Errors at City Hall

first_imgDear Editor,The tossing out of the No-Confidence Motion against the Town Clerk of Georgetown by the Mayor at last Monday’s statutory meeting of the Council turned out to be nothing more than a comedy of errors.First, I would like to know under what authority was the Mayor acting when she disallowed the motion? Could she counsel the citizenry as to who or what gave her that authority?Second, it is clear that the Mayor does not understand the difference between legal opinion and legal advice.It is wholly unacceptable for the Mayor to adopt the guidance sought and obtained from an Attorney who is the husband of a sitting Councillor, privately by the Town Clerk, and consequently use it to disallow the No-Confidence Motion brought against him (Town Clerk) which was on the agenda for discussion.It must first be noted that this recent advice provided by the Attorney was given privately to the Town Clerk, and not requested by nor provided to the Council. So how could the Mayor take action on private advice given?This is not a court order or an official proclamation by a Judge (or panel of Judges) nor is it a legal opinion sought or obtained by the Council. How was this private advice even placed on the agenda or tabled before Council? Clearly now, a precedent has been set so that every and any municipal employee against whom disciplinary action is being brought can run to their private Attorney, get some legal advice in their favour, hand it to the Mayor and then they will tie the Council’s hands. Completely incongruous!Another serious concern I have about the Georgetown Municipality is their tractability when it comes to adherence to the laws of our country and the conditions of employment of their workers. How is it that no confidence motions were successfully effected against other Town Clerks but can’t be used against this one?What happened at the last meeting amounts to collusion. It should be obvious to everyone watching that the ‘Terrible Trio’ have no intention of being separated, that protection is being provided to a small group, and that a fear exists within City Hall that if there is any infiltration or opening up of the clandestine assemblage there, that many dirty secrets will come to light.It is clear that in the foreseeable future, there will be no accountability, transparency or democracy at City Hall. Suddenly records that were missing for years have popped up after threats were issued of prosecution.Regards,Deodarie Putulalllast_img read more

Leicester boss Ranieri confirms January signing set for debut against Norwich

first_img1 Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri believes Daniel Amartey is ready to make his debut against Norwich this weekend.The 21-year-old moved to the King Power in January from Copenhagen for around £6m.The Ghanaian is yet to make his debut for Leicester but Ranieri says that may now happen against Alex Neil’s side on Saturday.Right-back Danny Simpson is suspended after being sent-off against Arsenal and Amartey could take his place.Indeed when asked if Amartey is ready to play on Saturday, Ranieri said: “I think so.“He played against Manchester City in the Under-21s, he played 90 minutes. He is ready.” Daniel Amartey last_img read more

Two girls die, sister seriously hurt, in Long Beach converted garage fire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTwo girls were taken to St. Mary Medical Center while the other was taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Duree said, adding that all three were in critical condition when they were transported. One girl died at 2:47 a.m. and a short time later one of her sisters succumbed to her injuries, he said. The surviving 7-year-old victim was in critical condition and relocated to to the Pediatric Critical Care Unit at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Duree said. A woman and man, believed to be the victims’ parents, arrived on the scene during the investigation and were meeting with a grief counselor, he said. The victims’ 17-year-old sister was babysitting her siblings when the fire started. She alerted neighbors, who called for help, Duree said, adding that the girl was not hurt. It appeared the fire started in a general living room area of the garage apartment, he said. There was no Christmas tree in the home. The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Long Beach fire and police departments. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – A fire broke out in Long Beach today in a garage converted into an apartment, leaving two young girls dead and one of their sisters in critical condition, authorities said. The fire at 1052 1/2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, near East 11th Street, was reported shortly after 2 a.m. and knocked down within five minutes by 20 firefighters, said Capt. Mike Duree, a Long Beach Fire Department spokesman. Arriving firefighters confronted heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of a property consisting of two small single-family homes and a garage converted into an apartment, Duree said. The structures were not physically connected. While battling the blaze, which was confined to an area in the garage apartment, firefighters discovered three girls — ages 6, 7, and 10 — unconscious on the floor in a bedroom adjacent to a room engulfed in flames, he said. last_img read more


first_imgOne man has died following a road crash outside Raphoe this afternoon. Pic by Northwest News Pix.Gardai have confirmed that one man has died after a traffic accident outside Raphoe this afternoon.The man, a motorcyclist, was in collision with a jeep towing a trailer off the Ballinalecky Crossroads at Oakfield Demense.The victim has not ben named but it is understood he is married to a local woman. The accident happened just after 4pm.The road has been closed overnight until accident scene investigators arrive tomorrow morning.Road diversions have also been set in place.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan has confirmed one person has been killed in the accident. She appealed for anybody who was driving or walking in the area to contact them at Letterkenny Garda station. BREAKING NEWS: YOUNG MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN ROAD CRASH was last modified: October 30th, 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)last_img read more

New Year’s Resolution? VCs Could Spend More In 2010

first_imgThe first quarter of 2010 could see a higher number of investments by venture capital firms than the fourth quarter of 2009, according to figures from new reports by the National Venture Capital Association and information and data services company ChubbyBrain.Data from a report relased by the NVCA yesterday shows that the fourth quarter of 2009 saw a growth of $1.7 billion in venture funds over the previous quarter, similar to numbers seen from Q4 2008 to Q1 2009. Data released today by ChubbyBrain shows that following the earlier growth in venture funds, Q2 2009 saw a $1.4 billion increase in VC investments, a trend that could mean big bucks for startups in the first quarter of 2010. As we reported last week, 2009 was a difficult year for startups and venture capital firms, with venture-backed mergers and acquisitions continuing a downward trend in 2009. Carolynn Duncan, founder and director of the startup incubator Portland Ten, says that the “pressure crunch” of 2009 caused VCs to give prospective startups more than the third degree.“It was more like the fifth degree,” Duncan told ReadWriteWeb. “It was so intense, even for the companies showing great traction and that had bootstrapped the hell out of their project.”Duncan believes that as the new year kicks off, VCs that raised funds at the end of 2009 will be looking at a new class of startups to invest in. When asked if 2010 would be an easier year to find funding, Duncan was hesitant, but optimistic.“I don’t think ‘easier’ is the right word, maybe just not as demanding,” she said. “People are just glad its 2010 and not 2009 anymore.”Photo by Flickr user borman818. Tags:#start#startups chris cameron A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Unease on campuses in Valley

first_imgStudents were practising football on the well-manicured lawns outside the Business and Management Studies Department at Kashmir University on Thursday, with food carts and canteens abuzz after five days of disruption following the death of an assistant professor in an encounter. However, even as apparent normalcy returned, anger and disillusionment were palpable among the students on the 247-acre campus.A stone’s throw from the Gandhi Bhavan auditorium, a 5X8 feet flex banner of slain assistant professor-turned-militant Muhammad Rafi Bhat atop the three-storey building that houses the Sociology Department greets visitors. Bhat was a faculty member of the department. More posters and banners lauding Bhat are emerging at other places on the campus with the slogan, “In memory of those who died for our freedom”.Atypical profileBhat was killed along with two Hizbul Mujahideen militants in Shopian on Sunday, just 36 hours after he joined the outfit. Bhat has left behind a new profile of a militant — in his thirties, he had been married for six years, and was on the cusp of a professional career of his choice, unlike the typical militant recruit most often in his early twenties.Sociology professor Anisa Shafi is perplexed and described Bhat’s move as “a mystery” that she could not crack “because he never discussed politics or expressed any anger”.Army chief’s remarksOn the edgy campus, where students unions are barred, scores of students outside the Law Department are busy debating General Bipin Rawat’s remarks on freedom and militancy. “Youth in Kashmir are not picking up arms to defeat the Army militarily. The gun is a challenge to the moral values of Indian democracy, to deliver justice in a very just cause,” a student said.Living in isolation“Students are living in isolation or cocoons. Social and interactive spaces have been destroyed on campus. Students could be driven to anything. Departments of KU should have debating societies in every department. One ideology should be allowed to clash with another through social spaces,” suggested Political Science professor Gul Wani.This week, a Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) also suggested to Governor N.N. Vohra, chancellor of the varsity, to consider “constitution of a student’s council and grievance cell”.last_img read more

Boost health, edu facilities in Ukhand to stop migration: Gen

first_imgRawatDehradun, Nov 5 (PTI) Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today held lack of education and health facilities responsible for continued migration from the hills of Uttarakhand and said creation of better facilities in these sectors would stop people from leaving their homes.Citing the example of his own parents who had to move to a big city from their home in the hills for better educational facilities, he said compulsive or distress migration must stop.Gen Rawat said the people of Uttarakhand join the armed forces in large numbers and when they retire they settle either in Roorkee or Dehradun.”None of the retired soldiers think of settling down in their own villages because there arent enough facilities or employment opportunities there,” Rawat said during a panel discussion as part of RAIBAAR programme held at the chief ministers official residence here.RAIBAAR is an initiative to bring together distinguished people from Uttarakhand on a single platform to promote the hill state as an investment destination.The Army chief also said that the states potential in mountain biking and other adventure sports should be fully tapped which could be a great source of revenue.He suggested that retired soldiers hailing from border villages in the state can be involved in the home stay programme of the tourism department.”If they (retired soldiers) offer home stay facilities to tourists and it becomes a source of income, they may return to their villages,” the Army chief said.Noted lyricist and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi said there are many creative talents in Uttarakhand and suggested that a centre for promotion of creative arts be opened in the state.advertisementHe said tourism has great potential but the opportunities must be tapped in a manner which does not disrupt the delicate Himalayan ecology.Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said the RAIBAAR programme has thrown up a number of positive suggestions on which his government will work on priority basis. PTI ALM NSDlast_img read more

3 hours agoArsenal outcast Ozil responds to his Europa League snub

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal outcast Ozil responds to his Europa League snubby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal outcast Mesut Ozil has responded to his Europa League snub last night.Ozil has taken to Twitter to post a message to the Arsenal fans after Unai Emery left him out of his Europa League squad for victory over Vitoria.The Gunners midfielder posted a picture of himself with Arsenal coach and club legend Robert Pires.Alongside it he wrote: “Trained with this AFC legend this morning. Always a pleasure to see you my Bro Robert Pires. Best of luck for the match now from both of us.”Trained with this AFC legend this morning Always a pleasure to see you my Bro @piresrobert7 __ Best of luck for the match now from both of us @Arsenal#UEL#YaGunnersYa#M1Ö— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 24, 2019 read more

PSG exploring loan move for Chelsea flop Bakayoko

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are weighing up a year-long loan move with a possible purchase option for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. The 24-year-old, whose move to the Blues in 2017 saw him become the club’s then-second most expensive signing in their history, struggled to justify his price tag at Stamford Bridge and spent last season on loan with Milan in Serie A. The former France international’s poor form continued initially after his move to Italy but he subsequently improved during the season, though he did not secure a permanent transfer to San Siro.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Having been initially sent out under Maurizio Sarri, it is not known whether Bakayoko figures in new manager Frank Lampard’s plans, but he has now been linked with a return to his home country with the Ligue 1 champions, at least on an interim basis, with sources confirming to Goal that PSG are interested in landing him on a year-long deal.  Bakayoko previously stressed that he intended to return to Chelsea following the end of his loan tenure in Italy but admitted that he would love to play for his hometown club.“Yes, for sure, one day I would like to play in Paris,” he told L’Equipe. “I cannot lie about it. It’s big for me and my loved ones. We are real Parisians.”I will go back to Chelsea. I still have a three-year contract. I have no choice. I don’t know what will happen after that but I have to go back to Chelsea. It is the only thing I know.”Starting his career with Rennes, Bakayoko subsequently transferred to Monaco, where he made his name in an excellent 2016-17 campaign, helping the club to the Ligue 1 title while being named in the Champions League team of the year. Bakayoko featured in the second half for the Blues on Saturday in their pre-season win against Bohemians in Dublin, and is expected to be a member of the party that travels to Japan in the next few days for games against Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona. Chelsea then round out their preparations with games against Reading, Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach ahead of an opening day trip to Manchester United in the Premier League.last_img read more

How To Make Perfect Tortellini Arso

first_imgFeasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.Many of our favorite dishes come from humble beginnings. Peasant foods like polenta and ratatouille were cheap and filling options when there was little or nothing else to eat. As we know, these dishes have climbed their way up through the culinary ranks and onto modern restaurant tables—not just because they’re delicious, but because they’re nostalgic as well. But there’s one peasant dish that we weren’t familiar with until we saw it on the menu at Barano, a seasonal Italian restaurant located in Brooklyn’s South Williamsburg neighborhood.Pasta arso, or burnt flour pasta, is a traditional preparation from Italy’s Puglia region. Peasants would scour burnt wheat fields or sweep the burnt flour leftover from baking bread out of wood burning ovens. This burnt flour, or grano arso, was mixed with regular durum flour to take the supply further, and it gave bread and pasta a wonderful toasted quality in the process. Barano chef Albert di Meglio was inspired by this tradition and decided to put it on his menu in the form of Tortellini Arso—a mouthwatering preparation that includes a luscious ricotta basil filling and savory, herbal pistachio pesto. Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master One bite and we were so hooked, we needed to learn how to make it at home. So we went into the Barano Kitchen with Chef di Meglio and documented the process so you can try it for yourself, too.Tortellini ArsoFor the arso flour:125 grams durum flourPreheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread flour on a baking sheet or in a cast iron skillet. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring once or twice, until dark in color and charred around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool.For the arso pasta dough:125 grams arso flour320 grams durum flour320 grams wild hive bread flour 0025 grams salt75 grams extra virgin olive oil5 eggs100 grams waterCombine the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl with a dough hook. Start to add the wet ingredients until they incorporate well. The dough may look crumbly—that’s okay. Roll it together in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.For the lemon basil ricotta filling:575 grams ricotta impastata1 egg40 grams basil6 grams saltZest of 1 lemon45 grams PecorinoFirst, puree the eggs and basil together. Then using your hands or a spoon, combine all ingredients until they are well mixed.For the pistachio pesto:.5 pound toasted pistachios75 grams roasted garlic21 grams blanched chervil21 grams blanched chives40 grams parsley60 grams pecorino165 grams blended oil (like Colativa)65 grams extra virgin olive oilAdd all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.For serving:Sliced trumpet mushrooms1 small red chili, slicedParsleyGrated Parmigiano-ReggianoTo assemble:Using a pasta machine, roll the dough out so it’s thinner than 1/16 of an inch. Lay the dough on a floured surface.Use a round cookie cutter, biscuit cutter or ring mold (about 2 inches in diameter) to cut circle shapes from the rolled out dough. Re-knead the leftover scraps, roll out another sheet and repeat.Add the lemon basil ricotta filling to a pastry bag. Place half a teaspoon of filling in the middle of a dough circle. Using your index finger—or a pastry brush if you prefer—add a thin layer of water around the outside edge of the circle.Gently fold one side over the other to form a semicircle. Press the edges together to seal the filling inside.Carefully bring the corners of the semicircle together—at this point, the tortellini will look a bit like a fortune cookie.Tuck one corner behind the other and gently squeeze them together.Add the sliced mushrooms to a pan with olive oil and sauté over medium heat until they start to soften, about 2 minutes.Add the tortellini, chili and a little water to the pan. Cook until the tortellini is al dente around the edges, 4-5 minutes.To serve, spread some of the pesto on the bottom of a bowl. Arrange the tortellini, chilies and mushrooms on top of the pesto. Serve with fresh parsley and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.Photo story by Max Schwartz 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked center_img Editors’ Recommendations 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic last_img read more