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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Jones Beach fireworks show on July 4th is back for another year—and organizers urge Long Islanders to arrive early for the dazzling Independence Day celebration.The Astoria Bank-sponsored show went on a seven-year hiatus starting in 2008 due to New York State budgetary woes, but returned to the South Shore’s most famous beach last year. More than 140,000 people attended last year’s show.Here are seven things you need to know about this year’s Jones Beach fireworks show.1) WHAT TIME IS THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SHOW AT JONES BEACH?The Jones Beach fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4th. George Gorman, deputy regional director of New York State Parks for the Long Island Region, advised revelers to arrive early in order to avoid long lines entering the beach. Traffic toward Jones Beach should spike around 6 p.m., organizers said. State police will divert traffic away from Jones Beach if parking lots fill to capacity. Parking along the shoulder is prohibited, Gorman said.2) CAN I WALK ON?Sure. You can also travel by bike, if you’re into that. Plenty of people choose to walk or bike along the Cedar Creek County Park path to Jones Beach State Park instead of sitting in traffic. The path is about five miles long. Cedar Creek is on Merrick Road in Seaford.3) HOW MUCH DOES THE SHOW COST?Drivers will be charged a $10 special event fee. The usual parking fee will change to a “special event” fee at 4 p.m. Monday. New York State’s seasonal Empire Pass will be accepted.4) HOW LONG IS THE SHOW?The Jones Beach fireworks show will last 30 minutes, officials said. New Jersey-based Garden State Fireworks will conduct the firework display. This is the second-consecutive year that the company won a bid to dazzle the night sky.5) HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO SHOW UP?Gorman estimates that this year’s show will attract upwards of 100,000 people. The parks department estimates that attendance could be lower than last year due to the holiday falling on a Monday. Still, Jones Beach could see as many as 200,000 people throughout the day Monday.6) WHAT CAN’T I BRING WITH ME?The obvious items are prohibited from the park. They include: fireworks (including sparklers), kites, drugs, balloons, weapons, Frisbees, skateboards, scooters, rollerblades and balloons. Only one 12-ounce alcoholic beverage is permitted per person over 21 years old.7) WHERE ELSE CAN I SEE THE SHOW?There are alternative parks along Nassau County’s south shore where people elect to take in the show. Two hot spots are Wantagh Park and nearby Cedar Creek Park. The county does not charge a parking fee after 4 p.m. For a fee, spectators can also watch the show from boats leaving from Captree and Freeport.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The Bar Council of the Bar Association of Guyana notes with much concern the comments made by the Attorney General, the Hon Basil Williams, SC, MP, on May 18, 2018. The Attorney General, in referring to the conduct of litigation by lawyers in private practice for the State, is reported to have said that criminal action needs to be taken against lawyers conducting such litigation and that he “believes that [lawyers] need to start being charged now”.These statements of the Attorney General, in addition to ignoring the fact that it is the Director of Public Prosecutions, a constitutional office-holder, whose duty it is to determine when and under what circumstances persons should face criminal charges, may give the incorrect impression to the public that there is something wrong, sinister or unlawful with lawyers in private practice conducting litigation for the StateIn reality, lawyers at the private Bar have always conducted litigation for the State in Guyana and throughout the Commonwealth, and continue to do so today. This practice is entirely proper and is used where lawyers in private practice have such skills, experience or specialist knowledge of discrete areas of law to enable them properly and successfully conduct litigation on behalf of the State.Writing in 1973, Dr Mohammed Shahabudeen, then Attorney General, noted the practice in his book “The Legal System of Guyana” as follows:In 1921 the Governor made it clear that King’s Counsel were expected to undertake prosecutions for the Crown at a nominal fee so as to free the Attorney General for more important advisory work. … Senior Counsel are probably still conscious of a special obligation to accept a brief from the state, but it is rather unlikely that they consider that they have to do it at cut rates.The fact that the Attorney General has himself retained counsel in private practice from outside of Guyana to conduct litigation indicates that the practice of the State retaining lawyers in private practice to conduct litigation is both well established and continues today.This was done by the Attorney General in relatively recently conducted matters such as SM Jaleel & Co Ltd and Guyana Beverages Inc v The Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Zulfikar Mustapha v Attorney General, and The Attorney General of Guyana v Cedric Richardson.It is clear, therefore, that lawyers who conduct litigation for the State commit no criminal conduct whatsoever by the fact of their conducting that litigation. It is also clear that it is neither improper nor unusual for lawyers in private practice to conduct litigation for the State.The Bar Council, therefore, views the comments made by the Attorney General as an entirely unwarranted attack on the professionalism and the independence of the members of legal profession, unbecoming of a member of the Inner Bar.It urges the Attorney General to strengthen methods of record keeping at the Attorney General’s Chambers, if there are difficulties in that regard, and to resolve issues concerning the conduct of litigation with those lawyers appearing for the State privately, with circumspection, and in a manner becoming of the standards of the profession.Such a course of action will avoid bringing the legal profession in Guyana into disrepute, which is entirely undesirable from an office-holder who has traditionally been recognised in the Commonwealth with the unofficial and honorific title of Leader of the Bar.Sincerely,Guyana BarAssociationlast_img read more

first_imgThey acted in truly terrorist fashion—killed innocent people in cold blood, then ran away, too cowardly to face the consequences of their heinous crime.The brutal murder of 12 French journalists in Paris Wednesday by Islamic terrorists in the name of Allah is a sad commentary not only on religion, but also on the whole human race.  As American Secretary of State John Kerry has said, it is not a clash of civilizations, lest we indict all Muslims, but an act of people who reject civilization and even the sanctity of humanity as a species created by God Himself for good, not for evil.No, it would be wrong to blame all Islam for this horrific attack against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.  For Moslem leaders from around the world, including the Arab League and the leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia, two highly populous Moslem nations, have joined in the condemnation of this terrible act.Our hope, in this connection, is that the  Moslem leaders in Liberia, too, would speak out and tell Liberians and the world where they stand on this horrible  crime against not only humanity but also against the media.  This is not the first time we have called on Liberia’s Moslem leaders to speak out against murderous atrocities inflicted on innocent people in the name of Islam.  We have done so on a number of occasions, including when Boko Haram abducted over 200 school girls at night from their dormitory in Nigeria.  Most of them are yet to be returned to their hapless and deeply distressed parents. There is an old dictum (truism) that says “Silence makes consent.”  We do not   believe that our Moslem leaders condone any of these things.  But they need to speak out and make their positions clear and avoid the perception that they are in accord with the terrible things that are being perpetrated in the name of Allah.We are in great sympathy with the French people and government and most particularly with our colleagues in the French media for what has happened.  Our hearts go out to their families.  We pray that God will give them comfort and peace and that the murderous perpetrators will be found and brought to justice.Even more so, we are greatly concerned about the implications of this tragedy for freedom of thought, of expression and press freedom.  Of course, this is not the first time that these freedoms have been seriously threatened.  Thousands of journalists, just like our French colleagues, have paid the supreme sacrifice for press freedom.  Yet media people continue to struggle on, doing the work we have been called to do regardless of the consequences.Even this special group of media folk, peculiarly gifted with the art of conceiving and producing brilliant cartoons and satirical masterpieces,   that make people think and laugh, are not exempt from persecution.  Our own Leslie Lumeh and Clarence L. Carter, pen-named David K. Goliath, are among this group and, like their French colleagues, sometimes make people, especially those in power, concerned or even angry at what they produce.Yet their gifts, like all talent, are God-given and they should not suffer or die in the portrayal of them.  But this has happened throughout the centuries.  Was Socrates, known as the father of philosophy and accused of misleading the youth, not given the hemlock to drink that took his life? Yet his legacy lives on, and so do the legacies of many others who used the talent God gave them to inspire, educate and redeem.  We speak of the likes of many of the prophets of Israel, Jesus, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and the many journalists and writers in Africa and around the world who have perished in the practice of their professions.  Now joining that league are our fallen French colleagues.But as journalists, writers, artists and messengers of hope, we must continue the work that God has called us to do and never give up.  As Samora Marcel and all the other revolutionaries who broke the back of racist colonial oppression in Southern Africa used to say, “The struggle continues until final victory.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more