Projects that have political patronage written all over them

first_imgDear Editor,Recently, the President was seen assisting a toddler in the cutting of a ribbon to hand over a bus which is to be used for transportation of school children.While this is a somewhat nice gesture, I can forthwith tell the President of a better way to help the poor; that is: the reinstatement of the $10,000 grant for each child in school. That gift by the previous PPP/C Administration was more lasting, and was of more economic benefit to the children of this great country. It made sense for this country’s peoples that are now going through the most depressing and pauperised days.You cannot tell me that ministers of this Government could have almost instantly filled their pockets with a 50% pay rise then, in their typical hypocritical reply, give out buses – yes, buses — in other instances boats and bicycles, to its hapless citizens. If this does not reek of corruption and heartlessness by a sick regime, then what does?But before I get carried away, let me get back to my main topic: Prior to the Coalition APNU/AFC taking office, the PPP/C had a programme of furnishing the family with a $10,000 gift for every child at school. It was a gift to families, especially those single-parent families or families with delinquent fathers. Those families, most of them with large households, welcomed this gesture with open arms because it represented income or hard currency for those struggling to make ends meet. Further, that $10,000 would have seen an increase of up to $50,000 per child had the PPP been in power.That is a representation of a Government that has great care and concern for its peoples; not passing a bus or bicycle or boat when I do not have a meal on the table.We were taught that, to get to the root causes of a child’s seeming boredom or lack of interest in learning, that child may be having inherent problems, like being hungry or not having enough sleep at nights, because that child has to toil like a normal adult to earn a few hundred dollars (speaking in Guyanese terms) to exist. This is the reality of the situation in Guyana today — the dire circumstances in eking out a living in the daily grind. So try telling me about learning and education when I am hungry.The point I am making is boats, buses and bicycles are meaningless when the reality is I am too weak to enjoy these.So, what Minister Amna Ally said is pointless also: that the nation’s children’s education is enhanced by the free buses to take them to school. Utterly pointless in the idea I have put forward: that children cannot learn if there is nothing on the table at home to eat. A further indictment on their part is her sarcastic remarks that others would like to see these “free buses” transportation gesture fail; meaning that the Opposition would like this to happen. May I remind Minister Ally that she has exposed her Government by uttering those words, because those buses are “free gifts” given to them by party hacks? Those buses were not paid for by the national treasury, but were “freebies” from party supporters who are likely to be earmarked for huge kickbacks.And may I add that political patronage will come from taxpayers’ hard earned taxes? So, I must say to this PNC-led Coalition that these gestures reek of corruption from the very start. We would rather have $10,000 than free buses.In fact with thousands losing their jobs every month, those buses are meaningless to those households with many mouths to feed. Try telling a sugar worker that a free bus is all this Government can offer when I do not know where the next income is coming from. That retrenched sugar worker having three, sometimes six, minor children to take care of: try convincing him that he should be satisfied with a free bus system and nothing else. Try convincing him that his existence would not be a miserable one. Try! Substituting free buses for direct income is indicative of an uncaring and vindictive regime.Finally, my Bible tells me that anyone — nay, any Government — that would deny those little ones their right to lead a comfortable life would never experience success. The good book states it is better for you to tie a millstone around your neck and jump overboard. In Guyanese parlance, “if you rob children or take food out of their mouths”, you will not be blessed.Members of this Government love to make scriptural quotes. I hope they take heed to the above terse warnings.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Amerindian Act 2006 to be amended – Allicock

first_imgThe Amerindian Act of 2006 is set to be amended following the completion of the consultation process which isIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicockcurrently underway.The Amerindian Act of 2006 was intended to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of the indigenous people, including the right to life, liberty, expression, movement and the protection from slavery and forced labour.However, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock posited that the current Act left much to be desired as it inadequately covered Amerindian rights, especially as it pertained to land rights. As such, he related that an amendment of the Act was necessary so as to address and resolve many of the conflicts surrounding land rights within indigenous communities.He revealed that the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry has already commenced consultations with stakeholders, including village leaders and the Nationals Toshaos Council (NTC), on the revision of the Act.Allicock went on to explain that the issue of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), which is enshrined in the Act, has been ignored throughout the years. As such, the consultation will be placing emphasis on the issue. FPIC is the principle that a community has the right to give or withhold its consent to proposed projects that may affect the lands they customarily own, occupy or otherwise use. FPIC is now a key principle in international law and jurisprudence related to indigenous peoples. It implies informed, non-coercive negotiations between investors, companies or governments and indigenous peoples prior to the development and establishment of oil palm estates, timber plantations or other enterprises on their customary lands.This principle means that those who wish to use the customary lands belonging to indigenous communities must enter into negotiations with them. It is the communities who have the right to decide whether they will agree to the project or not once they have a full and accurate understanding of the implications of the project on them and their customary land. As most commonly interpreted, the right to FPIC is meant to allow for indigenous peoples to reach consensus and make decisions according to their customary systems of decision-making.The Minister pointed out that while the consultation process should have been at a more advanced level, Government is keen on involving all the indigenous peoples and their representatives. Therefore, the South Indigenous Group is heavily involved in the revision and amendment of the Act.“We believe that some of the things could be easily amended to allow us to move the process of land settlements…We are encouraging other indigenous groups and organisations to help to come up with ideas that will assist in moving the process forward,” Allicock declared.last_img read more

Zebras cross out Harambee Stars in friendly

first_img0Shares0000GABORONE, Botswana, August 11- Harambee Stars lost 1-0 to hosts Botswana on Wednesday night in an international friendly.Stars went down to a first-half penalty converted by Moemedi Moatlhaping in the 42nd minute to extend the Zebras unbeaten run to seven games in the match played at the University of Botswana Stadium. Botswana became the first team to qualify for next year’s Africa Nations Cup co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon and this was the reason that compelled Stars management to choose to field against the Zebras.Botswana coach Stanley Tshosane was quoted in the Times of India saying: “I am very happy with the boys. We left four of our foreign-based players out of the side but still played well.”Harambee Stars coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno, fielded all his top guns including captain and AJ Auxerre forward, Dennis Oliech, Inter Milan midfielder, McDonald Mariga, his brother and new Celtic signing, Victor Wanyama and returning FK Moss keeper, Arnold Origi among others.It is not clear when the side, shorn of most professionals who will link with their clubs will return, with Capital Sport learning they could be back later Thursday.While Botswana, one of the rising teams in the continent can look ahead to a bright future, Stars must return back to the drawing board as they fight to salvage their slim qualification chances for the Nations Cup.They host Guinea Bissau next month before travelling away to Kampala to face Group J winners-elect, Uganda in matches they must win to harbour any slight hope of making their biennial CAF showpiece.Then in November, their winding road to Brazil 2014 World Cup starts with a group stage two-legged play-off qualifier against Seychelles where a win will see them join Nigeria, Malawi and either Namibia or Djibouti in the pool stages.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Late Czech goal sinks Dutch

first_imgThe Dutch finished third at the World Cup in Brazil but have since seen Guus Hiddink replace Louis van Gaal as coach and his second spell as national coach had begun with a 2-0 friendly defeat to Italy last Thursday.Here, without several of the Oranje’s World Cup stars, including Arjen Robben, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ron Vlaar, he oversaw Holland’s first competitive defeat over 90 minutes since Euro 2012.“It’s a bitter loss when you lose in the last minute,” said Hiddink, who started with the same 5-3-2 system the Dutch had used in Brazil but switched back to his favoured 4-3-3 after the first Czech goal.“The system wasn’t an issue, the Czechs scored after individual errors on the right side. When the defence makes such mistakes, you can’t blame either of the systems we played today.“The Czechs didn’t let us create many chances; we had some, but they didn’t let us score. We can only draw a lesson from this opening game.”The visitors went behind in the 22nd minute when David Lafata found Sparta Prague team-mate Dockal, who scored with a superb left-footed volley from 18 metres that bounced off the post into the net.De Vrij equalised in the 55th minute with a header that flew across the box and past Chelsea ‘keeper Petr Cech following a perfect cross from Manchester United new-boy Daley Blind.But the hosts, who had failed to qualify for the World Cup, kept pushing and got the winner when Daryl Janmaat fumbled a header back towards his own goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.The ball hit the post, rebounded past a diving Cillessen, and Viktoria Pilsen winger Pilar had an easy job sending it into the gaping net.It was a first win for the Czechs under Pavel Vrba, who took over as coach in January, and they will aim to build on it when they go to Turkey and Kazakhstan next month.“I am thrilled, perfectly happy with the 2-1 win, although it wasn’t easy and we were a bit lucky at the end,” said Vrba, who started with seven players from the Czech top flight.“We scored a beautiful goal that helped us a lot. In the second half we waited, it would have been suicide to play in their half.“We tried to succeed on the break and reaped the bonus of the winning goal.”Holland, who won nine and drew one of 10 qualifiers for the World Cup, face Kazakhstan at home and Iceland away in October.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PRAGUE, September 10 – Vaclav Pilar came off the bench to score a stoppage-time winner as the Czech Republic beat the Netherlands 2-1 in their opening Euro 2016 qualifying Group A fixture on Tuesday.Borek Dockal put the hosts ahead midway through the first half but a 55th-minute equaliser from Stefan de Vrij looked set to give Holland a share of the spoils in Prague, only for Pilar to strike at the death.last_img read more

OFFICIAL: West Ham complete Jose Fonte signing from Southampton

first_img The 33-year-old put pen to paper on a two-and-half-year deal 1 West Ham have completed the signing of Southampton defender Jose Fonte for a fee of £8million.The 33-year-old, who won Euro 2016 with Portugal last summer, has put pen to paper on a two-and-half-year deal, with the option of a further year.Fonte told West Ham’s official website: “I signed for West Ham because they are a great club and a very big club. They have a lot of fans and I have known for a number of years how passionate they are.”More to follow…last_img read more

‘Diego Costa is trying to get himself SACKED, that’s the reality of it’

first_imgJoey Barton claims Diego Costa is trying to force Chelsea to sack him.The Spain international striker is currently in self-imposed exile in his native Brazil and is refusing to return to Stamford Bridge after falling out with manager Antonio Conte.And Barton, who was co-hosting the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Monday morning, reckons the 28-year-old is aiming to force his way out of the west London club.“I think [Diego] Costa is trying to get himself sacked, that’s the reality of it,” he said. “If he gets sacked that frees him to get the move he wants to Atletico Madrid. It’s wrong but this is what happens when you sign players from far-flung places, they’ve got no attachment.“He’s never going to live in London, he’s going to go and live in Spain or Brazil, and he wants out. He thinks he’s been disrespectfully treated by Chelsea and Conte and the way they’ve handled it [the situation]. Didn’t they tell him via text he’s not needed?“No matter what you say about Costa he’s been good for Chelsea for the last couple of years. He arguably won them the league last season, among other players, and he’s really disillusioned with Chelsea’s behaviour towards him.”last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: SANTA has landed in Donegal – and is in the Fanad area….and Inishowen, Letterkenny, Bundoran, Ranafast, Glenties and Ardara (and everywhere else apparently).Our reporter Chris Massey told us a short time ago: “I’ve spoken to a number of people in a bar up here in Fanad and they’ve all claimed to have seen Santa around an hour ago.”In the past few minutes there have also been sightings in Buncrana; however the timing seems to conflict with a report of another sighting near Bundoran. Dr Joseph Mary, a Christmas expert at LYIT, said this evening: “This is not unusual. This Santa fella is quite clever. He can literally pop anywhere.“If I was a child, I’d be off to bed right now. He can turn up at your house literally at any time past eight o’clock on Christmas Eve, though it might be a bit later if you live anywhere around the Barnesmore Gap. Traditionally sightings there are after 9pm.”His wife Dr Mary Joseph added: “Sin ceart.”We’re off to bed…don’t want to be left with nothing for being up too late. Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho!9.30PM UPDATE: SANTA SIGHTING NEAR FANAD HEAD IS CONFIRMED – WE’RE OFF TO BED! was last modified: December 24th, 2010 by gregShare 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


first_imgRADON: Levels of the cancer causing gas Radon in a house in Lifford were 17 times the acceptable level, researchers found. The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland said the level was equivalent to the householder receiving 12 chest x-rays per day.KILLYBEGS DEVELOPMENT: Work will begin within weeks on a state-of-the-art facility in Killybegs which will consist of a three-bay boat and vehicle store as well as adjoining three-storey coast guard station, a pollution control store and 12 car-parking spaces.MART: The Letterkenny mart business has been wound up. The business was liquidated last month with assets of €635k. POTHOLES: The County Council has appealed to motorists to drive with extreme caution on the N56 at Kilraine between Ardara and Glenties due to massive potholes. The council say the road has deteriorated to such an extent that repairs are no longer working – and it will be later this year before it can be properly fixed.CRONYISM?: Tanaiste Mary Coughlan has been accused of cronyism after she appointed Donegal Fianna Fail county councillor Brendan Byrne to the authority that is responsible for funding third-level colleges and advising the Education Minister on policy developments. The post is worth around €8,000 a year.MFG MANAGER: Eithne Nic Lochlainn, dismissed from her post as a manager with community development group Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta, has had her position and salary restored by the High Court. She has won an injunction overturning her dismissal.STATION WARS: A Letterkenny businessman has appealed against a decision by the town council to grant planning permission to a rival businessman. Eddie Tobin, owner of a petrol station on Port Road, is opposing an application by Tony Kelly for a petrol station at Paddy Harte Road. COPPER COPPERS: Gardai are searching for thieves who stole €5,000 worth of copper from a building site on Main Street, Stranorlar. Anyone who knows about the theft should call Ballybofey gardai on 91 67100.CLOSE SHAVE: Letterkenny mum-of-two Sharon Aicken is getting her hair shaved off for charity next Friday. She’s taking part on Today FM’s ‘Shave or Dye’ day with proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society.FLATS FOR SALE: The controversial development in Ballybofey which failed to sell at auction late last year are back on the market. The building – with 47 apartments – has been valued at just €500k.THE BIG 100: John Gharainne Harkin from Gortahork is celebrating his 100th birthday with a special card from President Mary McAleese.SEX OFFENDER: LYIT student Mark Finn, 36, from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, who served five years on the Isle of Man for sex offences, has been ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders Register at Letterkenny Garda station. TURNED DOWN: The retention of a mixed use development at West End in Bundoran has been refused by An Bord Pleanala. The planning appeals body has refused a retention application for the development of 49 apartments, 2 retail units, a restaurant and various amendments to a previously approved planning application in Bundoran.DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: February 11th, 2011 by gregShare 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

Gordon: It will be different when Bayern visit Glasgow

first_img“It’s always different at home,” he told STV at full time in Germany. “We’re still up against a top quality team and it will still be difficult, even at home, to take anything from the game. “But we will analyse this and see what we can do better. “It’s difficult to stop the quality that they’ve got getting chances. That may still be the same but we’ll pose a threat at the other end and make it a good game.” Craig Gordon expects Bayern Munich to pose a similarly difficult challenge when they visit Glasgow at the end of the month but believes it will be a different kind of game.Celtic were comprehensively defeated 3-0 in the Allianz Arena on matchday three of the Champions League and only managed three shots on target compared to Bayern’s 12.It was their second heavy defeat of the competition having already conceded five at home to Paris Saint-Germain in September.But goalkeeper Gordon says his side will be able to create more and pose a stronger challenge in front of their own support on Hallowe’en.last_img read more

Live from Altiris ManageFusion in Orlando

first_imgWhat break-out sessions and materials were available at the event? (“Realizing the value of Intel vPro” – focus on how to integrate Intel vPro into a production environment. A hands-on lab also occurred to step through common operational usage models.) Keynote demonstration – showing how the Intel vPro client can be remediated (or isolated) to only the management console on specific ports. Using the Altiris TaskServer – a 1:many job was defined to place a system in remediation, restart a process on the client, and remove the system from remediation. This did require a customization to the network filter settings (e.g. System Defense). The value of isolating a system on the computers NIC was very compelling and led to many conversations. At the demo booth – some of the most frequent questions (and associated answers) include: When will Intel vPro and Centrino Pro be available? (Product available today from all major OEMs – including Dell’s recent product announcement for Latitude 630c) Will Intel vPro appear in other platforms beyond PC-based laptops and desktops? (No publicly stated plans. Raise the question\interest with your preferred OEM) The conference goes through end of the week – yet the excitement around Intel vPro will continue for days\months to come. Below is a quick summary of items shown. Have questions or want more information? Add a comment or post a question. Are customers adopting Intel vPro? (Yes) Does Intel vPro utilize Wake-on-LAN? (The remote power features are communicated via TCP\IP for reliability\consistency. WoL utilizes UDP and a “magic packet” to contact systems – yet may not act as reliably. In addition, Intel vPro remote power features allow for power off. With integration into Altiris – the ability to record present power state, perform list of defined tasks, and to return the system to the previously recorded power state.) How do channel partners and service providers get training or more information to assist their customers? (Utilize sites such Intel vPro Expert, Altiris Juice, and so forth today. Formalized training material and events are being created. Stay tuned) How long has Intel vPro been available? (Product has been available for a year now) There were likely other questions – yet these questions occurred frequently.With the event closing this Thursday – some early discussions already starting to build on the momentum…. “What should we show next time?”. I’m thinking more real-world scenarios, enterprise reference architecture for implementation, and remote configuration – what do you think?last_img read more