Opposition to challenge Broadcast Bill in court

first_imgThe opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has announced plans to challenge in the High Court the controversial Broadcast (Amendment) Bill 2017 which was recently passed in the National Assembly.Acknowledging the support received from major international press bodies onFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall maintains that the Bill in “unconstitutional”arguments about the ramification of the Bill, the Opposition has said it plans to take the matter one step further.Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Nandlall announced on Wednesday that the PPP would challenge the matter in court, since the Bill tramples on the right to press freedom.Nandlall asserted that the matter would be challenged on several grounds, but especially on ground of the licence having the same spectrum reach. “All of that is deprivation of property, as well as violation of the constitutional right of freedom of the press,” he said.The former Attorney General has said the other aspect of the legal challenge will be based on the mandatory imposition of one hour of Government service on private broadcasters’ media.“It’s an interference with my right not to listen to Government programmes, and my right not to air (them). It is also an infringement of the people’s constitutional right to property, because you are taking away basically one hour of airtime from them, which they can otherwise sell.”Nandlall argues that the Bill is another indication that Government has a fundamental problem with private property.“Something is wrong with them when it comes to private property,” he added.He reminded that a broadcasting licence is a powerful commercial instrumentPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who has responsibility for information, tabled the Broadcast (Amendment) Bill 2017 in the National Assemblywhich can be traded or sold. Because it has economic value, it is considered in law private property.“They have obsessed themselves with the argument of the radio licence issue, making that a huge political issue to detract from the real violation. This law that they have passed goes way beyond the radio licence issue; it terminates all radio licences (issued) from 2011, and even those obtained in 1991.”Regardless of the Government’s position on this matter, Nandlall says, the Opposition feels vindicated by the support it has received from the international media watchdogs.“You will see that the identical ground by which we objected to the Bill is the same ground that the international agencies have found the Bill objectionable. It shows the genuineness of our criticism.”The parliamentary Opposition has maintained that the Bill in its current form is ‘unconstitutional’, and will have several implications on private broadcasters. Broadcasters have been advised to challenge the Bill in court, because it would have far reaching repercussions that could harm their businesses.Nandlall had opined that a “properly advised” court would strike down the Bill as unconstitutional. The former Attorney General has said private broadcasters could file for a conservatory order to block the law from taking force, something he said broadcasters have already expressed a willingness to do.Apart from obtaining a conservatory order, Nandlall said, those who file the court action could seek damages for breach of constitutional rights.The Government used its parliamentary majority on Friday last to pass the Broadcast Amendment Bill although several bodies have come out in criticism of the Bill, including the Guyana Press Association.last_img read more

Police seize marijuana and cash at Horse Lake

first_imgSeveral residents of Horse Lake, Alta. are facing charges after police seized cash and drugs.Beaverlodge RCMP, along with the Grande Prairie Rural RCMP and the Grande Prairie Police Dog Service, executed search warrants at Horse Lake residences on Sunday at around 5:30 a.m.- Advertisement -Police seized more than $1,500 cash, scales, 1,200 grams of marijuana, marijuana seeds and resin.Two women and two men between the ages of 23 and 59 are facing charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime.last_img read more

Gilliland captures pole at Daytona

first_imgDavid Gilliland and Ricky Rudd won the top two starting spots Sunday in qualifying for the Daytona 500, putting Yates back on the racing map after a horrendous season. He lost his drivers, a sponsor and both of his crew chiefs in a tumultuous year that saw the once-proud team collapse to the point that Yates was convinced he was dying. But just like a true racer, the car owner refused to close shop and fought to keep the family business on the track. It leaves eight other spots to fill, and 26 drivers are vying for them. Dale Jarrett is guaranteed one of them by virtue of the past champions provisional, as are the three fastest drivers in qualifying from that group. That caveat promised Boris Said, Sterling Marlin and Johnny Sauter spots in the race. Toyota, which is making its Nextel Cup debut this season, had a horrendous qualifying effort and will need brilliant qualifying races to get the bulk of its Camrys into the field. Jarrett is in, along with Dave Blaney, who earned a berth because of his 2006 standings. But the rest of the bunch struggled, including Michael Waltrip, whose intake manifold was confiscated after early inspection because of a questionable substance inside the part. David Reutimann was the best of the bunch at 15th, and was followed by Mike Skinner (18th), Waltrip (25th), Blaney (39th), A.J. Allmendinger (40th), Brian Vickers (45th) and Jarrett (50th). Juan Pablo Montoya flirted with the front row, putting his new No. 42 Dodge in the second spot only to be bumped from it moments later by teammate David Stremme. Stremme ended up third and Montoya was fourth, but teammate Reed Sorenson was a disappointing 44th after blowing a battery in his car on his second qualifying lap. Still, it was a radical improvement for the Chip Ganassi Racing team, which is looking to Montoya to help jump-start a program that hasn’t won a Cup race since 2002. “I think it really shows how far Chip Ganassi Racing has come,” Montoya said. “I think the engine program has come a long way. It’s just nice to see that we’ve got a lot of potential.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Robert Yates Racing went from skid row to the front row, emerging from the darkest season in team history to take the Daytona 500 spotlight. At least for a week. center_img He handed the keys to his two cars to Gilliland, an unproven rookie and former Chino Hills resident, and Rudd, the Iron Man of NASCAR who spent last year mowing the 30 acres of grass on his North Carolina farm. They proved Sunday that there’s life in this Yates team after all. Gilliland turned a lap of 186.320 mph to win the pole, and Rudd was right behind at 185.609 to put themselves on the front row for the season-opening Daytona 500 next Sunday. “It’s like a dream that I’m afraid to wake up from,” said Gilliland, coming off Saturday night’s second-place finish in the exhibition Budweiser Shootout. Gilliland and Rudd were the only two drivers to lock down their starting spots under a complicated qualifying procedure for NASCAR’s biggest event of the year. The top 35 drivers from 2006 are assured a spot in the 500, but their starting position will be determined by a pair of qualifying races Thursday. last_img read more

Ducks take down Cougars, again

first_imgWashington State (22-5, 11-5) had won five straight since a 77-74 overtime loss to Oregon in Pullman. At No. 7 Memphis 99, Nick Fazekas collected 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Wolf Pack (25-2, 12-1 Western Athletic Conference), who have the best winning percentage in the nation. Loyola-Chicago 75, at No. 15 Butler 71 Blake Schilb had 28 points and Tracy Robinson hit five free throws in the final 36 seconds to lead the Ramblers to their first victory over a ranked opponent in 21 years. It also gave the streaking Ramblers (20-9, 10-5 Horizon League) their seventh straight win this season. No. 18 Duke 71, at Clemson 66 Jon Scheyer scored 18 points to help the Blue Devils win their 21st straight over Clemson. Duke (21-7, 8-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened a 21-point halftime lead and hung on as Clemson (19-8, 5-8) came within 69-64 in the final minute. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rice 63 Willie Kemp scored 20 points to help the Tigers clinch their second consecutive Conference USA title. The victory extended Memphis’ winning streak to 16 straight, longest in the nation. Memphis also has won 28 straight at home. No. 11 Nevada 84, at Idaho 68 center_img EUGENE, Ore. – Freshman Tuajan Porter scored 21 points and Aaron Brooks made a layup with 12.9 seconds left to seal No. 23 Oregon’s 64-59 win over ninth-ranked Washington State on Thursday night. The Ducks (21-7, 9-7 Pac-10 Conference) had lost three consecutive games and six of their last eight. The victory marked the third time Oregon has defeated a Top 10 team this season. last_img read more

Campaign cash flows into city

first_imgAccording to financial statements filed by the candidates last Thursday, he has $11,247 in his campaign coffers. “I didn’t want to be low on funds in case I didn’t raise enough money to pay for my campaign,” said the first-time candidate. Mayor Joe Serrano has the second-highest total, $10,300, most coming from special-interest groups. “I feel comfortable accepting money from anyone,” he said, “because it doesn’t come into play when voting or making decisions as a council member.” Serrano’s campaign received $5,000 from Ecology, a business located in the city. Serv-Wel Disposal and Recycling, based in Montebello, gave $3,000 to Serrano. The company does commercial hauling for the city, according city officials. Santa Fe Springs Firefighter Local 3507 donated $1,500. “The Fire Department supported me in the last election,” he said. “And there has been no conflict of interest.” The campaign of Annette Rodriguez, a businesswoman, received a $200 loan from the candidate. It’s almost half of her $470 total. Candidates Jane McEntee, a government executive, and Jim Burton, a retired business executive, showed no money raised. McEntee filed a different form from the others stating she anticipates receiving less than $1,000 and will spend less than that amount. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Two City Council members are in opposition to one another in their donations and loans to candidates in the Nov. 6 council election. The committee to re-elect Councilwoman Betty Putnam gave $1,000 to Francis Carbajal’s campaign and $2,000 to William Rounds’ campaign. Putnam’s donation accounted for all the money for Carbajal, a sales representative. The committee to re-elect Councilman Luis Gonzalez loaned Mike Madrigal’s campaign $6,000. The two men have known each other for about a dozen years, Madrigal said. “He’s been a huge supporter of mine,” said Madrigal, who ran unsuccessfully for the council two years ago. Gonzalez did not return calls asking why his committee made the loan. C R and R Disposal Service, which conducts commercial and residential waste disposal service in the city, made a $1,000 contribution to Madrigal, a businessman, who said it was not a conflict of interest. Putnam’s donation to Rounds, who served as her campaign manager in her first election and is an engineering technician, helped bump him into the top slot for campaign contributions as did a $5,200 loan he made to himself. last_img read more

Video: Scott Malone earns Cardiff a draw at QPR

first_img Scott Malone’s goal against QPR 1 Scott Malone’s stunning equaliser snatched a point for Cardiff at QPR.Rangers were 2-0 ahead thanks to goals from Clint Hill and Charlie Austin, but Sean Morrison pulled one back on the hour mark and Malone’s dipping drive earned the draw.Cardiff were on top when QPR scored their goals and will feel a point is what was deserved having missed their chances to win the game.Watch Malone’s goal below.last_img

Doherty disappointed as Apple refuse to attend Finance Committee meeting

first_imgPearse Doherty TD has expressed disappointment and anger at the decision by Apple not to attend upcoming Finance Committee hearings on the tax affairs of Apple in light of the EU’s State Aid ruling against Ireland.Deputy Doherty said he is disappointed and angered by the decision of Mr Tim Cook not to attend the Committee.“The EU’s State Aid ruling has created a huge debate in this country about our tax affairs and it is only right the Finance Committee of the Oireachtas carry out hearings on this issue. Mr Cook appeared before the US Senate hearings and it was his comments there that sparked much of the discussion and possibly even EU action in this case. For him to refuse to attend the Committee now is disrespectful to the Irish people. “He has also not been shy in speaking to Irish media about the case and his views on why the EU is wrong in its findings so the excuse of an ongoing legal case is not valid. After all both the Irish government and EU Commission are involved in that appeal and I expect both to attend the Committee. One would have thought Mr Cook would be keen to put Apple’s view before the Irish people.“I will push for the Finance Committee to write to Mr Cook requesting that he reconsider his position. I will also be pushing the Minister for Finance and the Taoiseach to make contact with Mr Cook and let him know that they believe an invitation by an Oireachtas Committee is important and that the government believes he should attend.“When I first suggested, some years ago, inviting in multinational CEOs as part of a Committee investigation into Global Tax, I was voted down by Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour. This time, there was unanimous political support for the invitation. It is all the more disappointing therefore that Mr Cook has refused.”Doherty disappointed as Apple refuse to attend Finance Committee meeting was last modified: January 5th, 2017 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:AppledonegalPearse Dohertylast_img read more


first_imgDonegal has a new millionaire after a mystery ticket holder bought the Christmas Millionaire lotto ticket in Dungloe.Rumour is rife but nobody has yet to come forward to claim the prize.The ticket was bought in Sweeney’s Newsagents on the town’s Main Street on December 15th. The huge cash prize winner was drawn live on RTE One by TV presenter Brian Ormond as part of the New Year’s Eve The Gathering 2013 broadcast from College Green in Dublin. HUNT IS ON FOR MYSTERY €1 MILLION LOTTO WINNER IN DUNGLOE was last modified: January 1st, 2013 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:dungloelotto€1 millionlast_img read more


first_imgMinister Varadkar arrives to open Killybegs Coast Guard station.Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has officially opened the new state-of-the-art Killybegs Coast Guard Station today.The purpose-built facility ensures that the Killybegs volunteer Coast Guard team can effectively and efficiently serve the communities in North Donegal Bay and South West Donegal. The Minister said the commitment shown by the local community was truly impressive.“I’m delighted to open this superb, purpose-built Irish Coast Guard Station and pollution control centre. I want to thank the Coast Guard volunteers for their service and dedication to our coastal communities.“This commitment is truly impressive and the Government is acutely aware of its importance. I’m pleased to announce that since my appointment as Minister, this is the third new station that we have opened for the Coast Guard volunteer sector.”Members of the Killybegs Coast Guard await the arrival of the Minister.The new Coast Guard station is located at the inner mouth of Killybegs Harbour on the new pier. The combined facility consists of a three story Coast Guard Station and an adjoining single storey Pollution Control Store building. It provides a base for the 25 volunteer members of the Killybegs Coast Guard team who are trained and equipped to operate as a boat team, cliff rescue and coastal search unit. And the pollution control store in the premises is one of three regional centres used by the Coast Guard for pollution response operations.Irish Coast Guard Director Chris Reynolds said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to welcome our many friends to Killybegs today on what is a proud day for Killybegs and its harbour.“I extend a special welcome to representatives of the statutory and voluntary services including the Gardaí, RNLI, HSE, Navy, Fire Service and local authorities. I wish to thank Killybegs Coast Guard Unit for their many years of service to their community.”Killybegs Coast Guard Unit Officer in Charge Arthur Kee said: “This is a special day for the volunteer members of Killybegs Coast Guard Unit, for the town and surrounding community.“On behalf of the unit I would like to thank the Minister and all those involved with the project including the OPW, Donegal County Council, the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, whose assistance with site provision is greatly appreciated, and the local Harbour Master Martin Connell.” MINISTER VARADKAR OFFICIALLY OPENS KILLYBEGS COAST GUARD STATION was last modified: March 28th, 2014 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:coastguard stationdonegalKillybegsMinister VaradkarOPENINGlast_img read more


first_imgBay City Rollers on stage last nightTHE Bay City Rollers have announced a return to Donegal for two more gigs after last night’s sell-out concert at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.Les Mc Keown, the band’s front man admitted today: “All I can say is ‘wow’s. We couldn’t believe the crowd in Donegal.“It was an incredible feeling and we’ve decided we’re coming back for Christmas. We just can’t wait.” Carolynne Harrison, the Sales & Marketing Manager at the Mount Errigal thought she would strike when the iron was hot and immediately after they came off stage, she asked the band to commit to two dates in December for their Christmas Party nights.“BCR have signed the deal and we are so excited to announce that we have them for Thursday 17th and Friday 18th December,” she said“It’ll be one of the biggest bands to hit the Christmas Party Scene in the North West of Ireland.“This morning the hotel already received numerous bookings from those who thoroughly enjoyed the show last night.” Drinks Reception, 4 course meal and Bay City Rollers Live on stage, tickets €45, deposit of €20 per person. Overnight packages also available. BAY CITY ROLLERS ANNOUNCE NEW DONEGAL DOUBLE GIG was last modified: April 20th, 2015 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:2015Bay City RollersChristmas Party NightsletterkennyMount Errigal Hotellast_img read more