hart’s three new high schools are expected to open in the next 10 years and will serve Castaic, the east valley near Sand Canyon, and the Newhall Ranch community to the west. Castaic is within the boundaries of Hart’s West Ranch High School. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Four players out: The XI Antonio Conte should be starting for Chelsea

first_img 10. Eden Hazard (left attack) – Hazard still looks a little short of confidence. Conte has his work cut out at helping the winger to rediscover his form, but the Belgian is worth his time and effort. 2. Cesar Azpilicueta (right back) – He’s been excellent at left back over the past three seasons, but his lack of confidence on his left foot may see Conte switch the Spaniard to the right. 11 11 11 1. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) – check out the full line up by clicking the arrow above, right – His open desire to return to Spain hasn’t pleased Chelsea supporters, but he is superior to Asmir Begovic. The Blues, though, would be wise to look for a replacement no.1 in the summer. 3. Kurt Zouma (centre back) – Conte will be desperate to have Zouma back soon. The Frenchman had established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet before injury halted his development in February. 5. Marcos Alonso (left back) – We haven’t seen much of Alonso yet, but the Blues are lacking a naturally left-footed player. His inclusion in the starting line up could be considered a risk, but no more so than Branislav Ivanovic on the opposite flank. 11 11 11 6. N’Golo Kante (centre midfield) – His performance was poor against Arsenal, but he wasn’t alone. The former Leicester City man looks a little lost in Conte’s formation. 11 7. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) – Conte doesn’t seem to fancy Fabregas, but his calm authority could be essential this season. He’s also a better option in centre midfield to Nemanja Matic. 11 11 Chelsea, it’s clear, remain a shadow of the 2014/15 title-winning side.The confidence of the squad doesn’t seem to have fully recovered from last campaign, as a handful of players continue to suggest their time at Stamford Bridge has come to an end.Antonio Conte has his work cut out, and there have also been question marks over the formation he has been deploying, with Arsenal breezing through the Blues’ 4-1-4-1 setup in their 3-0 victory at the weekend.So talkSPORT has decided to take a look at the line up and formation the club’s manager should be picking.Check out the XI we think Conte should be starting for Chelsea.FIVE PLAYERS ANTONIO CONTE MUST SELL TO MOVE CHELSEA FORWARD 8. Willian (right attack) – Still in better form than Eden Hazard, the Brazilian is probably one of the first names on the team sheet. He needs to add more goals to his game, though. 9. Oscar (attacking midfield) – This season could be make or break for Oscar. The playmaker isn’t settled at Stamford Bridge, and should be looking to cement the no.10 role under his new manager. 4. John Terry (centre back) – There seems to be no other player capable of filling in the captaincy role in the absence of Terry. He is reaching the end of his career, but still remains key to Chelsea. 11. Diego Costa (striker) – Michy Batshuayi arrived in the summer hoping to challenge Costa for a place up top, but the latter still remains first choice in attack. 11 11last_img read more

Border fence vote is pushed

first_imgSenate Minority Leader Harry Reid and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said they expect many Democrats to support the Secure Fence Act of 2006. “Democrats are solidly behind controlling the border, and we support the border fence,” Feinstein said. “This is all meant to box Democrats in to voting `no’ and we’re not going to fall for it.” Added Reid, D-Nevada: “Democrats are for border security. And when the roll is called you’ll find Democrats on that roll.” Several Republicans said passing the border fence separately will not hurt chances of voting on a broad immigration reform later. “We only have about two weeks left, and I think we ought to get pragmatic about what we can finish,” said Texas Sen. John Cornyn. “People like me are committed to comprehensive reform.” Added Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., “I think we’ve seen here that complete reform or comprehensive reform is not moving ahead until we can guarantee the American people that we can secure our borders. The only way to get comprehensive reform is to do this first.” Others, however, lambasted Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist for forcing the fence vote. “They’ve got to come to the reality that we have to do more than just border security,” said Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho. “We have job shortages showing up across the country at the moment. We are at a near crisis in American agriculture as our fruits and vegetables rot in the field. “Surely the House members aren’t so frightened of the politics of this issue that they don’t understand the reality of the problem,” Craig said. He and Feinstein said they will try to attach a bill originally written by Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, that would legalize about 500,000 undocumented farmworkers. As of Tuesday night, however, it appeared unlikely that Frist would accept any amendments. Feinstein said she will vote in favor of the fence even if no guest-worker provisions are included. “We’ve got to get tough on the border,” she said. “There’s no question that the border is a sieve. What I regret is that it’s not going to solve the problem.” In the meantime, House Republicans on Thursday also will consider three additional bills aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants. One particularly controversial measure would allow local police to enforce immigration laws. GOP leaders said they likely will insert those provisions into a Department of Homeland Security spending bill in order to get them passed quickly. Eun Sook Lee, executive director of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium in Los Angeles, said she fears that Congress has lost the political will for immigration reform. “We feel like this is the first step in the wrong direction,” she said of the fence bill. “We think that they’re trying to take what seems like the easy way out of a complicated problem that deals with not just security but family and people’s lives. “Regardless of whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, you really need to start finding your backbone,” Lee said. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – With the congressional session barreling to a close and politicians eager to hit the campaign trail, Republicans moved with new determination Tuesday to seal off the U.S. border and impose strict new immigration controls. The accelerated pace means the Senate is expected to consider as early as today Republican-sponsored legislation that would stretch 700 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. And while key Democrats said they would try to attach provisions that would legalize undocumented immigrants, they also vowed not to block the bill if Republicans force it to the floor without amendments. If the Senate approves the bill, it would go to President George W. Bush for his signature. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsIts passage would mark a significant step forward in months of legislative haggling over immigration reform and would open the door for Republicans to push through a flurry of additional get-tough border measures aimed at bolstering their base and turning up the heat on Democrats. “What Republicans appear to be doing is passing all the things for which there is a lot of support among the public and leaving the rest,” said Steven Camarota, research director for the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors a more restrictive immigration policy. As for the border fence, Camarota said, “In an election year, my guess is that Democrats are not going to fight it very hard. It’s not what they wanted, but they might go along.” As of Tuesday, that appeared to be the case. With a procedural vote set for this afternoon that would signal the start of debate on authorizing the double-layer fence along 2,000 miles of California, Arizona and Texas border land, Democrats appeared reluctant to put up much resistance. last_img

Barbara Horner, 79

first_imgAlso surviving are: Daughter: Lois Elaine (Eric) Lansford; Son: Gerald Wayne (Teresa) Horner Jr.; Brother: Bill R. Jenkins; 2 Sisters: Kaye Holmes and Eula Mae Nutt and Grandchildren, Mathew and Nicole Horner and Jessica Lansford. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers C.B., Thomas and Reid Jenkins and 2 sisters; Juanita Croom & Audrey Jenkins.Funeral Service: 11:00 am Friday at Dawalt Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Steven Gorman officiating. Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Thursday and after 9 am Friday. Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery.Memorial Contributions: First Baptist Church of Salem Building Fund 200 East Walnut Street Salem, Indiana 47167. Barbara Horner, age 79 of Salem, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm, in her residence.Born April 28, 1936 in Pelahatchie, Mississippi, she was the daughter of the late Claude Banks and Quinnie Mae (Sheeley) Jenkins. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Salem.She married May 3, 1957 to Gerald “Jerry” W. Horner, who survives.last_img read more

South Africa, South Sudan establish ties

first_imgAccording to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the agreement is expected to lay the basis for the conclusion of other agreements, particularly economic and trade-related frameworks aimed at promoting bilateral trade and investment between South Africa and South Sudan. 27 September 2011 “In line with the objectives of the African Agenda, South Africa will continue to support efforts aimed at ensuring a peaceful and stable environment in South Sudan and its neighbourhood.” Monyela said South Africa will continue with its post-conflict reconstruction and development (PCRD) projects as it is evident that South Sudan requires more skilled civil servants who are able to provide basic services to the people of the emerging State. “The signing of the agreement establishing diplomatic relations … is a major milestone in the relations between the two countries,” said department spokesperson Clayson Monyela in Pretoria last week. The Department of Trade and Industry is also planning a visit to South Sudan in early October 2011, which will include in its delegation a multi-sector South African business component. Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, South Africa has been a helping hand in the Sudan region. Source: BuaNews At the moment, a group of diplomats from South Sudan, together with colleagues from other countries in East Africa, are undergoing diplomatic training in South Africa.center_img Post-conflict reconstruction and development The agreement was signed by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her South Sudanese counterpart, Nhial Deng Nhial, on the sidelines of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week. Monyela said South Africa would do everything in its power to ensure that South Sudan sees peace, security and stability. Recently, South Africa trained more than 1 600 officials from the Government of South Sudan as part of a capacity-building programme taking place within the context of the African Union PCRD. On the economic front, South Africa has been vigorously pursuing economic and investment opportunities in the new Republic of South Sudan. Economic and investment opportunities South Africa and Africa’s newest state, South Sudan, have signed an agreement establishing formal diplomatic relations between the two countries.last_img read more