Town Clerk Royston King fired

first_imgTown Clerk of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, Royston King has been fired from the local organ, months after a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) found that he was guilty of gross misconduct. The CoI was conducted by Retired Justice Cecil Kennard.Guyana Times understands that King was dethroned from his position after a series of events unfolded throughout the past weeks.After being engaged via a letter, he recently appeared before the Local Government Commission (LGC) to answer to the findings of the report and was also requested to present dialogue on other matters. However, his refusal to discuss the accusations which were brought against him triggered a decision on the part of the Commission to dismiss him with immediate effect.One of the 31 recommendations from the CoI report was that criminal charges be laid against King. If he was found guilty of several offences, a request was made for law enforcement agencies and the Auditor General to continue with the probe.“That was the decision. The decision was that the same time he issued a letter, they would have informed the Auditor General and SOCU (Special Organised Crime Unit), so that they would also have to deal with [the matter] simultaneously,” said one of the Commissioners when contacted by this publication.As of now, the position of Town Clerk is currently occupied by Sharon Harry-Munroe, who is one of the individuals labelled as “incompetent” in the CoI report.Prior to his dismissal, King was sent on administrative leave on September 21, 2018.The CoI report concluded that King leased lands to Quick Shipping Incorporated at Lombard Street, which are owned by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL). Throughout that time, the company argued, payments of $625,000 were made on three occasions but there were only receipts at the Council for two disbursements.While many stakeholders had testified before the Commission into some of the happenings under the supervision of King and the former Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green, the Town Clerk appeared after being subpoenaed and positioned that he was “unaware” or couldn’t “recall” most of the incidents.The management of the Giftland Mall also informed that King had a special arrangement between the City Hall and the enterprise, whereby he would waive taxes.MCG Investments Inc Consultant Ray Hugh represented the owner of the Mall, Roy Beepat, and exposed that a meeting was convened between the duo whereby it was agreed that all rates and taxes, including penalties and interests would be waived completely for the years 2015 and 2016. Giftland Mall would only be required to pay a sum of $11,467,500 after the interests and penalties would have been waived. This was after a letter was issued, stating that the Mall owed $44,255,183 to the municipality.King reportedly issued a letter sometime after, stating that the agreement ‘no longer stood’ because of the lapse of time and ‘certain circumstances’.The Town Clerk admitted that he did attend the meeting, but only at the behest of the Finance Sub-Committee who thought of it as the best way of obtaining whatever sum was owed. King also refuted claims about the waiving of outstanding rates and taxes.Testimony to the CoI pointed that Chase-Green and the Town Clerk were not working collectively to meet the needs of the city.This was shared by CoI Chairman, Justice Kennard, who told the LGC and media operatives that neglect has been one of the key traits shared by senior officials.“I’m convinced that the Town Clerk and the Mayor are not working in the best interest of the city…To sum it all, most of the woes of the City Council has been due to neglect and mismanagement by the top officers of the Council.”Justice Kennard, in his report, had stated that the former Town Clerk was guilty of gross misconduct, abuse of office, and misappropriation of funds. He also stated that King performed the duties of treasurer and other officers of the Council, which were not his designated duties.last_img read more

Illegals pessimistic about hurdles of immigration law

first_imgTUCSON, Ariz. – Under the shade of a mesquite tree here one morning this week, waiting for work that did not come, Elias Ramirez weighed the hurdles of what could be the biggest overhaul in immigration law in two decades. To become full legal residents, under a compromise Senate leaders announced Thursday, Ramirez and other illegal immigrants would have to pay a total of $5,000 in fines, more than 14 times the typical weekly earnings on the streets here, return to their home countries at least once, and wait as long as eight years. During the wait, they would have limited possibilities to bring other family members. “Well, it sounds difficult, but not impossible,” said Ramirez, 24, a native of Chiapas, Mexico, who has been here a year. “I would like to be here legally in the future, so these things are what I might have to do.” Another man among the group of job-seekers gathered outside a church here that serves as a hiring site for day laborers overheard Ramirez and approached with disdain. In his weekly radio address on Saturday, President Bush said that the measure “will improve security at our borders. It will give employers new tools to verify the employment status of workers and hold businesses to account for those they hire.” Bush added: “This legislation will clear the backlog of family members who’ve applied to come to our country lawfully, and have been waiting patiently in line. “And this legislation will transform our immigration system so that future immigration decisions are focused on admitting immigrants who have the skills, education, and English proficiency that will help America compete in a global economy.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s almost impossible to bring your family,” he said, rattling off information he had gleaned from a Spanish-language newspaper. “You have to go back first, and what are you going to do in Mexico while you are there and there is no work?” The compromise bill has offered a glimmer of hope to illegal immigrants here, 60 miles from the border, and elsewhere. But they and others, through news reports, advocates, and lawyers, are just now learning the fine print. Advocacy groups here said they would lobby lawmakers to reject the bill, saying it would place onerous restrictions on illegal workers who want to win legal status and also hurt efforts to unify immigrant families. “This is an unprecedented shift from family unity being the cornerstone of our immigration policy,” said Isabel Garcia, a lawyer and a chairwoman of Derechos Humanos, an advocacy group here. Garcia also objected to what she called “insurmountable” obstacles in the bill. The compromise Senate bill proposes an initiative to give legal status to an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. It also portends a major shift in the priorities and values of American immigration for the future. It would gradually change a system based primarily on family ties, in place since 1965, into one that favors high-skilled and highly educated workers who want to become permanent residents. last_img read more

This could be an exciting signing for Newcastle, but at what expense?

first_imgCisse is prepared to fight for his place in the Newcastle line up and, in theory, the partnership could bring the best out of both players. Between the two, they scored 29 goals in 57 games in 2014/15, which is just the kind of scoring production McClaren will be looking for up front.If Austin is being targeted as a replacement for Cisse, it would be an exciting signing, but there are question marks as to whether he would represent enough of an upgrade to justify spending £15 million and potentially making a loss in selling Cisse, depending on the kind of offers they receive.Cisse has proven that he still has some quality football left in the tank despite turning 30 this month, and it could be more useful for Newcastle to keep him on for the time being rather than trying to cash in on what they can. At 25, Austin is definitely the better long-term option — it’s hard to envision Cisse being at the club in five years’ time, but Austin could be that kind of signing. After earning his first England call-up this year, too, it’s clear he has a lot of potential to develop into an even better player in his time at St James’ Park.If they miss out on Austin, another option could be to bring former No. 9 Andy Carroll back to the club. Newcastle were hugely successful in selling the forward to Liverpool for £35 million in 2011, and bringing him back for a significant discount would be a great way to bring his career full circle. His time at Liverpool and West Ham has been disappointing to say the least, but a move home could see him return to form.Whichever way you look at it, Austin to Newcastle is far from a done deal. They’ll possibly face competition for his signature from Chelsea, Southampton and West Ham, before thinking about whether Cisse would have a place in the new-look strike partnership. 1 A Newcastle fan’s take on the prospect of Charlie Austin heading to the north east…Newcastle United are looking to make their first addition in the Steve McClaren era, and it could be a big one. According to The Daily Mail, the Toon will be offering up to £15 million and the iconic No. 9 shirt to get Queens Park Rangers star forward Charlie Austin on Tyneside.The big issue here is that Papiss Cisse is still around, proudly wearing the No. 9 after leading Newcastle in scoring with 11 goals in 22 games last season to help keep the club in the Premier League. A move for Austin could mean putting Cisse up for sale with a year-and-a-half left on his contract, but they might regret giving up on the Senegalese international so soon. Even if they keep Cisse, forcing him to change numbers would be fairly disrespectful. He’s had his ups and downs in Newcastle since joining the club in 2011, but after bouncing back last season this isn’t the time to put his confidence in jeopardy.This isn’t the first time Newcastle have offered an occupied No. 9 shirt to a potential new signing, however. Alan Shearer took the number from Les Ferdinand in 1996, and the pair formed one of the Premier League’s elite scoring partnerships that season. Of course, it would be crazy to expect the Cisse-Austin partnership to be quite as good, but they could definitely be a quality pairing in their own right.center_img 1last_img read more

The people pay

first_imgLos Angeles City Hall isn’t the only government arena where top officials’ salaries are increasing while their budgets are bare. California’s institutes of higher education are also trying to justify perks and fat raises to their executives. Last week, the UC Board of Regents was set to increase chancellor salaries 33 percent, even after the governor and the state’s legislative analyst announced that California is facing a $10 billion deficit and that all departments must cut costs by 10 percent. The UC board came to its senses after protesters – including local Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena – made a stink. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsUC’s scarce resources shouldn’t go to the chancellors, who already have a median salary of $374,000. Students at UCs have already seen a doubling of student fees since 2001. The week before, a report from the state auditor was critical of the California State University’s executive compensation policies. You think that had something to do with recent executive pay scandals? This is an organization, the audit found, that paid a number of top managers while they did not work at a university. CSU said it was good training. Over the past five years, CSU salary compensation increases were spread this way: 25.1 percent for executives, 10.4 percent for professional and technical staff and 5.6 percent for tenure-track faculty. And those increases come at a time when CSU student fees are in for another 10 percent hike next year. 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

JAMES GALLAGHER APPOINTED SENIOR COACH WITH FINN HARPS

first_imgFinn Harps has confirmed the appointment of James Gallagher as senior coach.Gallagher said today he is delighted to be back at the club.“I am very pleased to rejoin the club. I spoke to Ollie and was impressed with his plans for Finn Harps. We’ll be looking to ensure that the team is as professional, well prepared and competitive as possible,” he said. Ollie Horgan is happy to have the first element of his backroom team in place and expects there to be further announcements in the coming weeks as he embarks on his two year contract as manager of Finn Harps.“James will be an important part of what we’re looking to do at Finn Harps- he has a professional attitude, knows the local and national scene very well and is committed to helping us build a really competitive side here,” said Ollie. JAMES GALLAGHER APPOINTED SENIOR COACH WITH FINN HARPS was last modified: December 31st, 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:JAMES GALLAGHER APPOINTED SENIOR COACH WITH FINN HARPSlast_img read more

Warriors plan to rest more players vs Cleveland on Friday

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES — The Warriors plan to sit DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala for Friday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (19-59) at Oracle Arena.The Warriors have determined not to play Cousins in a full set of a back-to-back ever since he returned from healing his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon nearly 2 1/2 months ago. Therefore, Cousins will also …last_img read more

Bongekile Radebe tells us why representation matters

first_imgBongekile Radebe tells us why it’s important to have positive role models to inspire young South Africans to pursue their dreams.Bongekile Radebe is a social entrepreneur and founder of Her Destiny. Her leadership potential has been recognised through her inclusion in the One Day Leader programme. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Bongekile RadebeFor a young, black, woman like myself, raised in a township, representation has not only mattered but has also been my saving grace in believing and achieving my dreams.Representation has allowed me to believe, with no permission needed, that my place is anywhere in the world I want it to be. When spaces of leadership are not gender sensitive, gender inclusive, and gender deliberate, it perpetuates a silent discouraging message that “women don’t matter”. One thing though that representation has also taught me is that gender and merit are not mutually exclusive; at least not for me.Growing up, I found myself fascinated by smart and successful women. I remember seeing this beautiful woman who would appear in every issue of my mother’s favourite magazine, True Love. Perhaps as a little girl I loved her beauty more than I could make sense of her words, but I guess I just admired her a lot.Khanyi Dhlomo was an inspiration to many of us and I wasn’t the only one who considered her as a role model. Perhaps, because back then you could literally count the number of popular black business women. She made us want to work in media and advertising spaces.For some reason, this aspirational outlook on life never left me; I saw it with my friends and other women I would interact with.No matter our age, we had people we looked up to who gave us hope for our own journeys, that we too could be significant in the world and definitely succeed at it.Representation also played its role in my own unique destiny. From losing my dad as I was about to become a teenager, to painfully experiencing how his death would impact my family and our lives, and involuntarily fighting throughout life and its hardships. If it wasn’t for representation, I wouldn’t have known why the fight is worth it.Our Constitution, from the rights and issues it defends on education, gender equality, health, religion, justice and all the way to trade has not only afforded me the ability to live out my dreams globally, but it has inspired me to be brave enough in this life that still demands us to fight, to master our own destinies. To create, to build, to believe, to serve and most importantly to love.I love who I am, I love what I do, and I love that I can give and share it with you!My clan name was right about me, as a Radebe: ngiwuBhungane oyenza ngakuningi! uMthi wami uMkhulu ngempela, meaning, “I am Bhungane and prepare everything in abundance. My majestic tree towers over all those around.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Zuma highlights need for victim support

first_img26 November 2013President Jacob Zuma visited the Ikhaya Lethemba Centre in Johannesburg on Monday to mark the start of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign.The centre accommodates, counsels, rehabilitates and prepares rape and abuse victims for their court cases.The President spoke to victims and staff, and highlighted the need for support for victims of rape and abuse in order to reduce the trauma they experience.“It must be very devastating and intimidating for rape victims … to walk into the court and to be looked at by everybody,” Zuma said.“If I was a victim I would go through a terrible experience, and justice has to be done for the perpetrator to be convicted. Then I have to re-live it again in such an environment.“Legally, we need to find a way where we lessen the trauma,” he said.Zuma was taken on a tour of the centre’s library, computer training section, and justice preparation section, where victims are prepared for court appearances in a room designed to look like a courtroom.Zuma also spoke individually to residents, many of whom had fled from abusive partners.He was accompanied on his visit by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Brand South African partners with Mandela Trilogy in Dubai

first_imgA musical based on the early life and revolutionary awakening of Nelson Mandela, The Mandela Trilogy, was performed at the Dubai Opera House in November 2017. All three shows were sold out. Brand South Africa partnered with the organisers to reach out to South Africans living and working in the United Arab Emirates.Promotional poster for The Mandela Trilogy, performed at the Dubai Opera House, UAE, on 9-11 November 2017. (Image: Cape Town Opera)CD AndersonThe musical, The Mandela Trilogy, (formerly known as African Songbook: A Tribute to the Life of Nelson Mandela) was first performed by the Cape Opera in 2010, followed by sold-out performances in the UK and Germany.Written and produced by composers Peter Louis van Dijk and Mike Campbell with librettist Michael Williams, the musical uses original South African music, fusing traditional Xhosa songs, classical music, jazz and modern songs, to complement the three-part journey of a young Madiba’s early years maturing from a rural farm life to lawyer and freedom fighter.In an interview in 2014, Williams spoke about the high international standard of musical theatre the show upheld, while remaining uniquely African. He called the show “a bright, bold and brassy show that pulls together all the musical traditions of South Africa”.In 2016, The Guardian newspaper called the musical – which had a run at the Royal Festival Hall in London – a “successful and original retelling of a story told many times before… using compelling storytelling techniques and powerful cast”.The musical has been popular with many South Africans living abroad. The idea behind its debut in Dubai, in particular, as spearheaded by the Dubai Opera CEO, South African-born Jasper Hope, who saw an opportunity to bring the story to the relatively large South African community in the UAE.Hope told the Gulf News website: “I’m delighted Dubai Opera is able to collaborate with the fantastic Cape Town Opera to share the story of Nelson Mandela’s heroic and inspirational life, presented in this brilliantly colourful production with its intoxicating mix of opera, jazz and Xhosa sounds and rhythms.”Following discussions with the Opera House, for Brand South Africa, the three performances – held between 9 and 11 November 2017 – were a perfect occasion to promote the nation brand and engage with the South African diaspora in the Gulf.The Mandela Trilogy performances were used to strengthen brand advocacy for South Africa’s brand identity, image, competitiveness and value proposition.According to reports, the Dubai performances were a hit with South Africans, and they played to full houses of up to 2,000 seats, on all three nights. The evenings inspired many to talk to fellow compatriots and UAE residents to present a positive global image of the country’s history and culture to the region, just as Mandela himself had intended.Source: Gulf News website, Cape Town Opera House, Brand South Africa Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Sundance 2019: Tips for Shooting Verité Documentary Footage

first_imgCinematographer Matt Porwoll shares some insight about shooting classic verité on the modern documentary “Tigerland” at Sundance 2019.I’m a huge fan of documentaries. In particular, I enjoy and identify with the sub-docu genre of classic cinema verité style.Tigerland premiered at Sundance 2019, and it is one of those unique and powerful documentary features that employs the classic rules of cinema verité with the modern styling of mainstream documentaries.From the official Sundance bio:50 years ago, a young forest officer in India rallied the world to save tigers from extinction. Today, the creed is carried on in Far East Russia by the guardians of the last Siberian tigers, who risk everything to save the species.We sat down with director of photography Matt Porwoll (who has shot other notable documentaries like Cartel Land, The Trade, and At the Fork) to talk about the challenges of shooting across continents, recording wildlife, and capturing verité footage in the modern age.PremiumBeat: Tell us about Tigerland.Matt Porwoll: Tigerland is a film that looks at the preservation of the tiger and all it’s surrounded by. It’s also about the mythos of the tiger and the human admiration and fear of the tiger — and, how that has influenced the lifespan of the tiger over the last 100 years and a push for preservation now.When we set out to make the film, the biggest thing Ross Kauffman, the director, wanted was a film that showed the respect of the tiger, rather than just the negative aspects of poaching or loss of habitat. Rather, the goal was to make a film that celebrates tigers while also showing the decline in numbers and the work that needs to be done.We tried to bring in a lot of verité elements. Both Ross and I are traditionally verité filmmakers, but we knew there would be some other elements in there as well with archival and animation. It was a new film in a way, but quite an experience and challenge in itself.PB: What was it like jumping into this project with a verité mindset?MP: As all verité films go, you never really know what you’re going to get until it starts to happen. We’re following a story that is active and present. So, when we were going into Russia with Pavel, who works with World Wildlife Federation, we didn’t quite know what to expect. We knew we had a fascinating character. We didn’t quite know what was going to unfold, and as you hope with verité films, […] the second you get on the ground, things start to develop and you just want to jump in and follow it.PB: What camera or cameras did you use on Tigerland?MP: The choosing of the cameras, especially as well as the lenses, came down to what Ross and I were comfortable with and what we had used in our verité films in the past. We also knew we were going to be in a lot of difficult environments to shoot in. We were in Russia in February, so we had temperatures as low as -25 degrees. Then we jumped to India a month later where it was over 110 degrees. So, it was quite a spread on what we were going to put all this equipment through.In my experience with cameras in the past, I knew that the C300 Mark II was going to be able to hold up to that.PB: And what lenses did you use with the C300 Mark II?MP: For lenses, there’s always this compromise of how much gear should we bring to get as cinematic look as possible, while also needing to be fast and nimble and all that. So what we ended up settling on to give this film a look was shooting on the Canon CN-E Compact zooms 15.5-47mm and the 30-105mm T2.8. That’s because those lenses gave us the full coverage that we needed for shooting verité but are also incredibly sharp with very good contrast and color rendition. We wanted to try and convey that feeling of being in Russia in the winter with the starkness and cold.We also took a set of vintage Canon K35s which were fantastic and very different from the compact zooms. They’re milky and smooth in the highlights, lower in contrast, and flair like crazy in a beautiful way to give the film an atmospheric element because the environment of the tigers is a character itself.In India we kept the same setup. But, because India is so warm and so rich, we tried to shoot as much as we could in all setups — verité or otherwise — with the K35s. Thankfully most of the shoots in India were constrained, in a lodge or in the back of a jeep, so we had an easier time shooting in primes. When we needed to shoot more coverage with the zooms we added a Tiffen 1/4 Black Pro Mist on the front of it to help soften it to match easier with the K35s.In India when we had three days in a tiger preserve, we had a Canon 50-1000mm, which was perfect for capturing the tigers and wildlife in the park.PB: Do you have any advice for aspiring verité documentarians?MP: There are two sides of verité shooting. The first side is just allowing yourself to be as open and present as possible. Especially nowadays, it’s very easy to let the equipment and the technical side of things bog us down with lugging around the right camera, bringing the full lens package, and doing that kind of stuff. If you’re not present in the moment, then all that technology just bogs you down because that’s where your mind is focused.The key to good verité filmmaking is letting your gear work for you and spending time with your characters. Letting yourself experience the moment through your own eyes, but also being aware of how your characters are experiencing it as well.The other side is just the more time you can spend in the field with your characters, the better your verité is going to be. You’ll be able to really put yourself in their shoes as much as possible.It’s just something that takes a lot of time to learn to move with people and be unobtrusive in the moment, which all comes from learning how to listen and observe without letting the filmmaking side of it get in the way.I think the only way to do it is to go do it. Get out and practice. Even without a camera, practice watching people. See how they move, how they speak. When they make decisions to pause, or interrupt a lot, or be a listener and speak only at the end. All these are signifiers to give you an entry point to the filmmaking side. When do I move? When do I zoom? Where are the edit points?All of those things — just learning to observe and take notes will make you a better verité filmmaker.For more information on Matt Porwoll you can check out his personal website.All images via Tigerland.Looking for more filmmaking interviews and insights? Check out some of these articles below.The Story Behind Editing a Movie About Dungeons & DragonsInterview: Christina Kallas on Writing and Directing Multi-Protagonist ScreenplaysIn Sundance Movie Paddleton, Limited Space and Time Yield A Genuine BromanceRound Table: Three Film Composers Converge on SundanceTom Cross, ACE on Editing First Man and Working with IMAX Footagelast_img read more