– says he does not comment on things people saySpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland on Monday refused to respond to comments made by former House Speaker Ralph Ramkarran on his decision to disallow questions raised by the parliamentarySpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandOpposition on pardoned prisoners.Dr Scotland is currently facing criticism from both the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and, more recently, Ramkarran on the decision he took last week, to disallow questions raised by PPP Executive Member Anil Nandall.Last week, the Speaker, through the Clerk of the National Assembly, informed Nandlall that his question regarding details on prisoners President David Granger has or intends to release, could not be allowed as those questions were “an abuse of the right of questioning”.The Speaker came under fire from the parliamentary Opposition, particularly its leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, and Nandlall. Jagdeo said the Speaker was operating in favour of the Government.Dr Scotland on Monday, however, made it plain to Guyana Times that while he was Speaker and has the right to speak, he would not respond to the comments and views of anyone.“You know, you should not ask me that here. I would not comment on anyone’s view on anything. I did not read it, I did not read it and even if I did, I would not comment. I do not comment on things anyone says. I don’t comment on political party or anything anyone says,” he told Guyana Times.Former Speaker Ramkarran in his online blog Conversation Tree over the weekend said that while the Speaker was not required to, and did not give any reasons for his ruling, it is customary that they give explanation for their rulings, in order to demonstrate that their decisions were based on rational considerations. This effort was intended to limit allegations of bias.He explained that the Standing Orders did not define what an abuse of the right to question is, but among the 15 rules stated, he singled out Standing Order 20(2) which states that, ” If the Speaker is of the opinion that any Question of which a Member has given notice to the Clerk or which a Member has sought permission to ask without notice, is an abuse of the right of questioning or infringes any of the provisions of this or any other Standing Order, he or she may direct that it be printed or asked with such alterations as he or she may direct; or that the Member concerned be informed that the Question is inadmissible.“The Speaker is, therefore, clearly seeing something that we are not. And the fact that he did not direct any alterations means that he felt that the questions were inadmissible in their entirety,” Ramkarran opined.The Senior Counsel, who served as House Speaker for more than 10 years, said that these issues would never have arisen had President Granger released the names and other particulars of the persons whom he had pardoned in response to questions rightly posed to him.Opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo, addressing a news conference last Wednesday, said his Party, through the National Assembly, has been trying to get the list of names for those persons who were released by President Granger last year. This has not been forthcoming.Some 71 persons, male and female, are said to have been released by the President, since he took office.Jagdeo said while the Head of State has the power to make such decisions, it is still the right of the public to be in the know.
R.C. Welborn, a college student and part-time contractor in Pensacola, Fla., has learned a hard and costly lesson about debit cards. He said he got his first clue about potential pitfalls involving overdraft fees a year ago. At the time, he said, he checked his online bank statement, which showed he had $80 in his checking account. Over the next few days, before his paycheck was deposited, he said, he used his debit card for two gasoline fill-ups, snacks and cigarettes, totaling about $65. About a week and half later, he said, he checked his account again and found overdraft fees of $120, or $20 each on six purchases, although the amount of money in the account was more than the total cost of what he bought. “I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I knew I had money in the bank,” Welborn, 25, recalled. What he did not know was that debit card purchases at a gasoline station sometimes result in what is known as a hold being placed on checking account funds beyond the sale price of the gasoline. He now says he believes a hold resulted in at least six smaller purchases overdrawing the account. In the old days, a bank would have simply denied the debit card charges or notified the consumer there were insufficient funds. Not anymore. “This is a whole new area where customers can overdraft,” said Eric Halperin, lead author of a report by the Center for Responsible Lending, which examined the practice. “We found that almost half of all overdraft fees, which would certainly put it in excess of $4 billion a year, come from debit or ATM cards.” Consumer advocates who study debit cards point to overdraft charges as just one more thing to keep in mind when using the cards for purchases. In recent years, according to a 2004 government study, debit cards have become the payment method of choice when it comes to using plastic for purchases, and as the cards have grown in popularity so have the fees and transaction intricacies that go along with them. “You should approach your debit card with care,” said Jean Ann Fox, director for consumer education with the Consumer Federation of America. “I know some people who don’t even use their debit card anymore.” At the top of the list of things to understand are fees. Debit card transactions were once free, but that is no longer always the case. Consumers might be unaware that some banks charge them a fee when they key in their personal identification number, or PIN, rather than sign for the transaction. Studies have found fees that range from 25 cents a purchase to $1.50; some banks charge a monthly fee for the service. Those fees, which are not disclosed to consumers at the point of sale, became the focus of a Federal Reserve Board study in 2004. Since then it appears the trend has been away from the charges. A survey released by Bankrate.com on March 12 found that a number of large banks have eliminated the charge. “We were shocked to find out that of the 100 banks we surveyed only seven charge a point-of-sale fee for PIN transactions,” said Ellen Cannon, assistant managing editor with Bankrate and author of its Plastic Rap blog exploring things like credit cards and gift cards. “Of those, five are charging per-transaction fees and two charge monthly fees.” These days, however, far more attention is being given to fees banks charge when consumers overdraw using a debit card or by making an ATM withdrawal. A study released by the Center for Responsible Lending in January, which was based on a review of 8,500 overdrafts and an online survey of 2,400 checking account holders, found that debit card purchases and ATM withdrawals prompted 46 percent of so-called overdraft loans being offered by banks. Paper checks were found to cause about a quarter of the loans. Overdraft fees have been going up steadily in recent years, Halperin said, expressing particular concern about overdraft programs or “bounce protection” that banks are providing customers, sometimes without their knowledge. Under the programs, the purchase is covered but the customer is charged a fee — the average found by the center was $34 — every time a purchase exceeds the amount in the account. Halperin said the fees were little more than a high-cost loan on purchases. Consumer advocates said banks had also began to pay out charges from largest to smallest, which can result in the largest charge overdrawing the account and then several more generating fees. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, has introduced legislation in Congress that would require banks to warn customers whenever an ATM or debit card transaction was going to overdraw their account, provide information on the cost of the loan and give them an option on whether to proceed. Nessa Feddis, senior federal counsel for the American Bankers Association, said consumers needed to understand fees attached to debit card transactions and to stay up to date with that information because it changes. As for overdraft fees, she said banks have long covered overdrafts as a convenience to their customers. She said fees were attached to the service to discourage abuses. When it comes to processing transactions, she said, larger amounts are often processed first because they are frequently the most important, for example mortgage, car or insurance payments. She noted that consumers could avoid overdrafts by being diligent in keeping track of their balance. Consumers should keep track of their bank balance, but consumer advocates say the process is more complicated these days. For example, some merchants now process personal checks electronically, almost like a debit card. Additional fees for things like debit card use and foreign transactions may deplete a checking account balance without the consumer’s knowledge. Consumers also should be aware that fraud protection may not be as good with a debit card compared with a credit card. While Visa and MasterCard say they extend their “zero liability” policy on debit card transactions processed on their networks, debit cards are governed under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, which provides less coverage. Under the act, a debit card holder’s liability is capped at $50 if the bank is notified within two business days of the suspected fraud or missing card. Waiting longer may result in liability of $500. And even when the bank does cover the costs of fraudulent transactions, a consumer’s bank account may be without those funds for an extended period while the fraud is being investigated. “There’s a fundamental power difference dealing with a dispute on a credit card and debit card,” Fox said. “With a credit card you can say, I’m not paying this bill until the issue is straightened out.’ With a debit card you’re saying, Please put my grocery money back while you investigate this unauthorized purchase.’” Welborn, who estimated he has paid at least $2,000 in overdraft fees because of the debit card, is much more careful these days. “The quickest way to bankrupt yourself is not knowing what’s going on with your debit card, but if you don’t get a warning when you’re doing it how do you know?” Welborn said. “I won’t touch a debit card anymore. I do everything with cash.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Gary Rowett has dismissed reports linking him to the managerial vacancies at Fulham and Queens Park Rangers and his reaffirmed his commitment to Birmingham City.The 41-year-old has been strongly linked to both jobs in London in recent weeks, following the dismissals of Kit Symons from Craven Cottage and Chris Ramey from Loftus Road earlier this month.But, with the Blues currently in fifth place and on course for a play-off place, Rowett insists he is focussed on the job in hand at St Andrew’s.Speaking to talkSPORT on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, the manager said: “It’s just the usual thing, if your team is doing well you get linked to other clubs. That’s normal and it’s just a sign of success, really.“They’re two excellent jobs with ex-Premier League sides, but I’m extremely focussed on what we’re trying to do at Birmingham City.“I actually think we’ve underperformed a little bit over the last three or four weeks, so I’m just focussed on improving here.”
DD HEALTH: Global men’s health charity the Movember Foundation has teamed up with the GAA to highlight the importance of men checking their testicles regularly.The foundation and the GAA have released a series of photos, featuring GAA players, Jason Hughes, Emlyn Mulligan, Lee Chin and Killian Clarke ‘copping a feel’ to raise awareness of testicular cancer.The pictures aim to encourage males and their partners to ‘Know thy Nuts’. Young men are more likely to get testicular cancer than any other cancer. Each year about 180 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer in Ireland.Testicular cancer is the number one cancer risk for men between 15 and 35.1 in 20 men diagnosed with testicular cancer will die from the disease.Men are being encouraged to get to know their testicles better and if they notice any lumps, swelling or pain, to see a doctor. The following are helpful tips when checking your testicles: -A warm, comfortable environment is best, such as in the shower-Roll one testicle between the thumb and fingers, checking for anything that does not feel right, such as a lump-Repeat with the other testicle-If something feels unusual or hurts, go to your doctor.DD HEALTH: “KNOW THY NUTS” -TESTICULAR CANCER AWARENESS was last modified: May 3rd, 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:GAAKnow thy Nuts’Movembertesticular cancer
Majella O’Donnell hosted ‘An Afternoon with Majella’ at An Grianán Theatre as part of Mental Health week which included frank discussions around stress, anxiety and depression.As Mental Health week comes to a close, Shaun Doherty, Ramona Nicholls and many others took to the stage to share their stories and views on the topic of positive mental health.Donegal Mind Wellness is a charity founded by Majella O’Donnell, in conjunction with volunteers and help from the HSE in Donegal. The charity aims to help people deal with the ups and downs of everyday life, which may lead to stress, anxiety and depression, by showing them ways of dealing with these problems.Photo by Clare Mc Cahill.‘An Afternoon with Majella’ illuminates mental health was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:An Grianan Theatredonegal mind wellnessHSEMajella O’ DonnellMental Health Week
A number of young men will appear in court today charged with various alleged motoring offences during the Donegal International Rally weekend.A number of young men will appear in court today charged with dangerous driving during the Rally Weekend.The men were arrested following a number of different incidents by Gardai last month. They were bailed to appear at today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court where they will appear before Judge Paul Kelly.A number of the men are from Northern Ireland while some are also from Roscommon.The majority of the arrests were made for dangerous driving.A number of men have already appeared before the local court last month following similar arrests at the rally.Judge Paul Kelly dealt with the men, who were from both the north and south, by way of heavy fines.Head of the Garda Traffic Corps in Co Donegal, Inspector Michael Harrison, said recently that the number of incidents of dangerous driving during this year’s rally weekend was up on previous years.It followed a Garda operation in which officers targeted modified cars coming into the county for the rally weekend.MEN TO APPEAR IN COURT OVER RALLY WEEKEND OFFENCES was last modified: July 6th, 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:arrestscourtdonegalGardairally
Emma and Hannah will be singing for Jimmy in Cayman Islands (swap you for two Croker tickets? Must be for a fortnight)WE asked for them – and we got them!Pictures from China and the beautiful Cayman Islands featuring Donegal fans getting ready for the Countdown to Croke Park this Sunday.So we start off with Emma O’Carroll, originally from Letterkenny, now resident on the sunshine-struck Cayman Islands (lucky girl). She’s pictured with her daughter Hannah.Said Emma: “There’s only a small number of Donegal people here to support us, but will be watching it at 9.30am on Sunday morning in the Triple Crown Pub!”You can send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark your email “Croker Pictures”.Janet Boyle, Dungloe, unfurls the Donegal flag at the Great Wall of China. Endoscopy staff in Letterkenny General Today Supporting the Donegal team. (Who got the Sunday shfit guys?)Dr Charlie Mc Manus and some of the staff from the Endoscopy Unit Letterkenny – hope that TV is working folks! Paul Doherty supporting Donegal from ‘Machu Picchu’, Peru in South America (Normally you’ll find him in Chicago – and he didn’t tell us who SHE is?Snow Joke! Packie Boner in Fintown has the tree up early this year! Best of luck Jim and all the lads from the Public Services Centre in Dungloe! (So that’s why I couldn’t get through! ) DONEGAL’S YOUNGEST FAN! CHARLIE CANNON- ANNAGRY- 2 WEEKS OLD – AND ALL SET FOR SUNDAY LONDON BOYS! L-R Joe McGrath, Joe Higgins & David Boyle supporting the Donegal Team from London. Have a ball on Sunday lads! FROM CHINA TO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS AND PERU – YOUR CROKER COUNTDOWN PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 21st, 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:FROM CHINA TO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS AND PERU – YOUR CROKER COUNTDOWN PICTURES OF THE DAY
gameday Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack West Ham are making my season so far 😂— BS 🏴 (@Bspringett93) August 28, 2018 Or maybe not.Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham career went from bad to worse as his side conceded a shock goal to the League One club after just two minutes.Joe Pigott rose highest from a corner to send Twitter into meltdown.Here are the best tweets: West Ham, the gift that keeps giving lol— Christopher 🌻 (@ChrisWrighteous) August 28, 2018 West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini “We must have a winning mentality”One down at Wimbledon inside 2 mins 😂— John (@SeagullJK) August 28, 2018 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more silverware LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures You’ve lost your opening three Premier League games as manager of a new club after spending over £100m in the transfer window.What do you need? A nice, seemingly-straightforward Carabao Cup tie against Wimbledon. RANKED highlights impact Wimbledon take the lead What did people expect? This is the most West Ham opening 10 minutes I’ve ever seen— Irons in the Fire (@ironsinthe_fire) August 28, 2018 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Same old West Ham😖— Bradley (@BradDobberson) August 28, 2018 1 possible standings West Ham are the laughing stock of English football.— JaackMaate (@Jaack) August 28, 2018 Please West Ham I actually cannot deal with another embarrassment.— Sean Brennan (@sean_brennan10) August 28, 2018 Literally laughed at that because it’s so West Ham— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) August 28, 2018 MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade
THEY can hold their heads high.Ardara is officially the Best Village To Live in Ireland.But the overall title of Best Place has gone to the Co Mayo town of Westport. “Westport is a beautiful place, well-kept and pleasant to visit, but those aren’t the reasons it won”, said Conor Goodman, Irish Times features editior, who chaired the judging panel.“The judges chose Westport because it is a community of people working together to make the best of the town’s many advantages.”Edel Morgan spoke passionately for Ardara: “They have done everything in their power to make the very best of what they have . . . That has to count for something”.Morgan described as the “unbelievable community spirit” of the people and the stunning beauty of Ardara; the 12 festivals (one to welcome those from ethnic backgrounds); the state-of-the-art creche set up by a woman who worked without pay for the first year; the huge GAA presence? She also spoke of the 30 per cent unemployment rate, how people double- and triple-job to survive. But above all came the message that this is a place where people look out for each other. Brian Forrest, a “blow-in” from Scotland, who now runs North West Sea Kayaking in the village, would not be “lured away by a better income elsewhere. Ardara is rich in a lot of other ways”.For more, see today’s Irish Times. OFFICIAL: ARDARA LOSES OUT TO WESPORT IN ‘BEST PLACE TO LIVE’ FINAL was last modified: June 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:OFFICIAL: ARDARA LOSES OUT TO WESPORT IN ‘BEST PLACE TO LIVE’ FINAL