first_img– calls for ability to reassign boundaries to be transferredFollowing the recent restructuring of 14 Local Government Areas by the Communities Minister, a People’s Progressive Party Commissioner at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is recommending that the power to do so henceforth reside with the commission.According to PPP Commissioner Robeson Benn in a statement on Tuesday, Minister Ronald Bulkan’s actions raise key questions, which include whether the Commission can afford to stand aside and do nothing. According to Benn, the Commission cannot, and he therefore proposes that the issue of re-districting andGECOM Commissioner Robeson BennGECOM’s role be put on the agenda.“There was a perception that with impending/upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) 2018, efforts were underway to redraw the electoral map in favour of the ruling or incumbent party, resulting in a distortion of the political intent of the voters of an LAA and a reduction in fair representation of electors,” Benn wrote.“Since gerrymandering is done with the intent of maximising supporters’ votes while minimising those votes of an opponent, it is partisan, and therefore undemocratic and abhorrent.  Moreover, and worst yet, the decisions and actions arising out of the installation of a gerrymandered Council are mostly likely to be unrepresentative and despotic, posing risks to the governance of the area and the body politic concerned.”Benn recommended that GECOM be assigned the role of determining elections’ boundaries. He also advocated a name change for the entity… to the Guyana Elections and Boundary Commission (GEBC)“GECOM, as a Constitutional Commission, cannot afford to continue to (be subject to) allegations of lack of transparency, or as ‘the poodle’ of the incumbent in power – whichever party that incumbent may personify.”“GECOM, also, should not continue to be exposed to litigation risks, directly or joined, in relation to simple, avoidable, and transparent practices which enhance its role as the electoral body. It is already embroiled in controversies related to the 2015 National Elections and the Ganga Persaud Petition to those elections,” Benn reminded.In June of this year, an order to remove constituencies from 14 areas was gazetted at the behest of Bulkan. Since Local Government Elections are fast approaching, the Opposition has since accused the Government of gerrymandering. It is something Bulkan has denied.“We are very concerned with attempts to tamper with the (Neighbourhood Democratic Council’s) NDC’s Local Government bodies to gerrymander boundaries to suit (A Partnership for National Unity) APNU,” Opposition LeaderCommunities Minister Ronald BulkanBharrat Jagdeo had said at a previous press conference.“They want to gerrymander the boundaries by splitting an NDC like that, creating two new NDCs so they can win in these areas. That is what is happening now because they fear another crushing defeat,” he had added.The creation of the new towns and NDCs was said to be part of the Administration’s policy and vision of fostering national development via regional and local empowerment, given Central Government’s stated commitment to a philosophy of decentralised governance; but the PPP thinks otherwise.The APNU/AFC suffered a crushing defeat in 2015 at LGE when the PPP received 30,000 more votes than both parties. The PPP also won 48 of the 65 NDCs and tied in seven others. In summary, the party won or tied with 55 of the 65 areas that were contested. They also won three towns, except for the newly created ones.last_img read more

first_imgA staff member at Letterkenny General Hospital has been suspended following allegations that a child was physically assaulted.A full investigation has been launched at Letterkenny General Hospital.The alleged incident, which happened in recent days, has sparked a full investigation at the hospital.Health bosses have confirmed to Donegal Daily that an incident is being investigated but are refusing to divulge specific details of the incident. However it is understood a medic has been suspended after it was alleged that she struck a four year old child.It is understood the incident was witnessed by one of the child’s parents.The matter was then reported to hospital management who took immediate action against the medic.A spokesman for the hospital (part of the West/North Hospitals Group) confirmed it is investigating a “trust in care” incident. “Letterkenny General Hospital (part of the West/North West Hospitals Group) is investigating a “Trust in care” incident concerning a child who was attending the hospital, accompanied by its parent.“Letterkenny General Hospital is guided by two policies when dealing with such incidents.“The “Children First” policy states that the key principles informing best practice are that the welfare of children is of paramount importance and that all personnel and health professionals, irrespective of the position held within the organisation, have a responsibility towards child protection and welfare.”The spokesman said the “Trust in Care” policy aims to ensure any allegations or complaints against a member of staff are thoroughly investigated.This policy states that, “at an appropriate stage in the process, management should take whatever protective measures are necessary to ensure that no patient/client or staff member is exposed to unacceptable risk. “These protective measures are not disciplinary measures and may include putting the staff member off duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.”The spokesman added that in the interests of fairness and to ensure due process, the nature of any investigation is not discussed with third parties not associated with the alleged incident.A statement from the West/North West Hospitals Group said the matter may be referred to Gardai if appropriate.“When the results of the investigation are known, appropriate action is taken, up to and including disciplinary action and, where appropriate, the reporting of the incident to external authorities.” HOSPITAL WORKER SUSPENDED AFTER CHILD ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED was last modified: November 5th, 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:assaultinvestigationLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

first_img Halloween is the perfect time of year for all things spooky. There are horror flicks to binge-watch, Edgar Allan Poe stories to read, and of course great debates on whether ghosts are real or products of our imagination. With paranormal interest on the rise, people want to know if things exist beyond our physical world. According to the 2017 Chapman University Survey of American Fears, 52.3 percent of respondents believe that places can be haunted by spirits. Plus, with the popularity of shows like Ghost Adventures and Haunted Towns, paranormal technology equipment has helped us better understand electromagnetic fields, radio frequency, and other factors that might contribute to specter sightings. Curious about spirits? You don’t have to go to the extremes to catch up on eerie folklore. For the ultimate Halloween experience, pack up your suitcase and spend the night at one of America’s creepiest hotels. These structures are said to be hotbeds for paranormal activity, considering some past guests haven’t really “checked out” yet. From bedside visits to phantom gatherings, these historic hotels don’t come short on ghostly happenings.Gettysburg Hotel Stay on target The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Even though the Confederate and Union armies are long gone, their ghosts are still said to haunt many local landmarks, including the Gettysburg Hotel. The building, which was used as a spot to tend to wounded soldiers, is said to be haunted by Union soldier James Culbertson. Rachel, another specter, is said to make her rounds on the property as well. While we don’t know her story, it’s possible she was a Civil War nurse involved in caretaking soldiers there. Book Here Copper Queen Hotel Salem already has a creepy reputation, and the Hawthorne Hotel adds to the town’s mysterious folklore. It is said that this building is very haunted, with reports of the most activity occurring in room 325 and room 612. Visitors have heard babies crying at night, things have moved without an explanation, and there have been reports of spirits walking up and down the halls.Book HereMore on Halloween:20 Creepy Vintage Halloween PhotosThe Terror Lurking Around Halloween Horror Nights 28Zombie Makeup Tutorial: How to Look ‘Undead’ This Halloween Remember the beautiful setting of The Shining? Well, you can stay at The Stanley Hotel, the place that inspired author Stephen King to craft the legendary horror story. The hotel isn’t clandestine about their ghostly guests either. You can go on a Night Spirit Tour to learn more about its paranormal activity, including spirits of a former maid and the hotel’s founder, Flora Stanley.Book HereHawthorne Hotel Chicago isn’t only known for its deep-dish pizza, sports culture, and windy weather. The city is also home to some of the most haunted buildings in the U.S. If you’re “dying” to visit, book your vacation stay at the Congress Plaza Hotel. This historic landmark is home to ghostly bridesmaids, floating hands in walls, and a room on the 12th floor that’s padlocked because of its reported paranormal activity.Book HereDriskill Hotel Charleston is home to the Francis Marion Hotel, a gorgeous southern building with all the hospitality perks. The pretty landmark though is allegedly the site of many ghosts, including a Yankee gentleman Ned Cohen. According to local legend, Cohen fell in love with a southern woman, but their relationship didn’t work out due to conflicting views. Distraught, Cohen ended his life at the hotel and he’s reportedly still seen there today. Windows have rattled for no reason and people have felt someone caressing their cheeks at night.Book HereThe Stanley Hotel Most hotels don’t hype up paranormal activity, but the Crescent Hotel and Spa embraces its status as one of the creepiest and most haunted landmarks in the U.S.  It previously served as a lavish retreat for wealthy southerners, a women’s college, and a hospital for cancer patients. With all the change over the years, it’s no question that ghostly sightings might frequently happen. Take a Crescent Ghost Tour at night to learn more about the property’s history, haunts, and unique past.Book HereCongress Plaza Hotel Glamour still lives on at The Hollywood Roosevelt, which used to be a popular hub for movie stars from the ’30s to the ’60s. The hotel’s famous guest roster includes Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift. Even though these starlets passed away years ago, some still spend time in their favorite rooms. People have reported an apparition of Clift outside room 928, while Monroe’s reflection is said to appear in one of the hotel mirrors.Book HereHotel Pennsylvania Built in 1919, Hotel Pennsylvania has hosted Big Apple visitors for nearly 100 years. The hotel’s proximity to Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, and other urban landmarks make it a popular place to spend the night, but it’s also allegedly haunted. Witness accounts described shadow apparitions over their beds and unexplainable noises coming from the hallways. It’s also the place where Frank Olson, a U.S. Army bacteriologist, mysteriously died in the early 1950s.Book HereCrescent Hotel and Spa Ghost towns, saloons, and mining might be memories of the old Wild West, but the Copper Queen Hotel gives you a glimpse of what life was like at the time. Along with the vintage decor, this lodging spot is visited by long-gone guests. Julia Lowell, a former lady of the light, is one of the most famous ghosts there. Sadly Lowell died of a broken heart on site, but her presence is felt by visitors throughout the hotel. If you want to learn more about Julia and her time at the hotel, you can stay in a special room named after her.Book HereThe Hollywood Roosevelt What if your spooky rooms inspired a rock song? Well, that’s what happened for The Driskill. Concrete Blonde, a band from the ’80s and ’90s, named one of their songs after ghostly encounters at the building. Dubbed “Ghost of a Texas Ladies Man,” it tells the story of a hotel guest that’s unfazed by a cowboy apparition haunting his space. We’ll keep the lights on now.Book HereFrancis Marion Hotel Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Becomes Universal Halloween Horror MazeLife-Sized Jabba the Hutt For Sale on Craigslist for $100 last_img read more