OPR probing Police shooting of Sophia man

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a Sophia, Greater Georgetown resident, 25-year-old Patrick Goodluck, by Police.Goodluck, who is battling for his life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), was shot by a police rank on Saturday last. Reports are that the man was shot to his back at about 17:00h in the vicinity of his Lot T 72 North Sophia home.Guyana Times previously reported that Goodluck’s sister said that she heard screams and inquired what had transpired when she was informed that her brother had been shot by the police.As such, the young woman and other relatives rushed to the Prashad Nagar Police Outpost where Goodluck had been taken. However, upon arrival there, the family was told that the man was taken to the Sparendaam Police Station. While there, Goodluck began crying out for severe pain so the ranks escorted him to the GPHC where he was admitted and placed under police guard.After being examined by a doctor, it was uncovered that a bullet was lodged in Goodluck’s spine. According to the family, to date, they have not been informed by the police as to what led to the shooting.However, on Tuesday last the man underwent surgery to remove the bullet but uncertainties still linger whether he will ever walk again.His family is calling for justice since Goodluck’s sister is alleging that her brother has been the target of the police for a lengthy period.According to the woman, her brother is always being arrested or harassed by the police.Patrick Goodlucklast_img read more

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Calderon confident, comfortable as president

first_img“It is spectacle, basically,” Lopez Obrador said recently. “A media campaign. He is a president of the media. He’s president of the television, of all things to do with media. There is nothing serious.” Calderon, a conservative free-trade advocate, dismissed Lopez Obrador’s criticisms with a wave of his hand during an interview Friday, saying there were millions of Mexicans and “every one of them has an opinion just as respectable as his.” In the interview, Calderon said he believed his push to take on crime and poverty from the day of his swearing in on Dec. 1 had put to rest questions about the election. Still, he acknowledged the biggest challenges were ahead. He has said he wants to break up Mexico’s many monopolies, duopolies and cartels in various private sectors, from cement-makers to brewers. He also wants to let private companies compete with the state electricity monopoly and persuade Congress to devote more of the profits from the state oil monopoly to exploration and drilling. Electricity rates are high and the oil monopoly, Pemex, is in trouble because the government continues to use its profits to subsidize the federal budget rather than to modernize the industry. Calderon also seeks to overhaul the justice system. He wants to purge the local, state and federal police forces of corrupt officers, and train the forces to investigate crimes. And he would like to change the penal system so people are not detained for years before trial. Asked about international affairs and Mexico’s role in the region, Calderon walked a fine line. He refuses directly to criticize Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan populist who has been using his country’s oil wealth to undermine U.S. hegemony. Yet he says he is worried about a trend he characterizes as “the very Latin American tendency to go back to authoritarians.” He also said he admired Fidel Castro’s leadership abilities and praised him for spearheading the Cuban revolution. But he added that he did not agree with the “conditions of political life” under the Marxist government. Calderon says he believes Mexico can promote democracy, but he has made it clear he will do so on his terms, not as a proxy for the United States. “Mexico has to play a very active role in Latin America,” he said, “a role of equilibrium, cooperation, leadership, specifically in this moment when Latin America is questioning its destiny and where it is going.” The new Mexican president is not shy about attacking the United States either. In speeches he often throws barbs at Washington, as he did Friday at the opening of a new wastewater treatment plant in the desert about 16 miles outside Mexicali. He took the opportunity to lambaste American plans to reline a canal on the other side of the border and stop the seepage of water that currently irrigates farms in Mexico. “There is an absurd paradox in that while they work for less immigration, they are cutting off more and more opportunities for work here for Mexicans,” he said to cheers. One reason for Calderon’s popularity is a widespread perception that he is more effective than Vincente Fox, his predecessor. Fox made promises he could not keep, mostly because he could not forge coalitions in Congress to enact the necessary legislation. Calderon says he delegates less authority than Fox did and tries only to announce programs he can deliver right away. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The new president cracked down on violent protests that were tearing apart the colonial city of Oaxaca. He has sent troops and federal agents into several states to combat drug cartels. He also extradited several high-level drug kingpins to the United States. And this past week he took a strong stand in meetings with Bush, re-establishing Mexico’s historic diplomatic neutrality in the region and firmly criticizing the United States for its immigration policies. “After completing his first 100 days in office, we see he has managed in no small measure to legitimize himself through his performance, compensating for his lack of electoral legitimacy,” said Jose Antonio Crespo, a political analyst. His detractors say Calderon’s presidency so far has been more flash than substance. They point out, for instance, that gangland slayings continue at a strong pace despite the show of force by the military and federal police in drug-plagued states. Rafael Segovia, a political scientist at the College of Mexico, said, “The truth is, I don’t see advances. We’re living through a crisis in the security system.” MEXICO CITY – President Felipe Calderon is on a roll. You can see it in his relaxed manner these days, his ease at the lectern, whether he is meeting with President George W. Bush or swinging through Baja, California, to unveil new projects. “I enjoy my work as president,” he said during an interview aboard his official jet Friday, his eyes bright behind rimless, technocrat glasses. “With all the problems and tensions, which are enormous, I am fulfilling a personal dream for which I have prepared all my life.” He has reason to look relieved. Just a few months ago, his paper-thin victory gave him almost no mandate in the eyes of many voters, and his leftist rival, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, threatened to thwart his tenure with violent protests, arguing that the election last year had been fraudulent. Now, recent polls show, Calderon’s approval ratings are above 50 percent. He has buried Lopez Obrador under a flurry of projects and proposals, relegating his former nemesis to the netherworld of political gadflies and malcontents deep inside the daily newspapers. last_img read more

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What politicos can learn from Sanjaya

first_imgWhich fluff story has ranked as high in the headlines as Nancy Pelosi’s kaffeeklatsch with Bashar Assad, the Hill’s continued obsession with special prosecutors, and Iran sending British sailors to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s neckware-phobic stylist? It’s a name you’ve probably heard by now on programs usually reserved for news of Muqtada al-Sadr’s mayhem, bursting housing bubbles and Don Imus’ verbal diarrhea: Sanjaya, the “American Idol” contestant who won’t go away no matter how much Simon Cowell and the non-tone-deaf public will it. “If he should win it all he will be remembered as the guy who killed ‘Idol,’ one of America’s all-time favorite shows,” Fox News host John Gibson dramatically prophesized in a “My Word” segment. Sanjaya Malakar, a mop-topped high-school student from Washington state, was actually good during his audition, when he crooned Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” He made it through the Hollywood rounds into the top 24, and the manic speed-dialers took it from there. He has defied icky performances, gained a benefactor in Howard Stern and become the darling of Votefortheworst.com. Irate “Idol” fans have accused call centers in India of stacking the vote in his favor. And while we’re still waiting for celebrities to make good on promises to flee the country after two Bush victories, Sanjaya’s weekly “Idol” victories have so chagrined some that they’ve gone on hunger strikes. It’s the ultimate love-hate relationship, one that – based on Sanjaya’s late-in-the-game surge and never-ending buzz – most politicians would kill for. And after a prominent State Department source recently confided in me that he preferred “Idol” to foreign policy, I began thinking about what politicos can learn from Sanjaya, particularly as the Campaign 2008 race begins to sound as shrill as an “Idol” wannabe bred with a hyena. • It’s OK if people think you suck. As MTV recently wrote, “Sanjaya figured it out” – and that is his secret weapon. He hasn’t wallowed in the fact that his popularity is based on marginal talent, and like William Hung before him has milked this flash-pan notoriety like a pro. A large contingent of the public will love your “little engine that could” mentality, even if your talent runs out of track. • Pony hawks and war hawks both draw attention. But the public respects a candidate who makes a bold statement onstage, even in the form of Sanjaya’s now-legendary hairstyle that simulated the effects of electric shock. And if either coif or platform puts you in the headlines the next day, smile and stand by your decision. • You don’t always have to know the right words to win votes. Sanjaya’s continued success despite flubbing lyrics is one reason for his haters’ ire, but it seems to matter naught in the final vote. His secret? Smile, make love to the camera and let your locks flow. And remember that making preteen girls weep for joy gets you more screen time than kissing babies. • The Howard Stern endorsement cannot be underestimated. Remember when he endorsed Christine Todd Whitman for New Jersey governor on the promise that she would name a rest stop in his honor? She flushed the competition. Now he’s pushing the Sanjaya vote. A Sirius election effort might likewise be in store for Campaign 2008; Jeff the Drunk is probably even available for hire as a campaign manager. • Establish a demographic of loyalists that defies the odds: Those who like the underdog. Those who think you’re a stud. Those who feel sorry for you. Those who are in on the joke to make you the big winner. Those disparate groups add up to lots of votes! • Never count out a comeback. Just when Sanjaya seemed like a standard fixture of the bottom three, destined to become the bottom one, he came roaring back late in the game, leaving others to face the nail-biting elimination. It ain’t over until the full lineup of publicity-seeking guest coaches sings. On a New Hampshire call-in show Friday, Hillary Clinton was asked her opinion on what Americans can do to stop the weapon of mass Sanjaya. “That’s the best question I’ve been asked in a long time,” she said on WOKQ-FM. “Well, you know, people can vote for whomever they want. That’s true in my election, and it’s true on ‘American Idol.”‘ Sanjaya hasn’t made it this far by playing it safe, so can any politico expect to win with cop-out answers like that? Perhaps she just feared alienating the obviously powerful Sanjaya voting bloc. — Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at bridget.johnson@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

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ARTY AND CRAFTY COULD BE THE ANSWER TO CHRISTMAS!

first_imgTHE annual An Taisce Arts and Crafts Sale will be held this Sunday November 20th in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.This will be an ideal opportunity to get some beautiful Christmas gifts from a range of stalls.The bumper event will include no less than 40 such stalls exhibiting arts and crafts. The event has been organised to encourage and highlight traditional craft making in Donegal.There will be a large selection of Irish made crafts of high quality including: ceramics, furniture, jewellery, wood turning, painting, glass, knitwear, pottery, weaving, candles and photography.The event will be held from 12 noon to 6pm and admission is just €3.For further information email una.cronin@lyit.ie or contact 074 91 22121. ARTY AND CRAFTY COULD BE THE ANSWER TO CHRISTMAS! was last modified: November 15th, 2011 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:An TaisceArts and Crafts FairMount Errigal Hotellast_img read more

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VOODOO NAMED BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE IN ULSTER BY IMRO

first_imgTop Donegal nightclub Voodoo has come out on top at the IMRO Awards tonight.The Letterkenny venue has been named the Best Live Music Venue in Ulster.Owner Jason Black and his staff were in Dublin tonight for the awards and were left speechless when they beat off competition from many of the country’s top music venues. Jason told Donegaldaily.com “Tonight I’m a very proud Donegal man promoting live music seven nights a week in the Voodoo Lounge in Letterkenny.“This award is for all the staff, the musicians and of course everyone who comes to Voodoo to hear good music week-in and week-out.“It’s going to be a long night but I’m delighted for everyone involved.”  VOODOO NAMED BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE IN ULSTER BY IMRO was last modified: February 28th, 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:IMROJason BlackUlsterVOODOOlast_img read more

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WEST DONEGAL PENSIONER ON GROSS INDECENCY CHARGES

first_imgA 70-year-old man from west Donegal has appeared in court charged with seven alleged sex offences.One charge relates to the alleged indecent assault of a male on a date in June 1984 while the other charges are of gross indecency against males on dates between February 2001 and June 2006.The accused was released on continuing bail at Dungloe District Court and the case was adjourned until July 9 for the preparation of a book of evidence. The man cannot be named for legal reasons.WEST DONEGAL PENSIONER ON GROSS INDECENCY CHARGES was last modified: June 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:WEST DONEGAL PENSIONER ON GROSS INDECENCY CHARGESlast_img read more

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JOY FOR HARPS FANS AS KEY DEFENDER AGREES TO SIGN ON FOR NEW SEASON

first_imgKeith Cowan has agreed to re-join Finn Harps.Finn Harps fans will be delighted to learn that their defensive lynchpin from last season Keith Cowan has agreed to sign on for the forthcoming 2016 Premier Division campaign.Cowan has been a mainstay in the Harps defence over the last number of seasons – and played a pivotal role in helping the club secure a return to the top-flight.He had been in negotiations with manager Ollie Horgan prior to Christmas but the pair initially failed to come to an agreement. However, that has now been resolved and Keith is expected to be unveiled as Harps latest signing.The announcement is expected to made at the club’s main sponsors McGettigan’s Bar later this evening.Horgan has admitted he has found it difficult to attract new players to the club thus far, but is hopeful of adding TWO new players who have not previously played with the club before.JOY FOR HARPS FANS AS KEY DEFENDER AGREES TO SIGN ON FOR NEW SEASON was last modified: January 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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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DDTV: WORKMEN BID TO SAVE HOMES AS FLOOD WATERS HIT TULLYGAY

first_imgDDTV: A river of water and mud has hit homes in Tullygay this evening, 3kms from Letterkenny.Heavy rain caused a landslide on farmland and sent debris including rocks and trees cascading down the hillside. Local people and workmen have been trying to save homes from damage.Click play to watch   DDTV: WORKMEN BID TO SAVE HOMES AS FLOOD WATERS HIT TULLYGAY was last modified: August 5th, 2014 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:debrisdonegalfloodshomesTullygaywaterlast_img read more

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Shay Given to be interviewed on Ray D’Arcy Show tonight

first_imgSoccer star Shay Given will take to the stage tonight to speak to Ray D’Arcy about his new autobiography.The Lifford native will be interviewed by D’Arcy about his career as a professional goalie spanning three decades.Also appearing on the Ray D’Arcy show tonight will be Dustin the Turkey, who will reunite with Ray for the first time in two decades. To mark the occassion, RTÉ will rebuild The Den set on stage! Teenage Galway singer Eimear O’Tuathail will also be interviewed, alongside the Ireland’s Fittest Family coaches. Ahead of his RTÉ appearance Given will be at Easons in Dublin this afternoon for a book signing, and says he is “buzzing” to meet and chat to his fans.Shay Given will also be doing a book signing closer to home in Easons in the Letterkenny Shopping Centre tomorrow at 1pm.Remarking on the release of his autobiography, ‘Any Given Saturday’, he said: “416 pages about my life. Well I never saw that coming as a young lad in Lifford!” “Genuinely can’t wait to meet everyone who has supported me throughout my career.”Given’s long-awaited autobiography was released on Thursday and can be bought at Easons, The Book Depository, and Amazon.The book includes forewords by Robbie Keane and Alan Shearer.But we’ll Shay no more – it’s a Given that it’ll be a great read!You can tune in to the Ray D’Arcy Show tonight at 10pm on RTÉ One.Shay Given to be interviewed on Ray D’Arcy Show tonight was last modified: October 21st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Any Given SaturdayFootballRTEShay Givenlast_img read more

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Sierra spoils Corsairs home opener

first_imgMcKinleyville >> The College of the Redwoods softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to 8th-ranked Sierra College on Saturday at McKinleyville High School.Despite two home runs from freshman first baseman Courtney Christensen and a solo dinger from catcher Calli Hayes, CR dropped the first game of the twin bill 8-3 to Sierra College.All three Corsair home runs were off the solo variety.CR was down by just one run at 4-3 late in the game, but Sierra’s first four batters scored in …last_img read more

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