Dear Editor,Every year, as Easter approaches, something almost magical happens: bakers throughout Guyana prepare themselves for a particular phenomenon; in my opinion, a mystical phenomenon — the massive demand by Guyanese from all backgrounds for delicious, freshly baked cross-buns.For many years, the original cross-bun recipe has been tweaked in different ways to produce a wide variety of unique Guyanese products. Tips and tricks of cross-buns’ preparation have been handed down from mother to daughter and from father to son over many generations.Individuals and families who don’t have the time or skills to bake their own cross-buns have to place their orders early with their favourite bakers and patisseries. The demand is high; if you wait too late, there’s a good chance that they might be sold out. And there is much debate over what cross- buns taste best, and where they can be bought.Come Good Friday, some people eat only cross-buns, sometimes with cheese, or even peanut butter or jam.While the cross-bun is associated with the Christian observance of Good Friday, Guyanese from all religious backgrounds pursue their share of this delicious treat, which is essentially a sweet bun symbolically marked with a cross. There is a beautiful, silent contract among Guyanese where this, the smooth, rich bun enhanced with dried fruit and spices, is concerned. The contract is to make the bun only for Good Friday.Known as the Easter Bun in some countries, the cross-bun’s history is somewhat blurry. But it is said that a monk made the first one, and marked it with a cross in observance of Good Friday.It is felt that if the bun is consumed bearing in mind the solemnity of the occasion, miracles can occur. Some claim they have seen the Lord, while others claimed they saw the Mother of Christ.The British, in the early days, felt the bun had healing or magical properties.I wish to take this opportunity to recognize the bakers, consumers and all peoples of this country for their wisdom in preserving this recipe, and the fact that they do not use it during any other period of the year other that on Good Friday.We, as a people, also know that good food brings good health and happiness to the human soul and human heart.Whether it’s cross-buns or parsad, black cake or siranie, food is a great tool of unification among people.Respectfully,Roshan Khan Snr
…PSC still before parliamentary committee Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine had said senior ranks in the Force are dwindling; a scenario with direct implications on candidates to take over as Police Commissioner.Acting Police Commissioner David RamnarineHowever, the Government is contending that far from lacking leadership, the Guyana Police Force has a number of competent officers who can take over from Ramnarine, in due course.This assertion was made by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, during a post-Cabinet press briefing. At present, Deputy Commissioner Ramnarine is again serving as the acting Police Commissioner, pending the retirement of the substantive Commissioner Seelall Persaud, next month.“There’s an acting Commissioner right now. And I suppose in the fullness of time, having a look at all the circumstances; the President will make his determination as to a substantive Police Commissioner.”“But I can say to you there are in the Police Force some excellent officers who all can fit the role of Commissioner of Police,” Harmon informed the media. Outgoing Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud recently had a passing out parade in his honour. The parade was held under a cloud of controversy; however, as ahead of the ceremony the State media published a damaging report on the veteran officer.It was reported in the State’s newspaper that Persaud, on January 29, 2018, responded to an application previously made in his name, approving his business – Professional Outdoors Supplies – as a registered firearms dealer. Reports revealed that the outgoing Top Cop granted approval for two-gun licences for a 9mm Pistol and 12, 16 or 20-gauge pump-action shotguns.Asked whether it was ethical for him to make this move just a few weeks before his retirement, the outgoing Commissioner had pointed out that the business would have only become operationalised in May, after his retirement. Steps have since been taken to have the dealership licence revoked.Police Service CommissionWhen Ramnarine had informed the media that the number of senior ranks within the Force was dwindling, he had stressed that the reconstitution of the Police Services Commission was being eagerly awaited. This is so that 2017 promotions can go ahead. On the matter of the Police Service Commission, Harmon noted that the matter was still at the National Assembly.“The Police Service Commission is still at the National Assembly. There are recommendations to be made to his Excellency, the President. I believe that the committee (of Appointments) which is chaired by (Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George) Norton has met.”“They are required to make their submissions to the National Assembly and then those recommendations come to the President. We have urged that the National Assembly give this more attention so that we can have the commission constituted in the shortest possible time. It is very important that we have that commission.”The life of the last Police Service Commission came to an end in September 2017 and there have since been calls for its reconstitution. In fact, concerns were further raised after there were no promotions of senior officers last year.New members of the Police Service Commission have already been selected but they are yet to be formally appointed. It was in January of 2018 that Ramnarine had called for the body to be put in operation as soon as possible.Before the life of the last Police Service Commission ended back in September 2017, President David Granger had ordered in July of that year that it put a hold on the promotion of senior ranks.Though that order was followed, the courts later determined that it was illegal for the President to direct the autonomous Commission. The Police Force promoted 204 junior ranks last year.
– lagging behind Jamaica, other countries in effective investigationsThe Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB’s) recently released report — ‘Smart Spending on Citizen Security, Beyond Crime and Punishment’ — is warning that the latest statistics on Guyana’s crime fighting show that the Guyana Police Force has a below-average capacity to speedily tackle crime.Last year, a state-of-the-art 911 emergency system was commissioned as part of the reform of the security sectorThis IDB report compares the various security capacities of different countries in the region. In statistics that detail countries’ capacity to apprehend suspects and process and sanction without undue delay, Guyana’s 32 per cent capacity to effectively investigate and 42 per cent capacity to speedily prosecute is ranked behind Suriname, Barbados, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Saint Lucia, and Saint Kitts and Nevis as at 2017. The statistics particularly show that the aforementioned countries, including Jamaica, carry out more effective investigations than Guyana does.However, Guyana ranks better than several countries, including Venezuela, Bolivia, the Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.While the report’s statistics show that Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil and Panama are marginally better than Guyana at investigating crime, Guyana is better rated when it comes to the judicial aspect of dealing with criminals.“High levels of (crime) are related to the low capacity to apprehend and prosecute offenders (effective investigation), as well as to judge and sanction the accused (effective adjudication). The average of both for the region is a startlingly low 38 per cent, compared to the United States (74 per cent) or Spain (70 per cent). Again, this measure varies widely in the region,” the report notes.The Guyana Police Force (GPF) had disclosed in June of this year that while serious crime statistics were showing reductions, there had been an increase in robbery under arms and rape cases compared to last year’s corresponding period.The statistics from January to May month-end show a seven per cent increase in robbery under arms, an eight per cent increase in robberies where no instruments were used, and a four per cent increase in rape cases. Robberies were up by three per cent.According to the GPF, serious crimes have decreased by seven per cent, and there was a 23 per cent decrease in murder, with a total of 36 murders recorded in 2018. Of these murders, 17 stemmed from disorderly circumstances, nine resulted from domestic causes, seven were robbery-related, and three were labelled as unknown.In addition, there was a 28 per cent decrease in robbery under arms wherein an instrument other than a firearm was used, a 34 per cent decrease in larceny, and a three per cent increase in burglary.The Police also recorded a total of 55 firearms being taken off the streets so far for this year, as compared to 64 for the corresponding period last year. Most of the guns seized were pistols – 33 in total. Most of them – 27 – were reportedly confiscated by ‘A’ Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) ranks.Government has been vocal on the need to reform Guyana’s security agencies, and under the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP), has been making efforts to effect changes.There has been talk of plans to construct a command centre and victim-friendly police stations. And there have been initiatives like the commissioning of a state-of-the-art 911 emergency call system at Brickdam last year.In January, British Security Expert Colonel Russel Combe had handed over to President David Granger a number of recommendations for security reform, with special focus on reforms within the Guyana Police Force. But the report has since never been released to the public.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Mesut Ozil wants to quit Arsenal in January and the Gunners are ready to do business. Bayern Munich are lining up a bid of around £30million for Ozil, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid last summer for a club record £42.5m. (Daily Mail)Barcelona are ready to offer Spanish forward Pedro a new contract – to stop Arsenal going back for him. (Daily Mirror)Lionel Messi’s run-in with the Spanish tax man could see him leave Barcelona. Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring the Argentine’s current complicated situation. (Daily Mail)Louis van Gaal is ready to use Juan Mata as bait in his bid to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal. (Daily Star)Real Madrid are lining up a £25m move to make David De Gea their new long-term goalkeeper. Iker Casillas is under mounting pressure and the Spanish giants want to bring in a successor – with the Manchester United man in their sights. (Daily Mirror)Dani Alves wants £250,000-a-week to play in the Premier League next season. Manchester United have been linked with the Barcelona full-back. (Daily Star)Petr Cech is a target for several top clubs in the transfer window but favours a move to Paris Saint-Germain. (Daily Mail)Liverpool are close to agreeing a £9million deal to bring MK Dons wonderkid Dele Alli to Anfield. (Daily Express)Liverpool are also on the trail of Fabio Sturgeon. Midfielder Sturgeon, 20, plays for top-flight Belenenses and the Reds have scouted him several times this term. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are watching Toulouse goalscoring sensation Wissam Ben Yedder. Ben Yedder, 24, has been prolific for Toulouse in the past two seasons and could be available for around £5m. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Taarabt still fighting for his QPR futureReports – Arsenal and Tottenham to battle it out for Fenerbahce hotshotKhan has ripped the heart out of Fulham, slams SchwarzerEverton and Southampton keeping tabs on unsettled Juventus aceReading reject chance to sign former AC Milan defenderArsenal lining up January swoop on Ipswich for young defenderMan United to pounce for Dutch World Cup star?Exclusive – Davies blasts Freedman’s reign as Bolton boss and backs Lennon to lift morale
Steve Garrigan from Kodaline will be at the Mt Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny this FridayDANNY O’CARROLL’S bid to raise EVEN MORE money for local charities has been given a huge boost – his online call to action is 90 per cent towards a €15,000 target.A host of celebrities begin arriving in Donegal tomorrow for Friday’s golf classic at Rosapenna and charity dinner at the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday evening.But Danny – who plays Buster in Mrs Brown’s Boys – also went on to the justgiving.com site in a bid to raise more money for two separate worthy causes, Pieta House and Louise James who lost five members of her family in the Buncrana pier tragedy. Last night the online fund had reached an incredible €13,522 of the €15,000 target.“The response has been overwhelming,” Danny told Donegal Daily.“I’m really looking forward to Friday because the events will raise lots of money for two great causes.“The online money is a real bonus and it would be fantastic if Donegal Daily readers could help us get it to the target.” He also revealed that Shane Lowry has donated the golf ball he hit to land the hole-in-one at the US Masters last month towards the charity auction at the Mount Errigal.Friday’s line-up of stars who will act as waiters for guests at the gala dinner at the Mount Errigal Hotel includes Pat Shields from Mrs Browns Boys, Dermot O’Neill, Mrs Browns Boys, Paddy Houlihan, Mrs Browns Boys, Jeremy Kyle, TV presenter, Steve Garrigan, lead singer from top Irish band Kodaline, Laurance Kinlin (Love/Hate) Jason McAteer (ex-footballer) Shane Burn (ex-Rugby player) Ronnie Whelan (ex-footballer) Stephen Hunt (footballer) Noel Hunt (footballer) Peter Odemwinge (footballer) Jason Quigley (boxer) Paddy Wallace (ex-Rugby player) Diana Bunici (TV presenter/Writer) and Mundy will be coming to sing a few songs.It promises to be a great night – it will help Louise James and also help Pieta House establish an outreach centre in County Donegal. BUSTER’S INCREDIBLE ONLINE CHARITY CASH BID CLOSES IN ON €15,000 TARGET was last modified: May 18th, 2016 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:charity dinnercharity golfDanny O’CarrollMount Errigal HotelMrs Brown’s Boys
RAPHOE 5K NEW YEAR FUN RUN – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: January 1st, 2015 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:Raphoe 5k
A Judge has said he finds it “extraordinary” that speeding fines are not being received by people in the post across Co Donegal.Judge Paul Kelly was speaking after he was forced to dismiss a number of fines after motorists said they had not received them.This is the third such time that Judge Kelly has been forced to dismiss a series of summonses in recent weeks. A number of summonses issued by the new GoSafe speed operators were dismissed recently after it was revealed they were sent by ordinary post and there was no evidence of them arriving at people’s homes.Judge Kelly said he had his own suspicions about missing post.However because there is no record the summonses had arrived at people’s home, he said he could not safely proceed with a case.“It is extraordinary that there is a difficulty with the post in this area. But because there is no evidence of any post, I have no option but to strike these cases out.“There is a gap in the chain in these cases unfortunately. I would be very surprised about this level of missing post.“I have my own suspicions about these matters. I feel the State should prove its case properly and that is not a criticism of the Gardai locally.“These are serious cases which could see people receive four penalty points and tip them over the edge.“But the system has flaws which need to be ironed out,” he said.Gardai told the court that unless a fine is paid in the required time-frame, they can only assume the summonses have been sent out.Judge Kelly said he had no option but to dismiss the cases at today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court despite Gardai giving evidence of operating mobile speed patrols.EndsJUDGE SUSPICIOUS ABOUT SPEEDING FINES NOT BEING RECEIVED IN POST IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 5th, 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:dismissedJudge Paul Kellypostspeeding fines
BREAKING NEWS: An elderly man has been killed in a tragic accident in Ballybofey today.Gardai are at the scene of the tragedy.The man, who was in his mid 70s, was killed while he was working on a car at Glencovitt.It is understood the man died after the car came down on top of him while he was working beneath it. Locals say the man, who has a grown-up family, was discovered by his son who also works alongside him.Gardai and the emergency services are at the scene.The Health and Safety Authority have also been informed of the tragedy and are expected to launch a full investigation into the incident.The man has been named locally but his name is not being officially released until all relatives are informed. We will bring you more details on this story as it develops. MAN KILLED AFTER CAR COLLAPSES ON HIM was last modified: May 1st, 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:accidentBallybofeycardonegalfellGardai
A very successful fun day was held by Raphoe Town FC at their new playing fields outside of the town.Hundreds of people turned out for the day….Joe Boland from NorthWest NewsPix was there. PICTURE SPECIAL: FUN DAY AT RAPHOE TOWN FC’S NEW PITCH was last modified: September 13th, 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:Football Clubfun dayRaphoe Town
Sinn Féin Deputy Pearse Doherty has repeated his criticism of the Government over its ‘bare-faced lies’ on the future of St Joseph’s and Ramelton Community Hospitals.Speaking to Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly, Deputy Doherty raised the issued of the government’s failure to approve the capital funding required to redevelopment St Joseph’s and Ramelton Community Hospitals.The Donegal T.D. accused the government of acting in ‘bad faith’ and of ‘drip-feeding misinformation’ to both communities over the projects before condemning the fact that neither hospital has yet been allocated funding under the HSE Capital Plan. He criticised the HSE of “squandering money” on minor upgrades in at Ramelton and Stranorlar to ensure both units adhere to HIQA standards by 2021, while funding that was promised for their redevelopment has not materialised.Video via @PearseDohertyTDSpeaking in the Dáil yesterday, Pearse Doherty TD said: “Minister Daly you sat with myself and other Deputies as well as the hospitals committee members who travelled a long distance from Donegal to come to the Oireachtas on 7th November last and you told us, along with Department officials, that these projects were going ahead.“You told us that there would be detailed design for these projects by 2019 and they would go to planning in early 2020 and that there would need to be sequencing in terms of patient transferring to Letterkenny while these works were ongoing – yet that is not happening. “Your promise has been broken and there is deep suspicion in the communities involved over what government has told them because of this and because you have not given the go ahead for these projects to commence.”Following the heated debate, Deputy Doherty is now urging the Government to change tack and to immediately sanction the finance required to proceed with the redevelopment plans and secure the long term future of the hospitals.Watch: Doherty slams Minister over broken promises on Community Hospitals was last modified: July 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:COMMUNITY HOSPITALSPearse Doherty TD