Dear Editor,For these August holidays, parents can save themselves a bundle — which they would have had to spend taking their children to fancy zoos overseas, or on a safari in some exotic foreign land, to enjoy a vast array of wildlife and nature — by just taking them to visit the La Penitence Market in Georgetown.Certainly, the largest, most vicious and audacious rodents and other pests in Guyana call the La Penitence Market home. From their giant size and brawny appearance, one can only assume that these rodents probably sneak over to the nearby pharmacy after hours and gorge themselves on testosterone, as it is logical to assume that that are on anabolic steroids.And they await neither the cover of darkness nor the quietude of the closed market to move about and seek out food, but can rather be seen on a daily basis nonchalantly sauntering past patrons and vendors.But witticism aside, the La Penitence Market — if you wish to call it a market — is the grimiest, darkest, and dankest bazaar in this hemisphere. The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown should be ashamed of themselves for subjecting stall holders and shoppers to the squalid conditions at that market while collecting substantial stall rents and property taxes from the citizens.It is just unfathomable how the Mayor and Town Clerk — who recurrently tour South, Central and North America, Asia and Europe and see what modern shopping centres, malls, markets and bazaars are like — would be happy to subject the visitors and residents of Georgetown to such grime and insanitary conditions.Is this a part of the plan to transform Georgetown into a ‘Green City’? Does this constitute their vision for a modern capital?No attempt should be made to repair or rehabilitate that market. It should instead be torn down, and a completely new facility built in its place.No sane, sensible or decent person would want to venture into that market to say they are shopping. How are those vendors expected to compete with modern supermarkets, shopping malls and grocery stores? It is just so unfair!Sincerely,Anu Bihari
Mr. E. Frederick Baye is calling on the Liberian and British governments to free Agnes Reeves-Taylor, “because she is innocent of all charges against her.”-Says her rights are being violatedA pro-democracy group, Patriotic Consciousness Association of Liberia (PACA) has called on the government and its British counterpart to release Madam Agnes Reeves-Taylor, who has been incarcerated for close to two years in England. She is the former wife of jailed Ex-President Charles Ghankay Taylor.The two are currently jailed in British prisons. Taylor was convicted on even counts to include aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Sierra Leone, while Agnes was on the other hand prosecuted for crimes allegedly committed during the Liberian crisis. However, her case is being questioned by some Liberians, who believe that she is being falsely accused or is simply “guilty by association.”According to PACA, the charges of torture and alleged war crimes offenses in Liberia, for which Mrs. Taylor is held, “are unsubstantiated and cannot be proven.”At a press conference in Monrovia on Monday, April 22, 2019, PACA National Executive Chairman, E. Frederick Baye, called on the Liberian and British governments to free Madam Taylor, “because she is innocent of all charges against her.”At the time of her arrest, in June 2017, Madam Taylor was a University Lecturer in the United Kingdom. She was arrested by the UK Metropolitan Police War Crimes Unit from her home in Dagenham, East London on charges of torture, and alleged war crimes offenses in Liberia in a law suit initiated by the Swiss-based rights organization, Civitas Maxima backed Global Justice and Research Project (GJRP).PACA, which had its heydays as a pro-democracy group during the brutal regime of former President Taylor, said the accused has never been a subject of any indictment and/or investigation or person of interest in Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report. “Why is the British Government treating Agnes in such manner? She is not one of those implicated by the TRC,” PACA said.Baye noted that Agnes’ treatment is unfair as she is yet to be accused by any Liberian of wrong; neither charged by the Liberian government. She has also never broken any UK laws. I can only conclude that this is a political “witch hunt” to further persecute family members and associates of former President Taylor,” he said.PACA added, “She has she had no military orientation, exposure or affiliation in her entire adult life related to human rights abuses or any violation against any Liberian citizen.”Ironically, Madam Reeves-Taylor’s name is not among the over 200 names of indicted people in the Volume II TRC Consolidated Final Report that is being used to prosecute, globally, those who committed heinous crimes during the war.In the past few months, a number of ex-warlords, including Mohammed Jabateh, alias, Jungle Jabbah, were recently prosecuted and given long-term prison sentences for lying to immigration officials about their roles in the Liberian crisis.However, some war crimes court advocates say that Madam Reeves-Taylor could still be hooked by the Universal Jurisdiction Law (UJL), which allows states or international organizations to claim criminal jurisdiction over an accused person regardless of where the alleged crime was committed, and regardless of the accused’s nationality, country of residence, or any other relation with the prosecuting entity. But Mr. Baye said the UJL can only apply when a criminal case has been established—which is not the case here.Madam Reeves-Taylor’s sister, Laurice Reeves Bright, defended what she considers her sister’s “clean human rights record”, noting, “what is happening to Agnes is unfair, because she has done nothing wrong.”She said her sister is being held in maximum solitary confinement (Category-A), which is meant for hardcore criminals like terrorists, though she has never been such a person.What is more baffling for Madam Bright, though she came from the U.S., is that her sister was not indicted by the TRC report, neither was she charged by the Liberian government. She however believed that there are some invisible hands behind the her sister’s indictment.Madam Laurice Reeves Bright believes that there are some invisible hands behind the her sister Agnes Reeves Taylor’s indictment.PACA has therefore written the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the British Embassy in Liberia to look into the case, which it says, is direct part of a politically motivated ploy to invoke guilt by association against Madam Taylor on account of her past affiliation as the former wife of Ex- President.The group is however craving the indulgence of the George Weah administration to directly intercede with UK authorities to effect the immediate and unconditional release from prison and the restoration of the rights and privileges of Madam Reeves Taylor.PACA frowned on the perpetual silence of the CDC led government in such “a grave case of human rights abuse.”In the letter address to Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar Findley, PACA said, “we are gravely disappointed over the deafening silence on the part of the Liberian government that has a constitutional duty to protect and safeguard the rights of its citizens wherever they may reside.”“Mr. Minister, the circle of hatred, vengeance, animosity and marginalization are counterproductive to the efforts at reconciliation and national healing in Liberia,” PACA said.In the letter addressed to the British Government, Baye said while PACA discount the culture of impunity and remain supportive of the global push for justice for war victims, it cannot countenance, nor entertain the illegal and unwarranted act of injustice against an innocent Liberian squarely based on fabricated lies, innuendos and insinuations.“There has been no tangible evidence against Madam Taylor, other than hired and programmed witnesses taken from neighboring Guinea and inside Liberia in a concocted scheme to lend credibility to their premeditated case of witch hunt,” the letter said.He added that the fact that UK judicial system arrogated unto itself the authority to carry-out such unprecedented and wanton act of degradation against an innocent Liberian beats PACA’s imagination, and calls into question the UK’s moral standing on the universal protection of the human person.Mr. Baye added, “this extra judicial undertaking on the part of UK judiciary leaves us with the conclusion that the UK judicial system is a direct part of a politically motivated ploy to invoke guilt by association against Madam Agnes Reeves Taylor on account of her past affiliation with Charles Taylor.”The case, he said clearly reflects legal procedural breach and a flagrant abuse of power in British jurisprudence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Students, teachers and parents praying in Region Two, Essequibo Coast (Pomeroon-Supenaam), before the start of the examThe National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) commenced on Wednesday with a sitting of 14,715 students across the country, who are all contending for a place at a reputable secondary institution.The examination, which will conclude on Thursday, is written as a formal completion of the primary level and students are tested in four subject areas.On Wednesday morning, many students eagerly entered their respective schools to complete the examination after months of studying and preparation. While some were nervous, others remained confident that they will surely succeed. English was written in the morning, followed by science in the afternoon hours.Guyana Times visited numerous schools to get a review of the assessment and mixed reactions emanated from the students.At the North Georgetown Primary School on Woolford Avenue, Georgetown, most persons seemed to have been well-prepared but shared that English Paper Two was challenging.Deli Chan explained that she received support from her parents, who ensured that she remembered all the topics.“I was both scared and overconfident but then I prayed and understood everything. We got special advice when we didn’t understand a question. My mom would usually be helping me so I was really ready,” the 11-year-old said.Her colleague, Tyrel Cadogan, revealed that he found the English paper to be quite difficult. As such, extra attention was needed to make the right choices.“Most of the stuff was hard but I know I will pass Science because I like that,” said Cadogan, as he is hoping to attain a place at Bishops’ High School.Students attending the Stella Marris Primary School were convinced that the NGSA was easy. Most of them, during the lunch break, started preparing for the following subject.Meanwhile, at the Eccles Primary School on the East Bank of Demerara, many children said the first two subjects challenged their minds, even after many hours of lessons and reading.Reginald Rudolph told this publication, “The exam was quite challenging. I would have prayed to God to help me and then I did the exams. I want to get Queens College because that is one of the highest schools”.Education Minister Nicolette Henry and Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson also visited a few schools within the capital city, such as Ketley Primary, St Stephen’s Primary and St Gabriel’s Primary.Both education officials were confident that the syllabuses were covered and students were completely prepared.Over on the West Coast of Demerara, children attending the Academy of Excellence were confident that the examination was easy. Some stated that they sacrificed extracurricular activities and went to school for additional hours but it was worth it.EssequiboIn Essequibo, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Reanna Parris of CV Nunes Primary told Guyana Times that this year’s NGSA was tricky. While making her way to school, she was a bit nervous but this changed after encouragement from her mother. Parris said she is focusing on this exam and will then go on to choose a career path.Pradesh Dwarka, who attends the same school, said he is aiming towards a profession in computer programming. For him, the exams were easy and he is hoping to receive high grades.This publication also spoke to Talesh Boodha, who resides in La Belle Alliance, Essequibo Coast. Boodha’s main goal circled around doing well enough to get a good job to provide for his family. At that moment, his right hand was fractured but he made it to school on time to sit the exams.LindenIn Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), the exams got off to a positive start and a number of parents were observed showing support to students of various schools before the commencement of the exams, as Head Teachers gave their final words of encouragement and offered prayers.At the One Mile and Wismar Hill Primary Schools at Wismar, Linden, some students noted that they were nervous while some said they were excited heading into the examinations. After completing the morning session, students expressed optimism about the later exams.Overall, most of the students noted that they were well-prepared and confident while some were not too keen about a few subject areas.An education official indicated that the students were well-prepared, noting that some teachers even worked with students up to Tuesday. The official said some teachers even finished the syllabus ahead of time and everything had been covered.The examination concludes with the final sitting for mathematics and social studies today. This year saw an increase in the candidates from 14,551 to 14,715. This is an important examination since the results will determine which secondary institution these students will attend come September.Prior to this, the students had to write the National Grades Two and Four Assessments back in 2012 and 2014 respectively. A percentage of the marks from all three assessments will be calculated to determine the overall performance of each student.BerbiceMeanwhile, in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), there were some minor hiccups as children commenced sitting the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) on Wednesday.Officials from the Department of Education were seen visiting schools throughout the region during the morning session.Most children were early for the exams and were accompanied by their parents.Teachers and parents were seen at schools in New Amsterdam in prayer sessions prior to the exam doors being opened.Students attached to St Theresa’s Primary in New Amsterdam expressed confidence going into the examination room.The results for the NGSA will be revealed in July.Teachers advising students of One Mile Primary before the exam commenced
The Avengers recovered, only to have the ball given to San Jose because of an offsides penalty. San Jose scored one play later on a 6-yard pass from Mark Grieb to Ben Nelson, giving the SaberCats the lead just 23 seconds into the game. From that point on, the Avengers were playing catch-up, and despite coming back to tie the score four times, they fell to the SaberCats 66-58 in front of 12,586. Going into Sunday’s season opener at Staples Center, the Avengers could not have wanted anything more than to defeat the Western Division rival San Jose SaberCats to help put last year’s 5-11 season behind them. So much so, they attempted an onside kick on the opening kickoff – a decision made by Avengers coach Ed Hodgkiss about two days ago. After the SaberCats (1-0) scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Grieb to Nelson, SanJose kicker A.J. Haglund successfully put down an onside kick. The SaberCats scored fourplays later on a 3-yard run by Rodney Wright for a 59-45 lead with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter. “We spend more time then any other team on special teams in practice,” Hodgkiss said. “It looks like we have to hit the special teams even harder, we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot like this.” The Avengers found themselves in a hole at the end of the first quarter after the SaberCats’ Rodney Wright rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. With the Avengers behind 21-14 in the second quarter, Silas Demary jumped at the line of scrimmage to intercept a Grieb pass, which led to a 17-yard field goal by Remy Hamilton. 21-7 email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s hard to pick a positive out of a loss,” Hodgkiss said. “But, we went head-to-head with a team that some are predicting are not only going to win (the American Conference’s Western Division) again, but compete for an Arena Bowl.” Sonny Cumbie completed four of his first five pass attempts, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Lenzie Jackson in the first quarter. The second-year quarterback from Texas Tech finished with 357yards on 25-of-40 passing and six TDs. “(Cumbie) is more confident this year, no doubt,” Hodgkiss said. “He was making all the right reads and played good enough for us to win.” Jackson had 13receptions for 238yards and three scores. Trailing 38-31 at halftime, the Avengers (0-1) needed just twoplays to score on the opening possession of the second half when Cumbie connected with Kevin Ingram on a 21-yard strike to tie the score. Ingram finished with seven catches for 67 yards and two TDs.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After a trip to Ottawa earlier this year to push for the approval of LNG in BC, FSJ for LNG has a reason to celebrate.Alan Yu, the founder of the group, says he is the “happiest person in Fort St. John right now” after the approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project yesterday night.“I am the happiest person in FSJ right now. The approval of the PNW LNG will benefit everyone in FSJ and the NEBC will see the highest share in employment from an LNG Industry in Canada and the highest investment from any BC LNG operation.”Yu also says everyone will benefit majorly from the project financially for years to come.“Long after the completion of the PNW LNG and LNG Canada, when employment and investment settle down in the North West, FSJ and the NEBC will still enjoy an investment of $5 billion every year as the continued upstream source of NatGas for LNG plants.”- Advertisement -He says he never had any doubt that the Federal Government would approve the project and says Canada has resources that other countries envy. He also stressed the point of making sure the rewards are earned in a sustainable and responsible way.Advertisement “Canada has natural resources that other countries envy. We have the third largest oil and gas deposits in the world and we have boreal forest that could convert our carbon emission into oxygen. All we need is to reap the rewards that mother nature has given us in a sustainable and responsible way.”The 36 billion dollar project was given the green light from the Liberal Government and Justin Trudeau yesterday night, before the October 2nd deadline to make a decision.
0Shares0000Barcelona players take part in a training session at Barry University in Miami, Florida, on July 27, 2017, two days before their International Champions Cup friendly against Real Madrid © AFP / HECTOR RETAMALMIAMI, United States, Jul 28 – The new La Liga season is still weeks away, but try telling Miami that Saturday night’s El Clasico at a sold-out Hard Rock Stadium is meaningless.For the first time in over 35 years, Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet on foreign soil. It’s also the first encounter between the two sides in the United States. Back in 1982, the match staged post-season in Venezuela, coming just before that year’s World Cup, was so nondescript it wasn’t even shown on television in Europe.Fast forward to 2017, however, and this encounter has morphed into a huge global event which has gripped a soccer-mad city and ensured the now annual International Champions Cup exhibition tournament will remain a permanent fixture on the sporting calendar for years to come.TV network ESPN have transplanted a crew of 25 reporters and presenters to South Florida to help produce wall-to-wall coverage.Their daily Sports Center news show will be on-site in Miami and, at a time of the year where the NFL, NBA and NHL are in hibernation, the timing couldn’t have been better.Fans watch a training session of Barcelona football team, at Barry University in Miami, Florida, on July 27, 2017, two days before their International Champions Cup friendly against Real Madrid © AFP / HECTOR RETAMALThe game has long since sold out — tickets on the black market are now costing upwards of $900 (770 euros) each — although only 30% were bought by fans in the South Florida region, with the remainder being snapped up by the rest of the United States as well as people in 50 countries.Football supporters from Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Honduras will all descend on the recently renovated home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins while the city itself is basking in the glow of a fun filled festival of soccer.A legends game at the ‘Casa Clasico’ event at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami on Friday sees legends such as Patrick Kluivert, Fernando Hierro and Carlos Puyol among others all dust down their boots once again and recreate the magic moments of yesteryear.Live music and DJs will keep fans entertained and on Saturday watch parties on huge TV screens are planned for those unlucky enough to miss out on a ticket as well as allowing the casual fan to get a unique taste of what this match actually means.Barcelona’s (from L) Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi arrive for a training session at Barry University in Miami, Florida, on July 27, 2017, two days before their International Champions Cup friendly against Real Madrid © AFP / HECTOR RETAMALTravel companies have also been offering special ‘El Clasico packages’ with prices, including stadium tickets and hotel stays in luxurious South Beach properties, starting from $750 per night.Naturally, both sides are in the middle of pre-season preparations and have been travelling across the United States for the past two weeks along with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur.Yet such a mouthwatering rivalry ensures that whenever Real and Barca meet, interest abounds. The build up has, invariably, been centered around incredibly priced incomings — and possible departures — both at the Camp Nou and the Bernabeu.– Neymar adds intrigue –Neymar, Barca’s Brazilian superstar, has been consistently linked with a record breaking move to French giants Paris St Germain, who have also been in America, while Real are believed to be closing in on Monaco’s young star Kylian Mbappe for a fee which could eclipse 180 million euros.Furthermore, while Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is still basking in the glory of winning the La Liga and Champions League double, new Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde’s reign has yet to begin in earnest.Having to contend with the Neymar situation and everything surrounding it wasn’t what the former Barcelona forward would have hoped for so early into his tenure.Meaningless? Perhaps. Yet Hugo Sanchez, the legendary Mexican striker who scored an astonishing 208 goals in 283 games for Los Blancos during a glorious spell which stretched from 1985 to 1992, knows exactly what it means when these two giants of the game collide.“It’s the most important game in Spain but given the technological advances we have in the world, it should be known as El global Clasico,” said Sanchez. “For those lucky enough to be at the match, they will have an opportunity of a lifetime.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Nemanja Matic believes Chelsea can sweep the board by winning an unprecedented quadruple of trophies this season.The Blues currently have a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League, are through to the Capital One Cup semi-finals, the last 16 of the Champions League and have an FA Cup campaign to come.Under manager Jose Mourinho’s leadership, confidence is high within the squad and midfield rock Matic, who has been hailed for his role in toughening up the Chelsea spine, can see the club making a serious bid to win every competition.“I think it’s possible. We have a chance,” he said of the prospect of claiming all four pieces of silverware.Matic told national newspapers: “I don’t want to say that we’re going to but we’re going to try. We have quality.“We will see if we can do. But I am confident, I believe in my team, my team-mates, so everything is possible.”The 26-year-old embarked on a second spell at Stamford Bridge in January, three years after moving to Benfica when opportunities at Chelsea were limited.Chelsea’s next test comes against West Ham on Boxing Day.?, with Matic adding: “It’s always important when you are mentally prepared to win and, in this moment, we are confident.” Chelsea midfield rock Nemanja Matic 1
The Reds are still top of the Premer League, unbeaten from nine matches, but their eight-point lead has been cut to six after defending champions Manchester City picked up a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.Salah’s absence was felt by the Merseysiders, who lacked that little bit of creative edge, and there were doubts as to whether he would be available for the Champions League trip to Genk on Wednesday as the holders look to pick up an important victory.However, the 27-year-old was present at Melwood on Tuesday as Jurgen Klopp chose to train on home soil ahead of their short, late afternoon flight to Belgium and the former Chelsea forward is expected to start the Group E tie at the Luminus Arena, alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.There is a chance that Klopp could use this game to make changes with one eye on Sunday’s home clash against Tottenham Hotspur, opening up the possibility for Joe Gomez to replace fellow England international Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back.The midfield trio of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Adam Lallana, who scored the equaliser against the Red Devils, are also pushing for starts. Defender Joel Matip could be a potential doubt for the game after he missed Tuesday’s opening training session.Liverpool are sitting second in Group E, one point behind leaders Napoli and level on points with third-place Salzburg.Genk, who will be without goalkeeper Danny Vukovic due to an Achilles injury and left-back Neto Borges, have taken just one point from two matches but a victory would put them right back in contention to qualify for the knockout stages.0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool boosted by Salah returnLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 23 – Liverpool are set to welcome Mohamed Salah back into their starting line-up for the Champions League clash with Genk on Wednesday.Egypt international Salah missed Sunday’s 1-1 draw against rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford after failing to fully recover from the ankle knock he sustained in the 2-1 victory over Leicester City prior to the international break.
Disney spent $144 million to buy the land at the Ko Olina development, near the existing J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa. The planned Disney complex is being called the Ko Olina Family Resort. Disney has several themed resort hotels near Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida, but has never built a hotel resort that will stand on its own. Hawaii has no full-scale amusement park. Construction on the resort is expected to begin next year, with opening set for 2011. Rasulo said there were no plans to expand the resort into a theme park. “This decision and project really enhances our state’s reputation as a family destination,” said Gov. Linda Lingle. “That’s what we are, and the Disney name brings that to everyone’s mind, front and center.” The hotel complex is expected to create 1,000 jobs along the island’s Leeward coast, an area known as much for its homelessness as for its breezy beaches. The resort’s designs and amenities won’t be finalized until early 2008, but Rasulo said it will include many educational and cultural activities, including local entertainers and hula dancers. “When our families go home, they will know much more about Hawaii,” Rasulo said. “To call it a hotel would be a vast understatement of what we’re trying to achieve.” Some of the resort’s units will be set aside as timeshares for use by the Disney Vacation Club, whose members ranked Hawaii as one of the top family destinations in the world. The club has eight resorts and more than 350,000 members. “What we truly have in common is a sense that family is what’s important,” Lingle said. “This coming together is in both of our interests.” The resort complex will not receive any tax breaks from the state, such as the $75 million in unused credits allocated for the construction of an aquarium at the Ko Olina site. Although this will be Disney’s first resort development in Hawaii, the company has ties with the islands dating back to the 1937 animated Mickey Mouse short titled “Hawaiian Holiday.” The Walt Disney Company also does film work in Hawaii, including production of ABC’s “Lost” series. Disney produced the movie “Pearl Harbor,” filmed largely in the islands. Some of the more recently popular Disney characters, from the Kauai-based movie and video series “Lilo & Stitch,” were on hand for the announcement. “Bringing Walt Disney Company here is the perfect fit. They’re going to bring a real sense of community to this resort,” said Ko Olina master developer Jeff Stone.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HONOLULU – Disney plans to build a family resort in Hawaii, but it won’t be an island Disneyland. Walt Disney Parks & Resorts announced Wednesday it has bought 21 acres of oceanfront property on the western side of Oahu that it will use to build an 800-room hotel complex. The resort, Disney’s first without a nearby theme park, will emphasize family-centered vacations while respecting Hawaii’s culture, said chairman Jay Rasulo. “It will give our guests another way to visit a place that they’ve loved for many years,” Rasulo said. “As the crossroads of Asia, it is your diverse culture that makes this place so special.”
BUSINESS: Well-known Letterkenny man Paul Carr, Personal Insolvency Practitioner (PIP) at Market House Insolvency Services in Letterkenny, Donegal, is one of 81 APIP members in Ireland who is helping people in financial distress to return solvency. Commenting on recent debt write-off arrangements, APIP member, Paul Carr told Donegal Daily, “We (Market House Insolvency Services) have had mortgage debt of €65,000 and €3.8m of unsecured debt written-off for our clients.“About 70% of our cases have succeeded at creditors meetings, to date. “There is, however, a lack of a consistent approach between banks and even within a single bank.”Carr also spoke about clients that he has helped to become solvent again, he added, “We have two cases where the clients are completely through the process and out the other side.“One client was the first person in the country to emerge with their debt written-off through the personal insolvency process.“The case involved a young man from Donegal who is married with two children. “He had a number of buy-to-let properties that were surrendered to the bank.“The client was able to make a lump sum payment to the bank with the help from friends and family.“He is now able to pay the mortgage on his family home and his remaining debts have been written-off.“His name has been removed from the PIA register.”Speaking about the level of home repossessions, Carr added, “One client had left her family home voluntarily before seeking our assistance and is now living in rented accommodation. “Another client has entered a mortgage-to-rent arrangement in the family home.All of the other successful arrangements have kept our clients in their homes.“We have quite a number of cases which we are currently working on where people have been threatened with repossession.Carr discussed the insolvency system and recommended some future changes that are required, “Until now, the larger creditors, usually the banks, had a veto on the process and used that, on occasion, to vote down proposed arrangements. “Some of the proposals rejected were turned down over relatively small amounts.“We would like to see the legislation to limit the bank veto implemented, without delay.“A more streamlined mortgage-to-rent scheme is needed.“We need to raise awareness among the people affected that PIP’s are here to help them.”Eric Hendy, Chairman of APIP, commented; “APIP members, such as Paul Carr, throughout Ireland are helping debtors.“We want people who are in financial distress to know that there are 81 members of APIP who can help them and have already assisted people in similar situations.”For further information and/or to arrange an interview with APIP member Paul Carr, Personal insolvency Practitioner (PIP) at Market House Insolvency Services call now on 074 912 2188 or alternatively send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.orgARE YOU IN FINANCIAL DISTRESS? SET UP A MEETING WITH MARKET HOUSE INSOLVENCEY SERVICES TODAY! was last modified: July 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Businessnews