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Media say no to proposed code of conduct

first_imgCoverage of Parliament– as 2-day GPA/ACM workshop concludesThe National Assembly’s proposed draft code of conduct for Journalists who cover matters related to parliamentary sittings is being staunchly opposed by members of the local media fraternity, as consultations proved over the weekend.Some of the participants in the two-day GPA/ACM training programme on coverage of Parliament pose for the cameras on Sunday (Association of Caribbean Media Workers photo)The consultations and media training workshop were facilitated by the Canadian High Commission, the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), and the Guyana Press Association (GPA) in the parliamentary chambers on April 7 and 8.At one point during the penultimate day of training, the attendees were separated into two groups. While one group was chaired by veteran Journalist and Editor-in-Chief of the Trinidadian newspaper Newsday, Judy Raymond, the other group was chaired by founding ACM President Wesley Gibbings.It was subsequently revealed that the parliamentary chambers were formulating a draft code of conduct, as well as mulling the introduction of accreditation for parliamentary reporters. Subsequent reports from the chairpersons of these sub-meetings showed that the attending media personnel were unanimously against the measure.During her presentation on her group’s discussions, Raymond related that the media personnel were opposed to the draft code on the grounds of its potential to be used punitively. She reported that it was felt that since Journalists were already guided by ethical principles from the profession and workplace, additional codes of practice would be wholly unnecessary.“There was a concern, with regard to both issues, that conditions or penalties might be imposed which could affect individual Journalists, to their detriment and possibly detract from the range and quality of coverage in Parliament,” Raymond reported.Voicing similar views, GPA Executive Royden James reported that his group also felt that such measures should come from the media houses and not the National Assembly. Concerns were also raised about the purported security rationale behind accreditation.Last year, the National Assembly saw two breaches; one where a woman attired as Santa Claus gained access to the chambers during a presentation from Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.In another breach, a spectator began singing “God is watching you”, a line from a famous Nanci Griffith song, during a sitting of the National Assembly late last year. Further, there was a case of undercover Police ranks posing as media operatives and sitting among media personnel…until they were exposed.According to Public Relations Officer of the National Assembly, Yannick December, the need for accreditation of media personnel covering parliamentary matters is made greater by these instances.“What you had there was a miscommunication,” December related, in brief comments on the undercover Police controversy. “They’re supposed to notify us in advance and we would know that these persons would be here.”Far from the media having to be subjected to security measures, former GPA President Dennis Chabrol stressed that it was the media who actually needed protection. Here, cases of the undercover ranks shadowing the media in the National Assembly were cited.Concerns were also raised by Guyana Times Journalist Jarryl Bryan about the National Assembly’s failure to aggressively update documents accessible online, such as its Hansards. The latest Hansard dates from the 71st sitting of the Assembly in November 2017. While noting that hard copies of Hansards can be provided by the library, Assistant Clerk of the National Assembly Deslyn West promised to look into the matter.The two-day media training had started on Saturday, with the aim to improve the media’s knowledge of parliamentary practices and procedures, improve the media’s understanding of its role in an evolving democracy and consider the tenets of journalistic ethics vis-à-vis parliamentary coverage.At the end of the session, media operatives received a certificate of participation.last_img read more

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Floodwaters persist, residents urged to take precaution

first_img…Harmon commits to deploying more resourcesFlood-hit Region 9Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, on Friday visited the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo region (Region Nine), where he charged the Regional Administration to work collectively with every stakeholder and to utilise every available State resource at its disposal to ensure that they serve the residents affected by flooding, even as the waters continue to recede after rising as much as five feet in some areas.An aerial view of the flood situation in Region 9Minister Harmon, who first stopped at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Boardroom to meet with officials of the Regional Administration, Ministries and Government agencies, said Government is committed to bringing relief to the residents.  He told the officials that every effort must be made to reach every resident who has been affected by the flood, which resulted from the overtopping of several rivers, particularly the Takutu River, due to heavy rainfall in the region and over in neighbouring Brazil.“I want to say that in a situation like this we don’t have administration and others, we have one administration, and so the resources of the administration must be put to the use of the people… if we have to take meals out to the people, we have to do so. When we speak about administration in these circumstances, we are talking about all of the resources of the region being applied to that situation.“Every Government department must chip in with (its) resources, so that the citizens are not affected in a major way.  I am asking that we coordinate and cooperate where the resources of the region are concerned.  This is not a normal situation, and therefore we have to act a little bit unusual.  What that ‘unusualness’ means is that we have to pool our resources for the benefit of the people,” Minister Harmon is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.The State Minister said the current weather patterns in the region and in Brazil will see the water rising and receding at frequent intervals; but with a coordinated approach, some semblance of order can exist. He acknowledged the rapid response by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the Regional Administration, which have been working in tandem to respond and to continue to monitor the situation on the ground.At present, 59 persons have been evacuated and placed in three shelters which were established, and they are being tended by the region with support from the CDC.The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has also been providing support through a boat shuttle service for residents from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours every day.Minister Harmon noted that, overall, he is satisfied with the arrangements put in place, as the response and preparation this year has far surpassed those that were in place last year.“Two years ago we had this situation, and this year I am happy to see that there is a greater level of coordination of the operations here, and I am very pleased about that.  So I am asking that you work together with the region,” he said.The CDC, on Friday, carried in the supplies requested by the region, including water purification tablets, collapsible bottles, detergents and cleaning supplies, beddings and blankets, among other materials.Minister Harmon noted that since the flooding is expected to be an annual occurrence, the administration will work to fast-track the construction of a bond for the CDC in the region, which would provide storage for materials in the event of a disaster.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Brian Allicock, in an invited comment, said the water has begun to recede, although it remains high in some areas.  The region, he noted, is continuously monitoring the communities in the South Rupununi, particularly since 31 of the villages have had their access cut off due to the floodwaters.  However, he said that he remains hopeful that the water would recede by this evening.“Yesterday (Thursday) we got scared because the water was coming in so rapidly, but thank God, this morning (Friday) the water stopped coming in.  What is happening is that it is going and coming.  In the forecast from Brazil, there is rain for the next couple of days, and we have a back-up of the waters in the rivers over there into the Takutu. Currently, we cannot access Karasabai by road, and even when you go by boat, you have to wade through waist-high water to get into the village; so they are totally cut off.  The South villages, 31 villages in total, have been cut off.  Nothing can go in or come out so far, but the water is receding and I hope to hear positive news,” Allicock said.The CDC continues to monitor the situation in the region, and will provide support as it becomes necessary.last_img read more

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Pembina announces pipeline expansion

first_imgIt will include the construction of 160 kilometers of pipeline which will parallel Pembina’s Blueberry pipeline system northwest of Taylor to the Highway/Blair Creek area.With a base capacity of up to 75 thousand barrels a day, the pipeline will transport condensate and natural gas liquids to various producers in the Montney resource play.A company spokesman says with significant exploration in that area, its customers are looking for a solution for their liquids production.- Advertisement -Subject to regulatory and environmental approval, the expansion will be brought on-stream sometime between the second and fourth quarters of 2017.last_img

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GAA RESULTS: DONEGAL U-14 SOUTH

first_imgU-14 Div 1 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment05-Aug-2011Aodh Ruadh3 – 112 – 11DungloeAodh Ruadh05-Aug-2011Naomh Mhuire1 – 76 – 7ArdaraNaomh MhuireU-14 Div 2 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment05-Aug-2011Naomh Columba6 – 93 – 7KillybegsNaomh NailleDiv 2 FinalU-14 Div 1 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment03-Aug-2011Na Rossa2 – 152 – 10DungloeNa RossaGAA RESULTS: DONEGAL U-14 SOUTH was last modified: August 7th, 2011 by gregShare 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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GAA NEWS: STEPHEN MCBREARTY IN FINE FORM AS KILCAR EARN POINT AGAINST ST MICHAEL’S

first_imgKilcar GAA News:Our seniors drew 0-14 to 1-11 in their top of the table clash with St Michaels on Sunday both teams were without their county players and along with injury’s we were short 9 first team players but overall a draw was a fair result in a very entertaining match with some great scores from both teams, our scorers were Stephen McBrearty 0-05, Conor Doherty 0-03, Mark Sweeney 0-02, Andrew McClean 0-02, Michael Hegarty 0-01, Declan Gallagher 0-01 while an understrength reserves side were defeated 2-13 to 0-08 next league match is away to St Michaels on Sunday week. Underage Our Under 14s are home to Naomh Brid tonight, Monday at 6:30pm and they are away to Naomh Ultan next Monday (to be confirmed), our under 12s host Na Rossa on Wednesday evening at 6:30 in Towney, our Under 8s took part in a blitz in Fintra last Saturday and enjoyable day was had by all.Armagh v DonegalTickets for the Ulster Championship match away to Armagh will be given out in Towney from 7-8 on Thursday, best of luck to the Donegal team and the players from the club in this match. Club AppWe have 178 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €3,300 this week’s numbers were: 15, 20, 21 and 28 winners were: €50 Evelyn and Marie Boyle (Ballard, Glencolmcille) €30 Brid McDevitt (Drimnafinnagle) and €20 Margaret Cunningham (Kille).  Lotto Plus numbers 1, 8, 16 and 17 there was no winner.Bingo Club Bingo winners were €105 Sadie McShane, €80 Mairead Galalgher (Killybegs), €75 Maria Boyle, €70 Máire McShane, Brendan O’Keeney, Teresa Gallagher, Sally Morrow, Bernie O’Gara, Kate Hargan and Evelyn Boyle. The Jackpot on Sunday is €4,700 on 45 numbers.For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: STEPHEN MCBREARTY IN FINE FORM AS KILCAR EARN POINT AGAINST ST MICHAEL’S was last modified: June 9th, 2015 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)Tags:GAAkilcarNoticesSportlast_img read more

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