162yearold Donnybrook Fair small but very mighty

Susan Platteeuw sits with her 1932 McLaughlin Buick at the car show on Sunday during the Donnybrook Fair. ASHLEY TAYLOR The car show at Donnybrook Fair featured many classic vehicles. ASHLEY TAYLOR This year’s fair included a bigger demolition derby, a tractor show, axe throwing and entertainment by local magician Lucas Wilson.“Every year we try to have something different,” said Matthews.Local schools bring in the artwork of their students to have on display during the fair.“They’re very dedicated to sending art to us; the teachers are really great,” said Matthews. “We also receive a lot of home crafts, baking, quilting and stuff like that. There’s prize money for it so it’s really great.”A tug of war event Sunday morning drew teams from five local schools, with Walsh Public School finishing first. Also participating were Port Rowan Public School, St. Bernard of Clairvaux School, West Lynn Public School and St. Frances Cabrini School. Cam Smith shows off his 1974 Monte Carlo at the Donnybrook Fair car show on Sunday. ASHLEY TAYLOR jpg, BR jpg, BR WALSH While it has been going on for 162 years, the Donnybrook Fair still attracts newcomers.“What a cute small fair,” said Simcoe native Beth Murdoch, who spent Sunday morning with her two sons at the Walsh fairgrounds.“We’ve lived here all of our lives and have never been.”The fair is always finding ways to improve, with new attractions added each year.“We’re a small fair but we’re very mighty,” said Lynda Matthews, secretary-treasurer of the Charlotteville Agricultural Society, which runs the two-day fair.“We’ve been here for a long time and there’s a lot of history.” jpg, BR A large portion of the fairgrounds was taken over with classic cars.“Every year the car show gets bigger and bigger,” said Matthews. “Sometimes we have to turn cars away because that’s how big it gets.”[email protected] read more

Guyana has full confidence in decisions of CCJ – Foreign Affairs

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related”Retrograde step” to withdraw from CCJ – De la Bastide on Barbados PM’s threatMay 23, 2018In “latest news”Barbados disappointed at level of support for CCJFebruary 28, 2018In “latest news”LETTER: The APNU/AFC’s selective acceptance of Appellate Court’s ruling is no surpriseMarch 26, 2019In “latest news” Guyana’s Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, has said Guyana stands fully behind the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) as its final appellate court.It has now been 15 years into its establishment in neighbouring Trinidad and the CCJ only has four of 15 members choosing the court for final appellate jurisdiction.Recently, the electorate of Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda voted against joining the CCJ in nationwide referendums, opting to continue using the United Kingdom’s Privy Council as their final appellate body. Coupled with that, major island nations such as Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago (where the court is located) do not have the CCJ as their final appellate court, which is putting the credibility of the regional institution under scrutiny as highlighted by respected columnists and other writers in the Region.Greenidge, however, has assured Guyanese that the APNU/AFC Government has full confidence in the decisions of the court.“The public can be assured that the Government will continue. If it is dissatisfied with decisions taken at the court at this level (Appeal Court in Guyana); we are reasonably confident that the Court (CCJ) will render acceptable decisions. Of course these are courts and you are never going to be able to guarantee with everything that you say. There is the question of interpretation of law,” the Minister pointed out.Some decisions of the CCJ have not found favour with Government, such as the November 2017 order upholding US$2.2 million judgement that was awarded to Trinidad road construction company Dipcon in 2015 by a High Court Judge in Guyana. This decision was handed down after the Judges at the CCJ observed that Guyana’s Attorney General, Basil Williams, had failed to file an application to the Court for special leave to appeal the case. Justice Rishi Persaud’s judgement was tuned to $455 million in local currency.Minister Greenidge while acknowledging that Government may not agree with all of the CCJ’s findings, said the Administration views the Court as a competent body.The Vice President outlined that from looking at many of the CCJ’s decisions with the benefit of hindsight, the court has taken the Region forward. He also maintained that the number of countries that joined the Court is not an issue as it “does not affect the quality of the Court.”In one of the CCJ’s recent decisions, Judges struck down a colonial era law that banned men and women from wearing clothing associated with the opposite gender. This effectively removed the barriers to cross-dressing locally, though both the High Court and Appeal Court had ruled that cross-dressing for “an improper purpose” was prohibited.Nevertheless, the Caribbean-based Judges declared that this characterisation was vague. Guyana, Barbados, Belize and Dominica are the only countries that fully subscribe to the CCJ. read more