Jagdeo in favour of non-custodial sentences for small quantities of marijuana

first_img– says APNU and AFC divided on issue; accuses AFC of being ‘opportunistic’Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has thrown his support for custodial sentences for small quantities of marijuana to be removed from the law books in its entirety, but maintained that he is not in favour of the legalisation of marijuana for commercial purposes.Jagdeo made this announcement on Thursday during his weekly press conference at his Church Street, Georgetown office. He reminded that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has made a commitment to support a ‘conscience vote’ should the matter come up for a vote in the National Assembly.“To send somebody, a young person or even an older person…to jail for less than a quarter ounce of marijuana for three years, when we have people who are traffickers, and we have people growing large quantities of marijuana, becauseOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeothey have money they get off from the system,” he explained.The former President said he is not opposed to having them face some penalty, but he would recommend alternative or non-custodial sentencing such as: community work and rehabilitation. “Sentence them to community work, sentence them to rehabilitation… you don’t want them locked away,” he added.Jagdeo noted that it was not a contentious issue as that of the death penalty and could be resolved.Further, the PPP General Secretary noted that it is clear that the Alliance For Change (AFC) and the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is divided on the issue. Also, the AFC he said, has used the recent sentencing of a father to three years to speak about it, describing the party as opportunistic.For almost three years, the AFC has still not managed to find support from the APNU to support the motion in the name of AFC parliamentarian, Michael Carrington, to move the first reading of the Narcotics Drug and Psychotropic Substances (Control) (Amendment) Bill. The motion to have the first reading of the Bill was tabled since December 10, 2015. The Bill itself has not been made public.Former AFC Chairman Nigel Hughes, with the help of Attorney Mark Waldron, had drafted the bill, which seeks to soften the penalties for marijuana possession. That draft bill stipulates that persons who are found in possession of the drug for personal use would be required to pay a fine of $10,000, or perform community service for a period of time, something that is being widely supported.But Jagdeo also explained that calls for public consultation on this very issue by Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, is just an attempt to delay the issue. He said AFC members in Government are also being pressured by its party members to push for the changes to the marijuana laws. “Their best way to deal with it (division) is to push it off via a call for public consultation,” Jagdeo observed.He said, “This public consultation, I think is to solve the contradiction that they have among themselves.” When questioned as to whether he would support looking into the economic benefits of marijuana, Jagdeo said, “I am not supporting the legalisation of marijuana, growing marijuana, trading marijuana, selling marijuana in Guyana, you go to jail for that sort of thing, that’s our law I am not supporting that.”Minister of State Joseph Harmon has also affirmed that decriminalising the use of this substance is not on its immediate radar. He instead has laid that responsibility at the feet of the Judiciary, stating that the matter of sentencing lies within the purview of the Judiciary.“With respect to decriminalisation of marijuana, that is not a matter that is engaging our immediate attention. What we have (is) a motion in the National Assembly by one of our members about the sentencing policy with regard to marijuana,” he explained.Carrington’s draft legislation intended to reduce the penalties attached to possession of small amounts of marijuana intended for personal use has been pending for a year now in Parliament.While a number of developed countries have acted to decriminalise marijuana, and the movement is gaining momentum worldwide, President David Granger has instead cautioned against buying into practices being embarked upon by developed countries that have the requisite framework in place to support such legislative reforms.The President has made it clear that such reforms are currently not a concern of the Government; and, on a more personal note, has declared that he would not subscribe to the usage of marijuana.According to Guyana’s Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act, once someone has summarily been convicted of possession of any narcotic, that person is liable to be imprisoned – for at least three years and at most five. There is also a fine attached to such conviction.last_img read more

RESULTS: FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAME IN THE BALLYARE 10K

first_imgWAITING FOR THE FIRST RUNNERS HOME AT CARR’S OF THE DIAMONDCITY OF Derry’s star runner Declan Reid won the Ballyare 10k on Friday night with a superb 32.06 – well over two minutes head of his nearest rival.But the finishing time on a tough course which includes a 1k stretch known as Heartbreak Hill was well outside local man Patrick Hegarty’s record.Ivan Toner from Letterkenny AC finished second with Gerard Gallagher from Finn Valley AC in third. Patrick Hegarty himself is still no slouch – finishing in 40:40.Theresa McGloin had a fantastic run, winning the women’s race and finishing 10th overall in a superb time of 36.56.You can watch a video of the start of the race here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/08/24/donegaldaily-tv-video-local-legends-record-still-stands-after-20th-ballyare-10k/ All the results are below:Ballyare 10k 2012 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 187 32.06 Declan Reid SM City Of Derry2 217 34.44 Ivan Toner SM Letterkenny A C 3 236 35.04 Gerard Gallagher SM Finn Valley A C4 221 35.27 Michael Black SM Letterkenny A C5 240 35.32 Sean Mc Gettigan SM Finn Valley A C6 375 36.12 Ciaran Crawford SM Letterkenny A C 7 248 36.13 Noel Diver SM Rosses A.C.8 247 36.54 Seamie Ferry M45 Individual9 220 36.55 Ryan Porter JM Finn Valley A C10 269 36.56 Teresa Mc Gloin SW Finn Valley A C11 193 37.00 Jude O’ Donnell SM Individual12 237 38.18 Hugh Duffy SM Cranford A C13 318 38.30 Conal Mc Cambridge JM North Belfast Harriers14 227 38.57 Joe Gibbons SM Letterkenny A C15 359 39.03 Shane Mc Nulty SM Finn Valley A C16 279 39.41 Fin Begley W40 Individual17 238 39.43 Michael Duffy SM Cranford A C18 352 39.46 Joe Gallgher SM Individual19 189 39.52 Declan Mc Bride SM Individual20 370 40.05 Tom Thompson M40 Finn Valley A C21 244 40.08 John Daly M40 Letterkenny A C22 212 40.11 Raymond Birch SM Individual23 250 40.21 Michael Gallagher M40 Finn Valley A C24 277 40.29 Shiéla Regan SW Letterkenny A C25 228 40.40 Joe Hegarty M45 Finn Valley A C26 198 40.40 Pat Hegarty M50 Finn Valley A C27 226 40.55 Lee Gildea SM Letterkenny A C28 366 41.00 Martin Daly SM Individual29 314 41.04 Patrick Mc Glynn SM Finn Valley A C30 219 41.12 Noleen Porter W45 Finn Valley A C24 August Page 1 of 6 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club31 214 41.18 Collie O’ Donnell M40 Letterkenny A C32 243 41.21 Hugo Daly SM Individual33 246 41.23 Kevin Toner M60 Letterkenny A C34 211 41.26 Luke Daly SM Individual35 282 41.37 Paul Murray SM Letterkenny A C36 224 41.38 Michael Burke SM Individual37 225 41.46 Garvin Mc Closkey M45 Letterkenny A C38 233 41.53 Adrian Mc Gettigan SM 24/7 Triathlon39 312 41.58 Denis Shields M40 24/7 Triathlon40 194 42.00 Raymond Mc Gaughey M40 Individual41 176 42.01 Oisin Sweeney JM Individual42 180 42.02 Hugh Coll SM Individual43 270 42.11 Brendan Irwin SM Finn Valley A C44 209 42.29 Bary Daly SM Individual45 301 42.57 Gerard Mullen SM Letterkenny A C46 195 43.02 John O’ Doherty M40 Individual47 206 43.10 Michael Mc Nulty M40 Individual48 249 43.11 Marie Boyle SW Letterkenny A C49 361 43.16 Conal Mc Taggart SM Individual50 257 43.17 Darren Price SM Individual51 324 43.41 Paul Mc Gettigan SM Individual52 304 43.46 Kenny Graham M40 Individual53 371 43.58 Paul Caterson SM Individual54 254 44.01 Kevin Kiely M50 Letterkenny A C55 255 44.17 Conor Mc Gonagle M40 Finn Valley A C56 308 44.19 Martin Anderson M45 Finn Valley A C57 204 44.20 James Gibbons M50 Finn Valley A C58 356 44.55 Philip Boyle M40 Letterkenny A C59 373 45.09 Curley Coyle SM Individual60 218 45.17 Noreen Bonner W50 Finn Valley A C61 171 45.30 Martin Mc Ginley M45 Individual62 377 45.42 Gavin Hunter SM Individual24 August Page 2 of 6 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club63 210 45.43 Damien Daly SM Individual64 363 46.02 Garvin Patterson SM Individual65 200 46.03 Joseph Casey M45 Individual66 362 46.10 Paul Lee M45 Individual67 205 46.11 Sylvester Hienstra M40 Individual68 306 46.13 Marin Mc Garvey M40 Individual69 353 46.20 Sean O’ Leary M50 Finn Valley A C70 310 46.20 Liam Mc Ginty M45 Finn Valley A C71 355 46.31 Grace Friel W45 Individual72 197 46.33 Hugh O’ Donnell M50 Individual73 350 46.34 Seamus Cannon M50 Individual74 354 46.34 Paul Friel M45 Individual75 259 46.36 Paddy Hannigan M45 Individual76 376 46.44 Brona O Gara SW 24/7 Triathlon77 280 46.45 Adain Mc Kenna M40 Letterkenny A C78 229 46.46 Gloria Donaghy W50 Finn Valley A C79 268 46.59 Helen Mc Cready SW Rosses A.C.80 303 47.01 Liam O’ Grady M40 Individual81 378 47.11 Deirdre Diver SW Rosses A.C.82 307 47.22 Mary Hippsley W40 Finn Valley A C83 309 47.27 Sharon Black W35 Individual84 323 47.30 Hugh Doyle SM Individual85 311 47.31 Paddy Gaffey SM Individual86 202 47.54 James Doherty M60 Individual87 319 47.56 Ita Mc Cambridge W50 North Belfast Harriers88 271 48.02 Fancis Diver M45 Individual89 260 48.03 Paul Skinnader M45 Individual90 256 48.05 Maria Mc Gonagle W35 Finn Valley A C91 186 48.26 James Whoriskey M40 Individual92 232 48.27 Kieran Doherty SM Individual93 261 48.31 Oisin Skinader JM Individual94 179 48.36 Caroline Boyle W35 Individual24 August Page 3 of 6 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club95 199 48.53 Ciaran Friel SM Individual96 372 49.05 Brian Hegarty SM Individual97 276 49.06 Ronan Walsh M40 Raheney Shamrocks98 302 49.11 Maura O’ Grady W45 Individual99 231 49.21 Derek Brennan SM Finn Valley A C100 327 49.26 Daniel Carr SM Letterkenny A C101 241 49.33 Rusell Love JM Individual102 213 49.41 Cathal Roarty M45 Letterkenny A C103 316 49.47 Gerry Durning M50 Individual104 358 49.51 Johnathon Scanlan SM Individual105 174 49.57 Joe Boyce SM Individual106 284 50.00 Paul Wilkinson SM Finn Valley A C107 381 50.02 Nancy Mc Name W45 Finn Valley A C108 192 50.05 Eddie Mc Fadden M50 Individual109 325 50.08 Amanda Mc Nulty W35 Letterkenny A C110 273 50.15 John Carr SM Individual111 251 50.22 Paula Curran SW Individual112 196 50.25 Jim Hynes M60 Finn Valley A C113 379 50.43 Cornelius Mc Mullen M40 Individual114 283 50.45 Debbie Houston W40 Individual115 274 50.51 Joe Coyle SM Individual116 203 51.02 Tommy Hill M45 24/7 Triathlon117 173 51.12 Joe Mc Daid M40 Individual118 360 51.16 Ciaran Gallagher M40 Individual119 317 51.16 Eamonn Mc Cahill M40 Individual120 208 51.28 Cathy Harvey W45 Individual121 266 51.39 Nat Doherty M40 Individual122 234 51.53 Viona Coyle W35 Individual123 321 52.19 Eamonn Mc Cambridge SM North Belfast Harriers124 175 52.21 Pauline Sweeney W40 Individual125 258 52.24 Joe English M50 Letterkenny A C126 368 52.29 Patrica Nulty W40 Milford A C24 August Page 4 of 6 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club127 230 52.38 Ruth Mc Crudden W45 Individual128 181 52.50 Graham Sterritt SM Individual129 351 52.54 Amy Murray SW Individual130 185 53.00 Rosemary Mc Gee W45 Individual131 365 53.01 Damien Mcc Bride SM Individual132 374 53.15 Michael Mc Cormick SM Individual133 315 53.29 Patrick Mc Gettigan SM Individual134 367 53.31 Barry Browne SM Milford A C135 190 53.55 Sean Mc Bride SM Individual136 329 54.30 Vincent Mc Laughlin M50 Individual137 235 54.32 Owen Hegarty SM Individual138 178 54.38 Catroina Boyle W35 Individual139 369 54.54 Fiona Wasson W35 Individual140 207 55.39 Niall Cranney M40 Individual141 281 55.48 Mary Vanruiven SW Individual142 285 55.49 Joseph Bliss SM Individual143 380 56.11 Liz Gallagher W40 Individual144 275 56.11 Jakie Barret W45 Individual145 191 56.13 Tomy Naughton SM Individual146 177 57.02 Loraine Kerr W45 Individual147 242 57.18 Graeme Love JM Individual148 188 57.19 Mary Martin W50 Finn Valley A C149 245 57.20 Declan Friel SM Milford A C150 330 57.28 Sinead Black W35 Milford A C151 382 57.42 Zara Herron SW Individual152 322 58.01 Fiona Blanney W40 Milford A C153 364 58.05 Paul Ryan SM Milford A C154 239 58.05 Agnes Ryan W35 Milford A C155 252 59.27 Christine Chambers SW Individual156 184 59.44 Roseleen Ford W40 Individual157 223 60.41 Conor Ferguson SM Individual158 183 60.52 Mary Doherty W40 Individual24 August Page 5 of 6 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club159 216 61.10 Patrica Peoples W35 Individual160 172 61.24 Ann Tinney W45 Individual161 326 61.45 Brenda Walsh W40 Individual162 201 62.28 Ann Doherty W50 Individual163 215 62.38 Pauline Gallagher W50 Individual164 267 63.27 Siobhan Byrne W50 Finn Valley A C165 278 63.27 Yvonne O’ Donnell SW Individual166 305 64.14 Sinead Collins W35 Finn Valley A C167 357 64.43 Rosanna Byrne SW Individual168 182 64.55 Brenda O’ Neill W40 Individual169 328 68.12 Kerrie Ann Coyle SW Individual170 253 70.41 Louise Duffy SW Individual171 313 70.51 Anita Donnelly SW Individual172 272 70.53 Linda Harkin SW IndividualTotal Runners: 17224 August Page 6 of 6bRESULTS: FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAME IN THE BALLYARE 10K was last modified: August 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:RESULTS: FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAME IN THE BALLYARE 10Klast_img read more

Old Peruvian favorite still satisfies

first_imgAlready tipsy, we started with the typical raw seafood dish, Tiradito. Prepared with thick slices of sea bass doused in lemon juice and yellow pepper sauce, this chilled appetizer was a perfect launching point. The fish was salty and soft, balanced out with a smattering of crunchy corn and a kick of cilantro.Next we chose what the menu called “shrimp stuffed avocado,” but what would be more accurately described as “shrimp and avocado in sauce.”  Though misleading and not really in-step with traditional recipes, the deliciousness of the warm, creamy sauce made up for the misnomer.While the appetizers were delicious, nothing could have prepared us for the main attraction. Our waiter brought out the seafood-packed Parrillada Macchu Picchu in flaming glory – literally, it was on fire – and I could feel my stomach begin to stretch at the site of its sheer mass.The Parillada is a no-frills kind of meal, but a fancy presentation isn’t really necessary with a colossal mountain of seafood and grilled meat: The taste does the talking. The amount and variety of sea souls on the platter were almost too numerous to name. The shrimp were huge, the potatoes were crispy and the octopus and calamari were an ideal amalgam of spongy and juicy.  At the bottom of the platter, the sea bass seemed to soak up all of the juices from the top layer, leaving a deliciously soggy filet. The steak and chicken also did not disappoint, making the perfect compliment to the heaps of seafood.With the massiveness of our main course, we were unable to find even a shred of space for dessert. But for those who opt for a more reasonably-sized entrée selection, Macchu Picchu has several Peruvian desserts, including one of the nation’s favorites: a caramel-like merengue called suspiro limeño.Dessert or no, the heaping portions at Macchu Picchu are sure to put you into a food coma, but no need to worry. The restaurant’s friendly staff will be happy to call you a taxi, and the front entryway alpaca will be there to see you out. Facebook Comments Macchu Picchu’s Tiradito, a traditional dish prepared with raw sea bass, corn, parsley and cilantro in lemon juice and a yellow pepper sauce. Lindsay Fendt If your daily dose of rice and beans is getting old, maybe its time to set your sites south of the equator for some authentic Peruvian cuisine at the long-time San José favorite, Machu Picchu.To kick off the gastronomic journey, patrons at Machu Picchu are greeted at the door by a giant stuffed-animal alpaca, but don’t let its soft fur and general adorableness distract you. The real Peruvian flavor is further inside.Machu Picchu offers pretty much everything in the way of traditional Peruvian food.  The menu is chalk full of seafood, corn and plenty of potatoes. The drink menu also offers the imported Cuzqueña beer as well as the all-popular Peruvian cocktail, pisco sour. Made from grape brandy, bitters, egg whites and just a touch of cinnamon, Macchu Picchu’s pisco sour packs a punch. The tart and foamy drink goes down easy, and if you’re not careful you might find that you’ve finished your giant glass before the appetizers even arrive. No related posts.last_img read more