GNBA mulling changes to licensing system

first_imgBroadcasting in GuyanaThe Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) will be reviewing its system for allocating radio licences, and broadcasters may see an increase in the years they are allotted on their licences.Speaking to the media on Friday, when new radio licences were issued, Chairman of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA), Leslie Sobers, said the GNBA will be examining the possibility of restructuring the process from yearly renewals to a longer period.Chairman of GNBA, Leslie Sobers“The board will be examining, in this year, moving away from these annual licences. We’re contemplating a longer period of licensing… maybe two or three years as a start… because the law allows us to grant as many as ten years on a single licence.”Sobers added there will also be discussions on strengthening the entity’s monitoring department.“We’ll just have to thereafter strengthen our monitoring department, to ensure that persons are complying with the regulations. And all that will need to be done in the ensuing years, and depending on how long we give it, is to stamp it as being valid for that particular year. So we’re trying to make things as easy as could be for broadcasters,” Sobers said.On Friday the GNBA issued new radio frequencies to Blackman and Sons, CNS Channel Six, Brutal Grouping, Two Brother’s Inc, National Media and Broadcasting Company (Kaieteur News) and Panicle.Delinquent operatorsThe Guyana National Broadcasting Authority’s headquartersThese changes come even as the GNBA is seeking to coax delinquent operators into the fold. Of late, relations between the authority and the broadcasting fraternity have progressed to the point where one entity has moved to the court against the GNBA.Last year, a bill was introduced to the National Assembly and passed, allowing the GNBA sweeping authority over broadcasters. Under the amended Broadcast Bill of 2017, broadcast agencies were mandated to broadcast public service programmes daily.The bill also states that the GNBA reserves the right to direct a broadcaster to broadcast emergency notices for any length of time. This can even be done during peak or prime advertising time.A broadcaster will have the right to file a complaint with the GNBA within 24 hours of being asked to broadcast a programme free of cost if, in the agency’s judgment, it is not considered a public service broadcast programme.But there is a warning for broadcasters daring to oppose the legislation: the bill states that any broadcaster the GNBA finds to have “arbitrarily refused” to broadcast a public service broadcast programme without lodging a complaint has committed an offence.Even before its passage, broadcasters have already come out in opposition to the new proposed measures. Using its one-seat majority, however, Government had forged ahead with its passage over the opposition from the other side of the house.These provisions and the manner that the bill was forced through the legislative arm of Government had caused several operators to raise concerns about the law, and friction began to develop with the regulator.One broadcaster, Freedom Radio Inc, had filed in the High Court a constitutional challenge to the Administration’s imposition of an ‘onerous’ increase in the annual broadcasting fee, and the expropriation of its airwaves during ‘prime time’ for Government broadcasts.Freedom Radio argued in its legal challenge that the move is in fact unconstitutional, since it violates fundamental rights and freedoms which enjoy protection under the Constitution of Guyana.Freedom Radio thus called for a Conservatory Order prohibiting the Broadcasting Authority from implementing or acting in any manner whatsoever in accordance with enforcing the provisions of the Broadcasting Amendment Act 2017, Act No 20 of 2017, until the hearing and determination of its fixed-date application was filed.last_img read more

Shoe-in for most confident golfer

first_imgHe shot a final-round 64 at Riviera Country Club and finished in a tie for ninth place and earned $135,200. He wore one black shoe and one white shoe (yes, he meant to do that) in the third round, ripped tournament organizers for not granting him sponsor exemptions last year, then hinted he might skip those tournaments. He took a stab at fellow tour players who made the same amount of prize money in a season than he did in two events and realized he lost his passport and thus was not listed in the field to play in this week’s Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun in Mexico. Who said golf was boring? While his antics might alienate some of golf’s conservative players, Kim shouldn’t alienate fans. Who doesn’t like a 5-foot-10, 155-pound kid who can drive the ball 300 yards, putt with the best of them, be good for a controversial soundbite and all the while make a fashion statement? Consider the attention- seeking events Kim was involved in last week at the Nissan Open. First, there was his tremendous play. “Sometimes, you just see a kid, and you know he has it in his heart,” said Lawrence Mark, Kim’s golf coach at Campbell Hall High of North Hollywood. Kim played his freshman year in 2000 before transferring to LaQuinta. “If you watch him, he really enjoys this,” Mark said. “He’s very comfortable. This is his element. He knows it.” If you haven’t heard of Kim, you will. As a star at Oklahoma, he was considered the best collegiate player in the country. He already has had similar success on the PGA Tour. In just seven events, including the two he played last season, he has already proved he can play with the big boys. He is seventh on tour in driving distance at 302yards but 141st in driving accuracy. Wonder how he manages to make cuts? He’s a scrambler. Loves to find his way out of trouble. He’s 33rd in the tour’s all-around rankings. As dark was rolling in at Riviera last Thursday night, his drive went left on the 18th hole. With no course marshals in sight, he picked up the rope, threw it to the side so he could safely hit and got back onto the fairway. He doesn’t panic. He shot a 72 in the first round of his first professional tournament in his hometown. As he made his way to the clubhouse, he walked arm in arm with his mom, Miryoung, and his dad, Paul, just ahead. It’s hard to console a rookie who wasn’t playing his best. Whenever Kim cried as a toddler, his parents knew just how to make him happy. “When his mom would go to the grocery store and he would cry, I’d turn on PGA golf and he’d stop right away,” Paul Kim said. He slept with a ladies golf club that his dad shortened and regripped. While he was still in diapers, he played on Valley courses. Golf is what makes Anthony Kim happy. It always has. Kim will have some tough lessons to learn along the way. He already made a blatant error by not playing in this week’s Mayakoba Classic. Since he finished in the top-10 at Riviera, he was guaranteed a spot in the tournament. He played so well with a 7-under 64 in the final round at Riviera, and not giving himself the chance to continue that is unfortunate. It’s the type of error that could mean the difference between maintaining his tour card and losing it come the end of the season. As a player who earned his tour card by withstanding all three stages of qualifying school, he’s not high on the priority list to get into PGA fields. The Nissan Open, for instance, is extremely difficult to score a spot for fringe players since so many pros (not including Tiger Woods) wanted to play in it. Kim was granted a sponsor’s exemption. He was one of the lucky ones. Kim can take jabs at others, but at least he can poke fun of himself, too. After shooting a 72 in the first round at Bermuda Dunes in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, he was asked if he was distracted by a group of particularly loud and obnoxious partygoers who were in the backyard of a house that lined the course. “The way I putted, I should’ve been right there with them,” Kim said. After the round, he gave a child an autograph and told him he shot 100 when asked about his round. He said he was kidding but that his 72 felt like 100. He wore the two different colored shoes Saturday because he said he had to do something to stand out since his game wasn’t cutting it. Kim is a Nike guy. Perhaps Nike had an inkling of the marketing possibilities that come with Anthony Kim. Perhaps it didn’t. But Anthony Kim is a marketable golfer. On and off the course. ——— THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS Accenture Match Play Championship Site: Marana, Ariz. Schedule: Today-Sunday. Course: The Gallery at Dove Mountain, South Course (7,446 yards, par 72). Purse: $8 million. Winner’s share: $1.35 million. TV: Golf Channel (Wednesday-Friday, 11a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, 7-11 a.m.; Sunday, 7-10:30 a.m.) and Ch. 4 (Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.). PGA TOUR Mayakoba Golf Classic Site: Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Schedule: Thursday-Sunday. Course: El Camaleon Golf Club (7,060yards, par 72). Purse: $3.5 million. Winner’s share: $630,000. TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 8:30-10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3:30-6 p.m.). LPGA TOUR Fields Open Site: Kapolei, Hawaii. Schedule: Thursday-Saturday. Course: Ko Olina Golf Club (6,519yards, par 72). Purse: $1.2 million. Winner’s share: $180,000. TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Saturday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.). CHAMPIONS TOUR The ACE Group Classic Site: Naples, Fla. Schedule: Friday-Sunday. Course: Quail West Golf Club (7,057yards, par 72). Purse: $1.6 million. Winner’s share: $240,000. TV: Golf Channel (Friday, 9-11 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). NATIONWIDE TOUR/ AUSTRALASIAN PGA TOUR New Zealand PGA Championship Site: Christchurch, New Zealand. Schedule: Thursday-Sunday. Course: Clearwater Golf Club (6,443yards, par 72). Purse: $600,000. Winner’s share: $105,000. TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 5:30-7:30 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 5-7 a.m.). – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Anthony Kim obviously isn’t out to make to make friends on the PGA Tour. He’s there to win tournaments. The 21-year-old who grew up in Studio City loves attention. Just in case you don’t know him by his game, you’ll soon know him by his name. You’ll find his initials on a big belt buckle – one he purchased while at the University of Oklahoma – that he always wears while playing. last_img read more

Another local enters Dawson Creek election

first_imgThe latest candidate is Johanna Kunz, becoming the fifth name on council so far, not including Mayor Dale Bumstead.The political future of Dawson Creek seems to be one of the most unique, as it stands with Fort Nelson as seemingly the only local municipality with a healthy mix of incumbents and rookies.Another election of interest is that of Taylor, as two former councillors are going head-to-head for Mayor Fred Jarvis’ seat, who announced his retirement from municipal politics earlier in the year.- Advertisement -Deadline for nomination packages is October 10, with polls opening on November 15.last_img read more


first_imgEunan McBrearty being taken back to prison. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A MAN who killed his best friend in a car crash whilst disqualified from driving has been given an extra four months behind bars after he admitted driving again a year after the death.Eunan McBrearty, 27, was jailed for three and half years last month and banned from driving after the crash at Murlog, Lifford, in May 2012. That court heard he was banned from driving at the time and had driven off in a €175 Opel Astra despite pleas from friends for him not to. Bobby Rodgers died in the crash. McBrearty was back in court this week, this time before the District Court, after being caught driving whilst disqualified on two occasions in 2013.McBrearty was brought to Letterkenny court by prison van and stood whilst the case was outlined to Judge Paul Kelly by Inspector Goretti Sheridan.However defence solicitor Mr Patsy Gallagher told a story of a man tormented by guilt at the death of Mr Rodgers.Mr Gallagher said McBrearty had confessed to driving whilst disqualified immediately to gardai.“This man was in a complete and absolute hell at the time,” said Mr Gallagher.“He knows he shouldn’t have been driving. He had gone out twice to meet friends to get out of the house.“There were times on the other matter he wouldn’t turn up in court here – he wasn’t away in some drinking den somewhere. He was locked in a room crying.“He wants now to put matters as best he can behind him. He needs assistance for his own nightmares and he is being helped in prison and by family members and he is also dealing with it by himself.”Judge Paul Kelly imposed prison sentences of three months and four months on each count and disqualified McBrearty from driving for a total of 16 years and imposed fines totalling €500.A number of charges relating to NCT and other offences were taken into consideration.DEATH CRASH DRIVER ‘TORMENTED’ BY DEATH OF FRIEND, COURT HEARS was last modified: February 23rd, 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:chargeddangerous drivingdeathEunan McBreartylast_img read more

Real Madrid ‘preparing £150m bid’ for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

first_imgThe Serbian midfielder, 23, is wanted by several big clubs in Europe including Manchester United after an incredible season in Serie A.Il Messaggero beleive Madrid are willing to meet Lazio’s asking price of £132million and also pay an extra £18million in bonuses.It is understood Milinkovic-Savic would be offered a five-year deal worth £100,000-a-week.Madrid, who have won four out of the last five Champions Leagues, are keen to bring the average age of their squad down.Lazio have accepted they will struggle to hold onto the 23-year-old after they missed out on Champions League football through a final day defeat to Inter Milan.Juventus are also in the hunt for his signature but Lazio president Claudio Lotito would much rather sell him abroad.The Serbian is in Russia for the World Cup and will not make a decision on his future until after the tournament. Milinkovic-Savic guided Lazio to fifth in Serie A Real Madrid are getting ready to splash £150million on Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Italian reports.last_img read more

Crossing guard saluted as hero

first_imgLANCASTER – Linda Verde School crossing guard Laura Share says she was just doing her job, but school officials and sheriff’s deputies are hailing her as a hero. The 54-year-old Lancaster resident ordered five children out of the way – then jumped to safety herself – when a flatbed truck ran a red light on Avenue I at 5th Street East, broadsided a parent’s van and fled. “We have a lot to be thankful for that she had her wits about her. She thought very quickly and saw that the truck was coming and was able to anticipate what it was going to do ahead of time,” Principal Tara Brown said. “It could have been a very fatal situation for those kids who were crossing, and it wasn’t, and that was because she was able to think on her feet. I know the parents of the children are thankful that she is so good at her job.” Sheriff’s officials said Share was faced with a situation that required a split-second decision. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I would say in our opinion she probably saved the lives of some children. Her quick actions and recognition of an immediate hazard was what saved those kids,” sheriff’s Lt. Steve Fredericks said. “She’s a hero,” Lancaster School District Superintendent Steve Gocke said. “It was a major deal. Otherwise the Sheriff’s Department would not have taken notice of it.” Share was recognized by the district after a presentation by Fredericks at the board meeting last Tuesday. The experience left Share wondering what all the fuss was about. “It was kind of feeling weird. What I did was tell five kids to go back to the corner. It’s my job, that’s what I’m supposed to do. That’s what I’m doing,” said Share, who has been a crossing guard for three years and also works as a noon duty aide. Share can expect more plaudits. She will be recognized by the city of Lancaster at a meeting in December, and she is being recommended to be honored by the Sheriff’s Department, Fredericks said. The incident occurred about 3 p.m. on Sept. 15. Share had walked into the crosswalk on a green light holding up her stop-sign paddle and motioned for the third- and fourth-graders to step off the curb. “I walked out and told the kids to start coming. Then I noticed this truck was coming really fast. I thought, ‘He is going to run the red light and hit the kids if I don’t make them go back,”‘ Share said. “I yelled, ‘Go back, go back!”‘ The children retreated to the sidewalk, and Share jumped out of the truck’s way as it sped past, passing between her and the children. The eastbound truck hit a southbound van containing a women and her two children on their way to Linda Verde to pick up two more children, Share said. The van occupants were not injured. “He hit it hard. It tipped and turned in the opposite direction,” Share said. Share ran back to the corner where the children stood and saw the truck driver pull over at some distance down the road, get out of the truck, look at the van, then get back in and drive off. Avenue I’s speed limit there is 50 mph. It was not known how fast the truck was going. The truck driver, Shawn Matthews, 30, of Rosamond returned to the scene about a half-hour later with his brother driving him back. Matthews did not have a valid license, Fredericks said. Matthews has been charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run and being an unlicensed driver and is awaiting trial. “We have a serious problem out here in the valley with both unlicensed drivers and with vehicle-versus-pedestrian collisions, and this certainly could have been a tragic collision. However, we are conducting task force operations to help combat this problem,” Fredericks said. Share said she has had her share of close calls from vehicles running red lights. She maintains constant vigilance at the Avenue I and 5th Street East intersection, which deputies say is one of the more demanding in the city with the potential of high-speed traffic approaching from all four directions. “When I’m in the intersection, I am continuously looking in every direction,” Share said. Even with cars at a complete stop, she constantly checks to make sure that cars coming behind them are stopping and won’t hit the cars in front of them. She received no training for her job. She said a man named Joe manned that corner for 20 years so she went out there for a couple of days and observed him. Despite the danger, Share said she won’t quit because of the children, who give her hugs and call her Miss Laura. “It crosses my mind sometimes, but then I think about the kids. Personally, I think most people wouldn’t take the position, and then I think the kids will have to cross without anybody,” Share said. “I can’t stop working. I want to protect these kids.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tightening security

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – It takes 10th-grader Tanya Anaya four minutes to walk from her house to her first class at Santa Fe High School.When she heard that the Clarkman Avenue gates to the school will soon be closed to students, she grimaced.“I’m going to have to walk all the way around the school. My class is in the back, and I get there exactly on time every morning,” she said.In a move to beef up security at the school, Santa Fe High School recently received approval to install two new electronic gates at the rear of the campus at the Clarkman Avenue entrances.The gates will be accessible only by using an access card or code, which students and parents will not be given.The access cards also limit what times of the day holders can access the school.The new gates will cost about $48,000, which the Whittier Union High School District is splitting with the city, said Santa Fe Springs City Manager Fred Latham.The new key-pad gates should be installed within the next two months.The gates on Orr & Day Road, which are already electronic, will be modified to open only for those carrying access cards.Keeping students on campus by fencing them in – and keeping out unwanted visitors – is considered key to reducing student crime, said Jim Hickey, deputy district attorney in charge at Los Padrinos Juvenile Court in Downey.“Fifteen years ago, juvenile crime went off the deep end in our area,” Hickey said.Back then, after two students fired guns at each other while standing on opposite sides of the street near Whittier High School, high school district officials began looking at ways to control access to and from campuses, he said.Since then, fences have gone up at all eight of its high schools and continuation high schools. Every school except Santa Fe High restricted students from leaving during lunchtime.This year, Santa Fe High joined its peers, instituting a closed campus to all but juniors and seniors with good records.“I used to have a lot more filings for guns and knives on campus,” Hickey said. “Now, the students understand there’s a much greater potential for detection because of increased security.” For some Clarkman Avenue homeowners, the electronic gates being installed at Santa Fe High are an answer to their pleas to the city to control students who run across their lawns, fight in front of their homes, leave trash on their streets, take their street parking and cause traffic congestion.“Clarkman and Roseton Avenues residents have had issues with students being dropped off by parents and blocking their streets,” said Latham.School Safety Police Officer Frank Igros and Principal Monica Oviedo said the closed campus and electronic gates will also help curb truancy.“If kids skip school before lunch, the electric gates will give them no alternative but to come in through the front,” Igros said. “My biggest concern is kids not attending school. For the most part, it’s pretty good at the school. We don’t have a major problem with fights and gangs. We do have our fare share of graffiti taggers,” she added.While everyone seems to be happy with the increased security at the school – adults, anyway – nearby fast-food restaurants that cater to students during lunch are not too thrilled.“I have a lot less business at lunch this year,” said Francisco Villa, who owns Villa’s Tacos on Orr & Day and Hollyhock roads.“But, it’s not too bad because they only buy hamburgers and fries, and they still come in after school,” he added. 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘We’ll still find you’ – Donegal gardai remind rural rulebreakers

first_imgGardai have issued a warning after seizing a car in Inishowen for having no insurance.The car was stopped on a small Buncrana back road, where the driver failed to elude the authorities by sticking to country lanes.Policing officers issued a tweet yesterday to remind local car users that they are under surveillance on all types of roads: Twitter: @gardatraffic‘We’ll still find you’ – Donegal gardai remind rural rulebreakers was last modified: April 15th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Frankie Montas carries spring dominance to regular season in win over Angels

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Frankie Montas has always had the makeup of a prototypical ace. He’s got the strong body type that allows him to pitch deep into games. The blazing fastball to pump by hitters for strikeouts. All that has been missing is the consistency.He might be figuring out that last piece to his game this season.Montas carried over his dominant spring training numbers into his first start of the regular season by continuing …last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – October 24, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our forecast pattern is taking a little better shape today, however it still may not be the exact pattern that some of us want to hear. We are going to put together 2 dry days for today and tomorrow, but we have a significant rain event for this weekend and a big weather event next week too. Today and tomorrow should be partly to mostly sunny over all of Ohio.Saturday clouds increase. WE will start the day cloudy in the south, but may end up with a bit of sun up north. Rain moves into the state from S to north, and will be arrive sooner west vs. east too. However, rain spreads over the entire state through Saturday, Saturday night and at least through Sunday early afternoon. Rain totals will end up being 1″-3″ with 100% coverage over the state. Models have finally come into agreement on timing and system strength…and we hope they can agree eventually on rains to the lower end of the range. The heaviest rains will be near the Ohio River.We can see some sun before Sunday is done in western Ohio, but likely do not have as good of a chance of that farther east and northeast. Still, we should see dry weather with good sunshine for Monday and Tuesday of next week.10 day moisture potentialWednesday scattered showers return. The moisture lasts through Wednesday night and may try and end as snow in far western parts of Ohio. Generally, the better threat of snow is in western/NW Indiana, and then especially through IL. But, the cold air is coming, and so we wont completely rule out some sloppy wet snowflakes here as moisture tries to end. Liquid totals over Ohio will be from .3″-1″ with coverage at 90%. We shift to a much colder pattern behind that system for Thursday and Friday, so even through we expect good sun to return, drying will be slow, and it will be chilly.The extended window does not feature a whole host of changes. We keep the dry pattern to start for The 3rd and 4th, with the only threat of scattered showers on the third coming in far SW parts of Ohio. Tuesday the 5th features scattered showers with potential for .1″-.5″ liquid, but only 60% coverage in OH. We finish the 11-16 day window with sun followed by clouds for Wednesday through Friday the 6th-8th, and we cant rule out a few scattered showers late on Friday the 8th.last_img read more